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Skill Usage

  • For a basic combo if there is literally nothing to grab nearby, Q>W>W>E could ensure you get your W off.
  • It is recommended to get one of your spells to rank 5 as quickly as possible to benefit from its Transcendent.png Transcendent bonus.
    • Maxing Dark Sphere.png Dark Sphere first is highly recommended. This will increase the damage vs champions, while the other Transcendent.png Transcendent bonuses offer improved utility but no extra damage.
  • It is also recommended that smart casting is used on all of Syndra's abilities except her ultimate. This allows for seamless transition between her abilities and faster combos, which is critical in team fights.
    • However, while Dark Sphere.png Dark Sphere and Scatter the Weak.png Scatter the Weak are musts for smart casting, you may not want to smartcast Force of Will.png Force of Will as you could end up grabbing a minion instead of a sphere or grabbing the wrong sphere. This problem disappears as you get used to Syndra.
  • To get out 4 bonus spheres (the maximum possible) you need more than 30% cooldown reduction and you can do this by using the following combo: Q, Q, W (targeting the first sphere), Q, Q, followed immediately by Unleashed Power.png Unleashed Power. However, the delay on her ultimate and the increased micromanagement requires a higher level of skill on an already difficult champion. For most players, it may be more efficient to try using Q and E, Q again and W on the first dark sphere, and then use Unleashed Power.png Unleashed Power - this sacrifices one or two dark spheres on her ultimate for a quicker, more reliable combo.
    • Four spheres are mostly used to kill a very tanky champion, like a fighter.
    • Two spheres (assuming you actually hit the damage of the sphere summoning itself) is usually enough to smash a squishy target (Syndra decimates squishies) like a Marksman or Mage.
    • One sphere or no spheres is only used if you have everything else on cooldown and need to kill someone immediately, the damage is actually quite respectable with only one bonus sphere.
  • If you notice your opponent is easily avoiding all your Dark Sphere.png Dark Sphere try to become more conservative about it, the low cooldown makes it tempting to use continuously, but pushes the lane if you hit minions (and invites junglers) and drains your mana quickly at higher ranks.
  • Dark Sphere.png Dark Sphere has no channel upon cast, which means you can cast it without interrupting your movement. Take this into consideration when playing Syndra, since it allows you to kite and chase enemy champions easily.
    • During laning, keep Syndra always on the move, only stopping to last hit or kill someone. This way Syndra will be more safe from skillshots and delayed abilities and she will be free to poke with Dark Sphere.png Dark Sphere while still moving.
  • To maximize your chances of hitting the enemy champion with Dark Sphere.png Dark Spheres, use it right when they last-hit.
  • After you hit an enemy champion with Force of Will.png Force of Will, follow up with Dark Sphere.png Dark Sphere; they'll be slowed and have a hard time avoiding it. If you are confident enough in your own aiming, casting Dark Sphere.png Dark Sphere right after Force of Will.png Force of Will will cause them to hit at the same time; this can save a few seconds if you are considering a combo for Unleashed Power.png Unleashed Power.
  • When being chased in the jungle, use Force of Will.png Force of Will on a nearby neutral monster to slow the enemy champion.
    •  Thin choke points like most of the jungle will make it easier to use Scatter the Weak.png Scatter the Weak when an opponent gets too close.
  • Force of Will.png Force of Will can be used to throw enemy player pets such as AnnieSquare.png Annie's Summon- Tibbers.png Tibbers to get them away from allies or yourself.
  • Even though it is possible to teleport while carrying a minion or buff with Force of Will.png Force of Will the link will break and it will be released from where you teleported from.
  • Placing a Dark Sphere.png Dark Sphere directly in front of yourself and then follow it up with a quick and well-aimed Scatter the Weak.png Scatter the Weak gives you a long range stun.
  • Try using Scatter the Weak.png Scatter the Weak right after using Unleashed Power.png Unleashed Power for an increased chance on stunning enemies for a quick follow up of Force of Will.png Force of Will and Dark Sphere.png Dark Sphere.
  • Scatter the Weak.png Scatter the Weak will still stun a champion if they get between a Dark Sphere.png Dark Sphere and yourself, if they are in-line with the abilities knockback. Note that the stun occurs when the sphere and the enemy collide, therefore you do get a fraction of a second's length longer on your knockback-stun cc chain if you hit a nearby enemy into a farther away sphere.
  • When fleeing, creating a Dark Sphere.png Dark Sphere and/or using Force of Will.png Force of Will won't halt or slow your movement at all, making these good options for deterring chase or making it impossible to catch up to you, particularly if you have Rylai’s. Scatter the Weak.png Scatter the Weak's cast animation may allow pursuers to gain ground necessary to use a targeted ability on you, therefore you should consider if this might be the case before using it to secure an escape.
  • Try to stay back in teamfights since Syndra is pretty fragile.
    • Her main damage abilities,  Dark Sphere.png Dark Sphere and Force of Will.png Force of Will have good range so she can stay back.
    • You should only get close to use Unleashed Power.png Unleashed Power (before rank 3 the range is quite short) after you have summoned about two spheres.
    • If someone gets too close punish them with a  Dark Sphere.png Dark Sphere into a stun with Scatter the Weak.png Scatter the Weak. If the enemy is relentless drop another sphere, a Force of Will.png Force of Will and a finishing ultimate.
    • Unleashed Power.png Unleashed Power has the potential to be one of the most damaging single target spells in the game. If you get hugely ahead during a certain phase, it has the potential to one-shot. You should consider carefully when and where you are going to use it during important team fights however, as you should only be able to have it up once per fight.

