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Level 1 Maokai Stats

Health 630
Health Reg. (5s) 10
Mana 380
Mana Reg. (5s) 12
Armor 43
Magic Res. 36
Move Speed 345
Attack Dmg. 66
Attack Spd. 0.80

Maokai's Abilities

PSap Magic

Every 24 seconds, Maokai's next attack restores 2 x 30 (+4 x 12%) Health.

Using an ability or being hit by an enemy champion's ability reduces this ability's cooldown by 3 seconds.

1Bramble Smash
Cooldown: 8 / 7 / 6 / 5
Cost: 60 / 60 / 60 / 60

Smashes his fist into the ground, unleashing a shockwave that deals 60 / 115 / 170 / 225 (+50% AP) magic damage plus 2% / 3% / 4% / 5% of the target's max Health and slows them briefly for 0.25 seconds. Nearby enemies are also knocked back.

Deals 120 bonus damage to monsters.

2Twisted Advance
Cooldown: 13 / 12 / 11 / 10
Cost: 60 / 60 / 60 / 60

Transforms into a moving mass of roots, becoming untargetable and dashing to an enemy champion target. Upon arrival, he roots them for 0.8 / 0.95 / 1.1 / 1.25 seconds and deals 60 / 95 / 130 / 165 (+50% AP) magic damage.

Deals 180% damage to monsters.

3Sapling Toss
Cooldown: 14 / 14 / 14 / 14
Cost: 45 / 45 / 45 / 45

Flings a sapling, which stands watch at where it lands for 20 seconds. Saplings chase nearby enemies, detonating on arrival to deal 60 / 90 / 120 / 150 (+25% AP +6% bonus Health) magic damage and slow nearby enemies by 30% for 2 seconds.

If placed in brush, saplings stand watch for 30 seconds and cause a larger explosion upon catching up to targets, dealing 200% magic damage and slowing enemies hit by 30% (+1.5% per 100 bonus Health and +1% per 100 bonus AP) for 3 seconds.

Saplings deal 130% damage to minions regardless of whether they are placed in brush or not.

Saplings deal a maximum of 300 damage to monsters.

4Nature's Grasp
Cooldown: 80 / 75 / 70
Cost: 100 / 100 / 100
Summons a slow-moving colossal wave of brambles, dealing 175 / 250 / 325 (+65% AP) magic damage and rooting enemies hit for 0.8 seconds. Root duration increases with distance traveled by the brambles. Hitting an enemy champion with this ability grants Maokai 40% / 50% / 60% Movement Speed, which decays over 2 seconds. Hitting a new target refreshes this duration.

Maokai Build Guide for Wild Rift

Build Maokai with confidence with the help of WildRiftFire's build guides. Whether you are completely new to Maokai or looking to refine your playstyle, we will help you take your Wild Rift game to the next level. Learn Maokai's abilities in detail, the best items to build, which skills to level first, and more. Maokai is ranked Tier S+ (Jungle) in our Champion Tier List
Maokai
Maokai Jungle Support
The Twisted Treant
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Patch 5.2
Recommended Role Jungle
Jungle Build S+ Support Build S+

Maokai's Item Build

Starting Item
Shimmering Spark
Shimmering Spark
Core Items
Searing Crown
Searing Crown
Sunfire Aegis
Sunfire Aegis
Thornmail
Thornmail
Boots
Plated Steelcaps
Plated Steelcaps
Gargoyle
Gargoyle
Final Build
Searing Crown
Searing Crown
Sunfire Aegis
Sunfire Aegis
Thornmail
Thornmail
Force of Nature
Force of Nature
Amaranth's Twinguard
Amaranth's Twinguard
Plated Steelcaps
Plated Steelcaps
Gargoyle
Gargoyle

Maokai's Spells & Runes

Summoner Spells
Flash
Flash
Smite
Smite
Runes
Aftershock
Aftershock
Courage of the Colossus
Courage of the Colossus
Bone Plating
Bone Plating
Overgrowth
Overgrowth
Hextech Flashtraption
Hextech Flashtraption

