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Champion Background Strategy Skins & Trivia

Skill usage

  • King's Tribute.png King's Tribute allows TrundleSquare.png Trundle to jungle effectively as well as keep a sustained presence in lane.
    • King's Tribute.png King's Tribute has a range of 1000 and allows TrundleSquare.png Trundle to heal from enemy minion waves as they die even if you can't last-hit them.
    • The heal from King's Tribute.png King's Tribute also helps in a team fight. As enemies around TrundleSquare.png Trundle die, he is healed. Although the heal per enemy is not that much, it does stack up nicely.
  • Chomp.png Chomp resets the attack timer. Learn to bite right after you attack for a double hit. Remember that it also has a slight range and can be used to lunge towards an enemy if they are outside of his autoattack range.
  • Chomp.png Chomp is good for lowering the physical damage of enemies; try to focus it on enemy physical damage dealers. When facing multiple melee enemies you may want to bite each one every 8 seconds to keep the AD debuff active.
  • TrundleSquare.png Trundle excels at fighting within his Frozen Domain.png Frozen Domain. Try to draw enemies onto it.
    • If you are having trouble escaping or chasing champions, Frozen Domain.png Frozen Domain gives you bonus movement speed so you can drop it out in front to help chase fleeing enemies or speed your escape.
    • Since Frozen Domain.png Frozen Domain has a wide radius and fairly short cooldown, you can use the movement speed it grants to move quickly from pack to pack in the jungle by dropping it in the proper location.
    • Spamming Frozen Domain.png Frozen Domain will allow you to reach your destination much faster but know that TrundleSquare.png Trundle has a very limited mana pool and spamming will surely deplete it.
    • Frozen Domain.png Frozen Domain should always be used when attacking a tower for the attack speed increase. Place it so that most of the affected area is behind you so that you can quickly run away from an approaching champion.
  • TrundleSquare.png Trundle's Pillar of Ice.png Pillar of Ice is his signature strength and has many various uses.
    • Pillar of Ice.png Pillar of Ice may not be big enough to block off a lane or a passage in the jungle, but if used effectively, a TrundleSquare.png Trundle can make other champions have to walk around it in order to get to you, giving TrundleSquare.png Trundle time to escape or to chase.
    • A good tactic to keep people on Frozen Domain.png Frozen Domain is to plant a Pillar of Ice.png Pillar of Ice on the escaping champion which will then push them backwards if placed correctly, allowing TrundleSquare.png Trundle to get in range to attack.
    • Pillar of Ice.png Pillar of Ice can move any player if placed close to him. It can now cancel any channeling spell that requires to stand still like Nether Grasp.png Nether Grasp, Infinite Duress.png Infinite Duress, Death Lotus.png Death Lotus or even Recall.png Recall.
    • Pillar of Ice.png Pillar of Ice has a large sight radius and is very effective to check the brush and slow any potential sneaky gankers.
    • Pillar of Ice.png Pillar of Ice can be used defensively or offensively near towers. Defensively, underneath your own tower, place the pillar slightly away from your tower when it is being attacked. The enemy will have to brave the slow, a Chomp.png Chomp, and possible tower shot (if they retaliate), just to hit your tower. Offensively, underneath an enemy tower, place the pillar next to their tower when attacking it and they will have trouble chasing you away without being slowed. Be careful when using this under an enemy tower, because it draws turret aggro when an enemy champion touches it.
    • Dropping TrundleSquare.png Trundle's Pillar of Ice.png Pillar of Ice to separate the enemy team offers some of the best counter initiation as well as initiation in the game. If you find an enemy out of position, a well-placed Pillar of Ice.png Pillar of Ice can block off his or her escape, if somehow that enemy doesn't have Flash, as well as keeping enemy reinforcements from entering the battle. Understanding when to use Pillar of Ice.png Pillar of Ice for either purpose is important, as once it's gone, it's gone forever. Pillar of Ice.png Pillar of Ice can also save a teammate from focus by preventing enemies from crossing the terrain or once an enemy has initiated on a teammate, Pillar of Ice.png Pillar of Ice can block reinforcements from entering battle for a while, giving your team a little 5 on 1 quiet time with the initiator alone. Combining this tactic with TrundleSquare.png Trundle's Subjugate.png Subjugate can quickly dispatch an enemy, making the team fight effectively a 5 v 4.
    • Creating new impassable terrain over a champion (whether it is a friendly of enemy player) forcibly knocks him out of any dash animation. This means that, if timed correctly, it can block enemy champions trying to escape (like Tristana's Rocket Jump.png Rocket Jump, Jax's Leap Strike, Vi's Vault Breaker, etc.) or enemy initiations, even unstoppable ultimates (like Malphite's Unstoppable force, Vi's Assault and Battery of Nocturne's Paranoia). It can even save allies, by blocking their path, as they are displaced by enemy abilities (Like Gragas' Explosive Cask or Blitzcrank's Rocket Grab). Anivia's Crystallize and Jarvan IV's Cataclysm can provide the same effect, albeit much harder, due to the terrain's smaller area of displacement, or manner in which it is applied.
  • Because enemies usually haven't built much armor or magic resistance early in the game, TrundleSquare.png Trundle's Subjugate.png Subjugate does not offer him much survivability. Its main use early is for the magic damage, the additional health, and for lowering the enemy's resistances to make TrundleSquare.png Trundle hurt a little more (and TrundleSquare.png Trundle's teammates if they attack the correct enemy).
  • Use Subjugate.png Subjugate to soften a powerful enemy tank for your own survivability or to create a target for your team to focus fire. Sometimes, it may be better to Subjugate.png Subjugate a squishy target as once they die, TrundleSquare.png Trundle will be healed by King's Tribute.png King's Tribute.
  • When an early team fight breaks out, use Subjugate.png Subjugate on the squishiest targets, like whomever is doing more damage between the ranged attack damage carry or ability power carry.
  • TrundleSquare.png Trundle's Subjugate.png Subjugate enables him to effectively become a tanky DPS even without building many tank items. This combined with inherent CC reduction makes for a DPS champion that is difficult to disable.

