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Monkey King
Monkey King icon.png
Strength attribute symbol.png
Agility attribute symbol.png
Intelligence attribute symbol.png
18 + 2.8
22 + 3.7
20 + 1.8
Level 0 1 15 25 30
Health 200 560 1340 2140 2460
+1 +2.8 +6.72 +10.72 +12.32
Mana 75 315 615 975 1107
+0 +1 +2.26 +3.76 +4.31
Armor 2 5.67 14.3 22.47 25.88
Damage Block 16 (50%)
Magic Resistance 25%
Status Resistance 0%
Damage 29‒33 51‒55 102‒106 151‒155 172‒176
Attack Rate 0.59/s 0.72/s 1.02/s 1.31/s 1.43/s
Attack Range Melee 300 (600)
Attack Speed ▶️ 100 (1.7s BAT)
Attack Animation 0.45+0.2
Projectile Speed Instant
Movement Speed ▶️ 300
Turn Rate Takes 0.175s to turn 180°. 0.6
Collision Size 8
Vision Range (G) 1800 • 800
Legs 2
Gib Type Default
Ability Upgrades
Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter.

Upgradable by Aghanim's Shard.
Jingu Mastery
Wukong's Command
For the in-game item, see Monkey King Bar.
Springs from the cover of the tree tops.
Always in search of a good fight, Monkey King Dances and travels atop of trees aiming to Spring from leafy cover and surprise his enemies. A tuft of hair—plucked from his head—scatters into the wind, calling and commanding upon an army of Monkey Soldiers to overwhelm opponents, this agile Trickster revels in the chaos of battle, ready to show is Mastery over his arts, slamming his legendary Boundless Staff down on any hopes of escape.
Boundless Strike
Tree Dance
Primal Spring
Jingu Mastery
Jingu Mastery
Wukong's Command
Wukong's Command
Roles: Carry Carry Escape Escape Disabler Disabler Initiator Initiator
Complexity: ★★☆


Monkey King minimap icon.pngSun Wukong, the Monkey King
▶️ "There's a lot of stories about the Monkey King. Some of 'em are even true."
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
Boundless Strike icon.png
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.
Cast Animation: 0.4+0.5
Cast Range: 1100
Effect Length: 1100
Effect Width: 150
Critical Damage: 135%/165%/195%/225%
Stun Duration: 1/1.2/1.4/1.6 (Talent 1.3/1.5/1.7/1.9)
Cooldown: 28/26/24/22 (Talent 21/19/17/15)
Mana: 100
Modifiers [?]
The legendary Jingu Bang grows to match its master's will, ensuring no enemy can escape the Monkey King's reach.


  • Boundless Strike's effect length is neither affected by cast range bonuses, nor by attack range bonuses.
    • Cast range bonuses still increase the cast range, but not the effect length.
  • Boundless Strike's effects are instantly applied within its whole area. There is no travel time.
  • The effect starts 75 range in front of Monkey King and has an actual length of 1025, adding up to 1100 effective length.
    • With the starting distance, effect length and width, it can hit units up to 1250 range away.
    • It can also hit units 75 range behind Monkey King, due to its radius and starting position.
  • Causes Monkey King to perform an instant attack on all hit enemies. The stun is independent from these attacks.
    • These instant attacks can proc any attack modifiers and on-hit effects normally, except cleave. They have True Strike, but completely ignore disarms.
    • Despite the audio effect, Daedalus icon.png Daedalus has still only a chance to proc. Boundless Strike does not guarantee chance-based effects to proc.
    • Boundless Strike has an ensured critical strike, crits with a lower value have no effect if they proc, since the higher crit value takes priority.
  • Boundless Strike procs Jingu Mastery, placing the debuff on all hit enemy heroes, or adding one hit to the counter if the target is already debuffed.
    • If Monkey King has the Jingu Mastery buff, it loses a charge whenever Boundless Strike is cast, regardless of whether it hits a unit or not.
    • The bonus attack damage and lifesteal from Jingu Mastery are applied to all hit targets, despite using up only one charge.
  • The strike first applies the debuff, then the damage.
  • The sound during the cast animation is audible to everyone.

