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Akali Build Guide by agentxorange

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League of Legends Build Guide Author agentxorange

Akali (6.24) - Absolutely Meme On Your Foes

agentxorange Last updated on December 14, 2016
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horiphin | January 13, 2017 8:49am
your poetry is actually beautiful
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10se1ucgo | January 6, 2017 6:18pm
Your Veigar matchup is pretty dated, no point in starting Long Sword because his passive doesn't steal AP anymore.
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agentxorange (3) | January 7, 2017 11:07am
LOL yeah figures I don't play against Veigar enough for it to even matter.

He's still like a 2-3 matchup though, especially now you can escape his babycage with W.
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maverick971 | January 2, 2017 8:44pm
hi,
awesome build it looks super fun, I am trying to pick up Akali jng because of the shortage of viable ap junglers. I have a couple questions about what you think about her jng:

Do you think she is viable in the jungle?
what runes you would use?
any other tips?

thanks and awesome guide.
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agentxorange (3) | January 7, 2017 11:14am
Uhhhhh I mean she's essentially a worse Warwick since she can't gank effectively pre-6 and she's basically a sustain jungler with way worse sustain.

1. No I think she's bad in the jungle but depending what kind of players you're playing against, sometimes anything goes.
2. Armor yellows, flat/scaling AP blues, flat AP quints, MP reds.
3. Gun it to 6, probabbbbbbbbbbbbly max E first? I'd probably take 2 points in Q and then just max E. You'd be going essentially the top tank Akali build.
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wizard2020 | January 2, 2017 5:04pm
i really love this guide and it gave me lots of good things to think about/know while playing akali (I've kinda picked her up). Also you should add me on league, my name is wizard2020... im just trying to get better. Thanks again!
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FreshCakes | December 6, 2016 12:17pm
Thoughts on upcoming ptr 6.24 change: Akali's passive now procs on structures, minor buff or more significant? (Imo it's a really nice buff that might be underestimated)
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agentxorange (3) | December 6, 2016 5:14pm
Extra damage/healing off towers is nice. It's minor since you're still a melee champ tho. The buff can't hurt.
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Retardedturtle24 | December 1, 2016 8:42pm
What are your opinions on building Nashers Tooth second, i find it really utilizes her passive ever since the update.
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agentxorange (3) | December 3, 2016 8:22am
I thought it would be good, so I tested it a lot - it just isn't good enough of an item for her. It kind of has fake synergy, where it looks like everything synergizes with her new kit. However, the build order is horrible, it's too expensive an item for what it gives you, and attack speed is just not that good on her, especially with your new W where it isn't as hard to get 2 autos off in fights since you have more opportunities to zip to opponents.

Part of this stems from her not really having as good an identity as the other assassins, but don't be fooled. A bunch of AP on her is still the way to go, especially after the buffs.
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Neltarionsama (3) | December 3, 2016 9:54pm
Just as before you can build anything you want if you are ahead and nothing you built will save you if you are behind.

She is more feast or famine than ever.

Also do your fcking math man (sorry for swearing but SALT)

New akali (6.23) only does a ~5000 DMG DPS in 5 sec.
6.21 Akali could reach 8500 DMG in 5 sec.
Burst is not just delayed. DPS got destroyed.
Late game sustain is a joke compared to spellvamp.

She is weaker and unless you snowball you fall flat on your arse.

People need 1 MR item to survive a full rotation and then you either wait in shroud for 4 sec to do 2nd rotation or die.

Her ULT>

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Wistheriya (1) | November 23, 2016 4:58am
Hi there
First, ty for this very good guide. Well writen with interesting things.

But i just wondered. What's going on with maw of malmortius and mercurial scimitar ?
Is it possible to switch zhonya to malmortius then GA to scimitar when facing heavy AP bursts.

I wont detail too much writing on a non english phone is insanely boring. But i think you got the main idea
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Thales225 | November 13, 2016 9:07pm
I understand that the reworked Akali now draws in more power from her passive but I have no idea how you can sit there and say that you like the new Akali. Her passive scales much better with AD (Akali is almost always built AP) and her Ult got reduced by about 50%.... FIFTY PERCENT. She's so unbelievably weak now! Oh but wait her E got buffed! Then again no one really cares about that ability... Oh but it scales more with AD! (not by much but you get the point) (...). The only think I'll give the new rework is the outplay potential with her w but in all honesty it just doesn't make up for the lack of damage she has now. I guess the only way you're gonna win now is to draw out the fight to get more passive procs. I haven't bothered to touch her yet but who knows maybe I'm wrong and now the right way to play her is the smart way and not just march up and knock down that midlaner a door just cause you can. Tell me how you think about an AD Akali. Does her ult just not do enough damage to compensate even though e has been buffed? How about a hybrid build? I'm mostly bringing the scaling of her passive into question here. Just how much of a game changer is it in terms of AP vs AD vs AD/AP. Let me know

