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  • Hecarim 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 often played in 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 strong asset for him.
  • He is also played at top lane. Hecarim should be careful with mana usage 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. While he loses some of his ganking potential by going top lane, he can still make surprise ganks at mid lane with his strong mobility. Also, thanks to his Devastating Charge.png Devastating Charge and Onslaught of Shadows.png Onslaught of Shadows Hecarim isn't easy to gank despite often not running Flash.png Flash.
  • His late-game is mostly the same regardless of whether he goes top or jungle.
  • 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

  • Buying an Elixir of Iron item.png Elixir of Iron will save another option for your boots.The 25% bonus size will increase your auto attack range in 43, and giving bonus range for your Devastating Charge.png Devastating Charge too,totaling 406 attack range,this will make you a bigger threat in team fights,as you can jump in your enemies from afar,as well making easier for you to jump walls.
  • Because Hecarim Hecarim is weak against high sustained damage, consider a Warden&#039;s Mail item.png Warden's Mail against sustained autoattack damage or a Negatron Cloak item.png Negatron Cloak against sustained magic damage.
  • While defensive boots may be necessary for Hecarim Hecarim in most games, being a melee AD character, in games where Hecarim Hecarim can afford to build more offensively, his Warpath.png Warpath passive makes Boots of Swiftness item.png Boots of Swiftness an offensive alternative to Berserker&#039;s Greaves item.png Berserker's Greaves or Ionian Boots of Lucidity item.png Ionian Boots of Lucidity.
    • Boots of Mobility item.png Boots of Mobility has more limited usefulness because Hecarim Hecarim can use Devastating Charge.png Devastating Charge to effectively traverse the map without them and entering combat nullifies their bonus movement speed; however, they can still provide an extra burst of damage on your first attack.
    • Boots of Swiftness item.png Boots of Swiftness can be all the speed increase Hecarim needs to nearly maximize Warpath.png Warpath by increasing his base speed from 345 to 405, 10 points under the first soft cap. They also reduce the effectiveness of slows and allow for a more versatile itemization. A single Greater Quintessence of Movement Speed can be used to bring it to 411 movement speed, without using masteries.
    • Homeguard item.png Homeguard is very useful for Hecarim Hecarim when defending the base because he can surprise his opponents by activating Devastating Charge.png Devastating Charge at the spawning pool and dash to the pushing enemies. If you can time your Rampage.png Rampage just before the enhanced autoattack, you can deal a high burst of damage even when you build a few offensive items because Warpath.png Warpath converts your bonus movement speed into bonus AD.
      • Your AD can reach over 350 in a short time by using the method shown above.
      • Note that taking any damage will remove Homeguard's bonus movement speed.
  • Youmuu&#039;s Ghostblade item.png Youmuu's Ghostblade synergizes with Warpath.png Warpath and Hecarim Hecarim's burst damage tendencies in general.
  • The Black Cleaver item.png The Black Cleaver provides many useful stats for Hecarim Hecarim: health, attack damage, cooldown reduction and armor penetration.
  • Despite the virtues of building bonus movement speed on Hecarim Hecarim, it isn't necessary to stack movement speed on him. Even with only a couple bonus movement speed items, Hecarim Hecarim can get a large Warpath.png Warpath bonus from runes, masteries, Ghost.png Ghost, and support champions with haste abilities such as Time Warp.png Time Warp or anyone holding Talisman of Ascension item.png Talisman of Ascension.
  • Spirit of Dread.png Spirit of Dread heals Hecarim Hecarim based on all damage dealt to enemies from any source.
  • Since Spirit of Dread.png Spirit of Dread returns health from ANY damage done to enemies while it is active, Sunfire Cape item.png Sunfire Cape makes a better-than-usual item, essentially granting up to a bonus 52.5 health regen/5 seconds for each nearby enemy champion (with enemy minion health drained being capped) for 4 seconds, in addition to the bonus armor and health. If the enemy has many basic attack users, a Thornmail will also have a good synergy with Spirit of Dread, as they would recieve damage within the zone.
  • Sheen item.png Sheen and Iceborn Gauntlet item.png Iceborn Gauntlet synergize particularly well with Rampage.png Rampage, as its low cooldown allows you to proc the bonus damage and slow approximately every other autoattack.
  • Frozen Heart item.png Frozen Heart is an excellent mid game item for Hecarim, as all the stats it provides are greatly beneficial to him, making it very cost effective.
    • Getting an early Glacial Shroud item.png Glacial Shroud is a common build path on Hecarim.
    • This is particularly useful if you are building Trinity Force item.png Trinity Force instead of Iceborn Gauntlet item.png Iceborn Gauntlet, as Frozen Heart item.png Frozen Heart fills in the cooldown reduction, mana, and armor you would be missing from the Gauntlet.
    • Ravenous Hydra item.png Ravenous Hydra is somewhat of an underdog item to purchase for Hecarim Hecarim and in situations be a very good choice. The cleave and the massive AD bonus Helps Hecarim very much with additional AOE and waveclear, and Hecarim can perform a massive burst combo by implementing Crescent into the attacks. For example, Attack-Q-Attack-Crescent; this can create quick damage through animation cancelling and raw damage.
  • Righteous Glory item.png Righteous Glory is an amazing item for Hecarim, as it gives him health, the mana sustain he desperatly needs and most importantly it gives him a strong speedboost for deadly initiations and ganks.
  • The Dead Man's Plate also synergizes exceptionaly well, as it makes him tanky, gives him a nearly constant speedboost and empowers his basic attack, which works exceptionaly well with Warpath and Devasting Charge.

