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Zeus Build

4 7 28,509
4.9
by BigThatch updated June 26, 2019

Smite God: Zeus

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Zeus Build

Starter

Notes Alternate would be mage blessing and tiny trinket with balanced potions to match

Notes

Alternate would be mage blessing and tiny trinket with balanced potions to match

Build Item Talon Trinket Talon Trinket
Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion
Build Item Mana Potion Mana Potion

Core Build

Notes Rush bancrofts for sustain then chronos for the sick cool down boost. Doom orb will add a little speed while kicking up your power and mana. If you would rather push boots go for them second and pick doom orb as a situational or not at all.

Notes

Rush bancrofts for sustain then chronos for the sick cool down boost. Doom orb will add a little speed while kicking up your power and mana. If you would rather push boots go for them second and pick doom orb as a situational or not at all.

Build Item Bancroft's Talon Bancroft's Talon
Build Item Chronos' Pendant Chronos' Pendant
Build Item Rod of Tahuti Rod of Tahuti

Situationals (pick two)

Notes Obsidion shard against tanks or high magical protection enemies.

Spear of magus against medium magical protection.

Spear of desolation if you are melting the enemy or want a little more kick than spear of the magus (with bonus cool down too).

Divine ruin against healers (like a Ra in mid lane).

Hide of urchin for health, mana, and protection against both magical and physical. The health shield passive is very nice as well.

Breastplate against heavy physical obviously.

Genji guard against heavy magical obviously.

Notes

Obsidion shard against tanks or high magical protection enemies.

Spear of magus against medium magical protection.

Spear of desolation if you are melting the enemy or want a little more kick than spear of the magus (with bonus cool down too).

Divine ruin against healers (like a Ra in mid lane).

Hide of urchin for health, mana, and protection against both magical and physical. The health shield passive is very nice as well.

Breastplate against heavy physical obviously.

Genji guard against heavy magical obviously.

Build Item Obsidian Shard Obsidian Shard
Build Item Spear of the Magus Spear of the Magus
Build Item Spear of Desolation Spear of Desolation
Build Item Divine Ruin Divine Ruin
Build Item Hide of the Urchin Hide of the Urchin
Build Item Breastplate of Valor Breastplate of Valor
Build Item Genji's Guard Genji's Guard

Relic

Notes No particular order. Joust/ arena/***ult go med cloak, conquest pick your relic situationally.

Notes

No particular order. Joust/ arena/***ult go med cloak, conquest pick your relic situationally.

Build Item Aegis Amulet Aegis Amulet
Build Item Heavenly Wings Heavenly Wings
Build Item Meditation Cloak Meditation Cloak
Build Item Purification Beads Purification Beads

Ms (pick second or third)

Notes Doom orb is lower movement speed higher power.

Notes

Doom orb is lower movement speed higher power.

Build Item Shoes of the Magi Shoes of the Magi
Build Item Doom Orb Doom Orb

Full Build Example

Build Item Shoes of the Magi Shoes of the Magi
Build Item Bancroft's Talon Bancroft's Talon
Build Item Chronos' Pendant Chronos' Pendant
Build Item Rod of Tahuti Rod of Tahuti
Build Item Spear of Desolation Spear of Desolation
Build Item Hide of the Urchin Hide of the Urchin

Zeus's Skill Order

Chain Lightning

1 X Y
Chain Lightning
2 8 11 12 16

Aegis Assault

2 A B
Aegis Assault
1 13 14 17 18

Detonate Charge

3 B A
Detonate Charge
3 4 6 7 9

Lightning Storm

4 Y X
Lightning Storm
5 10 15 19 20
Chain Lightning
2 8 11 12 16

Chain Lightning

1 X
Zeus fires a bolt of lightning that arcs between enemies, doing damage and applying a charge on each hit.

Ability Type: Projectile
Damage: 40 / 70 / 100 / 130 / 160 (+50% of your Magical Power)
Arcs: 4
Slow: 30%
Slow Duration: 2s
Cost: 50 / 55 / 60 / 65 / 70
Cooldown: 10s
Aegis Assault
1 13 14 17 18

Aegis Assault

2 A
Zeus throws his shield forward, dealing damage to nearby enemies. The shield remains for 5s, and Zeus may target it with Basic Attacks or Chain Lightning. Each Basic Attack or first Chain Lightning arc that hits the shield will deal additional static damage and apply a charge in the area.

