Layla is the most used hero by newbie players of Mobile Legends: Bang Bang. Perhaps the main reason for that is the fact that the game’s tutorial starts with using her and she’s one of the first free heroes in the game.
Advanced players used to hate seeing their teammates pick Layla for the Marksman role because she was viewed as one of the weakest heroes in the game. After the Project NEXT revamp, the players stopped complaining about having Layla on the team. Check out the guide below to learn how to turn the sweet Layla into a wild killing machine.
This guide will be mostly based on the best practices of the Global Top 1 Layla player thagtute. Unfortunately, this player doesn’t have a platform that I can link to give credit. But kudos to thagtute for being the number one Layla player.
Considering that Layla’s range increases as she levels up, she’s without a doubt the epitome of a marksman. Most of her enemies would die first before they can even get near her.
She has a horrifying passive where her damage increases the farther away she is from the enemy. On top of that, Layla’s skillset has a good combination of slow effects, area-of-effect, burst and crowd control.
Take a moment to review Layla’s skills below to give you a better idea of how you can optimize your gameplay and strategy when picking her.
Passive: Malefic Gun
The greater the distance, the greater the damage. This damage applies to both basic attacks and skills which can reach from 100%-140%.
First skill: Malefic Bomb
Layla’s Malefic Energy Bomb deals 200 + 80% Total Physical Attack which can be critical. If it successfully hits an enemy, Layla’s range will be extended in 3 seconds. She will also have a 60% increase in her movement speed which decays within 1.2 seconds. This speed’s duration is doubled if she was able to hit the enemy.
Second skill: Void Projectile
This weapon is shot in the form of a ball which can slow down the enemies by 30% within 1.2 seconds. It deals 170 + 65% Total Physical Attack Damage.
Magic Marks will be placed on the enemies upon hit. These marks could be triggered by Layla’s basic attack or skill which can deal 100(+35% Total Physical Damage) and then slow them down again by 30% for another 1.2 seconds.
Ultimate skill: Destruction Rush
This fires an energy blast that deals 500 + 150% Total Physical Damage to all enemies in its path. It has a passive feature that extends the range of her Basic Attack and Void Projectile by 0.6 yards. Every time this skill is upgraded, it also broadens Layla’s range of sight.
Best Layla Build
Swift Boots. Prioritize getting the swift boots because it increases your attack and movement speed.
Windtalker. Considering its cheap price and capabilities, it’s recommended to add the Windtalker for the second item. The additional attack and movement speed will help you farm and escape faster while the extra Crit chance will let you kill more.
Scarlet phantom. This is the third weapon on the list because of its average price but fearsome features. This item doesn’t just increase your attack damage, speed and critical chance it also has a passive that gives you extra attack speed and critical chance when you deal a critical hit to your enemy.
Berserker’s Fury. For monstrous damage and higher critical chance, this weapon is a must. After getting Crit from your emblem, windtalker and scarlet phantom–getting the Berserker’s Fury will make almost all of your attacks a Crit. The +65 Physical attack and +40% for all of your Crit damage will make your enemies instantly fold. On top of that, dealing with critical hits will increase your physical attack by 2 seconds.
Late Game Items
Wind of Nature. This item will improve your survivability in the game. The 2-second immunity to physical damage that it provides will give you an edge during a one-on-one fight or even in team fights. The life steal feature will greatly reduce your need to go back to the tower to heal. Its physical attack increase is just average but it has a good amount of attack speed upgrade which will help your life steal better.
Malefic Roar. This is ideal to get in the late game because most of your enemies will have tough armor by then. Its physical penetration is not limited to the default value because it actually increases by a certain percentage based on the amount of defense that the enemy has. What’s good about the Physical Penetration feature is that it also applies to skills. High physical damage is also gained from this item.
Blade of Despair. This is also good to have for your final item despite its cost. On top of the already monstrous damage that it provides, you’ll also get large extra damage for a short period when the enemy’s life is below half. You’ll also get an extra movement speed to respond/escape faster.
