Aphelios Build Guide by Penguto
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Runes: Conqueror Galeforce
+10% Attack Speed
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+10% Attack Speed
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+10% Attack Speed
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
Ability Order AD first
Threats & Synergies
Jhin new meta lethality is over the top. Ban potential.
Miss Fortune new meta lethality is over the top. Ban potential.
Samira right now is just insane as an ADC, dashes onto you and you die, you have no mobility. she can block your ult. Ban potential.
Draven can one shot you pretty easily since he has high damage and also he can catch up to you fast with his W Altought you can root him with your Gravitum, that wont be always available. The reason he isn't in Extreme because it depends on what support he has.
She can easily stun you 3 times in a row and you cant do anything about it, I suggest you get Cleanse but either way you will get stunned more times than you can cleanse.
He can hook you, stun you, go invisible and heal up all his damage. Bad matchup for Aphelios
He can hook you then root you, if he is paired with Jhin you can just simply dodge.
Braindead champion easy to learn hit's one Q on you she will puke rainbows on you and all you can do is get pinged by your support and you will sit there complaining that you dodged 100 of her q's and this the first time you got hit by it and got 1shot, gg now you are a sad moon boi.
Her root is longer than anything, try to stay behind minions and not get caught, and careful of her R try to not get stunned. You can try running away with Severum or Root her.
Has a heal, shield and cc. He is pretty squishy early game. But careful of his R because if he's paired with Yi or Draven you are dead.
He has heals and can dodge your R pretty easily so make sure to aim for the ADC and not him.
Kalista can counter you hard, but it all depends on her support. If she has a tanky support you are a goner, cause she will just throw him on you and also dodge your R by saving her support. Aim for her and out life steal her.
He will root you then pull you towards him and do so much damage. Dont get caught or you will lose half your health by him alone, get cleanse if you are not confident enough to dodge his abilities.
dash dash dash. good luck hitting him. Also run away from his ult with Severum Q
Hard to dodge her root its pretty long range, and her plants are really annoying. Make sure to not get hit by any of her abilites, Tip: Freeze wave and wait for jungler.
Tanky, root, can dash onto you, and pokes you with small trees.
You have no mobility whatsoever he dashes onto you and taunts you and deals so much damage but play safe and freeze wave and you can root him and you can pick him down if he tries to run away with his dash.
One of the hardest match up against Aphelios in my opnion. Aphelios is weak early and you cant ruin his life early and malphite once hes level 6 you are a goner.
STAY BEHIND MINIONS YOU HAVE NO DASH!
He can dash onto your minions and will be right infront of you. all you can do is hope you have Gravitum and root him. And he can also block your ult.
he can grab you, come to you then create walls of slow, guess what you dont have a dash. Stay behind minions to survive, if he is paired with kalista you are dead.
You can beat her down easy but she can dodge your R with hers. make sure to stay behind her feathers and not get rooted. If she is paired with rakan she is a Major threat, because then you cant ult anyone :D
Since you start with severum make sure to Q when you are being slowed, but overall you can kill her easy if you have a good support.
He doesn't have CC and he's very easy to kill. Just make sure you kill him quick or he will just run away because he goes invis. And you are stronger than him late.
Brand is really annoying, he has so much burst and spams you with his W. But you can root him and you can kill him easy.
He is pretty easy matchup just careful of his R, but overall you can out poke him and win.
She can be annoying depending on which support she is with. But you can life steal from minions if she pokes you.
Tristana can jump on you and harass you, you cant escape she can. pretty hard match up but to win make sure to poke her with calibrum.
She out damages you but you can life steal her to win. Also you can place turret under you if she is gonna ult you.
Xerath depends on what support you have, If you have a support that can grab Xerath is no big deal, but if you cant hit him he will out-range you and poke you to 1hp.
Sivir very easy matchup. You can root her whenever you want so its hard for her to put shield. Her R wont be a big deal cause you can just use Severum Q and run away. But overall you can out life steal her easy win.
Easy, he gets 1shot no problem. Severum life steal for the win.
Easy matchup, you can life steal out and poke her to death, she has no dash. Also you can dodge her R with Severum Q.
Karma can be really annoying, you cant run away from her stun even with Severum Q, because she has movement speed herself. Her poke is insane because she powers it. Make sure to root her with Gravitum
Rell is gonna perma CC you and make your early even worse since she will give armour to her ADC.
An ideal support for Aphelios. She has heal, damage buff, airborne and her R also airborne. So its easy for you to hit R and you can stay in lane with her heals and since Aphelios lacks damage early because of lethality ADCS such as Jhin, the damage buff is really helpful.
