Shield Tank Vi Build

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

Updated: 2024-05-19 ()
ARAM Build Guide for champion Vi and build Shield Tank.
Shield Tank Vi ARAM build. Tankiness, shields and some damage included.
Credit: OverdriverJC @EUNE
Vi ARAM modifiers
DMG done +5%
DMG taken -5%

TLDR

Starting items
Guardian's Horn should be final item in your build.
Tear of the Goddess should be final item in your build.
Quick Skill Order
Vi ability Vault Breaker should be leveled first.
Q
Vi ability Relentless Force should be leveled second.
E
Vi ability Denting Blows should be leveled third.
W
Final items
Ionian Boots of Lucidity should be final item in your build.
Fimbulwinter should be final item in your build.
Spirit Visage should be final item in your build.
Kaenic Rookern should be final item in your build.
Heartsteel should be final item in your build.
Sterak's Gage should be final item in your build.
Quick Runes
Major rune Grasp of the Undying from Resolve tree.
Minor rune Precision.
Summoner spells
Pick Mark as your Summoner Spell.
Pick Flash as your Summoner Spell.

Shield Tank Vi Runes

Resolve
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
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
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. The idea of the build is centered around shielding.
  2. The shield you get from Passive scales with HP, so Heartsteel, Grasp and Overgrowth runes give it a big buff. Combine this with shields you get from Sterak's and Fimbulwinter plus the shield boost from Spirit Visage, and you basically double your HP with the shields you get!

How to play

  1. The idea of the build is centered around getting frequent shields from Fimbulwinter.
  2. Rush #1 Fimbulwinter, then adapt to an enemy team. If they heavy on AD, go Armor. On AP? Buy MR. You need damage? Well, buy that.
  3. Remember to consume your Grasp of the Undying procs!
  4. Remember to watch cooldown of your Passive! In the early game, wait for it to be up, before going in. Late game, remember that triggering W reduces your Passive cooldown. It means that sometimes you will survive longer by fighting (and triggering Passive more often), rather than running!
  5. Adapt to an enemy team. Buy items that counter them. They heavy AP? Stack MR. They heavy AD? Stack Armor. Your team does not have damage? Buy recommended items for bruiser or for pure damage!
  6. Do not be shy and do not wait for 'special moment'. You have great engaging and catching tools - Q and R!
  7. Enemy team heavy on AP? Buy MR. They heavy on AD? Buy Armor. You need some damage? Well buy that.
  8. Remember to consume your Heartsteel procs!
  9. Remember to consume your Grasp of the Undying procs!

Tips and Tricks

General
  1. Q Flash combo: You can do Q (can be done in any direction), and at the very end of animation you Flash into an enemy.
Riot
  1. A fully charged Vault Breaker will deal double damage. It's great for catching and finishing off fleeing enemies.
  2. Relentless Force does full damage to anyone caught in the shockwave. Use it on minions in lane to hit enemies hiding behind them.
  3. Cease and Desist is a powerful initiation tool, just remember not to get too far ahead of the rest of your team.

Skill Order

  • Vi [object Object] ability.
    Q
    Vault Breaker
  • Vi [object Object] ability.
    W
    Denting Blows
  • Vi [object Object] ability.
    E
    Relentless Force
  • Vi [object Object] ability.
    R
    Cease and Desist

Items

Starting items
Guardian's Horn item.
Tear of the Goddess item.
Boots
Mercury's Treads item.
Ionian Boots of Lucidity item.
Plated Steelcaps item.
Rush this
Fimbulwinter item.
Core shield items
Sterak's Gage item.
Fimbulwinter item.
Spirit Visage item.
Kaenic Rookern item.
Good tank items
Warmog's Armor item.
Fimbulwinter item.
Jak'Sho, The Protean item.
Good MR items
Abyssal Mask item.
Kaenic Rookern item.
Hollow Radiance item.
Spirit Visage item.
Force of Nature item.
Good Armor items
Frozen Heart item.
Randuin's Omen item.
Thornmail item.
Unending Despair item.
Dead Man's Plate item.
Iceborn Gauntlet item.
Sunfire Aegis item.
Situational - going bruiser
Blade of The Ruined King item.
Wit's End item.
Sundered Sky item.
Titanic Hydra item.
Heartsteel item.
Situational - support
Zeke's Convergence item.
Knight's Vow item.
For the last fight
Additional considerations for these items is advised!
Elixir of Iron item.
Elixir of Wrath item.
Example final build
Ionian Boots of Lucidity item.
Fimbulwinter item.
Spirit Visage item.
Kaenic Rookern item.
Heartsteel item.
Sterak's Gage item.