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Iron Maiden: Bellona Guide (S6)

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Smite God: Bellona

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Solo
Solo Jungle

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Suggested Build Notes Swap Berserker's Shield for shifter's sheild in the Late Game.
Swap Hide of the Nemean Lion with Pridwen if the enemy lack auto-attack damage.
Swap Ninja Tabi for Mantle of Discord after getting Elixir of Speed.

Build Item Ninja Tabi Ninja Tabi
Build Item Berserker's Shield Berserker's Shield
Build Item Void Shield Void Shield
Build Item Blackthorn Hammer Blackthorn Hammer
Build Item Shogun's Kusari Shogun's Kusari
Build Item Hide of the Nemean Lion Hide of the Nemean Lion

Starter

Build Item Warrior's Blessing Warrior's Blessing
Build Item Round Shield Round Shield
Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion
Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion
Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion

Core

Build Item Berserker's Shield Berserker's Shield
Build Item Ninja Tabi Ninja Tabi
Build Item Void Shield Void Shield

Additional

Build Item Blackthorn Hammer Blackthorn Hammer
Build Item Shogun's Kusari Shogun's Kusari
Build Item Hide of the Nemean Lion Hide of the Nemean Lion
Build Item Mantle of Discord Mantle of Discord
Build Item Shifter's Shield Shifter's Shield
Build Item Frostbound Hammer Frostbound Hammer

Situational

Build Item Pridwen Pridwen
Build Item Spirit Robe Spirit Robe
Build Item Midgardian Mail Midgardian Mail
Build Item Toxic Blade Toxic Blade
Build Item Witchblade Witchblade
Build Item Ancile Ancile

Relics

Build Item Teleport Glyph Teleport Glyph
Build Item Shield of Thorns Shield of Thorns
Build Item Blink Rune Blink Rune
Build Item Purification Beads Purification Beads

Bellona's Skill Order

Shield Bash

Shield Bash

1 X
4 15 16 18 19
Bludgeon

Bludgeon

2 A
1 3 6 7 10
Scourge

Scourge

3 B
2 8 11 12 14
Eagle's Rally

Eagle's Rally

4 Y
5 9 13 17 20

Introduction

Hello to all the lovely people on Smitefire, this is Stuke here again for another guide. In this guide, you'll learn how to play the best and favorite god of not only me but everyone else in the game Bellona. Have I mentioned that I love this god so much, there is nothing wrong with her at all; the pinnacle of balanced.
Note: you don't have to follow this guide to the smallest detail, these are suggestions on how to play Bellona. I encourage you to look at the comment section below and see other suggestions.

Who is Bellona?


Bellona is a Physical, Melee, Warrior whose main role is to up into a fight and using her large range of utility and control to sway the battle her way. Being a good fighter and with her natural tankiness, she is very fun and a god that everyone who first picks up the game should get to know because she's so great to have.

Pros / Cons

Pros
  • High Damage
  • Amazing Utility
  • High CC
  • Large Team Fight Presence
  • I Love Her SOOOOOOOOOOO Much
  • Best God
Cons
  • Hard Time with Ranged Targets
  • Countered by Ability-Based Gods
  • Weapon Forms only last as long as you're in Combat

