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Here are the League jungle paths you *have* to know

“I don’t know how to jungle!” is no longer an acceptable excuse.

Streamer and former Gravity coach Nick “LS” de Cesare put together a pretty handy guide about the best jungle paths for both sides.

The guide says where to go based on what champion you’re playing and what your team needs.

If you can’t watch the video, we’ve summarized what he said for you.

Blue Side

Path 1

  1. Gromp, smite
  2. Blue Sentinel
  3. Red Brambleback, smite

From here you can move directly into mid-lane to get off a level three gank. You can also invade the enemy jungle if you have a fast clear time and take the bottom-side Scuttle Crab.

Path 2

  1. Gromp, smite
  2. Blue Sentinel
  3. Wolves
  4. Raptors
  5. Krugs, smite
  6. Red Brambleback, smite

This is a full jungle clear that lets you have enough health left to gank afterwards and if for junglers who lack crowd control early. This route lets you get a level above the enemy jungler, especially if they failed a gank.

Path 3

  1. Gromp, smite
  2. Wolves
  3. Blue Sentinel, smite
  4. Scuttle Crab (optional)

This helps set up an easy ganking path to help top or mid-lane. This is great for top-laners who are strong early, like Renekton, or enemy top-laners that are vulnerable early, like Darius. Instead of helping top-lane, you can help snowball your mid-laner early.

Path 4

  1. Gromp, smite
  2. Wolves
  3. Blue Sentinel
  4. Red Brambleback, smite

LS describes this as a greedier build, since you’re saving smite for red buff to get more health. This path lets you have a good ability to counter-gank for mid and bot lane.

Path 5

  1. Gromp, smite
  2. Red Sentinel
  3. Blue Brambleback, smite

This is the typical low-MMR jungle path, but it’s not optimal since you lose a lot of health in the process. This does, however, create a good opportunity for a counter-gank at top lane.

Red Side

Path 1

  1. Krugs, smite
  2. Red Brambleback
  3. Blue Sentinel, smite

This is the mirror to blue side’s first path. It sets up easily for bot-favored ganks.

Path 2

  1. Krugs, smite
  2. Red Brambleback
  3. Raptors
  4. Wolves, smite if you expect an invade
  5. Gromp, smite if you didn’t smite wolves
  6. Blue Sentinel

This is another mirror path. Just like the blue side’s second path option, this route helps you get ahead of a jungler if your champion doesn’t have any early crowd control.

Path 3

  1. Krugs, smite
  2. Raptors
  3. Red Brambleback, smite
  4. Scuttle Crab (optional)

This is the aggressive path that lets you immediately gank top or mid or invade the enemy jungle.

Path 4

  1. Krugs, smite
  2. Raptors
  3. Red Brambleback
  4. Blue Sentinel, smite

This is a defensive path that will most-likely put you a level ahead of the enemy jungler.

Path 5

  1. Gromp
  2. Blue Sentinel
  3. Red Brambleback, smite

This is the red-side version of the low-MMR path. This sets up for a good top-lane gank, but can be risky since you lose a lot of health in exchange.

Special Cheese Path

  1. Wait in river brush.
  2. At approximately 1:36, move into the enemy jungle towards Gromp (if you’re on the blue side) or Krugs (if you’re on the red side.)
  3. Smite the remaining health from the minion, since the enemy jungler probably smited first.
  4. Walk away, happy with your level up.

This is pretty situational depending on the champions. It can go horribly wrong, but that’s unlikely given the pathing options to escape. This is also extremely tilting for the enemy jungler! LS notes that this probably won’t work in Master and Challenger MMR, but it should in anything below.