Poppy Build Guide by shadowshade1225
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Hi. Welcome to my guide, pOPpy. As u can see, poppy is OP. OK. Lets talk about why my guide looks so fxxking messy. Its because i wanna tell u every pieces of information that i know about poppy to u. First, i have to say that i am not so PRO. Feel free to leave some comments and vote for this guide.
Poppy is a character that can be built in many ways. Its because he is not item reliant. Almost every items work well with her. Therefore, she is pretty funny to play. However, she must have a Trinity Force or a Lich Bane.
I am a lazy guy. I wont talk about runes, becauase they didnt make much difference. Almost every kinds of rune suit poppy, especially defensive runes. Defensive runes will be best for poppy. But it does not mean that other runes are bad.
Feeling about poppy
I love poppy very much even though poppy is one of the champion who has the worst voice and art.
Poppy is a perfect champion.
Whatever u build, Q Devastating Blow gives poppy nice damage output.
W Paragon of Demacia help poppy deal with AD champion and give her extra ad .
E Heroic Charge gives poppy a cc and an initiating skill.
R Diplomatic Immunity, her ulti, makes her shine.
Tryndamere can immune to damage for 5 seconds.
Kayle or one of her teamates can immune to damage for 3 seconds.
However, Poppy can immune to damage for 8 seconds (if u targeted the right person).
Passive Valiant Fighter helps her block large damage (ususlly magic damage). With her passive, she can deal with Graves, Veigar, Brand etc.
She is such a perfect champion. U can choose to horn her ability to tank, dps or support etc.
On the other hand, u can keep poppy balance, a balanced poppy can do every job in the team.
I have a dream, i wish riot can change her voice.
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While other young yordle girls played skip-step and braided wreathes out of posies, Poppy spent her youth earning calluses and grease stains in her father's armor shop. Blomgrun, her father, was Bandle City's finest smith. The only thing he loved as much as his work was his young daughter, Poppy - named for the sprightly sounds of the sparks that leapt from his ever-burning forge. He welled with pride the day she was first able to lift his trusty hammer, Whomper. Poppy immediately took to his art, demonstrating a natural gift for smithing, which Blomgrun honed with devoted instruction.
One day, a Demacian general named Florin Berell commissioned Blomgrun to craft a helm, glorious beyond comparison. Blomgrun toiled away on this project, determined to present Florin with his finest work. He let Poppy set the center jewel, entrusting her with the most important piece. When the pair finished, they departed for Demacia to deliver it in person. Word of the general's order, however, was leaked to the Noxian High Command, and two Noxian assassins were dispatched to intercept the delivery. Blomgrun was able to occupy the assassins long enough for Poppy to escape with the prized helm. She watched helplessly from the brush as her father was slain. Instead of fleeing home, she carried the helm the rest of the way to Demacia alone. She refused payment for it, saying that no amount would compensate for her father's life. Instead, she offered it as a gift, honoring her father's final intentions. Florin saw the grim determination behind the tears in her eyes, and requested that the leadership of Bandle City appoint Poppy as the yordle ambassador to Demacia. Soon after, seeking to crush Noxus with her father's hammer, Poppy volunteered for the League of Legends.
Poppy may be small, but Whomper - or her will - is not.
Ok. I lied....
I will use only Greater Mark of Attack Speed, Greater Mark of Magic Penetration, Greater Mark of Desolation for marks.
Greater Quintessence of Movement Speed, greater Quintessence of vitality for quintssence.
Greater Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist for glyph.
Greater Seal of Armor, Greater Seal of Gold for seal.
Greater Quintessence of Movement Speed provide you with some lovely movement speed. Movement speed can help u for chasing and escaping which is vital for poppy.
Greater Mark of Magic Penetration provide u with magic penetration. They are good for poppy coz most of poppy's abilities deal magic damage.
But for AD poppy i recommend Greater Mark of Attack Damage which give some early AD. Some early AD can help with your last hit.
greater seal of resilence give u some armor. Armor can help u block physical damage which works well when u play solo top poppy and jungle poppy.
But for support poppy, i recommend Greater Seal of Gold. More gold yeah!!
Greater Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist is most common that people use for glyph. Most champion is lacking in magic resist unless they build magic resist items such as Force of Nature. If u plan to build quite a lot magic resist items, u can use Greater Glyph of Cooldown Reduction. CDR is always good for poppy, make sure your CDR wont be more than 40%. Otherwise it will be a waste.
Skill sequence (not suitable for all kinds of poppy)
I will max Heroic Charge first, upgrading it bring you lots of benefits(lower cd time, more damage)
Then i will max Devastating Blow for the lower cd time and higher maximum damage.
Lastly, i will max Paragon of Demacia.
