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Darius Build Guide by Jewceratops

Top [12.14] Season 12 KiNG of Top - Darius Guide

Top [12.14] Season 12 KiNG of Top - Darius Guide

Updated on August 1, 2022
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Runes: Standard

1 2
Legend: Tenacity
Last Stand

Second Wind

+10% Attack Speed
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+6 Armor


1 2
LoL Summoner Spell: Flash


LoL Summoner Spell: Ghost


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Champion Build Guide

[12.14] Season 12 KiNG of Top - Darius Guide

By Jewceratops

Trinity Force
synergizes with Darius kit very well. After the HP changes this seems to be one of the best items on Darius again. Good item for 1v1 in sidelane.

Divine Sunderer
offers alot of sustain and good dmg against tanky champions. The buildpath is decent, sadly the mythic passive is not the best for Darius. Into tank comps this item is decent tho.

Darius scales well with HP since his Noxian Might gives him tons of damage. Since the bruiseritem changes [GOREDRINKER]] is not good on Darius anymore.

with good positioning and if your team has a Frontline besides you this item makes it really hard to kite Darius. Once completed it is nearly impossible to escape Darius. Against a full ranged comp this item is a must buy.

Death's Dance
good armor item that offers good survivability against burst. Really strong item to take over a game.

Dead Man's Plate
the 40ms passive makes this item really strong on champs like Darius. Even tho it is expensive for it's stats it is worth it.

Sterak's Gage
allows Darius to skirmish much safer and offers good damage. One of the best items on Darius. Extra HP and AD are great for Darius. Plus Darius Hemorrhage procs the passive and keeps you in combat for what also gives a bigger shield. After the nerfs not good anymore. There are better alternatives.

Black Cleaver
strong stats and offers movementspeed even from Hemorrhage. Downside is that there is no shield and the armor pen is not really needed since Apprehend's Passive is enough for most games plus Noxian Guillotine deals true damage.
If the enemy builds Serpent's Fang early Black Cleaver is a good alternative to Sterak's Gage.

same stats as Sterak's Gage and offers good sidelane power. Downside is that there is no shield and the armor/magic resist are gone in teamfights. After the nerfs only good for splitpush.


Force of Nature
good movementspeed item with HP and MR, buy this if enemy has a big AP Carry or 2-3 AP heavy champs.

Maw of Malmortius
good item against AP burst. Also offers alot of dmg. Combined with Death's Dance Darius R can deal 1000 dmg before lv16.


Guardian Angel
good against a fed assassin/burst mage. Also Darius Hemorrhage stacks last longer than Guardian Angel revive animation, so you don't lose your stacks immediately.

Anathema's Chains
this item offers an insane amount of HP and you can bind the biggest threat (assassin, burst mage). Darius biggest weakness is getting killed before he can ramp up his damage. Also the HP scales insanely well with Sterak's Gage and Gargoyle Stoneplate.

Gargoyle Stoneplate
offers good amount of survivability for Darius, but the buildpath is pretty bad.

OR OR Anti Heal Items depend on the game. There is no clear best item.
Chempunk Chainsword
Mortal Reminder

OR Either of those items are good as 4th+ item if you need more resistance.
Frozen Heart
Randuin's Omen

All other Tank Items are great for Darius, since late game his role is more that of a tank than a bruiser.

Trinity Force/ Stridebreaker first into Dead Man's Plate then Death's Dance/ Maw of Malmortius and then tanky items. Works in most of the games if u don't want to think about items.

Darius job in Lane is to punish the enemy for using long cooldown spells. You want to setup a freeze and zone the enemy by threatening an all in. Don't short trade too much with the enemy or you won't have enough HP to get your passive in an all-in before you die. Also try to avoid using your spells inside your freeze or it will break.
In the first 4 waves try to crash the 2nd or 3rd depending on matchup and let it bounce back into you and run the enemy down when the wave is close to your tower.


There are only a few champs that Darius can not beat with starting W Lv1. Against Meele try to get lv2 first and all in if possible. Against ranged farm as much as possible, but do NOT trade HP for minions. The enemy jungler can dive you and you will fall behind very hard. Especially if you get dove on the 3rd wave.

If you can get firstblood lv1 against a TP user - reset! Do NOT stay and fight again.

My goal is to crash wave 3 and get a deep ward. This does not work certain champs that are stronger than Darius lv1-3 or if you need to reset because of the Lv1/Lv2 all in. Crashing the 3rd waves also gives prio for top scuttle aswell, so unless it is not possible trying to crash the 3rd wave is good on Darius.
!BUT League is very chaotic do not try cookie cutter Macro every single game!

After hitting Lv6 you want to look for all in windows after the enemy used a crutial cooldown. If the jungle Matchups allows it you can also go for 2v1's.

Look to fight for objectives with your sums up. Try to avoid skirmishes without your Summoner Spells and time your sums with neutral objective timers. Lv11 is a big Powerspike to play around, aswell as the 2 item powerspike.


Get your Noxian Might from a tank or low mobility champion before diving into the enemy team. Do NOT flash in 3+ enemy champions expecting to get the passive before they kill you. Playing it slow is almost always the best play.


Take as many ressources as possible. Enemy jungle should be your jungle. Deny as much ressources as possible by crashing waves in the tower and if possible zone the enemy away from the tower.


Depending on the amount of enemy engage options you need to group more against a Leona/Malph/Naut then you need against a Ziggs/Tryn/Soraka.

Darius Late game is more of a tank than a damage dealer. So you have to protect your team and look for good Flash Apprehend combos to pick someone or just play for a good reset with Noxian Guillotine.


At this point in game you just want to peel for your strongest carry. Stand next to them and deny the enemy a chance to kill them. Your best bet is to get a 5 Stacks Noxian Guillotine on the enemy carry.

Darius Noxian Guillotine is a leap what enables him to jump over small walls. This works against Yorick Dark Procession, Anivia's Crystallize and Jarvan' Cataclysm. Snares or getting grounded on the other hand disables the ability to ult. So avoid spells like Cassiopia's Miasma.
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