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Skill usage

  • LeonaSquare.png 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.png Shield of Daybreak, Zenith Blade.png Zenith Blade, and Solar Flare.png Solar Flare, the team damage potential from Sunlight.png Sunlight, and her natural durability from her stats and Eclipse.png Eclipse.
  • Maximize Sunlight.png Sunlight's potential by timing your skills in a way that gives your allies an opportunity to consume each mark.
    • Sunlight.png Sunlight can be activated by any damage so long as she is not the source, including a DoT like Despair.png Despair.
  • Shield of Daybreak.png Shield of Daybreak can be used to help LeonaSquare.png 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 ShyvanaSquare.png Shyvana.
  • Zenith Blade.png 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 LeonaSquare.png Leona is hit by a knock-back while Zenith Blade.png 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.png Zenith Blade until after they expend their distance-creating ability whenever possible.
  • A standard combo would be to activate Eclipse.png Eclipse at a distance and then use Zenith Blade.png Zenith Blade to dash to an enemy champion, activating Shield of Daybreak.png Shield of Daybreak in mid-flight.
  • LeonaSquare.png Leona lanes well with aggressive teammates with powerful early-game harassment skills such as GravesSquare.png Graves, TristanaSquare.png Tristana and VarusSquare.png Varus, however many ADCs can easily take advantage of her kit.
  • When unable to directly communicate with a lane-mate, activating Eclipse.png 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.png Solar Flare can be used to steal DragonSquare.png Dragon or Baron NashorSquare.png Baron Nashor from significant range. However, its small delay and low damage requires good timing.
  • Place Solar Flare.png Solar Flare where it will hit as many enemies as possible, not only for the stun and 80% slow, but also to maximize Sunlight.png 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.png 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.png Shield of Daybreak early to complete Leona's combo, but extra points in the ability aren't particularly noticeable.
    • Maxing Zenith Blade.png Zenith Blade after Eclipse.png 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.png Eclipse does not need to be taken until level 3 as a Zenith Blade.png Zenith Blade and Shield of Daybreak.png Shield of Daybreak combo will allow you to exchange harass damage against enemy lanes.
  • Zenith Blade.png 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 item.png Banshee's Veil, will prevent her abilities from applying Sunlight.png Sunlight, but they will not stop Zenith Blade.png Zenith Blade from pulling LeonaSquare.png Leona to her target or prevent Eclipse.png Eclipse's defense bonus.
  • Aim Zenith Blade.png Zenith Blade so that the desired target is the last enemy hit by the skill.
  • Zenith Blade.png Zenith Blade and Eclipse.png Eclipse can be used to mark minions with Sunlight.png 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.png Zenith Blade near enemy towers; you can be pulled under it and take aggro.
    • On a similar note, Zenith Blade.png Zenith Blade can potentially put you in a bad position and out of range of your teammates.
  • Zenith Blade.png 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.png Flash while Zenith Blade.png Zenith Blade is winding up can result in the range of the ability being extended and harder for the enemy to dodge.
  • If LeonaSquare.png 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.png Solar Flare is available.
    • When coordinating a roaming gank with your team's jungler, LeonaSquare.png Leona's ganking ability is more potent.
  • LeonaSquare.png Leona's abilities have a decent amount of base damage, especially Eclipse.png Eclipse. Use this to your advantage to kill fragile characters who underestimate your burst damage.
  • LeonaSquare.png Leona has the ability to clear enemy wards just after their placement. Deal a basic attack, activate Shield of Daybreak.png 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, LeonaSquare.png Leona can be very hard to kill. Armor, magic resist, and health help her to make a very strong front line. LeonaSquare.png 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.png 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 item.png Relic Shield or Ancient Coin item.png Ancient Coin are great starting choices for LeonaSquare.png Leona depending on how you want to play her.
    • Relic Shield item.png Relic Shield will allow her to help sustain herself and her partner during the laning phase and builds into Face of the Mountain item.png 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 item.png 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 LeonaSquare.png Leona favors include Locket of the Iron Solari item.png Locket of the Iron SolariSightstone item.png Sightstone, and Talisman of Ascension item.png Talisman of Ascension, granting herself a good handful of stats and team beneficial actives.
  • If you have Randuin's Omen item.png Randuin's Omen, try to use its active ability while Eclipse.png Eclipse is up as the active increases in duration the higher your armor and magic resist. At max rank, Eclipse.png Eclipse by itself without any extra defense items, provides enough to increase the active's duration by 1.3 seconds.
  • Iceborn Gauntlet item.png 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

