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Hello if you are reading this I assume you would like to play Bellona that is great. Bellona was the first character I ever played and I fell in love with her. But enough about me lets get into playing Bellona.
1. Good wave clear
2. great team fight presence
3. Good damage
4. Good at 1v1
5. can fit many play styles
1. No real hard cc besides the ultimate
2. no good escape besides ultimate
3. Her ability's and mail clearing potential can easily be cancelled by cc's
Lets start off with the items I like to build in a normal game. First the starting items I normally get the first starting option, unless I am worried of getting ganked right in the beginning or if I am playing alone,and play with that because of starting with more movement speed and the sustain with deaths toll. Second I just grab some pots and wards depending on the situation. Now lets get to the meat of this the main build. First off I like to grab the ninja tabi to get attack speed right away this can help you get a relatively early kill with ease but after I get exe I grab warrior or I grab it after I build everything else. The rest of the items I find are pretty simple breastplate of valor for mana and cooldown and obviously protections,Frostbound hammer for the slow power and health,exe for the pen and attack speed,now I grab genjis guard because genji's guard is daddy, and usually I grab shifters for the extra damage. Note if you are going up against a magical solo laner I get genji's first than breast plate later.
Now getting into the situational items as it states in the name these are if you need to counter somebody or just prefer something different that what I do. first there is Ichaival is only if you are going up against a very fast attack speed solo laner like a hunter or erlang shen and you need the extra attack speed early game bu than after I get full build i would swap it. Brawler's beat stick and pestilence are mainly for if the team has a healer like Aphrodite or Hel and pestilence is good if they have a very big magical presence. On the other hand if they have a very big physical presence I will grab nemean. Also depending on if they have a big magical or physical presence I will grab shifters for physical and runic for magical
Now I feel like this is probably the most confusing part for beginners is what to get as relics. If you are playing conquest basically every solo laner will grab teleport rune first, you do not have to but since the other laner will most likely grab it it is safe to grab it too because if they can port and come back quickly and you are low they will get free farm and that is not good for you. If I am not playing conq i will usually grab med cloak first to help the team. Now what to get second well this is a choice of who is in the game most of the time I will grab aegis if they do not have a lot of cc or I will grab purification beads if they do have a lot of cc. But now what if they have a very pesky adc or attack speed jungler these relics might not work so if they do have gods that are like that I will grab bracer to get back all my health if they shred it quickly. There is really only one time you need to grab phantom and that is if they have an Odin If you don't want to use your ult or you want to save your team from an Odin ult phantom can get you directly through it. Last but definitely not least is blink rune, this is a relic if you are messing around I almost never grab this on Bellona but if you want to be a jerk you can probably get some cheeky kills blinking through walls and using your combos to surprise the enemy
Now after you learn your items you should look into your neato skills, I am just gonna go down the list starting with the passive and just give base descriptions for each ability. Your passive is called "Master of War" and every time you hit somebody with an auto you gain 1 stack. This ability has a max of 5 stack and for each stack you gain 4 protections and 3% movement speed. Next going onto your shield bash, with your shield bash you dash forwards a little ways, do some damage and, slow your enemy, after you dash forwards you take out a sword and shield and with every 3 auto attacks you gain one stack of block completely negating any damage done to you. Your next ability is bludgeon, this is your most damaging ability. You take out a hammer swing it around in a circle then you jump into the air and slam down. this does very high damage and very good for early game quick kill. Onto your third ability this one is called scourge and it is a whip. when you use this ability if you hit somebody it will block them from using auto attacks for a short amount of time and for every 3 auto attacks you get healed for a little bit of health. Now finally onto the fourth and finally ability your ultimate. Your is called Eagle's Rally. With this ability you leap into the air with a flag stunning people who land under where you land and marking a circle on the ground and while standing in that circle you get increased protections and physical power.
There are not many combos for her but the mail ones I use are
one: bludgeon, auto attacks, scourge, shield bash, auto attacks
two: Eagle's Rally, bludgeon, auto attacks, scourge, shield bash, auto attacks
These really are the only two combos I use but they are really effective.
I hope you have enjoyed my little Bellona guide. Bellona was my first mastery 10 god and she is always my main pick for the solo lane. This build isn't as good as some of the builds I followed when I first started playing her but I think this a good guide for beginners who just want a basic build and some basic breakdown of ability's and combos.