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Hishoku no Sora: Amaterasu Guide (S9)

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by Stuke99 updated April 27, 2022

Smite God: Amaterasu

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Build Summary

Starting Items

Notes swap Round Shield for Enchanted Kusari if the lane opponent is magical.

Notes

swap Round Shield for Enchanted Kusari if the lane opponent is magical.

Build Item Death's Toll Death's Toll
Build Item Round Shield Round Shield
Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion
3
Build Item Blink Rune Blink Rune

Full Build

Build Item Death's Embrace Death's Embrace
Build Item Berserker's Shield Berserker's Shield
Build Item Frostbound Hammer Frostbound Hammer
Build Item Shogun's Kusari Shogun's Kusari
Build Item Caduceus Shield Caduceus Shield
Build Item Mantle of Discord Mantle of Discord
Build Item Corrupted Blink Rune Corrupted Blink Rune
Build Item Fortifying Shell Fortifying Shell

Amaterasu's Skill Order

Divine Presence

1 X Y
Divine Presence
2 8 11 12 14

Heavenly Reflection

2 A B
Heavenly Reflection
1 4 6 7 10

Glorious Charge

3 B A
Glorious Charge
3 15 16 18 19

Dazzling Offensive

4 Y X
Dazzling Offensive
5 9 13 17 20
Divine Presence
2 8 11 12 14

Divine Presence

1 X
Amaterasu harnesses the power of her jewel, healing herself every second for 4s and creating a persistent aura that buffs nearby allied gods. Every time this ability is activated the aura switches between Valor and Benevolence.

Ability Type: Buff
Heal Per Tick: 15 / 25 / 35 / 45 / 55 (+5% of your Physical Power)
Benevolence Aura: 5 / 9 / 13 / 17 / 21% Move Speed
Valor Aura: 14 / 18 / 22 / 26 / 30 Bonus Power
Radius: 30
Cost: 50 / 55 / 60 / 65 / 70
Cooldown: 9s
Heavenly Reflection
1 4 6 7 10

Heavenly Reflection

2 A
Amaterasu charges her mirror for 5s. While the mirror is charging she takes decreased damage. By activating the ability again or at the end of the 5s she will fire her mirror straight ahead, dealing damage. The mirror can be charged by successfully attacking enemies or from taking damage, and will deal up to double the base damage when fully charged.

Ability Type: Line
Damage Mitigation: 7 / 9 / 11 / 13 / 15%
Damage (Mirror): 70 / 105 / 140 / 175 / 210 (+60% of your Physical Power)
Damage (Full Charge): 140 / 210 / 280 / 350 / 420 (+60% of your Physical Power)
Range: 55
Cost: 60 / 65 / 70 / 75 / 80
Cooldown: 12s
Glorious Charge
3 15 16 18 19

Glorious Charge

3 B
Amaterasu shines light off of her sacred blade, silencing all enemies in front of her. She then dashes forward while dealing damage, piercing through minions and stopping at the first god hit.

Ability Type: Dash
Silence Duration: 1s
Dash Damage: 60 / 120 / 180 / 240 / 300 (+60% of your Physical Power)
Range: 55
Cost: 70 / 75 / 80 / 85 / 90
Cooldown: 16s
Dazzling Offensive
5 9 13 17 20

Dazzling Offensive

4 Y
Amaterasu focuses the power of the heavens into an impressive 3 strike combination attack. The 2nd hit will do 20% more base damage and slow enemies. The 3rd hit will do 40% more base damage and stun enemies. She must hit an enemy with the 1st hit to receive the increased damage and CC on the 2nd hit. The same rule applies to the 2nd and 3rd hits.

