Click to open network menu
Join or Log In
Smitefire logo

Join the leading League of Legends community. Create and share Champion Guides and Builds.

Create an MFN Account


Malzahar Build Guide by Rermo99

Middle Mortality is weakness~Choose your Style~Malzahar Guide

By Rermo99 | Updated on January 25, 2021
1,441 Votes
Did this guide help you? If so please give them a vote or leave a comment. You can even win prizes by doing so!

You must be logged in to comment. Please login or register.

I liked this Guide
I didn't like this Guide
Commenting is required to vote!
Would you like to add a comment to your vote?

Thank You!

Your votes and comments encourage our guide authors to continue
creating helpful guides for the League of Legends community.

Runes: What I usually takes

1 2 3 4
Summon Aery
Manaflow Band
Gathering Storm

Presence of Mind
Coup de Grace

+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+8 Magic Resist


1 2 3 4
Standard Mid lane
LoL Summoner Spell: Flash


LoL Summoner Spell: Ignite


LeagueSpy Logo
Middle Lane
Ranked #3 in
Middle Lane
Win 54%
Get More Stats

Threats & Synergies

Threats Synergies
Extreme Major Even Minor Tiny
Show All
None Low Ok Strong Ideal
Extreme Threats
Ideal Synergies

Champion Build Guide

Mortality is weakness~Choose your Style~Malzahar Guide

By Rermo99
I'm planing a complete rework of my guides since I have a lot of spare time this year. With the new season, it is necessary anyway so feel free to read if you want, but for now and during the ealry patches of the season, anything here is classified as WIP (Work in progress). Don't you dare say the content is outdated for that time! Just kidding seriously I don't care really, just have fun with the new items, and if you want to help feel free to comment! You might get a mention in the guide later!

Also, the top section showing a brief look at the builds and runes is updated to the 11.2. I added some note a some place to help you while I'm still working on the rest of the guide. Don't worry everything will be there before the start of the season!
Introduction Back to Top

LISTEN TO ME, VOIDLINGS AND BARONS! My summoner's name is UtsukushiiSempai and this is my second guide on Mobafire (about 3 years old now)! This guide is about my most played champion, Malzahar. Malzahar is a summon mage that has his place in mid lane as, in my sight, the strongest control mage in mid lane of all. This guide here will not only help you learn everything you need to know about the aids bringer but also help you create your own way to play him.

Should you trust a Malzahar main? No, not when he's on the enemy team. But hey, I'm not on the enemy team! I'm here to help! I will guide you into the depth of the void and show you how magical it can be to play Malzahar.

Ready to bring the void's madness on your enemy? Then lets get started

The only song you can listen when playing Malzahar or reading this guide Back to Top
A Bunch of Builds, One Guide Back to Top
In this guides, you'll be able to find multiple different builds for Malzahar, all based around 2 basic builds. One is fixed on Hastes/Mana Sustain to keep a constant focus on your laning phase, an easier early game and a control mage that can solo any dragon with one item and a comfy pair of boots. The other speaks only by it's name; Burst Damage. It is all about putting together all the runes and items that will give you the higher damage you can reach in one instant.

You can either choose the build you prefer to play or merge the two build to create one of your style! Isn it awesome?
Feel free to post a comment on how you build your kit on Malzahar to share with everyone the void madness!

Ok, now let's head to the real first chapter.
Strenght / Weakness Back to Top


... High damage to Squishies and Tanks;
... Crowd control immunity with passive;
... High pressure in laning phase;
... Good CC with ult;
... Insane scaling late game;


... Squishy without passive;
... Very low mobility;
... Ult immobilized you too;
... High cooldown/mana cost early game;
... Can be countered by 2 item.

hello ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
Skill sequences and Explanation Back to Top
Ability Sequence
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18

Void Shift is your passive.

Tip and tricks

Call of the Void is your Q

Tip and tricks

Void Swarm is your W

Tip and tricks

Malefic Visions/Space Aids is your E.

Tip and tricks

Nether Grasp/BUUUUUUUUURRRRRRR is your R.

Tip and tricks
Gameplay (STILL NOT UP TO DATE) Back to Top

About Malzahar

Malzahar is a control mage, but not the kind to hypercarry. He's more like the kind of control mage that allows your team to win every team fight and out damage anyone only by rolling your face on your keyboard.

So first let's talk about the basic. When you start as Malzahar, you have to mind yourself on one thing ; you don't need to be fed to win the game. Malzahar alone has enough CC to give your team the win. It may sounds easy to pull out like this, but there are some trick you'll have to learn before you can assure a win without being fed.

Malzahar's biggest advantage on any 1v1 is his passive Void Shift. His passive create a big pressure on your opponents because it prevents them to just all in any time and kick your ***. If they are ranged, they can juste throw a basic attack at you and it's gone, but as they do that it's easy for you to attack them in return. Either it's lv1 and you got some damage ticks from your E and a basic attack on them before they start doing damage to you, or it's more late in the game and you punish them for getting in your range and you all in them to death.

Something important about Malzahar is that he can farm with his ability in a way you can just ignore the lane and focus on your positionning and poking your opponents with basic attack. Let's proceed to Malzahar's early game.