Tree Dance
Tree Dance icon.png
Self / Trees
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 4 seconds. Taking damage from player controlled units or Roshan while on the ground puts Tree Dance on cooldown.
Cast Animation: 0.1+0
Cast Range from Ground: 900 (Talent 1350)
Cast Range from Tree: 1000 (Talent 1450)
Damage Cooldown: 3
Day Tree Vision: 700 (Talent 1050)
Night Tree Vision: 500 (Talent 750)
Unperch Stun Duration: 4
Cooldown: 1.45/1.3/1.15/1
Mana: 0
Pierces spell immunity.
The stun upon falling off of a tree pierces spell immunity.
Modifiers [?]
Ability Draft Notes
Ability Draft Notes:
Replaces Primal Spring while on a tree, instead of being in a separate slot.
The drafting hero cannot jump to other trees without returning to the ground first.
Leveling up this ability levels another ability at the same time.
Both Tree Dance and Primal Spring are linked abilities.
Sun Wukong dances nimbly along the treetop canopy, always just out of arm's reach.


  • Monkey king leaps to the target tree at a speed of 800, reaching the tree within up to 1.13 (Talent 1.69) seconds.
  • Moves Monkey King upwards in an arc, with a top height of 192. During the leap, other units may pass below Monkey King.
    • The activity modifier only appears during the leap and is responsible for the leaping animation.
  • Although it visually looks like Monkey King is above the ground while perched, he still is considered to be on the ground. The height is part of the animations.
  • Tree Dance has several different cooldowns which activate at different times.
    • When cast, the leap's total duration is added to the cooldown, resulting in a cooldown of 1.55/1.4/1.25/1.1 ‒ 2.58/2.43/2.28/2.13 (Talent 3.14/2.99/2.84/2.69) seconds.
    • Upon unperching with a move (Keyboard White Mouse Right.png Right Click) or attack command (A), it goes on cooldown for 1.45/1.3/1.15/1 seconds.
    • Does not go on cooldown when unperched in other ways.
    • Upon taking player-based or Roshan icon.png Roshan-based damage on the ground, it goes on a 3-second cooldown.
    • Only reacts on damage greater than 0 after damage reductions. Does not react on damage flagged as HP Removal.
    • All of these cooldowns are unaffected by percentage-based cooldown reductions, but are affected by flat reductions and cooldown resets.
  • During the leap, Monkey King is disabled, unable to perform any actions. The last given order gets queued up and executed as soon as he lands.
  • During the leap and while on a tree, Monkey King gains flying vision, but has his vision reduced to 700/500 (Talent 1050/750).
    • Both Moon Shard icon.png Moon Shard's active and passive ability granting bonus night vision works, while Nightmare does not affect Monkey King's vision while on a tree.
  • While perched on a tree, Monkey King is hidden from sight. He can only be seen with flying vision.
    • He can also be seen when standing 2 levels of ground higher than the tree Monkey King sits on, allowing wards to spot him when the ward is on an elevated spot.
    • However, he cannot be seen when getting thrown in the air by abilities (e.g. Toss). Only standing on high ground grants vision over him.
  • While on a tree, Tree Dance can be cast again, targeting another nearby tree. All trees within cast range are highlighted with a white glow.
  • Monkey King only gets stunned if the tree he perches on gets destroyed. Getting unperched in other ways (e.g. Forced Movement) does not result in a stun.

Primal Spring
Primal Spring icon.png
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.
Cast Animation: 0+0
Cast Range: Global
Max Leap Distance: 1000
Radius: 375
Max Channel Time: 1.6
Max Damage: 140/210/280/350
Max Move Speed Slow: 20%/40%/60%/80%
Slow Duration: 4
Cooldown: 20/18/16/14 (Talent 0)
Mana: 100
Modifiers [?]
Ability Draft Notes
Ability Draft Notes:
Replaces Tree Dance while on a tree, instead of being in a separate slot.
Leveling up this ability levels another ability at the same time.
Both Primal Spring and Tree Dance are linked abilities.
Leaping from the safety of cover into the midst of his enemies, Sun Wukong attacks without mercy.