Ability Type: Cone
Damage (per Strike): 80 / 125 / 170 / 215 / 260 (+50% of your Physical Power)
Slow Duration: 2s
Stun Duration: 2s
Radius: 35
Cost: 100
Cooldown: 95 / 90 / 85 / 80 / 75s

Extended Build

Core

Build Item Frostbound Hammer Frostbound Hammer
Build Item Berserker's Shield Berserker's Shield
Build Item Shogun's Kusari Shogun's Kusari

Additional Items

Build Item Caduceus Shield Caduceus Shield
Build Item Stone Cutting Sword Stone Cutting Sword
Build Item Mantle of Discord Mantle of Discord
Build Item Void Shield Void Shield

Situational Items

Build Item Witchblade Witchblade
Build Item Shield of Regrowth Shield of Regrowth
Build Item Hide of the Urchin Hide of the Urchin
Build Item Hide of the Nemean Lion Hide of the Nemean Lion

Relics

Build Item Corrupted Blink Rune Corrupted Blink Rune
Build Item Fortifying Shell Fortifying Shell
Build Item Heroic Teleport Heroic Teleport
Build Item Belt of the Berserker Belt of the Berserker

My Introduction

こんにちは ございます, I'm back with a new guide. This guide will look at the first Japanese Goddess and the first god of Season 3. I introduce Ōhirume-no-muchi-no-kami, also known as Amaterasu for short, and she brings the power from the Land of the Rising Sun with her.
Note: you don't have to follow this guide to the smallest detail. These are suggestions on how to play Amaterasu. I encourage you to look at the comment section below and see other tips.

Who is Amaterasu?


Amaterasu is a Physical Melee Warrior that excels at being in the thick of it with her great control and utility. With the right build, set-up, and positioning, Amaterasu can dominate the match. Amaterasu has an exciting kit that allows both a split between a support/bruiser and an ability/auto-attack playstyle and making full use of both.

Pros / Cons


Pros
  • Single Target and Area Damage
  • High Sustain
  • Duel Playstyle (Brusier + Support)

Cons
  • Weak Early Game
  • Suseptable Against CC + Clease
  • Not Good in One Area

Given her duel playstyle, Amaterasu has many different ways to build and play, providing multiple roles to play Ama effectively. Amaterasu excels at getting close to her opponents, peeling single or multiple targets, and providing buffs to her allies. The downside to this is that she lacks a lot in many areas, she can still hold her own, but players will need to be cautious as her damage and defenses are average.

Abilities


Illuminating Strike
After three successful hits on a single opponent, that target gets a debuff that makes it easy for you and your allies to do more damage to that target and all enemies that are near them for a short duration if you keep hitting them.

Divine Presence
Every time this ability is active, you get HoT, Healing over Time, plus something a little more. In Benevolence Stance you gain additional Movement Speed, while in Valor stance you get additional Physical Power. Since this ability is an Aura, your teammates get these benefits if they are close to her, making some interesting team fights.

Heavenly Reflection
Your shield and clearing ability. When you activate this ability, you gain a shield that mitigates any damage you take for the duration, and when the time is up, it fires a projectile. Now, the ability becomes interesting after you give or take damage; the mirror gains a charge the mirror will increase the amount of damage the shot does. You can also fire the shot early by pressing the ability button again.

Glorious Charge
Your dash and silence. Amaterasu charges forward, passing through any minion but stopping at the first enemy god she hits and silencing them for a duration. Utilize this as your initiation or escape if no one gets in the way when you try to escape.

Dazzling Offensive
Amaterasu jumps and slashes three times, dealing damage to whoever is in the cone of the attack. The first strike deals damage; on the second, the damage becomes amplified, and on the third strike, the enemy is stunned for a couple of seconds.
Note: the combo will break if you miss or manage to get out of the cone, so the stun or increased damage will not go off if they are out of it.

Itemization

Amaterasu can be built in many different ways, not just based on the role but also on the playstyle you want to utilize. With the many avenues that Amaterasu can take her build, she can be an excellent starter warrior for people just getting into the game.


Starters


Death's Toll
With Ama's passive providing more damage against a target, she uses her basic attacks to stay alive and take out her enemies quickly. Every basic attack against an enemy provides health and mana back.
At Lvl 20, we will upgrade this to Death's Embrace to take those stats and effect even more potent.

Eye of the Jungle
While in the Jungle, you deal additional damage to jungle monsters; once the Large Jungle Monster dies, a vision ward spawns where the Jungle minion dies for a short duration.
At Lvl 20, we will upgrade this to Protector Of The Jungle for additional percentage power and protections, perfect for Amaterasu's front-line playstyle.

