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An Early Look at Vainglory’s New Hero Varya in Update 2.11

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Vainglory’s newest hero to join the Halcyon Fold is Varya, a crystal mage ready to flash down the lane and jungle simultaneously. Varya debuts in Update 2.11 to shine in heavy damage affecting multiple enemies at once. Broken Myth is here with the full scoop on Varya’s abilities, talents and best builds to smite your opponents with early information on 2.11’s shocking meta.

Varya brings back a previously dormant concept — global abilities. Additionally, she continues a recent “earthly” theme with a lightning aura and electric skill set. Not only must you choose between her default apparel or a revamped winter ensemble right off the bat, but also to storm either the rich-in-gold lane or depths of the jungle below. Let’s take a look at Varya’s hero abilities.

Varya Abilities

Chain Lightning (Heroic Perk)

Varya’s basic attacks deal 55-132 (level 1-12) (+45% crystal power) crystal damage. If Varya holds her ground after basic attacking, she will strike her target and up to 3 additional enemies with a bolt of Chain Lightning. The bolt deals the same damage and consumes 170 energy.

Stormforged Spear (A)

Varya throws a spear at lightning speed, striking the first enemy in its path. This deals a burst of damage to the target and chains additional damage to nearby targets.

  • When cast during or after Arc Recursion, the spear is thrown more quickly.
  • The number of additional targets hit is equal to her Chain Lightning attack.
LVL 1 LVL 2 LVL 3 LVL 4 LVL 5 Crystal Ratio
Cooldown 7s 6.5s 6s 5.5s 4.5s
Energy Cost 475 475 475 475 375
Range 13 13 13 13 16
Spear Damage 75 120 165 210 255 220%
Chain Lightning Damage 60 90 120 150 180 110%

Arc Recursion (B)

After gathering power for 0.9 seconds, Varya’s next two movement commands will instantly dash in the chosen direction, striking the 3 nearest enemies at the end of each dash. For each enemy struck, Varya recovers 5% of her energy and gains a barrier equal to 3% of her health (bonuses doubled on heroes).

  • Overdrive: Varya moves further with each dash.
  • Varya can dash at any time, but will only dash once if she has not fully charged.
  • Varya can cast Stormforged Spear at any time during this ability. Any remaining dashes will trigger after the spear is thrown.
  • Deals 50% less damage to minions.
LVL 1 LVL 2 LVL 3 LVL 4 LVL 5 Crystal Ratio
Cooldown 25s 23s 21s 19s 15s
Energy Cost 200 200 200 200 200
Damage 45 105 165 225 345 60%

Anvil’s Hammer (Ultimate)

After channeling for 2.4 seconds, Varya unleashes the storm fury, calling a series of lightning strikes on every enemy hero, regardless of distance (“global” ability). Passively, each rank of the ultimate permanently increases Varya’s basic attack speed and the number of enemies her Chain Lightning and Stormforged Spear will hit.

  • Lightning strikes target the ground beneath enemy heroes, giving them an opportunity to move out of the way.
  • Lightning strikes deal 75% reduced damage to enemies already hit by lightning in the same wave.
  • Varya can break out of channeling early by activating Stormforged Spear or Arc Recursion. This does not cancel the spell.
  • Deals 50% less damage to minions.
LVL 1 LVL 2 LVL 3 Crystal Ratio
Cooldown 120s 105s 90s
Energy Cost 300 450 600
Damage 120 180 240 75%
Strike Impact Radius 1.6 1.8 2
Bonus Chain Lightning 1 2 3
Bonus Attack Speed 10% 25% 40%

Varya Talents

Long Strike (Rare)

Stormforged Spear (A) deals more damage and stuns on impact. Level 20 stats:

  • Bonus Range: 5.25
  • Damage: 167%
  • Stun Duration: 0.9s

Static Barrier (Epic)

Arc Recursion (B) grants additional barrier and charges up quicker. Level 10 stats:

  • Barrier: 220%

Thunderstorm (Legendary)

Anvil’s Hammer (Ult) has two additional strikes and no longer has reduced damage for consecutive hits. Level 5 stats:

  • Damage: 190%

Varya Builds

Below are the three recommended builds SEMC has curated for Varya. For more information on situational items for carries, visit our complete breakdown. Be sure to check our top hero builds page soon for Broken Myth’s Varya hero guide!

