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Gragas Statistics for Rav

Author's performance with Gragas compared to the ranked average.

Value
Average
Games Played
24
7
Win %
46
41
Kills
5.2
4.2
Assists
7.8
8.9
Deaths
5.6
5.6
KA:D Ratio
2.3
2.3
Gold Earned
11.3K
10.7K
Creep Score
121.5
87.8
Average

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Summoner Spells Back to Top

4.png12.png The one and only


Pretty standard choice. You can use TP if you are getting pressured to be able to fast recall and tp back to lane or you can use TP to gank botlane (pretty effective as Gragas)

New Runes Back to Top

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Aftershock.png?width=64 Aftershock


The best rune for Gragas, it gives you more tankiness and also a good chunk of AoE damage. 

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Perseverance.png?width=32vsDemolish.png?width=32vsFont%20of%20Life.png?width=32 

Perseverance.png?width=32 It gives you tenacity, since you will be the main engager it will be pretty usefull but not mandatory.

Demolish.png?width=32 It gives you some good damage to towers, Gragas is generally pretty slow to take down towers.

Font%20of%20Life.png?width=32  It's the 'Team oriented choice'. Pick this if you are one kind of supportive player that want to help.

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Iron%20Skin.png?width=32vsMirror%20Shell.png?width=32vsConditioning.png?width=32

Iron%20Skin.png?width=32 Vs heavy AD team or when laning vs and hard AD matchup like 126.png

Mirror%20Shell.png?width=32 Vs heavy AP team or when laning vs and hard AP matchup like 85.png

Conditioning.png?width=32 When noone of the above applies. Also a well balanced point overall

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Second%20Wind.png?width=32 Almost always the best choice since it helps your lanephase tremendously

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Manaflow%20Band.png?width=32 Helps you with your mana issues early on, a really good rune on Gragas

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Celerity.png?width=32 Adds movement speed, and since you will be chasing carry that's always a good option. Scorch.png?width=32 is also a good pick up if you prefer having a bit more damage.

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Abilities Back to Top

Q
E
W
Q
Q
R
Q
E
Q
E
R
E
E
W
W
R
W
W
Passive
Q
1
4
5
7
9
W
3
14
15
17
18
E
2
8
10
12
13
R
6
11
16

Lv 1 Starting skills 


  • gragasq.png If you are playing vs a ranged is the best option
  • gragase.png If you are invading
  • gragase.png If you are vs a melee matchup (e.g. Riven)

Maxing skills - Q over E pros & cons

  • gragasq.png Is better for waveclearing from distance so it's usually better vs ranged champions or if you are losing vs a melee so you don't want to go into the wave to farm
  • gragase.png Is better if you want to play a more aggressive style vs a melee champion (e.g. Riven - Fiora) 
  • gragase.png Is pretty usefull to stop the enemy champion from autoattacking you or to stop some skills (e.g. Riven 3rd)
Maxing E-W-Q when

  • You are facing a melee fighter (e.g. Riven - Renekton) and you are not afraid to trade and fight him.

Items Back to Top

Starting Items

    Standard & Common
    Viable if (read description)
    First back (corrupting potion if enough gold)

Core Items

    Standard Tank route
    If you want some more ap
    Example of a full tank build
    Example of a more ap oriented build

Situational Items

    Other viable items (read description)
    Other viable items (read description)

Ap bruiser - Ap tank When & Why


  1. Tank: The most used build and probably the most effective. You will be an annoying running CC while still having your base damages to back you up. I'd go always tank unless you need ap damage (e.g. 4 ad) or you have a tanky oriented team (e.g. Galio mid/Zac jungler)
  2. Bruiser Ap: I'd recommend you to try it for atleast one game. Best to go this route if your team lacks ap damage or if you have a low damage comp
 

Starting items 


1056.png The ideal start for gragas. Hp - Ap - Manaregen the 3 key stats early game for every ap based champ.
1054.png Can be a fine purchase vs more trading oriented lane, when you are a bit scared of your opponent (e.g. Yasuo)


Core Items


3025.png
 Sinergyzes so well with gragas kit. You can rush it if you are vs an AD champion
3065.png
 Best buy if you are vs an Ap laner. Hp cdr magicres and the passive is singergyzes well with yours
3027.png
If you need ap this is the best first buy imo. Good stats plus a great passive for the lanephase

