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Kayle Build Guide by Randaldo

Kayle - 4 Second Rule

By Randaldo | Updated on September 19, 2011

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At the mountain’s summit, she was chosen as a divine vessel for the Aspect of Justice, wielding a sword that blazed with a fire brighter than the sun. Not long after, the twins were born. Kayle, the elder by a breath, was as bright as Morgana was dark. But Mihira had become a fearsome warrior, far greater than any mortal. Kilam began to fear her new divinity, and the sorcerous enemies that were drawn to her light. He resolved to take the girls out of harm’s way, journeying across the Conquerer’s Sea to a settlement where the land itself was said to offer protection against magic. In their new homeland, Kilam raised the twins, their temperaments growing more different with each passing day. Kayle was precocious, often arguing with the settlement’s leaders about their rules—she had no real memory of her mother’s powers, but knew the laws were meant to keep them all safe. Her father rarely spoke of such things, but Kayle was certain Mihira had saved them by ending the Rune Wars on some distant battlefield. When the twins were teenagers, a streak of flame split the sky. A sword smoldering with celestial fire struck the ground between Kayle and her sister, breaking in two—Kilam was distraught when he recognized the blade as Mihira’s. Kayle eagerly snatched up one half of the weapon, feathered wings springing forth from her shoulders, and Morgana cautiously followed her example. In that moment, Kayle felt more connected to her mother than ever, certain that this was a sign she was alive and wanted her daughters to follow the same path as her. The people of the settlement believed the girls had been blessed by the stars, destined to protect the fledgling nation of Demacia from outsiders. These winged protectors became symbols of light and truth, and were revered by all. Kayle fought in many battles, flying at the head of the growing militia and imbuing the weapons of the worthy with her own sanctified fire… but in time, her pursuit of justice began to consume her. Seeing threats within and without, she founded a judicator order to enforce the law, and hunted down rebels and reavers with equal fervor. But there was one person she softened her judgment toward. To the dismay of her followers, Kayle allowed Morgana to rehabilitate wrongdoers who appeared humble enough to admit their guilt. Kayle’s protege, Ronas, was the most disapproving of all—he swore to do what Kayle would not, and attempted to imprison Morgana. Kayle returned to find the people rioting, and Ronas dead. Consumed by rage, she looked down upon the city, and summoned her divine fire to cleanse the city of its sins. Morgana flew up to meet her, raising her blade. If Kayle was to purge the darkness she saw in mortal hearts, she would have to start with her own sister. The two battled across the heavens, each matching the other’s terrible blows and striking the buildings beneath them to rubble. Abruptly, the fight was halted by their father’s anguished cry. Kayle watched Kilam die in her sister’s arms, a senseless victim of the violence that had overtaken the city that day. Then she held the two halves of their mother’s sword in her hands, and vowed she would never again let mortal emotions rule her. As she leapt back into the sky, soaring high above the clouds, she felt she could almost see Mount Targon beyond the horizon, its formidable peak bathed red by the setting sun. There she would seek perfect, celestial clarity. There she would stand at her mother’s side, and fulfill her legacy to the Aspect of Justice. Though she has been absent from Demacia for many centuries, Kayle’s legend has inspired much of the kingdom’s culture and law. 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Intro

Okay, my experience with Kayle, has been fun. I've played around with multiple play styles, I.e, Pure AD, Pure AS, AD/AS, AS/AP, Pure AP, AS/On-Hit-Effects. My favorite at this point is definitely AD/AS, for the simple fact that while Kayle's Q can be pretty damaging to an opponent not stacking health, her true power is in her E ability.
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Items

There's a reason to the order of items I've listed. I always prefer to go (Kage's Lucky Pick > Philosopher's Stone > Nashor's Tooth > Ionian Boots > Stark's Fervor > The Black Cleaver > *Sell Philos Stone > Phantom Dancer *or w/e you feel you're lacking at this point).

