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Skill usage

  •  Duelist's regeneration effect stacks up against champions, so don't be afraid to engage in small skirmishes.
  • Because Crowd Control is a vulnerability of Fiora, consider taking the Cleanse summoner spell.
  •  Lunge is a mechanically simple skill, but it has a lot of nuances to its usage.
    •  Lunge is often underestimated for its damage, especially at early levels of the game. A quick double click on the same champion works as a decent nuke.
    • Remember that while most of Fiora's damage comes from her E,  Lunge is an ability, so it can pierce through statuses like blind and  Counter Strike to deal damage.
    • To maximize damage output, apply as many autoattacks as you can before using the second  Lunge.
      • Activate  Burst of Speed before using  Lunge for best results; the extra movement speed will gain a stack from  Lunge, allowing you to continue attacking the target, and finally use the second  Lunge to further damage the enemy.
    • Make good use of  Lunge's second cast to stick to your target; if the enemy has their own mobility or escaping skills, try to force them to use it prior to your second  Lunge cast.
    • If you're chasing an enemy champion that's too far use  Lunge on an enemy minion and use its second dash to catch up.
    • You can use  Lunge to dash through walls, though you have to be able to see your target. Placing a ward near jungle mobs can allow for an easy escape route.
  • A good harassing strategy is to use  Lunge's first cast to go in and immediately using  Riposte (you can even use it mid-air); an opponent's most normal reaction is to attack you right after you lunge, triggering  Riposte damage. Land a basic attack or two, then use your   Lunge  second cast into an enemy minion that is further away to escape. This is only effective against melee champions, as ranged can still counter after you retire.
    • ​Don't use  Burst of Speed in this way as you only have a short amount of time to land, at best, one or two attacks and back off due to  Lunge second-cast short timer. This is unless you intend on killing your opponent, then use  Burst of Speed early and save the second lunge cast to continue the chase.
  • Try to use  Riposte when the enemy is already in half-swing or when their ranged basic attack is in midflight.
    •  Riposte can be also used to counter a variety of abilities, such as  Ezreal's  Mystic Shot,  Gangplank's   Parrrley, and  Nasus's  Siphoning Strike.
    • Against melee champions  Riposte is much harder to successfully parry an attack with, due to the near-instant attack time. Unless your opponent is predictable, it may not be worth it to bait attacks hoping to apply the parry damage.
  •  Fiora's skill order is not set in stone, and varying it depending on the game's situation can make you much more effective.
    • Skilling  Lunge makes it gain a decent amount of damage, but more importantly greatly reduces its cooldown. This can make all the difference in chasing opponents, especially those with mobility skills that could otherwise evade and kite  Fiora. Max this first by default, as it’s the most reliable way to increase Fiora's skirmish damage against most lane opponents.
    •  Riposte improves  Fiora's offense while providing a situational defensive move. Parrying attacks constantly, especially enhanced attack abilities, can save your life. The passive AD bonus is also quite sizable and improves all your other abilities' effectiveness to a small degree. Max this first when fighting champs with good poke and sustain, such as Gangplank and Nidalee.
    •  Burst of Speed becomes an incredibly potent steroid when maxed out, and most champions will be unable to keep up with  Fiora's sustained damage while it is active. However, it is easily countered by saving crowd control abilities until after it is activated. Max this first when jungling, and when your lane opponent lacks CC; you'll usually want to max this second otherwise.
  •  Burst of Speed gives a huge attack speed boost so it can be used to effectively push turrets.
  •  Blade Waltz not only deals damage, but also prevents targeting from enemy abilities.
  •  Blade Waltz makes you untargetable for the duration of the ability and also removes turret aggro from  Fiora, so it can be used to finish off low health enemies hiding under their turret.
  •  Blade Waltz basically counts as 5 separate basic attacks. Hence, it will proc all on-hit effects and be affected by any other autoattack modifiers (except for attack speed buffs/debuffs and crits), including the summoner spell Exhaust. However, all proc on-hit effects will stack after the first attack, granting only 4 procs (the first hit starts at 0, the second at 1, and so on, etc.)
  • If you are caught at low health and have strong life steal, use  Blade Waltz to deal massive damage and restore a large portion of health from it. Although you are protected from targeting for the duration, be aware that Damage over Time (cast before  Blade Waltz) will still damage Fiora.

