Poppy Build Guide by Haagler
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Vs. AD Bruisers
First Trip Back: 800+ Gold: philosopher's stone
Vs. Anything Else
First Trip Back: 365+ Gold: [philosopher's stone
After The First Few Items:
The order in which these come is situational. There are times when the slow from Phage outweighs the damage from Sheen, but picking up Sheen first is generally a good idea.
Core Items: Tier Two philosopher's stone
Costing you about ~6k gold, the moment you have these items is where you begin to shine. You will begin to deal devastating amounts of damage to any enemy champion, leaving them shocked at how fast they drop.
Situational Items: shurelya's reverie
After you get your Trinity Force, you will want, in no particular order, to work towards some of these items. Which item you buy next is completely dependent on how the game is progressing. There are times when a simple Chain Vest will do for defensive items and times when a quick Bilgewater Cutlass will allow you to catch your enemies more easily.
Poppy is one of those champions that most people see once in a blue moon and is considered a "troll" pick by many. Yet, I have found that Poppy is simply undervalued. She can play an instrumental role in any team and can prove to be an even match against almost all of the popular top lane champions. While this is not the only role she can fulfill, this is where she excels. I firmly believe that, if played correctly, Poppy has the potential to be one of the most powerful champions out on the Fields of Justice.
Running 9/21/0 grants you a much more powerful early game than most players are equipped to deal with. While running 21/9/0 may seem like an attractive option, the extra sustain and damage reduction from having 21 in the defensive tree is too good to pass up.
You want to pick up two points in both Tough Skin and Indomitable for an extra four damage reduced from minons- allowing almost all trades to go in your favor when there is minion support.
Remember: Poppy is weakest early game- so you want to gear everything towards improving that.
There are two different build that you should use as a top lane Poppy .
These should be Flat Attack Damage regardless of who you're matched up against. Poppy's Devastating Blow scales one to one off of attack damage and the extra harass and last hitting power is a powerful tool.
Alternatively, you can use Magic Penetration because Popppy deals a huge amount of magic damage and choosing these allows for an even deadlier little yordle.
Vs. AD Bruiser
Flat Armor to reduce your opponent's harass to a minimum.
Flat Armor to reduce your opponent's harass to a minimum.
Flat Armor/Movement Speed are both good options. You can choose to swap out one or two flat armor quintessences for some movement speed if you want to move a bit faster.
They can't push you out of lane if they can't do any damage to you!
Vs. Anything Else
Flat Armor will negate some of the auto attack damage that will be dealt to you by ranged AP champions. Every bit of health counts!
Flat Magic Resist will lower the amount of damage you take early on- allowing you to quickly regenerate your opponent's harass. ( I didn't found Flat magic resist glyphs so if u know how to put these runes give me the solution ! )
Movement Speed is the best option here. You want to be able to dodge skill shots and stick on them when you decide to fight.
Another option you can take is Flat Health Regeneration. If you don't plan on being very aggressive during the laning phase, being able to regenerate all incoming damage can keep you in lane for a very long time.
Why Choose Ghost Over Flash ?
Many Poppy players prefer to choose Flash over Ghost , I personally find that Ghost is a much more powerful summoner spell.
While Flash may allow you to catch someone off guard with a well placed Heroic Charge, it is a one shot spell, which allows you no room for error- you MUST be able to kill them before the stun wears off or they will simply run away.
On the other hand, Ghost allows for you to chase someone for a fairly long period of time when combined with the active ability of Paragon of Demacia.
You will find that it is often the case that a Heoric Charge into a wall and a few attacks will be insufficient damage to take out your target. So, having Ghost grants you a few more attacks than you would have with just Flash.
Why Choose Ignite ?
There is no summoner spell more fitting for Poppy than Ignite . Dealing additional damage and providing a healing reduction, Ignite often deals the finishing blow to injured enemy champions. On top of that, Ignite has the added bonus of working quite well with Diplomatic Immunity- making for a deadly combination to whomever you decide to target.
