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Wukong Wukong is a vastayan trickster who uses his strength, agility, and intelligence to confuse his opponents and gain the upper hand. After finding a lifelong friend in the warrior known as Master Yi Master Yi, Wukong became the last student of the ancient martial art known as Wuju. Armed with an enchanted staff, Wukong seeks to prevent Ionia Crest icon.png Ionia from falling to ruin.

WukongSquare.png"My journey is only beginning..."  Wukong
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  • Wukong was trained in the Art of Wuju by Master Yi Master Yi.
    • Wukong's original name was 'Kong'. When Kong agreed to become his student, Master Yi Master Yi dubbed him 'Wukong', effectively naming him after the Wuju style.
      • Due to this, they share two similar quotes.
  • Wukong and Ahri Ahri are listed as related champions for unknown reason, possibly because of both being Vastaya.

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Fast and Dumb

By Anthony Burch

When a life hangs in the balance, there are two options: slow and smart, or fast and dumb.

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Homecoming

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Returning once more to his home, Master Yi faces his past and prepares for what the future will bring.

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The Wuju Bladesman

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Dawn by Raid

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Lunar Guardian

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There was an age when darkness smothered all hope. A traveler arrived, late into that twilight hour, bearing with him the first light of dawn.

Trivia

  • Wukong belongs to the Vastaya race and tribe known as the Shimon. They are the Vastaya inhabitants of Ionia Crest icon.png Ionia, in its jungle regions.
  • As an adult Vastaya, he is over a few hundred years old.[1]
  • Wukong's mystical staff was crafted by the legendary blacksmith Master Doran Doran of Ionia Crest icon.png Ionia.
  • The name [2]kōng[3] (悟空, pronounced [wu:˥˩kʰʊ̃ŋ˥]; official Riot's: woo-kohng) is a common Buddhist name that means "awakening to emptiness" in Chinese, after Sun Wukong, the protagonist of the Chinese novel Journey to the West. Wukong is also one of the few champions to be based on a public domain character from real-world mythology and literature in general.
    • In Journey to the West, this Buddhist name was bestowed to the nameless Monkey King by his first master Subhuti.
    • Wukong's passive, Stone Skin Stone Skin, is possibly a reference to Sun Wukong being born from a stone. He's also said to be born from the earth itself.
      • Wukong's original lore is also a nod to Sun Wukong's origin (a stone turned into a monkey, had his own adventures before meeting and later following his Master).
        • In-universe, Master Yi Master Yi himself adds the element Wu Wu to Kong's name, in recognition that Kong was among his best students.
          • The fact that Wukong was trained under Master Yi is also another possible reference to Sun Wukong's original master, Subhuti, or Wukong's more famous master during his pilgrimage to the West, the historical Chinese Buddhist pilgrim Xuanzang, who contributed greatly to the translation of Buddhist texts into Chinese, thus earning the byname Tripitaka त्रिपिटक (Mandarin: 三藏 Sānzàng), after the Pali canon.
      • In his updated background, Wukong's Vastayan tribe turns into stone after death.
    • Wukong's abilities, Nimbus Strike Nimbus Strike and Warrior Trickster Warrior Trickster, are references to Sun Wukong's ability to ride on clouds via his "Somersault Cloud" (筋斗雲, Jīndǒuyún) technique and to create clones of himself using strands of his hair, respectively.
    • Wukong also likes peaches; likewise the original Sun Wukong himself also ate all ripe peaches in the Heavenly Peach Garden at one point in the original novel, greatly increasing his longevity.
    • In Japanese server, Wukong is rendered as "ウーコン" (Ūkon [ɯ̟:ᵝkõ̞ɴ]; Oo-kohn) via the pinyin reading of the name instead of on'yomi (which would be rendered as "Gokuu" instead). Due to also being voiced by Masako Nozawa as aforementioned, the voice actress of the character of the same name in the Dragon Ball franchise, this acts an overall actor allusion to the Dragon Ball Wukong/Gokuu's source inspiration.
    • In the Chinese servers, Wukong is directly referred to as Sun Wukong himself in the flesh as opposed to being a different character loosely based on him.

Change log

Character blurb
19 Nov 2019 (During V9.23) Added.

References

  1. Wukong's years old
  2. Schuessler A. ABC Etymological Dictionary of Old Chinese (2007), p. 520-1
  3. http://stedt.berkeley.edu/~stedt-cgi/rootcanal.pl/etymon/820

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