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Lanes and Roles

  •  Wukong can be a decent tank due to his  Stone Skin passive as well as being able to dodge abilities with  Decoy.  Wukong can be a very effective AoE Assassin, with  Crushing Blow,  Nimbus Strike and deals very high damage with a knock-up with  Cyclone. Wukong can also be used as the usual bruiser/fighter style, engaging and disengaging with solid damage and solid survivability.
  • Top lane is commonplace for Wukong as he can benefit from the eventual use of semi-defensive-offensive build path that is already recommended for him. Top lane is usually where semi-tanks and tanks are placed and where damage is not so focused on.
  • Middle Lane is a popular alternative for an Assassin playstyle fit with assassin items. This is due to the common weak armored middle laners who are often AP Mages. (i.e.  Malzahar,  Annie,  Syndra etc.) Although, the recent meta has seen not so immobile, statistically weak champions.
  • The Jungle is the least common role for Wukong, but it is where he is safest. Away from bully top laners, and away from high burst middle laners. He is an effective ganker due to the armor reduction from  Crushing Blow and later on the CC from  Cyclone that is particularly useful against AA reliant ADC at bottom lane.  Nimbus Strike also provides the needed gap closing to gank. This role is often used by players who want to carry with  Wukong because of the less harass and weak early game that Wukong has in lane. Ideal choice of jungling runes and masteries should be considered.

Skill usage

  •  Wukong is an excellent solo lane champion, with a combination of burst damage, durability and difficulty to gank.
    • His basic harass method is closing the gap with  Nimbus Strike, autoattacking with an immediate  Crushing Blow afterwards, and then using  Decoy to avoid retaliation.
    • However, be aware that relying on  Decoy in this way will drain your mana quickly, leave you without your main escape mechanism should you be ganked, and make relying on the same combo repeatedly with Wukong makes you predictable.
  • Leading with  Crushing Blow will reduce the opponent's armor, increasing your damage output.
  •  Crushing Blow resets the attack timer, using it immediately after an autoattack will give you a 'free' attack.
  • Both  Nimbus Strike and  Cyclone allow  Wukong to close the gap between him and his target.
  • Using  Decoy is an effective way of escaping and chasing down enemy champions.
    • When fleeing, consider how best to utilize the brief stealth provided by  Decoy. Use it to juke your pursuers by changing directions after using  Decoy. Sometimes it's best to simply stop after casting  Decoy and watch as your opponents continue to chase in the direction they think you've gone, this is known as 'stop juking.' By pressing "stop" [default key: S] you can pretend that you have used  Decoy to make your opponents think that you are the decoy. However, this move may not work on skilled opponents.
    • This is less effective against more skilled opponents, because the Decoy doesn't show any visual effects ( Blessing of the Lizard Elder/ Crest of the Ancient Golem buff, Poison,  Mordekaiser's  Children of the Grave, etc.). This means it is usually easy to tell if  Wukong has really used a decoy or not. Though if the foes do not have any stealth revealing items, then the real challenge is knowing where to retreat as your enemies search for you.
    • When ganking an enemy from the brush, use  Decoy while inside and approach your target during the stealth time.
    • The Decoy can also be used for farming on minions for multi-tasking, as well as tacking up damage on champions via a flank or a "personal gank" if the player is skilled enough to take advantage of the situation without any risk (i.e.: putting a decoy in front of a foe's escape path, forcing them to take extra damage with correct timing).
  •  Decoy can be used as a shield against skillshots such as  Caitlyn's  Ace in the Hole and  Blitzcrank's  Rocket Grab.  Decoy always appears behind you. Thus, it can be used as a utility shield for all sorts of situations if needed, such as stopping ultimates to save either yourself or help allies retreat.
    • It can also be used to stop  Rammus's  Powerball.
    • If  Decoy is used exactly when  Karthus's  Requiem hits, the damage will be nullified or taken by the decoy.
    •  Decoy can also be used to gang up on opponents; with careful timing, it's possible to add up the decoy's attack to his burst damage in a one-on-one fight.
    • It can also be used with the Flash summoner spell during stealth to cause a bigger guessing game for your opponents and to close the gap more safely towards your target, but only if timed right or it may as well be a waste.
  •  Crushing Blow's bonus damage works on turrets and inhibitors.
  •  Crushing Blow's effects now grants additional 125 bonus range which is good to finish an opponent who is just slightly out of your range.
    • ​Because of the bonus range,  Crushing Blow can be used to punish melee opponents who try to last hit safely as well. A  Nimbus Strike can be used right after it for some extra damage and to ensure a  Decoy or  Cyclone follow-up for more mind games or heavy damage.
  •  Cyclone is not a channeled ability so crowd control effects, like stun, silence or knockback will not cancel or interrupt his ultimate. However stuns or snares will prevent him from moving. However, reckless use of it can be suicide, as Wukong can't do any other actions other than move or use certain summoner spells while spinning, so use with caution.
  • General team fighting with  Wukong should aim to persist in the fight as long as possible utilizing his skills multiple times while also disrupting the enemy team and not getting focused down. Such an approach is to use  Nimbus Strike to close on a dangerous enemy, autoattack, use  Crushing Blow for another attack, and then immediately use  Decoy since enemy crowd control and burst may be headed your way. While stealthed, you can back off and reposition yourself. Then re-enter the fray with another  Nimbus Strike and another  Crushing Blow before activating  Cyclone to disrupt their team as they come after you knowing you don't have  Decoy available. After  Cyclone finishes, you should be close to having  Nimbus Strike ready again to chase down an enemy or smartly target to aid your escape.
  • Try to hang onto your  Cyclone during teamfights instead of using it to initiate fights, your visibility with your ultimate and high damage output will put focus onto you from the enemy team. Instead use it as a strong crowd control to break up enemy champions and to chase.
  • It should be noted it's very easy for  Wukong to fall behind if he gets denied early, as he is very item-dependent. He has a bit of a difficult laning phase against champions who are able to out-damage and out-sustain him early game. His tankiness from his  Stone Skin does not kick in until later levels, so he is also rather squishy early game. Take the time to farm if needed in order to work your way up to late game if early game gets rough.
  •  Stone Skin works better in mass-teamfights, and thus against a single target especially in the early game (such as during laning phase),  Wukong can have a bit of trouble, learn to play passively and assassinate certain targets if you don't think you'll last in a fight.

