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Arum Item Builds
“These items are necessary in order to play Arum optimally. Only diverge from a core item if you are a very experienced player or you have a very good reason for doing so”
…is what we normally write, but Arum can be built in so many ways that these two items are less “must-have” and more “somewhat strongly recommend”
|Gaia’s Standard’s Regenerate passive benefits from HP stacking the same way Arum’s passive does, and the 1200 HP it provides adds to the cause. Also, because Arum sustains so well through fights, you’ll likely benefit from Regenerate multiple times in the same fight. Finally, the 5% movement speed boost is crucial for the mobility-starved Arum.|
|Amulet of Longevity has double synergy with Arum’s passive: first, it massively boosts her HP so every 3% heal counts for more, and then the total heal she receives is boosted by 20%. Add in the extra health regeneration in its base stats, and Amulet of Longevity will have opponents screaming, “Why won’t she die?!”|
We’ve listed a ton of optional items, as Arum can be built multiple ways – usually, you’ll want to counter-build depending on the opposing team composition.
|Orb of the Magi gives a nice boost of HP and ability power to both deal extra damage and sustain longer through her Ravenous Beasts. In addition, building Orb will give you From the Ashes once you get to Phoenix Tear, which is very important for the mana-starved Arum. The 10% cooldown reduction is okay for Snare, though the rest of her abilities are pretty low-cooldown.|
|Similar to Orb of the Magi, Soaring Aura provides HP and AP, while also granting the largest raw magic pierce in the game. Other than Uncaged, all of Arum’s abilities require her to be right next to the opponent, well within the 800-unit range. Soaring Aura is a no-brainer if your team has two other magic damage sources apart from yourself.|
|Holy of Holies’ huge HP boost is actually the main reason for taking it, while the AP is alright for sustaining a bit more – and killing fools while you’re at it. Pairing Holy of Holies with Amulet of Longevity will have you sustaining for a long time, though they are extremely expensive items.|
|Though Frosty’s Revenge gives Arum some ability power, this pick is for the utility. The extra movement speed and slow on your abilities will allow Arum to stick to them like white on rice, as even your beasts trigger Chill. Frosty’s also provides Arum with a nice chunk of magic defense as well.|
|If jungling, Loki’s Curse is a reasonable item, as most of your fights involve constantly pulsing Lion Tamer, which conveniently has nearly the same cooldown as Curse Power if you hit an enemy.|
|Though Loki’s Curse is okay, we prefer Leviathan when jungling, as the massive HP boost it provides will have you sustaining through most team fights. Flame Magic also works well with Arum’s kit, since Arum likes to get up close and personal to her enemies.|
|Here’s where Arum can pick any number of defensive items based on the enemy team’s composition. Mail of Pain offers a great amount of HP and armor to sustain through fights, while offering a bit of counter-damage to physical damage-dealing heroes.|
|While Mantle of Ra doesn’t provide Arum any HP, the damage from Burn is significant, especially considering how long Arum can stay alive in the middle of the opposing team. 330 armor also goes along way toward staying alive, especially if you’ve picked up HP elsewhere.|
|Shield of the Lost offers the most armor-based defensive stats, but has a passive that only extends to 200 units, a range at which Arum’s beasts don’t even deal damage. Knight’s Plate actually sports a better passive, so going with Knight’s Plate first and only upgrading to Shield of the Lost once the rest of your build is complete is a sound strategy.|
|The Aegis also doesn’t give Arum any HP, but its passive is often crucial to the mobility-challenged conjurer. Any heroes that damage her will leave themselves vulnerable to Arum catching up and leeching their health. The armor is also great, while the CDR is decent for Snare and the mana will help some of Arum’s mana issues.|
|Medallion of Troy typically loses to Gaia’s Standard (for Arum) if you’re picking one or the other, but you can opt for both if the enemy team has multiple magic damage sources. That said, some players may want the extra magic defense and shield. The CDR is less important for Arum, unless you really want Snare up ASAP.|
|You’re getting this for the health bonus, though the relatively small amount of armor means you could be sustaining less in the long run anyway. That said, Bloody Battle can be useful if you use Snare on a tanky enemy and need to immediately heal up for the ensuing fight.|
|Any second life on a hero that sustains as well as Arum is welcome, and can be incredibly frustrating for the enemy team.|
|Arum likes to spam out Lion Tamer, and her attack is ranged, so Frost Cape will help keep enemies close by.|
|Rock Shield benefits Arum more than Hercules’ Madness, as she needs the HP more than the attack damage. The active can bait your enemies into thinking you’re dead before you heal right back up under your shield.|
|A nice all-around defensive item that provides some utility for Arum, allowing her to stick to her enemies a bit easier.|
|Even while stunned, Arum’s beasts still do work, so Gilded Greaves isn’t always necessary. If the opposing team has a lot of auto-attackers, Sonic Boots is an obvious choice.|
|Arum doesn’t like anything impeding her from giving her enemies a wonderful death hug, so Gilded Greaves is the pick when the opponent has a Hissy Fit.|
|Hermes can be okay if you opt to play Arum in more of a support-type role.|
Sample Item Builds
|Orb of the Magi||Gilded Greaves||The Aegis||Frosty’s Revenge||Gaia’s Standard||Amulet of Longevity|
This hybrid build provides Arum with damage, sustain, and utility all in one package. Orb of the Magi brings ability power and HP, which Arum loves. Arum needs all the mobility she can get, so Gilded Greaves reduces any CC that gets in her way, while Frosty’s Revenge gives a nice 7% boost to her movement speed. The Aegis and Frosty’s Revenge don’t provide her any HP, but the utility they offer in slowing the enemy is crucial for getting the most out of Arum’s kit. Gaia’s is there for a bit more healing, making Arum even harder to kill, while Amulet of Longevity synergizes with Ravenous Beasts in multiple ways.
|Knight’s Plate||Gilded Greaves||Gaia’s Standard||Mail of Pain||Rock Shield||Amulet of Longevity|
This build throws utility to the wind (mostly) and instead focuses on being as un-killable as possible. With tons of armor, magic defense, and HP, as well as a panic button in Rock Shield, Arum can take on the entire opposing team and it would take nearly a minute to take her down. Get in the middle of team fights and mess with their targeting, or Snare someone for your team without being afraid of taking any amount of damage. Being hard to take down can be nice for split-pushing as well, as sending one hero to deal with you will result in death via Snare under tower – and if multiple heroes come, it opens up the map for your teammates to get objectives.
Note: upgrade Knight’s Plate to Shield of the Lost between getting Greaves of Protection and Amulet of Longevity as your 6th item.
For Arum’s jungle build, we have a little fun and equip every item that either boosts Arum’s speed or slows her opponents (well, other than Leviathan). Let’s count the ways: 1) Damaging Arum will slow the attacker by 15% (The Aegis), 2) Getting hit by any ability – including Arum’s passive – will slow the receiver by 25%, while Arum permanently moves 7% faster (Frosty’s Revenge), 3) Attacks will slow the attacked by 25% and speed Arum by 10% (Hyoga’s Edge), and 4) Any attack after an ability will slow them by 55% (Frost Cape + Hyoga’s Edge). In other words, every interaction with Arum will leave her enemies slowed, letting her death-hug her enemies with her beasts and Flame Magic (Leviathan). And lest you try to CC her, Gilded Greaves will ensure she keeps coming at you like a monster in a horror movie.
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