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Summoner's Rift
Starting Relic Shield item Health Potion item3 Warding Totem item
Early Boots of Speed item Sightstone item Targon's Brace item
Essential Boots of Mobility item Knight's Vow item Locket of the Iron Solari item
Aggressive Randuin's Omen item Banner of Command item Zz'Rot Portal item
Protective Frozen Heart item Mikael's Crucible item Abyssal Mask item
Consumables Health Potion item Control Ward item Elixir of Iron item
Summoner's Rift (Jungler)
Starting Hunter's Talisman item Refillable Potion item Warding Totem item
Early Boots of Speed item Tracker's Knife item Bami's Cinder item
Essential Boots of Mobility item Tracker's Knife (Cinderhulk) item Dead Man's Plate item
Aggressive Randuin's Omen item Zz'Rot Portal item Gargoyle Stoneplate item
Protective Knight's Vow item Locket of the Iron Solari item Frozen Heart item
Consumables Health Potion item Control Ward item Elixir of Iron item
Twisted Treeline
Starting Cloth Armor item Refillable Potion item Boots of Speed item
Essential Sunfire Cape item Boots of Mobility item Corrupting Potion item
Aggressive Titanic Hydra item Righteous Glory item Randuin's Omen item
Defensive Spirit Visage item Frozen Heart item Knight's Vow item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Iron item
Twisted Treeline (Jungler)
Starting Hunter's Talisman item Hunter's Machete item Refillable Potion item
Essential Skirmisher's Sabre (Cinderhulk) item Boots of Mobility item Hunter's Potion item
Aggressive Titanic Hydra item Righteous Glory item Randuin's Omen item
Defensive Spirit Visage item Frozen Heart item Knight's Vow item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Iron item
Howling Abyss
Starting Guardian's Horn item Boots of Speed item Health Potion item3
Essential Frozen Heart item Locket of the Iron Solari item Ninja Tabi item
Offensive Rabadon's Deathcap item Lich Bane item Zhonya's Hourglass item
Defensive Dead Man's Plate item Spirit Visage item
Consumables Oracle's Extract item Health Potion item Elixir of Iron item

Tips

Playing As AlistarSquare Alistar
  • Using Pulverize Pulverize can allow you to establish better positioning for Headbutt Headbutt.
  • Movement speed is very important on Alistar. Consider which Boots of Speed item boots to buy carefully.
  • Using Flash Flash can allow you to catch your target off guard to knock them back into your allies with Pulverize Pulverize and Headbutt Headbutt.
Playing Against AlistarSquare Alistar
  • Alistar is very disruptive but very tough - try to target more fragile damage dealers.
  • Watch out for the Pulverize Pulverize - Headbutt Headbutt combo when around turrets.
  • When Alistar uses his Unbreakable Will ultimate, it's often better to move back and wait until the effect wears off before attacking him.
  • After the initial cleansing of Unbreakable Will Unbreakable Will, Alistar will still be vulnerable to crowd control effect. Although not optimal, it should be considered as a last resort if necessary.

Tricks

Ability Usage
  • Triumphant Roar Triumphant Roar is a passive self-targeted heal that heals AlistarSquare Alistar for a moderate amount and all nearby allied champions for double that amount.
    • Triumphant Roar Triumphant Roar will proc every time 7 minions or small monsters die. This means that, when playing passively, it will proc on average just less than once every wave.
    • Triumphant Roar Triumphant Roar can help you win trades more often in lane, since hitting enemy champions with hard crowd control will proc the heal more often.
  • Pulverize Pulverize is a powerful point-blank area-of-effect Airborne icon knock up that can disable entire enemy teams if positioned well.
    • Since Pulverize Pulverize has the longest rank 1 cooldown out of all of AlistarSquare Alistar's basic abilities, it's typically a good idea to max it first.
    • Pulverize Pulverize can be used both offensively (ex. to set up for YasuoSquare Yasuo's Last Breath Last Breath) or defensively (ex. to peel assassins off your carries).
  • Headbutt Headbutt is a targeted ability that knocks back one enemy, making it an effective peeling tool.
    • AlistarSquare Alistar's famous Headbutt Headbutt + Pulverize Pulverize combo is one reason he's so strong, since he basically has a short-ranged Unstoppable Force Unstoppable Force on a ~10 second cooldown come late-game. The best way to pull off the combo is to press Q while AlistarSquare Alistar is in the middle of his Headbutt Headbutt dash.
    • The combo can also be reversed: if you can get in range, Pulverize Pulverize can stop enemies long enough for AlistarSquare Alistar to move behind them and Headbutt Headbutt them into your team. Flash Flash can help you close the gap.
    • Headbutt 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 Headbutt's dash can also serve as an effective escape tool, as long as there are enemy champions, minions, or monsters around to target.
  • Trample Trample is a point-blank area-of-effect ability that damages enemies around AlistarSquare Alistar and Ghost ghosts him. It also allows you to Stun icon stun a single enemy.
    • Trample Trample provides AlistarSquare Alistar with some extra wave clear, allowing him to push waves if you use it.
    • Trample Trample also allows AlistarSquare Alistar to ignore unit collision, which can be useful in chasing or escaping enemies.
    • Cast Trample Trample at the beginning of a teamfight to get your stun available quickly. Use it to peel for your carries or lock down an important target, especially when your other basic abilities are on cooldown.
  • Unbreakable Will Unbreakable Will is a self-targeted active that removes all hostile crowd-control and gives AlistarSquare Alistar significant damage reduction.
    • Unbreakable Will Unbreakable Will's damage reduction makes AlistarSquare Alistar deceptively tanky, even when he doesn't have many items. This allows him to dive turrets very effectively once he hits level 6.
    • Remember that Unbreakable Will 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 Unbreakable Will.
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Countering
  • AlistarSquare Alistar has a low base movement speed and can be kited very easily.
  • Avoid grouping up when facing an AlistarSquare Alistar, especially during mid and late game. A 3-man Headbutt Headbutt + Pulverize Pulverize combo will often lead to a lost team fight.
  • AlistarSquare 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 Morellonomicon, Mortal Reminder item Mortal Reminder, Ignite Ignite) can counteract the heals from Triumphant Roar Triumphant Roar.
  • Unbreakable Will Unbreakable Will is AlistarSquare Alistar's main source of tankiness, especially in the early to mid game. Try to play around its cooldown.
  • Unbreakable Will Unbreakable Will doesn't protect against crowd-control applied AFTER it's activated, so try to save your crowd-control abilities.
  • Unbreakable Will Unbreakable Will only gives AlistarSquare Alistar extra damage resistance. Champions that can deal true damage, such as VayneSquare Vayne or DariusSquare Darius, can bypass this easily.

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