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What's a god to a queen? - Aphrodite Solo / Mid- Season 7

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by ThePerfectPrism updated April 26, 2021

Smite God: Aphrodite

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Aphrodite Build

Starter Vs. Magical

Notes If your enemy in solo lane is a magical god, you should use this start. If you want to, you can change Sands of Time for Vampiric Shroud or Conduit Gem, but I've found the first to be more efficient and gives Aphrodite a bigger advantage overall, as it allows her to stay in lane for longer and be able to even win lane against some characters.

Notes

If your enemy in solo lane is a magical god, you should use this start. If you want to, you can change Sands of Time for Vampiric Shroud or Conduit Gem, but I've found the first to be more efficient and gives Aphrodite a bigger advantage overall, as it allows her to stay in lane for longer and be able to even win lane against some characters.

Build Item Sands of Time Sands of Time
Build Item Druid Stone Druid Stone
Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion
Build Item Multi Potion Multi Potion
3

Starter Vs. Physical

Notes If your enemy in solo lane is a physical god, you should use this start. If you want to, you can change Sands of Time for Conduit Gem or Warrior's Axe, but I've found the first to be more efficient and gives Aphrodite a bigger advantage overall, as it allows her to stay in lane for longer and even win lane against some characters.

Notes

If your enemy in solo lane is a physical god, you should use this start. If you want to, you can change Sands of Time for Conduit Gem or Warrior's Axe, but I've found the first to be more efficient and gives Aphrodite a bigger advantage overall, as it allows her to stay in lane for longer and even win lane against some characters.

Build Item Sands of Time Sands of Time
Build Item Imperial Helmet Imperial Helmet
Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion
Build Item Multi Potion Multi Potion
3

Starter if you're not sure

Notes If you're not sure about who'll be laning with, you should start with these.

Notes

If you're not sure about who'll be laning with, you should start with these.

Build Item Sands of Time Sands of Time
Build Item Shoes Shoes
Build Item Chalice of Healing Chalice of Healing

Core

Notes For Core Items, you should build first whichever shoes you prefer (Personally I do prefer Shoes of Focus as it gives you more mana and CDR), then you should finish your Defensive item (Makes no sense to build Lotus Crown first if you're laning against a magical god). If you end up getting fed really ahead, you CAN skip the other protection item and go straight for some damage, but I do advise against it.

Notes

For Core Items, you should build first whichever shoes you prefer (Personally I do prefer Shoes of Focus as it gives you more mana and CDR), then you should finish your Defensive item (Makes no sense to build Lotus Crown first if you're laning against a magical god). If you end up getting fed really ahead, you CAN skip the other protection item and go straight for some damage, but I do advise against it.

Build Item Shoes of Focus Shoes of Focus
Build Item Stone of Fal Stone of Fal
Build Item Lotus Crown Lotus Crown

Possible Offensive Items

Notes The first three items will be the most common. Rod of Asclepius is not only good for it's passive but it also gives Aphrodite more Movement Speed, which sometimes is what keeps you alive. Gem of Isolation used to be an almost must-have on her, since it'll leave enemies slowed for 4s (if you hit them with Love Birds, basically giving you an aditional form of CC. Ethereal Staf will straight up steal their life and mana, which is incredibly amazing on a healer. Rod of Tahuti is a nice luxury power item if you don't want to get Book of the Dead, and it gives a nice bump to your damage and healing.

Divine Ruin is a nice counter item if you're going againts someone who also heals, or againts an enemy team with a lot of healing ( Sylvanus, Thanatos, Freya, gods like them), and it should replace Spear of the Magus.

Notes

The first three items will be the most common. Rod of Asclepius is not only good for it's passive but it also gives Aphrodite more Movement Speed, which sometimes is what keeps you alive. Gem of Isolation used to be an almost must-have on her, since it'll leave enemies slowed for 4s (if you hit them with Love Birds, basically giving you an aditional form of CC. Ethereal Staf will straight up steal their life and mana, which is incredibly amazing on a healer. Rod of Tahuti is a nice luxury power item if you don't want to get Book of the Dead, and it gives a nice bump to your damage and healing.

Divine Ruin is a nice counter item if you're going againts someone who also heals, or againts an enemy team with a lot of healing ( Sylvanus, Thanatos, Freya, gods like them), and it should replace Spear of the Magus.

Build Item Rod of Asclepius Rod of Asclepius
Build Item Gem of Isolation Gem of Isolation
Build Item Ethereal Staff Ethereal Staff
Build Item Chronos' Pendant Chronos' Pendant
Build Item Divine Ruin Divine Ruin
Build Item Spear of the Magus Spear of the Magus
Build Item Rod of Tahuti Rod of Tahuti
Build Item Charon's Coin Charon's Coin
Build Item Pendulum of Ages Pendulum of Ages
Build Item Gem of Focus Gem of Focus
Build Item Hero's Axe Hero's Axe
Build Item Blood-Soaked Shroud Blood-Soaked Shroud

Possible Defensive Items

Notes Pestilence gives you an edge against healers (If you're facing another Aphrodite or maybe a Ra). I do believe you should only get this item if their team has more than 1 healer. Also, check with your Support if he'll pick up Pestilence, so you don't have to. Spectral Armor is more targeted to teams with multiple crit-users (maybe double Crit AA Hunters or Crit Assassin + Crit Hunter), and it's extremely situational. Winged Blade should also be a must-have on Aphrodite, but, alas, we can't have 7 item builds. If you feel like the slows are the reason you're dying/not being efficient, use this item in the place of Book of the Dead

