Olaf Build Guide

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Olaf, The Ultimate Tank/DPS

written by miguelgc

Olaf Build

Table of Contents

  • Abilities

    [spell=Berzerker Rage]
    For each 1% of health missing, Olaf's attack speed is increased by 1%.

    This Skill is amazing !!! when more low health you become, more dangerous you will be !!!

    Olaf throws an axe to a target location, dealing 65/110/155/200/245 damage plus 30% of his attack damage to units it passes through and slowing them by 16/22/28/34/40% for 2.5 seconds. If Olaf picks up the axe, the abilities cooldown is reduced by 6 seconds.

    This skill is good for harassing Early-Mid Game, and it's good for farming too, this skill will also grants you a great possibility to taking the FB (because you're going to chase your enemies, just throw the axe behind then and pick up whenever you get a chance).

    Vicious Strikes
    For 6 seconds, Olaf's attack damage is increased by x (12/18/24/30/36 base damage plus .4/.7/1/1.3/1.6% of his max health). While active, Olaf gains 9/12/15/18/21% lifesteal and spell vamp.

    This Skill is amazing !!! it gives you a great damage when Olaf is build correctly, btw, lets not forget the Spell Vamp and Life Steal.

    Reckless Swing
    Olaf deals 100/160/220/280/340 true damage to his target and inflicts 40/64/88/112/136 true damage to himself.

    Good skill, it has a sinergy with Berseker Rage, plus a very low cooldown, btw, you loses health, but not very important, just not use it at low health.

    For 5/6.5/8 seconds, Olaf is immune to disables, has 15/25/35 increased armor penetration, and reduces incoming damage by 25/45/65.

    Good for Team Fight, with this skill activation you can block all disables and reduces damage, with this you can tank your enemies and punish them, the Armor Penetration passive is amazing too, btw, it's turns you into an Alistar (you become a giant).

  • Updates

    09/06/10 - Added new stuffs, also corrected some errors.

  • Introduction

    Hello everyone !!! In this guide I will show for you how I build Olaf, The Berseker (I think my way is correct).

    No more fillers, let's begin the guide.

  • Masteries + Runes

    For Masteries I go 12/17/1, I tried EVERYTHING (21/9/0, 9/21/0) and the 12/17/1 fits the best.

    Here goes the link: http://leaguecraft.com/masteries/3001400130000001030401341000000100000000000

    For Runes, I go:

    Armor Penetration Marks
    Dodge Seals
    Flat Magic Resist Glyphs
    Flat Healt Quintessences

    This Runes fits the best for me, it gives you good surviability at Early-Mid Game.

    You can also choose other runes depending on your playstyle:

    Cooldown Reduction Glyphs
    Cooldown Reduction/18 Glyphs
    HP/18 Seals
    Flat Armor Seals

  • Items

    Core Build

    Start with:

    Doran's Shield + Health Potion

    Great surviability Early Game, you can start rushing Frozen Mallet if you want.


    Phage + Boots of Speed

    AD, HP, Slow and MS, all that Olaf needs, and going to be the ingregient of other items.


    Giant's Belt + Boots of Swiftness

    More HP and good MS.

    OBS: You can also choose Mercury's Treads or Ninja Tabi, but IMO BoS is better, take MT on Heavy CC enemy team, if they have Huge DPS champs, use NT, if not, get BoS.


    Frozen Mallet

    Now for our Frozen Mallet, Huge HP, Slow and AD.


    Warmog's Armor

    Yeah! Warmog's the Ultimate Tanking item, it's gives you TOO MUCH Health.


    Atma's Impaler

    You have about 3k~4k HP at this point, an Atma's Impaler + Vicious Strikes turns you into a monster !!!

    These are your core items, with this you can consider yourself a Berseker, now the others items swifts yours playstyle.

    [item_icon=Soul Shroud] Soul Shroud

    Gives you Health, Cooldown Reduction and Mana Regen.

    Banshee's Veil

    Heavy CC team? buy this beauty.

    [item_icon=Force of Nature] Force of Nature

    Against Heavy Caster Team.

    2 The Bloodthirster

    These beauties gives you massive AD and Lifesteal.


    Against Heavy DPS Team.

    Frozen Heart

    Against Heavy DPS Team.

    Guardian Angel

    You don't die easily, when your opponents kill you, you ressurect, they will start to QQ and enter in deep rage.

  • Skilling Order


    In this build, you focus Reckless Swing, it will have increased damage output, plus it's an lower cooldown, spam it like crazy! (but remember, don't spam at low life), and for second Skill Vicious Strike, in Mid-Late Game you will have a great amount of HP, then it's worth to invest point at it, and save Undertow for Late-Game, Ragnarok when it's avaliable


    In this one, you focus Undertow for better Farming and Harassment, it's a great ideia of going MID LANE with this build

  • Summoner Abilities

    Cleanse and Ghost

    Cleanse for CC's, if you get stunned and can't active Ragnarok, you fail.
    Ghost for Chasing capability, and for escaping a sticky situation

  • Build Example

    Normal Build


    Against Heavy CC/Caster Team Build


    Against Heavy DPS Team Build


  • Working in the team

    Well, you're one of the Tanks, but you kill like Aids too !!! Initiate the Team Fight with Ragnarok and use Vicious Strike (+ AD and Life Steal + Spell Vamp, this will help you survive), then use Undertow (try to hit all of them, pick up the axe whenever you get a chance), if your team is dominating, use Reckless Swing on the Squishys firts, and then on the Tanks (ignore armor and magic resist, it helps kill these annoying ones).

  • Farming

    For Farming, just use Vicious Strike and try to get all of the minions with Undertow, remember, last hiting is important for your Late-Game capability.

  • Conclusion

    Thanks for reading my guide, if you liked, vote yes, if not you can vote no, you can comment and give your opinion so I can see what fits best.

    The End.

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