If he is a good bard and you can synergize well with the player you can win. He has heals, stun, ult which provides free ult and portal to escape.
Great support movement speed if you need it, his passive to give you EXP is really good if there is a support that isnt letting you farm well, and his ult is basically free guardian angel.
Lulu is one of the best supports right now she can make polymorph enemies which gives free damage for you, she gives more attack speed great for Crescendum and her R turns a fight around.
Janna is pretty good she can shield you, poke them + airborne, and her R can push them away to save you since you have no dash and heal you.
Leona has perma stun so she and Aphelios is pretty good together.
Soraka keeps you alive if you dont have severum on you and also silences them so you can burst before they can.
He can tank for you, he has a point and click root, point and click airborne, just wait for him to hit his hook.
Morgana is pretty good with Aphelios. If she hits Q you can hit your Gravitum Q and she will do 80% of her W's damage. But for this to work you need her to constantly hit her Q's.
Taric is good with aphelios, he provides heals, shields and stun, his R gives you immortality. But his stun isn't reliable and he might end up killing himself. BUT a good taric player can be REALLY good with Aphelios.
Rakan is good he can stun and heal you a little. But your early is a little weak. But you can combo your R with his.
Veigar is not a really good support since he has no mobility and can die easy. But his Stun gives you a free root, even if they dont get stunned by him.
Blitzcrank is great with Aphelios but if enemy knows what they are doing they can easily dodge his hook.
Xerath provides lots of poke. But if he gets hooked hes dead not good with Aphelios since he cant protect Xerath and Xerath cant protect him.
Pyke has a hook, stun, invis. He can dominate lane because he will heal all his health if he tries something but if you dont mind him ruining your KDA then sure go for it. You get extra money so its great for you, since Aphelios is a scaler.
This isn't the best support for Aphelios, You can put in good trades and she can keep you alive, But overall she wont cover Aphelios's Weaknesses, and you will end up getting perma cc and die. ALTOUGH late game you are unkillable that is why she is in Strong. Play safe and freeze wave late game is your key.
not a support you will just die and fiddle will ctrl 4
Not great with Aphelios he doesn't provide anything, just stays in bush waiting for ADC or support to go in his box.
Thresh creates perfect peel for you and is really great for aph, Peeling is the best option for our boy.
Almost like leona but a little worse, she is really good with Aphelios since she gives you extra Armour and magic resist when you are linked also, she has alot of CC and creates good peel.
When you have Calibrum and Gravitum you can Q with calbrium with her Q and then root again with gravitum Q for perma cc, this is a strong synergy if you are communicating well with the lux, this combo gives great snare.
Maokai is a great support but his roots all need a follow-up, if you go galeforce this might help and Maokai can go up in strong, but most of the time you will need to go Kraken Slayer.
Neeko + Aphelios = perma cc
Braum like maokai can work with dash ADC's. Get galeforce or this will drop down into Low, since he cant follow up with you at all.
Alistair has great peel and can help you out of most situations, he has many cc abilties and he can push adc or support into you and you can burst them with melee combo (Severum + Crescendum)
Champion Build Guide
Hello I am Penguto, An Aphelios Main I come from r/Aphelios sub-reddit here to update with the best builds/runes you should get on Aphelios.
Also Sorry for the bad coding, I am not a coder.
First up we have Calibrum, the Sniper Rifle. It is a gun that has 100 bonus range. The Ability (Q) for this weapon shoots a projectile that marks them on hit, while they are marked you can auto attack them again with their off-hand weapon from afar in a set range distance.
Our second weapon is Severum, the Scythe Pistol. It is a ranged weapon which has extra life steal with it, and also gives you a free overheal when auto attacking with it. The ability (Q) for this weapon, Aphelios gains 10% movement speed and attacks 6 (+3 per 100% bonus attack speed) times over the duration to the nearest enemy (also with the off-hand weapon), this prioritises enemy champions.
Next up we have Gravitum, the Gravity Cannon, This is a gun that slows the enemy for 30% when is hit which decays over 3.5 seconds. The ability (Q) deals damage and roots the enemy for 1 second.
Next we have Infernum, the Flamethrower, this weapon deals 110% AD to the enemy hit and deals a Cone of other small flamethrower bits that deal damage behind it after it hits the enemy. If this weapon Critical strikes the cone is larger and the bits behind it deal crit damage aswell. The ability (Q) for this weapon sprays out a cone which shoots flamethrower bits and all hit enemies in that area get attacked with Aphelios's Off-hand weapon.
