After reading this, you should be able to…..

  • Know what Rafaela can do for her teammates and enemies.
  • Understand why she’s not picked very often.
  • Understand her skillset
  • (Hopefully) Maximize her potential
  • Know what she isn’t. (She’s not a healer so shut up.)
  • Realize that Rafaela is a compulsive liar.
  • She is a sadist and enjoys her adversaries’ pain. She’s probably a demon masquerading as angel.

Rafaela is the first pure support hero introduced into the game. Now when someone mentions support in MMO and such, people would naturally think of support traditionally as Clerics, Medics, and Bards who excels at buffing teammates and healing. Looking back at Rafaela, she is more like a bard who could great at both strengthening her team and debuffing the enemies. But sadly, her looks, personality, and her backstory screams “I can heal mortal wounds with my spit alone or my magic shenanigans.” Like a cleric would.

That’s a bogus and everyone knows that. This is also the reason why nobody likes her; who needs Rafaela when the hippie Elf King can heal gazillion times better than the literal angel sent from heaven?

What she’s good at is being a sadist, ironically. I’ll explain that later.

Now, I played this game since season 2 but I’m not competitive (for the record, my highest rank is Grandmaster and my IGN is MilkNTea if you want to see my winrate. What a loser, right?). I hear ya saying “Why should I read a stupid guide by a noob like you?! Delete ML pls lol”. You clicked this. You chose to read it. Nobody’s forcing you bud. If you don’t like some of the points I made, please make constructive criticism. I greatly appreciate that.


Abilities/Skillset

Skill prioritization : ULT > Skill 1 > Skill 2

Battle Spells : Purify, Iron Wall, Heal, Flicker, Weaken

I highly recommend using weaken (my favourite).

Her first skill deals respectable amount of damage early game but scales badly in mid to late game. It also has a slowdown debuff/soft CC that is annoying to deal with. Coupled with low cooldown, spam this to maximize damage output and debuffs. Take this on level 1. You should maximize this skill first over the second skill. If you bring weaken spell with you, you could secure a kill by reducing the enemy’s damage output and movement speed. This makes her really scary when paired with heroes like Roger who could teleport to enemy or Xilong and Franco who can displace enemy.

One thing I like to do with the a weaken + skill 1 is to wait for the enemy to dive into turret or attacking the turret. Use the weaken spell, then skill 1 and watch as they struggle to run away from the tower’s range. Look at as they struggle, bask in their pain. Enjoy the last bit of their suffering. You earned it. “Anywhere I go, pain flees.” Yeah riiiggghhhttt….

Also, this 1 skill will give temporary vision of the target like Kagura’s umbrella. This means that she can scout the bushes with this skill which is nice.

The second ability is more like not great for healing, but great for juking, chasing or escaping. That’s it. “Healing for everyone!” Hands out bandages and meth Yikes.

Her ULT is a stun. To use it properly, you need to learn when the enemy is commiting to a fight. For example, Freya jumping to your teammates and bashing their heads. Don’t waste it on a Nana who’s throwing boomerangs magic darts at you. You can engange the enemy team using your speed boost and ULTing on their face but you need communication in your team to properly pull it off.


Build(s)

I’m going to do something different here. Just use the search function (CTRL+F) and type in the code to see the build. Keep in mind that change the item, mix and match the build to suit your needs!

Most of these builds works great against autoattack reliant heroes. Any mage will completely destroy Rafaela that use these builds.

BSC, AA, OFFTNK, SLW, NKE, SDIST!, NLS


Do you want a basic, standard, boring Rafaela build? [ BSC ]

  • Enchanted Talisman
  • Magic Shoes
  • Dominance Ice
  • Ice Queen Wand
  • Immortality
  • Any Defense Item

For those nasty autoattackers like Miya [ AA ]

  • Enchanted Talisman
  • Magic Shoes
  • Corrosion Scythe
  • Ice Queen Wand
  • Dominance Ice
  • Thunder Belt

Soak the damage so your teammates don’t die too early [ OFFTNK ]

  • Dominance Ice
  • Magic Shoes
  • Thunder Belt
  • Demon’s Advent
  • Immortality
  • Athena’s Shield / Bloodthirsty King

Slow for everyone! (This is a troll build! Please keep that in mind) [ SLW ]

  • Enchanted Talisman
  • Magic Shoes
  • Ice Queen Wand/Thunder Belt
  • Thunder Belt/Ice Queen Wand
  • Corrosion Scythe
  • Dominance Ice

Aurora and Eudora in your team? Great! (But for me, a team comp of 2 mage is questionable…) [ NKE ]

  • Enchanted Talisman
  • Magic Boots
  • Dominance Ice
  • Disaster Truncheon
  • Thunder Belt
  • Immortality

I use this mainly in matchup mode. I’m just putting it here for fun and those who want to ruin someone’s day.(Trollish Build but it might work…) [ SDIST! ]

  • Enchanted Talisman
  • Magic Boots
  • Feather Of Heaven
  • Thunder Belt
  • Corrosion Scythe
  • Bloodthirsty King

Estes and Alucard repelent [ NLS ]

  • Enchanted Talisman
  • Magic Boots
  • Necklace of Durance
  • Feather of Heaven
  • Immortality
  • Courage Bulwark

Additional Guide Tips Welcomed!