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Jarvan IV Build Guide by Destruuu

Jungle EUW Challenger Peak Jungler Jarvan Guide

Jungle EUW Challenger Peak Jungler Jarvan Guide

Updated on September 27, 2023
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Legend: Alacrity
Coup de Grace

Magical Footwear
Cosmic Insight

+10% Attack Speed
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+6 Armor


LoL Summoner Spell: Flash


LoL Summoner Spell: Smite


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Champion Build Guide

EUW Challenger Peak Jungler Jarvan Guide

By Destruuu
Welcome to my Mobafire guide for Jarvan IV, the Exemplar of Demacia! Jarvan IV is a versatile and engaging jungler and top laner with exceptional initiation and crowd control abilities. Whether you're a new player looking to learn the ropes or an experienced player seeking to master Jarvan IV's intricacies, this guide will provide you with all the tools you need to succeed on the Fields of Justice.
Table of Contents
I. Champion Overview
A. Pros and Cons
B. Abilities
C. Runes
D. Summoner Spells

II. Itemization
A. Core Items
B. Situational Items
C. Boots

III. Skill Order and Combos
A. Skill Order
B. Combos

IV. Laning Phase
A. Top Lane
B. Jungle

V. Teamfighting and Strategy
A. Engaging Teamfights
B. Disengaging and Peeling
C. Split-Pushing
D. Vision Control

VI. Conclusion
A. Summary
B. Additional Tips
Champion Overview
A. Pros and Cons:


Exceptional initiation potential with his ultimate, Cataclysm.
Strong crowd control with his EQ combo and ultimate.
Good base stats and dueling potential.
High mobility due to his Demacian Standard and Dragon Strike.
Versatile build options.
Fits well in various team compositions.

Relies on landing skill shots for maximum damage.
Vulnerable to crowd control and kiting.
Can be mana-hungry in the early game.
Limited ranged damage output.
Requires good decision-making to engage effectively.
B. Abilities:

Martial Cadence (Passive):

Jarvan IV's basic attacks deal bonus magic damage to the target equal to a percentage of their current health. This passive ability makes him a strong duelist and allows for healthier jungle clears.
Dragon Strike (Q):

Jarvan IV extends his lance in a straight line, damaging and reducing the armor of all enemies hit. When the lance collides with an enemy champion or the Demacian Standard, Jarvan IV can use his next ability, Golden Aegis, to create an area-of-effect slow and shield.
Golden Aegis (W):

Jarvan IV creates a slowing field around him and gains a shield based on the number of enemy champions hit. This ability is great for engaging and surviving in fights.
Demacian Standard (E):

Jarvan IV tosses a Demacian Standard to a target location. When the standard lands, it provides vision, grants bonus attack speed to Jarvan IV and nearby allies, and enhances his Dragon Strike's damage and armor reduction when used in conjunction.
Cataclysm (R - Ultimate):

Jarvan IV leaps to an enemy champion, dealing damage and creating a terrain that traps both him and the target inside. This ultimate is a game-changing tool for initiating fights and isolating key enemies.
C. Runes:


Keystone: Conqueror
Legend: Tenacity
Coupe de Grace
Inspiration (Secondary):

Magical Footwear
Cosmic Insight

D. Summoner Spells:

Flash (Essential for escapes and surprise engages)
Smite (For jungle role)
Ignite (Optional for top lane)
II. Itemization:

A. Core Items:

Sunfire Aegis: Provides tankiness, damage over time, and an area-of-effect burn. Ideal for both top lane and jungle Jarvan IV.

Plated Steelcaps or Mercury's Treads: Choose between armor or magic resist boots based on the enemy team composition.

Sterak's Gage: Offers additional health and a lifeline passive that grants a shield when taking burst damage.

Black Cleaver: Provides damage, cooldown reduction, and armor penetration. Helps shred enemy armor and synergizes with Jarvan IV's kit.

B. Situational Items:

Thornmail: Ideal against heavy AD compositions or champions with significant lifesteal.

Spirit Visage: A good choice when facing magic damage threats and benefiting from increased healing.

Guardian Angel: Provides a second chance in teamfights, enhancing your survivability and engage potential.

