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[PreSeason 8] Extensive Guide to Elise

uSgSello Last updated on October 10, 2018
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Ap Carry Elise

Elise Build

LoL Path: Domination
LoL Rune: Electrocute
LoL Rune: Cheap Shot
Cheap Shot
LoL Rune: Zombie Ward
Zombie Ward
LoL Rune: Ravenous Hunter
Ravenous Hunter

LoL Path: Sorcery
LoL Rune: Celerity
LoL Rune: Waterwalking

+12 Attack Damage or +20 Ability Power, Adaptive

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Ability Sequence

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

Threats to Elise with this build

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Fiddlesticks Winning matchup. Fiddlesticks will not try to counter jungle. His counter ganks are not very strong so you won't be in huge trouble if he is counterganking you. You should try to kill him in the early game in his jungle because you can stop his drain with the cocoon and you can burst him fast.
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Hey dudes,
My in game Name is "ImSello" and I am playing on EUW. I decided making this guide because I play Elise since S3.
At the moment my Elo is Diamond4.

In the following guide I describe my way of jungling Elise.

First of all I want to answer the question why I am doing this guide.
Elise is one of my favorite Champions in the rift. In my opinion playing her is never boring because she has a funny kit of abilities of 6 spells and there are so many ways to play her. For example you can play her tanky so you can peel for your adc or you can play her as an apc which is the way I play her most times.
I think playing Elise is a very good way to climb easy if you know how to use her kit of abilities and master her.

I didn't play her for like 2 months but these are my stats with her when I stopped playing her. Before I got a bit inactive because of studying my winrate was at 69%. It dropped a little bit because I played ranked without practising after a long period where I didn't play.

My English is not the best but I hope you understand what I want to say.

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Pros and Cons


+Damage in early game
+Good sustain
+Strong early ganks
+Auto hit damage increased by AP
+Nice escape and chasing(rappel)
+Dodging spells with rappel
+%-Dmg missing and current health
+Good jungle cleartime
+Changing tower aggression while diving with rapell
+fast pusher
+objective control



-hard to play
-Very vulnerable against CC
-very squishy early game
-very weak against counter ganks
-powerspikes based on items

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Abilities + Usage

Spider Queen

HUMAN: When Elise's abilities hits a target she gains one dormant Spiderling, up to 2 / 3 / 4 / 5.

SPIDER: Elise's basic attacks deal 10 / 20 / 30 / 40 (+ 30% AP) bonus magic damage and heal her for 4 / 6 / 8 / 10 (+ 10% AP) on-hit.

You get 1 spiderling if you hit a skill in Human Form successfully. Because the spiderlings can tank a lot of damage in jungle and deal a lot of damage try to have all of your spiderlings ready.
Also her passive is one of her main damage sources because in late game with a high amount of AP Elise's autoattacks deal tons of damage.

Human Form / Spider Form (ultimate)

HUMAN: When Elise's abilities hits a target she gains one dormant Spiderling, up to 2 / 3 / 4 / 5.

SPIDER: Elise's basic attacks deal 10 / 20 / 30 / 40 (+ 30% AP) bonus magic damage and heal her for 4 / 6 / 8 / 10 (+ 10% AP) on-hit.[/indent]

I always walk while being in Spider Form in the jungle because in Spider Form Elise has increased movement speed. Before setting up a gank I switch into the Human Form to hit the Cocoon and dealing more damage when the enemy has more HP. I start jungle camps in Human Form because Volatile Spiderling is her only AoE spell.


ACTIVE: Elise fires poison at the target enemy unit, dealing magic damage, capped against monsters. MAGIC DAMAGE: 40 / 75 / 110 / 145 / 180 (+ 4% (+ 3% per 100 AP) of target's current health)

As it says in the description that the damage is based on the target's current health the damage output of Neurotoxin is higher when the target has more HP.
This is the other reason why you set up ganks in the Human Form because normally the enemy you want to gank has 3/4 - full of his HP.

Venomous Bite

ACTIVE: Elise dashes to the target enemy and bites them, dealing magic damage, capped against monsters. MAGIC DAMAGE: 60 / 100 / 140 / 180 / 220 (+ 8% (+ 3% per 100 AP) of target's missing health)

Elise's Q's are the reason for her burst damage. In the case of Venomous Bite the damage output is higher when the enemy is low on hp. Normally you start damaging the enemy with your Human Form to deal more damage and when they drop low you finish them in Spider Form.
Also Venomous Bite is very nice to safe objectives like dragon or baron because you can use Venomous Bite and instantly followup with smite.

