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Playing As Malphite Malphite
Playing Against Malphite Malphite
  • If you're a physical damage character 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.


Ability Usage
  • Due to Granite Shield.png Granite Shield, Ground Slam.png Ground Slam, and Unstoppable Force.png Unstoppable Force, he is extremely well-suited to a tanking and initiating role.
    • Unstoppable Force.png Unstoppable Force is one of the best initiating abilities in the game, as it transports Malphite Malphite to the target location and knocks up all nearby enemies. Malphite Malphite is also immune to disables during the dash.
    • Remember to allow Granite Shield.png Granite Shield to recharge if a teamfight is about to start.
  • Seismic Shard.png Seismic Shard is a strong ability with several utilities:
    • It can be used for harassment and poking in lane, with some mana regeneration.
    • In a teamfight, Seismic Shard.png Seismic Shard helps Malphite Malphite stick to the enemy's carries.
    • When escaping or chasing, Seismic Shard.png Seismic Shard will simultaneously slow enemy champions while hasting yourself.
    • Seismic Shard.png Seismic Shard can also be used on minions to gain the speed bonus to catch up to someone out of range.
  • Malphite Malphite's standard combo is first activating Brutal Strikes.png Brutal Strikes, slowing an enemy with Seismic Shard.png Seismic Shard, charging in with Unstoppable Force.png Unstoppable Force, then ending with Ground Slam.png Ground Slam. With a high amount of armor, this combo can shut down multiple enemies at once, especially if they're melee DPS.
  • Malphite Malphite excels at being an anti-carry, designed to stop carries in their tracks with his Ground Slam.png Ground Slam and then destroy them with his high damage output.
  • Malphite Malphite can make a strong counter to certain solo top champions, such as Tryndamere Tryndamere, Irelia Irelia, or Jax Jax that have few ranged options and need to auto-attack to secure lane control. Use Seismic Shard.png Seismic Shard to harass and Ground Slam.png Ground Slam to interfere with last hits, giving you free reign to farm yourself.
  • If your enemy is on low health and they are behind a wall, Unstoppable Force.png Unstoppable Force can go through walls and you can pick up a kill easily.
    • Conversely, if you are low on health and are at great risk of dying, Malphite Malphite's Unstoppable Force.png Unstoppable Force can be used to escape through a wall.
  • Unstoppable Force.png Unstoppable Force combined with other champions' abilities like Curse of the Sad Mummy.png Curse of the Sad Mummy, Glacial Prison.png Glacial Prison, and Crescendo.png Crescendo can incapacitate most or all of the enemy team members for several seconds.
  • Jungling works especially well on Malphite Malphite as his Brutal Strikes.png Brutal Strikes paired with Ground Slam.png Ground Slam can clear camps with moderate ease. Granite Shield.png Granite Shield along with the attack speed debuff from Ground Slam.png Ground Slam mitigates some damage taken from monsters.
    • However his ganks, before gaining access to Unstoppable Force.png Unstoppable Force, are of a moderate effect since Seismic Shard.png Seismic Shard only steals movement speed from enemies.
    • When jungling on Malphite Malphite, it is crucial to reach level 6 quickly. A gank with Unstoppable Force.png Unstoppable Force is extremely devastating and can turn even slippery laners such as Fizz Fizz into easy kills when used correctly.
Mastery Usage
Item Usage
  • Malphite Malphite is an extremely durable tank with excellent peeling and initiating capabilities. He is strong enough to soak the enemy team's damage and hold their attention but damaging enough to solo enemy fighters efficiently. His prime attributes are ability power, armor, and health.
  • Malphite Malphite is typically built for a tank role but can be built with ability power, trading off late game utility for damage.
    • Rod of Ages item.png Rod of Ages is a great item, as not only it gives ability power, but also gives health and mana. This not only boosts Malphite Malphite's tankiness, but also solves his mana problems.
    • Abyssal Scepter item.png Abyssal Scepter is a possible build option, boosting his magic resistance and lowering the enemies'. Since most of Malphite Malphite's abilities deal magic damage, this item can increase his damage output significantly.
    • Zhonya&#039;s Hourglass item.png Zhonya's Hourglass is a good but highly situational item on Malphite Malphite, as it increases armor for Ground Slam.png Ground Slam and Ability Power for Unstoppable Force.png Unstoppable Force and Seismic Shard.png Seismic Shard. The active effect also allows Granite Shield.png Granite Shield (as well as all of his other abilities) more time to reactivate.
