Amumu Build Guide by
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Strategy, skills and build usage
Cursed Touch reduces magic resistance by up to 25. When going for the kill, make sure you get in at least one melee attack, as many champions only have 30 base magic resistance.
Refrain from spamming your skills early game, as it can lead to mana starvation.
Maxing Bandage Toss last allows you to stack up damage with your other abilities early game. The length of the stun is the same at all levels of the skill.
Bandage Toss can also be used through walls on neutral camps as an escape mechanism.
The Ancient Golem buff allows Amumu, due to its mana regeneration, to keep Despair activated almost indefinitely.
Despair is very effective against other tanks, so make sure you're in range of the opponent's highest health champions.
Despair has a 0.01 (1%) scaling. In game the tooltip only shows despair doing more % health damage per every 100 ability power. For example 500 AP = 5% health every second + 2.7% base and 24 additional MD at level 5.
Tantrum's passive makes Amumu a very hardy jungler.
Amumu is a great jungler with Despair and Tantrum allowing for an easy and strong jungle.
Amumu's pre-level 6 ganks are fairly strong, provided the lane is pushed. A pushed lane, teammates with closers and good damage or teammates with 2 or more Crowd Control abilities can often result in a kill, even against enemies with Flash. They key is to hit Bandage Toss successfully for the stun, and pre-level 6, you will often only have 1 chance to do so. Bandaging from a bush straight to a target looks flashy, but often, teammates will not be able to fully maximize the damage they deal due to reaction time needed for your move. It can also be difficult to hit since enemies sometimes move in an unpredictable manner. A surer way of hitting Bandage Toss is to walk towards the enemy from the opposite direction of your teammates, preferably after your teammates have engaged the enemy, which places the enemy within striking range for your teammates. Bandage Toss is not cast until Amumu is chasing the enemy unless the enemy and Amumu's teammates are still engaged in battle by the time they are within range. When Amumu is directly behind a fleeing enemy, it is easier to predict their path.
Amumu's Curse of the Sad Mummy, is crucial in team fights and can often be the deciding factor. You should try to have it ready for when a team fight breaks out. Always try to use Curse of the Sad Mummy on as many enemies as possible while your team is in the vicinity.
Amumu's Curse of the Sad Mummy is very effective when combined with many other champions' ultimates, particularly area of effect spells, such as Glacial Storm, Bullet Time, Absolute Zero, Crowstorm and Soul Shackles. Try to coordinate abilities like these to rack up heavy damage at the start of a team fight.
Amumu's Curse of the Sad Mummy can be blocked by Morgana's Black Shield and other crowd control-preventing items/abilities.
Keep in mind that Curse of the Sad Mummy does not stop enemy channeled abilities such as Katarina's Death Lotus or Nunu's Absolute Zero.
If you are running away from an enemy, you can Bandage Toss over a wall to a neutral minion camp to pull yourself over the wall. It's not advised to do this if you cannot survive the aggro from the minions.
Using Bandage Toss slightly before being knocked back by abilities will first kick Amumu back and then pull him to the target hit.
Amumu can be built as a pure tank with health and situational magic resistance and/or armor defensive items.
Health items that also give ability power are strong for this build, such as Rod of Ages or Rylai's Crystal Scepter. Rylai's Crystal Scepter grants Amumu's abilities a movement speed slow, although at a reduced percentage because his two primary damage abilities are AoE. Despair will permanently slow nearby enemies as long as you have mana to cast it.
Magic Resistance Reduction is a very useful stat on Amumu as it helps him and his team to deal with magic resistance tanks. Abyssal Scepter is a very good item on Amumu, as it synergizes with Cursed Touch, increases the effective damage of Despair (and Sunfire Cape), and helps in team fights.
Sunfire Cape can be effective against all physical damage teams and tends to synergize nicely with his other AoE abilities, especially Despair.
Abyssal Scepter's MR Reduction also has the same range as Curse of the Sad Mummy, meaning that chaining it and other AoE Ultimates such as Mega Inferno Bomb results in increased damage output.
Cooldown reduction on Amumu is very strong, but it's often difficult to itemize for it. Grab the Crest of the Ancient Golem buff when possible (when mid cannot/does not need to take it) to gain cooldown reduction without sacrificing stats.
Frozen Heart and Randuin's Omen are two great items to purchase - the former's mana and cooldown reduction works especially well on Amumu, while the slows of the latter helps Amumu keep the enemy close to him and wear them down with Despair and Tantrum. Consider whether or not the Randuin's Omen attack speed slow is worth the cooldown Tantrum receives upon being autoattacked.
Some form of mana or mana regeneration is advised for Amumu as his Despair and Curse of the Sad Mummy can quickly deplete his mana pool early in the game. An AP focused build can work well as Tear of the Goddess charge quickly with his despair, then later in game, shield from Seraph's Embrace will show useful for teamfights , Chalice of Harmony is also a good choice in early, and can later be upgraded to Athene's Unholy Grail to increase his damages and get the very useful Cooldown reduction.
Philosopher's Stone is a good item for Amumu as it gives him health regeneration, mana regeneration and gold per 10.
A Hextech Revolver can give Amumu more sustain in the jungle as sustain is a significant problem for most magic damage junglers.
However, most of Amumu's spells are AoE dmg, which makes it less effective. A simple Philosopher's Stone helps more.
A Spirit Stone provides stats similar to Philosopher's Stone but is built out of Hunter's Machete. Therefore, Spirit Stone is often the optimal choice.f