Volatile Spiderling

ACTIVE: Elise summons a venom-gorged spider for 3 seconds, which moves in the target direction.

The spider explodes upon contact with an enemy unit or at the end of its lifespan, dealing magic damage to nearby enemies.

If the spider does not hit an enemy before reaching the target location, it re-targets and chases down a nearby enemy, prioritizing champions. The spider gains bonus movement speed, based on its proximity to its target.
MAGIC DAMAGE: 60 / 110 / 160 / 210 / 260 (+ 80% AP)

I always use Volatile Spiderling to start jungle camps because it is Elise's only AoE spell. The damage output of this spell ins't very high in early and mid game. When you get Rylai's Crystal Scepter and Liandry's Torment Volatile Spiderling deals a lot of damage because it scales with 80% of your amount of AP.
Also it gives you vision. So if you don't want to facecheck in some bushes you can use your Volatile Spiderling to check it.

Skittering Frenzy

PASSIVE: Elise's Spiderlings gain bonus attack speed.

ACTIVE: Elise and her Spiderlings gain bonus attack speed for 3 seconds.

SPIDERLING BONUS ATTACK SPEED: 5 / 10 / 15 / 20 / 25%
BONUS ATTACK SPEED: 60 / 80 / 100 / 120 / 140%

Skittering Frenzy resets Elise's autoattack timer. That's why you should time it correctly to do two fast autoattacks which deals a lot of damage because Elise's autohits scales with AP and AD.
Also your healing of your passive will increase because you are getting healed your every spiderlings autohit. It means that if they attack faster you will get healed more often.


ACTIVE: Elise fires a web in the target direction, granting sight of the first enemy hit for 1 second and stunning them.

STUN DURATION: 1.6 / 1.7 / 1.8 / 1.9 / 2

Nothing special because it is just a stun based on a skillshot. I can just give the tip that you can use it instead of facechecking a bush because Cocoon gives you vision onto an enemy if you hit him with it.


ACTIVE: Elise and her Spiderlings lift up into the air, becoming untargetable for up to 2 seconds and revealing the area for the duration.

Upon landing, Elise's on-hit bonus magic damage and healing from her native Spider Queen are increased for 5 seconds.

If cast directly on an enemy, Elise automatically descends upon them after 1 second. While in the air, Elise can also use Rappel to select a target to descend upon.

SPIDER EFFECTS INCREASE: 40 / 55 / 70 / 85 / 100%

Rappel is a very nice ability and gives you a lot of oportunities.

1. Rappel can be use to dive an enemy. You should take the tower aggression first and use your Rappel before going down because it will reset the tower aggression.

2. Rappel can be use as an escape. Because it gives you vision on all units in the range of the rappel you can use it for example on to a jungle camp to get over a wall and escape.

3. Rappel has enough range to get in to the dragon and baron pit (use is onto the drake and baron) so you can get into the pit to steal the objective and get out with flash for example.

4. Rappel can be used as a follow up when you catch an enemy.

5. Rappel gives your spiderlings increased attack speed and healing. That's why you can use Rappel to have more burst damage.

6. Rappel can be used to jumps onto enemy wards. So if you are chasing someone and he places a ward whil escaping you can use Rappel to jump onto the ward as long it's not invisible.

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General: In reference to runes Domination is the best choice for Elise as the primary Tree. Elise is a aggressive Jungler with a high potential to burst someone. That’s why Domination is perfect for her playstyle.


While playing Elise you want to burst Enemies fast. If Electrocute isn’t on cooldown it will normally proc everytime you fight someone. After hitting your Cocoon you will use your Q and W in human form following by your Q in Spider Form and some empowered autohits with your W. Electrocute procs after using your Q in Spider Form. In the early game you won’t deal enough damage without Electrocute to burst a target from 100 to 0. That’s the reason why Electrocute is important for Elise. Also it offers the highest amount of burst damage of all keystones in the game.

Cheap Shot

While playing Elise you want to take fights after hitting your Cocoon. Cheap Shot will ensure you that you will deal more damage to movement impaired targets. I guess there is nothing more to explain.

