New Smite God, Hou Yi the Defender of the Earth, Released

Hou Yi, Defender of the Earth gets the SMITE treatment and looks pretty darn awesome because of it.

Today, Smite released a new god, Hou Yi, Defender of the Earth. Hou Yi boasts a pretty impressive kit and looks like great fun to play, so get online and try him out now!

Look below for a full break down of Hou Yi’s character.


Suntouched – Passive

    • After taking a critical hit, Hou Yi can’t be critically hit again for 3s.


    • Hou Yi draws back his bow for a powerful shot that deals 70/110/150/190/230 +60% of his Physical Power as damage. After firing, if this arrow bounces off of a wall it gains +70 units distance and +50% bonus damage per bounce up to a maximum of 3 bounces. This arrow will stun for 1s if the target has Mark of the Golden Crow. Cost: 60/65/70/75/80. Cooldown: 14s.

Mark of the Golden Crow

    • Hou Yi marks an enemy with Mark of the Golden Crow. Marked enemies take extra damage for every 10% of their missing health from Hou Yi’s abilities and basic attacks. At rank 3, marked enemies are visible to Hou Yi on the minimap including stealthed gods.  At rank 5, Hou Yi gains +15% penetration against the marked enemy god. Cost: 50. Cooldown: 18s.


    • Hou Yi launches into the air, holding his bow above his head as he glides forward. After a short time Hou Yi quickly dives to the ground dealing 70/110/150/190/230 +30% of his physical power as damage to any enemies in the immediate area. If the target has Mark of the Golden Crow they are knocked back. Cost: 70/75/80/85/90. Cooldown: 15s.


    • Hou Yi shoots nine arrows into the sky, striking one sun with each arrow. The nine suns come crashing down one by one, dealing 80/90/100/110/120 +25% of his physical damage in a target area every 0.5s for 4.5s. A target with Mark of the Golden Crow will have their movement speed slowed by 20% for .25s on every hit.

Basic Overview

Pantheons: Chinese

Type: Ranged, Physical

Roles: Hunter

Pros: High Area Damage, High Single Target Damage


In a time long past, an unexpected calamity came to be. From whence none knew, ten suns rose above the horizon. Such incessant light and heat ravaged the earth, wilting fields of grain, drying rivers, even melting forged metal. Bent beneath the scorching rays, the people begged the Emperor-God Di Jun to aid them. In reply, he called the great archer, Hou Yi. Armed with a mystical red bow and a quiver of white arrows, Hou Yi traveled to Earth. What he found was a barren land. Shielding his eyes, he peered to the sky where the ten suns cruelly flared. Nocking arrow to bow, Hou Yi loosed a warning at the suns hoping to frighten them away, but they impassively remained. So Hou Yi drew again and fired a killing shot. Pierced, the sun exploded in color and a giant red raven with three legs fell to the earth, slain by the white arrow. Eight times more Hou Yi drew arrow to cheek. Eight shots more he let fly. Eight more bursts rent the sky, and eight more ravens fell dead. But one sun he left, and so fearful of Hou Yi’s archery, this sun behaved, dipping below the horizon. Now armed with the power of the red ravens he smote, sending light and fire against those that threaten the world, be it monster or beast, dragon or sun, man or God, Hou Yi is the Defender of the Earth.


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