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Akali Build Guide by DarkTank2

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League of Legends Build Guide Author DarkTank2

Akali AP pro

DarkTank2 Last updated on May 16, 2014
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Ability Sequence

1
4
5
7
9
Ability Key Q
2
14
15
17
18
Ability Key W
3
8
10
12
13
Ability Key E
6
11
16
Ability Key R





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The masteries shown here are not yet updated for the current season, the guide author needs to set up the new masteries. As such, they will be different than the masteries you see in-game.



Masteries

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1/
Havoc
 
 

Offense: 21

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Legendary Guardian
 
 

Defense: 9

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bandit
Intelligence
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wanderer
 
 

Utility: 0


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Hello

Welcome to my second guide.
Even though my English is not the best, I still did my best.

If you notice any errors, please tell me, I will mend quickly....thank you!


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Introduction

SPACE First i have to say, that i love Akali very much, because she does very heavy damage to all mage and carrys who don't skill tanky/tank! The Mainskill of her is her Mark of the Assassin. This one is doing sooo much damage and in combination with Lich Bane it does more than the halfe of their live! But more see bottom!

I'm just in the middle with Akali, because here all the opponents are weak, which can be easily overcome. In addition, Akali will also be in the middle level 6 faster, and has her grand ulti faster...Up to Akalihas her ulti she is Pro, cause her Ulti is the best :D




But what IS Akali?
Akali is a Melee, Caster, Assassin which is doing Magical damage! She is famous for Jumping into the fight, dealing tons of damage and jumping out of the fight.

She is a solo/mid Hybrid Ninja, with stealth, jump, and damage skills!




Story:


space There exists an ancient order originating in the Ionian Isles dedicated to the preservation of balance. Order, chaos, light, darkness -- all things must exist in perfect harmony for such is the way of the universe. This order is known as the Kinkou and it employs a triumvirate of shadow warriors to uphold its causes in the world. Akali is one of these shadow warriors, entrusted with the sacred duty of Pruning the Tree - eliminating those who threaten the equilibrium of Valoran.

A prodigal martial artist, Akali began training with her mother as soon as she could make a fist. Her mother's discipline was relentless and unforgiving, but predicated on the fundamental principle: ''We do that which must be done.'' When the Kinkou inducted her into the order at the age of fourteen, she could slice a dangling chain with a chop of her hand. There was no question - she would succeed her mother as the Fist of Shadow. She has had to do much in this role which others might find morally questionable, but to her it is in service of her mother's inviolable doctrine. She now works with her fellows Shen and Kennen to enforce the balance of Valoran. This hallowed pursuit has unsurprisingly led the triumvirate to the Fields of Justice.

''The Fist of Shadow strikes from the cover of death itself. Do not impede the balance.''






Please ignore the advertising, after it you can see a PENTAKILL from an Akali!


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Skill Sequence

Ability Sequence
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18


Skilling priority is:

This is the best ability that has ever made​​!
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This is the main damage dealing skill on Akali
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This is the second damage dealing skill on Akali
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This skill has a great effect but nothing great to lvl-up.


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Skill Explanation

Akali's passive:


Upon obtaining 20 ability power, Akali's hits deal 8% bonus magic damage, increasing by 1% for every 6 ability power gained thereafter. (Magic damage doesn't affect towers, but it affects other structures.)
Upon obtaining 10 attack damage, Akali gains 8% Spell Vamp, increasing by an additional 1% for every 6 attack damage gained thereafter.


  • 1st part of Akali's passive is, that she get an extra Spell vampire (8%), when she gets 10 additional damage through items, runes, masteries, etc.
  • 2nd part of Akali's passive is, that she get 8% extra magic damage to her autoattack, once she has 20 ADDITIONAL AP
  • Both parts increases 1% each 6 ADDITIONAL Attack Damage or AP!
  • Her passive is very useful to farm, cause you deal more Damage the more AP you have!


Akali spins her kama at a target enemy to deal 45 / 70 / 95 / 120 / 145 (+40% of ability power) magic damage and mark the target for 6 seconds. Akali's melee attacks against a marked target will consume the mark to cause 45 / 70 / 95 / 120 / 145 (+40% of ability power) magic damage and restore 20 / 25 / 30 / 35 / 40 energy.

