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League of Legends Build Guide Author Nikeca1

King AD Graves by Chaox

Nikeca1 Last updated on December 19, 2011
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Ability Sequence

Ability Key Q
Ability Key W
Ability Key E
Ability Key R

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Offense: 21

Honor Guard

Defense: 9

Strength of Spirit

Utility: 0

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Graves has everything an AD should have and more. He combines many of the other AD's mechanics into one overwhelming entity. His Q is like MF/Ashe/Cait Q combined, his E is like Vayne tumble plus Tristana steroids, his ultimate is MF and Trist's ultimates combined. All of these multi-mechanic abilities allows room for his third ability, Smoke Screen, to be completely unique and game breaking.

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9/9 Armor Pen Marks - BiS
7/9 Flat Armor Seals - Very important vs other AD carries in lane.
2/9 Mp5/Lv Seals - For lategame mana issues.
7/9 Flat MR Glyphs - Important for laning phase (much like the flat armor seals)
2/9 Mp5/Lv Glyphs - Again, for lategame mana issues.
3/3 Flat AD Quints - BiS

I find a mix of Armor/MR plus the few Mp5 runes to be optimal. Try and find the MP5 sweet spot for you, if you're running out of mana in late-game fights, then add more mp5/lv runes!

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Summoner Spells


Flash: Absolutely necessary tool to make plays and manage situations.

Exhaust: Very strong offensive and defensive summoner.

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Passive: True Grit
Graves gains 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 bonus Armor and Magic Resist every second he remains in combat (stacks up to 10 times).

Graves is treated as in combat if he has dealt or taken damage in the last 4 seconds.
Explanation: Insanely powerful passive. Try and keep it up at 10 stacks during the laning phase, especially before you engage in a skirmish. 10Armor/MR at level 1 is like having another set of Flat Armor/MR runes. 40Armor/MR is like having a Chain vest and Negatron Cloak. This passive is simply amazing, and makes 1v1'ing Graves very difficult.

Tip: You're extremely potent duelist, try and force 1v1's.

Q: Buckshot

Graves shoots three bullets in a cone, each dealing 60 / 105 / 150 / 195 / 240 (+80% of attack damage) physical damage to all enemies in their path.

Enemies hit with multiple bullets take 35% damage from each additional bullet.

Cooldown 12/11/10/9/8 seconds

Cost 60/75/70/75/80 mana

Range 750


Buckshot is superior to Ashe Q, it hits all targets in the cone and does significantly more damage.
Buckshot is superior to MF Q, it's AoE.
Buckshot is superior to Cait Q, it has no cast time and does more damage.

Granted that Ashe's Q slows, MF's Q has a longer range(possibly) single target, and Cait Q also has a longer range. Buckshot is still as a whole much stronger than the others.

Tip: Landing a close-range Buckshot is harder than it seems, make sure to aim very well if the target is extremely close to you, since a close-range Buckshot and swing the tides of battle.

W: Smoke Screen
Graves fires a smoke canister dealing 60 / 110 / 160 / 210 / 260 (+60% of ability power) magic damage on impact and creating a smoke cloud at the location that lasts (5) seconds. Enemies inside the cloud have their sight radius reduced and are slowed by 15 / 20 / 25 / 30 / 35 % while they remain in the cloud.

Cooldown 20/19/18/17/16 seconds

Cost 70/75/80/85/90 mana

Range 300


Smokescreen is extremely unique of an ability. I will cover some of the uses that I found after the few games I played with Graves.

Extremely strong dueling ability, cast on enemy directly.
Can block off a ramp/chokepoint.
Can be used to bait: denying vision when your jungle comes within range.
Very powerful vs Pantheon/TF ganks.
35% AoE slow is good by itself, can be used simply to catch up while chasing.

E: Quickdraw

Graves dashes forward gaining 40 / 50 / 60 / 70 / 80 % increased Attack Speed for 4 seconds.

Each of his basic attacks lowers the cooldown of Quickdraw by 1 second.

Cooldown 22/20/18/16/14 seconds

Cost 50/50/50/50/50 mana


Quickdraw, much like Buckshot, is a combination of other AD's abilities. Tristana steroids and Vayne tumble combined, but stronger than both as a whole.

Buckshot can pass through most small ledges, has an insanely low CD (supposing that you're auto attacking). Try and JOIN the fight with Quickdraw so you can start chipping away at the CD, do NOT initiate with it.

R: Collateral Damage

Graves fires off an explosive shell dealing 250 / 375 / 500 (+150% of attack damage) physical damage to the first enemy champion hit. After hitting a champion or reaching the end of its range, Collateral Damage deals 150 / 275 / 400 (+120% of attack damage) physical damage in a cone behind the target.

Cooldown 80/70/60 seconds

Cost 100 mana

Range 700


Great instant ranged DMG AoE ultimate. Solid.

It's essentially MF ultimate, except insant... Fantastic for teamfights, also great for dueling.

Nothing much to say about the ultimate... Land it, things die.

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Skill Order

Priority: R-Q-E-W

Ultimate whenever - obvious.

Buckshot first - obvious.

I like Quickdraw second because it scales on itself. Lowering the cooldown on Quickdraw lowers the cooldown of Quickdraw, very much like Riven ultimate, where AD scales off AD... Quickdraw's CD scales off CD.

W last because it is very powerful even at level 1.

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Early Game

1. Decide on your item build.
2. Decide whether to be aggressive or passive in lane (Graves can be extremely aggressive most of the time)
3. Farm extremely well.
4. Harass with Q, try to trade hits when you have 10 passive stacks.

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Mid Game

1. Complete your first item -- you want a Infinity before 25 minutes.
2. Position yourself well in fights, force dragon's with Wriggles! Blow people up with Q-R combo.
3. Farm extremely well.

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Late Game

1. Get ready to become god-mode.
2. Position is key now, more than ever, since AD Carries play the most important role late game.
3. Get your last few items.

Tip: Every auto-attack you land as a late game AD Carry is very meaningful, so feel like you've achieved something when you land any and every auto.

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Mid Ambush

when u get gang on mid use this tactic