Zyra Build Guide by Zantharia
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Hello and welcome to my first guide on Mobafire. I am Zantharia and I will be taking you though an easy guide to teach you the basics on how to play Riot's latest champion Zyra Rise of the Thorns.
I have played her quite a few times in the past few days and gotten some pretty nice combos and multi-kills. She is not the hardest to use but with Rampant Growth you do have a lot to think about when trying to pull off a combo. So please take a step inside and enjoy Zyra
Some things to know about Zyra
Zyra is Riot's latest champion as of 7/26/12.
Her physical form is a plant.
She combined herself with a sorceress to live a second life.
She loves squishing the life out of people.
She is an heavy AP person.
She cannot function without mana.
Rampant Growth makes her into a melee/ranged character.
She functions as an unmovable mid-lane champion
With a melee partner in a lane, they will be unbeatable.
She can go anywhere on the map, I have heard rumors of her jungling, but I do not cover this in this guide.
Deals massive damages and make a great carry.
Pros / Cons
Good Combo Flow
Good Early and Late Game
Perfect for Middle Lane
Great AoE Damage
Passive does massive damge
Hard to Finish a kill
Hard to get any farm
The main reason I use Ignite is for that finishing kill, plus it is a great counter healing device.
I use Exhaust because lots of time when I go for the kill the enemy is either too fast or it trying to kill me fast. So i use Exhaust to weaken the enemy or to slow them down enough to finish them.
Ghost is good because it helps you evade quite nicely or you can catch up to the enemy for the final strike. I this about equal with the use of Exhaust except without the weakening of the enemy.
Flash is another great spell to use because it can help you jump into or evade a fight. Better yet you could jump just far enough to finish an opponent.
Rune are also pretty simple just like masteries.
1. Get 9 Greater Mark of Scaling Ability Power this increases her AP to the max
2. Get 9 Greater Seal of Scaling Ability Power this to increases her max AP
3. Get 9 Greater Glyph of Scaling Ability Power also increases AP
4. Get 3 Greater Quintessence of Scaling Mana Regeneration for max mana ragain
Zyra has some pretty easy masteries.
You would first off put 21 points into offense in a way that you get the maximum AP out of it.
Then you put the other 9 into utility so that her movement speed, mana, and mana regain and increased.
Rise of the Thorns is Zyra's passive ability when ever she dies she is turned into a seed spitter that deals (99 + (25 x current level)) You can press any ability within 2 seconds of dying to activate it. Then you get another 8 SECONDS to aim and fire. Please note that you do not always have to fire immediately a lot of the time it is better wait and aim then waste one of your most powerful attacks.
deadly bloom is Zyra's Q ability which deal damage in a small area. If used on a Rampant Growth seed the seed with bloom into a Thorn Spitter which will deal damage from afar to enemies.
Rampant Growth is Zyra's W ability. It allows her to store up to 2 seeds and lay up to 4 seeds at a time. These seeds will stay alive for 30 seconds after being placed. The seeds can be destroyed by the enemy stepping on them. While active the seeds also act as a sight ward for a small area. When stepped on by an enemy their position is revealed for 3 seconds after destroying the seed.
graspring roots is Zyra's E ability. This ability shoots vines from her finger tips for a short distance and it ensnares everything in it's path for .5 seconds while dealing damge as it passes by. When used in combination with a Rampant Growth seed it blooms a Vine Lasher plant which is a melee plant that has a short range.
Stranglethorns is Zyra's R ability. This is a huge AoE ability. First vines come from the ground and expand out dealing a high amount damage and on the way back into the ground they knock all enemies up in the air. Giving you time to use more abilities. Also when used on a Vine Lasher or Thorn Spitter it increases their attack speed.
Items (Prepare for the long read)
Due to Zyra's massive need for mana I have decided to give her a Sapphire Crystal and 2 Mana Potion right away.
Then I immediately go for Tear of the Goddess for nice mana regain and constant mana growth.
Then next you want to build her Sorcerer's Shoes as soon as possible for magic penetration and 380 Movement speed.
Then next you will want Archangel's Staff to insure promote the use of your abilities. First off this item is great because it is Tear of the Goddess plus add ability power.(Also a quick note: your Tear of the Goddess does not reset when you purchase this item) On top of possibly gaining 1000 extra mana, you can also gain 30 ability power just from the item itself. with 3% of your mana contributing to your ability power you should be able to get at least 80+ ability power from this item alone.(full build)
Next you should buy Giant's Belt and then quickly turn it into Rylai's Crystal Scepter. This item is important to the build because it grants you a pretty decent amount of ability power which we all know is good for Zyra, but the real interest of this item for Zyra is that it helps her gain health which is a good way to defend against her low health. Plus for every ability you use on an enemy champ you have a chance to slow them down by 35%-15% depending if your attacking a group or not.