Although this item build is what the top global Layla user is currently using, this doesn’t mean that you should limit yourself in this lineup. Try to keep experimenting with the combination of items and you may find a better set that works better on your playing style.
Flicker. Perhaps this is the most ideal spell for Layla considering that she doesn’t have an escape ability. This spell just doesn’t let you escape death and danger, it also helps you chase your enemies when their life is very thin. This is commonly used on other Marksman heroes as well.
Sprint. This is another option to consider because of its longer duration of quick movement to escape or to chase.
Inspire. The biggest asset of this spell is its low cooldown. This can be used to quickly farm, clear lanes and even destroy a tower. Maximizing this spell can help you quickly upgrade but won’t help improve your survivability.
Layla Emblem Set
Based on the profile of the Global Top 1 Layla, the custom Marksman Emblem set is what worked well for this player. I’ve seen other players using the Assasin Emblem instead but you’re free to both to find out what emblem works better for you.
Thagtute chose to max out the Bravery for extra damage and Swift for additional attack speed. This will help you farm and clear up the lanes quicker early in the game. The attack speed will also aid your life-steal ability.
For the final ability, he/she selected the Electro Flash for increased movement speed and HP restoration. This set is clearly good for Layla’s survivability considering that she is a squishy hero.
Prioritize your first skill. Since Layla banks on distance fighting, maximizing her first skill lets her attack her enemies from a much farther distance. This would also equate to a lower chance of getting hit or attacked by the enemies.
Note that this skill is capable of critical hits. This can take a big chunk of your enemy’s life if you’ve completed your crit items. The speed boost and extra range that it provides can get triggered even if you’re just attacking a minion.
Destruction Rush. It’s rare to find heroes where you don’t need to upgrade the ultimate skill right away. In Layla’s case, the ultimate skill should be upgraded as soon as it’s available. Aside from having a great range, the Destruction Rush can also damage a group and has strong destructive power.
When you’re about to use this on your enemies who are trying to escape but you can’t see them on the screen, use the minimap to align the marker to the enemies’ icons.
If you’re facing Lolita, you should know that even if she can block all of your skills, the enemies behind her will still get hit by the destruction rush.
Use Void Projectile in group attacks. Although this is least prioritized, it’s very effective in late-game clashes. On top of slowing down a group of enemies, it also applies a mini-bomb that Layla can trigger with her basic attacks.
While using your ultimate skill execute flicker. The flicker effect will only execute after the blast.
Use the Void Projectile in a group of enemies then attack them with your ultimate to trigger the mini bombs’ explosion for all of them at the same time.
Poke your enemies. Harass your enemies with your long-range advantage using your first skill. This is will make the enemies go back to the base a lot to heal and delay their upgrade.
Focus on upgrade. Since Layla has a shorter range and weak damage early in the game, focus on upgrading as fast as you can. Prioritize getting the crab and clearing up the minion waves to quickly earn a lot of gold and get your high damage items. You’ll become one of the most feared heroes the moment you’re close to maximizing your skills and items.
Don’t fight or explore alone. Layla’s squishiness and poor mobility skills make her very vulnerable when caught alone. Unless it’s clear to you that the enemies are far from your location based on the map, avoid being alone as much as possible.
Avoid checking the bushes for enemies and let the tank or fighter take care of that. Most of the assassins and stunners are hiding in the bushes. If you’re out of luck, one of them can instantly kill you. Stunners and Assassins are your worst enemies. Avoid facing them one-on-one.
Stay at the back. Newbies tend to attack in front despite being a marksman. Make sure to keep your hero safe behind a tank or a fighter. You should be the last one to appear in a clash since Layla is a squishy hero.
Distance is Layla’s best friend. This is the reason why her damage increases the farther away she is from the enemy. Remember the wise words that you see behind heavy trucks during traffic. Keep distance.
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