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Shaco Champion Spotlight

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Playing As Shaco Shaco
  • Use Deceive.png Deceive over terrain can help you make a clean escape.
  • Try getting items with on-hit effects. These will also benefit your Hallucinate.png clone.
  • Deceive's damage can be increased with increased Critical Damage effects like Infinity Edge item.png Infinity Edge.
Playing Against Shaco Shaco
  • If Shaco Shaco is doing well early-game, it is worth the investment to buy Control Ward item.png Control Wards.
  • If Shaco Shaco uses Deceive.png Deceive to enter a fight he won't be able to quickly use it again to get away. Work with your team to quickly focus him down.


Ability Usage
  • Backstab.png Backstab is most effective after using Deceive.png Deceive. A guaranteed critical strike with a bonus 20% damage (not a true critical), then quickly followed by a 120% damage Two-Shiv Poison.png Two-Shiv Poison will deal a reasonable amount of damage to any champion's health.
  • Deceive.png Deceive can be used to go through walls in a similar way to the summoner spell Flash.png Flash, so it can help you make a clean escape.
  • Unlike Twitch Twitch's Ambush.png Ambush, Deceive.png Deceive allows Shaco to enter stealth right away but it has a shorter duration.
  • When playing Shaco and you just want to Deceive.png Deceive to get from A to B, it is a good idea to get out of stealth as soon as possible since Deceive.png Deceive cooldown timer only starts when out of stealth. You do this by using Deceive.png Deceive to get over, for example, a wall, and the press Recall.png recall to get out of stealth.
  • With some practice you can Recall.png Recall while being stealthed, by first using Deceive.png Deceive and then use Recall.png Recall 1/10th of a second afterwards. By doing this you will be stealthed 3.5 seconds out of the 8 seconds Recall.png Recall spends channeling. You can use this to juke your enemies and Recall.png Recall faster back to base, however is a risky move to do since you will still be exposed for remaining channel time.
    • The same procedure also applies to Teleport.png Teleport and safer still, since its channel time is half of Recall.png Recall's.
  • Deceive.png Deceive will not increase bonus damage applied by a Trinity Force item.png Trinity Force, Lich Bane item.png Lich Bane or Sheen item.png Sheen proc.
  • Shaco Shaco is best played tactically. Start off with a point in Jack in the Box.png Jack in the Box. If you can, sneak into your lane (Presuming you're a strange support) 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.png 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.png 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.
    • Though over all Shaco is best played in the jungle due to his squishiness and his ganking and his objective control.
  • Be aware that both Jack in the Box.png Jack in the Box and Deceive.png 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.png Jack in the Box is important for team fights as it can be used to disable many enemies.
  • Stacking multiple Jack in the Box.png Jacks 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.png Jack in the Box can allow Shaco 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 Box.png Jacks in the Boxes strategically placed can easily lead to a kill, or at least to a burned Flash.
  • Jack in the Box.png Jack in the Box can be used as an anti-initiation tool against champions like Evelynn Evelynn. If you fear that they may initiate on you, stand on top of a Jack in the Box.png 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.
  • When laning, having a teammate with Teleport.png Teleport can be very useful. Placing a Jack in the Box.png 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 midlaner do this can be even more advantageous due to the level difference.
  • Casting Hallucinate.png Hallucinate will not break stealth.
  • The Hallucinate.png 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.png Hallucinate can save Shaco Shaco from getting hit by projectiles. This works, for example, against turret shots and certain spells such as Enchanted Crystal Arrow.png Enchanted Crystal Arrow or even Requiem.png Requiem.
  • Hallucinate.png Hallucinate can also be used to turret dive on low health enemy targets hiding under their turret.
  • Shaco 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: pinging Shaco before he uses Hallucinate.png Hallucinate will cause the ping to follow the real Shaco Shaco, and the clone won’t have any items so if you click him you'll know if it’s the real one or not, at last if he uses Hallucinate.png Hallucinate with Trinity Force item.png Trinity Force, Lich Bane item.png Lich Bane or Sheen item.png Sheen you are able to tell which one is the real according to purple/red glow.
  • Shaco Shaco is often a prime target in teamfights. 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.png Jack in the Box to fear or provide another target. You can Deceive.png 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 counterattack since enemies will be focusing on you.
    • A Banshee's Veil item.png Banshee's Veil will help you do this by resisting a stun or silence and allow you to Deceive.png Deceive out safely.
  • If your team is defending a turret from attack, Shaco Shaco can push another lane (split-pushing). Shaco 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 Shaco can take turrets down very quickly with his Hallucinate.png 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.
  • When Recall.png Recalling (and have enough mana) you can go into a bush, place a Jack in the Box.png 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.png Recall (unless the bush is warded and they have poke)
  • When starting the first jungle camp start stacking Jack in the Box.png Jack in the Box at 00:44. The camps spawn at 01:40 so this will make it so that all the bolts from the first Jack in the Box.png Jack in the Box hit the camp and that it will not die before the camp spawns (Jack in the Box.png Jack in the Box's base lifespan is 1 minute)
Mastery Usage
Item Usage
  • Shaco Shaco is primarily built with attack damage and attack speed, due to his assassin playstyle.
