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Ability Usage

  • It's essential to plan ahead which abilities you will learn with UdyrSquare.png Udyr. Every ability has multiple usages and five levels. The max champion level is 18, limiting one or two of UdyrSquare.png Udyr's skills to Tier 3 or 4. This causes players to choose either Tiger Stance.png Tiger Stance and Phoenix Stance.png Phoenix Stance as their main source of damage.
    • Tiger Stance.png Tiger Stance deals high burst damage to single targets while giving an attack speed steroid to yourself for a high DPS boost.
    • Phoenix Stance.png Phoenix Stance is useful for sustained AoE damage and boosts your farming for minion waves/jungle monsters and pushing ability.
    • Turtle Stance.png Turtle Stance is important to increase survivability and sustain.
    • Bear Stance.png Bear Stance is mainly used for chasing or escaping/better juking.
  • Repeatedly switching UdyrSquare.png Udyr's stances is required to keep up his Monkey's Agility.png Monkey's Agility effect. The activation buffs from Tiger Stance.png Tiger Stance, Turtle Stance.png Turtle Stance, Bear Stance.png Bear Stance and Phoenix Stance.png Phoenix Stance persist for their full duration, even when Udyr switches the stances.
    • This is usually referred to as Stancedancing. With the help of his passive, UdyrSquare.png Udyr gains flat movement and attack speed boosts which stack up to three times and increase his damage per second. Keep an eye on his mana as repeatedly using stances easily drains him of his mana due to the higher mana costs at the early tiers of his skills.
    • UdyrSquare.png Udyr is an effective farmer and pusher. Combining Tiger Stance.png Tiger Stance's and Monkey's Agility.png Monkey's Agility's attack speed increase with the area of effect magic damage from Phoenix Stance.png Phoenix Stance can clear minion waves very fast.
    • When pushing waves or attacking objectives, alternate between your offensive stances as long as your mana is sufficient. Be careful when using Phoenix Stance.png Phoenix Stance though, the AoE magic damage can hit enemy champions and draw turret aggro.
    • In late game stages, UdyrSquare.png Udyr can act as a powerful solo objective destroyer by alternating between Tiger Stance.png Tiger Stance (gives attack speed plus the 15% on-hit attack damage) and Turtle Stance.png Turtle Stance (to reduce damage taken). Should the enemy team draw near, Bear Stance.png Bear Stance's movement speed boost helps to retreat quickly.
  • You can engage with Bear Stance.png Bear Stance to stun an enemy champion before switching stances or targets. But consider that the persistent effect has a 6 seconds cooldown for each individual target.
    • Using your stun before activating Bear Stance.png Bear Stance's movement speed again can drastically help by increasing the distance to your enemy when escaping.
    • Against some champions, it's wiser to refrain from using your Bear Stance.png Bear Stance stun early until it's really needed (f.e. to cancel KatarinaSquare.png Katarina's Death Lotus.png Death Lotus), else you risk wasting your crowd control for some time which could've saved you and others in certain situations.

UdyrSquare.png Udyr is a pure melee-focussed fighter. Therefore, he is vulnerable to kiting. Try to avoid ranged harass and CC. In early game phases you should coordinate with your allies to encircle targets or wait for them to initiate as Udyr usually needs to all-in at engages.

  • UdyrSquare.png Udyr's lack of ranged gap-closers and his low mana pool can make gank attempts quite challenging if the enemy didn't heavily overextend. As you need to get into melee range first, consider using Turtle Stance.png Turtle Stance whenever you go in battle to minimize damage by enemies' retaliation.
  • The classic Flash.png Flash + Bear Stance.png Bear Stance combo is the probably fastest way for ganking as UdyrSquare.png Udyr's primary problem with ganking is reaching the enemy in time.
    • It's helpful to ask your allied laner if the enemy champion has used Flash.png Flash, similar dispositioning tools or disengaging abilities (like ranged CC) recently to make sure you don't waste your summoner spells for a single gank attempt.