Ability Type: Ground Target
Initial Damage: 60 / 105 / 150 / 195 / 240 (+50% of your Magical Power)
Static Damage: 55 / 65 / 75 / 85 / 95 (+30% of your Magical Power)
Cost: 60 / 65 / 70 / 75 / 80
Cooldown: 12s
Detonate Charge
3 4 6 7 9

Detonate Charge

3 B
Zeus detonates any charges that have accumulated on enemies, doing damage, multiplied by 1/1.7/2.4 depending on the number of charges.

Ability Type: Instant
Damage: 60 / 90 / 120 / 150 / 180 (+25% of your Magical Power)
Cost: 60
Cooldown: 10s
Lightning Storm
5 10 15 19 20

Lightning Storm

4 Y
Zeus conjures a Lightning Storm, striking enemies in the area every second. Applies a charge with each hit.

Ability Type: Ground Target
Damage per Hit: 100 / 130 / 160 / 190 / 220 (+55% of your Magical Power)
Max Damage: 500 / 650 / 800 / 950 / 1100 (+275% of your Magical Power)
Lifetime: 5s
Radius: 30
Cost: 100
Cooldown: 90s

Chapter Title

Pros:
High damage
Fun to play
Cool rave skin

Cons:
Squishy
Very slow no matter what
Makes team angry sometimes (saying you stole kills from the detonate ability)

Chapter Title

Hey yall, BigThatch here with another new build. This is the "God of the sky" Zeus! Did my best on this one to test through builds playing in game for what I found to be the best for general play. But let's get into it!

Fist off, I personally play with no boots because even with them he is stupid slow. On top of that, ignoring them he gets a big power boost early game (as long as you can stick back instead of foolishly pushing the enemy). But if you would prefer to grab them then go ahead and push them after your sustain or cool down.

Core Build every time and then situationals based on what is happening. Obsidion shard only if they build heavy magical mitigations. Divine for anti heal. The rest are really preference.

If you are getting hit hard early game look towards a defense item after chronos pendant and before doom orb.

Best combo in my opinion is the shield then the bolt right at the shield (if an enemy is in range the hit will bounce back and forth for the 3 stacks) then hit your detonate. That combo does massive damage. Don't be afraid to use the lightning shot right when it comes up as it has a lower cool down than shield. Be patient with the ult as most players have learned how to avoid it. I find it best used as a blocker for the other teams advance or a team fight ender if everyone is really involved.

Always do your best to stay back to the rear of the fight and only really push if you are dropping a combo on someone low health. Otherwise just chip and help your team.

Also never forget to hit your detonate whenever it's available, you will sometimes get surprise kills you didn't know were possible from enemies that ran from a team fight after getting marked.

Very open to questions and CONSTRUCTIVE criticism. I still haven't mastered Zeus completely, but find the other guides for him are very old or not very high damage.

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Kriega1 (126) | June 27, 2019 4:08am
Also no mention of shaman’s or Soul Reaver on Zeus is just appalling.
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Kriega1 (126) | June 27, 2019 4:06am
How is Spear of magus a “situational”? You should pretty much build this most games as Zeus
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Gulfwulf (81) | June 25, 2019 10:50am
Personally I would start off with Shoes of the Magi right after Bancroft's Talon and only swap them out for, say, Doom Orb after I've bought the Elixir of Speed. It may just be me, but even with his recent ms buff, Zeus still feels slow compared to other gods. Couple that with having no escape, and he can be a sitting duck without proper ms. Plus do is 3k gold, while magi is just over half that amount and is easier to pick up early game.
1
Devampi (105) | June 25, 2019 11:04am
zeus was part of the lowest movement speed gods with 355. why he feels slower than all the others is probably because of his light reliance on basic attacks. otherwise it;s a mystery
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BigThatch | June 12, 2019 10:17pm
I updated it adding a MS section. But for the record doom orb provides MS, also as to what gulfwulf said, some of us just aren't as hardcore or experienced as other players. Not super cool to trash talk someone based off of them just starting a game recently. And if everyone has such good ideas that are so much better why were there no recent builds for Zeus? Newer players were running into it with no guidance on what to even try to build current season. I was just trying to help those kinds of players out.
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Devampi (105) | June 12, 2019 11:15pm
Now I don't know how much has changed or what has changed during the season patch. However, a season patch can leave certain gods and classes alone. Therefore, it could have been a S5 guide was considered to be solid and no one felt the need to make a new guide yet.

