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Gameplay

Unfathomable feats of strength. Victory over impossible odds. [1]

The hallmarks of a great hero are almost always obvious, especially to the person displaying them. Almost always. Poppy Poppy’s been tasked with delivering a legendary hammer to a hero who will become legend. Journeying through Runeterra, she uncovers a number of would-be wielders, but never suspects the hammer might have found the right person already. The power of the hammer, the responsibility of her mission. And a whole swath of new abilities to show off her true strength. Poppy’s kit’s designed to show off her might despite her diminutive stature; whether peeling for your allies by chaining CC like Hammer Shock.png Hammer Shock and Heroic Charge.png Heroic Charge, or plunging into the heart of battle to separate a carry from the crowd, Poppy shows that sometimes all you need in your toolbox is a really big hammer.

Solo Lane

With a suite of potent CC, Poppy can combo her abilities to win trades and build towards her first major power spike with a completed offensive item.

When she can set up her opponent near a wall, it generally means bad times ahead for the unsuspecting victim. Using Heroic Charge.png Heroic Charge to stun the enemy champion against the terrain, she sets up both hits from Hammer Shock.png Hammer Shock, dealing a burst of damage and leaving them open to additional basic attack harass.

While Steadfast Presence.png Steadfast Presence will often be used in team fights to keep opponents from diving her squishier allies, during laning, Poppy can use her Steadfast Presence.png W to keep enemies with dashes from evading the heavy end of her hammer.

Careful management of her Iron Ambassador.png passive is also essential to success in lane. You can use your Iron Ambassador.png buckler to last hit minions, trading basic attacks with your opponent because of your shield when you automatically get the buckler back. Keep in mind that if the buckler hits the ground, you can pick it up for the shield, but if your opponent runs over it, they’ll crush it out of existence (or at least until your passive comes back up). That interaction can turn into a mindgame with the opposing champ, because when you use the ranged attack for a bit of poke, you can set up Hammer Shock.png Hammer Shock when they go to stomp on your buckler to fire both hits of the Hammer Shock.png Q off.

Unlocking Keeper&#039;s Verdict.png Keeper's Verdict at level six opens a number of new options for Poppy’s dueling potential: Quickly activating the Keeper&#039;s Verdict.png ult without channeling simulates a souped-up Alistar Alistar Pulverize.png Pulverize, while a fully channeled Keeper&#039;s Verdict.png Verdict can even up a 2v1 or turn the tide entirely with jungle support. And don’t underestimate the length of the knockback: Battering the enemy laner with a fully charged Keeper&#039;s Verdict.png ult just as your wave is about to hit their tower means they’ll miss a ton of experience and gold.

Poppy Hammer
Jungle

Creeping around a forest crowded with monsters is considerably less frightening when you’re wielding a giant mallet, and the Keeper of the Hammer is more than capable of heading into the jungle, harvesting gold from camps and ganks.

The tight confines of the jungle paths keep her well-stocked on walls to Heroic Charge.png heroically charge into should the opposing jungler wander in unwarily. Her Steadfast Presence.png innate tankiness and strong trading potential makes her potent in woodland duels, while her considerable crowd control makes the featherweight fighter a terror during attempted ganks.

Setting up a Keeper&#039;s Verdict.png Keeper's Verdict while hidden inside the brush can dramatically turn the tide when counter-ganking, because she can near-instantly transform 3v2s and 2v1s into a numbers advantage for her team.

When Poppy heads into the jungle, having allies who can help speed her up or combo with her crowd control will make for more effective ganks, but the tiny tussler is designed to be a powerful roaming jungle in her own right.

Teamfighting

When it’s time to transition to more teamplay, Poppy joins the frontlines as a strong tank. With the passive stats from Steadfast Presence.png Steadfast Presence, she’s surprisingly durable while still capable of outputting damage in the right situation. In early mid-game teamfights, Steadfast Presence.png Steadfast Presence’s active effect will keep the backline from using dashes to flee as her team collapses on them. A well-timed Keeper&#039;s Verdict.png Keeper's Verdict can turn a 5v5 scrum into a 5v4 slaughter, but she’ll have to pay attention to enemy crowd control. Because Keeper&#039;s Verdict.png Keeper's Verdict is channeled, it can be interrupted by opposing champions.

As enemies acquire more armor and health, Poppy smoothly swaps roles to take on the responsibility of keeping her friends alive. Steadfast Presence.png Steadfast Presence stops enemy assassins from diving (as long as they don’t use blinks--but blowing their Flash.png Flash might still be worth, depends on /all chat) while the threat of Keeper&#039;s Verdict.png Keeper's Verdict will have even frontline tanks concerned they might be taking a trip back towards their fountain, far away from the fight.

One trick with Keeper&#039;s Verdict.png Keeper's Verdict is that the knockback effect is actually a very small AoE, not single target. If you can get the enemy team closely grouped together (with Orianna Orianna’s Command- Shockwave.png Shockwave, perhaps), you could potentially knock more than one of them out of the fray. Then your team can either chase the weakened foes down, or secure one of those nifty objectives strewn about the map.

Synergy
Works well with: Struggles against:
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Morgana - Fallen Angel

Morg can tee Poppy’s targets up with long-duration Dark Binding.png Dark Bindings, turning enemy champions into enticing nails for the pint-sized pulverizer to pummel. But we do want to point out that while Poppy does mostly synergize well with folks like Morgana Morg and Amumu Amumu, Keeper&#039;s Verdict.png Keeper's Verdict is sometimes less a hammer smash and more a double-edged sword slash. In teams that want to keep enemies nearby for Curse of the Sad Mummy.png hugs and Soul Shackles.png wombos, Poppy can get carried away... erhm... carrying away opposing champions with Heroic Charge.png Heroic Charge and Keeper&#039;s Verdict.png Keeper's Verdict.

