Shyvana Build Guide by Vellinson

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League of Legends Build Guide Author Vellinson

Shyvana - Death From Above - Comprehensive Guide

Vellinson Last updated on October 8, 2012
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Jungler/Solo Top Off Tank

Ability Sequence

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

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The masteries shown here are not yet updated for the current season, the guide author needs to set up the new masteries. As such, they will be different than the masteries you see in-game.



Offense: 0

Honor Guard

Defense: 21

Strength of Spirit

Utility: 9

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Hello guys my name is Vellinson and I bring you my build with Shyvana Jungler/Solo Top. Please check both builds as i prioritize Jungler then the Solo Top and believe me when I say that both of them are viable on Shyvana as she is one of my main champions and certainly one of the top 5 champions that came in 2011 and top 15 amongs all League of Legends champions. Unlike some people say, YOU DO NEED SKILL TO PLAY WITH SHYVANA as you cant just sit and wait for some divine inspiration.
I have more than 95 champions and over 40 skins so i play as hell and I can tell you that this game is all about strategy as you need to use your head to win, not just your skills.
Another thing i liked to talk about is how much work this guide as brought me along all of this time as i have beem working on him since the beggining of 2012 so that i could present something with enought quality and share my experience and knowledge of League of Legends, so please dont downvote me for no reason, read the full guide and give your CONSTRUCTIVE COMMENTS so that i can improve the quality of this guide

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Pros and Cons


-Extremely Tanky
-Quick Jungler/Good Solo Toper
-Has a multi-function Ultimate
-Good AoE Damage
-Can Counter almost any champion in the game
-She is a Dragon OMFG!!!
-Has fairly good cooldown reduction
-Doesnt need to stack armor and MR items


-Will be likely focused on the game
-Lacks of good CC abilities
-Expensive Build

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Jungler/Solo Top

Ok guys, so the first guide will be focusing on the Jungler side while the second will go on to the Solo Top one...First off I need to tell you the defeniton of a Jungler and a Solo Top. Now as a jungler you want to farm as more as you can so that you can buy decent items to provide decent ganks to your teammates and earn yourself kills or assists(although kills would be better), so you need to farm your jungle in peace and if possible invade the enemy jungle and steal their buffs and other jungle minions so that you earn gold. For that you will need about 6 Sight Ward and 4 Vision Ward in order for you to do something like this:
Vision Ward the Dragon and Baron, but you want to also Vision Ward the other bushes so that you can counter the enemy's sight wards for you to gank corretly without being noticed, as for the other sports just use Sight Wards as it is unlikable for the enemy to have sight wards in the same place, and let's face it, your teammates will thank you for the map awereness cause they will farm a lot better and will only die in ganks if they dont pay attention to the map, BUT of course that you wont buy all of these wards as the support should also buy them which will lower the cost and if possible the top lane should also give a little help in order for all to get fed

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I use this set of masteries in order to get a defensive boost which is always nice inj any off tank...and Shyvana is an off tank and it will help you greatly when jungling or even solo toping as you will be more tanky in a defensive way and you will certanly die less and the other team wont focus you that much.
Another good thing about the defensive mastery tree is that you can "take the bullet" to save your teammate, for example, imagine that one of your teammates is about to die thanks to Caitlyn ultimate Ace in the can save them because of your armor and you will earn your partners gratitude

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Greater Mark of Attack Damage

Greater Seal of Armor

Greater Glyph of Magic Resist

Greater Quintessence of Health Regeneration

So I use this Runes setup so that i can maximize my Survivability while still being able to deal some damage of myself too...This is what you want to have as an Off Tank, cause I mean, you are the JUGGERNAUT of the game and your team will really rely on you and your Defensive Tank and so if you dont have any Defensive Tank like Singed or Shen then they will go back to rely on you and your abilities

So I use Greater Mark of Strengh so that you canmaximize your damage output to speed up your jungle/solo top farm and believe me that it will give you a huge boost over your enemies and even your teammates...Of course that you can alto try to use Greater Mark of Desolation to get that armor penetration which also works good, but like I said, this is a Jungle/Solo Top build and so you need to have and advantage over your enemies, while the armor penetration is more suitable for AD carrys than for Off Tanks

