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LoL Champion Build Guides: Swain

Swain The Noxian Grand General

Find the best Swain build guides for League of Legends S12 Patch 12.1. The MOBAFire community works hard to keep their LoL builds and guides updated, and will help you craft the best Swain build for the S12 meta. Learn more about Swain's abilities, skins, or even ask your own questions to the community!

Season 12 Guides // Patch 12.1 & Patch 11.24
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LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

[ NEW SEASON 12 - 11.24 UPDATED!! ] - SWAIN is the GOD OF MI

Guide by RezoneVerified updated December 19, 2021
  • In-depth
8.3
104
Votes
10
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

MID Swain, the Ruthless Crow General

Guide by Baion updated January 4, 2022
  • In-depth
8.3
55
Votes
16
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

Swain Botlane Carry Actualizado [season 11] para partir raja

Guide by wenaperrito updated January 3, 2022
8.2
9
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LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

An honest guide to Swain Toplane

Guide by boboderaffe updated January 2, 2022
  • In-depth
  • Off-Meta
Season 12 Builds // Patch 12.1 & Patch 11.24
10
49
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LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

[12.1] BUILD MID TOP BOT SUPP

Build by Alaxus6 updated January 14, 2022
9.3
15
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0
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

Swain complete guid

Build by Foxirion updated January 11, 2022
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

[12.1] Swain Build/Guide

Build by thirstE updated January 13, 2022
New Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

Swain Support Carry

Build by Kensun112 updated January 10, 2022
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

PRESEASON/S12 OBLITERATE SOLO QUEUE WITH SWAIN!

Build by blommit7 updated December 17, 2021
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

Swain Bottom Lane Season 12 Hyper Carry

Build by BIG LINDAWG updated January 2, 2022
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

GOREDRINKER SWAIN (Top/Sup)

Build by Kamikaze_Boboh updated December 24, 2021
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

Swain

Build by HiramBattle updated December 20, 2021
New Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

Swain Support Carry

Build by Guest updated January 10, 2022
New Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

Damn this Swain - APCarrying the Botlane 101

Build by Dubsent updated January 9, 2022
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

Swain Sup

Build by Deathbat1 updated January 6, 2022
New Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

Swain Hyper Carry Season 12 ALL LANES

Build by BigLindawg updated January 5, 2022
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

SWAIN MID BEST BUILD AND RUNES

Build by ParsaBrz updated January 1, 2022
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

Tank AP Swain

Build by KwikKill updated December 12, 2021
  • Off-Meta
Season 12 Guides // Other Patches
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LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

[11.23] A SUPPORT SWAIN GUIDE by a Silver Hardstuck Player

Guide by Stannis_The_Mannis updated November 28, 2021
  • In-depth
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

Moondrive Swain

Guide by Shireon updated December 4, 2021
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Swain Build & Runes

If you're looking for the best rune build for Swain we've got you covered. Below you can find the best items and runes to build for Swain, as determined by LeagueSpy's calculations of thousands of Plat+ League of Legends games. If you are already familiar with how to play Swain this is a great resource to quickly get a good rune selection for Patch 12.1. However, if you are a new Swain player we highly recommend reading through some of the guides above to learn why this build is strong on Swain!

Patch 12.1: 490336 matches scanned * Each section of the build is rated independently of the others

Swain's Top Items

Swain's Runes

Swain's Best Runes 51%

Win Rate 8832 Games

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Domination
LoL Path: Domination
LoL Rune: Electrocute
Electrocute
LoL Rune: Cheap Shot
Cheap Shot
LoL Rune: Eyeball Collection
Eyeball Collection
LoL Rune: Ultimate Hunter
Ultimate Hunter

Inspiration
LoL Path: Inspiration
LoL Rune: Perfect Timing
Perfect Timing
LoL Rune: Biscuit Delivery
Biscuit Delivery

Second Best

Swain's 2nd Best Runes 50%

Win Rate 3064 Games

Domination
LoL Path: Domination
LoL Rune: Electrocute
Electrocute
LoL Rune: Cheap Shot
Cheap Shot
LoL Rune: Eyeball Collection
Eyeball Collection
LoL Rune: Ultimate Hunter
Ultimate Hunter

Inspiration
LoL Path: Inspiration
LoL Rune: Perfect Timing
Perfect Timing
LoL Rune: Cosmic Insight
Cosmic Insight

Third Best

Swain's 3rd Best Runes 50%

Win Rate 1860 Games

Domination
LoL Path: Domination
LoL Rune: Electrocute
Electrocute
LoL Rune: Cheap Shot
Cheap Shot
LoL Rune: Eyeball Collection
Eyeball Collection
LoL Rune: Ultimate Hunter
Ultimate Hunter

Inspiration
LoL Path: Inspiration
LoL Rune: Perfect Timing
Perfect Timing
LoL Rune: Cosmic Insight
Cosmic Insight
More Swain Runes

