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League of Legends Build Guide Author LEmon Elephants

Vi Stands for Violence: A guide to Vi

LEmon Elephants Last updated on December 20, 2012
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Ability Sequence

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

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The masteries shown here are not yet updated for the current season, the guide author needs to set up the new masteries. As such, they will be different than the masteries you see in-game.



Offense: 21

Honor Guard

Defense: 9


Utility: 0

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Hello I am LEmon Elephants and this is my guide on Vi, the Piltover Enforcer. Vi is a melee bruiser type champion that can go top, jungle, or (but not completely viable) adc. With a strong gap closer, escape, two knock-ups and strong harass Vi is a force to be reckoned with. Please as with all guides, if you downvote give a reason so I can help fix my guide and make it the best it can be. Skim through if you don't want to read anything and feel free to just refer to the build if you want. Remember though to never follow a guide exactly as in LoL circumstances change and you need to adapt to that. Thank you and happy punching!

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Pros / Cons


  • Good Mobility
  • Strong Damage
  • Tanky
  • Easy to Escape with
  • Two Knock-Ups
  • Gap Closer
  • Easy to farm
  • Does the Dougie


  • No Sustain
  • CC Hurts you alot because you are melee
  • Somewhat slow
  • New champ so alot of people pick her and ban her
  • Thats it!

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Starting Items

In my opinion boots of speed is the God of all starting items. Almost any champion will benefit from escaping and chasing targets down faster. All in all it is not my FAVORITE item but it is the best and most common starting item.

Another typical starting item is the Health Pot. Now this is an item I love. Gain back health for later. Use it to survive damage over time spells and ad some health when your engaged in battling an enemy in lane. Overall this provides the survivability Vi needs to have a good early game.

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Core Build

The Black Cleaver is just such a strong item. Even after it's nerf its armor penetration is incredible. The cooldown reduction also increases your damage by making your abilities usable more often. It also gives you some attack damage and a little bit of health for extra survivability. This item really does it all............with style! ( Draven reference)

Trinity force truly is an amazing item. It gives you all you could ever want. Sadly while it gives you just about everything it doesn't focus on any one thing. This is a great item on Vi as it gives her all the stats that she needs and more.

I love this item. I really do. Its health boost makes your already small health bars oh so tiny. The attack damage isn't great but it's nice it has any at all. The best part of it all is...... your basic attacks slow. It makes it impossible to escape you and gives you the edge in a battle as it is harder for opponents to out-zone you.

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Situational items

These items are to be used in the appropriate circumstances. These will fill up your final two item slots and should be built to counter the opposing team.

Against AP

The Maw of Malmortius is pretty nice, it is not my favorite but it does help you beat back magic damage with it's Magic Resistance and Lifeline, it's unique passive.

Mercurial Scimitar is very nice with some attack damage so you don't give up all your AD and some magic resist to boot. in my opinion the best part about this item is it's active ability. Great for beating back teams full of CC you should just wait for a stun and pop right out of it.

Against AD

Guardian Angel is really cool. I prefer calling this a Survivability item but armor is the closest category I could think of. The armor and magic resist. is great but it is best known for it's revival capabilities. This item is great for shutting down many champs who rely on their ult for nuking people down as it is often the last move in a combo. They will then use it and end up wasting it as you will still survive. Remember the cooldown and don't get to cocky with it as it will often be your demise, believe me.

Randuin's is truly an anti-ad item. it serves no other purpose than to destroy their damage output with a huge amount of armor and an attack and movement speed slow whenever they attack you. With a SCALING AoE slow and a good chunk of health this item will get you well on your way of kicking adc butt. Or should I say punching adc butt. Get it because Vi punches....... oh great the word PUN is in the word PUNch.... now everyone thinks I'm a loser :C

For Extra Damage

Infinity Edge is not very different from any other damage item but it does give you quite a lot of damage and critical strike chance. With it's passive you'll find your crits do much more damage which can really help later when even the smallest amount of extra damage could change the tide of a team fight.

Phantom Dancer works so well with Infinity Edge it's like they were made to be together. The attack speed make you obviously, attack more often doing more damage, but it also give you higher Critical strike chance so that when the two work together your AD is high, you crit more often than not, your crits do more, and you attack much faster. With all this combined you will destroy all in your path!

The Bloodthirster is a great item for boosting your AD. IF you want some more straight up AD this is your item. You must beware of the farming required for max damage these kinds of items make it so that your deaths are more punished because you lose damage that you must farm back. If you can be careful and farm well the AD boost is not too hard to keep. Also it provides life steal that can really help Vi because she doesn't have any other source of sustain.

Ravenous Hydra is such a fun item. The great attack damage will help you take down enemies and the health regen and life steal help you keep yourself in tip top shape. The best part of it all is it is melee only! We have an item that ranged people with the could have! haha... suckers. Back to business the Tiamat effect of splash damage helps make farming a breeze and you gain lifesteal from all people affected from the splash damage making your health soar when attacking minon waves. You'll never farm the same way again.....