Yasuo is one of the strongest carry champions in League of Legends. When Yasuo is fed, he can easily win a game even if the odds are stacked against him.

And while his main role is mid, Yasuo can also be a viable off-meta jungler pick in LoL.

But, can Yasuo really jungle successfully in LoL?

Yasuo has a decent jungle clear and good damage throughout the game. His ganks can be particularly scary when his Q is stacked and he has an available tornado for CC.

Also, Yasuo is a high-mobility champion and can move between the camps relatively quickly. That’s why Yasuo can be a good jungler.

Jungle Yasuo isn’t the most common playstyle in League and not too many players know how to take advantage of it.

And if you’re new to playing jungle Yasuo, this post will definitely help you out. Here you’ll find information about which route to take as well as which runes and items to take.

That said, let’s see how jungle Yasuo works in LoL!

How Do You Jungle with Yasuo?

Choosing a Jungle Pet

Yasuo in the jungle vs. wolves

As you probably guessed already, the better way to play Yasuo jungle is with the Red Smite. This means that you need to pick up the red jungle pet, Scorchclaw, as your starting item together with a health potion.

And the reason why you want to go for the Red jungle pet is that it increases your damage at the start of the fight when it’s fully evolved.

This is great when you’re setting up a fight with your tornado, so definitely go for it.

Here’s more information on the other jungle pets in League.

Jungle Pathing

Yasuo jungle route

The jungle pathing is difficult to pin down for any champion, especially an off-meta pick such as Yasuo. But here’s my best recommendation for you.

Blue side:

Red Buff > Krugs > Raptors > Wolves > Blue Buff > Gromp

From here, you’ll have to make a decision whether to gank top or mid lane, whether to contest the Scuttle Crab in the river or simply to recall.

Yasuo doesn’t have self-heal early on, so oftentimes you’ll find that recalling is the best thing to do.

Red side:

Blue Buff > Gromp > Wolves > Raptors > Red Buff

I’ve found that skipping Krugs when you’re on the red side can be very beneficial. It allows you to gank earlier or secure the river objective before your opponent.

But if you’re too low on health, recalling or trying out the Krugs can be a good option too.

So, Yasuo jungle should go for a full clear if possible.

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Jungle Clear & Soloing Objectives

Yasuo vs. Dragon

When it comes to actually clearing the jungle camps, Yasuo has no problem with it. His damage is really good in all stages of the game, so you shouldn’t worry about clearing speed.

One thing that can help you out is to always use Yasuo’s tornado on all monsters in the camp. And try to align them so that it’s easy to 

Another very important thing is to use your E > Q combo on the monster in the middle. This will allow you to deal AoE damage to all monsters in the camp and not just the ones in front of you.

When it comes to soloing objectives, Yasuo is surprisingly good at it. And three things make it so.

First, Yasuo builds lifesteal which allows him to heal himself while clearing the jungle. 

Second, Yasuo’s passive grants him a free shield when fighting a neutral objective.

And third, Yasuo’s W – Wind Wall can block the Dragon’s and the Baron’s auto-attacks.

All of this makes Yasuo a great champion for soloing neutral objectives suivch

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Yasuong ganking Ryze

Ganking is one of the areas where you might have trouble with Yasuo jungle. 

Don’t get me wrong – Yasuo is a strong champion and can duel nearly every champion in League of Legends.

However, he doesn’t have the best tools when it comes to ganking and setting up opportunities for his team.

This is because Yasuo depends on his Q for crowd control. He needs to use his Q on a target twice in order to get a long-ranged tornado knock-up. And he can only use his tornado in a couple of seconds!

So, ganking with Yasuo is more about helping out your teammates with damage rather than CC. You mainly want to gank lanes where your allies already have stun, slow, or snare available. 

And that’s why sometimes it’s better to simply keep on farming rather than wasting time on a random lane.

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Skill Order

Yasuo’s skill order for jungle doesn’t differ at all from his regular skill order. The main ability in your kit is Q and you want it maxed out as soon as possible. This is followed by E and then by W.

Here’s the complete skill order for Yasuo, level by level.


Yasuo Jungle Build – Runes

Jungle Yasuo rune page
  • Lethal Tempo
  • Triumph
  • Legend: Alacrity
  • Last Stand
  • Shield Bash
  • Revitalize

Lethal Tempo

Lethal Tempo has been the go-to keystone for Yasuo for a very long time now. It fits his playstyle perfectly and increases his power from the start of the game.