Build Usage

  • Syndra's damage output is reliant on a high CDR build - it will provide stronger harass with Q and W combos, and being able to maintain more dark spheres on the battlefield will potentially increase the damage on Unleashed Power.png Unleashed Power.
    • She is extremely mana hungry.  Athene&#039;s Unholy Grail item.png Athene's Unholy Grail provides every stat she needs; AP, CDR, and mana regen.
  • The passive on Rylai&#039;s Crystal Scepter item.png Rylai's Crystal Scepter synergizes with all of her spells to varying degrees; however the bonus mana on Rod of Ages item.png Rod of Ages will help with Syndra's high mana costs and may be a preferable option depending on your runes and masteries.
  • Due to SyndraSquare.png Syndra's low cooldowns on Dark Sphere.png Dark Sphere, an early Tear of the Goddess item.png Tear of the Goddess, and then Archangel&#039;s Staff item.png Archangel's Staff, can be charged quickly and is therefore a viable item to have.
    • It has been debated that Manamune item.png Manamune is a better purchase on Syndra due to the Muramana item.png Muramana active, which triggers per sphere during Unleashed Power.png Unleashed Power. With only Muramana for mana, the bonus damage per sphere at full mana is between 93-129 (level 6-18). This is the single most damage attainable from only a single item, and is the equivalent of having 465-645 bonus ability power. This is 279-387 bonus damage with only the minimum 3 spheres.
  • It's sub-optimal to grab a Rabadon&#039;s Deathcap item.png Rabadon's Deathcap early in the game. Even with the AP boost, it is likely better to buy a Void Staff item.png Void Staff first.
  • Zhonya&#039;s Hourglass item.png Zhonya's Hourglass is a great pickup on SyndraSquare.png Syndra. The invulnerability is such a strong mechanic in late-game that it may provide exactly what you need to win even a fight that seems hopeless. The stats on this are good as well, so there's no reason not to buy this at some point in the game.
  • Luden&#039;s Echo item.png Luden's Echo will increase your burst damage by quite a bit, and provide certain flexibility to your gameplay. This is because although Lich Bane provides fairly similar stats (and potentially a lot more damage), it requires you to get closer than you really would want to be in order to proc the autoattack effect. Movespeed is actually something SyndraSquare.png Syndra might sorely need in order to land multiple abilities more easily in mobile teamfights.
  • Since  SyndraSquare.png Syndra's kit relies on frequent use of low cooldown spells, mana regeneration is a mandatory stat.
    • If you use two flat cooldown reduction quintessences, alongside masteries, you can start the game with 10% cooldown reduction. This opens your build path to get less cooldown and more damage, or simply strengthens your build if you wouldn't have itemized CDR beyond your mana item.
    • You can otherwise opt for just your masteries, Ionian Boots of Lucidity item.png Ionian Boots of Lucidity and a  Athene&#039;s Unholy Grail item.png Athene's Unholy Grail or Morellonomicon item.png Morellonomicon for max cooldown reduction.
  • If your team has a lot of magic damage, consider asking someone who will be nearer to the enemies than you to buy an  Abyssal Scepter item.png Abyssal Scepter, this will most likely help your team overall. Building Abyssal Scepter item.png Abyssal Scepter yourself isn't a bad idea if you need the magic resistance and your team needs the damage, but this is out-scaled later on in the game by other options since you will need to stay further from enemies to beat them.
  • Banshee&#039;s Veil item.png Banshee's Veil can be a great solution vs "catch" and "hard engage" compositions. It also effectively helps prevent yourself from getting burst down by other AP mages. This item isn't a solution to heavy poke, but it may help some.
  • Guardian Angel item.png Guardian Angel is best used when the enemy marksman is practically the only enemy that is a threat. You are likely able to kill them as they proc this item, but if not then your team may finish them while you're in stasis. Even if that doesn't happen, you have another shot at them when you "ressurect" from this item. It's best to get Zhonya&#039;s Hourglass item.png Zhonya's Hourglass before getting this item in almost any situation, however.
  • The notorious combination of Liandry&#039;s Torment item.png Liandry's Torment  and  Rylai&#039;s Crystal Scepter item.png Rylai's Crystal Scepter can be a good option if you are planning to survive a long time throughout fights. The bonus slow and DpS passive alongside with magic penetration can be surprisingly powerful.

