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|Champion||Background||Strategy||Skins & Trivia|
- Wukong is voiced by .
- The name "Wukong" (悟空; pronounced "Woo-koh-ng") means "awakening to emptiness" or "perceiving air" in Chinese.
- Due to this, Wukong in Japanese can be said as "Gokuu" via the on'yomi reading, due to a more popular romanization of the name in most anime/manga adaptations.
- Another possible origin of the name, is that it is derived from Wu, as in Wuju, where he was taught by Master Yi, and Kong as the characteristic name for powerful primates, such as, King Kong and Donkey Kong.
- Wukong's character concept is inspired by and directly based on
, the protagonist of the Chinese novel . Wukong is also one of the few champions to be based on a public domain character of mythology in general. (Sun Wukong is also romanized as "Son Gokuu" in Japanese via the on'yomi reading.)
- Both characters have the title of "The Monkey King," use the same type of weapon (an elongating staff), and ride on a type of nimbus cloud. Wukong is one of the few champions to be specifically based on a character from real-world literature.
- Another reference is that Wukong also likes peaches.
- Wukong's abilities, Nimbus Strike and Decoy are references to Sun Wukong's ability to ride on clouds via his "Somersault Cloud" (筋斗雲, Jīndǒuyún/Kinto'un) technique and to create clones of himself using strands of his hair, respectively. Both abilities were taught to him by Wukong's previous master (who also gave him his name).
- The fact that Wukong was trained under Master Yi is also another possible reference to Sun Wukong's original master often referred to as Master Bohdi, or Wukong's more famous master during his pilgrimage to the West, Xuanzang Sanzang (Genjou Sanzou in Japanese).
- Wukong's passive, Stone Skin, is possibly a reference to Sun Wukong being born from a stone and also said to be born from the earth itself.
- This is supported by the fact that in his background, he was "born" from a runestone. Also, when Wukong dies in-game, he turns to stone.
- In the Chinese servers, Wukong is directly referred to as Sun Wukong himself in the flesh as opposed to being a different character loosely based on him.
- Wukong is the first champion to have an animated Gameplay Preview.
- The internal name, the name that is used by the game developers themselves, for Wukong's ultimate Cyclone is "MonkeyKingSpinToWin", a reference to the popular community description for Garen's Judgment.
- In the champions folder, Wukong's folder was renamed to "MonkeyKing" somewhere in February 2015.
- Coincidentally, much of Garen's kit is a possible basis for Wukong, mainly due to both characters having:
- A "Q" ability that scales over 100% in attack damage as an auto-attack booster and reset with an extra effect ( Decisive Strike silences with a movement speed boost while Wukong's Crushing Blow reduces armor by a percentage), and applies on-hit effects as well.
- A passive ability that increases their defensive stats (with Garen's being a normal ability with not only percentage defensive boosts, but also with a damage reduction active while Wukong's only being a standard passive with flat defense boosts).
- Point-and-click spells; Garen's can only target one champion with it and acts as his ultimate; Wukong's can hit two extra targets in range, moves him to said target(s) and acts as a normal ability.
- Cyclone and Judgment involve a very similar spinning animation and near-identical mechanics in the way their hits are racked up, how they provide bonus movement speed during cast time, and cancellation. A number of certain item actives and summoner spells can even be used during their cast times, though depending on the champion there are exclusive item actives only available to them during such abilities, as Wukong cannot activate / active during Cyclone. Cyclone also cannot critically strike, unlike Judgment.
- Cyclone currently holds the record for the highest AD Ratio in the game, achieving a 4.4 AD Ratio under a full duration of the spell.
- The name of the spell from the Chinese Servers, 大鬧天宮 in Traditional Chinese or 大闹天宫 Simplified Chinese (Dànào Tiāngōng, lit. Havoc in Heaven) references the prequel tale of the Journey to the West legend, which explains Wukong's birth, claim to power at his home turf, his powers' origins, and his deeds with divine beings which lead him to a war against heaven, causing him through Buddha's power to be sealed under Five Finger Mountain (Wǔzhǐshān/Goshizan, 五指山) for five centuries, which then kicks off his famous journey west to redeem himself.
- League of Legends, along with Heroes of Newerth and Smite are three of the current MOBA's to feature a character based on Sun Wukong. All three of them (including Smite's pre-worked Sun Wukong) have very similar abilities and playstyles (mainly being damaging tanks with assassin potential, and having very unique tricks with their abilities).
- Wukong is the only champion with a stealth ability that is not classified as an assassin, either primarily or secondarily.
- Wukong is one of a few champions to have multiple textures in one skin. When he uses Decoy, his clone will be of a different colour palette which can only be seen by Wukong and his allies. To the opposing team, the two Wukongs look exactly the same, including copies of any external buffs and item effects active at the moment the clone is spawned (Prior to patch V5.22, clones did not duplicate external buff/active item effect particles).
- Wukong's critical strike animation is a possible nod to a famous pole-vaulting kick used by many incarnations of the original Sun Wukong, especially in the TV drama adaptations of Journey to the West, and his Warriors Orochi/Musou Orochi incarnation as well.
- He shares a quote with Master Yi: "Wuju Style".
- He also shares a similar quote: "Show me the path" in comparison to Master Yi's "I will show you the path".
