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Quick Merlin Conquest Guide

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by Kriega1 updated February 27, 2024

Smite God: Merlin

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Merlin Build

Start for Focus Build

Notes For Non-tablet build start Conduit Gem, Lost Artifact, 2 Healing Potions, 2 Multi Potions.

Notes

For Non-tablet build start Conduit Gem, Lost Artifact, 2 Healing Potions, 2 Multi Potions.

Build Item Conduit Gem Conduit Gem
Build Item Spellbook Spellbook
Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion
2
Build Item Mana Potion Mana Potion

Focus Tablet Ability Build

Notes Can swap Staff of Myrddin for Divine Ruin for Anti-Heal.

Notes

Can swap Staff of Myrddin for Divine Ruin for Anti-Heal.

Build Item Gem of Focus Gem of Focus
Build Item Book of Thoth Book of Thoth
Build Item Tablet of Destinies Tablet of Destinies
Build Item Breastplate of Determination Breastplate of Determination
Build Item Soul Reaver Soul Reaver
Build Item Staff of Myrddin Staff of Myrddin

Focus Pendant Ability Build

Notes Can swap Book of Thoth for Divine Ruin or Spear of Desolation.

Can swap Staff of Myrddin for Perfected Rod of Tahuti (get last).

Can swap Obsidian Shard for Charon's Coin.
Build Item Gem of Focus Gem of Focus
Build Item Chronos' Pendant Chronos' Pendant
Build Item Book of Thoth Book of Thoth
Build Item Staff of Myrddin Staff of Myrddin
Build Item Obsidian Shard Obsidian Shard
Build Item Soul Reaver Soul Reaver

Start for Timeline Build

Build Item Sands of Time Sands of Time
Build Item Spellbook Spellbook
Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion
2
Build Item Mana Potion Mana Potion

Timeline Ability Build

Notes Book of Thoth is the typical go to option with Pendulum of Ages/ The Alternate Timeline builds, and you'll also need Divine Ruin most games.

If Anti-Heal isn't needed, you can trade Divine Ruin for Spear of Desolation.

Notes

Book of Thoth is the typical go to option with Pendulum of Ages/ The Alternate Timeline builds, and you'll also need Divine Ruin most games.

If Anti-Heal isn't needed, you can trade Divine Ruin for Spear of Desolation.

Build Item The Alternate Timeline The Alternate Timeline
Build Item Book of Thoth Book of Thoth
Build Item Divine Ruin Divine Ruin
Build Item Staff of Myrddin Staff of Myrddin
Build Item Obsidian Shard Obsidian Shard
Build Item Soul Reaver Soul Reaver

Timeline Tablet Ability Build

Notes If Anti-Heal is needed, you can trade Soul Gem or Staff of Myrddin for Divine Ruin.

Notes

If Anti-Heal is needed, you can trade Soul Gem or Staff of Myrddin for Divine Ruin.

Build Item The Alternate Timeline The Alternate Timeline
Build Item Book of Thoth Book of Thoth
Build Item Tablet of Destinies Tablet of Destinies
Build Item Staff of Myrddin Staff of Myrddin
Build Item Soul Reaver Soul Reaver
Build Item Soul Gem Soul Gem

Relics and Shard

Notes Replace Horn Shard at level 12 for Aegis Amulet.

Upgrade relics to their upgraded versions once you're full build. Temporal Beads especially is the more important relic upgrade to prioritise.

Notes

Replace Horn Shard at level 12 for Aegis Amulet.

Upgrade relics to their upgraded versions once you're full build. Temporal Beads especially is the more important relic upgrade to prioritise.

Build Item Temporal Beads Temporal Beads
Build Item Aegis of Acceleration Aegis of Acceleration
Build Item Horn Shard Horn Shard

Alternative Items

Notes Perfected Rod of Tahuti - More CDR / utility focused glyph option compared to Calamitous Glyph, with good synergy with Chronos' Pendant and Spear of Desolation.

Calamitous Rod of Tahuti - More direct damage glyph option compared to Perfected Glyph.

