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LoL Champion Build Guides: Garen

Garen The Might of Demacia

Find the best Garen build guides for League of Legends S12 Patch 12.2. The MOBAFire community works hard to keep their LoL builds and guides updated, and will help you craft the best Garen build for the S12 meta. Learn more about Garen's abilities, skins, or even ask your own questions to the community!

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Garen Build & Runes

If you're looking for the best rune build for Garen we've got you covered. Below you can find the best items and runes to build for Garen, as determined by LeagueSpy's calculations of thousands of Plat+ League of Legends games. If you are already familiar with how to play Garen this is a great resource to quickly get a good rune selection for Patch 12.2. However, if you are a new Garen player we highly recommend reading through some of the guides above to learn why this build is strong on Garen!

Patch 12.2: 27611 matches scanned * Each section of the build is rated independently of the others

Garen's Top Items

Garen's Runes

Garen's Best Runes 53%

Win Rate 8765 Games

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
Precision
LoL Path: Precision
LoL Rune: Conqueror
Conqueror
LoL Rune: Triumph
Triumph
LoL Rune: Legend: Tenacity
Legend: Tenacity
LoL Rune: Last Stand
Last Stand

Resolve
LoL Path: Resolve
LoL Rune: Conditioning
Conditioning
LoL Rune: Overgrowth
Overgrowth

Second Best

Garen's 2nd Best Runes 65%

Win Rate 132 Games

Precision
LoL Path: Precision
LoL Rune: Conqueror
Conqueror
LoL Rune: Triumph
Triumph
LoL Rune: Legend: Tenacity
Legend: Tenacity
LoL Rune: Last Stand
Last Stand

Resolve
LoL Path: Resolve
LoL Rune: Second Wind
Second Wind
LoL Rune: Overgrowth
Overgrowth

Third Best

Garen's 3rd Best Runes 51%

Win Rate 1309 Games

Precision
LoL Path: Precision
LoL Rune: Conqueror
Conqueror
LoL Rune: Triumph
Triumph
LoL Rune: Legend: Tenacity
Legend: Tenacity
LoL Rune: Last Stand
Last Stand

Resolve
LoL Path: Resolve
LoL Rune: Demolish
Demolish
LoL Rune: Bone Plating
Bone Plating
More Garen Runes

Garen's Summoner Spells

Garen's Best Summoner Spells 53%

Win Rate 22782 Games

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  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Garen's 2nd Best Summoner Spells 49%

Win Rate 10232 Games

Flash Teleport

Third Best

Garen's 3rd Best Summoner Spells 52%

Win Rate 856 Games

Flash Ghost

Garen's Starters

Garen's Best Starter Items 52%

Win Rate 28578 Games

  • 1
  • 2

Trinket

Garen's Best Trinket 51%

Win Rate 27072 Games

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Garen's 2nd Best Trinket 54%

Win Rate 4687 Games

Oracle Lens

Third Best

Garen's 3rd Best Trinket 52%

Win Rate 2697 Games

Farsight Alteration
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Patch 12.2: 27615 matches scanned * Each section of the build is rated independently of the others

Garen's Top Items

Garen's Runes

Garen's Best Runes 55%

Win Rate 867 Games

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
Precision
LoL Path: Precision
LoL Rune: Conqueror
Conqueror
LoL Rune: Triumph
Triumph
LoL Rune: Legend: Tenacity
Legend: Tenacity
LoL Rune: Last Stand
Last Stand

Resolve
LoL Path: Resolve
LoL Rune: Conditioning
Conditioning
LoL Rune: Overgrowth
Overgrowth

Second Best

Garen's 2nd Best Runes 60%

Win Rate 173 Games

Precision
LoL Path: Precision
LoL Rune: Conqueror
Conqueror
LoL Rune: Triumph
Triumph
LoL Rune: Legend: Tenacity
Legend: Tenacity
LoL Rune: Last Stand
Last Stand

Resolve
LoL Path: Resolve
LoL Rune: Conditioning
Conditioning
LoL Rune: Overgrowth
Overgrowth

Third Best

Garen's 3rd Best Runes 58%

Win Rate 84 Games

Precision
LoL Path: Precision
LoL Rune: Conqueror
Conqueror
LoL Rune: Triumph
Triumph
LoL Rune: Legend: Tenacity
Legend: Tenacity
LoL Rune: Last Stand
Last Stand

Resolve
LoL Path: Resolve
LoL Rune: Overgrowth
Overgrowth
LoL Rune: Bone Plating
Bone Plating
More Garen Runes

Garen's Summoner Spells

Garen's Best Summoner Spells 54%

Win Rate 3264 Games

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Garen's 2nd Best Summoner Spells 53%

Win Rate 857 Games

Flash Teleport

Third Best

Garen's 3rd Best Summoner Spells 52%

Win Rate 162 Games

Flash Ghost

Garen's Starters

Garen's Best Starter Items 54%

Win Rate 3437 Games

  • 1
  • 2

Trinket

Garen's Best Trinket 53%

Win Rate 3166 Games

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Garen's 2nd Best Trinket 55%

Win Rate 829 Games

Oracle Lens

Third Best

Garen's 3rd Best Trinket 58%

Win Rate 391 Games

Farsight Alteration
Don’t forget
to Buy Wards
Patch 12.2: 27622 matches scanned * Each section of the build is rated independently of the others