Notes

Pestilence gives you an edge against healers (If you're facing another Aphrodite or maybe a Ra). I do believe you should only get this item if their team has more than 1 healer. Also, check with your Support if he'll pick up Pestilence, so you don't have to. Spectral Armor is more targeted to teams with multiple crit-users (maybe double Crit AA Hunters or Crit Assassin + Crit Hunter), and it's extremely situational. Winged Blade should also be a must-have on Aphrodite, but, alas, we can't have 7 item builds. If you feel like the slows are the reason you're dying/not being efficient, use this item in the place of Book of the Dead

Build Item Void Stone Void Stone
Build Item Celestial Legion Helm Celestial Legion Helm
Build Item Pestilence Pestilence
Build Item Spectral Armor Spectral Armor
Build Item Winged Blade Winged Blade
Build Item Witchblade Witchblade
Build Item Genji's Guard Genji's Guard
Build Item Mantle of Discord Mantle of Discord
Build Item Midgardian Mail Midgardian Mail
Build Item Bulwark of Hope Bulwark of Hope
Build Item Breastplate of Valor Breastplate of Valor
Build Item Contagion Contagion
Build Item Tyrannical Plate Helm Tyrannical Plate Helm

Relics

Notes Check the Threat Tab to be if you should get Heavenly Wings or Teleport Glyph as your first relic. Purification Beads is extremely situational and should only be gotten if their team has a lot of stuns/roots/taunts, and, if so, it'll occupy the spot of Teleport Glyph, as Heavenly Wings is a must-have relic on Aphrodite.

Notes

Check the Threat Tab to be if you should get Heavenly Wings or Teleport Glyph as your first relic. Purification Beads is extremely situational and should only be gotten if their team has a lot of stuns/roots/taunts, and, if so, it'll occupy the spot of Teleport Glyph, as Heavenly Wings is a must-have relic on Aphrodite.

Build Item Teleport Glyph Teleport Glyph
Build Item Heavenly Wings Heavenly Wings
Build Item Purification Beads Purification Beads

Go To

Notes Pretty solid overall build. With the protections from both defensive items and her passive Center of Attention, the extra pen from Charon's Coin really makes a difference in the damage department. Chronos' Pendant will give you a lot of Cooldown Reduction, which is quite the upgrade.


Super Late Game (40+ minutes), you'll want to sell your Shoes of Focus for Elixir of Speed and look into replacing it with another item, may it be Winged Blade (which is what I recommend), possibly Rod of Tahuti or something in between.

BEWARE: Don't sell your boots and buy Elixir of Speed before you can actually replace Shoes of Focus with another item (As in buying the elixir + selling boots and buying another item at the same time).

PS: If you go into super late game, I recommend switching Stone of Fal with Genji's Guard, since they'll provide better defenses and help you with CDR and Magical Burst.

Notes

Pretty solid overall build. With the protections from both defensive items and her passive Center of Attention, the extra pen from Charon's Coin really makes a difference in the damage department. Chronos' Pendant will give you a lot of Cooldown Reduction, which is quite the upgrade.


Super Late Game (40+ minutes), you'll want to sell your Shoes of Focus for Elixir of Speed and look into replacing it with another item, may it be Winged Blade (which is what I recommend), possibly Rod of Tahuti or something in between.

BEWARE: Don't sell your boots and buy Elixir of Speed before you can actually replace Shoes of Focus with another item (As in buying the elixir + selling boots and buying another item at the same time).

PS: If you go into super late game, I recommend switching Stone of Fal with Genji's Guard, since they'll provide better defenses and help you with CDR and Magical Burst.

Build Item Pendulum of Ages Pendulum of Ages
Build Item Shoes of Focus Shoes of Focus
Build Item Lotus Crown Lotus Crown
Build Item Stone of Fal Stone of Fal
Build Item Ethereal Staff Ethereal Staff
Build Item Chronos' Pendant Chronos' Pendant
Build Item Rod of Tahuti Rod of Tahuti

Aphrodite's Skill Order

Kiss

1 X Y
Kiss
4 15 16 18 19

Back Off!

2 A B
Back Off!
2 8 11 12 14

Love Birds

3 B A
Love Birds
1 3 6 7 10

Undying Love

4 Y X
Undying Love
5 9 13 17 20
Kiss
4 15 16 18 19

Kiss

1 X
Aphrodite blows a kiss to an allied god, making them her soul mate and giving them both increased movement speed. If it hits an ally, it has a reduced 1s cooldown. If the kiss hits an enemy god, they are Stunned and Aphrodite's soul mate gets jealous, increasing their damage. Also, 70% of all Mana regenerated by Aphrodite is granted to her soul mate.

Ability Type: Projectile
Movement Speed: 8 / 11 / 14 / 17 / 20%
Stun Duration: 1s
Jealousy Damage Increase: 8 / 11 / 14 / 17 / 20%
Jealousy Duration: 5s
Cost: 50 / 55 / 60 / 65 / 70
Cooldown: 14 / 13.5 / 13 / 12.5 / 12s
Back Off!
2 8 11 12 14

Back Off!

2 A
Agitated by all the attention, Aphrodite commands enemies to get away from her, doing damage around her, slowing enemies, and knocking them back to 25 units from her. If Aphrodite has a soul mate, an explosion originates on them in addition, dealing the same damage and slow. If an enemy would be hit by both blasts, they will only be affected by the one originating from Aphrodite.

