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Monkey King/Counters

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Bad against...[edit]

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  • Firefly allows Batrider to gain vision of Monkey King while he is on an tree, as well as destroying any nearby trees, denying Monkey King spots to jump to, or causing him to fall.
  • Sticky Napalm's turn rate slow makes it significantly more difficult for Monkey King to jump from tree to tree and gain Jingu Mastery stacks. It also reveals Monkey King while he is on a tree.
  • Flamebreak and Flaming Lasso enable Batrider to remove Monkey King out of Wukong's Command.
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  • Wild Axes can chop down trees, making it difficult for Monkey King to utilize Tree Dance well.
  • Call of the Wild Hawk can scout Monkey King when he is perched on top of trees.
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  • Track grants vision of Monkey King, even when he's in the trees.
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  • Rocket Flare ends Mischief, and reveals Monkey King on the treetops.
  • Hookshot can catch Monkey King when he retreats to the treeline.
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  • Thunder Strike provides vision of Monkey King when he's in the trees. The periodic damage will also keep Monkey King from using Tree Dance if he's on the ground.
  • Glimpse pulls Monkey King out of the trees if he attempts to escape using Tree Dance, and can cause Wukong's Command to end prematurely if Monkey King is Glimpsed out of its radius.
  • Kinetic Field and Static Storm can be used to hold Monkey King in place and ensure a kill.
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  • Boulder Smash can smash Monkey King out of the Wukong's Command radius.
  • Rolling Boulder destroys trees and helps Earth Spirit close the gap between him and Monkey King.
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  • Malefice keeps Tree Dance on cooldown, and can interrupt Wukong's Command's long cast time.
  • Midnight Pulse destroys a large amount of trees.
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  • Inner Fire can push Monkey King out of Wukong's Command.
  • Burning Spear's damage over time will constantly put Tree Dance on cooldown.
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  • Blinding Light can easily push Monkey King out of Wukong's Command, as well as blinding him.
  • Will-O-Wisp destroys trees in a massive area, damaging Monkey King's mobility
  • However, Keeper of the Light can be easily ganked by Monkey King during early-mid game stage.
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  • Duel, Blade Mail icon.png Blade Mail and enough bonus damage is going to be a free Duel win against Monkey King in the mid game.
  • Press the Attack can dispell the stun from Boundless Strike and give plenty of sustain for the laning.
  • Overwhelming Odds will do a lot of damage to the small health pool Monkey King and give Legion Commander a big movement speed advantage over him.
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  • Light Strike Array can destroy trees and prevents Monkey King is standing on.
  • Lina's Laguna Blade high damage burst can kill Monkey King before stacks up with Jingu Mastery.
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  • Blur makes it hard for Monkey King to stack Jingu Mastery.
  • Phantom Strike allows Phantom Assassin to blink directly to Monkey King during Wukong's Command, bypassing all his clones.
  • Coup de Grace's high damage can kill Monkey King quickly, thus ending Wukong's Command prematurely.
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  • Meat Hook can easily cancel Wukong's Command by pulling Monkey King out of the circle.
  • Meat Hook can grab Monkey King from trees during Tree Dance.
  • Rot puts Tree Dance on cooldown.
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  • Blink allows Queen of Pain to avoid ganks and keep her distance, preventing Monkey King from building up Jingu Mastery.
  • Scream of Pain and Sonic Wave will hit Monkey King when he is disguised, or on a tree.
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  • Corrosive Haze grants vision of Monkey King, even when he is in the trees.
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  • Charge of Darkness keeps vision of Monkey King, even when he is in the trees.
  • Nether Strike locked onto Monkey King and focuses damage on him during Wukong's Command.
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  • Ball Lightning allows Storm Spirit to easily catch up to Monkey King, destroying a large number of trees, cancelling Tree Dance, and causing Monkey King to be stunned in the process.
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  • Proximity Mines and Stasis Traps can be placed near trees to detect Monkey King.
  • Follow up with Blast Off! to destroy the tree, causing Monkey King to take high damage, fall from the tree, and become stunned.
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  • Powershot destroys the tree Monkey King is standing on.
  • Monkey King's natural reliance on trees makes him an easy target for Shackleshot.
  • Windrun evades Monkey King's attacks, preventing him from building up Jingu Mastery.



