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Skill Usage

  • SionSquare.png Sion relies heavily on good skill timing and placement in order to be useful - the majority of his kit is unreliable in terms of hitting abilities, but they synergize well with each other to result in incredible sustained damage.
  • His passive, Glory in Death.png Glory in Death, is useful for revenge kills but is most prominent in teamfights where enemies will be under threat by the extra DPS he'll have while reanimated.
    • Do not underestimate the damage he deals with Glory in Death.png Glory in Death. With each hit dealing an additional 10% of the target's max HP, SionSquare.png Sion can decimate squishy/slow targets.
  • Decimating Smash.png Decimating Smash deals AOE damage and, when charged enough, can knock up multiple enemies. Fully charged and well placed, this ability can singlehandedly turn teamfights. While the potential threat of Decimating Smash.png Decimating Smash is huge, getting it to apply the brief slow can be enough to pick off a target.
    • To more reliably hit opponents, try to hinder the their movement before charging; having your teammates apply stuns or slows beforehand or hitting first with Roar of the Slayer.png Roar of the Slayer or Unstoppable Onslaught.png Unstoppable Onslaught will make this considerably easier.
    • Alternatively, Decimating Smash.png Decimating Smash can be an effective tool to zone opponents. For example, charging it on an area to cut off an enemy's escape route or protect an endangered ally can be well worth it due to its decently low cooldown.
    • A fast cancellation of Decimating Smash.png Decimating Smash will still deal one third of the maximum damage and slow the opponent briefly.
  • Soul Furnace.png Soul Furnace makes SionSquare.png Sion very durable with both components, as he can gain quite a bit of health from the passive and a large shield that scales off his max health to compliment it.
    • Though the shield may not persist for very long in early teamfights, it is still a powerful damage tool due to its AOE % max health damage.
  • Roar of the Slayer.png Roar of the Slayer grants SionSquare.png Sion a ranged AOE damage slow with armor shred, and an effective tool for initiation.
    • Maxing Roar of the Slayer.png Roar of the Slayer first while pushing minions in lane grants SionSquare.png Sion serious long ranged damage poke and wave clear.
      • Since the damage is also magic, it is effective against early armor stacking.
    • Slowing opponents with Roar of the Slayer.png Roar of the Slayer will make it easier to engage on them or follow up with Decimating Smash.png Decimating Smash.
    • Though the armor reduction only applies to the main target, it is still a shred and will make any enemy that much more vulnerable to physical damage bursts from you and your teammates.
  • His ultimate Unstoppable Onslaught.png Unstoppable Onslaught allows him to move a long distance while also dealing high AOE damage and providing a significant knockup.
    • Canceling Unstoppable Onslaught.png Unstoppable Onslaught briefly before hitting the intended target will let you stop and deal damage at that position - even if the opponent gets away. This way SionSquare.png Sion will hopefully be placed right where he belongs - in the middle of the fight.
    • A well used melee range Unstoppable Onslaught.png Unstoppable Onslaught is your most reliable tool to save teammates from any instant engage such as a WarwickSquare.png Warwick's Infinite Duress.png Infinite Duress, dealing a fair amount of damage and the knockup.
    • Due to the CC immunity it gives and the long distance Unstoppable Onslaught.png Unstoppable Onslaught covers, it can be used to escape or to join a fight.

Item Usage

  • Many tank and fighter items work well with SionSquare.png Sion, but generally some good options support the hard-to-kill, sustained threat that he can be.

Mobility and Slows

  • Movement speed will improve SionSquare.png Sion's potential to engage a fight without his ultimate and slows will make it easier to land his abilities. Both make chasing and Glory in Death.png Glory in Death even more threatening.
  • Boots of Swiftness item.png Boots of Swiftness can be incredibly effective against teams lacking in hard CC but lots of slows.
  • Righteous Glory item.png Righteous Glory can be an excellent item for SionSquare.png Sion, giving him some extra durability and an active AOE speed up and slow to boot. It can even be cast during Unstoppable Onslaught.png Unstoppable Onslaught, meaning a well timed activation can allow your team to follow up and collapse on the enemy quickly.
    • Note that it may be better to opt for other defensive items, as SionSquare.png Sion already benefits from theoretically infinite health scaling and already has several tools to engage.
  • Trinity Force item.png Trinity Force grants the most movement speed possible from a single item along with an abundance of stats that SionSquare.png Sion can use, but is primarily offensive and is still expensive.
  • Iceborn Gauntlet item.png Iceborn Gauntlet is a decent item as it provides mana and cooldown reduction, while also granting SionSquare.png Sion armor and a slow field, making it easier to chase down opponents, though it lacks the higher defensive stats of Frozen Heart item.png Frozen Heart.
  • Frozen Mallet item.png Frozen Mallet grants 700 HP and some AD paired with a strong single target slow resulting in a potentially devastating Glory in Death.png Glory in Death. Combined with Furor item.png Furor enchanted boots, you will be difficult to kite without hard CC.
    • Similarly to Righteous Glory item.png Righteous Glory, you sacrifice armor or magic resist for utility, which SionSquare.png Sion has quite a bit of already. Keep in mind what you need more as the game goes on.

