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By NeeksNaman [1]

There's nothing more satisfying than the sounds of your enemies succumbing to an extreme beat-down. Not to Vi, anyway, the newest champion to join the League. Vault Breaker.png Punching, Excessive Force.png Excessive Force, and Denting Blows.png armor-busting Denting Blows Buff brutality are what she's all about.

At home in top lane or the jungle, Vi Vi's playstyle revolves around Excessive Force 2 pummeling opponents and Denting Blows.png tearing into and Denting Blows Buff shattering their armor. Vi's signature punch is Vault Breaker.png Vault Breaker. When you first activate the ability, Vault Breaker.png Vault Breaker begins charging a powerful punch. Activating Vault Breaker.png Vault Breaker a second time causes you to dash forward, dealing damage to units and knocking back enemy champions. Early game, Vi excels at bullying opponents while shoving the lane with Vault Breaker.png Vault Breaker and the AoE damage from Excessive Force.png Excessive Force. Skillful use of Excessive Force.png Excessive Force allows you to quickly clear your lane while harassing opponents trying to get in close to last hit minions.

When team fights erupt, Vi's Assault and Battery.png ultimate allows you to charge through your opponents' front-line and crush their carries. Assault and Battery.png Assault and Battery locks on to an enemy champion. You then chase them down, uppercutting them into the air. Enemies unfortunate enough to be in the way are knocked aside. Excessive Force 2 High damage, Denting Blows Buff armor debuffs, and Vault Breaker.png knockbacks make you a disruptive force. Since Vi's attacks and activated abilities apply stacks of Denting Blows.png Denting Blows, you can increase your damage significantly against armored opponents by just doing what you do best: Denting Blows Buff punching. To top it all off, Vi's Blast Shield.png Blast Shield helps her survive not only big damage bursts, but also prolonged team fights.

Are you ready to slip on your gauntlets and show off your Denting Blows.png pummeling Denting Blows Buff prowess? Once your opponents get a glimpse of your heavy weaponry, it's punch or be punched.

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Vi Champion Spotlight

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Tips

Playing As Vi Vi
Playing Against Vi Vi

Tricks

Ability Usage
  • A fully-charged Vault Breaker.png 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.png Flash while charging Vault Breaker.png Vault Breaker. If timed well, you can even Flash.png Flash in mid-air. Use this combo to surprise fleeing enemies.
  • Using a fully-charged Vault Breaker.png Vault Breaker followed by Excessive Force.png Excessive Force is an extremely effective way to clear entire minion waves.
  • Excessive Force.png 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 unit range cone behind Vi Vi's target.
    • However, be careful when using Excessive Force.png Excessive Force to harras your lane opponent, as Vi Vi's mana pool will be quickly drained.
  • Assault and Battery.png Assault and Battery is a powerful initiation tool, just remember not to get too far ahead of the rest of your team.
    • Vi Vi will knock aside enemies on the way to her target.
    • Vi Vi is immune to crowd control during her charge, but can still be targeted and killed.
  • Assault and Battery.png Assault and Battery can be used to dash to enemy champions through walls. Use this to your advantage when planning a gank.
  • For maximum damage, Assault and Battery.png Assault and Battery can bypass the armor resistance granted by proccing Denting Blows.png Denting Blows first, significantly increasing its damage output on targets that are tanky enough to otherwise withstand it. Ideally, one can initiate with Vault Breaker.png Vault Breaker, quickly apply the passive with a couple of auto attacks and/or  Excessive Force.png Excessive Force, then when the target attempts to flee, using Assault and Battery.png Assault and Battery to chase. If necessary, and if the skill is ranked high enough, this will allow for a second casting of Vault Breaker.png Vault Breaker, making this combo exceptionally deadly to take out even very tanky targets.
  • There are two common ways to lead into any engagement, which is with either Assault and Battery.png Assault and Battery or Vault Breaker.png Vault Breaker. While leading with Vault Breaker.png Vault Breaker will maximize damage more and is typically better for early-game ganks, this also removes it as an escape tool, should a gank go wrong for any reason. Leading with Assault and Battery.png Assault and Battery carries the benefit of not being able to miss most of the time (becoming untargetable will still cancel it outright), and if unneeded for gap-closing or damage output, Vault Breaker.png Vault Breaker is a reliable escape skill if Vi ends up in a bad situation, or simply needs to leave the area quickly (such as during assassination of a back-line during a teamfight).
  • Vi Vi fits the role of bruiser very well and is most commonly played as a semi-tank. Abusing your Vault Breaker.png 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 Vi has no other escape mechanisms once Vault Breaker.png Vault Breaker is on cooldown.
  • Because Assault and Battery.png 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.png 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.png Vault Breaker will also allow Vi Vi to reach her jungle camps faster.
  • Assault and Battery.png Assault and Battery will place Vi Vi behind the target enemy. Follow up with a quick Vault Breaker.png Vault Breaker to knock the enemy back into your team.
  • Excessive Force.png 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.png Excessive Force at the right angle can give you a kill when an enemy champion is behind your target.
  • Excessive Force.png Excessive Force can help you destroy turrets faster as it resets your auto attack timer.
  • A good idea when ganking is to save your Assault and Battery.png Assault and Battery until a target has used their escapes or untargetable abilities, as these stop Assault and Battery.png Assault and Battery (e.g. After they use Flash.png Flash or Vladimir Vladimir's Sanguine Pool.png Sanguine Pool)
Mastery Usage
Item Usage