Build usage

  •  Wukong packs decent damage with armor reduction and gap closing; it's possible to build him as a pure fighter as an AD carry, a pure tank, or a semi-tank with major AD burst damage. With tanky builds and strong attack damage items, he can start teamfights quite well, making him rather versatile. Note that this disregards any AP builds as only his  Decoy scales in AP, and it's generally unneeded for any damage.
    • Regardless, he is item-dependent, so it's often best to ensure he's farmed up enough to sit on certain items to last up to mid game where he can really shine. Also, his  Stone Skin is also the core component of his mid-to-late game power, since it's at early levels he should focus more on farming up to get enough for his items and for his passive to take effect.
  • Given that the bonus damage from  Crushing Blow affects both towers and inhibitors,  Wukong, together with a Sheen (or Trinity Force) and cooldown reduction can push a lane surprisingly quickly.
  • In general, building defensive items with Trinity Force works well on  Wukong. Keep in mind that  Wukong's  Stone Skin gives him armor and magic resistance naturally and effective use of his  Decoy can help him avoid being targeted so high amounts of defense might not be necessary. The speed boosts can also help with certain mobility purposes.
    • Aegis of the Legion is a good pick against a balanced enemy team. It grants some health regeneration, armor and magic resistance, scaling well with  Wukong's  Stone Skin. The aura is also useful in aiding allies, as well as making the team generally tankier. It can also be built into Locket of the Iron Solari for more tankiness. However, this should mainly be considered only if it's needed and if no one on his team builds it.
    • Sunfire Cape gives him excellent defense and some additional damage while he is persisting in a fight. On the other hand, enemies damaged by the aura will know that he's right next to them, so they can guess his position during stealth and well-coordinated teams can tag him with skillshots easily. Its particle animation also resets upon using  Decoy.
    • Banshee's Veil or Maw of Malmortius also gives him excellent defense against bursty magic damage dealers. In the case of the latter, if built with tanky HP items, then the missing health can greatly benefit for extra damage.
    • An alternative for MR is Mercurial Scimitar to combine with the movement speed from Trinity Force for even better chasing.
    • With Trinity Force, Sunfire Cape, and Banshee's Veil all giving health, Atma's Impaler is a great late game item on  Wukong to leverage his defenses into more offensive power. Frozen Mallet in particular works well for this.
    • Sometimes due to  Wukong's passive, he may as well need a mere HP item like Frozen Mallet in order to get tanky enough and let his passive tank for him in teamfights, but that's mainly if he's fed enough. It can also help him stick to enemies with its passive.
    • Ninja Tabi is also a good choice for  Wukong in the case of armor builders, especially against DPS heavy champions as lane opponents early game.
    • Due to  Wukong's likeliness to  Garen, the aforementioned Sunfire Cape can also give extra damage to both their spinning abilities,  Judgment and  Cyclone. This also applies to The Black Cleaver.
  • Cooldown reduction is a good stat for  Wukong, allowing him to maintain the armor reduction debuff from his  Crushing Blow on an opponent and the attack speed steroid of his  Nimbus Strike on himself, which is mainly due to the fact that he is played as a caster-type champion, relying a lot on his abilities to deal damage.
  • The Bloodthirster is a strong item pick as  Wukong scales well with attack damage. Because The Bloodthirster offers purely offensive stats, it should be saved until  Wukong can survive an enemy encounter.
