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Tips

Playing As Malphite Malphite
Playing Against Malphite Malphite
  • If you're a physical damage champion, stay behind your allies when fighting Malphite. Ground Slam.png Ground Slam can significantly reduce your damage output.
  • Malphite is one of a couple tanks who are capable of jungling. Watch out if he gets Smite.png Smite.

Tricks

Ability Usage
  • Malphite Malphite is an impenetrable wall of Brutal Strikes.png armor with stellar Unstoppable Force.png team-fighting potential. He is mostly played as a tank in top lane, support or jungle.
  • Granite Shield.png Granite Shield
    • Malphite's passive periodically grants him a shield based on his maximum health.
    • This helps Malphite, who is almost purely melee, cope with enemy poke.
    • It also makes him straight up tankier which helps him absorb as much damage as possible.
    • An added bonus is that the shield makes recalling safer since enemies have to break it to stop the channel.
  • Seismic Shard.png Seismic Shard
    • Malphite's Q is a projectile that slows and damages the target while speeding him up for 4 seconds.
    • It is recommended to max this first against ranged opponents and/or mages.
    • It has respectable base damage when maxed and can be used for poke. However, it's mana cost is quite high so use it sparingly.
    • Use this to run up to your opponent in order to start your combo.
    • Conversely, it can be used for running away and disengaging.
    • If your enemy is out of range, Q a minion or monster to get the speed boost to do either of the aforementioned uses.
  • Brutal Strikes.png Brutal Strikes
    • Malphite's W passively grants him extra armor and makes his autoattacks deal bonus AoE damage when activated for 6 seconds.
    • It is recommended to max this ability second or last as it scales on a % of your armor which will only be noticeable when you already have built some armor.
    • Use this to help clear waves or jungle camps and when you are fighting long extended trades.
    • It does not reset your autoattack animation nor does it deal bonus damage to towers so only use it when taking towers to proc Sheen item.png Sheen.
  • Ground Slam.png Ground Slam
    • Malphite's E deals AoE damage and slows the attack speed of all enemies hit for 3 seconds.
    • This should be maxed first if the enemy is melee and reliant on autoattacks.
    • The attack speed slow (along with his massive amount of armor) is what makes Malphite amazing against AD champions. Be sure to hit them with this ability or your effectiveness will drop sharply.
    • It's damage scales with your armor so it hurts a lot even in full tank builds.
    • It is cheaper to cast than Seismic Shard.png Seismic Shard so you can afford to use it more often.
    • Use this in conjunction with Brutal Strikes.png Brutal Strikes to make quick work of minion waves and monsters.
  • Unstoppable Force.png Unstoppable Force
    • Malphite's ult makes him dash to an area, knocking up and damaging enemies hit.
    • This turns Malphite's subpar team-figting into one of the best as it can knock up and incapacitate entire enemy teams.
    • It can be used offensively to start a fight or defensively to protect your carries.
    • It can also be used as an effective escape as Malphite is unstoppable during the dash.
    • The ability deals a decent chunk of damage even without AP so it can be used to burst enemies down as well.
Mastery Usage
  • Most players opt for Grasp of the Undying mastery 2016.png Grasp of the Undying for top lane Malphite Malphite since he lacks natural sustain as well as the fact that he can easily proc it during trades since he autoattacks a lot. The bonus damage is also nice since Malphite's main job after ulting is usually to kill an enemy squishy.
  • Courage of the Colossus mastery 2017.png Courage of the Colossus is also good as it stacks with Granite Shield.png Granite Shield to make Malphite much tankier when he goes in for a fight. However, Unstoppable Force.png Unstoppable Force is the only way he can proc it which leaves you without a keystone while it's down.
  • Bond of Stone mastery 2016.png Stoneborn Pact is optimal for support Malphite as he can easily mark enemies for his allies to heal off with Seismic Shard.png Seismic Shard and Unstoppable Force.png Unstoppable Force. The bonus health also helps increase the strength of his Granite Shield.png Granite Shield and synergises well with the free armor from Brutal Strikes.png Brutal Strikes.
  • Thunderlord&#039;s Decree mastery 2016.png Thunderlord's Decree grants more burst which is useful for AP builds (whether mid or support) or jungle (where you want to deal as much damage as possible for a gank). Tank Malphite can also use this to increase his damage without becoming too squishy as Granite Shield.png Granite Shield and Brutal Strikes.png Brutal Strikes will make up for the lack of a tanky keystone.
Item Usage
  • Sunfire Cape item.png Sunfire Cape is standard for Malphite Malphite as it offers health and armor to increase his tankiness. The passive AoE burn also supplements his damage and wave clear.
  • Iceborn Gauntlet item.png Iceborn Gauntlet grants armor, mana and CDR which are all useful for Malphite. The bonus damage from the Sheen item.png Sheen procs are also good since you will be weaving autoattacks in between abilities anyway due to Brutal Strikes.png Brutal Strikes. The ability's free armor also makes Iceborn's slow field huge due to the armor scaling on the item, giving another great source of AoE crowd control.
  • Spirit Visage item.png Spirit Visage is your go-to magic resist item as it grants MR, health and health regeneration. The Spectre&#039;s Cowl item.png Spectre's Cowl in its build path helps against magic damage and poke which are two of Malphite's biggest issues. Although he has no innate healing abilities, the bonus healing effect will boost the health regen from the item and any other heals you will be receiving.
Countering

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