Cooldown: 6 / 5,5 / 5 / 4,5 / 4 sec
Costs: 60 Energy
Range: 600


  • Akali's Q is very great. First Mark of the Assassin does Damage when you put it onto a Target, and if you hit this Target a second time, you will activate the Mark and this is doing very heavy damage.
  • I choosed this skill first, because with lvl 1 when you guard jungler or counterjungling, and one of the opponents rush into your bush, you do great damage to him, and he will start with running away, but caused by your boots, you are faster and will catch him!
  • I also maximate this skill first, because the Activating damage increases with every time you lvl Mark of the Assassin up!


Akali throws down a cover of smoke that lasts for 8 seconds. While inside the area, Akali gains 10 / 20 / 30 / 40 / 50 armor and magic resist and becomes stealthed. Attacking or using abilities will briefly reveal her for 0.5 seconds.
Enemies inside the smoke have their movement speed reduced by 14 / 18 / 22 / 26 / 30 %.

Cooldown: 20 sec
Costs: 80 / 75 / 70 / 65 / 60 Energy
Range: 700

  • Akali's W helps her to escape very good, and in teamfights it is very useful to don't get focused.
  • I choosed it with lvl2 first time and maximate it last with lvl 18, cause the effect which get higher each time you lvl Twilight Shroud up is unimportant.
  • Another reason why i choosed it with LVL2 is, because if a Shaco or other jungler ha doubble Buff with 2:45 and ganks mid, i am still LVL2 and can hide from him.
  • Also if the Mid opponent is very strong and you have problems with defending your tower, if u put your Twilight Shroud normally all opponents run away, cause they fear, you attack them!


Akali flourishes her kamas, hitting nearby units for 30 / 55 / 80 / 105 / 130 physical damage (+30% of ability power) + 60% Attack Damage and activating Mark of the Assassin's secondary damage.

Cooldown: 7 / 6 / 5 / 4 / 3 sec
Costs: 60 / 55 / 50 / 45 / 40 Energy
Range: 325




Akali moves through the shadows to quickly deal 100 / 175 / 250 (+50% of ability power) magic damage to the target and appear next to it.
Akali gains an Essence of Shadow once every 25 / 20 / 15 up to a total of 3, affected by cooldown reduction. The time to gain a charge doesn't count when at maximum charges. Additionally, Akali gains an Essence of Shadow for a kill or an assist.

Cooldown: 2 / 1,5 / 1
Costs: 1 Essence of Shadow
Range: 800


  • Akali's Ulti is the best which Riot has done!! It's like your personal Flash and it also does very great damage!
  • In combination with Rylai's Crystal Scepter and Lich Bane just this skill is doing 1/3 of their Live away!
  • I love this skill, because you can cast him three times with just an cooldown of a few seconds (2 / 1,5 / 1)!


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Items



Item Sequence

Hextech Gunblade
3400

Rabadon's Deathcap
3800

Lich Bane
3200

Zhonya's Hourglass
2900

Void Staff
2650

Enchantment: Homeguard
450



My Recommendet Items:


  • I always start with Boots of Speed and 3 times Health Potion, because of the running speed and the 450 HP you can regen if you get hit of your opponent. So you can last longer at your Lane, and dont fall back with your farming and your level.
  • If you get ganked earlier than you can buy the Boots upgrade, you are as fast as the jungler and you can escape him!

  • Hextech Revolver gives you extra Ability Power and the main reason cause i buy it, is the spell vemp! If you think, "boa this few live you gain back, i don't need this"; it safed my live many times when Karthus tried with his Ulti to kill me, cause with your full Kombo casted on Minions, you gain ca. 200-300 HP back!
  • And in a fight, if your opponent follows you and hopes that he can kill you, you jump onto him (gain HP back), hide with Twilight Shroud and do Mark of the Assassin (Gain HP back when put on Target, and get HP back when activate it)!!!

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  • The choice of your boots depends on your opponents. If the opponent team has 4 AD and 1 Mage, it's better to buy Ninja Tabi.
  • But if the Team has as much AD as AP, i also choose Ninja Tabi cause i get Magic Resistance with Lich Bane.
  • I also buy Ninja Tabi altought i fight against a mage mid, cause the ganks are often AD and in lategame i have enogh Magic Resistance.
  • You also have to be carefull,cause one stun can kill Akali quickly, because she don't has much Health and Defence. So if the opponent Team has many stuns, buy Mercury's Treads


  • This Item makes Akali more dangerous. Rabadon's Deathcap 140 AP and 30% EXTRA AP!
  • Once you have Rabadon's Deathcap you are dealing Really great damage to your opponents!!
  • But if you are good with akali, and have much Kills, they will surrender when you have bought Rabadon's Deathcap because they think, you get fed with Akali and they won't have a good chance to win! They have no chance to win against you except they are clever enogh to skill to Magic Resist to get safe from you!


