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[11.10] Beginners' Guide to Playing and Playing with YuumiBy warmfishu | Updated on May 12, 2021
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++8 ability haste
+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 Healing-Oriented
Threats & Synergies
Her plants can be hard to navigate away from, especially if she has a Rylai's. She will also root you and reset your W. Don't run in a straight line.
Wait until she has used her Zenith Blade (E) and is out of melee range as she can stunlock you and reset W multiple times. Watch out for her Solar Flare (R) also.
All of her abilities except Shattering Strike (Q) have CC that will reset W. Be careful proccing your passive with a Rell nearby.
He will place boxes that reset your W and do tons of damage. Meanwhile, the ADC will probably be cleaning you up. Switch to Oracle Lens early if you are having trouble.
Will immediately try to stun you if you detach. His bombs will still go off if you reattach, and they will also damage your ally.
While hook champions can be dangerous to begin with, Thresh's Flay (E) will reset your W, which he can follow up with his hook.
Whimsy (W) can only be cast on your lane partner since you are untargetable. That leaves you attached to a polymorph, which may be quickly killed. She will also shield your Q poke.
High damage, high range, and a stun. Be careful proccing your passive.
Pretty annoying, but no constant threat. Yuumi's Q can poke him down fairly well.
She will be poking often, and her passives give her and her allies movement speed. She will try to reset your W with Howling Gale (Q).
His Cosmic Binding (Q) will reset your W if it successfully stuns you. While he isn't so much of a threat himself, don't underestimate a good Bard player.
High damage and a stun that will reset your W. His passive and Pyroclasm (R) will destroy you in short time if you aren't careful.
Stand behind minions and don't get hooked. If he runs up to you for Power Fist (E), be sure you can attach to an ally before he catches you. He is less likely to run up if he is low health, so keep poking.
Not a whole lot of threat other than his Glacial Fissure (R) or if he somehow gets stacks on you. You can tank his Q for your ADC so his stun cannot stack on them. Q around his shield.
Her Light Binding (Q) will reset your W. She is also pretty high damage. How well she does varies wildly by player since she is both a high elo main and a newbie champion though.
Will very much try to Tangle-Barb (E) you to reset W and follow up with Blooming Burst (Q) for damage. Also gains movement speed, a clone, and invisibility with Shapesplitter (W), so she can sneak up if you aren't paying attention.
Very annoying poke if she lands Starcall (Q), and can reset your W if you stand over her Equinox (E). Otherwise, not usually a problem. Will heal back poke damage, so try to burst her down quickly.
Has roughly the same utility as Yuumi. Her Hymn of Valor (Q) will hit both projectiles on your lane partner since you are untargetable, so they will get poked down faster if Sona gets the chance. Her Crescendo (R) will reset W.
Annoying poke/heal, but don't get hit by Aqua Prison (Q) or Tidal Wave (R) and you should be good more or less.
Her Dark Binding (Q) resets your W and lasts a long time, so you may be able to reattach soon after it wears off if you last that long.
Watch out for Dazzle (W), which will reset W, and don't overcommit if he has Cosmic Radiance (R).
He can reset your W with Bone Skewer (Q) or Phantom Undertow (E) in addition to going invisible, so be careful. If you and a teammate are low health, he will almost certainly execute you both given the chance.
Kai'Sa's Icathian Rain (Q) will do more damage to the ADC because they are the only target if Yuumi is attached. Yuumi's weak early healing along with Kai'Sa's Void Seeker (W) can leave your ADC in a dangerous position even if you manage to escape behind tower.
His passive gives him a shield and he can heal his allies slightly when he hits Gleaming Quill (Q). His primary threats to Yuumi are his Grand Entrance (W), which has a somewhat long-range dash before an AoE knockup, and the Quickness (R) which charms any enemy he touches. Both of these reset W and leave you vulnerable, especially in a teamfight.
His Dredge Line (Q) will hook and pull you towards him and his team. Staggering Blow (P) will root you, and Depth Charge (R) is a targeted knock-up. All of these will reset your W. Riptide (E) will slow you if you are near Nautilus. He also benefits from a shield (W) that resets his auto attacks. Yuumi can poke him down from afar, but be cautious when his abilities are up.
Can burst Yuumi down, and is especially dangerous when she has her stun or Tibbers available.
If she lands Flash Frost (Q), Yuumi will get stunned and W reset. Her Glacial Storm (R) slows and does damage, so don't get caught out alone. Yuumi can W over her Crystallize (W) wall.
Her Volley (W) slows, and she is capable of outputting a lot of damage. Her primary threats to Yuumi, however, are follow-ups and Crystal Arrow (R).
Piercing Darkness (Q) goes through minions and allies, and she applies a slow if Senna takes Glacial Augment. Last Embrace (W) is an AoE root after a brief delay, but will take effect immediately if the initial W hit kills a minion. One of her typical runes, Glacial Augment, will not reset W, but puts Yuumi in vulnerable positions with the slow.
A mage tank with massive burst damage. Nevermove (E) is a straight line root, which resets W. With his Ravenous Flock (P), he can pull you and deal damage if you are ever immobilized. Vision of Empire (W) is an extremely long-ranged slow and damage that heals and gives Swain health. If he uses Demonic Ascension (R), stay out of range and try to let it time out before you reengage.
