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Arthur Item Builds
These items are necessary in order to play Arthur optimally. Only diverge from a core item if you are a very experienced player or you have a very good reason for doing so.
|Mantle of Ra is a great starter item for Arthur as it provides both offensive and defensive stats. It also grants a passive that synergizes well with Holy Guard.|
|Frost Cape is the perfect bruiser item for Arthur, providing him with a ton of armor, HP, and cooldown reduction. What makes this even stronger is the passive which reduces the movement speed and deals damage when attacking a hero after using an ability.|
Offensive Item Choices
|Fenrir’s Tooth||Fenrir’s Tooth is an unorthodox item for Arthur, but it helps him secure kills and out damage enemies in trades. The item’s passive alone is a game changer when used with Arthur’s burst combo. Using your combo on squishies or offensive heroes practically guarantee a kill when using this item.|
|This item helps protect against burst abilities with the shield that it provides. It also increases the wearer’s damage when the passive is activity, increasing Arthur’s lethality.|
|Spear of Longinus||This item increases cooldown speed while also increasing offensive and defensive stats. Its passive shreds enemy armor each time Arthur attacks, great for long engagements. Arthur in particular benefits quite a bit from the item, Righteous Fervor applies two stacks of the armor pierce while Holy Guard adds a stack of armor pierce each time it deals damage.|
Defensive Item Choices
|Taking Hyoga’s Edge can either be a more defensive alternate to Frost Cape or supplement it for immense amounts of slows. The item offers more defensive stats than Frost Cape as well as a speed boost when the user attacks at the expense of lacking the area of effect slow of Frost Cape or the damage boost that Frost Cape offers.|
|Medallion of Troy is a strong item against bursty mages, as it grants him an extra shield every 18 seconds that protects him from magic damage. It also gives a fair amount of defensive stats such as magic defense and max HP. On top of all of this, it also provides a 10% cooldown reduction which can be very useful to the cooldown-based Arthur.|
|Gaia’s Standard||Gaia’s Standard is a very strong defensive item. This item gives him a lot of HP regeneration and magic defense. The speed will help Arthur as he runs around the map while the magic defense and regeneration will keep him up in longer fights.|
|Amulet of Longevity||Amulet of Longevity grants large amounts of health and regeneration, amplifying that provided by other items along the way. This is particularly useful on Arthur, he already having a bit of armor through his passive. The item provides dramatic amounts of health for a single item, so should be considered if needing defense but already stacked on defense and magic defense.|
|Odin’s Will||Odin’s Will is a great aggressive item for Arthur that increases his attack damage and movement speed whenever he takes damage. It also gives attack damage and HP which can help him kill enemy squishies while absorbing their damage.|
|Gilded Greaves||Gilded Greaves is one of the best defensive boots due to its magic defense and resistance. Resistance is particularly helpful for Arthur since he needs to get close to enemies to damage them.|
|Sonic Boots||Sonic Boots is an alternate to Gilded Greaves when facing primarily physical teams. These boots are most effective when the opponents rely heavily on their normal attacks, as the damage reduction they offer applies to both a normal attack’s base damage and any additional on-hit effects they might have.|
Sample Item Builds
Here we build Arthur as a bruiser, the most popular way to build up the hero. Mantle of Ra, Frost Cape, and Spear of Longinus are all excellent hybrid items that boost Arthur’s offensive and defensive capabilities. Gaia’s Standard, while not offering much offensively, provides some decent utility along with it’s defensive offerings. Arthur will both be able to speed around the map, nuking people with Deep Impact and withstand the punishment that enemies try to throw at him and his team.
|Mantle of Ra||Gilded Greaves||Frost Cape||Medallion of Troy||Shield of the Lost||Amulet of Longevity|
In this build, we focus more directly on Arthur’s survivability, pushing him into more of a tanking role than a hybrid warrior. Medallion of Troy, Shield of the Lost, and Amulet of Longevity are each powerhouses when it comes to their focused upon defensive stat, magic defense, armor, and HP respectively. Frost Cape and Mantle of Ra add to the hero’s survivability as well, albeit not in quite as impressive amounts as other items.
|Mantle of Ra||Gilded Greaves||The Aegis||Medallion of Troy||Frost Cape||Gaia’s Standard|
Here’s a Fun build, I call it the Super Knight build. Basically, the goal is to get Arthur to 35-40 CD. This makes it so that Arthur’s 2 can almost always be dealing actively damage, and he can always be flying around with his 1 for massive mobility. What you basically end up with is a tankier version of superman who can stay in the fight a bit longer.
There’s multiple ways to go about this, but the core of the build is Mantle, Greaves, Frost, Crimson (for healing), Aegis/Longinus (High CDR), and Medallion.
Good damage, High cooldowns, High armor/magic defense, and constant utility from his 1 and 2. Arthur becomes an extremely mobile hero, able to enter and exit fights as he pleases, and able to burst down low enemies if he chooses to disengage to heal up a bit. I recommend Attack damage arcana with this build. The above build is for generally high magic damage teams, but if the enemy team is low on damage, you can run Flashy boots, Gaia’s, and Hercules’ in place of Greaves, Crimson, and Medallion respectively. This build makes Arthur extremely annoying to catch and control, kind of like superman without the pushing/stuns. As such, it’s most effective to use this build to run in and chip the enemy heroes, let his 2 deal some damage and then run back out for a second before getting combo-ed too hard. It’s best to be cautious early and midgame, as this build is late-game oriented, so focus on farming early on (I recommend running it in bot lane.) Enjoy the build!
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