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Two years after brushing up her visuals, we’re taking a second look at the goatiest of champions, Soraka! This time the Champion Update team’s focusing on her gameplay, so while her bananas stay the same, we’re updating and tweaking a few of her abilities. Here’s the rundown! [1]



Soraka gains significant movement speed when she moves towards heavily wounded allies.


Soraka calls down a meteor at a target location, damaging all enemies caught by the explosion and dealing extra damage and a Slow icon slow to enemies directly under the impact.

Astral Infusion
Astral Infusion
  • Passive: Soraka heals herself whenever she hits an enemy champion with Starcall.png Starcall.
  • Active: Soraka sacrifices her own health to heal a nearby ally.


Soraka briefly conjures a celestial zone at a target location. Enemies standing above the zone are Silence icon silenced until they leave, while if they’re standing above Equinox when it collapses, they’re briefly Root icon rooted.


Soraka summons a global heal for all allied champions. Heavily wounded allies gain extra health.


Soraka Soraka’s a support who works best in the immediate proximity of her marksman. Here she can keep her lane partner healthy with Astral Infusion.png Astral Infusion before turning to Starcall.png Starcall to damage the enemy bot lane champions and restore some of her own health. Equinox.png Equinox has serious potential to win trades, too – casting it beneath an enemy AD caster (Graves Graves and Varus Varus, for example) greatly reduces their damage output, while using it beneath the enemy support cuts off their ability to use their array of abilities and summoner spells.

Equinox.png Equinox can be a lifesaver when the enemy jungler comes in to gank, too. Whenever Soraka casts the portal along the jungler’s attack route, she effectively forces them to choose between a longer gank path and the ability’s silence/snare field. Additionally, if her marksman is already close to death but closer to the relative safety of their tower, then the speed boost from Salvation.png Salvation helps Soraka motor away from her enemies. Of course, if all else fails, Soraka can break the emergency glass and hit the big red Wish.png Wish button to buy her allies a few extra seconds of life.


Soraka’s teamfight presence relies on sharp decision-making and making the most of Astral Infusion.png Astral Infusion’s extremely low cooldown. Though she’s generally better off sticking close to – and healing up – her team’s backline, Salvation.png Salvation gives her enough movement speed to fly to the frontline and heal her suffering tanks. This presents risks, though: without the extra movement speed, she returns to her team’s backline – and safety – relatively slowly, giving the enemy team plenty of opportunities to wade in and cut her down. Soraka can diminish this threat by casting Equinox.png Equinox on the battle’s frontline, hopefully dissuading all but the most determined assassins from bursting through to kill her.

Finally, Wish.png Wish has enough raw power to turn around seemingly lost fights. Timing is critical: using it early on tops off health and keeps the momentum of a fight in your team’s hands, but saving it until the last moment grants significantly more health and can fully dispirit a confident enemy team.

Champion Spotlight (Pre-Gameplay Update)
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Soraka Champion Spotlight

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Playing As Soraka Soraka
Playing Against Soraka Soraka


