Lillia, the Bashful Bloom, joined the ever-growing League of Legends roster in patch 10.15 on July 22, 2020. Designed to roam the Jungle, Lillia has a unique playstyle that revolves around her movement speed that lets her zoom around Summoner's Rift with great gank potential as an AP Jungler.

While immensely fun, Lillia can be difficult to get to grips with if you don't know what you're doing. Let's dive into this gameplay guide to shed some light on her abilities and blooming potential, which runes to use, what lanes she can be played in, and what items she should build.

Lillia's Abilities

Lillia's entire kit centres around the ticking damage applied to enemies hit with her passive. Her abilities offer bonus damage if used in tandem and can create deadly combos. Her skill order should always be Q>W>E, then leveled up in that exact order, with Q being the priority to max first.

Dream-laden Bough (Passive)

All of Lillia's abilities will apply a Dream Dust effect to enemies, which deals 5% of the target's maximum health total magic damage over three seconds,

Lillia heals for 39-54 (based on level) (+15% AP) against large monsters and 6-90 (based on level) (+30% AP) against champions over the duration of Dream Dust.

Blooming Blows (Q)

  • Bonus Movement Speed: 3/4/5/6/7% (+3% per 100 AP)
  • Magic Damage: 35/45/55/65/75 (+45% AP)

(Passive) Whenever her abilities hit at least one enemy, whether a minion, jungle monster, or champion, Lillia gains one stack of Prance for six seconds. This refreshes on subsequent hits and can stack up to four times. Stacks expire every 1.5 seconds.

(Active) Lillia swings her branch in the air and deals magic damage to nearby enemies. Enemies within the radius's outer edge take the same amount as bonus true damage.

Watch Out! Eep! (W)

  • Magic Damage: 80/100/120/140/160 (+35% AP)
  • Minion Damage: 40/50/60/70/80 (+17.5% AP)

Lillia slams down her branch censer, dealing damage to enemies in a circle. Enemies in the center take 200% increased damage. This ability also deals 50% less damage to minions.

Swirlseed (E)

  • Magic Damage: 70/95/120/145/170 (+60% AP)

Lillia throws a seed at a target location, like a bowling ball which rolls forward indefinitely until it collides with terrain, monsters, or an enemy champion, dealing magic damage to enemies in a cone radius. If they are hit with a seed, they are slowed by 40% for three seconds and revealed for two seconds.

Lilting Lullaby (R)

  • Sleep Duration: 2/2.25/2.5
  • Magic Damage: 100/150/200 (+40% AP)

Lillia casts a magical lullaby over enemy champions affected by Dream Dust with a shout of "Sleepy Time!" The lullaby arrives after 0.3 seconds and renders affected enemy champions drowsy for 1.5 seconds, slowing them by 10%. After the duration, they fall asleep.

The next instance of non-persistent non-minion or monster damage against a sleeping enemy consumes the debuff to deal additional magic damage.

Lillia Runes

Precision: Conqueror

Lillia players tend to take Conqueror as their primary keystone for her rune page. Basic attacks and spells grant 2-4.5 Adaptive Force per stack, up to 12 times. Once fully stacked, Lillia can heal for 8% of the damage dealt to champions, allowing her more sustainability during team fights.

From there, players should go for Triumph, Legends: Tenacity, and Coup de Grace. All of these runes allow Lillia more survivability in favor of extra damage. For the secondary rune tree, players should go for Sorcery and choose Clerity and Waterwalking for that bonus movement speed, allowing them to speed around Summoner's Rift in no time.

Domination: Dark Harvest

Lillia players can also take Dark Harvest in the Domination line if the enemy team are squishier. Combined with Liandry's Anguish, Lillia can be deadly and execute enemies with several skill shots as Dream Dust steadily ticks away their health.

