Gragas - The Weeba Wousa! - by Nicosharp

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Tank Gragas is what I am currently running and doing well with on Summoner's Rift, I recommend it over the original build below, but both work depending on your team and your play. You will find the Tank Gragas build below throughout the guide in Quotes.
First things first!:

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Role-playing Mentality! - Imagine you are a speech slurring drunk, or just get drunk so you don't have to imagine, and yell, "WEEBA WOUSA!" Type this in chat at every opportunity. This will be your coin-phrase. This will scare your enemy, this will fuel your drunken ambition to hear that chick in the Stadium say in a sultry voice, "LENGEDARY!"
There is not quite a better feeling in the world then going legendary with this horizontally challenged champ.

Quick run through of abilities:

Q - Barrel Roll <-- Ignore this puppy until it gets buffed, you wont need it to pwn children

W - Drunken Rage <-- This will keep you fueled, and keep you sassy. Use at every opportunity, and unfortunately, even while in combat if you have to. It is very important to have up at all times, or close to all times.

E - Body Slam <-- Oh baby Baby! This is the closest thing to humping this large man gets to do, and you betta believe its gonna hurt. You will use this all game and you will love it!

R - Explosive Cask <-- This is magically delicious, and no matter what someone in the game will love you for it. You are either saving a ally, or saving an enemy, or netting yourself a kill. Takes practice young padawan.

What you want to do with these skills:

Well this:
lvl 1 - Body Slam (Ya Im dangerous!) (E)
2 - Drunken Rage (W)
3 - Body Slam (E)
4 - W
5 - E
6 - R


But Nico, you don't get barrel roll before 6? WTF?

Shut it troll! its useless to me! I don't need to stress over this skill shot that does cruddy damage. I get it at lvl 13 or a bit earlier if someone gets an early veil. The only important aspect barrel roll has now is Veil popping.
Tank Gragas
1- E
2- W
3- E
4- W
5- E
6- R
R>W>E>Q after (3 early points in bslam really spike your damage, early mid-game I find its better to have more mitigation from drunken rage.)

My preference is currently: 8 in offensive, and 22 in Defensive
I run Exhaust, Cleanse, Max crit chance and attack speed in Offensive, and max pretty much everything but HP in Defensive. You want the 21st point in defensive for the mitigation stacking with Drunken Rage!

So, naturally the Summoner Skills: Cleanse and Exhaust
Exhaust - is awesome, since you are going AD and IAS this skill helps you kill those silly "true" Dps champs that are feeling lucky. It also is a great team support skill for 5v5 battles. Cleanse is just needed to keep you out of additional trouble, and to counter pesky Mordekaiser ults and Ignite spammers.
Tank Gragas
0 / 23 / 7 (pretty much everything in def but ardor, and ghost, and mana pool/regen for utility) Summoner skills = Cleanse + Ghost

My preference currently:
Attack Speed Quints (Muwhahaha fat man swings like bruce lee fool!), Armor pen reds (gogogo pen with belly!), Either Dodge Yellow, or Clarity Yellow (currently dodge), and either Clarity blue or cooldown static blues (currently clarity).

What this build lacks that other Gragas builds have. Just from looking at the above, not a lot of cooldown focus, hardly much dps focus, and summoner skills that seem oddly place, but I will explain them a bit above (adds to skills above, way to work backwards nico...sheesh)
Tank Gragas
Armor or Magic pen Reds (Bslam does magical damage, but armor pen is so nice for last hitting, jungling etc.), Dodge or hp per level yellows (currently dodge), Magic Resist per level blues. Quints - Flat HP

Item Build:

Start with a LongSword + 1 HP Pot (This helps you farm the first side jungle creeps with lane mate, and can lock in early first bloods)

First trip back: Sword of the Occult + Boots (at about 1330gold - This will set you up for a beautiful late game, and trust me, as Gragas, you can and will fuel the charges on Sword, just play clean, tips on that below)

**** Important Edit for first 2 items.- For Solo Queue Games, you may want to start with Ruby Crystal, or a Doran's Shield, and Rush a Phage or a Brutalizer. this is what I do on TT, and it is also very effective on SR. 2 Snowball Items can sometimes be a curse.. and the much better snowball item is Levi, as you get 2 stacks on assist. see below. You can also rush Levi in a late game focused DPS build.. I do like the early bonus Longsword gives, but you can do this with doran's blade, the lifesteal is nice with Drunken Rage up, or just play safe. Only go SotO if you trust your team and lane-mates to get early kills.

Second Trip back: --> Ruby Crystal --> Leviathan (2 charges on assist is amazing - this item is a no brainer on Gragas, with Defensive spec, and Drunken Rage, you can have a constant 45% mitigation at all times!)

Third Trip back: --> Complete Boots (depends, but primarily Treads, sometimes Tabi), Start building Aegis of the Legion

Fourth Trip back: --> Finish Aegis and start on either Brutalizer or Frozen Heart (depending on gold, you want to start maximizing your cooldown late game to spam bodyslam and your ultimate for initiating.)

Fifth Trip back: --> Complete Frozen Heart and Brutalizer

Late Late Game - Sell Boots and buy all pots, then rebuy boots. You should be set, you can alter items, but if you get these 6 items listed above, its pretty much gg, unless you can not maintain charges for whatever reason on your 2 snowball items. If you play a good clean Gragas, it will be incrediably hard for the other team to kill you.

