The Bruiser class in League of Legends is built upon a good balance between doing and tanking damage. They are versatile, fun, and dangerous Champions that are often very difficult to lane against. There are plenty to choose from, and to get a heads up at what’s most viable currently – check out our 7 Best Bruisers in League of Legends article.
No Champion is good without the right items, and the same goes for these brutes. Itemization changes that I often bring up in these articles (as Season 11 makes us talk about them all the time) have brought a lot of new stuff to the Bruiser class.
In this list, I will go over what I believe are the current most valuable Bruiser items. Keep in mind that this is not a definitive list, as the Bruiser item count is big enough for everyone to find their liking.
Without further delay, let’s begin with our list.
7. Dead Man’s Plate
Stats: +300 HP, +45 Armor, +5% Movement speed
Unique Passive – Shipwrecker: Get bonus movement speed while moving, up to 40 movement speed at 100 stacks. You deal bonus AD on your next attack based on the number of stacks.
Introduced after the Bilgewater event way back in the day, Dead Man’s Plate immediately became a core Juggernaut and subsequently Bruiser item. It gave the usually immobile meatheads capabilities to chase down escaping enemies. It also enhanced the auto-attack the more you chased them, allowing for some heavy-hitting bonks.
Dead Man’s Plate costs 2900 Gold and is a great value at that price. Though its build path could be more intuitive, it is a solid item to grab as 2nd after finishing your Mythic or some other core Legendary item.
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6. Sterak’s Gage
Stats: +50 AD, +400 HP
Unique Passive – Bloodlust: After dealing to or taking damage from enemy Champions – heal for 2%/1.2% (melee/ranged) of Maximum HP over 6 seconds. Stacks up to 5 times for each Unique Champion, but subsequent stacks after the first are reduced by 50% for a cap of 6%/3.6% of Maximum HP over the duration.
Unique Passive – Lifeline: If you take damage that would bring you below 30% of Maximum HP, gain a shield that absorbs 100 damage for 4 seconds. This shield is increased by 8%/4.8% (melee/ranged) per stack of Bloodlust, capping at 40%/24%.
Ok, this item is a vital one. Whenever you’re faced with brutal one-shotting Assassins such as Zed or Talon, you need tools to withstand that first all-in that deals most of their damage.
Sterak’s will provide you with a solid enough shield to save you from being immediately taken out. A good item to consider with Sterak, though they are mutually exclusive on this list, is the Immortal Shieldblow that is better suited for Critical Strike and Attack Speed fighters like Yi or Tryndamere.
Sterak’s is an item built for burly brutes, and you must have it on your mind whenever faced against quick and lethal enemy Champions. Sterak’s Gage costs 3100 gold.
5. Titanic Hydra
Stats: +30 AD, +500 HP
Unique Passive – Colossus: Gain bonus AD equal to 2% of bonus HP.
Unique Passive – Cleave: Deal bonus damage on-hit and in a cone. The percentages are a bit complicated so check out the League of Legends Wiki for details.
Titanic Hydra is the Juggernaut’s best friend. Since you’ll be building a load of HP and tank items, the damage increase from Titanic is incredible to have. Your base AD will usually be good and have a solid per-level boost, but it won’t cut it all by itself. Tank items usually give very low bonus AD.
We can see that from Hydra itself – only 30 bonus AD without the passives. Many items you buy won’t even give any AD, but solely HP, Armor, and other defensive stats and buffs. This makes the Hydra crucial for maintaining the ability to fight and tank effectively.
Some Champions won’t need it, but I highly recommend picking it up on those reliant on their bonus AD, like Darius and Jax. Titanic Hydra costs 3300 gold and is worth every single penny.
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Stats: +45 AD, +20 Ability Haste, +400 HP, +150% Base HP Regen.
Unique Active – Thirsting Slash: Deal 100% AD to enemies in a 450 unit radius around you. Heal for 25% AD + 10% of your missing HP for each enemy Champion you hit. (15s Cooldown).
Unique Passive – Spite: Gain 0 – 15% (based on missing HP) of your AD as bonus AD.
Mythic Passive: Empowers all of your Legendary items with 5 Ability Haste.
