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Smite God: Vulcan

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Purchase Order

You won't force me out THAT easily!

Build Item Chronos' Pendant Chronos' Pendant
Build Item Shoes of Focus Shoes of Focus
Build Item Warlock's Staff Warlock's Staff
Build Item Ethereal Staff Ethereal Staff
Build Item Obsidian Shard Obsidian Shard
Build Item Rod of Tahuti Rod of Tahuti

Vulcan's Skill Order



1 X
Inferno Cannon

Inferno Cannon

2 A
Magma Bomb

Magma Bomb

3 B


4 Y


I've fallen in love with Vulcan since I first took him to a test run. I've been playing Vulcan more or less since he was first released and in various forms. Since I first played him as a tank, I kind of still got the habit on building him more on holding the lane and consistent damage rather than glass-cannonish burst. So this guide will be an alternative for him. The build I at least personally prefer and in my opinion works better.

Let's bring some pain.

The key factor which people tend to forget is to prioritize Inferno Cannon over Magma Bomb.
Simply the fact that Magma Bomb, even with CDR capped, has just way too long CDR.
I use Magma Bomb just to poke and feed my enemies to my long love, the almighty Inferno Cannon. Combining the 2 skills gives you some serious zoning capabilities. Also you need 1 point in Backfire for escapes/tagging people. With CDR maxed, don't be afraid to use your ulti just for zoning since the CD will be rather quick. Can't compare to Ra or Anubis of course, but still.

Bringing the shinies to the playground

Key to the consistent damage stand mainly behind cooldown reduction. The first item for me is more or less always Chronos' Pendant.
The next in line is rather a personal preference with the boots, I personally like to go all out on cooldown rating.
Now we start forward on staying in the lane and go with Warlocks Sash and Ethereal Staff This will simultaneously increase your damage output and survivability, resulting in 3000 HP with full stacks at level 20.
Now to make your attack even more, we'll go with Obsidian Shard.
And of course, as a cherry on top as with all mages, Rod of Tahuti.


It's a matter of personal preferences really.
I usually go with Meditation/Aegis combo.
Meditation simpy for more constant nuking and staying in the lane which later on gives you also some healing for those sticky situations.
About Aegis.. Well, the reasons are quite obvious.

Trade offs

I see a lot of people build lifesteal items on Vulcan, which in my opinion is rather useless. The main reason being that your primary damage output is from your turret skill, simply because magma bomb cooldown is way too long to be beneficial and lifesteal DOES NOT transfer over to turret hits. The other reason would be for items like Talon the magical power output, but then again, since Vulcan is a type of mage that's nearly always close to the action and WILL be focused whenever possible (simply because turrets piss people off), you won't be enjoying the full benefits of the lower-hp-higher-damage bonuses and will be sitting and waiting to respawn.

The only lifesteal item, which could be used as a situational item, for example Assault game mode, would be in my opinion Divine Ruin. And that for it's passive rather than it's lifesteal capabilities.

The tradeoff in damage is not that much of a loss, if not added special passives like for example the one from Soul Reaver. From your ultimate if I recall you drop around 200-300 damage, while it already is one of the hardest hitting abilities in the game.

While you might think, the more damage, the better. Well, actually no, if you come to lane just to land a few skills and be taken out by the enemy assassin, you're hardly any use to your team. In trade off to lose that bit of damage, you basicly double your surviving capabilities.


Vulcan who stays in the lane, nearly always wins the lane.

The main thing is to remember not to be afraid to use your turret even just as cannon fodder. As a mage you have above average mana pool and your turret can outstand a couple of skills. So it could be wise to just leave your turret as a cannonfodder, zoning your enemies. Then they have 2 options to advance against a well positioned turret. - Either move in to attack it with basic attacks and lose a bit of health or use your long-range skills to take it out, witch ticks away their mana and is one step closer to force them out of the lane.

The arch-nemesis for all mages is those pesky little assassins. With this build and little practice you can win a duel against most of the assassins instead of trying to run away from them and still dying due to lack of escape skills.
The key to fighting someone alone is actually rather simple, instead of moving away from them, you have to act against logic and stick to them, keep them in front of the turret and control them. Most of the assassins are used to taking squishy mages out without an effort and don't really expect you to actually fight back. The tactics would be to stay in the turret range, whenever they get to you, backfire away, tagging them and landing some extra damage and/or magmabomb the ground you stand on, throwing them further. Also if you have ultimate available, don't be afraid to use it due to it's rather low CDR. This will give them 2 options - Either try to run and leave you alone or stay and take it, with usually assassins not building any defence and rather low HP pool, they usually lose nearly half of their HP from your ulti alone.

