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Skill usage

  • When laning, JaxSquare.png Jax is an excellent zoner when in the brush, because his Leap Strike.png Leap Strike - Empower.png Empower combo enables heavy harassment with a lot of pressure. Be careful as these two abilities drain a lot of mana.
  • JaxSquare.png Jax can use Leap Strike.png Leap Strike to leap into the fray of a fight or make a quick escape when necessary due to the fact that JaxSquare.png Jax can Leap Strike.png Leap Strike towards a friendly unit. You can use Empower.png Empower to maximize your burst potential when using Leap Strike.png Leap Strike. Counter Strike.png Counter Strike can also be used right before Leap Strike.png Leap Strike to lead to an instant stun.
  • Empower.png Empower is most effective when used as quickly as possible after a basic attack. This, in addition to granting the bonus magic damage from Empower.png Empower, effectively doubles JaxSquare.png Jax's base damage output for that attack. Since it is still another attack, it also counts toward building up Relentless Assault.png Relentless Assault and Grandmaster's Might.png Grandmaster's Might's passive, so those are accrued faster by using this technique as well.
  • While engaging with Counter Strike.png Counter Strike seems to be a safer option, activating it after you take some damage can bait your opponent in focus-firing at you, thus mitigating more damage and may causes your enemies to be over-committed in attempting to kill you.
  • Activating Grandmaster's Might.png Grandmaster's Might right before a fight will increase your resistance to both physical and magical damage.
    • Note that Grandmaster's Might.png Grandmaster's Might has a rather short duration of 8 seconds and a cooldown of 80 seconds. JaxSquare.png Jax usually doesn't need it in a 1v1. Save it for team fights, where it's really needed.
    • If used at mid or low health, it can bain enemy and make him over-commit to killing you. It has nice synergy with Maw of Malmortius item.png Maw of Malmortius, getting extra armor and making the item's passive more useful.
  • JaxSquare.png Jax can jungle effectively with Relentless Assault.png Relentless Assault and Empower.png Empower, ganking with Leap Strike.png Leap Strike and Counter Strike.png Counter Strike. Counter Strike.png Counter Strike can be used for killing stronger monsters without losing much health, but you are more vulnerable to ganks when it is on cooldown. Careful if the enemy counter-jungles.
    • At level 2 JaxSquare.png Jax is extremely potent at ganking combining Leap Strike.png Leap Strike with Empower.png Empower to deal massive damage, although he should continue to jungle until level 3 for the stun from Counter Strike.png Counter Strike.
  • In 3v3, there can be a lot of fighting even before minions come. Counter Strike.png Counter Strike is good for getting an early first blood, since you can use it both for dodging and stunning the enemy. It can also help you solo top, especially against champions who depend on autoattacks. You should max Empower.png Empower though; you can use it many times in a longer fight and it helps you heavily with jungling and killing VilemawSquare.png Vilemaw.
  • While playing against a FioraSquare.png Fiora or WarwickSquare.png Warwick, you can dodge their ultimates with your Counter Strike.png Counter Strike; it might save you from a gank or team fight.
  • Be patient with JaxSquare.png Jax. Often the opposing team will focus you down due to your high damage output. If you are having a bad game, just focus on gaining gold through minion kills, kills and assists, and jungling. Once you get the items you need, you will be much harder to kill.
  • Be careful in team fights as JaxSquare.png Jax is a high priority target for the enemy team due to his high damage output and squishiness. JaxSquare.png Jax is reliant on his team to support him so make sure that you are on a team with initiation and hard CC and that you are at most the third person to enter the fight, behind your tank and off-tank. Try to save Leap Strike.png Leap Strike to escape when getting focused, rather than to engage on an opponent.
  • When reaching level 6, JaxSquare.png Jax can become a strong lane zoner. Try hit a minion twice and then quickly use Leap Strike.png Leap Strike into an enemy champion and attack him or her with third attack to proc Grandmaster's Might.png Grandmaster's Might's passive. You may also activate Empower.png Empower to maximize your damage output. However, pay attention to your mana pool.

