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Chang'e - Hold me closer tanky dancer

July 25, 2013 by Condoriano
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Chang'e BuildBuild 1

Smite God: Chang'e

Item Purchase Order

Start With

Build Item Chronos' Pendant
Build Item Mana Potion
Build Item Mana Potion

Ideal Build

Build Item Chronos' Pendant Build Item Reinforced Greaves (Deleted) Build Item Sovereignty Build Item Void Stone Build Item Ethereal Staff Build Item Rod of Tahuti

Core Defense Items

Build Item Reinforced Greaves (Deleted) Build Item Sovereignty Build Item Void Stone Build Item Ethereal Staff

Possible Support Items

Build Item Pythagorem's Piece Build Item Divine Ruin

Possible Damage Items

Build Item Shoes of Focus Build Item Polynomicon

Ideal Actives

Build Item Purification Beads Build Item Shell of Absorption

Other Possible Actives

Build Item Blink Build Item Combat Blink Build Item Creeping Curse Build Item Girdle of Might

God Skill Order

Crescent Moon Dance

Crescent Moon Dance 1 4 6 7 10 key bind

Moonlit Waltz

Moonlit Waltz 3 15 16 18 19 key bind

Moonflower Dance

Moonflower Dance 2 8 11 12 14 key bind

Waxing Moon

Waxing Moon 5 9 13 17 20 key bind

Chang'e - Hold me closer tanky dancer

July 25, 2013


Chang'e is one of Smite's only pure support gods and I believe she should be played as such. She has amazing physical defense capabilities because of her Crescent Moon Dance, can escape damage and certain forms of crowd control like slow and cripple, and she can dodge major ults such as Hades and Ares with her Moonlit Waltz. Going into a fight to draw enemy damage and crowd control only to dodge it with Moonlit Waltz Is one of her best features, and building defense further improves her ability to do so.

Pros / Cons

High defense
High sustain
Low cooldowns
High team defense

Lower damage and healing than building full spellpower


Jade Rabbit
This is your passive. You have the ability to buy items in lane, meaning you do not have to go back to base as often. Starting with Chronos Pendant gives you the mana sustain you need to be able to use this passive effectively. You also gain 25% movement speed and no backwards movement penalty when using a dance. This passive allows you to move in and out of a fight with Moonlit Waltz by absorbing enemy damage and crowd control and backpedaling to safety.

Crescent Moon Dance
This ability is your only source of damage, your lane clear, and it gives you passive physical defense. In order to give your team the physical defense, you must hit your teammates with the ability. The low cooldown of this ability synergizes very well with Polynomicon if you are building more damage, and the lifesteal of this item compliments your survivability. I always max this ability first.

Moonlit Waltz
This ability is your evade. The cornerstone of why this build works so well. A perfectly timed Waltz can leave you free of damage when the enemy tries to engage you. You can escape slows and cripples, you can dodge ultimates, and you can attempt to force the enemy team to focus you and blow all of their cooldowns on you in order to give your team an easier engage. Chronos Pendant reduces the cooldown from 16 seconds to 12 at level 1. I max this ability last because the improvement per level of Moonflower Dance is greater than the improvement per level of Moonlit Waltz

Moonflower Dance
This ability is your team heal. With more teammates around you, the intensity of the healing on yourself increases. It also reduces enemy healing by 50% for 4 seconds which can stack with items like Divine Ruin and Creeping Curse. I max this ability second.

Waxing Moon
This ability is your ultimate. The speed at which it fires is almost instant, which makes hitting the ability a breeze. The hard part of using this ability is angling the line to hit as many gods as possible in a teamfight. This ultimate synergizes with many team control ults such as those of Hades, Ares, Odin, and Hun Batz. Using Blink or Combat Blink Can put you in the position you need to get as many hits as possible. The intensity of the stun increases with every god you hit, making you want to save for teamfights, but the high base damage and 100% magical scaling make this ult an amazing finisher on a fleeing god or even securing the kill on that one player who is just way to fed to let go. I level this ability whenever I can.


