Anivia Build Guide by Articuno

League of Legends Build Guide Author Articuno

[SEASON 7] ArticunoGod's Bronze to Diamond Anivia Guide

Articuno Last updated on January 15, 2017
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Ability Sequence

Ability Key Q
Ability Key W
Ability Key E
Ability Key R


Natural Talent
Battering Blows
Piercing Thoughts

Offense: 12


Defense: 18

Runic Armor
Veteran's Scars
Legendary Guardian

Utility: 0

Threats to Anivia with this build

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Threat Champion Notes
Ryze If you place your ultimate down and attack he shouldn't be able to combo you without taking damage from ultimate.
Karthus EZPZ can't dodge your stun or ultimate.
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[1] Introduction

Hell0 I'm ArticunoGod, I main Anivia in the mid lane, currently with around 730k mastery. I really recommend this champion to people new with league or people trying to climb the ladder.

Anivia's great because she can do AoE damage, solo burst damage, create terrain, and of course she has that egg passive that everyone forgets about. The passive is actually what got me playing Anivia initially.

After learning the game in early 2016, I was able to climb from Bronze IV in January to Diamond in July with Anivia. And this is with me being super untalented at video games. My conclusion is that Anivia is busted for climbing and learning more about the game. If you're a higher rank than me and are new to Anivia, I still believe you can take a lot from this guide using my fancy tips and tricks. And if you're a lower rank than me, this champ could get you outta elo hell easily. Mid lane is a great way to make a strong impact on the game's outcome, by solo carrying, supporting a fed team, roaming, etc. It's a great test of individual skill because often out-playing your opponent is pivotal. Or just out-farming.
Me climbing back after initially having some trouble adapting to 6.9 changes

Still, Anivia is not an easy champion to master, especially in higher elo where players know how to play around her kit. In low elo, however, you'll be astounded how many players forget your egg passive and dive you under turret, or stay in stun range during laning phase. It'll be easy to win lane every game and come out on top.

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[2] Ignite/Teleport/Ghost?

Ignite was always good on Anivia, but I've been mostly using teleport with a lot of success. I see some people taking Ghost too, but it's a different playstyle to what I'm used to. There are many different viable ways in which you can play Anivia.

When I was in bronze/silver/gold I did take ignite a majority of the time and got first blood & solo kills often. If you think you can get fed off your lane this way, it's not a bad option at all as a lot of people disrespect Anivia's base damage.

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[3] Laning Phase Tips and Tricks

Auto Attacking

I'm going to put this first because it's an underrated thing to do. In lane, auto-harass your enemy, especially if they're melee. Anivia has one of the highest auto attack ranges in the game (600 range), so abuse it. You do a surprising amount of damage if you take every opportunity to safely autoattack.

Note: Watch out for minion aggro. If the minions start attacking you, it'll push the wave and be vulnerable to ganks.

Also be careful that you're not missing farm to harass, or if the enemy has any counter-harass. At the same time, if the enemy harasses you and uses up their combo, land a Q-E if possible as they can't fight back (situational).

With melee assassins, Anivia usually wins pre-6 by autoattacking and Q-E. Examples of this include Akali, Talon, Ekko, Fizz.

Pre-6 Wave Control with Q

Often with Anivia you will want to counter-push early as much as possible to prevent yourself from being pushed in. I usually set up the wave pre-6 such that the creeps meet slightly before my tower (you can force this to happen by not killing enemy caster minions and letting them attack you before the next wave comes). I will Q the first wave usually so that I don't get pushed to the tower.

Try not to freeze at your turret against roaming champs like Taliyah, Twisted Fate, or Aurelion Sol, as they will take advantage of that the instant they hit level six. In my opinion Anivia is weak against these champs as it's hard to match roams. Often they'll push you into tower giving you no choice.

Also, using your Q on minions is sometimes a safe way to farm from afar if being zoned, but leaves you vulnerable - this leads me to my next point.

Saving the Q

The meta playstyle as Anivia is to mostly farm, then fish for stuns while the enemy laner tries to CS, E if possible, then either back off or all-in (using Q to farm and do damage is efficient). Once you land your combo, don't linger unless you're going for the kill pre-6 - usually the enemy will take advantage of the fact that your stun is down.

You really are vulnerable when your Q is on cooldown, and an assassin like Fizz, Zed, or a Leblanc could easily all-in you, so for these matchups take care when using your Q. Likewise, become familiar with your enemy's cooldowns and trade when they're at their weakest (leblanc mimic, zed W/R, fizz E/R, etc.). Knowing when to fight and when to back off is important. When in doubt, play passively.

Landing the Q

A good tactic I often use for landing stuns is to cancel your backswing or auto animation with a Q. Often this is unexpected and can catch the opponent off guard.

Otherwise, Anivia's laning phase is pretty standard: dodge abilities, abuse cooldowns, auto-harass, and farm.


