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Qiyana Build Guide by PH45

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[10.22] PH45's guide to Qiyana, Empress of the Elements!

By PH45 | Updated on October 28, 2020
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  • LoL Champion: Qiyana
    Lane Qiyana
  • LoL Champion: Qiyana
    Jungle Qiyana

Runes: Electrocute Page (Assassin)

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Sudden Impact
Eyeball Collection
Ravenous Hunter

Legend: Tenacity

+10% Attack Speed
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+6 Armor


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LoL Summoner Spell: Flash


LoL Summoner Spell: Ignite


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[10.22] PH45's guide to Qiyana, Empress of the Elements!

By PH45
Hello, I'm PH45, and this is my guide to Qiyana.

My real name is Patrik, but you can call me either way. I am a long time League of Legends player (started back in late Season 1). I'm a top lane main, and I mostly play bruisers in top lane. I reached Diamond 5 in Season 7, Diamond 3 53 LP in Season 8. Currently hovering around mid Diamond.

My OP.GG for anyone interested

I also got multiple other accounts but right now I mainly play on the account I listed above.

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+ Easy to pick up
+ Has a dash that goes over walls
+ Interesting mechanic based on elements and placement on the rift
+ Has crowd control
+ Has stealth, although not in as strong of a form like usually
+ Very powerful ultimate
+ Low mana costs

Qiyana has good teamfighting capabilities thanks to her ultimate, which changes it's effects based on where the fights take place.

- Hard to master
- Relies on positioning for elements
- No sustain or shields
- Audacity is a fixed target ability, which feels a bit wierd
- Lacks proper waveclear

Qiyana feels a bit weak damagewise at the moment, considering she should be an assassin. Building her as a bruiser gives her more time to get her damage out.
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Flash: Best summoner spell in the game, period. It gives you the chance to either escape from a sticky situation, or follow in for a closing blow on the enemy/to get in range for a play.

Ignite: Good for lanes you want to go aggressive on. Since Qiyana is designed to be an assassin, they usually take this summoner spell to seal the deal on assassinating someone, preventing them from healing the damage up and so on.

Teleport: Great choice if you want to play around your team, or if you are in a tough matchup where you know you'll get forced out a lot or if the matchup in general will most likely not result in kills. With this summoner spells you'll get map presence and pressure, since you can splitpush and teleport into teamfights if needed.

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This page is the basic and solid assassin rune setup.

Domination is great choice if you want some extra damage for bursting targets and also mobility to sneak up on them.

Solid choice for any assassin. Gives you extra burst damage for trades and all-ins to make your targets pop faster.

I find both of these to be great choices, although Taste of Blood is more of a pick for harder lanes and Sudden Impact if you are confident on surviving lane phase.
Simply offers extra damage when you stack it up. Overall feels like the most fitting rune out of the 3 choices from the row.
Ravenous Hunter imo fits more the dps bruiser builds, and Relentless hunter the more assassin type builds and playstyles. You'll be roaming far easier with Relentless Hunter and also sneaking up on your targets with the extra mobility it offers.

Precision will give you tools to potentially survive in a fight due to clutch healing from Triumph and also some tenacity to help dealing with CC.

This rune often times can save you just in time due to it granting a small heal after you get a takedown. Really helpful in teamfights and in 1v2 scenarios.

Tenacity is your best friend against CC, and this grants you a good amount of it so you don't necessarily have to build Mercury's Treads to combat CC, and you can instead opt for Ninja Tabi to fight opposing bruisers and marksmen.

The next page is aimed for the more bruiser oriented playstyle.

Precision offers Qiyana a lot of valuable things, including Tenacity , regen with Triumph and also some extra damage on low HP targets with Coup de Grace.

Conqueror offers sustained damage. If you wish to go a bruiser build, this keystone fits well with that. The extra damage this gives you per stack will amplify your damage in longer fights. Also the healing will feel really good towards later parts of the game against squishies, but vs tanks you won't really feel it since the healing is post-migitation.
This is a pretty standard pick from Precision tree. In teamfights there will be a lot of assists/kills, which means you can potentially live due to the healing you get from Triumph.
Legend: Tenacity is truly a godsend. Qiyana being a relatively squishy champ, means that if you get locked down you are most likely going to get chunked quite heavily, or in worst case, dead. This will help you cut down some of the time being CC'd, although it won't completely remove it so Mercury's Treads are always a great choice vs high CC-comps.
Coup de Grace will give you some extra damage when your targets are below 40% HP. This will allow you to burst them even harder, thus resulting in their death and your victory!

