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pOPpy hates S3

shadowshade1225 Last updated on December 27, 2012
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Ability Sequence

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

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Offense: 3

Honor Guard

Defense: 27


Utility: 0

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Introduction (new version)

Welcome to my guide, pOPpy(hates S3). As u can see, poppy is OP. OK. Lets talk about why my guide looks so fxxking messy. Its because i wanna tell u every pieces of information that i know about poppy to u. First, i have to say that i am not so PRO. Feel free to leave some comments and vote for this guide.
Poppy is a character that can be built in many ways. Its because he is not item reliant. Almost every items work well with her. Therefore, she is pretty funny to play. However, she must have a Trinity Force or a Lich Bane.

Well, this is the old introduction.

My new guide is called pOPpy hates S3. U may ask me why pOPpy hate S3. It is because Trinity Force is nerfed, [philosopher's stone]]is nerfed. Finally pOPpy is nerfed.

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Feeling about poppy (old version)

I love poppy very much even though poppy is one of the champion who has the worst voice and art.
Poppy is a perfect champion.
Q Devastating Blow gives poppy nice damage output, even though she is building defensive items.

W Paragon of Demacia help poppy deal with AD champion and give her extra ad .

E Heroic Chargegives poppy a cc and an initiating skill.

R Diplomatic Immunity, her ult, makes her shine.
Tryndamere can be immune to damage for 5 seconds.
Kayle or one of her teamates can be immune to damage for 3 seconds.
However, Poppy can be immune to damage for 8 seconds (if u targeted the right person).

Passive Valiant Fighter helps her block large damage (ususlly magic damage). With her passive, she can deal with Graves, Veigar, Brand etc.

She is such a perfect champion. U can choose to horn her ability to tank, dps or support etc.
On the other hand, u can keep poppy balance, a balanced poppy can do every job in the team.

I have a dream, i hope riot can change her voice.

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While other young yordle girls played skip-step and braided wreathes out of posies, Poppy spent her youth earning calluses and grease stains in her father's armor shop. Blomgrun, her father, was Bandle City's finest smith. The only thing he loved as much as his work was his young daughter, Poppy - named for the sprightly sounds of the sparks that leapt from his ever-burning forge. He welled with pride the day she was first able to lift his trusty hammer, Whomper. Poppy immediately took to his art, demonstrating a natural gift for smithing, which Blomgrun honed with devoted instruction.

One day, a Demacian general named Florin Berell commissioned Blomgrun to craft a helm, glorious beyond comparison. Blomgrun toiled away on this project, determined to present Florin with his finest work. He let Poppy set the center jewel, entrusting her with the most important piece. When the pair finished, they departed for Demacia to deliver it in person. Word of the general's order, however, was leaked to the Noxian High Command, and two Noxian assassins were dispatched to intercept the delivery. Blomgrun was able to occupy the assassins long enough for Poppy to escape with the prized helm. She watched helplessly from the brush as her father was slain. Instead of fleeing home, she carried the helm the rest of the way to Demacia alone. She refused payment for it, saying that no amount would compensate for her father's life. Instead, she offered it as a gift, honoring her father's final intentions. Florin saw the grim determination behind the tears in her eyes, and requested that the leadership of Bandle City appoint Poppy as the yordle ambassador to Demacia. Soon after, seeking to crush Noxus with her father's hammer, Poppy volunteered for the League of Legends.

Poppy may be small, but Whomper - or her will - is not.

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Here are Some other runes that are good for poppy , if u don't like to be too passive.
Greater Mark of Attack Speed, Greater Mark of Magic Penetration for marks.
Greater Quintessence of Movement Speed, greater Quintessence of vitality for quintessence.
Greater Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist for glyph.
Greater Seal of Gold for seal.
Greater Quintessence of Movement Speed provide you with some lovely movement speed. Movement speed can help u for chasing and escaping which is vital for poppy.
Greater Mark of Magic Penetration provide u magic penetration. They are good for poppy because all poppy's abilities deal magic damage.
Greater Seal of Gold give u more gold that can help your late game.
And for support poppy, i will strongly recommend Greater Seal of Gold. More gold yeah!!
Greater Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist is most common that people use for glyph. Most champion is lacking in magic resist unless they build magic resist items. If u plan to build quite a lot magic resist items, u can use Greater Glyph of Cooldown Reduction CDR is always good for poppy, make sure your CDR wont be more than 40%. Otherwise it will be a waste.

