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[1.1.0] Malphite Guide - A rock solid guide

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A rock solid guide

How to play Malphite and carry every game!

Malphite Build

Best Build Guide for Malphite

Final build (Hybrid)
Iceborn Gauntlet
Thornmail
Sunfire Aegis
Adaptive Helm
Warmog's Armor
Mercury's Treads
Final build (Armor)
Iceborn Gauntlet
Thornmail
Sunfire Aegis
Randuin's Omen
Warmog's Armor
Plated Steelcaps
Final build (Magic Resistance)
Iceborn Gauntlet
Abyssal Mask
Adaptive Helm
Sunfire Aegis
Warmog's Armor
Mercury's Treads

Item Build Description

Additional information on the items

• Start out with a cloth armor:
- rush an early Bramble Vest if against a Fiora or Nasus;
- build up towards Iceborn Gauntlet otherwise. This item is core across these three builds I presented.

• Second item choice can be:
- Boots are situational:
> Tabis if they have lots of AA based;
> Mercs if they have CC.
The spell I take is teleport. Gargoyle doesn’t do that much for me!
- Sunfire Cape is a staple in my builds and I like the damage it adds to my combos, plus the wave clear.

• Bramble vest can be built whenever you want. If I am not against champions that have innate healing, I tend to build Bramble when I see Blade of the Ruined King or Bloodthirster being built.

• Abyssal Mask is nice if you want more power into your combos! And the eternity passive adds mana and hp.

• Adaptive Helm helps against heavy AP combo that relies on spamming as much as they can.

• Spirit Visage is also an option because of the shield boost but I rarely take. Highly suggested regardless if you need more MRES.

• Warmog’s is great because of the huge HP increase and it just complements the extra armor you get from W (you need to compensate high amounts of resistances with HP to be more efficient in tanking).

Malphite Runes

Best Runes for Malphite

Keystone
Grasp of the Undying
Grasp of the Undying
Domination
Weakness
Weakness
Resolve
Adaptive Carapace
Adaptive Carapace
Inspiration
Manaflow Band
Manaflow Band
• Grasp of the Undying is the best tank rune on both PC and Wild Rift. It’s a healing, extra magic damage and hp increase all-in-one! You get tankier, you deal more damage... the cycle repeats itself.

• Weakness gets proc’d when you impair movements (Q and R do that) and you deal more damage.

• Spirit Walker is my choice because of the 20% slow resistance and 50HP you get.

• Manaflow Band is pretty self explanatory: you spam a lot, so extra mana is always welcome.

Skill Order

How to distribute skill points

Granite Shield
Granite Shield - Passive
Seismic Shard
Seismic Shard
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Thunderclap
Thunderclap
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Ground Slam
Ground Slam
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Unstoppable Force
Unstoppable Force
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15

Summoner Spells

When to take which summoners

Flash
Flash is a must have on any champion. Instant blink useful for ult snipes!
Ignite
I like ignite more on Malphite for that extra damage to finish off targets.

Malphite Matchups & Counters

Detailed information on how to play matchups and counters

Fiora
Easy
Fiora
Nasus
Easy
Nasus
Garen
Medium
Garen
• Start cloth armor and avoid trading blows with her early on. Get your 500g and get your bramble, after that you should win 1v1 anytime.
• Be mindful of vitals and if she outs you just Q and run away.
• Avoid ulting her if she didn’t use W.
Malphite

Who am I?

Hello! My name is Ster and I have played League of Legends on PC for the last 7 years.

I am a diamond top laner and Wild Rift is proving to be just as fun as the main game. Currently climbing with 70% win rate and I am not stopping until I’m at least diamond!

This guide will be updated with more matchups and info the more I climb. Right now, in Gold, people still spam the same champions.

Comments
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SigmundFreund
10 months ago
Good guide. Have you tried to build him AP? Also what do you think of Winters Approach?
Ster
10 months ago
Winter’s Approach got nerfed and his ult is the only spell that procs it... so I’d rather go towards other items
Ster
10 months ago
AP works ok but I prefer tank build because of the damage I deal while being unkillable :)