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Duality: Hel Solo Guide (S5)

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Smite God: Hel

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Purchase Order

Build Item Shoes of Focus Shoes of Focus
Build Item Chronos' Pendant Chronos' Pendant
Build Item Rod of Asclepius Rod of Asclepius
Build Item Lotus Crown Lotus Crown
Build Item Spear of Desolation Spear of Desolation
Build Item Obsidian Shard Obsidian Shard


Build Item Mage's Blessing Mage's Blessing
Build Item Shoes Shoes
Build Item Chalice of Mana Chalice of Mana


Build Item Meditation Cloak Meditation Cloak
Build Item Heavenly Wings Heavenly Wings
Build Item Teleport Glyph Teleport Glyph
Build Item Magic Shell Magic Shell

Hel's Skill Order

Decay / Restoration

Decay / Restoration

1 X
1 3 7
Hinder / Cleanse

Hinder / Cleanse

2 A
Repulse / Inspire

Repulse / Inspire

3 B
2 4 8
Switch Stances

Switch Stances

4 Y
5 10

My Introduction

Stuke here again for another guide. Now this guide is special to me as this is my first female, stance dancing, and magical goddess. Norsemen and women alike I bring you the Goddess of the Underworld and the ruler of the dead, Hel. Note: you don't have to follow this guide to the smallest detail, these are suggestions on how to play Hel. I encourage you to look at the comment section below and see other suggestions.

Who is Hel?

Hel is a magical, ranged, mage that is the first "Stance" gods in the game Which are classified as god who can change the way their abilities work or a completely new kit. In Hel’s case, her ability to change her stance can drastically change her play style as her "Light Stance" can make her more of a support healer while her "Dark Stance" makes her a typical damage dealer mage. So, with the right build, positioning, and good mana management, Hel can be a devastating force in the heart in her opponents.

Pros/ Cons

- High AOE Damage
- High Sustain
- Stance Mode
- The Funniest Voice Lines in the Whole Game (Thanks you Monica Rial)


-Low Defense
-Mana Hungry Early On
-Anti-Heals are her Kryptonite


This passive might seem useless in game, but it does a world of wonders when it's in use.
In Dark Stance, you gain additional Damage percentage.
While in Light Stance, you gain additional Healing percentage.
Decay is your standard forward line projectile that does AOE damage when it hits an enemy god or hits its range limit. Restoration works just like Decay but instead of damaging an opponent, it's using to heal your allies.
Hinder is a ground AOE Debuff that reduces enemy Magical Protection and slows them. While Cleanse gives CC Immunity but note that it has some build up so time it right.
Repulse is a ground AOE that has a high amount of damage.
Inspire provides AOE Healing and can give a boost in Movement Speed.
It does what it says on the tin, it can change your stance from Light to Dark while also giving you additional MpS for each time you level this ability up, but there's more.
In Dark Stance you gain additional Magical Damage.
While in Light Stance you gain additional protections.

How to Build Hel

Hel needs to make full use of both her healing and AOE damage abilities during laning and team fights. Building in CDR and Damage are obvious choices, but you need to get some defense items as Hel has no escape and is an easy target if caught out.

Tips and Tricks


- Use your stances wisely, being at the wrong stance at the wrong time can end badly for you if you're not careful.

- The Hel stance dance combo goes as follow: 2, 1, 3, 4, 1, 3, (2 when needed), and repeat until the enemy dies.

- The CC Lockdown is a standard thing to watch out for especially since Hel is very squishy and could die very quickly.

- Anti-heals are the biggest weakness to Hel and should be avoided whenever possible.

Stages of the Game

Early Game
Hel's Early Game is not good at all, she lacks the mana pool and regen to stay in the lane long enough without having a mana buff and potions on standby when you're too low. Get enough Mana Potions, or the Chalice of Mana, and get the teleport relic to get back to lane as soon as possible to build up your Experience and Gold. To stay alive, turtle under tower for the farm.
Middle Game
This is where things start to get a bit better for Hel. When you get to a certain level and get the core items online, that's when you should go on the offensive but still play it safe.
Late Game
Hel can snowball like no one’s business when fully built and at max level. She would have a lot of power and sustain that will make trying to kill her a living Hell.


