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Champion Spotlight

By David 'Phreak' Turley [1]

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Aatrox Champion Spotlight

Learn to dominate top lane through Blood Price.png damage-heavy exchanges and Blood Thirst.png potent lifesteal in the Aatrox Aatrox Champion Spotlight.

Aatrox's combination of Dark Flight.png mobility and Blood Well.png survivability enables a hyper-aggressive playstyle, punctuated by brazen dives and daring escapes. He excels at relentlessly pushing lanes, relying on his Dark Flight.png Dark Flight and Blood Well.png Blood Well to evade incoming ganks. In team fights, Aatrox's mobility takes on a more offensive bent, allowing him to dive past tanks onto valuable back line targets.

Learn how to Massacre.png Massacre your enemies with Aatrox in the Champion Spotlight, where we'll sample the Darkin Blade's tactics, masteries and more.

Recommended Items

Summoner's Rift
Starting Doran&#039;s Blade item Health Potion item Warding Totem item
Early Boots of Speed item Tiamat item Vampiric Scepter item
Essential Ninja Tabi item Blade of the Ruined King item Death&#039;s Dance item
Offensive Trinity Force item Ravenous Hydra item The Black Cleaver item
Defensive Randuin&#039;s Omen item Maw of Malmortius item Spirit Visage item
Consumables Health Potion item Vision Ward item Elixir of Wrath item
Summoner's Rift (Jungler)
Starting Hunter&#039;s Machete item Refillable Potion item Warding Totem item
Early Boots of Speed item Stalker&#039;s Blade item Recurve Bow item
Essential Ninja Tabi item Stalker&#039;s Blade (Sated Devourer) item Blade of the Ruined King item
Offensive Ravenous Hydra item Death&#039;s Dance item The Black Cleaver item
Defensive Spirit Visage item Maw of Malmortius item Randuin&#039;s Omen item
Consumables Health Potion item Vision Ward item Elixir of Wrath item
Twisted Treeline
Starting Doran&#039;s Blade item Boots of Speed item Health Potion item2
Essential Ninja Tabi item Blade of the Ruined King item The Black Cleaver item
Offensive Youmuu&#039;s Ghostblade item Ravenous Hydra item The Bloodthirster item
Defensive Spirit Visage item Maw of Malmortius item Randuin&#039;s Omen item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Wrath item
Twisted Treeline (Jungler)
Starting Hunter&#039;s Machete item Hunter&#039;s Talisman item Health Potion item3
Essential Ninja Tabi item Blade of the Ruined King item The Black Cleaver item
Offensive Youmuu&#039;s Ghostblade item Ravenous Hydra item The Bloodthirster item
Defensive Spirit Visage item Maw of Malmortius item Randuin&#039;s Omen item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Wrath item
Howling Abyss
Starting Guardian&#039;s Horn item Boots of Speed item Refillable Potion item
Essential Blade of the Ruined King item Dead Man&#039;s Plate item Ninja Tabi item
Offensive Guinsoo&#039;s Rageblade item The Bloodthirster item Ravenous Hydra item
Defensive Randuin&#039;s Omen item Spirit Visage item Maw of Malmortius item Face of the Mountain item
Consumables Oracle&#039;s Extract item Health Potion item Elixir of Wrath item

Tips

Playing As Aatrox Aatrox
  • Avoid engaging in a fight with low health unless your Blood Well.png Blood Well is full so that you regain enough health to continue fighting.
  • Building Life Steal can be very potent on Aatrox to help compensate for his health costs.
  • Massacre.png Massacre is great at turning the tide of a battle. Make sure to use it at the right moment to maximize its benefits.
Playing Against Aatrox Aatrox
  • When Aatrox takes fatal damage he is healed for the amount currently in his Blood Well.png resource bar, landing a fatal blow on him while the Blood Well.png resource bar is low will result in him reviving with a lower amount of Health.
  • When Aatrox casts Dark Flight.png Dark Flight towards your location, avoid being knocked up by moving away from the center of impact.
  • Aatrox is auto attack reliant for most of his damage and survivability, reducing his attack speed by purchasing Randuin&#039;s Omen item.png Randuin's Omen or Frozen Heart item.png Frozen Heart can help reduce both of those components greatly.

