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Darius Build Guide by messketchup
[9.16] Strength above all -Darius Guide ★Matchups IncludedBy messketchup | Updated on August 19, 2019
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+10% Attack Speed
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+15-90 HP (lvls 1-18)
+10% Attack Speed
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+10% Attack Speed
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+8 Magic Resist
Ability Order Standard.
Threats & Synergies
Play passive early on and wait for ganks or an easy pull but he can all in you as well as you can to him.His kiting potential is also really good and when he's Mega Gnar, he can turn the fight and CC chain you. Bring Second Wind and Doran's to withstand poke!
Jayce can kite, poke, cc, and has a gap closer therefore he is a major counter to Darius. Bring Doran's shield and if he gets close enough so you can E or W, just all in him.
Kennen has an easy disengage, engage, and poke. Try to get your jungler to help you. Pay attention if he has stopwatch or Zhonya's Hourglass because he will most likely kill you with his ult.
Probably the most annoying champion vs Darius. Her blind and her E are so annoying against you, her damage is insane and when you try to pull her she can just jump away from you. Just play safe until your jungler comes.
He can survive your all in with a decent amount of health and shield your R and his all in is also pretty strong.
Yorick is a big counter to Darius, his W is so annoying and his minions deal so much damage you don't have the sustain. Punish him early or wait for ganks.
Pretty easy lane. His E is quite annoying and his R is good for gank engage. However you should win 1vs1 easily.
If you face this guy top lane, just stick close to him, avoid his tornado and hit him a lot since Darius' passive is a bleeding device. You pretty much won that lane if you know what you gotta dodge. But other than that you will surely win.
Really easy to fight however he will try to escape by using his R so you can stand infront of him so he doesn't get away.
Shen can't hurt you unless he E's you under turret. Your stacks still apply in his W therefore it should be a simple lane.
Similar to Malphite: he has a good engage for ganks and teamfights. His sustain could help him but it should be pretty a straight forward lane.
Position your Q correctly and he won't kill you in a 1vs1 unless you are low. Be careful of his ult as it can do True Damage if you are the villain. Also it does magic damage. bringing Nullifying Orb or Hexdrinker is acutally not that bad of an idea on this matchup.
If Wukong has blood stacks and w's you will be able to tell that it's a clone, darius also can pull back wukong with his E extending the trade most likely in your favor. Wukong is easy to all in too.
Kind of an easy lane. His Q poke can be quite annoying and he can W out of your E and slow and run away quite quickly. His orange can also cancel your W slow.
No issues here for Darius, everything in her kit apart from W is about fighting you which is exactly what you want. If she jumps onto you you can dodge the stun and aa-W and Q as she runs away, and pull her back with E. Her ult forces her to fight you which is again exactly what you want.
In early game Cho'Gath gets wrecked by Darius but be careful to dive him because his Q and W can definitely screw you over. Also watch out for his R.
Use your early game pressure to zone him from CS as much as possible. A well placed Apprehend before he has many defensive items can score you an early kill. Freeze the lane and zone him as if he can't start stacking health quickly he gets shutdown easily.
You can either start Doran's Blade or Cloth 5. Your damage output is higher than his when his W is on cooldown. You counter his passive with your passive and R, and the passive E armor penetration goes through some of his free stat boosts.Despite the upper hand in damage, it is important to ward and be wary of the jungler. Garen will most likey ask for ganks due to your hard damage and, only then, will he be able to go toe-to-toe with you.
It's definitely a skill matchup. Save your Q until her Q (dash) is on cd or when you've cc'd her with your pull. You will win trades if you dodge her stun. Keep track of low hp minions that she can jump to so you can punish her when she dashes to it. Also pay attention to her stacks because she can easily beat you if she gets her 5 stacks before you do.
Take advantage of the bushes, you can sometimes cheese out a kill by baiting the Kayle in too close, then hooking into your Q and W. You should be doing this anyway, and Kayle is one of the least susceptible toplaners to it if they know what they're doing, but it's still a neat little trick that can get you a free kill if they're not paying attention.
Start with corrupting potion and W. 99% of nasus players start with Q at lvl 1. Your job here is simple, cheese lvl 1 and deny nasus any farm. When u get lvl 2 all in. As summoners take Flash ghost and as mastery phase rush with nullifying orb.
