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Yaaas, Queen! | Conquest Hera Build Guide (6.1)

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Smite God: Hera

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Bo- Wait... ARGUS! Do something! (MID)
Bo- Wait... ARGUS! Do something! (MID) The Queen of Conquest (SOLO)

Purchase Order

Chronos Pendant Start Notes Recommended starter for Hera as of 6.1 since the Book of Thoth changes make it less viable for her. Chronos Pendant gives Hera an earlier power spike and also increased CDR, which is crucial since Argus now has a longer cooldown at rank 1.

Build Item Mage's Blessing Mage's Blessing
Build Item Lost Artifact Lost Artifact
Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion
Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion
Build Item Mana Potion Mana Potion

Spear of Desolation Start (Experimental) Notes EXTREMELY EXPERIMENTAL: Something I've seen being built by the "pros" more recently. The item order is supposed to be Spear of Desolation for the early Penetration and CDR, followed by Shoes of Focus and then your standard build, such as Chronos Pendant

Build Item Mage's Blessing Mage's Blessing
Build Item Magic Focus Magic Focus
Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion
Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion
Build Item Mana Potion Mana Potion

Hera's Standard Notes Since Season 6 is still relatively fresh, it isn't set in stone which build is (generally) the best for Hera right now. This is a build that I have been experimenting with recently and it seems to work fine. It's possible that Rod of Tahuti or Soul Gem could end up being replaced with more Penetration.

Build Item Chronos' Pendant Chronos' Pendant
Build Item Shoes of the Magi Shoes of the Magi
Build Item Spear of Desolation Spear of Desolation
Build Item Shaman's Ring Shaman's Ring
Build Item Soul Gem Soul Gem
Build Item Rod of Tahuti Rod of Tahuti

Vs. Magical Protections Notes Build into Penetration if the enemy solo rotates often.

Build Item Chronos' Pendant Chronos' Pendant
Build Item Shoes of the Magi Shoes of the Magi
Build Item Spear of Desolation Spear of Desolation
Build Item Soul Gem Soul Gem
Build Item Divine Ruin Divine Ruin
Build Item Soul Reaver Soul Reaver

Items to Consider Notes With the return of Elixir of Speed and the intention of it being a replacement of Boots/Shoes, this leaves most builds open to the addition of a sixth item. Here are some suggestions of what I think can be added towards the end of the build.

*Note: Argus does not proc item passives or on-hit effects, for example: building items such as Gem of Isolation will NOT make Argus' attacks or AoE damage slow enemies. Build items like Gem of Isolation purely for your own benefit, not for Argus, the Defender

Build Item Bancroft's Talon Bancroft's Talon
Build Item Book of the Dead Book of the Dead
Build Item Obsidian Shard Obsidian Shard
Build Item Book of Thoth Book of Thoth
Build Item Winged Blade Winged Blade
Build Item Gem of Isolation Gem of Isolation

