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Volibear Build Guide by Federals1

Top [14.4] Challenger Volibear Top Guide

Top [14.4] Challenger Volibear Top Guide

Updated on February 22, 2024
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Runes: GENERIC (1)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Resolve
Grasp of the Undying
Shield Bash
Second Wind
Revitalize

Precision
Legend: Tenacity
Triumph
Bonus:

+8 Ability Haste
+2% Movement Speed
+10-180 Bonus Health

Spells:

1 2 3 4
STANDARD
LoL Summoner Spell: Flash

Flash

LoL Summoner Spell: Ignite

Ignite

Items

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Champion Build Guide

[14.4] Challenger Volibear Top Guide

By Federals1
ABOUT ME/ FUTURE GUIDES

ABOUT ME


On League I go by Federals1, and since 2018 I have hit challenger with at least 900 lp every single season. My highest rank as of right now is rank 3 back in season 9, and peaked rank 3 again in season 13. I was also the number 1 Darius in the world at that point, and over the years have gotten top 10/5 on Volibear, Mundo, Sett, Garen, Malphite, Olaf, Aatrox and Mordekaiser. Most of the time I will play on my main account, so you can check out what I do there. Right now I'm not insanely focused on climbing but in the near future I will push for Challenger or at least get Grandmaster in a timely manner. I am also available on tapin. gg, so if you want to give it a shot you can use the link here to try it out and see if you like it: https://tapin.gg/r/Federals1


FUTURE GUIDES


I will be making more guides in the future, some already being in the works. My goal is to make a guide for every single champion I am extremely confident with, and ones I've been playing for a very long time where I have unique insights to share.
I've already begun working but I cannot give an exact date when they will be out. I will post them gradually as I finish them, so if you want to see when they are out for a new champion you can follow and be up to date. To make sure they are done quicker not all of them will them will have a matchup spreadsheet at the start, that alone takes me a week by itself, it's massive.
MATCHUP SPREADSHEET
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1YlLA-G0gjV6etsbwOGy8x6OqWOqGBu-2ALLHa_qBIZs/edit?usp=sharing

You will find every single champion matchup in the game here. It has matchup information for every champion, stuff like particular skill order, tips and tricks and general playstyle into said champion.
TIP BEFORE LANE STARTS
While you wait in the loading screen, or even before minions spawn, go on an external website and check what runes your opponent has. I use op. gg or u. gg, but any website that show runes in full works. You will be able to see exactly what your opponent's runes are, and it can play a big part in your very first trade and knowing exactly how you might want to play out the first few waves. Here's an example: You play vs Olaf and you see he has Inspiration secondary. It's extremely important to see what he has in Inspiration. Perhaps he has Biscuit Delivery and Magical Footwear. Now you know he has no Approach Velocity so his chase power is not as high, as well as the fact that he cannot buy Boots so he will be stuck on his regular speed. This is something you should look to do every single game to gain an advantage.
EARLY GAME
Depending on the matchup you play, you can apply a ton of pressure early on as Volibear, or you can fall very hard behind. Volibear's level 1 is pretty bad, unless you really go for something like a w start with Doran's Blade. Typically you should wait at least to level 2 and have q+e so your trades feels a lot smoother. You can also 2v1 starting with level 3, as you have the ability to do the burst combo on the enemy jungler or the enemy laner if he is chunked.

You can make sure you have priority up in top in almost every melee matchup if played correctly, meaning you can follow up on any invade your jungler might want to do. This way you create a solid snowball from the beginning and get the lead going. Solo invading can be done, but it is riksy and most of the time it is not worth to try it.

If you are maxing q your general trade pattern will be: run towards them with q and just as you're about to make contact with them press your e. It has no cast time so it's very smooth to do. After that you will connect the q auto attack into an auto+w, then try to back off. It doesn't take more than 2 times in matchups where the opponent is squishy to do this so you can get a kill on the third combo. Sometimes you can do the combo once and then on the second one can hard all in for a kill.

