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Gwen Build Guide by slogdog

Top Season 12 [12.5] The Only Challenger Gwen Guide You'll Need REVAMPED [WIP]

Top Season 12 [12.5] The Only Challenger Gwen Guide You'll Need REVAMPED [WIP]

Updated on March 24, 2022
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Runes: Conqueror

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Presence of Mind
Legend: Alacrity
Last Stand

Bone Plating

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


1 2 3 4
LoL Summoner Spell: Ignite


LoL Summoner Spell: Teleport


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Champion Build Guide

Season 12 [12.5] The Only Challenger Gwen Guide You'll Need REVAMPED [WIP]

By slogdog
About Me
I am a consistent Challenger player since Season 8, and a frequent Gwen player, my 2nd most picked champion when Yorick is banned out. I started playing her after she was released cos she was so pretty and have stuck with her just because of her design, how fun she is and how much carry potential she has.

I stream a lot of my Gwen gameplay so if you want to watch gameplay of her, you can check it out here. and I have a youtube if you wanna see my content about her.

Passive: Thousand Cuts

Autoes and Abilities deal bonus magic damage based on enemy's health. Gwen heals for 70% of it's damage.

Your main source of healing and damage. Gives Gwen all her tank killing power and sausage slicing skills.

Q: Snip Snip!

Gwen gets a stack of [Snip Snip!] (max 4) whenever she auto attacks. Gwen snips for each stack she has, with the final snip doing increased damage. The center of each snip does true damage and applies Thousand Cuts

Stack up with your Skip 'n Slash and then kill stuff with this. A primary damage source for Gwen.

W: Hallowed Mist

Gwen puts down a circle at her current location. It is recasted if Gwen leaves the area or recasted. In the circle, she gains armor and magic resistance and is untargetable to all enemies.

Your bread and better as a defensive tool. Vitally important to keeping Gwen safe from ranged champions, and making yourself a lot tanky against melee champions. Use carefully however, due to its long cooldown.

E: Skip 'n Slash

Gwen dashes and gains bonus attack speed, attack range and on hit magic damage on her auto attacks. Her next auto refunds half of the cooldown of Skip 'n Slash. Skip 'n Slash can be cast during any ability.

Your spammable source of mobility, and another primary damage source. Gwen's auto attacks hit really hard with Skip 'n Slash, Thousand Cuts and Nashor's Tooth.

R: Needlework

Gwen can activate Needlework up to 3 times sending 1/3/5 needles additively. After casting Needlework Gwen needs to, auto attack or cast Snip Snip! to unlock the second cast, and the prior requirement again to unlock the third cast.

Your main all-in damage tool. Gives Gwen a lot of healing and damage, and can provide a lot of burst damage.

Summary of Gwen

Pros of playing Gwen

  • Strongest AP hypercarry from top lane.
  • adowable uwu.
  • Strong snowball potential and can 1v9 games very easily.
  • Has one of the strongest late games in the game.
  • Destroys Tanks/Juggernauts.

Cons of Playing Gwen

  • Weird/Frustrating interactions with W.
  • Weak against bruisers.
  • No Crowd Control.
  • Very weak from behind. (has no utilities)
  • Lack of range.

Conqueror is an absolutely rune amazing on Gwen, and gives her insanely strong early game with the ability to win almost every early game skirmish due to the increased ability power, and the on-hit damage with Skip'n Slash and Thousand Cuts. Lethal Tempo used to be the best, but after continuous nerfs, and its lack of flexibility, Conqueror is now a much better option.
Triumph will give access to clutching fights out with the extra health and the little bit of money helps with achieving the late game Gwen so that you can 1v9.
The extra attack speed fits really nicely with Gwen letting her stack her Snip Snip! and abuse her Skip 'n Slash and Nashor's Tooth.
Incredibly good in clutching fights out. Gwen will be low health a lot, but will be able to utilise Last Stand really well because she heals between low-medium health constantly.
Attack speed and adaptive force will help a lot with csing in lane, and just scales naturally very well with Gwen. Armor rune can be swapped out for health and mr depending on what you want, but most top laners are ad bruisers.



The best mythic by far on Gwen. Gives her sustain, lots of damage and works really well with Gwen's ideal fights of long and sustained fights.


Nashor's Tooth

An amazing item for Gwen that offers the most amount of damage out of any other Legendary item. Offers insane dps with Skip 'n Slash and works well with Thousand Cuts

Zhonya's Hourlass

Offers great survivability and a lot of defense against AD champions. Just insanely good item, allowing you to be really aggressive and not get punished due to its active.


Offers good antiheal, AP and health for survivability. Very cheap and an alright item if the enemy has lots of healing.

Rabadon's Deathcap

The capstone for Gwen. Really good as a 5th/6th item due to the fact that it just gives an insane amount of AP, and amplifies previous AP items by a million.

Demonic Embrace

Gives good health and AP. Gives a burn and works really well with other health items. Highly recommended if you want more survivability.

Cosmic Drive

A vital item giving really good utiltiy for Gwen, AP, and health. Allows her to use skills much more often, allowing her to be more mobile, have more DPS and be more tanky.
Early Game
Gwen has a very strong level 1, allowing her to threaten the enemy especially if you go Doran's Blade. However, levels 2-5, Gwen lowers in power a bit, especially compared to other top laners. You'll look to try Snip Snip! Skip 'n Slash to poke the enemy. If the enemy looks to trade back, W and go in an extended trade with them. Once you hit level 6, try to look for an all-in and fight a long extended fight. Gwen has one of the strongest early game extended fight potential due to her healing from Q and R.

However, Gwen dips down in power on early recalls, due to the fact that itemisation on her is really awful. Gwen spikes really hard on each item, but components are terrible. Play for your full items.
Mid-Late Game
Gwen has a very solid mid-game, being able to chunk a lot harder especially with Riftmaker etc. After you hit your 2 item powerspike, look to fight messy skirmishes, due to the fact that it's really hard to deal with Gwen's Hallowed Mist and enemies will struggle to damage Gwen. Teamfighting is where Gwen specialises so look to group and fight for objectives.

What you should mainly do is
Clear sidelane waves
Group around a massive objective with your team such as Dragon or Baron Nashor

Trying to get a flank angle is also incredibly effective as it will just absolutely decimate any formation the enemy has. Utilise your Skip 'n Slash to traverse terrain.

Thanks for reading the guide! If you ever want to directly ask me any questions or need help with anything in particular feel free to ask! Although my primary champion is Yorick, I am still a challenger top laner and you can ask any question about Gwen. check my twitch here! or watch my youtube here

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