With all the buzz around Wukong Wukong, the Monkey King, we decided it might be a good time to take a moment to examine his gameplay and abilities. Here to bring you an inside look at this most noble monarch of monkeys is Associate Producer Paul 'Pabro' Bellezza of our Champion Design Team.

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Playing As Wukong Wukong
  • Decoy.png Decoy and Nimbus Strike.png Nimbus Strike work well together to quickly strike your enemy and get out before they can retaliate.
  • Try using Decoy.png Decoy near brush to make an enemy overreact to your movement.
Playing Against Wukong Wukong
  • Wukong Wukong will often use Decoy.png Decoy and Nimbus Strike.png Nimbus Strike. Try delaying your abilities by a short amount of time to ensure that you're hitting the real Wukong Wukong.
  • Wukong Wukong becomes Stone Skin.png tougher to kill when surrounded by his enemies. Try to isolate him to gain an advantage.


  • Wukong Wukong can be a decent tank due to his Stone Skin.png Stone Skin passive as well as being able to dodge abilities with Decoy.png Decoy. Wukong Wukong can be a very effective AoE assassin, with Crushing Blow.png Crushing Blow, Nimbus Strike.png Nimbus Strike and deals very high damage with a knock-up with Cyclone.png Cyclone, as well as being able to covertly dive in and slay any vital carries on the enemy team. Wukong 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 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. Most of his matchups top tend to usually be even or at a disadvantage, due to Wukong's lack of natural sustain and reliable harass. This can often be exacerbated further with matchups against champions such as Lee Sin Lee Sin, Renekton Renekton, Garen Garen, Darius Darius or Olaf Olaf, who can out-damage or out-sustain Wukong Wukong early and often force him to play passively. Champions like Teemo Teemo can also easily shut-down some of Wukong Wukong's approaches by delaying him and poking him from a distance before he gets dangerous, so he often needs to rely on an assassin-like mindset to stand out in-lane (such as using Decoy.png Decoy to either escape or use as a form of offensive assassin-style stealth), though Wukong Wukong's offense is easily baited if he's not careful.
    • Middle Lane is a popular alternative for an assassin playstyle fit with assassin items, though for Wukong Wukong it's the least common field for him. This is due to the common weak armored mid laners who are often AP Mages (i.e. Malzahar Malzahar, Annie Annie, Syndra Syndra etc.) Although, the recent meta has seen not so immobile, statistically weak champions. It's possible to build the same way as top lane, especially since Wukong Wukong has plenty of firepower and mindgames with his Decoy.png Decoy. Being melee-ranged and as a caster type champion, Wukong Wukong usually requires similar skill needed to stay strong and alive for the early portions like with top lane, since many high utility mages can easily make a stand against him if he plays aggressively at a bad time.
    • The jungle is the second least common field for Wukong Wukong and often tied with top lane, 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.png Crushing Blow and later on the CC from Cyclone.png Cyclone that is particularly useful against AA reliant ADC at bottom lane. Nimbus Strike.png Nimbus Strike also provides the needed gap closing to gank. This role is often used by players who want to carry with Wukong Wukong because of the little amount of harass and weak early game that Wukong Wukong has in lane. Ideal choice of jungling runes and masteries should be considered, especially since if not careful he can be counterjungled and also executed by monsters if his damage/defense is too low against the monsters without a proper leash. However, if played well and managed well by his team composition, Wukong Wukong in the jungle can scale to late game all too well and is able to carry games if possible.
Ability Usage
  • Wukong Wukong is an excellent solo lane champion, with a combination of burst damage, durability and difficulty to gank. He is also an AD caster, so he focuses more on his abilities for burst damage and relies on cooldown reduction, as opposed to DPS from attack speed via his auto attacks.
    • His basic harass method is closing the gap with Nimbus Strike.png Nimbus Strike, auto attacking with an immediate Crushing Blow.png Crushing Blow afterwards, and then using Decoy.png Decoy to avoid retaliation. However, it's possible to space both Nimbus Strike.png Nimbus Strike and Crushing Blow.png Crushing Blow apart from each other to land extra attacks before wasting them, since spamming his abilities too often and using them too soon may waste some needed damage at opportune moments.
    • However, be aware that relying on Decoy.png 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 Wukong makes you predictable.
  • Leading with Crushing Blow.png Crushing Blow will reduce the opponent's armor, increasing your damage output.
  • Crushing Blow.png Crushing Blow resets the attack timer; using it immediately after an autoattack will give you a 'free' attack.
