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Zhong Kui
SkinArt ZhongKui Default
Summary
Title: The Demon Queller
Pantheon: NewUI Pantheon Chinese Chinese
Type: Ranged,Magical
Class: NewUI Class Mage Mage
Pros: Medium Crowd Control, High Area Damage
Difficulty: Easy
Release date: August 28, 2013
Favor: 5,500 Favor
Gems: 200 Gems
Voicelines: Zhong Kui voicelines
Voice actor: Daniel Penz
Stats
Health: 450 (+85)
Mana: 250 (+47)
Speed: 360 (+0)
Range: 55 (+0)
Attack/Sec: 0.95 (+1%)
Basic Attack
Damage: 33 (+ 1.5)
+ 20% of Magical Power
Progression: None
Protection
Physical: 10 (+2.6)
Magical: 23 (+1.3)
Regen
HP5: 6 (+0.44)
MP5: 4.8 (+0.45)
*Numbers in parentheses are the amount gained at each level

"Mark demons to stuff into your bag then release them all to pulse into your enemies."

Zhong Kui is one of the playable Gods in SMITE.

Lore[ | ]

In this world resides powerful evil, intent on destroying everything crafted by Gods and Men. Without guardians of equal strength, all would have fallen long ago. Zhong Kui was once a man with ambitions no greater than scholastic excellence, but in death became the perfect shield against evil's onslaught.

Zhong Kui sought to pit his brilliant mind against the Imperial Examinations, tests to select councilors for the Emperor. With ease, he passed, but when the emperor saw his hideous face, he cast the scholar out. Offended, furious, Zhong Kui hurled himself repeatedly at the palace gates until his body was broken.

For his crime, Zhong Kui's soul was judged by the King of Hell, but where the Emperor saw only ugliness, the King of Hell saw potential armed with genius. Zhong Kui was appointed Lord of Demons, tasked to forever hunt and ensnare the evils of the world.

For centuries, home owners and shopkeepers have adorned their buildings with Zhong Kui's likeness, for that visage that once horrified the emperor now glares with purpose at unwelcome demons. Yet these days, it is not just shops and homes in peril, but the whole world. It does not take a mind like Zhong Kui's to see evil's hand in this War of the Gods. The time has come to bring these demons to task, and Zhong Kui means to smite them all.

Abilities[ | ]

Passive - Demon Bag
Zhong Kui captures demons each time anything dies within 80 units of him and stores them in his Demon Bag, giving him additional Protections. When Recall Demons is activated, Zhong Kui gains double the Protections from his Demon Bag, but loses half the demons in the process. Zhong Kui also loses half the demons in his bag if he dies. Notes:
 Bullet Stacks provide up to 48 Protections.
 Bullet Protections: 1.6 per captured demon  Bullet Max Stacks: 30
 Bullet Ability Type: Buff

Ability Video

1st Ability - Expose Evil
Zhong Kui pastes a card on all enemies in front of him, marking them as a demon, Slowing and damaging them each second while they are marked. If the card is removed, 75% of the remaining damage is done instantly. Notes:
 Bullet Deals up 100/150/200/250/300 (+100% of your Magical Power) damage without removing the card and 75/112.5/150/187.5/225 (+75% of your Magical Power) as remaining damage if the card is removed before the first tick of damage occurs.
 Bullet Damage per Tick: 20/30/40/50/60 (+20% of your Magical Power)  Bullet Slow: 20%
 Bullet Card Lifetime: 5s  Bullet Ability Type: Line, Slow, Damage
 Bullet Range: 55  Bullet Cost: 60/65/70/75/80 mana
 Bullet Cooldown: 12 seconds

Ability Video

2nd Ability - Exorcism
Zhong Kui drives out the demons of his enemies, dealing damage as they leave the body. Demons exorcised from Enemies marked by Expose Evil will be absorbed by Zhong Kui, healing him per demon (up to 3), and will remove the card. Notes:
 Bullet Can heal up to 45/120/195/270/345 health.
 Bullet Damage: 75/125/175/225/275 (+50% of your Magical Power)  Bullet Heal: 15/40/65/90/115
 Bullet Ability Type: Cone, Heal, Damage  Bullet Range: 35
 Bullet Cost: 60/65/70/75/80 mana  Bullet Cooldown: 10 seconds

