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League of Legends Build Guide Author thejeff

Varus The Arrow Of Retribution (AP Build)

thejeff Last updated on September 9, 2012
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Ability Sequence

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

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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: 21

Honor Guard

Defense: 0

Strength of Spirit

Utility: 9

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Introduction / Explication

Hello and welcome to my varus build guide. This is my very first guide so im sure theres a few things that could be improved but i made this to show people my idea behind this build and talk about it. I will add / change stuff if i find betters ways to do this build.

The idea behind this build (why i choose AP) is because of blight, when you use an ability if you hit a target with blight it will deal 5%(+0.01% per AP) per stack (max 3 stacks) so by using some items like ionan boots, nashor's tooth we can get Piercing Arrow to 4.8 sec cooldown and Hail of Arrows to 6 sec cooldown. When fully builded i got around 550~ AP so this would bring blight to 5%(+5.50%) per stack so 31.5% of the target total health.

With an attack speed of 1.6~ you can get ur blight back to 3 stacks as soon as your other abilities are back up.

So here is how he would work in a few points :
-Decent attack speed (to bring blight to 3 stacks as soon as possible)
-High Ability Power (to get blight % as high as possible)
-Cooldown Reduce (to be able to spam other abilities to blow blight)

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-heavy damage
-long range
-strong against high hp champions
-hit enemies threw walls with ability
-powerful ultimate

-cant burst if abilities on CD
-more useful in team fights

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Ability Explanation


"On champion kill or assist, Varus gains 40% attack speed for 6 seconds.
On minion kill, Varus gains 20% attack speed for 3 seconds."

20% speed is a pretty good buff to farm minions early or late game and the 40% comes in handy in a team fight since you get it even if its an assist.


"Varus starts drawing back his next shot, gradually increasing its range and damage, then he fires it, dealing minimum 10 / 43 / 77 / 110 / 143 (+1.0 per attack damage) to maximum 15 / 65 / 115 / 165 / 215 (+1.6 per attack damage) physical damage, reduced by 15% per enemy hit (minimum 33%).

While preparing to shoot, Varus cannot autoattack or use abilities, and his movement speed is slowed by 20%. After 4 seconds, Piercing Arrow fails but refunds half its mana cost. "

Great ability to kill enemies running away or just hitting from a safe distance, can also be used to farm minions since it attack all targets in its path.


"Varus' basic attacks deal bonus 10 / 14 / 18 / 22 / 26 (+0.25 per ability power) magic damage and apply Blight for 6 seconds (stacks 3 times).
Varus' other abilities detonate Blight, dealing magic damage equal to 2 / 2.75 / 3.5 / 4.25 / 5% (+0.02% per ability power) of the target's maximum health per stack."

This build revolves around this ability your basic attack damage will depend of the first part and your high damage will come from blight.


"Varus fires a hail of arrows that deal 65 / 105 / 145 / 185 / 225 (+0.6 per bonus attack damage) physical damage and desecrate the ground. Desecrated ground slows enemies' Movement Speed by 25 / 30 / 35 / 40 / 45% and reduces their healing and regeneration by 50%."

Useful when running away or chasing someone so you can slow him down and reduce his healing (helps alot against champions like Mundo). This ability is also good to make blight explode since Piercing Arrow can be predictable and easy to dodge.


"Varus flings out a tendril of corruption that deals 150 / 250 / 350 (+1.0 per ability power) magic damage and immobilizes the first enemy champion hit for 2 seconds.
The corruption then spreads towards nearby uninfected enemy champions, applying the same damage and immobilize if it reaches them. The corruption will continue to spread until there are no further unaffected targets in range."

Your strongest attack and also a good immobilize against an enemy which is even better in a team since in a all out battle its harder to see these kinds of abilities, this move can turn around a battle in your favor and also when blight is at 3 stack using this ability can hit an enemy for about 85% of his total health. A rough approximation for the damage with 600 AP on a target that has 2400 health would be

350 + (+1 per AP) = 950
3 blight (17% per blight) 2400 * 0.33 = 1224
Total (without counting resistances) = 2174 damage
the ultimate itself would nearly 1 shot the enemy but that's without taking into consideration his magic resist but with your auto attacks to get to 3 stacks it covers pretty much his remaining hp so this is incredible burst damage

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Summoner spells

*where i left off still not done*