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All Guides Wukong Guides Monkey in the Top Lane Season 5 Platinum [Update 06/02/2015]
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Wukong Statistics for Ignetius

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

Value
Average
Games Played
63
6
Win %
62
46
Kills
8.5
6.2
Assists
7.9
8.1
Deaths
4.6
6.3
KA:D Ratio
3.5
2.3
Gold Earned
13.8K
11.6K
Creep Score
221.2
113.3
Average

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Summoner Spells Back to Top

6.pngGhost vs Flash there has always been a debate between those 2. I for one prefer ghost over flash for a few reasons.
1: You have no real escape, and ghost has a longer duration then flash; Shorter Cooldown
2: Better at chasing and to gun someone down.
3: Easier to initiate with decoy(w).
4: Works and sync with decoy to ensure escape.
5: Better to juke since youll be faster for a much longer duration.

4.pngFor Flash the advantages are:
1: Better to avoid fast gank
2: Better against Maokai's and Jarvan's gank (particularly Jarvan's gank since you can flash out of his ult)
3: Works well with your ulti (Flash over wall-e-r combo) or you just cant reach the entire team you can just flash at them. (Works well against Ezreal)
4: Flash over big walls.
5: When you want to go for that big play, and after your spell rotation you need that one or two extra AA to secure the kill.

14.pngIgnite is good to finish off champions. Wukong haspowerful combo that will do devastating damage, but sometime that isnt enough in the earlygame.. so ignite will provide enough ticks of damage that will ensure you a kill.

12.pngTeleport is good when you know you won't win the lane and want to help contribute for dragon or bot lane fights. I only take this if I know I won't be able to kill the opposing top laner or I would even lose the top lane match up. 

7.pngHeal is only good if you don't trust in your bot lane. Or you want to change a losing match up into an even match up. Use this against champions like maybe Renekton Darius Riven. (because of the top lane teleport meta, there is no ignite to counter heal, and Wukong can really benefit from the movement speed boast and sustain it provides (turret dive bait).

Runes Back to Top

Wukong against Melee AD Champions
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Reason: 
Simple, you'll be using these runes most of the time since most top laners are melee AD champs (well those that can really haunt and give you a hard time top). HP to help you trade early tremendously. 
Wukong against Ranged AD Champions
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Reason: 
Stack armor boys cause ranged AD champs are annoying but most of the time are the easiest match up for wukong cause they are squishy (even Gnar in miniform).
Wukong against Melee AP Champions
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Reason: 
With the new meta in season 5, all these tank mages are quite popular (Maokai, Rumble). So these are the essential runes against them. The hp seals helps when you are trading while the flat MR will negate their damage. 

Wukong against Ranged AP Champions
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Reason: Wukong does best against squishy champions, and usually these champions are the prime examples of the champions wukong does well against in lane. Some random mid champion and they dare to put top lane even when they know they belong Mid. Well since you will probably be harassed down early by both magic damage and AA.. the HPregen will help you stay sustain in lane (best when you can't farm and wait under turret). Eventually Wukong's powerspike around 4-6 will occur but those HPregen will help you stay relevant until then.

Masteries Back to Top

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0/4
3/4
1/1
0/1
3/3
0/3
1/1
1/1
1/1
0/1
3/3
1/1
3/3
0/3
0/1
0/1
3/3
0/1
1/1

Offense: 21

2/2
2/2
0/2
0/2
1/1
3/3
0/1
0/1
1/1
0/3
0/3
0/3
0/1
0/1
0/1
0/1
0/4
0/1
0/1

Defense: 9

0/1
0/3
0/3
0/1
0/3
0/1
0/1
0/3
0/1
0/3
0/1
0/1
0/1
0/3
0/2
0/1
0/3
0/1

Utility: 0

These are the primary masteries for Wukong ^
I use this masteries most of the time since I'm confident with my Wukong plays/mechanics. Help you sustain in lane for last hitting and maximize your damage output.

Or you can use these masteries below (Alternate Masteries)
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Against BS match ups. Against champions you can't win or really hard to face against top lane like Renekton Darius Riven or even LeeSin. Or your team just needs a pure tank.

Abilities Back to Top

Passive
Q
1
8
10
12
13
W
2
14
15
17
18
E
3
4
5
7
9
R
6
11
16
E Basically does more damage. Sure Q shred armor and is on a shorter CD when maxed, but you can't compensate that for the extra 100 base damage and 80%ADratio burst it provides. I see Wukong as a mid burst champion, someone who goes in momentarily and quickly get out (during laning phase). Use this on most if not all your match ups.

An alternate skill order would be this:
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I only use this when I know I can't win trades (either cause they are too tanky or they just do too much damage early). Because of the extra range Q provides off your AA, its an effective way to harass. So maxing Q will help you harass and CS against difficult champions.

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Wukong's armor and magic resistance are increased by 4 / 6 / 8 for each visible nearby enemy champion.

His passive is what makes him innately tanky. Its great because you can essentially have 40 Armor and MR during teamfights. The problem is that its not that useful in lane.

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Wukong's next attack within the next 5 seconds deals bonus physical damage, gains 125 range (300 total range) and reduces the enemy's armor by a percentage for 3 seconds.
Good skill to harass with in lane and last hit CS you can't reach. It's a tank buster skill, which is why Wukong has a lot of good match up top lane (Armor shred, burst damage, and damage over time).

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Wukong becomes stealthed for 1.5 seconds and leaves behind a decoy of himself.

His only "escape" skill.. you can be quite creative with it by using it near bushes or entering a lane or passage way to confuse your enemies to where you want to go. Juke city baby!

