Riven Build Guide by fooman52

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League of Legends Build Guide Author fooman52

Da Tanky Boss Riven

fooman52 Last updated on October 1, 2011
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Ability Sequence

Ability Key Q
Ability Key W
Ability Key E
Ability Key R

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The masteries shown here are not yet updated for the current season, the guide author needs to set up the new masteries. As such, they will be different than the masteries you see in-game.


Brute Force
Improved Rally

Offense: 0

Strength of Spirit
Veteran's Scars

Defense: 21

Expanded Mind
Blink of an Eye
Mystical Vision
Presence of the Master

Utility: 8

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Introduction (her story)? LORE(OOOOH) XD

In Noxus, any citizen may rise to power regardless of race, gender, or social standing – strength is all that matters. It was with committed faith in this ideal that Riven strove to greatness. She showed early potential as a soldier, forcing herself to master the weight of a long sword when she was barely its height. She was ruthless and efficient as a warrior, but her true strength lay in her conviction. She entered battles without any trace of doubt in her mind: no ethical pause, no fear of death. Riven became a leader amongst her peers, poster child of the Noxian spirit. So exceptional was her passion that the High Command recognized her with a black stone rune sword forged and enchanted with Noxian sorcery. The weapon was heavier than a kite shield and nearly as broad – perfectly suited to her tastes. Soon after, she was deployed to Ionia as part of the Noxian invasion.

What began as war quickly became extermination. Noxian soldiers followed the terrifying Zaunite war machines across fields of death. It wasn’t the glorious combat for which Riven trained. She carried out the orders of her superiors, terminating the remnants of a beaten and fractured enemy with extreme prejudice. As the invasion continued, it became clear that the Ionian society would not be reformed, merely eliminated. During one bitter engagement, Riven’s unit became surrounded by Ionian forces. They called for support as the enemy closed in around them. What they received instead was a barrage of biochemical terror launched by Singed. Riven watched as around her Ionian and Noxian alike fell victim to an unspeakably gruesome fate. She managed to escape the bombardment, though she could not erase the memory. Counted dead by Noxus, she saw an opportunity to start anew. She shattered her sword – severing ties with the past – and wandered in self-imposed exile. Now she seeks atonement and her own way to serve the pure Noxian vision in which she believed.

“There is a place between war and murder / in which our demons lurk.”
- Excerpted from the poem, “Scarlet Shon-Xan”

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So the use of this guide does not guarantee
oh yeah 100% viable gonna win
the use of this guide is after many experiments i have decided that she is badass like this and its up to u to like it or not.
This built depends on how u play her
i like to jump in alot so i built her tanky yet with decent damage.
has nice 266 o.O
but the guide doesnt add int he passive of the atma impaler which gives approx plus seventy DAMAGE. at level 18. so yeah thats like plus anither 70 damage which is quite decent. and blood thirster. passive

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so this champion has a pretty now play style that right has released.
She uses the mobility idea with all her mini dashes. The idea is that she can close gaps with champions quickly which she sometime can do although her range for her Valor dash could be increased. Also she (in my opinion she has an anime look so this is for those anime lovers and she has a sexy booty skin) like her butt totally stick out its kinda funny
love the riot dude who made it. Also she is like pure attack damage like one hit would do like 300 damage. She is a kinda quishy character but if played correctly and with this guide, we can solve that problem.

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Pro/ Cons

tanky with this build
has damage and does it pretty well with her ult
can last hit champs with her ult
can save team mates
awesome harass if played correctly
pretty good damage like end game 400 damage with auto attack passive.
kinda hard to use at first
takes a while to learn
doesnt do insane damage

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BROKEN WINGS: i tend to max out the broken wings which i love for harass
its pretty awesome especially at level three
broken wings numba one

KI STRIKE: this does good damage but over all doesnt do as much as the "Q"
in early levels i just use it for the stun which they say "OH EM GEE ONLY .5 seconds"
BUT for riven that is pretty long for u to do you combo its good enough

VALOR: good for shield escape. Riot could increase the frickin dash range though cuz it is a bit pitiful. In the early levels this skill is good for the hit and run combo thing
that i will teach u later int his guide. :D

RUNIC BLADE (PASSIVE): ok so this passive scales with amount of damage
after getting atmas you get like a bunch of damage so yeah.
this will give like plus 100 damage at that time and you get to do this like max three stacks.
i ll talk more about this in the end. it is pretty awesome.

BLAD OF THE EXILE/WIND SLASH (ULTI): this skill is good for going into team fights and pump up your attack stats. And reactivate again to like finish peopele off a ranged attack.
the Wind slash dpends on enemy health so its like a ranged Garen Ulti.

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How to play her ( at least i do it this way)

Well in the early levels i like totally kinda wait till level three.
first Spam all ur broken wings. They are like OMG dont spam that u noob.
well shut up and pay attention
u want to spam that quick so u get the knock back and then spam your "W"
they are stunned and u use your "E" to get away. The idea is that you hit them fast and get away before the can do anything.
that is for harrass right now
then when you get your ulti
u like just keep harassing and when they get to like half health
the you go in for kill.
Also when u get into higher level game play, You have more damage which greatly increases the bonus damage you get from runic blade(passive) you could take a chunk of an enemy champion's health especial champs like teemo.

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U see my runes
flat cool down for glyphs
flat health seals
flat damage marks
and one health quint
and two damage quints
These runes help early game durablity very very well.
so yeah save up for these tier 3 runes. remember that You could switch the damage marks to armor penetration marks also because that could increase your damage output but that up to you.

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The items here are like built for tankyness
so you do stay alive longer
I have already experimented and was like ok
No blood thirster or other massive damage items every one is screaming about
so this girl stays in combat longer and
with atma passive dang
man she rapes ****.
Also with the sheen/ trinity passive the burst it pretty decent for such a tanky build
you might get more assists than kills but you wont be doing pitiful damage that most tanks do.
Major items are like trinity , and atmas Plus force of nature I like that.
you dont have to get warmogs cuz its pretty expensive so yeah
but its recommended.Or you could go for sunfire or a forzen mallet
Also the shoes could be merc treads in stead if you would like.

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Runic Blade (passive ability)

Riven's passive is the art of war. After each of her abilties she gets a charged blade which does increased damage based on bonus attack damage. They say to use this in between each skill
especially broken wings but
riven's attack speed is just toooooo slow so i recommend spamming broken wings.
stun them hit them once. hit them again. chase with her "E" and hit them again
and of they almost dead and u have her ulti, windslash kill.
her passive does as i said in the beginning gives like plus 100 damage for charged hit on her next auto attack so it is not a small thing to over look.
Maybe u will find this helpful or not, but its good at ksing kills so people get mad at you
have fun !!! :D

Please leave any comments below i would be delighted to read them and hopefuly improve my guide. :D THX!!!

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The masteries seems to be a problem but honestly could go 21/0/9 or 0/21/9
its either you want the tankier way or the more damagin way
its all up to you
I know i but tanky masteries but u dont have to if u dont want to.