SMITE 5.6 patch notes released: Inner Demon Arena Adventure and more

Last patch, SMITE players said goodbye to Da Ji and the Legend of the Foxes, the first of SMITE’s Season 5 Adventures. Hi-Rez has released the patch notes for 5.6: Inner Demon. With it come a new Adventure of the same name, the conclusion of the birthday event and more. To see the patch notes, keep reading or see them on SMITE’s official site.

Inner Demon Arena

Those who remember Season 4’s Corrupted Arena — which some would say was the best Adventure of last year; in fact, we ranked it as the top Adventure on our Season 4 countdown — will see similarities here. Instead of dangerous pits like Corrupted Arena, Inner Demon Arena has pits of water that will hurt those who linger in them for too long.

Inner Demon Arena also has objectives: three “serpent demons” will spawn every two minutes. The team who kills the majority of them, or two out of three, will get a Juggernaut (the big guys pushing the cart in regular Arena). They’ll behave identically to regular Arena Juggernauts with the exception that “they will attack nearby enemies when stopped.”

The bonus round from the Hades’ Escape From the Underworld event is also present. Respawn timers are also adjusted. Last but not least, “an in-game visual has been added to help players see what actions they are doing that subtract tickets from the enemy team.” There is also one small adjustment that “Minions and Juggernauts now walk directly into the portal instead of animating in ways that can confuse players if they are hittable or not.”

In fact, if we had to bet, we’d say these adjustments all sound like new features that will be making their way into regular Arena once Hi-Rez tests them through the Adventure. Hi-Rez did say Arena improvements would be coming in Season 5, after all.

Inner Demon Arena Bundle

Inner Demon Hel Skin SMITE
Inner Demon Hel

Of course, the new Adventure will come with a bundle:

  • Inner Demon Hel God Skin
  • Inner Demon Pedestal
  • Inner Demon Jump Stamp
  • Inner Demon Level-Up FX
  • Season 5 Gold Key
  • Bonus points earned from the Adventure

Last birthday bundle

The third and final birthday bundle is here, which means the limited collection reward skin, Jackal Tech Anubis, is also here. Like the other bundles, the Turn Up Bundle can be purchased at the sale price of 675 gems during patch 5.6 or 900 gems after.

  • Abyssal Executioner Chaac God Skin
  • Dashing Deceiver Loki God Skin
  • Dashing Deceiver Announcer Pack
  • Raining Skulls Global Emote
  • Enigma Chest
  • SMITE Birthday Present (used to unlock Awesome Chest)

Chest and fantasy point store additions

In case you missed it from recent patches, Hi-Rez is trying to be more transparent about what items are added to chests. The following items will be added to the Awesome Chest:

  • Brimstone Beast Camazotz
  • Brimstone Demon Thor
  • Grove Keeper Xing Tian
  • Sweet Tooth Sol

And the following items will be added to the Godlike Chest:

  • Digi-Mir 9000 Ymir
  • Scarlet Coven Isis
  • Wyrm Slayer Ullr

Don’t forget about the fantasy points store:

  • The King Bacchus
  • The Marksman Rama
  • Solstice Hel

Other new skins and mastery skins updates

There are a few other skins in addition to the ones obtained through the Turn Up Bundle and the Inner Demon Arena Bundle. Violet Sorceress Aphrodite will be added to the Adventure Gold Vault and will require a Gold Key from one of the Adventure bundles to be unlocked. Road Rebel Hercules is an exclusive skin going into the Wasteland Chest. Lastly, both Chaac and Hercules will have their mastery skins updated in honor of their new skins.

Violet Sorceress Aphrodite Skin SMITE
Violet Sorceress Aphrodite

Balance changes

Moving onto the all-important thing in MOBAs: balance. We see quite a few item changes and buffs and nerfs to gods, as well as some long overdue fixes to characters with pushes/pulls that caused players to lose their hit boxes and therefore not able to be hit. More simply put, have you ever missed an ability on a player being pulled by Hercules or Tyr? It’s because they actually “lose their hit box” during the ability.

