Darius Build Guide by Virse

League of Legends Build Guide Author Virse

Killrius (Instead of Dierius bc never die)

Virse Last updated on June 23, 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: 18

Dangerous Game

Cunning: 0

Tough Skin
Runic Armor
Veteran's Scars
Legendary Guardian

Resolve: 12

Threats to Darius with this build

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Threat Champion Notes
Garen I've never lost a lane to Garen. Just time your w before he silences you, step away when he tries to spin, and punish with Decimate for a beneficial trade. Don't become a villain though, because that's 1600 true damage you can't avoid at level 16. Bonus Darius Challenge: Laugh every second you're playing against him.
Ekko Will try phase roll combo often, punish with w. Don't get stunned, or you won't cut it.
Sion Only really trouble if he tries to become more AD than you, or if you can't dodge skillshots or ganks. Show that old man that there's no room for him in the new Noxus. Don't get hit by blood shield or he'll yell at you and hurt your feelings. :(
Amumu Laugh as he tries to close the gap and crush his little yordle skull.
Dr. Mundo Hahahahahaha Dodge q, bleed him when he ults, laugh when he pleases to go to the fountain.
Gnar Don't let him hit you three times. More vulnerable when giant, but has a stun to keep up with you, so don't play near walls or anywhere you don't want to be.
Nasus ctrl 4 ctrl 4 ctrl 4 ctrl 4 Bonus Darius Challenge: Don't let him get above 100 cs.
Maokai Laugh as he tries to close the gap and crush his large tree skull.
Alistar Laugh as he tries to cc you for two seconds and then crush his large bull skull. Don't get ganked though.
Olaf Did you know that axes hurt when they are thrown at you? Darius doesn't. Bonus Darius Challenge: Kill him with basic attacks while he has ulted.
Cho'Gath Don't get eaten and you win. Bonus Darius Challenge: Stop playing Darius if you get eaten, unless you immediately erase his whole team on the next respawn.
Singed Hahahahahaha Bonus Darius Challenge: E him mid flip.
Wukong Yeah his mimic is nice but your Q covers any and all areas he could possibly be beyond that.
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This is my first guide, but it is made with the confidence of a weathered season 3 and onward Darius player.

I'll try to cut to the chase - and as a reminder, this is only for good Darius players.

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9x Attack Damage - This will keep your damage within acceptable levels early game, and maximise your yield once you have recieved your offense items.

9x Armor - Early game strength when your opponents will believe they can out-damage you. Scaling or Health won't quite give the same effect.

9x Scaling MR - The mages might think they can take you where their AD top fails. This will remind them who you are.

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Fervor of Battle might be taking hits each patch, but it is still a healthy Keystone, as compared to the more predictable three/four-hit passive Keystones. It's constantly active, and doesn't go on cool-down, making it reliable, and a good incentive to practice keeping your bleed stacks up.

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Titanic Hydra - This weapon gives you a very good auto attack refresh, adding on 200-500 damage as you progress throughout the game. This is good for towers, where you can aa-w-Titanic-aa for a good chunk of tower before anybody can get back to it. Likewise, it's a fair deterrent to anybody hiding in the back lane, and can offer a large swathe of death if you can pull 3+ enemies, setting you up for an easy w-q-r while they try to wrap their head around having just been slapped by 500 damage each without having taken a q yet.

Boots of Swiftness - Honestly you can take either these, tabi, or mercury's, but these are typically the most rewarding, allowing you to keep on your enemies, or get away quickly if necessary. Tabi are good for people like Jax, Jinx, or Tryndamere, Quinn, etc. No shame in buying it if you need to, you won't get any other defense until well past your Cleaver.

Black Cleaver - Take this second, as maxing your e second should take care of any tanks for the meantime. This is another bonus to your perpetual quest for stacks. That makes something around 67% armor pen with masteries, enough to make Talon jealous. And your enemy laner will thank you for not making their death too slow and painful.

Randuin's Omen - Your only real threat is an enemy AD who can keep their distance, so this will definitely mitigate that. The attack speed slow is one thing, but the aoe slow is another good bonus to keep them within range.

Spirit Visage - New q is pretty good, yeah? This makes it 20% better, and gives the added bonus of making red buff greater, and mages lesser.

Warmog's - Spirit Visage makes this greater too, and your Titanic Hydra will thank you for the extra 100 attack damage you just gave it. This is why you do not build many further attack damage items, as every hp item will bolster your Titanic Hydra's attack power to compensate - that and you get an extra 20 ad for Noxian Might each level. So keep your stacks up.

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Skill Sequence

Decimate goes up to 1.4 AD scaling once you level it to max, so it's definitely a good incentive.

Crippling Strike got a good bit of a nerf with the rework so it's not as much of a priority to level up. Leave it unlevelled, as it doesn't scale up with AD anymore either.

Apprehend levelled second will keep your AD up as they build armor, and the cd reduction is very nice for quick engagements.

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Teleport for greeting their ADC, and flash for fun q - flash combos.
Pleasantly reduced cooldowns by resolve mastery.

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Play this build.

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Ranked Play

I'll grab screenshots later.

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Creeping / Jungling

Execute the entire first warrior wave with a q, leaves you some good room for some early trades.

Once you get tiamat, it's a trivialty to lane.

Ask your enemy jungler if you can have his red.

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Pros / Cons

Pros -

  • Able to build tank without sacrificing AD at all.
  • A healthy two slows and self-heal based on missing hp can keep you in the game for much longer than an enemy might think.
  • Ultimate has slightly more range than it lets on, and puts you in a static range for a good follow up if you're a little too far away to apprehend.
  • Ultimate also lets you shoot for three if they try to flash or dash away too slow.
  • Noxian Might gives you a ton of AD consistently throughout the game, enough that you won't even need your ult half of the time.
  • People will think you're really good even if you really aren't.

Cons -
  • If you play predictably, you'll get played predictably.
  • Poking and in-and-out champions will give you trouble if you let them.
  • Not too many escape options. Go big or go home.
  • People will expect you to keep being really good, even if you aren't.

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Team Work

Now, you aren't here to take all of the glory, but the rest of your team are indeed just coattail passengers.

Give your ADC a kill or two, murder your top laner, and take mid tower. When in team fights, prioritize getting 5 stacks as quickly as possible so your immediately following q dishes out a good 500 damage bleed, and pray to god that your allies don't try to get an easy kill in the midst of a large fight when you're lining up to dunk, or else all of those stacks will go down the drain and you'll have to let them die while you walk home.

Let them set you up with stuns and slows, but don't go and waste your e until they've burned flash. Always try to open with w if you can help it.

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I hope this build helped you somewhat in learning how to Darius professionally.
I got tired of seeing all of these builds promoting Sterak's, so I decided to make something a bit healthier.