IntroductionWhen you need a team tank CC, Leona is the one to go to. She's fairly new and her passive is ridiculously good with certain heroes. She has an ult that can be chain comboed into CC's and gives your teammates a lot of breathing space. She's the first human female tank Riot has brought to us that becomes a really good combination in duo lane with heroes like Taric or Pantheon.
But for this guide I'll show you the basic concept of how to jungle with her.
MasteriesYou wanna go 1/21/8 on your masteries to do the full jungle by 4:30 (Yes 4:30 she is a slow jungler but she can gank very well and can tank like a boss)
Because of these masteries you do jungle very slowly, but you'll find that it is really hard to die so make use of it and give your team the advantage with that level 3 or 4 gank.
GUIDE UPDATED JULY 20 2011
RunesThe reason for these runes is all for the sake of jungling except the blues. For blues you can pretty much get whatever you want.
For the reds, is a given for jungling.
The Yellows same thing for jungling.
Quints are what allows you to finish the jungle in 4:30
You should try to spend most of your time in lane but after the first rotation, you want to go into yours or the enemy jungle to use your smite for that 5 gold.
Ghost is good FOR
One or the other
AT THE SAME TIME
Leona's damaging spells affect the target with Sunlight for 3.5 seconds. When allied champions deal damage to those targets they consume the Sunlight debuff to deal additional magic damage. Bonus damage is 20/35/50/65/80/95/110/125/140 (upgrades every 2 levels).
One of the best passives in the game. Great for ganking or duo laning it allows you to do a ridiculous amount of damage, since this hero is new, the enemy players will not expect it AT ALL.
Q: Shield of Daybreak
Leona's next autoattack deals an additional 40/70/100/130/160 (+30% of ability power) magic damage and stuns the target for 1.25 seconds.
Cooldown 12/11/10/9/8 seconds
Cost 45/50/55/60/65 mana
It may not seem like much but this stun adds with your E and R.
Leona raises her shield to gain 30/40/50/60/70 bonus Armor and Magic Resistance for 3 seconds. When the effect ends she deals 60/110/160/210/260 (+40% of ability power) magic damage to nearby enemies and prolongs the effect for a bonus 3 seconds if any enemies are struck.
Cooldown 14 seconds
Cost 60 mana
You wanna press this skill before you get hit, or when you're doing damage.
E: Zenith Blade
Leona projects a solar image of her sword which deals 60/100/140/180/220 (+40% of ability power) magic damage to all enemies in a line. When the image fades the last enemy champion struck will be briefly immobilized and Leona will dash to them.
Cooldown 13/12/11/10/9 seconds
Cost 60/65/70/75/80 mana
Good for initation / chasing.
R: Solar Flare
After a brief delay Leona calls down a beam of solar energy to deal 150/250/350 (+80% of ability power) magic damage and slow enemies by 80% for 1.5 seconds. Enemies in the center of the effect are stunned instead of slowed.
Cooldown 105/90/75 seconds
Cost 100/150/200 mana
A ranged AOE ult with stun/slow , really effective for ganking.
Skill OrderYou wanna max W first because at lvl 5 it gives you 70 MR and Armor which is a lot.
Also the other skills don't benefit you as much as the others at level 5 compared to W.
You'll notice that your skills cost low mana, and this is also the best path to conserve mana seeing how you will probably give your buffs to your carry/casters. If you can afford it.
Item BuildsNo matter what build you go, you'll be always tanky so just build to counter your enemies or to do more damage.
But one note you should always go so you can farm the jungle fast enough to keep up with the rest of the game.
Final CommentsLeona is a slow tanky jungler who has alot of ganking power. A lot of potential for chain combos, and is fairly new to the game which means most people won't expect what you're about to do. I do not suggest jungling with Leona to new players because she is a fairly advanced hero due to her skill shots and timing. I also suggest her for duo lane rather then jungler but this is just an alternative to what you can do.
This is just to get an idea of how a match would go.