Garen Build Guide by BaLoRi
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Runes: Conqueror Build
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+15-90 HP (lvls 1-18)
++8 ability haste
Champion Build Guide
My nickname is BaLoRi, I am an Educational Content-Build Creator that I got 1 goal every single time. To create the MOST POWERFUL builds for each champion, that will give you the FREE ELO that you really want and rank up with your own skills in any DIVISION you want.
Forget about everything else, cause this is going to be how you will play Garen from now on and reach insanely crazy win ratios!
With this build you will have around 80% Win ratio at Iron to Gold Elo, 70% Win Ratio At Platinum Elo and 60-61% At Diamond-Challenger Elo!
Feel free to join me in our youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/lolbalori & https://www.twitch.tv/balori for more BUILDS and GUIDES and join our Discord server for real time build creation: https://discord.gg/RazhNDW and reach any ELO you want!
Nothing will stop you, nothing will win against you, the only thing they will ever feel is FEAR from your insane damage!
Hope to enjoy your Elo Boost!
This build is a combination between insanely big DAMAGE and even greater SUSTAIN. To carry you need to have BOTH. To create a build to have the perfect combination needs KNOWLEDGE and this is what we will share today with this build!
Garen is one of the most completed champions in the game, got tools that most of champions dont even dream to have, like Movement speed bonus and SILENCE with Decisive Strike, Shield, Bonus ARMOR, Magic Resist and bonus Tenacity with Courage, Damage and ARMOR REDUCTIONS with Judgment and pure damage execute with Demacian Justice especially his R is something to be AFRAID OF right now, cause its doing 450 (+ 30% of target's missing health) imagine a target that got hp of 4000 HP and be around 2000 HP, will receive damage equal to 450 + 600 = 1050 True damage from one skill!
But the most important TOOL that garen got is his passive Perseverance the ability to stay in lane and farm for AS LONG AS HE WANTS. To win a lane is not about just how much damage or fast you will do that to your enemy, but how good you can trade with the enemy champion and be as close as possible to full HP.
Garen got that for FREE, cause of your Courage you will receive as close as possible to zero damage while fighting (if you use it right) and with your passive you will regain back to full hp either way.
A good example and video guide about Conqueror Garen build:
With this build, Garen will have the following stats:
400+ AD, 3500+ HP, around 130+ Armor and around 150 Magic Resist plus 51% Tenacity and insanely big amount of Damage and Sustain cause of the combination of items and Runes!
To put them in numbers, You will have healing: 9% from Conqueror, 15% From Elixir heal from Sterak, heal from the mythic item and everything (Both HEALS and SHIELDS) will be multiplied by 40% Cause of Spirit Visage and Revitalize
And here you can also watch the IMMORTAL Garen build:
No matter which build version you will choose, the CONQUEROR or the IMMORTAL one, both will make you be the STRONGEST monster in your games!
Lets continue with the rune choices and why they are going to be the strongest ones by far!
Conqueror Extra AD and 9% of your overall damage as HEAL, this means that by just doing your combo Q-E you will stack it instantly making you ready to start healing like crazy and of course have the bonus AD as well. But its not just that, cause of the combination of Spirit Visage & Revitalize you will increase this amount of healing by Elixir of Wrath 15% Damage to heal effect you will be the MOST OP champion that exist in the game.
Triumph Extra GOLD per kill/assist plus % of missing health as heal, this heal will be also increased by the Spirit Visage & Revitalize so, imagine to be with 500 HP and kill something, you will receive heal equal to 12% of 3000 x 40% = 504 HP, just from 1 kill/assist!
Legend: Tenacity One of the MOST IMPORTANT runes for Garen cause you will gain 30% Tanacity plus another 30% from Mercury's Treads and even more with Courage making you a monster with 80%+ TENACITY in most fights!
Coup de Grace Extra % damage to low health targets
Second Wind This rune, together with Doran's Shield will make you a LANE PHASE EARLY monster, you wont play with anything else, except this! After taking damage from an enemy champion, gain health regeneration equal to 6 (+ 4% of your missing health) over 10 seconds. This means that you will have Regain while fighting cause of these 2 together and you will have your passive Perseverance regain as well while being out of combat.
Revitalize 5%-15% Bonus HEALS/SHIELDS, this rune is just insane. Cause not only you will increase heals/shields as we described above but we will also receive BONUS heal/shield from our ally support, making us EVEN STRONGER!
For the IMMORTAL Garen build guide you will use these runes for the following reasons:
Grasp of the Undying One of the most powerful runes in the game for champions like Garen while using our Immortal build this runes will give you 3 stats, bonus damage with % of your HP that will work greatly with your Decisive Strike cause you can activate it while also doing the bonus damage with it and while doing the %HP dmg you will also heal cause of Ravenous Hunter from the damage, % of HP HEAL back and one of the most important stat that most people forgetting is the 5 permanent HP each time you using it!
