Unlike the Warwick Rework, we didn’t receive an awesome cinematic trailer this time around. Instead, we get to marvel at the new and improved stone guardian, who looks to be the biggest rework in the game’s history.
Galio’s entire kit has been changed alongside his character model, visual effects, animations, voice-overs and splash art. The same goes for all of his skins. He’s scarcely recognizable as the old gloomy champion we used to know in League of Legends.
In addition, the stone-cold warden’s lore has been overhauled as well. Galio stands motionless outside the city-gates of Demacia, until the presence of powerful magic brings him back to life. Once the danger is thwarted, Galio returns to his dormant state.
Passive: Colossal Smash
Galio’s next basic attack deals bonus magic damage in an area, scaling with his bonus attack damage and magic resist. Colossal Smash’s cooldown is reduced whenever Galio’s spells hit a unique champion (once per spell).
Q: Winds of War
Galio fires two gusts of wind that deal magic damage. Where the windblasts converge, a vortex that deals additional damage is formed, including bonus damage based on the target’s maximum health.
W: Shield of Durand (Passive)
If Galio avoids taking damage for a moderate period, he gains a shield that absorbs magic damage.
(Hold) Holding down the W key causes Galio to enter a defensive stance, gaining damage reduction but moving significantly slower. This channel can’t be interrupted even if Galio gets hit with a crowd-control spell.
(Release) When W is released, Galio taunts nearby enemy champions. The taunt’s range and duration extend based on how long he remained in a defensive stance.
E: Justice Punch
Galio hops back to wind up for an epic haymaker. After a brief delay, he charges forward, dealing magic damage to enemies and knocking them up. Galio’s charge stops upon colliding with a champion or terrain.
R: Hero’s Entrance
Galio designates an ally’s current position as his landing spot, granting them Shield of Durand’s damage reduction for a few seconds. He then leaps high into the air, torpedoing to the place his targeted ally was when Galio activated Hero’s Entrance. When he lands, he deals magic damage to all enemies in the area and knocks them up. The knockup lasts longer for those in the center of the landing zone.
Galio’s rework will go live for the League of Legends community in the next patch. For now, those interested in getting hands on him sooner, should head to the Public Beta Environment (PBE).