Arena of Valor (AoV) - Liliana Item Builds

Liliana Item Builds Guide for Arena of Valor (AoV). Each build is geared toward a different play style, so choose one that fits your personal preference.

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Liliana Item Builds

Arena of Valor Liliana

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Liliana primarily wants two resources from her items: ability power and cooldown reduction. A whopping seven abilities as well as her attacks in fox form benefit from ability power, while the CDR is necessary to keep her cycling through abilities in fights. In addition, Liliana likes to get in close to finish off enemies, so durability in the form of armor, magic defense, and/or life steal is also desirable.

Core Items

These items are necessary in order to play Liliana optimally. Only diverge from a core item if you are a very experienced player and/or you have a very good reason for doing so.

Arena of Valor Orb of the Magi
Orb of the Magi
Orb of the Magi provides both significant ability power and a nice 10% CDR to power Liliana through fights. Though the lane sustain from Phoenix Tear is helpful, you’ll want to build straight to Orb of the Magi – stopping only for boots along the way – to immediately get the increased AP and CDR as well as start the timer on Bide. The extra health that Orb provides is a welcome bonus to prevent Liliana from getting burst down too quickly.
Arena of Valor Rhea's Blessing
Rhea’s Blessing
Magic life steal is the life blood of mage assassins, and Liliana is no exception. Seven abilities means Rhea’s Blessing will continuously fuel Liliana through fights; even channeling Reiki Shot in the middle of the opposing team will be worth it because of the 600+ HP heal payoff in the late game. Life Shield is also crucial, as you’ll often be the focus of the opposing team. Finally, 10% CDR is the icing on the cake, giving Liliana more opportunities to lay down the hurt while healing herself back up.

Keep in mind that both magic life steal and Life Shield benefit from high ability power, so going too defensive and skimping out on AP with your remaining items will only make Rhea’s Blessing less potent.

Arena of Valor Hecate's Diadem
Hecate’s Diadem
Hecate’s Diadem is nearly mandatory for mages, as it almost always provides the most ability power of any item, including Holy of Holies. The only time you’d go without Hecate’s as a mage is if you’re choosing between it and Holy of Holies and you desperately need the HP from the latter.

Optional Items

Due to her multiple viable play styles, Liliana has more potentially useful items than most heroes.

Arena of Valor Staff of Nuul
Staff of Nuul
10% CDR is a good excuse to take Staff of Nuul even if the opposing team isn’t stacking much magic defense. Of course, if they happen to be piling on the magic defense, then Liliana is more than glad to punish them while treating herself to some juicy CDR.
Arena of Valor Boomstick
Boomstick provides Liliana with a lot of ability power, and its passive adds a good chunk of damage as well. However, it doesn’t provide sustain or CDR, so it’s best to purchase Boomstick if you’re likely to passively spam out Shining Light throughout the game.
Arena of Valor Frosty's Revenge
Frosty’s Revenge
Similar to Boomstick, Frosty’s Revenge is most useful when throwing out Shining Light, slowing down your opponent(s) and making things annoying for them in general. Chill can also make it more difficult to run away from Reiki Shot.
Arena of Valor Berith's Agony
Berith’s Agony
You’ll typically find yourself choosing between Berith’s Agony and The Aegis if you want sustain combined with CDR. Berith’s provides 10% less CDR and slightly less armor than The Aegis, but 140 ability power is nothing to scoff at. Torture is a cute bonus, but you’ll never get Berith’s just for the extra 4% damage (which is mitigated by magic defense anyway).

Update: with the August 2018 buff to Torture, Berith’s is the pick over The Aegis in most situations.

Arena of Valor Soaring Aura
Soaring Aura
Soaring Aura provides the largest non-percentage magic pierce as well as a significant HP bonus. It’s your go-to if you like to brawl in fox form often, since Shining Light’s range is longer than the range of Protection.
Arena of Valor Holy of Holies
Holy of Holies
A massive AP and HP booster, Holy of Holies would nearly be a core item for Liliana if CDR wasn’t so important for her. Combine Holy of Holies with Rhea’s Blessing to make Liliana both more lethal and durable.
Arena of Valor Apocalypse
Apocalypse gives Liliana CDR and a healthy chunk of ability power. Its passive isn’t as useful as the core items listed here, but it still does a decent amount of damage, particularly because Liliana already has incentive to weave in attacks in fox form. If you decide to purchase Apocalypse, be sure to use its passive liberally – even in human form – as the cooldown is a mere 2 seconds and the damage is significant.
Arena of Valor Frost Cape
Frost Cape
A nice way to get some extra CDR and sustain while providing some utility in fox form. Do not purchase both Frost Cape and Apocalypse though, as their passives will not stack (more precisely, Elemental Power will proc in favor of Frost Power)
Arena of Valor The Aegis
The Aegis
The Aegis is very useful for the great sustain it provides as well as its massive CDR (the mana is mostly irrelevant, as Liliana rarely runs out of mana). It doesn’t provide any ability power, which Liliana needs more than Lauriel, so it’s not quite a core item. That said, The Aegis’ 20% CDR allows Liliana to skip other items with CDR in favor of the heavy hitters like Hecate’s Diadem and Holy of Holies.

