As one of the oldest champions in League of Legends, Ashe has been a popular choice among players since the game’s debut. Due to her easy-to-play kit and respectable strength, the Frost Archer is often the first choice for many players learning the AD carry role.
Much like other champions in League, Ashe requires different items depending on her situation in the game. But there are still core items that will increase players’ chance at success with the champion in a wide variety of circumstances.
Lethal Tempo: Ashe is, for the most part, all about attack speed. The champion excels when she wears her enemies down with basic attacks at a rapid pace. Lethal Tempo will activate a 1.5-second timer upon dealing damage to enemy champions that increases Ashe’s attack speed for a short duration of time. Given Ashe’s passive ability that causes her basic attacks to slow enemies, this effect is going to greatly increase the champion’s ability to chase down and eliminate enemy champions.
Presence Of Mind: This rune is important for the majority of mana-based AD carry champions. Due to their kits focusing on basic attacks, they will often have smaller mana pools than other champions. Since Ashe’s abilities are useful for catching opponents and clearing minion waves, taking Presence Of Mind is a good choice. The rune grants Ashe increased mana regeneration after attacking an enemy champion, allowing you to constantly harass the opposing champions with Volley.
Legend: Bloodline: Lifesteal is an important stat for Ashe and one that actively needs to be increased when building for the champion to ensure you’re at full health whenever your team needs you.
Coup De Grace: Ashe has a high chase potential due to her abilities and basic attacks slowing enemies as they take damage. A great rune to pair with these abilities is Coup De Grace. This makes Ashe deal bonus damage to enemy champions with health under 40 percent and helps Ashe secure those last-minute kills as the enemy champion attempts to flee.
Biscuit Delivery: This rune will give you additional sustain during the laning phase, allowing you to stay in the lane for more time until you reach enough gold to acquire an item. On top of that, they increase your mana cap so you’ll get good use from this rune later on once you consume the biscuits as well.
Approach Velocity: Given that Ashe has many ways to slow her enemies, Approach Velocity is a must-have rune. This rune will allow Ashe to gain a movement speed increase towards enemies that she has slowed, which will help her chase down and eliminate champions with ease.
Bonuses: +10 percent attack speed, +9 adaptive force, +6 armor
The easy choice for ADCs, Doran’s Blade offers Ashe damage, health, and lifesteal that will greatly increase her success early in lane. The lifesteal offered by the Doran’s Blade means that Ashe can heal back some health by just farming in the lane. This paired with the bonus damage makes farming even easier and leaves the champion with the option to lay down some poke damage against enemy champions in lane.
Another way for Ashe to heal, health potions restore 150 health over 15 seconds. Being in the bottom lane against two enemy champions, Ashe is likely to take damage from one of them while farming. With the spare 50 gold left over from purchasing Doran’s Blade, investing in a health potion is a no-brainer.
Berserker’s Greaves are the best choice in boots due to their 35-percent attack speed increase on top of the standard movement speed increase offered by all boots. They should be rushed as a first item for the additional movement speed since you don’t have a dash like other meta AD carries and might get run down if you get caught.
Kraken Slayer is your core Mythic item you should rush in most of your games. It is the most impactful Mythic offensive item you can acquire and only in rare situations should you forego it for other items such as Galeforce or Immortal Shieldbow. Outside of giving you a nice true damage passive, the item also gives you additional attack speed for every Legendary item completed.
Phantom Dancer offers 20 attack damage, 25 percent attack speed, 20 percent critical strike chance, and seven percent movement speed. The item also boasts a passive ability that will increase your attack speed and movement speed whenever you attack a target.
Blade of the Ruined King
The perfect item for Ashe, Blade of the Ruined King offers not only impressive stat increases but also highly effective abilities that complement the champion’s kit. The item boasts increases of 40 attack damage, 25 percent attack speed, and 10 percent life steal. While these are beneficial, the item shines with its unique abilities, first of which will see Ashe deal bonus damage with basic attacks relevant to the enemy’s health. With a lot of attack speed you’ll be shredding down tanks easily.
One of the most well-known and commonly used attack damage items, Infinity Edge boasts not only 70 additional attack damage but also a 20-percent increased chance in critical strike. With the bonus attack speed that Ashe accumulates through runes, abilities, and items, having this bonus critical strike chance increases the frequency she can deal devastating damage with one shot. Infinity Edge is the perfect item for this because it also boasts a unique passive ability, increasing the damage dealt by critical strikes by a further 35 percent if you have 60 percent critical strike chance.
An item that boosts many of Ashe’s most important stats, Runaan’s Hurricane adds 45 percent attack speed, 20 percent critical strike chance, and seven percent movement speed. Again, the value in this item comes from its passive ability. This ability will see Ashe shoot two shots at once, hitting up to two nearby enemies. This will also trigger the champion’s on-hit abilities, such as her slow, allowing her to chase and take down multiple enemies at once. With a couple of on-hit items, you can shred entire teams down as long as you hit them while they’re stacked up.
If you’re facing a heavy ability power-focused composition or a composition that has too much crowd control, then Mercury’s Treads rush is a must. It gives you much-needed early magic resistance and denies a lot of duration from any crowd control landed on you. But you should look to acquire attack speed items soon after to ensure that you don’t fall behind.
The final item to build for Ashe should offer extra durability. Guardian’s Angel is a great choice for this. On top of the bonus armor and attack damage this item offers, its unique passive is why it appears in many builds. Once Ashe’s health reaches zero, she will be resurrected with 50 percent health and mana, giving her a second chance to survive teamfights.
Wit’s End is great against compositions that have a lot of AP damaging champions. You’ll be doing a lot of damage early on while also being hard to kill by those champions thanks to this item.
Guinsoo’s Rageblade is a great situational item if you want to convert your critical strike chance into additional on-hit damage. While by default you should avoid doing this since you want to pick up other items in the Core or Late-game section, you can pick it up if you have champions that enhance your auto attacks such as Lulu.
Plated Steelcaps is a decent boots alternative if you’re facing a composition with a lot of AD divers who want to kill you as soon as possible. By going for them, however, you’ll lose a lot of attack speed from Berserker’s Graves so pick them up only if the entire team is full AD.
Against champions that have a lot of healing, Executioner’s Calling is a decent early game 800-gold investment. It reduces the healing by 40 percent and gives you a nice item to upgrade to later on for powerful stats.
If you feel like you need additional survivability, then Immortal Shieldbow is a good Mythic item to pick up instead of Kraken Slayer. It will allow you to effectively have more effective health due to its shield and Mythic passive that grants you additional health for every Legendary item.
Lord Dominik’s Regards
If you are facing a composition with a lot of tanks or frontline, then acquire Lord Dominik’s Regards to increase your damage by up to 15 percent depending on how much health difference there is between you and your opponent.
If you want to avoid losing the game by getting stunned at an inopportune time, then acquire Quicksilver Sash, especially against champions that have a lot of crowd control. For only 1,300 gold you can avoid the stress of losing the game due to one stun.