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Hera - Queen of Paradise ~ Season 6

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by MickaelStenico updated September 27, 2019

Smite God: Hera

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Hera Build

Example Build (replace shoes late)

Build Item Shoes of Focus Shoes of Focus
Build Item Book of Thoth Book of Thoth
Build Item Book of the Dead Book of the Dead
Build Item Obsidian Shard Obsidian Shard
Build Item Soul Gem Soul Gem
Build Item Spear of Desolation Spear of Desolation
Build Item Staff of Myrddin Staff of Myrddin

Example Build²

Build Item Shoes of the Magi Shoes of the Magi
Build Item Chronos' Pendant Chronos' Pendant
Build Item Shaman's Ring Shaman's Ring
Build Item Soul Gem Soul Gem
Build Item Obsidian Shard Obsidian Shard
Build Item Staff of Myrddin Staff of Myrddin
Build Item Rod of Tahuti Rod of Tahuti

Starting Items¹

Build Item Mage's Blessing Mage's Blessing
Build Item Spellbook Spellbook
Build Item Mana Potion Mana Potion

Starting Item¹ ²

Notes 3 potions os each


3 potions os each

Build Item Mage's Blessing Mage's Blessing
Build Item Shoes Shoes
Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion
Build Item Mana Potion Mana Potion

Starting Item²

Build Item Mage's Blessing Mage's Blessing
Build Item Lost Artifact Lost Artifact
Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion
Build Item Mana Potion Mana Potion

Power Items

Build Item Book of Thoth Book of Thoth
Build Item Chronos' Pendant Chronos' Pendant
Build Item Staff of Myrddin Staff of Myrddin
Build Item Rod of Tahuti Rod of Tahuti
Build Item Shaman's Ring Shaman's Ring


Build Item Soul Gem Soul Gem

Penetration Items

Build Item Divine Ruin Divine Ruin
Build Item Spear of Desolation Spear of Desolation
Build Item Obsidian Shard Obsidian Shard

Defensive Items

Build Item Mantle of Discord Mantle of Discord
Build Item Magi's Cloak Magi's Cloak
Build Item Spirit Robe Spirit Robe
Build Item Stone of Fal Stone of Fal
Build Item Celestial Legion Helm Celestial Legion Helm


Build Item Aegis Amulet Aegis Amulet
Build Item Purification Beads Purification Beads
Build Item Phantom Veil Phantom Veil
Build Item Cursed Ankh Cursed Ankh

Hera's Skill Order

Royal Assault

1 X Y
Royal Assault
1 4 6 7 10


2 A B
2 8 11 12 14

Divine Shroud

3 B A
Divine Shroud
3 15 16 18 19

Argus, the Defender

4 Y X
Argus, the Defender
5 9 13 17 20
Royal Assault
1 4 6 7 10

Royal Assault

1 X
Hera damages enemies in a cone in front of her before opening a portal for Argus to attack through. Enemy minions hit by this cone are knocked into Argus' path. Argus then slams his fists at the target location dealing heavy damage. If both of his fists connects with an enemy, it deals 15% extra damage.

Ability Type: AoE
Cone Damage: 30 / 40 / 50 / 60 / 70 (+15% of your Magical Power)
Fist Damage: 80 / 135 / 190 / 245 / 300 (+80% of your Magical Power)
Range: 50
Cost: 55 / 60 / 65 / 70 / 75
Cooldown: 10s
2 8 11 12 14


2 A
Hera weaves magic in front of her before sending it out. Enemies hit by this ability take damage. If this ability hits a god it causes their form to shift into a monster.

Ability Type: Line
Damage: 90 / 135 / 180 / 225 / 270 (+80% of your Magical Power)
Polymorph Duration: 1.2 / 1.4 / 1.6 / 1.8 / 2s
Slow: 20%
Range: 80
Cost: 60
Cooldown: 14s
Divine Shroud
3 15 16 18 19

Divine Shroud

3 B
Hera shrouds herself in her divine power, granting her a shield from damage and temporary movement speed that lasts as long as the shield remains.

If Argus is active, Argus shines with the same Divine power as Hera, causing him to deal radiant damage and move at an increased rate.

