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League of Legends - Sion Guide and Build (AP and AD)

Updated on January 31, 2015

League of Legends - Sion Guide and Build (AP and AD)

Are you looking for a Sion guide or a Sion build? This page covers the basics of playing Sion (AP and AD) effectively including skills, runes, masteries, tips and includes custom skins.

Sion can be played as either an AP burst champion or a powerful AD carry relying on his life-steal ultimate to keep him alive in extended battles. This guide will focus on both AD Sion and AP Sion; Sion offers great crowd control due to his strong stun and also can help keep his allies alive thanks to his ultimate.

This Sion guide and build aims to be a basic and simple introduction on basic strategy that should be adopted when playing Sion, it is recommended for people just starting to use Sion.

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Guide current as of: Release Notes v1.0.0.148 (October, 2012).

This guide is also available in summary format; AP Sion and AD Sion (LeagueCraft.com).

Images on this page are sourced from the official League of Legends website and the game client. They are used for review, commentary and educational purposes.

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Sion Skills

Sion Skills
Sion Skills

Feel No Pain (Passive) Helps make Sion reasonably beefy early game and can help reduce harassment. It drops off quickly throughout the mid-late game, but free damage reduction is free damage reduction it may just save your life.

Cryptic Gaze (Q) This skills packs a powerful AP ratio, making it not only a very reliable stun but also a powerful damage ability (on AP Sion). This ability also combines very well with Death's Caress, as it allows Sion to close the gap between him and his enemies. This reliable stun is also great for shutting down enemies that require a channel time on their skills.

Death's Caress (W) This ability also has a strong AP ratio, which increases the damage the shield deals while also increasing the punishment that it can absorb, making it very powerful. This skill is simply amazing at farming minions and combines with Cryptic Gaze to crate your basic damage dealing combo as AP Sion. For AD Sion it's a good way to mitigate the early damage in a fight.

Enrage (E) This skill has limited uses on an AP Sion build but it still helps with early fights and last hitting as it gives you a reasonable boost to your auto-attack. While on AD Sion it allows you to output some strong early game damage. The bonus HP is a nice boost but is nothing game-breaking except for those very long games.

Cannibalism (Ultimate) Similar to Enrage it has limited uses on an AP Sion, but is by no means useless. This ability provides AP Sion with some great tower destroying capabilities. For AD Sion though this is your bread and better abiliy that allows you to tank a lot of damage due to your massive life-steal potential, it also means that crowd control completely shuts him down.

AP Sion Skill Order - (AP Sion)

AP Sion Skill Order
AP Sion Skill Order

As AP Sion you want to get your skills in the following order:

Death's Caress > Cryptic Gaze > Enrage > Cannibalism (Ultimate)

Regardless of which Sion you are playing you want to take Cryptic Gaze first as it gives you some protection from early ganks and is also a very solid stun to have for level 1 team fights.

As AP Sion you want to max out Death's Caress first because it serves two purposes as each level increases its damage dealt and absorbed, making it strong both offensively and defensively, this will also allow you to farm entire minion waves sooner. Following up with Cryptic Gaze second adds to your already powerful burst damage while also reducing its cooldown.

While grabbing a single point of Enrage at level 3 helps you grab last hits, gives you a strong auto-attack and also starts building up your health pool. You want to leave your ultimate till last as AP Sion but you still want to take a point at level 6 for the attack speed boost it provides which will help you destroy towers (each rank of this skill does not affect the attack speed boost).

AD Sion Skill Order - (AD Sion)

AD Sion Skill Order
AD Sion Skill Order

As AD Sion you want to get your skills in the following order:

Enrage > Death's Caress > Cryptic Gaze > Cannibalism (Ultimate)

AD Sion wants to grab stun at level 1 for the protection and strength it offers at early levels.

As AD Sion you want to be maxing Enrage first for the extra auto-attack damage it offers while Death's Caress second allows you to get a little more durability. AD Sion wants to finish up with Cryptic Gaze as points do not increase the stun duration, AD Sion always wants to grab every rank in his ultimate when available.