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Wukong dashes on a cloud toward a target enemy and sends out images to attack up to two additional enemies. Upon hitting his target, Wukong gains an attack speed bonus for 4 seconds.

His bread and butter ability because it does so much damage, and that it's his only fast farming skill. Don't underestimate how useful the extra attackspeed can do for Wukong during laning phase.

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Wukong's staff grows outward as he spins around for up to 4 seconds, dealing physical damage per second to enemies around him and gaining a 5% movement speed bonus per half second. Enemies are knocked up into the air the first time they are hit by the spin.

DAAAMMMAAAGGEEE... The moment you build some AD items.. omg praised the lord DAT 1.1 ADRATIO BABBBYY. One of the best skill in the game because of its sheer aoe damage and utility use of the ability.

Items Back to Top

Starting Items

    Against tough AD
    Mobility
    Stay in lane forever
    1v2 or strong top AA/AD laner
    Kill lane early game

Core Items

    Merc or Ninja? You pick depending on the enemy team comp. Mobilities if you want to roam.
    Good for early game, you might not need 2 but one is always good.
    Early damage item
    Core Item

Situational Items

    Defensive Items.
    Viable Offensive Items
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Always get a yellow trinket first! The ward will work wonders during the early game where you are most vulnerable. Try to upgrade it when you need or when you have the money. And switch to a Red Trinket if your team needs it or against stealth champions. 

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This my favorite starting items. It will help  you sustain during the early game and the elixir will help you sustain your mana later into the game. Think about it this way, more mana=more abilities=more damage. Or more hp=more damage to put out=more kills. The longer you can stay in lane, the more minions you can farm.
 

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Armor and 5 pots is good against the tough AD top, its a safe starting items. You can also go Armor 2pots and one ward also. 
((Note:Wait a couple second at fountain/base for one more pot just in case))
Armor helps you freeze lane by blocking/tanking minions damage.


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Boots and pot. Standards for the old meta, only go this if you are against AP and you want that extra MS.


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Doran's Blade is too good of an item for early exchanges and last hitting. You might only need one and get a long sword to complete your build faster if you feel you don't need that extra sustain and hp. Going Dorans+Pot early game help you be aggressive early game as well. Doran's Shield against Strong AD top laner.

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Merc or Ninja? You pick depending on the enemy team comp. I usually dont complete my boots unless the map is all opened up and laning phase and finished and you need to get to places faster. Since the buff on champions base movement speed you dont need that extra movement speed from boots like you used too. 

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Mobilities are good if you are winning your lane and want to roam. If you are winning but you cant risk turret diving, push your lane and roam and try to get a kill mid. With the increase movement speed it helps you a lot roaming mid or even contest dragon and run back up top without losing too much minions. You can also buy this even when you are losing but your team is winning, abandon your post and help your other lanes snowball since you cant.

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An item that was simply made for Wukong. The fact that this item stack on your ult 6 times to possibly 5 players is already a good reason its a core item. But the fact it gives a load of HP and CDR plus decent AD makes it a must pick up item for Wukong. 

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Another good item. Strong AD stats, MR stats, and passive. Since they will try to focus you off the ADC/APC you will get stronger the lower you get. One of my favourite AD item on Wukong.

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Really.. really good item on Wukong, allows him to trade well and clear waves instantly. Wukong lack wave clear so this is Wukongs bestfriend. 

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I don't build this all the time, but I build it enough to consider it a core. Randiun Active+Wukong's Ulti = Facerape

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The shred damage output it provides you is more than enough to consider this while you are playing. Unless your team doesnt need damage or you are dying too much than opt out for another defensive item.

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Honestly I only go trinity force if I wanna troll and I know the other team is bad. Unless the other team is bad, trinity is a decent pick up because there are better items out there for Wu. 

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You need more CC? FM is really good especially against Singed or someone has to running alot like Nidalee too.

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Get this if theirs a lot of AP or alot of poke damage. Sometimes I prefer this item if I can't lifesteal off of something, I rather just get this.
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Probably one of my favourite defensive items. IF they cant stop you from engaging and landing your ULT correctly, they you will win the team fight. Not to mention the HP and MR is a big plus in this tanky meta.



Matchups Back to Top

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

  • Aatrox
    Medium
  • Akali
    Easy
  • Cho'Gath
    Medium
  • Darius
    Hard
  • Dr. Mundo
    Medium
  • Elise
    Easy
  • Fiora
    Easy
  • Gangplank
    Medium
  • Garen
    Medium
  • Gnar
    Medium
  • Hecarim
    Medium
  • Irelia
    Medium
  • Jarvan IV
    Medium
  • Jax
    Medium
  • Jayce
    Medium
  • Kayle
    Medium
  • Lee Sin
    Hard
  • Lissandra
    Medium
  • Lulu
    Medium
  • Malphite
    Medium
  • Nasus
    Medium
  • Nidalee
    Medium
  • Olaf
    Medium
  • Pantheon
    Medium
  • Poppy
    Medium
  • Renekton
    Hard
  • Rengar
    Medium
  • Riven
    Medium
  • Rumble
    Medium
  • Shen
    Medium
  • Shyvana
    Medium
  • Singed
    Medium
  • Talon
    Easy
  • Teemo
    Easy
  • Trundle
    Medium
  • Udyr
    Hard
  • Volibear
    Medium
  • Xin Zhao
    Medium
  • Yorick
    Medium

VS

Aatrox

Medium

Harass: Aatrox
Sustain: Aatrox Wins
1v1 Battle: Wukong Wins
Teamfight: Wukong Wins

He can beat you during laning phase, but after level 6 you can pop his passive. After his passive is gone you can all in at all times. Easy cruising once his passive is gone

VS

Akali

Easy

Harass: Akali Wins
Sustain: Akali Wins
1v1 Battle: Wukong Wins
Teamfight: Wukong Wins

Your kit counters her. Use your ulti while she hides in her shroud, and if she jumps out follow her with e-q. Warry though, her damage output post-6 is pretty terrifying and she will try to jump your ad carry everytime, try to prevent and peel for them.

