How To Play Sett In League Of Legends

Are you looking for a champion that gets stronger and hits harder with less health? Do you enjoy making plays like a tank while also dealing damage like a carry? If so, we might have the perfect champion for you. In this guide, we’ll show you everything you need to know to start dominating as Sett in League of Legends.


Sett, according to lore, is a crime boss of Ionia who likes nothing more than fighting. His playstyle certainly reflects that. When Sett was released, he was so powerful that he could be used nearly in every role except as an ADC. But, Riot made certain changes that ensured Sett would only succeed in the Top Lane. Frankly, that’s where he belongs anyway. 

Champion Abilities

Sett has a relatively simple kit. It’s easy enough to understand. What makes him standout is the sheer versatility of his abilities. He has everything you could want out of a bruiser. He has crowd control, he has great damage, he has a built-in sustain, he can lockdown carries, and if that wasn’t enough, he also has a shield that gets stronger the less health he has. Sett’s only real weakness is the lack of a gap closer but we choose to see it as kind of a handicap so his opponents have a chance to fight back. That’s how strong he is.

Passive – Pit Grit

Sett’s basic attacks alternate between left and right punch. Right punch is slightly stronger and faster. Sett also hates losing, gaining additional health regeneration based off of his missing health. 

This passive is what makes Sett such a pain to deal with. He is harder to kill thanks to the health regen and he hits harder whenever he uses his right punch. Try to use Sett’s right punch to harass your lane opponent or use it to easily last hit minions.

Q – Knuckle Down

Sett itches for a fight, empowering his next two basic attacks within 5 seconds to gain bonus range and increased damage. Additionally, he gains 30% Move Speed when going towards enemy champions for 1.5 seconds.

This is Sett’s main trading tool. Since he doesn’t have any mana, you’re free to spam this ability whenever it’s up. It has a pretty low cooldown too so it’s your primary source of consistent damage.

W – Haymaker

Sett stores 100% of the damage taken as Grit which delays quickly, 4 seconds after the damage was taken. This skill can be activated to consume all Grit, gaining a 100% Grit consumed shield decaying over 3 seconds. Sett then delivers a massive punch dealing Grit consumed true damage to enemies in the center. Enemies not in the center instead take physical damage.

This skill has so many uses. On top of the massive damage it deals, it also grants you a very powerful shield. If used right in conjunction with a Sterak’s Gage plus a Gargoyle’s Stoneplate, it would seem like Sett has three healthbars. Use this when you’re on the brink of death and you’ll win every duel you find yourself in.

E – Facebreaker

Sett smashes enemies on either side of him into each other, dealing physical damage and slowing them by 50% for 0.5 seconds. If Sett manages to grab at least one enemy on each side, all enemies are stunned for 1 second.

This is Sett’s primary engage tool. It’s a little hard to land but once you master it, it can be a huge game changer. 

R – The Show Stopper

Sett grabs an enemy champion and suppresses them as he carries them forward, then slams them into the ground, dealing damage to surrounding enemies and slowing them by 99% for 1 second. Enemies take less damage the further they are from where Sett lands.

Sett’s ultimate is very powerful whether in a 1v1 or in a team fight. Use it to lock down high priority targets to get them away from their team or to set up a fight with the enemy team. 

Runes and Item Builds

Since Sett is a very versatile champion, there are a lot of different builds that you can run with him. For this guide, however, we’ll just focus on the best build that works in any matchup at the Top Lane. Sett benefits from a healthy mix of damage and tankiness with a little bit of sustain. He is a champion that rewards players who go all in when it comes to dueling. So your top lane build should look something like this:

Start off the game with a Doran’s Shield plus a Health Potion. You should work towards rushing Goredrinker and Plated Steelcaps. Goredrinker gives you a lot of sustain thanks to its active ability that restores a percentage of your missing health for each champion you hit with it. Next, Sterak’s Gage gives you a passive ability that lets you gain a shield when your health dips below 30%. This plus Haymaker gives Sett a ton of survivability whenever he fights. Titanic Hydra gives you health, damage, and wave clear, while Thornmail helps you return the damage dealt to you by your opponents. Since you’ll be fighting a lot as Sett, these items will help increase your dueling potential. Last is Spirit Visage, this item gives you health, magic resist, and health regeneration. It also passively increases the effectiveness of all healing and shielding you receive by 25%. So it synergizes very well with your entire kit. If you could do without the damage from Titanic Hydra, you can swap it out for a Gargoyle’s Stoneplate which gives you another shield. 

For runes, go with Precision as your primary and take Conqueror as your keystone. Conqueror gets stronger the longer you stay in a fight which is what Sett likes to do. Take Triumph for bonus sustain, Legend: Alacrity for attack speed, and Last Stand  so you’ll deal more damage when you’re very low on health. For your secondaries, take Second Wind for its healing properties and Revitalize to make all the heal and shields you get stronger.

Useful Tips

  1. Sett is very weak against ranged champions in the top lane but is very powerful against melee champions. Try to ban ranged champions in the top lane like Teemo, Lucian, Vayne, or Quinn when playing Sett.
  2. Sett is really tanky and can soak up a lot of damage. Don’t be afraid to square up in your opponent’s grill whenever you can just make sure you know what you’re doing. You’ll win most of the time because of your sheer damage and survivability.
  3. For your summoner spells, you can take Flash or Ghost and Teleport or Ignite. Both Flash and Ghost work well with Sett’s kit but we’ll give the slight edge to Flash for its overall versatility. Pick Teleport if you want to have a bigger presence all around the map and pick Ignite if you’d rather be an aggressive solo laner. 

So there you have it! That’s everything you need to know to get you started playing Sett. Be sure to check back with us again for more guides on your favorite games. Have fun and we’ll see you on the Rift!