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League of Legends Build Guide Author Nusaik

Galio - Stone Sentinel [Build updated for S4]

Nusaik Last updated on December 1, 2013
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Torpid Bot | April 17, 2014 6:39pm
I was just wondering, why didn't you list Thornmail as an option? I am by no means an expert on Galio. In fact, I really just started playing him. It just seems to me like it would be a good choice for a number of reasons. For one thing, the nasty amount of armor it grants makes up for mostly focusing on AP and MR in your build and allows you resistance against the AD champions on the enemy team. Not only this, but if you were up against an ADC, with your shield's heal and the massive armor you'd be getting from both the shield AND the Thornmail, you'd basically be healing off their attacks and reflecting damage back onto them. Not to mention, the resistance it gives and the damage it reflects make it seem like it would synergize greatly with your ultimate. I am by no means trying to undermine the validity of your build, but I was just wondering about your thoughts on this item for Galio. Cheers ^_^
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ErebeaRoxes | February 24, 2014 12:24pm
One Question , is Galio one of you main champ ?
I think no , because if he is one of you mains than you should more play with his W .
You don't need much HP on him , more AP , his shield and you are not going down so easy .
Magic pen Rune becaus his Q has a good grounddamage . (Sry if my english is so bad , its not my first language. ^^)

This should not be a flame , only some ideas. :D

Have a nice day . ^^
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Flint (3) | February 14, 2014 7:31am
n3mon3mo wrote:

any idea how to deal with akali at mid?


Bait her, when you feel she will jump on you (basically it is easy enough to predict, she will probably launch Mark of the Assassin before) pout your shield on, Q her and then ult. She cannot prevent you from doing it since she has no hard CC, her life should really be low after that and your Q almost back, so it depends if you feel confident enough to finish her off, otherwise, retreat with your E and slow her with Q again. you should not have lost lots HP.

The real problem is that her ult comes back more often than yours so as long as yours is not up, try to play safe, once you have your core item, you can farm easely with your skills, do not go in the middle of the creeps.


BTW thanks for the guide, I definitely adopted Galio as my main mid.
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vynmeister (4) | December 23, 2013 11:47am

Those masteries make my eyes hurt.
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n3mon3mo | December 23, 2013 10:37am
any idea how to deal with akali at mid?
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Nusaik (16) | December 22, 2013 2:53pm
n3mon3mo wrote:

a question...

R reduce incoming attack and magic damage by 50%.

is it i take the 50% of raw damage?

or

50% of raw damage reduce again by our armor and magic resist.

The damage gets reduced by armor/MR and by 50%. The order in which the reductions are applied doesn't matter, as the resulting damage will be the same.
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n3mon3mo | December 22, 2013 10:58am
a question...

R reduce incoming attack and magic damage by 50%.

is it i take the 50% of raw damage?

or

50% of raw damage reduce again by our armor and magic resist.
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Nusaik (16) | December 16, 2013 3:45am
Culophaus wrote:

Nice guide, however, some of the written parts aren't updated for S4. Do you plan on updating? Or did you only plan on updating the cheat sheet and build order?

I do plan on updating the entire guide ASAP, however, I have at least 3 more guides I have to completely update for season 4, so it will take some time.
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Culophaus (5) | December 15, 2013 6:59pm
Nice guide, however, some of the written parts aren't updated for S4. Do you plan on updating? Or did you only plan on updating the cheat sheet and build order?
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Nusaik (16) | December 15, 2013 3:39pm
n3mon3mo wrote:

wanna ask that is the will of the ancient a good item to be listed?


drakon136 wrote:

Not really; Galio's damaging spells are all AOE so they get less benefit from spell vamp, plus he doesn't really benefit from spell vamp much in the first place.


Indeed, Galio won't heal that much with spell vamp. Using his shield to heal is better. It heals insane amounts later in the game.
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drakon136 (55) | December 12, 2013 11:52am
Not really; Galio's damaging spells are all AOE so they get less benefit from spell vamp, plus he doesn't really benefit from spell vamp much in the first place.
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n3mon3mo | December 12, 2013 11:24am
wanna ask that is the will of the ancient a good item to be listed?
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n3mon3mo | December 12, 2013 10:43am
Goldschuss wrote:

Did you know you could cast bulwark on yourself WHILE actually ulting? it won't interrupt it

fyi, idk @@ thx for the info, i always enter chaos status while ulti,,, spam item button or skill buttons lol,,,
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Goldschuss (5) | December 12, 2013 8:13am
Did you know you could cast bulwark on yourself WHILE actually ulting? it won't interrupt it
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n3mon3mo | December 12, 2013 6:44am
i play sp galio most of the time, and is always winning in normal game.
specially in the adc-support role, adc love me to death.
IMO, galio is a potential harasser, you can choose either to max Q or E first, depend how u wanna harass during laning phase. while sp ur adc, u can spam Q or E to enemy adc.

galio shouldn't be a full tank, he should be a semi tank that emphasis on magic while provide some support during laning sp the adc.
main role of galio is simple, W on self, Flash, R, optional item use, Q + E at enemy flee direction, or u will die, and that helping your teammate to triple kill or more. galio is there to be killed, unless u fed then feel free to get a warmog.
as a support, galio gold is limited as u should choose the item carefully, correct item bring victory for opponent team to surrender early.

Abyssal Scepter- HIGH PRIORITY ITEM- IMO item specially design for Galio, improve all skill and bonus for passive, with the combo should dish out all squishy champion.
Liandry Torment- Dmg is nice with all the long range harass skill, create chaos after ur combo. make u beefy a bit.
Unholy Grail- u may keep chalice of harmony and rush SC, u might be dying after the end of your R. replenish of 12% mana wont be much help since you exchange urself for your teammate to triple kill etc
Sunfire cape- yep, reduce ad damage and burn them all in range with ur ulti. and some tankiness.
Shoe- either MR shoes or mage shoes with distortion enhancement

Starting support- relic shield- giv ur adc extra gold. 60s per charge
First back- upgrade relic shield, a blank shoe, chalice of harmony,and rush AS. 2 wards
Second back- upgrade shoes, get LT, then SC, always bring 2 wards.
finally get warmog or GA or Zhonya if u wanna hav more fun

unnecessary item- sightstone- 975 is expensive if u just wan the wards, save the ruby crystal for LT or legion.
Heart- ur R want everyone to attack u,
thornmail- ur R receive 50% incoming dmg, by the time u get SC, probably end game,

summoner spell - FLASH, IGNITE or BARRIER

well, just my 2 cents opinion, what I suggest is limited gold with carefully item pick suggestion for top items, since as supporter, our CS is low and assist any available kill, not much gold but need end game in fast phase.

I used to feed btm in a game. enemy adc strong during mid game. a teammate suggest me to pump AP with all the gold gained. I did, and winning the game, my R deal a lot dmg to enemy squishy hero thats how we all win.

what will be your top items if your gold is limited and giving out maximum dmg potential?
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Nusaik (16) | November 27, 2013 9:32am
Tecfan wrote:

On the support item set, "Early" box, you basically list all 3 gold income items for supports. You should pick one or two and explain why and when each of them are viable.

This guide isn't updated for season 4 yet. MOBAFIRE automatically did this for some reason.
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Tecfan (1) | November 27, 2013 9:00am
On the support item set, "Early" box, you basically list all 3 gold income items for supports. You should pick one or two and explain why and when each of them are viable.
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Hogopogo (157) | November 11, 2013 5:38am
Good guide, but I think that you should at least include the Doran's Ring two Health Potion start. With your current rune and mastery set-up, you could be starting at lvl 1 with 61 ap, which is just too good to pass up :/
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Thatotherguy6 (2) | October 4, 2013 11:54pm
Played today against a mostly ap team. SO CLOSE TO PENTA. But then a nid came and took it. Then the Shyvana harassed me for WANTING a penta. This was the first time I took galio in pvp. I like it and i thank you.
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Nusaik (16) | September 9, 2013 7:18am
Aseafy wrote:



this is actually wrong. Galio can be played against a full AD melee team as a counterpick due to taunts bringing the enemy in VERY close for your team to easily combo them. Galio does not have to be built around magic resistance.

It's the same as rammus. You could use rammus to counter kassadin, katarina, akali, evelynn, diana, fizz, cho'gath etc.

This is true. Though Galio's passive can be very effective, he doesn't completely rely on building MR.
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Aseafy (25) | September 8, 2013 3:08pm
sirell wrote:

Why the **** would you pick Galio into a full AD team? Might as well pick Rammus.


this is actually wrong. Galio can be played against a full AD melee team as a counterpick due to taunts bringing the enemy in VERY close for your team to easily combo them. Galio does not have to be built around magic resistance.

