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Official Strategy

Laning

From the start of the game, Sona works best operating close to her allies. Here her auras help them trade effectively, with Hymn of Valor boosting her marksman’s attacks while empowering her own poke. Aria of Perseverance heals more on low health friends, so while topping off an ally’s health is relatively inefficient (particularly with its high mana cost and low base values), saving her heal for later in fights grants markedly more health and makes baiting all the more effective. Power Chord offers some tactical options, too: Aria of Perseverance’s Power Chord effectively reduces the enemy marksman’s attacks when timed correctly, while Sona can chase down fleeing enemies or escape from ganking junglers with the slow from Song of Celerity’s Power Chord.

Teamfights

In teamfights, the smaller auras encourage Sona to stay mobile enough to heal, shield and empower her allies as needed. Song of Celerity gives her plenty of movement speed, and tagging allies with the edge of her aura gives them the same buff while extending the duration of her own. And while she previously relied on flash to position for her ult, her new E’s sudden surge of mobility is significant enough to get Sona into position to use Crescendo, which is just as potent and game-changing as before. Once it’s been cast, Sona works best healing and shielding her squishier allies with Aria of Perseverance while using Hymn of Valor to amp up her allies’ damage.

Skill usage

  • Power Chord.png Power Chord has three distinct effects based on the last basic ability SonaSquare.png Sona used. All of these effects scale with AP.
  • SonaSquare.png Sona's Hymn of Valor.png Hymn of Valor is very strong if leveled up quickly. However, because of her lack of escape mechanisms or survivability skills, she should still be played as a support champion.
  • In a passive support lane, encourage your carry to trade blows with the opponent, as using both your Hymn of Valor.png Hymn of Valor and Aria of Perseverance.png Aria of Perseverance lets the both of you make easy and effective winning trades.
  • Use Aria of Perseverance.png Aria of Perseverance when an ally is being focused in order to take advantage of the aura's shield.
  • Stay with the team. Sona's auras are most effective when the team groups up. SonaSquare.png Sona makes an excellent healer, Crescendo.png Crescendo is best used when the whole team can take advantage of it, and Song of Celerity.png Song of Celerity lets the entire team kite. Without a teammate around, SonaSquare.png Sona is little more than an easy gank.
  • Early game, be wary of constant spell rotation, as it will quickly drain her mana. However, this can also be a large problem mid to late game without proper itemization. Chalice of Harmony item.png Chalice of Harmony is a valuable mana regeneration item for Sona.
  • Crescendo.png Crescendo is a powerful CC that can stun an entire team. Strive not to waste it, use it to counter-engage for the highest chance of success.
    • Flash.png Flash can be used to quickly reposition for a maximum target Crescendo.png Crescendo.

Build usage

  • Being a support, SonaSquare.png Sona should focus on supporting her AD carry early game by warding and keeping them safe. This means getting by with less gold and building so as to benefit your team.
    • Your ideal support item is Spellthief&#039;s Edge item.png Spellthief's Edge. Your natural playstyle focuses on harass, and this greatly complements the damage output with an easy method of gold generation.
    • Ancient Coin item.png Ancient Coin is also quite beneficial, as you can safely sustain and create a passive laning environment that zones out the enemy.
  • If you go SonaSquare.png Sona midlane, you usually need to keep your wards up, as your chances of escaping ganks, when not warded, is limited, and basically impossible if both the wards and your flash is down. Getting a fast Sheen item.png Sheen is recommended, as well as getting Chalice of Harmony item.png Chalice of Harmony right afterwards. You also want to rotate your abilities, in order to have 2 stacks of your passive always ready to punish any overextending champion with Hymn of Valor.png Hymn of Valor + Sheen item.png Sheen + Power Chord.png Power Chord.
  • Aura items are available that benefit Sona's playstyle.
    • With her Song of Celerity.png Song of Celerity and a Talisman of Ascension item.png Talisman of Ascension, SonaSquare.png Sona can make it nearly impossible for the enemy to catch a dying teammate or escape from her team during a chase. These two also allow her team to traverse great distances very quickly, such as running to a structure after an ace to take it down before the enemy team revives or moving to a friendly structure to prevent it from being taken.
    • Frozen Heart item.png Frozen Heart's debuff to enemies' attack speed decreases the DPS of auto attacks from the enemy team while giving you more CDR and armor.
    • Abyssal Scepter item.png Abyssal Scepter's debuff to enemies' magic resist increases the magic damage output of your team while giving you more magic resist and AP.
  • Mikael&#039;s Crucible item.png Mikael's Crucible is a powerful item because it's capable of saving an important teammate and let them continue in the fight by removing CC and healing them.
    • The massive mana regeneration is also extremely useful.
  • All of Sona's skills (including her passive) scale with AP, but support Sona should prioritize CDR over AP as to maximize the utility of her skills and passive.
  • SonaSquare.png Sona is extremely valuable in teamfights and group pushes, but sustained aura rotation can deplete her mana pool quickly if not equipped properly. Use any available mana sources to extend the duration of your presence on the battle field.
  • Lich Bane item.png Lich Bane can add a significant amount of damage to her spell rotations. Combined with Power Chord.png Power Chord it can provide incredible burst damage.
    • As an alternative, a more supportive Sona player might want to get Iceborn Gauntlet item.png Iceborn Gauntlet. The CC it provides is something Sona lacks, and the stats are just as beneficial.
  • SonaSquare.png Sona's Aria of Perseverance.png Aria of Perseverance can shield multiple allies at once. This makes Ardent Censer item.png Ardent Censer a very good item on her, providing a slew of useful stats alongside an attack speed buff for allies. No matter the composition, it will improve her team's objective taking. Also, you can further extend the duration of the Frenzy buff on a single most wounded nearby ally by approaching them no more than 3 seconds after activating the ability, thus refreshing Frenzy's duration for up to 9 seconds total