Offense

  • SionSquare.png Sion can make good use of any AD because of his scaling with Decimating Smash.png Decimating Smash and Unstoppable Onslaught.png Unstoppable Onslaught along with his auto attacks during Glory in Death.png Glory in Death, but can make him an easy target to focus down without some tank stats.
  • Ravenous Hydra item.png Ravenous Hydra can be a decent item, adding to his waveclear, granting him more sustain, and some more AOE damage in teamfights, though is purely offensive.
    • Alternatively, Titanic Hydra item.png Titanic Hydra is more defensive but gives similar AOE damage that scales off max health.
  • Another strong offensive pick is the Maw of Malmortius item.png Maw of Malmortius. Hexdrinker item.png Hexdrinker will make for a good defensive tool against mages early, granting resistances and a shield, and once upgraded, will make him more of a threat at low health, especially when considering his passive.
  • A Liandry&#039;s Torment item.png Liandry's Torment is decent if you have to deal with a fair amount of tanks and are frequently using Roar of the Slayer.png Roar of the Slayer. With all the CC and AOE damage in his kit, he can make good use of the burn passive along with a slight boost to his shield.
  • The Brutalizer item.png The Brutalizer can be a decent item for snowballing a lane in your favor as SionSquare.png Sion has respectable base damage on his abilities. It can later build into a Youmuu&#039;s Ghostblade item.png Youmuu's Ghostblade, with an active that allows you to chase well both alive and reanimated.
  • Blade of the Ruined King item.png Blade of the Ruined King is a decent niche item for dealing with champions that can interrupt and kite fairly easily. While decent as dueling item, he does not benefit from the attack speed as much since his attack speed is fixed during Glory in Death.png Glory in Death.

Defense

  • SionSquare.png Sion gets tons of HP with the passive of Soul Furnace.png Soul Furnace and has a shield that scales with maximum health, making defensive items exceptional on him. Though health is fairly appealing, it is often better to get armor and magic resist to compliment the extra health unless the enemy has an unusually large amount of true damage.
  • Mercury&#039;s Treads item.png Mercury's Treads are an excellent item for the Tenacity, and can be combined with Elixir of Iron item.png Elixir of Iron to make even harder to lock you down.
  • Guardian Angel item.png Guardian Angel can be a powerful defensive item, giving him a significant amount of armor and magic resist and allowing him to be even more of a threat with another revive.
    • As enemy teams may ignore you because of this item, Guardian Angel item.png Guardian Angel is effective on offensive Fighter builds. In tandem with a Maw of Malmortius item.png Maw, SionSquare.png Sion will become a threat that is difficult to bring down but can't leave along.
  • Warmog&#039;s Armor item.png Warmog's Armor carries a large amount of health and sustain that scales with max HP. Its passive will force enemy teams to commit to killing SionSquare.png Sion or risk him returning fully healed, either situation being unfavorable for them.
  • Frozen Heart item.png Frozen Heart is probably the best choice for armor, because the high amount of cooldown reduction supports SionSquare.png Sion's sustained ability damage and CC. Furthermore, the attack speed slow works well just by staying in the middle of the enemy team. The lack of health on Frozen Heart item.png Frozen Heart hurts SionSquare.png Sion less than most other tanks.
    • The build path via Glacial Shroud item.png Glacial Shroud is quite helpful early against an AD lane.
  • Banshee&#039;s Veil item.png Banshee's Veil is a solid item for tanks and its spellshield may also prevent your Decimating Smash.png Decimating Smash from being interrupted.
  • Sunfire Cape item.png Sunfire Cape is a good item as it provides favorable defensive stats along with even more sustained damage as you'll often be in the middle of a fight regardless.
  • Randuin&#039;s Omen item.png Randuin's Omen, while a staple on nearly every tank or bruiser, synergizes very well with SionSquare.png Sion, granting him yet another AOE slow along with a high amount of defensive stats.

