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Hou Yi, The Suntouched Archer (Patch 4.19)

October 12, 2017 by Z0rr0ark
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Conquest ADC, Season 4

Smite God: Hou Yi

Item Purchase Order

Starting Items

Build Item Bluestone Pendant
Build Item Morningstar
Build Item Healing Potion
Build Item Healing Potion
Build Item Mana Potion

Core Items

Build Item Transcendence Build Item Ninja Tabi Build Item The Executioner


Build Item Devourer's Gauntlet Build Item Asi Build Item Qin's Sais Build Item Titan's Bane Build Item Poisoned Star Build Item Deathbringer

Need Some Defence?

Build Item Void Shield Build Item Mantle of Discord


Build Item Silverbranch Bow Build Item Toxic Blade


Build Item Purification Beads Build Item Aegis Amulet Build Item Heavenly Wings

Alt. Start

Build Item Death's Toll

Final Build (Ol' Faithful)

Build Item Transcendence Build Item Ninja Tabi Build Item Asi Build Item The Executioner Build Item Poisoned Star Build Item Deathbringer

Final Build (Tank Shedder)

Build Item Transcendence Build Item Warrior Tabi Build Item The Executioner Build Item Odysseus' Bow Build Item Qin's Sais Build Item Titan's Bane

Final Build (Anti-Healers)

Build Item Devourer's Gauntlet Build Item Ninja Tabi Build Item The Executioner Build Item Toxic Blade Build Item Qin's Sais Build Item Deathbringer

God Skill Order


Ricochet 1 3 6 7 10 key bind

Mark of the Golden Crow

Mark of the Golden Crow 4 8 11 12 14 key bind


Divebomb 2 15 16 18 19 key bind


Sunbreaker 5 9 13 17 20 key bind

Hou Yi, The Suntouched Archer (Patch 4.19)

October 12, 2017

Author Notes (+Update Log)

Hello, welcome to my first guide on SmiteFire. I hope you find this guide helpful on teaching you how to play Hou Yi.

Disclaimer: Everything in this guide is what works for me in most situations - if it doesn't work for you leave a comment and if I like it, I'll add it into the guide.

Now onto to the actual guide. Enjoy!

Update Log:

Guide published - 11/10/2017 (Patch 4.19)
Updated "Abilities", now shows Hou Yi's Passive + some nice visuals - 12/10/2017
Removed Ichavial from "Items" and replaced it with Titan's Bane - 12/10/2017


Hou Yi's Passive Ability is Suntouched:

This is Hou Yi's simple yet effective Passive. Basically, if Hou Yi is struck by a Critical Hit - he will become immune to ALL Critical Hits for 3 seconds. Making this a very useful boxing tool against Critical Hit Based Gods such as Artemis and Jing Wei.

Additionally, this cannot be removed by any form of Crowd Control, so it always lasts for the full 3 seconds (unless you die) when proc'd by an enemy God.

Hou Yi's 1st Ability is Ricochet:

This is ALWAYS the first ability upgraded as it is his only form of good waveclear and damage in the early game. Ricochet is a unique ability as it can bounce of a surface up to 2 times, with each shot gaining 40% more damage per bounce. (Note: The third bounce is almost 2 times as strong as the initial shot (1 x 1.4 x 1.4 = 1.96) where 1.4 is the 40%) So, the 3rd bounce does 1.96x the damage of the initial shot.

This ability is useful for clearing waves and camps. It is also good for poke due to its 10 second cooldown. Ricochet can be deadly in close-quarters due to fast rebounds causing large amounts of damage in short periods of time.

Also, Ricochet can be used to poke distances at greater lengths when rebounded off a wall. This means that more distance can be between you and the enemy whilst still applying damage. (Note: This shot is easier to dodge though)

Ricochet can also be used to kill recalling enemies, due to them thinking they are at a safe distance (Note: The distance of 3 bounces is 210 units, 3 times longer than the first shot at 70 units) so the bounces allow for a kill from greater distances, giving one of the most satisfying feelings in Smite.

Hou Yi's 2nd Ability is Mark of the Golden Crow:
This ability gives Hou Yi's entire kit a bit more flavour, by applying additional effects to one singular enemy with the 10 second Crow's Mark.

Each ability gains a new secondary effect:

- Ricochet gains a 1 second stun (stuns DO NOT stack with bounces).
- Divebomb gains a small knock-up effect.
- Sunbreaker gains a 20% slow lasting 0.5 seconds (each sun causes a slow).

Also, enemies become visible on the minimap whilst having the Mark of the Golden Crow and a ping sound (same as a ward) plays when the enemy is behind a surface (Note: For some reason minions and other gods can act as surfaces, creating the ping).

