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Gragas jungle guide: Drunken fat guy coming from the jungle

Last updated on April 16, 2014
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My name is Nickitolas/Nickito12, and i have been playing since season 3.
I have always liked playing with Gragas as a jungler, i always thought that he belonged in the jungle and i used the build i saw from Nightblue stream in which i saw jungle gragas a couple time. So, now Gragas has gotten a rework: When i first saw it, i thought they had screwd him up, but he is actually incredibly strong if played in the jungle.

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Pros / Cons

Sustain with passive(spamming W
3 different forms of cc(Q,E and ult
An ulti that pushes like lee sin's,
but has an insane range and is aoe
gap closer which stuns
He is fat and drunk
Relyes heavily on hitting Q
It needs practice to learn how to ult right
Can't cast while drinking with W
Can get counter jungled

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Greater Mark of Magic Penetration

Greater Seal of Armor

Greater Glyph of Ability Power

Greater Quintessence of Ability Power

Greater Quintessence of Movement Speed

Of course, you can use any runes you want, but theese are the ones i find the most suitable for this gragas build.
I just love having at least one ms quint which gives you the little extra movement you need, the armor yellows are the regular ones(and a must if you ask me for a jungler), the magic pen reds are the ones i consider the best, flat ap blues could be a mix of flat ap/magic pen or all magic pen if you want. Regarding quints, you can use the ones you like(ms, ap, pen)

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I play jungle Gragas with a 21/9/0 mastery page. I think playing him 9/21/0 is viable if you plan to play more of a tank role(you can peel extremely good with your ult, your stun and your slow, the dmg reduction from your w increases your tankyness and your passive works extremely well with hp/cdr).

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Rework thoughts

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Skills and skill sequence

Q:Your Q deals a decent damage, and it gets stronger the more you wait before detonating it, up to 50% more damage, dealing tons of dmg. It slows, and the slow gets stronger with the damage. It has a pretty low cooldown so it is your main damage source. Remember to wait to detonate them in the jungle so they deal more dmg.
W:Gragas W gives him a buff which reduces all damage(except true damage) by a % depending on level for ONLY 3 seconds and empowers his next basic atack with ap scaling flat damage and avility scaling enemy % max hp dmg
E:Gragas E is a gap closer which deals decent ap scaling damage in a little area from where you impact an eenmy, then it koncks enemies back and stuns them for 1 second. It also reduces the cooldown by 3 secs when it hits an enemy. Max it second, since it gets a lower cooldown and inreases damage.
R:Gragas ult throws an explosive barrel. It deals decent damage(not really high) which is kindda lower than a loaded Q, but the damage is still nice. But we don't want it for the damage, the damage is an extra, what it really does is push all enemies hit away from the center of the explosion: To unserstand it easier you could think of it as a lower dmg, aoe and ranged lee sin ult. You can make amazing ganks, disrupt a fight, start a fight, split your enemies and move enemies away from turrets.

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

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Item Sequence

Health Potion

Health Potion

Health Potion

Health Potion

Hunter's Machete

Spirit Stone

Ruby Crystal

Spirit of the Ancient Golem

Sorcerer's Shoes

Iceborn Gauntlet

Liandry's Torment
You can take the Spirit of the Spectral Wraith if your team doesn't need so much tankyness and you prefer it.
Magic penetration works great with Gragas. If you need to build really tanky you can pick mercury thread instead, but if you don't need mr so badly you can make Athene's Unholy Grail after boots.


For the second big item, you can make either the unholy grail or the gauntlet.Both items work really good with gragas, and both help your mana sustain so you can leave your blue to your mid laner and give you ressistances. If you need mr make the unholy grail, if you need armor make the gauntlet.
Liandry's passive might not sinergyse so well with gragas kit since he has no dot(damage over time) skill, but health, ap and mmagic pen. are three things Gragas benefits a LOT of. Health makes you tankier, which with your armor/mr item makes you pretty tanky, and health improves your passive. AP works great since a loaded Q has a high ap ratio and Gragas has all his skills scale off ap. Magic pen. is also great becouse with the sorcerer boots and the pen. reds, unless your enemies build some mr you will deal high dmg with low ap.

The 5th and 6th item in this build vary from game to game. You can build Rylai's Crystal Scepter, Rabadon's Deathcap, zhonia's hourglass, Void Staff, Abyssal Mask, Randuin's Omen or Spirit Visage.

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When i jungle with gragas, i usually start with Q(unless i get caught in an early fight and im forced to take the E so i can escape) since the damage is bigger than E's if you charge it, and the cd is lower(counting the -3 secs on E).
Start at blue, throw a barrel at blue at min 0:54(it spawns at 0:55) if you can so you start charging it earlier. At level 2 i usually take E for the stun which reduces the damage i take and has higher damage than W(and is aoe).
Finish blue an head to wolves, throw a barrel at wolves as soon a you can(even if you're far away so it starts charging up).
After wolves, head to red(since smite cd got reduced to 40 secs, you should skip wraiths and head straight to red) and smite it in the end.
Take wraiths next, then head to wolves which should have re-spawned by now. This is if you're looking for a lvl 4 gank(or no gank at all) If you want to gank at 3, do it after wraiths(if youre blue gank mid or bot, if purple top or mid)

New to jungling?Here are some tips:
If you're less than level 30 or have no runes, you might have a rougth time jungling.
Always use smite to finish off buffs so an enemy has no chance of stealing it(unless you are sure no one is going to steal it and if you use it at the beginning the cd starts counting earlier). This includes baron and dragon.
Charge up your barrels, they have a much higher dmg if you do so, only explode them if you kill the mob without fully charging it.
The blue si the big golem in the bot side of the jungle if you're purple and top if you're blue side(red is the big lizard in the other side)
Always try to clear wraiths aand wolves if possible.
Don't let conservation stay at 80 for too long(unless a fight is about to start, you're full build, etc) since you lose gold.
Don't go gank a lane just for ganking, unless you can force the enemy out of lane, force a flash or get a kill, it is probably not worth going(you lose precious time you could be backing or farming).
Watch out for getting counter jungled, ask your mid to check the mid bush and if you can check the bush near the red.

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Long story short, Gragas is a unique jungler which is currently very strong, he's very fun to play and can pull of extraordinary ganks with his ult.


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