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A Mighty Sword! (Conquest - Jungle - S2)

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by Zilby updated August 4, 2015

Smite God: Ao Kuang

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Ao Kuang Build

AA Build

Build Item Shoes of the Magi Shoes of the Magi
Build Item Telkhines Ring Telkhines Ring
Build Item Demonic Grip Demonic Grip
Build Item Winged Blade Winged Blade
Build Item Bancroft's Talon Bancroft's Talon
Build Item Rod of Tahuti Rod of Tahuti

Actives

Build Item Greater Blink Greater Blink
Build Item Greater Purification Greater Purification

Alt. Attack Speed

Build Item Hastened Fatalis Hastened Fatalis

Alt. Power

Build Item Polynomicon Polynomicon

Alt. Defense

Build Item Magi's Cloak Magi's Cloak

Alt. Actives

Build Item Achilles' Spear Achilles' Spear
Build Item Heavenly Agility Heavenly Agility
Build Item Wrath of the Gods Wrath of the Gods

Ability Build

Build Item Shoes of the Magi Shoes of the Magi
Build Item Bancroft's Talon Bancroft's Talon
Build Item Spear of the Magus Spear of the Magus
Build Item Polynomicon Polynomicon
Build Item Soul Reaver Soul Reaver
Build Item Rod of Tahuti Rod of Tahuti

Alt. Power

Build Item Chronos' Pendant Chronos' Pendant

Ao Kuang's Skill Order

Water Illusion

1 X Y
Water Illusion
2 15 16 18 19

Dragon Call

2 A B
Dragon Call
4 8 10 11 12

Wild Storm

3 B A
Wild Storm
1 3 6 7 9

King of the Eastern Seas

4 Y X
King of the Eastern Seas
5 13 14 17 20
Water Illusion
2 15 16 18 19

Water Illusion

1 X
Ao Kuang Teleports forward into Stealth, leaving behind a watery form of himself. He remains in Stealth for 5s or until he attacks or takes damage.

Ao Kuang may activate this ability again to detonate the watery form, dealing damage to nearby enemies.

Ability Type: Teleport
Damage: 70 / 120 / 170 / 220 / 270 (+60% of your Magical Power)
Range: 30
Radius: 20
Cost: 70
Cooldown: 15s
Dragon Call
4 8 10 11 12

Dragon Call

2 A
Ao Kuang summons 6 dragons to his side. For every successful basic attack Ao Kuang makes, a dragon will dive to the target dealing additional damage. This ability ends after all dragons are used, or after 10s.

Ao Kuang may activate this ability again to send forward any remaining dragons in a ranged attack. The dragons damage and Slow the first enemy they hit.

Ability Type: Stim / Line
Attack Damage: 35 / 50 / 65 / 80 / 95 (+30% of your Magical Power) per hit
Ranged Damage: 20 / 25 / 30 / 35 / 40 (+13% of your Magical Power) per remaining dragon
Slow: 30%
Slow Duration: 1s + 0.25s per remaining dragon
Range: 55
Cost: 60 / 65 / 70 / 75 / 80
Cooldown: 15 / 14 / 13 / 12 / 11s
Wild Storm
1 3 6 7 9

Wild Storm

3 B
Ao Kuang unleashes a storm of lightning from his sword, damaging all enemies in front of him. This will send a Dragon from Dragon's Call forth, dealing damage to hit targets.

Ability Type: Cone
Damage: 90 / 135 / 180 / 225 / 270 (+40% of your Magical Power)
Range: 30
Cost: 60 / 65 / 70 / 75 / 80
Cooldown: 7s
King of the Eastern Seas
5 13 14 17 20

King of the Eastern Seas

4 Y
Ao Kuang grabs a single target, damaging and knocking them into the air. If the target is below a Health threshold, Ao Kuang will also reveal his true form, becoming an airborne Dragon and executing them restoring Health. After transforming Ao Kuang then picks a new location to land, dealing damage to enemies within 20 units.

Ability Type: Single Target
Damage: 90 / 140 / 190 / 240 / 290 (+50% of your Magical Power)
Execute Threshold: 30%
Heal: 10 / 15 / 20 / 25 / 30% of maximum Health
Landing Damage: 100 / 150 / 200 / 250 / 300 (+50% of your Magical Power)
Landing Range: 200
Cost: 90 / 100 / 110 / 120 / 130
Cooldown: 90s

Introduction

Welcome to my guide for Ao Kuang, Dragon of the Eastern Seas


I am a casual player who primarily plays conquest. My preferred role in conquest is the solo lane, however Ao Kuang is quickly becoming one of my favorite jungler/assassins, thus this is a guide for jungle Ao Kuang.

