In League of Legends: Wild Rift, players get to choose their champion based on their own playstyle and strategy. Some like to play the support role, while others prefer to be on the offensive. If you’re one of the latter and you like dealing insane damage and melting your opponent’s defences, then Samira might be an excellent choice for you.
Samira is an aggressive champion who can quickly take out her opponents with her array of abilities. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced Wild Rift player, this champion guide will help you understand Samira’s abilities and how to use them to your advantage.
Champion Spotlight: The Desert Rose
Samira, the Desert Rose, is a mercenary for hire who goes on many life-threatening adventures and always comes out on top. However, she was only able to attain that kind of life through many hardships. Before she became known as the Desert Rose, Samira started as a street performer as a young Shuriman. However, after her village was raided by a company of armed strangers, her life changed forever. Although completely helpless and scared, Samira was able to survive the brutal massacre of her kin. She made a vow to never let fear control her again and decided to become stronger.
Eventually, Samira joined the Noxian Warband to support her family, where she gained the necessary skills and strengths to become a formidable fighter. Armed with her guns and sword, she quickly rose to fame and notoriety, earning her the title of the Desert Rose.
Samira is quite a unique champion in the sense that she uses both melee and ranged attacks similar to Jayce. However, Samira’s abilities are a bit more flashy and spectacular while dealing a lot of damage to enemies. She’s a great pick for the Bot Lane or in the Jungle as an attack damage carry (ADC).
Samira is all about style, and that character element is also present in her abilities. She has the ability to quickly close in on enemies with her dash and can use her ultimate to deal a lot of damage in a short amount of time. By knowing the perfect combo of her abilities, Samira can easily dispatch her enemies in spectacular fashion. Her playstyle is aggressive and full of surprises, making her a great champion for those who like to take risks and be rewarded for it.
- Deals a massive amount of damage
- Can take out multiple enemies with her ultimate
- Ability to block projectiles while dealing damage
- Can use lifesteal effectively with her abilities
- Requires assistance from a support champion
- Heavily dependent on her equipment
- Need to memorize combos to deal damage effectively
- Ultimate ability can be easily interrupted
Passive | Daredevil Impulse
Samira uses her gun to deal ranged damage to her enemies. However, if the enemy is within close range, she automatically shifts to using her sword to deal melee damage. If her enemy happens to be knocked up by hard CC attacks, Samira automatically unleashes a flurry of shots at the enemy, making her a perfect companion for a support champion with good crowd control skills.
The other side of Samira’s passive ability deals with building up style. Whenever Samira attacks the enemy, she builds up her style from rank E to S, giving her additional movement speed. The catch is, Samira’s won’t gain style stacks just by spamming normal attacks. She needs to combine her normal attacks and skills to gain stacks and achieve an S-rank style. This is also a requirement for her to use her ultimate ability. That’s why it’s important to be familiar with her combos and mix them up while you’re out on the battlefield.
Skill 1 | Flair
Samira fires a shot in the direction of the target, dealing physical damage to the first enemy hit by her bullet. However, if the target is within melee range, Samira will instead slash her blade for a cone shaped-attack to deal damage.
If Samira uses Flair along with her dash skill, she then deploys a series of explosives along her wake that explodes at the end of her dash.
Skill 2 | Blade Whirl
This is both an offensive and defensive ability. Samira uses her sword in a circular motion to deal physical damage to enemies twice. Blade Whirl can also be used defensively, as it destroys any projectiles coming toward Samira.
Skill 3 | Wild Rush
Samira dashes forward, dealing magic damage to all enemies hit as she passes through them. After executing the skill, she gains a bonus attack speed for three seconds. Taking down an enemy while using Wild Rush resets its cooldown, allowing Samira to use it again in quick succession.
As mentioned above, this skill can be used in conjunction with Flair.
Ultimate | Inferno Trigger
As soon as Samira achieves enough style stacks to achieve S, she can then unleash her ultimate ability, Inferno Trigger. Samira channels her mastery of guns and unleashes a flurry of shots in a circular area around her for 2.44 seconds. This reduces her movement speed by 40% but can deal massive damage to enemies caught in the crossfire.
In order to fully utilise Samira’s skills, she needs to focus more on items that boost her critical damage and lifesteal. The following are the recommended items for her build:
- Long Sword
- Boots of Speed
- Gluttonous Greaves
- Quicksilver Enchant
- Infinity Edge
- Phantom Dancer
- Infinity Edge
- Quicksilver Enchant
- Phantom Dancer
- Guardian Angel
- Nullifying Orb
- Hunter – Genius
These are the ideal items to use for an effective build for Samira. You may notice that most of them focus mainly on critical damage to help maximise Samira’s DPS output, as well as items with lifesteal to help her survive in team fights.
- During the laning phase, it’s best to keep Samira in the back and let her farm and build her kit first. She desperately needs all her items in order to become effective in combat. Make sure your support champions protect her at all costs and let her gain more levels to stay ahead of the enemy.
- During the mid and end-game phase, Samira should already have her core items if you’ve been farming diligently. This is the time to play more aggressively and let her pick off opponents one by one or shred an entire team during a fight.
- Samira is at her best when you utilise her mobility by weaving in and out of fights. Make sure to build up your style and pick the right time to unleash your ultimate, or you risk getting interrupted by the enemy.
Samira is an extremely powerful and versatile champion who can be played in many different ways. Her mobility and damage output makes her an asset to any team composition. Keep in mind that she needs time to build up her kit in order to be effective in combat. By following these tips, you can make Samira a gun-wielding, sword-swinging beast that will lead you to victory.
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