Any damage dealt to Poppy that exceeds 10% of her current health is reduced by 50%. This does not reduce damage from structures.
Basically, if an enemy deals more than 10% of your current health in damage, the portion that is greater than 10% will be reduced by half. So, if someone deals 30% of your current health in damage, they will actually only be doing 10% + ( 20% / 2 ) = 20% in damage.
This passive allows for Poppy to be the powerhouse that she deserves to be. While her passive may seem a bit difficult to utilize at first, once you master its use you will be able to confidently walk into fights that appear to be disadvantageous and allow you to escape from situations that no other champion would walk away from.
Poppy crushes her opponent, dealing attack damage (+60% of ability power) plus 20 / 40 / 60 / 80 / 100 and 8% of her target's maximum health in bonus damage. The bonus damage dealt cannot exceed 75 / 150 / 225 / 300 / 375.
Cooldown 8 / 7 / 6 / 5 / 4seconds
This is your bread and butter skill- it allows you to knock out chunks of any opponent's health bar with ease. Learning to use the attack animation reset is instrumental in dealing as much damage as possible with .
Tip: All damage dealt with Devastating Blow is converted into magic damage. This includes the Sheen proc.
Passive: Upon being hit or attacking an enemy, Poppy's armor and damage are increased by 1.5 / 2 / 2.5 / 3 / 3.5 for 5 seconds. This effect can stack 10 times.
Active: Poppy gains max stacks of Paragon of Demacia and her movement speed is increased by 17 / 19 / 21 / 23 / 25% for 5 seconds.
Cost 70 / 75 / 80 / 85 / 90mana
One of the most powerful one point wonders in League of Legends- Paragon of Demacia grants you a HUGE early game boost by providing you with a bonus 15 armor and 15 attack damage. While I wouldn't recommend maxing this first, getting an early point in it can prove instrumental in allowing you to dominate your lane.
In addition, the active ability provides you with what I consider a "Mini-Ghost"- allowing you to chase down enemies or escape from ganks with ease.
Tip: Stagger this with Ghost to allow for a huge amount of time where you have increased movement speed.
Poppy charges at an enemy and carries them for a short distance. The initial impact deals 50 / 75 / 100 / 125 / 150 (+40% of ability power) magic damage. If they collide with terrain, her target takes 75 / 125 / 175 / 225 / 275 (+40% of ability power) magic damage and will be stunned for 1.5 / 1.5 / 1.5 / 1.5 / 1.5 seconds.
Cooldown 12 / 11 / 10 / 9 / 8seconds
Cost 60 / 65 / 70 / 75 / 80mana
This is one of the most fun skills in League of Legends. Being able to push your enemies around at a whim is just an amazing ability. Once you master the use of this skill, you will become a force to be reckoned with.
Tip: You can charge enemy minions as a movement tool. This can allow you to catch someone off guard. Simply staying out of Poppy's range doesn't mean you're safe!
For 6 seconds, Poppy is immune to any damage and abilities from enemies other than her target.
In addition, Poppy's attacks deal 20 / 30 / 40% increased damage to the marked target.
Cooldown 140 / 120 / 100seconds
One of the most powerful ultimates in the game, Diplomatic Immunity has a variety of uses which can be employed.
KILL ALL THE THINGS
Of course, the obvious use of this is to pile on damage to your intended target. The increase in damage is no small matter, and dropping Diplomatic Immunity on a squishy target almost always nets you a kill.
If at any time an enemy jungler comes to your lane and you feel that you may not be able to get away, you can simply use Diplomatic Immunity as a get out of jail free card and waltz away to safety.
Hit Me Please!
If your team is lacking a strong initiation, you can choose to barrel into the enemy team yourself and use Diplomatic Immunity as a mechanism to soak up all of the enemy team's crowd control. Just make sure you can cast it before you get hit by one!
