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League of Legends Build Guide Author Imperator Dei

Rengar, What A Glorious Hunt!

Imperator Dei Last updated on November 27, 2013
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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: 21

Legendary Guardian

Defense: 9


Utility: 0

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What You Need To Know About This Master Predator.

You have a warrior's heart. I think I'll take it

Greetings Summoner,

i am an silver Player since season 2 and wanted now to share my experience with you.
I played Rengar nearly 150 Times in Ranked and maybe 200 times in normal games. After this time some Tactics and Items seemed to be more usefull than other.

my Guide will be for Solo Top. Rengar excels in his role to pick out the enemy ADC/APC/Support. This should be his main role, focussing the weak out before the TF even starts.

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27.11: Updated Masteries for Preseason, Counters and Gameplay Tips

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Early Summary

Bonetooth Necklace

Greater Mark of Armor Penetration Greater Quintessence of Armor Penetration
Ability Sequence
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Rengar Pros/Cons


  • Very High Damage Output
  • Best Roamer Ingame
  • Great Escape Capability
  • High Lane Durability
  • Great Support For All Lanes
  • Best Backdoorer
  • Can Be Played Very Aggressive



  • If Stunned, Blinded, Dodged He Will Be Pretty Useless
  • Needs Expensive Items
  • Oracle, Pinkward Ruins His Surprise
  • Needs A Lot Of Practise
  • Will Be Really Effective In Mid/Late Game
  • Ranged Top Champs Will Harrass Him
  • MUST Be Played Very Aggressive

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Rengar Skill 101

Ability Sequence
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Unseen Predator. "There is the hunter and the hunted."

Want a gank? Rengars passive is there for you. Need to escape? Rengars passive is there for you. Need life? Again the passive. Enemy is too fast? Look at dat passive. When you get a feel for his passive and when ist ready, you will be able to:

1. Follow low life champs that want to escape, because they will run into bushes to evade the line of sight. This is your Chance! With a range of 600 (750 with Bonetooth Necklace)there will be no champ that will run away.

2. Get to ranged champs easily. When you are in a bush you can evade attacks and can engage to farm minions or fight your lane opponent. There is no when you can root them with Bola Strike they dont stand a Chance

3. Empower all of his abilities. After some games with him you will know what skill you will need. For engages use his Savagery, if the enemy wants to escape use Bola Strike and if you Need life and magres/armor use Battle Roar

Savagery: "Another Trophy For My Wall!"

Savagery is Rengars main damage spell. If you can time it right you can cast it 2 times (one powered and one normal skill). Not only it increases your burst, it also gets him bonus attackspeed, when it is maxed it gives 3 seconds 150% attackspeed.[/color]

When you are in a bush (like the three in top) wait for your enemy champ to get into jumping range, empower it and see how is life is going down. Normally your enemy will go back and recover and use portions. (Be carefull with Champs like Jax, Aatrox and Garen they have the ability to Switch the battle. If you can use your Bola Strike to escape then.

Battle Roar: "Let's fight!"

Rengars Battle Roar is one of the best utility spells i know. [You can use it to heal yourself (15% of your life + 20% of that value with Spirit Visage ) And also you will be able to use it to get yourself an armor and mag res boost that can and will safe your life. The range of Battle Roar is pretty high so you can use it to get the 5 Ferocity with Bola Strike from Minions who are on your lane, so you are able to heal yourself even if your are tower hugging.

Bola Strike: "Not so fast!"

Bola Strike is in my opinion one of the best slowdown/rootabilities ingame. When you get some AD the poke damage is enough to get your lane opponent low enough to engage him. The 70% slow at LvL 5 are great to get to/get off champs in fight.
Also its an great escape option, with 6 stacks and if needed Thrill of the Hunt and Ghost you should escape easily.

Thrill Of The Hunt: "What a glorious hunt!"

Thrill of the Hunt will bring your teammates the ganks they need. When you get LvL 6 you can gank Mid and Bot if they need. (Works for me everytime.) The CD at first is very high, but in the end with Spirit Visage, The Brutalizer, Bonetooth Necklace and Sorcery you are at 40% CD Red, so you can use it every 42 Sec. This gives you the ability to useit to see in 3000 Range when all Enemys are missing and evade them if necessary. Remeber that you are invisible as Long as there is no Visionward around.

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Summoner Spells


Ghost will be needed to chase enemys and escape hairy situations. Rengar with his Ultimate and Ghost you can easily help all your lanes.


Ignite will be used to cut of the enemys Lifesteal effects or Regeneration ( Like Volibear or Zac) and to finish off all enemys.

In my opinions these are the most efficient Summoner Spells for him. Escape and engage capability and true damage and Regeneration cut off.

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Greater Quintessence of Armor Penetration

You will need the Greater Quintessence of Armor Penetration to pass the armor of the ADC/APC to deal your maximun damage. The armorpen helps you to kill thier Tanks, because since % armorpenetration comes before the normal armorpenetration they have to go hard tank to avoid your damage. Be carefull if they have Garen, Singed, Voli etc. These are all tanks that have high dmg Output, if is possible that they can kill you even with armorpen.

Greater Mark of Armor Penetration

Same reason like the first section.

Greater Seal of Scaling Armor

The Greater Seal of Scaling Armor is very important, because on Top Lane you will more likely get AD-Champs and Tanks. The scaling effect gives you 24 armor in the end and this should be normally enough when you dont engage TF.

Greater Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist

The Greater Seal of Scaling Magic Resist is also very important, when you Gank Mid or have Champs like Kennen, Yorick or Elise Top. The scaling effect gives you 24 mag.res. in the end and with Spirit Visage magic damage is not as hard.