Build usage

Recommended builds

Summoner's Rift
Starting Boots of Speed item Health Potion item4 Warding Totem item
Essential Doran's Blade item Ninja Tabi item Hextech Gunblade item
Offensive Trinity Force item Blade of the Ruined King item Guinsoo's Rageblade item
Defensive Maw of Malmortius item Warmog's Armor item Randuin's Omen item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item Sight Ward item
The Howling Abyss
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran's Blade item Doran's Shield item Health Potion item2
Essential Mercury's Treads item Trinity Force item Guinsoo's Rageblade item
Offensive Zephyr item Hextech Gunblade item Ravenous Hydra item
Defensive Maw of Malmortius item Atma's Impaler item Sunfire Cape item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Crystal Scar
Starting Boots of Speed item Prospector's Ring item Health Potion item2
Essential Ninja Tabi item Phage item Bilgewater Cutlass item
Offensive Trinity Force item Hextech Gunblade item Last Whisper item Blade of the Ruined King item
Defensive Maw of Malmortius item Guardian Angel item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Twisted Treeline
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran's Blade item
Essential Ninja Tabi item Phage item Bilgewater Cutlass item
Offensive Trinity Force item Blade of the Ruined King item Hextech Gunblade item
Defensive Maw of Malmortius item Overlord's Bloodmail item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item

Runes and Masteries

  • Being that JaxSquare.png Jax is a mainly offensive champion, he is probably best with offensive masteries. Offensive masteries (21/9/0) are seemly better for his damage and with defensive masteries (9/21/0) there is a noticeable decline in his damage while not providing the survivability that one would expect.
  • A rune page of attack damage and ability power per level can give a powerful scaling amount of bonus damage on all of his abilities, or a flat attack damage and ability power rune page can give a massive burst of damage on Leap Strike.png Leap Strike and Empower.png Empower for laning, leading to an advantage over the opposition during the early and mid-phase of the game. This is especially useful for shorter games, such as those on the Twisted Treeline.
  • Jax can also make use of attack speed  runes effectively as they improve both his physical damage (in basic attacks) and magic damage (Grandmaster's Might.png Grandmaster's Might's third hit).

Countering

  • Try to shut down JaxSquare.png Jax early in the game because once he hits level 6 and obtains Grandmaster's Might.png Grandmaster's Might, he becomes increasingly hard to fight 1v1. Ganks from the jungle and zoning him can make him under-farmed and under-leveled, delaying his items and scaling. Although JaxSquare.png Jax is very strong at late game, he is fairly weak early without sustain.
  • JaxSquare.png Jax primarily deals physical damage. Concentrate on armor items to counter it, especially items that slow his attack speed.
    • Frozen Heart item.png Frozen Heart and Randuin's Omen item.png Randuin's Omen are the only two items that slow attack speed, but they both also have high amounts of armor. Where the latter is generally reserved for tanks, the former is viable for a larger variety of champions, thanks to the CDR and high amount of mana.
  • JaxSquare.png Jax can also deal a fair amount of magic damage and, if he builds any spell vamp, it could be his source of sustain. Magic resistance can go a long way to counter that.
  • Most JaxSquare.png Jax item builds involve him building mostly glass cannon due to the fact that his offensive stats will grant him defensive stats with Grandmaster's Might.png Grandmaster's Might active. Consider focusing him down first in teamfights.
  • Remember that JaxSquare.png Jax is a melee fighter with only one ranged gap closing ability, Leap Strike.png Leap Strike and a heavy reliance on staying in attack range to keep his passive, Relentless Assault.png Relentless Assault, stacked. Any crowd control to disengage after his Leap Strike.png Leap Strike or simply staying out of Leap Strike.png Leap Strike range can nullify his only engage.
  • Try not to let JaxSquare.png Jax stack up his Relentless Assault.png Relentless Assault passive before he engages on you. You probably can't compete with 84% attack speed.
  • JaxSquare.png Jax mainly combos his gap-closer along with Counter Strike.png Counter Strike. If you have an escape or a gap-closer on your own, you can use it after he closed the gap with you to escape his stun.
  • JaxSquare.png Jax relies on getting close to his foe to land a stun. Try keeping a safe distance for a few seconds after he uses his Counter Strike.png Counter Strike.
  • Focusing JaxSquare.png Jax when his Counter Strike.png Counter Strike goes on cooldown is one of the best ways of getting rid of him. But since he is one of the best duelists in the game due to Relentless Assault.png Relentless Assault and the high AD and AP ratios he has on his single-targeted abilities, try to not to fight him alone and outnumber him.
  • When he activates Counter Strike.png Counter Strike, avoid grouping around or being close to another teammate when the AoE stun activates.
  • Keep in mind that Counter Strike.png Counter Strike only allows him to dodge auto-attack, abilities will still damage him. However, note that Area of Effect abilities are still reduced.
  • JaxSquare.png Jax is considered to be one of the best late-game duelist and split pusher due to his Relentless Assault.png Relentless Assault, his sustained damage through Grandmaster's Might.png Grandmaster's Might's passive and Empower.png Empower, free defensive stats from the said Grandmaster's Might.png Grandmaster's Might's active. Do not try to 1v1 Jax late-game unless you are certain that you can win the melee trade.

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