How To Play Rumble In League Of Legends

Back in the day, Rumble was one of the strongest Top Lane champions in League of Legends; seeing quite a lot of playing time in high elo and even in professional play. He’s fallen a bit behind in recent years but he still remains a solid champ for a Top Laner. In this guide, we’ll show you everything you need to know to get you started playing the Mechanized Menace.


There aren’t many Mages that are fit for the Top Lane. After all, most Top Laners are aggressive duelists that like to trade every chance they get. While Mages can deal pretty heavy damage of their own, they’re not durable enough to survive a full blown assault from a Fighter like Riven or Fiora. Enter, Rumble. This little mecha riding yordle has a lot of stuff in his kit designed to specifically keep up with the meta champions in the Top Lane. He has good wave clear, a shield, and a massive AoE crowd control that will absolutely ravage anyone caught up in it. If you’re team needs a mage in the Top Lane that can also impact team fights, Rumble is the perfect champion you’re looking for.


Being a mage, Rumble’s abilities are all about dealing magic damage. His abilities have pretty wide areas of effect and good crowd control. This makes Rumble quite strong in all stages of the game.

Passive – Junkyard Titan

When Rumble reaches 50 Heat he is in the Danger Zone granting all his basic abilities bonus effects. When Rumble reaches 100 Heat, he starts Overheating gaining bonus attack speed and dealing bonus magic damage (capped at 80 against monsters) on his basic attacks but is unable to cast his spells for 6 seconds.

Junkyard Titan works like a double-edged sword. On one hand, it lets Rumble cast his abilities without having to use Mana. This is great for trading since you don’t have to worry about running out of resources to use your abilities. However, it comes with a catch. Everytime you cast a spell, Rumble’s mech acquires Heat. At 50 Heat, his abilities will become stronger and he’ll enter a state called the Danger Zone. But at 100 Heat, Rumble will be silenced and will have his basic attack deal bonus magic damage. The challenge here is maintaining the Danger Zone sweet spot so that you can maximize your damage output.

Q – Flamespitter

Rumble torches opponents in front of him, dealing magic damage in a cone for 3 seconds. This spell deals reduced damage to minions.

Danger Zone Bonus: Deals 150% damage.

Flamespitter is Rumble’s bread and butter. This is your primary damaging ability and what you’ll strive to have on for most of the time. It’s a good source of wave clear and consistent DPS whenever you’re trading against an opponent. There’s not much complicated mechanics involved with this ability; all you have to do is pop it open and aim it at the enemies.

W – Scrap Shield

Rumble tosses up a shield for 1.5 seconds that absorbs damage. Rumble also gains Movement Speed for 1 second.

Danger Zone Bonus: 50% increase in shield health and Movement Speed.

Scrap Shield is Rumble’s survivability spell. Don’t hesitate to put in a few extra points here in the early levels just to mitigate some of the damage that you might receive from aggressive early game bruisers. The movement speed is pretty nice too as it lets him maneuver more efficiently and can even help him escape in certain instances.

E – Electro Harpoon

Rumble shoots his opponent with up to 2 tasers, dealing magic damage, reducing their magic resistance by 10% for 4 seconds, and applying a stacking slow of 15% for 2 seconds.

Danger Zone Bonus: Damage, slow and magic resist reduction increased by 50%

This is Rumble’s only ranged ability. As such, you should be using Electro Harpoon as a form of ranged poke. Use this to last hit minions when you can’t go near or use this to keep the enemy at bay while you try to farm. The slow on this ability is pretty good to as one Electro Harpoon plus the movement speed bonus from Scrap Shield would be enough for you to catch up to a fleeing target.

R – The Equalizer

Rumble calls down a line of rockets that creates a burning trail for 5 seconds. Enemies in the area have their Movement Speed slowed by 35% and take magic damage each second.

