Magic Resistance (or MR) is a stat that all units have, including minions, monsters, and buildings. Increasing magic resistance reduces the magic damage the unit takes. Each champion begins with some magic resistance which may increase with level. You can gain additional magic resistance from abilities, items, masteries, and runes. Magic resistance stacks additively.
All melee champions, except 32.1  53.35 (based on level). All ranged champions, and , and shapeshifter champions such as , , , and have base magic resistance of 30  38.5 (based on level).
and , have a base magic resistance ofDamage reduction
 Note: One can include the magic penetration in all the following ideas by enumerating it with a due amount of corresponding negative MR.
Magic resistance reduces the damage of incoming magic damage by a percentage. This percentage is determined by the formula: Damage Reduction = total magic resistance ÷ (100 + total magic resistance). For example, a champion with 150 points of magic resistance would receive 60% reduced damage from magic damage. Incoming magic damage is multiplied by a factor based on the unit's magic resistance (same with armor):
Examples:
 25 magic resistance → × 0.8 magic damage (20% reduction).
 100 magic resistance → × 0.5 magic damage (50% reduction).
 −25 magic resistance → × 1.2 magic damage (20% increase).
Stacking magic resistance
Every point of magic resistance requires a unit to take 1% more of its maximum health in magic damage to be killed. This is called "effective health".
 Example: A unit with 60 magic resistance has 160% of its maximum health in its effective health, so if the unit has 1000 maximum health, it will take 1600 magic damage to kill it.
What this means: by definition, magic resistance does not have diminishing returns, because each point increases the unit's effective health against magic damage by 1% of its current actual health value whether the unit has 10 magic resistance or 1000 magic resistance.
For a more detailed explanation, see this video.
 Unlike health, increasing magic resistance makes healing and shielding more effective because it requires more raw damage from your enemies to remove the bonus health granted. This is called indirect scaling.
Magic resistance as scaling
These use the champion's magic resistance to increase the magnitude of the ability. It could involve total or bonus magic resistance. By building magic resistance items, you can receive more benefit and power from these abilities.
Champions
 10 / 11.5 / 13 / 14.5 / 16% bonus MR to himself and the target ally (in addition to a base amount) for 3 seconds. grants magic resistance equal to
 (+ 40% AP) (+ 40% bonus magic resistance).
 (+ 8% per 100 bonus magic resistance) damage reduction while channeling for up to 2 seconds and for another 2 seconds after casting the ability again. grants him 20 / 25 / 30 / 35 / 40%
 (+ 8% per 100 bonus magic resistance) until he lands. grants the target ally 20 / 30 / 40%
periodically modifies his next basic attack to deal bonus damage equal to  (+ 20% bonus magic resistance) for its duration. grants additional magic resistance equal to 20 / 30 / 40 / 50 / 60
 15% total magic resistance, doubled to 30% total magic resistance while below 40% maximum health. passively grants magic resistance to herself equal to
 (+ 100% total magic resistance) for 1 / 2 / 3 seconds when not taking damage for a duration. passively grants her magic resistance equal to 100
 40% of the target's magic resistance and gains an equal amount of magic resistance. Half of this magic resistance is stolen on cast, and the next half is taken over 4 seconds. The magic resistance bonus/reduction lasts for another 4 seconds after the drain completes. takes
Increasing magic resistance
Items
Item  Cost  Amount  Availability 

2900  55  Common  
2800  55  Common  
1100  30  Common  
2100  30  Common  
2200  30  Common  
3000  60  Common  
800  30  Common  
2500  40  Common  
1300  35  Common  
2200  60  Summoner's Rift  
3250  45  Common  
3600  35  Common  
1100  25  Common  
2100  40  Summoner's Rift, Howling Abyss  
2500  50  Howling Abyss  
720  40  Common  
450  25  Common  
1300  30  Common  
1200  25  Common  
2800  55  Common  
2500  40  Common  
2400  30  Common  
2700  55  Summoner's Rift 
 Unique – Stone Skin: If 3 or more enemy champions are nearby, grants 40 bonus armor and 40 bonus magic resistance. : Passive:
Champion abilities
Note: Only the magic resistance buff effect of these abilities is shown here, to read more information on each of these abilities, follow the link on each of them.