Ability Type: Shield and Buff
Shield Health: 70 / 115 / 160 / 205 / 250 +17 per Hera's Level
Shield Duration: 5s
Movement Speed: 15%
Argus Aura Damage: 7 / 11 / 15 / 19 / 23 (+7.5% of your Magical Power)
Argus Speed: 50%
Cost: 45 / 50 / 55 / 60 / 65
Cooldown: 16s
Argus, the Defender
5 9 13 17 20

Argus, the Defender

4 Y
Hera brings Argus crashing down at a location, damaging and knocking up enemies. On landing Argus will attack the nearest target. Hera can control where Argus moves through refiring this ability onto an enemy or if he has a target, to recall him. While recalled Argus will defend Hera and attack anyone that gets close. Argus has a hit chain that starts with a normal basic attack, into a ground circle AoE slowing enemies by 20% for 1.5s, into a line attack.

Ability Type: AoE
Damage: 100 / 150 / 200 / 250 / 300 (+55% of your Magical Power)
Argus Lifetime: 40s
Argus Health: 700 / 1400 / 2100 / 2800 / 3500
Argus Protections: 25 / 35 / 45 / 55 / 65
Argus Movement Speed: 440 / 455 / 470 / 485 / 500
Radius: 20
Cost: 80 / 85 / 90 / 95 / 100
Cooldown: 90s

Hera Threats

Tap each threat level to view Hera’s threats





Hy, my name is Mickael and my gamertag on Xbox Live is Smike.
I'am brazilian and I play Smite since season one, but in PC.

I'm here to share my ideas about Hera, a strong and overpower mage in middle lane

I've seen this before.



Starting Items

  • Option 1: For a ofensive start, the Spellbook guarantees more magical power, if you want poke the enemy since the early game, and start stacks the Book of Thoth earlyer.
  • Option 2: For a safer start, the Shoes guarantees more chances of evasion against enemy skills.
  • Option 3: For a ofensive start for the example 2. Lost Artifact guarantees more magical power, if you want poke the enemy since the early game, and you can buy Chronos' Pendant earlyer

Magical Power

  • Book of Thoth: The core item in any build of mage, besides a high magical power you will have a high max mana for spell much skills in team fights.
  • Chronos' Pendant: Besides it gives you 20% cooldown reduction, every 10 seconds this subtracting 1 sec from all your skills in cooldown
  • Staff of Myrddin: Besides the cooldown and magical power, this give to you a powerfull passive, occur once every 45 sec, when you use the ultimate you next skill non-ultimate in the next 10 sec will have no cooldown, use this with Divine Shroud.
  • Rod of Tahuti: 150+ magical power and 25% more damage against enemys bellow 50% health. Important against tank enemys. Sell your shoes and buy this and Elixir of Speed
  • Shaman's Ring: 10% movement speed and 100+ magical power instead of, when you stacks this with 5k damage in enemy gods this evolves, and the god hit by a skill now is marked and your skills and basic attacks cause 10% more damage for 5 sec.


  • Soul Gem: This item gives you a little lifesteal, but is the passive matters, every four successful skill attacks your next skill that damages an enemy will receive 30% of your magical power bonus and healing you and allies within 20 units with 30% of your magical power. Besides the cooldown reduction of 10%.


  • Obsidian Shard: This item ignore magical protection of the target besides give to you 70+ magical power, perfect for skills of instant damage
  • Spear of Desolation: This item is not only penetration item, but also cooldown reduction item, when you get a kill or a assist it subtract 1 sec of all your skills in cooldown.
  • Divine Ruin: This item is important against gods with heal, cause besides the penentration this gives to you 40% of healing and regeneration reduced when you use a damage skill. Use this instead of Spear of Desolation. If the god with healing is in your lane use in third item.


Skills and Combos

Skills and Combos


You should start with this skill, besides this being the skiil with more damage this meets the minions of front, that has more life, and attacks them with the fist of Argus gives a second damage, now in all minions. Also thats have a high power of poke, when the enemy is hit by the both fist its deal a 15% more damage.

This skill of line type is very important to clear the lane, in the early game Hera dont have the power necessary for clean the lane, this skill gonna help. Its importante too for stop gank, its transform the enemys gods in monsters jungle, silencing them.

Its a defensive skill, its create a shield in herself and gain movement speed. When the Argus is on, he gain 50% speed and create a aura of extra damage, is important you stay inside of aura for gain this aura extra power.

Argus jump in the enemys and knocking up all enemys in the area, after he chases the enemy more close. You can control him using the skill again for call him back and using one more again aiming at the enemy you want for him chases that enemy. When you call him back, he protect you chases the enemy that get closer.

