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How to Play Jungle for Newbies

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This guide is your ticket to mastering the wilds of the JUNGLE lane. Crafted with newbies in mind, it’s full of up to date tips and tricks.

Alright, buckle up, summoners! We’re about to dive into the wild and wacky world of League of Legends where the role of a jungler is as crucial as the last slice of pizza at a party. Yeah, you heard it right! Being a jungler is like being the life of the party – you can either make it a blast or a total snooze-fest.

The Jungle and the Jungle Role in LoL

The jungle it’s a wild, untamed place, filled with monstrous creatures and hidden dangers. But hey, no risk, no reward, right? Let’s explore it a bit.

Jungle Camps and Boss Monsters

Monster Locations on the Map in League of Legends

There are several jungle camps in League of Legends:

  • Blue Sentinel: Provides the Crest of Insight buff, which grants increased mana regeneration and cooldown reduction.
  • Red Brambleback: Provides the Crest of Cinders buff, which causes your attacks to slow the enemy and deal bonus true damage.
  • Raptors: A camp with one large raptor and several smaller ones.
  • Wolves: A camp with one large wolf and two smaller ones.
  • Krugs: A camp with one large Krug and one medium Krug, which split into smaller Krugs when killed.
  • Gromp: A single monster camp.
  • Rift Scuttler: A unique monster that roams the river, providing vision and a speed boost when killed.
  • Rift Herald: A unique monster that spawns in the Baron Nashor pit before 20 minutes. Killing it allows you to summon it in a lane to push down structures.

There are also two boss monsters:

  • Dragon: Four different dragons can spawn, each providing a unique buff to the entire team when killed. After a team kills four dragons, they receive a powerful Dragon Soul.
  • Baron Nashor: The most powerful monster in the jungle. Killing it provides the entire team with a buff that greatly enhances pushing power.

The big guys you’ll want to keep an eye on are the buffs: the Red Brambleback and the Blue Sentinel. Bagging these buffs can give you a serious edge in the early game.

The Jungler: The Game Changer

As a jungler, you’re the wild card, the game changer. You’re the unseen threat that keeps the enemy on their toes. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to support your team by securing objectives like Dragons, Barons, Towers, etc…, providing vision, and ganking lanes. And let me tell you, there’s nothing quite like the thrill of a successful gank.

Securing major objectives like the Dragon, Rift Herald, and Baron Nashor, provide powerful buffs for the entire team that can turn the tide of the game. But remember, vision is key. You don’t want to be that guy who lets the enemy team steal your hard-earned objective.

Ganking: The Jungler’s Bread and Butter

Welcome to the League of Legends jungle, where ganking is not just a strategy, it’s a lifestyle. It’s like throwing a surprise party for your enemies, but instead of cake, you’re serving up a can of whoop-ass.

So, what’s this ganking business? Imagine you’re a ninja, sneaking out of your lane to give an unsuspecting enemy a not-so-friendly hug. It’s a game-changer, like swapping the sugar for salt in the enemy’s morning coffee.

How to Gank

Timing is everything in ganking. You want to strike when the enemy is as relaxed as a cat in a sunbeam. Is their lane pushed? Are they low on health or mana? That’s your cue to crash their party.

How to pull off a successful gank? Here’s a quick guide:

  • Step 1: Stalk your enemy like a creepy ex.
  • Step 2: Pop out of the bushes like a surprise clown at a birthday party.
  • Step 3: Coordinate with your teammates. Teamwork makes the dream work!
  • Step 4: Strike like a pigeon swooping in on an unattended sandwich.

Remember, vision and map awareness are your best pals when planning a gank. They’re like the GPS to your road trip of destruction.

Champion Selection for Ganking

Not all champions are cut out for the ganking life. Some champions, like Lee Sin and Elise, are born gankers, with more tricks up their sleeves than a magician at a kid’s party. Choose a champion that fits your playstyle and the needs of your team

Counter Ganking: The Jungler’s Salt and Pepper

So, what’s counter ganking? It’s like being a superhero, swooping in to save your teammate from an enemy gank. It’s not just about being a hero though, it’s a crucial strategy that can turn the tide of the game.

It’s all about reading the map, predicting the enemy jungler’s moves, and striking when the iron is hot. It’s like being a chess master, but with more monsters and less checkered boards.

