Neeko Build Guide by Neeko Neeko Niii
The Neeko Bible by NeekoNeekoNiii (work in progress)By Neeko Neeko Niii | Updated on October 21, 2020
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Runes: Standard Electrocute build
+10% Attack Speed
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+8 Magic Resist
+10% Attack Speed
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+10% Attack Speed
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+8 Magic Resist
+10% Attack Speed
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+8 Magic Resist
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+15-90 HP (lvls 1-18)
Ability Order Normal matchup
Threats & Synergies
This matchup is probably Neeko's worst matchup because of his long range ability and being able to hit through the minion wave. I would advise running comet into this matchup because it’s very hard to get close range to land your spells on Vel without taking a bit of damage in return unless he poorly uses his spells and misses them all. This lane is just trying to poke him and punish him if he walks up to cs. Most of the time you won’t be able to land e on him since he will just stand far back and spam skills. Try and get a lost chapter with boots early. The boots are for you to be able to dodge Vel’s skillshots easier and with a lost chapter you can shove in and poke more. This lane is almost impossible to kill Vel without ganks so try and shove the lane with Protobelt and roam. Start Q > E Max Q > E > W
Start W > E Max Q > E > W
Start W > E Max Q > E > W
Playing Cassio is a little tricky but not too bad. Make sure to not get too close and get hit by Cassio’s q because she has great all in potential with her q giving her movespeed and spamming e. If cassio does ever land a q on you, use your w so that Cassio loses target and can’t chase you down with e. Other than that just try and land your Tangle-Barbs(E) through the minion wave when she is trying to last hit then just throw a Blooming Burst(Q) on top paired with an auto attack to proc your electrocute. Just be careful at level 6 when you are trying to trade and not get hit by her ultimate. Start Q > E Max Q > E > W
Start W > E Max Q > E > W
Ahri is a fairly simple matchup. Make sure to auto the minions and try to keep even with ahri because they tend to try and shove the lane with q early. If you want to trade with ahri use your w straight at her to prevent her from charming you and as long as you respect her level 6 with charm then this lane should not be a problem at all. Consider buying mercs into her if the other team has a cc jungler such as elise on their team. Start Q > E Max Q > E > W
This matchup requires a lot of patience and timing of cooldowns. This is a common matchup many Neeko mains have problems dealing with. Like any other melee matchup start with Shapesplitter(W) and shove the lane and hit level 2 first then skill up Tangle-Barbs(E). Try to auto attack yasuo as much as you can in the lane phase. Try to use e when yasuo is trying to cs and bait out his windwall which has 26 / 24 / 22 / 20 / 18 cool down on it. Abuse the cooldown advantage you have and walkup and play aggressively and use Shapesplitter(W) to get rid of minion aggro. Your first back vs a yasuo should be ninja tabis. Once you have ninja tabis this lane is quite easy because yasuo can not all in Neeko and Neeko will out trade him even standing still because of her empowered auto. The next back should be armguards because it gives her more armor and some ap to help maintain a 1 v 1 advantage vs yasuo. At level 6 Neeko can punish the yasuo if he wastes windwall and goes for an all in with her Pop Blossom(R). The most important thing when going all in with Pop Blossom(R) is to make sure you keep track of which minions or units yasuo has dashed through then just position yourself to where you can hit the minions and yasuo incase he can still dash around. Yasuo however does win the 1 v1 once he buys his infinity edge. At this point you should look to group with your team because your teamfight is much better than yasuo’s with your huge aoe ultimate. Start W > E Max Q > E > W
This matchup is quite easy since Talon is a melee champion. Talons generally will start w level 1 and try to poke you it is very important that you dodge side ways because the first part of his w is almost impossible to dodge but the 2nd part is quite easy to dodge. You want to poke him as hard as you can level 1 and keep pressure on him make sure to not take too much poke. With w you can use it to make talon lose target and not be able to proc his passive and q as easily. Make sure you ward either in the middle of the lane close to tower but outside of the tower’s range or on either side in between the walls by mid to see which way he is trying to roam too. Generally this matchup you want to keep the wave shoved if possible to prevent talon from roaming. If he does roam try to shove and decide if it is worth following or just transform into a melee champion and hit the tower for platings. Start W > E max Q > E