Hera's Skill Order

Royal Assault

Royal Assault

1 X
1 3 6 7 10
Polymorph

Polymorph

2 A
2 8 11 12 14
Divine Shroud

Divine Shroud

3 B
4 15 16 18 19
Argus, the Defender

Argus, the Defender

4 Y
5 9 13 17 20
Array ( [minor] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 6 [display_name] => Anubis [url] => anubis ) [scoreVal] => 4 [notes] => Pre-Level 5: Don't get close to him, just farm and poke from a distance and move in to clear his wave with your [[Royal Assault]] when his [[Grasping Hands]] is down. Just stay conscious of his [[Mummify]]. Post-Level 5: Anubis has an extremely difficult time running away from [[Argus, The Defender]] since he has no movement abilities, however Argus is still slowed by Anubis' [[Grasping Hands]]. Make sure to keep a mental timer on Anubis' Ultimate [[Death Gaze]], because if you get caught in his [[Mummify]] and he has his Ultimate available, without Aegis or an early Purification Beads, you're most likely dead. ) ) [even] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 96 [display_name] => Baron Samedi [url] => baron-samedi ) [scoreVal] => 3 [notes] => Pre-Level 5: Take [[Purification Beads]] as your first relic into this match-up in preparation for Baron's level 5. Don't stand inside of your wave, make it so that Baron Samedi has to choose between either hitting you or your minion wave with his [[Vivid Gaze]]. Try to wait until his [[Vivid Gaze]] is on cooldown before moving in to clear his wave with your own [[Royal Assault]]. Post-Level 5: Baron's [[Wrap it Up]] and his Ultimate, [[Life of The Party]] make it relatively easy for him to set up ganks. You can burst Baron Samedi down if you can get all of your abilities on him in quick succession. Just be sure to watch out for his Ultimate, as not even [[Argus, The Defender]] can tank it for you. ) ) [major] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 18 [display_name] => Agni [url] => agni ) [scoreVal] => 2 [notes] => Pre-Level 5: Agni's [[Noxious Fumes]]+[[Flame Wave]] stun combo is extremely easy to pull off, making him rather annoying as he can place [[Noxious Fumes]] onto the ground and ignite it as you move in to clear the wave with your [[Royal Assault]]. Approach with caution and watch out for [[Noxious Fumes]] traps. Post-Level 5: Agni will be able to poke you from a distance with [[Rain Fire]], making trades more in his favor. It also makes his stun combo even more of a threat as it allows him to safely unload all of his Ultimate charges on to you before you can even move. If you feel like you're going to get caught in his [[Noxious Fumes]], try to use your [[Divine Shroud]] preemptively to soak up some of the damage. ) ) [tiny] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 82 [display_name] => Thoth [url] => thoth ) [scoreVal] => 5 [notes] => Pre-Level 5: Thoth will try to poke you with his [[Glyph of Pain]]+[[Hieroglyphic Assault]] combo as you move in to clear your wave. Try to force Thoth into a situation where he has to choose between hurting you or clearing the wave, not both. Post-Level 5: Watch out for snipes or objective steals. It's your responsibility to keep track of where Thoth is, and to call out if he roams or if his [[Final Judgement]] is available. ) ) [extreme] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 100 [display_name] => Merlin [url] => merlin ) [scoreVal] => 1 [notes] => Pre-Level 5: [[Merlin]] can out-poke you and clear the wave faster than you can. Even players who are unfamiliar with Merlin will have a very easy time winning the matchup. as long as they aren't completely incompetent. Post-Level 5: [[Merlin]]'s [[Flicker]] ability lets him blink away from [[Argus, The Defender]] for free. Play passively, ask for ganks, and make sure that Merlin can't/won't blink away when you drop [[Argus, The Defender]] on top of him. Try to use your [[Polymorph]] ability to bait him into using [[Flicker]] to avoid it to make him burn that ability early, allowing for your Jungler to follow up without Merlin running away. ) ) ) 1

Hera' Threats

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Hera' threats

Introduction

Welcome to my mini-Guide for Argus, The Defender (and his companion, Hera, Queen of The Gods)

My name is Hailey, and I'm a glorious Hera main. This is my first and only Build guide so I've done my best to make it as coherent and as "to-the-point" as I can.

Hera's Base Stats

General
Health: 380 (+68)
Mana: 265 (+45)

Speed: 365 (+0)
Range: 55 (+0)
Attack/Sec: 0.9 (+1%)
Regen
HP5: 6 (+0.45)
MP5: 4.8 (+0.41)

Protection
Magical: 30 (+0.9)
Physical: 9 (+2.7)
Basic Attack
Damage: 34+1.45(+20% of Magical Power)
Progression: None
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(Numbers in brackets are the amount gained every time you level up.)

Hera's Pros & Cons

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Additional Information

PATCH 6.1 (Febuary 5th, 2019)

Based on my own tests in the PTS, this change doesn't seem to impact Hera all that much in practice. While the change does hurt her since she is so dependent on having Argus, the Defender available for her burst combo, it doesn't completely nullify her as a valid Mid-lane or Solo pick. With the increased cooldown time, Shoes of Focus seem even more viable on Hera as long as you have enough flat Penetration from the rest of your build.

Conclusion

Even though Hera, Queen of The Gods has some serious weaknesses and a dependence on Argus, the Defender she can still be incredibly strong in the right hands. The Queen of Olympus isn't one you should underestimate.

