Grux Build

Grux Build

This is a community-driven one-for-all Grux build guide. You are welcome to update it if you see any aspect of his gameplay is missed. All updates are moderated.

Last updated on May-29: Finally reworked build #1. More to come.

Table of Contents

  1. TL;DR
  2. Overview
    1. Strengths
    2. Weaknesses
  3. Abilities Analysis
  4. Deck Considerations
  5. Deck Build #1 (Boodsoaked Tank)
  6. Build #2 (Damage and One Armor)
  7. Build #3 (Optimal DPS and Sustain)
  8. Gameplay
    1. Early Game
    2. Mid Game
    3. Late Game
    4. Tips and Tricks
  9. Heroes Synergy

TL;DR on Grux

Grux is a melee Figther who uses his abilities to tear through his opponents. His versatility allows him to lock down enemies and terrorize the battlefield.

Focus on buying cards that increase your Power and your Health.

Grux excells at initiating fights and isolating targets.

To take the fight to the enemy, use Charge to charge in and close the gap.

Once in melee range a well timed Double Pain will cause a wide area of damage and make enemies bleed.

As enemies try to retreat, use Smash & Grab to pull them back and keep them from escaping.

Grux's Ultimate, Warlord’s Challenge, features damage and speed buffs along with a powerful stun that interrupts most enemy abilities. A strong ganker, combo his ultimate with Charge or Smash & Grab to devastate an enemy team.

Lore of Grux

Coming soon.

Grux Overview

Grux's Strengths

  1. Effective jungler
  2. Quick lane cleaning
  3. Enemy escape prevention
  4. Enemy isolation

Grux's Weaknesses

  1. Squishy in early game
  2. High skill cap

Grux's Abilities Analysis

- Chop (Basic Attack)

Grux swings his hammer blades in a chopping melee attack. This attack may be altered to apply Bleed when Warlord’s Challenge is active.

    - Double Pain (Alternate Ability)

    Melee cleave attack dealing Ability Damage and applying Bleed to all enemies. Bleed drains 1% of target's over 5 seconds.

      - Smash & Grab (Primary Ability)

      Wedge-shaped AOE that pulls all enemy units to Grux and deals Ability Damage. Enemies will be stunned for the duration of the pull.

        Main Grux's CC ability. Note that it has some channeling time preceded by a roar sound so that it can be kited. Very effective for the following:

        • Cleaning up minion waves since it smashes an entire squad of lane minions into one place so that it's easier to clean them up with Double Pain and Chop due to their AOE part
        • Pulling in enemies into an allied tower's range.
        • Preventing an enemy from escape
        • Interrupting channeling abilities (e.g. G.T.F.O or Black Hole)

        Note that Smash & Grab does not pull in Jungle minions, so you won't be able to let's say steal a buff with this ability.

        Jumping out of Smash & Grab range never works. If you are playing against Grux and trying to jump out of his Smash & Grab "cone" then you will be pulled in if:

        • you were still in the air when channeling ended even if you are not above that cone
        • your last step was inside the cone.

        Smash & Grab can work even over a cliff and will pull you an enemy from a side lane right into the Jungle.

        Keep in mind though that it can pull your enemies both up and down. Like this:

        Another interesting thing about Smash & Grab is that it can pull an enemy out of an allied Dekker's Containment Fence. Normally this it not something you either want or expect so... be warned. See how it actually looks like:

        - Charge (Secondary Ability)

        Grux charges forward 1200 units dealing Ability Damage to all enemies in his path.

          This ability has a slight charging time when Grux is standing still and can be interrupted. Charge is very similar to Crunch'es Forward Crunch, Feng Mao's Reaping Dash, or Shinbi's Rushing Beat. So if you are already familiar with those heroes the mindset of using Charge with Grux is pretty much similar.

          Grux can Charge for diving in to his target following up with his Ultimate and Double Pain. Or alternatively you can get pull back from a fight if you find yourself in a bad spot. BTW if Grux gets a Slow then Charge is a good option to mitigate that since the ability ignores any speed debuffs. I.e. if you are being chased by The Fey and she uses Bramble Patch then Charge will dash that same distance and with that same speed as if no Slow was applied.

          - Warlord’s Challenge (Ultimate Ability)

          Grux clangs his hammers together with such force that it briefly stuns all nearby enemies. While the hammers are ringing Grux's Chops have increased damage and apply Bleed.

            Another ability that applies Bleed along with Double Pain. This is the main tool to make your enemies melt down. When using this ability make sure you will be able to stick you your target otherwise it is gong to be wasted.

            Grux's Deck Considerations

            Playing Grux you need to balance Damage and Sustain. Grux needs damage to be dangerous enough for enemy carries and he needs to have enough sustain to fight some considerable amount of time.

            Sustain is normally built from Armor, HP and Lifesteal that allows Grux fight longer if dealing damage but makes him weaker when he's not able to stick to his target.

            Early game Grux may use special junglers' cards that increase damage to camp minions.

            Core Cards for Grux

            Cup of the Vampire
            Since Grux applies bleed with his
            Double Pain 20% of additional Lifesteal is what he needs for sustain in a close combat.

            Tainted Magick
            With Warlord’s Challenge enabled activate this card to deal even more damage to your enemies.

            Grux Deck Build #1 (Boodsoaked Tank)

            This is a utility deck build for Grux with a focus on sustain and resistance to incoming Crowd Control. 


            Grux Bloodsoaked deck stats

            Cards Used

            Stalker's Siphon Guardian's Ward Vampiric Elixir Eldermage Amulet Bloodsoaked Armor Tuned Barrier Tempered Plate Stab Link

            Explore this Deck

            Grux Build #2 (Damage and One Armor)

            This build focuses on pure damage. Due to small Penetration this build is more suited for focusing non-armored enemies and minions. Armor here is one-sided (against one type of damage) so you should decide what is the type of damage you are suffering the most from.


