To say that League players in general love hybrid champions and builds would be an understatement. And the reason why they love them so much is because they’re incredibly fun!

A hybrid champion simply offers more. You’re more flexible, harder to counter with items, and overall unpredictable with your playstyle.

This is the true strength of hybrid champions and builds in League of Legends and why they’re so feared even in high elo.

Make no mistake, we’re not talking here about AD champions that can (once in a blue moon) build AP and somehow make it work. No, no.

The subject is hybrid champions and hybrid builds which means multiple viable ways to play one champion and be consistently powerful, even a carry, in all games that you play.

So let’s dive deeper and check out the best and strongest hybrid champions right now in modern League of Legends.

10. Udyr

Even since rework back in 2022, Udyr transitioned from a pretty boring AD fighter to a flexible melee champion with multiple powerful builds a player can choose in each game.

For instance, his most popular build is the AP phoenix build. This is a playstyle that centers around Udyr’s R and deals mostly AoE magic damage. In the previous version of Udyr, this build was simply impossible.

Next, my dear friend and jungle duo loves to run AD items on Udyr such as Trinity Force. With this build, the champion is much more powerful in close encounters, 1v1s, and can even one-shot the enemy ADC if he manages to stun him first.

And lastly, Udyr players can always opt in for a full tank build if their team needs a more durable frontline. 

So you can be anything you wanna be with Udyr.

9. Ashe

Ashe in League of Legends

Ashe is one of my favorite champions to play in League of Legends.

Despite being an extremely simply champion can fit multiple roles (ADC, support, mid, top) and bend her playstyle to fit her team’s needs.

First of all, we have ADC Ashe – the optimal build for the champion. It gives her a bunch of attack damage, attack speed, and lifestyle, allowing her to kite enemies and dominate team fights.

But then we have the AP Ashe build which centers around her ultimate, Enchanted Crystal Arrow. 

If you didn’t know, Ashe’s R deals magic damage and has a 100% AP ratio. In other words, you can sometimes one-shot a squishy enemy just by hitting them with Ashe’s ulti and having the right runes and items.

And then there are a few players in the world (some of them are Master and Grandmaster in solo queue) that exclusively run Lethality Ashe in the top lane.

This is perhaps the most annoying build to play in the game, especially as a melee top laner. Because all you do is spam W on Ashe, keep the enemy slowed and tear through his armor. So if you want to torment the enemy top laner, this is the build to go for.

8. Twisted Fate

Twisted Fate in League of Legends

Speaking of favorites, Twisted Fate is my main champion when it comes to climbing.

When doing so, the build that I’m consistently carrying on is a one-shot full AP build. Basically, the blue card from TF’s W has a freaking 120% AP ratio and deals magic damage.

So by having lots of AP, you can essentially eliminate the enemy ADC from existence. But you need to have your E passive stacked up too, so don’t forget about that.

On the other hand, you have AD Twisted Fate, a build that’s also been consistently powerful for years and years now.

AD TF’s playstyle revolves around building as much attack speed as possible and also on-hit damage. And instead of one-shotting people with your W, you prioritize your basic attacks and approach fights just like an AD carry.

Both builds are extremely fun to play and you can even mix them together for the ultimate hybrid TF experience.

7. Kog’Maw

AP Kog'Maw Build Guide

Kog’Maw is another ADC champion with an off-meta AP build. 

The AP Kog’Maw build transforms this champion from an average ADC to an artillery mage with a playstyle similar to that of Ziggs, for example.

All of Kog’Maw’s abilities are long-range skillshots that deal magic damage and have decent AP ratios. So by having the right AP items in your inventory, you can absolutely demolish the entire enemy team even while staying in the back lines.

Of course, you can always run the regular ADC Kog’Maw build which deals the most consistent damage but lacks survivability. For that, you need the right support partner.

Some players do enjoy a tank Kog’Maw build which sounds ridiculous at first but it’s a nightmare to play against. You’re essentially battling a giant dog that spits out tons of damage every second and refuses to die. Ever.

6. Kayle

Kayle in League of Legends

For more than ten years Kayle has been a truly hybrid champion in League of Legends. No amount of item changes from Riot can ever change that.

The current best-performing build for Kayle is, of course, AP on-hit magic damage build. It includes items like Nashor’s Tooth and it fits her overall design of ranged top lane marksman.

However, it’s not uncommon or weird to build Kayle full AD. You do need on-hit items and effects such as Kraken Slayer. But the damage that you can dish out in a late-game team fight is honestly unreal.

And, of course, it’s also viable to build half AP and half AD on Kayle too. Just pick the items that you really need and enjoy some bonkers damage!

But if you’re unsure what to choose between AP and AD Kayle, I recommend reading my detailed guide on her damage here.