Playing out the early game properly has become more important with the introduction of the Voidgrubs. You can almost always ensure you are able to rotate and get them. If you constantly have the enemy at their tower you can now look to use that downtime and get some Voidgrubs. You don't need to take all 3 at once, you can do it slowly, perhas 1 or 2 the first time and then finishing it off a second time.
MID GAME
Volibear's mid game is his strongest point in the game. At 2-3 items he is spiking very hard. You want to look to split push in a side lane and draw people to you. If they are not that fed, you can usually 2v1 them with relative ease. If however they are, try to play it safe, always keep tabs on where everyone is, and how many people you can take on without dying. Usualy in the 1v1 you are not going to lose as long as you didn't have a tough lane matchup.

Volibear becomes hard to 1v1 mid game with the bruiser build, and can escape with relative ease if he has just Dead Man's Plante, as the slow resist added makes a big difference, forcing people to hard cc him or he will outrun them, or by taking Phase Rush in his rune setup. Around 20-25 minutes however, you want to group up with your team and force plays together. Volibear can disable the enemy turret for a while, depending on ultimare rank, meaning mid game dives become safer, on top of them not having enough damage to burst you down as long as your team is backing you up.

Alternatively you can look to split push a lot and force people to answer you. That way you open up the map for your team to farm waves safer, or take the enemy jungle if possible, perhaps even objectives on the other side of the map.
LATE GAME
If you get to late game as Volibear, it won't be pretty. Volibear does not scale all that well. The general build as well as the bruiser build still do their jobs well enough, but you're no Kayle, Camille, Fiora, Jax etc. You can still win some 1v1 matchups, but you will almost always get crushed in anything that involves 3 or more people. Your best bet is to be a damage sponge that is a good disruptor.

You still have a lot of damage for teamfights, but any build you do will leave you feeling very easy to kill due to items like Lord Dominik's Regards or Void Staff. If you hit your ultimate onto a squishy you can usually chunk them to half health,sometimes even full on burst them if they're not paying attention. If they are however, you can make them panic and force their team to focus fire you, before going down. You can also play the role of the peeler, and stun whoever is trying to reach your carries, like a Zed or Kha'Zix. In general, try not to let a game to beyond 25-28 minutes as Volibear, or you will feel the loss of power.

If you are insanely fed, then sure you can still decimate people, but you seriously need to close out the game quick before other people get to their items and are able to reliably deal with you. Split pushing can still work, but again, you need to be very mindful of enemies and how likely you are to win 2v1s and 3v1s
COMBOS

BASIC COMBOS:


+Basic attack+

+ +Basic attack

These 2 are just some normal combos you can perform on Volibear. They aren't groundbreaking or anything, but they're the essential combos you need to win very short trades. You can throw in an extra auto attack before and after spell uses as well but it takes a lot more time to do, so I put the basic attacks where it feels the smoothest to do generally.

BURST COMBO/MAIN TRADE COMBO:



+Basic attack+ +Basic Attack +Basic attack.

That is the bread and butter combo you will use for most of your trades if you want to dump everything on your opponent. If you want to save your e, don't use it. It is just a simple trade combo if e is not used

MAXIMUM BURST COMBOS:


+Basic attack+ + + +Basic attack.
If they have 0 tenacity your ultimate damage in undodgable if you use q and then instantly ult right after. There is no way they can do anything. That is the combo you can use at 6 to dive your opponenent from full health. In the ideal situaton you want to have them w marked before the dive to do even more damage and also heal.

