ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

League of Legends - Malzahar Guide and Build

Updated on January 31, 2015

League of Legends - Malzahar Guide and Build

Are you looking for a Malzahar guide or a Malzahar build? This page covers the basics of playing Malzahar effectively including skills, runes, masteries, tips and includes custom skins.

Malzahar is a powerful anti-carry, nuker and disabler (through suppression and silence). He is a strong AP carry, capable of destroying enemies in 1v1 encounters while also packing two area of effect abilities to help his team in teamfights. Malzahar also possess % health damage, making him great to bring down durable targets.

This Malzahar guide and build aims to be a basic and simple introduction on basic strategy that should be adopted when playing Malzahar, it is recommended for people just starting to use Malzahar.

Don't own Malzahar? Or want to get one of the many Malzahar skins for free? Get Your Own free Riot Points for League of Legends.

Guide current as of: Release Notes v1.0.0.148

This Malzahar guide is also available in summary format (thanks to

Images on this page are sourced from the official League of Legends website and the game client. They are used for review, commentary and educational purposes.

Is Malzahar Over Powered?

Is Malzahar Too Strong?

See results

Malzahar Skills

Malzahar Skills
Malzahar Skills

Summon Voidling (Passive): Malzahar's passive is a nice addition to his early-mid game damage especially when you time its summon with your ultimate. The minion will target the person that you cast Malefic Visions on and auto-attack, but beyond that it is basically uncontrollable.

Call of the Void (Q): An amazing area of effect disable that can turn the tide of team fights with correct placement. It is a very hard skill-shot to hit but is very important to master as a Malzahar player. It's also a great minion farming ability and can grant vision over walls. The silence also makes Malzahar a strong laner against other AP champions.

Null Zone (W): Another great area of effect skill that is % health based, making it very powerful especially against high health targets. Combining this skill with Nether Grasp is an extremely deadly combination. Placing this underneath a teamfight is particularly effective.

Malefic Visions (E): Malzahar's main form of early game harassment, this skill also has the ability to jump from target to target while regenerating your mana, making it a very powerful lane pushing skill. This skill also returns mana when it jumps targets, meaning its effective cost to cast can be less depending on how many targets you get it to bounce between.

Nether Grasp (Ultimate): This allows Malzahar to perform an anti-carry role. It allows him to take a single enemy champion out of the fight with proper timing and also punishes people for over-extending. Try to land a Null Zone under your target before casting this for maximum damage. This skill has a low cooldown and you can use Ignite while using your ultimate. This ultimate also makes Malzahar very hard to lane against.

Malzahar Skill Order

Malzahar Skill Order
Malzahar Skill Order

Skill ordering should follow: Ult > Malefic Visions > Call of the Void > Null Zone

Malefic Visions is your main harassment ability in lane and also provides powerful zoning potential so it is best maxed first. From here you want to max Call of the Void to give you strong area of effect damage and the extra silence duration in team fights.

This leaves Null Zone till last. However, if you are new to Malzahar and have trouble landing Call of the Void you may consider maxing it second for the extra damage when using your ultimate.

Vizier Malzahar

Vizier Malzahar
Vizier Malzahar

Malzahar Runes

Malzahar Runes
Malzahar Runes

Red (Marks) - Magic Penetration

Yellow (Seals) - Mana Regeneration Per Level

Blue (Glyphs) - Ability Power Per Level // Magic Resistance

Purple (Quintessences) - Ability Power // Health // Movement Speed

Grabbing Magic Penetration Marks will boost your damage output and a standard for any caster. Mana regeneration Seals are vital to maintain your mana levels. Glyphs are best run as Ability Power Per Level to boost your damage output but can also be Magic Resistance if you want a more defensive option.

Quintessences can either be Ability Power, Health or Movement Speed depending on what you have available and how aggressive you like to lane.

To learn more about making effective rune choices, visit the Rune Page Guide.

Malzahar Summoner Spells
Malzahar Summoner Spells

Malzahar Summoner Spells

Best Summoner Spells:



Ignite is Malzahar's best friend as it can be cast while casting his ultimate increasing his damage output significantly and scoring him a lot of early game kills that he would otherwise not get. Flash is great to catch out an enemy with Flash + Ultimate and also doubles as a powerful escape skill.

Other Good Summoner Spells:


Teleport is another possibility to help your team's map presence and allow you to recall early to gain an item advantage. Preferably you want to run Ignite though for the damage boost and Flash is simply a must have summoner spell.

