Jungle is arguably the most influential role in League of Legends due to its unmatched lane impact. Staying ahead of the enemy Jungler is just as important as ganking any lane, and to have every possible advantage to use in your favor, having the right runes is crucial. We’ve got you covered with the best runes for Junglers in League of Legends in season 12.
The best runes for junglers in League of Legends season 12 are Conqueror, Electrocute, Press The Attack, and Aftershock. Each keystone is appropriate for a different category of Jungle champion but Conqueror holds the title for the most picked rune in the Jungle role.
Note that keystones may vary in certain matches when versing certain team compositions and certain jungle matchups. Be sure to follow our guide to pick the best runes you can utilize in the jungle.
Most Commonly Picked Runes for Junglers
Conqueror has been a very strong keystone for some time now. It is most beneficial to champions such as Diana and Lee Sin who like taking extended fights and stacking up the keystone. It provides bonus AD/AP upon the number of attacks done and also offers healing when fully stacked.
Basic attacks on-damage attacks against enemies grant stacks of Conqueror. Each stack of Conqueror grants bonus Attack Damage or Ability Power (max stacks: 12) for 5 seconds. While fully stacked, you heal for a percentage of post-mitigated damage from the damage dealt to enemy champions.
It synergizes best with Triumph, Legend: Alacrity, and Coup De Grace.
Electrocute is an aggressive rune that amplifies your combo damage in a fight with bonus damage. If you damage your enemy using at least two different types of abilities, applying three total stacks (one per hit), the keystone deals bonus damage to the target. Champions like Kha’Zix and Rengar benefit greatly from this.
Damaging basic attacks, abilities, item effects, summoner spells, and the application of crowd control and damage over time generate stacks against them, up to one attack or cast per champion. Applying 3 stacks to a target within 3 seconds causes them to be struck by lightning after a 0.25s delay, dealing them damage.
It synergizes best with Sudden Impact, Eyeball Collection, and Treasure Hunter.
Press The Attack
Press The Attack is an offensive keystone that makes the enemy champion take bonus damage upon landing a series of basic attacks on them. It has a short cooldown and is perfect for auto-attack-heavy champions. This keystone is best on champions such as Volibear, Shyvana, and Warwick who utilize auto-attacks to the fullest.
Basic on-hit attacks against enemy champions apply a stack for 4 seconds, stacking up to 3 times, with the duration refreshing upon applying the second stack. Attacking a champion after Press The Attack is activated, the enemy champion is exposed for 6 seconds, causing them to take up to 12% increased damage from all sources.
Press The Attack synergizes best with Triumph, Legend: Alacrity, and Last Stand.
Aftershock is one of the top-picked keystones from the Resolve tree. It is most beneficial to engage champions like Zac and Sejuani, activating upon their contact with the enemy champion, granting the champion bonus resistance upon engagement, then dealing damage to nearby enemies in a short radius. It is the best keystone for a tank jungle champion who likes to be in the center of any fights, reliably providing powerful assistance to its allies.
Immobilizing an enemy champion grants static bonus armor and magic resistance for 2.5 seconds. After the duration, you release a shockwave that deals magic damage to champions and monsters nearby.
It synergizes best with Demolish, Conditioning, and Unflinching.
What is a Jungler in League of Legends?
Jungling refers to killing the jungle monsters located on the map in League of Legends. A Jungler is a person that relies on killing jungle monsters to keep up with lanes in terms of gold and experience. Jungle is one of the five roles in LoL.
The role Jungle is said to be the most influential role among all because of a jungler’s capability of ganking each lane at any given time. Getting out of a sticky situation versus your opponent in lane might be doable, but getting out of a gank safely is extremely difficult. Trying out the Jungle role or even learning it to make it your primary choice is never a bad idea.
Fighters are the class of jungle champions who focus on combat and durability during any fight. Their goal is to be in the center of the fight and output well-sustained damage, demolishing their targets with sheer force.
League of Legends offers a variety of fighter champions across different roles. Many of the jungle champions that belong to this class are dominating the meta right now. A couple of fighter jungle champions are:
Diana has been one of the strongest junglers in season 12. Although she can utilize Electrocute, she can stack Conqueror very easily gaining a massive advantage in a short period of time through simple combos. She pairs up Conqueror with Triumph, Legend: Alacrity, and Coup De Grace. She is also capable of benefiting from Aftershock at the cost of damage from Conqueror or Electrocute.
Lee Sin is one of the trademark junglers in all of League of Legends. He is known for his early map presence and his ability to stack Conqueror very quickly. As he is a melee champion, he benefits from gaining two stacks per hit and reaches maximum stacks very quickly. Lee Sin often picks Conqueror alongside Triumph, Legend: Alacrity, and Coup De Grace. He can also utilize Dark Harvest or Electrocute when facing the appropriate team compositions.
Assassins are a category of champions that primarily focus on swiftly taking down higher priority while putting themselves into dangerous positions. They are capable of dealing an immense amount of damage in a short period of time. To have such a champion in the Jungle is extremely strong.
Kha’Zix is said to be one of the best and most popular assassin jungle champions. Kitted with mobility, invisibility, and insanely high damage potential, he is a ban or pick champion in the Jungle. Kha’Zix benefits from Electrocute the most, paired up with Sudden Impact, Eyeball Collection, and Treasure Hunter. He can also utilize Conqueror, First Strike, and Dark Harvest.
Rengar is another strong jungle assassin champion, especially after the mini-rework that he received. Rengar has incredible damage output and can kill his targets very swiftly as long as he can jump onto them. Rengar uses the Electrocute keystone with Sudden Impact, Eyeball Collection, and Relentless Hunter. He can also use First Strike, Conqueror, and Dark Harvest just like Kha’Zix.
Tanks excel at engaging the enemy team and diverting the attention within the fight onto themselves. They are extremely durable, allowing them to lock down priority for a long period of time while their laner takes on the opponent with ease.
Zac is one of the more unique tank junglers in the game. He is capable of providing great crowd control and peel for his allies, making him a very strong pick. Zac engages by immobilizing the enemy champions, applying Aftershock. It is combined with Font of Life, Conditioning, and Revitalize for most efficiency and best synergy.
Rammus is another unique tank jungle champion. He is extremely durable and provides very solid crowd control for his allies. Rammus is mobile, allowing him to catch his targets and lock them down easily. He is a very strong pick into assassins especially, taking advantage of Aftershock with Font of Life, Conditioning, and Unflinching.
More Junglers and Runes in League of Legends
- Hecarim (Phase Rush or Conqueror)
- Shyvana (Press The Attack)
- Xin Zhao (Conqueror or Lethal Tempo)
Champions are not obliged to utilize a singular set of runes and keystones. We recommend experimenting with each of them to see what you prefer best! Assassin and tank junglers have been dominating the meta in season 12, are you going to pick up any new jungle champions anytime soon? What are your thoughts on the newest patch? We love hearing your feedback, so hit us with it in the comment section below!