Zombie Ward

Zombie Ward ensure you extra magic damage on your next hit onto an enemy and placing a ward on the corpse of the enemy ward for 120 sec.
There are 3 reasons for taking Zombie Ward.

1. As a Jungler you should buy Sweeping Lens as soon as possible. That’s why Zombie Ward will proc often.

2. Because Zombie Ward will proc often you will place a lot of zombie ward in the course of the game. It will help you to get to know where the enemy Jungler is and help your teammates prevent getting ganked.

3. Also your next hit onto an enemy is empowered many times. The extra magic damage will help you to burst enemies.

Ravenous Hunter

I prefer going for Ravenous Hunter instead of Relentless Hunter. Ravenous Hunter will heal you for 2,5% (+2,5% per Bounty Hunter stack) of the damage dealt by your abilities (1/3 from AoE damage). On the other hand Relentless Hunter will grant you 8 out of combat movement speed (+8 per Bounty Hunter Stack). In my opinion the healing is more worth than getting out of combat movement speed especially in reference to mid and lategame because your abilities deal tons of damage (the healing will be stronger too). Of course you move around the map as fast as you can as a Jungler and it scales with Celerity but you can take more and longer fights and trades with Ravenous Hunter. Based on your playstyle you should decide by yourself what is more important to you. It is up to you.


The second tree of your runes should be Sorcery. You want to get as much ap as you can from your runes to deal the most damage possible in the early game. All abilities scales with AP ratio. That’s the reason why Sorcery should be your choice in reference to the second rune tree.


Waterwalking grants you movement speed and an adaptive bonus of ap or ad when you are in the river. As a Jungler you often fight in the river against the enemy Jungler or fighting around objectives like drake or rift herald . In those situations you need to be strong as possible. Also it is a good combination with Celerity.

Gathering Storm

Gathering Storm is another opportunity instead of Waterwalking. Gathering storm will grant you a huge amount of AP depending on the length of the game. It’s up to you which one you will take.


Celerity grants bonus AP or AD based on your bonus movement speed. That’s why it harmonizes with Waterwalking and Relentless Hunter. You will deal more damage for sure.

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Skill Sequence

Ability Sequence
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18

You start at your first camp (I always start golems) with Volatile Spiderling or rather Skittering Frenzy to get the fastest clearing speed at the first camp. After that you skill Neurotoxin or rather Venomous Bite which is the highest damage threat of Elise. At level 3 you skill Cocoon or rather Rappel to set up ganks and getting Elise 's only CC.

After level 3 you max your Neurotoxin or rather Venomous Bite to deal the most damage possible. After maxing the her Neurotoxin I max the Volatile Spiderling because it also can deal tons of damage if you already have some of her core items like Rylai's Crystal Scepter and Liandry's Torment.
The last skill I max is her Cocoon. It is her only CC but Elise needs to burst her enemies in seconds. That's why you skill her Neurotoxin and Volatile Spiderling first.

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I often go for Tracker's Knife instead of Stalker's Blade in teamrankeds because vision is the key to win if you are playing 5v5 premades.
In SoloQ I go for Stalker's Blade to deal more damage and win my early trades to snowball into the mid and lategame.

Since Morellonomicon gives you magic penetration and Hp it is a great item for Elise. With her %Damage + Magic Penetration. She has the potential to burst squishies down in seconds. Also Morellonomicons passive grants you grevious wounds which reduce the incoming heal from and onto the targets you damage. That’s why it’s strong against heals or self healing champions

Rylai's Crystal Scepter is one of the most important item on Elise. It helps you getting away from enemies or chasing them down. Also your spiderlings from Spider Form will activate the effect of Rylai's Crystal Scepter.
Additionally you get 90 AP and 300 HP.

Abyssal Mask is a situational item. It is effective against Magic resist stacking enemies and a high ap damage enemy Team.

Liandry's Torment is the another nice item for my playstyle of Elise. You deal %-Damage based on their current health which helps you bursting tanks. Also you will get more HP to prevent getting bursted.

Hextech Protobelt-01 is another good oportunity to burst enemies and catching or chasing them down. Lots of Summoners rush this item after completing their jungle item. I don't like this item at all. In my opinion getting an item like Void Staff is a better choice especially against tanks.

Getting magic penetration is important.

Mercury's Treads is a good option vs a heavy AP damaged based enemy team. Also if the enemy team has a lot of CC abilities, tenacity is sometimes important.

Helps you getting tanky and chasing down enemies because of the speed buff.

