Wards are mandatory. As a support, i cannot stress how important wards are. Wards help you prevent enemy ganks and provide you with vital infomation.
This should be one of your starting items as this will give you sufficent mana regen to allow you to use your skills. In addition, this builds into
, a good GP10 item for Sona
At least one of these should be taken as Sona's
cost alot of mana early game and spamming it will cause you to harass less.
When to take
Sona should take this when faced with skillshots in bot lane. The boots of speed will help Sona dodge these skillshots and makes harassing safer. It is not recommended though as buying more wards would be more benificial. In addition, all champions will recieve +25 movement speed in Season 3, making boots of speed less viable.
Crystalline flask is a great item and looks set to be very very cost effective. Take note that it restores both mana and health and that it doesnt stack with health/mana pots. You should take this when you envision a poke war. You can use this to sustain your poking and heal whatever counter damage they deal. Overall, it is a great item and can replace the Farie Charm for faster mana regen. Sadly, it doesnt build into anything, but it can sustain you for quitea period of time.
Mid Game Items
. WARDS. NUFF SAID
RUSH THIS ==>.
Philosophers stone is a great item on Sona as it grants health regen and mana regen. It helps sustain Sona in lane and provides mana regen that helps Sona spam her skills more. It also provides gold every 10
seconds. Sona should get this as early as possible.
IF YOU GET ENOUGH GOLD ==>
This is also viable as it grants ability power to boost Sona's abilities. It also provides gold every 10 seconds. However, it does not really build into any support items. Get this if you have enough money and wish to get an early advantage.
AFTER GP10(s) ==>
Sightstone is a really good item but it is also very awkward. It costs a little less the a GP10 but it also grants wards for you to use. The item starts by paying itself off as the game progresses, when you place more and more ward with this item. However, its placement in the build is something to take note of. You should not (in my opinion) for go your GP10 and rush a Sightstone. Yes, ambient gold has been increased, but Sona will still rely on GP10s to build up her gold income. Other than that, Sightstone is an overall great utility item to get and should be taken after a GP10
AFTER GP10(s) ==>
Aegis is an amazing support item. It provides armor , magic resist and health regen to every ally near Sona. It not only supplements Sona's squishiness, it also provides defense stats on her teamates. Get this if your jungler is not getting it.
AFTER GP10(s) ==>.
Get this after Aegis. If you arent getting Aegis, get Zekes Herald first. Zeke's Herald provides stats that mainly benefit your ADC. However, the attack speed boost is great as it can benifit your whole team. The lifesteal buff is mainly aimed towards your ADC (and your top/jungle to an extent)
AFTER ZEKE'S ==>
Build your Philosopher's Stone into this. Not only does it provide great regeneration stats, it also boasts an amazing engage/retreat active. It grants a staggering 40%
movement speed boost for 3 seconds. Pair it up with
and you have one hell of a speed boost. It also grants CDR ^^. Use the item's active to engage enemies or run away from lost fights.
WHENEVER YOU HAVE THE MONEY ==>
Ruby sightstone is a very unique item. It grants you 3 wards to place at any given time, provided you have the stacks to use them. It is a good cost effective item to get. I would recommend getting its Tier 1 item first, the
whenever you have the items, preferably after rushing your GP10s. Ruby sightstone can sustain your ward needs for a long time and grant you bonus health. Its an overall great item to get
AFTER ZEKE'S OR SHURELYA'S ==>
On Sona, one of your aims is to build Cooldown Reduction. This allows you to spam your skills more often. Ionian boots of lucidity will help you do just that, providing a good 15%
Other items to consider:
Mana is important. Get a mana manipulator to sustain yours and your laning partner's mana needs. For characters like
you may opt to purchase this instead of
should you be able to afford it.
One of my favourite items to have. It provides magic resist. On top of it all, it provides mana-hungry charcthers to have amazing amounts of mana regen. With
on Sona, she is able to constantly use her spells and dish out harass and heal. I would recommend getting this after you built your
Glacial Shroud is a great item. It provides mana, armor and CDR. These stats are very good at helping Sona survive fights. Glacial Shroud also builds into a
, a great anti-AD item. You may opt to get this if the enemy team is AD heavy. You should get this after
Banner of Command grants Sona amazing ability power, enhancing the power of her skills. In addition, it provides an aura that grants armor and health regen. The active ability is similar to the late
. Aimed at being a tower sieging tool, Sona should take this mid game where tower seiges start and the enemies are unable to outright kill the "promoted" tank minion quickly.
End Game Items:
It provides amazing defensive stats and sustainability. Its active grants a shield to all nearby allies. You can use this just before an engagement to provide them with that little more health. You can also use the active to counter obvious incoming AoE damage. Examples:
's Mega Inferno Bomb /
's Press R to win
Athene's builds from Chalice of Harmony and the best part of this item is its amazing mana regen capabilities. Sona is extremely mana dependant to be useful and
will always give her the mana to do just that. Aside from this, it provides a good amount of AP, further increasing the potency of her spells.
WoTA provides 20%
spell vamp to all nearby allies and is the highlight of this item. The spell vamp can help sustain allies during sieges. Aside from this, it provides a good amount of AP, further increasing the potency of her spells.
Aegis' upgrade may be costly, but the stats are well worth it. 30
armor and 60
magic resist? Hell yeah. This can really help Sona's squishiness and grant her teamates great defensive stats too! You should get this if you jungler isnt getting it as Auras do not stack.
Other Great Items to Choose From:
Abyssal Scepter provides AP and magic resist, increasing both her offense and defense. It's Unique Aura reduces magic resist of all nearby enemies by 20, increasing your APC's damage output. I would recommend getting this as a replacement of Aegis/Athene's if your enemies are dealing mainly magic damage.
Frozen Heart provides 99
armor, and can make Sona very durable against attack damage heavy teams. It also grants her a large amount of mana, providing her with more mana to use her skills. Its Unique Aura reduces all nearby enemy's attack speed by 20%. This can be great against enemies like
who rely heavily on attack speed. If you wish to get this item, replace
Or Shard of True Ice. Whatever the name, not only does it provide ample ability power, it grants mana manipulator's passive aura. In addition, it STILL
grants bonus gold generation and gives an active ability that can be very good on melee champs. The active ability slows all enemy units around target ally. This can help get rid of pursuers or help melee champs chase targets. The power is still good late game, so you can opt to get this as an upgrade to mana manipulator
Mikael's crucible is an upgrade to
and grants mana, magic resist, mana regen for Sona. In addition, its active ability removes all stuns, roots, taunts, fears, silences and slows on an ally and heals them for 150 + 15%
of their missing health.This can help save dying allies who are getting hard CC-ed. Sona should get this if she wants to protect her carry from CC and especially if the carry is often getting focused down.
Banner of command is a good item for siege towers mid-late game. Since "Promote" is gone, Banner of Command is the other choice. Basically, it's active is exactly the same as Promote. The bonus stats are great for the minion to tank the tower and deal a significant amount of damage to the tower. However, Super Minions are more powerful than this minion, so its power fades out late game.
This item is a great item for Sona as it grants her a mana regen aura, as well as gold generation. Its active is great for melee iniators who need the movement speed advantage. For example,
. Use the active on them to allow them to catch up to the enemies easier.