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Garen Crownguard, the Might of Demacia
GarenSquare
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Garen Render
Gender Male
Race Human
Birthplace Demacian Capital, Demacia
Residence Demacian Capital, Demacia
Occupation Captain of the Dauntless Vanguard,
(Member of the Steel Legion*)
Faction Demacia (Steel Legion*)
Friends
JarvanIVSquare Jarvan IV LuxSquare Lux XinZhaoSquare Xin Zhao
Rivals
KatarinaSquare Katarina SwainSquare Swain UrgotSquare Urgot
Related Lore

Lore

Throughout Valoran, the resolve of Demacia's military is alternately celebrated or despised, but always respected. Their "zero tolerance" moral code is strictly upheld by civilians and soldiers alike. In combat, this means Demacian troops may not make excuses, flee, or surrender by example. Garen, the valiant warrior who bears the title "the Might of Demacia", is the paradigm to which these leaders are compared. Thousands of great heroes have risen and fallen on the bloody battlefields between Demacia and its preeminent rival, Noxus. It was beneath their mighty banners of war that Garen first met steel with KatarinaSquare.png Katarina, the Sinister Blade. The infantrymen who beheld this event (and survived) commented that it seemed as though the two were locked in a mortal waltz set against a symphony of clashing blades.

Garen, the pride of the Demacian military and the leader of the Dauntless Vanguard, returned from this battle breathless for the first time in his career, though some speculate this was due to reasons other than exhaustion. The plausibility of these rumors was bolstered when, in every instance thereafter, Garen seized the opportunity to encounter the Sinister Blade again. A paragon of Demacian ethic, Garen never entertained such allegations, for he knew others couldn't understand. Even simply the pursuit of a worthy opponent on the battlefield is, to a true warrior, the reason to rise each morning. The promise of one, particularly one so beautifully and diametrically opposed, is the validation of his existence.

"The most effective way to kill an opponent is to slice through the man next to him."
Garen, on front line strategy.


Quotes

Upon selection
  • Play "My heart and sword always for Demacia."
Attacking
  • Play "Victory awaits!"
  • Play "Accursed villains."
  • Play "Battle the infamy."
  • Play "I will lead the charge."
  • Play "Vile scourge."
  • Play "The scoundrels will pay!"
  • Play "I will fight as long as I stand!"
  • Play "Justice, by law, or by sword."
  • Play "What we do is right!"
  • Play "We are the vanguard."
  • Play "Show them the strength of Demacia!"
Movement
  • Play "Forge onward!"
  • Play "For Demacia."
  • Play "In the King's name."
  • Play "I bring justice."
  • Play "Fear not, I'm coming."
  • Play "To protect our land."
  • Play "I stand ready."
  • Play "This world needs hope."
  • Play "Never forget why we fight!"
  • Play "Demacia marches as one."
  • Play "We fight for those who cannot."
  • Play "Our deeds shape the future."
  • Play "Fear is the first of many foes."
  • Play "Keep faith in yourself."
  • Play "Be bold; be just!"
  • Play "Our courage must never waver."
Joke

Garen does a one-hand handstand.

  • Play "I've got a lot of weight on my shoulders!"
  • Play "Hey, look, I'm holding the world up!"
  • Play "I could do this for hours. Really."
Joking near enemy KatarinaSquare.png Katarina

Garen does a one-hand handstand.

  • Play "Seven-thousand-and-two... oh, I didn't see you standing there."
  • Play "Demacia..."
Joking near enemy DariusSquare.png Darius

Garen does a one-hand handstand.

  • Play "Darius, eat your heart out."
Taunt
  • Play "Come forth, you will find honor in death."
  • Play "The glory of Demacia will never fade."
  • Play "No matter your numbers, I will not yield."
Taunting an enemy DariusSquare.png Darius
  • Play "Darius, you are a butcher, not a general."
  • Play "Extend the hand of Noxus, pull back a stump."
Laugh
Upon using Decisive Strike.png Decisive Strike
Upon using Courage.png Courage

* = also upon killing DariusSquare.png Darius

Upon using Judgment.png Judgment
  • Play "Break their ranks!"
  • Play "I will not falter!"
Upon using Demacian Justice.png Demacian Justice
Upon dying

Co-op vs. AI Responses

Match start

  • "Prepare to face Demacian Justice!"

