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League of Legends Build Guide Author jelljel

In-depth riven guide [S5]

jelljel Last updated on July 16, 2015
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Ability Sequence

Ability Key Q
Ability Key W
Ability Key E
Ability Key R

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Offense: 21

Legendary Guardian

Defense: 9


Utility: 0

Threats to Riven with this build

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Threat Champion Notes
Gnar This is an easy matchup. Just look out for his raw CC and you'r fine. He will be almost useless VS you and can't do a really good play when you'r mobility is up.
Jax Jax is the prince of scaling champions and scaling champions can't do anything against riven in the early game. Abuse this and it's an GG
Karthus Not a threat at all. 0 escapes and 1 CC ability. You can counter his R with you'r E. Just overall easy match
Katarina The queen of pentakills can prepare to get no pentakill a game VS a riven. Riven's W can interupt Katarina's ult and the same for Riven's 3th Q
Master Yi Master yi is useless VS you. the only way that he can negate some DMG of you'r ult is to meditate. Whenever he tries to all-in you. Stun him and then unleash you'r full combo and you win lane
Nami Nami is a really squishy support. She can't hit a bubble at all. You can easily delete her from a fight
Nasus Nasus is really REALLY weak early abuse this. just Q AA Q AA Q AA him down at LVL 1. Pick at LVL 2 W and whenever he tries to get a Q stack, combo him down. Very easy
Nidalee Nidalee has 0 tools to stop you getting on her, beside of her killing you (what is very unlikely) you can get kills in the early game really easy. abuse that and you win
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Hey it's me Jelljel. This is my in-depth guide of the champion Riven.
This guide includes wall-hops, all the champion matchups and more. Hope you like it.
Leaving you'r feedback will be highly appreciated

[Champion matchup's are not finished yet. They will be done probably in another 3 days]

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I like to go on Riven 21/9/0 masteries. Getting CDR Sorcery and AD Martial Mastery in the offense and some HP regen Recovery and some durability Block

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Greater Glyph of Magic Resist

Greater Mark of Attack Damage

Greater Seal of Health Regeneration

Greater Quintessence of Attack Damage

Not so much things going on here just getMR blue's AD reds HP regen yellow's AD quintessence

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+ Strong dueling
+ High burst
+ Good mobility
+ Snowballs easy
Riven specially excels in dueling squishy's and deleting them. Her kit makes her fighting just even better. Due to her mobility Valor Broken Wings she's almost untouchable.


- Gets shutdown by silences
- Lacks CC
- Can be countered easy
- Weak if behind
Riven becomes close to useless if the enemy top/mid laner plays it correctly. You need to get kills early or you'r DMG will be minimal. If you put behind in lane pray that you get some kills in team fights.

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Skill Sequence

Main lvl order

Ability Sequence
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Max Q ASAP following up with you'r E. Grab R whenever you can and max W last.
Situational order
Ability Sequence
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
This order you use when you'r against poke champions Lissandra Gnar Ezreal. This makes you survive the poke. you use you'r Valor anytime you see a casting animation.

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Passive Runic Blade
Riven's abilities charge her blade for 5 seconds, causing her to do 20 / 25 / 30 / 35 / 40 / 45 / 50 % of her attack damage as bonus physical damage on her next basic attack. Riven can store up to 3 charges, and can only expend one at a time.

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Q Broken Wings
ACTIVE: Riven steps forward and lashes out in a series of powerful slashes, dealing physical damage to all enemies within 112.5-range. Broken Wings can be cast two additional times within 4 seconds, with the timer resetting after each.
PHYSICAL DAMAGE: 10 / 30 / 50 / 70 / 90 (+ 40 / 45 / 50 / 55 / 60% AD)
TOTAL DAMAGE: 30 / 90 / 150 / 210 / 270 (+ 120 / 135 / 150 / 165 / 180% AD)

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W Ki Burst
ACTIVE: Riven's sword emits a burst of runic energy that shocks nearby enemies, dealing physical damage and stun them for 0.75 seconds.
PHYSICAL DAMAGE: 50 / 80 / 110 / 140 / 170 (+ 100% bonus AD)

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E Valor

ACTIVE: Riven dashes towards the cursor and gains a shield that absorbs incoming damage for 1.5 seconds.
SHIELD: 90 / 120 / 150 / 180 / 210 (+ 100% bonus AD)

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R Blade of the Exile / Wind Slash

Blade of the Exile
ACTIVE: For 15 seconds Riven's sword is reformed, gaining 20% of her total AD as bonus attack damage and 75 bonus attack range (200 total range).
Broken Wings 1st and 3rd area of effect radius increase to 162.5 and 200 respectively and Ki Burst area of effect radius increases to 135.
For Blade of the Exile's duration, Riven can use Wind Slash once.

Wind Slash
ACTIVE: Riven unleashes a 1600-speed wave of energy in a cone, dealing physical damage to all enemies hit.
MINIMUM PHYSICAL DAMAGE: 80 / 120 / 160 (+ 60% bonus AD)
The damage is increased by 2.67% for every 1% of an enemy's missing health, capping at 200% bonus damage (300% total damage) against enemies with 75% or more missing health.
MAXIMUM PHYSICAL DAMAGE: 240 / 360 / 480 (+ 180% bonus AD)

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This section is about wall-hops
Here you can find (almost) all the wall-hops possible
Just watch the video and you will see possible wallhops

What i highly recommend is that you practice the wall-hops first in a custom game and then go in to normal games to use the wall-hops.

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In this section i will tell all the standard combo's of Riven and some other neat things to know when trading.

Trade combo #1 [Q] [AA] [Q] [AA] [Q] [W] [AA] [AA] [E] [BACK OFF ]
Trade combo #2 [E] [AA] [W] [AA] [Q] [AA] [Q] [AA] [Q] [AA] [E] [AA] [BACK OFF]
Trade combo #4 [Q] [AA] [Q] [AA] [E] [Q] [AA] [W] [AA] [AA] [E] [BACK OFF]
All-in combo [R] [Q] [Q] [AA] [Q] [AA] [W] [AA] [E] [AA] [AA] [AA] [E] [AA] [R]

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Teamfight combo [Q] [Q] [E] [Q] [AA] [R] [W] [AA] [AA] [E] [AA] [R] [AA] [E] [AA]

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When to pick riven and when to not pick riven

When to pick riven

+ When you'r team has already good tanks
+ When you'r team lacks AD DMG
+ When you'r enemy's are really squishy
+ When you know that you'r against a squishy opponent
Riven is really good against squishy's and with tanks Leona Cho'Gath Nautilus Gragas are just some champion were riven works well with.
When to not pick riven

- Don't blind pick her / first pick her
- When you'r against tanks
- When you'r team already has a lot of AD
- When the enemy has a lot of silences
- When you'r team lacks CC
Riven struggles VS tanky compositions Cho'Gath Braum Sion. Riven lacks also some high CC she has some but it's really short range Ki Burst This means that you can't really pick her with a team that lacks CC.

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Special Thanks

First of all i like to thank jhoijhoi with her Making a Guide

Also i want to thank you for reading this entire guide. It took me over 1 week to make this guide possible and remember that i worked every day over 3 hours on it.
Leaving you'r feedback will be highly appreciated.

Guides i'm working on are listed below

    - In depth Yorick guide
    - How to pick you'r top champion
    - In depth Cho'Gath guide

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Change log

[7/16/2015] Released guide