Apheliosthe Weapon of the Faithful | Ranked #31 out of 38 in ADC
Discover all ADC champions who counter Aphelios. Use our statistics and learn how to counter Aphelios in League of Legends and win in Champion Select! Aphelios Data for all roles taken from 57,1563731,0044,15720,72630,896 matches.
Bottom Lane (98%)
Aphelios Bottom Lane Counters: 56,27830,39920,3614,1431,002373 matches, 24 counter champions
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Tips Against Aphelios in Bottom Lane Tips Provided by MOBAFire Guide Authors
Xedavion says “Not a threat to Varus whatsoever,even if he is good you outscale him late game,be careful of his lvl 2 powerspike because if he has an engage support like Nautilus Or Leona he can easily kill you,since he has the most range out of any adc you have to play carefully until lvl 6.”
Amberdragon says “You are both really squishy. You can kill him fast or run him down. However it highly depends on his weapons too - beware of purple because it slows and CCs, red and white give him sustain and a shit ton of damage when combined, plus give him an upper hand in close combat to fight him from max range and kite.”
Dravenhalal says “Only time he's scary is if he has the purple gun as he can stun you and then his supp can get in your face and start talking about "our lord and saviour jesus christ". The red gun + white can be pretty scary since he has a lot of damage and heal. If he has any other gun though just tell him about our prophet and leader Muhammad and one shot him. Exhaust is good here.”
Kitqsune says “free lane. you can block his entire ult, rifle q, etc. You should be completely fine. Don't fight him close range when he has chakram/severum combo. THIS IS SKILL DEPENDENT which is why its in tiny. If they're bad the lane is free.”
Alvatorz says “Aphelios is a interesting one. Both of those 2 champions are really reliable on the late game, 3 items powerspyke, their supports and on their abilities. If you fight him with a good setup, you can make him fall easily, but always be aware of his weapons. The matchup really depend on how well you know Aphelios and Zeri to be honest.”
wardinbush says “This is more of a skill matchup since Aphelios is a pretty complicated champ, but from experience I tend to do good into him when i take hail of blades, Try to abuse him in the early levels when he doesnt have his gun cycle sorted (or cheese him level 1 since he doesn't have q)”
Lulu Mushroom Teas says “Just Ban: ¡PERMA-BAN!
This champion is a ridiculously complete Marskman; Aphelios has got everything that Lulu BOT doesn't have.
He has occasional great Range with both good burst Damage and CC, besides lots of scaling Damage, complicated weapons' versatility, ludicrous and powerful Wave-Clearing, difficult and dangerous to to gap-close especially if well-protected...... There's just nothing to do (that I know as of yet). So ban if you want to play Lulu BOT —unless you know something I don't.”
Krilep says “Aphelios has a weak early game and only one of his weapons are long range. Try to fight when his weapons have low ammo. Q poke him down as much as you can just remember he has a weapon that gives him some lifesteal so try to wait till 6 since you'll have your ULT to keep distance once he gets stronger.”
Valhalla Coach says “You match his range in lane and can trade with him early game, just don't all-in when he has red-white. Usually you'll win on extended trades and all-ins while he wins on short trades but support matchup is what dictates this lane until lvl6. You can match his scaling quite well and even if you are behind you can try to snipe him with ult and he will probably burn a spell everytime or he buys QSS”
SaskioLoL says “If he oversteps level 1, full all in with exhaust and run him down. He is really weak when he has no abilities. Otherwise let him push you in if he holds range and wait for level 3 to potentially fight back.”
Sellsword says “Aphelios starts much stronger than you in lane with his Caitlyn-esque range and it doesn't get better when after that he gets his root gun, which makes him have very potent all-ins, or the Severum-Chakram (Red-White guns) combo which makes him impossible to fight. He's not impossible to beat, but outscales you damage wise, so you should try to use your waveclear and ultimate to your advantage as much as you can, because he is very immobile. Also make sure to fight him when he has a bad gun combination, however that would be rare if the Aphelios is good.”
