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Shaco Statistics for Demigod is taken

Author's performance with Shaco compared to the ranked average.

Value
Average
Games Played
84
9
Win %
52
42
Kills
6.7
6.1
Assists
7.0
6.5
Deaths
4.3
6.0
KA:D Ratio
3.2
2.1
Gold Earned
11.5K
10.9K
Creep Score
105.4
138.3
Average
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Summoner Spells Back to Top

Heres what I recommend:

First few times playing Shaco? Try flash out. You need to learn how to be smart using your Q, so flash is a crutch in a way. Don't take it after you start to understand him more.

3 of your teammates have ignite and support didn't take exhaust like an idiot? Take exhaust.

Take ignite 95% of the time.

Smite because, well, jungle.

New Runes Back to Top

Masteries Back to Top

So lets talk masteries.

All of the masteries are pretty self explanatory for junglers and Shaco alike. Tons of damage, longer buffs, some attack speed, etc. Nothing special there. BUT then we get to keystones...


There are only two that I honestly see optimal. Thunderlords and Stormraiders. Unfortunately, were not allowed to switch in the middle of the game. So, Thunderlords it is.

Thunderlords gives you that little extra burst to finish off your opponent and its oh so good. Stormraiders is better end game after you have the burst from items already, that 75% slow reduction is absolutely insane. Sometimes I do take Thunderlords if I need the extra burst to make sure a high valued target is dead, but usually I take Stormraiders for the insane survivability. Your Q + E damage is almost always enough to pop it.

Abilities Back to Top

W
Q
E
E
E
R
E
Q
E
Q
R
Q
Q
W
W
R
W
W
Passive
Q
2
8
10
12
13
W
1
14
15
17
18
E
3
4
5
7
9
R
6
11
16

***PLEASE READ***

R > E > Q > W

Always start W no matter what. The set up time is great and it helps you take your first buff without taking damage. HOWEVER, level 2 is a different story.

If their enemy jungler is weak, say 32.png or 11.png, then take Q and invade their buff on the same side (more about this later).

If their jungler clears really fast and isn't worth invading, say 102.png, then take E level 2 and Q level 3 while farming your jungle.

After this, follow the guide as intended.

Items Back to Top

Starting Items

    START
    FIRST BACK (in order of importance)

Core Items

    CORE
    RUSH THIS NOW THAT TIAMAT IS BACK! HOORAY!
    Amazingly underrated item if youre ahead. Sheen then phage then zeal
    Amazing item
    I get this as a defensive item almost every game
    Behind and need burst? Get instead of Hydra.
    If they have a strong AP or a lot of magic damage, get this every time

Situational Items

    All AD or Fed AD?
    Heavy AP or getting CCed?
    Getting focused and youre useful?
    Other good items
    EXAMPLE FINAL BUILD
Itemization is one of the most important aspects of league and what distinguished a diamond from a bronze player.
Please read the above line over and over again until you understand it.

There are a lot of viable options on Shaco, and in the future I will go into more depth. However, here is your core every game:

Warrior Enchantment. Boots. Hydra. Possibly Hexdrinker.

Lets talk quick about the different jungle items.

1400.png I usually take this one. Not much else to say. Its great for running away, that finishing kill, and also for a litttttle extra damage. Generally I take it against tanks and such for escaping.

1408.png I take this one if I find the enemy jungler to be a threat and someone I can't invade. Nidalee, Graves, Shyvana, etc.

1412.png I take this when I'm against a lot of squishy champs. It helps you duel and lets you kill your target easier.

Matchups Back to Top

Click on a champion below to see the author's notes on that particular matchup.