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Ekko - the Boy Who Shattered Time

Knocking a would-be assassin a mile back towards his base is all well and good, but it doesn’t do a whole lot against someone who can Chronobreak.png return right where he was with the click of a button. It doesn’t help that the second part of Ekko’s Phase Dive.png Phase Dive is a blink, so he can bypass Steadfast Presence.png Steadfast Presence en route to smacking someone with his bat. Add in his Parallel Convergence.png percent health damage and ability to Phase Dive.png maneuver out of her Heroic Charge.png Heroic Charge hotspots, and you have a recipe for a champion Poppy’d rather not see suit up against her.

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Kog'Maw - the Mouth of the Abyss

Poppy specializes in peel, and works perfectly in team compositions designed to protect an Void Ooze.png ooze-vomiting, Bio-Arcane Barrage.png arcane-barraging void puppy. She can keep Heroic Charge.png diving juggernauts and stalking midlaners from closing on her ally, while saving her ultimate peel for a hypercarry-saving Keeper&#039;s Verdict.png mallet slap that flings the erstwhile assassin flying off over the horizon.

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Janna - the Storm's Fury

Both Janna’s Howling Gale.png Howling Gale and Monsoon.png Monsoon can interrupt Keeper&#039;s Verdict.png Keeper's Verdict, and generally speaking the Storm’s Fury is more than capable of keeping Poppy away from targets she’d prefer thumping with a giant hammer. Because Poppy lacks a real gap-closer, Janna’s extra movement speed from Tailwind.png Tailwind doesn’t do the yordle warrior any favors either.

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Jarvan IV - the Exemplar of Demacia

Not only is J4 one of the best examples of the kind of guy Poppy figures should wield the hammer, they also have great synergy in teamfights and top lane ganks. The terrain created by Cataclysm.png Cataclysm is fantastic for Heroic Charge.png charging heroically into, but J4’s knockup Demacian Standard.png E - Dragon Strike.png Q combo can also help Poppy land both hits of a Hammer Shock.png Hammer Shock.

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Irelia - the Will of the Blades

Irelia hits Poppy where it really hurts: right through Steadfast Presence.png Steadfast Presence’s bonus resistances in the form of Hiten Style.png true damage. While Irelia can’t Bladesurge.png Bladesurge through Poppy’s Steadfast Presence.png W active, she can stand toe-to-toe with the Keeper of the Hammer and trade basic attacks. Having Stubborn to a Fault.png extra armor and MR below 40% health is normally enough to keep Poppy in the thick of a slapfest, but true damage ignores those fancy numbers, leaving Poppy in a dangerous spot.

Champion Spotlight
Champion Spotlight Poppy, Keeper of the Hammer06:53

Champion Spotlight Poppy, Keeper of the Hammer

Recommended Items
Summoner's Rift
Starting Corrupting Potion item Warding Totem item
Essential Sheen item Ninja Tabi item Dead Man&#039;s Plate item
Offensive Trinity Force item The Black Cleaver item Maw of Malmortius item
Defensive Iceborn Gauntlet item Randuin&#039;s Omen item Banshee&#039;s Veil item
Consumables Health Potion item Vision Ward item Elixir of Iron item
Summoner's Rift (Jungler)
Starting Hunter&#039;s Talisman item Health Potion item3 Warding Totem item
Essential Stalker&#039;s Blade (Cinderhulk) item Dead Man&#039;s Plate item Boots of Swiftness item
Offensive Trinity Force item The Black Cleaver item Maw of Malmortius item
Defensive Iceborn Gauntlet item Randuin&#039;s Omen item Banshee&#039;s Veil item
Consumables Health Potion item Vision Ward item Elixir of Iron item
Twisted Treeline
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran&#039;s Shield item Health Potion item2
Essential Boots of Swiftness item Sheen item Dead Man&#039;s Plate item
Offensive Trinity Force item Sterak&#039;s Gage item Maw of Malmortius item
Defensive Iceborn Gauntlet item Randuin&#039;s Omen item Overlord&#039;s Bloodmail item
Consumables Health Potion item
Twisted Treeline (Jungler)
Starting Item
Consumables Item
Howling Abyss
Starting Boots of Speed item Guardian&#039;s Horn item Health Potion item2
Essential Mercury&#039;s Treads item Sheen item Dead Man&#039;s Plate item
Offensive Trinity Force item The Black Cleaver item Sterak&#039;s Gage item
Defensive Iceborn Gauntlet item Randuin&#039;s Omen item Sunfire Cape item
Consumables Oracle&#039;s Extract item Health Potion item

Tips

Playing As Poppy Poppy
  • Iron Ambassador tends to land near walls, try to take advantage of this with Heroic Charge.
  • Keeper's Verdict can be released immediately to send the enemy straight up, take advantage of this in duels.
Playing Against Poppy Poppy
  • Poppy can stop nearby enemies from dashing with Steadfast Presence.
  • When Poppy starts to spin her hammer, she is charging Keeper's Verdict.
  • You can step on Poppy's shield to deny it from her.

Tricks

Skill Usage
Mastery Usage
Item Usage
Countering

References

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