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Life steal (LS) is a stat that restores health to the attacker based on a portion of damage dealt from a basic attack, including attacks that are modified by effects or abilities (such as Nasus OriginalSquare Nasus' Siphoning Strike Siphoning Strike or Spellblade). Life steal works for abilities that apply on-hit effects such as Mystic Shot Mystic Shot and Parrrley Parrrley, but not with item actives (e.g. Blade of the Ruined King item Blade of the Ruined King). Usually, on-hit effects do not interact with life steal.

Life steal is calculated from the effective damage dealt by the attack after modifiers and mitigation (i.e. armor).

All champions have 0% base life steal, but it can be increased with items, runes, and by some champion abilities.

Gold Value

  • Life steal has a gold value of Gold 37.5 per point.

Increasing life steal

The following is true life steal. It does not benefit from Heal power Heal Power.


Item Cost Amount Availability
Bilgewater Cutlass item Bilgewater Cutlass1600 Gold10 %All maps
Blade of the Ruined King item Blade of the Ruined King3300 Gold12 %All maps
Doran's Blade item Doran's Blade450 Gold3 %Summoner's Rift
Guardian's Hammer item Guardian's Hammer950 Gold10 %Howling Abyss
Mercurial Scimitar item Mercurial Scimitar3400 Gold10 %All maps
Might of the Ruined King item Might of the Ruined King3300 Gold12 %All maps
Ravenous Hydra item Ravenous Hydra3500 Gold18 %All maps
Sanguine Blade item Sanguine Blade3000 Gold15 %All maps
Vampiric Scepter item Vampiric Scepter900 Gold10 %All maps

Champion abilities


Attack drain

The following effects are similar to life steal. They benefit from Heal power Heal Power.


Champion abilities



  • Life steal stacks additively, and has no cap.
  • Spirit Visage item Spirit Visage's passive is a unique multiplicative increase. For example, if a unit had 10% life steal, the 30% increase would be calculated as: 10% × 1.3 = 13% life steal.
  • Life steal will not work against structures and wards.
  • Healing reduction effects like Ignite Ignite and Varus OriginalSquare Varus' Hail of Arrows Hail of Arrows reduces the health restored by life steal.
  • Blade of the Ruined King item Blade of the Ruined King's bonus damage healing is considered a drain effect, even thought it scales off life steal. This means that the healing is affected by Heal power Heal Power.
See Healing reduction for more information.


Last updated: November 20, 2019 - V9.23

  • Relevant mathematics:
    • Sion OriginalSquare Sion's life steal:
      • Items = Bloodthirster item 20% + Sanguine Blade item 4 × 15% = 80%
      • Runes = Legend- Bloodline rune 12% = 12%
      • Buffs = Glory in Death 100% = 100%
      • Life Steal Multiplier = Spirit Visage item 1.3 = 1.3
        • Sion OriginalSquare Sion's life steal = (80% + 12% + 100%) × 1.3 = 249.6% life steal

Last updated: March 23, 2020 - V10.6


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