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Fiddlesticks Champion Spotlight

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Summoner's Rift
Starting Doran's Ring item Health Potion item2 Warding Totem item
Early Boots of Speed item Fiendish Codex item Seeker's Armguard item
Essential Sorcerer's Shoes item Luden's Echo item Zhonya's Hourglass item
Standard Void Staff item Banshee's Veil item Spellbinder item
Situational Rabadon's Deathcap item Morellonomicon item Liandry's Torment item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Sorcery item Control Ward item
Summoner's Rift (Jungler)
Starting Hunter's Talisman item Refillable Potion item Warding Totem item
Early Stalker's Blade item Fiendish Codex item Boots of Speed item
Essential Stalker's Blade (Runic Echoes) item Sorcerer's Shoes item Zhonya's Hourglass item
Standard Morellonomicon item Void Staff item Banshee's Veil item
Situational Hextech Protobelt-01 item Rabadon's Deathcap item Rylai's Crystal Scepter item
Consumables Control Ward item
Twisted Treeline
Starting Doran's Ring item2 Health Potion item
Essential Sorcerer's Shoes item Wooglet's Witchcap item Hextech GLP-800 item
Offensive Void Staff item Morellonomicon item Spellbinder item
Defensive Rylai's Crystal Scepter item Moonflair Spellblade item Banshee's Veil item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Sorcery item
Twisted Treeline (Jungler)
Starting Hunter's Talisman item Hunter's Machete item Refillable Potion item
Essential Stalker's Blade (Runic Echoes) item Wooglet's Witchcap item Sorcerer's Shoes item
Offensive Void Staff item Morellonomicon item Spellbinder item
Defensive Rylai's Crystal Scepter item Moonflair Spellblade item Banshee's Veil item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Sorcery item
Howling Abyss
Starting Tear of the Goddess (Crystal Scar) item Boots of Speed item Health Potion item5
Essential Archangel's Staff (Quick Charge) item Sorcerer's Shoes item Zhonya's Hourglass item
Offensive Liandry's Torment item Rabadon's Deathcap item Void Staff item
Defensive Rylai's Crystal Scepter item Abyssal Mask item Rod of Ages (Crystal Scar) item
Consumables Oracle's Extract item Health Potion item Elixir of Sorcery item


Playing As FiddlesticksSquare Fiddlesticks
  • Use Dark Wind Dark Wind to rack up many minion kills, and try to use Drain Drain on minions to get the maximum health drain.
  • Use Terrify Terrify on enemies before starting up Crowstorm Crowstorm or Drain Drain to ensure maximum damage.
  • Fiddlesticks is very fragile if you build AP items. Try to strike a balance between offense and defense with runes, masteries, and items.
Playing Against FiddlesticksSquare Fiddlesticks
  • Avoid attacking while close to your allies. Dark Wind Dark Wind will bounce between you and your allies, increasing its damage.
  • If Fiddlesticks has used Crowstorm Crowstorm, try casting a stun or slow and moving out of range until the spell dissipates.
  • If Fiddlesticks is nowhere to be seen, watch out for an ambush Crowstorm Crowstorm from brush.


  • FiddlesticksSquare Fiddlesticks is versatile and can go on a variety of lanes, with the most common one being jungle. Due to Fiddlestick's sustain with Drain Drain, he is one of the few junglers who don't have to worry at all with being at such low HP at the first clear, that they have to go back to base instead of ganking. In fact, this combined with Terrify Terrify makes Fiddlesticks one of the best level 1-3 gankers; he can even gank at level 2 just after taking blue if he decides to level up Terrify Terrify instead of Dark Wind Dark Wind.
    • Fiddlesticks's jungle sustain is so good, that he might not even need a leash at all. This allows his teammates to go directly to their lanes to farm.
    • However, Fiddlesticks is extremely dependent from the blue buff to jungle, especially early game, as he is mana hungry. Be very careful of enemy counterjungling.
    • Fiddlesticks' ganking potential spikes even more after he obtains Crowstorm Crowstorm as he can make nasty surprise ganks, coming from nowhere.
  • Although Fiddlesticks is good at jungle, he can go mid lane too. The advantages of doing this is that it allows your jungler to pick a tankier champion. While Fiddlesticks may seem to lose most matchups at mid lane, his Dark Wind Dark Wind allows him to farm and to harass the enemy laner from a long distance, and his Drain Drain allows him to stay at lane for a longer time than many other mid champions, as long as you can manage your mana effectively. Keep in mind that Fiddlesticks doesn't push the lane very well unless you decide to max Dark Wind Dark Wind, but if you do that, you lose the sustain and dueling potential from Drain Drain.