Ability Video

3rd Ability - Book of Demons
When fired, the Book of Demons deals damage and Stuns enemies, stunning marked enemies for 2x the duration and removing the card. Once this ability has been ranked, the Book of Demons flies nearby Zhong Kui, firing for 50% of Zhong Kui's basic damage. Notes:
 Bullet Marked targets are stunned for 2s.
 Bullet Its hitbox moves clockwise around Zhong Kui.
 Bullet Damage: 80/135/190/245/300 (+50% of your Magical Power)  Bullet Stun: 1s (2x for marked targets)
 Bullet Ability Type: Circle, Stun, Damage  Bullet Radius: 20
 Bullet Cost: 60/65/70/75/80 mana  Bullet Cooldown: 13 seconds

Ability Video

Ultimate - Recall Demons
Upon activation, demons pulse out from his bag at nearby players every second for 5s. They chase and accelerate over time, doing damage to enemies as they enter the body. Zhong Kui is immune to Knockback and Slows for the duration. Notes:
 Bullet The stack count of Demon Bag has no effect on damage dealt nor the number of demons released.
 Bullet Deals up to 400/475/550/625/700 (+125% of your Magical Power) damage and grants up to 96 Protections with a full demon bag.
 Bullet Demons will also follow enemies through walls.
 Bullet Damage: 80/95/110/125/140 (+25% of your Magical Power)  Bullet Ability Type: Circle, Buff, Damage
 Bullet Radius: 40  Bullet Cost: 100 mana
 Bullet Cooldown: 90 seconds

Ability Video

Videos[ | ]

God Reveal[ | ]

Achievements[ | ]

Achievement Combat ZhongKui BookofDemons
Book of Demons
As Zhong Kui stun three or more enemy Gods with Book of Demons.
Achievement Combat ZhongKui WhatsInTheBag
What's in the Bag?
As Zhong Kui use Expose Evil and Exorcism to fully stack your passive.


Trivia[ | ]

General[ | ]

  • Zhong Kui's direct taunt to Neith ▶️"If only you let me paint you like a French girl..." is a reference to the movie Titanic.
  • Aphrodite's direct taunt to Zhong Kui ▶️ "Paint me like one of your Chinese girls!" is also a reference to the same line.
  • His direct taunt to Bakasura ▶️ "The power of my brush compels you, demon!" is a reference to the quote from The Exorcist.

God Skins[ | ]

  • T ZhongKui Skin01 IconKing of Ghosts
  • This is one of the few Tier 1 skins with custom ability effects.
  • T ZhongKui Commando IconG.I.Zhong
  • T ZhongKui DemonCatcher IconDemon Catcher
  • Both Default Zhong Kui and this skin were voiced by Daniel Penz.
  • This skin and several of its quotes are a reference to the movie Ghostbusters.
    • His taunt ▶️ "You don't wanna know what happens when I cross the beams!" could be a reference to a scene in Ghostbusters about crossing streams.
    • His joke ▶️ "Are you troubled by strange noises in the middle of the night?" is a reference to the ad in Ghostbusters.
    • His other joke ▶️ "When someone asks you if you're a god, you say yes!" is a reference to the quote from Ghostbusters.
    • His direct taunt to Osiris ▶️ "Yes it's true, this man has no health!" is a reference to the quote in Ghostbusters.
  • One of this skin's death lines ▶️"I guess... I've received total consciousness..." is a reference to the American sports comedy film Caddyshack.
  • One of this skin's lines for placing a ward ▶️"Gotta catch 'em all!" is a reference to the Pokémon anime series.
  • T ZhongKui StitchedHorror IconStitched Horror
  • This skin is based on the character Oogie Boogie from the movie The Nightmare Before Christmas.
  • The years in the background of the card art reference the amount of time Zhong Kui went without receiving a new skin. It can be seen better on the full version of the card art.
  • The original concept for this skin was created by the artist WolfDawg.
  • T ZhongKui Nekomancer IconNekomancer
  • T ZhongKui NeithsBiggestFan IconNeith's Biggest Fan
  • This skin was also voiced by Daniel Penz.
  • Neith can be seen in the wallpaper version of the card art.
  • This skin features Zhong Kui cosplaying as Neith.
  • T ZhongKui HappyLittlePainter IconHappy Little Painter

Skins[ | ]

Default
Default Skin card Release Date August 28, 2013
Type Standard
Cost Free
Requirements
Voicelines Zhong Kui voicelines
In Game Model
Extra Information

King of Ghosts
King of Ghosts Skin card Release Date August 28, 2013
Type Standard
Cost 100 Gems or 9500 Favor
Requirements
Voicelines Zhong Kui voicelines
In Game Model
Extra Information

G.I.Zhong
G.I Release Date June 2, 2015
Type Standard
Cost 600 Gems
Requirements
Voicelines G.I.Zhong Zhong Kui 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.