Does a lot of damage. His Tectonic Disruption (E) is an area knock-up and stun. When he uses Plasma Fission (Q), you can walk forward to avoid the secondary bolts.
Shield Vault (W) is a leap and stun, so wait for it to be on cooldown. Q around Aegis Assault (E), as the shield negates all damage.
Pulverise (Q) and Headbutt (W) both have stuns. W will knock you back, potentially into Alistar's team. Sitting in his Trample (E) will also stun you.
Can poke pretty well, but her primary threat is Focused Resolve (W), which will root you should you stay in her tether range.
She can do a lot of poke damage. If her Beat Drop (E) can be Echoed (P), it will root you if it hits. E will stun you if you are already rooted, making it a dangerous ability for stacking CC ( and thus Yuumi W resets). A normal E has a 99% slow, so it is effectively a root, just not with the status application. Encore (R) is a massive AoE charm that extends if it hits any champions, including allies, thus resetting W and likely setting up for a team kill.
Not a terrible threat while his knock-up, Justice Punch (E), is on cooldown. Hero's Entrance (R) is a large AoE knockup, but it is highly telegraphed, so you can hopefully avoid it.
Seismic Shard (Q) is a targeted slow attack, and his damage otherwise comes from his autos. What makes him the most dangerous should you avoid him before 6 is his ult, Unstoppable Force, which he will use to engage. Late game, he can be very hard to kill.
Sap Magic (P) gives him a lot of sustain. Bramble Smash (Q) will stun and knock you back if you are near him. Twisted Advance (W) is a dash root. Nature's Grasp (R) is a large-scale root, though slow. Sapling Toss (E) does percent health damage, so watch out for brushes.
Heroic Charge (E) is a knockback dash that will also stun you if you are near a wall. Avoid going near her while Steadfast Presence (W) is active, as it will cause a 2.5 second CC that will reset Yuumi's W, leading to a 7.5 second cooldown. Keeper's Verdict (R) is also a knockup and/or knockback.
Quite slow, but his Powerball (Q) speeds him up and can put him in range to use Frenzying Taunt (E), which will reset W and deal a lot of damage. A favourite of Rammus supports is to Q flash on top of you, so keep track of his Flash timer.
Not so much a problem if you are near teammates and she uses Allure (W) on you. Before she pops the mark, attach to a teammate and you should be OK. A fed Evelynn may quick burst you down even without her mark though. Buy control wards!
Can burst Yuumi down very quickly. Beware if she dashes to a teammate with Lunar Rush (E), which has a cooldown reset if she dashes to someone with a Moonlight stack. She may then Moonfall (R), which starts with a pull that resets Yuumi's W.
Hurts a lot with his autos. He has an AoE knockback with Stand Aside (E). If he hits Yuumi with it, and especially if you get hit with additional CC, Yuumi could easily die. Whirling Death (R) is a global boomerang attack, so he can still kill her if she thinks she's escaped.
Reap (E) will silence Yuumi. Terrify (Q) will cause champions to flee, and abilities he uses after sitting unseen in a bushes for a couple seconds also causes them to flee; this resets Yuumi's W.
Decisive Strike (Q) will silence Yuumi, and she will likely take a lot of damage in this time, but stay near teammates and she should be all right unless he uses Demacian Justice (R), which might outright kill her.
Very slippery with Hop (E), during which Yuumi can root him with R. Mega Gnar has slows and a stun/knock-back in GNAR! (R). Yuumi can Q to whittle or slow Mega Gnar, but it may be better to wait until he returns to Mini Gnar before you commit to attacking.
Viego's Blade of the Ruined King (Q) does percent current health damage, attacks twice after an ability, and is an auto reset. Combined with him often building attack speed, he can whittle Yuumi down very quickly. His Spectral Maw (W) is a dash-stun that will reset Yuumi's W, so be careful if he is nearby or if you see the mist of Harrowed Path (E). If Viego gets a takedown on Yuumi, he will be able to possess her and use all of her abilities, including attaching to his allies to heal, hurt, or escape.
Aphelios has a lot of self-contained utility, so it's not the worst pairing, but it often doesn't work because Aphelios is a complicated champion.
Quite good to follow up Ashe's slows or stun with a root or poke. Ashe can also unload a lot of damage on a rooted or slowed enemy.
Yuumi's Q often goes neglected since Caitlyn favours long-range bullying.
Can work for high kill pressure and aggression as long as the players are on the same page about what is going to happen.
Ezreal and Yuumi both have weak early games, so this pairing relies heavily upon not feeding and your team lasting long enough for you to scale. Risky.
Empowered Yuumi Q works great with Jhin's Deadly Flourish (W). E also gives him movement speed, making him race around the Rift in addition to the healing.
Yuumi's E gives her increased attack speed, and both have slows and roots. There isn't anything special about this pairing though.
Kai'Sa has a lot of poke and pressure with Icathian Rain (Q), and is fairly mobile. Since Kai'Sa can go both AD and AP, Yuumi's W passive works great to enhance her.
Sure, I guess, but Black Spear isn't as useful as it could be.
