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Malphite Statistics for PicklePants

Author's performance with Malphite compared to the ranked average.

Value
Average
Games Played
2
4
Win %
0
46
Kills
1.5
4.4
Assists
4.0
8.2
Deaths
4.5
5.1
KA:D Ratio
1.2
2.5
Gold Earned
8.6K
10.3K
Creep Score
157.5
146.4
Average
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Summoner Spells Back to Top

Summoner Spells

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4.png Flash is the first Summoner Spell and I recommend always taking it when you're playing this champion. This is because Flash is the best Summoner Spell around. It is a really good and reliable Summoner Spell. It can be used offensively, defensively and is honestly, a really good Spell to take.

12.png Teleport is the second Summoner Spell that you should take on him. This Spell is really good because it can be used to get back to lane quicker and it can also be used to help your team. In the early game, you want to teleport back to lane after your first back. Then you should look for Teleport opportunities where you can help your team.

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New Runes Back to Top

For Malphite I recommend taking the Resolve tree for Runes.

Grasp%20of%20the%20Undying.png?width=32 I recommend taking Grasp of the Undying because you can deal extra damage through autos and as you’re melee this will benefit you the most.

Demolish.png?width=32  Demolish is also good because in most situations you will not be able to kill the enemy, so having extra tower damage is good.

Iron%20Skin.png?width=32 Iron Skin is great on Malphite because you gain armor which will help protect you against even the hardest of lanes.

Second%20Wind.png?width=32Second Wind is good aswell because when you go for trades, you will get a slight restoration of health back

Precision is the second Rune tree.

Triumph.png?width=32 Triumph is good because it grants sustain when you get a kill or assist and Legend%20Tenacity.png?width=32Legend:Tenacity is good because you can get permanent tenacity. Tenacity is good on your champion because you can often get CC locked, but not as often with this rune!


Abilities Back to Top

E
W
Q
E
E
R
E
W
E
W
R
W
W
Q
Q
R
Q
Q
Passive
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3
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W
2
8
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E
1
4
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R
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Malphite’s Passive in Granite Shield

Malphite shields himself for 10% maximum health, and refreshes after not taking damage.

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Malphite’s Q is Seismic Shard

Malphite rolls a rock to a target enemy. The rock deals damage and slows them for 4 seconds granting Malphite a speed bonus.

Tips: You can use your Q to engage or disengage. If you’re being collapsed upon you can use it on a minion to gain the speed buff. Make sure to not spam this in the laning phase because the mana cost is high and does stack up if you spam it. I recommend using this ability for the Slow whenever you get a gank or are being ganked.

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Malphite’s W is Brutal Strikes

PASSIVE: Malphite gains bonus armor.

ACTIVE: For 6 seconds, Malphite’s auto attacks deal bonus damage and deal AOE damage

Tips: This ability isn’t an auto attack reset. I would not recommend using it to last hit under tower as it will ruin the chances of hitting them all. Remember that back wave minions take 1 AA, tower shot and then another auto to kill. Always use this ability when trying to push and using it when you got for trades. While active, it grants him exra armor, if you are escaping it may be good to use this ability.

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Malphite’s E is Ground Slam

Malphite slams the ground dealing damage to all enemies hit and crippling them.

Tips: E is very good at helping clear waves and push. I recommend using this to poke the enemies when possible, however do not waste it. The damage is rather good for the mana cost. A recommended combo for Malphite is QWE in laning phase. Ground slam also reduces the enmies auto attack speed for a percentage.

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Malphite’s Ultimate is Unstoppable Force

Malphite dashes to a target location dealing magic damage to all enemies in the area and knocking them up.

Tips: when using his ultimate, you will become immune to crowd control. You can use this offensively or defensively depending on what you need it for. If you are level 6, you can roam mid, hide in the bush and wait for an optimal time to use it on the enemy midlaner. You can use this ability in conjunction with your flash.

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Items Back to Top

Starting Items

    I would recommend this item every time as it gives you sustain in the early game and in the laning phase.
    Take this if you're against a heavy poke laner, a tank champion or are versus an AD champion. Overall good start.

Core Items

    i would recommend getting Sunfire cape as your first item. Recent nerfs do not make it as potent as before. However it is still really good.
    Your 2nd major item should be Spirit Visage. This item is good as it grants you CDR, health and MR. Works great on Malphite and helps him versus AP orientated champions.
    Your third item will be Boots. You need to decide which would benefit you more, If the enemy is mostly AD i would suggest going Ninja Tabi. If the enemy has heavy AP, Poke or CC i would suggest Mercury Treads. I personally prefer Mercury Treads.
    Your 4th item should be Randuins Omen. Great little item that grants Armor and Health. Works well with Malphite because of it's passive and active. Alternatively, you can by Abyssal Mask instead (only buy if enemy has multiple AP)
    Your 5th and 6th item Should be Dead Man's Plate and Thornmail. These two items will make Malphite super tanky and will help protect him in team fights. Depending on which one you need- buy them in either order.

