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Aatrox, the darkin blade

Last updated on June 19, 2013
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Ability Sequence

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

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The masteries shown here are not yet updated for the current season, the guide author needs to set up the new masteries. As such, they will be different than the masteries you see in-game.



Offense: 22

Honor Guard

Defense: 7


Utility: 1

Strategy, skills and builds


The sustain from Blood Thirst keeps Aatrox’s health topped off, allowing him to farm throughout the laning phase. Aatrox excels as a duelist, able to switch to Blood Price for heavy burst damage when trading with his lane opponent. After the exchange, Aatrox can toggle back to Blood Thirst to top off his health. When he’s ready to finish the job, Massacre adds significantly to an already potent burst combo.If the lane isn’t going Aatrox’s way, the knock-up effect from Dark Flight can be used to set up ganks for his jungler. Or, if Aatrox has bullied his enemy out of lane, he can push aggressively, safe in the knowledge that the disengage from Dark Flight and Blades of Torment’s slow will aid his escape when enemies come charging. Even when things go totally wrong, Blood Well offers a second chance to secure kills or make a quick exit.

Team fights

Aatrox’s mobility gives him an innate ability to pressure enemy carries in team fights. Blood Thirst grants Aatrox plenty of sustain as he tangos with enemy initiators and tanks. When he sees an opportunity to reach an enemy carry, Dark Flight closes the gap and allows the punishment to begin. When Aatrox is in deep, the area of effect burst and extra range from Massacre, and slow on Blades of Torment prevent high-value targets from escaping. All the while the consistent healing from Blood Thirst and resurrection effect from Blood Well keep him alive long enough to cut through enemy squishies.If Aatrox’s team is on the defensive, a well-aimed Blades of Torment can slow multiple enemies and open a window for retreating allies to slip away. Alternately, he can kite enemies with Dark Flight, and create an opportunity for the remainder of his team to turn and counter-initiate. If Aatrox is focused, Blood Thirst’s sustain and the Blood Well keep him in the fight, giving his teammates an opportunity to cut through foes as he resurrects and delivers the killing blow.

Aatrox's Dark Flight can be interrupted with crowd control like stun,knock up,pull etc.

Aatrox is a Melee ADC, however some of his kit provides quirks that need to be worked around or exploited.
Aatrox benefits from lifesteal since his abilities cost health. It also allows him to negate the loss from his Blood Price.
Attack Speed items allow his Blood Thirst/Price to trigger more often.
Blade of the Ruined King fits all of these roles, as does its active.
Building health is a bad idea on Aatrox. His abilities mostly cost percent health. His sustain, however, restores a flat amount, as does his passive. So building Armor or Magic Resist is usually the more effective option.
If enemy CC is a problem, a Zephyr or Mercurial Scimitar can help.
Zephyr provides attack speed, move speed, and CDR. Mercurial Scimitar provides better Attack and some Magic Resist.
Zephyr's CC reduction is always active, but never instant. Mercurial Scimitar is instant but sporadic.
Guardian Angel can make Aatrox very hard to nail down.
A very difficult-to-kill Aatrox build is Guardian Angel, Blade of the Ruined King, Ravenous Hydra, Bloodthister, and Spirit Visage. This grants 2 revives, 45% lifesteal (an effective 54% with Spirit Visage), and a number of useful stats and actives.
Zephyr is one of the most effective item on Aatrox, along with  Blade of the Ruined King.
With also  Berserker's Greaves you don't need any other attack speed item, because with a full Blood Well and your ultimate activated, you have another 110% bonus attack speed. With all the item, your attack speed is 2.44. If you want to reach the 2.5 cap you need only 10% more bonus.
Hybrid items, such as Guinsoo's Rageblade or Hextech Gunblade can prove very effective on  Aatrox, giving him spectacular sustain and useful passives/actives or stats. They're, however, outclassed by other items (such as Blade of the Ruined King or Bloodthirster) if you're speccing into dealing pure physical damage.