Randuin's Omen: Effective against critical strike-based champions and for reducing enemy attack speed.

Gargoyle Stoneplate: Enhances your tankiness during teamfights and synergizes with your role as an initiator.

Dead Man's Plate: Offers bonus movement speed, allowing for better engages and escapes.

C. Boots:

Plated Steelcaps (Ninja Tabi): Against AD-heavy teams.
Mercury's Treads: Against heavy crowd control or AP-heavy teams.
Ionian Boots of Lucidity: For additional cooldown reduction.
Skill Order and Combos
A. Skill Order:

Q > E > R > W (Jungle)
Q > W > R > E (Top Lane)
B. Combos:

Basic Poke Combo:

EQ (Dragon Strike + Demacian Standard) to poke and reduce enemy armor.
Full Engage Combo:

E (Demacian Standard) to initiate.
Flash (if necessary) to close the gap.
R (Cataclysm) to trap enemies.
Q (Dragon Strike) to damage and reduce armor.
W (Golden Aegis) for shielding and slowing.
Quick Burst Combo:

E (Demacian Standard) to engage.
R (Cataclysm) to trap enemies.
Q (Dragon Strike) to damage and reduce armor.
AA (Basic Attack) for additional damage.
W (Golden Aegis) for shielding and slowing.
Laning Phase
A. Top Lane:

Play defensively until level 2.
Use your Q (Dragon Strike) and E (Demacian Standard) to poke and last-hit minions.
Engage when you have a level advantage and vision control.
Coordinate with your jungler for ganks, using your ultimate to lock down enemies.
B. Jungle:

Start with your Q (Dragon Strike) for healthier clears.
Utilize your E (Demacian Standard) to help with clears and provide vision.
Look for gank opportunities post-level 3, especially in lanes with crowd control.
Secure objectives like Dragon and Rift Herald with your team.
Teamfighting and Strategy
A. Engaging Teamfights:

Identify key targets and engage with R (Cataclysm) to isolate them.
Follow up with Q (Dragon Strike) and E (Demacian Standard) for damage and crowd control.
Use W (Golden Aegis) to shield and slow enemies in the Cataclysm.
Communicate with your team for follow-up and focus on priority targets.
B. Disengaging and Peeling:

Use your R (Cataclysm) to separate threats from your carries.
Peel for your backline by knocking enemies away with Q (Dragon Strike) and slowing with W (Golden Aegis).
Coordinate with your support and other peel-oriented teammates.
C. Split-Pushing:

Jarvan IV can split-push effectively due to his dueling potential and escape tools.
Push lanes and create map pressure when your team doesn't need you for teamfights.
Carry teleport to join fights when necessary.
D. Vision Control:

Use your E (Demacian Standard) to provide vision in key areas.
Invest in Control Wards and Sweeping Lens to deny enemy vision.
Prioritize Dragon and Baron pit vision control.
A. Summary:

Jarvan IV is a versatile champion capable of engaging teamfights, peeling for allies, and split-pushing effectively. With the right itemization, skill order, and decision-making, you can become a formidable force on the Rift. Remember to adapt your playstyle based on the situation and communicate with your team for successful engagements.

B. Additional Tips:

Practice landing your EQ combo consistently.
Keep an eye on your passive's cooldown for optimal trading.
Learn to use your Cataclysm terrain effectively for zoning and trapping.
Adapt your item build to counter the enemy team composition.
Study map awareness and make informed decisions on when to engage or disengage.
C. FAQs:

Q1. Can I play Jarvan IV in the mid lane or support role?
A1. While Jarvan IV is primarily a top laner and jungler, some players have experimented with him in other roles. However, he is most effective in his traditional roles due to his kit's nature.

Q2. How do I deal with mana issues in the jungle?
A2. Consider taking the blue buff early, build mana items like Corrupting Potion, and manage your abilities carefully to minimize mana consumption.

Q3. What do I do if I fall behind in the early game?
A3. Focus on farming and supporting your team with crowd control. Build tanky items to survive and initiate for your team.

Thank you for reading my comprehensive guide on Jarvan IV. With practice and dedication, you can become a skilled Demacian warrior and lead your team to victory on the Summoner's Rift! Good luck, and may you always strike true for Demacia!
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