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League of Legends Build Guide Author jtseng

Darius:Dunkin Yordles (At a glance)

jtseng Last updated on March 20, 2014
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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: 9

Legendary Guardian

Defense: 21


Utility: 0

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Hey guys, this is my season 4 update/revision on my Darius build as the old build is no longer as viable as it used to be. Please leave any recommendations or constructive crticism on the guide discussion page.

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Pros / Cons

+Good vs. ranged after getting Apprehend
+Strong armor penetration
+A bit tanky
+Nice Passive to finish off enemies
+Good early game
+Ult deals 20 % more damage based on stacks of Hemorrhage
+Doesn't use up mana fast
+Easy to get quadra and pentakills with as his ult refreshes if it kills the target(within the 12 seconds)
+Very OP XD
-Vulnerable in team fights
-Doesn't have any cc
-Vulnerable to super ranged champs like Ziggs
-Very hard to play against good counters like Teemo or Jayce
-No escape except for Flash
-A bit slow
-A lot of health is useless unless you get armor and magic resist on Darius

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Summoner skills


Ignite works well with Hemorrhage to finish off enemies.

Flash works well to catch up to your enemies or run as Darius has no escape abilities. Exhaust slows down a running enemy enough for you to use your Decimate to stack your passive and for you to then ult with your Noxian Guillotine.

May Work

Ghost gives you some extra speed to catch an enemy or run from an enemy.

Smite works if you're jungling. Teleport works if you're solo top and you went back to base, and you need to get back to lane really fast.

Not recommended

You're not support so Clarity is not recommended

Again, not support.

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Ability Explanation and tips

Hemorrhage (passive):Deals damage to enemies per second stacks by each basic attack, can stack up to 5 times.
Tip: Your Decimate also stacks Hemorrhage.
Decimate (Q): Darius swings his axe in a circle, enemy champions hit by the blade take extra damage.
Tip: Try to aim the axe blade on Decimate by scrolling over the ability with your cursor
Crippling Strike (W): Deals extra 20/40/60/80/100% extra damage in your next basic attack and slows enemy
Tip: Slows enemy's movement speed and attack speed, use it as a slow,or for extra damage.For every stack of Hemorrhage on the target,the cooldown on Crippling Strike is decreased by one second
Apprehend (E):Grabs an enemy and pulls it to you, passive effect ignores 5/10/15/20/25% of the enemy's armor
Tips: Apprehend works well to grab a ranged enemy
Noxian Guillotine (R):Darius leaps to an enemy and deals 160/250/340 damage to an enemy champion, plus 0.75 extra damage for each attack damage you have. Every stack of Hemorrhage you have on the target gives Noxian Guillotine plus 20% damage.Cooldown refreshes instantly if targeted enemy is killed with Noxian Guillotine.
Tips:Try to stack up as much Hemorrhage as you can before using Noxian Guillotine, but don't let the enemy escape the range of your ult because you were trying to stack Hemorrhage.

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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
Start off with Decimate first as it's your main damage dealer other than your basic attacks. Put a point into Apprehend next as you will need this to pull a ranged or fleeing enemy enemy, along with the 5% armor penetration it gives.Next,put a point into Crippling Strike for the extra damage and slow.Max out decimate first as it is useful for farming as well.Max out Noxian Guillotine at lvl 16,as it will deal a lot of damage and is useful to finish off a fleeing champion.

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Hard Counters

Teemo is a hard counter to Darius early game until you get your Apprehend. Then just grab, Crippling Strike, as they try to run Decimate and try to activate it so the blade hits him, to do more damage.
Jayce is a very hard champion to lane against as Darius. He has a strong poke, and can come in to finish you off. I would recommend starting out with a Cloth Armor and Health Potion. If you're solo top, call for ganks from your jungler every so often and turret hug, if you are not solo top then ask your laning partner to focus Jayce first.

Medium Counters

Coming soon

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For combos, I like to use Apprehend, then Crippling Strike, then Decimate when they try to get away (I recommend getting in a few basic attacks), then finally use Noxian Guillotine to finish them off.


When you start in-lane, depending on who you are up against you need to decide whether you want to play passive or aggressive lane. If you are solo top, playing passive is good unless you ward for enemy jungler assuming they have a jungler as well. Always start with Decimate for nice farming and harassing abilities. When the laning phase ends and team fights start, you are an offtank, but if their enemy ADC or APC is in range of your Apprehend try to catch them with it so your team can focus them down.

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With farming on Darius, Decimate is your best ability, as it stacks Hemorrhage which will deal extra damage per second getting your CS up if your Decimate brings the enemy minions health down, as it will finish them off (assuming your minions don't steal the kill). Now, for the tank minions, your Crippling Strike works well as the extra damage will be helpful for you to get the last hit on the minion.

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Coming soon

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Thank you for reading this guide, and I hope you like it. There will be new revisions and content as this is my first guide. And please remember to leave comments on what you think about this guide. Also, please try out my guide, if there are any changes or suggestions, please leave a comment. Also, please don't downvote just because of one item or because you max an ability 1st that's different then mine as everyone builds differently. Thank you. Also, be sure to upvote if you liked it or comment any suggestions.
Also many thanks to jhoijhoi( for her BBCode guide and her guide on how to make a guide, which helped me a lot.

Thanks to: sqaid(
For their advice :)