Build Guide by EvilGermanSquirrel
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Update - 1/12/11; Changed items on both builds to add Hextech items. I can't believe I missed those.
Update - 1/13/11; Added another build, changed intro, added chapter
Update - 1/13/11; Added changes to Akali #1, #3; added TIPS section; Thank you Ekatah!
Welcome to my builds on Akali - The Fist of Shadow (that will crush you like a bug). I've created three builds, as you can see. The first makes Akali not squishy while still having massive damage output. The second build is way more squishy, but does more damage and is a little better at handling armor tanks like Rammus. The third is an all out attack damage build (except for the hextech gunblade)
The problem with all of these builds is that you will probably not be able to finish the items in a normal game (unless you have a 75:00 long game like me and earned over 50,000g with Kayle).
Good health, not squishy
Still outputs massive damage
Good move speed
Almost impossible to buy all of the items
Armor/magic resist buffers are a little hard to kill
These spells are more on the defensive side and are mainly for early game.
Heal - I find this very useful to heal after the inevitable fight before minions spawn, and it has gotten me out of many, many tight spots
Exhaust - This spell is nice, as it can be used when chasing and when running.
Even though I am focusing on not being squishy, I still get 21 in offense (if you don't with Akali, you are kinda dumb - no offense). I didn't get Nimbleness because you should only get that if you are going to buy dodge items, which I'm not.
Not a whole lot to explain here. Level up Mark of the Assassin first, then Crescent Slash, getting one level of Twilight Shroud, nabbing Shadow Dance whenever possible.
The marks are helping for Akali's Passive, so are the glyphs and quintessences. The seals help with the non-squishieness. Nuff said.
At the beginning, Doran's Blade helps with health, which is definitely what Akali needs at the beginning. Doran's Blade is an ideal first item for any build, and the extra damage and lifesteal are just cherries on the top of a banana split. A health potion is good for after the pre-minion fight if you don't want to use Heal.
The Core items of this build are Trinity Force, Mercury Treads, and Guinsoo's Rageblade. Most likely, you won't get to build Rylai's Crystal Scepter in a normal game because of the cost of the items, and sometimes you won't even finish Hextech Gunblade.
You want to be careful now until you get Phage. Phage is useful for the damage, for the health, but most of all for the occasional slow. This can lead to many early game kills if you are smart enough and aren't facing Master Yi or Olaf. Once you have your Mercury Treads, you can go in there and start farming minions as much as you want.
Now you should be close to getting Guinsoo's. Once you have it, you are an excellent tower pusher. I love this weapon because it is almost like a little Jax's Ultimate's passive. Once you buy Guinsoo's, you need to finish Trinity Force. If you are doing well, buy Sheen before Zeal to get extra damage. If you need the move speed, get Zeal first. Either way, once you have both, you just need 300g to get Trinity Force.
Hopefully you will be winning because of Akali's large kill ratio and Guinsoo's tower pushing ability. If you can get Hextech Gunblade, you are practically invincible because of the lifesteal and spell vamp. This basically allows you to turn around and kill the person chasing you (I love doing that).
Overall, this build isn't like your normal Akali builds, but I like it and use it a lot. I hope you do too.
SO MUCH DAMAGE
Can take on tanks rather well in mid/late game
Lots and lots of AP
Almost impossible to buy all of the items
Ignite - Very good early on for getting kills. It's also useful against Dr. Mundo, Taric, or Alistar, who I HATE PLAYING AGAINST BECAUSE OF THEIR REPEATED HEALS!!! Sorry, I got a little excited.
Ghost - Just like Exhaust, can be used both offensively and defensively. It is a very useful spell, although you might find that you want cleanse a little more.
21 in offense is imperative, and 9 in utility helps early game a lot. Utility Mastery helps with monster buffs. In both of these builds, getting the lizard buff early is great, as I don't focus on getting slows early on. Also, in both builds I don't get Lethality, which is great for crit chance maniacs like Tryndamere or Gangplank.
See Akali #1
All of the runes are going to Akali's passive, with the exception of the Quintessence of Insight, which helps with those annoying magic resist stacking maniacs.