Do not let her proc her passive or she will win, I recommend going flask+pots vs Akali to withstand her poke, only engage when your decoy is up! Watch out for her power spike at level 6, if you can withstand til level 6 then you should win with your power spike at level 6 as well.

Note: BUY PINK WARDS

VS

Cho'Gath

Medium

Harass: Cho
Sustain: Cho
1v1 Battle: Even
Teamfight: Wukong Slightly

This should actually be a mid-hard match up but its not really way too difficult like fighting Darius.
He's annoying, skill match up.. and luckily for him, he has the advantage. Try to press your advantage early by getting a long sword and 2 pots as starters. Ask your jungler to come top and force him to back so you can have a level advantage. If you can build damage early you should be able to clearly win trade and once he becomes unkillable and played safe all early game then it'll be too late for his team because you can easily gank and contribute more for your team in teamfights than he can.

VS

Darius

Hard

Harass: Darius Wins Slightly
Sustain: Even
1v1 Battle: Darius Wins
Teamfight: Wukong Wins


He bullies you, seriously.. hes a really tough champ for Wukong to square off against. Don't die to him early game and wait for team-fights, go armor 5 pots and try to press your advantage. Jungler assistance is needed! You might want to go barrier, I recommend you go barrier instead of ignite actually. (Its going to save you.., trust me lol) If you square off, you two will be pretty even, barrier will negate some of the damage from his ulti and you might win if you play it right. Note: W his ulti, and max Q instead of E, you NEVER want to straight up fight this guy.. NEVER!

VS

Dr. Mundo

Medium

Harass: Mundo Wins
Sustain: Mundo Wins
1v1 Battle: Wukong Wins Pre-Level 9
Teamfight: Wukong Wins

The thing vs Mundo is constantly damaging him more then he can regenerate early game. And sadly for Mundo, you can burn through his Ulti with your Ulti+Ignite easily and if you cant, call out your jungler to secure the kill. After you get some damage and sustain, you can easily beat him 1v1 if he havent bought a bunch of early yet. He will outscale you 1v1 late in the game but during that time, you will always win team fight since you will kill the opposing adc faster then him. 

VS

Elise

Easy

Harass: Elise Wins
Sustain: Elise Wins
1v1 Battle: Wukong Wins
Teamfight: Wukong Wins

She just cant straight up fight you when you get some items. Dont get harass too much during laning phase even if you lose some cs, but once you get to level 4 with decoy you should be able to trade with her and then outtrade with her at level 6.

VS

Fiora

Easy

Harass: Even
Sustain: Fiora Wins
1v1 Battle: Wukong Wins
Teamfight: Wukong Wins

Your kits counters her kit, the main idea of this battle is to (w) her ulti. If you manage to do that successfully you will win each and every trade. You do more damage then her majority of the game! Early game is quiet even or she might be even stronger if she reflects your Q .. so dont hit her while thats up or you'll lose early.

VS

Gangplank

Medium

Harass: GP Wins
Sustain: GP Wins
1v1 Battle: Wukong Wins
Teamfight: Wukong Wins


Stupid champion, Annoying, but winnable. You are the favorite going into this. Either get Armor 5pots early to stop his Q.. or Long Sword 2pots to kill him early, once you kill him early you are fine! Your mid/late-game is a lot stronger then his. I recommend barrier for this one, you might have to turret dive him.

VS

Garen

Medium

Harass: Even
Sustain: Garen Wins
1v1 Battle: Garen Wins Slightly
Teamfight: Wukong Wins

Tough match-up to be honest with you. It was very difficult before the season change too but now its a little easier, now you have a more evenly fair chance! Sadly for you, he has the advantage and isfavoriteto win this fight. You can either go armor 5pots or gp10 route(that I've shown above) starting items. You can either stack armor (Doran's Shield) and a vamp scepter before getting your brutilizer or straight up rush your items and win mid-game since you can instagib their ad/ap carries. Go barrier, you might need to turret dive him and you want to block his ulti!! Note: W his Q!!

VS

Gnar

Medium

Harass: Gnar
Sustain: Gnar 
1v1 Battle: Wukong
Teamfight: Even 

Pretty simple, never fight him level 1-3. And only fight him at level 4 when he is in MINI Gnar form because he will not be about to sustain your damage. And when he is dangerously low on hp, zone him from farming so he gets Mega Gnar slower and if he dares to CS all in on him.

VS

Hecarim

Medium

Harass: Hecarim
Sustain: Hecarim
1v1 Battle: Wukong
Teamfight: Wukong

Don't underestimate his damage, good then is that he doesn't carry flash around early game so if you fight early he won't be able to get away from you. You can try to slowly try to chip away at him with Q but he has W to sustain, but if you can chip alittle and then all in you should win in terms of sheer burst damage.

VS

Irelia

Medium

Harass: Even
Sustain: Irelia Wins
1v1 Battle: Irelia Wins Slightly
Teamfight: Wukong Wins

The Goddess of Top-Lane.. Well its GG can't do much about her lmao. Jokes... But its true its very hard to fight her straight up early. Avoid her true damage with W and only full on engage when you know you can win. She has more sustain then you so you have to keep harassing to keep her low, a good Q-E combo will work wonders for you, still max E because you still want to trade with that extra attack speed. Don't even try to kill her without ignite, it probably won't work if shes a good Irelia.

