Olaf Build Guide

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Olaf, The Tank?!

written by Nidalee

Olaf Build

Table of Contents

  • Abilities

    [spell=Berzerker Rage]
    For every 1% health missing, Olaf's attack speed is increased by 1%, this ability is one of the reasons Olaf is so powerful at low health.

    Throws one of Olaf's axes that slows and damages anything it passes through can be picked up to refresh cool down. Very good for chasing.

    Vicious Strikes
    Olaf gains massive lifesteal and spell vamp, as well as damage based on his maximum health. One of the reasons I think that tank Olaf is the right choice. Since tanks have a lot of health, this does a lot of damage :).

    Reckless Swing
    Deals a medium amount of true damage (ignores resistances) to Olaf and his target. A second Reason I think a tanking Olaf is the right choice. This does a decent amount of flat damage, and most attack damage Olaf's say this is your main damage spell. However you cannot increase the damage this does in anyway. So it allows a tank to have a powerful attack. Why does this make people think "dps?"

    Reduces incoming damage significantly and causes Olaf to be immune to disables. Another tanking spell for OVBIOUS reasons.

  • Masteries + Runes

    For Masteries I like to go 0/24/6 getting all in defensive but: Mender's Faith, Preservation, Willpower, Reinforce and Ardor. For Utility I like to grab haste, perseverance and 1 in each for the next level.

    Greater Quintessence of Fortitude x3

    Greater Mark of Alacrity x6
    Greater Mark of Desolation x3

    Greater Seal of Fortitude x9

    Greater Glyph of Warding x9

  • Items

    Doran's Blade I like to start off with a Doran's Blade and a health potion
    Giant's Belt Secondly I rush the Giant's Belt, unless I'm having trouble in my lane, then once I reach 300 coins I buy Elixir of Fortitude which tends to help.
    After Giants belt I go for Atma's Impaler after getting the impaler I sometimes like to get an Elixir of Fortitude, since the impaler is normally the turning point in my game, an extra boost makes me unbelievably powerful!
    Next I either get Mercury's Treads or [Ninja Tabi] (depending on the enemy team) or begin to stack Giant's Belts. Before you go "WOAH! Why do I buy boots so late!? I've always learned that you need to get them early." You should know that a tank is not a chasing character, my build for this Olaf tank is to destroy enemies and win very difficult fights (3v1 or so) let your Warwick or Teemo do the chasing.
    Next I build one of my giants belts into a Frozen Mallet.
    Finally I buy [item=Force of Nature].

    IF the game ever lasts this long although so far I've never been in a game where this was necessary I would change the three remaining Giant's Belts into Warmog's Armor.

    Ending with 3 Warmog's Armor, A Frozen Mallet, Atma's Impaler and Force of Nature (if you do buy Berserker's Greaves sell them at the end for a more powerful item).

  • Skilling Order

    Level one: Vicious Strikes
    Level two: Undertow
    Level three: Vicious Strikes
    Level Four: Undertow
    Level five: Vicious Strikes
    Level six: Ragnarok
    Level seven: Vicious Strikes
    Level eight: Undertow
    Level nine: Vicious Strikes (maxed)
    Level ten: Undertow
    Level 11: Ragnarok
    Level 12: Undertow
    Level 13: Reckless Swing
    Level 14: Reckless Swing
    Level 15: Reckless Swing
    Level 16: Ragnarok
    Level 17: Reckless Swing
    Level 18: Reckless Swing

  • Summoner Abilities

    For summoner abilities I take ghost, because I don't buy much movement in the shop and Olaf has no movement abilities. I also take Ignite because when I am fighting a character with major lifesteal it comes in handy, also it lets me get kills on a runner, or on a low health champion from a little bit of a distance.


  • Working in the team

    Being the tank your the first one to run out and need to have some defenses. A tank should be able to take damage and live while his teammates kill the enemies. As tank Olaf you also deal out some nice damage while surviving off your life steal.

  • Unique Skills

    Powerful at low health

    One of the best 1v1,1v2,1v3,1v4,1v5 champions in the game.

  • Farming

    Olaf is a tricky character to farm with, while you may want to throw your axe to damage all the minions mana is precious at low levels (which is when you need to farm), you may just want to auto attack.

  • Pros / Cons

    Fantastic health

    Can counter items like Madred's Blood Razor by popping Ragnarok, because it reduces all damage by a large amount the item does less damage to him than most high health tanks.

    Great survive ability

    Powerful at low health

    Can take on many people at once, and win!

    No powerful long range


    Weak to missing auto attacks, reduced healing and Wit's end


  • Summary

    Unlike most Olaf Players, I use Olaf as a tank using his vicious strikes health combo, Atma's impaler and his survivability for great success

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