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Skill usage

  • Reckoning.png Reckoning is powerful even at lower levels and KayleSquare.png Kayle can utilize this advantageous ability to dominate her opponents in early game; caution should be taken in its use, however, as it is a mana-costly spell to use repeatedly.
  • Divine Blessing.png Divine Blessing can be used for sustaining in lane or for harrying allies to a position or lane all the while healing them.
  • Righteous Fury.png Righteous Fury's allows KayleSquare.png Kayle to deal damage even when blinded or being dodged, as the magic damage on-hit is dealt regardless of if the attack damage on-hit is being negated.
  • Righteous Fury.png Righteous Fury's will damage turrets only if the splash damage is applied indirectly, such as when creep waves directly under a turret are attacked.
    • Righteous Fury.png Righteous Fury causes full damage to all other structures if they are attacked directly.
  • If Righteous Fury.png Righteous Fury's duration ends while KayleSquare.png Kayle is in the middle of her attack animation, she will hit the target, but neither the bonus damage nor the splash will be dealt. The attack is considered ranged.
  • It is possible to hit enemies easily while staying at the back of your minion wave by using Righteous Fury.png Righteous Fury. This can be accomplished because not only does the splash damage 'spill' over to nearby enemies when you last hit a minion, but also allows you to harass melee enemies. Staying behind your wave in this fashion will let you wait for cooldowns and heal yourself or allies.
  • Putting a point into Righteous Fury.png Righteous Fury instead of Reckoning.png Reckoning at level one may improve your ability to harass and stay in lane due to its lower mana cost and more continuous effect/duration.
  • Use Intervention.png Intervention to rescue fleeing allies, Divine Blessing.png Divine Blessing to hasten them, and Reckoning.png Reckoning to slow their pursuers.
  • Intervention.png Intervention is also an effective ability to bait enemies to attack or turret dive at low health making them commit to killing your ally or die.
  • It may not always be best to Intervention.png Intervention an ally when they are nearly dead. If they are about to receive a large amount of burst damage (such as AnnieSquare.png Annie's combo), shielding them will absorb more damage than if you were to shield them just before death (which may end up saving their life or prolonging it more effectively than if you had waited until the last second).
  • Intervention.png Intervention will not grant invulnerability against the Nexus Obelisk.

Build usage

  • Build damage first and then attack speed items as it is inadvisable to commit to battles in the laning phase. For such damage, Hextech Gunblade item.png Hextech Gunblade is a good choice.
  • Getting an item with mana regeneration at the beginning of the laning phase, along with getting at least one rank of Divine Blessing.png Divine Blessing allows you to stay in your lane much longer.
  • Cooldown reduction is very strong on KayleSquare.png Kayle. With 40% CDR, you can have Righteous Fury.png Righteous Fury always active since its duration is 10 seconds and its cooldown is reduced to 9.6 seconds.
  • Pure ability power  Kayle might have high damage in Reckoning.png Reckoning and useful heals but combining it with attack speed will cause Righteous Fury.png Righteous Fury to deal high amounts of damage very quickly.
  • Kayle can also play a supporting role with items that provide auras to benefit both yourself and your allies.
  • Since KayleSquare.png Kayle receives at least moderate benefits from almost every stat in the game, Trinity Force item.png Trinity Force is quite effective on KayleSquare.png Kayle.
  • Runaan's Hurricane item.png Runaan's Hurricane applies Righteous Fury.png Righteous Fury bonus damage against the secondary targets, causing them to receive it twice (once from Fury area of effect and once from Runaan secondary targets).
    • This will cause secondary targets to receive more damage than the primary one unless Kayle has very high attack damage and no ability power.
  • Ravenous Hydra item.png Ravenous Hydra's passive does not take effect when Righteous Fury.png Righteous Fury is active. However, Muramana item.png Muramana's toggle does.
  • If building attack damage, and the enemy is making armor, consider purchasing a The Black Cleaver item.png The Black Cleaver, because of its sinergy with Holy Fervor.png Holy Fervor.
  • A Essence Reaver item.png Essence Reaver is also a good item for a build oriented in attack damage. Combining with attack speed itens/runes/masteries, you will never run out of mana. However, rushing it is not recommended, because it not gives any attack speed.
  • Consider building Iceborn Gauntlet item.png Iceborn Gauntlet if supporting, as it gives mana, cooldown reduction, armor, a bit of ability power, and a Spellblade passive that creates a slowing field.

Recommended builds

Summoner's Rift
Starting Boots of Speed item Health Potion item4 Scrying Orb item
Essential Nashor's Tooth item Sorcerer's Shoes item Doran's Ring item
Offensive Hextech Gunblade item Guinsoo's Rageblade item Rabadon's Deathcap item
Defensive Guardian Angel item Wit's End item Zhonya's Hourglass item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item Sight Ward item
The Howling Abyss
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran's Ring item Doran's Blade item Health Potion item2
Essential Berserker's Greaves item Stinger item
Offensive Guinsoo's Rageblade item Trinity Force item Hextech Gunblade item Nashor's Tooth item
Defensive Mercurial Scimitar item Frozen Mallet item Wit's End item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Crystal Scar
Starting Health Potion item2 Boots of Speed item Prospector's Blade item
Essential Zeal item Lord Van Damm's Pillager item Berserker's Greaves item
Offensive Phantom Dancer item Sanguine Blade item Last Whisper item
Defensive Dervish Blade item Guardian Angel item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Twisted Treeline
Starting Boots of Speed item Dagger item Health Potion item
Essential Berserker's Greaves item Zeal item Lord Van Damm's Pillager item
Offensive Blade of the Ruined King item Phantom Dancer item Sanguine Blade item
Defensive Banshee's Veil item Dervish Blade item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item