This matchup is quite easy since zed is melee and you are ranged. I see that a lot of people struggle in this matchup. Start the game off by buying dorans ring and 2 health potions. Then the first spell you should skill up is your Shapesplitter(W). You will want to charge it up on the minion wave and start poking zed right off the bat and use the Shapesplitter(W) active to get rid of minion aggro. Make sure to not walk too far up once zed hits 2 because he will look for a w>q combo. Just wait until zed uses q if you want to trade because then he won’t have his ranged skill and only w + e left which won’t do much damage. If you feel like zed is ahead or does a little too much damage buy an armguards and sit on that item til late game and finish it. You don’t want to finish it because Protobelt is way too important to delay too long. When Zed hit’s level 6 try not to waste your Tangle-Barbs(E) because it can stop zed’s all in completely. This is why you won’t be needing to finish the hourglass. Zed will always appear behind you when he uses his Death Mark(r). All you have to do is press Tangle-Barbs(E) behind yourself and then Shapesplitter(W) to walk away so zed can’t use his w and q. You can also just ult and position it in between Zed and his shadow to force out his flash or potentially even kill him. If you don’t feel like you can safely do that then just Tangle-Barbs(E) behind yourself and Shapesplitter(W) away. Start W > E Max Q > E > W
Champion Build Guide
Eto mina watashi neeko chan
I am a diamond Neeko OTP with 1.4 million mastery points. I will be explaining how to play Neeko, along with providing different options for you to try and play on her.
Original Neeko bible:
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Good into burst champs: Yas, Zed, and Kat
Good into burst champs Yas, Zed, and Kat. (explain which is better when)
A text introducing item choice
Doran's Ring is good because it offers hp and mana regen. Hp is very good into burst champs. This item is generally the go to starting item Neeko will buy.
Sorcs shoes are very good because they offer more burst potential to Neeko and her 1 shot combos.
This is very good to take into champions that have reliable cc such as ahri or twisted fate. If you get hit by a charm or a yellow card you will most likely die
This item is the best item to rush on ad Neeko because it lets her hit an early power spike and start really bullying other champions with her empowered w’s.
Hextech Protobelt-01 is a core item on Neeko and is a must on Neeko regardless of match up it is way too valuable to ever not take on AP Neeko. Protobelt allows Neeko to have more survivability, burst and wave clear. Tangle-Barbs(E)> Hextech Protobelt-01 will kill the 3 melee minions, then the casters will be very low in range for 1 Blooming Burst(Q) to finish them off. This item allows Neeko to be a little bit beefy with the hp gained from it and also the 10% cooldown is very nice. It also pairs well with her Pop Blossom(R).
Luden's Echo is a good item that is bought in order to match the wave with champs that have very good wave clear such as anivia. It gives mana and some cdr. Luden's Echo is a good item but it's not needed, it is basically taken to offer more mana and push power in order to roam if needed or keep lane priority by having the power to shove with its ap/passive paired up with Hextech Protobelt-01. Ludens paired with Protobelt does help Neeko reach 40% cooldown reduction if she takes Transcendence.
Spellbinder is a very cost efficient item on Neeko because it has 120 ap and 10% move speed on just the item alone without the active. The active gives up 80 ap and a burst of movespeed. This item is very good for engaging and also snowballing the game as Neeko.
Morellonomicon is a very good item and usually is bought 3rd or 4th item depending on how the game goes. The magic pen that Morellonomicon offers makes the item valuable. The downside is cost efficiency with this item is not that great. Only the magic pen component is very valuable. It's a very good item for healing champions. It just costs a lot for how much the item gives you.
Honestly I would just get the Oblivion Orb and just continue with the build unless healing reduction is needed. The only reason to upgrade Oblivion Orb into Morellonomicon is for the Grievous Wounds.
