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[2.6a] Gragas Guide - Time to roll out the barrel!

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Time to roll out the barrel!

Hey, i'm FlupFlup This is a guide about Baron Lane AP Gragas. You'll see, this big redhead alcoholic is a freaking strong baron laner ! He will ̶b̶u̶r̶p̶ burst your ennemies down.

Pros

  • Good poke with barrel
  • Usually win his lane
  • Can stay on lane longer due to passive
  • Can dash through walls
  • Strong during all the game

Cons

  • Relate on combo success in Team Fight
  • A bad ult can ruin your life
  • He's totally drunk & fat

Gragas Build

Best Build Guide for Gragas

Starting Items
Amplifying Tome
Core Items
Rod of Ages
Ionian Boots of Lucidity
Lich Bane
Full Build
Rod of Ages
Lich Bane
Stasis Enchant
Rabadon's Deathcap
Morellonomicon
Void Staff
Other possible items
Morellonomicon
Infinity Orb

Item Build Description

Additional information on the items

BUILD :

Start with the Amplifying TomeAmplifying Tome for an easier last hit with Barrel RollBarrel Roll and better poke.

Rush Rod of AgesRod of Ages to start stacking it. This item gives everything you need ! 450HP, 400MP and the incredible amount of 120 AP. 

Now get Boots of SpeedBoots of Speed then Lich BaneLich Bane . Once you have it, your combo become deadly.

For boots upgrade i always go Ionian Boots of LucidityIonian Boots of Lucidity , we're not playing tank here so defensive boots are useless.

After Lich BaneLich Bane be sure to take boots enchantment. Stasis EnchantStasis Enchant is for me the best one on Gragas, it can give you time for your Body SlamBody Slam cooldown to reset and then escape/kill the opponent. Some people like Quicksilver EnchantQuicksilver Enchant or Protobelt EnchantProtobelt Enchant  

It's time to build Rabadon's DeathcapRabadon's Deathcap . With the recent nerf of (Patch 2.4B) Liandry's TormentLiandry's Torment i now chose MorellonomiconMorellonomicon or Infinity OrbInfinity Orb depending on the ennemy team

Last item i usually pick Void StaffVoid Staff the only %Magic pen 

Go MorellonomiconMorellonomicon if they have champ like Dr. MundoDr. Mundo Master YiMaster Yi DariusDarius or everything that regen a lot or in the rare case where they have a healer like SorakaSoraka and take Infinity OrbInfinity Orb if they have a lot of squishy and only one tank.


GAMEPLAY :

So, you now enter the summoner's rift, fullfilled with joy and... alcohol. You slap your belly making it wave and start gently walking to your lane.

If you're a cool guy help your jungler or ward buff. 

  1. Here we are, we can start rolling barrels ! Start by poking your opponent with Barrel RollBarrel Roll you can use it to last hit too but be carefull not to overpush your lane. 

[TIPS] During the laning phase you should keep the lane even or, if you know the ennemy is not gonna roam, make the minion be closer to YOUR turret. If you see you have a clear advantage over your opponent, you can push and it's really easy to clean lane with gragas and Drunken RageDrunken Rage hit pretty hard on turret.

          2. Bang, Boom, Wham , Bam , all of a sudden you are level 3, and things are getting interesting. You can now Drunken RageDrunken Rage ==> Body SlamBody Slam ==> AA ==> Barrel RollBarrel Roll x2 and BOOM you just killed someone !

Yes that's how it works, but be carefull, i mean really carefull ! If you miss Body SlamBody Slam you'll probably lose the trade or worst.

[TIPS] Be sure to never miss Body SlamBody Slam , The Lich BaneLich Bane effect coupled with Drunken RageDrunken Rage is a really hard burst.

         3. Now you're level 5 you have access to you really cool ult ! Explosive CaskExplosive Cask . You can use it to Engage : Aiming in a way the ennemy will get closer to you. Disengage : Ult to  pushing them far away. Control : For exemple : Separate the carry from his supp/tank

[TIPS] About the ult : Please be really carefull how you place your ult cause it can revert situations in good AND bad ways. The easiest way to use it is as a finisher, once you get used to it you can start repositioning the ennemy. Go in training mode and get used to this ult.

[TIPS] You're a splash champ, try to catch more than just one ennemy please. If you catch the mage or the ADC, a full combo will most likely kill them.

Remember, your Barrel RollBarrel Roll have a slow, Drunken RageDrunken Rage is %dammage + dammage reduction, Body SlamBody Slam is a dash stun and Explosive CaskExplosive Cask is a positioning tool that hurt. Cool kit Huh ?

