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Bard Build Guides, Runes and Items

Bard The Wandering Caretaker

Find the best Bard build guides for League of Legends S12 Patch 12.9. The MOBAFire community works hard to keep their LoL builds and guides updated, and will help you craft the best Bard build for the S12 meta. Learn more about Bard's abilities, skins, or even ask your own questions to the community!

Season 12 Guides // Patch 12.9 & Patch 12.8
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LoL Champion Bard Build Guide
LoL Champion Bard Build Guide

Lathyrus' [12.9] EUW Challenger Guide - Updated!

Guide by Mr buckets updated May 12, 2022
  • In-depth
9.5
50
Votes
3
LoL Champion Bard Build Guide
LoL Champion Bard Build Guide

[12.9] Beefy's Challenger Bard Guide

Guide by beefyylol updated May 16, 2022
  • In-depth
Season 12 Builds // Patch 12.9 & Patch 12.8
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Bard Build Guide
LoL Champion Bard Build Guide

death from abard

Build by chroff updated May 13, 2022
  • Off-Meta
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Bard Build Guide
LoL Champion Bard Build Guide

Bard Mid

Build by GhostToast1 updated April 30, 2022
  • Off-Meta
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Bard Build Guide
LoL Champion Bard Build Guide

Captain Bard Bardo

Build by Noks Poks updated April 29, 2022
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Bard Build Guide
LoL Champion Bard Build Guide

Split Dmg Barding AD carry

Build by Gaffaraff updated May 16, 2022
  • Off-Meta
New Guide
LoL Champion Bard Build Guide
LoL Champion Bard Build Guide

Furrious Bard

Build by ObiousFurrious updated May 13, 2022
New Guide
LoL Champion Bard Build Guide
LoL Champion Bard Build Guide

Furrious Bard

Build by Guest updated May 13, 2022
Season 12 Guides // Other Patches
9.8
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LoL Champion Bard Build Guide
LoL Champion Bard Build Guide

[Season 12] Bard Jungle Guide

Guide by SuperChicken144 updated February 9, 2022
  • Off-Meta
9.5
29
Votes
2
LoL Champion Bard Build Guide
LoL Champion Bard Build Guide

Bard: Build Anything and Still Carry, Somehow (Preseason 12!

Guide by Gobomo updated December 15, 2021
  • In-depth
  • Off-Meta
8.6
32
Votes
6
LoL Champion Bard Build Guide
LoL Champion Bard Build Guide

[12.7] SAGA MODE's Bard Guide

Guide by SAGA MODE updated April 12, 2022
8
52
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LoL Champion Bard Build Guide
LoL Champion Bard Build Guide

[12.6] Quick Bardino SUPPORT Guide

Guide by PalestinianLuck updated March 30, 2022
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Bard Build Guide
LoL Champion Bard Build Guide

Season 12 | Omnitree Bard | Runes & Builds

Guide by Florean updated January 8, 2022
  • In-depth
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Bard Build Guide
LoL Champion Bard Build Guide

Brand Z's Guide To The Meep Collector Bard

Guide by LoL_BrandZ updated February 3, 2022
  • In-depth
Season 12 Builds // Other Patches
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Bard Build Guide
LoL Champion Bard Build Guide

On-hit Bard

Build by Lyttleloki updated April 19, 2022
  • Off-Meta
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Bard Build Guide
LoL Champion Bard Build Guide

Bard Jesuscirraptor MID

Build by Jesuscirraptor updated March 21, 2022
  • Off-Meta
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Bard Build Guide
LoL Champion Bard Build Guide

Bard Supp/ADC

Build by TheDeahKnife updated February 18, 2022
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Bard Build Guide
LoL Champion Bard Build Guide

Bard top :D OP

Build by Luc luc updated January 21, 2022
  • Off-Meta
6.8
8
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4
LoL Champion Bard Build Guide
LoL Champion Bard Build Guide

BARD MID INASE KARZY PICK 30000 HEAL SECOND WAVE 💀

Build by McBoosted updated February 23, 2022
  • Off-Meta
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Bard Build Guide
LoL Champion Bard Build Guide

[NoMainOps]'s Max Heal support BARDO WIP

Build by NoMainOps updated January 23, 2022
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Bard Build & Runes

If you're looking for the best rune build for Bard we've got you covered. Below you can find the best items and runes to build for Bard, as determined by calculations of thousands of Plat+ League of Legends games. If you are already familiar with how to play Bard this is a great resource to quickly get a good rune selection for Patch 12.9. However, if you are a new Bard player we highly recommend reading through some of the guides above to learn why this build is strong on Bard!

