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Tips

Playing As Alistar Alistar
  • Using Pulverize.png Pulverize can allow you to establish better positioning for Headbutt.png Headbutt.
  • Movement speed is very important on Alistar. Consider which Boots of Speed item.png boots to buy carefully.
  • Using Flash.png Flash can allow you to catch your target off guard to knock them back into your allies with Pulverize.png Pulverize and Headbutt.png Headbutt.
Playing Against Alistar Alistar
  • Alistar is very disruptive but very tough - try to target more fragile damage dealers.
  • Watch out for the Pulverize.png Pulverize - Headbutt.png Headbutt combo when around turrets.
  • When Alistar uses his Unbreakable Will.png ultimate, it's often better to move back and wait until the effect wears off before attacking him.

Tricks

Ability Usage
  • Trample.png Trample is a point-blank area-of-effect ability that damages enemies and structures around Alistar Alistar and Ghost ghosts him whenever he uses an ability.
    • Trample.png Trample provides Alistar Alistar with some extra wave clear and damage to structures, allowing him to push waves and take towers more effectively if you spam spells.
    • Trample.png Trample also allows Alistar Alistar to ignore unit collision, which can be useful in chasing or escaping enemies.
    • Since Trample.png Trample doesn't stack, sometimes it might be better to space out your abilities in order to maximize the damage output from Trample.png Trample.
  • Pulverize.png Pulverize is a powerful point-blank area-of-effect Airborne icon knock up that can disable entire enemy teams if positioned well.
    • Since Pulverize.png Pulverize has the longest rank 1 cooldown out of all of Alistar Alistar's basic abilities, it's typically a good idea to max it first.
    • Pulverize.png Pulverize can be used both offensively (ex. to set up for Yasuo Yasuo's Last Breath.png Last Breath) or defensively (ex. to peel assassins off your carries).
  • Headbutt.png Headbutt is a targeted ability that knocks back one enemy, making it an effective peeling tool.
    • Alistar Alistar's famous Pulverize.png Pulverize + Headbutt.png Headbutt combo is one reason he's so strong, since he basically has Unstoppable Force.png Unstoppable Force on a ~10 second cooldown come late-game. The best way to pull off the combo is to press Q while Alistar Alistar is in the middle of his Headbutt.png Headbutt dash.
    • The combo can also be reversed: if you can get in range, Pulverize.png Pulverize can stop enemies long enough for Alistar Alistar to move behind them and Headbutt.png Headbutt them into your team. Flash.png Flash can help you close the gap.
    • Headbutt.png Headbutt can also be used as a powerful stun, if you manage to knock the enemy into a thick enough wall. The targeted unit will still try to travel the full distance of the Airborne icon knockback but will be stopped by the wall, leaving them airborne for the duration. However, if the wall is too thin you might knock your target through it, allowing them to escape.
    • Headbutt.png Headbutt's dash can also serve as an effective escape tool, as long as there are enemy champions, minions, or monsters around to target.
  • Triumphant Roar.png Triumphant Roar is a point-blank area-of-effect heal that heals Alistar Alistar for a moderate amount and surrounding allies for half of that amount.
    • Triumphant Roar.png Triumphant Roar provides a good amount of sustain in lane, since nearby minion deaths help to shorten the lengthy cooldown.
    • It also helps your allies sustain during the mid to late game, when everyone is grouping for objectives. In some situations it might be wise to max Triumphant Roar.png Triumphant Roar second to maximize the group heals.
  • Unbreakable Will.png Unbreakable Will is a self-targeted active that removes all hostile crowd-control and gives Alistar Alistar an attack damage bonus and significant damage reduction.
    • Unbreakable Will.png Unbreakable Will's damage reduction makes Alistar Alistar deceptively tanky, even when he doesn't have many items. This allows him to dive turrets very effectively once he hits level 6.
    • Don't forget to auto-attack; the extra attack damage can mean the difference in a close fight.
    • Remember that Unbreakable Will.png Unbreakable Will only removes existing crowd-control effects, not future ones. You should try to bait out crowd-control abilities before you activate Unbreakable Will.png Unbreakable Will.
Mastery Usage
  • Alistar Alistar doesn't get much use out of the Ferocity tree, due to his low ratios and high cooldowns. An Alistar Alistar building for damage would be better off investing in the Cunning tree.
  • The Cunning tree provides a good amount of utility for damage or tank-oriented players.
  • The Resolve tree synergizes well withAlistar Alistar's inherent tankiness, and is recommended for most builds.
Item Usage
Countering
  • Alistar Alistar has a low base movement speed and can be kited very easily.
  • Alistar Alistar has high mana costs, especially early in lane. If you poke him out and force him to use Triumphant Roar.png Triumphant Roar, he might not have enough mana to use his combo.
  • Alistar Alistar's basic combo has a very high cooldown; if you can bait it out or if he messes it up, that gives you a long window to harass or engage safely.
  • Items or abilities that can apply Grievous Wounds icon Grievous Wounds (ex. Morellonomicon item.png Morellonomicon, Mortal Reminder item.png Mortal Reminder, Ignite.png Ignite) can counteract the heals from Triumphant Roar.png Triumphant Roar.
  • Unbreakable Will.png Unbreakable Will is Alistar Alistar's main source of tankiness, especially in the early to mid game. Try to play around its cooldown.
  • Unbreakable Will.png Unbreakable Will doesn't protect against crowd-control applied AFTER it's activated, so try to save your crowd-control abilities.
  • Unbreakable Will.png Unbreakable Will only gives Alistar Alistar extra damage resistance. Champions that can deal true damage, such as Vayne Vayne or Darius Darius, can bypass this easily.

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