by SilverNova

[2.3] Malphite Guide - AP Mid Malphite

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AP Mid Malphite

Showing you how to dominate SoloQ with AP Mid Malphite. You can also use him in the baron lane, but I prefer mid lane as champions are more squishy there.

Malphite Build

Best Build Guide for Malphite

Starting Items
Amplifying Tome
Sapphire Crystal
Ruby Crystal
first recall
Lost Chapter
Blasting Wand
full build 1
Luden's Echo
Awakened Soulstealer
Stasis Enchant
Infinity Orb
Rabadon's Deathcap
Morellonomicon
tank/utility build (mid)
Rod of Ages
Awakened Soulstealer
Stasis Enchant
Liandry's Torment
Rylai's Crystal Scepter
Rabadon's Deathcap

Item Build Description

Additional information on the items

Starter Items

First Recall

Full Build 1

  • Luden's EchoLuden's Echo gives you a decent amount of mana plus lets you chunk down enemies with the help of Luden's passive
  • Awakened SoulstealerAwakened Soulstealer very useful for transitioning into mid/late game. Gives you more mana and ap while decreasing your ultimate cooldown.
  • Boots of SpeedBoots of Speed -> Ionian Boots of LucidityIonian Boots of Lucidity -> [Zhonya's] as you need some movement speed at this stage of the game and your Q won't suffice. Zhonya's is nice to use after an all-in engage with your ultimate
  • Infinity OrbInfinity Orb allows you to push lanes faster before going into team fights. Also insane against low health targets
  • Rabadon's DeathcapRabadon's Deathcap gets you a crazy amount of AP to one-shot anyone that doesn't have health items.
  • Void StaffVoid Staff / MorellonomiconMorellonomicon  depends on if you need healing reduction or magic resist penetration. I usually go Morello against teams with 0-1 tanks and Void against teams with 2+ tanks. Not that you should focus tanks, but dealing damage to them on initiation is always a star.

Full Build 2 (Tankier)

  • Rod of AgesRod of Ages  is similar to Luden's Echo, but gives less instant damage which instead scales over the span of the game. Also gives you more health.
  • Awakened SoulstealerAwakened Soulstealer in order to get lower cooldown on your ultimate and enough mana to spam your abilities
  • Boots of SpeedBoots of Speed -> Ionian Boots of LucidityIonian Boots of Lucidity -> [Zhonya's] as you need some movement speed at this stage of the game and your Q won't suffice. Zhonya's is nice to use after an all-in engage with your ultimate
  • Liandry's TormentLiandry's Torment to give you more damage and make you more tanky. Works excellent against tanks but also a nice item that gives both AP+HP.
  • Rylai's Crystal ScepterRylai's Crystal Scepter which will work with liandry and give you more utility on initiation and poke. Also allows you to catch enemies more efficient as your Qs will now be stronger
  • Rabadon's DeathcapRabadon's Deathcap as the final nail in the coffin to solidify your damage in team fights 
Remember that your goal isn't to get a massive amount of kills. Your goal is to not die. If you have less than 3 deaths by the end of the game - You have carry potential. Otherwise you fall off and become less useful in the later stages of the game.

Malphite Runes

Best Runes for Malphite

Keystone
Electrocute
Electrocute
Domination
Gathering Storm
Gathering Storm
Resolve
Second Wind
Second Wind
Inspiration
Manaflow Band
Manaflow Band
  • Electrocute

Good for burst of damage after your Unstoppable ForceUnstoppable Force

  • Gathering Storm

Gathering storm is a good rune as you will be most useful in the mid/late game when you've gained some items and a lot of AP from GS.

  • Regeneration

Regeneration is good as it will mainly give you mana in lane due to Granite ShieldGranite Shield which will save a lot of your health

  • Sweet tooth

Sweet tooth is just broken atm.

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
Always take flash. Used to engage or disengage before or after your ultimate.
Ignite
Ignite is basically the best 2nd summoner as you are essentially picking Malphite to one-shot enemies. This will help you do that.

Combos

Learn how to maximize the champions potential

Unstoppable Force
Ult
Seismic Shard
1st
Thunderclap
2nd
Ground Slam
3rd

Your all-in engage

Malphite Matchups & Counters

Detailed information on how to play matchups and counters

Lux
Easy
Lux
Seraphine
Easy
Seraphine
Akali
Easy
Akali
Twisted Fate
Easy
Twisted Fate
Annie
Medium
Annie
Aurelion Sol
Medium
Aurelion Sol
Ahri
Hard
Ahri
Orianna
Hard
Orianna
Zed
Skill
Zed
Fizz
Skill
Fizz

Super squishy target, which is chum for you. Once you get Luden's EchoLuden's Echo you should pop her buns very easily. Stay away from her Light BindingLight Binding as it stops you from using Unstoppable ForceUnstoppable Force and allows her to combo you.

Malphite

Pros/Cons & Abilities

Pros

  • Burst Damage
  • Good Scale
  • Awesome Engage/Disengage
  • Useful Passive for Early Game
  • Powerful Ultimate to Win Team Fights

Cons

  • Very Mana Hungry
  • Ranged champions bully him early
  • Weak vs. Tanks & Bruisers
  • Weak in-between Combos

Abilities

Malphite is shielded by a layer of rock which absorbs damage up to 10% of his maximum Health. If Malphite has not been hit for 10 seconds, this effect recharges. Very useful in early game to take damage like Razor ShurikenRazor Shuriken or Orb Of DeceptionOrb Of Deception

Malphite sends a shard of the earth through the ground at his foe, dealing damage upon impact and stealing Movement Speed for 3 seconds.
Bread & butter for poking. Super powerful late game for finishing enemies.

Malphite attacks with such force that it creates a sonic boom. For the next few seconds, his attacks create aftershocks in front of him.
Used for clearing waves or after initiation

Malphite slams the ground, sending out a shockwave that deals magic damage based on his Armor and reduces the Attack Speed of enemies for a short duration.
Useful for clearing waves due to Area of Effect (AoE) damage.

Malphite launches himself to a location at high speed, damaging enemies and knocking them into the air.
Your main ability. Used to engage or disengage from fights.


Comments
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Sincerity
8 months ago
Thanks for the guide, wouldn't sweet tooth be better than Mana flow tho? It's a broken rune.
SilverNova
8 months ago
Sweet tooth can be used as well. It is really up to personal preference.
Zurk
8 months ago
Thanks for this im almost at emerald rank. I played againts nasus and he cant do anything to me because i just spam Q and poke him