Of cause, i will put a point on Diplomatic Immunity(ulti) whenever i can.
Flash is a good for poppy, i use Flash usually. i love using Flash + Heroic Charge combo to quickly stun my opponents.
Ghost(recommended for new poppy player) which can be used to escaping or chaseing.
Ignite(recommended when u are playing ap nuker poppy) some real damage and a healing reduction debuff. Ignite can deal more dsamage when you are using Diplomatic Immunity (40% more real damage from ignite?? WTF)
Exhaust(recommended when u are playing AD poppy) good for chasing enemies.
Clairvoyance(u may have some questions about why poppy needs Clairvoyance even she is not a support. First I have to tell u that cv is a good spell. Apart from this, u can use cv when people go into bushes. Then, u can use Heroic Charge immediately to quickly deal large amount of damage and stun them for 1.5 seconds. Therefore, feel free to take cv, even though u are not a support, if u need it.)
Heal (good spell. It can surprise your enemies and save u from a dangerous situation. Use it when u have less than 100 hp. It can let u absorb much more damage wif ur passive and bait your enemies.)
Cleanse(a good choice that can save your life, and it is buffed. It is recommended when u are ap poppy. You can take cleanse if u don't like Ignite. )
Smite(for jungler poppy only)
Other summoner spells are not recommended, but u csn still try them, just for fun lol.
Farming and Jungling
Farming is a hard job for poppy, especially ap poppy. U can last hit minion to farm slowly or use your Devastating Blow to increase your farming speed. However, it will cost a lot of mana. If u are support poppy, congratuation, u wont have this problem coz u dont even have to farm. AP poppy have the worst farming skill. U can aim at killing or assisting to make money. AD poppy can farm better mid and late game coz she will have attack damage and attack speed. Off tank poppy will farm well once he get her Sunfire Cape thats y i build it so early.
Jungling poppy is good though. In this build, u will have Wriggle's Lantern which help your farming. jungling route is written on the jungler section at below.
Off tank pOPpy
First and the foremost, i will talk about the mastery. i go 1/28/1. Again, poppy isnt item reliant, i will go 1/28/1 to max her sustainability and survivability. With this set of masteries u will have: +6 armor, +6 magic resist, +138 health, +3 health regen per 5 seconds, 9% movespd, 8.1% cdr, 1.5% damage reduction also 3% health and lovely 10 tenacity.
Trinity Force is important to poppy. Being an off tank, u should deal some damage to force people not to ignore u.
Some Situation items
Frozen Heart, Abyssal Scepter (to deal with ap team), Guardian Angel , Atma's Impaler and Madred's Bloodrazor or the brand new Maw of Malmortius for more damage.
Also, u can change Mercury's Treads into Ionian Boots of Lucidity because cdr is always good for poppy to spam her Q Devastating Blow. But u may find that Malzahar, Cassiopeia, AP Teemo or any ap champion that is good at DOT can easily melt u. Its because your passive cant really block that damage and u have no magic resist during early game.
Initiate-> ulti-> spam ur Q and E
Ap poppy is one of the best ap nuker i have seen. AP poppy requires more skill to play. It is because, if your Heroic Charge cant hit the terrains, your damage may not be enough to burst down them.
your core will be Lich Bane, Deathfire Graspand the others listed above r recommended. You can build Hextech Revolver into Hextech Gunblade or will of ths ancients.
It is better, because it has some AD and lifesteal that they can be used to farm. The active is just amazing! u can use it to break the active of Banshee's Veil before u start your combo. Otherwise you may be fail to kill him/her. Also, its active can slow your target which is very useful. Combining with your Paragon of Demacia, u can position yourself better to use your Heroic Charge.
It is recommended only when your team have a fed AP carry except u. And it is now nerfed. 40 ap and 8% spell vamp doesnt worth 1300 g.
U can change Ionian Boots of Lucidity into Sorcerer's Shoes, although cdr is usually good for poppy. But it is just up to u.
For more survivability, u can take Guardian Angel, Rod of Ages, Abyssal Scepter, Banshee's Veil, Athene's Unholy Grail or Frozen Heart.
You can take Void Staff if they stack magic resist.
If u found that u have mana problem ,i recommend u take the blue buff or take the Morello's Evil Tome.
U should use ur ulti at their tank or support, choose a squishy target and burst him/her down ( Diplomatic Immunity-> Paragon of Demacia-> Hextech Gunblade-> Deathfire Grasp-> heoric charge-> Devastating Blow )or You can use the active of Hextech Gunblade first if their support or tank have a Banshee's Veil. Then, You can spam ur Q and E.
Your job is to choose a carry and follow him/her to support him/her. You should sacrifice yourself to save him/her if u can. You must give the chance of last hitting(minions and also champions) to your carry.
