This champion was updated in the latest Patch 3.2

Shen Build Guide for Wild Rift

Build Shen with confidence with the help of WildRiftFire's build guides. Whether you are completely new to Shen or looking to refine your playstyle, we will help you take your Wild Rift game to the next level. Learn Shen's abilities in detail, the best items to build, which skills to level first, and more. Shen is ranked Tier S (Solo Lane) in our Champion Tier List
Shen
Shen Baron Lane Support Eye of Twilight
Patch 3.2
Recommended Role Solo Lane
Solo Build S Support Build B

Shen's Item Build

Starting Item
Ruby Crystal
Ruby Crystal
Core Items
Sunfire Aegis
Sunfire Aegis
Hullbreaker
Hullbreaker
Divine Sunderer
Divine Sunderer
Boots
Mercury's Treads
Mercury's Treads
Gargoyle
Gargoyle
Final Build
Sunfire Aegis
Sunfire Aegis
Hullbreaker
Hullbreaker
Divine Sunderer
Divine Sunderer
Thornmail
Thornmail
Force of Nature
Force of Nature
Mercury's Treads
Mercury's Treads
Gargoyle
Gargoyle

Shen's Spells & Runes

Summoner Spells
Flash
Flash
Ignite
Ignite
Runes
Grasp of the Undying
Grasp of the Undying
Weakness
Weakness
Nullifying Orb
Nullifying Orb
Demolish
Demolish

Shen's Skill Order

Ki Barrier Ki Barrier (Passive)
Twilight Assault
  • Twilight Assault
Spirit's Refuge
  • Spirit's Refuge
Shadow Dash
  • Shadow Dash
Stand United
  • Stand United
Quick Skill Order
Twilight Assault
Shadow Dash
Spirit's Refuge

Shen's Item Build

Starting Item
Ruby Crystal
Ruby Crystal
Core Items
Dead Man's Plate
Dead Man's Plate
Warmog's Armor
Warmog's Armor
Force of Nature
Force of Nature
Boots
Mercury's Treads
Mercury's Treads
Gargoyle
Gargoyle
Final Build
Dead Man's Plate
Dead Man's Plate
Warmog's Armor
Warmog's Armor
Force of Nature
Force of Nature
Thornmail
Thornmail
Randuin's Omen
Randuin's Omen
Mercury's Treads
Mercury's Treads
Gargoyle
Gargoyle

Shen's Spells & Runes

Summoner Spells
Flash
Flash
Ignite
Ignite
Runes
Aftershock
Aftershock
Weakness
Weakness
Hunter - Titan
Hunter - Titan
Pathfinder
Pathfinder

Shen's Skill Order

Ki Barrier Ki Barrier (Passive)
Twilight Assault
  • Twilight Assault
Spirit's Refuge
  • Spirit's Refuge
Shadow Dash
  • Shadow Dash
Stand United
  • Stand United
Quick Skill Order
Twilight Assault
Shadow Dash
Spirit's Refuge

How to play Shen




Shen is a Baron Lane tank that can be really strong in the laning phase. He can use his early damage and crowd control from Twilight Assault and Shadow Dash to catch his enemies off guard. Shen's ultimate, Stand United, allows him to take a split push play style as he can ultimate away to anyone on the map and give them a huge shield.


Shen can also be played in Support role, make sure to check the alternative build at the top of the page! The build with Shen Support is very similar to Baron Lane and there is not much else that is different in terms of playstyles. The one thing to keep in mind is you will be playing Aftershock, meaning you can play aggressively in the laning phase trying to land Shadow Dash.


E
Flash
Q
AA
AA
W
AA

Shen Abilities


Ki Barrier (Passive)

Shen gains a shield that absorbs damage for just over 2 seconds after completing an ability. If the ability affected at least one champion, Ki Barrier's cooldown is reduced by a few seconds.

In addition, Shen gains energy when his abilities damage an enemy. This means that when Shen uses Twilight Assault, most of the time he wants the blade to go through enemies so he can reduce the cooldown of the shield and gain energy to use even more abilities.

