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League of Legends Build Guide Author Majamorra

Is that a Pirate? Nope, Just Gangplank

Majamorra Last updated on April 2, 2012
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Ability Sequence

Ability Key Q
Ability Key W
Ability Key E
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.



Offense: 21

Honor Guard

Defense: 9

Strength of Spirit

Utility: 0

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Hey There, My name is Majamorra, I've been playing LoL since the last december, maybe you think that is not sufficent time for make a guide but i wanna share
my experiencie with you.
It's a Feedback Overhere, with this guide I'll show you how my Gangplank works:
[*] His Grog Soaked Blade is one of the most efficient passives in the game, is like a Phage and adds a poison that stacks like Twitch's basic attacks.
[*] He can farm easily with His Parrrley + Wriggle's Lantern
[*] His Remove Scurvy is irritating to CC champs like Taric, this will make you
a monster in the lane.
[*] His Raise Morale is a Mini Sivir Ultimate and helps you to scape, dive towers, chase champs, etc.
[*] His Cannon Barrage probably is the best Ultimate in the game, Slows, AoE and the best think is that it's GLOBAL!

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1. Pros / Con

+ Can execute Carries with not problem
+ His passive Slows you
+ Can Farm ALOT!
+ One of the best Solo top.
+ Has his own Cleanse

- Squishy champ
- Usually choosed as target in teamfigth
- Item Dependent
- Hard Early game

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2. Masteries

Ideal Masteries

Offensive tree SPACE Well to choose the offensive masteries took me alot of times, thiking combinations and Situational stuffs, but i decided for this combination:

In order to complete Survavility i choosed the defensive tree for solo lanes:
  • Resistance : +4 Magic Resist is good, remember, we are doing this to get that +30 health.
  • Hardiness : +4 Armor is good when we're facing Tryndamere, but the finally is the same that the last one.
  • Durabilty: Oh Yes! +6 Health per level, more survavility.
  • Veteran's Scars : Our Objetive in this tree, nice Start in lane.
SPACE Defense Tree

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3. Runes


Greater Mark of Lethality

Greater Mark of Attack Damage

Greater Seal of Armor

Greater Glyph of Magic Resist

Greater Quintessence of Health

Greater Quintessence of Attack Damage
Greater Mark of Desolation: +8.30 Armor Pen is so GREAT for early game.
Greater Mark of Attack Damage: +3.80 AD Always is good, isn´t?
Greater Seal of Armor: +12.69 Armor is good for take less damage.
Greater Mark of Strength: +3.80 AD Always is good, isn´t?
Greater Glyph of Magic Resist: +13.41 Magic Resist + Mercury's Treads will stop Skillshots Champs like Ezreal and Nunu
Greater Mark of Strength: +3.80 AD Always is good, isn´t?asdasdasdasdasdas
Greater Quintessence of Health: +26 With
Veteran's Scars Allow you to stay in your lane early game with not problems.
Greater Quintessence of Attack Damage +4.5 AD For Make cry carries with our Parrrley

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3. Summoner Spells


SPACE I Think.. THE BEST SUMMONER'S SPELL IN-GAME, Why Flash? Just Because is a Offensive/defensive spell. Helps you to scape from ganks, to Catch champions. In group with your Raise Morale will be make you an ungankable champion, this is a MUST, don't ask why, just pick Flash in-game you'll know what i picked this spell. SPACE

SPACE This is a MUST too, Why? Gangplank usually do solo top and the enemy champion kills you, you want to be on lane faster as posible. This helps you to reach and in a easy mode. SPACE


SPACE Just awesome when you are fighting vs AD carries, Slows them and reduces they AD.
Just awesome, i take this spell when i do Solo Qeue.

SPACE Ideal for execute an enemy champ, change te way of battle totally to your favor, plus reduces healing spells and has a decent range. Another Viable option in Solo Qeue. SPACE

SPACE It's a nice spell to scape ranged champs, it works for ganks too. It's good but you already have a Phantom Dancer + Raise Morale SPACE

SPACE Well i take this spell to bait enemy champs, is not a bad spell but you want to do more damage, not heal your teammates. However you can chose it. SPACE


SPACE You are not a Support, i think that is imposible that you spam alot your Parrrley so just don't pick this spell. SPACE

SPACE Let this spell for supports like Sona or Janna, trust me don't pick this spell you don't need it. SPACE

SPACE You already have your oranges, when Malzahar ults you just push W and thats it, you don't need this Spell, just eat O-R-A-N-G-E-S. SPACE

SPACE It works when you are jungling, but this guide is about laner Gangplank , in the future i will make a chapter about jungling. In THAT i will be put this spell, not now. SPACE

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4. Ability Explanation

Grog Soaked Blade (Pasive):

"Gangplank's basic attacks apply a poison debuff for 3 seconds that can stack up to 3 times. Each stack deals 3 + (1 × level) magic damage per second and slows the target by 7%."

This passive is just awesome, it's Phage mixed with poisons, it's just awesome.
It will help your to finish champions that have low health. The best think is that Parrrley works with this passive, so imagine Frozen Mallet or Trinity Force + Auto-Attack + Parrrley + Exhaust, Crazy, ritgh?.