Good against...[edit]

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  • Alchemist has a very poor laning stage with little physical survivability.
  • He also usually doesn't skill his stun into way into the game, meaning he has no defensive machanics except for Chemical Rage.
  • Desolator icon.png Desolator, Sange and Yasha icon.png Sange and Yasha or Diffusal Blade 1 icon.png Diffusal Blade can all be purchased to increase your damage against Alchemist or just to keep your movement speed high enough to match him while Chemical Rage is active.
  • Monkey King is an agility hero and scales with physical survivability, so Acid Spray loses it's effectiveness later in the game.
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  • Monkey King's mobility allows him to get close to Drow Ranger, denying the passive bonus from Marksmanship.
  • Monkey King can shut down Drow Ranger by ganking her early.
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  • Jingu Mastery will still add stacks even through Guardian Angel.
  • Monkey King can join a fight whenever he chooses to, meaning he can simply go directly onto Omniknight.
  • During the laning phase, Jingu Mastery with Boundless Strike will kill off Omniknight, while Purification is weak.
  • Heavenly Grace is useless against Monkey King's ultimate and Jingu Mastery bonuses.
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  • Sprout will not protect Nature's Prophet from Tree Dance.
  • Boundless Strike will interrupt attempts at Teleportation, and can reach Nature's Prophet inside the tree line.
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  • Requiem of Souls is easily interrupted by Boundless Strike, due to its long cast time.
  • Shadow Fiend's lack of mobility and escape makes him an easy target to ambush with Primal Spring, especially during laning stage.
  • Being close means he cannot use all three razes on you before you get your Jingu Mastery stacks.
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  • Dispersion will not do anything against Monkey King throughout the game due to his high lifesteal with Jingu Mastery.
  • Monkey King often buys Manta Style icon.png Manta Style, which will deny Desolate benefits in 1v1 situations.
  • Haunt will do nothing to stop people trapped within Monkey Kings ultimate.
  • In all, Spectre is very easily pressured by Monkey King early into the game and is a very easy gank target to coordinate with your team.
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  • Silencer's low mobility and lack of any stuns or roots makes him an easy target.
  • Silence will not protect Silencer from Jingu Mastery's extra damage and lifesteal.
  • Monkey King often buys Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar, which can be used to negate silence debuff effects.
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  • Firestorm will do little percentage damage to a small HP hero like Monkey King.
  • All aspects of Jingu Mastery benefits ignore Atrophy Aura's base damage reduction.
  • Monkey King can get on top of Underlord easily at any stage of the game.
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  • Skywrath Mage's very low health allows Monkey King to ambush and finish him off quickly.
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  • Paralyzing Cask's short stun rarely prevents Monkey King from ambushing Witch Doctor.
  • Death Ward's long channel is easily interrupted by Boundless Strike.


  • In general, heroes who are malee with no way to fight back can be very easily poked by Moneky King to gain his Jingu Mastery stacks: Dark Seer minimap icon.png Dark Seer, Riki minimap icon.png Riki, Rubick minimap icon.png Rubick.
  • Heroes that rely on channeling abilities will be interrupted by Boundless Strike, and forced to take damage from Wukong's Command.
  • Heroes that have low health and no escape abilities will have a hard time playing against Monkey King's ambushes and powerful burst damage.
  • Heroes that lack burst damage will have a difficult time taking down Monkey King, and fare badly against Jingu Mastery: Legion Commander minimap icon.png Legion Commander, Lifestealer minimap icon.png Lifestealer, Weaver minimap icon.png Weaver, Wraith King minimap icon.png Wraith King

Works well with...[edit]

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  • Inner Beast helps Monkey King gain Jingu Mastery charges quicker.
  • Primal Roar allows Monkey King to land more Jingu Mastery stacks.
  • Primal Roar and Boundless Strike can disrupt the enemy team's positioning.
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  • Frostbite helps Monkey King land more Jingu Mastery stacks.
  • Freezing Field keeps enemies inside the radius of Wukong's Command.
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  • Vacuum pulls enemies into Wukong's Command.
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  • Echo Stomp sets up enemies perfectly for Wukong's Command.
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  • Illuminate is easier to land on enemies stunned with Boundless Strike.
  • Chakra Magic reduces Boundless Strike's long cooldown.
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  • Skewer and Reverse Polarity can move enemies into Wukong's Command.
  • Empower greatly increases the damage dealt by the soldiers from Wukong's Command.
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  • Sprout spawns trees for Monkey King to jump on, and traps enemies inside for Monkey King to initiate on with Primal Spring.
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  • Fortune's End's low-cooldown root allows Monkey King to land Primal Spring, and build up Jingu Mastery.
  • False Promise gives Monkey King the time to build up and expend Jingu Mastery stacks, as well as survive for the full duration of Wukong's Command.
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  • Dream Coil stuns enemies and prevents them from moving out of Wukong's Command.
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  • Overgrowth makes a great setup for Wukong's Command, preventing enemies from escaping.