I've recently started playing League of Legends, and soon realized that when you buy Rod of Ages, a number at the bottom right increases as you kill somebody I guess, like on the example of the image below.

But when you try to press - number 1 on the keyboard to use it like you use Zhonyas for example, nothing happens. Does this item actually works like that, or am I misunderstanding its concept?

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    If you hover your mouse pointer over items in the game, a tooltip will show detailing what the item does and how.
    – Ender
    Jul 12, 2015 at 15:53
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    Why does this question get downvoted? It's a very basic question, but this is a Q&A site after all and question don't always need to be about professional stuff...and I think this is a very valid question for a beginner..
    – Toby
    Jul 15, 2015 at 11:10
  • @Toby From the time I've spent playing the game I realized that the majority of LoL players are very negative and are always "flaming" other people, I think they are bringing the same attitude here as well...
    – Chun
    Jul 15, 2015 at 11:20
  • @Chun I don't understand what you mean by negative attitude.. This was a simple question. Aug 4, 2015 at 3:42
  • @Toby, I speculate that it has something to do with the author showing little to no personal research. I have seen this directly listed as a reason for down voting, and as Ender states, hovering over the item in-game actually tells you what it does. I do not think its fair to assume OP knows this, we can not assume their skill or experience with the game. But regardless, this is a valid question.
    – user106385
    Aug 7, 2015 at 3:28

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No, Rod of Ages it's not an activatable item, you get 1 stack each minute for a maximum of 10, which gives you more ap, mana and life. The number 2 indicates that you have 2 stacks.

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    As a small addition: The number of a slot will turn yellow if an activatable item is present.
    – Jutschge
    Jul 13, 2015 at 9:03
  • Yes, and now the completely slot turns like a dark color when you have an activatable item, but I think that it's a bad idea, because I always think that the item it's on cd :( Jul 13, 2015 at 11:39

Using the League of Legends Wikia for reference;

The Rod of Ages gains +20 health, +40 mana and +4 ability power once a minute, up to ten times. The number next to it represents how many times the item has "upgraded", giving you a maximum of +200 health, +400 mana and +60 ability power, when the number reaches 10.

The item gives completely passive benefits, and thus has no activation.

As a side note, the item also restores 150 health and 200 mana, over 8 seconds, when you level up. This benefit is "unique"; Having multiple Rod of Ages does not give you multiple restorations on level.

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