Patch 12.8: 513624 matches scanned * Each section of the build is rated independently of the others

Bard's Runes

Bard's Best Runes 65%

Win Rate 144 Games

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Resolve
LoL Path: Resolve
LoL Rune: Guardian
Guardian
LoL Rune: Font of Life
Font of Life
LoL Rune: Conditioning
Conditioning
LoL Rune: Unflinching
Unflinching

Domination
LoL Path: Domination
LoL Rune: Relentless Hunter
Relentless Hunter
LoL Rune: Zombie Ward
Zombie Ward

Second Best

Bard's 2nd Best Runes 65%

Win Rate 96 Games

Resolve
LoL Path: Resolve
LoL Rune: Guardian
Guardian
LoL Rune: Font of Life
Font of Life
LoL Rune: Conditioning
Conditioning
LoL Rune: Unflinching
Unflinching

Domination
LoL Path: Domination
LoL Rune: Relentless Hunter
Relentless Hunter
LoL Rune: Taste of Blood
Taste of Blood

Third Best

Bard's 3rd Best Runes 50%

Win Rate 1408 Games

Resolve
LoL Path: Resolve
LoL Rune: Guardian
Guardian
LoL Rune: Font of Life
Font of Life
LoL Rune: Bone Plating
Bone Plating
LoL Rune: Unflinching
Unflinching

Domination
LoL Path: Domination
LoL Rune: Relentless Hunter
Relentless Hunter
LoL Rune: Zombie Ward
Zombie Ward

Bard's Summoner Spells

Bard's Best Summoner Spells 50%

Win Rate 16626 Games

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  • 3

Second Best

Bard's 2nd Best Summoner Spells 49%

Win Rate 3250 Games

Exhaust Flash

Third Best

Bard's 3rd Best Summoner Spells 50%

Win Rate 66 Games

Exhaust Ignite

Bard's Starters

Bard's Best Starter Items 50%

Win Rate 16397 Games

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Trinket

Bard's Best Trinket 50%

Win Rate 19622 Games

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Second Best

Bard's 2nd Best Trinket 56%

Win Rate 82 Games

Farsight Alteration

Third Best

Bard's 3rd Best Trinket 41%

Win Rate 589 Games

Stealth Ward
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Patch 12.8: 513624 matches scanned * Each section of the build is rated independently of the others

Bard's Runes

Bard's Best Runes 61%

Win Rate 75 Games

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  • 2
Resolve
LoL Path: Resolve
LoL Rune: Guardian
Guardian
LoL Rune: Font of Life
Font of Life
LoL Rune: Bone Plating
Bone Plating
LoL Rune: Unflinching
Unflinching

Domination
LoL Path: Domination
LoL Rune: Relentless Hunter
Relentless Hunter
LoL Rune: Zombie Ward
Zombie Ward

Second Best

Bard's 2nd Best Runes 41%

Win Rate 56 Games

Resolve
LoL Path: Resolve
LoL Rune: Guardian
Guardian
LoL Rune: Font of Life
Font of Life
LoL Rune: Bone Plating
Bone Plating
LoL Rune: Unflinching
Unflinching

Domination
LoL Path: Domination
LoL Rune: Relentless Hunter
Relentless Hunter
LoL Rune: Zombie Ward
Zombie Ward

Third Best

Bard's 3rd Best Runes 0%

Win Rate Games

LoL Path:

LoL Path:

Bard's Summoner Spells

Bard's Best Summoner Spells 51%

Win Rate 1313 Games

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  • 2

Second Best

Bard's 2nd Best Summoner Spells 50%

Win Rate 242 Games

Exhaust Flash

Bard's Starters

Bard's Best Starter Items 52%

Win Rate 1141 Games

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  • 2
  • 3

Trinket

Bard's Best Trinket 52%

Win Rate 1479 Games

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  • 2

Second Best

Bard's 2nd Best Trinket 38%

Win Rate 103 Games

Stealth Ward
Don’t forget
to Buy Wards

Bard's Ability Order

Bard's Best Ability Order 55%

Win Rate 38 Games

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! Small Sample Size Warning * There is either not a lot of games played on this champion or the builds vary greatly, we have provided the top build but it does not have a high confidence rating so use your own discretion.

Bard Counters

Learn 's counters and discover matchups where they have an advantage! When you're starting a game of League of Legends you should always keep in mind if you'll be at an advantage or disadvantage against your opponent, so you can know whether to bully them or play safe. You can find detailed breakdowns of each matchup on CounterStats, and you can also check out some Bard guides to see how to build and play against other champions you may find yourself up against!


This counter data is for Bard Support in Plat+ games. The percent shown is the enemy champion's counter rating against Bard. Counter rating is our own statistic that factors in counter kills, overall kills, early lead ratio, comeback ratio, and win percent to give the whole picture of that champion's effectiveness as a counter pick.