+Basic attack+ +Basic attack+ +Basic attack

This is another high burst combo that uses ultimate to get on top of the opponent from a distance. You can also use your e anytime during that combo as it has no cast time and adds more burst to it, as well as some tankiness due to the shield you get, or shorten the amount of time it takes to do the full combo by cutting out on the basic attacks. You don't even need to cut all of them out, you can think about how many basic attacks you are willing to trade for a quicker burst.
ABILITY TIPS AND TRICKS

THE RELENTLESS STORM (P)




Your passive procs on both your Q and W, which means they can do a bit of extra damage off it. It will not proc effects from Liandry's Anguish, Demonic Embrace, Rylai's Crystal Scepter or stack stuff like Conqueror, but it will help to stack stuff like Jak'Sho the Protean or Riftmaker. Be careful when having passive if someone is under their own turret as it can bounce to them and make the tower hit you.

THUNDERING SMASH (Q)




It can be used as an auto attack reset, and if you have your passive up it procs the extra damage. You can guarantee your ultimate damage connects with your opponent as long as they don't have tenacity or some cleanse ability like Olaf Ragnarok. When it gets interupted by crowd control and resets, you do not lose the bonus movement speed. It will stay for the full 4 seconds, meaning you don't need to instantly use it again. You can ride off the initial 4 seconds before using it again, giving you the speed for 8 seconds total. It is also an unstoppable auto attack, meaning something like a Riven q displacement or Vi q displacement will not stop the attack from going out once it started. It won't even cancel on blindness effects like Quinn or Graves.

FRENZIED MAUL (W)




Like his Thundering Smash, it can be used as an auto attack reset, and it also procs his passive damage if it is up. Unlike his q, it will get canceled if Volibear is blinded or if you lose vision of the enemy. You can also use the bite heal to sustain off of minions if you get multiple bites in, with less health gained in total, but at least it's some compared to nothing.

SKY SPLITTER (E)




Using it does not interupt your movement as long as it is inside the range of the ability. If you cast it outside of it, Volibear will move to the cast direction until he is in that particular range and he will cast it. If the spell is used inside the cast range Volibear will not turn his character model if he were to use it behind himself, meaning it can be a very good way to trick opponents into where you are going to use it.

STORMBRINGER (R)




Much like Nasus ultimate or Renekton ultimate, Volibear does not gain the health instantly upon cast. It has a delay of about 0.25 seconds before you get the health. He also gains 50 extra range on his basic attacks, his q and his w. Volibear is unstoppable while mid air, and the ability cannot be interupted by anything. Volibear can jump certain walls with this spell. If he tries to jump a wall that is too thick, he won't move from where he originally stood at and the damage will come out faster. He also cannot use this ability when he stands on Singed Mega Adhesive or Cassiopeia Miasma.
ALL FINAL ITEMS EXPLAINED
BEFORE GOING INTO THE ITEMS READ THIS

This season Volibear has an absurd amount of diversity. The synergy he has with some of the new items is very good, and some of the old item changes are actually better for him. I highly recommend testing and experimenting to see what playstyle you like best. I have put all the items I consider viable, but there might be some you like more, like how I don't think Unending Despair is that good on him unless you use it in a very specific setup, but you might like how it feels. I have tested almost every single item at this point, with some exeptions like not taking any crit items on Volibear, it's his worst stat by far and I think it's never proper to build a single crit item on him. With that being said, I have put the breakdown of every item I have on the build option section.

Iceborn Gauntlet: Even after the item rework it is still one of the most consistent items on Volibear. In terms of Sheen items this one is the best generally. It provides health,a reliable slow and good armor. Your stick pottential is very good once you complete it.

Heartsteel: Any %health damage will absolutely anihilate you when building this. With that being said, it can still work if you want to go for a heavy tanking build. It gives massive health late game and since the mythic system is gone you can now pair it up with Jak'Sho and Iceborn Gauntlet. It's much better on him now and can work very well as a standalone item as well if the enemy doesn't have %health damage or doesn't normally buy %health damage in items.

Jak'Sho, The Protean: It is a very solid choice. Not a whole lot to say here. It can be built into mixed damage matchups like Akali or Jax, or can be solid for trying to build very tanky and just being a meat shield for your team.

