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The Black Cleaver
The Black Cleaver
Tier Legendary
Stats +200 health
+50 attack damage
+10% cooldown reduction
Unique: +10 armor penetration
Passive Dealing physical damage to an enemy champion reduces their armor by 5% for 4 seconds. This effect stacks up to 5 times.
Menu Attack > Damage
Magic > Cooldown Reduction
Defense > Health
Item cost 3000g (1263g)
Sell value 2100g
Item Code 3071

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


The Black Cleaver item
The Black Cleaver
3000 gold (1263 gold)
The Brutalizer item
1337 gold (617 gold)
Long Sword item
360 gold
Long Sword item
360 gold
Ruby Crystal item
400 gold

Cost Analysis

Gold Value

Gold Efficiency

  • The base stats are 88.3% gold efficient.
  • For the item to be considered 100% gold efficient, the armor penetration stat and passive would need to have a combined gold value of 350g.

Similar items


  • The armor shred passive triggers not only on autoattacks but on any effect that deals physical damage, such as  Urgot's  Acid Hunter,  Garen's  Judgment, and  Pantheon's  Heartseeker Strike.
  • On-hit effects do not apply an additional armor shred stack.
    • Auto-attacks with Tiamat and 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 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 sixth hit, after all five stacks have been applied.
  • Last Whisper provides more raw percent-based armor piercing than the full five  Black Cleaver stacks (35% to 25%, respectively), but The Black Cleaver's armor shred benefits an entire team, while Last Whisper's only augments its wielder's damage.
  • Armor reduction and penetration effects stack, allowing an attacking character to benefit simultaneously from  Black Cleaver shred, penetration runes, other items such as Last Whisper, and champion abilities that circumvent armor.
  • The armor reduction passive stacks with itself, purchasing two The Black Cleavers will cause physical attacks to apply two stacks per hit, however the maximum 5 stacks still remains.
  • In conjunction with The Black Cleaver:
    •  Jarvan IV's  Dragon Strike reduces the armor of all enemies hit by 32.5 / 35.5 / 38.5 / 41.5 / 44.5% for 3 seconds.
    •  Jayce's  Transform: Mercury Cannon reduces the armor and magic resistance of the enemy hit by his first attack after cast, by 32.5 / 36.25 / 40 / 43.75% for 5 seconds.
    •  Kayle's  Holy Fervor reduces the armor of enemies hit by her autoattacks by 7.25% for 5 seconds per stack. This debuff stacks up to 5 times (Max. 36.25%).
    •  Nidalee's  Bushwhack reduces the armor of enemies that step on the trap by 40 / 43.75 / 47.5 / 51.25 / 55% for 8 seconds. The trap does not apply the stacks.
    •  Renekton's  Slice and Dice, when empowered by having more than 50 Fury, Dice will reduce the armor of all enemies hit by 36.25 / 40 / 43.75 / 47.5 / 51.25% for 4 seconds.
    •  Trundle's  Subjugate reduces the armor of his target by 40% to 55% in the next 4 seconds (the effect does not apply the stacks). The armor reduction lasts for another 4 seconds after the drain completes.
    •  Urgot's  Noxian Corrosive Charge reduces the armor of all enemies hit by 12 / 14 / 16 / 18 / 20% for 5 seconds.
    •  Vi's  Denting Blows reduces the target's armor by 40% for 4 seconds after every third consecutive hit.
    •  Wukong's  Crushing Blow reduces the armor of the target hit by 47.5% for 3 seconds.
    •  Xin Zhao's  Challenge reduces the armor of targets hit by his basic attacks or  Audacious Charge by 36.25% for 3 seconds. Only one target may be challenged at a given time.

Patch History

  • Combine cost increased to 1263g from 1188g (total cost remains the same due to 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 + Ruby Crystal
  • Item cost: 3000
  • Combine cost: 1188
  • +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 + Dagger + 795g
    • Old recipe: B. F. Sword + Long Sword + 800g
    • 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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