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Aatrox Build Guide by ShadowSlayerMain

Top KnockUpTheHooked's Gold Aatrox Guide Season 11

Top KnockUpTheHooked's Gold Aatrox Guide Season 11

Updated on October 19, 2021
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  • LoL Champion: Aatrox
    Summoner's Rift
  • LoL Champion: Aatrox
    ARAM 1v1

Runes: Lane Dominance (Recommended)

1 2
Legend: Tenacity
Last Stand

Bone Plating

+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+6 Armor


1 2
The Usual
LoL Summoner Spell: Flash


LoL Summoner Spell: Teleport


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Win 49%
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KnockUpTheHooked's Gold Aatrox Guide Season 11

By ShadowSlayerMain
Hello, guys. I am KnockUpTheHooked, an Aatrox main whose best Elo is Gold till now. For those who don't know, Aatrox's difficulty is higher than you think as he needs a smart strategy to win Early Game easily, even if he has easy mechanics. On this guide I'll explain why. Be sure to read my chapters well because they have explanations about his insights and more. Good luck!
Pros And Cons

+ Strong Early Game
+ Struggle against no CC
+ Team Synergies in Late Game
+ Keep attacking even when Low HP

Thanks to his Life Steal from Passive- Deathbringer Stance and his Omnivamp from E- Umbral Dash, Aatrox can Outplay strangely by hitting as many Q- The Darkin Blade Sweet Spots as possible.

- Long CDs in Early Game
- Vulnerable To Ganks
- Easily killed in Late Game
- Heavy Item Dependance

Aatrox's Q- The Darkin Blade has a long CD in the Early Game so make sure you don't use them pointless. You can go to Practice Tool and search for the walls you can pass with E- Umbral Dash. Building Tanky Items is the best option for Late Games.
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Runes and Items

Aatrox's most compatible keystone is Conqueror. Its Life Steal and Spell Vamp Passive is the most compatible part because it can stack along with his own from Passive- Deathbringer Stance and his E- Umbral Dash.
Triumph is the best part for Aatrox because it restores some of your missing HP after a takedown. It can also be useful in Teamfights to have the chance for being more aggressive and keep fighting.
Legend: Tenacity is the best part for Aatrox for more Tenacity.
Last Stand is the best part for Aatrox to have more Outplay Potential.

These are the most recommended secondary runes for Aatrox. They increase his Omnivamp but also protect him when he goes for trades.

These secondary rune parts are more compatible with Teleport as you can use it to roam other lanes.
This is your Starting Item. Compared to Doran's Blade this is more recommended for HP regen as Aatrox should never push his lane for avoiding enemy ganks.
One of them is bought along with Doran's Shield as soon as a game starts.
This is Aatrox's Mythic Item to increase his damage for the amount of his missing HP and destroy Teamfights using his Active.
This is your 2nd Core Item as its Lifeline Passive makes Aatrox not struggling against enemy damage. Spirit Visage can buff its shield.
These are the most common built Boots on Aatrox. You will build them usually on Top Lane.
These are the alternative built Boots on Aatrox and are bought against AP enemies like Teemo and Mordekaiser.
This can help you survive for a longer time with its Bleeding Passive.
This is your MR and increased healing option.
The best purchase after being able to snowball except if the enemy team gets fed enough.
You can upgrade Executioner's Calling for increased Ability Haste and damage. This and Thornmail are your Grevious Wounds options but Thornmail is more recommended.
An ideal option with a useful Teamfight Active often built against ADCs.
You can upgrade Bramble Vest for increased HP. After its latest update this item doesn't slow enemies' Attack Speed anymore.
After you full build you can build one of these 2 to increase your Life Steal and Spell Vamp or your Tenacity.
Laning Phase
As Aatrox you shouldn't push during the Laning Phase because you are vulnerable to ganks pre-level 6 right after using E- Umbral Dash and your Q- The Darkin Blade deals reduced damage against minions. At level 1 you'll be starting with it and you won't be as strong but you can still poke some champions who have a disadvantage at this level and many advantages at next levels (e.g. Renekton and Akali). Some others have a big advantage at that point but disadvantages at next levels (e.g. Darius and Urgot) so you shouldn't engage level 1 or 2.

There are 3 tricks Aatrox can do with E- Umbral Dash that you probably didn't know before:

-Change position with a dash while Q- The Darkin Blade is prepared
-Reset your Auto Attack Timer
-Pass through walls (you can't pass through every wall)

At your 1st recall you should have 1100g so you can buy Ironspike Whip for more offense. If the matchup is difficult you should get Plated Steelcaps, Mercury's Treads or Bramble Vest, which is 300g cheaper. When you go for trades you should play around your enemy's mobility or else they will easily dodge your Q- The Darkin Blade's Sweet Spots or get out from your W- Infernal Chains after they get hit. The 2 next Q- The Darkin Blade casts need E- Umbral Dash or Flash more than the 1st one because the more Q- The Darkin Blade's you cast, the more CD, the shorter range and the more damage it will deal so don't cast them if you don't really need them. Keep that in mind as long as you haven't built at least Goredrinker. You can also use Q2's side to hit from longer range when E- Umbral Dash is on CD, just like how it's done with Q1. When you get your R- World Ender at level 6, you 'll have increased Damage, Omnivamp, MS and you'll be less vulnerable to ganks as you can also 1v2. It forces your enemies to retreat because you usually have the upper hand in the Early Game.
Late Game
Aatrox's Q- The Darkin Blade's can knock up many enemies simultaneously and they also have a very short CD in Late Game but their animations are both a strength and a weakness that prevent him carrying a game alone as they make him not struggle against CC and are slow and telegraphed so Tanks and Healing Supports are ideal synergies either for killing an enemy quickly by CC-ing them or healing yourself multiple times. W- Infernal Chains should be used only against immobile champions, especially ADCs or Mages because their MS and position can easily get controlled. When your team starts a Teamfight you should prepare R- World Ender for increased Damage and Omnivamp and manage to get at least 1 takedown. If the enemy team can deal enough Damage that can easily kill you, Tank Items like Spirit Visage and Randuin's Omen are more important than Damage ones as your Q- The Darkin Blade's Sweet Spots already deal enough.

For max Q range you should read E's dash and cast Flash right before Q ends

Double AA by using short E's

E, W (W, E less preferable), Q1, Q2 after pull,

Laning Phase All-In
Q1, Q2~E, W, Q3 after pull,

Surprising Nuke
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In Conclusion
That's it for my Aatrox Guide. I hope it helped you improve. If you want, feel free to ask me any questions by commenting and don't forget to vote!
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