Janus

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Janus
SkinArt Janus Default.jpg
Summary
Title: God of Portals and Transitions
Pantheon: NewUI Pantheon Roman.png Roman
Type: Ranged,Magical
Class: NewUI Class Mage.png Mage
Pros: High Mobility, High Area Damage
Difficulty: Average
Release date: May 28, 2014
Favor: 5,500 Favor.png
Gems: 200 Gems.png
Voicelines: Janus voicelines
Voice actor: Sean Hennigan
Stats
Health: 400 (+70)
Mana: 350 (+58)
Speed: 360 (+0)
Range: 55 (+0)
Attack/Sec: 1 (+0.8%)
Basic Attack
Damage: 34 (+ 1.45)
+ 20% of Magical Power
Progression: None
Protection
Physical: 8 (+2.6)
Magical: 30 (+0.9)
Regen
HP5: 6 (+0.45)
MP5: 5 (+0.45)
*Numbers in parentheses are the amount gained at each level

"Wield the power of space and time, tear through the unstable fabric of reality."

Janus is one of the playable Gods in SMITE.

Lore[edit | edit source]

Many fear change. Venturing into the unknown. Deviating from a path of safety and certainty into something unexpected. But life is change; a journey through doorways both physical and emotional, with every moment a passage to something new, and it is Janus, God of Portals and Transitions that governs this.

Bearing two faces, Janus is ever looking to the future and to the past, knowing both but controlling neither. He is only the in-between, found in the changing of seasons, at the birth of a child, at the entrances to the temple and the tavern. For this reason the Romans named the first month after him: January – a portal between the old year and the new.

Yet the Roman emperors also attribute a strange tradition to Janus. At each end of his temple stand massive doors. In times of peace, these doors are closed, but in times of war, flung open. As Rome rose to power, rarely were these doors shut, but almost four hundred years of peace have clothed Rome since then and the temple has grown dusty with absence. These days, however, the doors are open once more. It seems war has returned, and the greatest of changes are upon us.

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Passive - Passages
Any time Janus transitions through a Portal or over a Threshold he becomes aged and wizened, gaining additional Magical scaling on his next ability cast. Notes:
 Bullet.png Magical Scaling: 15%  Bullet.png Ability Type: Passive

Ability Video

1st Ability - Portal
Janus creates a portal in the world. If placed on a wall, the portal will create a passage through to the other side of the wall that Janus or any ally may use. The portal may be entered from either side, but closes after 1 use.

If placed on the ground, enemies and Janus will fall into the portal, being teleported into the air above it. Enemies take damage upon landing, and are considered banished during the fall.

Notes:
 Bullet.png Phoenix pedestals count as walls.
 Bullet.png Portals can't be used by gods who are Stunned, Crippled or Rooted.
 Bullet.png Janus won't fall through his ground portals while immune to Crowd Control.
 Bullet.png Has a range of 55.
 Bullet.png Damage: 80/130/180/230/280 (+60% of your Magical Power)  Bullet.png Banish Duration: 1.5s
 Bullet.png Wall Portal Duration: 5s  Bullet.png Wall Portal Range: 100
 Bullet.png Ability Type: Ground Target  Bullet.png Radius: 10
 Bullet.png Cost: 70 mana  Bullet.png Cooldown: 12 seconds

Ability Video

2nd Ability - Unstable Vortex
Janus creates two unstable portals, far too small to fit into, and flings them forward dealing damage to enemies in their path. Enemies hit by both portals take 15% damage on the second hit. Notes:
 Bullet.png Deals 115/189.7/264.5/339.2/414 (+92% of your Magical Power) damage if hit by both hits.
 Bullet.png Damage: 100/165/230/295/360 (+80% of your Magical Power)  Bullet.png Ability Type: Line
 Bullet.png Range: 70  Bullet.png Cost: 70/75/80/85/90 mana
 Bullet.png Cooldown: 9 seconds

Ability Video

3rd Ability - Threshold
Passive: Janus increases the movement speed of himself and allies each time they go through a portal or over a Threshold (max. 2 Stacks).

Active: Janus opens a multi-dimensional rift. Enemies who pass over the rift are slowed, and marked with Phase. Targets in Phase take additional Magical scaling damage when hit by Janus' damaging abilities.