I have chosen Boots of Swiftness to increase my mobility to aid my allies and to position well for my Heroic Charge. The fifth and sixth items are not core. I use Abyssal Scepter and Frozen Heart for better survivability.
The fifth and sixth item
When your team are doing well u can build this:
when your team have a fed ad carry.
when your team have a fed ap carry.
If u find that your tank dies a lot and your team need one more tank, u may build this:
If u find that the carries arent fed enough. Your team need more damage output, u can be the dps. And u can build these:
(It provides both damage and survivability for u)
(It provides both damage and survivability for u, but It is fxxking expensive)
(It gives u both damage and survivability)
(nice item) It gives u AD, AP and also attack speed and it is quite cheap.
(It give u nice damage and survivability, due to the life steal and spell vamp. You can have an extra CC. The active can slow your target or break a teaget's banshee veil's shield)
(It works well with poppy. 2600G for 20% move speed, 50% attack speed, 15 armor penetration, 15% critical hit chance and 30 attack damage.)
(It has a nice passive. You may build it with Wit's End to deal some massive magic damage)
AD poppy is the most common way to build poppy.
I take Hextech Gunblade instead of The Bloodthirster. It is because I think The Bloodthirsteris too risky, eventhough now u will only lose half of your stacks. And I really like the active of Hextech Gunblade. However, The Bloodthirster is still a good item.
Some Situation items
for more survivability( armor, hp regen, good passive and active whichh reduce opponents' attack speed and move speed. )
(I'm not kidding, it has good cdr, attack speed and mana regen, its mana regen can let u activate ur Paragon of Demacia all the time, which greatly increase ur mobility.)
(good magic resist and lovely 8% move speed.
AD jungler pOPpy
In theory, every build of poppy can jungle. If u wanna do this, u can just buy wriggle'slantern before Sheen, and buy Boots of Speed earlier.
U have to start with Cloth Armor and pots x 5.
i found that starting with Vampiric Scepter isnt viable.
Wolf-> Blue buff(ask for a proper leash, or u will have only half of ur maximum health left)-> wraiths-> red buff-> twin golems-> recall back/wraiths/gank.
AD jungler poppy
I max ulti firstly. Nothing to add.
I max Paragon of Demacia secondly, Its armor and attack damage bonus can improve your creeping speed. Move speed can help you to gank.
I max Heroic Charge lastly, its because it brings the least benefits.
You can totally max thirdly Devastating Blowfor a higher damage cap if your enemies are trying to stack hp.
Guardian Angel, Force of Nature, Atma's Impaler, Maw of Malmortius, Banshee's Veil, Randuin's Omen, Mercury's Treads
The Bloodthirster, Madred's Bloodrazor
Solo top pOPpy
It is a alternative build of poppy. Also, i found this build is more suitable for 30 lv players. It is because 30 lv players can manage their mana and they won't have mana problem.
i recomend u use this build if u are laning against AD characters such as Xin Zhao, Master Yi, Shyvana.
Solo top pOPpy(2)
It is recommended if u are laining against AP characters such as Mordekaiser, Vladimir, Fizz. They are usually troublesome and hard to lane against, u have to play defensively with your Regrowth Pendant. U can ask your jungler to gank top more frequently too.
Sometimes start with Null-Magic Mantle may be better than Regrowth Pendant, if u are laning againat ap champion.
A good poppy player must master her Heroic Charge.
It can be used to initiate, chase enemies, excape form dangerous situation, STUN prople etc.
Flash + Heroic Charge combo can be very useful.
Remember to buy some wards which will help u a lot. When u are escaping in jungle, u can put a ward at the place that u can see the neutral monsters and use Heroic Charge to target the neutral monsters. With this method u can pass through wall and terrain.
U can also ward bushes and use your Heroic Charge immediately to stun enemies in the bushes.
Remember to buy some pots every time u recall, combining with your passive, you can bait your enemies and the pots usually save your life.
U can use pots in every teamfight. They can give u more Hp regen during the teamfight. U are able to sbsorb more damage with lovey pots. It cost u only 35G, 35G may save your life. I usually use pots to survive the fxxking cheap ulti Requiem of Karthus.]
Pls remember your passive Valiant Fighter can't block true damage and DOT.
Changed jungle section into ad jungler pOPpy section and added an AD jungler build of poppy.(27/3/2012)
Some changes in ap poppy guide (5/6/2012)
Added solo top poppy guide (not yet done) (13/6/2012)
finished solo top poppy guide and added solo top(2) poppy guide (26/7/2012)
Added ' Feeling about poppy ' section and unique skill. (26/7/2012)
Fixed some grammar errors and expressed more in some sections. (31/8/2012)
I feel sorry about that my english isnt good, hope u guys wont find difficulties reading my guide.
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