Lumber Jack Sion

Lumber Jack Sion
Lumber Jack Sion

AP Sion Runes - Runes For AP Sion

AP Sion Runes
AP Sion Runes

Red (Marks) - Magic Penetration

Yellow (Seals) - Mana Regeneration Per Level

Blue (Glyphs) - Ability Power Per Level

Purple (Quintessences) - Ability Power // Health // Movement Speed

AP Sion wants to focus on maximising his damage with runes like Magic Penetration (Marks) and Ability Power (Glyphs and Quintessences). Combined with Mana Regeneration Per Level (Seals) this will serve your early game mana costs.

To learn more about making effective rune choices, visit the Rune Page Guide.

AD Sion Runes - Runes For AD Sion

AD Sion Runes
AD Sion Runes

Red (Marks) - Armor Penetration

Yellow (Seals) - Armor

Blue (Glyphs) - Magic Resistance Per Level

Purple (Quintessences) - Attack Damage // Health // Movement Speed

While AD Sion wants to focus on durability and some damage output with runes including Armor Penetration (Marks), Armor (Seals), Magic Resistance Per Level (Glyphs) and Attack Damage (Quintessences).

To learn more about making effective rune choices, visit the Rune Page Guide.

Sion Summoner Spells
Sion Summoner Spells

Summoner Spells

Best Summoner Spells:

-Flash

-Ignite

Flash and Ignite should be your default summoner spells when playing Sion. Flash gives you the escape skill that Sion lacks and also allows you to Flash in and stun a target for initiation. Ignite compliments your strong damage and can help you get those early game kills to propel you into a powerful mid-game.

Other Good Summoner Spells:

-Teleport

-Exhaust

-Cleanse

Teleport and Exhaust are two other options on SIon. By using Teleport effectively you can open up the map for your team and use it to push lanes. AD Sion in particular can also make good use of Exhaust to shut down enemies.

Cleanse is another option for AD Sion as he really has a hard time against crowd control heavy teams and this can help ease his troubles.

AP Sion Masteries

AP Sion Masteries
AP Sion Masteries

AP Sion benefits immensely from extra damage and AP making 21/0/9 a very deadly setup.

The offensive tree offers spell penetration, added ability power and an overall damage increase to help you finish off enemies. Combined with the utility tree which offers movement speed, some extra mana and increased buff duration.

To learn more about masteries and your mastery options, visit the LoL Masteries Guide.

AD Sion Masteries

AD Sion Masteries
AD Sion Masteries

AD Sion follows a similar focus as AP Sion in that the focus is on maximising damage output with the offense tree (but instead focusing on the non-AP masteries). AD Sion also wants to look at the defense tree for some extra early game survivability.

To learn more about masteries and your mastery options, visit the LoL Masteries Guide.

AP Sion Build
AP Sion Build

AP Sion Build

Final Item Build:

-Mobility Boots

-Rabadon's Deathcap

-Deathfire Grasp

-Abyssal Scepter

-Lich Bane

-Void Staff

Steps/Reasoning:

-Open with the standard Boots of Speed & 3 Health Potions, this gives you some sustainability and movement speed to put some pressure on your lane opponent.

-Your first trip back you want to grab a few Doran's Ring's to sustain your mana costs and give you some extra health and mana regeneration. You also want to work towards your Boots of Mobility as these allow you to roam the map with ease and land easy stun and shields on your enemy (activating shield does not take away the bonus movement speed).

-Your first core items on Sion are Rabadon's Deathcap and Deathfire Grasp for the massive damage boost these items give you through raw Ability Power and the powerful active.

-Following up with an Abyssal Scepter to boost your survivability and damage further is generally a great choice.

-Final game items for AP Sion include Lich Bane to give you the extra burst damage and Void Staff to get past enemy magic resistances.

Alternatives:

-Zhonya's Hourglass (If you need some extra armor).

-Banshee's Veil (If you need magic resistance and survivability).