            Starter Hand

            Health Potion Flashfire Piston

            Early Pick

            Flashfire PistonStrike Strike Minor Strike

            Mana Potion

            Windcarver BladeStrike Strike Strike

            Mid Game

            Tuned BarrierGreater Barrier Barrier Greater Barrier

            Windcarver Blade < Major Strike Major Strike Strike

            sell Health Potion

            Assassin's WardGreater Drain Greater Drain

            Rust-BreakerMajor Strike Major Strike Major Strike

            Final hand

            Flashfire PistonStrike Strike Minor Strike

            Windcarver BladeStrike Strike Strike

            Tuned BarrierGreater Barrier Greater Barrier Greater Barrier

            Windcarver Blade < Major Strike Major Strike Strike

            Assassin's WardGreater Drain Greater Drain

            Rust-BreakerMajor Strike Major Strike Major Strike


            • 280.3 Damage
            • 32 Pen
            • 28% Lifesteal
            • +100 HP
            • 39 Attack speed
            • 264 of armor of one type

            Grux Build #3 (Optimal DPS and Sustain)

            This build focuses on optimal DPS by balanced values of Damage and attack speed. Assuming you are not missing your basic attacks). Additional HP and lifesteal should help in mitigating damage as well as quite significant protection from one type of damage (in this example it is Energy Damage).

            Windcarver BladeMajor Kinetic Major Kinetic Major Strike

            Assassin's WardMinor Strike Minor Strike Minor Strike

            Tuned BarrierMinor Barrier Barrier Greater Barrier

            Amulet of the VeteranMajor Strike Greater Health Greater Health

            ThirstfangStrike Major Strike Greater Drain

            Windcarver BladeMinor Strike Major Strike Kinetic


            • 166.7 Damage
            • 97.5 Attack speed
            • +1000 HP
            • 32% Lifesteal
            • 16 Pen
            • 198 of armor of one type

            Gameplay with Grux

            Early Game

            Grux is very effective in cleaning jungle camps so most often you will want to start in the Jungle with Beastmaster's Key or Stalker's Key. Early ganks is also where Grux excels even alone. When possible run to an overextended enemy from the back and deal damage. Prevent him from escape with your Smash & Grab.

            Mid Game

            Keep cleaning the Jungle and optionally lanes that overextend to your part of the map (if no allies does that). In team-fights your main goal is being in the face of enemies team dealing damage to carries. In the perfect case you land your Smash & Grab and isolate one enemy Hero for an instant kill.

            If possible save your Charge while engaging your enemies. If you can successfully get to your opponent without using it then you will have something to quickly close the gap if your target tries to escape.

            Late Game

            Late in the game you most probably have Lifesteal and will be able to survive more damage while keeping damaging your opponents. All the above comments from the Mid Game section are relevant here.

            Tips and Tricks with Grux

            • Approach your enemy without using Charge. You will need that in case of retreat or to keep sticking to your target.
            • Use Smash & Grab from a hidden place. E.g. from the Jungle.
            • After a successful Smash & Grab do body-blocking to prevent your target from running away.
            • Charge ignores any Slow effects.

            Heroes Synergy

            Grux and Dekker

            You have got Caged

            Any melee Hero can benefit from Dekker's Containment Fence. Grux is not an exception here. When an enemy ranger has no way to escape you know what to do (and you might not even need to activate your ult).

            Grux and Steel

            Slam and Grab

            As you know Smash & Grab can be possibly kited. But when preceded by Steel's Shield Slam your enemies have no chance. They just stay steel helpless and taking damage from your carries.

            Crunch Updates

            v38.3 (Mar-13 2017)

            Double Pain

            • Card Scaling reduced to 0.6 from 0.7

            Smash & Grab

            • Card Scaling reduced to 0.3 from 0.4
            Sitanoni's picture

            Tainted Magic won't even show when I'm making a deck for Grux, but will show when I'm making it for Gideon.

            So I basically can't use the card on Grux because it doesn't want to show up as an option even though I have the card.

            George's picture

            @Sitanoni (not verified), talking about an agora's deck builder?

            Mikee's picture

            Update the guide - The poison from Tainted Magic just reduces healing, which is pretty sparse to begin with, not add extra damage.

            George's picture

            @Mikee, please provide a source of this information. According to my knowledge each poison stack deals 1 damage per 1 damage card point you have.

            Sitanoni's picture

            @George in game, when I try to make a build in the deck builder, the cards won't show up as an option even though I own it.

            When making a deck for Gideon on the other hand it shows up.

            George's picture

            @Sitanoni, Looks like a bug. Have you tried contacting Player Support?

            Vanagan's picture

            @Sitanoni, do you have the filters in the bottom of the deck builder ticked? It may be a card that is not in-game recommended for grux, so it might be filtered out. Image for reference:

            Dasilodavi's picture

            Maybe it was changed, but the smash and grab works on enemies on lower ground, in fact better than those above.  I have not successfully pulled someone down but I've pulled lots of enemies up.

            George's picture

            @Dasilodavi, agree.

            Skarlet-Rose's picture

            @Sitanoni-i have the same issue but with Iggy & scorch. Tainted magick was  an essential paart of my deck, but now it says it is only available for Grim exe, and can no longer use it for Iggy. :/ My guess is that the poison stack on hit with ability was too op, seeing iggy's turrets would quickly stack poison 10 times. However i still see other Iggy's use it so this has become a frustrating glitch :(

            GIJO's picture

            Try cards like merciless, bloodsoaked armour, victory touch, baneflesh, seek and destroy and other cards, active or passive, that inflict further damage to an opponent even if you die.

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