Zhonya's Hourglass is very situational and is rarely built because Neeko should end a fight pretty much instantly if a good ult is landed and lose if a bad ult was used because of how fast fights go. Neeko wants to end the game asap because it starts to become difficult to get good engages later in the game without flash up. Other ap items are generally better to snowball the game and help end it sooner such as Rabadon's Deathcap or Spellbinder.
Void Staff is a very good item to make sure that Neeko can always deal damage to everyone even if they don’t have mr this item is still very good. If the enemies build magic resist then this item’s value just increases greatly.
Rabadon's Deathcap is core on Neeko because its used to increase Neeko’s ap massively which is very good paired up with Neeko’s high ap ratio ultimate and it helps Neeko with snowballing as well as getting off those game ending ultimates.
Rod of Ages
Roa is a situational item that is paired up with the grasp rune to stack up hp so as to take advantage of demolish which scales off of max hp and also grasp which scales off of max hp as well. Roa is a good first item into burst champions such as Zed, Yasuo, Fizz, and Akali because it allows Neeko to be tanky enough to not get 1 shot by those champions and allows her to trade back more effectively.
This item is very good into champions with a lot of cc or heavy ap. It allows Neeko to take 1 skill shot such as some sort of cc and be able to get her ultimate off instead of just standing in place and ulting nothing.
Blade of the Ruined King
Bork gives Neeko a lot of sustain along with the %current health dmg to help Neeko kill those tanks.
Runaan’s Hurricane is a core item for a bork based build on Neeko because it will allow her to proc her w every auto as long as the bolts are hitting other targets.
In this section I will explain Neeko’s combos for trading and engaging. I will also explain how to use these combos along with different items to make the combo even better! Learning all these combos will greatly aid in the fight on the rift. Some of these combos or ways of using Neeko may seem easy but it will take time to get used to some of them.
Standard Burst Combo (easy)
Neeko’s bread and butter combo in lane phase or any trading situation is using Tangle-Barbs (E) then throwing a Blooming Burst(Q) and lastly auto attacking to proc the electrocute. This basic combo is how Neeko will poke in lane and pick people out in the rift. Make sure that you walk forward when you land your Tangle-Barbs(E) because the range on that spell is 1000 while Neeko’s Blooming Burst(Q) has a range of 800.
Wave Clearing Combo (easy)
This combo is fairly simple. All you need to do is allow the minions to stack in front of you and simply press Tangle-Barbs(E) through the minion wave then press Protobelt after the e has gone through the minion wave. Keep in mind that if you are too far away the Protobelt bolts will not all hit the melee minions and thus the minion wave will not instantly die. This combo is very important for securing lane priority for dragons which is very important in this current meta. This also allows Neeko to shove in quickly and roam around the map or just simply get vision or pressure using her passive and transforming into the jungler.
Blast Cone Engage (easy)
This combo is very simple and great for attempting a dragon/baron steal or just simply engaging over walls. This combo catches people by surprise because your ult can activate in the air and look weird for the enemies and hit them. The first thing is to position yourself on the Blast Cone in the intended direction you want to go to. Next use your Pop Blossom(R) then click the Blast Cone and hop over.
Buffer E Combo (medium)
This combo is quite important for Neeko as it allows her to set up her team or land quick kills on people not expecting it. This combo is also great for picking up kills early when people overstay when they are low from poke. The combo itself is quite easy but hitting it is the hard part. To do this combo first aim your Tangle-Barbs(E) at your opponent and then use it and flash right after. Some ways to catch people off guard is using your Shapesplitter(W) to become invisible for 0.5 seconds and use that time to buffer your Tangle-Barbs(E) and flash at them.
Engage Combo (medium)
Inherent Glamour(passive cloak)> Shapesplitter(W)> Pop Blossom(R)>( Flash> Hextech Protobelt-01) before the Pop Blossom(R) goes off.