Build options

Being a pure melee champion with no ranged abilities, UdyrSquare.png Udyr relies on high movement speed and defense to stay mobile and resilient. His build options are very flexible as you can mix and match many items with the effects of his stances. While UdyrSquare.png Udyr is not very item-dependent as others in the early game, mana problems might occur when overusing abilities carelessly. The need of mana and mana regen will decrease with the game's progress, though.

  • Sheen item.png Sheen gives small spikes of bonus damage along with mana. Consider this when you don't need Phage item.png Phage's passive speed boost.
  • Glacial Shroud item.png Glacial Shroud grants a small armor boost which would ideally build from Cloth Armor item.png Cloth Armor if you chose it along with health potions as starting option.
  • Tear of the Goddess item.png Tear of the Goddess is probably the strongest mana sustain for UdyrSquare.png Udyr and it builds into Muramana item.png Muramana later. He can charge it quickly by constantly switching around with stances. This also proves useful for a splitpush oriented build where you would need more mana than usual and profits from defensive mana items like Frozen Heart item.png Frozen Heart thanks to the high mana pool.
  • If UdyrSquare.png Udyr can access Crest of the Ancient Golem.png Crest of Insight for most of the time, you don't need to build any mana regen items at all. This is usually the case if your mid or top laner aren't very mana dependant or he/she is building for another source of mana sustain.

As most defensive and some offensive items also grant cooldown reduction, consider capping this first if you want to constantly use your abilities.

Defensive builds

  • UdyrSquare.png Udyr is very susceptible to crowd control and heavy slowing effects at first since he has no gap closer with range. Tenacity is a top-priority if the enemy has disruptive skills.
  • Turtle Stance.png Turtle Stance is your primarily defensive tool which should be used often as possible if you are heavily pressured by enemy attacks. It effectively relies on armor and magic resist to increase endurance even further.
    • Randuin's Omen item.png Randuin's Omen is a good anti-kiting tool as both the active and passive effects slow speed attributes of enemies. It has also its uses for engaging in combination with Bear Stance.png Bear Stance. Combining this item with Frozen Heart item.png Frozen Heart is a good way to deal with attack speed reliant enemies and the 170 bonus armor will drastically increase your shield's defensive strength.
  • For magic resist, a simple Null-Magic Mantle item.png Null-Magic Mantle into Spectre's Cowl.png Spectre's Cowl is a practical early game option for UdyrSquare.png Udyr. Then it's up to the player which upgrade is more needed.
  • When in need of an engage-type item, Righteous Glory item.png Righteous Glory can provide some beneficial stats and an useful active for Udyr in the early or mid-game stages to get in position. In conjuction with a supporter purchasing Talisman of Ascension item.png Talisman of Ascension, this can improve UdyrSquare.png Udyr's ganking or engaging ability by a formidable degree.

Offensive builds

With his good scalings, UdyrSquare.png Udyr can also afford some offensive equipment. However, if you aren't that confident, always consider survivability over offensive items as a wrong build order backfires quickly if the enemy manages to lock you down. Your choice between Tiger Stance.png Tiger Stance and Phoenix Stance.png Phoenix Stance can also affect the build path.

  • An early Phage item.png Phage is generally helpful to stick to targets due to the movement speed increase on-hit and builds into Trinity Force item.png Trinity Force.
  • Because of his low base cooldowns, UdyrSquare.png Udyr profits well from items with the Spellblade passive.

Tiger Stance.png Tiger Stance is Udyr's primary AD focussed ability. It offers bonus damage and good attack speed by itself and becomes very dangerous when building some attack damage and armor penetration.

