Pyke Build Guide by DasGrauen_
[10.4] Pykë Top/Midlane Guide - Did I support right?By DasGrauen_ | Updated on February 21, 2020
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Runes: Pyke Domination+Inspiration (Fav)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
Ability Order Pyke Abilities
Threats & Synergies
Darius will just dunk you out of the whole game and he will get you to the point to uninstall this game.. Play very very very safe!
This champ is a monster.. His Conqueror and his Kit in general are unfightable as Pyke.. When hes ulting you try to play for time. E away and W somewhere !
His burst is pretty hard ;D If hes using PTA (Press the Attack) or ignite your doomed. My toplane permaban!
Hes pretty tanky late.. But, try to kill him on early levels. Dodge his Q and E by using your E and get away if hes using his W(shield)
Range vs Meele is very unfair ;D Try to hook him and engage him then. Hes a tanky teemo so dont tilt and mess up with your spells..
Everyone knows that teemo is a cancer champ.. Play defensive and dont engage him if hes using ignite.. Get the red trinked!
Skillmatchup.. E away if shes ulting. Poke her down bait her W out. Ult
You can dmg her pretty hard. If she ults you E away . You literally win this.
He cant do anything to you if you dodge his Qs.
Build an Item so he cant heal (the yellow sword) and he has no chance .
He has good dmg. But hes not very tanky if his passive is down. Get his passive down and Poke him till your execute.
Aatrox is a free laning-phase. Engage him when hes using his 3rd Q. E away when hes ulting. You are doing too much damage he cant fight you if you dodge his 3rd Q-
First , its a range champion against a melee... Her cc with R and W is deadly for you. Try to wait for your jungler.
This matchup is very even. The damage is very the same... Damage him after his W. Get away when you are low and the Garen-Ult-Mark is on you.
Pretty hard to win but its possible. Try to farm as much as you can. Dont trade her that much early. DONT ENGAGE WITH E. Go for sustain like Fleet footwork + Timewarptonic.. Rush tiamat and corrupting potion as usual. Buy oracles.. If you are level 6 before her. Just all in. She only has 1 dash yet. If you both are level 6. Try to poke her down and try to bait her ultimate out.. If she gets kills or gets pretty ahead. Just try to not give her more kills and roam to make some kills or plays around the map..
After reading my guide , you should be the better Pyke! xD
Yes, shes a range champ. But very very squishy so you can kill her at every part of the game.
Dont let him stack. The first one who gets the kill won the lane. If you die to him you lost ur lane. If you kill him you won your lane.
He is able to dodge your ult with a Dash with his jump and his dmg is fcking insane.. Try to wait ur jngler. My midlane permaban btw.
Poke him down with Q. E away when he jumps you. Poke him down and you can just Delete him with your R
Skillmatchup. Pretty annoying laning phase but you outdamage him with your combo.
Her True dmg fcks you hard.. Her shield ignores ur Pokes. Try to work with your jungler or try to punish her mistakes.
You hard stomp every Kayle early and outdamage her hard.. She has no resistance and you can kill her very easily. But after lv 11-16 you cant do a shit against that
Not really a Skillmatchup anymore.. I mean his shield is now AP... Get hit by his 2nd Q and his E = He executedes you with your own ult. Hit and outtrade him/Poke him down and execute him would be the thing you should do :) xD (Patch 9.20: Sylas is pretty dead now)
Should be easy if you are not that dumb and chase this champ xD
Vayne cant really do anything against your dmg and your lv 6 allin
Her lv 1 is strong. Her lv 2 Is strong. Just thinking of when shes not strong.. She will rxpe you at any time of the game at level 1 to 18.. So go sustain and hug your tower and dont jump in her with your E.
Hes pretty pokeable . You should win that everytime.
Skillmatchup. Dont get stunned. escape his R. Try to poke him and you should be ok.
Before 6 you win. After 6 you cant fight him anymore because of his Ultimate which makes him countering ur ult execute :(
This guy is gonna be cancer af on lane but you win if you Poke him down and not letting him to engage you hard.
Skillmatchup. You need to get him a chunk more under ur threshhold than others.. When hes running Conqueror and procs his W he can easily outplay you by just healing up and pressing Q. Be sure that you can execute him!
I saw amumu a few times top. He can be cancer with his all in but he cant really kill you ..
Skillmatchup. He will poke you when you try to farm. Try to hit ur E Q Combo and disengage from his engage.
You outtrade him. Outdamage him. and you can jump over his Cage and disengage from his Ultimate.
This guy is not very often on the Toplane but if you face him. Do not Ult like 1% under the threshhold. He can heal up with his passive and kill you then
He got an strong all in yes. But in general you just outdamage him after 6.
