Mobafire League of Legends Build Guides Mobafire League of Legends Build Guides
Not Updated For Current Season

This guide has not yet been updated for the current season. Please keep this in mind while reading. You can see the most recently updated guides on the browse guides page

x

Build Guide by Hoali

Akali - AP Build

By Hoali | Updated on January 7, 2011

Vote Now!

34,351 Views
3 Votes
0 Comments
x
Did this guide help you? If so please give them a vote or leave a comment. You can even win prizes by doing so!
Vote
Comment

You must be logged in to comment. Please login or register.

I liked this Guide
I didn't like this Guide
Commenting is required to vote!

Thank You!

Your votes and comments encourage our guide authors to continue
creating helpful guides for the League of Legends community.

Array ( [display_name] => [champion_id] => 50 [skin_id] => 0 [summoner_spell_builds] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [display_name] => [summoner_spell_ids] => Array ( [0] => 1 [1] => 2 ) [description] => [display_order] => 1 [summoner_spells] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [summoner_spell_id] => 1 [client_id] => 3 [display_name] => Exhaust [url] => exhaust [description] => Exhausts target enemy champion, reducing their damage dealt by 40% and movement speed by 30% for 2.5 seconds. [icon] => Spell_SummonerExhaust.png [level] => 4 [cooldown] => 210 [range] => 650 [is_classic] => 1 [is_dominion] => 1 [is_deprecated] => 0 [is_deleted] => 0 [comment_count] => 6 [last_comment_ts] => 2011-09-23 06:20:03 ) [1] => Array ( [summoner_spell_id] => 2 [client_id] => 6 [display_name] => Ghost [url] => ghost [description] => Your champion ignores unit collision and has 27% (+1% per champion level) increased Movement Speed for 10 seconds. The movement speed bonus ramps up over the first two seconds. [icon] => Spell_SummonerGhost.png [level] => 1 [cooldown] => 180 [range] => 0 [is_classic] => 1 [is_dominion] => 1 [is_deprecated] => 0 [is_deleted] => 0 [comment_count] => 12 [last_comment_ts] => 2016-07-30 04:25:56 ) ) ) ) [item_builds] => Array ( ) [ability_builds] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [display_name] => [ability_ranks] => Array ( [0] => 1 [1] => 2 [2] => 1 [3] => 3 [4] => 1 [5] => 4 [6] => 1 [7] => 2 [8] => 1 [9] => 2 [10] => 4 [11] => 3 [12] => 3 [13] => 2 [14] => 3 [15] => 4 [16] => 2 [17] => 3 ) [description] => [display_order] => 1 ) ) [threats] => Array ( ) [champion] => Array ( [champion_id] => 50 [display_name] => Akali [url_str] => akali [title] => The Rogue Assassin [key] => [description] => Ionia has always been a land of wild magic, its vibrant people and powerful spirits seeking to live in harmony… but sometimes this peaceful equilibrium does not come easily. Sometimes it needs to be kept in check. The Kinkou are the self-appointed keepers of Ionia’s sacred balance. The order’s loyal acolytes walk the spirit and material realms, mediating conflicts between them and, when necessary, intervening by force. Born among their ranks was Akali, daughter of Mayym Jhomen Tethi, the renowned Fist of Shadow. Mayym and her partner Tahno raised their daughter within the Kinkou Order, under the watchful leadership of Great Master Kusho, the Eye of Twilight. Whenever her parents were called away, other members of the order stepped in as Akali’s surrogate family. Kennen, the Heart of the Tempest, spent many hours with the young girl, teaching her shuriken techniques, and emphasizing speed and agility over strength. Akali was a precocious child, and soaked up the knowledge like a sponge. It became clear to all that she would follow her parents’ path—along with the Great Master’s son and appointed successor Shen, she would lead a new generation dedicated to preserving Ionia’s balance. But balance can be fleeting. The order found itself divided. A wayward acolyte named Zed returned, and clashed violently with Kusho, wresting power in a bloody coup. Akali fled into the eastern mountains along