Update: So I went back and played Akali for two games and I must say I'm extremely surprised. I think I'm gonna go ahead and contradict my earlier statement and say I actually like the rework. I think the biggest difference you notice is that Akali's pre-6 isn't that bad anymore. She heals more health and deals more damage all around. And the new w is as I originally thought a game changer for her kit. Also I'd like to mention I'm having a great success starting with a long sword and 3 pots. After boots and hextech I'm still experimenting with builds but I believe a hybrid build is the way to go right now. With more emphasis on her auto attacks and the ad that hextech already gives it's a no brainer in my opinion. I'll keep you posted if you'd like.
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agentxorange (3) | November 14, 2016 3:46pm
I don't appreciate the "tone" in your original post but at least you updated it. I'm not saying she's busted or even good, I think she's okay damage wise, I really the like the direction of the rework, and I think a lot of the hate is misguided by people who honestly didn't play Akali in any other season other than the one she was busted in (3 I think?). I think once they tone her power levels a bit she'll hopefully be pretty good.

I think the correct build (when all the reworks settle down, and Akali gets buffed) will be only a slight alteration of the old build. As I talked about in the rework section, they shifted power from her ult onto the 2nd hit of her passive, thereby increasing the value of getting autos off in teamfights; this is especially true after level 9 when the passive has a 4 second CD. Additionally, CDR becomes more important due to the ult scaling with it and because of the E CD nerf. I think all this changes is Nashor's Tooth and Lich Bane become buildable, and just rushing into heavy AP items becomes less important since your mid-to-late game powerspike is less item dependent. Zhonya's may also not be 2nd item core since your W is so much more useful now, however it's still a good item on any AP dmg champion.
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10se1ucgo | November 12, 2016 1:07pm
Have you seen the Akali buffs on the PBE yesterday?

Twin Disciplines (passive) - First strike's healing AP ratio increased to 60% from 30%
Twilight Shroud (W) energy cost lowered to 60/55/50/45/40 from 80/75/70/65/60
Crescent Slash (E) AP ratio increased to 70% from 50%

Seems pretty nice.
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agentxorange (3) | November 12, 2016 2:28pm
I've been more focused on playing her, so I haven't seen the buffs - I actually don't know if buffs are the way to go. I'm always a little wary of Riot overbuffing a strong champ before people figure out how to play them, and then nerfing them into oblivion (the Kalista treatment). I think she's okay -> good in her current state.

That being said, that's a huge AP ratio increase on two pretty strong farming abilities. Also, wow that energy cost lowering? Lowering of the overall mana/energy cost for an ability which you max last always has a big impact. Those have the potential to make her quite strong if they go ahead with it, which again, make me nervous for the long-term future.
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Elusive Ferret (65) | November 12, 2016 3:22pm
She needs buffs. She's way weaker in her current state after the changes. I agree with you on that Shroud buff tho, that's quite a big cost reduction. Not entirely sure where they're heading with these buffs overall, they seem kinda random.
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Not Draven Draaaven | October 29, 2016 9:43am
The best draven pun
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DreamingInRed (3) | October 21, 2016 12:29am
Great guide! Any thoughts on her rework yet?
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agentxorange (3) | October 26, 2016 4:50pm
I had been meaning to talk about it, so I added a section on the rework.
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DreamingInRed (3) | October 27, 2016 8:18am
Thank you!
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ShadowerSlayer42 | October 19, 2016 10:48am
Very well written guide :) +1
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agentxorange (3) | October 20, 2016 12:49pm
Thanks babs
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bigmouth00 | October 2, 2016 2:44am
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STDMachine | September 1, 2016 10:07pm
Is Akali still viable top? If so, are there any changes you'd make to the build besides probably teleport? Awesome guide though, honestly one of the best quality I've seen. I've been crushing mid following this.

--Edit-- Also, I think you forgot Gnar in the matchups. Either that, or I'm blind. But I'm against him top lane (swapping because our top said he can't fight Gnar).
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agentxorange (3) | September 3, 2016 1:03pm
Thanks dude, and yeah it's a mid-lane only guide (so that's why Gnar isn't there) although I do have a few things about top lane in the guide.

