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Art of War: Guan Yu Guide (S8)

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by Stuke99 updated June 15, 2021

Smite God: Guan Yu

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Build Summary


Notes Swap Bluestone Pendant for Warrior's Axe if you're looking for a safer start.


Swap Bluestone Pendant for Warrior's Axe if you're looking for a safer start.

Build Item Bluestone Pendant Bluestone Pendant
Build Item Chalice of Healing Chalice of Healing
Build Item Multi Potion Multi Potion
Build Item Heavenly Wings Heavenly Wings

Suggested Build

Notes Swap Warrior Tabi for Mantle of Discord after getting Elixir of Speed.
Swap Breastplate of Valor with Genji's Guard if the opponent is magical.


Swap Warrior Tabi for Mantle of Discord after getting Elixir of Speed.
Swap Breastplate of Valor with Genji's Guard if the opponent is magical.

Build Item Bluestone Brooch Bluestone Brooch
Build Item Warrior Tabi Warrior Tabi
Build Item Breastplate of Valor Breastplate of Valor
Build Item Genji's Guard Genji's Guard
Build Item Hide of the Urchin Hide of the Urchin
Build Item Caduceus Club Caduceus Club
Build Item Heavenly Wings Heavenly Wings
Build Item Shield of Thorns Shield of Thorns

Guan Yu's Skill Order


1 X Y
2 8 11 12 14

Warrior's Will

2 A B
Warrior's Will
3 15 16 18 19

Taolu Assault

3 B A
Taolu Assault
1 4 6 7 10

Cavalry Charge

4 Y X
Cavalry Charge
5 9 13 17 20
2 8 11 12 14


1 X
Guan Yu's courageous leadership is infectious and, when focused, heals himself and his allies. Healing friendly gods reduces all Cooldowns by 2s for Guan Yu and 1s for his allies.

Ability Type: Circle, Heal
Healing: 40 / 60 / 80 / 100 / 120
Boosted Healing: 1.7x Normal Healing
Radius: 30
Cost: 45
Cooldown: 14s
Warrior's Will
3 15 16 18 19

Warrior's Will

2 A
Guan Yu charges forward, his Green Dragon Crescent Blade extended in front of him. All enemies in his path take damage and are Slowed. Hitting enemy gods lowers all of Guan Yu's Cooldowns by 2s. Guan Yu is immune to Roots, Cripples, and Knockups while dashing.

Ability Type: Dash, Slow, Damage
Damage: 80 / 135 / 190 / 245 / 300 (+60% of your Physical Power)
Slow: 20%
Slow Duration: 2s
Boosted Slow: 40%
Cost: 60 / 65 / 70 / 75 / 80
Cooldown: 13s
Taolu Assault
1 4 6 7 10

Taolu Assault

3 B
Guan Yu spins his blade in a controlled but furious display, slicing enemies for damage every .3s for 3s. Each hit steals enemy Protections, giving them to Guan Yu. Guan Yu is immune to Knockback for the duration.

Ability Type: Line, Debuff, Damage
Damage per Hit: 17 / 27 / 37 / 47 / 57 (+20% of your Physical Power)
Protections Stolen: 2 / 4 / 6 / 8 / 10 (Max. 3 Stacks)
Protection Duration: 5s
Boosted Protections Stolen: 3 / 6 / 9 / 12 / 15 (Max. 3 Stacks)
Cost: 60 / 65 / 70 / 75 / 80
Cooldown: 13s
Cavalry Charge
5 9 13 17 20

Cavalry Charge

4 Y
Guan Yu mounts his warhorse and charges for 4s. While mounted, he can steer and attack and is immune to Crowd Control. Enemies hit take damage and are Slowed. Each hit increases damage from consecutive hits against that target by 20%. Enemies hit on the dismount are Stunned. You can dismount at any time by canceling.

Ability Type: Circle, Stun, Damage
Damage: 75 / 100 / 125 / 150 / 175 (+30% of your Physical Power)
Damage Escalation: 20% per hit
Slow: 25% for 2s
Stun: 1.1 / 1.2 / 1.3 / 1.4 / 1.5s
Boosted CC: 40% Slow and 2s Stun
Cost: 80 / 90 / 100 / 110 / 120
Cooldown: 90s

Extended Build


Build Item Warrior Tabi Warrior Tabi
Build Item Breastplate of Valor Breastplate of Valor
Build Item Genji's Guard Genji's Guard

Offensive Items

Build Item Void Shield Void Shield
Build Item Runic Shield Runic Shield
Build Item Runeforged Hammer Runeforged Hammer
Build Item Shifter's Shield Shifter's Shield