Call for junglers help if you can! Important items against her are any health item to negate her true damage.

Note: Don't try to engage on to her if she is near her turret, there is no point to dive for a kill against Irelia unless she is bad. She'll just stun you that seem like it'll last forever.

VS

Jarvan IV

Medium

Harass: Jarvan Wins Slightly
Sustain: Even
1v1 Battle: Wukong Wins Slightly
Teamfight: Wukong Wins Slightly

Its a skill match up. Just really farm evenly with him and you will eventually be stronger then him, try not to get too far behind early. Remember to get flash.

VS

Jax

Medium

Harass: Even
Sustain: Even
1v1 Battle: Jax Wins Slightly
Teamfight: Wukong Wins Slightly

Its a skill match up. If you don't know how to correctly use Wukong you will lose each trade to Jax no matter what. You need to know your opponents strength before engaging! This is key against Jax, avoid his 3 hit combo (he can set it up with minions too and jump at you.. so care) and don't hit him while his E is activated because it will deal more damage that way, also try to W while he's in his E to try to avoid the stun by running somewhere he isn't expecting you to run (plus it does a nice small base magic damage to him if it hits). If you can pull this off on numerous occasion you should win in 1v1 trades, if you cant.. you're screwed.. In teamfight you should win, but warry a fed or even just a late-game Jax can carry the game on his own.

VS

Jayce

Medium

Harass: Jayce Wins
Sustain: Even
1v1 Battle: Wukong Wins
Teamfight: Wukong Wins

Another skillmatch-up, the one with more skills wins! The way to beat Jayce is to W if you expect him to E you away (the knockback) so you can get some extra hits in or even another Q in. Try to jump him if you can when hes in range form because he will lack the armor of a bruiser and will be more like an ad carry. 1v1 full out trade you should win, his goal is to kite with no slow, your goal is to stop that and chase him like a train!

Avoid his E-Q blast though, those hurts if you get caught too many times. If you manage to surprise attack him with W-Q-E-R then DO IT and move infront of him so he if he E you , it will hit you back near his turret where "he has to run to". Even if he knockyou back while in ulti you can chase him with the extra MS and E at him again.

VS

Kayle

Medium

Harass: Kayle Wins
Sustain: Kayle Wins
1v1 Battle: Wukong Wins
Teamfight: Wukong Wins


She used to be very difficult and annoying to handle because she can hit you from afar. The first time I fought her it was really tricky to figure out how to beat her. The way I think to win this trade-off is to W when she Q you.. Her Q amplify her damage so you want to avoid this, decoy and hide in the brush while the Q wears off then continue to attack her again. Don't let her kite you and you will win. Chances are if you can't kill her ,it will be a stale-mate lane but Wukong teamfight>Kayle teamfight. Decent match-up, you are the favorite if you play it right.

Recommend starting long-sword if you know your jungler is going to gank earlier.

VS

Lee Sin

Hard

Harass: Lee Wins
Sustain: Lee Wins
1v1 Battle: Wukong Wins Slightly
Teamfight: Wukong Wins


He fucks you up, don't try to face him after 6. If he's smart he will max E or W and you WILL lose. If anything try to win early, Wukong has one of the highest damage output early! So rush him! Kill him and you win no problem. If you cant, atleast make back and farm alot.. ALOT. You win mid-game so push that advantage in teamfight. Gank if you push lane by accident.

I know I didnt put this item above but wriggles is a really good item early against Lee! I just tried it, help you sustain and the armor help you trade damage with him. (Remember to last hit properly with wriggles, the proc might push your lane accidently)

VS

Lissandra

Medium

Harass: Lissandra
Sustain: Even
1v1 Battle: Wukong
Teamfight: Wukong


Same as Lulu and all squishy AP top with no sustain. She won't be able to survive Wukong's sheer damage. BUT the problem is she can stop you in your place and does a lot of damage as well. If you let her harass you too much you will lose.

VS

Lulu

Medium

Harass: Lulu
Sustain: Even
1v1 Battle: Wukong
Teamfight: Wukong


Girl shes just soo annnoooyyinnnggg... like the moment she starts spamming laugh welp gg man.. GL with that haha #madheadaches. But the match is pretty simple since she lack sustain and is squishy which is why Wukong has a better match up against her.

VS

Malphite

Medium

Harass: Malphite Wins
Sustain: Even
1v1 Battle: Wukong Wins Slightly
Teamfight: Malphite Wins (Slightly, depends on position)

Hes rock in lane, you won't be enough to kill him if he gets too much armor. Thankfully for you the new meta has granted you with more Armor Pen and Armor Shred + Your Q. With this match up you might want to consider ArmPen Reds to shred more of his armor when he builds more :/. If you can, try to kill him pre-6 because after that he will just use his ulti to avoid death, but you can kill post-6 too but you have to run infront of him after you knock him up and chase him down after he Ulti to his turret.

In teamfight is all about killing his carries before he kill yours, which is easy because you do more damage then he does.. but he doesnt die to your carries either if he plays it right, hopefully your ad carry has a last whisper and all you need to do is armor shred your opposing team during your ultimate. You should win if you have the right positioning and their ad carry can't get away from you.

VS

Nasus

Medium

Harass: Even
Sustain: Nasus Wins
1v1 Battle: Wukong Wins Slightly (Pre-6) Nasus Wins Slightly(Post-6)
Teamfight: Wukong Wins

Try to gain a level advantage over this guy with your jungler's assistance to force him out of lane early. After this you should be okay and jump him everytime he tries to farm his Q. If you manage to kill him a couple times then you win. If you can't.. don't over extend post-6 because he will kill you if you underestimate his power and sustain. When he slows you use decoy and wait out the slow and continue to hammer him.