Abilities

This is THE best passive in the game EVER, every time you hit a target or get hit by an enemy god's basic attack, you gain a stack of protections and movement speed. This ability is so great that she could build full power and still be tanky enough to fight the whole team.
A spectacular ability, this lets you move a short distance and apply a slow to any enemy caught in the small cone in front of you when you reach your destination.
This Weapon Mode gives Bellona a shield and sword that when you get 3 successful basic attacks, it adds a 30% block stack with a max of three, so this makes this weapon form great for boxing as you'll not be taking so much damage in a fight.
Another incredible ability that lets you clear and is your main damage dealer. You spin around once and slam your hammer on the ground, but there's more. If you hit a target with the spin, the slam will do more damage and that damage will increase the more enemy gods get caught in the slam.
This weapon mode gives Bellona a large war hammer that gives her Auto-Attacks AoE damage (like Osiris) and gives her the power that can take down anyone without a problem.
A superb ability that gives Bell her control and sustains. This is a simple long ranged attack that not only hurts but if an enemy god is hit by it they are disarmed for a duration. A great tool for making AA Based gods nearly useless.
This Weapon Mode gives her a scourge that not only gives her additional range on her melee attack, but every 3 successful basic attacks give her a percentage healing as this is something she needed to stay in a fight.
The greatest ultimate to round this god out. This is what makes her amazing and a great team fighter. Bellona leaps through the air and stuns anyone in the radius of your landing. Not only that, but it gives you and an ally in the AoE extra protection and damage. A great initiator or escape; this is a huge part of what makes her not only a great god but the best fighter in the game.

Items to Consider

Bellona loves damage, protections, and CDR. She has great in-hand as well as ability damage. So, when you're building Bell, get your hands-on items that help with her Hybrid play style. You can also go strictly Ability or Auto-Attack based if you're feeling lucky but it's optimal to play with a balance of both more effectiveness. Here is a selection of items that can synergize with Bellona that could be a nice addition to your build.

You gain steal physical protections when you hit an enemy, and you gain physical and magical protection when you hit or get hit by an enemy god.
More power or more protections, depending on how much health you have, why the hell not.

Tips, Tricks, & Combo

  • Bellona Loves to Fight
    She has a great kit for it, so make sure you build her with that ability to fight as she will be in the thick of things.
  • Be the Swiss Army Knife
    Being in the right weapon mode will depend on how you fight. Sword and Shield will make you more resistance, War Hammer makes your in-hands AOE deal more damage to multiple targets, and Scourge will give you more sustain healing every third hit.
  • You Have A Passive
    If the enemy manages to fight back, use your passive, 1, or ult to get away before things go from bad to worst.

The Trooper
This is how you maximize her damage output and having the tankiness to stay in the fight. To be honest, Bell's abilities can be comboed however you like since she is able to.

Stages of the Game

Early Game
You'll most likely be in the lane or the jungle farming up, but if the opportunity comes, use Bludgeon to push and to harass the enemy until they die as Bell has very good damage in that stage of the game.
Middle Game
This is a bit lackluster for Bell as the enemy will be building up their defense, but if you managed to snowball in the Early Game, it will be a breeze for you.
Late Game
This is when that damage Bell lost in the Middle Game returns, while also building up your defenses will make you a front-line force throughout this portion of the game. Like usual, gank the lanes, secure objectives, and win the game.

Conclusion

In conclusion, Bellona is a great god for beginners or people who want to have a good ELO, there is nothing wrong with this god and everything about this god is lovable as nothing is bad about her with my undying love for her. Remember to use that high damage to kill everything, make each weapon useful, and remember most of all to show why Bellona is war itself.

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DangerousRival | August 14, 2019 3:06am
Kinda surprised I dont see the Shifters Shield on here. I think it's a staple item for bellona in Conquest cause you can imitate with Rally from the jungle with high power and then once the counterattack starts you get alot of protections. maybe I'm missing something.
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Kriega1 (95) | August 14, 2019 3:26am
Void Shield is usually a better choice unless someone on your team already has it. Gives prot reduction to both you and teammates.
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CafPow | August 7, 2019 5:45am
what about the item "Pridwen"? Is it viable? Seems good in Protection and one uses the ult often, no?
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silentshell (5) | August 7, 2019 10:26am
CafPow wrote:
what about the item "Pridwen"? Is it viable? Seems good in Protection and one uses the ult often, no?

Especially, since Bellona is not as straight tanky as some of the other tank types, I don't feel that it will be as viable as it will be for some. In limited testing I have done with it on her I feel like to really benefit from it she will definitely need to be built full tank any time you want to place it in her build to feel like you are not squandering it's potential.
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Kriega1 (95) | August 7, 2019 5:56am
Please look when the build was last updated.