It's the same as rammus. You could use rammus to counter kassadin, katarina, akali, evelynn, diana, fizz, cho'gath etc.
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sirell (395) | September 8, 2013 2:49pm
Why the **** would you pick Galio into a full AD team? Might as well pick Rammus.
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Tecnology (3) | September 8, 2013 1:42pm
I think thornmail can be good for Galio against a full AD team.
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Nusaik (16) | September 8, 2013 1:02pm
MQ2000 wrote:

Nice guide, only thing I didn't follow was the RoA. Didn't feel it was that great on Galio, and for health I got Spirit Visage instead.

While there are other options, I do think RoA is a very solid buy on midlane Galio. It gives you a lot of valuable stats and sustain that helps in lane. Spirit Visage is great on Galio too, especially the new buffed version.
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MQ2000 | September 6, 2013 6:26pm
Nice guide, only thing I didn't follow was the RoA. Didn't feel it was that great on Galio, and for health I got Spirit Visage instead.
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Nusaik (16) | September 6, 2013 4:16am

I really liked your guide and thought it was very insightful. Was hoping you will put more on Galio Support it seems to be very strong to me. Maybe put possible laning partners that synergize well and also what items you use. And for that matter besides the obvious whats most important for galio. I have items that i use on a regular basis but really curious what you suggest. And are there strong counters to galio support besides janna? Not sure if you have tried supp but seems to me lucian and galio synergize incredibly well i also heard graves does

Good idea, I might add that.
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Dirtyskeeze | September 3, 2013 10:26am
I really liked your guide and thought it was very insightful. Was hoping you will put more on Galio Support it seems to be very strong to me. Maybe put possible laning partners that synergize well and also what items you use. And for that matter besides the obvious whats most important for galio. I have items that i use on a regular basis but really curious what you suggest. And are there strong counters to galio support besides janna? Not sure if you have tried supp but seems to me lucian and galio synergize incredibly well i also heard graves does
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Nusaik (16) | July 9, 2013 4:25pm
Ilynx wrote:

What do you think about the item coming out: orb of winter. 70 magic resist and a shield? Seems like a great idea for Galio.

It's only available on The Howling Abbyss (ARAM), but there it's a great item. Works very well against AP poke teams (as said in the patch preview) and is of course even stronger on Galio because of his passive.
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Ilynx (3) | July 9, 2013 3:16pm
What do you think about the item coming out: orb of winter. 70 magic resist and a shield? Seems like a great idea for Galio.
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Nusaik (16) | July 2, 2013 7:40am
Vinlain wrote:

I know it was a couple of pages up about ganking bot/roaming. Your advice was very good about pushing the lane up, this is also great strategy for keeping the enemy mid from roaming is shoving the lane really hard if they try to leave, galio is an amazing pusher.

Also, for ganks, when I'm either q'in with buds or solo Q ranked, I run galio mid with teleport. The key is to get bot lane to ward the lane bush closest to the enemy tower. Then as soon as either the enemy jungle shows up or bot starts to push toweards your tower and passes the midline of lane, you can usually get a tele in behind them without them noticing, pop out of the bushes and ult into a double for your team/adc usually without the use of flash. In solo Q it's important to POLITELY ping the location you would like warded and advice them when inc/6 and able to respond to aggressive play. A lot of times just your tone will make/break the gank game for ya bot and I find ignite just to be kinda meh.

Very good tip about the teleport. Especially after 6, these ganks can be very deadly. If your ult doesn't get interrupted or cleansed, it is very likely your team will get 2 kills in a normal situation. In soloqueue it does require a lot of spam pinging because your allies don't always notice you.

I think the choice of Ignite vs Teleport depends on your playstyle. Do you want to carry by killing your lane opponent or do you want to carry by helping your team?
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Vinlain | July 1, 2013 10:13pm
I know it was a couple of pages up about ganking bot/roaming. Your advice was very good about pushing the lane up, this is also great strategy for keeping the enemy mid from roaming is shoving the lane really hard if they try to leave, galio is an amazing pusher.

Also, for ganks, when I'm either q'in with buds or solo Q ranked, I run galio mid with teleport. The key is to get bot lane to ward the lane bush closest to the enemy tower. Then as soon as either the enemy jungle shows up or bot starts to push toweards your tower and passes the midline of lane, you can usually get a tele in behind them without them noticing, pop out of the bushes and ult into a double for your team/adc usually without the use of flash. In solo Q it's important to POLITELY ping the location you would like warded and advice them when inc/6 and able to respond to aggressive play. A lot of times just your tone will make/break the gank game for ya bot and I find ignite just to be kinda meh.
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Nusaik (16) | June 27, 2013 1:33am
Nzambi wrote:

If I were wanting to play him Top, would that be Viable?

At the moment, Galio is a bit on the weaker side as a toplaner. However, he works very well against double AP comps since he can stack a lot of MR.

So yes, he can be viable, just situationally. It depends on a lot of things like your MMR and team comps.
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Nzambi | June 26, 2013 8:11pm
If I were wanting to play him Top, would that be Viable?
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Nusaik (16) | May 17, 2013 5:49am
taringuero wrote:

I registered just to post this. This guide is awesome! I was fairly tempted by Galio now that he's free to play this week, so I jumped into it with this guide. Of the 5 games I've played with him (4 top lane, 1 support) I've won all four. This is how it turned out for me:

4/1/10, 55 minutes
8/2/10, 27 minutes
2/0/6, 27 minutes (support)
4/0/13, 29 minutes
6/4/14, 37 minutes

Just wanted to tell you that you've made an awesome guide and it's turned Galio into one of my favorite heroes. Kudos!


Basinator wrote:

What about IG?

I want to note that Ohm - in my opinion - is very weak AND situational.

Include Locket. Add hints that the support and jungler might buy them, so better watch out for that.

What about MR quints? They give +12 MR, which equal to 6 AP vs 15 AP. Guess you can dominate your lane even harder with those.

I wouldnt recommend Shard/Reverie that much on a AP/tank build, TBH. I think FH is better than RO as a mainstream item.

What about SFC? You are melee and you can bind enemies to you with your ult. Apart of that, you are also a tank.


Basinator wrote:

Addendum: I just played vs a Kassadin who was insanely go(o)d dodging my smites. I quickly decided to max Gust because of this. You might want to include this into your guide.


Hey, thanks for your comments. I'm glad you like my guide.

First of all, I'd like to say the Items chapter is outdated and will be replaced soon. The items you see at the top of the guide are my current recommendations. I could include Locket too.

MR quints are shown as an option for solo-laners. They can definately be a good pick against poke-heavy enemies.

Maxing E sometimes can be good depending on your enemy. I'll add a few lines about this I think.

Anyway, thanks for your suggestions!
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Basinator (5) | May 17, 2013 5:26am
Addendum: I just played vs a Kassadin who was insanely go(o)d dodging my smites. I quickly decided to max Gust because of this. You might want to include this into your guide.
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Basinator (5) | May 17, 2013 5:21am
What about IG?

I want to note that Ohm - in my opinion - is very weak AND situational.

Include Locket. Add hints that the support and jungler might buy them, so better watch out for that.

What about MR quints? They give +12 MR, which equal to 6 AP vs 15 AP. Guess you can dominate your lane even harder with those.

I wouldnt recommend Shard/Reverie that much on a AP/tank build, TBH. I think FH is better than RO as a mainstream item.

What about SFC? You are melee and you can bind enemies to you with your ult. Apart of that, you are also a tank.
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taringuero | May 16, 2013 7:06pm
I registered just to post this. This guide is awesome! I was fairly tempted by Galio now that he's free to play this week, so I jumped into it with this guide. Of the 5 games I've played with him (4 top lane, 1 support) I've won all four. This is how it turned out for me:

4/1/10, 55 minutes
8/2/10, 27 minutes
2/0/6, 27 minutes (support)
4/0/13, 29 minutes
6/4/14, 37 minutes

Just wanted to tell you that you've made an awesome guide and it's turned Galio into one of my favorite heroes. Kudos!
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Nusaik (16) | May 12, 2013 3:52am
Skau wrote:

I really enjoy your guide so far. Thought i am not "new" on playing Galio but i have a lot to learn about him.

There is just one thing i am unsure about what you mean.
In the Masteries-Section for the support role you wrote nearby Tough Skin : Great against the large amount of minion damage you will be taking in exchanges in top-lane.
In how far do you mean in top-lane? Ir is it just a miss in typing?

Besides that i cant await the update for the Item-Section!

