This Little Red Riding Hood lookalike Ruby is one of Mobile Legend: Bang Bang’s most devastating regen heroes, and in the right hands, unkillable. With life-steal capabilities that can literally bring you back from the brink of death, a good Ruby can be an extremely valuable teammate and a large hassle for the enemy sidelaner. In this guide, we will cover how to build and play Ruby in Mobile Legends, starting from her skills, to emblems and spell recommendations, and finally to items and gameplay tips.
We have previously discussed how to master playing with other Mobile Legends heroes like Miya, Ling, Wanwan, Pharsa, Carmilla, Silvanna, Hayabusa, Atlas, Luo Yi, Yu Zhong, Aurora, Khaleed, Freya, Khufra, X.Borg, Lesley, Tigreal, Hylos, Valir, Cecilion, Lylia, Uranus, Barats, Odette, Angela, Vale, Rafaela, Hanzo, Esmeralda, Brody, Lapu-Lapu, Nana, Benedetta, Hilda, Mathilda, Selena, Miya, Jawhead, Chou, Paquito, Thamuz, Lunox, Yi Sun-Shin, Yve, Gatotkaca, and Karrie. So make sure to check these hero guides as well. For now, let’s focus on Ruby.
Ruby’s skills consist of the usual line-up, 3 active skills, and 1 passive skill. Her skills focus on spell vamp and life-stealing from her enemies, so the more targets she can hit, the more health she will regenerate. She especially excels in 1v2 and 1v3 situations, where she is able to last a long time, giving her teammates the opportunity to the jungle, pushes lanes, and buy time waiting for them to respawn. In this Ruby guide, let’s see what are her abilities in Mobile Legends, and when you can use which skill to get the best out of her.
Passive – Let’s Dance
Ruby has a 10% Physical Lifesteal Effect on her own and inherits 115% Physical Lifesteal Effect from Equipment. Her Basic Attack does not enjoy any lifesteal effect. After any skill is cast, Ruby can jump to another place using the joystick, gaining Physical and Magic Defense for 4s, stacking up to 3 times.
Her passive is at the core of her playstyle, which is having an immense amount of lifesteal to sustain her. This means that items that boost lifesteal will be beneficial for her, as you will see in the item discussion below. Her short dashes after casting skills allow her to dodge enemy skillshots while dealing damage and providing Crowd Control (CC) effects. The added Physical and Magic Defense is also a good bonus that will bump up her toughness in fights.
Skill 1 – Be Good
Ruby quickly slashes forward with her scythe, dealing 80 (+65% Total Physical ATK) Physical Damage. At the same time, she casts a shockwave forward, dealing 80 (+65% Total Physical ATK) Physical Damage to enemies and slowing them by 40% for 2s.
This skill is mainly used to clear minion waves in her lane, as it deals quite a lot of damage even from the start of the game. The additional slow effect helps Ruby to chase down enemies when she can kill them. Combined with the short dashes from Let’s Dance, she can quickly cover distance to get where she needs to be.
Skill 2 – Don’t run, Wolf King!
Ruby wields her giant scythe to attack twice. Each attack deals 60 (+55% Total Physical ATK) Physical Damage, stunning enemies for 0.5s and slowly pulling them to her. This skill is Ruby’s main source of CC, as it has a large Area of Effect (AoE) where it stuns nearby enemies.
Used in team fights, Ruby can dash in and provide CC effects to multiple targets at once, giving her teammates an opportunity to get some damage in. This skill is best used in conjunction with her Ultimate, I’m Offended!, to maximize the amount of time of CC.
Skill 3 – I’m Offended!
Ruby uses the scythe to attack in a wide range, dealing 200 (+200% Total Physical ATK) Physical Damage to enemies, pulling them to her, and stunning them for 0.5s. Her Ultimate is a perfect skill to round up multiple enemies over a small area.
Ruby hooks enemies in a cone-shaped area in front of her, and pulls them to her, which is best utilized from a bush to surprise them or with Flicker, to pull them back further so your Jungler or Marksman can burst them down. The Ultimate combos very well with Skill 2 as well, increasing the time enemies spend stunned.
Skill-up method for Ruby
Her skill upgrade should prioritize Skill 1, Ultimate when available, then Skill 2, as Skill 1 deals more base damage than Skill 2 and is better in the early game.
Best Emblem Set and Spells for Ruby in Mobile Legends
For Ruby, she is mainly played as an offlaner in the EXP Lane. While it is possible to play her as a Tank in the Mid Lane, this Mobile Legends guide will focus on explaining how to optimize her gameplay in the side lane. The recommended emblem to use is the Fighter emblem (set up as shown in the image) and using Festival of Blood.
