Lets say that I properly warded the jungle entrances from river (Golem and Lizard), and I'm happy taking my buff. In the mid of the process, I spot the enemy jungler and...

I get frozen... I don't know what I do! I stop to get my buff and engage? I escape? I hide and wait to my opponent start to steal the buff and then engage?

  • I would ping so your team knows and can assist you, then jump them when they are fighting the buff monster.
    – Ender
    Jan 9 '14 at 20:25

Throw a regular ping onto him so your mid/bot (maybe top) know that he is there. Do not engage the buff monster (btw -- always fight these monsters in the bush so you get a heads up invades, sounds like you know this already but just in case).

This plays out in one of a few ways:

1) He overextends and tries to fight you and your allies come and kill him with you.

2) He overextends and tries to fight you and you 1v1 him because you're stronger, he leaves and has to base and is now behind potentially.

3) He fights you but you're weaker and no allies respond to your pings because you're in silver -- disengage. If he attempts to steal your buff, you fight him and it's a 2v1 and you win. Under no scenario do you let him take the buff for free, even as a weaker jungler if it's JUST him, you go for the 2v1 + smite steal attempt.

4) He attempts to take buff, you counter him as in #3, then he leaves, then you start the buff, then he comes back. This is the trickiest of them all -- I would highly recommend not starting the buff UNLESS your mid came and scared him off for good. If not, you should time your smite + most powerful ability to finish the killing blow, so he cannot simply smite steal if he has or gets vision

5) You're doing a buff, and he gets the jump on you and kills you or takes your buff. You either were unlucky (low %), or you failed to time your smite+killing blow ability properly, OR, most critically bad of all, you didn't pull a buff monster into a bush.

6) If you're a jungler with a ward (i.e. Aatrox), you can make this trivial by warding a path to your buff / his escape route and know for certainty if you can take the buff or not. If he doesn't see your ward, you can use this to spam assist pings and get your allies to come secure the kill for you.


Well this depends on which champion you are playing.

Usually you wanna ping to get your laners informed about you being invaded. When you have vision on the enemy jungler and he doesn't know that it is a really huge advantage. You can attempt to smite steal the buff and just walk right off after that. If you are stronger than him you can attack him but you should wait for the right moment. Usually you don't want to let him finish the buff, since it might be possible for him to level up and become stronger than you in a second.

What's usually really safe is to counterjungle him. If he hasn't done his buffs yet you can easily walk in there and steal it most of the time while you are even. Just make sure his lanemates aren't missing.

If you can get your mid/top/bot to help you he's usually screwed unless it's a Zac or something that can escape over 3 walls (Zacs usually don't counterjungle tho).

High risk high reward: Invade and smitebuff/kill enemy
Safe but non benefitial: Steal his buff

  • I would say the 2nd paragraph is good enough, he's asking how to react to being invaded, not an overall strategy for dealing with an aggressive jungler taking his camps
    – Brian
    Jan 9 '14 at 21:36

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