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Gold efficiency is a term that compares an item's purchase price in the in-game shop to the amount of gold that item is actually worth, based on the stats it provides.

Calculating Gold Efficiency

There are several basic items in League of Legends that grant just one stat. These items are used as a baseline to determine the gold value of their respective stats. Whether or not an item is gold efficient can be determined by comparing the item's in-game purchase price to its theoretical price, which is the combined gold value of all the stats the item provides.

If the theoretical price of an item is greater than its purchase price in the shop, then that item is gold efficient by x gold, where x is the difference between theoretical price and purchase price.

If the theoretical price of an item is less than its purchase price in the shop, then that item is not gold efficient, but instead possesses a gold deficit of x gold, where x is the difference between theoretical price and purchase price.

For an item that is not gold efficient, the amount of gold its passive and/or active abilities must be worth in order to achieve gold efficiency is equal to its gold deficit.

Note that the gold values assigned to stats are not measures of those stats' effectiveness. These values are simply base prices for use in determining the theoretical prices of higher-tier items. The goal of this page is not to state which stats (or items) are the best; rather, it is to provide a more accurate valuation of items by taking into account not only an item's yield (stats and abilities), but also what a player must forfeit in order to enjoy that yield (gold spent in the shop).

An external tabular analysis of items' gold efficiencies can be found here.

Base Stat Prices

A stat's gold value is derived from the least expensive basic item that provides only that stat.

Champion Statistic Base Item Item Cost Stat Raised Gold / Stat Bonus
Attack Damage Long Sword 360g 10 AD 36
Ability Power Amplifying Tome 435g 20 AP 21.75
Armor Cloth Armor 300g 15 Armor 20
Magic Resistance Null-Magic Mantle 400g 20 MR 20
Health Ruby Crystal 400g 150 HP 2.66
Mana Sapphire Crystal 400g 200 MP 2
Health Regeneration Rejuvenation Bead 180g 5 Hp5 36
Mana Regeneration Faerie Charm 180g 3 Mp5 60
Strike Chance Brawler's Gloves 400g 8% CSC 50
Attack Speed Dagger 400g 12% AS 33.33
Movement Speed Boots of Speed 325g 25 MS 13

Cooldown reduction, life steal, and spell vamp are not found alone on any item, so their gold values are calculated using the least gold efficient, lowest-tier items available: Kindlegem has been quoted by a Rioter to be the item of which cooldown reduction's gold value has been derived from and Vampiric Scepter was the basic tier item for lifesteal, prior to patch V1.0.0.152. Hextech Revolver has been generally accepted to be a fair gold value for spell vamp.

Armor penetration, magic penetration, and percentage movement speed are not presented here.

Champion Statistic Base Item Item Cost Stat Raised Gold / Stat Bonus
Cooldown Reduction Kindlegem 850g 200 Health
10% CDR
2.66g / Health
31.67g / %CDR
Life Steal Vampiric Scepter 800g 10 AD
10% LS
36g / AD
44g / %LS
Spell Vamp Hextech Revolver 1200g 40 AP
+12% Spell Vamp
21.75g / AP
27.5g / %SV

Item Statistics

Basic Tier Items

Base Item Item Cost AD Value Gold / AD Long Sword Equivalence
Long Sword 360g 10 36 N/A
Pickaxe 875g 25 35 0.29% Greater Efficiency
B. F. Sword 1550g 45 34.44 0.45% Greater Efficiency

Base Item Item Cost AP Value Gold / AP Amplifying Tome Equivalence
Amplifying Tome 435g 20 21.75 N/A
Blasting Wand 860g 40 21.5 1.16% Greater Efficiency
Needlessly Large Rod 1600g 80 20 8.75% Greater Efficiency

Base Item Item Cost Armor Value Gold / Armor Cloth Armor Equivalence
Cloth Armor 300g 15 20 N/A
Chain Vest 720g 40 18 11.11% Greater Efficiency

Base Item Item Cost MR Value Gold / MR Null-Magic Mantle Equivalence
Null-Magic Mantle 400g 20 20 N/A
Negatron Cloak 720g 40 18 11.11% Greater Efficiency

Base Item Item Cost HP Value Gold / HP Ruby Crystal Equivalence
Ruby Crystal 475g 180 2.64 N/A
Giant's Belt 1000g 380 2.63 0.28% Greater Efficiency

Base Item Item Cost MP Value Gold / MP Sapphire Crystal Equivalence
Sapphire Crystal 400g 200 2 N/A

Base Item Item Cost Hp5 Value Gold / Hp5 Rejuvenation Bead Equivalence
Rejuvenation Bead 180g 5 36 N/A

Base Item Item Cost Mp5 Value Gold / Mp5 Faerie Charm Equivalence
Faerie Charm 180g 3 60 N/A

Base Item Item Cost CSC Value Gold / CSC Brawler's Gloves Equivalence
Brawler's Gloves 400g 8% 50 N/A
Cloak of Agility 730g 15% 48.666 2.74% Greater Efficiency

Base Item Item Cost AS Value Gold / % AS Dagger Equivalence
Dagger 400g 12% 33.333 N/A
Recurve Bow 900g 30% 30 10% Greater Efficiency

Doran's items are meant to be powerful early game, but lose effectiveness in the later stages of the game, as they do not build into the higher-tier items found in the late game. In terms of gold per statistics, however, these are among the most cost efficient items in the shop.

Doran's Blade provides 8 Attack Damage, 80 Health, and restores 3 Health per auto-attack for ranged champions and 5 for melee.

  • 8 AD * 36 gold per AD = 288g
  • 80 HP * 2.64 gold per HP = 211g
  • 3/5 Health per auto-attack = ??g

Using the Basic Item Statistics, a Doran's Blade is worth 499g excluding the passive, making it valued at 13.4% more than its cost of 440g; plus however much the passive is worth.

Doran's Ring provides 15 Ability Power, 60 Health, and recovers 4 Mana each time you get a kill.

  • 15 AP * 21.75 gold per AP = 326g
  • 60 HP * 2.64 gold per HP = 158g
  • 3 MP/5 * 60 gold per MP/5 = 180g
  • 4 MP per kill = ??g

Using the Basic Items Statistics, the actual value of a Doran's Ring is 664g excluding the passive, a value 66% greater than its cost of 400g; making it the most cost-efficient of the Doran's items.

Doran's Shield provides 100 Health, 10 Health Regeneration, and blocks 8 damage from Champion basic attacks.

  • 100 HP * 2.64 gold per HP = 264g
  • 10 Hp5 * 36 gold per Hp5 = 360g
  • Blocks 8 damage from Champion basic attacks == ??g

Using the Basic Items Statistics, the actual value of a Doran's Shield is 624g excluding the passive, a value 41.182% greater than its cost of 440g.

