Ao Kuang used to be part of SMITE for quite a while, but his kit was moved to Kukulkan while the team at Hi Rez gave him a full reworking. Well, Ao Kuang has returned and is more badass than ever. A new patch for SMITE hits this week and with it brings the return of Ao Kuang with a brand new model and kit.
Ao is interesting this time around as he seems to be somewhat of a combination of Freya and Loki. Freya was interesting as she was pretty much the only Magical Assassin in the game which made her a great jungler, often a position reserved for Physical Assassins.
Freya is classified as a mage but uses a melee sword for her basic attacks. Ao Kuang however can join that Magical Assassin class as he also uses a sword for his basic attacks and seems like he is great for the jungle role.
Here is a rundown of his new abilities
Also introduced in the patch are two new skins for Tyr, however they are special skins which can only be acquired via special promotions
The first patch is the Sock Puppetyr patch, which is a reward for the friend referal system. If you refer three friends and they all reach level 15, then you will automatically receive the skin. The second Tyr skin is the Convention 2015 skin which can only be acquired at special events like PAX and probably the SMITE NA and World Championships. These skins are extremely rare and are often never offered once the conventions are over.
The next Odyssey item has been revealed as well and is the incredibly adorable "Little Red Riding Hood" Scylla skin with Grandmother dogs to go along with it.
Finally, the new free god rotation is He Bo, Sylvanus, Artemis, Osiris and Kali
All of the new skins, Ao Kuang and the brand new Aphrodite loading card can be seen below and be sure to also check out the god reveal video for Ao Kuang where they run down all of his abilities.
The SMITE NA Championships are also this weekend in Atlanta Georgia where we will find out what two teams will be heading to the SMITE World Championships in January for a chance at over $1,000,000. You can check out all that action live on their official Twitch Channel.
For the full list of patch notes, be sure to check out SMITE's official Reddit Page.