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Maokai Build Guides, Runes and Items

Maokai The Twisted Treant

Find the best Maokai build guides for League of Legends S12 Patch 12.9. The MOBAFire community works hard to keep their LoL builds and guides updated, and will help you craft the best Maokai build for the S12 meta. Learn more about Maokai's abilities, skins, or even ask your own questions to the community!

Maokai Build & Runes

If you're looking for the best rune build for Maokai we've got you covered. Below you can find the best items and runes to build for Maokai, as determined by calculations of thousands of Plat+ League of Legends games. If you are already familiar with how to play Maokai this is a great resource to quickly get a good rune selection for Patch 12.9. However, if you are a new Maokai player we highly recommend reading through some of the guides above to learn why this build is strong on Maokai!

Patch 12.8: 513624 matches scanned * Each section of the build is rated independently of the others

Maokai's Runes

Maokai's Best Runes 58%

Win Rate 76 Games

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
Sorcery
LoL Path: Sorcery
LoL Rune: Arcane Comet
Arcane Comet
LoL Rune: Manaflow Band
Manaflow Band
LoL Rune: Absolute Focus
Absolute Focus
LoL Rune: Scorch
Scorch

Inspiration
LoL Path: Inspiration
LoL Rune: Biscuit Delivery
Biscuit Delivery
LoL Rune: Cosmic Insight
Cosmic Insight

Second Best

Maokai's 2nd Best Runes 52%

Win Rate 402 Games

Resolve
LoL Path: Resolve
LoL Rune: Aftershock
Aftershock
LoL Rune: Font of Life
Font of Life
LoL Rune: Bone Plating
Bone Plating
LoL Rune: Unflinching
Unflinching

Inspiration
LoL Path: Inspiration
LoL Rune: Biscuit Delivery
Biscuit Delivery
LoL Rune: Time Warp Tonic
Time Warp Tonic

Third Best

Maokai's 3rd Best Runes 55%

Win Rate 73 Games

Resolve
LoL Path: Resolve
LoL Rune: Aftershock
Aftershock
LoL Rune: Font of Life
Font of Life
LoL Rune: Bone Plating
Bone Plating
LoL Rune: Revitalize
Revitalize

Inspiration
LoL Path: Inspiration
LoL Rune: Magical Footwear
Magical Footwear
LoL Rune: Biscuit Delivery
Biscuit Delivery

Maokai's Summoner Spells

Maokai's Best Summoner Spells 51%

Win Rate 7469 Games

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Maokai's 2nd Best Summoner Spells 50%

Win Rate 1482 Games

Exhaust Flash

Third Best

Maokai's 3rd Best Summoner Spells 48%

Win Rate 101 Games

Flash Heal

Maokai's Starters

Maokai's Best Starter Items 50%

Win Rate 4651 Games

  • 1
  • 2

Trinket

Maokai's Best Trinket 51%

Win Rate 8636 Games

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Maokai's 2nd Best Trinket 51%

Win Rate 59 Games

Farsight Alteration

Third Best

Maokai's 3rd Best Trinket 40%

Win Rate 461 Games

Stealth Ward
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Maokai's Ability Order

Maokai's Best Ability Order 66%

Win Rate 32 Games

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
! Small Sample Size Warning * There is either not a lot of games played on this champion or the builds vary greatly, we have provided the top build but it does not have a high confidence rating so use your own discretion.
Patch 12.8: 513624 matches scanned * Each section of the build is rated independently of the others

Maokai's Runes

Maokai's Best Runes 52%

Win Rate 151 Games

  • 1
Resolve
LoL Path: Resolve
LoL Rune: Grasp of the Undying
Grasp of the Undying
LoL Rune: Demolish
Demolish
LoL Rune: Conditioning
Conditioning
LoL Rune: Overgrowth
Overgrowth

Inspiration
LoL Path: Inspiration
LoL Rune: Biscuit Delivery
Biscuit Delivery
LoL Rune: Time Warp Tonic
Time Warp Tonic

Second Best

Maokai's 2nd Best Runes 0%

Win Rate Games

LoL Path:

LoL Path:

Third Best

Maokai's 3rd Best Runes 0%

Win Rate Games

LoL Path:

LoL Path:

Maokai's Summoner Spells

Maokai's Best Summoner Spells 49%

Win Rate 2155 Games

  • 1
  • 2

Second Best

Maokai's 2nd Best Summoner Spells 53%

Win Rate 281 Games

Flash Ignite

Maokai's Starters

Maokai's Best Starter Items 52%

Win Rate 746 Games

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Maokai's 2nd Best Starter Items 53%