PancakeKittiwake says “He can outpoke you but he can also be completely braindead and step up and then get w auto q’d or possible even killed. Look for engage opportunities and prevent him from messing with your positioning.”
Nom212 says “It depends on his current weapon combination. Sometimes he out-ranges you with sniper turrets. Sometimes he has to get close with red-white combination. Dangerous but if you have the damage to threaten him he won't be able to mindlessly all-in you. Track his weapons and be wary of what he can and can't do.”
Amberdragon says “Aphelios is very squishy so you can burst him earlier in the game unless support matchup is unvaforable to you, but he will build Immortal Shieldbow eventually and the matchup will be harder for you. He can harass you from range, and when you come closer he has great sustain in most cases. Beware his chakram (white weapon), his poke with Calibrum (sniper/green weapon), his Gravitum (purple) root if he has an engage support. Severum (red) will give him sustain.
Most Aphelios players aren't good in low elo so it will be easier to deal with them, but a good Aphelios can put up a fight with you and bully you from range.”
IKeepItTaco says “◉ Aphelios is an immobile scaling ADC with the ability to output some of the highest amounts of damage, but at the cost of being somewhat short ranged and timing dependent!
◉ Aphelios will depend heavily on this gun combos which will determine what he’s allowed to do. The guns to look out for in-lane is [[Gravitum, the Gravity Cannon]] since he’ll use that to catch and snare you as an immobile ADC which can lead to you being engaged on. The other gun to look out for would be [[Crescendum, the Chakram]] as it’s the gun that gives him the most damage for 1v1s and 2v2s!
◉ Aphelios is very short ranged in-general no matter what gun combo he has so be sure to abuse your rockets with [[Fishbones, the Rocket Launcher]] as much as possible.
◉ A good way to look at Aphelios is if he has “strong” or “weak” guns combos. When he has a weak gun combo, that is when you want to strike and all-in.
◉ Weak Gun Combos: Severum, the Scythe Pistol + Calibrum, the Sniper Rifle, Calibrum, the Sniper Rifle + Gravitum, the Gravity Cannon, Gravitum, the Gravity Cannon + Severum, the Scythe Pistol, Calibrum, the Sniper Rifle + Infernum, the Flamethrower, Crescendum, the Chakram + Gravitum, the Gravity Cannon is by far the WORST 2 gun combo for him. If you see him having any of these combinations then you'll be fine to win the all-in as long as he isn't fed.
◉ Strong Gun Combos: Crescendum, the Chakram + Severum, the Scythe Pistol, Crescendum, the Chakram + Infernum, the Flamethrower, Infernum, the Flamethrower + Gravitum, the Gravity Cannon, Infernum, the Flamethrower + Severum, the Scythe Pistol, Crescendum, the Chakram + Calibrum, the Sniper Rifle Try to avoid fighting against these combinations.
◉ Win Condition: You both scale very well, but since you have a big range advantage on Aphelios throughout the game all you have to do is abuse the range difference starting in the laning phase till the late game and you should have no problem come out on top whether it’s simple trading or winning 2v2s!
Breathly says “Aphelios will only counter you if he has an Enchanter support (Exmaple = Lulu, Nami, Yuumi) Or something that can poke you down.
If he has a champion like Thresh you can go more even with him, it is very dangerous to play the scaling game with him since he out scales you at 4 items.”
Amberdragon says “Aphelios has very flexible kit, he can either poke you or out-dps you in close combat. He's vulnerable early on, but if he gets ahead avoid him until you scale a bit. Avoid his White and Red weapons in close combat. Don't try anything funny when he has Purple weapon and an engage support because he can slow and root you. Green weapon is his poke/sniper. Blue is AoE.”
