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Da Ji - The Trickster Fox Spirit (All Modes) - Season 6

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Smite God: Da Ji

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Starting Items Notes The earlier you get Hydra's Lament online, the quicker you'll be able to get your main damage on as well. Generally however you want a large power spike first, and Transcendence is the easiest way to achieve this while also gaining mana to keep fighting and casting.

Build Item Assassin's Blessing Assassin's Blessing
Build Item Morningstar Morningstar
Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion
Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion
Build Item Mana Potion Mana Potion
Build Item Mana Potion Mana Potion

Final Build Notes This is usually what a quick full power Da Ji build looks like. It has full cooldown and you still have your boots so you can easily swap out the boots for an Elixir of Speed at some point for a situational item or two. This also grants a decent amount of sustain with Soul Eater. If you find yourself needing to heal quickly outside of a fight, wander into any 3 monster jungle camp and use One Thousand Cuts to quickly gain a substantial amount of healing. Warrior Tabi and The Crusher are going to be your swap items for this build. It's personal preference if you do or not, as well as if you build Hydra's Lament first or The Crusher first.

Build Item Transcendence Transcendence
Build Item Warrior Tabi Warrior Tabi
Build Item Hydra's Lament Hydra's Lament
Build Item The Crusher The Crusher
Build Item Soul Eater Soul Eater
Build Item Arondight Arondight

Situational Items Notes Swap out any of these items for your Warrior Tabi late game, and if you need to, swap out The Crusher for another of these items.

Build Item Bloodforge Bloodforge
Build Item Blackthorn Hammer Blackthorn Hammer
Build Item Titan's Bane Titan's Bane
Build Item Runeforged Hammer Runeforged Hammer
Build Item Brawler's Beat Stick Brawler's Beat Stick
Build Item Toxic Blade Toxic Blade
Build Item Winged Blade Winged Blade
Build Item Mantle of Discord Mantle of Discord
Build Item Magi's Cloak Magi's Cloak

Relics Notes Any combination of these relics are perfectly fine. However one should usually always be Blink or Beads depending on how much CC the enemy team has. Blink is better to engage with then Trickster Spirit.

Build Item Blink Rune Blink Rune
Build Item Purification Beads Purification Beads
Build Item Aegis Amulet Aegis Amulet
Build Item Bracer of Undoing Bracer of Undoing
Build Item Sundering Spear Sundering Spear