Gold-generating items are items that, while being moderately inefficient to start out, boost the gold income of the user independently of obtaining last hits, thus potentially allowing any of them to become gold efficient given enough time. Unlike the Doran's items, these items all have intermediate and legendary-tier upgrades.

Spellthief's Edge provides 10 Ability Power, 3 Mana Regeneration, 2 gold per 10 seconds and the unique passive Tribute, which grants 4 gold whenever the wielder uses a basic attack against an enemy champion.

  • 10 AP * 21.75 gold per AP = 217g
  • 3 Mp5 * 60 gold per Mp5 = 180g
  • 2 Gp10 = +2g every 10 seconds
  • Unique passive - Tribute: Basic attacks against champions grant 4 gold, up to once every 10 seconds per enemy. Killing a minion disables this passive for 10 seconds.

Using the Basic Items Statistics, the actual value of Spellthief's Edge is 397g plus 2 additional gold every ten seconds and 4 additional gold after attacking an enemy champion. This gives it a value 9% greater than its cost of 365g even without including its gold generating effects.

Ancient Coin provides 5 Health Regeneration, 3 Mana Regeneration and the unique passive Favor, which grants 2 gold whenever a nearby minion dies that the user did not kill.

  • 5 Hp5 * 36 gold per Hp5 = 180g
  • 3 Mp5 * 60 gold per Mp5 = 180g
  • Unique passive - Favor: Being near a minion death without dealing the killing blow grants 2 gold - 2 gold per minion death

Using the Basic Items Statistics, the actual value of Ancient Coin is 360g plus 2 gold for every minion death, meaning it needs 3 minion deaths to have a gold worth greater than its cost of 365g.

Relic Shield provides 50 Health, 6 Health Regeneration and the unique passive Spoils of War, which grants the user charges which cause melee attacks to execute minions under 200HP, lasthits to grant gold equal to the kill plus 5g to the user and a nearby allied champion, and heal a nearby allied champion for 2% of the user's maximum health.

  • 50 Health * 2.63 gold per HP = 132g
  • 6 Hp5 * 36 gold per Hp5 = 216g
  • Unique passive - Spoils of War: Melee autoattacks execute minions below 200 health. Killing a minion by any means heals the nearest allied champion for 2% of your maximum health and grants them (kill + 5) gold. These effects require a nearby allied champion and consume a charge. Recharges every 60 seconds. Max 2 charges - twice the gold reward for the minion killed

Using the Basic Items Statistics, the actual value of Relic Shield is 348g, meaning it needs at least 1 minion kill to become gold efficient at its cost of 365g.

Advanced Tier Items

Aegis of the Legion

  • 20 Armor
  • 200 Health
  • (20 Magic Resist)
  • (10 Health Regeneration)
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 1688g
    • Actual Cost: 1900g
  • Unique - Legion: Nearby allied Champions recieve 20 Magic Resistance, and 10 Hp5.
    • Each nearby ally increases the gold worth of this item by 760g due to the magic resistance and health regeneration bonuses of the aura.
    • Aegis of the Legion becomes gold efficient when at least one allied champion benefits from the aura.

Abyssal Scepter

  • 70 Ability Power
  • 45 Magic Resistance
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 2423g
    • Actual Cost: 2650g
  • Unique: Nearby enemy champions suffer -20 Magic Resistance.
    • Aura must be valued at 227g for Abyssal Scepter to be as gold efficient as Basic Items Statistics.

Avarice Blade

  • 10% Critical Strike Chance
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 500g
    • Actual Cost: 800g
  • Unique - Avarice: Gain +3 gold per ten seconds.
  • Unique - Greed: Gain +2 gold every kill.
    • Avarice will make the item as gold efficient as its Basic Item Statistics after 16.7 minutes.
    • Every 3 kills will reduce the time-to-gold-efficiency by 20 seconds, due to the passive, Greed.

The Brutalizer

  • 25 Attack Damage
  • Unique: 10% Cooldown Reduction
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 1222g
    • Actual Cost: 1337g
  • Unique: +10 Armor Penetration
  • The Brutalizer's 10 flat armor penetration must be valued at 115g for this item to be gold efficient.

Catalyst the Protector

  • 200 Health
  • 300 Mana
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 1128g
    • Actual Cost: 1200g
  • Unique Passive - Valor's Reward: On leveling up, restores 150 Health and 200 Mana over 8 seconds.
  • The passive of Catalyst the Protector must be valued at 72g for it to be gold efficient.
    • If the passive health and mana gain are valued at the cost of Health and Mana, respectively, each level-up is valued at 796g, making this item gold-efficient during the laning phase after a single level-up.

Chalice of Harmony

  • 7 Mana Regeneration
  • 25 Magic Resistance
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 920g
    • Actual Cost: 880g
  • Unique Passive - Mana Font: Increases your Mana Regeneration by 1% for every 1% of mana you are missing.
  • Chalice of Harmony has greater gold efficiency than its Basic Item counterparts even without its Passive.

Fiendish Codex

  • 30 Ability Power
  • Unique: +10% Cooldown Reduction
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 975g
    • Actual Cost: 820g
    • Fiendish Codex is more gold efficient than its Basic Item counterparts.

Frostfang

  • 20 Ability Power
  • 7 Mana Regeneration
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 855g
    • Actual Cost: 850g
  • 4 Gold per 10 seconds
  • Unique - Tribute: Spells and basic attacks against champions grant 8 gold, up to once every 10 seconds per enemy. Killing a minion disables this passive for 10 seconds.
  • Unique - Gold Income: You may only be in possession of 1 Gold Income item.
    • Frostfang is more gold efficient than its Basic Item counterparts even without factoring in its gold generating passives.

Frozen Mallet

  • 30 Attack Damage
  • 700 Health
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 2927g
    • Actual Cost: 3300g
  • Unique - Icy: Your basic attacks slow your target's Movement Speed by 40% for 1.5 seconds (30% slow for ranged attacks).
    • The slow passive of Frozen Mallet must be valued at 373g for it to be cost efficient.
    • Frozen Mallet is NOT gold efficient if used solely as a source of Health.

Glacial Shroud

  • 45 Armor
  • 300 Mana
  • Unique Passive: 10% Cooldown Reduction
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 1822g
    • Actual Cost: 1500g
    • Glacial Shroud is a gold efficient Advanced Tier item.

Guardian Angel

  • 50 Armor
  • 40 Magic Resistance
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 1800g
    • Actual Cost: 2750g
  • Unique: Revives your champion upon death, restoring 30% of your maximum health and mana.
  • The revive passive must be valued at 950g for Guardian Angel to be gold efficient.

