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Riven Build Guide by TheKaoticShift

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League of Legends Build Guide Author TheKaoticShift

How to build an awesome AD riven

TheKaoticShift Last updated on October 19, 2011
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Ability Sequence

1
7
10
14
15
Ability Key Q
2
4
5
9
12
Ability Key W
3
8
13
17
18
Ability Key E
6
11
16
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.



Masteries

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
3/
Brute Force
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
3/
Lethality
Improved Rally
 
 
 
 
 
 
1/
Havoc
 
 

Offense: 22

 
 
 
 
 
Strength of Spirit
Evasion
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Veteran's Scars
Willpower
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ardor
Reinforce
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tenacity
 
 

Defense: 0

 
 
 
 
 
4/
Awareness
Expanded Mind
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Quickness
Blink of an Eye
 
 
 
 
 
Intelligence
Mystical Vision
 
 
 
 
 
 
Presence of the Master
 
 

Utility: 8


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Introduction


Hi, this is my indepth guide to creating a awesome AD Riven :) I'm sorry if it is a little clumsy as it is my first time making a build. Hope everyone likes it.
Credits go to jhoijhoi for the great template which can be found here


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Pros / Cons

Pros

+ Very mobile
+ Good AE abilities
+ Abilities only rely on CD
+ Very strong late game
+ Shield ability allows for defense against nukes
+ Ultimate gives more bonus damage to all abilities


Cons

+ Easily killed early game
+ Very relient on items
+ Ki Burst stun is very short
+ AE damage from Ki Burst and Broken Wings is very limited
+ Passive is hard to master
+ Easily out positioned in a fight


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Masteries

Masteries
3/5
1/5
4/1
3/5
3/1
1/1
3/5
3/5
1/1
1/5
3/1
4/1

When choosing the master trees for Riven what I wanted to focus on was AD, armour penetration and CD reduction. This in mind I chose to go 22/0/8 and focused on Sorcery , Sunder and Havoc .


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Runes

Runes

Greater Mark of Attack Damage
9

Greater Glyph of Cooldown Reduction
9

Greater Quintessence of Lethality
3

Greater Seal of Armor
9


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Summoner Spells

Good spells

flash

Flash is easily the best spell in the game. When paired up with Valor, successful tower-dives can be accomplished by using Valor to get in and flash to get out. It can also be used to quickly escape from those tight ganks late game.

Ignite
Ignite is very useful as it can get those final few Hp points when an enemy champion tower hugs and you do no have enough health to tower dive.

Exhaust
Exhaust
Exhaust can be used in place of ignite so that instead of getting the last hits with ignite you are able to get more normal attacks in before the enemy dives to their tower

Heal
Heal is very useful if you are just getting started with Riven and her are not accustomed with her abilities and using Valor and Broken Wings to runaway.

Teleport
Teleport is good if you quickly want to backdoor a tower where your minions have advanced before the enemy champions get the chance to kill your minions. It can also be used to quickly heal yourself and buy items and get back to your lane.

Bad spells

Ghost
Valor and Broken Wings allow you to move faster which allows you to get away from enemies or catch that one champion that manages to get away with 20 Hp.

Revive
Why would you want to use Revive? if played well you should not die to many times with Riven and if you do die early game the respawn time is less than 10 seconds.

Smite
You should not be jungling, enough said.

Cleanse
Cleanse removes silences and blinds when used, riven had enough AD to kill almost anyone with just her normal attacks and the silences only last a few seconds therefor you will still be able to use that annoying stun on your opponent to get the edge.

Clarity
This is the WORST possible spell for Riven because she does not use mana.

Clairvoyance
This is mainly used by support champions such as Soraka, Taric and Sona. Use sight wards instead.

Fortify
Instead of using fortify, tell your team to make sure they call mia enemy champions so you know when the other team may be planning an ***ult on one lane. Also ask the other person you are laning with to cover the turret while you heal or get items.

Rally
Rally is another spell that is mainly used by support characters. Also with this AD build you will not need that extra AD to kill other champions.


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Skill Explanation

  • Runic blade:Every ability that is used causes her blade to gain a charge which adds bonus damage to her next normal attack. Her blade can charge up to three times. Mastering this passive is the key to mastering Riven
  • Broken wings:This is the first of Rivens AE abilities. Broken Wings can be cast up to three times. The first two casts causes riven to deal damage to targets infront of her and the third cast causes her to jump into the air and slam downwards causing enemies to be thrown a small distance back.
  • Ki burst:This is Rivens AE stun. It only lasts for 0.75 secs but is very useful when ganking an enemy or helping an ally escape. With this build it also does 500+ damage late game when Blade of the Exile is active.
  • Valor: Riven dashes forward and gains a shiled that protects her from a certain amount of damage. This is a very good ability when needing to escape from a fight or close the gap to an enemy champion to land the finishing blow.
  • Blade of the exile:This is Rivens ultimate, when used it gives her an added 20% AD which adds power to all her abilities and normal attacks. When used, it can be activated again to perfom a powerful finishing blow called Wind slash which damages all targets in its path doing damage based on the amount of health they are missing.


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Ablility sequence

Ability Sequence Order

Ability Sequence
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18


I like to max out Ki Burst early in the game because it does nice damage and stuns the opponent but manly because its CD reduces every level. Then Broken Wings because that is the main damage output for Riven when teamed up with her ultimate. Finally i max out Valor because in my view it is mainly used to creat space between you and enemy champions or close the gap to them.


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Item sequence

Items

  • The reason I have chosen these boots is because of the CD reduction which enables the summoner to cast Rivens powerful abilities more often.
  • This is a very good item for Riven because of the CD reduction that it gives and also the armour penetration. The movement speed that the active provides is also comes in handy when chasing or avoiding enemies.
  • The most important item of all because of the massive AD bonus it gives. It also provides a useful boost to critical hit chances.
  • Mainly used to last longer in fights and also replace health potions mid to late game. Gives a nice AD bonus also.
  • Another Infinity Edge to give Riven more power.
  • This was my late game choice to try and counter enemy champions such as Master Yi and Xin Zhao because of the high armour addition and that it returns 30% of the damage taken as magic damage.


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Results



Played solidly laning top with a support Taric whos heal came very handy at times. I was disappointed with the 13-3 game because the opposing team surrendered at 24 minutes.


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Results 2


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Results 3



Very disapointed because Jax who I was laning with kept on ksing with Leap Strike.


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Summary

All in all Riven is a very strong and devastating champion whos abilities when played well can cripple a whole enemy team allowing dominance across the field.
This has been my first ever build so if you liked it and it worked for you I ask that you upvote this build. If for any reason you find flaws in this build or it just did not work in a match and you find it necessary to downvote it, please leave a comment on what was wrong and I will promptly address those reasons.

Thank you for looking at my build and I hope everyone has the amount of success with it as I have :)

-TheKaoticShift