  • This ability is only active during the cast time of Tree Dance, during the leap from the ground onto a tree and while on a tree.
    • It is inactive while leaping from a tree to another tree, and while on the ground.
  • Leaps towards the target area at a speed of 1300, reaching it in up to 0.77 seconds, based on distance.
  • Moves Monkey King upwards in an arc, with a top height of 192. During the leap, other units may pass below Monkey King.
    • The activity modifier only appears during the leap and is responsible for the leaping animation.
  • The damage and slow are based on the time spent channeling, meaning their potency increases per each server tick spent channeling, up to 54 times.
    • The damage increases by 2.642/3.962/5.283/6.604 per server tick, starting immediately, reaching 142.6/214/285.3/356.6 damage in 1.6 seconds.
    • The slow increases by 0.4%/0.8%/1.1%/1.5% per server tick, also starting immediately, reaching 20%/40%/60%/80% slow in 1.6 seconds.
  • Hitting the same enemy multiple times with Primal Spring refreshes the slow duration, but does not update the slow value based on channel time.
  • Primal Spring first applies the damage, then the debuff.
  • If Monkey King is affeced by other sources of Forced Movement while leaping, all of Primal Spring's effects are cancelled.
  • The visual effects at the target area during the channeling are visible to allies only, but the channeling sound is audible to enemies, even through the Fog of War.

Spring Early
Does not proc any on-cast effects when cast. EG
Spring Early icon.png
No Target
There is no description for this ability.
Cast Animation: 0+0
Cooldown: 0
Mana: 0
Sub-ability of Primal Spring.


  • Immediately ends the channeling of Primal Spring, causing Monkey King to jump earlier.

Jingu Mastery
Jingu Mastery icon.png
Enemies / Self
(Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter. Clones)
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 Hits: 4
Charges: 4 (Talent 6)
Attack Damage Bonus: 40/70/100/130 (Talent 170/200/230/260)
Lifesteal: 25%/40%/55%/70%
Counter Duration: 7/8/9/10
Buff Duration: 35
Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter.
Aghanim's Scepter Upgrade:
Soldiers can now gain Jingu Mastery charges independently.
Disabled by Break.
Break Notes:
Prevents increasing the stack count on the target.
Disables the buff on Monkey King.
Modifiers [?]
Always sensitive to the moods of its master, the Jingu Bang radiates power when Sun Wukong's combat fervor is on full display.


  • Each successful attack done on an enemy hero while Monkey King does not have the Jingu Mastery buff active places the debuff on the target hero, or adds one to its counter if the target already has the debuff.
  • The debuff's duration gets refreshed on each hit. The 4 hits do not all need to happen within 7/8/9/10 seconds.
  • Upon hitting the same target 4 times, the debuff on the target disappears and Monkey King receives the buff.
    • Grants regular flat bonus attack damage.
    • Stacks additively with other sources of lifesteal.
    • Cannot lifesteal off of buildings or allied units.
    • Can lifesteal off of wards that do not require a fixed amount of attacks to be destroyed.
  • A charge gets used upon successfully attacking any unit, including buildings, wards and allied units, always applying the bonus attack damage.
  • Boundless Strike's instant attacks procs Jingu Mastery, placing the debuff on all hit enemy heroes, or adding one hit to the counter if the target is already debuffed.
    • If Monkey King has the Jingu Mastery buff, it loses a charge whenever Boundless Strike is cast, regardless of whether it hits a unit or not.
    • The bonus attack damage and lifesteal from Jingu Mastery are applied to all hit targets, despite using up only one charge.
  • When leveling up Jingu Mastery while the buff is active, the attack damage and lifesteal bonus updates after using one charge.
  • Jingu Mastery does not work for Wukong's Command clones. They can neither add stacks on enemies, nor gain the buff if Monkey King had it upon cast.
    • With Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter, Jingu Mastery works for the clones, although slightly different.
    • Instead of placing a debuff on their attack target to count attacks, the clones themselves gain the counter instead.
    • This means Jingu Mastery works independently for each clone and they do not interfere with Monkey King's stacks.

