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Nu Wa - Heavenly Protector Build

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by Glenot updated August 25, 2019

Smite God: Nu Wa

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Nu Wa Build


Build Item Shoes of Focus Shoes of Focus
Build Item Book of Thoth Book of Thoth
Build Item Chronos' Pendant Chronos' Pendant

Second Core

Build Item Shaman's Ring Shaman's Ring
Build Item Ethereal Staff Ethereal Staff

Final Power Items (pick 2)

Build Item Doom Orb Doom Orb
Build Item Bancroft's Talon Bancroft's Talon
Build Item Rod of Tahuti Rod of Tahuti
Build Item Book of the Dead Book of the Dead


Build Item Mantle of Discord Mantle of Discord
Build Item Divine Ruin Divine Ruin
Build Item Obsidian Shard Obsidian Shard

Nu Wa's Skill Order

Mysterious Fog

1 X Y
Mysterious Fog
2 11 12 14 15

Clay Soldiers

2 A B
Clay Soldiers
3 8 16 18 19

Shining Metal

3 B A
Shining Metal
1 4 6 7 10

Fire Shards

4 Y X
Fire Shards
5 9 13 17 20
Mysterious Fog
2 11 12 14 15

Mysterious Fog

1 X
Nu Wa condenses moisture into fog at her location which then rolls forward away from her. She and all allies are Stealthed while inside the fog, and have increased movement speed. Attacking breaks the Stealth effect for 1s.

Enemies that run into the fog take damage, and continue to take additional damage again every second they are in the fog.

Ability Type: Ground Target
Damage: 50 / 75 / 100 / 125 / 150 (+50% of your Magical Power)
Damage Per Tick: 10 / 20 / 30 / 40 / 50 (+10% of your Magical Power)
Lifetime: 6s
Movement Speed: 10%
Radius: 20
Cost: 60 / 65 / 70 / 75 / 80
Cooldown: 15s
Clay Soldiers
3 8 16 18 19

Clay Soldiers

2 A
Nu Wa conjures Clay Soldiers from the Earth. If she marked a target while summoning them, they will pursue target until it dies. If she summoned them with no target, they will attack enemy gods who damage Nu Wa, or closest enemies.

Soldiers live for 10s. First they will dash at enemies within 30 units, applying a stack of protection reductions. Stacks up to 3 times, stacks last 2s. They will basic attack after that.

Ability Type: Summon Pet
Number Conjured: 1 / 2 / 2 / 2 / 3 Soldiers
Soldier's Health: 200 (+20% of your Maximum Health)
Base Movement Speed: 365 / 380 / 395 / 410 / 425
Dash Magical Protection Reduction Per Stack: 4 / 8 / 12 / 16 / 20
Basic Attack Damage: 20 / 30 / 40 / 50 / 60 Per Hit
Range: 40
Cost: 60 / 70 / 80 / 90 / 100
Cooldown: 16s
Shining Metal
1 4 6 7 10

Shining Metal

3 B
Nu Wa launches a mass of shining metal, damaging all enemies it hits. If it hits one of her Clay Soldiers, it explodes, dealing additional damage and Stunning enemies.

Ability Type: Line
Damage: 90 / 130 / 170 / 210 / 250 (+75% of your Magical Power)
Minion Explode: 30 / 60 / 90 / 120 / 150 (+25% of your Magical Power)
Minion Stun: 1 / 1.1 / 1.2 / 1.3 / 1.4s
Range: 65
Cost: 50
Cooldown: 8s
Fire Shards
5 9 13 17 20

Fire Shards

4 Y
Nu Wa flies up into the clouds, gaining visibility on all enemy gods, and summoning fire shards from the sky to damage each of them. As she lifts off the ground, she can pass through player-made deployables.

Ability Type: Global
Damage: 100 / 175 / 250 / 325 / 400 (+30% of your Magical Power)
Cost: 100
Cooldown: 110s

Nu Wa Overview

Nu Wa is a mage that has been out of meta for quite some time, and because of that many people do not know how to play her properly anymore.

Nu Wa has high ability scaling on Shining Metal (almost her entire source of damage) so benefits from high power builds with 40% cooldown. However in the current meta this is usually very hard to obtain, the solution being a less bursty and more poke and team fight oriented mage (think Nox but less damage and cc).

