SMITE 5.4 patch notes released: SMITE Birthday

Today, Hi-Rez hosted the first patch notes show ever hosted on Mixer to reveal update 5.4: SMITE Birthday. The anniversary — or ‘birthday’ — of SMITE’s release date isn’t until March 25, so presumably we’ll see an event more toward that date, but the patch notes have the beginning of the festivities. Of course, there are balance changes and all that good stuff, so keep reading to see all the additions.

SMITE Birthday Bundle

For the first time, Hi-Rez is selling a bundle for SMITE’s birthday. When you purchase is important here: players can get 25% off for buying the Birthday Bundle during patch 5.4. That brings the regularly priced 900 gem bundle down to 675 gems the patch period.

SMITE Basscannon Neith Skin
Basscannon Neith

The bundle includes the exclusive Basscannon Neith skin, the exclusive Revenant Achilles skin and other cosmetic items:

  • Basscannon Neith
  • Revenant Achilles
  • Enigma Chest
  • EDM Music Theme
  • SMITE Birthday Loading Frame
  • Birthday Present

Once players complete a series of quests, they can use the Birthday Present to unlock an Awesome Chest. Similar to other bundles lately, with two exclusive skins plus another guaranteed exclusive skin from the Awesome Chest — and all the other items — this is a darn good deal, especially if you buy at the discount.

SMITE Revenant Achilles Skin
Revenant Achilles

Other skins

Aside from the skins included in the SMITE Birthday Bundle, there are a few other additions.

First, we have the final Ratatoskr skins from the Da Ji and the Legend of the Foxes Adventure mode added with patch 5.2. There is Zenko Ratatoskr, who can be earned through the Fox Chests purchased with Fox Points through playing the mode. Then, finally, players who have unlocked all three Ratatoskr skins receive Final Fusion Ratatoskr. Both skins are exclusive.

SMITE Zenko Ratatoskr Skin
Zenko Ratatoskr

Next, we have the exclusive Beaky Chibi Thoth, who is similarly adorable to the Beamy Chibi Ra and Heebee Chibi Hades. There is also Pixel Beast Cernunnos, another exclusive skin. Lastly, there is Sylvan Sentinel Hou Yi, a nature-themed skin. Hi-Rez showed off on the patch notes broadcast that Hou Yi will be able to walk around as a bush in the skin (no, we’re not joking) à la Fortnite.

Balance changes

Next, we come to balance. Hopefully, the changes should get a few of the old, annoying standbys out of your ranked games and allow some newcomers to join the fray. Then, a few weeks from now, we can complain about how overpowered the newcomers are, and the cycle can repeat itself.

God changes

Achilles Nerf (Okay, due to the initial period where new gods can’t be picked in ranked, he hasn’t annoyed you yet in ranked, but trust us, he was going to)

Shield of Achilles

  • Decreased Damage from 100/160/220/280/340 to 80/135/190/245/300
  • Decreased Stun Duration from 1.1/1.2/1.3/1.4/1.5s to 1s at all ranks
SMITE Final Fusion Ratatoskr Skin
Final Fusion Ratatoskr

Combat Dodge

  • Increased cooldown from 10s to 12s

Ao Kuang Bug Fix (That Is Also A Nerf)

King of the Eastern Seas

  • Removed the brief window where Ao Kuang is untargetable during this abilities casting time.

Apollo Buff

So Beautiful

  • Increased Base Damage from 70/125/180/235/290 to  80/140/200/260/320

Chronos Buff


  • Increased Basic Attack Power from 35 to 40.
 Time Lord
  • Increased Magical Power per Stack from 3 to 5 (75 to 125 at 50 Minutes).
 Fafnir Buff-Slash-Nerf
Cursed Strength
  • Increased stun from 1s to 1/1.1/1.2/1.3/1.4s


  • Decreased Self Healing from 50/75/100/125/150 to 50/70/90/110/130
  • Decreased Self Healing Scaling from 40% to 30% of your magical power
SMITE Pixel Beast Cernunnos Skin
Pixel Beast Cernunnos

He Bo Nerf

Water Spout

  • Decreased Magical Power Scaling from 85% to 75%

Atlas of the Yellow River

  • Increased cooldown from 10s to 12s

Khumbakarna Buff

Throw Back

  • Decreased cooldown from 15s to 13s

Groggy Strike

  • Increased Base Damage from 70/120/170/220/270 to 90/140/190/240/290

Nemesis Nerf

Divine Judgment

  • Decreased Nemesis Self Buff Duration from 8s to 5s
  • Increased cooldown from 90/85/80/75/70 to 90s at all ranks

Nu Wa Buff

Mysterious Fog

  • Decreased Mana cost from 70/75/80/85/90 to 60/65/70/75/80
  • Decreased the time that Nu Wa is revealed in the fog from 3s to 1s
SMITE Sylvan Sentinel Hou Yi Skin
Sylvan Sentinel Hou Yi

Clay Soldiers

  • Increased Base Movement Speed of Soldiers from 350 to 365

Shining Metal

  • Decreased Mana cost from 60 to 50
  • Increased Magical Power Scaling from 65% to 75%

Fire Shards

  • Can pass through player-made deployables while lifting off
Ra Buff
  • Increased movement speed from 355 to 360
 Celestial Beam
  • Increased Magical Power Scaling from 80% to 90%

Thoth Nerf

Dead Reckoning

  • Decrease Magical Penetration per Stack from 4 to 3 (total changed from 20 to 15)
Glyph of Pain
  • Decreased Magical Power Scaling Bonus on both the ability and basic attack trigger from 10% to 5%.
  • Adjusted description to better describe how this abilities bonus damage applies to Basic Attack projectiles.
SMITE Beamy Chibi Thoth Skin
Beaky Chibi Thoth
Item changes

Gauntlet of Thebes Buff

  • Now gains 5 Stacks for a god kill or assist.
 Emerald Talisman Nerf
  • Increased price from 1200 to 1400g
  • Decreased passive from .25% of your HP per second to .2%.
    • Updated description to be more precise in how Health was restored.

Stone of Gaia Nerf

  • Increased price from 2100 to 2250g
  • Decreased passive from .4% of your HP per second to .3%
    • Updated description to be more precise in how Health was restored.

Heartseeker Nerf

  • Decrease Passive Bonus Damage Trigger from 100% of your Physical Power to 80% of your Physical Power.
 Rod of Tahuti Bug Fix
  • Fixed an issue where the bonus scaling would not apply to Passive abilities.
 Doom Orb Buff
  • Increased Magical Power from 60 to 70
 Soul Reaver Buff
  • Decreased Cost from 2750 to 2650
  • Increased Magical Power from 120 to 130

Enchanted Ring Buff

  • Increased Magical Power from 30 to 45
 Shaman’s Ring Buff
  • Increased Cost from 2300 to 2400
  • Increased Magical Power from 80 to 100

Telkhines Ring Buff

  • Decreased Cost from 2800 to 2700
  • Increased Passive Bonus Damage on basic attacks from 10 +5% of your Magical Power to 10 + 8% of your Magical Power.
Relic and consumable changes

There is also one relic change and one consumable change.

Blink and Upgraded Blink

  • Increased Cooldown from 100s to 120s
 Chalice of the Oracle
  • Increased price from 300 to 400g

Patch 5.4, the SMITE Birthday patch, should be gracing the public test server soon followed by an official PC release on Tuesday, March 13. If everything goes usually, Xbox One and PS4 should follow the week after PC.

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