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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 of UdyrSquare.png Udyr's abilities to Tier 3, or two to Tier 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 UdyrSquare.png Udyr's stances is required to keep up his Monkey&#039;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&#039;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 (e.g. to interrupt KatarinaSquare.png Katarina's Death Lotus.png Death Lotus), since that gives the enemy 6 seconds until they can be stunned again.
  • UdyrSquare.png Udyr's is a pure melee-focused 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 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 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, dispositioning abilities, 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 can occur if overusing abilities carelessly. The need of mana and mana regen 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 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 primary defensive skill which should be used often as possible if heavily pressured by enemy attacks. It effectively relies on armor and magic resist to increase its endurance further.
  • For magic resist, a simple Null-Magic Mantle item.png Null-Magic Mantle into Spectre&#039;s Cowl.png Spectre's Cowl is a common early game option for UdyrSquare.png 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 in the early or mid-game stages to get in position. In conjunction with a supporter providing speed-boosting effects or abilites, UdyrSquare.png Udyr's's ganking or engaging ability can be improved to 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.

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 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 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 UdyrSquare.png Udyr another source of soft CC to improve his chasing, dueling or disengaging potential.
  • Some armor penetration on UdyrSquare.png Udyr can work wonders as it boosts his auto attacks and especially Tiger Stance.png Tiger Stance's bonus physical damage. Youmuu&#039;s Ghostblade item.png Youmuu's Ghostblade also gives an active which temporarily buffs 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 good with additional on-hit effects (Wit&#039;s End item.png Wit's End, multiple stacks of Devourer item.png Devourer or Blade of the Ruined King item.png Blade of the Ruined King).

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 choice for a heavy tank-oriented build.

  • Wit&#039;s End item.png Wit's End and Devourer item.png Devourer grant massive attack speed to increase the ratio of Phoenix third hits. The former's passive grants Udyr a source of pseudo-magic penetration which boosts his own magic resistance if he keeps attacking.
  • Zephyr item.png Zephyr gives the highest non-active movement speed boost of any item in the game plus granting precious tenacity. It also opens up the option to choose Ninja Tabi item.png Ninja Tabi over Mercury&#039;s Treads item.png Mercury's Treads.
  • 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 UdyrSquare.png Udyr's farming and pushing power as well severely damaging clumped enemy groups.

Recommended builds

Summoner's Rift (Jungle)
Starting Hunter&#039;s Machete item Health Potion item2 Warding Totem item
Essential Ninja Tabi item Stalker&#039;s Blade (Juggernaut) item Trinity Force item
Offensive Blade of the Ruined King item Righteous Glory item Wit&#039;s End item
Defensive Randuin&#039;s Omen item Banshee&#039;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&#039;s Blade item Health Potion item1 Warding Totem item
Essential Mercury&#039;s Treads item Trinity Force item Warden&#039;s Mail item
Offensive Blade of the Ruined King item Righteous Glory item Wit&#039;s End item
Defensive Randuin&#039;s Omen item Banshee&#039;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&#039;s Shield item Ruby Crystal item Health Potion item2
Essential Mercury&#039;s Treads item Randuin&#039;s Omen item Aegis of the Legion item
Offensive Wit&#039;s End item Trinity Force item Iceborn Gauntlet item
Defensive Spirit Visage item Frozen Heart item Sunfire Cape item Orb of Winter 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&#039;s End item Trinity Force item
Defensive Randuin&#039;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&#039;s Spectral Lantern item
Offensive Wit&#039;s End item Trinity Force item
Defensive Randuin&#039;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 new jungle, remember your Smite.png Smite can have store two charges at maximum roughly every minute. Choose carefully between collecting bonus buffs or for use in ganks/skirmishes.
  • Tiger Stance.png Tiger Stance has higher burst for more, quick single target damage which is proves considerably powerful for ganks or taking on the enemy jungler on your own. If 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 with the game's progress.

  • Stalker&#039;s Blade item.png Stalker's Blade and Chilling Smite.png Chilling Smite grant UdyrSquare.png Udyr a reliable form of ranged soft CC, coupled with a short self-speed up. Use this to aid others in locking down targets or catching/outrunning enemies.
  • By going for Skirmisher&#039;s Sabre item.png Skirmisher's Saber, Challenging Smite.png Challenging Smite grants you considerable dueling power. It trades the slow from Chilling Smite.png Chilling Smite for more bonus damage and a damage reduction debuff which can give the upper hand in many situations. Challenging Smite.png Challenging Smite and Tiger Stance.png Tiger Stance's damage over time can prove a very powerful combination.
  • Ranger&#039;s Trailblazer item.png Ranger's Trailblazer and Blasting Smite.png Blasting Smite allow to farm the jungle with alarming speed as it deals area of effect damage and a stun to the camp while replenishing some of your vital resources. Remember this is one of two upgrades that will not affect enemy champions.
  • Poacher&#039;s Knife item.png Poacher's Knife and Scavenging Smite.png Scavenging Smite provide additional counterjungling power against your enemies, albeit this purchase is very situational. The bonus movement speed upon killing a monster can prove useful in escaping after the raid. It cannot target champions.

The current enchantments open up for various build orders and playstyles:

  • The Devourer item.png Devourer has similar effects to the former item Feral Flare item.png Feral Flare but provides more bonus damage overall. The massive attack speed further assists in UdyrSquare.png Udyr's jungle presence. Upon its completion, the additional Phantom Hit ability greatly increases your damage output and also adds up to Phoenix Stance.png Phoenix Stance's passive counter.
  • Juggernaut item.png Cinderhulk is a good choice if you intend playing as a hardened tank. The passive bonus scales up every purchase in health, making Udyr very bulky.
  • Warrior item.png Warrior is a purely offensive option, recommended only for Tiger Stance.png Tiger Stance. The additional armor penetration boosts your physical damage without sacrificing a slot for other purchases like Youmuu&#039;s Ghostblade item.png Youmuu's Ghostblade.
  • Magus item.png Runeglaive, although very unorthodox, can offer synergy with Phoenix Stance.png Phoenix Stance (and in fact a potential AP Udyr build), thanks to its AP boost and additional area of effect as well providing an almost unlimited mana supply, provided you target jungle monsters with it.


Starting items: Hunter&#039;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 Gift of the Toadstool.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&#039;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 Razor Sharp.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&#039;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 threatening power, for example RenektonSquare.png Renekton has a potentially longer stun duration.
  • Champions with heavy slows or disruptive skills are efficient in keeping UdyrSquare.png Udyr at bay (i.e. NasusSquare.png Nasus, KogMawSquare.png Kog'Maw, AlistarSquare.png Alistar and ThreshSquare.png Thresh).
    • Also, whoever can exceed UdyrSquare.png Udyr's own speed (champions like HecarimSquare.png Hecarim, RammusSquare.png Rammus) will be able outperform him and escape better.
    • SingedSquare.png Singed is an effective counter because UdyrSquare.png 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, 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, he usually goes for AS, tank and on-hit items, and most of his damage will be magic. You can switch to AS reduction such as Randuin&#039;s Omen item.png Randuin's Omen or Frozen Heart item.png Frozen Heart.

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