Throughout the history of League of Legends, there have been countless ADC’s that have been released into the rift. Some of them are purely based on doing damage, some are meant to sneak around and take the enemy team by surprise, some can even go AP, but the best kind of ADC’s are the ones that are tanky, and that can deal damage. Today you’ll learn all about the tankiest ADC’s in League of Legends to date. Of course, this is subject to change if Riot says so, but for now, these champions can take a lot of damage before falling in battle. Also, a key factor to being tanky in this game comes from the items that the champions build, so we’ll be taking a look at that as well.
The number one spot for the tankiest ADC in the game goes to Graves. Graves is really special. Not only can he be played as an ADC champion, but he can be played in the mid lane, top lane, and in the jungle. So far there hasn’t been a place for support Graves, but that might change in the future; who knows?
The main reason why Graves is so high up the list is because of his E ability. This ability gives him bonus armor if he dashes towards an enemy target. I’d highly recommend that you max this ability if you do decide to play Graves as an ADC because you’ll need it. The sole reason for that is because he has a short auto-attack range and the bonus armor really benefits him during the laning phase.
To make Graves even more of a tank, you’ll be building some items specifically for that. Some items that you’ll be building are: Immortal Shieldbow, Bloodthirster, Guardian Angel, Black Cleaver, Edge of Night, and so on. He’s really versatile when it comes to item builds.
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Ah, here we have our favorite voidling creature called Kog’maw. Kog’Maw is the ultimate champion for space gliding if that’s your thing. Not only can you space glide like you’re some kind of pro, but you don’t have to worry about the damage you’re taking and the abilities that are hitting you. The reason for Kog’Maw being a tank is because of a player from Korea who came up with the build called the Korean build. Very original, I know.
The build consists of you building magic and armor resistance items alongside some on-hit damage. The on-hit damage comes from the item “Wit’s End”, while the other items make you a tank. Those items go as follows: Runna’s Hurricane, Randuin’s Omen, Spirit Visage, Frostfire Gauntlet.
This is the ultimate formula for our little creature Kog’Maw. Now you’d be surprised at how much damage you can possibly take as an ADC, so I highly recommend that you go try it yourself if you haven’t already.
Now we’re here at our dear ability spammer Ezreal. Now, this guy isn’t that tanky from the beginning of the match, but once you get an item called “Phage”, oh boy, that’s when the fun starts. The item “Phage” gives you exactly 400 health and 15 attack damage, and you restore 2% of your max health by damaging your opponents. That’s where the ability spam comes into play. You see, you’ll be spamming your Q from a safe distance, healing yourself, and dishing out damage like there’s no tomorrow while at the same time taking a tiny amount of damage.
To make Ezreal into a tank, this is the build you’ll be taking. Your first item will be Divine Sunderer, and later throughout the game, make sure that you’re building tank and health items, depending on what you need the most. Your full build should be something like this: Divine Sunderer, Plated Steelcaps, Manamune, Death’s Dance, Guardian Angel, and Serlyda’s Grudge for the armor penetration and damage.
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Here we have an ADC/support champion named Senna. With Senna, no matter which role you get, you’ll be building the same items and be the tank you always wanted to be. Even without the items, I’d consider Senna a pretty tanky champion, thanks to her stats. I highly recommend that you play her as an ADC since that’s where she shines the most, but if you do play her as a support, that’s not an issue, but it will be harder for you to get to your full build.
Senna’s final item build is similar to Ezreal’s, as your first item will be Divine Sunderer. Later you can decide to go full damage or full tank, it is up to you. If you do go the full damage build, you will still be tanky, but not as much if you’d go the full tank build. Since this is a list about the tankiest ADC’s in League of Legends, the full tank build should sound something like this: Divine Sunderer, Sterak’s Gage, Titanic Hydra, Spirit Visage, and last but not least, Rapid FireCannon for extra attack speed and attack range.
For the least tanky champion in this list, we have Samira. Samira is certainly more of a tank than your average ADC champion simply because of the huge life steal she has in her kit. Not only that, but if you build Immortal Shieldbow on Samira, you’re in for a ride. If you’ve ever seen a clip of someone surviving a 1v5 situation, you can expect that to be yourself in a couple of games. Samira isn’t only good for being a tank; she’s also really fun to play. If you ever played any of the Devil May Cry games, you’ll feel right at home with this champion.
Let’s quickly go over the items that make Samira more of a tank champion than your average ADC. The first item you’ll be building is Immortal Shieldbow, followed by Plated Steelcaps. Your next few items depend on the match-up you’re up against, but your full build should be this: Immortal Shieldbow, Plated Steelcaps, The Collector, Bloodthirster, Guardian Angel. Black Cleaver. If you’ve never built these items on Samira, I highly recommend that you do. You won’t regret it!
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These champions are made for people who want to deal as much damage as possible per game while not having to worry about dying or taking incoming damage. Some of these champions in this list deal more damage, and some champions are just tankier, but at the end of the day, it is up to you to choose what suits you best. If you never played them, I’d suggest that you go and try them out for yourself because you might even start maining one or two; you never know.