Riot seems to like Darius a lot. If they didn’t, they wouldn’t make his Q into a freaking item for everyone to use. As if Darius alone didn’t bother the entire League of Legends community with his borderline insane Q, now even Champions like Riven can do it. The addition of this item to the game made a lot of already hard-to-kill Bruisers even stronger.
As mentioned above, Riven is a great example. Good Riven players can already dominate entire teams single-handedly, healing substantially with the powerful Conqueror rune. Goredrinker gives her the incentive to fight multiple enemies simultaneously due to the item’s efficiency against several targets.
It’s a very good Mythic item to pick up if you want to go head-on into the enemy roster and stay there until they’re all dead. You for sure won’t be as the heals are… let’s say, overpowered.
It will cost you 3300 gold. A bit on the expensive side, sure, but the value is incredible when you put it into perspective.
3. Death’s Dance
Stats: +55 AD, +15 Ability Haste, +45 Armor
Unique Passive – Ignore Pain: Stores 35%/15% (melee/ranged) of all post-mitigation damage taken, which is then taken as true damage over 3 seconds instead, dealing a third of the stored damage.
Unique Passive – Defy: Getting Takedowns against enemy Champions removes Ignore Pain’s stored damage and heals you for 15% of your Max HP over 2 seconds.
I don’t think I need to write anything else apart from the stats and passives that this item has. You can clearly see its power and why it’s one of the best items in the game. Not only is it a Juggernaut’s wet dream, but it also can be taken on Champions that need to mitigate fast DPS that may come from, for example, ADCs.
Such fighters would be Master Yi or any similar 1v1 Champion. The item costs 3100 gold, and it would be a pleonasm to say it’s a steal. Don’t miss out on buying this item on most bruisers and fighters, and you won’t regret its benefits.
2. Divine Sunderer
Stats: +35 AD, +20 Ability Haste, +400 HP
Unique Passive – Spellblade: To avoid confusion, I recommend checking the League Wiki to understand better the percentages used in this passive. Every Spellblade passive is different, depending on the item it’s built in.
Mythic Passive: Empowers all of your Legendary items with 5% Armor Penetration and 5% Magic Penetration.
This item fits more into the build of a Fighter rather than the old-fashioned tanky Bruiser. But that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t belong on the list. Fighters and Bruisers are more of the same, with just a different coat of paint from time to time.
Our second Mythic item on this list is a perfect tool for prolonged fighting. It would be best to take it on Champions that use a lot of their spells to empower attacks and with a low cooldown. I think that as soon as you read that – you’ll think of Jax. This item is more or less built for him; that’s what I believe anyway. Don’t skim over it whenever you play him or some similar Bruiser like Tryndamere or Trundle.
The item will set you back 3300 gold.
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1. Trinity Force
Stats: +35 AD, +20 Ability Haste, +30% Attack Speed, +200 HP
Unique Passive – Threefold Strike: Basic attacks grant a bonus of 20 movement speed for 3 seconds, and if the target is a Champion, your base AD is increased by 6% for the same duration. Stacks up to five times for a 30% increase.
Unique Passive – Spellblade: Refer to the League of Legends Wiki for details on Trinity’s version of the Spellblade passive.
Mythic Passive: Empowers all of your Legendary items with 3 bonus AD, 3 Ability Haste, and 3 bonus movement speed.
Ah, Trinity Force. The ol’ reliable as I like to call it. You can rarely make a mistake buying this item, as it grants almost everything there is to grant. Movement speed, AD, Haste, Attack speed, HP, buffs, modifiers. What else is there to wish for? Of course, if it did give anything else, it’d just be a Spatula.
Bruisers love this item precisely because of the number of stats Trinity increases. They need to complement their likely slow and sluggish gameplay with some extra speed, and Trinity is all about speed. I love taking Trinity on Darius, whose W is already a power-up by itself. The Spellblade will empower you additionally, allowing for some questionable damage dealing.
Trinity, notoriously, costs 3333 gold and is the perfect item to buy on most Bruisers in the entire game, if not all of them.
Bruisers are, as I said, notoriously slugs. They’re slow buy hard-hitting brutes that run at you with murderous intent. But, as we can see in the items above, changes and updates to the League of Legends gameplay and systems benefited this Champion class immensely.
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