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Gameplay

By Ryan 'Morello' Scott [1]

Trundle Trundle's abilities are receiving a few minor changes and tweaks to add some additional functionality to Subjugate.png Subjugate and Frozen Domain.png Frozen Domain (formerly Decompose.png Decompose and Trundle Contaminate.png Contaminate, respectively). Trundle's Subjugate.png ultimate now steals a percentage of your target's magic resist, armor, and health, in addition to dealing damage based on their max health. Also, when you stand in Frozen Domain.png Frozen Domain you gain increased healing from all sources.

Trundle was already pretty solid heading into the remake, so we didn't want to change his core gameplay too much. These changes are intended to round out his skillset. Here's a complete look at his new kit:

Abilities

King's Tribute
King&#039;s Tribute

When an enemy dies near Trundle, he heals for a percentage of their max health.

Chomp
Chomp

Trundle's next attack deals bonus damage and briefly Slow icon slows the target, additionally increasing Trundle's attack damage while reducing that of his target for a short time.

Frozen Domain
Frozen Domain

Trundle creates a zone on the ground that increases his movement, attack speed, and healing from all sources.

Pillar of Ice
Pillar of Ice

Trundle creates an immovable pillar of ice that bumps back and Slow icon slows nearby enemies.

Subjugate
Subjugate

Trundle drains an enemy of armor and magic resistance for a short time and damages for a percentage of the opponent's max health.

Trundle Screenshots


In the jungle

Trundle excels as a safe and speedy jungler thanks to the healing effects from his King&#039;s Tribute.png passive and Frozen Domain.png Frozen Domain. If your team needs lane pressure, you can block enemy escape routes and slow stragglers with Pillar of Ice.png Pillar of Ice while chasing down and damaging enemies with Frozen Domain.png Frozen Domain and Chomp.png Chomp.

Mid game

As the match enters mid game, Trundle's all about counter-ganking and securing objectives. He can utilize the increased attack speed from Frozen Domain.png Frozen Domain and the attack reset on Chomp.png Chomp to quickly clear lanes and pressure towers. A clutch Pillar of Ice.png Pillar of Ice can be used to block enemies from stealing a crucial objective like the Dragon Dragon or Baron Nashor Baron, or pressure enemies into a hasty retreat.

Late game and team fights

Once the team fights start, Trundle makes a great counter-initiator and disruptor. With a well-placed Pillar of Ice.png Pillar of Ice, Trundle can stop champions while they're charging through your front line or peel off carries from the main fight. Trundle can also troll beefy tanks and bruisers with Subjugate.png Subjugate, tearing away their defenses and health to secure quick kills.

Champion Spotlight

By David 'Phreak' Turley [2]

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Trundle Champion Spotlight

In this edition of the Champion Spotlight, you’ll learn how to Subjugate.png trounce your victims and own the jungle as Trundle, the Troll King.

The sustain from King&#039;s Tribute.png King's Tribute and Frozen Domain.png Frozen Domain keep Trundle Trundle’s health topped off as he quickly tears through the jungle. By keeping his health high, Trundle’s ready to seize an opportunity to gank, pressure lanes or counter-jungle. A clutch Pillar of Ice.png Pillar of Ice can block enemies’ escapes routes, slow down stragglers and disrupt positioning in team fights. And when enemy champions get a little too tanky, Subjugate.png Subjugate allows Trundle to steal valuable defensive stats from his target, reducing a scary threat into a tasty troll snack.

Check out the video for tips, tricks, and sample runes and masteries when playing as Trundle.

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Tips

Playing As Trundle Trundle
  • Trundle Trundle excels at fighting within his Frozen Domain.png Frozen Domain. Try to draw enemies onto it.
  • Use Subjugate.png Subjugate to soften a powerful enemy tank or to create a target for your team to focus fire.
  • Chomp.png Chomp is good for lowering the physical damage of enemies; try to focus it on enemy physical damage dealers.
Playing Against Trundle Trundle
  • Trundle Trundle is very powerful at location-based combat. Try to draw him off of his Frozen Domain.png Frozen Domain.
  • Make sure to get out of his Trundle Trundle's Pillar of Ice.png Pillar of Ice as quickly as possible, as it significantly slows you down.

