SMITE: Demigods, Deities and Gods Explained is a new 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: Called the “All Father,” Odin’s history, like many from his pantheon, is deep, complex and contains numerous words that will blow your mind. As the principal member of the Æsir, Odin is associated with a multitude of important facets of Norse life, including war, victory, death, magic and more docile occupancies like wisdom, poetry and prophecy. Often depicted as an old man with a long beard, Odin’s libido never faltered. Taking his name seriously, the “All Father” has numerous sons, Thor being the most famous.
According to the Poetic Edda, Odin is the fruit of Borr and Bestla. Along with his two brothers, Vili and Vé, Odin raised Midgard, a realm of mortals and one of the Nine Worlds of Norse Mythology, from the sea. Odin is best known for riding his horse Sleipnir into battle while brandishing his spear, Gungnir, against any that stood in his way. Unfortunately for the “All Father”, Odin was given prophecies of the future including that of his own death at the hands of Fenrir, Loki’s wolf-child, at Ragnarök.
A god of such power and high standing has many antagonists, but no more stand out than his constant battles with Loki, his personal struggles with the prophetic information forced upon him and his masochistic thirst for knowledge.
In-Game: Battling with Gungnir, Odin is a formidable physical tank with numerous support tricks in his repertoire. As a leader of the Norse pantheon, he can instill power in those around him increasing their attack speed for a short time. Odin is capable of massive AoE physical damage and possesses an offensive slow and quick movement from the Lunge ability. Tricky to use but immensely powerful when executed well, Odin’s Ring of Spears can trap or stop an enemy from pursuit. Increasing his tank and damage capabilities are a must.
- Odin 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 access to details for all of the playable characters.