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Yu Huang - How to Tame A Dragon

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by ArtCrusader updated April 27, 2022

Smite God: Yu Huang

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Build Summary

Starting Items

Build Item Conduit Gem Conduit Gem
Build Item Magic Focus Magic Focus
Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion

Full Build

Build Item Archmage's Gem Archmage's Gem
Build Item Spear of the Magus Spear of the Magus
Build Item Chronos' Pendant Chronos' Pendant
Build Item Soul Gem Soul Gem
Build Item Staff of Myrddin Staff of Myrddin
Build Item Calamitous Rod of Tahuti Calamitous Rod of Tahuti

Yu Huang's Skill Order

Flames of the Phoenix

1 X Y
Flames of the Phoenix
1 4 6 7 10

Dao Cultivation

2 A B
Dao Cultivation
2 8 11 12 14

Celestial Flight

3 B A
Celestial Flight
3 15 16 18 19

Dueling Dragons

4 Y X
Dueling Dragons
5 9 13 17 20
Flames of the Phoenix
1 4 6 7 10

Flames of the Phoenix

1 X
Yu Huang conjures four cinders of the phoenix, spreading them in an X shape. The cinders rush inward, dealing damage once as they travel. When the cinders meet, they explode in a field of flames that persists for 3s, burning enemies inside. If Yu Huang is Attuned, when the cinders explode, all enemies in the area have their Magical Protections reduced.

Ability Type: Ground Target
Cinder Damage: 25 / 35 / 45 / 55 / 65 (+25% of your Magical Power)
Initial Damage: 70 / 100 / 130 / 160 / 190 (+45% of your Magical Power)
Burn Damage: 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 (+5% of your Magical Power) every 0.5s
Burn Duration: 2s
Protection Reduction: 4 / 6 / 8 / 10 / 12 for 3s
Cost: 60 / 65 / 70 / 75 / 80
Cooldown: 11 / 10.5 / 10 / 9.5 / 9s
Dao Cultivation
2 8 11 12 14

Dao Cultivation

2 A
Yu Huang begins cultivating his Dao before firing a projectile that damages and slows enemies it passes through. As it travels, it leaves behind a trail that explodes, damaging and rooting all enemies. Yu Huang can also continue charging up to 3s to earn more Dao on firing.

Ability Type: AoE
Projectile Damage: 50 / 70 / 90 / 110 / 130 (+35% of your Magical Power)
AoE Damage: 50 / 95 / 140 / 185 / 230 (+50% of your Magical Power)
Slow: 20% for 1s
Root Duration: 1s
Max Dao Gain: 6
Cost: 60 / 65 / 70 / 75 / 80
Cooldown: 13s
Celestial Flight
3 15 16 18 19

Celestial Flight

3 B
Yu Huang calls forth the Pearl Dragon from beneath him, banishing himself into the air and becoming untargetable. He then gracefully floats back down to the ground in a controlled flight, damaging enemies where he lands. While Yu Huang is floating, he may refire this ability to increase his downward momentum, causing him to fall faster. If Yu Huang is Attuned, the Pearl Dragon follows him as he descends, knocking back any enemies beneath him.

Ability Type: Banish
Damage: 70 / 120 / 170 / 220 / 270 (+50% of your Magical Power)
Movement Speed: 15%
Cost: 70
Cooldown: 20s
Dueling Dragons
5 9 13 17 20

Dueling Dragons

4 Y
Yu Huang manifests a huge surge of dragon-shaped energy, becoming CC immune and summoning the Pearl Dragon to oppose him. He then has 3s to aim his dragon of energy toward the Pearl Dragon, who will charge directly at it. Both dragons damage and push enemies caught in the blast. If the dragons collide, a damaging explosion occurs in the area. If Yu Huang is Attuned, the width of the dragons is increased by 50%.

Ability Type: Ground Target
Push Damage: 150 / 225 / 300 / 375 / 450 (+60% of your Magical Power)
Explosion Damage: 100 / 140 / 180 / 220 / 260 (+50% of your Magical Power)
Cost: 100
Cooldown: 90s

Yu Huang Threats

Tap each threat level to view Yu Huang’s threats

Max
1
Major
2
Even
0
Minor
0
Tiny
0

Yu Huang Synergies

Tap each synergy level to view Yu Huang’s synergies

Ideal
4
Strong
4
OK
9
Low
3
None
0

Extended Build

Core

Build Item Spear of the Magus Spear of the Magus
Build Item Chronos' Pendant Chronos' Pendant
Build Item Soul Gem Soul Gem
Build Item Staff of Myrddin Staff of Myrddin