Notes:
 Bullet.png The Phase debuff lasts 3s.
 Bullet.png The buff/debuff is only applied once per cast.
 Bullet.png Grants up to 20/25/30/35/40% Movement Speed.
 Bullet.png The additional damage is dealt separately from the damage that triggered it.
 Bullet.png Has a range of 55.
 Bullet.png Phase Slow: 25%  Bullet.png Additional Scaling: 20/30/40/50/60
 Bullet.png Rift Duration: 3/3.5/4/4.5/5  Bullet.png Movement Speed: 10/12.5/15/17.5/20% per Portal.
 Bullet.png Passive Duration: 5s  Bullet.png Ability Type: Ground Target
 Bullet.png Cost: 60/65/70/75/80 mana  Bullet.png Cooldown: 15 seconds

Ability Video

Ultimate - Through Space and Time
Janus blasts a ball of multi-dimensional energy across the battlefield, burning a portal into every surface it encounters within range 500. These portals last 10s, may be used by allies, and do not vanish after the first use.

Enemies hit by the energy ball take damage, increasing in Magical scaling the further the energy travels. Enemy Gods cannot take more than 75% of their maximum health as damage. Janus is immune to Crowd Control whilst firing.

Notes:
 Bullet.png The portals have no range restriction.
 Bullet.png While portals won't close on use, players can only go through each portal once.
 Bullet.png Damage: 300/400/500/600/700 (+75% of your Magical Power)  Bullet.png Distance Scaling: 100% of your Magical Power at distance greater than 800.
 Bullet.png Ability Type: Global Line  Bullet.png Cost: 100 mana
 Bullet.png Cooldown: 110 seconds

Ability Video

Videos[edit | edit source]

God Reveal[edit | edit source]

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Achievement Combat Janus NoScope.png
No Scope
As Janus hit at least two enemy Gods with your Ultimate at max distance.
Achievement Combat Janus WatchYourStep.png
Watch Your Step
As Janus make your opponents fall through fifteen different portals in one match.


Trivia[edit | edit source]

General[edit | edit source]

  • Janus doesn't have a greek counterpart.
  • Janus was originally meant to carry a key as his weapon, but the idea was scrapped during development. You can still find a smaller version of the key hanging from his belt, and you can see the full size key in his default skin card.
  • The key is still used in the animation for his Portal ability where he lifts the key and turns it to open them.
  • One of Janus' taunts, ▶️"You shall not pass!.. through my portals that is.", is a reference to a quote made by Gandalf from the Lord of the Rings series.
  • One of Janus' lines for when he is in low health, ▶️"Curse my body, I wasn't fast enough.", is a reference to a quote made by C-3P0 in the film Star Wars: A New Hope.
  • Janus' direct taunt to Athena ▶️"They named a whole month after me, you only got a city!" is a reference to how in the Roman Calendar the first month of the year is named after him.
  • Janus' Defeat Screen animation is a reference to the American animated cartoon Scooby-Doo.
  • Janus' dance emote is based on the final dance scene in the 1984 film Footloose.

God Skins[edit | edit source]

  • T Janus Skin1 Icon.pngGatekeeper
  • The name of this skin is a reference to the 1984 film, Ghostbusters.
  • Curiously, this skin and Timelord Chronos share a similar color scheme.
  • T Janus Portal Icon.pngJandroid
  • T Janus Elemental Icon.pngRiftshaker
  • T Janus Dubstep Icon.pngBA5S Drop
  • Being part of this set of skins means it has a [VXG] (Special Emote) command that will play along with other skins of the same set.
  • T Janus Mobile Icon.pngKeymaster
  • The name of this skin is a reference to the 1984 film, Ghostbusters.
  • T Janus Mystical Icon.pngWorldwalker
  • T Janus WarpTech Icon.pngWarp Tech
  • T Janus BlinkyChibi Icon.pngBlinky Chibi
  • T Janus PresidentialPunisher Icon.pngPresidential Punisher
  • T Janus CrashTest Icon.pngCrash Test
  • This was the first ranked reward to be obtainable during it's season.
  • This skin shares its theme with Winner's Circle Apollo.
  • T Janus JT6000 Icon.pngJT-6000