Hi, thanks for your comment. I didn't misstype that, I think Galio can be played in top-lane. However, I noticed this mastery now doesn't work anymore in lane because it only reduces damage from jungle monsters. It used to also reduce damage from minions, which was very good for top-laners to have. I'll change it ASAP.

I'm also working on the items section, but it will take a while because there are so many items you can buy on Galio.

leoanimus wrote:

I like the solo lane part of the build but disagree with the support section. I think you build for damage too much, but this might be personal preference. I tend to stay away from the damaging runes and masteries as well as the items, especially on galieo. His passive allows you to build items like Crucible and Runic Bulwark and gain AP from the MR on those items, at the same time giving auras to your team. No need to build items like shard IMO. Better to build as more of a tanky support with plenty of MR which will give you the AP you need to do anything in team fights. Just my opinion.

I think you're looking at the old Items chapter, which has to be updated. If you take a look at the builds at the top of the guide, you can see my new item choices, which consist of mainly tank/support items and some offensive options. I think you usually don't get more than 3 full items as a support, but if you're that rich, you might as well buy some damage. You can see pro players in the LCS doing this too sometimes. They for example sometimes buy items like Haunting Guise and/or Zhonya's Hourglass on support Zyra or Elise.
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leoanimus | May 12, 2013 2:46am
I like the solo lane part of the build but disagree with the support section. I think you build for damage too much, but this might be personal preference. I tend to stay away from the damaging runes and masteries as well as the items, especially on galieo. His passive allows you to build items like Crucible and Runic Bulwark and gain AP from the MR on those items, at the same time giving auras to your team. No need to build items like shard IMO. Better to build as more of a tanky support with plenty of MR which will give you the AP you need to do anything in team fights. Just my opinion.
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Skau | May 11, 2013 9:16pm
I really enjoy your guide so far. Thought i am not "new" on playing Galio but i have a lot to learn about him.

There is just one thing i am unsure about what you mean.
In the Masteries-Section for the support role you wrote nearby Tough Skin : Great against the large amount of minion damage you will be taking in exchanges in top-lane.
In how far do you mean in top-lane? Ir is it just a miss in typing?

Besides that i cant await the update for the Item-Section!
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Nusaik (16) | April 30, 2013 3:43am

Wow this **** is terrible. Max E over W, get a Deathcap and a Void staff. You actually think Galio is a MAGE lategame? He fills up a tank spot which allows your jungler/top to play an offensive character without ruining the team comp. Also when I saw Lich Bane is supposed to be an optional item I almost got cancer.

Your whole guide consists off ********. Please either learn what your character is supposed to do or delete is from mobafire. Number 1 **** guides making noobs buy dumb stuff all day (PS Randuins is barely an optional item for ANYONE with a taunt)

This guide is just BBCode which makes My little pony fans like it instead of actual information

Hmmm, it looks like you can't read.

Outdated! Will be updated soon.



Yep that giant red message is at the top of the items chapter.

Also, you obviously don't know much about Galio, or LoL in general. I'm not even going to respond to your criticism because you're just mad and not thinking about what you type.

Please come back once you've played a bit more and you've taken some chill pills. If you have anything to say that's worth reading, feel free to comment again.
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Osiummaster (1) | April 29, 2013 5:07pm
Wow this **** is terrible. Max E over W, get a Deathcap and a Void staff. You actually think Galio is a MAGE lategame? He fills up a tank spot which allows your jungler/top to play an offensive character without ruining the team comp. Also when I saw Lich Bane is supposed to be an optional item I almost got cancer.

Your whole guide consists off ********. Please either learn what your character is supposed to do or delete is from mobafire. Number 1 **** guides making noobs buy dumb stuff all day (PS Randuins is barely an optional item for ANYONE with a taunt)

This guide is just BBCode which makes My little pony fans like it instead of actual information
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Ilynx (3) | April 28, 2013 5:09pm
Nusaik wrote:


It depends on the enemy champions. Galio can deal insane damage to any squishy ADC and has a good slow. But he relies on skillshots, so ADCs with dashes can dodge them if they react well. After 6 however, his ult obviously makes him a much stronger ganker.

Just try to see how botlane is doing. If the enemies push to your bot turret all the time, go gank. If your botlane is pushed to their turret and you can go for a 4v2 dive with your jungler, do it. When you go, try to push your lane first, so you don't miss tons of gold/xp. This is really easy to do with Galio though.


Thanks! This guide has been so helpful so far. Galio is an interesting champ, so building with him is a bit difficult.
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Nusaik (16) | April 18, 2013 4:10am
Ilynx wrote:

Do you recommend moving out of mid lane to help out bot or sometimes? Is Galio a strong ganker?

It depends on the enemy champions. Galio can deal insane damage to any squishy ADC and has a good slow. But he relies on skillshots, so ADCs with dashes can dodge them if they react well. After 6 however, his ult obviously makes him a much stronger ganker.

Just try to see how botlane is doing. If the enemies push to your bot turret all the time, go gank. If your botlane is pushed to their turret and you can go for a 4v2 dive with your jungler, do it. When you go, try to push your lane first, so you don't miss tons of gold/xp. This is really easy to do with Galio though.
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Ilynx (3) | April 17, 2013 8:20pm
Do you recommend moving out of mid lane to help out bot or sometimes? Is Galio a strong ganker?
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Nusaik (16) | April 17, 2013 1:01pm



Oh geez now I feel very silly. I remember using it on Nasus when I first started playing LoL last April. It still shows as an item here so I assumed it was still around. Thank you for the clarification and the advice on the SV.

No problem :P
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Lazarus Blade (3) | April 17, 2013 11:05am
Nusaik wrote:


Uuuuuuuuuhm... I'm sorry to tell you, but FoN was removed from the game ages ago, so I'm not sure how you got this idea. To clarify though, it would've been a good item on Galio.



Spirit Visage can be very good on Galio, especially early-game, where it will give you tons of extra sustain. I will probably add this to to my item options.


Oh geez now I feel very silly. I remember using it on Nasus when I first started playing LoL last April. It still shows as an item here so I assumed it was still around. Thank you for the clarification and the advice on the SV.
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Nusaik (16) | April 17, 2013 7:24am

I have been doing some of my own theory crafting after several games playing Galio and was wondering what you think of FoN? I did not see it on your guide and if I missed it I apologize for bugging you. But it seems that it would definitely give Galio alot of extra oomph as it were. I have yet to try it myself but the MR would synergize nicely as well as the passive. Also what do you feel about the spirit visage? again some good MR, health and the perks of the passive healing buff along with cool down. Thanks!

Uuuuuuuuuhm... I'm sorry to tell you, but FoN was removed from the game ages ago, so I'm not sure how you got this idea. To clarify though, it would've been a good item on Galio.

Spirit Visage can be very good on Galio, especially early-game, where it will give you tons of extra sustain. I will probably add this to to my item options.
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Lazarus Blade (3) | April 17, 2013 6:25am
I have been doing some of my own theory crafting after several games playing Galio and was wondering what you think of FoN? I did not see it on your guide and if I missed it I apologize for bugging you. But it seems that it would definitely give Galio alot of extra oomph as it were. I have yet to try it myself but the MR would synergize nicely as well as the passive. Also what do you feel about the spirit visage? again some good MR, health and the perks of the passive healing buff along with cool down. Thanks!
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Nusaik (16) | April 16, 2013 2:17am
Opeth wrote:

Great built, I started with MR-Cloak and few AP-runes and AP-Quints and my early-game was insane.

I've lost the game anyway because AP-Galio is much more dependent on the focus-dmg of his own team. If they don't do so he'll die very soon after using his ult.
Btw: I just build Chalice of Harmony and didn't upgrade it. I've never got oom although I was constantly harassing. I rather go for a tanky item after finishing the core-build without buying Athene's Grail.

Yea Galio's early-game can be quite insane against mages.
Upgrading Chalice of Harmony of course depends on you mana usage. If you're oom sometimes it's a good upgrade.
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Opeth (7) | April 11, 2013 6:37am
Great built, I started with MR-Cloak and few AP-runes and AP-Quints and my early-game was insane.

I've lost the game anyway because AP-Galio is much more dependent on the focus-dmg of his own team. If they don't do so he'll die very soon after using his ult.
Btw: I just build Chalice of Harmony and didn't upgrade it. I've never got oom although I was constantly harassing. I rather go for a tanky item after finishing the core-build without buying Athene's Grail.
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Nusaik (16) | April 9, 2013 8:09am
Deshiba wrote:

I've been playing Support Galio heck of a lot. I kind of disagree with your masteries and summoner spells. Personally I take 9/0/21, because he is able to tank from his innate stats and runes + W armor/mr. Furthermore I take HEAL because your ult is better then any exhaust will ever be, your shield can protect the carry better, but you don't have any sustain.

