Arena of Valor (AoV) - Superman Item Builds

Superman Item Builds Guide for Arena of Valor (AoV). Each build is geared toward a different play style, so choose one that fits your personal preference.

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Superman Item Builds

Arena of Valor Superman

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Core Items

These items are necessary in order to play Superman optimally. Only diverge from a core item if you are a very experienced player or you have a very good reason for doing so.

Arena of Valor Gaia's StandardGaia’s Standard While not offering as much raw defense as its alternative, Gaia’s Standard offers a lot of utility to Superman that cannot be missed. The item offers movement speed, invaluable to the Man of Steel on its own, but also restores a percentage of his health whenever he takes damage. Given how he will stack up a lot of health in a manner similar to Xeniel, this can lead to rather hefty health gains. In addition, the item of course offers a fair amount of magic defense and HP, adding to Superman’s overall defenses and health-based damage.

Optional Items

Arena of Valor Amulet of LongevityAmulet of Longevity With how much health Superman likes to stack, Amulet of Longevity is a natural choice. Not only does it add additional health for each other health item that Superman buys, but it amplifies the healing effects of items like Crimson Banner and Gaia’s Standard, making them more effective overall.
Arena of Valor MuramasaMuramasa While not offering anything to his defenses, Muramasa will allow Superman to cut through enemy armor to ravage their health directly. This is a great choice when wanting a more aggressive Superman build and the enemy team has a lot of thick skinned tanks. The item additionally offers some cooldown reduction, allowing Superman to use his disruptions more frequently.
Arena of Valor Mail of PainMail of Pain An excellent item when dealing with physical enemies, Mail of Pain reflects a percentage of physical damage done to the wearer back to its source. It additionally offers armor and HP in order to improve his general survivability as well. This is a must have when an enemy marksman starts to snowball.
Arena of Valor Odin's WillOdin’s Will While not a common choice on other tanks, Superman’s reliance on speed and damage can make Odin’s Will a very effective choice for him. The item provides additional movement speed and overall damage as the wearer sustains damage, allowing Superman to very quickly exit fights after initiating and improving the impact of any subsequent hits he makes.
Arena of Valor Medallion of TroyMedallion of Troy Medallion of Troy is an excellent source of defensive stats when dealing with magic heavy teams. Not only does it offer large amounts of magic defense and health, it provides the wearer with a magic absorbing shield every several seconds. To top this off, the item additionally offers
Arena of Valor RankbreakerRankbreaker Rankbreaker will help Superman punch through enemy defenses with the armor pierce it provides. He will be able to deal near true damage when fighting with squishier foes, making each of his abilities even more deadly. In addition to this, Rankbreaker provides out-of-combat movement speed, allowing Supes to more quickly start Flight as well as quickly move between lanes and gank.
Arena of Valor Shield of the LostShield of the Lost While not typically one to stick around long enough to get full use of its passive, Shield of the Lost can be a valuable source of stats to Superman. It offers large amounts of both HP and armor, greatly increasing the user’s survivability against physical attacks. The passive will help protect him and nearby team members whenever he dives into fights, slowing their attack speed and, thereby, lowering their DPS potential.
Arena of Valor Fenrirs ToothFenrir’s Tooth Another purely aggressive item, Fenrir’s Tooth will greatly raise Superman’s killing potential. Not only does it provide a large amount of attack damage, the item additionally amplifies all damage when attacking low health targets. This includes damage that does not scale with attack damage, like Superman’s health-scaling abilities.

Boots Upgrade

Arena of Valor Gilded GreavesGilded Greaves Gilded Greaves are a great choice for Superman as they help him escape from his one true weakness: disables. The resistance that the boots offer lower the amount of time that Superman will spend slowed or stunned, allowing him to sprint back up to a fly much more quickly.
Arena of Valor Sonic BootsSonic Boots Sonic Boots is a good choice against enemies who focus on physical damage or normal attacks. Get this over Gilded Greaves if the opposing marksman or warrior is snowballing hard.
Arena of Valor Hermes' SelectHermes’ Select While not offering any defensive benefits, Hermes’ Select are a good way to regain speed in between fights and move between lanes when ganking.

Sample Item Builds

This build tries to ride the line survivability and damage, a heavy focus on defensive items along with the occasional addition of attack damage to up Superman’s offensive impact. Frost Cape, Gaia’s Standard, and Mail of Pain make up his defensive arsenal, each contributing health along with their other defensive benefits. Meanwhile Rankbreaker and Fenrir’s Tooth make up his offensive front, offering large amounts of attack power on their own along with their own offensive effects. This is for a more aggressive Superman who is going to spend more time diving into enemies before running away than constantly under fire.

Superman differs from most heroes in that he should almost always take boots as his first item. Flight is very reliant on a high movement speed, so he cannot waste time wandering around without the boost. This build takes a purely defensive approach to Superman, forsaking attack damage items entirely in the name of simply buffing up his survivability. That said, he will not be completely without any damage. All of the items contribute to his health pool and, as several of his flying abilities scale with health. The set up we have here is particularly effective against physical enemies, Mail of Pain and Shield of the Lost offering large amounts of armor along with their normal attack affecting passives. Should the enemy be heavier on magic damage, however, consider swapping one or both for magic defense items like Medallion of Troy.

This is similar to the bruiser build above, though with a heavier focus on speed and mobility. We take Hermes’ Select as our boots, giving Superman a tremendous amount of mobility when moving between the lanes. This is supplemented with Rankbreaker, Odin’s Will, and Gaia’s Standard, which all pump up the Man of Steel’s movement speed either in or out of combat. Frost Cape keeps him from growing too squishy, a lot of the items in this build much lighter in terms of defense than those in the other builds.

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  1. I love your help with so many heroes when it comes to builds and strategy but with sm i really disagree with a lot :). I played him a lot and succesfully, recommendig this build:
    Guilded g./ rankbreaker/crimson banner/ gaias and mail of pain in whatever order suits the battle more/ last depending on the battle, mostly amulet of long.
    Id call it an assasin build until midgame, and once goldoverflow id exchange rankbreaker with muramasa.
    So, now what i disagree on:
    Superman is not really a tank, he can protect carries well and initiate fights but does so worse than a thane or a mina which is why i would not recommend building him as a full tank,furthermore most teams will buy items giving u a hard time being a tank if you have to engage with your abilities more than 3 times since cc will get you and make you loose a lot of value.
    As a superman you never really want to use auto attacks which is why i disagree with your optional items too.
    Mantle of ra is just not good for him, not providing health and you never sticking close to an enemy for long since you are always moving.
    Spear of longinus and hyogas edge both feel odd because you will not get much out of their passives, as superman you should never auto attack but in flight mode, wich is once every couple seconds max.
    Your aggresive warrior build offers rankbreaker first… you always want to start with boots being sm.
    Furthermore i think you should at least have mentioned amulet of longuevity as optional item, its health boost suiting sms kit greatly.I use it almost as a core item.
    When it comes to frostcape, i did not use it a lot, it would not suite my way of playing sm because of how i usually engage and figth, making me believe you dont get to pull of the passive that often without having to stop to auto attack, but maybe its just due to not having it used enough.

    • I appreciate the feedback! I will keep it in mind and look over our builds in hopes of improving them. I can certainly see the points you are making and admit that they fit how many play Superman more than the build suggests. As far as Hyoga’s Edge and Frost Cape are concerned, there is some value in following up a dive with a normal attack -however- we did not explain that in depth and in doing so could encourage less-than-optimal play. You are definitely right that Amulet of Longevity should be on the list though; I believe that given it being a bit iffy on many other durable heroes caused us to overlook it entirely when establishing the page.