  • Void Staff is just for the End of the game, if all opponents start to buid more Armor and Magic resistance.
  • You get 80 AP with it and 40% Magic Penetration! That is very helpfull against tanks and Tanky Champs.
  • But only at end of the game you shoud buy this, cause if u buy it earlier, you dont do enogh damage, and then it's nonsense.

  • Hextech Gunblade is a usefull uprade from your Hextech Revolver you bought at the begin of the game.
  • This is just for your Crescent Slash and to restore your HP after fight cause of the Livesteal!
  • After it your build is finish, and you can buy pots, and Elixirs.




Alternative Items:



  • If your opponents have quite much champs with stun, you get killed very fast, so the Effect of Zhonya's Hourglass is quite usefull for weak assassins!
  • Also the additional Armor is super, it protects you from AD Carrys!

  • This is a very risky Item, because you lose a part of the stacks when you die. So i just would buy it, when you get fed and be sure, that you don't die so often!
  • If you get fed and use it, it is a great choise, because with 20 stacks you have additional cooldown reduction and a big amount of AP!

  • This is slso a good opinion to Void Staff, because here you get additional magic resistance.
  • but you have less magic Penetration!




Absolute useless Items on Akali


Basically all Items which let you get Mana, Mana regeneration and Attack damage/speed are USELESS

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Pros / Cons

Pro:





i
Contra:

  • If the hidingtime of Twilight Shroud is going out, you're an easykill.
  • When your oponents are clever enogh to buy Oracle's Elixir you can go home.
  • The energy of Akali is emty if she does her full combo.
  • often gets focused of opponent team, cause low defense.


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Combos



Important with her Combos is, that you have to remember Lich Bane's effect.
So i tell you the combo with Lich Bane, without, and under lvl6!


Akali's Combo from LVL1-5 Without Lich Bane


Akali's Combo from LVL6-18 Without Lich Bane
You even don't need Rylai's Crystal Scepter.


Akali's Combo from LVL6-18 With Lich Bane
When you have Lich Bane you also have Rylai's Crystal Scepter!



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Masteries

Masteries
4/1
1/1
3/5
3/5
1/1
1/5
3/1
3/1
1/
1/
2/5
2/1
1/1
3/5
1/5

Typical Offense Masteries




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Runes

Basically i know of myselfe, that everyone uses his/her own runes and not these ones, which are called here in the guides! So i just can give you reasons why you should take exaktly these ones here:

Runes

Greater Seal of Armor
9

Greater Glyph of Ability Power
9

Greater Quintessence of Ability Power
3

Greater Mark of Attack Damage
9



  • I choosed them because of the additional Armor, which is very useful in early game and Midgame!
  • I Have Greater Seal of Armor with Every Champ!!
  • But the main reason why i choose these ones is, because with them i have more armor and so i stay after a towerdive more often alive than without them!






  • This Runes i choosed, because of the Passive of Akali, which is called Twin Disciplines. If she gets more than 10 ADDITIONAL Attack damage (caused by runes, Masteries, items, or ect), Akali gains 8% spell vamp, and in combination with Hextech Revolver you have great spell vamp!
  • Additionally you are doing more damage to minions, so the farming is a little bit easier than without these Greater Mark of Attack Damage


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Summoner Spells



Recommendet:




I prefer Flash and Ignite.






  • Flash is often used to escape, and somethimes to catch somebody.
  • I prefer to use it to escape, cause with Akali you have extra Running speed from Lich Bane, and you can use your Shadow Dance to catch everyone...
  • If you know that you can do first blood, but you need your ulti to reach him and don't have it yet, you can use Flash to reach the opponent, but care, look before whether he has Flash too!!! If he has, don't do so!





  • Ignite is very usefull with Akali, cause if your spells are on cooldown, and the opponent just has a few health, Flash / Shadow Dance onto him and ignite him, so if he doesn't use Heal or cleancee he will die...
  • Or if you know, that your enemy has Heal, you can use it to decrease his healed health, casue Ignite reduces healing effects...so he heals less than he think and you can kill him.





  • Even tought you have no Flash, you have a chance to escape or catch the enemys.
  • Ghost makes you faster, so you can run away from the enemys, or purciute him easier.
  • Ghost is for people who don't reached LVL12 yet.





