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  • January 2nd, 2013: Edit - 5, 10, 14, & added 6
  • January 3rd, 2013: Edit - 7, 9, & added 2, 15

Introduction

Blitzcrank Blitzcrank is an extremely fun champion to play. Yet at the same time, it can be very frustrating for you having him as an enemy. While Blitzcrank is in the Top 3 ban list, there are many debates on whether he is truly OP or not. I personally think that this champion has the potential to be part of the Shen Shen tier, but misuse of his abilities will drop him down to the Karma Karma tier (these tiers don't officially exist lol) Anyway, regardless of his tier, this guide will give you an opportunity to use Blitzcrank elsewhere than bot lane. I don't advise you to play JungleCrank in ranked games because your teammates won't approve of this idea and they may result in cursing, trolling or feeding intentionally and will cause you to lose Elo. I hope you have fun playing this champion in normal, good luck, and Happy New Year!

Pros and Cons

Pros
  1. Great ganks: Has 2 non-ult hard CC. Nobody has more non-ult hard CC than this robot.
  2. Great initiator: Many junglers are forced to take on that role.
  3. Quite tanky: Singed's passive gives 25% of his mana as health, but Blitzcrank's passive gives 50% (although I am aware of the differences in how they work)
Cons
  1. Slow jungle speed: can be easily counterjungled.
  2. Risky ganks: Remember, Rocket Grab is a skillshot.
  3. No significant gapclosers outside of Q: If a Rocket Grab fails, Blitzcrank has no choice but to run with Overdrive for a minimum of 10 seconds (cooldown on Q) and during this time, proper usage of soft CC on Blitzcrank will result in an easy kiting game.

Runes

  • Greater Mark of Attack Speed
    • Alternatives: Greater Mark of Attack Damage / Armor
  • Greater Seal of Armor
  • Greater Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist
    • Alternatives: Greater Glyph of Magic Resist / Cooldown Reduction
  • Greater Quintessence of Movement Speed
    • Alternatives: Greater Quintessence of Armor / Attack Speed / Attack Damage / Gold

If anyone has jungled before, you would find it obvious to see AS marks as the priority. The only champions I can think of that can make better usage of other marks are Trundle Trundle, Olaf Olaf, Amumu Amumu. Seals are pretty much self-explanatory: cheap and efficient. The chosen Glyph is a common rune for bruisers and tanks lategame. SupportCrank does have the power to wreck early game lane phase, but JungleCrank's slow and unstable jungle speed makes him not as powerful early game (his ganks are still very deadly) As for the quintessence, you could go with whatever you feel like, and it may depend on your available Influence Points.

Masteries

You can go with 0/21/9 and get Summoner's Insight mastery 2013.png Summoner's Insight, Meditation mastery 2013.png Meditation, Expanded Mind mastery 2013.png Expanded Mind, Improved Recall mastery 2013.png Improved Recall, and Runic Affinity mastery 2013.png Runic Affinity.

Ability Order

  1. Overdrive.png Overdrive
  2. Power Fist.png Power Fist
  3. Rocket Grab.png Rocket Grab
  4. Overdrive.png Overdrive
  5. Overdrive.png Overdrive
  6. Static Field.png Static Field
  7. Overdrive.png Overdrive
  8. Power Fist.png Power Fist
  9. Overdrive.png Overdrive
  10. Power Fist.png Power Fist
  11. Static Field.png Static Field
  12. Power Fist.png Power Fist
  13. Power Fist.png Power Fist
  14. Rocket Grab.png Rocket Grab
  15. Rocket Grab.png Rocket Grab
  16. Static Field.png Static Field
  17. Rocket Grab.png Rocket Grab
  18. Rocket Grab.png Rocket Grab

AD Blitzcrank works better with the AS and MS boosts than the Q cooldown.

General Item Build (no specific order)

This build is focused on being a bruiser. Some items may not be necessary for every game; it all depends on the enemy's main damage sources. But you do want to generally build 150+ armor at the very least since you will be mostly taking physical damage from the enemy AD Carry. If your early game didn't go well, or you need more support for your AD Carry, try the Alternative Support Build.

Alternative Support Build (no specific order)

This build is focused on purely protecting a target on your team and supporting your team overall. With 40% CDR and Iceborn Gauntlet item.png Iceborn Gauntlet, you can knock up a single target and slow them at the same time every 3 seconds. It is like having a Rupture.png Rupture that hits one target on a 3 second cooldown. Before using this support build, think of the usual support build that you would use on champions such as Sona, Janna, Taric, etc. Build accordingly.

Summoner Spells

  • Smite.png Smite: Obvious choice for junglers.
  • Flash.png Flash or Ghost.png Ghost: Whatever fits you more. I like Flash more on Blitzcrank thanks to his built-in MS steroid.