Kog'Maw doesn't have any properties that go particularly well with Yuumi.
Highly mobile with a strong early game to make up for Yuumi's early weakness. A good pairing for locking down picks.
Both have slows, and Yuumi's R works excellently with Miss Fortune's Bullet Time (R). Lock down with Yuumi R, deal damage with Miss Fortune R.
She's mobile and can deliver Yuumi to teamfights or roams. There isn't anything special about this pairing otherwise.
Samira may favour a more early aggressive support, but Yuumi can work well since Samira is mobile and pretty self-sufficient. Yuumi's healing during her Inferno Trigger (R) gives her even more sustain. Samira's early game benefits the most from a more aggressive and dive-capable support however. Since Samira can no longer dash to allies, attaching to her is much riskier.
They both have roots (and possibly slows with Glacial Senna).
Mobile and strong early game, making up for Yuumi's early weakness. Yuumi can provide sustain to a Tristana who wants to dive or take an otherwise risky fight.
Popular pairing because Yuumi follows the invisibility, but it's kind of overrated and not really good except for that gimmick. If you are playing with a Twitch, you may not want to take Aery or else she will give away your position while invisible.
He is pretty long range, though Yuumi can follow up his Chain of Corruption (R) with her R.
Excellent for giving AD and sustain. Vayne has her tumble and invisibility during Final Hour (R), which Yuumi follows.
Possible, but Xayah can be pretty weak early. Heavily player-dependent.
Unfortunately pretty good for the mobility and sustain so long as the Yasuo knows what he is doing.
Yuumi provides extra sustain. When Yone uses Soul Unbound (E), Yuumi will follow the spirit and snap back with it as well, so be careful using Q or R while on a spirit Yone.
Highly mobile and versatile. Yuumi can provide sustain for Shadow Assassin and additional AD for Rhaast. She will stay attached during Shadow Step (E) and Umbral Trespass (R).
Quite good for sustaining a Yi, who can become untargetable himself during Alpha Strike (Q). If your Yi is strong, this duo can be unstoppable. However, he can also be very squishy if not played properly, so determine whether he will just get you killed.
Yuumi goes invisible along with Evelynn in Demon Shade (P), so you can sneak up and do massive damage with R and the bonus AP. Make sure not to heal Evelynn too early if not in a fight though, as she can regen a lot of health with her passive.
Very strong if Graves builds lifesteal. Adding a Yuumi gives him near infinite sustain unless he is bursted down very quickly. Still good otherwise.
Yuumi's E gives movement speed, which is good for Hecarim's Warpath (P). Take care not to spam E though, as you will lose mana quickly. Yuumi's slow and root is also useful for locking down enemies.
Yuumi can be on a Mordekaiser, but it becomes risky staying for long because she is detached during Realm of Death (R). This leaves her in a vulnerable position if she cannot jump to another teammate in time.
Yuumi can provide Trundle with extra AD and move speed, especially if Trundle slows enemies. E also gives attack speed on top of Frozen Domain (E).
A fed Tryndamere is extremely strong to stay on while Yuumi provides him sustain and extra CC. However, his Undying Rage (R) can leave you in a vulnerable position should he use it for diving, chasing multiple/fed people, etc.
Chaaaaaaaarge!!! (R) gives movement speed to Kled and all allies, so you might as well stay on him if there's no one else. Yuumi cannot save Kled for long if he is knocked off Skarl though, so it's better to jump to someone else at least until he recovers.
Pretty standard tank. Bandage Toss (W) and Curse of the Sad Mummy (R) can be followed up with a Yuumi ult for CC locking.
Yuumi can heal Fiddlesticks even while he is using Zhonya's, so it can make for sustain diving or teamfighting. She can also root enemies inside of Crowstorm (R).
Yuumi can provide sustain for Fizz, who has his own invulnerability tool in Playful (E). Usually good to spend some time attached to Fizz if he is doing well.
Good if Gnar is doing all right because Gnar has mobility and possibly sustain. It's more effective to wait if his Rage Gene (P) is about to expire because Yuumi restores more health when he is mini Gnar.
Pyke is mobile and has camouflage, which Yuumi will follow. She can provide Pyke sustain and get assists from his Death from Below (R).
Yuumi provides sustain just in case Kha'Zix needs it. She can help when escaping bad picks or fights.
A fed Fiora can carry already, but Yuumi can just make sure of it.
Strong for chasing enemies with Yuumi Q/R and Olaf's Ragnarok (R), which makes him unstoppable.
Yuumi will follow his Stand United (R) teleport to teamfights, so it can be very useful. She also provides sustain while Shen tanks. Outside of teamfighting though, it may be better to be on someone else.
Viego can be an extremely powerful ally with Yuumi since she will stay attached when Viego possesses someone with Sovereign's Domain (P). As Viego temporarily gains all abilities and items of the champion killed, Yuumi can sustain him and add to the dead champion's existing powers. She can also join his camouflage in Harrowed Path (E).
Yuumi provides extra damage for TF whether he is going AD or AP. She can also teleport when he uses Destiny (R), bringing two more teammates into skirmishes or other fights.
Good for chasing down enemies to blind them or finish them off, especially if they walk over a Noxious Trap (R) and/or Yuumi Qs them. Yuumi will also go camouflaged with Teemo, though true sight and Oracle Lens still reveal them.
