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League of Legends Build Guide Author LukeBladeX

Elise - The Spider Queen [AP/Hybrid] Season 3

LukeBladeX Last updated on June 9, 2013
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AP / Hybrid

Ability Sequence

Ability Key Q
Ability Key W
Ability Key E
Ability Key R

Not Updated For Current Season

The masteries shown here are not yet updated for the current season, the guide author needs to set up the new masteries. As such, they will be different than the masteries you see in-game.



Offense: 21

Honor Guard

Defense: 0


Utility: 9

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Video Guide

Make sure to watch the video guide or at least listen to it if you don't want to read everything. This covers the most important things about Elise :)
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Welcome to my first guide on MobaFire!
I am presenting you, Elise, The Queen of Spiders!

[hr]Elise is an AP carry that can be used as a Mage or/and as an Assassin! She can quickly burst down her enemies one by one. In this guide I will teach you on how to play Elise. I have also included a very successful combo on how to quickly assassinate your enemies! Make sure to check that out as well to highly improve your gameplay with Elise.

*Note: Please do not dislike my guide, first read it and give me some constructive criticism. It is my first guide after all. Also, I will be updating this guide as I get more familiar with this champion.*

VIDEOS COMING SOON! I will work on them when I have time :)

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Pros / Cons

There are up's and down's to every champion, including Elise.


  • She has high burst damage if used correctly
  • She can easily jump to her enemies
  • Her spider form abilities do not cost any mana
  • Fun champion

  • Takes some time to get used to
  • Very vulnerable when her abilities are on cooldown
  • Her late game is much better than her early game
  • You need to have a good start to dominate late game

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For Elise I picked out the "Standard" AP runes, taking Magic Penetration, Ability Power and Mana regen.

Mana Regen

When you keep bursting your enemy, you will quickly run out of mana, so it's always nice to have Mana Regen.

Magic Penetration

This one doesn't need any explanation, more damage is always useful :)

Ability Power

MORE damage! She is an mage assassin! There is never enough damage!

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Skill Sequence

Neurotoxin / Venomous Bite - "Q"

These are the two abilities on her Q. Neither of them are skill shots, which means they are easy to land. You can use the Neurotoxin (Human) for harassing your enemy and then naturally zoning them. Make sure to deny them the farm and minion kills. Remember, the Q does not do a lot of damage so you need to use your other abilities to make your laning phase for successful. The Venomous Bite is used to assassinate your target. Make sure to use it when you targets Health is low, due to the Bite deals more damage that way. The lower your targets health is, the bigger your damage will be. Max this ability SECOND.

Volatile Spiderling / Skittering Frenzy - "W"

The next two abilities are on her W. They are the primary damage dealers (especially in Human form use the Volatile Spiderling (it deals the most damage). This is a skill shot! It does not go through minions. It will explode when it reaches its target. It can be a minion, monster or champion. Make sure the way to your enemy is clear before using it. This is for the Human form. Now for the Spider form, this is an incredible Attack Speed boost! Use this when farming, killing your enemies and their turrets! This also gives you Life steal when the ability is active and it costs No mana (ONLY in Spider form). So if your enemy is not in the lane, use it and get your health back up! Max this ability FIRST.

Cocoon / Rappel - "E"

The E does 0 damage! One early point at level 2 or 3 is very useful because it stuns your enemy! It is not a slow skill shot, like for example Anivia's Q. It goes rather fast and with practice you can land it 90% of the time! Just make sure there are no minions infront of your target. It's pretty much like Ahri's Charm (Her E). In Elise's Spider form this ability allows you to jump to your enemies. While in air you CAN'T be targeted so for example if you are being focused by the turret or enemy champions simply E up. This ability also allows you to see nearby Enemy champions, minions or monsters in the jungle, which makes this ability very useful! Max this ability LAST.

Spider Form / Human Form - "R"

She gets her Ulti at level 1 and it costs no mana. It's only a transformation spell between the Human (Mage) form and the Spider (Assassin) form. Get this ability whenever possible (at levels 6, 11 and 16) as it increases the amount of your spiderlings when switching to Spider form. If you spiderlings died, use your Human form abilities to regenerate them, so when you go back to Spider form, they will fight by your side.

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Alternative Items

You can pick different items as the game goes on. The items you use, depend on your team, the enemy team and the score of the game. Sometimes you need to play more defensive, sometimes offensive and even somewhere in-between.

Based on those facts you can pick different items. Here are some alternative items for Elise.

Void Staff - Use this when playing in a more offensive style. This item gives you extra Ability Power and Magic Penetration which highly improves the damage you deal with your abilities.

Deathfire Grasp - Use this if you are falling behind in your lane. This is very useful if your enemy has more health or is stronger than you. You will deal more damage with this. Consider it as an extra ability. You will easily secure a kill with this item.

Athene's Unholy Grail - This item is useful if your enemies are building Ability Power and if you are in need of mana. It also gives you a decent amount of Ability Power. This is an all-around item for Mage champions and is very useful.

Frozen Heart - This item gives you Cooldown reduction and decreases nearby enemy Attack Speed so it is extremly useful if the enemies are based on AD and Attack Speed! Nice item when they have a fed ADC.