Boots Upgrade

Arena of Valor Gilded Greaves
Gilded Greaves
Crowd control is Liliana’s #1 weakness, so you’ll be getting Gilded Greaves most of the time.
Arena of Valor Sonic Boots
Sonic Boots
Your job should be to hunt down marksmen, so Sonic Boots is only advised if the situation is out of control – ie they have multiple auto attackers like Wukong or Zuka trying to cut you down.

Sample Item Builds

Look familiar? This is the same build we recommend for Lauriel, and for good reason: it gets Liliana to the maximum 40% CDR, while providing a good mix of ability power and sustain. The armor from The Aegis, magic life steal and Life Shield from Rhea’s Blessing, and HP from Orb of the Magi and Holy of Holies – in combination with the armor and magic defense in fox form – should be enough to survive fights while you dish out your damage.

Switch out The Aegis for Boomstick if you really want to nuke fools with Shining Light.

[Added 9/18/2018] The first four items are what MeMarkz, he of AWC finals fame, has built recently during the RPL. Unfortunately, none of the games have lasted long enough to see what the rest of the build is.

Building completely toward ability power, you’ll hit massive power spikes by the third and fourth item. To get through the opposing defenses and add a bit of CDR, we go for Staff of Nuul fifth, then add Arctic Orb last for a bit of safety while also adding another 200 ability power to the build. If you’re a bit unsure of being able to use Arctic Orb’s unique active properly, then go for Blade of Eternity, as the +10% damage naturally adds to Liliana’s ability power as well.

In the first 2.5 seconds after entering fox form at level 15, Liliana will have 1020 (63%) armor and 719 (55%) magic defense with this build. In addition, she’ll have an additional 3550 HP from these items, and her opponents will be slowed by attacking her or getting damaged by her abilities. Add 10x Valiance for the HP and CDR, and Liliana reaches nearly 10,000 HP with 36% CDR, with a respectable 860 ability power and 150 magic pierce. Embrace your inner fox and brawl on the front lines!

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Have a build you want to share? Think you have a build that’s better than what we have listed? Put it in the comments, along with any (optional) explanations for how it works. If we like it, we’ll include it in our sample builds section – just let us know what name you want us to refer you as. For example: “ALG Rest’s Super Duper Support Build.” Feel free to include any social media accounts you want us to link to.
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  1. My personal build is burst build. You can take out almost any enemy(thanks included) within the span of 7 seconds if used correctly.

    First thing you get is holy of holies. Giving you 400 ability power off the bat and 1400 addition hp. Second item is soaring aura. 140 ability power and 1050 more hp. This helps because it reduces the targets magic defense making hits more effective. Third item is broom stick 240 more ability power and a useful skill that cools down every 5 seconds doing additional damage of what half you matk at this point is. 4th item is frosty revenge. 140 ability power 850 hp and 5% movement speed. Not only that an added effect that slows down the enemy (can be used for both slowing the enemy to get away or slowing the enemy to kill them). 5th item is holy of holies again because of the tremendous ability power it gives and added hp. Last item is what can bring this build to over 2k in ability power. Last item is Hecate’s diadem. With a 240 ability power and an added effect that makes your over all ability power +35%. This is enough to kill an enemy easily. When in fox form and turning to human form liliana gaines a good buff. Your hits do double damage for 2 seconds (last I knew) hit your enemies with dead on precision and this build is more then capable of being a monster. The downside is no defense and liliana isnt as mobile as she could be. This is just my personal build that I find to work best for me. Feel free to use it if of you’re also more of a burst hero

  2. I copied Zill lane build from this site(Apocalype,Rhea) and tried to play her as fox assasin, found it was enjoyable but not 100% perfect build.

    Could someone try to play her as jungle by add loki curse to this build please, because I always play solo queue and no one gonna give permission for me to try it.

    • Hmmm, it’s not a terrible build, but if you’re going to go for a brawler build, I prefer The Aegis and Frosty’s Revenge rather than Frost Cape and Berith’s – especially because Berith’s is really more for poking rather than brawling ever since the August patch.
      We’ll keep the current “Warrior Mage” build for now, but we acknowledge that it’s not perfect. If you come up with something better let us know!