Yes Pridwen is viable. It's pretty much core even on many gods.
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CafPow | August 7, 2019 6:24am
sure. But i had the impression that stuke still updates every now and then, when i followed here. Besides: i really have NO idea when which Item came out since i play this Game for a few weeks.
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CafPow | August 4, 2019 2:48am
i don't get the hate. Is she so overpowered?
There are a ton of other Gods worse imo. But well .. really helpful guide, thanks.
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Stuke99 (48) | August 4, 2019 7:08am
I made this guide in 2016, around the time of Season 2, and during that time Bellona was THE most overpowered god in the game. Like having her on your team with someone who can play her competently was like a win condition. I had that mentality in mind when this was being written so I decided to pretend I love her, when at the time I despised her, and then have the eventual snap at the end of the guide. The joke might not work anymore but I really don't feel like changing it. Other than that, thanks for reading my guide.
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CafPow | August 4, 2019 7:48am
the guide is super helpful AND funny to read too. :)
i just asked myself if she's still that OP. Cause she sure is strong and has a tool for every situation, but that's the fun i think ^^
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silentshell (5) | August 4, 2019 6:04am
CafPow wrote:
i don't get the hate. Is she so overpowered?
There are a ton of other Gods worse imo. But well .. really helpful guide, thanks.


What Kriega said. She definitely has her weaknesses and can get blown up just like a lot of other gods. She is more flexible, yes, but in being that way she is not as good as other gods in some of the specific roles. She is kind of a swiss army knife character that is a hybrid, but not really in the sense that some of the other characters in the game are. Her stances kind of put her in that category, but she doesn't gain completely new skill sets like true hybrids.

I am more curious as to what hate you are talking about though. I guess it was from the the guide not being updated for awhile causing problems as to how effective the build(s) would work at the current time the comments were made. Pretty much the only 'hate' I could see was maybe from back in January or so probably before it was updated for season 6.

It looks like a solid build, aside from like most, I prefer Ninja Tabi on her as well. I don't really play conquest but it falls in line with what Bran and Gulf were talking about a warrior needed to do in solo with the flexibility to replace Berserker's Shield and add a sturdier defensive item, a more offensive option or a hybrid item depending on need on a match by match basis.
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Kriega1 (95) | August 4, 2019 7:28am
Hybrid? What kind of hybrid?
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Kriega1 (95) | August 4, 2019 4:12am
She isn't OP.
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SkyPirateShini (4) | May 24, 2019 6:41am
Why do you level Shield Bash so late? Wouldn't the block stacks be really helpful early game in Solo?
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Kriega1 (95) | May 24, 2019 3:29pm
Just linking this so this repeat question doesen't need to be answered: https://www.smitefire.com/smite/guide/bellona-conquest-solo-build-s6-21084/comments?c=145490#comment-145490
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Kriega1 (95) | May 23, 2019 7:25am
How come you list frostbound as a jungle option but not for solo?

Also you listed brawlers twice for solo. Maybe swap one of them out and add Toxic Blade considering Bellona is AA-based.
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Stuke99 (48) | May 23, 2019 4:28pm
Fixed
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Kriega1 (95) | April 4, 2019 6:29am
Wouldn't it make more sense to go Ninja Tabi for Solo lane and Warrior Tabi for Jungle? Also no blink for jungle?
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Gulfwulf (67) | April 4, 2019 6:55am
That's what I'd do. I think the lack of Blink Rune is an oversight.
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Kriega1 (95) | January 24, 2019 7:37pm
In place of frostbound should be your lane opponent defence item.