Mischief icon.png
No Target
Changes Monkey King's shape to deceive opponents, using the environment nearby as inspiration for the disguise. Taking damage, attacking, or using any item or ability breaks Monkey King's disguise. Grants damage immunity for 400 seconds upon transforming.
Cast Animation: 0+0.53
Set Move Speed (Default): 200
Set Move Speed (Courier): 380
Creep Search Radius: 200
Rune Search Radius: 300
Tree Search Radius: 350
Courier Search Radius: 400
Damage Immunity Duration: 0.2 (With Aghanim's Shard 0.5)
Cooldown: 15 (With Aghanim's Shard 8)
Mana: 0
Upgradable by Aghanim's Shard.
Aghanim's Shard Upgrade:
Mischief has a shorter cooldown, longer invulnerability period, no longer slows Monkey King and disjoints projectiles.
Modifiers [?]
Ability Draft Notes
Ability Draft Notes:
This ability is bound to Wukong's Command, instead of being innate to Monkey King. However, only Monkey King can disguise as trees.
Watch out for that tree.


  • This is an innate ability and does not need to be learned. It is bound to Monkey King himself.
  • Interrupts Monkey King's channeling abilities, move orders and attack orders upon cast.
  • Transforms Monkey King into a random nearby entity. For more information, see here.
  • When disguising as an item, tree, or rune, sets Monkey King's movement speed to 200.
    • When disguising as a courier, it sets Monkey King's movement speed to 380.
    • When disguising any other unit, it sets Monkey King's movement speed to that unit's default movement speed.
    • Sets Monkey King's movement speed to an absolute value. No other movement speed bonuses or slows can change this, except haste sources.
  • Monkey King's selection box adapts to the disguise's models. However, his collision size does not change.
  • Monkey King's minimap icon is hidden to the enemy while disguised.
    • If disguised as a unit, Monkey King's over-head health bar copies the look of that unit's health bar, including the team color.
    • If disguised as an item, rune, or tree, Monkey King's health bar is fully hidden.
  • All auto-attack settings ignores the Monkey King while in disguise. Lane creeps, neutral creeps, towers and fountains do not automatically attack him.
    • Units of players which have auto attack settings of ◉ Standard or ◎ Always and the ground-attack command do not attack him automatically either, but can be forced to attack him (A).
    • Monkey King is still fully affected by abilities, and he can still be targeted normally. Attachable particle effects of abilities still attach to him.

Revert Form
Revert Form icon.png
No Target
Reverts Monkey King's shape to his original form.
Cast Animation: 0+0.53
Cooldown: 1
Mana: 0
Sub-ability of Mischief.


  • Replaces Mischief until the sub-ability is used or the disguise ends.
  • Interrupts Monkey King's channeling abilities, move order and attack order upon cast.

The soldiers' formations.

Wukong's Command
Wukong's Command icon.png
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 is granted bonus armor for the spell's duration.
Cast Animation: 1.2+0.37
Cast Range: 550
First Ring Radius: 300
Second Ring Radius: 750
Leadership Radius: 780 (Talent 1130)
Number of First Ring Soldiers: 5
Number of Second Ring Soldiers: 9
Soldiers Attack Interval: 1.2
Armor Bonus: 12/18/24
Max Duration: 13
Talent Third Ring Radius: 1100
Talent Number of Third Ring Soldiers: 7
With Aghanim's Scepter Passive Spawn Radius: 300
With Aghanim's Scepter Passive Spawn Interval: 4
Cooldown: 120/100/80
Mana: 100
Upgradable by Aghanim's Scepter.
Aghanim's Scepter Upgrade:
Spawns a monkey soldier near Monkey King at regular intervals. Soldiers do not spawn while invisible or on trees. Soldiers only attack buildings when Monkey King himself is nearby.
Modifiers [?]
Monkey King rips out a tuft of fur to blow at his enemies, charging each strand to transform into a copy of himself.


