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League of Legends: Guide on how to jungle

Updated on November 29, 2012
As you can see, the Jungle is mirrored.
As you can see, the Jungle is mirrored.

Jungle Introduction

Hello! Today I'm going to show you how to jungle in League of Legends! Let's began: The jungle in League of Legends is a neutral place on both sides of the map. Each team has their own jungle, however, the jungles are mirrored for each team. A jungler is a champion who instead of farming and playing in a lane, farms in the jungle and "ganks"(Goes to fight in other lanes) their team's lanes. This means that as a jungler, you have to be aware of what is going on in the lanes and when to gank. Only gank when the enemy is "overextended" aka, is closer to your tower then their tower. Now, let's get into the jungle.

The jungle Camps

The five camps in the jungle are: Wolves, Wraiths, Golems, Ancient Golem(Blue buff), Lizard Elder(Red buff). Let's go over these in more detail:


The Wolf camp.
The Wolf camp.

Wolves

The Wolf camp is located on the left side of the jungle for blue team, and on the right for purple team. The wolves spawn at 1:40 into the game, and have a respawn timer of 60 seconds. The big wolf will give back some hp when killed. The big wolf gives 25 gold and 128 exp upon killing it, the two little wolfs give 16 gold and 10 exp each, for a total of 57 gold 148 exp. We will talk about the route to take later in this guide.

The Wraith camp.
The Wraith camp.

Wraiths

The Wraith camp is located on the right side of the jungle for blue team, and on the left side for purple team. On both sides, the Wraith camp has walls around it visible from the mid lane. The Wraith camp spawns 1:40 into the game and have a respawn timer of 50 seconds. The wraiths steal life when they attack, and the big wraith gives back some hp when killed. The big wraith gives 35 gold and 35 exp when killed, the 3 little wraiths give 4 gold and 20 exp when killed each, for a total of 48 gold and 95 exp.

Golems

The Golem camp is on the bottom right of the blue jungle and the top left of the purple jungle. The Golems spawn 1:40 into the game and hit harder then the other non-buff camps in the jungle. The big golem restores some health when killed. The Big golem gives 30 gold and 117 exp when killed, the small golem gives 30 gold 39 exp when killed for a total of 60 gold and 156 exp.

The Ancient Golem.
The Ancient Golem.

Ancient Golem (Blue Buff)

The Ancient golem, more often know as the Blue buff, is located in the middle of the left side of the jungle for blue team, and the right side of the jungle for purple team. The ancient golem is very strong, hitting hard with a lot of hp. It often will need a "Leash", when the mid champion hits it with an autoattack or ability to aggro it onto them, giving the jungler free damage for a couple seconds. The Ancient golem spawns 1:55 into the game, and has a respawn timer of 5 minutes. When slain, the Ancient golem gives 72 gold and 231 exp and the two small lizards each give 10 gold and 32 exp, for a total of 92 gold and 295 exp. In additon, when the Ancient golem is slain, it gives a buff called the Crest of the Ancient Golem more commonly know as Blue buff. Blue buff regenerates your mana quickly. This buff lasts for 3:30 and if the holder of the buff is killed by an enemy champion, the killer will gain the buff.

The Lizard Elder
The Lizard Elder

The Lizard Elder (Red Buff)

The Lizard Elder, commonly known as Red buff, is located in the right middle of the jungle for blue team and in the left middle for purple team. Like Blue buff, it is very strong and has a lot of hp, however, since most junglers will start at either blue or red buff and get a leash at their starting buff, the other when will be easier to take because you will be at around level 3 by the time you get to the other buff. The Lizard Elder spawns 1;55 into the game, and has a respawn timer of 5 minutes. When slain, the Lizard Elder gives 72 gold and 210 exp, and the two small lizards each give 10 gold and 32 exp. When slain, the Lizard elder also grants the buff The blessing of the Lizard Elder, more commonly known as Red buff. Red buff applies a 8/16/24% slow on basic attacks for 3 seconds, scaling at levels 6/11/16. Red buff also applies a 10 (+2 damage per level) true damage DoT(Damage over time) twice effect on the holder's basic attacks. If the holder is slain, the buff transfers to the killer.

Jungling Routes

Most champions take one of two routes: Red route or Blue route. The Blue route starts at Blue buff and goes like this:

Blue Route: Start with a leash at Blue, then go to Wolves, then Wraiths, Golems, Red Buff, back to base and repeat, ganking when needed.

Red Route: Start with a leash at Red, then go to Wraiths, Golems, Wolves, Blue buff, back to base and repeat, ganking when needed.

Blue route is for champions that use mana or need mana to jungle, Red route is for champions that don't use mana or don't need it to jungle.

I hope you enjoyed this guide, thanks for reading!

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      Thanks very much!! This cleared everything up for me!

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