Tricks

Ability Usage
  • King&#039;s Tribute.png King's Tribute allows Trundle Trundle to jungle effectively as well as keep a sustained presence in lane.
    • King&#039;s Tribute.png King's Tribute has a range of 1400 and allows Trundle Trundle to heal from enemy minion waves as they die even if you can't last-hit them.
    • The heal from King&#039;s Tribute.png King's Tribute also helps in a team fight. As enemies around Trundle Trundle die, he is healed. Although the heal per enemy is not that much, it does stack up nicely.
    • Bear in mind that King&#039;s Tribute.png King's Tribute will also trigger on Baron Nashor Baron Nashor and the Dragon Dragon, each providing him with a significant boost of health; Baron Nashor Baron Nashor's death can possibly heal Trundle Trundle from under half HP to nearly full late game.
  • Chomp.png Chomp resets the attack timer. Land a basic attack, Chomp.png Chomp, and then land another basic attack for a potent harass in a lane matchup. 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 shutting down the attack damage-based carries on the enemy team. When facing multiple melee enemies you may want to bite each one every 8 seconds to keep the AD debuff active.
  • Trundle 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 Trundle 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.
    • Frozen Domain.png Frozen Domain also increases incoming healing by 20%. Use it before Subjugate.png Subjugate to increase the healing it does for you.
  • Trundle 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 Trundle Trundle can make other champions have to walk around it in order to get to you, giving Trundle 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 Trundle 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 Trundle 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.png 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 5v1 quiet time with the initiator alone. Combining this tactic with Trundle Trundle's Subjugate.png Subjugate can quickly dispatch an enemy, making the team fight effectively a 5v4.
    • Creating new impassable terrain over a champion (whether it is a friendly or enemy player) forcibly knocks him out of any dash animation. This means that, if timed correctly, it can block enemy champions trying to escape (e.g. Tristana Tristana's Rocket Jump.png Rocket Jump, Jax Jax's Leap Strike.png Leap Strike, Vi Vi's Vault Breaker.png Vault Breaker, etc.) or enemy initiations, even unstoppable ultimates (like Malphite Malphite's Unstoppable Force.png Unstoppable Force, Vi Vi's Assault and Battery.png Assault and Battery, or Nocturne Nocturne's Paranoia.png Paranoia). It can even save allies, by blocking their path, as they are displaced by enemy abilities (e.g. Gragas Gragas' Explosive Cask.png Explosive Cask or Blitzcrank Blitzcrank's Rocket Grab.png Rocket Grab)
  • Because enemies usually haven't built much armor or magic resistance early in the game, Trundle 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 Trundle Trundle hurt a little more (and Trundle 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, Trundle Trundle will be healed by King&#039;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.
  • Trundle Trundle's Subjugate.png Subjugate enables him to effectively become a tanky DPS even without building many tank items.
  • Trundle Trundle's strengths in the jungle are his sustain with King&#039;s Tribute.png King's Tribute and his ability to invade the enemy jungle as he can duel most AD champions favorably with his Chomp.png Chomp and he easily escapes with Frozen Domain.png Frozen Domain and Pillar of Ice.png Pillar of Ice.
    • Trundle Trundle is not mana dependent since most of his clear damage comes from basic attacks, so he can easily give up his blue buff for his mid laner after his first clear. However, constantly spamming Chomp.png Chomp will quickly deplete your mana if you don't have blue buff, so only use it after Chomp.png Chomp's attack damage buff wears off.
    • Trundle Trundle can gank at level 2 (really just showing his face to make them waste Flash.png Flash) but he needs all of his abilities (Frozen Domain.png Frozen Domain and Pillar of Ice.png Pillar of Ice are critical so level 3 at the earliest) in order to gank effectively so he is pretty much stuck in his jungle route, no shortcuts should be taken.
    • When clearing the jungle, place your Frozen Domain.png Frozen Domain in a way that nobody in the lanes will see it. Place it behind you so you can also run to the next camp after clearing one. An example around this is the razorbeak camp; centering it on you may have the field bleed into mid lane, alerting the enemy that you're there.
    • Trundle Trundle is able to solo Dragon Dragon as early as level 6 with a Vampiric Scepter item.png Vampiric Scepter and a few Health Potion item.png Health Potions. Care must be taken, as Frozen Domain.png Frozen Domain is favorable to help kill Dragon Dragon but may also alert enemies to your presence.
Mastery Usage
Item Usage

Trundle Trundle's high base damage and potent dueling due to his Chomp.png Chomp and Frozen Domain.png Frozen Domain allow him to be a damage threat throughout the early and mid game. However, due to his short range with no gap closers and complete reliance on basic attacks to do damage, Trundle Trundle becomes very item dependent to be able to survive on the front lines and not get kited if he wants to do damage. When itemizing in general, value attack damage, attack speed, lifesteal, cooldown reduction, health, and resistances. Tenacity and/or some movement speed items are also very helpful.

