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Template:Tabs Monkey King

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18 + 2.2
22 + 3.2
20 + 1.8
Level 0 1 15 25 30
Health 200 560 1160 1840 2100
Health regen 0.75 2.55 5.63 9.03 10.33
Mana 75 315 615 975 1107
Mana regen 0 1 2.26 3.76 4.31
Armor 0 3.67 11.13 18.47 21.47
Att/sec 0.59 0.72 0.98 1.24 1.35
Damage 30‒36 52‒58 96‒102 140‒146 158‒164
Magic resistance 25%
Movement speed 305
Attack speed 100
Turn rate 0.6
Vision range 1800/800
Attack range 300
Projectile speed Instant
Attack animation 0.45+0.2
Base attack time 1.7
Damage block 16
Collision size 8
Legs 2

Sun Wukong the Monkey King is an agility hero, best known for his slippery nature, and his ability to deceive his enemies by turning into trees and other objects. Armed with his magic extending staff, the Monkey King slams the ground with Boundless Strikes, and leaps to the treetops to avoid foes. As a carry, the Monkey King gains extra damage and lifesteal after landing consecutive attacks on his opponents. Perched on a tree, he gains a clear view of his surroundings, allowing him to jump down on unsuspecting targets with Primal Spring, dealing heavy damage and slowing their escape. In a teamfight, the Monkey King sends out a small army of clones across the battlefield, all with increased attack damage. Together, with the help of his clones and his team, the Monkey King is one heck of a force to be reckoned with.


Monkey King minimap icon.pngSun Wukong, the Monkey King
"Over the course of my journeys, I've been called many things. A warrior. An animal. A trickster. Out of all the names I've been called, one has always remained my favorite: King."
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.
[[Voice actors|]] (Responses)


Boundless Strike
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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+?
Stun Duration: 0.5/1/1.5/2
Crit Multiplier: 200%
Cast Range: 1200
Radius: 150
Cooldown: 25
Mana: 100
Buff Boundless Strike Crit: Undispellable. Persists death.
Debuff Boundless Strike Stun: Dispellable with strong dispels.
The legendary Jingu Bang grows to match its master's will, ensuring no enemy can escape the Monkey King's reach.


  • Usable while perched on a tree.
  • Applies any on-hit effects when hit on all targets.
  • Echo Sabre debuff is applied to all targets.
  • Can bash and minibash.
  • Does not interact with cleave.
  • Counts towards Jingu Mastery's.

Tree Dance
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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: 0.3+?
Cast Range: 1000
Damage Cooldown: 3
Tree Vision: 800
Cooldown: 1.4
Mana: 0
Debuff Unperched Stunned: Dispellable with strong dispels.
Sun Wukong dances nimbly along the treetop canopy, always just out of arm's reach.


  • Shares ability level with Primal Spring.
  • Tree Dance cooldown starts upon landing.
  • Right-click the ground to drop from a tree.
  • Monkey King jumps onto trees at 700 movement speed.
  • Monkey King can use Boundless Strike and Mischief without getting off his tree.
  • Using Wukong's Command will cause Monkey King to get off his tree.
  • When perched, Monkey King is 192 distance off the ground.
  • Monkey King is treated as being in higher ground while perched on a tree. As a result he is hidden by Fog of War. Therefore he can be revealed by vision on an equal ground (e.g. when you have high ground and Monkey king is perched on a tree on a lower ground), however this is only usually achieved with Observer Ward, flying vision and unobstructed vision.

Primal Spring
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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.
Damage: 100/180/260/340
Movement Slow: 40%/50%/60%/70%
Slow Duration: 4
Cast Range: 1000
Charge Time: 3
Channel Time: 1.6
Radius: 375
Cooldown: 16
Mana: 100/110/120/130
Debuff Spring Slow: Dispellable with any dispel.
Leaping from the safety of cover into the midst of his enemies, Sun Wukong attacks without mercy.


  • Monkey King jumps off trees at 1300 movement speed.
  • Only activates when perched on a tree.
  • Shares ability level with tree dance.
  • The indicator on the ground is not visible to enemies.

