The new changes to the League of Legends jungle give players the choice of three different Pokémon-inspired pets, each granting a number of different benefits. Now that the system has had time to fully integrate into the MOBA ecosystem, lead designer Matt ‘Phroxzon’ Leung-Harrison has referred to them as the perfect “emotional support” for veterans and newcomers alike.
One of the main reasons for the changes to the jungle in League of Legends Season 13 was to make the most intimidating role in the game more accessible to newer players (including myself, because I can’t jungle to save my life).
This fantasy is something that Leung-Harrison feels has largely been fulfilled as a result of the new system. In a January 15 tweet, he says the changes are “easy for veterans to understand, but [are] a more intuitive metaphor for why things happen for newer players.
“[Your] The pet offers an understandable metaphor for why camps get damaged, why you heal, why the jungler gets bonuses from clearing camps, and an understandable metaphor for why unlocks happen when they do (evolve), the recovery mechanic (pet is starving) instead of some arbitrary rules. For newer players this is much easier to understand.
The pet system is further simplified with the colors of the respective creatures: the cat is red, the fox is blue, and the frog is green, representing damage, utility, and durability, respectively. “While the text is a lot, realistically if you didn’t read any text and asked after the game what the pet was doing, players would probably get 60%.”
In general, he claim (is that the system is a “better fantasy,” joking “yeah, emotional support doesn’t hurt.” Several comments seem to echo his sentiments, with one player writing: “I’ve had to play 99% jungle every time I play with my casual friends as no one wants to play it. The new season has been tremendously helpful for them to try again.”
As someone who likes Evelynn a little too much but has no jungle experience, I find the pets to be a great way to finally taste the sensual spectrum and not get completely wiped out. It would make the Coven skin I bought even though I don’t play it really worth it (#copium).
If you too would like to see how much you’ve spent on League of Legends and get depressed like me, we’ve got a guide for that. We’ve also got a League of Legends Patch 13.1 recap to keep you up to date on all things jungle and pets.