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League of Legends Build Guide Author Black Rabbitt

Riven The unkillable (Competitive play)

Black Rabbitt Last updated on June 18, 2012
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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: 30

Honor Guard

Defense: 0

Strength of Spirit

Utility: 0

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Hey im Black Rabbitt

Riven is one of my favourite champ, (SHYVANA BEING MY FAV!) and i wish to share my build of riven, It is a build with high survivabilty, as it is an off-tank build and also has moderately high damage output.

Sorry if some of the explanations are bad. This is my first guide and im nto that good with words :/

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Runes in this build do not really matter, But the rune i use are armour penetration runes and attack speed runes, But what i recommend and have put down as runes for this build are Armour penertration Quintennces and Marks and defence Seals and glyths as this adds to your survivabilty and tankyness :)

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Masteries should be chosen as masteries that boost your ad output so you can get mroe kills and get more fed, But ultiity masteries that boost defence can also be used as thoe who can stay in lane longer without dying out level the opponent as they need not to recall, and are good initiaters aswell as the more tanky champion usually win in 1v1 early game.

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Summoner Spells

The summoner spells i choose are


I choose teleport so i can recall and get back in lane fast so i do not mis out on elvel and if people ward well, I can use teleport to et up a gank, and we all know a gank that is set up good is one that insures a kill.


many might troll you and call you noob for getting heal, But it my eyes it is one of the best ummoner skills as it helps you stay in lane and helpin in those tough one vs one fights.

NOW you might be wondering why i do not have flash or ghost int hi guide to escape those sticky situations, but that is because riven has good mobility and can easily escape using Valor (e) and Broken wings (q)

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Open the game with a Doran blade for the early game hp boost a well as the extra damamge early game.

Then buy, Ninja tabi (or merc treads depending on what the oponents main scource of damage is Ability Power or Attack Damage) as this gives movement peed and bonus defence against ad champs. (Or Ability Power Champs)

Then buy a Warmogs for hp to survive ganks and 1v1 (or even 1v2-5's) and to give you bonus attack damage afterwards when you buy your Atmas Impala

Atmas Impala for the attack damage according to your max hp (Why you bought the warmogs) and also critical chance and Defence

Then move on to buy a Force of nature for defence againse Ability Power champions, Not only does thi give good defence agaisnt ability power champions but it also gives you high health point regeneration per five seconds.

After the Force of nature, Buy a Black clever for bonus attack speed so you are not useless in a 1v1, And also for the extra damage and its passive that lowers your oppnenets armour per attack.

To finish off the Build Sell the dorans blade which was bogut in the start and buy a blood thirster for mroe attack damage, and life steal. This blood thirster will insure you can dish out the damage in a battle aswell as stay alive by life stealing a lot of health points per hit (more you farm the higher the life steal due Blood Thirter)

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Champion Skills

First rank Broken wings (Q) This is a good damage dealer for early game

Second Rank Valor (E) as it is good fro mobility and gives you a shield when used

Third Rank Ki Burst (W) which is good becasue it gives a AOE stun, It can be used to get away but best of all it is good to follow up ki Burst after rushing into your oponent with Valor

After you have got the 3 skills ranked, Rank Broken wings and Ki burst consequtively and Rank your Blade of the Exile (R)(Ulti) wenever you can.

After Broken wings and ki burst are ranked you then rank Valor.

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Pros / Cons

Pros To Riven

- Good mobility
- High Early Game Damage
- Has Knock up as well as stun to stop ulti's such as Kats'
- Has 3 Aoe attacks Which inure easy farming
- Ulti is a ranged attack Whic insures the kill when enemies are fleeing


Honestly i cant think of any Cons on riven because to me he is the prefect champ :)

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Early Game (Solo Lane) (Ranked Play)

In ranked Play, I recommend solo top because you can fafrm creeps easy aswell a score easy kill against other solo tops,

Dash out With Valor (e) and give your self a temporary shield, Stun with Ki Burst (w) and cause some damage.

Auto attack and when tun wears off use Broken wings (q) to chase them as their running and knock them up, thi gives them another slight stun to insure that final hit.

(By the time you use your (q) your stun and dash are back up again so them escaping is a low chance because you can dash towards them and stun) Gee Gee Solo top oponent you die. :)






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Mid Game (Solo Lane) (Ranked Play)

By this time Mid game you are pretty beefy.

If you are still in solo top you farm minions and if you want a kill you use the same tactic as Early game. But this time you can use your ulti on the running opponent when they try to escape, Also i would use Blade of the Exile when you initiate so you can deal that extra damage it gives you.

If you are in a team fight it would be expected of you to initiate the battle and start it as you can valor in and Aoe stun, take some damage as your team follow in after you and cleans up.

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Late Game (Solo Lane) (Ranked Play)

Late game you jsut run in initiate, AOE stun with Ki burst, Knock up and Deal damage with Broken wings and rape as your team follow in after you.

And if any try to escape...USE BLADE FO THE EXILE and kill the master Flees.

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Jungle Riven

Riven jungle

When playing riven jungle you open your skills items etc in the same way as what is stated above, BUT instead of getting warmogs first, get a Wriggles lantern because ward is always helpful (sell this afterwards for blood thirster)

After the wolves move on to blue, Because riven is cooldown based and cannot farm well unless her Broken wing is off cool downs because that is her main scource of damage.

When the wolves have been taken move down to the Golems and take them, Also instead of getting Valor as the second skill Get Ki burst as the second skill and Valor as the third and continue the set skill ranking order.

Now that you have both your AOE attacks unlcoked by now, ( i hope) Move on to the wraiths. Initiate with Broken wings and make ure you hit all of them, After you have used broken wings follow up with ki burst to hit all the minions with another burst of damage and they should be defeated then jsut defeat the remaining ones with auto attack. :)


When going for a gank, Move in fast with Valor to close the distance, Stun with Ki burst then follow up with Broken Wings and they should be defeated if the opponent aws on low hp when you ganked them OR if your team mate helps when you gank them at high hp.

(I dont realy Jungle riven much o im not very experienced at jungling but i hope thi helps those who want to jungle riven ahaha!)

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- High defence
- High Magic Resist
- Good Health Regen
- High Survivability
- Good attack Damage
- Moderate Attack Speed

This is my First Guide, Sorry if it is kidna dodgey but i hope anyone who reads this enjoys playing riven like i do :)