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Riven Build Guide by SaltCat

Top Riven Ultimate Guide for Season 11

Top Riven Ultimate Guide for Season 11

Updated on June 13, 2022
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Runes: Standart

1 2 3 4
Legend: Alacrity
Last Stand

Gathering Storm

+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+15-140 HP (lvls 1-18)


1 2
LoL Summoner Spell: Flash


LoL Summoner Spell: Teleport


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Champion Build Guide

Riven Ultimate Guide for Season 11

By SaltCat
Riven skins display
Why Riven?
+ Fun!
+ 1v9 Carry potential
+ Lots of room for skill
+ Build diversity
+ No mana
+ Flexible, can be played mid also, or even jg
- High skill ceiling
- High skill floor
- Easily counter picked
- Cant be safely blind picked
- No sustain in lane
- All damage is physical
Rivens abilities explanation
broken wings
INNATE: Riven gains a Charge for 6 seconds every time she uses an ability, stacking up to 3 times and refreshing on subsequent ability casts. Riven's basic attacks consume a Charge to deal 30% − 60% (based on level) AD bonus physical damage.

Runic Blade is affected by Critical strike icon.png critical strike modifiers.
Broken wings
Riven can activate Broken Wings three times before the ability goes on cooldown. If Riven does not recast the ability within 4 seconds, the ability goes on cooldown.

Each of the three casts has Riven slash with her sword, dealing physical damage to all enemies struck, Bladework.png resetting her basic attack timer, and ordering her to basic attack the target of Broken Wings if there are any.

15 / 35 / 55 / 75 / 95 (+ 45 / 50 / 55 / 60 / 65% AD)
FIRST CAST: Riven dashes up to 225 units towards the target enemy or in the direction she is currently facing, affecting all enemies around the target area 100 units away. This cast cannot cross terrain.

SECOND CAST: Riven mimics the first cast's effects.

THIRD CAST: Riven mimics the first cast's effects in an expanded radius while also Airborne icon.png knocking back all affected enemies 75 units over 0.75 seconds. This cast can cross terrain.
Ki Burst
ACTIVE: Before the cast time, Riven's sword emits a burst of runic energy that shocks nearby enemies, dealing physical damage and applying a stun for 0.75 seconds.

55 / 85 / 115 / 145 / 175 (+ 100% bonus AD)
ACTIVE: Riven Dash.png dashes to the target location (but not through terrain) while Hybrid resistances icon.png shielding herself for 1.5 seconds.

95 / 125 / 155 / 185 / 215 (+ 100% bonus AD)
Other abilities can be cast during the dash, and Broken Wings Broken Wings may be cast during Ki Burst Ki Burst or Blade of the Exile Blade of the Exile cast times if they're used at the end or briefly after the dash.*

Valor will cast at max range if cast beyond that.
Blade of the exile
ACTIVE: Riven mends her broken blade and empowers it for 15 seconds, gaining 20% AD Attack damage icon.png bonus attack damage, Range icon.png 75 bonus range on her basic attacks, and increased range on Broken Wings Broken Wings and Ki Burst Ki Burst. After 0.5 seconds, she gains the ability to cast Wind Slash Wind Slash once for the duration.
Wind slash
ACTIVE: Riven unleashes a wave of energy via three missiles spread in a cone in the target direction, dealing physical damage once to all enemies they pass through, increased by 0% − 200% (based on missing health).

100 / 150 / 200 (+ 60% bonus AD)
If Wind Slash hits an enemy while Riven is unseen, it will briefly grant Sight icon.png vision of the area around Riven to the enemies.

Conqueror Is the best rune option for Riven. She can stack it really fast with her abilities, she gets access to sustain which works really good, she also gets bonus ad and all her abilities scale with ad so she gets a lot of bonus damage, The other options just doesnt fit Riven as well, Riven can get Press the Attack really fast but it doesnt provide her the sustain or bonus ad or healing Conqueror provides, Fleet Footwork gives her sustain but no damage, and lethal tempo just gives her nothing, Riven works with attack speed, but the attack speed from alacrity is enought.
Its obvious here that Triumph is the way to go, Overheal isnt good enought,you dont have any sustain to stack it anyway,and Presence of Mind just doesnt work because Riven has no mana ;D,triumph works best because you get a lot of healing and gold in teamfights and when you 1v2 the enemy jungler.
Here Riven can take every rune actually, Legend: Alacrity is the best option because it helps Riven to do her combos easier and faster, Legend: Tenacity is also a good option vs a lot of cc, Legend: Bloodline is the least usefull option it can work tho.
Here the only viable options are Coup de Grace and Last Stand, Last Stand is the standart choise, Riven prefers extended fights and she will be low most of the times also with her sustain from Conqueror and from her items she will be around there 40% hp so she can use last stands damage well, Coup de Grace works with the damage builds.

Sorcery is now the new best secondary rune path for Riven, with the changes to transcendensce it gives ability haste and and a cooldown reset when you get a kill. Celerity cant work with Riven because she doesnt have any movespeed ability or any on her build, Absolute Focus doesnt work either, Riven prefers long fights and she will get low, making Absolute Focus useless
Here Gathering Storm is the best option because Riven is a scaling champion and the bonus ad can be really usefull because as i mentioned earlier Riven abilities all scale of from ad.
Here you get 2 adaptive damage runes and no longer the spell haste one,its better, you can get either armor or magic resist depending on who you laning against.
Game phases

Early Game
x The most basic way and safest that a Riven can play the early laning phase is by playing safe until she reaches level 3,from then she can look for short trades or long trades
x An other way is just ignoring completly your enemy opponent and farm, as Riven you outscale most champs in the game, so there is nothing wrong with just farming
x A third way Riven can play the lane is by playing super aggresive, you can cheese level 1 in the bushes with your q, or just pushing off the wave your enemy
Mid Game
x Mid game Riven is starting to become strong, especially if she is ahead, you moslty want to push sidelanes and get jungle camps to get you even ahead, do not aram mid, you will lose a lot for no reward, just sidelane, do not push if you dont have vision, buy wards and place them in key spots, use your tp to join a teamfight, but only if you see an opportunity, if not just push and you will get extremely ahead, if you are behind just focus on farming and be mindfull of pushing
Late Game
x Late game you are a monster, you can teamfight and sidelane really well, in teamfights dont engage first, at least most of the times,if you can teamfight only when you have Flash on, and jump on them with a Valor+ Blade of the Exile+ Flash, that would do the job and you will be right on them ready to kill them, but use that combo late game only if you can do it on 3 people, no less
The end
Thank you all for reading up this far , comment down below your opinions, if you agree or disagree with what i say
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