Akshan is a marksman that focuses on building AD items to deal high amounts of damage. He is very mobile and aggressive especially in the laning phase and can do well against many matchups. When you find an opportunity you should always look to attack to proc your passive, Dirty Fighting. When you get to the mid and late game you can use Akshan's high mobility and damage to swing around the map and increase your team's odds of victory!
Every three hits from attacks and abilities deals additional magic damage and Akshan gains a shield that absorbs damage. You should look to proc this as many times as you can especially during the laning phase. There is a bar underneath the mana bar that shows when your passive is back up again.
When auto-attacking, Akshan will fire a second shot that deals 50% less damage. Holding down the attack button will always fire the second shot. However, he can cancel this shot by moving and gain bonus movement speed that decays over a second.
It's really important to know when to double shot and when to cancel it to gain movement speed. Most of the time you want movement speed if the enemy is trying to fight back, but if you feel safe you can deal lot more damage with the double shot.
Akshan throws a boomerang that deals physical damage, extending the range each time it hits an enemy. This ability is Akshan's main poking and damage tool in the laning phase.
Try to line up against the enemy champion so you can hit both parts of the boomerang's damage. If you hit both parts of the boomerang you can follow that up with an auto-attack to proc your passive, Dirty Fighting.
If you hit a champion with Avengerang, Akshan will gain bonus movement speed decaying over a second. With this on top of the movement speed you can get from Dirty Fighting, you can kite around enemies really easily in team fights.
This ability has a passive and an active to it. The passive is when enemies kill allied champions they become Scoundrels for a while. When Akshan takes down a Scoundrel he gains gold and revives the slain allies. This is unbelievably strong, especially in the late game. You can turn the fight with one takedown and potentially revive your entire team!
The active allows Akshan to become camouflaged for just under 2 seconds while gaining bonus movement speed towards Scoundrels. The duration of being camouflaged is infinite while he is near terrain or in a brush.
You can use this to roam from the mid lane and gank either top or bot lane to get an advantage elsewhere on the map. Make sure you don't lose any minions mid lane as you need as much gold as possible as an AD assassin!
Akshan fires a hook to attach and swing around terrain, attacking the nearest enemy dealing physical damage per shot. This is Akshan's main mobility ability, but be careful as it can put you in a dangerous position if not used correctly.
If Akshan collides with an enemy champion or terrain, he will jump off the rope. If you want to avoid being put in awkward situations or colliding with the terrain, you can re-cast the ability and Akshan will manually jump off.
If Akshan gets a champion takedown whilst Heroic Swing is on cooldown, it will refresh the ability's cooldown. Most of the time you want to use this ability at the start of a teamfight to reposition yourself to get an advantage and you can potentially use it multiple times during a fight.
Akshan locks onto an enemy champion, charging 5 shots over a few seconds. This ultimate has really long-range and does a lot of damage however it can be blocked by minions, champions and even towers so you need to make sure you position yourself correctly.
You can move whilst using Comeuppance and even use Heroic Swing to reposition to guarantee you land the ultimate.
Akshan can also recast the ultimate early if needed. This will deal less damage but it means you will get some quick damage off to try and secure the kill.
Akshan does really well when building attack damage and ability haste so he can use his abilities as much as possible during fights, especially Avengerang. He also benefits greatly from attack speed and critical strike chance. Essence Reaver is a perfect first item for Akshan. It gives him attack damage, ability haste and critical strike chance. All these stats are crucial for Akshan to be able to be aggressive in the early/mid-game. After Essence Reaver you want to build items that give more Ability Haste and Attack Damage.
Onto the runes, we have:
Akshan has abilities that can hit enemies multiple times to stack up Conqueror faster and deal more damage. When you get to 5 stacks you will deal way more damage.
This rune helps Akshan deal more damage especially in the early game where Akshan can look to get an advantage. He gets that bit of extra damage when last hitting minions and trading against the enemy champion.
As an AD Carry assassin, you will always find yourself either getting a lot of kills or assists which works really well with this rune. You will gain health and tenacity each time you get a unique takedown that will help with keeping you alive.
A great rune if you get low in the laning phase and need some extra bit of healing and you can also get free money.
Akshan is strong in the early game thanks to his high base damage and abilities that allow him to play aggressively. When using your 1st ability, Avengerang, try to line it up so you hit both the minions and the champion standing behind them. If you hit both parts of the ability, make sure you follow up with an auto attack so you can proc the passive, Dirty Fighting.
In the laning phase, be careful when using your 3rd ability (Heroic Swing) aggressively as it has a long cooldown early on so you might get caught out without a way to escape. Most of the time you want to save it to try and escape a gank.
Once you reach the late game and have your core items, this is where Akshan can be very mobile and deal a lot of damage. Try to use Akshan's 1st ability (Avengerang) as much as possible to gain a bunch of movement speed to kite around enemies during team fights and always try and focus the Scoundrels so you can revive your team.
It's always best as an AD Carry to stay grouped with your team. You want to stay as far back from the enemies as possible and allow your front line to go in front of you to tank all the damage. Most of the time you are the main damage output, so if you are caught by yourself and die then your team is in really big trouble. Make sure you stay safe at all times!
Overall Akshan is a fun and challenging champion to play. You will have to practice a lot to work out how to use his 3rd ability, Heroic Swing. However, once you get used to playing Akshan, he has a very aggressive and fun playstyle that you can benefit from to get advantages all across the map.
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