Blade of the Ruined King is a mythical item in League of Legends.[1]


Blade of the Ruined King item
Blade of the Ruined King
Gold 3400 (Gold 900)
Bilgewater Cutlass item
Gold 1500 (Gold 250)
Vampiric Scepter item
Gold 900 (Gold 550)
Recurve Bow item
Gold 1000 (Gold 400)
Dagger item
Gold 300
Dagger item
Gold 300

Cost Analysis*

Gold Value

Gold Efficiency*

  • Blade of the Ruined King item.png Blade of the Ruined King is 83.82% gold efficient without the active.
  • Blade of the Ruined King item.png Blade of the Ruined King can become gold efficient if the passive grants a minimum of 37 on-hit damage (This can be achieved if target current health is 462.5 or higher).

Similar Items


  • Champions who are highly dependent on basic attacks (Master Yi Master Yi, Kog'Maw Kog'Maw, Jax Jax, Teemo Teemo, Tristana Tristana, etc.) often build this item due to the attack speed, lifesteal, and the passive that helps boost their autoattacks. Champions with an attack speed steroid like Master Yi Master Yi, Quinn Quinn, Xin Zhao Xin Zhao, Nocturne Nocturne or champions with on-hit effects skills like Shyvana Shyvana, Warwick Warwick, Renekton Renekton, Yasuo Yasuo can synergize well with Blade of the Ruined King item.png Blade of the Ruined King, making better use of the passive.
    • Champions that autoattack and deal true damage also benefit from the passive on Blade of the Ruined King item.png Blade of the Ruined King, as the best counter to true damage is to build health, however, being able to constantly autoattack is still the foremost criteria. Prime examples are Olaf Olaf, Irelia Irelia or Master Yi Master Yi.
    • AD Casters can also consider picking this item up as a side item for extra damage and sustain vs HP targets, but only if they have abilities that directly synergize with auto attacks via applying on-hit effects (e.g. Renekton Renekton's Ruthless Predator.png Ruthless Predator, Jax Jax's Empower.png Empower and Wukong Wukong's Crushing Blow.png Crushing Blow).
  • Blade of the Ruined King item.png Blade of the Ruined King can be seen as a soft defensive item, as its active offers high utility. Depending on the situation, it can be used to lock down a target, evade skillshots, or most importantly, improve kiting.
  • This item is often built as a form of "anti-tank" item used to counter health-stacking champions (or champions that scale well in health) such as Shen Shen, Dr. Mundo Dr. Mundo, Volibear Volibear, Zac Zac, and Taric Taric.
  • Randuin's Omen item.png Randuin's Omen and Frozen Heart item.png Frozen Heart are strong counters to Blade of the Ruined King item.png Blade of the Ruined King, as both provide armor and an attack speed slow; in the former's case, it also provides health and the two actives mostly mitigate each other. The latter's case has more armor and also has its attack speed slow in the form of an aura.


  • The passive damage is not factored into critical strikes, as it is an on-hit effect.
  • The passive damage does, however, apply life steal.
  • Although Hextech Gunblade item.png Hextech Gunblade and Blade of the Ruined King item.png Blade of the Ruined King both have a Bilgewater Cutlass item.png Bilgewater Cutlass in their recipe, their item actives are considered distinct from one another and will not put each other on cooldown.
  • No actual movement speed is stolen. The active simultaneously slows the target by 25% and applies a 25% movement speed buff to the user that stacks additively with other percentage movement speed buffs.


  • Blade of the Ruined King item.png Blade of the Ruined King is named after Kalista Kalista's uncle, king of an unnamed realm who transformed the Blessed Isles into the undead-dwelling Shadow Isles after 'grief overcame his reason' and failed to resurrect his wife.
  • With the start of the preseason of Season 3 Madred's Bloodrazor item.png Madred's Bloodrazor was removed and was replaced by Blade of the Ruined King item.png Blade of the Ruined King.

Patch history

  • Bug Fix: No longer causes The Black Cleaver item.png The Black Cleaver to apply two stacks per basic attack.
  • Bug Fix: Fixed an interaction where energized attacks prevented some movement speed boosts, including Blade of the Ruined King's active and Warwick Warwick's Blood Hunt.png Blood Hunt.
  • Life steal reduced to 12% from 15%.
  • Combine cost increased to Gold 900 from Gold 800.
    • Total cost increased to Gold 3400 from Gold 3300.
  • Combine cost reduced to Gold 800 from Gold 900.
    • Total cost reduced to Gold 3300 from Gold 3400.
  • Attack damage increased to 40 from 25.
  • Attack speed reduced to 25% from 40%.
  • Life steal increased to 15% from 10%.
  • Active damage changed to 100 from 10% of target's maximum health.
  • Active damage type changed to magic from physical.
  • Removed: Active healing for 10% of target's maximum health.
  • On-hit minimum damage increased to 15 from 10.
  • Passive damage increased to 8% of target's current health from 6%.
  • Combine cost increased to Gold 900 from Gold 750.
  • Total cost unchanged.
  • Combine cost reduced to Gold 750 from Gold 1000
    • Total cost increased to Gold 3400 from Gold 3200
  • Passive's damage dealt reduced to 6% of current health from 8%.
  • Ranged increased to 550 from 450.
  • Life steal reduced to 10% from 15%.
  • On-hit damage increased to 8% of current health from 5%.
  • Active: Damage reduced to 10% maximum health from 15% maximum health.
  • Active: Movement speed steal reduced to 25% from 30%.
  • Active range reduced to 450 from 550.
  • Active cooldown increased to 90 seconds from 60.
  • Added to the Crystal Scar.
  • Active haste/slow duration reduced to 3 seconds from 4.
  • Combine cost increased to Gold 1000 from Gold 650.
    • Total cost increased to Gold 3200 from Gold 2850.
  • Attack damage reduced to 25 from 30.
  • Maximum damage dealt to minions and monsters reduced to 60 from 90.
  • Active heal amount is now reduced by the target's armor.
  • New recipe: Dagger item.png Dagger + Dagger item.png Dagger + Bilgewater Cutlass item.png Bilgewater Cutlass + Gold 650 = Gold 2850
  • Attack damage reduced to 30 from 45.
  • New Effect: 40% attack speed.
  • Life steal increased to 15% from 10%.
  • New Unique Passive: Deals 5% of the target's current health in bonus physical damage (max 90 damage vs. monsters and minions) on-hit.
  • New Unique Active: Deals 15% of target champion's maximum health as physical damage (min. 100), heals for the same amount, and steals 30% of the target's movement speed for 4 seconds (60 second cooldown).
  • Active range increased to 500 from 400.
  • Attack damage increased to 45 from 40.
  • Current health damage increased to 5% from 4%.
  • Cost increased to Gold 2900 from Gold 2825.
    • Combine cost reduced to Gold 975 from Gold 1000.
  • Passive damage type changed to physical from magical.
V1.0.0.150 Added
  • Recipe: Bilgewater Cutlass item.png Bilgewater Cutlass + Gold 1000 = Gold 2825
  • +40 attack damage
  • +10% life steal
  • Unique Passive: Your attacks deal 4% of the target's current health in magic damage and heals you for half the amount (120 max vs. minions).
  • Unique Active: Drains target champion, dealing 150 physical damage plus 50% of your attack damage and healing you by the same amount. Additionally, you steal 30% of their movement speed for 2 seconds.
    • 60 second cooldown.
    • 400 range.


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