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Skill sequence

If u push too far from your turret at level 2, u can put 1 point on <<heroic charge>>(E) first.
I will not always max the same ability first, sometimes i max Q first , and sometimes i max W first.
if u upgrade Q, u can have slightly more flat damage for Q and a higher damage cap.
If u upgrade W, u can have more early AD and armor.
i will not recommend u max one of your Q or W at level 9, its because maxing one ability as soon as possible just doesn't match poppy and its not cost-effective. Please REMEMBER that u are not Syndra lol.

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Summoner spells

Flash is good for poppy. i love using Flash + Heroic Charge combo to quickly stun my opponents. I will use Flash when i have to fight against Darius at top lane. It is because u can use Flash to dodge his pull and u can't use Ghost to do the same thing. Moreover, u need early gank to deal with some of poppy's counter such as Darius, Teemo, Rumble, Olaf,
Ghost: which can be used to escaping or chasing.
Ignite: some real damage and a healing reduction debuff. Ignite can deal more dsamage when you are using Diplomatic Immunity (40% more real damage from ignite?? WTF)
Exhaust:(recommended when u are playing AD poppy) good for chasing enemies. If you don't like Ignite, it will be a good choice.
Clairvoyance:(u may have some questions about why poppy needs Clairvoyance even she is not a support. First I have to tell u that cv is a good spell. Apart from this, u can use cv when people go into bushes. Then, u can use Heroic Charge immediately to quickly deal large amount of damage and stun them for 1.5 seconds. Therefore, feel free to take cv, even though u are not a support, if u need it.)
Heal: (good spell. It can surprise your enemies and save u from a dangerous situation. Use it when u have less than 100 hp. It can let u absorb much more damage wif ur passive and bait your enemies.)
Cleanse:(a good choice that can save your life, and it is buffed. It is recommended when u are ap poppy. You can take cleanse if u don't like Ignite. )
Smite:(for jungler poppy only)

Other summoner spells are not recommended, but u csn still try them, just for fun lol.

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Farming and Jungling

Farming is a hard job for poppy, especially ap poppy. U can last hit minion to farm slowly or use your Devastating Blow to increase your farming speed. However, it will cost a lot of mana. If u are support poppy, congratulation, u wont have this problem because u don't even have to farm. AP poppy have the worst farming skill. U can aim at killing or assisting to make money. AD poppy can farm better mid and late game because she will have attack damage and attack speed.

Jungling poppy is good though. In this build, u will have Wriggle's Lantern which help your farming. jungling route is written on the jungler section at below.

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I take Hextech Gunblade instead of The Bloodthirster. It is because I think The Bloodthirster is too risky, even though now u will only lose half of your stacks. And I really like the active of Hextech Gunblade. However, The Bloodthirster is still a good item. Also, the active of Hextech Gunblade can be reduced by basic attack and single target spell. Poppy is an assassin, all poppy's spells are single target spell, your prey can never escape u.

U may replace Phantom Dancer by Nashor's Tooth, I'm not kidding, it has good cdr, attack speed and mana regen, its mana regen can let u activate your Paragon of Demacia all the time, which greatly increase your mobility.

For more survivability u can build:
Randuin's Omen( armor, hp, good passive and active which reduce opponents' attack speed and move speed. )

Guardian Angel(some armor , magic resist and a second life)(It gives u 30% more health indirectly)

Thornmail(to deal with heavy AD team or a extremely fed AD carry, i prefer Randuin's Omen than Thornmail)

frozenheart(i prefer Randuin's Omen than this item, but u can do a Randuin's Omen + froaenheart combo to quickly shut their AD carry(fxxk u Vayne) down.

Quicksilver Sash(if they have heavy CC)(can be upgraded to Mercurial Scimitar which give u a 1 second speed buff and some AD)

Maw of Malmortius( I will use this only if i have already built a lot of defensive items and i need some more AD. Make sure that u can really survive in the teamfight without your ult, otherwise , don't build it.)

Sunfire Cape (some nice HP and armor)(nice passive for poppy , it can be used on farming creeps)

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Unique Skills

A good poppy player must master her Heroic Charge.
It can be used to initiate, chase enemies, excape form dangerous situation, STUN people etc.
Flash + Heroic Charge combo can be very useful.

Remember to buy some wards which will help u a lot. When u are escaping in jungle, u can put a ward at the place that u can see the neutral monsters and use Heroic Charge to target the neutral monsters. With this method u can pass through wall and terrain.
U can also ward bushes and use your Heroic Charge immediately to stun enemies in the bushes.