Charon's Coin - Alternative to Obsidian Shard if you want more MP5 / potential mobility.

Pendulum of Ages - More damage focused Sands of Time upgrade.

Spear of Desolation - Solid flat pen option with a passive that works great on Merlin, more often seen when Divine Ruin is not needed.

Ethereal Staff - Niche anti-tank bruiser option.

Notes

Perfected Rod of Tahuti - More CDR / utility focused glyph option compared to Calamitous Glyph, with good synergy with Chronos' Pendant and Spear of Desolation.

Calamitous Rod of Tahuti - More direct damage glyph option compared to Perfected Glyph.

Charon's Coin - Alternative to Obsidian Shard if you want more MP5 / potential mobility.

Pendulum of Ages - More damage focused Sands of Time upgrade.

Spear of Desolation - Solid flat pen option with a passive that works great on Merlin, more often seen when Divine Ruin is not needed.

Ethereal Staff - Niche anti-tank bruiser option.

Build Item Perfected Rod of Tahuti Perfected Rod of Tahuti
Build Item Calamitous Rod of Tahuti Calamitous Rod of Tahuti
Build Item Charon's Coin Charon's Coin
Build Item Pendulum of Ages Pendulum of Ages
Build Item Spear of Desolation Spear of Desolation
Build Item Ethereal Staff Ethereal Staff

Merlin's Skill Order Notes (Can max 2 before 1 if sitting in Ice stance more early)

Notes

(Can max 2 before 1 if sitting in Ice stance more early)

Eclipse / Radiate / Frostbolt

1 X Y
Eclipse / Radiate / Frostbolt
2 6 7 9 10

Vortex / Dragonfire / Blizzard

2 A B
Vortex / Dragonfire / Blizzard
1 4 8 11 12

Flicker

3 B A
Flicker
3 15 16 18 19

Elemental Mastery

4 Y X
Elemental Mastery
5 13 14 17 20
Eclipse / Radiate / Frostbolt
2 6 7 9 10

Eclipse / Radiate / Frostbolt

1 X
Arcane: Merlin conjures an orb of condensed celestial energy that grows in size as it travels, dealing damage every 0.4s and marking Enemies hit.

Enemies marked take additional damage if they stay within the outer range of Eclipse.

Fire: Merlin channels a beam of intense fire for 2s that deals damage every 0.25s. Each time Radiate hits an Enemy, it also applies a Burn, dealing additional damage over time.

Ice: Merlin hurls a Frostbolt that explodes if it hits an Enemy, dealing an additional 15% damage if they are slowed.

Ability Type: Line
Initial Arcane Damage: 40 / 60 / 80 / 100 / 120 (+55% of your Magical Power)
Arcane Damage Per Tick: 5 / 15 / 25 / 35 / 45 (+8% of your Magical Power)
Arcane Duration: 3s
Arcane Cooldown: 14s

Fire Damage Per Tick: 6 / 12 / 18 / 24 / 30 (+18% of your Magical Power)
Fire Burn Damage: 5 / 10 / 15 / 20 / 25 (+5% of your Magical Power)
Fire Duration: 2s
Fire Cooldown: 16 / 15 / 14 / 13 / 12s

Ice Damage: 60 / 95 / 130 / 165 / 200 (+55% of your Magical Power)
Ice Cooldown: 6s

Range: 60 / 45 / 70
Cost: 60
Vortex / Dragonfire / Blizzard
1 4 8 11 12

Vortex / Dragonfire / Blizzard

2 A
Vortex (Arcane): Merlin deploys a field of arcane energy at a location. After a delay, a Vortex deals damage and pulls Enemies towards the center.

Dragonfire (Fire): Merlin summons forth two ethereal dragons that spout flames towards each other, dealing damage to Enemies every 0.25s. If caught in the center of the area, enemy god's protections are reduced. The dragons last for 3s.

Blizzard (Ice): Merlin creates a Blizzard at a target location. After a brief delay, shards of ice start hurling down every 0.7s. Enemies hit take damage and progressively get more Slowed while they stay within the area.

