How To Play Fiora In League Of Legends
Last Updated: May 31, 2022
Looking for a champion that can hard carry a game? Do you like to play aggressively and commit to all ins? Then have we got the perfect champion for you. In this guide, we’ll show you everything you need to get you started playing Fiora, the Grand Duelist.
Fiora is one of the most feared duelists in both League of Legends’ lore and among players who play the game. She is mostly played in the Top Lane making her a really good 1v1 champion and a very strong split pusher. She is quite difficult to use for beginners since her whole play style relies on impeccable positioning. But once you invest enough time learning her mechanics, you’ll find that she is a champion perfect for climbing in Solo Queue. Fiora really puts the duel in Grand Duelist.
Fiora’s kit is all about dealing damage. Most of her abilities are single target making her designed for 1v1 scenarios and increasing her solo carry potential.
Passive – Duelist’s Dance
Fiora identifies Vitals on nearby enemy champions. Fiora will reveal a new Vital after striking the last one, or after 15 seconds. When Fiora strikes a Vital, she deals true damage equal to [3% (+5.5% bonus) target’s max], receives increased Movement Speed that decays over 1.75 seconds, and recovers health.
Fiora’s damage is built around this passive. Duelist’s Dance shows the Vital spots on the enemy champion which you must hit to deal maximum damage. Once you hit it, you get a burst of movement speed to help you reposition and restore a bit of your health for sustain.
Q – Lunge
Fiora lunges in a direction and slashes a nearby enemy, dealing physical damage and applying on-hit effects. This attack prioritizes Vitals and enemies it will kill. If this ability hits an enemy, half of its cooldown is refunded.
Lunge is Fiora’s main source of mobility. You’ll be using this to position yourself when trying to hit an enemy’s Vital. You can also use it to go through thin walls while also allowing you to seamlessly move through minions.
W – Riposte
Fiora parries all incoming damage, disables, and debuffs for the next 0.75 seconds and then slashes in the target direction. The slash deals magic damage to the first enemy champion and slows their Movement and Attack Speed by 50% for 2 seconds. If Fiora parries an immobilizing disable, Riposte stuns instead of slowing.
Riposte is one of the most overpowered abilities in the game. It gives Fiora an opportunity to outplay opponent whenever they try to lock her down. This may take some getting used to as well but once you get the hang of it, you’ll find yourself breezing through potentially lethal crowd control.
E – Bladework
Fiora gains increased Attack Speed for the next two attacks. The first attack cannot critically strike, but applies a 30% slow for 1 second. The second attack is guaranteed to critically strike.
Bladework is a great ability that increases Fiora’s DPS. Most people tend to underestimate just how much of an impact the critical strike and the 30% slow has on enemies. Most of your combos on Fiora will involve Bladework one way or another.
R – Grand Challenge
Fiora reveals all four Vitals on target champion, for a potential of (4 x Duelist’s Dance)% max health true damage. In addition, Fiora gains Duelist’s Dance’s Movement Speed bonus while near the target. If FIora hits all 4 Vitals in 8 seconds or if the target dies after she has hit at least one, Fiora and her allies in the area are healed each second for between 2 to 5 seconds, scaling with the amount of Vitals hit.
Grand Challenge is a very powerful ability. Not only does it increase your damage to a single target, it also boosts your movement speed and has an AoE heal that your teammates can benefit from.
Runes and Item Builds
When it comes to items, your sole focus should be to increase Fiora’s damage as well as her survivability.
For your starting items, the best choice is Corrupting Potion. This should be your go to starting item since it gives you everything you’ll need to get by the laning phase from sustain to a bit of extra damage when you trade against an enemy. If you feel like you wouldn’t need the sustain, then by all means go for Doran’s Blade.
When it comes to your Mythic item, you have two options. These are Goredrinker and Divine Sunderer. Out of these two, the best choice is Goredrinker. It gives you all the stats you need from damage to health and even gives you additional sustain, allowing you to stay longer in fights. Divine Sunderer is a pretty good choice as well if your playstyle is geared towards being more of a sustained duelist or if the enemy team has a lot of tanks. For the most part, you’ll do better with Goredrinker as your Mythic item.
After purchasing your desired Mythic, go for tier 2 boots. The standard for duelists and bruisers is Plated Steelcaps, however, you can swap it out for Mercury’s Treads if you need the resistance to crowd control or if the enemy team has more magic damage dealers. Next, go for Ravenous Hydra. This item will give you a massive power spike in both your dueling and split pushing capabilities. Up next, you’ll need Essence Reaver for the bonus damage it gives to your basic attack right after using an ability. At this point in the game, you’ll need Hullbreaker for the resistances and bonus damage it provides against towers. Top off your build with Death’s Dance so that you’ll be able to dive the enemy team’s backline seamlessly.
For your runes, go with the Precision tree and take Conqueror as your keystone. This will massively increase both your sustain and damage in extended fights. Next, take Triumph for the bonus sustain, Legend: Tenacity to help you resist crowd control, and Last Stand to help you deal more damage when you are low on health. For secondaries, take Bone Plating and Unflinching from the Resolve tree. Bone Plating will give you bonus resistances and Unflinching will help you stick to your targets better. For rune shards, take Attack Speed, Adaptive Force, and Armor.
- Proccing the effect of Duelist’s Dance along with Lunge should be the core of your basic combo whenever you trade with an opponent.
- Fiora is countered by Illaoi, Renekton, Wukong, Gangplank, and Gnar. If you’re matched up against these champions, try to play it safe instead of being aggressive.
- For summoner spells, always take Flash and Teleport. Flash is the go to utility spell that gives you another form of escape while Teleport allows you to have a better global presence around the map.
So there you have it! That’s all you need to know about playing Fiora 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!