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Shapeshifters are champions that transform into an altered and usually more powerful state. They are a more defense oriented class, their transformed state get a bonus to their maximum health and a good portion of the champions in this class are tanky already. All Shapeshifters besides Swain Swain can only cast their ability once, for better or for worse.

Strategy

  • Since most Shapeshifters only cast their special ability once, after they cast it, they are essentially immune to any mana draining or ability stopping effects, like Hush Hush, Demon Demon, and Kassadin Kassadin.
  • Shapeshifters want the battle to last at least long enough for them to activate their special abilities, so Shapeshifters naturally do better against traits that wait to deal their damage. Elementalists Elementalists and Sorcerers Sorcerers want to use their special abilities to try to destroy their opponents with a single high damage ability, by the time they build up enough mana, Shapeshifters could have more than enough health for them to do enough damage in one ability.
  • Wild Wild is a nice partner for Shapeshifters. Two Shapeshifters already are Wildlings, and the buff that Wild gives is a nice addition to the boosted attack that most Shapeshifters get in their transformed state.

Items

  • Shapeshifter's gain health based on a percentage when they transform, so items based on using health to your advantage are welcome. Items like Warmog's Armor Warmog's Armor, and Titanic Hydra Titanic Hydra play off a champions health.Guinsoo's Rageblade Guinsoo's Rageblade can also be used to achieve a similar effect for the champion equipped with it.
  • Shapeshifters can be used as effective tanks with defensive items like Thornmail Thornmail, and Dragon's Claw Dragon's Claw. Teammates can supply some defense too, Guardians Guardians, and Knights Knights are some of the best partners for this role.
  • Shapeshifters should avoid items that are built from Tear of the Goddess Tear of the Goddess. Most of these items will be absolutely useless to all of them besides Swain Swain, and even Swain doesn't get a lot of use out these items.
  • The same idea applies to items built from Needlessly Large Rod Needlessly Large Rod. Most Shapeshifters only use their special ability once, meaning they only partake in the extra spell power given by those items once in a match. Although, Shyvana Shyvana will constantly benefit from the spell power after transforming, and Swain Swain can cast their special ability multiple times.

Counters

  • Because of Shapeshifters synergy, Giant Slayer Giant Slayer is one of the best items to use against them. In a similar manner, Red Buff Red Buff and Morellonomicon Morellonomicon are good items to use.
  • Pantheon Pantheon is a good counter to Shapeshifters because of his special ability.
  • It's possible to beat Shapeshifters without them activating their synergy, they need to be taken down fast to achieve this. Assassins Assassins are experts at this, and there are other traits that achieve some level of success doing this, like Glacial Glacial, Blademaster Blademaster, Ranger Ranger, or Gunslinger Gunslinger.

Trivia

  • Shapeshifter is the only trait that activates during the round that isn't based on random chance.


Patch History

V9.22 - Disabled
  • Disabled due to Set 2.
V9.19
  • Bonus health reduced to 60 / 100% (based on the number of Shapeshifters) of maximum health from 60 / 120%.
V9.16
V9.15
  • Bonus health changed to 60 / 120% (based on the number of Shapeshifters) of maximum health from 60% at 3 Shapeshifters.
V9.14 - July 17th Hotfix
  • Bug Fix: Fixed a bug that caused 2 and 3 star Shapeshifters to receive too much health on transformation from all sources.
V9.14
  • Bug Fix: Shapeshifters will now gain the correct amount of health when they transform, previously they would fail to take into account the health they gained from their star level.
  • Transform bonus health reduced to 60% of maximum health from 100%.
V9.13 - Added
  • Synergy: When Shapeshifters activate their Special Ability, they gain additional 100% maximum health and heal for the amount gained.
  • Champions: Elise Elise, Gnar Gnar, Nidalee Nidalee, Shyvana Shyvana, Swain Swain.
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