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Irelia Build Guide by Hedelma

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League of Legends Build Guide Author Hedelma

Irelia - She's not in the kitchen.

Hedelma Last updated on November 5, 2011
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Ability Sequence

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

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Brute Force
Improved Rally

Offense: 0

Strength of Spirit
Veteran's Scars

Defense: 9

Expanded Mind
Blink of an Eye
Mystical Vision
Presence of the Master

Utility: 21

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Hi im Hedelma from EUNE (Finland), im level 30 and enjoy this game so much. I normaly play normals, but sometimes rankeds.
So welcome to my first guide. In this guide im going to talk about Irelia. Why? Because i like(love) her.
For me, i think this build is different. Or im the only one who is building her like this.
And one note.


If you want to suggest something, please leave a comment or pm me ^^

Let's get started!

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Edits and stuffssss..s.s..

-Fixed some typos.
-Added some items.
-Added some moar text.
-Moved mercs from core items to situational items.
-Added second build.. For tr0ll1ngZ!
-Changed ghost to flash.
-Fixed some grammar.

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Second Build

This build is good for trollingz, and heck this might even work well :D

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Pros / Cons

Going to write pros and cons real quick.

-Good looking <3.
-Great farmer.
-Good pusher.
-Kills squishys in a sec.
-Awesome passive.
-Self heal Hiten Style.

-Can be hard to master.
-Weak early game.
-Needs kills/farm.
-May require you to killsteal some kills. (doesn't matter if it's a solo queue)

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Reduces the duration of stuns, slows, taunts, fears, snares, and immobilizes for each nearby enemy champion.
1 Champion: 10%
2 Champions: 25%
3 Champions: 40%

This passive.. I can't tell you how good this is.. Like really..(I wonder why Irelia is getting nerfed..)

[Q] Irelia dashes forward to strike her target for 20 / 50 / 80 / 110 / 140 (+1 per Attack Damage) physical damage. This applies on-hit effects. If it kills the target, Bladesurge's cooldown refreshes and refunds 35 Mana.

This is so great for farming, last hitting champions (if you want to :3), chasing. AND! It gives you mana back if you kill someone with it. cool..

[W] Irelia is skilled in the art of Hiten, passively giving her physical attacks 10 / 14 / 18 / 22 / 26 health restoration. Activating Hiten Style adds 15 / 30 / 45 / 60 / 75 true damage to her physical attacks for 6 seconds.

Man, this skill. This skill is why everyone fears you. If you max this out. You will dominate your lane. plus this spell gives you like +22 healing everytime you auto attack..

[E] Irelia's attack balances the scales, dealing 80 / 130 / 180 / 230 / 280 (+50% of ability power) damage and slowing the target by 60% for 1 / 1.25 / 1.5 / 1.75 / 2 seconds. However, if the target has a higher Health % than Irelia, then the blow stuns the target for 1 / 1.25 / 1.5 / 1.75 / 2 seconds instead.

Now we get to the CC-spell. This spell slows, and stuns if you have less hp in % than your opponent. I've gotten so many kills from people who wanted to tower dive me, but i went all like: "WOLOLOLOLOL E=STUN" *An enemy has been swain'd*

[R] Irelia summons 4 spirit blades which she can fling at her enemies. These blades deal 80 / 120 / 160 (+0.6 per bonus Attack Damage AND +0.5 per bonus Ability Power) physical damage to enemies that they pass through, and she heals for 25% of that damage vs champions and 10% vs minions.

Ahh.. the ultimate. This has a low CD, so abuse it. You can use it to farm creeps, kill "noobs" or... something, be creative.

TL;DR: Her skills are amazing.
Protip: /taunt.

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Runes, Masteries, Summoner spells and skill order.


0/9/21. why? Don't know, i've seen many people using these masteries on her, and they work great! You can go more "tanky" for example 0/21/9. Just use whatever your comfortable with. You don't have to build like me.


Pretty standart. Greater Mark of Desolation for awesomeness, Greater Seal of Evasion for...well dodge, Greater Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist for those ap-***s, and Greater Quintessence of Movement Speed for chasing. With movement speed quints and trinity force, NO ONE WILL GET AWAY!
One tip, you can use Greater Quintessence of Vigor or Greater Quintessence of Health too.

Summoner Spells

Use whatever you want, but remember to change your masteries if you take Flash or Exhaust

Skill order

> > >

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Main builds items.

Good starting items

Pretty common. Use it if your solotop.

