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League of Legends Build Guide Author BlueInSane

Galio - Tanky/AP [Ranked]

BlueInSane Last updated on May 12, 2012

Ability Sequence

Ability Key Q
Ability Key W
Ability Key E
Ability Key R

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The masteries shown here are not yet updated for the current season, the guide author needs to set up the new masteries. As such, they will be different than the masteries you see in-game.



Offense: 9

Honor Guard

Defense: 9

Strength of Spirit

Utility: 12

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Hey guys I just want to share my thoughts of Galio with you. Once I played Galio I instantly bought him. I dont know why he is seen so rare. If well played he can fking carry nearly every game. Atm I have a 100% winratio in ranked at ~1400 Elo with him and in every game I only died once. My stats per game are 7/1/15. In this guide I gonna explain how I play him and how good Galio actually is.

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Edit: New epic item incoming!! Gonna make some changes after its released!

Athene's Unholy Grail
Item Cost: 2950
Recipe Cost: 500
+80 Ability Power +40 Magic Resist +15 Mana Regen per 5 seconds +15% Cooldown Reduction Passive: Restores 12% of your max Mana on Kill or Assist. UNIQUE Passive: Increases your Mana Regen by 1% per 1% Mana you are missing. Does not stack with Chalice of Harmony.
Components: Fiendish Codex + Chalice of Harmony + Recipe (500).

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Pros / Cons


+ Fun to play
+ High utility
+ Amazing Ultimate
+ Good slow
+ Great movmentspeed
+ Insane shield


- Week early game

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There are to options of runecombinations:

1. Magicpen Quints, Greater Seal of Replenishment MP5 Seals and Magicresist/lvl Glyphs

2. Magicpen Quints, Flat Armor Seals and Greater Glyph of Replenishment MP5 Glyphs

1. and 2. Flat HP Quints

The first option is when you will go against Casters, the 2nd option is when you take the toplane and are faced against a AD-Champ.

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Masteries/ Summoner Spells


My masteries are 9/9/12.
This gives me nice manaregen, cooldownreduction, movementspeed magicpen, health and just everything I need.

Summoner Spells:

As summoner spells I chose Flash and Ignite.
Flash is very usefull to escape and engage a fight. Ignite will help yu in the laneingphase to finish someone when your spells are on cooldown.

Teleport is also a good alternative for Ignite especially when you go top.

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Abilities/ Skill Sequence

Runic Skin

Galio receives 50% of his total magic resistance as additional ability power.

So fraking awesome passive! This makes it possible to counter EVERY caster at the midlane. You will start with 66 magicresistance normaly so you get ~33 AP from your passive at level 1...

Resolute Smite

Galio fires a concussive blast from his eyes, dealing 80 / 135 / 190 / 245 / 300 (+70% of ability power) magic damage to enemies near the impact location, and reducing their movement speed by 24 / 28 / 32 / 36 / 40% for 2.5 seconds.

This ability is just so awesome, it gives an amazing slow and deals pretty high damage.


Galio shields a friendly champion for 4 seconds, increasing their Armor and Magic Resistance by 30 / 45 / 60 / 75 / 90. Each time the unit suffers damage, Galio is healed for 25 / 40 / 55 / 70 / 85 (+30% of ability power) (-20% healing for each consecutive hit).

An other great ability which provides 90 magiresistence and armor at rank 5. Do it on your AD Carry and it will be pretty OP. The heal you get is nice to stay in lane longer.

Righteous Gust

Galio unleashes a gust of concussive wind that deals 60 / 105 / 150 / 195 / 240 (+50% of ability power) magic damage to all enemies in its path. A directional draft remains for 5 seconds, increasing the movement speed of allies passing through it by 20 / 28 / 36 / 44 / 52%.

Well rounded ability which deals moderate damage and has an amazing movementspeed buff.

Idol of Durand

Galio channels for 2 seconds, taunting nearby foes and reducing 50% of incoming damage.

After channeling, Galio deals 220 / 330 / 440 (+60% of ability power) magic damage to surrounding enemies, plus an additional 5% damage for each attack suffered while channeling. Maximum +40% bonus damage.

One of the best Ultimates ingame I would say. Try to get all of your enemies in it and you will win the fight for sure. The damageoutput is just awesome and you will take 50% less damage from your enemies. ALso its one of the best abilities to start a teamfight, just flash in and use it.

Ability Sequence
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18



I max Idol of Durand first because of the better damageoutput. Then I go for Resolute Smite which gives me a high damageoutput and a good slow to chase or to run away. Because movmentspeed is very importent and in order to get more damage I go for Righteous Gust next. If you want to get tanier max Bulwark before Righteous Gust. It will also give you 45 AP due to your passive.