Against Ornn, you have to force long trades to beat him. Like, as long as he trades with you with his shield and gets out when it’s done, you’re going to lose every trade. Due to his kit, he actually does a surprising amount of damage, which is why trading when his shield is down is essential. To deal with his Ult if you’re in melee range, you have to save your E so he can’t redirect it. Otherwise try moving to the side, then switching directions after he headbutts his ult.
Despite having to play passive, pick a Doran's blade to enable you to lasthit properly under tower. Don't go in his range just to get those 1-2 minions and ask for ganks. Stay away from walls so she can't stun you and don't let her get her shield. Poppy is bad at farming and Darius is great at punishing her for it. Her passive can't stop the dunk.
Play agressive with Q and pull whenever possible. Try not to push the lane, and keep river warded. rumble might be easy to solo but his ult does work when a jungler comes to gank for him.
If Singed tries to fling you or even farm just harass him with your Q. Do this till he is low enough for you to go in and secure the kill.
Build hexdrinker immediately. Provided he doesn't get ahead, if you have magic resistance you should be able to outtrade him. If he has no mana, he'll just die. He doesn't have any escapes other than his slow and root which can be unreliable.
Urgots poke can be annoying however your all in is better than is. E him out of his E and don't let him shotgun knees hit you. Also don't let him ult you.
Be aggressive early, maybe ignite or ghost flash to stick to him, also sitting in a bush you know he will walk into before minions spawn is great. Before 6 is obviously when you want to kill him.
Pre-6, you win almost every trade as long as you always kite back after you land your AA-W-Q combo, then wait a few seconds beating him around his bite cooldown, and pull back him before your 5th second tick which by then, you can do the same combo again shortly and you can snowball off of that pre-6. However after at level 6 he can beat you up. If you don't kite you will die. Buy Ninja Tabi.
His only viable poke is his Q. Your E's range is the same as his basic attacks'. Pull him whenever possible, ignore his blind as your passive and slow will still stack on him. Save your Q when he's moving away to hit him with the outer ring. You CAN win.
Early game a good Riven can beat Darius. However as the game goes on and Darius stacks armor he eventually outscales Riven really hard, so even a Riven who kills Darius 3 times in lane won't be able to 1vs1 him by the time he has 2 items.
It's an easy matchup but you should still respect his 6. If he ults he'll kill you faster than you can kill him. Also his R does aoe magic damage so tabis won't be enough. He also has two dashes to dodge your Q and if Darius doesn't land Q... he dies. Other than that he gets outscaled too hard. Even if you're behind you'll prevent him from doing his things because you'll grab and dunk him whenever he goes aggro on your team.
Play resolve secondary with second wind + Doran shield start. If you can possibly trade your Q with his Q and you should come out ahead in trades. Don’t be greedy with your backs if he can dive you. If you guys go somewhat even, post six you will beat him in every 1v1 because of his lack of an actual combat ult, assuming you don’t waste your W on his passive. You end up being more worried about your teammates more than anything.
Just chill until lvl 3 and then all in him. Allow yourself to get hit by his E to bring you closer to him If he ults you then you can just stack off him and be ready for when you pop out you’ll have full passive to apply to everyone else.
You can win an all out early levels if you hit your abilities correctly. Watch for his dash when using Q, and don't ult him when he is riding his chicken.
You can dominate Jax early game by zoning with your Q and with all-ins at level 2, punish when he tries to farm. He'll eventually outscale you but you have the early game advantage so roam more and build offense first (Hydra + Triforce) build tanky after.
Don't get your spirit pulled, and she can't do jack to you. If she ever uses her ultimate, run away. Don't try to fight her when her ultimate is up or you will die, even if you get 5 stacks. Illaoi is less than useless outside of lane phase. Just farm and don't die and you'll be far more useful than her late game.
skill matchup in Fioras favor.however if Darius gets ahead she won't recover. If it's a good Fiora player she will time her W when you try to Q or R her to heal.
When ever she gets near you early levels, Q and W, and E when she tries to get away. Also if she is in her shroud, you can just Q her while she is inside. Keep in mind her W can negate all your stacks.
