Jax Build Guide for Wild Rift

Build Jax with confidence with the help of WildRiftFire's build guides. Whether you are completely new to Jax or looking to refine your playstyle, we will help you take your Wild Rift game to the next level. Learn Jax's abilities in detail, the best items to build, which skills to level first, and more. Jax is ranked Tier A (Solo Lane) in our Champion Tier List
Jax
Jax Baron Lane Jungle Grandmaster at Arms
Patch 2.5a
Recommended Role Solo Lane
Solo Build A Jungle Build A

Jax's Item Build

Starting Item
Long Sword
Long Sword
Core Items
Blade of the Ruined King
Blade of the Ruined King
Trinity Force
Trinity Force
Sterak's Gage
Sterak's Gage
Boots
Mercury's Treads
Mercury's Treads
Teleport
Teleport
Final Build
Blade of the Ruined King
Blade of the Ruined King
Trinity Force
Trinity Force
Sterak's Gage
Sterak's Gage
Guardian Angel
Guardian Angel
Death's Dance
Death's Dance
Mercury's Treads
Mercury's Treads
Teleport
Teleport

Jax's Spells & Runes

Summoner Spells
Flash
Flash
Barrier
Barrier
Runes
Conqueror
Conqueror
Brutal
Brutal
Second Wind
Second Wind
Sweet Tooth
Sweet Tooth

Jax's Skill Order

Relentless Assault Relentless Assault (Passive)
Leap Strike
  • Leap Strike
Empower
  • Empower
Counter Strike
  • Counter Strike
Grandmaster's Might
  • Grandmaster's Might
Quick Skill Order
Empower
Counter Strike
Leap Strike

Jax's Item Build

Starting Item
Long Sword
Long Sword
Core Items
Trinity Force
Trinity Force
Blade of the Ruined King
Blade of the Ruined King
Sterak's Gage
Sterak's Gage
Boots
Mercury's Treads
Mercury's Treads
Stasis
Stasis
Final Build
Trinity Force
Trinity Force
Blade of the Ruined King
Blade of the Ruined King
Sterak's Gage
Sterak's Gage
Death's Dance
Death's Dance
Guardian Angel
Guardian Angel
Mercury's Treads
Mercury's Treads
Stasis
Stasis

Jax's Spells & Runes

Summoner Spells
Flash
Flash
Smite
Smite
Runes
Conqueror
Conqueror
Brutal
Brutal
Hunter - Titan
Hunter - Titan
Pathfinder
Pathfinder

Jax's Skill Order

Relentless Assault Relentless Assault (Passive)
Leap Strike
  • Leap Strike
Empower
  • Empower
Counter Strike
  • Counter Strike
Grandmaster's Might
  • Grandmaster's Might
Quick Skill Order
Empower
Counter Strike
Leap Strike

How to play Jax


Jax is a top-lane fighter. He is not the best early game champion, he becomes a bit stronger in the mid-game once you get your core items, but the late game is really where Jax thrives. He can split push in a side lane to win a game and he also has insane 1 vs 1 potential and great escape with Leap Strike (1st Ability) being able to jump away or onto champions and Counter Strike (3rd Ability) which allows him to dodge auto attacks.


Jax can also be played in the jungle, make sure to check the alternative build at the top of the page! The build is very similar to the top lane as all the items work well with Jax's abilities.




Jax's Abilities


Relentless Assault (Passive)

Attacks grant Attack Speed for a few seconds (stacking up a few times). In the laning phase, you can auto-attack minions to gain stacks before you go in for a fight so you will get a huge burst of attack speed.

When the game gets to the late game this passive works well when Jax wants to split push in a side lane as he can push lanes fast and if someone comes to stop Jax he can jump onto them and kill them instantly.

Leap Strike (1)

Jax leaps to a target unit, dealing physical damage if it is an enemy. This is Jax's main mobility tool. He can use this to engage or disengage by targeting enemies, allies, minions or jungle monsters. Leap Strike works well with his other abilities, especially Counter Strike (3rd Ability).