Vi Vi is commonly built as an attack damage bruiser or off-tank mixing offensive and defensive items. Items that provide a mixture of both offensive and defensive stats, are typical for Vi Vi.

  • Vi Vi can benefit from a wide selection of boots.
  • The proc from Sheen item.png Sheen goes well together with Excessive Force.png Excessive Force, so it is advised to build either Iceborn Gauntlet item.png Iceborn Gauntlet or Trinity Force item.png Trinity Force.
    • Trinity Force item.png 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 item.png Phage proc also make chasing easier.
    • Iceborn Gauntlet item.png Iceborn Gauntlet is more defensive, as it offers a large quantity armor. The area damage from the proc, combined with Excessive Force.png Excessive Force causes massive AoE damage. This is more recommended against a heavy AD team. Cooldown reduction and the Spellblade passive's AoE slow both improve Vi Vi's Excessive Force.png Excessive Force usage frequency and damage dramatically.
  • Vi Vi's Blast Shield.png Blast Shield scales with 10% of her maximum HP number, an effect similar to Nautilus Nautilus' Titan&#039;s Wrath.png Titan's Wrath shield. As a result, it is best to shy away from pure armor or magic resist items on Vi Vi, and instead choose items which grant a substantial amount of bonus HP as well as a resistance stat. [NOTE: This notion is false. Armor/MR apply to shields, and if you get equal amounts of "effective health" either from, say, armor vs health while opposing physical damage opponents, the shield will give equal amounts of effective health regardless. For example, getting 100% more health vs getting 100 more armor gives the same effective health vs physical damage. This statement remains as an example, as it is easy to assume that it's true. The below subpoints remain because they are general.]
  • The Black Cleaver item.png The Black Cleaver has great synergy with Vi's burst combo, allowing her to apply a full set of stacks with Excessive Force.png Excessive Force and Denting Blows.png Denting Blows. It also greatly synergizes with Denting Blows.png 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.
  • Vi Vi has no natural health sustain, so  investing in large quantities of damage and life steal can form a viable carry build. Both The Bloodthirster item.png The Bloodthirster and Ravenous Hydra item.png Ravenous Hydra have high attack damage and substantial life steal, and are great offensive items for Vi Vi. All life steal can synergize with Vi's ability to shred armor, as life steal returns HP based on the actual damage dealt to a target after damage reduction has been applied.
    • Titanic Hydra item.png Titanic Hydra can help Vi Vi clear waves if she is building as a bruiser. The health also makes her tankier. Beware, this type of Hydra should be purchased when Vi has bonus HP.
  • Items like Maw of Malmortius item.png Maw of Malmortius and Mercurial Scimitar item.png Mercurial Scimitar provide a reliable amount of attack damage while also granting a decent amount of magic resistance. The former is recommended for protection against burst, and the latter for protection against crowd control (especially ones which Tenacity cannot reduce, such as suppression).
  • Getting some cooldown reduction helps Vi Vi clear jungle camps faster with more Excessive Force.png Excessive Force charges and gank more frequently with Assault and Battery.png Assault and Battery.
    • More late game options are The Black Cleaver item.png The Black Cleaver, Youmuu&#039;s Ghostblade item.png Youmuu's Ghostblade, Iceborn Gauntlet item.png Iceborn Gauntlet.
    • Guardian Angel item.png Guardian Angel is a good item for Vi Vi's aggressive playstyle, as it will allow you to die once in a team fight. As Vi Vi is a great initiator, she's likely to be focused down quite fast. Getting a Guardian Angel item.png Guardian Angel will allow you get back in the fight.
    • Dead Man&#039;s Plate item.png Dead Man's Plate is an excellent item on Vi Vi. The health, armor, and the passive is great on Vi Vi. It can be used to tank damage or to chase down an enemy. It is also cheap.
