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Hou Yi
SkinArt HouYi Default.jpg
Summary
Title: Defender of the Earth
Pantheon: NewUI Pantheon Chinese.png Chinese
Type: Ranged,Physical
Class: NewUI Class Hunter.png Hunter
Pros: High Single Target Damage, High Area Damage
Difficulty: Hard
Release date: January 14, 2015
Favor: 5,500 Favor.png
Gems: 200 Gems.png
Voicelines: Hou Yi voicelines
Voice actor: Austin Tindle
Stats
Health: 480 (+78)
Mana: 240 (+38)
Speed: 370 (+0)
Range: 55 (+0)
Attack/Sec: 0.95 (+1.2%)
Basic Attack
Damage: 40 (+ 2.8)
+ 100% of Physical Power
Progression: None
Protection
Physical: 13 (+2.8)
Magical: 30 (+0.9)
Regen
HP5: 8 (+0.68)
MP5: 5 (+0.35)
*Numbers in parentheses are the amount gained at each level

"Aim, Fire. Each arrow finds its mark bringing down even the nine suns."

Hou Yi is one of the playable Gods in SMITE.

Lore[]

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.

Abilities[]

Passive - Suntouched
After taking a critical hit, Hou Yi can't be critically hit again for 3s. Notes:
 Bullet.png Doesn't affect Ne Zha's Wind Fire Wheels.
 Bullet.png Ability Type: Passive

Ability Video

1st Ability - Ricochet
Hou Yi fires a powerful shot that can ricochet off of walls. After firing, if this arrow bounces off of a wall it will travel 70 units from that point and gain +40% bonus damage to gods per bounce up to a maximum of 2 bounces. This arrow will stun if the target has Mark of the Golden Crow. Notes:
 Bullet.png Can deal up to 315/504/693/882/1071 (+273% of your Physical Power) damage when landing all 3 hits.
 Bullet.png Damage: 85/130/175/220/265 (+65% of your Physical Power)  Bullet.png Stun Duration: 1s
 Bullet.png Ability Type: Line Target  Bullet.png Range: 70
 Bullet.png Cost: 60/65/70/75/80 mana  Bullet.png Cooldown: 10 seconds

Ability Video

2nd Ability - 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. Also, marked enemies, including stealthed gods, are visible to Hou Yi on the minimap. The mark lasts for 10s. Notes:
 Bullet.png Has a radius of 10.
 Bullet.png If multiple gods are in the radius, it will target the one closest to the center of the ability.
 Bullet.png Damage Increase: 3/4/5/6/7% for every 10% of missing health  Bullet.png Ability Type: Debuff
 Bullet.png Range: 55  Bullet.png Cost: 50 mana
 Bullet.png Cooldown: 18/17/16/15/14 seconds

Ability Video

3rd Ability - Divebomb
Hou Yi launches into the air, and for a short time may target some distance away to quickly dive towards the ground damaging any enemies in the immediate area. If the target has Mark of the Golden Crow they are knocked back. Notes:
 Bullet.png Has a range of 55.
 Bullet.png Damage: 70/110/150/190/230 (+60% of your Physical Power)  Bullet.png Ability Type: Leap
 Bullet.png Radius: 20  Bullet.png Cost: 70/75/80/85/90 mana
 Bullet.png Cooldown: 15 seconds

Ability Video

Ultimate - Sunbreaker
Hou Yi shoots nine arrows into the sky, striking one sun with each arrow. The nine suns come crashing down one by one, slowing and dealing damage in a target area over time. A target with Mark of the Golden Crow will have their movement speed slowed by an additional 20%. Notes:
 Bullet.png Can deal up to 720/810/900/990/1080 (+225% of your Physical Power) damage.
 Bullet.png Applies a 40% slow to a target with Mark of the Golden Crow.
 Bullet.png Has a range of 55.
 Bullet.png Damage: 80/90/100/110/120 (+25% of your Physical Power) every 0.5s  Bullet.png Duration: 4.5s
 Bullet.png Slow: 20%  Bullet.png Slow Duration: .5s per Hit
 Bullet.png Ability Type: Area  Bullet.png Radius: 30
 Bullet.png Cost: 100 mana  Bullet.png Cooldown: 90 seconds

Ability Video

Videos[]

God Reveal[]

Achievements[]

Achievement Combat HouYi TheCrowsMark.png
The Crow's Mark
As Hou Yi utilize Mark of the Crow to Knock-back, Stun, and Slow an enemy god in 5s.
Achievement Combat HouYi TrickShot.png
Trick Shot
As Hou Yi hit a different enemy God on all three bounces of one Ricochet.


