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Skill Usage

  •  Shyvana's strength comes from her innate durability from  Dragonborn and her high mixed damage output, AoE, and utility from  Burnout and  Dragon's Descent, along with her ability to duel effectively with  Flame Breath and  Twin Bite. However, she lacks hard CC and is prone to being kited.
  • With good positioning and timing,  Twin Bite can massively extend the duration of  Dragon's Descent. By hitting three targets, it generates enough fury to stay in dragon form for another two seconds.
  •  Twin Bite is a great turret pushing tool, as it allows you roughly three auto-attacks worth of damage in the time space of ~0.8. (taking into account attack animation time and casting time)
  • Use  Burnout to chase down or flee from enemies, as it grants bonus movement speed.
    •  Burnout provides the largest bonus movement speed at the start of the ability. Activating it gives a quick burst of speed that can be used to juke skillshots and enemies.
  •  Dragon's Descent is an excellent peeling ability, if you see a key member of your team (an ADC or APC) starting to get focused, use the dash the knock the enemies off while giving your ally enough distance to continue attacking.
    • With good positioning, you can use the ability to push enemies away from your allies while diving onto their backline to disrupt them.
  • Casting  Burnout followed by  Dragon's Descent will lead to a flaming trail from where you started  Dragon's Descent.
  •  Dragon's Descent can be used to chase in or escape from any situation.
    • Take note that stuns, silences, snares, knock-ups and knockback effects can hit and stop  Shyvana mid-flight. Beware of your enemies' capabilities to do these.
    •  Dragon's Descent is one of the longest dashes in-game, as such it allows going over large walls and otherwise impassable terrain.
  • Since patch 3.9,  Flame Breath passes through units. If you find yourself as a laner (most likely top) putting points in this ability gives you a good harassment tool and can be used to farm easily. It may be worth maxing if you are against a ranged opponent as Shyvana has no other ranged abilities.
  • To perform a quick harass, hit your opponent with  Flame Breath and run into them with  Burnout, following with a  Twin Bite to proc the mark twice, putting out good damage and extending  Burnout. You can then use the prolonged speed boost granted by  Burnout to escape just as you entered.
  • When using  Dragon's Descent, try to position yourself to be able to hit as many targets as you can with your AoE abilities.
  • Attacking turrets, inhibitors or the nexus does not trigger the cooldown reduction for  Twin Bite. It does, however, reset her auto-attack timer, build fury and extend the duration of  Burnout.
  • While both hits triggered from  Twin Bite deal on-hit effects, only the first hit is able to deal a critical strike. The second hit only deals a percentage of  Shyvana's attack damage as damage.
  •  Shyvana's kit allow her to do large amount of damage over time at close-range, but it doesn't provide her with burst capabilities. Failure to combine or land  Shyvana's abilities together to effectively damage a target will create an opening for a period of time that your opponents can take advantage of, so be aware of your enemies' potential methods to disengage from you.

Build Usages

Jungling

Gank at any time after killing the Red Lizard if an opportunity presents itself.

Recommended builds

Summoner's Rift
recommended items
Starting Hunter's Machete item Health Potion item5
Essential Mercury's Treads item Wriggle's Lantern item Phage item
Offensive Trinity Force item Wit's End item Ravenous Hydra item
Defensive Frozen Mallet item Atma's Impaler item Aegis of the Legion item
Consumables Health Potion item Sight Ward item
The Howling Abyss
recommended items
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran's Shield item Ruby Crystal item Health Potion item2
Essential Mercury's Treads item Phage item Wit's End item
Offensive Trinity Force item Ravenous Hydra item
Defensive Frozen Mallet item Atma's Impaler item Aegis of the Legion item
Consumables Health Potion item
The Crystal Scar
recommended items
Starting Boots of Speed item Health Potion item3 Ruby Crystal item Long Sword item
Essential Mercury's Treads item Phage item Wit's End item
Offensive Ravenous Hydra item Frozen Mallet item Maw of Malmortius item
Defensive Aegis of the Legion item Randuin's Omen item
Consumables Health Potion item
The Twisted Treeline
recommended items
Starting Boots of Speed item Cloth Armor item Health Potion item5
Essential Mercury's Treads item Phage item Grez's Spectral Lantern item
Offensive Wit's End item Ravenous Hydra item Frozen Mallet item
Defensive Aegis of the Legion item Randuin's Omen item
Consumables Health Potion item

