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Skill usage

  •  Ahri's  Essence Theft grants Ahri high sustain but is subject to mana constraints.
    • The healing potential granted by  Essence Theft is at its best when used with  Orb of Deception, as it can hit the largest number of targets.
    •  Ahri can use  Essence Theft to check bushes and fog of war, when she casts a spell, if it hits, it will grant a stack on her passive or heal her if it is fully stacked, keep this in mind when playing.
  •  Orb of Deception is a boomerang skillshot, meaning you can move after casting and it will change the path of the orb as it comes back.  Spirit Rush can be used to help you to lead the orb's return in hectic teamfights; but don't waste the ultimate simply for this purpose unless it's absolutely necessary, as the damage from any single strike of the orb is low.
    • Do not be deceived by the low damage quoted for  Orb of Deception - over repeated applications, the orb deals surprisingly high damage because half of it deals true damage. It is best used when your opponent is walking directly towards or away from you, is standing still, or is at the maximum range of the spell.
    •  Orb of Deception grants exceptional waveclear - the ability to weaken or destroy large waves of minions in a single spell - if you learn to hit almost every minion in a wave with it, which can be done fairly easily with practice.  Ahri can beat many champions that she can't in spell matchups alone by pushing large groups of minions at them. 
  • Consider leveling  Orb of Deception and  Fox-Fire over  Charm; this will make you a primary source of damage mid-game, although the lower CC time is a noticeable loss.
  • You can aim  Ahri's  Orb of Deception and  Charm and activate  Fox-Fire while in the air after using  Spirit Rush; she will cast the spell after the dash.
  •  Charm, of all Ahri's abilities, is the most versatile, useful, and able to turn the tide of the game in a single play. It is one of the most devastating stuns in the game to be hit with, for it forces a champion not just to be stunned but to walk forward out of safety or cover as well. However, it is a difficult skillshot to connect with.
    • Initiating with  Charm will allow you to maximize your damage, as the target will be unable to dodge  Orb of Deception and they will take the brunt of  Fox-Fire's damage, all of which is amplified by 20%.
    • In teamfights, use  Charm to divide up the enemy team. Outflank the enemy and pull a member of the team to the side, or use it to pull a powerful enemy champion off a squishy teammate.
    •  Charm can slow enemy champions who are chasing you. Ahri is notorious as a champion who punishes chasing opponents, hitting them with  Orb of Deception Fox-Fire repeatedly while they are charmed, charming them into turrets and teamganks, et cetera. It's also just as useful for enemies who are trying to flee!
    •  Charm is also exceptional at checking bushes for ganks. Cast  Charm at a brush and listen for the hit / watch if it stops early.  It is better to waste mana and no-one be there rather than to save the cost of the spell and be ganked.
    • If you hit an enemy with  Charm and then leave its area of vision, for example, by walking into a brush, it will no longer follow you until you get into its sight again. The slow persists in any case.
    • Due to the relatively slow projectile speed of  Charm it can easily be dodged if the enemy champion is expecting it. To regain the element of surprise, get into range but lead with a Spirit Rush or Flash and immediately follow with your combo. This both catches them off-guard, and reduces the distance your skillshots have to travel, thus reducing the time they have to react.
  • Using  Spirit Rush all at once may not be the smartest choice in a fight. Try saving them using them to position yourself for your skillshots, chase down stragglers, run away, or to turn the fight with another quick burst to the right champions.
    • In the early game,  Spirit Rush is great for finishing off running champions as you can usually turret dive safely since the skill can be used three times before going on cooldown. However, it is best to save the last  Spirit Rush for escaping from turret range if it is used for turret diving.  If you've only just gotten your ultimate, this is essential, as turrets will generally kill you in two to three shots at level 6.
    • Many players see only the offensive potential of  Spirit Rush, but it is even better as an escape tool.  Don't be afraid to use it to save yourself.
    •  In particular,  learn how to  Spirit Rush through thin walls - ranked play requires the ability to escape through several walls, or chase a badly wounded enemy through several walls, and never miss a gap closer.
    • Though  Spirit Rush itself is only one spell, each dash will reset the cap of  Essence Theft, making it possible to gain up to 9 charges with it when used in teamfights or against minions. 
    •  Spirit Rush's cooldown is fairly reasonable, and will be available in most team fights.  When in doubt, use it, and if you've made a mistake, use the other dashes to retreat backwards.
  •  Orb of Deception,  Charm and especially  Fox-Fire are really good at kiting enemies and whittling away at their health; this is the basic nature of play with  Ahri
  • Many mages are easily slain if caught by fighters at too short a distance, but  Charm and Spirit Rush make  Ahri dangerous to any champion she catches off guard, as well as easily able to escape danger. She plays most like a magical version of  Akali, with both champions' ultimates allowing them to chase fleeing opponents or run away from unfavorable engagements easily. The challenge is the highly technical nature of her play, as she has two skillshot abilities that must connect repeatedly and in tandem for her to be effective.

