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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 Sions potential to engage a fight without the ultimate and his in-fight positioning. Slows help him to land skillshots easier. And 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 another source than Mercury'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 a pile of health and some sustain, this items does a great job for SionSquare.png Sion.
  • 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 cost / effect ratio is crazy good 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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, being an offensive thread will net you more focus from the enemy team.

  • The 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 u resistances and a surprise 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'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's Torment item.png Liandry's passive. The HP and AP of the item will make SionSquare.png Sions shield also quite a bit stronger.

Defense

SionSquare.png Sion gets tons of HP with the passive of Soul Furnace.png Soul Furnace, has a shield and furthermore Glory in Death.png Glory in Death and that shield scale with maximum health. 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.

  • 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's Armor item.png Warmog's Armor carries a large amount of health and sustain that scales with max HP.
  • Frozen Heart item.png Frozen Heart is probably the best choice for armor, because the strong cooldown reduction will also support SionSquare.png Sions abillity 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.
    • The build path via Glacial Shroud item.png Glacial Shroud is quite helpful early against an AD lane.
  • Banshee'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.

Recommended Builds

Summoner's Rift
Starting Doran's Shield item Health Potion item Warding Totem item
Essential Mercury's Treads item Sunfire Cape item Banshee's Veil item
Offensive Ravenous Hydra item Iceborn Gauntlet item Maw of Malmortius item
Defensive Randuin's Omen item Warmog's Armor item Frozen Heart item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item Sight Ward item
The Howling Abyss
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran's Shield item Rejuvenation Bead item Health Potion item
Essential Mercury's Treads item Sunfire Cape item Orb of Winter item
Offensive Iceborn Gauntlet item The Black Cleaver item
Defensive Banshee's Veil item Randuin'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's Blade item Health Potion item
Essential Sunfire Cape item Ravenous Hydra item Mercury's Treads item
Offensive The Black Cleaver item Trinity Force item
Defensive Randuin'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's Blade item
Essential Tiamat item Sunfire Cape item Mercury's Treads item
Offensive Ravenous Hydra item Maw of Malmortius item The Black Cleaver item
Defensive Banshee's Veil item Randuin's Omen item Frozen Heart item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item

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