How to Counter Gank

Ready to learn the secret sauce of a successful counter gank? Here we go:

  • Step 1: Keep your eyes on the minimap like it’s your crush’s Instagram profile.
  • Step 2: Predict where the enemy jungler might strike next. It’s like being a psychic, but with less crystal balls and more jungle monsters.
  • Step 3: Be there when the enemy jungler initiates the gank. Surprise!

Remember, just like for ganking vision and map awareness are your best friends here. They’re like the dynamic duo of counter ganking.

Champion Selection for Counter Ganking

Choosing the right champion for counter ganking is like picking the right outfit for a party. Some champions are just born to counter gank. So, do your homework and pick a champ that can jump into the fray and turn things around.


Flexibility is key. Every game is different, and you’ve got to adapt your strategy on the fly. Is your top lane struggling? Maybe it’s time to pay them a visit. Is the enemy jungler invading your turf? Time to up your ward game and call in the cavalry.

The jungle is a tough gig, no doubt about it. But with a bit of practice and a dash of courage, you can master the jungle and become the hero your team needs.

Jungler Types

Now, what does a jungler do? Well, they’re like that friend who always seems to be everywhere at once. They roam the jungle, a place filled with all sorts of creepy crawlies (neutral monsters), and use the goodies they find (experience and gold) to help out their team. They’re like the ultimate wingman, always there to lend a hand, or a sword, or a magical spell… you get the idea.

Now, not all junglers are created equal. Oh no, we’ve got a whole zoo of different types:

  1. Farming Junglers: These guys are like the workaholics of the jungle. They’re all about that grind, clearing camps and leveling up. They’re not big on socializing (ganking) until they hit level 6. They’re the “I’ll just be five more minutes at work” type. Champion example: Master Yi, he’s all about that farm life.
  2. Ganking Junglers: These are the party animals. They hit level 3 and it’s go time! They’re all about the action and love a good surprise attack (gank). They’re the “Let’s do shots!” type. Champion example: Lee Sin, always ready to crash the party with a surprise attack.
  3. Hybrid Junglers: These guys are the adaptable ones. They can party hard or work hard, depending on what the team needs. They’re the “I can go out or stay in, I’m easy” type. Champion example: Graves, he’s got the flexibility to farm it up or get down and dirty with a gank.
  4. Duelist Gankers: These junglers are the brawlers of the group. They love a good fight and are great at dealing damage and ganking. They’re the “Hold my beer and watch this” type. Champion example: Xin Zhao, he’s always up for a good brawl.
  5. Gank Assisters: These are the ultimate wingmen. They might not be the star of the show, but they set up their teammates for success with their crowd control abilities. They’re the “I’ll talk you up to your crush” type. Champion example: Amumu, he’s the best buddy you could ask for when you need a hand.
  6. Speed Clearers: These junglers are all about efficiency. They clear camps quickly and love to counter-jungle. They’re the “I finished my work in half the time” type. Champion example: Shyvana, she’s all about that speed.
  7. True Assassins: These junglers are the sneaky ones. They can bypass enemy wards and either clear the jungle quickly or excel at ganking. They’re the “I got away with eating the last slice of pizza” type. Champion example: Kha’Zix, this sneaky bug is all about the surprise attacks.


Junglers are the superheroes of the game, each rocking their own superpower. Whether you’re a Farming Jungler who’s a workaholic, a Ganking Jungler who’s always ready to party, or a sneaky True Assassin who’s the master of surprise, you’re the secret sauce in your team’s victory recipe. So, pick your jungle flavor, have fun, and let’s get this party started!

Jungler Pathing

Now that we’ve met our colorful cast of jungler types, let’s get down to the real nitty-gritty. You’ve got your machete, you’ve got your champion, but where the heck are you supposed to go? Welcome to the dance floor of the jungle, where the rhythm of your route can make or break your game.

But before we dive into the nitty-gritty of jungle routes, let’s get one thing straight: your jungle pathing is as unique as your champion’s favorite dance move. It’s all about your game plan, your champion’s abilities, and how you think the enemy jungler might play. It’s like a game of chess, but instead of pawns and bishops, you’ve got Gromps and Krugs. So, let’s get this party started!

Now, you might be thinking, “What’s a jungle route?” Well, my friend, it’s the order in which you smack around the jungle’s residents. Over time, players have turned into jungle navigators, finding the most efficient and successful paths. And today, we’re going to focus on two of the most popular dance routines in the jungle: the Red-Blue Boogie and the Blue-Red Shuffle. So, put on your dancing shoes and let’s hit the dance floor!