  • Both Nimbus Strike.png Nimbus Strike and Cyclone.png Cyclone allow Wukong Wukong to close the gap between him and his target.
  • Nimbus Strike.png Nimbus Strike if timed right, can be used to follow opponents through walls since it counts as a dash.
  • Using Decoy.png 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.png Decoy. Use it to juke your pursuers by changing directions after using Decoy.png Decoy. Sometimes it's best to simply stop after casting Decoy.png 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.png 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 (Crest of Cinders.png Crest of Cinders/Crest of Insight.png Crest of Insight buff, Poison, Mordekaiser Mordekaiser's Children of the Grave.png Children of the Grave, etc.) This means it is usually easy to tell if Wukong 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.png Decoy while inside and approach your target during the stealth time.
    • The decoy can also be used for farming on minions, or dealing extra damage if they remain in its radius for the duration.
    • Decoy.png Decoy is also useful to set up ambush during laning phase, with a good timing, you can auto attack, then activate w right when the auto attack animation ends so that enemy gets tricked and won't escape away.
    • Decoy.png Decoy can also be used to escape from Cataclysm.png Cataclysm.
    • However, due to his base movement speed, one must always be aware that the decoy won't always be a reliable form of escape, especially against area-of-effect damage and anything that hinders mobility.
  • Decoy.png Decoy can be used as a shield against skillshots such as Caitlyn Caitlyn's Ace in the Hole.png Ace in the Hole and Blitzcrank Blitzcrank's Rocket Grab.png Rocket Grab. Decoy.png 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 Rammus' Powerball.png Powerball.
    • If Decoy.png Decoy is used exactly when Karthus Karthus' Requiem.png Requiem hits, the damage will be nullified or taken by the decoy.
    • Decoy.png 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.png 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, especially since you blew both escape mechanics for an engage.
  • Crushing Blow.png Crushing Blow's bonus damage works on turrets and inhibitors.
  • Crushing Blow.png Crushing Blow's effects grant additional 125 bonus range, which is good for finishing off an opponent who is just slightly out of your range.
    • ​Because of the bonus range, Crushing Blow.png Crushing Blow can be used to punish melee opponents who try to last hit safely as well. A Nimbus Strike.png Nimbus Strike can be used right after it for some extra damage and to ensure a Decoy.png Decoy or Cyclone.png Cyclone follow-up for more mind games or heavy damage.
  • Cyclone.png Cyclone is not a channeled ability so crowd control effects, like Stun icon stun, Silence icon silence or Airborne icon airborne will not cancel or interrupt his ultimate. However Stun icon stuns or Root icon roots will prevent him from moving, and Airborne icon airborne can still move him away. Reckless use of it can be suicide, as Wukong Wukong can't do any other actions other than move or use certain summoner spells as well as certain item actives while spinning, so use with caution in certain teamfights and know when to cancel it or not.
  • General team fighting with Wukong 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.png Nimbus Strike to close on a dangerous enemy, autoattack, use Crushing Blow.png Crushing Blow for another attack, and then immediately use Decoy.png 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.png Nimbus Strike and another Crushing Blow.png Crushing Blow before activating Cyclone.png Cyclone to disrupt their team as they come after you knowing you don't have Decoy.png Decoy available. After Cyclone.png Cyclone finishes, you should be close to having Nimbus Strike.png Nimbus Strike ready again to chase down an enemy or smartly target to aid your escape.
  • Try to hang onto your Cyclone.png 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 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.png 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 while avoiding most dangerous confrontations.
  • Stone Skin.png Stone Skin works better in mass-teamfights, and thus against a single target especially in the early game (such as during laning phase), Wukong 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.
  • Be careful not to spam too many abilities; though Wukong Wukong doesn't high overall mana costs, his mana pool is naturally limited as a fighter. Because of this, it's wise to land a few basic attacks first before using his abilities for well-needed burst; the attack speed boost from Nimbus Strike.png Nimbus Strike provides some solid DPS for these situations.
Mastery Usage
  • Thunderlord's Decree mastery 2016.png Thunderlord's Decree is often considered due to Wukong Wukong being an AD caster, especially if a solid amount of raw damage is built late in the game giving him powerful potential to burst even during his ultimate.
  • Fervor of Battle mastery 2016.png Fervor of Battle is more for those who want to place more on single target damage, due to the nature of both his Nimbus Strike.png Nimbus Strike steroid and the on-hit empowerment nature of his Crushing Blow.png Crushing Blow. A standard double spell + auto-attack combo allows him Wukong Wukong to build Fervor stacks very quickly on a target for hard-hitting DPS, along with enough overall AD for his ultimate to deal extra damage when its tacked on.