  • If you comes into a fight in mid, and you seems to loose, use Heal to get a few live back and then you have a second chance to kill your enemy.
  • Watch out with using Heal if the enemy has Ignite. It reduces your healing effect, and then he has the better cards to win this fight!
  • If you dived into tower ang got a kill, short before the tower kills you, use Heal to stay alive.



Absolute useless Summoner Spells:






  • If you don't know it, Akali has no mana, so an effect with get you mana back is useless on Akali





  • You don't get so often in situations, where you need increased tower attackspeed!
  • But it is not absolute useless, if you mean, you know the skill better, use it, i can't recommend it!





  • You don't get so often in situations, where you need increased tower attackspeed!
  • But it is not absolute useless, if you mean, you know the skill better, use it, i can't recommend it!
  • Maybe you can need it in Dominion to slow down the enemy towerdamage and attackspeed!



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Gaming

Remember i always play Akali mid!!


Begin of the Game:

  • Very often you get bet to guard and push jungler, so you pull Blue Buff and run back into midlane. Cause of your Boots of Speed, you are faster or as fast as your enemy, so you can push your Mark of the Assassin onto him to harass him, cause more you can't do at this Moment.
  • You can push your Twilight Shroud always onto the enemy's magic minions (the 3 last ones) so the enemy fears and runs away. That's a trick how you can farm easier in mid, but care, you used your Twilight Shroud so if you get ganked, you are helpless!!




MidGame:

  • Once you reached LVL6, you should wait, till you have at least 2 Males of the Assassin, cause you need your ulti more than 1 time to kill an enemy!
  • Just go on farming, and hope, that someone of your team ganks you in the next time.
  • Once you get LVL7 you have ca. 1000 Gold, now try to harass your opponent hard.
  • Next step is to try to kill your harassed opponent with your combo.
  • If you killed him, or you missed the kill for a few health and he has to port himselve back, you can also go back and buy Hextech Revolver and sone sight wardss and Health Potions.
  • Put at least one sight ward into one bush of the midlane and always stay of these side of the lane, cause there you see the opponent ganker before he reaches the bush!
  • Harass your enemy with Mark of the Assassin --> Shadow Dance --> Crescent Slash to activate the Mark --> Twilight Shroud to get safe and then back to your minions and farm!
  • Next time you can kill your enemy easily!




EndGame:

  • In the Endgame you can beat each Carry easily solo, cause in your Twilight Shroud they can't do something to you! But watch out, if they have Oracle's Elixir or some Vision Wards!
  • Try to farm lot's of minions, cause 2,5 waves of them equals one enemy kill!
  • Don't forget to ward the map, also the important Points, you can find more information here! Read it, it is very helpful!




TeamFights:

  • In Team fights you are important for killing the carrys and mages.
  • If a teamfight starts, wait a little bit, and then jump across the battlefield and push your Twilight Shroud onto your target (should be a weak carry, who focused one of your team except you!) and do all your skills in the right combo!
  • These tactic is very useful, cause you get one, maybe 2 or 3 kills, and you win the teamfight cause you focused the right Champ!!
  • Twilight Shroud helps you a lot in teamfights, cause normally they try to focus you (easy, weak, what ever), but now they can't see you, except they have Oracle's Elixir!
  • Should someone of their team manage to escape, jump on him with Shadow Dance, slow him and do your combo, or let your team follows you!


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Other Champions

Here i made a list with other Champs, wheather they can be dangerous for you as Akali:
Remember i just play Akali mid!

Easy to kill:

  • Brand (Watch out to his Pillar of Flame, it can hurt you bad, and just jump on him, if he wasted Pillar of Flame and Conflagration to farm minions! He is weak, but if he does his full combo onto you, he could beat you too, so watch out to his Pillar of Flame)
  • Cassiopeia (Is in early game and at Start very annoying, cause she has a big range of her skills, and you can't harass her very well...so you will need many ganks. If she farms too much, use your Twilight Shroud to make her running away of the minion waves!
  • Karma (is a supporter, so she doésn't do very high damage, but is rare in mid)
  • Lux (also can do high damage, but if she wasted her skill for farm, jump and kill)
  • Orianna (is a supporter, and just can throug her ball ono you, but if she does, jump and kill)
  • Morgana (has without her ulti just 2 skills which are doing damage, so if she trys to attack you, and her Q misses, jump and kill)
  • Soraka (supporter with just a silence and an AoE...care, she can hit you in your Twilight Shroud)
  • Twisted Fate (he has his card throing, and sometimes he can stun, so wait till he used his stun, look that he doesn't reach you and then jump and kill)

