- Killing dragons is one of the main tasks of the Jungler. Junglers often require assistance from their team for this task, and the champions best positioned to provide this assistance are usually the mid laners and bottom laners.
- When a team attempts to kill a dragon it usually gets weakened during the fight. Given the nature of the dragon pit, the team attempting the kill has limited escape paths. For this reason it's usually a good idea to gank the enemy team when they're trying to kill a dragon. A good gank may score several kills, steal the dragon kill, or both.
- Dragons (and other epic monsters) should be finished with effects that instantly deal high amount of damage (i.e. , , ) to prevent the enemy team from stealing the kill.
- When initially attacked, dragons will knock back every nearby champion, and begin attacking and chasing the closest champion. Attacking the dragon from a safe distance to get it to attack an unprepared enemy champion can be useful.
- When a dragon starts fighting, it takes flight, knocking back nearby enemies. The knock back cannot be blocked by spell shields but it can be resisted by effects that makes you immune to displacements ( crowd control immunity and Unstoppability).
- Dragons have 30% armor penetration.
- Their basic attacks deal bonus physical damage equal to 7% of the target's current health. These basic attacks are treated as spells. They're not affected by effects that reduce or block basic attack damage, such as passive and , and they can be blocked by spell shields. Dragons cannot damage other monsters.
- Elemental drakes have a Unique Passive called , which grants them a buff against enemies with Dragon Slayer stacks. This buff gives 20% bonus damage and 7% damage reduction per stack.
- If the team that slays a dragon has a lower average level than that of their opponents, they receive 25% bonus experience per average level difference. The bonus experience is sharply increased for the lowest level members of the team, equal to 15% per number of levels behind the dragon squared, up to a maximum of 200%.
Tips to prepare dragon ganks
- Have a ward in the river close to the dragon camp entrance, providing complete vision of the pit. This will reveal enemies attempting to kill the dragon while also spotting enemies standing guard at the entrance. Killing the is a good way to provide vision in front of the dragon pit, but it does not provide vision inside the pit itself.
Tips to prevent dragon ganks
- Use a or to check for wards before attempting to kill a dragon, do not destroy wards unless you absolutely must eliminate their vision.
- Eliminate the bottom lane enemies and then attack the dragon with the help of your bottom lane teammates. The enemy middle lane and jungler are usually not strong enough to fight three champions at once.
- If you are in the Red team, lure the dragon out of its pit. This makes the dragon chase you into the river, making it harder for the enemy team to steal it by engaging over the wall of the dragon pit.
Recommendations for each type of elemental drake
The buff provided byis useful for both teams regardless of their gold lead or deficit; leading teams can create pressure, split push, and rotate around the map faster for positioning, while trailing teams can still use it to expand vision, respond to split pushing, and position defensively. Even with a single stack, Cloud Drake can be very powerful in split push compositions, especially if it's denied to the enemy team.
The buff provided byis considered by many players the strongest, due to its raw power boost. If viable, contest the dragon at all costs. In the early game it doesn't make much difference, but its power in late game is massive.
The buff provided by armor and magic resistance when you have multiple of this buff.allows teams more durability for extended fights, and its effectiveness increases the more resistances the team builds - it can be useful to build more
The buff provided byis deceptively powerful during the laning phase: the healing during downtime allows less assertive laners to extend their presence. Another benefit is its ability to mitigate damage against poke teams, forcing the enemy team to spend more mana and delaying or even preventing potential flanks.
Focus on killing the drakes with the buff that can benefit most your team. For example, focus on infernal drakes for team fighting, and on cloud drakes for roaming and split pushing.