 −40 / −25 / −10 / +5 / +20. allows her to enter an eggstate for up to 6 seconds upon taking lethal damage. While in this state, she will receive a magic resistance modifier of
 (+ 10 / 11.5 / 13 / 14.5 / 16% bonus magic resistance) to himself and the target ally for 3 seconds. increases magic resistance by 15 / 17.5 / 20 / 22.5 / 25
 increases his magic resistance by (2 × Gnar's level) when transformed into .
 permanently gains 0.25 bonus MR every time he kills an enemy, up to a maximum of 30.
 (+ 20% AP) for 8 seconds. increases his magic resistance by 30 / 50 / 70
 increases his magic resistance by 5 / 15 / 25 / 35.
 increases his magic resistance by 10 / 20 / 30 / 40 / 50 for 4 seconds.
 (+ 20% bonus magic resistance) for 3 seconds, deals damage after that time to units around her, and retains the defensive buff for an additional 3 seconds if any enemy is struck by the blast. increases her magic resistance by 20 / 30 / 40 / 50 / 60
 increases his magic resistance by 15 / 35 / 55 upon activation and an additional 1 / 2 / 3 upon activation and an additional 1 / 2 / 3 magic resistance per second for 15 seconds up to a maximum of 30 / 65 / 100 magic resistance.
 passively increases his magic resistance by 20 / 30 / 40. He loses the passive while his ability is active.
 increases an allied champion's magic resistance by 10 / 15 / 20 / 25 / 30 as long as the ball is attached to it.
 40% of her maximum health. increases her magic resistance by 15%, doubled to 30% while below
 (+ 50 / 55 / 60 / 65 / 70% total magic resistance) for 6 seconds. increases his magic resistance by 20
 (+ 100% total magic resistance) for 1 / 2 / 3 seconds when not taking damage for a duration. passively grants her magic resistance equal to 100
 elemental drake. passively increases her magic resistance by 5 which is permanently increased by 5 every time her team slays an
 increases his magic resistance by 35 / 50 / 80 for 25 seconds.
 20% of the target's magic resistance, and a further 20% over 4 seconds. These magic resistance bonuses last for another 4 seconds after the drain completes. immediately steals
 4 / 6 / 8 magic resistance for each visible nearby enemy champion. grants him
 increases his magic resistance by 15 / 20 / 25 for each enemy champion hit for 8 seconds.
Masteries
 1.5  27 (based on level) flat) bonus armor and magic resistance for 2 seconds when damaged by an enemy champion. (9 second cooldown) : Grants 10% (+
 armor and magic resistance for each nearby enemy champion. (700 range) : Grants 0.6 / 1.2 / 1.8 / 2.4 / 3 bonus
 8 armor and 8 magic resistance when near to an allied tower. : Grants
 armor and magic resistance by 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5%. : Increases bonus
Runes
Ways to reduce magic resistance
See magic penetration. Note that magic penetration and magic resistance reduction are different.
List of champions' magic resistance
 68 champions: all melee champions, except and , have a base magic resistance of 32.1  53.35 (based on level).
 66 champions: all ranged champions, and , and shapeshifter champions, have base magic resistance of 30  38.5 (based on level).
Optimal efficiency (theoretical)
Note: Effective burst health, commonly referred to just as 'effective health', describes the amount of raw burst damage a champion can receive before dying in such a short time span that he remains unaffected by any form of health restoration (even if the actual considered damage is of sustained form). Unless champion's resists aren't reduced below zero, it will always be more than or equal to a champion's displayed HP in their health bar and it can be increased by buying items with extra health, armor and magic resistance. In this article, effective health will refer to the amount of raw 'magic damage' a champion can take.
In almost all circumstances, champions will have a lot more HP than MR such that the following inequality will be true: ChampionHP > ChampionMR + 100.
If this inequality is true, a single point of MR will give more 'effective health' to that champion than a single point of HP.
