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League of Legends Build Guide Author Phantom Aggelos

Cho'Gath, the Jungle King:Off-tank Cho'Gath for Ranked Games

Phantom Aggelos Last updated on February 26, 2012
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Ability Sequence

Ability Key Q
Ability Key W
Ability Key E
Ability Key R

Not Updated For Current Season

The masteries shown here are not yet updated for the current season, the guide author needs to set up the new masteries. As such, they will be different than the masteries you see in-game.



Offense: 6

Honor Guard

Defense: 15

Strength of Spirit

Utility: 9

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Chapter 1

Because I jungle i take Vorpal Spikes at Rank 3 by level 5 but leave it there, maxing Feral Scream by Level 10 and Rupture immediatly after, taking Feast whenever I can.

NOTE: This guide's for OFF-TANK Cho'Gath.

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Attack Speed Marks work great at jungling Cho'Gath, combined with Ability Power Glyphs and Vorpal Spikes, so always take these when jungling. In lane you can trade glyphs to magic resist per level. Flat armor Seals are also great, while Health or Movement Speed Quint work great too.

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6-15-9. In Utility take movement speed and bonus mana to keep your abilities flowing and to grant you extra mobility. Also, I take Neutral Buff duration. In defence take flat health and health per level, and reduced minions damage as well as Bladed Armor. Also take improved Smite. In Offence take AP and 1 points in AD so that you can take improved Ghost.

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Starting Items

Start with a Cloth Armor and 5 Health Potions for fast jungle clearing. Rush a Catalyst the Protector and take Ionian Boots of Lucidity as soon as possible to spam your abilities.

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Core Items

Your first major buy should be Rod of Ages, as all of it's stats are important for Cho'Gath. Take Sheen first for Trinity Force. Trinity Force is especially good for Cho'Gath, as it benefits with all of it's stats. Also he has exeptional mobility with the Movement Speed. Wit's End will give you great damage output, as well as magic resist. Because Cho'Gath is a tank and initiator, he can keep Wit's End full Stacked.

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Final Items

Finally, Rylai's Crystal Scepter will give a lot of damage, durability and battlefield contronling, by crowd-controling large groups of enemies. Atma's Impaler will give a lot of durability and damage, and it combines very well with Feast, as gaining health will give you damage. I don't have added them, but when you have finished your items, take elixirs to increase your damage and durability.

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Skill Sequence

As I jungle with Cho'Gath, I bring at Rank 3 by Level 5, but max it at Levels 17 and 18, after I maxed all of his other abilities. I max Feral Scream by Level 10, to combine the silence with strong AOE damage. Rupture a very strong AOE by it's own, so i max it second, by Level 15. I take Feast whenever I can of course.

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Summoner Spells

Smite and Ghost are very good for Cho'Gath, giving him very fast jungle speeding, while Ghost gives him exceptional mobility and is one of the best escape tool in the game.

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With this build, I have a lot of damage and mobility, as well as much durability. Use Feast on enemy champions frequently, but always for killing them. Otherwise, use it on minions to gain Feast Stakcs.

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Ranked Play

This is guide is better if used in ranked games, but only after trying it in a Custom game, in a Co-op VS AI, then a normal game, and if you feel ready in ranked games. Try ganging more than usual, especially the weakest lanes, as Cho'Gath is a very strong ganger.

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Pros / Cons

This build gives you a lot of damage and mobility, as well as enough durablity. Cho'Gath deals significant burst with this build, and has very strong chasing and escaping tools. However, it doesn't give you as much durability as other guides, but this is the only con in this build.

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Creeping / Jungling

Your jungle route should be typical enough. Have a teammate to pull the ancient golem and take it down with Smite. Then transition to the wolves, wraiths, golems if you need health, as your passive will give you health adn mana for killing them, take out the Lizard Elder adn head to gang lanes. Lead with Rupture and Feral Scream and land basic attakcs with Vorpal Spikes.

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Team Work

It's very easy to save teammates with this build, as the slow from Rylai's on top of Rupture and Feral Scream will give them enough time to get away.

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Unique Skills

This build provides exceptional burst on single targets, and a lot of mobility, as well as enogh tankiness to survive most encounters.