This combo is generally used when you see a good opportunity to land a multiman ultimate in a teamfight. I personally think this combo is best coming from a flank rather than just running straight at them unless you know their flashes or mobility are down. The combo starts off with transforming into any champ that has some sort of engage or is melee because the thought process of people is that melees won’t really do damage unless they are close ranged which will sometimes catch people off guard. Then you would want to use Shapesplitter(W) at them to hide a part of your ultimate charge up if you get hit along the way. Then use Pop Blossom(R) and quickly flash Protobelt into as many people you can hit as possible. The timing with flash and Protobelt is about 1 second after you cast your ultimate to be on the safe side and not mess up because her ultimate Pop Blossom(R) has a charge up time of 1.25 seconds. Then after that just try and root multiple targets and Blooming Burst(Q) on top of the high priority targets such as the adc or the mid laner.
Surprise attack Combo (hard)
Pop Blossom(R1) > Tangle-Barbs> Hextech Protobelt-01(animation cancel)> Blooming Burst(Q)>auto attack> Pop Blossom(R2)>auto attack
This combo is pretty hard because it requires timing to get this all before your Pop Blossom(R) goes off. This combo is a quick 1 shot combo when people are walking into you. To do this combo you start it off by using Pop Blossom(R). Then you use Tangle-Barbs(E) to trap the person and not let them escape from you. Then you have to Protobelt to cancel the animation of the e to have time to throw your Blooming Burst(Q) down before your Pop Blossom(R) goes off. Then auto after
Spellbinder > hexflash over wall > w the moment you get over the wall > ult > Tangle-Barbs(E) > proto(animation cancel) >Blooming Burst(Q) > auto attack
This combo in my opinion is the hardest combo on Neeko because it requires so many steps. This combo is very satisfying to land if you can properly land the Tangle-Barbs(E) once you get over the wall. This combo is great at turret sieges or contesting objectives such as baron or dragon.First use Spellbinder if you have it if not then channel hexflash over the wall. Then use w right away when you get over the wall then use Pop Blossom(R) and try to use Tangle-Barbs(E) and lock them down. After that use Protobelt to cancel Tangle-Barbs(E)’s animation. Lastly throw your Blooming Burst(Q)
- Neeko can transform with shift+f1,f2,f3,f4,f5 by default. You can bind this to keys that are easier to press.
- W clone does not materialize until the 0.5 sec of invis duration is over
- W clone can block skills like ez q, cait ult , nunu snowball , or any skill that can target
- If you get ganked send your clone to tower and run straight at a 90 degree angle to river
- Neeko w can cause people to lose target such as darius ult, garen ult, heca e and auto attacks
- When roaming transform into the jungler so when you walk over wards you create pressure
- When looking to flank/engage transform into your engager/tank to create threat from another angle
- Use your clone to face check for you when you don’t have vision
- Using your ult to shove the wave in quickly is perfectly fine because of her low ult cdr
- Transform into a melee champion when it’s safe for 20% more damage to turret platings
- If you roam to a lane and your teammate is low communicate with them then transform into them to bait the other team
- Constantly sending your clone while transformed as an engager at the other team can lower their guard
- e>q combo instantly gives lane priority and clears the wave
- Try and aim your e at your opponent when they are trying to cs
- Transforming into someone allows Neeko to gain their range if its lower than hers along with their base move speed and regen
- Use w into e Flash to catch low hp targets off guard for a free pick
- Before using a spell while transformed in laning phase or wave clearing transform back to normal Neeko so the cooldown is much lower than breaking it while casting a spell
- Sending your clone to the tower before a minion wave arrives to draw agro can create a slow push to your side because the minions will all focus 1 of your minions
- Neeko can 1 shot as full ap at lvl 6 if you have double dorans ring and sorc boots paired with electrocute
- You can use your clone to tank turret shots to either dive or safe your minions from 2 auto attacks
- Transforming into your low hp ally and sending your clone through river and mislead the enemies
- If your trying to juke in an open area send your clone in a straight path and run at them or into a wall and bounce off of it like your clone would if you sent it into a wall
- You can transform during the w invis to trick people
- You can send your clone through cait w to get her to auto it then get a free root in
Runaans can proc Neeko’s empowered w every auto if the 2 bolts hit another target
Neeko has a fairly strong early game with her poke. She does struggle into champions that have long range or shields.