Early Game (Levels 1 to 6)

Patch 10.22
Malzahar and the Canon Winion Back to Top
The Canon Minion is worth a lot of gold, everyone know that. But did you know that it could also make you win lane? Haha, well I'll explain myself a bit on that point!

EZ Tower, EZ Life

Statistically, the canon minion will always take max health damage from turret, from 14% to 8% depending on the game's timer, so they can always take 7 to 12 tower shot before getting killed. While towers have a base attack speed of 0.83 shots per second, the canon minion can tank the tower for more than 7 second if nothing else is in the way.

Now you know the basic of the plan. Getting a canon minion wave with nothing in its way to tank the tower while you hit it. "But Malzahar is still a mage, he won't get a big adventage from that canon minion." Well that's where you are wrong.
Malzahar doesn't have only 7 minion in it's wave, he can litterally get a 10 minion wave with Void Swarm!

Usually, Malzahar's voidling are automatically targeted by the tower if there are multiple target available for the tower. However, if they enter the tower's range while the tower is already hitting something else, they will be free until the first target die.

Now you probably get it, right? If a canon minion can tank tower shots for more than 7 to 12 seconds and malzahar's voidling can hit the tower for 5−64.5 (based on level) (+ 12 / 14 / 16 / 18 / 20) (+ 40% bonus AD) (+ 20% AP) magic damage with 0.67−0.89 attack speed (based on level), one can surely do a tons of damages to the tower, but don't forget you'll have 3 voidling at the same time hitting the tower!

How to get that OP Minion wave?

Well, to get canon minion to the tower without anything in its way, you must have no enemy champion in your lane. There's two way to do that. First, you kill him. Simple, right? you only have to syncronize your kill with the canon minion wave and bam! Free tower! However, when you are pushing a tower like this you are vulnerable to gank. You must choose a moment where you know that either the enemy jungle AND you laner won't be in the way.

It's sad, but the best moment for that is when your laner roam to another lane. Most of the time, if the enemy mid laner is ganking bot lane, the enemy jungle too will be there. This means you'll usually follow your laner to avoid the botlane to get killed. In my case, I always get first tower and once you get the first tower, it is 100% more easy and efficient to roam and kill. So I usually let my laner roam 1 time alone, I get the first tower, and then I catch him up with a lot more gold than him and all my teamates are like "YEAY MALZAHAR IS FED".

In the end, I don't suggest you never follow the enemy mid laner when he roam to get that double bot, but if you see a canon minion coming to your lane at that same time, and the enemy first tower isn't broken yet, I promise it will be more worth to get the first tower.
Runes (STILL NOT UP TO DATE) Back to Top
Patch 10.22
Patch 10.22
Nerf/Buff List & SurrenderAt20! Back to Top
10.24 : Nothing affecting the void's favourite prophet on the PBE right now!
Stay informed about Malzahar and items balance changes for the next patch on SurrenderAt20!
Special Thanks Back to Top
First, I want to give a SPECIAL GOLDEN CHOCOLATE BAR to JhoiJhoi, because of her guide, "Making a Guide". Without this guide, I should never have finished mine. I suggest to all new users who want to create a guide to read all her "Making a Guide" guide. It helps A LOT.

Next is a HUGE MEGA FLUFFY STRAWBERRY CAKE to both Mowen and PsiGuard for being the fastest admins I've ever seen when someone's in need and for helping writers at any moments.

Next is a OMEGA SECRET BISCUIT RECIPE FOR THE GREATER GOODS to Chromuro with his own Malzahar guide. He inspire me to take Precision as a secondary path for my full damage Malzahar. Have a look at his own guide by clicking here.

Then, I'll give an OVERPOWERED PANCAKE OF DOMINATION to Splj because he make me notice that Full Damage Malzahar could do even more damage that I though just by picking faster the Rylai's Crystal Scepter. Thanks buddy.

At last, I want to give a SPECIAL PLATINUM COOKIE to my brother Fuzzy Demon. He showed me many tricks in text formatting and BBCode for making my guide better and more comprehensive.
Change log : Back to Top
December 5th, 2020 (20:09)
  • "Gameplay" chapter has been updated!
  • Item are more clear on the path way you should build
  • "Change log" chapter has been updated!

15th November, 2020 (16:11)
  • "Gameplay" chapter has been updated!
  • "Gameplay" is still pretty empty tho...
  • "Change log" chapter has been updated!

12th November, 2020 (12:27)
  • The top section is updated with the planned builds for preseason!
  • Notes added to every build options to help while the rest of the guide is getting updated!
  • "Change log" chapter has been updated!

12th November, 2020 (1:06)
  • "A Bunch of Builds, One Guide" chapter has been updated!
  • "Skill sequences and Explanation" chapter has been updated!
  • "Gameplay" chapter is going to be worked on next week I have more data to collect before saying anything. Stay tuned!
  • "Change log" chapter has been updated!


League of Legends Champions:

Teamfight Tactics Guide
Help Support Our Growing Community

MOBAFire is a community that lives to help every LoL player take their game to the next level by having open access to all our tools and resources. Please consider supporting us by whitelisting us in your ad blocker!

Want to support MOBAFire with an ad-free experience? You can support us ad-free for less than $1 a month!

Go Ad-Free