Ability Usage
  • Use Salvation.png Salvation to weave in and out of danger and determine which ally needs healing. Be careful not to lead yourself into danger, as some allies may not be able to be saved.
    • Salvation.png Salvation's indicator, which appears on allies below 40% maximum health, also indicates when they will receive the 50% increased heal from Wish.png Wish.
    • Salvation.png Salvation only gives bonus movement speed when approaching low-health allies in range. Thus, it might even be beneficial to leave allies low just long enough to escape danger.
    • Observant enemy players will be able to notice changes in Soraka Soraka's movement speed when a low-health ally is in range. Be sure that your jungler or roaming ally does not enter your vicinity at low health if you need their presence to be elusive.
  • Leveling Starcall.png Starcall at rank 1 is desirable in a solo lane or if you and your laning partner seek to reach level 2 first.
    • Maxing it first will give greater poke potential and enable lane dominance if ahead.
    • Starcall.png Starcall's projectile falls more slowly the longer the distance at which it is cast from.
      • If cast from a long range, you may need to lead your target. Oftentimes in laning, the enemy laner will move back after last-hitting a minion. Try casting the ability behind them. However, keep in mind that moving forward far enough to do so may put you in range of retaliation.
      • In desperate circumstances or situations where you may need to land a faster Starcall.png Starcall consider casting it as close to Soraka Soraka as possible. This is easiest using Flash.png Flash to get on top of an opponent beforehand.
    • Sometimes, it may be unnecessary to use Starcall.png Starcall if Soraka Soraka is at full health, and if Astral Infusion.png Astral Infusion is maxed first instead, the damage in early laning may be negligible. In this case, it may better to conserve your mana for more appropriate times.
    • Starcall.png Starcall provides vision of unwarded brush for a brief period. Use this to check bushes rather than warding them or directly facechecking, as this can help prevent unwanted deaths.
  • Leveling Astral Infusion.png Astral Infusion at level 1 is desirable if you wish to give your a jungler a "perfect" leash in the support role, need to level it on-point in the case of early jungle invades, and/or seek to play passive in lane.
    • Maxing it first will dramatically increase both Astral Infusion.png Astral Infusion's early ally and passive self-heal.
    • Tell your jungler beforehand that using a Health Potion item.png Health Potion for the first jungle buff is unnecessary. Soraka Soraka should be able to heal her jungler once during the leash, step out of experience range when her jungler Smite.png Smite's the buff, and then heal her jungler a second time while heading to lane with her ADC in a fashionable time frame.
    • Despite its health cost, Astral Infusion.png Astral Infusion has a relatively low mana cost. As such, in a support role in lane, Soraka Soraka can remain relevant with only a couple points of extra mana regeneration.
    • Casting Astral Infusion.png Astral Infusion many times over a short period can drain a large portion of Soraka Soraka's health. Be mindful of positioning in extended trades.
    • Once both Starcall.png Starcall and Astral Infusion.png Astral Infusion are leveled at least once, Soraka Soraka should be seeking to land Starcall.png Starcalls to regain some or all of the health that is lost from casting Astral Infusion.png Astral Infusion.
      • If Soraka Soraka fails to land enough sufficient Starcall.png Starcall's, it may be necessary to invest in some alternative health restoration methods through itemization, including health regeneration and consumables.
      • If, however, a Starcall.png Starcall lands on multiple enemy champions, Soraka Soraka can potentially self-heal more than the health cost of Astral Infusion.png Astral Infusion. Strive to position your team in a siege composition so that the enemy team is forced to be clustered up under a tower to protect it. This will make it more likely for you to land a multiple-enemy Starcall.png Starcall.
    • Astral Infusion.png Astral Infusion can be a powerful, though risky, lane control tool if used effectively.
      • If you and your lane partner, if applicable, are seeing a strong minion push to your turret, you can use Astral Infusion.png Astral Infusion sparingly on your own ally minions to delay the push. This has the effect of stopping your own turret from killing enemy minions, allowing you or your partner to be able to last-hit them more easily.
      • Alternatively, the same method can be used to deny enemy farm. Carefully timed heals on ally minions under enemy turrets can deny a large amount of farm over time.
      • In the late game when Soraka Soraka is capable, a large minion wave can be built up by constantly healing ally minions when they are fighting an enemy wave until a 2nd ally minion wave reaches your first ally minion wave. This can facilitate an easier tower dive or split push.
  • Equinox.png Equinox is rarely leveled first and is typically the last ability to be maxed.
    • Due to Equinox.png Equinox's instantaneous cast time, it can be used to swiftly interrupt channeled abilities, such as Katarina Katarina's Death Lotus.png Death Lotus or Janna Janna's Monsoon.png Monsoon.
      • Alternatively, it can also be used as a trap to prevent enemy champions from engaging from a Teleport.png Teleport or other global ability. For example, when placed in the epicenter of Pantheon Pantheon's Grand Skyfall.png Grand Skyfall, it can prevent him from leaping onto an ally with Aegis of Zeonia.png Aegis of Zeonia due to the Silence icon silence field and will subsequently Root icon root him, making him vulnerable to a counter-engage.
    • Because the Root icon root from Equinox.png Equinox is extremely difficult to land, consider using it as a crowd-control extension ability instead. When Amumu Amumu, for example, lands a Curse of the Sad Mummy.png Curse of the Sad Mummy on multiple enemies, a slightly delayed Equinox.png Equinox can effectively disable them for an even longer period of time - preventing them from Flash.png Flashing and then Root icon rooting them - allowing your allies to make quick work without fear of retaliation.
    • When escaping from a dangerous situation, lead the path of your enemy and cast Equinox.png Equinox where they would be Root icon rooted.
    • While Equinox.png Equinox never guarantees a Root icon root if any enemy champion simply walks over its entire radius, the Slow icon slow from a well-aimed Starcall.png Starcall will make the Root icon root more likely to occur.
    • Equinox.png Equinox cannot deal damage to lane minions or neutral monsters.
  • Use Wish.png Wish in the early laning phase to make an impact on allied lanes across the map.
