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Skill usage

  •  Backstab is most effective after using  Deceive. A guaranteed critical strike with a bonus 20% damage (not a true critical), then quickly followed by a 120% damage  Two-Shiv Poison will deal a reasonable amount of damage to any champion's health.
  •  Deceive can be used to go through walls in a similar way to the summoner spell Flash, so it can help you make a clean escape.
  • Unlike  Twitch's  Ambush,  Deceive allows Shaco to enter stealth right away but it has a shorter duration.
  • Be aware that both  Jack in the Boxes and  Deceive generate a puff of orange smoke when used, which is visible to the enemy even if used in a bush or in the fog of war.
  • Having at least 1 rank of  Jack In The Box is important for team fights as it can be used to disable many enemies.
  • Stacking multiple  Jack in the Boxes in one spot can rack up significant damage with an AP build.
  • Warding the Jungle and surrounding area with  Jack In The Box can allow  Shaco to see a gank coming and escape before the other team initiates. Placing them in the brush will prevent enemies from hiding there.
  • Multiple  Jack in the Boxes strategically placed can slow or trap an enemy.
  • The  Hallucinate clone can be, like most secondary units, controlled by pressing Alt + doing the order with right-click. It does not use any abilities or activated items, however. Use it to push turrets or farm minion waves once the duel/teamfight is over.
  • A well-timed  Hallucinate can save  Shaco from getting hit by projectiles. This works, for example, against turret shots and certain spells such as  Enchanted Crystal Arrow or even  Requiem.
  • Casting  Hallucinate will not break stealth.
  • Sometimes  Shaco is best played tactically. Start off with a point in  Jack In The Box. If you can, sneak into your lane without being seen by enemies and get to your bush. When in your bush have your lane partner keep the enemies away from the bush. Once you've placed a lot of  Jack In The Box walk out of the bush and bait your enemies into a bush. Between levels 1-4 this should be an easy kill.
    • Keep in mind that experienced players will be wary of  Jack In The Box in bushes, so this will probably not work. A better tactic may be to plant them in an enemy's jungle or just strictly as wards, or to place them near your turret to make defending easier.
  •  Shaco has a number of differences from his clone that reduce its effectiveness against observant players. He can be distinguished from his clone in the following ways: his clone never shows a neutral buff graphic, pinging Shaco before he uses  Hallucinate will cause the ping to follow the real  Shaco, and the clone wont have any items so if you click him you'll know if its the real one or not, at last if he  Hallucinate with Trinity Force, Lich Bane or Sheen you are able to tell which one is the real according to purple/red glow.
  •  Hallucinate and  Deceive can remove slows.
  •  Deceive will not increase bonus damage applied by a Trinity Force, Lich Bane or Sheen proc.
  • When laning, having a teammate with Teleport can be very useful. Placing a  Jack In The Box in a bush and having a teammate teleport to it can provide a fantastic surprise attack that the other team wouldn't be able to call MIA quickly enough. Having a mid-laner do this can be even more advantageous due to the level difference.
  •  Shaco is often a prime target in team fights. You should be using this to your advantage. Coming in behind the enemies and posing yourself as a threat will cause them to attack you. When they start to turn to you, use your  Jack In The Box to fear or provide another target. You can  Deceive once they start to pursue you, and while you deceive send in your clone for additional distraction. All this will allow your team to attack with less counter attack since enemies will be focusing on you.
    • A Banshee's Veil will help you do this by resisting a stun or silence and allow you to  Deceive out safely.
  • If your team is defending a turret from attack,  Shaco can push another lane (split-pushing).  Shaco's team should be able 4-man defend a turret because of the offensive capability of the turret filling in for Shaco, and an AD  Shaco can take turrets down very quickly with his  Hallucinate. If the enemy team sends a few champions to defend the turret and chase you down, your team would have an advantage in attacking the others. If the entire team decides to target you, that leaves their other turrets open for attack by your team.
  •  Jack In The Box can be used as an anti-initiation tool against champions like  Evelynn. If you fear that they may initiate on you, stand on top of a  Jack In The Box and wait for them to. The moment they do, they will be feared, allowing you to avoid most initial damage and possibly turn the fight around.
  •  Hallucinate can also be used to turret dive on low health enemy targets hiding under their turret.
  • When recalling (and have enough mana):  Go into a bush, place a jack in the box, stand on top of it, THEN recall.  This way, if people are looking for you, they won't interrupt the recall (unless the bush is warded and they have a poke)