Generally not my go-to for top, but she's decent situationally, vs. people other damage top laners would be good against (ranged, other damage ones) and she's decent into armor heavy champs. Playing her into people like Gangplank (in long lane, she's ok vs. him mid), Maokai, or **** like Wukong is just the worst. It's just kind of dangerous going her straight damage top since you deprive your team of what probably would be some sort of bruiser/tank, and she's not a great tank either since her utility is pretty nonexistent and her kit isn't made for peeling.
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Balzabar | August 4, 2016 9:43pm
I love how in the intro, he/she says, "she also has a lot sex appeal.". I'm done. None-the-less, great guide.
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Nakanzaki | July 29, 2016 9:17pm
Hey Friend thanks for not only the build, but the explanation for EVERY item, combo, pros/cons and runes( I build Zhonias first in a Vs. LB. Was that much risky? I actually win this ranked 10/3 in mid lane)
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agentxorange (3) | July 30, 2016 12:11pm
Yeah, against any assassin you want to get Zhonyas, it's a pretty safe item. It's core, I almost always pick it up 2nd unless they have no burst and they have an AFK or something. LB is a good example, you mess up her burst with your W and Zhonyas if you have to.
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N7 Disengage | July 16, 2016 6:11pm
Hey bro, I always liked to play with Akali, I guess I consider she as my "main", since I have 160k mastery with her. Looking for some new stuff, I came here and decided to use your content to improve my skills.

I used your "burst POV" instead of my "stay safe POV", changed some talents and runes. PLUS i was trying to use your hints in game:

Entirely Dependent on One Item - I were finally able to watch the champion strenghts;
Falls Off Late Game - ok, I always knew it, but this just made me pay MORE attention (as the team fights started getting harder) in the split push, that really helped both me and the team, srsly, keep this great job.

This is the result, a new fresh penta for me.

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agentxorange (3) | July 24, 2016 9:50am
Just get into that assassin mindset. You play her similarly to someone like Talon or Diana. It's really just about playing around her weaknesses and knowing how much damage you're going to do, and knowing when to not commit suicide.
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NotTempest | July 1, 2016 9:15pm
This helped me out so much thank you for putting so much time and effort into it! But quick question, I am still buying Runes right now, which ones would you suggest to buy first/second/third, out of Marks of MP, Seals of Scaling HP, and Glyphs of AP? Thank you again this really helped me "meme on my foes!"
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agentxorange (3) | July 15, 2016 8:43am
Sorry I took so long to respond, been on vacation. Get the marks first since you need them for other mid laners, then pick up the glyphs. You can run armour yellows until you get the scaling HP ones, although it isn't ideal.
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ItsThatDude (1) | June 27, 2016 8:22pm
Hey will this build work fine on top? Because I'm struggling to be efficient at farming in mid and I get poked back to my turret.
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agentxorange (3) | June 28, 2016 7:45am
No it won't. You don't have enough utility and are a little too dependent on Ignite to warrant going burst damage top. You do work into some top match ups but you get countered too easily by frequently played top champs (like Maokai).

For mid, you want to be pushed back to your turret. It's easy to farm under turret with your kit, with your Q-AA and E clear. The actual issue I see with people playing her mid is they try to keep the wave in the middle of the lane or try to fight early. You really have to play her differently than other laners - just practice farming under turret, it's important you get good with that.
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NightZeen | June 24, 2016 3:19am
This is a super amazing guide. I made an account just to comment and tell you how much this helps :) Also What do you think about replacing 1 AP quint with a AD quint. I did this because a friend told me that it will make Cs'ing easier. I am really bad at Cs'ing so i will do anything to improve it.
Thanks! :D
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agentxorange (3) | June 25, 2016 2:45pm
Thanks dude! And no, replacing the quint is bad. If you're having trouble CSing, play customs and just farm. Use your Q on minions that are about to die to learn how much damage it does, Q-AA minions with half-health or so, auto minions to figure out how much that does, etc.
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NightZeen | June 25, 2016 6:43pm
Ok, Thank you :)
Gonna practice Csing for a long time xD
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tioxgreen (1) | June 14, 2016 5:58pm
hi, thx for this guild it rly help me
but i want to know if i use hybrid pen is it better than magic pen ?
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agentxorange (3) | June 15, 2016 9:39am
Thx babs, glad the guild helped.

