Ornn Build Guide by PH45
[9.5] PH45's in-depth top lane guide to Ornn, the demigod!By PH45 | Updated on March 6, 2019
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Runes: Rune setup
+1-10% CDR (lvls 1-18)
+15-90 HP (lvls 1-18)
Threats & Synergies
Mirror matchup. Whoever is more experienced and lands skills better wins.
Can be tricky to hit your W onto him since he can dash through you to avoid it. Get tabis and try to W him when he has dashed through you and has nowhere to escape from its path. Also can windwall your Q and ult so can be tricky.
Make sure to not use your W when he uses his E since it block your knockback autoattack. Can also jump away from you so can be tricky to kill. With junglers help and your lockdown you should be able to kill him unless his ahead a lot or you don't make unnecessary mistakes.
Save your W for when he has used his W and came out of stealth. Otherwise you might end up wasting it since you can't turn while using W and he can sneak around in stealth.
Not too difficult in my opinion, as he is coming to Q you W him and auto him when you are silenced. Once you get tabis and a bit of armor you should be fine, you won't be able to kill him without junglers help but he shouldn't be able to kill you either.
Can get annoying with his Q poke and he can just escape your CC with his W. Optimal time to trade when his W is on cooldown.
She has tons of dashes so it might be hard to hit your W on to her. Good thing to remember is that your W makes you unstoppable so you can basically use them when she either tries to knock you up with her 3rd Q or stun you with her W.
You can't really trade with him well as you are very short ranged so you will get many stacks of his passive if you try to trade. You can setup a gank for your jungler but avoid being hit with his Q since he will heal a lot if you both get hit.
Can be tricky to deal with especially early. Build armor and try to farm to your best ability. Pantheon has no escapes outside his summoners so he can be a fairly easy gank for your jungler.
She can make you useless in fights as she can just ult you away so you won't get to use your ult to full potential. Her W will also stop your E but you can negate her E with your W timed right. In lane should't be too much of an issue but teamfights are a different case.
Can be pretty hard to face at times. Make sure to dodge her E or if she hits it to run away from the range. Also just back off if she activates her R as she heals a ton from it if she gets to deal damage with it. She has no escapes though so if your jungler comes just CC her and avoid her R and you should get a kill unless she is really ahead.
Champion Build Guide
[9.5] PH45's in-depth top lane guide to Ornn, the demigod!By PH45
Hello, I'm PH45, and this is my Ornn Guide!
My real name is Patrik, but you can call me either way. I am a long time League of Legends player (started back in Season 1). I'm a Diamond/Master tier Jax main but when a new champion comes out I usually grind them a lot ( Kayn and Xayah both 100k) so I decided to do the same with Ornn. I also decided to do this since Ornn is a top laner, which happens to be my main role so Ornn fitted right in. So join me on this guide on seeking the best way to play Ornn and craft your teams way to victory!
My OP.GG for anyone interested
Ornn is a vanguard, who provides CC for his team and also some late game power with his power to craft more powerful versions of popular items like Trinity Force and Rabadon's Deathcap. This brings more power to late game for his team and he also provides longer CC for his team, so Ornn is an excellent pick for team comps with already a lot of CC. He is a good pick top lane, and also viable as a support, jungling I'm not too sure but you are free to try.
Flash: Pretty normally taken summoner spell. Can get you out of tough spots or closer to a CC-able target or even closer to a kill.
Teleport: My preferred second summoner spell. Cooldown was nerfed to 6 minutes but most of the time you still want to take this as it enables you to teleport to teamfights or just get back to lane in tougher matchups etc.
+ Has crowd control
+ Gets quite tanky
+ Good synergy with Righteous Glory
+ Can shop from anywhere
+ Provides a lot of late game power for team with passive's upgraded items
+ Prolongs teammates CC with Brittle
Ornn provides a lot of benefits for his team with CC and upgradeable items.
- Can't buy consumable items (though it would be seriously op so very understandable)
- Has mana issues early
- Can get poked down
- Requires a learning curve for angle and timing on bouncing back his ultimate
With Aftershock, especially in lanes where you may not be able to get an auto off reliably to proc Grasp of the Undying, this is a great choice. Not only does it make you more tanky with the extra resistances, it also deals damage after a short while which helps with the trade.
