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Kuzenbo
SkinArt Kuzenbo Default
Summary
Title: King Kappa
Pantheon: NewUI Pantheon Japanese Japanese
Type: Melee,Magical
Class: NewUI Class Guardian Guardian
Pros: High Crowd Control, High Defense
Difficulty: Easy
Release date: February 14, 2017
Favor: 5,500 Favor
Gems: 200 Gems
Voicelines: Kuzenbo voicelines
Voice actor: Mike Pollock
Stats
Health: 500 (+100)
Mana: 200 (+34)
Speed: 365 (+0)
Range: 12 (+0)
Attack/Sec: 1 (+1.2%)
Basic Attack
Damage: 38 (+ 1.5)
+ 20% of Magical Power
Progression: 1/1/1 damage and swing time
Protection
Physical: 17 (+3.2)
Magical: 27 (+1.3)
Regen
HP5: 8 (+0.85)
MP5: 4.6 (+0.42)
*Numbers in parentheses are the amount gained at each level

"Throw out Kappas and drag down your enemy into a watery grave."

Kuzenbo is one of the playable Gods in SMITE.

Lore[ | ]

Kappa are devious creatures. They linger just below the surface of rivers and lakes, waiting for mortals to test the water before snatching and drowning their fleshy meal. Taken merely at their appearance and juvenile sense of humor, they could be mistaken for mischievous turtle-men, almost playful in a rude sort of way, but they are dangerously strong and ruthless when submerging their prey. King among these monsters is Kuzenbo; bigger, stronger, and more cunning than the rest, but just as infantile.

Kuzenbo led his nine thousand Kappa followers to Japan, where they harried river villages and fishing boats, using their unnatural strength to pull mortals below. So clever, so hungry had the Kappa become, that Japan's army marched to fight back, but they were no match.

As the bowl-shaped indentation atop a Kappa's head is filled with water, that Kappa grows impossibly stronger - far stronger than a mortal. Yet, bound by their strange sense of honor, a Kappa must bow when bowed to, spilling their power upon the ground. It is the only known way to defeat one.

And of the countless battles Kuzenbo has fought, he was defeated only twice. Upon his second defeat at the hands of General Kiyomasa, Kuzenbo was forced to swear to never again sow strife between man and beast. A vow the Kappa King has honored ever since.

Gods, however, are fair game.

Abilities[ | ]

Passive - Water Bowl
Each time Kuzenbo takes over 2% of his maximum health worth of damage, pre-mitigation, he is granted stacks of Damage Mitigation as his head fills with water (Max 10 Stacks). Stacks last 30s and refresh when he gains another. If he is affected by True Hard CC, the bowl loses half of its stacks. Kuzenbo may only lose stacks in this way every 1.5s. Notes:
 Bullet Kuzenbo gains maximum stacks when taken at least 20% maximum health damage before mitigations.
 Bullet Will not lose stacks if immune to true hard CC.
 Bullet Damage Mitigation: 1.5% per 2% of Maximum Health taken  Bullet Maximum Mitigation: 15%
 Bullet Mitigation Lost: 5 stacks  Bullet Duration: 30s
 Bullet Ability Type: Buff

Ability Video

1st Ability - NeNe Kappa
Kuzenbo summons and throws the powerful NeNe Kappa, who can ricochet off of walls. After firing, if the NeNe Kappa bounces off of a wall it will travel 70 units from that point up to a maximum of 2 bounces. After reaching maximum range, or if an Enemy God is hit by the NeNe Kappa, it will burst forth from its shell, slowing and attacking them for 6s. Kuzenbo transfers 20% of his Health and Protections to the NeNe Kappa. Notes:
 Bullet Can deal up to 240/360/480/600/720 (+165% of your Magical Power) damage to minions and jungle monsters.
 Bullet Kuzenbo can have multiple NeNe Kappas at once.
 Bullet NeNe Kappas attacks once per second and don't remove backdoor protections from towers and phoenixes.
 Bullet Damage: 80/120/106/200/240 (+55% of your Magical Power)  Bullet Kappa Damage per Hit: 35/45/55/65/75
 Bullet Kappa Health: 25/30/35/40/45 (+20% of your Maximum Health)  Bullet Slow: 20/22.5/25/27.5/30%
 Bullet Slow Duration: 3s  Bullet Ability Type: Line, Pet, Damage
 Bullet Range: 70  Bullet Cost: 70/75/80/85/90 mana
 Bullet Cooldown: 14 seconds