Jingu Mastery
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Enemies / Self
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
Bonus Damage: 80/120/160/200
Bonus Lifesteal: 20%/30%/40%/50%
Duration: 15
Buff Quadruple Tap Bonuses: Dispellable with any dispel.
Debuff Quadruple Tap Counter: Undispellable. Persists death.
Always sensitive to the moods of its master, the Jingu Bang radiates power when Sun Wukong's combat fervor is on full display.


  • Successfully hitting an enemy Hero with Boundless Strike either increases the counter on that hero by one or uses the bonus damage charge given across the one skill instance across all enemies hit (whichever is relevant).

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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.
Movespeed: 200
Cooldown: 3
Buff Transform: Dispellable with any dispel.
Watch out for that tree.


  • Monkey King spawns with one level of Mischief. It does not need to be leveled.
  • Can be cast from atop a tree.
  • When cast within ?? radius of another tree, Monkey King transforms into a tree.
  • When cast at a rune spawn location, transforms into a suitable rune for the location.
  • While disguised, Monkey King's icon disappears from the minimap for enemies, similarly to Phantom Assasin's Blur. (This can be used to gank lanes, sneak in the base and steal items, e.g. Gem, or fool wards).
  • While disguised, creeps (both hostile and neutral) and towers (including the Fountain) will ignore Monkey King.
  • While disguised, Monkey King is the same unit, allowing enemies to perform all normal actions, from attacking to spell targeting and profiling.

Revert Form
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Reverts Monkey King's shape to his original form.
Cooldown: 1

Wukong's Command
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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.
Cast Animation: 1.2+?
Bonus Damage: 50/70/90
Soldier Attack Speed: 2.1
Duration: 13/14/15
Number of Soldiers: 14 (5 + 9)
Cast Range: 550
Dispersal Radius: 1050 (300 + 750)
Leadership Radius: 780
Cooldown: 100/85/70
Mana: 100
Monkey King rips out a tuft of fur to blow at his enemies, charging each strand to transform into a copy of himself.


  • Soldiers do not receive Jingu Mastery bonuses.
  • Soldiers move out at 700 movement speed.
  • Soldier attack speed is locked at 2.0.
  • If Monkey King leaves the circle, his soldiers disappear.
  • If Monkey King dies, his soldiers disappear.
  • Soldiers proc all orbs effects and are not treated as illusions in regards to Diffusal Blade, dealing full damage.
  • Each soldier can apply Echo Sabre debuff every 5 seconds, same as the item cooldown, but do not attack twice.
  • Soldiers carry auras and Radiance burn.
  • Soldiers take advantage of Bloodthorn debuff.
  • Damage from soldiers to Blade Mail do not redirect damage to Monkey King.
  • Block affects Soldiers.
  • Soldiers target illusions.


Hero Talents
+100% Boundless Strike Crit25+25% Magic Resistance
+15 Strength attribute symbol.png Strength20+40 Damage
+20 Movement Speed15+275 Health
+5 Armor10+20 Attack Speed

Recommended items

Starting items:

  • Tango icon.png Tango helps Monkey King stay in lane with health sustain.
  • Healing Salve icon.png Healing Salve can save Monkey King in a pinch by restoring his health.
  • Orb of Venom icon.png Orb of Venom helps Monkey King slow heroes when building up Jingu Mastery stacks. The soldiers from Wukong's Command can apply the slow as well.
  • Quelling Blade icon.png Quelling Blade helps Monkey King land last hits.

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.

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 (Full) 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.
  • Diffusal Blade 1 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.
    • Wukong's Command is based on one of the Monkey King 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.
    • 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.
  • 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]
    • Monkey King shares design similarities with Phantom Lancer minimap icon.png Phantom Lancer, who may have been based on the earlier concepts of Monkey King.
  • The Banana icon.png Banana item, which only appears in private lobbies, may have been an early hint to Monkey King's release.
  • 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, and SMITE.
  • 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.


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