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Anivia Build Guide by Terry Tugboat

Beginners Guide to: Anivia 2.0

By Terry Tugboat | Updated on September 21, 2012
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Choose Champion Build:

  • LoL Champion: Anivia
  • LoL Champion: Anivia


LoL Summoner Spell: Clarity


LoL Summoner Spell: Flash


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Ability Order


Anivia - The Cryopheonix

- Mage
- Range

Anivia is my main caster in LoL due to her being great in Mid and Laning, through out this beginners guide il show you how you can use Anivia's abilites offensivly and defensively in 1v1 fights and 5v5 battles. I highly recommend using Anivia in middle-lane due to her CC (crowd control) and her massive damage output. I hope you find this guide helpful and use Anivia in the future.

-Terry Tugboat

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Pros and Cons


  • Massive Damage output
  • Great CC (Crowd Control)
  • Stuns and Slows
  • Passive gives you a second life
  • Easy to use
  • well placed wall can save a teammate or confirm a kill


  • Squishy (Low amount of health and defence)
  • Slow Movement Speed
  • Stun has a long cooldown
  • Targeted in teamfights
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This passive ability activates when Anivia loses all her health, turning her into an egg form for 6 seconds. In this mode you're unable to attack or move but this comes in handy when your underneath your own tower.Without mana Anivia is just a giant Rebirth bait.

Flash Frost
Anivia throws a Crystal Sphere at the targeted destination, this how ever is a skill shot so you have to manually target its path. This applies a frost affect and damages who ever it goes through, on explosion it will stun anyone in the proximity of the sphere.
Quick Tip: Hit Q again when Flash Frost is in mid-flight to stun a target at close range.

This allows you to summon a wall of ice which can block enemy and allied champions from moving through, however this can be countered with a Flash or any leap ability such as Slice and Dice

Quick Tip: Crystallize can reveal FoW (Fog of War), this is helpful when scouting a bush or nuterual creature such as Dragon .

This ability, Frostbite is where Anivia gets all her major damage from. When the target is frozen it will do double damage. Combine this with Flash Frost or Glacial Storm will take off around 40-50%+ health off an enemy.

Glacial Storm
Anivia's Ult which is gained at level 6, helps your team alot in team fights due to its damage, slow and radius it can change the tide of battle. This is a streaming ability so be cautious of stuns, taunts or anyother type of abilities which can interupt this stream. This is also great for clearing giant waves of minions.

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Masteries, Items, Runes and Summoner Spells

Your probably thinking 'why this?' or 'why that?'
This section will explain my choices of these Masteries,Items and Summoner Spells.

The Masteries


Greater Mark of Magic Penetration
This Rune compliments Frostbite greatly early to mid game, by Late game you will have Void Staff to bypass this.

Greater Seal of Replenishment Greater Seal of Replenishment
These flat 0.41 mana regen runes help Anivia early game, you will be doing alot of harrasment when you reach level 2 and obtaining Frostbite and mana regen helps with
lane sustain. If necessary activate Clarity in dire need of mana.

Greater Glyph of Scaling Ability Power
As Anivia upgrades she will gain 0.17 Ability power at level 18 you will have an additional 28 Ability power. The reason why I dont use Greater Glyph of Ability Power which gives flat
0.99 Abilty power is when you reach level 6 with Great Glyph of Force you will have +9.18 Ability power, over taking Greater Glyph of Ability Power. Also at level 6 you have unlock Glacial Storm and it will do more damage over time.

Greater Quintessence of Ability Power
This gives flat 4.95 ability power, this gives you a great edge over your oppenent from level 1, this also compliments Greater Glyph of Scaling Ability Power as you upgrade.

The Summoner Spells

This helps with escaping or catching up to/from an enemy. I use this due to Anivia having very low movement speed and the only escape ability Crystallize has a lengthy cool down.

When low on mana, pop this spell to recieve 50-80% of it back (depending on level). You
wont use this much but in team battle when you have to stream Glacial Storm, you do eat up alot of mana.

This does a small amount of true damage (100% penetration) magic damage to the target,
this helps with finishing off fleeing champions or reducing their health regen by 50%. I use
this when the fleeing champion is on low health and also if your versing an enemy champion for example, Sion, Tryndamere or Volibear who have large health regeneration.