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Build 1

Recommended build 1 sequence:
Item Sequence

Health Potion

Mana Potion

Chalice of Harmony

Boots of Speed

Catalyst the Protector

Mercury's Treads

Aegis of the Legion

Rod of Ages

Abyssal Scepter

Guardian Angel

Banshee's Veil

Build 2

Recommended build 2 sequence:
Item Sequence

Health Potion

Mana Potion

Chalice of Harmony

Boots of Speed

Catalyst the Protector

Mercury's Treads

Aegis of the Legion

Rod of Ages

Abyssal Scepter

Frozen Heart

Rabadon's Deathcap


Starting items


Core items

These are the items I nearly get every single game. Chalice of Harmony gives me nice magicresistance and manaregeneration which helps me a lot in the early game. Mercury's Treads also gives magicresistence and reduces the Duration of CCs. Rod of Ages is a great mid-lategame item as it provides a lot of health and mana as well as nice AP. It also helps you to stay in lane longer due to his passive. In lategame Abyssal Scepter is a must have on Galio. It gives nice magicresistence and AP as well as a lot of magicpen. All in all due to your passive it provides 99 AP!


Preferred items

After my core items I prefer to get Guardian Angel and Banshee's Veil. GA gives me nice armor and magicresistance. It also has an amazing passive. BV is also great as it provides huge magiresist and it also has a really good passive.


Other viable items and when to get them

Shurelya's Reverie

Frozen Heart: Get it when the enemies have champs like Tryn, Yi and champs that rely heavily on attackspeed. But make sure taht you are the only one who get it, otherwise its a waste of money.

Randuin's Omen: You should get this when one of your teammembers already has Frozen Heart and you are faced against a heavy AD team.

Rabadon's Deathcap: Buy it when you are the only AP un your team and you think you are already tanky enought so you can deal much more damage.

Shurelya's Reverie Shurelya's Reverie: Shurelya's is one of the best items ingame.. feel free to get it when you are not able to farm that good. Philo should give you some gold and furthermore its just an amazing fast boost with your E.

Quicksilver Sash: You should get this when the enemies have lots of CC like Warwick, Skarner and Malzahar.

Force of Nature: Buy it against a suoer heavy AP team like Fiddle jungle, Vlad Top and Cassio mid. Will help you a lot.

Void Staff: You should get this item when you are the only AP in your team and your enemies stack magicresi. It will raise your damage output.


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First of all always try to get the midlane. The reason is simple: You have 73 magiresistence at the beginning and therefore also 34 AP. If you go top you normaly are not faced against APs so thats why I put the armor runes in. With 73 magicresistance you counter every AP. Try to get an early blue buff from your jungler so you can harras even more. A combo of Resolute Smite and Righteous Gust should trhow your enemy below 60% health. Then try to hit him with one Resolute Smite again, Flash in and use Idol of Durand + Ignite. This shold be a sure kill in 90% of the cases. O good thing with Galio is also that you can easy outfarm your enemy. Just use a Q+E combo to clear a minionwave after you hit level 7. Before you should be able to clear a wave with useing Q twice. But always try to outzone your enemy. When he comes closer, use your combo and dont push the lane. Just let him go back to his tower so you can easy farm with autoattacks.
An other option is to push the lane and try to gank bot or top. With your Idol of Durand there should be a sure kill.
When you are midlane make sure everytime the wraiths on both sides are up to kill them with a Q+E Combo.


In teamfights your job is it to protect your AD-Carry as well as to engage a fight. When you engage a fight make sure that you hit EVERY enemy who can interrupt your Idol of Durand (care if they have a ). An other option is to wait until for example Sona did her ultimate. Then the enemys would engage at your team and you can cast Idol of Durand. Also make sure before you cast Idol of Durand that you put Bulwark at urself to get 45 more AP and to be tankier while they are attacking you. After your ultimate always put Bulwark on your AD-Carry. In combination with Aegis of the Legion the carry will get +110 armor and magicresistance. That is just freaking amazing. Also make sure to spam your spells and give your teammates a speedbuff or slow the enemies.

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Does this build work?

Yes sir, it does!

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First of all, thanks to Searz for the awesome guide format! You can find it here.

So far, I can say that Galio is my favorite char now and that I win (nearly) every game with him. In my opinion he is so underrated... Anyway, these are just my thoughts on Galio. If you dont like the guide please give a solid reason and not only say something like "omg your skillsequence sucks" etc. . Say what I can improve, do constuctive feedback.