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Skill Usage

  • A fully-charged  Vault Breaker will deal twice as much damage as an uncharged one. It's great for catching and finishing off fleeing enemies.
  • You can use Flash while charging  Vault Breaker. If timed well, you can even Flash in mid-air. Use this combo to surprise fleeing enemies.
  • Using a fully-charged  Vault Breaker followed by  Excessive Force is an extremely effective way to clear entire minion waves.
  •  Excessive Force does full damage to anyone caught in the shockwave. Use it on minions in lane to harass enemy champions behind them or to safely last hit minions.
    • It will deal its damage in a 600 range cone behind  Vi's target.
    • However, be careful when using  Excessive Force to harras your lane opponent, as  Vi's mana pool will be quickly drained.
  •  Assault and Battery is a powerful initiation tool, just remember not to get too far ahead of the rest of your team.
    •  Vi will knock aside enemies on the way to her target.
    •  Vi is immune to crowd control during her charge, but can still be targeted and killed.
  •  Assault and Battery can be used to dash to enemy champions through walls. Use this to your advantage when planning a gank.
  •  Vi fits the role of bruiser very well and should be played as a semi-tank. Abusing your  Vault Breaker would be a good harassing strategy as it closes the gap between you and your enemies. Be careful about using this ability as  Vi has no other escape mechanisms once  Vault Breaker is on cooldown.
  • Because  Assault and Battery does 75% of the ability's damage to enemies between Vi and her target and knocks them aside, try to hit as many champions on the way to the target as possible.
  •  Vault Breaker can be used to dash over almost any wall in the jungle. You can dash over walls to gank unsuspecting players, or, with some right warding, easily catch the enemy jungler off guard. Using  Vault Breaker will also allow  Vi to reach her jungle camps faster.
  •  Assault and Battery will place  Vi behind the target enemy. Follow up with a quick  Vault Breaker to knock the enemy back into your team.
  •  Excessive Force can deal a great amounts of damage in the early game and damage enemy champions from a safe distance and even drive them out of lane.
  • Using  Excessive Force at the right angle can give you a kill when an enemy champion is behind your target.
  •  Excessive Force can help you destroy turrets faster as it resets your auto attack timer.

Item Usage

As  Vi is best built as an attack damage bruiser or off-tank, one should purchase both offensive and defensive items. Items that provide a mixture of both offensive and defensive stats, are most often good choices for  Vi.

  •  Vi can benefit from a wide selection of boots.
  • The proc from Sheen goes well together with  Excessive Force, so it is advised to build either Iceborn Gauntlet or Trinity Force.
    • Trinity Force is a more offensive choice here, as it also gives attack damage, attack speed and critical strike chance. The movement speed increase and Phage proc also make chasing easier.
    • Iceborn Gauntlet is more defensive, as it offers a large quantity armor. The area damage from the proc, combined with  Excessive Force causes massive AoE damage. This is more recommended against heavy AD team. Cooldown reduction and the Movement Speed Slow passive both improve  Vi's  Excessive Force usage frequency and damage dramatically.
  • As  Vi's  Blast Shield scales with 10% of her maximum HP number, an effect similar to Nautilus' Titan's Wrath shield. As a result, it is best to shy away from pure armor or magic resist items on  Vi, and instead choose items which grant a substantial amount of bonus HP as well as a resistance stat. Flat Health Quintessences are a viable option in lane or in jungle for further early durability.
  • The Black Cleaver has great synergy with Vi's burst combo, allowing her to apply a full set of stacks with  Excessive Force and  Denting Blows. It also greatly synergizes with  Denting Blows's armor reduction, reducing the enemies armor by 40% total. This will greatly improve both your damage, and physical damage dealt by your teammates to the target.
    • If the rest of the team would not benefit from The Black Cleaver stacks, then note Last Whisper will raise Vi's damage output more with higher % armor penetration.
  •  Vi has no natural health sustain, so  investing in large quantities of damage and lifesteal can form a viable carry build. Both The Bloodthirster and Ravenous Hydra have high attack damage and substantial lifesteal, and are great offensive items for  Vi. All lifesteal can synergize with Vi's ability to shred armor, as lifesteal returns HP based on the actual damage dealt to a target after Armor damage reduction has been applied.
    • When playing on the Twisted Treeline, a Sanguine Blade can be bought.
    • Zeke's Herald can also be purchased in a durability-focused build. Although it provides appreciably less attack damage and lifesteal than other items, it will help to buff allied units and increase your durability through bonus HP stats.
    • Wriggle's Lantern is a powerful carry item when playing  Vi in the jungle, but is generally less effective for bursty early game builds such as Spirit of the Elder Lizard into Brutalizer.
  • Items like Maw of Malmortius, Mercurial Scimitar and Atma's Impaler provide a reliable amount of attack damage while also granting a decent amount of resistances.
  • Getting some cooldown reduction helps  Vi clear jungle camps faster with more  Excessive Force charges and gank more frequently with  Assault and Battery.
  •   Vi is an attack damage caster but items that grant increased attack speed will greatly improve her effectiveness moreso than most other attack damage casters because  Denting Blows will proc faster and  Vi's overall damage will increase.
    • Sword of the Divine provides 45% attack speed and a steroid. The steroid provides 100% attack speed and 100% crit chance for 3 seconds or 3 attacks, procing  Denting Blows.
    • Zephyr can function on Vi when not building Mercury's Treads. The Zephyr offers Tenacity, attack damage, cooldown reduction, attack speed, and more movement speed to chase targets.
    • Blade of the Ruined King is a good item on Vi. She can deal a surprising amount of anti-tank burst damage with its active after triggering  Denting Blows's passive in a combo.
    • Wit's End is a great item for attack speed, as it also provides magic resist and a decent on-hit effect.
  • Since  Vi has two auto-attack timer resets with  Excessive Force, Vi functions well with on-hit effects, as she can proc the same effect 4 times in one combo.
  • Spirit of the Ancient Golem is a great jungling item for Vi, as it opens her build up for any boot upgrade while starting her off with the Tenacity trait that she needs.
    • Eventually you might want to sell your Spirit of Ancient Golem near the end of long games for a Zephyr, which has the same Tenacity and Cooldown Reduction but with added Attack Damage and Attack Speed for taking down turrets as Vi.

