Ability damage is one of the game's archetypal damage types, and is the damage type dealt by most abilities. Ability damage is the pre-requisite for applying ability effects, such as and Spell Vamp. Dealing ability damage will also generate aggression from turrets but, by contrast to basic attack damage, does not trigger the Call For Help AI on minions.
Ability damage is never described as such in-game, instead being listed as physical, magic or true damage. However, those typings can be attributed other archetypal damage types (e.g. basic attack damage can be physical and magical, too) and so knowing whether or not an effect deals ability damage can be hard to intuit.
The basic rule is: all damage-dealing abilities, excluding attack effects, deal ability damage.
The following non-abilities will also trigger spell effects:
- Summoner Spells
Thess lists may be incomplete.
On-Hit Ability Damage
- and (passive)
- (activation effect)
- This list may be incomplete.
Abilities that trigger Attack Effects
Note that, however, the damage dealt by these abilities is not classified as ability damage, except in the case of Spell Vamp. It is possible—as with Non-Damaging Abilities (above)—the implementation of this change could have been to have these abilities deal 1 ability damage.and the magic damage portion of . Except in those cases, the damage dealt by these abilities will not benefit from
Probable Bug: is only triggering ability effects on the second and third cast in Steel Tempest's chain, and they are only applied to the first target hit.
- An effect that applies both attack effects and ability effects allows a champion to trigger items like , , and all on a single instance of damage - e.g. a single or . It also allows them to trigger twice, since it applies on both the attack effect and the ability effect.