Trivia[]

General[]

  • Chang'e is Hou Yi's wife. As imagery goes, Hou Yi would come to represent the sun, while Chang'e represents the moon.
  • Hou Yi was the first god released in 2015.
  • Hou Yi was the last god released in Season 1.
  • The actor who voiced Hou Yi, Austin Tindle, also voiced Super Chronos 64 Chronos.
  • One of Hou Yi's jokes, ▶️"I've got 99 problems, but a sun isn't one!", is a reference to the song 99 Problems by Jay Z.
  • Both of Hou Yi's jokes about formerly liking peaches are references to one of his myths, where it's said that he met his ultimate demise when Feng Meng - Hou Yi's protégé - and others beat him to death with a club made from the wood of a peach tree.
  • One of Hou Yi's idle animations is a reference to the "Praise the Sun" gesture from the video game Dark Souls.

God Skins[]

  • T HouYi Couple Icon.pngT HouYi GroomRecolor Icon.pngMoon's Groom/Handsome Hunter
  • This skin was released in conjunction with Sun's Bride Chang'e.
  • Players using this skin will always appear on the left-most side of the loading screen. This is done so that, if paired with a player using Sun's Bride Chang'e, they will be displayed together.
  • The actor who voiced this skin, Jeff Plunk, also voiced Krampus Cernunnos and Dread-Lord Fafnir.
  • T HouYi Tribal Icon.pngHou Ru Kai
  • This skin is based on the Uruk-hai from the book series Lord of the Rings.
  • The actor who voiced this skin, Mick Lauer, also voiced Cernunnos.
  • This skin shares its theme with Warchief Raijin.
  • lik=Spirit Sun
  • This skin changes Hou Yi to his completely opposite element.
  • One of his jokes, ▶️"Power level 1000.. what!? No, no one really measures power like that." could be a reference to the Over 9000 meme.
  • T HouYi Cyber Icon.pngGrim Eclipse
  • T HouYi LightAngel Icon.pngHeaven's Arrow
  • T HouYi DruidCeltic Icon.pngSylvan Sentinel
  • T HouYi PrinceOfTheNight Icon.pngPrince of the Night
  • T HouYi Mercenary Icon.pngIron Crow
  • This skin was also voiced by Austin Tindle.
  • His intro line, ▶️"No one cared who I was until I put on the mask." is a quote made by Bane in the movie The Dark Knight Rises.
  • One of his taunts ▶️"I use a bow because guns are too quick. You can't savour all the... little emotions." is an altered quote made by Joker in the movie The Dark Knight.
  • T HouYi TotemCaller Icon.pngTotem Caller
  • There is a 1/20 chance for an easter egg to occur each time this skin's ultimate is used. As Skybreaker walks away and disappears, a faint squeak can be heard as if it is passing gas.
  • This easter egg originally had a 1/5000 chance of happening but was later increased due to not being discovered for months after the skin's release.
  • This is the third T5 final reward skin not obtainable in the Odyssey events. The other two being Divine Dragon Bellona and Winds of Change Kukulkan.
  • This is the first skin to not shoot down suns in his ultimate. He instead calls Skybreaker to breathe down destruction at the target location.
  • The names of the spirit animals are:
  • Burrowsaur (Ricochet)
  • Ghouliepaw (Mark of the Crow)
  • Flutterfiend (Dive Bomb)
  • Skybreaker (Sunbreaker)
  • The actor who voiced this skin, Doug Cockle, also voiced Chernobog and is known for voicing Geralt of Rivia from the video game series The Witcher.

