Rengar Build Guide by CrimsonSkyz
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This guide is finally finished!!! Thanks everyone for being patient :)!!!
Apparently there was awho decided to downvote every single Rengar guide that was out and stay anonymous. Before this I didn't require users to comment to vote but now I have changed that as it was a bad idea for letting users vote without having to comment. This is my first guide and I suppose I was careless.
Please do not let the rating affect your own personal opinion about this guide. Judge it fairly based on how useful and informative this guide was. Not based on just the build, because anyone can put together a build full of expensive/strong items. Remember to comment in order to vote! Thanks again.
To all Mobafire users:
If you don't like any of my item builds I'm ok with it. Just ignore those item builds if you want and build the way you prefer(but at least try out the builds first before deciding whether or not they suck). If you like the item builds and think they're great I'm very ok with that too :D!
I simply ask that you read and judge the guide for its information. For you, the item builds may "suck" but I don't think the information in this guide sucks. I think it can help you with playing Rengar. Yes it's a lot of info but a lot of users have found them helpful and I hope that you do too. If you do find it helpful please comment and upvote it. I have devoted a lot of my time to making this guide for everyone and I would really appreciate the +1. Your +1's are what keep me going!~ :)
I can't believe how manytroll voters there are in our Mobafire community!!!
It truly hurts me to see all my hard work go from a steadily rising rating of 66%(which filled me with joy) down the drain to a 55% rating due to the downvotes of so many trolls.
I can't believe how selfish and greedy some people are when trying to get their own guide to the top by hurting all the other guides that have so much work, time, and effort put into them by their authors. After reading my guide and voting, please go check out the other Rengar guides read them and upvote them if you think they're good and deserve a better rating.
I don't care if my guide doesn't get to be the best, but of course it would be awesome if it did. I just want my guide to be rated honestly and fairly to see how I did for my guide. I want to see how much people I've helped and feel good about it. I want a fair competition between the guides and NOT some corrupted and rigged contest. And I don't want to see all the trolling jerks that are sadly part of the Mobafire community.
Although the Solo Top/Jungle builds are very similar to Slayus's Solo Top build I DID NOT copy or model it after his. Plagiarism absolutely DISGUSTS me and to be accused of it truly depresses me. As you can see my guide was published before his guide. Even though it is possible to change the item build whenever I want, I SWEAR that the shown builds are original and made by me. They have ALL stayed the same(except Build 4 Infinity) from the day this guide was published and up til now.
Hello fellow summoners! I am CrimsonSkyz and this is my Rengar- Unleash the Beast!(In Depth Solo Top & Jungle) guide!!! Yes I love the color red ^u^!
This is also my first guide on Mobafire. I had been thinking about building a guide a long time ago but there are already plenty of great guides on Mobafire and I do not object to the way they have been made. It is also because I am a lazy S.O.B.(for those who don't know what that means, hint: it's related to the male offspring of a female dog).
As you can probably tell this guide is REALLY LONG. Because this is my first guide I tried to make it as in-depth as possible with USEFUL INFO NOT SPAM AND SHET. Be prepared for a long read or you can simply go to the section you wish to know more about and just read that.
Many that have already read this guide said that it is really informative and useful and worth the read. Thank you all! :D
So some people have been questioning me about Build 4: Infinity and here is my response:
This build is for people who feel like trying something new and fun(well for me it is, you; however, may not find it fun). As you can probably tell it is not very well balanced as Randuin's Omen is the only defensive item(except for Mercury's Treads). You may do some changes to the build for your own personal preference. Again Build 4: Infinity is my own personal build that I play just for fun ^_^.
There are also other builds that I use on Rengar and I have posted them under Build 4 Infinity Item Build & Explanations(including a CDR build). Builds 1, 2, and 3 are the builds I would normally use for ranked or normal games.
Please remember that when reading this guide:
- I am in no way telling you that this is the "best" guide there is for Rengar . This is simply my own way to play Rengar. It is all of my own personal preference.
- Do not blindly follow this guide as if it were set in stone. You must always remember to adapt to the situation at hand.
- If you do terribly in one game with this guide remember that everyone has his or her bad games. Try this build several times in several games. If you still do terribly, go try out one of the other wonderful Rengar guides created by other Mobafire users. Our game play styles may differ and this build just isn't for you.
- The first build is based on Rengar soloing top lane. It is also the standard tanky build for Solo Top. The second build is for jungling while the last two builds are alternative builds for Solo Top Rengar. The Trinity Force build(Build 3) is for players who wish to be more offensive than tanky as solo top Rengar. Builds 3 & 4 can also be used bot lane if you plan on being the AD carry with Rengar.
- After reading the guide please remember to comment and vote!!! Constructive criticism is always welcome :). As for plain rude insults...
GTFO BICHES!!!(╯°□°）╯︵ ┻━┻
- If you downvote my guide please give me your reasons to why you did. This guide has taken me a long time to make and it would be nice to see why you downvoted, so that I can learn from my mistakes so that I can make an awesome guide in the future!
- If you are this:and you downvote just cause you feel like it. Here is my response to you:
- If you upvote my guide... THANK YOU SO MUCH I LOVES YOU!!!(bad grammar was intentional ^_^). If you upvoted the guide because you liked it and don't want my love... FINE HAVE IT YOUR WAY Q_Q (cries in dark and lonely corner)!
And now... *sniff sniff* I present to you my Rengar guide!!!
Beware the Beast...
Personally I think it's nice to get to know the champ before you start to play him or her or it.
- Insane early game damage
- Great lane sustain with his W( Battle Roar) 15% heal!!!
- Excellent 1v1 champ
- Not too hard to master
- Savagery' and its empowered version's buffs stack!
- NO MANA!
- Empowered abilities have no CD!
- One B.A. looking champ! HE'S A FREAKING LION!
- He is great at 1v1 but not so good in team fights.
- Like many carries/bruisers, Rengar is quite squishy early game.
- Damage starts to fall off late game.
- Not exactly a fast champion when it comes to clearing the jungle.
