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League of Legends: Attack Damage Items’ Cost Effectiveness – StrategyZero
Aug 192011

Sometimes it’s useful to know the cost effectiveness of items. If you are building a carry concentrating on attack damage (AD) you would want to know what items are best suited at increasing that stat using the smallest gold investment possible.

The sortable table included organizes all items that increase AD and compares their cost effectiveness. The simple division of gold cost by AD bonus provides an exact measure of how much gold is spent per unit of AD. Each column can be sorted by pressing on its header but sorting by Cost/AD provides the most interesting results.

Attack Damage Items Table
Name AD Other Bonuses Cost Cost/AD
Aegis of the Legion 8 +270 Health, +18 Armor, +24 MR, UNIQUE Aura: +12 Armor / +15 MR / +8 AD to nearby allied units 1925 241
Atma’s Impaler 31 +45 Armor, +18% CS, UNIQUE Passive: 2% of your maximum health is added to your AD 2355 76
B. F. Sword 45 1650 37
Bilgewater Cutlass 35 +15% LS, UNIQUE Active: deals 150 MD and slows the target champion by 50% for 3 seconds (400 range, 60 sec. CD) 1825 52
Doran’s Blade 10 +100 Health, +3% LS 475 48
Elixir of Fortitude 10 Click to Consume: grants 140-235 Health, based on champion level, and 10 AD for 4 minutes 250 25
Frozen Mallet 20 +700 Health, UNIQUE Passive: your attacks reduce your target’s MS by 40% for 2.5 seconds (30% for ranged attacks) 3250 163
Guinsoo’s Rageblade 35 +45 AP, UNIQUE Passive: on attack or spell cast, increases your AS by 4% and AP by 6. Lasts 5 seconds (stacks up to 8 times) 2235 64
Hexdrinker 35 +35 MR, UNIQUE Passive: If you would take MD that would leave you at less than 30% of your maximum health, you first gain a shield that absorbs 300 MD for 4 seconds (45 sec. CD) 1800 51
Hextech Gunblade 40 +70 AP, +15% LS, UNIQUE Passive: +20% SV, UNIQUE Active: deals 300 MD and slows the target champion by 50% for 3 seconds (700 range, 60 sec. CD) 3625 91
Infinity Edge 80 +25% CS, UNIQUE Passive: critical hits now deal 250% damage instead of 200% 3830 48
Last Whisper 40 UNIQUE Passive: +40% Armor Penetration 2290 57
Long Sword 10 415 42
Madred’s Bloodrazor 30 +40% AS, +25 Armor, UNIQUE Passive: on hit, deals MD equal to 4% of the target’s maximum health 3800 127
Madred’s Razor 15 +23 Armor, UNIQUE Passive: 15% chance on hitting a minion or monster to deal 500 bonus MD 1000 67
Manamune 60 +350 Mana, +7 Mp5, +20 AD, UNIQUE Passive: 2% of your maximum mana is converted to AD. UNIQUE Passive: Each time you attack, you gain one maximum mana (3 sec. CD). Each time you use an ability, you gain 4 maximum mana (3 sec. CD). Bonus caps at 1000 mana 2110 35
Phage 18 +225 Health, Passive: 25% chance on hit to reduce your target’s MS by 30% for 2.5 seconds 1315 73
Pickaxe 25 975 39
Sword of the Occult 110 +10 AD, UNIQUE Passive: Your champion gains 5 damage per stack, receiving 2 stacks for a kill or 1 stack for an assist. This effect can stack 20 times; you lose a third of your stacks if you die. At 20 stacks, your champion’s MS is increased 15% 1369 12
The Black Cleaver 55 +30% AS, UNIQUE Passive: physical attacks reduce your target’s Armor by 15 for 5 seconds (maximum 3 stacks) 2865 52
The Bloodthirster 100 +60 AD, +15% LS, Passive: gain an additional 1 AD and 0.25% LS per kill. Maximum of +40 AD and 10% LS. Bonuses are lost upon death 3000 30
The Brutalizer 25 UNIQUE Passive: 10% CDR and +15 Armor Penetration 1337 53
Tiamat 50 +15 Hp5, +5 Mp5, Passive: your attacks splash, dealing 50% area of effect damage around the target (35% for ranged attacks) 2070 41
Trinity Force 30 +30 AP, +30% AS, +15% CS, +12% MS, +250 Health, +250 Mana, UNIQUE Passive: 25% chance on hit to slow the target by 35% for 2.5 seconds; on cast, your next attack deals bonus damage equal to 150% of your base attack 4070 136
Wriggle’s Lantern 23 +30 Armor, +15% LS, UNIQUE Passive: 20% chance on hitting a minion or monster to deal 500 bonus magic damage. UNIQUE Active: places an invisible ward with 1100 range sight that lasts for 3 min. (3 min. CD) 1600 70
Youmuu’s Ghostblade 30 +15% CS, UNIQUE Passive: +20 Armor Penetration, 15% CDR, UNIQUE Active: you gain +20% MS and +50% AS for 4 sec. Attacking enemy units with melee attacks increases the duration by 2 to a maximum of 8 seconds (60 sec. CD) 2687 90

Firstly, it comes as no surprise that Sword of the Occult is the most cost effective item; its low price is outwighted by the risk of losing stacks. Secondly, The Bloodthirster follows closely behind for similar reasons. Manamune is quite cheap for its bonus, but only if the maximum bonus mana can be obtained.

Still, some interesting results can be found: Tiamat has quite a fair price for a respectable bonus, as well as Hexdrinker. Infinity Edge is not particularly overpriced, even though it’s one of the most expensive items available. Both The Black Cleaver and Hextech Gunblade are good investments; just like Last Whisper.

Guinsoo’s Rageblade doesn’t prove to be a cheaper, but not by much, alternative to The Black Cleaver. Even though it boosts AD as well as attack speed (AS), the AS bonus depends on stacks and is lower. An hybrid build would find much to like in Guinsoo’s Rageblade but a pure AD build is better off with other items.

Items like Trinity Force and Youmuu’s Ghostblade are not cost effective but their multiple bonuses and utility make them worthy of a build where AD is not the only concern. The same can be said for Frozen Mallet and Madred’s Bloodrazor as they grant very powerful passives.

While not all builds will concentrate on AD and ignore the rest of the stats it is always useful to have an idea of how to get more for less. The League of Legends Wiki has more information on attack damage, abilites that boost it and other sources of bonus AD.

– Acronyms: AD: attack damage, AP: ability power, AS: attack speed, CD: cooldown, CDR: cooldown reduction, CS: critical strike chance, Gp10: gold per 10 sec., Hp5: health regen per 5 sec., LS: life steal, MD: magic damage, Mp5: mana regen per 5 sec., MR: magic resist, MS: movement speed, PD: physical damage, SV: spell vamp
– Atma’s Impaler bonus AD of 31.3 corresponds to the smallest health pool at level 18: Soraka’s 1565 HP
– Manamune’s bonus AD of 60 corresponds to the minimum base mana at level 18: Sion’s 625 MP plus Manamune’s full bonus mana: 1350 MP
– Sword of the Occult’s bonus AD corresponds to 20 stacks
– Bloodthirster’s bonus AD corresponds to 40 stacks
– You can sort multiple columns by holding shift and clicking on other column headers

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