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Hello, I am Tonchi91 and this is my first SmiteFire build/guide. I chose to start with Bellona since she is my favorite god in game. I have been playing her a lot and found that a lot of people are playing her wrong, and that is the reason I am doing this.
Before I start with everything, I know Bellona can be played in a lot of different way, but in most times people don't understand her abilities and her passive. Bellona is intended to be basic attack god, so she need attack speed items. Her passive is getting protections by stacks, which means you need attack speed so you can finish stacks faster. Your 1st ability gives you absorb while attacking, which means you need attack speed to gain absorb faster. Your 2nd ability is used for clearing minions and buffs, which means you have to build attack speed to clear it faster. And your 3rd ability gives you heal on every 3rd successful basic attack while in that stance, which means you need attack speed to heal faster.
You can play Bellona tanky, but I don't see the point for it, since she don't have quality CC (her ultimate only stun for a second and it is hard to CC more then one enemy with it). The other point why I don't like playing Bellona tanky is because you have passive which gives you protections and by buying more then 2 protections for her, you are wasting slots for better items.
|I am using Ninja Tabi and not Warrior Tabi on her cause she is mainly basic attack god (read Introduction). Ninja Tabi is providing her with some attack speed so you can gain passive from the start, which means you will be much more secure from the start.|
|Runeforged Hammer is good on her cause you will gain health, protections and damage from passive of this item.|
|Everyone knows what Asi is. But why Asi on Bellona? You will gain everything you need from it to not be dependent on your 3rd ability too much.|
|Not many people are familiar with Ancile. Ancile is a very good item, on Bellona even better. You need some cooldown reduction, and Ancile will give it to you, and you will still gain needed magical protection, you gain damage and you are gaining healths on stacks which you can build on buffs, mid and backcamps.|
|Now we are on optional item. I use Ichaival when there is no Guardian or Warrior in solo lane. I use it mostly when there are 2 hunters in enemy team. You will gain more power by it, more attack speed and you will reduce enemy physical damage.|
|We are now on second optional item. I use The Executioner instead of Ichaival when there is Warrior or Guardian in solo lane. With The Executioner you will reduce their protections so you and solo laner can deal more damage when you gank solo lane.|
|We are now on last item. Why I chose Deathbringer as my last item on Bellona? Since I am building her primarily as basic attack god (which she is) crit is a good choice to end with. You will deal a lot more damage with basic attack and you will finish your enemy a lot easier.|
I will not tell the basics of jungling here. I will only tell what do I do when I gank.
First of all, don't let anyone from your team makes you initiate the fight. As I said, Bellona is bad in starting the fight. Let your team mate start it so you can get from behind. Use your 3rd ability to disarm and quickly activate 1st ability to dash on that enemy which is disarmed. Just basic attack that enemy so you can gain absorb and fill passive. Wait until your target dash or leap and quickly land with your ultimate on him with the center so you can stun him and quickly finish him of. If your target is managing to escape you with a small amount of health there is a very big chance you can finish him of with your 3rd ability which will get from cooldown when it comes to it.
Use your ultimate ONLY when someone is escaping with dash/leap or when you have to run away to survive.
And remember, when you use your ultimate, you will stay in the last known active stance you were right before you used your ultimate. So if you dash with first ability and stack for absorb and then used ultimate, stacks will stay active since you stayed in that stance.
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