Guinsoo's Rageblade
(Unstacked)

  • 40 Ability Power
  • 30 Attack Damage
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 1950g

(Fully Stacked)

  • 40 Ability Power (+32 Ability Power)
  • 30 Attack Damage
  • (32% Attack Speed)
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 3712.4g
    • Actual Cost: 2600g
  • Passive: On cast or hit, you gain 4 Ability Power and 4% Attack Speed for 5 seconds, stacking up to 8 times.
    • One stack of this passive is valued at 220.3g.
  • Unique Passive: Falling below 50% health grants you 20% Attack Speed, 10% Life Steal and 10% Spell Vamp until you exit combat.
    • ​When this passive is active, its added valued at 1381.7g.
    • Guinsoo's Rageblade is a gold efficient item at 3 or more stacks, or if the unique passive is enabled.
      • With full stacks and when below 50% health, this item is valued at 5094.3g.

Haunting Guise

  • 25 Ability Power
  • 200 Health
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 1072g
    • Actual Cost: 1485g
  • Unique - Eyes of Pain: +15 Magic Penetration
    • Pairing this with other sources of flat Magic Penetration will increase its effect in the early to mid-game, but high late-game magic resistances will sharply decrease the value of this statistic.
    • Passive must be valued at 413g for Haunting Guise to be cost efficient.

Hexdrinker

  • 25 Attack Damage
  • 25 Magic Resist
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 1400g
    • Actual Cost: 1350g
  • Unique - Lifeline: If you would take damage which would leave you at less than 30% of your maximum Health, you gain a shield which absorbs up to 250 magic damage for 5 seconds.
    • Hexdrinker is gold efficient even without its passive.

Hextech Revolver

  • 40 Ability Power
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 870g
    • Actual Cost: 1200g
  • Unique: 12% Spell Vamp
    • "Area of Effect" and "Damage over Time" spells will reduce the effect of Spell Vamp by 66%, effectively reducing the 12% Spell Vamp to 4% Spell Vamp.
    • The Passive Spell Vamp must be worth 330g for the item to be gold efficient.
      • 27.5g (330g / 12%) is used as the base "gold per %" for Spell Vamp.

Infinity Edge

  • 70 Attack Damage
  • 25% Critical Strike Chance
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 3770g
    • Actual Cost: 3800g
  • Unique Passive: +50% Critical Strike Damage
    • Infinity Edge's passive must be worth at least 30g for it to be gold efficient.

Kindlegem

  • 200 Health
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 528g
    • Actual Cost: 850g
  • Unique Passive: 10% Cooldown Reduction
    • Kindlegem's 10% Cooldown Reduction must be worth 322g for the item to be gold efficient.
      • 32.2g (322g / 10%) is used as the base "gold per %" for Cooldown Reduction.

Last Whisper

  • 40 Attack Damage
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 1440g
    • Actual Cost: 2300g
  • Unique Passive: 35% Armor Penetration
    • Percent Armor Penetration is most valuble late-game, where 35% of even lightly armored champions will lose a significant amount of protection.
    • For Last Whisper to be cost efficient, the passive must be worth 860g.

Madred's Razors

  • 20 Armor
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 400g
    • Actual Cost: 700g
  • Unique - Maim: Basic attacks against monsters deal 60 bonus magic damage and restore 3 health.

Mejai's Soulstealer
(Unstacked)

  • 20 Ability Power
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 435g

(Fully Stacked)

  • 180 Ability Power
  • 15% Cooldown Reduction
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 4398g
    • Actual Cost: 1235g
  • Unique Passive: Your champion gains 8 Ability Power per stack, gaining 2 stacks for a kill or 1 stack for an assist. This effect can stack up to 20 times; you lose a third of your stacks upon death. At 20 stacks, your champion receives 15% Cooldown Reduction.
    • Each stack is worth 174g.
    • For Mejai's Soulstealer to be cost efficient, it requires at least 5 stacks.

Nomad's Medallion

  • 8 Health Regeneration
  • 11 Mana Regeneration
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 948g
    • Actual Cost: 850g
  • 2 Gold per 10 seconds
  • Unique - Favor: Being near a minion death without granting the killing blow grants 4 gold.
  • Unique - Gold Income: You may only be in possession of 1 Gold Income item.
    • Nomad's Medallion is a gold efficient item even without factoring in its gold-generating passives.

Phage

  • 20 Attack Damage
  • 200 Health
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 1248g
    • Actual Cost: 1325g
  • UNIQUE Passive - Rage: Basic attacks grant 20 Movement Speed for 2 seconds. Kills grant 60 Movement Speed instead. This Movement Speed bonus is halved for ranged champions.
    • The Rage passive of  Phage must be valued at 77g for it to be gold efficient.

Quicksilver Sash

  • 45 Magic Resistance
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 900g
    • Actual Cost: 1550g
  • Unique - Quicksilver: Remove all debuffs from your champion.

Rabadon's Deathcap

  • 120 Ability Power
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 2610g
    • Actual Cost: 3300g
  • Unique: +30% Ability Power
    • Alone, the Passive raises the Ability Power from 120 to 156, resulting in a Calculated Cost of 3393g.
    • Rabadon's Deathcap is a cost efficient item even as the only source of Ability Power.

Runaan's Hurricane

  • 70% Attack Speed
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 2333g
    • Actual Cost: 2400g
  • Unique (Ranged only): Your basic attacks fire minor bolts at 2 nearby targets, each dealing 10 + 50% of your attack damage and applying on-hit effects.

Rylai's Crystal Scepter

  • 80 Ability Power
  • 500 Health
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 3060g
    • Actual Cost: 2900g
  • Unique: Your spell damage will slow the target by 35% for 1.5 seconds (15% for multi-target spells, damage-over-time spells and spells with a cooldown below 3 seconds).
    • This is a gold efficient item even without the passive slow.

Seeker's Armguard
(Unstacked)

  • 30 Armor
  • 25 Ability Power
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 1144g

(Fully stacked)

  • 45 Armor
  • 40 Ability Power
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 1770g
    • Actual Cost: 1160g
  • Unique: Kills grant 0.5 bonus armor and ability power. This bonus stacks up to 30 times.
    • This item will become cost efficient upon obtaining one stack.

Sheen

  • 25 Ability Power
  • 200 Mana
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 944g
    • Actual Cost: 1260g
  • Unique - Spellblade: On cast, your next standard attack deals additional physical damage equal to to 100% of your base attack damage.
    • Passive must be valued at 316g for Sheen to be gold efficient.
    • 316g is the equivalent of 7.9 Attack Damage.

