Welcome to my first Mobafire Guide! I'm writing this to help assist anyone wishing to learn Anivia. Anivia is a highly enjoyable to play Mid lane champion in League of Legends. Anivia is a champion that is rather easy to pick up and play, but rather difficult to master as some of her abilities take considerable practice to land perfectly. Hopefully after this guide you will have an understanding of how Anivia works and you'll be able to take to the Rift ready to play. I will do my best to update this guide frequently.
Also I'd like to give a special thanks: Credits to jhoijhoi for the template, which you can find here.
Pros / Cons
+ Early survivability due to passive + Unexpectedly strong early combos + Lots of CC + Great farming ability after 6 + Large impact on teamfights
Anivia is unexpectedly strong early game due to the survivability Rebirth contains, by giving her full health upon death, and the ability for Frostbite to give double damage if the enemy has been slowed or stunned.
- Very Very Mana Dependent - Extremely low movement speed - Hard to farm pre-six - Can be shut down by champs with gap closers rather easily - Squishy
Anivia is difficult to farm with early game due to her auto attacks having a very slow animation. With practice however you do learn to overcome this. Anivia is also prone to early ganks as her slow movement speed makes her a easier target, however make it to your turret and Rebirth will save you, and occasionally get you a kill. Finally her mana dependancy is incredibly high, if you spam abilities you will run out of mana quickly, leaving yourself very vulnerable
The video below is Anivia's Champion Spotlight done by RiotPhreak, it has some outdated info, but the plays and strategies are still good.
Greater Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist: I prefer scaling magic resist as unlike Attack Damage, Ability Power starts quite low and snowballs like crazy, so the early resist is not as needed as the late game.
Ignite: Ignite is a great summoner spell for any mid laner, but works especially well on Anivia, due to her low movement speed, her early engages generally require ignite to finish off her opponent as she is not able to chase very well
Flash: Flash is a must have on Anivia, its potential for aiding escapes is just too precious to give up for another spell. It also comes in handy when you miss place your Crystallize crystallize. Which you will do.
Rebirth: Rebirth is Anivia's Passive, it is a similar passive to Zac Zac's Cell Division Cell Division, in that it gives Anivia a second life upon death, however upon activation Anivia becomes an immobile and very vulnerable egg, if this egg survives for 6 seconds Anivia is reborn with whatever health the egg had remaining. This can be full health.
Spoiler: Click to view
Easter Egg: If you use chat while an egg your name will appear as Eggniva rather than Anivia
Flash Frost (Q): Flash Frost is skill shot that is both a slow and a stun. Upon activation Anivia shoots a ball of ice that slows and damages everything it touches, upon reaching max range or pressing Q again the ball breaks damaging and stunning anything within a small area. If used correctly you can damage enemies twice by breaking the ball with Q just after it passes through them.
Crystallize (W): Crystallize creates a wall of ice, this can be used to stop an enemy from escaping or to block them from chasing you. If positioned well it can change teamfights by breaking up the enemy team allowing single champs to be focused.
Frostbite (E): Frostbite is a click to cast spell, not a skill shot, it deals mediocre damage, however if an enemy has been slowed/stunned with either Q Flash Frost or R Glacial Storm it critically strikes doing Double Damage, which gives Anivia amazing kill potential early game at levels 2 and 3.
Glacial Storm (R): Glacial Storm is Anivia's ultimate ability, it is an Area of Effect spell that damages and slows both movement and attack speed. Most people forget about the attack speed reduction it causes which is hell to the enemy ADC as they rely on attack speed for there damage. Glacial storm is also only on a 5 second cooldown, so its easy to cancel and reactivate in another spot. Glacial storm also quickly stacks Tear of the Goddess Tear of the Goddess and is great for farming, you should not be missing farm once you have this ability at level 6.
Ability Sequence Order
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Glacial storm is your most important ability, due to its ability to farm, slow, and just do mass damage in teamfight, next is frostbite due to its critial strike doing massive damage, followed by flash frost as the stun helps secure kills and finally crystallize, while it is an effective spell it does not deal damage and can be quite tricky to use correctly.
Sorcerer's Shoes 1100
Archangel's Staff 3100
Rod of Ages 2700
Rabadon's Deathcap 3800
Void Staff 2650
Zhonya's Hourglass 2900
Magic Penetration and Movespeed, The magic pen will allow you to ignore some of the magic resistance your enemy has allowing for more damage, remember to also upgrade with Alacrity for extra movement speed.
This item once stacked gives you a bonus 750 mana, which is needed to keep Anivia from going out of mana after using just a couple of spells, it also give some ability power for damage and mana regeneration.
Great iteam, gives health, mana and ability power, and stacks over 10 mins to give you an extra 200 health and mana and 20 ability power
Huge Ability Power boost.
Increased magic pen, with this and sorcerer's shoes you always do large damage, even if the enemy build magic resist
Another large boost in Ability power, along with some armor, and an Active that allows you to shake focus from you in team fights
Anivia is a AP caster, her job in a team fight is to try remove the enemy ADC or AP caster or both, to do this, place Glacial Storm Glacial Storm right in the center of the fight to deal maximum damage. If your team is hesitant on initiating Flash Frost Flash Frost can be used to either stun the enemy ADC/APC or force them to move out of position which should start a team fight. Once the enemy has been slowed or stunned using Frostbite Frostbite you should be able to one hit kill the enemy ADC/APC if they do not die, they'll be too weak to fight without dieing. From this point, if you think you can do it correctly, you can utilize Crystallize Crystallize to split up there team, or to trap them against your team so they can not escape and you can finish them off. Remembering to use Frostbite Frostbite and Flash Frost whenever available to stun or weaken/kill the enemies major damage dealers.
Thanks for reading my first guide, and I hope its helpful. I'll make sure to keep it updated, and I'll try add more information and sections to it, such as good and poor lane matchups for Anivia when I can. I would love any constructive feedback so I can improve this guide and any further guide I write.
And again I would like to thank and give credits to jhoijhoi for the template, which you can find here.