with Mayym, Shen, Kennen, and a handful of other acolytes. Sadly, Tahno was not among them. Zed’s transformation of the Kinkou into the merciless Order of Shadow was almost complete. But, as the new Eye of Twilight, Shen intended to rebuild what had been lost. They would return to the Kinkou’s three fundamental philosophies: the pure impartiality of Watching the Stars, the passage of judgment in Coursing the Sun, and the elimination of imbalance by Pruning the Tree. Even though they were now few, they would train neophytes to restore and grow their numbers once more. When Akali came of age at fourteen, she formally entered her Kinkou training, determined to succeed her mother as the new Fist of Shadow. She was a prodigious fighter, and mastered the kama and kunai—a handheld sickle and throwing dagger. Though she did not possess the magical abilities of many of her fellow acolytes, she proved to all she was worthy of the title, in time allowing her mother to step down and help mentor the younger neophytes. But Akali’s soul was restless, and her eyes were open. Though the Kinkou and the Order of Shadow had come to an uneasy accord in the wake of the Noxian invasion of Ionia, she saw that her homeland continued to suffer. She questioned whether they were truly fulfilling their purpose. Pruning the Tree was meant to eliminate those who threatened the sacred balance... yet Shen would always urge restraint. He was holding her back. All the mantras and meditations could quiet her spirit, but such platitudes would not defeat their adversaries. Her youthful precociousness turned to outright disobedience. She argued with Shen, she defied him, and she took down Ionia’s enemies her way. In front of the whole order, she declared the impotence of the Kinkou, all its talk of spiritual balance and patience accomplishing little. Ionians were dying in the material realm, and that was the realm Akali would defend. She was trained as an assassin. She was going to be an assassin. She did not need the order anymore. Shen let her go without a fight, knowing this was a path that Akali must walk alone. Perhaps that path would bring her back one day, but that would be for her to decide. [spotlight_embed_url] => https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-s2YVbRP8I [role] => Assassin [defense_rating] => 3 [magic_rating] => 8 [attack_rating] => 5 [difficulty_rating] => 7 [damage_rating] => 3 [mobility_rating] => 3 [cc_rating] => 1 [toughness_rating] => 1 [utility_rating] => 1 [health] => 588 [health_increase] => 0 [mana] => 0 [mana_increase] => 0 [movement_speed] => 350 [armor] => 26.4 [armor_increase] => 0 [magic_resistance] => 32.1 [magic_resistance_increase] => 0 [attack_damage] => 58.4 [attack_damage_increase] => 0 [critical_strike] => 0 [critical_strike_increase] => 0 [health_regeneration] => 8.3 [health_regeneration_increase] => 0 [mana_regeneration] => 0 [mana_regeneration_increase] => 0 [attack_range] => 125 [attack_speed] => 0.694 [ability_power] => 0 [ability_power_18] => 0 [attack_speed_18] => 1.06 [health_18] => 2033 [mana_18] => 0 [movement_speed_18] => 350 [armor_18] => 85.9 [magic_resistance_18] => 53.4 [attack_damage_18] => 112.8 [critical_strike_18] => 0 [health_regeneration_18] => 19.4 [mana_regeneration_18] => 0 [attack_range_18] => 125 [tip_playing_as] => [tip_playing_against] => [client_id] => 84 [riot_points] => 790 [influence_points] => 3150 [icon] => [is_published] => 1 [is_deprecated] => 0 [is_deleted] => 0 [is_buildable] => 1 [is_free] => 0 [views] => 42769 [view_count] => 7912373 [comments] => 3 [comment_count] => 23 [votes] => 31 [vote_count] => 43 [community_tier_list_vote_count] => 470 [community_tier_list_score] => 0.447234 [community_tier_list_rank] => 2 [score] => 21 [lastpost_ts] => 2011-03-17 11:58:56 [last_comment_ts] => 2013-12-23 11:01:42 [critical_strike_chance] => 0 [critical_strike_chance_18] => 0 [preferred_skin] => 10 [create_ts] => 2018-08-01 00:00:00 ) [skin] => [abilities] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [ability_id] => 