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League of Legends Build Guide Author embilion

Jax - Grandmaster at Arms

embilion Last updated on May 24, 2011
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Team 1

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.


Brute Force
Improved Rally

Offense: 9

Strength of Spirit
Veteran's Scars

Defense: 21

Expanded Mind
Blink of an Eye
Mystical Vision
Presence of the Master

Utility: 0

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Hello and welcome to my guide on how to play the League of Legends champion Jax. First of all i would like to point out that my grama and typing wont be very good, so please dont flame me in the comments section about that, after saying that i guess its time to move on.

The guide is not done!, i will finish it sometime when i get time next week

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Build 1 is for Off-tanking and dealing more melee damage compared to the Ap version
Build 2 is for Ap-jax using his ultimate combined with Lich Bane for great damage
Build 3 is for melee damage and a bit of lifesteal and armor pen, use this if you want to do damage that doesnt base on his ultimate

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Jax, Grandmaster at Arms

It is seldom the case where a champion is defined by his actions after joining the League of Legends rather than before. Such is the case with Jax, for whom the argument could be made that he is the most prolific tournament fighter currently at the Institute of War. Before joining the League, Jax was an unremarkable soldier-for-hire. For reasons known only to the former leader of the League, High Councilor Reginald Ashram, Jax was put on the top of the list of candidates to receive a League Judgment - the interview process that either accepts or rejects a prospective champion. His Judgment was the quickest in League history, where the Doors of Acceptance glowed and slowly swung open as soon as it began. Jax faced no recorded Observation or Reflection during his Judgment.

Jax proved himself to be an immediate terror in the Fields of Justice. The self-proclaimed ''Armsmaster of the League'' rattled off a streak of consecutive wins that to this day has not been matched. A number of summoners in the League grew concerned that the perceived objectivity of the League of Legends would be questioned by the presence of an unknown fighter who was unbeatable. For this reason, the new leader of the League (following Reginald Ashram's disappearance), High Councilor Heyward Relivash, created special restrictions for Jax to fight under. This was something the League had never done before, and something which has never been done since. The burly fighter responded by imposing his own special conditions; as a means of protest, he permitted himself to fight using only a brass lamppost. Neither the League's sanctions nor his own has affected his winning ways. The League has since rescinded its sanctions, but Jax has not; he fights and fights well with his trusty brass lamppost.

''Be advised - there has been an outbreak of lamppost-shaped bruises in the League of Legends.'' - Gragas

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Pros and Cons

Good damge early game, crazy damage late game
Very hard to kill with because of his passive and his dodge chance
Easy to escape with, AKA to minions, friendly champs, in some scenarios even enemy champs :)
Good farmer when stacked up in and Easily kill everyone in a 1v1 fight

REALLY item dependant, without he isnt worth much
Can only stun if he dodges

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Why you should play Jax

The reason to why you should play Jax is simple, he is so much FUN to play, and he is a great champion, his damage is insane with the correct items, and with my build you will get very hard to kill aswell, you could even end up killing 3 people that tried to gank you just because they didnt expect you to put out that much damage, so fast, in 2v2 you easily win if you dont get stunned too much aswell, and in 1v1, you should not be able to LOSS, if you do, you did something wrong, now if you havent already done so, GO BUY JAX, after that come back here and follow this guide and you will see what im talking about :)

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When playing Jax i normally use greater mark of desolation marks, seals, glyphs and Quintessences.

You grab the greater mark of desolation marks to get through some of that annoying armor on the tank, this also highens your damage a bit early game by getting rid of some of the base armor on your opponents.

The is obviously taken because of the dodge passive on Jax and to add onto the boots dodge chance, which at the end gives you 34% dodge chance, this means that you are going to block 1/3 of all attacks.

The is taken to be able to jump more often and use your W more often aswell, also if you dodge

The is picked for the extra hp early game, this will save you a "LOT" of times from ignite or other damage over time spells like brands burn.

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The reason for the items i've picked is kinda based on his passive , it simply, gives him hp from his AD and AP.

First i start off with the dorans shield for the extra hp and hp regen, this gives much better lane staying power which is needed early game to make sure you dont fall behind in lvls.