Defensive Items

Build Item Breastplate of Valor Breastplate of Valor
Build Item Genji's Guard Genji's Guard
Build Item Mantle of Discord Mantle of Discord
Build Item Hide of the Urchin Hide of the Urchin


Build Item Heavenly Wings Heavenly Wings
Build Item Shield of Thorns Shield of Thorns
Build Item Blink Rune Blink Rune
Build Item Purification Beads Purification Beads


Hello, welcome to my guide. This installment I, Stuke, will now be focusing on not only a god but a historical figure who has ascended into Godhood for his role during the Romance of the 3 Kingdoms. Ladies and Gentlemen, I introduce the Great General, and Saint of War, Guan Yu.
Note: you don't have to follow this guide to the smallest detail, these are suggestions on how to play Guan Yu. I encourage you to look at the comment section below and see other suggestions.

Who is Guan Yu?

Guan Yu is a Physical, Melee, Warrior that relies on him being in the middle of the fight and causing as much disruption as he can. Having high levels of crowd control and tankiness, thanks to his guardian roots, Guan Yu plays very well in the Support role just as much as the Solo.

Pros / Cons

  • High Defense
  • Good Crowd Control
  • Heal
  • Has a Horse (Need I say more)

  • Poor Damage
  • Mana Dependent
  • More Guardian-like than Warrior (like he originally was)

Guan Yu is a hyper-aggressive tank that uses his high crowd control as well as his healing ability to keep himself and his allies in the fight and weaken the enemy. Given his previous classification was Guardian, with his kit practically staying the same, his playstyle differs from most Warriors since it's more focused on control and supportive abilities.


Every time you get hit or hit an enemy, you build up stacks that, once maxed out, will give a boost to his abilities while in combat and goes back to zero shortly after leaving combat. Conviction gets boosted healing, Warrior's Will's slow increases, Taolu Assault gains even more stolen protection while hitting an enemy, and Cavalry Charge's slow and stun duration increase.

Your main heal ability. S standard AOE heals not only heals allies and yourself but also minions. When you hit the maximum stacks with your passive it doubles the amount of health you get from activating this ability. There is a second effect on this ability as when you heal an ally the cooldown of the ability is reduced by 2 seconds. This is one of the main tools you will be using during the lane phase to keep your teammates and minions alive while they help with taking down towers.

Warrior's Will
This has a very short distance and has a long cooldown, but this seemingly straightforward ability has a lot more up its sleeve like Conviction. Besides the slow, this ability also reduces all cooldowns by 2 seconds when you hit an enemy. Using this ability and Conviction in the lane or during fights is almost necessary if you want to keep that ability spam going.

Taolu Assault
This is Guan Yu's signature ability, this is a great ability when in the solo, jungle, or support role. Every time you hit an enemy god, minion, or jungle monster, you steal their protection and give them to yourself. This beautiful ability is one of the better boxing abilities or a way to weaken your opponent for your teammate.

Cavalry Charge
Another one of Guan Yu's signature abilities. You hop on your horse and charge forward while having full control of how fast or where to turn. Every time you hit an opponent with the debuffs, the damage is increased. You could cancel this ability early to get the stun off if they try to get away. What is interesting about this ability is that it is affected by any movement speed items or relics you get on him.


Guan Yu utilizes his crowd control and heal to support his team, like a semi-support, but still needs to invest in some damage to be a threat in Solo. Getting your hands on items that provide CDR, protection, and damage will benefit Guan Yu greatly as you want to be an annoying consent presence throughout the match.



Bluestone Pendant
The best Solo starter for Guan Yu. Outside of gaining HpS and MpS, your abilities will deal additional damage over time, stack, and refresh for each ability that hits an opponent. Combining this with Taolu Assault's multi-hit channel as well as the ability to steal protections, will allow you to deal a metric ton of damage.
At Lvl 20, we will upgrade this to Bluestone Brooch to make those stats and effects more potent.

Warrior's Axe
A safer alternative starter for Solo. Not only providing protection and flat damage reduction but when you damage an enemy god, you steal a small chunk of health from your target. When this effect goes off it needs to cool down before it can be used again.
At Lvl 20, we will upgrade this to Sundering Axe to make those stats and effects more potent.


Sentinel's Gift
The standard starter for support. When an enemy dies near you you get a small chunk of health, mana, and gold but only when near an ally god. If alone this passive will not work.
At Lvl 20, we will upgrade this to Sentinel's Embrace to give yourself and your allies additional protections.