I go with magic pen over hybrid but as I said in the guide it is mostly personal pref. 90% of your burst is Q, R, Gunblade, and passive, which is all magic damage. Hybrid helps for poke though, so again, whatever floats ur boat.
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millordx | June 13, 2016 1:50pm
As an Akali main, I wasn't impressed in your build because just like what you said, Akali has a strict build. I was impressed rather on those items listed on your what not to build. Popular guides here usually go for Nashor's, Trinity or Lich Bane which is useless if you think of it. I am also impressed on your tips on combos especially the flash + ult combo because I am guilty of doing it myself and loving it. Good job.
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agentxorange (3) | June 13, 2016 5:15pm
Thanks man, yeah I mean the build isn't too exciting or anything - Gunblade for burst, Zhonyas for survivability, Rab+Void is pretty standard, and then last item. Making sure to not buy certain items is kind of important, they just ruin the build. If you buy Nashors you're just ignoring the reason why Akali does so much damage, Lich Bane has too many useless stats, Mejai's after nerf isn't even worth picking up when ahead, etc.
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ZaNoob3 (1) | June 8, 2016 5:12am
Just Got a Penta with your Build :D. Thank you Very Much :D
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ZaNoob3 (1) | June 7, 2016 3:21pm
Hay Man! I Buyed 3 Hours Ago Akali and Played my first match and had a Game of 2/4. After that i watched a Guide from My Favourite Youtuber and Readed your Guide. the Game after this i was 34/5 :)
Im Silver 5 and Akali seems to be the perfect carry for Low Elo!

Thank you very much for this Guide :D
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Blyiel Anzemet | June 5, 2016 1:56am
My man, wonderous guide, a few questions:
Being stuck in low silver due to team mate throws, is akali a good choice for just straight carrying out of silver and upward? Also, whats your opinion on top akali, because ive seen that in a few games now...?
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agentxorange (3) | June 5, 2016 10:59am
I've always thought she's perfect at ranks below Plat - she's easy to pick up, it's easy to punish people for bad positioning, nobody ever buys pink wards, and you can tilt people by roaming or camping lanes. The one thing is that she isn't a very forgiving champion, which is probably why you won't see too many mid Akalis in general. Once you're behind in an Akali game it is difficult to become relevant again, especially if there is a lack of communication between teammates/poor objective control.

Yeah I mean there was a reason she had such a high win rate top for a while. She's hard to kill if she's tanky since she gets spellvamp automatically, and her E has approx. a no second cooldown which is good for clearing waves. I personally can't stand playing Tank Akali since it is just mind-numbingly boring. Damage Akali top can be ok - depends who you're playing against, you'd probably just want to do the same build as mid except maybe get Rylai's early. It's too situational though so I wouldn't recommend it.
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chillz469 | June 1, 2016 10:23pm
great guide man!!! you should add 3 things tho :D

1. its super duper bust if you throw a Q on them and wait till your Q cd is back up. ult AA q AA for double Q proc. this really only works in lane of course.

2. you can troll the **** out of enemy team by throwing W down next to a wall and flashing to the center of it. they will think you have flashed over the wall and will flash over themselves.

3. if you use ult to jg minion over a wall see if they are still running towards that wall. they will flash over. with the right timing you can ult them to get back to the other side just before they flash. this applies to champs like shyvanna too. as soon as she decides to ult over that wall just fly right back over :D
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agentxorange (3) | June 2, 2016 3:10pm
Thanks! There's plenty of stuff to add, so recommendations are always helpful.
  1. I think I mentioned this, it's definitely a good combo. If you tap fast enough you can actually get the E off too before it lands. Tons of dmg.
  2. Lol yeah, that one is a bit too troll since it burns flash which I like keeping to catch people out. You can flash in your W to confuse them too :P
  3. I could add stuff about ulting around to jungle minions. There's some great outplays to be made in the jungle if people are dumb enough to chase you into it. I'll definitely add some interactions to the outplay section.
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chillz469 | June 2, 2016 4:35pm
Best akali guide out there for sure. You fixed my build :) i have a few questions tho. Say the enemy team has a 4/0 vlad top by time i hit six and have my hextech. Would it be a good or bad idea to get abysmal scepter second item? Also what about using warstorm to sneak up behind enemy just before a team fight. Dropping ward on jg camp. Killing adc ( or highest priority) and use the speed to escape and possibly split up enemy champs trying to get to you. Good or bad?
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Woohoojin | May 31, 2016 1:23pm
Wow!!!!11!!one!! thIs is a veRy goOd guIde, thAnks foR maKing thIs!!!!!!!!1! I haVe onE quEstion abOut akAli, if akAli and swAin, do yoU W or Q>?
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agentxorange (3) | June 2, 2016 3:03pm
Definitely Q. W is nice but not really useful against swaIn because he's a bird. Your combo vs swAin goes Q-Q-Q-Z-V-F-D-R-R-E-Q. Really important you get this right.