Storm Mage

Deal shocking damage with Stormforged Spear and Anvil’s Hammer, but vulnerable at close range.
(High Damage, Low Defense)

slumbering husk


Unleash a flurry of chain lightning attacks at mid range.
(Ramping Damage, High Lifesteal)

Arc Cannon

Obliterate foes at extreme personal risk.
(Massive Damage, No Defense)

That’s a wrap! Update 2.11 activation is planned for Wednesday, December 6th with no downtime. If you have any questions about Vainglory’s newest hero Varya, ask away in the comments below, and we’d be happy to answer them.


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    Mar 12, 2018 4:20 pm

    What is the best weapon build for Varya? I personally like having spellsword and halcyon chargers for the low cool down on her B ability and for mana sustain. Plus i like having Tension Bow, Breaking Point, and Tyrants Monocle for some good damage.And of course I always overdrive Varya’s ultimate for the increase of her attack speed.If your able to reply back please do.

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      Mar 14, 2018 9:45 am

      Weapon Varya took a major hit in Update 2.12 with her other nerfs. I don’t think it’s a viable build path at the moment — comparable to the decaying state of Weapon Petal. However, if you’re really looking to run that path: Sorrowblade, Poisoned Shiv, Breaking Point. Sorrowblade provides her base damage for the match. Poisoned Shiv coincides well with her perk to consistently heal and proc mortal wounds. Similarly, Breaking Point will stack up quickly when chaining attacks.

      Varya’s whole kit is dependent on multi-targeted damage, so Tension Bow does not quite fit this picture. Often times she’ll have to use her primary attack on a secondary target (minion, enemy captain, etc.) in order for her damage to reach the backline where most carries sit without being prone to burst. Tyrant’s Monocle adds critical damage, but isn’t as useful as attack speed or lifesteal.

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    Dec 18, 2017 2:21 am

    I have tried wp Varya and it works very well too. I usually go with SB SM TT TM. Can you suggest any other good wp build and roam pick to aync with it.

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      Dec 21, 2017 3:45 pm

      Generally speaking, combining Sorrowblade and Serpent’s Mask is not effective (especially as your first two items) since you’re missing out on the more prominent side stats, like attack speed and crit. The raw weapon power bonus is undermined by it being just brute strength — instead, it must be executed efficiently.

      We would personally recommend SB BP TM TT. Off the bat, you’re guaranteed a high weapon output from Sorrowblade. Breaking Point synergizes well with Varya’s chain lightning attacks to ramp up quickly, while Tyrant’s Monocle adds crit to your attacks and even more weapon power. Tornado Trigger is a supplementary item to scale Varya well into the late game with increased attack speed and crit.

      For captain picks, really anything should work fine — Varya has a wide skill set. Ardan and Lyra are great options to provide Varya with survivability and a bit of extra mobility.

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    Dec 11, 2017 2:40 pm

    Reading this at school lul

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    Dec 09, 2017 7:28 am

    Do u have a personal recommended build fpr varya aside than vainhlory gave (2 defend for sure)

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      Dec 10, 2017 8:25 am

      In Standard mode, Alternating Current – Dragon’s Eye – Eve of Harvest – Broken Myth is looking pretty good. Situational items include Clockwork, Aegis, Metal Jacket, Journey Boots, Halcyon Chargers. It comes down to what you need!

      In BRAWL modes, I’m loving Shatterglass – Clockwork – Broken Myth – Broken Myth – Clockwork – Aegis.

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      Dec 27, 2017 1:33 am

      Try Shatter/Dragon’s, clockwork and Broken(if needed) with 2 def. + 3rd point on ult.

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    Dec 03, 2017 11:05 pm

    her rare talent makes a 0.9 second stun at level 20. Does this stun scale across levels, or is the same across all levels? Because if it’s the latter, she has a 0.9 second stun every 4.5 seconds when she has overdriven her ability, less if you’re by consecutive stuns.

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    Dec 03, 2017 12:25 pm

    Oh wow, I’m getting her ASAP

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    Dec 03, 2017 8:59 am

    Her ultimate appears to take a ton of energy! When do you recommend using it?

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      Dec 03, 2017 1:44 pm

      Varya’s base energy is 950-1500 (level 1-12). I recommend using her ultimate right as the fight is starting / just before. This will in turn force the enemy to relocate or move. Otherwise, they’ll take damage, lose vision and be crossed with the decision to fight or flight — immediately.

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