It’s a brand new season of SMITE, which means a lot of things have changed and the meta has shifted accordingly. So far, Season 5 has brought us a new Conquest map and plenty of rebalancing to match — which means that you’ll need to change up your item builds accordingly if you want to dominate on the Battleground of the Gods.
We’ve already told you who our casters believe will be the best solo laners in Season 5. But if you’re taking a warrior (or even a guardian/healer) into the solo lane after Update 5.2, you should take a moment to study up on the latest builds that have proved viable. That’s why we’ve put together some basic item paths for you that should be effective for nearly any type of god who you choose to fly solo with. Try buying these suggested items for your favorite warriors and see how they perform on the new Conquest map.
Standard Solo Warrior Build
If you’re facing off against a physical warrior and a physical assassin jungler in the solo lane, this build should help you hold down your lane.
- Warrior’s Blessing
- Warrior Tabi
- Breastplate of Valor or Hide of the Nemean Lion
- Oni Hunter’s Garb
- Hide of the Urchin
- Spirit Robe or Mantle of Discord
- Mantle of Energy
This build will be your best bet in terms of surviving the laning phase in solo — especially when more junglers appear after clearing buffs at an accelerated rate in Season 5.
With your first 1,500 gold, you’ll want to pick up Warrior’s Blessing, Tier 1 of Breastplate, and a Health Chalice. But when you make your first return to base, you’ll want to start and complete Warrior’s Tabi before picking up the last two tiers on Breastplate of Valor. Keep in mind that Breastplate works best if you’re an ability-based god in the solo lane. If that’s not the case, pick up Hide of the Nemean Lion instead.
After that start, your next buy should be Oni Hunter’s Garb. With this item sitting at 1,900 gold at the time of writing, it’s more efficient to pick it up before buying Pestilence because it offers MP5 and the sustain to stay longer in lane or in team fights. Pestilence, on the other hand, gives better magical defense, more health, and some anti-healing — but at a slightly higher cost of 2, 150 gold. Use your best judgment when deciding which one to pick up first. More often than not, most team fights won’t break out until the solo lane has at least three items online. So if the enemy team has a lot of healers, then grabbing your anti-heal first might be the best option.
After you’ve build Oni and Pestilence, start looking at Hide of the Urchin for its extra protections. Then you can build into either Spirit Robe or Mantle of Discord. If you’re dealing with a lot of CC from the enemy team, Spirit Robe is the best pick. Otherwise, go with Mantle of Discord.
Last but not least, Mantle of Energy is in this list as a flex item that’s useful in a few specific circumstances. If you’re in a winning position around the 20-minute mark or later, it’s best to pick this item up if your support hasn’t done so. Swapping out Hide of the Urchin for Mantle of energy in this case can make it much easier to close the game out.
Aggressive Solo Warrior Build
If you want to put some serious pressure on your opponent and are willing to give up some safety nets to do it, this just might be the build for you.
- Warrior’s Tabi
- The Crusher
- Spirit Robe
- Mantle of Discord
This build is not for the faint of heart, as it lacks a majority of the health and defenses that standard solo laners look for. However, what it lacks in resiliency it makes up for in sheer damage output.
When you’re playing an ability-based warrior who has a lot of scaling, your abilities will not go unnoticed by those who don’t build defenses — primarily the enemy mage, jungle assassin, and hunter. With this build and a Blink relic, it’s easier to get into the backline and get your full rotation of cooldowns off in hopes of forcing a hypercarry out of the fight before you take a spill.
This item path is high-risk and high-reward, so all the cogs need to be turning together if it’s going to work. If your team struggles and falls behind early on the opposite side of the map, you won’t get any easy opportunities to transition into teamfights without defensive items and health. However, as long as your team is at an advantage or in a net neutral position, your presence coming out of the solo lane will take out roughly 33% of a squishy target’s health with one ability after you’ve completed the first three items.
Solo Guardian & Healer Build (Non-Warrior)
So this build definitely isn’t a warrior-focused build, but it’s very much viable if you opt to take a guardian or a healer into the solo lane rather than a standard warrior pick.
When you’re piloting a guardian or mage healer in the solo lane, utility is the name of the game. A solo guardian needs to bring serious space control, and a solo mage needs constant sustain. Here’s a build that should help you out:
- Shoes of Focus (Guardian) or Shoes of the Magi (Healer)
- Warlock’s Staff
- Breastplate of Valor
- Hide of the Urchin (Guardian) or Shield of Regrowth (Healer)
- Pestilence (Guardian) or Lotus Crown (Healer)
- Mantle of Discord
- Spirit Robe
Though this build shares a few core items, there are some important differences that you’ll want to take note of to make sure you’re getting the most out of your solo lane pick. The difference between boot choices, for example, is that you can synergize Shoes of Focus with Breastplate of Valor, Mantle of Discord, and Shield of Regrowth.
No matter what you start with, it’s important to build a solid foundation of health with Warlock’s Sash regardless of the type of magical character you play. With how much time there is to farm all the waves individually, it won’t take very long to completely stack this item and give yourself that +600 health boost.
Breastplate of Valor is a great transition after that, because you’ll get an additional mana boost and 20% cooldown reduction to spam more abilities and start tipping the scales of team fights. Once these team fights inevitably break out, it’ll be important to have that Hide of the Urchin to benefit you long-term as a guardian, or that Shield of Regrowth the increase your movement speed as a mage healer and make it more difficult for opponents to lock you down.
Towards the end of your build, Pestilence is the icing on the cake if you’re a guardian looking to shut down enemy healing and get up in their faces. But if you’re a healer, you might want to compliment your playstyle with the Lotus Crown and grant protections to both yourself and your ailing teammates.
In the late game, Mantle of Discord is a great item for both guardians and healers to get that last 10% CDR and a huge boost of both physical and magical protections ot make you one beefy god. At this point in your build, you can also sell Breastplate of Valor and pick up Spirit Robe if you want to mitigate enemy CC.
Whether you’re piloting a warrior, a guardian, or a healer in the solo lane for Season 5, the builds in this guide should help you out. Keep in mind, of course, that builds are very situational and you may need to adapt on the fly if your enemy is throwing something unexpected your way.
Hopefully this guide is a useful tool for those solo laners who are uncertain about what builds are still viable so far in Update 5.2. As always, these item paths are subject to change as further balance updates come through — so keep checking back to make sure your build choices are still up to date.
While you’re here, though, go ahead and check out our other build guides to make sure you’re prepared for any role:
Try out these solo lane builds for yourself and let us know what you think! Are there any other warrior items you’ve found to be effective in Season 5? Let us know on Twitter (@SmitePro), and stay tuned for more SMITE content!