|Champion||Background||Strategy||Skins & Trivia|
- Galio is a tanky mage focused on dealing great AoE damage. His kit is oriented to constantly cast his spells to create an opportunity for an initiation. Despite being a tank, Galio is generally played in the mid lane, building magic resistance against the enemy mage. He can also be played top lane in a standard tank role or bot lane as a tanky support.
- Since his kit relies on constant usage of his skills, his small base mana pool, and low base mana regen, Galio burns mana at high rates.
- His damage is entirely reliant on landing the two skillshots.
- Being melee, he can also be zoned during the early game by ranged mages.
- He cannot peel targets reliably as a Tank aside from his ultimate ability.
- Galio's passive only works by building magic resistance. This means that AD champions - and full AD teams in general - will make Galio weaker overall. Don't be fooled, however, as Galio's kit is still very good against AD champions, especially DPS ones.
- Galio has the fourth highest level 1 damage at (65), making it easier to land last hits in the laning phase.
- Resolute Smite has a high base damage, hitting hard even at early levels.
- Through Bulwark, he can sustain in lane through minion aggro.
- His ultimate is a great tool for diving enemies with low health, as it reduces 50% of the received damage. As his passive converts 50% of his magic resist in ability power, you can play two roles at the same time.
- Galio is primarily picked against heavy magic damage teams, as his build path favors heavy magic resistance. Alternatively, his ult plays into AoE compositions.
- Since his kit is focused on dealing AoE damage, he can quickly push lanes.
- Righteous Gust can be useful for initiating teamfights, chasing runners, or escaping pursuers due to its speed boost.
- Galio is a strong pick against AP casters, as he is very resistant to magic-based harass. By zoning with Galio's Resolute Smite and Righteous Gust, casters will become under-farmed and under-leveled, giving your team an advantage.
- Galio's spells are expensive early game considering his low base mana pool. Try not to spam your Resolute Smite and Righteous Gust too much early.
- In accordance with this, try to save Resolute Smite for an enemy that is going to last-hit - the animations that all champions must go through to autoattack forces them to stand still.
- Placing Bulwark on an ally under attack is a good way to protect them and regain health.
- If you are low on health, you can throw the shield on and draw minion aggro for the duration of the shield. The damage taken will be negligible in comparison to the heal.
- Try using Bulwark before casting your spells, as it indirectly increases your ability power via your passive.
- Always remember to use Bulwark right before using Idol Of Durand, or even using it during Idol of Durand as it doesn't interrupt the channel. The increased armor will minimize damage, and its healing ability may even allow you to end the move with more health than you started with. It will raise ability power as well (as a result of his passive), allowing you to increase your damage output.
- Bulwark's lack of casting time allows you to cast it defensively while simultaneously using your other spells offensively.
- You will always get the MS boost from Righteous Gust in the moment you cast it for 1 second (direction is initially irrelevant, you will keep the bonus if you keep moving in the ability's path) so you can smartly use it to harass and then avoid incoming counterattack with the MS boost.
- You can significantly increase the damage potential of Idol of Durand by using it near high attack speed enemies or when multiple foes are close. Keep in mind that minions are also taunted, and may be used to take more hits with minimal damage.
- Idol Of Durand is one of the strongest teamfight-oriented ultimates in the game, and it works very well with many other champions' ultimates such as Nunu's Absolute Zero or Katarina's Death Lotus.
- It can be particularly powerful if Galio's's team knows how to use it; the taunt duration can be used get past disruptive tanks, fighters, and to lock down ADC's and APC's.
- It's also, notably, one of the few abilities in-game capable of CCing an entire enemy team, so you can use it as a sacrifice, letting your more important team members escape while you take the brunt of the enemy team's damage.
- Be mindful of how long you will need to channel Idol of Durand, as the damage reduction does not make you invincible.
- Cancelling the channel early after being hit 8 times will deal as much damage as leaving the spell to channel for the full duration.
- The CC from the ultimate is sometimes more effective than the damage, so channeling the spell for the full duration in order to maximize the duration of the taunt can be beneficial.
- Idol of Durand can be used to easily get a kill on enemies pushing your turret, as turrets prioritize enemies attacking friendly champions. Pull an enemy in range of the tower and activate it to get the turret to attack them.
- Galio can initiate team fights with Flash into Idol of Durand, since he does not have a gap closer in his kit.
- You should be wary of any ability or item that can reduce magic resistance, as they will lower your damage output. Fiddlesticks's Dread, , and Trundle's Subjugate are examples of this.
- Because it causes champions to autoattack you, Idol of Durand is vulnerable to interruption by attack modifiers such as Blitzcrank's Power Fist, Garen's Decisive Strike, and Udyr's Bear Stance. Be careful when using it around these champions.
- is a very strong item, offering ability power, magic resistance, and a useful aura.
