Best Aatrox Build Guide | Runes | Spells | Items in LoL

Find out everything you need to know about the best Aatrox build, runes, spells, items and counters. Dominate the top lane using this top tier champion!

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Best Aatrox Build Guide | Runes | Spells | Items in LoL

If you're looking for the best Aatrox build to dominate the top lane, then you're lucky, here we will give you an entire guide about everything you need to know about Aatrox and find the top Aatrox build, aatrox runes and much more. Discover even the win rate of this champ and the counter champions you may avoid. Let's start!

Best Aatrox Build

After the Aatrox rework, many Aatrox players have changed the champion's build a little bit, and you can use a bruiser build or a full lethality build which is really useful even against tanky champions. Some normal items for Aatrox builds are: Black cleaver, plated steelcaps, darkin blade, maw of malmortius, serylda's grudge and you can choose between Eclipse or Goredrinker as mythic items.


Aatrox is not an easy League of legends champion to master, but it is a "play safe" champion against almost all champions in the top lane, and, if you learn how to use his abilities (specially his infernal chains), you will be able to deal huge amount of damage by playing Aatrox top.

Best Aatrox Runes

The best runes for Aatrox are inside the precision resolve rune set, which can help you to deal a lot of manage and have made this champion one of the highest win rate Aatrox. Bone plating, last stand and second wind are also an important piece inside Aatrox runes in League of legends games, so, follow the images to choose the best Aatrox runes set and keep your win rate as high as possible.

Best Rune Path



Best Keystone


Best Slot 1 (Rune)


Bone plating

Best Slot 2 (Rune)

Legend: Tenacity


Best Slot 3 (Rune)

Last stand

Best Aatrox Rune Shards

As always, you may choose the rune shards depending on your lane enemy principal damage and type of champion. When playing Aatrox top, try to use sustain rune shards against tank or bruiser champions. Most of the champions in the top lane deal physical damage, so keep in mind using defensive rune champions.

Best Rune Shards



+9 Adaptive Force


+9 Adaptive Force


+6 Armor

Best Aatrox Summoner's Spells

When playing Aatrox, managing League of Legends summoner's spells is really important. For most of the cases, you will have to use Flash and Teleport as your summoner spells, however, if you want to play aggressive the laning phase, then you can use ignite and flash as summoner spells.

Best Spells




Best Aatrox Abilities Order

Knowing the skill order for Aatrox is also really important, as well as controlling the infernal chains correctly. So, the skill order for Aatrox is his Q , E and W, and the ultimate (R) at level 6, 11 and 16. Aatrox Q is the most important ability, so knowing his cooldown is really important in order to trade with enemies.


Best Aatrox items

There are some important items in the Aatrox build that you may not ignore almost all the time. As Aatrox, you may buy the death's dance, deathbringer stance, serylda's grudge, Eclipse, Goredrinker, plated steelcaps, black cleaver, maw of malmortius. Some items are optional, but it's up to you to choose the best build in your game.

Best Starter Aatrox Items

At the beginning of the game, some health potions are really good and a doran's blade or doran's shield. Choose the Doran's blade if you are sure you can solo kill your enemy, and the Doran's shield in case you're against a counter enemy champion.

First Item

Second Item

Doran’s Shield

Health Potion

Best Mid Game Aatrox Items

In the mid game, and for Patch 12.14, you may consider having Eclipse or Goredrinker and deathbringer stance or death's dance. The plated steelcaps boots are also an amazing option most of the time, but you can buy Mercury's treads to increase your champion legend tenacity.

First Item

Second Item

Third Item

Plated Steelcaps


Black cleaver

Best Final Late Game Aatrox Items

In the late game, your total full build for Aatrox should include some of these items: Eclipse / Goredrinker, Black cleaver, Death's dance, Serylda's grudge, plated steelcaps, Maw of malmortius. This will increase your healing stats and will make you virtually immortal, if you use your darkin blade and use the skill order given in this guide for the patch 12.14.

First Item

Second Item

Third Item

Fourth Item

Fifth Item

Sixth Item


Plated Steelcaps

Black cleaver

Death's Dance

Serylda's Grudge

Maw of Malmortius

Best Champions to pair Aatrox with

Aatrox, the darkin blade, can be a powerful champion if you pair your jungle with champs such as: Viego, Wukong and Diana. They help Aatrox to have a very good way to initiate a fight, gives a huge amount of CC and burst damage which can be really helpful for Aatrox. You may take a look at our guide about the best Sett build League of Legends which also makes a good pair with Aatrox.


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Strongest Champions against Aatrox

If you want to increase your win rate with Aatrox, then don't use this champion against Heimerdinger, Cbuttiopeia and Malphite, this champion has amazing healing stats which can help you survive long trades when producing or managing league of legends matches but it's really weak against high DPS champions or all in champs. Take a look at our guide about the best Urgot build League of Legends and check if this champ is strong against Aatrox!


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Weakest Champions against Aatrox

On the other hand, if you want to improve your win rate, then you can play Aatrox against Dr. Mundo, Nasus and Yone. Aatrox's healing abilities are really good for long trades and an amazing tool against those tank champions without a huge amount of CC. Aatrox is one of the best registered trademarks of riot games and an incredible champion that anyone officially involved in League of Legends will take advantage of.


Win Rate %


Dr. Mundo






That's all for our guide about the best build for Aatrox, if you'd like to learn more about the top laners champions, you can check our guide about the best Vladimir build League of Legends and start dominating this wonderful lane. See you at the summoner's rift!

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