Sivir being fairly long-ranged and high damage output makes it perhaps better to be on another teammate after laning phase. Yuumi can help her get places and give her AD for early kills so Sivir can become the solo powerhouse.
Good for chasing with all the speed-ups and slow downs this combo has. Yuumi being on Singed means he can constantly reactivate Noxious Slipstream (P), Yuumi can Q and slow, Singed can Fling (E) enemies back into his Poison Trail (Q), which Yuumi makes even stronger with her bonus AP ratio. Insanity Potion (R) and the right builds can make Singed-Yuumi nigh impossible to kill assuming you don't get cocky.
Yuumi can give Zed some sustain and AD, though with his Shadows, it can make it hard for Yuumi to land abilities. It's killer if Yuumi manages an R during Death Mark (R), but it is very inefficient, and the repositioning doesn't make full use of her ability.
Special thanks to Just Yuu and Mi and the users of r/YuumiMains for inspiration.
Note that I'm including as much information as possible for the sake of comprehensiveness, but the experimental stuff above and below are not how you're normally going to play Yuumi.
Yuumi is a unique and versatile support that can enhance her allies in combat and allow for great teamfighting and picks. Since she is an enchanter, her bread and butter is her ability to heal and provide buffs or debuffs to champions. All of her abilities work to these ends.
She has the lowest base health in the game (480) other than Nami (with 5 points less) and Kled without Skarl. She shares this health pool with Sona and Anivia.
She also has the amongst the lowest base movement speed in the game. While some ADCs are slower than her, Yuumi is a special case because, most of the time, she will not build boots. In return, she can attach to allies (thus using their mobility) and become untargetable. She can move between teammates while passing by or during fights, making her in practice very mobile and very fun!
While I wouldn't say she's a great champion for beginners, she isn't the most technically challenging champion either. However, she is heavily team-reliant compared to most. She is very much a late game champ because her early utility, like most enchanters, can be limited in addition to being extremely mana hungry. It is possible to carry on Yuumi, but it is also very possible to be a complete dead weight; which direction you go towards depends on your proactivity. However, she has very good utility, sustain, and even damage if you play her right. Her ult and healing/shielding are invaluable both for picks and teamfights. If your team can survive and you are willing to work, you can surely win.
As a note, I do not recommend new players play a lot of Yuumi. She is very particular in how she plays, so she will very likely hold you back from improving at League as a whole. There are a lot of concepts you tend to not learn if you are only playing Yuumi, and it makes it harder to play the game as anyone else. It is better for new players to play another champion in support, like Sona or Lux, when learning the game. Sona in particular is the closest equivalent to Yuumi without undercutting broader concepts like positioning, roaming, etc.
🐟 Bop 'n' Block (Passive)
After some seconds, Yuumi's next basic attack on a champion will be empowered with bonus range and become an unstoppable non-projectile. Upon hitting a champion, Yuumi restores mana and gains a shield that will transfer to any ally she attaches to. When her passive is available to proc, the shinylight on her head will glow.
Try to use this whenever available, as the early mana and shielding are invaluable for Yuumi, especially in poke lanes.
🐟 Prowling Projectile (Q)
A missile that deals magic damage upon hitting an enemy. While unattached, the missile will go in a straight line. While attached, the missile can be directed with the cursor anywhere within the ability range, which is about half a screen. If the missile flies for at least 1 second, it will do additional magic damage based on Yuumi's AP and target's current health, and it will slow the target. The missile lasts for 2 seconds before expiring, even if it doesn't hit the range limit. Yuumi can attach to a new anchor while a missile is in flight, giving increased range but not increased flight time.
If the target is in short range, you can curl the missile around to increase flight time and thus increase damage and proc Imperial Mandate if you have it.
This is what you will almost always level first, but wait to see if you get invaded or invade in case you need Zoomies instead.
🐟 You and Me!/Change of Plan (W)
You and Me! or Change of Plan is her signature ability that allows her to attach to any allied champion, called the anchor, including bot-controlled champions in special game modes. Yuumi will dash to an ally and remain attached until W is activated again, in which case she can attach to another ally or detach completely. While attached, Yuumi is untargetable except by targeted attacks already in flight and turrets; Yuumi will take turret aggro if an enemy champion is damaged by her while she is under tower. Targeted abilities, like Requiem, will not affect her while attached.
She grants her current anchor bonus adaptive force, and then grants herself bonus adaptive force based on her anchor's stats. Yuumi will start the game with a point in W. She can be affected by crowd control while she is dashing, so you are not safe until the attachment is complete. Any immobilization like stuns, knock-ups, or pulls will reset her W and make her easy pickings, so a large part of using W properly is knowing when to be attached and where to be. Grounding will reset W, but silences will not.
Yuumi will stay attached and able to use abilities during allied stasis, like when her anchor is using Zhonya's Hourglass or is in Tempered Fate, but she will detach if the anchor is in resurrection, such as using Guardian Angel or Chronoshift. If the anchor uses a mobility spell or teleport ability, like Stand United or Destiny, Yuumi will remain attached and teleport with that ally. She will be forcibly detached if the anchor uses the Teleport summoner spell however. She will also be forcibly detached if the anchor disconnects.