Build usage

  • Ravenous Hydra shines on Fiora, giving her a significant boost to damage, out-of-combat sustain, in-combat sustain, and waveclear, as well as allowing  Blade Waltz to deal splash damage to nearby enemies. It's also easier to build than The Bloodthirster, as its individual components each cost less than 900g to purchase; build early if you plan on using it, as this will be your core AD stat item. Don't forget to use the active ability!
    • If building Fiora strictly as an assassin (rather than a carry), her role becomes picking off low health and/or high priority targets, making Tiamat or Ravenous Hydra debatable choices on her even with  Idol of Durand on your team since they cost a fair bit of money for items that don't tremendously augment your single-target damage, especially when Fiora's primary targets are often back-lines characters who won't be standing near enough to anything for the splash damage to actually hit anything.
    • With  Burst of Speed, Fiora can down towers very fast. Ravenous Hydra can be useful when used to speed up Fiora's wave clearing. This can turn Fiora into a very effective split pusher; if you're at the point where you can destroy any single enemy champion 1v1 in a duel regardless of tower proximity, this can force the opposing team to commit numbers to counter you, allowing your team to secure other map objectives.
  • The Black Cleaver will reduce armor on every hit of her ultimate  Blade Waltz and therefore increasing the damage dealt. In teamfights where your  Blade Waltz can hit multiple targets, the armor reduction will be very helpful. Combine with Tiamat/ Ravenous Hydra to shred armor on any champions struck by the splash damage, potentially granting maximum Cleaver stacks on every enemy champion in a teamfight and boosting primary target damage on each strike. In a 1v1 case, the armor reduction will greatly increase your already impressive damage from  Blade Waltz. The additional health is welcome too!
  • Last Whisper as a third or even second item can massively increase Fiora's damage output, particularly from her ultimate  Blade Waltz (which enjoys high base damage). Even early on when combined with armor penetration runes/masteries and The Brutalizer, the resulting 22 flat penetration and 35-45 % penetration is enough to hit most unarmored targets for true damage. With a Ravenous Hydra or The Bloodthirster, you can often "100 to zero" enemy carries with just five strikes of your ult, without even factoring in the rest of your abilities.
  • Building life steal is very important for Fiora as it allows her to regenerate large quantities of health while she is untargetable during  Blade Waltz.
  • Unlike many other attack damage carries, Phantom Dancer can be built but isn't necessary on Fiora because she already gets a huge attack speed boost and a movement speed boost from  Burst of Speed.
  • Statikk Shiv normally gains 10 charges per attack but the 5 attacks of  Blade Waltz also count as movement by various amounts. It is fairly common for  Blade Waltz to proc the Shiv with the first strike, yet the Shiv will have 75-100 charges by the end of it.
  • Crowd control directly counters Fiora's usefulness, making Mercury's Treads, Zephyr, Quicksilver Sash or a Banshee's Veil good items to consider if you find yourself being CC'd regularly.
  • One can build her as a glass cannon carry with items like Phantom Dancer, The Bloodthirster, and Infinity Edge. Or, one can opt to build her as a more tanky DPS type with proc effects using items like Frozen Mallet and Wit's End.
  • Fiora can be built in a "critless" manner as well due to her high AS. Items like The Bloodthirster, The Black Cleaver, and Wit's End can be used to increase her damage output in such a build. It should be noted that Youmuu's Ghostblade's active is very useful in this type of a build. This type of a build along with items like Guardian Angel and Frozen Mallet allow  Fiora to be rather tanky.
  • If one is running Armor Penetration runes, it's a good idea to get both The Black Cleaver and Youmuu's Ghostblade on her, since she can receive the full stacks for the armor shred easily.
  • Bilgewater Cutlass can fill a powerful niche in Fiora's kit, granting her good life steal, decent damage, and a slowing active. Upgrading into Blade of the Ruined King further improves the life steal and active while also granting just the right amount of additional base attack speed Fiora needs. Consider buying this item early against teams with high-health champs and keep away comps, as it mitigates many of Fiora's weaknesses and allows you to focus the rest of your build on raw damage output.
  • Wit's End is also useful as it will proc on all hits of her ultimate,  Blade Waltz, without the 75% reduction for hitting the same target. This effectively adds 210 magic damage to  Blade Waltz. Along with the magic resistance and AS that it provides, the item is very useful on Fiora, especially if the opponent team is AP heavy or if an AP heavy champ constantly focuses you.
  • When jungling Fiora, Spirit of the Elder Lizard makes for a good default pick; particularly if you plan on ganking often in the early and mid game. Wriggle's Lantern is also a good choice if you plan on focusing on jungle farm, though it necessitates an AD heavy overall item build; each Blade Waltz strike will proc bonus damage.

