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Riven Build Guide by Aren

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League of Legends Build Guide Author Aren

~Pain Comes On A Giant Sword~ {:!Guide to Solo Top Riven!:}

Aren Last updated on May 16, 2012
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Ability Sequence

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Ability Key Q
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Ability Key W
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Ability Key E
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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

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sunder
Archmage
 
 
 
 
 
 
Executioner
 
 

Offense: 9

 
 
 
 
 
4/
Durability
Vigor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Honor Guard
Mercenary
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Juggernaut
 
 

Defense: 21

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Strength of Spirit
Intelligence
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mastermind
 

Utility: 0


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~INTRODUCTION~

Hello Moba Readers! I'm Aren and this is my First ever MobaFire guide! And I am here to introduce to you the Princess of Solo Top, Riven! (In my opinion! ;-D) Riven is one of the best Solo Top Laners in the entire League of Legends Game despite the fact she does not have any sustain without items such as The Bloodthirster or Wriggle's Lantern.
Having A numerous amount of experience with Riven, I have come out with a Guide to help first time Rivens or if you were AFK during Champ Select and Randomly Selected her! XD

(The items in this guide that I suggest will not ALWAYS be the items you want to get... Like most League of Legends players, you must buy items concerning the current state of your game.)
NOW LET'S GET THE PARTY STARTED!


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~MAGNIFICENT PROS & MALEVOLENT CONS~


MAGNIFICENT PROS:

  • MOBILITY MOBILITY MOBILITY and MORE MOBILITY with Valor and Broken Wings combo!
  • AWESOMELY AWESOME HARASS with Ki Burst and Broken Wings!
  • Great Early Game Strength that Scales Tremendously in Late Game and with Full Items!
  • Passive Runic Blade Makes Riven 10 TIMES stronger if you utilize her Combo/Combos Correctly! >8D
  • Riven's Ultimate Blade of the Exile makes her attack range LONGER, makes her attacks STRONGER, and can finish Enemies off in a wink!
  • NO MANA!!! >8D

MALEVOLENT CONS:
  • Riven has No Early Game SUSTAIN, leaving her a tiny bit weaker in early 1v1 battles.
  • Heavily Depends on Cooldowns.
  • Countered by Crowd Controls such as Stuns, Snares, or Suppresses like Ryze Rune Prison or Galio Idol of Durand.


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~DANGEROUS MASTERIES~

PURE AND SIMPLE:

THE OFFENSIVE MASTERY TREE
  • I take Summoner's Wrath to Cripple my enemy much harder, making getting kills a breeze!
  • I Also take 3 Points in Brute Force to slightly increase Riven's early game damage and to make Farming a tiny bit Easier.
  • Next, I take 4 Points in Alacrity to increase Riven's rather slow-ish attack speed and to Also make Farming a bit easier.
  • Finally, I get Weapon Expertise to help Riven's insane damage rip through the Enemy's armor! ;)
DEFENSIVE MASTERY TREE
  • To start with I get 3 POINTS in Hardiness and 2 POINTS in Resistance so "Maximize" early game damage absorbing protection!
  • Then get 4 POINTS in Durability 1 POINT in Veteran's Scars and 2 POINTS in Indomitable to make Riven more resilient to incoming damage!
  • Next, I get 3 POINTS in both Initiator and Honor Guard because as the Melee DPS of the team, Riven will have to be able to initiate into team fights quickly and potently to Possibly take the enemy team by surprise and get YOUR team an ACE!
  • Enlightenment MIGHT be the MOST important Mastery to Riven yet, because Riven strongly depends on cooldowns to deal MASSIVE damage!
  • Finally, I finish of the Mastery Page with Juggernaut . Juggernaut is practically ARMOR and 10% Tenacity in aNUTSHELL!!


