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Darius Build Guide by LaMainDeNoxus

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All you ever need to learn Darius Guide (Patch 6.14!)

LaMainDeNoxus Last updated on July 13, 2016
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Ability Sequence

Ability Key Q
Ability Key W
Ability Key E
Ability Key R

Not Updated For Current Season

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.


Natural Talent
Bounty Hunter
Battering Blows
Piercing Thoughts

Ferocity: 0

Dangerous Game

Cunning: 12

Tough Skin
Runic Armor
Veteran's Scars
Legendary Guardian

Resolve: 18

Threats to Darius with this build

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Threat Champion Notes
Yasuo Lol what a joke of a champion amirite? Shouldn't be going top anyways since he gets destroyed by every top laner. Just fight him level 1 and win always, even if he builds tanky you still win, build omen first if he goes zeal.
Darius Buy Ruby and build it into cinder then build sunfire. Poke out this mirror matchup player with your q and do very quick engages.
Singed Useless champ. If he proxxys just ask for a jungler to help give you free gold, nobody plays this guy, especially in ranked.
Cho'Gath Only thing he has for him and true damage like you, but if he builds tank or goes RoA first, you win, flat out. Build spirit visage and mercs, bye Cho.
Xin Zhao Lol he does nothing, useless champ in general if anywhere besides jungle. buy omen then sunfire into ninja tabi and win.
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About Me!

Hello Friends, My name is Anthony but I'm mostly just known as LaMainDeNoxus. I'm a plat IV Darius main and have mained said champion since the beginning of season 5 (yes 5). I was very tempted to make this guide to open up key secrets to Darius and to open up players like yourself to new builds and or possibilities on the rift! After reading this guide and learning, You should be able to climb out of most Elos at ease.

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Pros To Darius

+Insane Early damage
+Insane Early tankyness
+Strong Slow cc chains!
+True Damage
+over 900 true damage late!
+25 percent armor pen from one skill maxed
+Anti-tank tank (lmao)

+Still strong if behind

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Cons to Darius :^(

-Absolutely no damage late game without Noxian Might
-Kited easily in team fights
-Ranged Champions destroy Darius in laning phase
-If focused in team fights and cc'd, becomes useless and can still die.
-Trash talked for playing Darius because he's "too op XDDD"
-Missing a q heal will ruin your duels

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Summoner Spells!

I usually always take Teleport and Flash. The only Reason To take ignite is if you know you can stop your lane super hard and carry without a doubt Teleport (I used Ignite to carry out of silver 5 to Gold 2), but other then that you want to use TP to your advantage even if it's ganking a lane (Mostly bot) or farming up and backing for Tank items and tping in for Easy lane wins. Make sure to use Flash when escaping or flashing in for a Q heal to win a duel. Darius is an all in champion, you kill your enemy or die trying. Flash will be your only escape (not counting phage) so please use it wisely :D

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In-depth To Hemorrhage

Hemorrhage: Darius's basic attacks and damaging abilities cause enemies to bleed for 10 - 27 (based on level) (+ 30% bonus AD) physical damage over 5 seconds, stacking up to 5 times for a maximum of 「 500% damage 」「 50 - 135 (based on level) (+ 150% bonus AD) physical damage 」 over the duration.
Upon applying full Hemorrhage stacks to an enemy champion or killing them with Noxian Guillotine, Darius gains Noxian Might for 5 seconds.
NOXIAN MIGHT: Darius gains 40 - 200 (based on level) bonus attack damage and instantly applies full Hemorrhage stacks through his usual means.

Your second most important Ability in your kit. the Hemorrhage part is easy to understand, you do DOT damage for every auto attack, outer q hit, or w, or ult cast which stacks up to five times. The second part "Noxian Might" Activates after 5 stacks is reached and can be visually seen easily. You gain massive AD (40 lvl 1!!!) and the AD you gain upgrades as you level, making you a perfect Mid game champion! The bonus damage sadly won't affect your ult increased damage by that much but every other ability benefits so brokenly, especially the Hemorrhage part of this passive, yes the bonus ad scales with bleed damage. Try to focus on one easy target to get the 5 stacks of bleed then switch to squishes in team fights to destroy them.

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In-depth to Decimate

ACTIVE: Darius hefts his axe for 0.75 seconds, then swings it around himself, dealing physical damage to nearby enemies, doubled against enemies hit by the blade.