Jungle Routes

Blue Team
Purple Team
  • Try to get a nice leash (Smiteless if possible) on Crest of the Ancient Golem.png blue buff.
  • Smiteless Route: Wolves - Blue (Smiteless) - Red (Smite) - Gank top/mid
  • Smite Route: Wolves - Blue (Smite) - Wraiths - Wolves - Red (Smite) - Gank or Golems
  • If the enemy Jungle icon jungler is a strong counterjungler, try being more flexible with your route and ask your Support icon support for an early ward on your 2nd buff monster camp.

Ability Combos

  1. Standard ranged combo: Rocket Grab - Power Fist - Static Field - Autoattack with Overdrive on
  2. Ganking top/bot combo: Run with Overdrive - Autoattack into immediate Power Fist - Rocket Grab during chase - Static Field - Autotattack to death
  3. Lane surprise grab combo: Autoattack minions once each - Static Field into immediate Rocket Grab (enemy laner should be defenseless) - Power Fist - Overdrive autotattacks
  4. Flash combo: Flash and Power Fist - Autoattack with Overdrive - Rocket Grab - Static Field - Autoattack to death

Early Game

During the first 10 or so minutes of the game, jungling for farm and ganking needy lanes is your priority. Try to help lanes that have been counterpicked or is being pushed towards allied towers. Don't neglect pushed lanes as well if your laner has decent lockdowns, as a random grab from the bush can really catch opponents out of position. Be sure to ask your laner(s) for any wards in nearby brushes before ganking. As a jungler, you should be focusing on mid lane and top lane first, as these solo lanes will be most affected by the jungle influence. Then focus near mid and bot lanes for Dragon Dragon control. If you have made multiple successful ganks, your job as a jungler can be said to be successful.

Mid Game

Few turrets will start falling. Dragon(s) will be acquired by teams. At this stage, start building toward an Iceborn Gauntlet. Keep jungling and ganking and follow your team or lead your team around objectives. Nothing new yet, but try to control as many objectives as much as possible.

Late Game

Game changing moments, game changing team fights, game changing decisions. Depending on your success and your carries' status, you may have to either peel for your squishies or chase after their carries. The key thing with lategame as a jungler is to have 1~2 wards handy with you in case for a Baron Nashor Baron steal, or just simply vision. You may want to carry an Oracle's Elixir item.png Oracle's Elixir with you if your support doesn't have one. Baron control is the top priority at this stage. Don't neglect farming, but don't go clean up bottom lane unless he/she is a Shen Shen, Twisted Fate Twisted Fate, Pantheon Pantheon, etc., or has Teleport.png Teleport available. Try to use long range ults with short cooldown (Trueshot Barrage.png Trueshot Barrage, Final Spark.png Final Spark) After winning some teamfights, you can go for Baron or multiple turrets thanks to the long death timers.

Team Fights

Blitzcrank is an amazing initiator. Similar to Skarner Skarner, he can pick one person out of the pack, prefferably the AD or AP Carry. A good grab can win you the game, but on the other hand, grabbing a champion like Alistar Alistar or Amumu Amumu whom you can't burst down quickly and has AOE CC can cost you the game. Grabbing bruisers sometimes may be the better idea if he/she is a big threat to your team, but can be bursted down. Now that the team fight has began, you must choose from offense or defense. If you are fed on the team, you may want to go for enemy carries. Without proper support and escape tools, they will be easily locked down by Q-W-E-R-Spellblade. If your team needs some peel for your carries, Blitzcrank with an Iceborn Gauntlet excels at this job by having a low cooldown Power Fist and an AOE slow every two seconds. If the team fight has been won, Blitzcrank's Rocket Grab will allow your team for an easy chase. Shurelya's Reverie, if acquired, will help out as well. If the team fight has been lost, you might want to sacrifice yourself for the good of your carries. If the enemy team is attempting baron, try a smitesteal at baron. Sometimes it may not be worth attempting it, but it's better than nothing.

Synergizing Champions

Blitzcrank relies on his Rocket Grab as his main ability. To get a relatively high accuracy on his grab, he needs a lockdown, even if it has a short duration. Also, Blitzcrank synergizes extremely well with burst champions. Since Rocket Grab is such a crucial spell, with its usage comes a delay of 10~20 seconds (depending on skill level and 0~40% CDR) and killing a target in the duration of Q-E-R is very important in Blitzcrank's success. Therefore, the following champions work well with Blitzcrank.

  • Pantheon, Twisted Fate, Ryze, etc: Great burst, and a simple single-target lockdown stun.
  • Graves, Corki, Ezreal, Miss Fortune, etc: Great burst, and Blitzcrank's lockdowns will make skillshots and AoE abilities much easier to land.
  • Alistar, Leona, Singed, Nautilus, etc: These combos are more for dragging the enemy into turret hell. All of these champions have 2+ CC that can either set up or follow up a Blitcrank's Rocket Grab.

Closing Comments

First of all, I would like to thank all of you for reading this guide. As I said before, do not go off with playing him in ranked unless you are completely confident in yourself or you have a trustable duo mid partner. I hope I can see more JungleCranks in the future in my normal games. Once you lay your hands on this champion, you will be soon finding yourself spending IP 3150.