Qiyana | Queen of the Jungle
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Hi, my name is Shapeshift and welcome to the best Qiyana Jungle guide you'll ever read. I am a Master tier jungle main on NA, and Qiyana is one of my favorite junglers in the entire game. In Season 11 I had a 62% winrate on Qiyana over 50 games in Masters+ elo.
Qiyana Jungle rose to prominence again after patches 11.18 and 11.19, which saw significant buffs to her clear speed in the jungle. After these changes, Qiyana has remained among the best junglers in the game at higher levels of play. With enough practice, anyone can learn Qiyana and start stomping games.
- Solid clear speed, especially with items
- Strong ganks
- High mobility
- AOE hard CC
- High burst damage
- Low cooldown stealth makes her extremely difficult to pin down in a fight
- Extremely fun to play
- One of the hardest champions in the game
- Clearing will require some practice
- Very weak when behind
Practicing Qiyana's first clear is the single most important thing you can do to improve at this champion in the jungle. If you take nothing away from this guide, take away this: Your first clear sets the stage for your entire game. In this game, every advantage gained or lost snowballs throughout the course of the entire match. If you can consistently clear faster and healthier than other players, you will gain a very significant and constant advantage.
Important note: Do not simulate a leash in practice tool. Learn to do the clear leashless because some games you won't get a leash. If you can't do the clear leashless, you can't do the clear at all.
Clearing the jungle on Qiyana is quite difficult, so there are a few key things to keep in mind.
- Make sure that you are switching between grass and rock during the clear so that you can proc your passive multiple times.
- Rock Q bonus damage is more damage than a passive proc, so it's better to do two rock q's in a row if the second one will hit while the camp is < 50% hp.
- While you are holding an element, you gain 5-25% attack speed, on hit damage, and 25 auto range. For this reason it is generally best to hold onto an element as long as possible and only use Q once W is back up so you can grab one immediately.
- Kiting camps is extremely important on Qiyana because she doesn't have any healing in her kit, so you need to minimize damage taken as much as possible.
I recommend watching the youtube videos I've linked for the clear as they will illustrate the optimal way to clear on Qiyana.
This is your classic red start 5 camp clear. This clear is best done if you know you won't need to impact a lane until after 3 minutes, which is most games. You can also stop this clear after blue and skip gromp if a lane is fighting and you really need to go, but the gromp heal is very valuable when ending a clear with gromp so it's ideal to finish the 5 camp if possible.
This is your classic blue start 5 camp clear. If you want to you can break off after wolves and either gank mid on the way to raptors/red or gank the side lane you're pathing towards if you absolutely have to be there. It's generally not worth skipping raptors to 4 camp with red buff because you do them insanely quickly and it doesn't lose you any health.
If you think you might want to be on the map before 3 minutes, this is your best clear. It's the fastest possible level 3 for you because you take raptors extremely quickly compared to blue buff. As well as being a fast level 3, you also get the option to do blue and wolves after gromp if a gank doesn't pan out. This clear ends at a similar timer and hp to a normal red start 5 camp, the only disadvantage is that your camps will respawn in a weird order which makes your 2nd clear a bit awkward. As a result, it's usually best to do a normal 5 camp if you are certain you won't have to make it to any fight before 3 minutes.
Qiyana's full clear is not very fast, but it's doable without a leash and even faster with. If you know for a fact that you will be uncontested on scuttle crab (say the enemy jungler started opposite to you) and that you won't have to fight early, a full clear can be a good option. If you opt to full clear, go W Q Q level 1 2 3 and E level 4. It makes the clear a bit faster which is important when you're slowing down so much to full clear.
Qiyana's jungle clear will take some time to get used to, but it is very rewarding once you do.
For Jungle Qiyana you have two main options in terms of runes.
The current standard set up is a First Strike rune page. First Strike gives you decent damage assuming you can proc it, as well as a lot of gold generation once you have 1 or 2 items. It accelerates your mid game by giving you 100-200 bonus gold per kill, with potentially more if you hit multiple champions with your ult or q's. Overall first strike is the best rune for Qiyana Jungle in games where you can proc it relatively frequently.
The alternative is an Electrocute path. This is a safer option, as you will always be able to proc electrocute unlike First Strike, and it is also stronger early game because of the solid base damage. Against teams with heavy poke and the ability to drop your First Strike before you get a chance to use it, opt for the Electrocute page.
- First Strike
Attack Speed vs Adaptive Force shard is personal preference. I heavily prefer Attack Speed, and I recommend it as the default option. Scaling Health shard can also be swapped out for Armor or MR depending on the enemy team, but Scaling Health is best in most situations. I would only go Armor or MR if the enemy comp heavily favored one damage type.
