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Skill usage

  • ViktorSquare.png Viktor's early laning phase is perhaps the largest stumbling block to new players.
    • Power Transfer.png Power Transfer can be used to last-hit minions, as it has a short cooldown and a low mana cost.
    • Take any opportunity to hit your opponent with Power Transfer.png Power Transfer, although bear in mind its mediocre range may put you in a dangerous position.
    • Keep in mind that offensive use of Gravity Field.png Gravity Field in a lane is very limited, as it costs a lot of mana and has a too short range to be used safely in this manner. Try to use it for zone denial and as a defensive measure versus ganks, rather than relying on it to set up combos.
    • Death Ray.png Death Ray can be used to quickly clear waves when returning to base, or preparing to roam and gank another lane.
    • Death Ray.png Death Ray is also a useful long-range poke/harassment tool, although its mana cost is fairly high and should thus be used sparingly.
    • ViktorSquare.png Viktor's lane presence increases significantly when he gets his ultimate Chaos Storm.png Chaos Storm; combined with his other nukes and an Ignite.png Ignite he can easily burst down most other mages.
  • ViktorSquare.png Viktor players should also put thought into which of their basic nukes (Power Transfer.png Power Transfer and Death Ray.png Death Ray) should be maxed out first, as both are viable but more suited to different situations.
    • Ranks into Power Transfer.png Power Transfer will increase damage and make its cooldown trivial, and the mana cost increase is negligible. The shield strength boost is small but welcome. However, its short casting range will force ViktorSquare.png Viktor to take risks during skirmishes. Max out Power Transfer.png Power Transfer when ViktorSquare.png Viktor's opponents have little to no long-range option, or if you are confident you can skirt battles without dying. Less practiced ViktorSquare.png Viktor players who have trouble landing Death Ray.png Death Ray regularly should also take Power Transfer.png Power Transfer to keep their damage output up.
    • Points into Death Ray.png Death Ray will also increase ViktorSquare.png Viktor's DPS with higher damage and reduced cooldowns. However the main differences are the casting range and AoE; from max range Death Ray.png Death Ray can allow ViktorSquare.png Viktor to damage multiple enemies without any chance of retaliation. A well-aimed cast (with some ability power boosts) will also clear creep waves with ease. However, the mana cost increase and skillshot requirement are notable downsides to maxing Death Ray.png Death Ray.
    • In higher level play, you will want to max Death Ray.png Death Ray for the majority of your games as it is ViktorSquare.png Viktor's wave-clearing ability, allowing you to quickly farm a wave of minions then move out to take map objectives or gank.
    • Your choice of upgrade for The Hex Core item.png The Hex Core is a major factor as well, since ranks in the Augmented ability will increase the item's effectiveness drastically.
  • Smart-casting Death Ray.png Death Ray is very different from most other abilities, and will take practice to perfect. One method is to place your mouse at the starting point, then "flick" your cursor in the direction you wish the laser to travel.
  • Try to wait for people to fully commit to a fight or get trapped in your Gravity Field.png Gravity Field before using Chaos Storm.png Chaos Storm, as it deals deceptively strong damage-over-time if enemies stay near it.
  • Don't forget Chaos Storm.png Chaos Storm has a silence on cast, which can be just as useful as the damage.
  • Death Ray.png Death Ray provides sight along its path. Use it to safely check the brush or other areas.
  • By using Gravity Field.png Gravity Field first, you can often ensure hitting an enemy with Death Ray.png Death Ray.
    • Keep in mind when the enemy notices the Gravity Field.png Gravity Field, they will most likely run away (or to you depending on the closest exit). Place your Death Ray.png Death Ray appropriately.
  • ViktorSquare.png Viktor holds an advantage over most casters due to Death Ray.png Death Ray not being blockable by minions or a point-and-click cast spell. Use it to punish a brazen opponent using creep to try and shield themselves as they advance onto you.
  • Gravity Field.png Gravity Field can be very powerful for escaping melee attackers. By placing Gravity Field.png Gravity Field in your path, enemies will be either forced to go around or through it, slowing them down either way.
  • When escaping remember that the shield from Power Transfer.png Power Transfer is based on the damage it does before reductions, so it would make no difference in shield value if you aim at a minion rather than a pursing champion.

