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Akali Champion Spotlight

Akali Champion Spotlight

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Summoner's Rift
Starting Cloth Armor item Health Potion item4 Warding Totem item
Early Boots of Speed item Hextech Revolver item Bilgewater Cutlass item
Essential Sorcerer's Shoes item Hextech Gunblade item Banshee's Veil item
Offensive Lich Bane item Void Staff item Rabadon's Deathcap item
Defensive Zhonya's Hourglass item Rylai's Crystal Scepter item
Consumables Health Potion item Control Ward item Elixir of Sorcery item
Twisted Treeline
Starting Boots of Speed item Amplifying Tome item Health Potion item2
Essential Sorcerer's Shoes item Rylai's Crystal Scepter item Hextech Revolver item
Offensive Lich Bane item Hextech Gunblade item Wooglet's Witchcap item
Defensive Abyssal Mask item Randuin's Omen item Banshee's Veil item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Sorcery item
Howling Abyss
Starting Guardian's Horn item Boots of Speed item Health Potion item3
Essential Hextech Gunblade item Zhonya's Hourglass item Sorcerer's Shoes item
Offensive Lich Bane item Rabadon's Deathcap item Void Staff item
Defensive Rylai's Crystal Scepter item Sunfire Cape item Banshee's Veil item
Consumables Oracle's Extract item Health Potion item Elixir of Sorcery item


Playing As AkaliSquare Akali
  • Akali excels at killing weaker characters. Let your team initiate and then strike at the people in the back.
  • Find the balance between storing Shadow Dance Essence of Shadows, and using Shadow Dance Shadow Dance before having max charges.
Playing Against AkaliSquare Akali
  • Akali can still be hit by area of effect spells while invisible inside Twilight Shroud Twilight Shroud.
  • Akali greatly benefits from both The Dark Seal item The Dark Seal and Mejai's Soulstealer item Mejai's Soulstealer. Watch which items she gets and prioritize her accordingly.
  • Return to base if your Health is low and Akali has multiple charges of her Shadow Dance ultimate.
  • Akali's Shadow Dance ultimate allows her to strike through and deal damage to enemies. Her Crescent Slash deals crazy damage when built right. When at the nexus and the team crowds, be watchful of Akali, she can Shadow Dance ultimate and Crescent Slash. Depending on health and proximity to the Crescent Slash, the entire team can be wiped out.
  • Akali's passive is used on her auto attacks. The first attack will give Akali back a percentage of her health. The second strike deals increased damage. If she's low health and has her Twilight Shroud, be careful because she will auto attack to gain health and, if she has it, summoner heal and turn the tables on your engagement.