Recommended builds

Summoner's Rift
Starting Boots of Speed item Health Potion item4 Warding Totem item
Essential Doran's Blade item Berserker's Greaves item Ravenous Hydra item
Offensive Youmuu's Ghostblade item Infinity Edge item Last Whisper item The Bloodthirster item
Defensive Guardian Angel item Mercurial Scimitar item Maw of Malmortius item
Consumables Health Potion item Sight Ward item
The Howling Abyss
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran's Shield item Doran's Blade item Health Potion item2
Essential Berserker's Greaves item Ravenous Hydra item Phage item
Offensive Youmuu's Ghostblade item Trinity Force item Sanguine Blade item
Defensive Mercurial Scimitar item Maw of Malmortius item Frozen Heart item Atma's Impaler item
Consumables Health Potion item
The Crystal Scar
Starting Boots of Speed item Prospector's Blade item Health Potion item2
Essential Berserker's Greaves item Ravenous Hydra item Blade of the Ruined King item
Offensive Youmuu's Ghostblade item Last Whisper item Sanguine Blade item
Defensive Guardian Angel item Dervish Blade item Maw of Malmortius item Entropy item
Consumables Health Potion item
The Twisted Treeline
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran's Blade item
Essential Ravenous Hydra item The Black Cleaver item Mercury's Treads item
Offensive Last Whisper item Sanguine Blade item Lord Van Damm's Pillager item
Defensive Banshee's Veil item Dervish Blade item
Consumables Health Potion item

Countering

  •  Fiora is adept at dealing a lot of physical damage quickly, making armor a clear method of protecting yourself.
    • In the top lane, Ninja Tabi is a highly effective way to become deceptively hard to kill to Fiora.
    • Buying Thornmail is a very good option as  Fiora relies heavily on basic attacks to cause damage and it would benefit almost every member of the opposing team and increase their survival chance.
  • A crowd control effect applied on Fiora when she activates  Burst of Speed will severely lower her damage output. In addition, if she is unable to autoattack or use  Lunge during the 3 second duration, she will not gain bonus movement speed.
  •  Fiora is considered a late game AD hyper carry; as such, she must be shut down at every given moment, as she snowballs deadly and quickly
  • Another good option is attack speed grinders such as Warden's Mail, Randuin's Omen and Frozen Heart, these all give armor and an attack speed debuff.
  • If Fiora runs bottom lane, focusing her early and often with crowd control and heavy damage is a great way to shut down her mid game, due to Fiora easily (Much more so than other champs) falling behind from not getting early kills or assists.
  • If she uses  Blade Waltz recklessly, you can run towards a friendly turret and CC her upon reappearance.
  • Fiora is strongly countered by anti-AD champions, such as  Jax,  Rammus and  Malphite.
    •  Jax is a great 1v1 top lane counter due to his  Counter Strike which can completely avoid  Blade Waltz. As well as the bonus armor from  Grandmaster's Might will reduce the damage from all of her other forms of offense.
    •  Rammus counters her with his anti-AD abilities such as   Defensive Ball Curl, and his tendency to build up armor to stack with  Spiked Shell.
    •  Malphite can take her on with his  Brutal Strikes granting him incredible amounts of armor and  Ground Slam reducing her attack speed considerably.
    • In general, long range harass, zoning, and running go a long way to controlling a Fiora at the top lane, because she has no reliable short cooldown ranged attack.

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