Recommended Lane: Mid Lane
Akali strikes in silence, with a message loud and clear: fear the assassin with no master. Akali is a mobile burst damage assassin who is great at both killing a champion fast and at doing extended 1v1 trades. She has a lot of mobility abilities which makes her great at killing enemies one by one by going in and out of sight.
Dealing active ability damage to a champion reveals a ring for 4 seconds.
Crossing the ring empowers Akali’s next attack to gain 100 range, deal 40 bonus magic damage (40+ 60% bonus AD + 50% AP) and restore 15 energy.
Gains 40% Movement Speed while moving toward the ring. Upon crossing the ring, she gains 50% Movement Speed While moving toward enemy champions for 2 seconds.
Throws five kunais, dealing 67 magic damage (25 + 65% AD + 60% AP). Enemies struck at maximum range are slowed by 50% for 0.5 seconds.
Creates a smoke cloud that expands over 5.5 seconds and restores 80 energy. Akali is invisible and gains 30% Movement Speed inside the shroud.
Attacking breaks the invisibility for 0.8 seconds.
Flip backward and throws a shuriken, dealing 63 magic damage (45 + 35% AD + 50% AP) and marking the target for 3 seconds.
Re-cast: Dashes to the marked target, dealing 63 magic damage (40 + 35% AD + 50% AP).
First Cast: Dashes through an enemy champion, dealing 85 physical damage (85 + 50% bonus AD). Can be cast again after 2.5 seconds.
Second Cast: Dashes in target direction, dealing 85 magic damage (85 + 50% AP), increased by up to 300% based on targets’ missing Health.
Deals max damage to targets below 35% health.
Innate: Assassin’s Mark
Akali’s active abilities reveals a ring when it hits an enemy. Moving towards the ring grants Akali bonus movement speed and crossing the ring grants Akali bonus damage, movement speed when moving towards enemy champions, attack range, and restores her energy.
Activating Assassin’s mark and utilizing it consistently well is one of the biggest difference between a good Akali player and a newbie.
Remember to auto attack between casting abilities to utilize your passive. It is often better to move out then in the ring to activate your passive instead of simply auto attacking.
Q / Ability 1: Five Point Mark
Five Point Mark is a spammable poke ability which you are going to use to last hit, harass enemies, and activate your passive with. It deals magic damage and slows down enemies hit by it at its maximum range.
You can instantly activate your passive using Five Point Mark if you hit the enemy champion with the very edge of this ability just like in the picture above.
Five Point Mark is an essential part of Akali’s combos because you can activate activate it during the animation of both casts of E, Shuriken Flip.
W / Ability 2: Twilight Shroud
Twilight Shroud is Akali’s main outplay tool and it is the main thing that allows her to move around in the thicket of a team fight in which she is otherwise vulnerable.
Akali immediately gains energy then she becomes invisible inside the cloud and she gains bonus movement speed. The cloud expands as a ring over its duration.
Never cast it at the start of a team fight unless you are targeted by a strong ability or crowd control such as Fizz’s Chum of the Waters or Vi’s Assault and Battery.
E / Ability 3: Shuriken Flip
Shuriken Flip is Akali’s main mobility tool. This ability can be casted twice. In the first cast, Akali throws a shuriken forward while she does a backflip at the same time. The shuriken marks the first enemy it hits and when Shuriken Flip re-casted, Akali dashes to the marked target.
The first cast of Shuriken Flip is a double edged sword because if you are going for a kill but miss the first cast, you will be too far away from your target and your prey will most likely survive your assassination attempt.
If you are not confident on landing this ability and you are too far away, you can cast it backwards so you will do the flip towards the enemy and you can proceed to either use Q, Five Point Strike, or R, Perfect Execution to engage on the enemy. Bonus: If you do this and land the shuriken into a minion or jungle monster, you can re-cast this ability to get back to safety after killing or damaging the enemy with your combo.
You can follow a teleporting enemy using this ability. The second cast of Shuriken Flip can be used even if the enemy is a whole map away.
