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Champion Spotlight

By David 'Phreak' Turley [1]

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Ashe Champion Spotlight

With the Freljord event coming to a close, this edition of the Champion Spotlight focuses on one of the leaders of the three tribes. Take aim with Enchanted Crystal Arrow.png a giant frozen arrow and Focus.png Focus your enemies into frigid oblivion as Ashe, the Frost Archer.

With her full suite of crowd-control and utility, Ashe Ashe has the ability to harass in lane and deliver high-impact damage complemented by Enchanted Crystal Arrow.png one of the strongest initiates in the game. Ashe demonstrates natural kiting power with Frost Shot.png Frost Shot, while Volley.png Volley provides efficient wave clear and Hawkshot.png Hawkshot's active effect allows her to spot a sneaky gank attempt. Use Enchanted Crystal Arrow.png Enchanted Crystal Arrow to start a fight, or pick off an opponent with a cross-map snipe to end one.

Check out the video for tips, tricks, and sample runes and masteries for Ashe, an ADC with a chilly disposition.

Recommended Items

Summoner's Rift
Starting Doran&#039;s Blade item Health Potion item Warding Totem item
Early B. F. Sword item Zeal item Boots of Speed item
Essential Infinity Edge item Berserker&#039;s Greaves item
Offensive Rapid Firecannon item Runaan&#039;s Hurricane item
Situational Lord Dominik&#039;s Regards item Mortal Reminder item The Bloodthirster item Mercurial Scimitar item Death&#039;s Dance item Guardian Angel item
Consumables Health Potion item Refillable Potion item Vision Ward item Elixir of Wrath item Farsight Alteration item
Twisted Treeline
Starting Doran&#039;s Blade item2
Early Wicked Hatchet item Boots of Speed item Zeal item
Essential Lord Van Damm&#039;s Pillager item Berserker&#039;s Greaves item Rapid Firecannon item
Offensive Phantom Dancer item Sanguine Blade item Blade of the Ruined King item
Situational Lord Dominik&#039;s Regards item Mortal Reminder item Banshee&#039;s Veil item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Wrath item
Howling Abyss
Starting Doran&#039;s Blade item2 Boots of Speed item Health Potion item4
Essential Infinity Edge item Berserker&#039;s Greaves item
Offensive Rapid Firecannon item Runaan&#039;s Hurricane item Lord Dominik&#039;s Regards item
Defensive The Bloodthirster item Banshee&#039;s Veil item Death&#039;s Dance item
Consumables Oracle&#039;s Extract item Health Potion item Elixir of Wrath item


Playing As Ashe Ashe
  • Try to fire Enchanted Crystal Arrow.png Enchanted Crystal Arrow in the same direction enemies are moving, so it is more likely to hit.
  • Volley.png Volley arrows are blocked by the first enemy they hit, so keep your distance to avoid having them all absorbed by enemy frontliners.
  • Hawkshot.png Hawkshot reveals units in brush. If a team fight is occurring in the jungle it can give you a significant advantage.
Playing Against Ashe Ashe
  • Ashe has very few defensive options, and she's a good target to gank.
  • Be wary of moving around the map alone if Ashe has not recently cast her Enchanted Crystal Arrow.png Enchanted Crystal Arrow.


