AP Jax Build

AP Jax build with runes and items. AP Jax guide offers in-depth how-to play, skill order and tips. Play AP Jax build in League of Legends Patch 14.13!

Updated: 2024-05-22 ()
ARAM Build Guide for champion Jax and build AP.
AP Jax build for ARAM.
Jax ARAM modifiers
DMG done +5%
DMG taken -3%

TLDR

Starting items
Hextech Alternator should be final item in your build.
Quick Skill Order
Jax ability Empower should be leveled first.
W
Jax ability Leap Strike should be leveled second.
Q
Jax ability Counter Strike should be leveled third.
E
Final items
Sorcerer's Shoes should be final item in your build.
Hextech Rocketbelt should be final item in your build.
Lich Bane should be final item in your build.
Zhonya's Hourglass should be final item in your build.
Rabadon's Deathcap should be final item in your build.
Nashor's Tooth should be final item in your build.
Quick Runes
Major rune Dark Harvest from Domination tree.
Minor rune Precision.
Summoner spells
Pick Mark as your Summoner Spell.
Pick Flash as your Summoner Spell.

AP Jax Runes

Domination
Domination major tree Electrocute rune.
Domination major tree Dark Harvest rune.
Domination major tree Hail of Blades rune.
Domination major tree Cheap Shot rune.
Domination major tree Taste of Blood rune.
Domination major tree Sudden Impact rune.
Domination major tree Zombie Ward rune.
Domination major tree Ghost Poro rune.
Domination major tree Eyeball Collection rune.
Domination major tree Treasure Hunter rune.
Domination major tree Relentless Hunter rune.
Domination major tree Ultimate Hunter rune.
Precision
Precision minor tree Absorb Life rune.
Precision minor tree Triumph rune.
Precision minor tree Presence of Mind rune.
Precision minor tree Legend: Alacrity rune.
Precision minor tree Legend: Haste rune.
Precision minor tree Legend: Bloodline rune.
Precision minor tree Coup de Grace rune.
Precision minor tree Cut Down rune.
Precision minor tree Last Stand rune.
Passive
Passive tree Adaptive Force rune (+9 Adaptive Force).
Passive tree Attack Speed rune (+10% Attack Speed).
Passive tree Ability Haste rune (+8 Ability Haste).
Passive tree Adaptive Force rune (+9 Adaptive Force).
Passive tree Move Speed rune (+2 Movement Speed).
Passive tree Health Scaling rune (+10-180 Health (based on level)).
Passive tree Health rune (+65 Health).
Passive tree Tenacity And Slow Resist rune (+10 Tenacity and Slow Resist).
Passive tree Health Scaling rune (+10-180 Health (based on level)).

How it works

  1. You play as burst oriented Mage.
  2. You build AP items.
  3. You rush Hextech Rocketbelt.

How to play

  1. Playing AP Jax build, your default rush is Hextech Rocketbelt.
  2. Adapt to an enemy team. Are they full of tanks, and they rush tons of Magic Resist? You rush Void Staff as #2 or #3 item to counter MR stacking. Their team has champs with lots of healing? Rush Oblivion Orb as #2 item (upgrade to Morellonomicon as 4th or 5th item).
  3. Somebody is going after you each fight? Always getting ulted by enemy assassins? Rush Zhonya's Hourglass.
  4. As Jax playing AP, your skill order depends on a situation. In general, max Empower (W) for damage. Against ranged or for reach, max Leap Strike (Q). Against heavy melee or lots of auto attackers, max Counter Strike (E).
  5. You can use Hextech Rocketbelt either or engage (E + Hextech Rocketbelt + Q to go in), or to run away after your Q + E combo.

Tips and Tricks

Riot
  1. Jax can Leap Strike to friendly units, including wards. You can use them to plan your escape.
  2. Jax benefits greatly from items that have both Ability Power and Attack Damage such as Guinsoo's Rageblade and Hextech Gunblade.

Skill Order

  • Jax [object Object] ability.
    Q
    Leap Strike
  • Jax [object Object] ability.
    W
    Empower
  • Jax [object Object] ability.
    E
    Counter Strike
  • Jax [object Object] ability.
    R
    Grandmaster-at-Arms

Items

Starting items
Hextech Alternator item.
Rush this
Hextech Rocketbelt item.
Boots
Sorcerer's Shoes item.
Ionian Boots of Lucidity item.
Good items
Shadowflame item.
Horizon Focus item.
Lich Bane item.
Blackfire Torch item.
Nashor's Tooth item.
Zhonya's Hourglass item.
Rabadon's Deathcap item.
Stormsurge item.
Situational items
Morellonomicon item.
Banshee's Veil item.
Against high MR
Additional considerations for these items is advised!
Void Staff item.
Cryptbloom item.
Counter high HP
Liandry's Torment item.
Counter healing
Oblivion Orb item.
Morellonomicon item.
For the last fight
Additional considerations for these items is advised!
Elixir of Sorcery item.
Elixir of Iron item.
Seeker's Armguard item.
Example final build
Sorcerer's Shoes item.
Hextech Rocketbelt item.
Lich Bane item.
Zhonya's Hourglass item.
Rabadon's Deathcap item.
Nashor's Tooth item.