    • If you are sure only a single ally will die and that a Wish.png Wish will not be able to save them, it may be wise to conserve it for a more appropriate use.
    • Wish.png Wish can and should be used to cleanse Grievous Wounds icon Grievous Wounds before continuing to heal allies with Astral Infusion.png Astral Infusion.
    • Some enemy champions, like Katarina Katarina with Death Lotus.png Death Lotus, can constantly reapply Grievous Wounds icon Grievous Wounds over a period of time. Be sure to engage them in a more favorable circumstance when possible.
Item Usage
  • Ancient Coin item.png Ancient Coin is the recommended starting item of choice for a standard supportive build, as it can be built into a Talisman of Ascension item.png Talisman of Ascension. The combination of health regeneration, mana regeneration, movement speed, and cooldown reduction will allow Soraka Soraka to sustain herself and her allies more often in an Astral Infusion.png Astral Infusion-centric ability path. Alternatively, more aggressive players who choose to max Starcall.png Starcall first can choose Spellthief&#039;s Edge item.png Spellthief's Edge as a starting item, taking advantage of enhanced poke capabilities.
    • However, Soraka has the lowest base health regeneration in the game, making the bonus health regen from Talisman of Ascension item.png Talisman of Ascension much less effective on her than on most champions.
  • Soraka Soraka has a wide variety of boots to choose from:
    • Boots of Swiftness item.png Boots of Swiftness or Boots of Mobility item.png Boots of Mobility will allow her to weave in and out of danger and heal her allies more easily. Build the former if you expect to take some damage and/or if the enemy team has a lot of slows. Build the latter if you expect to roam often.
    • Ninja Tabi item.png Ninja Tabi may be necessary against teams with more than one auto-attack reliant champion.
    • Mercury&#039;s Treads item.png Mercury's Treads is a boon against CC- and magic damage-heavy teams.
    • Ionian Boots of Lucidity item.png Ionian Boots of Lucidity might be a possible choice if you do not plan on building a Frozen Heart item.png Frozen Heart or other forms of cooldown reduction.
    • Consider the Alacrity item.png Alacrity enchantment, as movement speed is very valuable on Soraka. This will help her heal her allies more quickly.
  • Soraka Soraka has strong utility and strong base burst damage, so consider building items that complement this utility:
    • An early Sightstone item.png Sightstone is recommended, as with all supports, as Soraka Soraka has very little mobility and peel, and the vision can help both her and her lane partner to foresee ganks ahead of time.
    • The Starchild abuses three items better than most supports in the game.
      • Zeke&#039;s Harbinger item.png Zeke's Harbinger is one of these, offering a mixture of defense and utility. Due to the spammy nature of Soraka's heals, she stacks the item very quickly. Once the passive kicks in, her heals become amplified. The mix of Armor, CDR, and mana also help to make her windows of weakness a bit harder to exploit.
      • Ardent Censer item.png Ardent Censer can help turn the tides in a teamfight if more than one team member is auto-attack reliant. A well-timed Wish.png Wish can allow your team to focus down an enemy or tower more quickly and Astral Infusion.png Astral Infusion can apply the attack speed buff in smaller skirmishes. It combos well with Zeke&#039;s Harbinger item.png Zeke's Harbinger, as the attack speed allows your carries to abuse the 50% bonus critical strike change more effectively.
      • Banner of Command item.png Banner of Command is a great buy. The stats benefit your team a great deal. You heal for more and make the effective health greater thanks to added resistances. The biggest impact of this item lies in the active. Astral Infusion.png Astral Infusion can be used on promoted minions to create a gigantic siege threat. With this item, Soraka can be effective as a split pusher.
    • A Chalice of Harmony item.png Chalice of Harmony provides high mana regeneration, which is vital to allowing Soraka Soraka to support over a longer period of time, and some magic resist.
      • Athene&#039;s Unholy Grail item.png Athene's Unholy Grail is the more offensive upgrade if you are looking to be more aggressive.
      • Mikael&#039;s Crucible item.png Mikael's Crucible is key for a more passive play style and helps immensely against a CC-heavy team if you are looking to protect a valuable carry.
  • Aside from Sightstone item.png Sightstone and Ruby Sightstone item.png Ruby Sightstone, which are usually core for most supports, building health on Soraka Soraka is discouraged due to Astral Infusion.png Astral Infusion's percent health cost.
  • On the other hand, stacking resistance items is preferable on Soraka Soraka because such items do not increase Astral Infusion.png Astral Infusion's health cost.
  • Outside of stacking resistances, Soraka Soraka should be able to make use of a hefty amount of Health Potion item.png Health Potions even on a support's budget, as she will often be below max health.
  • Soraka Soraka depletes her own health to heal others. Try dodging her Starcall.png Starcall early on as it is the only way she can replenish health on her own (besides health regeneration and Health Potion item.png Health Potions).
    • Soraka can also restore her own health with Heal.png Heal, Wish.png Wish, and even Equinox.png Equinox if Soraka has purchased a Will of the Ancients item.png Will of the Ancients. However, Starcall.png Starcall is still her primary method of self-healing, and dodging it is very important if you don't have enough burst damage or crowd control to counter her sustain.
  • Astral Infusion.png Astral Infusion has a short range (550). Try bursting her down so that she cannot heal her allies.
  • The key to keep her down in lane is to poke her down slowly and dodge Starcall.png Starcall. This will keep her vulnerable when she tries to heal her lane partner with Astral Infusion.png Astral Infusion.
  • Blitzcrank Blitzcrank and Thresh Thresh can assert lane dominance against her. A well timed hook from either champion can force her to use Flash.png Flash and play more cautiously.
    • However you must play very aggressively. Otherwise Soraka will actually end up outsustaining and outharassing both of them.
  • Picking Ignite.png Ignite instead of Exhaust.png Exhaust can also be an option not only to zone Soraka with the threat of being killed, but also because of the Grievous Wounds icon Grievous Wounds. However, keep in mind the rest of her team, because if it has dangerous mobile assassins such as Kha&#039;Zix Kha'Zix and Zed Zed, then it is better to still take Exhaust.png Exhaust instead of Ignite.png Ignite.


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