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Sona Statistics for Gardevoir101

Author's performance with Sona compared to the ranked average.

Value
Average
Games Played
42
4
Win %
60
49
Kills
2.7
2.5
Assists
14.2
12.5
Deaths
6.5
6.0
KA:D Ratio
2.6
2.5
Gold Earned
10K
8.6K
Creep Score
20.0
21.7
Average
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Summoner Spells Back to Top

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  • 4.png is essential for defensive and offensive purposes.
  • 14.png is great when playing aggressively or you need Greivous Wounds.
  • 3.png will protect you and/or your ADC, very useful against assassins.

New Runes Back to Top

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This page focuses on many different aspects of playstyles and how you use it will depend on your team and the enemy team's composition. Summon%20Aerie.png?width=32 will shield your ADC if sonaq.png tags them on cast instead of damaging enemies hit. For Inspiriation you can exchange the runes for different utility with Futures%20Market.png?width=32 and Cosmic%20Insight.png?width=32.
  • Summon%20Aerie.png?width=32 can be used offensively or defensively depending on what is needed.
  • Manaflow%20Band.png?width=32 will alleviate mana problems, use sonaw.png when it is up to get the most efficiency.
  • Celerity.png?width=32 synergizes well with sonae.png and gives extra AP.
  • Scorch.png?width=32 synergizes well with sonaq.png.
  • For a safety net and additional mana take Biscuit%20Delivery.png?width=32.
  • Unless you need 1001.png early take Magical%20Footwear.png?width=32 to save gold.

Abilities Back to Top

Q
W
Q
E
Q
R
W
W
W
W
R
E
E
E
E
R
Q
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Passive
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E
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14
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R
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sonapassive.png Power Chord (Passive)
  • Sona's basic abilities generates an aura that empowers herself and allies that walk into it.
  • This aura lasts for 3 seconds.
  • Casting 3 basic abilities will empower Sona's next basic attack with more magic damage and a unique effect depending on the last basic ability cast, the Power Chord.
  • This resets Sona's auto attack timer.
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sonaq.png Hymn of Valor (Q)
  • Sona targets the two closest enemies (prioritizes champions) and deals magic damage.
  • The aura empowers the next basic attack to deal additional magic damage.
  • The Power Chord deals 40% additional damage and scales with AP.
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sonaw.png Aria of Perseverance (W)
  • Sona heals herself and the most damaged nearby ally.
  • The aura shield allies for 1.5 seconds.
  • The Power Chord reduces the target's damage output by 25% for 3 secondsand scales with AP.
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sonae.png Song of Celerity (E)
  • Sona gains movement for 3 seconds, extended to 7 if she does not take damage.
  • The aura also gives the same movement speed to allies for 3 seconds.
  • The Power Chord slows targets by 40% for 2 seconds and scales with AP.
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sonar.png Crescendo (R)
  • Passively reduces the cooldown of basic abilities.
  • Sona casts a chord in a straight line dealing damage and stunning everyone hit.
  • Enemies struck will be forced to dance.
  • This spell has a slight delay with a 0.2 second channel and a short travel time.

Items Back to Top

Starting Items

    Standard Start

Core Items

    Standard Core
    Consumables & Vision

Situational Items

    Offensive Options
    Defensive Options
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3303.png SPELLTHIEF'S EDGE

Sona is one of the best champions that can make full use of this item. Time your sonaq.png when you have charges to gain extra gold and deal more damage. Build 3098.png on your first back.

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2301.png EYE OF THE WATCHERS 3158.png IONIAN BOOTS OF LUCIDITY 3504.png ARDENT CENSAR

The order you get these items will largely vary from game to game. With Magical%20Footwear.png?width=32 you should upgrade to 3158.png as soon as possible. Apart from that, look to complete 2301.png and then transition into 3504.png. 3504.png is one of the best items for Sona because she can proc the passive on everyone with just one sonaw.png cast.
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2055.png CONTROL WARD 3341.png SWEEPING LENS

Always buy 2055.png on every back. Generally, you will want two so you can place one and have a backup in case it gets destroyed. If you unsure how to ward, I suggest reading this guide. Once you have built a 2049.png, exchange your 3340.png for a 3341.png and at level 9 upgrade to 3364.png.
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1082.png THE DARK SEAL 3070.png TEAR OF THE GODDESS 3100.png LICH BANE

Both 1082.png and 3070.png should be bought on the first back, however; you should not get both. If you are going for 3070.png you will have to delay your 3098.png and if you cannot get it on the first back I do not recommend getting it at all. If things are going well, you can upgrade 1082.png to 3041.png.

3100.png will dramatically increase your burst damage. Only get this if you are very ahead because it does not provide any benefits for your team.
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3107.png REDEMPTION 3174.png ATHENE'S UNHOLY GRAIL
3222.png MIKEAL'S CRUCIBLE 3190.png LOCKET OF THE IRON SOLARI

In most cases, you will want to build 3174.png as the stats and passives are very nice, however; you may need one of the other items for additional defenses. 3190.png is good for burst damage while 3107.png is good for drawn out fights where you can use the active. Against heavy CC teams, you may need to build a 3222.png to save your teammates.