If they have a ton of squishies/tanks etc, u can adjust boots and build accordingly to bring in more dps, but the above build is solid all the way around.

Also, Pots and wards are your friends, don't be stingy on them, they will help you power through farming and keep you from basing as often. the Blue Elixir is another great item to consider throughout the game when you have a bit of gold to spare.
Tank Gragas
start with Ruby Crystal
--> Leviathan + Boots
Merc Treads (or Tabi depending)
Aegis of the Legion (unless teammate is making)
Cooldown Focus items - depending on game needs: Frozen Heart, Brutalizer, Spirit Visage, Soul Shroud
Other fun items to Consider - Atma's+Frozen Mallet, Guardian Angel, Elixirs, Innervating Locket, Warmog's Armor, Banshee's Veil, anything with chest armor icon pretty much...
Build focus is early Leviathan, stay alive with HP items, then focus on maxing cooldown asap for Drunken Rage to be up constantly, and fast body slam cooldowns.

Why Tank Gragas? - Tank Gragas allows you to be a solid initiator, and it also focuses on staying alive to win the game for your team in the end once you have a 20 stack leviathan. Maxing Cooldowns right after Leviathan allows you to keep mitigation up and allows you to initiate more with your ult and defend towers with hp ult and bodyslamming.


Start on a side-lane and get your lane mate to help you farm the creep spawn closest to your lane at 1:40. You should make fairly quick work of them with 2-3body slams and your allies focus fire, and should hit your lane with the minions at about 3bars of HP.

Use bodyslam often, and use it to last hit often. If the enemy gets cocky, use it to punish them. Use bodyslam for no reason just to heal. Keep your mana in mind, just keep enough in reserve for 2 bodyslams, at worst 1 bodyslam.

As you level, use drunken rage on cooldown. Try to use body slam more effectively while drunken rage is up as you can soak more and deal more damage. Drunken Rage needs to be up when you engage to maximize your killing potential and survivability, try to perch in brush nearby the place battle is about to go down, and drunken rage just before initiating.

You will not always be in ideal range for your Exploding Cask skill. One way to get there is to Body slam forward and then throw your cask, This sometimes will give you the distance you need to knock a foe back to you and your team.

The Exploding Cask + Body Slam combo is devastating. As you master this skill combo you will get many many kills, and often times first bloods against competent foes.

Body Slam with 40% CDR is almost as good as Nidalee's Pounce. Learn how to Juke with it, Learn how to bait enemies to split with it, and learn how to save your pretty butt when drunken rage wears off and you are bleeding profusely from your large hairy piehole.

At Lvl 5-6, you should keep a few HP pots at all times, and you are more than capable to take the Red and Blue Buffs. By all means jew the heck out of these buffs! Golem is amazing, and redbuff is amazing to keep the targets that get slammed, snared. Because I no longer opt for a Phage build on Gragas, Red buffs are very nice, most of the red buffs I end up getting are by killing enemy champs with them.

Mid-to-Late game item choices - Why Frozen Heart and Aegis - Cant you go DPS? Let's face it, unless you are running in a Premade, the likelihood of another tank, let alone support being on your team is rare. If they are going for these items, pay attention and start building IAS items and damage, like Stark's Fervor, and Frozen Mallet, and Infinity Edge and Bloodthirster. You most likely will be the tank, and frankly benefit incredibly given your mitigation, to hold these items yourself. It pays off immensely as you solo tank towers hardly getting scratched.

DON'T GET C0CKY! Yes you are a beefy tank, and you can dive like crazy, but try like heII to stay alive! You are only useful to your team lategame if you can slowly build up to a 20stack levi, as the mitigation will allow you to push them into oblivion. The last game I played I was tanking both their nexus towers, while fighting 4 of them.. It barely stung.

Barrel Roll is a Mana Hog, if you take it early remember to use it sparringly. Your true power will be in maxing bodyslam and using it to effectively last hit. With Drunken Rage up, bodyslam can almost 1 shot a minion, so use it to your advantage. Also don't be afraid to blow a cask on a big minion wave to get gold. Cask has a fairly decent recharge, so if a battle is not going to go down soon, go for it. Since you wont be upping AP, this is a good way to aoe pop the lane quickly for farm.

New Standard Tank Build:
Ruby Crystal
--> Leviathan + Boots
Aegis of the Legion (or Chalice of Harmony, or Phage depending on enemies)
Complete Boots (typically Merc Treads, this can vary)
Frozen Heart
Brutalizer (or Soul Shroud or Spirit Visage)
Atma's Impaler

Old Item builds to try:
Ruby Crystal
--> Phage
--> Berserker Greave's
Sword of the Occult
Vampiric Scepter --> Emblem of Valor
--> Stark's
--> Frozen Mallet

depending on farm:
BloodThirster, Infinity Edge, Spirit Visage

Full Tank CD build:
Mana Manip
--> Soul Shroud
Boots --> Merc Treads
Glacial Shroud
--> Frozen Heart
Aegis of the Legion (can be made prior to heart)
Guardian Angel
Innervating Locket (can be made before Aegis or Frozen Heart also)

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