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Skill usage

  • Powerball.png Powerball can be used to interrupt cast dashes such as JaxSquare.png Jax's Leap Strike.png Leap Strike or TristanaSquare.png Tristana's Rocket Jump.png Rocket Jump mid-flight.
  • Defensive Ball Curl.png Defensive Ball Curl increases RammusSquare.png Rammus's armor, which increases his damage due to Spiked Shell.png Spiked Shell by 10 / 15 / 20 / 25 / 30.
  • Powerball.png Powerball can be used as an effective escape mechanism. It also has a slight knock-back effect, and this allows for you to run into pursuers to momentarily disable them.
  • As Powerball.png Powerball speeds up continuously after the initial cast, it's sometimes better to let it speed up in a brush before rolling at someone.
  • Flash.png Flash can be used while in Powerball.png Powerball to jump across a minion wave to catch your opponent off-guard.
  • Powerball.png Powerball can hit stealthed champions such as TwitchSquare.png Twitch, ShacoSquare.png Shaco, AkaliSquare.png Akali, or EvelynnSquare.png Evelynn, dealing damage and knocking them back. It will also work against a Camouflage.png Camouflaged TeemoSquare.png Teemo, knocking him out of stealth. This can be useful for chasing them if they go stealthed at low health.
  • You can use Powerball.png Powerball then use Teleport.png Teleport to be at a high speed when reaching your destination. This is also amazing in conjunction with Homeguard item.png Homeguard.
  • Powerball.png Powerball will damage and slow enemies reviving from pseudo-death (Guardian Angel item.png Guardian Angel or ZileanSquare.png Zilean's Chrono Shift.png Chrono Shift) or Zhonya&#039;s Hourglass item.png Zhonya's Hourglass, granting an easy kill.
  • Puncturing Taunt.png Puncturing Taunt can be used on enemies pushing your turret to make them attack you and causing the turret to attack them. It can also be used to take the focus off more squishy allies, allowing them to deal more damage than they would have had they been the focused target.
  • Puncturing Taunt.png Puncturing Taunt can also be used to "pull" enemies towards your team as an enemy will be forced to get into attack range to hit you. This is more effective with melee champions whose attack range is shorter than ranged ones.
  • When using Tremors.png Tremors, you can use all your spells to keep enemies in range of this spell in order to maximize damage. This is possible because the ultimate is not channeled.
  • Tremors.png Tremors affects turrets, making RammusSquare.png Rammus a very good pusher, especially late game when he can tank the turret for his team.
  • RammusSquare.png Rammus can use Tremors.png Tremors while using Powerball.png Powerball, making it very useful for destroying towers or champions that are low on health and escaping.

Build usage

Building armor is necessary to put Spiked Shell.png Spiked Shell to good use. Having a lot of armor will still result in a large amount of damage. However, do not disregard building magic resistance, as your high armor stat means nothing to the enemy team's mages. It can however be argued that building health will synergize better with the free armor and magic resistance provided by Defensive Ball Curl.png Defensive Ball Curl.

  • Chalice of Harmony item.png Chalice of Harmony can be helpful for laning mana issues and building magic resistance.
  • Randuin&#039;s Omen item.png Randuin's Omen in conjunction with Puncturing Taunt.png Puncturing Taunt and Defensive Ball Curl.png Defensive Ball Curl allows you to slow the enemy team heavily and make chasing easier. However, it reduces the enemies attack speed so they won’t get as many reflected hits off you when you taunt them
  • Thornmail item.png Thornmail is a very effective item on RammusSquare.png Rammus, as it reflects damage from auto-attacks (which the enemy is forced to use during Puncturing Taunt.png Puncturing Taunt) as well as stacks with the reflecting damage given during Defensive Ball Curl.png Defensive Ball Curl along with a lot of attack damage due to his passive.
  • Talisman of Ascension item.png Talisman of Ascension's active synergizes well with RammusSquare.png Rammus's Powerball.png Powerball.
  • RammusSquare.png Rammus's Tremors.png Tremors and Powerball.png Powerball can deal massive damage with some ability power. This makes Zhonya&#039;s Hourglass item.png Zhonya's Hourglass a rather potent item as it also provides a large amount of armor. If you're against a magic damage team an Abyssal Scepter can be very helpful for its combination of AP, MR, and its aura. Despite not being as powerful as a Zhonya's Hourglass it can be very effective against magic damage teams.
  • Rylai&#039;s Crystal Scepter item.png Rylai's Crystal Scepter can be a powerful item, causing Tremors.png Tremors to slow a massive area, slowing on Defensive Ball Curl.png Defensive Ball Curl if you don't have Randuin&#039;s Omen item.png Randuin's Omen, very slightly increasing Powerball.png Powerball's slow, and providing a high amount of health.
  • Another powerful item is Liandry&#039;s Torment item.png Liandry's Torment, which is applied on enemies attacking RammusSquare.png Rammus during Defensive Ball Curl.png Defensive Ball Curl, and can also be applied with  RammusSquare.png Rammus's Powerball.png Powerball or Tremors.png Tremors. It synergizes well with Rylai&#039;s Crystal Scepter item.png Rylai's Crystal Scepter, and also provides a generous amount of health. Typically a Liandry's isn't a good item on Rammus due to his high AP ratios.
  • Sunfire Cape item.png Sunfire Cape also synergizes well with Tremors.png Tremors. However as laning with Rammus isn't common and in the Jungle the new Cinderhulk enchantment Sunfire Cape isn't often a good option.

Jungling

RammusSquare.png Rammus is a strong jungler, with exceptional ganks. Powerball.png Powerball allows him to initiate ganks suddenly, and Puncturing Taunt.png Puncturing Taunt is a strong CC ability with a fairly long duration.