The next item Needlessly Large Rod goes without saying. This is one of the best items that you can possibly get Zyra. It gives her a huge amount of 80 ability power in one item. Which in return will boost all of her spells to make her stronger.
Then as soon as possible build Needlessly Large Rod into Rabadon's Deathcap not only will it give Zyra 60 more ability power it also increases her ability power by an enormous 30%. So it is pretty much adding another 1/3 of your ability power onto itself.
Lich Bane is next on the list. This is THE BEST ITEM for Zyra
1.It gives her 80 ability power.
2.+30 magic resistance.
4.+ 7% movement speed.
5. After the use of an ability you next basic attack will deal AN ADDITIONAL 100% OF YOUR ABILITY POWER. That is about an extra 400 damage done to your opponent.
Finally Abyssal Scepter is on list for it ability power bonus and because nearby enemy champions will lose 20 magic resistance which means your abilities will deal more damage to them.
You would add the Rod of Ages because it will help you have quick mana and health regen as you level up.
The second Rabadon's Deathcap is to insure that you abilities are doing max damage.
I do not recommend this use of a second Rabadon's Deathcap due to the fact is will have to skip over the great item know as Lich Bane.
This build is meant for the player who wants to get ruff in fights and still have some power. Warmog's Armor is great for having high health to counter her low health. Meanwhile Zhonya's Hourglass is great for armor and ability power. Void Staff is in there for the extra magic penetration.
Zyra has a horrible farm early game because for some reason she can never get the final hit on minions. She get amazing farm early game if she spams her abilities, but this wastes precious mana. What shall you ever do?.
You want to wait for the minions to almost kill the other minions and then attack and get the last hit on them. Doing this gets Zyra plenty of farm with the least amount of mana usage.
Mid game Zyra should start to become stable on mana with the help of archangle's sceptre You want to focus more on harassing enemy champions and planting seeds and growing them into vine lashers or seed spitter. They will do all the farming while you ward off the opposing champions.
Zyra Late game is amazing at farming. One use of death bloom and she can clear 1-6 minions out instantly and she won't have to worry about mana. Late game Zyra couldn't possibly have enough minions for her not to handle. She will be great clearing out hordes of minions.
How to Play Zyra
Before I start to show you the secrets to swiftly pulling off massive combos with Zyra I would like to say that you may need some practice with her so don't be afraid to play a few beginner bot matches first. She can be really hard to learn if your used to just beating people up with damage or face-rolling. So now with out any further questions please have a look at a few of her great combos.
I would like to take note of this combination. This should only be used on 1/2 to low health champions.
1. You plant the seeds from Rampant Growth down to ensure you get maximum harassment.
2.Quickly use Grasping Roots to ensnare your opponent, also this turns your seeds into Vine Lashers. These will harass him as he tries to run away and deal a good sum of damage.
3.Immediately use deadly bloom to deal the full amount of damage.
Next up is her killer combo. CAN BE USED ON LARGE GROUPS
1. Plant seeds behind enemy champion.
2. Run out of or Flash out of the bush and begin assaulting the enemy from in front.
3. Use deadly bloom on you seeds to make seed spitters. These will damage the champion and he runs by.
4. Use Grasping Roots to trap the enemy before or slightly after he passes the seed spiiters.
4 1/2. (optional) use Exhaust while the enemy is snared.
5. If you want use Stranglethorns to deal the finishing blow and or knock them up.
6. If it wasn't enough quickly use Ignite on the enemy.
Quicky Guide (need an easy summary look here!)
Level Up Like This
Go for AP in Offense then follow up with mana and mana regain in the Utility
Keep planting seeds within melee range of enemy then hit them with Grasping Roots then follow up with deadly bloom finish with Stranglethorns(for maximum harassment) if possible.
Well now you know just about everything there is to know about Zyra Rise of the Thorns. I hope you will love playing this champion as much as I do. If you haven't bought and are considering it I would like to say that she is a great champion worthy of anyone's collection.
I would also like to give credit to jhoijhoi for without them I could have never succeeded in creating my first guide. Yolo!
Please tell me how I did.