Win Rate 481 Games

Health Potion Tear of the Goddess

Third Best

Maokai's 3rd Best Starter Items 47%

Win Rate 970 Games

Doran's Shield Health Potion

Trinket

Maokai's Best Trinket 49%

Win Rate 1852 Games

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Maokai's 2nd Best Trinket 52%

Win Rate 421 Games

Oracle Lens

Third Best

Maokai's 3rd Best Trinket 44%

Win Rate 262 Games

Farsight Alteration
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Maokai's Ability Order

Maokai's Best Ability Order 74%

Win Rate 140 Games

  • 1
Patch 12.8: 513624 matches scanned * Each section of the build is rated independently of the others

Maokai's Runes

Maokai's Best Runes 59%

Win Rate 22 Games

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
! Small Sample Size Warning * There is either not a lot of games played on this champion or the builds vary greatly, we have provided the top build but it does not have a high confidence rating so use your own discretion.
Resolve
LoL Path: Resolve
LoL Rune: Aftershock
Aftershock
LoL Rune: Font of Life
Font of Life
LoL Rune: Bone Plating
Bone Plating
LoL Rune: Unflinching
Unflinching

Inspiration
LoL Path: Inspiration
LoL Rune: Biscuit Delivery
Biscuit Delivery
LoL Rune: Time Warp Tonic
Time Warp Tonic

Second Best

Maokai's 2nd Best Runes 50%

Win Rate 16 Games

Resolve
LoL Path: Resolve
LoL Rune: Aftershock
Aftershock
LoL Rune: Font of Life
Font of Life
LoL Rune: Bone Plating
Bone Plating
LoL Rune: Unflinching
Unflinching

Inspiration
LoL Path: Inspiration
LoL Rune: Biscuit Delivery
Biscuit Delivery
LoL Rune: Time Warp Tonic
Time Warp Tonic

Third Best

Maokai's 3rd Best Runes 55%

Win Rate 11 Games

Resolve
LoL Path: Resolve
LoL Rune: Aftershock
Aftershock
LoL Rune: Font of Life
Font of Life
LoL Rune: Second Wind
Second Wind
LoL Rune: Revitalize
Revitalize

Domination
LoL Path: Domination
LoL Rune: Relentless Hunter
Relentless Hunter
LoL Rune: Cheap Shot
Cheap Shot

Maokai's Summoner Spells

Maokai's Best Summoner Spells 54%

Win Rate 186 Games

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Maokai's 2nd Best Summoner Spells 46%

Win Rate 651 Games

Flash Smite

Third Best

Maokai's 3rd Best Summoner Spells 51%

Win Rate 65 Games

Flash Teleport

Maokai's Starters

Maokai's Best Starter Items 52%

Win Rate 62 Games

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Trinket

Maokai's Best Trinket 49%

Win Rate 620 Games

  • 1
  • 2

Second Best

Maokai's 2nd Best Trinket 47%

Win Rate 333 Games

Stealth Ward
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Maokai's Ability Order

Maokai's Best Ability Order 74%

Win Rate 23 Games

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
! Small Sample Size Warning * There is either not a lot of games played on this champion or the builds vary greatly, we have provided the top build but it does not have a high confidence rating so use your own discretion.
Patch 12.8: 513624 matches scanned * Each section of the build is rated independently of the others

Maokai's Runes

Maokai's Best Runes 44%

Win Rate 41 Games

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
! Small Sample Size Warning * There is either not a lot of games played on this champion or the builds vary greatly, we have provided the top build but it does not have a high confidence rating so use your own discretion.
Resolve
LoL Path: Resolve
LoL Rune: Aftershock
Aftershock
LoL Rune: Font of Life
Font of Life
LoL Rune: Bone Plating
Bone Plating
LoL Rune: Unflinching
Unflinching

Inspiration
LoL Path: Inspiration
LoL Rune: Biscuit Delivery
Biscuit Delivery
LoL Rune: Time Warp Tonic
Time Warp Tonic

Second Best

Maokai's 2nd Best Runes 50%

Win Rate 32 Games

Resolve
LoL Path: Resolve
LoL Rune: Aftershock
Aftershock
LoL Rune: Font of Life
Font of Life
LoL Rune: Bone Plating
Bone Plating
LoL Rune: Unflinching
Unflinching

Inspiration
LoL Path: Inspiration
LoL Rune: Biscuit Delivery
Biscuit Delivery
LoL Rune: Time Warp Tonic
Time Warp Tonic

Third Best

Maokai's 3rd Best Runes 35%

Win Rate 20 Games

Sorcery
LoL Path: Sorcery
LoL Rune: Arcane Comet
Arcane Comet
LoL Rune: Manaflow Band
Manaflow Band
LoL Rune: Transcendence
Transcendence
LoL Rune: Scorch
Scorch

