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Skill usage

  •  Galio is a champion used to counter enemy teams that consist of primarily mages (3 or 4 magic based champions) or to set up AoE oriented teams.
  •  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 result of his passive), allowing you to increase your damage output.
  •  Bulwark lack of casting time allows you 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 and fighters and lock down ADCs and APCs.
    • 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.
    • Against enemies with tenacity, you may need to end your ultimate early to ensure they get hit.
    • Champions with CC reduction include  Dr Mundo and  Irelia; it would be better to use your ultimate on other champions, or to end it early to maximize its potential.
  •  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 champion that can reduce magic resistance, as they will lower your damage output. Soraka's  Starcall 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.

Build usage

Bonus ability power gained through  Runic Skin

Source Bonus
Base Magic Resistance 15
 Bulwark (15 / 22.5 / 30 / 37.5 / 45)
 Creeping Death (5 / 7.5 / 10 / 12.5 / 15)
 Command: Protect (5 / 7.5 / 10 / 12.5 / 15)
 Aria of Perseverance (4 / 5.5 / 7 / 8.5 / 10)
Aegis of the Legion 10
Abyssal Scepter 22.5
        Enemy aura -10
Athene's Unholy Grail 20
Banshee's Veil 27.5
Chalice of Harmony 12.5
Guardian Angel 20
Hexdrinker 12.5
Locket of the Iron Solari 10
Maw of Malmortius 20
Mercurial Scimitar 22.5
Mercury's Treads 12.5
Moonflair Spellblade 25
Negatron Cloak 20
Null-Magic Mantle 10
Odyn's Veil 25
Quicksilver Sash 22.5
Spirit Visage 27.5
Wit's End 12.5 (Unstacked) / 25 (Fully Stacked)

Recommended builds

Summoner's Rift
Starting Doran's Ring item Health Potion item2 Warding Totem item
Essential Mercury's Treads item Athene's Unholy Grail item Abyssal Scepter item
Offensive Rabadon's Deathcap item Twin Shadows item Zhonya's Hourglass item
Defensive Banshee's Veil item Spirit Visage item Randuin's Omen item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item Sight Ward item
The Howling Abyss
Starting Boots of Speed item Chalice of Harmony item Health Potion item
Essential Mercury's Treads item Spirit Visage item Abyssal Scepter item
Offensive Rabadon's Deathcap item Zhonya's Hourglass item Athene's Unholy Grail item
Defensive Banshee's Veil item Sunfire Cape item Orb of Winter item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Crystal Scar
Starting Boots of Speed item Chalice of Harmony item Health Potion item
Essential Mercury's Treads item Athene's Unholy Grail item Twin Shadows item
Offensive Abyssal Scepter item Wooglet's Witchcap item
Defensive Spirit Visage item Odyn's Veil item Thornmail item Rod of Ages item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Twisted Treeline
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran's Ring item
Essential Mercury's Treads item Athene's Unholy Grail item Wooglet's Witchcap item
Offensive Abyssal Scepter item Void Staff item
Defensive Aegis of the Legion item Banshee's Veil item Hextech Sweeper item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item


  • Buying Mercury's Treads will reduce the taunt from his  Idol of Durand, Giving you little time to escape from it by using either dash or Flash.
  • On-hit effects that apply hard CC, such as  Bear Stance can quickly interrupt  Idol of Durand even while you are taunted by it. If you have them, consider saving them in expectation of it.
  •  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 Void Staff.
    • Even better would be to buy a magic resist reduction item such as Abyssal Scepter or Wit's End, which will both minimize his damage output while increasing your damage.
  • If  Galio or other 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.
  • Abyssal Scepter will give you magic resist as well as reduce  Galio's damage output from  Runic Skin.
  •  Galio's passive allows him to counter AP/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. Thornmail and Randuin's Omen); 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 Void Staff)

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