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Ever since the origination of the formula of the multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) and action real-time strategy (ARTS) subgenre of real-time strategy video gaming, not many games have been able to have the impact of Smite, a free-to-play third-person video game that was developed and published by Hi-Rez Studios in 2014.

The game, which is currently available on Microsoft Windows, macOS, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch, is about gods, goddesses, immortals, creatures, and other mythological figures taking part in team-based combat. Players control these characters and use their unique abilities and tactics to fight other player-controlled gods and non-player-controlled soldiers. Unlike other games from the MOBA genre which are typically played from a top-down perspective, players in Smite control their characters in a unique third person perspective.

Gameplay

Smite has various game modes that come with their own specific objectives and rules. On a majority of them, however, players are formed into two teams of five on each side, with the goal being to fight each other and defeat a giant warrior known as the Titan, located in the opposite team’s base while also providing protection for your own Titan.

At the beginning of the game, players are placed at opposite sides of a map at what is called the team’s fountain. Each player is further granted an amount of gold in which they would use to purchase starting items that would enhance the players’ character with special bonuses or abilities. To get to the opposing team’s Titan, players would have to go through the either of the three continuous lanes that are present in the game. Each of these lanes, however, happen to be defended by a Phoenix and a pair of extra defensive towers who are able to deal a huge amount of damage to enemies that come too close. The goal to win the game would, therefore, have to include the killing of opposing team’s Phoenixes.

Another notable part of Smite’s gameplay is the jungle where computer-controlled monsters such as packs of Cyclops or Furies (Harpies) periodically spawn. The monsters are distributed symmetrically across the map and they appear at specific locations. If a player’s character happens to kill a certain kind of monster, a buff that grants a specific ability for a limited amount of time drops down on the ground in the jungle to be picked up by any player. The different types of buffs that become available after killing a monster includes:

– Mana (mana regen & cooldown reduction bonus),
– Damage (basic damage & power bonus),
– Speed (movement speed bonus),
– Attack Speed (in-hand attack speed & power bonus)
– Protection Reduction Aura (negation of some of the protections of enemy players within 55 units).

In addition to the above-named buffs, there are some buffs that become present after three special neutral monsters who spawn less frequently have been killed. The buffs granted from the killing of the Fire Giant, Gold Fury, and Pyromancer are powerful damage for a medium length of time, a set amount of Gold, and a speed boost when coming out of the base for the entire team.

List of Smite Gods and Order of Release

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As at the time of writing, Smite has one hundred and three (103) characters/gods which players can choose from to play the game. These gods are from thirteen different pantheons and are grouped into five classes. The available pantheons include Arthurian, Celtic, Chinese, Egyptian, Greek, Hindu, Japanese, Mayan, Norse, Polynesian, Roman, Slavic, and Voodoo, while the classes of the characters are Assassin, Guardian, Hunter, Mage, and Warrior.

Here is a comprehensive list of all the gods in the game in their order of release.

