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Bard Build Guides, Runes and Items

Bard The Wandering Caretaker

Find the best Bard build guides for League of Legends S13 Patch 13.6. The MOBAFire community works hard to keep their LoL builds and guides updated, and will help you craft the best Bard build for the S13 meta. Learn more about Bard's abilities, skins, or even ask your own questions to the community!

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 13.6. 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 13.6: 273589 matches scanned * Each section of the build is rated independently of the others

Bard's Runes

Bard's Best Runes 50%

Win Rate 6412 Games

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

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

Second Best

Bard's 2nd Best Runes 51%

Win Rate 2983 Games

LoL Path: Precision
LoL Rune: Fleet Footwork
Fleet Footwork
LoL Rune: Triumph
LoL Rune: Legend: Tenacity
Legend: Tenacity
LoL Rune: Coup de Grace
Coup de Grace

LoL Path: Resolve
LoL Rune: Unflinching
LoL Rune: Conditioning

Third Best

Bard's 3rd Best Runes 61%

Win Rate 164 Games

LoL Path: Domination
LoL Rune: Electrocute
LoL Rune: Cheap Shot
Cheap Shot
LoL Rune: Zombie Ward
Zombie Ward
LoL Rune: Relentless Hunter
Relentless Hunter

LoL Path: Sorcery
LoL Rune: Waterwalking
LoL Rune: Celerity

Bard's Summoner Spells

Bard's Best Summoner Spells 50%

Win Rate 24869 Games

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Second Best

Bard's 2nd Best Summoner Spells 49%

Win Rate 4023 Games

Exhaust Flash

Third Best

Bard's 3rd Best Summoner Spells 55%

Win Rate 254 Games

Flash Heal

Bard's Starters

Bard's Best Starter Items 50%

Win Rate 51084 Games

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Bard's Best Trinket 51%

Win Rate 28550 Games

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Second Best

Bard's 2nd Best Trinket 35%

Win Rate 632 Games

Stealth Ward

Third Best

Bard's 3rd Best Trinket 39%

Win Rate 61 Games

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Bard Counters

Learn Bard'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
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.
Bard's Cosmic Binding
Cosmic Binding Bard's Q Ability
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.
Bard's Caretaker's Shrine
Caretaker's Shrine Bard's W Ability
Bard creates a health shrine that grants 30% movement speed decaying over 1.5 seconds and restores at least 25 / 50 / 75 / 100 / 125 (+30% of ability power) health to the first ally to enter. The shrine grows to restore 50 / 80 / 110 / 140 / 170 / 200 (+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.
Bard's Magical Journey
Magical Journey Bard's E Ability
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.
Bard's Tempered Fate
Tempered Fate Bard's Ultimate (R) Ability
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


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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