  • When jungling, getting Warrior item.png Warrior gives Trundle Trundle the mid-game damage that he needs to stay relevant in terms of damage. This is especially good if you won the early game and aren't worried about any major sources of damage on the enemy team. Bloodrazor item.png Bloodrazor is also an option when looking for on-hit damage or dealing with high health targets.
  • Blade of the Ruined King item.png Blade of the Ruined King is a core item for Trundle and should be built on him in almost every game. The life steal, health shred passive, attack speed, small chunk of AD and especially the active to prevent kiting makes this item almost too good to pass up.
    • Prioritize using the active on ranged champions, especially the ADCs. Throughout most of the mid game, Trundle Trundle can duel most ADCs in a 1v1 provided he doesn't get kited back and they aren't far ahead. Using the active helps him get close so he can lay down his damage.
  • Youmuu&#039;s Ghostblade item.png Youmuu's Ghostblade is good for Trundle Trundle as it gives a lot of stats for cheap. The cooldown reduction is good because Trundle Trundle relies on his abilities to amplify his damage in the mid game. Attack damage and armor penetration make his basic attacks hurt, especially when combined with Subjugate.png Subjugate. The active will increase his attack speed and the movement speed helps him not get kited.
  • Trinity Force item.png Trinity Force is a very valuable buy for Trundle Trundle as it provides stats in almost every area.
    • A Zeal item.png Zeal gives him a movement speed buff in addition to his Frozen Domain.png Frozen Domain.
    • The Phage item.png Phage gives him a movement speed steroid that synergizes with his Frozen Domain.png Frozen Domain.
    • Chomp.png Chomp works especially well with Sheen item.png Sheen and Trinity Force item.png Trinity Force as it will both activate and consume the proc to deal increased damage. This can allow Trundle Trundle to last hit minions more effectively and take down targets easily.
  • Iceborn Gauntlet item.png Iceborn Gauntlet is also worth looking at because the Spellblade slow allows him to keep people close to him. The armor, CDR, and mana don't hurt either.
  • Ravenous Hydra item.png Ravenous Hydra is another great, but somewhat situational, item on Trundle Trundle. Cleave gives him the area damage he lacks so he can clear waves. The high AD it gives also allows him to take towers with ease and duel people with the active and high lifesteal that it provides.
  • Frozen Heart item.png Frozen Heart is a great cooldown reduction item that helps Trundle Trundle's armor scaling problem when you are fighting an enemy team generally AD.
  • Spirit Visage item.png Spirit Visage works very well in conjunction with Frozen Domain.png Frozen Domain, because they increase your self-healing of King&#039;s Tribute.png King's Tribute and Subjugate.png Subjugate additionally giving cooldown reduction, health and magic resist when you are fighting an enemy team that's mostly AP. This is still a good option regardless of the enemy team just because of the increased healing alone.
  • When playing Trundle as a support, Talisman of Ascension item.png Talisman of Ascension doesn't offer a lot of stats that Trundle Trundle desires. However, it is still a good choice because an early Ancient Coin item.png Ancient Coin can help with Trundle Trundle's early mana issues while the health regeneration stacks with his King&#039;s Tribute.png King's Tribute's healing for great sustain.
  • Purchasing an early Aegis of the Legion item.png Aegis of the Legion provides some durability and resistances and helps the team. It can be later upgraded into a Locket of the Iron Solari item.png Locket of the Iron Solari.
  • Frozen Mallet item.png Frozen Mallet is a good option if you want both health and some extra damage. It's useful for Trundle Trundle as it keeps the enemy on the AoE of Frozen Domain.png Frozen Domain.
  • Randuin&#039;s Omen item.png Randuin's Omen can serve as Trundle Trundle's primary armor item. The movement speed slow keeps anyone that chooses to fight Trundle Trundle on his  Frozen Domain.png Frozen Domain area of effect and helps him avoid being kited, the attack speed slow and  Chomp helps them do less damage, and the active, especially when paired with  Subjugate.png Subjugate for a longer duration, can be devastating for enemies in a team fight.
  • Banshee&#039;s Veil item.png Banshee's Veil provides a lot of health, health regen, and magic resist. The shield is also very valuable for blocking CC spells that would otherwise stop you in your tracks.
  • A Sunfire Cape item.png Sunfire Cape is a great buy on Trundle Trundle. It gives him both good health and armor for the price and the magic damage passive allows him to push waves quickly and win trades with other champions. Not to mention he can make the burn more effective when using Subjugate.png Subjugate on someone to shred their magic resist.
  • While somewhat situational, a Thornmail item.png Thornmail is definitely worth looking at for Trundle Trundle. It gives him tons of armor and the damage reflect helps him in his anti-AD role. Like the Sunfire Cape item.png Sunfire Cape, he can even increase the damage the return does with Subjugate.png Subjugate to boost its effectiveness.
    • Both the Thornmail item.png Thornmail and the Sunfire Cape item.png Sunfire Cape are desirable because it allows Trundle Trundle to vary his damage output. WIth the high AD output of his attacks combined with the magic damage of these two items, he can become a somewhat hybrid champion who can duel almost anyone he can get his hands on.
Countering
  • Avoid battling Trundle Trundle near minions. If a minion is killed, King&#039;s Tribute.png King's Tribute will heal him. This can sometimes turn a battle to his favor. Be aware that he has exceptional health regeneration along with his King&#039;s Tribute.png King's Tribute to easily sustain himself and recover from most harass in a laning situation.
  • Trundle 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 Nidalee Nidalee or Lulu Lulu) will have good effect against Trundle if he attempts to push or attack.
  • Avoid a head-on fight with Trundle 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 Trundle Trundle has fewer options to retaliate than he would against melee attackers.
  • If Trundle 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 Trundle 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 Trundle 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 Jax Jax, Tryndamere Tryndamere, a fed Sion Sion, etc. It is heavily recommend to avoid 1v1 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 excessive amounts of CC (think Sejuani Sejuani and Leona Leona)

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