Maokai Build

The Best Runes, Items, and Advice to Dominate Your Competition

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Our Maokai builds come from our analysis of 459,037 recently ranked Maokai matches. Only the highest winrate Maokai builds that are also commonly used are suggested. Since we have so many rounds in our data, we are absolutelysure that we can produce the highest quality builds to help you win your next game!

For more focused build advice and strategies, please take a look at our tips at the bottom of the page. Additionally, to view the best Maokai build designed for a different skill division, you can choose a different one from the dropdown menu above. The recommended Maokai builds will change to capture that division’s meta.

Best Maokai Runes

If you are playing a well-mixed enemy team composition, you should really consider grabbing yourself the Arcane Comet, Manaflow Band, Transcendence, Waterwalking, Biscuit Delivery, and Cosmic Insight runes. In recent games, he won the greatest percentage of his rounds when equiped with these runes. Yet, if you are battling a different enemy team comp, such as an AD centric or a crowd control focused team, you should instead look further down to view the best Maokai runes to win your particular match.


Arcane Comet Rune Arcane Comet
Manaflow Band Rune Manaflow Band
Transcendence Rune Transcendence
Waterwalking Rune Waterwalking
Biscuit Delivery Rune Biscuit Delivery
Cosmic Insight Rune Cosmic Insight
Versus Selected Team Comp
Aftershock Rune Aftershock
Font of Life Rune Font of Life
Bone Plating Rune Bone Plating
Revitalize Rune Revitalize
Biscuit Delivery Rune Biscuit Delivery
Time Warp Tonic Rune Time Warp Tonic

Best Items for Your Maokai Build

The most important items to use in your Maokai build include: Imperial Mandate, Banshee's Veil, Morellonomicon, and Demonic Embrace. Yet, as with our rune advice, you can also find great, dedicated, Maokai item builds further down for the particular enemy team composition you are fighting in your current game. Players who added these pieces in their builds had a higher winrate than players who worked towards other Maokai builds.

LoL Item Imperial MandateLoL Item Banshee's VeilLoL Item MorellonomiconLoL Item Demonic Embrace

vs AD Heavy Teams

LoL Item Imperial MandateLoL Item ThornmailLoL Item Zhonya's HourglassLoL Item Demonic Embrace

vs AP Heavy Teams

LoL Item Imperial MandateLoL Item Abyssal MaskLoL Item ThornmailLoL Item Morellonomicon

vs CC Heavy Teams

LoL Item Imperial MandateLoL Item Chemtech PutrifierLoL Item Void StaffLoL Item Demonic Embrace

vs Tanky Teams

LoL Item Imperial MandateLoL Item MorellonomiconLoL Item Cosmic DriveLoL Item Demonic Embrace

Guide to Playing with Maokai

  • Use Bramble Smash to harass your enemy lane champion and also to farm minions.
  • Use Twisted Advance to root your enemy lane champion when your allies come in for a gank.
  • Sapling Toss deals more damage with you cast them in the brush. Lure your enemies into them when they come in for an engagement.