Demon Catcher
Demon Catcher Skin card Release Date October 15, 2014
Type Exclusive
Cost 600 Gems
Requirements
Voicelines Demon Catcher Zhong Kui voicelines
In Game Model
Extra Information
 Bullet This skin comes with custom character animations and ability effects.
 Bullet This skin was part of the Odyssey 2015 event.
 Bullet This skin can only be obtained as a rare roll from certain Treasure Chests.

Stitched Horror
Stitched Horror Skin card Release Date December 19, 2018
Type Exclusive
Cost 600 Gems
Requirements
Voicelines Stitched Horror Zhong Kui voicelines
In Game Model
Extra Information
 Bullet This skin comes with custom character animations and ability effects.
 Bullet This skin was part of the Hera's Odyssey event.
 Bullet This skin can only be obtained as a rare roll from certain Treasure Chests.

Nekomancer
Nekomancer Skin card Release Date March 23, 2021
Type Exclusive
Cost None
Requirements
Voicelines Nekomancer Zhong Kui voicelines
In Game Model
Extra Information
 Bullet This skin comes with custom character animations and ability effects.
 Bullet This skin could only be obtained as a final reward from the premium track in the Heroes of the Wild Battle Pass.
 Bullet This skin can only be obtained as a rare roll from certain Treasure Chests.

Neith's Biggest Fan
Neith's Biggest Fan Skin card Release Date August 24, 2021
Type Exclusive
Cost None
Requirements
Voicelines Neith's Biggest Fan Zhong Kui voicelines
In Game Model
Extra Information
 Bullet This skin comes with custom character animations and ability effects.
 Bullet This skin could only be obtained by earning 40,000 odyssey points from the Odyssey: Perilous Seas event.
 Bullet This skin can only be obtained as a rare roll from certain Treasure Chests.

Happy Little Painter
Happy Little Painter Skin card Release Date June 2, 2022
Type Exclusive
Cost None
Requirements
Voicelines Happy Little Painter Zhong Kui voicelines
In Game Model
Extra Information
 Bullet This skin comes with custom character animations and ability effects.
 Bullet This skin could only be obtained through Twitch Prime Gaming.

Golden
Golden Skin card Release Date December 5, 2013
Type Standard
Cost 200 Gems or 9500 Favor
Requirements God Rank 1
Voicelines [[]]
In Game Model
Extra Information

Legendary
Legendary Skin card Release Date December 5, 2013
Type Standard
Cost 300 Gems or 12500 Favor
Requirements God Rank 5
Voicelines [[]]
In Game Model
Extra Information

Diamond
Diamond Skin card Release Date August 19, 2014
Type Standard
Cost 400 Gems or 15000 Favor
Requirements God Rank 10
Voicelines [[]]
In Game Model
Extra Information

Changelog[ | ]

SMITE Version 11.3.7948.3 (March 19, 2024)

  • Icons ZhongKui A03Book of Demons
  • The damage and stun timing now better matches this ability’s animation

SMITE Version 11.2.7915.4 (February 20, 2024)

  • General
  • Increased base Attack Speed from 0.86 to 0.95
  • Icons ZhongKui PassiveDemon Bag
  • Decreased max stacks from 40 to 30
  • Increased Protections per stack from 1.2 to 1.6

SMITE Version 10.8.7671 (August 8, 2023)

  • Icons ZhongKui PassiveDemon Bag
  • Decreased the Protections gained per stack from 1.5 to 1.2

SMITE Version 10.6.7598.5 (June 13, 2023)

  • Icons ZhongKui PassiveDemon Bag
  • Increased the Protections gained per stack from 1 to 1.5
  • Increased max protections passive from 40 to 60
  • Increased max protections while ult is firing from 80 to 120

SMITE Version 10.3.7494.12 (March 28, 2023)