War Flag
The best starter for aggressive supports. When you get an assist on a lane or jungle minion, you and any surrounding allies get a small chunk of health and mana while also gaining a buff to movement and attack speed that stacks.
At Lvl 20, we will upgrade this to War Banner to make those stats and effects more potent.



Warrior Tabi
The standard boots for most warriors. Giving your abilities a nice lead in the Early Game will benefit you in the long run.

Breastplate of Valor
A classic physical protection item for Solo, especially for those who are ability focused. Physcial protection, mana, MpS, and cooldown reduction is enough of a reason to pick up this item as Guan Yu wants his abilities up as soon as possible.

Genji's Guard
The magical defense equivalent of Breastplate of Valor, but it's passive makes it different enough. When hit with a magical ability, all cooldowns are reduced by a few seconds, an effect that Guan Yu really needs.


Gauntlet of Thebes
A staple item for most Support players. Whenever an enemy minion dies near you, you gain a stack. At max stacks, this item evolves and now provides an aura effect that gives you and all nearby allies physical and magical protections. Good for providing your team some protection during those close-quarter team fights near the Late Game.
Caduceus Shield
Caduceus Shield
A healer specific item for physical gods. Functionally, this item is similar to Rod of Asclepius but swaps movement speed with protection, perfect for physical supports.


Hide of the Urchin
A perfect item from front-line brusiers. Every kill and ***iet gives you a stack of protections. At max stacks it upgrades and gains a new effect: while out of combat you gain health bubble that increases the longer you don't take damage.

Void Shield
Given Guan Yu's wants to get close and stick to his opponents, this item makes him a bigger threat. Once close enough to an enemy god, their physical protection gets reduced as long as they stay near you. Combine this with his ability to steal protection and multi-hitting abilities and you'll take out your enemies really quickly.

Runic Shield
Similar to Void Shield but with a different effect. When you get close to an magical enemy god, their magical power becomes reduced. Take this item if the enemy team is really magical focused or having trouble with an enemy that has high magical damage.

Runeforged Hammer
A fun item for when you want to abuse crowd control. When you attack an enemy affected by crowd control that damage is increased.
Note: Knockups, Grabs, and Blinds do not trigger this effect.

Shifter's Shield
A classic item for physical bruisers. Based on how much health you have, you gain additional damage when above the threshold and you gain protections when below.

A staple physical protection among Support players. Any ally that stands near you gains physical protections and HpS.

Heartward Amulet
A staple magical protection among Support players. Any ally that stands near you gains magical protections and MpS.

An interesting Late Game item that makes Guan Yu tankier during fights. After using your ultimate, you gain a health shield that explodes and deals damage to any enemies standing too close after a short duration or when depleted to zero. Since Guan Yu will start a fight with his ultimate, the health shield increases his presence during a team fight, especially while he's in the middle of it.

Mantle of Discord
A popular Late Game defense item that's practically a staple. Outside of a big boost to defense as well as cooldown reduction, a passive that makes you CC immune and fire a small blast that stuns any enemy god that stands too close once a threshold of health is hit. If you see this effect goes off, it usually means get out of the fight so make sure you can secure an escape before it happens.

For when the enemy team has a lot of auto-attack damage. When an enemy god gets close their attack speed is reduced.

Shogun's Kusari
A more aggressive support item. Any ally god near you gains increased attack speed. Use this when you have a lot of auto-attackers or when your ADC needs more attack speed.

Having trouble with enemy healing? When you get near an enemy god, their healing percentage is reduced until they get far enough away from you.

The physical protection equivalent of Pestilence.

Tips, Tricks, & Combos

  • Giddy Up
    Speed affects how fast your horse moves, so pop your sprint or get fast-moving items to make you get into a team fight faster.
  • Heal
    Heal, AND OH PLEASE LORD BUDDHA HEAL! You play the second or even the main healer of the team so heal your allies whenever possible to keep them from yelling at you for "not healing enough".
  • Former Guardian
    Guan Yu use to be a guardian, meaning his kit focuses more on crowd control and other supportive effects. His damage is fairly moderate to low so don't charge in and think you're going to wreck the enemy team but instead use that to set up the team during fights.

Most of your combos, besides the Ultimate combo, will start with Warrior's Will into another one of your abilities to not just slow them down but also reduce the cooldown on your other abilities on cooldown. Here are some combos to use during fights.
This will be your standard damage dealing combo for laning and teamfights.
If you or a teammate need healing and you want to widen the gap between you or an enemy, than this combo will do the trick.
🠞 🠞 🠞
Use this during the start of a teamfight to capitalize on the slow and stun of your ult as well as Warrior's Will and Conviction to constantly reduce the cooldown timer on your other abilities.