FunkyBeagle says “Now, when Aphelios is meta, he's REALLLLY annoying for Kaisa as a champion. His starting weapons are Calibrum/Severum which basically sets him up to not lose a trade if he's genuinely a GOOD Aphelios player. He outranges you until he cycles his Calibrum sniper out. Once this weapon is gone, its a little bit more bearable. Watch out for his purple gun as well as this sets his support up for free damage/follow up cc! Also, DO NOT fight him when he has Severum/Crescendum gun combo, ITS EXTREMELY HIGH DPS. Only fight him when he has this weapon combination if you KNOW you win. Play safe in this lane and farm and let your support try to make plays. Kai'sa isnt a play maker in this one. One tip: You can fight him level one with an engage support as he doesnt have a level 1 ability and Kai'sa's level 1 is incredible!”
LegendaryOstrich says “Aphelios has a weak early game and only one of his weapons are long range. Try to fight when his weapons have low ammo. Q poke him down as much as you can just remember he has a weapon that gives him some lifesteal so try to wait till 6 since you'll have your ULT to keep distance once he gets stronger.”
Urason says “This is very Aphelios favored but it's still skill dependent. If you get on top of Aphelios and he doesn't have Chakram, you'll do fine and kill him. The issue is he can destroy in lane with his range and he out scales you if you don't get a big lead.”
Coldsong says “Aphelios is easily the worst Samira matchup in my opinion. He outranges you, has more CC than you, and outscales you. A good Aphelios will never get close to you, and if he has Chakrams as one of his guns you can never engage on him. Just play safe and try to wait for him to get rid of his Chakrams if he has them. Also dodge his sniper Q at all costs since if he hits it and has Gravitum it is a free long ranged root. Save Blade Whirl for his ult, especially if he uses Infernum ult! Overall I would honestly just ban Aphelios.”
AnonSS says “Embora ele tenha tomado nerf, o Aphelios ainda continua sendo bom no que faz: all-in. Então pegue um suporte poke e siga pela build de Cometa e Letalidade e seja feliz vendo esse twinkzinho apanhando de uma ruiva gostosa.”
NikkiTT says “Tricky lane at first, don't fight red gun without grievs/ignite(buying Bramble is also fine here if behind), don't fight white gun if you're too even, especially not white/red, remember his purple is CC and don't allow that to stop you when going for all ins, easiest kill is on green/blue gun. This lane becomes rather easy with an engage support. Exhaust will surely make this matchup a bit easier, just harsher to fight into red weapon with no ignite sometimes.”
Amberdragon says “Most Aphelios players don't know the champion well enough to be a threat and overall Xayah does well against him especially in the early game. He outscales you but you are stronger in early levels, try to shut him down in the early game. Don't trade with him when he has both red and white guns, he hard wins these trades. Don't get poked in the early levels. Use your R to avoid his and get on top of him to easily kill him as he is squishy. If he gets strong things will get very ugly for you. If you are building lethality and he builds a shieldbow, then go serpent's fang to make sure he can't come back from a hellish early game.”
Simon Uchinora says “Aphelios has only one weapon it is equal to caitlyn range, is the Calibrum, knowing this every other weapon has less range than yours, two things are the Gravitum, has the power to stun you, and the Infernum has a great damage, but basicaly just wait for his waste the ammunition of this two weapons to go on.”
Melyn says “The hardest part of this matchup is just knowing what he does. He doesn't have dashes so you can still blow him up.
Green (Caitlyn): stay behind minions so he can't snipe you.
Red (lifesteal/ballerina): Short range, but when he twirls he can easily dodge since autoing doesn't root. Short range otherwise and can be punished (care all in)
Purple: be very careful about getting rooted, depending on enemy support
Flamethrower: Do NOT stand near minions and if you're team fighting, spread out from your teammates (ult can destroy clumps).
White: Stay far away if you can; he deals more DPS at close range. Don't all-in here unless you burst from far away.”
Inoriboob says “Aphelios has been very even recently, matchup is very simple wait out green gun which outranges you and force mistakes off him, you always out damaged him 1-6 and even late game if behind.