The Equalizer is Rumble’s most iconic ability. It’s a very versatile ultimate that can be used in a lot of ways. You can use it to cut off paths, disrupt teamfights, secure objectives, or even damage the enemy team’s backline. You gotta be a little creative when using this ability and you must do your best to make sure that you’ll hit every member of the enemy team.

Runes and Item Builds

When it comes to item builds, your focus on Rumble would be to increase his Magic Damage while also increasing his survivability. Items that can imbue his abilities with additional effects are also really good on him.

Starting Items

When it comes to starting items, Rumble has two options. Your go to starting items should always be Doran’s Ring and Health Potions. This way, you’ll get a bit of damage and sustain to get you through the early stages of the game. If you’re against a ranged AD opponent, go for Doran’s Shield instead for the damage reduction.

Mythic Items

For your Mythic items, there are three options. All of them have specific uses and all of them bring a different playstyle to the table. Hextech Rocketbelt is the most popular choice since it gives Rumble both health and ability power. It also gives him an active dash which he can use for additional mobility. Night Harvester is another popular item on Rumble because it gives him some pretty insane burst damage. It also increases his movement speed so he can effectively use it to stick closer to his target. Lastly, we have the Riftmaker. This item is really great on Rumble because of the Omnivamp it provides. This’ll give Rumble a lot of sustain that can help him stay in fights longer without sacrificing his damage output. What you choose out of these three items should depend on your preference, playstyle, and situation. If you’re unsure, the safest option is either Hextech Rocketbelt or Riftmaker.

Full Build

Rumble is one of those champions that doesn’t need to immediately rush his Mythic item. As such, always go for upgrading your boots into tier 2 boots first when playing as this champion. The best boots for Rumble is Sorcerer’s Shoes which increases his Magic Penetration. Then, you build your desired Mythic item. Afterwards, go for Zhonya’s Hourglass and Shadowflame. Once you have these items, you’ll see a massive spike in your power. Finish off your build with a Void Staff and a Morellonomicon to further increase your Magic Penetration and overall damage even on champions stacking Magic Resist.

Other Viable Items

There are plenty of other viable items on Rumble that you can use depending on your situation. Let’s take a look at some of them.

  • Rylai’s Crystal Scepter – This item gives Rumble health and ability power, while imbuing his abilities with a persistent slow effect. 
  • Demonic Embrace – This item is great for shredding tanks as it burns enemies for a percentage of their health. It also increases your ability power for every 2% of your bonus health.
  • Cosmic Drive – Damaging a champion with 3 separate attacks or abilities will give you bonus movement speed and ability power when you have this item.
  • Banshee’s Veil – Grants a spell shield that blocks the next enemy ability.

Try to mix and match these items and see what works best for you. 


For your runes, go with the Sorcery tree and take Arcane Comet as your keystone. This will throw out a damaging comet at a location where you last damaged a champion using your abilities. Next, take Nimbus Cloak for the bonus move speed, Absolute Focus for more damage, and Scorch for a burn effect afflicted on target champions. For your secondaries, take Taste of Blood and Ultimate Hunter from the Domination Tree. These runes will give you a heal whenever you damage an enemy champion and reduce the cooldown on your ultimate whenever you score a takedown. For your rune shards, take double Adaptive Force and Armor.

Useful Tips

  1. Try your best to pace yourself when using your abilities. Keep your resource bar at Yellow so that you’ll always be in the Danger Zone when using your abilities. This way, you can maximize Rumble’s damage output.
  2. Rumble is countered by champions like Shen, Kayle, Yasuo, Gwen, Camille, and Malphite. If you see these champions laning against you on the enemy team, try to rethink your strategy and be cautious with your approach. Coordinate with your Mid Laner or Jungler to help you get leads and stay ahead.
  3. For your summoner spells, always take Flash and Teleport. Flash gives you more utility in the form of a short blink while Teleport gives you a more global presence around the map.

So there you have it! That’s all you need to know about playing Rumble in League of Legends. Be sure to check back with us again for more awesome guides on your favorite games. Have fun and we’ll see you on the Rift!