Smolder Guide

Learn Smolder with our Smolder guide. Learn about Smolder's strengths and Smolder's weaknesses, and harness key insights to optimize your playstyle. Whether you're a seasoned player or new to Smolder, our guide provides the tools you need to dominate the battlefield.
Key Insights
  • Smolder gains
    Smolder
    P
    stacks by hitting champions with abilities or killing enemies with his
    Smolder
    Q
    , enhancing the damage of his basic abilities. This mechanic encourages aggressive play to stack up damage boosts.
  • Smolder
    Q
    Evolves with stack accumulation, starting with area damage around the target, advancing to send out explosions, and ultimately dealing true damage over time with an execute effect on low-health enemies. This ability is central to his kit, offering both wave clear and significant dueling potential.
  • Smolder
    W
    Is a damaging and slowing ability that creates an explosion when hitting enemy champions, useful for both peeling and engaging.
  • Smolder
    E
    Provides mobility by allowing Smolder to fly, ignoring terrain and targeting the lowest health enemy, which is key for positioning in fights or escaping.
  • Smolder
    R
    Calls down a wave of fire from his mother, dealing damage and slowing enemies, with a healing component for Smolder if he's hit. This ultimate can be a game-changer in team fights, offering both offensive and defensive utility​​.
Strengths
  • Smolder's power spike is heavily tied to accumulating
    Smolder
    P
    stacks to enhance his
    Smolder
    Q
    . Achieving these stack milestones drastically increases his combat effectiveness.
  • His
    Smolder
    R
    , combined with a fully evolved
    Smolder
    Q
    , makes him exceptionally strong in clustered team fights where he can apply AoE damage and benefit from the healing if caught in his mother's fire.
  • Excelling in short to mid-range combat, Smolder becomes a significant threat once he has items that synergize with his abilities, boosting his damage output, survivability, or both.
Weaknesses
  • His early game is weaker due to the necessity of building
    Smolder
    P
    stacks to enhance his abilities. Without sufficient stacks, his damage output is significantly reduced.
  • As a short-ranged marksman, Smolder can be vulnerable to long-range poke and hard engage if not positioned carefully.
  • While his
    Smolder
    R
    is powerful, its effectiveness is contingent on proper timing and positioning. Misuse or avoidance by enemies can greatly diminish his impact in skirmishes or team fights.