Ability Type: Point Blank
Damage: 80 / 140 / 200 / 260 / 320 (+70% of your Magical Power)
Slow: 25%
Slow Duration: 2s
Radius: 20
Cost: 70 / 75 / 80 / 85 / 90
Cooldown: 12s
Love Birds
1 3 6 7 10

Love Birds

3 B
Aphrodite calls forth a flock of beautiful doves that fly forward in the area in front of her. The doves circle around all enemies in the path, dealing initial damage and then damaging enemies every 0.5s for 3s. Aphrodite and her soul mate also receive healing when cast.

Ability Type: Line
Damage (Initial Hit): 15 / 25 / 35 / 45 / 55 (+15% of your Magical Power)
Damage per Tick: 15 / 25 / 35 / 45 / 55 (+15% of your Magical Power)
Damage (Total): 105 / 175 / 245 / 315 / 385 (+105% of your Magical Power)
Healing per Tick: 10 / 17 / 24 / 31 / 38 (+10% of your Magical Power)
Healing (Total): 60 / 102 / 144 / 186 / 228 (+60% of your Magical Power)
Cost: 70 / 75 / 80 / 85 / 90
Cooldown: 14s
Undying Love
5 9 13 17 20

Undying Love

4 Y
Aphrodite pledges undying love to herself and her Soul Mate. While this is active, her and her Soul Mate are invulnerable to all damage for a short duration. All crowd control effects are also removed when activated.

Ability Type: Buff
Invulnerability Duration: .8 / 1.1 / 1.4 / 1.7 / 2s
Cost: 100
Cooldown: 90s

Aphrodite Threats

Tap each threat level to view Aphrodite’s threats

Max
2
Major
5
Even
13
Minor
12
Tiny
3

Aphrodite Synergies

Tap each synergy level to view Aphrodite’s synergies

Ideal
8
Strong
7
OK
2
Low
0
None
0

~Introduction~

Hello everyone, this is ThePerfectPrism and I'm here with my 8th SmiteFire guide ! This time, it'll be for the same goddess as in my 2nd guide, which is Aphrodite, Goddess of Love. In this case, my own solo lane guide for her!

This guide also uses parts of FemFatalis' Aphrodite guide, with her authorization.

Also, keep in mind this guides focuses on her Solo lane viability. While I've added a Mid build, this guide's intent is to help you play her on Solo lane! Maybe, if I have enough requests, I'll add a Mid step by step and tips!




Nevertheless, let's start this guide !


~Pros/Cons~

Aphrodite - Pros & Cons

........ Pros ........

  • Love Birds's healing and damage
  • Undying Love's invulnerability
  • Powerful CC
  • Insane Late Game potential
  • Can turn tides of teamfights easily
....... Cons .......

  • Early levels are trash
  • Squishball
  • Extra-weak without blue buff
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~Skills~

ABILITIES

Aphrodite's abilities are very powerful, one being an instant point blank burst, and the other an AoE high damage tool, which includes a slow and a stun, which helps her with her viability and her ability to be played in multiple roles


CENTER OF ATTENTION
Center of Attention is a truly interesting passive. It increases both of your protections by 4 for each god within 70 units, stacking up to 9 times, making it a very useful to maintain yourself in late teamfights


This ability can not be leveled, and is active at all times.


KISS




#1
Kiss is a stun, which stuns the enemy for 1 second and, if you use it on an ally,it will create a magical link, which synergyzes with her other abilities, and gives a movement speed buff (8/11/14/17/20%). If you stun an enemy while linked with an ally, it will give your teammate a Jealousy buff, increasing damage for 8/11/14/17/20%


This ability should be leveled third, after Back Off! and before Undying Love


Use this ability for the following circumstances:
- Disrupt Enemy Abilities.
- Speed buff
- Link with an ally and heal/Jealous buff them.


BACK OFF!




#2
Back Off! is a point blank AoE massive damage ability that deals 80/140/200/260/320 (+70% of your Magical Power), applying both a knockback and a 25% slow. If you're linked to an ally, an explosion will also occur on them, applying the same amount of damage and the slow for 25% during 2 seconds


This ability should be leveled second, after Love Birds and before Kiss


Use this ability for the following circumstances:
- Disrupt Enemy Abilities.
- Massive Nuke Damage
- Knockback enemies to escape.

LOVE BIRDS




#3
Love Birds is a rectangle AoE damage/heal ability that deals 105/175/245/315/380 (+105% of your Magical Power) total damage and healing you and your ally for 60/102/144/186/228 (+60% of your Magical Power) after the 3 seconds.


This ability should be leveled first


Use this ability for the following circumstances:
- Clear Wave.
- Massively Heal you and your allies
- Zone out enemies in choke points.


UNDYING LOVE




#4
Undying Love is an invulnerability ultimate that makes you CC Immune and Damage Immune for .8 /1.1/1.4/1.7/2 seconds. If you have an active link, they'll also become immune for that duration.


This ability should be leveled last


Use this ability for the following circumstances:
- Negate all forms of incoming damage.
- Save allies
- Turn the tides of a teamfight.

~Items~

The starting build is Sands of Time, a defensive item (either Druid Stone or Imperial Helmet, a Healing Potion, and three Multi Potion. Sands of Time will fit aphro perfectly, since it's passive allows you to keep your mana regeneration up, while also giving you early CDR, which is something you want in Aphrodite. The defensive item will built into it's Tier 3 form ( Stone of Fal or Lotus Crown second, as you'll want to finish off your boots before them. The potions are for worst-case scenarios.

