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Conquest Mid | Build & Guide

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Smite God: Nu Wa

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Purchase Order

Damage Build Notes Pay attention to the cooldown on E Staff!! Using this with your ultimate (& paired with Soul Reaver) is very valuable during teamfights.

Build Item Mage's Blessing Mage's Blessing
Build Item Shoes of the Magi Shoes of the Magi
Build Item Spear of Desolation Spear of Desolation
Build Item Soul Gem Soul Gem
Build Item Ethereal Staff Ethereal Staff
Build Item Soul Reaver Soul Reaver
Build Item Obsidian Shard Obsidian Shard

Sell Boots & Buy

Build Item Elixir of Speed Elixir of Speed
Build Item Gem of Isolation Gem of Isolation

Full Cooldown Build Notes Start with Mages Blessing + Chronos Pendant tier 1 + health/mana pots.
Leave Chronos Pendant at tier 1 until you finish boots, then complete it second.

For full cooldown via Chronos Pendant, you will obviously have to sacrifice something. This is just an example, you can replace whichever item (that doesn't have cooldown) with Chronos.

Build Item Mage's Blessing Mage's Blessing
Build Item Chronos' Pendant Chronos' Pendant
Build Item Shoes of the Magi Shoes of the Magi
Build Item Spear of Desolation Spear of Desolation
Build Item Soul Gem Soul Gem
Build Item Soul Reaver Soul Reaver
Build Item Obsidian Shard Obsidian Shard

Sell Boots & Buy

Build Item Elixir of Speed Elixir of Speed
Build Item Ethereal Staff Ethereal Staff

Situational Items Notes Tahuti can replace Ethereal Staff or Gem of Isolation, depending on what you're going for.

If you replace Gem of Iso for Tahuti, you should probably put it in place of E Staff and get Ethereal last.

Replace Spear of Desolation with Divine Ruin if you are against any healers/lifesteal

Build Item Divine Ruin Divine Ruin
Build Item Rod of Tahuti Rod of Tahuti
Build Item Mantle of Discord Mantle of Discord
Build Item Magi's Cloak Magi's Cloak

Relics Notes Beads/Aegis is usually your go-to since Nu Wa has really bad mobility.

Blink is for mobility if you are feeling alpha

Build Item Purification Beads Purification Beads
Build Item Aegis Amulet Aegis Amulet
Build Item Blink Rune Blink Rune

Consumables Notes As Nu Wa, you are going to want to ward really early so that you can go 3 feet beyond the tower line and not die immediately.

Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion
Build Item Mana Potion Mana Potion
Build Item Ward Ward
Build Item Potion of Magical Might Potion of Magical Might
Build Item Chalice of the Oracle Chalice of the Oracle

Nu Wa's Skill Order

Mysterious Fog

Mysterious Fog

1 X
3 8 16 18 19
Clay Soldiers

Clay Soldiers

2 A
2 4 11 13 14
Shining Metal

Shining Metal

3 B
1 6 7 9 12
Fire Shards

Fire Shards

4 Y
5 10 15 17 20
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Nu Wa' Threats

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Nu Wa' threats

Pros & Cons

- 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

Ability Information

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.

Combos for Nu Wa

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.

Nu Wa in Conquest

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.

Editing Notes

3.30 - New & improved builds!! More visually appealing layout!! Yay

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Kriega1 (77) | March 31, 2019 4:33am
I would honestly consider Rod of Tahuti much more on Nu Wa than Ethereal Staff.

It's not a "situational" item on her.

Also buying Spirit Robe on Nu Wa is dumb unless you had Warlock's Staff or something to actually be tanky enough to benefit from the passive.

Also you wouldn't need Phantom Veil on Nu Wa, as her ultimate brings her out of Odin's Ring of Spears.

Swap Heavenly Wings for Blink Rune if you really wanted a mobility relic on Nu Wa.
Perfectium | March 31, 2019 9:41am
I don't consider Tahuti situational as much as I consider Tahuti/Gem of Iso/Ethereal Staff alternative items to each other if that makes sense lol. I think its nice for clean up kills and MP5, but Ethereal Staff is better for teamfights and extra HP (And obviously Gem of Iso is good for the fog or combo slow) really just depends on what your goal is. I made a note of this in situational items so its more clear

I agree with everything else though ! So i'll be fixing those. Thank u
DinoLucci | March 7, 2019 12:08am
I like to use Spear of the Magus in late game. Using fog in group fights provides good magica res debuf
Perfectium | March 31, 2019 9:49am
I like the idea in theory, but it doesn't give the cooldown Nu Wa needs and most people immediately dodge/walk out of the fog
Kriega1 (77) | February 19, 2019 8:49pm
Burst damage build 1 still caps cdr when you sell boots for spear of deso.

Also add soul reaver as an option.
xmysterionz (43) | February 19, 2019 12:26pm
Can you explain me your thought process with this Skill Leveling up? It seems really messed to me. At least for me, Nu Wa level up is clearly the Shining Metal first priority followed by Clay Soldiers (you can put a point at level 4 on Clay Soldiers to get the two minions sooner). Also you can't max your ulti before level 20.

Also I would recommend you remove Book of Thoth on your build since you don't build mana items and its passive don't proc on the god mana anymore. It would be good (if you don't wanna remove it) you build mana items to make this item passive worth, like a Book of the Dead.

For last, just a comment: Nu wa is not soo much mana hungry on the early "early" game if you build Mage's Blessing + Lost Artifact as the start + healing and mana potions.
Perfectium | February 19, 2019 1:02pm
I edited the leveling up to make more sense, sorry abt that! hopefully its better?

I build thoth for the mana & bc I heard that warlocks isn't really that good anymore, but if you have an alternative to thoth that'd be nice.
xmysterionz (43) | February 19, 2019 1:31pm
Much better now!!

As an alternative to BoT build you could build: the start I mentioned. Rush Chronos' Pendant, Spear of Desolation, Obsidian Shard, Rod of Tahuti + situational and maybe Doom Orb to replace boots.
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