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Skill usage

  •  Leona is primarily played as a support and her strength as a champion comes from her incredible amount of hard CC from  Shield of Daybreak,  Zenith Blade, and  Solar Flare, the team damage potential from  Sunlight, and her natural durability from her stats and  Eclipse.
  • Maximize  Sunlight's potential by timing your skills in a way that gives your allies an opportunity to consume each mark.
    •  Sunlight can be activated by any damage so long as she is not the source, including a DoT like  Despair.
  •  Shield of Daybreak can be used to help  Leona destroy towers or get last-hits as it resets her attack timer and deals bonus damage, even to structures.
  • With high natural CC, Leona can set up kills for her jungler even if they lack it themselves, such as  Shyvana.
  •  Zenith Blade can be relatively easy to land during the early laning phase when ADCs do not have very much attack speed and thus have a long enough attack animation to close in on them.
  • If  Leona is hit by a knock-back while  Zenith Blade is in flight, she will be knocked back, but then immediately blink to the last enemy hit by the skill even though she has been knocked farther away.
    • Against champions with knockbacks or blinks, it is generally better to save  Zenith Blade until after they expend their distance-creating ability whenever possible.
  • A standard combo would be to activate  Eclipse at a distance and then use  Zenith Blade to dash to an enemy champion, activating  Shield of Daybreak in mid-flight.
  •  Leona lanes well with aggressive teammates with powerful early-game harassment skills such as  Graves,  Tristana and  Varus, however many ADCs can easily take advantage of her kit.
  • When unable to directly communicate with a lane-mate, activating  Eclipse can be a good signal to them that you are about to initiate your combo.
    • Likewise, it can also tell your enemies that you're about to engage on them. Be quick or hide in the brush to prevent the enemy from disengaging.
  •  Solar Flare can be used to steal  Dragon or  Baron Nashor from significant range. However, its small delay and low damage requires good timing.
  • Place  Solar Flare where it will hit as many enemies as possible, not only for the stun and 80% slow, but also to maximize  Sunlight's bonus damage.
    • The cooldown on the ability is fairly low, so don't be afraid to use it to set up kills or to save teammates.
  • It is a good idea to prioritize skill points into  Eclipse. It deals the most damage of any of your skills, and has the most significant bonuses upon level-up.
    • It is important to get a point in  Shield of Daybreak early to complete Leona's combo, but extra points in the ability aren't particularly noticeable.
    • Maxing  Zenith Blade after  Eclipse is the best way to help Leona overcome her lackluster wave clear, enabling her to kill minion waves with one combo by level 9 .
    •  Eclipse does not need to be taken until level 3 as a  Zenith Blade and  Shield of Daybreak combo will allow you to exchange harass damage against enemy lanes.
  •  Zenith Blade can be used even against enemies you cannot see, making it good for chasing enemies who become invisible or flee into brush or over walls.
  • Spell shields, such as that from Banshee's Veil, will prevent her abilities from applying  Sunlight, but they will not stop  Zenith Blade from pulling  Leona to her target or prevent  Eclipse's defense bonus.
  • Aim  Zenith Blade so that the desired target is the last enemy hit by the skill.
  •  Zenith Blade and  Eclipse can be used to mark minions with  Sunlight to make it easier for your lane partner to last-hit large waves, especially if they have AoE skills.
  • Beware when casting  Zenith Blade near enemy towers; you can be pulled under it and take aggro.
    • On a similar note,  Zenith Blade can potentially put you in a bad position and out of range of your teammates.
  •  Zenith Blade's projectile does have a travel time, so it is generally unwise to use the spell at the tip of its range since the enemy champion has time to dodge.
  • When laning, control the brush whenever possible as her ability to set up kills gives her excellent zoning.
  • Using Flash while  Zenith Blade is winding up can result in the range of the ability being extended and harder for the enemy to dodge.
  • If  Leona's lane partner is fed enough, and/or they are able to handle a 1 vs 2 lane, she can begin roaming as soon as she purchases movement speed and a gold generating item.
    • Her massive CC allows her to set up kills easily, especially when  Solar Flare is available.
    • When coordinating a roaming gank with your team's jungler,  Leona's ganking ability is more potent.
  •  Leona's abilities have a decent amount of base damage, especially  Eclipse. Use this to your advantage to kill fragile characters who underestimate your burst damage.
  •  Leona has the ability to clear enemy wards just after their placement. Deal a basic attack, activate  Shield of Daybreak for another, and immediately attack again to kill it.

Build usage

Leona can be built in multiple ways with the most favorable being a supportive tank. Less common builds include more offense, while utilizing her natural crowd control and tankiness.