As Aphrodite, you don't really have to back at any time. I've stayed in lane until after my second blue buff wears out, then backed and bought the first two items. If you're forced back before you can start Shoes of Focus, just buy either it's Tier 2 ( Magic Shoes) or the Tier 2 of the defensive item ( Sage's Stone or Jade Mountain Helm). Personally, I'd rush the first defensive item ( Lotus Crown or Stone of Fal) first, as I'm used to Aphrodite's movement speed and positioning due to years of playing her, but I'll recommend the following gold listings for you:

Gold numbers in which you should back are:


However, if you want to rush the first defensive item, like I do, you can buy full Lotus Crown with 1450 Gold, and Stone of Fal with 2000 Gold.

Also, staying in lane with only a Tier 1 defensive item past 3600 Gold will put you at risk to ganks and the enemy solo laner, who, it is to be assumed, has backed multiple times while you're sustaining in lane.

After finishing the core build of Shoes of Focus, Stone of Fal, and Lotus Crown, you'll have to judge your options, from which there are many options for the next three items. If you're fed, Gem of Isolation and Rod of Asclepius are both options, one being more offensive and controlling, and the other pointing towards a more supporting build. Chronos Pendant and Ethereal Staff are both good items for an ability-spam mage, especially if you are the best healer in the game (wink wink). Charon's Coin is a perfect item on Aphrodite if you want more movement speed, the best stat for her after CDR. Spectral Armor and Pestilence are niche but valuable items, depending the situation. Winged Blade is amazing to counter teams which heavily relies on slows.

You can always buy Heavenly Wings and Teleport Glyph. Both relics will help you a lot, depending on the matchup. Also, Purification Beads may be needed, so check the Threats section to know which relics to get!

~Early Game~

The first two or three levels are hard for Aphrodite; most meta solo gods can outclear and outpush Aphrodite. What you want to do is focus on clearing the archers, since they do the most damage, and poking out the enemy solo laner, by hitting him constantly with auto attacks while also hitting him with your Love Birds (which will also give you sustain) into Back Off! combo. After these levels, the real fun begins.

The last part of what I refer to as the early game is level 5. If the enemy solo laner has kill potential at level 5 (the two most important being Bakasura and Bellona), take Undying Love. If not, put a third point in Love Birds for increased clear and healing.

~Mid Game~

The laning phase constitutes the mid game. By level 9, you'll have full clear with Love Birds apart from the brute minions. With given clear, Aphrodite becomes a poke monster, especially after 30% CDR is reached with Sands of Time, Shoes of Focus and Blue Buff. You can clear the wave, Kiss the enemy solo laner, Back Off! them, and lead them with Love Birds again for enormous levels of poke. Blue buff allows an infinite number of these pokes. Unless you die once or twice during this phase, you are guaranteed to win lane and get the tower first. In addition, when other solo laners rotate, it is not as safe for you to do so. Instead, push the tier 2 tower, take jungle buffs, et cetera. Take advantage of farming the lane alone. Also, don't forget about the Totem that stands in the jungle space that separates solo from Fire Giant. It grants your team as gives them an early movement speed buff and also 25 MP5!

Ganks will most likely happen during the mid game. During an allied gank on the enemy solo laner, you will want to Kiss your jungler immediately and use Back Off! to slow the enemy. Love Birds will serve as poke and extra damage, but mostly, you'll be playing assist. Kissing the solo laner will increase your jungler's damage, so land those Kisses!

~Late Game~

As soon as Aphrodite enters teamfights, the game changes. You'll (possibly) have close to max CDR, so heal your allies whenever possible. You can even spam Love Birds into walls or camps instead of hitting enemies, since the heal is extremely valuable. Don't waste Undying Love - use it only if your soul mate is about to die or if a burst/cc-heavy ultimate ( Release The Kraken!, Pillar of Agony, Searing Pain, Waxing Moon, etc ) is used on you and/or your soul mate. Kiss targets that your soul mate is focusing for the increased damage. Use Back Off! to stop enemy aggression. Aphrodite is the mistress of sustain, so use her healing and CC to your advantage. Always stay linked to your jungler or ADC, linking to others only for temporary amounts of time and only if they are low health.

Don't forget about your Elixir of Speed! This is a consumable that gives you 18% Movement Speed, the same amount as boots, for an unlimited amount of time, for the price of 2000 gold. In long games (45+ minutes), Selling boots, grabbing this Elixir, and getting another damage item (maybe Rod of Tahuti or Spear of Desolation) is arguably a solid decision, but getting a defensive item (specifically Winged Blade) also seems wise.

~Honorable Mentions~

FemFatalis, who stopped updating her amazing Aphrodite solo guide, and allowed me to use her info and BBCoding for this guide !

DucksRock for seeing things for me so I didn't have to hop in game

xXSlyFoxHoundXx, the Youtuber who showed me smite !

My honest and truthful friends for always being on my *** so I'm constantly improving and being a better version of me!

Branmuffin17 for being a constant friend, advisor and father figure. <3

~Conclusions~

Thank you so much for reading my "Collaboration" guide with FemFatalis (It's somewhat a collab since she allowed me to use some of her information and update them). I really hope it helps you and your solo lane adventures! Remember to leave a UPVOTE and a Comment! Bye Bye!

~Other Guides~

....All of my other guides, awaiting your review ! Go check 'em out !....