This is my fifth smitefire guide, and I intend to update it, so feel free to comment things that should be added/edited.


Regardless, lets move on to the former Kukulkan himself, Ao Kuang!

Stats

General
Health: 400 (+74)
Mana: 200 (+36)

Speed: 375 (+0)
Range: 12 (+0)
Attack/Sec: 1 (+1.95%)
Regen
HP5: 8 (+0.7)
MP5: 4.3 (+0.4)

Protection
Magical: 30 (+0.9)
Physical: 11 (+3)
Basic Attack
Damage: 35+1.5/Lvl(+20% of Magical Power)
Progression: 1/0.5/0.5/1x damage
Progression: 1/0.5/0.5/0.5x speed
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Pros / Cons

Pros:
Cons:
  • VERY squishy
  • No sustain in team fights or objectives
  • Somewhat mana hungry
  • Basic attack damage isn't as good as most other assassins (still not bad)
  • Very little CC (only Dragon Call's slow).
  • Hard to escape if you can't land your King of the Eastern Seas
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Skills

skills

Combos / Skill Strategies

This section expands upon the details regarding how all of these skills work together and how they can be used to their greatest effect.


Stealth Gank




combo 1



Burst Gank




combo 2



Stealth Execute




combo 3

Items

This section is built around the build above as well as situational items. Do note the first build is for an attack speed heavy Ao Kuang while the second build is for a burst heavy, ability based Ao Kuang. The current meta more closely follows the ability based build, but its best to decide based on team matchup.

This item list will go in order of early game to late game items.

AA Build

Ability Build

Actives

Early Game

tips

Mid Game

tips

Late Game

tips

Conclusion

Ao Kuang is one of the most unique gods in Smite. His sneaky but damaging kit showcases the immense power that a dragon king has to offer. Even though he's no longer a mid-laning mage, Ao Kuang has truly found a new name for himself as the greatest mage-assassin in the game. (Move over Freya!)

I hope you enjoyed reading this guide and if you liked it, make sure to give it a vote.
Happy smiting!

Other Guides

These are all the guides I have made so far, feel free to check them out.


Nox

Chang'e

Nemesis

Artemis
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Ao Kuang

Isis

Awilix

Bellona

Sobek

Ratatoskr


A Guide To Making Item Builds

And More!

This is all the other stuff I've done in regard to smite/smitefire



Z's Comedy Club


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Ragnorok98 (1) | March 8, 2016 5:12pm
Update Soon?
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Zilby (132) | February 10, 2016 11:14am
CaptElfimis wrote:

Im sure you're already on top of S3 but just wanted to say 2 things:

1. This guide is amazing and this build really destroys people
2. Spear of Desolation makes a really good R.o.T. replacer if you're on track with a hard carry. Power is still there, some extra pen for beefy players (especially with new defensive items) and the added c/d for kills is really beneficial in closing multi kills.

Still need to update my guides for S3, haven't been playing thaaat much Ao as of late though. I wouldn't replace Rod of Tahuti with Spear of Desolation though, its passive stacks incredibly well with Fire giant and power pots late game. If you're running with the ability build you could replace either Spear of the Magus or Soul Reaver with it, or an item like Winged Blade in the auto-attack build, but I'd only really recommend doing that on Ao if you're a bit ahead since you can get those other items online much faster (with the exception of Soul Reaver). All things considered though, Ao doesn't usually want to stick around long enough to really benefit from Spear of Desolation's passive unless you're far enough ahead that you can wipe the entire enemy team.
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CaptElfimis (5) | February 10, 2016 6:50am
Im sure you're already on top of S3 but just wanted to say 2 things:

1. This guide is amazing and this build really destroys people
2. Spear of Desolation makes a really good R.o.T. replacer if you're on track with a hard carry. Power is still there, some extra pen for beefy players (especially with new defensive items) and the added c/d for kills is really beneficial in closing multi kills.
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Zilby (132) | January 11, 2016 10:18am
Karnevil wrote:

I was halfway through the construction of my guide, when suddenly decided to check what had already posted on the website (should have done it before). I just deleted everything i wroted because your guide is perfect, my build is the same as yours, only some minimal alterations in the purchase order , and I wore the fatalis rather than the winged blade, I will change it because of the passive of winged blade, you cover all the important points to rape ***es with Ao Kuang. Just I never really saw usefulness for defensive item for him, but i guess is situational. Sorry for my bad english, not my native language.
Congrats.

