Yorick Build Guide

I hit you with my shovel! (Jungle/Solo-top)

Uploader Urkath
Updated 5 years ago
  • 9
    Greater Mark of Armor Penetration (+1.28 armor penetration)
  • 9
    Greater Seal of Armor (+1 armor)
  • 9
    Greater Glyph of Mana Regeneration (+0.33 mana regen / 5 sec.)
  • 1
    Greater Quintessence of Attack Damage (+2.25 attack damage)
  • 2
    Greater Quintessence of Movement Speed (+1.5% movement speed)
Skill Order
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(Well, I'm not English speaker. I hope you understand the effort that I made ​​to create this guide in English.) I love Yorick. I've been waiting for a "Summoner of critters" since I started playing. I think that I play him correctly, and i want to share my ideas with you. Here is an image of one of my best games jungling with him in ranked game after the buff: [imgext=http://img339.imageshack.us/img339/4739/yorick.jpg]

[title]Reds:[/title] x9 Armor penetration. [title]Yellows:[/title] x9 Flat Armor. [title]Blues:[/title] x9 Mana regen at LvL 1. But I think that you can choose MR per LvL or Cooldowns. [title]Quints:[/title] x2 Movement Speed. x1 Flat Damage. You can also replace all armor penetration runes for flat damage runes. It works, but I prefer the armor penetration, 18 with the masteries improvement...

[title][img=skills/yorick/p.png] Passive: Unholy Covenant[/title] [number]Yorick's basic attacks deal 5% more damage and Yorick takes 5% reduced damage for each summon that is active. Meanwhile, Yorick's ghouls have 35% of Yorick's Attack Damage and Health. [/number] [title]Explanation:[/title] Very nice passive after the patch. When you are fighting against an enemy, try to have up the 3 ghouls all the time. It will make you to make more damage and recive less. [title][img=skills/yorick/q.png] Q: Omen of War[/title] [number]Yorick's next attack will deal 30/35/40/45/50 (+100% of attack damage) physical damage and summon a Spectral Ghoul for up to 5 seconds. The Spectral Ghoul deals 8/16/24/32/40 additional damage per hit and moves 15/20/25/30/35% faster. While the ghoul is active, Yorick moves 15/20/25/30/35% faster as well. Cooldown 7/6.5/6/5.5/5 seconds Cost 40 mana[/number] [title]Explanation:[/title] Good skill to follow the enemy. Use it to hit the enemy to pursue him or hit a creep to get the speed buff and reach the enemy. With the [imgsmall=items/sheen.png], you will make much damage with this skill. [title][img=skills/yorick/w.png] W: Omen of Pestilence[/title] [number]Yorick summons a Decaying Ghoul that arrives with a violent explosion, dealing 60/95/130/165/200 (+80% of attack damage) magic damage and slowing nearby enemies by 20/25/30/35/40% for 1.5 seconds. While the Decaying Ghoul remains alive, nearby enemies continue to be slowed by 10/12.5/15/17.5/20% for up to 5 seconds. Cooldown 12 seconds Cost 40/45/50/55/60 mana Range 500[/number] [title]Explanation:[/title] Great skill. Allows you to reach the enemies when you gank, AoE damage and slow in teamfights, great harassment in lane, nice to farm... My favourite skill. [title][img=skills/yorick/e.png] E: Omen of Famine[/title] [number]Yorick deals 55/85/115/145/175 (+100% of attack damage) magic damage and heals for up to 50% of the damage dealt. A Ravenous Ghoul is summoned behind his target, which heals Yorick for the damage it deals and lasts up to 5 seconds. Cooldown 10/9/8/7/6 seconds Cost 55/60/65/70/75 mana Range 500[/number] [title]Explanation:[/title] Really, really good skill. Allows Yorick to stay alive in Solo top lane and jungle without potions. Great harassment with it, and great to finish off the enemies who flee with really low health. [title][img=skills/yorick/r.png] R: Omen of Death[/title] [number]Yorick conjures a revenant in the image of a target allied champion. Revenants deal 50/75/100% of target ally's Attack Damage. If his ally dies while its revenant is alive, the revenant sacrifices itself to reanimate them. Cooldown 120/105/90 seconds Cost 100 mana Range 700[/number] [title]Explanation:[/title] In my opinion, this ultimate is not very good, but after the patch, if you use it on your carry, make a bonus DPS in teamfights. You can also use it to tank towers (Use the skill on yourself out of the range of the tower, press left-ALT in your keyboard, and hit the tower with the right-click). In 1vs1, use it on yourself to make a 2vs1.

