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League of Legends Build Guide Author AniVidya

Garen - Tanky DPS

AniVidya Last updated on April 22, 2011
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Ability Sequence

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

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Brute Force
Improved Rally

Offense: 1

Strength of Spirit
Veteran's Scars

Defense: 21

Expanded Mind
Blink of an Eye
Mystical Vision
Presence of the Master

Utility: 8

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Hello everyone this is my garen build and i hope it will help you ! Garen is a cooldown based Tanky dps champion who is very good in laning yet he lacks CC such as snares,slows or stuns but he does have silence. So anyhow i hope this build will help you! And after trying the build rate and comment!

Garen's story:

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 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 Blade Mistress. The infantrymen who beheld this event (and survived) commented that it seemed as though the two were locked in a mortal waltz set against a symphony of clashing blades.

Garen, the pride of the Demacian military and the leader of the Dauntless Vanguard, returned from this battle breathless for the first time in his career, though some speculate 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 Blade Mistress 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 one so beautifully and diametrically opposed, is the validation of his existence.

"The most effective way to kill an opponent is to slice through the man next to him." –- Garen, on front line strategy.

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(Passive) Garen will regenerate 0.5% of his maximum health per second after not taking damage for 7 seconds. - this passive is very good in laning phase , that's why i think spirit visage is a good item for him atleast for the laning phase.

Decisive Strike

Garen's speed is increased by 15 / 20 / 25 / 30 / 35 % for the next 3 seconds, and his next attack, within 6 seconds, deals 30 / 45 / 60 / 75 / 90 (+1.5 per total attack damage) and silences the enemy target for 2.5 seconds. - always spam this ability when pushing a turret , you will deal extra damage in that way , and always start with this first when ganking someone so they can't flash or get away with any other ability.


Passivly Garen's armor and magic resistance are permanently increased by 0.5 every time he kills an enemy unit. - max armor and MR 5 / 10 / 15 / 20 / 25 .
(Active): Garen places a defensive shield on himself, decreasing all damage taken by 20 / 24 / 28 / 32 / 36 % for 3 seconds. - this is probably one of the best shield ability's in the game , use it in every battle.


Garen rapidly spins his sword around his body for 3 seconds, removing all existing slows and reducing the duration of new slows by 50%, plus dealing 60 / 100 / 140 / 180 / 220 (+1.2 per bonus attack damage) per second, to nearby enemies every half-second. The bonus damage is further increased by Garen's critical strike chance. Damage to minions is reduced by 50%. This cannot damage invisible minions or wards. - this move is garen's butter and toast , this move is just incredibly powerfull , use it when running away or charging in because it decreases the durotation of slows by 50 % when he is using judgement , and if you spam Decisive Strike + this move you will easly get ahead of anyone who is trying to run from you , and always check bushes with this move.

Demacian Justice (ULTI)

Garen brings down Demacian Justice on his opponent, dealing 175 / 350 / 525 magic damage, plus additional physical damage per amount of health his opponent has already lost 1 per 3.5 / 3 / 2.5 health missing. - This ability is great as the finisher , and if want to be a humongous ******* you can killsteal with it too , also it is a really powerful ultimate due to it's short cooldown time - 140 / 120 / 100.

Your most common tactic a.k.a. your only one is: rush in on judgment so you can't be slowed , then silence with decisive strike and then finish with demacian justice, A.K.A.
E - Q - R
but mainly what you do is just spam Q spam E spam W and once in a while R.

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Mainly i recomend desolation marks as he is a bruiser = tanky DPS i think he needs some damage .
other marks are not so useful for more him. other marks aren't good for him.


Best seals are resilence and fortitude , i recomend fortitude , but the resilence seals are cheaper so really just your choice of these 2 seals.


My recomended glyphs are celerity and shielding , it's best to get shielding , i recomend celerity if you want to more CD reductionin late game.


There is only one good quintessence for garen which is resilience , fortitude WAS a good quint for him till it got nerfed to only giving 26 hp per quint.

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Summoner spells

i recomend








because garen lacks CC such as snares , stuns and slows .
then the other move should be




but i suggest


as he needs it to catch up to enemies but


can also be useful as he can


trough walls to gank/get away easly.

other summoner spells aren't so good for him except mabey when you are solo laning with him then





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Early Game

For early game i get brutalizer - it has nice damage + CD reduction a.k.a. what his damage relies on , boots of swiftness - because he has no slows , stuns etc. and spirit visage for laning phase so you have a nice amount of CD reduction AND a upgrade to your passive so you almost never have to go heal, but (after laning phase sell spirit visage) ,

Core build

your core is sunfire cape because you need HP + aoe damage in good combination with your judgement ,
after that boots of swiftness because he is a bruiser ,
frozen mallet to effectivly kill even when your exhaust is on cooldown ,
and the last item always has to be guardian angel , nothing else.

Other good optional items

after the laning phase you still think you need CD reduction you can make youmuu's out of it which will be somewhat helpful ,
then you need MR and the 2 options for that are banshee's veil or force of nature ,
randuin's omen is a great item for him , but get it only when you are going full tank.

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Laning phase

As i had mentioned before , he is a great laning phase champion , for himself that is ...
He can very awesomely farm minions with one spin of judgement , he can easly hold the lane because he has no mana and his passive + spirit visage will have him from almost dead to full health in just seconds , he can take a giant beating yet he has no Taunt or CC. so as you can see it will be going for you very nicely as garen in the laning phase but for your laning partner it won't be so nice...
So i suggest you go solo top every time you have a jungler or somebody is AFK / DC'd.
And everytime you are planning a premade and playing as garen then ask someone to jungle.

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End Game

In end game he becomes a unstopable raping machine , he has so much health he barely has any damage delt to him , his ulti kills anything under 50% health, he kills squshies with one use of judgement and decisive strike , he runs incredibly fast , allout he just becomes a demi-god.
So anyhow around endgame a.k.a. lvl 18 you should be unstopable after you get that guardian angle then you are



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So anyhow this concludes my build i will probably update this sooner or later adding some new pages or when he gets buffed / nerfed i'l update this build .
Anyhow thank you for having the time to look at my build don't forget to comment and rate if you think this build helped you please comment and if this build didn't help you and you have ideas for improvment then please comment!
So thank you and goodnight!