Tricks

Ability Usage
  • When it is safe to do so, Blood Price.png Blood Price increases clear speed greatly by sacrificing health. Then Blood Thirst.png Blood Thirst will quickly refund that health when you are low.
    • ​This is more useful in the jungle than it is in lane, as intentionally lowering your health makes you vulnerable, especially to being bursted down.
  • Blood Well.png Blood Well allows Aatrox Aatrox to play aggresively early on, allowing you to revive after the first death.
    • Paying health to fuel his abilities will fill his Blood Well.png Blood Well. Remember, that it doesn't only increase health with which you will revive, but it also increases your attack speed.
    • Dealing damage will stop leaking Blood Well.png Blood Well's blood. If possible, deal damage to keep the full attack speed boost from it by attacking a minion frequently.
  • Dark Flight.png Dark Flight can be used defensively and ofensively.
    • Use it when starting a fight to set enemies airborne and auto-attack them a few times to maximize damage.
      • Note that you have to hit with it's center to actually knock your enemies up. Hitting them with edge of this ability will only deal damage, which isn't actually high.
    • When being surrounded, use it on one of approaching enemies to set them airborne, then when the effect expires, cast Blades of Torment.png Blades of Torment to slow them and allow you to escape.
    • Use Dark Flight.png Dark Flight to jump through the walls for an unsuspected hit or to escape from the enemy.
    • Use this ability to initiate fights, as the airborne effect will stop them for short duration and allow your team to lock them furthermore or just burst them down.
  • Blood Thirst.png Blood Thirst fulfills Aatrox Aatrox's great source of healing. Toggle to Blood Thirst.png Blood Thirst to heal between fights or to keep alive during the fights.
    • Note that it's healing is tripled when below 50% of your health, so it's better to toggle Blood Price.png Blood Price off when low on health, as healing is mostly more effective than damage.
  • Blades of Torment.png Blades of Torment is his main tool of harassing enemies when top laning. It has pretty long range, and it also slows, allowing to land some bonus attacks to your enemy.
    • It also deals magaic damage, so even if your enemy is building armor, they will still take significant damage from it.
  • Maxing Blades of Torment.png Blades of Torment is probably the best option, as it grants him magic damage, decreases it's cooldown, and increases duration of slow, allowing you to endure even versus Malphite Malphite.
  • Aatrox Aatrox has deceptively strong burst damage. Attack two times, jump into an enemy with Dark Flight.png Dark Flight, then cast Blades of Torment.png Blades of Torment and Massacre.png Massacre to take most of the health out, then attack your enemy with well-prepared Blood Price.png Blood Price.
Mastery Usage
Item Usage
  • To counteract the effects of Blood Price.png Blood Price, Aatrox Aatrox needs at least 4.2% - 20.3% Life Steal.
    • The more AD Aatrox Aatrox acquires, the more Life Steal too, but this effect is practically marginal as it never realistically increases enough to require more than one Life Steal item.
  • Attack speed is a significant stat on Aatrox Aatrox. It will benefit not only his damage, but also his healing from both Life Steal and Blood Thirst.png Blood Thirst.
    • One of the most effective items on Aatrox Aatrox is Blade of the Ruined King item.png Blade of the Ruined King. It grants bonus attack speed and lifesteal, from which Aatrox Aatrox benefits. It also grants great active and passive components, both helping in assassinating his targets. Also, as Aatrox Aatrox grants bonus attack speed from Massacre.png Massacre, the health shred will occur more frequently.
    • Another useful item on Aatrox Aatrox is Titanic Hydra item.png Titanic Hydra, however only if you also are going to take other health items. This item grants an on-hit effect, that will apply frequently thanks to Massacre.png Massacre's attack speed boost and health boost will allow him to survive in the fight longer.
      • When going for Titanic Hydra item.png Titanic Hydra, take into consideration Spirit Visage item.png Spirit Visage and Randuin&#039;s Omen item.png Randuin's Omen. Frozen Mallet item.png Frozen Mallet can also be considered.
        • Spirit Visage item.png Spirit Visage grants lots of health and magic resistance. It also decreases cooldowns of your abilities and increases your base health regen greatly. It's unique component also increases health gained from life steal items, Blood Price.png Blood Price and even Blood Well.png Blood Well.
        • Randuin&#039;s Omen item.png Randuin's Omen grants bonus armor, health and critical hit resistance. It also allows you to slow surrounding enemies, allowing you to land a few more attacks. The slow from mentioned item and Blades of Torment.png Blades of Torment will allow you to near-root enemies hit for around 2~3 seconds.
        • Frozen Mallet item.png Frozen Mallet will allow you to stick to your targets. Even if your enemies will attempt to blink away, you can hit them with Blades of Torment.png Blades of Torment or just increase your attack range with Massacre.png Massacre. The extended attacks sstill count as melee, so it might help catch fleeing opponents. Frozen Mallet item.png Frozen Mallet also grants some bonus damage and greatly increases health, allowing to survive for longer and increase damage from Titanic Hydra item.png Titanic Hydra. However, it doesn't grant any other defensive stats as armor or magic resistance.
    • Guinsoo&#039;s Rageblade item.png Guinsoo's Rageblade works very good on Aatrox. It will allow him when stacked to trigger Blood Thirst.png Blood Thirst/Blood Price.png Blood Price once every two attacks and fully stacked it grants attack speed and attack damage.
  • Ravenous Hydra item.png Ravenous Hydra will allow Aatrox Aatrox to deal lots of damage as it grants bonus attack damage. It also grants bonus life steal and increases already high area of effect damage.
  • When damage-oriented, Death&#039;s Dance item.png Death's Dance might be pretty good, as it will allow you to reduce incoming damage and heal from all your abilities. It also grants you some form of life steal and lots of attack damage.
  • When under focus of enemy mages, Banshee&#039;s Veil item.png Banshee's Veil might prove useful. It's spell shield will negate most of the crowd-controls affecting you. Also it's magic resistance boost will greatly reduce your damage and health boostt will improve generally your survivability.
Countering
  • Grievous Wounds icon Grievous Wounds reduces healing from Blood Thirst.png Blood Thirst. This is essential to executing any Aatrox Aatrox that can't be bursted down.
  • Malphite Malphite seems to be an excelent counter for Aatrox Aatrox. He does have lots of armor from his Brutal Strikes.png Brutal Strikes, plus his abilities scale with armor and he can greatly reduce Aatrox Aatrox's attack speed, while granting very useful ultimate for his team. However, remember that when laning, Aatrox Aatrox deals also much magic damage, thanks to his Blades of Torment.png Blades of Torment nad Massacre.png Massacre. Also, the further can negate the attack speed reduction from Ground Slam.png Ground Slam, so probably 1v1 is still in Aatrox Aatrox's favor.
  • Attack speed reduction is very effective versus Aatrox Aatrox, so when playing against him, consider taking Randuin&#039;s Omen item.png Randuin's Omen or Frozen Heart item.png Frozen Heart.

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