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He's kuku for cocoa puffs (S7 Mid)

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Smite God: Kukulkan

Build Guide Discussion (8) More Guides

Purchase Order

Out of base Notes One of the hardest things to do is figure out if you need 2 health or 2 mana potions as you can only buy 3. If you were to have communication with your solo laner, they might be able to tell you the chances of getting the Totem of Ku which can help out, but you can never be sure in my experience.

Build Item Book of Souls Book of Souls
Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion
Build Item Mana Potion Mana Potion

Core Notes Book of Thoth is an absolute. If you don't build it you are doing Kuku wrong as far as I am concerned. You can get by without Polynomicon, but it will help you out so much if you use it in conjunction with Zephyr.

Build Item Book of Thoth Book of Thoth
Build Item Polynomicon Polynomicon

Raw Power Notes For the most part, these are just going to boost your damage pretty drastically as well as providing other useful effects

Build Item Rod of Tahuti Rod of Tahuti
Build Item Doom Orb Doom Orb
Build Item Spear of Desolation Spear of Desolation
Build Item Soul Reaver Soul Reaver

Penetration Notes These are the only items I generally consider when looking for penetration. Generally the 20% as well as some flat pen here and there from everything else in the Magic Focus tree

Build Item Charon's Coin Charon's Coin
Build Item Obsidian Shard Obsidian Shard

Utility Notes These are the items that I will buy when I want their auxiliary effects

Build Item Chronos' Pendant Chronos' Pendant
Build Item Soul Gem Soul Gem
Build Item Divine Ruin Divine Ruin
Build Item Ethereal Staff Ethereal Staff
Build Item Gem of Isolation Gem of Isolation


Build Item Purification Beads Purification Beads
Build Item Aegis Amulet Aegis Amulet
Build Item Blink Rune Blink Rune
Build Item Heavenly Wings Heavenly Wings
Build Item Phantom Veil Phantom Veil

Example build Notes Sell shoes for Rod of Tahuti at the end of the game. Alternatively you could do Chronos Pendant to reach your 40% CDR or a doom orb to capitalize on already being super speedy.

Build Item Book of Thoth Book of Thoth
Build Item Shoes of Focus Shoes of Focus
Build Item Charon's Coin Charon's Coin
Build Item Polynomicon Polynomicon
Build Item Spear of Desolation Spear of Desolation
Build Item Soul Gem Soul Gem
Build Item Rod of Tahuti Rod of Tahuti

Example build Notes It has been brought to my attention that it may not be the best to build both Polynomicon and Soul gem. Alternatively, especially in cases where the enemy has built anti-heal so your already small life-steal is minimized further, you can build Chronos' Pendant for even greater CDR as well as extra power compared to Soul Gem

Build Item Book of Thoth Book of Thoth
Build Item Shoes of Focus Shoes of Focus
Build Item Charon's Coin Charon's Coin
Build Item Divine Ruin Divine Ruin
Build Item Polynomicon Polynomicon
Build Item Chronos' Pendant Chronos' Pendant
Build Item Rod of Tahuti Rod of Tahuti