  • Note that RammusSquare.png Rammus's Powerball.png Powerball, whilst it still does damage, it has no crowd control effect on Baron NashorSquare.png Baron Nashor or the DragonSquare.png Dragon. Also note that Puncturing Taunt.png Puncturing Taunt now has absolutely no effect on Baron or Dragon (it will not reduce armor or force either to attack you). Both skills will still affect all other neutral creeps as normal.
  • RammusSquare.png Rammus's Powerball.png Powerball allows you to gank a warded lane since your enemies have less time to react as you are approaching them with high speed.

Recommended builds

Summoner's Rift
Starting Crystalline Flask item Health Potion item3 Sweeping Lens item
Essential Ninja Tabi item Sunfire Cape item Glacial Shroud item
Offensive Iceborn Gauntlet item Righteous Glory item Thornmail item
Defensive Randuin&#039;s Omen item Frozen Heart item Locket of the Iron Solari item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item Sight Ward item Vision Ward item Elixir of Iron item
Summoner's Rift (Jungler)
Starting Hunter&#039;s Machete item Health Potion item2 Warding Totem item
Essential Boots of Mobility item Ranger&#039;s Trailblazer (Juggernaut) item Sunfire Cape item
Offensive Iceborn Gauntlet item Righteous Glory item Thornmail item
Defensive Randuin&#039;s Omen item Frozen Heart item Locket of the Iron Solari item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item Sight Ward item Vision Ward item Elixir of Iron item


The Howling Abyss
Starting Boots of Speed item Nomad&#039;s Medallion item Health Potion item Mana Potion item
Essential Doran&#039;s Shield item Ninja Tabi item Aegis of the Legion item
Offensive Wit&#039;s End item Atma&#039;s Impaler item Talisman of Ascension item
Defensive Thornmail item Sunfire Cape item Randuin&#039;s Omen item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Crystal Scar
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran&#039;s Shield item2 Health Potion item2
Essential Ninja Tabi item Aegis of the Legion item Sunfire Cape item
Offensive Wit&#039;s End item Atma&#039;s Impaler item
Defensive Frozen Heart item Randuin&#039;s Omen item Thornmail item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Twisted Treeline
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran&#039;s Shield item
Essential Ninja Tabi item Aegis of the Legion item Sunfire Cape item
Offensive Wit&#039;s End item Atma&#039;s Impaler item Grez&#039;s Spectral Lantern item
Defensive Frozen Heart item Randuin&#039;s Omen item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item


Countering

  • Be careful when attacking RammusSquare.png Rammus while his Defensive Ball Curl.png Defensive Ball Curl is active. The damage you deal may be your own undoing.
  • Try to purchase tenacity items early to reduce the duration of his taunt from his Puncturing Taunt.png Puncturing Taunt.
    • Be careful; even with 35 tenacity Puncturing Taunt.png Puncturing Taunt will last for up to 1.46 seconds.
    • A champion like Irelia who has natural tenacity can be useful against Rammus due to the large number of allies he usually has with him whenever he engages.
  • Try casting a slow or stun when he uses Powerball.png Powerball so that way RammusSquare.png Rammus cannot initiate with his full combo by using Puncturing Taunt.png Puncturing Taunt, Defensive Ball Curl.png Defensive Ball Curl and Tremors.png Tremors straight after hitting a target with Powerball.png Powerball.
    • Be aware that crowd control abilities will not stop RammusSquare.png Rammus's Powerball.png Powerball while it is active, but will slow/stun/snare him in place, allowing you to potentially dodge the attack.
  • RammusSquare.png Rammus is an excellent counter to all AD carries due to his Defensive Ball Curl.png Defensive Ball Curl and tendency to build high armor. It is wise to have a mage or a hybrid champion (e.g. JaxSquare.png Jax or AkaliSquare.png Akali) take him down.
  • Building armor penetration items like Last Whisper item.png Last Whisper and The Black Cleaver item.png The Black Cleaver will reduce the effectiveness of his armor, allowing you to deal more damage to him.
    • The Black Cleaver is especially effective against Rammus, as it reduces his armor, thus reducing the AD he gains from his passive.
    • Due to his taunt it may not be a good idea to duel him as a mage unless you can kite him.
  • If RammusSquare.png Rammus is building AP don't let your guard down, Powerball.png Powerball and Tremors.png Tremors have great AP ratios and low cooldowns.
  • Although picking AP champions can make Rammus less effective by forcing him to build magic resistance in addition to armor, be wary of picking too many AP champions, as the enemy can pick champions like VeigarSquare.png Veigar and GalioSquare.png Galio to counter that.
  • Quicksilver Sash item.png Quicksilver Sash is an excellent item against Rammus. Not only this item get rid of his taunt, but it also has magic resistance to reduce the magic damage that Rammus does with his abilities.
  • Apart from AP champions, AD champions who have abilities that deal magic or true damage, such as DariusSquare.png Darius, MasterYiSquare.png Master Yi and VayneSquare.png Vayne can be good options against Rammus, as armor is a less effective option to deal with them.
  • One of RammusSquare.png Rammus biggest strengths as a jungler is his strong ability to gank lanes thanks to his Powerball.png Powerball and Puncturing Taunt.png Puncturing Taunt. However, as with most tank junglers, he is an extremely poor duelist. Consider playing junglers that excel in counter-jungling and dueling such as EliseSquare.png Elise, XinZhaoSquare.png Xin Zhao, EvelynnSquare.png Evelynn, ShacoSquare.png Shaco, ViSquare.png Vi, and LeeSinSquare.png Lee Sin.
    • His jungle wave clear is also very slow as well, and he'll most likely spend his time ganking lanes than farming. As such, farm based junglers should have no problems against Rammus.

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