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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 Liandry's Anguish Liandry's Anguish and Rylai's Crystal Scepter Rylai's Crystal Scepter. Dealing ability damage will also generate aggression from turrets but, by contrast to Basic Attack.png basic damage, does not trigger the Call For Help AI on minions.

Annie Disintegrate.png Spell damage, Katarina Death Lotus.png area damage, and Brand Blaze.png persistent damage all trigger ability effects.

Ability damage is never described as such in-game, instead being listed as physical, magic or true damage. However, those typings can be attributed to other archetypal damage types (e.g. Basic Attack.png basic attack damage can be physical or magical) and so knowing whether or not an effect deals ability damage can be hard to intuit.

Spell vamp benefits from ability damage.

The basic rule is: all damage-dealing abilities, excluding attack effects, deal ability damage.

Non-ability spell effects

The following non-abilities will also trigger spell effects:

Summoner Spells

Basic attack spell effects

The following empowered basic attacks will deal ability damage, meaning they will trigger ability effects. The triggering basic attack will still apply other attack effects.

Abilities that trigger attack effects and ability effects

The following abilities apply both attack effects and spell effects:

Note that, however, the damage dealt by these abilities is not classified as ability damage, except in the case of Whiplash Whiplash and the magic damage portion of Urchin Strike Urchin Strike. Except in those cases, the damage dealt by these abilities will not benefit from Spell vamp icon.png spell vamp. It is possible with Non-Damaging Abilities (above)—the implementation of this change could have been to have these abilities deal an additional 0 Annie Disintegrate.png spell damage.

Gameplay Elements