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Champion Spotlight
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Galio Champion Spotlight

Recommended Items
Summoner's Rift
Starting Doran&#039;s Ring item Health Potion item2 Warding Totem item
Early Chalice of Harmony item Boots of Speed item Negatron Cloak item
Essential Mercury&#039;s Treads item Athene&#039;s Unholy Grail item Abyssal Scepter item
Standard Rabadon&#039;s Deathcap item Void Staff item Spirit Visage item
Situational Luden&#039;s Echo item Zhonya&#039;s Hourglass item Banshee&#039;s Veil item
Consumables Health Potion item Vision Ward item Elixir of Sorcery item
Howling Abyss
Starting Chalice of Harmony item Boots of Speed item Health Potion item2
Essential Mercury&#039;s Treads item Athene&#039;s Unholy Grail item Abyssal Scepter item
Standard Rabadon&#039;s Deathcap item Void Staff item Spirit Visage item
Situational Luden&#039;s Echo item Zhonya&#039;s Hourglass item Banshee&#039;s Veil item
Consumables Oracle&#039;s Extract item Health Potion item Elixir of Sorcery item
Crystal Scar
Starting Chalice of Harmony item Boots of Speed item Health Potion item2
Essential Mercury&#039;s Treads item Athene&#039;s Unholy Grail item Abyssal Scepter item
Standard Wooglet&#039;s Witchcap item Void Staff item Spirit Visage item
Situational Luden&#039;s Echo item Odyn&#039;s Veil item Thornmail item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Sorcery item
Twisted Treeline
Starting Doran&#039;s Ring item2 Health Potion item
Early Chalice of Harmony item Boots of Speed item Negatron Cloak item
Essential Sorcerer&#039;s Shoes item Athene&#039;s Unholy Grail item Abyssal Scepter item
Standard Wooglet&#039;s Witchcap item Void Staff item Spirit Visage item
Situational Luden&#039;s Echo item Banshee&#039;s Veil item Moonflair Spellblade item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Sorcery item

Tips

Playing As Galio Galio
  • Placing Bulwark.png Bulwark on an ally under attack is a good way to regain Health.
  • Righteous Gust.png Righteous Gust can be useful for charging opponents or escaping pursuers.
  • You can significantly the damage potential of Idol of Durand.png Idol of Durand by using it when multiple enemies are close.
Playing Against Galio Galio
  • Avoid attacking Galio's allies while they are Bulwark.png Bulwarked, since your attacks will be less effective and will heal Galio.
  • Avoid Idol of Durand.png bunching up with allies when Galio is nearby.
  • Interrupting Galio while he channels Idol of Durand.png Idol of Durand will free any allies he's taunting.

