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Maw of Malmortius is a legendary item in League of Legends.[1] 


Maw of Malmortius item
Maw of Malmortius
3250 Gold (850 Gold)
Hexdrinker item
1300 Gold (500 Gold)
Caulfield's Warhammer item
1100 Gold (400 Gold)

Cost Analysis*

Gold Value

Gold Value while using Lifelinegrip

Gold Efficiency*

  • Maw of Malmortius item.png Maw of Malmortius is 86.97% gold efficient without its passive effects and at least 120.05% gold efficient while using them.

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  • Maw of Malmortius item.png Maw of Malmortius helps attack damage-based champions against enemy teams with high amounts of magic damage.
  • Lifeline can absorb most of the initial burst of magic damage from an enemy champion and give the owner an opportunity to attack or retreat. It is very useful against ability power casters with long cooldowns, such as Morgana Morgana and Ziggs Ziggs.
  • More magic resistance will increase Lifeline's effective shield value, as more magic damage will be required to destroy its shield.
  • Maw of Malmortius can be good on attack damage-based champions who benefit from being at low current health (e.g. Tryndamere Tryndamere, Olaf Olaf, Aatrox Aatrox). Their low-health passives combined with Lifeline and Lifegrip let them be at low-health more safely.
  • Maw of Malmortius item.png Maw of Malmortius still provides less effective health against magic damage than dedicated, anti-magic damage defensive items like Spirit Visage item.png Spirit Visage or Banshee's Veil item.png Banshee's Veil. However, Maw of Malmortius come with the advantage of not sacrificing offensive potential, which allows an AD champion to better recover from behind when facing an enemy AP champion. Keep in mind, however, that Maw of Malmortius's passive is not useful at all against most AD champions, while the other aforementioned defensive items still give effective HP and sustain to use against an enemy AD, even though the magic resistance itself is not useful. This can be significant during the mid game if you aren't preparing an armor item against them, or if the enemy AD champion is fed. Choosing wisely between those items can overcome this issue.


  • Maw of Malmortius item.png Maw of Malmortius is named after a well-known community member known as 'Malmortius' (also answers to 'Lord Voldemortius', 'Malmorpheus', and 'James') for obtaining over one thousand referrals.

Patch History


  • New recipe: Hexdrinker item.png Hexdrinker + Caulfield's Warhammer item.png Caulfield's Warhammer + 850 Gold = 3250 Gold
  • Magic resist increased to 45 from 40.
  • Attack damage reduced to 50 from 55.
  • Now grants 10% cooldown reduction.
  • Lifegrip passive now also grants 20 attack damage.
  • No longer grants armor penetration.


  • Magic resist reduced to 40 from 50.
  • Unique Passive - Lifegrip:
    • Removed: 25% bonus attack speed until out of combat.


  • reworked:
    • New Recipe: Hexdrinker item.png Hexdrinker + Serrated Dirk item.png Serrated Dirk + 850 Gold = 3250 Gold.
    • Grants +55 attack damage, +50 magic resistance and +10 armor penetration.
    • Grants Unique Passive - Lifeline: Upon taking magic damage that would reduce maximum health below 30%, grants a shield that absorbs up to 300 (+100% bonus Magic Resistance) magic damage in the next 5 seconds. (90 second cooldown)
    • Grants Unique Passive - Lifegrip: When Lifeline triggers, gain +25% attack speed, +10% spell vamp and +10% life steal until out of combat.


  • Attack damage increased to 60 from 55.
  • Magic resist increased to 40 from 36.
  • Passive attack damage increased to 1 per 2% of missing health from 2.5%.
  • Passive attack damage cap decreased to 35 from 40.
  • Fixed a bug where the cooldown was not properly resetting when upgrading from a Hexdrinker item.png Hexdrinker on cooldown.


  • Item cost reduced to 3200 Gold from 3300 Gold.
    • Combine cost increased to 975 Gold from 925 Gold.


  • Now displays cooldown on the item rather than as a buff.

V1.0.0.136: Added

  • Recipe: Hexdrinker item.png Hexdrinker + Pickaxe item.png Pickaxe + 925 Gold = 3300 Gold
  • Stats: +55 attack damage, +36 magic resistance
  • Unique Passive: +1 attack damage for every 2.5% missing health.
  • Unique Passive: If you would take magic damage which would leave you at less than 30% of your maximum health, you gain a shield which absorbs 400 magic damage for 5 seconds. 60 second cooldown.


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