Matchups Back to Top

Click on a champion below to see the author's notes on that particular matchup.

  • Alistar
    Medium
  • Blitzcrank
    Medium
  • Brand
    Hard
  • Braum
    Hard
  • Janna
    Easy
  • Karma
    Medium
  • Leona
    Medium
  • Lulu
    Medium
  • Nami
    Medium
  • Nautilus
    Medium
  • Soraka
    Medium
  • Tahm Kench
    Easy
  • Taric
    Medium
  • Vel'Koz
    Medium
  • Zilean
    Medium
  • Zyra
    Hard

VS

Alistar

Medium

Generally easy to poke, just avoid the headbutt.png pulverize.png combo. He may use 4.png at any time so be aware especially if you are near tower because he will reverse the combo and put you in tower range. At level 6, it is very hard to engage because if you sonacrescendo.png him he will just use ferocioushowl.png so look for moments where you can burst the ADC.

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Blitzcrank

Medium

Either you have an easy lane or a very difficult one because of rocketgrab.png. Try to stay behind minions so he cannot grab you and be aware he could 4.png offensively at any time. When you see him going for overdrive.png powerfist.png and then rocketgrab.png it is best to damage him as much as possible instead of just running away (your ADC needs to help you in this situation). At level 6, his burst is increased thanks to staticfield.png and you will not have a chance to 4.png or sonacrescendo.png in time.

VS

Brand

Hard

This is very hard because one brandfissure.png brandblaze.png combo will decimate your health. Use positioning to your advantage and don't look for the auto attack after you sonahymnofvalor.png. Just look to shield your ADC and yourself and poke whenever you can. At level 6, don't isolate yourself with the ADC because sonaariaofperseverance.png will not help you against brandwildfire.png.

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Braum

Hard

Very annoying to lane against because braumQ.png has such a short cooldown so try to stay behind minions and poke after he has used it. If you have two stacks of braumpassive.png on you, you need to disengage or you will die or take too much damage. At level 6, he becomes very dangerous with braumR.png braumQ.png and it is hard for you to disengage or engage because he can block and absorb sonacrescendo.png and sonahymnofvalor.png with braumE.png.

VS

Janna

Easy

You can't really harass effectively because of eyeofthestorm.png so just look to proc your 3303.png whenever possible. She can be very good if the enemy jungler ganks so be wary if you push. At level 6, depending on your ADC you may be able to burst them down with sonahymnofvalor.png and sonacrescendo.png before she can cast reapthewhirlwind.png

VS

Karma

Medium

Watch out for her karmachakra.png karmaheavenlywave.png in lane as it deals a lot of damage. Although she doesn't have a heal her karmasoulshield.png and karmasoulshield.png karmachakra.png is very strong and provides a lot of movement speed, which will let her get in range for karmaspiritbond.png. At level 6, her threat level is not really increased because she already has karmachakra.png at level 1 so it depends on who she is laning with.

VS

Leona

Medium

Stay a far distance away and use the full range of sonahymnofvalor.png when poking so she cannot leonazenithblade.png leonashieldofdaybreak.png you, sonaariaofperseverance.png immediately if it looks like she will get you or your ADC. If you see leonasolarbarrier.png she is most likely attempting that combo. At level 6, 4.png may be needed to dodge leonasolarflare.png depending on whether you just get slowed or are in the centre for the stun.

VS

Lulu

Medium

Both of you have similar poke potential, remember she can lulue.png a minion or yourself to get an easy luluq.png off. Stay a far distance away because if you get too close she can luluw.png you. At level 6, your kill potential is quite low because she will lulur.png either herself or her ADC depending on who you target.

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Nami

Medium

Nami is probably the most similar champion to Sona. She can be aggressive or defensive and has good poke with namiW.pngnamiQ.png is dangerous especially if you are getting ganked. At level 6, namiR.png is easy to dodge but sometimes you may have to 4.png out if you get stuck in a corner.

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Nautilus

Medium

Your lane depends on you not getting hit by nautilusanchordrag.png. Play this matchup similarly to how you would 53.png. There is a large window of 18 seconds before he can throw another so use that to your advantage. If he does land it you will get stunned on his first basic attack because of nautiluspassive.png. At level 6, he can potentially do a lot of damage when nautilusgrandline.png lands so stay back and use sonacrescendo.png to protect your ADC as you will most likely not survive it. Remember, it follows you even if you 4.png which will give him time to nautilusanchordrag.png you.

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Soraka

Medium

Focus on harassing the Soraka because she will just astralblessing.png any damage you deal to the enemy ADC. Focus on dodging her starcall.png because it is important she doesn't get health back. At level 6, remember wish.png can turn the fight around so you may want to run 14.png.

