SMITE: Demigods, Deities and Gods Explained is a column dedicated to introducing prospective players of SMITE to its massive back story of lore. From the Greek to Hindu, each week we’ll look at two characters from a major pantheon and provide a quick recap of their history and in what capacity their digital incarnation will represent on the field of Hi-Rez Studios’ upcoming MOBA.
Lore: In early Egyptian mythology, Anhur was a god of war worshipped by many in the area of Abydos. He’s depicted as a fearsome lion-headed humanoid marking his strength and power. His abilities are channeled through a deadly lance and his prowess is heralded by ancient Egyptian armies and royal warriors alike.
The son of Ra, Anhur and his sister Bastet defended their father during his journey across the sky. Consistently victorious against those that wished to do Ra harm, Anhur was given the title of Slayer of Enemies for dispatching Apep with his strategic insights.
Anhur’s name comes from the tale of his wife, Menhet, whom he captured to impress his father after the goddess spurned the Sun God. Upon actually meeting Menhet, Anhur fell in love and requested she become his wife when she was presented to Ra. The request was granted giving Anhur the meaning of “he who leads back the distant one.”
In-Game: Anhur is a strong ranged physical character with solid utility. Capable of diving, slowing and stunning with a skillshot, he’s a strong laner with excellent team abilities. His high base protection also means he’s not as squishy as other ranged DPS characters.
With abilities based solely on physical power, Anhur should be built with pain in mind. Physical power and attack speed items are crucial to maximizing his abilities. Thanks to short cooldowns for most abilities, players should focus on critical damage and chance until moving into late game defensive items depending on opposing forces.
Head over to SMITE: Demigods, Deities and Gods Explained for details on all of the playable characters.