Right after spawning in, she will be removed and her W reset if the player she is attached to touches the fountain barrier. W is not affected by ability haste. Yuumi will go invisible along with her anchor. While attached, Yuumi is unable to perform basic attacks.
You can use W to jump from one ally to another like a springboard since there is no cooldown when doing this. This lets you get farther faster or get to an ally who needs Yuumi's help.
🐟 Zoomies! (E)
Her E is a heal and buff ability. In addition to healing that scales with AP, Yuumi will give her anchor or herself scaling bonus movement speed and attack speed for 3 seconds.
It is good for moving your teammates around quicker or allowing them to auto and secure kills. However, this ability has a very steep mana cost at base + 15% of Yuumi's total mana. For this reason, it is better to use Zoomies! sparingly, especially in the early game, because it's so cost-prohibitive.
🐟 Final Chapter (R)
Her ult is Final Chapter, an AoE attack that deals 7 waves of magic damage in a rectangle. If an enemy is hit by at least 3 waves, they will be rooted for 1.75 seconds.
This ability is excellent for teamfights, especially in tight spaces like the jungle. It can also be used for all-ins to root an enemy in place, allowing your team to finish them off. If you or a teammate are being chased, Final Chapter can be used to root and disengage. It damages minions and monsters as well, so Yuumi's ult can be used to waveclear (though long cooldowns don't recommend this) and steal objectives. You should use this for important picks, not just multikills or teamfights.
While channeling Final Chapter, Yuumi can cast Zoomies and You and Me!, allowing her to heal/buff allies and reposition. Repositioning can be attaching to another ally or detaching completely to position the waves herself.
Your skill order depends on what role you intend to fulfill in a game:
- Prowling Projectile if you want more poke and kill threat.
- Zoomies if you want more healing and attack speed for your allies.
While it always depends on the players themselves, Yuumi is generally going to go best with allies that are highly mobile and can benefit from extra sustain to get in and get out. She also goes well with beefy sustainers like Sett or Nasus. For bot lane specifically, it is best she goes with someone who has a strong early game, like Lucian or Tristana, to make up for her early weakness.
It's very common to assume Ezreal is a good pairing, but both him and Yuumi are weak early. The mobility argument should apply to any ADC with mobility, but you don't see that, so don't fall for it. If you manage to survive or even do well, it is a strong late game duo for sure, but you have to get to late game first.
|In short: heavy CC is Yuumi's enemy. Anyone who can easily reset You and Me! poses an immense danger because of Yuumi's low HP and resistances, especially early on. She also must get off sometimes to proc her passive at least for the mana regeneration (assuming you are not playing ridiculously passively), so there is the opportunity for Yuumi to die and leave her teammate(s) without a paddle.|
|Yuumi will almost always take Exhaust and Ignite when playing support. Because of You and Me!, she should not need to take Flash since she will most likely be dead if she's caught out anyway. These two summoner spells provide the most utility for Yuumi and her team.|
|Another option is for Yuumi to take Heal while her bot lane partner takes Ignite, Exhaust or another summoner spell. This is useful for a healing-oriented Yuumi build, particularly one that takes Moonstone Renewer. It also allows her lane partner to take another spell, like Cleanse or Barrier. Ignite increases the kill threat of her partner and likelihood that her ADC will get the kill should Ignite burn them down. Exhaust allows her ADC to take reduced damage from an enemy champion. The downside to this is that Yuumi makes less use of Heal compared to anyone else since she likely won't need the healing or bonus movement speed herself. Ask your ADC and/or make your best judgement about what summs you should take.|
If your aim is to stack AP though, Absolute Focus may serve you better since Yuumi will be either full or near full HP most of the time, or else she is dead.
|Provides AP and mana regen. There isn't a better support item for Yuumi, so this is the standard taken in probably 99% of games.|
|Technically, you can take Relic Shield too, but since it gives less AP and more health, which Yuumi shouldn't need, especially if you take Cut Down, it is overall less effective. If you expect you won't be able to proc Spellthief's Edge much, it might be better than not getting any gold or wards at all. Try to avoid that though.|
|Sometimes, people opt to buy a Control Ward at the start of the game, but it's much more dangerous and may force you to stay attached more than you should. Potions help your in-lane sustain without having to waste mana healing yourself or risking an unnecessary death.|
Note! I recommend you don't buy Ruby Crystal even if you have the money for it if you are using Cut Down. Wait until you have the full 800 gold for a Kindlegem so your damaging abilities will continue to do more damage.