Tricks

  • Galio 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 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.
  • Strengths:
    1. Galio has the fourth highest level 1 attack damage at (65), making it easier to land last hits in the laning phase.
    2. Resolute Smite.png Resolute Smite has a high base damage, hitting hard even at early levels.
    3. Through Bulwark.png Bulwark, he can sustain in lane through minion aggro.
    4. Idol of Durand.png Idol of Durand is a great tool for diving enemies with low health, as it reduces 50% of the received damage. As Runic Skin.png Runic Skin converts 50% of his magic resist in ability power, you can play two roles at the same time.
    5. Galio is primarily picked against heavy magic damage teams, as his build path favors heavy magic resistance. Alternatively, Idol of Durand.png Idol of Durand plays into AoE compositions.
    6. Since his kit is focused on dealing AoE damage, he can quickly push lanes.
  • Weaknessses:
    1. Since Galio Galio's kit relies on constant usage of his skills, a small base mana pool and low base mana regeneration make him burn mana at high rates.
    2. His damage is entirely reliant on landing Resolute Smite.png Resolute Smite and Righteous Gust.png Righteous Gust
    3. Being melee, he can also be zoned during the early game by ranged mages.
    4. Aside from Idol of Durand.png Idol of Durand, he cannot peel targets reliably as a tank.
    5. Runic Skin.png Runic Skin 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.
Ability Usage
  • Righteous Gust.png 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 Galio's Resolute Smite.png Resolute Smite and Righteous Gust.png Righteous Gust, casters will become under-farmed and under-leveled, giving your team an advantage.
  • Galio Galio's spells are expensive early game considering his low base mana pool. Try not to spam your Resolute Smite.png Resolute Smite and Righteous Gust.png Righteous Gust too much early.
    • In accordance with this, try to save Resolute Smite.png 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.png 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.png Bulwark before casting your spells, as it indirectly increases your ability power via your passive.
  • Always remember to use Bulwark.png Bulwark right before using Idol of Durand.png Idol Of Durand, or even using it during Idol of Durand.png 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.png 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.png 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.png 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.png 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 Nunu's Absolute Zero.png Absolute Zero or Katarina Katarina's Death Lotus.png Death Lotus.
    • It can be particularly powerful if Galio 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.png 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.png 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 Galio can initiate team fights with Flash.png Flash into Idol of Durand.png 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 Fiddlesticks's Dread.png Dread, Abyssal Scepter item.png Abyssal Scepter, and Trundle Trundle's Subjugate.png Subjugate are examples of this. 
  • Because it causes champions to autoattack you, Idol of Durand.png Idol of Durand is vulnerable to interruption by attack modifiers such as Blitzcrank Blitzcrank's Power Fist.png Power Fist, Garen Garen's Decisive Strike.png Decisive Strike, and Udyr Udyr's Bear Stance.png Bear Stance. Be careful when using it around these champions.
Item Usage
Bonus Ability Power gained through Runic Skin.png Runic Skin
Source Bonus AP Statistical Item Efficiency (after bonus AP)
Base Magic Resistance 16.05 NA
Bulwark.png Bulwark 15 / 22.5 / 30 / 37.5 / 45 NA
Command- Protect.png Command: Protect 5 / 7.5 / 10 / 12.5 / 15 NA
Aegis of the Legion item.png Aegis of the Legion 10 + 7.5 (aura) 126.98% - 198.98% (5 nearby allied champions)
Abyssal Scepter item.png Abyssal Scepter 25 126.22%
Athene&#039;s Unholy Grail item.png Athene's Unholy Grail 12.5 125.2%
Banner of Command item.png Banner of Command 10 + 7.5 (aura) 121.6% - 158.84% (5 nearby allied champions)
Banshee&#039;s Veil item.png Banshee's Veil 30 114.28%
Chalice of Harmony item.png Chalice of Harmony 12.5 108.19%
Guardian Angel item.png Guardian Angel 25 84.27%
Hexdrinker item.png Hexdrinker 15 135.87%
Locket of the Iron Solari item.png Locket of the Iron Solari 10 + 7.5 (aura) 110.21% - 153.41% (5 nearby allied champions)
Maw of Malmortius item.png Maw of Malmortius 20 102% - 140.77%
Mercurial Scimitar item.png Mercurial Scimitar 17.5 105.15%
Mercury&#039;s Treads item.png Mercury's Treads 12.5 118.81%
Moonflair Spellblade item.png Moonflair Spellblade 25 141.25%
Negatron Cloak item.png Negatron Cloak 22.5 180.47%
Null-Magic Mantle item.png Null-Magic Mantle 12.5 160.42%
Odyn&#039;s Veil item.png Odyn's Veil 25 125.64%
Quicksilver Sash item.png Quicksilver Sash 15 66.63%
Spirit Visage item.png Spirit Visage 30 137.04%
Wit&#039;s End item.png Wit's End 15 (Unstacked) / 27.5 (Fully Stacked) 84.51% - 110.29%
Zz&#039;Rot Portal item.png Zz'Rot Portal 30 128.61%
Countering
  • On-hit effects that apply hard CC, such as Bear Stance.png Bear Stance or Three Talon Strike.png Three Talon Strike can quickly interrupt Idol of Durand.png 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.png Idol of Durand with tenacity, it is still possible to buy a Quicksilver Sash item.png Quicksilver Sash 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 Galio will certainly buy magic resist items to synergize it with his passive, Runic Skin.png Runic Skin. Therefore, if you play as a mage, it is recommended to buy a magic penetration item such as Void Staff item.png Void Staff.
    • Even better would be to buy a magic resist reduction item such as Abyssal Scepter item.png Abyssal Scepter or Wit&#039;s End item.png Wit's End, which will both minimize his damage output while increasing your damage.
  • If Galio Galio or another enemy champion is affected with Bulwark.png Bulwark, consider changing target as Galio Galio will regain health whenever the target is damaged.
  • Because he gets "free" ability power Galio 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 Galio uses Righteous Gust.png Righteous Gust. The speed boost is only applied when Galio Galio or his allies walk within the spell's path.
  • Abyssal Scepter item.png Abyssal Scepter will give you magic resist as well as reduce Galio Galio's damage output from Runic Skin.png Runic Skin.
  • Galio 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 Galio can also build armor (i.e. Thornmail item.png Thornmail and Randuin&#039;s Omen item.png Randuin's Omen); and can still punish you with his Idol of Durand.png Idol of Durand.
    • Galio 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 Galio appear while a team with too much physical can result in for example Malphite Malphite.
  • Late game, Galio Galio has particular trouble against Veigar Veigar. This is because Primordial Burst.png 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 Void Staff item.png Void Staff).
  • Braum Braum is a very effective counter to Galio Galio, too. This is because if Galio uses Idol of Durand.png Idol of Durand on him, his Concussive Blows.png Concussive Blows will stack quickly (especially if Braum's allies are taunted too); this will stun and break Idol of Durand.png Idol of Durand's channel. Braum can also break Idol of Durand.png Idol of Durand from a high distance with Glacial Fissure.png Glacial Fissure if needed.
  • Have a champion with ranged hard CC, such as Draven Draven, Lulu Lulu, or Cho&#039;Gath Cho'Gath. They can break Idol of Durand.png Idol of Durand's channel without having to walk up to its range and be taunted.
  • Wukong Wukong can activate his ultimate Cyclone.png 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 Zed and Kha&#039;Zix Kha'Zix can easily get rid of Galio because they have high burst and this burst is physical damage, making Bulwark.png Bulwark ineffective against them. However, they can have their effectiveness reduced with Idol of Durand.png Idol of Durand during teamfights, unless they have Quicksilver Sash item.png Quicksilver Sash.

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