891 [champion_id] => 50 [display_name] => Assassin's Mark [unranked_description] => Damaging a champion with an ability creates a ring around them. When the ring forms, Akali gains a burst of movement speed towards it. Once she crosses the ring, Akali gains another burst of movement speed towards the enemy. Crossing the ring also empowers her kama, which increases the range and damage of her next attack. This attack also restores a small amount of energy. [ranked_description] => Akali's ability damage against enemy champions creates a 500-unit ring around them for 5 seconds, granting her {35/40/45/50}% bonus movement speed for {1/2/3} seconds while moving towards the edge of the ring. When Akali is outside the ring, she regains the bonus movement speed towards enemy champions and gains Swinging Kama for 4 seconds. Swinging Kama: Akali's next basic attack gains 125 bonus range, deals 39-180 (based on level) (+ 90% bonus AD) {0.7} bonus magic damage and restores {10/15/20/25/30} energy. [description] => [icon] => [cooldown_rank_1] => 0 [cooldown_rank_2] => 0 [cooldown_rank_3] => 0 [cooldown_rank_4] => 0 [cooldown_rank_5] => 0 [cooldown] => 0 [cost_rank_1] => 0 [cost_rank_2] => 0 [cost_rank_3] => 0 [cost_rank_4] => 0 [cost_rank_5] => 0 [cost_type] => mana [attack_range] => 0 [range_rank_1] => 0 [range_rank_2] => 0 [range_rank_3] => 0 [range_rank_4] => 0 [range_rank_5] => 0 [keybind] => Passive [video_url] => [display_order] => 0 [range_type] => self [target_type] => passive [comment_count] => 0 [is_deleted] => 0 [is_deprecated] => 0 [last_comment_ts] => 0000-00-00 00:00:00 ) [1] => Array ( [ability_id] => 892 [champion_id] => 50 [display_name] => Five Point Strike [unranked_description] => Akali throws five kunai in a narrow arc, damaging enemies directly in front of her and slowing those at maximum range. If cast with nearly full energy, Akali heals for a percentage of the damage. [ranked_description] => Akali throws a flurry of kunais in the target direction, dealing {25/50/75/100/125} (+ 65% AD) {0.5} magic damage to enemies hit. Enemies hit at maximum range are also slowed by 50% for 0.5 seconds. If cast at 180 energy or above, Akali also heals for {20/25/30/35/40}% of Five Point Strike's damage. At rank 5, deals 33.3% bonus damage to minions and monsters. [description] => [icon] => [cooldown_rank_1] => 1.5 [cooldown_rank_2] => 1.5 [cooldown_rank_3] => 1.5 [cooldown_rank_4] => 1.5 [cooldown_rank_5] => 1.5 [cooldown] => 0 [cost_rank_1] => 100 [cost_rank_2] => 95 [cost_rank_3] => 90 [cost_rank_4] => 85 [cost_rank_5] => 80 [cost_type] => mana [attack_range] => 0 [range_rank_1] => 500 [range_rank_2] => 500 [range_rank_3] => 500 [range_rank_4] => 500 [range_rank_5] => 500 [keybind] => Q [video_url] => [display_order] => 1 [range_type] => self [target_type] => passive [comment_count] => 0 [is_deleted] => 0 [is_deprecated] => 0 [last_comment_ts] => 0000-00-00 00:00:00 ) [2] => Array ( [ability_id] => 251 [champion_id] => 50 [display_name] => Twilight Shroud [unranked_description] => Akali detonates a smoke bomb in the target direction, creating a circular shroud that expands over the next 5 seconds into a ring. Entering the Shroud renders Akali invisible, gaining bonus movement speed and causing all sources of true sight to grant obscured vision instead. [ranked_description] => Akali restores {40/50/60/70/80} energy and detonates a smoke bomb in the target direction, creating a circular shroud that expands over the next 5 seconds into a ring. The shroud lasts {5/5.5/6/6.5/7} seconds and does not permeate terrain. Entering the shroud renders Akali invisible, gaining {20/25/30/35/40}% bonus movement speed and causing all sources of true sight (including turrets) to grant obscured vision instead. Twilight Shroud's duration is extended by 0.5 seconds whenever she breaks from the shroud. Akali's basic attacks and abilities will break the invisibility for 0.65 seconds. Twilight Shroud's duration cannot exceed 