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Kil’Groth Item Builds
These items are necessary in order to play Kil’Groth optimally. Only diverge from a core item if you are a very experienced player and/or you have a very good reason for doing so.
|Soulreaver||Soulreaver is the go-to jungle item for Kil’Groth. While Leviathan is the more viable option since this item has been nerfed, Soulreaver’s bonus Attack Damage and Attack Speed is still invaluable for Kil’Groth. Get this item when running Kil’Groth in the Jungle and get as many jungle minions as you can to stack your AD quickly.|
|Frost Cape||Frost Cape grants Kil’Groth decent sticking power to go with some added tankiness against physical damage. Given that Kil’Groth’s damage begins after he casts his abilities, getting Frost Cape on him makes his engages especially powerful.|
|Hyoga’s Edge||Similar to Frost Cape, Hyoga’s Edge allows Kil’Groth to stick to his intended targets just by walloping them with his normal attacks. This is more reliable than Frost Cape in terms of letting Kil’Groth latch onto opponents, since all he needs to do is tag them with a normal attack.
Furthermore, this item gives better overall defenses against Physical and Magic Damage.
|Gilded Greaves||Gilded Greaves is a standard boots upgrade for Kil’Groth that helps him deal with disables. Since he usually dives into the opponents’ back line when trying to eliminate squishy targets, Gilded Greaves’ Resistance aids him by reducing the duration of stuns, slows and other disables.|
|Hercules’ Madness||Hercules’ Madness allows Kil’Groth to throw down with opponents, thanks to its good overall defensive stats. Furthermore, it grants Kil’Groth with a shield and bonus Attack Damage when his life goes below 40% – this makes him even harder to kill, especially if he is still able to swath enemies with his empowered normal attacks.|
|Mail of Pain||Mail of Pain is a situational item that is often purchased to counter enemy heroes who deal strong physical and normal attacks. This is especially effective against Marksmen and melee heroes who deal physical damage.|
|Rankbreaker||Rankbreaker gives Kil’Groth added AD Burst damage, thanks to its flat Armor Pierce. This makes his dives especially dangerous for squishy enemies, since he can execute them in quick fashion with just a couple of strikes.|
|If you’re running Kil’Groth as a Jungler and you feel that you’d rather be tanky than deal damage, you can get Leviathan for his Jungling item. Leviathan gives Kil’Groth some tankiness in the form of bonus HP whenever he kills a jungle minion; it also gives him a damaging aura whenever he’s close to opponents.|
|Gaia’s Standard||Gaia’s Standard is a good defensive item against Magic Damage. Apart from bonus HP, it helps Kil’Groth move quicker and lets him regenerate HP quicker when he gets hit by enemies.|
|Medallion of Troy||Medallion of Troy is a good alternative Magic Defense item for Kil’Groth. It gives good overall Magic Defense, cooldown reduction, and more importantly, a shield that absorbs Magic Damage. This greatly benefits Kil’Groth whenever he gets targeted by Magic Damage and disables.|
||Sonic Boots is a good boots upgrade when you’re dealing with an enemy team that is reliant on dealing predominantly physical damage.|
Sample Item Builds
Kil’Groth’s Jungle DPS build revolves around farming for items that will enhance his Attack Speed and tankiness. This way, when he charges into a fight, he can soak and deal damage at the same time.
Soulreaver helps Kil’Groth get good overall Attack Speed and Damage, since he’ll be farming jungle monsters. For utility, Hyoga’s Edge gives him good overall defense, while granting him some ability to stick to his targets. Defensively, Mail of Pain and Hercules’ Madness allow him to soak damage from physical and magic damage, respectively. Finally, Fafnir’s Talon enables him to beat down enemy tanks and heroes who stack HP items.
|Spear of Longinus||Gilded Greaves||Hyoga’s Edge||Frost Cape||Medallion of Troy||Rankbreaker|
Kil’Groth’s Tanky Bruiser build relies on him getting up close and personal with enemies and rending their armor for massive damage while retaining his tankiness.
Spear of Longinus gives him good armor and armor pierce against enemies. Hyoga’s Edge allows him to catch up and stick to enemies he manages to hit with normal attacks. Frost Cape further assists Kil’Groth in slowing down his targets while granting him additional armor. Meanwhile, Medallion of Troy covers his need for Magic Defense and additional survivability from disables. Finally, Rankbreaker further increases his Armor Pierce, making him dangerous whenever he gets stabs enemies with his Spear. You can switch Rankbreaker with Hercules’ Madness to further increase his tankiness while granting him bonus damage and a shield whenever his life gets below 40%.
Kil’Groth’s Attack Speed / lifesteal build will heavily rely on him being able to swath enemies with his normal attacks often in order to stay alive. As such, this build will require a specialized team that will provide the necessary slows and stuns, since you’ll be the designated hitter for your team.
Offensively, your core items are Blitz Blade and The Beast – these will help you attack faster and gain HP each time you swipe an opponent with your normal attacks. Omni Arms grants you additional damage on your normal attacks after you cast an ability – this combos well with Kil’Groth’s kit. Defensively, Hyoga’s Edge and Gilded Greaves gives you some tankiness against physical and magic damage. Finally, as the final item, Fafnir’s Talon helps you cleave away the opponent’s HP further, since its damage scales with how much HP your target has. That said, you can switch this item out with Hercules’ Madness if you feel that you’re still squishy.
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