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~Change Log~

07-16-16 ~ Guide Released (Also Added Breastplate of Valor and Ritual Dagger
09-11-16 ~ Guide Update
10-20-16 ~ Guide Update #2
12-03-16 ~ Guide Update #3
02-08-18 ~ Holy Jeeeeeeebus an update!!
01-30-19 ~ Updated guide for Patch 6.1, to be dropped within the next week.
02-05-19 ~ Another Update Pre 6.1, Added suggestions from Bran and Mysterio.
02-16-19 ~ Updated the guide to show tested information about S6 and other corrections.
03-06-19 ~ Jormungandr patch update, Kriega + Estidien expansion of situationals
04-08-19 ~ Celestial Legion Helm going into the main build, replacing Breastplate of Valor.
05~07~19 ~ Added Divine Ruin to the guide, swapped Void Stone with Stone of Fal.
06-01-19 ~ Updated the guide to include Aphrodite buffs, changed images used.
06-08-19 ~ Added a Mid build and updated the Other Guides Section.
06-10-10 ~ Corrected wrong information on the guide (Gold costs, old references, et cetera).
07-18-19 ~ Switched back Stone of Fal to Void Stone as I've been having better results with it as of late, changed Guardian's Blessing for Warrior's Blessing and corrected some spelling mistakes.
07-19-19 ~ Added Kriega's suggestion for Lotus Crown as a defensive item for the Mid build.
07-27-19 ~ Added Contagion to possible defense items.
08~20~19 ~ Added Shaman's Ring as an offensive option in both builds.
02~11~20 ~ Removed Shaman's Ring, updated pricings and removed old pieces of information.
03~25~20 ~ Reworked build for Shoes of the Magi shift and other shifts within Aphro herself.
04~24~20 ~ Reworked Build again, updated (hopefully) ALL outdated info.
06~12~20 ~ Updated skills to reflect Aphrodite Nerf
06~15~20 ~ Updated Threats, taking away some out of meta enemies and adding
Camazotz
07~27~20 ~ Updated Mid build.
09~08~20 ~ Updated language to be clearer.
11~23~20 ~ Guide still relevant, updated for freshness
12~16~20 ~ Mobile Compatibility Update!
01~29~21 ~ S8 Guide update!
04~26~21 ~ Added BBCoding Changes!

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Vini_sds (13) | March 26, 2020 5:04am
Hello Prism! I see you updated your guide (and you TOTALLY DIDN'T told me about that, imagine it! /s)

I want to expand our discussion from a couple days ago, while making some points about your guide and your latest changes.

• SOLO:

• Builds:
- First and foremost, the point where we had our discussion: Cooldown reduction.
I still think you should build your CDR item (either Breastplate of Valor or Chronos' Pendant) as, at max, the third item. So, in your example build, I'd swap the build order for Chronos' and Ethereal Staff.
I CANNOT imagine any Aphrodite surviving until late game without at least 30% CDR. Her early game is already trash, and your cooldowns are too long. Why do you want to make yourself suffer even more by delaying CDR?
The "standard" Aphro mid build gets 30% CDR in the first 2 items (Chronos' and Focus), and I honestly think solo should go for a similar route. (30% CDR within the first 3 items, at least).

Just like Chang'e and Hel, there are 3 things Aphro really needs, in order of priority:
1. CDR;
2. MP5;
3. Power (To scale your heals).


- I'm happy to see that you picked Lotus Crown as your physical defense item of choice. It is, indeed, one of the best options for Aphro in the solo lane. (The other one being Breastplate of Valor.)

- I understand your choice for Void Stone (possibly the best hybrid magical defense item in the game for guardians/mages), but after the 7.1 changes this item should not be built first in any build. I undesrtand that you want the power from T1/T2 to help with clear, but the protection reduction aura will be negligible during the first 10/15 minutes of the match. It's still a good item in the 4th/5th slot, but not before that.

But even with that, I consider Aphrodite a more backline-focused solo, so her job is to either peel for her squishies or help the assassin dive the enemy team, and I don't think she'll be that close to the enemy for Void Stone to be that impactful.

Since you're going Gem of Isolation, why not pick Stone of Binding? It's going to give some prots and you can apply the passive with 3 of your abilities (After you built Iso).

- Guardian's Blessing lost its effectivness in solo, so it should be removed.

- Unless you're going Book of Thoth or MAYBE Warlock's Staff (which you shouldn't in Aphro solo), Book of the Dead shoudn't be listed.

- I think Spear of the Magus should be completely removed, even from situationals.

- Why Pridwen, Soul Reaver and Shield of Regrowth aren't listed as situationals?


• Matchups:
- King Arthur should be placed lower, because Aphrodite completely counters him.

- I'm curious about where you would place Mulan, because I'm not sure myself.


• Writeup:
- Your notes section for your example build still mentions items that you replaced, like Charon's Coin and Rod of Asclepius. Take a look at those.
Actually, you should revise all the notes, because some of them are talking about items that you removed and aren't mentioning the new items that you included.

- Your Items section still mentions Celestial Legion Helm instead of Lotus Crown.

- Why do you consider Lotus Crown and Rod of Asclepius combo overkill? They complement each other, and one doesn't replace the other.

- Unless fully maxed, I don't think Undying Love can escape Pillar of Agony, but I might be wrong.


• MID:
• Builds:
- I like your example build, but I have a question: Why aren't you building Rod of Asclepius on your solo build (a low power build due to protection items) but going Asclepius on your mid build (a full power build)? Should't it be the opposite?
I mean, from my undestanding, Asclepius is an alternative for low-power builds for your heals to still be effective, and a mid build doesn't need that. What's your opinion on the matter?

- I think you should go at least 30% pen in mid, so pick something that has 10% pen as one of the last items.

- I'd replace the build order for Rod of Tahuti and Spear of Desolation.

