Notes

  • The bonus is gained on-attack and not on-hit, this means that the basic attack triggering the effect is affected by the bonus attack speed.

Strategy

  • This rune can be useful for champions in which the first three attacks are the most powerful, either because they deal more damage or because the third strike has a special effect. Examples include includes Xin ZhaoSquare Xin Zhao's Three Talon Strike Three Talon Strike and MordekaiserSquare Mordekaiser's Mace of Spades Mace of Spades.
  • It can also be used by champions which need to stack something in an enemy, using their basic attacks. For example, SejuaniSquare Sejuani can stack Permafrost Permafrost faster with Hail of Blades as does DariusSquare Darius with his Hemorrhage Hemorrhage, and TristanaSquare Tristana with her Explosive Charge Explosive Charge.
  • JhinSquare Jhin gains an enormous attack damage boost with Hail of Blades, as Whisper his passive converts the attack speed gained into AD. Should Jhin critically strike with that attack, he also gets even more movement speed.

Trivia

  • Hail of Blades has a very similar effect to Lethal Tempo rune Lethal Tempo, with a few differences:
    • Hail of Blades lasts only for the first three attacks, whereas Lethal Tempo rune Lethal Tempo lasts for a few seconds, regardless of attacking.
    • Lethal Tempo rune Lethal Tempo is delayed, whereas Hail of Blades activates the instant you attack.
    • Hail of Blades can only be activated with basic attacks. Lethal Tempo rune Lethal Tempo can be activated with basic attacks and abilities.
    • Both keystones are found in different rune paths.


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Patch History

V8.15
  • Bug Fix: Fixed a bug where the first attack would sometimes cancel.
V8.13
  • Cooldown reduced to 4 seconds out-of-combat for 5.
  • Time between attacks increased to 2 seconds from 1.5.
V8.12
  • Bonus attack speed increased to 75% − 125% (based on level) from 50% − 100% (based on level).
V8.11 - Added
  • Domination icon Domination Keystone rune.
    • Passive: Basic attacking an enemy champion grants 50% − 100% (based on level) bonus attack speed for your next 3 basic attacks. While active, Hails of Blade removes the attack speed cap.
    • Hail of Blades lasts 1.5 seconds, and each basic attack refreshes the duration to 1.5 seconds.
    • Cooldown: 5 seconds out-of-combat.

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