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General

  • Coincidentally, much of GarenSquare Garen's kit is a possible basis for WukongSquare 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 Decisive Strike silences with a movement speed boost while WukongSquare Wukong's Crushing Blow 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 Cyclone and Judgment 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 WukongSquare Wukong cannot activate Tiamat item Tiamat's / Ravenous Hydra item Ravenous Hydra's active during Cyclone Cyclone. Cyclone Cyclone also cannot critically strike, unlike Judgment Judgment.
  • Cyclone 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 (trad.) 大闹天宫 (simpl.) (Dànào Tiāngōng, lit. Greatly Wrecking the Heavenly Palace) references the Monkey King's rebellion against the Jade Emperor & other heavenly government's officials, until Buddha sealed him the Five Finger Mountain (Wǔzhǐshān, 五指山) for five centuries, before embarking on his westward journey to redeem himself.[1]
  • Other MOBA's than League of Legends (such as Heroes of Newerth, Smite, and Dota 2) also feature a character based on Sun Wukong. These expies of the Monkey King (including Smite's pre-worked Sun Wukong) have similar abilities and playstyles (mainly being damaging tanks with assassin potential, and having very unique tricks with their abilities).
  • Wukong is one of a few champions to have multiple textures in one skin. When he uses Decoy 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.

Lore

  • WukongSquare Wukong belongs to the Vastaya race and tribe known as the Shimon. They are the Vastaya inhabitants of Ionia, in its jungle regions.

Development

  • Wukong is voiced by Spike Spencer.
  • The name "Wukong" (悟空, pronounced [wu:˥˩kʰʊ̃ŋ˥]; official Riot's: woo-kohng) means "awakening to emptiness" in Chinese, after Sun Wukong, the protagonist of the Chinese novel Journey to the West. Wukong is also one of the few champions to be based on a public domain character from real-world mythology and literature in general.
    • In Journey to the West, this name was bestowed to the nameless Monkey King by his first master Subhuti.
    • In Japanese server, Wukong is rendered as "ウーコン" (Ūkon [ɯ̟:ᵝkõ̞ɴ]; Oo-kohn) and is voiced by Masako Nozawa, voice actress of Son Goku from the Dragon Ball franchise.
    • 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 also likes peaches; likewise Sun Wukong, then the "Great Sage", also ate all ripe peaches in the Heavenly Peach Garden, greatly increasing his longevity.
    • In-universe, Master YiSquare Master Yi himself adds the element Wuju Style Wu to Kong's name, in recognition that Kong was among his best students.
      • The fact that Wukong was trained under Master Yi is also another possible reference to Sun Wukong's original master, Subhuti, or Wukong's more famous master during his pilgrimage to the West, the historical Chinese Buddhist pilgrim Xuanzang, who contributed greatly to the translation of Buddhist texts into Chinese, thus earning the byname Tripitaka त्रिपिटक (Mandarin: 三藏 Sānzàng), after the Pali canon.
    • Wukong's abilities, Nimbus Strike Nimbus Strike and Decoy Decoy, are references to Sun Wukong's ability to ride on clouds via his "Somersault Cloud" (筋斗雲, Jīndǒuyún) technique and to create clones of himself using strands of his hair, respectively.
      • Wukong's passive, Stone Skin Stone Skin, is possibly a reference to Sun Wukong being born from a stone. He's also said to be born from the earth itself.
        • This is supported by the fact that in his updated background, Wukong's Vastayan tribe turns into stone after death.
      • 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 Cyclone is "MonkeyKingSpinToWin", a reference to the popular community description for GarenSquare Garen's Judgment Judgment.
    • In the champions folder, Wukong's folder was renamed to "MonkeyKing" some time during February 2015.

Quotes

  • He shares a quote with Master YiSquare Master Yi: "Wuju Style".
    • He also shares a similar quote: "Show me the path" in comparison to Master YiSquare Master Yi's's "I will show you the path".
  • During the animation of Wukong's joke, he plants the staff vertically, then elongates it up high into the sky. Wukong himself even gloats that he can attack the enemy base from his position (though due to obvious balance reasons, this actual feat is not be allowed).
    • This references Sun Wukong's staff, Rúyì Jīngū Bàng (如意金箍棒, lit. As-Willed Gold-Rimmed Rod), and its actual functions in the original novel, where it can reach or attack his target from afar, as well as shifting into all sorts of shapes and sizes as a staff.
      • The said staff weighs 13,500 jin, (roughly 8,100 kg or 17,800 lbs), and is made of "divinely precious iron" (神珍铁 Shénzhēntiě).
    • Wukong's Doran-made staff however, does extend during Crushing Blow Crushing Blow and Cyclone Cyclone.

