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Olaf Build Guide by sqaids

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League of Legends Build Guide Author sqaids

Olaf: His strength is measured by the length of his beard

sqaids Last updated on February 26, 2013
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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


Utility: 0

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Hi guys so this is my first build that I have made(since 2010 :P) I took two years off but now i'm back making builds for my new favorites. I have an archived Shen and Kennen builds but other than that I am now starting up some new builds in Season 3. This is a guide directed more towards solo top Olaf than anything else but with some item changes is viable for jungle.But I may make a second jungle Olaf build down the road. The reason I am making an Olaf build first is because multiple people have asked me for the link of where to find my build and when I tell them I made it up they ask me for it and say I should post so here it is.

As mentioned before this is my first build in a long, long time so give me tips on what you think about the build and how I could improve. Thanks for checking it out.Leave a message in the comments or send it to (send scores also so I can include in a section later on)
I will also mention anything in purple is just a side note.

Warning: The following paragraph is extremely colorful, if you have sensitive eyes please wear sunglasses as you view the next paragraph. I am not responsible for any blindness due to reading the paragraph...


Since everybody is simply refusing to accept this as a viable build and down voting before even trying it the next update I make will be a screenshot of scores with Olaf, and if anyone is kind enough to to try this build and sends their scores to me. As well as include a section for explaining the items(I knew there was a section missing but I couldn't remember which one.) and I will include some tactics to use so you dominate the lane. And since this one has been down voted for not being tanky enough and also for viable reasons, Laggermeister thank you but a little on the aggressive side :P(thanks for the insults) I will finish it, archive it, and repost completed and hope you guys can understand this as a viable build. thank you for reading this. YOU CANNOT JUDGE HOW GOOD A BUILD IS WITHOUT TESTING IT! someone may have different ideas of how to build a champion doesn't mean there way doesn't work. PLEASE TRY

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Why choose this build?

Now i have copied all of this over from my archived build on Olaf and this is the exact same except at first i did not have the masteries page included and got multiple negative votes for incompletion. Next I also got negative votes because multiple people had problems understanding the concept of not maxing the E before vicious strikes. But there is a good reason for that. THIS BUILD IS NOT like some where you stack a ton of health and just beat on someone with your reckless swings while they attack your 4000 health. This is a MUCH harder to build to counter unless possibly the build mentioned previously has a good amount of MR otherwise the ADC just has to get Blade of the Ruined King and you get screwed over. This build is focused more on his basic attacks with the true damage an effective way to deal damage LATER IN THE GAME when the enemy team actually has defensive items and you could actually use some true damage. But with this build you are able to beat on the enemy team constantly with your life steal keeping you alive and your passive keeping you at a perfect balance of attack speed and life steal to keep you alive.

Like it or not please try it out and PLEASE DO NOT give it a negative vote simply because it isn't based around Reckless Swing.

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Pros and Cons

+Good durability
+Great escape mechanisms
+High damage output
+Great Harass
-Needs a good early game
-Only CC is one slow
-Relies Heavily on Life steal

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Summoner Spells


Ghost paired with your ultimate makes you near impossible to catch or impossible to keep away.

Ignite allows you to be able to pick up those early game kills much easier as they run away and late game against someone else who relies heavily on life steal.


This too helps with early game kills and late game because of how it reduces attack power and ability power. Though it isn't recommended because Olaf already has a slow.

Well if you are jungling this is an obvious choice though I won't cover jungling in this guide.

You need to get some help...

That's your ult...

You'll need it when Riot hunts you down.

Too long a cooldown for too little health (I thought we were over this at lvl 8)

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Greater Seal of Scaling Armor

Greater Seal of Scaling Health

Greater Mark of Lethality

Greater Glyph of Scaling Cooldown Reduction

Greater Quintessence of Life Steal
The Seal of Scaling Armor , the Seal of Scaling Health , and the Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist are to give you all the necessary sustain to outlast your opponent in lane and to 3v1 and get away easily.
Then there is the Greater Mark of Armor PenetrationGreater Mark of Armor Penetration, and the Greater Quintessence of Life steal are important for these reasons. Your Reckless Swing,high AD and large amounts of armor pen. make you near unstoppable.

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Skill Sequence

Ability Sequence
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18


This is your best friend, the closer someone gets to killing you the easier it is to kill them. Pairs wonderfully with life steal keeping you at the perfect balance between health and attack speed.


Undertow is maxed out first because it grants you incredible amounts of harass early game.

Vicious Strikes

This is maxed out second for a few reasons. 1. Increased attack 2.Extreme amounts of Life steal and Spell vamp. Why spell vamp? Your Q and your E

Reckless Swing

This is maxed last because it has the least early game advantage and most late game in my opinion. Simply because though it is helpful always it will help your team finish off the enemy tank with its true damage.


You can use your ultimate in a variety of ways, to run in and take all the enemy stuns, slows, silences, and other disables so your team can run in without any debuffs. To easily escape a chase, to chase someone down and its armor penetration to burn through tanks at the end of a fight.Common Logic tip: I have mentioned your ability to kill tanks multiple times now but I would like to emphasize that this is for if you run into the enemy tank alone or if you if he is the last one alive after a team fight.DO NOT FOCUS TANKS FIRST!

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Makes ghost faster. more kills more escapes. GG

Increases your attack speed(never bad) but is more of a filler to get to better masteries

More CD reduction = MORE AXES

More attack damage. Do I really need to explain this?

See the above. ^

Again. ^ can never have too much armor pen.

Explanation needed? keep going back up.

keep looking up.

Perseverance, the reason this has no icon is because it shares the exact same name as Garen's passive :/ : Finally something that may need explaining. It never hurts to have some health regen for more sustain to outlast other top laner(s). Tip from experience: If you are a decent player you will always win a 2v1 lane. All you have to do is stick around and get last hits when you can and you quickly out level them. Doesn't matter if there are two when you're level 6 going against level 3's

Health is great for lane sustain and because your W grants bonus damage based on your health.

More sustain.

I would say more sustain but I doubt you will go against an AP top but is still useful later in the game or if you get ganked.

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Update Log

For any changes I may need to make when Olaf inevitably gets nerfed.

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Anything Else.

I would like to mention my next build that I make will be on how to jungle Warwick, Be the best Thresh :P, Solo Top Vi, Solo Top Shen, or mid AP Ezreal if any of you have a preference please post it in the comments by 3/2/13

Also here is a link to JTsengs Darius Build

If you put a link to my build in yours leave a comment and the name of the build and I will include a link to your build in mine.

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