The passiva os Hera, Argus, the Defender's cooldown is reduced by 1 sec and Devine Shroud's cooldown is reduced by 0.33 sec ach time Hera deals damage to gods with her skills or basic attacks. When Argus in on he is healed.


Basic poke, try hit the enemy whenever possible. Is very important to you use Polymorph first, its cause slow in the target and its easier for you to hit Royal Assault.

Combo to kill the enemy, it often cause a lot of damage.

If the enemy continues alive after the second combo, just use Divine Shroud and let the Argus finalize the work.

For scape, Divine Shroud give to you more time and Polymorph stop the enemy.

If you have Staff of Myrddin

To big damage.

To chase the enemy, wait the first Divine Shroud finish to use again.

Pros / Cons


  • Good burst damage
  • High shield
  • Good lane clear
  • Defensive and ofensive Ultimate
  • Late game strong
  • High movement speed

  • Hard to hit combo
  • No escape
  • Ultimate dont cause a high instant damage
  • Little area damage

Gameplay and TF's

Gameplay and TF's

Early Game

Focus in clear the lane, whenever possible poke the enemy. Be careful with the ganks, wards could help you. Wait the gank of your jungle for help you a kill the enemy or the xp camps.

Mid Game

If you win the lane, try gank duo lane, if the enemys are advanced, the solo lane could be more difficult to gank but you can try too. If you lose the lane, kill the xp camps of mid and the red, dont need wait the jungle for this. Now you can kill the enemy alone, try to do it.

Late Game

Group up with your team, DONT walk alone, you are a easy target. You need to participate in EVERY team fights. Help the team in objectives. Argus is very important, use him whenever is possible, he is a very powerful guard defender, besides the aura of extra damage.

Team Fights

Stay in back lane, your skill have a long range, avoid the contact, let the tanks make this job for you. Use the Argus and abuse to use Divine Shroud for gives to your team the extra power aura. The high cooldown reduction allows you to use the skill a lot of. Dont worry in hit the both fist in TF, just use, whatever comes is profit.

Match Up

Match Up

If you have more ideas of Match Up's please comment and explain why.


Ares is great with several gods, your ulti can push every team and stun them, if your Ares is good, after him use the ultimate use the third combo (if you have Staff of Myrddin use the fifth).


The same for Hades, your ulti can hold on the enemies to close, do the same how you do with Ares.


Ymir can stun the enemy easier, so when him frozen the target is more easy to you hit your combo, besides he can use the Ice Wall to arrest the enemy make it easier for Argus.

Change Logs

Change Logs

21-07-2019 (21:24): Published
26-07-2019 (19:22): Add more examples builds.
26-07-2019 (19:22): Modification chapter Items.
10-08-2019 (03:38): Add more combos with Staff of Myrddin.
10-08-2019 (03:38): Add new chapter: Match Up with three gods.

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Kriega1 (139) | September 28, 2019 2:16am
Your 2nd build overcaps CDR by 10%. I would swap Chronos’ for deso but u can find your own way. Ideally you only want 30% cdr max in a mage build because of Power pot giving 10% cdr.
Kriega1 (139) | August 10, 2019 4:34am
No mention of E-Staff or Reaver?
MickaelStenico (1) | August 10, 2019 4:50pm
About E-Staff, I dont like this for Hera, about Reaver, I like but i prefeer Book of the Dead. Reaver could be an option too, thanks for the hint, i will add this in the next att
Kriega1 (139) | July 22, 2019 5:29am
Starters need fixing:

Start 1: Tier 1 shoes is an awful state for a Mage in Mid. If you're not going to build Book of Thoth, and you want to rush into Chronos' Pendant, then you can start with either Mage's Blessing, Lost Artifact, 2 Healing Potions and 2 Mana Potions, or, you can start Magic Shoes, Lost Artifact and 1 Multi Potion. Ideally use the second start as it means you can go Shoes of Focus, Chronos' Pendant and then straight into Soul Gem. If you use the first start, then get Shoes of the Magi instead. Example full Build: Shoes of Focus, Chronos' Pendant, Soul Gem, Obsidian Shard, Soul Reaver, Rod of Tahuti. Sell Shoes of Focus lategame for Doom Orb or Shaman's Ring.

