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- Recommended Items
- Playing As Amumu
- Amumu is highly dependent on teammates, so try laning with your friends for maximum effectiveness.
- Cooldown Recution on Amumu is very strong, but it's often difficult to itemize for it. Grab the Crest of Insight buff whenever possible to gain Cooldown Reduction without sacrificing stats.
- Despair is very effective against other tanks, so make sure you're in range of opponents with the highest Health.
- Playing Against Amumu
- Avoid bunching up with other allies when Amumu has his ultimate available.
- Erratic movement, or hiding behind creep waves can make it difficult for Amumu to instigate a fight with Bandage Toss.
- Amumu's Despair makes purchasing primarily Health items a risky proposition.
- Ability Usage
- Cursed Touch reduces magic resistance by up to 25. When going for the kill, make sure you get in at least one melee attack, as many champions only have 30 base magic resistance.
- Refrain from spamming your skills early game, as it can lead to mana starvation.
- It is generally agreed that Tantrum should be maxed first. The flat attack damage reduction is most powerful early on, making minions and monsters very easy to clear and keeping Amumu's health topped up. Tantrum also provides consistent damage output.
- Bandage Toss can also be used through walls on neutral camps as an escape mechanism.
- The Crest of Insight buff allows Amumu, due to its mana regeneration, to keep Despair activated almost indefinitely.
- Tantrum's passive makes Amumu a very hardy jungler.
- Amumu is a great jungler with Despair and Tantrum allowing for an easy and strong jungle.
- Amumu's pre-level 6 ganks are fairly strong, provided the lane is pushed. A pushed lane, teammates with closers and good damage or teammates with 2 or more Crowd Control abilities can often result in a kill, even against enemies with Flash. The key is to hit Bandage Toss successfully for the stun, and pre-level 6, you will often only have 1 chance to do so. Bandaging from a bush straight to a target looks flashy, but often, teammates will not be able to fully maximize the damage they deal due to reaction time needed for your move. It can also be difficult to hit since enemies sometimes move in an unpredictable manner. A surer way of hitting Bandage Toss is to walk towards the enemy from the opposite direction of your teammates, preferably after your teammates have engaged the enemy, which places the enemy within striking range for your teammates. Bandage Toss is not cast until Amumu is chasing the enemy unless the enemy and Amumu's teammates are still engaged in battle by the time they are within range. When Amumu is directly behind a fleeing enemy, it is easier to predict their path.
- Amumu's Curse of the Sad Mummy, is crucial in team fights and can often be the deciding factor. You should try to have it ready for when a team fight breaks out. Always try to use Curse of the Sad Mummy on as many enemies as possible while your team is in the vicinity.
- Amumu's Curse of the Sad Mummy is very effective when combined with many other champions' ultimates, particularly area of effect spells, such as Glacial Storm, Bullet Time, Absolute Zero, Crowstorm and Soul Shackles. Try to coordinate abilities like these to rack up heavy damage at the start of a team fight.
- Amumu's Curse of the Sad Mummy can be blocked by Morgana's Black Shield and other crowd control-preventing items/abilities.
- Keep in mind that Curse of the Sad Mummy does not stop enemy channeled abilities such as Katarina's Death Lotus or Nunu's Absolute Zero.
- If you are running away from an enemy, you can Bandage Toss over a wall to a neutral minion camp to pull yourself over the wall. It's not advised to do this if you cannot survive the aggro from the minions, unless it's been ten seconds since you were hit, and you can steal the enemy's kill by being Executed.
- Using Bandage Toss slightly before being knocked back by abilities will first kick Amumu back and then pull him to the target hit.
- It is possible to use Tantrum to proxy with Amumu.
- Item Usage
- Amumu can be built as a pure tank with health and situational magic resistance and/or armor defensive items.
- Amumu can opt between two enchantments: Despair. and . The former will give Amumu more damage, while the latter will make him more durable. is recommended if your team already has a dedicated tank and needs more damage, or if your team is lacking in magic damage. Otherwise, is the recommended enchantment due to making Amumu tankier by late game. also gives Amumu the fastest clear time in the game when used with
- Magic Penetration is a very useful stat on Amumu as it helps him and his team to deal with magic resistance tanks. is a very good item on Amumu, as it synergizes with Cursed Touch, increases the effective damage of Despair (and ), and helps in team fights.
- physical damage teams and tends to synergize nicely with his other AoE abilities, especially Despair. can be effective against all
- Curse of the Sad Mummy, meaning that chaining it and other AoE Ultimates such as Mega Inferno Bomb results in increased damage output. 's MR Reduction also has the same range as
- Cooldown reduction on Amumu is very strong, but it's often difficult to itemize for it. Grab the Crest of Insight buff when possible (when mid can't/doesn't need to take it) to gain cooldown reduction without sacrificing stats.
- items to purchase - the former's mana and cooldown reduction works especially well on Amumu, while the slows of the latter helps Amumu keep the enemy close to him and wear them down with Despair and Tantrum. Consider whether or not the attack speed slow is worth the cooldown Tantrum receives upon being autoattacked. and are two great
- Some form of mana or mana regeneration is advised for Amumu as his Despair and Curse of the Sad Mummy can quickly deplete his mana pool early in the game. An AP focused build can work well as charge quickly with his despair, then later in game, shield from will show useful for teamfights, is also a good choice in early, and can later be upgraded to to increase his damages and get the very useful Cooldown reduction.
- Despair, shredding the enemy's health. It can also be combined with for more health shredding, as well as being able to stick to the enemies' better; but be careful. You should be able to compensate the lack of armor/magic resistance with other items. is an excellent item to use on Amumu, not only because of the magic penetration, but also because the burning passive synergizes well with
- can be used on a more AP-focused build. Activate it after you ult to avoid being focused.
- Tantrum, discouraging even more your enemies to auto-attack Amumu, as well as giving insane amounts of armor. However, this item is useless against AP casters. Keep that fact in mind. synergizes with
- Bandage Toss and then Tantrum ignite or exhaust and then Despair next Curse of the Sad Mummy and then use the item called empower this combo
- Keep your team spread out while engaging Amumu to avoid his strong area of effect damage and disruptive effect of his Curse of the Sad Mummy.
- Attempt to disengage from Amumu as cleanly as possible after he uses Curse of the Sad Mummy, heal up, and attack his team again. It is a major source of his power, and if it doesn't lead to a large victory for his team that the enemy can't recover from while it is cooling down, Amumu, and his team, are much more vulnerable.
- Use your minions as a shield against initiation with Bandage Toss, but be aware that if he grabs a minion near you he can still initiate on you with his Curse of the Sad Mummy.
- While Amumu has very good sustained damage, it requires him to be fairly close to the enemy and he has no inherent methods to stick onto enemies. After he uses his Bandage Toss, he can be kited.
- Favor magic resistance over stacking health to mitigate damage from Despair and Cursed Touch.
- Amumu lacks an innate ability to heal himself and is most vulnerable to harassment as he cannot sustain himself.
- Having Curse of the Sad Mummy. Another cheaper choice would be . is an effective way to prevent from getting snared from
- If Amumu is jungling, pick up s in your lane to help prevent a potentially deadly fight. If you don't have wards, another great hint that he's ganking is if the opposing team in your lane suddenly turns aggressive, especially in a situation that would put them in a bad position.
- Amumu is a champion that especially synergizes well with teammates - as a result, he is fairly weak alone, and he is fairly lacking in the regard of escaping. Many popular junglers are easily able to beat Amumu in a one-on-one fight - gain control of the river and jungle with wards can allow your jungler to locate and kill him.