Also for jungle get Warrior Tabi not Ninja Tabi.
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Gulfwulf (67) | January 24, 2019 2:42pm
Isn't Berserker's Shield a bridge item that should be sold for something else late game?
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Branmuffin17 (296) | January 24, 2019 3:13pm
Yes. Read Stuke's notes in the build list.
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UPLAR (6) | November 10, 2018 9:04am
In all seriousness is a good Bellona build? Or is it a troll?
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Stuke99 (48) | January 21, 2019 8:28am
Updated
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Kriega1 (95) | January 21, 2019 10:20am
Not really a lot of health in the build. I would swap Masamune for Urchin. Also Beserkers gets sold lategame (e.g. for Void Shield). Add sprint as another relic option. Also not really many situational options (no midgardian etc...) and I have no idea why u would build Soul Eater on Bellona.

I would list Frostbound over Blackthorn for Bellona. For the jungle build add ancile as a situational/alternative.

Lastly, don't build titans bane on bellona jungle. (titans bane on bellona???)
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Branmuffin17 (296) | November 10, 2018 1:33pm
I would never call this a troll build. It's defensive, as most Warrior Solo builds should be. If this was a full offensive build, then yes, that might be troll. We really need to reign in these "troll" statements.

As it is, it's as Kriega has said...outdated. Not suggested for current play, and I also agree it's important to either list multiple builds or at least talk about various item options.
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Kriega1 (95) | November 10, 2018 9:13am
It's very outdated. Look at the date it was last updated, it doesen't even have Berserker's Shield , and Ninja Tabi is better on Bellona than Warrior Tabi. And I also have massive problems with listing only 1 build for a solo laner, when many variety in builds is needed for different scenarios.
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UPLAR (6) | November 10, 2018 9:23am
Fair enough cheers Kriega
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DrinksAdmirer | May 20, 2018 5:56am
Isn't this too much of a defensive build for her?
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Branmuffin17 (296) | May 20, 2018 11:14am
Bellona, like any other Warrior Solo-laner, is just fine building full tank. She DOES have good damage in her abilities, and really nice basic attack function especially from Bludgeon, so you can definitely consider hybrid items that have some offensive function.

On the general hybrid side, you can consider items such as Masamune, Shifter's Shield, and Gladiator's Shield (the latter of which is listed in Stuke's build). You could also consider Mystical Mail in that group.

On the focus on basic attacks, you can consider Frostbound Hammer (slows on basics) and Shogun's Kusari (group attack speed).

But it's generally not recommended to go with things like Jotunn's Wrath or other full offense items, unless you're just messing around or stomping the enemy.
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Gulfwulf (67) | May 20, 2018 2:05pm
What Bran said. Generally warriors in the solo lane want to go with items that have a mix of power and protection, along with some CDR. Your job is to clear your lane and try to prevent your opponent from being able to do so. The power is to help do that while the protections are to help prevent your opponent and/or the enemy jungler from preventing you from doing that. You don't need aura items like a support because you're not there to support the team, but you do need to be able to both dish out and take damage. Otherwise you'll be a non-factor in the match. It's better to go 3-0-x than 12-11-x.
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Jupiter_Guy | May 13, 2018 8:09pm
Stuke, your starter costs 1350 gold. Where’s the other 150? Is it supposed to be Round Shield instead of Shoes?
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Branmuffin17 (296) | May 13, 2018 9:30pm
I'm not Stuke (but I'm buds with the bleach drinker), so I'll answer for him, and he can agree or contradict me to his shriveled heart's content.

His starter is a base example. Seems like he prefers to rush Tabi, so Boots is the starter over Round Shield. He only shows 3 potions, and yes, it adds up to 1,350 gold. At your own preference, you can get up to 3 more potions of your choice...BUT...if you can get away with it, starting with 150 gold gets you that much closer to completing Ninja Tabi.

If against a physical solo, his build progression goes into Gladiator's Shield next. This is a good item in this situation to provide some health sustain, since he didn't start with something like Chalice of Healing, and Scourge just doesn't heal enough to really count (and you don't want to use that on the wave, as it'll drastically slow your wave clear compared to Bludgeon).
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Rated_Ex | February 19, 2018 7:14pm
Would you make any changes for season 5?
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