VeronyV says “Despite nerfs hitting him, he is still really strong. A good aphelios is a major threat and most players are roughly even or minor. It is a matter of outplaying good ones, but if theyre bad, then just engage 24/7”
HyroPyro says “Aphelios has longer range than you level 1. His next swap combo allows him to push waves with high speed and also cc Kai'Sa. He has high kill pressure with the Crescendum (White gun) pairings, but can be abused and out damaged hard during his weak cycles with the appropriate supports.”
snowcard says “I still don't understand this champion so I'm debating whether to put him in even or major. He's in the same place as Kalista, pray he isn't good. You can block many of his abilities, but personally it's hard because I can't even tell when he's casting it.
What you can block:
Calibrum - The missile. For the followup damage, you have to E BEFORE he casts it.
Severum - I don't reccomend blocking this ability because you only block the one damage when he casts it.
Gravitum - E right when he "slams" down, which is the animation for the root.
Infernum - You can block the off-hand weapon damage, but again you'll have to predict the cast.
Crescendum - I'm not really sure but I know you can block part of the damage from the chakrums.
You can block his ult entirely (which is huge).
Lucifer6 says “With Aphelios you just need to be aware of what weapons he has since his rifle does out range you but if you can get around that and you know what his weapons does it wont be hard and it should be quite even, most of the time the decider comes down to who messes up first.”
Tiilisk1v1 says “He has only one gun with longer range than you (calibrum). When he doesn't have it you van play pretty aggressive playstyle. Dont try close-range fights after lv6 because he will out dps you then.”
Trieuloo says “This is one of the matchups I thought would be turbo easy, however with shieldblow + red gun it is pretty hard to kill. You definitely need to watch out for this matchup when he has red grey. Otherwise he is just a free kill. ”
Sett Abuser says “Similar range to Caitlyn, sometimes can be larger depends on his choice of weapon. Gravitum is the deadliest weapon for you because it has hard crowd control, this will put your W to a very long cooldown.”
DoublefeedOP says “Aphelios is inherently weak early game so you shouldn't have much trouble against him, just don't give him your W - E and then you get rooted with his Blue / Purple gun into an all in by his support.”
DoublefeedOP says “As of Season 11, they nerfed crit items so Aphelios is in a pretty bad spot. He's practically a worse version of Jhin that scales harder in the late game. He'll build Galeforce just like you but takes too long to go online that you should be able to easily stomp lane.”
KoZee says “Aphelios has been nerfed a ton, and isn't as big as a threat as he used to be. A lot of countering him is knowing what he can do with his combos. With Calibrum he outranges you and can poke you down. Gravitum he has a strong engage, and Infernum makes him deal a ton of AOE Damage. Don't let him get near you with Crescendum, as that's his highest DPS possible if he has stacked chakrams. Severum will let him kite and heal a bunch, but overall doesn't deal too much.”
TheGronne says “I actually found Aphelios to be quite hard to deal with. This is because he can play it ultra safe until he has his Chakrams, and when he has his Chakrams, you can't really fight him. Samira wants to get into the face of her opponent, yet Chakram excels against melee foes.”
kingamazin says “The threat level of Aphelios changes depending on what gun combination he currently has. At level 1, he barely outranges you with Calibrum. This means that it is possible to auto trade with him. Aphelios level 1 is probably the weakest in the game as he has no ability so use that to get priority in lane by pushing with rockets. When Aphelios has Gravitum, be careful of his all in potential since he can root you for his support to follow up with more cc. When he has Infernum, try to position yourself away from your minion wave to avoid getting hit by the splash damage from his auto attacks.”
Bluestrat says “Aphelios has a strong 1v1 power once he has the following weapon combinations:
Green/White or Red/White.
The advantage for us is that once we are stronger and have our Q-Evolve, we can almost always push Aphelios in and fight him.
However, if you don't have an advantage, it's hard for Kai'sa to stand up to Aphelios. ”
Trampedach says “Hard to dive in against this champion especially if he has Crescendum or Gravitum. He will instantly shred your hp with Crescendum or CC and slow you with gravitum so you can't escape. ”
YoonaBoona says “Aphelios excels in a lot of the same areas that Jinx does in lane. Having similar range and much more damage, Apehlios can be tricky to trade with. Stay a fair distance away and focus on securing CS and keeping your HP bar high.”
