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Guardians are champions that are honored for their abilities in physical defense. These champions have naturally high armor, and the synergy allows the guardians to protect their allies from physical damage.

Strategy

Best layouts for Guardians, any layout can be mirrored or rotated and effectively work in a similar manner

  • A Guardian can give another guardian the armor, but a Guardian can not give itself the extra armor.
  • Each Guardian gives armor to any of the 6 adjacent hexes, meaning there are optimal positions to gain as much armor as possible. See image below.
  • Guardians want to huddle in a tight group in order to apply as many armor bonuses to allies as possible. This makes them a natural counter to Assassins Assassins.

Items

  • Guardians start with a high amount of armor, even without their synergy. Physical attacks don't do much to a guardian, so focus on protecting their innate weakness to magic damage by equipping items like Dragon's Claw Dragon's Claw, Hush Hush, Trap Claw Trap Claw or similar items.
  • Warmog's Armor Warmog's Armor can help all Guardians obtain a level of sustain and health to back their overwhelming defenses.
  • Guardians, have naturally high armor. Thornmail Thornmail on a Guardian makes it so that any basic attack that hits them deal more damage to the attacker than it does to them.
  • Items that are built from Sparring Gloves Sparring Gloves that provide Dodge icon.png dodge can multiply the difficulty of taking down a Guardian.
  • Phantom Dancer Phantom Dancer can ruin an Assassin's Assassin's dream to take down a Guardian by itself. Being able to dodge critical hits means enemies will always deal the lowest amount of damage to a guardian.
  • Guardians are great users of Frozen Heart Frozen Heart and Iceborn Gauntlet Iceborn Gauntlet, although this might be a bit of an overkill, with all the armor that already comes with the synergy. These items also help with Void Void, Vayne Vayne, and any other sources of true damage on basic attacks.

Counters

  • Area of effect special abilities from traits like Elementalist Elementalist and Sorcerer Sorcerer are the bane of Guardians. Guardians don't increase magic resistance and they force their allies to clump together, waiting to be assaulted with an area of effect special ability.
  • The Void Void synergy renders the Guardian synergy useless. This is also true for champions that deal true damage, like Vayne Vayne and Ahri Ahri.
  • Giant Slayer Giant Slayer is a good option to get around the heavy armor of Guardians.
  • If the allied team is reliant on basic attacks to deal damage, investing in Red Buff Red Buff is a good idea. If getting Red Buff is an impossibility, adding Pantheon Pantheon, or to a lesser extent Katarina Katarina, to the team is a decent replacement.

Trivia

  • All Guardians wield a shield.

Patch History

V9.22 - Disabled
  • Disabled due to Set 2.
V9.21
  • Bonus armor reduced to 40 from 45.
V9.20
  • Bonus armor increased to 45 from 35.
V9.17 - August 29th Hotfix
  • Bonus armor reduced to 35 from 50.
V9.17
V9.15
  • Bonus armor increased to 50 from 40.
  • New Effect: Guardians do not buff themselves.
V9.14b
  • Bug Fix: Trait no longer fades when a Guardian dies.
V9.14
  • New Effect: Armor buff can stack any number of times, rather than 2 times.
V9.13 - Added
  • Synergy: Beginning combat with 2 Guardians will grant 40 armor to all other units that start adjacent to a Guardian for the rest of the combat. This effect can stack 2 times.
  • Champions: Braum Braum, Leona Leona.
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