Skins[]

Default
Default Skin card Release Date January 14, 2015
Type Standard
Cost Free
Requirements
Voicelines Hou Yi voicelines
In Game Model
Extra Information

Sunbreaker
Sunbreaker Skin card Release Date January 14, 2015
Type Standard
Cost 100 Gems.png or 9500 Favor.png
Requirements
Voicelines Hou Yi voicelines
In Game Model
Extra Information

Searing Sun
Searing Sun Skin card Release Date May 24, 2016
Type Standard
Cost 250 Gems.png
Requirements
Voicelines Hou Yi voicelines
In Game Model
Extra Information
 Bullet.png This skin can also be obtained as a rare roll from certain Treasure Chests.

Moon's Groom
Moon's Groom Skin card Release Date August 18, 2015
Type Standard
Cost 400 Gems.png
Requirements
Voicelines Moon's Groom Hou Yi voicelines
In Game Model
Extra Information
 Bullet.png This skin comes with custom character animations and ability effects.
 Bullet.png This skin can also be obtained as a rare roll from certain Treasure Chests.

Hou Ru Kai
Hou Ru Kai Skin card Release Date January 10, 2017
Type Standard
Cost 400 Gems.png
Requirements
Voicelines Hou Ru Kai Hou Yi voicelines
In Game Model
Extra Information
 Bullet.png This skin comes with custom character animations and ability effects.
 Bullet.png This skin can also be obtained as a rare roll from certain Treasure Chests.

Spirit Sun
Spirit Sun Skin card Release Date July 30, 2019
Type Standard
Cost 750 Gems.png
Requirements
Voicelines Spirit Sun Hou Yi voicelines
In Game Model
Extra Information
 Bullet.png This skin comes with custom character animations and ability effects.
 Bullet.png This skin could only be obtained from certain Treasure Chests, or via direct purchase.
 Bullet.png This skin was part of the Battle for Olympus event.

Grim Eclipse
Grim Eclipse Skin card Release Date April 26, 2016
Type Exclusive
Cost 400 Gems.png
Requirements
Voicelines Grim Eclipse Hou Yi voicelines
In Game Model
Extra Information
 Bullet.png This skin comes with custom character animations and ability effects.
 Bullet.png This skin was part of the Escape from the Underworld event.
 Bullet.png This skin can only be obtained as a rare roll from certain Treasure Chests.

Heaven's Arrow
Heaven's Arrow Skin card Release Date July 5, 2017
Type Exclusive
Cost 200 Gems.png (The Flock Chest)
Requirements
Voicelines Heaven's Arrow Hou Yi voicelines
In Game Model
Extra Information
 Bullet.png This skin comes with custom character animations and ability effects.
 Bullet.png This skin can only be obtained as a rare roll from certain Treasure Chests.

Handsome Hunter
Handsome Hunter Skin card Release Date January 30, 2018
Type Exclusive
Cost 3500 FP
Requirements
Voicelines Moon's Groom Hou Yi voicelines
In Game Model
Extra Information
 Bullet.png This skin comes with custom character animations and ability effects.
 Bullet.png This skin was part of the Season Ticket 2018 Fantasy Points store.
 Bullet.png This skin can only be obtained as a rare roll from certain Treasure Chests.

Sylvan Sentinel
Sylvan Sentinel Skin card Release Date March 13, 2018
Type Exclusive
Cost 200 Gems.png (SMITE Birthday Chest)
Requirements
Voicelines Sylvan Sentinel Hou Yi voicelines
In Game Model
Extra Information
 Bullet.png This skin comes with custom character animations and ability effects.
 Bullet.png This skin can only be obtained as a rare roll from certain Treasure Chests.

Prince of the Night
Prince of the Night Skin card Release Date September 21, 2021
Type Exclusive
Cost 750 Gems.png
Requirements
Voicelines Prince of the Night Hou Yi voicelines
In Game Model
Extra Information
 Bullet.png This skin comes with custom character animations and ability effects.
 Bullet.png This skin was part of the Odyssey: Perilous Seas event.

