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Shen Build Guide by FromTopToGank

Shensei Ultimate Guides[S9]

Shensei Ultimate Guides[S9]

Updated on September 7, 2019
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  • LoL Champion: Shen
    Shensei Toplane Build
  • LoL Champion: Shen
    Shensei Jungle Build
  • LoL Champion: Shen
    Shensei Support Build

Runes: Standard Toplane Runes(Recommended)

1 2 3 4
Grasp of the Undying
Shield Bash
Second Wind

Ultimate Hunter
Taste of Blood

+8 Ability Haste
+10% Tenacity/Slow Resist
+10% Tenacity/Slow Resist

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Champion Build Guide

Shensei Ultimate Guides[S9]

By FromTopToGank
Shensei Ultimate Guide


Yo, In this guide ill show to you what items,runes,info and playstyles at Shen. I want to share my knowledge and experience at playing Shen ill tell you that hes a great warden/bruiser/support and bodyguard. I hope you like it

Playing Shen

Understanding his kit

Passive: Ki Barrier
From the words itself Ki Barrier when you used an ability youll gain a barrier that equivalent to 10% of your max health. it helps you from short trade,sustain and survive at your lane
Note:Utilizing your skills can reduce your Ki Barrier cooldown.This is an health ratio ability better to buy health items to increase your passive barrier.

Ki Barrier Activates when
-After using Twilight Assault when the Spirit Blade reaches you
-When the Spirit Refuge ends
-At the end of Shadow Dash
-After channeling Stand United

Q: Twilight Assault
Youll earn 3 empowered attacks that the magic damage based on your enemy max health this ability is good against tanks. In level 1 you can shred 1/3 of enemy.When the Spirit Blade passess through enemy champion the magic damage increase based on enemy max health and youll earn some attack speed.
Note:Youll only earn 3 empowered attacks and your passive shield when the spirit blade reaches you it can be blocked by Wind WallOnce the Spirit Blade was block youll not earn 3 empowered attacks and shield.This ability does not stack and this is an AP ratio when you hit an enemy with Twilight Assault youll regain some energy

W: Spirit's Refuge
Creates an protective zone at the spirit blade that blocks all damage counted as auto attack for few seconds good for short trades
Note:Good against AA based champions.It has a very long cooldown better practice utilizing it

E: Shadow Dash
Shen dash into a location damaging and taunting enemies touched for few seconds you can pass through some walls with this
Note:Shadow Dash is an AoE Taunt the more you taunt the better energy regain at good teamfight. Your Shadow Dash can be cancelled by hard CC, The damage of your Shadow Dash is based on your max health

R: Stand United
Shen has a non combat Ult but this one can turn the fight When you cast this ability at your ally champion youll start channeling from some few moments and after that you arrived at your ally location with your spirit blade you
Note:While channeling you can be interrupted by any CC, This ability is an AP ratio the bigger your AP the bigger the shield you cast to your allies it has a very long cooldown better use it at important situation

Skill Sequence

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

Max your Q first! For a good damage output

Of course pick Q first its hard to kill jungle camps when you pick E at the second skill youll pick you can pick E for an early game or choose W when you want to gank at level 3

You can pick E first if you have an good AD carry and your an aggressive support then pick Q at level 2 and W at level 3

Match Ups

Against Bully/Poke Champs
Daarius,Teemo,Renekton are bully in the early game so dont play too agressively i recommend to take refillable potion than health potion

Against Tanks
You can play aggressively or playsafe against them make sure your top lane is always warded

Against Fighter
Do not feel safe because they can outplay you especially those fighters with high sustain if you cant beat them just mind your cs and ask a gank

Against Assassins
Dont think that your safe think that items will build up Shen toughness so do not play aggressively at early game make sure you have a lot of hp so no one can burst you

Against Marksman
Mind your cs dont ever think to trade with them especially at early game or else your dead