Ability Video

2nd Ability - Shell Spikes
The spikes on Kuzenbo’s back extend out, damaging enemies who attack Kuzenbo. While active, each time Kuzenbo takes damage, the cooldown on NeNe Kappa and Sumo Slam is reduced. Kuzenbo may activate this ability even while under the effects of Crowd Control. Notes:
 Bullet Similarly to the ShieldofThorns Relic S9 Shield of Thorns relic, damage reflected is calculated using the base damage of the incoming attack, before protections and mitigations.
 Bullet This ability does not damage towers and phoenixes.
 Bullet This ability does not proc item effects
 Bullet % of Damage Taken: 15/20/25/30/35%  Bullet Cooldown per Hit: .6/.7/.8/.9/1s
 Bullet Duration: 3s  Bullet Ability Type: Buff, Damage
 Bullet Cost: 50 mana  Bullet Cooldown: 14/13.5/13/12.5/12 seconds

Ability Video

3rd Ability - Sumo Slam
Kuzenbo charges forward, immune to slows, damaging Enemy minions and silencing using his immense strength to push the first Enemy God he hits along with him. Each subsequent Enemy he hits deals damage to both that Enemy and the god Kuzenbo is pushing. Colliding with a wall will also deal damage to the pushed god. Pushed targets can be hit a maximum of 3 times. Notes:
 Bullet Deals up to 180/285/390/495/600 (+105% of your Magical Power) damage and a maximum grab/silence duration for 1.5s to the pushed god.
 Bullet Only the first wall collision will deal damage.
 Bullet Kuzenbo can turn freely with an increased turn radius for the duration.
 Bullet Damage per Hit: 60/95/130/165/200 (+35% of your Magical Power)  Bullet Ability Type: Dash, Crowd Control, Damage
 Bullet Cost: 60/65/70/75/80 mana  Bullet Cooldown: 14 seconds

Ability Video

Ultimate - Watery Grave
Kuzenbo pulls himself inwards under his shell and spins, summoning fierce currents that knock enemies back, increase his Movement Speed, grant him 20% Damage Mitigation, render him immune to Crowd Control, and allow him to move freely in all directions for 2.1s. Each hit after the first on an enemy deals 40% reduced damage. Notes:
 Bullet Can deal up to 224/364/504/644/784 (+112% of your Magical Power) damage to enemies hit by all 4 hits.
 Bullet The damage is dealt every 0.6s.
 Bullet Damage first Hit: 80/130/180/230/280 (+40% of your Magical Power)  Bullet Damage per Hit: 40/65/90/115/140 (+20% of your Magical Power)
 Bullet Movement Speed: 45%  Bullet Damage Mitigation: 20%
 Bullet Ability Type: Circle, Knockup, Damage  Bullet Radius: 22.5
 Bullet Cost: 100 mana  Bullet Cooldown: 75 seconds

Ability Video

S9 buff balancenonconquest Non-Conquest Balance[ | ]

These additional modifiers will affect the god when they're played in any game modes besides Conquest:

  • -5% Damage Dealt to Gods
  • +5% Non-Ultimate Cooldowns

Videos[ | ]

God Reveal[ | ]

Achievements[ | ]

Achievement Combat Kuzenbo ShellReflect
Shell Reflect
As Kuzenbo reflect back 280 damage in a single use of your Shell Spikes Ability.
Achievement Combat Kuzenbo TripleTreble
Triple Treble
As Kuzenbo knock up an enemy god 3 times in a single use of your Watery Grave Ability.


Trivia[ | ]

General[ | ]

  • Kuzenbo was the first god released in Season 4.
  • Kuzenbo was the first guardian in the Japanese Pantheon.
  • Kuzenbo is voiced by Mike Pollock, who also voices Dr. Eggman in the Sonic The Hedgehog series. Additionally, Pollock also provides the voice of High Noon Sylvanus.
  • Some of Kuzenbo's voicelines are in Japanese, most notably on his 3rd Ability, Sumo Slam, and his (VGG) General voicelines.
  • One of Kuzenbo's voicelines when he uses his first ability, NeNe Kappa is: ▶️"Watch my NeNe!" is a reference to the popular song Whip/Nae Nae by Silento.
  • His victory screen animation and dance emote are also a reference to this song.
  • One of Kuzenbo's NeNe Kappas also appears in Baron Samedi's defeat screen.
  • Kuzenbo makes several references to the Kappa emote from Twitch.
  • Some of Kuzenbo's voicelines: ▶️"No problem, Kappa!"/▶️"You look strong, Kappa!"/▶️"Just stay right there, Kappa! I won't hurt you." are a reference to the popular emote 'Kappa' on streaming platform, Twitch. The emote is usually associated with sarcasm.
  • One of Kuzenbo's taunts, ▶️"I was born in the dankest of streams!" could also be a reference to Twitch as well.