Gragas Runes

Best Runes for Gragas

Keystone
Electrocute
Electrocute
Domination
Weakness
Weakness
Resolve
Second Wind
Second Wind
Inspiration
Sweet Tooth
Sweet Tooth

Electrocute is really good for gragas as you work with combos

WeaknessWeakness is always working pretty good. TriumphTriumph can be cool if the composition of champ make you stay in fight longer

Second WindSecond Wind is working good on gragas especially with his passive, Hunter TitanHunter Titan is still a good choice

Sweet ToothSweet Tooth is my personal preference as it makes stay in lane longer and with a +60 gold everytimes. Some prefer Hunter GeniusHunter Genius which is not a bad choice.

Skill Order

How to distribute skill points

Happy Hour
Happy Hour - Passive
Barrel Roll
Barrel Roll
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Drunken Rage
Drunken Rage
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Body Slam
Body Slam
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Explosive Cask
Explosive Cask
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15

Summoner Spells

When to take which summoners

Flash
Flash is always a must have
Ignite
Barrier
smite
Obvious jungle choice

Combos

Learn how to maximize the champions potential

Drunken Rage
2nd
Body Slam
3rd
Auto Attack
AA
Barrel Roll
1st
Explosive Cask
Ult

Basic combo : Use Drunken RageDrunken Rage before you charge your opponent with Body SlamBody Slam then AA to proc Drunken RageDrunken Rage and throw/BOOM immediately a Barrel RollBarrel Roll This will trigger electrocute.

Sometimes it's not enough and you have to finish him with a Explosive CaskExplosive Cask if it's still not enough be sure that Explosive CaskExplosive Cask throw it back to you so you can restart the combo.

Barrel Roll
1st
Drunken Rage
2nd
Explosive Cask
Ult
Body Slam
3rd
Auto Attack
AA

Here is a more advanced combo, this is the hard one. High risk High reward.

You must be quick and precise ! 

  1. Barrel RollBarrel Roll
  2. Drunken RageDrunken Rage
  3. Try to Explosive CaskExplosive Cask in a way that he goes in your  Barrel RollBarrel Roll , If you fail just a little bit you can push him in with  Body SlamBody Slam
  4. [auto attack]
  5. BOOM

Barrel Roll
1st
Drunken Rage
2nd
Body Slam
3rd
Auto Attack
AA
Barrel Roll
1st

Lane cleaner :

Put a Barrel RollBarrel Roll in a way that all minion are within it's range. While it charge to max dammage, use Drunken RageDrunken Rage then use Body SlamBody Slam , everything will BOOM in the same time and the minions will go to hell.

Drunken Rage
2nd
Explosive Cask
Ult
Body Slam
3rd
Auto Attack
AA
Barrel Roll
1st

Another possible combo : Prepare yourself with Drunken RageDrunken Rage then Explosive CaskExplosive Cask to get him closer to you.

Barrel Roll
1st
Drunken Rage
2nd
Explosive Cask
Ult
Body Slam
3rd
Auto Attack
AA
Barrel Roll
1st
Stasis Enchant
Body Slam
3rd

Extended teamfight combo


Gragas Matchups & Counters

Detailed information on how to play matchups and counters

Nasus
Easy
Nasus
Kennen
Easy
Kennen
Malphite
Medium
Malphite
Akali
Medium
Akali
Dr. Mundo
Medium
Dr. Mundo
Camille
Hard
Camille
Fiora
Hard
Fiora
Teemo
Skill
Teemo
Darius
Skill
Darius
Yasuo
Skill
Yasuo

Lol poor nasus.

Don't let him farm that's all. He won't be a problem until end game

Gragas

Jungle & Tank

If you plan to go Jungle Gragas, start with Drunken RageDrunken Rage , it will help you do camps faster. I also recommend you not to take Rod of AgesRod of Ages as first item, as it will slow your early in jungle. You can take Luden's EchoLuden's Echo or Liandry's TormentLiandry's Torment as first item. Gragas jungle can really shine.

To gank with gragas you can engage with Explosive CaskExplosive Cask to get the ennemy closer to you or your teammate or even throwing then under your turret, then apply combos we talked about before.

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There's a hype with tanky gragas, played as top or mostly supp. Well i'm sorry but i won't cover this as i really think gragas is meant to deal dammage and eliminate ap and ad carries. He's a go in - go out kind of champ. You kill someone then you back a bit until your cooldown refresh, then you start again.


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