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Udyr Champion Spotlight

Recommended Items

Summoner's Rift
Starting Corrupting Potion item Warding Totem item
Early Sheen item Phage item Boots of Speed item
Essential Trinity Force item Ninja Tabi item Dead Man's Plate item
Offensive Death's Dance item Maw of Malmortius item Blade of the Ruined King item
Defensive Sunfire Cape item Frozen Heart item Spirit Visage item
Consumables Control Ward item Elixir of Iron item Health Potion item
Summoner's Rift (Jungler)
Starting Hunter's Talisman item Refillable Potion item Warding Totem item
Early Hunter's Potion item Stalker's Blade item Boots of Speed item
Essential Stalker's Blade (Bloodrazor) item Mercury's Treads item Frozen Heart item
Offensive Trinity Force item Blade of the Ruined King item Wit's End item
Defensive Dead Man's Plate item Spirit Visage item Thornmail item
Consumables Control Ward item Elixir of Iron item Health Potion item
Twisted Treeline
Starting Doran's Blade item Boots of Speed item Health Potion item2
Early Sheen item Phage item Boots of Speed item
Essential Mercury's Treads item Trinity Force item Frozen Heart item
Offensive Titanic Hydra item Blade of the Ruined King item Maw of Malmortius item
Defensive Dead Man's Plate item Banshee's Veil item Sterak's Gage item
Consumables Health Potion item Refillable Potion item Elixir of Wrath item Elixir of Iron item
Twisted Treeline (Jungler)
Starting Hunter's Talisman item Hunter's Machete item Refillable Potion item
Early Stalker's Blade item Bami's Cinder item Boots of Speed item
Essential Stalker's Blade (Cinderhulk) item Mercury's Treads item Dead Man's Plate item
Offensive Trinity Force item Blade of the Ruined King item Sterak's Gage item
Defensive Frozen Heart item Spirit Visage item Banshee's Veil item
Consumables Health Potion item Refillable Potion item Elixir of Wrath item Elixir of Iron item
Howling Abyss
Starting Phage item Health Potion item3
Essential Trinity Force item Dead Man's Plate item Mercury's Treads item
Offensive Wit's End item Iceborn Gauntlet item Frozen Mallet item
Defensive Spirit Visage item Frozen Heart item Thornmail item Sunfire Cape item Orb of Winter item Randuin's Omen item
Consumables Oracle's Extract item Health Potion item


Playing As Udyr Udyr
  • Damage is applied to Turtle Stance.png turtle shield post-mitigation. Therefore, buying defensive items can drastically increase your survivability.
  • Udyr Udyr is one of the best junglers in the game. Taking advantage of this can give your team a large XP advantage and map control.
Playing Against Udyr Udyr
  • Udyr Udyr players will often start in the jungle and only appear to gank in lanes. Try warding key locations to keep track of his movement.
  • Once the initial shield effect has faded, Turtle Stance.png Turtle Stance is weak against other champions. Press the attack to force him to switch stances and prevent him from regenerating health.
  • Some Udyr Udyr players buy tank items to become very durable. If they do, focus their weaker teammates instead.


