Item Build

starting items

Early (Buy regen if low)
Core (Required, in order)

Situation (only if needed)
Extension (choice, Any order)

Ability Build

Arc Lightning


Lightning Bolt


Static Field


Thundergod's Wrath


Talent Tree



+{s:value} Movement Speed

+{s:value} Health

+{s:value}% Static Field Damage

+{s:value} Thundergod's Wrath Damage

+{s:value}s Lightning Bolt Ministun


+{s:value} Arc Lightning Damage

Author's Ability Notes

Use Arc Lightning during the laning phase to farm the key items you need. Additionally, Arc Lightning, with your passive, Static Field, helps stack and pull jungle camps for you to later farm for your items once more. In team-fights, use this between your nuking abilities to continually harass.
Low cooldown, incredible damage and it gives true sight around you! If you can't quite reach your opponent, click on the ground and it will target the closest foe! Use this ability to see wards and other invisible units as well as to give vision which you can then use Arc Lightning to follow-up.
The range is huge, so dont worry too much about you being too far from your opponent for this to affect them. Any spell you do will be buffed by this, so when in a tight situation, slam all your hotkeys to make sure you deal as much damage as possible. Interrupts Bottle, Salve and Blink Dagger each time it procs.
Aghanim's has a great global finisher that allows you to zone enemies their exit path, to scout Roshan or to engage in fights. Careful that the Nimbus targets the closest target to its center.
Try to avoid using this to steal kills and more to ensure someone's dead (either they have fled too far from an ally, etc.): 1. Use Lightning Bolt to nuke down an enemy 2. Spam Arc Lightning when off-cooldown 3. Lightning Bolt once more 4. End with Thundergod's Wrath to ensure the kill.
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+{s:value}s Lightning Bolt Ministun : The disrupt from your Lightning Bolt works with Aghanim's Scepter and it can disrupt channeling spells, town portal scrolls and more!

Author's Item Notes

starting items

Plant a tree with iron branch to consume with tangos to increase your regeneration - especially useful in the mid-lane where you want to save starting items to afford early game items like bottle or boots of speed.

Early (Buy regen if low)

Zeus needs ferry him throughout the game until Arcane Boots and other items. Use Arc Lightning to last-hit properly until you can afford Bottle.

Core (Required, in order)

Aether Lens for Zeus means more damage, better range and a bit more survivability. Depending if you want to just be able to cast more spells with Octarine Core or actually need the extra space to ensure you can cast the spells; Aether Lens might be right for you.
Aghanim's has a great global finisher that allows you to zone enemies their exit path, to scout Roshan or to engage in fights. Take note that the Nimbus targets the closest target to its center.

Situation (only if needed)

Force Staff is a substitute to Blink Dagger if you need an easier item to get to or the mobility of Blink Dagger is not especially needed. Force Staff offers a bit more stats and a positioning tool that is more situationally useful over Blink Dagger.
The extra speed, mana regeneration and the ability to keep yourself out of danger for those few seconds while you wait for your abilities to get off cooldown could save your life every once in awhile.

Extension (choice, Any order)

Rely on Blink Dagger to enter fights late but immediately, often times, enemies will know to wait and look for you and so you need a Blink to truly keep your distance but on the ready to engage when necessary.
Refresher Orb is a more difficult item to get with a lot of build-up to pieces you won't need; but it pays off and requires fast-fingers to keep up with all the spells before you get targeted.
Octarian Core is the last step to making a true god out of Zeus. Perhaps unncessary, perhaps pointless given how squishy Zeus is; but nevertheless all-powerful and awesome.
Bloodstone late-game is to provide additional spell damage, reduction in cost and ultimately more survivability for a Zeus that has all the damage he wants but needs the mana and health regeneration to keep him in fights, especially if easily targeted.

Other Items

Consider Linken's Sphere if specific ultimate, target abilities like stuns and silences are keeping you down. This should be seen different as Black King Bar because it will waste ultimate abilities on you like Doom's Doom or Necrophos' Reaper Scythe from completely killing/disabling you.
Zeus relies on his abilities to dish damage to foes. Kaya reduces that cost while also amplifying its damage, helping Zeus' impact in-game.
For a truly aggressive Zeus, Blink Dagger can be used to initiate and nuke an enemy before they know what happened. Generally, you should only be getting this if you want to lead the charge or have several solo-kill targets you can kill.