  • LeonaSquare.png 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.png Shield of Daybreak becomes Leona's primary ability, as it grants an attack reset, extra damage and a stun.
  • Shield of Daybreak.png Shield of Daybreak works well with combo related items. Sheen item.png SheenTrinity Force item.png Trinity Force and Ravenous Hydra item.png Ravenous Hydra giving LeonaSquare.png Leona some extra burst. In lane, this can lead to very strong trades - Zenith Blade.png Zenith Blade allows you to close the gap, using an auto attack for the extra damage, and Shield of Daybreak.png Shield of Daybreak resetting your attack timer for another strike.
    • Be aware that Shield of Daybreak.png Shield of Daybreak has a high base cooldown. Knowing how to pace your abilities is necessary to maximize Sheen item.png Sheen procs.

Mage

  • With excellent CC and tankiness, and with all of her abilities scaling AP, LeonaSquare.png Leona has good capabilities of being a bursty AP offtank. Between building the right defenses and AP items, she can easily handle a squishier mage lane-combatant, as well as pick off squishy AD carrys in teamfights whilst supported by her team.
  • In order to bring out the true magic-damage-dealing potential of LeonaSquare.png Leona, it is necessary to implicate high amounts of magic penetration, because her abilities do not have extraordinarily high AP ratios. It is also important to use a decent amount of Armor and Magic Resistance, so that her Eclipse.png Eclipse can keep her alive while it ticks down to its explosion. It is also important to have a decent amount of health to protect her vast amount of resistances and damage-dealing potential. This being said, core items on Leona are considered to be Haunting Guise item.png Haunting Guise, Chain Vest item.png Chain Vest and Negatron Cloak item.png Negatron Cloak.
  • Offensive choices that stem from LeonaSquare.png Leona's core items include Abyssal Scepter item.png Abyssal Scepter, Sunfire Cape item.png Sunfire Cape and Liandry's Torment item.png Liandry's Torment. Abyssal Scepter item.png Abyssal Scepter is an excellent and generally a primary choice if you are facing a typical APC laner such as KatarinaSquare.png Katarina or ZiggsSquare.png Ziggs, as the 5 extra magic resistance couples well with Eclipse.png Eclipse/magic damage, and the magic penetration is AP LeonaSquare.png Leona's most useful stat. Sunfire Cape item.png Sunfire Cape is an offensive choice against AD mids such as ZedSquare.png Zed because the AoE magic damage is an offensive trade off for the tankier stats of Randuin's Omen item.png Randuin's Omen, and is also a great offensive choice because all of LeonaSquare.png Leona's abilities require her to be in close proximity to the enemy. Plus, the unique passive synergizes well with Abyssal Scepter item.png Abyssal Scepter's passive.
    • Liandry's Torment item.png Liandry's Torment is best bought mid to late-game because it offers no boost to magic penetration, and the burn passive is more effective during team fights when LeonaSquare.png Leona's AoEs can connect with enemies that are further impaired by your team's CC - although she has frequent CC, it is limited in duration.
  • Rabadon's Deathcap item.png Rabadon's Deathcap is an excellent choice if you are quite ahead and do not think you will need any large defenses anytime soon, but should not be rushed before getting a decent amount of magic penetration. Void Staff item.png Void Staff is a better choice if the enemy is stacking magic resistance, even if this means you will not finish your build with Rabadon's Deathcap item.png Rabadon's Deathcap.
  • Defensive choices for LeonaSquare.png Leona include Randuin's Omen item.png Randuin's Omen and Banshee's Veil item.png Banshee's Veil. Randuin's Omen item.png Randuin's Omen synergizes a bonus duration slow with her Eclipse.png Eclipse, and Banshee's Veil item.png Banshee's Veil's spell shield is excellent at keeping LeonaSquare.png Leona alive.
    • Randuin's Omen item.png Randuin's Omen's Unique passive will allow for an almost-always doubled burn application of Liandry's Torment item.png Liandry's Torment against aa-oriented champions, therefore making for an excellent and quirky burn-multiplier.
  • Guardian Angel item.png Guardian Angel is a possible item on LeonaSquare.png Leona, but it is not highly recommended because its passive isn't of the highest caliber in terms of defensive capabilities.
  • Rod of Ages item.png Rod of Ages is another offensive choice for Leona if you are ahead early-game, and the game is young enough for stacks. It is only recommended to purchase Rod of Ages item.png Rod of Ages if you are very much ahead, because the small health increase from Rod of Ages item.png Rod of Ages will not compare well to the other defensive stats of Sunfire Cape item.png Sunfire Cape, Banshee's Veil item.png Banshee's Veil and Randuin's Omen item.png Randuin's Omen.
  • In the build case of AP LeonaSquare.png Leona, Zenith Blade.png Zenith Blade becomes LeonaSquare.png Leona's primary ability when she plans to initiate combat; however, if the enemy becomes close, using Shield of Daybreak.png Shield of Daybreak to stun them becomes the better option, so that Zenith Blade.png Zenith Blade will be available to stop escapees in their tracks, and LeonaSquare.png Leona can finish the job with Eclipse.png Eclipse.
  • While using mage masteries, an easy combo to get Spell Weaving to level 3 is to Zenith Blade.png Zenith Blade, activate Eclipse.png Eclipse in the middle of or immediately after the flight of Zenith Blade.png Zenith Blade, finish the Zenith Blade.png Zenith Blade animation into an auto-attack, cast Shield of Daybreak.png Shield of Daybreak, and then hit with a third auto before Eclipse.png Eclipse explodes.
  • Because the most useful items on Leona do not have any cooldown reduction, it is best to implicate runes that have scaling cooldown reduction, and to take advantage of a blue buff offer.

