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For the removed Masterwork Masterwork item, see Obsidian Cleaver Obsidian Cleaver.
For the Wild Rift icon.png Wild Rift item, see Black Cleaver Black Cleaver.

Black Cleaver is a legendary item in League of Legends icon.png League of Legends.


Black Cleaver item.png
Black Cleaver
3300 Gold 3300 (1050 Gold 1050)
Kindlegem item.png
800 Gold 800 (400 Gold 400)

Cost Analysis

Gold Value

Gold Efficiency*

  • Black Cleaver's Black Cleaver's base stats are 86.87% gold efficient.

Similar items


  • Butcher deals Umbra Blades.png default damage, and thus will not trigger spell effects.
  • Carve and Butcher are not blocked by Spell Shield.png spell shield.
  • Both passives trigger on both basic attacks and on any abilities that deal physical damage (including pets), such as Urgot's Urgot's Purge Purge and Garen's Garen's Judgment Judgment, and the stacks are applied for every tick of damage.
  • On-hit effects, which are different from on-hit abilities, do not apply an additional armor shred stack (excluding Recurve Bow Recurve Bow and Runaan's Hurricane Runaan's Hurricane).
    • Note that the excluded on-hits will sometimes not apply the armor shred. If they're triggered by Guinsoo's Rageblade Guinsoo's Rageblade they will however always apply it. Runaan's Hurricane will also apply the shred to the main target since it deals them 0 physical damage on-hit.
  • The very first instance of physical damage does not get the benefit of the armor reduction. The physical damage dealt is calculated first, and the debuff is applied after. This means the full benefit of the reduction is seen on the seventh hit, after all six stacks have been applied.


  • Black Cleaver is usually used on juggernauts (Illaoi Illaoi, Darius Darius, Garen Garen) because they can easily apply stacks and survive long enough to benefit from the penetration.
  • Armor reduction and penetration effects stack, allowing an attacking character to benefit simultaneously from Black Cleaver Black Cleaver shred, penetration runes, other items such as Last Whisper Last Whisper, and champion abilities that circumvent armor.

Old icons


  • The icons to the right feature the old indicator used to represent the target's armor was reduced.
  • The Cleave icon is also used in Jarvan IV's Jarvan IV's Dragon Strike Dragon Strike.
  • Black Cleaver and Obsidian Cleaver are among a number of items that had the word "The" removed from their names in patch V9.19. They were previously known as The Black Cleaver and The Obsidan Cleaver respectively.
  • The icon of Black Cleaver is reused for the Teamfight Tactics item Berserker's Axe Berserker's Axe.
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Patch History

  • Updated icon.
  • New:
    • Recipe: Caulfield's Warhammer Caulfield's Warhammer + Kindlegem Kindlegem + Long Sword Long Sword + 1050 Gold 1050 = 3300 Gold 3300.
    • Stats: 300 health, 40 attack damage, 25 ability haste.
    • Unique Passive - Carve: Dealing physical damage to an enemy champion reduces their armor by 4% for 6 seconds, stacking up to 6 times for a maximum of 24%. Enemies with 6 stacks are Shredded.
    • Unique Passive - Butcher: Basic attacks (on-hit) and damaging abilities against fully Shredded enemies deal bonus physical damage equal to 5% of their missing health, reduced to 2% of their missing health for damage over time effects (0.5 second cooldown).
    • Limited to 1 Black Cleaver.
  • Old:
    • Recipe: Phage Phage + Kindlegem Kindlegem + 950 Gold 950 = 3000 Gold 3000.
    • Stats: 400 health, 40 attack damage, 20% cooldown reduction.
    • Unique Passive: Dealing physical damage to an enemy champion Cleaves them, Armor penetration icon.png reducing their Armor icon.png armor by 4% for 6 seconds, stacking up to 6 times for a maximum of 24%.
    • Unique Passive - Rage: Dealing physical damage grants (Melee role.png 20 / Ranged role.png 10) movement speed for 2 seconds. Assists on Cleaved enemy champions or kills on any unit grant (Melee role.png 60 / Ranged role.png 30) movement speed for 2 seconds instead.
    • Ornn's Ornn's Masterwork Masterwork item: Obsidian Cleaver Obsidian Cleaver.
      • Stats: 550 health, 60 attack damage, 20% cooldown reduction.
  • Renamed Black Cleaver from The Black Cleaver.
  • The Obsidian Cleaver The Obsidian Cleaver
    • Total cost reduced to 3000 Gold 3000 from 4000 Gold 4000.
      • Combine cost reduced to 0 Gold 0 from 1000 Gold 1000.
    • Can now only be obtained if Ornn Ornn forges the item (for himself or for another ally).
  • Bug Fix: Now correctly stacks on decoys.
  • Undocumented: An ability cannot add more than one stack in an instant.
  • Armor reduction per stack reduced to 4% from 5%.
    • Maximum armor reduction reduced to 24% from 30%.
  • Bug Fix: Fixed a bug where an enemy hit with multiple shells from Graves' Graves' basic attacks only applied a single stack of The Black Cleaver.
  • Total cost reduced to 3100 Gold 3100 from 3500 Gold 3500.
  • Combine cost reduced to 750 Gold 750 from 1150 Gold 1150.
  • Attack damage reduced to 50 from 55.
  • New item icon.
  • New recipe: Kindlegem Kindlegem + Phage Phage + 825 Gold 825 = 3000 Gold 3000
  • Health increased to 400 from 200.
  • Attack damage reduced to 40 from 50.
  • Cooldown reduction increased to 20% from 10%.
  • No longer grants + 10 Armor Penetration.
  • Revised Passive: Dealing physical damage to an enemy champion Cleaves them, reducing their armor by 5% for 6 seconds, stacking up to 6 times.
    • The passive is now unique.
  • New Unique Passive: Rage: Dealing physical damage grants 20 movement speed for 2 seconds. Assists on Cleaved enemy champions or kills on any unit grant 60 movement speed for 2 seconds instead. This movement speed is halved for ranged champions.
  • Combine cost increased to 1263 Gold 1263 from 1188 Gold 1188 (total cost remains the same due to Ruby Crystal's Ruby Crystal's price being reduced).
  • Can no longer apply more than one stack of Armor Shred in a single basic attack.
  • Health reduced to 200 from 250.
  • Maximum stacks increased to 5 from 4.
  • Armor reduction per stack reduced to 5% from 6.25%.
  • Fixed a bug where spells were applying more reduction than intended.
  • Armor reduction per stack reduced to 6.25% from 7.5% (Maximum reduction is now 25% from 30%).
  • Flat armor penetration reduced to 10 from 15 and is now Unique.
V1.0.0.152 Rework
  • New recipe: The Brutalizer The Brutalizer + Ruby Crystal Ruby Crystal + 1188 Gold 1188 = 3000 Gold 3000.
  • +250 health
  • +50 attack damage
  • +10% cooldown reduction
  • +15 armor penetration
  • Passive: Dealing physical damage to an enemy champion reduces their armor by 7.5% for 4 seconds. This effect stacks up to 4 times.
  • Fixed a bug where it didn't appear in the attack speed tab.
  • New recipe: B. F. Sword B. F. Sword + Dagger Dagger + 795 Gold 795 = ??? Gold ???
    • Old recipe: B. F. Sword B. F. Sword + Long Sword Long Sword + 800 Gold 800 = ??? Gold ???
    • Damage reduced to 55 from 75.
    • Now adds 30% increased attack speed.
    • Unique passive: Now shreds 15 armor per stack from 12 but has a maximum of 3 stacks from 5.
May 15, 2009 Patch
  • Attack damage reduced to 75 from 80.


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