  • Upon cast, 14 (Talent 21) clones of Monkey King spawn which immediately walk to their determined spot in the formation.
  • The formation they take is always the same except when space is limited by the edges of the map.
    • The first ring soldiers form a pentagon within a 300 radius circle, with the tip always facing north.
    • The second ring soldiers form a nonagon within a 750 radius circle, with the tip always facing north as well.
    • The third ring soldiers form a heptagon within a 1100 radius circle, with the tip always facing north as well.
  • The soldiers are invulnerable and considered hidden (although visible), making them immune to almost every ability.
    • They are unselectable (by both Monkey King and enemies), uncontrollable, and can neither pick up, nor drop any items.
    • They copy most of Monkey King's items, and are therefore able to use attack modifiers and bestow auras he had upon cast.
  • The soldiers are hero clones of Monkey King, copying Strength attribute symbol.png / Agility attribute symbol.png / Intelligence attribute symbol.png all attributes of Monkey King, with some special exceptions. They are not illusions.
    • Their base stats and attributes adapt whenever summoned (e.g. permanent attribute loss from Glaives of Wisdom or Essence Shift).
    • While the clones are affected by attack speed buffs and slows, they may only attack once every 1.2 seconds, even if their attack misses.
    • Their daytime and nighttime vision is set to 600. They provide the vision while walking to their spot and while standing there.
  • The soldiers only attack enemy heroes, clones, creep-heroes and illusions they see inside Wukong's Command.
    • Invisible enemies and enemies inside the Fog of War within the circles are not attacked.
    • Other units and any unit outside the circle are fully ignored, even when within attack range of a soldier.
    • Since the soldiers use regular attacks, their damage is reduced by damage block.
  • If Monkey King moves more than 780 (Talent 1130) range away from the center of the circle, or when he dies, the soldiers disappear and the ability ends.
  • Recasting Wukong's Command while a previous cast is still active immediately ends the previous cast.
  • Jingu Mastery does not work for the clones. They neither can add stacks on enemies, nor gain the buff if Monkey King had it upon cast.
    • With Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter, Jingu Mastery works for the clones, although slightly different.
    • Instead of placing a debuff on their attack target to count attacks, the clones themselves gain the counter instead.
    • This means Jingu Mastery works independently for each clone and they do not interfere with Monkey King's stacks.
  • With Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter soldiers passively spawn around Monkey King, except under the following circumstances:
  • The passive spawns from Aghanim's Scepter icon.png Aghanim's Scepter are on a recharge time, not an interval.
    • This means when it finishes recharging, but Monkey King is in a state that does not allow passive spawns, it spawns the soldier as soon as circumstances allow it.
    • Unlike soldiers from a regular cast, passively spawned soldiers can attack any unit except Roshan icon.png Roshan, but require Monkey King to be within 500 range of them to attack buildings.
    • The recharge timer counts even without Aghanim's Scepter, so that when acquiring it for the first time, a clone spawns immediately.
    • When Monkey King dies, the soldiers immediately disappear.

Item Interactions[]

  • On each cast, the soldiers' inventory gets updated and adapted to that of Monkey King.
  • Since the soldiers are unselectable and uncontrollable, they cannot pick up, drop or use any items.
  • The items' toggle status are not copied and are toggled On by default.
  • Does not copy any muted items which Monkey King has in its inventory (allied and enemy items alike).
  • Most attack modifiers and auras from items fully work for the clones, although some have a slightly altered effect.
Gem of True Sight icon.png
Aegis of the Immortal icon.png
  • These items are not copied.
Radiance icon.png
  • Sets the item's toggled status to match Monkey King's upon cast. The status does not update if Monkey King toggles it after summoning the clones.
Desolator icon.png
  • Any Soul Stealer charges the clones gain are granted to Monkey King’s Desolator instead.
Armlet of Mordiggian icon.png
  • Is always toggled Off, regardless of its toggle status on Monkey King.
Echo Sabre icon.png
  • Echo Strike does not apply movement speed slow. While they receive the attack speed bonus, their fixed attack interval prevents them from attacking twice.
Skull Basher icon.png
Abyssal Blade icon.png
  • Bash does not work for the clones.
Power Treads icon.png
  • Always grants Strength attribute symbol.png strength Power Treads, regardless of which attribute Monkey King has selected.
Neutral Items
  • Fully copies the neutral item as the original Monkey King carries.
Stormcrafter icon.png
Enchanted Quiver icon.png
, and
Mind Breaker icon.png
Ring of Aquila icon.png
  • Is always toggled On, regardless of its toggle status on Monkey King.
Vambrace icon.png
  • Always grants Strength attribute symbol.png strength Vambrace, regardless of which attribute Monkey King has selected.

