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League of Legends Build Guide Author kadun

Jungle Yi on a killing spree!

kadun Last updated on April 21, 2012
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Team 1

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Jungle Role
Ranked #19 in
Jungle Role
Win 48%
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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.



Offense: 21

Honor Guard

Defense: 9

Strength of Spirit

Utility: 0

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Hello everybody, and welcome to another of my mobafire guides - I've worked hard to make this guide helpful, yet compact so please leave a rating, and your thoughts on my work - Hope you enjoy! ;)

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Oh, and before you start reading on - I would like to say this thing, which you should always remember:
Don’t just play 100% like I say in this guide, adapt to Master Yi, find YOUR playstyle, and what you think is best for him! ;)

Future Updates:

Better jungle chapter
When to pick Master Yi
A Master Yi spotlight

Green = Positive that this will be done in a near future.
Orange = Not sure when it will be done, but it will come at some point!
Red = May not come at all, but i hope i'll be able to make it.

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    Build one
    - A heavy nuke build require lots of practice and lots of time to master, since you need to know when you can use your abilities and how to use them effective. This is considered a build for pros! (many people might think it's an right click and win build) but try it out in ranked

    build two
    - build two is a more defensive build which often gets less focused, since you got tons of HP and doesn't do the high amount of damage as build one, this is for less experienced players

Build 1:

1992 hp
90,5 MR
123 armor
373,82 dmg
19,95 armor pen + 50%
attack speed: + 91%
Price for full build: 15485
Note: Cheap build with high armor penetration and some nice attack speed

Build 2:

2718 hp
114,8 mr
188 armor
409,18 dmg
21,6 armor pen + 10%
attack speed: + 50%
Price for full build: 19080
Note: Expensive build with focus on tankiness first and damage later on (decent attack speed and armor pen)

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Pros / Cons


- Does tons of damage really quick with build one
- Can escape easily
- Hard to counter (a thornmail doesn't counter your lifesteal)
- Among the highest attack speed ingame
- Can be pretty tanky and still do damage


- Easy to kill early on
- Often focused
- Requires some practice to gank well

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Summoner Spells



Many people would take Exhaust but i think and out of experience i found out Cleanse is so much better, since you will often get CC'ed to death and before your Quicksilver Sash you wouldn't be able to do much 1v1

Flash is a pretty great summoner spell many people like, but almost as many dislikes, it can be used for both chasing and escaping. But with Cleanse you would be able to catch up with even flashing players easily with you full build and ultimate

Exhaust can be a good spell, since you allows you to 1v1 anyone and allows you to get some better ganks

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Greater Mark of desolation Greater Mark of desolation
I get 6 of these for the attack damage build because it provides you with the needed armor pen when you combine it with you Quins

Greater Mark of alacrity
I take 3 of these and combine them with my glyphs so i can get a early advantage in the jungle with much needed attack speed

Greater Seal of resilience
You need some early survival and the armor is really needed when you gank a top lane since they are often attack damage based

Greater Glyph of Alacrity
You really want this attack speed to clear the jungle faster and cleaner
Greater glyph of shielding
These are useful if you want to be tankier and i use them for my survival build

Greater Quintessence of desolation Greater Quintessence of desolation
Some more armor pen <3 give them some love! i really love these

Greater Quintessence of fortitude
These are for early game survival and can be really useful

Greater Quintessence of

If you want more attack speed this is the way to do it.

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21/09/00 or 21/00/09

The 21/09/00 build:
This is the more "defensive" build and can easily be used for a fast jungle clear time and still be really healthy when you get out of the jungle and gank

The 21/00/09 build:
Since Yi doesn't really need the defensive stats utility can provide him with longer buff time, movement speed and mana regen a perfect setup for a Yi, but if you don't have flash pick Improved Recall over Summoner's Insight

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Skill Sequence

Ability Sequence
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18

I start by maxing out Alpha Strike (Q) since it provides you with the fastest clear time in the jungle i pick a point in Wuju Style (E) cause it gives you a fast time without having to rely on Alpha Strike's procs. I pick on level in Meditate (W) at lvl 4 for surviving stuff such as igntie and other dots, but also if there's an karthus it really helps.
You could go for a Q -> E without taking a point in Meditate at level 4

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Basic overview over Master Yi's abilities and a short description on them

- Double Strike

Master Yi strikes twice every 7th attack.

This is a Godlike! ability it allows you to hit twice in one attack which increases your damage a lot

Effetive use

To use this most effective keep it up when you want to gank and by activating Wuju Style (E) before you attack you get a double attack which both benefits from your Wuju Style - If there's multiple targets use Highlander (R) to refresh cooldown on your abilities when you kill a target (you often do)

- Alpha Strike

Master Yi leaps across the battlefield with blinding speed, dealing magic damage to multiple units in his path with a chance to deal bonus magic damage to minions.
Master Yi leaps across the battlefield striking up to 4 enemies, dealing magic damage to each enemy with an increasing chance to deal 400 bonus magic damage to minions.