Domination will help you sustain up a little bit.

Taste of Blood will make your early trades a bit healthier, since when you damage an enemy champion, you'll heal for a small amount.

As the game progresses, you are likely to score kill participation on most enemy champions. As this rune requires a stack from every enemy champion to grant it's full power, after that is completed, you'll be healing pretty nicely while dealing damage.

Also if you are looking for a more sustained lane phase, Inspiration secondary is a great choice.
Offers more sustain, which transitions to safer scaling and laning.

This rune combined with Time Warp Tonic can save you in a clutch fight due to it actually healing for quite a good amount when you are low HP.

The instant healing this rune grants is really nice in trades and all-ins early, and the movement speed it grants for the healing duration helps you stick on targets better.
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Royal Privilege
Royal Privilege: Qiyana's next basic attack or damaging ability against an enemy deals bonus physical damage. This effect cannot occur on the same target more than once every few seconds. The cooldown on all targets is reset upon attaining or changing an Element.
Edge of Ixtal

Edge of Ixtal: Qiyana slashes forward in a line, dealing physical damage, reduced to 75% damage against subsequent units beyond the closest.

Upon attaining an Element, this ability is upgraded and the cooldown is reset.

Activating the ability while an element is selected, will result in Qiyana hurling her blade, which detonates in a line upon either colliding with an enemy or reaching it's maximum range, dealing damage and applying a bonus effect based on the selected element.

River: Roots for a short period, then slows the targets by 20% for 1 second.

Wall: Enemies below 50% maximum HP take 60% bonus damage.

Brush: The blade raises a grass trail behind for 3.5 seconds, granting Qiyana invisibility and 20% bonus movement speed until exiting or attacking.

Terrashape: When activated, Qiyana dashes towards target location, potentially gaining an Element from either the wall, river or brush that she targeted.

Passively, if holding an element Qiyana gains 5/10/15/20/25% bonus attack speed, her basic attacks and basic abilities deal bonus magic damage, and she gains out-of-combat bonus movement speed while moving through the Element she currently holds.

Audacity: Qiyana dashed a fixed distance towards the targeted unit, dealing physical damage. Audacity will not apply damage on the target, if the target is not within 250 range at the end of the dash, meaning opponents can dodge the damage with a long enough leap/dash or with Flash.

If she casts Edge of Ixtal during Audacity, it will aim at the dash target.

Supreme Display of Talent

Supreme Display of Talent: Qiyana sends a windblast in the target direction that knocks back enemies hit. The windblast stops upon hitting a wall.

The windblast creates a shockwave across any river or brush it passes through, as well as around the borders of wall it reaches, dealing physical damage and stunning enemies for a short period.

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The Black cleaver
Great item choice if you want to be a bit more beefy, while still getting damage done with the armor shred this item grants. Also the CDR is a nice addition as well as the Phage movement speed passive.

Spirit Visage
Good magic resist item choice. You will heal a bit more when you have this item, which makes it a great pair if you run runes like Conqueror, Taste of Blood and Ravenous Hunter.
Death's dance
Death's Dance is an amazing item for really any AD champion, as it is both defensive and an offensive item. The bleed passive will let you regen while taking damage, and it also grants a good amount of AD and a bit of CDR to make you do more damage. Now it also grants both armor and magic resist so you actually get some defensive stats from it too outside of the bleed passive.

Duskblade of Draktharr
This item is a very popular choice among assassin champions. Qiyana will most of the time proc this items passive with her stealth on her Q Edge of Ixtal, which will result in good burst damage.

Guardian Angel
A saving grace item sometimes, since Qiyana has to get close to kill her targets, this item will come in handy since you really don't have any escape mechanisms outside your stealth and summoner spells.

Ninja tabi
Good vs autoattack reliant machups. Also if the opposing ADC is fed. I pick these most of the time unless the enemy team has heavy CC in which case you should go Mercury's Treads.

