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Skill usage

  • Be careful what skills you learn as  Udyr cannot max out all of his skills. Each skill is capped at level 5, but the max level is 18, therefore one of  Udyr's skills has a lower level than its full potential. This may cause players to decide between  Tiger Stance and  Phoenix Stance as their main source of damage.  Tiger Stance is often best suited for single target burst damage while  Phoenix Stance is useful for AoE damage and clearing minion waves. Depending on the skill build, sometimes it is wiser to have two skills at level 4 than to have one skill at level 3.
  • Constantly activating  Udyr's stances is important to increasing his damage. The attack speed from activating  Tiger Stance persists if you switch stances, so you can switch to  Phoenix Stance and get the extra burst from the third  Phoenix Stance hit sooner. Similarly, the AoE from  Phoenix Stance the shield from  Turtle Stance and the increased movement speed from  Bear Stance all persist in other stances.
  • Use  Bear Stance to stun an enemy champion before switching stances or targets.  Bear Stance cannot stun a unit recently stunned for 6 seconds, so it is a good idea to target another champion or to use  Tiger Stance or  Phoenix Stance to deal higher burst damage during the stun.
    • Since the cooldown on  Bear Stance is the same as the 'cooldown' for the stun, you can use  Bear Stance's cooldown timer to judge the second stun, possibly securing a kill.
  • Try to time the stun and movement speed buff from  Bear Stance so you can stun the enemy and then activate  Bear Stance's movement speed buff to create distance to escape. If that's not enough, there's always Randuin's Omen.
  •  Udyr is only melee with no ranged abilities. Therefore, he is vulnerable to kiting so avoid ranged harass and CC. You should wait for your allies to initiate and set up for you, or coordinate with them to encircle targets.
  •  Udyr's lack of gap-closers and high mana costs can make ganking problematic sometimes. Having a strategy for getting into, and staying within, melee range is essential.
    • A Flash +  Bear Stance combo is very effective during ganking as  Udyr's primary problem with ganking is reaching the enemy. Ask the person in the lane you'll gank if the enemy champion has used Flash or a similar ability recently to make sure you don't waste yours or you risk your target escaping.
    • Because of  Udyr's high early damage with  Tiger Stance, a good strategy to get early kills with  Janna in your team (using her passive), movement speed Quintessences and Boots of Speed, you can either force a Summoner spell or kill your lane opponent, by chasing them through the lane.

Build usage

Being a pure melee champion with no ranged abilities,  Udyr needs to stay in motion to be any use.

As a full melee,  Udyr is usually built as a full tank or an off-tank. Know your enemy and balance your health, armor and magic resistance accordingly. A dead or scared  Udyr is very useless in a team fight.

Full tank or not,  Udyr can build some offensive items as well. You should never rush damage over survivability, it would probably backfire. Your choice between  Tiger Stance and  Phoenix Stance can also affect your build.

 Udyr is not as much item-dependent as some others in early game. He can have mana problems early, but the need of mana and mana regen items decreases gradually.

Recommended builds

Summoner's Rift
Starting Hunter's Machete item Health Potion item5 Sweeping Lens item
Essential Ninja Tabi item Spirit of the Ancient Golem item Aegis of the Legion item
Offensive Trinity Force item Wit's End item
Defensive Randuin's Omen item Spirit Visage item Ohmwrecker item Frozen Heart item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item Sight Ward item
The Howling Abyss
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran's Shield item Ruby Crystal item Health Potion item2
Essential Mercury's Treads item Randuin's Omen item Aegis of the Legion item
Offensive Wit's End item Trinity Force item Iceborn Gauntlet item
Defensive Spirit Visage item Frozen Heart item Sunfire Cape item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Crystal Scar
Starting Boots of Speed item Health Potion item3 Ruby Crystal item Long Sword item
Essential Ninja Tabi item Aegis of the Legion item Phage item
Offensive Wit's End item Trinity Force item
Defensive Randuin's Omen item Spirit Visage item Frozen Heart item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Twisted Treeline
Starting Boots of Speed item Cloth Armor item Health Potion item5
Essential Ninja Tabi item Aegis of the Legion item Grez's Spectral Lantern item
Offensive Wit's End item Trinity Force item
Defensive Randuin's Omen item Spirit Visage item Frozen Heart item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item

Jungling

 Udyr is a natural jungler -  Turtle Stance allows him to gain his health back. Putting a skill point in it at level two after taking  Phoenix Stance or  Tiger Stance at level one ensures effective jungling. He can also solo  Dragon very early in the game.

Runes and Masteries

Countering

  •  Udyr is a pure melee champion with no gap closers, and is thus very vulnerable to being kited.
  • Ranged champions have a better chance against  Udyr due to his all melee skills.
  • Picking up Tenacity items such as Mercury's Treads can reduce the stun duration from  Bear Stance, and make him a less effective ganker.
  • When laning against  Udyr, it can be beneficial to bait him into switching stances to try and initiate, after which you quickly run away. This can easily drain his early game mana pool, forcing him to regain his lost mana by either going back to the fountain or use potions.
  • This can prompt the enemy to focus on leveling up  Turtle Stance, lowering  Udyr's mid game damage and giving you the advantage in skirmishes.
  •  Udyr alternating  Turtle Stance and  Bear Stance is one of the harder champions in the game to chase down - and the stun of  Bear Stance can easily make you regret chasing him if back-up arrives to aid him. Think very carefully about attempting to commit and kill him, and be very aware of the whereabouts of his teammates.
  •  Udyr is vulnerable if he is not attacking or is unable to attack,  Renekton can easily counter  Udyr on his  Bear Stance because  Renekton's stun lasts longer.
  • Champions who can slow  Udyr for an extended period of time (Some examples being  Ashe,  Nasus, and  Kog'Maw) or can run faster than  Udyr (champions like  Hecarim and  Rammus) will be able to gun down  Udyr better and run away if necessary. Also  Singed is a good counter pick for  Udyr because  Udyr has no major gap closers(Just make sure to buy movement speed items).

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