Graves Build Guide by Pauljeanius

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League of Legends Build Guide Author Pauljeanius


Pauljeanius Last updated on October 24, 2011
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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.


Brute Force
Improved Rally

Offense: 24

Strength of Spirit
Veteran's Scars

Defense: 6

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

Utility: 0

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-Malcolm Graves was born in the back of a Bilgewater tavern and left there with a bottle of spiked milk. He survived a childhood in the pirate-run slums using every dirty trick in the book. Intent on building a new life for himself, he stowed away on the first ship to the mainland he could sneak aboard. However, the grim realities of the world forced him to eke out an unsavory living in the underground of various city-states, jumping the border whenever things got too hot. At a particularly high-stakes game of cards, he found himself seated opposite Twisted Fate. They both flipped four aces on the final hand. It was the first time either conman had met his equal. The two formed an alliance, swindling marks at the tables and scrapping back-to-back in the alleys afterward. Together, they ran the streets – stacking chips, decks, and charges.

Unfortunately Graves made the mistake of hustling a hefty sum from Dr. Aregor Priggs, a high-ranking Zaunite official and businessman. When Priggs discovered how he'd been played, he became obsessed with revenge. He learned about Twisted Fate's all-consuming desire to control magic and he promptly offered him a trade: serve Graves up in exchange for enrollment in a procedure which would grant his wish. Twisted Fate took the deal – both he and Graves knew the stakes of their arrangement, but the offer was too good. Once acquired, Priggs had Graves taken to a special location built to hold men whose crimes – or more precisely their punishments – were meant to stay off the books. Graves endured years of captivity at the hands of Zaun's most unscrupulous wardens before he managed to escape. One of his fellow detainees introduced him to an eccentric gunsmith who modified a shotgun exactly to his specifications. After he paid a visit to Priggs, Graves joined the League of Legends with two targets in his sights: Twisted Fate and payback.

''They got a saying in the locker: ain't got nothin' but time to plan.''


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Hello this is my guide to Graves. I will say that you shouldn't just look at the items above, As much as you all hate reading i reccomend you read the whole thing even though You dont want to. In this guide you will learn all that i have learned in 1 week which i think is quite a bit about graves. PLease up vote and all downvotes i hope you comment why :D i will try to improve in every way possible.

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Lots of dps.
Huge damage.
Good escape artist.
Nice tanky passive.
Extreme midder and farmer.
Long range.
Good harrass.

Obviusly focused alot.
Ult is a little weak.

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Graves recieves increased armor and magic resist the longer he remains in

Holy **** this is an extremely awesome passive for a dps. It lets you stay longer in lane making you go back with at least 2000 gold. It also may Decide if you lose against another champion.

fires three bullet in a cone, damaging all enemies in their path

Great skill. Does Huge damage when maxed and is a good harrass. This skill decides how good your enemy champion is late game. the more you harrass the less effective the harrassed one is.

fires a smoke canister at the target area creating a cloud of smoke. enemies inside the smoke cloud have reduced sight range and movement speed.

Epic skill dudes. You can run AND intiate with this. Its good for juking and good for intiating.

dashes forward gaining an attack speed boost for several seconds. hitting enemies with basic attacks lowers the cooldown of this skill

Very good for escaping and cutting off and escaping enemy. Note this skill can go over walls. NEVER EVER dash in to start a fight, if your gonna do that then do it right. Dash sideways.

Graves fires an explosive shell Dealing heavy damage to the first champion it hurts.After reaching the end of its range or hitting an enemy champion,The shell explodes in a cone in front of it.

Its a great skill But almost useless early game except when you use it in a combo or use it to finish somebody off. Thats just my opinion though.

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Summoner spells.

Great if you chasing somebody down or pulling down the carry.

Good chasing and running and good for juking.

Not essential for a graves because of his e but its always good to have an extra.

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You need the armor pen and atack dmge so put 24 points into the offense tree and the defense is to stack a bit more on his passive.
Flat crit marks. Very good for that etxra damage.
Essential for you early farming 9 pf these plz.
Need that crit bro.
Greater Quintessence of desolation Good against tanky pplz

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Situational items first. why? cause thats what your doing. your not following a build your going situational. merc treads are good for high cc teams. Madreds in case of tanks. cloak and dagger in case of again cc.
Boots of speed
Phantom dancer
last whisper.

You should have all 3 of these items win or lose.

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This part you must read if you do you will come out a pro.

Use your e to dodge. and to juke in a bush. Your e to dodge, what i mean is say you have a caitlyn against you, your e is the thing that will avoid her annoying *** giant bullet ****. This skill could turn the tables in a fight. Your e can go through walls. good escape. Your w. you can lay it down and go through a wall. when your enemy comes out with a knife in his hand WTF lol you'll be safe. Your ult is a good finisher. dont be tricked by the length of what the cursor for your ult is. its shorter than the actual length. REmemeber it has the cone thing after it. Lay your w down and get our of the circle could finish your opponent or take down a lot of its health. and akali is useless against graves. he has his armor and her w is useless against graves w, if she lays it down lay yours down right on it. Never dash forward with your e unless your doing it to finish somebody off. If you intiate with it you lose the second to start the fight. use it to dodge skillshots and dash sideways since its much safer.

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Hoped you enjoyed this. probably not gunna get any votes XD