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Skill usage

  • Power Chord.png Power Chord has three distinct effects based on the last basic ability SonaSquare.png Sona used.
  • 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.
    • Leveling first is great for aggressive bot lanes due to Hymn of Valor.png Hymn of Valor's passive aura providing decent harass during the laning phase.
  • In a passive support lane, encourage your carry to trade blows with the opponent, and do the same with Hymn of Valor.png Hymn of Valor and Power Chord.png Power Chord. Afterwards, heal yourself and your partner with Aria of Perseverance.png Aria of Perseverance.  This will wear down the enemy and force them out of lane in less time and mana than just poking with Hymn of Valor.png Hymn of Valor.
  • 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.
  • Sona can twist her auras, having the effects of two auras overlap. When a new aura is cast the previous aura effect stays up until its duration expires.
  • 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 coupled with allies' channeled abilities can devastate the opposing team, as while stunned, they can't interrupt the channel.
  • It's a good idea to take the summoner spells Heal and Clarity to sustain you and your attack damage carry. Even if your carry doesn't use mana, Clarity is still useful in team fights to restore mana to surrounding allies, and, even to restore mana to yourself as Sona tends to have heavy mana usage.
  • An alternative summoner spell you can select is Flash. Useful just not for getting out of bad situations, but using flash to engage and use Crescendo on their team will give your team a tactical advantage.

Build usage

  • Being a support, SonaSquare.png Sona should focus on supporting her AD carry early game by warding and keeping him/her safe. If your carry can get last hits, you'll want to leave them for him/her. You can offset your lack of farm by buying Ancient Coin item.png Ancient Coin or Spellthief's Edge item.png Spellthief's Edge for more sustain, better healing, and Gp10.
  • If you go SonaSquare.png Sona midlane, you usually need to keep your wards up, as chance to escape ganks, when not warded, is limited, and basically impossible if your flash is down. Getting 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.
  • A valuable build for SonaSquare.png Sona is stacking auras, as all it takes is Sona's presence for her to be useful and most of the aura items you should be getting are relatively cheap.
    • Zeke's Herald item.png Zeke's Herald gives 20 AD and 10% life steal to her close allies, which in combination with Hymn of Valor's aura can increase your team's auto-attack reliant champion's DPS.
    • Aegis of the Legion item.png Aegis of the Legion gives 20 MR to her close allies, and its upgrade, Locket of the Iron Solari's active gives a shield which stacks nicely with Aria of Perseverance's aura.
    • Another defensive Aura is Frozen Heart item.png Frozen Heart. Its debuff over enemies decreases DPS damage output of enemy team, especially from enemy AD Carry. It can be used in combination with Aria of Perseverance.png Power Chord - Diminuendo and Exhaust.png Exhaust.
    • Another offensive Aura is Abyssal Scepter item.png Abyssal Scepter. Its debuff over enemies increases the magic damage output of your whole team.
    • 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 things also allow her team to traverse great distances very quickly, such as quickly running to a tower/inhibitor after an ace to take it down before the enemy team revives or moving to a friendly tower/inhib to prevent it from being taken.
  • SonaSquare.png Sona is extremely valuable in group pushes, but sustained aura rotation can deplete her mana pool quickly if not equipped properly, consider mana regeneration glyphs per level to make sure she never runs out of mana.
  • Because Sona has generally low cooldowns, low mana costs, and needs to constantly switch abilities, she charges up Seraph's Embrace item.png Seraph's Embrace faster than almost any other champion. This also helps her, as it provides one of the highest mana regens in the game, allows her to stay in long team pushes for much longer, and gives her a small shield for incoming burst.
  • With 40% Cooldown Reduction, Sona can keep stacks of Guinsoo's Rageblade item.png Guinsoo's Rageblade up easily.
  • Lich Bane item.png Lich Bane can add a significant amount of damage to her autoattack. Combined with Power Chord.png Power Chord it can provide decent burst damage.
  • As an alternative to Lich Bane, a more supportive Sona player might want to get Iceborn Gauntlet. Because Sona's only non-ultimate Crowd Control is her Song of Celerity Power Chord, this can limit her choice of power chord when she needs to keep an enemy in place. Iceborn Gauntlet solves this issue, because its passive makes every Power Chord have a slowing effect. This means she can use it in combination with Aria of Perseverance to stop an enemy's burst damage and give her team's carry time to escape, or for higher damage with Hymn of Valor.
  • SonaSquare.png Sona's Aria of Perseverance.png Aria of Perseverance can shield multiple allies at once. Because of this, Ardent Censer item.png Ardent Censer can be a very good item on her, providing cooldown reduction, mana regeneration and ability power, alongside an attack speed buff on her W. It would depend on her team's composition. But with multiple auto-attack reliant champions on her team, it could be a very strong item.

Recommended builds

Summoner's Rift
Starting Sight Ward item Health Potion item Ancient Coin item Sweeping Lens item
Essential Ionian Boots of Lucidity item Chalice of Harmony item Ruby Sightstone item Oracle's Lens item Talisman of Ascension item
Offensive Athene's Unholy Grail item Ardent Censer item Lich Bane item
Defensive Mikael's Crucible item Locket of the Iron Solari item Banshee's Veil item Frozen Heart item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item Sight Ward item Vision Ward item
The Howling Abyss
Starting Boots of Speed item Health Potion item5 Spellthief's Edge item
Essential Frost Queen's Claim item Chalice of Harmony item Ionian Boots of Lucidity item
Offensive Athene's Unholy Grail item Twin Shadows item Zeke's Herald item
Defensive Mikael'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's Ring item Health Potion item2
Essential Ionian Boots of Lucidity item Chalice of Harmony item Wooglet's Witchcap item
Offensive Void Staff item Deathfire Grasp item Archangel's Staff item
Defensive Mikael's Crucible item Hextech Sweeper item Athene's Unholy Grail item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Twisted Treeline
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran's Ring item
Essential Ionian Boots of Lucidity item Chalice of Harmony item Wooglet's Witchcap item
Offensive Void Staff item Deathfire Grasp item
Defensive Mikael's Crucible item Hextech Sweeper item Athene'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.
  • When laning against SonaSquare.png Sona, be sure to play safe as she can boost her partner with her supporting spells.
  • All of SonaSquare.png Sona's active stances are AoE, meaning that you can avoid her spells by moving away from her.
  • 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.
  • During teamfights try to kill Sona first, since she provides consistent damage/defense boosting auras through the teamfight, as well as an AoE stun.

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