Recommended builds

Summoner's Rift
Starting Relic Shield item Health Potion item2 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, LeonaSquare.png Leona will attempt a combo of Eclipse.png Eclipse immediately followed by Zenith Blade.png Zenith Blade to jump to you and Shield of Daybreak.png Shield of Daybreak to stun and ensure Eclipse.png Eclipse's damage.
    • This combo is especially dangerous from the brush - keep track of her.
  • Zenith Blade.png Zenith Blade has a small width and slightly short range - staying back or side stepping can help you dodge it.
  • If LeonaSquare.png Leona uses Zenith Blade.png 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.png Solar Flare and her combo.
    • Spread out to minimize how many people will be hit by the stun from Solar Flare.png Solar Flare, and possibly the entire ability.
  • Catch LeonaSquare.png Leona alone whenever possible, as she cannot make use of Sunlight.png Sunlight without a teammate.
  • Any damage from her lane partner will proc Sunlight.png 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.
  • LeonaSquare.png Leona is hard to finish off in combat due to the bonus defensive stats from Eclipse.png Eclipse. Only commit to killing her if you are sure of victory.
  • LeonaSquare.png Leona's largest source of personal damage comes from Eclipse.png 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 LeonaSquare.png Leona, but if you can dodge another Zenith Blade.png 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.png Condemn or Buster Shot.png Buster Shot on LeonaSquare.png Leona when she uses Zenith Blade.png Zenith Blade. If you fire before LeonaSquare.png 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.png Zenith Blade places LeonaSquare.png Leona behind her target with respect to her point of view on using Zenith Blade.png Zenith Blade. This can be exploited by knockback abilities to either throw her into one of your turrets, into your team, or to Condemn.png Condemn her into a wall with proper positioning.

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