AP Gnar Build

AP Gnar build with runes and items. AP Gnar guide offers in-depth how-to play, skill order and tips. Play AP Gnar build in League of Legends Patch 14.13!

Updated: 2024-05-22 ()
ARAM Build Guide for champion Gnar and build AP.
AP Gnar build for ARAM.
Gnar ARAM modifiers
DMG done +5%
DMG taken -5%

TLDR

Starting items
Hextech Alternator should be final item in your build.
Quick Skill Order
Gnar ability Hyper / Wallop should be leveled first.
W
Gnar ability Boomerang Throw / Boulder Toss should be leveled second.
Q
Gnar ability Hop / Crunch should be leveled third.
E
Final items
Sorcerer's Shoes should be final item in your build.
Stormsurge should be final item in your build.
Nashor's Tooth should be final item in your build.
Lich Bane should be final item in your build.
Shadowflame should be final item in your build.
Rabadon's Deathcap should be final item in your build.
Quick Runes
Major rune Hail of Blades from Domination tree.
Minor rune Precision.
Summoner spells
Pick Mark as your Summoner Spell.
Pick Flash as your Summoner Spell.

AP Gnar Runes

Domination
Domination major tree Electrocute rune.
Domination major tree Dark Harvest rune.
Domination major tree Hail of Blades rune.
Domination major tree Cheap Shot rune.
Domination major tree Taste of Blood rune.
Domination major tree Sudden Impact rune.
Domination major tree Zombie Ward rune.
Domination major tree Ghost Poro rune.
Domination major tree Eyeball Collection rune.
Domination major tree Treasure Hunter rune.
Domination major tree Relentless Hunter rune.
Domination major tree Ultimate Hunter rune.
Precision
Precision minor tree Absorb Life rune.
Precision minor tree Triumph rune.
Precision minor tree Presence of Mind rune.
Precision minor tree Legend: Alacrity rune.
Precision minor tree Legend: Haste rune.
Precision minor tree Legend: Bloodline rune.
Precision minor tree Coup de Grace rune.
Precision minor tree Cut Down rune.
Precision minor tree Last Stand rune.
Passive
Passive tree Adaptive Force rune (+9 Adaptive Force).
Passive tree Attack Speed rune (+10% Attack Speed).
Passive tree Ability Haste rune (+8 Ability Haste).
Passive tree Adaptive Force rune (+9 Adaptive Force).
Passive tree Move Speed rune (+2 Movement Speed).
Passive tree Health Scaling rune (+10-180 Health (based on level)).
Passive tree Health rune (+65 Health).
Passive tree Tenacity And Slow Resist rune (+10 Tenacity and Slow Resist).
Passive tree Health Scaling rune (+10-180 Health (based on level)).

How it works

  1. You play as burst oriented Mage.
  2. You build AP items.
  3. You rush Stormsurge.
  4. This build is optimized for max damage with Hyper (W) in Mini Gnar form.

How to play

  1. Playing AP Gnar build, your default rush is Stormsurge.
  2. Adapt to an enemy team. Are they full of tanks, and they rush tons of Magic Resist? You rush Void Staff as #2 or #3 item to counter MR stacking. Their team has champs with lots of healing? Rush Oblivion Orb as #2 item (upgrade to Morellonomicon as 4th or 5th item).
  3. Somebody is going after you each fight? Always getting ulted by enemy assassins? Rush Zhonya's Hourglass.
  4. Good second rush is Nashor's Tooth and Lich Bane.
  5. Combo: wait for Hail of Blades + Mini Gnar = burst enemy (+ Stormsurge + Lich Bane + Nashor's Tooth).

Tips and Tricks

Riot
  1. Managing your Rage is very important. Try to time out your transformations so you can get maximum benefit from both forms.
  2. Position yourself next to walls to bait your enemies into getting stunned by your ultimate.
  3. Know your strengths! Mini Gnar is fast, squishy, and has high sustained damage. Mega Gnar is slow, tough, and has high burst.

Skill Order

  • Gnar [object Object] ability.
    Q
    Boomerang Throw / Boulder Toss
  • Gnar [object Object] ability.
    W
    Hyper / Wallop
  • Gnar [object Object] ability.
    E
    Hop / Crunch
  • Gnar [object Object] ability.
    R
    GNAR!

Items

Starting items
Hextech Alternator item.
Rush this
Stormsurge item.
Boots
Sorcerer's Shoes item.
Ionian Boots of Lucidity item.
Good items
Zhonya's Hourglass item.
Nashor's Tooth item.
Shadowflame item.
Lich Bane item.
Blackfire Torch item.
Horizon Focus item.
Rabadon's Deathcap item.
Stormsurge item.
Situational items
Morellonomicon item.
Banshee's Veil item.
Against high MR
Additional considerations for these items is advised!
Void Staff item.
Cryptbloom item.
Counter high HP
Liandry's Torment item.
Counter healing
Oblivion Orb item.
Morellonomicon item.
For the last fight
Additional considerations for these items is advised!
Elixir of Iron item.
Elixir of Sorcery item.
Seeker's Armguard item.
Example final build
Sorcerer's Shoes item.
Stormsurge item.
Nashor's Tooth item.
Lich Bane item.
Shadowflame item.
Rabadon's Deathcap item.