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Steel Shoulderguards is a basic item in League of Legends icon League of Legends. It is exclusive to Summoner's Rift.

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Gold Efficiency*

  • Steel Shoulderguards item Steel Shoulderguards is 46.25% gold efficient without its passive.
  • Without Spoils of War, the item becomes gold efficient in 17 minutes and 55 seconds.
  • Assuming Steel Shoulderguards item Steel Shoulderguards' user kills the most valuable minions available, Spoils of War provides:
    • Gold 9.33 per 10 seconds to the user, while also sharing that same gold with the lane partner.
    • Between 15 and 25 minutes, this is increased to Gold 17.44 per 10.
    • After 25 minutes, this is futher increased to Gold 20 per 10.

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  • The quest reward can only be obtained after being out-of-combat for 5 seconds.
  • Triggering the Spoils of War passive adds +1 to the creep score of the allied champion who receives the bonus gold.
  • The Spoils of War passive is triggered no matter what method is used to kill the minion, but the execution aspect of the ability only works with melee basic attacks.
  • Spoils of War will trigger Ardent Censer item Ardent Censer but not Summon Aery rune Summon Aery.
  • "Receive diminishing gold from excessive minion kills": this seems to occur after killing 20 minions, it halves gold received from minions. This penalty lasts for 4 minutes 30 seconds without killing minions. Killing more than 20 minions reduces gold received from minions even more, up to a cap (4 gold for melee minions and 3 gold for caster minions).
  • Having a support item to tier 2 or tier 3, selling it, and buying another support item will automatically upgrade that item to the respective tier.


  • Steel Shoulderguards item Steel Shoulderguards is typically purchased by melee supports such as Alistar OriginalSquare Alistar, Braum OriginalSquare Braum, Leona OriginalSquare Leona, Nunu OriginalSquare Nunu, and Taric OriginalSquare Taric, who benefit from the durability it provides and can utilize the execution aspect of the Spoils of War passive.
  • This item is occasionally purchased by both champions in a double-bruiser lane, forgoing early damage for the sustain and extra Gold gold the item provides.


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Patch History

V9.23 - Added
  • Cost: Gold 400.
  • Stats: 30 health, 3 attack damage, Gold 2 per 10 seconds.
  • Unique Passive - Spoils of War: Grants a charge every 45 seconds, up to 3 charges. Basic attacks can consume a charge to execute minions. Melee role Melee basic attacks execute minions below 50% of their maximum health and Ranged role ranged basic attacks below 30% of their maximum health. Killing a minion by any means with a charge grants you and the nearest allied champion kill Gold gold. These effects require an allied champion to be nearby. Receive diminishing gold from excessive minion kills.
  • Quest: Earn Gold 500 using this item to upgrade to Runesteel Spaulders item Runesteel Spaulders, gaining the Warding active with 3 wards in stock.
  • Limitations: Limited to 1 Jungle or Gold Income item.


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