Sightstone

  • 180 Health
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 475g
    • Actual Cost: 950g
  • Unique - Ghost Ward: Consumes a charge to place a Ghost Ward.
    • Assuming each ward is allowed its maximum duration of three minutes, this item becomes gold efficient after 7 wards have been placed.
    • This item is NOT cost efficient without the use of its active.

Spectre's Cowl

  • 200 Health
  • 45 Magic Resistance
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 1428g
    • Actual Cost: 1400g
  • Unique Passive: grants +15 health regen per 5 seconds for up to 10 seconds after taking damage from an enemy champion.
    • This passive grants gold's worth in Health Regeneration equal to 360g while active.
    • Spectre's Cowl is more gold efficient than its Basic Item counterparts even without its passive.

Spirit Stone

  • 14 Health Regeneration
  • 7 Mana Regeneration
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 924g
    • Actual Cost: 700g
  • Unique - Butcher: Damage dealt to monsters increased by 20%.
  • Unique - Rend: Basic attacks deal 10 bonus magic damage to monsters and restore 3 health.
    • Spirit Stone has greater gold efficiency than its Basic Item counterparts, even without its passives.

Stinger

  • 40% Attack Speed
  • Unique Passive: 10% Cooldown Reduction
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 1657g
    • Actual Cost: 1250g
    • Stinger has greater gold efficiency than its Basic Item counterparts.

Sunfire Cape

  • 45 Armor
  • 450 Health
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 2088g
    • Actual Cost: 2650g
  • Unique Passive: Deals 40 magic damage per second to nearby enemies.
    • The Passive must be valued at 562g for Sunfire Cape to be considered gold efficient.
    • Sunfire Cape is NOT gold efficient if the user dies without entering the Passive's range.

Sword of the Divine

  • 45% Attack Speed
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 1500g
    • Actual Cost: 2200g
  • Passive: This item does not grant any attack speed while on cooldown. Champion kills reduce the current cooldown by 50%.
  • Active: You gain 100% attack speed and 100% critical strike for 3 seconds or 3 critical strikes.

Sword of the Occult
(Unstacked)

  • 10 Attack Damage
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 360g

(Fully Stacked)

  • 110 Attack Damage
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 3960g
    • Actual Cost: 1200g
  • Unique Passive: Your champion gains 5 Attack Damage per stack, gaining 2 stacks for a kill or 1 stack for an assist. This effect can stack up to 20 times; you lose a third of your stacks upon death. At 20 stacks, your champion receives 15% Movement Speed.

Targon's Brace

  • 175 Health
  • 12 Health Regeneration
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 894g
    • Actual Cost: 850g
  • Unique - Spoils of War: Melee autoattacks execute minions below 200 health. Killing a minion by any means heals the nearest allied champion for 2% of your maximum health and grants them (kill + 10) gold. These effects require a nearby allied champion and consume a charge. Recharges every 30 seconds. Max 4 charges.
  • Unique - Gold Income: You may only be in possession of 1 Gold Income item.
    • Targon's Brace is a gold efficient item even without factoring in its gold generating passives.

Tear of the Goddess
(Unstacked)

  • 250 Mana
  • 7 Mana Regeneration
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 920g

(Fully Stacked)

  • 1000 Mana
  • 7 Mana Regeneration
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 2420g
    • Actual Cost: 700g
  • Unique - Mana Charge: Each time you use an ability, your maximum mana increases by 4. Bonus caps at +750 mana.

Thornmail

  • 100 Armor
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 2000g
    • Actual Cost: 2200g
  • Unique Passive: On being hit by basic attacks, returns 30% of damage before any reductions such as magic damage. At least 15 damage must be recieved.
    • For Thornmail to be as cost efficient as its Basic Item Statistics, the Passive must be valued at 200g.

Tiamat

  • 40 Attack Damage
  • 15 Health Regeneration
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 1980g
    • Actual Cost: 1900g
  • Unique - Cleave (Melee only): Your attacks deal physical damage up to 60% of your Attack Damage to units around your target, decaying down to 20% near the edge.
  • Unique - Crescent (Melee only): Deals physical damage up to 100% of your Attack Damage to units around you, decaying down to 60% near the edge.
    • Tiamat's passive and active must be worth at least 20g for it to be gold efficient.

Vampiric Scepter

  • 10 Attack Damage
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 360g
    • Actual Cost: 800g
  • 10% Life Steal
    • Vampiric Scepter's 10% Life Steal must be worth 440g for the item to be gold efficient.
      • 44g (440g / 10%) is used as the base "gold per %" for Life Steal.

Void Staff

  • 70 Ability Power
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 1523g
    • Actual Cost: 2295g
  • Unique: 35% Magic Penetration
    • Because many champions do not have naturally scaling magic resistance, Void Staff's value is highly dependent on the opposing team's Magic Resist item composition.
    • For Void Staff to be cost efficient, the passive must be worth 1042g.

Warden's Mail

  • 50 Armor
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 1000g
    • Actual Cost: 1000g
  • Unique - Cold Steel: If you are hit by a basic attack, you slow the atacker's attack speed by 15% for 1 second.

Warmog's Armor

  • 1000 Health
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 2639g
    • Actual Cost: 2830g
  • Unique: You gain Health Regeneration equal to 1.5% of your maximum health.
    • The passive must provide 191g worth of health regeneration to be cost efficient.
    • A maximum health of only 354 hitpoints equates to a value, from the Hp5 passive, of 191g, making the value of the item 2830.05g.
    • Warmog's Armor is as gold efficient as its Basic Item counterparts.

Wit's End
(Unstacked)

  • 42% Attack Speed
  • 25 Magic Resistance
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 1900g

(Fully Stacked)

  • 42% Attack Speed
  • 50 Magic Resistance
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 2400g
    • Actual Cost: 2400g
  • Unique: Your basic attacks deal 42 bonus magic damage.
  • Unique: Your basic attacks increase your Magic Resistance by 5 for 5 seconds (up to five stacks).
    • With 42 bonus magic damage added to every attack, this item gains value as you steal the opponent's magic resist.
    • At no stacks, Wit's End is gold effective when its magic damage passive is worth 500g.

Zeal

  • 18% Attack Speed
  • 10% Critical Strike Chance
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 1100g
    • Actual Cost: 1175g
  • +5% Movement Speed
    • For Zeal to be as gold efficient as its Basic Item counterparts, its Movement Speed bonus must be valued at 75g.
    • The user of this item need 115 movement speed in order to make the item cost efficient.
      • Hence, this item is worth 1311 gold even this is the only source of movement speed on a champion that have 325 (lowest) base movement speed.

