The newest character to enter the SMITE battlefield is the goddess Ishtar. Players can clash against others as Ishtar starting Aug. 23 with the Love and War update, according to the announcement. Here’s everything to know about her passive, abilities and ultimate.
Mark of Vengeance passive
Mark of Vengeance is the SMITE goddess’ passive, allowing Ishtar to mark the enemy player who most recently damaged her. This passive is activated when Ishtar goes below 75% health. It’s also indicated by a marker above the enemy’s head plus the gem in her passive meter being full.
Each time Ishtar deals basic attack damage to a marked enemy player, she stacks an attack speed buff for a few seconds. If the SMITE goddess gets a kill or assist on the marked opponent, then she receives a movement speed buff.
SMITE Ishtar: Imbue Arrows
Imbue Arrows is Ishtar’s first ability, which enhances her basic attacks for a few seconds. These types of basic attack options include Strike Shot, Spread Shot and Storm Shot. The SMITE goddess cannot hit Structures while using Imbue Arrows.
Strike Shot involves explosive bolts that can be fired over walls for bonus AoE damage. Meanwhile, Spread Shot consists of a cone-shaped area that indicates where the five shots are headed. The arrow in the center of this cone procs basic attack item effects.
As for Storm Shot, Ishtar enhances her attack speed before doing a quick and long-ranged snipe. The tradeoff for Storm Shot is reduced damage.
Rolling Thunder ultimate in SMITE
Next, Rolling Thunder lets Ishtar aim four lightning strikes in a line to damage enemies within the area. If an enemy gets hit by more than one strike, then they become crowd controlled by mesmerize.
Ishtar can choose to have the lightning strikes go outwards away from her or towards her for better zoning.
SMITE Ishtar: Jolt
Jolt strikes enemies in the SMITE goddess’ path, and if Ishtar hits an opposing player, then she roots them before she does a backflip away from them. While she’s in the air, she fires her bow for damage in an area around the enemy player. Jolt can also crit and activate basic attack item effects.
Blades of Retribution
As for Ishtar’s ultimate, Blades of Retribution makes her immune to crowd control while firing five swords in front of her. Each of these swords deals damage and does soft crowd control to enemies.
Ishtar can recall the swords to her location within a few seconds when they reach their destination. If an opponent gets hit with the initial attack and the recall one, then they become stunned. Each sword hit after the initial one deals reduced damage and resets before the recall phase. The SMITE goddess can also move around and cast abilities during Blades of Retribution.
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