9-0-21 masteries can be fine too. Though I like to get at least some points in defence against poke (since Galio is melee). It really helps early-game.

Personally I take Ignite as solo-laner and Exhaust as a support, but heal can work very well (it's best on support I think). It depends on what you're used to and what kind of lane you're playing.
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Deshiba | April 9, 2013 7:35am
I've been playing Support Galio heck of a lot. I kind of disagree with your masteries and summoner spells. Personally I take 9/0/21, because he is able to tank from his innate stats and runes + W armor/mr. Furthermore I take HEAL because your ult is better then any exhaust will ever be, your shield can protect the carry better, but you don't have any sustain.
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Satella (177) | April 6, 2013 7:33am
Everyone in solo queue wants to carry so they try to last-hit champions all the time, resulting in the snowballers not getting fed and a lot of rage about KSing. As you can imagine, five people walking into a game with the mindset that they're 1v5 inevitably leads to bad games.
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Lazarus Blade (3) | April 6, 2013 7:00am
That is the one thing I never quite understood is why everyone is so obsessive over getting kills. Even when I play Nasus I typically have more assists than kills which is just fine. As long as I don't feed and help get the "W" for my team it really shouldn't matter. With that said Building Galio with all MR and AP he still functions extraordinarily well as a harasser and support. Even though I may not get many kills with him I am still responsible for helping my team secure half if not more kills in the game. I believe that may be why he is underplayed b/c his primary focus is not getting the last hit for champion kills. Other people's ignorance is our gain which is just fine with me ;)
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Nusaik (16) | April 5, 2013 5:20am
Goldschuss wrote:

You're guide works awesome! I learned from it how to play galio and after some month the training pays off. Here is the result of the first ranked game I played with galio.

http://img833.imageshack.us/img833/7610/unbenanntiih.png

Edit: yea 28 assists :P I rather helped my team more than killing enemys by myself.

Well Galio will always be the assist king :)
Congratulations and thanks for sharing!


Great guide m8. +1

Thanks!
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Lazarus Blade (3) | April 5, 2013 5:06am
Great guide m8. +1
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Goldschuss (5) | March 8, 2013 12:35pm
You're guide works awesome! I learned from it how to play galio and after some month the training pays off. Here is the result of the first ranked game I played with galio.

http://img833.imageshack.us/img833/7610/unbenanntiih.png

Edit: yea 28 assists :P I rather helped my team more than killing enemys by myself.
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DarkAkumaLord (61) | February 21, 2013 5:59am
I like how there's only 3 Galio guides. ._. I still like this guide when Galio is free
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Nusaik (16) | February 20, 2013 7:37am
Sinitar204 wrote:

as a new person to the league this has been a huge help for me in how to play Galio. I also really like your masteries but being only lvl 21 atm I do not get the full benefits of your build so I am running full offense atm tell I hit 30 and have the IP to upgrade to full tier 3 runes. Funny thing is I have yet to run into a single match where I have had to fight over picking Galio much less play against him.

Galio seems to be pretty unpopular at the moment. His damage might need some buffs.
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Nusaik (16) | February 20, 2013 7:36am
Vinlain wrote:

I play a good bit of galio and I like to work on a sunfire cape as an early armor item. I feel like that with abyssal mesh very well with his ulti which is the main reason you would pick galio for team fights. The reduced mres + additional magic damage while you channel seems to be ideal while granting you some armor and HP (which is now the tank stat of choice). I feel like with the s3 pen changes this works out better than building a heavy armor item....not sure how you feel about that.

All pretty good ideas. Abyssal Scepter is very strong early- to mid-game. It works well against other mages and gives you an advantage in lane. Some problems are that its range is lower than the range of your Q and E and it doesn't stack well with Void Staff. Sunfire Cape is a good option if you need armor and health. It's really good to rush against an AD lane opponent and has generally become very strong in S3.
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Sinitar204 | February 17, 2013 2:12pm
as a new person to the league this has been a huge help for me in how to play Galio. I also really like your masteries but being only lvl 21 atm I do not get the full benefits of your build so I am running full offense atm tell I hit 30 and have the IP to upgrade to full tier 3 runes. Funny thing is I have yet to run into a single match where I have had to fight over picking Galio much less play against him.
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Vinlain | February 11, 2013 2:45pm
I play a good bit of galio and I like to work on a sunfire cape as an early armor item. I feel like that with abyssal mesh very well with his ulti which is the main reason you would pick galio for team fights. The reduced mres + additional magic damage while you channel seems to be ideal while granting you some armor and HP (which is now the tank stat of choice). I feel like with the s3 pen changes this works out better than building a heavy armor item....not sure how you feel about that.
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Nusaik (16) | January 24, 2013 3:44pm
smores334 wrote:

Great guide man! might i suggest getting a banshee's veil. mid it makes your opponent have to poke then do their combo and gives a good amount HP and MR

It's definately a good item for Galio. It's under Other good items in my guide.
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smores334 | January 21, 2013 2:17pm
Great guide man! might i suggest getting a banshee's veil. mid it makes your opponent have to poke then do their combo and gives a good amount HP and MR
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Nusaik (16) | January 5, 2013 6:31pm

Awesome Guide, I especially like the tank and mage setup the best! Might be my favorite champion to play with now because of this epic build. Upvoted!

Thanks! Glad you liked my guide. Have fun playing Galio :)
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Nightmarex40 | January 5, 2013 6:21pm
Awesome Guide, I especially like the tank and mage setup the best! Might be my favorite champion to play with now because of this epic build. Upvoted!
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Nusaik (16) | January 2, 2013 12:22pm
Carlituz wrote:

I just wanted to state this. this is a pretty solid guide, but not considering abyssal on your main builds, tears my heart apart.

I agree Abyssal Scepter is a great item on Galio in many situations, but it doesn't really fit with the other items in the core build. It would give you more MR than you need and it doesn't work well with Void Staff. Also Galio has more range on his abilities than the aura, but that's not that significant.

naquoae wrote:

seems pretty solid to me except for one minor issue. on the masteries for support build you say to take only 2 points in durability and to take 1 in veteran's scars. this isn't possible since a pre-requisite for veteran's scars is 4 points in durability. it's not a huge issue, just a little thing to be noted and fixed whenever.

Thanks for pointing that out. Not sure how it happened but I fixed it now.
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naquoae | January 2, 2013 8:15am
seems pretty solid to me except for one minor issue. on the masteries for support build you say to take only 2 points in durability and to take 1 in veteran's scars. this isn't possible since a pre-requisite for veteran's scars is 4 points in durability. it's not a huge issue, just a little thing to be noted and fixed whenever.
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Carlituz (3) | December 29, 2012 5:03pm
I just wanted to state this. this is a pretty solid guide, but not considering abyssal on your main builds, tears my heart apart.
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MisterCreeper | December 22, 2012 2:13pm
Hey guys, I had my first time galio with this guide. So I played draft mode normal game and I wanted to be lastpick to counter the enemy AP mid. I was almost last and they had the lastpick instead. I locked Galio and then their lastpick picked Syndra, of all the champions. Turns out she is really potent vs Galio, she basicly outranged me so hard and her harras hurt alot. I'm not saying she is hard counter vs Galio, but she managed to be just as harrasing as me. Anyway I'm glad the enemy counter me wisely by picking Syndra (I would have lost to any burst mage, btw I'm still a noob with Galio). I like that there are smart, thinking people in the LoL community. We won that game since they had 3 other AD champs and Alistar, Syndra isn't the largest magic damage dealer afterall. Still good matchup I think for mid. gg
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Nusaik (16) | December 9, 2012 3:22am

Great guide but shouldn't you rush Abyssal Scepter so it gives you a nice MR boost + some extra AP + your passive Runic Skin converts half of your MR as AP so shouldn't you get it first? If I do the math correctly, it is 70 AP + 45 MR + 45/2 AP (which is 22.5 AP) = 92.5 AP and 45 MR which is ridiculously OP. Just my two cents on it, though. Very nice guide. +1

Thanks for commenting.

