IntroductionGaren is an insanely strong top lane with the ability to constant harass and hardly ever recall. his abilities make it hard to gank him and his damage output is one of the best. I always see people play garen and they do good but they are always limited by their build. My guide will help you destroy any top and and carry your team to victory.
I take flash because it can help you secure a kill with flash>Q>E>R and can also help you escape sticky situations. I take ignite because the damage+sunfire+judgment (spin to win) will take any top lane down with ease.
RunesThis runepage is made to grab an early kill against your other top lane and get a lot of early gamea advantages so you can be fed and win late game.
Early GameEarly game is the best time to go for a kill with garen. At level one poke them with your Q and at level 2 use your Q>E combo + ignite (and flash if necessary) to grab a kill. First blood or just an early kill helps you get your core items faster which can win you a game.
Mid GameMid game is where you can push and roam. By this time you should have your core build or something close to it. This will allow you to roam with ease and push towers. Make sure you communicate with your team so they can get assists while you get the kills. Grabbing dragon is also very important for mid game. Garen can easily push his lane and come bottom to help. Garen can destroy dragon or anyone that comes to it.
Late GameThe great thing about garen is he is strong all game. with youmuu's ghostblade and your Q you can initiate fights and hopefully with a little focus and positioning you will win. Garen can destroy squishies with his combo. You Q>ignite>E>R for a kill. Winning a team fight late game is essential late game so you can get baron. If the enemy team is getting baron dont go in 5v1 even though you think you can. Make sure you get the rest of your team to go in with you to ensure you get baron and the rest of their team.
Team FightsIn team fights garen can destroy squishie people. you have enough health to go the extra mile and get the kill. You can also use your frozen mallet+Tri fore to peel others off of your squishies.
Item BuildsBoots and 3 are essential starting items because they give speed to avoid ganks and go for kills as well as they give sustain with boots+passive so you dont have to recall untill you want to.
For your core items Merc treads give tenacity and magic resist which are two great things for garen. Youmuu's ghostblade i think is overlooked but its active movespeed/attack speed is essential to winning fights and escaping ganks. Sunfire capes passive and your spin to win help you to deal a ton of damage. Sunfire cape also gives a lot of stats that are essential on garen.
For late game I think tri force is an amazing item. The tri force with your Q almost doubles its damage and with the move speed+slow from tri force you can chase for days. Atmas gives great damage to your character as well as last whisper. Last whisper should only be bought though if the enemy team is building armor against you. Warmogs and frozen mallet are items you should get if you are going to be the tank of your team.