Swain's Summoner Spells

Swain's Best Summoner Spells 50%

Win Rate 39932 Games

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Second Best

Swain's 2nd Best Summoner Spells 49%

Win Rate 6015 Games

Exhaust Flash

Third Best

Swain's 3rd Best Summoner Spells 61%

Win Rate 61 Games

Exhaust Ignite

Swain's Starters

Swain's Best Starter Items 50%

Win Rate 46785 Games

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Trinket

Swain's Best Trinket 51%

Win Rate 41144 Games

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  • 3

Second Best

Swain's 2nd Best Trinket 45%

Win Rate 5436 Games

Stealth Ward

Third Best

Swain's 3rd Best Trinket 42%

Win Rate 550 Games

Farsight Alteration
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Top Swain Players

Get match statisctics & builds Top Swain Players are using on LeagueSpy!

Patch 11.20: 494917 matches scanned * Each section of the build is rated independently of the others

Swain's Top Items

Swain's Runes

Swain's Best Runes 57%

Win Rate 228 Games

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Domination
LoL Path: Domination
LoL Rune: Electrocute
Electrocute
LoL Rune: Cheap Shot
Cheap Shot
LoL Rune: Eyeball Collection
Eyeball Collection
LoL Rune: Ultimate Hunter
Ultimate Hunter

Inspiration
LoL Path: Inspiration
LoL Rune: Perfect Timing
Perfect Timing
LoL Rune: Cosmic Insight
Cosmic Insight

Second Best

Swain's 2nd Best Runes 52%

Win Rate 550 Games

Precision
LoL Path: Precision
LoL Rune: Conqueror
Conqueror
LoL Rune: Presence of Mind
Presence of Mind
LoL Rune: Legend: Tenacity
Legend: Tenacity
LoL Rune: Coup de Grace
Coup de Grace

Domination
LoL Path: Domination
LoL Rune: Ultimate Hunter
Ultimate Hunter
LoL Rune: Cheap Shot
Cheap Shot

Third Best

Swain's 3rd Best Runes 54%

Win Rate 133 Games

Precision
LoL Path: Precision
LoL Rune: Conqueror
Conqueror
LoL Rune: Presence of Mind
Presence of Mind
LoL Rune: Legend: Tenacity
Legend: Tenacity
LoL Rune: Last Stand
Last Stand

Domination
LoL Path: Domination
LoL Rune: Ultimate Hunter
Ultimate Hunter
LoL Rune: Cheap Shot
Cheap Shot
More Swain Runes

Swain's Summoner Spells

Swain's Best Summoner Spells 57%

Win Rate 915 Games

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Second Best

Swain's 2nd Best Summoner Spells 53%

Win Rate 902 Games

Flash Ignite

Third Best

Swain's 3rd Best Summoner Spells 50%

Win Rate 937 Games

Exhaust Flash

Swain's Starters

Swain's Best Starter Items 43%

Win Rate 47 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.

Second Best

Swain's 2nd Best Starter Items 100%

Win Rate 3 Games

Spellthief's Edge

Third Best

Swain's 3rd Best Starter Items 33%

Win Rate 3 Games

Health Potion Tear of the Goddess

Trinket

Swain's Best Trinket 56%

Win Rate 967 Games

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Second Best

Swain's 2nd Best Trinket 51%

Win Rate 1264 Games

Stealth Ward

Third Best

Swain's 3rd Best Trinket 55%

Win Rate 767 Games

Oracle Lens
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Swain's Ability Order

Swain's Best Ability Order 33%

Win Rate 3 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.

Top Swain Players

Get match statisctics & builds Top Swain Players are using on LeagueSpy!

Patch 12.1: 490349 matches scanned * Each section of the build is rated independently of the others

Swain's Top Items

Swain's Runes

Swain's Best Runes 60%

Win Rate 109 Games

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Domination
LoL Path: Domination
LoL Rune: Electrocute
Electrocute
LoL Rune: Cheap Shot
Cheap Shot
LoL Rune: Eyeball Collection
Eyeball Collection
LoL Rune: Ultimate Hunter
Ultimate Hunter

Inspiration
LoL Path: Inspiration
LoL Rune: Perfect Timing
Perfect Timing
LoL Rune: Biscuit Delivery
Biscuit Delivery

Second Best

Swain's 2nd Best Runes 59%

Win Rate 123 Games

Domination
LoL Path: Domination
LoL Rune: Electrocute
Electrocute
LoL Rune: Cheap Shot
Cheap Shot
LoL Rune: Eyeball Collection
Eyeball Collection
LoL Rune: Ultimate Hunter
Ultimate Hunter

Inspiration
LoL Path: Inspiration
LoL Rune: Perfect Timing
Perfect Timing
LoL Rune: Cosmic Insight
Cosmic Insight

