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Skill usage

  • Digiangel234 20px-winterborn Winterborn is highly effective against wave clearing but needs to farm a lot of gold in order to be successful against other champions. Digiangel234 20px-bulletrain Bullet Rain can and should be used all game to farm weak groups of minions. Digiangel234 20px-bulletrain Bullet Rain will instantly destroy even large groups of minions, but it is usually better to save your ultimate for teamfights unless a tower or inhibitor is in severe danger from minion waves.
  • Digiangel234 20px-bulletrain Bullet Rain slows enemy units, including champions. Use it to prevent low-health enemy champions from escaping and get your teammates an extra kill, or fire it behind you while running (with caution) to slow enemy pursuers.
  • Digiangel234 20px-bulletrain Bullet Rain has a noticeable cast time when activated, so be cautious using it when running away from an opponent. You can compensate for the loss of movement by using Flash Flash.
  • Digiangel234 20px-bulletrain Bullet Rain provides sight when it is activated, so use it on brush or gank spots to avoid being ganked.
  • Digiangel234 20px-scatterbomb Scatter Bomb has a long cast time, so a stun or a silence can interrupt it. Be sure that enemy champions with Crowd Control have exhausted their resources before casting Digiangel234 20px-scatterbomb Scatter Bomb so that it can not be interrupted.
  • Due to low defenses, it is highly recommended to opt for more defensive summoner spells, such as Ghost Ghost, Cleanse Cleanse, or Barrier Barrier. Flash Flash is very desirable. These summoner spells can also assist in chases.
  • Using Digiangel234 20px-empower Empowered Shot on a retreating enemy may help them escape. Be sure to position Digiangel234 20px-winterborn Winterborn where the knock back effect will let your team or yourself engage on the enemy.
  • Using an Digiangel234 20px-empower Empowered Shot to move a disruptive caster such as RyzeSquare Ryze or VeigarSquare Veigar away can give you a strong advantage in team fights or ganks.
  • Digiangel234 20px-empower Empowered Shot will also interrupt channeled abilities such as KarthusSquare Karthus' Requiem Requiem, KatarinaSquare Katarina's Death Lotus Death Lotus, or NunuSquare Nunu's Absolute Zero Absolute Zero.
  • Digiangel234 20px-empower Empowered Shot can be used to single out a single enemy between groups tightly packed together. Use this to help displace enemies during fights. It will not, however knock them through walls.
  • Winterborn is best placed in the back of a group or flanking enemies from the side.
  • Using Digiangel234 20px-empower Empowered Shot On any character trying to get near you, allows you to kite easier and give you time to position, giving you sometimes an easy kill on a melee DPS champion.
  • Using Digiangel234 20px-crescentsweep Crescent in conjunction with Digiangel234 20px-empower Empowered Shot will give you a better chance of knocking back close enemies in the direction you want as the further distance will allow for a smaller angle to aim.
  • If an enemy moves out of range during a melee basic attack or Digiangel234 20px-crescentsweep Nether while Digiangel234 20px-winterborn Winterborn is in the middle of an attack animation, the target will still take normal damage, but the bleed will not be applied. The attack is considered ranged.

Build usage

  • Be prepared to farm heavily with Digiangel234 20px-winterborn Winterborn. Winterborn can be one of the most damaging attack damage champions in the game, but also one of the most squishy and expensive to build. Also benefitting greatly from attack speed, but this is usually built after damage.
  • Building The Black Cleaver item The Black Cleaver will greatly increase Digiangel234 20px-winterborn Winterborn's DPS significantly since Digiangel234 20px-bulletrain Bullet Rain deals physical damage multiple times with a single cast.
  • Building Digiangel234 20px-winterborn Winterborn as an ability power caster makes Winterborn a low-end fighter with low farming potential. This build is often rather hit-or-miss, as enemies can usually escape the main source of Winter's damage (Digiangel234 20px-scatterbomb Scatter Bomb) despite the potential to kill swarming enemies in a single cast. Attack damage builds are easily considered to be optimal.
  • Despite being considered melee within 125 attack range due to Winter's passive Digiangel234 20px-impale Impale, Tiamat item Tiamat and Ravenous Hydra item Ravenous Hydra does NOT work with Digiangel234 20px-winterborn Winterborn's basic attacks. Similarly, Runaan's Hurricane item Runaan's Hurricane's passive will not work against enemies within melee range.
  • Digiangel234 20px-winterborn Winterborn's low base movement makes it difficult for Winterborn to chase enemies or to escape. This is especially prominent at low levels. Getting Boots of Speed item Boots of Speed quickly is highly beneficial. Be sure to watch the enemy builds and pick the proper boot upgrade.
    • Boots of Swiftness item Boots of Swiftness will help to make up for Winter's lack of escapes.
    • Boots of Mobility item Boots of Mobility greatly increase Winter's ability to move between lanes and are effective when playing a zone defense.
    • Mercury's Treads item Mercury's Treads will help Winterborn get out of trouble when focused with CC.
  • Trinity Force item Trinity Force can improve your survivability by buffing health and speed while increasing attack damage, attack speed and ability power, making it a good option for hybrid play. Phage item Phage and Zeal item Zeal are also both very useful for Digiangel234 20px-winterborn Winterborn on their own, and can be sidetracked to Phantom Dancer item Phantom Dancer, Statikk Shiv item Statikk Shiv, or Entropy item Entropy if needed.
    • Keep in note that Digiangel234 20px-winterborn Winterborn's kit is designed to use basic attacks as the main source of damage and lacks any abilities that would allow Winterborn to spam Sheen item Sheen's passive proc.
  • Consider building Blade of the Ruined King item Blade of the Ruined King if you are dealing with tanks building a lot of high health items or benefits from building high health items like ShenSquare Shen and Dr. MundoSquare Dr. Mundo.
  • Having a way to slow the enemy or speed yourself up is mandatory on Winterborn.
    • A Frozen Mallet item Frozen Mallet is good for this, since it gives you health which is a must as Winterborn is highly vulnerable when stunned, suppressed, blinded, or otherwise prevented from auto attacking or using skills to react.
    • Randuin's Omen item Randuin's Omen works very well on Digiangel234 20px-winterborn Winterborn due to lacking movement abilities. Randuin's Omen item Randuin's Omen can slow any enemies that get too close, allowing Winterborn to move out of their range easier.