Ability Usage
  • Ashe Ashe's strength as a marksman comes from the utility of her kit particularly, the permaslow from Frost Shot.png Frost Shot, a global range scouting tool from Hawkshot.png Hawkshot and a global range crowd control from Enchanted Crystal Arrow.png Enchanted Crystal Arrow.
  • Frost Shot.png Frost Shot adds a slow to Ashe Ashe's basic attack and damaging spells.
    • Learning how to kite enemies is essential in mastering Ashe Ashe, for she doesn't have an escape mechanism. Besides clever positioning, her array of stun and slows is her only way to keep enemies at bay.
  • Ashe Ashe's Ranger&#039;s Focus.png Ranger's Focus gives her a massive attack speed upon activation and transforms her basic attack into a flurry, that adds a substantial damage to her basic attacks.
    • The flurry of attacks works on towers, letting her push with ease.
    • You only get a stack of Focus.png Focus for every cast of both Volley.png Volley and Enchanted Crystal Arrow.png Enchanted Crystal Arrow even if it hits multiple enemies. The best way to fully stack it is to weave Volley.png Volley in between basic attacks.
    • Try building up stacks on minions if you're going to trade against your lane opponent.
  • Volley.png Volley has a fairly large cone and decent damage early/mid game. Use this to your advantage by positioning yourself to last hit minions and harass the enemy champions with it. Avoid spamming it early game as you most likely end up pushing the minions to the enemy tower.
  • Volley.png Volley diminishes quickly in the late game; however, it still provides a great deal of utility. Volley.png Volley can slow a great majority of the enemy team, can still be used between auto attacks, hit enemy chasing/retreating in bushes and it can pop Banshee&#039;s Veil item.png Banshee's Veils.
  • Use Hawkshot.png Hawkshot to check the nearby jungle for enemies that may be attempting to gank you. It is also useful to check if the enemy is fighting the Dragon Dragon or Baron Nashor Baron Nashor from a distance.
    • If your team is engaging either of those monsters, Hawkshot.png Hawkshot will give you advance notice of enemy approach, but also inform them of your general location.
    • You could scout the entire enemy jungle when using Hawkshot.png Hawkshot from a side lane.
  • You can use Enchanted Crystal Arrow.png Enchanted Crystal Arrow to help your allies from another lane. If your allies have the advantage, shoot it further up their enemies' lane, and if not, aim further down your allies' lane. This may help your allies the opportunity to strike a killing blow or make a getaway.
    • Keep in mind that there is a low chance you'll hit them and you lose a lot of lane control if your opponent knows it's on cooldown.
  • Enchanted Crystal Arrow.png Enchanted Crystal Arrow is one of the best initiators in the game, able to stun an enemy (preferably someone squishy) from a distance.
    • Enchanted Crystal Arrow.png Enchanted Crystal Arrow is also a great skill for ganking. A well-aimed arrow can stun the target long enough for you or your jungler to apply their CC as well.
    • When shooting Enchanted Crystal Arrow.png Enchanted Crystal Arrow towards another lane, ping the area it will hit. This will alert your teammates that you have shot your ultimate.
  • Don't be afraid to use Enchanted Crystal Arrow.png Enchanted Crystal Arrow to escape. However, be aware that the duration of the stun is based upon how far the arrow has traveled before impact.
  • Try to fire Enchanted Crystal Arrow.png Enchanted Crystal Arrow in the same direction enemies are moving, so it is more likely to land a hit. It has a surprisingly large hitbox.
Mastery Usage
Item Usage
  • Stacking 2 Doran&#039;s Blade item.png Doran's Blades early game gives Ashe a much stronger lane presence, and are later sold for stronger items.
    • Cull item.png Cull presents a different alternative, allowing you to farm for items faster at the cost of lower starting attack damage and health.
  • Ashe Ashe is a standard ranged carry and should be built accordingly. Her build path varies depending on the style of play and the enemy team.
  • The Black Cleaver item.png The Black Cleaver synergizes well with Ashe's Ranger&#039;s Focus.png Ranger's Focus. As an attack speed steroid, it helps apply the passive armor shred frighteningly quickly - one autoattack applies five stacks of The Black Cleaver item.png The Black Cleaver's passive immediately, removing over a quarter of the target's armor. This lets Ashe punish targets even quicker, and gives her the option to wear down multiple enemies in a team fight, inherently making her team deal increased damage. The Black Cleaver item.png The Black Cleaver's Rage also provides nice bursts of movement speed, helping her kite even easier, and complementing her passive slow.