Item Usage
  • Wukong Wukong packs decent damage with armor reduction and gapclosing; 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.png Decoy scales with AP, and it's generally unneeded for any damage.
    • Regardless, he is quite 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 (as well as playing safe enough to prevent himself from falling behind) Also, his Stone Skin.png Stone Skin is also the core component of his mid/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.
    • Much of his damage can easily scale up to late game with enough items, so he is more of an assassin-bruiser than a bruiser-tank, due to the conditions of his passive needed to be effective.
  • Given that the bonus damage from Crushing Blow.png Crushing Blow affects both towers and inhibitors, Wukong Wukong, together with a Sheen item.png Sheen (or Trinity Force item.png Trinity Force) and cooldown reduction can push a lane surprisingly quickly.
    • Sheen item.png Sheen and later on Trinity Force item.png Trinity Force synergizes with Crushing Blow.png Crushing Blow, leading to a surprising amount of burst damage.
    • If spread out enough with good timing, you can get two Sheen item.png Sheen hits when you dash in with a Nimbus Strike.png Nimbus Strike -> Crushing Blow.png Crushing Blow combo.
    • Trinity Force item.png Trinity Force and its ingredients in general sync very well with Wukong Wukong. Phage item.png Phage's new rage passive like with most bruisers who make strong use of Trinity Force item.png Trinity Force in general, gives the monkey some strong sticking power for chasing and some HP. The attack speed and critical chance give him some decent auto-attack power, and the movement speed also give him much-needed mobility as well, since along with a few other items for the job, Wukong Wukong's mobility doesn't offer too much in comparison to other fast-running bruisers, even if they lack gapclosers like Wukong Wukong does (especially in order to make quick escapes with his decoy to avoid any AoE attacks) The extra mana is also good for Wukong Wukong's abilities as well.
  • Another Sheen item.png Sheen alternative tends to be Iceborn Gauntlet item.png Iceborn Gauntlet, making it so that Wukong Wukong has a form of cc-burst damage, and some tankiness via some armor, as well as giving cooldown reduction as well.
  • In general, building defensive items with Trinity Force item.png Trinity Force works well on Wukong Wukong. Keep in mind that Wukong Wukong's Stone Skin.png Stone Skin gives him armor and magic resistance naturally and effective use of his Decoy.png Decoy can help him avoid being targeted so high amounts of defense might not be necessary as opposed to more HP. The speed boosts can also help with certain mobility purposes.
    • Aegis of the Legion item.png Aegis of the Legion is a good pick against a balanced enemy team. It grants some health regeneration and magic resistance, scaling well with Wukong Wukong's Stone Skin.png 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 item.png Locket of the Iron Solari for more tankiness along with its shield being useful for ally protection. However, this should mainly be considered only if it's needed and if no one on his team builds it.
    • Sunfire Cape item.png 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.png Decoy.
    • Banshee's Veil item.png Banshee's Veil or Maw of Malmortius item.png 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 item.png Mercurial Scimitar to combine with the movement speed from Trinity Force item.png Trinity Force for even better chasing.
    • Sometimes due to Wukong Wukong's passive, he may as well need a mere HP item like Frozen Mallet item.png 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 item.png Ninja Tabi is also a good choice for Wukong Wukong in the case of armor builders, especially against DPS heavy champions as lane opponents early game.
    • Due to Wukong Wukong's likeliness to Garen Garen, the aforementioned Sunfire Cape item.png Sunfire Cape can also give extra damage to both their spinning abilities, Judgment.png Judgment and Cyclone.png Cyclone, a la extra AOE damage. This also applies to The Black Cleaver item.png The Black Cleaver.
  • Cooldown reduction is a good stat for Wukong Wukong, allowing him to maintain the armor reduction debuff from his Crushing Blow.png Crushing Blow on an opponent and the attack speed steroid of his Nimbus Strike.png 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 item.png The Bloodthirster is a strong item pick as Wukong Wukong scales well with attack damage. Because The Bloodthirster item.png The Bloodthirster offers purely offensive stats, it should be saved until Wukong Wukong can survive an enemy encounter.
  • Because Wukong Wukong deals mainly physical damage that can be countered by armor and his Crushing Blow.png 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.png Crushing Blow.
    • The active from Youmuu's Ghostblade item.png Youmuu's Ghostblade can help increase Wukong Wukong's DPS usage without buying too many attack speed items. It can be used with the bonus effect from Nimbus Strike.png Nimbus Strike for more attack speed rushdown.