Trinity Force: This item had very little time when it was actually the best choice for Volibear. Right now it feels very lackluster compared to the other items, especially seeing as it's lost the threefold strike passive as well. The big Sheen procs is what the item is most known for, but Volibear's base damage is very low and would not make it all that great. It doesn't feel terrible, but it's not very good either. If you are snowballing out of your mind perhaps you can, but even then I would rather buy Iceborn Gauntlet, or if you really want to you can pair it up with Spear of Shojin and explode people.

Riftmaker: Very good item if you want to go for a more ability power focused build. On top of that the omnivamp is amazing on Volibear. They changed how it works and now is even better for him, as his ult and e are AOE, so now that he fully heals off it it's great, on top of the passive given from Deominc Embrace, so even more ap when building tanky.

Cosmic Drive: Not as good as it used to be, in part due to the fact that the new bruiser items and bruiser item changes make Volibear very happy to go for those. That being said, it's still a solid choice for speed, damage and getting ability rotations out much quicker. The only issue is that there's a lot of matchups where this item was very good to buy, but now are almost always bad to buy into, one example is Aatrox. Him getting Sundered Sky now means you would much rather want to sustain in melee instead of quickly running in and out of fights with short trades.

Black Cleaver: It's a solid choice when looking to shred down tanks this season. Even though the shred has been nerfed, it's better now, as tank items give more defence and make it harder to kill them normally without it.

Sundered Sky: Very good item on Volibear. The sustain is nuts and fills the gap Divine Sunderer left nicely, if not even better. It's very good in 2v1s or 3v1 as you can proc it very quickly multiple times, and in lane it makes it so you almost always win every single short trade, especially against tanks. With the changes it got this patch it's even better for you. You don't mind losing 10 ad for 150 health, you actually like it more this way as it allows you to sustain even better. A lot of champions currently buy Sundered Sky, and if you are in one of those lanes you can also just match it and you also buy it and do really well.

Anathema's Chains: Very good item into ranged matchups. It's the only reliable item you can buy that ensures you can play into ranged matchups. Once you get it you can ensure you win every trade even as you back off after using your combo. It also works well into harder melee matchups like Illaoi or Akali. The negative tenacity it gives at max stacks also helps, as it means even if they have a bit of tenacity it will be impossible to dodge q+r.

Thornmail: Solid heal reduction item. Not a whole lot to say here. Works well against a lot of healing and if you need defensive stats.

Force of Nature: The changes it got in season 14 made it an anti mage item once again, very good once fully stacked, giving a ton of resists and speed.

Kaenic Rookern: The best anti mage item in the entie game right now. If you struggle to survive certain ap matchups in lane just rush this and they won't ever beat you. It's hilarious how strong it is. You will always come out on top of short trades, and basically eat any chip damage they deal.

Sterak's Gage: Volibear won't get a lot of attack damage from it as his base attack damage is rather weak compared to other juggernauts. The shield however is good and you can increase it when you use your ultimate.

Stridebreaker: With the removal of the mythic system, Strdidebreaker is not a much more viable option. It's not anything too amazing, but the stats are decent and the slow effect is quite good as well. Not a super amazing item, but it's decent.

Titanic Hydra: The active is nice on Volibear, but it's quite hard to fit into the build regularly. The issue is that he doesn't have enough room to buy everything he wants, so he would have to forego Spear of Shojin, or Sundered Sky in favor of it. Even though it's not bad the tradeoff is meh in my opinion. That being said, can still do a lot of damage and work.

Manamune: Insanely good damage item. The sheer damage this item gives for Volibear is nuts. Also, because it is a Tear item it does mean your mana issues will feel a lot less punishing.

Winter's Approach: Not the best defensive item, but it does get the job done. If you don't need the damage from Manamune while also needing more mana it feels decent enough. However, if you have Ingenious Hunter, combined with Spirit Visage and Unending Despair you will be very tanky. That 3 core is very strong for just tanking through a lot of damage.