Third Best

Swain's 3rd Best Runes 58%

Win Rate 230 Games

Domination
LoL Path: Domination
LoL Rune: Electrocute
Electrocute
LoL Rune: Cheap Shot
Cheap Shot
LoL Rune: Eyeball Collection
Eyeball Collection
LoL Rune: Ultimate Hunter
Ultimate Hunter

Inspiration
LoL Path: Inspiration
LoL Rune: Perfect Timing
Perfect Timing
LoL Rune: Cosmic Insight
Cosmic Insight
More Swain Runes

Swain's Summoner Spells

Swain's Best Summoner Spells 53%

Win Rate 6700 Games

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  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Swain's 2nd Best Summoner Spells 50%

Win Rate 1432 Games

Flash Teleport

Third Best

Swain's 3rd Best Summoner Spells 54%

Win Rate 779 Games

Exhaust Flash

Swain's Starters

Swain's Best Starter Items 53%

Win Rate 4858 Games

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  • 3

Trinket

Swain's Best Trinket 52%

Win Rate 5018 Games

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  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Swain's 2nd Best Trinket 53%

Win Rate 3041 Games

Oracle Lens

Third Best

Swain's 3rd Best Trinket 54%

Win Rate 1608 Games

Farsight Alteration
Don’t forget
to Buy Wards

Top Swain Players

Get match statisctics & builds Top Swain Players are using on LeagueSpy!

Patch 12.1: 490367 matches scanned * Each section of the build is rated independently of the others

Swain's Top Items

Swain's Runes

Swain's Best Runes 56%

Win Rate 57 Games

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  • 3
Domination
LoL Path: Domination
LoL Rune: Electrocute
Electrocute
LoL Rune: Cheap Shot
Cheap Shot
LoL Rune: Eyeball Collection
Eyeball Collection
LoL Rune: Ultimate Hunter
Ultimate Hunter

Precision
LoL Path: Precision
LoL Rune: Presence of Mind
Presence of Mind
LoL Rune: Coup de Grace
Coup de Grace

Second Best

Swain's 2nd Best Runes 53%

Win Rate 144 Games

Domination
LoL Path: Domination
LoL Rune: Electrocute
Electrocute
LoL Rune: Cheap Shot
Cheap Shot
LoL Rune: Eyeball Collection
Eyeball Collection
LoL Rune: Ultimate Hunter
Ultimate Hunter

Inspiration
LoL Path: Inspiration
LoL Rune: Perfect Timing
Perfect Timing
LoL Rune: Biscuit Delivery
Biscuit Delivery

Third Best

Swain's 3rd Best Runes 40%

Win Rate 53 Games

Precision
LoL Path: Precision
LoL Rune: Conqueror
Conqueror
LoL Rune: Presence of Mind
Presence of Mind
LoL Rune: Legend: Tenacity
Legend: Tenacity
LoL Rune: Coup de Grace
Coup de Grace

Domination
LoL Path: Domination
LoL Rune: Ultimate Hunter
Ultimate Hunter
LoL Rune: Cheap Shot
Cheap Shot
More Swain Runes

Swain's Summoner Spells

Swain's Best Summoner Spells 49%

Win Rate 2146 Games

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  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Swain's 2nd Best Summoner Spells 52%

Win Rate 1134 Games

Flash Ignite

Third Best

Swain's 3rd Best Summoner Spells 56%

Win Rate 71 Games

Flash Ghost

Swain's Starters

Swain's Best Starter Items 50%

Win Rate 1795 Games

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  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Swain's 2nd Best Starter Items 51%

Win Rate 426 Games

Health Potion Spellthief's Edge

Third Best

Swain's 3rd Best Starter Items 50%

Win Rate 429 Games

Corrupting Potion

Trinket

Swain's Best Trinket 48%

Win Rate 2402 Games

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  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Swain's 2nd Best Trinket 55%

Win Rate 516 Games

Farsight Alteration

Third Best

Swain's 3rd Best Trinket 53%

Win Rate 662 Games

Oracle Lens
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Top Swain Players

Get match statisctics & builds Top Swain Players are using on LeagueSpy!

Swain 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 Swain guides to see how to build and play against other champions you may find yourself up against!


This counter data is for Swain Support in Plat+ games. The percent shown is the enemy champion's counter rating against Swain. 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.

Swain Skins

Swain's Abilities

Swain's Ravenous Flock
Ravenous Flock Swain's Passive Swain's Passive
1125
Swain's Passive
Swain's Passive
Ravenous: Swain can periodically target a nearby immobilized enemy champion to rip out a Soul Fragment from them, dealing 20-105 (+30% of ability power) magic damage and pulling them 290-units towards him before a 0.25-second cast time (depending on level). If the target would be brought past Swain, they are instead knocked back the excess distance.

