Our League of Legends best junglers guide covers the best champions to jungle with in the current meta.
One of the most interesting and challenging roles you can play in League of Legends is that of the Jungler.
This unique role tasks you with exerting your influence across the entirety of the battleground, from farming neutral minions hiding within the trees, to assisting your teammates with ganks in order to help them achieve superiority in their lanes, or just hassling the Jungler on the other team by messing with their side of the map.
For newcomers in particular this is not an easy role to grasp. Regardless of whether you're new to the game or a seasoned veteran though, we wanted to highlight our pick of the best Champions that you can make use of in this role.
We've also got a few tips for getting started with each of these Champions, and in our latest update we've added in video guides to help you get a better look at what to expect in each case. This more than anything should give you a good idea of what to expect.
Graves is absolutely at the top tier of jungle champions right now thanks to his strong clear potential at camps, his ability to comfortably contest the enemy jungler during invades, and huge burst damage potential for ganks. He’s definitely a champion that’s easy to pick up, but can be an even more devastating force when mastered.
You’ll tear through neutral minions with your excessive damage, which means you’re quite happy to farm in the jungle for longer if no ganking opportunities present themselves. Invading the opponent’s side of the jungle is definitely an option as Graves too, if you catch sight of the enemy jungler roaming elsewhere. With the armour gain from Quickdraw, you’ll even be able to win a duel with the opposing jungler if you happen to come across them.
While Graves can fit within almost any team comp, his only real weakness as a ganker from the jungle is that he has no crowd control. Sure, Smoke Screen is handy to initiate an engagement to slow enemies, but you’ll want champions in the lanes you’re supporting to follow up with their own stuns and more to ensure you can secure kills. It’s also wise to have red buff when you move in to provide a little extra damage and slow.
Be smart when using your abilities too, as many can be avoided by a well-timed Flash or escape. Sometimes it’s best to wait until enemies burn these skills so you have an easier task of lining up End of the Line or Collateral Damage to completely obliterate a target. Quickdraw is also especially handy to reposition yourself following an opponent’s escape attempt, or to chase down a priority target in later team fights.
For an in-depth guide on how to play this champion, make sure you watch the following video all the way through - it's got loads of helpful advice!
Evelynn has a strong start in the jungle through her heavy ability damage, but it's her ganking potential when you gain Camouflage at level six that truly makes her one of the top picks. Therefore, you’ll want to spend most of the early game just clearing camps and farming experience as fast as possible. You can go for a gank when you have the additional slow from red buff but chances are opponents will see you coming.
Once you hit level six, though, and Camouflage comes online, that’s when you’ll want to start to aggressively roam around the map finding picks. Opponents will have had to invest in pink wards to see through your invisibility, which many definitely do not do. If all looks clear, your best bets for a successful gank are top or bottom lane, where there are fewer avenues for escape.
It’s important that you land the initial hit of Hate Spike on your priority target so you can more easily recast the ability on the same target. Whiplash is also a key skill to land so you can pull yourself to a target, gain bonus movement speed to stick to opponents.
Lastly, with Evelynn’s Allure ability, it might be tempting to wait the 2.5 seconds after casting it to ensure the charm effect lands, but that’s usually too large of a window for your opponent to make an escape – the slow should usually be enough.
As you transition to the late game, you’ll want to look for opportunities where you can flank targets to get the drop on them, or enter team fights late to clean up whoever remains standing. Exploiting that ability to surprise using Camouflage will be your priority, so you can assassinate key targets.
If you want to master Evelynn, the video we've embedded below goes into great detail about how to jungle with this champion. It's well worth watching the whole thing.
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Similarly to Evelynn, Kha’Zix is perfect as a jungler because he can not only clear neutral minions with ease, but he also excels at assassinating isolated targets, making him ideal as a ganker with some impactful burst damage.
A lot of Kha’Zix’s kill potential lies in his passive, Unseen Threat, which causes his next basic attack to deal bonus damage, and slow a target if he isn’t visible to the enemy team. You can reset this by dipping into the fog of war, slipping into the brush or using Void Assault.
The last of those three is the most viable if you’re already in the middle of a fight. On the initial cast, Void Assault will make you invisible, grant a move speed bonus, and allow you to pass through units. You can then cast it once again within a ten-second window to repeat that effect.
You’ll want to avoid using Void Assault too liberally, but instead, weave it in between other abilities or as you’re dodging attacks to stick to and burst down a target.
This is essentially your role in the mid-game: roaming between lanes, deleting isolated targets and snowballing a lead for your team.
Mastering this champion is all about learning when to takes these fights, so as to ensure you’re getting the full use out of his powers. It's all about saving your Leap for when you know you can confirm the kill on a target, or engaging strongly with Void Spike to prevent an enemy escaping. Played well he’s extremely deadly.
The following video will give you a great deal of insight in how to play Kha'Zix. Give it a thumbs up if you found it useful!
Kayn is one of the most interesting and unique champions in League of Legends, as most of the early game will be spent building towards one of two forms you can take in the mid-late game. Whether you end up as the Shadow Assassin or Rhaast variant, your abilities will remain more-or-less the same, but some will get neat modifiers that help you fulfil slightly different roles within the team.
Essentially, you’re starting off like any other jungler: gather buffs and plot your route through the camps to get yourself up to level four quickly. Then you can start making a decision as to which path you want to take for your late-game form, where you'll focus on dealing damage to ranged champions or to melee champions. Choosing the former will push you towards Shadow Assassin, while the latter will unlock Rhaast.
The Shadow Assassin path is generally better at dealing with squishy targets and will draw you more towards the role of an assassin. With this, Kayn’s Shadow Step will open up even more opportunities for some very unique ganks, as you slip into the terrain to catch opponents off guard.
The Rhaast path makes you more of a terror in team fights, and better at dealing with high health champions. You’ll gain some extra displacement tools with a different version of Blade's Reach, significant percentage-based damage on Umbral Trespass, and a lot of extra healing from your attacks.
That’s at its most basic level, and there are a number of variables that may need to be considered game to game. Either way, Kayn is an undeniably strong jungler that advanced players looking for something different will enjoy a great deal!
YouTuber Metaphor has put together a great guide on how to play Kayn as a jungler. It's well worth watching the whole thing if you need an overview of how this champion plays.
Rock-surfing Stoneweaver Taliyah is the last on our list of top junglers in League of Legends right now, bringing some impressive mobility, strong roaming potential and powerful ganking abilities to the role.
Her jungle clear is pretty straightforward, and using Threaded Volley can blast through neutral camps without draining your mana, thanks to the bonus of casting it on Worked Ground. She can often outpace the enemy jungler too through her passive, which allows her to zip along the walls at speed and create an advantage in lane earlier on.
With that in mind, Unravelled Earth is a terrific ganking tool that either synergises well with crowd control from your allies, or punishes enemies who panic. It leaves a cone of slowing traps on the ground that are only triggered if a target is knocked into them or they try to dash out of them.
Unless you’re up against the coolest players in the world, chances are they’ll frantically try to escape and be hit by the slow in the heat of the moment, leaving you ample time to secure a kill. Or you can follow it up with your own Seismic Shove to force the target back into the minefield and confirm the kill that way.
Her ultimate, Weaver's Wall, has some fascinating utility too. Not only can it be used to get you into a fight from distance, but in the later game team fights it can split the opposing team in two, giving you a significant numbers advantage.
Here's a great video that shows off Taliyah's abilities and how she plays in a live match.