Tip: When choosing a target to kill, you might want to cast Diplomatic Immunity on a champion other than your intended target. Just make sure that they have no heavy crowd control that can stop you. Also, Diplomatic Immunity increases the damage you deal through other means such as Ignite, Deathfire Grasp and Hextech Gunblade.
When playing Poppy in the top lane, you will almost always want to get Paragon of Demacia first. The movement speed, armor, and attack damage boost is too powerful to pass up.
When you hit level two, you have a choice: both Devastating Blow and Heroic Charge are excellent options to have. Devastating Blow is an excellent choice if your opponent is constantly trying to trade hits with you and Heroic Charge can be used to force an early engagement on your opponent if they are playing passively.
Once you hit level three, you should have at least one point in each of your skills. After this point, you can choose to either put one more point into Paragon of Demacia or just go on to max Devastating Blow.
In general your build should be as follows: Diplomatic Immunity > Devastating Blow > Heroic Charge > Paragon of Demacia
Tip: If you feel that a little bit more movement speed, attack damage, and armor could benefit you more than additional points in Heroic Charge, you can always choose to drop a few more points in to Paragon of Demacia.
Early Game: The Minions! They Keep Coming!
Contrary to popular belief, Poppy is a monster against most AD Bruisers top lane. Because most AD Bruisers tend to focus on building up either armor or magic resist, Poppy can abuse them with a mixture of both. Constant harass from your auto attacks and Devastating Blowcan quickly overwhelm an unsuspecting foe.
While it may seem attractive to chunk your opponent, keep in mind that your main goal is to farm. You want to pick up a Philosopher's Stone as soon as possible and the best way to do this is to concentrate on picking up as many minion kills as you can.
Tip: Do not be afraid to buy a few Health Potion. These can allow you to stay in lane far longer than you would expect.
Late Game: I AM POPPY! HEAR ME ROAR!
There's not much to say. At this point in the game Poppy is probably the most destructive champion in the game. She can charge straight into the enemy team and rip apart her intended target... along with any unfortunate souls unlucky enough to be close by.
Tip: Quicksilver Sash may be your best friend at this point in the game. Use it wisely- especially if there's an Exhaust being thrown on you every fight.
Mid Game: Look! A Shiny Blue Blade!
Alright! You've managed to pick up your Sheen! This is where Poppy really begins to shine. Almost nothing can handle a constant onslaught of Heoric charge and Devastating Blow combos. With a huge pool of mana at her disposal, Poppy can constantly throw out her skills- charging in the middle of the lane can still put out a hefty amount of damage.
If you can drop your opponent to about half health, you might be presented with an excellent chance to go for a kill. There's a turret in the way? Well that's fine! Diplomatic Immunity will help you make short work of your foe. Take time to get used to how much damage you can do and never be afraid to turret dive for a kill. You'll often get out with plenty of breathing room.
Tip: Check your opponent's defensive values. If they have high armor, use your Sheen proc with Ghost Devastating Blow . If not, feel free to auto attack them as soon as you use Heroic Charge.
Top Lane Match-Ups: AD Bruisers
Every match-up requires a slightly different play style. So, by knowing what the opposing champion can do, you can change your play accordingly.
Gangplank: Difficulty: Easy
One of the most common match-ups that you will face- Gangplank is actually one of Poppy's easiest opponents to deal with. His main method of harass is Parrrley, which has a fairly short cool, but comes at a fair mana cost to him early on.
The best way to deal with him is to allow for him to spend his mana trying to harass you while you pick up minion kills. If Gangplank ever tries to trade blows for you, you can auto attack him and Devastating Blow him for far more damage than he could possibly hope to deal to you. If he chases you, start stepping back towards your turret while still trading blows with him. Unless he is also running a huge amount of armor, you should win out on these trades- especially with your minions dealing damage to him.
Tip: Be wary of his Remove Scurvy, as he may slip out of a stun when you aren't suspecting it.