Da Ji's Skill Order

Horrible Burns

Horrible Burns

1 X
4 10 11 12 14
One Thousand Cuts

One Thousand Cuts

2 A
1 3 6 7
Trickster Spirit

Trickster Spirit

3 B
2 15 16 18 19


4 Y
5 9 13 17 20
Array ( [major] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 37 [display_name] => Athena [url] => athena ) [scoreVal] => 2 [notes] => Athena is a threat to you diving the backline. [[Confound]] is the reason why. Late game, it will put you out of commission for a solid 2 seconds allowing the enemy team ample time to turn on you and finish you off. Make sure you have [[Purification Beads]] or [[Magi's Cloak]] ready to go if you're diving with an Athena in the area. ) [1] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 36 [display_name] => Isis [url] => isis ) [scoreVal] => 2 [notes] => Isis has some GREAT peel for both herself and her team in the form of [[Spirit Ball]] and [[Dispel Magic]]. This makes her really hard to play against, especially when she has high cooldown effects. ) [2] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 34 [display_name] => Ne Zha [url] => ne-zha ) [scoreVal] => 2 [notes] => Much like Thanatos and Nox, Ne Zha has easy and near instant CC in [[Armillary Sash]] and [[Wind Fire Wheels]] to stop you from using One Thousand Cuts and from attacking both himself and his team. ) [3] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 59 [display_name] => Nox [url] => nox ) [scoreVal] => 2 [notes] => Nox is by far the biggest Threat Da Ji can face (this is coming from a guy who has both these women well past diamond and into some stars). Nox is GREAT at stopping channeled abilities and peeling single targets from the backline if her abilities are all up. [[Siphon Darkness]] is the biggest issue Da Ji has to face when going against a Nox since it's an AoE persistent silence. Unless [[Trickster Spirit]] and [[Horrible Burns]] is going to kill her, she'll easily turn on you and make you regret your choices. ) [4] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 42 [display_name] => Zhong Kui [url] => zhong-kui ) [scoreVal] => 2 [notes] => Zhong Kui is a bit more of a threat then some of the other mages but on par with Nox and Chronos. [[Book of Demons]] is on a decently low cooldown to start with and is a near instant stun that has the potential to last for 2 seconds. If his entire kit is up, you are not killing him, he will put you into his demon bag instead. You should fit right in with the other tricksters and demons in there as Da Ji. ) ) [extreme] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 52 [display_name] => Kumbhakarna [url] => kumbhakarna ) [scoreVal] => 1 [notes] => Diving with this sleepy giant around is next to impossible with the sheer amount of available and sometimes near instant CC he has ready at any given time in the form of [[Epic Uppercut]] and [[Mighty Yawn]], even [[Groggy Strike]] to a certain degree. It's even worse when he has full CDR and can just constantly cast CC with barely any downtime. ) [1] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 43 [display_name] => Thanatos [url] => thanatos ) [scoreVal] => 1 [notes] => Like Nox, Thanatos has a near instant silence in [[Soul Reap]] that will screw Da Ji up making her very vulnerable to a [[Death Scythe]] and subsequent Hydra's procs from Thanatos who's going to be building much the same way. Thanatos is rated a higher threat to Da Ji then Nox due to the fact that Thanatos has more readily available damage on a shorter cooldown throughout the game compared to Nox. ) ) [even] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 39 [display_name] => Chronos [url] => chronos ) [scoreVal] => 3 [notes] => Just as with Nox, Chronos is listed as a decent threat here as well. While extremely squishy, Chronos also has some of the best possible self peel in the form of [[Stop Time]]. This makes Da Ji extremely vulnerable to a follow up [[Time Rift]] and basic attacks, which from Chronos, are some of the hardest hitting mage basics in the game next to [[Sol]] and [[Olorun]]. ) [1] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 10 [display_name] => Hel [url] => hel ) [scoreVal] => 3 [notes] => While Hel can't stop you from using your basic kit, she can stop you from pulling ANYONE on her team with [[Paolao]]. Her ability [[Cleanse]] with full CDR makes fighting against her with your ult next to impossible for the entirety of the game. ) [2] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 12 [display_name] => Ymir [url] => ymir ) [scoreVal] => 3 [notes] => Ymir is listed as an Even Threat due to [[Frost Breath]]. This cone stun has a 2.5 second time on it at max rank and will make you the biggest sitting duck for his team if you can't purify the Freeze. ) ) [minor] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 69 [display_name] => Xing Tian [url] => xing-tian ) [scoreVal] => 4 [notes] => While Xing Tian is going to be an annoyance to play against as Da Ji, his main threat isn't from [[Hook Slam]] since she's immune to knockups while channeling [[One Thousand Cuts]]. It's going to be [[Furious Roar]]. With the basic attack damage reduction in this ability at 50% at max rank, he's going to murder your Hydra's Lament weaving and subsequent damage from Horrible Burns in the process as well since it applies as a basic attack while triggering ability effect items. For this reason alone is he listed as a threat, albeit a minor one. ) ) ) 1

Da Ji' Threats

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Da Ji' threats


Da Ji is the Trickster Fox Spirit and extremely deadly in most circumstances. She'll make being a god with low mobility hell on the Battlegrounds of Olympus and across the world. I'll give some of my tips, tricks and leveling idea's I've come across with my time playing as this very mobile Goddess. I'll also go through some of the Pro's and Con's of using Da Ji. I'll touch on what to expect to encounter and what can happen if things go wrong for you.

Note: In my Level Up Skill guide, you'll notice nothing is programmed for level 8. I take advantage of point skipping on nearly every god I play with a few exceptions. If you skip assigning a point at level 8, you'll have two points instead to apply at level 9 (duh). This allows you to max out a specific ability faster along with putting more oomph into your ultimate at a faster pace as well. Scylla makes the best use of this process because of her passive, Quick Learner. This focuses your damage into a single ability along with gaining more ultimate stats, and in the process, usually making you far more stronger in a single, quick strike, then your opponent will be.