In conclusion, Hel is a great healer god that can hit like a train in the late game and can be nigh unstoppable if not taken down early. Always remember to stance dance like no one’s business and keep your opponent. If you manage to master this god. You can decide to send them to Valhalla, or down to Niflheim.

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Kriega1 (44) | October 11, 2018 9:43am

Look at Deathwalkers builds, he is great with Hel solo (Amazing in general but u get my point). But yeah in solo lane don't get Obsidian or deso, and don't build Asclepius third item. Core items are Book of thoth and Chronos' pendant, which both offer benefits too good to ignore.

Edit: Also:
Kriega1 (44) | October 7, 2018 4:58pm
Is this for solo, mid, support etc... ?

Also the build caps 40% cdr.
Stuke99 (38) | October 8, 2018 6:22am
Branmuffin17 (235) | October 8, 2018 9:54am
@Kriega: I think I'm more okay with Hel getting a full 40% CDR than most other gods. It's a complete guarantee (without spending 500 gold or taking the blue buff) for being able to ability spam and stance dance to the highest degree.

@Stuke: Yeah, you definitely need to advise on mode/role. You'll probably build her a bit differently in a Support role compared to a Mid or Solo role. The build you currently have looks sort of like a mix between Support (early 3-4 items) and Mid (last 2-3 items).
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Stuke99 (38) | October 7, 2018 10:48am
Since it's time to redo my old non-warrior guides, I think it was fitting that I picked one of my more popular ones. So welcome back Duality: Hel Guide
Adfectus | April 16, 2017 11:03pm
How do you deal with Chaacs!? They're really problematic, and not just for Hel. Aphrodite and Chang'e too. Chaac can teleport, poke you under the tower, and is very hard hitting early game while we're struggling with mana. Once I'm able to build my first item and a half it's fine, but before that it's just so hard not to feed. God forbid I get ganked. Any tips?
CirclesAreRound (14) | April 18, 2017 8:49am
I usually just try to poke him and make him waste his mana on his heal instead of his poke. Not the most efficient but it works....most of the time.
Sobek-Ra (5) | March 18, 2017 12:06pm
Oh wow, 50 upvotes! I see why. This guide makes me wanna give Bellona a rest for a bit haha. I've always wanted to be a good Hel player, but I suck at keeping all 7 abilities in mind. Hopefully this helps :)
Zugzwang01 | February 20, 2017 2:22pm
With the changes to Hel's #1 Decay/Restoration allowing the shot to go through minions and detonating at max range would it be worth it to level that up first before Repulse/Inspire? It would allow you to keep your distance more and it's an easier poke, or is the larger heal from her #3 more important?
Stuke99 (38) | February 20, 2017 2:27pm
In the Early Game she needs to sustain with the 3 in Light stance. If you don't prioritize her 3 which not only gives healing but also the bigger damage output in Dark stance then you'll lose your lane.
xZeroStrike (46) | February 16, 2017 10:15am
For Bulwark of Hope, you say:

Stuke99 wrote:

If you're having trouble with a magical god and need something to combat them, take this. When you hit a threshold in your health you gain a shield that reduces you damage by half.

How does the shield reduce your damage by half? And half of what? In fact, Bulwark of Hope doesn't reduce anybody's damage. I think you got something wrong there, just wanted to let you know.
Stuke99 (38) | February 16, 2017 10:44am
Fixed it.
Branmuffin17 (235) | February 9, 2017 12:05pm
Onto S4 feedback for our favorite D-tier god...

When I think about Hel I hear you rage
dickwraith101 (1) | October 20, 2016 5:35am
Guide is good, only differing idea i have is instead of the spear of magus, (which i tend to reserve for tick damage kings like ares and anubis) i would get either a void stone or a bulwark of hope, yes her heal and dps has great scaling, but, hel is the squishiest god in the game, and i build her support bruiser style.
Vroomvroom123 | October 11, 2016 4:53pm
In my opinion for Hel I think of Book of Thoth or Soul Reaver is a must have, more to Book of Thoth for stacks. The items provide you with a surplus of mana to occupy your lane longer and a good deal of damage. I think you should try to work it early in all your builds.
BoodyWolf | July 18, 2016 5:30am
best guide!!! :)
Sxefied | May 27, 2016 7:58am
Hel is my favourite and best God to play. This guide helped me out a lot when I started with her. Great work.
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