Player team victory

  • "GG!"

Player team defeat

  • "Well fought!"

Development

GarenSquare.png Garen was designed by Geeves.

Champion Sneak Peek

So, lately, I've been doing a lot of talking about how edgy our latest champions have been. There's been the mysterious Shen, the capricious Ezreal, the ominous Mordekaiser, etc. But, if you've been positively craving that feeling of being the awe-inspiritng, furious maelstrom at the forefront of an assault, be on the lookout for this gentleman here. Permit me to introduce: Garen, the Might of Demacia.

And if you'd like an exclusive first look at just how epic this champion can be, you should make some room in your schedule to join us on Xfire this coming Friday the 9th of April at 6PM PST. At this time, our Content Producer RiotJeffJew will be taking a moment out of his busy schedule to give you an introduction to this champion, his abilities, and his unique gameplay style. Be the first to see the Might of Demacia in action on the Field of Justice![1]

Xfire Stream Series

Garen was showcased on the Xfire Stream series on April 9th, 2010. It was shown for the first time to the community, with a look at his abilities.[2]

Champion Update (Visual): Garen

By GRUMPY MONKEY [3]

Demacia's favorite son is brushing off some of the dust and scars of so many battles and coming into new focus with a complete visual upgrade. Decked out with new armor and weaponry befitting his victorious prowess, Garen's new model solidifies his image as the quintessential poster boy of Demacian valor.

In addition to the new model, all of Garen's abilities, animations and particles have been upgraded. His ultimate, Demacian Justice, shines with righteous energy, and the winningest spin in Valoran has been refined in its motion, making Garen's signature techniques as polished as his intimidating pauldrons. With updated sound effects and voiceover, the Might of Demacia sounds the battle cry loud and clear, assured of many victories to come. All of Garen’s skins have been sharpened up as well, with the exception of Steel Legion Garen, which Demacian High Command deemed already fit for service.

So don't be surprised if the next time you face check a bush the guy waiting for you looks even more handsome and dangerous than usual. DEMACIA!

Garen Screenshots

Previous abilities

Perseverance
Perseverance

Garen regenerates 0.4 / 0.8 / 2% maximum health every second if he has not been hit with an enemy ability or taken non-minion damage in the last 9 / 6 / 4 seconds.

At Level 11 or above, damage from non-epic monsters no longer stops Perseverance.

Ability Details
Perseverance is a self-buff ability.


Decisive Strike
COOLDOWN: 8
Decisive Strike

Active: Garen cleanses himself of all Slow icon slows affecting him and gains 35% bonus movement speed for a few seconds.

  • Bonus Movement Speed Duration: 1.5 / 2.25 / 3 / 3.75 / 4.5

Additionally, his next basic attack within 4.5 seconds deals bonus physical damage and Silence icon silences his target.

  • Bonus Physical Damage: 30 / 55 / 80 / 105 / 130 (+ 40% AD)
  • Silence Duration: 1.5 / 1.75 / 2 / 2.25 / 2.5

Decisive Strike resets Garen's autoattack timer.

Ability Details
Decisive Strike is a self-buff, on-hit effect ability.
  • The triggering attack will apply other on-hit effects and can critically strike as normal.
    • As with most on-hit physical damage, the bonus damage from Decisive Strike will apply life steal.
    • Critical strikes will not interact with the bonus damage from Decisive Strike.
    • The bonus damage will affect structures.
    • The entire damage will go through Counter Strike.png dodge.
    • The entire damage will be mitigated if Garen's attack is Aegis Protection.png blocked or Riposte.png parried.
    • Decisive Strike's empowerment will be consumed if the attack misses.
      • In all 3 cases listed above the target will still be silenced.
  • Banshee&#039;s Veil item.png Spell shields will block the enhanced autoattack.

