Smolder Crit Runes

Build Patch 14.14

Core Smolder Item Build Order

56.3% Win Rate (10595 Games)
Doran's Blade

Starting

Essence Reaver

1st

Ionian Boots of Lucidity

2nd

Spear of Shojin

3rd

Essence Reaver

4th

Rapid Firecannon

5th

Spear of Shojin

6th

Doran's Blade
Essence Reaver
Ionian Boots of Lucidity
Spear of Shojin
Essence Reaver
Rapid Firecannon
Spear of Shojin

Core Smolder Item Build Path

Situational

Lord Dominik's Regards
Bloodthirster
Trinity Force
Immortal Shieldbow
Infinity Edge
Mortal Reminder
Guardian Angel

Summoner Spells

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4773 Games55%

Smolder Skill Order

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Dragon Practice

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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.