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Skill Usage

SionSquare.png Sion relies heavily on good skill timing and placement in order to be useful - his whole kit (excepting Soul Furnace.png Soul Furnace's shield) is relatively unreliable to use. But when he can work well together with his team or just outplay the opponent, SionSquare.png Sion is a devastating force in team fights.

  • His passive, Glory in Death.png Glory in Death, will result in a revenge kill from time to time - but more often buys your team a moment with less pressure after your death, because opponents will be distracted by your continued presence.
    • Do not underestimate the damage he deals with Glory in Death.png Glory in Death. 10 hits will deal an additional 100% of the targets max HP and thus hurt squishy/slow opponents.
  • Decimating Smash.png Decimating Smash deals AOE damage and possibly knocks up targets hit. 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 good or just any use can be quite tough.
    • To more reliably hit opponents, it is highly recommended to hinder the targets movement before charging Decimating Smash.png Decimating Smash. Hitting first with Roar of the Slayer.png Roar of the Slayer or even Unstoppable Onslaught.png Unstoppable Onslaught will help for that a big deal. Also any further mobility reduction through teammates or items will let you charge longer for bigger effect.
    • Alternatively, Decimating Smash.png Decimating Smash can be a quite effective tool to zone opponents. For example, to block an enemies escape route or protecting an endangered ally by charging Decimating Smash.png Decimating Smash on his position SionSquare.png Sion does not need to hit.
    • A fast cancellation of Decimating Smash.png Decimating Smash will still deal one third of the maximum damage on the full range and slow the opponent briefly.
  • Soul Furnace.png Soul Furnace makes SionSquare.png Sion very tanky as the passive part increases his maximum HP over the course of a game. The active shield also scales with max. HP, which further increases this defensive potential.
    • Since it is unlikely that the shield will stay alive for two seconds in the middle of a teamfight, it is more useful to activate the shield short before the fight starts - in order to deal AOE percentage damage to the opposite team.
  • Roar of the Slayer.png Roar of the Slayer grants Sion a ranged AOE damage slow with armor shred.
    • 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.
      • Also, that damage is magical, helping against early enemy 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.
    • The armor shred lets your main target vulnerable to physical burst damage.
  • His ultimate Unstoppable Onslaught.png Unstoppable Onslaught allows him to move a long distance while also dealing high AOE damage and providing a 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 for example from WarwickSquare.png Warwicks Infinite Duress.png Infinite Duress. It is pretty easy to hit and still deals half the damage and knock up.
    • Also passing distance with Unstoppable Onslaught.png Unstoppable Onslaught can be used to escape or to join a fight.

Item Usage

While pretty much any tank or fighter item is reasonable on SionSquare.png Sion, only the ones that synergize exceptionally well with him are listed here. So pretty much every item here is more or less defensive. That's why they are grouped by the additional benefits they grant to SionSquare.png Sion instead of their regular classification.

Mobility + Slow

Movement speed will improve SionSquare.png Sion's potential to engage a fight without the ultimate and his in-fight positioning. Slows help him to land skillshots easier. Both effects make chasing and Glory in Death.png Glory in Death way more threatening.

  • Boots of Swiftness item.png Boots of Swiftness are pretty decent, especially if you build Tenacity from a source other than Mercury&#039;s Treads item.png Mercury's Treads.
  • Righteous Glory item.png Righteous Glory grants his team speed and adds an AOE slow on top of that. Paired with health and some sustain, this item does a great job for SionSquare.png Sion. It can be cast during Unstoppable Onslaught, thus a well timed use of the active can let his whole team follow him into the fray. It should be noted that while it is a good item the stats it provides are useless as his w's passive gives him infinite hp scaling, late game he has more than enough mana, and his ultimate is one of the best initiates in the game. It's overkill.
  • Trinity Force item.png Trinity Force grants the most movement speed possible from a single item. Furthermore it increases his early game offense a lot and also adds some defense. It's cost effective and Phage item.png Phage is a good first item with AD, HP, and movement speed. Trinity Force item.png Trinity is all he needs for a powerful midgame. Just be aware that it provides little to no defensive stats.
  • Iceborn Gauntlet item.png Iceborn Gauntlet is a good item as it provides mana and cooldown reduction, while also granting SionSquare.png Sion armor and a slow. It's a good item if you face an AD opponent in lane and the area slow will help your teamfights quite well. It is not as good as a Frozen Heart in most situations due to its extra cdr, armor, and the aura. Also Sion's ap scalings are low, so it is usualy not worth buying.
  • Frozen Mallet item.png Frozen Mallet brings 700 HP and some AD paired with a strong single target slow - Glory in Death.png Glory in Death will be very annoying for your opponents. Combined with Furor boots you can take out almost any champion without large amounts of hard CC because they won't be able to kite you effectively, however the hp it gives isn't useful unless you're against true damage.

Offense

SionSquare.png Sion makes good use of AD because of his scaling with Decimating Smash.png Decimating Smash and Unstoppable Onslaught.png Unstoppable Onslaught and the attack speed of Glory in Death.png Glory in Death. Also, building an offensive build will net you more focus from the enemy team.