You can use Q, Five Point Strike, during the animation of both casts of Shuriken Flip.
Shuriken Flip is a good way to deal damage using your passive.
Think twice about the position of the marked enemy because you might land in a dangerous position and be killed instead. If you are unsure, simply let the ability go on cooldown instead.
R / Ultimate: Perfect Execution
Perfect Execution is a two part dash execution ability. The first cast is a physical damage targeted dash ability. You can only use the ability by targeting an enemy champion but will still damage all enemies you pass through with it.
The first part of Perfect Execution will land you behind the original position of your target and it will always activate your passive unless the enemy is pressed against a wall.
The second part of the ability is a magical damage execution dash ability. You can use the second part of Perfect Execution by targeting a selected area and it will damage all enemies it will pass through and the damage that you will deal can increase up to three times the normal amount based on the enemy’s missing health.
You can use the ability to escape but of course it is a waste because of its long cooldown.
Trade: Q + AA
Zoning Trade: E1 to minions + Q + AA + E2 to disengage
Full Combo W/o ultimate: Q + AA + E1 + E2 +Q + AA + Q + AA
Full Combo W/ ultimate: R1 + Q + AA + E1 + E2 + Q + AA + R2
Ultimate burst: R1 + E1 (wait for R2) + E2 + R1
Akali Build Recommendation
Here are Item Build Recommedation that works on Akali
This is the standard build of Akali which focuses on increasing her burst damage as much as possible.
- Hextech Gunblade – This item is perfect with Akali. It grants her hybrid damage and dual vamp which is perfect for Akali which deals and scales on both AD and AP stat. This also has a passive which deals bonus damage and slwos the enemy.
- Infinity Orb – Grants all your abilities bonus critical damage on low HP enemies. This item increases your execution potential by a great deal.
- Ionian Boots of Lucidity – Decreases all your ability cooldowns as you are reliant on them. Upgrade with the Stasis Enchant to counter burst damage champions or to buy time while your abilities are on cooldown.
- Rabadon’s Deathcap – Provides the highest AP stat among all items in Wild Rift. This will spike your damage output and make you able to kill enemies with even an incomplete combo.
- Lich Bane – Add an additional component for your burst damage from the Spellblade passive of this item.
- Void Staff – Increases your damage against high magic resist target because this item has the highest amount of magic penetration.
This item build is good for fast paced games with drawn out team fights.
- Awakened Soulstealer – This item grants the highest amount of cooldown reduction possible because aside from the flat 20% cooldown reduction it gives, you will have an additional cooldown reduction to your ultimate for each unique takedown you make.
- Liandry’s Torment – Makes your ability deal %HP damage which is great against tanks. Plus, you can easily activate the Madness passive which grants bonus damage the longer you are in a team fight by utilizing Twilight Shroud to stay on top of enemies.
- Electrocute – Grants bonus damage when doing combos which increases your burst damage potential. Conqueror is a viable route if you are going to build Liandry’s Torment against tanks.
- Brutal – Grants a flat bonus damage and penetration bonus.
- Spirit Walker – Provides a small HP bonus and slow resistance.
- Sweet Tooth – Gives a small gold bonus and increased regeneration on eating Honeyfruits. Go for Hunter – Genius if you are confident about your matchup for the bonus ability haste on unique takedowns.
Ignite helps you secure kills throughout the game. Its Grievous Wounds effect is also very useful against high sustain champions.
What’s more annoying than a mobile champion who is hard to catch? A mobile champion with Flash.
Q, Five Point Strike, is the first ability to be maxed because it is your main source of damage and method to activate your passive. E, Shuriken Toss, is next to scale its cooldown then W, Twilight Shroud, is maxed last because it does not scale that well with its additional levels. Get a point in your ultimate whenever possible.
Akali Early Game Guide
A great thing about Akali is that she doesn’t have a mana pool. She has an energy bar that refills quickly.