Enemy champions also leave behind a Soul Fragment for 16 seconds upon death, which can be harvested after 1 second if Swain is near them.

Flock: Enemy champion takedowns leave a Soul Fragment behind for 16 seconds. Swain restores 4 / 5.5 / 7% of his maximum health whenever he collects a Soul Fragment, while also permanently increasing his maximum health by 5.
Q
Swain's Death's Hand
Death's Hand Swain's Q Ability
725
65 / 70 / 75 / 80 / 85
9 / 7.5 / 6 / 4.5 / 3
Swain unleashes five bolts of eldritch power in the target direction, dealing 55 / 75 / 95 / 115 / 135 (+40% of ability power) magic damage to all enemies in a cone. Enemies can be hit by multiple bolts, taking 15 / 20 / 25 / 30 / 35% bonus magic damage.
W
Swain's Vision of Empire
Vision of Empire Swain's W Ability
7500
70 / 80 / 90 / 100 / 110
22 / 21 / 20 / 19 / 18
Swain summons a demonic eye at the target area that reveals it for 2 seconds before exploding, dealing 80 / 120 / 160 / 200 / 240 (+70% of ability power) magic damage to all enemies hit, halved against non-champions, and slowing them by 25 / 35 / 45 / 55 / 65% for 2.5 seconds.

Enemy champions are revealed for 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 seconds and each grant Swain a Soul Fragment.
E
Swain's Nevermove
Nevermove Swain's E Ability
850
50
10
Swain launches a demonic wave in the target direction, dealing 35 / 70 / 105 / 140 / 175 (+25% of ability power) magic damage to enemies it passes through.

Upon reaching its maximum distance, the wave returns to Swain, detonating at the first enemy hit, dealing 35 / 45 / 55 / 65 / 75 (+25% of ability power) magic damage to all nearby enemies and rooting them for 1.5 seconds.
R
Swain's Demonic Ascension
Demonic Ascension Swain's Ultimate (R) Ability
650
100
120
Swain frees the demon within for 12 seconds, gaining 125 / 200 / 275 (+5 per Soul Fragment) bonus health.

While Demonic Ascension is active, Swain drains the 3 enemies closest to him, prioritizing champions, dealing 35 / 50 / 65 (+14.167% of ability power) magic damage to them each second, up to a potential 420 / 600 / 780 (+170% of ability power) damage per enemy. He also restores 20 / 35 / 50 (+16% of ability power) health per second for each enemy hit, reduced by 90% against minions and monsters.

Swain can end the effects of Demonic Ascension early to cast Demonflare, and automatically does so at the end of its duration.

Demonflare: Swain unleashes a nova of soulfire, dealing a minimum of 100 / 150 / 200 (+50% of ability power) magic damage to all nearby enemies, plus 75% of the health Swain drained during Demonic Ascension. Demonflare's damage is capped at 200 / 300 / 400 (+100% of ability power).
R
Swain's Demonflare
Demonflare Swain's Ultimate (R) Ability
675
0
Swain's Passive
Swain unleashes a nova of soulfire, dealing a minimum of 100 / 150 / 200 (+50% of ability power) magic damage to all nearby enemies, plus 75% of the health Swain drained during Demonic Ascension. Demonflare's damage is capped at 200 / 300 / 400 (+100% of ability power).

Demonflare is automatically cast at the end of the Demonic Ascension duration, which can be ended early by recasting the ability.

Questions About Swain

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How to play against Swain?

The combination of [[nevermove]] + [[ravenous flock]] is basically an instant cast [[death sentence]] that hits you through creeps on a 9 second cooldown. His ultimate is literally just press R win teamfight, and he can always force a fight...

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Is new Swain good?

I've played a bit of new Swain on the PBE with mixed results, while I'm not sure what to build on him yet I'm leaning towards a AP/Health type build (like old swain). While Swain is fun he doesn't seem to be doing the damage I feel like he should,...

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Swain skin

Is there any news about the Dragon Master Swain skin? Wasn't that discussed a few years before? I'm itching to get that one. (Don't get me wrong, Tryrant Swain is the shizz).

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Least played champions?

I have just been curios guys about why some champions are not played that much. I know that unpopular picks like swain, galio, mao'kai, and yorick are all strong picks in their respective fields. What I am trying to get to in this is why some...

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Swain's time to shine

I have a hunch that Swain will rise in popularity with all the innovation that has been going on in the LCS, both in the middle and top lane. I was wondering if you could help me find the best runes and build, but currently I like this one alot:...

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Shouldn't Tear of the Goddess work with Swain?

So the new [[tear of the goddess]] says "whenever mana is spent" or something like that, but when I used it on [[Swain]] it wouldn't work whenever I toggled [[ravenous flock]]. Isn't it supposed to?

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