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- It's essential to plan ahead which abilities you will learn with Udyr. Every ability has multiple usages and five levels. The max champion level is 18, limiting one of Udyr's abilities to Tier 3, or two to Tier 4. Typically, a player would choose either Tiger Stance or Phoenix Stance as their main source of damage.
- Tiger Stance deals high AD burst damage and gives a strong attack speed steroid, giving great dueling and objective destroying ability.
- Phoenix Stance is useful for sustained AoE damage and is great for quickly clearing minion waves/jungle monsters.
- Turtle Stance is great at sustain due to both the shield and life steal.
- Bear Stance can be used offensively to chase and stun targets, or defensively to stun a pursuer and run away.
- Repeatedly switching Udyr's stances is required to keep up his Monkey's Agility effect. The activation buffs from Tiger Stance, Turtle Stance, Bear Stance and 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, 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.
- Udyr is an effective farmer and pusher. Combining Tiger Stance's and Monkey's Agility's attack speed increase with the area of effect magic damage from 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 though, the AoE magic damage can hit enemy champions and draw turret aggro.
- In late game stages, Udyr can act as a powerful solo objective destroyer by alternating between Tiger Stance (gives attack speed plus the 15% on-hit attack damage) and Turtle Stance (to reduce damage taken). Should the enemy team draw near, Bear Stance's movement speed boost helps to retreat quickly.
- You can engage with 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'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 stun early until it's really needed (e.g. to interrupt Katarina's Death Lotus), since that gives the enemy 6 seconds until they can be stunned again.
- 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.
- 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 before a gank to minimize damage from the enemy.
- The classic Flash + Bear Stance combo is the probably fastest way for ganking, as 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, dispositioning abilities, or disengaging abilities (like ranged CC) recently to make sure you don't waste your summoner spells for a single gank attempt.
Being a pure melee champion with no ranged abilities, 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 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.
- gives small spikes of bonus damage along with mana. Consider this first if you don't need passive speed boost.
- grants a small armor boost which would ideally build from if you chose it along with health potions as starting option.
- Udyr and it builds into 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 thanks to the high mana pool. is probably the strongest mana sustain for
- If Udyr can access 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.
- 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.
- , and have highly helpful attributes to mitigate these weaknesses. The increased movement speed is handy for easier juking of enemy abilities.
- 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.
- 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 or . Combining it with is helps dealing with attack damage and attack speed-reliant enemies. The 170 bonus armor will favourably increase your shield's defensive strength. is a good anti-
- For magic resist, a simple into is a common early game option for Udyr.
- If in need of an engage-type item, Udyr's's ganking or engaging ability can be improved to a formidable degree. 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,
With his good scalings, 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 and Phoenix Stance can also affect the build path.
- An early is generally helpful to stick to targets (as the passive grants speed on-hit) and builds into or .
- Because of his low base cooldowns, Udyr profits well from items with the Spellblade passive.
- Udyr. All attributes (especially the two passives and movement speed) have great synergy with him. is arguably the strongest offensive almost-core item for
- For more defense, AoE damage and crowd control, 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.
- attack damage which allows for lethal burst to quickly eliminate high priority targets. The passive gives Tiger Stance pushing power and procs life steal as well, increasing his sustainability in close-up fights immensely, even further if is in your possession. gives high
- Turtle Stance, Udyr becomes even more a force to be reckoned with. 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
- Udyr another source of soft CC to improve his chasing, dueling or disengaging potential. grants more sustained damage, especially if the enemy tends to stack health. Its active effect grants
- Some armor penetration on Udyr can work wonders as it boosts his auto attacks and especially Tiger Stance's bonus physical damage. also gives an active which temporarily buffs Udyr's speed.
- Tiger Stance DoT applies the full 30% effect almost instantly. , on the other hand, supports any AD-specialized player including himself, as his
- Tiger Stance's own attack speed bonus synergizes exceptionally good with additional on-hit effects ( , multiple stacks of or ).
- magic resistance if he keeps attacking. and 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
- tenacity. It also opens up the option to choose over . gives the highest non-active movement speed boost of any item in the game plus granting precious
- As Phoenix Stance deals mainly AoE damage, combining items like , or can drastically improve Udyr's farming and pushing power as well severely damaging clumped enemy groups.
Udyr is naturally made for the jungle. He has in-built attack speed steroids to increase his clearing speed. Turtle Stance provides him with protection and sustain. Giving one or two skill points in it after Phoenix Stance or 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 can have store two charges at maximum roughly every minute. Choose carefully between collecting bonus buffs or for use in ganks/skirmishes.
- 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 Udyr is able to afford attack damage, Tiger Stance can scale favorably into the later aspects of the game.
- 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.
- Chilling Smite grant 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. and
- By going for Challenging Smite grants you considerable dueling power. It trades the slow from Chilling Smite for more bonus damage and a damage reduction debuff which can give the upper hand in many situations. Challenging Smite and Tiger Stance's damage over time can prove a very powerful combination. ,
- 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. and
- 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. and
The current enchantments open up for various build orders and playstyles:
- The Udyr's jungle presence. Upon its completion, the additional Phantom Hit ability greatly increases your damage output and also adds up to Phoenix Stance's passive counter. has similar effects to the former item but provides more bonus damage overall. The massive attack speed further assists in
- 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.
- Tiger Stance. The additional armor penetration boosts your physical damage without sacrificing a slot for other purchases like . is a purely offensive option, recommended only for
- 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. , although very unorthodox, can offer synergy with
Starting items: , × 2 and
- Skill progression #1: Phoenix Stance → Turtle Stance/ Tiger Stance → Phoenix Stance → Bear Stance Turtle Stance
- Jungling order: Gromp ( Smite pre-kill + finish to gain the Gift of the Toadstool) → Sentinel → Heal up/upgrade Machete → Wolves → Cinderling ( Smite) → Gank/Jungle depending on your upgrade.
- Attempt to catch the 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'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 Crimson Raptor jungle camp prior to obtain the 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
- Tiger Stance recommended runes:
- Phoenix Stance recommended runes:
- As 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 due to his all melee skills. Be aware of his movement speed to keep this benefit up.
- Building Tenacity items (i.e. or ) can reduce Bear Stance's stun duration, making his CC less effective when ganking.
- Against a laning 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 Udyr alternating Turtle Stance and Bear Stance is one of the harder champions in the game to chase down. 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 from attacking or switching stances can reduce his threatening power, for example Renekton has a potentially longer stun duration.
- Champions with heavy slows or disruptive skills are efficient in keeping Udyr at bay (i.e. Nasus, Kog'Maw, Alistar and Thresh).
- 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 or .