League of Legends Elise Builds Guide

League of Legends Elise Builds Guide by soada0226

Hey all! I’m Just Roy, a Diamond 4 (working on 3 today) jungle/support main. I wanted to spend some time discussing probably my favorite jungler and all around versatile champion, Elise. She is by far one of the highest skill cap champions due to the situational use of all 8 of her abilities, and due to the sheer strength of her kit has managed to stay competitively viable despite getting hit by the nerf hammer more often than Rihanna gets hit by Chris Brown.

The many jungle builds: Elise has been probably one of the most competitively viable junglers for the longest period of time. The reason for this is fairly simple: she is one of the few junglers that is ranged (this makes her amazing in poke/siege comps). Elise also takes almost no damage in the jungle due to her spiderlings early, which allows her to put huge pressure on the map early. This leads to her last strength: she is one of if not the best level 3 ganker in the game. She has everything: cc, an aggro reset, 3 damage spells, and an attack speed steroid. So it only makes sense that for such a versatile champion, many different builds would exist. Let’s look at the 3 most popular ones.

Full blown ap Elise:

Spectral Wraith -> Sorc Shoes -> Haunting Guise -> Void Staff -> Deathfire Grasp -> Zhonyas-> Liandries

This build is really the solo queue build to go once you get enough of experience on the champion. In the lcs these past few weeks, this build has seen play by Crumbz and Meteos. With the rise of top AP Gragas, the competitive scene is valuing high AP builds on low ap scaling champions simply because they are strong lane bullies that can snowball their team with enough early ap; Elise fits this mold. DFG is a hilarious item for her, as it allows her to amplify her already crazy percent damage and 3 shot targets.

Bruiser Elise:

Spirit Stone ->Spectral Wraith -> Sorc Shoes -> Haunting Guise -> Rylai’s -> Liandries Torment -> Locket of the Iron Salami -> Frozen Heart

This is by far the best skirmishing Elise build. Generally, by the mid game, you will have a solid amount of AP between the Spectral Wraith/Liandry’s/Rylai’s combo, along with a flat 30 magic pen. In the mid game you will hit like a bus, and by the late game you will be tanky enough to duel most champions.

This build also reaches 40% CDR in the late game, which makes you a veritable slowing and cocoon machine. If you’re a newcomer to Elise, this is the build I would recommend most, as it’s the most forgiving. Liandries/Rylais is an extremely high damage combination, and will keep you relevant and able to duel/kite/chase down targets at every stage of the game.

Tank Elise:

Ancient Golem -> Ninja Tabi/Merc’s -> KindleGem -> Frozen Heart -> Locket of the Iron Salami -> Warmog’s -> Thornmail

This is my modified version of the “Meteos Build”. When Elise’s jungle clear speed got nerfed a few patches ago, her cocoon got buffed at later levels to scale to 2 seconds of CC from the flat 1.5 it used to be at all levels. At 40% CDR, Elise’s cocoon is a 2 second stun on a 6 second CD, making it one of the most spammable CC’s in the game along with Thresh’s hook and Morgana’s dark binding.

Tank Elise excels at one thing above all else; being a huge pain in the balls in team fights for the enemy team. Be sure to toss cocoons out off cool down, and on the highest priority targets possible. If played correctly, Elise should stand in front of her backline, cocooning anyone trying to dive, or cocooning any targets that can be caught for a pick.

Just remember, you do buns damage, so try to err on the side of keeping your carries alive with your Locket and your cocoons. This is the only Elise build where you should max your cocoon second after your Q (Neurotoxin/ Venomous Bite).

Welp that about sums it up. Hope you enjoyed my guide to jungle Elise!

But wait, what about support/mid/top Elise?

Glad you asked! Well, support Elise is probably in the best state she’s ever been, but I still think she does best against the tankier supports like Thresh/Leona/Braum/Blitzcrank. I think Relic Shield is actually an amazing item for Elise, and she can provide nearly the same catch potential as Morgana with more mobility and an extra bush check. My recommended build for solo queue:

Relic Shield-> Targon -> Sorc Shoes -> Sightstone -> Haunting Guise -> Face of the Mountain -> Rylais -> Liandries -> Frozen Heart

You can go the CDR items earlier and max E second if you so choose, but I feel for solo queue it’s more important to hit hard early, since people will skirmish even when it’s advantageous and hitting hard is important.

As for top and mid Elise, I haven’t played much of either in a long time. I feel Lulu has cornered the lane bully matchup that Elise once did top lane, and the mid lane meta just doesn’t really have a place for her at the moment. It’s still playable, I just personally feel there are better picks in these roles. Elise doesn’t have anything to offer in a solo lane that the niche picks at the moment can’t do better.