Kukulkan's Skill Order



1 X
2 8 11 12 14


2 A
4 15 16 18 19


3 B
1 3 6 7 10
Spirit of the Nine Winds

Spirit of the Nine Winds

4 Y
5 9 13 17 20
Array ( [even] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 18 [display_name] => Agni [url] => agni ) [scoreVal] => 3 [notes] => Agni is hit or miss. If he is good with his stun on [[noxious fumes]] then he could be a problem. He is also very slippery and you will have to bait out his [[path of flames]] if you want to think about using your ult on him in lane. In my experience this is usually a farm off with low killing. ) [1] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 65 [display_name] => Ah Puch [url] => ah-puch ) [scoreVal] => 3 [notes] => Ah Puch can blow you up. Unless he is really good with the timing though, you can use [[slipstream]] to get out of the slow on [[undead surge]] and avoid the following explosion. The same though process applies to his ultimate should he buy [[gem of isolation]]. It is also important to note that he doesn't have a movement ability and is therefore, easy to beat down with Zephyr all game. ) [2] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 96 [display_name] => Baron Samedi [url] => baron-samedi ) [scoreVal] => 3 [notes] => Baron breaks even as a threat for the fact that you can punish him early. This is done by outclearing him by a mile. The counter point is that this is a mage with a hard CC and a massive cone of an ultimate that you can't get out of as a Kuku. Whats better is that he gets 35% reduced damage so you can't even just counter ult him in some situations. You'll need some good work to kill him if he ults you. ) [3] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 15 [display_name] => He Bo [url] => he-bo ) [scoreVal] => 3 [notes] => He Bo excells at killing squishy gods really fast. Late game it feels like he's got 3 ultimates and a waterslide he can use to kill you. He shouldn't be a huge threat in lane by himself since you can outclear him. I'd be more wary of a He Bo if you are getting ganked a lot or if he is the enemy jungler. A He Bo blinking out of nowhere is a scary prospect. ) [4] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 36 [display_name] => Isis [url] => isis ) [scoreVal] => 3 [notes] => I'm honestly not sure where to put isis as a threat. She does a lot of damage and is generally considered top tier as far as I understand, but I never really have an issue with Isis. I will say that an Isis who knows how to use [[spirit ball]] effectively could cause you some issues. ) [5] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 54 [display_name] => Janus [url] => janus ) [scoreVal] => 3 [notes] => Janus hurts, but due to [[portal]] being as much of a skill shot as it is, he doesn't get placed any higher as a threat. If he hits you with a full combo, you will lose around half of your health early and well over half of it later. If he is any good at consistently hitting his abilities, life is gonna be hard for you. It may also be important to note that if you are in range to hit him, he will be in range to hit you. ) [6] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 105 [display_name] => Persephone [url] => persephone ) [scoreVal] => 3 [notes] => Persephone is going to be more annoying than anything. Keep an eye on where she plants gardens so you don't get powerbombed by [[flourish]]. On top of the plants that take 0 skill to hit, she can also use Flourish to jump your ultimate. As far as her ult, Unless your team actually helps you out of the vines, it will be a pain in your neck. ) [7] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 8 [display_name] => Ra [url] => ra ) [scoreVal] => 3 [notes] => Ra is 50/50. If you let him get ahead he can just walk at you and clear waves at the same time. It's gonna be a high stakes minion clear-off in the mid lane. The difference is going to come in your harder hitting and harder to hit abilities. Your abilities are all easier to hit too if he decides to get point blank with you too. Use that to your advantage. ) [8] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 4 [display_name] => Zeus [url] => zeus ) [scoreVal] => 3 [notes] => Zeus is annoying, because he does so much damage for how relatively little skill it actually takes to do anything. You're probably just going to clear waves until you get some lucky hits or your jungler passes by. ) ) [tiny] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 6 [display_name] => Anubis [url] => anubis ) [scoreVal] => 5 [notes] => I can't say Goobis doesn't do a lot of damage due to the mystical fact that you are kuku, but I can say he likes to sit still for you. Whenever you see him go in to use [[plague of locusts]] he becomes a real easy target for a zephyr. Likewise, if he tries to kill you with his ultimate you should either kill him first or trade 1 for 1. Early in the game, he can't stun you long enough to take you 100 to 0 so you can counter the immobile target with a freight train of wind to the face and generally take him out first. Later in the game you just gotta hope you've got beads or he misses his wrap. ) ) [major] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 40 [display_name] => Chang'e [url] => change ) [scoreVal] => 2 [notes] => Fortunately most people don't play Chang'e mid because she can prove problematic. Her abilities are all very large aoe and good at hitting you. [[moonlit waltz]] is also the last thing you want to deal with in a battle of poking. Or using your ult for that matter. She shouldn't be too much of an issue due to rarity, but may cause issues if you do see her. ) [1] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 98 [display_name] => Hera [url] => hera ) [scoreVal] => 2 [notes] => I can't really say that Hera is a threat, but Argus sure as hell is. He can just run you down and has more health than you can realistically deal with, even if you use your ultimate. Adding to her being a thorn in your side is the casual 650 health shield with [[divine shroud]]. This is particularly annoying when you try to kill Hera in order to get Argus off of you. ) [2] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 31 [display_name] => Poseidon [url] => poseidon ) [scoreVal] => 2 [notes] => Poseidon hurts. If you let him get ahead you will die every time he has an ultimate. I haven't been on the receiving end of this, but I have certainly been on the giving end before. He just kind of walks at you, gives you a cripple, a kraken, and a wave. If you aren't dead at that point he can run you