I start with the Kage's Lucky Pick for the simple reason of the Gold/sec, and AS. It's relatively cheap. Following that up with Philosophers Stone, It's cheap and the Health/Mana per second are a nice bonus to the Gold/sec. I love the Nashor's Tooth for these reasons, +50AS, 55AP, 10mana/5sec, 25% CDR. I follow this with the Ionian Boots, to cap off the CDR and the movement speed, on the cheap. Stark's Fervor is nice, I'm sure there's better and if there is please let me know I'm always looking for new ideas on builds/strats, but I like it for the 20AS, 20% AS, 20% Lifesteal, 30health/5sec, -20 Enemy Armor Aura's. I mean the benefits here are just amazing. The Black Cleaver I placed in here to get that extra AS and to finally add some AD, I know the AD is LACKING to this point and this one item cannot make it up, but it's worked just fine for me so until I can seriously review and test a replacement item I'm going to continue to count on it :D, 30 AS, 55 AD, and the nice part: On-Attack: Enemy armor -15 for 5 seconds, up to 3 stacks. Total Cost at this point 10,915 Gold.

As the game moves on into the last stages, I'd suggest replacing your Philo's Stone with either a Phantom Dancer, or possibly something AD heavy, as at this point your philo's stone has outlived its usefulness. AND IF the game continues even further obviously upgrade your kage's pick into something more useful than +20% AS.

Now I'll give a review on the overall outcome of doing these items.

Total AS Bonus: 140%
Total AD Bonus: 55
Total AP Bonus: 55
CDR -40%
Lifesteal: 20%
ManaPerSecond: 3.6 or 18/5sec
HealthPerSecond: 9.6 or 48/5sec
Enemy Debuffs: Stark's Fervor (-20 Armor Aura)
The Black Cleaver (-15 Armor/attack 3 Stacks MAX lasts 5 seconds)
Holy Fervor (Kayle's Innate Ability) (-3% Armor/Magic Res./attack 5 Stacks MAX
lasts 5 seconds)
The AS I average at is a little over 2 hits per second. So. Within 4 Seconds (4 Seconds has an important key role in this build/strat) I've hit a champion 8 times, their armor is now looking like this: (-20 Aura(-15/hit * 3)(-3%/hit * 5) = -65 Armor + -15% Armor (impossible to know the exact armor for an infinite amount of scenarious :D) but you see the benefit. Also noting a -15% magic res. as well.
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The Attack

Now after reading up on the Items Chapter I'll continue on. The importance of the 4 second Rule, Kayle's Q ability "Reckoning", not only deals initial damage, but slows the target's move speed by 35% for *4 SECONDS*, now during this *4 SECONDS* Kayle will deal +10% damage to the target Champion. Oh and the initial hit is: 260 + (AP * 1) + (AD * 1), so its a nice hit to start with.
OK now the run down, find a target, (Pop E, "Righteous Fury" > Pop Q "Reckoning" > Spam autoattack until Reckoning is up, pop Q again. It will take around 5 seconds before you can use Reckoning again. The 4 Second Rule comes into place between your first Reckoning and your second. After Reckoning 1, you will be auto attacking for 4 seconds, at 2 hits per second. 8 hits. These 8 hits will be boosted by your Righteous Fury and the +10% dmg from Reckoning 1. Time for some numbers.

Run in: Pop Righteous Fury > Pop Reckoning (260 Base + (55(AD)) + (55(AP)) = 370dmg & +10% dmg > Auto attack for 4 Seconds, 8 hits. Each hit under the effects of Righteous Fury are: AD + 60(AP*0.2) This build has only 55 AP, so the total per hit is = 226.9 + 10% dmg IS 249.59; Splash dmg to any nearby minions/champions: 40% of AD + 60+(AP*0.2) = 133.36 Not really a whole lot of dmg right? welllllll, 8 hits later what do we have? Grand total for 4 Second Burst: 249.59 x 8 = 1996.72 Direct Dmg, 1066.88 Splash Dmg, If the champion is still alive after this slap him/her with another Reckoning for 370 Dmg and repeat. That's about the gist of it. None of these numbers included the benefits of replacing the Gold/sec items from the beginning. All this not including the Armor/Magic Res. Debuffs.

All numbers are based on Level 5 Abilities, as I would not write a guide for abilities that weren't capped lol.

Oh, the Gold/Sec with both items and based gold gain rate comes out to... 2.4/second, 30min match = 4320 Gold, if the fight drags on the gold just increases further.

Please no rude remarks or anything of the like, this isn't a be all to end all guide it's just what I've tested and what's worked for me, and like I stated earlier if you know of a better item, strat, etc. let me know :D. Thanks, Goodnight.
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