League of Legends jungle tier list
Some champions in League of Legends are just flat-out stronger than others.
For junglers, there are multiple considerations when weighing which champions are better. The most important thing to look at, and the most obvious, is whether the champion would be good at ganking and either securing kills or aiding their teammates in doing so. Behind the scenes, though, is where things get complicated. Clear speed, invasion pressure, and macro mobility are all factors that need to be evaluated for keeping up with the enemy jungler. The best jungle champions are the ones that can do it all.
This list of top-tier champions can change depending on a number of things. Sometimes the meta shifts for no apparent reason other than players' tastes, but usually there's some kind of balance change, small or significant, that's behind the sudden change. It can be difficult to keep up on the flavor-of-the-month champs, so let us do it for you.
Here's our current tier list for the best jungle champions in League of Legends.
Champions in this tier are the strongest champions in the current meta, and it doesn't take much effort to carry yourself through the ranks of solo queue with them.
The armadillo has been making the rounds through Summoner's Rift, as he's benefitted from the new runes more than most tanky junglers. The addition of Aftershock and the Resolve runes gives him the option to be tanky and still deal an absolutely insane amount of damage. With the health from Resolve, he can also opt to build the Bloodrazor jungle item over Cinderhulk, maximizing the on-hit damage from his passive.
Speaking of the new runes, Shyvana is having a field day with them. Sure, she's really only powerful during the earlier stages of the game, and she could definitely use another tank on the team to be fully effective, but most games end before that even matters when she's locked in. Press the Attack gives her so much damage, that she can build as tanky as she wants and still crush the opposition.
The Piltover Enforcer has finally made her triumphant comeback to the solo queue tier list. It's been months, even years, since she's been considered top of the ladder, and thanks to several new build options through Aftershock, Electrocute, Press the Attack, and more, she finally feels right at home. High damage, high tankiness, and high mobility are all in meta, and as far as junglers go, Vi is the queen.
It's hard to imagine Udyr being near the top of anything except Trick2G's shrine, but regardless, here we are. Udyr has been a non-factor in the game since the days of Wriggle's Lantern. For a moment, AP Udyr was (sort of) a thing when Runic Echoes was first introduced in season six, but now he's officially in the meta. Not only that, but thanks to Predator, Press the Attack, and, for the especially brave among us, Dark Harvest, Udyr is in his prime.
The second most powerful junglers take a little bit more effort to play well, but when executed properly, they can carry a game just as hard as the best.
Evelynn is a bit of a weird case, since she's been at least pretty good, even in the months leading up to her rework. After her rework launched, she's still fairly niche, albeit a bit stronger, but she's a lot more fun to play. As strong as she is, she has one weakness that most assassins don't need to deal with—she's incredibly lackluster before she hits level six. If her laners can survive without her help until then, she turns into a bit of a monster.
For a while, Xin was at the tippy top of the jungle ladder, but he's been nerfed one too many times in recent months, and took a bit of a tumble. The good news is, he probably won't be changed again for quite a while, and he's still very strong, just not quite in the realm of OP. His ganks are terrifying, and his victims will often be forced to flash just to get away from him at any given moment. Unfortunately, he's easily kiteable by mobile ADCs, which there are a lot of at the moment.
Sejuani rode the top of the jungle ladder for a majority of the past six months, and took a tumble after a series of nerfs, but still remains a very strong choice. Her only downside now is that she's a beefcake that doesn't deal quite as much damage as the other beefcakes in the meta, like Rammus, but her insane amount of crowd control keeps her in the running.
Warwick has remained largely untouched since his large scale rework at the start of 2017, which is a good thing. It means he's mostly balanced, but don't let that turn you away—that doesn't mean he isn't stronger than most other junglers. He's insanely tanky and still manages to deal a lot of damage. Unfortunately, his skill ceiling is slightly higher than tanks like Rammus or Sejuani, making him a little harder to pick up, but it's worth it in the end.
The grandmaster at arms is one of the game's staple hyper-carry skirmishers, but he hasn't had much popularity in the game for quite some time. So, just like Vi and Udyr, he finally feels like a strong option after the new runes were introduced. Oddly enough, it isn't his typical role in the top lane, but instead in the jungle. Press the Attack and the Precision rune tree add enough attack speed and power to Jax's ganks that he feels much more powerful in the early and mid stages of the game, something that top Jax has trouble pulling off.
As crowned prince of Demacia, Jarvan is no stranger to being the center of attention. In the jungle, he's been consistently one of the most popular choices for both fans of damage and tankiness, as he can go either way depending on the situation. Some nerfs doled out over the preseason have made him a little less oppressive, but his power is still very much there.
This is an interesting tier, because champions at this level aren't exactly strong in the meta, but if you can learn how to play them well, you can still make them work to carry games. It might require a bit of extra effort to get there though.
Kha'Zix was extremely potent during the first half of 2017, but saw a significant drop off when the tank meta began in the summer. Now that runes have been redesigned, damage dealers and assassins in the jungle are coming back out of the woodwork to compete with tanks, and Kha’Zix is one of the best. With the lethality meta seemingly returning, the bug feels better than he did in the summer, but he takes considerable skill to play correctly and outmaneuver the game's many popular tanks.
The creepy clown is back, too, thanks to runes and the return of the lethality meta. Tanks seem to still be in more demand, but Shaco is back to feeling at least viable among them. Just like Kha'Zix, it's a little difficult to navigate tanky teamfights as the demon jester, so it takes time and patience to figure him out. Once you do, though, he's a very fun option if you're looking to play an assassin.
For the first time since their release, Kindred are in the meta. The reason? You guessed it—runes. Kindred were redesigned this summer to play more as a traditional ADC, meaning they would build AD over on-hit and attack speed buffs, but building the Warrior jungle item unfortunately resulted in not enough attack speed to clear camps effectively. The Precision rune tree gives them that attack speed, and although they're far from the best junglers in the game, Kindred are very fun, and definitely strong enough to pick up.
The happy little tree has had a rough year, starting off as the king of the jungle and then devolving into a completely unviable mess after a series of nerfs. He was buffed in Patch 7.24, and now, he's pretty good again, which is probably the best he could have hoped for. Assuming he stays about the same power level, Ivern could remain a balanced option for anyone looking to jungle with a support-heavy style.
Last on our list is the sad mummy, Amumu, who has been somewhere on this list all year long. He's a great champion to pair up with control mages with AoE spells to make the most use of his passive, which converts incoming magic damage to true damage on his victims. His clear speed is a little slow, and he's easily kitable, but if you need a tank on a team of strong AP champions, there aren't many as good as him.