Updated on November 19, 11:45 a.m. (GMT+8): Added relevant guides.

Roamer, also known as roam or roaming, is one of the five player roles in Mobile Legends: Bang Bang.

This role has the lowest priority in terms of getting resources in the game, such as gold and experience, because it does not need much items or levels to fulfill its job and be effective.

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It’s important to note that being a roamer does not necessarily mean playing a tank hero. Although many roamers prefer this type of hero, other classes such as support and fighter, can also excel in this role.

This ONE Esports guide will provide you with essential information on how to play the roamer role effectively, including tips on the best practices as well as the best heroes for this role.

Primary tasks of a roamer in Mobile Legends

Buy roaming equipment

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At the start of the game, you must buy roaming equipment, which is designed to enhance the effectiveness of roamers. It comes with the movement item or Boots that you’ve purchased, and offers four distinct blessings: Conceal, Encourage, Favor, and Dire Hit.

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Having roaming boots also grants you two unique passive effects: Devotion and Thriving. Devotion prevents you from gaining gold and experience from creeps and minions, ensuring you don’t share these resources with nearby allies.

To offset this, Thriving gives you extra EXP and gold from assists. Additionally, it gives the ally with the lowest gold/EXP a certain amount of said resources every few seconds. But if you have the lowest gold/EXP in your team, you gain more of the bonuses.

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Upon earning a certain amount of gold from Thriving, your chosen blessing will be unlocked. The power of the blessings scales with the gold from Thriving (up to certain amount of gold).

To unlock your chosen roaming blessing without delay, it’s important to maintain a lower gold count than your teammates. This means avoiding minion waves when no allies are nearby, except in cases where you need to defend a turret.

Rotate around the map

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Roamers are expected to move around the map strategically to help their team.

You can leash your jungler for them to get the purple or orange buff much faster, go to a lane to pick off an enemy or help an ally, or invade the enemy jungle.

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However, it’s essential to exercise caution when roaming, as it can also harm you or your teammate.

Before leaving a lane, make sure that your ally can handle it alone. Also, keep an eye out for missing enemies on the mini-map and assess your available skills before making a move.

Set up kills

As a roamer, setting up kills is a critical part of your role.

Whether it’s initiating a team fight, making an important pickoff, or helping an ally being chased by enemies, your ability to create opportunities for your team can be a game changer.

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To set up kills effectively, it’s crucial to know your hero’s skill set and understand how to use it in different situations. Knowing when to start a team fight or how to assist your teammates is key.

A lot of tank heroes have great initiation abilities, while most supports have healing and shield spells to help allies in danger.

Absorb damage from enemies or heal allies

Whether you’re playing a tank hero or a support with healing abilities, your ability to absorb damage or keep your allies alive can make a difference.

To be effective in tanking damage, you need to purchase defensive items that match the composition of the opposing team.

If they rely on physical damage, buy physical defense items such as Antique Cuirass, Blade Armor, or Dominance Ice. If they depend on magic damage, get Athena’s Shield, Radiant Armor, or Oracle.

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You can mix and match based on the situation of the game.

While it’s your job to take damage, surviving is also important to avoid giving away gold and EXP to the enemy team. This means that you need to be mindful of your positioning and avoid taking unnecessary damage.

For roamers with healing abilities, continuously restoring your allies’ HP during team fights is crucial.

As such, you need to build items that regenerate mana and lower cooldowns (like Enchanted Talisman), boost healing effects (such as Oracle), and provide enough defense for you to last in clashes.

Provide vision for the team

Gathering information about the enemy’s position is crucial in Mobile Legends.

Therefore, one of the primary responsibilities of a roamer is to serve as a walking ward, providing vision for the team, especially when taking objectives such as the Turtle or Lord.

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To do this, you need to position yourself near the enemy, but with caution. You also need to check bushes by using skills or directly approaching them.

By providing vision, you enable your teammates to make informed decisions about when to attack or retreat to safety, which can significantly impact the outcome of the game.

Best heroes for the roamer role

Heroes with strong crowd control skills and high mobilty are highly effective in this role.

These heroes can quickly move around the map, making it easier to set up ganks and rotations, and assist teammates in need:

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If you’re leaning towards support heroes with reliable healing abilities, then consider the following:

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