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League of Legends Build Guide Author Lakapooty

Olaf, the Jungle Berserker

Lakapooty Last updated on November 22, 2011
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Ability Sequence

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

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Offense: 21

Honor Guard

Defense: 9

Strength of Spirit

Utility: 0

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Banner That I Made for Olaf

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On an uncharted continent beyond Valoran's grasping clutches, the conqueror named Olaf was born to a long tradition of soldiers unlike most others. Berserkers, as they tout themselves, are warriors who channel fury deep from their cores, unleashing pure and savage wrath upon their enemies. This fearsome evolution is a product of their unforgiving home, Lokfar - a barren tundra where all creatures must vie bitterly for every resource. Olaf belonged to a seafaring clan known for ruthlessly pillaging any and all villages within reach of their dragon-crested longboats. The last time he saw his icy home, Olaf was embarking on an expedition to pioneer and plunder a distant land known only to legend. However, while underway, a terrible storm sprung up and Olaf and his crew were thrown to the mercy of a roiling and pitiless sea.

His ship destroyed, his crew nowhere to be found, Olaf miraculously washed up untold miles from ''friendly'' waters on the foreign shores of Valoran, south of Demacia. This unfamiliar place stunned and frightened the Berserker, for Lokfar is not privy to such potent magicians. Approaching them, Olaf hoped that they could use their mysterious powers to send him back to his people. A bargain was struck. Olaf would use his awesome prowess as a warrior to serve the unusual wars of Valoran in the League of Legends, and in exchange the sorcerers would find him a way to return. Despite his participation in the League, Olaf knows better than to trust the ''finger wagglers'' that run the Institute of War. He deliberately keeps details of his life and home from them. After all, with enough information, they would most certainly find the Lokfarians and dominate them as they have dominated all of Valoran, keeping both quietly -- and unwittingly -- in their thrall.

Beware the war cry of the Berserker. What surges toward you is unyielding, free from the shackles of reason.

Hello and welcome to my second guide on Mobafire.

Jungle Olaf is AWESOME!!! He has a lifesteal ability that also adds damage to his base attacks, he has a great slow that also does damage, and best of all, he has an ability that does insane TRUE DAMAGE. You are now entering the land known as Awesome.

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Pros / Cons


  • Dominates squishys
  • Has a great escape mechanism
  • Has an awesome slow
  • One of his abilities does true damage
  • The ability that does true damage hurts him, which means his passive is used often
  • He has high base damage
  • Ends up getting focused somtimes
  • I usually end up thinking I'm invincible by level 7 and I start getting greedy
  • Requires some smarties to play (ex: don't use Reckless Swing when you have 200 health left)

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I go with 21/6/3 mastery page because I want to maximize damage output but also, if I make a mistake in-game then my utility will shave some time off of my death and 6 points in the defensive tree helps with magic resist and armor. You can probably go with 21/0/9 or 21/9/0, it's all based on preferance and the way that you play the game.

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Best Summoner Spells

This really dosn't need an explanation. It hits 500 on neutral creeps at start. Enough said.

This is FANTASTIC for chasing, 1v1-ing, luring enemys into towers and using this on them, and escaping or helping a teamate escape. I use this almost 100% of the time.

This skill can be used to help jungle, help gank lanes, help 1v1 enemy chapions, and make sure the enemy dosn't escape with one sliver of health. I wouldn't take this over exhaust but I'm a big fan of exhaust so this would be a good alternative.

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Viable Summoner Spells

Heal can be a life saver MABYE once a match. I always choose Exhaust or Ignite over this though.

Like I said before, Olaf IS a little mana hungry, but not hungry enough to trade out Exhaust for.

Leave it for the support. Plus, you already have a decent scouting ability ( Undertow).

Leave it for the tanks/supports. It's just not worth trading for Exhaust, if your team plays right.

You won't need to be jumping around the map that much and it has a kinda long cooldown.

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Non-Viable Summoner Spells

You shouldn't be dying a lot with Olaf because of Viscous Strikes and you have 10% death time reduction thanks to your masteries. It's also on a really long cooldown.

I've NEVER found this spell useful. It can't be used as a good ward since it dosn't last long. It dosn't give that much of a boost to surrounding allies. Unless you REALLY REALLY want to, don't ever use this spell.

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Skill Sequence and Ability Explanation


Olaf throws an axe into the ground at a target location, dealing damage to units it passes through and slowing their movement speed. If Olaf picks up the axe, the ability's cooldown is reduced by 6 seconds.
Olaf throws an axe to a target location, dealing 50/90/130/170/210 (+) physical damage to units it passes through and slowing them by 24/28/32/36/40% for 2.5 seconds.

If Olaf picks up the axe, the ability's cooldown is reduced by 6 seconds.

Cost: 55/60/65/70/75 Mana


This ability can be used to slow down fleeing champions, toss into a straight line of enemy champions to deal pretty good damage, and can be used to check bushes. Save this ability until the end of a team fight where it can either be used to chase down fleeing champions or escape with a sliver of health.