The next item i pick up is , this item is a "MUST" on Jax, the armor and extra dodge chance is just pure gold on Jax, with these boots your dodge chance should be on 34% at lvl 18 which is very good.

The next item i go for is the , again a "MUST" on Jax, the passive of the item stacks with , this makes you able to gain a lot of attack speed, very quickly, if possible, stack both up before going into a fight, also remember using a - jump combo adds 2 stacks to so always start the fight with that.

The next item i pick up is , this item is very good on Jax, adds both AD, AP and spell vamp and lifesteal, the spell vamp is good to have with the 3 hit effect on and when using and .

After next item go grab your , crit chance, armor and the best of the item, its passive gives 2% of your hp in attack damage, when you get all your items on Jax with this build, you will have around 4.5k hp which will give you a lot of damage from .

Next up you go grab the for some more hp, damage and the slowing effect which is very good when chasing with , also makes it easier to hit with if they are running.

Last but not least, get a which will give you the last bit of hp for your , if hp is not a problem and you just want more crit chance, attack speed and movement speed, grab a instead, this wont happen very often though.

Situational Items

Here is some suggestions for items you could get instead of the ones in my build

If the other team got a lot of CC or champions based on combos like Brand, consider getting a this item is great for Jax and gives both hp, mp and magic resistance and the passive is the best of the item, blocking a negative spell each 45 second

Instead of getting either , or you could also get a , this is only adviced if you got more money than you can use though

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Summoner Spells

As summoner spells i prefer to pick and then either or , is great to take out that little piece of hp they have left after the fight if they manage to run away, and is good to make them damage less, and to chase them if they try to get away. If no one on your team got you might aswell grab that instead of one of the above.

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What to do, and what not to do

I've seen a lot of Jax's tower diving very early in the game, this may in some cases work because of BUT, you see that little Ryze with 10 hp left standing at the tower, do you jump him or not? YOU DONT!, what are you gonna do if he uses prison on you right before jumping? you might kill him, but the chance are very big that you still end up dying youself. Also, do NOT jump onto 1 guy and try to kill if theres just a little chance that any of the other players are standing in some brushes near you.

In some cases you will get ganked, if this is by 2-3 players there might not be a big chance of getting away,(depends on the status of your :D) in these cases, put on and to the nearest squishy target and rip him apart, by now just keep attacking and use and whenever possible for extra damage and whenever possible, stun them with , you might also want to save for chasing, but thats for you to decide, not me, by during this you might actually end up killing the gankers, that tried to kill you, oh and obviously turn on your relentless assaults active part.

Do not tower gank if theres a chance you get stunned when doing so and die
Do not attack a lonely target if you got ANY suspicions that there might be other players hiding in a brush nearby
When you cant get away, turn around and do your worst! Show them that gankers doesnt make Jax their target, but that Jax makes the ganker his target!

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How to play

As soon as you get into the game buy your Dorans shield and move to whatever lane you want, every lane works for Jax as mostly squishy targets go mid you should be able to take them out easy with a few + combos.

As soon as you get enough money recall and get your lovely these highly increases your defense and dodge chance, if you got any leftover cash, buy a ward or a part of the

Work your way to recall whenever you need to and buy what you can afford of it each time,at last when getting it

After get your hands on , this increases your damage output by A LOT

Work your way to recall whenever you need to and buy what you can afford of it each time,at last when getting it

Depending on the enemy champs you should now either buy or get if HP is not an issue and that you just want to kill faster, and if you need more HP, or if the targets is good at escaping, after getting whichever of them you chose to get first, get the other one

The game might be done by now, but if it isnt, go get a or a if you chose to get your damage and hp will be increased a lot, but if you get your starting attack speed before getting stacks in and will be much higher making it faster to get stacks in those, you also get a little bit of movement speed and crit%, it's up to you, both is good

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Contact and support

If you found this guide helpful please comment and rate it, if you think theres anything i should change send an email to with your suggestions and reason to do so, also feel free to add me ingame if you wanna play or just talk, im called Inzuriel, on the EU version of LoL. All help, suggestions and constructive critism is gladly taken.

Keep in mind that this guide is far from done and that i did this in under an hour, more will be added, and some things will be changed later.