down, especially if you already used [[slipstream]] to try and escape the whirlpool. Also, don't be scared to buy beads into a Poseidon. While Aegis may work better against the Kraken, the beads will still save your life. ) [3] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 73 [display_name] => Raijin [url] => raijin ) [scoreVal] => 2 [notes] => Raijin hurts, and his stuff is really easy to hit. What's more is that you can't get away from him. If he tries to jump on you and ult, your best case is most likely get a [[whirlwind]] on him and try to counter ult. If the Raijin is good, you will have some issues ) [4] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 50 [display_name] => Scylla [url] => scylla ) [scoreVal] => 2 [notes] => A mage that does the same amount of damage as Kuku, but has a hard CC and its burst... Sounds pretty good. A [[sic 'em]], [[crush]] combo will leave you near death. You can counter ult Scylla with some difficulty because after she selects a location to attack, she will be immobile for a brief moment. That being said, this is hard to do and if you are aiming at her, you may not be juking well enough to save your own skin. Be careful and know that you both have pretty equal chances of killing each other if all the abilities hit. ) [5] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 82 [display_name] => Thoth [url] => thoth ) [scoreVal] => 2 [notes] => Thoth does some big daddy damage, and I have seen Thoth go around with his ult and just 100-0 people on my team. Its rare and his ultimate is hard to hit under most circumstances, but it does hurt. His dash could also prove a hindrance to your efforts of killing him. ) ) [minor] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 32 [display_name] => Aphrodite [url] => aphrodite ) [scoreVal] => 4 [notes] => She's rare to see, but if you do it should be more annoying than anything. You'll either beat her out of lane and she gets away with about 6 health with her ultimate, or you'll just have to clear from under tower. In either case it isn't worth using your ult on her unless you know that hers is down to just immune it. ) [1] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 39 [display_name] => Chronos [url] => chronos ) [scoreVal] => 4 [notes] => As mages go, you shouldn't see him in mid too much, but I'd be lying if I said I've never seen him. He does a lot of damage, but you can avoid most of it if you doge his stun. Additionally, he is targetable for the first few seconds of his ultimate so you can wax him with a zephyr or even an ultimate if you get lucky. ) [2] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 92 [display_name] => Discordia [url] => discordia ) [scoreVal] => 4 [notes] => Discordia is kind of annoying with her root and the raw damage from [[unruly magic]] but her only real escape is not good against Kuku due to whirlwind being much larger than the circle on [[erratic behavior]]. She can do a lot of damage, but you can generally do more. ) [3] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 10 [display_name] => Hel [url] => hel ) [scoreVal] => 4 [notes] => He is annoying since you don't have any hard CC. As long as you don't get behind you should be able to outbox her so long as you build anti-heal. She will have to get a few more items online than you to reach peak performance. ) [4] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 100 [display_name] => Merlin [url] => merlin ) [scoreVal] => 4 [notes] => Merlin does a lot of damage, but you can generally slither way from him with [[slipstream]]. He will be hard to kill with his [[flicker]] but if that is how he is using it, then you are in a safer position yourself. ) [5] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 59 [display_name] => Nox [url] => nox ) [scoreVal] => 4 [notes] => Nox is annoying because you will likely touch the edge of [[siphon darkness]] when you go to place [[whirlwind]] on the minion wave in lane, but unless she is good at hitting her combo, you shouldn't be having too many issues with a Nox. ) [6] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 46 [display_name] => Nu Wa [url] => nu-wa ) [scoreVal] => 4 [notes] => She does a lot of damage, but is really only going to be a huge problem for you later in the game when you should have allies around to help you out. If she tries to send her clay minions at you, a zephyr will handle them quite nicely. ) [7] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 29 [display_name] => Vulcan [url] => vulcan ) [scoreVal] => 4 [notes] => [[Zephyr]] can deal with his turrets and you can generally out-range [[backfire]] with Zephyr. He is going to deal respectable damage and the knock-up on [[magma bomb]] is going to be annoying to deal with, but you should be able to slither away so if he is going to kill you he has to use his ult. And he has to aim it effectively as well. ) ) [extreme] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 3 [display_name] => Hades [url] => hades ) [scoreVal] => 1 [notes] => If you find yourself against a Hades, you have to know that you won't (under most circumstances) be able to get out of his ultimate unless you have Beads. Unless you can manage to punish him for jumping the wave and deal more damage than he is able to heal you will most likely fare best trying to clear waves from under your tower and asking your jungler for help. A stun goes a long way when dealing with a god that gains protections and mitigations in his ultimate. ) [1] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 76 [display_name] => Susano [url] => susano ) [scoreVal] => 1 [notes] => Unless he ganks with everything on cooldown, if you get hit with [[wind siphon]] you are simply done for. Susan does so much damage that is all completely unavoidable for a kuku. ) [2] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 43 [display_name] => Thanatos [url] => thanatos ) [scoreVal] => 1 [notes] => [[hovering death]], [[death scyth]], dead. If Thanatose uses his ultimate as a stun early in the game, he will just wax you with a death scythe before you can respond and counter. If you are below threshold and know that he is coming you can hide under tower with a tornado at your feet and in most circumstances take him down with you. ) [3] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 22 [display_name] => Thor [url] => thor ) [scoreVal] => 1 [notes] => [[anvil of dawn]], [[beserker barrage]], dead. Thats really all I need to say. If you don't know he is coming you will die and can't even take him out with you. ) ) ) 1

