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I go Philosopher's Stone>Wriggle's Lantern>Mercury's Treads>Spirit Visage>Frozen Heart>Thornmail.

Sometimes I get Ionian Boots of Lucidity. That gives me a ton of sustain and cooldown reduction to spam Gangplank's ult.

The other way I see tank-plank built is Warmog's Armor + Atma's Impaler.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of each build?

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    Side note, waiting so long to get boots will make surviving in top lane near impossible and effectively ganking as jungle a real pain. May 1, 2012 at 16:19
  • I'm assuming the build isn't purchased in that exact order. It's definitely good to get lvl 1 boots and a vamp scepter early.
    – Ryre
    May 1, 2012 at 18:37
  • Toast, you are correct.
    – eric f
    May 1, 2012 at 18:53

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Let's look at each item, and how it affects Gangplank:

  • Philosopher's Stone - this is a strong item on many champions. It gives him the mana regen he needs to use Parrrley, HP regen, and GP/5.

  • Wriggle's Lantern - provides armor, AD, life steal, a unique passive and a free ward. This is another strong pick, especially if jungling Gangplank.

  • Mercury Treads - these boots are considered the default tank boots, due to MR and tenacity.

  • Spirit Visage - provides health, magic resist, CDR, and a boost to healing. I don't recommend this item because it doesn't synergize well with any of his abilities.

  • Frozen Heart - provides armor, mana, CDR, and an aura debuff. This item is best vs an auto-attack heavy team, otherwise I would skip it.

  • Thornmail - provides armor, and deals magic damage when auto-attacked. I don't recommend this item on Gangplank, because a clever opponent will stop focusing Gangplank when they see you've purchased it. Since your goal is to be a tank, this is counter-productive.

  • Warmogs Armor - provides the most health in any item, and good health regen. Helpful for staying alive.

  • Atma's Impaler - provides 15 AD for every 1k HP, armor, and crit chance. A solid pick if you have extra health from runes/items.

The first build you've listed is very defensive. You end with 229 armor and 55 MR. This build would be most effective against a team that relies on auto-attacks (Master Yi, Ashe, etc). It's going to be weaker vs a team doing primarily magic damage. Warmog's and Atma's provides more health (good if you have armor/MR), and some damage, which helps


If you're jungling Gangplank, it's common to rush a Wriggle's first. If you're top lane, you're going to focus on spamming Parrrley instead, so I'd recommend rushing a Philosopher's stone. Sheen is a common pick, because Parrrley trigger's Sheen's bonus damage. It also builds into a Triforce, an item that boosts all of Gangplank's abilities.


Every game is different, and you have to build vs your enemy team. Of all the items listed, Mercury Treads and a Philosopher's stone are always viable. Wriggle's is very common to see on him, and most of the time will be a good pick. From there, build a sheen if you're using Parrrley a lot, or health, armor, and/or magic resist depending on what's doing the most damage to you.


tl;dr: Mercury Treads, Philosopher's Stone, and Wriggle's Lantern are almost always good picks. Everything else is situational.

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  • Awesome answer. I'd +2 if i could.
    – Julian G.
    May 1, 2012 at 16:05
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First your build has no damage.

I would go fratma's (Frozen Mallet + Atma's Impaler) or atmogs (Atma's Impaler + Warmog's Armor) with any GP build I'm rolling as a bruiser.

Also, Thornmail is conditional.

  • If the other team is focusing you with heavy attack damage.
  • if they have a lot of life-steal (>30%).
  • But if they have a lot of magic resistance, you probably shouldn't get it.
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