Recommended Builds

Summoner's Rift
Starting Doran&#039;s Shield item Health Potion item Warding Totem item
Essential Ninja Tabi item Spectre&#039;s Cowl Sunfire Cape item
Offensive Ravenous Hydra item The Black Cleaver item Maw of Malmortius item
Defensive Banshee&#039;s Veil item Warmog&#039;s Armor item Righteous Glory 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 Item Sunfire Cape item
Offensive Ravenous Hydra item The Black Cleaver item Maw of Malmortius item
Defensive Banshee&#039;s Veil item Warmog&#039;s Armor item Righteous Glory 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 Doran&#039;s Shield item Rejuvenation Bead item Health Potion item
Essential Mercury&#039;s Treads item Sunfire Cape item Orb of Winter item
Offensive Iceborn Gauntlet item The Black Cleaver item
Defensive Banshee&#039;s Veil item Randuin&#039;s Omen item Locket of the Iron Solari item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Crystal Scar
Starting Boots of Speed item Prospector&#039;s Blade item Health Potion item
Essential Sunfire Cape item Ravenous Hydra item Mercury&#039;s Treads item
Offensive The Black Cleaver item Trinity Force item
Defensive Randuin&#039;s Omen item Spirit Visage item Frozen Heart item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Twisted Treeline
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran&#039;s Blade item
Essential Tiamat item Sunfire Cape item Mercury&#039;s Treads item
Offensive Ravenous Hydra item Maw of Malmortius item The Black Cleaver item
Defensive Banshee&#039;s Veil item Randuin&#039;s Omen item Frozen Heart item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item

Countering

  • As SionSquare.png Sion's strength lies in his amazing late game with infinite HP scaling, playing an early game champion like RenektonSquare.png Renekton, RivenSquare.png Riven, or GarenSquare.png Garen can hinder him from reaching his full potential.
    • In short, anyone who can interrupt his Decimating Smash.png Decimating Smash and burn through his Soul Furnace.png Soul Furnace shield quickly and early will be able to push him out of lane as well as deny his usefulness during teamfights.
  • Soul Furnace.png Soul Furnace's shield can deal a large amount of damage to your team if you don't break through it fast enough. If you cannot destroy it within the three second period before it can be detonated, consider disengaging and letting it expire, as it has a fairly significant cooldown.
  • Pay attention to the game's audio as you can hear the noise SionSquare.png Sion's Unstoppable Onslaught.png Unstoppable Onslaught makes globally, and position yourself to dodge out of the way.
    • While the engage potential of Unstoppable Onslaught.png Unstoppable Onslaught is significant, the cooldown is very high at early levels. Keep this in mind if he uses it defensively.
    • Without Unstoppable Onslaught.png Unstoppable Onslaught, SionSquare.png Sion is very vulnerable to kiting. Try to engage or force an objective while it is down.
  • SionSquare.png Sion does a large amount of mixed damage, especially in the laning plase. Avoiding his abilities early is important in securing the early game against him.
  • Roar of the Slayer.png Roar of the Slayer is relatively fast compared to the rest of his skills, but its high base damage and slow makes it important to dodge to avoid follow up.
    • The empowered damage only applies if you are hit by a minion or monster. Try not to give SionSquare.png Sion the opportunity to hit you with one.
  • SionSquare.png Sion excels at zoning low mobility opponents with his abilities. RyzeSquare.png Ryze and TeemoSquare.png Teemo can be effective against him, provided they do not get too close.
  • A well timed Zhonya&#039;s Hourglass item.png Zhonya's Hourglass can prevent SionSquare.png Sion from landing Unstoppable Onslaught.png Unstoppable Onslaught on you.
  • Much of SionSquare.png Sion's initiation damage is physical, so building armor will be effective for teamfights or if he manages to land his ultimate.
  • Banshee&#039;s Veil item.png Banshee's Veil can be effective in reducing his magic damage against you and prevent any kind of initiation from him.

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