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Akali Build Guide by TheodosisLoL

Akali The Unexpected Assassin

Akali The Unexpected Assassin

Updated on April 16, 2013
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About the Author

OK!Here we are!First of all I am Theodosis and this is my first guide ever,so it might has many shortages or mistakes.In this case contact me on LoL (TheO7KingOfKings) so that you will let me know!
My favourite champion,who is the one who is being performed at the moment is:

She is my most played champion in ranked games!I would like you to know that I am not the best akali player and I don't get in the trouble to criticise myself!I let the others do it.Have fun and enjoy the guide guys.It's all yours!
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There exists an ancient order originating in the Ionian Isles dedicated to the preservation of balance. Order, chaos, light, darkness -- all things must exist in perfect harmony for such is the way of the universe. This order is known as the Kinkou and it employs a triumvirate of shadow warriors to uphold its causes in the world. Akali is one of these shadow warriors, entrusted with the sacred duty of Pruning the Tree - eliminating those who threaten the equilibrium of Valoran.

A prodigal martial artist, Akali began training with her mother as soon as she could make a fist. Her mother's discipline was relentless and unforgiving, but predicated on the fundamental principle: ''We do that which must be done.'' When the Kinkou inducted her into the order at the age of fourteen, she could slice a dangling chain with a chop of her hand. There was no question - she would succeed her mother as the Fist of Shadow. She has had to do much in this role which others might find morally questionable, but to her it is in service of her mother's inviolable doctrine. She now works with her fellows Shen and Kennen to enforce the balance of Valoran. This hallowed pursuit has unsurprisingly led the triumvirate to the Fields of Justice.

''The Fist of Shadow strikes from the cover of death itself. Do not impede the balance.''
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Pros / Cons

And finally here we are.My favourite chapter.


+ High Burst damage

+ Short cooldowns

+ Mark of the Assassin lasts more than the cooldown

+ Multi-used Ultiment

+ Excellent farming skills with Mark of the Assassin & Crescent Slash

+ Amazing and spectacular escapes with Twilight Shroud & Shadow Dance


- Valnurable to CC
- Can be revealed while she is on her Twilight Shroud by champs as Lee Sin & Diana
- Does not have any hard CC skills
- Almost always targeted first in the teamfights
- She is not sexy :/
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My ussualy runes on Akali are:


Magic Penentration is very useful on Akali , as they can be used against a bad early game champion to get some increased damage on him and put the glassess on him!

Well this Seals are very useful as they give you additional Hp over the time and they can keep you in the lane for more time against a champion with high burst damage as & (if he manage to stun you)!

Good for early game.It can be used against champions as Katarina & Lux

It's a must for champions who use Ability Power. They will increase your overall Ability Power more, helping you greatly throught the game.


The reason that you can use these certain runes on Akali is that I beleive that u have to increase the Ability Power to do tons of damage.Furhtermore I use them activate Akali's Passive Twin Disciplines which is extremely helpful on early game and can be accompanied by Hextech Hextech Gunblade for OP damage.
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[*] Summoner's Wrath -It gives you some extra damage on Ignite
[*] Sorcery-Reduces your cooldowns,which allows you to farm better and faster.It also gives you better and sooner harrass on the enemy
[*] Blast -It gives you some additional Ability Power over the game,which improves your late game
[*] Arcane Knowledge -It equips you with 8% MP and as result you have better burst damage and more damage on low MR enemies
[*] Havoc -It might be a useful mastery as it increases a rate of your AD and improves your farming.It can also help you in the Lane Phase battles,as it grants you increased attack
[*] Mental Force -It gives you some AP,which is very usefull for the beggining and in combination with Spell it might have awe-inspiring results on farming and on harrassing!They are my two highly reccommended masteries,so don't forget to put the maximum of points on them
[*] Archmage - It gives some additional AP
[*] Executioner - It helps you finish easier the enemy champions


In defense I invest on:
[*] Durability Resistance Hardiness Veteran's Scars for more Health,Armor and Magic Resist
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This item gives you some Spell Vamp, Ability Power, Attack Damage and Life Steal. This is the best item you can get because it synergizes with Twin Disciplines.For me it must be the first item to be bought,as it can gives you a advantage versus your lane opponent

It gives you some extra health which is very useful.Also,you cah chase enemies as it slows your enemy.

