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League of Legends Build Guide Author Psihadeles

Jax in the jungle

Psihadeles Last updated on February 19, 2011
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Jungle Role
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Jungle Role
Win 54%
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Ability Sequence

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

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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.


Brute Force
Improved Rally

Offense: 1

Strength of Spirit
Veteran's Scars

Defense: 19

Expanded Mind
Blink of an Eye
Mystical Vision
Presence of the Master

Utility: 10

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Hello ! My first build here on this site so plz dont be to harsh if someone dissagrees with this build ! An honest oppinion is always welcome !

I havent found a jax jungle guide here so I am making one.

First of all - this build works very good for me > but it might not for you.
If your teammates are bad i can assure you wont have fun time aswell.
I suggest you always check if your team has a solo champion and if he is capable of playing alone.

I know there are more efficient junglers in the game but if noone wants to go jungle i gladly take jax as a jungler.

Almost every game i get comments like Jax jungle ? WTF ? Can jax do jungle from lvl 1 ?

The answer is : YES he can!
The jungle is cleared around 4:30 and than you can either go ganking or if there is no opportunity you can help push lanes or just keep on jungling.

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Pros / Cons

Pros :
Very good against squishies
In jungle he can disable the other jungler with dodge+stun (usually wins 1v1 fights)
Really good damage output
Excells mid/lategame
Good HP cause of his passive
Jump on enemies
Good chaser

If you never won a lottery you will probably die on lvl 1 :)
Hard to master
If you cant think the correct thing to do in a situation you will probbably die early game
Slower than some other junglers
Sometimes you die in jungle cause your damn dodge sometimes just procs 1x in 20 secs :(

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I take improved Smite for more gold, some damage reduction, improved dodge, cause it is just bread and butter for Jax and improved creep buffs , so you have those buffs a bit longer, also more xp gain is a must if you are a jungler.

You can also take 0/21/9 if you prefere and if you have TF in team :) you also take a bit less damage cause of tenacity.

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Greater Mark of Magic Penetration Mpen marks -cause this is an AP build of jax
Greater Glyph of Ability Power Flat magic Glyphs
Greater Seal of Evasion Dodge seals - you just cant do it without them
Greater Quintessence of Ability Power Flat ap Quintessences

You can also change Greater Glyph of Ability Power for Greater Glyph of Scaling Ability Power , but that will make you get less starting HP cause of your passive Relentless Assault

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Item build is pretty simple :

You need to start with Amplifying Tome and Health Potion if you want to have a chance at killing blue. You might ask why not cloth armour and 5 hp pots ? Well it is just because your build is based on your passive Relentless Assault and with Amplifying Tome you get 50 more hp and good damage output at start. If you feel weak you can ask teammates to hit that golem 1 or 2 times for you just to be on a safe side

After getting blue you can aswell kill wolves if you have atleast 250hp remaining. If not just blue-pill and get 5x Health Potion and use flash to run to red golem.

After finishing a jungle you might go for a gank, if it succeds buy Ninja Tabi straight away, otherwise you will need to buy it in pieces.

Next, you want to get Morello's Evil Tome . The item is fairly cheap for its stats
(I think it will soon get nerfed) and it gives alot of mana regen which is just enough that you shouldnt run out of mana.
Than get Hextech Revolver Cause now you do so much ap damage it will keep you at full hp in jungle and it will help you with ganking aswell.
Next item is Rylai's Crystal Scepter cause you always want some more hp and no enemy can run from you now that you have slow. If he does just Leap Strike on them.


Ninja Tabi
Morello's Evil Tome
Hextech Revolver
Rylai's Crystal Scepter

Now for situational items

NOTE : If the enemy team has invisible champion (Shaco, Twitch, Evelyn) it is always good to get Oracle's Elixir - you have enough hp that you wont get 1hit and loose it, and if you are in jungle Shaco cant do anything to you. Actually you can kill shaco in a few seconds without any big problem if you have oracle. He is just too squishy to fight Jax 1 on 1 especially if you have oracle.

By now you should have enough survivability from your Relentless Assault that you can choose some situational items.

My personal favourite is Quicksilver Sash - it is really undervalued item but now that it has been buffed some more players will start to pick it up. Are you stunned or snared, or maybe under malzahar's ultimate ? -> just use it and leap away.

I usually go for Lich Bane and Hextech Gunblade to finish my build if the game lasts long enough.

You can also go for some attack speed item like Malady or Nashor's Tooth to make your ultimate proc more. If they have some heavy Hitters you can also get Zhonya's Hourglass. It really depends on the game situation.

Those are the items i personally like to use on jax, if you prefere to do it differently go ahead. But without this starting items jax will die on blue if he is build this way.

I know that he can also jungle if you start with Cloth Armor and 5x Health Potion, but for that you need different rune set, (I might write the guide for it aswell)but it is less efficient and slower than this build.

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Skill Sequence

Because you are doing jungle build you want to do this skill order :

lvl 1. Counter Strike
lvl 2. Empower
lvl 3. Counter Strike
lvl 4. Leap Strike

Now you are good to go ganking

from this on you can do whatever you like, but know that you will get more damage out of Leap Strike in early game than from Empower. Also in early game you cant really stay in fight long enough to spam your Empower

I usually prioritise Relentless Assault> Leap Strike> Counter Strike Empower
in early game, than in the late game the last 2 switch.
In jungle really only the first 4 levels are important if you want to do it with out to big problems.

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Summoner Spells

Smite : you cant jungle without it
Ghost : you can gank a bit better and also helps you escape.

You can also take Flash, or Ignite or maybe even Heal but I am used to Ghost

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Creeping / Jungling

1.Take Blue golem and start hitting him, your dodge should proc and you should kill himm with around 100-200 Hp, sometimes even more if your dodge procs more.
(You might sometimes die on it - it happened to me that I only managed to dodge 1x on getting blue = certain death. Usually you should dodge atleast 4x. If you are affraid of dying ask the guy on mid lane to hit the golem 1x or 2x for you so he goes down faster.)

2.Kill wolves if you have around 200-250 hp remaining, otherwise Bluepill away to take 5x Health Potion

3. Use your ghost to run to red Lizzard elder and kill him.

4.Kill wraiths

5.Golem camp


and so on.
At lvl 6 you really can't do it wrong because you do alot of damage and cant be killed by jungle mobs. you can also forget about health potions from now on.(situational of course - if they have a strong jungler you should buy them.)
With the recent Dragon Buffed up i suggest you ask teammates for help with dragon if you dont have spell vamp yet.

If you encounter someone in jungle always ping for help even if you think you can solo him, you usually can, but you never know who is in the close by bush.
WARDS !!!! Buy wards as much as your money allows you.

Ganks : you have a perfect surprise for ganking : Leap Strike use it it is kind of Flash with damage. Coordinate with teammates. Always try to come for a gank if someone needs it - ofc if it is even possible.

If a teammate dies take over their lane untill they can come back, so it is not pushed too much and you will also get some more xp and gold.

MAP AWARENESS : Place wards, call misses for your teammates - if you see an unreported miss call it, it is better that it is called 2x than not at all.

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I think this is it for now. I will try to edit this build a bit more. It is still a bit under construction.

If you have any suggestions plz tell them,
any questions - just ask.

Again, if you are not good with jax, dont even try this. :):):)

Have fun !