How to Use Your Items in "League of Legends"

By Randy Begel

Updated September 22, 2017

Your Mercurial Scimitar may as well be a plain old scimitar if you don't know how to use it.
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In a match of "League of Legends," active ability items can mean the difference between victory and defeat. Some of the most powerful items possess active abilities, featuring abilities that can speed the movement of your entire team, grant you massive boosts to your damage or even make you invulnerable for a short time. No matter how good your team synergy is, you won't make it very far up the ladder if you don't know how to use them.

Purchasing an Active Item

Access the Item Shop by left-clicking on the shop keeper once your mouse cursor changes to a pouch of gold, or by pressing the "P" key, which is the default Item Shop hotkey. Items with an Active ability will contain the phrases "Active," "UNIQUE Active" or "Click to Consume" in their description. Purchase one by either clicking "Buy" or double-clicking on the item you want. Once purchased, the item will automatically be placed into one of your empty Item Slots.

Using an Active Item

Items that can be activated will have a gold border around their icon in their Item Slot. To use an item, you can either left-click on its icon or press the hotkey associated with the Item Slot it occupies. By default, items are bound to the following keys on your keyboard: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. Some items require you to select a specific target for their abilities to work. With those items, left-click your desired target after activating them.

Customizing Your Item Keys

If you're not happy with the default keys, you can rebind them at any time. Press the "ESC" key to access the Options menu, followed by opening the Hotkey sub-menu. Left-click on the hotkey you want to change, and press the new key you want to use instead.