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Good news, everyone! Hunters are making a comeback in SMITE Season 7. Now that you can comfortably pick a physical ADC again, you might be wondering how you should build your hunter to maximize that carry potential. Like most roles in SMITE, hunter itemization is fairly situational and will depend heavily on what god you pick and what sort of pressure you want to put on your enemies. But this guide will help you start building in the right direction!

If we’re going to ask a pro player for advice about how to build hunters, of course we’re going to ask none other than BaRRaCCuDDa himself. This long-time veteran and S1 World Champion has forgotten more SMITE games than most of us have won, so we picked his brain about some viable build paths for hunters and common mistakes he sees other hunters making.

When you pick a physical ADC in Season 7, BaRRaCCuDDa says you’ll want to decide between three distinct build paths: attack speed/penetration, ability-based, and crit. Below we’ll outline some item suggestions for each of these build paths.

*Note: The builds listed here are recommended as of Update 7.1. If later patches produce item balance changes that change the efficacy of these hunter builds, we’ll update this guide with the latest info as it becomes available!

 

Attack Speed & Penetration Hunter Build

 

The attack speed/penetration build should be fairly familiar to long-time players. The idea of this build is to focus on doing sustained damage over time against whoever is in front of you. Just keep in mind that it will take a little longer to come online than other builds you may be used to.

Here’s an example of what items you might pick up in this build path:

  • Hunter’s Blessing
  • Ninja Tabi
  • Devourer’s Gauntlet/Bloodforge
  • Executioner
  • Qin’s Sais
  • Titan’s Bane
  • Odysseus’ Bow

You’ll want to start this build with Hunter’s Blessing, Spiked Gauntlet, and some potions. Then you’ll finish off your boots, which will usually be Ninja Tabi since attack speed is the name of the game here.

Once you’ve finished your boots, you have some decisions to make before building your next item. Do you have time to wait on stacks and grind up some lifesteal? Pick up Devourer’s Gauntlet. Need more upfront strength to face down your lane opponent? Pick up Bloodforge instead. Either start is fine — but if you’re not sure which one you should prioritize, BaRRaCCuDDa says it’s hard to go wrong with Devourer’s Gauntlets.

Now it’s time to kick things into high gear. The protection shred on Executioner and added physical damage on Qin’s Sais are mainstays of this hunter build, so you’ll really start to feel the power spike when you complete these items. Finish things off with Titan’s Bane to ignore even more enemy protections, then Odysseus’ Bow for tons of attack speed and some chain damage. And there you have it — a bog standard hunter build that won’t let you down when you’re on a physical ADC!

 

Ability-Based Hunter Build

 

Ah, the ability-based hunter. The Chirons, Anhurs, and Ullrs of the world can rejoice; Season 7 still has a place for aggressive, ability-based hunters. In duo, they’re perfectly positioned for mid-game jungle fights. In mid, they can establish good pressure over slow-to-start mages opposing them in lane.

Items you’ll want to pick up for this build path include:

  • Hunter’s Blessing
  • Transcendence
  • Ninja Tabi
  • Crusher
  • Bloodforge
  • Executioner
  • Titan’s Bane

With this build path, you’ll forgo lifesteal for a little while longer than you might with other paths, so BaRRaCCuDDa says you should make sure you’re being mindful of how much damage you’re taking until Bloodforge comes online.

This start is a little different than others in this guide. You’ll still want to pick up Hunter’s Blessing and some potions, but this time you’ll pick up Morningstar as your early item. Finish your boots right away, then get going on your Transcendence ASAP. The added mana and physical power conversion will ensure you can spam your abilities and pack a punch every time you hit.

Once you’re stacking your Transcendence and barreling toward the mid-to-late game, it’s time to get physical. Build Crusher to give your abilities some added damage, then pick up Bloodforge for some lifesteal. Finish it all off with Executioner and Titan’s Bane to reduce your enemy’s physical protections so they can’t withstand your powerful ability attacks.

When you’re finished, sit back and enjoy the frags — because BaRRaCCuDDa guarantees that you are going to swing with this build.

 

Crit Hunter Build

 

Holy crit! This final build path for hunters centers around big bonus damage that can take down squishy targets in just two or three shots. Crit is what you’re likely to see most hunters building, at least early on in Season 7. BaRRaCCuDDa emphasizes that Rage is really good now that it’s been buffed, and it seems to have brought crit builds back in a big way.

Items you’ll want to buy for your crit build include:

  • Hunter’s Blessing
  • Ninja Tabi
  • Devourer’s Gauntlet/Bloodforge
  • Rage
  • Executioner
  • Deathbringer
  • Titan’s Bane
  • Wind Demon (situational)

This build path is fairly similar to the attack speed/pen build we suggested above, but with a few key differences.

Once again, you’ll want to start out with Hunter’s Blessing and Spiked Gauntlet. Then you’ll finish off your boots and make the call on whether to upgrade that Spiked Gauntlet to Devourer’s Gauntlet or Bloodforge. Remember: if you have some time to build stacks for the lifesteal, Devourer’s Gauntlet is a great pick. But if you need more power upfront or don’t think you can stack effectively, go with Bloodforge here instead.

Next, you want to get Rage finished as quickly as possible. Because this item stacks crit chance off kills and assists, getting it built early will give you more time to grind out the stacks you need. After that, it’s all about increasing your crit potential even more with Deathbringer while shredding enemy protections with Executioner and Titan’s Bane.

If you’re up against a particularly squishy team with low reflect damage, BaRRaCCuDDa suggests that you might even be able to slide a Wind Demon somewhere into this build for some extra damage!

 

Hunter Items to Avoid

 

We’ve spent a lot of time talking about which items you should buy for your physical ADC, but what items should you avoid in Season 7? For BaRRaCCuDDa, only one item comes to mind: Soul Eater.

BaRRaCCuDDa says he gets asked about this item all the time. But every time he’s built it, it’s just felt underwhelming. Take it from the pro on this one, SMITE fans. Stay away from Soul Eater for now.

 

Final Tips

 

Now you have three potential build paths to work with, we asked BaRRaCCuDDa to provide some parting advice to all our hunters out there in Season 7.

Make sure you pick up Rage. You don’t have to go into a full crit build every time, but you want to at least make sure you have this item. It’s just good right now. For a single crit build, you might consider a Qin’s Sais in place of a Deathbringer.

Don’t get too invested in the Alpha Harpy. If you’re playing a god who does enough damage to solo this objective early, great! But don’t lose farm in your lane because you’re worried about clearing the Alpha Harpy camp. That said, you do need to keep track of whether your opponent is capable of soloing it easily, because they could come and steal yours for some extra XP!

 


 

If you keep these pro tips in mind next time you lock a hunter, you’re guaranteed to carry your team in SMITE Season 7 — and if you’re queueing conquest, you can also check out our pro tips guide for the new Conquest map to get even more strategies and insights. Or take a look at our other recommended pro build guides:

We’d like to give our thanks to BaRRaCCuDDa for sharing his hunter knowledge with us. You can follow him on Twitter @BaRRaCCuDDa or catch some of his hunter builds in action when the SMITE Pro League kicks off this March. In the meantime, there are plenty more pro guides coming your way for all things Season 7.

Now go forth and conquer with your hunter! But make sure follow us on Twitter @SmitePro for more news, guides, and tips on how to play SMITE like a pro.