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: So dependent on the Nile river to sustain them, the people of ancient Egypt deified the crocodiles which they so feared as Sobek. Depicted as a crocodile or a man with the head of a crocodile, Sobek was prayed to for safe passage on the river’s waters. Selected animals were treated with the utmost respect, dining on the finest meat in temples dedicated to Sobek. The ferocity and might of crocodiles enabled Sobek to be a symbol of war.
Although seen as a creator god when he emerged from the waters of chaos to create the world, Sobek is born of Set and Neith and is the brother of Anubis. Like an assortment of other gods in the Egyptian pantheon, Sobek was eventually merged with another powerful creator god, Ra, to become Sobek-Ra.
In-Game: Sobek is a magical melee support tank, not exactly what many would expect from a god deifying such a powerful and ferocious animal. Not capable of dropping a character quickly, Sobek should still be feared by opponents due to being a self-sufficient hero capable of negating a large percent of incoming damage while tossing out various disables.
Sobek should be built with items increasing his health pool and magical damage.
Head over to SMITE: Demigods, Deities and Gods Explained for access to details for all of the playable characters.