Recommended builds

Summoner's Rift
Starting Boots of Speed item Health Potion item4
Essential Doran's Blade item Berserker's Greaves item The Bloodthirster item
Offensive Phantom Dancer item The Black Cleaver item Infinity Edge item
Defensive Guardian Angel item Randuin's Omen item Mercurial Scimitar item Frozen Mallet item
Consumables Health Potion item Stealth Ward (Item) item
The Howling Abyss
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran's Blade item2 Health Potion item
Essential Berserker's Greaves item Sanguine Blade item Phantom Dancer item
Offensive The Black Cleaver item Infinity Edge item Entropy item
Defensive Randuin's Omen item Frozen Mallet item Mercurial Scimitar item
Consumables Health Potion item
Crystal Scar
Starting Boots of Speed item Health Potion item2 Prospector's Blade item
Essential Berserker's Greaves item Infinity Edge item Phantom Dancer item
Offensive The Black Cleaver item Sanguine Blade item Last Whisper item
Defensive Mercurial Scimitar item Guardian Angel item
Consumables Health Potion item
Twisted Treeline
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran's Blade item
Essential Berserker's Greaves item Infinity Edge item Phantom Dancer item
Offensive The Black Cleaver item Sanguine Blade item Last Whisper item
Defensive Randuin's Omen item Mercurial Scimitar item
Consumables Health Potion item


  • Unlike most carries, Digiangel234 20px-winterborn Winterborn has a very powerful early game due to the high base damage on Winter's abilities.
  • Digiangel234 20px-winterborn Winterborn does not have a "steroid" ability. Supports that can zone Winterborn, such as JannaSquare Janna and LuxSquare Lux are an effective counter.
  • Digiangel234 20px-winterborn Winterborn is an unusually strong ADC early on and severely shuts down weak starters like Kog'MawSquare Kog'Maw, however in comparison to most of the other ADC, Winter becomes weak by the late game
  • Digiangel234 20px-winterborn Winterborn has a lot of burst damage from Winter's abilities early on - buying early defenses along with having a way to stay out of range/withstand peel can hinder Winterborn from zoning or killing you at the early game. A target surviving those abilities being cast on them and staying withing range leaves Winterborn vulnerable to counter-attacks if they have the health or sustain to stick to Winterborn.
  • Digiangel234 20px-winterborn Winterborn has no long-range poke abilities - having a champion that can do this can damage Winterborn freely.
  • Digiangel234 20px-winterborn Winterborn mainly deals damage from auto-attacks. Randuin's Omen item Randuin's Omen and Frozen Heart item Frozen Heart are good options to counter build against Winterborn, since it will greatly reduce incoming damage per second output. A Thornmail item Thornmail will counter damage, but generally is a less better option since it helps to defend only yourself.
  • Be careful with Digiangel234 20px-crescentsweep Crescent and Digiangel234 20px-empower Empowered Shot combo. Both of these spells can completely distance you if combined together, while Digiangel234 20px-bulletrain Bullet Rain will slow you afterwards.
  • Digiangel234 20px-winterborn Winterborn is a rather squishy champion with no escaping abilities; pressuring Winterborn in lane will minimize utility.
  • Quickly move away from Digiangel234 20px-bulletrain Bullet Rain and Digiangel234 20px-scatterbomb Scatter Bomb initial range to avoid taking damage.
    • However, saving a single form of hard CC to interrupt Digiangel234 20px-scatterbomb Scatter Bomb can easily cause the entire skill to fizzle, wasting the skill's long cooldown.
  • Digiangel234 20px-winterborn Winterborn's entire kit is focused on peeling and keeping a moderate distance from foes so being able to stick to Winterborn will naturally lower its effectiveness as all of Winter's skills lower mobility up to the point of making Winterborn stationary. Lategame when teamfights become dominant and builds become complete with utility, where the fights become more stationary and targets become harder to avoid also lower effectiveness.
  • Mages with skill shot burst damage/mobility such as LeBlancSquare LeBlanc or AhriSquare Ahri can easily dispatch Winterborn due to low mobility and Digiangel234 20px-empower Empowered Shot are primarily anti-target oriented. Targeted abilities that apply targeted hard crowd control's such as WarwickSquare Warwick's Infinite Duress Infinite Duress and SkarnerSquare Skarner's Impale Impale prevents Winterborn from retaliating with abilities and lifesteal resulting in an easy kill.