Mercury's treads, the option for CC
Pretty self-explanitory, get this if the opposing team has a lot of CC as it can shut you down pretty well.

Trinity Force
I feel Trinity Force can fit really well into Qiyana's build. She wants to use autoattacks, so the Sheen passive will naturally do a lot of work. The Phage movement speed passive helps from getting kited and overall it grants a bunch of good stats.

More to come soon.
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Her lane phase depends quite a lot on the matchup. Ranged matchups can prove difficult due to your relatively low range, and some melee matchups might be tough to handle as well depending on their design. Lane bullies like Darius and Renekton might give you trouble.

Qiyana's Edge of Ixtal is a great poking tool with it's relatively short cooldown. You can guarantee it to hit if you cast it during your Audacity.

You can also use your Audacity as an escape by sort of using it like Yasuo's E, by dashing into creeps.

You'll want to pickup elements based on your needs. Brush element will give you stealth and mobility, while wall element gives you extra damage to damaged targets, and river element grants you CC, so choose it based on the situation you are, or you think you will be in.

Look at the combos section for combos to do while trading in lane, you don't have to follow them, but most of them are pretty solid and give you nice damage output for lane phase.

Generally, you want to be always holding an Element since they don't time out until you actually use them.

Remember to weave in autos during trades and while laning since her passive Royal Privilege is a good boost to your damage while trading.

Qiyana is also a pretty solid roamer. After pushing the lane, take the river element and you'll get extra movement speed while walking across the river. With the river element you'll be able to potentially CC the other lanes opponent and potentially score a kill, or at the very least apply some pressure. Always be looking for some roaming chances since it will help your team out.

During mid-late game, your job is to hit good ultimates, since it's a powerful teamfighting tool. You can distract your enemies with the stealth path you leave with brush element Edge of Ixtal, or you can root your enemies with the river element Edge of Ixtal.

If you want to assassinate and sneak up on enemies, prepare the brush element, and if you are roaming/ganking, choose the river element to CC your enemies. The wall element is most of the time when you already are fighting since it will deal extra damage if they are below half HP.
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- You can kind of do an insec by using your Audacity on the target, then using Supreme Display of Talent to throw the target towards your team.

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- A good trading combo starts with preparing your Terrashape with an element. After the cooldown has come back up use your Edge of Ixtal, followed by Terrashape into another Edge of Ixtal. Optionally you can start the trade with Audacity and combine your Edge of Ixtal with it since it will automatically target the dash target.

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- You can surprise your enemies by casting Supreme Display of Talent, followed by Flash immediately after the cast of your ult has begun, finishing off with Edge of Ixtal.

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- This combo is for longer trades/all-ins. River element will help you to succeed in this combo since it'll give you more time to complete it. If you use the brush element instead, you can proc Duskblade of Draktharr, if you use Brush element twice, you can proc Duskblade of Draktharr twice.
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- Qiyana can dash through most of the thin walls in Summoner's Rift with Terrashape if you are correctly positioned. This comes in handy while ganking, roaming and escaping.

- Only use the rock element when your enemies are actually below 50% HP, otherwise it's basically worthless to use, brush and river elements are far more usable in most cases.

- You can cancel your Edge of Ixtal animation with both Terrashape and Audacity.

- While returning to lane from base, grab the wall element with your Terrashape and run near walls to gain extra movement speed to get to lane faster. Respectively while roaming through the river use the river element to move faster.

- You can dash over walls with your Audacity as well, though it requires a target like Raptors or Gromp for an example.

- Hold your elements when you aren't required to use them, since they grant you bonus attack speed and on-hit damage thanks to your Terrashape.
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Qiyana has a lot of cool traits to her kit, especially since she literally revolves around playing with the elements of Summoner's Rift! She still can undergo changes in PBE so this guide might still get changed around a bit.

Have fun conquering your opponents base and nexus as Qiyana!

If you enjoyed the guide upvote it and maybe check out my other guides, like my guide on Jax! Link to the Jax guide

And of course if you enjoyed the guide and you are interested on seeing some live gameplay toss a follow on, I don't have a proper schedule atm but I stream every week a couple times!

Also some of the code used in the making of this guide is from @jhoijhoi

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