Tank

  • With defensive items,  Leona can be very hard to kill. Armor, magic resist, and health help her to make a very strong front line.  Leona can not only provide initiation, but can also lock down targets with her numerous stuns and immobilizes in the middle of the fight.
  • Since  Eclipse provides Leona a high amount of armor and magic resist, she will generally gain more of a survivability boost from building health as opposed to more armor or magic resist, although the bonus does scale with extra defense.
  • The Relic Shield or Ancient Coin are great starting choices for  Leona depending on how you want to play her.
    • Relic Shield will allow her to help sustain herself and her partner during the laning phase and builds into Face of the Mountain, which can provide a decent shield and possible nuke depending on who you use the active on.
    • On the other hand, Talisman of Ascension's active will allow her to engage easier and quicker with her team. The choice can be made based on team composition and the needs of the team.
  • The more team related items that  Leona favors include Locket of the Iron Solari Sightstone, and  Talisman of Ascension, granting herself a good handful of stats and team beneficial actives.
  • If you have  Randuin's Omen, try to use its active ability while  Eclipse is up as the active increases in duration the higher your armor and magic resist. At max rank,  Eclipse by itself without any extra defense items, provides enough to increase the active's duration by 1.3 seconds.
  • Iceborn Gauntlet, while somewhat expensive and uncommon, will allow you to keep targets locked down for much longer due to the slowing field in addition to providing good defensive stats. Though you won't be able to take advantage of the proc as frequently as other champions, the utility it provides may be just enough.

Attack Damage Bruiser

  •  Leona has very high base defense and utility. Using the right build and combination of items, she can dive into the enemy backline and be a major threat to their damage dealers. While being played as a solo laner or jungler, she can use this build to accomplish this. The best choices for this role contain a mix of damage, cooldown reduction and some defenses.
  • Without a lane partner,  Shield of Daybreak becomes Leona's primary ability, as it grants an attack reset, extra damage and a stun.
  •  Shield of Daybreak works well with combo related items.  Sheen Trinity Force and  Ravenous Hydra giving  Leona some extra burst. In lane, this can lead to very strong trades -  Zenith Blade allows you to close the gap, using an auto attack for the extra damage, and  Shield of Daybreak resetting your attack timer for another strike.
    • Be aware that  Shield of Daybreak has a high base cooldown. Knowing how to pace your abilities is necessary to maximize Sheen procs.

Recommended builds

Summoner's Rift
Starting Relic Shield item Health Potion item Sight Ward item Warding Totem item
Essential Mercury's Treads item Sightstone item Face of the Mountain item
Offensive Sunfire Cape item Iceborn Gauntlet item Zeke's Herald item Greater Vision Totem item
Defensive Frozen Heart item Locket of the Iron Solari item Randuin's Omen item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item Sight Ward item Vision Ward item
The Howling Abyss
Starting Boots of Speed item Guardian's Horn item
Essential Mercury's Treads item Nomad's Medallion item Glacial Shroud item
Offensive Iceborn Gauntlet item Zeke's Herald item Talisman of Ascension item
Defensive Locket of the Iron Solari item Aegis of the Legion item Frozen Heart item Sunfire Cape item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Crystal Scar
Starting Boots of Speed item Health Potion item3 Kindlegem item
Essential Mercury's Treads item Zeke's Herald item Aegis of the Legion item
Offensive Iceborn Gauntlet item Trinity Force item
Defensive Locket of the Iron Solari item Frozen Heart 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 Aegis of the Legion item Kindlegem item
Offensive Sunfire Cape item Zeke's Herald item Trinity Force item
Defensive Locket of the Iron Solari item Hextech Sweeper item Twin Shadows item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item

Countering

  • In lane,  Leona will attempt a combo of  Eclipse immediately followed by  Zenith Blade to jump to you and  Shield of Daybreak to stun and ensure  Eclipse's damage.
    • This combo is especially dangerous from the brush - keep track of her.
  •  Zenith Blade has a small width and slightly short range - staying back or side stepping can help you dodge it.
  • If  Leona uses  Zenith Blade to farm minions, it can sometimes be advantageous to make it hit you and force her into a bad position.
  • Stay mobile in order to make it harder for her to effectively initiate with  Solar Flare and her combo.
    • Spread out to minimize how many people will be hit by the stun from  Solar Flare, and possibly the entire ability.
  • Catch  Leona alone whenever possible, as she cannot make use of  Sunlight without a teammate.
  • Any damage from her lane partner will proc  Sunlight, notably damage-over-time, greatly increasing damage taken. Try to force her to use most of her skills before her teammate can activate the marks.
  •  Leona is hard to finish off in combat due to the bonus defensive stats from  Eclipse. Only commit to killing her if you are sure of victory.
  •  Leona's largest source of personal damage comes from  Eclipse, which also provides her the most defense. Try to keep your distance from her when you see her activate it.
  • It is difficult to disengage from  Leona, but if you can dodge another  Zenith Blade, which has a small hit area and a notable casting time, you can cripple her ability to chase. Coupled with her low base movement speed, it is possible to escape from her by simply running in a straight line away from her.
  • When laning, Leona is most effective when she can surprise her foes from the brush; warding your lane's brush can be a very effective way to diminish her zoning ability.
  • Be careful about using knockback abilities such as  Condemn or  Buster Shot on  Leona when she uses  Zenith Blade. If you fire before  Leona starts her dash, she will be able to dash to the last enemy champion hit regardless. Instead, try to time the shot to hit just as she starts to dash, which will break her dash and knock her back, effectively canceling her gap closer.
  • Remember that  Zenith Blade places  Leona behind her target with respect to her point of view on using  Zenith Blade. This can be exploited by knockback abilities to either throw her into one of your turrets, into your team, or to  Condemn her into a wall with proper positioning.

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