    • Sterak&#039;s Gage item.png Sterak's Gage is also a good item on Vi Vi. The health and the passive helps Vi Vi to tank burst damage. Not to mention, since Vi Vi build Spellblade items, the extra base damage will improve. The shield will also save Vi Vi if she is in trouble.
  •  Vi 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.png Denting Blows will proc faster and Vi Vi's overall damage will increase.
    • Blade of the Ruined King item.png Blade of the Ruined King is an option on an on-hit based Vi. She can deal a surprising amount of anti-tank burst damage with its active after triggering Denting Blows.png Denting Blows's passive in a combo.
    • Wit&#039;s End item.png Wit's End is a great item for attack speed, as it also provides magic resist and a decent on-hit effect.
  • Since Vi Vi has two auto-attack timer resets with Excessive Force.png Excessive Force, Vi functions well with on-hit effects, as she can proc the same effect 4 times in one combo.
  • In the jungle, Warrior item.png Warrior is the best for Vi, due to the extra damage, and it works well with her ratios.
    • Juggernaut item.png Cinderhulk can also be used. It makes Vi tankier during mid and late game. But be wary that by purchasing Juggernaut item.png Cinderhulk, Vi sacrifices her damage potential, and she isn't all that great as a full tank, when compared to an actual tank champion, due to her lack of constant CC and utility. However, this enchantment can be used if Vi is behind or if she is being constantly counter-jungled, although it's an equally good option if Vi is ahead if her team is in need of a tank and no other champion on the team can effectively build tanky.
    • Sated Devourer item.png Sated Devourer will make Vi proc Denting Blows.png Denting Blows every 2 hits instead of 3 making her a tank buster. However, since Vi is an early damage champion that synergizes better with armor penetration and has no attack speed steroid apart from Denting Blows.png Denting Blows, which only grants attack speed after successfully procing the effect, unlike many other champions that can actually make use of the item, Sated Devourer item.png Sated Devourer is a rather situational item. Purchase it when you are sure you or your team are ahead, and you have lesser need for other jungle enchantments due to team advantage.
Countering
  • Vi 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 Vi from knocking you aside or dealing massive damage with Excessive Force.png Excessive Force.
  • Since Vi Vi has no other natural way of sticking to enemies after she has used Assault and Battery.png Assault and Battery and  Vault Breaker.png Vault Breaker, save your crowd controls or escapes until after she has consumed these abilities, especially since Assault and Battery.png Assault and Battery makes her immune to crowd controls as it is being cast.
  • As Vi 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.png 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 Vi can easily be pushed out of lane by controlling her shield procs and attacking after it expires if she uses Excessive Force.png Excessive Force to farm.
  • As a jungler, one of Vi Vi's biggest strengths is her ability to win 1v1 duels thanks to her Blast Shield.png Blast Shield and her ability to punish tank junglers with her Denting Blows.png Denting Blows. Therefore, avoid playing tank based junglers like Volibear Volibear, Amumu Amumu, and Rammus Rammus. It could be even worse if she builds The Black Cleaver item.png The Black Cleaver & Blade of the Ruined King item.png Blade of the Ruined King.
  • Assault and Battery.png Assault and Battery can actually be countered by becoming untargetable before the ultimate hits. Champions who have abilities that can make themselves untargetable are thus, good options to use against Vi. Examples include Fizz Fizz with his Playful.png Playful/Trickster.png Trickster, Vladimir Vladimir with his Sanguine Pool.png Sanguine Pool, and Master Yi Master Yi with his Alpha Strike.png Alpha Strike (this latter requires nearby enemy targets). Zhonya&#039;s Hourglass item.png Zhonya's Hourglass can also make a champion untargetable, and thus is a great option for any AP champion, to counter Vi's ultimate.

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