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~FLAMBOYANT RUNES~

RUNES FOR RIVEN:

The Runes I go by when I use Riven are:
(Repeat: I Said These Are the Runes I Use. You Can Build Your Rune Page To Your Liking!)
With My Riven Rune Page, I go NINE greater mark of desolation to force opponents out of lane by ripping their Health Bars away! Next, I have NINE Greater Seal of Armor to combat other Attack Damage DPS Solo Tops I face. Then, I grab NINE Greater Glyph of Magic Resist to proctect myself from Ganks coming from the enemy teams AP Mid and to just stay more Resilient throughout the entire Laning Phase. Finally, I grab THREE Greater Quintessence of Attack Damage to enhance Riven's HUMONGOUS bully/harass potential.
(THIS RUNE PAGE DESCRIBES RIVEN MORE AS A BULLY/DISRUPTOR AND TEAM FIGHTS AND ALLOWS YOU TO DISTRACT THE ENEMY TEAM WHILE ALLOWING YOUR TEAMMATES TO GET IN SOME FREE DAMAGE. OF COURSE THERE ARE OTHER WAYS TO BUILD RIVEN AND I WILL BE SHOWING DIFFERENT ITEM BUILDS LATER IN THE GUIDE)


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~VIABLE AND NON-VIABLE SUMMONER SPELLS~

MOST VIABLE SUMMONER SPELLS FOR RIVEN:
  • -Exhaust has many uses for Riven in Solo Top. As Riven, Exhaust Can help you secure kills from escaping targets, Allow you to safely escape ganking enemies with HUGE gap closers such as Fizz with playful/trickster, Ahri with her Spirit Rush, or Rumble with his scrap sheild!
  • - Teleport is very commonly used for Solo Tops. Teleport can help you get back into lane quicker, protect turrets by hastily Teleporting to them, or even surprise your opponent in Solo Top by placing Wards in VERY sneaky places! ;-D
  • -Flash is OK on Riven because she literally has FOUR "Flashes" already built into her with Valor and Broken Wings. The only time you should need flash is if you ABSOLUTELY POSITIVELY KNOW that the other team has KILLER GAP CLOSERS!
DECENT SUMMONER SPELLS ON RIVEN
  • -Smite is only if you are going to JUNGLE with Riven!
  • -Truthfully i have never tried Ignite in Solo Top using Riven because I believe that it's better to play more cautious in Solo Top lane because of unsuspecting ganks from the enemy jungler or AP Mid,(IF THERE ARE NO WARDS PLANTED) but if YOU feel comfortable with your ability, GO AHEAD! :)
  • -Ghost on Riven in my OPINION, is useless because her Mobility allows her to escape extremely well, but then again, It's player preference.
  • -Cleanse is to only be used if ALL YOU SEE ON THE ENEMY TEAM IS CROWD CONTROL, CROWD CONTROL, CROWD CONTROL, CROWD CONTROL!
NEVER EVER GET THESE SUMMONER SPELLS ON RIVEN:
  • -RIVEN HAS NO MANA!
  • - Revive is COMPLETELY USELESS on Riven!
  • -HAHAHAHAHAHA! You're kidding right?
  • - Surge is POOPIE compared to other Summoner Spells...
  • - Heal is only needed if you are STRICTLY A BEGINNING RIVEN WHO DOESNT KNOW HOW TO SUSTAIN THEMSELF.


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~SKILL SEQUENCE AND EXPLANATION~

RIVEN'S SKILL SEQUENCES:
SKILL SEQUENCE ONE:
I use this Skill Sequence the Most becuase I prefer to Play Solo Top a bit safer and to Safely Harass my Opponent and be able to safely get back out without taking damage. And This ALSO allows me to play kind of a "Tanky" role in Early Game to Mid Game team fights even without Full Items.
SKILL SEQUENCE TWO
I use this Skill Sequence ONLY IF I KNOW THAT I WILL DO GOOD AND GET AHEAD OF MY OPPONENT! You can usually determine this by having a successful incade in which you obtained FIRST BLOOD and got some kills yourself as Riven!
RIVEN'S SKILL EXPLANTIONS:

PASSIVE- Runic Blade
-Riven's abilities charge her blade, causing her to do 5 / 7 / 9 / 11 / 13 / 15 (+0.5 per bonus attack damage) bonus physical damage on her next autoattack. Riven can store up to 3 charges, and will only expend one at a time.