Recommended builds

Summoner's Rift
Starting Hunter's Machete item Health Potion item5
Essential Mercury's Treads item Spirit of the Elder Lizard item Iceborn Gauntlet item
Offensive The Black Cleaver item Trinity Force item Wit's End item
Defensive Frozen Mallet item Warmog's Armor item Aegis of the Legion item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item Sight Ward item
The Howling Abyss
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran's Shield item Health Potion item
Essential Phage item Mercury's Treads item The Brutalizer item
Offensive Trinity Force item The Black Cleaver item Maw of Malmortius item
Defensive Frozen Mallet item Randuin's Omen item Iceborn Gauntlet item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Crystal Scar
Starting Boots of Speed item Prospector's Blade item Health Potion item
Essential Phage item The Brutalizer item Mercury's Treads item
Offensive Trinity Force item Maw of Malmortius item The Black Cleaver item
Defensive Frozen Mallet item Iceborn Gauntlet item Sunfire Cape item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Twisted Treeline
Starting Boots of Speed item Health Potion item
Essential Phage item The Brutalizer item Mercury's Treads item
Offensive Trinity Force item Maw of Malmortius item The Black Cleaver item
Defensive Frozen Mallet item Iceborn Gauntlet item Randuin's Omen item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item

Countering

  •  Vi relies heavily on crowd control to win 1v1 fights or 3v3 fights. She can easily disrupt enemy lines with her ult, and this will give her teammates enough time to back her up. Scattering is a good way to prevent  Vi from knocking you aside or dealing massive damage with  Excessive Force.
  • Since  Vi has no other natural way of sticking to enemies after she has used  Assault and Battery and   Vault Breaker, save your crowd controls or escapes until after she has consumed these abilities, especially since  Assault and Battery makes her immune to crowd controls as it is being cast.
  • As  Vi is a powerful bruiser, making sure to pin her down and not letting her get the core items she needs would give you an advantage against her team as she would be too soft to initiate and her damage output would be very low.
  • Not letting Vi proc  Denting Blows is crucial for lane control and poke, so watching out and avoiding a Vault Break can often decide the fate of a skirmish (being CC, a Denting Blows stack and gap closer).
  • Early game  Vi can easily be pushed out of lane by controlling her shield procs and attacking after it expires if she uses  Excessive Force to farm.
  • As a jungler, one of  Vi's biggest strengths is her ability to win 1v1 duels thanks to her  Blast Shield and her ability to punish tank junglers with her  Denting Blows. Therefore, avoid playing tank based junglers like  Volibear,  Amumu, and  Rammus.

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