Irelia: Difficulty: Hard
While Irelia may not be the easiest champion for Poppy to face, she isn’t exactly very threatening. While Irelia’s Hiten Style may appear to be a huge threat due to the true damage, it is actually easily counteracted by simply not fighting Irelia when she has it on. (The animation is VERY obvious.)
Other than that the Hiten Style, Irelia really has no way to deal with Poppy’s assault. Once you pick up your Sheenyou can pummel away at her as soon as her Hiten Style wears off.
Tip: If Irelia uses Bladesurge to jump on you, simply use Heroic Charge on a minion to get away from her.
Riven: Difficulty: Average
Riven is probably one of the most fun champions that you can play against as Poppy. Riven has a wide variety of skills that let her easily dish out harass and escape from you. Fortunately, all of Riven’s skills deal physical damage- allowing you to simply run a massive amount of armor to prevent her from actually dealing too much damage to you.
Early on in the laning phase (between levels one and five) you will find that simply trading auto attacks and the occasional Devastating Blow with Riven will allow you to win trades every time- even if she is using all of her skills on you.
As the game goes on, you will find that it is almost impossible for you to actually catch her in any situation which could grant you a kill. But, you can simply wait for her to use Broken Wings before you rush in at her. This will give you a small opening in which you can start dropping heavy damage on her. In addition, if you can drop her low enough, you can simply use Heroic Charge to catch up with her and kill her.
Tip: When Riven uses Valor to dash towards you, you should run towards her so that she has less room to escape from your counter harass.
Olaf: Difficulty: Difficult
Olaf is probably one of [poppy]]’s worst match-ups. His [reckless swing]] does true damage, which completely negates Vailant fighter- meaning that he can easily tear through your health pool. On top of this,
Olaf can use Undertow to prevent you from getting away or getting close to him without using Heroic Charge.
However, there is one way to deal with Olaf. Your goal is to start fighting him as soon as possible- meaning that you should start with Boots of Speed and Devastating Blow and try to trade hits with Olaf starting at level one.
Also, when you are up against an Olaf, you must make sure to build as much health as reasonably possible. This means that you will be skipping over philosopher's stone and Sheen and building hearth of gold and Phage instead.
In this match-up, every bit of harass counts, so if you see Olaf use Reckless Swing on a minion, you should immediately play aggressively and try to use Devastating Blow on him.
Tip: Watch out for Olaf if he has Ignite. If he combines it with Reckless Swing he can drop you from about 500 health to nothing in a mere moment.
Tryndamere: Difficulty: Easy
Tryndamere is a surprisingly simple champion for Poppy to deal with. As long as you have a full page of armor runes and a few points in Paragon of Demacia, Tryndamere will be hitting you for almost no damage.
You should be able to easily push Tryndamere out of lane simply by standing in the minion line, using Devastating Blow, and auto attacking him every chance you get. If he tries to fight back, keep your attacks going and unless he manages to get a critical strike on every attack there’s almost no way for him to kill you before you take him out.
If you find yourself pressured early on by a jungler, you should just farm up until pick up a Sheen. At this point, there is almost no way for Tryndamere to out sustain your harass as long as you continuously chase him around. If you find that he’s constantly running away from you, just deny him farm and he will become useless late game.
Tip: If possible, save Diplomatic immunity] and [[Ignite for when Tryndamere uses his Undying Rage to ensure a kill.
Top Lane Match-Ups: Everything Else
This lane basically turns into a farm fest until you get your sheen. Because Cho'Gath has Carnivore, you will find it almost impossible to push him out of lane until you have quite a bit of damage. Fortunately, the same holds true for him. Unless he manages to lane a Rupture on you, and even if he does, you should be taking almost no damage from him once you get your philosopher's stone.
In this match-up, I would suggest buying a Ruby Crystal before you get your Sheen just to be safe. [cho'gath]'s Feast does true damage, which bypasses Vailant fighter. Watch out for his high burst damage!