Abyssal Scepter is definately a good item on Galio. I've just reworked this guide for the preseason 3 patch so I might change things around. The problem is, you abilities have more range than the aura of the item. This doesn't mean it's not good on Galio though, the stats alone are already great. It's a good item to get for a better laning phase. You could get it instead of Runic Bulwark if someone else on your team is already getting Aegis of the Legion or Runic Bulwark.
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davidkim2106 (12) | December 8, 2012 5:14pm
Great guide but shouldn't you rush Abyssal Scepter so it gives you a nice MR boost + some extra AP + your passive Runic Skin converts half of your MR as AP so shouldn't you get it first? If I do the math correctly, it is 70 AP + 45 MR + 45/2 AP (which is 22.5 AP) = 92.5 AP and 45 MR which is ridiculously OP. Just my two cents on it, though. Very nice guide. +1
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Nusaik (16) | November 20, 2012 2:34pm

Great guide! I'm just going to throw my opinions out there though. I personally build a Banshee instead of GA because GA on galio is kind of useless cause he will die right after reviving. Banshee gives him health, ap and MR. If I need armor I go thornmail because they are taking damage for each hit on you. I also would talk about how randuin's can be used, you are taunting people to come close to u then right when time is up you can randuins and it affects a lot of champs greatly, mobility, AS, and usually ends to like 3 kills.

I would make a section about when and when not to pick up galio on a team. For instance you don't want to pick up galio just because he counters their mid...what if their top, jungle are ad...then your MR is kinda useless. You want to pick galio when ur team is highly AOE or positioned based ults, or if the other team has say: Maokai jungle, singed top, a mid champ. Then galio is awesome pick cause all their team that does damage is ap but the ADC.

Hi thanks for your feedback! Here are my thoughts:

Banshee's Veil is certainly a great item on Galio, especially against champions with long range interrupts. The spellshield is great for blocking them. The stats are also helpful.

Guardian Angel is an overpowered item though, as it allows you to just run into teamfights and cast all your abilities. Then you might die and get revived while your QWE come back off cooldown again. The few seconds you are dead might get enemies to stop focussing you once you come back. Unless you're losing the teamfight badly, you probably won't die. If you do, you've built too squishy, you're too far behind in gold/items or the enemy team has just spent ages taking you down (allowing your team to kill them). If you're saying Galio would die right after reviving, then you're pretty much saying everyone would die right after reviving, meaning GA is a useless item. Though it has been confirmed by Riot (nerfs incoming) and many pro players that it is too strong at the moment.

Randuin's Omen is a very good item on Galio. It does slow AS, which might make your ult a bit weaker, but that's hardly noticable most of the time. I could add a bit more information about the item.

I think it's pretty obvious when to pick Galio. But I might add a small section on this.
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Bigg Fuddgee (10) | November 19, 2012 9:37am
Great guide! I'm just going to throw my opinions out there though. I personally build a Banshee instead of GA because GA on galio is kind of useless cause he will die right after reviving. Banshee gives him health, ap and MR. If I need armor I go thornmail because they are taking damage for each hit on you. I also would talk about how randuin's can be used, you are taunting people to come close to u then right when time is up you can randuins and it affects a lot of champs greatly, mobility, AS, and usually ends to like 3 kills.

I would make a section about when and when not to pick up galio on a team. For instance you don't want to pick up galio just because he counters their mid...what if their top, jungle are ad...then your MR is kinda useless. You want to pick galio when ur team is highly AOE or positioned based ults, or if the other team has say: Maokai jungle, singed top, a mid champ. Then galio is awesome pick cause all their team that does damage is ap but the ADC.
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Nusaik (16) | November 16, 2012 5:33am
Ifkec wrote:

After consulting with your guide, i remade mine, and my gameplay, score and everything else improved. I am very satisfied with this guide :)

Glad you liked it and it helped ^^
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Ifkec | November 14, 2012 10:09am
After consulting with your guide, i remade mine, and my gameplay, score and everything else improved. I am very satisfied with this guide :)
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jhoijhoi (1881) | November 7, 2012 1:58am
Nice guide! +1. I don't like the Meki Pendant start though. Not very realistic :/
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Showda (2) | November 6, 2012 10:52pm
Great guide, however i disagree with the Tier 1 ap mastery usage. I find it quite useless and i can't think of a single champion i use it on. I find the flat ad mastery to be much more useful as it makes farming much easier. If you grab the full 4 points in flat ap, it gives you a whopping 4 ap, 5 if you get raba. That is less then 2 damage on all of galio's spells ((Maybe 3)) which is nowhere worth losing the extra help in farm personally.
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Nusaik (16) | November 5, 2012 2:30am
Glayde wrote:

Great guide man. Good details, beautiful layout, just amazing in general.

Keep up the good work! :)

EDIT: Picture too big, here's the link: http://img69.imageshack.us/img69/8192/9321galiogg.png

Thanks for the comment ^^

Very nice picture :P
It's a good example of how you should adapt to the situation with your build. If you're ahead, you might as well just go AP, even as a 'support' (with 202 farm).
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Glayde (5) | November 4, 2012 7:00pm
Great guide man. Good details, beautiful layout, just amazing in general.

Keep up the good work! :)

EDIT: Picture too big, here's the link: http://img69.imageshack.us/img69/8192/9321galiogg.png
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Nusaik (16) | November 1, 2012 5:07am
Gregorio21 wrote:

It would be awesome if you added a mindset section where you outline what galio's role is and whether you should play aggressively or back or whatever. Probably one per build though.

Good suggestion. I have explained this partially in the Gameplay section, but I could expand this section a bit.



Very good in-depth, I really love the way you formatted your guide!

Miralithia wrote:

Just wanted to say, this guide is ****ing beautiful, made my eyes love it, and made me want to read it, I haven't even read it yet, but it looked so good I had to comment first!!

Haha, thanks! :P
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Miralithia | October 31, 2012 9:10pm
Just wanted to say, this guide is ****ing beautiful, made my eyes love it, and made me want to read it, I haven't even read it yet, but it looked so good I had to comment first!!
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LiLStormcloaK (72) | October 31, 2012 10:59am
Very good in-depth, I really love the way you formatted your guide!
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Gregorio21 | October 30, 2012 5:32pm
It would be awesome if you added a mindset section where you outline what galio's role is and whether you should play aggressively or back or whatever. Probably one per build though.
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Nusaik (16) | October 24, 2012 6:08am
Kaveboi wrote:


I finally created an account just to comment on your guide and give some critiques, and I must say this guide is amazing to say the least.

But the only problem I will present to you is to give some more pointers when laning against certain champs. The main champions that concern me which you generalized to be a mage and can be easily counter is katarina, sion, and of course kass. I say this because I've meet all of these guys in lane(other champs as well) and they are definitely really hard to counter. Like katarina, she's manaless, constant harass, healing debuff, and extremely slippery as she can shunpo out of your nukes with the only bad percussion is the cooldown, which isn't that much to begin with. So I like to offer some tips to help cope with them.

Katarina: Very slippery, so only nuke and harass her when she shunpo's your minion wave. She is very quick so you must decide immediately when to send your nuke. As for her ult, you instantly put on your shield and follow with your ult. This would lessen the impact of the dmg but a small margin, but any laning against her any amount of hp is valuable. The ult is only used because you would want to interrupt her ult as soon as possible to stop her from maximizing her dps output. This is purely based off of my opinion as some katarinas are not as aggressive but as a katarina if you're not aggressive you're probably losing your lane as katarina.

Sion: Tricky mid, don't see too much of him mid lane but top lane is very likely. His AP build is pretty bursty and his AD is devastating early and late game, but this can be avoided with quick response. When laning against a sion, keep your distance because a full combo really hurts. Harass him with your nuke when you can, apply your shield when he is about to stun you; the missile speed is pretty slow but still predict it. As the for the ult be very, very, VERY, careful knowing when to ult. Because if sion has his ult active and you ult him, you've made a terrible mistake. His lifesteal during his ult is massive so he is able to heal off the dmg even though your ult blocks 50% of the dmg.

Care to leave your input on how to approach these champs but this is my opinion, and this is just an example but please add more tips to counter certain champions.

One more thing, I want to say again your guide is well put together, I win about 80% of my games with this guide. This is coming from a guy who played galio a few times and sucked so bad on every galio game, to then be turned to a decent galio haha. I even fancy the legendary skin now that I feel abit more attuned with galio.

Glad you liketh guide :) I appreciate your comment.