Twilight Assault (1)

Shen recalls the Spirit Blade, enhancing his next 3 attacks to deal additional magic damage. If the Spirit Blade passed through an enemy champion, the damage bonus is increased and Shen gains attack speed.

When using Twilight Assault, it's important to make sure you are within melee range so you can follow up with a few auto attacks with the enhanced attack speed. Enemy champions the Spirit Blade passes through are slowed for a few seconds while moving away from Shen.

Spirit's Refuge (2)

Sends the Spirit Blade to an allied champion or himself, creating a zone that blocks enemy attacks for just under 2 seconds. When active, the protective zone blocks all enemy basic attacks.

This includes any on-hit effects or spells that count as basic attacks. It's really important to master the timing on when to use Spirit's Refuge and who to use it on.

Shadow Dash (3)

Shen dashes forward, dealing damage to enemy champions and monsters, taunting them for just over a second. Shen can combo his Shadow Dash with Flash to extend the range of the dash to catch enemies off guard.

Most of the time, Shen will be using Shadow Dash to start a fight and then you can combo that with Twilight Assault so the Blade can go through the enemy to slow them and gain attack speed.

Stand United (Ultimate)

Shen channels for a few seconds, shielding an allied champion in the process. The shield scales based on the target's missing health. Upon completing the channel, Shen teleports to the target ally. This ability is a global ultimate meaning that this can be used on any ally anywhere on the map.

Shen Build Breakdown


Sunfire Aegis
Hullbreaker
Divine Sunderer
Thornmail
Force of Nature
Mercury's Treads - Gargoyle

Shen is known for being a front line tank that can survive a lot of damage and that reflects in his build. Divine Sunderer is a great first item for Shen. This item gives him both damage and a lot of tank stats. Divine Sunderer's passive effect, Spellblade, also works well in combination with Shen's abilities, especially Twilight Assault. After Divine Sunderer you want to build tank items like Sunfire Aegis and Thornmail so you can be the front line tank for your team.

For runes, we have the following:

Grasp of the Undying

This rune works well with Divine Sunderer. Shen gets a lot of healing, stacking health and it can help deal a little bit of extra damage.

Weakness

With Weakness, when Shen hits his Shadow Dash or slows an enemy with Twilight Assault, then the enemy champion you immobilized will take bonus damage.

Nullifying Orb

Since Shen loves to engage and get involved in team fights, he will get a lot of takedowns. After every unique takedown, Shen gets bonus maximum health and tenacity.

Demolish

A great rune if Shen gets low in the laning phase and needs that extra bit of healing and some free gold.

Flash
Ignite

For summoner spells, Flash is a must on most champions. It's a great spell to get out of a situation or if you are trying to go in for the killing blow. Flash is also a great way to extend the range of Shadow Dash. For the 2nd spell, it's best to go for Ignite. This helps Shen to get an early advantage in the laning phase.

Early Game


Shen does fairly well in the early game and can surprisingly do a lot of damage when he has all of his non-ultimate abilities available. In the laning phase, you want to look for opportunities to use Shadow Dash to engage on the enemies and then you can follow that up with Twilight Assault. However, you can play safe in the early game and keep Shadow Dash if you feel like you need to dash away to safety.

Late Game


At this stage of the game, the best thing you can do is split-push, this means going to one of the side lanes (top or bottom) and pushing the minions. Shen's 1 vs 1 potential is decent thanks to his kit, but the main reason is that when you have Shen's ultimate available, you can teleport to any ally on the map. When in a team fight with your team, your main goal is to get on top of the enemy backline! Use Shen's Shadow Dash and Flash combo to lock down one of the enemy carries so your team can follow up and help kill them quickly!

Conclusion


Overall Shen is a fairly simple champion to understand but has a very high skill ceiling that can take a long time to master. The most important thing to practice is the Shadow Dash + Flash combo. Head into practice mode and if you can master this combo you can jump onto the rift and carry your team!


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