Tip: Using Heroic Charge allows you to easily escape from Cho'Gath's Rupture.
Kennen: Difficulty: Hard
I find Kennen to be an increasingly popular top lane pick. Unfortunately, Kennen is one of the most frustrating match-ups for Poppy. Equipped with a variety of ranged skills, Kennen can easily throw out harass- leaving Poppy with little room to breathe.
The ideal way to play this match-up is to basically farm under your turret. This means that you need to be able to last hit effectively while dodging Kennen's best attempts to stun you.
Fortunately, Poppy gets one huge opening against Kennen. If you've managed to pick up a philosopher's stone and mercury's treades by the time you both hit level 6, Poppy will actually win in a head on collision against a Kennen with about 2000 gold's worth of items.
Even if Kennen seems to be doing a large amount of damage with his Slicing Maelstrom, you have to keep in mind that all of Kennen's skill cost him energy, which, after he uses all his skills, should be fairly low- giving you a chance to finish him off.
Tip: Ghost, Paragon of Demacia, and Heroic Charge are your most powerful weapons against Kennen. Being able to keep up with Kennen's Lightning Rush will allow you to punish him when he drops low on energy.
Lee Sin: Difficulty: Average
First things first- I know that Lee Sin does quite a bit of AD based damage, but he also does some magic damage with Tempest / Cripple which can be quite troublesome. It is for this reason that I put Lee Sin into the "Everything Else" category- meaning that I will run my alternative rune page against him.
While Lee Sin can not easily kill you, he can cause some serious issues with your creep score if he uses Safeguard / Iron Will on minions to protect them. Fortunately, if you are expecting him to jump in, you can have a Devastating Blow ready and waiting for him. Alternatively, if he is trying to use Sonic Wave / Resonating Strike to jump on to your minions for minion kills you can also keep a Devastating Blow ready for him.
When you are playing against a Lee Sin, I find it preferable to skip over tier two boots in favor of getting a faster Sheen. This allows you to drop far more harass on him than he can on you- allowing you to effectively push him out of lane early on.
If you become significantly more powerful than Lee Sin, you should consider running into his Sonic Wave / Resonating Strike to prevent him from getting any minion kills.
Tip: If you are chasing a Lee Sin, always run in a way that makes his Dragon's Rage push you the least amount of distance possible. This will let you catch up to him far more quickly than he will expect.
Malphite: Difficulty: Easy
Malphite is actually a fairly simple opponent for Poppy because he simply does not do enough damage to push Poppy out of lane. But, because Malphite has Granite Shield, which can block a fair amount of damage early on- meaning that he will be fairly difficult to kill early on.
When you are up against Malphite, you will find that as long as you have a philosopher's stone you will be able to regenerate almost all of the harass that Malphite can dish out for the first four or five levels of the game.
Do keep in mind that Malphite’s Seismic Shard does have an extremely large movement speed drain, so be sure to use Paragon of Demacia after he casts it on you.
Tip: Constantly hitting Malphite will prevent Granite Shield from activating. So, if you want to play aggressively, make sure to hit him constantly.
Nidalee: Difficulty: Hard
Nidalee is probably one of Poppy’s most difficult opponents due to her powerful harass early game coupled with her Aspect Of The Cougar come level six.
When you are facing a Nidalee, your goal early game is to take as little damage as possible while still picking up a fair number of minion kills. This can be achieved using two tactics. The first is to hide a fair distance behind your minion line. Doing this causes your allied minions to start hitting Nidalee when she auto attacks you, creating an opportunity for you to charge in on her and even out the damage in a split second. Alternatively, you can hug your tower and farm away. Even though she can still poke you when you are under your tower, this forces her to overextend- allowing your jungler to punish her.
Once Nidalee hits level six and gets Aspect Of The Cougar you will find that her harassment power suddenly skyrockets. To deal with this, you must play extremely defensively until you manage to pick up your Sheen, at which point you can begin exchanging blows and even score a kill on her.