- Earning trophies for the Bonetooth is sometimes hard since Rengar tends to be focused on A LOT.
- It is easy to accidentally cancel your ulti Thrill of the Hunt by right-clicking an enemy to attack.
- No real escape mechanisms(you can use Bola Strike but that will only slow one enemy it will not work against multiple opponents, Thrill of the Hunt can also be used but not recommended as it is Rengar's ultimate and should not be used so often simply as an escape tool).
- Must be patient when using Thrill of the Hunt you don't want to waste the % bonus movement speed and ferocity build up right after using it(unless you use the ulti just so you can leap and deal a killing blow to an escaping enemy champion when not close to brush).
- Summoner's Wrath : The point in this will let you have the bonuses of Ignite when it is on cooldown.
- Brute Force : Giving you a bit more early game damage and last hitting power.
- Alacrity : Attack speed!
- Weapon Expertise : 10% Armor pen.
- Deadliness : More damage.
- Lethality : The 10% more crit damage is a nice bonus for only 1 mastery point and is needed to get 20points total in the offense tree for Executioner .
- Vampirism : Life steal.
- Sunder : Helps against enemies that build armor. If used against squishies that don't bother building armor... AHAHAHA. Another trophy for your collection ;).
- Executioner : MORE DAMAGE!
- Butcher : One point is taken from Summoner's Wrath because there is no need for it when jungling as Rengar, unless you took Ghost. In that case just leave the point in Summoner's Wrath . Then a point is taken from Brute Force and placed into Butcher . You will deal more damage on jungle creeps with points in Butcher than with points in Brute Force . That is because the +3 atk damage from Brute Force is reduced by the armor of jungle creeps. Butcher applies additional damage so it is unaffected by armor.
- Resistance : MR for those mages.
- Hardiness : Armor for those physical damage dealers.
- Durability : More health per level!
- Veteran's Scars : More health!
- Summoner's Resolve : The bonus gold from using Smite will add up over time, and its good because the jungle isn't exactly the best place to farm for gold.
- Hardiness has 3 points and Resistance has none because the monsters in the jungle deal physical damage, so it is better to have armor over magic resist.
Greater Mark of Lethality
Greater Seal of Armor
Greater Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist
Greater Quintessence of Attack Damage
Greater Mark of Desolation runes help late game since Rengar's damage starts to fall off there. They also help in the jungle as the armor of the monsters are quite high and cause somewhat of a problem early game.
- Greater Mark of Attack Damage runes are also viable as they help you with your early game damage. Please keep in mind though that getting these runes will affect your late game.
Greater Seal of Armor runes provide you with a nice boost in armor. Crucial for soloing top lane and throughout the rest of the game, unless the enemy team goes all AP(which is highly unlikely). These will also help reduce the damage taken from jungle creeps.
- Greater Seal of Vitality is a good alternative choice if you want more health than armor. It also synergizes well but not too well with Atma's Impaler from the Solo Top build.
Greater Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist is great for the MR per level.
- Greater Glyph of Magic Resist is viable but casters generally do not do too much damage with their spells early game.
Greater Quintessence of Attack Damage runes help boost your early game damage.
- Greater Quintessence of Desolation runes are a viable choice to have if you really want to have even more armor penetration than you already do. You can also take these if you decided to go with Greater Mark of Attack Damage runes.
- Greater Quintessence of Movement Speed are also a viable choice for Rengar due to his lack of escape mechanisms. The extra movement speed will help Rengar when fleeing from pursuing enemies or when chasing prey. I would like to thank anagram for suggesting this rune.
When using empowered abilities remember that you can only use ONE of them because it costs five Ferocity to use each empowered ability and five is the max amount of Ferocity that Rengar can build up and store.
After using an empowered ability Rengar's Ferocity bar will go back down to zero(unless you have a Bonetooth Necklace at 14 trophies and if it's used right after the activation of Thrill of the Hunt, in that case you will have one Ferocity leftover if Rengar's empowered ability hits an enemy) and you will no longer be able to use the other empowered abilities until you have built up five Ferocity again.
Range: 600, 750 with 9 trophies on Bonetooth Necklace.
Cooldown: 6 seconds
Physical Damage: 30 / 55 / 80 / 105 / 130 (+1.0 per attack damage)
Attack Speed: 30 / 35 / 40 / 45 / 50 %
Empowered Savagery (Active) - Ferocity Bonus: Savagery deals additional damage equal to 150% of Rengar's attack damage, and the Attack Speed bonus is doubled.
Cost: 5 Ferocity
Empowered Damage: 30 / 55 / 80 / 105 / 130 (+2.5 per attack damage)
Empowered Attack Speed: 60 / 70 / 80 / 90 / 100 %
After being activated Rengar's blade and claw have a dark aura surrounding them indicating that Rengar's next basic attack will apply the bonus damage and increase his attack speed.
The normal Savagery bonus STACKS with the empowered version of this ability. You can receive a total of 150% bonus attack speed.
Activating this ability will also RESET your auto attack timer. It is good to land an auto attack then activate this skill to reset you auto attack timer to get an extra hit. Technically Savagery can crit but only the base damage(30 /55 /80 /105 /130)will be multiplied.
Cooldown: 15 / 14 / 13 / 12 / 11 seconds
Magic Damage: 75 / 120 / 165 / 210 / 255 (+1.0 per ability power)
Bonus Armor & Magic Resistance: 20 / 30 / 40 / 50 / 60
Empowered Battle Roar (Active) - Ferocity Bonus: Battle Roar also heals Rengar for 15% of his maximum health.
Cost: 5 Ferocity
If it hits an enemy Rengar will be surrounded by a dark aura for the duration of the buff. There will also be a buff icon above the ability bar showing that Rengar has received bonus armor and magic resist.
The heal from its empowered version will proc even if it doesn't hit an enemy. Basically a built in Heal for Rengar but it is a lot better(especially late game)!