Legendary Tier Items

Archangel's Staff

  • 250 Mana
  • 10 Mana Regeneration
  • 60 Ability Power
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 2468g
    • Actual Cost: 2700g
  • Passive: Grants Ability Power equal to 3% of your maximum mana.
  • Unique - Mana Charge: Each time you cast a spell of spend mana, you gain 6 maximum mana (3 second cooldown). Bonus caps at + 750 bonus mana.
    • Archangel's Staff become cost efficient once at least 148 bonus mana has been obtained.
    • When fully stacked, this item upgrades into Seraph's Embrace. See this item's entry for further details.

Athene's Unholy Grail

  • 60 Ability Power
  • 40 Magic Resistance
  • 15 Mana Regeneration
  • Unique Passive: 20% Cooldown Reduction
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 3645g
    • Actual Cost: 2600g
  • Unique Passive: Restores 12% of your maximum mana on kill or assist.
  • Unique Passive: Increases your Mana Regeneration by 1% for every 1% of mana you are missing.
    • Athene's Unholy Grail has much greater gold per statistic efficiency than its Basic Item counterparts, even without its mana restoring Passives.

Atma's Impaler

  • 45 Armor
  • 15% Critical Strike Chance
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 1650g
    • Actual Cost: 2300g
  • Unique Passive: You gain Attack Damage equal to 1.5% of your maximum health.
    • Atma's Impaler becomes cost efficient immediately if the Avarice Blade it is upgraded from remains in the inventory for at least 36 minutes. Every nine kills made while Avarice Blade is present reduces this time by one minute.
    • Setting aside the gold gained from Avarice Blade, Atma's Impaler is gold efficient once its user has 1204 or more max health.)

Banner of Command

  • 80 Ability Power
  • 20% Cooldown Reduction
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 2384g
    • Actual Cost: 2400g
  • Unique Aura - Valor: Nearby allied minions have 15% increased attack damage and ability power.
  • Unique - Promote: Transforms a nearby siege minion to a more powerful unit. You gain all the gold this unit earns. 180 second cooldown.
    • Banner of Command's aura and Promote active must be worth at least 16g for the item to be gold efficient. Kills made by a Promoted siege minion will reduce this value.
    • This item is NOT cost efficient if no allied minions are within range of the aura and its active has not been used at least once.

Banshee's Veil

  • 450 Health
  • 55 Magic Resistance
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 2288g
    • Actual Cost: 2750g
  • Unique Passive: Gain a spell shield that blocks the next incoming enemy ability. This shield refreshes if you haven't taken damage from champions in 25 seconds.
  • Unique Passive: Grants 45 health regen for 10 seconds after taking damage from an enemy champion
    • Banshee's Veil is gold efficient when its healing buff is active. Otherwise, the spell shield passive must be worth 462g to be gold efficient.

Bilgewater Cutlass

  • 25 Attack Damage
  • 12% Life Steal
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 1428g
    • Actual Cost: 1400g
  • Unique Active: Deals 100 magic damage and slows the target champion by 25% for 2 seconds (450 range). 90 second cooldown.

The Black Cleaver

  • 200 Health
  • 50 Attack Damage
  • 10% Cooldown Reduction
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 2650g
    • Actual Cost: 3000g
  • Unique Passive: +10 armor penetration
  • Unique Passive: Dealing physical damage to an enemy champion reduces their armor by 5% for 4 seconds. This effect stacks up to 5 times.
    • The two passives on The Black Cleaver must be worth at least 350g for this item to be cost efficient.

The Bloodthirster
(Unstacked)

  • 70 Attack Damage
  • 12% Life Steal
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 3048g

(Fully Stacked)

  • 100 Attack Damage
  • 18% Life Steal
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 4392g
    • Actual Cost: 3200g
  • Passive: Gain 1 stack per kill, up to a maximum of 30. Each stack grants +1 Attack damage and +0.2% Life steal (max +30 attack damage and +6% life steal). Half of the current stacks are lost upon death.

Deathfire Grasp

  • 120 Ability Power
  • Unique Passive: 10% Cooldown Reduction
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 2932g
    • Actual Cost: 3100g
  • Unique Active: Deals 15% of target champion's maximum health in magic damage and applies the debuff, Doom. Doom amplifies all magic damage that champion takes by 20% for 4 seconds.
    • Deathfire Grasp's Active must be worth 168g for the item to be as gold efficient as its Basic Item counterparts.
    • Deathfire Grasp is NOT gold efficient without the use of its Active.

Executioner's Calling

  • 25 Attack Damage
  • 20% Critical Stike Chance
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 1900g
    • Actual Cost: 1900g
  • Unique Passive: Your basic attacks inflict Grievous Wounds on enemy champion for 1.5 seconds. (Grievous Wounds reduce healing and regeneration by 50%.)

Face of the Mountain

  • 375 Health
  • 25 Health Regeneration
  • 10% Cooldown Reduction
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 2212g
    • Actual Cost: 2000g
  • Unique - Spoils of War: Melee autoattacks execute minions below 200 health. Killing a minion by any means heals the nearest allied champion for 2% of your maximum health and grants them (kill + 10) gold. These effects require a nearby allied champion and consume a charge. Recharges every 30 seconds. Max 4 charges.

Unique - Gold Income: You may only be in possession of 1 Gold Income item.

  • Unique Active - Deadly Phalanx: Consumes 20% of your current health to shield target ally for 10% of your maximum health for 4 seconds. After 4 seconds, an explosion originates from the target dealing 10% of your maximum health as magic damage in an area. 60 second cooldown.

Frost Queen's Claim

  • 50 Ability Power
  • 10 Mana Regeneration
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 1688g
    • Actual Cost: 1915g
  • Unique - Tribute: Basic attacks and abilities against champions grant 8 gold, up to once every 10 seconds per enemy. Killing a minion disables this passive for 10 seconds.
  • Unique - Gold Income: You may only be in possession of 1 Gold Income item.
  • Unique Active - Arctic Embrace: You deal 50 magic damage to the target enemy and all surrounding enemies, also slowing them by 50% for 2 seconds. 60 second cooldown.
    • Frost Queen's Claim's active must have a value of 227g for the item to be gold efficient. Alternately, the item must be held for 569 seconds (9 minutes 29 seconds), including time spent holding Frostfang. Each proc of Tribute decreases the time by 20 seconds. For each 2 seconds Spellthief's Edge has been held, the time is decreased by 1 second. Each proc of Tribute on Spellthief's Edge decreases the time by 10 seconds.

Frozen Heart

  • 95 Armor
  • 400 Mana
  • 20% Cooldown Reduction
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 3344g
    • Actual Cost: 2900g
  • Unique Passive: Reduces the attack speed of nearby enemies by 20%. (700 range)
    • Even without its aura, Frozen Heart is more cost efficient than its Basic Item counterparts.

