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Y2Y's Lazy Guide to Nu Wa

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by Yes2Yeshua updated November 13, 2020

Smite God: Nu Wa

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Nu Wa Build

Warlock's Staff

Build Item Warlock's Staff Warlock's Staff

Build Item Gauntlet of Thebes Gauntlet of Thebes

Build Item Chronos' Pendant Chronos' Pendant

Build Item Stone of Gaia Stone of Gaia

Build Item Mail of Renewal Mail of Renewal

Build Item Relic Dagger Relic Dagger

Build Item Elixir of Speed Elixir of Speed

Build Item Aegis Amulet Aegis Amulet

Build Item Shield of Thorns Shield of Thorns

Nu Wa's Skill Order Notes If you are confident you can get Shining Metal sooner, but this build has 0 escapability and you will likely die going in that close.


If you are confident you can get Shining Metal sooner, but this build has 0 escapability and you will likely die going in that close.

Mysterious Fog

1 X Y
Mysterious Fog
2 4 8 11 12

Clay Soldiers

2 A B
Clay Soldiers
1 3 6 7 9

Shining Metal

3 B A
Shining Metal
14 15 16 18 19

Fire Shards

4 Y X
Fire Shards
5 10 13 17 20
Mysterious Fog
2 4 8 11 12

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
1 3 6 7 9

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
14 15 16 18 19

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 10 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

Lazy General

This build is vastly different from most builds you will see. Why? Because I like different.

This build focuses solely on Clay Soldiers, and makes them mini mountains of muscle. You are in essence an extra wave every few seconds that your opponents can't account for and get 0 experience for. You just sit back, relax, and go fill up on mana occasionally. This also gives you better opportunity to watch the map for your team, since most of what you are doing in 1+2.

Item build

They way this is built can be tinkered with, but I have a reason for each item. Warlock's Staff adds HP (main reason) but also adds ample power, something the rest of the build lacks.

Gauntlet of Thebes does a lot of work on this build. It adds 300 health, and adds just enough protection that your bonus health isn't worthless.

Chronos Pendant is all about that cooldown. Pridwen is a decent option here, but Chronos has 10% extra cooldown, which is significant for this build as we want to smother our opponents with clay soldiers.

Stone of Gaia not only adds a whopping 400 HP (80 for the little guys!). Knockups, Knockbacks, Pulls, and Grabs heal you 15% on top of that, sometimes giving you more life than the thing did to you! Also adds .5% regen, which is a lot by build end.

Mail of Renewal adds HP, and you heal for every kill or assist. You will get most of your kills around level 9, because most builds can't stop all 3 clay monstrosities you build. That extra hit or 2 at that level is beyond what they are used to dealing with for a Nu Wa player, and even experienced players fall to them quite regularly. But the real key is assists. You are in almost every kill for your team simply because you are hitting everyone. Healing for this is great, because everyone is going to try to start targeting you, not knowing you are more beefy tank than they expect.

Relic Dagger was a hard final pick. Genji's Guard adds cooldown and protection, Shield of Regrowth adds HP5 and MP5 (ability is worthless though), Witchblade adds attack speed and enemy attack speed reduction, but Relic Dagger adds 40 seconds cooldown on relics, making them much more frequent. Couple that with Thorns and you are doing more damage for nothing.


A lot of people will say I built Nu Wa wrong. But her abilities are going to hurt the worst. I favor Clay Soldiers and Mysterious Fog. Why, when Shining Metal and Fire Shards do more damage? Because this isn't about damage, it is about control. Little damage adds up. Sending them back to their base more frequently, while you keep grabbing the mana buff and staying on the board levels you up faster, leading to what makes this build so potent... 3 clay soldiers. Adding health makes them veritable killing machines. But without boots early, we are much easier to take down. So fighting way behind the line is favorable. No getting close enough to even use Shining Metal on waves, so why bother? If you want to risk it, go ahead. Also, Fire Shards is less of a finisher in this build. You don't do enough damage most of the time. However, it does reveal hidden assassins so you can maneuver away from them or direct your team to you . it can also be a good defensive maneuver to avoid certain ults or just give your heavy hitters more time to eliminate or chase off your opponents.


Say what you want about the build, it works. Here are some tips to be the best lazy general you can be:

Mana buffs are life.
Early game, play as far back as you can. Then maybe a little further. Mid game you can creep up a bit. After you build Gaia you can even mix it up a bit as a tank, leading to max tankiness at endbuild.
Thorns is a weapon, use it.
Clay soldiers. More clay soldiers. Even more clay soldiers. More and more clay soldiers. Holy clay soldiers. You still have more clay soldiers? Sending Clay soldiers via Amazon. Clay soldiers clay soldiering your pets now you can stop. Clay soldier?