As for Seals, you really need to use Greater Seal of Armor because you REALLY NEED ARMOR to get you going on every front-fight of the game without being constantly afraid of dying and to let you alive more time to lay waste your enemies with the help of your fantastic skills...Like always you could try to go for some Greater Seal of Defence has it gives you armor per level but i just prefer the Greater Seal of Armor as all it matters is your opinions and the results

Time to go to Glyphs, and in here I use Greater Glyph of Magic Resist because since you already have armor then lets balance the score and have some nice and much needed Magic Resistance so that the AP casters can't damage you as they are much squishier but but more damage than AD carry's...BUT like always there is an alternative, and that is the Greater Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist but then again one more time its all about opinions and results

Now for the granddaddy of them all we come to the final and most important piece of every Rune Page as we will now move on to discuss the Quintessences and in that matter i preffer to use the Greater Quintessence of Vigor as you will need health regen to let you repair some of the damage dealt to you in every brake you have...Apart from that you can also try and go for some Greater Quintessence of Health to get some extra life, and that is also very needed, but both of these runes can help you in some situations like when you are about to being hit by Caitlyn's Ace in the Hole or Karthu's Requiem as these babys can save you on very tricky situations, you can even mix them if you want

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Viable Summoner Spells and Other Not so Viable

As for Summoner Spells, there is a current debate of who is the best duo of summoner spells to use? Well i think that every single one of them works fine depending on the ocasions. When jungling i go for Exhaust and Smite and when for Solo Top i prefer Exhaust and Ignite and as for Twisted Treeline i use Exhaust and Ignite but nondless you can use whatever combo you want

- Nice spell on Shyvana as she lacks on CC's and will put you on a pleasent situation to gank your enemies and earn some kills and or assists

- Not really, even for Dominion i dont use it, but you can try it, i wont make fun of you XXDDDD

- Great spell for either chasing or escaping as it can both let you get to your enemies or escape very tricky situations, but i dont take to much because you already have a good source of speed with Burnout but nondless...RUN FOREST RUUUNNNNNNNNNNN

- Very good spell, but this is primarily used in AD Carrys but it will also work on a Shyvana solo top

- I personally dont really like this spell, but if you want himthen fine

- A must have on any decent jungler Shyvana as it will provide you with huge jungling speed witch means faster leveling up

- I've seen some people using this spell on Shyvana but i dont really think it is vital on her, but you can try it out, but remember that this is a COMPETITIVE GUIDE

- You can use it if you are Solo Top or even for Map Control and that can earn you some kills or assists or even farm

- Good spell for cleaning all the CC abilities on you (believe me you WILL get focused)

- A BIG NO for this spell, cause first off, you are not support, and second, you dont have any mana

- Great speel for getting kills that otherwise i couldn't get as you should use it on solo top

- Not really good on Shyvana but sure, you can try to use it, but only for Dominion as it will be a waste of spell in any other type of game

- For what? Like i said before, you are not support

- Awesome speel for either chasing down your target or escaping dangerous situations, i personally dont take it on shyvana, i used to but now i replaced it for exhaust to give me some more CC as you have your ulti to allow you a quick escape, but use it and abuse it as this spell was usefull to me in countless situations

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Ability Explanation + Ability Sequence

Ability Sequence
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18

= (Innate): Shyvana's autoattacks enhance her abilities.

= (Active): Shyvana's next autoattack will strike twice in one swift movement. The second attack will deal physical damage equal to a percentage of her total attack damage. Both attacks will trigger on-hit effects and Fury of the Dragonborn effects.
Dragon form: Twin Bite will damage all units in front of Shyvana when she uses her next autottack instead of just her target. Each unit hit will be dealt on-hit effects and grant fury twice.
Fury of the Dragonborn: Each auto attack reduces the cooldown by 0.5 seconds. This doesn't work on structures.

= (Active): During the next 3 seconds, Shyvana will deal magic damage each second to nearby enemies and her movement speed will be greatly increased. Shyvana's movement speed bonus itself will be reduced multiplicatively by 15% for every second that passes.
Dragon form: Shyvana now scorches the earth where she walks, leaving a trail of fire for 5 seconds that will continually deal magic damage to enemies that pass over it.
■ Cooldown: 12 seconds
■ Radius of AoE: 325
Fury of the Dragonborn: Each auto attack extends the duration of Burnout by 1 second to a maximum of 4 extra seconds. This works on structures.

