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Gragas Statistics for Pho

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

Value
Average
Games Played
2
Win %
41
Kills
4.3
Assists
9.1
Deaths
5.7
KA:D Ratio
2.3
Gold Earned
10.8K
Creep Score
62.9
Average

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Summoner Spells Back to Top

Smite and Flash - Standard summoner spells for junglers. Sometimes I will need to flash + E if I don't have my ult.

I also take flash because you can steal objectives by using your E to go over walls > smite > flash out
I take this always because the many thing that I could do if I did had flash and I feel that if I don't I wouldn't be able to pull of a lot of game changing plays.

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If you're not taking smite, why are you in the jungle?!?

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Runes Back to Top

  • 9x
    +1.7% attack speed Greater Mark of Attack Speed
  • 3x
    +1.34 magic resist Greater Glyph of Magic Resist
  • 6x
    -0.83% cooldowns Greater Glyph of Cooldown Reduction
  • 9x
    +1 armor Greater Seal of Armor
  • 3x
    +4.95 ability power Greater Quintessence of Ability Power
Standard runes - diverted from going hybrid pen marks + attack speed reds like season 3/4.

These runes are the most optimal currently.

Masteries Back to Top

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FEROCITY: 0
0/5
0/5
0/5
0/5
0/5
0/5
CUNNING: 0
0/5
0/5
0/5
0/5
0/5
0/5
RESOLVE: 0
Updated to reflect Patch 5.21


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OLD

I have been experimenting with many different masteries when the Preseason 4 Patch hit live and I found that this is the most optimal mastery page for jungling with Gragas.


Abilities Back to Top

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

NEW: Q>E if not invading.


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When I first started to play jungle gragas in season 3, I started my first skill in Q because I thought it was faster to clear with it then starting with E. 

However, as I learned to use Gragas more I finally realized that starting E is the best.

Why?

- With E you can invade/avoid invades
- You clear a lot faster with E

If you started Q, you will not be able to invade efficiently and if they invaded what are you going to do? Most likely you will not have survived an invade if you started Q over E.

So I max Q > E > W, obviously taking R at 6/11/16

Alright so lets go over the skills:

Q - Your skill to poke and clear jungle creeps, self-explanatory. Use this to poke when contesting a tower/objective. It can also now slow.

W -  Always use this before ganking or teamfights. It basically gives you mana and become empowered with the bonus AD it gives and gives you Magic Resist.

E - THE reason why Jungle Gragas is overpowered and even better than most junglers early,mid and late.
This is what makes his clear time so fast. His (E) is amazing and with the recent patch, his E slows ALL targets on hit when it used to only slow one target.
Not to mention the cooldown on this skill is not bad for what it does.

R - Once you get your ultimate, the enemy team will be crying for you to AFK (as if they didn't already with your overpowered ganks). You will be able to have successful ganks and secure a kill easily. You want to use it to bring the enemy closer to your carries and melt them down or to your tower and then Q > E them for an easy kill. 

Another thing that makes your ultimate amazing is that you can peel/save your team and ult the enemies away. 

NOTE: YOU CAN EITHER MAKE YOUR TEAM LOVE YOU OR HATE YOU
EX:
- Ulting the enemy away when your team would've killed them and losing out on a kill
- Ulting the enemy to one of your teammates when they are low and getting them killed

You will have to get used to his ultimate as it can be difficult to use it efficiently if you have never played Gragas before!

Items Back to Top

Starting Items

    Standard

Core Items

    NEW BUILD - 5.21+

Situational Items



NEED TO UPDATE 

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Nothing much to say about the starting items, just that you will need this to be able to jungle with Gragas effectively.

Core - Spectral Wraiths 3206_32.png or Golems 3207_32.png?

I take whichever I think is most needed for my team, generally you want to go Spectral Wraiths 3206_32.png if you need the extra damage and sustain.I take Golems 3207_32.png if I need to be more tanky especially during teamfights, also the tenacity it gives makes Gragas an even bigger threat to the enemy team.

3020_32.png - Your goto boots for Gragas, you will be able to melt enemies easily especially if they have low magic resist.

3174_32.png - You will want to get this item first. Most likely you will be giving your blues to your AP carry and with this you will no longer have mana problems. Also the CDR it gives is really good.