Additionally, per every 10% of Health the enemy God is missing Hou Yi gains a 1% damage increase, up to a maximum of 5%.

This Ability should be used on the God you are focusing either in a solo fight or in a team fight, as it gives potential for additional effects and damage to be applied.

Hou Yi's 3rd Ability is Divebomb:

There isn't much to this Ability, it is Hou Yi's leap. (Note: I'd highly recommend this for an escape only, as it has a lengthy 15 second cooldown)

The main use for Divebomb is to escape tricky or un-winnable situations, the ability can leap over walls and can be circled in a full 360 degrees.

Divebomb can be used to execute or chase an enemy on low hp, this is only advised if you have more than 50% Health or if being trade killed is worth it, as in the late game it can take up to 60 seconds to respawn and that isn't really worth 1 kill.

Finally, if the Mark of the Golden Crow is applied to a target, who then dashes away (Note: Doesn't work for all "Dash" Ability in Smite) it MIGHT interrupt a dash or other slow casting abilities by providing a slight knock-up effect, but it is very difficult to apply this interruption and requires hours of practice plus good timing.

Hou Yi's 4th Ability is Sunbreaker:

Sunbreaker is Hou Yi's Ultimate Ability, where he shoots 9 arrows into the sky causing 9 suns to fall from the sky to a fixed location within a radius of 30 units. The Ability lasts for 4.5s seconds (Note: Each sun falls every 0.5 seconds).

Each time a sun hits the floor damage is applied, so enemy Gods take damage every 0.5 seconds when in the radius of Sunbreaker. Also, enemies with the Mark of the Golden Crow are slowed by 20% inside the Ultimate.

Sunbreaker is very useful in team fights as it can change the flow of a team fight, as the enemy should focus on evading Hou Yi's Ult and this allows for a few extra basics or a Ricochet. Sunbreaker can cause massive damage when coupled with the stun from Ricochet (using Mark of the Golden Crow) it means the enemy God is stunned for 1 second, they take a minimum of 2 hits from Sunbreaker.

This ability should be used sparingly as it is only available once every 90 seconds (without Cooldown Reduction), however it can be used to clear waves and defend the tower if you're being pressured by an enemy God.


First things first, these items are not the 100% best items to buy as all situations require different items or builds - this is just what I've found gives good overall damage, sustain and general effectiveness regardless of the situation. Now on to the items.

Ninja Tabi - I prefer Ninja Tabi to Warrior Tabi on Hou Yi due to his low attack speed scaling.

Transcendence - This item is my personal favourite on Hou Yi, as it gives a big power spike and can be brought online fairly quick, allowing stacks to be built in the early game. So, Transcendence is a good pick for Hou Yi as it allows him to have high amounts of Mana, meaning he can constantly poke with Ricochet. Also 3% of your total Mana is converted to Physical Power. (Note: When fully stacked this item provides 74 Physical Power at level 20).

The Executioner - Core item for all ADC Boxers in Smite. Gives Power, Attack Speed and reduces enemy Physical Protections.

Qin's Sais - Extremely useful on builds with High Attack Speed, doing 4% of their Max Health per hit.

Devourer's Gauntlet - Alternate Stacking item, I personally prefer trans over Devo's but it's your choice.

Asi - Grants Attack Speed, Lifesteal and Penetration. Useful item as when below 35% Health, you gain an additional 25% Lifesteal. Amazing Lifesteal when combined with Devourer's Gauntlets.

Titan's Bane - Good item for Hou Yi, deadly combo with The Executioner and Qin's Sais. Literally melts tanks.

Poisoned Star - Brings memories of Frostalis, slows for 20% and reduces enemy damage by 20%. Great all round boxing item.

Deathbringer - 20% Crit, those crits do 40% more damage and gives 50 Physical Power. Most expensive item for Physical Gods(now tied with Malice), but worth every bit of the 3000 Gold it costs.

Pros & Cons

- One of the best ADC Boxers in Smite
- Has presence throughout entire game
- Unique Ricochet Ability can bounce of walls
- Strong presence in team fights
- Immune to consecutive critical hits
- Strong Ability Kit
- Highest Base Damage of any God in Smite
- Stun can provide high damage combos with Auto-Attacks and other Abilities
- Mana Hungry in early game (Without Transcendence, Mana Potions or Chalice of Mana)
- Poor sustain due to no built in heal or lifesteal
- Can be reliant on help from Support and Rotations in early game
- 3rd Lowest Attack Speed Scaling ADC
- People usually build Penetration rather than Crit, nullifying your passive


Just a little footnote, I will be expanding this guide to include specific game modes and situations.

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