  • Ravenous Hydra item.png Ravenous Hydra is a pretty decent item because of the high AD, nice sustain and especially for the area damage. This way, SionSquare.png Sion can deal good damage to the enemy team, even if he has no other offensive items.
  • 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. Once upgraded into the Maw of Malmortius item.png Maw, SionSquare.png Sion will become more dangerous at lower health - and he has to die two times (or three with Guardian Angel item.png Guardian Angel)
  • A Liandry&#039;s Torment item.png Liandry's Torment is decent if you have to deal damage to tanks. With all the CC in his kit and four abilities that deal area damage, he can make good use of Liandry&#039;s Torment item.png Liandry's passive. The HP and AP of the item will make SionSquare.png Sion's shield also quite a bit stronger. Usualy building AP isn't effective on Sion due to his low AP scaling, however Liandry's passive can make up for this.
  • A The Brutalizer item.png Brutalizer can be a good early item to control your lane and snowball more. It can then turn into a Youmuu&#039;s Ghostblade item.png Youmuu's Ghostblade that increases your early damage, gives you a movement and attack speed boost that can be useful to catch enemies with Glory in Death.png Glory in Death , gives you the option to reposition yourself to use your abilities and engage a teamfight or simply to have a better dueling potential.
  • Bloodthirster is potentially a very strong item on SIon due to the large AD and lifesteal. The shield is also very useful for defense. In most situations a Hyda will be a better item to help you cs better.
  • Blade of the Ruined King is a niche purchase, best used against mobile duelists that can dodge or interrupt Decimating Smash very easily. However the Blade of the Ruined King is only very good on auto attack dependant champions, which Sion isn't. If you find yourself dueling people often a Zephyr may be more efficient, as when combined with a Youmuu's Ghostblade and a Frozen Heart you get 40% CDR which benefits Sion much more than the Blade of the Ruined King's passive and active does.

Sion also makes exceptional use of AP items because Roar of the Slayer.png Roar of the Slayer and Soul Furnace.png Soul Furnace scale very well ability power.

  • Rylai's Crystal Scepter is expecially good on him since it gives both AP and health to strenghten the shield from Soul Furnace.png Soul Furnace

Defense

SionSquare.png Sion gets tons of HP with the passive of Soul Furnace.png Soul Furnace, has a shield that scales with maximum health, and furthermore Glory in Death.png Glory in Death. While defensive stats are great for him, these items are more useful when paired with some other aspect, since tankiness alone will rarely win you a game. Generaly items that give pure armor and/or MR are much better for Sion than health items.

  • Guardian Angel item.png Guardian Angel can be a powerful defensive item, supplementing your passive health gains and allowing Sion to return from the grave repeatedly.
    • Since they will pretty much ignore you after buying that item (because killing you will take forever), Guardian Angel item.png Guardian Angel can work better on more offensive Fighter builds. In combination with for example a Maw of Malmortius item.png Maw, SionSquare.png Sion will be a threat that shouldn't be ignored.
  • Warmog&#039;s Armor item.png Warmog's Armor carries a large amount of health and sustain that scales with max HP. Late game it will only be worth its passive.
  • Frozen Heart item.png Frozen Heart is probably the best choice for armor, because the strong cooldown reduction will also support SionSquare.png Sion's ability reliant usefulness. 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. Also the 20% CDR it gives can increase Sion's damage output by a large amount, especially in lane.
    • 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 might also help you to not be interrupted in your Decimating Smash.png Decimating Smash charge.
  • Sunfire Cape item.png Sunfire Cape is a good item as it helps to last hit and increase your Soul Furnace.png Soul Furnace HP Stacking. This is also useful as you will be in the middle of the fight after inititating with Unstoppable Onslaught.png Unstoppable Onslaught.
  • Randuin's Omen, while a staple on nearly every tank or bruiser, benefits Sion even more. The active slow helps him land Decimating Smash and Roar of the Slayer, while the armor and attack speed reduction keep his Soul Furnace up longer and thus more likely to be detonated. Despite the large amount of health it gives its active can easily migitate the lack of usefulness of building health on Sion.

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

  • A well timed Zhonya&#039;s Hourglass item.png Zhonya's Hourglass can prevent SionSquare.png Sion from crashing and CCing you using Unstoppable Onslaught.png Unstoppable Onslaught.
  • As Sion's true strength is in his amazing late game with infinite hp scaling playing an early game champ like Renekton, Riven, or Garen can stop him from reaching his full potential. Do not take the enemy picking Sion as a free pass to pick a champion with a terrible laning phase as Sion's Lord of the Slayer gives him good poke.
  • Pay attention to the game's audio as you can hear the noise Sion's ultimate makes globally, allowing you to dodge it if he tries to ult you from across the map.
  • Sion does a large amount of mixed damage, especially in the laning plase, so starting with a cloth and pots is never a good option.
  • Sion 's kit is based around unreliable skill shots, his Roar of the Slayer.png Roar of the Slayer being the most reliable. Try to dodge as much of Sion's harass as possible by not giving him a minion between you and him.
  • Sion excels at zoning melee opponents with his abilities, so picking a ranged top laner like Ryze or Teemo can be effective.

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