League of Legends Malphite Build Guide

Here is a post about Malphite champion from League of Legends. You will find brief information with tips and tips on how to play Malphite. Read our Malphite build and cheat sheet. In our League of Legends builds you will see the most popular and universal variation of any build.

Shard of the Monolith Malphite is one of the best tanks right now in League of Legends. He is very variative and you can win a lane against any type of enemy. As a classical tank Malphite stands on a solo lane on top. You can take any runes that reflect the situation accordingly to your opponent. In our Malphite guide, you will see the standard set of runes, items and tips. But keep in mind that you can make a build to play against ranged champions and win as easy as against melee champions. Under each table or picture, we will provide other examples to reflect other possible situations.

Malphite Rune Set

Below you can see a classical rune set for Malphit or any other melee tank. these runes are mostly effective against melee champions but it doesn’t mean that you cannot take them against other opponents.

Malphite Runes Set

In situations when you face ranged opponents you can change the rune set. It is preferred then to play in Sorcery with Arcane Comet, Manaflow Band, Transcendence, and Gathering Storm. The supportive runes would be the following then Conditioning and Overgrowth from Resolve branch.

Summoner Spells

Recommended Setup





Any toper is mainly seen with Flash and Teleport. It gives good map control and opens opportunities for split pushing and engaging or coming just before the teamfight. As for Ignite, you can take it against squishy ranged opponents to gain an easy kill.

Skill Order





Unstoppable Force

Seismic Shard

Ground Slam


Here you can see the priority of abilities that you need to level up to play Malphite. The logic is the following. If R is active you max it if not you max E and so on. But the first three skill points you spend one per each spell starting with E and continue with the order shown above.

Malphite Item Set

Starting Items


Boots Options

Corrupting Potion

Oracle Lens

Plated Steelcaps

Mercury's Treads

Core Items

Situative Items

Sunfire Aegis


Gargoyle Stoneplate

Force of Nature

Bramble Vest

Best Build Example

Sunfire Aegis


Gargoyle Stoneplate

Randuin's Omen

Warmog's Armor

Instead of Corrupting Potion, you can take Doran’s Shield and Health Potion. It can be wise in situations when you play against ranged AD champions. On first recall, it is preferred to buy Null-Magic Mantle, Ruby Crystal and Control Ward. Don’t forget to ward and deward your jungle it will help you to stay safe and help your jungler to gank. Also, we’d like to add that in situations when you play against AD carry you should consider buying Frozen Heart and Dead Man’s Plate together with core items. And when you play against AP carry your build can be very different and consist of Mercury’s Treads, Sunfire Aegis, Force of Nature, Abyssal Mask, Banshee’s Veil, and Warmog’s Armor. Also, remember that collecting damaging items in a losing position won’t help and can even make the situation worse.

General Tips

In addition, to all the tips we’ve written above you should keep in mind some other tips that will help you play with Malphite better. For example, Malphite’s W resets auto-attack cast time. Hit turret with W to get stronger hits also your W is working like Titanic Hydra passive dealing physical damage in a cone to units behind. Malphite’s Ultimate is unstoppable so everything depends on your personal skill and timing. Engage a teamfight with active Granite Shield and W as its bonus armour is tripled in this case.

Counter Picks and Synergies

Strong against

Weak against





Synergies with



These data is general and you cannot count only on it. Sometimes other champions can give Malphite a lot of trouble. For example, Darius, Fior, Illaoi, Sylas, etc. In such cases, you should focus on farming and play safely until your jungler or midder helps you with the first gank. On the other hand, Malphite is strong against Trundle.

Pros & Cons
      • Insane armour amount thanks to W
      • Great initiation
      • Safe pick, can be blind picked
      • Build-in armour in kit
      • Great against heavy AD teamcomps
      • Attack speed reduction on E
      • Not good against AP teamcomps
      • With unsuccessful Ultimate has no Crowd Control
      • The Ultimate can be easily escaped from
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