Shield Bash A super important rune, a MUST TO HAVE for Garen and one of the reasons that to go for Grasp is the only way, it will give you bonus Armor-Mr each time you got a shield PLUS bonus damage that scales with the % of the shield for your next basic attack cause of your Courage you will use Shield Bash EVERY single time and will give you great sustain and damage at the same time!
Second Wind Another monstrous rune, HP REGAIN each time you receiving damage from the enemy that scales with your MISSING HP, people keep underestimate this rune, but cause of this rune and Doran's Shield you will be totally UNSTOPPABLE early, cause of this double regeneration from level 1 you will have ability to trade with the enemy for AS LONG AS YOU WANT and kill them easily while being Full HP!
Revitalize One of the most BROKEN runes that on certain champions works incredible, Garen is one of them, 5%-15% BONUS HEALS that together with Spirit Visage you will increase this to 40% and will make you an IMMORTAL MONSTER! Making Courage giving you MORE SHIELD and at the same time cause of Shield Bash to also give you more damage!
The secondary runes tree that we will choose will always be DOMINATION and that cause we need the Ravenous Hunter and Cheap Shot
Cheap Shot Extra true damage after your CC that will be activated each time you are using your Decisive Strike cause silence = cc! Another must to have rune that will give you TONS of TRUE DAMAGE!
Ravenous Hunter A MUST TO HAVE RUNE, after the recent changes, this rune giving you 11% Total damage to HEAL, that means each time you using your RUNES-SKILLS-ITEMS-HITS to damage your enemies you will receive 11% of the damage dealt as health back, this amount will be MULTIPLIED by 40% cause of Revitalize and Spirit Visage and together with all the runes that we talked about will make you a total MONSTER!
These runes as you saw meant to make Garen insanely powerful early and EVEN MORE POWERFUL Late game. Cause of Courage Garen is one of the few champions that can gain "sustain" (Armor/MR) for FREE just by farming in lane!
No matter which build you will use, the Conqueror one or the Immortal one you will always going to be the STRONGEST!
Now you understood the combination of runes and skills, its time to move to the secret behind our item choices!!
CONQUEROR Build Garen Version
The first start will be
We will always start with Doran's Shield plus Health Potion as we talked to all of our guides start items are extremely gold efficiency, making them worth much more of their actual cost, Doran's Shield while you are in combat is 300% gold efficiency, that means its goes up to 1350 gold worth of stats that together with Second Wind will make you absolute unstoppable in lane phase and late game!
On your first back and here is where is the MOST IMPORTANT PART of making you the strongest from early to full late game, you will buy 2 more Doran’s blade the combo of the 3 dorans while only paying 900 gold (plus the 1 that you got from lvl 1) is going to give you stats that won’t be compared with ANY OTHER ITEM and with such a low amount of gold to have stats that worth an ENTIRE COMPLETE ITEM, also cause you will start selling your first doran item while starting buying your THIRD ITEM (never before that, we will keep the dorans items till full late game and sell it one by one as we proceed with the next core-items) that is going to be Spirit Visage and that means the Spectre’s Cowl item part that will give you bonus hp and a regeneration effect that will be combined with Second Wind and doran’s shield and make you sustain even more while fighting!!
Also in your first back if you got the gold (900-1050) buy also a Refillable Potion this will let you have health pots all lane phase long with only 150 gold that you will sell later on for 60 gold, so with only 90 total gold, you will have pots that you will use at least 6 times (2 times going back to the base) that means 6 x 50 gold per health pot = 300 gold while only paying literally 90 gold! This game is not only about complete items, is about small things like what I said above that will make you stronger than all, these health pots will always help you survive in lane phase, outdamage your enemies and end up being the STRONGEST till you get your first complete items to overpower them all completely, by playing with a start like that, you will secure having your items FASTER, yep, not sooner but FASTER, if you go and check out the stats while playing with our style of sites that got the average time that you getting your first, second and third item that will be compared with others, you will realize that the time that you got your items is not MORE but LESS than others!!
After your 3 dorans you will start building your Mythic item Divine Sunderer this item will give you AD, HP, Ability Haste and an amazing active effect, after using a skill your next hit will apply 10% of their MAX HP as damage and you will heal for 50% of the amount! That means after activating your Q you will apply this damage as well on top of your INSANELY BIG one and also heal from that from the item plus Conqueror and Elixir of Wrath later on and multiply that heal by 40% cause of spirit visage and Revitalize
The first part item that you will always buy is Phage with this you will have bonus AD, HP and a heal effect while fighting your enemy laner, that will be multiplied even so early in the game by 5-15% cause of revitalize making you powerful enough to keep destroying all!