  • Icons ZhongKui A02Exorcism
  • Decreased Heal from 20/35/50/65/80 (+20% of your Magical Power) to 15/40/65/90/115
  • Icons ZhongKui A03Book of Demons
  • Decreased Cooldown from 15 to 13
  • Increased Stun Duration from .6/.7/.8/.9/1s to 1s
  • (2x for marked targets)

SMITE Version 9.7.7157.3 (July 12, 2022)

  • General
  • Increased base Physical Protections from 11.2 to 15.2

SMITE Version 8.4.6501.3 (April 20, 2021)

  • Icons ZhongKui A01 Expose Evil
  • Increased Magical Power Scaling per tick from 15% to 20% (from 75% to 100% total)

SMITE Version 7.11.6266 (November 3, 2020)

  • Icons ZhongKui A03 Book of Demons
  • Increased Base Damage from 60/115/170/225/280 to 80/135/190/245/300
  • Icons ZhongKui A04 Recall Demons
  • Increased Magical Power Scaling from 20% to 25% per tick
  • (100% to 125% total, hits 5 times)

SMITE Version 7.6.6084.2 (June 16, 2020)

  • Icons ZhongKui Passive Demon Bag
  • Decreased Max Souls from 60 to 40.
  • Increased Magical and Physical Protection per stack from 0.5 to 1.
  • Total protections increased from 30 to 40.

SMITE Version 6.13.5787.6 (December 11, 2019)

  • Icons ZhongKui A03 Book of Demons
  • Fixed an issue where his ability 3 was not working, this God will be re-enabled when The Vigilant Update releases.

SMITE Version 6.10.5654.3 (September 17, 2019)

  • Icons ZhongKui Passive Demon Bag
  • Increased Max Souls from 40 to 60.
  • Decreased Magical and Physical Protections per Stack from 0.8 to 0.5.
  • Maximum Protections decreased from 32 to 30.
  • Icons ZhongKui A01 Expose Evil
  • Increased Cooldown from 10s to 12s.

SMITE Version 5.13.4890 (July 24, 2018)

  • Icons ZhongKui Passive Demon Bag
  • Decreased Protections per stack from 1 to 0.8.
  • Icons ZhongKui A03 Book of Demons
  • Decreased Stun duration from .7/.8/.9/1/1.1s to .6/.7/.8/.9/1s.

SMITE Version 5.11.4838 (June 26, 2018)

  • General
  • Fixed an issue where his passive meter wasnt accurately animating changes in soul stacks.

SMITE Version 5.9.4788.4 (May 30, 2018)

  • Icons ZhongKui Passive Demon Bag
  • Increased Stacks from 20 to 40.
  • Decreased Protections per stack from 2 to 1.
  • Zhong Kui now gains stacks when witnessing any death. He no longer gains stacks from consuming marks with Exorcism.
  • Decreased Stacks lost on Death and after using Recall Demons from 100% to 50%.
  • Icons ZhongKui A03 Book of Demons
  • Stun Duration Increased from .5/.6/.7/.8/.9s to .7/.8/.9/1/1.1s.

SMITE Version 4.25.4533 (January 9, 2018)

  • Icons ZhongKui A03 Book of Demons
  • Decreased Mana Cost from 75/80/85/90/95 to 60/65/70/75/80.
  • This ability no longer takes away Zhong Kui's book basic attacks while on cooldown.

SMITE Version 4.5.3978.2 (March 28, 2017)

  • Icons ZhongKui A01 Expose Evil
  • Expose Evil should now deal 75% of the remaining scaling damage in addition to the Base Damage it was already dealing.

SMITE Version 4.4.3956 (March 14, 2017)

  • Icons ZhongKui A01 Expose Evil
  • Increased the remaining damage dealt from 40% → 75% when Expose Evil is removed by Exorcism or Book of Demons.
  • Icons ZhongKui A02 Exorcism
  • Reduced the time it takes for Demons created by Exorcism to reach Zhong Kui and heal him.
  • Icons ZhongKui A03 Book of Demons
  • Updated Tooltip to make it clear that when Book of Demons removes Expose Evil it deals 75% of Expose Evil's remaining damage.
  • Icons ZhongKui A04 Recall Demons
  • Increased the Travel Speed of the Demons released by Recall Demons.

SMITE Version 2.15.3014 (October 6, 2015)

  • Base Stats
  • Increased base Health from 400 to 450.
  • Increased Health per level from 75 to 85.
  • Increased Magical Protection per level from 0 to 0.9.

