Garen Build Guide

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Garen - The Way of Obi

written by obifish

Garen Build

Table of Contents

  • Introduction

    ***UPDATED 4-29-10***

    More polished, not perfect.

    That being said, this champion is loads of fun - follow my instructions and enjoy.

  • Abilities

    Nothing too important here - but if used correctly during early game it can be very helpful. Make sure you 'rest' and activate this buff, then go into combat. Once your hit it's removed, so try to keep it as long as possible during the early stages for longer laning.

    Decisive Strike
    Your bread and butter. Level this early and harass, make sure you use this against other Garens before they open it on you; I see so many Garen's that do it too late and get silence and loose the advantage. That also means Decisive Strike is good against other champions as an opener too - since you get a silence which interrupts combat strategy for the other user, giving you more flexibility in your decisions for KB's or escapes.

    Note: Get it on cooldown. The earlier you use it, the earlier you can have it later = more DPS and movement speed. But be smart, this can be a set-up finisher, as you chase the enemy down with the extra burst of movement speed and ghost (discussed later).

    Played Udyr, Morgana, Sivir, or other types with self-shield ability? Well this is somewhat similar, having a higher cooldown, yet, costing nothing and diminishing damage. Use this before enemy abilities or towers damage you, but set it up, don't use this rashly.

    Ever played Diablo II? Yes it is like the barbarian ability whirlwind - and when used with ghost it becomes an ultimate in itself. This will be discussed later on in the guide. Sorry for the D3 one:

    Demacian Justice
    Ever played World of Warcraft? Yes it is like the warrior ability execute, except with a sudden death passive. Use this when enemies are at low health, obviously, but know the potential of its use. Know how much health you can take away with your other abilities and figure it into how much your Demacian Justice will do afterwards. (Look at my combo)

    Note: It has some range so figure that into your game plan, you might let some run to set up double kills.

  • Skilling Order

    Demacian Justice > Judgment > Decisive Strike > Courage

    Best for mobility and damage, not for defense.

    Get Decisive Strike at level 2.
    Get Courage at level 4, then refer to above.

  • Masteries + Runes


    Red = Crit Damage or Armor Pen.

    Yellow = Dodge or Health.

    Blue = Cooldown Reduction

    Quint = Movement Speed

    Good movement speed and damage.


    21/0/9 if your risky.

    21/9/0 if your risky.

  • Summoner Abilities

    So after many games these are two I go with:


    Reason: Ignite just adds more offense. Cleanse adds more survival and flexibility. Both are low cooldown, a huge plus.

  • Items


    1 Brawler's Gloves + 2x Health Pot
    2 Avarice Blade
    3 Boots of Speed

    Then, depending on what the enemies have and what spec you decide, get the following boots:

    Ninja Tabi Mercury's Treads Boots of Swiftness.

    -------------------- That said ---------------------------

    Boots of Swiftness
    (Refer to Tricks Section)

    Once this has been done, I like these ideas:

    The Black Cleaver Trinity Force Infinity Edge

    Build #1

    Boots of Swiftness
    Youmuu's Ghostblade
    Infinity Edge

    If it goes further:

    Frozen Mallet

    Build #2

    Avarice Blade
    Avarice Blade
    Boots of Swiftness
    Executioner's Calling
    Infinity Edge
    Youmuu's Ghostblade

    Turn in Avarice Blade for Sheen and later into Trinity Force.


    (Build #1) - Good general build.

    (Build #2) - Very fragile. Need much experience with Garen to make this work. However, with economic power,

    crit, lifesteal, this build has been my current enjoyment.

  • Tricks

    1 - Ghost + Decisive Strike + Youmuu's Ghostblade to give you tremendous speed.

    2 - Boots of Swiftness, Ghost, Youmuu's Ghostblade, and Quint Runes make your

    Judgment a sight to behold. Did I hear the speed buff too?

    3 - Kill towers with Youmuu's Ghostblade + Courage.

  • Pros / Cons


    - Good throughout the whole game.
    - Great damage, even if you go defense.
    - Easy to be effective at when played right.
    - Items compliment this champion so so well.


    - Can get behind easy.
    - Needs either health or damage to be successful.

  • Summary

    Great champion. Look for more updates. Enjoy

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