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Darius Build Guide by RainLiss

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League of Legends Build Guide Author RainLiss

Darius: Garen's Fabulous Lover

RainLiss Last updated on June 7, 2012
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Offense: 21

Honor Guard

Defense: 9

Strength of Spirit

Utility: 0

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It has come to my attention that MobaFire doesn't display the passives of Maw of Malmortius. Don't be concerned, this build gets you over 400 attack damage.

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Hello this is RainLiss showing you a build for Darius. This build is not for the faint of heart or the complete noobs who play this came to piss off their friends. If you're not careful you will die constantly and end up feeding the enemy team and lose the game... and get reported. If you enjoyed this guide and you played a game where you feel proud of your accomplishment, please post it to YouTube and send it to me on my MobaFire account or on my YouTube account (RainLiss). So now onto the rest of the build!

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Pros / Cons


+Strong early game
+Big bully during laning
+High damage output for the whole game
+ Noxian Guillotine has a instant cooldown with the finishing blow


-Mana hungry early on
-No good utility spell
-Not very good against range champions
- Apprehend can aide the enemy if not used correctly in team fights

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I feel this 21-9-0 build gives Darius all the damage and armor penetration to get the job done. The life steal and armor add on to this effect.

Offense Masteries

Summoner's Wrath : Increases AP and AD while on cooldown for Ignite. If you are using Ghost, this increases your speed.

Brute Force : Gives a nice Attack Damage bonus that helps with early game bullying.

Alacrity : Helps apply Hemorrhage stacks quicker.

Weapon Expertise : Helps with harassing tanky enemy champions.

Deadliness : The bonus Attack Damage per level helps with the final outcome of the build.

Lethality : The critical chance improvement helps a lot with early game harassment as well as assisting late game critical strike outputs.

Vampirism : Better lane sustainability and less of a need to Recall

Havoc : The nice Attack Damage bonus helps a lot with early game lane bullying and late game damage output.

Executioner : The damage bonus for weak enemy champions help pick off more kills with Hemorrhage or Noxian Guillotine.

Defense Masteries

Resistance : To give a tad of magic resist.

Hardiness : To give a tad of armor.

Tough Skin : Don't get affected as much by those pesky little minions. Also aides with keeping a high health amount after attacking a Super Minion.

Durability : Gives you that extra tankiness that most champions could use.

Veteran's Scars : Gives the extra early game health needed for early game ganks.

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Greater Mark of Attack Damage: Extra early game damage for harassment and farming.

Greater Seal of Armor: Extra early game resistance.

Greater Glyph of Attack Speed: Helps apply Hemorrhage stacks.

Greater Quintessence of Movement Speed: Since Darius has no "buffing" utility spells, he needs a great starting movement speed.

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Summoner's Spells

There are many reasons why I pick these specific Summoner's Spells and I'll show you now.


    Great escape spell
    Can jump to fleeing enemies to seal the kill
    Steal buffs with
Flash's "wall-jump" like qualities
SPACE Ignite:
    Can pick off enemy champions in early, mid, and late game
    Can scare away/intimidate enemies that could kill you easily*
Summoner's Wrath Ignite can grant bonus AD and AP while on cooldown

*The scaring away and intimidation depends on the enemy player's point of view towards the battle.

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Darius's Skills for T.L.C. (Tender Loving Care)

The order for building your skills should go like this.
1st - Decimate
2nd - Apprehend
3rd - Crippling Strike
Finally just level up Noxian Guillotine like any other ultimate.

Hemorrhage: Basically an Ignite on steroids and grants movement speed for each bleeding champion. This passive also aids with Noxian Guillotine

Decimate: Deals high damage to multiple targets as well as being able to apply stacks of Hemorrhage to all enemies hit.

Crippling Strike: Makes your next attack deal extra damage as well as a slowing effect. Using Crippling Strike may help with taking out turrets.

Apprehend: It gives Darius passive armor penetration. Activating Apprehend will pull in all* enemies in the radius.

*Note: Be cautious with placement.

Noxian Guillotine: Deals massive damage to a single enemy champion. Noxian Guillotine's damage is increased with both your attack damage and Hemorrhage*

*Note: The damage is boosted per stack of Hemorrhage.

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Early Game:

: You need to get around the map fast. This will help you.

: Depending on who you're matched with you could get into some rough fights. These will help ease off the pain.

: Help escape situations that may leave you dead

: Gives attack damage and a passive that will help you farm a lot easier

Mid Game:

: Builds into Randuin's Omen and give you a health bonus. It also gives you a gold bonus to help with building.

: Gives insane attack damage and critical strike chance. The unique passive on Infinity Edge also helps with the insane damage output.

: Gives great attack damage and life steal. It's also not very hard to maintain the unique passive stacks.

Late Game

: Adds attack damage and magic resistance. The unique passives help A TON with more damage and survivability.

: Helps with your tankiness. The passive and active add to your survivability.

Madred's Bloodrazors: Gives a decent amount of attack damage and a passive that will leave your enemies begging for mercy.

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Tips and Hints

    ~Be careful when diving. Darius has no good escape spells.
Crippling Strike is an essential skill to use constantly
~Don't try being the first in the fight. Darius cannot tank.
~Rely on the enemy's health bars to determine whether or not you can kill them with your ultimate (1 bar = 100 health).
~ Apprehend can wall-hack.

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Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this guide. I hope this helps you play as a better Darius. Go ahead and bend the rules and be experimental. That's how I came up with this build.

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Viewer's Gameplay

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6/7/12 - I received feedback on some item choices and decided to take action. I have replaced Berserker's Greaves with Mercury's Treads and Hextech Gunblade with Madred's Bloodrazors.