Shen Build Guide

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Shen's Shield is Bigger Than Your Enemys Dick, by ElephantHero

written by ElephantHero

Shen Build

Table of Contents

  • Introduction

    Hello Ladys and Gentleman!

    This is my FIRST guide,and I'm maybe not the best Shen,but I think I'm ready to write a guide about my favorite Champ.In this Guide I'll show you how I play Shen (Build,Gameplay,Skilling Order,..) and how to survive easily with him. I know I don't speak the best english,but I hope you'll understand me =)

    This guide will be longer soon!

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  • Abilities

    Ki Strike
    This passive is Gold! It makes Shen Shen. Ki-Strike is nice to farm,and make good damage as a tank.

    Vorpal Blade
    Your Team will love you for this! Vorpal Blade don't make the best damage,but you're tank so you don't need it. I saw about 20 Shen's playing on ap because this skill. Forget it. Always do this on the TANK minion and the focused enemy.

    Your deffensive skill. Feint is nice vs Karthus,Nunu,... ulti. It blocks 250 damage on lvl 5,this could save your life. Don't use it,if you don't need it!

    Shadow Dash
    What's Shen without his Shadow Dash? Use it to gank and escape. Don't waste it,because it costs a lot of energy,maybe you'll need this energy later.

    Stand United
    Your A and O! The enemy team will hate you for this! Save your teammates live,and get an assistance or kill. GODLIKE! DOn't use it,to killsteal,nobody will like you for this.

  • Masteries + Runes


    This are my Shen runes:

    Greater Mark of Fortitude 9x
    Greater Seal of Fortitude 9x
    Greater Glyph of Fortitude9x
    Greater Quintessence of Fortitude 3x

    Why only Health? Beacause your Ki Strike and the enemies' runes! Nearly every DPS-maker use Armor/Magic Penetration. Health can get only penetrationed with Madreds,which you can block with some MR.

    I'll try ARMOR and MR runes soon and compare it with my runes.

    You can make MR Glypshs too.


    Get armor,MR,dodge,speed after dodge,health,damage block,minions damage block and the last mastery in the Deffensetree.

    Get faster Revival,Ghost,Experience+ and the gold in the Utilitytree.

  • Build Example

    First grab a ,get your as fast as you can than build your boots. Build a in this order : ,,. After This Buy a for better Ki Strike and some survibility. Go on with The sitiunal Builds over here.

  • Items

    Core: Leviathan
    Aegis of the Legion
    Warmog's Armor
    Mercury's Treads / Ninja Tabi

    Vs Balanced Teams:

    Vs Heavy Physical Damage:

    Vs Heavy Casters: [item_icon=Force of Nature]

    Description to some good items:

    Doran's Shield - Cheap,some health and Armor and Regen. Nice but If you want your Leviathan faster don't take this first. Con - You can't take pots with you.

    Frozen Mallet - Why not? 700 Life gives high survability,And it makes you Ki Strike stronger. The Passive of this item is good to gank

    Randuin's Omen - This is a upgraded Doran's Shield. Health,Regen and Armor. The 5 % CDR shouldn't be very interesting for Shen,but the slow effecte is helpfully in ganks.Don't forget to activate this Item.I would use it only against High Physical Damage,but it's at least your choice.

    Sunfire Cape - One of the best choose for Shen. It gives you high Survability and nice bonus damage. I often use it as last item.

    Aegis of the Legion - One of the best item for Shen. This supports your Team,and reduces the damage high. After your Stand United,Your Teammate gets attack,armor and MR. Just nice extra after the Ulti!

    Leviathan - Often players say that it's situational item. But i think for Shen it's easy to get stacks,beacause your Stand United. With Ghost and Flash,you will escape easily. So you get stacks easily,but losing them is nearly impossible. Belive me,must have.

    Warmog's Armor - At least 1500 Health and Some Regen.Nice item to power up your Ki Strike and get high survability. If you like it,get it one or two times.

    Guardian Angel - Armor and MR is nice,but the most important thing here is the passive. With this item you will nearly never lose you stacks. Must have if you own a !

    Quicksilver Sash - Many players forget this item. Please look at this item,it's very cheap,gives you high survability against Casters and Stuns,Slows,Fears etc.

    [item=Force Of Nature] - One of the best items against Casters. 76 MR is awesome. The speed gives you higher survability and the passive + Regen is godlike.

