How To Play Dr. Mundo In League Of Legends
Last Updated: October 7, 2021
Are you looking to play a tank that has seemingly infinite health regeneration? Do you want to go wherever you please? In this guide, we’ll show you everything you need to know to get you started playing Dr. Mundo.
Ever since the champion’s rework, Dr. Mundo has been on a roll being a favorite in the top lane among high elo players as well as seeing decent playing time in pro play. The rework didn’t change much in terms of Mundo’s core playstyle but it certainly helped make him better. If you’re new to playing tanks and want to try a solid champion who can be unkillable in the late game if played right, you should give Dr. Mundo a try.
Dr. Mundo’s abilities revolve around dealing damage and health regeneration. He’s a great tank with nearly infinite sustain and decent damage output. He does lack a true escape but that doesn’t matter since you’ll be focused on sticking to your targets as opposed to running away from them. The best part is that all his abilities do not cost mana but instead cost health.
Passive – Goes Where He Pleases
Dr. Mundo resists the first Immobilizing effect that hits him, instead losing Health and dropping a chemical canister nearby. Dr. Mundo can pick it up by walking over it, restoring Health and reducing this ability’s cooldown. Dr. Mundo also has significantly increased Health regeneration.
This is the reason why Dr. Mundo is very hard to kill. Crowd Control can make or break a duel or team fight and having a passive spell shield can be very useful in a lot of situations. The bonus health regeneration is also pretty nice as it increases your survivability.
Q – Infected Bonesaw
Dr. Mundo hurls his bonesaw, dealing a percentage of his current health as magic damage to the first enemy hit and slowing them by 40% for 2 seconds. If the bonesaw hits a champion or monster, Dr. Mundo restores 50 Health. If it hits a non-champion or non-monster, Dr. Mundo instead restores 25 Health.
Infected Bonesaw is Dr. Mundo’s bread and butter. Despite being his only form of CC, it’s still pretty reliable since the 40% slow is no joke. Add to that it’s decent range and 4 second cooldown, and you have a spammable ability that slows and deals damage.
W – Heart Zapper
Dr. Mundo charges up a defibrillator, dealing magic damage each second for up to 4 seconds to nearby enemies. While active he stores a percentage of the damage taken as gray health and can recast the ability. On recast, Dr. Mundo detonates the defibrillator, dealing magic damage to nearby enemies. If this hits at least one champion, Dr. Mundo restores 100% of gray health. If only non-champions were hit, Dr. Mundo instead restores 50% of gray health.
This is an excellent DPS ability that synergizes with the passives from some of Dr. Mundo’s core items like Sunfire Aegis or Frostfire Gauntlet. It’s a great ability when trading blows with your opponent and can deal a significant amount of damage.
E – Blunt Force Trauma
Passive: Dr. Mundo gains bonus attack damage and an additional bonus attack damage that is based on his missing health.
Active: Mundo violently swings his “medical” bag, causing his next attack to deal additional physical damage that increases based on his missing health. If the target is killed, Mundo swats them away dealing minimum damage to all enemies they pass through. Small monsters are swatted immediately.
Another great ability for poking down your opponents. It can get hard to hit your enemies with Infected Bonesaw if they hide behind minions. Blunt Force Trauma can hit your opponents even if they are using the minion wave as a cover. Plus it also works as an auto-attack reset so it increases your overall DPS when trading.
R – Maximum Dosage
Dr. Mundo pumps himself with chemicals, gaining bonus health. He then heals a portion of his maximum health over 10 seconds gaining bonus movement speed and attack damage while healing.
Dr. Mundo’s signature skill and the primary reason why he’ll be an unkillable tank in the late game. His ultimate basically restores him to full health in the late game once you’ve finished all your items. Maximum Dosage gives you a ton of sustain and makes you incredibly tanky. Using it in the middle of a team fight can turn the tides as you’ll watch your opponents flee from you as you regenerate from the damage that they deal.
Runes and Item Builds
Dr. Mundo’s runes and item builds do not deviate much from what a typical tank uses. What’s great is that virtually every tank item can be viable on him depending on the situation.
For your starting items, always go for Doran’s Shield and a few Health Potions. These are the best items to start with as it gives Dr. Mundo everything he needs in the early game. It gives him health, health regeneration, and bonus damage to help him last hit minions. Doran’s Blade can also be a somewhat useful alternative but it doesn’t match the raw tank stats that Doran’s Shield can provide.
For your Mythic Items, the best choices are Sunfire Aegis or Frostfire Gauntlet. You can go with either one depending on your play style. If you want to play more aggressive and could use more CC, go for Frostfire Gauntlet as its Snowbind passive creates a huge AoE slow that can definitely hinder your opponent’s movements. Otherwise, go for Sunfire Aegis as it is the go to for some all purpose tank stats.
When playing as a tank in the top lane, the first items you should always rush are Bami’s Cinder and Bramble Vest. These items can help with your early game trades as it gives you damage, armor, and health. They also build into your core items so having them early on is a good thing. For boots, Plated Steelcaps is your best choice but if you’re against an AP heavy comp, go for Mercury’s Treads instead. Next, complete your choice of Mythic Item from Bami’s Cinder then finish off Thornmail from your Bramble Vest. Build Spirit Visage next for the magic resist and the bonus health regeneration. Afterwards, build Randuin’s Omen for more health and armor plus its passive damage reduction. Finish off your build with Gargoyle Stoneplate for the additional tank stats and its active shield.
Other Viable Items
Like we’ve mentioned before, most tank items are viable on Dr. Mundo and you can choose to build them if you think it fits your situation. If you’re looking to be a little bit more damage oriented, you can opt to go for a Titanic Hydra and a Sterak’s Gage. Both of these items give a lot of health and can synergize well with Dr. Mundo overall. A Dead Man’s Plate is also a solid pick up if the enemy has more physical damage instead of magic damage. We encourage you to mix and match tank items to see which build works best for you.
For runes, you’ll run with the Resolve path as your primary and take Grasp of the Undying as your keystone. It gives you everything you need to do well in the top lane from sustain to health to bonus damage. Next take Demolish to help you push turrets faster, Second Wind for the bonus sustain, and Overgrowth to make you even tankier. For secondaries, take Magical Footwear and Approach Velocity from the inspiration tree. Magical Footwear gives you free boots while Approach Velocity will help you close the gap between your targets faster. For rune shards, take Attack Speed and either double Armor or Armor and Magic Resist depending on your matchup.
- Infected Bonesaw has very good sustain as it restores some of your health whenever you hit a target. Make sure to use this ability to help you sustain in lane if you’re low on health.
- Don’t underestimate the health regeneration from your ultimate. You’ll be surprised how much health you can regenerate just by using it.
- Dr. Mundo generally does well against most matchups in the top lane but can be vulnerable against champions who build items that deal a percentage of their target’s health as damage like Kled or Irelia. Additionally, ranged champions in the top lane like Vayne, Lucian, or Quinn can also ruin your day. Try to ban these champions if you can.
- For summoner spells, take Flash and Teleport. If you’d rather have more mobility instead of a global presence, you can swap out Teleport for Ghost.
So there you have it! That’s all you need to know about playing Dr. Mundo in League of Legends. Be sure to check back with us again for more guides on your favorite games. Have fun and we’ll see you on the Rift!