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Stealing Killz with Nu Wa Skillz! - ARENA GUIDE

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Smite God: Nu Wa

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Build Item Shoes of the Magi Shoes of the Magi
Build Item Chronos' Pendant Chronos' Pendant
Build Item Spear of Desolation Spear of Desolation
Build Item Soul Gem Soul Gem
Build Item Soul Reaver Soul Reaver
Build Item Rod of Tahuti Rod of Tahuti

Situational Notes Divine Ruin for Anti-heal
Obsidian Shard against a tanky opposition

*Replace Soul Gem with either of these, as its really there for the extra CDR and extra burst with the passive.

Build Item Divine Ruin Divine Ruin
Build Item Obsidian Shard Obsidian Shard

Defensive Items Notes If you want to buy a defense item, which i generally don't do on mages in Arena, Any of the above items can be viable depending on what you're up against.

Mantle of Discord, good for the stun since Nu Wa has no escape.
Magi's Cloak offers good defense against hard CC with it's "pseudo-Beads"

I didn't include Mantle of Discord or Spirit Robe in the example build since they'd overcap your CDR if you pick up blue buff or get a Potion of Magical Might, but they're viable if you're not going to pick either of those up. Make sure to replace an item that gives CDR so that you're not overcapping. e.g. Soul Gem

Build Item Mantle of Discord Mantle of Discord
Build Item Magi's Cloak Magi's Cloak

Consumables Notes Elixers are a good way to boost your damage, or defense at the end of the game when you're full build and have gold falling out of your pockets

Typically I get Elixer of Power if we're ahead, and Elixer of Defense if we're behind, but it's completely situational

I included Baron's Brew mostly because it feels wrong not to add it as it is a very good sustain item that is very cheap in a game mode like Arena. Also not critical to success but can help, especially in the early game if you have less than ideal mana management, or if the enemy team ganks you while clearing your buffs and you don't want to go back after you punish them for it.

Build Item Elixir of Power Elixir of Power
Build Item Elixir of Defense Elixir of Defense
Build Item Baron's Brew Baron's Brew


Hi Everybody,

This is the first guide I've done so try to bear with me. I chose to do Nu Wa because she's very straightforward and can frag out in Arena if played right.

I haven't been playing her for very long, but she's surprisingly easy to pick up if you give her a chance.

Note that this guide is exclusively for Arena, and shouldn't be used in Conquest.

Also note, I'm still novice level with BB coding, so for the sake of progress, I'm going to update this guide regularly based on feedback, and after I read more in depth in the BB coding guides on this site.


Strength of Wood - 5 SUCCESSFUL basic attacks. Note that you have to hit a target for this to progress. Also, minions WILL get rooted if you hit them, so count that 5th auto as an ability and aim true.

Mysterious Fog - Early game, I use this ability mostly for zoning because it doesn't do a ton of damage, but enemies will still avoid it like the plague for some reason, so it's useful to disrupt enemy movement more than as an actual damaging ability. Once you start putting levels into it later in the game, it will clear the minion wave, so its a good "fire and forget" wave clear ability. Also, when someone is chasing a teammate towards the fountain, its good to fire to give them some invisibility and to shred down the enemy protections if you built Spear of the Magus.

Clay Soldiers - Early game, this ability is basically a stun tool in Arena, late game, you can detonate these bad boys for upwards of 800 damage assuming your hit the enemy with Shining Metal as well. Very good burst damage. Also, I like to throw these out at enemy Minotaurs and let them attack it for as much of their life as I can and then detonate them when they're about to die.

Shining Metal - Put at least 3 points in this ability as soon as you can. This will be your minion clear until late game, so it helps to have it to real damage to build stacks. It also can be a bit of a skill shot, since its only a little bit bigger than a regular auto attack.

Fire Shards - This ability is the ultimate troll ability. Especially if the enemy decided not to get Aegis Amulet. I basically use this either as a kill secure when they're running back to heal, or as a good bit of burst damage in the middle of a heated team fight. Also, if you're getting pushed back, I think this does make you travel a little bit between going up and coming down, you might be able to use this when you're pressed against your fountain to jump over to the other side of the wall.. I'll have to test it more to confirm though.


I plan to flesh this guide out a little more over time, it is starting as basically an experiment to get acquainted with the guide making process, so any suggestions are greatly appreciated!

Just remember when playing Nu Wa.. you're squishy and slow moving.. Don't overextend unless very confident you can make it back out again.

Change Log

- 12/13/18 - Added Consumables, and changed the name of the build.

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Maerlot | April 13, 2019 9:19am
Very cool guide and I like the suggestions about using the skills, an update would be great!
Gulfwulf (55) | April 13, 2019 10:20am
Outside of including skill leveling there isn't much that needs to be updated. Sure Soul Reaver has undergone changes, but it's still good against a team building a lot of health.
DV-8 (23) | December 7, 2018 2:13am
The build looks a lot better now in my opinion.

