Rakan Build Guide by DBtheKnight
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+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
Threats & Synergies
He can hard engage very well and push you off of his, don't stand too close to your ADC when laning against him and you'll be fine.
Dodge his stun. Simple enough.
So easy. He grabs you, you jump on his ADC. He grabs your ADC, you E to your ADC W to theirs, hit Q on their ADC and E back to your ADC to give them a heal and another shield.
Strong poke early and a very difficult Ult for you to deal with. But he's slow, so look for him to step up and get him with [[grand entrance]].
Protects his ADC very well. Hard to get kills early on this lane, but also not much threat to your mobility
Her movement buff makes landing your W a bit hard, but she doesn't have the damage to win in a fight with you.
He Q hurts, but doesn't have a ton of range, dodge and wait for an opportunity to engage.
She can shut you down if you get close, so don't. Dance your way around her and target her ADC.
Short range poke and squishy, although getting turned into a bunny when you try to engage can be very annoying.
Dodge the Q. Once she's used Q try to get her with W.
Her spell shield, snare and super can be quite hard to deal with. Bounce around and wait for an opportunity to strike.
A good nami will bubble you when you W so try to engage after she uses her Q.
Similar to robot, but with a more challenging super. He grabs your ADC, you E to your ADC W to theirs, hit Q on their ADC and E back to your ADC to give them a heal and another shield.
His circle is hard to contend with. Buy MR boots.
His super keeps you from engaging properly. Use your super as a counter-engage when you think his super is up.
Better sustain and protect than you, but he'll never catch you with his stun. Try to wear him down, he runs out of mana pretty quickly.
Your mobility can dance around most of his kit. You're just too mobile for him.
As with all supports who have a hook. He grabs your ADC, you E to your ADC W to theirs, hit Q on their ADC and E back to your ADC to give them a heal and another shield.
He is also very mobile and hard to pin down, you can focus him if and when he uses E to engage you. He's squishy.
Her poke is annoying, but she's really squishy. Look to land W on he when she steps too close. Her super can also counter yours, so be aware of that when engaging.
Squishy and immobile, get her with W and she's done. Be aware that she can silence you and keep you from using your E to get away.
Super annoying poke. Dodge by stepping to the side, not backwards, when he tosses his bombs.
+ Crazy mobile with Battle Dance and Grand Entrance.
+ Great peel or engage with Grand Entrance + The Quickness.
+ Great ganking.
+ Makes plays easily with the jungler in laning phase.
+ Shield passive from Fey Feathers
+ Has a special ADC partner. ( Xayah)
- Avoiding CC can be a challenge.
- Very hard to master.
- Timing and placement of The Quickness will make or break team fights.
My Runes are focused around one thing. Winning fights early in lane. The laning phase is where we can have the most impact as an individual (as we are 50% of the play or 33% if the jungler comes).
|Aftershock allows us to hit hard with Grand Entrance land Gleaming Quill and one or two auto attacks before Battle Danceing out, all the while having more than double the armor and MR of your opponents. While Summon Aery would get us more damage on a single engage, dominating your lane isn't about one engage. It's about maintaining greater health than your enemies in lane and either threatening to use it to deny your enemies minion kills or actually getting kills. As long as you land Grand Entrance Aftershock will all but guarantee you come out on top in trades.|
Bone Plating makes us take even less damage from our early engages.
Shield Bash since our passive is a shield, this makes a lot of sense.
||Revitalize stronger heals and shields on our friends.|
Biscuit Delivery for more health and mana in lane. Allowing us to attack, heal and, once Aftershock and Bone Plating are off CD, do it all again before they have recovered from the last bout.
||Cosmic Insight Rakan is ability dependent, so this is an obvious choice.|
For a little more early damage and kill potential we'll be taking two AP boosts and for a little more poke resist one armor. Aftershock will protect us in engages early, so we don't need a lot more Armor or MR. Just take two AP boosts to make your engage even stronger.
A strong early game turns into a strong mid game and strong finish. Having a fed ADC is better than having runes more suitable for late game or runes better suited for protection. Rakan's kit is already very suited for protection without the little extra boosts. Therefore I recommend doubling down on early game and taking the fight to the enemy early.
Our core will consist of three items:
Eye of the Watchers gives us a little bit of everything. CD, AP, health and mana regen.
