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Hey everyone, I'm DiabolicNutria and this is my first of what will hopefully become many guides. So before I get started I just want to put it out there that as of this writing I'm lv 27 so I'm not completely new to Smite but in terms of builds and the finer details of Smite I consider myself to be a complete beginner. As such I'm fully aware that my build above is probably one big mess to a more experienced player but that's why I'm here :) My goal with this guide is to share my current build with you and after some shared advice it can become a decent guide that will be of some help to those looking for a Bellona build.
Originally this guide was a build for a jack of all trades Bellona where there was a focus on her basic attacks as well as abilities. After some more testing and advice from BranMuffin I've scrapped the original build and made a tank build for Bell and hopefully a bruiser build as well (once I get time to test some different builds). The items in this build were all suggestions from BranMuffin and the resulting build is what I found to work for me.
Thanks for reading this guide and I'm looking forward to your comments :)
So for core items I have Reinforced Greaves, Breastplate of Valor, and Genji's Guard. I always start with boots as they're relatively cheap and the stats are a nice boost for early game. Breastplate of Valor and Genji's Guard I have listed as core as they're usually my next two items but it still depends on the situation. If the opposing team composition is fairly balanced for magical and physical users then I don't change anything and which one you buy first is up to you. Since this is an arena guide I'm making it's not uncommon for there to be a large imbalance and this is where I sometimes change some of my core items. If the enemy team is mostly magic users I will sometimes scrap Breastplate of Valor and go for Genji's Guard second, followed by another magical protection item such as Bulwark of Hope or Pestilence if they have healers. If it's mostly physical users I don't change anything and get genji's guard third for it's health, MP5 and CDR.
The rest of the items I have listed are all situational because I find that it really depends on how the fight is going and who I'm fighting. If I have some basic attack users on my team or against me I like to use Shogun's Kusari and Midgardian Mail respectively but otherwise I don't get them. If the enemy team is fairly balanced and I'm not suffering in any particular area I like to get Mantle of Discord for the protections and CDR and Masamune as a 6th item for it's hybrid stats of protections and power. I enjoy Masamune as an endgame item as I find it helps clean up and give that little extra aggressive push at the end of a match and that little extra damage can make all the difference in a close match.
So far this is my build for a tank bellona but as I use this build more I'm sure there will be more to add/update.
Below is a link to the match stats of a match I had using this build. I think I could've done better in that match but our Neith disconnected before the match started and never returned so it was 4v5 the entire time and all things considered losing by 5 tickets isn't too bad. The main thing I wanted to point out is that with this build you can absorb a lot of damage which for this match turned out to be 82,000 damage mitigated.
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