Read Also: The 10 Most Fun ADCs in League of Legends

5. Volibear

Volibear in League of Legends

Ever since Riot Games reworked Volibear and give him his current superpowers, you can literally play Voli any way you want.

For example, the build that most people run on Volibear is the on-hit AP/tank build which includes items like Nashor’s Tooth but also Force of Nature and Dead Man’s Plate. It does a lot of damage, it makes you incredibly tanky, and it’s fun to play.

But you can also go full AP Volibear and nuke people with his E. This is a fun off-meta playstyle that you can run as a support and as a mid laner.

On the other side of the item spectrum, you can run Lethality Volibear. Some players manage to one-shot people with this build and tear down turrets like they’re caster minions. So definitely a fun one to try out.

Lastly, Volibear can also go for a hybrid build of AP and AD items, such as a combination of Nashor’s Tooth and Hullbreaker. This way you’re an “one-man army”.

4. Katarina

High Noon Katarina Splash Art

The theory is that you can blindfold Katarina players, open the League shop in front of them, have them choose random items, and watch them dominate regardless of what they’ve chosen.

Seriously, there isn’t a single item in the game that doesn’t work “okayish” with Katarina and doesn’t make her powerful.

For instance, AP items make Katarina a one-shotting machine. We all know that.

But many Katarina players go for AD items like Kraken Slayer, sometimes even build lifesteal items, and deal surreal amounts of damage.

And, of course, there’s the tank Katarina build which is the most annoying and unfair thing to play against in League of Legends. Why?

Because a tank Katarina can still assassinate you while she has over 4k HP and you can’t stop her from eliminating your entire team.

But she’s pretty fun to play with all these hybrid builds, I’ll admit that.

Read Also: Top 5 Ranged Tanks in League of Legends

3. Ezreal

Ezreal in League of Legends

Ezreal is a synonym for hybrid champions and builds in League of Legends. He is the most popular example of a champion that can be built in many different ways and still be able to out damage the entire enemy team.

Nowadays, Ezreal’s most popular build is the ADC build which usually starts with Trinity Force and takes advantage of the armor penetration and slow from Serylda’s Grudge.

However, lots of players still run AP Ezreal in the mid lane and carry games with it even in high elo. AP Ezreal maxes out his W first and combines it with E and R to unleash ridiculous burst damage. 

Just take a look at this funny video and see what AP Ezreal can actually do.

If that’s not fun enough for you, you can always combine AD and AP items on this champion. After all, a truly hybrid build is the best thing for a true hybrid champion in LoL.

2. Varus

Varus in League of Legends

For those players who enjoy long-range playstyles, Varus is one of the most fun champions to pilot.

Besides the traditional ADC on-hit build, which is all about auto-attacking and ramping up as much attack speed as possible, Varus’ inventory can go a number of different ways.

For instance, Lethality Varus is a viable option that has worked particularly well even in pro matches on a Worlds stage. This build is all about poking with Varus’ Q and one-shotting people from a safe distance.

And we also have full AP Varus, which also one-shots enemies but it relies on Varus’ W more. If you didn’t know, both of Varus’ W and R deal magic damage and have huge AP ratios, so the one-shot potential is real here.

I wouldn’t recommend going for a hybrid build on Varus in every single game, but I’ve played with Serylda’s Grudge and Rabadon’s Deathcap in my inventory many times. The result = amazing damage.

1. Kai’Sa

Kai'Sa in League of Legends

And lastly, we have Kai’Sa – the queen of hybrid playstyles in League of Legends.

Kai’Sa is one of the most powerful champions in the game simply because of the sheer number of items she can utilize to her advantage.

For instance, ADC Kai’Sa is still a powerful build but hybrid Kai’Sa with items like Guinsoo’s Rageblade performs even better. She deals both magic and physical damage and her enemies have no idea what to build against her.

On the other hand, there’s the full AP Kai’Sa build which revolves around spamming your W and poking people from a safe distance. It’s perhaps the most fun one to use.

But you also can go Lethality Kai’Sa which is definitely a crazy playstyle too. 

And, of course, if you want to evolve all 3 of Kai’Sa’s abilities, you’re required to go for a hybrid build. This is what Riot Games intended us to do, so go and have fun with hybrid Kai’Sa!

Read Also: Best LoL Champions Without Hard Counters


I hope that covers most of what you need to know about these hybrid champions in League of Legends.

And even though more examples exist in League besides these ten, I choose the most powerful ones that you can actually carry with in your games.

Keep in mind that you can mix and match items on all these champions to make them truly hybrid or make them fit your unique playstyle.

It may not be the optimal way to play them, but I guarantee you’ll have lots of fun doing it.

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Last Update: April 1, 2024