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LoL Champion Build Guides: Swain

Swain The Noxian Grand General

Find the best Swain build guides for League of Legends S11 Patch 11.15. The MOBAFire community works hard to keep their LoL builds and guides updated, and will help you craft the best Swain build for the S11 meta. Learn more about Swain's abilities, skins, or even ask your own questions to the community!

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LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
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Swain - How to rock MID!

Build by Zdyszko updated October 27, 2012
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LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

Swain BJtches

Build by waitforu1314 updated October 14, 2012
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LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

Swain BJtches

Build by Guest updated October 14, 2012
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LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

Ap / (Off -) Tank Swain build ! [ Check it out ] !

Build by nikopubbsi updated October 14, 2012
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LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

Swain - The wise old man

Build by xAljaschuex updated October 12, 2012
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LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

Swain - [Mid]

Build by MiD Fukuu updated October 11, 2012
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LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

Pimp Daddy Hybrid SWAIN

Build by Guest updated October 9, 2012
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LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

Swain

Build by Guest updated October 9, 2012
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LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

Swain - [Mid]

Build by Top Fukuu updated October 5, 2012
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LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

sona

Build by Guest updated October 3, 2012
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LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

Swain Mid!

Build by Drucios updated September 30, 2012
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LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

Swain: The AD Master

Build by CptnHooks updated September 27, 2012
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LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

Swain mid

Build by Goten26 updated September 22, 2012
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LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

Swain, the Master Tactician

Build by crowthak updated September 16, 2012
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LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

Swain the big monster!!!

Build by muzzaik updated September 14, 2012
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LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

Swain: Hadn't you heard? Bird is the Word!

Build by Menkhor updated September 7, 2012
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LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

Swain Mid

Build by Acidum updated September 1, 2012
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LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

Bird Man Swain is after you!

Build by Ap Swag updated August 25, 2012
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LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

Survival Swain: The Avian Cannibal

Build by Guest updated August 18, 2012
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LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

Swain vs AD / AP

Build by Sn00zing updated August 17, 2012
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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 11.15. 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 11.15: 825011 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 7136 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 51%

Win Rate 4571 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 72%

Win Rate 58 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

Precision
LoL Path: Precision
LoL Rune: Presence of Mind
Presence of Mind
LoL Rune: Coup de Grace
Coup de Grace
More Swain Runes

Swain's Summoner Spells

Swain's Best Summoner Spells 51%

Win Rate 31239 Games

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Second Best

Swain's 2nd Best Summoner Spells 50%

Win Rate 4671 Games

Exhaust Flash

Third Best

Swain's 3rd Best Summoner Spells 50%

Win Rate 110 Games

Flash Barrier

Swain's Starters

Swain's Best Starter Items 51%

Win Rate 29410 Games

Trinket

Swain's Best Trinket 51%

Win Rate 32127 Games

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  • 3

Second Best

Swain's 2nd Best Trinket 45%

Win Rate 4089 Games

Stealth Ward

Third Best

Swain's 3rd Best Trinket 47%

Win Rate 467 Games

Farsight Alteration
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Top Swain Players

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

Patch 11.15: 825024 matches scanned * Each section of the build is rated independently of the others

Swain's Top Items

Swain's Runes

Swain's Best Runes 52%

Win Rate 1698 Games

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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

Second Best

Swain's 2nd Best Runes 61%

Win Rate 174 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

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

Third Best

Swain's 3rd Best Runes 61%

Win Rate 127 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: Ravenous Hunter
Ravenous Hunter
LoL Rune: Taste of Blood
Taste of Blood
More Swain Runes

Swain's Summoner Spells

Swain's Best Summoner Spells 54%

Win Rate 2933 Games

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Second Best

Swain's 2nd Best Summoner Spells 54%

Win Rate 2291 Games

Exhaust Flash

Third Best

Swain's 3rd Best Summoner Spells 53%

Win Rate 1747 Games

Flash Ignite

Swain's Starters

Swain's Best Starter Items 54%

Win Rate 5118 Games

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Trinket

Swain's Best Trinket 52%

Win Rate 4087 Games

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Second Best

Swain's 2nd Best Trinket 56%

Win Rate 2691 Games

Farsight Alteration

Third Best

Swain's 3rd Best Trinket 53%

Win Rate 780 Games

Oracle Lens
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Top Swain Players

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

Patch 11.15: 825028 matches scanned * Each section of the build is rated independently of the others

Swain's Top Items

Swain's Runes

Swain's Best Runes 61%

Win Rate 85 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

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

Second Best

Swain's 2nd Best Runes 55%

Win Rate 193 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 55%

Win Rate 189 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
More Swain Runes

Swain's Summoner Spells

Swain's Best Summoner Spells 53%

Win Rate 3048 Games

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  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Swain's 2nd Best Summoner Spells 55%

Win Rate 985 Games

Flash Teleport

Third Best

Swain's 3rd Best Summoner Spells 54%

Win Rate 184 Games

Flash Ghost

Swain's Starters

Swain's Best Starter Items 53%

Win Rate 3530 Games

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Trinket

Swain's Best Trinket 52%

Win Rate 3102 Games

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  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Swain's 2nd Best Trinket 55%

Win Rate 991 Games

Farsight Alteration

Third Best

Swain's 3rd Best Trinket 54%

Win Rate 500 Games

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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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