How To Play Alistar In League Of Legends
Last Updated: April 5, 2022
Alistar is one of the easiest Supports to play. If you’re looking to get into the role but not sure where to start, he is the perfect champion to start with. In this guide, we’ll show you everything you need to know to get you started playing the Minotaur.
Alistar is a Tank/Support champion in League of Legends. He is one of the oldest champions in the game and has been around ever since the game was first released more than a decade ago. With such an established history, it’s pretty impressive that Alistar withstood the test of time and remains relevant to this day. His strong mix of durability, utility, and crowd control make him a favorite among players across all divisions. His low skill floor but high skill ceiling makes him a very tantalizing champion to invest time in for beginners and veterans alike. So what exactly about him makes this champion great?
Alistar’s kit is all about peeling for his team. He has a lot of crowd control in his kit that make him very good at engaging and disengaging enemies.
Passive – Triumphant Roar
Alistar gains a Triumph stack when he stuns or displaces enemy champions or when nearby enemies die. At 7 stacks Alistar roars, healing himself and all nearby allies for twice the amount. Alistar cannot gain Triumph stacks while Triumphant Roar is on cooldown. The death of enemy champions and epic monsters fully charges Alistar’s roar.
Triumphant Roar is an excellent source of sustain for him and his team. He basically heals himself and nearby allies for when he successfully does his job as a Support.
Q – Pulverize
Alistar smashes the ground, dealing magic damage and tossing nearby enemy units into the air for 1 second.
This is Alistar’s primary source of crowd control. You’ll often combo it with W for best results. Pulverize is pretty easy to understand. Upon using, enemy units around you will be knocked up into the air.
W – Headbutt
Alistar rams into an enemy, dealing magic damage and knocking them back.
Headbutt is your secondary form of crowd control. It’s pretty simple to use at the same time, it can be mechanically challenging. When enemies dive a vulnerable teammate, Headbutt them away. You can also Headbutt them into your team to set up a kill. One of the most popular combos is using Headbutt to get in range of an opponent and quickly using Pulverize before they are knocked away.
E – Trample
Alistar tramples the ground, ignoring unit collision and dealing magic damage over 5 seconds to nearby enemies. Each pulse that damages at least one enemy champion grants Alistar a Trample stack.
At 5 Trample stacks Alistar empowers his basic attack against an enemy champion to deal additional magic damage and stun for 1 second.
Trample is another ability that lets you deal damage to enemy units around you. You’ll mostly be using this to damage enemies during team fights or to poke the enemy Bot Lane during the laning phase.
R – Unbreakable Will
Alistar lets out a wild roar, removing all crowd-control effects on himself, and reducing incoming damage for 7 seconds.
Unbreakable Will is Alistar’s ultimate. It lets him be more of a tanky frontliner for his team while soaking up damage and crowd control for them. Use this ability whenever you’re in a fight.
Runes and Item Builds
Since Alistar is a Support Tank, your focus should be to increase his overall durability.
For your starting items, you go with the traditional tank support route. Relic Shield should be your starting item of choice. This gives you everything you need as a Support plus it can turn into Targon’s Buckler once you complete it’s mini Quest. Once transformed, it gives you an active that allows you to place wards around the map.
The best choice for your Mythic item on Alistar is Locket of the Iron Solari. This gives you all the stats you need to be effective in your role plus it has an active that gives a shield to all nearby allies. The other option is Evenshroud. This item causes champions immobilized by you to receive more damage from you and your teammates. Evenshroud can be a good alternative but the best option is still Locket of the Iron Solari.
After purchasing your Mythic, go for tier 2 boots. Since Alistar thrives on roaming, you should opt for Boots of Mobility to help you get around the map faster. Next, go for Zeke’s Convergence. This gives you all the essential stats while additionally letting you empower your ADC through the Convergence passive. Knight’s Vow comes next after Zeke’s Convergence. This item gives you all the tank stats as well while letting you share the damage your designated partner receives. At this point in the game, you’ll need a Thornmail to be tankier and to get the return damage passive. Lastly, finish off your build with a Frozen Heart for more mana, armor, and attack speed reduction on your enemies.
Other Viable Items
While the full build we’ve shown above is generally considered the standard for Trundle, it is not set in stone. There are plenty of other items that you can purchase depending on your preference or what your situation currently needs. Items like Redemption, Randuin’s Omen, Gargoyle Stoneplate, and Abyssal Mask are all good items to have especially if you’re leaning towards having more durability. Try to mix and match these item sets to see what works best for you. Doing so will help you develop a better understanding of the game’s deeper mechanics.
For your runes, go with the Resolve tree and take Aftershock as your keystone. This will increase your durability while also letting you deal a bit more damage when you engage with your abilities. Next, take Font of Life to increase your damage on targets whose movement you impair, Bone Plating for more durability, and Unflinching to gain more tenacity. For secondaries, take Hextech Flashtraption and Cosmic Insight from the Inspiration tree. Hextech Flashtraption gives you an additional Flash while Cosmic Insight reduces your cooldowns. For rune shards, take Ability Haste and double Armor.
- You can combo Pulverize with a lot of your abilities to catch enemies off guard. A popular combo is to use either Headbutt or Flash to get in range then Pulverize to instantly knock them up.
- Alistar is weak against other Supports that can prevent him from getting too close. Champions like Xerath, Senna, Zyra, Zilean, and Brand are some of his common counters.
- For summoner spells, always take Flash and Exhaust. Flash adds another layer of mobility in your kit while Exhaust lets you slow down targets so that you can catch up or escape from them.
So there you have it! That’s all you need to know about playing Alistar in League of Legends. Be sure to check back with us again for more awesome guides on your favorite games. Have fun and we’ll see you on the Rift!