    • In an extremely ability-power focused build, Malphite Malphite can buy Rabadon&#039;s Deathcap item.png Rabadon's Deathcap. Remember, however, that Malphite Malphite has low ability power ratios, so this item is recommended most of time only as a late-game purchase.
    • It is possible to build Malphite Malphite as a full AP offensive champion. This allows him to function as a burst mage, allowing him to pick off enemy champions and burst them down. People often don't expect Malphite Malphite to have such amounts of burst. Keep in mind that this will leave Malphite Malphite very squishy, so it is still recommended to build him as a tank most of time.
      • It is also possible to build Malphite Malphite as an AP bruiser. This build is great as it gives Malphite Malphite a mix of damage and durability and allow him to potentially win against champions that counter him, namely AP champions such as Rumble Rumble and Vladimir Vladimir. However, this build falls off late game and is much less optimal for tanking.
  • Consider purchasing a Frozen Heart item.png Frozen Heart or Randuin&#039;s Omen item.png Randuin's Omen to support the effect of his Ground Slam.png Ground Slam.
    • Frozen Heart item.png Frozen Heart also grants mana and cooldown reduction, which are both very desirable stats on Malphite Malphite.
  • Malphite Malphite profits highly from buying armor, so purchasing items with that stat is very efficient.
    • Thornmail item.png Thornmail and Randuin&#039;s Omen item.png Randuin's Omen are very strong choices, increasing the effectiveness of his Granite Shield.png Granite Shield and Ground Slam.png Ground Slam
    • When purchasing Thornmail item.png Thornmail, remember that Ground Slam.png Ground Slam reduces attack speed, which can backfire, as the enemy will attack Malphite Malphite less frequently, thus taking less damage from Thornmail item.png Thornmail. However, this item is still effective, especially against champions such as Master Yi Master Yi (which is immune to attack speed slows), or if the enemy ranged ADC is fed (as he will likely not be in range for Malphite Malphite to use Ground Slam.png Ground Slam).
      • Thornmail item.png Thornmail's passive scaling with bonus armor benefits Malphite Malphite even more, as he is very likely to stack a lot of armor. Not only that, Brutal Strikes.png Brutal Strikes further increases this amount of armor, making Thornmail item.png Thornmail even more efficient on him.
    • When combined with Randuin&#039;s Omen item.png Randuin's Omen and Frozen Heart item.png Frozen Heart, Ground Slam.png Ground Slam leave the enemy's attack speed ridiculously slow, making Malphite Malphite take very little damage if they are auto-attack based. Just be wary of caster champions, as they don't care about having their attack speed slowed (as they don't rely on it). If they are AD casters, however, the armor still works against them.
  • Although Malphite Malphite specializes in tanking physical damage due to his heavy focus on armor and reducing attack speed, be sure to get at least a moderate amount of magic resistance with items like Aegis of the Legion item.png Aegis of the Legion or Banshee&#039;s Veil item.png Banshee's Veil when facing multiple AP opponents. Your armor will have very little effect against casters like Ryze Ryze or Annie Annie.
  • Look to buy items with mixed stats to maximize efficiency: Sunfire Cape item.png Sunfire Cape, Randuin&#039;s Omen item.png Randuin's Omen and Banshee&#039;s Veil item.png Banshee's Veil all combine health and a powerful passive with a resistance.
  • Chalice of Harmony item.png Chalice of Harmony is a useful item for the laning phase, allowing Malphite Malphite to poke enemies with his Seismic Shard.png Seismic Shard and take lane control despite the high mana costs. The magic resist component can be useful against certain matchups such as Dr. Mundo Dr. Mundo or Orianna Orianna.
  • Warmog&#039;s Armor item.png Warmog's Armor is a viable late game option to allow Malphite Malphite to sustain himself after a teamfight or against poke-based teams. It is also especially good against burst champions, especially if they stack armor penetration.
  • Because Malphite Malphite's abilities deal magic damage, and they have good base damage (but poor scalings, with exception of Unstoppable Force.png Unstoppable Force), he benefits a lot from magic penetration.
    • Despite this, it is not recommended to buy Void Staff item.png Void Staff, as this item does not give any tanky stats.