Before boots and pre-6, kind of a mess to do, unless your enemy laner died or has weak wave clear. Post-6, it's much easier to roam, especially with teleport. Pre-6 roaming is a weak point of Anivia (miss a stun and you're useless), and preventing others from roaming is difficult too. Sometimes you'll want to help out if you believe you can change the flow of a fight, but often the right choice is to just farm and push the wave to the turret.

But don't miss out on early roams if the opportunity is there.

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[4] Ranked Play (example)

Here's an example of a Diamond IV ranked game I played vs a Fizz in Season 6. Thought it'd be useful to put here as an example for how I deal with Fizz's in general since lots of you have told me you find that a difficult matchup. Thinking of adding video tips against more matchups in the future.

Update: This vid was from a few months ago, I'm a much better player since then.. ;)
Come to my YouTube channel if you want. Planning to have some more helpful stuff up on there.

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[5] Ability Combos (with videos)

Please note these are all from before Patch 6.23 - will be updating soon

In a 1v1

In this example, I know I can probably win a fight against Azir since he hasn't bought any items yet and I have a health advantage. So I block him from running with my wall, begin to channel my ultimate, and then send an E and then a Q to attempt to stun him inside of the Glacial Storm for an easy kill. I walk towards him to avoid his soldiers, but this puts me in range of Azir's ultimate, which cancels my ultimate. I figure I can probably just finish him off with auto attacks and a unchilled E at this point, but Azir dashes to me; this provides him with a shield, but after a couple autos and an E, he dies.

In this example I think Azir deserved to win, but I had an item + health advantage.

Basic 1v1 Combo

Since I was being annoying and pushing a wave to his tower, Azir decided to take all the farm before it hit the turret, using his Q and E for some reason.. becoming a perfect example of how to use Anivia's abilities when you need to burst someone 100-0 with Anivia.

This is the combo that I use: I start with the ultimate to slow and allow it to grow, E for damage, wall to set up a stun inside ulti, and then finish off with some autos.

Wall can be used to trap people inside your ultimate, or to push them into a stun. If they have flash, it might be a good idea to save your stun in case they flash out of your ultimate. This combo does not work all the time, especially against those with dashes and escapes (e.g., lb, zed).

Positioning is also key in a 1v1 situation. For example, if you place your ultimate down and send out a Q, if someone has flash up they can simply flash over your stun and ultimate, which would leave you defenseless until your cooldowns reset. To counter this, staying close to your ultimate is not a bad idea - so if someone flashes onto you, you can then walk over it forcing the enemy to follow you over your Glacial Storm (assuming they're not long ranged and it's a safe path for you to go).

Another problem is they can flash out defensively, but in this case you can be content that they've used up their flash for the next 5 minutes. Or, what I often do is follow the flash if I have enough to finish off the kill. E.g.,

Also as you can see I use quick-cast on all my skills and trinkets. I find it easier to cast quicker combos such as a fast Q-E, which is really useful against champs like Leblanc who can dash away from your stun (you can land a chilled frostbite from the pass-through damage). However if you're a beginner to Anivia, you might not want to use quick cast since you aren't used to the ranges of each ability (bad walls can lose games - I've made enough bad walls to know the range =P).

It is key to know that as Anivia you are pretty defenseless when your ultimate and stun are off cooldown, so repositioning your ultimate and wasting stun frequently should be avoided.


During teamfights, you want to position yourself and your team such that enemies must walk through or stay inside your ultimate, using your wall to help out. Stunning multiple targets inside your ultimate is ideal.

Here's an example of a recent game where an amumu ult was rendered redundant due to Anivia's ultimate denying the enemy from following up in a game-winning teamfight.

I move towards the top-right side of my ultimate to ensure my safety as the only safe path the enemy could walk through is under my ultimate. Notice also at the end of the clip I use my wall to push Soraka into a stun which otherwise would not have hit.

Here's an interesting teamfight that shows the power of leaving Anivia's ultimate in position. After placing it on Cass, I keep it there to prevent the enemy from reaching Lucian and me. I walk through the bottom side of the ultimate, baiting the enemy (now 2v2 since Trist left and Cass died) to walk through the ultimate to get to me instead of advancing towards Lucian. Unfortunately Thresh's flay ruined my plans a little bit, but we still manage to pick up enough kills leaving the support who was ultimately unable to defend their nexus (I tped in). No clue why Tristana decided to rocket jump out of their 4v2, oh well.

Wall Mechanics

When timed correctly, Anivia's wall can be used to render certain abilities useless such as Thresh's lantern, Zac's jump, Trist's rocket jump, Lee Sin safeguard, etc. This is a difficult thing to accomplish, and I have only ever been able to pull this off through prediction (and you may need good ping for this to work).

In this example, I'm able to cancel Lee Sin's ward jump forcing him to flash, right onto my Q.

Wall into Turret

In some cases if someone is chasing you under turret without flash, you can use wall to push them into turret aggro, preventing them from escaping at least two turret shots.


If you're interested in more of these videos, check out my Plays.TV.

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[6] Misc

High-skill mechanics
If you want to be gud you have to make those flashy (in this case flash-E) outplays