Item usage

  •  Ahri 's damage is benefited greatly by her getting close to her enemies. This is why it is recommended that you build items that give a mix of both ability power damage and survivability.  Spell vamp and Movement speed are often her best ways to survive, as she is not especially tanky even with high armor.  She also burns mana at incredible rates thanks to her damaging and low-cooldown spells, so Mana regeneration is another important stat for her.
    • For rare games where your  Spirit Rush isn't enough to keep you safe, the Spectre's Cowl- Spirit Visage build path grants exceptional magic resist against poke abilities even longer than your own, as well as cooldown reduction and lots of help with health.
    • Boots help early with  Ahri because her default movespeed is slow. You won't get your ultimate until level 6, and even after you have it, you won't always want to waste it chasing down enemies. Boots of Swiftness, Ionian Boots of Lucidity, Mercury's Treads, Sorcerer's Shoes, or Boots of Mobility are all viable boot choices depending on the game.
  • Good initial purchases include  Sight Ward(s),  Mana Potion(s),  Faerie Charm(s), an  Amplifying Tome or a Doran's Ring; depending on the champion makeup you face or are laning with.  Top players often take a  Crystalline Flask to mitigate her early squishiness and provide sustainable health and mana.
  • Spell vamp is usually a crucial stat, increasing her already high sustainability and making it possible to better survive a fight.
  • Ability power is also a must for  Ahri. As a fragile mage that needs to get close to output her maximum damage, a health-granting AP item such as Rod of Ages or Rylai's Crystal Scepter may be a good pick-up.
  • Don't be fooled by  Ahri's deceptively low ratios.  Rabadon's Deathcap will increase your damage output considerably, as  Fox-Fire damage can go up to a 1.2 AP ratio if hitting several targets and a 1.05 AP ratio to up to three targets with  Spirit Rush.
  •  Ahri is very often the initiator for teamfights using  Spirit Rush and  Charm; Zhonya's Hourglass can protect you from an initiation gone wrong by allowing her to turn to a statue while also giving a great deal of ability power damage.
  • Deathfire Grasp is a common buy on Ahri because the percent damage nuke and increased spell damage lets her destroy one target
  • Abyssal Scepter helps  Ahri greatly as she will be close to the enemy team in many fights. However, it may be inconsistent  at max range since the range on the Abyssal Scepter's aura is 700 ands most of her spell ranges exceed that.
  • Since  Spirit Rush's Essence Bolt range is the same as  Ahri's auto-attack range, she can deal more damage by dashing towards an enemy and immediately auto-attacking.

Recommended builds

Summoner's Rift
recommended items
Starting Boots of Speed item Health Potion item5
Essential Doran's Ring item Sorcerer's Shoes item Abyssal Scepter item
Offensive Rabadon's Deathcap item Void Staff item Deathfire Grasp item
Defensive Rylai's Crystal Scepter item Zhonya's Hourglass item Guardian Angel item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item Sight Ward item
 
The Howling Abyss
recommended items
Starting Boots of Speed item Health Potion item2 Mana Potion item Ruby Crystal item Amplifying Tome item
Essential Sorcerer's Shoes item Haunting Guise item Abyssal Scepter item
Offensive Rabadon's Deathcap item Void Staff item Morellonomicon item Liandry's Torment item
Defensive Rylai's Crystal Scepter item Zhonya's Hourglass item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Crystal Scar
recommended items
Starting Boots of Speed item Health Potion item2 Prospector's Ring item
Essential Sorcerer's Shoes item Abyssal Scepter item Haunting Guise item
Offensive Void Staff item Deathfire Grasp item Wooglet's Witchcap item
Defensive Rylai's Crystal Scepter item Guardian Angel item Will of the Ancients item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Twisted Treeline
recommended items
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran's Ring item
Essential Sorcerer's Shoes item Wooglet's Witchcap item Abyssal Scepter item
Offensive Void Staff item Deathfire Grasp item Rylai's Crystal Scepter item
Defensive Will of the Ancients item Athene's Unholy Grail item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
 

Countering

  • All of  Ahri's spells can be avoided with proper positioning or juking. Her  Orb of Deception and  Charm spells are line skill shots that move fairly slowly so you can step to the side to avoid them. Her  Fox-Fire and  Spirit Rush spells target the 3 closest enemy targets, but do prioritize champions in a smaller range, staying behind minions, tanks, or your team can help you avoid some or all of the damage or make Ahri risk putting herself in a bad position if she wants to damage you with them.
  • Don't chase   Ahri without a very good reason!  All three of  Fox-Fire's attacks will hit you if you're the closest thing to her, and as soon as you're low on health, she'll   Charm and kill you.  Wait until  Ahri is low on health or mana or vulnerable, or  until you know   Charm and   Fox-Fire are on cooldown, before chasing her.
  • Buying health can help you to survive against her true damage.
  • Always remember to move away from her  Orb of Deception path after she uses the spell as the orb will return to her and deals true damage to you.
  • Take cover behind minions when engaging her in order to avoid her  Charm.
  • When  Ahri uses her  Fox-Fire, take cover behind minions so the spell will only hit you once.
  •  Ahri is very vulnerable when her  Spirit Rush is on cooldown. Try to engage her when you think her  Spirit Rush is on cooldown.
  • If fed,  Ahri has one of the strongest mid games in the game, and   Charm remains dangerous until the end of the game. Avoid giving her kills to snowball.
  •  Ahri's mobility is one of her greatest strengths, so a combination of crowd control like stuns and slows will lower her utility.
  • When laning with a partner against  Ahri, be sure to remember not to activate any movement speed boost abilities or item effects if a partner is affected by  Charm.
  • A strong counter-pick to an  Ahri is someone with a snare, such as  Ryze, as his  Rune Prison is able to lock her out of  Spirit Rush without much difficulty, or  Veigar's  Event Horizon can stop  Ahri if she turns up the attack, and his  Primordial Burst can instantly decimate her if she has high AP.

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