Recommended builds

Summoner's Rift
Starting Crystalline Flask item Health Potion item3 Warding Totem item
Essential Mercury&#039;s Treads item Spectre&#039;s Cowl Trinity Force item
Offensive Youmuu&#039;s Ghostblade item The Black Cleaver item Sterak&#039;s Gage item
Defensive Spirit Visage item Dead Man&#039;s Plate item Frozen Heart item
Consumables Health Potion item Vision Ward item Elixir of Wrath item
Summoner's Rift (Jungler)
Starting Hunter&#039;s Machete item Health Potion item2 Warding Totem item
Essential Boots of Mobility item Skirmisher&#039;s Sabre (Cinderhulk) item Trinity Force item
Offensive Youmuu&#039;s Ghostblade item The Black Cleaver item Sterak&#039;s Gage item
Defensive Spirit Visage item Dead Man&#039;s Plate item Frozen Heart item
Consumables Health Potion item Vision Ward item Elixir of Wrath item
Howling Abyss
Starting Boots of Speed item Guardian&#039;s Horn item
Essential Boots of Swiftness item Sheen item Spirit Visage item
Offensive Trinity Force item Youmuu&#039;s Ghostblade item Zeke&#039;s Harbinger item
Defensive Iceborn Gauntlet item Sunfire Cape item Randuin&#039;s Omen item Orb of Winter item
Consumables Health Potion item
Crystal Scar
Starting Boots of Speed item Prospector&#039;s Blade item Health Potion item2
Essential Mercury&#039;s Treads item Sheen item Spirit Visage item
Offensive Trinity Force item Youmuu&#039;s Ghostblade item
Defensive Sunfire Cape item Randuin&#039;s Omen item Iceborn Gauntlet item Frozen Heart item
Consumables Health Potion item
Twisted Treeline
Starting Boots of Speed item Health Potion item5 Cloth Armor item
Essential Mercury&#039;s Treads item Sheen item Glacial Shroud item
Offensive Trinity Force item Iceborn Gauntlet item
Defensive Spirit Visage item Randuin&#039;s Omen item Frozen Heart item
Consumables Health Potion item


  • Hecarim 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 Hecarim 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.
  • Hecarim 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.
  • Hecarim 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.
  • While Hecarim seems to be oppressive during early game when laning against certain champions, he is actually easy to counter on top lane. Most ranged champions will give him a hard time; examples include Kennen Kennen, who has his own movement speed boost and can harass Hecarim from a safe distance. Lissandra Lissandra, who has powerful slows and can prevent Hecarim from ever being able to engage; and Swain Swain, which has a slow on his Decrepify.png Decrepify to slow Hecarim and has powerful sustained damage.
    • Other champions who can beat Hecarim on laning are duelists, as Hecarim is a poor duelist by himself. Irelia Irelia, Jax Jax, and AD Fizz Fizz are examples of duelists who are capable of beating Hecarim during laning phase and are able to 1x1 him at most stages of the game.
    • Malphite Malphite can beat Hecarim fairly well due to his Seismic Shard.png Seismic Shard which is a powerful slow. Malphite also stacks a lot of armor, which will give Hecarim a very hard time. Malphite also has his own engage ultimate to counter Hecarim.
  • Kha&#039;Zix Kha'Zix can both slow Hecarim with his Void Spike.png Void Spike and has better 1x1 potential with his isolated Taste Their Fear.png Taste Their Fear. He can also dodge Onslaught of Shadows.png Onslaught of Shadows by using Leap.png Leap.

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