Additional Information:

  • Decisive Strike has no cast time and does not interrupt Garen's previous orders.
  • Decisive Strike will reset Garen's attack timer on cast.
  • Decisive Strike's on-hit effect and movement speed buff are independent. Using the enhanced autoattack will not remove the movement speed buff.


Courage
COOLDOWN: 24 / 23 / 22 / 21 / 20
Courage

Passive: Garen's bonus armor and magic resistance are increased by 20%.

Active: Garen reduces incoming damage and the duration of incoming crowd control by 30% for a few seconds.

  • Duration: 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6
Ability Details
Courage's passive is a defensive self-buff ability.
Courage's active is both a defensive and utility self-buff ability.

Additional Information:

  • Courage has no cast time and does not interrupt Garen's previous orders.
  • Courage's passive benefits are not lost while the ability is on cooldown.
  • Courage's passive bonuses are calculated after armor and magic resistance reductions are taken into account. If the value of bonus resistance is inferior to the amount reduced, Garen will be considered as having no bonus resistances and will therefore not get any resistances from Courage's passive.
  • Courage's damage reduction does not affect true damage.


Judgment
RANGE: 300
COOLDOWN: 13 / 12 / 11 / 10 / 9
Judgment

Active: Garen rapidly spins his sword around his body for 3 seconds, losing the ability to use basic attacks but dealing physical damage each second to enemies within range for the duration, increased by 33.3% against enemy champions and monsters. Garen ignores unit collision while spinning, but moves 20% slower when traveling through minions.

「 Physical Damage Per Second: 7.5 / 16.875 / 26.25 / 35.625 / 45 (+ 26.25 / 30 / 33.75 / 37.5 / 41.25% AD 」「 Total Physical Damage: 45 / 101.25 / 157.5 / 213.75 / 270 (+ 157.5 / 180 / 202.5 / 225 / 247.5% AD 」

「 Empowered Damage Per Second: 10 / 22.5 / 35 / 47.5 / 60 (+ 35 / 40 / 45 / 50 / 55% AD 」「 Total Empowered Damage: 60 / 135 / 210 / 285 / 360 (+ 210 / 240 / 270 / 300 / 330% AD) 」

Judgment can Critical strike icon critically strike, multiplying its AD component by 50% plus Garen's bonus critical damage.

After 1 second , Garen can Judgment 2 reactivate Judgment to cancel it immediately.

Ability Details
Judgment is a point blank area of effect ability.

Additional Information:

    • Although Garen will benefit from Decisive Strike.png Decisive Strike's slow removal and movement speed boost, he cannot apply its autoattack modifier since Garen cannot attack while Judgment is active.
    • Garen may cast Demacian Justice.png Demacian Justice while Judgment is active - however, he will cancel the ability to do so.
  • Judgment is not a channeled ability. As such, crowd control will not stop its effects. Silences will, however, prevent Garen from deactivating the ability early.
  • Judgment can critically strike, but only the AD ratio damage portion of the ability will be affected by a crit.
    • Judgment is subject to a flat critical strike damage penalty of 50% for a total critical strike ratio of 150% (normally 200%). An Infinity Edge item.png Infinity Edge, for example, would increase this to 200% (normally 250%).
  • Although Judgment lasts for 3 seconds, the first tick of damage occurs as soon as the ability is cast, with 5 more ticks of damage occuring every half second afterward. As a result, the last 0.5 seconds of the ability deals no damage.
  • If other sources of anti-collision (such as Ghost.png Ghost or Phantom Dancer item.png Phantom Dancer) are affecting Garen as he uses Judgment, Garen will still be slowed when pathing through units.


Demacian Justice
RANGE: 400
COOLDOWN: 120 / 100 / 80
Demacian Justice

Active: Garen calls upon the might of Demacia to attempt to execute the target enemy champion, dealing them magic damage.

  • Magic Damage: 175 / 350 / 525 (+ 28.6 / 33.3 / 40% of target's missing health)
Ability Details
Demacian Justice is a single targeted ability.

Additional Information:

  • The percentual damage component displayed in the tooltip is presented in simple digits rather than percentages, displaying that the ability deals 1 additional damage per 3.5 / 3 / 2.5 health the target is missing.