You win in teamfights so just wing it out if you can't kill him. Without a doubt your carries will kill him. Dont let it reach late game tho.. hes a god-like carry if it hits really late and he has really high stack farm on his Q.

VS

Nidalee

Medium

Harass: Nid Wins
Sustain: Nid Wins
1v1 Battle: Wukong Wins
Teamfight: Wukong Wins


OMG HELLA ANNOYING JESUS LOL.. RAGE QUIT!! GG

No just joking lol, but she really is annoying tho. If you cant kill her pre-6 don't even try unless she overextend or you are ready to dive her with your jungler.. because after level 6, shes unchasable.. I swear not even singed can catch this kitty >.>. BUUUT IF SHE DOES OVEREXTEND (and there's no brush around..) CHASE HER WITH YOUR ULT!

You do more damage then her at all stages of the game, just don't underestimate how much she can do though, she can put out some massive damage. I recommend to go long sword 2 pots and try to kill her early. If you want to play more passive and wait til the mid-game for teamfight then go armor 5pots so you can deal with her AA harass.

Barrier or Ignite, either one is good; barrier to dive or ignite to give that little extra damage (Go barrier if you know your jungler is going to camp your lane.)

VS

Olaf

Medium

Harass: Olaf Wins
Sustain: Olaf Wins
1v1 Battle: Wukon Wins Slightly
Teamfight: Wukong Wins

If you can avoid his Q-E combo you should be fine. The trick here is to avoid his true damage, but.. if he manage to clip you with it he will either have to run back or continue fighting, either way you still beat him if you engage with a Q-E combo and W before he E you again. (AVOID THOSE Q SO HE CANT E AGAIN) You win trades even if he has sustain, really good olaf will stay at turret all day until level 11. At level 11 DO NOT TRY TO KILL HIM WITHOUT IGNITE!! I repeat do not try to kill him after level 11 because he will beat you if you don't ignite him; his sustain, hp and free armor is too much for you to handle later on in the game unless you got your full build. (But at that point you shouldnt be fighthing him 1v1 anyway, just win teamfights)

VS

Pantheon

Medium

Harass: Pantheon Wins
Sustain: Even
1v1 Battle: Wukong Wins
Teamfight: Wukong Wins

You might want to get some armor for this guy, his Q is very annoying and don't ever underestimate how much damage it does and how much damage all of his abilities does.
Your goal is to Q him every time he last hit, and if his shield is up try to hit him E-AA-Q so your aa can remove his shield so you can hit again with your Q. You might want to get a philo-stone or a hp-regen bead to help you sustain in lane, or rush some lifesteal.. Either way some kind of sustain and armor will help you greatly in this matchup. I stills say start off with armor cloth and hp pots and then if you are really in trouble get a doran shield and a regen bead, then start on your brutilizer. Get a warmog if you want to if his poke is still getting to you mid-late game. Warmog Randiun BC and Ravenous Hydra will be good for sustain and help you resist the poke.. while having the hp and the damage in teamfight you will need to engage.

VS

Poppy

Medium

Harass: Wukong Slightly
Sustain: Even
1v1 Battle: Wukon Wins Slightly
Teamfight: Wukong Wins

I haven't face many Poppy's or any good Poppy's. I have friends that mains her, but to which I have encountered and saw really good Poppy players perform. I believe Wukong is a more superior champion. Wukong and Poppy both does a lot of burst damage early and are also both quite tanky. What Wukong has over Poppy is that his Q makes his reach longer then it really is, so you can harass more then she can harass you. Also the monkey has more aoe which result in better teamfights.

The key in this match up is still safe but push your advantage of reach and high AD ratio. Once you capture the advantage just freeze lane and continue the advantage, don't try to kill her without a lot of armor pen when she puts some points on to her W.

VS

Renekton

Hard

Harass: Renekton Wins
Sustain: Renekton Wins
1v1 Battle: Wukong Wins
Teamfight: Wukong Wins

Armor is your bestfriend in this match up. He does a lot of damage to you! BUT PUNISH HIM when his cooldown are not up. Urgh to be honest with you, this match up is all about who has more skills but it will always be war no matter what, no matter what you do this will end up being some kind of war fest brawl. The one who wants to win more will win.
Try to Q him every time he last hit but avoid those Q and try to fight away from your minions but remember don't overextend to eat a bunch of his minions autoattacks. The reason behind this is that his Q heal is base off how much damage he can get off so you don't want him to Q entire minion wave and heal a large amount. At level 6 you can't fight him evenly unless you have a bunch of armor pen and will shred through him. I recommend either a lot of armor or good sustain items against him. You win teamfights later on since he falls off late game

VS

Rengar

Medium

Harass: Rengar
Sustain: Rengar
1v1 Battle: Wukong Wins
Teamfight: Wukong Wins

He's really annoying if he maxes his E or his Q. If he maxes his W you wont be able to kill him, too much sustain until you are level 6. Try to predict where he will jump out of his bush for last hit and punish him. Always ignite him when you can! You beat him in team-fight so its okay if its a stale-mate top, don't let him get easy harass by E-ing you, make him pay every time he tries to harass you!!

Watch out for his early game damage, his Q DOES SO MUCH DAMAGE, wait until you learn Decoy before engaging on to him, after you learn decoy you should win. DO NOT LET HIM SNOWBALL FROM YOU!