And that's it! Let me know what you think.
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ThePerfectPrism (56) | March 27, 2020 5:26pm
Hey Vini! let's get to the feedback!

Quoted:
The "standard" Aphro mid build gets 30% CDR in the first 2 items (Chronos' and Focus), and I honestly think solo should go for a similar route. (30% CDR within the first 3 items, at least).


I don't think Aphrodite needs CDR within the first 3 items. You should round off your bases (Damage+Protections) in the first three items, so that you may survive ganks and possible early rotations. While CDR is core for Aphrodite, I don't think, in solo, it's as needed early on.

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I understand your choice for Void Stone but after the 7.1 changes this item should not be built first in any build. I undesrtand that you want the power from T1/T2 to help with clear, but the protection reduction aura will be negligible during the first 10/15 minutes of the match. It's still a good item in the 4th/5th slot, but not before that.


Maybe this is why you always die when mid ganks you :p

In truth, you want Void Stone not only for the passive, but for the stats. 60 Magical Protection will make sure you arrive into late game quite well protected, which is when the passive kicks in. 55 units is (close to) the range of Love Birds. Are you sure you're never 55 units close to enemies late game? Unless you're trying to be a fully-committed-to-healing Aphrodite, you should also be peeling and doing damage with your nuke and, if possible, your heal.

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Since you're going Gem of Isolation, why not pick Stone of Binding? It's going to give some prots and you can apply the passive with 3 of your abilities (After you built Iso).


Mainly because it's stats aren't good enough to justify it in the build. Even if it's applicable with 3 of her abilities, it'll take away another item from her. Maybe you could switch it with Void Stone, but only in a game you're up against 4 physicals and 1 magical.

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Why Pridwen, Soul Reaver and Shield of Regrowth aren't listed as situational?


Pridwen starts counting the moment you press 4, not after the ultimate wears off, which interferes with it's whole idea.
Soul Reaver isn't as interesting as Ethereal Staff, Rod of Ascpleius Gem of Isolation, or a number of other itens on aphro in solo.
Shield of Regrowth is mainly personal bias. Aphro already has a speed boost with Kiss and with items like Rod of Asclepius. This item isn't that good on her.

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I'm curious about where you would place Mulan, because I'm not sure myself.


Even. Mulan can Grapple you away from safety but you completely shut her Cross Strike with Kiss, and you can ult her Divine Mastery.

As for Writeup, I know some information is outdated, honestly the guide is a wall of text, unlike my other guides, making it quite harder to look for flaws, especially for notes. Lotus Crown and Rod of Asclepius both in your build take away space that can be used for another item that could increase your surviveability. (BUT HEALING INCREASES YOUR SURVIVEABILITY). Well Sherlock, so does Healing and Defenses, or Healing and CC.

Undying Love at level 2 can escape Pillar of Agony from the epicenter.

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going Asclepius on your mid build (a full power build)?


Asclepius gives you a lot of power and extra movement speed, which is essential for aphro when she's building glass cannon.
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Kriega1 (129) | July 19, 2019 2:46am
In Mid, why not get Lotus Crown over Celestial Legion Helm?
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ThePerfectPrism (56) | July 19, 2019 7:28am
I thought about that while making the build, and honestly, I was stuck. In one hand, Celestial Legion Helm would be preferable against burst assassins (Like a Thanatos gank, or a Set gank) while Lotus Crown would be better against overall engagements towards Aphrodite, but would rely upon having Love Birds available to get the extra protections, which could mean wasting it instead of using it on the wave, which in turn could result in a tower dive. I'll add Lotus Crown as an option, which in some scenarios is better then Celestial Legion Helm due to the constant extra protections.

EDIT: I just saw that I placed Celestial Legion Helm as some of the late item choices. Well, My thought process there would be to counter the enemy hunter, if he comes for Aphrodite, he'll have a hard time getting through the Celestial Legion Helm stacks (just for a small amount of time cuz hunters are normally going 2+ AA/s) but yeah, Lotus Crown can be a nice item as well.
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Kriega1 (129) | July 19, 2019 9:28am
If the enemy hunter has Crusher or a physical god has tick based physical damage they can remove the stacks from Celestial Helm pretty quickly. Coupled with the fact that Celestial got nerfed, and that Lotus > Dynasty on Aphro I just don’t see why the prioritisation for Celestial Helm.
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FootFetish (4) | July 18, 2019 10:11pm
Hi prism! long time no see *wink*
I really like your aphrodite guide from head to toe and i wanted to suggest you putting Ah Puch as Extreme threat, since his kit fully counters Aphrodite.

Also, Eset is a really interesting match up which i'd also include in Extreme threat. Spirit Ball plus Wing Gust is your death in the very early game. Aphrodite might be on the top 5 mages with lowest base HP in the early game (I think its 442, i'm not really sure). However, to the point, if isis gets a kill on aphrodite in the very early game, she will already start snowballing, and if she gets 1 or 2 kills more she will be literally unstoppable.
Really, a lane against Eset as Aphrodite is not fun. Its insanely hard to juke, if you get stunned without your ultimate up you will have a trip back to base, and its REALLY hard to time Undying Love to Circle of Protection.

That's all! Cya
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ThePerfectPrism (56) | July 19, 2019 7:34am
The whole thing you have to pay attention to counter Ah Puch is his Fleeting Breath. As long as you don't use your Love Birds while he uses his thing on you, it's not that effective. Fleeting Breath is not a lane-counter ability against Aphrodite, it's a teamfight counter ability to Aphrodite, and the threats tab focuses specifically in the laning phase, with some mentions toward late-game teamfights. I've also given more reasoning as to why Ah Puch isn't an extreme threat towards Aphrodite on the threats tab, so check that out for some tips as well!