Nu Wa's base combo is an immediate 2 into 3, followed by an auto cancel 1 with auto attacks after that. This will usually get the most damage off, and secures the most consistent damage (If you have her passive up then fire an auto prior to this combo to ensure all damage hits)

She has very poor escape abilities, with her 1 speeding her up and cloaking her, and her ult allowing her to move through player deployables. So basically you have to have good positioning all while maintaining a close distance to the fight to get your damage and cc off.

Laning Phase

Nu Wa's laning phase can be very rocky, as she has low clear compared to other mages, no sustain, and is an easy target for ganks.

My solution to these problems is to do something taboo to most mages, use your escape as a clearing tool. By level 4-6 a Shining Metal and Mysterious Fog (along with a few autos on brute minions) will clear wave fairly fast. The key here is to Shining metal as soon as you can hit the whole wave, then auto cancel into your mysterious fog (facing towards the enemy wave), then immediately turning back and keeping your distance while autoing the front minions. I find this better than using shining metal twice on the wave and using fog for escape since by the time anyone can gank you after this your 2 3 combo will still be up, and a 1.1-1.4 second stun works better than 10% movement speed that you can only get for about 1 second (since Nu Wa outspeeds her fog).

By the time Mysterious Fog is maxed it tends to one shot the wave in a Mage build, which leaves Shining Metal up to use as cc for a gank.

Always keep your distance from both the wave and the damage of the enemy god. Even without an escape, Nu Wa is very hard to chase down without a dash, stun, or cleanse.

Very Important Tips!!

- Shining Metal contains almost all of her damage, NOT her minion ability. The explosion damage is controlled by the level of Shining Metal.
- Your explosion combo loses around 60-70% of it's damage if you don't hit the enemy god with Shining Metal (The explosion is only a small amount of the damage)
- Nu Wa's Explosion damage DOES NOT STACK. Meaning exploding 1 minion does the exact same amount as exploding all 3! That is why I stall upgrading her 2 after the second level.
- Nu Wa DOES NOT need massive penetration builds! Her minions (max rank) reduce protections by 45! She only needs 10-20 flat penetration for Fire Shards/Shining metal out of combo.
- Weaving autos as Nu Wa is anywhere between 30 and 60 percent of her damage depending on her level and build, she is one of the most important mages to auto weave on!
- Using Nu Wa's ult in the middle of a fight (even without secure) can be very helpful, as it can early proc items like bulwark, book of the dead, and asi. And can allow people like Kali, or any god with bloodforge or mail of renewal to go in safer and get a more secure kill.
- Use your root auto to escape stick-on gods like Osiris and Kali!

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Glenot | August 25, 2019 9:37am
Thank you for the references but I'm not exactly going for a generic In Meta Build here.

Sure you can go Pen Boots, Book of Thoth, Chronos Pendant, Spear of Deso, Ob Shard, and Soul Reaver (in no particular order) like any other mage, swap out an item or two and the build transfers to every god.

I'm merely putting up a build that I have had success with and had fun with.
Kriega1 (120) | August 25, 2019 10:08am
The build may work for you yes, but you need to consider whether the build may be applicable for others.
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Kriega1 (120) | August 25, 2019 9:59am
I’d rather take builds seriously than make builds that mislead newer players and help contribute to the bad reputation that Smitefire has. Though it’s good to see the Mid build looking a bit better now.
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Kriega1 (120) | August 24, 2019 4:07pm
“Nu Wa is a mage that has been out of meta for quite some time, and because of that many people do not know how to play her properly anymore.” that’s funny, considering your Nu Wa mid build doesen’t even have Obsidian Shard listed and you also cap/overcap cdr with Potion of Magical Might. Also whoever told you Nu Wa can be a solo laner was lying to you.
Gulfwulf (77) | August 24, 2019 5:58pm
Don't forget that it also has both Void Stone and Jade Emperor's Crown.
Kriega1 (120) | August 25, 2019 5:37am
Yeah those are not items you get if you're behind, in most cases. Void Stone is only against very magical heavy comps if you're getting dived, and Jade Emperor's I wouldn't bother with except maybe on Mage ADCs (though dynasty and celestial exist) and against physical heavy comps. Usually Mantle of Discord is the way to go for Mid laner defense.
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