Knight's Vow is a great defensive item with a buff that greatly benefits you and your ADC.
||Shurelya's Reverie health, AP, movement speed, mana regen and a great active to help you and your team engage more quickly or escape safely. Great item on Rakan.|
As you get close to getting your core, you need to take a hard look at the game you're in and decide what your role is going to be. Who is doing damage on the enemy team? Who is a threat to my ADC? Am I going to peel or engage?
If your ADC is relatively safe and your team needs someone who can start fights well, then tanking up so you can safely start team fights is the way to go.
Dead Man's Plate gives us some great mobility and tank so we can roam and engage more effectively.
Spirit Visage is great against AP and gives us a lot more survivability.
||Warmog's Armor I only recommend in games where you end up being THE tank. I end up having to be the tank for the team far more often than I would like and when I do, this is a go to.|
For utility, if you decide you need to be the protector instead of the primary engager, I strongly recommend:
Ardent Censer more AP, mobility and a wonderful buff to give your ADC and other AA heavy team mates.
||Zeke's Convergence tanks us up a little and gives us a great buff for slowing and shutting down enemies. Engages with this item practically guarantee kills.|
Lastly if you find yourself getting pushed...
|Zz'Rot Portal will give you a very nice movements speed buff near towers, which you'll be near towers a lot if you're getting pushed hard enough to buy this. It'll also give you defensive stats and mobility needed to hard engage on the enemy when they come knocking.|
Note: Most games you'll be able to pick a mix of utility and tank. Over time, you'll be able to look at the other team, see who's fed and respond accordingly.
Once you get on lane, your goal is to get level 2 first, that means AAing some minions while being careful not to steal minion kills from your ADC. If you beat them to level 2 and they don't back off, look for an immediate engage with Grand Entrance + Gleaming Quill. If you and your ADC are on the same page, use Ignite and go for the kill right then and there. At the very least you'll get their Flash and you'll have room to bully them since they have no Flash and lower health.
Upon getting level 3, we are going to continue looking for trades since we have Aftershock + Bone Plating + Biscuit Delivery, we will always come out on top as long as we land Grand Entrance.
Our combo will either be Grand Entrance + AA + Gleaming Quill + Battle Dance back to your ADC or if the enemy is keeping their distance from you (smart guys) we can wait for an opportunity to Battle Dance to our ADC or jungler then Grand Entrance + AA + Gleaming Quill + Battle Dance back to your ADC.
This build will give you a lot more fighting strength in lane, but if you find yourself still getting pressed early, be patient, look for openings and wait for ganks from the jungler.
Also, if you succeed in taking control of the lane early and are bullying them, MAINTAIN VISION. Though you are winning your lane, your chances of winning 2v3 with the enemy jungle present are not great. Keep a Control Ward in the Triangle bush if you're blue or in the river if you're red and a normal ward in the other bush respectively.
Learning when and how to use The Quickness is the hardest part of playing Rakan. I often see people see the enemy team ahead and use The Quickness to try to pursue them. It's painful to watch because when they finally catch someone, there is no one there to follow up on the CC they applied. The Quickness is ONLY useful when there are teammates around to apply damage to the disabled enemies.
To start, I will give you two conditions under which to use The Quickness that will ensure it isn't wasted.
1. As a counter-engage. Once the enemy has jumped on your carry or front line (if there's not a risk of your carry getting targeted by an assassin) Battle Dance to your teammate taking damage and use The Quickness followed by Grand Entrance. This way you're team is present to deal damage on the enemy and will ensure a good use of The Quickness.
2. As a quick engage tool off of Grand Entrance. If the enemy (someone who you think could be bursted by your nearby teammates) steps in range of Grand Entrance, use The Quickness and hit them with Grand Entrance. The Quickness will attract them to you and keep them from escaping the subsequent Grand Entrance. This will reduce the overall amount of time the enemy is CCed, but it's very hard to avoid if done properly.
As you improve in using Rakan, you'll be able to use The Quickness in more versatile and creative ways, especially when you burn Flash to make plays. If you're just getting started though, just stick to the conditions mentioned above and you'll be able to make some good plays.
I hope you enjoyed this guide.
It should be said that this build was originally created for use with my girlfriend who is a Xayah main. She takes runes that are also geared towards early game, with devastating results. However I've played this build with many other ADCs and players and it still works great.
Also, if you caught the Naruto references in this guide I would like to commend you on being an awesome person. ;)
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