EDIT: Runes and Masteries

Almost every game I jungle elise I run:

hybrid pen reds

armor yellows

magic resist blues

attack speed quints

To me this is the best setup for her early clears and dueling early on, as her base attack speed is actually pretty slow. I know meteos runs attack speed reds, scaling ap blues and ap quints, but I’ve never been a fan of this setup. It just feels too squishy for very little extra damage.

Masteries are 21/9/0 every game. My masteries are more or less the same as Meteos’s in this build:http://www.probuilds.net/guide/NA/1460037104/390600

For support Elise I would recommend going either 0/16/14 or 9/7/14. It really depends on whether or not you’re going to need the extra tankiness or are comfortable enough to play aggressive with the extra ap.


I realized I don’t actually build ancient golem anymore unless I’m going full tank. Elise’s clear speeds suck with Ancient Golem in comparison, so I changed the bruiser build.

There was another great build posted by a high diamond player Porcovich:

Spectral Wraith – Merc Treads – Sunfire – Abyssal – FH – Banshees/GA/Void Staff/Mogs/Rylais/Zhonyas/Randiuns/Thornmail

I would call this build another flavor of the Bruiser build, but with more dynamic itemization. Abyssal Scepter is an amazing item on Elise. Since most of Elise’s spells are short range, the aura gives essentially 20 magic pen. This build foregoes the Sorc Shoes/Haunting Guise power spike for a different kind of power spike: tankiness paired with damage. This build focuses on the semi offensive early buys (remember the haunting guise/sorc shoes provides 30 magic pen, but less AP). Also, the Merc Treads/Sunfire just allows Elise to burn out people by being very good at chasing through CC and applying the Sunfire passive on top of autoing. Elise turns in to something of a Shyvana in spider form with this build because you apply so much single target damage (Spiderlings+Elise+Faster Autos with Frenzy+Sunfire). It’s a good build for sure if you are a little more of an in your face player.

