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League of Legends Build Guide Author AngelicAvenger

The Dawn Has Arrived - Leona Jungle (S3)

AngelicAvenger Last updated on April 19, 2013
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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: 0

Honor Guard

Defense: 21


Utility: 9

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Welcome to my jungle Leona guide. This will be my first published guide on Mobafire, so I can expect it'll be far from perfect. So please take this into consideration when voting. Don't downvote because you don't like X item or Y build. Leave a comment and I'll respond!

Leona is one of the best tanks in the League with her massive armor steroid on her W and her amazing crowd control abilities, this is why I'm fond of jungling her.

Leona's kit is very suitable for jungling, with her two stuns and a snare her ganks are almost impossible to escape from. While she isn't considered a conventional jungler, she shows a lot of promise even on the competitive scene.

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Pros and Cons

Extremely tanky
Lots of CC
Gap closer

Slow clearing speed
Easily counter jungled
Can't duel other junglers

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The runes you use for jungling Leona are different from the ones you would use to support with her.


Greater Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist

Greater Mark of Attack Speed

Greater Seal of Armor

Greater Quintessence of Movement Speed
Greater Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist - With scaling magic resist glyphs you can greatly reduce the amount of magic damage you take at all levels. This is important because of all the random magic damage coming out from champions in most lanes. ( Tempest comes to mind!)

Greater Mark of Attack Speed - Leona's clear times are slow even with a machete, so grabbing attack speed marks really speeds things up. *These are important and can't be substituted*

Greater Seal of Armor - Flat armor for keeping you alive in the jungle, during ganks and in team fights.

Greater Quintessence of Movement Speed - These let you roam the Rift a lot faster and enable you to chase down any stragglers after a team fight.

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The masteries you will be wanting to use will be similar to a defensive bruiser. But you'll want to dip into the utility tree for Wanderer and Runic Affinity . I take Hardiness over Resistance mainly for the fact that I build Runic Bulwark early and hopefully the only dangerous source of magic damage will be the enemy AP carry.

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Starting Items

Your basic starting build for any season 3 jungler. You'll have to take these items to survive your first clear.

Core Items

These are your core items, you'll be building these almost every game with a few exceptions. For example, if your support or top laner is already building Runic Bulwark don't build one too, their auras don't stack!

You'll upgrade your Hunter's Machete into Spirit of the Ancient Golem, the perfect item for tanky junglers. The reason I build this over Wriggle's Lantern is that you're not going to be dueling the enemy jungler or looking for one on one fights in lane so the lifesteal is wasted.

Iceborn Gauntlet is an amazing item, even if it does have ability power. While Leona's AP scaling is rather low, you take the item for its built in slow. If you can land a Zenith Blade you can stick to the enemy extremely well.

Situational Items

zeke's herald
These items are situational, meaning you only build them when you have to. For example, zeke's herald would be an appropriate item to build if you had an AD heavy team comp. Twin Shadows would be built to counter stealth champions like Akali Kha'Zix and Rengar

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Sunlight is Leona's passive. When struck by one of Leona's abilities, enemies become affected by sunlight, and the next attack made against the target will consume the effect and deal additional damage. While Leona can't trigger her passive with her own attacks her allies can, this means that you can trigger it three times (four at level 6) each gank for an incredible boost in damage.

Shield of Daybreak is Leona's primary stun. When activated, Leona's next attack will stun the target for 1.25 seconds. Shield of Daybreak resets your auto-attack timer, so keep this in mind when clearing jungle camps!

Eclipse is what makes Leona so tanky, Eclipse grants Leona 30 armor and magic resist and after 3 seconds does magic damage to all enemies around her. If you hit an enemy with the damage component of Eclipse, you retain the armor and magic resistance for another 3 seconds.

Zenith Blade is Leona's initiation and gap closing tool. It's a 700 range skillshot with a built in snare. Keep in mind that Zenith Blade will pull Leona to the last target hit, so consider your target carefully.

Solar Flare is Leona's ultimate, it's an AoE targeted ability with a slow and a stun component. Enemies directly in the middle of the blast will be stunned, while enemies further away will be slowed. This ability has a low cooldown, so don't be afraid to use it, just try and hit as many people as possible!

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Summoner Spells

These are the standard summoner spells I use, however taking Exhaust over Flash is fine too.

You can use Flash for just about anything. It's the best summoner spell ever. You can use this for escaping, jumping walls, chasing down kills, etc.

Please don't jungle without Smite. Please. No explanation needed here, you take this to last hit buffs, dragon and Baron Nashor.

Exhaust can be used to replace Flash, but you lose a lot of mobility with only a small increase in utility.

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Jungle Route

You'll want to start your jungle route at wraiths. Have your mid and bot lane help you. It's really important that you let your team know not to attack any of the small wraiths as they'll be affected by Sunlight from your W. Once wraiths are down take your red buff, your blue buff and wolves. If you're healthy enough, take wraiths but if not just go back and buy your spirit stone.

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I find Leona an incredibly fun and versatile champion and wish to bring her out of the bot lane support role and into the jungle. In my opinion, Leona has the capability of being a conventional jungler, all she needs are people willing to play her! Jungling Leona may be harder than most other picks, but in the end it is most definitely worth it.

Thank you for reading my guide, please up or downvote the guide, but please remember to leave a comment, if it's suitable discussion material I'll get back to you!