Personally, one of my favourite items in the game.When you have this item you are able to teamfight very good and kill quickly the enemy ADC or MID as It deals bonus magic damage equal to your Ability Power.

Highly reccommended item as all champions that use Ability Power get this item. It gives you a huge amount of Ability Power and a Passive that increases the Ap that an item gives per 35%.The choice is yours:Get it or Say BG

It can be used in specific situations,while you have to adress champions with high AD.It gives you 120 Ability Power and one unique active that it's tottally USEFULL.But don't forget to use it as I do.

It gives you some extremely increased AP and some cooldown reduction.


It gives you some armor and magic resist.It also empowers you with the unique passive to have a chance of reviving in case you die.Too useful for teamfights and of course to get annoying for the opponenet.Take it as 5th or 6th item

It gives you some extra HP and some AP.It can be used against tanky mid champs.

With Void Staff, you have 35% Magic Penetration, which is good if the opponent team is stacking Magic Resistance
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Akali's spells are:

Twin Disciplines is Akali's passive.Akali gains bonus Magic Damage and Spell Vamp, for a certain amount of Ability Power and Attack Damage she has.


When you have Twin Disciplines Akali's right and left hand starts to glow.
Use Runes to enable Twin Disciplines right from the start.

Mark of the Assassin. Akali spins her kama and marks her target.Akali's melee-attacks against this enemy will cause extra damage and consume the mark to gain extra energy


Use it to harass the enemy
The mark lasts more than the cooldown
Use it to get some last hits if you are pushed
Use it to get some energy

Twilight Shroud. Akali throws down an area a cover of smoke.Inside this smoke Akali is invisibvle and gains some Armor and Magic Resist.After exiting the smoke you are still invisible for a second.If you attack while you are inside the smoke you will be revealed.While enemies are on the smoke they have their speed slowed.

Use Twilight Shroud to check bushes.
Start the teamfights with Twilight Shroud so you won't be focused on
Use Twilight Shroud on srtategic points so that you will be able to have 2-3 paths to choose.
It's one of your escape tools
Remember that some champions can reveal you while you are in Twilight Shroud

Crescent Slash.Akali spins her kamas hitting all nearby enemy units and dealing damage based on her Attack damage and Ability Power.

Use Crescent Slash to farm a large wave of minions around you with low life.
Use Crescent Slash to consume your Mark of the Assassin
Do prudent use,otherwise it will drain your energy.

Shadow Dance

Use your Shadow Dance to chase an enemy or to escape
Use your Shadow Dance carefully
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That's not such a big chapter.Here are some advices to improve your farming skill as
Use your Mark of the Assassin to get last hits if you are pushed.In case that you are pushing the enemy use it and then consume it.Don't forget to harass your enemy while farmirn.It's better to deny 1-2 minions to harass your enemy.

Use your Crescent Slash to farm big waves with low Hp.While harassing you can use this to consume your Mark of the Assassin either an auto-attack.

Your farming skills can prove on your opponent how good you are.Farm carefully and be carefull while the enemy is ganking.Place a Vision Ward or use your Twilight Shroud.Go on your turret and then keep farming.
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Team Work

As you must participate in the teamfight last.Why I claim it?Because if you engage first you will die and the enemy team will get a chance to score an Ace.So,let the tanks go first,then find the enemy ADC and with a fast Shadow Dance chase him.Use your Twilight Shroud to slow the enemies and of course to be hidden.Use your combo Mark of the Assassin ---> Crescent Slash ----> Shadow Dance ----> Mark of the Assassin and kill him.Then kill the enemy mid laner with the same combo.When you manage this get out of the teamfight and focus on the low hp enemies. And finally, focus exclusively on one target.Don't do the Mark of the Assassin on someone and then try to kill someone else with your combo.You will waste time in vain and you may be killed.
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Laning Opponents


Try to avoid her Orb of Deception & Charm,as they are the only skills that will cause prob on you
While you are in Twilight Shroud stay in the corners so you will be able to avoid her Charm

Ι recommend a semi-agreesive playstyle


Don't engage while her Pyromania is ready,because you will be stunned and her high burst damage will kill you
Play defensive as you can't harass her while you are in your Twilight Shroud as she can reveal you
Don't attack while she has her Molten Shield
Don't attack her while your Hp is low because she can kill you with this **** Summon: Tibbers