Viscous Strikes

Olaf's attack damage is increased, based on his health, and he gains massive lifesteal and spell vamp.

For 6 seconds, Olaf's attack damage is increased by 7/14/21/28/35 (+ [1% of maximum Health]) and he gains 9/12/15/18/21% lifesteal and spell vamp.

Cost: 40/45/50/55/60 Mana


This ability is good for 1v1, jungling, when you get focused by someone, regaining your health after someone harrasess it off of you, or do more damage to structures.

Reckless Swing

Olaf attacks with such force that it deals true damage to his target and himself.
Olaf deals 100/160/220/280/340 true damage to his target and inflicts 40/64/88/112/136 true damage to himself.

Cost: 50/50/50/50/50 Mana


This ability is INSANE. It deals a whopping 340 damage to a target and makes great use of Berserker Rage (his passive) by hurting himself. This ability is on a very short cooldown so use it like a spammable ability, unless they can heal almost straight away.


Olaf is immune to disables, has increased armor penetration and reduces incoming damage.
Active: For 5/6.5/8 seconds, Olaf is immune to disables and reduces incoming damage by 20/30/40.

Passive: Olaf has 10/20/30 increased armor penetration.

Cost100/75/50 Mana


The passive on this is very useful against enemys with high armor. The active is mainly used to either 1v1 enemy's like Fiddlesticks so that you can resist his fears, or run from a battle or gank.

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Greater Mark of Strength
This rune adds for more damage especially early game in the jungle. I get these almost every time.

Greater Seal of resilience
These add for more survivability, especially in early game. You may trade these out for the Greater Seal of Attack Speed, but I feel that these fit more to this build.


Greater Glyph of Replenishment
Greater Glyph of Warding / Greater Glyph of Replenishment
I pick up these runes for added survivability, and because Olaf is a little bit mana hungry.

Greater Quintessence of Fortitude
I pick these up for, you guessed it, survivability. Olaf dosn't exactly NEED even MORE survivability, but it adds a greatly appreciated amount of health, allowing you to stay in the jungle a bit longer.

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Jungle Route

This is how I jungle. You can create your own path if you want. Make sure that you ask if your team can leash blue buff for you. Sorry if you can't understand it but the idea was to go: Blue Buff---Wolf Camp---Wraith Camp---Normal Golem Camp---Red Buff---Gank Lanes. Feel free to recall whenever you need to.

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Starting Items

Cloth Armor
Ahh, Cloth Armor. The Jungler's favorite first item. Use this in combination with these suckas to stay in the jungle longer on your first run.

Madred's Razors
This will help you clear the jungle faster and also adds some damage. It's pretty much having a 15% chance to smite a random creep. That's awesome.

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Core Items

Berserker's Greaves
Obviously Berserker's Greaves gives you mobility with a nice touch of attack speed. Feel free to change these to other boots such as Mercury's Treads or Boots of Swiftness, it's just a matter of opinion.

Frozen Mallet
This item adds health, armor, and slows enemys when you hit them. How cool is that (no pun intended)? This item is all around great for Almighty Olaf!

Not many people choose Tiamat but the fact that you're getting attack damage, health regeneration, AND your attacks splash, makes me want to pick this item up. It's good for jungling, laning, and team fights.

Stark's Fervor
This item is REALLY great for Olaf. It gives attack speed, lifesteal, health regen, and reduces nearby enemy's armor. Better yet this is in an aura, making this a must have for Olaf.

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Situational Items

Banshee's Veil
Get this for when there are a lot of disables and/or if there are strong mages on the enemy team.

Frozen Heart
Get this item when there are a lot of attack damage champions on the enemy team. This will REALLY hinder their ability to do anything against you or your team when you are near them with this. It chops their attack speed by 1/5. It also gives you good armor.

Phantom Dancer
Use this if you find yourself getting chased and dying because you couldn't get away OR if you want to just buff your attack speed. Either way, this is a good item for Olaf.
The Black Cleaver
If you see the enemy team building LOTS of armor, finish what you are building at the moment, then jump straight to this. You don't want armor to prevent you from dealing damage while Reckless Swing is on cooldown.
The Bloodthirster
If you like having lifesteal, feel free to pick this item up. It also gives damage so this is a great item for Olaf.

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Team Fights

Let someone else on your team initiate. Try to stay out of focus for as long as possible while hammering their carry. Make sure to use Exhaust on either, their carry so the carry does no damage, or, any enemys that are low health that are trying to get away. It's all up to you. Always make sure to use Reckless Swing on the carry whenever possible. Use Vicious Strikes when you start getting attacked. Run when you are getting focused by to many enemys. If the fight starts going bad GET OUT. Use Undertow on anyone who tries to run. And most importantly FOCUS THE CARRYS.

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Summary and Videos

Nobody will want to approach you because of Reckless Swing. It deals over 300 true damage to the target. That's how people make "Chopped Squishys (With extra flavor!)". Just send in Olaf to "meet" with a squishy and BAM you have YET ANOTHER kill added to your score.

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Change Log

8-05-2011: Creation date of guide.