Akali Build Guide by Lilarcor
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Early - Mid Game
v.s High MR
Standard Sample Build
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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.
Before anything else...
Riot keeps on changing and changing and changing. So are metas. The challenge for me here is that I have to make sure that every patch or seasonal changes, concerning how to jungle, Akali should be able to do it. No matter how hard it is. I believe most champions are viable but there are some (sigh) that can't really be used in jungling but we'll look into that in the near future. So far, I've been successful with one of the hardest to jungle champion and is also viable in rank games.
Thanks to Bryun's Guide to Akali: The Epitome Of An Assassin. Which can be found here Your text to link here...
I'm not the best at using Akali but I know I can play her well because of Bryun's guide and dominated every single game I play most of the time even if countered (e.g Le Blanc, and other powerful ranged ap champs) in mid lane.
And to Mobafire for providing nice guides when I'm still noob like 3 or 4 years ago.. lol
Hi there. Welcome to my Jungle Akali Guide. It's me again, Lilarcor. Yes, some of you know me for making unorthodox build since I enjoy doing it. But I also make serious guide though not the best.
Anyway, I always use her in mid lane and I only did this for people who are curious what would happen if they try to jungle her. Okay, let's get started.
I wanted to jungle Akali ever since I tried being a jungler but I always fail because monsters do much damage on her due to her early squishiness and her lack in her basic attack output. But this time, I just figured a way on how to jungle Akali effectively and continuously jungling like other junglers.
Your aim here is to rush Akali to level 6 as early as possible but it doesn't mean that you won't try to help/cover/gank anymore.
IMO, an assassin doesn't need any defense items as long as your good at it. Assassin players tend to play smart and knows where and when to strike. Killer strike is a must! Of course, you shouldn't attack tanks when you're roaming because there'll be a chance that some enemy team will respond to it. Play smart. Think wisely when playing an assassin champ.
Okay, there will always be a question like "I'm good being a carry or an assassin but they just waited for me and focused on me?" Yes, things like that happens even though you're assassinating enemy teams. You won't get any favor at all times. Like you can't enter team clashes even though you entered late because they countered you with Oracle's Elixir or Vision Wards. So what will you do? Here comes our items for survivability. To withstand ant pressure given to you as a carry. But, like what I've said earlier, if you really are an assassin type player, you will always find a way to settle this.
Assassin should move like in this video and don't worry this clip belongs to one of my guides. And this is just an example and why not Akali? Because LoLreplay isn't working well with my PC and fraps eat a lot of disk space. I cannot record the whole game while playing.
P.S If you want to lane Akali...
Just skip the jungling items then go for Amplifying Tome and a Health Potion for your 1st item and change the runes according to your desired runes and masteries and use the Item sequence and your ready to go :)
AD - Attack Damage
AS - Attack Speed
LS - Life Steal
AP - Ability Power
SV - Spell Vamp
SS - Summoner Spells
MR - Magic Resistance
CDR - Cool Down Reduction
GPS - Global Positioning System. Just kidding! :p it's *Gold Per Second*
LvL - Level
Pros and Cons
+Has escape mechanism ( Twilight Shroud and her Shadow Dance)
+Good Ganker (Can level up to 6 very fast.)
+No mana cost
+Low Ability Cooldown
-Has only 1 CC which is her Twilight Shroud
-Need to be tactful (also to survive counter jungling)
This is the set of runes that I require of you to use.
Greater Mark of Attack Damage
Greater Seal of Armor
Greater Glyph of Armor
Greater Quintessence of Experience
x9 - Gives you enough AD to damage monsters in the jungle
x9 - Gives you armor to better survive the jungle
x9 - Same as above.
x3 - You need this to level up faster. Why 3? Why do you think 3 is necessary? I know you got it already lol.
Gold Jungler Option
For those people who wants to generate gold faster when jungling, this is for you. I suggest you try this out though you will lose the chance to level up faster but it's well worth it. :)
Greater Mark of Attack Damage
Greater Seal of Armor
Greater Seal of Gold
Greater Glyph of Armor
Greater Quintessence of Armor
Greater Quintessence of Gold
x1 - Adds a speck of armor.
x1 - Gives you (again) a speck of an armor to better survive the jungle. That's what you get for being greedy with gold. lol
x8 - Gives you 2 Gold/10 Sec Passive generation. Aren't you a bit greedy! >:D Well, instead of getting gold items, I'd rather stack up for gold runes. ;)
x9 - Same as above but much better armor. :D
x2 - You need 2 to get for survival purposes. Getting Armor Quints is better to stacking up Armor seals in this case.
x1 - Gives you an additional of 1Gold/10 Sec passive generation.
This is the set of masteries I require of her.
This set gives you:
-enough damage for monsters
-reduce and return damage
-+40 starting gold
-cdr for your summoner spells
-slight increase in movement speed
-slight gold boost (helpful and better than 'other' gold items 'coz it ticks as soon as the minions start to spawn)
Just want to say this, all of these items (excluding the jungle items are viable in laning. So whatever items you want to use here if you want to go laning will do just revert your runes and masteries to the standard AP ones.
Hunter's Machete - Your main jungling item. You have to upgrade this to either Poacher's Knife (for gold reasons) or Ranger's Trailblazer (for health regen).
Health Potions - Get 3 of these to help you better sustain the jungle and do ganks. But you can wait for your gold to generate up to 35 gold to buy another Health Potion f you want to before heading out to jungle.
First trip back:
1st trip back: Buy Boots of Speed
Option A: Upgrade Hunter's Machete to Poacher's Knife then Rush it to Poacher's Knife - Magus.
Option B: Upgrade Hunter's Machete to Ranger's Trailblazer then Rush it to Ranger's Trailblazer - Magus.