God Skins[ | ]

  • T Kuzenbo CCSkin IconYokozuna
  • The skin's name is a reference to the Makuuchi professional sumo wrestling circuit's rank of the same name, Yokozuna.
  • T Kuzenbo T2Skin IconHonorbound
  • This skin is most likely based on uniforms worn by samurai during the Sengoku Jidai period of Japan.
  • T Kuzenbo Karate IconShino-bo
  • T Kuzenbo Kuzenbot IconKuzenbot
  • T Kuzenbo Slash IconSlash
  • T Kuzenbo Kaiju IconKaijunbo
  • This skin is a reference to the popular Kaiju genre of movies that became famous during the Showa era of Japan, and still run today.
  • This skin shares its theme with Kaiju Sobek.
  • T Kuzenbo JingleShells IconJingle Shells
  • T Kuzenbo Gangster IconCrime Boss
  • The same thing happened with Big Gun Khepri.
  • His joke line ▶️"Hey, hey! I finally got a gun! Took 'em long enough!" is also a direct reference to this.
  • One of his lines for when he uses his ability NeNe Kappa ▶️"Say hello to my little friends!" is a reference to the movie Scarface.
  • Don Zaburou Danzaburou also makes the same reference to this line.
  • T Kuzenbo MoltenDoom IconMolten Doom
  • T Kuzenbo Gold IconMastery Skins
    The mountain in the background of the splashart is most likely Mt. Fuji.

Skins[ | ]

Default
Default Skin card Release Date February 14, 2017
Type Standard
Cost Free
Requirements
Voicelines Kuzenbo voicelines
In Game Model
Extra Information

Yokozuna
Yokozuna Skin card Release Date February 14, 2017
Type Standard
Cost 100 Gems or 9500 Favor
Requirements
Voicelines Kuzenbo voicelines
In Game Model
Extra Information

Honorbound
Honorbound Skin card Release Date May 9, 2017
Type Standard
Cost 250 Gems or 25000 Favor
Requirements
Voicelines Kuzenbo voicelines
In Game Model
Extra Information

 Bullet This skin can also be obtained as a rare roll from certain Treasure Chests.

Shino-bo
Shino-bo Skin card Release Date May 24, 2017
Type Standard
Cost 400 Gems
Requirements
Voicelines Shino-bo Kuzenbo voicelines
In Game Model
Extra Information
 Bullet This skin comes with custom character animations and ability effects.
 Bullet This skin can also be obtained as a rare roll from certain Treasure Chests.

Kuzenbot
Kuzenbot Skin card Release Date May 4, 2021
Type Standard
Cost 750 Gems
Requirements
Voicelines Kuzenbot Kuzenbo voicelines
In Game Model
Extra Information
 Bullet This skin comes with custom character animations and ability effects.
 Bullet This skin was part of the Talons of Tyranny event.
 Bullet This skin could only be obtained from certain Treasure Chests, or via direct purchase.

Slash
Slash Skin card Release Date June 14, 2022
Type Crossover
Cost 600 Gems (Cowabunga Chest)
Requirements
Voicelines Slash Kuzenbo voicelines
In Game Model
Extra Information
 Bullet This skin comes with custom character animations and ability effects.
 Bullet This skin can only be obtained as a rare roll from certain Treasure Chests.

Kaijunbo
Kaijunbo Skin card Release Date July 18, 2017
Type Exclusive
Cost 400 Gems
Requirements
Voicelines Kaijunbo Kuzenbo voicelines
In Game Model
Extra Information
 Bullet This skin comes with custom character animations and ability effects.
 Bullet This skin was part of the Summer of Smite 2017 event.
 Bullet This skin can only be obtained as a rare roll from certain Treasure Chests.

Jingle Shells
Jingle Shells Skin card Release Date December 19, 2018
Type Exclusive
Cost None
Requirements
Voicelines Kuzenbo voicelines
In Game Model
Extra Information
 Bullet This skin was awarded to anyone who played at least one match during the 5.23 update.
 Bullet This skin can only be obtained as a rare roll from certain Treasure Chests.