  • Banshee&#039;s Veil item.png Banshee's Veil is extremely good when fighting enemies with strong crowd control. It grants her far more durability from her natural squishiness. Other possible item is Mercurial Scimitar item.png Mercurial Scimitar for both a good attack damage bonus and the Cleanse.png Cleanse-like active.
  • Building Ashe as support is not ineffective considering she does have a low damage output. Building auras and cooldown reduction is an extremely effective way to play her. With her permaslow, cone slow, global vision, global stun, and requirement to be in the back during a teamfight, she can do just fine supporting her team.
  • Runaan&#039;s Hurricane item.png Runaan's Hurricane lets Ashe apply Frost Shot.png Frost Shot on up to 3 targets. This is not sufficient reason, since Volley.png Volley can apply a similar effect in a higher range and to a larger amount of targets. But it's also the best item for a ranged champion wanting to focus on wave clear, whether for gold, or experience, or to splitpush.
    • It does give her good multi-target damage output in teamfights, as the bolts can target multiple champions, readying critical strikes, and once Ranger&#039;s Focus.png Ranger's Focus is activated, the flurry will cause Runaan's to fire additional bolts.
  • Ashe Ashe has mediocre movement speed. Buying Boots of Speed item.png Boots of Speed early game can help her with this, and later, once you leave lane, consider upgrading this item for a Berserker&#039;s Greaves item.png Berserker's Greaves or Boots of Swiftness item.png Boots of Swiftness to help her escape and chase even better.
    • Boots of Swiftness item.png Boots of Swiftness is highly recommended for three reasons - the difference in movement speed is quite noticeable (and very much appreciated by such a 'slow' champion), the slow reduction is very useful (as slows are the most common CC), and the minor Attack Speed bonus that Berserker&#039;s Greaves item.png Berserker's Greaves gives is relatively negligible, and better built elsewhere. Simply put, you get a lot more bang for your buck with Boots of Swiftness item.png Boots of Swiftness.
  • Beware of Ashe Ashe's's kiting capability. Frost Shot.png Frost Shot combined with Volley.png Volley will keep you from reaching her.
  • Ashe Ashe mainly deals damage by using auto-attacks, so buying Thornmail item.png Thornmail can help counter or even kill if she has low health.
  • Although Ashe Ashe has great harassment during the laning phase, but her low health is a great disadvantage. Putting pressure on her can keep her zoned.
  • Ashe Ashe is an unusual ADC, relying on something that almost every other ADC barely has if at all: sbc. Enchanted Crystal Arrow.png Enchanted Crystal Arrow alone packs a stun, something unique and very rare for ADCs, as well as having a sort of Frozen Mallet item.png Frozen Mallet in Frost Shot.png Frost Shot.
    • Due to this Ashe Ashe's ability to gank or assist in a gank is the best for any ADC in game, watch out if paired with strong gankers such as Hecarim Hecarim or  Nautilus Nautilus as they will simply CC lock you until you die.
  • If Ashe Ashe starts to chain attack you with Frost Shot.png Frost Shot , you will most likely not be able to escape if you lack a dash or a blink (even with those, fear the Enchanted Crystal Arrow.png Enchanted Crystal Arrow).
  • Being tied for the lowest movement speed for champions in the game leaves Ashe Ashe vulnerable to skillshots.
  • Ashe Ashe has little to no defensive capabilities. Use this to your advantage.
    • Gapclosers can quickly take advantage of this, since her slows cannot counter them.
  • Watch for when Ashe Ashe uses her Hawkshot.png Hawkshot. This tells what part of the map her team has no vision of.
    • At the same time, beware for the inverse. You might be tricked into thinking an area is un-warded because she just used her Hawkshot.png Hawkshot, while it was just used to lure you there after the effects wore off.
  • The most unique part of Ashe Ashe's kit is Enchanted Crystal Arrow.png Enchanted Crystal Arrow , giving her a significant nuke and much appreciated hard CC (for an ADC this is extremely rare), simultaneously, she is quite dependent on her ultimate, so if you force her to burn it for an escape she is losing a large portion of her power and ganking abilities


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