CR is Counter Rating, which is a combination of multiple counter factors. Counters shown are for Bard Bard Support

Bard Skins

Bard's Abilities

Bard's Traveler's Call
Traveler's Call Bard's Passive Bard's Passive
Self
Bard's Passive
Bard's Passive
Bard attracts chimes randomly around the map. When Bard moves near a chime he collects it, gaining 24% movement speed out of combat for 7 seconds, 20 experience, and restoring 12% max mana.

Bard attracts a Meep every 8 seconds (max: 1). Bard's attacks consume a Meep to deal an additional dealing 35 (+30% of ability power) plus 14 per 5 chimes as magic damage, plus additional effects based on chimes collected.

At 5 chimes, Meeps also slow by 25% - 75% (depending on the number of chimes) for 1 second.
At 15 chimes, Meeps also hit in an area around and behind the enemy.
At 35 chimes, the area is larger.
Q
Bard's Cosmic Binding
Cosmic Binding Bard's Q Ability
Self
60
11 / 10 / 9 / 8 / 7
Bard fires an energy bolt, dealing 80 / 125 / 170 / 215 / 260 (+65% of ability power) magic damage to the first two enemies hit. The first target hit is slowed by 60% for 1 / 1.2 / 1.4 / 1.6 / 1.8 seconds. If the bolt hits a second enemy or a wall, any enemies hit are stunned for 1 / 1.2 / 1.4 / 1.6 / 1.8 seconds.
W
Bard's Caretaker's Shrine
Caretaker's Shrine Bard's W Ability
800
70
14
Bard creates a health shrine that grants 30% movement speed decaying over 1.5 seconds and restores at least 30 / 60 / 90 / 120 / 150 (+30% of ability power) health to the first ally to enter. The shrine grows to restore 60 / 105 / 150 / 195 / 240 (+60% of ability power) after existing for 10 seconds.

Bard can have up to 3 shrines at once. If an enemy champion enters a shrine, it is destroyed.
E
Bard's Magical Journey
Magical Journey Bard's E Ability
900
30
22 / 20.5 / 19 / 17.5 / 16
Bard opens a one-way portal through Terrain for 10 seconds. Any champion can enter the portal by moving onto it while near the entrance.
R
Bard's Tempered Fate
Tempered Fate Bard's Ultimate (R) Ability
3400
100
110 / 95 / 80 / 80 / 80
Bard hurls magical protective energy to an area, placing all units and structures hit into Stasis for 2.5 seconds.

Questions About Bard

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Latest Questions

Do ability haste affect meeps at all?

Will my meeps appear faster if I build, for example, cosmic driver?

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Best practices in 2020 matches?

gl hf before game? gg wp after game? Any localized idioms would be more than welcome f.ex. calling someone dog in Polish seems to be offensive.

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Bard's Q into Kayn's E

Basically, when Bard's Q hit someone and have a second collision he stuns the one or two people who got hit, so, my question is. When Kayn is in a wall thanks to his E, does the Bard's Q stun him if he is hit in the wall ? And if Kayn is stun,...

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Bard meeps

Hi a question about bard's meeps. when bard has 2 meeps does that mean he loses the first meep after one auto attack and the next after another auto attack? so his third auto attack wont slow or do extra magic damage? Thank you

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Support Main, looking to improve.

So I am a support main. I don't know what to do when my ad is lacking skill. I hit most of my skill shots, but if my adc goes negative on the scoreboard I am the one that gets blamed. Give me all the tips you have

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how to carry as support

i recently started playing support and im having a lot of trouble winning with support. can someone help? i play all the champions that i tagged.

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bard as jungle

Hey so im looking to try to play some different champs in the jungle. im just curious is bard would be viable in jungle? Personally i cant see why he wouldnt but im still kinda new to the game and would prefere to get some advice on the topic.

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Bard Masteries

I've been wondering, since I received Bard for my mystery champ the other day what would be better for him Masteries wise. I know that it depends on my playstyle and since I like playing more aggressive as a support does a 0/9/21 setup make him...

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Why is Bard so expensive?

Hello; I have 6300 IP, however I can't buy Bard because he's 7800 IP. All the champions before him have been 6300 IP. Is this intentional? Why is Bard so expensive?

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Optimal Build for Bard?

Hi all! With the release of Bard (and the potentially very [i]interesting[/i] guides that will be coming out soon), I thought it'd be beneficial to hear a few opinions on how to build Bard. > What...

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Bard looks so broken...

I haven't actually had the opportunity to play bard yet but from what I've seen he looks pretty much like the most broken champion to ever be released and that's saying something (looking at you lucian, yasuo and xin). But seriously his ult will...

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