Dodge his E. It may seem like it does no damage but it will do later on. Always ward to look out for ganks. Lastly, don't let Aatrox regen with his W. Keep on harrasing him the moment he tries to cs with your Q and you will win lane easily.
Rare to vs Cassio in top but if it happens then: Start with Boots and 4 pots. Never stand in her Noxious Blast (Q, 4sec cd). Just dance around, hit her with the edge of your Q. If you can bring her down to ~50-60% you can combo kill her with ult. Get Spectre's and Hexdrinker or Quicksilver for her ult.
dodge his Q and punish him for getting within melee range of you, or within range of your Q. ekko is terrible at farming against a zone bully like Darius. he shouldn't stand a chance.
Quite easy to all in. Care for ganks and his turret dmg.Get some Magic Resist.
At all ranks, Rolling Thunder's movement speed boost is 15% while running away. Volibear cannot disengage in lane, and his heal is not effective against Noxian Guillotine.
Ez matchup overall. Darius should permanently outscale Olaf after level 6 since darius doesn't need cc to duel olaf (making his ultimate relatively useless) if olaf goes onto him. All Darius needs is stacking for his own ult, which is way stronger than Olaf's ult. Ganks can screw you over though.
play safe for a few minutes, get him to be confident, and remember that your E range is almost the same as his W range, so when he roots you, you can just pull him in and AA+W+AA until root expires. The matchup becomes a lot easier if you rush Spectre's Cowl before BC or Trinity. Also, take ghost, and phase rush might help you (I personally almost always go conq for the extra dmg)
ust keep youre Passive on him, and his Heal (W) Won't be much. Bring Ignite to make sure he doesnt heal and stack 5 passives for the "IGNITE" The ignite is just to make his heal (W) Useless. As soon as he goes into stealth E and Q. You might kill him.
Darius vs vladimir consist on 2 things, get dshield for regen and dont let him poke u with q, and lvl 3 u win trades if u hit E.
Just ban Vayne if you're gonna play Darius, if you're gonna have to fight her though I'd say stack armour and rush brambles, if you stack health then she's gonna chunk your health with her W, I've also had a lot of success with phase rush helps you stick to her ass when she tries to E you away. P.S: No point in building any damage here, just get those tabi boots on and rush that bramble.
Annie's great because she can get AoE lockdown with her ult, and oftentimes late her combo will put other squishies at just low enough HP for us to dunk them with 0 stacks and suddenly have Noxian Might for free.
Darius and Yasuo. You E, he ults. Nobody is gonna survive the dps from Yasuo and dunk from D-Man combined.
Malzahar isn't played much anymore, but when he is he's a strong midlaner alongside Darius, since Darius can let him do his full suppression and if the enemy's still alive, he pulls them to act as a knockup for longer hard CC, then annihilate with a dunk.
Ekkos are okay. Not for amplifying our own damage, but because Darius's own lockdown lets Ekko lands his Qs and his AoE stu-shield thingy more consistently.
Twisted Fate gold cards are really helpful for helping us catch people and hack them to pieces, especially since most TF players take ghost.
Veigar's Event Horizon doesn't leave them much room to dodge your Q.
Having a tanky initiator like Zac helps a lot to build up your stacks and take pressure off of you.
I like having a Lux. If she lands that binding, it gives me time to reach that person, keep them locked down and S L A M.
Champs with good cc is great with dar and another tank like braum to front line.
Zilean is amazing, you two can win a fight 2v5 if you know what you're doing.
Champion Build Guide
After Basilich was seized by the expanding Noxian empire, the victorious commander Cyrus saw the strength in these defiant brothers, and they found a home within the ranks of his warhost. Over the years, they fought in many grueling campaigns of conquest from one end of the known world to the other, as well as crushing a number of rebellions against the throne.
Within the empire, anyone could rise to power, no matter their birth, culture, or background, and none embraced this ideal more fervently than Darius. From humble beginnings, he rose steadily through the ranks, always putting duty before all else, and garnering great respect for his aggression, discipline, and refusal to ever take a backward step. On the bloodsoaked fields of Dalamor Plain, he even beheaded a Noxian general after the coward ordered a retreat. Roaring in defiance and hefting his bloodied axe overhead, Darius rallied the scattered warbands and won a great and unexpected victory against a far more numerous foe.