Patch History

V5.16:
  • General
    • Recommended items updated.
  • Stats
    • Health growth reduced to 84.25 from 96.
    • Attack damage growth increased to 4.5 from 3.5.
    • Armor growth increased to 3 from 2.7.
    • Attack range increased to 175 from 125.
  • Decisive Strike.png Decisive Strike
    • Silence icon Silence duration reduced to 1.5 seconds at all ranks from 1.5 / 1.75 / 2 / 2.25 / 2.5.
    • Movement speed duration reduced to 1.5 / 2 / 2.5 / 3 / 3.5 from 1.5 / 2.25 / 3 / 3.75 / 4.5.
    • If the attack is used on champion, it will have a small dash attached to it, similar to Chomp.png Chomp and Bear Stance.png Bear Stance - moving Garen 50 units closer to his target than his attack range.
  • Courage.png Courage
    • Removed: 20% armor and magic resist increase.
    • New Passive: Unit kills permanently grant 0.25 Armor and Magic Resist, quadrupled to 1 on Large and Epic Monsters and Champion kills. This bonus is capped at 30.
    • Active no longer grants Tenacity.
  • Judgment.png Judgment
    • Base damage changed to 14 / 18 / 22 / 26 / 30 from 10 / 22.5 / 35 / 47.5 / 60.
    • Attack damage ratio reduced to 34 / 35 / 36 / 37 / 38% AD from 35 / 40 / 45 / 50 / 55% AD.
    • New Effect: Judgment deals 33% bonus damage when striking only one target.
      • Single target damage: 18.67 / 24 / 29.33 / 34.67 / 40 (+45.33 / 46.67 / 48 / 49.33 / 50.67% AD).
    • Cooldown reduced to 9 seconds at all ranks from 13 / 12 / 11 / 10 / 9.
    • New Effect: Cancelling Judgement early will now refund cooldown equal to the remaining duration.
    • New Effect: Instances of damage over the duration changed to 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 based on level from 6 at all ranks. Total duration unchanged.
    • Removed: 25% reduced damage to minions.
  • Demacian Justice.png Demacian Justice
    • Updated ability icon.
    • New Passive: The enemy champion with the most recent kills is the Villain. Garen's basic attacks and ticks of Judgment.png Judgment deal 1% target's maximum health as bonus true damage versus Villains.
    • New Effect: Demacian Justice's Active deals true damage versus Villains.

V5.7:

  • Demacian Justice.png Demacian Justice
    • Cooldown reduced to 120 / 100 / 80 seconds from 160 / 120 / 80.

V4.18:

  • Demacian Justice.png Demacian Justice
    • Fixed a bug where Demacian Justice would cancel if Garen lost sight of his target.

V4.17:

  • Perseverance.png Perseverance
    • Cooldown changed to 9 / 6 / 4 seconds from 9 at all levels.
    • Health regeneration rescaled to 0.4 / 0.8 / 2% of max health per second from 0.4% at all levels.
    • At level 11, non-epic monsters will no longer interrupt the effect.

V4.12:

V4.5:

  • Stats
    • Base armor increased to 23 from 19.

V3.15:

  • Judgment.png Judgment
    • No longer deals reduced damage to monsters (still reduced against minions).
    • Fixed a bug where the first tick did not damage units.

V3.12:

  • Received a Visual Upgrade.

V3.03:

  • Perseverance.png Perseverance
    • Heal amount reduced to 0.4% of maximum health per second from 0.5%.
  • Decisive Strike.png Decisive Strike
    • Fixed a bug where the cast time was faster than intended.
  • Courage.png Courage
    • Passive changed to now increase bonus armor and magic resist (from items, runes, or masteries) by 20% instead of total armor and magic resist by 20%.
  • Demacian Justice.png Demacian Justice
    • Fixed a bug where the cast time was faster than intended.

V1.0.0.152:

  • Stats
    • Base movement speed increased to 345 from 320.