Grog Soaked Blade is a passive ability that grants Gangplank's autoattacks an on-hit effect that slows and deals damage over time. This effect can stack up to 3 times:
  • Grog Soaked Blade's application does not pop spell shields.
  • Grog Soaked Blade's damage over time damages Black Shield and the slow is negated.

    Parrrley (Q):

    "Gangplank shoots a target enemy with his pistol, dealing physical damage. If it kills it, he gains extra gold. This ability can critically strike and applies on-hit effects, including his passive."

    YAAAAAAAAAAAR! I'm mighty pirate, this is just awesome my friends Has a low CD, Applies on hit effects like life steal, Slows, Critical Strikes,etc.. When you get Phage + Phantom Dancer you are a totally monster. Plus give extra gold when deals a killing blow; When you get your Wriggle's Lantern no minions will survive.

    Parrrley is a targeted ability that damages a target and applies on-hit effects. This ability is capable of a critical strike and will grant bonus gold if it kills the target:

    Remove Scurvy (W):

    "Gangplank instantly removes all crowd control effects on him, as well as healing himself."

    Don't ask why this is so awesome, is like our own Cleanse + Heals us, this abilitie will make cry CC champions, is not a priority, is just situational. I have to say that i love this Skill:

    Raise Morale (E):

    "(Passive): Gangplank's attack damage and movement speed are increased permanently.

    (Active): Gangplank fires into the air, disabling his passive boost but inspiring himself to gain additional attack damage and movement speed, with nearby allied champions receiving half that amount, for 7 seconds."

    Heeeeeeeeeey dude, Have you ever play Sivir? No? Well... when this abilitie is activated is like mini Sivir's ulti, plus gives you AD Damage, Duh? More reasons to make it a priority? Helps you to Figths 1 vs 1, dive towers, team figths.

    • Raise Morale's passive bonuses are lost for the duration of the active buff. It is not removed for the duration of the ability's cooldown.

    Cannon Barrage (R - Ultimate) :

    "Gangplank signals his ship to fire cannonballs upon target area for 7 seconds. 25 cannonballs will drop over the duration and each will deal magic damage to all enemies hit. Enemies in the area of this ability are slowed by 25% for 1.25 seconds, with the duration refreshing if one stays in the area."

    This is the BEST ultimate in-game, you can kill Lux in mid without leave your lane, you can help in ganks, in team figth, stop a tower diving, and alot of things more. Look his range:
    • Cost: 100 mana
    • Range: Global
    • Radius of Target AoE: 575
    • Radius of Cannonball AoE: 275

    Did you see that? Is just a Bad Guy's Ultimate, i think that after i make this guide Riot will nerf Gangplank, With this guide you are so OP my friend:


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

    The idea is maximize our Parrrley (Q) For farm and deal killing blows, later is situational what you want to maximize. If you are facing Irelia you want to maximize your Remove Scurvy (W) . If you are facing Tryndamere you want to maximize your Raise Morale.

    Parrrley + Wrrigle's Lantern


    In way to get more gold we want to last hit minion with Parrrley to get the max benefit of
    his extra gold when deals a killing blow. When we get Wriggle's Lantern farming will be easily.

    Combo Q>E>Auto Attack>Q

    This combo is when you are fighting 1 vs 1 , it really helps you too kill somebody:
    • We Initiate with Parrrley To get the slow.
    • Next we use Raise Morale in order to get AD and Mov. Speed to reach the enemy champ.
    • While Parrrley is on cooldown we use an Auto Attack to get another slow.
    • We finish the opponet with Parrrley

    If you did it correctly , there are 90% of opportunities to win that fight. This Combo is always good vs carries, it shutdowns them in seconds :D

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5. Items order + Core Items


SPACE This is the item that we have to start to build, Just because his passive helps us to farm and farm, and FAARM!. Plus Every 3 minutes we have a free sigth ward, ideal for solo top champions like us. SPACE

SPACE Second item that we have to build, the extra health that gives is always good and we are lookin his passive. It's ideal to reach fast champions like Master Yi or Nocturne SPACE

SPACE Are just the best boots in game +35 , Movement Speed 2 and MAGIC RESIST!. We need this boots if the enemy team has alot of CC or AP Casters. I take this boots the most of the times but if you want to pick another pairs of boots is your champion not mine >.< SPACE

SPACE Another item that i think that is just awesome. Give us armor + Crit Chance and his passive in group the heal from Phage or Warmog's Armor is a nice way to get more AD for Parrrley SPACE

SPACE This item will make us a literally Machine gun. Complete the Crit Chance that we need, plus give us Movement Speed to gank easily or scape more easy. This item is esential in a DPS Gangplank. SPACE

SPACE This item complete our DPS Gangplank.. more crits with Zeal + The slow that provides Phage + The awesome passive from Sheen. I like to say that "It's just AWESOME" Don't ask me why don't pick another Phantom Dancer.. You want the buff from Sheen trust me. SPACE

SPACE This item will make us More tanky and will give us more AD from the Atma's Impaler's passive, I like to buy this item to go away from the team fights with more health and doesn't get killed by ANYONE! SPACE

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5.1 Warding with Wriggle's Lantern

The below image is from Your Tryndamere Resource, by Apotheosis.