VS

Riven

Medium

Harass: Riven Wins Slightly
Sustain: Even
1v1 Battle: Riven Wins Slightly
Teamfight: Wukong Wins Slightly

Its a skill match up. You really have to be precise when you harass Riven, try to get some free damage in and negate some damage with decoy. If you can go even with her or kill her once, it will be your lane. Use your Q to your advantage!

VS

Rumble

Medium

Harass: Rumble
Sustain: Even
1v1 Battle: Wukong Wins Slightly
Teamfight: Wukong Wins

Rumble is real terror to handle if you don't play it right at the early levels, don't underestimate his flame-spitter+his passive, they hard a lot if you negate that damage somehow. I trick is, go into decoy and walk behind him to avoid some of the damage from flame-spitter and then blitz him from the back with everything you got. The combo should be AA-Q-W-E-R or E-AA-W-Q-R.

Do not stand in his ultimate or you will lose. I recommend you get a hexdrinker against rumble or build a lot of HP to withstand the burst, the agony that Rumble will bringabound you.

VS

Shen

Medium

Harass: Shen Wins
Sustain: Even
1v1 Battle: Wukong Wins
Teamfight: Wukong Wins Slightly

Early game is your friend, try to harass him but dont waste too much mana. Try to call on your jungler to try to help you win. Some point in the game you wont be able to kill him anymore unless you have a bloodthrister so try to just kill the mid laner or get tankier with randiun and force teamfights.

VS

Shyvana

Medium

Harass: Wukong Wins
Sustain: Even
1v1 Battle: Even
Teamfight: Wukong Wins Slightly

Don't stand in her W burnout for too long. That is one of the strongest OR THE STRONGEST single ability skill in the game at level 1 that can do about 600 if you stand on it for the full duration. Your goal is to burst poke her until shes low enough. Your duels with her early game will be even and if you don't die to her early game you will be able to handle her after level 6. If you can't just roam down mid and try to get a kill that way or just help your mid laner.

VS

Singed

Medium

Harass: Even
Sustain: Even (Pre-6) Singed Wins (Post-6)
1v1 Battle: Wukong Wins Slightly
Teamfight: Wukong Wins

Just push him out of lane early, be super aggressive, if he dares comes near your minions.. slap him with a couple Q and follow up with an E if you think you can do it without receive unneeded damage. Get a long sword and 3 pots early and ask your jungler to come gank early and try to get first blood against him and you should stream roll that lane until mid-game. Mid-Late game its easy-peasy, you just win teamfights because all Singed does is run around and underleveled.

To be honest with you, theres a point in the game where you can't kill him anymore even if you tried, unless you have frozen heart and a blade of ruined kings and ignite up, you aint killing that guy lol.

Note: He's squishy before level 6 and before he gets a rod of ages so just beat him up early.. if you cant, you lose thats basically it! You HAVE to be stronger then him by mid game or you'll suffer. I recommend you to also start with a Long Sword and 3 pots (stay in base alittle after minions to get that extra pot) and then try to use that extra AD to help you kill him early! Or just get him out of lane and from farming anymore experience, and then go back and rush some lifesteal1053_32.png. Edit: If you can, I recommend going Frozen Mallet against Singed. If he can't get away.. he can't win. I also wrote this note above as well! It will be a big key factor to your victory if it seem like your carries can't change him.

VS

Talon

Easy

Harass: Talon Wins
Sustain: Even
1v1 Battle: Wukong Wins
Teamfight: Wukong Wins

Your kit counters his, simple as that. Don't die to him early game and you will win everytime, if he ults use your ulti to knock him up and guess where he will try to escape. You do more damage then he does in 1v1 and in teamfights. You have more armor, tanky, more damage, and more useful in teamfights.. = gg

VS

Teemo

Easy

Harass: Teemo Wins
Sustain: Even
1v1 Battle: Even (First one to get a lead wins)
Teamfight: Wukong Wins

Early game just try not to get too much harass and if he ever gets into Q range, shot it at him and run into the bush to minor the aa harass he will try to do. Attack him when he last hit and make use of the brushes when you go for last hit. Use Decoy to avoid getting harass, farm, or to invade surprise attack. You can start with Armor 5pots or even a regen bead into a philostone to help you sustain in lane and get the gold for all the minions you miss because you are fighting teemo lol.

Late game is easy game when you decimate their entire team. Just make sure you don't die and you win. You should scale higher then him later on the game, and make use of yoru jungler since he will be pushing if you back off from minions, care of shrooms though.. buy pink wards and clear them all.

VS

Trundle

Medium

Harass: Even
Sustain: Trundle Wins
1v1 Battle: Even
Teamfight: Wukong Wins

Too many underestimate Trundle's dueling abilities. His ulti takes your armor and mr away and makes it his own O.O.. but you're Wukong, your ulti is too much to handle even for that. The one with the kill advantage or level advantage usually take the game away. Just watch out for his Q harass and pillar when his jungler ganks. Decoy before he can get more sustain damage on you and continue to lower his hp.

VS

Udyr

Hard

Harass: Wukong Wins
Sustain: Udyr Wins
1v1 Battle: Even
Teamfight: Wukong Wins Slightly

IF YOU LOSE THIS EARLY, YOU LOSE COMPLETELY. IF YOU WIN EARLY GAME, YOU WIN COMPLETELY. Depends on how it goes, if you win early game.. you will buidl enough damage to kill him. If you lose early game, he will do too much base damage and too tanky for you to kill. I'll give Udyr as a hard match up since its so hard to win early game, you need to make zero mistake during this matchup.

VS

Volibear

Medium

Harass: Even
Sustain: Voli Wins
1v1 Battle: Wukong Wins Slightly
Teamfight: Wukong Wins

Wukong has alot of burst damage and sustain damage, if you have ignite you can run through his passive early game. Just care, if you dont put on the pressure and he eats you too much.. you're screwed and have to wait til late game.