AD Sion Build
AD Sion Build

AD Sion Build

Final Item Build:

-Mercury's Treads

-Phantom Dancer

-Infinity Edge

-Last Whisper

-Frozen Mallet

-Banshee's Veil

Steps/Reasoning:

-AD Sion wants to start off with Boots of Speed & 3 Health Potions, this gives you some sustain and helps you to stay safe in lane.

-Boots are always a good first upgrade for Sion as it allows him to put strong pressure on his enemy, as Sion is shut down so heavily by crowd control, you will generally want to buy Mercury's Treads.

-Good opening items for Sion include a Phage for the slow it offers and Phantom Dancer since Sion already has strong Attack Damage from his Enrage ability.

-From here you'll want to boost your attack damage further with items like Infinity Edge and Last Whisper.

-Final items on AD Sion should be Frozen Mallet and Banshee's Veil. Mallet will make Sion very hard to escape from (especially when combined with stun) while Banshee's offers an important spell blocker to keep Sion free from some crowd control.

Alternatives:

-Atma's Impaler (For long games you can make use of the Health from Enrage).

-Quicksilver Sash (Sion is shut down by crowd control so counter that with this).

-Maw of Malmortius (Way to get some extra magic resistance without sacrificing damage).

-Guardian Angel (A good way to balance your resistances).

AP Sion Tutorial & Montage - By colbycheeze

Sion Tips

General Sion Tips

  • AP Sion is all about burst damage, be very careful about drawn out encounters as you lack sustained damage.
  • Your main combo as AP Sion is to activate your shield, then set yourself up in a position to land a stun on your enemy, by this time your shield can be detonated.
  • Don't forget that your ultimate can still devastate towers despite the fact that your building AP.
  • Try to blow up your shield when you are in range of multiple enemies, this will increase your overall damage output.
  • Once you get your Enrage skill, don't forget to activate it (your axe will glow red), this makes early game last hitting very easily and slowly builds your health pool.
  • AD Sion gets shut down by crowd control, you should be trying to avoid it at all costs and base your build accordingly.

Early Game (Level 1-6)

  • Your stun has a very high mana cost, try to avoid using it unless necessary.
  • Your shield is not powerful enough to farm effectively yet, use it to absorb damage and damage the enemy champion.
  • Once you unlock Enrage focus on last-hitting with your auto-attacks, it also allows you deal some reasonable early game sustained damage.
  • As AD Sion don't be afraid to exchange with your enemy, you have great early attack damage thanks to Enrage.

Mid Game (Level 7-12)

  • Start using your shield to destroy minion waves (AP Sion), using your shield on the caster minions should leave them low enough for a single auto-attack to finish them off.
  • As AP Sion you can push your lane heavily and then leave your lane to create a gank opportunity (works great with Mobility Boots). If you reach an enemy tower and it is safe to do so you can use your ultimate to cause a lot of damage to it.
  • As Sion you want to be constantly farming minion waves, your mid-game strength comes from his ability to farm heavily.
  • Focus your stun and shield combo on the enemy squishy champions (generally the carry or support). This not only stops them from dealing damage or healing their team, but also causes lots of damage to them.
  • AD Sion wants to focus on being in the middle of his team to get the maximum effect out of his ultimate for his team.

Late Game (13-18)

  • Keep your shield up at all times, this will prevent poke from the enemy and will mean you are always ready to blow up your shield for considerable burst damage, especially as AP Sion.
  • Save your stun for anybody that over-commits from the enemy team, Sion can really punish champions that over-extended with his reasonable stun duration.
  • By now you probably have or are working towards a Lich Bane, this gives your ultimate some healing potential (AP Sion)
  • Don't forget that your shield is basically bonus health (based on your Ability Power), don't be afraid to take skill shots for your weaker allies.
  • AD Sion can completely walk through a team, focus on protecting your carry with your stun and healing your team with your ultimate.

Sion, The Undead Champion

Sion, The Undead Champion
Sion, The Undead Champion

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      In my opinion sion is OP when he's half AP and half of him AD/with a little buff of AS.