Cooldown: 12 / 11 / 10 / 9 / 8 seconds
Physical Damage: 60 / 105 / 150 / 195 / 240 (+0.7 per bonus attack damage)
Slow: 50 / 55 / 60 / 65 / 70 %
Empowered Bola Strike (Active) - Ferocity Bonus: Bola Strike initially roots his target for 1 second. The slow is applied in full after the 1 second, and decays over the remaining 1.5 seconds.
Cost: 5 Ferocity
The empowered version roots Rengar's target for one second and after that one second(when the enemy is no longer rooted) the slow effect is applied. The debuff decays over time so it starts out with the full % slow and decreases over 1.5 seconds.
Cooldown: 120 / 85 / 50 seconds
Vision Radius: 2000 / 3000 / 4000
Movement Speed Bonus: 10 / 15 / 20 %
Although it says that you will gain 1 Ferocity every 0.75seconds you will not be able to exceed the cap on his Ferocity bar which is five. Rengar will only be able to generate Ferocity during the stealth duration. Using a basic attack or activating/using an ability(this only applies to Battle Roar and Bola Strike, activating Savagery will not cancel the stealth but attacking with Savagery will) will automatically cancel his stealth and stop his Ferocity generation.
Having his stealth cancelled like that also means that Rengar has 0.5seconds before he is no longer able to leap on his next basic attack until he enters or exits brush or stealth again. During the stealth duration Rengar will be able to leap at the enemy target thanks to his innate, Unseen Predator.
Rengar's ultimate is similar to Nocturne's ultimate Paranoia. However, Rengar's Thrill of the Hunt upon activation will not "redden" the enemies screen like Nocturne's Paranoia. The only screen that will turn "red" during Thrill of the Hunt will be yours. The enemy team will not know that you have activated Thrill of the Hunt, unless of course you stealth right in front of their faces.
Ability Sequences and Explanations
Bola Strike is taken at level 1 because you are soloing top. As the solo top laner you must play cautiously and safely. Recalling every few seconds because of any reckless game play will allow the enemies to push top lane and dominate that lane. Bola Strike is an ability with many uses. It can: help you build Ferocity from asafe distance, harass the enemy laners, and if you want you can use it to last hit enemy minions. You really shouldn't be confronting the enemy laners as it is a 1 v 2 or 1v1(if they have a jungler, that also means that their solo top will be playing safely and cautiously as well) so Savagery is not yet needed(since getting in range to use Savagery is NOT playing safely/cautiously). HOWEVER if you are one of those people who would like to max Savagery first to be more aggressive than passive, then feel free to do it. As I said before this guide is NOT set in stone. You may make your own changes to better suit your play style.
Battle Roar is taken next at level 2 to increase your lane sustain with its % heal. It is important that you should only leave your lane when absolutely needed to or to get items. When you do have to leave ask your jungler to watch over top lane until you get back(this way the enemy champ(s) will not get to your turret while you are all the way back at base). There are also some exceptions to this "rule" of when to leave, in which case you should know whether or not you should recall. Use you common sense and logic when deciding.
A point is taken at level 3 and put into Savagery as now(or soon) should be around the time your jungler decides to gank top lane. Savagery is the main ability that you spam during fights as it is on the shortest cooldown.
Bola Strike is maxed out first for several reasons. Early game as the solo top, you should be farming and poking your enemies from time to time from a safe distance. As Bola Strike is increased in rank the cooldown is decreased allowing you to poke/harass more during the laning phase. It will also allow you to build Ferocity faster from a safe distance.
Savagery is maxed out second as it will be your main ability used in team fights and small skirmishes. Battle Roar is maxed last because it is a skill that is mainly used for its utility not damage as it scales with only AP and the empowered version's % heal stays the same no matter what rank it is(except for rank 0 of course).
As for Thrill of the Hunt, like every ultimate you should take the opportunity to max this at every chance you get, which is at levels 6, 11, and 16.
This sequence is based onajungling with Rengar. Rengar is not the best for clearing jungles so I take advantage of his great 1v1 power.
I invest a point in Savagery at level 1 because that will be the main move that you spam as Rengar and it also has the shortest cooldown. You will be using Savagery very often for ganks and fighting monsters in the jungle.
At level 2 a point in placed in Battle Roar to help sustain you in the jungle. By using Battle Roar you will gain bonus armor and magic resist which means that you will be taking less damage from the monsters.
At level 3 you put a point in Bola Strike, this will allow you to dish out more damage to the monsters. Savagery is maxed first because, as I said before, it is your most frequently used ability in and out of the jungle. Bola Strike is maxed next to improve your ganks, reduce its cooldown, and increase its damage.
Battle Roar is maxed last because it scales only with AP and is mainly used for its utility not damage. As for any other ultimate Thrill of the Hunt is maxed at levels 6, 11, and 16.
This setup is focused on Rengar being anAD carry(bot) or bruiser(top). If you chose to be the AD carry go bot lane with a good support champ to help you. This is also the alternative build for Solo Top. Choose this if you do not want to be so tanky and you want to be more aggressive.
An early point in Savagery at level 1 can help you obtain first blood at the start of the game. However, it is not guaranteed that you will get it. This may also backfire and cause you to give the enemy team first blood, so charge at your own risk.
Bola Strike is taken at level 2 to give you early game harass as mentioned in the Solo Top section. It is also useful for securing kills/ first blood(if not already taken by you or someone else).
Battle Roar is taken at level 3 for more lane sustain. Your lane mate's support champion may be enough for helping you with sustain but better safe than sorry, and using the empowered version can sometimes save your skin in tough situations. The bonus armor and magic resist is also a nice boost.
As the AD carry/bruiser, you will want to take down enemy champions fast. Maxing Savagery will help you with your role since the higher rank it is, the more bonus attack speed you will get.
Bola Strike is maxed second to lower its cooldown and increase the % slow. In my opinion Savagery> Bola Strike because I want to deal the most damage in a short amount of time and maxing Savagery will help a lot. If you prefer, you may max Bola Strike first and Savagery second. Again this is of my own personal preference and you may add your own tweaks to this guide to better suit your play style.