  • On-Hit items such as Blade of the Ruined King item.png Blade of the Ruined King and The Black Cleaver item.png The Black Cleaver will increase your damage greatly as your Hallucinate.png Hallucinate clone will trigger their passives with its own autoattacks (stacking effects from an item will not go beyond their associated cap)
    • While Sheen item.png Sheen does give bonus damage for Deceive.png Deceive be aware that Shaco Shaco's clone will not gain the particle from the unique passive of Sheen item.png Sheen, making it easier for the enemy team to identify the real Shaco Shaco.
  • Cooldown reduction gives Shaco Shaco a significant boost, allowing you to plant Jack in the Box.png Jack in the Box faster, create clones more often, and use Deceive.png Deceive more over the course of a team fight.
  • The bonus critical strike damage from Infinity Edge item.png Infinity Edge will apply on critical hits from Deceive.png Deceive, in addition to the bonus damage the ability gives.
  • Getting an early B. F. Sword item.png B. F. Sword can greatly increase your damage output due to the increased damage from Backstab.png Backstab and Deceive.png Deceive.
  • Youmuu's Ghostblade item.png Youmuu's Ghostblade is an ideal early-mid game item for Shaco Shaco, affording the highest flat armor penetration in the game (at a point when enemies have yet to stack a lot of armor, particularly the squishies most in need of being shut down) on top of every other offensive stat an autoattack-dependent champion like Shaco Shaco could desire when the active is included. Later, it can be swapped out for The Black Cleaver item.png The Black Cleaver if additional armor penetration is required.
  • Statikk Shiv item.png Statikk Shiv has a unique synergy with Shaco Shaco, as Deceive.png Deceive allows him to get a guaranteed crit with the lightning passive at the beginning of an engagement, affording him extra magic damage (depending on the rank of Deceive.png Deceive and excluding bonuses from crit damage sources like Infinity Edge item.png Infinity Edge) at the beginning of his burst, as well as giving him attack speed and crit chance, which he likes. For these reasons, it is often rushed in some Shaco Shaco builds.
  • Although Berserker's Greaves item.png Berserker's Greaves are probably the best offensive boot choice on Shaco Shaco due to his dependence on autoattacks, do not overlook the fact that, as a melee assassin, he is exceptionally vulnerable to crowd control. Mercury's Treads item.png Mercury's Treads may often prove the more pragmatic choice. Boots of Mobility item.png Boots of Mobility are also viable for better roaming, though bear in mind that Shaco Shaco has better base movement speed than a lot of champions and thus may not need them as much.
  • Alternatively, an AP Shaco Shaco build is also possible, but relies immensely on placement of Jack in the Box.png Jack in the Box.
  • Rushing the Warrior item.png Warrior enchantment on Shaco Shaco is better overall because of the amount of sustain from life steal against monsters it gives.
  • When playing against a health oriented tank, like Dr. Mundo Dr. Mundo or Zac Zac, go for Duskblade of Draktharr item.png Duskblade of Draktharr. The armor pen and burst it gives after getting your opponent low is very high paired with Shaco Shaco's natural burst.
  • Shaco Shaco can be a frustrating champion to kill due to the quick and easy escapes with Deceive.png Deceive, bringing him down with a disable or a fast burst will make him a much easier prey.
  • Be careful when Shaco Shaco is nowhere to be seen, he might surprise you with his Deceive.png Deceive.
    • To counter this, quickly run away when you see his Deceive.png Deceive particle.
    • Shaco Shaco's Deceive.png 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 face-checking as he might have filled it with Jack in the Box.png Jack in the Box.
  • Shaco Shaco is a champion who stands very strong early game and is known 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 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 Shaco initiate a fight with his Deceive.png Deceive, quickly focus him down while the spell is still on cooldown.
  • When fighting Shaco Shaco alone, be aware that he might use his Hallucinate.png 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.png Hallucinate.
    • To easily distinguish the clone and Shaco Shaco, his clone will not get particles from any item active or passive particles such as Sheen item.png Sheen or Youmuu's Ghostblade item.png Youmuu's Ghostblade.
    • Shaco 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.png 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 Leona's Zenith Blade.png Zenith Blade will only apply Sunlight.png Sunlight to the clone (she will not dash to it, only to the real champion) and Volibear Volibear's Majestic Roar.png Majestic Roar will only apply the Fear icon fear on the clone while the real Shaco Shaco will be slowed.
  • Backstab.png Backstab increases any of his damage to you whenever you turn your back from him. Be careful when running away from him.
  • When your team is roaming together someone should have an Oracle Alteration item.png Oracle Alteration. Use it as soon as you see a puff of smoke, even semi near you.