As for Eset, she's the early game pressure goddess, it would be dumb for anyone to try and step up to Eset if they're not an early game power house as well (Think Hades or Agni). Spirit Ball is something easy to juke when you've seen how the enemy uses it after 2-3 times (You'll always notice a pattern with their aiming, they'll either aim towards where you're walking (which makes it easy to juke) or in your general direction (Which could make it harder to juke)). The trick against Eset is to cancel her Wing Gust with Kiss and pressure her out with your heal (even tho she has nice sustain because of Funeral Rites.).
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FootFetish (4) | July 19, 2019 2:15pm
i guess you're right, i just readed the other things you wrote about Ah Puch, my bad hihi
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Amandakcook69 | June 17, 2019 11:17pm
So which items are the exact final build you use???
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ThePerfectPrism (56) | June 18, 2019 6:03am
Like Kriega said, there's no exact final build, since you're a solo laner (you need to be able to adept to the enemy team). I did make a Go To section, which is a good build all around, but it can also change depending on the enemy team and the counter-items you need to get.
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Kriega1 (129) | June 18, 2019 1:32am
There is no “exact” final build. Builds are dependent upon the match themselves.
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Vini_sds (13) | June 10, 2019 10:28am
Wait, your guide always had a Mid section, Pris? I could swear it was only Solo.
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ThePerfectPrism (56) | June 10, 2019 11:27am
I recently added mid, after noticing her increasing popularity in mid (Also, DMBrandon saying in his latest Tierlist update that her mid potential is better then her solo potential now. I'll have to keep playing her in mid but if I feel like it I might do a in-depth one for mid)
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Vini_sds (13) | June 10, 2019 12:36pm
Please do. I'd love to see your opinions and your point of view about her in Mid.
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Kriega1 (129) | April 25, 2019 8:55am
In your example build, why not try swap cdr boots for pen boots, swap void stone for genjis, and celestial for breastplate?

Also maybe somewhere list Divine Ruin as a counter item. It makes more sense for Aphro than Pestilence (which she isn't great with, Aphro isn't exactly a frontliner, even built tanky, so you would only really get good use of pestilence on her if someone like Ao with bancrofts + typhons or Kali or Pele was diving your backline).
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Vini_sds (13) | April 29, 2019 12:32pm
Kriega1 wrote:
In your example build, why not try swap cdr boots for pen boots, swap void stone for genjis, and celestial for breastplate?

Also maybe somewhere list Divine Ruin as a counter item. It makes more sense for Aphro than Pestilence (which she isn't great with, Aphro isn't exactly a frontliner, even built tanky, so you would only really get good use of pestilence on her if someone like Ao with bancrofts + typhons or Kali or Pele was diving your backline).


Unless you're a guardian with obnoxiously long cooldowns (Hi @ Jormungandr), I'd always recommend Celestial Legion Helm or Lotus Crown (if you can heal) for magical solo laners.
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ThePerfectPrism (56) | April 29, 2019 11:48am
Hey Kriega

In the notes I do mention everytime that I prefer CDR boots over Pen boots for Aphrodite, but that's my personal preference and should even I sometimes use pen boots depending on how my lane is going. As for divine ruin, that's my bad cuz I swore that it was listed on the guide, and will include it in the next update.

Now, for void stone and celestial legion helm, I used to run Breastplate and found better results using celestial legion helm (which Estidien had a discussion with me which prompted me to try the item and I've had an amazing time with it,), and, for Void Stone, I'm in the process to change it to Stone of Fal, which gives aphro more CDR (to compensate for not running Breatplate anymore), a passive that helps againts high-burst late game (which compensates for less protections).
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Kriega1 (129) | April 29, 2019 12:00pm
a passive that helps against high-burst late game (which compensates for less protections).


I'd argue that ever since they reworked Stone of Fal, the passive doesen't actually do much to negate burst from mages. So unless you're only buying the item for it's base stats, which is fine, I don't see how the item is that effective looking at it's passive.
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Vini_sds (13) | April 9, 2019 10:14am
Hey Pris, I see you updated the build.

You swapped Breastplate of Valor with Celestial Legion Helm as a core item, which is something that I like. I'm playing a lot with mages in the solo lane lately ( Hades, Zhong Kui and Chang'e), and this is my go-to physical protection item. Well, with Hades and Zhong at least, because with Chang'e I use Lotus Crown.

And that's the first question I wanna ask: Don't you think Lotus Crown is a better option for Aphro since she's a healer and can proc it often? Now, here I go again to bring back the point that I always discuss about with Bran, but despite the fact that Aprho's a single target healer, I still think that not using Lotus is a waste of her potential.

Now, into other questions.

• Don't you think Book of the Dead should be removed, since we're not building a lot of mana items in the example build? Actually, since we're not building Book of Thoth?

• I believe Spirit Robe and Hide of the Urchin should be listed, because they're great dual protection items.

• Shouldn't Divine Ruin be listed as well? I think it's a good replacement for Spear of the Magus if you need anti-heal (better than Pestilence, imo).

• With the removal of Breastplate of Valor, we're with 20% less cdr, and your current example build only has Shoes of Focus to provide cdr. Don't you think Aphro needs at least 20% cdr, due to her long cooldowns? I think we need another item to make up for the lack of BoV. Maybe Genji's Guard instead of Void Stone? Or maybe add something like Shield of Regrowth somewhere else?