Benevolence
A viable starter for Support. While near an ally god, you gain a portion of the gold their last hit. While away, you gain stacks of protections that slowly diminish while an ally god is within a certain radius.
At Lvl 20, we will upgrade this to Animosity to give your auto attacks deal additional damage based on a percentage of your health.


Core

Solo


Berserker's Shield
Perfect for an auto-attack fighter. Once below a certain health threshold, your damage and attack speed spike for a short duration.
Note: Since this ability has no cooldown, the effect can be used multiple times in one encounter as long as you can heal and get your health back above the threshold.

Shogun's Kusari
Great for Amaterasu and her allies. Upon being purchased, this item provides an aura of increased attack speed to all ally gods within a radius around Amaterasu. This item also plays nicely into Ama's aura mechanics.

Frostbound Hammer
Due to Ama's hybrid playstyle, items that benefit from your basic attacks work great with her. Benevolent stance, plus this item, and in combination with her passive, will offer a large amount of damage if you can continue the harassment during a fight.

Jungle


Stone Cutting Sword
Any enemy god you hit with a basic attack will steal a chunk of physical protection and apply it to yourself that can stack up to three times. Combining this with your passive, you'll be able to take down a target in no time.
Note: only available to physical melee gods.

The Crusher
Once you hit an enemy with a damaging ability, you deal additional flat plus percentage damage. Since Amaterasu uses both ability and auto damage, having this item is great if you're looking to be more offensive.

Qin's Sais
Every basic attack against an enemy god will deal additional damage based on the target's health percentage. Additionally, the damage dealt if the target's health is above 2000hp and scale-up proportionally the more health they have. Use this when the enemies are a bit too tanky.

Support


Witchblade
Use this when the enemy team has a lot of auto-attack damage. All enemy gods have their attack speed reduced once they enter this item's aura range.

Sovereignty
All ally gods close to you gain physical protection and HpS since Amaterasu provides more aggressive aura effects, which gives her some defensive potential.

Heartward Amulet
Simular to Soverntiey. All ally gods close to you gain magical protection and MpS. Usually bought together, having these two will make Ama tankier and give her teammates needed protection.
Depending on how the game is going, you want to either

Additional


Caduceus Shield
While usually intended for the support role, it also has a place for any warrior with a healing ability. In an aura around you, all healing is increased by a percentage.

Hide of the Nemean Lion
While many have dismissed this item after its rework at first, Season 9 found a way to make its way back into the public consciousness. After a short cooldown, you gain a stack that provides one block for one auto-attack. The more stacks you can hold up to three for every 100 physical and magical protection you have.

Asi
Once you hit a health threshold, the lifesteal percentage of your basics increases for a short duration before going on cooldown.

The Executioner
An item against squishy enemies. Every basic attack reduces the physical protection by a percentage that stacks up to 3 times. This item is good against targets who don't build into protections or health items. Once your passive goes off, the damage will see a significant boost.

Void Shield
Enemy physical protections become reduced if they stay within the debuff radius.
Similar to Void Shield but with a different effect. Take this item if the enemy team is heavily magical-focused. Their magical damage reduces when you get close to a magical enemy god.

Mantle of Discord
Providing many protections and cooldown reductions is good, but its effect is better. When below a health threshold, you become CC immune and send out a shockwave that stuns all enemy gods that get too close to you, making you either escape or fight back if possible.

Shield of Regrowth
Ama is already fast, but if you want to go more quickly. Want to make a quick escape or ambush enemies? Then pop Divine Presence and watch as you gain a significant speed boost.
Note: Swap to your Benevolence stance to gain an even better speed boost.

Hide of the Urchin
Each kill and assist provides a stack of physical and magical protection. At max stacks, it upgrades and gains a new effect: you gain a health bubble that increases the longer you don't take damage out of combat.

Magi's Cloak
An alternative defense item if you're going against a lot of crowd control. Once bought, this item provides a bubble that makes you immune to the first hard CC that hits you; once down, it takes time for the bubble to recharge, so be careful if you don't want to get CC'ed to death.

Dominance
Your auto-attacks now provide additional percent physical penetration. This effect works on all enemies and even jungle bosses.

Talisman of Energy
Another alternative magical defense if you want to go faster. When an enemy dies, you and any ally near you gain stacks of movement and attack speed. Combining this with your Benevelance stance, you'll have the whole team zooming around the map.

