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General

  • GalioSquare.png 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.
Weaknessses
  • 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.
Strengths
  • Galio has the fourth highest level 1 damage at (65), making it easier to land last hits in the laning phase.
  • Resolute Smite.png Resolute Smite has a high base damage, hitting hard even at early levels.
  • Through Bulwark.png 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.

Skill 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 GalioSquare.png 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.
  • GalioSquare.png 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 NunuSquare.png Nunu's Absolute Zero.png Absolute Zero or KatarinaSquare.png Katarina's Death Lotus.png Death Lotus.
    • It can be particularly powerful if GalioSquare.png 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.
  • GalioSquare.png 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.FiddlesticksSquare.png Fiddlesticks's Dread.png Dread, Abyssal Scepter item.png Abyssal Scepter, and TrundleSquare.png 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 BlitzcrankSquare.png Blitzcrank's Power Fist.png Power Fist, GarenSquare.png Garen's Decisive Strike.png Decisive Strike, and UdyrSquare.png Udyr's Bear Stance.png Bear Stance. Be careful when using it around these champions.

Build usage

Bonus ability power gained through Runic Skin.png Runic Skin

Source Bonus AP Statistical Item Efficiency (After bonus AP)
Base Magic Resistance 15 NA
Bulwark.png Bulwark (15 / 22.5 / 30 / 37.5 / 45) NA
Creeping Death.png Creeping Death (5 / 7.5 / 10 / 12.5 / 15) 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 + 10 (aura) 107.26% - 248.32% (5 nearby allied champions)
Abyssal Scepter item.png Abyssal Scepter 22.5 123.45%
        Enemy aura -10 NA
Athene&#039;s Unholy Grail item.png Athene's Unholy Grail 12.5 113.70%
Banner of Command item.png Banner of Command 10 + 10(aura) 122.53% - 211.87% (5 nearby allied champions)
Banshee&#039;s Veil item.png Banshee's Veil 27.5 118.48%
Chalice of Harmony item.png Chalice of Harmony 10 107.75%
Guardian Angel item.png Guardian Angel 20 085.44%
Hexdrinker item.png Hexdrinker 12.5 122.20%
Locket of the Iron Solari item.png Locket of the Iron Solari 10 + 10 (aura) 103.18% - 198.89% (5 nearby allied champions)
Maw of Malmortius item.png Maw of Malmortius 20 106.10% - 178.78%
Mercurial Scimitar item.png Mercurial Scimitar 22.5 109.98%
Mercury&#039;s Treads item.png Mercury's Treads 12.5 113.07%
Moonflair Spellblade item.png Moonflair Spellblade 25 138.62%
Negatron Cloak item.png Negatron Cloak 20 157.06%
Null-Magic Mantle item.png Null-Magic Mantle 10 143.5%
Odyn&#039;s Veil item.png Odyn's Veil 25 127.07%
Quicksilver Sash item.png Quicksilver Sash 22.5 087.15%
Spirit Visage item.png Spirit Visage 27.5 127.76
Wit&#039;s End item.png Wit's End 12.5 (Unstacked) / 25 (Fully Stacked) 091.23% - 110.46%
Zz&#039;Rot Portal item.png Zz'Rot Portal 30 121.88%

Recommended builds

Summoner's Rift
Starting Doran&#039;s Ring item Health Potion item2 Warding Totem item
Essential Mercury&#039;s Treads item Athene&#039;s Unholy Grail item Abyssal Scepter item
Offensive Rabadon&#039;s Deathcap item Void Staff item Zhonya&#039;s Hourglass item
Defensive Spirit Visage item Banshee&#039;s Veil item Guardian Angel item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item Sight Ward item Vision Ward item Elixir of Sorcery item
The Howling Abyss
Starting Boots of Speed item Chalice of Harmony item Health Potion item
Essential Mercury&#039;s Treads item Spirit Visage item Abyssal Scepter item
Offensive Rabadon&#039;s Deathcap item Zhonya&#039;s Hourglass item Athene&#039;s Unholy Grail item
Defensive Banshee&#039;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&#039;s Treads item Athene&#039;s Unholy Grail item Twin Shadows item
Offensive Abyssal Scepter item Wooglet&#039;s Witchcap item
Defensive Spirit Visage item Odyn&#039;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&#039;s Ring item
Essential Mercury&#039;s Treads item Athene&#039;s Unholy Grail item Wooglet&#039;s Witchcap item
Offensive Abyssal Scepter item Void Staff item
Defensive Aegis of the Legion item Banshee&#039;s Veil item Hextech Sweeper item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item


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.
  • GalioSquare.png 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 GalioSquare.png Galio or another enemy champion is affected with Bulwark.png Bulwark, consider changing target as GalioSquare.png Galio will regain health whenever the target is damaged.
  • Because he gets "free" ability power GalioSquare.png 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 GalioSquare.png Galio uses Righteous Gust.png Righteous Gust. The speed boost is only applied when GalioSquare.png 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 GalioSquare.png Galio's damage output from Runic Skin.png Runic Skin.
  • GalioSquare.png 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 GalioSquare.png 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.
    • GalioSquare.png 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 GalioSquare.png Galio appear while a team with too much physical can result in for example MalphiteSquare.png Malphite.
  • Late game, GalioSquare.png Galio has particular trouble against VeigarSquare.png 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).
  • BraumSquare.png Braum is a very effective counter to Galio, too. This is because if Galio ults Braum, 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's channel. Braum can also break Galio's ultimate from a high distance with his own ultimate (Glacial Fissure.png Glacial Fissure) if needed.
  • Have a champion with ranged hard CC, such as DravenSquare.png Draven, LuluSquare.png Lulu, or ChoGathSquare.png 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.
  • WukongSquare.png 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 ZedSquare.png Zed and KhaZixSquare.png 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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