Beginner’s guide to Smite

So, you’ve probably just downloaded smite, or it's been a month (we don’t judge), and you have no clue what to do. Well no need to look any further, in this article you will learn the basics of the game

We get it, Smite is a very complex game. Without any guidance, most players would quit after a few days of playing it. Like in any other MOBA we must mention that YES the community is toxic sometimes, well, oftentimes, Don’t let it discourage you though! After reading this masterpiece you too will be ready to conquer anything in Smite, without getting reported for feeding at least.

What is Smite?

Let’s start with the basics. Smite is a 5vs5 MOBA videogame developed by Hi-Rez Studio. You, as the player, get to pick one of over 100 gods as your own character for the match. Each of the gods has its own class and unique abilities. Even though this title features a lot of different game modes, the one that Smite is all about is conquest. However, conquest is really complex, almost impossible to understand for new players. So, we shall focus on the arena throughout this article.

The Basics of Arena

Arena is definitely the most beginner-friendly game mode out there on Smite. Each team of 5 gods starts on the opposite sides of a colosseum-like arena. They also start with 500 tickets. As you kill the enemy gods and their minions, their ticket number drops. The map is circular and has four pillars in the center. On the left and right sides of the pillars is a wall dividing the area with buffs. Buffs in the arena include mana, damage, and attack speed. Mana is typically taken by mages and attack speed by hunters. After a certain number of kills, a siege minion spawns. When they enter the enemy’s portal, the enemy loses a massive amount of tickets. So, you should try and stop your enemy’s siege minion and defend your own.

It is a simple game mode but there are some things that you should note. Going inside the enemy’s base is NOT a good idea as you will receive massive damage. For a beginner, assassins may not be the best choice as it is incredibly hard to single out a god due to the small map. Item builds should focus on damage and not sustainability, since it is always easy to return to your base where you receive mana and health. For a quick way back press B on your keyboard. (P.S. If an enemy attacks you, your return to the base will be canceled)

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Smite and its gods

If we covered all of the gods even with one sentence this article would be massive, so we will try our best to give you a good foundation so you can explore each of the gods on your own. Currently, Smite has a roaster consisting of 120 gods, but that isn’t final. The developers work hard on the updates and bring in a new god every now and then. You can find gods from different cultures such as Mayan, Greek, Roman, Hindu, etc.


Along with gods who are individual, Smite has 5 different classes: Warrior, Guardian, Assasin, Mage, and Hunter. Even though each of the gods has its own abilities, understanding the different classes will give you a good foundation.

Warrior – close-range melee damage dealer. Depending on your item build and the god, a warrior can either have high damage and low defense or the other way around.

Guardian – as a guardian your role is to engage in fights first and protect your own teammates. Since you’re basically a tank, don’t be afraid to get in the action heads first. But, you must note that if you are alone, going into battle with 2+ enemies isn’t a good idea.

Assassin – fighting two gods on your own will result in your death since you are incredibly fragile. However, you also do deal a ton of damage. In the arena, you should try to single out enemies or run after them when they have low health. Like warriors, assassins are also close range.

Mage – they are long-range damage dealers, or sometimes healers. In arena, you should keep your distance from other gods and do as much damage as possible

Hunter – Similar to mages, the difference is that hunters have physical damage, while mages have magical.

Since there are a lot of gods, oftentimes, even if you played that god before, you will forget about their abilities. But don’t worry! Before the game actually starts you can always access the abilities and read through them to refresh your mind. To do that simply press K on your keyboard.


Items and item building

Items are an important part of Smite gameplay. As many beginners do, you can leave your item buying on automatic and the game does it for you. However, if you want that upper edge and customizable items for that exact match, you can turn it off and settings and buy your own gear. As you kill minions and gods, you will earn gold. With that gold in your base, you can buy yourself items (Keybind: I). For the best items, it is suggested you check out individual guides to gods.

On the bottom right you must have noticed two areas that are different from your abilities. The far-right one is for consumables, you can buy different potions in the same shop where you buy items. The one that’s left is for relics. In the beginning, there will be a shard there that you place on the ground and it will let you know when an enemy passes through the area it covers. It is extremely useful in other game modes but in arena? Not so much. The relics have their different abilities and it would be the best to read them in the shop.

Miscellaneous tips

Since you are a beginner, there probably will be matches where you will die a lot of times. The issue is that it can be reported as feeding. So, try to be conscious of your deaths. What should be common etiquette is not instant locking your gods. When you don’t lock your gods right away, you can see the whole assembly on the team and decide what is missing the most.  As you level up, your abilities level up with you. In the beginning, it is typical that players leave that on automatic, but you can turn it off along with automatic item buying.

On the main menu on the game on the left side, you will see different things such as the battle pass, the shop, and different events. Each of those is worth checking out as the battle pass and the events offer really good gifts. In the shop, you unlock new gods that you find interesting.  On the right side of the menu, you can see your quests along with other stuff.



Well, this should make you set to embark on your journey in Smite. Keep in mind that the game is really hard and all of this information is just the simplest basics. However, we promise as you keep on playing you will gain experience and knowledge quickly. Don’t be afraid to try different game modes and have fun!

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