Build usage

  •  Shaco is primarily built with attack damage and attack speed, due to his assassin style gameplay.
  • Alternatively, an AP-centered build is also possible, but relies immensely on placement of  Jack In The Boxes.
  • On-Hit Items such as Blade of the Ruined King and The Black Cleaver will increase your damage greatly as your  Hallucinate clone will trigger their passives with its own attacks. (Stacking effects from an item will not go beyond their associated cap.)
    • While Sheen does give bonus damage for  Deceive be aware that  Shaco's clone will not gain the particle from the unique passive of Sheen, making it easier for the enemy team to identify the real  Shaco.
  • Cooldown reduction gives  Shaco a significant boost, allowing you to plant  Jack In The Box faster, create clones more often, and use  Deceive more over the course of a team fight.
  • The bonus critical strike damage from Infinity Edge will apply on critical hits from  Deceive, in addition to the bonus damage the ability gives.
  • Getting an early B. F. Sword can greatly increase your damage output due to the increased damage from  Backstab and  Deceive.
  • The Brutalizer is good item to get early - mid game as the armor penetration is effective against squishy champions.
    • Youmuu's Ghostblade, which builds out of the The Brutalizer, is an ideal early-mid game item for  Shaco, affording the highest flat armour penetration in the game (at a point when enemies have yet to stack a lot of armour, particularly the squishies most in need of being shut down) on top of every other offensive stat an AA-dependant champion like Shaco could desire when the active is included. Later, it can be swapped out for The Black Cleaver or Last Whisper if additional armour penetration is required.
  • Statikk Shiv has a unique synergy with  Shaco, as  Deceive allows him to get a guaranteed crit with the lightning passive at the beginning of an engagement, affording him an extra 140-220 magic damage (depending on the rank of  Deceive and excluding bonuses from crit damage sources like Infinity Edge) at the beginning of his burst, as well as giving him attack speed and crit chance, which he likes, and building out of the Avarice Blade, improving its affordability. For these reasons, it is often rushed in a lot of  Shaco builds.
  • Although Berserker's Greaves are probably the best offensive boot choice on  Shaco due to his dependence on auto-attacks, do not overlook the fact that, as a melee assassin, he is exceptionally vulnerable to crowd control. Mercury's Treads may often prove the more pragmatic choice. Boots of Mobility are also viable for better roaming, though bear in mind that  Shaco has better base movement speed than a lot of champions and thus may not need them as much.

Recommended builds

Summoner's Rift
recommended items
Starting Hunter's Machete item Health Potion item5
Essential Berserker's Greaves item Wriggle's Lantern item Avarice Blade item
Offensive Youmuu's Ghostblade item Infinity Edge item Statikk Shiv item
Defensive Wit's End item Frozen Mallet item Guardian Angel item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item Sight Ward item
The Howling Abyss
recommended items
Starting Boots of Speed item Health Potion item2 Doran's Ring item2
Essential Sorcerer's Shoes item Rabadon's Deathcap item Deathfire Grasp item
Offensive Lich Bane item Void Staff item Liandry's Torment item
Defensive Abyssal Scepter item Zhonya's Hourglass item Twin Shadows item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Crystal Scar
recommended items
Starting Boots of Speed item Amplifying Tome item2 Health Potion item3
Essential Deathfire Grasp item Wooglet's Witchcap item Boots of Mobility item
Offensive Void Staff item Blackfire Torch item Lich Bane item
Defensive Abyssal Scepter item Hextech Sweeper item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Twisted Treeline
recommended items
Starting Boots of Speed item Amplifying Tome item Health Potion item
Essential Sorcerer's Shoes item Deathfire Grasp item Wooglet's Witchcap item
Offensive Void Staff item Blackfire Torch item Lich Bane item
Defensive Abyssal Scepter item Hextech Sweeper item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item

Jungling

Items Runes Spells
Hunter's Machete
Health Potion x 5
GMarks (2) Greater Mark of Attack Speed
GSeals (1) Greater Seal of Armor
GGlyphs (4) Greater Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist
GQuintessences (1) Greater Quintessence of Attack Damage

Smite


Ghost
Masteries
JungleShacoMasteries
Skill Order Route Order Notes
 Jack In The Box
 Two-Shiv Poison
 Deceive
 Blue golem
 Wolves
 Wraiths
 Red Lizard
 Small Golems
 Wraiths
  • Stack  Jack In The Boxes to take the first  Blue golem.
  •  Jack In The Box's can be used as short term wards in the jungle.
  •  Shaco can counterjungle well, using  Jack In The Boxes to kill the enemy in their own jungle and using  Deceive to escape.
    •When attacking a feared jungle monster, it's better to stand behind it to deal the bonus damage from  Backstab
  •  Deceive can be used to get to monster camps faster.
  • Use  Deceive to walk past where wards are usually placed when ganking.

Countering

  •  Shaco can be a frustrating champion to kill due to the quick and easy escapes with  Deceive, bringing him down with with a disable or a fast burst will make him a much easier prey
  • Be careful when  Shaco is nowhere to be seen, he might surprise you with his  Deceive.
    • To counter this, quickly run away when you see his  Deceive particle.
    •  Shaco's  Deceive particle can be seen through the fog of war and in bushes. If you think he is nearby for ganking, be on the lookout for it.
  • If you are unsure about a bush be very careful about facechecking as he might have filled it with  Jack In The Box.
  •  Shaco is a champion who stands very strong early game and is know for his deadly ganks, but severely falls off late game, apart from supports almost any champion with a similar total gold  will be able to defeat him without suffering too much damage.
  •  Shaco is a jungler without any sustain, as such, hurting him if encountered in the jungle can force him back to base, as well as a bad gank can do the same.
  • If you see  Shaco initiate a fight with his  Deceive, quickly focus him down while the spell is still on cooldown.
  • When fighting  Shaco alone, be aware that he might use his  Hallucinate to turn the fight to his favor.
    • Also, be aware that he can dodge any projectile or casting effect when he casts his  Hallucinate.
    • To easily distinguish the clone and  Shaco, his clone will not get particles from any actives, buffs or passive item particles such as Sheen or Youmuu's Ghostblade.
    •  Shaco's clone can not use abilities. Keep this in mind when you are trying to distinguish between the real one and the clone.
    • When he casts  Hallucinate, his clone will always spawn on the right side his original spot and face backwards while the real one spawns on the front-right of his original spot facing forward.
    •  Leona's  Zenith Blade will only apply  Sunlight to the clone ( she will not dash to it, only to the champ ) and  Volibear's  Majestic Roar will only apply the fear on the clone while the real  Shaco will be slowed.
  •  Backstab increases any of his damage to you whenever you turn your back from him. Be careful when running away from him.

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