Support Maokai Build

Support Maokai build with runes and items. Support Maokai guide offers in-depth how-to play, skill order and tips. Play Support Maokai build in League of Legends Patch 14.11!

Updated: 2024-05-17 ()
ARAM Build Guide for champion Maokai and build Support.
Maokai Support build - tanky version. Peel, engage or be a frontline that your team needs!
Maokai ARAM modifiers
DMG done -20%
DMG taken +10%
Healing -20%


Starting items
Guardian's Horn should be final item in your build.
Ruby Crystal should be final item in your build.
Quick Skill Order
Maokai ability Sapling Toss should be leveled first.
Maokai ability Twisted Advance should be leveled second.
Maokai ability Bramble Smash should be leveled third.
Final items
Ionian Boots of Lucidity should be final item in your build.
Knight's Vow should be final item in your build.
Sunfire Aegis should be final item in your build.
Trailblazer should be final item in your build.
Kaenic Rookern should be final item in your build.
Fimbulwinter should be final item in your build.
Quick Runes
Major rune Aftershock from Resolve tree.
Minor rune Precision.
Summoner spells
Pick Mark as your Summoner Spell.
Pick Flash as your Summoner Spell.

Support Maokai Runes

Resolve major tree Grasp of the Undying rune.
Resolve major tree Aftershock rune.
Resolve major tree Guardian rune.
Resolve major tree Demolish rune.
Resolve major tree Font of Life rune.
Resolve major tree Shield Bash rune.
Resolve major tree Conditioning rune.
Resolve major tree Second Wind rune.
Resolve major tree Bone Plating rune.
Resolve major tree Overgrowth rune.
Resolve major tree Revitalize rune.
Resolve major tree Unflinching rune.
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 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 Support who goes tanky.

How to play

  1. Identify your role within the team (engage, peel, frontline)
  2. If your team needs engage, go Trailblazer and Shurelya's Battlesong
  3. If your team needs peel, go Knight's Vow and Locket of the Iron Solari.
  4. Knight's Vow is a surprisingly good item. Buy it and use it if you have carry or bruiser/fighter who is doing well.
  5. You need to adapt your items to the game. Enemy team heavy on AP? Buy MR. They heavy on AD? Buy Armor. You need some damage? Well buy that.
  6. Be careful to not waste Aftershock. Try timing it and keeping it for going in.

Tips and Tricks

  1. You can use E for brush control.
  1. Saplings can be tossed into brush for empowered effect - but don't stack well.
  2. Try looking for flanks or other situations where Nature's Grasp is unavoidable or takes enemies by surprise.
  3. Maokai's passive makes him extremely durable against focus fire from spells - so long as he can still basic attack something.

Skill Order

  • Maokai [object Object] ability.
    Bramble Smash
  • Maokai [object Object] ability.
    Twisted Advance
  • Maokai [object Object] ability.
    Sapling Toss
  • Maokai [object Object] ability.
    Nature's Grasp


Starting items
Guardian's Horn item.
Ruby Crystal item.
Plated Steelcaps item.
Mercury's Treads item.
Ionian Boots of Lucidity item.
For peel
Knight's Vow item.
Locket of the Iron Solari item.
For engage
Shurelya's Battlesong item.
Trailblazer item.
Good tank items
Jak'Sho, The Protean item.
Warmog's Armor item.
Fimbulwinter item.
Good MR items
Spirit Visage item.
Hollow Radiance item.
Kaenic Rookern item.
Abyssal Mask item.
Force of Nature item.
Good Armor items
Frozen Heart item.
Thornmail item.
Unending Despair item.
Iceborn Gauntlet item.
Dead Man's Plate item.
Sunfire Aegis item.
Randuin's Omen item.
Situational items
Titanic Hydra item.
Zeke's Convergence item.
For the last fight
Additional considerations for these items is advised!
Elixir of Iron item.
Elixir of Sorcery item.
Example final build
Ionian Boots of Lucidity item.
Knight's Vow item.
Sunfire Aegis item.
Trailblazer item.
Kaenic Rookern item.
Fimbulwinter item.