There are a few choices for secondary runes. I grab Demolish for taking down towers faster, this will make you deal a lot of damage to towers later with all the HP you will have late game. Font of Life can also work well since Ornn has a lot of CC so your allies have a lot of chances to heal off from CC'd opponents.
Third rune is Bone Plating. It gives gives a great advantage in lane while trading since the next 3 spells that you take after this activates deal 25-50 damage less to you.
As the last rune we grab Overgrowth. You get extra HP by just laning and killing minions, which will stack up nicely towards later points of the game.
For secondary tree I took Inspiration. From there I chose Biscuit Delivery. Biscuit Delivery helps with your mana issues early and mid game and also just let's you stay in lane longer.
Lastly I chose Perfect Timing as it gives you a free stopwatch, while they nerfed it yes it still helps you achieve Gargoyle Stoneplate faster and it can also help you in a sticky situation after the stopwatch becomes available.
Living Forge (Passive): Ornn's passive holds multiple effects. First of all he get's 10% additional armor and MR from items. At level 13, any upgradable item Ornn owns or purchases for the rest of the game is upgraded for free (limited to two upgraded items). At each level from 14 onward, Ornn can upgrade one of his ally's upgradable items (limited to 1 per teammate)
Volcanic Rupture (Q): ACTIVE: Ornn slams his hammer into the ground, sending a fissure in the target direction that stops early if an enemy champion is hit, dealing physical damage and slowing enemies hit for 2 seconds. The pillar also displaces champions who are standing on top of it when it spawns.
Bellows Breath (W): Ornn becomes unstoppable and marches in the target direction over the next 0.75 seconds. Over the march he belches fire over a cone in front of him, dealing magic damage to enemies hit. The final bout of flame will apply Brittle.
Searing Charge (E): Ornn charges forward, dealing physical damage to enemies he passes through, stopping upon colliding with terrain. Upon collision creates a shockwave that deals increased physical damage and knocks up enemies within for 1 second. This ability can also destroy enemy champion created terrain, which can help you escape from abilitys like Anivias wall or Jarvan IV's ultimate. If a Pillar created by Volcanic Rupture is about to expire when Ornn casts E, it will last until the dash completes.
Call of the Forge God (R): FIRST CAST: Ornn summons an elemental at maximum range in the target direction that stampedes toward him, dealing magic damage and slowing enemies hit by 10% scaling up to 40/60/80% based on distance traveled, the slow lasts for 2 seconds.
While stampeding, Ornn can re-activate Call of the Forge God.
SECOND CAST: Ornn dashes forward in the target direction. If Ornn collides with the elemental, he headbutts it, sending it stampeding again in the new direction and empowering it to knock up enemies hit. First target is knocked up for 1 second, 0.5 seconds on enemies hit past the first. Call of the Forge God can damage enemies twice.
Sunfire cape, light em up
Good early item, especially vs AD lanes. Gives you armor, HP and some Aoe damage around you. Late game upgrading this to Forgefire Cape can also be quite effective if facing a lot of AD damage.
Abyssal mask, boost for magic damage
Good item to pickup vs AP damage, or simply if you want your teams AP champs to deal more damage due to it's unique passive. Upgradeable to Infernal Mask which is beneficial in late game vs strong AP champions.
Righteous glory, to battle!
Fun and effecient item. Allows you to initiate fights well or just catch a single target easily. The movement speed helps you catch up and the effect ending slow also helps you to lay down your own CC onto the target.
Spirit Visage, healing improver
Helps you get more regen. Works well with Warmog's Armor but isn't a must have item every game. It's a good item to take when facing a lot of magic damage, and your team has good healing, or if you have picked up Warmog's Armor.
Randuin's Omen, death to ADC's
Helps extremely well in auto-attack oriented matchups and later on it's slowing effect is nice in teamfights and it also slows enemys attack speed when they hit you so it lessens the enemys DPS.
Great item for autoattack and AD matchups. Most of the time you'll be picking these up since you need to tank a lot of autoattacks and AD damage in teamfights.
Mercury's treads, the option for CC
Pretty self-explanitory, get this if the enemy laner or the whole enemy comp has a lot of CC, as you don't want to be CC'd so you can lay your own CC on the table.
Thornmail, the way to cripple an AD comp
This item seems to be really good in some cases now. If the opposing team has lot's of healing champions or just a fed AD champ with lifesteal this is the perfect item.