Kukulkan' Threats

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Kukulkan' threats

Intro to the wind worm

After nearly 5 years this guy is still Kuku for Cocoa Puffs. Who knows just how long this guy will continue in his search for the chocolate spheres. My guess is as good as yours, but I'd say it'll either be until he finds them or the mayans go back and rename him.

Enough about the Cocoa Puffs though. What about the snake how thirsts for them? Well, he is a floating noodle that does a lot of damage, perhaps even too much. That's about it, all you need to know.


Does slightly more than a little bit of damage
Super fast with Slipstream
Good tower push
Has a fantastic ultimate, for many reasons
Passive gives an extra item's worth of power

No real escape. Just speed and damage
Susceptible to Shield of Thorns
No hard CC


Itemization for Kuku can be really simple or a little more complex, depending on how you want to play or what you need. Generally speaking, the example builds cover all the items I buy, but there are cases where other items will help you out more. So on to the items!

Core Items

Book of Thoth is your best friend on Kukulkan for a couple of reasons. First off, when fully stacked, it gives you 1000 mana as a singular item. While that is impressive in and of itself, there are two key factors that make this item so fantastic on Kuku. Namely, it is Kuku's passive, Power of the Wind Jewel in conjunction with the secondary passive on Book of Thoth. With both of these combined, 14% of your maximum mana is converted into power. Considering Book of thoth by itself it grants 80 flat power along with 1000 mana and 9% mana conversion when fully stacked. That means you are getting a total of 170 power from this item without considering you natural mana or any other mana built into other items. This is the single highest power item you can get on any mage, and it is even better on Kuku due to his passive.

