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So, every champion has their power spike items and often power spike levels. I recently picked up Yasuo and I'm having a hard time identifying his level power spikes.

I know his item power spikes are at Statikk Shiv and Infinity Edge. SS gives him 60% critical hit chance and reduces his rank 1 Q cooldown to just over 3 seconds. IE after SS gives 100% critical hit chance and increases his critical hit damage in addition to the flat damage spike.

At which levels does Yasuo experience a power spike?

  • Yasuo is one big freaking power spike. – ARadish Mar 24 '16 at 18:02
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It's somewhat subjective depending on the enemy team and your own team.

Yasuo's first powerspike comes from leveling up his E (which tends to happen at level 2 or 3 depending on who you're facing).

After that Yasuo has a powerspike when he reaches level 6 (due to being able to cast Last Breath).


Depending on his team, he also gets powerspikes when he is with them and they get reduced cooldowns on their own knockups (Malphite's R, Cho' Gath's Q for example)

Finally, Yasuo gets major power spikes at levels 11 and 16 (But at this point item powerspikes are more noticeable) when he can upgrade his ultimate:

COOLDOWN: 80 / 55 / 30

Physical Damage:200 / 300 / 400 (+ 150% bonus AD)

Meaning that each upgrade adds 100 flat damage on top of almost halving the cooldown (or doubling the ammount of times you can use your ultimate)

  • I just meant personal power spikes, you can disregard any power spikes from allies reaching some break point. – nukeforum Mar 18 '16 at 15:31
  • That is true, however Yasuo is a champion that is extremely strong when he has allies who set up his ultimate (rather than make him stack for a skillshot). A Jungle Wukong or a Top Malphite getting their ultimates can easily be Yasuo's powerspike – Oak Mar 18 '16 at 15:32
  • I'd argue that his level 11/16 power spikes are minor and not major. The cooldown from rank 1 -> rank 2 is noticeable, but from rank 2 -> rank 3 is usually negligible because of death timers. Additionally, usually by 16 Yasuo has already passed his peak and is on a downward power slope. The Level 11 range is usually where he's strongest since: he has his biggest two powerspikes completed, group fights more common, Q Maxed, Has ult, enemies can't instantly blow him up yet, not many resistances across squishies. – RFKomos Mar 18 '16 at 15:49
  • @RFKomos All that is true, however the question asked for level powerspikes, and level 2/3, 11 and 16 is when he gets the biggest powerspikes just by leveling up – Oak Mar 18 '16 at 15:51
  • @Oak Yes, but I said that due to a variety of factors, levels 11 and 16 aren't major level powerspikes, but minor ones. The items and your team comp at that stage will be far more decisive than levels, so even though they certainly help Yasuo they aren't that big of a deal. It's not like Cho's level 11 where he gets a ton more free health, for example. – RFKomos Mar 18 '16 at 15:55
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A more general answer:

Almost all champions experience similar powerspikes when it comes to levels. For items, it varies a bit.

I'll use Yasuo and Syndra as my main examples (Yasuo since you mention him and Syndra for the passive dynamic) with some other champions sprinkled in.


Level Power Spikes

Lvl 1 - 3: this is the most dependent since you usually unlock your entire skillset in these 3 levels. Characters that are casters (usually mages and a few ad casters) experience their first spikes at lvl 2 and/or 3, depending on what combos they unlock.

Example: Syndra at level 2 now has a combo as long as she has q. Yasuo also gains a huge boost in mobility/damage with his q/e interactions. At level 3, Syndra has another spike since she can get a larger combo off with more spheres, while Yasuo doesn't spike since he is either leveling up a skill for more damage, or grabbing windwall for defensive use. Another example is Leona and Alistar. At level two, they get their full CC combo and become quite intimidating. Then there's Riven at level 3, who can now fly around lane with either a damage, shield, or stun whenever she wants.

Level 6: Obvious powerspikes are obvious. You get your ult and that's a huge spike.

Level 9: This is the first level when you can max a skill. This is partially a spike for some characters, and for others, it signifies a slight decline in their level scaling. They won't experience as may raw spikes, but their damage in general will increase as the skills scale off each other.

Example: Syndra gets a bonus when a skill is maxed, so hitting lvl 9 can be a spike for her. For Yasuo, you have maxed a skill out as well, but now have to put points into a different skill. Vladimir has maxed out Q and likely has enough sustain to harass you in lane decently. You may not be stacking overpowered q's after a few levels, but now you have a faster CD on your e and can move more. So less relative damage, but it's more distributed with mobility, or vice versa.