  • Because  Wukong deals mainly physical damage that can be countered by armor and his  Crushing Blow grants armor reduction by a percentage, armor penetration and armor reduction items can increase his damage output, especially when combined with his  Crushing Blow.
    • The active from Youmuu's Ghostblade can help increase  Wukong's DPS usage without buying too many attack speed items. Last Whisper combined with  Crushing Blow can drop an enemy to 30% of their armor but because it offers strictly offensive stats, it should be only be considered once opponents get exceptionally tanky. It can be used with the bonus effect from  Nimbus Strike for more attack speed rushdown.
    • The active can also be used during his  Cyclone or even during his  Decoy for extra mobility; the former is often used for pursuit or for a bit of escape if needed added with the extra movement speed, while the latter can be used for quick-and-safe gap closing or for excellent jukes as well.
  •   The Black Cleaver now syncs very well with   Cyclone as it can reach full stacks in just 1 seconds into his ultimate while the enemy is still knocked up, provided you do the  Nimbus Strike and  Crushing Blow combo beforehand. Because of this, early game laning can revolve around  Wukong sustaining off The Brutalizer for most of early game, due to armor penetration and cooldown reduction, and thus the Cleaver is often considered a core item on Wukong.
  • Ravenous Hydra can be a powerful early game item to build for him, as the life steal and unique passive/active with its AoE crowd-clearing can help him farm mid/late-game, as well as tack on some extra damage. The aforementioned life steal can also support Wukong's passive, though at a cost, it's not as damaging as the aforementioned The Bloodthirster and other items that provide both life steal and attack damage, so keep this in mind. Used in conjunction with such items however can be effective.
    • The active from Ravenous Hydra can be a great compliment to  Crushing Blow as they both reset autoattacks, though the Hydra's active recovers quicker. Using these in conjunction can prove hard to stop if timing is mastered and the foe is being assaulted upon with need of quick attacks. This tends to work well for many AD-casters who often need an extra budge in split-pushing, or in terms of adding an extra spell to their combos.
    • The health regeneration off the Tiamat ingredient can also prove very handy for some self-sustain and damage early game.
    • Life steal or health-regeneration items should mainly be first considered when jungling with  Wukong, since his juke potential is very strong for ganking (while taking into the consideration of the monsters' armor stats in comparison to the minions).
  • Boots of Swiftness can be a good choice for  Wukong, as it reduces the effectiveness of slows and speeds up your escape when using  Decoy, meaning the enemy will already be too far from you to see you after  Decoy ends.
  • For anything  Wukong can tank with, what he can build can depend on the types of boots he first purchases: (This can vary depending on one's playstyle.)
  •  Wukong is often squishy early game and if falling behind, so for early sustain, some Rejuvenation Beads can easily help in laning early with him, at the cost of trading in his need for more defensive stat items.
  • If jungling with  Wukong, a combination of Ninja Tabi and Spirit of the Ancient Golem can often prove to have him be tanky enough early game.
    • Likewise, due to  Wukong's lack of early game damage and early game tankiness, playing him in jungle as opposed to in lane can often be a suitable option for those who want to carry with him. However, he'll sometimes need some sustain and/or some extra damage via runes/masteries setups in order to clear well enough, especially since his passive will not work on the monsters.
  • Though a rarely used item, for those who are more caster-type with  Wukong, Ionian Boots of Lucidity are a solid item as for many an AD caster like  Wukong, but only if you feel the need for more offense and utility over defense.

