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For the virtual band and associated content, see True Damage

True damage is one of the three types of basic damage in League of Legends. It ignores Armor icon armor and Magic resistance icon magic resistance, as well as other forms of damage reduction such as Unbreakable Will Unbreakable WillUnbreakable Unbreakable, Primal Howl Primal Howl, or Exhaust Exhaust and forms of damage increase like Hemoplague Hemoplague, Charm Charm, Press the Attack rune Press the Attack or Coup de Grace rune Coup de Grace.

True damage can be dealt as a Blaze damage over time effect.

Blocking true damage

Countering true damage

True damage cannot be mitigated or reduced, but there are ways to deal with it:

  • Stacking Health icon health causes sources of flat true damage (e.g. Ignite Ignite) to effectively deal a lesser percentage of total health.
  • Universal Hybrid resistances icon shields can absorb true damage at any amount.

Dealing true damage

Abilities
Items
Summoner spells

Runes

Neutral Buffs

Neutral Monsters


Notes

  • Despite popular belief, champions whose abilities have health costs associated with them do not deal true damage to themselves when they use an ability which requires health to cast.
    • This can be evidenced when they have an absorption shield on them, when they use their health-based ability, the cost of it penetrates the shield and directly drains the health of the user, in contrary to true damage that has to break any absorption shield on the target to reach their health.
  • The Nexus Obelisk Nexus Obelisk deals an unique form of true damage[1] that additionally bypasses every damage-event related effect in the game, including Hybrid resistances icon shields, Test of Spirit damage transfers, Undying Rage death immunity, and Cosmic Radiance invulnerability effects. Furthermore, since it doesn't register as a damage event, it will not flag the champion with 'in combat' status, with some exceptions. This is classified as Fear Beyond Death 2 raw damage,
  • As of patch V3.15, true damage is no longer amplified by abilities such Zed OriginalSquare Zed's Death Mark Death Mark and Vladimir OriginalSquare Vladimir's Hemoplague Hemoplague.

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