    • The active can also be used during his Cyclone.png Cyclone or even during his Decoy.png 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 item.png The Black Cleaver syncs very well with  Cyclone.png Cyclone as it can reach full stacks in just almost 1 second into his ultimate while the enemy is still knocked up, provided you do the Nimbus Strike.png Nimbus Strike and Crushing Blow.png Crushing Blow combo beforehand. Because of this, The Black Cleaver item.png The Black Cleaver is often considered a core item on Wukong Wukong.
    • Ever since its rework, The Black Cleaver item.png The Black Cleaver also works in making him much more tanky and giving him the ability to kite/chase with the Rage passive. However, damage-wise it is not as decent to outright rush anymore due to the need for more raw damage and/or armor penetration beforehand.
  • Ravenous Hydra item.png 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 Stone Skin.png Stone Skin, though at a cost: it's not as damaging as the aforementioned The Bloodthirster item.png 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 item.png Ravenous Hydra can be a great compliment to Crushing Blow.png 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 item.png 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 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).
    • The active for both Tiamat item.png Tiamat and Ravenous Hydra item.png Ravenous Hydra can be used to gain vision on certain monsters in the jungle past thin walls, so that way Wukong Wukong can Nimbus Strike.png Nimbus Strike to the target for a wall-dash escape, which can be useful since Nimbus Strike.png Nimbus Strike only hits targeted enemies.
    • Titanic Hydra item.png Titanic Hydra is also a solid item to build as with most AD bruisers if one is looking to be a bit more tanky.
  • The Blade of the Ruined King item.png Blade of the Ruined King is rarely considered in general due to low base damage, but can be good for most DPS/pure AD Wukong Wukong builds without needing to rely on cooldown reduction very often. Since Wukong Wukong is a bit more focused on basic attacks compared to other AD casters (and like a few others), This can especially be very powerful in not only giving more attack speed amplification from his Nimbus Strike.png Nimbus Strike passive, but also can power up his Crushing Blow.png Crushing Blow, through both increasing its animation speed to make it easily connect very often, and giving it HP based-damage in line with his basic/auto attacks. Mixed with both armor penetration and the ability's armor reduction, this allows Wukong Wukong to have solid 1 v 1, extra damage on high HP tanks, sustain, and dealing more damage to carries with DPS outside of using his ultimate and/or his abilities in a big combo; Nimbus Strike.png Nimbus Strike into an auto-attack (or a few more) into a Crushing Blow.png Crushing Blow is a very smooth combo to help apply the damage, especially with the Fervor of Battle mastery 2016.png Fervor of Battle mastery.
    • The item's active can also be used not only help with his mobility issues, but it can also be activated during his ultimate, which allows Wukong Wukong to chase or escape during the duration.
    • However, the item's stats are normally not as strong unless you have a lead; otherwise, as a priority rush a complete tank-item and/or better yet, a raw AD item to sit on just so Wukong Wukong can have more base stats to use in tandem with Blade of the Ruined King item.png Blade of the Ruined King. Damage from items such as Serrated Dirk item.png Serrated Dirk and/or Youmuu's Ghostblade item.png Youmuu's Ghostblade are some of the few solid starting choices to rush damage-wise before building Blade of the Ruined King item.png Blade of the Ruined King.
    • When built with The Black Cleaver item.png The Black Cleaver, Nimbus Strike.png Nimbus Strike's passive plus the attack speed allows Wukong Wukong to shred defenses with DPS HP-based damage in duels, especially without needing to rely on his ultimate to apply the passive stacks. If built in tandem with Youmuu's Ghostblade item.png Youmuu's Ghostblade, this can be even more effective when it also comes to spacing his ability combos for proper burst mixed-in with damaging auto attacks. Again, Fervor of Battle mastery 2016.png Fervor of Battle mid-to-late game synergizes very well with this type of damage by giving him more overall AD per stack.
  • For those having to deal with mana issues, Essence Reaver item.png Essence Reaver is a solid choice on Wukong Wukong to provide critical strikes for his in-between autos and his Crushing Blow.png Crushing Blow's damage, raw AD for across-the-board damage via his ratios and most of all, cooldown reduction.
    • B. F. Sword item.png B. F. Sword in general however, is a decent component to sit on when built early and/or rushed, as later on the game it's up to one's choice to sell it for another damaging component such as a Serrated Dirk item.png Serrated Dirk if more defensive bypassing is needed.