Archangel's Staff: The weakest out of the 3 Tear items, but it's not bad. It can be bought if you are going for an ability power focused build, and the shield makes you a bit tankier.

Edge of Night: This item in particular is very good against Vayne. She can never push you away when you have it. Other than that there's not much use for it. It hard counters Vayne, and that's about it really.

Serpent's Fang: Good item against a team comp with a lot of shields. Your e will also proc it so you can do it from range at a safer distance if you wish to.

Chempunk Chainsword: The offensive heal reduction item for Volibear. Great against a lot of healing where you need to proc it very quickly on priority targets that you dive on, like Soraka.

Hullbreaker: Volibear uses it rather well, but it's been nerfed severely. It's only used to heavily split push now, the problem is it doesn't give enough to make it worth buying. You are buying hullbreaker to get a demolish proc every 5 hits, and most of the time it's not good enough.

Spear of Shojin: It has become an incredibly good and underrated Volibear item. Every single one of his abilities gets the damage amplifier from it, including his q. He will stack it very quick and have his w deal the maximum of 12% damage every time. The ability haste is also very good for him.

Serylda's Grudge: I kept it here in case people were wondering what I think about it. Since it now scales with lethality it is much less favorable for Volibear, unless you want to go for a full lethality Volibear build, which in my opinion I don't think is very good. It's fun to see high burst, but the ap build does more burst, gives you more attack speed, and gives you more sustain by giving you a very large e shield.

Unending Despair: This item is bad for Volibear in my opinion. The cooldown of 7 seconds is just too high to use in a fight, at most you will get 2, possibly 3 procs and the heal is not enough to justify that low usage. That being said, there is one situation where this item is good and it's a core item, and that is when you run it with Ingenious Hunter. At full stacks you can cut down the time between procs and make it much more reliable. If you were to get 2 procs in a fight you would be able to get 3 procs with the full stacks in the same amount of time, so you can always have at least one extra proc added up as 33% reduced time is quite a bit after all. It is a core item when combined with Ingenious.

Spirit Visage: Spirit Visage has now become a lot more reliable to build on Volibear due to the fact that you can pair it with Sundered Sky to get even more heal amp. The increase in shielding and healing is very good if you have more than your own from enchanters like Soraka, Lulu, Taric. The problem is it still does not give you enough magic resist against ability power users most of the time. However, it can be used as a softer mr choice if the enemy champions have a lot of mixed damage, like with Akshan, Irelia, Jax etc. These champs have some magic damage in their kit that isn't insane, but the mr does help into it. If you need heavy magic resist though, take Kaenic Rookern or Force of Naure, much better.

Abyssal Mask: Very niche item. Can be used as a decent shred to magic resist when you use your ultimate to get into the middle of a teamfight, but it's basically never bought as the other mr options for Volibear are much better and much more reliable.

Dead Man's Plate: It has to be bought as a 4th or 5th item. It doesn't feel amazing for Volibear in top lane. You lose out on other more important core items, and it's more so bought if you want to be extrmely speedy and pair it up with other items, possibl a hit and run playstyle paired up with Hullbreaker, where you push waves to get close to the turret, hit it 5 times and then run away to safety because of the extra slow resist on it in case people want to collapse on you. You can also sell your boots for it and buy it for tankiness and speed.

Randuin's Omen: Solid tank item. Works best against champions with crit. The active slow also works nicely when jumping in the middle of a teamfight and using it.

Frozen Heart: Very good rush item into certain champion Matchups like Tryndamere or Yone. It also fixes a big part of your mana problems during the laning phase. The cost reduction is also a massive thing. 2400 gold is very cheap now, and will make it very frustrating for auto attack based champs to play out the lane.

Nashor's Tooth: Very good item for an ability power focused build. It will make your attack speed insanely good, but it's best used into a full ability power build. As a standalone item into a regular build it's not good enough.