Bluestrat says “Aphelios hat eine starke 1v1 Power, sobald er folgende Kombinationen hat:
Grün/Weiß oder Rot/Weiß.
Vorteil für uns ist, dass wenn wir einmal stärker sind und unser Q-Evolve haben, wir Aphelios fast immer reinpushen und bekämpfen können.
Hat man jedoch keinen Vorteil, ist es schwer für Kai'sa gegen Aphelios zu bestehen. ”
ctm20141 says “Treat him as a weaker Caitlyn when he has his Calibrum. You can't contest his push when he has Calibrum available. DO NOT ENGAGE HIM WHEN HE HAS CRESCENDUM (the chakrams) OR YOU/YOUR SUPPORT WILL DIE IF YOU DON'T INSTA BURST HIM!. There isn't much to say... play around his weapons: Severum gives lifesteal and dueling potential (you can cancel Severum's Q with a CC), Calibrum gives range and nothing else, Infernum gives waveclear, Gravitum gives slows and roots and Crescendum gives a sort of an assassin's damage. You can engage (all in) him when he has Calibrum, Gravitum, Infernum and Severum (only if you or your support saves 1 CC for his Q). I REPEAT, DO NOT ALL IN HIM WHEN HE HAS CRESCENDUM UNLESS YOU INSTA BURST HIM!
You outscale him in 1v1s (unless he has Crescendum and you can't Condemn him), but in late game teamfights he should be a bit stronger.
ABUSE HIS LACK OF MOBILITY!”
Compliant says “Aphelios is not suited to contest early-game in laning phase. This will allow you to easily farm through the laning phase and compete with him in teamfighting as the strongest single DPS ADC.”
EvoNinja7 says “Aphelios Is a very complicated champion to play against, because at one point he could be really low, but then he shoots his ult at you and suddenly gains full health and starts attacking you at insane speeds. Try to all in him when you see his health is low, and try not to let him engage you.”
Scrimm says “200 years has nothing against Kai'sa. Just fight him when he doesn't have chakrams so he lacks damage and trade early on since he will likely take Conqueror and not win short trades as hard.”
Mayday36 says “Against a good aphelios player your going to have a difficult time poking and gaining cs because early game he is going to out range you depending on his weapon and late game hes going to be able to out cs you with his red gun”
SkittleBtw says “This dude can whack you. It's a little bit more skill dependent, but he has a lot of options with his 5 million guns and passives, it's winnable for either ADC depending how the ADC and support plays together. ”
MasterBoom says “A flexible ADC but you can outplay him by your OP Movement speed.
You can easily dodge his skill then use your "Galeforce" advantage.Just ensure to trade with him when his not using Crescendum.”
Akariine says “Watch out for when he has Calibrum or Infernum on his main hand. Remember that because his ultimate projectile is actually decently fast, you will be able to dodge it with Featherstorm. Due to the recent patch, Aphelios should be much easier to kill before he gets his powerspike. He also gains free lethality late in the game, stay weary.”
xKARx says “Pretty hard lane. Outranges you and scales better. The way to play this lane is to take short trades rather than all ins as your ult is better for initiating or finishing off fights. Do not all in unless you have an extremely aggressive support or it is a 3v2 (in your favour).”
Mephiix Unleashed says “Skill based matchup, avoid fighting him when his White/red weapon combination is up, you can outtrade him as soon as his range weapon is out (green one). Aphelios has a decent lane, is strong in mid game and super strong in late game, he has 1 weakness tho and that is lack of mobility. If you can catch him with your snare, follow up with your ultimate and he should be in a rly bad spot”
ShroudedBRH says “Aphelio's is not much of a threat early game which is where you can gain advantages. Avoid standing behind targets when he has infernum and don't all in when he has chakrams. Late game try to lock him down with your ult early in a team fight if possible.”