• I think you should add some more relic options, like Magic Shell, Cursed Ankh for healers, Phantom Veil for Odin and even Meditation Cloak against executes ( Thanatos, Achilles and Ao Kuang).
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ThePerfectPrism (56) | April 9, 2019 3:24pm
Hey Vini!

~ Like I've said a lot, I do believe that Rod of Asclepius is better on Aphrodite by giving her Movement Speed, which ends up acting as her escape, and Celestial Legion Helm provides to be better than Lotus Crown most of the times.

~ Book of the Dead is a good offensive item that brings some defensive value, and it's the reason why it's here on the build. We're not focusing our build/playstyle around it, but it's worth noting.

~ Both aren't as rewarding on Aphrodite as Mantle of Discord is, mainly because we're not using Oni Hunter's Garb to stack the Dmg Mitigation (for Spirit Robe, and Hide of the Urchin doesn't give you enough while you're in a fight.

~ This is a in-trasition update while I'm finishing the info on the main guide + updating the BBCoding, so it still doesn't mention Divine Ruin mainly cuz I'm still writing about it.

~ Void Stone is going to be replaced by Stone of Fal in the next update, therefore, you'll have 10% CDR (when you sell boots), plus the 10% from blue buff (which is good to have all stages of the game with Aphrodite) and you can replace boots with Chronos' Pendant, if you wish to focus on the 40% CDR.

~ I don't believe Aphrodite gets as much use out of these other relics to exchange Heavenly Wings for it, so that's why it's not mentioned.

Hope that sums it! Anything else?
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Vini_sds (13) | April 9, 2019 9:45pm
Hey Pris.

• But I never said you shouldn't pick up Rod of Asclepius. I also think it's a great item for Aphro, and should be the first item after you finish your core. I don't see how Asclepius and Lotus Crown excludes each other, my suggestion is that both should be built. You think Celestial Legion Helm is more useful?

• I still think Book of the Dead loses it's value if you don't have other mana items on your build.

• I agree about Spirit Robe, but I still think Hide of the Urchin should at least be mentioned as a situational item, because the stats are VERY good. 50 of each protection and 250 health and mana? Sign me in :p

• No problem.

Stone of Fal? Is this item that good to replace Void Stone?

• I don't think these relics should replace Heavenly Wings (I also love this one for Aphro), but instead replace Teleport Glyph.
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Branmuffin17 (364) | April 9, 2019 3:31pm
Agreed with Vini on this one. Book of the Dead just doesn't seem worth it unless you're investing into enough mana to make the shield worthwhile. I personally wouldn't even list it unless getting at least Book of Thoth, which of course isn't suggested for a Solo build. You're getting 550 health in your "go to" build, and I think that should cover some extra survivability well.
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Gulfwulf (81) | April 9, 2019 12:30pm
Don't forget that Spirit Robe and Mantle of Discord both have 10% CDR.
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ThePerfectPrism (56) | February 19, 2019 5:27am
Hi Kriega, only saw this now.

If you check the notes, I do mention that you can grab whichever shoe you prefer, and that I have a personal preference for Shoes of Focus on Aphrodite. I truly forgot about Witchblade and do agree that it deserves a mention on the guide, however, I don't see the other items being as worth to Aphrodite as the main build and situationals themselves. Sure, late game you could change Void Stone for Bulwark of Hope or Genji's Guard, but you'd have to sacrifice Book of the Dead for any of the other mentions.

I don't think Aphrodite gets much from Magic Shell or Phantom Veil, and Heavenly Wings's surviveability outweights them.

Also, Aphrodite solo cannot survive without the mana from Multi Potions or Mana Potions themselves. There are moments your Jungler won't be able to do your blue buff, and you need them. Also, Health Potions and Multi Potions allow you to double heal, or even triple heal with Love Birds, allowing you to be a bit more aggressive, and that's why I think Aphrodite doesn't need Chalice of Healing.
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Tlaloc1050 (17) | February 2, 2019 6:35am
I tried out the recommended build. Did pretty well. Thoughts on spear of magus and Bakasura?

I found that spear of magus seems to work nicely for extra damage.

Recently I faced a Bakasura that was chasing me and managed to send him running through well, my whole kit. Was it luck or is she naturally good against him?
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ThePerfectPrism (56) | February 2, 2019 6:43am
Spear is an item I do quite enjoy on her, and it's specially good againts tanky teams.

People think that Bakasura owns Aphrodite in lane, but that's because some people don't even try to learn her and build her differently then other mages! I assume you followed my reccomendation and got Heavenly Wings? It really covers up the thing aphro lacks most, which is mobility (also it helps with Baka's ult slow which in turn makes you counter him better so there's that)
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Tlaloc1050 (17) | February 2, 2019 7:47am

I assume you followed my reccomendation and got Heavenly Wings?

YES!!!

It got me out of a LOT of sticky situations. Also, very very agreed.
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xmysterionz (64) | January 31, 2019 10:07am
Would be nice you add a match up with Ratatoskr solo. He has started to being picked in this role recently and I would love see your thoughts about this match up with my little cute assassin!!
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Branmuffin17 (364) | January 31, 2019 4:49pm
2 when he uses Flurry. Ult on his ult. Outlast him with healing. XD
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xmysterionz (64) | February 1, 2019 8:04am
Bran your Intruser XD
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ThePerfectPrism (56) | February 1, 2019 7:08am
Lemme copy and paste this really quickly...
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xmysterionz (64) | January 31, 2019 5:41am
Só passando pra deixar meu +1 ;)
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ThePerfectPrism (56) | January 31, 2019 7:37am
<3
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