Damage

Build Item Calamitous Rod of Tahuti Calamitous Rod of Tahuti
Build Item Soul Reaver Soul Reaver
Build Item Divine Ruin Divine Ruin

Situational

Notes Choose one of these in case of double Assassin or some such. If you choose Warlock's Staff, build it before you get Spear of the Magus

Notes

Choose one of these in case of double Assassin or some such. If you choose Warlock's Staff, build it before you get Spear of the Magus

Build Item Book of the Dead Book of the Dead
Build Item Warlock's Staff Warlock's Staff

Introduction

I have been playing Smite since its inception in 2012 and have been playing Yu Huang for 50 games prior to writing this guide. As of this patch, the items I list are the strongest options for building Yu Huang effectively and transitioning from a rather weak early game to a very strong mid and end game.

What is good about Yu Huang?
- strong poking combo
- great clear
- bursty combos
- sets up team fights easily

What is bad about Yu Huang?
- weak against gods with great mobility
- ultimate is tricky to pull off
- squishy

Master of the Dao

Yu Huang's passive ability is called Master of the Dao.

Dao is a resource that you generate over time, by dealing damage to an enemy after not having taken damage for a while and by firing a charged Dao Cultivation. Your other abilities gain extra effects from consuming Dao and while you have at least 6, your basic attacks will chain to an extra target.

Flames of the Phoenix will consume 6 Dao to reduce enemy protections by up to 12. This provides some nice extra shred against any target and should be in your rotation for maximum damage potential.

Celestial Flight will consume 6 Dao to knock back enemies upon landing. This has little practical use as you should primarily use this skill to get away from bad situations. It has a hefty cooldown of 20 seconds base, so think ahead when you ponder if you should stomp on an enemy with it.

Dueling Dragons, your ultimate ability, will gain 50% extra width when consuming 6 Dao. This makes it so much easier to land and deal full damage, so try and have Dao ready for when you want to use it.

General Playstyle

General Playstyle

Your standard combo is Dao Cultivation into Flames of the Phoenix. Dao Cultivation is a line ability that hits twice and the root only happens on the second part, so think about where your enemy will be, not where he is currently. If you hit the full combo on a squishy enemy, you will take a big chunk of their life total.

Dao Cultivation is also a great setup for your team's CC. Try to combo it with other Gods that have roots or stuns and you will see great success.

Try to keep a fair distance from enemies as you are squishy and try to charge your Dao Cultivation before approaching enemy gods to generate Dao as you go.

Once you get Staff of Myrddin things get a little crazy. When you use your ultimate, you now have 8 seconds of 70% uncapped CDR. Your first ability will be down to 2.7 seconds, your second ability will be down to 3.9 seconds and your third ability will be down to 6 seconds. This gives you a window of great burst potential that you should use effectively.

Start the fight with Dueling Dragons, follow up with Dao Cultivation into Flames of the Phoenix. Soon after you will be able to use the 2 - 1 combo again, finishing what you started. During this time frame you can also use Celestial Flight offensively to close the distance as it will be off cooldown way faster as well, so be aggressive.

How to use his Ultimate

Using Dueling Dragons isn't easy and it makes the difference between an average Yu Huang and an exceptional one. If you hit both parts of the ultimate you will deal ~700 magical damage + almost 100% of your magical power which is some insane scaling considering the CC.

But how do we do that? The first input chooses the location for the first dragon. Then you choose the angle at which the dragons will fly. They meet in the middle, pushing enemies caught in their path, then explode in a blast of fire. The width of their path is increased by 50% through Dao, so keep that in mind.

The easiest to set up is in areas with walls like the jungle since it limits the options for enemies to escape the dragons. The best case is a straight path which allows you fire it quickly and without thinking. Firing at an angle bears the chance to miss and might throw off allies who are also looking to hit their abilities.

There are three scenarios in which you want to use his ultimate:

    - As an opener to a team fight; make sure that the targeting line ends a decent chunk behind the enemy so that they cannot avoid it by simply walking backwards
    - To disengage from assassins or warriors who get a little too close for comfort
    - As a finisher for a target that would otherwise get away

You will learn when to use his ultimate best by playing, so don't worry about missing it a bunch while practicing. The cooldown becomes fairly short once you have a full build, so use it frequently.

Conclusion

Yu Huang is a god that many underestimate at the moment. If you learn how to play him, they'll soon learn what it means to stand in the path of an almighty dragon. I think people will start picking him up more as time goes on and they figure out how to play him properly, so be ahead of the curve and play him today. ;-)

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AverageBronzeEnjoyer | April 27, 2022 3:21am
Nice guide. Becoming best Yu Huang player!
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