Skins[edit | edit source]

Default
Default Skin card Release Date May 28, 2014
Type Standard
Cost Free
Requirements
Voicelines Janus voicelines
In Game Model
Extra Information

Gatekeeper
Gatekeeper Skin card Release Date May 28, 2014
Type Standard
Cost 100 Gems.png or 9500 Favor.png
Requirements
Voicelines Janus voicelines
In Game Model
Extra Information

Jandroid
Jandroid Skin card Release Date February 11, 2015
Type Standard
Cost 400 Gems.png
Requirements
Voicelines Jandroid Janus voicelines
In Game Model
Extra Information
 Bullet.png This skin comes with custom character animations and ability effects.

Riftshaker
Riftshaker Skin card Release Date May 10, 2016
Type Standard
Cost 400 Gems.png
Requirements
Voicelines Riftshaker Janus voicelines
In Game Model
Extra Information
 Bullet.png This skin comes with custom character animations and ability effects.

BA5S Drop
BA5S Drop Skin card Release Date November 24, 2015
Type Exclusive
Cost 600 Gems.png
Requirements
Voicelines BA5S Drop Janus voicelines
In Game Model
Extra Information
 Bullet.png This skin comes with custom character animations and ability effects.
 Bullet.png The skin, its ability targeters, and ability effects constantly rotate between several colors.
 Bullet.png This skin was part of the Odyssey 2016 event.

Keymaster
Keymaster Skin card Release Date June 2, 2016
Type Exclusive
Cost Requires Skin code
Requirements
Voicelines Janus voicelines
In Game Model
Extra Information
 Bullet.png This skin is unlocked with a special code you get by going to the skin's promotional page in SMITE eSports and selecting your platform.

Worldwalker
Worldwalker Skin card Release Date April 25, 2017
Type Exclusive
Cost 200 Gems.png (Astral Assassin Chest)
Requirements
Voicelines Worldwalker Janus voicelines
In Game Model
Extra Information
 Bullet.png This skin comes with custom character animations and ability effects.
 Bullet.png This skin can only be obtained as a rare roll from certain Treasure Chests.

Warp Tech
Warp Tech Skin card Release Date August 20, 2018
Type Exclusive
Cost 400 Gems.png (Ultra Mech Chest)
Requirements
Voicelines Warp Tech Janus voicelines
In Game Model
Extra Information
 Bullet.png This skin comes with custom character animations and ability effects.
 Bullet.png This skin can only be obtained as a rare roll from certain Treasure Chests.

Blinky Chibi
Blinky Chibi Skin card Release Date May 21, 2019
Type Exclusive
Cost 400 Gems.png (Chibi Bonanza Chest)
Requirements
Voicelines Blinky Chibi Janus voicelines
In Game Model
Extra Information
 Bullet.png This skin comes with custom character animations and ability effects.
 Bullet.png This skin can only be obtained as a rare roll from certain Treasure Chests.

Presidential Punisher
Presidential Punisher Skin card Release Date June 16, 2020
Type Exclusive
Cost 400 Gems.png (Independence Chest)
Requirements
Voicelines Presidential Punisher Janus voicelines
In Game Model
Extra Information
 Bullet.png This skin comes with custom character animations and ability effects.
 Bullet.png This skin can only be obtained as a rare roll from certain Treasure Chests.

JT-6000
JT-6000 Skin card Release Date January 4, 2017
Type Limited
Cost Requires Skin code
Requirements
Voicelines Jandroid Janus voicelines
In Game Model
Extra Information
 Bullet.png This skin was unlocked with a special code you could get from Twitch Prime.

Crash Test
Crash Test Skin card Release Date January 26, 2021
Type Limited
Cost None
Requirements
Voicelines Crash Test Janus voicelines
In Game Model
Extra Information
 Bullet.png This skin comes with custom character animations and ability effects
 Bullet.png This skin was given as a reward to any players that reached Gold 5 or higher during the Season 8 Ranked.

