Monkey King

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[e][h]Monkey King
Radiant Hero
Monkey King Large.png
Strength Icon.png
18 +2.8
Agility Icon Main.png
22 +3.2
Intelligence Icon.png
20 +1.8
Base Stats
Sight Range:
1800 / 800
Attack Range:
Missile Speed:
Attack Duration:
0.45 + 0.2
Cast Duration:
0 + 0
Base Attack Time:
Magic Resistance:
Turn Rate:
Level Changes
Hit Points:
Spell Amp:
Most played as
Base HP Regen: 1.5
Collision Size: 8

Monkey King icon.png Sun Wukong, the Monkey King[edit]

Recommended Roles
Carry.png Carry Escape role.png Escape Disabler.png Disabler Initiator.png Initiator

For 500 years the mountain pressed down upon him, only his head free from the crushing weight of the stonewrought prison the elder gods had summoned to halt his childish rebellion. Moss grew along the lines of his exposed face, tufts of grass sprouted from his ears; his vision was framed in wildflowers reaching from the soil around his cheeks. Most thought him long dead, tormented by the gods for waging war against the heavens until naught but his legend survived. But, as the stories go, the Monkey King cannot die.

So he waited. Until the gods came to offer a chance at absolution, he endured. And when they did come to name the price, Sun Wukong accepted their charge: he would accompany a young acolyte on a secret pilgrimage, protect him from demons and dangers of the road, and guide the man home in possession of a coveted relic. Do that, and humbly obey the human's commands in service to their holy mission, and Wukong would prove himself reformed.

For a change, Sun Wukong fulfilled his oath to the gods with honor, and atoned for the sins of past insurrections. The acolyte, much learned in hardships, was returned to his home temple, relic in hand; and Wukong—finding himself for the first time in proper standing with any gods of consequence—was content for a short while to give up his old thirst for adventure and glory. But the Monkey King was born for mischief...and offending the gods never gets old.