  • Aatrox
    Easy
  • Amumu
    Easy
  • Diana
    Medium
  • Dr. Mundo
    Easy
  • Ekko
    Medium
  • Elise
    Hard
  • Evelynn
    Easy
  • Fiddlesticks
    Easy
  • Gragas
    Medium
  • Hecarim
    Medium
  • Jax
    Medium
  • Kayle
    Easy
  • Kha'Zix
    Easy
  • Kindred
    Hard
  • Lee Sin
    Medium
  • Master Yi
    Easy
  • Nautilus
    Medium
  • Nidalee
    Medium
  • Nocturne
    Medium
  • Nunu
    Easy
  • Olaf
    Medium
  • Pantheon
    Hard
  • Rammus
    Medium
  • Rek'Sai
    Medium
  • Rengar
    Easy
  • Sejuani
    Medium
  • Shen
    Easy
  • Shyvana
    Medium
  • Skarner
    Medium
  • Udyr
    Easy
  • Vi
    Medium
  • Volibear
    Medium
  • Warwick
    Easy
  • Wukong
    Easy
  • Xin Zhao
    Easy
  • Zac
    Easy

VS

Aatrox

Easy

Not too bad of a matchup. You can counter jungle him easy since he doesnt have the best clears. Just a few things to wtch out for pertaining to his aatroxQ.png. He can go over walls like you can and if he knocks you up with it, youre in trouble.

VS

Amumu

Easy

Take his fist buff, take his second, hell take everything from him. Once he hits 6 though and gets a cinderhulk and an armor item be careful.

VS

Diana

Medium

She doesnt get too low because of dianaW.png and she can out duel you after 6. Pre6 shes useless, so gank your lanes and get them ahead and youll be fine.

VS

Dr. Mundo

Easy

Take jungle and kill. He has no CC besides a slow to hold you down for his laners. He cant go over walls without burning flash but be careful after he gets a few items. I would debate 3153.png soonish.

VS

Ekko

Medium

Stupid champion. Hes really just obnoxious. His slows and movespeed bonuses are ridiculous and if he builds tanky then hes even more cancerous. Just be careful of getting hit by ekkoR.png and youll be fine.

VS

Elise

Hard

Hope you didnt want to have fun today. She can out duel you with her eliseE.png and her ganks are really potent. Shes pretty useful all game and very strong right now. Ward up, play smart, and get a 3156.png after TForce. Its definitely not unwinable, and probably one of the easiest of the "Hard" matchups still. You can use jackinthebox.png and hallucinatefull.png to block eliseE.png too.

VS

Evelynn

Easy

She can run, but she cant hid---wait nevermind shes Evelynn... Her clears suck early and shes going to try and gank. Youre more useful than her and can outduel her with jackinthebox.png and invade... if you can find her...

VS

Fiddlesticks

Easy

Find, kill, repeat. Few things you need to know. A) be careful of counter ganks, he will wreck face. B)drain.png will follow you if you deceive.png. C) Use jackinthebox.png to stop drain.png. Better yet, wait for him to drain.png a monster then fight him. You win every time with the last one. 

VS

Gragas

Medium

Only hard because Gragas is broken and nobody knows it. You can steal his jungle but forget dueling him. He has everything that a champion needs and Riot thinks thats ok for some reason. 


Sorry, ok putting my bias aside now:
You can kill him 1v1 fairly early if you catch him with his skills on cooldown. With his slows, damage reduction, dash, etc. He will prbably escape from you otherwise or outduel you. Be careful after 6 because his ult will ruin your counterganks. Check to see if he goes straight tank or gets AP first and build accordingly. 

VS

Hecarim

Medium

He ganks early, duels well, has sustain, and runs fast. Keep vision up for your lanes and steal his buffs when you can. You cant win 1v1 mid/late if youre not ahead.

VS

Jax

Medium

You cant duel him because youre AA reliant and he has a stun, plus his leap lets him follow you over walls. However, he gets relatively low in the early game and uses his jaxcounterstrike.png for clearing mostly. Take advantage of that. If he goes devourer then gank your lanes a lot and get them ahead. Win before late game Jax becomes late game Jax.

VS

Kayle

Easy

With the nerf to Devourer, Kayle isnt as menacing as she used to be. Her slows and speedups will help her escape from you, but her clears early are tough for her. Invade her first blue and its all over from there. Fight her early and if (when) she stacks devourer. Be careful if you towerdive her because of kayleR.png.

VS

Kha'Zix

Easy

Your jackinthebox.png and hallucinatefull.png cancel the passive on his khazixQ.png. So do Jungle monsters. Take advantage of that if you ever fight him or be prepared to pay the price. He gets low on his first few clears and use that to your advantage well. 