First of all I'd like to say I'm really busy with university and stuff, so I don't have a lot of time to work on my guides. There are some things I want to add, but it might take a while. You have some good points. Here's what I'd like to say about them:

Katarina: She's certainly strong against many skillshot champions, including Galio. Galio's advantage however, is his tankiness. Katarina excells at instantly taking down squishy targets, but she can't really kill Galio in one combo (unless she's fed ofcourse). Still, she is very difficult to lane against because she can easily dodge your abilities with Shunpo. Some advice: try to find out your opponent's playstyle. Some Katarina players tend to just stay passive, dodging abilities with a defensive Shunpo and harrassing with Bouncing Blades. Try to predict their Shunpo and hit them or just farm as much as possible and basically ignore her poke with your Bulwark shield/heal. Others play more agressively. They Shunpo towards you once you use abilities and then counter-attack. Without jungler presence, this is hard to lane against. On the other hand, these Kat players will leave themself very vulnerable to ganks by using Shunpo offensively, so ask your jungler to help.

Sion: Haven't played much Galio vs. Sion so I can't say much about this. Solotop vs AD Sion can be very painful and doesn't really allow for any counter-play other then farming with your abilities and poking him. Against AP Sion: just run the **** away when he charges his shield and you should probably be fine.

I'd like to add more detailed explanations to the guide when I have time, which I don't have right now ^^

Anyways thanks for the feedback.
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Kaveboi | October 22, 2012 9:39am

I finally created an account just to comment on your guide and give some critiques, and I must say this guide is amazing to say the least.

But the only problem I will present to you is to give some more pointers when laning against certain champs. The main champions that concern me which you generalized to be a mage and can be easily counter is katarina, sion, and of course kass. I say this because I've meet all of these guys in lane(other champs as well) and they are definitely really hard to counter. Like katarina, she's manaless, constant harass, healing debuff, and extremely slippery as she can shunpo out of your nukes with the only bad percussion is the cooldown, which isn't that much to begin with. So I like to offer some tips to help cope with them.

Katarina: Very slippery, so only nuke and harass her when she shunpo's your minion wave. She is very quick so you must decide immediately when to send your nuke. As for her ult, you instantly put on your shield and follow with your ult. This would lessen the impact of the dmg but a small margin, but any laning against her any amount of hp is valuable. The ult is only used because you would want to interrupt her ult as soon as possible to stop her from maximizing her dps output. This is purely based off of my opinion as some katarinas are not as aggressive but as a katarina if you're not aggressive you're probably losing your lane as katarina.

Sion: Tricky mid, don't see too much of him mid lane but top lane is very likely. His AP build is pretty bursty and his AD is devastating early and late game, but this can be avoided with quick response. When laning against a sion, keep your distance because a full combo really hurts. Harass him with your nuke when you can, apply your shield when he is about to stun you; the missile speed is pretty slow but still predict it. As the for the ult be very, very, VERY, careful knowing when to ult. Because if sion has his ult active and you ult him, you've made a terrible mistake. His lifesteal during his ult is massive so he is able to heal off the dmg even though your ult blocks 50% of the dmg.

Care to leave your input on how to approach these champs but this is my opinion, and this is just an example but please add more tips to counter certain champions.

One more thing, I want to say again your guide is well put together, I win about 80% of my games with this guide. This is coming from a guy who played galio a few times and sucked so bad on every galio game, to then be turned to a decent galio haha. I even fancy the legendary skin now that I feel abit more attuned with galio.
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Nusaik (16) | October 20, 2012 7:44am

This dude is sick! A slow, a speed up, a shield THAT HEALS YOU, an ulti that taunts all enemies. How do not more people play this guy. I love playing him in matches when you land that slow then speed you and your team up to get that guy it's just awesome or ulti a teamfight allowing them to focus down squishy targets and get those high damage targets off them.

Great guide, love the builds!

He used to get played a lot at a professional level. Then the AP ratio on his Q got nerfed from 0.7 to 0.6 and everyone stopped playing him for some reason. He's still a very strong champion though, just underplayed.
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PredatorGenesis (2) | October 14, 2012 10:19pm
This dude is sick! A slow, a speed up, a shield THAT HEALS YOU, an ulti that taunts all enemies. How do not more people play this guy. I love playing him in matches when you land that slow then speed you and your team up to get that guy it's just awesome or ulti a teamfight allowing them to focus down squishy targets and get those high damage targets off them.

Great guide, love the builds!
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Nusaik (16) | October 14, 2012 4:18am
Nujison wrote:

Definitely made my galio my most used in ranked play , i even bought the gatekeeper galio :)

Nice to hear ^^
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Nujison (1) | October 14, 2012 2:06am
Definitely made my galio my most used in ranked play , i even bought the gatekeeper galio :)
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Nusaik (16) | October 9, 2012 2:09am
Lexosceles wrote:

I really like it - super detailed! I did find myself getting Force of Nature, it seemed like a natural choice on him. On your mage cheat sheet, you might want to add Catalyst of Aeons before some of the other items. I kinda dived into the game, and didn't notice that I should have bought Catalyst of Aeons until too late. But that could have just been user error. XD

"I did find myself getting Force of Nature, it seemed like a natural choice on him."
I see what you did there :P

Anyway, Force of Nature is very good on Galio. It's included in my 'Other items' list. catalyst the protector is always a good item for laning, but I don't think Galio really needs it early, unless you're in a difficult lane. Your mana regen from Chalice of Harmony, combined with some blue buffs should be enough to keep your mana up, and since you will have so much MR, you will take less damage and will need less health regen. Still nothing wrong with getting it earlier though.
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Lexosceles (5) | October 8, 2012 8:41pm
I really like it - super detailed! I did find myself getting Force of Nature, it seemed like a natural choice on him. On your mage cheat sheet, you might want to add Catalyst of Aeons before some of the other items. I kinda dived into the game, and didn't notice that I should have bought Catalyst of Aeons until too late. But that could have just been user error. XD
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Nusaik (16) | October 8, 2012 11:38am

Hey I just want to say this is a great guide, but when I play Galio I like to get Force of Nature, I am not sure if this is a correct way to tank him..

Force of Nature is certainly a good item for Galio. It gives tons of MR and a good amount of AP. The movement speed bonus is helpful when initiating.
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Nusaik (16) | October 8, 2012 11:34am

I like when people give lots of alternatives :)

Yep, there's never one way to build a champion.
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Coldmischief (2) | October 7, 2012 2:12pm
Hey I just want to say this is a great guide, but when I play Galio I like to get Force of Nature, I am not sure if this is a correct way to tank him..
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xrhstos3000 | October 3, 2012 3:20pm
I like when people give lots of alternatives :)
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Nusaik (16) | October 2, 2012 2:15am
DaHuang wrote:

nice guide

Thanks!
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DaHuang | September 10, 2012 9:48pm
nice guide
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Nusaik (16) | September 3, 2012 9:38am
EpicWally wrote:

I am new to Galio, but two there are a few items which I think should at least be mentioned as situational items.

Zhonya's Hourglass - Against an AD heavy team, Zhonya's gives a very good amount of armor, a ton of damage, and a very good active. Even against a balanced team, I would probably prioritize this as my armor item, as the 100AP it gives will make you not ignorable. Not best for a tank build, but in the mage build, a great item.

Lich Bane - You will probably only buy this if you are really fed, but it gives a decent 30MR, 95 AP (after factoring in his passive) and a great amount of extra move speed. The passive on it isn't good, but it isn't completely terrible, as you will probably be in position to get a couple hard-hitting punches off during the fight.

Kage's Lucky Pick - Another solid GP10 item that gives him better poke, and better sustain off his Bulwark. The items that build off it aren't the best for him, but you can sell it late game and still come out ahead. His builds all look very pricey, so the extra gold from this will payoff in a long game if it is bought early.

Rylai's Crystal Scepter - I would consider this over Rod of Ages. Almost the same cost, the same AP, a little less health, but you pick up the slow on all your abilities. You also lose the mana from RoA, but in my short experience, Galio doesn't really have mana problems (especially with Athene's Unholy Grail,) and I've never been that enamored with the token sustain that RoA's passive gives.

Again, all situational/play style dependant items, but they are all worthy of mention.

Good guide. +1

Some good suggestions. I will add them to the other items section.
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EpicWally | September 3, 2012 5:51am
I am new to Galio, but two there are a few items which I think should at least be mentioned as situational items.

Zhonya's Hourglass - Against an AD heavy team, Zhonya's gives a very good amount of armor, a ton of damage, and a very good active. Even against a balanced team, I would probably prioritize this as my armor item, as the 100AP it gives will make you not ignorable. Not best for a tank build, but in the mage build, a great item.

Lich Bane - You will probably only buy this if you are really fed, but it gives a decent 30MR, 95 AP (after factoring in his passive) and a great amount of extra move speed. The passive on it isn't good, but it isn't completely terrible, as you will probably be in position to get a couple hard-hitting punches off during the fight.