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Rengars Counter are a hard bunch of mean guys and girls.

At first and hardest we have:

Jax, the Grandmaster at Arms.

Jax's Dodge/Stun Counter Strike makes Savagery pretty useless. He will just dodge both of your attacks and then kill you while stunned. Additionally he has not only normal damage but magic damage which is hard to Counter. When Jax gets Six and skills Grandmaster's Might you should tower hug.

Until Level 3 you can try to hard engage him and make him towe hug. that gives you Advantage in CS and you can get RES fast.

Wait for your Jungler to help and then you should to him. Try to trick him to use his Counter Strike and then engage. Without it he should be helpless. (More or less]

And the 2nd place:

Kennen, the Heart of the Tempest.

Kennen can be your worst enemy. He has a mean stun and even worse ranged attacks. He will poke you whenever he can so: Stay in the bushes. Try to farm with jump, then back into the bush. When he gets Zonya's Hourglass be carefull and try to get out his ult with your passive. Get Spirit Visage asap and then Sheen so you will be able to burst him down.

Number three in this list:

Tryndamere, the Barbarian King.

Against Tryndamere it is all good until Level 6. Before that you can easily poke him with Savagery + Bola Strike Bushcombo. After Level six when he wants to engage you with his Ult at your tower try to get Bola Strike empowered and root him at your turret. Also use Iginite when he is in Undying Rage and not before, so he cant heal himself that great. Get Thornmail or RanduinĀ“s Omen and you SHOULD be fine.

Every Champ that has a stun/dodge (like Riven, Irelia, Fiora, Jax etc.) blinding ability ( like Heimerdinger, Teemo, Quinn), flee/fear ( like Nocturne, Fiddlesticks, Hecarim) and polymorph ( like Lulu)

Try to avoid thier Skills, because if you cant get your Savagery at your target it will be a hard time. Play Safe, farm under tower and wait for ganks. Thats the Tip i have.

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Core Items

Rengar needs some items to be very effective, but when he has them he is a perfect assassin. I play him as an assassin, so i want to do high burst damage and then escape fast. Thats y i get this item build. U could play him tankier or Switch the Spirit Visage with Zephyr so he has more attackspeed/tenacity/movementspeed but i like the enhanced heal effect more.

Here are the damage items:

  • Sheen is great for your burst damage. You get 100% damage boost (with Trinity Force 200%). After Trinity Force all of your stats are enhanced. The ovementspeed boost are great for keeping up with Volibear, Miss Fortune, Udyr etc. or to escape.
  • Bonetooth Necklace its Rengars unique item and you will love it. It gives you damage scaling with your Level and also (when you get the ***its(kills) movementspeed, cd red, and armor pen. Overall a fine item to make the best hunter even better.
  • The Brutalizer gives you damage, cd red and armor pen. Those three make your attacks in early game do nearly true damage to top/mid champs. (Care with Nasus, Rammus and other hard tanks.)
  • The Bloodthirster will enhance your damage epicly (if needed and possible). 100 Damage and 18% lifesteal makes you even deadlier because you now have a Advantage in 1 vs 1 fights.

Here are the defense items:

  • Spirit Visage is the first defense item you should get. You will have higher mag res, it grants 20% cd red and enhances your healing effect from Battle Roar. When u normally would get 100 life back it grants you 120 back. Thats pretty much over time.
If they have Zed, Lee Sin, Kha'Zix and other assassins in Team or thier ADC is too strong u might want to get:
  • Randuin's Omen gives you unlike Thornmail life and the ability to slow down (Attackspeed and movementspeed)enemys that attack.

Here are the movement items:

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Gameplay Tips

You will be all alone at your Toplane so be carefull. Dont push too hard or you will be ganked and since you dont have flash your chances of getting caught are high. (Without Boots)

Feel the bush, be the bush. The bushes are your greatest advantage. Use them to flee (you can jump to minions and so evade attacks), to engage (empower your Savagery and burst him down or secure kills (when they run into bushes follow and jumpkill them).

Use Thrill of the Hunt to evade getting caught. You get invisible over 1 (when you take damage 3) seconds. Run in one direction activate your ultimate and then switch the direction. Normally you can flee or engage with double q and make the kill when he felt secure.

Backdoor and kill what you can. Tower, Drake, Inhibitor or Champs. Your Team will be thankfull when the Enemyteam has to engage without their ADC or Support.

Remember: Tower and Drake are worth more then Championkills.

Help all lanes as much as you can. Use your Ultimate to take the pressure of Mid. Even if you dont kill the Champ he will have to go back and recover. In the meanwhile your Mid can push.

When you are at low health and your opponent is pushing, go to Wolves/Golems and activate Bola Strike and Battle Roar till u have 5 Ferocity and heal yourself.

Play aggressive, dont give him Chance to farm or harrass you. Attack him whenever you can.


When Kha'Zix and Rengar play against eachother your Team will get a secret Quest.

Kha has to use all of his Evolutionpoints and Regar Needs to have 10 stacks on his Bonetooth Necklace and all have to be alive. (Blue and Purple Team)

After that the Quest will Trigger and you have to kill Kha.
When you kill him your Necklace will become a passive, so you cant lose any stacks.

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End Summary

I hope my guide was easy to understand.
Just because i do fine this build doesnt meant that you will too.
Dont be shy to switch some items with one that suits you the most.
I like Rengar because he can pull over whole games. His only real weakness is getting stunned/blinded/dodged. When you can avoid that, you can slay all of your enemys.

When you liked the Guide please like and fav it.
When not you can me write a comment about what you didnt like.

All my thanks go to jhoijhoi and the making a guide-guide
And last but not least:

Good Luck And Have Fun, Summoner!