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The Black Cleaver is a legendary item in League of Legends.[1] 


The Black Cleaver item
The Black Cleaver
3000 Gold (825 Gold)
Phage item
1325 Gold (565 Gold)
Kindlegem item
850 Gold (450 Gold)

Cost Analysis*

Gold Value

Gold Efficiency*

  • The Black Cleaver item.png The Black Cleaver's base stats are 104.67% gold efficient, without its two passives.

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  • Both passives trigger not only on auto-attacks but on any effect that deals physical damage, such as UrgotSquare.png Urgot's Acid Hunter.png Acid Hunter, GarenSquare.png Garen's Judgment.png Judgment, DariusSquare.png Darius's Hemorrhage.png Hemorrhage and PantheonSquare.png Pantheon's Heartseeker Strike.png Heartseeker Strike.
  • On-hit effects do not apply an additional armor shred stack.
    • Auto-attacks with Tiamat item.png Tiamat and Ravenous Hydra item.png Ravenous Hydra will apply stacks to nearby champions, but a champion attacked directly can't receive additional stacks.
  • The armor reduction stacks from The Black Cleaver item.png The Black Cleaver apply only to enemy champions. They will not affect structures such as turrets and inhibitors, minions, or neutral monsters.
  • Physical damage-over-time abilities will apply one stack on every tick.
  • Pets that deal physical damage will apply stacks, even if they don't apply on-hit effects or spell effects.
  • The very first instance of physical damage does not get the benefit of the armor reduction. The physical damage dealt is calculated first, and the debuff is applied after. This means the full benefit of the reduction is seen on the seventh hit, after all six stacks have been applied.
  • Last Whisper item.png Last Whisper provides more raw percent-based armor piercing than the full six The Black Cleaver item.png Black Cleaver stacks (35% to 30%, respectively), but The Black Cleaver item.png The Black Cleaver's armor shred benefits an entire team, while Last Whisper item.png Last Whisper's only augments its wielder's damage.
  • Armor reduction and penetration effects stack, allowing an attacking character to benefit simultaneously from The Black Cleaver item.png Black Cleaver shred, penetration runes, other items such as Last Whisper item.png Last Whisper, and champion abilities that circumvent armor.
  • In conjunction with The Black Cleaver item.png The Black Cleaver at 6 stacks:
    • JarvanIVSquare.png Jarvan IV's Dragon Strike.png Dragon Strike reduces the armor of all enemies hit by 37 / 39.8 / 42.6 / 45.4 / 48.2% for 3 seconds.
    • JayceSquare.png Jayce's Transform- Mercury Cannon.png Transform: Mercury Cannon reduces the armor and magic resistance of the enemy hit by his first attack after cast, by 37 / 40.5 / 44 / 47.5% for 5 seconds.
    • KayleSquare.png Kayle's Holy Fervor.png Holy Fervor reduces the armor of enemies hit by her autoattacks for 5 seconds per stack. This debuff stacks up to 5 times for a combined percentual armor penetration of (Max. 40.5%).
    • RenektonSquare.png Renekton's Slice and Dice.png Slice and Dice, when empowered by having more than 50 Fury, Dice will reduce the armor of all enemies hit by 40.5 / 44 / 47.5 / 51 / 54.5% for 4 seconds.
    • SionSquare.png Sion's Roar of the Slayer.png Roar of the Slayer reduces the armor of the target hit by 20% for 2.5 seconds.
    • TrundleSquare.png Trundle's Subjugate.png Subjugate reduces the armor of his target by 44% to 58% in the next 4 seconds (the effect does not apply any stacks). The armor reduction lasts for another 4 seconds after the drain completes.
    • UrgotSquare.png Urgot's Noxian Corrosive Charge.png Noxian Corrosive Charge reduces the armor of all enemies hit by 37 / 40.5 / 44 / 47.5 / 51% for 5 seconds.
    • ViSquare.png Vi's Denting Blows.png Denting Blows reduces the target's armor by 44% for 4 seconds after every third consecutive hit.
    • WukongSquare.png Wukong's Crushing Blow.png Crushing Blow reduces the armor of the target hit by 38.4 for 3 seconds.
    • XinZhaoSquare.png Xin Zhao's Challenge.png Challenge reduces the armor of targets hit by his basic attacks or Audacious Charge.png Audacious Charge by 40.5% for 3 seconds. Only one target may be challenged at a given time.

Patch History

  • New item icon.
  • New recipe: Kindlegem item.png Kindlegem + Phage item.png Phage + 825 Gold = 3000 Gold
  • Health increased to 400 from 200.
  • Attack damage reduced to 40 from 50.
  • Cooldown reduction increased to 20% from 10%.
  • No longer grants + 10 Armor Penetration.
  • Revised Passive: Dealing physical damage to an enemy champion Cleaves them, reducing their armor by 5% for 6 seconds, stacking up to 6 times.
    • The passive is now unique.
  • New Unique Passive: Rage: Dealing physical damage grants 20 movement speed for 2 seconds. Assists on Cleaved enemy champions or kills on any unit grant 60 movement speed for 2 seconds instead. This movement speed is halved for ranged champions.


  • Combine cost increased to 1263 Gold from 1188 Gold (total cost remains the same due to Ruby Crystal item.png Ruby Crystal's price being reduced).


  • Can no longer apply more than one stack of Armor Shred in a single basic attack.


  • Health reduced to 200 from 250.
  • Maximum stacks increased to 5 from 4.
  • Armor reduction per stack reduced to 5% from 6.25%.
  • Fixed a bug where spells were applying more reduction than intended.


  • Armor Reduction per stack reduced to 6.25% from 7.5% (Maximum reduction is now 25% from 30%).
  • Flat Armor Penetration reduced to 10 from 15 and is now unique.

V1.0.0.152: Rework

  • Recipe: The Brutalizer item.png The Brutalizer + Ruby Crystal item.png Ruby Crystal + 1188 Gold = 3000 Gold
  • +250 health
  • +50 attack damage
  • +10% cooldown reduction
  • +15 armor penetration
  • Passive: Dealing physical damage to an enemy champion reduces their armor by 7.5% for 4 seconds. This effect stacks up to 4 times.



  • Fixed a bug where it didn't appear in the attack speed tab.


  • Recipe changed: Now requires B. F. Sword item.png B. F. Sword + Dagger item.png Dagger + 795 Gold
    • Old recipe: B. F. Sword item.png B. F. Sword + Long Sword item.png Long Sword + 800 Gold
    • Damage reduced to 55 from 75.
    • Now adds 30% increased attack speed.
    • Unique passive: Now shreds 15 armor per stack from 12 but has a maximum of 3 stacks from 5.

May 15, 2009 Patch:

  • Attack damage reduced to 75 from 80.


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