I prefer to build Da Ji with extremely high power and pen with max CDR for the best effect and utility that you can't find with other assassins. To achieve this I build Transcendence, Warrior Tabi, The Crusher, Hydra's Lament, Soul Eater, Heartseeker and swapping out my Tabi late game for an Elixir of Speed and Arondight. As I indicated in the Notes pop up by the items, this particular build gives you a large amount of sustain, and max CDR while keeping your damage output and setup potential high. Because this is such a High Power build, The Crusher will tick for a deceptively high amount of damage.

If I need to swap out items for something more situational, the first item to go in my core build is The Crusher. That is usually replaced by Brawler's Beat Stick for Anti Healing that has stats that are still valuable to Da Ji, such as the Penetration and Power.

If you find you need some more health, the first item I'll look at is Runeforged Hammer. With 50 power and 200 health, along with a passive that works well with the slow on Horrible Burns and the stun on Paolao, this item is nothing to shake a finger or sneeze at. Blackthorn Hammer is also decent for health with it sitting at 350 health and 200 extra mana, but it's passive, if you manage to build the other items, is useless since you already have a high MP5 rate and full CDR.

If you find the enemy team has a high set of protections, Titan's Bane will always be effective in combination with Heartseeker against guardians and warriors.

Other possible items include utility and defensive items like Winged Blade, Relic Dagger, Mantle of Discord, Magi's Cloak and Bloodforge for post kill survivability.


Da Ji has a variety of Relics that can be useful to her. Mainly, you're always going to get Blink Rune and Purification Beads. In some cases, you may want Aegis Amulet over one of those two relics I mention first. Or if you're extremely cocky and confident, Bracer of Undoing is nothing to shake a fist at either, and neither is an upgraded Sundering Spear allowing you to absolutely melt a target with ease.


Passive: Torture Blades - A simple, yet effective passive in dishing out the damage numbers, every hit of every basic attack and ability applies a stack of Torture Blades (except Paolao). This has no stack cap. Each stack applies two ticks of damage at 7 + 7% scaling making a high power build like this quite effective. Each stack is treated as an individual source and applies and executes the damage immediately. This is not a 'Refresh' type passive.

Ability 1: Horrible Burns - An effective source of damage in combination with Hydra's Lament with a scaling slow from 10% to 30%. This in combination with her 3rd ability is why people call her a better Loki. Since this is applied with a basic attack, Torture Blades is applied.

Ability 2: One Thousand Cuts - A great source of damage, however it's easily interrupted. Each swipe of the ability applies a stack of Torture Blades providing up to 4 stacks. 120% scaling opportunity from just the ability alone excluding the damage from Torture Blades, the utility this ability provides is what makes Da Ji an impressive and dangerous foe. Using this ability while facing away from a source of damage (like a God or Jungle Boss), will mitigate some of the damage while channeling. This makes surviving mage ultimate's far more likely (I'm looking at you Scylla and Nu Wa). This mitigation does not have a max range and works across the map. As long as the source of the damage (IE, the God or Goddess) is behind you, whether or not the visual effects are in front of you or all around you, you will mitigate the damage if channeling this ability. This also contains a knockup and slow immunity, 40% increased movement speed, and no backpedal penalty when moving backwards or sideways.

Ability 3: Trickster Spirit - Da Ji is also widely compared to Loki, but quite a bit better due to her team fight potential. This comparison is made because of her 3rd ability, Trickster Spirit. This is your best engage and disengage tool allowing you to teleport instantly after a half second channel time to any targeted ally or enemy of your choice. This ability, despite it's small landing zone, is also AoE and will hit anything in the vicinity of the landing zone. Making this a great tool to use to heal if you have bought, and subsequently stacked, Soul Eater, by quickly jumping into a camp on the buff holder landing a hit on both the smaller monsters next to it as well. This ability also makes a great tool to clear camps in combination with Horrible Burns if One Thousand Cuts is on cooldown. Something to note here is that if a god leaps during that half second of channel time, this ability will fizzle and go on cooldown. Since this ability is applied visually with her claws, this applies a stack of Torture Blades to everything hit.