I recommend a definsive playstyle


I have always believed that Brand should do some sex with Annie to relax...If I am mistaken,then please correct me.So,I strongly believe that they have to put fire on each other's butts...Nevermind,let's go on

If he has Blaze avoid his Sear as it will stun you for 2 secs and will enable him to exert his high burst damage.
Use your Twilight Shroud to trick him and oblige him to use his Pillar of Flame.Avoid it as he will do it in blind and he will spend some mana
Be a step back from your minions because if he uses Pyroclasm it will damage you too

Just try to guess what I recommend.If you can't come through his girlfriend (for me),what makes you believe that you can do it from him?So play defensive,but if you see that his objective is to build Ap and he conserves his Hp in low substrate take advantage and kill him



Be careful of her Crescent Strike
If you want to attack her do it while her Pale Cascade is on Cooldown
Keep in your mind that her Lunar Rush has no cooldown when she uses it to approach an enemy
She has a pull

I HIGHLY HIGLY recommend a DEFENSIVE playstyle as you can't do anything else.Everything depents on your jungler's ability.If this Diana is noob you can play aggressive.Only in this case


If you harass him,he will be able to have Hp regenaration,thanks to his Bountiful Harvest so don't do it
Be careful when you see that he is going towards to a bush...Don't think that it might be a chance for you to push the lane,because he will probably do his Crowstorm.To avoid this place a Sight Ward in the bushes
Be afraid of his Reap as it might cause problems on you
Try to avoid his Terrify---> Bountiful Harvest combo.

I recommend a defensive playstyle until your jungler come to gank.


Just avoid his Lay Waste as it has 1 sec cooldown and he will spam it as a homeless *****
Harass him with your Mark of the Assassin and when you find an open attack him and exterminate him with your combo.If you manage to do it,go away directly because thanks to his Death Defied he might kill you

I strongly recommend an aggressive playstyle.If you defense he will be aggressive and your jungler will come to kill him.He will manage it and the kill rates are 50%-50%.Why should you lose a free kill? ATTACK TOWARDS Karthus

And here is the best lane opponent you could have:

She is like you.The only thing that changes is the cooldowns.You have better Cdr,so that you can kill her for fun! I have to admit that her harass is a bit better with Bouncing Blades,but your Mark of the Assassin can cause more damage,as the most of Katarina players focus on Sinister Steel

Don't be afraid to try to kill her,because you can do it,as you have better CDR.
When see uses Bouncing Blades just move a step back so that she won't damage you.In case that she manage to do it you should be ready to do an instantly Twilight Shroud because she will Shunpo on you to do her combo.
Your Twilight Shroud is not too useful as she can damage you with her Death Lotus.Just go back when she perform it and close the gap of your distance with your Shadow Dance when Death Lotus is over.

I highly recommend an aggressive playstyle and you should be motivated and ready to take many kills by her as you can.


You may have some problems with her Illumination so avoid it
She will harass you with Lucent Singularity so be careful.This ability can also make you problems while you are is Twilight Shroud
Finally don't let her trap you with her Light Binding,because what follows is her combo,which probably means death if she had harassed you before with Lucent Singularity

I recommend defensive playstyle.Her armor is low so you can rely on your jungler's gank.A jungler as Xin Zhao can help a lot in this situation.

More matchups are coming soon
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Here comes the end of my first guide ever.I hope you liked it and that I was helpful.Contact me on LoL (TheO7KingOfKings) or on mobafire for any clarifications or if you want me to explain you something.If you found any mistakes please don;t downvote me instantly.Just tell me to fix them.If I don't then downvote or do whatever you want.I will always try to answer.If you want to tell me something to put in the guide,just tell me.Don't be afraid.
Special Thanks to:
-> Belvador for be the first one to tell me the build and the tips.Belvador thanks a lot brother.You were too useful and I think that your contribution was significant for me.
-> To the other guys,who have created Akali guides.I have seen almost all the Akali guides and Epitome Of An Assassin with The Shadow Assassin were my favourite.

Hope you enjoy it!The whole guide was written in 4 hours.I didn't even do a break.Bye!
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