Polynomicon is definitely not as important as Book of Thoth, but cannot be slept on. The damage you can get out of this is pretty crazy when if follows through after your zehpyr. This will bring most squishy gods down to very low health if not dead. It is also important to note that it can be used on towers to get some quick damage there and it can also turn your slipstream into a 'damaging ability' for something like a fire-giant or a gold fury.
Raw Power

Rod of Tahuti helps you do some pretty crazy damage when it comes to finishing off enemies. While providing a lot of power and an extra 25% power when enemies are below half health, it is a simple item.

Doom Orb is a little more complex. It still provides a lot of power, but on top of that you get extra mana to work with Book of Thoth as well as your passive and it stacks bonus move-speed and power passively as you kill minions.

Spear of Desolation is a pretty good item to have, especially if you are getting a lot of kills. It is unique for a couple of reasons because its one of the few items that has flat CDR rather than percentage as well as being one of the few items that still has flat penetration on it. The power, CDR, and penetration on this item make up for the fact that you won't make great use of its passive all the time.

Soul Reaver. I'd be lying if I said I build this much anymore. It's probably has its merits and with recently receiving 10% penetration might be a really great pick up, but I just haven't played around with it too much.

Charon's Coin is an intersting one. It has a decent amount of power on it, but it also stacks bonus Hp5 and movement speed as you get kills and assists. In totality it gives 80 power, 20% penetration, 20 Mp5, 28 Hp5, and 8% movemement speed. It is better to get it early due to the nature of stacking based on god kills and assists. IF you get it too late in the game, you won't have time to get the stacks and would probably be better off with Obsidian Shard.

Obsidian Shard is your quintessential percentage penetration item. At least, that is what it always has been in the past. These days it is still better than any other single item with the potential to ignore 30% of enemy protections as well as going over the 40% cap. It is important to note that the extra 10% penetration that can go over the cap has an internal cooldown of 10 seconds so it isn't exactly foolproof and has its drawbacks. Overall, I find myself going for Charon's coin more, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't build Obsidian Shard against really tanky teams.

Chronos' Pendant is one that honestly, I forget has so much power on it. Generally speaking I think of Chronos' Pendant as the major CDR item for mages, which by all means it is, but it also has 100 power and 20 Mp5 attached to it. These are both very appealing factors, but the CDR is really what makes Chronos' Pendant valuable to build.

Soul Gem is nice to pick up for a few reasons. On top of its respectable power and 10% CDR, it also gives you 150 health and 12% lifesteal. The health benefits aren't really anything to write home about, but with Polynomicon as well you are up to 24% which isn't bad. That being said, the main reason I buy soul gem, outside of the 10% CDR which is nice, is its passive that makes every 5th ability deal an extra 30% of your magical power as damage. It can help out a lot and if used on a zephyr followed by poly proc, you can easily 1-shot squishy characters.

Divine Ruin is honestly better than I give it credit. It's fairly cheap, has respectable power and 15 flat penetration on it, so it's not bad. that being said, the reason you buy this item is for the powerful anti-heal effect, which is invaluable in many situations.

Ethereal Staff is an interesting one and can give you a lot of power in actuality. The reason for this being that you steal max mana from your target. On top of the defensive stats of the item you get 90 base power and by stealing max mana from enemies the power increasing effects from book of Thoth and your passive will be charged even further.

Gem of Isolation is something that I feel works better in theory than in practice. Ever since it was nerfed a while ago, it really doesn't help much when used in conjunction with zephyr anymore, and I think there are just better options despite it working well with Whirlwind. You could do it as a sort of bruiser-ish item, but I wouldn't really recommend that unless you also have invested in Ethereal Staff.