As Neeko you should be looking to root your opponents when they walk up to last hit. When they walk up, throw your Tangle-Barbs(E) through the minions and force them to either miss the minions or take a huge chunk of damage.
Once you get Hextech Protobelt-01 first look around the map for potential roams. Then if there is a play or you need priority just use the wave clear combo and kill off the minions and move to help your team. You can also use your ultimate to wave clear if you don’t have Protobelt yet.
But you should only use the wave clear combo if you really need priority or the wave to crash into tower. For example a good time to use your ultimate for wave clear is when you kill your opponent and you need to back right away. You would just use your ult and Tangle-Barbs(E)+ Blooming Burst(Q) on the minions that are still alive.
If you ever get ganked as Neeko in the early game make sure to use Shapesplitter(W) aimed straight at your own turret. Then you should run at the river in a straight line. Running in a straight line is very important because the clone from Shapesplitter(W) only runs in a straight line unless it hits a wall. This trick will get you out of the gank 90% of the time.
When going for platings make sure to go transform into melee champion because you will deal more damage to the turret with the turret plating changes in this most recent patch. Range champions so Neeko’s normal form or any other ranged champion will deal reduced damage to the turret platings.
Neeko mid game should be in the side lane pressuring tower because Neeko has very good tower taking potential with her Shapesplitter(W). Neeko should be farming side waves and pressuring towers if objectives such as dragon or rift herald are not up.
When you are in the sidelane make sure to keep the jungle warded if you are on the enemies half of the rift.
Generally you would have your bot mid lane to defend the tower and move around the map according to the current objectives on the map. This is where I see a lot of Neeko mains start to slack on cs make sure you are catching side waves to keep up in cs.
Farm jungle camps that are on the opposite side of your jungler because this helps not only you but also your jungler too. The camp will respond later giving more exp which will help your jungler stay even or ahead in levels.
Remember Neeko is very strong in team fights with her ultimate so don't always try and split push. Try to look for opportunities to flank whenever you can if your team gets caught up in a fight or if your team wants to force a fight.
Neeko’s late game is probably the worst part about her because it gets incredibly hard to find good Pop Blossom(R) on people. To find good Pop Blossom(R) you need to work with your team and get good vision behind the enemies so you can look for a flank opportunity if they don’t have a ton of peel.
If the other team does have a lot of peel then you will just need to stand by your other carries such as your adc and peel them from the other team. Then look for a good engage if the situation presents itself.
I like to get a Oracle Lens late game because walking over vision can mean death for Neeko and the sweepers greatly help with flanking and making sure you aren’t spotted. Sweepers also help Neeko with setting up death bushes and just 1 shotting people who walk blind into Neeko.
Neeko has a short range so you need to be very careful positioning late game because if you get hit by cc while trying to land a Tangle-Barbs(E) then that could mean your death and possibly throwing the game for your team.
A good trick to try and trick people is to constantly send your Neeko clone at them over and over until they let their guard down. After several times and if they begin to ignore your clone w backwards and run at them transformed and cast your Pop Blossom(R). This is a great way to be creative with your ultimates and engage for your team.
Neeko support has very good peel and poke potential Bot Lane. For starting items you would want to start probably Relic Shield so that you have the extra hp for later when you're trying to look for ultis. The other option is Spellthief's Edge which is more ap but in return you are more squishy.
To help leash your jungler AA>AA>empowered auto>AA>AA after doing that for the leash you will have your empowered auto up again. so when you're walking to lane you will have it charged and ready to auto the other adc.
