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

Recipe

Black Cleaver item.png
3000 Gold 3000 (950 Gold 950)
Phage item.png
1250 Gold 1250 (500 Gold 500)
Kindlegem item.png
800 Gold 800 (400 Gold 400)

Cost Analysis

Gold Value

Gold Efficiency*

  • Black Cleaver's Black Cleaver's is 100% gold efficient without its two passives.

Obsidian Cleaver is a finished item in League of Legends icon.png League of Legends. Can only be forged by Ornn Ornn. Limited to one Master Craftsman Master Craftsman item.

Recipe

Black Cleaver item.png
3000 Gold 3000 (950 Gold 950)
Phage item.png
1250 Gold 1250 (500 Gold 500)
Kindlegem item.png
800 Gold 800 (400 Gold 400)

Cost Analysis

Gold Value

Gold Efficiency*

Similar items

Notes

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • When combined, Black Cleaver Black Cleaver and Obsidian Cleaver Obsidian Cleaver will apply 2 stacks per instance of physical damage, instead of 1. This is because the unique passives are not named and they are not the same item. However, the two items share the same maximum stacks.
  • Multiple instances of physical damage applied at the same time (e.g. Zed's Zed's Razor Shurikens Razor Shurikens thrown by him and his Zed's Shadow.png Shadows) will only apply one stack.

Strategy

  • 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. Other than the shred effect they can also very nicely benefit from the bonus movement per hit which allows them to stick to their targets.
  • Building multiple Black Cleavers can be viable: with Transcendence Transcendence and 40% CDR, Black Cleaver grants 64 AD and 400 health, and is now worth:
    • 40 attack damage = 1400 Gold 1400
    • 400 health = 1066.66 Gold 1066.66
    • 20% cooldown reduction = 24 attack damage = 840 Gold 840
      • Total Gold Value = 3306.66 Gold 3306.66

Old Icon

Trivia

  • 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

V9.19
  • Renamed Black Cleaver from The Black Cleaver.
V9.1
  • 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).
V8.20
  • Bug Fix: Now correctly stacks on decoys.
V7.17
V7.13
  • Undocumented: An ability cannot add more than one stack in an instant.
V7.9
  • Armor reduction per stack reduced to 4% from 5%.
    • Maximum armor reduction reduced to 24% from 30%.
V7.4
V6.16
  • 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.
V6.9
  • 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.
V5.22
V5.8
  • 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.
V4.3
  • 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).
V3.9
  • Can no longer apply more than one stack of Armor Shred in a single basic attack.
V3.01
  • 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.
V1.0.0.153
  • 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.
V1.0.0.130
V1.0.0.109
  • Fixed a bug where it didn't appear in the attack speed tab.
V1.0.0.108
  • 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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