Battle Roar is maxed last. The reasons are the same to that from the Build 1: Solo Top ability explanations. Thrill of the Hunt is maxed at levels 6, 11, and 16.
The reasons behind this ability sequence is pretty much the same for Build 3: Triforce. Savagery is maxed first because the bonus attack speed from the basic ability combined with the bonus attack speed from the empowered ability PLUS your Infinity Edge and Youmuu's Ghostblade will allow you to deal a HUGE number of critical strikes to an enemy champion. Against a squishy champ like Teemo... R.I.P.. Bola Strike and Battle Roar are maxed second and last for the same reasons in Build 3:Triforce. Thrill of the Hunt is maxed at levels 6, 11, and 16.
The Bonetooth Necklace
Unique Passive: +2 attack damage per level
Rengar collects trophies when killing Champions, and gains bonus effects based on how many trophies he has. Kills and assists grant 1 trophy, and 1 trophy is lost on death.
- +10 armor penetration
- +5% cooldown reduction
- +25 movement speed
Build 1 & 2 Solo Top/Jungle: Item Build & Explanations
Maw of Malmortius
- Ninja Tabi when facing AD heavy teams.
- Ionian Boots of Lucidity a lot of people love CDR on Rengar and if you think you don't need the tenacity or magic resist from Mercury's Treads get these boots instead.
- Warmog's Armor if you feel like you need more health than magic resist then get this. It also synergizes well with your Atma's Impaler.
- Banshee's Veil an item with an awesome spell shield that can block an enemy spell every 45seconds. The mana is wasted so I prefer getting Maw of Malmortius over this. Get this if you don't have too much gold to waste and/or the enemy is using heavy damage spells often.
- Force of Nature the one item with the highest amount of magic resist in the game. The passive synergizes greatly with all the health items you have bought. A bit overkill for the magic resist since you already have Mercury's Treads and Greater Glyph of Scaling Magic Resists, so get it if the enemy is AP heavy or if the AP carry of the enemy team is really fed.
- Guardian Angel if you love reviving, getting away to piss the enemy team off, and/or finishing the enemy that you almost killed but you died first, this is the item for you.
- Remember that by getting these items you are losing attack damage with your already low attack damage build( Warmog's Armor is somewhat of an exception as it indirectly provides AD through the passive of Atma's Impaler).
The reason why I didn't list Wriggle's Lantern is because it is gotten early game but sold late game to make room for much better items. Wriggle's Lantern is a great item early game for solo top and jungle. It provides armor which is good against physical damage from enemy champions and monsters. It also provides attack damage and life steal which helps with sustain in both the jungle and in lane. The unique passive helps you clear the jungle a lot faster as well. You also get a FREE 3 minute ward that you can use to keep an eye on activity in the river, jungle, or at the buffs.
Build 1 & 2 Solo Top/Jungle: Item Sequence
The Cloth Armor is also great for rushing Wriggle's Lantern my favorite solo top item and a favorite for many junglers. It provides armor, life steal, attack damage, a good passive for ensuring the killing blow on a minion(if it procs), and FREE 3MIN WARD. WARDS SAVE LIVES. It is not just the jungler's job to place wards. Everyone on the team must ward their areas so it easier for your teammates to see incoming ganks if enemy laner(s) go MIA(REMEMBER TO CALL MIAs)!!!
If you think you can handle your lane without the extra armor then go for Boots of Speed and 3x Health Potions. For jungling, you can also start off with Boots of Speed 3x Health Potions if you trust your leasher to give you a good leash. Soon you should have your Wriggle's Lantern. Now either get Mercury's Treads or Heart of Gold.
Get Mercury's Treads first if:
||SPACE||Get Heart of Gold first if:
Heart of Gold already provides you with +250 health but it is not enough. By the middle of mid game, you should have rushed Frozen Mallet(which is built from Giant's Belt) and Atma's Impaler.
Frozen Mallet will provide you with even more health, some attack damage, and an on-hit slow! The on-hit slow from your basic attacks will help you when chasing down prey and keeping the targeted enemy close to you and/or your team. The CC from Frozen Mallet will increase the power of your ganks and give you and your teammates more time to dish out more damage.
Atma's Impaler will provide you with armor(an important aspect for playing solo top because most top laners deal physical damage, that is why you build tanky like Fiora and Irelia). It also provides critical chance and a unique passive that gives you attack damage equal to 1.5% of Rengar's max health. It works great with the health bonuses from Frozen Mallet, your Greater Seal of Vitality runes if you chose to take those instead of Greater Seal of Armor, and Randuin's Omen(which you will get late game).
However, I do not recommend doing this for people who are jungling with Rengar. The main reason is that a jungler's job is to create good ganks to help get your team's AD carry or AP carry fed. It is important that you do not fall behind in kills but it is even more important that you share the kills with the carries but they get a larger portion of that share.
Trinity Force is a great item to have for bursting down enemies but that is a job for your carries not you, the jungler. Frozen Mallet is what helps you keep the enemies in range for your carries to burst them down and should not be replaced. If you have the gold to build Trinity Force it means that you are taking most of the kills and not successfully doing your job as the jungler(however, you can be doing a great job as a jungler and all the assists from successful ganks have given you a huge load of gold, if this is the situation you're in then go for it).
Maw of Malmortius is built off of the Hexdrinker and it provides an even stronger magic damage shield(it does not protect you from physical damage), a decent amount of magic resist, a great amount of attack damage, and an awesome passive that makes you stronger as your health gets lower! You are also welcome to browse through the Situational Items list if you want something else and it is not listed under viable choices from the previous chapter.
Build 3 Triforce: Item Build & Explanations
- Ninja Tabi when facing AD heavy teams.
- Ionian Boots of Lucidity a lot of people love CDR on Rengar and if you think you don't need the tenacity or magic resist from Mercury's Treads get these boots instead.
- Sunfire Cape is an excellent item to replace Warmog's Armor as it also provides a good amount of health and armor. It also provides a useful AoE damaging passive. Because Rengar is melee he will have to stick to enemies, something that Rengar excels at with his Bola Strike and the passive from Trinity Force, to deal damage. Over time the damage output from Sunfire Cape can devastate the enemy's health pool.