Could makes problems:
  • Anivia (she is annoying with her ulti, which is an AoE, and her passive Rebirth)
  • Annie (can cast one skill directly onto you, has 2 AoE and sometimes stuns you)
  • Blitzcrank (he is dangerous, cause he can catch you, push into the air and silence next to his tower, and you can't do something)
  • Fizz (his ulti slows you, and he can quite good escape, if you are too good for him)
  • Gragas (has lot's of AoE's with high damage)
  • Karthus (can slow you and he has a AoE, and his passive annoys)
  • Kassadin (can be annoying too, because he can silence you, slow you and with his ulti he can escapes you easily)
  • Katarina (with her Shunpo she is an assassin too, and all assassins can escape you well)
  • Kennen (has a stun, and with his Ulti he has an AoE)

These are doing troubles:
  • Fiddlesticks (he has with his ulti an AoE, can fear you for 2 seconds, so you cant do anything if one ganks, can silence you for a long time and can heal himselve easily)
  • Heimerdinger (he can blin you, so you can't activate your Mark of the Assassin, his turrets are annoying and with his ulti hhe can slow you)
  • Lee Sin (he can detect you in your Twilight Shroud, can slows veryy well and has a slow)
  • Rammus (hits you with his roll in your Twilight Shroud, can taunt you, so you can't do something and has an AoE)
  • Shaco (you don't see him, till he is next to you, his Jack In The Box fears you and he can detect you in Twilight Shroud)
  • Swain (he can slow you, has a AoE, which holds you in your position and his ulti makes him dangerous)
  • Veigar (tons of damage with his Dark Matter, has an AoE stun, and his ulti is annoying)
  • Ziggs (he has 4/4 AoE Skills, can slow you, can "jump" into your direction and does tons of damage with his Q and ulti)
  • Garen (he can silence you, his spin is an AoE and his Ulti does tons of damage)
  • LeBlanc (she also has CC (silence) and does more dmg that you. Additionally she has her jump to you, and suddelny jump back before you recognized! I had bad experience against her)


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LoL-Replay

If you have LoL-Replay, you can wath games, who were fight days ago...
I use LoL-Replay for my games, and i decidet that you can watch them.


If you haven't installed it yet, i just can recommend this tool, it runs in the backround, so you don't have to do something, and after game you can decide if you want it to be uploadet!


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Tipps & Tricks



  • Important in early game is the farming. Until you are LVL6, farm and harass the enemy, and don't play aggressive until you reach LVL6, cause just with your Shadow Dance you are dangerous!

  • I always play Akali mid, cause there you have weaker opponents. If you have the chance to solo top or middle lane always take it! Top lanes' brush and its layout is better, and if you are in middle harassing correctly and farming you can deprive the enemy.

  • Don't forget to buy Health Potion and sight wards to protect you from ganking, and you can see if the enemys want to kill dragon or baron nashor .

  • Buy Vision Wards always when you have Gold and can't do anything with it. So you can see, if you opponents out wards there, and if he did, you can destroy them!

  • After a teamfight when you stay alive, and you see 2 enemys with halve of their live or lower, attack the weaker one of the both and kill him, cause of Twilight Shroud the other can't kill you!!

  • As an assassin you have to gank very often...each time you see, that your mid-enemy ports back, gank bot or top, to get a kill! (just after reaching LVL6!)

  • Get Red Buff as often as you can, cause it is an additional slow and gives you extra damage!

  • Wait with casting your Twilight Shroud till you jumped onto him...then he can't attack you and will be slowed so you can easier reach him to activate your Mark of the Assassin!


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Thank you for Reading till the end of my Guide




I hope I could bring you closer to Akali, and if you should have not purchased akali, I hope that I have changed your opinion.

If you find this guide great, please subscribe and vote!
Have a nice play with her...


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Special Thanks

These Guys i want to thank very much, because they helped me to make my Guide more attraktive and helped me to correct my mistakes:

  • Ex Vi
  • Marko333
  • Incanzio
  • Vapora Dark
  • Zippo333
  • Quietschie
  • Slyther Blade
  • Thx to Panglot for these warding guide!
  • Thanks to jhoijhoi for the sig(s)!