- Really easy & fun god to play
- High burst damage late game
- Decent CC with her passive and combo
- Global ultimate
- Works well in teamfights
- Really bad mobility
- Ultimate is used a lot for escapes
- Does nothing until late game except survive
Passive - Strength of Wood
After 5 successful basic attacks, Nu Wa's next Basic Attack will Root enemies.
This passive is a nice bonus to have when chasing the enemy. If you can get the counter to 3 and then use your combo on an enemy, using your basic attacks on them while they are stunned will allow you to root them right after.
You can also stun them before which will allow you to get your full combo off before they run away.
Ability One - Mysterious Fog
Nu Wa condenses moisture into fog at her location which then rolls forward away from her. She and all allies are Stealthed while inside the fog, and have increased movement speed. Attacking breaks the Stealth effect for 1s.
Enemies that run into the fog take damage, and continue to take additional damage again every second they are in the fog.
This ability has many uses - damage, escape, set up, etc. Obviously it does some better than others.
It does decent enough initial damage to be valuable during fights, but its best use is set up for Nu Wa's combo since most people just run away from her minions or kill them before she can get the combo off.
Some people ignore her fog which also makes it good for ambushing but be careful not to run into the entire enemy team.
Ability Two - Clay Soldiers
Nu Wa conjures Clay Soldiers from the earth. If she marked a target while summoning them, they will pursue that target until it dies. If she summons them without target, they will attack enemy gods who damage Nu Wa, or closest enemies.
Soldiers live for 10s. First they will dash at enemies within 45 units, applying a stack of protection reduction. Stacks up to 3 times, stacks last 2s. They will basic attack after that.
This is a pet ability type that can be directed by marking the enemy before summoning the soldiers. I definitely recommend marking the enemy whenever possible so that they don't attack jungle camps or minions.
While this ability is mostly used for Nu Wa's main combo, you can also use it to tank objectives.
Ability Three - Shining Metal
Nu Wa launches a mass of shining metal, damaging all enemies it hits. If it hits one of her Clay Soldiers, it explodes, dealing additional damage and Stunning enemies.
This is a line ability type that damages all enemies hit - it is her main source of damage and clear.
It works especially well when used after summoning her Clay Soldiers as it will do additional damage and stun the enemy for 1.4 seconds.
Ultimate - Fire Shards
Nu Wa flies up into the clouds, gaining visibility on all enemy gods, and summoning fire shards from the sky to damage each of them. As she lifts off the ground, she can pass through player-made deployables.
While using this ability, Nu Wa becomes CC immune & immune to damage while in the air. (Note: She is not immune to damage while her ultimate is going off, so try to use it as early as possible.) This ability paired with Ethereal Staff and Soul Reaver is good late game and allows Nu Wa to be relevant even when she can't make it to team fights.
This ability can also be used to get clean up kills (and assists, which is really the best use of it early game) as well as seeing where the enemy team is.
Clay Soldiers > Shining Metal is her main combo. It is what you will be using 99% of the time and there aren't really any set combos aside from it.
Clay Soldiers > Shining Metal > Mysterious Fog can be used to chase if the enemy is still alive after the stun.
Mysterious Fog > Clay Soldiers > Shining Metal can be used if the enemy is running away.
Nu Wa has a very situational ultimate (damage, sight, escape, etc.) so you really just use it whenever necessary.
As Nu Wa, your only real goal until late game is to not feed. On top of her not having the best clear early game, she has no escapes and is extremely slow.
Until you hit 5 at least, you are going to be hugging your tower like your life depends on it - because it really does.
Level one you're going to be leveling her Shining Metal for clear and damage, level two you can decide whether to level her Mysterious Fog or Clay Soldiers.
- If you'd like to have more efficient clearing, level her Mysterious Fog.
- If you'd like to have more burst damage/poke, level her Clay Soldiers.
If you are able to clear the first wave evenly with the enemy mid-lander, you can either try to do your red buff or one of the mid camps (& wait for your jungler to do red with you) - completely up to you.
- If you (somehow) clear it faster and you have your jungler near you (& you are communicating with them!!) you can look to steal the enemy red buff.
- If you clear it slower, do your best and consider clearing your buff once your jungler rotates from mid.
Remember to keep in mind whether your jungler is stronger early game or late game - if they clear slowly as well its probably safest to just do a mid-camp and do your own buff, especially if you are against an early game mid or jungler.
In your first or second back, get wards. I prefer to ward more "offensively" (the entrances to their red & back camp) just because I like to leave my tower eventually, but it's smarter to ward at your entrances if you are playing more passively and really just trying to survive.
- Once again this depends on whether the enemy mid laner/jungler really counter you or if they are just a lot stronger in general.
Remember that although you are meant to be playing more passively, you should still be poking the enemy and clearing the wave. After the very early game, Nu Wa clears just fine - you don't have to actually stay under your tower until late game.
If you see the enemy trying to get mid camps, contest them or get the one on the opposite side. If you see them trying to get your red buff (and its just the midlaner), contest it.
Watch the timers and get your own buff - you don't need your jungler past maybe level 1.
Once you are at the midgame-ish point and you are even or ahead of the enemy mid laner, you can look to gank duo lane if needed. Only do this if you are confident you can get a kill - its smart to wait until your ultimate is ready. If you gank and get no kills or assists, you have successfully done nothing and you are behind on farm.
Prior to midgame you should only be using your ultimate to help out & hopefully get assists or clean up kills.
Everything else is hopefully self-explanatory. Once you get past early game Nu Wa is good to go.
Just remember to be extra careful around enemies that have good mobility or high CC as Nu Wa often dies because of that.
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