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Airi Item Builds
These items are necessary in order to play Airi optimally. Only diverge from a core item if you are a very experienced player or you have a very good reason for doing so.
|Frost cape offers Airi a number of defensive stats along with an exceptionally useful passive. The slows that it offers each time Airi uses an ability – including all three charges of Shadow – will help her trap enemies on the battlefield as she cuts away their health.|
|Spear of Longinus is both a nice source of offensive and defensive power. It rips away part of the enemy’s armor each time they are damaged by the user, softening them up to further damage from Airi or her allies. It additionally offers cooldown reduction, allowing her much more regular use of her abilities, particularly strong on the manaless Airi. On the defensive side of things, the item offers maximum HP.|
Offensive Item Choices
|Soulreaver and Leviathan are both reasonable choices for a jungle Airi. Leviathan offers a considerable amount of HP as well as a burning aura while Soulreaver her gives attack damage and cooldown reduction. On the other hand, Soulreaver offers a large amount of attack damage to buff up Airi’s abilities while also lowering their cooldowns. Pick Leviathan if going defensive and Soulreaver when wanting to build offensively. There are only core items when Airi chooses to jungle.|
|Fafnir’s Talon offers both attack damage and attack speed – two stats Airi can’t get enough of. The item’s unique passive also allows the wielder to deal extra damage based on the enemy’s current health. This makes it a great item for tearing down enemies who have stacked up large amounts of health.|
|Another armor pierce item, Rankbreaker is specifically great for roaming gankers. Rather than stacking up armor pierce stacks on the enemy, Rankbreaker cuts through their defenses right away. As a bonus, it increases the user’s movement speed when out of combat. This will make Airi much faster as she moves between lanes to gank.|
|Fenrir’s Tooth is a great item for physical damage dealers like Airi. Not only does it provide the most attack damage in one place, but the passive will help the kunoichi finish off her prey as she roams around the map.|
Defensive Items Choices
|Mantle of Ra is a wonderful hybrid item, offering both attack damage and armor to the wearer. In addition, its passive aura burns nearby enemies, helping the assassin farm and gank more effectively.|
|Medallion of Troy is a great way to defend against magic heavy teams. Through the ability power, health, and magic shield it provides, Airi will be able to withstand quite a bit of additional damage after taking this item. The cooldown reduction it provides is a nice additional bonus as to let the kunoichi use her abilities more frequently..|
|Gilded Greaves will be the most common pick for Airi, the resistance they provide helping her slip out of control effects. As Airi’s survivability is heavily tied to her mobility, getting stunned or slowed can be disastrous.|
|If the enemy is heavy on physical damage, Sonic Boots can be a better defensive choice for Airi. The armor and damage reducing passive will get a lot of mileage when dealing with enemy marksmen, warriors, and assassins.|
|Hermes’ Select will get Airi moving between the lanes much more quickly. While not offering any beneficial stats, the movement speed is a great way to get close to enemies or keep up your presence around the map.|
Sample Item Builds
|Mantle of Ra||Gilded Greaves||Spear of Longinus||Frost Cape||Medallion of Troy||Fenrir’s Tooth|
Airi is most capable in the dark slayer lane and should build like a bruiser when doing so. We tried to reflect this in this collection of combination items, giving Airi a number of both offensive and defensive bonuses. Spear of Longinus, Mantle of Ra, and Frost Cape all help Airi in both regards, keeping her blades sharp and her skin tough. The balance is maintained in the pure items as well, we taking a single defensive and a single offensive item to finish the build off. These are both powerhouses, however, Medallion of Troy offering an immense amount of defensive power against mages and Fenrir’s Tooth granting a large amount of firepower, particularly when finishing enemies off.
|Soulreaver||Gilded Greaves||Rankbreaker||Frost Cape||Spear of Longinus||Fenrir’s Tooth|
A very offensive-minded approach to the jungle, this build focuses on Airi’s firepower so that she can quickly slay anyone she comes across. She will have a dramatic amount of attack damage with heavy hitting items like Soulreaver, Rankbreaker, and Fenrir’s Tooth at her disposal. Airi will additionally have the coveted 40% CDR when building these items, allowing her maximum use of her abilities. She will need to be careful, though, as while she gains a bit of defense through Frost Cape and Spear of Longinus, she will be almost fully dependant on her mobility to stay alive in fights.
|Leviathan||Gilded Greaves||Mantle of Ra||Frost Cape||Spear of Longinus||Medallion of Troy|
In contrast to the other jungle build, this one turns Airi into a rather durable bruiser. The double burn from Leviathan and Mantle of Ra is always welcome, causing enemies to get all hot and bothered whenever the graceful assassin gets too close, the pervy chumps. Spear of Longinus, Frost Cape, and Mantle of Ra each offer some defensive benefits along with their offensive boons, mostly by way of armor. As her main concern when zipping up close to enemy heroes would be the warriors who can withstand her damage and dish out their own, armor is one of the most valuable things that she can get defensively. Medallion of Troy finishes the build off by keeping the ninja from being overly vulnerable to mages.
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