V1.0.0.145:

  • Stats
    • Base health regen per 5 reduced to 8.25 from 9.85.
    • Health regen per 5 per level reduced to 0.75 from 0.85.
    • Base attack damage reduced to 56 from 60.1.
    • Attack damage per level increased to 3.5 from 3.
  • Perseverance.png Perseverance
    • Delay increased to 9 seconds from 7.
    • No longer deactivates when damaged by minions.
    • Now displays the health regen gained in the tooltip.
  • Decisive Strike.png Decisive Strike
    • Cooldown reduced to 8 seconds at all ranks from 12 / 11 / 10 / 9 / 8.
    • Movement speed increased to 35% at all ranks from 15 / 20 / 25 / 30 / 35%.
    • Movement speed duration adjusted to 1.5 / 2.25 / 3 / 3.75 / 4.5 seconds from 4 at all ranks.
    • Base damage increased to 30 / 55 / 80 / 105 / 130 from 30 / 45 / 60 / 75 / 90.
    • Silence duration reduced to 1.5 / 1.75 / 2 / 2.25 / 2.5 seconds from 2.5 at all ranks.
    • Now removes slows on activation.
    • Can now critically strike again.
    • Buff duration reduced to 4.5 seconds from 6.
    • Fixed: Garen's next basic attack after Decisive Strike no longer occurs unusually quickly.
    • Fixed: Decisive Strike is no longer consumed if Garen fails to finish attacking.
    • While performing Decisive Strike, Garen now continues to follow his target if they are moving.
  • Courage.png Courage
    • Changed to passively increase armor and magic resist by 20% rather than 0 to 25 based on kills.
    • Damage reduction changed to 30% from 20 / 24 / 28 / 32 / 36%.
    • Active now additionally grants 30% crowd control reduction.
    • Duration changed to 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 seconds from 3.
    • Cooldown changed to 24 / 23 / 22 / 21 / 20 seconds from 30 / 27 / 24 / 21 / 18.
  • Judgment.png Judgment
    • Damage adjusted to 20 / 45 / 70 / 95 / 120 (+70 / 80 / 90 / 100 / 110% AD) from 50 / 90 / 130 / 170 / 210 (+140% bonus AD).
    • Damage dealt to minions increased to 75% from 50%.
    • No longer removes slows on activation or reduces the duration of incoming slows while active.
    • Ignores unit collision during Judgment but takes a 20% movement speed penalty when spinning through minions.
    • Fixed: Judgment no longer locks out Garen from taking other actions longer than intended.
  • Demacian Justice.png Demacian Justice
    • Cooldown changed to 160 / 120 / 80 seconds from 140 / 120 / 100.

V1.0.0.143:

  • Perseverance.png Perseverance
    • Added a buff timer to show when it will reactivate.

V1.0.0.136:

  • Demacian Justice.png Demacian Justice
    • Fixed a bug where Demacian Justice would not finish casting if Garen lost vision of the target during the cast.

V1.0.0.125:

  • Decisive Strike.png Decisive Strike
    • Attack damage ratio reduced to (+40% AD) from (+50% AD).
  • Judgment.png Judgment
    • Base damage per second reduced to 50 / 90 / 130 / 170 / 210 from 60 / 100 / 140 / 180 / 220.
    • Bonus attack damage ratio per second increased to (+140% bonus AD) from (+120% bonus AD).

V1.0.0.123:

  • Decisive Strike.png Decisive Strike
    • Movement speed boost duration increased to 4 seconds from 3.
  • Judgment.png Judgment:
    • Cooldown reduced to 13 / 12 / 11 / 10 / 9 seconds from 14 / 13 / 12 / 11 / 10.
  • Courage.png Courage:
    • Maximum armor and magic resistance increased to 25 at all ranks from 5 / 10 / 15 / 20 / 25.

V1.0.0.120:

  • Perseverance.png Perseverance
    • Fixed a bug where Perseverance.png Perseverance could sometimes activate immediately after taking damage.
    • Now marks Garen as being in combat even if the damage is shielded.
    • Now shows the particle on Garen even if at 100% health.