Iron Crow
Iron Crow Skin card Release Date June 30, 2015
Type Limited
Cost None
Requirements
Voicelines Iron Crow Hou Yi voicelines
In Game Model
Extra Information
 Bullet.png This skin comes with custom character animations and ability effects.
 Bullet.png This skin could only be obtained by gaining at least 7000 fantasy points in the Season Ticket 2015.

The Hunter
The Hunter Skin card Release Date October 29, 2018
Type Limited
Cost None
Requirements
Voicelines The Hunter Hou Yi voicelines
In Game Model
Extra Information
 Bullet.png This skin comes with custom character animations and ability effects.
 Bullet.png This skin could only be obtained by purchasing the Season 5 HRX Digital Loot Pack bundle before January 2019.

Totem Caller
Totem Caller Skin card Release Date March 24, 2020
Type Unlimited
Cost 9600 Gems.png
Requirements
Voicelines Totem Caller Hou Yi voicelines
In Game Model
Extra Information
 Bullet.png This skin comes with custom character animations and ability effects.
 Bullet.png This skin could only be obtained by purchasing all 4 bundles from the Grim Omens event.

Golden
Golden Skin card Release Date March 18, 2015
Type Standard
Cost 200 Gems.png or 9500 Favor.png
Requirements God Rank 1
Voicelines [[]]
In Game Model
Extra Information

Legendary
Legendary Skin card Release Date March 18, 2015
Type Standard
Cost 300 Gems.png or 12500 Favor.png
Requirements God Rank 5
Voicelines [[]]
In Game Model
Extra Information

Diamond
Diamond Skin card Release Date March 18, 2015
Type Standard
Cost 400 Gems.png or 15000 Favor.png
Requirements God Rank 10
Voicelines [[]]
In Game Model
Extra Information

Changelog[]

SMITE Version 8.9.6801.5 (September 21, 2021)

  • Icons HouYi A02.png Mark of the Golden Crow
  • Increased Damage Increase for every 10% of missing health from 1/2/3/4/5% to 3/4/5/6/7%
  • Decreased Cooldown from 18s to 18/17/16/15/14s

SMITE Version 8.6.6618.4 (June 15, 2021)

  • Icons HouYi A01.png Ricochet
  • Increase base damage from 75/120/165/210/255 to 85/130/175/220/265.

SMITE Version 7.4.5984.3 (April 21, 2020)

  • General
  • Fixed a variety of issues with Hou Yi – Totem Caller skin including:
  • Burrowsaur not showing beads fx when used.
  • Pets not teleporting upon recall.
  • Pets showing on the minimap.
  • Miscellaneous other issues.

SMITE Version 6.11.5701.1 (October 15, 2019)

  • General
  • Fixed animation issue with out of combat forward-right walking.

SMITE Version 6.5.5418 (April 30, 2019)

  • Icons HouYi A04.png Sunbreaker
  • Hou Yi is no longer rooted and can move his camera freely while firing this ability.

SMITE Version 5.1.4574.1 (February 1, 2018)

  • General
  • Fixed an issue where Heaven's Arrow Hou Yi had incorrect audio when selecting the skin.

SMITE Version 4.21.4415 (November 6, 2017)

  • Icons HouYi A01.png Ricochet
  • Ricochet Bonus Damage now only applies to Gods.

SMITE Version 4.7.4031.1 (April 25, 2017)

  • Icons HouYi A02.png Mark of the Golden Crow
  • Updated the description of this ability with the correct range for this ability.

SMITE Version 4.6.4008.1 (April 12, 2017)

  • General
  • Increased Base Attack speed from .9 → .95.
  • Increased Base Power from 38 → 40.

SMITE Version 3.21.3730 (November 8, 2016)

  • Icons HouYi A04.png Sunbreaker
  • Now Slows all targets inside it by 20% for .5s on every hit.
  • Increased Slow on target's marked by Mark of the Golden Crow from 20% → 40% and increased duration from .25s → .5s

SMITE Version 3.16.3599.1 (August 30, 2016)

  • Icons HouYi A01.png Ricochet
  • Base damage increased from 70/110/150/190/230 → 75/120/165/210/255.
  • Scaling increased from 60% → 65%.
  • Bonus damage per ricochet decreased from 50% → 40%.
  • Icons HouYi A02.png Mark of the Golden Crow
  • Removed the bonus 25% penetration provided at Rank 5.
  • This ability now reveals all marked targets at all Ranks.
  • Duration reduced from 15s → 10s.