The emblem should be set up with Bravery (+3), Invasion (+3), and Festival of Blood equipped. Bravery provides additional Physical ATK and is recommended as the Fighter emblem will mainly be used for Physical ATK-based offlaners. Invasion provides Physical PEN and will allow Ruby to deal more damage against enemies who do not have Physical DEF items. Festival of Blood is critical here, as it allows her to increase her Spell Vamp with every kill she gets as the match progresses. This lets Ruby scale better into the late game as long as she can get kills.
As for spells, Flicker is the best spell for Ruby, because it provides her with a way to dash through thicker walls if she needs to escape, or offensively in combination with her Ultimate.
Best Builds for Ruby in Mobile Legends
Ruby has a pretty basic build, and with only a few tweaks here and there, she can adapt the items to suit her enemies. In every build, she must have Endless Battle, Oracle, and Queen’s Wings at some point. These three items are core to Ruby’s playstyle. Endless Battle provides Ruby with all-around buffs to ATK, Movement Speed, Mana Regen, and Lifesteal, so it is good to have early in the game. Additionally, every time Ruby performs a Basic Attack after casting a skill, she can proc Divine Justice, a unique passive from Endless Battle that will deal True Damage on her next Basic Attack. Queen’s Wings gives Ruby Damage Reduction that improves her sustainability, and Oracle to improve her regen ability.
For the other situational items, Ruby can take either Magic, Warrior, or Tough Boots, depending on the enemy lineup and how aggressive or safe you want to play as Ruby. Taking Haas’s Claws will greatly improve Ruby’s Lifesteal but reduce her survivability, so taking it against squishy heroes is a good idea. Brute Force Breastplate will provide Ruby with the Physical Defense and Magic Defense necessary to live in the late game, and Immortality an opportunity to create second-chance plays. All in all, Ruby should focus on building mostly defense items after Endless Battle, unless you are confident and want a higher burst damage output.
Mobile Legends Ruby Gameplay Tips
This segment of our Mobile Legends Guide will be divided into three parts, talking about the specifics of playing Ruby as an Offlaner in the early, mid, and late game. These tips alone are not enough to help you to master Ruby, as you will still need a good understanding of the map and drafting heroes to help you win ranked games.
With the latest update to Ruby, her HP growth has been nerfed, as well as having a reduced base HP. This means that Ruby is quite squishy early game, and without items, will have very little Spell Vamp to sustain health in the lane. As such, it is best to farm safely and make sure to get the last hits on the minions in each wave.
Especially in matchups with strong early game offlaners like Thamuz, Yu Zhong, and Jawhead, Ruby should play close to the turret and request ganks to snowball into the mid-game. Use Skill 1 to clear the minions and regen some HP as to not waste time recalling and risk losing gold and exp from the minion waves.
By 8 or 10 minutes into the game, you should already have 1 or 2 of your core items and can sustain yourself in the lane very well. By this point, you should prioritize quickly clearing the minion wave, and waiting in your enemy’s jungle to clear out the next one.
When idling or waiting for the minion wave to come, Ruby can gank the middle lane and force a teamfight with the enemies, as she is a strong hero with very good CC, able to easily help her allies win fights. Pushing the enemy turret is a secondary priority here, as Ruby still needs to complete a few more items before she can easily win fights where she is outnumbered, hence, it is better to take your chances in fights with an equal number of heroes.
With all or almost all of your items, Ruby should prioritize pressuring the lanes. As she is a strong regen hero, Ruby can easily take on 2-3 enemy heroes, giving your allies the space to catch up on farming, split push the other lanes, take the Lord, or join you and finish off the enemy.
Waiting in the bushes around the enemy jungle will work especially well, as you can pick off the enemy jungler with a good ambush, forcing a 4v5 situation against the enemy, and win the game. Additionally, you can perform the following skill combos with Ruby to gain an advantage on the battlefield.
Ultimate + Skill 2 + Skill 1+ Basic Attack
Skill 1 + Skill 2+ Basic Attack
Overall, Ruby is a strong hero that thrives in the late game, especially against multiple enemies. She has a relatively weak early game and is prone to CC and burst, which can severely impact her gameplay if not given a chance to properly farm early. To play her well, be sure to play safe early, request ganks, and clear the minion waves.
With the right emblems, spell, and items, she can be a very scary Fighter with the potential to lifesteal almost her entire HP bar back just before you can kill her. These tips will surely help you to guide easy wins with Ruby in Mobile Legends. You can also refer to our latest tier list to know more about the revamped meta heroes in this current season.
That’s all for today’s Mobile Legends Ruby Guide. Do you prefer to use Ruby in any other way? Let us know in the comment section below!