With starting Shapesplitter(W) on Neeko you can aggressively trade with the other adc and take minimal damage in return because you can use your Shapesplitter(W) active to go invisible and cancel their auto attacks because they lose target of Neeko.
An important thing with Neeko is being able to help your adc auto the minions to make sure you either hit level 2 power spike first or at least match the other bot lane so you don’t get shoved out of lane.
As a support try and deny the other adc as much cs as possibly by poking and using your Tangle-Barbs(E). If you see that anyone on their team is low or your jungler is ganking you can go for the Tangle-Barbs(E)>flash combo to catch them off guard and set your team up for some free kills.
If you get a kill as Neeko and you are at least half hp consider maybe roaming mid and try and either root the mid laner or potentially even kill their mid.
During the midgame make sure to keep on warding properly so that your team can find picks and also you should be mid with your adc pressuring. When rotating through the river try to make sure you're transformed as your jungler to create pressure when you're walking over wards. When you are in lane with your adc, transform into them to confuse the other team and also help keep your adc safe and draw the focus of the other team to you.
In the late game if you are ahead and there are no backline threats to your carries ward very well and make sure that your opponents does not have vision of you and look for a flank transformed as a tank or some engage champion so that you can draw out possible ults and spells and just cc with your ult and hourglass. If there are backline threats such as diver or assassins then just stand next to your adc and try to peel with your root or even ultimate. If the divers are dead or they are unable to dive, look for an engage combo into their team.
Ap Neeko bot has a fairly strong early game which can be an advantage to your team with always having lane priority. When paired with a good cc support such as leona,alistar, thresh, and naut you can pretty much 100 to 0 the other adc at level 2. So as Neeko ap bot take Flash + Heal and start Doran's Ring+ 2 Health Potions and start with Blooming Burst(Q). Neeko has a very strong level 2 so you want to hit level 2 first don’t focus on trying to poke level 1 focus on trying to keep the wave in the middle for the first wave then use your spells if needed or autos to hit the level 2 power spike first and look to root the other bot laners through the minion wave for good poke and take control of the lane early. I would take electrocute page because your poke will be very good and if you land a full combo you can force the adc out of lane and get a level lead. At level 6 all you need is 2 dorans ring + Sorcs to be able to 1 shot the other adc with a full ult and e>q>auto combo.
Mid game for Neeko is where you need to focus the most on keeping your cs numbers up with all the rotations that could be going on. As Neeko at this point in the game you will most likely be rotated Mid Lane with your support to defend mid. Try and get a red trinket and keep the other team from getting vision control because Neeko can be very tricky with her passive which allows her to transform into other champions. If you can sweep out bushes and the other team can’t see you, look to go for a flank if you are not behind and this can catch people off guard.
Late game for bot Neeko is very similar to Mid Lane Neeko so make sure you ward well. Then look for a good engage if the situation presents itself. I like to get a red trinket late game because walking over vision can mean death for Neeko and the sweepers greatly help with flanking and making sure you aren’t spotted. Sweepers also help Neeko with setting up death bushes and just 1 shotting people who walk blind into Neeko.
Neeko’s early game isn’t as strong as it is on ap Neeko so remember not to play the same way as you would if you were ap. Ad Neeko scales much better into the late game compared to ap Neeko. Start w on Neeko bot and just farm for level 2 if you have a cc support you can look to trade aggressively by chain ccing the other bot lane. You are trying to just farm and get you Berserker’s Greaves which is a big power spike for ad Neeko because of the attack speed and movespeed you get from the item. After that, pretty much look at the other team and see if they have a lot of tanks or a lot of squishies. If they have a lot of tanks they go bork first item so you can shred them. If they are squishy then you can go stormrazor first item.
Once mid games hit, Neeko is quite strong now assuming you have some items whether it be bork ruunans or storm razor and rapidfire. With these items you can begin to duel the other adc and burst them quite quickly.
Late game as Neeko adc you need to position well in the backline and just ult and e people who are trying to jump on you. Use w to reposition and get to safety transform into your support so that its hard for the other team to dive and kill you.