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League of Legends - Ashe Tips & Strategy

Updated on April 26, 2012

Ashe the Frost Archer - Tips & Strategy

Ashe is a Champion from a Free to Play game called League of Legends. This article was written just to run through some basic tips and strategies for Ashe if you are a brand new player starting out in LoL (League of Legends).

Ashe is a great Champion for beginners and advanced players alike. She is a ranged character and can pack some extremely insane damage per second (DPS). However Ashe does have poor mana regeneration and mana pool. She is also extremely squishy. But this should not be too much of an issue if you play her right (she is a RANGED champion after all).

Ashe Skills

Let's run through Ashe's skills and look at some quick tips to make sure you are making the most of her.

Focus - This skill is passive, and basically means you do lots of critical damage if you don't attack anything for a while. This is really useful against enemy champions, don't attack any minions or creeps for a little while and your first hit will be a guaranteed critical strike. Also great for first strike against enemy champs at the very start of the game.

Frost Shot - This attack will slow your enemies movements. Only use this on other Champions, do not waste this on creeps/minions. This is good for chasing down enemy Champions.

Volley - This one is your bread and butter skill, it fires 7 arrows in a cone for 150% damage. Good for farming creeps, but also great against enemy Champions early game to stop them from getting too close.

Hawkshot - Scouting ability. Allows you to see sections of the map around you (the higher the skill, the further you can see). Good for detecting ambushes from enemy champs and the like.

Enchanted Crystal Arrow - Now this is the reason Ashe is so great. Her ultimate. It has a low cool down period and can hit anyone anytime anywhere on the map. The arrow does have to 'travel' there, it is not an insta-hit, so it does require a bit of fore-thought and finesse.

Upon hitting it will freeze/stun your opponent for up to 4.5 seconds depending on how much distance the arrow travelled.

You should be launching one of these babies ALL THE TIME. Be constantly on the lookout for where your arrow can have a positive effect for your team. MAP AWARENESS.

When to train what - General consensus is to train volley first and foremost followed by frost shot and your ultimate (whenever it appears). Hawkshot can be trained last. Personally I like to throw in a Hawkshot lvl 4 or 5 before I get my Ultimate at lvl 6. Then I will level the remaining Hawkshots once I have everything else at max.

Summoner Spells

If you are brand new to League of Legends, I would suggest going with Heal and Ghost. Heal for obvious reasons (to heal yourself) and Ghost is a great escape plan for Ashe, especially early levels. Once you hit Level 12 though, you will want to go Flash and Ghost.

Heal - Will heal you and surrounding allies, good for the early levels while you get the hang of the game and your chosen Champion.

Flash - Teleports you to a nearby location (direction of your mouse). This is your ultimate escape plan, and will get you out of most hairy situations.

Ghost - Will dramatically increase your movement speed, good for getting out of bad situations and ambushes, coming to the aid of allies and chasing down enemies.

Items

Everyone has different ideas about items and in what order to purchase what. This is the build I use, and I find it very effective.

League of Legends - Ashe Tips & Strategy
League of Legends - Ashe Tips & Strategy

Masteries

Ashe works well with a 21/0/9. Which means 21 points in offence and 9 points in utility. Check out the pic below.

League of Legends - Ashe Tips & Strategy
League of Legends - Ashe Tips & Strategy

Runes

It is best to focus on Armor Penetration, Cooldown Reduction and Mana Regeneration Runes for Ashe. All of these runes are invaluable. I have included a basic rune build you may like to follow below:

Greater Mark of Desolation x9 - Armor Penetration

Greater Seal of Clarity x9 - Mana Regeneration

Greater Glyph of Celerity x9 - Cooldown Reduction

Greater Quintessence of Desolation x3 - Armor Penetration

General Tips

Here are some things to keep in mind when playing Ashe, you should be:

- Using Hawkshot frequently, this skill is great for map awareness, checking Baron and the Mana/Health buffs. Don't forget to use it!

- Don't be afraid to use your Ultimate, fire that super arrow OFTEN. It has a nice low cooldown reduction for a reason.

- Use Volley all the time, it is great for pretty much everything from holding enemies at bay to farming minions.

- Know when to trigger your Frost Shot. Don't just leave it on all the time. Flick it on when you are about to chase down an enemy or feel someone is about to start running.

- Stay back initially and assist your team from behind (Ashe is ranged, remember?) don't overextend yourself because if a melee Champ or two get the jump on you, you will die quickly.

Conclusion

So to finish up, Ashe is a cheap Champion (only costs 450 Internet Points), and is a great starter Champ for those who are new to League of Legends. I would highly recommend purchasing her to get a feel for the game dynamics as a whole.

She is a relatively easy Champ to play and is also FUN to play, which can make all the difference when you don't really know what is going on in those early Summoner levels!

If you are more of a visual learner, then check out this awesome YouTube video to give you the run-down on Ashe!

Other Hubs

Check out some of my other League of Legends Hubs:

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