VS

Kindred

Hard

Shes the best jungler with ridiculous damage and survivability. Its not just hard for Shaco, its hard for everyone. Try and go for her when she clears camps that stack her passive since you know she will head that way.

VS

Lee Sin

Medium

Ah, Lee Sin, the unfamous counter. His mobility is better than yours and blindmonkqone.png and blindmonkeone.png reveal your deceive.png. Be smart. He doesnt get TOO low, but its not the safest clear ever. Ward entrances to his jungle and be careful of counter ganks. You can beat him IF you dodge his stupid blindmonkqone.png. You can intercept it with jackinthebox.png or hallucinatefull.png, or just dodge it, and then you should have the upperhand if hes not too far ahead. If he lands blindmonkqone.png then youre in trouble unless youre ahead by a lot. Interesting note, if you have 2 jackinthebox.png on top of each other and he uses his 2nd Q, then he gets feared and you take no damage if you stand on it. Not too likely a scenario but it helps every once in a while. Its a skill matchup with him having the upper hand. 

VS

Master Yi

Easy

Invade early. Kill him. Take his jungle. Offer him no mercy early. You want to force him to not get devourer. If he does then punish him for it. Take big camps and drag/herald/scuttle when you can. Gank your lanes and snowball them out of control while hes busy farming. Once he is sated its all over for you.NOTE: If he usesalphastrike.png and you proceed to deceive.png while he is untargetable, then he will follow you over a wall. Also be careful of challenging smite.

VS

Nautilus

Medium

You can fight him until he gets cinderhulk. Invade early. Unfortunately, he can lock you down until help arrives for him and your retarded laners are still farming. He is also waaay more useful than you in teamfights.

VS

Nidalee

Medium

The only issue is that she can run from you and if she had an advantage, she can chase you. Careful of bushwhack.png in bushes if you invade her. She can hop over walls. You cant usually outduel her, especially if you are hunted. I used to ban nidalee every game, before her jungle nerfs. Now you can invade her easily early, but be careful if she takes off.

VS

Nocturne

Medium

You cant really 1v1 him unless he is low, and his ult is great for counter ganking you. His clears are fairly decent so invading isnt critical in this matchup. His fear is more reliable than yours, lasts longer, and he can nocturneshroudofdarkness.png yours or your twoshivpoison.png. His nocturneduskbringer.png will follow you if youre hit and you deceive.png, so keep that in mind. If he goes Devourer, gank your lanes while he farms.

VS

Nunu

Easy

He wants to kill your jungle. You want to kill his allies. Just keep vision in your jungle entrances and Epic Monsters warded so you know where he is. That is critical to beating Nunu. Make sure you at least get your first buff safely by asking for a small leash. Gank lanes, as your ganks are far more efficient. You may want to pink certain areas and get a sweeper once you get Stalkers, as a good Nunu player will ward your jungle too.

VS

Olaf

Medium

Your ganks are better, but Olaf is just a menace. He will probably be low in the jungle because of his passive so if you find him you can probably kill him easily. Just watch out if he gets ahead. Ward entrances to his jungle.

VS

Pantheon

Hard

Oh yeesh, Pantheon. He's an early game jungler, like you are, but arguably better ganks because of his point and click CC pantheon_leapbash.png. His passive blocks the damage from your deceive.png. Be careful about being counter ganked, which will happen more often than not because of he has the highest base movespeed in the game (yours is the second), and pantheon_grandskyfall_jump.png lets him go wherever he wants. However, he does get quite low in the jungle, so you could kill him if you find him pretty easily. Pantheon also falls off harder than you do, so no shame for a late game here.

VS

Rammus

Medium

Kill him early. Rammus has always been good and he will do a ton of work mid to late game. You should be ok early to mid, but be careful if he taunts you because youre squishy as hell. Armor Pen would be a great idea.

VS

Rek'Sai

Medium

Reksai is obnoxious. Her passive sees you when you deceive.png, plus she can follow you withreksaiE.png. Her ganks arent as good though, so get your lanes ahead. It will be a tough game.