    • Liandry&#039;s Torment item.png Liandry's Torment, however, is a great item to buy on Malphite Malphite. This item actually gives some HP, has flat magic penetration, and a passive that works well with Seismic Shard.png Seismic Shard. This item alone will make Malphite deal a lot more damage, not to mention it works well if Malphite decides to buy Sunfire Cape item.png Sunfire Cape. Just don't buy this item too early, as it does not give armor, magic resistance, or enough HP.
  • Buying cooldown reduction is a priority for Malphite Malphite as the cooldowns on his abilities persist longer than his abilities' effects.
    • Malphite Malphite's main job in important late-game teamfight scenarios is initiating via Unstoppable Force.png Unstoppable Force, so having it available as often as possible is highly important.
  • Try to destroy Malphite Malphite's Granite Shield.png Granite Shield before using your nukes to ensure maximum damage.
    • In the lane, try to harass Malphite Malphite to break his Granite Shield.png Granite Shield and prevent its regeneration.
      • You might even be able to zone Malphite Malphite a little while he waits for the shield to refresh.
  • Don't even try to go against Malphite Malphite as a melee autoattacker because that is exactly what he excels against with his Brutal Strikes.png Brutal Strikes' armor and attack damage steroid and Ground Slam.png Ground Slam's attack speed reduction. These alone make him heavily favored in a trade, not to mention his Granite Shield.png Granite Shield.
  • Malphite Malphite's strengths come from building a lot armor, due to his Ground Slam.png Ground Slam scaling off his armor, and his kit in general being very effective against AD champions. Due to this, picking AP champions will negate his strengths by forcing him to build magic resistance and making Malphite Malphite weaker overall.
    • Be wary of picking too many AP champions, however, as Malphite Malphite can counter that by asking one of his teammates to pick Veigar Veigar or Galio Galio.
  • Note whether or not Malphite Malphite is spamming his abilities (especially Seismic Shard.png Seismic Shard) as he isn't exactly the most mana efficient champion around.
  • Malphite Malphite has no natural sustain. By picking a champion with sustain, you can generally counter Malphite Malphite, as you will outlast him. If Malphite decides to harass or trade damage with you, and you heal all the damage back, that means he is only wasting mana (remember that Malphite Malphite is very mana hungry).
  • When chasing or being chased, it may be a good idea to hold on to any movement speed increasing buffs you may have until after he has used Seismic Shard.png Seismic Shard, as increasing your speed will also increase the amount of movement speed he steals and essentially nullify your boost.
  • Wait until the effect of his Brutal Strikes.png Brutal Strikes wears off before continuing to attack Malphite Malphite as it gives him armor.
  • If you are using a champion whose primary damage source is from auto-attacks, try to stay out of range of Ground Slam.png Ground Slam, as this will reduce your damage significantly.
  • Malphite Malphite will usually build armor to make the effect of his Ground Slam.png Ground Slam more useful. Consider getting a Lord Dominik&#039;s Regards item.png Lord Dominik's Regards to counter this.
  • Since Malphite Malphite is more likely to build armor than health, he will be very susceptible to high burst from magic damage. Consider this when picking champions to counter him.
  • Don't neglect the burst damage from Unstoppable Force.png Unstoppable Force in a 1v1. It has high base damage, not to mention a high ability power ratio.
  • Avoid grouping together with your allies to decrease the impact of an Unstoppable Force.png Unstoppable Force.
  • Vladimir Vladimir is considered one of the best counters to Malphite Malphite due to a few reasons. The first is that Vladimir is an AP champion, and as such he doesn't care for any armor that Malphite Malphite buys, and forces him to build early magic resistance items (which make Malphite Malphite weaker as he doesn't scale with magic resistance). The second is that Vladimir Vladimir himself is tanky, and while he isn't as tanky as Malphite Malphite, he is tanky enough so that Malphite Malphite can't burst him down. The third is that Vladimir Vladimir has sustain and is manaless. Because of this, Malphite Malphite has very little hope of outsustaining him, as he is very mana hungry and has no natural health sustain. The fourth is that due to Vladimir Vladimir's Transfusion.png Transfusion and Tides of Blood.png Tides of Blood having low cooldowns, he can constantly keep Granite Shield.png Granite Shield down and prevent it from regenerating. Finally, a well-timed Sanguine Pool.png Sanguine Pool can easily dodge Unstoppable Force.png Unstoppable Force.
    • While Malphite Malphite has much more utility for his team (more CC, an attack speed slow, and is tankier) Vladimir Vladimir has much more damage, especially AoE sustained damage, and as such, he has as much teamfighting presence as Malphite Malphite.

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