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Aatrox Build Guide by Hecki



Updated on November 11, 2023
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Choose Champion Build:

  • LoL Champion: Aatrox
  • LoL Champion: Aatrox
    GLACIAL AUGMENT BUILDS (kinda outdated)

Runes: Bone Plating

1 2 3 4
Legend: Alacrity
Last Stand

Bone Plating

+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+6 Armor


1 2
Standard Runes for safe laning
LoL Summoner Spell: Flash


LoL Summoner Spell: Teleport


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Champion Build Guide


By Hecki
Experience with Aatrox
My name is Hecki and I've been playing League of Legends since Season 4. I was a top main since the very first days when I started playing league. I never mained any champion because none fitted my playstyle until the day Aatrox received his rework. Even though you can't compare the first reworked Aatrox to the the current one, he still is my favorite champion gameplay and lore wise. After playing Aatrox since the day he got reworked I can confidentially say that I've mastered this champion (even hit Grandmaster for the first time in S11 and aswell S12)and now I want to share my knowledge with anyone trying him out. I may not be the best Aatrox in the world but that's not my goal. Because of my achievement of hitting Grandmaster in Season 11 and 12 I decided to finally write this guide in hopes of helping anyone playing this champion, despite Aatrox having a high skill cap and tough match-ups.


How to play Aatrox
I won't make this chapter to in-depth since I think that you can't generalize a certain playstyle in every match-up. I want to give general informations and important tips about Aatrox and if you should have any other questions try to catch one of my streams and ask them personally! (Link in Chapter below)

So where do we start?

The Darkin Blade (Q)

Let's begin with how you should treat your most important ability The Darkin Blade. My suggestion is to save it up for early trades and maybe last hit minions when you are not able to walk up. You generally shouldn't be actively trading before Level 5 since your Q has a high cooldown and only does significant damage when you are able to connect every sweet spot. It's also very important in ranged match-ups that you don't let yourself get poked down and wait until you hit Level 5 so you can start poking with your Q1 and immediately disengage after hitting it. If for e. g. Lucian or Vayne dash into you to continue the trade because their ego will be hurt after you poke them, you can freely hit your Infernal Chains and go for an all-in as long as your The Darkin Blade hasn't expired.

Infernal Chains (W)

After receiving the buff Infernal Chains desperately needed (lower cooldown) it can be used more frequently for trading or farming. You generally save this ability up until you can safely hit the enemey with it. Infernal Chains is able to initiate a deadly combo where you can hit all Sweet Spots of The Darkin Blade. Also good for escaping by hitting Infernal Chains and using The Darkin Blade with Umbral Dash kiting backwards.

Umbral Dash (E)

Umbral Dash is more then a short dash. It can be used to jump over medium sized walls and by doing that you can actually extend your The Darkin Blade range (I will try to create a gif how it looks and post it here when im done]. It is also very important not to waste it when starting a team fight since you have no other way of escaping except when your World Ender is up but even then you need to hope that you can run away quick enough.

World Ender (R)

Now for Aatrox his ultimate. To use World Ender to it's full extent you need patience. Sometimes enemies will try to bait it out by engaging on you and then back off immediately. Don't panic and watch closely. As soon as they are to overextended or commit to an all-in you can use World Ender. In teamfights you want to use it when your team manages to start an engage and you need to catch up with the movement speed you get from World Ender. Aatrox shines in teamfights when he is able to score kills/assist so his World Ender resets, paving the way to become an unstoppable force. The only things that will kill you in teamfights is CC and miss positioning yourself. At best you want to flank with World Ender and run straight to the enemey backline, provided you went the bruiser build. If the carries are able to escape you can back off and help your team fight the enemy frontline and win teamfights that way.

Basic combo to hit all sweet spots

Combo for kiting/escaping enemies

(Harder)combo for close combat where you cannot reliably hit your sweet spots
Often questioned : Revitalize < Unflinching?
Most of the Aatrox players think that Revitalize is the rune you should always take when you go Resolve as secondary tree. Now hear me out. I can agree that having more healing and shield power is good on Aatrox. But a key problem is that since the fact you picked Aatrox the enemy will buy a 800g item and cripple half of your kit. This will also hurt the healing you would get from Revitalize. In addition to that, if you go Revitalize you will have no Tenacity whatsoever. Only by going Legend: Tenacity but that would mean that you need to give up Legend: Alacrity which in my opinion is crucial if you want to have smooth auto attacks.
Twitch Channel
Follow me on Twitch if you don't want to miss any (high quality) Aatrox gameplay. I can also answer any questions about Aatrox in case this guide hasn't enlightend you yet to become at least a Masters Aatrox player.
Thanks for reading!
I hope that you liked reading my guide and I would appreciate if you could leave a like since I have invested a lot of time and effort into it.
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Item Sequence

Executioner's Calling 800
Bramble Vest 800
Oblivion Orb 800
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