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So you want to be a tank, huh? - 3.5k HP Sun Wukong

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by Liverslices updated October 5, 2015

Smite God: Sun Wukong

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Sun Wukong Build


Build Item Hide of the Urchin Hide of the Urchin
Build Item Warrior Tabi Warrior Tabi
Build Item Frostbound Hammer Frostbound Hammer
Build Item Jotunn's Wrath Jotunn's Wrath

Optimal Final Two Items

Build Item Mystical Mail Mystical Mail
Build Item Bulwark of Hope Bulwark of Hope

More Physical Defense?

Build Item Sovereignty Sovereignty
Build Item Midgardian Mail Midgardian Mail

More Magical Defense?

Build Item Heartward Amulet Heartward Amulet
Build Item Pestilence Pestilence


Build Item Weakening Curse Weakening Curse
Build Item Shield of the Underworld Shield of the Underworld
Build Item Greater Sprint Greater Sprint


Hello, and welcome to my guide for playing Sun Wukong. Here I will be sharing my insights into SWK and how to kick ***. The first build above is my recommended build, focusing on tanking literally everything. The second is what I build if I want to deal damage and have a guardian who will be doing the tanking.

If you are frantically trying to find a build while your match loads, or if you have been forced into the supp role with SWK, build the tank build above.

If you like the guide or have questions, feel free to comment and favorite.

Pros and Cons

-High defense
-Incredible mobility
-Great waveclear
-Get out of jail free card Somersault Cloud
-Passive that saves you in fights and often gives you kills
-Voice done by the actor who played Goku
-A bit lacking in the CC department
-Less than perfect initiate
-Your salty teammates will think you bailed on them in a fight when they see you halfway across the map retreating with 72 Transformations


Undefeated Body: (I ain't goin' down easy!)
This passive is one reason why Sun Wukong is so scary in 1v1 fights. Basically, when you drop below 30% health you get harder to kill and you start critical hitting. While it might not seem like a lot of protections, dont forget that you are already tanky to start with, so the enemy will have one hellova time trying to kill you.

The Magic Cudgel: (This is my whacking stick)
Minions, buff camps, enemy gods... Just whack em' all! This is your waveclear and poke, so use often and agressively. The additional 25% to minions and camps is a huge help and will let you clear very quickly. This is also a great way to poke or kill enemies from a suprising distance. Remember that you can aim this ability up until the moment it hits the ground, so its almost impossible to miss. Max first! (max second if you are building damage)

Master's Will: (Slooooooowwww)
This is a pretty simple ability: spin in a circle slowing enemies and dealing a nice chunk of damage. Max third.

72 Transformations: (III CAAAAAN GO AANYYYWHEERREE)Take a look, its in a book
This is the backbone of Sun Wukong's kit. When you use this ability you will change into either an Ox, Tiger, or Bird based on how far away you use the ability. Max 2nd! (max first if you are building damage)

Use Ox form to knockup eneimes and get out of movement imparing effects (except cripples, posiedon is a piece of sh*t). If you are being chased and they are close behind you, back up slightly before using Ox form to knock them up!!

Tiger form is your most used form. It allows you to cover distance, deal nice damage, and stun. This is a very disruptive ability, but can be dodged pretty easily. The easiest way to use this ability is simple: run up close first. You will have to get use to not using Ox on accident, but practice makes perfect. Remember that this can hit minions and camps, dont let them bodyblock you!

Lovingly refered to as "The Bird of Nope," bird form is your best mobility tool. When you use this you become immune to slows and roots and move incredibly fast. Use this to catch up to enemies far away or to run away from fights like a bat out of hell.

Somersault Coud: (F*ck this, I'm out of here!)
Somersault Cloud is the second part of SWK's mobility and elusivness. This ability will channel for a moment before launching you into the air and leaving a copy of you on the ground. This decoy will attack the closest enemy god while you regain about 30% of your health back. After the duration is over you crash back to earth in a large AOE. This is great for both diving towers and for escaping. To dive, simply run up to the enemy in their tower and ulti, then crash on them. To use it for escape, first get farther away with 72 Transformations, then channel it and regain health before crashing down and using 72 Transformations again. It is much better to save this for escape, but sometimes you have to show them who's boss. Max last!

Builds and Items

Starter Item
As of late season 2 Bluestone Pendant has become incredibly powerful. It makes your poke disgustingly good and your waveclear even better in earlygame. Until it is nerfed use Bluestone Pendant in every gamemode and every role.

3.5k HP Tank
This is basically a huge middle finger to everyone on the other team. Tank Wukong can dive towers, dive phoenixes, steal objectives and buffs, you name it. Since you are so tanky with this build and your mobility is so high with 72 Transformations and Somersault Cloud, you will not die.

Physical Power: 105
Penetration: 11
Cooldown Reduction: 25
Physical Protect: 183
Magic Protect: 153
Health: 3520
Mana: 1305
Movespeed: 443
Attackspeed: 1.18


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I cant give detailed stats on this one because of how situational the final items are. I would suggest this build for more experienced players who know which items will be best in each game.

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Change Log

7/15/15: Created
7/26/15: Changed build to say 3.5 instead of 35, finished items section, various tweaks
8/18/15: Changed bruiser build around to include the newly changed Ancile
10/06/15: Added Bluestone Pendant to build

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MingePot | October 6, 2015 3:19am
dont recommend mystical mail as a late game pick, the passive will do nothing late game. The item is used early game to gain lane dominance as it provides good lane clear and poke. A runeforged or midguardian mail would be much better picks late, plus their much cheaper.
Cupids GT | September 29, 2015 7:32pm
Love the tank build.
Hiromitsu | August 1, 2015 12:21pm
Good guide, epecially the 3.5k HP tank build.
Decent dmg too!
Liverslices (1) | July 27, 2015 1:44pm
Sweetznezz wrote:

Nice guide, but that's not 35k, it's 3.5k

Very true, fixed
Sweetznezz | July 19, 2015 10:33am
Nice guide, but that's not 35k, it's 3.5k
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