[title]My skill order is:[/title] [img=skills/yorick/w.png][highlight]->[/highlight][img=skills/yorick/e.png][highlight]->[/highlight][img=skills/yorick/q.png][highlight]->[/highlight][img=skills/yorick/w.png][highlight]->[/highlight][img=skills/yorick/e.png][highlight]->[/highlight][img=skills/yorick/r.png] In early game (and no so early), you can harass the enemy really good with [imgsmall=skills/yorick/w.png] and [imgsmall=skills/yorick/e.png]. In the jungle, you can farm quickly too. After this, the skill priority is: [img=skills/yorick/r.png] [highlight]>>[/highlight] [img=skills/yorick/w.png] [highlight]>>[/highlight][img=skills/yorick/e.png] [highlight]>>[/highlight] [img=skills/yorick/q.png] In solo top, if you are going bad, prioritise [imgsmall=skills/yorick/e.png] instead of [imgsmall=skills/yorick/w.png] to better survive.

[title]STARTING ITEMS:[/title] [.](Jungle): [img=items/regrowth-pendant.png][img=items/health-potion.png] I chose this because it works like you have a little healing potion all the time. It allows you to survive in the jungle at the first levels. And you must to update it into [imgsmall=items/philosophers-stone.png] to get that you need to stay farming and ganking all the time in early game without going to rest in base. Plus the bonus of gold, always grateful. [.](Solo top): [img=items/regrowth-pendant.png][img=items/health-potion.png] (my preference) or [img=items/sapphire-crystal.png][img=items/health-potion2.png] or [img=items/boots-of-speed.png][img=items/health-potion3.png] A few options to start in solo top. Your items selection must to be based on the preferences that you have, on your playing style and the opponent that you think you're going to have in the line. Normally i get the [[imgsmall=items/regrowth-pendant.png][imgsmall=items/health-potion.png]] for the same reasons that I have told. [title]MY "First Back" STANDARD BUILD:[/title] [.]First back in the jungle: [img=items/philosophers-stone.png] (365 Golds) and if you gank successfully: [img=items/boots-of-speed.png][img=items/sight-ward.png] (365 + 350 + 75 = 790 Golds) [.]First back in solo lane (Whatever you chose to start, you should have): [img=items/philosophers-stone.png][img=items/boots-of-speed.png][img=items/sapphire-crystal.png] (1115 Golds if you chose [img=items/regrowth-pendant.png][img=items/health-potion.png]) You should buy as soon as possible the [img=items/tear-of-the-goddess.png] to stack the mana. [title]CORE ITEMS: [/title] [img=items/philosophers-stone.png][img=items/mercurys-treads.png][img=items/manamune.png][img=items/phage.png] I was one of those who rejected the Manamune. But after many tests, I think it's a perfect item for Yorick. It gives you a nice early damage and the chance to spam skills when you need it (Will solve the problems with the mana). If you're not getting enough money, buy [img=items/heart-of-gold.png] before [img=items/phage.png]. [title]MID-GAME ITEMS:[/title] [img=items/frozen-mallet.png][img=items/atmas-impaler.png] Obviously, if your ghouls obtain a percentage of your health and your damage, you need to buy health and damage, my personal option for this is Atmallet. Yorick need to stay close to the enemy to do enough damage in ganks and teamfights. For this, a powerful slow as the frozen mallet is perfect. Other option if your team needs more DPS instead of Tank, you can buy [img=items/trinity-force.png] instead [imgsmall=items/frozen-mallet.png] (Look below, in "OTHER OPTIONS"). [title]LATE-GAME BUILD:[/title] [img=items/mercurys-treads.png][img=items/manamune.png][img=items/frozen-mallet.png][img=items/atmas-impaler.png][img=items/force-of-nature.png] With