Five Eldritch Gods to Add to Smite Following Cthulhu

With Cthulhu on his way to the Battleground of the Gods, Hi-Rez has opened the gateway for other horrific entities of his ilk. But who exactly should make the cut?

By TKras98, Posted 08 Jun 2020

Cthulhu is fast approaching Smite. In a few weeks, the most well-known of the Great Old Ones will make his debut across the world as the third-person MOBA’s latest character. Cthulhu himself, as he was in the original stories by H.P Lovecraft, is sort of the first wave. Cthulhu is meant to open the path for other beings far older and far more powerful than he. He is their priest, spreading word of their imminent arrival to all who dare listen. But, out of everyone who Hi-Rez could add, which of the Elder Gods should make the cut? Here’s five I think Hi-Rez and Titan Forge could afford to include:
 

Nyarlathotep

Smite, Nyarlathotep, Gods

The Crawling Chaos, Nyarlathotep, has taken countless forms across his appearances in the Cthulhu Mythos. Ranging from Ahtu, a gelatinous mass covered in golden tentacles worshipped in the Congo, to the Dark One, a pitch-black, eight-foot-tall man with no face who can walk through physical barriers, and even in the simple form of a tall, slim figured man. A key aspect of Nyarlathotep’s activity is that he acts as a sort of middle man, tending to the cults of other Outer Gods and Great Old Ones while also taking care of their affairs while they are kept eternally sleeping or exiled beyond the further stars. Unlike his fellow Gods, Nyarlathotep takes pleasure in cruelty, and actively walks the mortal planes, interacting with its inhabitants.
 

Hastur

Smite, Hastur, Gods

Not originally a creation of Lovecraft, Hastur, also known as The King in Yellow, is a vague character. He is mentioned as having an amorphous, somewhat octopoid form, but very little is actually known of him. Lovecraft says that the Mi-Go, a race of fungal aliens and worshippers of the Outer Gods, are in conflict with cultists of Hastur, who himself is a foe of the Outer Gods. Introducing a character like this would give Hi-Rez and Titan Forge a lot of leeway with how they actually portrayed this God.
 

Yog-Sothoth

Smite, Yog-Sothoth, Gods

A cosmic entity said to take the form of several glowing spheres, Yog-Sothoth is a deity of knowledge. He knows all, and is coterminous with all of time and space. Trapped outside of our own universe, Yog-Sothoth has the ability to see everything that has happened, is happening, and will happen across all time and space. However, Yog-Sothoth can still enact his will upon our reality. He is the “grandfather” to Cthulhu, but also impregnated a human woman as described in “The Dunwich Horror.”
 

Dagon

Smite, Dagon, Gods

An oceanic deity worshipped by many, Father Dagon is often cited as one of the first of the Cthulhu Mythos characters to appear in Lovecraft’s writing. Dagon’s actual name and form are unknown, as many believe that the name Dagon is a misinterpretation of Lovecraft’s intentions with the character. The story “Dagon” features an ocean-dwelling horror that is in fact one of the Deep Ones, a race of aquatic humanoids who worship the being referred to as Father Dagon. This, once again, gives Hi-Rez a lot of leeway with how they could design this character. One issue that may arise from this, however, is the fact that Dagon is also the name of an ancient Mesopatemian Fishing god, which is likely where Lovecraft took the name.
 

Shub-Niggurath

Smite, Shub-Niggurath, Gods

The All-Mother, the Mother Goddess of countless eldritch entities, Shub-Niggurath is one of the strongest of the Outer Gods. The Grandmother of Cthulhu, Shub-Niggurath is most well known for her vast worship and her mutagenic nature. Shub-Niggurath is massively powerful, so much so that she is probably the most worshipped of all the Elder Gods. A horrific mass of black tentacles, slimy mouths, writhing goat legs, this powerful Mother-Goddess has a unique feature in her Dark Young. These tall tentacled masses walk on Goat Legs, and often stand in rituals as the representation of their mother, accepting sacrifices and devouring non-believers. If Hi-Rez and Titan Forge were to add this horrific Goddess to the game, I can see where their design might travel.
 

Are there any Elder Gods, Great Old Ones, or Outer Gods of the Cthulhu Mythos that you think Hi-Rez and Titan Forge should add to Smite? Or, are you content with only seeing Cthulhu. Talk about that and more in the comments below!


Tyler Krasnai.
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Platform(s): Xbox One, PS4, PC
Publisher(s): Hi-Rez Studios
Developer(s): Hi-Rez Studios
Genres: Multiplayer Online Battle Arena
Themes: Free-To-Play
Release Date: 2014-03-25

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