Build usage

Although TrundleSquare.png Trundle has an exceptional early game, he does not scale well. Beginning around mid and into late game, TrundleSquare.png Trundle becomes very item dependent to increase his survivability and damage. Building good and cost effective items are important for him.


  • An early Wriggle's Lantern item.png Wriggle's Lantern helps TrundleSquare.png Trundle in the jungle,  the armor strengthens his anti-AD role with Chomp.png Chomp as well as alleviating his armor scaling problem.
  • Blade of the Ruined King item.png Blade of the Ruined King is preferred over The Bloodthirster item.png The Bloodthirster; Trundle becomes an effective anti-tank in conjunction with Subjugate.png Subjugate and a BT is not very consistent as its item efficiency depends on maintaining stacks.
    • Its active is exceedingly good at scaring the daylights out of ADCs. The 5% bonus damage also helps with tanks, improves his already exceptional attack speed while on his W, and gives him lifesteal to burn.
      • Ironically, Blade of the Ruined King is sort of a 'Trundlizer' for other champions: there's a slow component (Trundle's E), a damage bonus for autoattacks (his Q), health regen, although via lifesteal (Trundle's passive) and an attack speed bonus (Trundle's W).
  • Youmuu's Ghostblade item.png Youmuu's Ghostblade is good for TrundleSquare.png Trundle as it gives a lot of stats that will help him perform well. Cooldown reduction is good because TrundleSquare.png Trundle is only as good as his buffs and debuffs last and helps him keep them up. Attack damage, critical strike, and armor penetration help him do more physical damage and furthermore, armor penetration helps even more combined with Subjugate.png Subjugate. The active will increase his attack speed and damage per second.
  • Trinity Force item.png Trinity Force is a very viable buy to TrundleSquare.png Trundle as it enhances every aspect of gameplay that makes TrundleSquare.png Trundle good.
  • Iceborn Gauntlet item.png Iceborn Gauntlet should probably be considered the first item for laning Trundle, or second (afterSpirit of the Ancient Golem item.png Spirit of the Ancient Golem). IBG gives an improved version of Sheen procs, cooldown reduction, armor, basically a permaslow while using Trundle's Q, more mana for abilities and AOE damage.