Kage's Lucky Pick - Another solid GP10 item that gives him better poke, and better sustain off his Bulwark. The items that build off it aren't the best for him, but you can sell it late game and still come out ahead. His builds all look very pricey, so the extra gold from this will payoff in a long game if it is bought early.

Rylai's Crystal Scepter - I would consider this over Rod of Ages. Almost the same cost, the same AP, a little less health, but you pick up the slow on all your abilities. You also lose the mana from RoA, but in my short experience, Galio doesn't really have mana problems (especially with Athene's Unholy Grail,) and I've never been that enamored with the token sustain that RoA's passive gives.

Again, all situational/play style dependant items, but they are all worthy of mention.

Good guide. +1
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Nusaik (16) | September 2, 2012 2:34pm
Arthzil wrote:

Big fail on support build. Getting gp5 items after tier 2 boots shows you haven't played proper support. It's ALWAYS Philosopher's Stone first, then depending on how game goes and who are you up against either Boots of Speed or Heart of Gold second and the other third. Whole point of getting gp5 items is to get them early so they can get you as much gold as possible.

Good point. I've moved philosofer's stone and Heart of Gold in front of boots and Chalice of Harmony.
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Arthzil (6) | August 29, 2012 3:03am
Big fail on support build. Getting gp5 items after tier 2 boots shows you haven't played proper support. It's ALWAYS Philosopher's Stone first, then depending on how game goes and who are you up against either Boots of Speed or Heart of Gold second and the other third. Whole point of getting gp5 items is to get them early so they can get you as much gold as possible.
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HBFour | August 23, 2012 2:16pm
Great guide! And love that you have one for mid, tank/top, and suport/bot. it would have been perfect if it only was a bit longer, but still a thumbs up! ^^
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Barakel | August 22, 2012 12:13pm
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Niks Sketchy | August 21, 2012 11:53pm
I look at A LOT of guides. Some of them work well, others don't.
This guide WORKS. Good job. I hope you update it with new details such as laning tips.
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Nusaik (16) | August 13, 2012 5:02am
Zarjin wrote:

i love this guide it gave me the way you are supposed (most likely) to play galio. i pref being solotop tank. i switched couple items dring the play an i compleately skipped the RoA and switched it to warmogs instead also i switched the health quints for 2x 5ap and 1x 4 mr wich give me some more poking ability and slightly better sustain from ganks wich use magic skills. But as everyone has different styles the guide itself is awsome. +1

Thanks!

Galio is a very versatile champion so you can build him in many ways. It depends on your playstyle and enemies.
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Zarjin | August 12, 2012 2:16am
i love this guide it gave me the way you are supposed (most likely) to play galio. i pref being solotop tank. i switched couple items dring the play an i compleately skipped the RoA and switched it to warmogs instead also i switched the health quints for 2x 5ap and 1x 4 mr wich give me some more poking ability and slightly better sustain from ganks wich use magic skills. But as everyone has different styles the guide itself is awsome. +1
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Nusaik (16) | August 11, 2012 1:47pm
Faiwe wrote:

Hey, I was wondering what you think about Banshee's Veil on a Galio?
Its a decent ammount of magic resist and gives health and mana, the spell shield could also cancel CC that would otherwise stop your ultimate. Also if you would include it which build would you include it on, Caster or Tank. And to end I am a new galio player so suggesting this item may make me sound like a massive noob

It's actually a great item for him.

Wayne3100 wrote:

^ Great item on Galio for sure. It can fit in both a tank as well as an AP build, though you'd have to build some actual AP items before getting Banshee's if you play him as a caster just to make sure you're dealing enough damage.

@Nusaik: Why is Banshee's Veil not at the very least included in the item section of this guide? :S

Currently, I have only included items in that section that are also included in the builds. I will try to add a section with other possible items ASAP and I will include Banshee's Veil.
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Nusaik (16) | August 11, 2012 1:44pm
march87 wrote:

good job

Thanks! :)
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march87 | August 11, 2012 11:41am
good job
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Wayne3100 (452) | August 11, 2012 8:17am
^ Great item on Galio for sure. It can fit in both a tank as well as an AP build, though you'd have to build some actual AP items before getting Banshee's if you play him as a caster just to make sure you're dealing enough damage.

@Nusaik: Why is Banshee's Veil not at the very least included in the item section of this guide? :S
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Faiwe | August 11, 2012 8:10am
Hey, I was wondering what you think about Banshee's Veil on a Galio?
Its a decent ammount of magic resist and gives health and mana, the spell shield could also cancel CC that would otherwise stop your ultimate. Also if you would include it which build would you include it on, Caster or Tank. And to end I am a new galio player so suggesting this item may make me sound like a massive noob
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anqu | August 8, 2012 6:18am
Nice Guide! Maybe some people will understand now that a Midgalio has to deal DMG in most teams.
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Jborg (2) | July 30, 2012 6:14am
I agree, it all depends on the opposing teams strengths (i.e if its heavily AD or AP based)
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Nusaik (16) | July 30, 2012 4:18am
Jborg wrote:

Hey great build there. I myself play a decent Galio and have learnt a few tricks over time. Great idea on the caster masteries though. I usually have points in every tree instead of 2 so i might try out the caster masteries. Also when playing as tank Galio, it might be a good idea to consider putting in Thornmail as a suggestion for items because when he ults, the passive does proc doing even more damage to them (great against heavily AD champions such as Yi). Overall great guide. (Ps put in "Has an awesome Legendary Skin" in the Pro's section) :)

For masteries, I think there are many possible setups that work for Galio (as long as you don't do something stupid like taking AD masteries or something ofcourse).

Thornmail does work well on Galio, and it's certainly a good buy. But I think it's a little situational and is best against physical-heavy teams.
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Jborg (2) | July 29, 2012 8:04am
Hey great build there. I myself play a decent Galio and have learnt a few tricks over time. Great idea on the caster masteries though. I usually have points in every tree instead of 2 so i might try out the caster masteries. Also when playing as tank Galio, it might be a good idea to consider putting in Thornmail as a suggestion for items because when he ults, the passive does proc doing even more damage to them (great against heavily AD champions such as Yi). Overall great guide. (Ps put in "Has an awesome Legendary Skin" in the Pro's section) :)
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Nusaik (16) | July 28, 2012 7:56am
Thanks to everyone for commenting!

I have read everything and I made some changes to my item builds.
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Nusaik (16) | July 28, 2012 7:54am
lazysushi wrote:

nice guide, but it's seems to me that you ain't fully aware what it means to be support or tank in a game.

" Guardian Angel
Great item for Galio in every role. Gives you the ability to suicide-initiate with your ult and still survive while your team cleans up the kills. A very important item."


You suggested this item for the tank build. It's pretty much the tankiest item in game, making you really hard to kill, which ironicly is really bad actually for a tank. Now nobody will want to focus you anymore, since it's pointless for them. taking focus is your main purpose after innate a teamfight. You're there to switch the focus from your squishes.

Tl/dr: Having GA is reducing the focus you will suffer, just like with Thornmail. Better replace GA with randuin's omen(its passive works well with your ulti).


Number 2 about the tank build. You build to much mr and to less armor. Even if u have a passive that benefits from Mr, so are Physical dmg still the highest piority in every game with normal teamcomps. The AD carry is gonna be the highest dmg dealer in game, and plus everyone still has AA. even though a support or AP's AA isn't gonna hurt so much, it stacks up after a time. But once the enemy team is mainly magical dmg, galio will shine with all the MR.

Tl:dr Armor is more important in a normal teamcomp. build more armor and less MR.


And lastly the support build. You build it to become a tank late game, but that won't work so good as you want it to. Support role in a team is to not get the gold anyone else can get. You will be spending all your money on wards and aura items, so everyone else can use as much gold as possible to build Dmg. You won't be able to afford items good enough to be tank, if you're doing your job the way it should be done, only llaaaate laaaate late game maybe.


Tl:dr Supports can't afford Tank items as they will spend their money on wards and important Aura items.



I don't say this to be mean so you feel bad or something, even if u might get the feeling of that. I say you should test galio as full tank and as full support and compare to other supports/tanks you test.


Still though a nice guide. keep the work up.(voted 1+)

Hi Lazyshushi, thanks for your very helpful comment.

You have ome good points, but I would like to respond to some of the things you say.

First of all, I still think GA is very good on Galio. Of course you will lose focus if you are tanky, but you have to be able to survive. If you try to initiate, but die instantly, you're not really doing your team a favor. Besides, you have your ult to get focus. Apart from that, you have your Q, W and E to provide more CC and keep your carries save.

Secondly, It is true that in most games the majority of damage you take is physical (not in all games though). I have changed my tank build, so now it has more armor than MR. It still has a lot of MR though, because of the passive.