Boundless Strike
Monkey king boundless strike.png
Targeting Type
Point Target
Enemy Units
Damage Type
Monkey King enlarges his staff and slams it against the ground, stunning enemies in a line and damaging them with a critical hit based on his attack. Has True Strike.
Mana Cost dota2.png 100
Cooldown Clock.png 22
Stun Duration0.4 / 0.8 / 1.2 / 1.6
Critical Strike1.5× / 1.75× / 2× / 2.25×
3.25× (Level 25 talent)
Cast Point0.4
 Affected By: Blocked by Spell Immunity
The legendary Jingu Bang grows to match its master's will, ensuring no enemy can escape the Monkey King's reach.
  • Can hit units up to 1350 range away.
  • Applies all of Monkey King's on-hit effects as if he had performed a regular attack on the target.
  • Boundless Strike can use a charge of Jingu Mastery to gain both damage and lifesteal. The bonuses affect all targets hit.
  • Hitting an enemy hero with Boundless Strike adds to Jingu Mastery's hit counter.
  • Blocked by Spell Immunity.
Tree Dance
Monkey king tree dance.png
Targeting Type
Unit Target
Monkey King jumps to a tree and perches atop it. While perched, he gains the Primal Spring ability—a channeled leap attack. If Monkey King's tree is destroyed, he falls and is stunned for a few seconds. Taking damage from enemy heroes while on the ground puts Tree Dance on cooldown.
Cooldown Clock.png 1.2
Cast Range1000
Cooldown When Hit3
Self Stun Duration4
Cast Point0.3
Sun Wukong dances nimbly along the treetop canopy, always just out of arm's reach.
  • Monkey King leaps at a speed of 700 toward the tree.
  • While perched, Monkey King has 800/400 flying vision range.
  • Tree Dance cooldown starts upon landing.
  • Right clicking the ground will climb off the tree.
  • Can't hop off the tree while Tree Dance is on cooldown.
  • Casting spells and using items reveals fog around the tree, but does not reveal Monkey King.
Primal Spring
Monkey king primal spring.png
Targeting Type
Point Target
Enemy Units
Damage Type
Monkey King springs out from his tree perch, damaging and slowing enemies in the area where he lands. Damage and slow amounts are in proportion to channel duration.
Mana Cost dota2.png 130 / 120 / 110 / 100
Cooldown Clock.png 19 / 17 / 15 / 13
Damage140 / 210 / 280 / 350
Movement Slow20% / 40% / 60% / 80%
Slow Duration4
Max Distance1000
Impact Radius375
Max Channel Time1.6
Cast Point0
 Affected By: Blocked by Spell Immunity Can be dispelled
Leaping from the safety of cover into the midst of his enemies, Sun Wukong attacks without mercy.
  • Monkey King springs out at a speed of 1300.
  • This ability can only be used while Monkey King is perched on a tree.
  • The sound made while channeling Primal Spring can be heard by enemies.
  • Blocked by Spell Immunity.
  • The slow can be dispelled.
Jingu Mastery
Monkey king jingu mastery.png
Targeting Type
Enemy Units
Damage Type
Monkey King's attacks awaken the Jingu Bang's power. Upon the fourth hit on the same enemy hero, Monkey King earns four charged attacks that have bonus damage and lifesteal.
Required Hits4
Bonus Damage75 / 100 / 125 / 150
150 / 175 / 200 / 225
(Level 15 talent)
Bonus Lifesteal15% / 30% / 45% / 60%
Counter Duration10
Buff Duration35
 Affected By:  Can be dispelled Disabled by Break
Always sensitive to the moods of its master, the Jingu Bang radiates power when Sun Wukong's combat fervor is on full display.
  • Hitting an enemy hero with Boundless Strike adds to the hit counter.
  • Boundless Strike can use a charge to gain both damage and lifesteal. The bonuses affect all targets hit.
  • Illusions do not increase the counter or display the debuff.
  • Hitting the same unit again adds to the hit counter and refreshes the duration.
  • After attaining charges, the counter will be disabled until all attack charges have been used.
  • The buff lasts until all charges are used or 35 seconds have passed.
  • The buff Monkey King gains can be dispelled.
  • Disabled by Break.
Wukong's Command
Monkey king wukong's command.png
Targeting Type
Point Target
Enemy Heroes
Damage Type
Monkey King creates a circular formation of soldiers that spread out from his position. If Monkey King leaves the area his soldiers disperse. The soldiers have Monkey King's attack and only target heroes. Monkey King and all his soldiers receive bonus damage for the spell's duration.
Mana Cost dota2.png 100
Cooldown Clock.png 130 / 110 / 90
Bonus Armor8 / 14 / 20
Soldier Attack Rate1.4
Cast Range550
Cast Point1.2
Monkey King rips out a tuft of fur to blow at his enemies, charging each strand to transform into a copy of himself.
  • Formation circle radius is 750. The ultimate ends immediately if Monkey King leaves the circle.
  • Soldiers stand in formation and do not move. They attack any hero within 300 range if the hero is in the circle.
  • There are 9 soldiers guarding the edge of the circle and 5 soldiers guarding the center.
  • Soldiers do not receive Jingu Mastery bonuses.
  • Each soldier has 400 ground vision.
  • Soldiers' attacks apply Monkey King's on-hit effects. These attacks are considered to originate from the soldier, not Monkey King.
  • The soldiers do not apply Basher/Abyssal bash.

Innate Abilities[edit]

Monkey king mischief.png
Targeting Type
No Target
Changes Monkey King's shape to deceive opponents, using the environment nearby as inspiration for the disguise. Taking damage, attacking, using an item, or using an ability breaks Monkey King's disguise.
Cooldown Clock.png 3
Movement Speed200
Movement Speed (Courier)350
Search Radius350
Cast Point0
 Affected By:  Can be dispelled
Watch out for that tree.
  • Does not remove visual debuffs, such as Bane's Enfeeble.
  • Does not mimic other effects of the target (e.g. cannot be pinged when disguised as a rune).
  • Copies a random object within the search radius.
  • Valid objects include: Trees, Runes (including rune spots), Aegis (at the Roshan pit), and Cheese (when cheese is droppable).
  • If not within range, Monkey King will randomly turn into any of the following: Animal Courier/Flying Courier (allied), Iron Branch, Clarity, Healing Salve, Town Portal Scroll, Tango, and Banana (new or peeled).
  • Monkey King is hidden on the minimap to enemies when disguised.
  • Monkey King cannot be auto-attacked while disguised. This results in lane creeps, neutral creeps, towers, and fountains ignoring him.
  • Can be dispelled.
Revert Form
Monkey king revert form.png
Targeting Type
No Target
Reverts Monkey King's shape to his original form.
Cooldown Clock.png 1
Cast Point0

Talent Tree[edit]

Talent Tree
+100% Boundless Strike Crit 25 +25 Strength
+20% Magic Resistance 20 +40 Damage
+75 Jingu Mastery Damage 15 +275 Health
+12% Evasion 10 +20 Attack Speed

Recommended Items[edit]

Standard Build
Starting Items Early Game Mid Game Late Game
Tango Healing Salve Stout Shield Boots of Speed Ring of Aquila Ring of Health Phase Boots Vanguard Skull Basher Black King Bar Abyssal Blade NoItem.png
Circlet NoItem.png NoItem.png Blight Stone NoItem.png NoItem.png Desolator NoItem.png NoItem.png NoItem.png NoItem.png NoItem.png

General Strategy[edit]

Always in search of a good fight, Monkey King travels atop the trees aiming to spring from leafy cover and surprise his enemies. Calling upon an army of monkey soldiers to overwhelm opponents, this agile trickster revels in the chaos of battle, ready to slam his legendary staff down on any hopes of escape.