You can build the same secondary items as Moonstone, or you can go a bit more headfirst with items like Void Staff or Demonic Embrace. Considering you can't say support without POOR though, it's probably better to stick with the standard items unless you're rolling in gold.
|One of the more important items Yuumi can build, as its active is a cleanse she can use on herself and allies with a 20% heal and shielding increase.|
|A good choice for an AP-heavy team or carry, as it gives both Yuumi and her anchor AP for more damage and healing. Since it grants ability haste upon proccing, you have to time your healing/shielding before an ally uses important abilities; the ability haste does not apply retroactively, e.g. if your ADC Jinx ults before you proc Staff on her, the ability haste from Staff will not give her ultimate a shorter cooldown. It may be good for ability-heavy allies like Ezreal or Nasus.|
|Similar to Staff, Ardent is the counterpart for AD or Attack-heavy teammates. Ardent gives attack speed and on-hit magic damage. Both of these items complement Zoomies's natural buffs.|
|Like Mikael's Blessing, Redemption gives 20% heal and shield effectiveness. It's useful for teamfight healing/damage or to give vision of an area. You can use this item even while dead to help allies in teamfights.|
|The grievous wounds item Yuumi is most likely to build. Buy if you need healing reduction against items like Goredrinker or Moonstone Renewer especially. While you might also consider building Morellonomicon for this purpose, Putrifier is slightly cheaper and gives more overall benefits to Yuumi. It gives less AP than Morello, but it is more cost-effective. The extra health from Morello may not help much, especially if you have Cut Down. The ability haste and mana regen make Putrifier overall more useful than other grievous wounds options. Make sure to jump to an ally with You and Me! if you have a shield via Bop 'n' Block or Summon Aery or heal them before they attack so the grievous effect is applied. If you have Moonstone Renewer, the heal from that will also apply grievous wound buffs to your teammates. Should the grievous wounds buff apply successfully, Yuumi's attacks and abilities will also apply grievous wounds for 3 seconds.|
|Scaling item if you are doing well. Mejai's and Dark Seal increase the healing and damage of Yuumi's abilities in addition to boosting the adaptive force Yuumi grants to teammates with You and Me!. Pick up a Dark Seal first to see how it goes before committing gold to a full Mejai's.|
|Limited case item, usually where you don't have enough AP damage. Works great for Mandate builds, but probably build as a last item unless the enemy team is very magic resistant.|
|Wardstones are extremely good for maintaining late game vision control. In many games, you won't be getting them just because the games are often over before you can make use of them. In terms of raw utility or power, other items might be better, but this is still a favorable item for a support. The base item is not legendary, but turns into Watchful Wardstone after placing 20 wards, which is a legendary. You can further upgrade this to Vigilant Wardstone in the shop.|
|Elixirs can be incredibly useful if you find yourself consuming much more mana than you can regenerate or if you need an extra AP push. Each costs 500 gold and lasts 3 minutes. It may be better to put your gold towards a permanent item, but Elixirs are useful situationally or if you are already full build. Note that you can buy Elixirs with a full inventory, upon which they will be put into effect immediately.|
Additionally, you may want to pick up a Verdant Barrier, which is now cheaper and gives AP + a lot of MR if you are having trouble with magic users. You shouldn't have to upgrade it to a Banshee's Veil, but you can if you really need it. The same effect for armor can be found in Seeker's Armguard, which you can get if you are getting killed by a lot of AD. This upgrades into a Zhonya's Hourglass, which you again don't have to upgrade if you don't need it. Either the Verdant Barrier or Seeker's Armguard should be enough for defense until you get back to an ally.
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|A fully utility-focused build that will use Guardian to its fullest since you will be in range all the time. This increases healing with Revitalize too, but it otherwise suffers from a long shield cooldown, unlike the Summon Aery build, and loses some benefits that come from the rest of the Sorcery tree. Absolutely build Moonstone Renewer.|
|A build that you are supposed to use in conjunction with Everfrost. This may be useful against highly mobile enemy team comps since it puts a heavy focus on slows and roots. Yuumi naturally has these things, but this build guarantees them. However, the runes and items necessary can undercut Yuumi's effectiveness for any other purpose. You can see this build in action here.|
|What I like to call the 'AP Nuke' build, this focuses on outputting as much damage as possible. Usually, you will be building Night Harvester or Luden's Tempest as your mythic item. You also will want a Dark Seal. Since Prowling Projectile does percent current health damage, this is very fun to play. But, since this is an extremely feast or famine build, it's not recommended unless you trust your team a lot.|
|This build is used primarily for those who want to play Yuumi top lane. Not a very effective build except for maximizing your survivability in a solo lane.|
Before minions spawn, you should be watching jungle entrances with an escape plan should an enemy team come to invade. This can be making sure a teammate can come help you to safety or being ready to run to tower for less chance of the enemy team scoring a free first blood. If there is imminent threat, you can also place a ward near your jungle entrance to see if the enemy invades or waits to ambush you. Given the chance, auto attack an enemy to proc Bop 'n' Block's shield and to gain a charge on Spellthief's Edge.
If your jungler starts bot side buff, they will likely want you to leash. Whether your jungler actually needs a leash depends on what champion they are playing, but generally you will follow your ADC. When leashing, auto attack until the buff (or other camp) is about half health, then attach to your jungler if you are taking Summon Aery to activate her shield. You can then W again to jump to your bot lane partner. Do not use any abilities to assist your jungler as you will need that mana in lane.
🐟 Poke and Aggression
Unless you are very confident in yourself and your ADC, you are most likely going to play passively for the first few levels. Yuumi has decent poke should you land it, but her healing is fairly weak at a very high mana cost. If you are over-aggressive or too greedy without well-thought out follow-up, you will get killed. Avoid healing and impossible Qs as much as possible so that you do not end up without mana when you really need it.