= (Active): Shyvana unleashes a fireball forward in a line that affects the first enemy it hits, dealing magic damage to it and reducing its armor by 15% for 4 seconds.
Dragon form: Flame Breath engulfs all units in a cone in front of Shyvana.
■ Range: 925
Fury of the Dragonborn: Each autoattack that hits debuffed targets will deal 15% of the ability's damage as additional magic damage.

= (Passive): Shyvana reinforces her scales, increasing her armor and magic resistance. These defensive bonuses are doubled while in dragon form.
(Active): Shyvana transforms into a dragon and dashes to a target location. Enemies along her path take magic damage and are pushed toward her target location.
■ Range: 1000

This ability has no cooldown but requires 100 fury to activate. Shyvana generates 1 fury every 1.5 seconds while in human form. While in dragon form, she will lose 6 fury every second. Once the fury bar is empty she will return to her normal state.
Fury of the Dragonborn: Each of her autottacks will generate 2 fury. This will allow for Shyvana to prolong the duration of dragon form by attacking. This ability works on structures.

OK so why do i take this path, well its preatty simple, when I'm Jungling or Soloing Top Lane, i choose to maximaze Burnout first because its you main damage spell and its AoE so it can affect multiple targets and if you ask me, a lot of people tend to forget this ability and continue to attack Shyvana which will result in Shyvana getting the kills and the enemy doind total jackass figure

Second, you should level up Twin Bite as it is your bread as the Burnout is the butter, and combining these 2 skills it's just so lethal, your enemy wont even see it coming, but as I was saying, this skill does massive damage and can earn you some kills if you time it correctly, but dont be afraid to use it, because your passive will allow you to spawn this ability like snow in a winter's day

Thirdly I maximaze Flame Breath and you should use and abuse of this skill as this is just AWESOME against tankier opponents cause it will melt, and I really mean MELT the enemy's armor and it will give you and your team a chance to finish off any resistance left in your path to a destructive win, because this is a skillshot, you dont need to lock it on a target and can use it to check brushes and steal buffs and minions (Once I stole Baron Nashor with thi´s skillshot and the enemy team just went on to flame and rage against me while my team just laughted their ***es off)

Last but not the least, always get your ultimate Dragon's Descentas THIS WILL SCARE YOUR ENEMIES cause lets face it, you will transform into THE MOTHER OF ALL DRAGONBORNS. Use this skill to initiate, to run from a tricky situation as this can go through walls and might also be able to surprise enemies and get yourself some kills, believe me, i can tell you how many times i earned huge kills with my ulti on, and what is most amazing about this ulti, besides transforming you into a Dragon, and damaging you oponent and being able to go through walls, and increasing your armour and magic resistance, THIS baby also enhance your abilities so its like a second passive and better than this, IT HAS NO COOLDOWN, depending only on melee attack which means that a good player can both reduce the cooldown and increase the duration of the ultimate

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Core Items

Now lets move on to item build, as i will present you what your Core build should be like when Jungling/Solo Top as they are the same early items:

= So the best friend a jungler/Solo Top can have as it gives you Armor; Attack Damage; Life Steal and a free Sight Ward...What more could you want? This is what will make the difference beetween good players and AWESOME players...Oh and please if you have a free Ward please use it correctly, and if you need any help where to place it, please check the section Jungler/Solo Top above

= This are simply one of the best boots in the game and the best overall for Shyvana, and one thing that is preatty cool is that with this boots she will be both fast and still have the tenacity which doeesnt happen in other champions that get a bit slower with these boots, believe me you will thank these boots a lot during the entire game

= Besides the great attack speed this gives you, this item also has a good passive as it deals magic damage to enemies for every punch you throw at them, and also gives you some more Magic Resistance which will work just fine against AP casters