Tip: Javelin Toss / Takedown deals more damage the lower your health is- counteract this by using a Health Potion when needed.
Rumble: Difficulty: Hard
Rumble is another champion that can be tough to deal with as Poppy. Against Rumble, you basically have to play passively for the majority of the laning phase. Ideally, you should stand close to your minions so that if he decides to use his Flamespitter to harass you, the minion wave will push towards your turret- this creates an opening where Rumble can be ganked by your team's jungler.
In addition, Rumble tends to miss a fair amount of minion kills unless he uses his Flamespitter, so if he tries to auto attack your minions, you can actually deal some hefty damage to him. This can actually create a situation where you can maintain a fairly even minion kill count against a Rumble. Also, if Rumble tries to last hit too much, Poppy can actually harass him down enough to go for a kill.
Tip: Don't get overeager against a Rumble, your best bet is to slowly pick up minion kills and prevent him from getting too many.
Ryze: Difficulty: Easy
One of the few AP champions that Ryze does extremely well against, Poppy simple does not have enough damage to deal with Poppy's passive. If you are fortunate enough to get matched up against a Ryze, you can basically free farm your lane while still applying pressure to him.
Poppy's greatest advantage against Ryze comes in the first few levels, where Ryze has a tiny mana pool. Though you wouldn't want to do this against most of champions, when you are against Ryze, you should actually LET him cast his spells on you early on where he doesn't do much damage. This allows you to easily regenerate all the damage he dealt to you with Regrowth Pendant, and leaves him with little mana to deal any more harass to you.
Once you purchase your philosopher's stone, mercury's treads à], and [[sapphire crystal,it actually becomes fairly simple for Poppy to push Ryze out of lane with just a few Heroic Charge and Devastating Blow combos. If he drops low enough, just go tower dive him. [I[ryze]] can't stop you for long once you have your [I[mercury's treads]].
Tip: It can be extremely tough to kill a Ryze in a team fight. You will find that it is generally better to focus on other targets of importance.
Shyvana: Difficulty: Hard
While Shyvana may not be the best match-up for Poppy, Poppy can still pick up farm and fight against Shyvana.
The main issue for Poppy when fighting a Shyvana is that Shyvana does a lot of damage in small increments, and the damage she deals is both magic and physical, making it difficult to itemize against her. In short, neither Mercury's Treads nor Mercury's Treads have a very pronounced effect in reducing the incoming damage.
So, what’s Poppy to do in this situation? Your best bet is to stay close to your tower and pick up as much farm as possible. In this case, getting an extra point in Paragon of Demacia early on can help your last hitting immensely. You should always allow shyvana] to push towards your tower so that your jungler can come give you assistance. In addition, if your minions are under your tower, she will either have to use [[burnout to last hit, or allow you to drop damage on her with your Devastating Blow.
If the farm is fairly even between the two of you, Poppy can generally beat Shyvana once you pick up your Sheen, but it will be a fairly close fight.
Tip: If Shyvana uses Dragon's Descent and jumps to you, you can run towards her and use Heroic Charge to push her farther back- this can be useful to separate Shyvana from her team.
Vladimir: Difficulty: Average
While Vladimir may seem like a difficult champion for Poppy to fight against, Vladimir is actually one of the easier casters to deal with. Why? Early on (levels one to six), Vladimir relies heavily on Transfusion for his lane sustain and harass. This means that if Vladimir wants to drop any significant amount of harass on you early on, he will have to use Transfusion on you because his auto attacks simply do not do enough damage to put any pressure on you- meaning that he must either hold onto his Transfusion to harass you or simply let you free farm. Alternatively, you can play very aggressively early on and potentially push Vladimir out of the lane.
Once he hits level seven, the lane drastically changes. Vladimir’s Transfusion begins to have a short enough cooldown to prevent you from harassing him significantly while allowing you to constantly drop damage on you. At this point, you must play very passively to survive his onslaught.
