Hey guys, this is my first guide, and I wanted to talk a bit about Skuld, the Dark Valkyrie.
Because of the whole Valkyrie family being quite strong and loved by the community (especially Rota the nature and Sigrun the light) , I felt that the Dark Valkyrie is being a bit underrated, especially by new players.
If we compare her with Rota, its obvious that she misses a lower def and a lower atk, and then het kit looks lackluster. But the thing to understand here is that (in my opinion) she doesnt fulfill the same role at all !!
She is a HEALER, that on top can Attack Speed Boost your whole team !
So now let looks at what she actually have !
First of all, her skill 3 is what makes the Valkyries so useful : attack speed boost for the whole team with some cool down reduction. Awesome ! If she is skilled up and geared with adept (and for a bonus you are in a lvl 40 guild and get that 5% additional CDR) there is basically almost a 100% uptime, meaning a constant +50% attack speed for your team.
Second : Her skill 2 is a regeneration buff. Doesn't look to amazing, but check this out : One skilled up and gear with adept, the cd is 7 seconds, and she lower her own cool down with her skill 3, but her AI is doing good by casting the skill 2 first, then skill 3 and then skill 2 again ! The outcome ? Almost permanent 2 regenerations buffs for your team ! So if we compare this with another early game healer (Zircon, the water crystal priest), she actually heals more that this guys with one spell only !! (tested many times looking at the stats after a dungeon, against a skilled up and adept Zircon).
Third : She is dark !! (but you knew that already :p) so you are free to bring her everywhere which is pretty nice.
As a bonus : her skill 1 silence. Many of us think that is useless in PVE, but I've noticed that in some content (like Blitz for instance), she basically locks down an annoying monster that would heal or shield himself by silencing it, and by the time the buff expire the monster is dead ! So almost as powerful as a stun in some circumstances !!
And so who to pair it with ?
Pretty straight forward : she goes amazingly well with every champions that scale on attack speed !!
For instance, she goes very well with Sigrun (the light Valkyrie) that have that lower def but doesn't have the speed boost.
Then you can pair her with all of the Blade Masters (if you are lucky enough, like me, to pull one).
She also make your Xenia break def more with her auto attack !!
I'll make it pretty short.
ADEPT : mandatory like any support / healer in this game.
For the runes I said %hp %hp %def but I guess the only rule is : she as got to be tanky enough not to be killed where you use her ! So any combinaison of HP DEF and RES will do, and if you have sufficiently good runes and can throw in some accuracy for the silence or even some damage (with god gear she could be %atk speed, %crit damage or %crit rate, %atk), that a nice bonus !!
I personally feel that the attack speed boost is a very useful buff, both offensive and defensive as it helps to land more auto attack debuts and more damages !
So for a conclusion I would say this : She is not a replacement for a support like Rota, she is way more of a healer, that as a bonus gives your team constant ATK SPEED boost !! I personally replaced my Zircon with her and it made my runs way faster !
Well, thank you if you took the time to read until here, and I hope it gave you the taste to try her out !
I was skeptical when I first dropped her, and she is now in almost all of my teams !
If you find some inaccuracy or would like to add something, please feel free in the comments below !
GL and HF invoker !