Amumu in patch 7.11 is a fairly strong champion with roughly 50% winrate in platinum+ games, with up to 57% winrate for those that choose to build right. In this guide we will look at starting items, core items and why they are strong for Amumu. Read more…

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Amumu Starting Items

Since Amumu is picked in jungle 95% of the time, it’s safe to assume you will want to be starting with a jungling item. Hunter’s talisman and 3 Total Biscuits of Rejuvenation. This gives Amumu the sustain that he needs to survive the first clear. This works really well with Tantrum ‘E‘ and Despair ‘W‘ because both have short cooldowns and can regularly proc the unique passive – tooth. The 3 rejuvenation biscuits are great for survivability in the early stage as they provide an extra 45 health and mana over regular health potions.

Once you have finished your first clear you should be looking to recall with 725 gold so that you can a full upgrade to stalkers blade and control ward. Alternatively, if you are invaded and forced to return to base sooner, then you will want to have at least 475 gold for a hunter’s machete, biscuit and control ward. Since Amumu is fairly weak in this early stage of the game, you will want to focus on trading camps so there should be a clear focus on defensive vision and any opportunistic ganks after rift scuttler.




The most common way to play Amumu is a hybrid between ability power and tank stats. This lends Amumu well to items that have cooldown reduction, ability power, health and defensive stats. Naturally, this makes items such as Cinderhulk, Liandry’s Torment, Abyssal Mask, Frozen Heart and Rylai’s Crystal Scepter. However, if the other team has a critical strike based marksman such as Jhin – or even a mid lane Yasuo, then you should consider Randuin’s Omen.

One of Amumu’s strongest basic abilities is Despair ‘W‘, which requires a lot of mana. Likewise, Bandage Toss is also gated behind mana and so your ganks need to be successful unless you have a blue buff. This is one of the reasons why Frozen Heart is a core item on Amumu. Not only does it give you access to an additional 400 mana, but it also opens up 20% Cooldown Reduction into your build. This also benefits Curse of the Sad Mummy and Tantrum, since both abilities are gated behind cooldowns rather than mana.

You should avoid building tank items such as Warmog’s Armor and Dead Man’s plate as they don’t offer many stats outside of health and armour. Instead, you should choose Cinderhulk for your core health item and Frozen heart for armour.


Whilst this is a significantly less popular build it can be a great deal of fun for your normal and low ELO games. Your jungle item will likely be taking stalkers blade with runic echoes as your starting item in this build. You will still build Liandry’s Torment due the strong synergy with Despair ‘W‘, but this time you may consider introducing a lich bane to proc using your E and auto attack. Other great items include Rylai’s Crystal Scepter for large AoE slows. However, this does not stack well with either Bandage Toss or Curse of the Sad Mummy – which makes it situational.

Whilst many are tempted to use Rod of Ages for the extra mana and health, the build time is too long for Amumu and seriously shuts down the ability to carry early game. Late game you would be near impossible to kill, but it does impose challenges on how you will carry lanes with such a delayed power spike. Some choose to use Zhonya’s Hourglass instead to buy time between abilities after your initial burst combo.


Building a Banshees Veil vs an AP heavy team is a must for the spell that it provides, absolutely crucial, it give you a shield that will block one incoming ability. In this build it can be useful since it can block a CC ability letting you get to the carries and ult the whole team. Next for AP heavy teams you want to get an abyssal scepter since it provides a good amount of magic resist and also does damage to them. Keep in mind that this is one of the most important things you would do when you fight an AP heavy team using this Amumu build we’ve done and explained for you.


When Amumu is faced against an AD team he needs to change his build to incorporate reduced critical strike chance through Randuin’s Omen. Alternatively, you can opt to take a Thornmail instead and combined with your E – you can ignore auto attacks from sustained sources.