This ability allows you to clear the jungle ekstremly fast and it's your close gap when you gank

Effetive use

To use this most effective be ready to dodge ult, skillshots and everything else, it makes you untargetable which can benefit you a lot, if you're getting focused hard either use it on creeps nearby to get away or if the enemy team are about to get cc'ed to the ground find the carry, but think fast. But be careful when you use it, if the enemy predict you targeted them they can either move in between their team or even a tower cause you will appear next to them (don't ever alpha strike near their spawn platform) it also cost a lot of mana and you simply does not have that and your Highlander (ultimate) are top priority for spending your mana.

- Meditate

Master Yi rejuvinates his body by focus of mind, restoring health and increasing his armor and magic resistance for a short time.
Master Yi channels, restoring health over 5 seconds. While channeling, Master Yi gains armor and magic resistance. IT NOW SCALES 1:4!

This skill is not the very best defensive ability except if you get some AP (ability power) since the health it provides you with are really small compared to your lifesteal

Effetive use

To use this most effefive use it for healing through stuff such as ignite or other dots (damage over time) early on it can also be used against global ult like Karthus's Requiem since it gives you a ton of magic resist and armor.

- Wuju Style

Master Yi becomes skilled in the art of Wuju, passively increasing the power of his physical attacks. Activating Wuju Style doubles the passive bonus damage for a short time, but the passive bonus is temporarily removed after the effect wears off.
Passive: Increases physical damage

Active: Master Yi can activate this ability to double its effectiveness for 10 seconds, but this removes the passive bonus until Wuju Style becomes available again.

This is a really awesome ability which increases Master Yi's damage a whole lot if it's used right

Effetive use

To use this most effective try to keep it up all the time in a teamfight (your ult refreshes the cooldown on all abities), by using this method you can unlock the TRIPLE DAMAGE BONUS! which comes from activating your Wuju Style before you kill a person with Highlander on then don't activate it again until it's active is gone and then activate it and do it one more time !Penta's Incomning! $$ giving you a lot of cash and allows you to kill even moore

- Highlander

Master Yi moves with unparalleled agility, temporarily increasing Master Yi's movement and attack speeds as well as making him immune to all slowing effects. Additionally, killing a Champion refreshes all of Master Yi's cooldowns.
Increases Master Yi's movement speed and Attack Speed, and he becomes immune to all slowing effects. Additionally, killing a champion refreshes all of Master Yi's cooldowns. (Assists reduce half of the base cooldown amount.)

This is probably one of the best offensive ultimates ingame IMO since it allows you to cut through enemies really fast and with a sick amount of damage from your abilities and items they drop like flies. It really fits the style of Master Yi when it comes to damage and if you have to escape nobody can catch you if you use this ability (maybe rammus)

Effetive use

Activate this abilities when you decide to join the team fight and focus down the carry he/she should be dead really quick, but be sure to kill an enemy to refresh the cooldowns on your abilties so you can reactivate this awesome ability

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Starting items

vampiric scepter
This item allows you to survive in the jungle and farm it all day and all night


cloth armor
If you want some more sustain you can go cloth armor and 5 health potions (i recommend vampiric scepter or [[boots of speed)

Health potion
When you bought your Cloth Armor you need sustain and here comes 5 health potions in handy


cloth armor
You run around a lot and you will need speed to pull of a gank (i recommend this or Vampiric Scepter)

Health potion
When you bought your [boots of speed]] you need sustain and here comes 3 health potions in handy

Core items

These are your main items without you're nothing but with them be ready to rape :D JK

Wriggle's Lantern
This item is great for jungling it gives you damage, armor, lifesteal and a free ward every 3. minute (later on replace this with bloodthirster, but only when you have full build)

Berserker's Greaves
Berserker's Greaves are some great boots for damage dealers i would maybe go Mercury's Treads if you're planning on using the secondary build

This is a pretty decent item, which gives you all Master Yi needs (later upgrade this to an Phantom Dancer.

Infinity Edge
This is probably the best offensive item in the whole game, giving you tons of attack damage, some nice crit and a even better passive you must have this never go without

Preferred items

These items gives you the last bonuses you need

Phantom Dancer
Now it's the time to upgrade your Zeal to this evil item, gives you everything you need to kill **** really fast

Guardian Angel
People would likely focus you but what if they kill you? The rest of your team starts to kill them one by one and then you rise from the dead and clean it all up with your lifesteal and attack speed you should have your hp back in few seconds

Last Whisper
People think armor counters you? with this item nothing really can counter you

You've killed a lot of people to get to this point? and of course you would like to increase your chances of winning, so why not give yourself some more attack damage and lifesteal by replacing your beloved Wriggle's Lantern with this badass

Optional items

Frozen Mallet
You would like some hp? This is the item for you, it also increases your ganks by getting an Phage early on

Atma's Impaler
You got some nice hp thanks to Frozen Mallet then you want some damage this item is the item for you + it also gives you armor and crit

Madred's Bloodrazor
These people are stacking so much HP and i can't kill them? What do i do? The best solution is this perfect item, might give you an overdose in attack speed but hey Master Yi likes

