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The Viking's still strong (Heim ADC/Mid guide) for 8.9

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9.8
by Dashedscroll updated October 15, 2021

Smite God: Heimdallr

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Build Summary

Meta adc start

Notes This is the average start for heimdallr at the moment in adc, he'll usually go this start as it allows him to go into a strong transendence and [qin's sais]] build.
This is one of my personal favourite starts on heim as it gives him a lot of early sustain and a strong build path to go into.
You could also start with:
Bluestone Pendant and Morningstar
Deaths toll and morning star
Or Gilded Arrow and Spiked Gauntlet

Notes

This is the average start for heimdallr at the moment in adc, he'll usually go this start as it allows him to go into a strong transendence and [qin's sais]] build.
This is one of my personal favourite starts on heim as it gives him a lot of early sustain and a strong build path to go into.
You could also start with:
Bluestone Pendant and Morningstar
Deaths toll and morning star
Or Gilded Arrow and Spiked Gauntlet

Build Item Leather Cowl Leather Cowl
Build Item Morningstar Morningstar
Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion
2
Build Item Multi Potion Multi Potion
2

Full build for adc

Notes This is the cookie cutter build for heimdallr adc at the moment, it allows you to have incredibly high health sustain from Asi and Hunter's Cowl whilst also having a lot of early game mana sustain from transendence which should allow you to spam your crystals enough for AOE autos to assist your clear whilst still being able to use one as an escape
Odysseus' Bow is just a broken as hell hunter item rn, you should definitely be using it in your builds, even after the nerf it got.
Titan's Bane is your standard pen item for adc
Qin's Sais have always been heim's best way if dealing with tanky targets and rn is just very tanky targets.
Dominance is a new but strong addition to the game which gives 25% pen onto your autos.

Notes

This is the cookie cutter build for heimdallr adc at the moment, it allows you to have incredibly high health sustain from Asi and Hunter's Cowl whilst also having a lot of early game mana sustain from transendence which should allow you to spam your crystals enough for AOE autos to assist your clear whilst still being able to use one as an escape
Odysseus' Bow is just a broken as hell hunter item rn, you should definitely be using it in your builds, even after the nerf it got.
Titan's Bane is your standard pen item for adc
Qin's Sais have always been heim's best way if dealing with tanky targets and rn is just very tanky targets.
Dominance is a new but strong addition to the game which gives 25% pen onto your autos.

Build Item Hunter's Cowl Hunter's Cowl
Build Item Transcendence Transcendence
Build Item Odysseus' Bow Odysseus' Bow
Build Item Qin's Sais Qin's Sais
Build Item Titan's Bane Titan's Bane
Build Item Dominance Dominance

Heimdallr's Skill Order Notes Levelling order to level 5:
You want to level your 3 first as it allows you to put one crystal at void, clear red with the mid, then teleport over to the void crystal and finish it with your support. This will give you pressure over the enemy duo lane.
When you hit level 2 you will want to put a point into your 1, this is your main wave clear and is your main damaging ability.
At level 3 you can either put a second point into your 1 (for safer clear) or a point into your 2 (for better boxing capability)
At level 4 either get your second ability or put a second point into piercing sight (depending on what you did last)
At level 5 you will always want to put a point into your ult.

For levelling order after that you will want to:
Max the 1 first for better clear, poke and damage.
Max the 2 second for Boxing and the increased slow.
max the 3 last for a reduced teleport cooldown
Upgrade the ult when possible.

This is why you level the 3 first in adc:
https://youtu.be/--r62fRZUp0?t=13

In mid lane level your 1 first as there isn't as much demand to get into lane as fast.

Notes

Levelling order to level 5:
You want to level your 3 first as it allows you to put one crystal at void, clear red with the mid, then teleport over to the void crystal and finish it with your support. This will give you pressure over the enemy duo lane.
When you hit level 2 you will want to put a point into your 1, this is your main wave clear and is your main damaging ability.
At level 3 you can either put a second point into your 1 (for safer clear) or a point into your 2 (for better boxing capability)
At level 4 either get your second ability or put a second point into piercing sight (depending on what you did last)
At level 5 you will always want to put a point into your ult.

For levelling order after that you will want to:
Max the 1 first for better clear, poke and damage.
Max the 2 second for Boxing and the increased slow.
max the 3 last for a reduced teleport cooldown
Upgrade the ult when possible.

This is why you level the 3 first in adc:
https://youtu.be/--r62fRZUp0?t=13

In mid lane level your 1 first as there isn't as much demand to get into lane as fast.