Mischief Transformations[]

Casting Mischief transforms Monkey King based on nearby entities, from trees to items, runes, and non-hero units.

Mischief Transformations Priority
Priority Disguise Target Notes
1 Roshan icon.png Roshan and Kill Rewards
2 Runes
  • Disguises Monkey King into a rune within 200 range of a rune spot.
    • At the dedicated Bounty Rune minimap icon.png Bounty Rune spots, it always disguises into a Bounty Rune.
    • At the river rune spots, it always disguises as a random Power-Up Rune regardless if there is a rune at that rune spot.
    • Although the river spawns Bounty and Water Runes on the first spawns, Mischief still disguises Monkey King into a random Power-Up Rune.
    • It does not matter whether there currently is a rune at the rune spot, Mischief disguises into a rune regardless.
3 Non-Hero Units
4 Trees
  • Disguises Monkey King into a tree within 300 range of a tree.
    • If multiple trees models are within range, a random one of them is chosen.
    • Can transform into planted trees as well.
5 Animal Courier Radiant minimap icon.png Courier
? Random Entities


Hero Talents
Additional Wukong's Command Ring250 Cooldown Primal Spring
-7s Boundless Strike Cooldown20+2 Jingu Mastery Charges
+130 Jingu Mastery Damage15+450 Tree Dance Cast Range
+0.3s Boundless Strike Stun Duration10+50% Tree Dance Vision AoE

Recent Changes[]


Recommended Items[]

Starting items:

Early game:

Mid game:

  • Power Treads icon.png Power Treads provide bonus attack speed and agility for Monkey King to build Jingu Mastery. He can switch to intelligence to manage early game mana issues.
  • Phase Boots icon.png Phase Boots grants bonus movement and attack damage, allowing Monkey King to catch up to opponents.
  • Magic Wand icon.png Magic Wand increases attributes, as well as more burst health and mana compared to Magic Stick.
  • Battle Fury icon.png Battle Fury lets Monkey King clear creeps quickly with Tree Dance, and its cleave works with Wukong's Command.
  • Echo Sabre icon.png Echo Sabre makes it much easier for Monkey King to get Jingu Mastery stacks as it provides attack speed, slow, and double attack. However, as of 7.27, the soldiers from Wukong's Command no longer apply the slow. Albeit, it still works if the player is opting for more aggression and presence across the map.

Late game:

  • Black King Bar icon.png Black King Bar helps Monkey King build up his Jingu Mastery charges without being interrupted, as well as increasing his survivability to keep up Wukong's Command.
  • Butterfly icon.png Butterfly boosts damage output and evasion for a deadlier and longer Wukong's Command.
  • Desolator icon.png Desolator gives bonus damage and reduces armor of targets, which greatly boosts Monkey King's damage output against enemy units and buildings, and synergizes well with critical hit of Boundless Strike.

Situational items:

  • Bottle icon.png Bottle helps Monkey King store runes, which he can reach easily by jumping through trees.
  • Mjollnir icon.png Mjollnir grants extra attack speed, and its Chain Lightning can be procced by Boundless Strike and by the soldiers from Wukong's Command.
  • Orb of Corrosion icon.png Orb of Corrosion allows Monkey King to apply both slow and armor reduction upon an enemy while providing bonus health to him
  • Diffusal Blade icon.png Diffusal Blade's active slow helps Monkey King build Jingu Mastery or keep targets in Wukong's Command. His soldiers from Wukong's Command can also proc Manabreak.
  • Eye of Skadi icon.png Eye of Skadi gives Monkey King more survivability and strong slowing effect to help land the multiple hits needed to charge Jingu Mastery. The soldiers from Wukong's Command can apply the slow as well.
  • Silver Edge icon.png Silver Edge helps Monkey King stay inside Wukong's Command without risking death. It also apllies break to counter certain enemy heroes, opening up opportunities for kills.
  • Monkey King Bar icon.png Monkey King Bar increases attack damage and counters enemy evasion.
  • Abyssal Blade icon.png Abyssal Blade allows Monkey King to stun an enemy long enough to get Jingu Mastery stacks or keep them in Wukong's Command.






