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League of Legends Build Guide Author bloodydivide

Akali - Fist of Shadow, In-depth BURST Guide (OVERHAULED!)

bloodydivide Last updated on December 21, 2012
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This is a guide that aims to improve your skills using Akali. A well played Akali can
wipe opponents in a short period of time and is very versatile when moving in and out of battle

Akali is a awesome champion, her versatility is unmatched she can move in and out of battle with her ultimate, Shadow Dance

and now I present to you my fellow gamers my Akali guide. I tried my best to make this. So take time to read and scan through

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Greater Mark of Magic Penetration

Greater Mark of Attack Damage

Greater Seal of Ability Power

Greater Glyph of Health

Greater Quintessence of Ability Power

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I want to give akali some fire power and durability. A 23/7/0, Gives you extra durability inside and outside of battle.

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Item Sequence

Rylai's Crystal Scepter

Hextech Gunblade

Lich Bane

Rabadon's Deathcap

Void Staff
  • Sorcerer's Shoes: Magic Penetration boots? this boots will give an extra movement speed and gives good outcome on your burst damage.
  • Rylai's Crystal Scepter: Gives extra Survivability to Akali. Since Akali is not a health base champion.
  • Hextech Gunblade: For AP/AD Hybrid champions, also gives here extra life steal and spell vamp which is good. You deal tons of damage using Mark of the Assassin and Shadow Dance with the active of Hextech Gunblade.
  • Void Staff: Additional Magic Penetration. Makes Akali OP in mid or late games.
  • Lich Bane: A good AP Hitter/Carry without a burst damage with their AP? in short these are the Trinity Force of AP Hitter/Carry.
  • Rabadon's Deathcap: This is the most needed item for AP champions, just gives 140 AP and 30% AP boost.

  • Liandry's Torment: Basically an anti tank item that can burn out hp up to 10%
  • Guardian Angel: This will help you and your team to deal more damage and acing out the enemy team

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Skills Explanation

  • Twin Disciplines(Passive): Gives your basic attack an additional magic damage when your AP reaches a certain amount. Also gives extra spell vamp when you have bonus AD
  • Mark of the Assassin(Q): This spammy skill is your key to harassing squishy opponents, its effect is activated when you land a basic attack
  • Twilight Shroud(W): This spell is important in team fights which allows you move around, in and out of battle also gives 14/18/22/26/30% slow
  • Crescent Slash(E): This is the main tool for farming using Akali does both Magical and Physical Damage
  • Shadow Dance(R): The most important skill for Akali, this is her bread and butter, this skill allow her to pickup kills instantly

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Skill Sequence

Ability Sequence
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18

I want to max out Mark of the Assassin since this skill is her main damage dealer. Then Crescent Slash will activate the effect of Lich Bane and Sheen and finally Twilight Shroud = Escaping tool.

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Pros / Cons



+ Extremely Over Powered
+ Great Versatility with Shadow Dance
+ Great in mid and late games
+ Can escape using Twilight Shroud
+ Hot and Sexy


- Squishy
- Easily countered with Oracle's Elixir
- Viable to CC
- Easily Ganked
- Takes time to master

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Summoner Spells

Main Summoner Spells

  • Ignite - Ignite is a summoner spell which I prefer, knowing my luck the majority of time my opponent escapes with barely any life left. Well Ignite solves that problem for me, dealing true damage over time it finishes off the opponent for me.
  • Flash - Used to gain distance between enemies. Also useful when landing a basic attack with Mark of the Assassin

Alternate Summoner Spells

  • Exhaust - Can be used to slow the enemy down for that needed area to be able to shadow dance onto the champion. Also decreases damage dealt to you and can be used to escape.
  • Ghost - Allows you to gain movement speed to chase or escape from an enemy champion effectively. Able to run through those pesky minions that get in your way!
  • Surge - After using this summoner skill a few times, I still believe it loses out to Ignite which deals true damage, early game Surge would do better, but late game, NO.

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Skill Sequencing

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Know Your Place in Team Fights/Zoning

Twilight Shroud tips

In between the Bush, top lane and bottom lane.Escaping Route in middle lane for an easy Flash out.Bush beside the blue golem buffsMiddle lane right side, beside the bush for an easy stake outBeside the bush of the Red lizard

Places for TEAM fights

Baron first priority in late gamesSometimes team fights happen in the west side of Middle laneOften opposing team push top lane you can easily pick out a kill here.Dragon TEAM fight

Be sure that you have Twilight Shroud cooldowned. Wareders often place their wards beside blue and red buff

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Jungling Priority

My main Priority here is BARON and Red Buff. In early games Akali doesn't have any kind of CC, Red Buff is very useful for Akali gives her slowing ability and perfect with Mark of the Assassin

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I want to show some of my games using Akali. feel free to scan through47/11/7 not bad for 3v4, right? :)
18/16/14 not bad got the 2nd highest kill in the group =D