Maokai's Situational Items

vs Ability Power
Plated Steelcaps
Mercury's Treads

Maokai's Situational Runes

For More Crowd Control
Aftershock
Glacial Augment

Maokai's Skill Order

Sap Magic Sap Magic (Passive)
Bramble Smash
  • Bramble Smash
Twisted Advance
  • Twisted Advance
Sapling Toss
  • Sapling Toss
Nature's Grasp
  • Nature's Grasp
Quick Skill Order
Bramble Smash
Twisted Advance
Sapling Toss

Maokai's Item Build

Starting Item
Relic Shield
Relic Shield
Core Items
Bulwark of the Mountain
Bulwark of the Mountain
Warmog's Armor
Warmog's Armor
Force of Nature
Force of Nature
Boots
Plated Steelcaps
Plated Steelcaps
Gargoyle
Gargoyle
Final Build
Bulwark of the Mountain
Bulwark of the Mountain
Warmog's Armor
Warmog's Armor
Force of Nature
Force of Nature
Thornmail
Thornmail
Amaranth's Twinguard
Amaranth's Twinguard
Plated Steelcaps
Plated Steelcaps
Gargoyle
Gargoyle

Maokai's Spells & Runes

Summoner Spells
Flash
Flash
Ignite
Ignite
Runes
Glacial Augment
Glacial Augment
Courage of the Colossus
Courage of the Colossus
Bone Plating
Bone Plating
Overgrowth
Overgrowth
Hextech Flashtraption
Hextech Flashtraption

Maokai's Situational Items

vs Ability Power
Plated Steelcaps
Mercury's Treads

Maokai's Situational Runes

vs Crowd Control
Overgrowth
Perseverance

Maokai's Skill Order

Sap Magic Sap Magic (Passive)
Bramble Smash
  • Bramble Smash
Twisted Advance
  • Twisted Advance
Sapling Toss
  • Sapling Toss
Nature's Grasp
  • Nature's Grasp
Quick Skill Order
Bramble Smash
Twisted Advance
Sapling Toss

How to play Maokai


Maokai is an AP tank jungler who offers tons of crowd control to lockdown the enemy team. His ultimate, Nature's Grasp, is one of the best engaging tools in the game. He can use it from afar to start a teamfight and follow up with Twisted Advance to lockdown any champion for multiple seconds. And with his passive, Sap Magic, when he auto attacks enemy champions, he can heal up, allowing him to stay in fights for longer.


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Maokai's Abilities


Sap Magic
(Passive)

Every few seconds, Maokai's next attack restores Health. When he uses an ability or gets hit by an enemy ability, the cooldown is reduced. This passive helps Maokai stay in fights for longer.

You can tell when his passive is available by looking underneath his health bar. When the yellow bar turns red, you know the passive is available on the next auto attack.

Bramble Smash
(1)

Maokai smashes his fist into the ground, unleashing a shockwave that deals magic damage and slows briefly. When enemies are nearby, Maokai will also knock them back.

This ability works best when Maokai is close to enemy champions. Maokai can walk behind enemy champions after using Twisted Advance or Nature's Grasp to knock them into his team.

Twisted Advance
(2)

Maokai transforms, becoming untargetable and dashing to an enemy champion. Upon arrival, he roots the enemy and deals damage.

Twisted Advance is a simple point-and-tap ability that can lock down a high-value target and gives you enough time to combo other abilities to guarantee extra damage will be dealt.

Since Maokai becomes untargetable, he can look for tower dives, being able to take damage and then use Twisted Advance to toggle the turret aggro to someone else.

Sapling Toss
(3)

Maokai flings a sapling, which stands watch at where it lands for a few seconds. Saplings will chase nearby enemies, detonating on arrival, dealing damage, and slowing nearby enemies.