8 seconds unless is marked, in which case the marked section will linger for the mark's duration. [description] => [icon] => [cooldown_rank_1] => 21 [cooldown_rank_2] => 18.5 [cooldown_rank_3] => 16 [cooldown_rank_4] => 13.5 [cooldown_rank_5] => 11 [cooldown] => 0 [cost_rank_1] => 0 [cost_rank_2] => 0 [cost_rank_3] => 0 [cost_rank_4] => 0 [cost_rank_5] => 0 [cost_type] => mana [attack_range] => 0 [range_rank_1] => 250 [range_rank_2] => 250 [range_rank_3] => 250 [range_rank_4] => 250 [range_rank_5] => 250 [keybind] => W [video_url] => [display_order] => 2 [range_type] => self [target_type] => passive [comment_count] => 0 [is_deleted] => 0 [is_deprecated] => 0 [last_comment_ts] => 0000-00-00 00:00:00 ) [3] => Array ( [ability_id] => 893 [champion_id] => 50 [display_name] => Shuriken Flip [unranked_description] => Akali backflips and throws a shuriken forward, damaging and marking the first enemy hit. The shuriken can also hit and mark the smoke from Twilight Shroud. Akali can reactivate Shuriken Flip to dash to the marked target, damaging enemies she passes through. [ranked_description] => Akali flips backward and fires a shuriken forward, dealing {60/90/120/150/180} (+ 70% bonus AD) physical damage to the first enemy hit and marking them. If the Shuriken reaches maximum range without hitting an enemy, or kills its enemy, it will mark the last portion of Twilight Shroud hit, if applicable. While a target is marked, Akali can reactivate Shuriken Flip within the next 3 seconds, causing her to dash towards the marked target, dealing the same initial damage. [description] => [icon] => [cooldown_rank_1] => 16 [cooldown_rank_2] => 14.5 [cooldown_rank_3] => 13 [cooldown_rank_4] => 11.5 [cooldown_rank_5] => 10 [cooldown] => 0 [cost_rank_1] => 30 [cost_rank_2] => 30 [cost_rank_3] => 30 [cost_rank_4] => 30 [cost_rank_5] => 30 [cost_type] => mana [attack_range] => 0 [range_rank_1] => 650 [range_rank_2] => 650 [range_rank_3] => 650 [range_rank_4] => 650 [range_rank_5] => 650 [keybind] => E [video_url] => [display_order] => 3 [range_type] => self [target_type] => passive [comment_count] => 0 [is_deleted] => 0 [is_deprecated] => 0 [last_comment_ts] => 0000-00-00 00:00:00 ) [4] => Array ( [ability_id] => 894 [champion_id] => 50 [display_name] => Perfect Execution [unranked_description] => Akali dashes up to two times, with a slight delay between. The first dash deals physical damage and briefly stuns, while the second dash deals magic damage based on the missing health of the enemy. [ranked_description] => Akali dashes in the target direction, dealing {85/150/215} (+ 50% bonus AD) physical damage and stunning enemies hit for 0.5 seconds. After 2.5 seconds, Perfect Execution can be reactivated within the following 7.5 seconds, causing Akali to dash in the target direction, dealing {120/180/240} {0.3} magic damage to enemies hit. The base damage is increased by up to 150% (based on target's missing health), and the scaling damage is increased by up to 200% (based on target's missing health). [description] => [icon] => [cooldown_rank_1] => 120 [cooldown_rank_2] => 100 [cooldown_rank_3] => 80 [cooldown_rank_4] => 80 [cooldown_rank_5] => 80 [cooldown] => 0 [cost_rank_1] => 0 [cost_rank_2] => 0 [cost_rank_3] => 0 [cost_rank_4] => 0 [cost_rank_5] => 0 [cost_type] => mana [attack_range] => 0 [range_rank_1] => 600 [range_rank_2] => 750 [range_rank_3] => 750 [range_rank_4] => 750 [range_rank_5] => 750 [keybind] => R [video_url] => [display_order] => 4 [range_type] => self [target_type] => passive [comment_count] => 0 [is_deleted] => 0 [is_deprecated] => 0 [last_comment_ts] => 0000-00-00 00:00:00 ) ) [threat_counts] => Array ( [0] => 0 [1] => 0 [2] => 0 [3] => 0 [4] => 0 [5] => 0 ) [leaguespyStats] => Array ( [status] => 1 [data] => Array ( [champion] => Array ( [id] => 84 [mobafire_id] => 50 [name] => Akali [url] => akali [free_to_play] => 0 ) [lane] => Middle [laneAlt] => Middle Lane [rank] => 36 [rankings] => 38 [rankingsCount] => 58 [winRate] => 47 ) ) ) 1