these items Yorick has enough damage, health, mana and resistences to be a good tanky-DPS against an balanced enemy team. If there is not the case, look for other alternatives like that I'll expose. [title]OTHER OPTIONS (And last slots options):[/title] [.]More Damage (To make more damage, we have some options): [img=items/the-black-cleaver.png] if the enemy has bought some armor. [img=items/last-whisper.png] if the enemy has purchased a lot of armor. [img=items/the-bloodthirster.png] if you want more survivability and a lot of damage. [img=items/infinity-edge.png] if you want an insane damage, combining it with [imgsmall=items/atmas-impaler.png]. Another very good choice (but very expensive) is [img=items/trinity-force.png], it gives you damage, movement speed (very grateful with Yorick), health and mana (wich is transformated in more damage if you have [imgsmall=items/atmas-impaler.png] and [imgsmall=items/manamune.png]) Without forgetting the [imgsmall=items/sheen.png]'s passive, which gives you a lot of melee damage when using skills. But in my opinon, it is still too expensive to buy it at early game, I prefer to buy direct damage. [.]More Survivability (If you're more a tank than a DPS): [img=items/force-of-nature.png] MR + Movement speed, perfect. [img=items/banshees-veil.png] Usefull if the enemy team has a lot of CC and give you MR and a few damage with [imgsmall=items/atmas-impaler.png]+[imgsmall=items/manamune.png]. [img=items/guardian-angel.png] Nice item if you are the focus in teamfights and you are using [imgsmall=skills/yorick/r.png] on a teammate. [img=items/thornmail.png] Really needed if the enemy team has a masive AD. [img=items/frozen-heart.png] Good choice, a lot of armor, cooldown reduction (great) and mana (more damage with [imgsmall=items/manamune.png]). You can even buy a [img=items/warmogs-armor.png], gives you a lot of health wich becomes into damage with the [imgsmall=items/atmas-impaler.png]. [title]OTHERS:[/title] In early/mid game you can buy [img=items/spirit-visage.png] to increase the heal of your [imgsmall=skills/yorick/e.png]. But I think that is enough without it. [img=items/shurelyas-reverie.png] I really love this item, gives you the speed that you need at times to reach an enemy, or flee. Mana and health regeneration. Health. I like it, I like it. [img=items/quicksilver-sash.png] Very useful to get out of stuns, taunts and another CC. Perfect for avoid Mordekaiser or Malzahar's ultimates. [img=items/wriggles-lantern.png] Really good item to jungle, but in my opinion, is not needed with Yorick. [img=items/sword-of-the-occult.png] I [highlight]never[/highlight] recommend this. But you might like to have if you're well fed. [title]EXAMPLES of POSSIBLE BUILDS:[/title] [img=items/mercurys-treads.png][img=items/manamune.png][img=items/frozen-mallet.png][img=items/atmas-impaler.png][img=items/force-of-nature.png] - [img=items/the-black-cleaver.png] / [img=items/infinity-edge.png] [img=items/mercurys-treads.png][img=items/trinity-force.png][img=items/manamune.png][img=items/frozen-heart.png][img=items/banshees-veil.png][img=items/last-whisper.png] [img=items/mercurys-treads.png][img=items/trinity-force.png][img=items/shurelyas-reverie.png][img=items/atmas-impaler.png][img=items/force-of-nature.png][img=items/infinity-edge.png] [img=items/ionian-boots-of-lucidity.png][img=items/manamune.png][img=items/frozen-mallet.png][img=items/atmas-impaler.png][img=items/warmogs-armor.png] - [img=items/frozen-heart.png] / [img=items/banshees-veil.png]

