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League of Legends Build Guide Author LividPlanett

Akali - The Hybrid Assassin

LividPlanett Last updated on September 27, 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: 21

Honor Guard

Defense: 9


Utility: 0

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Akali-The Fist Of Shadows

Akali, the Fist of Shadows is an energy-based hybrid/AP melee assassin whose short cooldown skill-set excels at sticking to enemies and dealing massive singe-target burst damage. Akali can be extremely elusive in lane and during teamfights through the ground-targeted AoE stealth of Twilight Shroud and the on-target dashes of Shadow Dance. Her passive allows her to be deceptively strong in one vs one engages, often healing enough to sneak out kills no other champion could get. She is typically found as a solo mid or solo side-lane carry.

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Classic Akali resembles Jade from the Mortal Kombat series.
Silverfang Akali resembles Ryu Hayabusa from the Ninja Gaiden game series.
Stinger Akali resembles the main character from Quentin Tarantino's movie, Kill Bill, hence her blood spattered yellow clothing and weapons.
Stinger Akali is likely a reference to Scorpion from the aforementioned Mortal Kombat, as her costume and color scheme are similar, as well as the fact that scorpions have stingers.
Crimson Akali resembles Taki from the Soul Calibur series.
The All-Star Akali skin, along with the soccer skins for other champions, appeared just before the 2010 World Cup started, and were removed from the store on October 31, 2010.
Nurse Akali , Kennen M.D. and Surgeon Shen share a Medical skin theme.
The Chinese Splash Art for her Nurse skin can be found in The Journal of Justice: Volume 1, Issue 19.
Surgeon Shen can be seen in a frame above Akali in the splash art.
This are the between the few skins that are confirmed to be part of the lore.
Nurse Akali was proposed by the community
Akali and Blood Moon Shen share a Blood Moon skin theme. The masks they are wearing are a reference to the masks worn at the Japanese Noh theatre theater.
Silverfang Akali shares a striking resemblance to Nightblade Irelia in design.

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Akali is a member of the Kinkou Order along with Kennen and Shen. The three shadow warriors work together in order to preserve the balance in Valoran.
Akali and her fellow ninjas are at war with Zed and his Order of Shadows.
During a contagion outbreak at the Institute of War, Akali volunteered as a nurse and can be seen administering a mandatory shot to Amumu.
Akali may have another, more personal connection with Zed. Perhaps she is former member of Order of Shadows - RiotRunaan pointed out her title (the Fist of Shadow) and passive Twin Disciplines, and mentioned that Zed once had a favourite student who left his Order, but there was no official statement. It is also mentioned that despite appearances, she has capacity for violence and cruelty.

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Pros / Cons

Short Cooldown
Can chase and kill easily
Huge Burst Damage

Countered by Stealth Detection (ex: Lee Sin)
Requires good judgment
Squishy champion

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Summoner Spells

Flash is the most popular spell. It can save you from an ugly situation or close the gap between your opponent for securing a kill.

Ignite will help you to secure a kill and it help you to reduces healing effects on target.

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DISCIPLINE OF FORCE: Akali's auto attacks deal 6% (+ 1% per 6 AP) bonus magic damage.

DISCIPLINE OF MIGHT: Akali gains 6% (+ 1% per 6 bonus AD) spell vamp.

Because passive Akali is good as hybrid champion.

Tips & Tricks
When you have Twin Disciplines, Akali's right and left hand starts to glow.
Use Runes to trigger Twin Disciplines right from the start.

Mark of the Assassin
RANGE: 600
COOLDOWN: 6 / 5.5 / 5 / 4.5 / 4
COST: 60

ACTIVE: Akali throws her kama at a target enemy, dealing magic damage and marking the target for 6 seconds.

Akali's basic attacks or Crescent Slashes against a marked target will consume the mark, dealing additional magic damage again and restoring energy.

INITIAL MAGIC DAMAGE: 35 / 55 / 75 / 95 / 115 (+ 40% AP)
DETONATION MAGIC DAMAGE: 45 / 70 / 95 / 120 / 145 (+ 50% AP)
TOTAL MAGIC DAMAGE: 80 / 125 / 170 / 215 / 260 (+ 90% AP)
ENERGY RESTORED: 20 / 25 / 30 / 35 / 40)

Tips & Tricks
Use this to harass enemies
If you can't farm properly, use this skill for a last hit.
Consuming the mark gives you some Energy back.

Twilight Shroud
RANGE: 700
COST: 80 / 75 / 70 / 65 / 60

ACTIVE: Akali creates a vision-granting smoke cloud in a 300-radius area for 8 seconds. While within the cloud, Akali is stealthed and gains bonus armor and magic resistance. Attacking or using abilities reveals her for 0.65 seconds. Enemies inside the smoke are slowed.

ARMOR / MAGIC RESIST: 10 / 20 / 30 / 40 / 50
SLOW: 14 / 18 / 22 / 26 / 30%

Tips & Tricks
Use Twilight Shroud to check bushes.
Use this if you are focused or if you want to escape.
Use Twilight Shroud to slow enemies.
Stand in the sides of the Twilight Shroud to avoid attacks.

Crescent Slash
RANGE: 325
COOLDOWN: 7 / 6 / 5 / 4 / 3
COST: 60 / 55 / 50 / 45 / 40

ACTIVE: Akali flourishes her kamas, dealing physical damage and triggering any Marks of the Assassin on nearby enemies.

PHYSICAL DAMAGE: 30 / 55 / 80 / 105 / 130 (+ 30% AP) (+ 60% AD)

Tips & Tricks
Use your Crescent Slash to farm.
Use your Crescent Slash consumes your Mark of the Assassin.

Shadow Dance
RANGE: 800
COOLDOWN: 2 / 1.5 / 1

ACTIVE: Akali uses an Essence of Shadow, dashing to and dealing magic damage to a target enemy. Akali gains an Essence of Shadow periodically, affected by cooldown reduction, up to a maximum of 3. Additionally, gaining a kill or assist will restore an Essence of Shadow.

NEW ESSENCE OF SHADOW: 30 / 22.5 / 15
MAGIC DAMAGE: 100 / 175 / 250 (+ 50% AP)

Tips & Tricks
Use your Shadow Dance in a minion wave to catch to an enemy or escape.

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Hextech Gunblade
This items gives you all what you need. Spell Vamp, Life Steal, Atack Damage, Ability Power.

Lich Bane
This is a very useful item because it synergizes well with Akali. It gives you Ability Power and Movement Speed. It can also deal bonus magic damage equal to your Ability Power.

Rabadon's Deathcap
It gives you a huge amount of Ability Power and a Passive that increases it even more + will stack your Lich Bane.

Mercury's Treads if you are againist team with multiple stuns.
Ninja Tabi if you are againist team full atack damage. You also can buyZonya againist full ad team.

These boots are very good if enemy team has a strong tank.

Guardian Angel
A very popular item for Akali. It gives you Armor, Magic Resistance and a Passive that revives you upon death. You will need to buy this items in all builds.

Abyssal Scepter is a very useful item if they have more than 2 Ability Power in their team.

Rylai's Crystal Scepter
This item is good to catch players that run away, also you will need a little hp.

I very rarely pick this item up but it can be very useful against a team who is stacking Magic resistance or purchasing a very popular item now, Spirit Visage, or mid lanes such as Galio. Besides in these not-so-common circumstances I generally completely avoid this item or purchase it last.

Deathfire Grasp help you to assassinate very easy and quickly the apc/adc. But also you can do this without Deathfire Grasp