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League of Legends Build Guide Author Pluckin Penguin

The King of Bop: A Competitive Jungle Gragas Guide

Pluckin Penguin Last updated on December 11, 2015
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Ability Sequence

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





Not Updated For Current Season

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.



Masteries

Fury
 
 
Sorcery
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Vampirism
 
 
Natural Talent
 
 
 
 
 
Bounty Hunter
Oppressor
 
 
 
 
 
Battering Blows
 
 
Piercing Thoughts
 
 
 
 

Ferocity: 0

Wanderer
 
 
5/
Savagery
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
5/
Merciless
 
 
Meditation
 
 
 
 
 
Bandit
1/
Dangerous Game
 
 
 
 
 
5/
Precision
 
 
Intelligence
 
 
 
 

Cunning: 18

5/
Recovery
 
 
Unyielding
 
 
 
 
 
1/
Explorer
Tough Skin
 
 
 
 
 
5/
Runic Armor
 
 
Veteran's Scars
 
 
 
 
 
1/
Insight
Perseverance
 
 
 
 
 
Swiftness
 
 
Legendary Guardian
 
 
 
 

Resolve: 12


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Introduction



Hey everyone, I'm Pluckin Penguin, and welcome to my Gragas guide. I've been playing Leauge of Legends since late Season 1, and I am currently a Diamond IV Jungle Main in soloqueue. In addition to that, I am also the starting jungler for North Carolina State University's Collegiate Star League Team.

Gragas has been one of my favorite champions since Season 1. I was inspired by Shushei's astounding AP Gragas performance at the Season 1 World Championship; however, Gragas has gone through a rework since then and has an incredible different play style. As of 12/11, I have a 71% win rate on Gragas in 24 games played. I hope that my guide will be able to enrich your knowledge and performance on Gragas!


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Pros & Cons

Pros
Cons
> Strong duelist for a tank jungler
> Extremely tanky
> Strong ganker post-6
> Versatile teamfimghter
> Strong disengage with ultimate
> Can be very reliant upon Flash
> Does not snowball
> Your ultimate can backfire on you
> Is relatively prone to early game counter-jungling


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Masteries

Masteries
5/5
1/1
5/1
1/1
5/1
1/5
5/5
1/1
5/1
1/5

I opt for the Thunderlord's Decree mastery in the Cunning tree in order to increase Gragas's burst throughout the game. However, it is also worth noting that all three keystones in the Resolve tree are also viable choices on Gragas.

After obtaining Thunderlord's Decree in the Resolve tree, I put my last twelve points in the Resolve tree to ultimately achieve Insight which reduces your Flash's cooldown to 255 seconds.

Cunning
Resolve
Savagery: Increased jungle speed
Runic Affinity : Increased buff length is very nice on junglers
Merciless : Helpful when trying to finish off targets
Dangerous Game : Can be the difference from surviving or dying in a gank
Precision : Hybrid penetration increases your damage output
Thunderlord's Decree : Significantly increased burst damage in the earlier stages of the game
Recovery : Increases your sustain at all points in the game
Explorer : Handy movement speed when walking down the river or clearing scuttle crab
Runic Armor : Synergizes with your passive, Happy Hour
Insight : Reduced cooldown on Flash is very important on Gragas


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Runes

Marks of Attack Speed is standard on tank junglers because they help increase clear speed significantly. Additionally, attack speed can come in handy for any of the early-mid game skirmishes you encounter.

Seals of Armor is standard for almost all roles, and jungle Gragas is no different. If you don't own any runes and would like to jungle, armor seals are very critical to maintaining a decent health bar in the jungle.

Glyphs of Cooldown Reduction are very beneficial for Gragas as he is very reliant on his abilities for damage and crowd control. In addition, these glyphs do speed up your jungle clearing and increase your dueling potential.

Glyphs of Scaling Magic Resist will provide you with some bonus magic resist later on in the game, but are hardly noticeable earlier on in the game. I would recommend switching these Scaling Magic Resist Glyphs out for Flat Magic Resist Glyphs against an AP jungler (e.g. Nidalee, Elise).

Quintessences of Ability Power gives Gragas a faster jungle clear and a noticeable damage increase in any early game skirmishes. Also, given the fact that most of Gragas's abilities are area of effect and have decent ability power ratios, these quintessences help out immensely.


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Summoner Spells

Flash is a must-have on almost every champion in the game. Furthermore, it is a necessity to have Flash on Gragas if you have any hopes of engaging with a Body Slam + Flash combo (more on that later).

Smite is a must-have summoner spell for all junglers. Smite enables you to secure objectives, speed up your jungle clear, and obtain buffs from jungle camps. Above all, Smite allows you to purchase Hunter's Machete and your eventual jungle item enchantment.


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Abilities




Happy Hour: This passive makes Gragas much tankier than he seems, and provides him an incredible amount of sustain. Ensure that

Tips and Tricks
  • Keep an eye on Happy Hour's cooldown during your first few clears to make sure that you are using your other abilities to get maximum efficiency out of Happy Hour
  • Drunken Rage only has a 30 mana cost and a fairly short cooldown meaning it a very efficient way to trigger Happy Hour while roaming around the map.




Barrel Roll: This is your main damage source in the early game and a wonderful ganking tool. If you are able to let the barrel sit for a little bit before casting it, the extra damage makes it an effective tool for clearing jungle camps, and minion waves.
Tips and Tricks
  • Your barrel will turn a bright red when it is fully fermented and able to amplify the slow and damage by 150%.
  • This ability can be cast during your Body Slam animation which is very useful if you're trying to burst a target.
  • Don't get too greedy and try to let your barrel ferment for the maximum amount of time in combat.



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