Armor items



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So this item got changed. It now gives hp-armor-reflect damage based on your armor- inflicts grevious wounds to the attackers. So this item became more than a niche pick. It's pretty usefull vs champion like (yi/trynda/aatrox and basically every champion that is based on autos and lifesteal). 
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Overall the best armor item. It got changed and now it gives 20% crit reduction. That explains the item itself. If the enemys are crit dependant champions well don't even think and get it.
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If the only thing you need to do is to tank and soak damage in teamfight for your carries this item is actually a good addiction to your item slots.
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Need to catch someone? Need the mov speed to do it? Buy it. As simple as that.
3110.png
Interesting item. It could make the difference if the enemy team comp has 2 or more Attackspeed dependent champions. If it's the case i would consider buying it instead of 3025.png

Magic Resist Items


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I would consider buying it if the enemy team comp has more than 1 ap threat. Good stats and good passive
3194.png
This is more of a niche item. The passive is strong when fighting against champion that have DOTS (Damage Over Time Spells). Good buy against champions like 17.png 50.png


Other Items 


3136.png Can be rushed in conjunction with 3020.png . The Flat Magic Pen those 2 items give is so valuable early game. So if you want to try to STOMP your enemy you could go for it.
3151.png Upgrade of Haunting Guise. The passive still singergyzes well with gragas cc's so it's a fine buy
3145.png Gives ap and a good passive considering part of the gragas kit is to autoattack with your already empowered W
3152.png Upgrade of Hextec revolver. The stats are nice. Gives you a nice addiotional dash with his active.
3089.png Yoloooooooooooooooooooooo
3135.png If you are really desperate for damage mid/lategame
3041.png If you feel brave enough go for it. I won't recommend it and i'm not taking any responsibility for the flame that this purchase might cause

Matchups Back to Top

Click on a champion below to see the author's notes on that particular matchup.

  • Aatrox
    Medium
  • Camille
    Medium
  • Cho'Gath
    Hard
  • Darius
    Medium
  • Fiora
    Medium
  • Fizz
    Hard
  • Galio
    Easy
  • Gangplank
    Medium
  • Garen
    Medium
  • Gnar
    Medium
  • Illaoi
    Medium
  • Jax
    Easy
  • Jayce
    Hard
  • Kled
    Medium
  • Malphite
    Easy
  • Maokai
    Medium
  • Nasus
    Easy
  • Pantheon
    Hard
  • Poppy
    Medium
  • Riven
    Medium
  • Singed
    Easy
  • Sion
    Easy
  • Tryndamere
    Medium
  • Wukong
    Medium
  • Yasuo
    Hard

VS

Aatrox

Medium
  • You can stop his aatroxq.png with your gragase.png
  • You can stop his aatroxq.png with your gragasr.png
  • Don't waste your gragase.png. If you do and he's smart enough he can re-engage on you with his aatroxq.png and you will lose the trade
  • Try to dodge has many aatroxe.png as possible

VS

Camille

Medium
  • Try to dodge his camillew.png. It's her main harrass tool
  • You can dodge her camillee.png by gragase.pnging away
  • You can also interrupt his camiller.png by gragasr.png her outside her ult.
  • By saying that you can understand that you if you play this lane correctly you should not die.

VS

Cho'Gath

Hard

Honestly Cho'Gath is just BROKEN at the moment. Ban him.

VS

Darius

Medium

Only 1 rule vs darius. Short trade him, poke him with gragasq.png and DO NOT go for long trades. 

VS

Fiora

Medium
  • Be really carefull with your gragase.png if she manage to fioraw.png it you WILL LOSE the trade. Badly.
  • Reset your vitals by going away from her

VS

Fizz

Hard

Okay this fish is not that easy to deal with early on. He has a good damage on his fizzw.png and fizze.png and he has enough mobility to be annoying. You want to buy Magic resist and Hp asap and after you do he will become way easier to deal with.

VS

Galio

Easy

Farm fest. In this kind of matchup your goal is to farm better than your opponent and to be smarter on your tp usage/ roams.

VS

Gangplank

Medium
  • Gp lacks damage early game while you have some good base damages.
  • He lacks the tool to push and roam early on so you might want to take advantage of it.
  • He is pretty easy to gank early so ask your jungler, if you se him behind he's screwed since he's one of the most farm reliant champion.

