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Guan Yu: Solo / Bruiser Build

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Smite God: Guan Yu

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Purchase Order

Core Items

Build Item Death's Toll Death's Toll
Build Item Tabi Tabi
Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion
Build Item Mana Potion Mana Potion
Build Item Warrior Tabi Warrior Tabi
Build Item Jotunn's Wrath Jotunn's Wrath
Build Item Runic Shield Runic Shield
Build Item Void Shield Void Shield

Tanky Items

Build Item Ankh of the Golem Ankh of the Golem
Build Item Breastplate of Valor Breastplate of Valor
Build Item Bulwark of Hope Bulwark of Hope
Build Item Magi's Cloak Magi's Cloak

Damage Items

Build Item Deathbringer Deathbringer
Build Item Qin's Blades Qin's Blades

Other Good Items

Build Item Frostbound Hammer Frostbound Hammer
Build Item Hydra's Lament Hydra's Lament
Build Item Midgardian Mail Midgardian Mail
Build Item Sovereignty Sovereignty
Build Item Transcendence Transcendence
Build Item Winged Blade Winged Blade


Build Item Fist of the Gods Fist of the Gods
Build Item Girdle of Might Girdle of Might
Build Item Salvation Salvation
Build Item Heavenly Wings Heavenly Wings
Build Item Creeping Curse Creeping Curse
Build Item Blink Rune Blink Rune
Build Item Aegis Amulet (Old) Aegis Amulet (Old)

Guan Yu's Skill Order



1 X
3 11 16 18 19
Warrior's Will

Warrior's Will

2 A
2 10 12 14 15
Taolu Assault

Taolu Assault

3 B
1 4 6 7 8
Cavalry Charge

Cavalry Charge

4 Y
5 9 13 17 20


Well Hello fellow smiters!

The new Guan Yu is a blast to play. After quite a few games with him I find him to be very build dependent compared to other gods. I've seen a lot of people struggle with a good build for him and couldn't find a complete guide on him here on smitefire so thought I would throw my first guide up! Feedback and contributions are definately welcome!

Guan is strong in many different roles, however this guide is more focused on his solo/ duo lane conquest bruiser build or is also the build I use in arena, Joust and domination.

Pros / Cons


  • Has good Engage
  • Has good Disengage
  • Can build somewhat tanky, but still do lots of damage
  • Very mobile
  • Good support (with heal, debuffs, and buffing himself)
  • Good Bruiser
  • Very cool updated model
  • Fun to play and can fill many roles
  • Can mount a horse and charge into battle (what more could you ask for?)
  • Mobile damage with his Ult and Taolu Assault (his 3)

  • Mana Hungry
  • Taolu Assault (his 3) can be negated by a silence or stun
  • His passive can be weak, especially early game until you put some points into Conviction (his 1)
  • Build Dependent
  • Weak early game


Guan's build is partially Proactive and partially Reactive like most gods, but more so than most.

I usually start him

Unless you want to rush into the build then tier 2 tabi and pots.

After the start:
  1. Warrior Tabi (he needs the pen / I have tried CD reduction tabi but preferr the pen tabi)
  2. Jotunn's Wrath (more pen, CD reduct and mana - all things he needs)
  3. From here I usually start on my shield if facing high magic dmg (gives you hp5, physical pwr and magic protect.) build that into a Runic Shield if facing magic burst or Shield of Regrowth if you can survive the burst and want the sustain.

    Now you make a decision - you are tanky enough build dmg, if you are dieing fast build health/protect
  4. Voidblade is usually my item here (physical protect plus physical power - rounds out your protections while giving you more dmg.

    Now I usually want to get some health to go with my protections - Winged Wand or Magi's blessing or Ankh of the Golemn.
  5. Winged wand for movespeed plus escape tool plus more cd reduction!
    Magi's blessing for straight up tankiness and absorbing cc from the other team every 45sec
    Ankh of the Golem for straight up health and more dmg.
    The last item I get depends on the other team.
  6. Breastplate of Valor If they have a fed physical carry and I didn't get winged wand. this will cap your CDR and allow you to servive any physical dmg.
  7. Bulwark of Hope if they have a fed magic dmg. This will allow you to survive any magic burst combined with your sheild.
  8. Deathbringer, Transcendence, Hydra's Lament or Qin's Blades for final item to increase your endgame damage.

My first two items are almost always Warrior Tabi and Jotunn's Wrath.
After those items your build becomes more reactionary. Voidblade next if facing more physical dmg, Runic Shield next if facing more magic dmg. I usually end up building both in a match.

quick note, with warrior tabi and jotun's wrath your early game dmg will be insane. Your auto attacks will rip them up.


Painless (His Passive)

Conviction (His 1)

Warrior's Will (His 2)

Taolu Assault (His 3)

Cavalry Charge (His ult / 4)

Damage Combo:
if they don't have a stun (your 3 gets interrupted by stuns and silences - his biggest weakness)
then open with a 2 to get behind them and slow them. then while you body block them from running chew them up with your 3. pop your 1 for protections for 3s and a heal then continue to chase and close the kill if they continue to run. Your 2 should come back off cd and allow you to slow them again or gap close.

don't overlook the mana a cdr you also get from jotun's. your abilities will come up more often and you will have more mana to spend on your three. Don't OOM yourself by spamming your 1.

Your 3 can't crit. but you usually want to hit them with this before you start basic attacking because it steals a lot of their protections not only making you tankier for a short time but also allowing you to do a lot more dmg to that target with basic attacks.

His ult is good for a few things:
- open with ult when you gank or
- gank with your combo then chase/stun with your ult.
- ult to get out of a tough situation, will save your life but isn't an ideal use of ult.

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This is a place holder for future updates. I will be adding to this guide and filling it out more with time and player feedback.

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yermomatron | August 31, 2014 1:30pm
Let me start by saying that I am not complaining about this guide. I'm actually using this guide for my Guan Yu build.

However, I would like to see a few changes:
1. In the cheat sheet, you should show how the build typically looks. Then show 4 Core items, 4 Damage Items, 4 Defense Items and 4 Active Items. The consumable Items will never change, and don't really need to be included.

2. You should have a section devoted to his combo, or add a small section to the end of the skills section that's more clearly defined and uses his ability pictures.

That's all for now, I'll leave another comment if I see that the guide has been updated.
Thank you for listening.
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