Today’s subject champion remains one of the most controversial releases of the past few years, as the fan base was promised a new, non-humanoid Jungler, making false hopes for a new monster champion, but instead received the Bashful Bloom, Lillia. This does not translate to Lillia being a bad champion, quite the contrary, yet the controversy behind her release is simply fascinating to old-time players, whose fears of Riot associating their image with the “anime” scene began getting confirmed.
Leaving the political history aside, Lillia is indeed among the strongest AP Jungler League of Legends has to offer, with her power being regularly showcased on the competitive scene. Besides the insane burst damage, the Bashful Bloom also deals a considerable amount of max Health damage, especially when itemized correctly, and her Ultimate ability is one we’re all too familiar with, as the Lilting Lullaby can put an entire team to sleep with the press of a button.
League’s very own rendition of Bambi is ready to hop across the Summoner’s Rift, spreading Dream Dust and blooming terror, and with our complete Jungle route and clearing guide, we are here to provide you with everything you need to know before starting your first Lillia game!
Flash + Smite
Although Ghost can enhance the movement speed aspect of Lillia’s gameplay, her squishy nature will often times require an instant escape tool to prevent avoidable deaths, and Flash serves that purpose perfectly.
The Best Lillia Runes
With this type of champions, players have a rather difficult time figuring out what the ideal Runes are, especially during these dynamic meta shifts, but after some research we could find a commonly occurring Rune build among high ELO players.
Hop over to the Domination path and choose Dark Harvest as your keystone, backing it up with Cheap Shot, Eyeball Collection and lastly Ravenous Hunter.
For the secondary Runes, you want to play it safe, going for Magical Footwear and Approach Velocity, in order to get some gold efficiency and movement speed boost.
Dark Harvest is quite easy to stack, as experienced players will cast Watch Out! Eep! (W) on predictive angles, trying to find free stacks. Cheap Shot is simply the better alternative out of the three picks, and Ravenous Hunter synergizes quite well with Dream-Laden Bough’s (Passive) healing.
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The Best Lillia Items
Starting Items: Hailblade + Refillable Potion
Mythic Item: Liandry’s Anguish
Core Items: Sorcerer’s Shoes, Zhonya’s Hourglass, Mejai’s Soulstealer
Finishing Options: Demonic Embrace, Rabadon’s Deathcap, Cosmic Drive
In terms of the build, Lillia wants to enhance her max Health DPS by building Liandry’s Anguish and Demonic Embrace, rushing the latter in games where players get an early lead. The Passive DPS combined with the previously mentioned items will shred through the enemy team from a safe distance, providing more than enough damage, allowing Lillia to seek some utility and defense from the rest of her build.
Mejai’s Soulstealer and Zhonya’s Hourglass are great options for most AP Casters, granting plenty of utility for far less than some other high-damage items, while Cosmic Drive simply aims at providing some added movement speed and benefic stats.
The Best Skill Order
Q > E > W > R
As Lillia’s primary AOE damage source, Blooming Blows (Q) is to be maxed first, followed by Swirlseed (E) and lastly the canonically named Watch Out! Eep! (W) ability.
The Best Jungle Paths for Lillia
Similarly to Nocturne, Lillia’s ganks are not the most effective unless she has her Ultimate ability ready, making it difficult to find easily converting ganks until LVL 6. For this reason, players should primarily focus on getting an early full clear before attempting any ganks, as it is safer to get your experience from the Jungle monsters.
Players who excel at Jungling altogether are likely to overcome this issue with ease, since the ability to read the Map properly as a Jungler compensates for the champion’s kit. Still, if you are not confident enough in your understanding of the Jungle gameplay, stick to the safer route and only double down on ganks once you have access to your Ultimate.
We are going to cover the most advantageous starts from each side, but players should keep a few factors in mind when deciding upon where their Jungle pathing should start. These are:
- Which laners are going to provide more help in clearing the first camp?
- Counter-jungle opportunities, based on where the enemy Jungler is likely to start.
- Which lane would you like to gank first, depending on both the allied and enemy champions.
Since all three of Lilia’s basic abilities deal AOE damage, the Bashful Bloom has a pretty easy time clearing the Jungle, but it’s also worth mentioning that all of her abilities also require correct execution, even against the Jungle monsters.
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Red Side, Red Clear
The first starting position we are going to be taking a look at kicks off on the Red Side, and more specifically at the Red Buff. Start by organically slaying the mob, using Blooming Blows (Q) as often as possible, trying to hit the Red Buff with the ability’s edge, in order to deal the bonus damage. Also make sure to kite it as much as possible!
After that, head towards the Krug camp and repeat the process, only this time you will be casting Smite onto the larger mob, while Q takes care of the rest. Once there are multiple Krugs surrounding you, cast Watch Out! Eep! (W), trying to land it on all attacking units.
After that, hop towards the Blue Buff, stopping to clear the Raptors and Wolves on the way, as shown in the associated image. Those camps will be quite easy to clear, as all of Lillia’s abilities deal AOE damage, applying the Dream Dust passive as well.
Once at the Blue Buff, fight it using repeated casts of Blooming Blows (Q) and Watch Out! Eep! (W), focusing on landing it in the center. Once the Blue Buff drops below the 450 Health threshold, use the second Smite charge to execute it.
Now it is time to repeat the process with Gromp, effectively sequencing your abilities for maximum damage, putting great emphasis on landing Q with its edge and E in its center, before making your way into the River to secure the Scuttler as well.
