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League of Legends Build Guide Author 1adrianaries1

Basic/Advanced/Hydra Riven Combos

1adrianaries1 Last updated on April 2, 2014
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Ability Sequence

Ability Key Q
Ability Key W
Ability Key E
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.



Offense: 21

Legendary Guardian

Defense: 9


Utility: 0

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Hello! I'm Adrian "ladrianariesl" I am a challenger level Riven main who wants to help YOU! Master riven and win lane every game regardless of her recent nerfs.

Riven is the kind of champion which at the highest level of play can single handedly carry games if she gets ahead even in very dire scenarios like a 4v5. She is my favorite champion and i have been playing her for a very long time. The purpose of this guide from my perspective is to make good riven players into very extremely advanced riven players. This is not a guide for players new to the game, this is a guide for somewhat experienced riven players. This guide focuses a lot on combos and ability canceling. I will add matchups when i have time, I will update the guide everyday possible.

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Pros / Cons


Fun hypercarry
Can win every match up if played correctly
Snowballs out of control!


When behind it can be hard to comeback
Very unforgiving champion

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Riven Basic Combos

Here i will be talking about the different combos with riven and the optimal scenario in which you would want to use each one. Rivens passive makes it so it rewards you for auto attacking in between each ability.

Skirmishing combo:[E AA Q AA Q AA Q AA W AA]. This basic combo maximizes your damage using your passive at its full extent. "so why not use that combination for every engage?" Well sometimes it might be a great combo to do vs opponents with no mobility or cc but this specific combination gives them too much counter play which can result in death in high elo games.

Harassing under tower Basic combo: [Q W AA E out] This combo is pretty easy to do and it allows you to do damage under tower without taking any back.

CC lock Combo: [E AA Q AA QW AA Q AA] This combo Locks your opponent up by combining your w stun with your third q making them unable to retaliate while you kill them. Example : syndra uses her full combo on me, i have 30 hp left shes still full but rivens damage output against targets that are very squishy is very extreme!. I use this combo instantly killing her without any retaliation. All she would need is an aa to finish me off but the combo did not allow her to auto attack back.

Rivens ult can be used in the same combos by using the ult at the very beginning and throwing the windslash at the very end of the combo.

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Riven Advanced Combos

These combos involve this neat and cool trick which you can do with riven which is Q ability canceling. Q ability canceling is done by clicking somewhere after using q and then clicking back to the opponent. What this does is allow you to get your auto attacks twice as fast as you normally would. Ill use "FM" flick mouse For the input in combos.

Being able to do this with consistency on moving opponents will make you a way better riven and will allow you to do things you could not do before.

Advanced harassing under tower combo: [AA Q FM A Q FM A W E Q out] This combo allows you to do massive damage to your opponent in the right scenario without much retaliation from them. (COOL TRICK): When using ability cancels you are able to use your stun much faster than normally in the middle of a combo.

Advanced CC lock combo: [E AA Q FM AA Q FM AA W AA Q AA] Now this combo looks a lot like the first basic combo but the damage with ability canceling and the extra auto on w makes this combo deadly. It will kill your opponent instantly and cc lock them to the point that they wont be able to cast anything. Ability canceling makes this possible.

I did not add an updated version of the first combo which uses all of riven charges because its the same thing except the damage comes out much faster with ability canceling.

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Hydra Ultimate Combo

Hydra is one of the most amazing items on riven because of its active. When the active is combined with combos and ability cancels you can see how absurd the damage output can be.

Hydra cc lock Death combo: For this specific combo you don't even need the first parts of your q. You only need your third q and i use this the most when i see the enemy team clumped. [ E R 3rd Q AA W hydra active AA windslash ] This combo can kill the entire enemy back line in a matter of 2 seconds. If done fast enough they wont be able to flash out. I have won many games because of this combo just flashing to the back line and getting an instant triple kill.

Remember all the past combos can be combined with hydra active to do massive damage.

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