Good, helps you get philosopher's stone faster.

I use this on mid. Helps you to survive.

This one is good too, you won't have to leave your lane.. ever.

Good for solotop, or DuoBot. It can work on mid..haven't tested it yet.

I mainly use this on bot lane. Works well, helps you get an early sheen.

Core items

This item is...2gud. Gives you everything you need.

I think im the only one in EuNe using this item on her.. It gives you attack speed and MR! Attack speed is so good with Hiten style. And this item is cheap.

Good defensive items

This baby has been nerfed along time ago. But i still love it. Semi cheap, brings you back to life so you can pwn some SCRUBS!. This is usually my last item.

This item works great on her, cheap, helps your Hiten Style, if you have Wriggle's Lantern it helps too. CDR + MR + CHEAP + Awesomeness.

This item, is the best against heavy AP champs. It gives movement speed, you will move really fast (People might think that your singed :3). And the HP-regen is really gud.

Good item, love the effect :3. Semi cheap, good armor and hp.

Ahh. This item, costs 2000gold. Gives 100armor, AND it reflects dmg "On being hit, returns 30% of damage as magic damage. Buy it, if the enemy team has something like: Master Yi, Ashe etc.

Personally, i don't like this item over Force of Nature. But this item can save lives, take it if you need it.

The randuins.. What can i say about this? The active is amazing, this item is amazing. I Don't have anything else to say about this item, take it if you need it. IT'S SITUATIONAL!!+++!1+

Philosopher's Stone
This item is good with or without Heart of Gold. I usually take one of these on every game.

Grab this, if your getting denied. This and Philosopher's Stone will help you in lane!

Situational Items

Ok, some of you might think something like: "DUUUD WTH! GTFO". Just try these items next time you play, grab these after wit's end and Trinity force. Start with warmogs. You will have enough def-stats to tank the whole team.

These boots are optional, but i usually take them.

Grab these if theres alot of auto attackers.

These boots can work, and they benefit Hiten Style very well.

These boots can work too, the CDR is good.

This item is actually amazing on her, Always buy it if the enemy team only has 1 pure AP champion.

This can work too. It's semi cheap, gives attack speed, ad and ArP.

I don't usually take this on irelia, but if your team is AD based, and no one takes it, buy it.

Sometims when im trolling, or playing with my alt, i like to stack these. But if your playing ranked, or want to win. Don't take it. You will lose your stacks when you die.. which sucks.

This item is almost like having something like Sword of the Divine or Youmuu's Ghostblade.. or something. Situational.

Man this item is good. But the only downside is, that it doesn't give you any defense stats. Well if you count movement speed. But this item is pretty sick. Take it if you know that you will win. (Feel like trollingz? Buy 5 Phantom Dancer and faceroll with Hiten Style check the second build if you want to trollz)

I used to love this item on Irelia. And i still do, but i rarely use it. If you take this, remember you can sell items in this game. Theres nothing bad about this item tho, cheap, ward, lifesteal.

Protip: Build accordingly to the enemy team.

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Final Tips and stuff.


Target their MAIN DMG SOURCE. For example: Ashe, annie, corki, kog'maw. After that, try and kill their support or any other dmg dealer.


Use Bladesurge to last hit (and auto attack ofc) And use Hiten Style if need to.
If you are getting pushed, and the enemy minions are on your turret. Let's pretend that all the minions are full hp, it takes 3 shot from a turret to kill a melee minion, and two shots to kill a caster minion. So how can you farm these minions? Easy, for melee minions auto attack once, and let the turret shoot 2 times on it and then use Bladesurge. For caster minions, they are a little trickier, let the turret shoot them one, auto attack and immediately use Bladesurge. With Irelia it's easy to last hit thanks to Bladesurge


For typical harrash, Use Hiten Style, then Bladesurge, then Equilibrium Strike and auto attack. Use Transcendent Blades and Ignite if your going for a kill.

TL;DR= Hiten Style-> Bladesurge-> Equilibrium Strike. And if needed Transcendent Blades


Ok, some of you might now this, but when you get the Trinity Force (or if the minion is on low hp) you can use Bladesurge on a caster minion (or any minion, but caster minions are easier to kill..) to kill it and that will refresh Bladesurge cooldown. You can use this escape or to kill someone. AND if you have Flash it's even better. So pretty much, your like Akali with her Shadow Dance

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Aww.. im already here. This sucks.. Well i hope you liked it, please rate and comment.
I will post some download links for some replays.