If (HP < MR + 100), 1 point of HP will give more effective health than 1 of MR.
If (HP = MR + 100), 1 point of HP will give exactly the same amount of effective health as 1 point of MR.
Because of this relationship, theoretically, the way to get the maximum amount of effective health from a finite combination of HP and MR would be to ensure that you have exactly 100 more HP than MR (this is true regardless of how much HP and MR you actually already have).
 Example: Given a theoretical situation where you start off with 0 HP and 0 MR and are given an arbitrary sufficient number of stat points (x ≥ 100), each of which you can either use to increase your HP or MR by 1 point, the way to maximize your effective health is to add points to your HP until your HP = (MR + 100) = (0 + 100) = 100, and then split the remaining stat points in half, spend half on your HP and half on your MR.
However, this is only theoretically true if we consider both HP and MR to be equally obtainable resources with simplified mechanism of skill point investment. In reality a player buys these stats for gold instead. As gold value of MR (derived from cost of basic magic resistance item) is currently (as of season six) 6.75 times higher than gold value of HP (derived from cost of basic health item), we theoretically can maximize effective health represented by product of 0.01 × HP × (MR + 100) with gold as input variable by satisfying the following equation: HP = 6.75 × (MR + 100). The graph and conclusions obtained by solving it are mentioned in the analogous section about armor.
 Example: Given a theoretical situation where you start off with 0 HP and 0 MR and are given an arbitrary sufficient amount of gold (x ≥ 253.125), which you can either use to increase your HP or MR, the way to maximize your effective health is to buy HP until your HP = 6.75 × (MR + 100) = 6.75 × (0 + 100) = 675, and then split the remaining gold in half, spend half on your HP and half on your MR (as former is 6.75 times cheaper than the latter, it would lead to buying 6.75 times more additional HP than MR and thus naturally reaching equality in the equation above).
Now we just formulated a simple rule of preserving equilibrium (or maximum effective health):
Once equilibrium state is reached, all we need to do to preserve it is to always distribute gold equally into all involved stats for the rest of the game.
... or in our case, always 50% gold into HP and 50% gold into MR.
Again this model is highly simplified and cannot be exactly applied in cases when we are buying any other item than 450, so with that much gold you opt to buy either a single or a single , drastically changing the equilibrium constant to 6.
, or (for example if our decisionmaking process would involve instead of , the above model would need to use equilibrium constant 6.84). Even considering the purchase of different MR or HP items with differing gold efficiencies (quite natural expectation under real circumstances) makes use of single constant utterly impossible. Going even further, the continuous model simplifies a discrete character of real shopping, as you cannot really buy 1.125 × forHowever, thankfully to almost linear item stats' gold efficiency a player can use weakened base equilibrium condition in a form: HP ≈ 6.75 × (MR + 100) safely enough to speed up decisionmaking. The important thing to remember is that there is no reason to hold to it too strictly.
Note: In case of armor only the basic constant 6.75 is slightly changed to 7.5.
This information is strongly theoretical and due to game limitations from champions' base stats, innate abilities and nonlinearity of gold value of item stats (gold value of stats differs for different items or is even impossible to be objectively evaluated due to interference of unique item abilities), the real equilibrium function is too complicated to be any useful.
The complexity of this problem provides space for players' intuition to develop and demonstrate their itemization skills. If given sufficient amount of time, each player could perfectly analyze situation at any given moment when he exited the shop and tell what should he buy at that moment for available gold to maximize own effective health. The sheer impossibility of doing such thing in real time creates opportunity to develop the skill. Not only that but often choosing to maximize current effective health leads to suboptimal decision branches in the future. The summary on end game screen about type of fatal damage taken is a key part of this decision process as well.
Instead, broadly speaking, items which provide both HP and MR give a very high amount of effective health against magic damage compared to items which only provide HP or only provide MR. These items should be purchased when a player is seeking efficient ways to reduce the magic damage they take by a large amount. Furthermore, these items are among all available items the best ones to distribute their gold value equally among both HP and MR, thus working perfectly for rule of preserving equilibrium.
