Galio has long been a champion with the ability to move to support teammates very well, so why not raise the level of the Giant Guardian by sending him into the jungle.
I. Overview of Galio in the Jungle
Galio is a magical gladiator champion with a decent amount of durability and damage. The Giant Guardian has the ability to clear the jungle with many good targets, thanks to the skill set with up to 3 wide-area moves to help wipe out the jungle monsters. However, with this build, Galio will only aim to continuously gank with his skill set that has a lot of control effects.
II. Skills, Spells, and Equip
Q – Wings of Battle will be your main jungling tool, damage at level 1 up to 225 on Red buff – equivalent to 2 times Lee Sin’s Sound Wave – Shadow Strike, but will deal area damage wide, this is definitely a skill you should maximize first.
W – Durand Shield has the ability to hold enemy champions, the amount of magic shield and damage reduction will also help you live longer in combat, get 1 point at level 3 and then max this skill second.
E – Punch of Justice allows Galio to quickly approach and control enemies, taking 1 point at level 2 to help you clear the jungle, then maxing it out at the end.
R – Super Hero’s Fall is Galio’s trademark skill, with it Galio will approach a fight easily from anywhere, the extra shield will sometimes save teammates from the moment of death. Let’s raise the Christmas Superhero to the right level.
2. Summoner SpellsFlash and Smite will be two mandatory summoner spells for Galio, besides, with the Magic Flash rune, you also have an effective fighting tool.
3. Boost Gems
Predator is the key rune point in this gameplay, great movement speed plus allows Galio to be in every hotspot, always activate Predator before using W – Durand Shield to eliminate the weakness Slowed when activating this ability. Ingenious Hunter and Cosmic Insight will help your active items cool down very quickly, at max stacks, Predator only has a cooldown of 75-37.5 seconds (depending on level).
Boots (300 gold): Always put on shoes on the first return, besides increasing movement speed, shoes also help you activate Predator – what makes this gameplay scary. If you have successful early ganks, go straight to the Sorcerer’s Boot for more damage in each shot of the Wings of Battle, otherwise go to the Ionian Enlightenment Boot for a faster cooldown.
Hextech Belt (3200 gold): Health, Ability Power, Magic Penetration, Skill Cooldown, a set of stats too suitable for the jungle Galio. The passive active Supersonic Surf gives Galio the ability to approach, dash, and flee when in danger. With the item’s cooldown reduced rune, Hextech’s Belt will cool down very quickly (25 seconds), you can continuously use the Belt to clear monsters and then use it to fight.
Zhonya Hourglass (2600 gold): Because of not having the ability to eat monsters too quickly, Galio will be quite expensive so can only aim for cheap items, and what could be better than Zhonya Hourglass – at the price 2600 gold but gives you stats against hordes of physical damage and a strongest trigger in the game with 2.5 seconds of invulnerability. Remember that this is again an active item and will reduce the cooldown by nearly 40% from the rune.
III. How to play Galio in the Jungle 1. Early game On the loading screen, consider your team’s options and then decide to focus on the most gankable lane (Has a lot of control, less mobile opponents, …). The first jungle round will depend on which wing you want to hit.
Jungle Direction from Red Buff: Red Bush Becomes Star -> Mutant Bird Field -> Krug Rock Monster Field (Smite).
This is Galio’s fastest way to level 3 jungle, the Colossal Smash passive and Q – Wings of War will quickly clear all 3 camps at 2:30 and proceed to gank with full of blood bars. Call your teammates to push low and don’t regret Flash to make your gank easier to succeed. Then immediately Return to buy Shoes and then continue to interfere in other road areas.
Jungle direction from Blue buff: Giant Greenstone -> Toad Toad Gromp (Punishment) -> Wolf Beach.
After clearing the three jungle camps, Return to buy Boots, come back for Red buff, birdfield and activate Predator to gank. The advantage of this gameplay is the surprise when the opponent will not prevent you from approaching too quickly, besides, you also have more options to gank. Use the trick to eat 2 Green buffs – Toads at the same time to optimize Galio2’s clearing speed. Mid game
This is when Galio shines in the role of a Mage with his huge amount of wide area damage. Unlucky enemies who eat a full Galio combo will see their health bar drop to 1800 health – a number greater than 75% of the health of all champions in the game at level 10.
However, since he is not a jungle champion, Galio can’t eat big targets too well, do gank 30 seconds before the big target appears, if successful, consider that target in your pocket friend. Focus on the small map, especially with Galio when he only needs to use the ultimate Super Hero’s Resurrection to suddenly appear and take advantage of the overwhelming number of enemies.
3. Late game
At this point, Galio’s damage will not be enough to kill anyone anymore, go back to the back line to become a tank, disabling any assassins who intend to assassinate the team’s mainstays. A Galio that does not appear on the map is the most feared Galio when the enemy will always have to be on the lookout for being caught alone, as well as falter in the decision to move to open the fight because of the fear of the coming of the Super Hero.
If your teammates have good fighting ability like Camille, Gnar, Kennen, use the ultimate to support them to crowd control and then come back to support and protect the mains.
Galio jungle is an interesting and relatively effective playstyle, if you like continuous ganking and small skirmishes, this will be a change of choice for familiar champions in the meta. However, you will need to test the Giant Guardian in normal combat before bringing him into solo queue.
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