Stormsurge: Only ever built into full ap burst builds, it doesn't really have a place in other ones. It makes it so if you one tap someone in a teamfight quickly with an ult hit the enemies also take a massive aoe from it as well.

Rabadon's Deathcap: It is best used into an ability power focused build. It will spike your damage massively when you complete it later on.

Lich Bane: It is best used into an ability power focused build, or to sell boots and buy it for the speed and damage.

Zhonya's Hourglass: This can be the last item in your build, or can work into an ability power focused build. The stasis is amazing at buying time, and if you use your e then use the active, by the time you get out, you will have the shield on you.

Mejai's Soulstealer: It is best used into an ability power focused build. Best bought if you think you can hard snowball a game. You can sit on Dark Seal for most of the game if you want though and not upgrade it until much later

Blade of the Ruined King: The item in theory is very good for Volibear. Both his q and w proc it, but sadly the lack of resistances is too glaring. Unlike an item like Cosmic Drive, it doesn't give any speed, aside from the passive on the 1st hit that doesn't even last that long, is more expensive, and the stats it gives are less valuable on Volibear at that particular stage of the game. It is best bought as a 4th or 5th item in very niche scenarios.

Wit's End: Nashor's tooth is a better alternative to this most of the time. It is not a bad item, and can be used decently well, but it fits very awkardly into most builds. It is however viable in very niche scenarios.
ALL POSSIBLE RUNES
BEFORE GOING INTO RUNES READ THIS

This season I have tested out a ton of runes, and I will have to say, much like with items, you can go nuts with these. Volibear right now is one of the most flexible champions in terms of build variety and rune choice. You can take almost anything you feel like it and it might work decently. Like with items there's some setups that tend to work more than others, play around with them and see what fits your playstyle. You also don't need to have only the secondary trees I put on the rune section earlier. You can have for example Conqueror with inspiration secondary, that's another one I run, or Grasp with domination secondary. I didn't want to put every single tree because it would be well over 15 rune pages total, with each individual thing changed. With that being said, here is my explanation for every single possible rune that works on Volibear in my opinion:

KEYSTONE RUNES:

Grasp of the Undying: This is the most consistent keystone rune Volibear has right now. It is best used into melee matchups where outsustaining is valuable. On top of that it also gives permanent health with each use, so in the early to mid game it can be a solid increase of 100 to 200 health and late game it can be about 300 to 500 extra health.

Press The Attack: Another great keystone rune. It is very consistent and will increase a lot of your burst pottential, while trading the sustain aspect from a rune like Grasp of the Undying or Conqueror.

Conqueror: This rune is a mix of both Press The Attack and Grasp of the Undying. It gives more sustained damage throughout a fight and it also gives a bit of healing. You can run it in a lot of matchups where sustained fighting will happen a ton and where you can really abuse the extra damage and healing, some possible matchups for it are Darius, Illaoi or Mordekaiser.

Lethal Tempo: Lethal tempo has become a very good rune to take on Volibear even without the need to run ap on him. It allows your dps to be higher in fights and get a ton of autos in. If you combine with items such as the new Titanic Hydra you will stack it even faster and do more damage, or Blade of the Ruined King.

Phase Rush: Very underrated rune. The speed means that after every short trade you can get out without much damage taken. It works best against high slows. There's a lot of matchups now where you can take it and they will become much easier, the best example is by far Olaf. You can make sure you outrun his ult duration and then turn on him. Another good example is Trundle, where you can do the same thing.

Predator: The final keystone that works on Volibear. It can be used if you are looking to roam a lot and try to make plays mid lane or help out your jungler faster if he is invading/is getting invaded. It can also be decent vs ranged matchups, but I still preffer taking Press the Attack with sorcery secondary into a lot of ranged matchups, but can still work well into stuff like Kennen or Quinn.

RUNE SLOTS:




Triumph: Very consistent rune. It can really help you to clutch out fights with barely any health remaning.