Poacher's Knife - Gives you +30 gold/large monster kill (+20 if you killed a large monster in an Enemy jungle).
- You may want to get this if you prioritize gold over health regen and AoE damage over jungle monsters and loves doing counter jungling. Of course you need to upgrade it to Poacher's Knife - Magus or buy a stronger AP/APAD/others item for Akali. 30 Gold + 20 Gold isn't bad during early game right?
Ranger's Trailblazer - Gives you +30 gold/ large monster kill.
- Same with Poacher's Knife but the difference is once you kill a monster, you do AoE damage + stun effect for 1.5 sec and you gain +15% of your Health once you killed a monster which is also helpful during early game.
Boots of Mobility - okay why this? Yes. Additional movement speed is gone once you enter a fight but the most important part here is that you can move quicker when entering ganks and escaping once 5 sec. elapses.
Sheen - You need to rush it into Lich Bane for higher damage output. Then just buy a component of Rabadon's Deathcap whichever you can buy. It will still add damage.
Boots of Mobility - a must for a jungler/roamer
Lich Bane - for higher damage output.
Rabadon's Deathcap - adds very high AP for damaging purposes.
Hextech Gunblade - very good item. Has nice active, life steal, and spell vamp pack in one. Though you musn't rush this as the damage it can give isn't enough to burst your enemy and spell vamp only gives you minimal health back unlike when built after Rabadon's Deathcap
Health and Defensive Items:
Rylai's Crystal Scepter - This is a great item. Gives decent AP and has a nice passive which slows an enemy target when targeted by a skill and works great with Liandry's Torment
Warmog's Armor - gives a very high boost to your health as well as good health regeneration.
Abyssal Scepter - has decent AP and an aura which reduces the MR of enemy champions by 20.
Guardian Angel - if you're thinking like "I should've aced them if I only have G.A." Well, here it is. Resurrects your champion by 30% of your maximum health and mana.
Akali doesn't have mana but the passive is very useful not only that, it also gives decent armor and MR so it is also one of the good choices.
Other Damage Items:
Zhonya's Hourglass - gives high AP and has an active ability which makes you invulnerable to attack for 2.5 sec.
Luden's Echo - very nice item. Gives high AP and has a % damage based on how many AP you have and jumps off to 4 enemies when struck. It's the AP item version of Statik Shiv
Void Staff - this is a counter item against champs with high MR.
Liandry's Torment - if your enemy has stacked a lot of health, this is the solution. Burns 6% of the target's current health and is double when slowed which is the effect of Akali's Twilight Shroud. Very Powerful when combined with Rylai's Crystal Scepter
Guinsoo's Rageblade - This is also a good item. Gives you both AD and AP and while fighting gives you 4% AS and 4 AP that stacks up to 8 times. Another interesting fact about this item is it's passive when your health is under 50%, it grants you 20% AS, 10% LS, 10% Spell Vamp that's why it's also good when combined with Hextech Gunblade though I only see few Akali users use this item now in rank or normal games.
Good Combination of Items for Akali
Hextech Gunblade + Guinsoo's Rageblade = vampiric effect
Your Local Calorie burner. Is the enemy champion fat/has lots of health? Help them reduce their excess weight by using
Health Eaterfor only 5800 Gold. (expensive but it's not a problem during mid-late game) Garen-teed in burning their fats away. :D
Rylai's Crystal Scepter + Liandry's Torment = Kiting machine (with her Mark of the Assassin) as well as health burn effect based on current health.
When jungling this should be the skill sequence you have to follow
Cautious sequence Twilight Shroud at LvL 2 just in case of counter jungle but it depends on how you handle it.
This is the summoner spells I recommend for you to use.
Used to fill the gap between 2 champs either for offense or when escaping.
This is a must for clearing the jungle fast. I will include a guide on how to jungle with Akali effectively later as my LoLReplay is still crashing lol. -_-
Here are other viable SS:
Well a decent choice for Akali slow (armor, damage, ability power, and speed reduction) then kill if possible. Also effective for ganks.
Also a decent choice for Akali good for finishing fleeing low health enemy champs and also for reducing health regen by half.
Use this if you want to counter jungle to have extra
I'm going to give you 2 types of route to follow either you go for Elder Lizard first or the Ancient Golem
Lizard Elder Route:
It's easier to kill than the Ancient Golem so I made this route my standard.
(VIDEO TO BE ADDED LATER)
Ask for your team mates for help to make jungling easier.
Lizard Elder ---> Golems ---> Wraiths ---> Wolves ---> Ancient Golem
Ancient Golem Route:
Take this route if you feel that they're going to counter you on the Elder Lizard . It's not bad to follow your instincts but I still suggest you go for the Elder Lizard 1st. But here we go.
Ancient Golem ---> Wolves ---> Wraiths ---> Elder Lizard ---> Golems
Here is a video of how I jungle Akali
You can gank at earlier levels if you want. The only purpose of this video is to show how fast Akali will level up.
Jungling Akali maybe is the worst thing you'll ever do if ----> you don't know how to. Many times I tried and at last, I found a solution for her to cope up with gaps which concerns to leveling and getting items.
The runes and masteries set I used here concentrates greatly on utility but also with offense.
Anyway here're the ones I recovered from my computer. I'll include some in the near future. Sorry I was only able to provide 1 jungle ranked akali match (tsk!)
'coz I lost some files but will fill this section with some of it if I'll have the free time to play in the near future again.
I, ExTr.Lilarcor.GW dominated here in my rank play.
This is a normal game. Just a normal game. xD
One of the commenters who tried my guide. you can also find it in the comment section.
Asimiir's Sexy Nurse Akali xD
BTW, this is one of the guys who helped me or should I say MY GUINEA PIGS! lol.. Anyway he's a good guy, though a troll yet a good guy but okay here it is.. lol