Countering

  • Remember that Holy Fervor.png Holy Fervor will shred your armor and magic resistance if left unchecked. Keep this in mind before attacking her.
    • The combination of Reckoning.png Reckoning, Holy Fervor.png Holy Fervor and very likely a Guinsoo's Rageblade item.png Guinsoo's Rageblade will make KayleSquare.png Kayle very potent at duels, stronger the longer the duel lasts.
    • If she starts to weaken she will likely use Intervention.png Intervention to quickly turn to tides of the duel and kill you. Because of this avoid duels that last too long.
  • KayleSquare.png Kayle has very fast and strong snowball skill, make sure to deny her kills as it will hasten her late-game supremacy.
  • Watch her build carefully to know what to do:
    • If she is AP (most likely with large amounts of AS)  she must be immediately shut down as she will scale into a deadly powerhouse late-game, but is very weak early. All her damage comes from Reckoning.png Reckoning and Righteous Fury.png Righteous Fury. This build depends heavily on Intervention.png Intervention for survivability as Kayle is fragile, baiting her to using it on a wounded ally and switching your focus onto her will take her out quickly.
    • If she is AD  she stands strong at all stages of the game, she does not depends much on her skills for damage and is somewhat tanky, she deals less damage than an average top laner due to lack of AD scaling on any skill apart from Reckoning.png Reckoning and any AS or AD steroid. Later on Kayle will become akin to a second AD Carry albeit with the ability to become invulnerable, make sure to engage her in planned out fights, but don't fear her damage output much.
    • If she is supporting it's very likely that she leaves the role after a while, most likely deviating into the first mentioned build, but still taking care of wards and heals. Facing her in the bot lane can be very hard if you are unable to keep your distance, so be sure to pick a mobile or long ranged champion
  • KayleSquare.png Kayle is especially hard to beat in the top lane, due to overly outranging almost all other champions here. The few ranged ones, like JayceSquare.png Jayce, and the ones with long-ranged gap closers, such as JaxSquare.png Jax or RenektonSquare.png Renekton, will have a much easier time against her.
  • Avoid dueling her late game as she will most likely have almost finished items. She excels at 1v1's due to her  Reckoning.png Reckoning and  Intervention.png Intervention. This not only allows her deal incredible amounts of damage against you, but also completely negate any damage you can deal to her.
  • Be careful with KayleSquare.png Kayle's Reckoning.png Reckoning and Righteous Fury.png Righteous Fury combo. Both of these spells can kite you if combined together.
  • Her ultimate, Intervention.png Intervention blocks any form of damage to the target with this buff, including true damage. Wait until the buff wears off before you use your high-damaging spell.
  • Never underestimate KayleSquare.png Kayle's mobility. Divine Blessing.png Divine Blessing gives her movement speed and Reckoning.png Reckoning will slow you down, allowing her to outrun you.
  • With 2092 health at level 18 KayleSquare.png Kayle has a very high natural health, abilities and items that deal % of max health as damage are effective against KayleSquare.png Kayle.
  • Try to force KayleSquare.png Kayle to use her spells and then back off, due to her high mana costs in the early game. 
  • KayleSquare.png Kayle is vulnerable early game, burst damage can easily kill her.
  • KayleSquare.png Kayle can use Intervention.png Intervention to avoid damage, but while in this state she is still vulnerable to CC effects. Use this tactically when she turret dives to have her still take damage when Intervention's short duration wears off. (2 / 2.5 / 3 seconds).
  • Because Reckoning.png Reckoning is her only nuke buying Banshee's Veil item.png Banshee's Veil will significantly cripple her damage.
  • KayleSquare.png Kayle is considered to be a counter to assassins who are reliant on using their ultimates to kill off their enemies because of Intervention.png Intervention and Reckoning.png Reckoning. So avoid playing assassins such as FizzSquare.png Fizz, ZedSquare.png Zed, KatarinaSquare.png Katarina, TalonSquare.png Talon, AhriSquare.png Ahri, AkaliSquare.png Akali, and YasuoSquare.png Yasuo.
    • On the other hand, KayleSquare.png Kayle abilities are short-ranged, and her pushing power is limited to Righteous Fury.png Righteous Fury. As such, long range mages should to easily zone KayleSquare.png Kayle out. Keep in note that KayleSquare.png Kayle has natural sustain using Divine Blessing.png Divine Blessing and can still use the ability to try and gap close someone using the ability's movement speed bonus.
  • A Randuin's Omen item.png Randuin's Omen, Frozen Heart item.png Frozen Heart, or any other ability/spell that reduces attack speed is a good way to cut off some of KayleSquare.png Kayle's damage, specially if she bought a Runaan's Hurricane item.png Runaan's Hurricane. (Just remembering that, the more attack speed she has, more effective will be the attack speed reduction.)

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