Thornmail now applies Grievous wound which helps killing those pesky healing champs much easier. Also it get's the cold steel passive which is nice.
Iceborn Gauntlet, Sheen with CC
Gives you armor, sheen proc and a small slow so you can stick to people. Also some mana to help with your mana issues. Not optimal for every game but surely a viable item for Ornn
Infinity Edge becomes Molten Edge
- Cost +1000g
- +30 AD
Zhonya's Hourglass becomes Zhonya's Paradox
- Cost +1000g
- +30 AP
- +15 Armor
Trinity Force becomes Trinity Fusion
- Cost +1000g
- +100 HP
- +100 Mana
- +10 AD
- +10% Attack Speed
- +3% Movement speed
Abyssal Mask becomes Infernal Mask
- Cost: +1000g
- +200 Health
- +35 Magic Resist
Rabadon's Deathcap becomes Rabadon's Deathcrown
- Cost: +1000g
- +55 AP
The Black Cleaver becomes The Obsidian Cleaver
- Cost: +1000g
- +150 HP
- +20 AD
Sunfire Cape becomes Forgefire Cape
- Cost: +1000g
- +200 HP
- +30 Armor
Redemption becomes Salvation
- Cost: +500g
- +100 Health
- +100% Base Health Regen
- +50% Base Mana Regen
Locket of the Iron Solari becomes Circlet of the Iron Solari
- Cost: +500g
- +15 Armor
- +15 Magic Resist
Iceborn Gauntlet becomes Frozen Fist
- +30 Armor
- +200 Mana
Youmuu's Ghostblade becomes Youmuu's Wraithblade
- +20 AD
- +7 Lethality
Blade of the Ruined King becomes Might of the Ruined King
- +15 AD
- +15% Attack Speed
Luden's Echo becomes Luden's Pulse
- +30 Ap
- +250 Mana
I think for Ornn the most useful ones are Forgefire Cape and Infernal Mask. Deciding which one to pick mostly depends do you face more AD or AP, Forgefire Cape for AD heavy comps or simply vs fed AD champs and Infernal Mask when opponents have a lot of magic damage or a fed mage. The new item Frozen Fist seems quite good too.
|Ornn and Anivia synergize well due to Anivias high CC abilties and also due to her wall, which Ornn can E to and knock up foes that are caught behind it. Brittle makes Anivias CC hit harder.|
|Maokai is another great champion that Ornn synergizes with. Maokai has a ton of CC and especially if Ornn hits his ult first and Maokai hits his after the enemies are CC'd for such a long time that there is really no escape for them. Maokai won't be seen often in same team with Ornn though since they are both top laners and Maokai jungle is kind of a rare sight these days.|
|Trundle also works well with Ornn, mostly seen as a jungler Trundle can just lay down a pillar for Ornn to E to to CC opponents down and get an easy kill.|
|This is mostly just a farmlane until one of the junglers comes top lane. Cho'Gath sustains so well and vs tanks he shouldn't die too often. He is vulnerable to ganks though so with your CC amount you can easily setup a gank for your jungler. You can avoid his Rupture knockup with your W due to unstoppable.|
|Volibear can be hard to kill but he shouldn't also kill you. He can be hard to finish off since his Majestic Roar knocks back champions now and also his passive Chosen of the Storm can save him from death. You can consider items like Thornmail to cut down his attack speed and healing if he keeps fighting you.|
|Illaoi might be tricky since she can just keep beating you if he gets your soul caught and if she ults you are pretty dead. I think you should just mostly farm what you can and try to setup ganks but make sure your jungler knows to back off if she ults as she will just heal a ton and potentially 1v2 you.|
|Dr. Mundo can become quite hard to kill after he gets a few items. Careful of his cleavers as they hurt a lot and slow you down a bunch. Mundo has no escape abilities outside his movement speed boost off his ult and his Flash so abuse that with your CC.|
|Get Ninja Tabi early as his auto attacks hurt a lot. While laning try to not get too much poked by his Q as he will chip you down for an all-in. He can be tricky to chase down since he can dash with his E+Q combo. If he tries to all-in you avoid his knockup with your W to avoid any downtime while fighting him by aiming your W in the direction he is going to land.|
|Kled can run over you pretty hard due to his high amount of damage and big HP pool. Ninja Tabi is a big help in this matchup and also buying items like Warden's Mail or Bramble Vest will help out. Once he hits 6 he will most likely roam with his ult so alert your teammates and keep your TP up if he roams as you can't really splitpush fast enough to punish him for his roams.|
