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Skill Usage 

Build usage

  • It is difficult to build items that give MalphiteSquare.png Malphite all or even most of what he needs. Health, armor and magic resistance, attack damage, ability power, and cooldown reduction are hard to fit into six items, five items if you include boots. Items that provide any combination of these stats are useful and should be prioritized.
    • It should be noted, however, that his passive, Granite Shield.png Granite Shield, scales with maximum health, so planning on building a health item first, even if you are unsure what your endgame build will be, is a wise choice. This will also grant you some early game tankiness and survivability to help you through laning phase.
  • MalphiteSquare.png 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's tankyness, 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 MalphiteSquare.png Malphite's abilities deal magical damage, this item can increase his damage output significantly.
    • Zhonya's Hourglass item.png Zhonya's Hourglass is a good but highly situational item on MalphiteSquare.png Malphite, as it increases armor for Ground Slam.png Ground Slam and AP 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.
    • Deathfire Grasp item.png Deathfire Grasp is a strong choice if it is your goal to assassinate single high priority targets. The active can be used during Unstoppable Force.png Unstoppable Force to massively increase the burst damage of MalphiteSquare.png Malphite's combo.
    • In an extremely ability-power focused build, Malphite can buy Rabadon's Deathcap item.png Rabadon's Deathcap. Remember, however, that Malphite has low ability power ratios, so this item is recommended most of time only as a late-game purchase.
  • Consider purchasing a Frozen Heart item.png Frozen Heart or Randuin'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 MalphiteSquare.png Malphite.
  • MalphiteSquare.png Malphite profits highly from buying armor, so purchasing items with that stat is very efficient.
    • Thornmail item.png Thornmail and Randuin'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, remember that Ground Slam reduces attack speed, therefore it actually makes this item less effective, as the enemy will attack Malphite less times, thus taking less damage from Thornmail. However, this item is still effective against some matchups such as MasterYiSquare.png Master Yi, or if the enemy ranged ADC is fed (as he will likely not be in range for Malphite to use Ground Slam).
    • Most of time, though, it is better to buy the other mentioned items. When combined with Randuin's Omen and Frozen Heart, Ground Slam leave the enemy's attack speed ridiculously slow, making 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 MalphiteSquare.png 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 Spirit Visage item.png Spirit Visage when facing multiple AP opponents. Your armor will have very little effect against casters like RyzeSquare.png Ryze or AnnieSquare.png Annie.
  • Look to buy items with mixed stats to maximize efficiency: Sunfire Cape item.png Sunfire Cape, Randuin's Omen item.png Randuin's Omen and Banshee'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 MalphiteSquare.png 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 DrMundoSquare.png Dr. Mundo or OriannaSquare.png Orianna.
  • MalphiteSquare.png Malphite usually doesn't have the damage to sustain himself in a fight with spell vamp or life steal. Building Warmog's Armor item.png Warmog's Armor can give him valuable health regeneration.
    • Note that the health regeneration is pathetically small during the actual teamfight. It will get you at most +120 health for a fifteen second teamfight. Health Regeneration is much better during the laning phase, and drops off significantly in usefulness during teamfight situations.
  • Because Malphite's abilities deal magic damage, and they have good base damage (but poor scalings, with exception of his ultimate), 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's Torment item.png Liandry's Torment, however, is a great item to buy on Malphite. This item actually gives some HP, has flat magic penetration, and a passive that works well with Malphite's 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.
  • MalphiteSquare.png Malphite can build a little attack damage with the splash damage passive and attack damage steroid active from Brutal Strikes.png Brutal Strikes.
  • Buying cooldown reduction is a priority for MalphiteSquare.png Malphite as the cooldowns on his abilities persist longer than his abilities' effects.
    • MalphiteSquare.png 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.

Recommended builds

Summoner's Rift
Starting Doran's Shield item Health Potion item Warding Totem item
Essential Ninja Tabi item Glacial Shroud item Sunfire Cape item
Offensive Iceborn Gauntlet item Abyssal Scepter item Righteous Glory item
Defensive Banshee's Veil item Randuin's Omen item Thornmail item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item Sight Ward item Vision Ward item Elixir of Iron item
Summoner's Rift (Jungler)
Starting Hunter's Machete item Health Potion item Warding Totem item
Essential Ninja Tabi item Distortion item Sunfire Cape item
Offensive Iceborn Gauntlet item Abyssal Scepter item Righteous Glory item
Defensive Banshee's Veil item Randuin's Omen item Thornmail item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item Sight Ward item Vision Ward item Elixir of Iron item
The Howling Abyss
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran's Shield item Doran's Ring item Health Potion item2
Essential Sorcerer's Shoes item Sunfire Cape item Abyssal Scepter item
Offensive Iceborn Gauntlet item Rabadon's Deathcap item Athene's Unholy Grail item Zhonya's Hourglass item
Defensive Frozen Heart item Randuin's Omen item Aegis of the Legion item Orb of Winter item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Crystal Scar
Starting Doran's Shield item Boots of Speed item Health Potion item2
Essential Ninja Tabi item Glacial Shroud item Warden's Mail item
Offensive Iceborn Gauntlet item Abyssal Scepter item Sunfire Cape item
Defensive Frozen Heart item Randuin's Omen item Thornmail item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Twisted Treeline
Starting Doran's Shield item Boots of Speed item
Essential Ninja Tabi item Glacial Shroud item Warden's Mail item
Offensive Iceborn Gauntlet item Abyssal Scepter item Sunfire Cape item
Defensive Frozen Heart item Randuin's Omen item Overlord's Bloodmail item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item

Jungling

Countering

  • Try to destroy MalphiteSquare.png Malphite's Granite Shield.png Granite Shield before using your nukes to ensure you deal your full damage.
    • In the lane, try to harass MalphiteSquare.png Malphite to break his Granite Shield.png Granite Shield and prevent its regeneration.
    • You might even be able to zone MalphiteSquare.png Malphite a little while he waits for the shield to refresh.
  • Don't even try to go against MalphiteSquare.png 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 attack speed reduction. These alone make him heavily favored in a trade, not to mention his Granite Shield.png Granite Shield.
  • MalphiteSquare.png 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 weaker overall.
    • Be wary of picking too many AP champions, however, as Malphite can counter that by asking one of his teammates to pick VeigarSquare.png Veigar or GalioSquare.png Galio.
  • Note whether or not MalphiteSquare.png Malphite is spamming his abilities (especially Seismic Shard.png Seismic Shard) as he isn't exactly the most mana efficient champion around.
  • Malphite has no natural sustain. By picking a champion with sustain, you can generally counter 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 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 MalphiteSquare.png 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.
  • MalphiteSquare.png Malphite will usually build armor to make the effect of his Ground Slam.png Ground Slam more useful. Consider getting a Last Whisper item.png Last Whisper to counter this.
    • The Black Cleaver item.png The Black Cleaver is another effective anti-armor item against Malphite. By reducind his armor, you reduce the damage that Ground Slam.png Ground Slam deals.
  • Since MalphiteSquare.png 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.
  • VladimirSquare.png Vladimir is considered one of the best counters to 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 buys, and forces him to build early magic resistance items (which make Malphite weaker as he doesn't scale with magic resistance). The second is that Vladimir himself is tanky, and while he isn't as tanky as Malphite, he is tanky enough so that Malphite can't burst him down. The third is that Vladimir has sustain, and is manaless; as such, 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'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 has much more utility for his team (more CC, an attack speed slow, and is tankier), Vladimir has much more damage, especially AoE sustained damage, and as such, he has as much teamfighting presence as Malphite.

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