With Wild Rift patch 3.3b now available, players are looking to learn more about new marksman Samira. Here is everything you need to know about the new champion, from her skills, lore, and of course the best builds.
Initially teased in the Wild Rift patch 3.3 preview, Samira is a marksman hyper carry. Her playstyle prioritizes bursting down the entire enemy team, rather similarly to Katarina. This makes her incredible at destroying squishy, less experienced players.
Here’s what you need to know about Samira in Wild Rift, including her lore, an overview of her abilities, and the best builds.
Who is Samira in Wild Rift?
Samira, the Desert Rose, was originally a street performer as a child — but her life quickly changed when her village was raided by armed strangers. These villains murdered innocent bystanders, and all Samira could do was hide away from their sight.
The experience changed her, the frustrations from the event characterizing her entire adult life. But she wasn’t angry towards anonymous strangers, rather she grew frustrated at herself for being too scared to change anything. From that moment on, she embraced her fear, and vowed to never let it stop her.
Initially, Samira expressed her determination through daring stunts. She eventually joined the Noxian Warband to support her family, where her natural physical prowess alongside crazed focus allowed her to become a gifted warrior.
This began her journey. Her thirst for life-threatening adventures gave her to drive to continue on, surviving every dire circumstance despite the odds. After her branch of the Noxian Warband was disbanded, Samira continued on as a Mercenary.
Samira abilities in Wild Rift
For those familiar with Samira in League of Legends, her playstyle and abilities shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. These are descriptions taken from the PC version, and will likely remain the same for her Wild Rift iteration.
- Passive — Daredevil Impulse: Samira chains non-repeating abilities, from ranks “E” to “S.” Each increase grants bonus movement speed, She can also hit enemies with bullets or sword, allowing both range and melee basic attacks. Samira juggles enemies movement speed impaired airborne enemies, extending the CC duration.
- 1 — Flair: Samira fires a shot from her gun. If enemies are close, she slashes with her sword instead.
- 2 — Blade Whirl: Samira slashes the air, creating a circle which deals damage and blocking projectile attacks.
- 3 — Wild Rush: Samira dashes through the enemy, dealing magic damage and gaining bonus attack speed. Takedowns reset Wild Rush’s cooldown.
- Ultimate (4) — Inferno Trigger: Samira unleashes a torrent of shots, attacking all nearby enemies 10 times over a duration. Each shot deals critical strike and can lifesteal. She can only cast her ultimate when her passive is at rank S.
When in-game, take (1) Flair first, then raise (3) Wild Rush next. Then learn (2) Blade Whirl, and then prioritize (1) Flair upgrade first, then (3) Wild Rush. And of course, learn (4) Inferno Trigger whenever possible.
Samira build in Wild Rift
To maximize Samira, players absolutely need to build some life steal. This is because her ultimate, which is key to her kit, provides life steal as well, making for an unkillable machine. Therefore, the best item to rush on Samira is Blood Thirster, seeing as how it grants crit as well.
Next, go for an Infinity Edge if playing from ahead. If not, start building the boot enchant. For boot enchants, there are actually various options. As a base, we recommend Quicksilver, since it’ll provide the CC immunity to continue stacking Samira’s passive. Another great option is Stasis. Take the omnivamp boots for maximum offensive engage, or opt for the armor or magic resist if playing more from behind.
The rest of the item build is a bit more flexible, depending largely on the matchups.
As a whole, Samira typically plays better with full AD instead of attempting to build attack speed items. This is because she can easily just use her ult to deal her essential damages, rather than rely on basic attacks.
Samira runes in Wild Rift
For runes, be sure to take conqueror. Since Samira loves to stack abilities, she synergies with the extra attack stats and omni-vamp provided by conqueror. Some players may be tempted to take lethal tempo or kraken slayer, but since Samira doesn’t actually rely on basic attacks too much, outside of using them to stack her passive, conqueror is hands down the bet keystone rune on her.
Take hunter-vampirism, once again capitalizing on Samira’s innate synergy with life steal. The general play style you want to achieve for her build is to maximize the amount of life steal you gain while using her ultimate. She should become essentially un-killable when using her ultimate.
For the resolve rune, take nullifying orb, since it helps Samira stay alive when at low health. And for the last tree, take either sweet tooth or hunter genius. Hunter genius is just a good rune for takedown reliant champions, while sweet tooth gives her a bit more precedence during the laning phase.