|He will make your life miserable since he will just dash around you and block your Q and R which will make you lose a ton of your power and CC. Consider Ninja Tabi and Randuin's Omen for reducing his AA and Q damage, but most often you are going to lose this lane unless the Yasuo wastes his windwall before you use your ult.|
|Another boring matchup, mostly a farm lane. Sion is really strong at the moment and he will just outsustain and win trades vs most matchups. And if you somehow manage to get him low he will just R away without getting CCD.|
|Darius does well into tanks and Ornn is no exception. If you get caught by his E prepare to take a ton of damage, try to save your W to negate his pull with it, but you got to time it right. Try to farm with your Q from range and buy Ninja Tabi and Bramble Vest quickly as those will make it a bit more tolerable. He is weak to ganks though since he has no escapes outside his summoners.|
|Irelia is a difficult champion to deal with. She has high mobility with Bladesurge, sort of CC immunity due to her Defiant Dance and the Flawless Duet CC will mess up trades to her favor, her ult also denies your Brittle proc if you stand in the blade wall. Ionian Fervor also deals a lot of extra damage to shield users and Ornn as a constant shield user from his W will get punished hard if Irelia gets her stacks. Try to avoid getting stunned by her Flawless Duet and you will keep the trades even. Ninja Tabis and Thornmail will help to deal with her. Try to farm the best you can, freezing lane is great and try to kill her with your jungler, just make note that Irelia can deal with 1v2 situations well occasionally.|
|Fiora is a difficult one as well. She is slick and hard to stay on due to her Lunge and movespeed boost from Duelist's Dance. It also heals her so it will be difficult to keep her low HP if she get's a ton of free vital procs. She also has true damage which helps her deal with tanks, and Ornn is no exception. Ninja Tabi and Thornmail should be your first buys in this lane, an early Bramble Vest especially will help you out. Watch out for her Riposte during trades as if she times it correctly she will avoid any stuff you throw at her and she will just CC you back if you are inside the hitbox, which might result in your death. With jungler and your CC you should be able to kill her but be vary as Fiora can 1v2 with her healing and movement. A good trick is if she ults you, hug a wall so she can't proc the final vital for her healing area.|
|Garen is a pretty easy and simple matchup. His usual trade pattern is activating Decisive Strike and running at you. W him when he walks up with Q to you, don't stand in his Judgment and you will win this lane. Care for your health once he hits 6 as his ult still hurts, even more if you are the Villain. Get Ninja Tabi to reduce his damage from autos and Decisive Strike. Also try to poke him down if he stays in range to deny him his healing from Perseverance.|
I will be listing here the things I update when I make changes to the guide.
22.8.2017 - Added the Brittle section, Masterwork upgrades section and the Combo section.
23.8.2017 - Added items section.
30.8.2017 - Updated masteries section, skill sequence, added a couple new matchups and updated the builds section.
3.9.2017 - Updated masteries section again.
26.9.2017 - Updated some outdated info and fixed stuff around the guide.
6.11.2017 - Cleaned up the guide a bit.
8.11.2017 - Updated for Runes Reforged.
9.11.2017 - Updated runes a bit.
6.12.2017 - Added Aftershock to runes section.
12.12.2017 - Added 2 pot start.
19.12.2017 - 1 million views passed! Thank you all!
7.1.2018 - Updated Runes.
24.1.2018 - RIP Ornn's unstoppable W
3.3.2018 - Updated runes.
2.7.2018 - Cleaned up the guide a bit.
14.7.2018 - After testing out Iceborn Gauntlet as a core item I have included it in most builds since it really helps your trading and keeping up with opponents.
20.9.2018 - Added champion synergies section (WIP)
20.11.2018 - Updated rune stats and runes.
28.11.2018 - Added some matchups in the matchups section.
30.11.2018 - Added more matchups
17.12.2018 - Added banners.
9.1.2018 - Updated to new abilities, added new masterwork items, updated runes.
4.2.2018 - Updated some matchups due to Unstoppable being a thing.