Crime Boss
Crime Boss Skin card Release Date October 8, 2019
Type Exclusive
Cost 600 Gems
Requirements
Voicelines Crime Boss Kuzenbo voicelines
In Game Model
Extra Information
 Bullet This skin comes with custom character animations and ability effects.
 Bullet This skin is part of the Odyssey: Underworld event.
 Bullet This skin can only be obtained as a rare roll from certain Treasure Chests.

Molten Doom
Molten Doom Skin card Release Date March 8, 2022
Type Exclusive
Cost 1200 Gems (Samsara Bundle)
Requirements
Voicelines Molten Doom Kuzenbo voicelines
In Game Model
Extra Information
 Bullet This skin comes with custom character animations and ability effects.
 Bullet This skin was part of the Dharmic Era event.
 Bullet This skin can only be obtained as a rare roll from certain Treasure Chests.

Golden
Golden Skin card Release Date March 14, 2017
Type Standard
Cost 200 Gems or 9500 Favor
Requirements God Rank 1
Voicelines [[]]
In Game Model
Extra Information

Legendary
Legendary Skin card Release Date March 14, 2017
Type Standard
Cost 300 Gems or 12500 Favor
Requirements God Rank 5
Voicelines [[]]
In Game Model
Extra Information

Diamond
Diamond Skin card Release Date March 14, 2017
Type Standard
Cost 400 Gems or 15000 Favor
Requirements God Rank 10
Voicelines [[]]
In Game Model
Extra Information

Changelog[ | ]

SMITE Version 11.3.7948.6 (April 2, 2024)

  • Icons Kuzenbo A02Shell Spikes
  • Shifted Cooldown Reduction per hit from .5/.7/.9/1.1/1.3s to .6/.7/.8/.9/1s
  • Icons Kuzenbo A03Sumo Slam
  • Increased Cooldown from 12s to 14s

SMITE Version 10.8.7671 (August 8, 2023)

  • Non-Conquest
  • -5% Damage Dealt to Gods
  • +5% Non-Ultimate Cooldowns

SMITE Version 10.6.7598.5 (June 13, 2023)

  • Icons Kuzenbo A02Shell Spikes
  • Increased Damage Reflected from 10/15/20/25/30% of Damage taken to 15/20/25/30/35%
  • Icons Kuzenbo A04Watery Grave
  • Increased Damage Mitigation from 10% to 20%
  • General
  • Non-Conquest Buffs have been removed from Kuzenbo

SMITE Version 10.5.7560 (May 16, 2023)

  • Non-Conquest
  • -5% Damage Taken

SMITE Version 10.1.7415.3 (January 24, 2023)

  • Icons Kuzenbo A01 Nene Kappa
  • Increased Slow from 20% to 20/22.5/25/27.5/30%
  • Decreased Cooldown from 16s to 14s

SMITE Version 9.9.7253.5 (September 20, 2022)

  • Icons Kuzenbo Passive Water Bowl
  • Update Description to specify how this interacts with the new “True Hard CC” category and to include the cooldown on losing stacks
  • Icons Kuzenbo A04 Watery Grave
  • Increased Damage after the first spin from 50% to 60% (decreased the decrease from 50% to 40%)
  • Kuzenbo now gains 10% damage mitigation while this ability is channel

SMITE Version 8.8.6750.10 (August 24, 2021)

  • Icons Kuzenbo A01 Nene Kappa
  • Increased Base Damage on the throw from 70/105/140/175/210 to 80/120/160/200/240

SMITE Version 7.10.6230.4 (October 20, 2020)

  • Icons Kuzenbo A03 Sumo Slam
  • Decreased Damage from 80/110/140/170/200 to 60/95/130/165/200

SMITE Version 7.4.5984.3 (April 21, 2020)

  • Icons Kuzenbo Passive Water Bowl
  • Increased Duration from 10s to 30s.
  • Icons Kuzenbo A01 Nene Kappa
  • Kuzenbo can now spawn multiple NeNes.
  • Icons Kuzenbo A03 Sumo Slam
  • Adjusted turn radius to allow for more control over turns.

SMITE Version 6.4.5372.6 (April 2, 2019)

  • Icons Kuzenbo A03 Sumo Slam
  • Fixed Kuzenbo continuing to deal damage with Sumo Slam after the target has used Beads.

SMITE Version 5.10.4812 (June 12, 2018)

  • Icons Kuzenbo A04 Watery Grave
  • Reduced the forgiveness timer time between individual hits from 0.7 to 0.6.
  • This was due to a bug where players would most likely not get hit 4 times in his ultimate even if they should have.