Strike and then use Leap Strike so when you jump onto an enemy you can stun them instantly with Counter Strike before they can even react.

Empower (2)

Empowers the next attack or Leap Strike to deal additional magic damage. This is an auto-attack reset meaning that the next attack is immediately available after casting the ability which means you can do two attacks in quick succession.

You can use Empower on towers so you can take them down quicker and it's much easier to use Empower to secure last hits on minions in the early game if you don't feel too comfortable.

Counter Strike (3)

Jax enters a defensive stance, dodging all incoming attacks and taking 25% reduced damage from champions for a few seconds. After this duration, nearby enemies are stunned for a second and take physical damage.

Jax can re-cast this ability at any time which ends the defensive stance early to damage and stun nearby enemies immediately.

You can still attack and use Leap Strike (1st Ability) whilst in Counter Strike to do more damage or reposition before Counter Strike ends.

Grandmaster's Might (Ultimate)

This ultimate has 2 parts. The passive: Every third consecutive attack deals additional magic damage. It's always good to count in your head how many attacks you have done on an enemy as this can be the difference between killing an enemy or not.

The active: Jax stops holding back, gaining Armor and Magic Resist for a few seconds. Jax becomes extremely tanky when using the ultimate and it's important to use this before you jump in and use your combo.

Jax Build Breakdown


Blade of the Ruined King
Trinity Force
Sterak's Gage
Guardian Angel
Death's Dance
Mercury's Treads - Teleport

Jax uses a mixture of both damage and tank items that work well with his kit. Trinity Force is the perfect item and a must-buy on Jax. This item gives him some damage and tank stats. Trinity Force's passive effects also work really well with Jax's abilities. Empower (2nd Ability) is a great way to proc the spell blade passive. Jax also works really well with the extra movement speed you get from the rage passive allowing him to chase down enemies easier. Sterak's Gage is a great example of a tank item that works well with Jax. It gives him some health and when he is low on health he gets a shield to keep him alive longer.


For runes, we have the following:

Conqueror

Jax is a fighter so he wants to get in the enemies face and attack constantly. This allows him to get the stacks pretty fast with his abilities, which allows him to get more damage on the enemies.

Brutal

This helps out Jax in the early game get that extra bit of damage when last hitting minions and trading vs the enemy champion.

Second Wind

As a melee champion, it is very helpful to have more health regeneration especially for the laning phase as most of the time, you will be poked out by ranged champions.

Sweet Tooth

A great rune for if you get low in the laning phase and need that extra bit of healing and get some free money.

Flash
Barrier

For summoner spells, Flash is a must on most champions. It's a great spell to get out of a situation or if you are trying to go in for that killing blow. For the 2nd spell, it's best to go for Barrier. This helps Jax survive especially in the early game where he is not that strong. If you want to play more aggressively and go in for kills you can change barrier for Ignite.

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Early Game


Jax struggles a bit in the early game. You need to make sure you play passive in the early game and farm up until you at least get your core items unless you have a great opportunity to go in if the enemy makes a mistake. In the laning phase use Counter Strike (3rd Ability) when last hitting minions, this ability dodges all incoming attacks from the enemy to keep you safe. Remember you can always use Leap Strike (1st Ability) to jump to any minions or monsters.

Late Game


Once you get to the late game and you have your core items this is where Jax becomes really strong. At this stage of the game, the best thing you can do is split-push, this means going to one of the side lanes (top or bottom) and pushing the minions. Jax's 1 vs 1 potential is really good because of his kit and he pushes towers really fast. Make sure you keep an eye on your team and use the Teleport (Boots enchant) to group with your team if they look like they need help. When in a team fight your main goal is to get on top of the enemy backline! Use your combination of Counter Strike (3rd Ability) and Leap Strike (1st Ability) to stun the backline and deal a lot of damage.

Conclusion


Overall Jax is a pretty simple champion to play. Nothing too flashy and crazy. He's better at later stages of the game and if you like split pushing and being able to jump on the enemy back line to kill the enemies the Jax is a great champion for you.


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