Golden
Golden Skin card Release Date July 15, 2014
Type Standard
Cost 200 Gems.png or 9500 Favor.png
Requirements God Rank 1
Voicelines [[]]
In Game Model
Extra Information

Legendary
Legendary Skin card Release Date July 15, 2014
Type Standard
Cost 300 Gems.png or 12500 Favor.png
Requirements God Rank 5
Voicelines [[]]
In Game Model
Extra Information

Diamond
Diamond Skin card Release Date October 29, 2014
Type Standard
Cost 400 Gems.png or 15000 Favor.png
Requirements God Rank 10
Voicelines [[]]
In Game Model
Extra Information

Changelog[edit | edit source]

SMITE Version 8.3.6455.11 (April 6, 2021)

  • Icons Janus A03.png Threshold
  • Decreased Movement Speed Bonus from passive that triggers on portals and threshold from 10/15/20/25/30% to 10/12.5%/15%/17.5%/20%

SMITE Version 8.1.6381.5 (January 26, 2021)

  • Icons Janus A01.png Portal
  • Players falling from a Janus portal can now be damaged before they hit the ground. (Previously they were untargetable until after they hit the ground completely, which was inconsistent with other banish effects.)
  • Going through Janus’ portals now has a unique sound to different it from the Blink Relic
  • Icons Janus A02.png Unstable Vortex
  • Unstable Vortex now damages enemies who are in between the two Vortex projectiles.
  • A chain of energy connects the two orbs, showing this damage area.
  • Enemies can still be “double-hit” if they are hit where the orbs meet.
  • Icons Janus A04.png Through Space and Time
  • This ability can now only ever deal up to 75% of a target’s max health.
  • This ability’s audio has been adjusted to be more audible as it travels.

SMITE Version 7.5.6039 (May 19, 2020)

  • Icons Janus A01.png Portal
  • Fixed an issue where players could land in unintended places when falling out of Janus portals if they had certain knockbacks or immunity effects applied to them.

SMITE Version 6.9.5607.4 (August 20, 2019)

  • Icons Janus A02.png Unstable Vortex
  • Decreased Cooldown from 10s to 9s.

SMITE Version 6.8.5557.1 (July 24, 2019)

  • Icons Janus A01.png Portal
  • Fixed an issue where Janus could be perma-silenced if Xing Tian uses his Ultimate before entering Portal.
  • Fixed issues where this ability could be used to get out of bounds on the Joust map.

SMITE Version 6.4.5372.6 (April 2, 2019)

  • Icons Janus A04.png Through Space and Time
  • Fixed an issue where Janus could use Ultimate to teleport outside of Joust map.

SMITE Version 5.19.5053.2 (October 15, 2018)

  • General
  • Raised volume fx for Basic Attack and ability #2 for Warp Tech skin.

SMITE Version 5.7.4730 (April 24, 2018)

  • Icons Janus A02.png Unstable Vortex
  • Increased Cooldown from 8s to 10s.
  • Decreased Bonus damage from 20% to 15%.
  • Icons Janus A03.png Threshold
  • Decreased Duration of the deployable from 3/4/5/6/7s to 3/3.5/4/4.5/5s.

SMITE Version 5.6.4707.1 (April 11, 2018)

  • Icons Janus A01.png Portal
  • Changed the FX for the portal deploy to better match its actual deploy speed.

SMITE Version 5.3.4624.1 (February 27, 2018)

  • General
  • Adjusted the DJ Skins so that they all can move with their VXG emotes active.

SMITE Version 5.1.4571.1 (January 30, 2018)

  • General
  • Now all mages have magic prot scalings of .9 per level.

SMITE Version 4.21.4415 (November 6, 2017)

  • Icons Janus A02.png Unstable Vortex
  • Increased Base Damage from 90/150/210/270/330 to 100/165/230/295/360.
  • Increased Magic power Scaling from 70% to 80%.
  • Decreased double hit bonus from 30% to 20%.
  • Old Damage Total: 117/195/273/351/429 (+91%).
  • New Damage Total: 120/198/276/354/432 (+96%).
  • Icons Janus A04.png Through Space and Time
  • Increase Base damage and Scaling from 200/300/400/500/600 (+50% of your magical power) to 300/400/500/600/700 (+75% of your magical power).
  • Decreased Scaling Damage per distance traveled to cap out at 100% additional Magical Power Scaling at 800 Units, down from 200% at 800 Units.