Ability Usage
  • It's essential to plan ahead which abilities you will learn with Udyr Udyr. Every ability has multiple usages and five levels. The max champion level is 18, limiting one of Udyr Udyr's abilities to rank 3, or two to rank 4. Typically, a player would choose either Tiger Stance.png Tiger Stance or Phoenix Stance.png Phoenix Stance as their main source of damage.
    • Tiger Stance.png Tiger Stance deals high AD burst damage and gives a strong attack speed steroid, giving great dueling and objective destroying ability.
    • Phoenix Stance.png Phoenix Stance is useful for sustained AoE damage and is great for quickly clearing minion waves/jungle monsters.
    • Turtle Stance.png Turtle Stance is great at sustain due to both the shield and life steal.
    • Bear Stance.png Bear Stance can be used offensively to chase and stun targets, or defensively to stun a pursuer and run away.
  • Repeatedly switching Udyr Udyr's stances is required to keep up Monkey's Agility.png Monkey's Agility. 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 Udyr switches the stances.
  • 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 (e.g. to interrupt Katarina Katarina's Death Lotus.png Death Lotus), since that gives the enemy 6 seconds until they can be stunned again.
  • Udyr Udyr's is a pure melee-focused fighter. Therefore, he is vulnerable to kiting. Try to avoid ranged harassment and crowd control. In early game phases you should coordinate with your allies to encircle targets or wait for them to initiate as Udyr Udyr usually needs to all-in at engages.
  • Udyr Udyr 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 before a gank to minimize damage from the enemy.
  • The classic Flash.png Flash + Bear Stance.png Bear Stance combo is the probably fastest way for ganking, as Udyr 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, displacements, or disengaging abilities (like ranged CC) recently to make sure you don't waste your summoner spells for a single gank attempt.
Mastery Usage
Item Usage
  • Being a pure melee champion with no ranged abilities, Udyr 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 Udyr Udyr is not very item-dependent as others in the early game, mana problems can occur if overusing abilities carelessly. The need of mana and mana regeneration decreases with the game's progress, though.
  • Sheen item.png Sheen gives small spikes of bonus damage along with mana. Consider this first if 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 Potion item.png Health Potions as starting option.
  • Tear of the Goddess item.png Tear of the Goddess is probably the strongest mana sustain for Udyr 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 Udyr Udyr can acquire Crest of Insight.png Crest of Insight most of the time, you don't need to build any mana regeneration items at all. This is usually the case if your mid or top laner aren't very mana-dependant or they are building 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.
  • Udyr Udyr is very susceptible to crowd control and heavy slowing effects at first since he has no gap closer with range. Mercury's Treads item.png Mercury's Treads or Boots of Swiftness item.png Boots of Swiftness have highly helpful attributes to mitigate these weaknesses. The increased movement speed is handy for easier juking of enemy abilities.
  • Turtle Stance.png Turtle Stance is your primary defensive skill which should be used often as possible if heavily pressured by enemy attacks. It effectively relies on armor and magic resistance to increase its endurance 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 or Righteous Glory item.png Righteous Glory. Combining it with Frozen Heart item.png Frozen Heart is helps dealing with attack damage and attack speed-reliant enemies. The bonus armor will favourably increase your shield's defensive strength.
  • For magic resistance, a simple Null-Magic Mantle item.png Null-Magic Mantle into Spectre's Cowl item.png Spectre's Cowl is a common early game option for Udyr Udyr.
  • If in need of an engage-type item, Righteous Glory item.png Righteous Glory can provide some beneficial stats and a useful active for Udyr Udyr in early/ mid game stages to get in position. In conjunction with a supporter providing speed-boosting effects or abilites, Udyr Udyr's ganking or engaging ability can be improved to a formidable degree.
  • With his good scalings, Udyr 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 (as the passive grants speed on-hit) and builds into Trinity Force item.png Trinity Force or The Black Cleaver item.png The Black Cleaver.
  • Because of his low base cooldowns, Udyr Udyr profits well from items with the Spellblade passive.
    • Trinity Force item.png Trinity Force is arguably the strongest offensive almost-core item for Udyr Udyr. All attributes (especially the two passives and movement speed) have great synergy with him.
    • For more defense, AoE damage and crowd control, Iceborn Gauntlet item.png Iceborn Gauntlet is a cheaper alternative, granting armor, cooldown reduction and a high mana boost. The passive grants a reliable AoE slow, allowing him to lock down targets better.
  • Tiger Stance.png Tiger Stance is Udyr 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 very powerful addition with multiple benefits. Not only does the passive shield increase his survival chances against magic or true damage (as true damage is counted as "spell damage" in some cases), but also increases his strength at critical health. In conjunction with Turtle Stance.png Turtle Stance, Udyr Udyr becomes even more a force to be reckoned with.
    • 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 Udyr Udyr another source of soft CC to improve his chasing, dueling or disengaging potential.
    • Some armor penetration can work wonderson Udyr Udyr, 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 also gives an active which temporarily buffs Udyr Udyr's speed.
    • The Black Cleaver item.png The Black Cleaver, on the other hand, supports any AD-specialized player including himself, as his Tiger Stance.png Tiger Stance DoT applies the full 30% effect almost instantly.
    • Tiger Stance.png Tiger Stance's own attack speed bonus synergizes exceptionally well with additional on-hit effects (Wit's End item.png Wit's End, or Blade of the Ruined King item.png Blade of the Ruined King)
  • Phoenix Stance.png Phoenix Stance is Udyr Udyr's source of area of effect damage and farming power which mainly scales with attack speed. It is also the most recurring choice for a heavy tank-oriented build.
    • Wit's End item.png Wit's End grants massive attack speed to increase the ratio of Phoenix third hits. The former's passive grants Udyr Udyr a source of pseudo-magic penetration which boosts his own magic resistance if he keeps attacking.
    • As Phoenix Stance.png Phoenix Stance deals mainly AoE damage, combining items like Sunfire Cape item.png Sunfire Cape, Iceborn Gauntlet item.png Iceborn Gauntlet or Tiamat item.png Tiamat can drastically improve Udyr Udyr's farming and pushing power as well severely damaging clumped enemy groups.
  • As Udyr 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 Udyr Udyr due to his all melee skills. Be aware of his movement speed to keep this benefit up.
  • Mercury's Treads item.png Mercury's Treads' Tenacity can reduce Bear Stance.png Bear Stance's stun duration, making his CC less effective when ganking.
  • Against a laning Udyr Udyr, it can prove beneficial to make him waste mana by either bait engages and quick disengage or punish him depending 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 Udyr 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 Udyr Udyr from attacking or switching stances can reduce his threatening power, for example Renekton Renekton has a potentially longer stun duration.
  • Champions with heavy slows or disruptive skills are efficient in keeping Udyr Udyr at bay (i.e. Nasus Nasus, Kog'Maw Kog'Maw, Alistar Alistar and Thresh Thresh).
    • Also, whoever can exceed Udyr Udyr's own speed (champions like Hecarim Hecarim, Rammus Rammus) will be able outperform him and escape better.
    • Singed Singed is an effective counter because Udyr Udyr has a hard time reaching him without gapclosers, even with slow reduction. Just focus on movement speed and health/armor items.
  • Be aware of his primary stances and item build:
    • If he maxes Tiger Stance.png Tiger Stance, he will take mostly AD items and some attack speed. Counter it by boosting armor and health and know that his Q hits will do surprising damage over time, so you might lose a bunch of HP in the few next seconds.
    • If he maxes Phoenix Stance.png Phoenix Stance, he usually goes for attack speed, tank and on-hit items, and most of his damage will be magic. You can switch to AS reduction such as Randuin's Omen item.png Randuin's Omen or Frozen Heart item.png Frozen Heart.