Item balance

Rage Buff

  • Increased Critical Strike Chance from 20% to 30%
  • No longer provides an additional 10% Critical Strike on evolving

Soul Gem Nerf

  • Decreased Bonus Damage from 40% to 30% of your Magical Power

Warlock’s Staff Nerf

  • Decreased Health per Stack from 4 to 3
  • This item now grants 500 health when fully completed, down from 600 health

Shield of Thorns Nerf

  • Decreased amount of damage reflected from 50% to 40%

Shield of Thorns Upgrade Nerf

  • Decreased amount of damage reflected from 50% to 40%

Hide of the Nemean Nerf

  • Decreased Physical Protections from 80 to 70

Celestial Legion Helm Buff

  • Increased Physical Protection from 30 to 40

Shogun’s Kisari Buff/Nerf

  • Increased Magical Protection from 40 to 50
  • Decreased Passive Attack Speed from 25% to 20%

Jade Emperor’s Crown Buff

  • Increased Physical Protection from 50 to 60

Bulwark of Hope Buff

  • Decrease cost from 2550 to 2400

Pestilence Nerf

  • Increase cost from 2150 to 2250

Rod of Asclepius Buff

  • Increased Magical Power from 75 to 90
  • Increased in combat healing bonus from 10% to 15%

Toxic Blade Buff/Nerf

  • Increased pen from 10 to 15
  • Reduced stack count of Anti-heal from 3 stacks to 2 stacks. (60% anti-heal to 40%)
  • Increased stack duration from 5s to 8s

God balance

Ares Buff

No Escape

  • No longer requires Line of Sight to grab onto enemies.

Cerberus Buff

Paralyzing Spit

  • This ability now goes through walls.
  • This ability has had numerous adjustments to better reflect the targeter. Players should notice this ability feels more accurate to the FX and targeter.
  • The radius of each projectile has been increased from 3 to 3.5.
  • The stun from this ability is now subject to diminishing returns.

Soul Expulsion

  • Increased range from 50 to 55.

Stygian Torment

  • No longer requires Line of Sight to afflict enemies.

Hel Buff

Stance Attunement Buff

  • Updated passive meter to show cooldowns of her opposite stance.

Decay (Restoration)

  • Removed this projectile offset, this ability now fires directly down center and matches the targeter.

Light Basic Attack

  • Removed this projectile offset, this ability now fires directly down center and matches the targeter.

General

  • All ability icon art has been updated.

Ne Zha Buff

Wind Fire Wheels

  • Removed the damaging hit as the enemy god begins to fall.
  • Increased Initial and Landing damage from 60/100/140/180/220 (50% of your physical power) to 80/130/180/230/280 (65% of your physical power).

Nemesis Nerf

Divine Judgement

  • Decreased Damage from 20/25/30/35/40 to 20/22.5/25/27.5/30% of targets current health.

Nu Wa Nerf

Shining Metal

  • Decreased stun duration from 1/1.2/1.3/1.4/1.5s to 1/1.1/1.2/1.3/1.4s.

Sol Nerf

Unstable Manifestation

  • Decreased bonus Basic Attack damage from 25% to 20%.
  • Decreased Attack Speed from 1.2% to 1% (30% to 25%).
  • Decreased Magical Power bonus from 1% to .8% (25% to 20%).

Terra Buff

Monolith

  • This ability now roots enemies when shattered.

New Ultimate: Earthen Fury

Terra channels her strength into the world around her, buffing her allies and debuffing enemies for 10s. Allies gain 10% damage mitigation as well as a Heal over Time and protective stones that heal the ally if all 4 are activated. Enemies receive 10% more damage from all sources and harmful stones that damage the enemy if all 4 are activated. Stones are activated when an ally or enemy takes damage.

  • Radius : 55 ft
  • HoT : 5/8/11/14/17 (+2% of your magical power) every 0.5s for 10s
  • Heal : 100/150/200/250/300 (+30% of your magical power)
  • Damage : 200/250/300/350/400 (+60% of your magical power)
  • Cooldown : 90 seconds
  • Cost : 100 mana

Thoth Nerf

Evade and Punish

  • This ability will no longer begin its cooldown until Thoth fires the stunning projectile.

God fixes

Da Ji

Paolao

  • Made adjustments to the targeter so it is more visible while on the Pao Lao.

Tyr

Fearless

  • Targets hit by fearless no longer lose their hitbox while being pushed by Tyr and can be damaged.

Janus

Portal

  • Changed the FX for the portal deploy to better match its actual deploy speed.

Ne Zha

Wind Fire Wheels

  • Ne Zha and the player he has grabbed are now damageable upon landing. Rather than losing their collision, they gain player pass through and Ne Zha gains CC immunity for the duration of their landing animations.

Serqet

Last Breath

  • Serqet and the player she has grabbed are now damageable upon during the throw. Rather than losing their collision, they gain player pass through and Serqet gains CC immunity for the duration of their throwing/thrown animations.

Hercules

Driving Strike

  • Targets hit by Driving Strike no longer lose their hitbox while being pushed by Hercules and can be damaged.

Release date

Patch 5.6 will go live for PC on Tuesday, April 10 with Xbox One and PS4 to be announced.

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