Cooldown Reduction



Recommended builds

Summoner's Rift
Starting Hunter's Machete item Health Potion item5 Sweeping Lens item
Essential Wriggle's Lantern item Mercury's Treads item Phage item
Offensive Trinity Force item Blade of the Ruined King item
Defensive Spirit Visage item Aegis of the Legion item Randuin's Omen item Frozen Mallet item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item Sight Ward item
The Howling Abyss
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran's Shield item Doran's Blade item Health Potion item2
Essential Mercury's Treads item Phage item Spirit Visage item
Offensive Trinity Force item Youmuu's Ghostblade item Talisman of Ascension item
Defensive Aegis of the Legion item Randuin's Omen item Frozen Mallet item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Crystal Scar
Starting Boots of Speed item Long Sword item Ruby Crystal item Health Potion item3
Essential Mercury's Treads item Phage item Aegis of the Legion item
Offensive Trinity Force item Frozen Mallet item
Defensive Spirit Visage item Randuin's Omen item Maw of Malmortius item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Twisted Treeline
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran's Shield item
Essential Mercury's Treads item Phage item Grez's Spectral Lantern item
Offensive Trinity Force item Frozen Mallet item
Defensive Spirit Visage item Aegis of the Legion item Randuin's Omen item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item

Runes and Masteries


  • Avoid battling TrundleSquare.png Trundle near minions. If a minion is killed, TrundleSquare.png Trundle will regain health due to his King's Tribute.png King's Tribute. This can sometimes turn a battle to his favor. Be aware that he has exceptional health regeneration along with his King's Tribute.png King's Tribute to easily sustain himself and recover from most harass in a laning situation.
  • TrundleSquare.png Trundle excels at fighting inside his Frozen Domain.png Frozen Domain AoE. Moving away from the spell's AoE can help you 1v1 him.
  • Pillar of Ice.png Pillar of Ice can block your way of escape and slow your movement speed. Therefore, it is best to avoid the spell's AoE or use Flash.png Flash to quickly go over it.
  • Top laners with ranged capacity (such as JayceSquare.png Jayce or KayleSquare.png Kayle) will have good effect against Trundle if he attempts to push or attack.
  • Avoid a head-on fight with TrundleSquare.png Trundle early-game in most cases. His early-game damage is high, and his Chomp.png Chomp can reduce your own ability to retaliate. Try to focus on ranged harass and wearing him down as TrundleSquare.png Trundle has fewer options to retaliate than he would against melee attackers.
  • If TrundleSquare.png Trundle uses his Subjugate.png Subjugate on you, it is best to avoid him and wait until the debuff is over because Subjugate.png Subjugate can melt even the toughest tank, or allow TrundleSquare.png Trundle to dive into your team and survive strictly attacking your squishy damage-dealers with the rest of his team helping him even with your best attempts to focus him down. As it is a large part of TrundleSquare.png Trundle's durability which is necessary for him functioning in teamfights, using escapes to avoid letting him take advantage of Subjugate.png Subjugate's bonuses can leave him much more vulnerable while it is cooling down.
  • Trundle is always at least a decent duelist. Treat him the same way you would a JaxSquare.png Jax, TryndamereSquare.png Tryndamere, a fed SionSquare.png Sion, etc. It is heavily recommend to avoid 1v1s with him at any time past level 3. During mid and late game, it is usually recommended to bring overwhelming damage (think having 2 more people on your side for any fights, so 3v1, 4v2, 5v3) or ridiculous amounts of CC (think SejuaniSquare.png Sejuani AND LeonaSquare.png Leona).

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