How To Jungle In League Of Legends In Six Easy Steps
Jungling in League of Legends is not hard. Once you learn how to jungle, it just takes a few games to get it down pat. This guide will show you the basics of jungling in League of Legends. It is not all encompassing, and some champions will do things differently. This guide is meant to get you pointed in the right direction. It is aimed towards someone who has never jungled before, or is confused about jungling.
What Junglers Do
Junglers stay out of lanes to get their XP and gold from monsters. This allows top, mid, and jungle to level up quickly because they don’t have to share. The rest of the team should leave the monsters alone if you are nearby. If you are far away, it’s ok for your team to share your jungle monsters. They respawn quickly. Junglers are also responsible for popping out of the woodwork to surprise attack enemies, helping their teammates secure kills.
The first thing you need to do is pick a champion to jungle with. Not all champions can jungle. Search for a champion guide on Solomid, Mobafire, or similar site. Jungle builds are vastly different between champions, so you’ll need to set this up before you try to jungle. You can also just use your regular champion build to jungle, and join a beginner bot game. Don’t forget to take Smite as one of your summoner skills. Smite deals massive damage to minions and monsters.
There is an initial path you need to take with your jungler. After you’ve done it once, you’ll need to mix it up based on where you are. You’ll want to clear the jungle as quickly as you can. If you are staying within a level of everyone, you’re doing it right.
Buffs (1 and 2)
Most champions will start their jungle path at the blue buff golem. You will want to save your smite for red buff lizard. This means you need help to kill the blue buff golem, so politely ask mid or top to help you. As long as you get the last hit on the golem, you will get the blue buff. This will increase your mana regen, and lower your ability cooldowns. Next you move to red buff lizard. Red buff slows enemies, and deals some damage to them. You shouldn’t need help for this one. Make sure you don’t need to use a health potion before attacking. Once you have blue and red buff, you’re ready to gank.
- Blue buff Golem – Spawns at 1:55 and every 5 minutes after it’s killed.
- Red buff Lizard – Spawns at 1:55 and every 5 minutes after it’s killed.
Whichever lane is pushed is the one you need to try to gank. A pushed lane is one where your enemy has your teammate pushed to your team’s tower. Use your pings far enough in advance to let the player in that lane know you are coming. Communication as a jungler is very important. Sometimes, you may not even gank. You may just need to harass enemy champions to pull them off your teammates. This step is situational.
Farm (4 and 5)
Hopefully you’ve got a kill or an assist, because it’s back to the jungle for you. You will want to kill the monster cluster closest to you. Those clusters are one of the following:
- Wolves (Ws)
- Golems (G)
- Wraiths (Ws)
- Dragon* – You will need help killing this. It spawns at 2:30 and spawns every 6 minutes after it’s killed. It rewards everyone with 190 gold so kill it as often as you can.
You’ll want to clear 2 or 3 groups, probably wolves and wraiths. I kill the weaker monsters in the cluster first before moving to the main monster (it’s usually bigger and a different color). Don’t forget to use your Smite as often as you can. Keep an eye on your gold too so you know when to go back and buy items.
Counter Jungle (6)
Now that you’re a little higher level, you’ll want to counter jungle. Steal some of the monsters from the enemy jungle, kill the enemy jungler, or leave just one of the monsters alive so your enemy will waste time traveling to it. It’s about slowing down their progress so you can stay ahead. It’s a race to stay on top. You may need to help a pushed lane instead, so be flexible.
Now you’re back to clearing monsters. Just keep clearing the monsters closest to you, then move to the next closest, and the next closest until you have an opportunity to gank, need to help a teammate, or go back for items. Flexibility is what jungling is all about.
Junglers Are Still Team Members
Junglers still have to work with the team. Sharing the blue and red buffs is important. Remember, this guide is just to get you started. It is not all inclusive by any means. It’s what i’ve learned from jungling up to this point. As I learn more, i’ll update this guide, or start an advanced one. In the meantime, if you have any jungling tips or knowledge, please share it in the comments below. You can watch my Twitch.tv channel to see the basics in action, just ask in the chat to see my jungle.
Once you’ve mastered everything here, you can move on to the Intermediate Jungling Guide.
Volibear is my favorite champion to jungle with, who’s yours?