Blue Team: The Red-Blue Boogie

If you’re on the blue team, you’re going to start your journey at the Red Brambleback camp. Think of it as your morning coffee – it gets you going. Then, you’re off to the Raptors. They’re like the annoying pigeons of the jungle, but taking them down feels oh-so-good. Finally, you’ll hit up the Blue Sentinel. It’s like the boss at the end of a level.

After that, you can visit Gromp and Wolves, or if you’re feeling frisky, go for Krugs too. If you’re feeling a bit beat up, head back to heal, or if you’re feeling like a hero, look for a gank. This path is perfect for those champs who love to make a mess with area-of-effect damage and could use a little health regen from the Red buff.

Red Team: The Blue-Red Shuffle

If you’re on the red team, you’re basically doing the cha-cha slide – slide to the left, slide to the right. Start with the Blue Sentinel, then sashay your way to either Gromp or Wolves. Finish up with the Red Brambleback camp. After that, you can take on Raptors, Wolves, and Krugs if you’re still feeling spry.

Again, don’t be a hero if you’re low on health – head back to heal. Or, if you’re feeling like a sneaky snake, look for a gank. This path is like the mirror image of the Blue team’s route, so just reverse it in your head, and you’re good to go!

And also, if you like visual representations, here you can find even more up-to-date and in-depth optimal jungle pathing for many popular Jungle Champions.


Jungle pathing in League of Legends is a strategic decision that depends on your champion’s abilities and the game plan. Two popular routes are the Red-Blue Boogie for the blue team and the Blue-Red Shuffle for the red team, each with their unique order of camps to clear. It’s a dance of strategy, akin to a game of chess, where understanding your champion and predicting the enemy jungler’s moves can make or break your game.

How to Play Jungler in the Early Game

So, you’ve got your jungle pathing down to a science, and you’re ready to take on the world, or at least the enemy team. But hold your horses, cowboy! Before you go charging into the fray, there’s a bit more to this jungling gig than just knowing your route. The early game(until the 14th minute) is a crucial time for a jungler, and it’s about as forgiving as a porcupine in a balloon factory. So, let’s break it down and see how you can come out swinging.

  • Choosing Your Champion and Sizing Up the Competition: Before you even set foot on the Rift, you’ve got some homework to do. You need to pick your champion (preferably one you’ve played more than once), and then it’s time for some good old-fashioned stalking. I mean, “matchup analysis”. You’re checking out your opposite number in the jungle and the lay of the land in the lanes. This is all about figuring out how you’re going to win this thing.
  • Planning Your Jungle Safari: Once you’re in the game, it’s time to plan your route. You’re like a jungle tour guide, but instead of pointing out interesting flora and fauna, you’re tracking the enemy jungler. If their laners show up late or look like they’ve been in a scrap, you know where they started.
  • Making Smart Choices Post-Clear: After your first clear, it’s time to put on your thinking cap. If you mess up a gank or pick the wrong lane, the enemy jungler could counter-gank, grab both Scuttle Crabs, and leave you in the dust. And nobody likes eating dust.
  • Playing Dirty with Counter Jungling and XP Denial: If you’re up against a farming jungler, you can’t let them just chill and farm. That’s like letting a kid loose in a candy store. You’ve got to get in there, steal their camps, and deny them that sweet, sweet XP.
  • Ganking Like a Pro: Ganking isn’t just about running into a lane and hoping for the best. You’ve got to be sneaky. Think ninja, not bull in a china shop. Always try to avoid enemy vision and control wards when you’re setting up a gank.
  • Being the Boss of Objectives: Controlling objectives is like being the DJ at a party. You’re setting the tempo and getting everyone hyped. Dragons and Rift Heralds are your bread and butter here. Grab that Herald and use it to push like you’ve never pushed before.
  • Rolling with the Punches: So, things didn’t go exactly to plan. That’s okay! This isn’t a scripted TV show, it’s a game of LoL. You’ve got to adapt and overcome. Keep ganking, keep controlling objectives, and remember: it ain’t over ’til the Nexus explodes.


Jungling is all about setting the stage for the first 14 minutes of the game. You’re the puppet master, pulling the strings and setting up your team for success.

How to Play Jungler in the Mid Game

Alright, you’ve made it through the early game, and you’re feeling like a champ. But don’t start your victory dance just yet! The mid-game is where the real fun begins, and it’s about as predictable as a cat on a caffeine high. So, let’s dive into the madness and see how you can strut your stuff in the mid-game jungle.