Skins

WukongSquare Classic Wukong [S|L]
  • The original Chinese splash art's water dragon (which is also featured in the Jade Dragon's artwork) may be a reference to the exiled Dragon prince who swallowed Sanzang's mount in the Journey to the West, causing Wukong to fight against it. Said Dragon prince in some adaptations of the original novel would actually become a group member with Wukong as Sanzang's substitute mount.
WukongSquare Volcanic Wukong [S|L]
  • 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 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 to be turned into an elixir. But when Lao Tzu opened the lid, Wukong was alive and stronger than ever with a newfound ability Jīnjīng Huǒyǎn (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, molten pillar, a possible piece of the remains from the said confinement.
  • The skin may also be a reference to a character/Pokémon from the Pokémon series, Infernape (Japanese original: ゴウカザル; goukazaru), who was said to be based on Sun Wukong as well.
  • It also coincidentally parallels the Rajang of the Monster Hunter series, as not only does the Rajang bear reference to the Saiyans of Dragon Ball lore (via the other Wukong/Gokuu from that series), the more stronger variations of the species tend to reside in volcanic areas.
WukongSquare General Wukong [S|L]
  • This skin also plays nod to some traditional armor Sun Wukong wore during the aforementioned prequel tale, due to having a more notable war-motif throughout most of the story with him fighting against the heavens. It also nods to the more famous title of Wukong as well, the Qitian Dasheng (齊天大聖, lit. Equaling-Heaven Great-Sage).
  • The original Chinese Splash art via its many meteors raining down may be a reference to the birthplace of Wukong, known as Huaguoshan (花果山, lit. Flower Fruit Mountain), which was under attack during said tale.
  • Wukong's famous headband/coronet from Journey to the West appears about his forehead in this splashart, along with Wukong's other skins, save for his Volcanic skin and his Classic skin. The name of this coronet is the Jingu'er (緊箍児, lit. Tightening Hooplet).
    • The shape of the coronet on General Wukong's head resembles the "coronets" worn by two of Wukong's original companions, Zhu Bajie (豬八戒, lit. Pig of Eight Precepts, and Sha Wujing (沙悟凈, lit. Sand [man] Awakened to Purity).
WukongSquare Jade Dragon Wukong [S|L]
  • This skin was released for the 2012 Lunar Revel.
  • He wears Chinese jade, 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.
  • He shares this theme with CassiopeiaSquare Cassiopeia.
WukongSquare Underworld Wukong [S|L]
  • This skin was released for the 2014 Harrowing.
  • He resembles a typical Shadow Isles champion in appearance.
    • This skin's concept used to be called "Shadow Isles Wukong." As such, this skin is meant to show how it would be if Wukong was a Shadow Isles champion, just like how FizzSquare Void Fizz [S|L] is meant to show how it would be if he was a Voidborn champion.
  • He shares this theme with GalioSquare Gatekeeper Galio [S|L], LeBlancSquare Ravenborn LeBlanc [S|L], TeemoSquare Little Devil Teemo [S|L], and Twisted FateSquare Underworld Twisted Fate [S|L].
  • This skin shares coincidental ties to the original Wukong, who was once sentenced to death via his name being written in the Book of Death during his prequel chapter.
WukongSquare Radiant Wukong [S|L]
  • This skin was released for the 2016 Lunar Revel.
    • The year of 2016 is also the year of the Monkey in the Chinese zodiac.
  • His smoke clouds were inspired by traditional Chinese and Japanese artworks.
  • This skin was not made a Legacy skin as oppose to the other 2016 Lunar Revel skins due to his previously released skin, WukongSquare Underworld Wukong [S|L], being a Legacy skin.[2]
  • 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 an orange, sleeveless martial arts outfit with a blue belt, while also having bright-spiky hair/fur. This makes Wukong resemble Son Goku's Super Saiyan transformation from the Dragon Ball franchise.
  • The only few differences this skin has with his other skins is one extra new quote, an actual recall animation and a high movement speed animation.

Relations

  • Wukong was trained in the Art of Wuju by Master YiSquare Master Yi.
    • Wukong's original name was 'Kong'. When Kong agreed to become his student, Master YiSquare Master Yi dubbed him 'Wukong', effectively naming him after the Wuju style.
    • Due to this, they share two similar quotes. They also share similar utility with their selections of items, on top of their item reliant nature in-game. Both even have an ability mapped to W that has an ability power ratio.
  • Wukong's mystical staff was crafted by the legendary blacksmith Doran of Ionia.
  • Some sources state Wukong to be close friends with AhriSquare Ahri.

References