How To Play Kindred In League Of Legends
Last Updated: June 22, 2022
Are you looking for a unique marksman to spam in solo queue? Do you like playing Jungle but prefer using ADCs? Then we’ve got the perfect champion for you! In this guide, we’ll show you everything you need to know to get you started playing Kindred, the Eternal Hunters.
Kindred is a special kind of marksman and ADC that’s designed to be specifically played in the Jungle. While they are somewhat viable being played in a lane, they shine best when you utilize their kit in roaming around the map. Their kiting potential makes her quite a safe pick against melee champions who don’t have a dash or have a very telegraphed form of a dash. They can quite easily take over the game due to the increased range and how much bonus damage they can dish out.
Kindred’s abilities are all about dealing damage and roaming around the map.
Passive – Mark of the Kindred
Lamb can choose a champion to hunt by clicking the champion portraits above the inventory. Wolf periodically hungers for and hunts enemy jungle monsters.
Each kill or assist on hunted targets completes a hunt and empower’s Kindred’s basic abilities. Every 4 successful hunts increase Kindred’s attack and ability range (75 + 25 every 4 after).
- Dance of Arrows: Attack Speed bonus increased by an additional 5% per stack
- Wolf’s Frenzy: Current health damage increased by an additional 1% per stack
- Mounting Dread: Missing health damage increased by an additional by 0.5% per stack
Q – Dance of Arrows
Lamb vaults, firing up to 3 arrows at nearby enemies, dealing physical damage and gaining 25% bonus Attack Speed for 4 seconds.
Casting Wolf’s Frenzy or vaulting inside of its effect reduces the cooldown of this spell.
W – Wolf’s Frenzy
Passive: As Kindred move and attack they build stacks of Hunter’s Vigor, up to a maximum of 100. At full stacks Lamb’s next basic attack drains health from the target, based on Lamb’s missing Health.
Active: Wolf claims a territory, attacking nearby enemies inside it for 8.5 seconds. Lamb can redirect Wolf to new targets by attacking them. If Lamb leaves Wolf’s territory he will cease attacking and join her.
Wolf’s attacks deal magic damage and deal 50% increased damage against monsters and reduce their Attack and Movement Speed by 50% for 2 second..
E – Mounting Dread
Cripple an enemy, slowing their Movement Speed by 50% for 1 second.
After Lamb attacks the target twice, her third attack instead directs Wolf to pounce on the enemy, dealing physical damage (Max 300 vs. Monsters).
Wolf’s attack critically strikes her target for 50% increased damage if they are below 15% (+50% Crit Chance) Health.
R – Lamb’s Respite
Lamb blesses the ground under herself for 4 seconds. While inside the area, all units (including champions, minions and monsters; both allied and enemy) cannot be reduced below [+10% their max]. Units in the area who reach the threshold cannot be healed while within for the remaining duration.
All units within the zone are healed immediately after the blessing ends.
Runes and Item Builds
When it comes to runes and item builds, your focus should be to increase her overall damage and imbue her basic attacks with bonus on hit effects.
As a Jungler, Kindred technically has three choices for her starting items. The best start, however, is Emberknife since it turns her Smite into Challenging Smite after five uses. Challenging Smite enables Kindred to deal more true damage to their targets.
For your Mythic item, you have two options: Kraken Slayer or Galeforce. Both of them are similar in terms of stats and their key difference lies in the bonus effects they give. The better overall choice is Kraken Slayer since it increases the damage of Kindred’s third basic attack which synergizes perfectly with the rest of their kit. Galeforce, on the other hand, gives you an active dash that works similarly to Dance of Arrows. So having Galeforce might feel a little redundant but it also wouldn’t hurt to have another form of utility in the bag. If you’re unsure of what to get, you can never go wrong with Kraken Slayer.
After purchasing your desired Mythic, upgrade into tier 2 boots. Since Kindred is a marksman, go for Berserker’s Greaves. Next, go for The Collector to increase your overall damage and help you secure kills on low health targets. Phantom Dancer is up next to increase your attack speed. At this point in the game, you’ll need Blade of the Ruined King to help you deal more damage against tanky targets. Finally, top off your build with Wit’s End for more attack speed and more on hit damage.
For runes, go with the Precision tree and take Press the Attack as your keystone. This will increase your overall damage and will synergize perfectly with your kit. Next, take Triumph for the sustain, Legend: Alacrity for attack speed, and Coup de Grace for more damage to low health enemy champions. For secondaries, take Sudden Impact and Treasure Hunter from the Domination tree. Sudden Impact gives you bonus damage whenever you use Dance of Arrows while Treasure Hunter gives you additional gold. For rune shards, take Attack Speed, Adaptive Force, and Armor.
- Moving around between attacks while jungling will help you avoid damage and also generate more heals from Wolf’s Frenzy.
- Kindred is countered by Diana, Karthus, Nidalee, Talon, and Rengar. If you’re matched up against these champions, try to play it safe instead of being aggressive.
- For your Summoner Spells, always take Flash and Smite. Flash adds another layer of mobility to your kit while Smite lets you easily clear Jungle camps while also letting you secure objectives like Dragon or Baron.
So there you have it! That’s all you need to know about playing Kindred in League of Legends. Be sure to check back with us again for more awesome guides on your favorite games. Have fun and we’ll see you on the Rift!