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League of Legends Build Guide Author darkraces

The Twin Bite-A Solo top/Jungle Shyvana guide.

darkraces Last updated on July 13, 2012
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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: 14

Honor Guard

Defense: 7

Strength of Spirit

Utility: 9

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At the moment this is an incomplete guide, please if you like the build use it, but refer only to that for now.
Disclaimer: The item build shows your core (through Atma's Impaler Obviously you can not get all items. -_-

Hiya! My name is Darkraces and this is my competitive guide for Shyvana: The half dragon. The reason for this guide is that I thought that all the Shyvana guides out there were not up to par with how many people are able to play her. She is not a pure DPS, she is not a Tanky-DPS, she is not a tank. She is a dragon, this guide will teach you how to play like a dragon...

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Who is Shyvana?

Shyvana is a dragon rescued by Prince Jarvan IV after an angry mob was attacking her. She was recruited into Demacian ranks and now, fights with J4 in the league. Enough with the lore.
Shyvana is a very beefy fighter who excels at being in the middle of a fight soaking up and dishing out the damage. Shyvana, being a dragon, is also a predator. What do predators do? They hunt, they stalk, and finally they eat faces. (Bath salts not included with guide.) So, you are probably asking, "Dark, how the hell am i supposed hunt and play like a dragon?" All in good time... first lets go over your preparation.

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Pros and Cons

This portion of my guide will go over all your pre-game prep. Runes, Masteries, and mental focus are all very important parts in your game, and playing Shyvana is no exception.
    Is a dragon
    Is very tanky
    can dish out moderate to severe damage
    has natural armor pen
    is surprisingly hybrid!

Very item dependent
Risky jungle without cloth 5 pots
No form of cc without items
Often placed in initiator role (will explain why this is a con)
Hard to set up runes/masteries because of being hybrid
Is not always a dragon

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Alright, so you are preparing to venture into the jungle, What do you need as far as masteries? Well for shyvana the only things that make sense in first tier offense is Summoner's Wrath and 3 points in Brute Force . Now here is where it gets interesting. you can either take Alacrity and then Weapon Expertise or Sorcery and Arcane Knowledge . But Shyvana is hybrid, so why not take both? Yes, both of these mastery chains. If you are confused, let me explain.
Burnout is your primary source of damage, Twin Bite and auto attacks close following. Burnout along with your Flame Breath and Dragon's Descent do magical damage. Twin bite is your only spell that requires AD and armor pen. But it is so important to have it for your auto attacks and the magic pen for your burnout, it is amazing to take both!
Summoner's Resolve is taken for smite and Resistance and Hardiness for basic defenses. Put the remaining points in the utility tree for Good Hands , Improved Recall , Swiftness and most importantly, your buff duration, Runic Affinity

Now, if you want to go top, it is about the same except we take away the utility tree and add Durability , Vigor , Veteran's Scars , and Siege Commander in defense. Then Demolitionist in offense. These masteries are taken to become a bit tankier to trade blows and to be able to take down your opponents tower as punishment if they leave.

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Oh yes, what makes you able to jungle and puts you ahead in top. Your runes.

Jungle runes

9x of these bad boys will give ya some damage.

These guys make you attack faster, Helping a major part of your in game mechanics.
These guys give your armor a bit of extra beef.

Same as the glyphs

and 1 more of these will make you as beefy as you need.
Top lane runes
greater mark of desolation These guys will make you deal near true damage to minions and hurt the armor stackers a bit

This will help with the guys useing those silly marks mentioned aboved

just in case you have a opponent or enemy jungle who does magic damage.

This is your bread and butter of top, being able to chase down enemies and when you turn on Burnout , forget about it.