Stages of the Game

Early Game

Guan Yu's damage, tankiness, and healing during this stage are good but not enough to steamroll your opponent. During this stage level-up, build up your items, and keep the pressure up until you can take down a tower and start to rotate.

Middle Game

Guan Yu isn't necessarily bad during this stage, more like he plateaus in his stats. At this stage, you should have taken down or in the process of destroying a tower and begin to rotate around the map providing support for the other lanes and preparing for the team fights in the Late Game.

Late Game

Now come the fun part and you have the power, defenses, and healing that a good front-liner needs. Initiate fights while providing healing for your allies and debuffs for your enemies.


In conclusion, Guan Yu is a Supportive Warrior that takes himself and his team into a fight and slaughters the enemy. Guan Yu might not be the strongest, but his ability to be in the fight and debuff his opponents prove his usefulness to the team. All you need to do is play your cards right and know when to strike and you can be a great team player like a true General.

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Az_Sam_Tisho | October 28, 2021 8:56am
Hell good
GetNoSkopedd | March 27, 2021 1:12pm
Upgrading Bluestone on a tank, really?
Stuke99 (56) | March 27, 2021 5:49pm
Big Damage (37) | February 28, 2021 9:35am
Remove The Sledge. If you're getting a bruiser item like that you're better off with Shifter's Shield since Sledge got nerfed but you don't even need Shifter's on Guan, as he mostly needs HP because his core items all lack HP. Taking out Sledge and going Hide of the Urchin into caduceus shield or the other way round is stronger.

Better options to both Shield of Thorns and Heavenly Wings. Since the nerf thorns is only good on real users of it like Vamana and Kuzenbo, sprint has utility in ult but you're still better off with Blink Rune and any out of Purification Beads, Sundering Spear, Horrific Emblem, Magic Shell or Cursed Ankh for anti heal.

You can keep the Bluestone Brooch but I wouldn't recommend it personally. Maybe include the other starts / upgrades as options because Sundering Axe and Infused Sigil are pretty great on him.
Kriega1 (143) | August 17, 2019 2:05am
I really do not think rushing Pridwen after boots is a good idea for Guan Solo, especially after the nerfs to Pridwen next patch. I would rush blackthorn on him, then boots, then the rest of your items.
Stuke99 (56) | August 17, 2019 6:07am
Fixed it, not sure what I was thinking but the order is what it should be.
Branmuffin17 (394) | April 5, 2019 2:13pm
Hey Stuke,

My personal opinion, but I feel that having all 3 of BoV, Blackthorn, AND Genji's is just blowing out your mana needs. I think BoV + Blackthorn is great, but there are many magical protection items that provide a lot of utility (e.g. Pestilence, Oni Hunter's Garb) that I think it's not needed in most cases, unless you're facing a magical solo and want to counter them with Genji which case, perhaps pass on BoV.
Vini_sds (13) | April 5, 2019 6:11am
Why do you have 60% CDR on your example build?
Stuke99 (56) | April 5, 2019 6:29am
Whoops, yeah that's way over the cap, give me a minute and fix it.
TangoDownY3k (2) | March 30, 2019 9:28pm
Great build. Guan Yu is an extremely fun God to play and honestly this build just makes him more fun. Got yourself another upvote.
Kriega1 (143) | May 26, 2018 2:59am
Except for arena, how come you don't recommend Chalice of Healing for warriors? (especially for conquest).
Stuke99 (56) | May 26, 2018 6:33am
With the starter given, I don't have the gold to invest into it or because I think pots offer more for a lower price. Other than gold, the other reason why is because most warriors outside of Osiris all the warriors have a way to sustain health through a form of healing or increased HpS so there's no need to get chalice of healing in the first place.
Branmuffin17 (394) | May 26, 2018 9:41am
Here's where I might disagree. Maybe Guan is an exception, but for many, you realize you're talking about up to 750 health from a full Chalice, right? This is more health than you actually start with at level 1, and more than you'll get in a reasonable time from almost any HP5 item that a Solo laner might get in an early item. Between the mana buff and chalice of healing, you're pretty set on early sustain.

The exception when you might not get chalice is when you just want more potions for the early game but don't need it past the first back, and you also want to rush Boots (because good scaling on X ability, like Guan's Taolu Assault) or an early protection item.
sunny108108 (3) | April 26, 2017 5:24am
Great build for guan yu!!!
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