Also on skill order have you ever considered switching the lvl 1 and 2 skills? It has higher base damage can hit the whole wave and if placed right you can get the aa procs to help clear the wave faster
(Assuming a lvl 1 start)
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BigThatch | June 18, 2019 4:55am
I had not considered that about the skill sequence before. But you are correct. Thank you!
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Branmuffin17 (361) | June 6, 2019 3:24pm
Hi BigThatch,

Was going to give you a bit more time to respond on this, but there is never any case where no early MS items is a real thing. No pro matches go without them, and no casual match should be without them either. Not building adequate MS because "even with them he is stupid slow" is not a good reason, no offense.

MS is just such a powerful tool. It allows you to get places more quickly (for better rotations, getting back to lane, chasing enemies, escaping, etc.). Even if you're going the same speed or are just a bit slower than the enemy, you're basically conceding the fact that the enemy could be delayed due to CC from teammates...you'll almost always be too slow to stay with a fight or retreat unless you're already close to safety.

His MS is tied with some other gods that have no official mobility (aka leaps, dashes, teleports)...some of which include Anubis, Aphrodite (she's actually 5 base lower), Eset, Poseidon, Ra, and Zhong Kui. Do people ever suggest not getting MS on those gods? No. It shouldn't be that way with Zeus either.

Although your writeup has some good effort in it, I just can't consider this build anything but essentially troll until it includes MS. As such, I'm going to archive this. You are welcome to unarchive if you're willing to add MS. I hope my writeup here is enough explanation that you consider this "constructive," as you've asked.
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Mastemine | September 6, 2019 1:16pm
Someone else can archive your guide on this site without issue? What does archiving do if you don't mind me asking. I am new to the site, so still learning about it.

Also is there any way to get notifications in my inbox in the top right when someone comments on my guides or replies to any comments?

Thanks!
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Branmuffin17 (361) | September 6, 2019 2:33pm
As Gulf said, archived guides are still accessible with the appropriate link, but they don't show up in the list when you do a god guide search.

I can archive because I am the moderator. No one else except me or the admins are able to do that.

Notifications in your inbox is still not a functional feature on the site, and I don't know when/if it will change.
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Gulfwulf (81) | September 6, 2019 2:22pm
Archived guides don't show up in the guide list.
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Kriega1 (126) | June 5, 2019 5:13am
Better build for Zeus: Pen boots, Tahuti, Magus, reaver, shaman’s ring, Obs Shard. Alternative build: pen boots , Bancrofts, magus, reaver, Tahuti, chronos’ pendant.
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Gulfwulf (81) | June 5, 2019 5:16am
Is getting Tahuti that early worthwhile?
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Kriega1 (126) | June 5, 2019 6:48am
On Zeus, yes.
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Gulfwulf (81) | June 5, 2019 5:00am
Sorry, but Zeus needs that early movement speed you get from shoes; there's no way around it. Don't believe me? I checked your stats and your KDA is 1.1 with him while mine is 2.83. Drop Doom Orb and pick up either Shoes of Focus or Shoes of the Magi early and we'll talk about the rest of the build. Until then, I'm with Kriega in that this is just a troll build that I can't recommend to anybody.
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Kriega1 (126) | June 5, 2019 4:31am
I think we know what needs to happen
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Gulfwulf (81) | June 5, 2019 5:05am
He needs to visit a cobbler?
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