This means that you have use and abuse your Q, Five Point Strike to harass the enemy or simply last hit minions.
If you hit your enemy with your Q, Five Point Strike. Try to hit the enemy with your passive, Assassin’s Mark. If that is not possible, use it to last hit. You can force an engagement using your W, Twilight Shroud and E, Shuriken Toss.
Pre-level 5, activate your W, Twilight Shroud after hitting the enemy with a combo with your E, Shuriken Toss. If you manage to hit the enemy with another Q, Five Point Strike and auto attack after that, you might be able to kill the enemy.
Once you hit level 5, you’ll be able to kill most champions with your full combo + Ignite.
Look for a kill every time your ultimate is available. Mid game is where Akali shines the most.
Akali Late Game Guide
After the mid game, you should have accumulated a lot of kills already.
Late game is a hard stage for Akali as the enemy team would almost always be grouped together.
Try to look for champions farming alone or split pushing.
Your target is the enemy ADC or APC.
Once a clash breaks out, wait for the enemy team to use their crowd control. Once they have burned their abilities, it will be your time to shine once more.
Dr. Mundo is an excellent jungle partner for Akali because he’s a great peeler and space creator for his team. He can soak a lot of damage and create chaos on team fights which is a good environment for Akali which she can take advantage to assassinate enemies from the shadows.
A team does not want to stay together if they are against Kennen and they don’t want to be spotted alone when facing Akali. If both are in the same team, they have to pick their poison carefully.
Lux can punish Akali hard before she has her ultimate, and if the lux player is good, she’ll get Barrier against Akali and she won’t be able to kill her using a full combo by then. As the game goes on, Lux can prevent Akali from bursting down her targets because Lux’s Prismatic Shield grants high amounts of shielding to her allies.
Lulu’s ultimate, Wild Growth and Help, Pix! will make it hard for you to burst down your enemies if she’s around. Her W, Whimsy can easily turn you into a critter and then killed if you try to dive them.
Lee Sin can reveal you in your shroud through his E, Tempest. His ultimate can break your combo and he can chain you to death if you are not careful.
Here are some pros and cons if you are playing with Akali in Wild Rift.
- Akali has a loaded ability kit which allows her to deal extreme amounts of damage and be hard to kill at the same time.
- She can reliably kill enemy carries every time her ultimate is up and be relatively safe while doing so.
- She has a lot of outplay tool: an ability to be invisible and two abilities that has both 2 casts of dash effects.
- Akali is a high skill floor champion. She is not an easy champion to learn and she is not beginner friendly. You need to have sufficient knowledge on the game itself before you can effectively learn how to play her.
- She is a high risk champion because she falls behind hard and missing her skill shots or initiating on an ill-timed manner will result to her death.
- She also has a hard time functioning in full blown team fights and sieges because she is a squishy champion which can be killed when CC’d even once.
FAQ's About Akali
How good is Akali in Wild Rift?
Akali is an S tier champion. She will dominate in most matchups and can carry her team on her back if the summoner using her is skilled enough to do so. She is a little hard to master but she is definitely worth the time.
What role / lane should I play with Akali in Wild Rift?
Akali is traditionally played in the Baron lane but she can also be played as a mid laner.
What abilities do I level up with Akali?
Her Q, Five Point Strike is her main source of damage so it’s maxed first followed by her E, Shuriken Strike and W, Twilight Shroud.
What items should I build with Akali?
Hextech Gunblade is Akali’s main item. After that, she builds either Infinity Orb or Liandry’s Torment.
What Runes should I use when playing as Akali?
Akali usually builds Electrocute for the additional damage when doing combos but she is also a viable Conqueror wielder if the enemy team has lots of tank champions. Her other runes are Brutal, Hunter – Titan, and Hunter – Genius.
What are tips for doing combos with Akali?
Practice, practice, practice. Always try to hit enemy with an auto attack with an Assassin’s Mark as it is a great source of damage in her combos. Learn how to aim her E, Shuriken Strike and know its various uses as well.