[.]In solo top, try to be careful. Harass the enemy all the time, but don't waste all of your mana like a maniac. [.]Against [imgsmall=champ/mordekaiser.png], be especially careful, his shield is filled very quickly if it hits your ghouls. Try to harass him with [imgsmall=skills/yorick/w.png] and [imgsmall=skills/yorick/e.png] when he has not shield, especially in the firsts levels. [.]If you are not doing so well in the lane, get away from the enemy and heal yourself with [imgsmall=skills/yorick/e.png]. [.]Note that if the enemy is near, your ghouls will go to persue him. That is good, free harass. But otherwise side, you can't do much damage to creeps with them... [.]Of course, do not push the lane. Last hit the creeps with really low health and farm a lot.

[title]In the jungle:[/title](the migthy jungle...) [.]Step 1: Buy [imgsmall=items/regrowth-pendant.png][imgsmall=items/health-potion.png] and follow your team in case They try to gank the enemies at LvL 1. When the minions have spawned, you must stay in the Banshee's place with the [imgsmall=skills/yorick/w.png] learned. Kill the big Banshee with the [imgsmall=summoners/smite.png] and use [imgsmall=skills/yorick/w.png]. [highlight]Do not use the potion here,[/highlight] the [imgsmall=items/regrowth-pendant.png] will make you to stay alive. [.]Step 2: Go to the wolves and kill the bigest quickly, spaming the [imgsmall=skills/yorick/w.png]. After that, you will level up, learn the [imgsmall=skills/yorick/e.png] and use it fast to heal yourself (you will have your health really low.). [highlight]Do not use the potion here.[/highlight](But if you can't heal yourself enough with [imgsmall=skills/yorick/e.png], use the potion.) After you have finished with the wolves, go to the dual golems. [.]Step 3: If you have my same masteries and [imgsmall=items/regrowth-pendant.png], you will have the half of your health. Use [imgsmall=skills/yorick/w.png], [imgsmall=skills/yorick/e.png] and [imgsmall=summoners/smite.png] to kill one of the golems and now, [highlight]Use the potion[/highlight]. Kill the other one and you will have enough health to gank the bot or middle lane. In my opinion, that is good because the enemy don't spect you so early. If you can't gank in any lane, do not waste the time, and go base.) [.]Step 4: After the gank, go to base and buy [imgsmall=items/philosophers-stone.png], really good item, it give you gold, mana and health regeneration. If you have killed someone in the gank, you will have enough gold to buy also [imgsmall=items/boots-of-speed.png][imgsmall=items/sight-ward.png]. Ward the bot lane, near the dragon, or the top lane, near the Baron, when you can. [.]Step 5 and the next steps: Go to the mana golem. Spam you ghouls against it and last hit with the [imgsmall=summoners/smite.png]. Then, kill the wolves, banshees, dual golems (Do not use [imgsmall=summoners/smite.png]) and finally, get the red buff and gank again (Top lane, maybe). [.]Counter jungling: Go to the enemy jungle when you can (Carefull). Try to find the enemy Jungler (using the bushes to hide yourself) and wait untill he's with low health. Steal the big creeps (like mana golem or red buff) with you smite and kill him. You can also ward the enemy jungle to see the other Jungler and gank him. Soon I'll make a demostration video and add a alternative route to jungle.

