This is what makes Garen work
Always, always, always.
First trip back
will normally be
If you're having trouble vs strong harass or you can't catch people to harass them you get
If you're against AP champion who's using CC to deal with you, get
are also very good on Garen.
If you're doing extremely well, get an
(This is common misconception, people think, that they should get gold items when they're behind, when in fact there are only 2 situations where you wanna get them. 1. You're very ahead and you don't need items with strong stats to help you. 2. You are not able to fight, or even clear your jungle because you'll instantly die/get ganked etc.)
After you get your upgraded boots and brutalizer, you get the most usefull item for Garen
You will most likely grab a
first, before build the full item.
Next, it's time for the defensive items.
scaling with your W, is insanely strong
, and most of the time you'll be able to get away with W+Q after a rez. You should get it every game (at least, untill it's nerfed)
The defensive route:
Vs AP demage, you get the
. The added move speed is very nice.
Vs AD, you can get
. I don't get those items often, but if i do, i prefer the first one.
The offensive route:
first if you can). This will get you enaugh demage to shred people when they'll get more health.
Vs armored targets, the 6th item should be
Somewhere along the way, you should complete your
. Use the active as much as you can.
Other items to consider? None. Don't buy any of that other shit. All the items on the list above allow you for a flexible build, and every time you want to adjust to the current situation in the game you have the answer for everything. You have gold items, AD, CDR, move speed, Armor, MR, HP. Just adjust the order accordingly.
. You don't need health before your phage, if you're dying at that stage, it's only because of your mistakes. You don't need sustain at that stage, you have your passive and your potions last long. And for demage just get long swords to get your brutalizer faster.
Don't ever buy this item.