Finally, I'm not sure what your point is about the support build. Of course you should always buy wards and not steal farm/kills from other players on your team, but this doesn't mean you don't get any gold. Usually you finish about 1-3 full items in a game as support, but this doesn't mean I should only include 3 items in my build. I have the three probably most popular (and pretty cheap) support items Aegis, Randuin's and Shurelya's in the build, which are aura/active items that help your team, and also happen to make you tanky. If it gets to very late-game. Your teammates will have all their items and they can let you farm and take kills. This way you can still complete your build.

Anyway thanks for the comment and vote, it really helped.
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pimboy12 (1) | July 23, 2012 9:16am
Just started playing him, 4th game : 431Cs, won every game yet :D
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dontbother902 (1) | July 22, 2012 4:39am
great build great guide
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alphawolvesgamer | July 19, 2012 8:36pm
lol, well that definitively makes me feel dumb. I was wondering why everyone kept getting the 26 health increasing items because I used to play a Cho'gath when my friend wasn't playing his games. I always assumed that 1.5% health increase was better then the 26 health increase when I saw everyone using the 26 health Quints instead I decided to look up why. Turns out that taking 3 Quints of 26 health gives you 78 extra health at level while the 1.5% Quints gives (assuming you buy no health items and use all the health masteries) 98 points at level 18 (only outclassing the 26hp quints around level 15 or 16).

Thanks for teaching me that my cake was a lie :3
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lazysushi (5) | July 18, 2012 5:23pm
nice guide, but it's seems to me that you ain't fully aware what it means to be support or tank in a game.

" Guardian Angel
Great item for Galio in every role. Gives you the ability to suicide-initiate with your ult and still survive while your team cleans up the kills. A very important item."


You suggested this item for the tank build. It's pretty much the tankiest item in game, making you really hard to kill, which ironicly is really bad actually for a tank. Now nobody will want to focus you anymore, since it's pointless for them. taking focus is your main purpose after innate a teamfight. You're there to switch the focus from your squishes.

Tl/dr: Having GA is reducing the focus you will suffer, just like with Thornmail. Better replace GA with randuin's omen(its passive works well with your ulti).


Number 2 about the tank build. You build to much mr and to less armor. Even if u have a passive that benefits from Mr, so are Physical dmg still the highest piority in every game with normal teamcomps. The AD carry is gonna be the highest dmg dealer in game, and plus everyone still has AA. even though a support or AP's AA isn't gonna hurt so much, it stacks up after a time. But once the enemy team is mainly magical dmg, galio will shine with all the MR.

Tl:dr Armor is more important in a normal teamcomp. build more armor and less MR.


And lastly the support build. You build it to become a tank late game, but that won't work so good as you want it to. Support role in a team is to not get the gold anyone else can get. You will be spending all your money on wards and aura items, so everyone else can use as much gold as possible to build Dmg. You won't be able to afford items good enough to be tank, if you're doing your job the way it should be done, only llaaaate laaaate late game maybe.


Tl:dr Supports can't afford Tank items as they will spend their money on wards and important Aura items.



I don't say this to be mean so you feel bad or something, even if u might get the feeling of that. I say you should test galio as full tank and as full support and compare to other supports/tanks you test.


Still though a nice guide. keep the work up.(voted 1+)
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Roronoa EvrIs (63) | July 17, 2012 7:04am
Great guide and +1! However you may want to turn on the comment for vote option. :D
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Nusaik (16) | June 18, 2012 10:45am
Lolvogel wrote:

Hey, I like your guide, but I have a few general remarks:

First, I think Galio's best role isn't a caster role. I don't think he has sufficient burst or sustained damage skills (not too good AP ratio's, long cooldowns, basically just two abilities that can deal damage if you don't count his ulti). Also, Galio has really low armor with the caster build: the only armor item is GA, which you only buy at the very end. Low armor is ok as long as you're in solo lane against an enemy caster, but as soon as team fights start, you are surprisingly squishy, which isn't cool for Galio if he wants to ulti in a team fight.

Next, I'm not the biggest fan of a pure tank build on Galio. His DPS is very unimpressive then and his disrupting capabilities aren't the best compared to other tanks, except for the ulti, which is awesome. My guess is that with your build (warmogs and GA), people will just ignore you, which is something you don't want as a tank.

I personally believe offtank-caster-support solo lane is the best option for Galio. Your support build is the one representing that ideal the most. I believe that build is also viable when playing solo lane, mid or top.

My ideal build: I think Galio needs a mix of tanky items (including hp: Galio has a surprisingly small max hp pool) , some AP (but he gets most of from mres items) and auras. For example: mercs, the grail, aegis, Randuin's, abyssal scepter and BV (building order should be flexible). This will give you reasonable DPS, a lot of mres, decent armor and hp, two helpful auras, Randuin's active, and the BV passive which could prevent people from interrupting your fight-changing ultimate.
In short, you'll deal respectable damage and people can't simple ignore you, but killing you would be a very fruitless task for the enemy team.

+1 for the build, I'd like to hear your oppinion on my post.

Hello and thanks for your reply and vote.

You have some very good points. You should always build a mix of damage and durability on Galio. It really depends on how you're doing and who your enemies are. For my caster build, you could take GA earlier (or at least the cloth armor and chain vest), so you will have more armor. My item build are very general and you should always be flexible in item purchases. Banshee's Veil can indeed be very good to get off your full ultimate and it gives good MR.

If you're too squishy, the main thing you'll need is health in my opinion, since your shield gives a lot of armor and MR and Galio has pretty low base health.

As for support items, it depends on what your team is buying. Two of the same auras or actives are usually less efficient since they don't stack well (this isn't true for all of them), so build what your team needs.

I realise that I haven't stated clearly that you should always adapt your build to your situation, so I've now added this to the 'Different Builds' chapter.

Anyway thanks for your input!
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Lolvogel (1) | June 18, 2012 6:20am
Hey, I like your guide, but I have a few general remarks:

First, I think Galio's best role isn't a caster role. I don't think he has sufficient burst or sustained damage skills (not too good AP ratio's, long cooldowns, basically just two abilities that can deal damage if you don't count his ulti). Also, Galio has really low armor with the caster build: the only armor item is GA, which you only buy at the very end. Low armor is ok as long as you're in solo lane against an enemy caster, but as soon as team fights start, you are surprisingly squishy, which isn't cool for Galio if he wants to ulti in a team fight.

Next, I'm not the biggest fan of a pure tank build on Galio. His DPS is very unimpressive then and his disrupting capabilities aren't the best compared to other tanks, except for the ulti, which is awesome. My guess is that with your build (warmogs and GA), people will just ignore you, which is something you don't want as a tank.

I personally believe offtank-caster-support solo lane is the best option for Galio. Your support build is the one representing that ideal the most. I believe that build is also viable when playing solo lane, mid or top.

My ideal build: I think Galio needs a mix of tanky items (including hp: Galio has a surprisingly small max hp pool) , some AP (but he gets most of from mres items) and auras. For example: mercs, the grail, aegis, Randuin's, abyssal scepter and BV (building order should be flexible). This will give you reasonable DPS, a lot of mres, decent armor and hp, two helpful auras, Randuin's active, and the BV passive which could prevent people from interrupting your fight-changing ultimate.
In short, you'll deal respectable damage and people can't simple ignore you, but killing you would be a very fruitless task for the enemy team.

+1 for the build, I'd like to hear your oppinion on my post.
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killagoza (3) | May 25, 2012 1:39pm
+1 nice build for gallio, you might want to enter athene's unholy grail though. Awesome item for gallio.
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Nusaik (16) | May 16, 2012 9:17am
gungod71 wrote:

i like the build, love how you only suggest 5 items for flexibility on the persons part, good layout, all in all +1

Thanks!
Of course, choosing items is personal choice. You can buy pretty much anything (non-AD) on Galio. Especially later in the game, items become more situational.
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gungod71 (4) | April 5, 2012 3:24pm
i like the build, love how you only suggest 5 items for flexibility on the persons part, good layout, all in all +1
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Nusaik (16) | April 5, 2012 12:13pm

This is a very good guide for Galio a few things you might want to add to this guide is maybe just a couple tips for laning. Overall, nicely done you could add a bit more detail though. Hope I helped you out!


Thanks for the feedback! I'm planning on adding a laning section soon and perhaps more chapters.
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Pluckin Penguin (117) | April 5, 2012 12:02pm
This is a very good guide for Galio a few things you might want to add to this guide is maybe just a couple tips for laning. Overall, nicely done you could add a bit more detail though. Hope I helped you out!