Last weapon in his kit is the Crescendum, the Chakram, Aphelios throws out his Chakram and he retrieves it back, the duration he is waiting to retrieve it back he is disarmed. The closer Aphelios is to the target the faster he attacks since the Chakram comes back faster. Critical strikes make the Chakram come back even faster. Whenever Aphelios uses an ability which requires him to throw out a Chakram, the Chakram comes back as a stack and stays with him for 5 second, he can have up to 20 stacks. With these stacks Aphelios can use Crescendum to attack all his Chakrams at once, dealing more damage with more he has. The Ability (Q) for this weapon creates a turret that fires the off-hand weapon from it.
Moonlight Vigil is his Ultimate which he casts out a projectile, the projectile explodes on the first person hit which creates an explosion around the target and whoever is hit by this get attacked by his main-hand weapon. Bonus stuff: Calibrum, Marks all targets. Severum heals you. Infernum, creates a explosion of flamethrower bits all around the enemy. Crescendum, summons 4 chakram.
Different Play styles
Easy skill floor
Alot of Range with Calibrum
Can do insane amount of damage with Crescendum
Have CC with Gravitum
Insane life steal outplay potential with Severum
Huge burst with with Infernum
Bad Early game
Needs a lot of gold to scale
Skill cap is high
Difficult to learn in the beginning
Conqueror is the basic rune for Aphelios, it gives more damage (adaptive force) and more sustain which very easy for Aphelios to stack. Press the Attack is also a really great option since it provides a better early game. Lethal Tempo is also a great option against tanks.
Triumph is what keeps us alive in fights and ganks, which leads to epic outplays and also gives us extra gold which is what Aphelios needs to scale up. Overheal Is usually your option to take since it has more sustain, but i personally prefer triumph since it speeds up our scale faster.
Legend: Alacrity Is a great rune which gives Aphelios more attack speed since Severum, the Scythe Pistol and Crescendum, the Chakram both scale with attack speed. Legend: Bloodline is also Great it increases our Life steal, which makes us life steal as much as a Darkin.
Coup de Grace is the rune that allows us to finish off and secure kills which gives us the extra damage on low health enemy champions. Cut Down Is a secondary option against tanks, take this if the enemy team is full of huge max health champions.
Taste of Blood is the secondary rune we need which gives us sustain, It keeps us alive in duels and teamfights and synergizes well with Severum.
Ravenous Hunter Is also a sustain rune which keeps us alive but it gives you Omnivamp which increases your life steal on abilities.
- Immortal Shieldbow is the best mythic on Aphelios since patch 11.3, it has been buffed with more AD and AS it gives great stats from its mythic passive and keeps you alive vs assassins and i love it personally since i could fight 1v1 a zed without dying because of Aphelios's great life steal and late damage.
- Kraken Slayer is a great mythic for Aphelios especially against tanks, every third basic attack gives you bonus true damage. His attacks feels so good with it and his Q with Severum, the Scythe Pistol also apply the true damage effect but now it has been nerfed so it will deal less bonus true damage every strike.
- Galeforce Is a great option to consider since it gives you a dash which Aphelios Desperately needs. You use this mythic situational if you need to be a bit more defensive or offensive depends how the matchup/game is going.
- Berserker's Greaves Is your go to boots, more attack speed to synergize with your abilities, and ideal ADC boots selection.
- Bloodthirster is a great item it overheals and gives insane life steal, it keeps you alive which adds more overheal to your Severum, the Scythe Pistol.
- Infinity Edge is a great item which gives you more AD and more Crit damage take this fourth since its passive works at 60% crit chance.
- Runaan's Hurricane is one of the best items for Aphelios thats why you take it after boots, it shoots out 2 extra bolts when you auto attack. This works with Aphelios since with all Weapons except Crescendum, the Chakram it shoots out 2 other auto's instead of bolts which synergizes especially well with Infernum, the Flamethrower.
- Mortal Reminder Is a great item against champions like Vladimir, Yasuo, Yone, Kayn's red form and Aatrox. This item gives you a way to reduce healing on enemies (Grevious Wounds) pick this up against huge amount of heals in enemy team.
- Lord Dominik's Regards This item is good to shut down tanks since it has armour penetration. If you wanna go full tank buster against a team full of tanks you can take up this with lethal tempo and cut down.
- Mercurial Scimitar is a great item against hard cc and especially Mordekaiser. If you click this item it removes you from all crowd control effects, and also it gives you 30 Magic resist if their team is full of Ability power.