  • Objective Hoarding: Mid-game is like a shopping spree at the objective store. Dragons and Rift Heralds are the hot items on sale, and you’re the one with the credit card (or Smite). Get your team together, set up some vision (like putting up sale signs), and secure those goodies!
  • Gank-a-Palooza: Early game was the warm-up act, but mid-game is the main event. It’s time to turn up the heat on those lanes, sneak into the enemy jungle like a ninja, and push down towers like they’re made of cardboard.
  • Farmville: Even in the mid-game, you gotta keep up with your farming. But now, it’s all about that efficient, organic, free-range farming. Clear those camps in a way that lets you be everywhere at once.

  • The Chameleon Act: Mid-game is like a rollercoaster, and you gotta roll with it. If you’re ahead, it’s time to go full Rambo in the enemy jungle. If you’re behind, channel your inner Zen and focus on farming and catching out those overconfident enemies.
  • The Dance Off (Teamfighting): As a jungler, you’re the lead dancer in the teamfight tango. Whether you’re starting the dance, protecting your dance partner, or cutting in on the enemy’s dance, you gotta know your moves.
  • Chit-Chat: You’ve got the best view of the map, so don’t be shy about sharing the gossip. Spotted the enemy jungler? Share the news. Planning a gank? Send an invite. Directing your team to objectives? Be the tour guide they need.
  • Peekaboo (Vision Control): Mid-game is all about playing hide and seek with the enemy. Ward up, clear out enemy wards, and keep an eye on those key spots. Remember, knowledge is power!
  • Fashion Choices (Itemization): Mid-game is where you get to show off your fashion sense. Whether you’re going for the tanky look or the damage-dealer style, make sure your items match the game’s vibe.


Mid-game is your jungle playground! It’s about grabbing objectives, launching surprise ganks, keeping up with your farm, adjusting to the game’s rhythm, taking charge in teamfights, sharing valuable info, controlling the vision game, and choosing the right items for your style.

How to Play Jungler in the Late Game

Well, well, well, look who’s made it through the mid-game mayhem and is now knocking on the door of the late game. This is the big leagues, champ. Time to step up and show ’em what you’re made of. So, let’s get down to the brass tacks of late-game jungling.

  • Vision Control: Late game is like a high-stakes game of hide and seek. You want to see them, but you don’t want them to see you. So, get those wards out and light up the map like a Christmas tree. And don’t forget to play Grinch and deny the enemy their vision too.
  • Objective Control: You know those big, scary monsters on the map? Yeah, they’re your best friends now. Baron Nashor and Elder Dragon are the cool kids in the late game. Get them on your side, and you’re golden.
  • Team Fights: Late game is all about those epic team fights. Whether you’re jumping in headfirst or hanging back and dealing damage, know your role and play it like you’re auditioning for the lead in a blockbuster movie.
  • Catch Out Enemies: Late game is the perfect time to play ‘Gotcha!’ with the enemy team. Use your superior vision control to catch out isolated enemies. It’s like a surprise party, but with more swords.
  • Defend Your Base: Sometimes, you’ve got to play defense. If your team is behind, it’s all hands on deck to defend your base. Channel your inner janitor and clear those waves!
  • Adapt to the Situation: Late game is as unpredictable as a cat on catnip. You’ve got to be ready to adapt on the fly. Change up your build, switch up your playstyle, do whatever it takes to get the upper hand.
  • Communication: Late game is no time for a vow of silence. Get chatty with your team, coordinate your moves, and make sure everyone’s on the same page.


Remember, these are just general tips. The late game can be a wild ride, and you’ll need to adapt based on your champion, your team, and the state of the game. So buckle up, and enjoy the ride!

