Soraka became one of League of Legends’ best supports in Season 11. Want to master the Starchild? We’ve got the ultimate guide for her, including the best builds and runes to make sure you come away with a victory.
Soraka has been one of the queens of the bottom lane of the League since Season 1. The Starchild specializes in keeping their allies alive with great care, even if it means sacrificing their own lives.
Better yet, in Season 11, she’s still relevant today – and is actually one of the best mediums around. Want to jump on the bandwagon? We’ve got the ultimate Soraka guide, including the best versions and runes you need for your next League match.
Who is Soraka?
Soraka was once an immortal being living in the heavens, but decided to descend from their kingdom above Mount Targon to lead the people of Runeterra to a better life. She desperately tries to keep the world away from cruelty, teaching values of peace and mercy.
On Summoner’s Rift, she lives out this fantasy as a superstar enchantress, healing her allies for support.
Soraka’s Abilities and Gameplay
Soraka does one thing really well in League of Legends: healing. She is the best pure healer in the game, keeping her allies alive while sacrificing herself for the greater good.
Thanks to a recent overhaul to her ultimate that now cleans up serious wounds, she’s even better. Considering all the enemies needed was an investment of 800 gold to counter her, Soraka is now much stronger as she allows all heals, not just her ultimate.
Soraka walks a fine line, however. Throughout the game, you need to keep up to date using your Q passive for health regeneration, before passing this blessing on to allies (if you hit an enemy with Q and heal an ally afterwards, they also get the health regeneration bonus). However, you first want to maximize your W in order to get the best value for money with your care.
If you’re going for it, it’s best to drop your E right on top of you so your enemies can’t use their abilities to get out – this is especially handy against assassins.
Additionally, Soraka is one of the few media that doesn’t run a setup like Ignite / Exhaust with Flash. She gets a lot more value from Heal and Barrier, which keeps her efficient HP pool at a high level. Take one with Flash for the best combination – just make sure you don’t overtake Heal with your transport.
- Passive: Hi – Soraka runs faster towards nearby allies with low health.
- Q: Call of the stars – A star falls from the sky at the target location, dealing magic damage and slowing enemies. If an enemy champion is hit by Starcall, Soraka regains health.
- Z: Astral infusion — Soraka sacrifices some of her own health to heal another friendly champion.
- E: Equinox — Create an area in a location that silences all enemies inside. When the area expires, all enemies still inside are rooted.
- R: Wish — Soraka fills her allies with hope, instantly restoring the health of herself and all friendly champions.
Best builds for Soraka
Soraka’s build doubles his identity as a super healer. Additionally, with the new cleanse of serious wounds on her ultimate, she can actually take great advantage of these items instead of being hampered by the healing.
Moonstone Renewer is a must-have in 95% of games, giving Soraka even more healing power. The only time you’d go for anything else is if you need to give your team tools for engagement; then you should buy Battlesong from Shurelya.
The rest of building Soraka is all about increasing this healing and protective power. Redemption, Staff of Flowing Water, Blessing of Mikael, and Burning Censer all drop stat. The first two are the best on the Starchild due to the insane bonuses. There is still some flexibility.
Oh, and don’t forget his support item: Spellthief’s Edge.
Best Soraka meta in season 11
- Mythical : Moonstone Renewer (in almost any situation) / Shurelya Battlesong (if you need to help your team engage)
- Boots: Ionian Boots of Lucidity / Boots of Swiftness
- Spellthief’s Edge (Support Item)
- Rod of living water
- Blessing of Mikael (if you need a cleanup for your carrys)
- Ardent Censer (if you have a team focused on automatic attacks)
- Chemtech Putrify (if you need a healing cut)
- Warmog Armor (great late-game buy for health)
- Vigilant Wardstone (once you reach level 13)
Best runes for Soraka
Like most enchanters, Soraka has two pages of runes that you need to memorize (or save): one for general gameplay and one for playing against burst teams with assassins.
Obviously, you’re useless if you’re dead — Soraka can’t heal her allies from the grave (unless you count Redemption). Against the assassins you have to try to experience the inevitable explosion, so taking Guardian as a keystone is a great choice. As long as you then take Font of Life and Revitalize to maximize healing with Secondary Sorcery, you’re fine.
In most situations, however, you’ll want to use the Summon: Aery page. This gives Soraka a bit more pushing power in the lane, allowing him to strike back. With Manaflow Band and Scorch, she can keep her mana high as well as her damage. Just make sure you take Revitalize in your secondary Resolve – that’s his best rune by far.
Season 11’s best Soraka meta runes
General Soraka’s page of runes
- Summon: Aery
- Mana Flow Band
- To burn
- Bone plating
When playing Soraka against assassins
- Melting of life
- Bone plating
- Mana Flow Band
Soraka Skins in League of Legends
If you like to give great pampering and keep your team alive through thick and thin, then Soraka is the perfect fit for you.
There is something quite satisfying about keeping your allies in place despite the odds, and Soraka gives you these great moments in every match.