Situational Items

    Good items versus AD champions
    Good items versus AP champions

Your starting item should be either Corrupting Potion or Doran's Shield. You should build the item that will benefit you the most in the laning phase. Your first major item will be either Sunfire Cape or Spirit Visage. Fortunately Malphite can go either one depending on who he is against. Usually i will take Sunfire Cape because of the added armor and passive, however Spirit Viasage is good versus AP champions.

Your 3rd major item will be boots, you can go either Mercury Treads or Ninja Tabit, again- this depends on who you're against. I recommend going armor boots if you''re versus a heavy AD/auto based team and MR boots if you're versus AP or CC teams.

Your 4th item should be either Randuins Omen or Abyssal Mask. Both items work great on Malphite however each are situational. Depending on which you choose you will either receive added MR or Armor. Build the item that will benefit you the most.

Your 5th and 6th item for Malphite should be Thornmail and Dead man's Plate.

Remember: Tanks are very versatile and you should build what will benefit you the most in game. I have added some other items at the bottom which work on Malphite too.

Matchups Back to Top

Click on a champion below to see the author's notes on that particular matchup.

  • Cho'Gath
    Easy
  • Darius
    Hard
  • Dr. Mundo
    Easy
  • Fiora
    Medium
  • Garen
    Easy
  • Heimerdinger
    Hard
  • Jayce
    Hard
  • Kennen
    Hard
  • Maokai
    Easy
  • Pantheon
    Hard
  • Renekton
    Medium
  • Shen
    Easy
  • Sion
    Easy
  • Swain
    Hard
  • Teemo
    Hard
  • Vladimir
    Hard
  • Wukong
    Medium
  • Yasuo
    Medium

VS

Cho'Gath

Easy

This is not a hard lane, more frustrating. He will not be able to kill you unless you get caught out. Try to dodge his abilities where possible. His passive and sustain is annoying to play against. Just farm up and try to deny him as much as possible. Beware of his knock up and silence.

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Darius

Hard

Do not fight him at all. This is going to be a hard matchup because Darius is really strong in general against melee champions. Be prepared to sacrifice your CS for Experience, do not go for CS if he can deal a lot of damage to you in return. You need to just farm and not die. Do not let him snowball. Do not let him stack autos on you as the bleed is horrendous.

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Dr. Mundo

Easy

This is a farm lane because you will not be able to kill him. Always try to be in a position where it will be not worth him going to trade with you. Try to freeze the wave on your side and to deny him as much as possible.  Do not go for extended trades, and dodge his Q.

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Fiora

Medium

Malphite does badly against majority of fighters that includes Fiora. Beware of her damage output and do not let her harass you for free. You will have to sacrifice your CS for experience. Beware of her Riposte as it can stop any of your abilities. Thornmail is really effective against her damage. Pick this up early. Do not let her poke you, and if she ults you. Retreat.

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Garen

Easy

This is a farm lane because you will not be able to kill him. Beware of his silence and his spin always try to be in a position where it will be not worth him going to trade with you. Try to freeze the wave on your side and to deny him as much as possible.

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Heimerdinger

Hard

This is a hard lane because he will poke you and harass you whenever you come to farm. I recommend freezing it near your tower and playing really safe. This is because he will just out range you and deny you if you try to play offensively. Do not push this wave because he will deny you farm and you will be useless later on in the game. Also, sacrifice CS for experience to stay up with him. Realistically you will not be able to keep up in farm with him because of his range advantage.

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Jayce

Hard

This is a hard lane because he will poke you and harass you whenever you come to farm. I recommend freezing it near your tower and playing really safe. This is because he will just out range you and deny you if you try to play offensively. Do not push this wave because he will deny you farm and you will be useless later on in the game. Also, sacrifice CS for experience to stay up with him. Realistically you will not be able to keep up in farm with him because of his range advantage.

VS

Kennen

Hard

This is a hard lane because he will poke you and harass you whenever you come to farm. I recommend freezing it near your tower and playing really safe. This is because he will just out range you and deny you if you try to play offensively. Do not push this wave because he will deny you farm and you will be useless later on in the game. Also, sacrifice CS for experience to stay up with him. Realistically you will not be able to keep up in farm with him because of his range advantage.