Players going down this route should choose Cheap Shot to damage movement-impaired enemies, Eyeball Collection, and either Treasure Hunter or Relentless Hunter. The secondary runes for this particular build are the same as the first: Clerity and Water Walking for extra mobility. Dive into more Lillia stat builds on Mobalytics!

Lillia Item Build

No matter what position Lillia is played in, you should always build Liandry's Torment and Ryali's Crystal Sceptre. These two items work in tandem to maximize Lillia's overall damage. Liandry's works well with Lillia's passive Dream Dust, while Rylai's further slows enemies and increases the damage of Liandry's.

The other items to complete Lillia's item build include Demonic Embrace, Zhonya's Hourglass, and often Dead Man's Plate as the final item. Rabadon's Deathcap, Moreollonomicon, Frozen Heart, and Cosmic Drive are other situational items.

Top and Jungler Lillia should build whatever boots are necessary for the game, whether Sorcerer's Boots or Ionian's Boots of Lucidity, to increase Summoner Spell haste.

Lillia Jungler Tips

When playing the fae fawn Lillia in the Jungle, players should always choose the Gustwalker Hatchling as their starting item for their Lillia Jungle build. This Jungle pet provides the Gustwalker's Gait passive, meaning Lillia will gain movement speed when entering the brush or after killing monsters, increasing her gank potential. For her Summoner Spells, she should always have Smite and either Flash or Ghost.

With her excellent clearing potential and roaming ability, Lillia is designed to be a Jungler. Hitting monsters with abilities gives her movement speed, so she can clear camps and disrupt enemy laners, making them concede to her teammates.

One thing to note is that early game, Lillia is incredibly squishy, meaning she is susceptible to enemy invades. At the start of the game, she should be focused on clearing her jungle camps and farming Gold and EXP until she reaches Level 6, when she can start using her Ultimate.

Lillia also works best when there is another engage champion on the team, as Lillia is more of a secondary-engage champion. A support like Blitzcrank, Nautilus or Pyke works well, or any tank champion on the team to help her initiate.

When initiating a team fight, Lillia works best if she can apply her Q to grouped-up enemies before popping her Ultimate, Lilting Lullaby. Just make sure to communicate with your team and ping before ulting, as sometimes your team can apply damage too early to a sleepy target.

Lillia Jungle Path

If you are a beginner player, start at the Blue Sentinel before going to Gromp and Wolves. After doing this, switch the Red Side to clear Raptors, Red Buff, and Krugs. Claiming the Rift Scuttler in River will be the final objective for a full jungle clear before being able to gank a lane, either Top or Bottom, depending on which side you're on. You can even gank Mid and rotate to the second Rift Scuttler if it is still available.

If you're stuck, Riot Games have introduced its own Jungle pathing system on the map that tells you the recommended Jungle path order.

Lillia Top Lane Tips

While Lillia is a Jungler first and foremost, she can also be a lane bully in Top. She works best against slow and sluggish Top laners that can't catch up to her, and Tanks she can burn down with poke and her passive. Lillia performs well against champions like Nasus, Jax, Mordekaiser, K'Sante, Tryndamere, and more! She suffers heavily against duellist champions like Akali, Irelia, Quinn, and Reneketon, to name a few.

Due to her impressive mobility, movement speed, and wave-clearing abilities, Lillia can swiftly dodge any skill shots and frustrate the enemy into submission by backing them under their tower.

When she has recalled to the fountain, Lillia can throw a well-aimed E back to her lane to damage minions or even initiate a gank while she's away because her Ultimate globally affects any champions with the Dream Dust debuff. Her Summoner Spells for Top should always be Flash and Teleport, and her starting item should be Doran's Ring.

Final Thoughts

Overall, Lillia is an extremely fun AP bruiser to play in solo-queue or with friends, whether in ARAM or regular games! She can easily weave in and out of enemies with her exceptional movement speed and punish any champions that get too close with her deadly combo of abilities. Lillia excels in the Jungle, but it's up to you where you decide to play her!

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