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Master of Thousand Faces Erlang Shen (Patch 11.1)

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by Dups Family updated February 3, 2024

Smite God: Erlang Shen

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Build Summary

Starting Build

Build Item Death's Toll Death's Toll
Build Item Spiked Gauntlet Spiked Gauntlet
Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion
Build Item Mana Potion Mana Potion
Build Item Purification Beads Purification Beads
Build Item Horn Shard Horn Shard

Final Build

Build Item Death's Embrace Death's Embrace
Build Item Crimson Claws Crimson Claws
Build Item Berserker's Shield Berserker's Shield
Build Item Phalanx Phalanx
Build Item Shogun's Kusari Shogun's Kusari
Build Item Mantle of Discord Mantle of Discord

Erlang Shen's Skill Order

Spot Weakness

1 X Y
Spot Weakness
3 4 6 7 9


2 A B
2 13 14 18 19

72 Transformations ES

3 B A
72 Transformations ES
1 8 10 11 12

9 Turns Blessing

4 Y X
9 Turns Blessing
5 15 16 17 20
Spot Weakness
3 4 6 7 9

Spot Weakness

1 X
Erlang Shen opens his third eye and analyzes the enemy's strengths and weaknesses. When activated, Erlang Shen gains additional Physical Damage and Lifesteal on each strike. He also applies a stacking debuff to enemy gods, reducing their damage dealt to all sources. Stacks last 3s.

If the buff effect has ended and the ability is on Cooldown, successful Basic Attacks reduce the Cooldown of this ability by 1s.

Ability Type: Buff, Damage
Physical Damage: 12 / 22 / 32 / 42 / 52 (+5% of your Physical Power)
Lifesteal: 4.5 / 9 / 13.5 / 18 / 22.5%
Damage Reduction: 5 / 5.5 / 6 / 6.6 / 7%
Max Stacks: 3
Duration: 5s
Cost: 60 / 65 / 70 / 75 / 80
Cooldown: 14s
2 13 14 18 19


2 A
Erlang Shen launches a spear that damages enemies on impact. Enemies in the dead center of the effect when it lands are Rooted in place.

Ability Type: Circle, Root, Damage
Damage: 85 / 130 / 175 / 220 / 265 (+55% of your Physical Power)
Root Duration: 1.5s
Radius: 20
Cost: 50 / 55 / 60 / 65 / 70
Cooldown: 16s
72 Transformations ES
1 8 10 11 12

72 Transformations ES

3 B
Erlang Shen transforms into an Mink or Turtle and charges forward, becoming immune to knockups and slows.

Mink: Damages all enemies, stopping on first god hit and increasing Attack Speed and Movement Speed for 4s.
Turtle: Knocks up enemy gods and gains a health shield that is boosted by 75% of your protections from items for 12s.

Ability Type: Line, Buff, Damage
Turtle Damage: 55 / 100 / 145 / 190 / 235 (+40% of your Physical Power)
Shield Health: 50 / 100 / 150 / 200 / 250
Mink Damage: 70 / 130 / 190 / 250 / 310 (+70% of your Physical Power)
Mink Attack Speed: 15 / 20 / 25 / 30 / 35%
Mink Movement Speed: 15%
Cost: 65 / 70 / 75 / 80 / 85
Cooldown: 18 / 17.5 / 17 / 16.5 / 16s
9 Turns Blessing
5 15 16 17 20

9 Turns Blessing

4 Y
Erlang Shen Taunts nearby Enemy gods, gaining Damage Mitigation for the next 4s. Afterwards, if Erlang Shen is still alive he is Healed for a flat amount plus 12% of his Maximum Health.

Ability Type: Cone, Taunt
Heal: 100 / 150 / 200 / 250 / 300 (+12% of your Maximum Health)
Damage Mitigation: 35%
Taunt Duration: 1.5s
Cost: 80 / 85 / 90 / 95 / 100
Cooldown: 85s

Erlang Shen Threats

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Erlang Shen Synergies

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Extended Build

Solo Build #2

Build Item Death's Embrace Death's Embrace
Build Item Crimson Claws Crimson Claws
Build Item Shogun's Kusari Shogun's Kusari
Build Item Berserker's Shield Berserker's Shield
Build Item Void Shield Void Shield
Build Item Qin's Sais Qin's Sais