  • Boots of Swiftness item.png Boots of Swiftness can be a good choice for Wukong Wukong, as it reduces the effectiveness of slows and speeds up your escape when using Decoy.png Decoy, meaning the enemy will already be too far from you to see you after Decoy.png Decoy ends.
    • On the other hand, if the team isn't packing much damage, then Wukong Wukong can often opt for the Boots of Mobility item.png Boots of Mobility in order to roam around often to be a presence for his team and to make use of jukes with his Decoy.png Decoy, but only if he escapes battle in that case. Since his Nimbus Strike.png Nimbus Strike can only have so much of a range, he often would need extra movement speed from items like the aforementioned Boots of Swiftness item.png Boots of Swiftness (for some reduction against slows), Boots of Mobility item.png Boots of Mobility (for better map presence), and Youmuu's Ghostblade item.png Youmuu's Ghostblade's active (for damage purposes and extra DPS, as well as being one of the item actives usable for Cyclone.png Cyclone).
  • For anything Wukong 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)
    • Ninja Tabi item.png Ninja Tabi is built as the boots of choice, then Banshee's Veil item.png Banshee's Veil (for extra protection) or a Spirit Visage item.png Spirit Visage (for more regen and cooldown reduction) is the way to go.
    • If Mercury's Treads item.png Mercury's Treads was built instead, then Sunfire Cape item.png Sunfire Cape (for more damage) or a Randuin's Omen item.png Randuin's Omen (for teamfights and chasing) is the preferred choice. Randuin's Omen item.png Randuin's Omen's active can also be use to chase, disengage, and it can even be used during Cyclone.png Cyclone. Overall especially for the raw stats it can be very cost effective on him compared to other HP and armor items.
      • However, Dead Man's Plate item.png Dead Man's Plate is a more considered option for him to have to help with burst, crowd control and most of all, mobility (even if it happens to be a bit situational). It also allows him to increase his on-hit damage in tandem with some of the aforementioned items.
    • Mercury's Treads item.png Mercury's Treads can also mainly be considered more for the Tenacity, which can be helpful if in a tight pitch to escape during Cyclone.png Cyclone or Decoy.png Decoy.
  • Wukong Wukong is often a bit squishy early game and if falling behind, so for early sustain, some Rejuvenation Bead item.png Rejuvenation Beads can easily help in laning early with him, at the cost of trading in his need for more defensive stat items.
  • Though a rarely used item, for those who are more caster-type with Wukong Wukong, Ionian Boots of Lucidity item.png Ionian Boots of Lucidity are a solid item for an AD caster playstyle, at the sacrifice of durability.
  • If you are playing as a tank, consider purchasing both health and armor items so his Crushing Blow.png Crushing Blow is less effective.
  • Do not be tricked by his Decoy.png 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 Alteration item.png Oracle Alteration will counter his stealth.
    • Beware: he could use it the other way, like suddenly stopping without using Decoy.png Decoy.
      • To avoid getting tricked between him stopping or deploying the Decoy.png 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.png 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.
      • Wukong also has rather low movement speed in comparison to other champions; without his decoy or ultimate, it's possible to escape from him or pin him down to kill him. Even if his decoy can confuse his opponents, he may still be too slow to run away from most AoE-based attacks.
    • Buy stealth detection items to neutralize the stealth advantage of Decoy.png 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.png Decoy cannot stop them from hitting while they are already in flight.
    • Be careful if you happen to be fighting Wukong Wukong in a one-on-one if he has his Decoy.png 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.
  • Crushing Blow.png Crushing Blow can easily peel at his target's defenses. Make sure Wukong Wukong doesn't land it so that he'll deal as less damage as possible.
  • Wukong Wukong can also easily act as an assassin as well as an initiator. Be sure to kite him with your carries and/or high-utility teammates to prevent him from killing any vital teammates off by preventing him from closing in.
  • Be sure to spread out to avoid Cyclone.png Cyclone - its potential makes up the most of Wukong 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.png 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 Wukong's harassing combo, and the combo costs a significant amount of his mana which can quickly leave him unable to use his abilities. This is also true since he lacks any natural sustain himself.
  • Be careful if ganging up on a fed Wukong Wukong during late game; his Stone Skin.png 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.png 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 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.png Stone Skin can affect/benefit him can still make him relatively tanky.
  • Wukong Wukong is one of the few bruisers who are actually meant to shine late game, unlike most who tend to do more damage early game as he not only requires more skill, but due to lack of sustain and high base ratios he is very item-dependent. Be sure to deny him early if possible.
    • 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. Dueling him early in the jungle can really hinder his progress.