Warding with Wriggle's Lantern

  • Yellow: Vital to protect the jungler on your team
  • Blue: For protection depending on which lane you're on
  • Red: To guard Dragon and Baron
  • Orange: In order to Counter-Jungle

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6. Who you Will Face in Top?


SPACE You beat him early, but if he gets ganks and farm he'll destroy everyone, so make sure you keep him down. SPACE


SPACE Don't underestimate this champion because all he does is build armor and he does more damage and counters all AD. He also makes you attack slower. you can beat him early but later on if you let him level and farm he'll be scary as **** as this rock solid golem rapes your team with his ult. so make sure you have ap damage on your team before you pick GP. SPACE


SPACE You win early, but late game he can spam his W on you even if you orange it. He has always been a farm late game champion, so make sure you keep him down enough to where you're helping your team more then he is with your ult. If he out farms you he'll be a problem late game, but he is also really weak early game if he builds double GP5 items. SPACE


SPACE She will out push you no matter what and at 6 she will beat you 1 vs 1, your ult is useless vs her cause she just flashes or jumps out of it with her cougar. Try to survive vs her and start cloth armor. SPACE


SPACE He's not really that strong, but his passive blocks your Parrrley so be careful of the jungle ganks combined with this champion and his stun. Anyway eat oranges :) SPACE


SPACE Poppy is a bruiser killer, she snowballs the hardest, just because nobody plays her, doesn't mean she isn't good. her passive is ridiculous, and is something that shouldn't be ignored. SPACE


SPACE One of the strongest laners and gank efficient heroes, he falls of late game but don't let him snowball on you early on. He has no mana and can spam his skills to no end, so be careful how you harass him. He also can kill you easily with his ult + ignite if you aren't careful. Check out players like "I will dominate" for an example of a good renekton. SPACE


SPACE You can beat him with sustain but if you let him farm to much he'll just snowball on you. If he has ignite, he's planning to kill you at 6. If he has teleport, he's planning to rape your teammates that aren't prepared. you beat him early, but once he has tabi and level 6 you should be careful how fast he pushes your lane and takes your jungle if your team isn't prepared. SPACE


SPACE One of the best laners in the game, he doesn't contribute much to team fights in certain situations, but in lane he is by far the most annoying to deal with. He will beat you straight up so make sure you try to kite, or farm vs him. Once he has wriggles he will be unkillable, so try to out farm him and keep your tower alive. ult around the map and help your team because he is ungankable once he has wriggles + boots unless you dive him with 3 people. SPACE

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6.1 How to build Gangplank against Irelia


Irelia is a totally b*tch in lane agains us, her true damage is so annoying and her Ultimate gives her alot of sustain in lane, so we basically have to build 3 items first.

Damnn Maja, this item give me more HP so she can stun me with not problems.
YES! But you have oranges and trust me you don't wanna know her True damage.

When she slows us we need this boots to ignore that slow, also if you don't have mana to cast Remove Scurvy this boots will help you to scape with live from a figth.

This is just to use the pot of HP that Warmog's Armor give us, when you got this item you're allowed to kill Irelia :D

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6.2 How to build Gangplank against Rumble


Basically you win against Rumble early at lvl 1, but once he hits 4 you're in trouble until you get some items:

You usually build a Vampiric Scepter before these items.

What you need to do against rumble is:

DO NOT Q WHEN HE PRESSES W, RUN BACK YOU NEED MOVEMENT AND SLOW AND DAMAGE.. so the traits of triforce are not bad here.


He will beat you in lane with tabi, so just hope that you get a crit off when his shield turns off.

He will beat you straight up, until he has his spells on cooldown or overheated.

If you're against double AP/WOTA you're probably ****ed cause this mechanic is broken as **** and needs to be removed from the game.

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7. Early Game

I usually start with:
In this Phase of game (Levels 1 - 6) all we have to do is farm and get money to buy our Phage and Wriggle's Lantern.

I hope that you won't die in this phase so we don't have problems. :)

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8. Mid Game

The Mid game Phase (6-11) Is when your abilities as Gangplank join IN!. At this time you have to have this items:
The whole game you have to farm but at this phase you can help in teamfights or look for free kills with your Cannon Barrage.. oh i forgot, EAT ORANGES!

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9. Late Game

If they fed you you are a totally monster , in this phase you have to ward Baron and Dragon and look for ganks. At this moment you have to have:
If you have a good team, bassically you will win all the team figths.
Always try to counterjunling or kill dragon.

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10. Summary

Well that was my build for Gangplank. If you have comments or recommendations you can PM me
It was funny make this guide because it's my 1st build in MOBAfire's community, i have to say
thank you to jhoijhoi and his Wonderful Guide "How to Make your guide".

She's a totally master in this community so this guide is all her work, Thank You ^^.
Final comments?

Yes, i will do a "Jungler Plank Section" later, because Gangplank is a good ganker.
If i made english mistakes please forgive me, i'm from Colombia so my english isn't the best but i did my best work.

Bye bye