Trivia
Last updated: 13/05/2017 on patch V7.9
 One of the biggest amount of magic resistance any champion can obtain is 1927.647808 (which reduces magic damage by 95.068%), being a level 18 .
 Base stats: +53.4 magic resistance
 Runes:
 9 × Scaling Marks of Magic Resistance (+9 × 1.26 magic resistance)
 9 × Scaling Seals of Magic Resistance (+9 × 1.8 magic resistance)
 9 × Scaling Glyphs of Magic Resistance (+9 × 2.88 magic resistance)
 3 × Scaling Quintessences of Magic Resistance (+3 × 6.66 magic resistance)
 Masteries:
 1 point in +10% bonus magic resistance + 27 flat) (
 1 point in (+8 magic resistance)
 5 points in +5% bonus magic resistance) (
 5 points in (+3 × 5 magic resistance)
 Items:
 1 near 3 enemy champions (+80 magic resistance)
 5 (+5 × 65 magic resistance)
 Buffs:

 (+11 magic resistance) (this mastery can not stack)
(+30 magic resistance)
 (+122.23296 magic resistance)
 +100% total magic resistance + 100 flat) (

 Relevant mathematics:

 Items = + = 405 magic resistance
 Runes = 1.26 × 9 + 1.8 × 9 + 2.88 × 9 + 6.66 × 3 = 73.44 magic resistance
 Mast. & buffs = + + = 50 magic resistance
 Bonus magic resistance multiplier = 1 + (
 bonus magic resistance = (405 + 73.44 + 50) × 1.15 = 607.706 bonus magic resistance
 bonus = 25 + 0.16 × 607.706 = 122.23296 magic resistance
+ ) = 1.15
bonus magic resistance:
 magic resistance:
 Base stats: +53.4 magic resistance
 Items = + = 405 magic resistance
 Runes = 1.26 × 9 + 1.8 × 9 + 2.88 × 9 + 6.66 × 3 = 73.44 magic resistance
 Mast. & buffs = + + + + + + = 313.23296 magic resistance
 Bonus magic resistance multiplier = 1 + ( + ) = 1.15
 Magic resistance multiplier =
 magic resistance = ((405 + 73.44 + 313.23296) × 1.15 + 53.4) × 2 = 1927.647808 magic resistance
= 2
 Having an enemy with the same setup use on will yield a total of 1735.54953168 magic resistance, which reduces magic damage by 94.552%.

 bonus = 0.4 × 1927.647808 = 771.0591232 magic resistance
magic resistance = 1927.647808 magic resistance
 magic resistance:
 Base stats: +53.4 magic resistance
 Items = + = 405 magic resistance
 Runes = 1.26 × 9 + 1.8 × 9 + 2.88 × 9 + 6.66 × 3 = 73.44 magic resistance
 Mast. & buffs = + + + + + + = 984.2987232 magic resistance
 Bonus magic resistance multiplier = 1 + (
 magic resistance = (405 + 73.44 + 984.2987232) × 1.15 + 53.4 = 1735.54953168 magic resistance
+ ) = 1.15
 Prior to Patch 3.10, a level 18 with 1 , 5 , 3 points in Resistance, 3 points in Legendary Armor, , , , , an allied aura, a full page of Scaling Magic Resist runes, and active gave a total of approximately 1004 magic resistance. Switching for and having an enemy with the same setup use on and the allied use on the enemy , yielded a total of approximately 1297 magic resistance. This is the highest possible amount of magic resistance, which is 92.8% reduction.
 If disconnected from the fountain and had the same setup, he will have 2108 magic resistance. This is a 95.5% reduction.
 NOTE: This calculation does not include the Defender mastery.
Offensive  Ability power · Attack damage · Attack speed · Critical strike chance · Critical strike damage · Armor penetration · Magic penetration · Life steal · Spell vamp 

Defensive  Health · Health regeneration · Armor · Magic resistance 
Utility  Cooldown reduction · Mana · Mana regeneration · Energy · Energy regeneration · Experience · Revival · Gold generation · Heal Power · Shield Power 
Other  Movement speed · Tenacity · Range 