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Leona Mechanics Preview

By Ryan 'Morello' Scott [1]

Greetings Summoners!

We wanted to give you a glimmer of insight into the mechanics of our newest champion, Leona Leona, the Radiant Dawn.

Leona is a bit special because she's our answer to a pretty popular fan request; a female tank! I think a good place to start is to answer "what exactly does 'tank' mean to us at Riot?"

  • Starts and initiates teamfights (usually via CC)
  • Soaks up damage.
  • May peel dangerous attackers off other vulnerable team mates.
  • Presents itself as an attractive target by causing long-term 'threat' as the fight continues.

Leona does this by providing a low-cooldown, low-duration, Shield of Daybreak.png single-target stun with a Zenith Blade.png skillshot gap-closer to start. After she closes the gap to the enemy, she'll be performing regular Shield of Daybreak.png single-target stuns that really disrupt the fight or peel off a target from an ally once a fight has begun. Additionally, she has a Eclipse.png defensive stance that allows her to soak up punishment pretty effectively and also discharges a wave of sunlight outward that causes significant damage. This mechanic acts as a sort of 'soft taunt' that causes her to have some threat when she's about to unleash a big chunk of damage, and makes her an attractive target.

Finally, her passive, Sunlight.png Sunlight, causes all of Leona's spells to debuff the target, causing the next attack from an ally to do additional damage. This really encourages Leona to mark high-priority targets and let her set up opportunities for her teammates. Her power increases with the length of the fight, a common tank trait (like Singed Singed's Poison Trail.png Poison Trail or Amumu Amumu's Despair.png Despair, for example)

We're excited to be able to deliver something we're really proud of to meet our players' requests and expectations. Keep letting us know what you want - we do take your feedback seriously.

Champion Spotlight

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Leona Champion Spotlight

Recommended Items

Summoner's Rift
Starting Relic Shield item Health Potion item3 Warding Totem item
Early Sightstone item Targon&#039;s Brace item Boots of Speed item
Essential Face of the Mountain item Locket of the Iron Solari item Boots of Mobility item
Aggressive Zeke&#039;s Harbinger item Righteous Glory item Sunfire Cape item
Protective Locket of the Iron Solari item Mikael&#039;s Crucible item Frozen Heart item
Consumables Health Potion item Vision Ward item Elixir of Iron item
Twisted Treeline
Starting Doran&#039;s Shield item Boots of Speed item Health Potion item
Essential Boots of Mobility item Locket of the Iron Solari item Frozen Heart item
Aggressive Righteous Glory item Talisman of Ascension item Banner of Command item
Protective Mikael&#039;s Crucible item Randuin&#039;s Omen item Banshee&#039;s Veil item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Iron item
Howling Abyss
Starting Boots of Speed item Guardian&#039;s Horn item Health Potion item3
Essential Ninja Tabi item Frozen Heart item Locket of the Iron Solari item
Offensive Zeke&#039;s Harbinger item Righteous Glory item Sunfire Cape item
Defensive Dead Man&#039;s Plate item Banshee&#039;s Veil item Randuin&#039;s Omen item
Consumables Oracle&#039;s Extract item Health Potion item Elixir of Iron item

Tips

Playing As Leona Leona
  • Lead the charge and mark your foes with Sunlight.png Sunlight before your allies deal damage.
  • Shield of Daybreak.png Shield of Daybreak and Zenith Blade.png Zenith Blade from a powerful offensive combo.
  • You can absorb a huge amount of damage using Eclipse.png Eclipse, but you must stay near enemies to gain the bonus duration.
Playing Against Leona Leona
  • When Leona activates Eclipse.png Eclipse, you have three seconds to get away from her before she deals damage.
  • Only foes in the center of Solar Flare.png Solar Flare get stunned, so you can often avoid this if you're quick.

Tricks

Ability Usage
Mastery Usage
Item Usage
Countering

References

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