Ultimate: Paolao - Da Ji has one of the most versatile kits compared to most other assassins. Her Ultimate , Paolao is great in chaotic situations and team fights and makes great setup for your mage and hunter. I actually suggest leveling this ability up as you go cause the damage from shooting a change is nothing to sneeze at. A single chain has 60% scaling giving a potential of 180% to a single target if you land all 3. Each chain can also hit multiple targets, not just one, allowing you to potentially pull an entire team if you land your chains in a lucky way. The downside to this ultimate over Ares, is that any time CC immunity or a cleansing effect is applied while someone is chained, instantly breaks the chain and makes them immune to being pulled, but NOT the damage from other chains. Because of this, you'll want to be extremely quick in firing those chains, and possibly cancelling the ability early if you want to pull them sooner. Enemies are pulled when you land.

Ranked Play

Da Ji is an impressive Foe to be sure, however she has her counters and threats as well (See the threats list above). Only pick Da Ji during the second pick phase and only as a last pick for your team. Gods that have CC immunity in their basic kit, like Chang'e or Ravana, or those with it in their ultimate abilities as well (nearly the entire cast of Smite), make pulling them with Paolao hard to do if those abilities are up, along with Purification Beads.

Soul Eater is also one of those items not looked upon favorably in Ranked matches so just simply replace that with another item of your choice if you so desire, usually a defensive item like a cloak, or something giving you extra utility.

Pros / Cons

- High Single Target Damage
- Decent AoE Damage
- High Utility
- Decent Mobility
- Great Team Fight Capabilities

- Easily Interrupted
- Easily Broken Ultimate with a deceptively small range
- Very squishy compared to some other assassins

If CC'd, you'll likely be killed with ease. Her only escape is Trickster Spirit and it requires a target, either something from the jungle, an ally or an enemy. This makes Da Ji an All In Assassin, meaning she'll have to commit to get a kill and team fight, or wait and bide her time. More often then not, you'll trade in the process.

Creeping / Jungling

Da Ji can be played in Lane, or in the Jungle. Either way you are probably going to start with One Thousand Cuts as your first ability in Conquest. In every other mode, you'll start with at least 1 point into each of your basic abilities, and in assault, with one point in your ultimate and two into another.

If you're playing in Lane, the minions will sometimes stack oddly and not all be in range of your 2nd ability making it hard to lane against those with better clear then her.

With the jungle meta in constant flux currently, you're always going to start at the Speed Buff and either do Blue Buff or back Harpies next. That is usually up to your own preference.

However, be aware of invades as Da Ji. Her early level 1 and 2 damage is very low compared to a lot of other assassins, like Thanatos.

She can be played as a heavy bruiser or full utility and cooldown for beads burning and setup, but you lose out on a lot of potential damage by building her so.

Team Work

As with any team fight, you have a few options as Da Ji considering her ultimate, Paolao. You can choose to engage and burn Purification Beads or CC immune abilities. Or you can wait for your team to do that for you giving you a free path to getting easy picks once your warrior scrambles the enemy team.

Da Ji's greatest strength is picking off the stragglers and players who are out of position.

These strategies applies to all modes.

Pairing Up

You'll want to pair Da Ji with high AoE damage mages like the following:
- Kukulkan
- Scylla
- Thoth
- Ra
- Poseidon
- Merlin
- Isis
- Vulcan
- Zeus
- Persephone
- Hades
- Agni
All these mages can make great use of the setup from Paolao. Nox with Siphon Darkness can make for great anti escape on pulled enemies, however Shadow Lock can be blocked by the pillar portion of Paolao.

Hunters that pair well with Da Ji are as follows:
- Neith
- Cupid
- Izanami
- Skadi
- Chiron
- Artemis
- Cernunnos
- Anhur
These hunters have great team fight abilities and damage and can easily continue to CC pulled enemeis. Medusa has High AoE damage but isn't great in this situation since Paolao can block line of sight for her ultimate, Petrify, as well as the spray from Acid Spray.