Here's the thing with Kuku, you don't really have an escape outside of being fast and immune to slows for a second. That means things like Ares, Cerberus, or Da Ji for example are really scary. Beads is a necessity as it will get you out of many situations. That being said, there are many other scenarios that beads can help you out such as laning against a mage with a hard CC. Even into Poseidon, using beads on his ultimate can save your life.
Generally speaking, I am not a huge fan of aegis. It can get you out of certain situations, but in my experience it usually isn't enough. Once you are out of the laning phase you are probably still dead. I will admit, it is great at saving your life from something like an Ah Puch, but that safety is fleeting in most situations. On that note I Introduce to you...
Blink! Though it isn't as good as it once was with its cooldown of like, 45 seconds or whatever it was (R.I.P. Greater Blink), Blink is a versatile relic that can get you in or out of a fight. Important note: You cannot blink within 3 seconds of being in combat, so you'll have to use your slippery speed to avoid damage if you're trying to get out of a fight. Placing a tornado at your feet would also be a bad idea in this instance as it would cancel your blink for a relatively long time. On the other hand it is fun to blink on a low health enemy and absolutely obliterate them with a power sneeze.
I have mentioned a few times that your only escape is being fast. Should you choose to get sprint as a relic, I would say make sure it accompanies purification beads. This will allow you to outrun nearly any god as well as help your team do the same as you get back to a comfortable spot.
Under no circumstances do I believe it should be your job to grab a phantom veil. That being said, sometimes Nobody else does and they have a Yemoja, Odin, Cabrakan, etc. In this situation, it may be worth taking up your own relic slot with a phantom veil to make sure you can get out of those sticky situations. Additionally, I believe it also works towards getting you out of Persephone's ult, but I would have to test and confirm that. I also wouldn't recommend buying this for Persephone if it does work. It's just not worth it.


Kuku's passive is a very simple, yet very potent. Conveniently the game tells you exactly how much power you gain from this passive, and with my usual build it settles somewhere around 123. I recall testing this with Ethereal Staff against a bunch of Kuku bots and I got it up to 149 extra power
Realistically, this is a very simple ability. It is a line attack that does a lot of damage. Aside from that, it is important to note that it does a small aoe around the enemy hit with the ability which helps deal with jungle camps or a clump of minions. That being said, this is also your main set-up ability with the 50% slow (it is being nerfed down to 40% in the near future, but it'll still be good.) It doesn't just set you up for your whirlwind and ultimate though, it sets you up for an easy hit from the polynomicon passive creating a quick 1-2 combo that deals some major damage.
Obviously, being a noodle, you are pretty fit to fly through the air with little resistance. Being a noodle with the power of the wind though, you can make slipping through the air even easier for you. This ability is a surprisingly good escape and it definitely deserves credit for what it does. It's no dash or jump, but there aren't many gods that are going to be able to keep up with you once you're moving 80% faster, especially since you are immune to slows for a second after using this ability. Once you get more confident with Kuku, you can also use this ability to run an enemy down which is also nice because activating it will trigger polynomicon so you dont even need Zephyr to take out an enemy.
This is Kuku's best, most versatile ability in my opinion. Should you hit every tick of this ability, it will do 540+180% of your magical power. In other words a lot of damage. Even if they only touch the tornado once they'll still take 225+75%, which is still going to be a lot of damage. Aside from the crazy damage numbers, this is also a pretty decent escape ability for you. If you ever find yourself running away from someone, you can place this at your feet and force them to either take a lot of damage or change their path to go around the circle. Alternatively, you can use it in a situation where you know you are being dove under tower by something like a Thanatos or a Thor with their ultimate. Basically place it at your feet and take them out with you. Believe it or not, this ability isn't even your best counter to being dove by an assassin.
The "Oh Sh*t Button" This is your best counter to being dove by an assassin for a few reasons. First, it does extreme damage and is capable of 1-shotting squishier enemies, like assassins. Second, it is a really wide line and it spawns slightly behind you so it's fairly hard to miss if the enemy is right on top of you, especially if you get jumped in the jungle. I'd be lying if I said this ultimate was only good as a defensive tool. Should the enemy decide to group up nicely for you, let it rip. You'll likely kill any of their damage dealers caught in the blast and certainly knock their tanks down a few pegs of health. It can also be used defensivly for your allies. Perhaps someone is having issues and running towards you through a jungle path. You just line your ult up with that path and generally get some kills unless they peel off last second.