Playing As Shen
Your chance to win depends on your gimmick at Shen buy HP,Armor,MR,Damage Items,Placing your spirit blade at the bush for a cheesy kill,Put an eye at your teammates to save them using [[Stand United]

Playing against Shen
Dodge his dash,do not let his spirit blade passess through you, once your ganked and died at your lane its over for you so play safe Conqueror against tank is good and once you saw him channeling Stand United you can CC him depends on the situation but OPTION 1:You let him save an ally and got a kills or assist but he needs to return to his lane and defends his tower or OPTION 2:You Stun or CC him and his ally lose the lane and theres a round 2 for you and him

Keystone And Runes

I made a list what Keystone and Runes youll take for Shen heres the list



Grasp of the Undying - helps you to heal some hp deal magic damage base on your max hp and maximize your hp.This is an recommended keystone

Aftershock - I recommend this keystone if your an Jungler or Support

Guardian - Obviously for support


Press the Attack - Well good for mid game not on early game



Demolish - Good for split pushing

Font of Life - For support only

Shield Bash - Shen passive is increase depends on your bonus hp when you have this rune the more bonus HP the more damage you can deal at your enemies

Bone Plating - Good against poke champions reduce the damage of the first 3 attacks or spells at you

Conditioning - Good for Jungle or maybe even at Top and Support

Second Wind - Helps you to regen health effective against poke match ups

Overgrowth - Alternative rune for Revitalize

Revitalize - Increase your shieldings

Unflinching - i rarely use this rune but tenacity helps you much


Triumph - For extended fights

Legend: Alacrity - Gains more attack speed


Taste of Blood - Sustain

Ultimate Hunter - ULT CDR


Nimbus Cloak - After an Stand United youll gain an 100 MS

Transcendence - 10% CDR at lvl 10 + adaptive damage every CDR exceeds

Celerity - MS increase


Magical Footwear - Free Boots!

Minion Dematerializer - Bonus Stats

Hextech Flashtraption - For supports hide at the bush charge hextech flash and dash!


Im not good at giving items because i buy items depend on the situation but ill list the best items you should buy at Shen

Sunfire Aegis Gives you Health,Armor and Magic Damage in melee range

Titanic Hydra Good item for Shen Offensive and Defensive Item

Thornmail Against AD Carry

Randuin's Omen Slowing enemies and against Crit Team

Warmog's Armor For extended fights

Spirit Visage Gives you Health, Magic Resist and Health Regen plus 30% healing recieve are stronger

Adaptive Helm Stats almost the same as Spirit Visage but good against Brand, Teemo, Kayle and Singed

Trinity Force Another good offensive item on Shen

Shurelya's Battlesong A yomuu"s ghostblade version for Shen

Locket of the Iron Solari You had bunch of Health buy this item to help them

Dead Man's Plate Good for chasing and escaping

Sterak's Gage A nice Health item for Shen

Wit's End A both offensive and defensive item for Shen

Guinsoo's Rageblade Another good offensive item for Shen

Zz'Rot Portal For split pushing

Summoner Spell

Flash One of the best summoner spell in game

Teleport Grab this spell to defend your tower as soon as possible or help teammates at the other lane

Ignite Securing kill

Heal For support obviously

Exhaust Bring this as a support or against a fighter

Smite I know its for junglers

Pros And Cons

+Energy Based
+Ki Barrier helps you from short trades
+Super Tanky late game
+Good against AA based champions
+Twlight Assault deals magic damage based on enemy max health
+You can protect you and your ally in Spirit Refuge
+Stand United to safe your ally
+Agressive Support
+Tanky with a decent burst
+Decent splitpusher

-Energy Based Not Scaling
-Weak against ranged champions early game
-Low scaling stats
-Squishy early game
-Can be so squishy if paired with the wrong items
-No waveclear early game
-Missed Dash and ready to be punished
- Stand United has a very long cooldown so make sure youll utilize it
-All of his abilities has long cooldowns

Upcoming Updates

Upcoming updates:
-Thanks for reading my guide i hope it help you
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-More Builds and Info Soon! :D

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