You may also swap out some of the minor runes depending on the game. For example, if you are into a team with a lot of hard CC, your best secondary runes are Legend Tenacity and Last Stand. You can also choose Relentless Hunter over Ultimate Hunter when building Prowler's Claw as it gives you Ability Haste that Eclipse doesn't. This makes up for the loss of Ultimate Hunter and makes the movement speed from Relentless Hunter more valuable.
Qiyana doesn't get much choice when it comes to Summoner Spells. Flash is incredibly powerful on the champion, allowing for really good ult angles during big fights as well as the ability to secure otherwise lost kills or escape a bad situation. In fact, one of the reasons Qiyana takes Cosmic Insight over Magical Footwear when going Inspiration secondary is because of how strong the Flash CDR is. And of course, as this is a jungle guide, smite is mandatory.
- Skill Order
You take W level one because it gives you a healthier and faster clear when compared to taking Q level one. Keep in mind that Qiyana's level one is among the weakest in the entire jungle, and as a result you are quite vulnerable to invades. This adds another use to leveling W first, as the dash over a wall or out of a skillshot can save you from an invade.
- Second Item
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- Final Items
There are a few basic combos that are important to be able to execute if you want to play Qiyana.
E Q W AA AA AA Q
When in the very early game, your goal is to land as many autos as possible with your W onhit and attack speed before throwing your final Q for the kill. You want to EQ with river, W behind them with rock, and keep autoing until Q will kill or they use a dash or flash.
Q W E Q
This is your fastest oneshot combo without ult once you have enough damage to oneshot someone. You want to use a non rock Q for the first Q, and then follow it up with W E cancel into rock Q.
AA E Q W AA Q
This is the oneshot combo if you start in auto range and you don't quite have enough damage to kill with just your basic abilities.
The ult combos are very similar to the basic combos but with ult as well for damage.
Q W R AA E Q
This is one of your most common oneshot combos with ulti once you have some items. Again, ideally you lead with a non rock Q into a rock Q for the extra passive proc and rock execute. Note that you can use ult during the W dash, which is why you Q W R instead of Q R W.
E R AA Q W Q
This combo is your best oneshot combo if you lead with E R.
E Q R W Q AA
This combo is your classic oneshot combo when you lead with E Q, usually with river element. It will lock them down to guarantee the ult, which will then guarantee the W Q and AA.
Prowler's Claw can be used during Qiyana's combos for the dash as well as the bonus damage. One important note for using prowler's claw is that you can use it during grass Q stealth and unless you leave the area the stealth will not end. This can let you move through your stealth area much more quickly than people expect, and catch them off guard.
Q R W P AA E Q
An important thing to note is that you have to do this combo quickly otherwise the R won't be damage amped by the Prowler's. You can cancel W dash with Prowler's just like E if you do it quick enough, which can help to ensure R gets the bonus damage. Here is an example of the full combo.
Other prowler's combos are just variations of the normal combos but with prowler's after W or before E.
Qiyana's best matchups are into junglers that have to farm to be relevant. Examples include Evelynn, Karthus, Ekko, and Fiddlesticks. Into these champions, you're allowed to do whatever you want in the early game which can set you up to win the entire game later on. Qiyana's worst matchups are champions that can heavily bully her during her early game where she has relatively weak dueling power compared to a lot of junglers. Examples include Lee Sin, Xin Zhao, Rek'Sai, and Olaf. These are champions that you will never be allowed to fight 1 on 1 in the early game, and as a result they have much more pressure than you for the first 5-10 minutes of the game. This can cause the game to snowball out of your control before you can start oneshotting people.
Qiyana can also struggle against tanks in the jungle because if she doesn't get a big enough lead early game, they will outscale her and have more impact than her in later fights while being unkillable. Examples include Zac, Sejuani, and Nunu.
When it comes to synergies, Qiyana really likes laners with good skirmishing, good gank set up, and lane priority. Qiyana thrives when she has laners that can 2v2 with her against the enemy laner + jg during counterganks or invades. She loves CC heavy champions because when someone is locked down its basically impossible not to oneshot them as Qiyana.
Qiyana is one of the best junglers in the entire game at the moment. She is a very difficult champion to play correctly, but when you put the time in you will be rewarded with an extremely strong and fun champion to play. The most important thing when learning any jungler but especially Qiyana is the first clear. Make sure you have the first clear practiced as much as possible before going into ranked games. Qiyana's first clear is quite punishing if you are not used to it, so watch the demonstrations carefully and put the time in.
Thank you for reading my guide. I hope you found it helpful and I hope it inspires to you learn Qiyana jungle, because she is very much worth your time.
Master Jungle Main on NA