The Items

Doran's Ring
This gives Anivia Health, Ability Power and Mana Regen early game. I do not
recommend stacking this item due to her not needing it.

Sorcerer's Shoes
These Boots give you increased magic penetration, this makes your abilties mainly Frostbite do extra damage on impact.

Rod of Ages
increases all traits which Anivia loves; Mana, Health and Ability power. When obtaining this item you can play abit more offensivly and stream Glacial Storm for a longer duration.

Athene's Unholy Grail
Athene's Unholy Grail gives mana regen based on how much mana she is missing, this item is extreamly usefull due to the fact if gives her unlimited source of mana and 90 ability power once upgrading your Chalice of Harmony to a Athene's Unholy Grail.

Rabadon's Deathcap
When you purchase Rabadon's Deathcap no joke you do TONS OF DAMAGE. Your spell combonation: Flash Frost (Q) - Frostbite (E) will do a substantial amount of damage to your enemy.
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Zhonya's Hourglass
This gives Anivia abit more kick whilst giving her a new ability to play with. By clicking on the item or pressing the alocated slot number on your keyboard, will turn Anivia into stasis for 2 seconds. Activate this item when your targeted in a teamfight, this will make the
opponent change target and allow you to start casting again.

Abyssal Mask
Abyssal Scepter's passive 'reduces magic resistance of nearby champions by 20' helps in Teamfights and 1 on 1 encounters. Since Glacial Storm has a medium range cast it will get you slighty close to your enemy, having this will reduced the enemies resistance and amplify your spell.
Quick Tip: Versing a melee champion, pop Glacial Storm underneath you when theyre in melee
range of you and activate Zhonya's Hourglass so that you become invincible and damage the enemy a
morderate amount of their health.
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What to do in Cetain Situations and Pushing

Team Fights

In team fights focus the first champion who comes in range (unless he/shes a tank), start of with planting Glacial Storm (R) then Frostbite (E) behind it to greatly weaken the champion. If possible try to summon a Crystallize (W) wall in the middle of the team or to block off the 2-3 to cut the enemy team in half, this makes it extreamly easy for your teammates to clean up the cut off champs. Keep refreashing Glacial Storm (R) so that its beneath the champion your teammates are focusing. Relentlessly spam your Flash Frist (Q) to stun them if theyre ranged or fleeing from your teammates. Try to block off the closest exit point for the enemy to trap them, allowing your team to clean up.

If losing, drop Glacial Storm (R) on your enemies chase route and try to hit them with Frost Flash (Q). If you can, try to summon Crystallize (W) behind you blocking the enemy off.

Mid Lane - Low Health (getting chased)

Stun them with Flash Frost (Q) and run towards your tower, remember dont use your Crystallize (W) yet. When at your tower, tempt the enemy to towerdive you. If he/she does pop Crystallize (W) behind them and allow them to kill you. This will make your passive Rebirth to activate making you slowly repawn under the tower, due to them hitting you it will agro the tower and do major damage and likely to kill them for Crystallize (W) is blocking them giving you a free kill.

Pushing your Lane

As Anivia you have alot of crowd control, placing a Glacial Storm ontop of them will make them retreat. If not reply with Flash Frost and Frostbite to make run back to their tower. If versing a short ranged champion or melee, place a Crystallized wall to the diagnol left of the turret to make a pocket for you and your minions. This will funnel the enemy into 2 gaps making it easy to pull of a stun and fall back. Do this for your teammates when theyre pushing aswell, keep the damage dealers away from your teammates as they hit the tower.

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I hope you learnt something by reading my guide and use Anivia in the future, this is a beginners guide so I hope you found it easy to understand. If you found this not too shabby I would appreciate a 1+

- Terry Tugboat
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Change Log (Updates)

V1.0 - Released Date:24/03/2012
V1.1 - Added more infomation (1+ rep for Infectious Lepar) Date:26/03/2012
V1.2 - No changes since after handful of patches: 20/05/2012
V1.3 - No changes after Draven Patch: 08/06/2012
V2.0 - 2 builds are now avalible, adding Athene's Unholy Grail to the build and item info
V2.1 - No changes made after Rengar patch, Riot fixes Anivia's slow bug