Ryze isnt that hard to deal with.. Just farm for your tiamat and when you completed it. Just all in him. He doesnt have a shield anymore to block ur Q E dmg and hes in general squishy as hell..
Pretty annoying and for me one of the best lane bullies in the game right now. (Patch 9.20) His Poke. Point and click all-in and the fact that his kit is pretty easy to play makes him to a pretty extreme threat.. Also, if he looks in your direction and uses his E ( Shield ) He can block your whole ultimate.. Thats just insane. Try to farm up and look for roams!
Pretty easy to poke, he doesnt have any damage to kill you. Just beware of his passive xD
You just outtrade him. But you should wait for his ultimate then you can kill him.
You can just nearly onecombo swain. no way you lose that lane against him
After 6 and zhonyas unbeatable.. Try to farm and rush hextrinker. Look for roams
Easy to engage with your E.. She only has 1 Q stun and thats it.. You should kill her at any time of the game..
annoying but killable. Beware of her Tibbers all in and build a hextrinker against her
Pretty weak against pyke. Just jump into his star range and kill him lv 2/3/4 etc).
Is he plays good - you cant farm because he will just poke and zone you out. But if you get to melee range you should win.
Skillmatchup. Whoever gets 6 first wins the lane. Try to dmg him when his W is off.
Just easy to kill as pyke
She got a pretty good burst and her Ult will grand you a few thresholds.
A 3x Yasuo knockup ult grants you a few kills :p
A good placed Orianna ult is a won game for you.
He has pretty much AOE dmg .. Very helpful for a few red enemys.
His ult is pretty op. You and your team cant die. So you could go crazy in with ur E and R the shit out of the enemys.
Her ult can throw the whole game because you fail ur ult ;D
A good Miss Fortune ult is a won teamfight.
Nunu & Willump
His damage output can get the enemys ready to get ulted by you. (And that Nunu btw. idk why thats bugged)
If Neeko hits the enemys with your ult. Sometimes her dmg was so huge that you can instantly cast your ult. When not the enemys are stunned a long time. Use that and combo them :D
Depends on what Ultimate he stole xD
She got good damage with her spells good engages etc.. Nice Synergy
Her Ulti is just a insane gamechanger.. If she hits it. the enemys are doomed..
ohh boii. If you get an ap malphite in your team.. ohh yeaaaa xD
His knockups are just insane.. also his AOE and sustained teamfight dmg is just ideal for pyke to ult in x)
If ekko hits 1 good W you can just follow up and kill them all. Also , ekko his ultimate dmg is just disgusting. He will grant you a few execute-ready enemys.
If yuumi is on you... Holy, she will just save you so many times and speed you up to roam around the map.. And she will grant you attackspeed and even more healing in the next patches!
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You generally just need to to poke the enemy down and execute him. He is also a very strong midgame champion and is able to roam and catch enemys pretty fast which is very useful in every elo.. He has decent cc like his hook Bone Skewer and his Dash/stun Phantom Undertow. His Ghostwater Dive works pretty well with his Passive Gift of the Drowned Ones and it makes Pyke also very fast for roaming.
Maybe you want to be a Pyke toplane or midlane main after reading my guide! :D
+ Execute Ultimate
+ Fun to play
+ He has cc in his kit
+ good early midgame sustain
+ High Pentakill / outplay
+ underestimated on Toplane
Pyke is a very fun champion with CC thanks to his Bone Skewer and Phantom Undertow , he has good early sustain due to his Gift of the Drowned Onesand his base armor. He also has a very very very high Pentakill potential with his 5x Execute Ultimate Death from Below! Its actually pretty funny to poke the enemy down with your Bone Skewer if its not a hyper tank you will get like 12.5% Hp of the enemy as dmg from your poke and you can Execute him when he is like half life :D
- Hard to master
- Once E+ Flash failed you die
- Very squishy lategame!
- Hard to cs with
- Once behind hard to get back
- banned often
Pyke is a very funny champion but hes not that easy as many people think ... He needs good and much training to master him well. Yea, he has a sustain early and midgame but his late is ****. You will just be useless if the enemys are too tanky or got Guardian Angel. It is also pretty hard to come back as Pyke if you are already behind - if you are behind just farm and farm and farm for beeing maybe a bit useful later.