Recommended builds

Summoner's Rift
Starting Spellthief&#039;s Edge item Health Potion item2 Mana Potion item Warding Totem item
Essential Ionian Boots of Lucidity item Sightstone item Frost Queen&#039;s Claim item
Offensive Athene&#039;s Unholy Grail item Ardent Censer item Lich Bane item
Defensive Locket of the Iron Solari item Mikael&#039;s Crucible item Frozen Heart item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item Sight Ward item Vision Ward item Elixir of Sorcery item
The Howling Abyss
Starting Boots of Speed item Health Potion item5 Spellthief&#039;s Edge item
Essential Frost Queen&#039;s Claim item Chalice of Harmony item Ionian Boots of Lucidity item
Offensive Athene&#039;s Unholy Grail item Twin Shadows item Zeke&#039;s Herald item
Defensive Mikael&#039;s Crucible item Locket of the Iron Solari item Abyssal Scepter item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Crystal Scar
Starting Boots of Speed item Prospector&#039;s Ring item Health Potion item2
Essential Ionian Boots of Lucidity item Chalice of Harmony item Wooglet&#039;s Witchcap item
Offensive Void Staff item Hextech Sweeper item Archangel&#039;s Staff item
Defensive Mikael&#039;s Crucible item Frozen Heart item Athene&#039;s Unholy Grail item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Twisted Treeline
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran&#039;s Ring item
Essential Ionian Boots of Lucidity item Chalice of Harmony item Wooglet&#039;s Witchcap item
Offensive Void Staff item Hextech Sweeper item
Defensive Mikael&#039;s Crucible item Athene&#039;s Unholy Grail item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item


Countering

  • SonaSquare.png Sona is fairly squishy throughout the game, especially at level 1. Work with your allies to kill her fast.
    • Just be careful not to give her the upper hand through your aggressiveness. Being a support, her allies are her main survivability, and making the mistake in ignoring them can prove to be more fatal than ignoring Sona.
  • When laning against SonaSquare.png Sona, remember how she can boost her partner with her supporting spells. When focusing either of them, you're really going to be fighting both of them, so account for it by removing either from the equation with CC or zoning.
  • SonaSquare.png Sona's harass is targeted, which means that to avoid her damage, you need to either block the damage or not be there to take it in the first place.
    • Hymn of Valor.png Hymn of Valor cannot auto-target enemies not in vision, so take advantage of brush and control vision.
  • Magic Resist in general can counter a Sona focusing on damage. Locket of the Iron Solari item.png Locket of the Iron Solari and Spectre&#039;s Cowl.png Spectre's Cowl are the recommended items for this.
  • Do not overextend when chasing an enemy that is accompanied with SonaSquare.png Sona. Her Song of Celerity.png Song of Celerity allows her to outrun you very quickly.
  • Sona is a rewarding target to remove quickly from the fight. If the opportunity presents itself, remove her from the equation.
    • Avoid grouping against a Sona. Otherwise she can end up hitting as much members of your team as possible with Crescendo.png Crescendo.
  • SonaSquare.png Sona is best countered by using an aggressive support with ridiculous amounts of CC, such as BlitzcrankSquare.png Blitzcrank, ThreshSquare.png Thresh, or LeonaSquare.png Leona. Keep in mind that you must play very aggressively against Sona and not give her time to recover her spells; otherwise she will just end up harassing and out sustaining your aggressor of choice.
    • Alternatively, using a support with similar healing and harass, such as NamiSquare.png Nami or SorakaSquare.png Soraka, can be a good choice for stalling the lane and at least not letting the enemy snowball.

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