Credits

Chapter templates by Zilby
https://www.smitefire.com/smite/guide/a-template-for-guides-11963

Special thanks to Kriega1 for the (mostly) constructive criticism and for informing me about the interaction between 'pets' and item passives.

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thesecondmistake | February 19, 2019 3:07am
Hello The Guardian Knox,
I do have a couple of comments towards this build as a player who has played a lot of Hera recently.
1. Book of Thoth I have found is more a hinderance due to stacks. Hera bursts just as fine without it and can gain other benefits without even having to stack. For the start, an early boots can help Hera use her 1 to dip and and out. Or a Lost Artifact (Tier 1 Chronos') will help with MP5 and the power.
2. Spear of deso is in the same place as book; it's a good item but not necesary on Hera. Something like Shamans ring boosts Heras movement speed even more and gives her more damage.
3. Book of the dead simply isn't useful enough on Hera. Sure it may help you survive the close range gods but Hera should either have Poly or Argus up to counter that. If you play the abilities right you should never need book to save you. Hera effectively has 3 abilities to help her away. Poly is good CC that also slows, your shield gives you a shiled and boosts movement speed. And Argus is excellent for his knockup, damage, and the slow he has.
4. I read some comments talking about how obsidian shard doesn't work on Argus but flat pen does. This may be true but Argus damage mostly happens when Argus is dropped and when your shield is up. I find that most damage comes from Hera's other abilities NOT Argus.

If I sounded rude in this comment I didn't mean it that way, I appologize.
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Kriega1 (78) | February 22, 2019 5:14am
4. I don't think anybody was disputing that... and I never said obsidian shard isn't an option. It's just flat pen is really effective on Hera since Argus doesen't proc item effects, soul reaver was nerfed etc...

2. Don't think you understand the purpose of spear of deso, no it doesen't give her more damage than shamans. Deso has 15 pen and doesen't need to be stacked.

1. I don't think book is a go to anymore but it's still lategame option for power if you're also building soul reaver and perhaps book of the dead.
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TheGuardianKnox | February 21, 2019 4:19pm
Alright, I'll take these into consideration and get around to changing the build if I feel like there's improvement to be made, but I do agree with you about Book of the Dead not being so great on Hera anymore due to the Book of Thoth changes. I've been rather caught up with more important, personal things and Resident Evil 2 that I haven't played much SMITE recently, so I also apologize if the Guide is a little outdated for 6.1/6.2
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Kriega1 (78) | February 22, 2019 5:15am
Book of the Dead has the same effectiveness as before, it's only book of thoth has a much weaker early game before you have other mana items from the book tree online. Book of thoth could still be an option and you would likely go book of the dead if you go that route, it's just that you're likely going chronos' rush instead (or bancrofts).
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Epicbuttercat (2) | January 29, 2019 9:46pm
yaa***s quueeennn
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DV-8 (23) | January 28, 2019 2:11am
Overall solid builds. Thanks for sharing.
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xmysterionz (43) | January 28, 2019 3:54am
I agree with DV. +1.
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ThePerfectPrism (49) | January 27, 2019 5:34pm
I've played a few matches of Hera on CQ Mid, and while I'm def. not the most mechanically skilled player or the player with the best framerate (rip me), I have found Hera to be quite an enjoyable character and truly fun to play. Your build looks similar to mine, Mid-wise, but I do have 1 inquiry:

Why don't you get Book of the Dead earlier? I've found it to help me exist and escape enemies so much more often if I got it 3rd or 4th item (After Shoes of Focus (I'm a scrub for mana and CDR) and Book of Thoth). Is it for the penetration that Spear of Desolation gives you? Cuz I do get Spear, but I feel like getting that more defense-oriented item earlier to help me transition into the mid-to-late game phase of the game better, also making me more relevant in teamfights.