VS

Rengar

Easy

His rengarR.png can find you if you deceive.png and he likes to run around and kill things, just like you! Hes another cheese champion like you are, but your clears are better early, and your ganks are always better unless his rengarR.png is up. Ward bushes in his jungle and to his entrances and you win.

VS

Sejuani

Medium

She cansejuaniarcticassault.png over walls too, and her cc is really strong. She gets really low in her clears, especially before she gets a few points into her sejuaniwintersclaw.png. Kill her early and invade her a lot. You may not kill her unless she burns her sejuaniarcticassault.png to clear, but thats ok. Youve instilled the fear of Shaco.

VS

Shen

Easy

Slow clears, mediocre ganks, just kill him early and gank your lanes a lot. Be careful if you see shenstandunited.png on the target youre killing and youre unable to burst them quick enough. Its ok to run away if you burn his ult, as long as you get out safely.

VS

Shyvana

Medium

Dont bother invading her. She clears too fast and too efficiently. Just gank lanes and dont duel her unless shes low. If she goes devourer, just gank and gank until her teams too far behind. A devourer shyvana is a menace.

VS

Skarner

Medium

Dont duel him. Keep vision up in his jungle and see if you can safely gank. If you can track him then your team will be ok. Not much is funnier than when a Skarner ults your clone ;)

VS

Udyr

Easy

You can imvade him on his first or second clear but thats about it. He clears so fast and very efficiently. Just gank lanes and ward Epic monsters, ESPECIALLY if he goes devourer. Dont duel him unless hes low.

VS

Vi

Medium

Pre 6 you win. After she gets viR.png and becomes Vi that everyone hates, then hope you're ahead of her. Ward lanes once she is 6 so you know where she is going. If you know viR.png is down then take advantage of it. Its possible to dodge her viR.png if you time your hallucinatefull.png properly, but its tough. Vi sucks.

VS

Volibear

Medium

If you have 14.png you can kill him. Otherwise, forget it. You can invade him early and before he gets cinderhulk. Just drop wards for your allies because his ganks are very mediocre and gank your lanes. You should be able to take off before he gets too big. His volibeare.png will fear your hallucinatefull.png so be careful.

VS

Warwick

Easy

Invade early. No matter what. Kill him before he gets 6 and punish him. He cant fight you, especially with 14.png. If WW gets to late game, youre gonna have a bad time.

VS

Wukong

Easy

His counter ganks with monkeykingspintowin.png will destroy you, but before 6 hes a sitting duck in the jungle. Be careful not to waste your skills on his monkeykingdecoy.png and you should win easily. 

VS

Xin Zhao

Easy

His clears are safe but slow. Invade him early and when gets devourer just gank your lanes. His ganks will always be fairly decent after level 3, but you should be able to snowball before he can get that stupid item 3124.png. Try not to 1v1 him from full hp.

VS

Zac

Easy

His counter ganks will hurt, but he doesnt have the damage to kill you. Smite kills his passive and you can invade him early. You may want to get 3153.png.

NOTE: IF you invade him early, then be careful. Even if you pop is passive, there is plenty of time for the rest of his team to murder you while you're trying to kill the blobs.

About Me Back to Top

I started playing League around the middle of Season 2, and mainly played support and knew I wanted to jungle from early on. One time I played against a Shaco and honestly I dont remember anything about the game besides thinking to myself "That champion looks awesome, unique, and a ton of fun".


Shaco became one of the first champions I ever bought.

I learned how to play the Jungle via Shaco late season 2, and have been slowly watching him be stealth nerfed over the years. He was always my favorite champion, but I listened to the idiots say not to play him because he sucks.

So, In S3/4 I played Lulu support, but everytime I played Shaco, I ended up winning, so end of S4 and into S5 I started to strictly play Shaco Jungle.

In the middle of S5 I hit Plat 5, reached Plat 4 and then the cancer that was (is) cinderhulk was released, so I stopped playing ranked for the most part.

Thank you for reading! Back to Top

I hope this helped some of you to learn the wonderful champion that is Shaco. Feel free to leave any comments, questions, or concerns in the comments below.

**NOTE** I will be uploading more information into this guide, this is just the basis.

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