- Thornmail is very useful if the enemy team is mostly AD or if the enemy AD carry/bruiser is fed. Getting this item will punish their ADC a lot. The Thornmail also provides the highest amount of armor in game.
- Spirit Visage provides health, CDR, magic resist, and an excellent passive that increases healing effects on Rengar! That means healing from your The Bloodthirster and Battle Roar will be better buy 15%!!! Spirit Visage is not part of the main build because I don't think it provides enough health especially late game. You may take a Spirit Visage early game and then sell it late game to make room for a Warmog's Armor. However, I don't really recommend this because you need to get a Warmog's Armor early in order to earn stacks on it a.s.a.p.
- Randuin's Omen overall a great item for Rengar. If you like getting this better than getting pure health, then go for it. I chose to get Warmog's Armor because I am already getting a sufficient amount of armor from Guardian Angel and your Greater Seal of Armors and do not need to have an excess amount of armor.
- When you are about to die remember to obtain 5 Ferocity before your death. Once you revive immediately activate empowered Battle Roar to heal 15% of Rengar's max health.
- If you only have 4 Ferocity before your death while you are "reviving" activate Bola Strike so that you can right click an enemy(after being revived) to gain that last Ferocity and use empowered Battle Roar.
- If you only have 3
before death, do the same step in the previous tip^, and then activate Savagery to stab an enemy to gain that 5th
and use empowered Battle Roar. The stab from Savagery should also heal you due to the life steal granted by The Bloodthirster. The small heal should be enough for you to take a bit more damage before you can use empowered Battle Roar and heal.
After doing one of those steps^:
- If you are running away from one enemy slow them down with Bola Strike and make a run for it. Use Flash if necessary.
- If you are running from multiple enemies don't use Bola Strike yet. Simply Flash past a wall and run(if Flash is off cooldown). If not, just run away and Bola Strike the fastest enemy that is catching up to you.
- If you are NOT running but staying in the fight spam Rengar's abilities and used empowered Battle Roar at each chance you get. Rely on using Savagery and its attack speed buff to help you deal damage and heal you with the life steal from The Bloodthirster
Build 3 Triforce: Item Sequence
You can choose Boots of Speed for more mobility to get away quickly if your first encounter with the enemy laner(s) goes bad for you(ex: you go to check the brush at top or bot lane and... BAM--> EXHAUSTED AND GETTING "BURSTED" DOWN. In your head you might be thinking: SHYT I GOTTA GTFO). If you think this might happen to you THEN TAKE THE BOOTS. You will be glad you did.
Now we move on to getting 2x Doran's Blades, but if you took Cloth Armor as a starting item get Boots of Speed before stacking Doran's Blades. The Doran's Blades will help with your early game damage and give you more last hitting power. Next get bonetooth necklace for more damage and it is important to get it early so you can get stacks faster. Now it is time to add some magic resist to your set of items so get Mercury's Treads.
Next take Phage which will be built later on into Trinity Force. Phage is taken first as opposed to Sheen because Sheen's passive is better later on when Rengar's base attack damage increases. The ability power given by Sheen only helps damage with Battle Roar which is not used for damage but for utility. And obviously Rengar has no use for the mana provided by Sheen so Phage is the better choice. The Phage will provide Rengar with stats that he will actually use early game: health, attack damage, and a slow effect for chasing prey or running from pursuers.
A Vampiric Scepter is bought to better help your sustain during the laning phase and will be later built into The Bloodthirster.
The next item is The Bloodthirster. This will greatly increase your damage and provide you with more sustain in and out of fights. The faster you can get The Bloodthirster the faster you can gain the stacks and acquire even more damage and life steal.
To increase your survivability, Warmog's Armor is rushed as soon as possible for the huge health boost and so that you can start earning stacks on it for even more health and survivability.
Guardian Angel is the final finishing touch to the build and is built off of the Cloth Armor if you chose it as your starting item. The Guardian Angel will provide you with armor and magic resist AND the ability to REVIVE(which has a 5 min cooldown). You will also be able to use those nice tips explained in the previous section ;) in case you ever need them. Hopefully not :)! Reviving will also help you keep you The Bloodthirster stacks! But if you get killed after being revivedathe person/people that killed you!!!
Build 4 Infinity: Item Build & Explanations
Here is one variation of my favorite builds to use. It is of my own personal preference, and I simply play it for fun. You might like this build if you love to see yourself as Rengar dishing out HUGE amounts of damage in a short amount of time. As I stated previously, the item build that is shown is just one of the different variations of the builds that I use. I suppose you could call this item build somewhat of a "Glass Cannon" build.
I will also provide the other builds as it seems that several people are interested in seeing them. I will not; however, provide detailed explanations to the other builds. I will only be providing a detailed explanation and item sequence to the one currently featured on this guide.
If you think that one of the builds should be actually featured(given a detailed item explanations, item sequence etc.) on this guide just let me know. If there are enough requests I will feature it on the guide.
My Other Builds:
CDR: Ionian Boots of Lucidity--> bonetooth necklace--> The Brutalizer--> Spirit Visage--> Trinity Force--> Infinity Edge--> Youmuu's Ghostblade
Glass Cannon: Ionian Boots of Lucidity--> bonetooth necklace--> Trinity Force--> Infinity Edge--> The Bloodthirster--> Phantom Dancer--> Phantom Dancer(optional: sell Ionian Boots of Lucidity and buy Phantom Dancer. You still have a large amount of movement speed even if you have no boots since you have 24% movespeed from 2x Phantom Dancers, 12%movespeed from Trinity Force and +25movespeed if you have a 6+ stacked bonetooth necklace)
Now it's time for the actual item build and explanations for Build 4: Infinity
- Ninja Tabi when facing AD heavy teams.
- Ionian Boots of Lucidity a lot of people love CDR on Rengar and if you think you don't need the tenacity or magic resist from Mercury's Treads get these boots instead.