||Pyke can proc Hail of Blades very well like you just need to Q the enemy and autohit him 3 times because of your slow Bone Skewer you will just get these hits through.. Like, if you hit the enemy like lv 1 with ur Q and just give him the hits from Hail of Blades, he will be at like 30% HP.. and thats quite insane xD. Also, I think that Hail of Blades is way easier to get off than Electrocute. So I recommend going Hail of Blades instead of Electrocute because you dont have time to proc Electrocute lategame.. But of course you can still go Electrocute , no worries.|
||Sudden Impact gives you 7 Lethality after using your W,leaving a push,using your E and even when you use your Ultimate.. You can go Taste of Blood instead for more sustain on lane. But I recommend going Sudden Impact.|
||Thats the best choice.. You get AD after killing an enemy or destroying a ward. But if you dont like it. You could also just take Ghost Poro which gives you also AD and a bit more vision overall.|
||After Presence of Mind got changed you should take Ultimate Hunter for less Ultimatecooldown, it is really worth it trust me x). If you feel like roaming is better for you - take Relentless Hunter. And I think Ravenous Hunter is useless for Pyke because after his E changes its just not worth anymore.. You benefit nothing from it.|
||Time Warp Tonic is such a great rune to survive the laning phase. Everytime you use a Health Potion , Refillable Potion , Corrupting Potion or a Total Biscuit of Everlasting Will, you will gain 5& Movementspeed and you will consume 50% of the effect immediately.. On lane its just good for trading / sustaining or even survive fights against Urgot and Zed for example.|
||Biscuit Delivery gives you every 2 minutes one Total Biscuit of Everlasting Will which gives you 10% of your missing health back and also permanently increases your mana by 50. You get 3 cookies in total to survive your early game laning.|
Passive: When Pyke is unseen by enemies, he rapidly regenerates some of the health recently lost to enemy champions.(25-50%) (Can be trigged by walking into a bush or using Ghostwater Dive).
Pyke also converts his bonus health into bonus attack damage instead. (Note - This scaling is intended to be poor, and not encouraging you to buy health items in order to gain bonus AD).(1AD per 14HP!)
Tap: Pyke stabs and greatly slows ONE enemy in front of him.
Hold: Pyke readies and then throws his harpoon, impaling the first enemy struck and pulling them a fixed distance towards him.
Both uses of Bone Skewer do similar damage, so you don't need to take that into count. You will need to decide one of two things when using this. Is it worth holding and hooking in one target into the middle of your team.
Bone Skewer Will also always pull the target a set distance, no matter where you hook them. This means if you hook someone right in front of you, the target will go directly behind you.
Leveling Bone Skewer first gives you increased CDR and damage.
Pyke dives into spectral waters, entering camouflage and gaining a significant increase to his movement speed that decays over a few seconds.
Camouflage hides Pyke from view while enemies remain outside his area. Attacking or casting spells ends camouflage.
Ghostwater Dive is your roaming engage and also your disengage to quickly heal with your passive if needed. When you press the button its casted instantly but works similar to Evelynn's passive and can be seen by a Control Ward and if you are near enemy champions.
Maxing this is the worst thing you can do!
Pyke dashes, leaving behind a phantom. After a delay, the phantom returns to Pyke, damaging and stunning enemies it passes through. (WILL NOT HIT MINIONS OR MONSTERS ANYMORE)
Phantom Undertow is what you will be using with your Flash to hit multiple enemys. Can also be used as a dash to escape. The Phantom Undertow + Flash will increase the clone pathing range.
Level Phantom Undertow second,damage is increased moderately per level, stun duration scales with your lethality.
Pyke strikes with a X area, blinking to champions and executing those below a certain flat amount of health.(they are red then) Enemies in the X that are not executed take 50% the damage equal to this amount.
When a champion dies in the X, the last ally that assisted gains full kill gold,(Pyke gets 2 kills out of it,1 kill shown on screen and 1 cut - means you triple the killgold 2+1=3!) and Pyke can use Death from Below again for a short period of time. Also, if he kills someone with his Death from Below there is a nice Bilgewater music in the background which changes at every killstreak.
Death from Below's execute damage goes through shields. Also there is a white indicator on the enemy health bar, if their HP is under that line, Death from Below will kill them and you will have a short window to use the ability again. Bare in mind it can be flashed as it is a skill shot.
Death from Below has to be used on an enemy champion to be able to dash away!
Duskblade of Draktharr
This blade gives you all you need ( Damage , Lethality for your Abilityscaling, burst damage and the ability to stack your Eyeball Collection , it also gives you very useful Cooldownreduction! Its an core item for Pyke
Sanguine Blade is just beyond strong right now.. It gives you Lifesteal,Lethality and Attack speed. Which makes it to the perfect splitpush and 1vs1 item for Pyke.. And this all also only for 3100Gold!!!
This is another nice item on Pyke because of the Lethality, damage and speed for roaming you get. It gives you even more Cooldownreduction for more Q poking on lane. Its another core item for Pyke
Edge of Night
One of my favorite items in league of legends as a assasine main.. This item gives you damage, lethality and also the chance to block a spell with your spellshield! Its a great item for Pyke after you build the Duskblade and Youmuus
You can build this item after your first back for having a easier Cs, more push potential and you can proc your Electrocute a way better. Instead of Tiamat you can rush an item for Youmuu's Ghostblade. More about the upgrades for it down under!