Piercing Sight

1 X Y
Piercing Sight
2 4 6 7 10

The Gjallarhorn

2 A B
The Gjallarhorn
3 8 11 12 14

The Bifrost

3 B A
The Bifrost
1 15 16 18 19

Through The Realms

4 Y X
Through The Realms
5 9 13 17 20
Piercing Sight
2 4 6 7 10

Piercing Sight

1 X
Heimdallr throws his sword, Hofuð, into the air. It shines with brilliant light that reveals enemies within 80 units. Heimdallr can refire this ability to call the sword down, causing it to fly to the target location and damage enemies.

Ability Type: Circle
Damage: 70 / 130 / 190 / 250 / 310 (+85% of your Physical Power)
Radius: 15
Cost: 50 / 55 / 60 / 65 / 70
Cooldown: 14s
The Gjallarhorn
3 8 11 12 14

The Gjallarhorn

2 A
Heimdallr blows the Gjallarhorn for 2s, causing enemies in front of him to lose Movement and Attack Speed while taking damage every .5s. While blowing his horn, Heimdallr is immune to knockups and gains bonus protections. When Heimdallr ends this cast, either through cancelling it himself or after 2s, he raises the Gjallarhorn for a final blast. This blast damages enemies and knocks them away from Heimdallr.

Ability Type: Cone
Damage Per Tick: 8 / 16 / 24 / 32 / 40 (+30% of your Physical Power)
Knockback Damage: 50 / 90 / 130 / 170 / 210 (+60% of your Physical Power)
Slow: 15 / 17.5 / 20 / 22.5 / 25%
Slow Duration: 1.5s
Range: 60
Cost: 60 / 65 / 70 / 75 / 80
Cooldown: 14s
The Bifrost
1 15 16 18 19

The Bifrost

3 B
Heimdallr manifests a fragment of the Bifrost at his target location. When two fragments are placed, they become linked, allowing Heimdallr to traverse the Bifrost. The greater the distance between the fragments, the longer it takes to begin traversing, and the longer it takes for it to be usable again. If Heimdallr places a third fragment down, the oldest fragment vanishes. Enemies that walk between two fragments are revealed to Heimdallr.

Ability Type: Circle
Distance Scale: 85 to 700 units
Warmup Scale: 0.8s to 3.5s
Cooldown Scale: 16s to 210 / 180 / 150 / 120 / 90s
Range: Unlimited
Cost: 40
Cooldown: Variable
Through The Realms
5 9 13 17 20

Through The Realms

4 Y
Heimdallr charges forward, axe ready. If Heimdallr hits an enemy god, he stuns them before unleashing a devastating swing of his axe, launching his target into the sky. A Bifrost portal appears and Heimdallr sends the launched foe through the realms of Muspelheim and Niflheim before returning them back to the battleground at a random location in front of him. Muspelheim burns the enemy every .5s for 1.5s while Niflheim slows the enemy for 2.5s.

Ability Type: Dash
Hit Damage: 120 / 200 / 280 / 360 / 440 (+70% of your Physical Power)
Muspelheim Damage: 25 / 35 / 45 / 55 / 65 (+15% of your Physical Power)
Wall Hit Damage: 35 / 75 / 115 / 155 / 195 (+30% of your Physical Power)
Niflheim Slow: 25%
Travel Duration: 4s
Cost: 70 / 75 / 80 / 85 / 90
Cooldown: 90s

Extended Build

useful adc items

Notes Qin's Sais
this item is near mandatory on heim, it allows you to deal with tanks and box nearly uncontested with only a few adcs who can contest you in the 1v1 scenario
Odysseus' Bow
this helps with heims lower base attack speed due to it having 40% attack speed.
Titans' bane
Standard %pen item, allows you to deal with tanks and objectives a lot easier.
The Executioner
Protection reduction item, usable if the enemy has multiple tanks
Ichival
this is an item you'll buy early game but sell late, it is used to give you an advantage in the 1v1 environment in that phase where only you and the enemy adc are in lane.
Dominance
Like titans bane it is a %pen item, it can see its uses but it's not as useful as titans bane.
Toxic Blade
Only get this into a team with more than 1 dedicated healer like Aphrodite, hel,
Wind Demon
Wind demon is stupidly broken, it allows not just heim, but every hunter to deal with tanks and squishies alike due to having crit and %pen on it.
Deathbringer
This diminishes heim's crit defecit in his passive (it doesn't remove it entirely) and will pair well with the other crit items that heim will build.