I respect you for being open and tolerant to feedback, and I commend our community members for offering sound, helpful advice.
Gulfwulf (55) | December 7, 2018 7:13am
Oh yeah, much better. I pretty much always get Divine Ruin, but I can see the case for Spear of Desolation instead.
DrxFlaskers (2) | December 7, 2018 4:40am
Thanks DV-8, I appreciate all the advice from everybody.
boogiebass (34) | December 6, 2018 7:57am
@Branmuffin thoughts on the new iteration? High power is looking good, but not sure if +25 flat pen is gonna cut it. A support just has to build heartward to negate most of this pen.

Build is looking better than its first iteration.

Some advice:
1) describe which item you would replace in your example build with the situationals you posted.
2) don't think the bancrofts is a good idea on her. Sure she could get use out of it: low on health, she could unleash a strong ult, but i still think soul gem is a better option.
3) replace hide with mantle.
Branmuffin17 (273) | December 6, 2018 11:16am
Standard build example is much better.

Keep in mind, 25 flat pen is fine unless you really need to get Obsidian Shard for tanks. Clay Soldiers will be plenty of add...up to 60 protections lost on their target. That even without pen will allow you at full stacks to do true follow-up damage to a squishy with Shining Metal...but the flat pen will help deal more damage with the first hits.

The situationals are good, with the exception of Bancroft's Talon, which I don't think I'd build on her. I would actually list Soul Gem as a situational, even though it's present in the example build, because it really should be situational. It's not a core item.

As for defensive, I continue to agree on Mantle of Discord being the preferred protection item over Hide of the Urchin. Urchin really is a protection item for tanks or bruisers, while Mantle is generally used across the board. At least list it as a defensive option.

But overall...this is now solid and an upvote.
DrxFlaskers (2) | December 6, 2018 12:31pm
Thanks Bran, for future info, how do you determine if a specific item is or is not good on a particular god? Bancrofts for example, It's got good power, a bit of mana, which is good for Nu Wa i think because she has a "one combo" kit basically, and the passive might get her out of a sticky situation if she gets ganked or focused and lands a wombo combo to get some extra life. Also, if she's low she can just use her ult, get a bunch of lifesteal instead of backing just because it'd probably be pretty funny to watch..
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Kriega1 (72) | December 4, 2018 4:41am
Why is this a top rated guide? Like did you just completely ignore the builds? Can not even user votes be trusted?
DrxFlaskers (2) | December 5, 2018 5:46am
Guide has been updated. I got rid of everything stacking and went with a more traditional build. I didn't want anyone's PC or console to start smoking or catch on fire if they decided to build a stacking item in Arena... :) That said, Kriega, let me know how it looks now, I appreciate your feedback.
Branmuffin17 (273) | December 5, 2018 10:08am
I'm not Kriega, but I'm going to offer some additional feedback.
  • In arena, for gods where CDR is extremely important, I've found personally that getting Chronos' Pendant ASAP is extremely helpful. Chronos has the highest CDR of any item in the game, due to the passive which gives you an extra second of CD every 10 seconds. This counts as 2-3 of any other typical offensive CDR item. In this situation for Nu Wa, I would probably rush it 2nd.

  • But you've already gotten Shoes of Focus 1st, and immediately after Chronos, you've gotten Spear of Desolation. 2 things with that.

    1) For an offensive build, you're getting power, but delaying any pen until you get Deso. That's a bit late IMO.

    2) You're maxing CDR, and fairly early at that. Remember as I had said below, you don't need to go 40%. You can get a temporary 10% from the mana buff...and you can also get it from a Potion of Magical Might.

    It's okay to max CDR, but when you can get other items that have utility and still have a means to hit max, I think you are possibly missing out on optimization.

  • To fix the early pen, it's easy...get Shoes of the Magi. Then, as stated, Chronos. If you want more CDR at that point, Spear of Desolation immediately after is fine, and it also gives you pen. Or you might consider a Divine Ruin at that point instead (it's fine that you list as a situational item).

  • Doom Orb has some unique features and is actually fairly powerful for the price. In a quick game like Arena, you could see benefit from that early power boost...but based on my above preferences, it would just get squeezed out of my build. I'd prefer getting the early pen and rushing CDR immediately after. But can it work? Sure...just remember, the additional benefit is gained from killing or assisting minions. If I really needed to focus on the minions because no one on my team had decent clear (or heaven forbid, were ignoring the minions), then this would be of more direct benefit. Otherwise, it's iffy to me. Guess it's easy enough for you to stack just by throwing Fog through the wave...but then you lose that utility if you could use it in a fight immediately after. See why I'm not all that high on Doom Orb?

  • Ethereal Staff is another questionable pick for me. It's got good power, but the main focus is survivability. You'll be able to stack this pretty easily, and maybe it's a decent option...but as a standard item in the example build, I'd question it, as your main job in this build is damage. I'd keep it as a defensive option.

