Garen Build Guide

LoL Garen Build Guide

The Best Garen Runes, Items, and Advice to Dominate Your Competition

148,916 Garen Builds Analyzed

Best Items for Your Garen Build

The most essential items to include in your Garen build include: Stridebreaker, Mortal Reminder, Dead Man's Plate, and The Collector. Furthermore, as with our rune suggestions, you can also find quality, focused, Garen item builds farther down for the particular enemy team composition you are battling in your current match. Players who included these pieces in their gear had a better win rate than players who used other Garen builds.

Garen Items to Defeat Focused Team Comps

Best Garen Runes for Your Next Build

Conqueror Build Rune for Garen Conqueror
Triumph Build Rune for Garen Triumph
Legend: Alacrity Build Rune for Garen Legend: Alacrity
Coup de Grace Build Rune for Garen Coup de Grace
Nimbus Cloak Build Rune for Garen Nimbus Cloak
Gathering Storm Build Rune for Garen Gathering Storm
If you are trying to beat a varied enemy team composition, you should strongly consider getting Garen the Conqueror, Triumph, Legend: Alacrity, Coup de Grace, Nimbus Cloak, and Gathering Storm runes. In recent matches, he won the largest fraction of his matches when using these runes. However, if you are battling a different enemy team comp, such as an AP heavy or a tank heavy team, you should instead look further down to view the best Garen runes to win your particular match.

Garen Runes to Beat Dedicated Enemy Teams

Conqueror Rune to Fight a Specific Team Comp with a Good Garen Build Conqueror
Triumph Rune to Fight a Specific Team Comp with a Good Garen Build Triumph
Legend: Tenacity Rune to Fight a Specific Team Comp with a Good Garen Build Legend: Tenacity
Coup de Grace Rune to Fight a Specific Team Comp with a Good Garen Build Coup de Grace
Bone Plating Rune to Fight a Specific Team Comp with a Good Garen Build Bone Plating
Unflinching Rune to Fight a Specific Team Comp with a Good Garen Build Unflinching

Guide to Playing with Garen

  • Garen's regeneration from Perseverance is enhanced when he isn't hit for a few seconds.
  • Use Judgement mainly when there is 1 enemy champion around, it will deal maximum damage when hitting a single target.


We came up with our Garen build recommendations by analyzing 148,916 recently ranked LoL games with him selected. We only recommend the highest winrate Garen builds that were used by ranked gamers enough times for us to reccomend them. With so many matches in our dataset, we are very confident in our suggested builds.

Additionally, to see the top Garen build from a different skill level, please choose a different skill tier from the dropdown above. The calculated Garen builds will change to characterize that division’s meta.

FAQs About Garen

What lane does Garen play?

In conventional League play, Garen is most often played in the top lane. With his passive heal, Garen can take on other roles, but he's most commonly played as a Top champion.

How can I carry as Garen?

You can build Garen either as a bruiser/tank or as a high damage dealer with lots of critical hit chance. The best Garen build in LoL depends on what enemies you are facing. If you face lots of CC or already have lots of damage dealers on your team, it's best to build Garen more as a tank. If, however, you don't have much damage dealing potential or don't face heavy crowd control, you may be able to build him primarily as a damage dealer who is only augmented with increased tank.