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Gangplank Build Guide by WhatTheBalls

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League of Legends Build Guide Author WhatTheBalls


WhatTheBalls Last updated on June 25, 2011
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Ability Sequence

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

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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.


Brute Force
Improved Rally

Offense: 21

Strength of Spirit
Veteran's Scars

Defense: 0

Expanded Mind
Blink of an Eye
Mystical Vision
Presence of the Master

Utility: 9

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So you want to try gangplank? Before you decide to play this hero you there are some things you should know. When gangplank prepare to

1. QQ from team on queue. Lot of people don't understand the potential in gangplank or just find him useless
2. First 20~30mins will be boring FARM FARM FARM
3. Die, you will be focused and being a melee doesn't help.
4. Kill every squishy in the other team :)

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9xgreater mark of desolation9xgreater seal of replenishment9x 3xgreater quintessence of desolation

This setup help greatly beginning game which gp lacks the most in

Other Viable Runes

Greater Mark of Critical Damage
Greater Seal of Critical Damage
Greater Seal of Evasion
Greater Glyph of Critical Damage
Greater Quintessence of Attack Damage

The reason I put Critical damage is because they add up to around +45% crit damage. With Lethality + 305% crit damage. I wouldn't mind having that at all.

Also you'd notice there's no crit chance. They suck ok?

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Summoner Spells



Other useful

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Starting item

Brawler's Gloves + Health Potion + Mana Potion

Sometimes I used to start with x2 Faerie Charm + 3x Health Potion then build off x2 philosopher's stone. However, after they nerfed philosopher's stone and made it so that the gold per 10 sec doesn't stack anymore, I don't think this is very useful anymore.

For the love of god please dont start with Meki Pendant and say "I'm low on mana". NO! what are you thinking? Building Tear of the Goddess and stacking mana to build a Manamune. Are you serious? Just go play

If your farming have been decent but weren't able to get a kill grab Avarice Blade and Boots of Speed when you go back. They only cost 700 total so that shouldn't be a problem. Then grab yourself a B. F. Sword

If your game is going good and manage to get a kill or two skip the Avarice Blade and grab yourself B. F. Sword.

Your goal is to get Infinity Edge as fast as possible. If you have one by 20 min mark then your good and your farmings been going well.

It your farm has just been terrible first shoot yourself in a shoot. Then buy Avarice Blade and Ionian Boots of Lucidity

Shortcut for lazy people

Good farm + Kill

+ + > + > > + > > banshees veil > >
> Sell shoes for or another

Good farm but no kill

+ + > + > > > + > > banshees veil > >
> Sell shoes for or another

Bad farm

Your screwed.


- These are more useful begin/mid game because you cant crit as much so you have to hit more to pull the damage.

- I prefer these boots because of armor and dodge they give. They're more helpful when you fighting in the late game.

- Also very helpful shoes viable on gangplank. Do not get unless there are lots of AP on the other team. They're the most expensive ones and the tenacity isnt too necessry for gangplank because they can run away from CC's with remove scurvy.

Not Get

Speed isn't needed as much because Grog Soaked Blade now slows plus we ghost lots of speed already.

Boots of Mobility isn't necessary

even a question?

I don't recommend this because Gangplank is too squishy to give up survivability for damage.

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Jungling with Gangplank doable but i don't suggest because there are many other champions what would do it better but for people who want to this is that the way I do it. This way require no special runes however it's not extremely fast and wont gank for the first little while if you have no runes.




Suggested runes are greater mark of desolation, , , greater quintessence of desolation for faster and more efficient jungling.


Skill sequence



Put first skill in to Q then grab yourself a Vampiric Scepter and head over to golems. Don't forget to smite one of the golem or you will die. After you have killed them both you should have Leveled. Put a point into W and use it whenever possible after that. Skip the wraiths and kill the wolves first. By the time wolves are dead smith will be back. Now go back to wraiths smite the big one and finish them off.

After your done with wraiths your hp will be extremely low. Go back grab a Cloth Armor and 2 Health pots. Now it's time for blue, pop the Health pot and finish him off. Wolves and wraiths will be up by now so finish those off to along with Red and golems as well. For extra boost pop the last health pot and gank bottom. If not go grab the blue from other jungle and carry on with the game.

Golems > Wolves > wraiths > GoBack > Blue > Wolves > Wraiths > Red > Golem > Gankkkkkk

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Playing as Gangplank

Laning Phase

FARM!!!!!!!! Try to get much minon kill as possible, last hit everytime. Use to last hit and harass. Last hitting with gives you a lot of gold so try to make every minion kill with it.

Mid game

FARRRRRRRRRRRRM!!!!!!!!!!!!! Watch your teammates fight so you can help with from the other side of the map. You could pick off kills when they get away with low hp.

Late game

and win