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Yes2Yeshua | November 29, 2020 5:47pm
Let me clear some things up. This is not for conquest or competitive play. Secondly, sure, 1 on 1 my minions can fall quickly still to an enemy. But I am never in a 1 on 1 situation. The reason i place wards around is so I am not caught unaware. Secondly, your choice, do you take out minions or opposing enemies? Every time the go enemies. Joust is not like conquest where you are left alone.

Now lets talk about damage. You would think I do very little. However, due to longevity and repeated hits, I am usually the top player and minion damager in most of my games. A little bit adds up.

About missing out on her CC. Yes, that stinks. But it stinks less when you live longer due to not engaging in combat.

If you worry about your minions dying, you are missing the point. They do stun and do damage, but their main purpose is they have to be dealt with. That means focus and resources have to go into it. And they come out very frequently.

Now the only threat brought truly is lifegain. Which is not really something a mage should be preventing.

And the reason I don't build boots is due to elixir. No lack of mobility
Devampi (105) | November 30, 2020 1:36am
This comment doesn't really change my mind that the only place I see this working is the chaos that is arena or clash. Joust would work even worse than conquest as your lack of damage will result in your team getting outdamaged. And the lack of a stun early game and movement speed (expecting speed pot is get last item) can result in a snowball for the enemy team.

Antiheal is a team effort to shut down healing well and the mage is the one that often applies it the best with their AoE spells. They also have the easiest way to include it in their "regular" build

The whole point is beaten by the fact that your minions can be destroyed by damage dealers within 2 or 3 seconds (total) even with that amount of hp. They might only strike for 120 damage and your teams lack in damage doesn't really matter for most team progressions
Devampi (105) | November 16, 2020 2:05am
So I did a quick test and your minions will still get quite instagibbed even though they have roughly 750 hp. an adc goes through them in 2-3 hits a minion and it takes around 12 hits for them too kill you meanwhile you don't do damage to them as they heal on your minions.

mages will have more trouble with you, but not with your minions as their clearing ability quickly does more damage than your build hp can keep up with.

the only enemy you might be scary for is probably someone else going full tank as they can't keep up clearing your minions. a bruiser wouldn't bother as their damage output is higher than yours especially end game when they get a heartseeker.

and the value of mail of renewal is on the low side as any competent team will include antiheal. so you won't gain that 15% back in health
Gulfwulf (81) | November 16, 2020 7:03am
I'm all for thinking outside the box because that's how the meta changes, but this build is just bad. Sure you can make your minions more tankish, but you still need to do damage and that's what this build is sorely lacking. It also completely ignores Nu Wa's CC by leveling shinning metal so late. Not recommended at all unless you're not playing competitively.
Kriega1 (134) | November 16, 2020 5:26am
Suprise Suprise the troll bad is bad, who knew?
boogiebass (46) | November 16, 2020 3:40pm
You guys are missing the point. Devampi is trying to educate the OP and explain why this build is bad on a burst oriented mage with a guaranteed global ult.
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Gulfwulf (81) | November 15, 2020 11:30am
I'd have to see your record before I can recommend this build or believe that it just works. I highly doubt that this is an effective Conquest build when playing against competent opponents.
boogiebass (46) | November 15, 2020 11:38am
It's not for conquest. He never mentions anything related to lanes, farm, ganks, rotations, towers, etc.

I wouldn't recommend this build. We know it's neither viable nor functional.
Gulfwulf (81) | November 15, 2020 11:39am
It's not great for Arena either because of the points you mentioned.
boogiebass (46) | November 15, 2020 9:50am
"Say what you want about the build..."
If you don't mind, I will.

No, this build doesn't work.
Maybe in low level match making. I gurantee you any player that knows what they are doing will focus you and continue killing you.

1) you don't mention boots. your lack of mobility makes you an easier Target.

2) lots of hp in your build? You've never heard of heartseeker, soul reaver, qins sais, or ethereal staff, have you?

3) no points in shining metal until level 14? You have no hard cc until level 14. Good luck peeling off that assassin or aggressive warrior that jumps you. You also can't peel or setup for your team either. You're useless to your team

4) reading the content from your guide, I'm going to assume this is for arena. You focus on clay minions. A enemy mage with high wave clear will have no problems clearing your minions.

It's good that you're thinking outside the box, but this build won't cut it. Try something with more power and penetration.

Use this for your reference

If you have further questions, ask Gulfwulf or Kriega1
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