When Sapling Toss is placed in a brush, saplings stand watch for a longer time and cause a larger explosion when catching an enemy champion. When possible, Maokai should always look to put saplings in a brush when engaging in a fight or clearing through the jungle. This can also help when trying to get vision in a brush.

Nature's Grasp
(Ultimate)

Maokai summons a slow-moving wave of brambles, dealing damage and rooting the first enemy hit. The root duration is increased depending on how far the brambles travel. Hitting an enemy also grants Maokai movement speed so he can get into range to use his other abilities, like Twisted Advance.

When using Nature's Grasp enemies will stand in a line to try and block/dodge Maokai's ultimate. If this is the case, try to engage with Maokai at an angle; this will make it harder for enemies to block his ultimate.

Maokai Build Breakdown


Searing Crown
Sunfire Aegis
Thornmail
Force of Nature
Amaranth's Twinguard
Plated Steelcaps - Gargoyle

Maokai is known as a tank that can survive a lot of damage, and that is reflected in his build. Searing Crown is an excellent first item for Maokai, giving him a considerable damage boost and the tank stats he needs. Spirit Visage is another fantastic item. With Spirit Visage's passive, Maokai can heal more from his Sap Magic, allowing him to stay in fights even longer.


For runes, we have:

Aftershock

Since Maokai will be using Twisted Advance to go straight into the enemy team, the extra tankiness he gets from Aftershock will help keep him alive. Plus, after a few seconds, Aftershock will also deal some additional damage, which is guaranteed since the enemies will still be rooted from Twisted Advance.

Courage of the Colossus

Like Aftershock, Maokai can immobilize enemy champions with multiple abilities, giving Maokai a shield that makes him more difficult to kill.

Bone Plating

You will be engaging a lot with Maokai. With Bone Plating, Maokai will take reduced damage from the first few attacks or abilities that hit him when he looks to start a fight.

Overgrowth

Overgrowth allows Maokai to gain permanent health throughout the game when nearby minions or monsters are killed. So, the more Maokai farms, the more tankier he will get.

Hextech Flashtraption

With Hexflash, Maokai can flash forward to get into range to use Twisted Advance, which is huge when trying to kill enemy champions.

Flash
Smite

For summoner spells, Flash is a must on Maokai; it's the perfect way to engage enemy champions and allows him to use Hextech Flashtraption every few seconds. Smite is also a must when you are playing jungle. It helps you out when clearing through the jungle and securing epic monsters to boost your team's stats.

Jungle Path


As a tank Maokai doesn't have the quickest of jungle clears compared to other champions. What Maokai does have, though, is a point-and-tap ability that he can use to look for early ganks to get an advantage for his team. Remember, when clearing through the jungle, you want to make sure you use his Saplings in brushes to help him deal more damage to the camps.


This is what the jungle path would look like:

1. Blue Sentinel
2. Wolves
3. Raptors
4. Red Brambleback

5. Krugs
6. Scuttle/Look for Gank


Below is a beginner's guide for jungle in Wild Rift. It goes in-depth about every jungle camp, epic monsters and more!

Late Game


In the late game, Maokai is one of the best champions at looking to start a teamfight with his long-range engage from his ultimate, Nature's Grasp. However, he cannot do this alone, so ensure that your team is there and ready to follow up on your engagement, or you'll be left alone to die.


When a team fight occurs, look to focus on the high-value backline carries. Use Nature's Grasp, followed up by Twisted Advance, to extend the duration of the crowd control, and try to knock them back into your team with Bramble Smash.


As a jungler, Maokai's main objective is to keep track of when Dragons, Rift Herald and Baron spawn. Taking these epic monsters will give you and your team a huge advantage throughout the game.

Conclusion


Overall, Maokai is a very strong tank that is very easy to play. However, timing is crucial to doing well with Maokai. Knowing where to place saplings and knowing when to hit the go button will be the difference between winning and losing a game.


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