Fires two windblasts that deal 70 / 115 / 160 / 205 (+75% AP) magic damage and converge into a tornado.
The tornado deals 8% (+2% AP) magic damage of target's maximum Health over 1.5 seconds.
Passive: Every 12 seconds, upon taking damge, Galio gains a shied that absorbs ( 8% / 12% / 16% / 20% HP) magic damage for 3.5 seconds.
Hold: Enters a defensive stance, slowing himself by 15% for up to 2 seconds, Takes 25% / 30% / 35% / 40% (+5% AP +8% MR) reduced magic damage and 12.5% / 15% / 17.5% / 20% (+2.5% AP +4% MR) reduced physical damage.
Release: Deals 40 / 80 / 120 / 160 (+55% AP) magic damage to nearby enemies and taunts them for 0.5-1.5 seconds, increased with hold time.
Dashes forward until he hits an enemy champion or terrain, dealing 90 / 140 / 190 / 240 (+90% AP) magic damage to enemies and knocking them up for 0.75 seconds.
Deals 50% damage to minions and monsters.
Grants Shield of Durand's passive shield for 5 seconds to all allied champions near the target and designates the position as his landing spot.
After 2.5 seconds Galio arrives at the location, dealing 150 / 250 / 350 (+70% AP) magic damage to nearby enemies and knocking them up for 0.75 seconds.
Galio is a tanky anti-mage champion that can be played in the mid-lane or Support. Galio does very well against most champions that deal magic damage, thanks to his 2nd Ability Shield of Durand. When playing Galio mid, he has excellent wave clear with his passive and 1st Ability Winds of War, allowing him to roam around the map and make plays with his ultimate Hero's Entrance and Justice Punch.
Galio can also be played in the support role; make sure to check the alternative build at the top of the page! As Galio support, you want to build items that give you more tank stats as you will be a front-line tank for your team, and you will need to peel for your AD Carry to keep them alive.
Colossal Smash enhances Galio's next auto attack to deal Area of Effect magic damage. The damage from Colossal Smash scales with Attack Damage, Ability Power and bonus Magic Resist.
Since Colossal Smash is an Area of Effect ability, you can damage multiple enemies simultaneously. This is especially good when looking to push the minion wave to try and roam around the map.
Colossal Smash has a short cooldown; you will know when it's back up, when you hear a ding sound and Galio's body starts to glow.
Winds of War is Galio's primary source of damage. It fires two windblasts that deal magic damage and converge into a tornado.
Winds of War is a great way to efficiently kill minions and push the wave under the enemy tower. If you combo Winds of War and Colossal Smash, you should be able to clear the whole minion wave. This allows Galio to roam around the map to make plays with the rest of his team.
Since the tornado part of Winds of War does damage over time, it is best to combo it with Shield of Durand and Justice Punch, so the enemy is crowd controlled and takes the full damage of the tornado.
Shield of Durand is an excellent Area of Effect taunt that can change a team fight in seconds. Shield of Durand has three parts. It's passive; Upon taking magic damage, Galio gains a shield that absorbs magic damage. There is also a two-part active ability. The first part is when you hold the ability - you enter a defensive stance where you get slowed but take reduced magic and physical damage. After you release the ability, you deal magic damage and taunt all nearby enemies.
When using Shield of Durand, the longer you hold the ability, the longer the taunt duration. Sometimes it's best to tap the ability quickly, and sometimes it's best to hold the ability to taunt for the full duration.
When using Justice Punch, there is a charge where you will dash back before you dash forward. Whilst in the dash, you will be stopped if you hit any terrain or champion. If you hit an enemy champion, they will be damaged and knocked up.
A cool trick you can do with Justice Punch is using the jump back at the start to your advantage to catch out the enemies. You can do this by aiming the ability away from the champion. The jump back will go far enough that you will dash and hit the enemy champion straight away.
After using and hitting an enemy with Justice Punch, Galio will automatically auto-attack the enemy champion. If you want to combo Shield of Durand with Justice Punch, you will need to make sure you hold Shield of Durand whilst dashing so Galio will start taunting as soon as the dash has hit a champion.
Hero's Entrance is a great ability for Galio that allows him to follow up on any engagement your team might do. When using the ability, all allied champions near the target you picked gain Shield of Durand's passive magic shield. After a short duration, Galio arrives at the location dealing magic damage to nearby enemies and knocking them up.
Hero's Entrance is a semi-global ultimate and has a huge range. When you play mid-lane Galio, all you need to do is walk a bit towards the top or bottom river, and then you are within range to use it on an ally champion in the top or bottom lane.
With Galio, you want to build items that give him a lot of ability power, mixed with some tanky items to help when Galio fights in melee range. It's important to build Rod Of Ages as Galio's first item. Rod Of Ages stacks over time, giving Galio more health, mana, and Ability power every 30 seconds up to 10 times. This means that if you build this item later on, it won't have the same effect, and you will need to wait for it to stack. After Rod of ages, you can build some more ability power items, including Rabadon's Deathcap and Void Staff, to help you deal a lot of burst damage.
For runes, we have the following:
With Galio, it's easy to proc Electrocute when comboing his crowd control abilities Shield of Durand, and Justice Punch. When you hit three separate attacks or abilities, Galio deals extra burst damage.
When playing Galio, Hero's Entrance, Shield of Durand and Justice Punch are always used during team fights which will immobilize enemy champions so they will take more damage.
With Galio you will be dashing towards enemy champions to try and land your combo which means you will be vulnerable to taking a lot of damage. Bone Plating will help Galio take reduced damage from the first three instances of damage which will help him survive longer.
Ability Power mages like Galio love to build as much Ability Haste as possible so he can use his abilities more often. This is especially good on Galio since he can use his Shield of Durand multiple times during team fights.
Galio can struggle in the early game as a melee champion. Most of the time, you want to stay back and use Galio's Winds of War to last hit minions or poke down the enemy. Once you hit level 3, you will get Justice Punch, allowing you to dash towards a target. This is when you can try and use your full combo and start to win duels vs the enemy mid-lane. Be careful not to dash too far forward; if you do, there is no way of escaping.
When you reach the mid and late game and get a few items, Galio can start to do a lot of burst damage whilst also being a front-line tank for your team. At the start of a team fight, you want to sit back and wait for your teammates to go in so you can follow up with Hero's Entrance. This allows you to get to a team fight instantly and start to have an impact with your other abilities. When you are grouped with your team and about to have a team fight, the best thing you want to do is get to the enemy backline, where you can kill the carries.
Galio has a very different playstyle from other mid-lane champions. You must learn to play safely in the early game and farm up until you have enough confidence to go in with your combos. If you like to do a lot of damage whilst also being able to survive for a long time then Galio is the champion for you.
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