Aatrox

The Darkin Blade

Aatrox INFO

  • Aatrox was released on 13 June 2013 and can be purchased from the Riot Store for 6300 IP or 975 RP.
  • The nature of his blade bears a resemblance to the Soul Reaver from the Legacy of Kain series. Both appear to be living weapons and can consume the life force of their wielder and drain the life force of their enemies. Additionally, the charged sound effect on his Blood Thirst ability, closely resembles the sound made by the Spirit Reaver form of the Soul Reaver.
  • Additionally, the charged sound effect on his Blood Thirst ability, closely resembles the sound made by the Spirit Reaver form of the Soul Reaver.
  • Aatrox is the fifth champion who uses health as a primary resource for casting abilities. The other four champions are Dr. Mundo, Mordekaiser, Vladimir, and Zac.
  • Aatrox is the fifteenth champion that can increase their attack range. Aatrox's attacks remain melee.
  • When reaching a certain amount of movement speed, Aatrox's movement animation shows him gliding instead of running.
  • Enemies hit by Aatrox's Massacre will make a blood trail from themselves to Aatrox that he will rapidly absorb. This comes because when Aatrox was in early development on the PBE he would gain more attack speed based in how many enemies he had hit with Massacre. After his release, it was never changed and remained this way until today. Since Patch 5.6, each enemy champions hit by Massacre would increase Aatrox's Blood Well by 20% of the maximum amount, making the skill visual more accurate to the effect.
  • Since Patch 5.6, each enemy champions hit by Massacre would increase Aatrox's Blood Well by 20% of the maximum amount, making the skill visual more accurate to the effect.
  • When Aatrox uses his ultimate, you can faintly hear it no matter where you are on the map.
  • Additionally, it's possible to hear faint voices speaking in an indistinguishable language while Massacre is active. These voices turn out to be a few of his lines but played in reverse, as can be heard here.
  • These voices turn out to be a few of his lines but played in reverse, as can be heard here.
  • Aatrox is the third dark themed champion with a light themed skin, the first being Varus and the second being Syndra. Of these three, Aatrox is the only one not from Ionia.
  • Of these three, Aatrox is the only one not from Ionia.
  • During the stasis of Aatrox's revive, emotes such as dance still work.

Aatrox Skins

Aatrox Pros

  • Has quite high base statistics.
  • Very high sustain with Blood Thirst.
  • Has a gap closer with a knockup built in.
  • Gets a ton of free attack speed from his passive and ultimate.
  • Gets an extra chance at living through his passive every 225 seconds.
  • Does tons of % max health damage, especially with Blade of the Ruined King.

Aatrox Cons

  • He has only one gap closer.
  • Has relatively low crowd control.
  • He is immensely useless without items.
  • Has very low ranges and very little answer to ranged harassment.
  • He is very reliant on attack speed, so is countered by attack speed slows like Warden's Mail.

Aatrox Counter Tips

  • Killing him when his resource bar is low will make him revive with much lower health.
  • Attack speed reduction items/skills are great against him as most of his damage comes from auto attacking.
  • Try to avoid his Dark Flight's center of impact to avoid getting knocked up.
  • If he builds full damage, focus him first.

Aatrox DEV INFO

  • Aatrox was designed by Classick.
  • Aatrox's voiceover is provided by Erik Ireland.
  • Aatrox's name comes from the Latin word atrox, meaning fierce, savage and cruel. The English word atrocity comes from the word atrox. The word atrox is also derived from ater meaning dark, which may be an influencing factor in naming his species Darkin. On top of this, is likely that the name of his species, the Darkin, is composed of the words Dark and Kin, or the "Dark Kin".
  • The word atrox is also derived from ater meaning dark, which may be an influencing factor in naming his species Darkin. On top of this, is likely that the name of his species, the Darkin, is composed of the words Dark and Kin, or the "Dark Kin".
  • On top of this, is likely that the name of his species, the Darkin, is composed of the words Dark and Kin, or the "Dark Kin".

Aatrox IS STRONG AGAINST

DariusYasuoZedMaster YiKatarinaAkaliHecarim

Aatrox IS WEAK AGAINST

JaxRivenTeemoFioraRenektonTryndamerePantheon

Aatrox IS GOOD WITH

YasuoGnarTryndamereAzirRenektonZileanLee Sin

Aatrox IS EVEN WITH

GarenAhriYorickFizzVarusKha'ZixJax

AATROX STORY

Aatrox is a legendary warrior, one of only five that remain of an ancient race known as the Darkin. He wields his massive blade with grace and poise, slicing through legions in a style that is hypnotic to behold. With each foe felled, Aatrox’s seemingly living blade drinks in their blood, empowering him and fueling his brutal, elegant campaign of slaughter.

The earliest tale of Aatrox is as old as recorded history. It tells of a war between two great factions remembered only as the Protectorate and the Magelords. Over time, the Magelords won a series of crushing victories, leaving them on the brink of obliterating their sworn enemy forever. On the day of their final confrontation, the Protectorate army found themselves outnumbered, exhausted, and poorly equipped. They braced for inevitable defeat.

Just when all hope seemed lost, Aatrox appeared among the ranks of the Protectorate. With but a few words, he urged the soldiers to fight to the last before throwing himself into battle. His presence inspired the desperate warriors. At first, they could only watch in awe as this unknown hero cleaved through their enemies, his body and blade moving in unison as if one being. Soon, the warriors found themselves imbued with a potent thirst for battle. They followed Aatrox into the fray, each fighting with the furious strength of ten until they had won a most unlikely victory.

Aatrox vanished after that battle, but the Protectorate army’s newfound fury did not. Their surprising triumph led to many more until they were able to finally return home victorious. Their countrymen hailed them as heroes, but though they had saved their entire civilization from destruction, darkness lingered in the mind of each warrior. Something within them had changed. Over time, their memories of battle faded, only to be replaced with a grim revelation: their acts of heroism were, in fact, brutal atrocities committed by their own hands.

Tales like these appear among the myths of many cultures. If they are all to be believed, Aatrox’s presence has changed the course of some of the most important wars in history. Though these stories remember him as a savior in dark times, Aatrox’s true legacy may be a world filled with conflict and strife.

“Some fight for honor, some fight for glory. It matters only that you fight.”
— Aatrox

Aatrox Abilities

Blood Well

When using an ability that costs Health, Aatrox stores the self-inflicted damage into the Blood Well. Upon taking fatal damage, Aatrox extracts the blood from the well and recovers it as Health over a brief duration. Additionally, Aatrox gains 1% Attack Speed for every 2% blood that is in the well.

Dark Flight

Aatrox takes flight and slams down at a targeted location, dealing damage and knocking up enemies at the center of impact.

Blood Thirst / Blood Price

While toggled on Aatrox deals bonus damage every third subsequent attack at the expense of his own Health. While toggled off Aatrox restores Health every third subsequent attack.

Blades of Torment

Aatrox unleashes the power of his blade, dealing damage to all enemies hit and slowing them.

Massacre

Aatrox draws in the blood of his foes, damaging all nearby enemy champions around him and gaining increased Attack Speed and bonus Attack Range for a short duration.