Thornmail Poppy Build

Thornmail Poppy build with runes and items. Thornmail Poppy guide offers in-depth how-to play, skill order and tips. Play Thornmail Poppy build in League of Legends Patch 14.12!

Updated: 2024-05-16 ()
ARAM Build Guide for champion Poppy and build Thornmail.
Thornmail Poppy build for ARAM. Counter physical damage, stack Armor or don't play at all!
Poppy ARAM modifiers


Starting items
Bramble Vest should be final item in your build.
Ruby Crystal should be final item in your build.
Quick Skill Order
Poppy ability Hammer Shock should be leveled first.
Poppy ability Heroic Charge should be leveled second.
Poppy ability Steadfast Presence should be leveled third.
Final items
Thornmail should be final item in your build.
Abyssal Mask should be final item in your build.
Randuin's Omen should be final item in your build.
Sunfire Aegis should be final item in your build.
Dead Man's Plate should be final item in your build.
Jak'Sho, The Protean should be final item in your build.
Quick Runes
Major rune Aftershock from Resolve tree.
Minor rune Precision.
Summoner spells
Pick Mark as your Summoner Spell.
Pick Flash as your Summoner Spell.

Thornmail Poppy Runes

Resolve major tree Grasp of the Undying rune.
Resolve major tree Aftershock rune.
Resolve major tree Guardian rune.
Resolve major tree Demolish rune.
Resolve major tree Font of Life rune.
Resolve major tree Shield Bash rune.
Resolve major tree Conditioning rune.
Resolve major tree Second Wind rune.
Resolve major tree Bone Plating rune.
Resolve major tree Overgrowth rune.
Resolve major tree Revitalize rune.
Resolve major tree Unflinching rune.
Precision minor tree Absorb Life rune.
Precision minor tree Triumph rune.
Precision minor tree Presence of Mind rune.
Precision minor tree Legend: Alacrity rune.
Precision minor tree Legend: Haste rune.
Precision minor tree Legend: Bloodline rune.
Precision minor tree Coup de Grace rune.
Precision minor tree Cut Down rune.
Precision minor tree Last Stand rune.
Passive tree Adaptive Force rune (+9 Adaptive Force).
Passive tree Attack Speed rune (+10% Attack Speed).
Passive tree Ability Haste rune (+8 Ability Haste).
Passive tree Adaptive Force rune (+9 Adaptive Force).
Passive tree Move Speed rune (+2 Movement Speed).
Passive tree Health Scaling rune (+10-180 Health (based on level)).
Passive tree Health rune (+65 Health).
Passive tree Tenacity And Slow Resist rune (+10 Tenacity and Slow Resist).
Passive tree Health Scaling rune (+10-180 Health (based on level)).

How it works

  1. You rush Thornmail.
  2. You go full Armor.
  3. Hit or miss. Works only if an enemy team is full of physical melee damage dealers. Otherwise, play regular tank build.

How to play

  1. How is this Thornmail build for Poppy different to regular tank builds? Item order, Armor stacking and countering enemy physical damage dealers!
  2. This build is aimed to counter AD comps. Since you don't know the enemy team, you need to adapt in game. It is hit or miss. If they are heavy AP - just play regular tank.
  3. Late game, you can consider selling boots for 6th item - for even more sweet Thornmail damage!
  4. Be careful to not waste Aftershock. Try timing it and keeping it for going in.
  5. You get extra spikey because of your Steadfast Presence (W) that gives additional Armor.
  6. You get super extra spikey when you are below 40% (W), thanks to doubled defensive stats.
  7. Shield from Iron Ambassador (Passive) indirectly increases Thornmail's damage as it increases your effective HP and you can take more hits. Use it on cooldown.

Tips and Tricks

  1. Remember to pick shield from Iron Ambassador (Passive) as often as possible! It prevents tons of poke and lets you play more aggressively.
  1. Iron Ambassador tends to land near walls, try to take advantage of this with Heroic Charge.
  2. Keeper's Verdict can be released immediately to send the enemy straight up, take advantage of this in duels.

Skill Order

  • Poppy [object Object] ability.
    Hammer Shock
  • Poppy [object Object] ability.
    Steadfast Presence
  • Poppy [object Object] ability.
    Heroic Charge
  • Poppy [object Object] ability.
    Keeper's Verdict


Starting items
Bramble Vest item.
Ruby Crystal item.
Rush this
Thornmail item.
Good tank items
Fimbulwinter item.
Jak'Sho, The Protean item.
Warmog's Armor item.
Good MR items
Kaenic Rookern item.
Hollow Radiance item.
Spirit Visage item.
Force of Nature item.
Abyssal Mask item.
Good Armor items
Dead Man's Plate item.
Sunfire Aegis item.
Iceborn Gauntlet item.
Unending Despair item.
Thornmail item.
Randuin's Omen item.
Frozen Heart item.
Situational items
Titanic Hydra item.
For the last fight
Additional considerations for these items is advised!
Elixir of Iron item.
Elixir of Wrath item.
Example final build
Thornmail item.
Abyssal Mask item.
Randuin's Omen item.
Sunfire Aegis item.
Dead Man's Plate item.
Jak'Sho, The Protean item.