Doran's Blade and Health Potion are very nice for Akali at the beginning, as I said in Akali #1. The Blasting Wand goes into Guinsoo's, and is nice to have before getting boots. (I like getting a minor item before buying boots.) The Black Cleaver is great against those annoying armor stacking tanks and helps with Crescent Slash. Once you get the Hextech Gunblade, you will dominate anyone who crosses your path, whether it is a squishy caster or a durable tank.
Stay back and be careful, as Akali is EXTREMELY squishy. Once you have your boots, you can farm minions a little better, but you still need to be careful.
By now you should have Guinsoo's. After that, buy the B.F. sword (what in the world does B.F. stand for anyway?!) to build into the Black Cleaver. Once you have that, start focusing on champions a little bit more while saving for Hextech Revolver.
Once you have Hextech Gunblade, go out there and OWN SOME FACE!!!!!! Just be careful, as you are still not invincible.
WARNING - WARNING - WARNING!!!!!
This build is a VERY squishy build, and I usually use Akali #1 more.
This build is for some major ownage, but you will die much more than my other build.
So much armor pen.
almost impossible to run away from
boom boom FIREPOWER
the only AP you get is near the end
that means that you don't have Akali's passive for a while
almost impossible to buy all of the items
Heal - Akali is squishy. What more can I say?
Exhaust - This is a good spell for Akali as the slow from her Twilight Shroud isn't always reliable. Exhaust can also be used defensively when you are running away.
This time, I chose most of my masteries to go in offense. As I have said before, this build is all about physical attacks (I wouldn't recommend it usually but some people might want to use this build). The 2 in defense were just the leftover mastery points. Mender's Faith was not random, though, as you can see. It helps with heal.
There's not much to say here.
#1 Shadow dance
#2 Mark of the Assassin
1 level of Twilight Shroud
#3 Crescent Slash
#4 Twilight Shroud
Greater Mark of Desolation = Armor pen. which is what is wanted for this build
Greater Seal of Resilience = Armor which is needed for almost anyone at the beginning
Greater Glyph of Vitality = A little extra health at the end
Greater Quintessence of Wisdom = Quicker level up
At the beginning, the Long Sword helps with attack and builds into Phage, my next item. Berserker's Greaves are attack speed, which is what you need paired with Frozen Mallet. Finish Phage into Frozen Mallet and start The Black Cleaver (for armor pen.) by buying the B.F. sword. Your next item, The Brutalizer, also gives armor pen., which is great for this build. Next, we want to get lifesteal, so I went with the Bilgewater Cutlass. If you have enough money, you can finish it into the Hextech Gunblade. If you are having a long game, you might be able to buy Zeal, and MAYBE Phantom dancer. If you are having a REALLY long game, you could finish The Brutalizer into Youmuu's Ghostblade.
In the early game you want to be extra careful but farm minions as much as you can. Once you have the Berserker's Greaves, you can farm a lot quicker. If you can buy Frozen Mallet, start harassing the champions to about half health. If they don't have lifesteal or a health potion, wait for the right time then target them with your lane partner. Hopefully you should kill them because of Frozen Mallet.
Once you have the B.F. Sword, start going a little more for champions. Drive them off so that they can't farm any minions while farming as much as you can. If you can get The Black Cleaver, now is your time to gank another lane. You will most likely kill them if you do it properly.
Once you have the Bilgewater Cutlass, go out there and own some face. With the lifesteal, you can stay out a lot longer. If you can get Hextech Gunblade, now you will own almost anyone 1 on 1.
Overall, I wouldn't recommend this build for Akali usually, but sometimes this can be very handy.
When playing as Akali, don't forget that in team fights you are one of their top targets.
Using your ultimate is a great ganking tool if you jump over walls with it.
A good order of attack- Ultimate (over a wall if possible) 1st, auto attack 3rd, 2nd (if you need armor/slow), repeat
if you aren't going to open with your ulti, then make sure you come in from behind so you can get a hit from Phage (or frozen mallet)
I hope you like these builds and vote +1!!!
Any positive comments are welcome, and try not to be mean. =P
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