VS

Garen

Medium

I have not played vs a garen since ages, i supposed you just farm since he's almost unkillable for you, and it should be the same for him. Look up for possible roams/tp's.

VS

Gnar

Medium

Annoying but you are able to deal with him. Rush armor and farm.

VS

Illaoi

Medium

Illaoi is all about skillshot so your task is all about dodging skillshots. Dodge as many illaoiq.png & illaoie.png as possible. 


Please if she manages to cast her ult on you just run away. The most stupid thing a lot of players do is fighting her while she has her ulti casted. It's almost a suicide unless you are able to BURST HER down. Which isn't the case 95% of the times.

VS

Jax

Easy

This matchup is easy early game. Conest cs and trade with him. He's weak before lv 6 and before his core items. Abuse him, push him out and eventually roam mid. 

VS

Jayce

Hard

A good jayce is annoying to deal with. 

  • Farm as much as possible
  • Max Q and be patient and give away cs if you have to
  • After you buy some armor he become a bit less annoying
  • Your role is to farm up as much as possible and to deny him in teamfights

VS

Kled

Medium

Rules n


  1. Let him waste kledw.png on minions, he's way less of a threat with it on cooldown
  2. Dodge kledq.png this is most of the time not so difficoult. It's pretty slow and it dosn't have a good range
  3. Farm and poke him with Q, he dosn't have sustain so you can cause some problems.

VS

Malphite

Easy

Farm fest. In this kind of matchup your goal is to farm better than your opponent and to be smarter on your tp usage/ roams.


Malph is kinda weak vs ap's since his kit is made to counter mostly adcarrys/fighters. You are actually stronger early game so you should be able to do basically whatever you want with him. 

VS

Maokai

Medium

Farm fest. In this kind of matchup your goal is to farm better than your opponent and to be smarter on your tp usage/ roams.

Be carefull tho with his high amount of cc's he can setup ganks pretty easily for his jungler.

VS

Nasus

Easy

Ask for ganks, if you stomp nasus early he will be a non factor for half of the game which is ideal.


You should not able to kill him tho. Trade with him freely early on tho, his damage is low and he has no mobility.

The problem is... After he buys Mr and levels up his nasusq.png he will become an unkillable machine that will farm everything ahead of him.

VS

Pantheon

Hard

Pantheon is a lane bully, he will probably take ignite aswell.


  • Start 1054.png
  • Play really safe, give up cs if you have to
  • Ask for ganks since he has no escape

VS

Poppy

Medium
  • Her poppyw.png can stop your gragase.png
  • Don't stand near walls, if she manage to poppye.png you into a wall it will hurt.
Build armor and farm. It will eventually become a farm fest if you play safe enough.

VS

Riven

Medium
  • gragase.png to stop her 3rd riventricleave.png
  • Try to poke her if she wastes her rivenfeint.png
  • Always disengage with gragasr.png when she pops her rivenfengshuiengine.png
  • Always pressure her by gragasq.png her while she's going to cs.
  • After building enough armor you will be able to deal with her more easily

VS

Singed

Easy

Farm fest. In this kind of matchup your goal is to farm better than your opponent and to be smarter on your tp usage/ roams.

VS

Sion

Easy

Farm fest. In this kind of matchup your goal is to farm better than your opponent and to be smarter on your tp usage/ roams.

VS

Tryndamere

Medium

Keep pressuring him and try to not let him build rage for his passive. Do not trade when his fury/rage bar is full, he will crit you hard.


Farm and build armor.

VS

Wukong

Medium

Respect his damage if he goes in on you with monkeykingnimbus.png just do a fast trade gragase.pnggragasw.pnggragasq.png and disengage.


After your first core item he will be much easier to deal with.

VS

Yasuo

Hard

Let him push early on, he's pretty strong lv 1/2. At lv 3 you can kinda start trading with him. Start 1054.png. Don't fight when there's a decent number of your minions around you, as he will just dash around doding your stuff.