Thanks :)
The defensive items aren't so much for making him less squishy as enabling him to escape without being CCd or slowed. Generally you don't always need them though.
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Karnevil | January 11, 2016 10:07am
I was halfway through the construction of my guide, when suddenly decided to check what had already posted on the website (should have done it before). I just deleted everything i wroted because your guide is perfect, my build is the same as yours, only some minimal alterations in the purchase order , and I wore the fatalis rather than the winged blade, I will change it because of the passive of winged blade, you cover all the important points to rape ***es with Ao Kuang. Just I never really saw usefulness for defensive item for him, but i guess is situational. Sorry for my bad english, not my native language.
Congrats.
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Thalenis | December 31, 2015 7:10am
This was the first guide I looked at back when I got smite, was interested in this god but was only doing average with him, thanks to this guide and of course some serious play time with Ao Kuang I now can do above average and am excited to get into league jungling with him when the next season hits.

Great guide man
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Zilby (132) | December 8, 2015 8:57am
If the BA build is working for you there's no need to switch over. The main reason the ability build is popular is because it's useful at very high competitive levels. Outside of Diamond ranked conquest and above you can use either build pretty much just as effectively against most team comps
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Anacarnil | December 8, 2015 4:18am
Thank you! :D

Now by now i'm facing a great dilemma. I've tried the ability based build you suggested, but I didn't feel as comfortable as I am with the basic attack one, but still, everyone is telling me that the BA build was useful only in the first season of the game, for the second skill was not nerfed yet. Everyone now uses Ao Kuang as an effective mage with the second build, maxing out his magical power to melt people and flee, but... dunno... it just doesn't suit my needs, and with the BA build I always end up playing well. So do I really have to switch to the full mage build?
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Zilby (132) | December 2, 2015 8:51am
He's a fun god :) There's few feelings in smite as satisfying as eating someone and transforming into a dragon. The ability build doesn't build CDR under the assumption that you're unable to quickly burst enemies down without maximizing power. If you're ahead or have particularly squishy enemies, CDR is a nice luxury to have that allows you to gank more often.

As for joust/Arena/Clash, I'd say you could probably build the same but CDR is more important in these game modes since they involve constant combat. You should still make sure you can burst people down, but since you're constantly using your abilities it's usually desirable to be able to do this as often as possible.
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Anacarnil | December 2, 2015 3:48am
Meddle not in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy, and gooood with rice!

Jokes apart, several experienced friends of mine told me about Ao Kuang since the very first matches in SMITE. I had the chance to try him on weekly rotation, and despite the intrinsic difficulty bound to its use, I found it AMAZING. I mean, I had mastered a lot of gods before using Ao, but none of them gave me that feeling of power Ao has, and that suits perfectly with my playstyle: close combat, aggressive stance and a lot of damage to deal in a matter of seconds. Consider the fact that I also love dragons...

In these days I'm still sticking to the first build you have presented, switching from Winged Blade to Hastened Fatalis whenever it's possible (I've noticed that Ao tends to put pressure on the enemies, if they are not seasoned enough to counter him properly, and more firepower means more pressure, resolving in my teammates engaging with ease): having tried it lots of times, I could say I love it. But now I'm growing curious and I will try and use Polynomicon/Chronos Pendant instead of Bancroft's Talon, along with Witchblade/Fatalis and see how my matches change accordingly.

I'm also curious about the second build, and for that I think Chronos' should be mandatory, or at least Shoes of Mage could be replaced by Shoes of Focus for more CDR without having to lose too much horsepower. Anyway, it's yet to be tried and I'll give feedback as soon as I switch to that build (for my playstyle I assume that the first one suits my needs better, but it ain't bad giving it a try anyway :D ).

Ah, one last thing: what kind of build you think would work OK in Joust/Arena/Clash?
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UntoldDestiny | December 1, 2015 7:40am
How did you put the Ao picture in the beginning? what is the code for it?
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