The Berserker


  • Olaf was released on 09 June 2010 and can be purchased from the Riot Store for 3150 IP or 790 RP.
  • In the movie Clerks, the character Silent Bob has a cousin in a heavy metal band that goes by the stage name "Olaf the Berserker".
  • Olaf is one of the 11 champions who do not have a single skill that scales off ability power; along with Darius, Draven, Garen, Kalista, Kindred, Illaoi, Riven, Talon, Vayne, and Zed.
  • Olaf's /dance is a direct reference to the Technoviking meme.
  • Ragnarok is a reference to a string of events in Norse Mythology that heralds the end of the gods era. This was also the beginning of the Man's era. The Chinese & Japanese character displayed on the icon is 力 (li - chikara), which means "power" in Chinese and Japanese respectively.
  • The Chinese & Japanese character displayed on the icon is 力 (li - chikara), which means "power" in Chinese and Japanese respectively.
  • Ragnarok crowd-control removement effects is a reference to Poetic Edda strings: "For the forth I know, if men place bonds on my limbs, I so sing that I can walk; the fetter starts from my feet, and the manacle from my hands." That looks like it shouldn't remove silence and blindness effects, like it used to be with old Olaf's ultimate.

Olaf Skins

Olaf Pros

  • Great in top lane.
  • High burst true damage.
  • Hard to control, his ultimate makes him unable to be CCed.
  • Lots of damage output combined with his kit and passive.

Olaf Cons

  • Only has 1 slow and you need to consistently land your Axe.
  • Can be kited easily when he doesn't have his ultimate up.
  • Adds no utility to a team, just a tank / dps.
  • Can be hard to stick on targets sometimes.

Olaf Counter Tips

  • Don't blow your CC abilities when Olaf activates his ultimate, as he can't be disabled during the duration.
  • Olaf becomes stronger with lower health. Be cautious when fighting an Olaf with low hp.
  • Olaf can't chase you if you prevent him from catching his axes.
  • Stacking health will help with Olaf's true damage.


  • Olaf was designed by Coronach.
  • His name is common to those of the Vikings (of Scandinavian origin), his title in particular to the berserkers, Norse warriors who are recorded in Old Norse literature to have fought in a nearly uncontrollable, trance-like fury, a characteristic which later gave rise to the English word "berserk". Most berserkers wore little to no protection, save a bear skin called a "Bear-sark", which is where the word originated from. The berserkers believed that by wearing the bear's skin, they were able call upon the bear's ferocious rage and strength in battle. Note that real Vikings did not have horns in their helms, that is just a modern depiction. The name Olaf is an older form of the modern nordic name Olof.
  • Note that real Vikings did not have horns in their helms, that is just a modern depiction.
  • The name Olaf is an older form of the modern nordic name Olof.




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Most men would say that death is a thing to be feared; none of those men would be Olaf. The Berserker lives only for the roar of a battle cry and the clash of steel. Spurred on by his hunger for glory and the looming curse of a forgettable death, Olaf throws himself into every fight with reckless abandon. Surrendering to the bloodlust deep within his being, Olaf is only truly alive when grappling with the jaws of death.

The coastal peninsula of Lokfar is among the most brutal places in the Freljord. There, rage is the only fire to warm frozen bones, blood is the only liquid that flows freely, and there is no worse fate than to grow old, frail, and forgotten. Olaf was a warrior of Lokfar with no shortage of glories and no hesitation to share them. While boasting one evening with his clansmen over the burning embers of a razed village, one of the elder warriors grew tired of Olaf’s bluster. The old fighter goaded Olaf to read the omens and see if Olaf’s fortunes matched his gloating. Emboldened by the challenge, Olaf mocked the aged raider’s envy and tossed the knuckle bones of a long-dead beast to predict the heights of glory he’d achieve in death. All mirth left the gathering as the clansmen read the portents: the bones spoke of a long life and a quiet passing.

Infuriated, Olaf stormed into the night determined to prove the prediction false by finding and slaughtering Lokfar’s feared frost serpent. The monster had consumed thousands, man and ship alike, in its long lifetime and to die in battle with it would be a fitting end for any warrior. As Olaf hurled himself into the blackness of its maw, he fell deeper into the blackness of his mind. When the shock of freezing water roused him from the dark, there was only the butchered carcass of the beast afloat beside him. Thwarted but not defeated, Olaf set out to hunt down every legendary creature with claws and fangs, hoping that the next battle would be his last. Each time he charged headlong toward his coveted death, only to be spared by the frenzy that washed over him while on its brink.

Olaf concluded that no mere beast could grant him a warrior’s death. His solution was to take on the most fearsome tribe in the Freljord: the Winter’s Claw. Sejuani appeared amused by Olaf’s challenge to her warband, but his audacity would earn him no mercy. She ordered the charge and sent scores of her warriors to overwhelm Olaf. One by one, they fell until he lost himself in the bloodlust once again, effortlessly cutting a path to the leader of the Winter’s Claw. The clash between Olaf and Sejuani rocked the glaciers with its force, and though he seemed unstoppable, Sejuani battled the berserker to a standstill. As they stood deadlocked, Sejuani’s glare penetrated Olaf’s berserker haze in a way no weapon ever could. His frenzy abated long enough for her to make him an offer: Sejuani swore that she would find Olaf his glorious death if he would lend his axe to her campaign of conquest. In that moment, Olaf vowed he would carve his legacy into the Freljord itself.

“When you meet your ancestors, tell them Olaf sent you.”
— Olaf

Olaf Abilities

Berserker Rage

For each 1% of Health missing, Olaf's Attack Speed is increased by 1%.


Olaf throws an axe into the ground at a target location, dealing damage to units it passes through and slowing their Movement Speed. If Olaf picks up the axe, the ability's cooldown is reduced by 4.5 seconds.

Vicious Strikes

Olaf's Attack Speed is increased, he gains Life Steal and has increased healing from all sources based on how much Health he is missing.

Reckless Swing

Olaf attacks with such force that it deals true damage to his target and himself, refunding the Health cost if he destroys the target.


Olaf temporarily becomes immune to disables.