REMEMBER and this is IMPORTANT, we are not selling the Doran's Blade or Doran's Shield before we start building our 3RD ITEM that is going to be Spirit Visage, the only thing that you will sell is your refillable position
After finishing Divine Sunderer you will start building your next item that will be ALWAYS
Black Cleaver the reason this item is so important to have is cause of its stats and passive effects,
You will have AD, HP, Ability haste and armor reduction effect that will stack together with your E and reduce the armor of ANY TARGET even further, making you do close to true damage from the very early stages of the game till the full late game! Also you will apply another damage effect that will do 5% of their missing hp as physical damage every 0.5 seconds as long as you keep damaging the target, for example while having active your E!
Then, its time to move to the next item that is going to be Spirit Visage,
And now you will sell your first doran’s blade in order to get your Spectre’s Cowl
Right now you will have damage, sustain and all the ability to fight any target and make them do close to zero damage while healing easily, after finishing Spirit Visage you will be able to easily go all in, even 1v5 and cause of the AMAZING effects that this item giving you to not only survive but also kill them all, with Revitalize you will multiply your heals and shields by 40%, that means the shield that you are getting from W (that is huge) will also grow stronger and if you use it on the right time it was easily dodge an INSANELY BIG amount of damage and also cause of the damage reduction effect from W alone it will be good enough as it is!
After Spirit Visage our next item is going to be Sterak’s gage we already got plenty of damage so this is going to be a defensive but at the same time OFFENSIVE ITEM, cause of the AD, HP, and the two amazing effects from sterak you can freely attack all in, you will have bonus heal for each target you are hitting and a huge amount of shield after taking a certain amount of damage, right now sterak is a must to have item that its effects working INSANELY good with the combination of items and runes that we got on Garen
Now lets talk about the last item that we will be playing with our Garen Monster, you got the following options:
1. Serylda's Grudge why this item so powerful and a choice that we will always get first no matter what? AD, 30% ARMOR PENETRATION, ability haste and the ability to have a slow effect with damaging your enemies with your skills, that means your Q, E, R will apply slow as well, making you also activate Cheap Shot more times that will let you do more TRUE DAMAGE!
2. Death’s Dance not as powerful as before, but still extremely useful, AD, Armor, ability haste and two effects, a burst to physical damage over time effect that will help you sustain more and with each kill/assist heal restore over time, just like sterak!
3. Dead Man’s Plate a more utility-sustain option that will give you HP, Armor, movement speed bonus and another speed bonus that will also slow the target at full stacks, you can easily play with this, but if you want to maximize the damage go for the option 1!
So your FULL Conqueror Garen BUILD will look like this:
Divine Sunderer Black Cleaver Mercury's Treads Spirit Visage Sterak's Gage Serylda's Grudge plus Elixir of Wrath
IMMORTAL Garen BUILD VERSION
For the Immortal Garen build version we will play with the same start as before doran’s shield and a pot and instead of going for double doran, but this build we will go right away for the following two items that once you buy them you will be able to overpower any champion against you, these will be Bami's Cinder and Bramble Vest the stats that you will have from these two will make you a little too OP for them to handle, cause of how your Courage works, you will have bonus Armor/Mr and DAMAGE REDUCTION effect, plus a shield to activate Shield Bash and apply damage that they wont expect, after getting these two,
our main focus is to finish our Mythic item Sunfire Aegis this item will give you EVERYTHING that our immortal monsters needs, HP, Armor, Mr, Ability haste, damage burn effect around you and another effect that the more you fight the more damage that you will do (60%+damage) and after getting the full stacks (while fighting) you will do even more AOE damage with each hit-Q that you are using on champions!
Then we will get Thornmail and you will increase your HP, armor even further, plus you will apply more REPEL damage to the attackers that hitting you!
Then our next item will be Spirit Visage to increase your heals-shields by 25% that together with the Revitalize that we will play to be literally IMMORTAL with total bonus heals and shield of 40%!
Our next item is going to be Sterak's Gage we already got plenty of damage and sustain, but with this is we are going to increase it to the NEXT LEVEL, AD, HP, hp HEAL while fighting and a shield that will be multiplied by 40% and make your enemies to wonder if its going to be possible for you to die while fighting 1v5! Remember, cause of Courage you will receive reduced damage for 5 seconds, you will also have a huge shield from the skill that will activate Shield Bash and with Sterak's Gage you will be able to activate the effect ONCE AGAIN!!!
For last item we will play with Warmog's Armor this item is extremely powerful, cause expect of course the 800 HP and regeneration it will also give you 10 Ability haste, having total of 35 Ability haste and a healing effect that will easily be compared to the fountain healing, Garen is a non-mana champion that means what you need is this HEALING EFFECT to be always healthy that together with your passive will be enough to fight for as long as you want as long as you go for out of combat for 10seconds!
