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League of Legends Build Guide Author Bidoofkip

Olaf the Beast

Bidoofkip Last updated on August 29, 2010
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Ability Sequence

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

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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.


Brute Force
Improved Rally

Offense: 21

Strength of Spirit
Veteran's Scars

Defense: 9

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

Utility: 0

Olaf the Beast. Olaf is a very fun character to use. In my opinion he isn't OP or UP. He's in the middle and maybe a bit above. This guide focuses on making Olaf a strong bulky melee champion instead of a high survivability tank.

-Olaf's Undertow is a skillshot that hits everything it passes through. This means your target won't have to be in a clear path just for you to hit.
-Can easily escape ganks by activating ghost+ragnarok.
- At above, Olaf's ulti Ragnarok makes him immune to all disables for a period of time.
-He's very strong against mages since mages usually have a disable to keep you in place while they nuke you.(Ryze,Annie,Morgana,Veigar,Fiddle)If they can't disable you can easily destroy them!
-Quite fragile until around level 6.


(Passive)Berserker Rage:For each 1% of health missing, Olaf's attack speed is increased by 1%!

This passive is gonna help you out A LOT in facing enemies 1 v 1. This passive makes Olaf deadly when he's at low hp. This doesn't mean you can rush a full hp champion with low hp though.

Undertow(Q):Olaf throws an axe to a target location, dealing magic damage plus 30% of his attack damage to units it passes through and slowing them for 2.5 seconds. If Olaf picks up the axe, the ability's cooldown is reduced by 6 seconds.

This is Olaf's skill shot. Olaf throws his axe at the targeted location. The good thing about this skillshot is that it hits all enemies it passes through as I mentioned earlier. This skill does pretty decent damage as it does base damage+30% of your damage.
Although this skill does decent damage the main use for this skill is to slow the enemy champion to help you catch up or maybe run away.
This skill should NOT be used to harass enemies as it takes too much mana away. The only time you should ever use this skill to harass early game is when you have a 100% chance to hit both minions AND 1 or 2 champions.

Vicious Strike:For 6 seconds, Olaf's attack damage is increased by (base damage plus a percentage of his max health). While active, Olaf gains lifesteal and spell vamp.

This skill is just plain awesome. It gives you base damage+ damage based on a percent of your maximum health.Note: Even though this gives you damage based on your maximum health this doesn't mean you should build only health/tank items. Vicious Strike also gives you both lifesteal and spellvamp. When Vicious Strike is maxed it will give you a total of 41% lifesteal!(21% from Vicious Strike and 20% from Stark's Fervor)

Reckless Swing:Olaf deals true damage to his target and inflicts true damage to himself.

True Damage is damage that ignores all enemy armor.

Reckless swing is a great skill. In fights you should use this skill every time it's off cool down. Reckless swing is the skill that helps Olaf kill tanks with ease since it does true damage. Reckless swing also inflicts some damage back to you when you use it but mid-late game you won't even notice it. Also reckless swing goes really well with Olaf's passive. Reckless swing will do damage+ damage yourself which means it will give you attack speed cause Berserker rage gives attack speed when you're losing hp.

ULTIMATE Ragnarok: (Passive) Olaf has increased Armor Penatration.(Active): For a few seconds, Olaf is immune to disables and reduces incoming damage.

This is truly an amazing ultimate. You are immune to ALL disables while this is activated. That's right. You can't be stunned, snared or slowed. Ragnarok also blocks a bit of incoming damage towards you. Ragnarok helps you survive really well in team fights and smaller fights too. You're immune to CC's and you block a bit of damage..

Tips for playing Olaf:
-Try to play it safe early game until you reach level 6 and get enough gold for your phage.
-Before engaging into the team fight use ragnarok and at some point use ghost
-Use reckless swing whenever possible.
-When reckless swing is on cooldown in a team fight just auto attack enemies while you have vicious strike on.

Core Items:
Frozen Mallet: This item is a MUST for Olaf. Frozen Mallet gives Health, Attack Damage and a slow. This is the perfect item for Olaf. Health helps olaf become bulky and it increases the damage given by Vicious Strike. The attack damage isn't much but it's still someting. The slow is very useful too.

Ninja Tabi:
Great boots for Olaf. The dodge is great and it's cheap.

If the enemy team doesn't have very many melee characters and have a lot of mages/casters then you can switch ninja tabis for Mercury's Treads.

Another boot that works with Olaf is Berserker's Greaves. They give nice attack speed plus the name "berserker" fits Olaf.

I don't suggest you get Berserker's greaves though.
It's all up to you though. You decide which boots to get.

Stark's Fervor gives 40% attack speed., 20% life Steal, reduces nearby enemy's armor and gives some health regen. Also it gives your teamates 20% life steal and 20% attack speed. What more can you want?

Those 3 are the core items for Olaf. The other 3 items are up to you.
I suggest these:
Damage:Gives great damage and nice armor pen.

Gives a high 100damage after you farm minions + 15% lifesteal.

Health: If you decide to build health with your remaining 3 item slots I suggest you use one of the slots for an Atma's Impaler.

Best Health item in the game. At max it gives 1220 health.(Highly recommended if you decide to get health items.)
Gives good HP and does 40 damage every second to nearby enemy units. (not recommended)
The enemy team is probably going to focus you once you destroy them with olaf in an earlier team fight xD. You're going to want to get away. Randuin's Omen will give you a 25% chance to slow the enemy's movement speed and attack speed if they attack you.(not recommended)

Attack Speed( I don't really recommend attack speed):
Gives a good 40% attack speed. a bit of damage(10 damage) but most importantly 40% armor pen.

Have fun playing Olaf The Berserker!

Please comment and tell me what you think and tell me if I'm missing anything.