Notes

Qin's Sais
this item is near mandatory on heim, it allows you to deal with tanks and box nearly uncontested with only a few adcs who can contest you in the 1v1 scenario
Odysseus' Bow
this helps with heims lower base attack speed due to it having 40% attack speed.
Titans' bane
Standard %pen item, allows you to deal with tanks and objectives a lot easier.
The Executioner
Protection reduction item, usable if the enemy has multiple tanks
Ichival
this is an item you'll buy early game but sell late, it is used to give you an advantage in the 1v1 environment in that phase where only you and the enemy adc are in lane.
Dominance
Like titans bane it is a %pen item, it can see its uses but it's not as useful as titans bane.
Toxic Blade
Only get this into a team with more than 1 dedicated healer like Aphrodite, hel,
Wind Demon
Wind demon is stupidly broken, it allows not just heim, but every hunter to deal with tanks and squishies alike due to having crit and %pen on it.
Deathbringer
This diminishes heim's crit defecit in his passive (it doesn't remove it entirely) and will pair well with the other crit items that heim will build.

Build Item Qin's Sais Qin's Sais
Build Item Odysseus' Bow Odysseus' Bow
Build Item Titan's Bane Titan's Bane
Build Item The Executioner The Executioner
Build Item Ichaival Ichaival
Build Item Dominance Dominance
Build Item Toxic Blade Toxic Blade
Build Item Wind Demon Wind Demon
Build Item Deathbringer Deathbringer
Build Item Poisoned Star Poisoned Star

Mid starting build

Notes This is the heim mid start, it allows you to go into a Transcendence or Dominance (depending on the situation) as the sustain (in the form of hp5) from Bluestone Pendant is able to make up for the lack of early game sustain in this build.
This is also usable on heim adc (however should not be less considered due to how strong the adc crit build is right now).

Notes

This is the heim mid start, it allows you to go into a Transcendence or Dominance (depending on the situation) as the sustain (in the form of hp5) from Bluestone Pendant is able to make up for the lack of early game sustain in this build.
This is also usable on heim adc (however should not be less considered due to how strong the adc crit build is right now).

Build Item Bumba's Dagger Bumba's Dagger
Build Item Morningstar Morningstar
Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion
3
Build Item Multi Potion Multi Potion
3

full example mid build

Notes This build is focused on making heim more ability/AA hybrid, it offers more on hit effects with your abilities and still gives you the option to deal with tanks whilst having the capability to deal large amounts of damage with abilities using Transcendence
This build can work in adc to a lesser extent of the first build in adc.
Bumba's Spear can also be changed for Protector Of The Jungle or manakin's hidden blade if you want a different starter for either more burst or more protections.

Notes

This build is focused on making heim more ability/AA hybrid, it offers more on hit effects with your abilities and still gives you the option to deal with tanks whilst having the capability to deal large amounts of damage with abilities using Transcendence
This build can work in adc to a lesser extent of the first build in adc.
Bumba's Spear can also be changed for Protector Of The Jungle or manakin's hidden blade if you want a different starter for either more burst or more protections.

Build Item Bumba's Spear Bumba's Spear
Build Item Transcendence Transcendence
Build Item Asi Asi
Build Item Qin's Sais Qin's Sais
Build Item Titan's Bane Titan's Bane
Build Item Dominance Dominance

Useful mid lane items

Notes The Crusher
Gives your abilities an on hit effect whilst giving you attack speed, which is helpful to heim due to his lower base attack speed.
Qin's Sais
Still incredibally useful against tanks and is near mandatory for heim
Titan's Bane
Still incredibally useful against tanks and is near mandatory for heim
Odysseus' Bow
Helps with heims lower base attack speed, not as helpful in mid, however can be worth as a boots replacement
Brawler's Beat Stick
Useful into strong healing (replace crusher for this)
Heartseaker
Gives your abilities that extra punch whilst giving 10% pen (not needed but is useful into a team with high hp or gods who stack HP items)
Transcendence
Can be bought if you are ahead enough to get the stacks or if the enemy isn't tsnky enough to warrant you getting dominance.
So you may be wondering, why no crit if it's meta? Well if you're picking heim in mid and have a magical adc then the meta adc build should do you fine (all be it a bit boring) however, if you have a magical jungler but still have a physical adc then you'll want to avoid going crit as the enemy will gain too much from building Spectral Armor