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Maokai

Easy

This is a farm lane because you will not be able to kill each other. He will do more damage than you because he has his poke abilities. I recommend just farming and getting a CS lead over them. Beware of the bushes in the top side because he will place saplings there and they will do a lot of damage to you early if you walk into them. Just farm up. He can cancel your TP with his W.

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Pantheon

Hard

Malphite does badly against majority of fighters. Beware of their damage output and do not let the enemy harass you for free. You will have to sacrifice your CS for experience. Beware of his Q damage and do not let him trade with you for free. Build health and armor quickly.

VS

Renekton

Medium

Do not directly fight him. He is a fighter champion and will out damage you especially early. Your best bet is to just farm and sacrifice CS for experience. Do not let him poke you or trade for free. You should back off and use your Q to slow him and escape.

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Shen

Easy

This is a farm lane because you will not be able to kill him, but he might be able to kill you. Beware of his taunt and always try to be in a position where it will be not worth him going to trade with you. Try to freeze the wave on your side and to deny him as much as possible. Once you start getting items you can play more aggressively. Cancel his ultimate with your ultimate.

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Sion

Easy

This is a farm lane because you will not be able to kill him. Beware of his knock up and always try to be in a position where it will be not worth him going to trade with you. Try to freeze the wave on your side and to deny him as much as possible.

VS

Swain

Hard

This is a hard lane because he will poke you and harass you whenever you come to farm. I recommend freezing it near your tower and playing really safe. This is because he will just out range you and deny you if you try to play offensively. Do not push this wave because he will deny you farm and you will be useless later on in the game. Also, sacrifice CS for experience to stay up with him. Realistically you will not be able to keep up in farm with him because of his range advantage.

VS

Teemo

Hard

This is a hard lane because he will poke you and harass you whenever you come to farm. I recommend freezing it near your tower and playing really safe. This is because he will just out range you and deny you if you try to play offensively. Do not push this wave because he will deny you farm and you will be useless later on in the game. Also, sacrifice CS for experience to stay up with him. Realistically you will not be able to keep up in farm with him because of his range advantage.

VS

Vladimir

Hard

This is a hard lane because he will poke you and harass you whenever you come to farm. I recommend freezing it near your tower and playing really safe. This is because he will just out range you and deny you if you try to play offensively. Do not push this wave because he will deny you farm and you will be useless later on in the game. Also, sacrifice CS for experience to stay up with him. Realistically you will not be able to keep up in farm with him because of his range advantage.

VS

Wukong

Medium

Malphite does badly against majority of fighters. Beware of their damage output and do not let the enemy harass you for free. You will have to sacrifice your CS for experience. Beware of his E + Q combo damage and do not let him trade with you for free. Build health and armor quickly.

VS

Yasuo

Medium

This is not a hard matchup, but frustrating. He can be very mobile because of his sweeping blade. Beware of this when using your ultimate. You cannot really trade with him because he is a fighter champion. Try to fight him when there is no minions around so he cannot escape. When his passive shield is down, that is the best time to fight him.

Pros and Cons of Malphite Back to Top

Pros

  1. Very tanky
  2. Untargetable Ultimate
  3. Lots of damage while staying Tanky (Sunfire Cape, Autos and Abilities)
  4. Free Shield thanks to passive
  5. Roam ability with his ultimate
  6. Flexible build paths and flexible itemization
  7. Very good versus heavy AD teams

Cons

  1. Frustrating and hard to play against ranged champions
  2. Shield can be hard to get (Stay out of range of enemies damage to gain shield)
  3. High cooldowns
  4. Cannot spam Q at all
  5. Your ultimate can win or lose team fights
  6. Easily Kited

Tips and Tricks Back to Top

Tips and Tricks

  1. Stay out of range of enemies damage to gain a passive shield
  2. Sacrifice your CS to stay in EXP range
  3. Do not go for CS if you're going to be poked hard
  4. You can use your Q on a minion to escape or chase enemies
  5. At level 6 you can roam mid and ult the enemy laner
  6. Your ultimate can be used offensives and defensively
  7. Stack health to gain a better shield
  8. Do not waste your ultimate, it can easily win or lose team fights
  9. Do not use your ultimate if your team is not there to follow up with (in team fights)

About Me Back to Top

Hello and welcome to this champion guide! Thank you for taking the time to read through this guide and I do hope that you learnt something. This guide was aimed for beginners and players who are wanting to learn the basics of this champion. If you play this champion often, then this guide may not be for you. Sorry about that.

Let me introduce myself. My names PicklePants and I am a Mid-Tier Diamond player and I’m a content writer for Lolking and a few other sites. I have been writing guides for League of Legends since late 2014.

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