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Item was removed in Patch 5.22.
Poacher's Knife
ItemSquarePoacher's Knife.png
+ Goldcurrency.png 30 bonus gold on large monster kill.
UNIQUE - Scavenging Smite: Upgrades your Smite (Summoner Spell).png Smite to Scavenging Smite.png Scavenging Smite. If Scavenging Smite is used on a large monster in the enemy's jungle, the recharge timer is halved. Upon killing the affected monster, you gain 20 bonus gold and 175% bonus movement speed that decays over 2 seconds.
UNIQUE - Jungler: Deal 45 magic damage on hit to monsters over 2 seconds and gain 10 health and 5 mana per second while in combat with monsters.
Additional Information
LimitationsLimited to 1 Jungle item.
Can only purchase if you have Smite.
Map AvailabilitySR, TR
ItemSquareHunter's Machete.png + 450 Goldcurrency.png
Total Cost: 850 Goldcurrency.png
Sold For: 595 Goldcurrency.png
Builds Into
Poacher's Knife - Devourer.png Poacher's Knife - Cinderhulk.png Poacher's Knife - Runeglaive.png Poacher's Knife - Warrior.png


  • The recharge timer reduction for Smite is granted when it is used on an enemy monster. The bonus gold and move speed boost are granted when that monster is killed
    • The monster can be killed at any point after smiting it and still grant the bonuses.
  • Dragon is part of the blue team's jungle.
  • Baron Nashor is part of the red team's jungle.


  • This enchantment was removed because it was only considered useful when counterjungling, and even then, other jungle enchantments would actually help more with counterjungling, in addition to bringing more utility to the table. For this reason, Poacher's Knife was almost never purchased.


Poacher's Knife - Devourer.png Poacher's Knife - Cinderhulk.png Poacher's Knife - Runeglaive.png Poacher's Knife - Sated Devourer.png Poacher's Knife - Warrior.png

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Patch History[]


on to the big heart of gold in the sky

Dearly beloved, friends, invocadores - we are gathered here today not to mourn the past, but to celebrate new strategies, new seasons, and new beginnings. While the items below, some of whom we've shared both victory and defeat, won't be moving on into that new age with us, we must remember them for who they were, letting them live on in our memories (even if we didn't let them into our inventories).

While not all of the below items were unsuccessful in the way you might expect, many were often restrictive, incomplete, or otherwise not very well supported, limiting design spaces for us to work. Others simply weren't worth the effort. We'll be covering some of the specifics below, but let's all take one last moment of silence before we commit them to the past. More important than providing us stats or building into other items - you built into our hearts.

Later, buddies.

On a more serious note, let's talk at-large about some items that might not be real threats to game balance (see: Sword of the Occult) but are still being removed. The answer is two-fold: design trust, and design clutter.

Design trust refers to an item sufficiently fulfilling its intended role. When a player sees X item, they should be able to trust that said item is cost-efficient and can fulfill its expectations. Some items in League just fall to the wayside (like Ohmwrecker. Every season.) and we try to cull the herd when possible (usually during preseason), but deliberately keeping an item undertuned so that it can remain fun but unbalanced is just not something we can uphold while still preserving a competitive game.

This leads to our next point about design clutter. Some items fulfill very niche roles in League and may not actually be undertuned to a very small subset of champions. In these cases we're careful to assess the individual impact of removing said item before taking action. You might have seen this with the removal of the Magus enchantment, where we had to think hard if jungle Fiddlesticks was truly going to be useless without his finely-tuned enchantment (we came to the conclusion of no). Niche items that tie themselves so closely to a champion's balance do end up skewing that champion to being dependent on the item to function, and can often ‘hide' real design problems that we can't get to.

v5.2 All tier 2 jungle items have been increased by 100 gold, all tier 3 jungle item enchantments have been reduced by 100 gold.

"Thus far, jungle items have gotten a little snowbally - particularly for those who can snag a few kills on an early invade to get their upgraded Smite before camps have even spawned."
  • ALL TIER 2 JUNGLE ITEMS : 350 gold 450 gold
  • ALL TIER 3 JUNGLE ENCHANTMENTS : Costs for all tier 3 jungle enchantments have been reduced by 100 gold


"See above!"
  • BONUS GOLD ON MONSTER KILL : 20 bonus gold 30 bonus gold

Not a placebo.

"Poacher's Knife is actually very impactful in counterjungling, but because we made it only track 'bonus' gold, the tooltip undervalued the actual use of the item. Changing the tooltip isn't a placebo, we're trying to reflect the contribution it brings!"
  • IT'S NOT A PLACEBO WE SWEAR : Poacher's Knife's tooltip now reflects the total gold from stolen large monsters, rather than just the +20 gold from the item itself

ItemSquarePoacher's Knife.png Poacher's Knife (NEW)

  • RECIPE : Hunter's Machete + 350 gold
  • PASSIVE - SCAVENGING SMITE : When you Smite and kill a large monster in the enemy jungle, the cooldown of Smite is halved, you gain +20 bonus gold, and you gain 175% increased Movement Speed decaying over 2 seconds
  • PASSIVE - JUNGLER : Deal 45 magic damage on hit to monsters over 2 seconds and gain 10 health and 5 mana per second while in combat with monsters