Some guardians you might want to pair Da Ji with could be the following:
- Ares
- Ymir
- Bacchus
- Yemoja
- Cabrakan
- Ganesha
- Geb
- Sylvanus
These guardians all make great engage opportunities and have the potential to burn a lot of CC Immunity effects and items (Ares especially). Yemoja, Cabrakan, Ymir and Geb are more so better for keeping them in the area once they are pulled.

Warriors you might want to pair with Da Ji are:
- Horus
- Odin
- Amaterasu
- Chaac
Each of these warriors can provide additional CC to prevent them from escaping after being pulled and will likely cause enough confusion and relic usage allowing you to freely pick off a carry or mage. Horus' ultimate, To The Skies!, can easily put you into prime position to pull a large portion of the enemy team.

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Kriega1 (94) | November 4, 2019 12:15pm
Trans is not something you want to build every match, also maybe add a bit more flat pen to the build
xmysterionz (51) | November 4, 2019 8:55am
Congrats for your guide, it look very good though I miss some BBCoding.

Anyway, I have some thoughts for you:
  • Soul Eater is definitively an item I wouldn't build no Da Ji. Not that it cannot work but Da Ji builds usually look for insane burst damage and there are definitively better items to do it.
  • You also forgot a point on One Thousand Cuts.

  • Runeforged Hammer is another item I wouldn't recommend. Da ji doesn't have enough setup for it. It would only proc if you hit her 1 and the sec stunned after the pull on the ulti.

  • You start building Transcendence which I honestly think it is a mistake. Da ji isn't a Ratatoskr that has plenty of setup to apply his damage, being strong since the level 3. She needs some items to get online and start with trans is delay even more yourself since you not only need to get the full item (that has a reasonable price) but also stack it (50 stacks) that isn't that easy for someone that will not stay in a lane. Not saying you shouldn't build it, but at least build it as 2 or 3rd item.

  • You also mention the high damage Paolao does. Yes, can deal a lot of damage with all 3 hits, but we all know that hit this skill IS NOT EASY. Usually you barely hit 1 or 2 person, think about hit the same person 3 times? People also hold beads or their immunity for this skill so I don't think worth upgrade Paolao until you have nothing else to upgrade. People barely ever use this ulti for kill, people use it for pull.

  • Unless if you are playing duel, I would never recommend Bracer of Undoing because the enemy can do an anti-healing easily and you will see yourself "without a relic". Same for Sundering Spear, unless you REALLY need it to kill a tank focusing you I wouldn't build it on Conquest. Usually you need defensive relics like Purification Beads and Aegis Amulet or even Blink Rune to start/chase the enemy with the relic and get out using your 3.

  • You could also consider items like Jotunn's Wrath to get cooldown asap.
LinkNightblade (1) | November 24, 2019 3:19pm
Transcendence gives the most power of any physical item in the game. It's decent inexpensive, provides a superb amount of mana, and the passive on it starts working as soon as you build it, providing more then the 35 stated power when you first get it due to the base mana pool of a god plus the mana from the item itself. Building Soul Eater along with Transcendence provides more mana for the passive, plus when stacked, which takes about 3 minutes, provides 60 power which is also nothing to sneeze at whatsoever. It's one of the items that provides the most power for you buck. Plus building that gives you a decent amount of sustain due to the all in nature of her kit, it also allows pocket healing off of camps in a pinch. But like I mentioned in my giude here, I give reasoning to every single item and how it works in da ji's favor countering all the arguements you put forth here making it look like you didn't read everything carefully.
xmysterionz (51) | November 25, 2019 5:12am
  • About Trans, I said: "Not saying you shouldn't build it, but at least build it as 2 or 3rd item." because as I said Da Ji doesn't have setup/enough base damage early game so she may get behind until you finish trans (that has a reasonable price) and has to reach at least 30 stacks to bring a good amount of power. The Crusher is cheaper has very good stats for early game and is much better early game.

  • My comment with Runeforged Hammer remains. Same for Paolao.

  • I know you want to skip a point level 8 and upgrade ulti and One Thousand Cuts (see the comment about the ulti), but you could just put a point lvl 8 (so one thousand reach the 5 points) and then you explain like you did. Simple.
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