Chronos Pendant Chronos Pendant
I start with level 2 Chronos Pendant and 2 mana potions at the beginning of every game. The amount of mana sustain this item gives you is enough to where you will never have to back unless you are almost dead.

Reinforced Boots Reinforced Boots
My second item after Pendant. The passive is what makes me buy this item. Moonlit Waltz can dodge a lot, but you're bound to be caught eventually. The crown control reduction ensures quick getaways.

This is by far my favorite item in this build. The 30 physical defense of Crescent Moon Dance combined with the 65 of Sovereignty on yourself and the passive aura of 20 physical and magical defense for yourself and teammates will give you a whopping 115 physical defense and your team can gain up to 50 physical defense almost 100% of the time. Combine this with Shell of Absorption and you can give your teammates 95 physical defense and 65 magical defense plus the 15% damage reduction when they really need it.

Void Stone
I like getting this item when the enemy team has high magical damage and I have teammates with high magical damage. If your team has no mage that can benefit from the aura, but the enemy team still has high magical damage, I substitute this for Focused Void Stone. You can get rid of Void Stone entirely if the enemy team has no high magic damage, but this rarely happens.

Ethereal Staff
The health of this item combined with that of Sovereignty will give you an extra 1050 health. At level 20, these two items combined will give you 87 spellpower. Rod of Tahuti Will further increase that number.

Shoes of Focus
If the enemy team is low on the crowd control, this item can put you at cooldown reduction cap and give you some extra damage and healing.

As mentioned in the skills section, this item combined with the low cooldown of Crescent Moon Dance can give you a major boost in damage and some magical lifesteal for survivability.

Pythagorem's Piece
If you have teammates with heavy magical damage, this is a great support item to boost their damage and survivability as well as your own.

Divine Ruin
This item combined with the 50% reduction in healing from Moonflower Dance can severely hurt the enemy team's healing power. I'd grab this if I saw a Hel or an Aphrodite.

Creeping Curse
Functions the same as Divine Ruin. You could effectively reduce enemy healing to nothing when you combine this with Moonflower Dance. It's also a very heavy AoE slow.

Purification Beads
This is an amazing active for this build. When you fight against a Chang'e, you are expecting her to use Moonlit Waltz, so you wait for her to use it and then go in for the kill. Beads can save your life when they know how to counter you.

Shell of Absorption
An amazing active to complement the already high survivability of this build. The exact protections stacked can be found in the Sovereignty section.

Blink / Combat Blink
These actives can set up your ultimate very nicely, or can be used for an escape if necessary.

Girdle of Might
This is just another team support active. As a support god you want to help your team as much as possible. I don't usually get this, but it is a nice option.


This build is overall a very survivable build with great early sustain. Chang'e is a great healer with high mobility and amazing escape potential. Her ult can change the course of a teamfight and I'm looking forward to seeing how other people play her in the future. Thanks for reading.

Guide Discussion
Quote | PM | +Rep by PabloTheOffender » July 28, 2013 10:43am | Report
She is so squishy is useless building her tank.


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Quote | PM | +Rep by disqord » July 29, 2013 3:40pm | Report
I disagree; I followed this build during a couple conquest matches, just to see if it would work, and it took multiple members of the enemy jumping on me to even bring me close to dying - they did get me a few times, but it wasn't always so. A decent tank build overall, combining massive survivability with Chang'e's sustain, heal, and stun.


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Quote | PM | +Rep by PabloTheOffender » July 29, 2013 3:50pm | Report
If you build her tanky, her heal is worthless. Anyone can build tank, but she will never be a tanky as a tank like Sobek and Ymir. So it is useless building her tank because there is betetr options for tanks.


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Quote | PM | +Rep by TormentedTurnip » July 29, 2013 4:32pm | Report
The scaling on her heal is pretty lackluster, and it will heal herself quite a bit if you include multiple allies in it whether or not you have a lot of MP. Effective use of her Moonlit Waltz arguably makes her better than tanks at absorbing damage (but not peeling and CC). Building her either with high MP or with high defense have their own advantages, so neither types of builds are worthless.