  • Skilling Order

    Stand United> Feint> Vorpal Blade> Shadow Dash
    Stand United> Vorpal Blade> Feint> Shadow Dash

    1) Vorpal Blade
    2) Feint
    3) Feint
    4) Shadow Dash
    5) Feint
    6) Stand United
    7) Feint
    8) Vorpal Blade
    9) Feint
    10) Vorpal Blade
    11) Stand United
    12) Vorpal Blade
    13) Vorpal Blade
    14) Shadow Dash
    15) Shadow Dash
    16) Stand United
    17) Shadow Dash
    18) Shadow Dash

    Feint Feint vs. Shadow Dash Shadow Dash

    FeintFeint - Shen shields himself, absorbing some damage for a few seconds.
    Shen enters a defensive stance, shielding the next 50/100/150/200/250 (+0.6) damage. Lasts up to 2.5 seconds.

    Cost45/45/45/45/45 Energy
    Range 20

    Shadow Dash - Shen dashes rapidly toward a target location, taunting enemy champions he encounters.
    Shen rapidly dashes to a target location, taunting enemies he collides with for 0.8/1.1/1.4/1.7/2 second(s).
    Shen restores 50 Energy if Shadow Dash collides with a champion.

    Cost120/115/110/105/100 Energy
    Range 25000

    Per Level Shadow Dash gets 0.3 seconds taunt+.
    Per Level Feint shields 50 damage+.

    Try to count 0,3 seconds. You see it's a very small difference per level.
    Feint shields 50 damage per level,thats a huge difference to 0,3 seconds.

    Our winner is FeintFeint Feint!

  • 1


    Ghost and Flash.

    Flash + Shadow Dash = Kill,Escape & saving your teammates
    Ghost + Shadow Dash = Escape

    Other usuable Spells

    Ignite - Good to get Kills and First Blood
    Heal - Nice supporting for your Team,Better chance to stay alive
    Revive - I saw Shen's Reviving and than use their ulti,deadly combination!
    Cleanse - Good vs stuns,slows,etc.
    Exhaust - After the Stand United you can slow your enemy to save lifes or to better kill chance

    Don't take any of these

    [spell=Fortify] - Let a Supporter take this.
    Clarity - You don't need the blue juice.
    [spell=Rally] - If you take this with Shen you are dirtier than farting on a cold window and licking up the condenstation
    Teleport - YOur ulti is teleporting enough.
    Smite - You don't need to kill creeps,they have a smaller dick than you!

  • Pros / Cons


    - Best TT Tank
    - Your team Love You
    - Tank with good damage
    - Good for Ganks
    - Shen = Ninja (z0mfg thats the best Pro!)
    - Ki Strike
    - Good to survive Karthus' ulti


    - With wrong runes very squishy at the beginning
    - You don't get kills.
    - With a egoistic team you can't be a good Shen

  • Zoning

    Zoning is very important for every player.
    To learn more about it,here is a great video:

  • Working in the team

    There is not much to say.

    Use Stand United to get stacks.
    Use Stand United to save lives.
    Don't use Stand United to steal kills.

    Use Vorpal Blade to heal your teammates.
    Don't use Vorpal Blade to steal kills.

    Use Shadow Dash to gank.
    Use Shadow Dash to save your teammates' live.

    Always use Shadow Dash vs. Katarina's,Nunu's,Karthu's (if he isnt dead) ulti! You will save more than one live.

    Early Game

    Try to focus one enemy for First blood,your Vorpal Blade could be usable for this.
    If your enemys are too aggresive,spam your Vorpal Blade.
    You should play very deffensive until you get Leviathan,because 0/0/0 is better than 1/2/0.
    With LVL 4 you should try to gank sometimes,but only if you are sure you will not die.
    With LVL 6 your game starts. Look at your teammates,sometimes only seconds are needed for a kill.

    Mid Game

    Your Feint should be LVL 5 right now. Time to get some stacks.
    Help your Mid Lane partner with your Stand United as often as you can,but hold the turret on your lane too.
    Don't go alone,you can get ganked easily and lose your stacks. Try to attack with this combo Shadow Dash -> Vorpal Blade -> Feint -> Autoattack. First ping the focused Enemy,so your allys knows that you will taunt him. Work as team.

    Late Game/End

    Now your Leviathan should be stacked 15+. Enjoy the time you get 15 % less damage. Mid push,tank the towers.
    Wait til all enemys are dead,than tank the tower without minions. Always attack DDs first. Don't use your Stand United if your teammate have no problems,maybe you will need it later.
    Finish them.

    This Guide will be updatet soon. I hope you like it!

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