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Lanes and Roles

  • HecarimSquare.png Hecarim is a champion with strong defensive stats, good base damage, and average AD ratios, which means he doesn't benefit very much from items that provide raw AD. Because of this, he is most of time played as an off-tank, with armor penetration and Spellblade items as his offensive options.
  • Hecarim can be played as a full-tank, but this is usually not recommended, as he doesn't have enough disruption on his kit. Also, it wastes the damage potential from his skills, mainly Rampage.png Rampage.
  • Hecarim is most of time played at the jungle, due to his ganking potential with Devastating Charge.png Devastating Charge, which increases dramatically after he obtains Onslaught of Shadows.png Onslaught of Shadows. Also, Hecarim has the sustain and mobility needed to effectively clear jungle camps and gank when needed. Because Hecarim is somewhat mana hungry, having easy access to the blue buff is an amazing asset for him.
  • That does not mean HecarimSquare.png Hecarim can't used at other lanes. He is also played at top lane, although this is very rare. Hecarim should be conservative until he obtains items like Sheen item.png Sheen and/or Glacial Shroud item.png Glacial Shroud, otherwise he is at risk of being out of mana quickly. Still, the main reasons why Hecarim can be used at top lane, is because of the better gold influx, and the fact that Hecarim counters some popular top laners. While he loses some of his ganking potential by going top lane, he can still make surprise ganks at mid lane. Also, thanks to his Devastating Charge.png Devastating Charge, Hecarim isn't easy to gank (he can even use his Onslaught of Shadows.png Onslaught of Shadows to escape if necessary). His late-game is mostly the same as his jungler counterpart.
  • It is important to not that independent from whether Hecarim chooses to go top or jungle, he is one of the few bruisers that doesn't fall off late game. In fact, Hecarim has amazing teamfighting potential.

Skill Usage

Build Usage

Recommended builds

Summoner's Rift
Starting Hunter's Machete item Health Potion item5 Sweeping Lens item
Essential Mercury's Treads item Spirit of the Elder Lizard item Sheen item
Offensive Iceborn Gauntlet item Youmuu's Ghostblade item
Defensive Spirit Visage item Randuin's Omen item Aegis of the Legion item Sunfire Cape item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item Sight Ward item
The Howling Abyss
Starting Boots of Speed item Guardian's Horn item
Essential Boots of Swiftness item Sheen item Spirit Visage item
Offensive Trinity Force item Youmuu's Ghostblade item Zeke's Herald item
Defensive Iceborn Gauntlet item Sunfire Cape item Randuin's Omen item Orb of Winter item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Crystal Scar
Starting Boots of Speed item Prospector's Blade item Health Potion item2
Essential Mercury's Treads item Sheen item Spirit Visage item
Offensive Trinity Force item Youmuu's Ghostblade item
Defensive Sunfire Cape item Randuin's Omen item Iceborn Gauntlet item Frozen Heart item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Twisted Treeline
Starting Boots of Speed item Health Potion item5 Cloth Armor item
Essential Mercury's Treads item Sheen item Glacial Shroud item
Offensive Trinity Force item Iceborn Gauntlet item Grez's Spectral Lantern item
Defensive Spirit Visage item Randuin's Omen item Frozen Heart item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item

Countering

  • HecarimSquare.png Hecarim is a powerful AoE threat, especially in the later stages of the game. Try to prevent him from itemizing. In addition, spreading out will reduce his effectiveness by preventing him from terrifying your team with Onslaught of Shadows.png Onslaught of Shadows, mitigating the constant AoE damage Hecarim can deal with Rampage.png Rampage, and decreasing the amount of sustain he can gain from Spirit of Dread.png Spirit of Dread.
  • Spirit of Dread.png Spirit of Dread grants HecarimSquare.png Hecarim very high sustainability, but has a fairly lengthy cooldown and a short duration. Consider using burst damage or waiting for Spirit of Dread.png Spirit of Dread to time out before targeting him.
  • HecarimSquare.png Hecarim may attempt to land behind you with Onslaught of Shadows.png Onslaught of Shadows and/or Devastating Charge.png Devastating Charge to push you towards the rest of his team. Try to Flash.png Flash away or position yourself so that this is not a possibility.
  • Powerful slows, such as Wither.png Wither, Mega Adhesive.png Mega Adhesive, Electro-Harpoon.png Electro-Harpoon or Glitterlance.png Glitterlance can completely nullify the damage bonus from Warpath.png Warpath and prevent Hecarim from engaging with Devastating Charge.png Devastating Charge.
  • HecarimSquare.png Hecarim is exceptionally weak at dueling against most champions early game, so he is susceptible to early invades from the opposing jungler. He is also incredibly reliant on Crest of the Ancient Golem.png Crest of the Ancient Golem, which can especially hinder his clear times should he lose the buff.

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