  • Ravenous Hydra item.png Ravenous Hydra gives high attack damage which allows for lethal burst to quickly eliminate high priority targets. The passive gives Tiger Stance.png Tiger Stance pushing power and procs life steal as well, increasing his sustainability in close-up fights immensely, even further if Spirit Visage item.png Spirit Visage is in your possession.
  • Maw of Malmortius item.png Maw of Malmortius is a powerful addition to this path for multiple reasons. Not only does the passive shield increase his survival chances against magic or true damage, but also increases his offensive power at critical health level. In conjuction with Turtle Stance.png Turtle Stance, it provides strong defense along with the high AD bonus based on missing health.
  • Blade of the Ruined King item.png Blade of the Ruined King grants more sustained damage, especially if the enemy tends to stack health. Its active effect grants UdyrSquare.png Udyr another source of crowd control to improve his chasing, dueling or disengaging potential.
  • Some armor penetration on UdyrSquare.png Udyr can prove helpful as it boosts his auto attacks and especially Tiger Stance.png Tiger Stance's bonus physical damage. Youmuu's Ghostblade item.png Youmuu's Ghostblade has an active which temporarily grants high speed stats for Udyr. The Black Cleaver item.png The Black Cleaver on the other hand assists his AD specialized teammates as well, as his Tiger Stance.png Tiger Stance DoT quickly applies the full effect with a single hit.

Phoenix Stance.png Phoenix Stance is Udyr's source of area of effect damage and farming power which mainly scales with attack speed. It is also the most recurring path of choice for going as heavy tank.

  • Wit's End item.png Wit's End grants massive attack speed to increase the ratio of Phoenix third hits. The passive essentially grants Udyr a source of magic penetration while boosting his own magic resistance as long as he keeps attacking.
  • Zephyr item.png Zephyr gives the highest non-active movement speed boost of any item in this game plus granting precious tenacity. It also opens up the option to choose Ninja Tabi item.png Ninja Tabi over Mercury's Treads item.png Mercury's Treads.
  • As Phoenix Stance.png Phoenix Stance deals mainly AoE damage, incorporating items like Sunfire Cape item.png Sunfire Cape, Iceborn Gauntlet item.png Iceborn Gauntlet or Tiamat item.png Tiamat could drastically improve UdyrSquare.png Udyr's farming and pushing power as well severely damaging clumped enemy groups.

Recommended builds

Summoner's Rift (Jungle)
Starting Hunter's Machete item Health Potion item2 Warding Totem item
Essential Ninja Tabi item Stalker's Blade (Juggernaut) item Trinity Force item
Offensive Blade of the Ruined King item Righteous Glory item Wit's End item
Defensive Randuin's Omen item Banshee's Veil item Frozen Heart item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item Sight Ward item Vision Ward item Elixir of Iron item
Summoner's Rift (Lane)
Starting Doran's Blade item Health Potion item1 Warding Totem item
Essential Mercury's Treads item Trinity Force item Warden's Mail item
Offensive Blade of the Ruined King item Righteous Glory item Wit's End item
Defensive Randuin's Omen item Banshee's Veil item Frozen Heart item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item Sight Ward item Vision Ward item Elixir of Iron 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

Jungler

UdyrSquare.png Udyr is naturally made for the jungle. He has in-built attack speed steroids to increase his clearing speed. Turtle Stance.png Turtle Stance provides him with protection and sustain. Giving one or two skill points in it after Phoenix Stance.png Phoenix Stance or Tiger Stance.png Tiger Stance ensures effective and safe jungle gameplay. Balance the usage of your stances to keep your early mana pool healthy.

  • In the updated jungle, always try to time your Smite.png Smite spell in a fashion where you drop large monsters to critical health and can finish them off with your basic attacks to obtain bonus buffs and experience.
  • Tiger Stance.png Tiger Stance has higher burst for more quick single target damage which is usually more powerful for ganks or dueling the enemy jungler. When UdyrSquare.png Udyr is able to afford attack damage, Tiger Stance.png Tiger Stance can scale favorably into the later aspects of the game.
  • Phoenix Stance.png Phoenix Stance potentially clears the jungle faster due to the area of effect damage. This skill build is usually used to quickly farm the jungle in order to get earlier access to important equipment and often turns into more of a tank role with strong splitpush potential.