SMITE Version 5.8.4766.4 (May 15, 2018)

  • Icons Kuzenbo Passive Water Bowl
  • Increased Damage reduction per stack from 1% to 1.5%.
  • As a result, Maximum Damage Reduction increased from 10% to 15%.
  • Icons Kuzenbo A02 Shell Spikes
  • Decreased Damage Reflected from 20/25/30/35/40% to 10/15/20/25/30%.
  • Decreased Mana cost from 50/55/60/65/70 to 50 at all ranks.
  • This ability now decreases the cooldown of Sumo Slam as well as NeNe Kappa by the same amount.

SMITE Version 5.1.4571.1 (January 30, 2018)

  • General
  • Increased Base Health Per Level from 95 to 100.

SMITE Version 4.20.4385 (October 24, 2017)

  • Icons Kuzenbo A03 Sumo Slam
  • Now cleanses roots on cast (can still be affected by roots during charge).

SMITE Version 4.18.4332 (September 26, 2017)

  • Icons Kuzenbo A03 Sumo Slam
  • Decreased Cooldown 16/15/14/13/12s to 12s at all ranks.
  • Icons Kuzenbo A04 Watery Grave
  • Decreased Cooldown from 100s to 75s.

SMITE Version 4.16.4283 (August 29, 2017)

  • Icons Kuzenbo A01 NeNe Kappa
  • The keyword “Pet” has been added to the description to better convey his NeNe Kappa's classification.

SMITE Version 4.13.4202 (July 18, 2017)

  • Icons Kuzenbo A01 NeNe Kappa
  • Targets hit by the thrown NeNe Kappa are Slowed by 20%.
  • Icons Kuzenbo A03 Sumo Slam
  • Increase turn radius, allowing for sharper turning.
  • Cooldown reduced from 16s flat → 16/15/14/13/12s.
  • Icons Kuzenbo A04 Watery Grave
  • Adjusted the Knockup from this Ability. Targets will now be Knocked Up into the air more and pushed to the side less.

SMITE Version 4.10.4119.1 (June 6, 2017)

  • Icons Kuzenbo A01 NeNe Kappa
  • Fixed an issue where the NeNe Kappa would have very low Health.

SMITE Version 4.8.4062.1 (May 9, 2017)

  • Icons Kuzenbo A01 NeNe Kappa
  • Updated the description to include better information about the stats for this pet.

SMITE Version 4.7.4031.1 (April 25, 2017)

  • Icons Kuzenbo A01 NeNe Kappa
  • NeNe Kappa now inherits 20% of Kuzenbo's current Health and Protections in addition to its base.
  • Icons Kuzenbo A03 Sumo Slam
  • Sumo Slam should now properly be immune to roots during its duration.

SMITE Version 4.4.3956 (March 14, 2017)

  • Icons Kuzenbo A01 NeNe Kappa
  • Increased NeNe Kappa's Attack Damage from 25/35/45/55/65 → 35/45/55/65/75.
  • Icons Kuzenbo A02 Shell Spikes
  • Increased Cooldown Reduction on NeNe Kappa per Hit from .2/.3/.4/.5/.6s → .5/.7/.9/1.1/1.3s.
  • Fixed an issue where this Ability could not be used while in a Knockup.

SMITE Version 4.3.3934 (March 1, 2017)

  • General
  • Fixed progression on the stats page showing as “undefined”.
  • Icons Kuzenbo Passive Water Bowl
  • Fixed a description error to properly convey the Damage Mitigation this Passive provides.
  • Icons Kuzenbo A02 Shell Spikes
  • Can now be activated while Kuzenbo is under the effects of Crowd Control.
  • Icons Kuzenbo A03 Sumo Slam
  • Increased Damage from 65/95/125/155/185 → 80/110/140/170/200.
  • Icons Kuzenbo A04 Watery Grave
  • Reduced Duration from 2.8s → 2.1s (one less maximum Knock-up).
  • Increased first hit Damage from 60/100/140/180/220 → 80/130/180/230/280.
  • Increased per tick Damage from 30/50/70/90/110 → 40/65/90/110/140.
  • Increased Movement Speed Buff from 35% → 45%.
  • Fixed an issue where Kuzenbo could be Knocked-up during the warm-up for this Ability.

SMITE Version 4.2.3908 (February 17, 2017)

  • General
  • Fixed an issue where his Passive Meter would appear full when respawning.
  • Icons Kuzenbo A01 NeNe Kappa
  • Added sound effects for when this ability bounces off walls.

SMITE Version 4.2.3906 (February 14, 2017)

  • Kuzenbo has been added to the game.


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