Start 2: Fine, but you should list 1 Healing Potion and 2 Mana Potions.

Example Build: Needs some tweaks. Chronos' Pendant straight after Book of Thoth is not ideal, and also your build caps CDR at 40% which is not ideal when Potion of Magical Might exists and can give you the 10% CDR you need to fill the cap. It's better to go a route such as: Shoes of the Magi, Book of Thoth, Spear of Desolation, Obsidian Shard, Soul Gem, Rod of Tahuti. Sell Shoes of the Magi lategame for Soul Reaver.

If you really wanted to have Chronos' Pendant in your build, you could go: Shoes of the Magi, Book of Thoth, Divine Ruin, Obsidian Shard, Chronos' Pendant, Rod of Tahuti. Sell Shoes of the Magi lategame for Spear of Desolation.

As for "Defensive Items": Jade Emperor's Crown wouldn't really be built on a mid laner in most circumstances, it's better to consider Dynasty Plate Helm instead. As for Spirit Robe, this item doesen't really do much for squishy mages so I would just remove it. Also add Magi's Cloak as a defensive option, as well as Winged Blade.

Relics: You only need Aegis Amulet and Purification Beads on Mid laners, and Hera isn't exactly the best user of Blink Rune, so we can stick to the first 2 suggestions.

Also, regarding Chronos' Pendant + Soul Gem + Spear of Desolation. Yes, both Spear of Desolation and Chronos' Pendant can help you bypass the CDR cap with their passives, but Soul Gem isn't the same case - instead only providing a flat 10% CDR, so unless you really want the extra burst damage/heal proc from Soul Gem, then it isn't really worth getting all three items in your build.
GaseousClay (1) | September 29, 2019 11:26pm
Is chrono pendant even worth it? I used to get it a lot but been messing around with other builds and not missing out.

Also I never tried LS on Hera, is it worth it?
Kriega1 (139) | September 30, 2019 12:37am
Some people think Chronos’ is bad currently. Personally I think it has it’s place in some builds like Book Of Thoth one’s (on certain gods like Merlin that need some CDR) where you go something like Thoth > boots > divine/magus > obs shard > reaver > chronos’. But quite a few mage items have CDR that u don’t need Chronos’. As for LS, Bancrofts can work as an early game power spike item, soul gem can work for the burst procs, Pythags is decent too but probably more of a consideration if u play Hera in Duo (with Hunter Mid).
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xmysterionz (68) | July 21, 2019 11:40pm
Hey viado, parabéns pelo teu guia, ficou bem daora (congratulations, your guide is pretty nice)
But here are my thoughts:


Gulfwulf (81) | July 21, 2019 6:21pm
If you're buying Book of Thoth, you should be getting either (or both) Soul Reaver or Book of the Dead to add to your mana pool; you might also want start with Shoes of Focus for that extra power.

As for your defense items, don't bother with Jade Emperor's Crown; grab Dynasty Plate Helm or Celestial Legion Helm instead. Also, Magi's Cloak is a good pickup against multiple gods with displacement CC ults like Ares and Da Ji.
Kriega1 (139) | July 22, 2019 5:43am
You could just get Book of Thoth just for the mana it gives, like on Chang'e for example. But yeah, you ideally want at least Soul Reaver in your build if you want a decent amount of power from Book of Thoth.
MickaelStenico (1) | July 21, 2019 6:58pm
You can be getting Soul Reaver but you have to replace Soul Gem for this.
xmysterionz (68) | July 21, 2019 11:28pm
He tried to say: You can get Soul Reaver but you will have to replace Soul Gem to do so.
FootFetish (4) | July 21, 2019 6:06pm
hi, all is correct, but i must tell you that having obsidian shard as your 4th item its not really good, because you're not gaining a lot of value from it. You should get spear of desolation in its place... (still get obsidian shard but later)
Oi, tudo está correto, mas devo dizer-lhe que ter shard obsidian como seu item 4 não é realmente bom, porque você não está ganhando muito valor com isso. Você deve pegar lança de desolação em seu lugar ...
Kriega1 (139) | July 22, 2019 4:31am
Obs Shard might not work great with Argus, but any later than 4th item is too late if you need Obs Shard on Hera.
MickaelStenico (1) | July 21, 2019 7:02pm
Spear of Desolation is too expensive and this can take a time for conclusion, Obsidian Shard besides being more chip have more penetration.
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