With the introduction of new jungle equipment, Udyr is granted various choices on how to interact during the game's progress.

The new enchantments can also open up for various build orders and playstyles.


Starting items: Hunter's Machete item.png Hunter's Machete, Health Potion item.png Health Potion × 2 and Sweeping Lens item.jpg Sweeping Lens

  • Jungling order: GrompSquare.png Gromp (Smite.png Smite pre-kill + finish to gain the Tremors.png Gift of the Toadstool) → Blue SentinelSquare.png Sentinel → Heal up/upgrade Machete → MurkwolfSquare.png Wolves CinderlingSquare.png Cinderling (Smite.png Smite) → Gank/Jungle depending on your Hunter's Machete item.png Hunter's Machete's upgrade.
  • Attempt to catch the Rift ScuttlerSquare.png Rift Scuttler whenever possible but keep in mind that this monster will usually run away from its attackers. Fortunately, the scuttler takes more damage when it's locked down, so make use of Bear Stance.png Bear Stance's stun to finish it off faster and grant your team a vision advantage and river control.
  • In case one wants to discover enemy wards prior ganks easier, you can clear the Elder RazorbeakSquare.png Crimson Raptor jungle camp prior to obtain the Elder RazorbeakSquare.png Razor Sharp buff which grants true sight for the next ward that might spot you. This can greatly assist in reducing the enemies' vision range.

Runes and Masteries

Counterplay

  • As UdyrSquare.png Udyr is a full-fledged melee champion with no gap closers, he is thus very vulnerable to kiting.
  • Ranged champions generally have an advantage against UdyrSquare.png Udyr due to his all melee skills. Be aware of his movement speed to keep this benefit up.
  • Building Tenacity items (i.e. Mercury's Treads item.png Mercury's Treads or Zephyr item.png Zephyr) can reduce Bear Stance.png Bear Stance's stun duration, making his CC less effective when ganking.
  • Against a laning UdyrSquare.png Udyr, it can prove beneficial to make him waste mana by either bait engages and quick disengage or punish him depening on which stance he used. This can easily hamper his early game lane presence, which forces him to regain his lost mana by either using up his potions or recalling to make him lose some experience and farm.
  • Once he gets some of his core gear, an UdyrSquare.png Udyr alternating Turtle Stance.png Turtle Stance and Bear Stance.png Bear Stance is one of the harder champions in the game to chase down. Bear Stance.png Bear Stance's effect can easily make you regret chasing him if back-up arrives. It is best to provide vision before attempting to commit and kill him and being aware of the whereabouts of his teammates.
  • Disabling UdyrSquare.png Udyr from attacking or switching stances can reduce his threathening power, for example RenektonSquare.png Renekton has a potentially longer stun duration.
  • Champions who can heavily slow or disposition UdyrSquare.png Udyr for extended periods can prove strong against him (some examples being NasusSquare.png Nasus, KogMawSquare.png Kog'Maw and ThreshSquare.png Thresh) or can run faster (champions like HecarimSquare.png Hecarim, RammusSquare.png Rammus) will be able outperform UdyrSquare.png Udyr and escape better if necessary. SingedSquare.png Singed is a good counter pick because UdyrSquare.png Udyr has a hard time reaching him without gapclosers (just make sure to buy movement speed and armor items).
  • Take care of which stance and item he is taking :
    • If he max Tiger Stance , and take mostly AD items and don't take attack speed , take armor and know that his Q hit will do damage over time , so don't be surprised that you loose a lot of HP in the few next seconds , you can counter him by taking armor.
    • If he max Phoenix Stance and take mostly AS items and on hit , know that most of his damage will be magic. You can also switch to AS reduction such as Randuin's Omen item.png Randuin's Omen or Frozen Heart item.png Frozen Heart.

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