[title]Top lane objetives:[/title] 1º [highlight]Stay alive[/highlight], to do this, don't push the lane, because is dangerous to stay close to the enemy tower. You would be vulnerable to ganks from the river if it is not warded. So dont push the lane, just make the last hit on all the creeps that u can. [highlight]Farm a lot[/highlight]. 2º [highlight]Harras the enemy[/highlight], try to stop his farming. Hit him with your range skills and get away to farm again. If he come, hit him again. But if you are getting a high damage, get back behind your creeps and heal yourself. [title]Jungle objetives:[/title] 1º [highlight]Level up[/highlight] as fast that you can and farm in the jungle. If you can help in any lane, do it quickly, and go farm in the jungle again. Don´t steal experience or creeps from the lanes. 2º [highlight]Gank[/highlight], if you can gank, do it. If you can't, don't wait in the bushes for a miracle, go to farm again or go to counter-jungling. After a gank, do not stay in the lane, because the reason of you jungling is that your solo teammate, will farm a lot and have a fast leveling alone. Don't nerf your teamates.

[title]Mid-game solo top:[/title] [highlight]Keep farming[/highlight] and try to [highlight]help in other lanes[/highlight] with ganks. In mid-game you will have your firsts big items, spend a little gold to buying wards. [title]Mid-game jungle:[/title] You need to [highlight]gank a lot[/highlight], all the time. And keep farming in the jungle. Remember to say your teammates to get the blue buff, Yorick don't need it with my items build. [highlight]Buy wards[/highlight], a lot of wards, 1 or 2 every time that you return to base.

In late game you must [highlight]stay with your teammates[/highlight], harrasing and provoking (if its what your team want or need) a fight with the enemy using [imgsmall=skills/yorick/w.png] and [imgsmall=skills/yorick/e.png]. To finish your stuffs, you better look at the opponent's item build and buy items that counter the enemy. Remember to [highlight]keep wards up[/highlight], above all, the dragon and baron ward.

[.]In teamfights the first thing that you must to do is find your carry and use [imgsmall=skills/yorick/r.png] on him if it's the moment. If your carry is death or too far away, use it on yourself or another damage dealer. [.]Use your [imgsmall=skills/yorick/w.png] to hit all of the enemies you can. [.]You must focus the enemy carry and squishy. [.]If you have low HP, you can get out of the fight and heal enough health with [imgsmall=skills/yorick/e.png](hitting the creeps) and [imgsmall=items/force-of-nature.png](if you have it, ofcourse) to turn around and finish the battle. [.]Also remember to keep up your 3 ghouls all the time.

[.]Remember that you need to help your team, gank and buy wards to place here: (I have searched at other guides to find a map that correspond with the place where I put the wards. I got this from a very good guide of Soraka.) [center][imgext=http://img72.imageshack.us/img72/4900/map1d.jpg][/center] [center]http://www.solomid.net/guides.php?g=1742[/center] [.]Use [imgsmall=skills/yorick/w.png] to not make a facecheck into the bushes, or to put an eye in Baron, Dragon or any buff creeps without being seen. [.]When you will fight against an enemy, first skill that you'll normally use must to be [imgsmall=skills/yorick/w.png], [highlight]ALLWAYS[/highlight]. It several slow him and allows you to catch him. [.]Spam your skills all the time, you make more damage if you have the 3 ghouls up. [.]If you are fleeing, spam [imgsmall=skills/yorick/w.png] all the time, though you can't see your pursuers, that slows your enemies. [.]One of the best things of Yorick is that your [highlight]ghouls, can block the skills[/highlight], like [imgsmall=skills/blitzcrank/q.png] , [imgsmall=skills/rammus/q.png] , etc. Use [imgsmall=skills/yorick/w.png] to do this. Well, that is all. [imgsmall=champ/yorick.png] Yorick is a really funny character. Play with him. Thanks a lot for read my honest guide, and do not forget press the "I Like" button. Constructive critics are accepted gratefully. And if you want to help me to better translation, send me a PM or post it here! See you.

[.]17-07-2011 I have added the "Early game", "Mid game", "Late game" and "Team fights" chapters. Guide name changed. [.]16-07-2011 I have modified the "Item build" section and added the chapter "Item build".

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