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League of Legends Akali , The Fist of Shadow Guide

Updated on October 9, 2011

LoL Akali

Akali the Fist of Shadow, Lol Builds Akali
Akali the Fist of Shadow, Lol Builds Akali

You have Chosen Akali!

Akali is one of the ninjas of League of Legends. An energy user Akali is a high burst champion/carry. Akali is wildly popular due to her ability to kill almost anyone under normal circumstances (well farmed, early kills, low deaths). Akali is called the Fist of Shadow because of one of her abilities that allows her to go invisible while not attacking an enemy. This move is key to the way Akali's moves work, without the ability to go invisible during a fight her overall success is diminished. Akali is also empowered by having two passives which add both damage and survivability to the champion.

Akali Runes

Marks = Greater Mark of Insight +.95 magic pen x9
Glyphs = Greater Glyph of Force +.17 ability power per level x9
Seals = Greater Seal of Resilience +1.41 armor x9
Quintessence = Greater Quintessence of Potency x3

Akali needs to hit hard and survive while doing it. The magic pen allows Akali to do more damage with her AP scales, the AP gives her burst even without items, and the armor is because you will realize Akali can be quite squishy under fire and gets focused quite often. Ranged ad champions like Ashe will harass her making the extra armor a welcoming factor.

Akali Masteries

Akali Masteries - Duplicate on your Rune Page ingame. I choose 9 12 9 for survivability.
Akali Masteries - Duplicate on your Rune Page ingame. I choose 9 12 9 for survivability.

Akali Core Build

Akali Items

Akali is an assassin type champion. She requires both damage, speed, and a slow. This is why Boots of Swiftness, Ryali's Crystal Scepter, and Lich Bane is such a good core build.

Starting Items:
1. Boots of Speed with x3 Health Pots
Gives you lot of speed to help with farming, also the 3 health pots will keep you in lane longer to level.
2. Dorian's Blade
Gives you your 2nd Passive Spell Vamp, Survivability in early fights.
3. Long Sword + x1 Health Pot
Gives you your 2nd Passive Spell Vamp, Extra Health for Harassing.

Damage Items:

  • Rabadon's Deathcap - You need this in every build, basically this item increases your ability power drastically heightening your burst insanely.
  • Hextech Gunblade - A great item that gives lifesteal and spell vamp. Its great for hybrid type Akali and has a wonderful built in slowing Active.
  • Mejai's Soulstealer - Only get this if your getting many kills/assists and not dying. If you believe you will die more then 2-5 times before late game don't get one!
  • Guinsoo's Rageblade - Another item very useful to Akali, you can get this if you are more of a person that likes to take down towers, inhibitors, etc. because it's attack speed allows you to damage them more.

  • Moonflair Spellblade - This item is when you have an enemy team with heavy crowd control since you don't get Mercury's Treads. Its an underrated item IMO.
  • Void Staff - This helps you combat people with high magic resist.
  • Hextech Revolver - This item allows you to life leech off minions and has an added 40 ability power! Getting this item early helps greatly as you can stay in lane and combat longer.

Survivability Items:

  • Zhonya's Hourglass - Get this item if the enemy team is killing you with extensive amounts of Attack Damage. It is also good vs teams that are focusing you first using the Active it will keep you alive though any assault.
  • Guardian Angel - Balanced AD and AP protection. The passive allows you to revive once every 5 minutes to keep fighting or a chance escape.
  • Abyssal Scepter - Use this if your dying to Magic Damage.
  • Rod of Ages - This item will make you tanky, while most Akali's dont use it it can really change a game when you realize you almost kill them but they survive with just 200 hp left.
  • Quicksilver Sash - Great for when there's tons of crowd control on the enemy team, and to counter ultimates like Infinite Duress by Warwick, Nether Grasp from Malzahar, etc.
  • Warmog's Armor- This item provides you with an immense amount of health with the original 1370 health, and the passive permanently gaining health per minion & champion kill. An Akali that is carrying who obtains this item will become unstoppable in normal fights.



Akali Skills

Discipline of Force- Upon obtaining 20 ability power, Akali's autoattacks deal 10% bonus magic damage, increasing by 1% for every 5 ability power gained thereafter. The bonus magic damage doesn't affect towers, but it affects other structures.

Discipline of Might - Upon obtaining 10 bonus attack damage, Akali gains 10% spell vamp, increasing by an additional 1% for every 5 bonus attack damage gained thereafter.

Mark of the Assassin


(Active): Akali throws her kama at a target enemy, dealing magic damage and marking the target for 6 seconds. Akali's melee attacks against a marked target will consume the mark dealing the same magic damage again and restoring energy.

  • Cost: 60 energy
  • Range: 600

Twilight Shroud


(Active): Akali throws down a circular cover of smoke that lasts for 8 seconds. While inside the area, Akali gains armor and magic resistance and becomes stealthed. Attacking or using abilities will briefly reveal her for 0.5 seconds. Enemies are slowed while inside the smoke.

  • Cooldown: 20 seconds
  • Range to center of AoE: 700
  • Radius of AoE: 300

Crescent Slash


(Active): Akali flourishes her kamas, hitting nearby units for physical damage.

  • Cost: 60 energy
  • Radius of AoE: 325

Shadow Dance


(Active): Akali moves through the shadows to quickly deal magic damage to the target and appear next to it. Akali gains an Essence of Shadow once every few seconds up to a total of 3, affected by cooldown reduction. The time to gain a charge doesn't count when at maximum charges. Additionally, Akali gains an Essence of Shadow for a kill or an assist.

  • Cost: 1 Essence of Shadow
  • Range: 800

Akali Skill Order

Mark of the Assassin
Twilight Shroud
Crescent Slash
Shadow Dance

Lane Presence

Early Game - Akali is sort of weak early game. Focus on farming and leveling. Harass enemies with Q Anytime you can. It is advised to only go in with your laning partner or else stay back.

Mid Game - Akali now has the upper hand on most champions due to her ult. Starting now you should focus on champions and getting fed of player kills, not minions. If you are dying a lot at this stage it is recommended to buy a survivability item. You should also have at least your boots of swiftness and ryalis now.

Late Game - Akali late game is deadly. You have your full core build, some extra damage or survivability items. If you did good early and got a Soulstealer then it should have full stacks by now. You main focus is to win team fights for your AD carries to be able to push towers and win. Also, with your Lich Bane you can push towers extremely fast.
If you find yourself dying a lot late game get a Warmogs (death by burst damage) or a Guardian Angel (death by prolonged damage).

Akali Skins

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Classic Akali SkinStinger Akali SkinNurse Akali SkinCrimson Akali SkinAll-Star Akali SkinBlood Moon Akali Skin
Classic Akali Skin
Classic Akali Skin
Stinger Akali Skin
Stinger Akali Skin
Nurse Akali Skin
Nurse Akali Skin
Crimson Akali Skin
Crimson Akali Skin
All-Star Akali Skin
All-Star Akali Skin
Blood Moon Akali Skin
Blood Moon Akali Skin

Akali Champion Spotlight


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