Hit Prowling Projectiles and auto attacks when possible. It's especially important to auto when Bop 'n' Block is up so that you can get the shielding and mana recuperation. Damaging enemies will also proc Presence of Mind should you take it for additional mana regeneration. Hitting attacks should gradually wear down an enemy enough for your team to have a kill threat. If the enemy is close range, you can spiral your Q around so it gains flight time which in turn does the extra damage and slow. The buffs to Prowling Projectile encourages using it more often, so don't be passive! It offers a lot of damage even if it's not empowered, and it will make it easier for your team to get kills and gain advantages the more you use it.
If there are abilities that would be non-lethal to you, especially if they would hurt your teammate a lot, you should detach and block them. Specific examples are Sear, which can stun a target if used after another Brand ability, and Ace in the Hole. Yuumi can body block such abilities and prevent teammates from dying.
It is important to match your ADCs play style for maximum effect however. If they are playing more passively than you are used to, you may have to deal with that unless a teammate compensates. If they are more aggressive than you are comfortable with, try your best to support them, but don't be afraid to detach and leave if they are going for a doomed play. Especially if another teammate is nearby to help and your ADC is surely going to get you killed, it's better to help the teammate in a better position than to hand over a double kill. ADCs would also benefit from practicing how to play with a Yuumi, as she takes some adjustment from other supports.
Once Yuumi hits level 6, she gets Final Chapter, which is useful for both engaging and disengaging. It can lock down fleeing enemies or stop them from chasing you. Yuumi bot lanes can very commonly get double kills upon her reaching 6, but do not get greedy or force it. You can also ult on diving enemies to root them under tower, possibly preventing a kill on your teammate, scoring a kill of your own, or at least doing a lot of damage. It may be useful to take Final Chapter off quick cast if you have it on or to use an indicator so you can better aim it.
🐟 Wave Management
Help your ADC manage the wave, whatever they may want to do with it. Yuumi's waveclear is nonexistent, so it will be hard for you to manipulate the wave very much on your own. Even if they don't tell you explictly, you should be able to get an idea based on how they are handling the minions.
- If they are not hitting minions, do not hit minions.
- If they are hitting only some minions, do not hit minions.
- If they are killing minions as fast as possible, hit the minions and let the ADC last hit for the gold.
If you are forced under tower before your ADC has any damage items or you are playing with a non-AD champion, you will likely have to help them farm. For support purposes, you will want to auto attack caster minions once to prime them for your bot lane partner. Keep in mind also how much HP minions have while being attacked by your own minions. Try to make your best judgement about whether you need to help your partner CS or not.
When your jungler is ganking, your primary goal is to keep your teammates healthy should there be fight. If the enemy is low enough health, this shouldn't be much of a problem, but teammates may also force a fight. If this is the case, switch anchors to whomever is most likely to take damage so you can heal them. If the frontliner is far away, it is also ok to remain attached to another teammate to provide extra poke with Prowling Projectile and bonus adaptive force. If possible, you can detach, quickly proc Bop 'n' Block, then reattach.
If the enemy suddenly pulls back towards their tower and/or gets abnormally aggressive, you may be getting ganked. Take care not to fall for the bait. Help your teammate(s) as much as possible through healing, shielding, and providing additional damage. Remember that Yuumi will take tower aggro if she damages an enemy under tower even while attached, including with Ignite. She can probably take 2-3 tower shots early before dying, and it will count as an enemy kill if she dies to tower when her anchor engages the enemy. Use Prowling Projectile out of turret range to give more kill threat or even finish off an enemy.
This is a very basic overview of warding that is a bit more specific to Yuumi's capabilities. I recommend you do more research into general warding for more information.
You will want to upgrade your support item as fast as possible. Once upgraded, it is important to remember to change your trinket to Oracle Lens for maximum utility. If you choose, you can buy a Stirring Wardstone at level 13 and upgrade it by placing 20 wards. Already placed wards apply towards this number. If you haven't yet placed 20 wards, you can place wards near fountain and refresh your support item until the Wardstone upgrades. A Watchful Wardstone can hold 3 control wards and allows you to place 1 more of each ward type. Always keep control wards on hand.
Depending on the enemy jungler, you will want to place a ward between 2-3 minutes in game. Be mindful of junglers that may level 2 gank. Over the course of laning phase, you will probably be placing wards in the river bush, underneath or in front of dragon pit, farther up river, at your tribushes, or near buffs. Other good areas to ward are at thoroughfares where enemies are likely to walk through. Paying attention to how the enemy team moves gives you a better idea of how to ward for that game. Junctions that cross more paths have the greatest benefit if you don't know where you should be warding.
Control Wards can be placed in strategic locations, like jungle entraces, objectives, and any area your team is currently invading. Control wards and Oracle Lens are useful against enemies with invisibility or stealth, as it reveals them. For this reason, you may want to place a control ward close to you or even in lane to prevent ganks or ambushes.
You can send a Prowling Projectile through bushes to see if enemies are there rather than facechecking. They may just dodge and be in a bush anyway, but doing this gives a little more security. When warding far from lane, it's better to ask one of your teammates to go with you in case an enemy is there. Likewise, when clearing enemy wards, don't stay if you aren't reasonably sure you can be safe. Do not die for a ward.
