Garen Build Guide by BigColCol

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League of Legends Build Guide Author BigColCol

Garen Tank / high attack

BigColCol Last updated on February 5, 2012
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Team 1

Ability Sequence

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

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Offense: 21

Honor Guard

Defense: 6

Strength of Spirit

Utility: 3

Chapter 1

sorry if you dislike this build this if my first time creating one, I would like to think of myself as a good Garen player though not being a level 30 could say differently, in this build I have made two completely different styles of play one is a more attack based one and the other it to be more of a shield for your team still dealing basic damage with armour pen. Which are both very effective against the enemy. If you have a good friend that plays a load of games with you try use them in this build as they could help you earn quick kills at the beginning allowing you to create the build retentively quick i would suggest you both use the spells provided above as this will deal a load of damage and slow them to almost a halt allowing Garen to spin his way through the kills.
I suggest you use the bushes to both your advantages in the same style as the spells.
I also find Garen to be very affective working with either a mid-ranged or close ranged champ.
The basic player can use this guide as I am one of the noobs out there that laugh at someone using the same champ that do worse than me I know it’s quite childish but it’s the way I am, sadly If I was you I would try to refrain from attacking the full team on your own known as “Ramboing” as I said I get carried away some times and forget that Garen can die sadly trying to take the full team out, though not dying till I at least have one kill. With this build I would say you are ready to solo the dragon at level 13 depending on the items if you have most of them then even lower could kill the dragon with ease as I said before this is my first build so don’t be too harsh when rating it and tell me how to improve it I would like to thank “Palthios” for getting me the first clue on how to play Garen though as you probably know everyone plays differently and so I adapted his build to better my skills as Garen be creative try random builds that ar concocted with strands of other peoples builds till you find one that works for you thank you for looking up my guide and please comment and vote on the affective ness of it.

Basic Info of Garen

Throughout Valoran, the resolve of Demacia's military is alternately celebrated or despised, but always respected. Their ''zero tolerance'' moral code is strictly upheld by civilians and soldiers alike. In combat, this means Demacian troops may not make excuses, flee, or surrender under any circumstance. These principles are espoused to their forces by unrivaled demagogues who lead by example. Garen, the valiant warrior who bears the title ''the Might of Demacia'', is the paradigm to which these leaders are compared. Thousands of great heroes have risen and fallen on the bloody battlefields between Demacia and its preeminent rival, Noxus. It was beneath their mighty banners of war that Garen first met steel with Katarina, the Sinister Blade. The infantrymen who beheld this event (and survived) commented that it seemed as though the two were locked in a mortal waltz against a symphony of clashing blades.

Garen, the pride of the Demacian military and leader of the Dauntless Vanguard, returned from this battle breathless for the first time in his career, though some speculate that this was due to reasons other than exhaustion. The plausibility of these rumors was bolstered when, in every instance thereafter, Garen seized the opportunity to encounter the Sinister Blade again. A paragon of Demacian ethic, Garen never entertained such allegations, for he knew others couldn't understand. Even simply the pursuit of a worthy opponent on the battlefield is, to a true warrior, the reason to rise each morning. The promise of one, particularly so beautifully and diametrically opposed, is the validation of his existence.
As I was reading some of the comments about Garen, I notice that someone mentioned about him not having mana, energy or rage. This is true though there is a way to reduce the cool down of all his ability’s I think I have added the right additions to improve this enough to make him more affective this is created by the addition of Youmuu’s Ghostblade.
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