Early game: In season 7 you have enough time to comfortably kill the speed buff and still get to the first wave in time to hit level 2 after finishing it, especially with an ability like Whirlwind. It is also important to note that with the minions standing closer together makes it even easier for you to clear waves. That being said, great wave-clear comes with great mana costs. Continues wave-clear as normal with some added things here and there.

Ah, yes, the other things you need to keep in mind. First off one of the best things you can do in my experience is to not be excessive with your mana usage until you get the extra 15 Mp5 from Book of Thoth. That said, Whirlwind is a necessity for clearing waves, the fire-giant side mid-harpies, and the red buff and should be used freely as such. It would be overkill to use Whirlwind on the Fold Fury side harpies which can easily be dealt with using a Zephyr and a few basics. While you might be able to get a kill over time, you should be careful using your abilities as a means of fighting your opponent until you get items online. After you get a little bit of Mp5, you can go all out poking at the enemy with Zephyr and Whirlwind so long as you can still wave-clear.
Second is wards. From the second you load into the game, you have a half ward in your relic slot. I cannot stress this enough: USE IT! Wards are such a powerful thing, especially one that is fee and disposable. I have taken a liking to using it to scout out when the enemy jungler first gets to my lane putting it down near the enemy tower on Fire-giant side. It can help you tell when you need to back up so you don't get blinked on and die.

As far as your ultimate goes early on, with 400 base damage at level 1, you will likely do half or more of the health of anyone you encounter, outside of the stray support, so it can be used to get kills. I find that it is really easy to dodge in lane unless there is the chaos of a gank, so I like to wait to use it for when I get jumped by the enemy jungler or the passing hard CC comes into my lane. I generally can't tell you how you should use your ult though.

Mid-Game: Going into the mid-game it is basically the same. Keep on farming, but know that you will get ganked and you will start doing a lot of damage. For me, if I've been doing well it either keeps going well or its a 4v1 in my lane at all times. Be careful with that and keep farming along. Know that Fire-giant side mid harpies can be risky but the gold fury side small ones are really easy for you to do. Additionally, I'm assuming this is around the time that you'll be pushing their tier 1 tower, or at the very least trying to and you should keep up with wards closer to whichever tower you think you are going to get ganked from.

Ganking. As someone who has played more support than anything, the most annoying thing is when the enemy mid-laner will not leave you alone. Kuku is fairly fast and can hit from a distance with his ultimate. Surprise ults from the jungle are very effective when aimed properly, and Whirlwinds in lane, especially when they overlap with walls, make for fantastic kill zones that the enemy has to walk through and die, or walk around and, hopefully, also die. As for ganking solo, I can't say I ever really do, but sometimes they might need the help and it might be worth your time to show your face.

Late game: The end of the game is a scary place, for both you and those that would oppose you. Kuku does absurd amounts of damage late game, and can easily drop 75% or more of an enemies health without even using Whirlwind or Spirit of the Nine Winds. He can also have the same done to him by basically anything outside of a guardian with 0 power. It is important to take refuge behind your own brick wall of damage as well as your brick walls of solo laners and supports.

One more thing that you should be aware of is being dove constantly to the point where you can't do anything. If it is the jungler who is diving you, you'll be able to make it a 1 for 1 trade with Whirlwind and and ultimate. If it is the solo laner or the support, though... may the gods smile upon you and your team is able to help you out enough.

As far as what goes on if sh*t isn't hitting the fan, you should know that Kuku is very powerful in the jungle due to the tight corridors and how easy that makes it to hit your abilities. That isn't to say kuku doesn't dish out the same amount of damage in a lane, it's just a lot easier to hit in the jungle. Generally if you see a good shot with your abilities, take it. Just remember that a good looking use of an aggressive ult can backfire and you lose your greatest defensive asset


This is my short crash course on Kuku so far. It'll be updated further with gamplay in the near future, but for now we at least have a build and ability descriptions.

Any and all feedback is greatly appreciated and I hope you liked it!