SMITE Version 4.1.3882 (February 1, 2017)

  • Icons Janus A04.png Through Space and Time
  • Increased Cooldown from 90s → 110s.

SMITE Version 3.1.3217 (February 2, 2016)

  • Icons Janus Passive.png Passages
  • Reduced Magical Scaling bonus from 25% → 15%.

SMITE Version 2.18.3094 (November 17, 2015)

  • Icons Janus A01.png Portal
  • Fixed players T-posing when having gone through portals multiple times.

SMITE Version 2.17.3071 (November 3, 2015)

  • Icons Janus A03.png Threshold
  • Reduced Phase Slow from 20/25/30/35/40% → 25% at all ranks.

SMITE Version 2.13.2948.1 (September 1, 2015)

  • Icons Janus A02.png Unstable Vortex
  • Improved highlighting accuracy.

SMITE Version 2.12.2920.4 (August 19, 2015)

  • Icons Janus A04.png Through Space and Time
  • Fixed Janus ultimate not placing portals if used close to a wall.

SMITE Version 2.12.2920.2 (August 18, 2015)

  • Icons Janus A03.png Threshold
  • Fixed debuff tooltip showing incorrect icon.

SMITE Version 2.10.2868 (July 21, 2015)

  • General
  • Fixed issue with Furious animation.
  • Icons Janus A04.png Through Space and Time
  • Can now place portals on Phoenix pedestals.

SMITE Version 2.8.2808 (June 18, 2015)

  • General
  • Fixed Diamond skin showing partially invisible to other players.

SMITE Version 2.6.2740 (May 12, 2015)

  • Icons Janus A01.png Portal
  • Fixed exploit getting gods on top of collisions.

SMITE Version 2.1.2598.1 (February 25, 2015)

  • Icons Janus A01.png Portal
  • Corrected an issue where players falling through enemy portals could still use Aegis.

SMITE Version 2.0.2574 (February 2, 2015)

  • General
  • Fixed an issue where Janus would get stuck flying in the air if he portals into the Fire Giant chest.

SMITE Version 1.0.2379.3 (October 29, 2014)

  • Icons Janus A03.png Threshold'
  • There is now a visual FX on Janus and Allies when they are affected by Threshold's speed buff.

SMITE Version 1.0.2247 (August 5, 2014)

  • General
  • Base health increased from 380 to 400.
  • Icons Janus A01.png Portal
  • Cooldown reduced from 15s to 12s.

SMITE Version 1.0.2215.6 (July 15, 2014)

  • Icons Janus A01.png Portal
  • CC Immune targets will no longer take damage from this ability after avoiding the banish.
  • Icons Janus A02.png Unstable Vortex
  • Damage for hitting the second vortex reduced from +50% to +30%.
  • Magical Damage Scaling reduced from 80% to 70%.
  • Adjusted aiming on this ability to improve player accuracy.

SMITE Version 1.0.2173 (June 12, 2014)

  • Icons Janus A01.png Portal
  • Fixed an issue where players who were knockup immune, and Loki while stealthed, would not be banished by falling into the portal.
  • Note: This means most gods who are dashing will also fall into the portal, and is a substantial buff to this ability.
  • Fixed an issue where players could use jump to avoid being banished and falling into the portal.
  • Icons Janus A02.png Unstable Vortex
  • Reduced slightly the maximum distance the projectiles will pull away from each other during travel.
  • Icons Janus A03.png Threshold
  • Fixed a tooltip error.
  • Icons Janus A04.png Through Space and Time
  • Janus can now move and aim while channeling this ability.
  • Janus is now CC Immune while channeling this ability.
  • This ability now deals damage to everything but Titans.
  • This is a temporary fix as we explore improving Titan leashing logic in later patches.
  • This ability will no longer deal damage to players in fountains.

SMITE Version 1.0.2151.3 (May 28, 2014)

  • Janus has been added to the game.

Pre-release

  • Icons Janus A03.png Threshold
  • Reduced additional scaling damage from 20/40/60/80/100% to 20/30/40/50/60%.
  • Icons Janus A04.png Through Space and Time
  • Increased cast time from 1s to 1.5s.
  • Increased recovery time from 0.1s to 0.3s.
  • This ability now only damages gods.