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Titizo | November 9, 2015 4:07am
Well, I've started using Vulcan a while ago and sticking to your items, I would suggest you get the shoes of focus first and then chrono's pendant. Why? Because u get mana, wich is major for vulcan at the beggining to stay on lane and you get the CDR too. Moreover you get speed! This is really important when you are an agressive mid Vulcan, cause if you go forward on lane, you ll have to run fast to save yourself if jungler appears.

Chrono's pendant should be 3rd in my opinion, cause CDR arent that big for Vulcan and you already have a reduction cause of the shoes. So you should start stacking with warlock's Sash to get some sustain and build up your power!

After that I'd go for chrono's pendant for the power and the extra CDR.

4th I'd go for penetration, so Obsidian Shard. You really need it this stage of the game, cause you need to pierce those magical protections.

And then depending on how the match's developing I would go for Ethereal Staff (more defensive) or I'd go for Gem of Isolation (More agressive).

Finally I'd stick with the Rod of Tahuti.

This is just my opinion. I hope it helps.
And btw, I also like to play Vulcan solo lane. It's just fun and junglers can only appear from one side.

P.S Always leave gold to ward, it's major for Vulcan
darthdude277 | February 15, 2015 11:45am
I would also recommend you build warlock stash second if you choose to build it. Getting those stacks up early will greatly help you make that item worth the purchase price.
Deepoehh | February 15, 2015 5:18am
As I've mentioned, it's all about personal preference concidering actives. Actually combining backfire with his other abilities, you can escape most of the situations. It just takes some practice.. or a lot. :)
This is probably the only case where his otherwise rather useless passive becomes rather handy.
Shushruth007 | February 15, 2015 3:45am
shouldn't you swap meditation with combat blink besides his backfire(which is really unreliable) he has no escape
Zilby (132) | February 15, 2015 1:16am
Actually, if your strategy is to stick lane and try to get more stacks for Warlock's Sash, purchasing Ethereal Staff earlier on for sustain makes a good amount of sense. I didn't really think about that when making that comment *ack*

So basically nvm what I said, your item order is fine as it is lol.
Deepoehh | February 15, 2015 1:03am
First of all I thank you for the criticism and since it's my first guide I've written I now know how to improve it.

The item order is not locked in 100%. It comes down a lot to situations and personal preference. Unless I go against tanky enemies, let's say against some heavier tanks and sometimes maybe a couple of hybrid warriors, I usually get Obsidian shard quite early on also. But usually I personally prefer going Warlock's quite early and followed by Ethereal cause that way you raise your HP and mana pool quite significantly and therefore increase your damage output and survivability over time, which allows you to stay in lanes quite a while longer than your enemies. Therefore in those situations where your enemies return to base to refill their pools, let's you use that time to push through to their tower, at least 2 minions waves usually. The other side to this is also positive, the more you stay in lane, the bigger the odds of outleveling your enemies. I usually play it safe also and I prefer having survivability over instant burst early on. Since Vulcan has one of the highest damage output of the gods currelty released anyway.

Then again, if you annihilate your enemies and get a cover from your team as you should, which for me personally rarely happens with that matchmaking, you could go full damage at the start by all means.

Hope this more or less gave you any ideas on the way the item order is placed and shed some light how to change the order in how to adapt on situations.
Zilby (132) | February 15, 2015 12:37am
Despite this guide being short, I actually really like it. I don't have that much experience playing Vulcan but this addresses many of the issues I've had with him. Only a couple critiques. you might want to detail why you should build each of the items mentioned on him, especially for newer players. I understand your item choices, but less experienced people may not without some individualized explanation outside of saying you want to have some cdr and tank capabilities. You also might want to add a pros/cons section, or something like that and possibly do some bb coding to make it look nice.

Finally, this is just a personal inquiry, do you think you should really buy Ethereal Staff before Obsidian Shard and Rod of Tahuti? so many games end before you can really complete a full six item build and it feels as though those two items would be more important, especially since you probably won't even be at full stacks on warlock's sash by the time you purchase it.

Overall though, great guide +1
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