Darius heals for 12% missing health for each enemy champion hit by Decimate's blade, up to a maximum of 36% missing health. The hilt of Darius' axe will not apply Hemorrhage.

Take this Level 1 and Do an all in with Dueling champions to have an easy win, make sure to time your healing to benefit you the most but remember, if the enemy has a brain they will flash into you to avoid healing from your Decimate and ultimately may make you lose a lvl 1 fight and always remember to try to 2v1 a gank early on because of the insane base damage you have, but be careful of good junglers in your elo.

RANGE: 425 / 220 / 205 COST: 30 / 35 / 40 / 45 / 50 MANA COOLDOWN: 9 / 8 / 7 / 6 / 5

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In-Depth to Crippling Strike

ACTIVE: Darius's next basic attack within 4 seconds gains bonus range, deals 40% AD bonus physical damage and Slow icon slows the target by 90% for 1 second. If Crippling Strike kills its target it refunds 30 mana and half of its cooldown.

Crippling Strike resets Darius's autoattack timer.

Take this Level 3 or 2 Depending on the Matchup. You usually want to save Crippling Strike for when you have full Hemorrhage (It will do insane more damage). Make sure to use your enhanced passive damage for ADC's with your w to surprise them. You can also use Crippling Strike to kite enemies since the slow is great to have. Please use W to secure farm because it resets the cooldown in half and gives you full Mana back.

Sadly after Darius's rework, His w no longer reduces the target's attack spped (I cri evertim)

RANGE: 「 200 」「 25 」 COST: 30 MANA COOLDOWN: 9 / 8 / 7 / 6 / 5

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In-Depth To Apprehend

PASSIVE: Darius ignores a portion of his targets' armor.
ARMOR PENETRATION: 5 / 10 / 15 / 20 / 25%

ACTIVE: After a brief delay, Darius pulls in all enemies in front of him, slowing them by 40% for 1 second, and briefly grants Sight icon sight of the area around the pull.

Your main engaging Ability in team fights, Apprehend will decide the outcome of a duel early one sometimes, a good Apprehend Darius will win every single lane. You must learn when to use this spell, don't use it against confident enemy laners that are right next to you fighting you. Use it when you start to win a duel and the enemy realizes your winning and tries to run away, just pull them in and chain cc with your Crippling Strike Slow! In team fights, sometimes using flash then Apprehend to pull a whole team into you for your team is the best answer especially if you can combo with a Yasuo or a Braum for an easy team fight win

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In-Depth to Noxian Guillotine

ACTIVE: Darius dashes to the target enemy champion and attempts to execute them, dealing true damage.
TRUE DAMAGE: 100 / 200 / 300 (+ 75% bonus AD)
For each stack of Hemorrhage.png Hemorrhage on the target, Noxian Guillotine's damage increases by 20%, up to 100% bonus damage.
「 BONUS DAMAGE PER STACK: 20 / 40 / 60 (+ 15% bonus AD) 」「 MAXIMUM TRUE DAMAGE: 200 / 400 / 600 (+ 150% bonus AD) 」
If Noxian Guillotine kills its target, Darius causes all nearby minions and monsters to flee in terror for 3 seconds and it can be recast within the next 20 at no additional cost. At Rank 3, Noxian Guillotine's cooldown resets completely. This can occur multiple times in succession.

The most infamous ability in this game and Debately one of the most iconic Spells in League Of Legends, Noxian Guillotine can be used to dispatch enemy in quick succession if done properly. Early on in the game when you hit level 6, you most likely will win every duel proposed in the laning phase.

Your ult damage isn't something to brag about early on doing around 280 True Damage which may seem like nothing but combined with Insane early damage from your passive enhanced Decimate and Crippling Strike you can suprise enemies with quick burst damage even with full tank from Sunfire Cape or Spirit Visage. After lvl 11 you hit one of the biggest power spikes in the game, with 10 percent Armor Pen from Apprehend and maxed out Q and an Ult doing now around 560ish True Damage, you can always 1v1 an enemy on the other team or maybe 2v1 if your ahead With ult ready to go. Remember to look at your late game ult damage and memorize it. It is true damage meaning it will do that exact amount no matter what. You must learn this to succeed and carry as Darius. Also one last tip, don't be afraid to ult before 5 stacks especially when you're on 4 stacks and the enemy is fairly low, the last stack from ulting will proc Noxian Might

Also! Darius's Ult Causes Fear CC with minions if it kills an enemy which can save your life, but then again this CC is buggy with Darius

RANGE: 460 COST: 100 / 100 / 0 MANA COOLDOWN: 120 / 100 / 80

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Overview of Q, W, and E Abilities for Darius!

