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Skill usage

  •  Irelia's  Ionian Fervor is her staple ability, making it very difficult to lock her down in teamfights and skirmishes with crowd control due to her extended tenacity.
    • For this reason,  Irelia is a feared assassin and very capable at targeting and killing carries due to the difficulty involved in keeping her off them with crowd control.
    • Bear in mind that this tenacity does not reduce the crowd control applied by knock-ups or suppression.
    • Invisible units, such as enemy champions in brush or  Twitch with  Ambush active will not proc  Ionian Fervor's bonus tenacity.
  •  Bladesurge is a powerful farming tool as it refreshes and refunds mana if it kills the targeted enemy, including minions, and also serves as a gap closer.
    • If you miss when last hitting a minion, quickly use your  Bladesurge on it, so you still kill it successfully without losing cooldown or too much mana.
    •  Bladesurge applies on-hit effects, including the true damage dealt by  Irelia's  Hiten Style, the magic damage from Wit's End, and it will proc and immediately apply the additional damage from Sheen, albeit only every two seconds per its cooldown limitations.
    • Use  Bladesurge to cover great distances by targeting low life minions on your way to champion targets.
      • Inversely, targeting enemy minions can help  Irelia escape from ganks.
      • By using  Bladesurge on a full health ranged minion while having  Trinity Force, you will usually kill a full health ranged minion instantly, so you can use it one more time.
      • Use  Transcendent Blades at range to soften up a minion to open up opportunities for a successful  Bladesurge reset.
  •  Hiten Style gives  Irelia exceptional laning strength. Each level will provide increased sustain and bonus true damage per attack.
    • Combined with  Bladesurge, this combo makes Irelia among the best champions at last-hitting under allied turrets.
    •  Hiten Style synergizes strongly with attack speed. The more hits  Irelia can land within the duration of its active means increased sustain and increased damage output.
    •  Hiten Style also heals while attacking structures such as turrets, as it heals on-hit. She may activate this while pushing for extra sustain in lane.
    • True damage cannot be negated, so keep in mind that the  Hiten Style active cannot be negated by Exhaust or any attack damage debuff.
      • However, an attack speed slow such as  Ground Slam will reduce your sustain and damage output.
  •  Irelia's  Equilibrium Strike will either stun or slow depending on the total % of health  Irelia has compared to her target. If higher, it will slow. If lower, it will stun.
    • This gives  Equilibrium Strike a lot of flexibility in its use - it will slow in a chasing situation, and stun to either turn the tides of a fight or give  Irelia a means of escape.
      • For this reason, it is often best to save  Equilibrium Strike until later in a fight to secure a sudden advantage and turn around.
    • To help your jungler gank your lane, purposefully letting your health drop below your target's can provide a much-needed stun to ensure a kill.
    • Consider investing your first skill point into  Equilibrium Strike in order to avoid and survive a potential early gank during laning.
  •  Transcendent Blades allows for strong, multi-target damage and sustain, giving  Irelia increased survivability in fights, especially when focusing down important targets.
    • Remember that  Transcendent Blades will heal  Irelia for more when striking champions than striking minions.
      • In a teamfight, it's generally best to aim  Transcendent Blades to hit as many champions as possible to keep you alive, rather than directly at a single target for extra damage, as this will give you the best sustain. With proper positioning, both these effects can be achieved without having to compromise. For example, shift around to fire the blades forward into the bulk of the enemy team while also hitting the main target.
      • During laning, fire into as large of a minion group as possible to regain large amounts of health either to continue laning or to survive a skirmish.
      • Ignite combined with  Transcendent Blades makes a rather strong combo to kill fleeing enemies.
    • If coordinated well, it also makes an effective tool for escaping ganks or failed team fights at low health. By clicking the edge of your screen and firing off a few blades, you can heal from the enemy champions chasing you to buy time to escape.
    •  Transcendent Blades can give you a "stepping stone". By using it to lower health of ranged minions, you can dash continuously when using  Bladesurge on them.
    • Wait for the spellblade proc from Sheen or Trinity Force to refresh before casting  Bladesurge to maximize damage output.
  • Even though  Irelia has a lot of sustain, she also has a lot of burst damage when her opponent has more health than her at level 6. Opening with  Equilibrium Strike, activating  Hiten Style and  Transcendent Blades immediately, and  Bladesurge as the opponent flees and gains some distance (so you can land another autoattack or even more with Phage. This combo is capable of dealing a lot of damage. Combined with Ignite and Sheen, it can even kill somebody from full health in a few seconds.
    • Irelia also can burst at level 2 (though you can only do that with a level advantage, or if your enemy has wasted an ability). Use your  Bladesurge onto a low health minion near your enemy, then follow with a Equilibrium Strike, attack him and then  Bladesurge after landing an auto attack or if he runs away. By using this trick, you can burn 2 of the enemy champion's  health potions.

Build usage

Recommended builds

Summoner's Rift
Starting Boots of Speed item Health Potion item4 Warding Totem item
Essential Mercury's Treads item Bilgewater Cutlass item Doran's Blade item
Offensive Blade of the Ruined King item Trinity Force item Wit's End item
Defensive Frozen Mallet item Randuin's Omen item Warmog's Armor item Guardian Angel item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana 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 Phage item Wit's End item
Offensive Trinity Force item Zephyr item Atma's Impaler item
Defensive Spirit Visage item Frozen Mallet item Randuin's Omen item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Crystal Scar
Starting Boots of Speed item Prospector's Blade item Health Potion item2
Essential Mercury's Treads item Phage item Warden's Mail item
Offensive Trinity Force item Wit's End item Zephyr item Blade of the Ruined King item
Defensive Spirit Visage item Frozen Heart item Guardian Angel item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Twisted Treeline
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran's Shield item
Essential Mercury's Treads item Phage item Warden's Mail item
Offensive Trinity Force item Wit's End item Zephyr item
Defensive Spirit Visage item Overlord's Bloodmail item Frozen Heart item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item


  •  Irelia is a champion that relies on attack speed. A Frozen Heart or Randuin's Omen is a good counter to her AS.
  • Try to disengage when you see her  Hiten Style is activating. It only has a 6s duration and the true damage and on hit heal allows her to trade. Try to harass her back when it is on cooldown.
  • Buying a Doran's Shield in the first trip back is a great way to counter  Irelia if you are having trouble vs her, since most of her damage come from basic autoattacks and her true damage.
    • ​After that, by using the same logic, you can buy Ninja Tabi or stack health ( Giant's Belt is good since it has many upgraded paths).
  •  Irelia's  Equilibrium Strike makes her trading deceptively strong. Keep your current % of health higher than her or you will lose lane.
  • As a top lane champion that relies on reaching an enemy and sticking to them to apply her on hit true damage, picking a champion that can outdo her constant damage once she enters melee range like  Xin Zhao or  Udyr or disengage like  Renekton or  Jayce is always a good idea.
  • Ask for early ganks, shut her down early. Snowball champions like  Riven are nightmares for  Irelia to deal with when they are ahead. Though  Irelia's power will allow her to turn the lane around if she gets enough levels.  Riven, for example, cannot burst  Irelia after enough levels have passed, causing  Irelia to win lane.
  • It is recommended not to fight  Irelia in minion waves. Her  Transcendent Blades allows her to heal a lot of damage if it deals damage to both you and minions.
    • Try to counter her healing with healing reduction from Ignite. It can be quite powerful in early game.

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