Fiora is a toplaner that has had a long time between her rework and the current meta to adjust and be buffed/nerfed. This means that she is often seen as either at the top of the winrate ladder or near the middle, never at the bottom.
Fiora is labeled by many toplaners as the “Queen of 1v1s” due to her ability to challenge almost anyone on the sidelane. Fiora’s skill ceiling is a lot higher than most champions’ and this shows in one’s ability to hit Vitals and use her W properly.
This is what you should know about Fiora as a champion in LoL.
Fiora is primarily an AD champion in League of Legends. Her AD ratios are all AD and she has no AP ratios so she cannot possibly go AP. In addition to this, Fiora has true damage on her passive and her R that scale with AD, which gives her yet another incentive to build it.
Fiora is one of the few toplaners in the game that can consistently dish out true damage, and that gives her the immense scaling that you will not see on something like Garen or Aatrox. Sure, these champions might match her early game, but they fall off hard compared to her in the late game.
Fiora’s semi-unique kit paired with her very unique mechanics on her W and her Passive makes her more than just a generic bruiser/duelist in the toplane.
Her kit is known for its ability to enhance the players’ skills and force the player to perform the best that they can since a mistake can often be the difference between life and death.
What Are Fiora’s Abilities?
P- Duelist’s Dance
Fiora selects the “Vitals” (visible markers on the side of all enemy champions) of nearby enemy champions in range and in sight. Vitals take 1.75 seconds to appear and stay for about 14 seconds as long as the target is in range and vision of Fiora. After a Vital disappears, Fiora selects a new one on her targe, one that can spawn in any direction depending on your luck
Hitting a vital with Q, AA, or W (or an item active such as Stridebreaker) will consume it to deal bonus true damage equal to 3% (+ 4.5% per 100 bonus AD) of the enemy’s maximum health, heal Fiora for 35 − 100 (based on level), and give her a 20 / 30 / 40 / 50% (based on her R’s ability rank) bonus movement speed.
Fiora dashes in the target direction, then slashes a nearby enemy, preferring enemy champions with Vitals on the side that she dashes towards. Her Q can hit towers and wards. Q’ing an enemy reduces its cooldown by 50%.
The slash deals physical damage and applies on-hit effects 100% effectively.
Fiora stands still and negates all incoming damage that isn’t from towers as well as negating any summoner spells used on her in the time (ignite and exhaust). Fiora also visibly slams her sword in a target direction that deals magic damage to all enemies hit (but only one enemy champion, similar to Jhin’s W)
The enemy champion struck is also slowed and has their attack speed removed by 50% for 2 seconds. If her W negates at least one CC spell of any sort, Fiora stuns the target for the same duration instead.
Fiora enhances her next two basic attacks on attack within 4 seconds to gain 25 bonus range and bonus attack speed.
The first AA slows for 1 second but doesn’t crit. The second attack will crit for a set % damage, including to structures.
This effect also acts as an AA reset for Fiora
R- Grand Challenge
Fiora laughs at the target enemy champion for, revealing all four of their Vitals after a 0.5 seconds of casting it. Her passive does not select more vitals in the time her R is active.
While near the enemy, Fiora gains bonus movement speed.
If Fiora hits at least one Vital before the target dies, or all four, she creates a healing point for 2 − 5 (depending on Vitals hit) seconds, which heals Fiora and all allies (including minions and baron) in the area every second.
Is Full AD Fiora Worth It?
Full AD Fiora gives you the benefits of every toplaner in the game along with a ton of true damage and mobility as well as survivability to boot. So yes, Full AD Fiora is worth it.
Currently, Fiora sits on a comfortable 50.1% winrate in plat+, which is amazing considering she is a champion with a very high skill ceiling, so she should never have anything above a 50% winrate, otherwise she is definitely overpowered.
Putting in the time to learn Fiora can never go to waste, as evident by her winrate.
How Do You Play Full AD Fiora?
If you are looking for a build for Fiora that will dominate while working well in the current meta, We have it.
Best Runes for Full AD Fiora in LoL:
- Conqueror- Your basic attacks on damage against enemy champions grant 2 stacks of Conqueror. Abilities, spells, and item actives on damage will grant 2 stacks.
Each stack of Conqueror grants 1.2 − 2.7 (based on level) bonus Attack Damage or 2 − 4.5 (based on level) Ability Power (Adaptive) for 5 seconds, stacking up to 12 times. While fully stacked, you heal for 8% from damage dealt to enemy champions. Subsequent damage dealt by basic attacks, abilities, spells, or item actives refreshes the duration. This is a vital part of your damage output as it scales insanely well with your passive AD and your ultimate.
- Triumph- Scoring a takedown against an enemy champion heals you for 10% of your missing health and grants you an additional 20 Gold after a 1-second delay.
- Legend: Alacrity- Gain 3% (+ 1.5% per Legend stack) attack speed, up to 18% with 10 stacks.
Gain Legend stacks for every 100 points earned, up to 10:
100 points for champion takedowns
100 points for epic monster takedowns
25 points for large monster kills
4 points for minion kills
- Last Stand- Deal 5% increased damage (except true damage) to champions while below 60% maximum health. This increases based on your missing health, up to 11% increased damage while below 30% maximum health.
- Bone Plating- After taking damage from an enemy champion, for 1.5 seconds, the next 3 spells or attacks you receive from the same enemy champion deal 30 − 60 (based on level) less damage (including true damage).
- Revitalize- Grants Heal and 5% Heal and shield power.
Outgoing healing and outgoing shielding are increased by 10% on targets below 40% of their maximum health.
Incoming healing, incoming shielding, self-healing, and self-shielding are increased by 10% while you are below 40% of your maximum health.
For Bonuses, go AS, AD/AP, and Armour or Magic resist depending on the matchup.
Best Item build for Fiora:
- Divine Sunderer- Allows for much more consistent damage output and healing every time you Q towards someone.
- Plated Steelcaps / Mercury’s Treads- Good against multiple auto attackers on the enemy team / Good against heavy CC on the enemy team.
- Ravenous Hydra- Essential for fiora since she lacks basic waveclear and this goes a long way to aid in that.
- Death’s Dance- Basically makes you unkillable by allowing you to tank a lot more than your health would show and offers armor with healing.
- Maw of Malmortius- Enormous magic damage shield that also doubles as an AD source as well as an Omnivamp source
- Guardian Angel- A second life if you happen to do a small amount of trolling
Besides these, Fiora can go Blade of The Ruined King, Stridebreaker, Hullbreaker, and Essence Reaver to name a few.
What Lane Is Fiora Played In?
Fiora is almost exclusively played in the toplane. Anyone brave enough to play her mid has to deal with the insane poke from midlane mages and the killing power of midlane assassins so it is pretty unplayable in the midlane.
She excels in the toplane because she can easily run people down with her movement speed and true damage if she manages to get an early advantage over them.
Toplane Fiora has one of the best 1v1 potentials, and the aforementioned information should be enough of an indication of that as well.
Fiora is one of the 4 horsemen/women of toplane. Every toplaner collectively hates facing her because laning into her feels like hell for most champions.
This is why I believe you should pick Fiora up if you have never tried her, but do play at least 10 games before reaching a conclusion about the champion. In your first few games, you might not do well but that is natural considering Fiora is not an easy champion to learn.
Mastering her W and her auto resets is one of the hardest mechanics in the toplane.
However, one can learn them with perseverance.
I hope this article has proved worthy of its purpose in shining a light on the basics of Fiora and how to utilize her kit to the fullest. This is in no way a comprehensive guide on how to actually play Fiora, but rather just an overview of her kit and runes.
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