Anti Critical Build

Build Item Death's Embrace Death's Embrace
Build Item Berserker's Shield Berserker's Shield
Build Item Phalanx Phalanx
Build Item Shogun's Kusari Shogun's Kusari
Build Item Spectral Armor Spectral Armor
Build Item Qin's Sais Qin's Sais

Anti Heal Build

Build Item Death's Embrace Death's Embrace
Build Item Berserker's Shield Berserker's Shield
Build Item Phalanx Phalanx
Build Item Shogun's Kusari Shogun's Kusari
Build Item Pestilence Pestilence
Build Item Toxic Blade Toxic Blade


Build Item Greater Purification Beads Greater Purification Beads
Build Item Greater Aegis Amulet Greater Aegis Amulet
Build Item Fortifying Shell Fortifying Shell
Build Item Greater Horrific Emblem Greater Horrific Emblem

Other Situational Items

Build Item Amulet of the Stronghold Amulet of the Stronghold
Build Item Reverent Pridwen Reverent Pridwen
Build Item Frostbound Hammer Frostbound Hammer
Build Item Hastened Katana Hastened Katana
Build Item Void Shield Void Shield

Jungle Build #1

Build Item Death's Embrace Death's Embrace
Build Item Golden Blade Golden Blade
Build Item Berserker's Shield Berserker's Shield
Build Item Qin's Sais Qin's Sais
Build Item Shogun's Kusari Shogun's Kusari
Build Item Serrated Edge Serrated Edge

Jungle Build #2

Build Item Protector Of The Jungle Protector Of The Jungle
Build Item Odysseus' Bow Odysseus' Bow
Build Item Qin's Sais Qin's Sais
Build Item Winged Blade Winged Blade
Build Item The Executioner The Executioner
Build Item Magi's Cloak Magi's Cloak

Jungle Critical Build

Build Item Seer Of The Jungle Seer Of The Jungle
Build Item Crimson Claws Crimson Claws
Build Item Rage Rage
Build Item Devoted Deathbringer Devoted Deathbringer
Build Item Demon Blade Demon Blade
Build Item Serrated Edge Serrated Edge


Erlang Shen il a versatile warrior god in Smite, able to shine in a variety of roles and positions, In this guide, we'll look in detail at hey aspect of Erlang Shen, including his objectives, qualities, flaws, effective build types, counter, and the gods he counters.


Erlang Shen's main objective as a versatile warrior in Smite is to harass the opposing ADC strategically and effectively. To understand why this is essential, it's important to examine his role and unique skills in detail.

Erlang Shen stands out for his ability to be both a robust tank and an aggressive warrior. His skill set enables him to harass and disrupt enemies with devastating precision, and the enemy fighter does not escape his attention.

So for Erlang Shen, a Bruiser build is very usefull.


In the context of a guide for Erlang Shen in Smite for Season 11, let's delve into an extensive analysis of his lore, gameplay mechanics, itemization, and strategies tailored specifically for the current meta.

Lore and Background:
Erlang Shen, the Illustrious Sage, strides onto the battlefield of the gods as a formidable warrior with divine origins deeply rooted in Chinese mythology. In Smite, he embodies the essence of a versatile bruiser, blending melee prowess with strategic utility to assert dominance across all lanes.

Gameplay Mechanics:
Erlang Shen's kit revolves around fluid combat engagements and tactical positioning. His abilities synergize seamlessly to provide crowd control, sustain, and burst damage, making him a formidable force in both team fights and solo skirmishes.

Ability Breakdown:

Spot Weakness (Passive): Erlang Shen gains increased Basic Attack damage against enemies below 50% Health, encouraging aggressive playstyle in securing kills and objectives.
Eagle Eye (Ability 1): This ability allows Erlang Shen to dash forward, damaging and rooting enemies in his path. It serves as both an engage tool and an escape mechanism, providing flexibility in various combat scenarios.
Pin (Ability 2): Erlang Shen hurls his spear, dealing damage to all enemies hit and slowing them. When combined with Eagle Eye, it sets up devastating combos and ensures enemies remain within striking distance.
72 Transformations (Ability 3): This transformative ability grants Erlang Shen the ability to morph into various animal forms, each offering unique benefits. The Turtle form provides crowd control immunity and defense, while the Mink form enhances mobility and attack speed, granting unparalleled versatility in combat.
Ultimate: Nine Turns Blessing (Ability 4): Erlang Shen channels his divine power, unleashing a flurry of strikes upon his foes while gaining damage mitigation. This ultimate ability can turn the tide of battle when timed correctly, allowing Erlang Shen to turn defense into offense and secure crucial kills.

