Riven Build Guide by CGH1992
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Riven, The Exile.
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.
Broken Wings - Riven lashes out in a series of strikes. This ability can be reactivated three times in a short time frame with the third hit knocking back nearby enemies.
Riven strikes out in front of her in a short line. This ability may be reactivated 2 additional times.
1st Use: Slashes forward, dealing 30/50/70/90/110 (+ ) physical damage to all units she comes in contact with.
2nd Use: Slashes forward, dealing 30/50/70/90/110 (+ ) physical damage to all units she comes in contact with.
3rd Use: Leaps into the air and slams the ground dealing 30/50/70/90/110 (+ ) physical damage and knocking nearby enemies away from the point of impact.
Riven will target the unit your cursor is hovering over, or if no targets are present, Riven will simply strike the direction she is currently facing.
Ki Burst - Riven emits a Ki burst, damaging and stunning nearby enemies.
Riven's sword emits a burst of runic energy that shocks nearby enemies, dealing 50/90/130/170/210 (+ ) physical damage and stunning them for 0.75 seconds.
Valor - Riven steps forward a short distance and blocks incoming damage.
Riven does a quick dash in the direction of your cursor and becomes shielded, blocking up to 60/90/120/150/180 (+ ) incoming damage for 2.5 seconds.
Blade of the Exile - Riven empowers her keepsake weapon with energy and gains attack damage and range. Additionally, during this time, she gains the ability to use Wind Slash once, a powerful ranged attack.
Riven's weapon surges with spiritual energy for 15 seconds, granting her 20% extra Attack Damage (+ ), increased range on her damaging spells and attacks, and the ability to use Wind Slash once.
Wind Slash: Riven fires a shockwave that deals from 80/120/160 (+ ) to 240/360/480 (+ ) physical damage to all enemies hit, increasing based on how much health they are missing.
Runic Blade - Riven's abilities charge her blade, causing her basic attacks to deal bonus physical damage. Riven's blade may be charged up to three times and expends one charge per attack.
Riven's Broken Wings locks onto the champion your cursor is over at the time of cast. If you want to move past your opponent, make sure that your cursor is past your opponent as well.
Riven lacks a source of healing or strong defense and must compensate with burst combos. Lead into fights with Broken Wings and Ki Burst, while using Valor to escape and absorb counter-harass.
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 - on a quest to seek atonement and a way to save the pure Noxian vision in which she believed.
''There is a place between war and murder / in which our demons lurk.''
"What is broken can be reforged!"
"Violence to end the violence."
"To serve the greater good."
"A necessary strike."
"It must come to pass."
"For those who were lost."
"So much death."
"They've crossed the line."
"Burdens of the past."
"Choose your own path."
"A sword mirrors its owner."
"What conflict awaits?"
"So long I've wandered... "
"Learn from your mistakes."
"My hands are stained."
"My spirit is not lost."
"How should I proceed?"
Upon using Blade of the Exile
"I am awakened."
"There is no other way."
"They cannot go unpunished!"
"The time for talk is over."
"I know my purpose."
"A moment of clarity."
"No more hesitation."
"Leave doubt behind."
"No looking back."
"Sacrifices must be made"
"A broken blade is more than enough for the likes of you!"
Taunt when using Blade of the Exile
"You are beyond redemption!"
(Sighs) "I knew I should have sprung for the blade warranty."
Joke when using Blade of the Exile
"This is why I spend so much time sheath shopping."