He was rewarded with a senior command of his own, attracting many thousands of eager recruits from across the empire. Darius turned the majority away, accepting only the strongest, the most disciplined and iron-willed. Such was his fearsome notoriety, even in the lands beyond Noxus, that it was not uncommon for entire cities to surrender at the first sight of his banners.
After a grinding victory against the cloud-fortresses of the Varju, a proud warrior people who had resisted decades of Noxian aggression, Darius was named the Hand of Noxus by Emperor Boram Darkwill himself. Those who knew Darius best knew he craved neither power nor adulation—he wished merely to see Noxus triumph over all—so Darkwill ordered him and his warhosts far north into the Freljord, to finally bring the barbarian tribes to heel.
The campaign dragged on for years, ending in a bitter, icy stalemate. Darius narrowly survived assassination attempts, ambushes, and even capture by the vicious Winter’s Claw. He was growing weary of endless wars of attrition, and returned to Noxus to demand a reconsolidation of the military.
He marched his veterans into the capital, only to find that the emperor was dead, killed in a coup led by Jericho Swain. The act had been supported by many allies, including Darius’s own brother, Draven.
This was a difficult position. As Hand, many of the noble houses would expect Darius to avenge Darkwill, but he had known and greatly respected the disgraced general Swain, and had spoken against his discharge after the botched offensive in Ionia some years earlier. The oaths of the Hand were to Noxus, not any particular ruler, and Swain was a man who spoke honestly of his new vision for the empire. Darius realized this was a leader he was prepared to follow... but Swain had other ideas.
With the establishment of the Trifarix, three individuals would rule Noxus together, each embodying one principle of strength: Vision, Might, and Guile. Darius gladly accepted his place on this council, and pledged to raise a new, elite force—the Trifarian Legion, the most loyal and prestigious warriors the empire could produce—and lead the armies of Noxus into a glorious new age of conques
+ Ultimate allows him to make a comeback if he starts out poorly.
+ His pull is deceptively helpful despite it's short range.
+ Good sustain.
+ Lane bully
+ Bleed helps ensure champions can't run with just 50 or so health left. Helps stop narrow escapes.
+ High snowball.
Darius is a champion that has some relatively high damage and he doesn't even need a lot of damage items to accomplish this. He's got some great sustain which comes from him Q ability and he is one of the best Lane bullies in the top lane. Darius is even a champion that has some very high snowball potential and if he does get to a very big point in the game he can even 1v2 targets rather easily. If he gets to that point he might not even care about getting ganked because if he does it's just a free 2 kills anyways.
- Low mobility.
- Fairly easy to kite.
- Falls of late game.
- Very hard matchups.
- Mediocre peeler.
Darius has very low mobility. What this means is that you can easily be kited by anyone.It also means that you will be much more prone to ganks than the average toplaner. A big trade off for his oppressive early and mid-game power is that late game when everyone is fullbuild, it's VERY easy to just feel useless and unable to do anything. One of the biggest things to keep in mind is that Darius has a lot counters that can screw you over in lane.
Passive- HemorrhageDarius aims his attacks strategically, causing his target to bleed for 12 (+1 per champion level) (+0.3 per bonus attack damage) physical damage over 5 seconds. This effect stacks up to five times.
Reaching 5 stacks or killing an enemy champion with Noxian Guillotine activates Noxian Might for 5 seconds. During Noxian Might, Darius gains 30-230 (based on level) bonus Attack Damage and applies max Hemorrhage stacks to enemies with basic attacks or Decimate's Blade.
This is an innate ability that make your basic attacks and your abilities bleed the enemy for 5 seconds and it can stack upto 5 times as long as there's 5 stacks this will do between 65 and 150 based on level +150% bonus AD physical Damage over that duration.Whenever you get 5 stacks on a target you'll then get Noxian Might and this will give you between 30 and 230 based on level bonus attack damage and instantly applies full Hemorrhage through his usual means.So this here is a really really strong ability because it will give you some extra harassment and makes you really strong in the lane phase and a big time lane bully.
