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League of Legends Build Guide Author Darkslayer98

The Blade Itself Incites To Violence

Darkslayer98 Last updated on July 22, 2012
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Ability Sequence

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

Not Updated For Current Season

The masteries shown here are not yet updated for the current season, the guide author needs to set up the new masteries. As such, they will be different than the masteries you see in-game.



Offense: 18

Honor Guard

Defense: 0

Strength of Spirit

Utility: 12

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With this guide to Akali, The Fist of Shadow, I want to give you an insight into the wonderful world of the Akali AP, and show what she can do what they can when and how, and how it is played best.

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Pro / Contra


+ Very Strong
+ High Early Game Damage
+ Good Chaser, Hunter Squish.
+ Very High Mobility in a team fight.
+ Uses the energy system, thus never mana problems.


- Squishy
- Easy to counter ( Lee Sin and Garen )

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Mid Lane:

Akali on the Mid Lane is very difficult because you are Melee, and gets his first No.1 chase skill at lvl 6th Now it means Lasthitten, farms and Harrasen, and all this without getting damaged.

Q Spell is well suited to the ranged creeps lasthitten to, or crates around, whereas you should kill the creeps with Autoatacks camels.

If you reach LvL 6 you should switch to an aggresive tactic.

Top Lane:

On the Toplane, which one should deny solo, it does not kill so the enemy champion, but to gain the dominance by more CS (Creep skills or CreepSlay's), has an opponent, but it too cumbersome itself to get some. This provides a clear and rapid dominance, because you get much more gold than the opponent and thus the "Overfarmed" achieved status, which help you to find a feed or a win.

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Twin Disciplines:
Akali's passive is what makes her a viable hybrid. She gains bonus magic damage from AP and spell vamp from AD. With AP runes+2/3 Mental Force and AD runes+3/3 Brute Force, both buffs will be activated at level 1.

Mark of the Assassin:
This is Akali's main damaging ability. Max it first. Use it to harass early game. Whenever it's safe to fully engage, wait until the cooldown is up to burn the first mark and afterward use it again for a double auto attack double mark burst. Deals tons and tons of magic damage, fast.

Twilight Shroud:
This is Akali's stealth ability, which gives her the control she needs to dominate her lane. Use it in the thick of a team fight, for zone control, to juke, to 1v1 kite, to slow enemies, and for face checking brushes. Be advised that it starts at 80 energy, so be careful when using it while bursting. Use it at the edge of brush or around a corner to juke. Flash out of it when death is otherwise imminent. Also don't forget that it gives Akali armor and magic resistance, so it just might save you from that DoT or turret shot.

Crescent Slash:
This is Akali's only AoE ability. Use it for farming and bursting. Remember that its range is very short and easy to miss on fast moving targets. It scales off both ability power and attack damage, but only does physical damage.

Shadow Dance:
Akali's ultimate is what defines her. You can do so many things with this ability. Start off a surprise gank with it, last hit that about to die creep, chase and kill steal like a pro, burst with surplus charges, and most importantly, juke. Does a surprisingly large amount of magic damage.

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-Hit the enemy with your first Mark of the Assassin then wait for the cool-down to be gone until you Shadow Dance towards them and proceed the combo.

-Gain coverage by using Shadow Dance if they are far away. (If they use Flash or Ghost).

-In Team Fights use Twilight Shroud first and wait until they focus someone else, then proceed to attack.

-If you have no more charges left on your Shadow Dance and you know you can secure a kill use the combo and replace Shadow Dance with Flash.

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I hoped this guide has helped you become a better Akali!
If you are not doing to well with her first starting out, all I can say is "Try try again!"
Practicing is the best way you can learn, you have to start somewhere... Right?

If you see any mistakes, or have anything you would like to say to me please comment below. Also, please state why you have up-voted or down-voted, I would like to know what I did well and what I have done wrong.