Iceborn Gauntlet

  • 30 Ability Power
  • 70 Armor
  • 500 Mana
  • 10% Cooldown Reduction
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 3375g
    • Actual Cost: 3250g
  • Unique - Spellblade: After using an ability, your next basic attack deals bonus physical damage equal to 125% of your base attack damage to surrounding enemies and creates a field for 2 seconds that slows enemies inside by 35% (2 second cooldown).
  • Iceborn Gauntlet is more cost efficient than its Basic Item counterparts even without its Spellblade passive.

Liandry's Torment

  • 50 Ability Power
  • 300 Health
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 2240g
    • Actual Cost: 3000g
  • Unique - Eyes of Pain: +15 magic penetration
  • Unique Passive: Dealing spell damage burns enemies for 2% of their current Health as Magic damage over 3 seconds. If their movement is impaired, they take double damage from this effect and capped at 100 damage per second vs. monsters.
    • In order for Liandry's Torment to be cost efficient, its passives must be worth 1020g.

Lich Bane

  • 80 Ability Power
  • 250 Mana
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 2240g
    • Actual Cost: 3000g
  • 5% Movement Speed
  • Unique Passive: On cast, your next autoattack will deal bonus magical damage equal to 50 + 75% of your ability power (2 second cooldown).
    • For Lich Bane to be gold efficient, its Movement Speed bonus and Unique Passive must be worth 760g.

Manamune

  • 20 Attack Damage
  • 250 Mana
  • 7 Mana Regeneration
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 1820g
    • Actual Cost: 2100g
  • Unique - Awe: 2% of your maximum mana is converted to attack damage.
  • Unique - Mana Charge: Each time you attack, cast a spell or spend mana, your maximum mana increases by 4 (3 second cooldown). Bonus caps at +750 bonus mana.
    • Factoring in champions' base mana levels, Manamune is gold efficient at five or more stacks.
    • When fully stacked, this item upgrades into Muramana. See this item's entry for further details.

Maw of Malmortius

  • 60 Attack Damage (+35 Attack Damage at or below 30% Health)
  • 40 Magic Resistance
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 2960g (4220g at 30% Health)
    • Actual Cost: 3200g
  • Unique Passive: Gain 1 attack damage for every 2.5% health missing capped at 35 attack damage.
  • Unique Passive: If you would take damage which would leave you at less than 30% of your maximum Health, you gain a shield which absorbs up to 400 magic damage for 5 seconds (90 second cooldown).
    • Maw of Malmortius's passive and active must be worth at least 240g for it to be gold efficient.
    • Alternatively, {ii|Maw of Malmortius}} is gold efficient when its user at at 86% health or lower.

Mercurial Scimitar

  • 60 Attack Damage
  • 45 Magic Resistance
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 3060g
    • Actual Cost: 3700g
  • Unique Active – Quicksilver: Removes all debuffs from your champion. Melee champions also gain +50% movement speed for 1 second. 90 second cooldown.
    • The active effect of Mercurial Scimitar must be worth 640g for the item to be gold efficient.

Mikael's Crucible

  • 40 Magic Resist
  • 12 Mana Regeneration
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 1520g
    • Actual Cost: 1600g
  • Unique - Mana Font: Increases your Mana Regen by 1% per 1% Mana you are missing.
  • Unique Active: Removes all stuns, roots, taunts, fears, silences and slows on an allied champion and heals them for 150 + 10% of their maximum health. (180 second cooldown)
    • The passive and active of Mikael's Crucible must be valued at 80g for this item to be gold efficient.

Morellonomicon

  • 75 Ability Power
  • 12 Mana Regeneration
  • 20% Cooldown Reduction
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 2995g
    • Actual Cost: 2200g
  • Unique Passive: Dealing magic damage to an enemy champion below 40% health inflicts Grevious Wounds to them for 4 seconds.
    • Morellonomicon has more gold efficient than its Basic Item counterparts even without its passive.

Nashor's Tooth

  • 60 Ability Power
  • 50% Attack Speed
  • Unique Passive: 20% Cooldown Reduction
  • Unique Passive: Basic attacks deal 15 (+15% AP) bonus magic damage on hit
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 3616g
    • Actual Cost: 2920g
    • Nashor's Tooth is gold efficient even without its passive.

Ohmwrecker

  • 350 Health
  • 50 Ability Power
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 2011g
    • Actual Cost: 2000g
  • Unique Active: Prevents the closest enemy tower from attacking for 2.5 seconds. This effect cannot be used against the same tower more than once every 7.5 seconds. (120 second cooldown)
    • Ohmwrecker is gold efficient even without its active.

Phantom Dancer

  • 50% Attack Speed
  • 30% Critical Strike Chance
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 3167g
    • Actual Cost: 2800g
  • 5% Movement Speed
  • Unique Passive: Your champion ignores unit collision.
    • Phantom Dancer has much greater gold efficiency than its Basic Item counterparts, even without considering its movement speed bonus or passive effect.

Randuin's Omen

  • 70 Armor
  • 500 Health
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 2719g
    • Actual Cost: 3000g
  • Unique - Cold Steel: If you are hit by a basic attack, you slow the attacker's attack speed by 15% and their movement speed by 10% for 1 second.
  • Unique Active: Slows the movement speed of nearby enemy units by 35% for 2 (+ 0.5% total armor) (+ 0.5% total magic resistance) seconds. 60 second cooldown (500 Range).
    • The passive and active effects of Randuin's Omen must be worth 281g for the item to be gold efficient.

Ravenous Hydra

  • 75 Attack Damage
  • 15 Health Regeneration
  • 12% Lifesteal
  • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 3768g
  • Actual Cost: 3300g
  • Unique Passive: Damage dealt by this item works with lifesteal.
  • Unique Passive - Cleave: Your attacks deal up to 60% of your Attack Damage to units around your target as physical damage, decaying down to 20% near the edge.
  • Unique Active - Crescent: Deals up to 100% of your Attack Damage to units around you as physical damage, decaying down to 60% near the edge. (10 second cooldown)
    • Ravenous Hydra is a gold efficient item even without the use of its passive or active effects.

Rod of Ages
(Unstacked)

  • 60 Ability Power
  • 450 Health
  • 450 Mana
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 3393g

(Fully Stacked)

  • 80 Ability Power
  • 650 Health
  • 650 Mana
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 4755g
    • Actual Cost: 2800g
  • Passive: This item gains 20 health, 20 mana and 2 ability power every minute, up to 10 times.
  • Unique Passive – Valor's Reward: On leveling up, restores 150 health and 200 mana over 8 seconds.
    • Rod of Ages is gold efficient even without its passives.
      • However, it is NOT gold efficient on a manaless champion.