Garen's Top Items

Garen's Runes

Garen's Best Runes 60%

Win Rate 773 Games

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
Precision
LoL Path: Precision
LoL Rune: Conqueror
Conqueror
LoL Rune: Triumph
Triumph
LoL Rune: Legend: Tenacity
Legend: Tenacity
LoL Rune: Last Stand
Last Stand

Resolve
LoL Path: Resolve
LoL Rune: Conditioning
Conditioning
LoL Rune: Overgrowth
Overgrowth

Second Best

Garen's 2nd Best Runes 64%

Win Rate 119 Games

Precision
LoL Path: Precision
LoL Rune: Conqueror
Conqueror
LoL Rune: Triumph
Triumph
LoL Rune: Legend: Tenacity
Legend: Tenacity
LoL Rune: Last Stand
Last Stand

Resolve
LoL Path: Resolve
LoL Rune: Demolish
Demolish
LoL Rune: Bone Plating
Bone Plating

Third Best

Garen's 3rd Best Runes 64%

Win Rate 74 Games

Precision
LoL Path: Precision
LoL Rune: Conqueror
Conqueror
LoL Rune: Triumph
Triumph
LoL Rune: Legend: Tenacity
Legend: Tenacity
LoL Rune: Last Stand
Last Stand

Resolve
LoL Path: Resolve
LoL Rune: Unflinching
Unflinching
LoL Rune: Bone Plating
Bone Plating
More Garen Runes

Garen's Summoner Spells

Garen's Best Summoner Spells 61%

Win Rate 2114 Games

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Garen's 2nd Best Summoner Spells 53%

Win Rate 649 Games

Flash Teleport

Third Best

Garen's 3rd Best Summoner Spells 55%

Win Rate 67 Games

Flash Ghost

Garen's Starters

Garen's Best Starter Items 59%

Win Rate 2246 Games

  • 1
  • 2

Trinket

Garen's Best Trinket 57%

Win Rate 2706 Games

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Garen's 2nd Best Trinket 51%

Win Rate 1153 Games

Oracle Lens

Third Best

Garen's 3rd Best Trinket 55%

Win Rate 252 Games

Farsight Alteration
Don’t forget
to Buy Wards

Garen Counters

Learn 's counters and discover matchups where they have an advantage! When you're starting a game of League of Legends you should always keep in mind if you'll be at an advantage or disadvantage against your opponent, so you can know whether to bully them or play safe. You can find detailed breakdowns of each matchup on CounterStats, and you can also check out some Garen guides to see how to build and play against other champions you may find yourself up against!


This counter data is for Garen Top in Plat+ games. The percent shown is the enemy champion's counter rating against Garen. Counter rating is our own statistic that factors in counter kills, overall kills, early lead ratio, comeback ratio, and win percent to give the whole picture of that champion's effectiveness as a counter pick.

Garen Skins

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Garen's Abilities

Garen's Perseverance
Perseverance Garen's Passive Garen's Passive
Self
Garen's Passive
Garen's Passive
Garen restores 1.5−10.1% of his maximum health every 5 seconds (depending on level).

Perseverance is interrupted for 8 seconds if Garen takes damage from epic monsters, turrets, champions, or if he is hit by an enemy ability.
Q
Garen's Decisive Strike
Decisive Strike Garen's Q Ability
Self
0
8
Garen removes all slows on him and gains 35% bonus movement speed for 1 / 1.65 / 2.3 / 2.95 / 3.6 seconds. His next melee attack within 4.5 seconds will deal 30 / 60 / 90 / 120 / 150 (+0.5 per attack damage) bonus physical damage and silence his target for 1.5 seconds. This attack can critically strike.
W
Garen's Courage
Courage Garen's W Ability
Self
0
23 / 21 / 19 / 17 / 15
Passive: Garen permanently gains 0.2 bonus armor and bonus magic resistance every time he kills an enemy unit, up to a maximum of 30 bonus resistances at 150 unit kills. At max resistances from enemy kills, Garen increases his bonus armor and magic resist by 10%.

Active: Garen reduces incoming damage by 30% for 2 / 2.75 / 3.5 / 4.25 / 5 seconds. Additionally, for the first 0.75 seconds, Garen also gains a 70 / 95 / 120 / 145 / 170 (+0.2 bonus health) shield and 60% Tenacity.
E
Garen's Judgment
Judgment Garen's E Ability
325
0
9
Garen rapidly spins his sword around his body 7 (+1 per 25% attack speed) times over 3 seconds, ignoring unit collision and dealing 4 / 8 / 12 / 16 / 20 (+0-8.2 depending on level) (+0.32 / 0.34 / 0.36 / 0.38 / 0.4 per attack damage) physical damage per spin to nearby enemies. This damage is increased by 25% on Garen's nearest enemy. Judgment can critically strike for 33% bonus damage. The total damage is increased by 50% against non-epic monsters.

Enemy champions hit 6 times have their armor reduced by 25% for 6 seconds (hits after the 6th refresh the duration).

Garen can deactivate Judgement early by activating the ability again after 1 second, which reduces the cooldown by the remaining duration of the spin.
R
Garen's Demacian Justice
Demacian Justice Garen's Ultimate (R) Ability
400
0
120 / 100 / 80 / 80 / 80
Garen gains vision of his target for 1 second and brings down Demacian Justice on them after a 0.5 second delay, dealing true damage to them equal to 150 / 300 / 450 plus 25 / 30 / 35%% of the target's missing health.

Questions About Garen

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