Ability Usage
  • Her bread and butter combo involves proccing Mark of the Assassin Q twice in quick succession. Akali's Mark of the Assassin Q mark lasts 6 seconds, and its cooldown at 0% reduction is lower than 6 seconds at all ranks except the first, when it is 6 seconds exactly. This combo comes into effect once you get your ultimate at level 6, and consists of Mark of the Assassin Q - [wait for Mark of the Assassin Q cooldown] - Shadow Dance R - AA - Mark of the Assassin Q - AA. You can then add any Crescent Slash Es or additional Shadow Dance Rs as you want, as well as more Mark of the Assassin Qs if the fight lasts long enough for the cooldown.
  • Akali's Twilight Shroud W is a very versatile ability. After the rework, there are 4 important things to note: First, Control Ward item Control Wards do not reveal you in your Twilight Shroud shroud, nor will anything other than a turret or an ability/effect that specifically says it reveals stealth. You will have a shimmer similar to Oracle Lens item Oracle Lens (except not red) when taking damage while invisible. [NOTE: There is currently a bug on the stealth where many hard crowd control abilities will actually reveal her and make her targetable] Second, the movement speed from shroud is now on at all times while you're in the shroud. Third, it is no longer placeable. This means that some previous advanced tactics, such as placing the center of the shroud in a wall to make the shroud invisible to enemies, are no longer possible. You can still do the aforementioned tactic using brush, however. Fourth, her shroud now has a small blink on cast. This is useful for gap closing, dodging abilities, and juking. But a very unknown mechanic on it, because it was never listed although it is confirmed intended, is that you can actually use her blink to negate displacements, such as knockups and knockbacks. This is shown here. Look at how Lee SinSquare Lee Sin's Dragon's Rage Dragon's Rage is negated. In order to negate the displacements, you must cast her W at about the same time as the displacement; it just has to finish the cast time after the displace begins. Akali will be moved to the center of her shroud (not to where you targeted to blink to).
  • You can fake blinking over a wall with Akali's Twilight Shroud W by running up to a wall and then targeting somewhere not over the wall. Enemies will likely expect you to have gone over the wall and will use their own abilities or flash to cross the wall, allowing you to get away safely.
  • Akali's Twilight Shroud W will allow you to Teleport Teleport and be invisible, but it will reveal you for a moment after casting it. Keep in mind that this will put your Twilight Shroud W on cooldown, meaning you won't have access to it when you arrive, which is especially important to be aware of if you are joining a teamfight. Make sure to weigh the pros and cons of being able to immediately Teleport Teleport at the cost of your Twilight Shroud shroud against the value of having it for the teamfight at the cost of having to back away from danger first.
  • Akali's Crescent Slash E is a point-blank area of effect ability with good damage and a relatively low cooldown. It is especially useful for wave-clearing: Crescent Slash E's cooldown is reduced 60% if it kills a unit, so make sure to utilise this when trying to clear a large wave.
Rune Usage
  • Electrocute rune Electrocute adds a significant amount of damage to Akali's burst, and increases her kill pressure by a considerable amount.
  • Kleptomancy rune Kleptomancy is another option for Akali, allowing her to more consistently proc the second part of Mark of the Assassin Mark of the Assassin with the added range, allowing her to reach her power spikes faster with the additional gold, and making her lane phase safer with the consumables the keystone provides.
Item Usage
  • Use Hextech Gunblade item Hextech Gunblade as part of your burst combo.
  • Hextech Gunblade item Hextech Gunblade can additionally be used to slow a target that is just outside of range of Shadow Dance Shadow Dance, allowing you to catch up and Shadow Dance Shadow Dance to them.
  • Use Zhonya's Hourglass item Zhonya's Hourglass to survive large burst, sustained damage, or to survive long enough for ability cooldowns required to kill a target or escape, especially when you are very likely to die before those cooldowns come up.
  • Lich Bane item Lich Bane can be very useful for boosting your burst as casting your Mark of the Assassin Q will activate Spellblade on your next auto attack, which means you will proc your Q and hit the damage from Lich Bane item Lich Bane at the same time; Lich Bane item Lich Bane is guaranteed to add Tons of Damage to your combo. Keep in mind Lich Bane item Lich Bane comes with mana, which means some wasted gold efficiency on Akali.
  • Banshee's Veil item Banshee's Veil is a great pickup if you are against a lot of magic damage. It adds CDR and MR, with some AP.
  • Rylai's Crystal Scepter item Rylai's Crystal Scepter allows you to stick to targets easily, as well as giving a large amount of Ability Power and Health. The passive slow activates as single target on both parts of your Mark of the Assassin Q, your Shadow Dance ultimate, and the second autoattack of your Twin Disciplines passive.
  • Like most assassins, Akali can be countered through extensive hard crowd control. Examples: WukongSquare Wukong's Cyclone Cyclone, VeigarSquare Veigar's Event Horizon Event Horizon, AnnieSquare Annie's Pyromania Pyromania (passive), or NautilusSquare Nautilus.
  • Akali is a champion that snowballs well into the game. She will target the ADC and Support primarily, although anyone squishy is fair game- always ward the river to let you know when she is coming- then hard Crowd Control her. She can easily 1v2 due to the level advantage and pure damage output/sustain that comes with a Hextech Gunblade item Hextech Gunblade. When you see her coming, try to hug your tower effectively force her back to her lane, causing her to miss CS.
  • Try to gank her early while her Twilight Shroud shroud is down. Do not go into the Twilight Shroud shroud - Akali can burst you down from half health to 0 with a Mark of the Assassin Q - Crescent Slash E - Ignite Ignite combo, even in the early game. Using champions like Lee SinSquare Lee Sin will make this easier with his vision debuff from Sonic Wave Sonic Wave or Tempest Tempest.
  • Stealth detection abilities like Lee SinSquare Lee Sin's Sonic Wave Sonic Wave, RengarSquare Rengar's Thrill of the Hunt Thrill of the Hunt, or Twisted FateSquare Twisted Fate's Destiny Destiny can reveal Akali while she is inside her Twilight Shroud shroud, making her vulnerable.
  • Akali is considered a squishy champion. Fighter Champions, particularly Juggernauts (like MordekaiserSquare Mordekaiser, GarenSquare Garen, or DariusSquare Darius) and Divers like DianaSquare Diana and IreliaSquare Irelia can counter Akali thanks to their high damage and extensive toughness. Champions with high burst and reliable hard crowd control such as AnnieSquare Annie are also excellent counters, as they can kill Akali before she is able to take any action.

Akali's passive is used on her auto attacks. The first attack will give Akali back a percentage of her health. The second strike deals increased damage.