- During the animation of Wukong's joke, he elongates his staff very much. This is how the staff, known as the Ruyi Jingu Bang/Nyoi Kinko Bou (如意金箍棒, lit. Compliant Gold Rim Pole) actually functions in the original novel for reaching or attacking his target afar, as well as also changing in nearly all forms of general size. Wukong himself even gloats that he can attack the enemy base from such a position (though due to obvious gameplay reasons, this actual feat cannot be done in such a way). Said staff was known for weighing 13,500 jin, which was around 8,100 kg or 17,800 lbs. It was also made of "crow iron", a rare form of black iron.
- Classic Wukong [ |
- The Chinese splash art's water dragon (also in the Jade Dragon artworks) may be a reference to the Dragon who swallowed mount in the Journey to the West, causing Wukong to fight against it.
- Volcanic Wukong [ |
- It may be a reference to Journey to the West's aforementioned prequel story, when Sun Wukong was locked in a cauldron by the Taoist/Daoist Lao Tzu (on behalf of the Jade Emperor to assist in executing him as no options were left) to be distilled by severe, sacred fires for 40–50 days straight and turned into an elixir. But when Lao Tzu opened the lid, Wukong was alive and stronger than ever with the ability Jīnjīng Huǒyǎn/Kinshou Higan (金睛火眼, lit. Gold Pupil Fire Eyes) which enabled him to see evil (but gave him a weakness to smoke).
- With this in mind, Wukong's weapon via this skin is instead a broken and molten pillar, a possible piece of the remains from the said confinement.
- However, pertaining to such a subject, it is unknown if Wukong himself is as immortal as the original Sun Wukong (as the latter's case involved immortality peaches, longevity pills and the Jade Emperor's royal wine all consumed in a combo), but seems to have some form of resistance comparable to the original in current times.
- The skin may also be a reference to a character/Pokémon from the Pokémon series, Infernape (known as Goukazaru in Japanese), who was also said to be based on Sun Wukong as well.
- Likewise, the Pokémon Emboar (Embuou in Japanese), is said to be based on one of Wukong's original companions, Zhu Bajie/Cho Hakkai (豬八戒, lit. Pig of Eight Commandments).
- It also bears a possible nod to the Rajang of the Monster Hunter series, as not only does the Rajang bear reference to the Saiyans of Dragon Ball lore (one character of that species also being based on Sun Wukong in a more popular fashion), the more stronger variations of the species tend to reside at volcanic areas.
- General Wukong [ |
- This skin also plays nod to some traditional armor Sun Wukong wears during the aforementioned prequel tale, due to being more "war" oriented throughout most of the story with him against the heavens. It also nods to the more famous title of Wukong as well, the Qitian Dasheng/Seiten Taisei (齊天大聖, lit. Equaling Heaven Great Sage).
- The Chinese Splash art via its many meteors raining down may be a reference to the birthplace of Wukong, known as Huaguo Shan/Kakazan (花果山, lit. Flower Fruit Mountain), being under attack during said tale.
- A glow resembling another shaped form of Wukong's famous headband/coronet in Journey to the West media often shows on his forehead on most of Wukong's other skins (save for his Volcanic skin and his Classic skin in the original artwork). The name of this coronet was known as the Jingu'er/Kinkoji (緊箍児, lit. Tense Rim Child).
- The shape of the glow on General Wukong's head resembles the "coronets" worn by two of the original Wukong's companions, the aforementioned Zhu Bajie/Cho Hakkai, and Sha Wujing/Sha Gojou (沙悟凈, lit. Sand Awakening to Purity).
- This skin was released for the 2012 Lunar Revel.
- He wears , which is commonly carved in the form of a dragon.
- Carved-jade objects is regarded to being intrinsically valuable. They are metaphorically equated with human virtues because of their hardness, durability, and (moral) beauty.
- Wukong's signature metallic headband/coronet which Xuanzang used to punish Wukong in the novel only appears on this skin. This accessory is notably absent in other Wukong's skins, including the classic one.
- He shares this theme with Cassiopeia.
- This skin was released for the 2014 Harrowing.
- He resembles a typical Shadow Isles champion in his appearance.
- He shares this theme with Twisted Fate.
- Radiant Wukong [ |
- This skin was released for the 2016 Lunar Revel.
- The year of 2016 is also the year of the Monkey in the .
- His smoke clouds were inspired by traditional and .
- This skin was not made a Legacy skin as oppose to the other 2016 Lunar Revel skins due to his previously released skin, Underworld Wukong, being also a Legacy skin.
- The skin is also a possible nod to the original Wukong's armor during his prequel tale as aforementioned with his General Wukong skin, due to including the pheasant feather-tail crown as seen in some portrayals of the said armor.
- Wukong also wears a yellow-orange gi with a blue belt while also having bright-spiky hair/fur, which makes him resemble the Sun Wukong/Son Gokuu from the Dragon Ball franchise.
- Wukong was trained in the Art of Wuju by Master Yi.
- Wukong's original name was 'Kong'. When Kong agreed to become his student, Master Yi dubbed him 'Wukong', effectively naming him after the Wuju style.
- Due to this, they share one or two similar quotes. They also share similar utility with similar items, as well as their item reliant nature. Both even have an ability mapped to W that has an ability power ratio.
- Wukong's mystical staff was crafted by Doran.
- Some sources state Wukong to be close friends with Ahri.
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