V1.0.0.114:

  • Stats
    • Base movement speed increased to 320 from 315.
  • Courage.png Courage
    • Damage reduction increased to 20 / 24 / 28 / 32 / 36% from 10 / 15 / 20 / 25 / 30%.

V1.0.0.112:

  • Decisive Strike.png Decisive Strike
    • Attack damage ratio increased to (+50% AD) from (+20% AD).
    • Movement speed boost increased to 3 seconds from 2.
    • Total duration available to proc the silence and hit reduced to 6 seconds from 7.
  • Judgment.png Judgment
    • Cooldown reduced to 14 / 13 / 12 / 11 / 10 seconds from 15 / 14 / 13 / 12 / 11.

V1.0.0.109:

  • Judgment.png Judgment
    • Bonus attack damage ratio increased to (+120% bonus AD) from (+100% bonus AD) per second.

V1.0.0.108:

  • Judgment.png Judgment
    • Base damage increased to 60 / 100 / 140 / 180 / 220 per second from 60 / 90 / 120 / 150 / 180.

V1.0.0.107:

  • Decisive Strike.png Decisive Strike
    • Base damage reduced to 30 / 45 / 60 / 75 / 90 from 40 / 60 / 80 / 100 / 120.
    • Attack damage ratio increased to (+20% AD) from (+10% AD).
  • Judgment.png Judgment
    • Base damage per tick changed to 60 / 90 / 120 / 150 / 180 from 30 / 70 / 110 / 150 / 190.
    • Now scales off bonus attack damage rather than 70% of all attack damage.
    • Now ticks once per second instead of once every half second.

V1.0.0.105:

  • Reduced Garen's selection size.

V1.0.0.103:

  • Judgment.png Judgment
    • Can no longer damage invisible minions or objects like wards.

V1.0.0.102:

  • Stats
    • Base movement speed reduced to 315 from 320.
  • Courage.png Courage
    • Active damage reduction changed to 10 / 15 / 20 / 25 / 30% from 30% at all ranks.
    • Active duration modified to 3 seconds at all ranks from 2 / 2.5 / 3 / 3.5 / 4.

V1.0.0.101:

V1.0.0.100:

  • Courage.png Courage:
    • Maximum armor and magic resistance reduced to 5 / 10 / 15 / 20 / 25 from 7 / 14 / 21 / 28 / 35.

V1.0.0.99:

  • Judgment.png Judgment
    • Now reduces the duration of new slows by 50% rather than granting immunity to slowing effects. Judgment will still completely clear any existing slows when activated.

V1.0.0.98:

V1.0.0.97:

  • Judgment.png Judgment
    • Slightly increased the range of Judgement.
    • Garen can now cast all of his spells while using Judgment instead of just Courage.png Courage.

V1.0.0.96:

  • Decisive Strike.png Decisive Strike
    • Fixed a bug with Decisive Strike that would cause the icon cooldown to display improperly.

V1.0.0.94:

  • Fixed a bug where Garen will sometimes appear with a different skin after reconnecting.

V1.0.0.85:

  • Perseverance.png Perseverance
    • Fixed the buff tooltip for Perseverance to show the correct value.
  • Decisive Strike.png Decisive Strike
    • Fixed a bug with Decisive Strike where it was silencing for the incorrect amount of time.
    • Fixed a bug with Decisive Strike so that it can no longer crit.

V1.0.0.83: Added.

  • Perseverance.png Perseverance (Innate)
    • Garen gains a large health regeneration boost when he stays out of combat for a few seconds.
  • Decisive Strike.png Decisive Strike (Q)
    • Garen gains a movement speed boost upon activating this ability, and his next melee attack deals increased damage and silences his opponent.
  • Courage.png Courage (W)
    • Garen permanently increases his armor and magic resistance every time he kills a minion, and he can activate this ability to take reduced damage from all sources for a few seconds.
  • Judgment.png Judgment (E)
    • Garen spins his sword rapidly around his body and moves with it, dealing large amounts of physical damage to all enemies within its radius.
  • Demacian Justice.png Demacian Justice (Ultimate)
    • Garen executes Demacian Justice upon an opponent, dealing a large amount of damage with bonus damage for health that an opponent is missing.

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