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Gnar Build Guide by SpartanDumpster

Top Gnar AP build Guide + General Tips For Fun

By SpartanDumpster | Updated on October 25, 2020
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Runes: Hail of Blades

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Hail of Blades
Taste of Blood
Eyeball Collection
Ravenous Hunter

Gathering Storm

+10% Attack Speed
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+6 Armor


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LoL Summoner Spell: Flash


LoL Summoner Spell: Teleport


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Champion Build Guide

Gnar AP build Guide + General Tips For Fun

By SpartanDumpster
Why I like Gnar
Gnar can be quite a versatile champ. He can benefit from a variety of runes and items, from the obvious Conqueror to even Omni-Stone if you're feeling nasty, you can even forego what are commonly considered his "Core Items" like Frozen Mallet and still do fine if you're good with him.
Since all of his abilities offer some sort of crowd control in one of his forms, he can easily keep enemies pinned or slowed down for your teammates to help chase or wail on. The downside is that, like I will touch on in the strengths and weaknesses chapter below, Gnar doesn't really threaten anyone besides tanks, especially late game. While great AoE CC is definitely useful in teamfights, it's likely you won't be doing much damage yourself, and enemies won't be scared to jump you even in your Mega form.
Probably my favorite thing about Gnar is that he may be one of the most underestimated Champions in the game. Since he's apparently earned a bit of a reputation as "the worst Champion" there's a good chance people will underestimate you, which gives you the opportunity to punish them hard. I've found this to be especially true when I was newer and when I first got back into League of Legends, so it could be more applicable to newer players who will be going against other lower level/skilled players. Still, very often I've fought players who thought fighting Gnar meant free kills, they get to play stupidly aggressive, specifically while he's mini because they're always quick to back off when you transform. Funny thing is, the opposite is true in most of Gnar's better match-ups, since he's strong against tanks due to Hyper you usually threaten them more while mini then when you're Mega. I've seen players go so far as to recklessly go in and out of my turret's range to take shots at me, which doesn't turn out great for them.
The two most satisfying things to do as Gnar: First off, when someone will just recklessly enter your turret's range when it will target them, if you're about to transform with your ult ready, you can just toss them into the turret. This is a death sentence for practically every champ if you land Wallop too, cause then they're stunned, taking multiple turret shots, while you wail on them. The second, and my favorite thing to do, is a trick with Gnar's Boomerang Throw. When Gnar's boomerang returns for you to catch it, it will go a lot farther on the return than it does when you throw it. When your enemy is weak and hiding under their turret, probably trying to recall, you just throw the boomerang behind you (away from them) walk in their direction so the boomerang will go that way, then not catch it so it hits and kills them.
The strengths and weaknesses of using an AP build. Back to Top
Any AP build is by far no end all be all Gnar build. The main reason to use one is if you're bored of the more popular builds, or confident in your abilities. One of the biggest strengths and weaknesses of AP builds is that you might easily stomp enemies when you get ahead but you'll also have trouble catching up if you get behind (in other words, if you're the one that's been getting stomped).
One of the first big benefits I saw using an AP build was that it allowed Gnar to threaten non-tanks. Since Gnar's passive Hyper does bonus damage based on the target's max health, it's a lot more useful against tanky champs like Urgot and Cho'Gath. However Hyper also does bonus damage based on 100% of your Ability Power (same with Gnar's Ult), so while 14% of Maokai's max health could be a lot more damage than 400 AP, the reverse is true against a champ like Ashe where 400 AP is worth more than 14% of her max HP.
The biggest problem with using an AP build is that you're sacrificing quite a lot of bulk. You're essentially making yourself a glass canon. While taking Black Cleaver, Liandry's, and Zhonya's Hourglass negate this somewhat, it's still nowhere near the defense boosts you get from more popular builds with items such as Frozen Mallet, Randuin's Omen, Spirit Visage, and so on.
Essentially, while this build makes it so you'll be killing enemies quickly, you can also be killed quick. Without much sustain or longevity, many trades will often leave you nearly dead, so you won't want to risk pushing a turret after killing your enemy laner but recall instead. On the other hand, your roaming abilities could potentially be a lot stronger since you can threaten non-tanks while you're mini, and if you take ravenous hunter, this could mean you won't have as big of a sustain problem.
ARAM Tips Back to Top
While Gnar doesn't have a good reputation in ARAM, it is possible to make him work. I've found the best way to play him in this game mode is to see him as a "set-up" attacker. When you transform, along with when you have your ult, you have the potential to just toss all of your enemies to your teammates, who can unleash on the entire stunned team. It can be especially useful paired with any champs with great AoE abilities, such as Illaoi if she also has her ult.
Gnar isn't particularly good at taking damage from multiple opponents, even while he's Mega unless you've already got some items. This is why he isn't particularly good in ARAM, so unless you are just that ridiculously good with him, in which case you probably don't even need these tips, you're better off keeping your distance early in the game. Very often, when you try to all in when you go Mega, chances are you'll be sacrificing yourself for the greater good, damaging and stunning multiple opponents quickly who then gang up on and kill you, but it will give your teammates an opportunity to kill most if not all of them.
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