Anyway, what are your thoughts?
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TheGuardianKnox | January 28, 2019 3:31am
Sorry for the late reply, it was 2:30 am at the time of your comment since I live in a CEST timezone. I feel like you just don't need to rush Book of the Dead, since Hera does indeed have her own shield and you're better off picking up something more important like Soul Reaver as it gives you more mana (which will later add to Book of The Dead's passive) and better burst. It's interchangeable, though. You don't have to save Book of the Dead until the last item slot if you don't want to. Personally, I like to get it a little earlier myself when Vs. Gods with high-burst like Poseidon.
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ThePerfectPrism (49) | January 28, 2019 4:00pm
Okay, thank you for sharing your experience and your opinion! I'll try some games tomorrow with your build (if I can get mid lmao) and, if I feel like I could use some feedback, I'll post another comment! xoxo
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Kriega1 (78) | January 27, 2019 5:41pm
You don't need it that early on Hera, she already has her shield.
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ThePerfectPrism (49) | January 27, 2019 6:28pm
Yeah uhm, I gave my reasons as to why I build it, surely seems like you overlooked them. Also, still waiting on Knox to answer my question directed to him
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Kriega1 (78) | January 27, 2019 12:30pm
Also would you mind clarifying what roles the conquest build is for?
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TheGuardianKnox | January 27, 2019 12:49pm
I kind of assumed that based on the item builds, people would know which role was which, but if it really isn't that clear then I am more than happy to elaborate. Both builds are intended for Conquest.

'Bo- Wait... ARGUS! Do something!' is intended for mid-lane. Also includes a build titled 'Arena Build' because while it can work in Conquest, it's better suited to Arena where items like Book of Thoth are not practical.
'The Queen of Conquest' is intended for solo-lane.

I'll add (Mid) and (Solo) prefixes to each build tab respectively.
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Kriega1 (78) | January 27, 2019 12:55pm
I kind of assumed that based on the item builds, people would know which role was which, but if it really isn't that clear then I am more than happy to elaborate. Both builds are intended for Conquest.


I know you think you were smart when writing this, but considering the second build is called "The Queen of Conquest", you can hopefully understand how this was misleading.

Defensive start you don't need those health pots if you're going Guardian's Blessing, just get blessing, health chalice and tier 1 boots.

The Hades build has 10% CDR. Not really ideal. I also don't think Oni Hunter's Garb is the way to go, heck im not even sure about Void Stone, but that item should be fine. Genji's Guard would be a nice option to see here in the second build at least. Also could probably get rid of that Ethereal Staff since the build doesen't have much physical defense.
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boogiebass (37) | January 27, 2019 12:50pm
Some newer players may not understand it as well, which is why the clarification would be nice.
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Branmuffin17 (280) | January 27, 2019 10:07am
I've only tried her a couple times, and not in Conquest, but god I suck with her.

Anyway, this all looks solid. Good humor, good, knowledgeable tips, and build choices and order seem solid. Also cool you've listened to critique but also kept to your own preferences.
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Kriega1 (78) | January 27, 2019 12:57pm
Branmuffin17 wrote:
I've only tried her a couple times, and not in Conquest, but god I suck with her.


No offense but i've seen this style of comment often written by you.
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Branmuffin17 (280) | January 27, 2019 1:07pm
What's your point?
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TheGuardianKnox | January 27, 2019 10:08am
Thank you, I tried my best. :)
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Gulfwulf (60) | January 27, 2019 2:44pm
Out of the 5 or so new guides I've seen in the past few days yours is the only one I've upvoted so I say you're doing something right. :)
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Kriega1 (78) | January 26, 2019 9:08am
Still going to critique the builds later but I just wanted to mention that Hera benefits less with obsidian shard than other mages because Argus is a pet and does not benefit from the item effect. He does benefit from flat penetration though.
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TheGuardianKnox | January 27, 2019 6:34am
Alright, I've replaced Obsidian Shard with Mantle of Discord in my top-lane build, but I've decided to let it stay in the 'Vs. Magical Protections' build because while Argus may not benefit from it's passive effect, it does work with the rest of Hera's abilities (though it's my mistake for not doing a bit more research on what does and does not effect Argus, thank you for telling me that Ob-Shard's passive does not work with him or other pets as I did not know that.)
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Kriega1 (78) | January 27, 2019 10:16am
It's still useful of course, but it means that it's more situational on Hera. You're better off building a flat pen item in it's place.
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