SMITE Version 2.14.2983.1 (September 22, 2015)

  • General
  • Added extended lines for Standard Voice Pack.

SMITE Version 2.6.2740 (May 12, 2015)

  • General
  • Fixed Basic Attack trails showing green fx from Standard skin.

SMITE Version 1.0.2529.2 (January 14, 2015)

  • Icons ZhongKui A01 Expose Evil
  • Fixed crowd control immunity removing the card and damage over time.

SMITE Version 1.0.2379.3 (October 29, 2014)

  • Icons ZhongKui A01 Expose Evil
  • Updated tooltip to correctly state “40% of remaining damage is done instantly” instead of 50%.

SMITE Version 1.0.2347.1 (October 15, 2014)

  • General
  • Fixed an issue where his basic attack projectile was invisible.

SMITE Version 1.0.2151.3 (May 28, 2014)

  • Icons ZhongKui A04 Recall Demons
  • Zhong Kui is now immune to Knockback and slows while channeling Recall Demons.

SMITE Version 1.0.2091 (April 16, 2014)

  • Icons ZhongKui A02 Exorcism
  • Reduced cooldown from 13 to 10s.

SMITE Version 1.0.2069 (April 2, 2014)

  • Icons ZhongKui A03 Book of Demons
  • Cooldown increased from 10s to 15s.
  • Icons ZhongKui A04 Recall Demons
  • Reverted previous change that prevented Zhong Kui from using abilities while channeling this ability. He may now take all actions again.
  • Zhong Kui is no longer CC immune while channeling this ability, however it will continue to channel while he is under the effects of CC.

SMITE Beta Version 0.1.2044.1 (March 19, 2014)

  • Icons ZhongKui A04 Recall Demons
  • Fixed an issue in which jumping would cancel this ability.
  • Fixed an issue in which Zhong Kui was sometimes unable to use basic attacks during ability. As a result, he will no longer be able queue up and have another ability ground target ready when Recall Demons is finished.
  • Fixed an issue with Polynomicon passive not working.

SMITE Beta Version 0.1.2027.1 (March 12, 2014)

  • Icons ZhongKui A04 Recall Demons
  • Can no longer cast other abilities while using this ability, although you may still use basic attacks. Right-clicking will now cancel this ability early.

SMITE Beta Version 0.1.2015.1 (March 5, 2014)

  • General
  • King of Ghosts Zhong Kui has had his FX updated.

SMITE Beta Version 0.1.1968 (February 6, 2014)

  • Icons ZhongKui A01 Expose Evil
  • Recovery time reduced from 0.4 to 0.1.

SMITE Beta Version 0.1.1868.3 (December 5, 2013)

  • Icons ZhongKui Passive Demon Bag
  • Buff tooltip text updated to show correct value of 2 protections per stack

SMITE Beta Version 0.1.1850 (November 20, 2013)

  • Icons ZhongKui Passive Demon Bag
  • Bonus protections granted for each captured demon reduced from 3 per demon to 2.
  • Icons ZhongKui A04 Recall Demons
  • This ability will no longer heal allied players.

SMITE Beta Version 0.1.1831.1 (November 7, 2013)

  • Icons ZhongKui A02 Exorcism
  • The amount of healing per captured demon has been reduced from 25/40/55/70/85 to 20/35/50/65/80.

SMITE Beta Version 0.1.1764.2 (October 2, 2013)

  • Icons ZhongKui A01 Expose Evil
  • The percentage of remaining damage done when removing cards early has been reduced from 50% to 40%.
  • Icons ZhongKui A02 Exorcism
  • The base healing of this ability has been reduced from 30/45/60/75/90 to 25/40/55/70/85.

SMITE Beta Version 0.1.1738 (September 18, 2013)

  • Icons ZhongKui A02 Exorcism
  • An issue has been fixed where the tooltip was showing incorrect mana costs for the ability.

SMITE Beta Version 0.1.1721 (September 5, 2013)

  • Icons ZhongKui A01 Expose Evil
  • The duration of the mark has been reduced from 6 to 5s.
  • Icons ZhongKui A03 Book of Demons
  • The magical power contribution was reduced from 70% to 50%.

SMITE Beta Version 0.1.1705 (August 27, 2013)

  • Zhong Kui has been added to the game.


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