Ruby Sightstone

  • 360 Health
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 950g
    • Actual Cost: 1550g
  • Unique - Ghost Ward: Consumes a charge to place a Ghost Ward.
    • Assuming each ward is allowed its maximum duration of three minutes, this item becomes cost efficient after 8 wards have been placed. Each ward spawned with the Sightstone it was upgraded from reduces this value by one.
    • This item is NOT cost efficient without the use of its active.

Spirit of the Ancient Golem

  • 350 Health
  • 14 Health Regeneration
  • 7 Mana Regeneration
  • 10% Cooldown Reduction
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 2169g
    • Actual Cost: 2000g
  • Unique - Butcher: Damage dealt to neutral monsters increased by 30%.
  • Unique - Tenacity: The duration of stuns, slows, taunts, fears, silences, blinds and immobilizes are reduced by 35%.
  • Unique Passive: You generate Conservation stacks every 1.5 seconds, up to 80. Killing a large monster will consume up to 40 stacks and grant 1 bonus gold per stack consumed.

Spirit of the Elder Lizard

  • 30 Attack Damage
  • 14 Health Regeneration
  • 7 Mana Regeneration
  • 10% Cooldown Reduction
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 2326g
    • Actual Cost: 2000g
  • Unique - Butcher: Damage dealt to neutral monsters increased by 30%.
  • Unique - Incinerate: Physical damage burns the target for 16-50 (based on level) true damage over 3 seconds.

Unique Passive - Bounty Hunter: Scoring a kill or assist on a champion or epic monster will grant 40 bonus gold. Additionally, killing large monsters will yield 10 bonus gold.

Spirit of the Spectral Wraith

  • 50 Ability Power
  • 7 Mana Regeneration
  • 14 Health Regeneration
  • 10% Cooldown Reduction
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 2334g
    • Actual Cost: 2000g
  • Unique - Butcher: Damage dealt to neutral monsters increased by 30%.
  • Unique Passive: You restore health and mana equal to 8% of your damage dealt to neutral monsters (halved for area of effect spells).
  • Unique Passive - Bounty Hunter: Scoring a kill or assist on a champion or epic monster will grant 40 bonus gold. Additionally, killing large monsters will yield 10 bonus gold.

Spirit Visage

  • 400 Health
  • 55 Magic Resistance
  • 20% Cooldown Reduction
  • 20 Health Regeneration
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 3664g
    • Actual Cost: 2750g
  • Unique: Increase your healing, regeneration and drain effects on yourself by 20%.

Statikk Shiv

  • 40% Attack Speed
  • 20% Critical Strike Chance
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 2333g
    • Actual Cost: 2500g
  • 6% Movement Speed
  • Unique: Moving and attacking build Static Charges. At 100 charges, your next attack expends the Charge to deal 100 Magic damage to up to 4 targets. This damage can critically strike.
    • Statikk Shiv becomes cost efficient immediately if the Avarice Blade it is upgraded from remains in the inventory for at least 9.3 minutes. Every nine kills made with Avarice Blade present reduces this cooldown by one minute.
    • Setting aside the gold gained from an Avarice Blade, the movement speed boost and lightning proc effect on Statikk Shiv must be worth at least 167g together for the item to be cost efficient.

Talisman of Ascension

  • 10 Health Regeneration
  • 15 Mana Regeneration
  • 20% Cooldown Reduction
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 1904g
    • Actual Cost: 2000g
  • 2 Gold per 10 seconds
  • Unique - Favor: Being near a minion death without granting the killing blow grants 4 gold.
  • Unique - Gold Income: You may only be in possession of 1 Gold Income item.
  • Unique: Grants nearby allies 40% movement speed for 3 seconds. 60 second cooldown. 600 range.

Trinity Force

  • 30 Ability Power
  • 30 Attack Damage
  • 30% Attack Speed
  • 10% Critical Strike Chance
  • 250 Health
  • 200 Mana
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 4292g
    • Actual Cost: 3703g
  • 8% Movement Speed
  • Unique - Rage: basic attacks grant 20 movement speed for 2 seconds on hit. Minion, monster, and champion kills grant 60 movement speed for 2 seconds.
  • Unique - Spellblade: After using an ability, your next basic attack deals bonus damage equal to 200% of your base attack damage as physical damage. (2 second cooldown)
    • Even without factoring in the movement speed, Rage passive, and Spellblade passive, Trinity Force is more gold efficient than its Basic Item counterparts.

Twin Shadows

  • 50 Ability Power
  • 40 Magic Resistance
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 1888g
    • Actual Cost: 2000g
  • 6% Movement Speed
  • Unique - Hunt: Summons 2 invulnerable ghosts for 6 seconds to seek the two nearest enemy champions. If they touch an enemy champion, they slow their movement speed by 40% and reveal them for 2.5 seconds. (120 second cooldown)
    • In order for Twin Shadows to be gold efficient, its movement speed bonus and Hunt active must be worth at least 112g.

Will of the Ancients

  • 10 Mana Regeneration
  • 10% Cooldown Reduction
  • 50 Ability Power
  • 20% Spell Vamp
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 2560g
    • Actual Cost: 2000g
    • "Area of Effect" and "Damage over Time" spells will reduce the effect of spell vamp by 66%, effectively reducing the 20% spell Vamp to 6.7% spell vamp.
    • Will of the Ancients is a gold efficient item, even after factoring in the reduced spell vamp ratio for area of effect spells.

Wriggle's Lantern

  • 20 Armor
  • 25% Attack Speed
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 1233g
    • Actual Cost: 1800g
  • Unique - Maim: Basic attacks against monsters deal 100 bonus magic damage and restore 10 health.
  • Unique Passive: Gain 40% increased gold from monsters.
  • Unique Active: Places a Stealth Ward at target location. (3 minute cooldown, 600 cast range)
    • Wriggle's Lantern's Maim passive must be worth at least 567g for the item to be cost efficient immediately. Alternatively, it is guaranteed to be cost efficient once at least 8 wards have been placed or once 567g has been earned from farming jungle monsters.

Youmuu's Ghostblade

  • 30 Attack Damage
  • 15% Critical Strike Chance
  • 10% Cooldown Reduction
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 2152g
    • Actual Cost: 2700g
  • Unique Passive: +20 Armor Penetration
  • Unique Active: Gain 20% movement speed and 40% attack speed for 6 seconds, 4 seconds if you are ranged. (45 second cooldown)
    • The Active provides 1333g worth of attack speed.
    • Youmuu's Ghostblade becomes cost efficient immediately if the Avarice Blade it is upgraded from remains in the inventory for at least 23.8 minutes. Every nine kills made with Avarice Blade present reduce this cooldown by one minute.
    • Setting aside the gold gained as Avarice Blade, for Youmuu's Ghostblade to be as cost efficient as its Basic Item counterparts, its Armor Penetration must be valued at 548g.
    • Alternately, using the active will make Youmuu's Ghostblade gold efficient immediately.