Banshee's Veil
The reason for picking this item if for the magic resist and spell shield if you're getting stunned to death this can really help you when you decide to engage (but the shield breaks really easy)

Maw of Malmortius
This item is really a beast, it gives you tons of damage when you're dropping low and probably the most common reason for taking this item is because of the passive, if you find yourself getting instant bursted why ganking by etc a Veigar or Le'Blanc this can save your time really many time and combined with Meditate that Karthus can't hurt you much with his Requiem

QuickSilver Sash
If you didn't pick Cleanse this ability is a MUST! but even if you picked cleanse this can come in handy

Zhonya's Hourglass
Wierd item on Yi? yearh maybe but so many times you would like the enemy team to focus some other well here's your option it also gives you some decent armor and the ability power are not even that bad on yi since his Alpha Strike and Meditate are really good with AP

The Black Cleaver
If people haven't figured out that armor actually reduce's damage this item is way better than Last Whisper

Wit's End
You want some magic resist? yearh, but you still want attack speed? this is the solution the passive applies really fast because of your attack speed.

Elixir of Agility
Whenever you have the gold get one of these they always come in handy.

Elixir of Fortitude
Same reason as Elixir of Agility.

Optional Boots

Boots of Swiftness
fastest boots i the game (in combat) can be useful for both chasing and escaping, some like them

Ninja Tabi
Those ad carries are really fed but i don't want to stack armor, now you don't, pick these boots and you're alright

mercury's treads
These can be used very well if the enemy team got lots of cc and your Cleanse or Quicksilver Sash can't handle it or if you just want some magic resist ;)

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What is jungling?

Normally players will gain gold and experience by moving along one of the three lanes and killing enemy creeps. Jungling is the term used when a player instead tries to gain gold and experience by killing the neutral creeps in one of the many camps littering the forested “jungle” area of the map.

Advantages to jungling

-Junglers will generally get less more quickly than other players. This is because a jungler often get fewer creeps and the jungle creeps are not worth that much.

-A jungler’s teammates will generally get experience more quickly than the other team if they don't have a jungler. This is because experience is split among two heroes sharing a lane, such that a hero who is alone in a lane (commonly referred to as a ‘solo’ or ‘solo lane’) levels up faster than either of two heroes sharing a lane. Normally there are five heroes splitting the experience from three lanes (2-2-1), however if one hero jungles there are now effectively four heroes splitting the same experience (2-1-1). Just remember that solo lanes mean faster leveling, and a team with a jungler has two solo lanes.

-A jungler’s moves are harder to predict. Because a jungler spends most of his time outside of the enemies field of vision, it is harder for the enemy team to guess where he is or what he is doing at any given time. This makes it easier for a jungler to assist one of his teammates in a surprise attack, or ‘gank’, on an enemy player.

Disadvantages to jungling

-Junglers will generally level up more slowly than other players. This is because those who fight in lanes are frequently nearby dying enemy creeps, and every player near a dying creep gets the experience for that creep. Note, however, that the more experienced the jungler the faster they kill neutral creeps, to the point that some very skilled and efficient junglers have little or no experience disadvantage.

-A jungler’s teammates may find it harder to ‘push’ early on. Remember that a jungler’s team effectively has two ‘solo’ lanes? Well, this can create a situation where there is only one allied hero in a lane with two enemy heroes. While this can be advantageous in that the lone hero levels up faster than the two enemy heroes, the disadvantage is that a lone hero finds it very hard to gain ground, or ‘push’ into enemy territory. Very often in such 1v2 matchups the solo hero will be forced to play defensively, missing out on potential player or tower kills.

-A jungler is less able to help friends in danger. If you have a teammate that is in the same lane as you, they are actively watching your back in case enemy players try to sneak around, push, or attack you. If you are attacked, a jungler teammate will often times be too distracted to notice or too far away to help until it is too late. Experienced junglers try to keep an eye on what is going on in the three lanes while they are killing neutral creeps so they can still help their allies as much as they can to mitigate this weakness.

Jungle Route

Main route


- Don't use Wuju Style

Blue Golem

- Use Wuju Style when you have Double Strike ready to insure you double hit with Wuju Style Smite around 450 -> Level up Q


- Don't use Wuju Style here but use Alpha Strike on the big wraith


- Use Alpha Strike here (if you want fast clear use wuju style too Level up Q


- Use Alpha Strike and Wuju Style (if you didn't use it on double golem) Smite around 495 hp


- Use Alpha Strike level up either Meditate or Wuju Style depends on your play style

Now gank or recall

Always remember to gang as soon as you get close to a lane where your opponents are overextending (ganging with red buff will makes things 10 times easier).

When to stop jungling ?

As soon as you realize mid-game has started you should stop jungling and go for the regular push & back game. You can grab some creep kills, but always be sure to be close enough to some of your partners, in order to help or to be helped (use a lot of wards at that time). To sum up: stop jungling when your allies can't stay/hold their lanes anymore with the regular 1/1/2/+1 jungler composition.

Counter Jungling - Coming Soon

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Edited introduction
Fixed grammar mistakes

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