Once you’re done completing the full clear, it is time to look for an gank on either Mid or Bot. You can simply walk up to the enemies and throw Swirlseed (E) then, or you can fish for an angle from outside their vision range.
Red Side, Blue Clear
Having your start at the Red Side’s Blue Buff will aid with tempo, as you’ll now have the assistance of two allies with the first camp.
Secure the Blue Buff using well-aimed casts of Blooming Blows (Q), before facing off with the Gromp.
At Gromp, once again use Blooming Blows (Q) and Watch Out! Eep! (W) at their maximum potential by aiming the abilities properly, before casting your first Smite charge onto the Gromp to execute it.
Next on the list are the Wolves and Raptors, which are conveniently positioned on your way to the Red Buff. Clear those camps accordingly, making the best use of Lillia’s AOE damage. If your HP drops dangerously low and you fear an invade, feel free to use the Refillable Potion.
Once at the Red Buff, accurately land your basic abilities, applying the damage bonuses before casting your second Smite charge on it, as shown in the image.
For the final camp residing in your Jungle, head North and quickly clear the Krugs with Lillia’s AOE damage, before making your way into the River to secure the Scuttler.
This leaves you in a great position to gank Top or Mid from, based on the positioning of both your allies and the enemy Laners, before your first reset.
Blue Side, Blue Clear
Switching over to the Blue Side, we’re going to begin by discussing the Blue Buff’s starting position. Note that both routes are identical to the previously discussed ones, the only difference being the mirrored layout of the Jungle.
After securing the Blue Buff, immediately head for the Gromp, bursting it down with well-positioned casts of Q and W, in order to get the most out of their damage bonuses.
Just like before, head towards the Red Buff and make two quick stops at the Wolf and Raptor camps, clearing those effectively with the use of your AOE damage, having the Refillable Potion ready in case your HP drops below a safe threshold.
At the Red Buff, fight and kite it as best as you can using your basic abilities, keeping Smite to execute it as soon as it goes below 450 Health, in order to prevent a potential steal.
Lastly, hop down towards the Krugs can clear them effectively with your abilities, before heading into the River to secure some extra gold, experience and vision for your team by slaying the Scuttler.
You will now have the option to either reset, or go for a gank on Mid or Bot, depending on which lane looks more likely to convert your efforts into a takedown or burnt Summoner.
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Blue Side, Red Clear
As for our final route, make sure to leverage the bonus assistance gained by having your Bot lane assist you, converting it into an early tempo advantage. Secure the Red Buff with their help and hop your way to the Krug camp, casting Smite on the larger mob and letting your AOE damage handle the rest.
Now head towards the Blue Buff and once again stop at the Raptors and Wolves, which Lillia can clear very quickly thanks to her basic abilities.
Once at the Blue Buff, use all of your abilities in effective succession to take it down below the 450 Health threshold, allowing the second Smite charge to execute it for you,
Immediately challenge the Gromp and use your abilities as best as you can to burn through its Health quickly, allowing you to reach the River ahead of the enemy Jungler, despite the full clear.
If available, secure the Scuttler and make your way towards either Mid or Top for a quick gank using Swirlseed (E), before getting your first reset.
The Best Tips and Tricks for Lillia
- Blooming Blows (Q) has two mechanics, first the Prance stacks, which grant bonus movement speed per stack, and the Active swing part. As a Jungler, the Prance mechanic falls short in comparison with Lillia Top, but it is of utmost importance to learn the range of the swing, as the outer edge deals bonus true damage, working similarly to Darius’ Q.
- Swirlseed (E) is Lillia’s core engage tool, as it can apply Dream Dust from a long distance, making it in essential part of the Bashful Bloom’s kit. In the early game, it is mostly used for its 40% slow and reveal mechanic, setting the foundation to Lillia’s ganks. Do not hesitate to jump into the Practice tool in order to master this ability, trying to land it on distant target dummies or minions.
- Watch Out! Eep! (W) is mostly used as an execution or high-burst tool, as the center area of the AOE deals 200% increased damage, requiring players to predict the enemy’s movements with decent accuracy in order to get the most out of this spell.
- Ideally, players want to cast Lilting Lullaby whenever they land a Swirlseed (E) or Blooming Blows (Q) on multiple high priority targets, but during the early game, you shouldn’t hesitate to use it for mere ganks or skirmishes, as its cooldown decreases significantly towards the later stages of the game, once a few items have been completed.
Lillia’s slow early game can explode into a wild snowball as soon as she completes three items, when her DPS damage far outscales the resistances built by the enemy frontline. Up until that point, focus on building a small gold lead through efficient farming and well-timed ganks, allowing you to safely reach that power spike.
One particularly useful mechanic is Swirlseed’s (E) range, as players can cast this ability from the River, deciding if they want to go in for the gank depending on the probability of landing it. Imagine this, you slay the Scuttler and launch a Swirlseed towards the Top lane. If it seems like the ability will hit, you can start following it as it will apply a considerable 3 second slow, providing you with plenty of time to close the gap. On the other hand, if it seems like the Swirlseed is likely to miss, simply make your way back into the Jungle to farm, or towards the Mid lane for a surprise gank.
In the late game, players want to be on the lookout for Swirlseed snipes, since a successfully landed ability can apply Dream Dust to multiple enemies, allowing you to cast Lilting Lullaby (R) for an easy pick, or to set up a successful team fight if your team is in a favorable position.
At all times, make sure to stay safe and protect the Mejai’s stacks, a task with which Zhonya’s is guaranteed to help!
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