Skill Build[edit]

Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Spell Monkey king boundless strike.png Monkey king jingu mastery.png Monkey king tree dance.png Monkey king boundless strike.png Monkey king boundless strike.png Monkey king wukong's command.png Monkey king boundless strike.png Monkey king jingu mastery.png Monkey king jingu mastery.png Talents.png
Level 11 12 13 14 15 16 18 20 25
Spell Monkey king jingu mastery.png Monkey king wukong's command.png Monkey king tree dance.png Monkey king tree dance.png Talents.png Monkey king tree dance.png Monkey king wukong's command.png Talents.png Talents.png

Early Game[edit]

Mid Game[edit]

Late Game[edit]

Version History[edit]

Balance Patch History
Patch Version Balance Changes[1]
  • Buff Boundless Strike cooldown reduced from 25 to 22
  • Buff Wukong's Command Attack Interval improved from 1.6 to 1.4
  • Buff Level 10 Talent increased from +10% Evasion to +12%
  • Buff Boundless Strike critical damage increased from 1.4/1.6/1.8/2x to 1.5/1.75/2/2.25x
  • Buff Primal Spring Max damage increased from 100/180/260/340 to 140/210/280/350
  • Buff Tree Dance cooldown reduced from 1.4 to 1.2
  • Buff Base HP regen increased from 0.75 to 1.5
  • Buff Level 10 Talent from +5 Armor to +10% Evasion
  • Buff Wukong's Command attack cooldown improved from 1.7 to 1.6
  • Nerf Wukong's Command no longer provides 50/70/90 bonus damage
  • Buff Wukong's Command provides you with 8/14/20 bonus armor
  • Nerf Wukong's Command army no longer copy Basher/Abyssal
  • Buff Wukong's Command attack rate improved from 2 to 1.7
  • Buff Fixed Monkey King carrying Urn of Shadows sometimes wasting charges while Wukong's Command is ongoing
  • Buff Fixed Tree Dance causing Monkey King to temporarily have bigger vision than the defined day/night values
  • Nerf Boundless Strike stun duration reduced from 0.5/1/1.5/2 to 0.4/0.8/1.2/1.6
  • Rework Primal Spring mana cost rescaled from 100/110/120/130 to 130/120/110/100
  • Rework Primal Spring slow from 30/45/60/75% to 20/40/60/80%
  • Rework Primal Spring cooldown from 16 to 19/17/15/13
  • Buff Strength growth from 2.2 to 2.5
  • Nerf Wukong's Command cooldown from 100/85/70 to 130/110/90
  • Rework Primal Spring slow rescaled from 40/50/60/70% to 30/45/60/75%
  • Nerf Spring winding up sound effect can be heard by nearby enemies
  • New Added to Captains Mode
  • Nerf Jingu Mastery buff now has a max duration of 35 seconds
  • Nerf Tree Dance night vision reduced from 800 to 400
  • Nerf Wukong's Command duration rescaled from 13/14/15 to 13
  • Nerf Base armor reduced by 3
  • Nerf Jingu Mastery bonus damage from 80/120/160/200 to 75/100/125/150
  • Rework Jingu Mastery lifesteal from 20/30/40/50% to 15/30/45/60%
  • Nerf Wukong's Command no longer continues while reincarnating
  • Rework Level 15 Talent from +20 Movement Speed to +75 Jingu Mastery Damage
  • Rework Level 20 Talent from +15 Strength to 20% Magic Resistance
  • Rework Level 25 Talent from +25% Magic Resistance to +25 Strength
  • Nerf Fixed Jingu Mastery ignoring armor for its lifesteal calculation
  • Nerf Jingu Mastery counter duration reduced from 15 to 10 seconds
  • Nerf Boundless Strike critical strike rescaled from 200% to 140/160/180/200%
  • New New Hero

Notable Players[edit]

Notable Players
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See also[edit]

External links[edit]