= This item is most expensive item in the whole game, and certainly deserves that titles, because it gives you a bit of everything, and iif you look correctly it is even better than Infinity Edge...With no critical strikes, the trinity force will do an additional 145 extra damage. So for an extra 240 gold the trinity force offers a better reliable burst damage, movement speed, chance to slow, HP and mana whilst only sacrificing a potential extra 40 damage, so as you can see, IT IS WORTH TO BUY

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Damage Items

So you have your Core Build and you are doing a great game and you think: "Hey its time for some damage to really pown the enemy team" then my friend you came to the right build as i will tell you what damage items you should get:

= This item also got nerfed, but it stills owns everyone, and really works well with shyvana as she will go on to have a lot of farm and can work with the passive of The Bloodthirster and besides gives you good life steal and will really synergizes well with Twin Bite and Burnout

= I would only recomend this item if you have a Warmog's Armor as this will give you insane attack damage and also some critical chance and armor which is also nice, so overall it is a really good item that you can have on Shyvana

= Sitioacional item only as it only works if you know you will get kills and or assists so you will really rely on your skills to get them, and you can't die otherwise the stacks that you worked so hard for will get wasted

= Nice item to have on Shyvana since you will need it for both life and damage and it has a cool passive that helps you to get to your enemies and improve your ganking/solo top skills...I dont take this item although it is very usefull because i just prefer the Trinity Force just like I explained in the "Core Items" section above in this guide

= Simply awesome item to have on Shyvana but its only late game when the enemy has stacked life and to counter hard champs like Volibear or Cho'Gath or Shen or even Warwick cause everyone knows that full stacked Hp champions can be a pain in the *** cause they pretty much don't die, but with this item you just lock them on and say: Hasta la vista baby

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Survivability Items

On the other hand if you are not getting the boost that a Shyvana has in a normal game, then go for survivability and then focus on attack damage so that you can witstand some damage and deal your own to get some kills and assists...REMEMBER IF YOU DON'T FEED YOU WILL HELP YOUR TEAM VERY MUCH...So here are some of the defensive items:

= Nice item to have on Shyvana as it will give you the ability to slow enemies with your attacks which is very godd cause it is like a red buff, and Shyvana needs some CC's to cath up to enemies and that will really boost you in that way, and besides that it will also greatly increase you Hp

= Look at this item, if you want do build defense than this is one of the best items in the whole game, as it gives you Hp; Armor; and has a huge passive because it damages enemies around with magic damage and some enemies just ignore this passive which will result in you getting the kills and wining the game (please dont ignore the Sunfire Cape passive as you will probably die because of it)

= So...not much to say about this item, except that this is in my humble opinion the BEST defensive item you can get, but not all champions have what it takes to wield them, juts look at him, +920 Hp and then you can earn even more Hp with his passive, which means you will need to farm real good to take advantage of this item...By the way the combo Atmog's (Atma's Impaler + Warmog's Armor) works so great that you will seem to be pretty much a GOD

= This is "WTF NOOBS? IM NOT DEAD YET" item, and you buy it is extraordinary. This iteam can win games as it will give you a second chance to finish off your enemies or to run. It's a very cheap item considering it gives you a lot of stuff, but eventhough, I do NOT take it that often.

= A fantastic item. It gives you all you'd need if the enemy team relies on their AP carry, and if it's the case that their AP carry is fed. You will get an enormous amount of Health Regen + Magic Resistance. Very self-explanatory. This item is not expensive at all, and therefore it's one of the most viable defensive items to get.

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Okay so i will firstly explain how to Jungle efficiently and then how to go on a rampage Solo Top Lane


You should start of on the Red Buff and so smite him right away then pop Burnout and after you've killed the buff and his minions proceed to the Wraiths, then Wolves and then the Blue Buff and you should repeat what you've done on the Red Buff, after that go to the golems, and please remember to check all the lanes to see if you can lend your help to your teammates to either push their lane or to try to go for the kill, but either way you have to pay attention and be ready to go for the action, that's why map awareness is so vital