Recommended builds

Summoner's Rift
Starting Doran's Shield item Health Potion item2 Warding Totem item
Essential Mercury's Treads item The Brutalizer item Tiamat item
Offensive Trinity Force item The Black Cleaver item Ravenous Hydra item
Defensive Frozen Mallet item Atma's Impaler item Guardian Angel item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item Sight Ward item
The Howling Abyss
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran's Blade item Doran's Shield item Health Potion item2
Essential Mercury's Treads item The Brutalizer item Phage item
Offensive The Black Cleaver item Trinity Force item Entropy item
Defensive Frozen Mallet item Atma's Impaler item Maw of Malmortius item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Crystal Scar
Starting Boots of Speed item Prospector's Blade item Health Potion item2
Essential Mercury's Treads item Phage item The Brutalizer item
Offensive Trinity Force item The Black Cleaver item Ravenous Hydra item
Defensive Frozen Mallet item Atma's Impaler item Randuin's Omen item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Twisted Treeline
Starting Doran's Blade item Boots of Speed item
Essential Mercury's Treads item Phage item The Brutalizer item
Offensive Trinity Force item The Black Cleaver item Ravenous Hydra item
Defensive Frozen Mallet item Atma's Impaler item Randuin's Omen item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item

Countering

  • If you are playing as a tank, consider purchasing both health and armor items so his  Crushing Blow is less effective.
  • Do not be tricked by his  Decoy clone, If you see him suddenly stop, try continue moving forward instead of attacking him so you will see him when his stealth duration is over.
    • If you are close enough activating Oracle's_Lens will counter his stealth.
    • Beware - he could use it the other way, like suddenly stopping without using  Decoy.
      • To avoid getting tricked between him stopping or deploying the  Decoy, notice his idle animation. The clone starts its idle in a set position so if he suddenly "jerks" in his idle animation, you know he used decoy. Otherwise, feel free to continue battering Wukong.
      • It's also wise to save up abilities like ultimates during this situation, as the decoy can be used as a shield against certain attacks and abilities, making them get wasted.
    • Buy stealth detection items to neutralize the stealth advantage of  Decoy, or land slows on him before he uses the ability, making it difficult to use the stealth to escape a large distance - preferably with non-skillshots, as  Decoy cannot stop them from hitting while they are already in flight.
    • Be careful if you happen to be fighting  Wukong in a one-on-one if he has his  Decoy up; with proper timing, it's possible to take extra damage from both Wukong and the decoy, enabling extra burst damage with a sneaky-touch and it's possible to also get killed by a decoy as well.
  • Be sure to spread out to avoid  Cyclone - its potential makes up the most of  Wukong's power and having the team avoid getting affected by it as much as possible can significantly reduce his effect in teamfights.
    • Knockback effects and escapes can avoid a lot of  Cyclone's damage - perhaps even all of it!
    • In general, with a good amount of certain types of abilities available, it's possible to punish Wukong for activating his ultimate, though this requires good positioning and timing to hit/kill Wukong during it.
  • Sustain can nullify the effects of  Wukong's harassing combo, and the combo costs a significant amount of his mana which can quickly leave him unable to use his abilities.
  • Be careful if ganging up on a fed  Wukong during late game; his  Stone Skin may make him tank a lot more damage than usual, so it's often best to assault him alone or with as few allies as possible.
    • By proxy,  Stone Skin can only work on enemies who could be seen, so champions with stealth can really be effective in assassinating him if he happens to be fairly squishy without his passive.
    • True damage and defensive-bypasses are also very effect against his passive early-to-late game, so champions with that natural type of stat in their kits are able to give  Wukong a rough time early game, but be careful if he happens to build a lot of health over defensive stats, as this way depending on how  Stone Skin can affect/benefit him can still make him relatively tanky.
  •  Wukong is one of the few bruisers who are actually meant to shine late game, deny him early as he needs good items.
    • This can also be said about his early game in either laning or jungling; he has no self-sustain and his passive is very weak at early levels, making him very squishy early game; force him back to base often with extra damage and out-sustaining so he can fall behind.

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