Countering

  • While  Shyvana is auto-attack reliant and is likely to build attack damage items,  Shyvana's  Burnout deals magic damage, which scales off bonus attack damage, and the on-hit effect of  Flame Breath deals magic damage based off the target's maximum health - this gives  Shyvana high mixed damage that is difficult to itemize against.
    • Overall, it is better to build magic resistance over health and armor to counteract her kit's magic damage, though attack speed slowing items such as Frozen Heart and Randuin's Omen may help to lower her damage output considerably.
  • If you notice  Shyvana using her  Dragon's Descent, move away from the spell path to avoid it damaging you - at full range, it will take her 1.3 seconds to reach you so you usually can hope to dodge it from a long distance.
    • If you have stun, silence, snare, knock-back or knock-up abilities, use them quickly on  Shyvana when she casts  Dragon's Descent to stop her mid-flight.
  •  Shyvana has a lot of potential for AoE damage while using  Dragon's Descent. However,  Twin Bite and  Flame Breath strike in front of her, so splitting apart to make  Shyvana unable to face as much of your team at once will reduce the effectiveness of  Twin Bite and  Flame Breath.
  • Take note if  Shyvana's fury bar is full while you are attempting to kill her. The long range of  Dragon's Descent can easily allow her to go over walls even while a fair distance away from them, so avoid wasting abilities with significant cooldowns and costs on her.
    •  Dragon's Descent is not limited by cooldown - quickly gaining fury allows her ultimate to be ready long before yours if you misuse it.
  •  Dragon's Descent requires fury, which is quickly gained by  Shyvana auto-attacking. This time period is a good opportunity to harass her from range and delay her ultimate.
  •  Shyvana shines in an extended close-combat fight over time. Use champions with many options to disengage and do your best to avoid such a fight against her.
    •  Shyvana has no natural ways to keep you in place for her to auto-attack you. After using  Dragon's Descent, she has little ability to catch up if crowd-controlled out of melee-range. Using crowd-control effects to hinder her movement during  Burnout can also stop her from getting the ability to its maximum duration or damage.
  •  Burnout provides a very large amount of bonus movement speed at the beginning of the ability, which decreases a bit in effectiveness over time. Try to avoid using skillshots against  Shyvana until after she casts  Burnout, as the movement speed boost, especially at the ability's initial use, can allow her to easily dodge them.
  •  Shyvana tends to jungle and normally,  Shyvana's jungle route starts at red. Thus, considering stealing her blue is a likely safe method to take experience away her early jungle and to prevent any enemies from having it.
  • In her dragon form,  Shyvana is more powerful than during her human form.
    • Her passive during her ultimate is doubled, therefore it is recommended to buy armor penetration or spell penetration items.
    • Keep your allies spread to avoid her  Twin Bite and  Flame Breath as the spells are turned into AoE spells.
    • Beware overextending into tense situations to chase her in her dragon form.  Burnout increases her movement speed to make catching her difficult and leaves a fiery trail that can deal significant damage if you do not avoid it.
      • Following the burning trail allows you to find her easily, but you also take DoT - if you and  Shyvana are both fairly weakened, underestimating the DoT can firmly put the tide in her favor.
  •  Shyvana lacks any gap hard gap closers across from her ultimate,  Dragon's Descent and she is highly dependent on her movement speed with  Burnout to get into range into the enemy. As such, ranged top laners with good kiting mechanics such as  Teemo,  Kennen,  Jayce,  Nidalee,  Ryze,  Lulu, and  Kayle can easily zone  Shyvana out and can harass and farm safely in a distance.

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