Q- DecimateAfter a 0.75 second delay, Darius swings his axe in a wide circle. Enemies struck by the blade take 50 / 80 / 110 / 140 / 170 (+1.0 / 1.1 / 1.2 / 1.3 / 1.4 per attack damage) physical damage and receive a stack of Hemorrhage. Enemies struck by the shaft take 35% damage and do not receive a stack of Hemorrhage.
Darius also heals himself for 15% of his missing Health for each enemy champion hit by Decimate's blade, up to a maximum of 45%."
Cooldown: 9 / 8 / 7 / 6 / 5
Cost: 30 / 35 / 40 / 45 / 50
If the enemy gets hit by the shaft of his axe it will not apply Hemorrhage stacks or heal Darius.So therefore, of course you will want to try to hit people with the blade of the axe and not the shaft so you can acutally apply your hemorrhage do a lot more damage than usual and also sustain yourself. Decimate is an amazing ability for farming throughout the lane phase,it'll do a lot of damage to the enemy champion and it's great harassment. In teamfights you want to hit as many targets as possible with Decimate because you can get a massive amount of health back.
W- Crippling Strike Darius's next attack severs a crucial artery, dealing 150 / 155 / 160 / 165 / 170% of his total attack damage as physical damage and slowing his target by 90% for 1 second.
If the target dies, the mana cost of Crippling Strike is refunded and the cooldown is halved.
Cooldown: 7 / 6.5 / 6 / 5.5 / 5
This ability also resets your auto attack timer.Since it does this it's a pretty great way to stack your bleeds on the target really quickly.Of course this is also a really strong slow so it's a great way to help you stick onto a target.Also keep in mind Crippling Strike is decent for last hitting as well because if there is 2 low minions you can auto attack one to finish it off W to reset your auto attack timer and attack the next one to get both last hits.
E- Apprehend Passive: Darius hones his axe, granting him 15 / 20 / 25 / 30 / 35% armor penetration.
Active: Darius sweeps up his enemies with his axe's hook, pulling them to him while briefly granting vision in the area around the pull. Enemies pulled by Apprehend are slowed by 40% for 1 second.
Cooldown: 24 / 21 / 18 / 15 / 12
So this here yet again is another really solid ability because it gives your armour penetration at scales with the points in the ability and it's a great way to pull a target into yourself so you can kill them.
R- Noxian GuillotineDarius leaps to an enemy Champion and strikes a lethal blow, dealing 100 / 200 / 300 (+0.75 per bonus attack damage) true damage. This damage increases by 20% for each stack of Hemorrhage on the target up to a maximum of 200 / 400 / 600 (+1.5 per bonus attack damage) true damage.
If Noxian Guillotine is a killing blow, Darius causes all nearby minions and monsters to flee in terror and he can recast the ability for free within the next 20 seconds. This can occur multiple times in succession. At maximum rank, the cooldown will completely reset on kill.
Cooldown: 120 / 100 / 80
Cost: 100 / 0
This here is why Darius is known as the dunk master.It is a really strong execute ability and you will want to try to have Hemorrhage stacks on your target so it will do a ton of damage.You will want to make sure that the enemy will die from this ability so it comes off cooldown and you can dunk multiple targets over and over again if there is a bunch of low enemies.
- Auto Attack -> Crippling Strike- This is one of the most important parts of Darius to master,and it’s a very simple Auto Attack Reset. Auto Attacking then immediately using Crippling Strike is a very fast 2 stacks of Hemorrhage. Any time you use Crippling Strike, try to use it after an AA like this.
- Crippling Strike -> Decimate- Using your Crippling Strike on a target and using Decimate as the Crippling Strike starts to hit will give you an Animation Cancel, which means the time spent casting an ability is canceled out by the use of another ability. Doing this will give you more time to deal more damage. Another benefit of this is that you will slow the enemy as your Decimatecomes out, making it easier to hit.
- Apprehend -> Decimate - This is a combo used to disengage and heal. Anytime you get ganked and both of the enemies are stacked up, grabbing then with Apprehend then landing Decimate will typically get you out pretty safely, as well as healing you from the damage you take escaping.
The other part that is important about your lane phase is tradingyou are known as a really strong lane bully and you should try to get and advantage over the enemy laner. Try to hit the enemy and sustain yourself with Decimateand also stack your bleeds on that enemy as well for it's nice harassment.