  • In its place, Soul Reaver would be nice. More helpful against tanks, but still provides extra damage against all enemies. And it's got higher power than Ethereal.

  • I'm fine with Tahuti last. Makes sense especially for her global damage ult, to help finish off a hurt enemy.

  • I think you're okay keeping Soul Gem as a situational had it in your build but got rid of it in this revision. It might be a good option to replace Spear of Desolation, where perhaps just a bit later you get Obsidian Shard instead for more significant pen against tanks.
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Wayne3100 (43) | December 4, 2018 11:16pm
It's at the top because it's the only build/guide which was updated for 5.22, not because of the votes (the bar clearly shows that it hasn't only received upvotes).
Gulfwulf (55) | December 4, 2018 6:49am
What do you suggest instead?
Kriega1 (72) | December 4, 2018 8:31am
Not Warlocks in arena?
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Kriega1 (72) | November 30, 2018 5:59pm
Why are you building stacks on arena?
Branmuffin17 (273) | November 30, 2018 6:19pm
I build Devourer's Gauntlet on my hunters sometimes in Arena...
Gulfwulf (55) | November 30, 2018 8:15pm
I usually only build Transcendence on hunters if I build a stacking item that's not Soul Eater, though I'll build that as well. Don't worry, I don't build trans on every hunter, just most of them. ;)
Kriega1 (72) | November 30, 2018 7:17pm
Rush bloodforge instead. Especially when your damn teammates don’t let you get minion stacks if you’re stacking something other than soul eater.
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Branmuffin17 (273) | November 30, 2018 11:42am
Hey Flaskers,

Alright, arena guide. Welcome to guide-making by the way. It can be fun, but it can also be a pain in the ***.
  • Build 1: First thing I would say is...if you can figure out a way to get away with it, try to avoid Warlock's Staff in Arena. Outside of her Clay Soldiers -> Shining Metal combo, she doesn't have good wave-clear, and you're going to be fighting to get stacks (of which Warlock's has a very high amount). You don't want to blow your main combo on minions, as you really want to be focusing on the enemy gods. Yes, it's nice because it provides high health and she doesn't really have an escape (other than her ult, which just delays things).

    If you want to keep Warlock's, that's fine, but I probably wouldn't use Rod of Tahuti, because you've dropped your peak power potential to a degree (at least in comparison to Book of Thoth). I think allowing her to be a bit more scrappy would be functional, so you could consider Mantle of Discord, and make it so she's harder to kill and can stay in fights longer.

    Another thing to keep in've maxed CDR. That's not bad, necessarily, as having a full 40% is extremely reliable, but remember you can get 10% CDR from the blue buff or a Potion of Magical Might. With the presence of Chronos' Pendant, that alone is almost like having 30ish% just by itself due to the passive. It means you can get more pen via Shoes of the Magi if you'd like.

    If you're looking to hang around more in fights, you might consider an alternative to Soul Reaver...something with a bit more group utility. Soul Gem would get you back up to 40% (unless you switched Spear of Desolation out for Obsidian Shard against a tanky comp, for example), but that provides some decent group function. Just ideas, rather than having just one set build list, it'd be nice to see alternatives (like Divine Ruin).

  • Build 2: Still stacking, but this time with Book of Thoth. Since this is arena, you might consider a 3rd build with no stacking. This build looks fine overall though...but I don't remember how Spear of the Magus works with her kit. The key here is hits from the soldiers...I don't think they provide Magus stacks, but I could be wrong. You can get stacks also from Fog, but that's easy to avoid in most cases so a bit unreliable. Should have an option for Obsidian Shard, I think.

  • Redesigned Build Listing: Rather than a set build, you could present the builds differently. The build 1 tab could be stacking, and you break it down with options. Show both Magi and Focus Shoes under "movement options" or something, show "stacking options" with both Warlock's and Thoth (still suggest dropping Warlock's), etc. See some of my god guides for examples on how to present item options in a single tab.

  • Your writeup on Mysterious Fog is hilarious and also true. People (including me) definitely avoid it most of the time. I know it doesn't cause much damage, but I would say I also prefer not taking any damage if it doesn't hurt me to just go around it.

  • If you're looking to add tips on how to use the abilities, you might mention letting the Soldiers hit their target multiple times to stack protection reductions before exploding them with Metal. And you might mention good use for her ult in a fight is after she's blown all of her other abilities, since they have somewhat long CD even with CDR. It takes her out of the fight for a few seconds, and if she doesn't have any other abilities up, she's not doing all that much.
DrxFlaskers (2) | December 3, 2018 12:40pm
Thanks for the feedback Bran, I made a couple preliminary changes so far. I added an alternate build on the build 1 page and added Ethereal Staff as an option. Im not 100% sure about the passive and whether it affecting the clay soldiers is even beneficial or not, but I'll do the same for the Book of Thoth build.
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