Build 4 Infinity: Item Sequence
Now you can buy Berserker's Greaves for more attack speed. It is optional to get Berserker's Greaves! If you'd rather have the tenacity and magic resist early then get Mercury's Treads.
To improve your damage even more rush a B. F. Sword. It will be later built into Infinity Edge. Next get The Brutalizer for even MORE attack damage, some armor penetration, and cooldown reduction! It will be built into Youmuu's Ghostblade later on. To finish off your early game item build buy a Vampiric Scepter for even more sustain.
However, if you bought Berserker's Greaves now is the time to switch to Mercury's Treads(if you feel like keeping the attack speed then keep Berserker's Greaves or you can get the Mercury's Treads later if you feel like it).
Next on the list is Youmuu's Ghostblade. It will provide you better versions of the stats on The Brutalizer in addition to it's critical strike chance which benefits Infinity Edge and unique passive which increases your attack speed by 50% and movement speed by 20%! It is helpful in bursting down an enemy champion or running from enemies when needed.
To finish off the mid game build, buy a B. F. Sword to further boost your damage.
The last item to finish off your build is Randuin's Omen! As I said in previous chapters, it is your main defensive item that provides plenty of useful stats on Rengar. It also keeps you from taking a lot of damage. Everyone needs armor and magic resist! The final cherry on top :)
This is where all the situational items are listed. This list will show situational items for ALL of the guides. However, some of them will refer to a specific build(s), which means that I find it situational for ONLY the specified build(s), which will be listed. I will also give reasons to why it is not situational for the other builds.
Remember that the situational items replace items that are NOT core items. Some of the core items have a special note that references its own possible replacement. Only for those type of items can you use a situational item as a replacement for that particular "core item", although I personally do not recommend it. But since it is you who is playing Rengar and not me, go ahead and replace it if you really want to.
If you want to suggest a situational item or suggest it to be added as a core item of a certain build you are welcome to do so.
- Enemy Malzahar or Warwick appears and sees you. In his head he is probably thinking:, "I'm gonna ulti( Nether Grasp or Infinite Duress whichever champ it is) you and get an easy kill :D!"
- - Malzahar or Warwick ultis you-
- Then *SURPRISE* you activate Quicksilver Sash and cancel their ulti.
- Then you either punish him for suppressing you and kill him or get away and live!
- Either way you can watch him RAGE for wasting his ulti. huehuehue...
OMFG I'M NOT STAYING NEAR THE FHUCKING BRUSH ANYMORE...
Explanation: Since it is 1v2 the odds are in the enemies' favor so you can't really risk getting in melee range. All you can really do is constantly Bola Strike. You could try the above method for 1v1 if you are really sure that they won't do a lot of damage on you after the combo.
For 1v1 situations, champs like Rumble and Darius might not be intimidated.
For 1v2 situations, if you're facing two champs like Darius and Volibear this method won't work. They can easily overpower Rengar so they won't be intimidated. If they are intimidated... lol wtf.
For a more in-depth look at zoning click here.
Some people wanted know the music at the end of the tutorial so here it is: Bad Apple!!
While the enemy champ is rooted, start out with Battle Roar then an auto attack immediately followed by Savagery and a few more auto attacks. Battle Roar is used right after you are in melee range to reduce incoming damage. Empowered Bola Strike only roots the enemy champion not prevent him or her from attacking you while rooted so the bonus armor and magic resist is helpful.
One second after the enemy champ is no longer rooted, toss your regular Bola Strike. This will slow the enemy again allowing you and your teammate(s) to dish out even more damage and possibly secure the kill. Thrill of the Hunt is used to hunt down and finish off the enemy champ if needed. Otherwise it is generally saved up for team fights.
Empowered Battle Roarif:
||SPACE||Empowered Savagery if:
||SPACE||Empowered Bola Strike if:
Savagery is used IMMEDIATELY and RIGHT AFTER an auto attack in order to reset your attack timer allowing you dish out a HUGE amount of damage in just 1-2 seconds!!!
Battle Roar is used right after the Savagery combo because that is around the time the enemy team notices you focusing down their carry. Then the enemy team will focus on killing you to protect their carry, which is why you will need to activate Battle Roar for its bonus armor and magic resist.
Bola Strike is saved for later use because:
- If the enemy carry makes a run for it you will still have Bola Strike to use, even if you used the empowered Bola Strike earlier. It will help slow down the enemy carry and hopefully give you and/or your team enough time to finish off the carry.
- It is also possible for the team fight to be unsuccessful and you will need to escape. You can then Bola Strike a pursuing enemy, slow him or her down, and make your escape.
Thrill of the Hunt is also saved for later because:
*Important: All laning game play can be found here while jungle game play is in a separate section(the chapter after this one). This game play chapter, although it only mentions solo top, can be applied to playing bot lane as well.
As the solo top you must be cautious but you can't let the enemies ambush you at the start of the laning phase. Enter the brush closest to your turret and stay there so that the enemy champion(s) will not be able to occupy that brush. Then:
- If one enemy champ enters your brush, attack him with Bola Strike. Bola Strike will do a fair amount of damage and he should retreat.
- If two enemy champs enter your brush do the same thing you would do if against one enemy champ. Except this time launch it at the squishier champ or whichever champ is in your range. The squishy champ should retreat and his lane mate should retreat with him. Usually the enemy laner( who didn't get hit with Bola Strike) would not charge you since it would be more favorable for him if it was 2(enemy)v1(you) unless he knows he can take you on (i.e. Darius).
By now or soon, the minions should have spawned and reached the middle of each lane. Last hit as much as possible but do not attempt a last hit if the enemy champ(s) is/are close to the minion. He/They will punish you for getting too close just to last hit.
If the enemy champ(s) is/are still in the brush stay close to the river( but still near your turret and in range to last hit minions) so that he/they cannot harass you with any ranged auto attacks or skills. Continue to farm and last hit and he/they will eventually come out either to attack you or to start farming on minions.