Smite GodRelease Date Class Pantheons
Agni2012-05-31MageHindu
Anubis2012-05-31MageEgyptian
Arachne2012-05-31AssassinGreek
Artemis2012-05-31HunterGreek
Bastet2012-05-31AssassinEgyptian
Hades2012-05-31MageGreek
He Bo2012-05-31MageChinese
Hel2012-05-31MageNorse
Hun Batz2012-05-31AssassinMayan
Kali2012-05-31AssassinHindu
Kukulkan2012-05-31MageMayan
Odin2012-05-31WarriorNorse
Ra2012-05-31MageEgyptian
Sobek2012-05-31GuardianEgyptian
Vamana2012-05-31WarriorHindu
Ymir2012-05-31GuardianNorse
Zeus2012-05-31MageGreek
Guan Yu2012-06-29WarriorChinese
Bakasura2012-07-20AssassinHindu
Anhur2012-08-03HunterEgyptian
Cupid2012-08-17HunterRoman
Thor2012-09-07AssassinNorse
Ares2012-10-04GuardianGreek
Freya2012-10-18MageNorse
Loki2012-11-02AssassinNorse
Bacchus2012-11-19GuardianRoman
Xbalanque2012-12-21HunterMayan
Hercules2013-01-13WarriorRoman
Vulcan2013-01-31MageRoman
Neith2013-02-13HunterEgyptian
Poseidon2013-02-28MageGreek
Aphrodite2013-03-13MageGreek
Apollo2013-03-28HunterGreek
Ne Zha2013-04-17AssassinChinese
Fenrir2013-05-01AssassinNorse
Isis2013-05-15MageEgyptian
Athena2013-06-05GuardianGreek
Chronos2013-07-10MageGreek
Chang’e2013-07-24MageChinese
Tyr2013-08-07WarriorNorse
Zhong Kui2013-08-28MageChinese
Thanatos2013-09-18AssassinGreek
Mercury2013-10-02AssassinRoman
Sun Wukong2013-10-23WarriorChinese
Ah Muzen Cab2013-11-07HunterMayan
Nu Wa2013-12-05MageChinese
Chaac2013-12-18WarriorMayan
Geb2014-01-16GuardianEgyptian
Nemesis2014-02-06AssassinGreek
Scylla2014-03-05MageGreek
Ullr2014-03-19HunterNorse
Kumbhakarna2014-04-16GuardianHindu
Osiris2014-05-06WarriorEgyptian
Janus2014-05-28MageRoman
Rama2014-06-24HunterHindu
Serqet2014-07-15AssassinEgyptian
Cabrakan2014-08-19GuardianMayan
Sylvanus2014-10-01GuardianRoman
Nox2014-10-29MageRoman
Ao Kuang2014-11-19MageChinese
Awilix2014-12-17AssassinMayan
Hou Yi2015-01-14HunterChinese
Bellona2015-02-25WarriorRoman
Medusa2015-04-01HunterGreek
Ah Puch2015-04-28MageMayan
Ratatoskr2015-06-02AssassinNorse
Ravana2015-06-30AssassinHindu
Khepri2015-08-04GuardianEgyptian
Xing Tian2015-09-01GuardianChinese
Sol2015-10-06MageNorse
Chiron2015-11-17HunterGreek
Amaterasu2016-01-12WarriorJapanese
Raijin2016-02-16MageJapanese
Skadi2016-03-15HunterNorse
Jing Wei2016-04-12HunterChinese
Susano2016-05-10AssassinJapanese
Fafnir2016-06-07GuardianNorse
Erlang Shen2016-07-06WarriorChinese
Terra2016-08-02GuardianRoman
Izanami2016-08-30HunterJapanese
Camazotz2016-10-11AssassinMayan
Thoth2016-11-08MageEgyptian
Nike2016-12-06WarriorGreek
The Morrigan2017-01-10MageCeltic
Kuzenbo2017-02-14GuardianJapanese
Cernunnos2017-03-14HunterCeltic
Ganesha2017-04-25GuardianHindu
Da Ji2017-05-24AssassinChinese
Cu Chulainn2017-06-20WarriorCeltic
Artio2017-08-01GuardianCeltic
Hachiman2017-09-13HunterJapanese
Discordia2017-11-06MageRoman
Cerberus2018-01-09GuardianGreek
Achilles2018-02-27WarriorGreek
Chernbog2018-05-15HunterSlavic
Baron Samedi2018-06-26MageVoodoo
Pele2018-08-06AssassinPolynesian
Hera2018-10-15MageGreek
King Arthur2019-01-07WarriorArthurian
Merlin2019-02-11MageArthurian
Jormungandr2019-03-05GuardianNorse
Horus2019-04-30WarriorEgyptian
Set2019-04-30AssassinEgyptian

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In a particular game, two players on the same team are not allowed to select the same god, however, they are free to select gods from the same pantheon or class.

Regardless of the perceived strength of each character/god, all 103 of them are equipped with a basic attack, a passive trait, and four abilities with varying effects, such as area damage, crowd control, buffs, and others. These abilities are acquired and upgraded when the god increases levels by defeating phoenixes, towers or enemy characters. The maximum level that can be attained is 20 and going up successive levels is harder to achieve as the game goes by. Gold, which can be used to buy items that can increase power, defense, and abilities among various other things, can be gotten through three ways; standard periodic income, slaying enemies or selling off already owned items.