SMITE Version 2.15.3015 (October 9, 2015)

  • Icons HouYi A03.png Divebomb
  • Fixed an issue with the tooltip for this ability still displaying 30% Physical Power scaling instead of the intended 60%.
  • Fixed an issue where this ability was still contributing 30% Physical Power vs targets marked by Mark of the Golden Crow.

SMITE Version 2.15.3014 (October 6, 2015)

  • Icons HouYi A01.png Ricochet
  • Reduced Cooldown from 14 → 10s.
  • Fixed an issue with projectile accuracy from the sides.
  • Icons HouYi A03.png Divebomb
  • Increased Physical Damage Scaling from 30 → 60%.

SMITE Version 2.13.2948.1 (September 1, 2015)

  • Icons HouYi A01.png Ricochet
  • Improved highlighting accuracy.

SMITE Version 2.12.2920.2 (August 18, 2015)

  • Icons HouYi A01.png Ricochet
  • Fixed not highlighting all targets on 2nd and 3rd trajectories.

SMITE Version 2.9.2834 (July 7, 2015)

  • General
  • Correctly updated the Iron Crow skin from Exclusive to Limited.
  • Icons HouYi A02.png Mark of the Golden Crow
  • Fixed visual issue where Mark would not display on the target's client while using the Iron Crow skin.

SMITE Version 2.8.2808 (June 18, 2015)

  • Icons HouYi A03.png Divebomb
  • Fixed taunting Hou Yi stuck in air.
  • Fixed description still showing old ability text.

SMITE Version 2.8.2806 (June 16, 2015)

  • Icons HouYi A03.png Divebomb
  • This ability has been reworked. When activated, Hou Yi will jump straight up into the air and pause, choosing a landing location.

SMITE Version 2.3.2660 (April 1, 2015)

  • Icons HouYi A01.png Ricochet
  • The build up on this ability has been removed.

SMITE Version 2.2.2636 (March 18, 2015)

  • Icons HouYi A02.png Mark of the Golden Crow
  • Fixed the tooltip incorrectly stating +15% instead of +25% penetration.
  • Icons HouYi A03.png Divebomb
  • Fixed Hou Yi getting debuffed when gliding over Janus Portal.

SMITE Version 2.1.2598.3 (February 26, 2015)

  • General
  • Fixed a bug where, if Hou Yi was stunned during Divebomb, he could become immune to damage for the rest of the game.

SMITE Version 2.1.2598.1 (February 25, 2015)

  • Icons HouYi A03.png Divebomb
  • Hou Yi can now glide over player deployables.
  • Fixed Hou Yi still getting caught in Artemis Trap when descending.

SMITE Version 2.0.2573.3 (February 11, 2015)

  • General
  • Base Attack Speed increased from 0.85 to 0.9.
  • Attack Speed per level increased from 1% to 1.2%.
  • Icons HouYi A01.png Ricochet
  • Increased projectile speed.
  • Fixed a tooltip typo on cooldown.
  • Icons HouYi A03.png Divebomb
  • Hou Yi no longer becomes immune to damage and healing while airborne.
  • Increase the speed Hou Yi travels.
  • Hou Yi is no longer rooted upon landing.

SMITE Version 1.0.2529.2 (January 14, 2015)

  • Hou Yi has been added to the game.


Replaced abilities[]

3rd Ability - Divebomb
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 damaging any enemies in the immediate area. If the target has Mark of the Golden Crow they are knocked back. Notes:
 Bullet.png Can go over player made walls and deployables, but not through map walls.
 Bullet.png Damage: 70/110/150/190/230 (+30% of your Physical Power)  Bullet.png Travel Time: 1.5s
 Bullet.png Ability Type: Leap  Bullet.png Radius: 20
 Bullet.png Cost: 70/75/80/85/90 mana  Bullet.png Cooldown: 15 seconds

Ability Video

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