Other League of Legends Articles
League of Legends KR Masters 95 Basic Tips
League of Legends Climbing Solo Queue Guide
League of Legends How to Win Bottom Lane Guide
League of Legends Riven Kit and Combos Complete Guide
LoL AD Carry Laning Tips
LoL Leaguecraft 101 Summaries
LoL How To Un-tilt Yourself Guide
LoL Vi Advanced Tips and Tricks
LoL Jungler Korea Challenger/Master Builds
LoL Marksmen Korea Challenger/Master Builds
LoL Top Lane Korea Challenger/Master Builds
LoL Support’s Guide
LoL Lane Micro Decisions Guide
LoL Jungle In-Depth Guide for Any Elo
LoL Playing Against Vlad Guide
LoL Ziggs Stop Your Team From Being Snowballed Guide
LoL Riven Combos and Animation Cancelling Guide
LoL Ranked 5s Beginner’s Guide
LoL Map Pressure and Control Guide
LoL AP Ezreal Guide
LoL How to Carry as Support
LoL Roaming as Support Guide
LoL Being A Good Shot Caller Guide
LoL Escaping Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum Guide
LoL Miss Fortune In-Depth Guide
LoL Sion Matchups Guide
LoL Rammus Top Guide
LoL Udyr In-Depth Guide
LoL Improving Map Awareness Guide
LoL Graves In-Depth Guide
LoL Caitlyn In-Depth Guide
LoL Olaf Diamond Guide
LoL Yorick Guide
LoL Pro Riven Combos Guide
LoL Banner of Command Guide
LoL Wukong Solo Top Lane Guide
LoL Tryndamere Diamond II Guide
LoL Anti Heimerdinger Tips and Counters
LoL Azir Guide
League of Legends Vi Diamond Guide
LoL Vayne In-Depth Guide
LoL ADC Role Tips
LoL Trading in Lane Guide
LoL Wukong Jungle Guide
LoL Alistar Jungle Guide
LoL Jungling Fundamentals Guide
LoL Top Laner Warding Guide
LoL Zz’Rot Portal Top Lane Guide
LoL Carrying Yourself to Diamond Guide
LoL Skarner Jungle Guide
LoL Climbing SoloQ Guide
LoL Counterjungling Guide
LoL Cho’gath Jungle Guide
LoL Jungler When To Help Laners Guide
LoL Teemo Beginner’s Guide
LoL Improving in SoloQ Guide
LoL Nocturne Mechanics Guide
LoL Shaco Teamfighting Guide
LoL Zac Top Lane Guide
LoL Improving in Ranked Fives Guide
LoL Vayne Quick Guide
LoL Elixir of Ruin Tip
LoL Season 5 Jungle Guide
LoL Blitzcrank Carrying Guide
LoL Carrying with Support Guide
LoL Gnar Top Lane Guide
LoL ADC Lane Management Tips
LoL Fizz Guide
LoL Developing Mechanics Guide
LoL How to Win Guide
LoL Vi Tips and Tricks
LoL Champion Select Basic Guide
LoL Shot Calling Guide
LoL Win with a Sightstone Guide
LoL High Elo Marksman Guide
LoL Ranked and Midlane Tips
LoL Vi Jungle Guide
LoL Jarvan IV Jungle Guide
LoL Rek’Sai Jungle Guide
LoL Improving Any Champion Guide
LoL Twisted Fate Jungle Guide by Kikis
LoL Lux Support Guide
League of Legends Kikis Jungle TF Rune Page
LoL New Jungle Strategies
LoL Jungle Tier List
LoL Jungle Nautilus Guide
LoL New Jungle Guide
LoL Rune Pages Quick Guide
LoL Improving Your Skill Guide
LoL Ziggs Quick Guide
LoL Malzahar Guide
LoL Janna In-Depth Guide
LoL Soraka Health Regen Sustain Guide
LoL Singed Quick Guide
LoL Rammus Jungle Guide
LoL Bot Lane 10 Common Mistakes
LoL Soraka Diamond 1 Guide
LoL How To Play When Losing
LoL Bottom Lane Dynamics Guide
LoL AP Varus Guide
LoL Carrying as Support Guide
LoL Bot Lane Matchups Diamond Support Guide
LoL Spending Your First 18K IP Guide
LoL Ryze Tips
LoL Bronze to Gold Guide
LoL Bans Quick List
LoL Veigar Tips
LoL Ascension Mode Tips
LoL Ascension Guide
LoL Blue Ezreal Guide
LoL Top 5 AD Carries Guide
LoL Top 5 Supports Guide
LoL Gnar Top Line Tips and Tricks
LoL Jungling Beginner’s Guide
LoL Correct Approach to Bans Guide
LoL Bush Control for Supports Guide
LoL Champions Summary List
LoL Feral Jungle Yi Guide
LoL Climbing Ranked in 5v5 Teams Guide
LoL Ability to Max List
LoL Teamfighting as Support Guide
LoL Riven Skill Order Tips
LoL AD Carry Basic Guide
LoL Feral Flare Fastest Route Guide
LoL Jungling Guide
LoL Warding Guide
LoL Warwick Diamond 1 Guide
League of Legends Starting Item Choices Guide
League of Legends Top Lane Guide
League of Legends Tips to Escape Bronze and Silver
League of Legends Machine Gun Lulu Guide
League of Legends Bottom Lane Tips
League of Legends Gold Rank Guide
League of Legends Silver Rank Guide
League of Legends Bronze Rank Guide
League of Legends Jungle Shaco Guide
League of Legends Roaming as Support Guide
League of Legends Maokai Guide
League of Legends Support Tips
League of Legends Thresh Top AD Guide
League of Legends Riven Basic Guide
League of Legends Elise Builds Guide
League of Legends Support Guide
League of Legends Jungling Basic Guide
League of Legends Twisted Fate Basic Guide
League of Legends Basic Mechanics Guide
League of Legends Minions In-depth Guide
League of Legends Lee Sin Tips
League of Legends Nidalee Top Lane Guide
League of Legends Yasuo Guide
League of Legends Picks and Bans Guide
League of Legends Ideal Masteries Pages Guide
League of Legends Ideal Rune Pages Guide
League of Legends Common Questions
League of Legends Acronyms and Terms Glossary
League of Legends Most Efficient Runes for Maximum DPS
League of Legends Vayne Season 4 Guide
League of Legends Get Out of Bronze and Silver Guide
League of Legends How to be Successful Guide
League of Legends Free RP through Bing Rewards Guide
League of Legends Pro Tips Compilation
When to Build Health, Armor or Magic Resistance? – League of Legends
League of Legends Competitive Rune Analysis and Ranking Guide
League of Legends Disable Skill Shot Arrow Targeting Thingy!
League of Legends Champion Interaction
Singed 30 Seconds Quick Guide – League of Legends
LeBlanc 30 Seconds Quick Guide – League of Legends
Poppy 30 Seconds Quick Guide – League of Legends
Ryze 30 Seconds Quick Guide – League of Legends
League of Legends Primary Runes List
Kennen 30 Seconds Quick Guide – League of Legends
Sion 30 Seconds Quick Guide – League of Legends
Blitzcrank 30 Seconds Quick Guide – League of Legends
Kog’Maw 30 Seconds Quick Guide – League of Legends
Cho’Gath 30 Seconds Quick Guide – League of Legends
Master Yi 30 Seconds Quick Guide – League of Legends
Evelynn 30 Seconds Quick Guide – League of Legends
Veigar 30 Seconds Quick Guide – League of Legends
Mordekaiser 30 Seconds Quick Guide – League of Legends
Ashe 30 Seconds Quick Guide – League of Legends

Leave a Reply