Start off with
This is the safest route to go now, since the jungle was made harder. It will give you enough pots to survive against counter-junglers and will top you up easily between camps.
On your first back, buy a
. It has almost the same stats as the previous
, and is overall a great item for such a small price.
Generally after you buy your
, you want to make a decision.
Are they physical damage heavy? Get
Are they magical damage heavy? Get
Then get either one of the three mid game items:
One of the best sources of CDR. It did get nerfed in S3, but is still a good buy in preparation for Frozen Heart. Normally you would get this if you are doing well.
Another decent source of CDR, but a magic resist orientied option. It's especially good if your team has a healer
, since it buffs your healing from ALL SOURCES by 20%.
One of the most cost efficient items in the game, especially against attack speed heavy champions
. Generally you would get this if you are losing, or the only tank on the team, since it provides an amazing passive if being focused and high amounts of armour too.
At this point, you want to purchase your late game items. These are very expensive for a jungler and some games may not enter this point, but they will be the most effective in disruption and soaking damage.
The three absolute best counters to an ad oriented enemy team are:
Frozen heart provides 99 armor and 20% cooldown reduction, as well as 500 mana, all stats very attractive to a jungler. In addition, it provides a 20% attack speed debuff which really seals the deal on this item.
Randuin's Omen is also another item you may be interested to purchase. It provides 75 Armor, 350 HP, some HP regen and 5% cooldown reduction. However its real sweet point is its active and passive, which decrease movement speed of nearby enemies, and decrease attack speed and movement speed, respectively. Extremely effective for peeling people like Tryndamere off your carries, and debuff them heavily too if they hit you.
Thornmail has 100 armour and is a strong counter vs heavy AD teams. It's passive acts as a deterrent against physical damage dealers to hit you, so I would only suggest you to get it if the enemy is very physical damage heavy.
The best items to buy versus an AP oriented team are:
Banshee's veil also is an all rounder item with a strong passive of the magic bubble. It provides stats which are all useful to Cho'Gath, HP, Mana and Magic resist. A strong purchase against certain champions
Abyssal Scepter should be considered if your team has significant magic damage, and/or already has a full tank. It adds AP and Magic resist as well as a magic resist debuff to nearby enemies, which increase your already significant AOE magic damage. It's one of the best items to get now, since its range got nerfed, but you are still able to take advantage of it.
Warmog's Armor is suitable as your very last item as often you will have enough HP to tank, since Cho'Gath has incredible amounts of HP with
. Avoid buying this until you have at least 150+ Armor and Magic resist as the benefits of HP will not outweigh the benefits of more armor/mr. However, this item provides great regen since S3 and is a good purchase vs poke teams
Aegis of the Legion is a strong aura item for early game, and is extremely cost efficient in early team fights. The magic resist bonus given to allies nearby nearly negates
from AP carries, which will easily help your team in early fights. Normally your support would pick this item up, but if he is not feel free to purchase it instead.
Basically the upgraded version of Aegis of the Legion, it is better in every way over Aegis. Including the aura, this item provides 60 MR to yourself and 30 MR to each of your teammates, making it one of the most cost efficient items with 4 other teammates. An excellent mid game purchase against heavy AOE teams.