I really like playing with Guardian Angel because of the 2nd chance to do something in a teamfight.. It also gives you a bit Armor and a bit Damage.. Go this as one of your last items.
Death's Dance is a defensive and good item on Pyke because its unique passive ( If you take dmg, you get this dmg overtime) that means you can just heal up the dmg with your Gift of the Drowned Ones + Ghostwater Dive. And this item also gives you healing when you hit an Ability.
|The Titanic Hydra gives you damage + more damage because of the health you cant get and the unique passive to reset the autoattack and burst the enemy down very smoothly because of the better reset.||The Ravenous Hydra gives you all you need.. 80 Attack damage , life steal , a waveclear and you got a autoattack reset its not that smooth like the Titanic Hydra but it gives you more AD.Personally, I prefer the Ravenous Hydra|
Ninja tabis > ARMOR
This is a very good Item against Adcs or Champs like Yasuo Kled etc (Autoattack based champs.Go the Tabis if the enemys have a lot of Ad dmg.
There are games when you are being caught out by CC and you haven't taken Cleanse for whatever reason, or if you're getting destroyed by ability power damage. Grab these boots instead of Ninja tabis for the tenacity and magic resist.
Warding - Its the key to win the game! Esport-Pro-Players say things like : Warding is the most important thing you need to do! Ofc theyre right .. Heres a graphic how and where you should ward your lane
So, you should ward the bush for more protection of an enemy gank . You can try to deep ward the enemy jungle if you want.. you can easily escape with your Phantom Undertow so this shouldnt be a problem. If the enemy got a scuttle crab and its important to get vision at this situation because the enemy got a Udyr who can solo the Herold easily you should ward it.. Priority Agrressive means that you should use a Control Ward there.. Priority Defensive just means that you can ward your junglers buff If you want to be nice. Sometimes the jungle is not warding so you have to do it :)
Skill your E Phantom Undertow and you shouldnt push your lane. Farm minions and keep poking with your Q Bone Skewer
Skill your W Ghostwater Dive and now you can start your first Combo: E + Q + Autohit and escape with your W. Keep poking with your Q Bone Skewer the enemy should be half hp or low now.
Keep going your poke and farm more minions.. Ward your lane!! A good Lee Sin or Twitch or Udyr will gank you early top and you take too much dmg.
Level 6 (early game)
Now Pyke really gets his fun... Poke your Enemy with your Bone Skewer till you can execute and boom! you have a kill! If you got Teleport up you can try to tp botlane or midlane and get a few more kills!
Its the same thing... Poke execute , Poke execute, Poke execute... with your Death from Below If your tower falls or the enemy tower is done you should roam.
Now you should roam a lot!! Beeing on your lane is now a waste of time! Roam to any lanes or just stay with your team and try to hit your Ult in teamfights as often as you can.
Videos are at the bottom!
During your Laning Phase just short Bone Skewer the enemy autohit him twice and you proced your Electrocute (3 times for Hail of Blades. You can engage him lv 3 with E+Q and W away.. Try to work with your jungler and you get kills very easily because of your cc and dmg. Try to roam everytime you have the chance to. Be sure to ult when the enemy doesn´t have flash or when cc´d. Try to get the lane to a point where you are not forced to farm under tower.
In the midgame - Try to roam a lot and help other lanes with your Death from Below killgoldshare. But you should have an eye on your Toplane because a tower is very very important. And dont fall back with CS at roaming.. Roaming can be a waste of time if you done wrong.
In teamfights try to go in when it's a good moment. If you go in and fail your Death from Below the fight could be lost.. If you want to tryhard you can try your E+ Flash Q Combo and R a few times xD , or play tactical and wait until someone engages and try to pick a few kills with your Death from Below. Also, if you see an opportunity to oneshot or assasinate the enemy Carry - Just go for it , You´ll get rewarded for that.
First of all big thanks to @Wicked Cherry for these amazing banners and for the help with BBcoding! You need to check her guides out!
I hope you enjoyed it and please leave me comments and feedbacks for improvements! If you have any questions just message me or add me ingame : Pykë :)
× That Pyke gets 1 Movement speed on the river?
× That when Pyke kills someone with his Ultimate Death from Below that there is a nice stacking Bilgewater background music?
× That you cant execute someone ( Execute reset ) with your Death from Below if the enemy is in these Ultimates:
Kindred , Kayle, Zilean, Tryndamere ?
* That Pyke is not untargetable during his Ultimate Death from Below?
* That your Death from Below , Ghostwater Dive and your Phantom Undertow scale on Lethality ?
* That sometimes the Timer in the Hotbar is bugged? (It tells you 10 Seconds Cooldown left , and when you ping that it's ready?)
* That it rarely happens that you got the Ultimate reset but the Hotbar looks like it's on cooldown ?