Zeke's Herald

  • 250 Health
  • 20% Cooldown Reduction
  • (20 Attack Damage)
  • (10% Life Steal)
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 2464g
    • Actual Cost: 2550g
  • Unique Aura: Nearby allied champion gain 10% Life Steal and 20 Attack Damage.
  • Every allied champion nearby increases the value of Zeke's Herald by 1160g due to the attack damage and lifesteal from its aura.
    • Zeke's Herald must have at least one ally nearby to benefit from the aura to be gold efficient.

Zephyr

  • 25 Attack Damage
  • 50% Attack Speed
  • 10% Cooldown Reduction
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 2889g.
    • Actual Cost: 2850g
  • 10% Movement Speed
  • Unique - Tenacity: The duration of stuns, slows, taunts, fears, silences, blinds and immobilizes are reduced by 35%.
    • Zephyr is a cost efficient item even without its movement speed and Tenacity passives.

Zhonya's Hourglass

  • 120 Ability Power
  • 50 Armor
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 3610g
    • Actual Cost: 3260g
  • Unique Active: Places your champion in stasis for 2.5 seconds, rendering you invulnerable and untargetable, but unable to take any actions.

Mythical Tier Items

Blade of the Ruined King

  • 25 attack damage
  • 15% Life Steal
  • 40% Attack Speed
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 2893g
    • Actual Cost: 3200g
  • Unique Passive: Your attacks deal 5% of the target's current health in physical damage (60 max vs minions and monsters).
  • Unique Active: Drains target champion, dealing 15% of the champion's maximum Health in physical damage and healing you by the same amount. Additionally you steal 30% of their movement speed for 3 seconds - 60 second cooldown. (450 range)

Hextech Gunblade

  • 45 Attack Damage
  • 65 Ability Power
  • 12% Life Steal
  • Unique Passive: 20% Spell Vamp
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 4112g
    • Actual Cost: 3400g
  • Unique - Reload: Your basic attacks and single target spells against champions reduce the cooldown of this item by 3 seconds.
  • Unique Active: Deals 150 + 40% of your ability power as magic damage and slows the target champion's movement speed by 40% for 2 seconds. (60 second cooldown)
    • "Area of Effect" and "Damage over Time" spells will reduce the effect of Spell Vamp by 66%, effectively reducing the 20% Spell Vamp to 6.7% Spell Vamp.
    • Hextech Gunblade is gold efficient even without its passive and active effects.

Locket of the Iron Solari

  • 300 Health
  • 20 Armor
  • 10% Cooldown Reduction
  • (20 Magic Resist)
  • (10 Health Regen)
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 2274g
    • Actual Cost: 2550g
  • Unique: - Legion: Nearby allies gain +20 magic resist and +10 Hp5.
  • Unique Active: Shield yourself and nearby allied champions for 5 seconds, absorbing up to 50 (+10 per level) damage. 60 second cooldown.
    • Each nearby ally increases the gold worth of this item by 760g due to the magic resistance and health regeneration bonuses of the aura.
  • Locket of the Iron Solari becomes gold efficient when at least one allied champion benefits from the aura.
  • Alternatively, the active must have a value of at least 176g for the item to be cost efficient.

Muramana

  • 1000 Mana
  • 20 Attack damage
  • 7 Mana Regeneration
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 3860g
    • Actual Cost: 2100g
  • Unique - Awe: Gain attack damage equal to 2% of your maximum mana.
  • Unique Toggle: Your single target spells and attacks consume 3% of your current mana to deal 6% of your current mana as magic damage.
    • With the item's base mana, Muramana's Awe passive provides 20 attack damage on its own.
    • Muramana is an extremely gold efficient item even without its passive effects, but it requires an additional investment of time to build up the Mana Charge passive of Manamune.

Seraph's Embrace

  • 1000 Mana
  • 60 Ability Power
  • 10 Mana Regeneration
    • Calculated Cost using Basic Item Statistics: 4558g
    • Actual Cost: 2700g
  • Unique - Insight: Gain ability power equal to 3% of your maximum mana.
  • Unique - Mana Shield: Drains 20% of your current mana to shield yourself for an equal amount plus 150 for 3 seconds. (120 second cooldown)
    • With this item's base mana, Seraph's Embrace's Insight passive provides 30 ability power on its own.
    • Seraph's Embrace is an extremely gold efficient item even without its Insight and Mana Shield effects, but it requires an additional investment of time to build the Mana Charge passive of Archangel's Staff.

Trivia

  • An Aegis of the Legion affecting all five champions on a team is currently the most gold efficient item that all champions can be said to make at least some use of, with a theoretical price of 4728; 242% of its purchase price.
  • A Zeke's Herald affecting all five champions on a team is currently the most gold efficient item in the game, with a theoretical price of 7104; 279% of its purchase price.
  • With the maximum amount of ability power, a Rabadon's Deathcap grants about 531 ability power, with a theoretical price of 11557 gold; 350% of its purchase price.
  • The two snowball items, Sword of the Occult and Mejai's Soulstealer, both begin with very low gold efficiency, but upon reaching maximum stacks have some of the best possible in the game.
    • Mejai's Soulstealer has a theoretical price of 4383 when fully stacked; 354.9% of its purchase price.
    • Sword of the Occult has a theoretical price of 4851 when fully stacked; 404.3% of its purchase price.
  • Technically you can use 6 Seraph's Embraces and the unique passive would only come from 1 of them. With a full rune page of scaling mana runes,  Janna at level 18 and Expanded Mind, you will achieve 8702.725 mana, which is converted into 261 AP by the passive. Combined with the other stats, it could reach a theoretical price of 9583 gold; 355% of its purchase price.
    • With the same setup except with 6 Muramanas, the mana is converted into 174 AD. Combined with the other stats, it could reach a theoretical price of 9404 gold—448% of its purchase price.
      • However, acquiring all of the items for the additional mana would cost over 10000 gold in either case, reducing the overall efficiency.
  • An Atma's Impaler could theoretically have infinite gold efficiency due to  Sion's  Enrage which infinitely increases his health, which is converted into AD.

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    • I belive the cresent is from the item upgrade form the tiamat the ravenous hydra. Because the ravenus hydras active centers around the champ...
    • No, Crescent is the named item passive of Tiamat and Hydra (so they don't stack). Deals some amount of damage in a point-blank AoE. Anyway, ...

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