Hextech Gunblade - Want to deal some more damage in both of your forms? This is a perfect item for building Hybrids! It has nice Spell Vamp, Life Steal, Ability Power AND Attack Damage. It also has an Unique Active ability: Deals 300 magic damage and slows the target champion by 50% for 3 seconds (700 range). 60 second cooldown. Very useful as well!

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Summoner Spells

For the Summoner Spells I recommend you Ignite and Flash.

Ignite - if your target barely gets away, Ignite will surely finish them of!

Flash - Easy escape from Enemies over walls or away from them in-lane or jungle.

These are the standard Mid lane spells. However, you can also use

Exhaust - Your enemies can quickly get away? Stop them with Exhaust. Finish them of in your spider form and assassinate their face!

Ghost - if you don't really need Flash, Ghost has a lower cooldown and is perfect for chasing down enemies. For escaping, Flash is better in my opinion.

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How to Quickly Kill your enemy (COMBO)

This is a great combo for Elise. I've used it every time I played her. It is an amazing combo to finish your enemies. This is my explanation of it.

For doing perfect combo's you need to be FAST! Don't wait for your enemies to escape, be quick and perfect your combo as a true Assassin!

Start out in HUMAN form.
First try to land your stun (E) on the enemy. If successful you can quickly proceed to using your W and Q and pretty much the same time to deal the most damage as possible!
Now Switch to your SPIDER form.
If your enemy flashed away use your E to jump to them. There use your W for the incredible attack speed. Make sure to keep using basic attacks while your W is on. At the end use your Q on the enemy. Remember, the less health your enemy has, the MORE damage it will do! If you enemy still isn't dead, some of your cooldowns will go down already so you can either:
- Use your Q again or
- Switch back to Human form and do the same combo

At the end just use ignite and if you aren't sure your enemy will die to one more basic attack on it, and if you are in turret range and almost dead, simply flash away or if your E (in spider form) is up, just use it on an enemy minion or if close enough - a jungle monster (for example a wraith).

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Warding & The Jungle

Let's start out with this nice picture I made.
The BLACK numbers are for the Blue team.
The RED numbers are for the Purple/Red team.

1 - Blue Buff
2 - Wolves
3 - Wraits
4 - Golems
5 - Red Buff

<> - Ward positions

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Elise also does very well as a Hybrid, where she can dominate in both of her forms, Spider and Human, which makes her the true Assassin! In the combination of Ability Power, Attack Speed and Attack Damage.

Let's start with the boots. You have 3 Main and 1 Alternative option.

Main Options:

Berserker's Greaves

- Take these boots when in need of Attack Speed.

Sorcerer's Shoes

- Take these boots when you want to build more Ability Power, because it gives you more Magic Penetration - more damage with your Spells.

Mercury's Treads

- Take these boots when your enemy has stuns, slows, fears, basically everything that can control your movement, because it gives you Tenacity. This reduces the duration of those enemy spells. These boots also give you Magic Resistance.

Alternative Option:

Boots of Mobility

- Take these boots if you tend to go roaming a lot. It will greatly increase your movement speed when out of combat and is very useful if you see enemies coming so you can escape or if you want to chase down your enemies to assassinate them.

Laning as a Hybrid

Now we will talk about laning. I suggest going either Mid or Top, when using Hybrid Elise. You won't have any trouble killing your enemies if you play her right and have good timing! However, always be careful of ganks. You aren't the Incredible Hulk. You are still a squishy spider, so don't let people step on you!


I recommend using the Combo from this guide (Scroll up). It is successful at every type of Elise and is extremly powerful! You can kill your enemies at low and high level in-game extremly fast. I don't recommend turret diving at low levels, Elise is extremly squishy and you will get owned. Just stay in the lane and farm, unless the enemy is really really low on health and you know they can't get you (and that YOU will survive!). You won't do anything if you get a kill and give one to them as well. Always think before you act!

I will be adding more things to the Hybrid Elise chapter and build so make sure to stay tuned in and keep checking back if you are interested!

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Farming as Elise is simple!

Human Form

You can use your W (Volatile Spiderling) to farm, but not use it too much! It costs quite some mana and your mana will run out quickly at lower levels. This is for mid game and late game farming. In the early game just last hit the minions and try to deny your enemy farm to ensure an easy start and to block your enemy from doing too much damage late game.

Spider Form

In the Spider form you can also farm with your W (Skittering Frenzy), because it gives you and your Spiderlings an INSANE boost in Attack Speed + you regenerate your health while attacking with the boost.

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Team Work

In Team fights, I would recommend you to let your tank go in first. Elise is not an off-tank and she can be killed very quickly. She is the type of a champion that goes in pretty much last and quickly cleans up the fight allowing her team to win.

When you are in a Team fight, fire your human form W in first, followed up my an E (the stun) and the Q on the target you will be focusing. Quickly switch to spider form and use the Combo that I wrote above this Chapter.

Play with your head and think about what you do, before you do it! That will ensure you a win of the fight and the game.

Remember as CLG EU Krepo says: The team with most information will win the game.

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To wrap this up, I hope you enjoyed my first guide and if you like it make sure to Rate it up. Leave some Constructive Criticism. Remember, that I will keep updating this build as the game goes on and once I learn new things about her.

Thank you for your time of reading my Guide. I appreciate it :)


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02/11/2012 - Added the Changelog to the Guide & added the Hybrid build

Note: This is a DD/MM/YEAR format