Helps you getting tanky and increase the healing from the spiderlings auto hits. Also you get cooldown reduction which is very good in longer teamfights in the end game.

If you play Elise as an AP assasin it will increase your damage output extremely because of the extra % AP.

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Early game jungle path

Early Game Jungling:

Blue Side Jungling:
In season 8 you will start your jungle path at Red Buff . You can use your W at 01:28, making 1 autohit and continue in your Spider Form to use your W. You should try to kite the jungling monsters as good as you can to take a low amount of damage.
After clearing the first buff I move to my wolves and clear them. The Blue Buff on the topside is your next target. After that you are close to get level 3. In season 8 rift scuttler s give a lot of gold and experience. Elise is very weak in fights before level 3 because she got no cc and is kiteable. That’s why fighting around rift scuttler s is risky sometimes. You should make sure that the enemy Jungler won’t be able to kill you while trying to get the topside rift scuttler . After killing the scuttle you reach level 3. If the enemy Jungler already killed the Rift Scuttler you can move to your Gromp to reach level 3. If I think my enemy will try to make a fullclear of his jungle his Red Buff might be still alive. You can move to the enemy red buff and invade the enemy and steal his Red Buff . Otherwise you should set up for a gank.

Red Side Jungling:
In season 8 I normally start at my blue buff . You should use your volatile spider at 01:28 as well to get the most damage and fastest clear possible. After killing your Blue buff I move to the gromp . Now you can move to the river to get the botside rift scuttler which spawns just in time. Make sure the enemy Jungler is not around because you aren’t level 3 yet and very weak in fights. You are still level 3 after killing the rift scuttler . Even though you won’t get the rift scuttler your next target are the wolves and your red buff . After that you should set up for a gank.

Always try to let your spiderlings tanks the camps so you drop low on HP. Start your camps in Human Form to get new spiderlings from your passive in the Spider Form.

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There are no differences between ganking with Elise and other junglers. That's why I can't say much about ganking.

The only thing I can add is that Elise counterganks are very strong but she is also vulnerable to counterganks. So you should know where the enemy jungler is so you can easily prevent getting counterganked.

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Diving with Elise is very effective because you can reset the tower aggression with your Rappel. Even if there are no minions left and you Rappel the tower will focus your spiderligs if you have some first, so you will have enoug time to get out of the tower range.

Setting up a dive you should tank the tower first because you are the one who is able to reset the tower aggression when you are low on HP.

To make this more clear, I will add a video soon.

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Elise's ability to take objectives is very good. Because of Skittering Frenzy she and her spiderlings gain a lot of attack speed. That's the main reason why she can destroy towers very fast.
Also Elise can secure objectives like baron , dragon and blue buff or red buff good because she her damage output with Venomous Bite + Smite is extremely high and you can smite directly after use Venomous Bite so noone has a chance to steal the objective.

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Teamfight + Lategame

There are basically two different ways of playing Elise in teamfights.

The first one is to peel for your carries. I always go for this style of playing teamfight when I play against an enemy team which engage onto your team.
Also when the enemy team has a strong and tanky frontline with CC because Elise can burst tanks very fast.

The second one is to engage onto the enemy team and try to kill their carries.
I normally go for this playstyle when our team engages onto the enemy team and the enemy composition hasn't a real frontline which can be a thread for your carries.

In general you must decide between those teamifight playstyle because it doesn't just depend on the composition, also on the place on the map, the scaling of your and the enemies composition in reference to the game lenght, if you are behind or not and so on.

My lategame playstyle is simple. I'm trying to get into the enemy jungle if we are already ahead and try to catch someone alone. To do that you need to be sure they don't have vision on you.
To prevent to getting catched because they have vision on you, just go in the enemy jungle while sweaping wards with Sweeping Lens.
If you are behind in late game try to turtle in base and whenever someone overextend or overstay try to punish him with you high damage, cc and chase potential.

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Finally I can say that Elise is a very nice champ with so much oportunities and potential because of her kit.
I want people to get attention on Elise so they start playing her.
Playing Elise is a good strategie to climb through the division if you know how to master her.
She can push fast, deals a lot of damage, peel for carries, bursting down tanks, control objectives.
The only problem is that she is very hard to play because of the amount of oportunities of her kit of abilities.

I hope I could help and you understand and like my way of playing her.

Thanks for reading. Feedback pls :))