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Volibear Build Guide by armed sea hunter
[S8] Volibear: They See Me Rollin', They Hatin' [top/jungle]By armed sea hunter | Updated on February 3, 2018
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Volibear: the pwn4ge bear
Volibear: Tropical Forest Bear
Volibear: GO HAM!
Threats & Synergies
Your Passive becomes useless in lane because of [[Darius]] Ult, on top of that he is a very aggressive lane bully that most of the times beats [[volibear]], unless you can get a few good ganks from your jungler and snowball from that point
Very hard to 1v1 Olaf, Because of his true damage and slows. He has no mobility so it's super easy to gank him
Ranged champions wit mobility always give volibear a hard time in lane
Tons of slows, roots, and stuns to stop you dead in your tracks. Ranged champion with poke and mobility
another ranged champ with poke and mobility, gnar gives volibear a hard time in laning phase
Tons of peel for adc, much harder to engage in teamfihts
True damage based on your maxed hp and tons of dashes, good vs volibear
Has ranged poke, mobility and the worst part: He can knock you down before you can flip him
very annoying attack speed and movement speed slow
Pretty hard knocking her over when she has W up, try juking right before you try to knock her over. Pretty skillfull matchup and can go both ways
About The Author
Why does he have #swag you might ask? Volibear can deal tons of damage building only 1 offensive item on just going full tank and he can kill any top laner in 1v1 duel. (yes, even Renekton with Tiamat)
Here you will learn:
- how to play volibear to the MAX
- how to have #swag with volibear
- what items should you build and why
- how to dominate your lane
Here is some of my Volibear's winning sprees
attack damage for easier last hitting and more face-mauling enemies
attack speed for more damage (especially with ultimate)
Scaling armor and magic resist, because you get same amount armor at lvl 6 from scaling armor seals then from flat ones and you won't be dealing with magic damage in the early game
For masteries I run AD tank one's (18/0/12) because they fit Volibear the best.
Rolling Thunder----> Not only a flip, but also a speed boost. Great for setting up ganks with your jungler #BetterThanSingedFlip
Frenzy----> Great attack speed bonus, works very well with utimate, and a great finishing spell #BetterThanLee'sDoubleSpells
Majestic Roar----> Slow that also prevents enemy lane minions from attacking you
Thunder Claws----> Very nice DPS Steroid that chains up and hits multiple targets. If you have enough attack speed you can even BURST'EM UP in few basic attacks + bite. Very useful in team fights. Can also be used to hit enemy champions from a distant by hitting minion wave so the lightning chains up and hits them at the end of it.
Definately best boots option for Volibear because he gets stunned and rooted a lot, so tenacity is best way to minimize this
Great for catching up to enemies, and when Randuin's Omen has been nerfed in stats, and Riot changed how slows work, so now only the biggest slow will apply on enemy champion if he's affected by more than 1 slow (slows don't stack), This has became the main armor item on Volibear.
Slowing enemies and even more reduced kiting. Much better then Sunfire Cape on Volibear, because you're going to burst everyone anyway, so the burning of Sunfire Cape won't do much
Best magic resist item on Volibear, because it offers CD reduction and increased healing effects.
Because more HP = More #swag
Really good vs poke compositions, because it gives a ton of health regen when out of combat
If your main target will be adc, at least make sure he doesn't life steal when hitting you
If you need Mr, banshee's veil is 2nd most suitable tanky MR item
This can replace your Warmog's Armor with this if you have enough #swag and $money$
IF they can defeat Volibear once, can they defeat him the second time? It's also a great item, because your passive Chosen of the Storm works when your being revived, so you get up quite healthy
when you need to carry even harder and your tanky enough that no one kills you? then buy Wit's End to maximize your DPS
TONS OF DAMAGE!
Majestic Roar----> Rolling Thunder if you are very close to flipping, but can't reach them, or you want to flip them faster
Thunder Claws----> Frenzy ultimate dominance and mass destruction
easy double kill strategy
Volibear is very underrated and underplayed champion, so no one expects big plays from it, so you can use it in your advantage. When you get ganked by a weak jungler (like Evelynn) early game, past your LVL 6, when they don't have LVL 6, take the chance, turn around and kill the jungler with few basic attacks and Frenzy, then weaker enemy top laner is alone, and probably far away from his turret, so you can kill him too, because ult duration is quite long and your passive will keep you alive (you have to trust in the power of passive and NOT run away from them even for 1 second, unless your trying to bait them)
Or you can just maul them like this if you fight with a big wave of minions:
1.Go help your team, cause team fights, take all dem Dragons
2.Split push to the MAX because no one can take you in 1v1 battle, so while you push and distract at least 2 members of enemy team your team could get objectives (bottom and mid towers, dragons), and if they leave you alone, they soon realize that Volibear is already hitting their inhib :3
basically Teemo Nr.2 when in small form. Can kite and harass you in lane, when you try to flip him he just jumps away. You can try cathing him with Flash flip, cutglass, and your E, and bursting him fast. As a big Gnar he can go about even with Volibear in a 1v1 duel, your chances increase with the length of the battle, because big Gnar runs out of steam fast, and you got your Thunder Claws
Personally I ban gnar most of the times, as it is the most popular Volibear counter and overall is a strong champion and worthy of a ban.
He is a really strong lane bully and has a sweet true damage finisher ult that totally denies your passive if used right
Probably the hardest match-up you will encounter as bruiser Volibear, because you can't fight him and he has 400 true damage ''poke'' every few seconds so Chosen of the Storm passive becomes useless early game.
Atleast he isn't popular
Jayce is very strong vs Volibear, because he has poke and when you try to flip him, he bashes you away. As long as you ask for a few ganks you should be OK
Teemo does very well vs Volibear, and all in all is a very annoying champion to lane against. When you get some LVL (around 6) and Blade of the Ruined King, Then you can just flip him and smash him down in 1 easy fight (CAUTION: the fight may not be easy as intended)
Outside laning phase
Very annoying attack/movement speed debuff which ruins Volibear's ultimate damage. :C
Jump away is annoying on any adc your chasing, healing reduction is bad too, and there is nothing more annoying than knock backs
Invisibility + good kiting + knock back + Max HP true dmg shred = Not Fun fur Volibear (pun intended)
ALL THE PEELS + lantern for enemy safety
Has knock back and some peel, but at least she is easy target
For The Lulz
His ultimate ( Vengeful Maelstrom ) is a circle, therefore armed SEA hunter's BEAR (seabear)
can't get through to hit Maokai :'C. Refrence from spongebob The campin episode (where spongebob drew a circle around himself to keep the seabear out)