Presence of Mind: Can be used if you are struggling with Volibear's mana pool, making him be able to use a lot more spells. His chain lightning passive also procs it if it his a champion.


Legend: Alacrity: If they have little to no crowd control.


Legend: Tenacity: If they have a medium or high amount of crowd control.


Legend: Bloodline: Can be used in a healing focused build. The least reliable out of the 3 Legend runes.


Last Stand: The best one out of the 3 from its respective space.







Taste of Blood: Chain lighting passive will proc it. Can be used as a decent sustain option.


Ghost Poro: If you don't think you will get a lot of takedowns and would rather get stacks off wards and get a bit more vision.


Eyeball Collection: Best one from its respective space generally.


Ingenious Hunter: Can be used in combination with Predator and other active items to give more uses. It also works with Heartsteel passive and will reduce the per target cooldown. Has better synergy now due to Titanic Hydra having an active. Recently it's become a must take when going for a 3 core build consisting of Unending Despair, Winter's Approach and Spirit Visage.


Ultimate Hunter: Works well as Volibear has a long ultimate cooldown.







Manaflow Band: Very good rune for mana sustain. Can be used with Presence of Mind to basically never go out of mana.


Nimbus Cloak: Generally good rune.


Transcendence: Volibear uses ability haste well so this one can be used to give him even more.


Celerity: Generally the best rune in its respective space that gives quite a bit more speed while in your q, making you catch up to people just a bit faster, which can be important in a lot of cases.


Waterwalking: Volibear jungle uses this one a lot better, but it can still be used if you are looking to roam or be at every objective.


Gathering Storm: Can be used instead of Waterwalking if you want to have more damage in the late game. Volibear's scalings are rather high so the extra damage is put to good use.







Demolish: Solid rune if you want to take early tower plates or split push a lot.


Shield Bash: A bit more tankiness and damage throughout the game.


Conditioning: More scaling as you get into the mid game


Second Wind: Best rune in its respective space for sustaining in the lane.


Bone Plating: Works best against combo champions like Sett, Riven, Renekton etc.


Revitalize: Very good rune. It increases both w healing and e shielding. With the Unflinching rune changed it's by far the best option you have in that tree.



Unflinching: After the change riot made to this rune it's basically dead. You're never taking it over Revitalize anymore.







Magical Footwear: It basically gives you 300 gold for free once you obtain them, with a bit more speed as well. It will mean that your laner is forced to spend 300 gold and buy their boots, but you will get them for free.


Triple Tonic: This new rune actually has some very solid synergy with Volibear. The first potion is complete filler, it's good that it gives you the 40 gold when it's done but it's filler. The second one at level 6 is actually very good and allows you to get an even better all in. Since it gives 20 adaptive force if you start doran's ring you will get the ap value and have a pretty good all in window to burst someone down. And the final one at level 9 giving you an extra skill point into one of your basic spells is actually really good. Volibear loves getting his w and q maxed out as soon as possible, so having them both fully maxed out a level sooner can be very impactful.


Biscuit Delivery: Can be used if you are struggling with your mana usage.


Cosmic Insight: Generally good rune.


Approach Velocity: Your e and q will proc it on top of items like Iceborn Gauntlet.
PROS
+High early game pressure if player correctly
+High 2v1 pottential early on
+Sustained damage, can fight for a very long time
+Can stonewall a lot of matchups where the enemy wants to snowball
+Amazing dive setups
+Surprisingly quick when maxing q
+Mixed damage types
+Build variety, one of the highest in the game
+Good split pushing power
+Very good in early skirmishes
+Decent teamfighting mid game
CONS
-Falls off pretty hard late game in fights
-Basically useless without flash or ultimate in late game teamfights
-Struggles into a lot of ranged matchups if played incorrectly even by a small margin
-You need to learn your range and damage limits very well or you risk getting run over very hard
-Very immobile, his q speed is not enough into high cc comps or high mobility comps
-Very hard to make him work when behind, basically just a turret disabler
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