Recommended builds

Summoner's Rift
Starting Doran&#039;s Ring item Health Potion item Warding Totem item
Essential Sorcerer&#039;s Shoes item Athene&#039;s Unholy Grail item Rabadon&#039;s Deathcap item
Offensive Void Staff item Morellonomicon item Luden&#039;s Echo item
Defensive Zhonya&#039;s Hourglass item Rylai&#039;s Crystal Scepter item Guardian Angel 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 Chalice of Harmony item Health Potion item3 Mana Potion item
Essential Doran&#039;s Ring item Sorcerer&#039;s Shoes item Athene&#039;s Unholy Grail item
Offensive Rabadon&#039;s Deathcap item Deathfire Grasp item Void Staff item
Defensive Zhonya&#039;s Hourglass item Rylai&#039;s Crystal Scepter 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 Sorcerer&#039;s Shoes item Athene&#039;s Unholy Grail item Wooglet&#039;s Witchcap item
Offensive Hextech Sweeper item Void Staff item Archangel&#039;s Staff item
Defensive Abyssal Scepter item Will of the Ancients item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Twisted Treeline
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran&#039;s Ring item
Essential Sorcerer&#039;s Shoes item Athene&#039;s Unholy Grail item Wooglet&#039;s Witchcap item
Offensive Deathfire Grasp item Void Staff item Archangel&#039;s Staff item
Defensive Abyssal Scepter item Hextech Sweeper item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item


Countering

  • Get boots early when playing against SyndraSquare.png Syndra, they'll help you avoid many of her spells.
  • Constantly moving or strafing unpredictably will make it much harder for SyndraSquare.png Syndra to harass you with her Dark Sphere.png Dark Spheres
  • Attack SyndraSquare.png Syndra after she's used Scatter the Weak.png Scatter the Weak, it has a long cooldown, so she will be vulnerable.
  • With no reliable escape tool she is also easily ganked and weak against champions with gap closers and crowd controls.
    • When ganking her split up so she can't use Force of Will.png Force of Will and Scatter the Weak.png Scatter the Weak to disable both you and your ally. If she manages to stun she will also easily get to slow you, and will likely escape if both you and your ally are affected by this.
  • If SyndraSquare.png Syndra keeps creating Dark Sphere.png Dark Spheres in a situation where she would be better off doing something else (like re-positioning or knocking back enemies), then she is likely preparing to use her ultimate.
  • SyndraSquare.png Syndra is a bursty mage, try to focus her down first if you are having problems with her damage.
    • ​In late game she can be very powerful with her spammable nuke. Try to deny her farming early game to cut down on her damage potential later on.
    • Be wary when dueling in a 1v1 with SyndraSquare.png Syndra. If her ultimate Unleashed Power.png Unleashed Power is available she can instantly burst you down before you are able to kill her.
  • The Scatter the Weak.png Scatter the Weak and Dark Sphere.png Dark Sphere stun combo can be very hard to land if enemy is too close to her, which can give you an opportunity to burst her down.
    • If using this method, beware her ultimate Unleashed Power.png Unleashed Power since it has relatively short range, meaning she might use it on you, being the closest person. Consider trying this plan when her ultimate goes on cooldown. (Warning: at rank 3 her ultimate's range is increased by 75)
  • Purchasing a Zhonya&#039;s Hourglass item.png Zhonya's Hourglass is recommended when facing Syndra. Although the armor is useless against her, the active is very useful as it is able to negate the damage from her ultimate, by making you untargetable while all the spheres try to go into you.
  • FizzSquare.png Fizz is the hardest counter to Syndra. He can quickly close the gap against her, and burst her down before she is able to kill him. With his absurd mobility, Fizz is able to dodge all of Syndra's abilities, including the stun on Scatter the Weak.png Scatter the Weak. Fizz is even able to completely negate the damage from Unleashed Power.png Unleashed Power just with Playful.png Playful/Trickster.png Trickster.
    • Be wary that Syndra can still bully Fizz during the early game where he is very weak.

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