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Riven Build Guide by MintStarr

Riven the Sword Breaker

By MintStarr | Updated on September 15, 2011

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She is also granted the ability to use Wind Slash once for the duration. [ranked_description] => Riven's sword reforms, giving her a bonus 20% Attack Damage, extended range on her damaging abilities and basic attacks for 15 seconds. She is also granted the ability to use Wind Slash once for the duration. 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Spells:

LoL Summoner Spell: Ghost

Ghost

LoL Summoner Spell: Flash

Flash

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Ranked #11 in
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Win 52%
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Who the Hell is Riven?

Intro. Dude. Riven's the **** she's like Garen, but not. Renekton, but not. Sivir, but not. She's got serious options and damage potential, just use her right. This is a pretty ignorant build as she just came out, but hey man, give it a shot.


Pros:
Great damage
Mobile and quick
She can carry like ****
Heavy skill flow
Free from mana
Awesome AOE moves
Skills scale high off atk
Blade of Exile

Cons:
Squishy early on
CD reliant
Dance is ****
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Spells/Runes

Spells:

Ghost
-Riven's a runner. She needs to charge in quick and still have the speed to run out just as fast. Picked over flash cause it's more consistant.

Flash
-Great for getting early distance, flashing in to ki shout hardcore or running through walls. I still pick Ghost tho.

Exhaust
-Slows peeps down but with the items I pick it's not that useful.

Teleport
-What's mobility? Getting to places ****ing fast. Getting there in 3 secs to help your team? YES.




Runes:

Greater Mark of Desolation
-Armor pierce. Tanks are your worst nightmare. Without this you don't stand a chance.

Greater Seal of Vitality
-She needs the health. It's not as awesome as the flat boost early on but the scaling of it is amazing.

Greater Glyph of Focus
-Cooldown boy! There's not much more else to say!

Greater Quintessence of Desolation
-Same diff as the Mark.
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Skills & Sequences

Skills:

Broken Wings


Ki Shout


Valor


Blade of the Exile/Wind Slash



Skill Sequence:

Huh. Odd ****er huh? Getting only level 4 in both Ki Shout and Broken Wings? Da hell? Simple. Get your Ki shout first cause it has this awesome little thing called +1.0 bonus atk. Get the damage high and let your build fill in the rest of the damage for now. Then get some **** in Blade of the Exile. It's your main atking move. Gets you close, gets you kills. Keeping this at 30dmg till level 14 is ******ed.

So yeah. First get 1 point in all your skills, Broken Wings, Ki Shout, Valor. Etc. Get Ki shout to 3 for the damage, get Broken wings to 2 get Ki Shout to 4, get Wings to 4. Get that second Blade point then Max both Ki Shout and Wings. Finish your **** in Valor.

People are saying get Valor early. The ****. It's situational. The dash is too short to be that helpful other than a sudden juke or charge in. You're gonna be initiating with Broken Wings, supplementing it with Ki Shout then you're either using Valor for the added chase, bringin up the shield to take a hit if you're gettin ganked, or runnin off if they take your CD's into account to chase you. Valor is situational. You don't need it ready all the time.
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Items

Your Main Gear

Doran's Shield
-Riven's squishy no doubt. **** the blade and it's lifesteal/atk, you need to keep alive.

The Brutalizer
-Essentially the Garen build at this point. CDR NEED.

Boots of Speed
-Run boy. Run.

The BloodThirster
-Now this is where the **** starts happening. All your moves give heavy as **** bonus from your atk. Ki shout at ****ing +1!? YES. This is your core item fo sho.

Trinity Force
-The mana's ****ing useless on Riven but **** boy. Run speed? Health? Slow? 150% SHEEN!? YES. You need this.

Ninja Tabi
-I like the dodgin/armor. Keeps me healthy. =3 Make sure to get the dodge increase **** if you get this.

Black Cleaver
-Atk dmg!? Atk speed!? Armor pierce!? Riven uses autoatks by the buttload. You need this hardcore.

Youmuu's Ghostblade
-I'm actually not that big a fan of Ghostblade but dude. Can't just waste that Brutalizer earlier up there.

BloodThirster
-What's better than atk? MOAR ATK.


Alternatives

Trinity Force->Frozen Mallet
-Frozen Mallet is for when you need a bit more bulk and more reliable slow. Great item but Trinity force gives you a lot more but Mallet iiiis cheaper.

Ninja Tabi->Mercury's Treads
-Riven needs to run man. Merc Treads are when you need to be careful of a lotta snare ****ers.

Black Cleaver->Last Whisper
More armor piercing than Cleaver but less atk. When you gotta steamroll tanks hardcore.

Bloodthirster->Guardian Angel
-Keep alive playah. Keep alive.


Options

Sword of the Occult
-Dude. If you can keep alive, get this man. Now this is REAL steamrolling.

Hexdrinker
-Not a bad option for serious bro. Hexdrinker gives you a shield and ****.

Quicksilver Slash
-More utility than anything but hey, a cleanse is a cleanse.
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Summaries and Shit

Eh. I'll write something in a bit.
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Updates/Upcoming Updates

Fix up the stuff. I just wanted to get this build out there and I'm in freaking class. I'm format the **** when I get home.
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