Another option is going to be Gargoyle Stoneplate an insanely powerful item, that once you get it in full late game, you will be EVEN MORE POWERFUL, we might not have bonus HP, but we got armor, magic resist, ability haste and two amazing effects, %armor and mr that will stack and increase while fighting, that works INCREDIBLE GOOD with your W that will multiply this even further and a HUGE shield effect that will let you have better sustain and DAMAGE as well, cause Shield Bash will scale with the huge shield from Gargoyle Stoneplate while the shield itself will be increased by 40% from Revitalize and Spirit Visage
And this might be the most powerful combination of items that exist in this game! Immortality plus insanely big amount of DAMAGE that the more you fight, the harder it will be for your enemies to even survive!
So your FULL Immortal Garen BUILD will look like this:
Sunfire Aegis Thornmail Mercury's Treads Spirit Visage Sterak's Gage Warmog's Armor plus Elixir of Iron
No matter which build version you will choose, follow the item path and runes that I described above and you will be ready to show the world why we, Balorians, are beyond BROKEN!!!
1: Creeps-Farm: The most important thing is to focus on your farm, you need to farm fast and if you can kill all the creeps without missing even one it will be even better. This way you will take the lead from your enemy champion, dont be afraid to use your skills for last hits even at the 1 level.
Stay Alive: To not to die at lane and not have any kills is more worth than to be 3-3 or 4-4 with your enemy Lane champion.
Your build focusing to be the strongest at the MID-Late game, doesn't matter if you cant kill now, focus on farm and you will be able to show your true Strength at the right time of the game.
So you need to ALWAYS no matter what champion you playing to improve these two, farm better, stay alive, if you are not confident in your skills, always ask for junglers help!!
After following these 2 tips, what you need to do with Garen is simple, start your engage ALWAYS with Decisive Strike this will apply the effects that we talked about, that means Divine Sunderer 200% AD + Black Cleaver bonus AD missing dmg + Black Cleaver Armor reduction effect and of course Silence
then activate your Judgment this will apply more damage and also armor reduction to the target! The moment the enemy champion turn to you and try to hit any spell, activate INSTANTLY Courage to dodge any kind of CC and burst dmg from him. Remember that the shield and tenacity from Courage is only For the first 0.75 seconds, so you need to play that right to dodge the max damage possible (or just the cc)
Then you will move back, you will literally take zero damage out of this engage, cause of the combination of items, runes and your passive will always keep you FULL HP!
Then you will repeat that and when the target is around 40%, you will go in, use your Q-E combo then Ignite and Demacian Justice to finish the target.
Remember Demacian Justice doing pretty big damage from early game. If you want to calculate the damage every time is:
150 / 300 / 450 (+ 20 / 25 / 30% of target's missing health)
That means if its early in the game at your lvl 6, your R doing 150 + 20% of missing HP. To keep it simple and with 1000 base HP from your enemy, if he is at 50% of HP (500 HP) he will receive 150 + 20% x 500 = 250 TRUE DAMAGE
To kill the target aim for the target to be at 30%-40% of their HP, Ignite true damage will do the rest!
The rest will be shown in our Youtube channel and the Garen videos in "Different match ups" below!
and the answer is simple and i will give it to all of you as well.
Im playing always with Flash and Ignite Top, for the following reason, Teleport is a skill for any of players don't have enough confident in theirselves that they can DESTROY the enemy TOP laner.
Its as simple as that, Teleport can be used to Come back after a fast back or go to other lane and "Help" your team. Garen Dont even need to go back to regain, cause of the combination of runes, items and his passive! So its making it useless to have!
The reason all playing with Teleport is cause they want to find the "easy" answer behind the top lane "go help others and exp there", i cant judge them really, but if you really want to say yourself that you actually won the TOP Lane then you need to do it SOLO.
Garen with Ignite is something insanely dangerous, cause after finish your Q-E combo the damage that you will do with your Demacian Justice that doing True damage now by combining it with your Ignite its going to be something CRAZY!
TIP: Lots of you will think "but when my team need me i can teleport there", NO. You dont need to teleport there. You can be there by foot, or if you cant be there continue with the OBJECTIVES, push your lane destroy towers take Dragons with your jungler etc.
Almost every rush TP to help BOT or MID Lane end up by being all DEAD together with you.
Cause when you TP, you suddenly change the entire MAP Phase, you going somewhere where you will be 100% seen and try to either Dodge your skills or Kill you first.
So go by foot, and go from behind them by using the FOR OF WAR.
This is the entire strategy behind what i am always doing.
If you see my videos you will see that im right at what im saying above.