SMITE: Demigods, Deities and Gods Explained is a column dedicated to introducing prospective players of SMITE to its massive back story of lore. From the Greek to Hindu, each week we’ll look at two characters from a major pantheon and provide a quick recap of their history and in what capacity their digital incarnation will represent on the field of Hi-Rez Studios’ upcoming MOBA.
Lore: A giant wolf and son of Loki, Fenrir was prophesied to be the murderer of Odin. Should he have carried out the act of killing the All Father, monstrous beast would have began Ragnarök, the expected apocalypse of Norse mythology. The ensuing war would have seen the death of Thor, Tyr, Freyr, Heimdallr and Loki. Fenrir would have gained little but his own death at the hands of Víðarr, a son of Odin’s. The calamity would not have left the mortal realms safe. Various natural disasters and an ultimate flood would have made sure only two lone humans would survive.
Fenrir wasn’t just the beginning of the end. Loki’s furrier child was renowned for his strength. The great wolf broke numerous bounds as he continued to grow from the daily meals at Tyr’s hand. After two failed bounds, Leyding and Dromi, Odin had the crafty dwarves complete a third fetter, Gleipnir. The Aesir promised that if a bind could hold the great wolf he’d be freed for posing no threat. To be sure Fenrir wasn’t sandbagging his effort Tyr chose to place his hand in the beast’s mouth as a pledge that he was trying his hardest. Tyr’s loss of that hand marked Fenrir’s freedom and one of the best known tales of Norse mythology.
In-Game: Fenrir the Unbound lives up to his mythology by being designed as an incredibly powerful physical melee. Capable of chasing down his opponent with numerous jumps and his ultimate, Fenrir is a difficult character to run away from. Stacking a new meter, Runes, the great wolf needs to land his standard attack to maximize his damage and crowd control capabilities. The Unbound has two built in cleaves and an incredibly powerful physical lifesteal buff. These attributes make Fenrir have brutal sustainability in lane, lacking only mana.
Fenrir players should focus on massacring opponents and making sure they can’t escape. Physical power, attack speed and movement speed will make the only quadrupedal character in SMITE a terror on the battlefield. Aggressive players can add in cooldown reduction once they get a handle on MP5. In a pinch, Fenrir can be built as a secondary tank thanks to rapid health regeneration, including his native lifesteal.
- Fenrir on Wikipedia
- Norse Mythology on Wikipedia
- Poetic Edda by Snorri Sturluson
- Prose Edda by Snorri Sturluson
Head over to SMITE: Demigods, Deities and Gods Explained for details on all of the playable characters.