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Area of Effect (or AoE) is a term used in many role-playing and strategy games to describe attacks or spells that can affect multiple targets within a specified area*. Spell vamp and the slow from Rylai's Crystal Scepter have reduced effects when used with AoE abilities.

Types of AoE

There exist champion abilities, summoner spells, and some items in the game that grant with varied Areas of Effect:

Chain

The term "chain AoE" refers to abilities that start their effect with a single target, but if there is another valid target within the range of the chain, the effect will jump to that target.

This type of ability usually bounces only a limited number of times and cannot hit the same target twice. There are, however, exceptions:

Some of the abilities of this type also have a decreased damage per bounce, like  Bouncing Blades Double Up, inversely, deals increased damage on the second (and last) target.

Cone

Cone AoE affects a conic area that starts at the feet of the caster. All valid targets in the cone receive the same damage.

Examples:

Ground targeted

With "ground targeted area of effect" ("GTAoE") abilities and spells, the player places a circle on the ground that will be the area of the effect. One carefully places this around the targets and clicks to start casting/channeling. All units that are in that area or remain in that area for channeled or over-time GTAoEs suffer the damage and/or effects.

Examples:

Line

Line-based AoE abilities are the most varied but have 1 thing in common: they only work between point A to point B.

Examples:

Point blank

Some AoE effects are cast or used without having to target someone or something; the caster is the anchor for the spell. The effect/damage radiates outward from the caster up to a given range, affecting all targets, or the first given number of targets, within the radius. These types of effects are referred to as "PBAoE", which stands for "point blank area of effect".

Some examples:

Single targeted (Splash)

This type requires at least 1 target to trigger, and the AoE is placed in an area around the target. The primary target is not always affected.

Examples:

Hybrid

Given the sheer amount of abilities, some are bound to include more than 1 type of AoE. This is where a "hybrid" classification comes into play.

Some examples:


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