Darius Q Decimate Should be your first lvl 1 ability unless invading then take e and hook em in for your team to secure first bloods! Use Decimate to Harass lvl 1 with decent damage, you should always duel lvl 1 and take advantage of your insane heal and damage. Lvl 2 I usually always Take Apprehend to give me insane armor pen and to catch my enemy off guard with a quick pull and swift damage after the pull. The exception to not taking Apprehend and taking Crippling Strike against duel lanes like Fiora or Renekton or Nasus Or Garen. Lvl 3 Of course take the ability you haven't unlocked yet (E or W). Then fully Max Decimate and then ALWAYS MAX Apprehend for broken Armor Pen (25 Percent Maxed out like damn!)

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I usually always Take Grasp of the Undying because of the recent buff to it giving it crazy damage with tanky champs like Darius and just having good and constant forced sustain. Take thunderlords if you feel more comfortable with it

People may be questioning my choice for Veteran's Scars over Runic Armor and I have reasons for it. First of all, Runic Armor is a late game mastery imo while Veteran's scar is a heavy early game mastery and Darius excels at the early game where you want to get ahead and stomp your lane out and carry and set your self up for late game while runic armor is better in very little situations. Not feeling like you're healing a lot? buy Spirit Visage

Ferocity Skill tree is (in my opinion) almost completely useless on Darius because Cunning is more survivability and dueling power early on with Dangerous Game and Merciless being broken on Darius (Anything that gives this guy more damage before the game starts is pretty broken by itself)

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For runes I got 9 Attack Damage Reds, 9 Flat armor yellows, 9 MR per lvl blues, and finally, 3 attack speed quints.

The reason for attack speed is for early game dominance and stacking to 5 stacks and getting noxian might is most important for lvl 1-3 trading

The rest is standard for tanks

P.S. you can swap out attack speed quints for movement speed or flat Attack damage to fit your style!

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Early game

Harass and stomp your lane to win, farming isn't going to do too much if your against a Nasus with 800 stacks 20 minutes in. Go big or go home. You win almost every matchup early so have fun with it. Teleport bottom post 6 and help other lanes if you are stomping yours!

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Mid Game

This is where you shine, gather and talk with your team about pushing mid down and roaming together and such, taking dragons and setting up barons can secure more protection from throws, Seek out fed enemy players and destroy them with or without your team. You're Darius, you can 1v1 anyone unless they are 20/0/100.

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Late Game

The worst/best part of Darius. Doing insane ult damage with q, you can 1v1 most adcs except Vayne and Lucian where you must focus with your team, mostly Vayne tho because of her broken damage, you can be full armor tank and she can still duel you and kill you under 10 seconds. Team fights are important but so is split pushing, but that's not your job since you do literally no damage to towers, ask your mid laner for help with this. Play smart in team fights know who to focus.

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Team Fighting!

Darius is a good engage, focus the adc if you can get to them. Then work your way around with the dunks, if you mess up your ult you pretty much lose team fights, so a lot of pressure is on you there. Pick your fights wisely and run in with teammates against 4v5s (you having 5 players in total) when the enemy top laner could be splitting, then focus on him afterwards. Pull in enemy teams to your team to crush them completely. Some champions tend to outscale you pretty hard if they are also ahead ( Graves, Nasus, Vayne, Yasuo) So watch out

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My Stats Here is all my stats and anything you ever wanted to know about my gameplay!

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Final Notes

Thank you so much for viewing my work, this took me 12 hours (yes, straight 12 hours of staring and pressing buttons on my keyboard, no breaks). Please let me know if something is incorrect or misspelled. I want to help new players get into champs like Darius and enjoy the game for what it is. I will keep a patch log of any Darius changes when or if they occur (He hasn't been touched on in like 10 patches). Please comment things I should add since this is my first guide and I will be thinking about making more, especially for Vladimir. Add me on NA as LaMainDeNoxus! Again, thank you so much and see you on the rift :D

Also, my Favorite Darius Skin is Bioforge And my Second favorite is his Default skin!