OverjarlZane says “Here's the thing with Aphelios. He's SO EXTREMELY Feast or Famine that he can be a 2, or he can be a 5 here based on the skill and whether or not he gets ahead. Ahead he's going to annihilate you and your team, maybe even the Support Mundo in the Rift next door. But when he's behind? He may as well be non existent. ”
StriveHD79 says “Stand behind minions when he has green gun, it is his long range sniper gun. Red gun = life steal gun. White gun = attack speed steroid ( avoid fighting him in close range with white gun ). Blue gun = 110% aoe damage. Purple gun = slow & root ( If you get hit by this gun, be prepared to be rooted in place, flash or E if need be). All in all, you are much stronger than him atm since hes been nerfed to the ground.”
StriveHD79 says “Aphelios has caitlyns range early with the green gun so play the lane similar to when you play against caitlyn, focus on scaling and farming like most matchups and you will be fun. Throughout the game it should be quite even in terms of damage output, as long as you have same items.
Purple gun is a slow and root.
Red gun is lifesteal.
White gun is crazy attack speed.
Blue gun does 110% AOE damage.”
eyh4sxdf says “He scales really hard. His first gun has more range than you so he can poke pretty well, and he has life steal so poking is kinda pointless. You can wait until he has different guns to engage, or wait for your jg or supp to engage for you.”
StriveHD79 says “Very weak right now. Avoid any extended trade with him. Red gun = life steal. White gun = extra AAs + attack speed steroids. Blue gun = 110% damage AOE. Green Gun = Long Range Snipe. Purple Gun = Slow + Root.”
Terrific says “If the person knows how Aphelios works you're probably fucked but you still should be able to win laningphase depending on support diff. ATM his white gun is busted so care for his shurikans and dont let the game go on for too long otherwise he does outscale you.”
Trisien says “Similar to Caitlyn, he outranges you quite hard in the first few levels because of his green gun. He is easier to take down than her because his lower mobility, so you can take advantage of that with a hard engage support. ”
Krod7435 says “Aphelios has many weapons to root you and crit you for Dmg. I prefer keeping distance away from him because if you go toe to toe with a good skilled one they can kill you pretty quick. ”
MarksmanBL says “Hard to poke due to range but easier to kill with CC. Also scales better into late than the other threats so you're on the clock. In the current patch in diamond this is my usual ban. ”
xSEASeahawks12 says “Aphelios isn't too hard to lane against, as your quick trades as well as your all in can murder him if you properly play around his Chakram cooldown. However, be very cautious when this gun is available, as his DPS spikes hard.”
Zoodyacc says “Avoid Gravitium (Purple Slowing/Rooting weapon of his), it might be a huge threat for you. If you manage to Condem [E] him, you'll probably win a trade, however at this point where Aphelios is quite overpowered you should respect him during laning phase and focus him down on teamfights.”
EvoNinja7 says “Just keep him at bay with your W and you should be fine. Just don't fall prey to his Q on gravitum, since it can leave you vunrable for a gank, and stay away from his interning weapon, since it has crazy range.”
PrettyPinkPutin says “Dude has very limited safety in his kit, the only weapon combo he could duel you with realistically would be Crescendum and Severum, just don't engage on an Aphelios who has several Chakrams out and you should be able to chop him up.”
MayeLeven says “Aphelios is very weak at the beginning of the game, so you can kill him at this time. In the middle of the game he will be stronger, but you can kill him with your R, even if he use his flamethrower combo.”
Deathfeather says “He has decent early game and pretty solid late game, but you outscale him if you go even or ahead in lane, so just bully and poke him until you can burst him. stay away if he has grav gun though.”
mrPERISH says “This man was a complete nightmare early. You outscale him but he can still output tons of damage. Haven't had much experience against him since his nerf but he will still be at least a major threat. ”
Nik7857 says “Haven't play the matchup too much, but it's safe to say he is overpowered as hell and he will out damage, out sustain you, out range you, he will slow you, he will wave clear better then you. Just ban him if you don't like losing.”