If he/they come out of the brush to attack you should be able to get away with ease but do not get zoned out. Harass him/them with Bola Strike and/or Savagery(best to harass if its 1v1 and against a melee champ). Now he/they should be staying in the area behind their minions to keep out of Bola Strike's range. Continue harassing with Bola Strike when you can.
Soon after a few minutes, your jungler should be ready to gank top. Before a gank, remember to store up to five Ferocity . Let the enemy laner(s) push a little to allow room for a good gank. Remember to decide with your jungler which enemy champ to gank. Both of you should decide on ganking the squishier champ and not the tankier one. At the beginning of a game, the squishier a champ is the more of a threat he or she is and the tankier a champ is the less of a threat he or she is.
Remember to ward the brush in the river at top to see incoming ganks from their jungler. Get items whenever you have to recall(if you have the gold) or want to use the large amount of gold you have gained and if the enemy laner(s) are far from your turret or MIA. Have your jungler keep an eye on top lane while you are back at base.
By now one or a few turrets should have been destroyed. If the top lane turret was destroyed, then:
- If it was you who destroyed the enemy turret at top, push a little more so that the enemy minion wave is far from your turret and let your minion wave continue pushing. Then go help out one of the other lanes(mid or bot) with pushing or defending. Continue to push and destroy more turrets, but always keep an eye on your own lane so that your own turret doesn't get destroyed while you are away.
- If it was your own turret that was destroyed and the enemy laner(s) is/are MIA, push back a little then leave the lane and help out the other lanes. Destroy some enemy turrets. If the enemies decide to push top lane, go back top lane to defend/push back.
This is around the time team fights start breaking out. As Rengar you should let your tank initiate before charging in. Hunt down the enemy AD or AP carry first. Do not get too far from your team during the fight or else the enemy team will help protect their carry by targetting and possibly killing you. If no team fights occur continue pushing the lanes as you did in early-mid game.
Now there should constantly be team fights and you should have most of the build completed. Remember to contribute to the team by being involved in each team fight! The absence of a champion during a team fight can affect whether or not his or her team wins the battle. There is power in numbers!!! Other than that continue to focus and kill the carries.
This is the section where I show you how I jungle with Rengar. The tips and tricks are things that I felt like I should share as soon as possible. Hope you found them helpful ;).
For people creating Rengar guides. Please do not steal my ideas from the Tips & Tricks section for your own Rengar guide. I agree that some people might have never read my guide and simply found out the trick on their own. Plagiarism on Mobafire is unacceptable and no other Rengar guide has my tips & tricks so there really shouldn't be any others. Plagiarism will result in the deletion of your guide and possible suspension for your account.
**Note: If you want to know the aggressive jungler just pm me and I will send it to you. It will not be in depth as the other builds in this guide. I will only provide you with the item build/sequence and ability sequence(masteries and runes are the same). If; however, there are a lot of people asking for the build I will add it to this guide. The aggressive jungler is basically the opposite of the supportive jungler. You build more offensive than tanky and take most of the kills from ganks. You will become more like an AD carry.
Jungle Route/ Tips & Tricks
Wraiths--> Lizard Elder--> Mini Golems--> Wraiths--> Wolves--> Ancient Golem
You first go to wraiths and kill them then go to the Lizard Elder to obtain the red buff. Ask your teammates for a leash if you can as the Lizard Elder isn't easy to beat 1v1 at level 1. Remember to make sure that your leasher doesn't stay in range and steal your experience.
Next go to the mini golems, you can use the shortcut(found below this part) so that you don't waste time walking around the wall. Even though you attack the smaller golem with Rengar's leap, you should switch and target the larger golem. Take out the larger golem first so that you don't take as much damage. Sustain in the jungle is very important.
By now the wraiths should have respawned and you should go kill them. After killing them go to wolves then obtain the blue buff .
The other times let your mid laner get the buff. Because Rengar does not use mana it would be better if the AP carry of your team obtain the blue buff. The main reason you kill the Ancient Golem is for the experience and gold.
If you still want the blue buff for yourself try to steal the buff from the enemy jungle(later on, not early game).
Remember to build up Ferocity and spam empowered Battle Roar while in the jungle to heal yourself so that you will not have to recall as much. You should also heal yourself so that you are at full health and ready to gank. Also build Ferocity before you gank. This will increase the power of your ganks by starting off with one of Rengar's empowered abilities.
After killing the Ancient Golem try to gank top lane unless top lane does not need one. Now check mid or bot lane to see if they need a gank(s). If no ganks are needed just keep on jungling or counter jungling(for experienced players) until you feel like ganking or when a gank is needed. This does not mean that you should not gank often. Sometimes you will need to ask a teammate to let the enemy push a little so that you can gank.
The majority of a jungler's gold income and gained experience come from ganks/teamfights. You should gank at every GOOD opportunity and help push lanes at every GOOD opportunity. Take advantage when the enemies recall back to base to heal then PUSH the lane and you might destroy a turret or severely damage it.
Your role as jungler is to:
- GANK, GANK, and GANK
- Keep watch of ALL the lanes in case your teammates need to recall(to get items or if they are severely injured) and need someone to watch over their lane til they get back(go to the lane and push back either to get the playing field "neutral" or push hard if the enemy laner(s) is/are not there so that you can land several hits on his/their turret(s), and possibly destroy them.
- Counter jungle(for experienced junglers).
Simply answer these questions:
- Is the ___ laner getting harassed a lot and/or zoned?
- Did your ___ laner ask for a gank?
- Is the ___ laner having any difficulty with his or her opposing laner(s)?
- Did a teammate say "care" to a lane? If yes, which lane?
- Are there enemies that are MIA? If yes, which of your lanes is getting pushed the most? An enemy gank is most likely going to occur at the lane that you or your team has pushed the most.
If you answered yes to any or several of those questions, you should gank the lane that is in need of help(ex: "care top" means you should go to the top lane and help counter the incoming gank).
When you try to gank:
- Make sure that you don't run into the enemy jungler or MIAs if they are also ganking the lane you want to gank/counter-gank. You want to be the one feeding off the enemy NOT the other way around.