If they dont have any jungler, then try to invade their jungle and also steal their buffs but also remember that you are in their "house" so there is a higer chance that you will get ganked and die, so dont go RAMBO style and enter their jungle with low health. A decent jungler besides speed farming and good ganking should also know the correct times in which the monsters spawn...For example:
Baron Nashor - Spawns at 15 minutes and takes 7 minutes to re-spawn
Dragon - Spawns at 2:30 minutes and takes 6 minutes to re-spawn
Ancient Golem - Spawns at 1:55 minutes and takes 5 minutes to re-spawn
Lizard Elder - Spawns at 1:55 minutes and takes 5 minutes to re-spawn
All Other Monsters - Spawn at 1:40 minutes and take 0:50/1:55 minutes ro respawn

So as you have seen, being a jungler is not easy work as it is certainly one of the 2 hardest jobs to do in the game...and so if you love to jungle but dont really know how, dont jungle, come here and read this guide then try yourself or you will end getting reported by your teammates for not providing a decent jungle to the team

Solo Top

Solo top can bit a little tricky and dangerous but you should be able to hold your own, as you should only pay attention to ganks ncoming to both you and your enemy, and so you should ward the river with at least 2 Sight Ward in order to give you some more confidence and let you farm and push in peace...If the enemy get too agressive on you and you think you can get a sweet kill just use the standard combo Exhaust - Bur nout - Twin Bite - Flame Breath and if they still dont die then Ignite them or use your ultimate Dragon's Descent to FINISH off your enemy
Only request a gank from your jungler is you really are in need of one and cant push cause your enemy is a real pain in the ***...Try to finish the Top Lane as fast as you can to lend your help to the other lanes but without resgarding YOUR top lane otherwise your enemy will end your advantage

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Ranked Gameplay

Ranked gameplay is a whole different concept as you need to be much faster and smart than normal games, with Shyvana is all about speed and juggernaut godlike power and SO you have to DOMINATE the whole game and get the win...a great example on how to play ranked Shyvana jungle is Moscow which they dominate throughout the entire game because of their map awareness
Also, you have to remember that because its ranked you need to calm down cause in most cases you won't get super amount of kills like you used to have in normal games (unless the enemy team is completly noobish and that way you will earn lots os kills and assists). A smart player in general know that farm win games so try to farm as much as you can but always remember to help you the way, another thing you have to do is to choose your targets, for can take out a Twitch easier than a Malphite and you can punish more an Ashe than a Singed so play safe and SMART and you are on the good way to a destructive path that will shake the entire enemy team.

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Videos Demonstrating How to React to Certain Situations

I made this videos so that you can see some of the stupidity's that some player do against a Shyvana as they don't realize that she is a a real threat...So please see this and do try this at League of Legends, at least against a Shyvana. I will try to update this videos and posting news ones as soon as I can, and if you want to see more embarissing moments then check my channel on youtube for other plays...Go get your popcorn and get ready to laught your ***es off...

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Hall of Pain

Here you have some of my scores with Shyvana using this build, note that some of these scores were made in ranked games...and so as you can see this is a very useful build to use on Shyvana so please give him a try and let me know in the comments if it worked

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I can even describe to you how many work and time i've spented in this build, so please like i said before please dont downvote me just for no reason and please do you Constructive comments and try out my build cause it really works well on Shyvana
At first I played Shyvana and did huge scores and then I started to want to help people improve their skills and I know there are a lot of Shyvana lovers that just can't find a decent build and I want to help those guys to play with a real nice champion and one of my favourite among the whole game

Please give me some feedback to see if you liked this build tell me what other things to add and what cahmpion would you like to see next and talk to me on the comments, other thign: I am going to add another section about "Most Common Questions" but I need you to question me something so i can answer...My name is Vellinson and if you play againt me dont be shy and talk to me as I hope we become friends cause that what this game is all about...HAVING FUN

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Change Log

04/04/2012 - Posted this Guide for all of you
05/04/2012 - Fixed the Mastery Tree on the Utility Page and added the Frozen Mallet to the Damage Items
06/04/2012 - Finally managed to add the images on the mastery and rune pages setup
08/10/2012 - Changed some of the items display so that it would get more Ranked style instead of normal queues

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Special Thanks

I would like to make a special thanks to some people that helped me to bring you this guide, cause if they hadnt helped me I would not have made it:

JakofAllSpaydes for the Awesome banners
Darthstarkilller for the support and feedback
jhoijhoi for making an awesome guide to teach us players

To everyone that reads this guide THANK YOU VERY MUCH