This rune grants you bonus attack speed for 6 seconds when you first strike an enemy champion. You can also stack it 6 times by continuing to damage your target.

For Yasuo, attack speed also reduces the cooldown of his Q. And the more attack speed he has the more damage he can do with his abilities and auto-attacks.


Triumph is a super-useful rune in League of Legends, especially for melee all-in champions such as Yasuo.

What Triumph does is that it heals you for 10% of your missing health when you score a champion takedown. So with each slain opponent, you’re going to heal almost instantly.

This can be a very helpful rune for staying alive in a team fight, so definitely pick it up!

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Legend: Alacrity

Legend: Alacrity is another rune you take for more attack speed. This one is passive and its effects are permanent.

So, as you’re slaying jungle camps, neutral monsters, and enemy champions, Legend: Alacrity will increase your overall attack speed. It’s an easy rune to stack, so make sure to have it selected!

Last Stand

Last Stand can make all the difference in the world on champions like Yasuo. This is because the rune allows you to do more damage when you’re health is below 60%.

As a jungler, your health will often be below 60%, especially when your team is trying to take down the Dragon, Baron, or Rift Herald.

So, you’ll get a lot of value out of Last Stand.

Shield Bash

Shield Bash is a rune you primarily take for the synergy with your mythic item – Immortal Shieldbow.

What Shield Bash does is that gives you bonus magic resist and armor when your shield activates. It also increases the damage of your auto-attack when you get a new shield, so it’s a perfect rune for Yasuo.


And Revitalize is another rune that fits well with Immortal Shieldbow and Yasuo in general. It increases your shield power by 5% or 10% if you’re on low health.

In other words, Revitalize will give you a larger shield when Immortal Shieldbow triggers and allow you to block even more damage. And the same can be said for Yasuo’s passive.

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Yasuo Jungle Build – Items

Jungle Yasuo items
  • Berserker’s Greaves
  • Immortal Shieldbow
  • Infinity Edge
  • Death’s Dance
  • Mortal Reminder
  • Guardian Angel

Berserker’s Greaves

Berserker’s Greaves are the boots you’ll need the most on Yasuo. And they’re probably the first item you’ll get when you play jungle Yasuo.

I already explained why attack speed is so important on Yasuo and Berserker’s Greaves give you a lot of it.

Immortal Shieldbow

Immortal Shieldbow is the best mythic item for Yasuo for all possible situations. It grants him all the necessary stats such as attack speed, critical strike, lifesteal, and attack damage.

And Immortal’s passive grants Yasuo a large shield when his health drops below 40% HP. This helps a lot and makes him a much tankier pick.

Immortal Shieldbow’s effect has a 90 seconds cooldown.

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Infinity Edge

There’s no other champion that needs Infinity Edge as much as Yasuo does. With it, Yasuo reaches 100% critical strike very early which seriously increases his damage for the rest of the game.

Infinity Edge works with critical strike in a similar manner Rabadon’s Deathcap works with ability power. And you should definitely prioritize it on Yasuo!

Death’s Dance

Death’s Dance is another core item for Yasuo, regardless of his role. This is because Death’s Dance turns him into a super-powerful but tanky fighter that can carry fights 1v5.

What this item does is that it makes you take some of the damage over 3 seconds rather than instantly. This guarantees you that you won’t get a one-shot from any champion, despite also increasing your AD.

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Mortal Reminder

Mortal Reminder is your tool for countering healing champions in League of Legends. But it’s helpful against any champion in the game because of all the self-heal there is from runes and items.

This item is very valuable and you should always have it in the late game!

Guardian Angel

And Guardian Angel is the perfect item to end the game with. Yasuo benefits from the bonus attack damage and armor, but also from the amazing passive.

Guardian Angel allows you to respawn after being slain, giving you another chance during the same team fight. The item isn’t too expensive and you can always purchase it, depending on the situation.

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That was everything on how to play Yasuo jungle in LoL! Honestly, playing Yasuo in the jungle is better than most players assume, so I can’t help but recommend it to you as well!

I hope my post cleared some confusion about jungle Yasuo and whether this champion can do it.

And if you want to try it yourself, just copy the runes and items you see above and you’ll be good to go.

That said, good luck and have fun!

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Last Update: March 2, 2024