Gragas Abilities usage and explanation Back to Top

gragaspassive.png Happy Hour


Upon using an ability gragas heals himself for 6% of his maximum healt (8 sec cd)

  • Pretty usefull so remember to cast abilities even randomly if you need to recover hp and u have mana to spend

gragasq.png Barrel Roll

Gragas throw a barrel to the target location, incrasing damage and slow as it ferments (2 seconds) up to a max of 150%. 
After 4 seconds or upon activation Gragas can detonate the barrel dealing damage and slowing (for 2 seconds) enemys in the explosion area. 30% less effective against minion

  • Poke enemy champions from far
  • Farm from distance
  • Use it to catch up (the slow is pretty strong at higher rank)

gragasw.png Drunken rage


Reduces incoming damage by 12% (scales with rank) for 2.5 seconds. It has a cast time of 1 second. Gragas is not able to attack or cast spell during the cast time but he can move freely. After completing the channel gragas empower his next auto attack dealing bonus damage to the target (flat damage plus % of total hp) and in the surrounding area.

  • Pretty strong auto attack modifier
  • Use it in conjunction with E
  • The 'reduce incoming damage' can save your ass from dying (e.g. karthus ultimate) remember it !

gragase.png Body Slam


Gragas dashes in the choosen direction. Dealing damage, knocking up and then stunning for a second all the enemy he strikes. Cooldown is reduced by 3 if it hits an enemy

  • Pretty usefull engage tool
  • Can stop champion from casting abilities (e.g. Riven 3rd Q)
  • Gives you the time to auto them or cast R while they are stunned


gragasr.png Explosive Cask


Gragas throw a cask that explode upon impact. Knocking back all enemys from the center of it and dealing damage. It also briefly reveals the area of the explosion.

  • Can be used to finish of enemys
  • Can be used to split the enemy team
  • Can be used as a disengage to zone of a target

Combos / Tricks / Tips Back to Top

Combos and tricks you can do as gragas 


(If you never tried to do it or you are not getting it off consistently, try any of those a few times into the practice tool)


gragase.png > 4.png (E->Flash): The most important combo on gragas, it let you extend your BodySlam range and can caught people off guard. 

gragase.png > gragasr.png (E->R): Now what most people do it wrong is that they cast an auto after the BodySlam. Some patches ago Gragas R was going off immidieatly and that was possibile. Now Gragas R has a travel time so it's not exploding as soon as you launch it. TL:DR You can't auto anymore or they will flash your R you gotta cast E->R to be sure to knock them back before they can flash it.

gragasq.png > gragase.png (Q>E): Not really a combo but it can be usefull to know what you can cast those 2 spells almost togheter and while your Q will roll into the casted spot you will start to bodyslam to it.

gragasq.png >>> gragasr.png (Q>wait>R into Q>Detonate your Q): So this is somehow diffoult but you can cast your Q into an area, wait it to be charged and then knocking your enemy with your R into your Q.

gragase.png Into gragasq.png: So again this is not really a combo is more likely a trick. If you are clearing the wave and for some reason some minions are not into your Q detonate range, you can bodyslam them to move them into your Q radius.

gragasq.pnggragasw.png: Pressing those 2 keys will cause gragas to cast Q and cancel part of the W animation. Again a small trick that can help you do your things faster


  • You can pass walls with your gragase.png
  • Use your passive whisely, it's so important more so when you are low to cast spell even randomly to get some hp back from it
  • Remember to auto in between spells, make use of the iceborn gauntlet passive !

Pros & Cons of picking Gragas Back to Top

Pros


  • Lot of cc
  • Relevant at all stages of the game
  • Inbuilt sustain
  • Decent waveclear
  • gragasr.png can be used as a disengage tool

Cons


  • Low Damage lategame
  • gragasr.png Can lose you the game if casted incorrectly
  • Hard to come back from a bad earlygame


About me & my other guides (check them out!) Back to Top

I started to play lol early in the days (half of the season 1), finished bronze (s1) gold (s2) diamond (every other season) i didn't really try to get higher since i think it would require me too much time.


I like to create guides and contents so expect some other guides coming soon, i don't have any stream or social media. Thanks for readying 


My other guides


Aatrox Top: http://www.lolking.net/guides/187561


Leblanc Mid: http://www.lolking.net/guides/425163 


Karthus Mid: http://www.lolking.net/guides/425527


Renekton Top: http://www.lolking.net/guides/424982/

Change log (Update patch 7.17) Back to Top

Patch 7.15 (Gragas Nerfed :<)


  • gragasr.png Increased cooldown at early ranks from 100/90/80 to 120/100/80.
  • Reduced base attack speed from 0.651 to 0.625

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