VS

Xin Zhao

Medium

Harass: Even
Sustain: Xin Zhao Wins
1v1 Battle: Wukong Wins
Teamfight: Wukong Wins


I'm playing ranked right now.. so I'll make this one simple, W when he uses his Q and then when its gone destroy him. All and most of his damage output comes from his Q use your decoy to bait those 3 hits or you can simple run to a bush and wait for it to end and then jump at him.

VS

Yorick

Medium

Harass: Yorick
Sustain: Yorick Wins
1v1 Battle: Even
Teamfight: Wukong Wins

Same thing as Volibear, you can basically run through his sustain if you play it right, but don't underestimate yorick.. call for gank at around level 2-4 to burn flash and then again at 5 or 6 to kill him. Wukong burst is too high to handle plus the dps he does through his ulti will secure the kill against yorick, BUT REMEMBER TO IGNITE HIM!

How to build Wukong (EARLY-MID-LATE) Back to Top

ITEM BUILDS FORMULA
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What it should look like ^ More in-dept below..

How to build Wukong for Dummies.

The core thing Wukong needs is pure damage, armor penetration, some HP, and a form of slow. Keep that in mind while building him.

Core Items:

  1. 2041_32.png This is a great item to start off with as Wukong, my prefer item to start off.
  2. 1054_32.png Is also a good item against strong AA/AD top laner, the regen will help you sustain better then Doran's Blade if you cant AA minions. 
  3. 1 or 2 Dorans 1055_32.png(if you are losing).

  4. Boots 1001_32.png depends on how much money you have upgrade into either (3117_32.png3047_32.png3111_32.png).

  5. 1036_32.png one or 2 of these are essential, its part of almost every items you'll be purchasing later on.

A flask is probably the best option for Wukong. Since he has no sustain (that with no escape are his downfall as a top laner). This will keep him healthy in lane and more mana to harass with. Sometimes you can go boots are armor cloths depending on the matchup.

Early Game: After core you should be either invest on:

  1. A Brutilizer 3134_32.png If you want really high early game power, or they are some sort of super tank. 

    OR

  2. Build more 1036_32.png of these bad boys. Or purchase if you have enough gold, 1037_32.pngto increase your damage output and help you build into a 3077_32.png.

  3. 3155_32.png Against a strong AP top laner or double AP lane.
  4. Against really strong AD top laner that can kill you early even under turret. Rush a 3068_32.png after double dorans.

For early game, all you want to do is to farm, farm, farm, and farm. If you see the chance to do your E-Q or Q-E combo then go right ahead. You want to harass with Q and back off and make sure you waste your mana or useless damage and save it for later or just to farm. Once you get your brutilizer, you will become somewhat of a brute force early game. Try to help your mid lane by ganking it a couple times after 6. 


Mid Game: Offensive vs Defensive?

  1.  If you completed the Tiamat, you can either finish it into a Hydra or get tankier by buying a 3044_32.png or 3067_32.png.
  2. You might even want to build 3155_32.png over Tiamat/Hydra against strong mechanic AP players that just punish you so badly in lane that even if you have Hydra you probably won't win.

  3. You have to decide whether you want more damage, then complete 3074_32.pngIf your team needs you to be tankier, then get 3071_32.png. Or if you want to roam around, then get3117_32.png.

  4. If you have to go tanky, then just hold with just a Tiamat.. finish you BC and start building complete tank for your team. (if you dont need to go full tank, then complete Hydra,BC,Mobos).

  5. Get a Giants Belt 1011_32.png into a 3143_32.png (which will finish the set of core items).

    OR

    (instead of Randiuns)

  6. 3035_32.pngIF your TEAM NEED more DAMAGE and you are not dying (then skip Randiuns and get LW).
  7. 3022_32.png If they aren't really focusing you and you need more slow/damage, then get this instead of randiun (or against a Singed and you are ahead).
  8. 3026_32.png If you are dying frequently.

The reason I run on Mobility Boots on Wukong is because I don't use teleport, and the only way you can contest dragon fights is with mobo boots because you can run up and down the map extremely quick with them. Not to mention if your mid laner ever ganks you can increase your farm by defending/pushing his lane). And its easier to gank mid with these boots, hell I have even ganked bot and ran all the way back to top lane and only lost a couple hp off my turret.

Your core is simple, you want to get Hydra and you want to get Black Cleaver. The tiamat will be the only item you need in terms of damage and the phage will help you be mobile during fights while adding some extra damage and health. If you need to be tanky earlier then get Kindlegem over Phage because it offers the same amount of health while being must cheaper (that 10% CD is amazing  a blessing). Then get your Hydra..

During the mid-game, you want to start ganking mid lane more making sure your mid lane win so they can start roaming and help other lane win. Try to push then gank so you don't lose too much on farm. During teamfights/Dragon fights, aim for the carries and kill them OR jump on the carries then fall back and peel for your carries after finishing your burst onto the opposing carries.


Late Game: Build what you need for your team.

  1. 3102_32.png Is very good as I mention above, it helps you negate a lot of damage/cc before/after you start your engage.
  2. 3110_32.png The amount of CDR and Armor you get from this is worth the buy if you are against a team of strong AD.
  3. 3075_32.png Very good against champions who builds botrk as its full armor and its return damage makes it real potent.
  4. 3083_32.png What can go wrong with more HP? Help with burst damage and help you regen pokes.
  5. 3156_32.png That MR AD and Passive is too good to give up. Will help you kill carries.
  6. 3065_32.png If you have some sort of lifesteal, this will help alot. I would always go banshee instead of spirit visage unless there isn't alot of cc I need to worry about.