She'll still have high harass due to how often she can apply GoI, her heal has only 30% scaling, and her ultimate is used for its amazing CC effects rather than its damage anyways. All this plus being literally unkillable? Good deal, in my opinion.

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Quote | PM | +Rep by PabloTheOffender » July 30, 2013 3:16pm | Report
Saying her heal is lackluster is like saying Guan Yu's heal is lackluster. Her heal is amazing, plus the cooldown on it allows it to be spammed. You need MP for it to be good though. 40% x 500 mp? You have about 200 extra health to heal your allies with.


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Quote | PM | +Rep by TormentedTurnip » July 30, 2013 4:26pm | Report
30% is lackluster. Not nonexistent, but lackluster. An extra 200 health at lategame is nothing to write home about. Sure, it's better, but she'll be able to prevent more damage to her team in the first place when she builds defensively, and her harass comes more from the GoI slow and highly mobile body blocking rather than damage.

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Quote | PM | +Rep by PabloTheOffender » July 31, 2013 7:54pm | Report
There are better gods to prevent more damage, ones that have more cc, better peeling, and takes more damage. The heal can be spammed due to the 10 second cooldown, so the heal starts healing for a lot, for about 400 each heal. Most mages and carries have about 2000 health, so you're healing for a little less then 1/4 of there maximum health, which heals yourself as well for more if you are near all of your allies. Saying the heal is lackluster is just an ignorant thing to say. It is lackluster if you build her tank, only about 170 with no magical items. This build allows her to be useless not counting her ult. Yes she has three magical items, but Rod only helps if you have alot of magical power due to it's passive. so you still won't heal all that much. It's far better to build her all MP, which gives her damage, a nice heal, and a ult with high damage, instead of just being useless with her heal, and pretty much being a stun bot.


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Quote | PM | +Rep by PabloTheOffender » July 31, 2013 7:57pm | Report
Saying her Harass doesn't come from her 4s cooldown ability is ignorant to say. I guess she can body block, but then again, there are better god's for that, like Ymir with his wall.


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Quote | PM | +Rep by TormentedTurnip » August 1, 2013 9:03am | Report
She can easily prevent damage to her teammates via being in the fray, in front of them. She'll be able to have constant upkeep on physical protection, Gem of Isolation, and a healing debuff to the enemy team, as well as nullifying some of the more dangerous spells with her Moonlit Waltz

While her heal is very spammable, as it will have a 6.5 second cooldown with a proper build. However, its scaling is terrible, as it will only add 230 more healing (reaching 400) for having 770 magic power. It'll heal for twice as much (still a paltry amount), at the cost of dying instantaneously when hard CC'd, as her Waltz cannot be activated when stunned.

She should have Shoes of Focus and Breastplate of Valor (or chromos pendant), then built with high defense. She'd be far from useless because she could: constantly harass with her 1, have incredible uptime on a healing debuff, and absorb a lot of damage. Her ultimate is also used more for the CC than its damage.

When I responded to you, I was referring to building her with high defense, I wasn't necessarily condoning this build. I would never get Tahuti for her, as you could see with my guide.

Saying her Harass doesn't come from her 4s cooldown ability is ignorant to say. I guess she can body block, but then again, there are better god's for that, like Ymir with his wall.

I said her harass did come from her (2.6 seconds with a proper build) cooldown. However, it's from the slow applied via Gem of Isolation rather than its damage. Ymir's wall is indeed an excellent tool for blocking projectiles, but Chang'e can rival that with her shorter cooldown Moonlit Waltz, and, when built high defense, can body block more than just when its cooldown is up, because she'll be able to reduce damage and heal damage.

I'd like to also point out that her kit is almost tailored for being in the thick of the battle with the low range on her 1 and 3 (as well as their secondary effects) and, of course, her amazing 2.

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Quote | PM | +Rep by Talenhiem » September 16, 2013 9:55am | Report
Hopefully to end this argument...

This is a very good guide. I solo lane, so I don't exactly agree with the build (although I get pendant as one of my situationals, always). Forget the two guys above me and keep it up!


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