Q ABILITY- Broken Wings
-Riven steps forward and lashes out in a series of powerful sword slashes that will damage all enemies nearby. This ability can be activated a second time within 4 seconds, and a third time within 4 seconds of that. On the third activation she will also knock nearby enemies back and have a larger radius of damage. All three strikes will deal the same amount of damage.

W ABILITY- Ki Burst
-Riven deals physical damage and stuns nearby enemies for 0.75 seconds.

E ABILITY- Valor
-Riven dashes towards the cursor and gains a shield for up to 2.5 seconds.

R ABILITY:THE ULTIMATE- Blade of the Exile
-Riven's sword reforms, gaining 20% bonus attack damage, extended range on her damaging abilities and autoattacks for 15 seconds. She is also granted the ability to use Wind Slash once for the duration.
Wind Slash- The Second Part of Riven's Ultimate, Riven can activate the ability to emit a shockwave in a long cone in front of her that deals physical damage to all units hit based on their missing health.


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~CRAZY CORE ITEMS~

CORE BUILD NUMBER ONE:
This Core Build makes Riven EXTREMELY Tanky and yet give her enough damage to live up to her "Bruiser" reputation in Battle, while keeping herself alive from the Sustain from The Bloodthirster. Not to mention the fact that this build gives Riven 25% COOLDOWN REDUCTION!(REMEMBER THAT COOLDOWNS ARE IMPORTANT TO RIVEN. WITHOUT THEM SHE IS SIGNIFICANTLY WEAKER) Now you must be asking,"Why are you using Ionian Boots of Lucidity instead of Mercury's Treads?" The answer is I use mostly use this build when I COMEPLETELY KNOW that my Opponent in Solo Top does not have efficient Crowd Control to mess up the natural rythm of Riven's Combos. ~If You Notice This Yourself, You Will Be Able to Dish Out Consistent Damage with significantly lower Cooldowns!~
CORE BUILD NUMBER TWO
The Second Core Build that I Use For Riven is What I Call the "Undying Riven Build..." XD Call Me A Bit Dramatic But quite frankly, my words speak true. This build is focused on building more of a Carry/Offtank Riven, that Is still quite unstoppable even without all the health from Build One. The Mercury's Treads almost make it IMPOSSIBLE for Enemies to Nail You Down with Crowd Control unless they pour all of it on top of YOU... In that case Guardian Angel REVIVES you and SURPRISE! RIVEN IS BACK TO SLAY ANOTHER DAY! MWAHAHA!
(THESE ARE THE TWO MAIN BUILDS I USE AND RECOMMEND, BUT AS I SAID YOU SHOULD NOT STRICTLY FOLLOW MY CORE BUILDS STRICTLY! ADAPT YOUR ITEM BUILD TO FIT THE CURRENT SITUATION OF THE MATCH YOU'RE PLAYING IN!)


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~SUMMARY~

THANK YOU FOR READING MY GUIDE:
-Thank You for reading my Riven Guide to being a successful Solo Top Laner and A Force To Be Reckoned With! Hopefully this guide has given you a Clear idea on how to play Riven and how to Build her to make sure you achieve Riven GREATNESS! ;)[/center]
If You Feel Like Sharing Some Love, I'd love a +REP or maybe even a +1 Vote on my First Ever MobaFire Guide! Any type of Encouragement will surely make me want to continue making Guides And I Am Always Open to Constructive Criticism!
I Hope Your Future Riven Games go Extremely Well! And again Thank You!

-Aren