In Season 11, Erlang Shen benefits from a balanced mix of offensive and defensive items tailored to his playstyle. Core items such as Berserker's Shield and Frostbound Hammer provide sustain and crowd control, while items like Qin's Sais and The Sledge amplify his damage output and survivability.

Strategies and Tips:
Mastering Erlang Shen requires a deep understanding of his kit and optimal usage of his abilities. Here are some key strategies to maximize his potential on the battlefield:

Prioritize leveling his abilities based on the specific needs of each match, adapting to different team compositions and objectives.
Utilize 72 Transformations to its fullest extent, seamlessly transitioning between forms to control the pace of engagements and outmaneuver opponents.
Coordinate with teammates to capitalize on crowd control setups, chaining abilities for devastating combos and securing kills.
Maintain awareness of Erlang Shen's passive, Spot Weakness, to capitalize on opportunities to burst down weakened enemies and turn the tide of battle in your favor.

With Erlang Shen's unparalleled versatility and divine prowess at your command, seize the opportunity to dominate the battlegrounds of Smite in Season 11 and assert your dominance as the Illustrious Sage.

Quality & Defects

Erlang Shen's qualities :

Versatility: Erlang Shen can be played in a variety of roles, whether solo, in the jungle or in support, depending on team needs.

High-damage skills: His basic skills inflict solid physical damage, making him a solid choice for solo assault or jungle.

Crowd control: Her skills offer a variety of crowd controls, including immobilization, slowing and projection control.

Mobility: His skill set enables him to move swiftly around the battlefield, giving him great presence.

Erlang Shen's defects :

No Burst: Although it inflicts constant damage, Erlang Shen has no explosive damage, making it less effective at eliminating enemies quickly.

Skill dependency: He relies heavily on his skills to inflict damage, making him vulnerable to skill interruption.

Weakness to crowd control: Although he has crowd control skills, Erlang Shen is vulnerable to enemy crowd control.

Effective Build Type

As I said earlier, a Bruiser build is very effective for Erlang shen, and the builds proposed in this guide are effective, even if other items are functional. Obviously Erlang Shen is played a lot in Jungle, personally I don't play Erlang Shen Jungle, but for this guide to be qualitative I'm going to propose popular jungle builds, even if I don't personally know their efficiency.

In this season, Bruiser build is really effective, and in Jungle, critical build are so powerfull at this patch


Erlang Shen is strong against:

Gods with low mobility: He can harass them with his mobility.
(Anubis, Kukulkan, Poseidon / God without escapes)

Gods with high physical damage: His ability to reduce enemy protection makes him effective against them.
(Every physical ADC)

Erlang Shen is weak against:

Gods with intense crowd control: They can prevent him from using his skills effectively.
(Athena, Cabrakan, Discordia, Janus)

High magic damage gods: His resistance to magic damage is limited.
(All burst mages)


Certainly, let's delve even deeper into the rich folklore surrounding Erlang Shen.

Erlang Shen, also known as Yang Jian, is often depicted as the nephew of the River Goddess Xiang, making him a demigod. His birth is the result of a complex story involving celestial intrigues and divine unions. His father is sometimes identified as the god Jiang Ziya, a significant figure in Chinese mythology associated with the founding of the Zhou dynasty.

His physical appearance is also significant in the folklore. He is often described as having a red face and eyes that shine like thunder, reinforcing his image as a powerful and divine warrior. His magical staff, the "Thunderbolt Staff," is a formidable artifact that grants him superhuman powers, allowing him to defeat even the most fearsome enemies.

His battle against the White Demon is considered one of his most famous exploits, but his repertoire of heroic deeds does not end there. He is also known for defeating other evil and demonic creatures that threatened the harmony and balance of the world. In some versions of his stories, he is even credited with saving the heavens themselves from destructive forces.

In addition to his role as a protector and justiciar, Erlang Shen is also revered for his wisdom and ability to resolve conflicts. He is often invoked to arbitrate disputes between gods and mortals, and his decisions are considered to be fair and just.

In traditional iconography, Erlang Shen is often depicted riding a divine mount, sometimes a celestial tiger or a white lion, symbolizing his power and authority. His exploits are celebrated through chants, plays, and popular narratives that continue to be passed down from generation to generation, perpetuating his legendary legacy.

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Morgn | February 19, 2024 5:48pm
good build
Dups Family | February 19, 2024 7:14pm
Morgn wrote:
good build

Thank you !
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