Enemies hit take damage and progressively get more slowed while they stay within the area.

Ability Type: AoE
Arcane Damage: 50 / 80 / 110 / 140 / 170 (+60% of your Magical Power)
Fire Damage Per Tick: 8 / 11 / 14 / 17 / 20 (+20% of your Magical Power)
Fire Protection Reduction: 4%
Fire Max Stacks: 4
Fire Debuff Duration: 4s
Ice Damage Per Tick: 10 / 25 / 40 / 55 / 70 (+15% of your Magical Power)
Ice Slow Per Stack: 8%
Ice Max Stacks: 5
Ice Slow Duration: 2s
Range: 60 / 50 / 65
Radius: 20 / 30 / 20
Cost: 60 / 65 / 70 / 75 / 80
Cooldown (Vortex / Blizzard): 16 / 15 / 14 / 13 / 12s
Cooldown (Dragonfire): 18 / 17 / 16 / 15 / 14s
Flicker
3 15 16 18 19

Flicker

3 B
Merlin quickly teleports a short distance in front of him.

Ability Type: Teleport
Range: 30
Cost: 70
Cooldown: 24 / 23 / 22 / 21 / 20s
Elemental Mastery
5 13 14 17 20

Elemental Mastery

4 Y
Merlin taps into his inner potential, exploding with energy in the stance he is currently attuned to. During this time Merlin can choose which stance to enter into next.

After the explosion reaches its apex, it collapses in on itself. Enemies are dealt damage from the both the explosion and the implosion and suffer different effects depending on which stance's energy they are being hit by.

Ability Type: Buff and AoE
Damage: 100 / 140 / 180 / 220 / 260 (+15% of your Magical Power)
Arcane: Knockup
Fire Damage Per Tick: 5 / 10 / 15 / 20 / 25 (+5% of your Magical Power)
Ice Slow: 20%
Slow Duration: 1.5s
Radius: 25
Cost: 40 / 50 / 60 / 70 / 80
Cooldown: 30 / 27.5 / 25 / 22.5 / 20s

Intro

Hi, this guide is brought to you by Kriega1, I started playing Smite on PS4 in 2016 around Erlang Shen's release in Season 3, and eventually long term migrated to PC Smite around mid Season 7. I have peaked GM/Masters on PS4 and Masters in Ranked Conquest on PC. I also am a Mentor on the Official Smite Discord where I focus on general building for each role. I hope you find this guide as a useful learning resource for playing Merlin in the Mid lane.

Abilities

Merlin's Abilities

WIP

Passive - Overload






Ability 3 - Flicker



Ultimate - Elemental Mastery


Example Combos:

Main Combos:

WIP

How to Play

Gameplay Start / Early Game:
  • Start at the Fire Giant side Speed/Red buff. When it spawns, hit it with an auto attack to leash/aggro the camp and pull it towards the intersection (towards mid lane) between the Speed and Red buff camps, at the same time your Jungler will have leashed the Red/Speed buff towards the intersection.

  • As the 2 camps position together use Dragonfire (Swap to Ice stance after) to clear the camps. Make sure to pickup the Red buff once it has dropped. After these camps are cleared you will be level 2.

  • Now quickly make your way to the Gold Fury side Speed buff, if your jungler has not reached it yet (they should be) then leash the camp yourself towards the mid lane while you use Blizzard to clear the camp. Avoid pulling the camp into tower range if possible. After this you will immediately head to lane while your jungler will typically clear the xp camp to the side of the green buff.

  • From here you will usually meet the enemy mid in lane on the first wave. Depending on yours and their early pressure/clear and positioning you will decide whether you'll be able to fight or not and whether you'll be able to use Blizzard and Frostbolt on the whole wave or just be able to hit the front melee minions.

  • How it goes from here will determine: if it's just a stalemate, you or your jungler has kill potential, if you will have mid camp pressure or if you'll have to back towards your tower line and safe clear.

  • From here you'll mainly be looking to clear waves, contest mid camps, clear the damage buff, assist support with health buff clear (once they rotate over from duo), and being aware of rotation opportunities.