Just tank for your team. With 2 damage items, you will already have enough damage to take down carries with Wukong E-Q-R combo. Or focus on just peeling for your carries and surviving. During teamfights try to use your decoy at the right moment to survive by going in and out safely and then engage again on the carries.

Other INFO Back to Top

Wukong is my favourite champion and I've been playing him since Season two and know all of his matchups perfectly and how to win those matchups.


When to pick Wukong?

The best time to pick wukong is either if the top laner is really squishy (ex: rumble/teemo/elise/yasuo). Or their mid laner has very few escape mechanism (Cassio/Xerath/Ryze/Karthus). Also their ADC has low mobility (Varus/MF/Sivir/Jinx).

Wukong is really good at killing squishy champions. He does too much damage over time/burst for them to handle. Wukong is like a tanky assassin. You need to build damage to kill but he can be a tank with his passive and peel with his ULT. He is a good and balance champion with good damage, decent tankiness, decent sneaky escape, and cc. Wukong has very few hard counters but he can easily be out played during laning phase.

Champions against Wukong are all skill matchups. Some are easier, but you can beat them all since you are strong at all stages of the game. But you shine during the mid-game/teamfights which keeps him a viable pick. 


The Prons of Wukong:

Good/Decent Early Game

Strong CC/DPS Post6

Strong Combo

Tricky to handle

Stealth


The Cons of Wukong:

Squishy if you don't build tank items.

His passive is unreliable during laning phase

Takes lots of skills

Strong early game champions makes his life difficult 

Wukong has no sustain


Recently [Latest Update 03/01/2014]:

Recently, I havent been playing much. My laptop was complete trash (like litterally.. it went on fire.. seriously FIRE) and I ended up lagging alot and went on a huge losing streak because I had to focus on school and girlfriend etc with broken laggy overheating laptop.. which started to catch fire :/. I stopped playing for a month and half, but good part is that I bought a new computer and laptop so I might start streaming soon. I have went on a 4 winning streak since getting my new computer and scored a 17-6-9 KDA as Wukong, sadly my team lose because they refused to group.. but my mechanics with Wukong is still superior. My stats with Wukong though has disappointedly downgraded because I had "leave" a game since my laptop was on fire so I couldnt use anything to relog and connect to the game ending with a 0-0-0 score which greatly decreased my cs/kill/death/assist average. :/ But I'm currently still 9.8-4.4.-7.5 KDA average with Wukong despite all the unfortunate events.


Season 4 INFO [Updated 02/02/2014]:

I wrote this guide ever since season 2 and I've updated it every season so far. And as of right now, I am during 100% win percentage with Wukong at 4-0. I'm not exclusively a top wukong player no more with my Shen at 3-0 and last season with my best champion (by win/lose ratio) was Renekton. But in this season I have a 2.3 K/D ratio with a 11.8/4.5/8.5 within 4 games. I get almost 12 kills per game with less then 5 deaths per game and almost 9 assist per game WITH almost 190 cs average PER GAME. I'm currently Gold 2 at the moment and will try to get my platinum back this season and hopefully reach diamond. 


Season 2-3 INFO:

Look at Author Stats before judging me.. I have played over 32 games in ranked compare to the other people who made guides, trust in what I tell you. I just made it to 65.63 Win% and a 2 K/D ratio. >:D I hope you guys will learn from this, because that's all I want tbh. I love the feeling that I made someone a better player so leave a comment :3

But as you can see you aren't perfect against majority of the champions, but Wukong is a skill champion, you need skill to actually win against smart people. Its not like all of them counters you either, if you are smart you should win. If you are pro Wukong you are favored to win each match up.


Well, I say im the best wukong na.. even though its not the truth, I do feel like it. I have played over 500 games with him in ranked already I believe that I'm one of the more consistence wukong top player. You can look at Authors Stats at the top compare to the High rated Guides on here and I have the best stats in the community! Also I almost have a 2.0 kd ratio, and I think thats pretty good imo. I almost double my death in every game.  

Updates Back to Top

  • Added Early-Mid-Late Game Builds
  • Clean up the item section to make it look more neat and less word clustered.
  • Clean up the entire Guide to look more clean and professional.  
  • There was a point I didnt want to play l.o.l or do anything with L.o.l anymore, so I stop posting and even stop playing, I was on to play ranked when I couldnt be with my girlfriend or I had some spare time during the break.  The inconsistency of playing cause my ranking to go down only minorly and affected my K/D ratio greatly.
  • I have no plans to make it higher or better, right now I'm just playing to win ranked not to secure my 2.0 Ratio anymore. If I learn anything new on the way, I'll definitely update.
  • New build under the itemization section for the new HP stacking META.
  • Added "how to build wukong for dummies" for the new meta the league has experiencing lately :/ through the league of "BC"/"Warmog"/"Blade of Ruined Kings".
  • 4/23/2013: Sorry no update lately, I have been busy with school work and girlfriend problems etc.. ill be back soon dont worry ;)
  • 4/28/2013: Removed unneeded items in the item category and added in GA as an recommended item on "how to build wukong".
  • 8/29/2013: Removed that arent in the meta anymore, Removed How to build Wukong Part 1, Changed How to build wukong for dummies. Change build paths. 

  • 02/02/2014:Delete some unnecessary things off the guide. Add in description for Early-Mid-Late Game. Add/Remove some items for Items. Update "Other INFO and Updates" section. Post up the remaining Matchups.
  • 06/05/2015 revamped the entire guide. Set for season 5.
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