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ThePerfectPrism (53) | February 11, 2020 3:37pm
Hi Pie! Here to give you some quick back on this guide for the contest. Let's begin!
  • You could use a bit more clarity at the top of the guide. It would help you a lot if you went with a serious title and kept the jokes in the text.
  • You could increase the information from your guide, add matchups, give us more situational items, fill up the space that is meant to be used, if you get what I'm saying.
  • Look to use a bit more complex BBCoding. Your BBCoding already helps you out a lot in the Clarity aspect, but some more advanced BBCoding would truly make this shine!

That's it, good luck and I wish you the best! <3
AtomicPie525 (4) | February 13, 2020 3:09pm
Taking that into consideration, updates are officially under way.

Hopefully at least mentioning that it is a guide for playing mid helps out, but "He's Kuku for Cocoa Puffs" is an all time name and I would be sad to see it go.

Aside from that I've got matchups put in, so that is a start.

As for items I'll have to think of other viable options before I talk about those, but for now I'm thinking like a Stone of Fal could be good, so I'll probably get around to testing that at some point. With that and more BBCoding, I'm curious to see what happens with my guide at this point.

Thanks so much for the feedback!
Kriega1 (114) | February 8, 2020 2:59pm
Why does the build have both Poly and Soul Gem? You know they don't synergise well right? Both have meh amounts of power with a passive reliant on power scaling.
AtomicPie525 (4) | February 8, 2020 3:57pm
That build still nets 835 power at level 20. Tested on the Guan Yu jungle practice bot poly gave 508(-119) damage while soul gem gave 203(-48). If we count the 702(-164) from the zephyr and the 233(-55) from the basic it hits for a grand total of 1646 if I did my math right. Say I sub in Doom orb for Soul Gem and get the extra power I get a total of 928 power and deal 771(-180) with the zephyr, 576(-135) with the poly proc, and 201(-47) with the basic for a total of 1548.

I can see where they might not have "the best synergy" with each other, but they both still serve their functions. On other mages who don't get an extra 120+ power from their passive, it might prove less effective. The addition of Soul Gem is nice too due to the added 10% CDR which I believe makes up for the extra 100 damage you get on your ult with the higher power.

Additionally, tested on the Ra bot with the damage buff, with the soul gem proc, it would result in a 1-hit ko, doom orb brought him down extremely low, but still required a second basic to kill after the poly proc.

I guess overall it depends on what you want. On the occasion that soul gem does go off it helps you burst down the enemy that much faster, but when it doesn't proc you are at a slight disadvantage. I'll have to play around with it more, but it's always been effective for me
AtomicPie525 (4) | February 8, 2020 12:07pm
Considering it's been nearly 5 years since the last update. Anything below this comment is pretty outdated.
Xantetsuken | February 24, 2016 8:36am
Shoes of the magi dont give Kuku mana its shoes of focus which are also the cdr boots every build says shoes of the magi, they give mana... no they dont
AtomicPie525 (4) | January 8, 2017 1:32pm
I don't remember when I made this guide originally. I think it was before they put the mana of Shoes of Focus instead. If I get around to fixing this guide up I'll definitely change that. Shoes of the Magi did at one point have 250 mana given with them and that's probably why you are seeing that. (I say if I get around to fixing this guide just because Kukulkan isn't in meta very much whereas Geb and Khepri, who I also have guides for, are)

Thanks for correcting that. Supposing you'll read this almost a year later :)
Zilby (132) | July 13, 2015 8:39pm
Good guide (but excellent name ^^), some more details on gameplay with Kukulkan would make it more complete. Also, while tons of burst damage is all good and such, some CDR usually helps. Generally most people would swap out either Gem of Isolation or Soul Reaver for Chronos' Pendant in your first build (personally I like lifesteal and usually do your second build with Polynomicon only using Shoes of the Magi rather than Shoes of Focus for the penetration bonus and their extra mana).

Oh also you forgot to color Zephyr blue like the other abilities.

But yeah, still a good guide. +1 from me.
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