Malzahar Masteries

Malzahar Masteries
Malzahar Masteries

As a caster Malzahar wants to run a 21/0/9 mastery setup focusing on increased damage output. You want to take all the relevant Ability Power masteries from the offense tree while also grabbing the increased mana, movement speed and buff duration on offer from the utility tree.

To learn more about masteries and your mastery options, visit the LoL Masteries Guide.

Malzahar Build
Malzahar Build

Malzahar Build

Final Item Build:

-Sorcerer Shoes

-Rabadon's Deathcap

-Rylai's Crystal Scepter

-Zhonya's Hourglass

-Void Staff

-Banshee's Veil


-As Malzahar you want to open with Boots + 3 Health Potions, this gives you some sustainability and movement speed (to stay safe in lane).

-Your opening items for Malzahar should be Rabadon's Deathcap to boost your damage output, if you are having trouble in lane you might also want to consider grabbing a Doran's Ring or two. You also want to look at upgrading your boots to Sorcerer Shoes.

-Good follow up items for Malzahar include Rylai's Crystal Scepter for the slow and health it provides.

-By this stage of the game you'll need to focus on building up your resistances with itesm such as Zhonya's Hourglass and Banshee's Veil.

-Finishing off the game with a Void Staff is a great way to counter enemy magic resistance.


-Rod of Ages (If you have a poor early game this is a good option).

-Abyssal Scepter (If you need more magic resistance).

Malzahar Tutorial & Commentary - By colbycheeze

Malzahar Tips

Malzahar Tips & Tricks

  • Always try to land a Null Zone before casting your ultimate, it will increase its damage significantly.
  • Don't always use Ignite with your ultimate, save it until the end and judge whether or not it is needed to secure the kill, there is no point wasting it.
  • If the enemy has a channelled ultimate save your silence to cancel it, this is particularly important late game.
  • You can use Malefic Visions to grab experience and gold from minions without being near them, this is great if you need to play defensively.
  • Don't forget you can cancel your ultimate at any time if the situation changes and you need to retreat.

Early Game (Level 1-6)

  • Harass the enemy with Malefic Visions whenever they are in range, against weak opponents you can easily zone them out of minion waves (thus gold and experience). Don't forget to last hit minions with your auto-attacks while harassing.
  • As you approach level 6 you want to dwindle the enemies health down for (hopefully) a guaranteed kill at level 6. You can combine your Flash & ultimate with your jungler for maximum effect.
  • If the enemy is keeping its distance, you can weaken a nearby minion with auto-attacks and then land Malefic Visions on the minion (killing it quickly/instantly) and then hopefully jumping onto the enemy champion.
  • When the enemy leaves their lane to recall or gank a side-lane you can punish them heavily by pushing the lane with Malefic Visions, be wary of the enemy jungler though.

Mid Game (Level 7-12)

  • Place Malefic Visions on the minion that your minions are attacking and then proceed to auto-attack this minion as well. This will ensure you push the lane, while allowing Malefic Visions to jump from minion to minion restoring your mana. This will allow you to farm heavily while also pushing the lane, free-ing you up to gank other lanes.
  • You should consider using Flash and your ultimate to gank side lanes with your allies, your suppression is much more powerful in 2v2 and 3v3 situations as opposed to all out team fights.
  • If the enemy is pushing a lane hard with numbers you can quickly use your skills to clear the minion waves and keep them off the tower until reinforcements arrive.

Late Game (Level 13-18)

  • Focus on using your ultimate against the enemy carry to take them out of the fight. You want to do this after all major crowd control has been used.
  • You also want to focus on landing a Call of the Void and Null Zone in the middle of the team fight for maximum damage and disable potential (silence and slow from Rylai's). Be very careful with the placement as your likely only to get 1 casted per teamfight.
  • Look out for Banshee's Veil. During the late stages of the game most champions will have one, you definitely do not want to try use your ultimate on someone with one of these active. Also note if anyone has Quicksilver Sash as it can counter your ultimate as well.

Shadow Prince Malzahar

Shadow Prince Malzahar
Shadow Prince Malzahar

Did You Find This Malzahar Build Helpful? - What Do You Think About Malzahar?

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • biggking lm profile image

      biggking lm 

      6 years ago

      how many of you guys think that the class in overpowered?

    • profile image


      7 years ago

      It's the fucking best char of ever!


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)