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League of Legends Build Guide Author S t e r b

Akali - Essence of Shadow (AP)

S t e r b Last updated on March 15, 2011
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Ability Sequence

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

Not Updated For Current Season

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.


Brute Force
Improved Rally

Offense: 10

Strength of Spirit
Veteran's Scars

Defense: 20

Expanded Mind
Blink of an Eye
Mystical Vision
Presence of the Master

Utility: 0

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Welcome to my guide. I just like to play with the Akali My favorite thing about it is that can be built or Ability Power DPS and still be easily achievable. If your team is missing a carry, we can build DPS. If your team is low on magic damage, we can build Ability Power. In this guide I'll show you how to make a killer Akali being pure Ability Power.

Some things to remember when playing with her is that she is a ganker / killer. That means you will be dealing with huge amounts of damage, with the risk of their survival. Choose your battles carefully, and yes, you have the ability to choose their fights. I will tell you that Akali is quite fun to play once you learn, it can kill enough in a match.

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Pros / Cons

Akali's Pros:

- Huge burst damage
- Farmer well
- Great Chaser
- Can in jungler
- Fun to play
- Can tower dive effectively

Akali's Cons:

- Somewhat squishy
- Usually focused
- Can be countered teamfights by an oracle
- Requires good awareness

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Akali's Abilities

- Twin Disciplines
The more Ability Power you have, give you a bonus of damage related to Ability its power. Upon obtaining 20 ability power, Akali's hits deal 10% bonus magic damage.

- Mark of the Assassin
The absolutely necessary harassment skill. Not a fantastic harassment spell, but it will do the job as long as you're not fighting super tanks. Make sure to follow up with the physical attack as much as possible for the extra energy and damage as long as you aren't put into immediate danger. Also good for those final hits on a runaway champion.

- Twilight Shroud
This is what makes her a true Assassin and Ninja. Use it to slow enemies, Gank early game, confuse the opponent, also used to escape. It is useful and proven since level 1.

- Crescent Slash
Still affected by Ability Power, this is the only ability with an Attack Damage ratio bonus. This should be used mainly for farming large groups of creeps or after hitting a champion with the delayed Mark of the Assassin and double trigger hit.

- Shadow Dance
Shadow Dance gives Akali the amazing ability to both kill fleeing champions, and very easily dive champions who are sitting under the relative safety of a tower, or behind their team during a team fight.This can also be used as a great escape tactic as it can go through walls and target jungle creeps as well.

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Summoner Spells

- Flash
This spell works very well when combined with any of the Akali skill, I like to use with Shadow Dance when I can not reach the target. Also very good to escape when necessary.

- Ignite
Ignite is always nice for the extra damage and the 50% healing reduction, i always like to get this spell, it helps a lot in the first blood.

- Ghost
Great for escape and chasing, however Flash is far more confusing to the enemy.

- Exhaust
Good way to approach and flee. Personally I do not like to use this spell.

- Smite
Akali can also be jungle, if you want or have no jungle on your team.

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All of your runes will be going for more power to kill. Armor penetration is very important, as proven in any place. More our goal is mainly Ability Power, I prefer to use runes that wins Ability Power to help you starts well at early game. It may even make easy to get the first blood with the combo of Mark of the Assassin. I use seal health runes, in order to generate a little more health and ensure their survival more time. You can choose to dodge runes its also quite viable for Akali.

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- Sorcerer's Shoes
I usually make this boot, due to its Magic Penetration. Of course it also depends on the game, sometimes I do in the Magic Resist. If you do not prefer any of them may opt for other types that works best for your style of play.

- Mejai's Soulstealer
Personally I think a great feature for Akali, but i recommend to do it, for who have certain experience for her and knows how and when kill for got some stacks. If dont , will be completely useless.

- Rylai's Crystal Scepter
Excellent item for Akali due to give a great Ability Power and Health. So, will help you survive longer in battle and, at the same time will, get a good damage. Another positive aspect of this item is its slow to help in their persecution.

- Rabadon's Deathcap
Increases your Ability Power to the heights, nearly doubling its entire damage. Be sure to make that item is very important because of the Ability Power you gain.

- Zhonya's Hourglass
Isn't just about boosting your Ability Power. It also has 50 armor and gives you a very helpful active ability that makes you invulnerable for 2 seconds. So, will harm the enemy team as well, helping his team into battle. It is very useful if used the right way in the battle.

- Abyssal Scepter
Will provide you with Ability Power, Magic Resistance, and an aura which lowers enemy magic resist which helps your whole team.

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Early / Mid / Late Game

Early Game
Start with 5and 1, this will help for you survive and up at the lane. If the lane are dominated by the enemy useto farm some creeps,this skills is very good to do that. you can also farm usingand when you are near the creeps just attack for last hit, you can also use combo at your enemys usingand a hit, this will do a lot of damage on your enemy.its very necessery dont forget to put 1 point on it,can save you when the enemy come to gank you. After level 6 you can start gank and kill easily

Mid Game
If the game is going well for their team to do, if a little difficult to do starting with itemlife. Farme giving last hit withandafter lvl 6 go gank the lane is quite so easy gank your success. In teamfight you have that is better positioned or be killed easily, remember that you are a murderer. Kill always the weaker opponents and those who are a bit far from teamfight you could easily reach with your.

Late Game
I say the same thing, always kill the weakest first. In this time of game you need to be skilled enough to be able to hit the combo correctly so that the enemy would die without even thinking. Always pay attention to your energy not to miss it when you need it, know how to use their skill correctly. During this period of game you can destroy turrets with a bit of ease, do not forget to break turrets whenever you can. even if its function is to kill. Never forget to useit is very useful throughout the game, due to its efficiency, always pay attention to any adversary has oracle too.

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Final Words

I've tried various builds for Akal, but in my opinion this is the best, at least gives me quite right. This is my first guide, I did not do so detailed because it gets a little tiring. A little summary and I think it is necessary to know about my build, I hope that helps.

I'll post some results, the first print I completed the build in 41 minutes.
Thanks for reading!