Pridwen
An interesting Late Game item that makes Amaterasu tankier during fights. After using your ultimate, you gain a health shield that explodes and damages any enemies standing too close after a short duration or depleted to zero. Since Amaterasu will start a fight with his ultimate, the health shield increases his presence during a team fight, especially while he's in the middle of it.

Contagion
Have trouble with enemy healing? Their healing percentage gets reduced when you get near an enemy god until they get far enough away from you.

Tips, Tricks, & Combos

  • Beacon of a Warrior
    The benefits you give with Divine Presence can be what makes or breaks a fight or rotation, so make sure to know the right opportunity and how long it will take before switching between stances.
  • Stopping the Enemy
    God with a channeled ability like Thor or Anubis are easy pickings for Amaterasu. Use Glorious Charge to stop their ability from completing and force them to use another move, resort to auto attacks, or run away if they haven't used up their escape because it's also silenced.
  • Duel Purpose
    Make full use of her duel playstyle, act as a bruiser who fights the team, and the support that provides buffs for the team not just to keep everyone fighting but also to control the enemy.

Amaterasu has very few combos due to her ability to dish out much damage from her basic attacks. So here are some ideas on how to combine them.
1
🠞 🠞
Start with Heavenly Reflection, so it can charge before firing. After that, use Glorious Charge to quickly get close to your target and follow that up with basic attacks to not only build up the power for your projectile but also to activate Illuminating Strike so you deal more damage without it.
Ultimate Combo
🠞 🠞 🠞
This combo works best as an engagement set up as the last hit on your ult will stun, which gives you a window of opportunity to hit them with your fully charged 2. Start with Heavenly Reflection and start the charging process, initiate with either Glorious Charge, Blink Rune or move up to the target, finally, use Dazzling Offensive to deal damage and stun the enemy before hitting them with a fully charged Reflection. Throw in a couple of basic attacks while close and use Glorious Charge if the target tries to run away. Use Divine Presence to either swap stance or when you need some healing.

Stages of the Game

Early Game

Amaterasu's Early Game is not the best as the sustain from her stance change will only heal for so much, and her damage would be weak as well, but she can manage with her Heavenly Reflection and auto-attack to clear the lane. Once you hit level 5, you want to set up a kill. Ask your Jungler for a gank or try to weaken the target to use your Ultimate and secure a kill. When taking Totem of Ku and Jungle minions, utilize your passive to grab them quickly and return to the lane.

Middle Game

Once you gain enough levels into Divine Presence, down a tower, and secure enough kills against an enemy, you will now start to rotate around the map like helping the Jungler or Mid deal with a kill as well as provide aura to down a tower if possible. During this time, ask or help the Jungler secure the Greater Scorpions to start Fire Giant and Gold Fury or get the enhanced buffs for the team.

Late Game

Once Amaterasu gets to her max level, this is when you want to lead the team. Utilize her front-line pressure and her auras to turn team fights in her favor. When going for objectives, make sure to apply your passive to help your team take them down faster.

Matchups

Amaterasu is best when against gods who can't sustain well, are too tanky for their own good, and have channeling abilities. On the other hand, Ama has a hard time with gods who have multiple hard CCs and can apply constant annoying damage even at a distance. Here's a small sample of gods that Amaterasu has a favorable and unfavorable match-up against:


Favorable


King Arthur
King Arthur can't deal with hard CC effects like silences and stuns, which Ama has. Coupled with the fact that Arthur has no sustain, it is easier to apply pressure on an Arthur player during the laning phase, where you can start punishing. Use Glorious Charge to silence Arthur's abilities, Bladestorm, and force him into a cooldown.

Cthulhu
While Cthulhu highlights his high tankiness and zoning, that doesn't matter to Ama. Getting close to Cthulhu and activating your passive is already bad enough for him since that damage from all sources is amplified against him, but if a Cthulhu player tries to use The Mire or Rushing Terror to widen the gap, Ama can dash to get back within range or silence his channeled abilities.

Guan Yu
Ama can out-sustain Guan as well as avoid both of his devastating abilities Taolu Assault and Cavalry Charge through her silence or her own ultimate. Still, remember that he can reduce his cooldowns on non-ultimate abilities, so be aware he can spam abilities quicker.