- is a decent item for Galio as it gives you great mana regen due to the cost of your spells plus the magic resistance synergizes with his passive Runic Skin to increase his ability power as well.
- upgrade, offers a significant boost to offense and sustain, granting increased ability power, cooldown reduction and mana regeneration (which also synergizes with the passive mana regen boost).
- All in all, and should be considered core items for Galio by the late game since between them they provide 167.5 ability power, 97 magic resistance and three useful passive effects.
- Picking up a is good against high physical damage teams, and synergizes with Idol of Durand as it forces enemies to take damage from its passive
- in conjunction with Bulwark's increased armor and magic resistance allows you to slow the enemy team heavily, together with Righteous Gust you are able to catch up with your enemies easily. Keep in mind that the attack speed reduction passive may result in less hits during Idol of Durand.
- is a very strong item on Galio. It increases his magic resistance, ability power, health and helps with channeling the full duration of Idol of Durand by potentially blocking an interrupt.
- Galio excels at tanking spells due to his natural build towards magic resistance; however he still needs to build decent armor unless the enemy team is entirely magic damage based.
- Galio lacks powerful initiation (which counterbalances the massive power that Idol of Durand offers). As such, he benefits from items such as that help him get into the center of a fight.
- may provide additional chase potential, as Resolute Smite is normally somewhat easy to sidestep
- is an excellent item granting 55 magic resistance (27.5 ability power) and boosting the strength of Bulwark's heal.
Bonus ability power gained through Runic Skin
|Source||Bonus AP||Statistical Item Efficiency (After bonus AP)|
|Base Magic Resistance||15||NA|
|Bulwark||(15 / 22.5 / 30 / 37.5 / 45)||NA|
|Creeping Death||(5 / 7.5 / 10 / 12.5 / 15)||NA|
|Command: Protect||(5 / 7.5 / 10 / 12.5 / 15)||NA|
|10 + 10 (aura)||107.26% - 248.32% (5 nearby allied champions)|
|10 + 10(aura)||122.53% - 211.87% (5 nearby allied champions)|
|10 + 10 (aura)||103.18% - 198.89% (5 nearby allied champions)|
|20||106.10% - 178.78%|
|12.5 (Unstacked) / 25 (Fully Stacked)||091.23% - 110.46%|
- On-hit effects that apply hard CC, such as Bear Stance or Three Talon Strike can quickly interrupt Idol of Durand even while you are taunted by it. If you have them, consider saving them in expectation of it.
- Although you can no longer counter Idol of Durand with tenacity, it is still possible to buy a to remove the taunt before the end of its channel. Remember that the magic resist is useful against Galio too, since his spells do magic damage.
- Galio will certainly buy magic resist items to synergize it with his passive, Runic Skin. Therefore, if you play as a mage, it is recommended to buy a magic penetration item such as .
- If Galio or another enemy champion is affected with Bulwark, consider changing target as Galio will regain health whenever the target is damaged.
- Because he gets "free" ability power Galio is one of the few tanks with high damage output so magic resist is usually key in preventing him to burst down a fragile opponent, like a marksman.
- Change your escape path when the enemy Galio uses Righteous Gust. The speed boost is only applied when Galio or his allies walk within the spell's path.
- will give you magic resist as well as reduce Galio's damage output from Runic Skin.
- Galio's passive allows him to counter magic damage heavy teams and deal a reasonable amount of damage and heal in return. Consider bringing champions that deal large amount of physical damage that scales in attack damage instead of mages/assassins that deal magic damage. Keep in mind that Galio can also build armor (i.e. and ); and can still punish you with his Idol of Durand.
- Galio himself exists to punish teams with too much magic damage, rather than a primary pick. He is utterly hard to kill with magic (both burst or poke) so always have balanced teams between magical and physical damage. Having too much magical damage usually makes Galio appear while a team with too much physical can result in for example Malphite.
- Late game, Galio has particular trouble against Veigar. This is because Primordial Burst's will scale off your AP, which means building magic resist won't be as effective at mitigating his magic damage (especially with ).
- Braum is a very effective counter to Galio, too. This is because if Galio ults Braum, his Concussive Blows will stack quickly (especially if Braum's allies are taunted too); this will stun and break Idol of Durand's channel. Braum can also break Galio's ultimate from a high distance with his own ultimate ( Glacial Fissure) if needed.
- Have a champion with ranged hard CC, such as Draven, Lulu, or Cho'Gath. They can break Idol of Durand's channel without having to walk up to its range and be taunted.
- Wukong can activate his ultimate Cyclone, and then intentionally taunt himself to bring him to Galio's range so that it will interrupt its channel.
- AD assassins such as Zed and Kha'Zix can easily get rid of Galio because they have high burst and this burst is physical damage, making Bulwark ineffective against them. However, they can have their effectiveness reduced with Idol of Durand during teamfights, unless they have .