Level 11: Another obvious spike. Leveling up your ult and getting the increased damage/cdr/utility whatever it is.

Level 13: This is the first level when you can max out two skills. For certain characters, this is where they really start to shine. Many champions have two offensive skills and a single defensive skill. Some champions have very good scaling, so when you can max out the two offensive skills you may find yourself to be very intimidating. This is getting towards late game where hypercarries start to shine, simply because their kit is strong.

Examples: Yasuo with Q and E maxed now has a lot of damage, and a lot of mobility. Syndra likely has strong spheres and either an extra slow on her w or extra disengage on her e. Someone like Vayne now has her low CD tumble and the giant true damage on her w.

Level 16: Last obvious spike with your final ult point. Syndra gets more damage, Yasuo has a low CD, everyone else has their thing. But it's a point in your ult. It's important.


Item Power Spikes

Items are a bit tricky since everyone can have different builds for different champions. But in general, here's what to look for.

High Efficiency Purchases: Particularly in early game, high efficiency purchases can get a strong edge.

Doran's items have great efficiency with the trade-off that they can't be built into anything else, thus requiring you to sell them for a loss later in the game. But if someone comes to lane early on with 3 Doran's items, they probably REALLY want the extra stats and intend to bully you enough where they make up the gold loss. (example: D Blade is 137% efficient)

BF Sword or NLR are both very expensive items, but they provide a better gold/stat ratio than their cheaper counterparts. If someone comes back with a more expensive item than you, they're also getting the benefit of that ratio. (example: BF is 107% efficient while pickaxe is only 100%)

Finished Items: When you finish an item, it generally comes with a similar gold efficiency as the components PLUS an effect on top of it.

First Items. When you finish that first item, if it synergies with your kit, then you tend to experience strong power spikes. For Yasuo, items with crit and attack speed synergies amazingly, so an early shiv will provide a huge spike especially since the item's passive works with crit and has a decent base damage. For someone like syndra, having extra orbs out provides her with more ult damage and options, so any CDR item will give her a decent spike. Building an early morello or athene's gives her CDR and enough mana to make use of it with her damaging increasing anyway due to her Q/R interaction.

Second Items. Finishing a second item is enough for a lot of hypercarries to being wrecking havor, with good reason. Hyper carries tend to scale extremely well off multiple stats, and few items provide all the stats needed. A second completed item benefits hypercarries because they now have all of the stats they need. Jax, for example, uses a lot of attack speed and all offensive stats. Combining these with his passive and ult, he also gets defensive stats and scaling damage for his skills. One item can't cover everything he needs (although triforce tries), but a second item makes him deadly.

For someone like Yasuo, getting a second crit item on him will lead to 100% crit chance. Completing a Shiv and IE will give him all the offensive stats he wants while generating two new passives THAT SCALE WITH EACH OTHER. This is why second full items are strong. It's when champions usually get their large damage bursts.

Other Items. After the first two items, it is even more dependent upon the champion and the matchups. Hypercarries will be able to get more stats and have more points in their skills and just scale like crazy. Squishier carries can start building defensive items so they can survive longer and kill more people. Depending on the build, you may or may not see additional powerspikes.


Most champions can snowball off the first two items, and the level powerspikes will get them through between the item spikes. Tanks are especially dangerous since defensive items are typically cheaper and most of them have strong base damages anyway. Please note that this is just a GENERAL guide and is highly subject to the individual champion and each game and matchup. Hope it helps.

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In my humble opinion, as a Yasuo main.

His Level 1 E, stacked should be able to kill a champion with corn and cheese if you use it correctly.

His Level 2 Q, when he gets the Q, his CC potential and outplay potential increased. Though if you're against a champion reliant on skillshots, I suggest you get wind wall level 2.

His Level 6 There is actually a method in which you have to pay very close attention to his XP bar, in which you heavily harass your opponent, and right before you hit level 6, have stacks of Q and Q the minion and champion, instantly ulting them and usually landing in a kill.

His Level 16 has to be one of the largest powerspikes in the game, constant ults will make the enemy time confused as to his cooldowns. But experienced players will take advantage of you after your ult is on cooldown.

Also, I recommend you getting a second dorans and boots on your first back, it will give you a huge powerspike in the early game. While static shiv and cloak of agility will also give you a power spike with 100% crit. Many people discard the fact that you CAN get 100% crit without two full crit items.

Just a helpful tip as Yasuo, if your opponent isn't in lane, shove you lane as hard as you can (Usually in less that a few seconds if you have a shiv) and go roam, his roaming potential is extremely strong when bot lane has a knockup.

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