- Make sure that the player you are going to gank with has a good amount of health to survive if the gank is unsuccessful.
- Pay attention to the enemy of the lane you are about to gank. If they are moving away and keeping a good distance from the river it means an enemy is nearby and saw you arriving or there is a ward somewhere along your path.
- In that case get an Oracle's Elixir or Vision Wards to dispose of enemy wards, but if the "ward" is a trap like Teemo's Noxious Trap either let your team's ranged champ(s) dispose of it or kill it with Bola Strike(which is not recommended, but you can still do it if you want to).
- If the trap is something like Caitlyn's Yordle Snap Trap or Nidalee's Bushwhack just go around them because their vision range is quite small. They also do not last as long as Teemo's Noxious Traps.
- MAKE SURE that your teammate KNOWS that you are about to GANK. I can't stress enough on how IMPORTANT this is!!! If they don't know you are ganking they will not help which leads to an unsuccessful gank which may lead to your own death which then leads to you saying." WHAT THE FHUCK MAN! WHY DIDN'T YOU F@#%ING HELP ME! FHUCKING NOOB!!!" Well guess what? YOU DIDN'T FHUCKING TELL THE PERSON THAT YOU WERE GONNA GANK. PINGING IS NICE BUT YOU SHOULD ALSO TYPE IT JUST TO MAKE SURE THE PERSON WILL HELP. DON'T BLAME OTHER PEOPLE FOR YOUR OWN MISTAKES.
If; however, you did tell the player to help gank the enemy and he or she does not help. Either the person is too low on health and should not risk going into a fight that he or she might die in(this means you should not have decided to gank that particular lane) or you can think in your mind aaYOU NOOB!!!
Ward the blue buff and start at either of the red points(enter the bush). Now that you are in the brush and at the starting point and if the Ancient Golem is warded, you can simply right click the Ancient Golem and you will leap to it with your next basic attack thanks to Rengar's innate, Unseen Predator. Keep in mind this trick will only work if you can see the Ancient Golem .
Using the leap for this one is tricky. You can only do it the exact way shown in the picture(unless you have 9-13 trophies on your Bonetooth Necklace then it will be easier). Red buff must also be warded! Now you must exit the brush and go left of the map until the Lizard Elder is in range of your leap. When you are in range right click the Lizard Elder to leap and attack.
Remember that you only have 0.5seconds before you can no longer leap on Rengar's next basic attack until Rengar enters or exits brush or stealth. You must actually right click the left side of the map to move left.
If you simply right click the Lizard Elder you will move to the right of the map and you will not be able to leap due to the somewhat thick wall on the right side of the Lizard Elder .
You can only do it on the left because the wall to the left of the Lizard Elder is thin enough for you to get into leap range. This trick is hard to pull off and will require some practice. When attempting this trick TIMING AND POSITIONING IS ESSENTIAL.
This one is really easy. Just start at the red point in the brush and right click the smaller golem. Now Rengar has leaped to the mini golems. Remember they must be warded too!
This is the section devoted to warding the map. Warding is not the sole responsibility of the jungler. It is everyone's job to ward their areas and the map.
Wards can help:
- SAVE LIVES FOR ONLY 75 GOLD OR 125 GOLD!!!
- keep track of the red and blue buffs.
- prevent potential ganks.
- prevent kill steals on Dragon and Baron .
- It can also be the other way around and you can be the one to kill steal Dragon or Baron from the enemy team, in this case your team will be like," NICE! GJ DUDE!" and the enemy team will be like "aU BICH!!!"
- prevent you and/or your teammates from walking on one of Teemo's Noxious Traps when low on health(if they are Vision Wards). I like this one the most...
YOU ARE FINALLY FINISHED! I hope you found this guide informative and useful! Remember to comment and vote fairly! Some people have asked me how long this guide took me and I think about 40+hrs total~ I never thought making my first guide would take so long O~O, but I hope you enjoyed reading this(maybe not lol) as much as I enjoyed writing this. But I admit I got bored sometimes when typing this xD.
-23.08.2012:Guide was released(Intro, background, pros/cons, masteries, runes, and summoner spells).
-24.08.2012: Guide will continue to be updated. Newly released: Abilities, Ability Sequences and Explanations, and The Bonetooth Necklace.
-25.08.2012: Build 1 & 2 Solo Top/Jungle: Item Build & Explanations finished and released, Build 1 & 2 Solo Top/Jungle: Item Sequence, Jungle Rengar, Jungling Route/Tips & Tricks, Warding.
-26.08.2012: Build 3 Triforce: Item Build & Explanations, and Build 3 Triforce: Item Sequence finished and published. Build 4 Infinity: Item Build & Explanations(currently in progress). The "Situational Items" chapter will be finished after I have completed "Build 4 Infinity: Item Build & Explanations".
-27.08.2012: Special Thanks/Credits published.
-28.08.2012: Build 4 Infinity: Phantom Dancer replaced with Youmuu's Ghostblade. Build 4 Infinity: Item Build & Explanations(finished).
-29.08.2012: Situational Items published. Build 4 Infinity: Item Sequence(finished).
-31.08.2012: Game Play published. Guide finally completed!!!
-01.09.2012: Ability Combos section added.
I would like to thank jhoijhoi for her AWESOME guide on making a guide! It has really helped me a lot in making this. I would also like to thank her for her line dividers and template :). A link to jhoijhoi's GREAT Making a Guide guide: Making a Guide by jhoijhoi
I would also like to thank:
- All the people that took their time to read this very very long guide!
- All the people who gave me constructive criticism and/or suggestions that helped me polish and improve this guide!
- All the people who upvoted this guide<3!!!
- anagram for suggesting Greater Quintessence of Movement Speed(viable quintessence) and Youmuu's Ghostblade(situational item and now part of Build 4 Infinity).
- palenozord for reminding me to clean up and polish the formatting of this guide.
- strive2dream for reminding me about making the Ability Combos section. I sorta forgot about it lol.
- Shurelia, whose tutorials have helped many players including me! :)