  • Because Terrify Terrify is a reliable crowd control, and the fact that he can harass very well with Dark Wind Dark Wind, FiddlesticksSquare Fiddlesticks can also be used at bot lane as a poke-based support. Fiddlesticks' harass is one of the strongest and without a healing support such as SorakaSquare Soraka or SonaSquare Sona, Fiddlesticks has the potential to harass the enemy ADC and support out of lane with ease. However, he is very vulnerable to all-ins due to his lack of escapes and his squishiness. Keep that in mind when facing enemy supports with a lot of CC such as LeonaSquare Leona.
    • Keep in mind that Fiddlesticks doesn't have a lot of utility outside Terrify Terrify. You may need to purchase some support items such as Mikael's Crucible item Mikael's Crucible to compensate for that. Do that only if Fiddlesticks is behind or if you don't really need another source of magic damage, however, as Fiddlesticks' damage potential is wasted if he goes for a support-oriented build; his Drain Drain will be useless and his Crowstorm Crowstorm will do laughable damage without AP items.
    • Even if you decide to build AP, however, Sightstone item Sightstone is still essential.
  • At late game, it is likely that many champions have build their own form of sustain, or defenses, allowing them to 1v1 Fiddlesticks effectively. He is also prone to being bursted due to being squishy. Despite this, Fiddlesticks is extremely good late game due to his insane AoE damage with Crowstorm Crowstorm allowing him to devastate enemies at teamfights, especially when combined with other AoE ultimates such as AmumuSquare Amumu's Curse of the Sad Mummy Curse of the Sad Mummy. His Terrify Terrify is also detrimental to any champion who is vulnerable to CC, this includes squishy carries such as the ADCs.
Ability Usage
  • Dread Dread is a very useful ability. It allows you to reposition yourself after Drain Drain or Crowstorm Crowstorm.
  • Terrify Terrify with Drain Drain is an amazing combo that can turn the tables in a fight. To make sure that the enemy stays within range, Terrify Terrify them against a wall, where they will be under heavy fire and under control.
  • If you use Drain Drain on enemies that go into stealth or Flash Flash, FiddlesticksSquare Fiddlesticks won't stop channeling until they go out of range. Drain Drain also continues through Sanguine Pool Sanguine Pool, Rebirth Rebirth, and Playful Playful.
  • When laning, Dark Wind Dark Wind is an extremely effective poke. Furthermore, Dark Wind Dark Wind can be used from an extremely long range since you can bounce it from melee minions to range minions to the target character. Even at a closer range it silences so you can escape often without taking damage. Since Dark Wind Dark Wind is the last ability you should level, use it early (levels 1-5) and often to give you a lane advantage. At middle levels (6-11) this ability will be far less effective at poking from range and clearing minions, while champions with long range pokes will stop you from farming.
  • When taking down opponents, consider using him as an assassin, as Fiddlesticks shouldn't take on many champions head-to-head. Sneaking up on an enemy champion then using Crowstorm Crowstorm, Terrify Terrify, and Drain Drain maximizes damage. You can also initiate a fight by using Flash Flash or Crowstorm Crowstorm over a wall and using the aforementioned combo onto the enemy team.
  • Dark Wind Dark Wind is most useful for silencing enemy champions, but can do very high damage to bunched up enemy champions (especially pairs of champions with no minions around as the spell will bounce between them until it reaches 6 bounces, although it can only silence each target once). It can also be very effective for farming since it deals bonus damage to minions.
  • Coordinate with your teammates when you use Crowstorm Crowstorm in order to maximize the damage. It synergizes well with abilities which provide area of effect crowd control.
  • Use Dark Wind Dark Wind to rack up minion kills and try to use Drain Drain primarily on siege minions to get the maximum health gain.
  • Drain Drain allows Fiddlesticks to jungle by almost continuously regaining health.
  • Casting other abilities, getting silenced or getting stunned while using Drain Drain or Crowstorm Crowstorm will stop channeling.
  • Flash Flash can be used after casting Crowstorm Crowstorm to quickly jump into an enemy or a group of enemies. Two blinks are twice as effective.
  • A summoner spell that can be used to escape, such as Ghost Ghost or Flash Flash, is essentially mandatory on FiddlesticksSquare Fiddlesticks, as Fiddlesticks lacks any ability to escape.
  • Crowstorm Crowstorm does not make you invulnerable. Be careful about blinking into crowds with only maximizing damage in mind. Items like Zhonya's Hourglass item Zhonya's Hourglass would be helpful.
Rune Usage
Item Usage
  • Stalker's Blade (Runic Echoes) item Stalker's Blade: Runic Echoes is essential for jungle FiddlesticksSquare Fiddlesticks to keep his mana topped up when clearing. It also provides AP and Movement Speed along with a mini Luden's Echo item Luden's Echo passive.
  • When laning, starting items for FiddlesticksSquare Fiddlesticks should almost always include some form of mana regen. A Doran's Ring item Doran's Ring will allow you to poke constantly and keep your life up with Drain Drain.