Spells:

LoL Summoner Spell: Exhaust

Exhaust

LoL Summoner Spell: Ghost

Ghost

LeagueSpy Logo
Middle Lane
Ranked #36 in
Middle Lane
Win 47%
Get More Stats

Chapter 1

Pros:
-Massive burst damage
-Insanely good chaser
-In-combat stealth
-Actually helpful in team fights if handled properly

Cons:
-Very suishy until you get a Giant's Belt
-Easily harassed by the right champs
-Anyone cheeky enough to buy an Oracle's will reduce your Twilight Shroud to a really bad slowing mechanism

Runes:
Since the new energy runes haven't been added on here yet, I'll just mention which runes I've been testing in here. The best combination I've tried thus far will be four static energy/5 runes with four energy/5 per level runes. Any combination is acceptable however. These little beauties really do help with end game team fights, so it's worth the extra IP.

Item Progression:
Here's a break down of how to purchase item parts to maximize your damage while you're saving up money.

Rylai's- Buy the Blasting Wand first, then Giant's Belt, then the Rylai's upgrade. If you're getting hammered early on, Giant's Belt first is a viable option. After all, you can't kill people if you're dead.


Abilities
You will always want to max out Mark of the Assassin first. It is your harass tool and the source for most of your damage. Twilight Shroud will be your lifesaver should things turn for the worst during team fights or solo ganks. Maxing Twilight Shroud out as quickly as possible is generally a really good idea. However, if your opponents are of a less than adequate nature, switching out Crescent Slash for a few of the early Twilight Shrouds can be a good idea. Crescent Slash if pretty self-explanatory, so I won't go into it at all. Shadow Dance is your baby though. It is your assassination tool, your escape mechanism, and the main reason Akali is so good at chasing. When you start attempting solo ganks, make sure you have at least 2 Dance charges. Unless the target has incredibly low health, 1 charge will not be enough.

Early Game/Laning Phase
It should be noted that with Doran's Blade, your runes, and the 21 point offense mastery both your passives are activated. Congratulations, you are, with the exception of a Red Pot Shaco, the hardest hitting champs at level 1. You have ~70 damage and 20 AP and 630 health. You are a force to be feared.

Your ultimate goal during this phase is to live long enough to get your Boots of Speed and at least the Giant's Belt before laning ends. Truth be told, this isn't overly difficult. It simply requires you to not be stupid and avoid taking ridiculous risks. Given enough time, the other team will inevitably make a mistake and it is then that you capitalize.

General laning procedure is to last hit minions for the gold and harass the enemy champs as much as possible. If you're laning with a champ that has a stun, try to set up ganking opportunities. If you're laning against a champ that has a stun, try to avoid giving them ganking opportunities. If you harass against a champ with a stun, drop a shroud as often as you can so that it will cover you should you get stunned. Popping Twilight Shroud will more often than not just make the enemy run away from their creeps. If this happens, kill their creeps. We're in this for the money, so get a few creep kills for some much needed gold.

Continue to harass and last hit minions until laning ends. If you've managed to stay alive through the entire phase, you'll hopefully be well into a Rylai's.

Mid Game/Ganking Phase
The ultimate goal of this phase is to strike fear into the hearts of your enemies. Nothing accomplishes this faster than nuking a few champs down before they have time to react. If you see an enemy alone killing minions, or whatever they might be doing, don't be afraid of going over to say "Hi!". Just make sure to scout a little bit before attempting a kill. Also, try to avoid solo ganks if the enemy team has a champ with a global teleport. You'll just be slaughtered for you efforts. If your adversary is getting away, let them. Chasing down a champ you have no chance of catching just gives the other team time to get a trap set up.

This phase is, however, made much easier once you have your Boots of Mobility. Your boots essentially become your secret weapon as far as your items are concerned. Using Imp. Ghost with Boots of Mobility means that you can change lanes very quickly, catching unsuspecting prey completely by surprise. Chasing is made even easier with this combo as well.

Team fights are slightly different for Akali when compared to other champions. Most Akali's will run in just after the fight has started and attempt to do something, anything, but will inevitably die for their effort. The trick to team fights as Akali is to pick out the other team's Carry and nuke them down as best you can before they or their teammates realize what you're doing. Once their Carry is down, or too scared to stay in due to low health, run off again. One of a few things will happen. A, the Carry will haul as much *** as they can back into their base to heal, B, they will be dead, or C, your enemies will chase after you, giving your team time to kill anyone that was distracted by you. Any combination of the previous options is possible as well. Running for your life is generally how this tactic ends though. But, even if you die, you've done your job. You've effectively removed the other team's Carry from the fight and have given your team a fighting chance at winning. Always try to circle around and help with clean up though. Health permitting of course. Rinse and repeat as many times as necessary.

End Game/Base Phase

As long as you've followed this guide, you'll be able to nuke down anyone, minus Tanks, within a few seconds. Your Akali is also a pretty effective turret killer. She does, however, still need someone to tank it for her. Minions and your team's tank can help with that.

Team Fights at this stage of the game should be handled in the same way as Mid game.


I hope you've enjoyed my guide. Feel free to ask any questions you might have.


Note- This build has been thoroughly tested with great success in practice games and normal queues. I would also like to add that your AP will be higher in game with this build. You will end the game with ~450 AP instead of what's posted. You will end with less health than is posted as well. I think you end up with ~2900. Also, a big thanks to my good friend Yossarion for putting up with my endless practice game testing sessions.
League of Legends Build Guide Author Hoali
Hoali Guide

Vote Now!