Inspiration
LoL Path: Inspiration
LoL Rune: Biscuit Delivery
Biscuit Delivery
LoL Rune: Cosmic Insight
Cosmic Insight

Maokai's Summoner Spells

Maokai's Best Summoner Spells 50%

Win Rate 542 Games

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Maokai's 2nd Best Summoner Spells 51%

Win Rate 117 Games

Flash Teleport

Third Best

Maokai's 3rd Best Summoner Spells 44%

Win Rate 99 Games

Exhaust Flash

Maokai's Starters

Maokai's Best Starter Items 54%

Win Rate 203 Games

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Maokai's 2nd Best Starter Items 47%

Win Rate 281 Games

Health Potion Relic Shield

Third Best

Maokai's 3rd Best Starter Items 47%

Win Rate 73 Games

Doran's Shield Health Potion

Trinket

Maokai's Best Trinket 51%

Win Rate 574 Games

  • 1
  • 2

Second Best

Maokai's 2nd Best Trinket 45%

Win Rate 175 Games

Stealth Ward
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Maokai's Ability Order

Maokai's Best Ability Order 100%

Win Rate 7 Games

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
! Small Sample Size Warning * There is either not a lot of games played on this champion or the builds vary greatly, we have provided the top build but it does not have a high confidence rating so use your own discretion.

Maokai Counters

Learn 's counters and discover matchups where they have an advantage! When you're starting a game of League of Legends you should always keep in mind if you'll be at an advantage or disadvantage against your opponent, so you can know whether to bully them or play safe. You can find detailed breakdowns of each matchup on CounterStats, and you can also check out some Maokai guides to see how to build and play against other champions you may find yourself up against!


This counter data is for Maokai Support in Plat+ games. The percent shown is the enemy champion's counter rating against Maokai. Counter rating is our own statistic that factors in counter kills, overall kills, early lead ratio, comeback ratio, and win percent to give the whole picture of that champion's effectiveness as a counter pick.

CR is Counter Rating, which is a combination of multiple counter factors. Counters shown are for Maokai Maokai Support

Maokai Skins

Maokai's Abilities

Maokai's Sap Magic
Sap Magic Maokai's Passive Maokai's Passive
Self
Maokai's Passive
Maokai's Passive
Maokai's attacks restore 5 / 15 / 25 / 35 / 45 / 55 / 65 (+5 / 7 / 9 / 11 / 12.5 / 13.75 / 15% maximum health) (depending on level) health.

Whenever Maokai uses an ability or is hit by an enemy ability, this cooldown is reduced by 4 seconds.
Q
Maokai's Bramble Smash
Bramble Smash Maokai's Q Ability
700
60
8 / 7.25 / 6.5 / 5.75 / 5
Maokai slams the ground, the force of which knocks nearby enemies back and sends an arcane shockwave forward, dealing 70 / 110 / 150 / 190 / 230 (+40% of ability power) magic damage and slowing his enemies by 99% for 0.25 seconds. Enemies close to Maokai are knocked back slightly more.
W
Maokai's Twisted Advance
Twisted Advance Maokai's W Ability
525
60
13 / 12 / 11 / 10 / 9
Maokai transforms into a cloud of arcane energy, becoming untargetable and quickly traveling to a target enemy. The target takes 60 / 85 / 110 / 135 / 160 (+40% of ability power) magic damage and is rooted in place for 1 / 1.1 / 1.2 / 1.3 / 1.4 second(s).
E
Maokai's Sapling Toss
Sapling Toss Maokai's E Ability
1100
60 / 70 / 80 / 90 / 100
10
Maokai flings a sapling, which stands watch for 30 seconds. Saplings will chase nearby enemies, detonating on proximity, dealing 20 / 45 / 70 / 95 / 120 plus 7 / 7.25 / 7.5 / 7.75 / 8% (+0.7% per 100 ability power) max health as magic damage and slowing surrounding enemies by 35% for 2 seconds.

If placed in a brush, saplings last for 30 (+2.5% of Maokai's bonus health) seconds and cause a larger explosion, dealing 40 / 90 / 140 / 190 / 240 plus 14 / 14.5 / 15 / 15.5 / 16% (+1.4% per 100 ability power) max health as magic damage over 2 seconds.
R
Maokai's Nature's Grasp
Nature's Grasp Maokai's Ultimate (R) Ability
3000
100
120 / 100 / 80 / 80 / 80
Maokai summons a colossal wave of brambles and thorns, rooting enemies for between 0.8 and 2.6 seconds, increasing with distance travelled, and dealing 150 / 225 / 300 (+75% of ability power) magic damage.

Questions About Maokai

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