  • Monkey King's name, lore and abilities are based on Sun Wukong, the legendary hero from the Chinese classic Journey to the West.
    • In the novel, the Monkey King wields the Ruyi Jingu Bang, a flexible magical staff that can change size and length.
    • The name for Mischief in Dota 2's Chinese client is "Seventy-two Transformations" (七十二变, Qī shí èr biàn), a reference from the novel to Sun Wukong's ability to change into numerous forms. This is referenced by his voice line, “Lycan’s got one transformation, I’ve got seventy-two.”
    • Wukong's Command is based on one of the Monkey King's magical powers from the novel. He creates clones of himself from his hair, which he pulls from the back of his head, and blows into the wind.
    • In the novel he can fly on a cloud, called the Cloud Somersault technique. This is referenced by the names of his 6.80 beta abilities(Nimble Nimbus, Cloud Dance), the cloud riding effect added by Great Sage’s Reckoning, and his voice line: “Where’s my cloud?”
  • Monkey King is the first original hero made for Dota 2. All previous heroes were ported from DotA.
  • Monkey King is based on early concepts developed during the DotA era.
    • An easter egg boss fight versus Monkey King was added to the 6.79 DotA map to hint at his upcoming release.[1]
    • Monkey King's stats were revealed in the version 6.80 beta, but he was never added to the release version.[2]
  • Phantom Lancer minimap icon.png Phantom Lancer was based off of Monkey King’s 6.80 beta version, his original model was approximately the same as the present Phantom Lancer, as well as his abilities. However, this version was not released and instead was released with some changes as Phantom Lancer.
    • Monkey King's rivalry line against Phantom Lancer, ▶️ "Honestly, I don't see the resemblance.", acknowledges this.
    • His beta abilities included much the same mechanics as Phantom Lancer’s current ones: a ranged spell to create an illusion to attack an enemy hero(“Echo Sweep”), temporary invulnerability with illusions created on return(“Cloud Dance”), a dash towards a point(“Flicker”), and a passive to create illusions upon attacking an enemy hero(“Nimble Nimbus”).
    • See Monkey King/Old Abilities.
  • Several early ability concepts were considered for Monkey King's Dota 2 release, including a "pickpocket" ability.
  • The Banana icon.png Banana item, which only appeared in private lobbies, may have been an early hint to Monkey King's release. The item was removed on the same patch as Monkey King was released.
  • Monkey King's default weapon is based on the in-game item, Monkey King Bar icon.png Monkey King Bar.
  • Mischief's lore line Watch out for that tree is a reference to George of the Jungle, a classic comedy film.
  • The Monkey King concept has been widely used throughout the ARTS/MOBA genre, with other Monkey King heroes appearing in League of Legends, Heroes of Newerth, Vainglory, Strife, SMITE, and Paragon.
  • The emblem on a ground made by Primal Spring is called a bagua, which is a Daoist symbol that represents the fundamental principles of reality.
  • Monkey King's was voiced in his teaser trailer by Matthew Mercer, who also voiced the Monkey King hero from Heroes of Newerth. However, his voice actor was later changed to Bill Millsap.
  • Monkey King's Chinese voice actor is Shihong Li, who also voiced Monkey King in the famous 1986 TV show, Journey to the West.
  • The sound effect played during Wukong's Command (▶️) comes from a Balinese music and dance called kecak. Accompanied by male chorus, this ritual song depicts a battle where a group of monkeys (Vanara) helped Prince Rama to fight the evil King Ravana.
  • One of Monkey King's lines directed at Storm Spirit minimap icon.png Storm Spirit, "I've seen Xin and Kaolin. Where's your other brother?" implies the existence of a fourth spirit, presumably Void Spirit icon.png Void Spirit, who was revealed two years later at The International 2019.


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