3089_32.png - You're an AP Champion, why wouldn't you? With this item you will be doing massive damage and carry the game easily.

3135_32.png - Get this item to do even more damage and if the enemy is building MR because they realize you do a lot of damage.

Situational - 


3001_32.png - If the enemy AP is causing problems for your team/you get this item. Magic Resist and Ability Power is amazing for Gragas.

3157_32.png - If If the enemy AD is causing problems for your team/you get this item. Armor and Ability Power is amazing for Gragas. What else? 2.5 invincibility and your turn gold? YES PLEASE!

3111_32.png - If you are going spectral wraiths and need some tenacity and magic resists, take these. NEVER take these if you have Golems.

3047_32.png - Take these if AD is problematic and you need to be more tanky, regardless if you are taking Golems or Spectral Wraiths.








Matchups Back to Top

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

  • Amumu
    Easy
  • Dr. Mundo
    Easy
  • Elise
    Medium
  • Evelynn
    Medium
  • Fiddlesticks
    Easy
  • Hecarim
    Easy
  • Jarvan IV
    Easy
  • Nautilus
    Easy
  • Rammus
    Easy
  • Rengar
    Medium
  • Shaco
    Easy
  • Shyvana
    Medium
  • Udyr
    Medium
  • Xin Zhao
    Easy

VS

Amumu

Easy

VS

Dr. Mundo

Easy

VS

Elise

Medium

VS

Evelynn

Medium

Eve is OP S4, if you play right you should be able to melt her down.


VS

Fiddlesticks

Easy

His fear is the most OP skill in the game, however you can easily interrupt his drain and kill him easily.

VS

Hecarim

Easy

VS

Jarvan IV

Easy

VS

Nautilus

Easy

VS

Rammus

Easy

VS

Rengar

Medium

Most annoying champ in the game, try to stick with your carries and peel for them if you can. Get pinks, ward his camps, and upgrade red trinket for his ults.

VS

Shaco

Easy

Shaco should be easy to go against, he could steal your red, but you should have it warded anyways.


Shaco has the most impacts on early ganks, his splitpush will be annoying if he does, but that's when you force teamfights and easily take objectives.

Keep pinks around the maps as well as wards in his wraiths.

VS

Shyvana

Medium

She can be really annoying as she can stick to you and she does hybrid damage.

You can however, still be able to go against her easily.

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Force early ganks, she'll be powerfarming for 6 and sated.

VS

Udyr

Medium

He could be challenging to go against, especially if he went Tiger jungle instead of phoenix because he can 1v1 you especially if he took your red and you came right after he took it. You shouldn't have problem against him outside the jungle because of your kit.


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Try to force teamfights

VS

Xin Zhao

Easy

Rewriting Entire Guide for Rework! Back to Top

UPDATE: 10/30/2015  - Patch 5.21

I'm rewriting the guide for 5.21+
So far I have runes/masteries/skills/item build already completed. Just need to add explanations for why I opt to go for this setup. Will be updating matchups and notes!


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I'm currently rewriting my entire guide because of the rework!

The rework has changed him drastically so the guide will be a lot different from the old version.

Thanks guys!

UPDATE: 10/29/2014

I'm going to start playing jungle gragas again, so let me finalize what build you should go along with masteries + runes since a lot has changed since this guide was last update (8 months ago)

Jungle Path Back to Top

NEED TO UPDATE, IGNORE!


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Since the jungle has changed in Season 4 and smite is different, this is the most optimal path.

Blue (Smite) > Wraiths (WARD OVER THE RED W/ Trinket BEFORE YOU DO WRAITHS) > Red (Smite) > Golems > Wraiths > Gank or go back and continue farming. 

Warding your red allows you to see if the enemy has already taken your red or is going to do it while you do wraiths.


Why Gragas Jungle?!? Back to Top

NOTE: This applied back to season 3/4, most of these pros/cons need to be changed.


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Pros
- AMAZING early ganking abilities with E
- Can secure kills/peel with R
- AMAZING clear times
- Can poke with Q

Cons
- Most likely your teammates think you are trolling (not for long, jungle gragas is getting popular by many professional players) <- Can you believe back when I made this guide, jungle gragas was frowned down upon because it wasn't played? Look at it now! :)
- Need team cooperation (this applies to every jungler)
- Will most likely be getting a nerf really soon to his E and maybe his base stats.
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