Build usage

  • Like most mages, ViktorSquare.png Viktor benefits greatly from ability power purchases. A Rabadon's Deathcap item.png Rabadon's Deathcap as your first item is almost never a bad choice.
  • Due to ViktorSquare.png Viktor's relatively short spell casting range, items that grant him some survivability through health, armor and magic resistance will aid him greatly.
  • Athene's Unholy Grail item.png Athene's Unholy Grail is a well-rounded option for ViktorSquare.png Viktor; it solves his mana issues (noticeable when Death Ray.png Death Ray is maxed), grants a decent chunk of AP and MR, and perhaps most importantly grants valuable cooldown reduction to increase the uptime of his devastating Chaos Storm.png Chaos Storm.
  • A Will of the Ancients item.png Will of the Ancients grants ViktorSquare.png Viktor a lot of sustain, especially due to the low cooldown and mana cost of Power Transfer.png Power Transfer. Chaos Storm.png Chaos Storm's damage over time will also help to keep you alive in teamfights.
  • Try to coordinate The Hex Core item.png The Hex Core with your build:
    • Augment- Power item.png Augment: Power's upgrade for additional health can help ViktorSquare.png Viktor survive in team fights or the lane. It also gives a bonus movement speed when Power Transfer.png Power Transfer is activated, which is great for kiting and chasing purposes. With 40% CD, it will have a 3 seconds cooldown, letting you continuously getting the movement speed bonus if you are in range.
    • The Augment- Gravity item.png Augment: Gravity upgrade allows Viktor to use his spells more frequently thanks to the bonus mana and cooldown reduction. It also increases the cast range of Gravity Field.png Gravity Field, making it a better defensive tool and a more viable initiation aid.
    • An Augment- Death item.png Augment: Death upgrade grants you flat Ability Power, and even more damage on Death Ray.png Death Ray. This is generally considered to be the best choice due to ViktorSquare.png Viktor's burst-damage role in team fights.
    • Remember that The Hex Core item.png The Hex Core will still grant him +3 Ability Power per level, regardless of the Augment he is using.
    • It is generally ideal to upgrade The Hex Core item.png The Hex Core as soon as possible, as the ability enhancement is substantial even if the statistics are not.
  • Liandry's Torment item.png Liandry's Torment is, as of its most recent buffs, perhaps Viktor's core offensive item; its passive synergizes extremely well with the DoT nature of his Augmented Death Ray.png Death Ray and Chaos Storm.png Chaos Storm and with the AoE slow/stun on Gravity Field.png Gravity Field, as well as making him deadly to bruisy targets in addition to squishies, while the magic penetration complements his high base damages. With cheap components and some health included for durability, Liandry's is therefore an ideal rush item after one's Augment.

Recommended builds

Summoner's Rift
Starting Boots of Speed item Health Potion item3
Essential Doran's Ring item Sorcerer's Shoes item Augment- Death item
Offensive Rabadon's Deathcap item Deathfire Grasp item Void Staff item
Defensive Will of the Ancients item Rylai's Crystal Scepter item Zhonya's Hourglass item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item Sight Ward item
The Howling Abyss
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran's Ring item Health Potion item
Essential Sorcerer's Shoes item Augment- Death item Athene's Unholy Grail item
Offensive Rabadon's Deathcap item Deathfire Grasp item Void Staff item
Defensive Will of the Ancients item Rylai's Crystal Scepter item Zhonya's Hourglass item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Crystal Scar
Starting Boots of Speed item Health Potion item Prospector's Ring item
Essential Sorcerer's Shoes item Augment- Death item Wooglet's Witchcap item
Offensive Deathfire Grasp item Void Staff item
Defensive Will of the Ancients item Abyssal Scepter item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Twisted Treeline
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran's Ring item
Essential Sorcerer's Shoes item Augment- Death item
Offensive Void Staff item Hextech Sweeper item
Defensive Will of the Ancients item Abyssal Scepter item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item


  • Invest in a magic resistance item to help mitigate ViktorSquare.png Viktor's damage.
  • ViktorSquare.png Viktor gains a Hex Core at the start of the game from his Evolving Technology.png Evolving Technology. It is wise to know the Hex Core's Augments to counter him.
    • Also, remember that Hex Core can only be upgraded once.
    • Remember that augmented Power Transfer.png Power Transfer will give him movement speed to help him escape from or catch up to you.
  • Death Ray.png Death Ray has a very long range, especially once Augmented, as it deals 30% more damage.
  • ViktorSquare.png Viktor is a vulnerable champion early-game in general; he is fairly squishy, has low escapability, and low base movement speed. Harass him if you are particularly good at doing it, and try to starve him of farm by freezing the lane. Most importantly, due to his vulnerability, take any opportunity you can to make ganks happen.
  • Death Ray.png Death Ray travels in a straight line (start to end), so by side stepping immediately you can dodge the ability.
  • Quickly move away from the AoE of Gravity Field.png Gravity Field to deny ViktorSquare.png Viktor the chance to stun you.
    • Champions who can remove disables (such as OlafSquare.png Olaf or GangplankSquare.png Gangplank) are safe from ViktorSquare.png Viktor's only defense mechanism, and should exploit this.
  • Chaos Storm.png Chaos Storm will damage you continuously if you stay too close to the storm. By moving away from the storm, you can negate the storm's damage.
  • ViktorSquare.png Viktor only has his Gravity Field.png Gravity Field to escape pursuers, and is relatively fragile once focused. Exploit his low mobility if he ever uses Gravity Field.png Gravity Field in a sub-optimal manner.

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