League of Legends New Jungle Buff Sharing Explained

Shadman Sabik Zaim
By Shadman Sabik Zaim
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Buff Sharing is being added in Patch 13.11, as Riot has explained the entire mechanic in the latest patch notes.

Patch 13.11 has landed, as quite a number of changes have followed the massive item reworks in League of Legends Patch 13.10. Stormrazor, Echoes of Helia, Youmuu’s Ghostblade, and others were nerfed. Meanwhile, Moonstone Renewer, Navori Quickblades, Statikk Shiv, and others were buffed. Thus, Patch 13.11 is one of those patches that address the major changes in the previous one.

Patch 13.11 is also introducing the DRX skins, which has some people hyped for the release on June 2, 2023. Other than that, the Rell midscope is coming along with other champion balance changes. An Ivern rework was supposed to come, but Riot delayed that for now due to player feedback.

Part of Ivern’s Kit was the buff sharing mechanic, which he had that allowed both Ivern and the laners to get either the Red or Blue buff. However, Riot is introducing universal Buff Sharing, which means Ivern lost a part of his unique kit. Thus, Riot also added some buffs to Ivern, promising a mini-rework soon.

Moving on to the buff sharing, this is a potential mechanic that will serve as both a QoL change and a great mechanical change at the same time. Allowing this would take away the pressure of giving your buffs to certain laners. Also, this will allow them to get the jungler themselves. Riot has explained the mechanic fully in the patch notes, and here is what they said.

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Buff Sharing Patch 13.11

Riot is adding Buff Sharing in Patch 13.11 as a pretty big mechanical change. Here are the official changes on the patch notes.

  • Buff Wisps:
    • While the jungler’s Smite is fully upgraded, killing the Red Brambleback or the Blue Sentinel will grant the jungle the buff and create a Buff Wisp.
    • An ally can pick up the Buff Wisp within 1 minute of the camp dying before it disappears.
    • Smite does not need to be used on the camp to create a Wisp, but the Smite must be fully upgraded to create one.
  • But I’m Not The Jungler:
    • If a player who is not in the jungler kills the Red Brambleback or Blue Sentinel, they will gain the buff. Furthermore, if the jungler has a fully upgraded Smite, it will create a Buff Wisp only visible to the jungle. It will only remain for one minute.

Riot also explained why they made these changes. In their words, it became a problem for junglers as they had to concede the buffs to their laners. Thus, in order to remove that tension, Buff Sharing was enabled.

This will change the situation quite significantly, allowing the jungler to keep their buffs while giving allies a buff to help win games. It’s a welcome change, and we are here for it.

By Shadman Sabik Zaim Deputy Editor
Shadman is a Deputy Editor of League of Legends and other Riot IPs (excluding VALORANT) at GameRiv. He is a computer science and engineering graduate who got into games pretty early. Also, he takes pride in trying multiple types of games and got into League of Legends pretty early. Games, Board Games, Writing, Music, and Sports are his passions and hobbies.