Notes

The Crusher
Gives your abilities an on hit effect whilst giving you attack speed, which is helpful to heim due to his lower base attack speed.
Qin's Sais
Still incredibally useful against tanks and is near mandatory for heim
Titan's Bane
Still incredibally useful against tanks and is near mandatory for heim
Odysseus' Bow
Helps with heims lower base attack speed, not as helpful in mid, however can be worth as a boots replacement
Brawler's Beat Stick
Useful into strong healing (replace crusher for this)
Heartseaker
Gives your abilities that extra punch whilst giving 10% pen (not needed but is useful into a team with high hp or gods who stack HP items)
Transcendence
Can be bought if you are ahead enough to get the stacks or if the enemy isn't tsnky enough to warrant you getting dominance.
So you may be wondering, why no crit if it's meta? Well if you're picking heim in mid and have a magical adc then the meta adc build should do you fine (all be it a bit boring) however, if you have a magical jungler but still have a physical adc then you'll want to avoid going crit as the enemy will gain too much from building Spectral Armor

Build Item The Crusher The Crusher
Build Item Qin's Sais Qin's Sais
Build Item Titan's Bane Titan's Bane
Build Item Odysseus' Bow Odysseus' Bow
Build Item Brawler's Beat Stick Brawler's Beat Stick
Build Item Heartseeker Heartseeker
Build Item Transcendence Transcendence

Situational defence items (in mid and adc)

Notes Mantle of Discord
Buy this if you need bulk defence against a team who are blowing you up too quickly.
Magi's Cloak
Buy if you're getting blown up by hard cc
Spectral Armor
Buy this if the enemy has 2 or more people with crit.

Notes

Mantle of Discord
Buy this if you need bulk defence against a team who are blowing you up too quickly.
Magi's Cloak
Buy if you're getting blown up by hard cc
Spectral Armor
Buy this if the enemy has 2 or more people with crit.

Build Item Mantle of Discord Mantle of Discord
Build Item Magi's Cloak Magi's Cloak
Build Item Spectral Armor Spectral Armor

relics

Notes Purification Beads
These are mandatory, CC is very prevalent in smite and this relic can save you from dying to just 1 cc
Aegis Amulet
You will usually buy this as a second relic, can be used whilst you're teleporting in your bifrost to stop you getting hard focused whilst teleporting (yes you can teleport whilst under the effect of aegis)
Blink Rune
It's a fun relic, however only get it if you're ahead.
this relic is effective on heim as it allows him to catch someone by surprise, also allows you to engage without using your bifrost.

Notes

Purification Beads
These are mandatory, CC is very prevalent in smite and this relic can save you from dying to just 1 cc
Aegis Amulet
You will usually buy this as a second relic, can be used whilst you're teleporting in your bifrost to stop you getting hard focused whilst teleporting (yes you can teleport whilst under the effect of aegis)
Blink Rune
It's a fun relic, however only get it if you're ahead.
this relic is effective on heim as it allows him to catch someone by surprise, also allows you to engage without using your bifrost.

Build Item Purification Beads Purification Beads
Build Item Aegis Amulet Aegis Amulet
Build Item Blink Rune Blink Rune

Crit build

Notes Sell Ichaival late game for Qin's Sais

Notes

Sell Ichaival late game for Qin's Sais

Build Item Ornate Arrow Ornate Arrow
Build Item Ichaival Ichaival
Build Item Asi Asi
Build Item Wind Demon Wind Demon
Build Item Deathbringer Deathbringer
Build Item Dominance Dominance

Additional Heimdallr tips/Tricks

Heimdallr's biggest power spike is at level 5, his ult has incredibly high kill potential if he can hit the enemy adc, jungler and sometimes support with it.
Make sure to pair heimdallr with early beads burners like Athena so he can get his ult off without issues.
Before ulting try to get the gjallajorn knock up off as it will usually prevent the enemy god from using their cc immune ult in retaliation to your ult.

Heim can clear by shooting his first 2 auto attacks then placing a crystal, this resets his auto chain and allows him to shoot 4 cleave autos in a row (this can drain your mana early game and if you're not re-positioning your crystal afterwards it could cost you an escape, make sure to reset your crystal's position in-between waves so you don't cost yourself an effective retreat)

For positioning heim's crystals, make sure to place them roughly 2 basic attacks apart from each other, this stops the cooldown from being too high whilst giving you an escape that is difficult to follow for most gods.

Don't use your crystal to get into lane, this can result in you having no escape outside your ult for up to 210 seconds (and it can be camped by the enemy.

Heimdallr gains power from gods spotted on wards or by other enemy gods, you can use this to your advantage as it can give you up to 10% more physical power on your opponent, try to force fight when you have max passive stacks.

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AmoralOne (8) | May 17, 2021 10:03am
This build just hurt my heart as a support main. gg #BuffSpectral
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Dashedscroll (2) | May 17, 2021 10:56am
Honestly I hate building it but if I'm in adc I ubfortunately have to, #nerfcrit
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