Top 20 Jungler TIPS for Newbies

  1. Understand your role: Alright, listen up! You’re not just another pretty face on the team. No, no. You’re the grandmaster of objectives and the sultan of map pressure. Your job? Control those bad boys like Dragon and Baron Nashor, and be the guardian angel of your lanes.
  2. Choose the right champion: Hey, not all champs are cut out for jungle life, my friend. You need a champ who can clear camps faster than a squirrel on caffeine and has the ganking prowess of a smooth-talking charmer. So, pick wisely and bring on the jungle mayhem!
  3. Practice smite: Smite, the unsung hero of jungle shenanigans. Time it right, and you’ll be the master thief of Dragons and Barons. Time it wrong, and well, let’s just say you’ll be the laughingstock of the jungle.
  4. Learn to kite jungle monsters: Kiting is your secret sauce for reducing damage and speeding up your jungle clear. Get those moves down, and you’ll be a jungle superstar.
  5. Understand jungle pathing: Your jungle path is like your GPS for the wilderness. It’s the roadmap to success, and it can change depending on your champ and how the game’s going. So, be as adaptable as a chameleon with a PhD in navigation.
  6. Learn to ward: Warding, the art of being a nosy neighbor in the jungle. It’s like having eyes everywhere and giving the enemy jungler a taste of their own medicine. Get those control wards ready, place ’em strategically, and watch as your enemies curse your name in frustration.
  7. Keep an eye on the minimap: You, my jungle friend, are the ultimate multitasker. You gotta have your eyes on all the lanes like a hawk on Red Bull. That way, you can swoop in for gank opportunities or foil the enemy’s dastardly plans. It’s like playing jungle detective, minus the fancy hat.
  8. Adapt your playstyle: Sometimes, you gotta switch things up like a chameleon at a disco party. If your team is crushing it, go full Rambo and unleash your inner aggressor. If things aren’t looking so hot, well, time to channel your inner farmer and focus on securing objectives. Flexibility is key, my friend!
  9. Communicate with your team: Let your team in on the juicy details, like spotting the enemy jungler or planning a gank. It’s like being the jungle DJ, spinning tracks of information that can lead your team to victory. So, grab that mic and drop some sick beats of communication.
  10. Prioritize objectives over kills: Now, don’t get me wrong, kills are like icing on the cake. But objectives, my friend, they’re the whole bakery. Dragon and Baron Nashor can shower your team with sweet advantages, so make ’em your top priority. Remember, it’s all about the big picture.
  11. Understanding the Jungle Matchups: It’s like knowing who’s who in the jungle zoo. Understand the strengths and weaknesses of your champ compared to the enemy jungler. Who’s got the early game punch? Who can clear camps like a champ? Knowing these details gives you an edge sharper than a freshly sharpened blade.
  12. Counter-Jungling: Imagine being a sneaky ninja, invading the enemy jungle, stealing their camps, and leaving ’em scratching their heads in confusion. That’s counter-jungling, my friend. But beware, it takes map awareness and warding skills that would make Sherlock Holmes proud.
  13. Objective Control: You’re the master of ceremony when it comes to securing the big prizes: Dragon and Baron Nashor. Keep track of their spawn times, set up vision control like a boss, and rally your team to victory. It’s like organizing a rock concert where you’re the headliner.
  14. Ganking: The art of surprising your foes and turning their smiles upside down. Timing is everything. Know the state of each lane, find those sneaky wards, and work your magic with your team. It’s like throwing a surprise party where the enemy is the one getting the surprise.
  15. Creep Wave Management: Minion waves, the unsung heroes of the battlefield. Understanding their movements is like having a crystal ball of predictions. Use it to your advantage. Know when the odds are in your favor for a gank or when it’s time to leave a lane alone like a picky cat.
  16. Efficient Jungle Clearing: It’s like a choreographed dance routine with jungle camps. The order in which you clear can make or break your success. You want that sweet experience gain and a smooth transition into ganking mode. So, plan it out like a dance choreographer, and the jungle will be your stage.
  17. Late Game Role: When the late game hits, it’s like entering a whole new world. Your role might change. You might become the guardian angel for your carries, the frontline brawler, or the objective maestro. It’s like being the ultimate shape-shifter, adapting to the needs of your team.
  18. Small champion pool: Hey, stick to what you know best. You don’t want to be that guy or gal who’s juggling a gazillion champs like a circus performer. Focus on a smaller pool of champs, master them inside out, and unleash your jungle wizardry.
  19. Replays: Picture this, my jungle aficionado—watching yourself in action like a Hollywood star. Re-watching your games is the key to unlocking your full potential. Analyze your moves, spot your mistakes, and level up like a boss. It’s like having your own personal highlight reel.
  20. Behind play: You’ve gotta learn to play from behind. It’s like being the underdog with a chip on your shoulder. Learn to adapt, farm your way back into the game, and wait for that perfect moment to turn the tables. Remember, fortune favors the patient and tenacious jungle explorer.


Remember, these are just general tips. The late game can be a wild ride, and you’ll need to adapt based on your champion, your team, and the state of the game. So buckle up, and enjoy the ride!

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