  • Zhonya's Hourglass item Zhonya's Hourglass is a must have on Fiddlesticks. It gives you the ability to very effectively tower dive or initiate team fights with Crowstorm Crowstorm or block the massive amounts of CC and incoming damage that will be thrown at you whenever you choose to Crowstorm Crowstorm in.
    • It is often best to rush Zhonya's Hourglass item Zhonya's Hourglass since a Terrify Q > Drain W combo will give you plenty of sustain while Crowstorm Crowstorming in for 1v1 assassinations, and what you need is early team fight sustain since you often have to get into the frontline to deal damage.
  • Buying Rylai's Crystal Scepter item Rylai's Crystal Scepter will maximize your damage with Drain Drain, as your enemy is slowed when trying to escape. It will also help your ultimate by maximizing damage and adding a large AoE slow in teamfights, giving an advantage to your team.
  • Buying a Liandry's Torment item Liandry's Torment can help FiddlesticksSquare Fiddlesticks deal with champions with high health.
  • FiddlesticksSquare Fiddlesticks is a relatively slow jungler and it can be hard to gank until you reach level 6 and get Crowstorm Crowstorm. Consider buying Boots of Mobility item Boots of Mobility / Boots of Swiftness item Boots of Swiftness to help switch between farming while your Crowstorm Crowstorm is on cooldown and ganking. However getting Sorcerer's Shoes item Sorcerer's Shoes can give you enough magic penetration to basically do true damage.
  • Abyssal Mask item Abyssal Mask is another good option, since FiddlesticksSquare Fiddlesticks is almost always inside the aura of the item to deal damage. The magic resistance also gives a good defensive stat against mages.
  • Buying a Banshee's Veil item Banshee's Veil is good idea for more survivability. It also lowers the chance that the channeling of Crowstorm Crowstorm will be interrupted by an enemy with a disruption CC ability.
  • A Spirit Visage item Spirit Visage allows FiddlesticksSquare Fiddlesticks to heal a lot more with Drain Drain, meaning that he can put more points into other abilities earlier on.
  • Hextech Protobelt-01 item Hextech Protobelt-01 gives FiddlesticksSquare Fiddlesticks health, AP and CDR which are all helpful for his playstyle. The mini dash on the active also gives FiddlesticksSquare Fiddlesticks a larger initiate range in combination with Flash Flash and Crowstorm Crowstorm. It also improves his sub-par waveclear, especially useful if you're playing him as a laner.
  • Void Staff item Void Staff as with most mages, should be bought to counter high MR stacking.
  • Rabadon's Deathcap item Rabadon's Deathcap is a great mid-late game item for FiddlesticksSquare Fiddlesticks as his AP scalings are extremely high.
  • FiddlesticksSquare Fiddlesticks deals most of his damage from his Drain Drain and Crowstorm Crowstorm and both have channels which can be interrupted. This means that hard CC, like a stun, can stop most of FiddlesticksSquare Fiddlesticks' damage. However, FiddlesticksSquare Fiddlesticks will likely disable you with Terrify Terrify's lengthy fear before channeling, making a teammate invaluable.
  • A common FiddlesticksSquare Fiddlesticks strategy is to hide in the brush or fog of war and use his Crowstorm Crowstorm to suddenly appear next to you or worse yet, your team. Good warding and map awareness can stop FiddlesticksSquare Fiddlesticks from ganking you from typical locations.
    • For this reason, don't be too confident to start a teamfight just because FiddlesticksSquare Fiddlesticks seemingly isn't around, especially if you don't have vision in the nearby jungle or brush.
  • When starting a teamfight, try to save your ability with CC that can interrupt his channeling abilities.
    • If you see an enemy FiddlesticksSquare Fiddlesticks channeling his Crowstorm Crowstorm, use a CC ability that can stop him (stun, silence, knockback, knockup).
    • If you have vision of FiddlesticksSquare Fiddlesticks, Crowstorm Crowstorm has a distinctive 'scratching' noise while channeling. Alternatively, his pose is the same as Drain Drain except without a green leash.
    • However, the time window is fairly narrow, and you may be in even more danger of taking the brunt of Crowstorm Crowstorm's devastating damage if you are trying to reach FiddlesticksSquare Fiddlesticks.
  • Having a source of Grievous Wounds icon Grievous Wounds (like Ignite Ignite, Morellonomicon item Morellonomicon, or Mortal Reminder item Mortal Reminder) can make Drain Drain less effective.
  • An easy way to counter FiddlesticksSquare Fiddlesticks is to purchase Mercury's Treads item Mercury's Treads to reduce the duration of his Terrify fear or a Banshee's Veil item Banshee's Veil to negate one of his spells and reduce his damage output.
  • As for champion counterpicks, it is recommended to use champions who have more than one hard CC, such as Cho'GathSquare Cho'Gath and BlitzcrankSquare Blitzcrank.