solarus build guide

Honor of Kings Solarus (Hou Yi): Builds, Synergy, Counter Guide

Solarus, also Known As Hou yi, is a Marksman Hero in Honor of Kings. In This Comprehensive guide you will Get a In Depth analysis of this skills set and abilities, A Proper Pro Builds, Synergy and Counter Hero and Gameplay Strategies for Early, Mid and Late Game.

HOK Solarus (Hou Yi)

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Hou Yi is a marksman with a unique combination of crowd control skills and a damage-focused playstyle. His passive, Chastising Shot, allows him to deal high damage once activated, while his Arrow Volley skill enhances his damage output even further. Although fragile and lacking self-protection, Hou Yi’s Afterglow and ultimate ability Burning Sun Arrow enable him to harass enemies from a distance and initiate team fights effectively. With a strategic approach and strong synergy with certain teammates, Hou Yi can become a formidable force on the battlefield.

Solarus Position and Lane Intro






Hero Master Difficulty



Sub Class

Combo Marksman


Crowd Control


Late Game

Recommended Lane

Farm Lane

Team Fight Position

Back Row

Crimson/Azure Golem

High Requirements

Understanding Solarus Abilities and Skills

Chastising Shot (Passive): Upon hitting normal attacks, Hou Yi accumulates a shooting status, increasing attack speed by 4% per layer, stacking up to 3 layers. Upon reaching 3 layers, he enters the “Chastising Shot” state, firing 3 arrows dealing a total of 130% original damage. Each arrow applies 50% on-hit magic effects, and this state lasts for 3 seconds.

Cooldown: 0s Cost: 0
Tips: Hou Yi needs to hit 3 normal attacks to trigger the passive effect, which will deal high damage once activated.

Arrow Volley (Skill 01): Hou Yi enhances his attack, dealing 105/130/155/180/205/230 (+75% physical scaling) physical damage per attack. If Chastising Shot is triggered, each arrow deals 40% original damage and 60% on-hit magic effects, hitting up to 2 additional enemies within range for 50% damage (without applying on-hit magic effects). This effect lasts for 5 seconds.

Cooldown: 10s Cost: 60
Tips: This is the primary damage skill. Combined with the passive effect, each normal attack can fire up to 9 arrows, making its area damage extremely strong.

Afterglow (Skill 02): Hou Yi commands the Sun Tower to attack, briefly dealing 300/350/400/450/500/550 (+50% physical scaling) physical damage to enemies within the targeted area, reducing their movement speed by 30% for 2 seconds. Enemies hit in the center of the area receive a 50% slow and additional 50% damage.

Cooldown: 8/7.4/6.8/6.2/5.6/5s Cost: 60
Tips: Hou Yi’s standard crowd control skill, which can provide burst damage when aimed accurately. It can also be used to harass enemies from a distance when necessary.

Burning Sun Arrow (Ultimate): Hou Yi fires a flaming arrow in a specified direction. When hitting an enemy hero, it stuns them and causes an explosion, dealing 700/1000/1300 (+90% physical scaling) physical damage to enemies within range. Enemies directly hit by the flaming arrow will be stunned for 0.5~3.5 seconds depending on the arrow’s travel distance, and the splash damage slows them by 90% for 1 second.

Cooldown: 45/40/35s Cost: 130
Tips: A powerful initiation skill. Hitting distant enemies can cause a long stun effect. As a full-screen skill, Hou Yi can use his ultimate to support teammates from afar. However, it requires some prediction when targeting from a distance.

Ideal Skill Order for Solarus

To maximize Solarus’s potential, prioritize upgrades his skills in the following order:

  1. Ultimate: Burning Sun Arrow
  2. Second Skill: Afterglow
  3. First Skill: Arrow Volley

Solarus Pro Build

shadow ripper item
Boots of Dexterity Item
Eternity Blade Item
Daybreaker item
sunchaser item
Doomsday item
cataclysm arcana
red moon arcana
reaver arcana
hunter arcana
eagle eye arcana
Flash common Skill


  • Shadow Ripper
  • Boots of Resistance
  • Eternity Blade
  • Day Breaker
  • Sunchaser
  • Doomsday


  • Cataclysm 7x
  • Red Moon 3x
  • Reaver 5x
  • Hunter 5x
  • Eagle’s Eye 10x

Common Skills

  • Flash

Best Team Synergy for Solarus

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Voidcaller (Zhong Kui)

If an enemy is hit by Hou Yi’s ultimate, Zhong Kui’s hook is almost guaranteed to land.

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Hou Yi is a marksman without mobility, heavily reliant on his teammates’ protection in team fights. Niu Mo’s passive can provide defensive attributes for Hou Yi, while his strong crowd control skills can help Hou Yi escape enemies’ attack range.

Countering Solarus

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Hou Yi is vulnerable to high burst damage mages who can potentially kill him in a single combo.

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Li Bai

Li Bai can easily dodge Hou Yi’s key skills with his brief untargetable phase during skill usage.

General Tips to Counter Solarus

  • Hou Yi is fragile and lacks self-protection. Be cautious of your positioning during damage output. If it’s too dangerous to deal damage with normal attacks, harass enemies from a distance using the Sunset Afterglow skill.

Solarus Team Fight Approach

When using your ultimate from a distance for initiating fights, aim to hit the enemies for a focused takedown. Since Multiple Arrows’ split arrows will only target enemies in front of Hou Yi and within his normal attack range, you need to adjust your attack direction during combat to make the split arrows hit as many enemies as possible.

After triggering the Chastising Shot passive, activate the Arrow Volley skill to maximize Hou Yi’s normal attack damage. After reaching level 4, be aware of changes on the battlefield and use your ultimate to support teammates when necessary.

Gameplay Strategies for Solarus

As a pro gamer, consider these gameplay strategies for Hou Yi during the early, mid, and late game phases:

Early Game:

  1. Focus on farming and securing last-hits to quickly gain gold and experience. Avoid overextending and unnecessary trades with the enemy laner.
  2. Utilize the Afterglow skill to poke and harass your opponents, while also aiming to hit multiple enemy minions for efficient wave clearing.
  3. If your support has strong crowd control, coordinate with them to land your abilities for a potential kill or to force the enemy laner to retreat.
  4. Be cautious of enemy jungle ganks and ward river bushes to maintain vision and avoid surprises.

Mid Game:

  1. Continue farming and prioritize completing core items that enhance your damage output and survivability.
  2. Participate in team fights and skirmishes, using your ultimate to initiate or follow up on your teammates’ crowd control skills.
  3. Position yourself safely in the backline, taking advantage of your range and theAfterglow skill to deal consistent damage.
  4. Objective control is crucial during the mid-game. Use your enhanced damage from the Chastising Shot passive and Arrow Volley skill to quickly take down Dragon with your team.

Late Game:

  1. Stick with your team and avoid wandering alone, as you are vulnerable to assassinations from enemy champions with high burst damage.
  2. Prioritize your positioning during team fights to maximize your damage output, while also staying safe from enemy threats.
  3. Utilize your ultimate effectively to either initiate fights or peel for yourself and your teammates by stunning high-threat enemies.
  4. In team fights, focus on hitting as many enemies as possible with your Arrow Volley skill while maintaining the Chastising Shot passive for increased damage output.
  5. Pay attention to the minimap and use your ultimate to support teammates in distant fights when necessary.
  6. Work with your team to secure objectives such as Dragon, which can provide significant advantages in late-game team fights.

Remember, Hou Yi’s success heavily relies on proper positioning, strategic use of his abilities, and coordination with teammates for crowd control and protection.

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