VS

Tahm Kench

Easy

Very easy to deal with and poke. The only way you can die is if he is able to tahmkenchW.png you but that takes 3 hits from his basic attack or damage abilities. He is deceptively tanky because of tahmkenchE.png and keep in mind what his grey health is or would be. At level 6, tahmkenchR.png doesn't do anything for a 2v2 engage, the only thing you have to worry about is if he tahmkenchW.png his teammate.

VS

Taric

Medium

Taric is not really a threat unless you get hit by dazzle.png. Remember, the beam comes from him and the ally he has shatter.png on. At level 6, you should be able to burst the ADC before tarichammersmash.png goes into effect, which takes 2.5 seconds.

VS

Vel'Koz

Medium

Very annoying to lane against because of velkozQ.png so try to stay behind minions to avoid it. If you get hit by velkozE.png you will most likely lose over half your HP because he can then trigger velkozpassive.png quite easily. At level 6, unless you are sure you can get a kill, save sonacrescendo.png for when he uses velkozR.png.

VS

Zilean

Medium
timebomb.png is very annoying to deal with and if he lands two on you, you will get stunned. You will be able to see when he goes for it as the range is not that big. Standing near minions does not help as this prioritizes champions. At level 6, your kill potential is severely hampered by chronoshift.png so I would not recommend going for a kill unless you can burst him down in the 1.5 second duration of sonacrescendo.png.

VS

Zyra

Hard

A pure offense champion with a lot of poke thanks to all of her abilities. Play defensively and try to poke when you can. Be aware of where her zyrapassive.png spawn and step on them if save to do so. At level 6, her damage spike is quite big and she will be able to counter your engage if you do not kill her quickly enough with zyraR.png.

FAQ Back to Top

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Q: Why can't I cast my abilities at the same time?


A: There is a 0.5 delay in between casting basic abilities, this doesn't affect sonacrescendo.png.
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Q: Can I go AP mid instead as a support?


A: Yes, it is possible and Sona is capable of a huge amount of burst damage. However, she lacks wave clear and if she falls behind she practically becomes useless.
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Q: Does the heal and shield power from items stack?


A: Yes, they stack in an additive way but only from different items. You cannot get 60% from 6 3114.png because it is a unique passive, but you could get 40% from having a 3107.png 3114.png 3504.png 3222.png.

Early Game Back to Top

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Level 1

  • Charge your sonahymnofvalor.png at base once if you are leashing and twice you are not.
  • Use another when you are leashing tagging your ADC and jungler.
  • When you reach lane use the 3rd on either the enemy ADC or support and basic attack with sonapassive.png.
  • Don't go out of your way to get the sonapassive.png because sometimes you just take more harass instead.
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Level 2-5

  • Always spam sonahymnofvalor.png off cooldown, be mindful of not taking your ADC's creeps.
  • If you do not have to use sonaariaofperseverance.png frequently you will always have mana for sonahymnofvalor.png.
  • Use your sonaariaofperseverance.png as you would eyeofthestorm.png, before you or your ADC take damage.
  • Keep an eye on when your jungler ganks and prepare for it so when they do you can slow with the sonasongofdiscord.png 
  • Try not to use sonasongofdiscord.png until the jungler is nearby so you can tag them too.

  • Against difficult matchups, max sonaw.png over sonaq.png.
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Level 6

  • This is where you become very dangerous with sonacrescendo.png.
  • Try not to be too obvious when you are about to use it because it is easy to 4.png out of. 
  • Have your sonahymnofvalor.png and sonapassive.png prepared before you do engage.
  • Be careful about going too far in, remember Sona has no escapes.
  • You can also look to roam mid but make sure your ADC is aware of what you are doing.

Mid Game Back to Top

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Level 7-11

  • Your damage is still relevant at this stage so focus on using the sonahymnofvalor.png sonapassive.png combo.
  • Stay with your ADC, this is vital because it is too easy for them to get dived.
  • Try to always have a ward on Dragon so you know if the enemy team is attempting it.
  • Don't spam your sonaariaofperseverance.png and sonasongofdiscord.png for no reason or you will be out of mana very quickly.
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Level 12-13

  • Nothing much is different here, once you have a few mana regen items you can afford to spam a bit more.
  • This is where you need to focus less on the sonahymnofvalor.png sonapassive.png combo and more on the others, which will be explained in the Late Game section.

Late Game Back to Top

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Level 14-18

  • Your sonaariaofperseverance.png sonapassive.png is very strong in the late game because it reduces damage via %. I mainly use this if an assassin or tank is on a teammate in the backlines.
  • Because of support itemization, make sure you are aware of which item is for which hotkey. This may sound simple but you will most likely have 3 active items or more to go with your own abilities.
  • Never lead or you will get blown up, try to stay behind your team and use your judgement on whether you need to use sonacrescendo.png.
  • It is vital to keep vision around the map, especially Baron and potentially Elder Dragon at this stage of the game but it is not worth your life. If you have no idea where the enemy team is do not facecheck and wait for an opportunity. At this stage, it is up to champions who have 3363.png to help you.

About Me Back to Top

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