A basic attack (also called a standard, normal, or auto attack) is the default means by which a unit deals damage. Champions perform basic attacks when an enemy unit is right-clicked; basic attacks are also performed by an idle champion when an enemy unit ventures too close to it (if the option to basic attack when idling is enabled), or when the "attack move" function is used (default Shift + Right Click).
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- 2 Behaviour
- 3 Damage
- 4 Attack speed
- 5 Uncancelable Windup
- 6 Empowered Basic Attack
- 7 Trivia
- 8 References
By default, a champion will automatically basic attack nearby enemy units. This feature can be turned off in the options menu. Automated target acquisition (or auto attacking) can be momentarily disabled by using the "stop" command (default S).
Basic attacks cannot be avoided under normal circumstances once the windup has began. That is to say, once a basic attack has been issued from the attacker, it cannot lose its target and it will acquire them despite any subsequent changes in position. The following are exceptions to this rule and will cause basic attacks to fail:
- Parrying effects negate the attack's effects entirely:
- Attacking becomes disabled, rendering basic attacks unable to be declared. This includes (this lists those that have the capability to do so):
- The attack's windup is interrupted when the:
Certain basic attacks can be physically dodged (by using mobility spells or quickly moving out of the way) as they don't follow their target after their fired, but will travel fast enough that they're unlikely to be dodged. These are:and
When using attack-move, the champion stops to attack any hostile that gets in their way on their route to a destination. If a champion has an attack target, they will continue to attack it if in range and will move closer to it when out of range. until either a new target is specified, a cancel order is issued (pressing the S key or by specifying another move order), they lose vision of the target, or the target becomes invalid.
Many champions also have abilities that will affect their basic attacks in some way or form. Such abilities are treated like basic attacks, which means they can apply on-hit effects and/or ability effects.
Minions will automatically attack their closest target by default, but may change targets in a similar manner to turrets.
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Turret basic attacks deal physical damage and each consecutive attack deals more damage, up to a cap.
The only exception to the above is the Nexus Obelisk (also called the Fountain Laser), which deals a special type of true damage that ignores all kinds of damage reduction, untargetability and damage immunity effects and doesn't have missile travel speed.
In normal circumstances, structures can only be damaged by basic attacks. Some examples of abilities that can damage them is , , and .
Basic attacks always deal physical damage unless one of the following abilities is used, in which case the whole damage of the basic attack will be magic damage.
However, certain items, abilities or passives may cause them to deal additional magic damage on top of their base physical damage. Damage from basic attacks benefits from the attack damage stat on the attacker and are reduced by armor on the target.
When basic attacking a turret, your basic attack deals:
- If (100% bonus AD) is higher than (60% AP) (or by default):
- Deals 100% base AD (+ 100% bonus AD) physical damage.
- If (60% AP) is higher than (100% bonus AD):
- Deals 100% base AD (+ 60% AP) magic damage.
- See also: List of champions/Basic attacks
The rate at which a champion attacks is called attack speed, and is by default capped at 2.5 attacks per second, though some champions and runes can remove the cap.
Champions with a modifier listed after their attack windup have their windup time modified compared to the value you would expect given bonus attack speed. This makes the percentage inaccurate once the champion exceeds their base attack speed. To calculate a champion's windup time factoring a windup modifier, use the following formula:
- bWindupTime + ((cAttackTime × WindupPercent) – bWindupTime) × WindupModifier
If the champion's base attack speed is equal to their attack speed ratio then the formula can be simplified to:
- cAttackTime × WindupPercent ÷ (1 + bonus attack speed% × WindupModifier)
- cAttackTime: Current attack timer, which is equal to 1 ÷ total attack speed.
- WindupPercent: Wind-up percentage, as a decimal (e.g. 30% == 0.3).
- bWindupTime: Base wind-up time, which is equal to (1 ÷ base attack speed) × WindupPercent.
- WindupModifier: The attack's wind-up modifier, as a decimal.
Certain abilities can "reset" the basic attack timer, causing the basic attack to queue in prematurely before the second basic attack initiates the queue, resulting in a faster second attack rather than basic attacking twice normally. stack from resets.gains an additional
The following abilities will reset the basic attack timer after use:
, , , , and ( ) cause the next basic attack to occur more quickly. This is not considered a basic attack reset for .
Certain abilities, such as, that reset your basic attack timer will cause the user to dash before they are able to execute their next basic attack. These abilities can be cancelled with a Zero Vector Cancel in order to execute the next basic attack faster. There are two main ways to do this: you can dash into a wall too far to dash through, or you can position the cursor exactly over the champion. Both of these will cause the user to dash in place, reducing the amount of time the ability takes to use and decreasing the time before you can use your next basic attack.
A basic attack that is not interruptible is classified as having an uncancelable windup. Basic attacks with uncancelable windups are only stopped by death, polymorph, , and in some cases, untargetability and range. The following use this mechanic:
Empowered Basic Attack
To see the items and runes that deal bonus damage with basic attacks, see attack effects.
The following champion abilities have their basic attack dealing modified damage:
The following champion abilities will empower their basic attack to deal bonus damage:
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Damage over Time
The following champion abilities will empower their basic attack to deal additional damage over time:
The following champion abilities will empower their basic attack to give another bonus:
- In the initial iteration, the icon used to denote basic attacks is reused from an alpha item with unknown effects called Long Staff.
- "Basic" comes from the fact that "attack" used to refer to any hostile action a champion could perform, with "special attacks" referring to ability-based actions. Effects such as used to refer to "attacks" in their in-game tooltips, referring to what we would now distinguish as basic attacks and abilities. The use of "attack" to refer to anything other than "basic attacks" has generally been discontinued, but affixing the term with 'basic' remains.