When u are being ganked or just need to escape, u can run towards enemies' minions and pass through them. Your enemies must follow u. Then u can suddenly charge on a minion and escape(combining Ghost and Paragon of Demacia, no one can chase u.

Go into bushes, bait people to trade damage with u. Then u can just Q him when he come in, and E to an enemy minion then go away. And u win the trade XD.

Remember to buy some pots every time u recall, combining with your passive, you can bait your enemies and the pots usually save your life.
U can use pots in every teamfight. They can give u more HP regen during the teamfight. U are able to absorb more damage with lovey pots. It cost u only 35G, 35G may save your life. I usually use pots to survive the fxxking cheap ult Requiem of Karthus.

Please remember your passive Valiant Fighter can't block true damage and DOT.

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pOPpy VS ?(not yet done)

difficulty: 8-9(out of 10)

- He has true damage
- ask for early ganks (darius has no escaping mechanics)
- u should always have 500+health to prevent darius from killing u.
- Buy more pots

difficulties: 10

- he deals magical dot.
- He is ranged and he can harass u non-stop.
- he runs fast.
- Your Q can't hit him when u are blinded.
- Ask for early ganks (pre level 6) (he is extremely squishy)

difficulty: 9

- He deals true damage
- Try to take Q first and trade damage early with him.
- Ask for ganks
- Farm under turret


- he deals mostly physical damage
- only his passive deals magical dot

difficulty: pre lv 6 :5
after lv 6 : 9

- Try to take Q first and trade damage early with him
- ask for early ganks
- He will have great sustain after lv 6-7

difficulty: 10

- He deals magic damage (also dot).
- Try to trade damage early with him
- ask for ganks.

difficulty: 6-8

- She deals only physical damage
- u can try to max W first. Be care of her combo
- she has a stun



difficulty: 2-9

2 for bad xin zhao
9 for good xin zhao and bad poppy

- His damage is crazy, avoid trading damage with him
- He has good sustain
- he has no real escaping mechanics
- ask for ganks
- Don' t try to 1v1 him, but u can 1v2 and 2v1 him(ult the jungler)

difficulty: 4-5

Dodge his Q. When he use his E, don't fight with him.


- He is as dangerous as darius to u, if he bring ignite.
- Dodge his Q
- If he doesn't bring ignite, he is just a farmer
- Don't trade damage with him, he has great sustain.


- she deals magic damage
- She has double shield
- she has double dash
- Dodge her Q (by running towards her or running rightward)


difficulty: 2-7

- She deals mostly physical damage.
- She become very dangerous when she meets lv 6, be care of her ignite + R combo
- she can tower dive u easily.

difficulty: 2-6

- she deals magic damage
- Trade damage with her earlier
- She is squishy
- Don't tower dive her yourself

difficulty: 8

- He deals magic damage
- he has lots of stun
- he is a ***ing ninja
- Ask for ganks

difficulty: 2-4

- He deals only physical damage

difficulty: 1-9

1 for AD rengar
9 for AP rengar(fxxking high damage)

- Stay away from bushes
- ward the bushes

difficulty: 5

- beware of his R + ignite combo, it kills u under your turret.
- run towards him immediately if u found that he is gonna ult u (U can easily dodge his ult and kill him(under turret))

difficulty: 2-7

- Just be care of his ult(save your E and bring flash).

difficulty: 6

- she deals true damage
- Don't fight with her when she activate her W

difficulty: 5-8

- Press Q before he use his Q to reach u
- He is as dangerous as darius when he meets lv 6.

difficulty: 5-7

- Pre lv 6, u can rape him
- U should trade damage with him earlier especially at lv 1, u can activate
your W and fxxk him with your basic attack

difficulty: 1

- He is a farmer
- he deals mostly physical damage

difficulty: 5-6

- He deals mostly physical damage.
- His abilities take long time to cool down (pre lv6)

difficulty: 10

- She is ranged, she can harass u non-stop
- She can deal a lot of magic damage
- She has good sustain
- She is hard to gank
- Her Q is a must-dodge if she build AP




difficulty: 2
- he deals little damage to u
- he has a taunt
- he can teleport
- he is a ***ing ninja

difficulty: 2-7

- he deals magical dot
- He is quite harmless but TANKY
- Don't chase him

difficulty: 1-3

- He deals only physical damage
- Don't fight or trade with him when he has full fury
- Don't tower dive him yourself
- Ignite will *** him

difficulty: 2-5

- he deals mostly physical damage
- Don't waste your Q on his clone
- his ult is OP

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