  • In some cases you may be able to steal enemy side jungle farm but it is risky and not that generally beneficial for direct farm compared to your own side's farm and controlling neutral farm, but can be useful to put the enemy further behind.


Mid Game:
  • As the match goes towards the mid game, other than the usual farm opportunities you'll be looking to control the Stygian Beacon for your team and try attempt, contest and steal (if the enemy is attempting to kill them) the Gold Fury and Pyromancer objectives.

  • When the Beacon spawns often both teams will try rotate over to control it, especially the mid, support and jungle. In 1vs1 cases you'll have to decide whether you or the other enemy has more kill potential and who is more likely to have their teammates to rotate over first to impact your decision if contesting the beacon will be worth it.

  • As for Gold Fury and Pyromancer opportunities they will vary on factors such as: your team's overall objective shred, your ADC's current objective shred / build, your team's map pressure, how strong each team's teamfight is, where on the map everyone is (i.e. if one team is doing Gold, the other may decide to do Pyro as a smaller trade), if any members of the enemy team are on a respawn timer, etc...


Late Game:
  • At this stage you'll mainly be looking at wave pushing, contesting Fire Giant, and Phoenix sieging / Phoenix defense, though Pyromancer and Gold Fury (especially Oni variant) will still be somewhat relevant but less important.

  • As for late game teamfights, most often you will be positioned in the "backline" (behind your team's solo and support - who generally are the "frontline") and will play around your ADC to deal with the enemy frontline and jungler, while making sure to put out as much damage as possible to the highest threats on the enemy team.

  • When it comes to Fire Giant opportunities, often there can be stalemates where both teams will try to force a teamfight or look for lone picks in order to gain an advantage, sometimes involving one team going for a non fully committing attempt at doing the objective to bait the other team to step up.

Warding

Mid Warding:

Here are your regular warding spots for mid, to help your team be aware of the enemy team's general rotations especially when you're not in mid lane. Generally with good map awareness you shouldn't need to rely on wards much yourself for safety.


  • Green: Placing wards at these locations on both sides of the lane give you good general vision of the nearby jungle, giving vision of the entrances to your lane so you can see incoming ganks.

  • Purple: You can place a ward directly in front of the enemy tower (but not within its range), which can give you a lot of information if you keep an eye on the mini-map. If they are sitting on the ward in mid, you know where they are. If their icons push further into the lane, you can assume they are pushing. If they go towards the right or left jungles you can make early calls on "Be Carefuls" or "Enemy Incoming" or you can assume they are doing their buff camps. If their icons move backwards towards their tower you can generally assume that they are going to one of the back pathways into the jungle, likely to clear camps.


Late-Game Warding:

Over here is shown the ideal lategame warding spots around Fire Giant, though often you will be sharing the responsibility for this rather than handling it alone, especially when it's not safe for you to step up to place deeper wards. Any wards placed closer to the objective within the Fire Giant pit tend to get destroyed by Sentries more often than not, so they tend to not be reliable.

Remember, minions act as moving wards in the lanes, and are able to spot nearby gods. If your towers are down, keep your minions pushed up as much as possible to provide an extra set of eyes.



  • White Circles: These are all offensive locations that allow you to spot enemies near to or approaching objectives, and are helpful in covering multiple approaches. The closer you get to the Fire Giant, the more contested those spots will be and the more likely enemies will try to counter-ward.

    The ones closest to the enemy base can give you very early notice.

  • Red Circles: Fairly obvious, but it's always good to have vision on the main jungle objectives, especially the Fire Giant. Sentry Wards are key here, as they allow you to spot and remove enemy wards. You can place wards directly on top of the objectives, or put them slightly to one side to try to spot enemy wards or protect yours from being detected.
Counter-Warding: Enemies may drop wards on your defensive side in similar (opposite) spots to where you would place yours. If the Fire Giant is already covered and you have a spare Sentry Ward, place them in these spots to limit the enemy's vision on your team.

Defensive Warding: If you're pushed back to your phoenixes or inside your base, locate your wards in the nearby jungle and general approaches.

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