Pay attention to the map for your wards to be useful! Vision means nothing if you ignore it.
While Yuumi may be a bit more limited in roaming than other supports due to her lack of boots, she can still do so. Good times to roam include:
- when your ADC is backing and you don't need to back. You can roam to gank mid or ward.
- when you need to help your jungler or other teammate in river or jungle.
- when your teammate may need help taking an objective (e.g. dragon).
- when there is an opportunity to secure a kill.
- when you are coming from Base and your ADC will not be in lane at the same time as you (because you died, the ADC backed after you, etc.)
Part of good vision control is making use of the information your wards and teammates give you. If the enemy shows in the jungle or someone gets ganked, make sure you notice it and keep track of which way they are going when you lose vision. Pinging and paying attention to teammate pings (unless they are not using them properly) also help you track where enemies might be. A good habit to pick up is looking at the minimap every few seconds. You can see where people are or where teammates ping. Even if your teammates don't pay attention to the map, it doesn't mean you shouldn't. If you don't know where someone is, assume they are nearby and don't overcommit to plays or roams.
You can also keep track of teammates and lane states by using the F1-F5 keys. Each key is mapped by default to a teammate, so it makes checking what someone is doing, how they're handling a gank, whether you can roam up to them, etc. quicker. It doesn't require you to take your cursor off the game to click over the minimap either, so getting used to using F keys will streamline your overall gameplay.
Remember to keep warding!
🐟 Where to Be
For most of laning phase, you will be with your ADC. But, by midgame when everyone is moving around the map and changing lanes, you will often stick with other teammates, especially if your ADC has not been doing well. Remember that you help the team, not just your ADC!
A common thing to do is stick with whomever on your team is the strongest. This can lead to a steamroll. You won't always be with the most fed person on your team though. While it might help in fights, you can't always be fighting, as bad or unnecessary fights are easy ways to throw games. Rather it may be better to help whomever is making calls to push objectives if only to encourage others to follow. It's also good to have multiple teammates nearby so that you can jump to another should your anchor die.
Ultimately, you make the judgement on who your anchor is, but it is not necessary or may even be harmful to just go into fights or roaming aimlessly. Know what your teammates are doing so you can decide who to help.
Yuumi can roam to help a fight without being attached, though her primary purpose will be to help keep her team alive. You can attach to the frontliner(s) to keep them healthy enough to tank, or she can jump to backliners to give adaptive force and distance damage or try to heal them against assassins. You can also detach and proc Bop 'n' Block for the shield.
Yuumi's golden ability for teamfighting is Final Chapter. As mentioned before, it's an AoE root that does waves of damage, making it extremely useful for finishing and/or locking down entire enemy team for your team to kill. This is most useful in close quarters, like the jungle or pits. Final Chapter can be used both as an engage and disengage just like in lane, so use it when appropriate.
When you have Baron, be pushing waves into towers and inhibitors rather than roaming the jungle and taking camps or needless fights. Make use of pings to direct teammates. Keep warding and keep stocked up on Control Wards, especially if you have a Watchful Wardstone; vision does not become obsolete at any point in the game.
Some things you can do to get better beyond what a single guide can tell you are:
- Play more champions. This helps you learn their abilities and how to counter them more easily. Heavy CC is less of a problem if you know what to look out for and know the windows of opportunities granted to you if they waste abilities or misplay.
- Play more roles. Knowing what your teammates do can help you make more informed decisions about where you should be and what goals to work towards. It also helps to guess at what the enemy might be doing, preventing needless deaths via gank or collapse and giving you a better idea of where you might want to ward.
- Learn from others. Increase your game knowledge, be it macro, wave management, pathing, or anything else. There are always new ideas and new content to learn about.
- Play a lot. It is good to research and study, but it won't mean much if you can't put it into practice. Don't get discouraged if you do poorly—queue up and try again!
- Yuumi gives adaptive force with You and Me! when attached. More when she levels it.
- Her heal is very expensive (more than 15% total mana), so don't expect her to be a healbot.
- Yuumi must get off periodically to auto-attack to use her passive, Bop 'n' Block, which restores some of her mana and gives you/her a shield.
- Her Q range is about half a screen, is a skillshot, and moves with you if attached, so stay in range for her to use it. It slows and does percent current health damage.
- She should leave you to assist the team and/or carry or to ward.
- Do not try to fight multiple enemies with her unless you are absolutely sure you can win. Otherwise, you just give the enemy a free double kill.
- Pay attention to where she is, especially whether she is on you or not. It can be easy to overlook and get in over your head.
- Yuumi will take tower shots if she damages the enemy under tower (including through burn effects) even while attached.
- If you Teleport, she will unattach. This does not apply if you are using Shen or TF ult, etc.
- She will also unattach if you use Guardian Angel or similar, but not if you use Zhonya's Hourglass, in which case she can still use her abilities.
- Yuumi is better with strong early game ADCs and bruisers/tanks. Assassins can also be good, but can make it harder to land abilities. Of course, she can be played with anyone if you really want to.
- When playing with an unfamiliar Yuumi, expect to lane passively as she has a fairly weak early game. Patience is key.