Fortunately, once you manage to pick up a Sheen and a Phage, you will find that you can easily pressure Vladimir long before he has the change to do the same to you. In addition, when Ghost, Ignite, and Diplomatic Immunity are up, you can potentially go for a kill.
Tip: Use Ghost to keep up with Vladimir when he uses his Sanguine Pool.
Alternative Roles: Bottom Lane Support
Alternative Roles: Bottom Lane Support Back To Top
So, how does Poppy fare as a low minion count support? Surprisingly well it seems. While Poppy isn't exactly a standard choice for a support champion, she can still do a fairly good job of it.
Starting Items: sight ward
Quintessences: Gold Per 10
Marks: Physical Damage
You still want to be running 9/21/0 as a support- the extra defensive power allows you to fight against the opposing lane with a higher chance of success while the cooldown reduction and magic penetration can prove to be valuable later in the game.
Poppy's greatest strength in the bottom lane is the fact that you KNOW that the enemy champions will probably be relying on auto attacks to harass you- allowing you to choose a rune page with high amounts of defense. While you will not be starting with a Cloth Armor, you will still have far more armor (60 at level one) than most bottom lanes expect- especially since ranged AD carries tend to choose attack damage over armor penetration.
Utilizing Poppy's high durability requires a fairly different approach to playing support in that you must play very aggressively. The best way to do this is to start off with at least one Vision Ward to grant you bush control. Make sure that you know if your lane partner wants to push or play defensively so that you know which bush to ward. Your job is to basically stay in the bushes and to pop out and auto attack and Devastating Blow anyone who dares get close to you.
If you jump out of a bush and your opponents decide to start attacking you then you should welcome it! Having the opposing lane attack you will allow your ranged AD carry to drop shots on your enemies while taking almost no damage.
Tip: Having a sight ward in a bush can be very useful as it will allow you to easily use Heroic Charge on unsuspecting foes. Also, when you decide to engage, be sure to use a Health Potion- the regeneration granted to you will make you almost impossible to kill early on.
Alternative Roles: Jungler
While Poppy excels at being a top lane champion, she still proves to be a very powerful jungler. Though she is far from the best jungler out there, Poppy is still very viable and can completely dominate a game as a jungler.
Quintessences: Armor Penetration
Marks: Attack Speed
Glyphs: Attack Speed
You will actually want to pick up 21/9/0 for your masteries- the slight boost in damage from the offensive tree allows you to more easily clear the jungle and the reflected damage from Bladed Armor will also help a bit.
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Poppy has a few choices when it comes to her jungling route. However, there are two routes which I find to be the most effective.
The first choice is to quickly take out the Wraith camp, pick up the Elder Lizard buff, and head out to gank a lane. This is a very strong option if you expect a lane to be pushed out very early. This route can land you an early kill which can propel you into a great early game position.
The second route is much safer, but forces you to gank at a slower pace. Starting with the Wolf camp, you move on to take out the Ancient Golem, Wraiths, Mini Golems, and finally the Elder Lizard camp. While this route is slower, the additional level you have from clearing out your entire jungle can prove to be invaluable in an early gank.
When you are playing Poppy as a jungler, your primary goal is to gank lanes. It is fairly difficult for Poppy to keep up with more common junglers that have faster clear times by simply farming. This means that you must be constantly aware of which lanes are easily gankable and which lanes you shouldn't even bother with.
Also, one of Poppy's greatest strengths as a jungler is her ability to counter jungle. Almost no champion can stand toe to toe with her early in the game due to Vailant fighter being such an overpowering ability. If you are ever presented with the chance to sneak into the enemy jungle, be ready to throw out Heroic at a moment's notice. You will find that there are many opportunities to stun an enemy champion with all the walls that will be around you.
Tip: Turret diving once you get Diplomatic Immunity is one of Poppy's greatest strengths. Poppy can easily push someone out of position leading to an easy kill for your team.