Unfavorable


Achilles
Rushing his target, dealing high damage through multiple abilities, and healing himself make Achillies a threat to Ama. That's not all; if he deals enough damage, he can use his ult to execute them for an instant kill. Keep him at a distance until he uses up Shield of Achilles so that you can go on the offensive without the fear of being stunned.

Artio
High defense, sustain, and multiple hard CC effects are already bad, but Artio also has the constant damage to back that up. Try to negate her ability to lock you down with CC cleanses abilities, relics like Purification Beads, or items like Magi's Cloak.

Sun Wukong
The Bully King himself. High long-ranged and area damage, multiple hard and soft CCs, and an ultimate can take him out of battle to heal. Wait for him to engage with his hard CC from 72 Transformations, then lock him down with silences and stuns before he can widen the gap.

Summary

In conclusion, Amaterasu is a dangerous goddess in the warrior roster. Blending a supportive tank with a front-line bruiser almost perfectly, Amaterasu can be a great god for any team to have. Remember to utilize your effects, auras, and your teamfight potential , so you can show the power of the rising sun shining down on the Battlefield of the Gods.

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1
Kingparkertsk | December 28, 2021 12:11am
Excellent guide !
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DracoDark392 | August 3, 2021 4:34am
Will you update it for no boots now?
2
Stuke99 (56) | August 3, 2021 2:41pm
Not for a while, no. In the meantime, just skip boots and build Mantle of Discord.
2
DracoDark392 | August 13, 2021 9:25am
Ok I hope your feeling better soon and can come back
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Licherous | July 15, 2020 7:52am
With the recent changes is serrated edge a viable replacement for berserker's shield?
2
Big Damage (35) | July 15, 2020 11:09pm
The two current sustain in lane items are Soul Eater and Stone of Gaia. I wouldn't consider Serrated Edge to be that good on warriors.
1
Big Damage (35) | February 1, 2020 5:19pm
Hey Stuke just letting you know that because they nerfed Guardians blessing you can't play passively anymore as mentioned in the starter notes. The blessing only works around an allied god.
1
Stuke99 (56) | February 1, 2020 6:58pm
Fixed it.
1
Kriega1 (133) | July 23, 2019 4:00am
Could it just be better to rush Blackthorn on Ama, and don't get Glad Shield? I mean she only will get the proc from her 2/3 outside of the ult, and you don't always want to use the 3 aggresively otherwise it's an easy gank.
1
Stuke99 (56) | July 23, 2019 5:58am
Honestly, yeah.
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Kriega1 (133) | May 30, 2019 1:44am
Why get glad Shield over beserkers on Ama solo? Beserkers is much better for sustain and she doesen’t have the best cooldowns to abuse glad Shield.
1
Stuke99 (56) | May 30, 2019 1:43pm
I feel like I should include an Auto-Attack build as well given how Ama is hybrid.
1
Maerlot | April 12, 2019 2:43pm
Thank you for updating the guide! Very useful.
1
Stuke99 (56) | April 13, 2019 5:09am
You're welcome.
1
SushiCat69 | March 5, 2018 7:25am
Hey! I was wondering the build order and the ability sequence for Ama. Nonetheless it’s a great guide full of detail.
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TheGreatGC260 | December 14, 2017 5:32am
What is the ability sequence for this build?
3
Stuke99 (56) | December 14, 2017 6:45am
I'll fix it in the future with the rest of my guides.
1
Maerlot | April 12, 2019 2:48pm
Many thanks!
1
Charliezard | August 12, 2017 4:29pm
How come all of the item purchase order is missing and it's the same with Cu Chulainn as well.
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Stuke99 (56) | August 12, 2017 4:41pm
Because in order to keep up with updates, I needed to get rid of the item and build section and replaced it with Example Builds to get the idea across of what to get on them. I have too many guides and stretched for time with college and work so this is the format I'm going with.
2
BillTheUnicornX | August 4, 2018 6:31am
It's a very good guide, but could you add some damage options that are currently in the meta game? Thanks!
1
ImperialKraken77 | June 8, 2017 12:02am
thank you
It's very useful
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