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Swain Build Guides, Runes and Items

Swain The Noxian Grand General

Find the best Swain build guides for League of Legends S13 Patch 13.11. The MOBAFire community works hard to keep their LoL builds and guides updated, and will help you craft the best Swain build for the S13 meta. Learn more about Swain's abilities, skins, or even ask your own questions to the community!

Season 1 Builds
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LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

inSWAIN in the MEMBRANE

Build by Guest updated September 13, 2011
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LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

master crow

Build by RnBeat updated September 11, 2011
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LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

Solo baron

Build by Ironick updated September 11, 2011
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LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

Swain Tank My way!

Build by Guest updated September 11, 2011
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LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

Rolling Swain

Build by Guest updated September 9, 2011
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LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

Swain Guide

Build by MrLimited updated September 7, 2011
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LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

Swain - tanky dot guy

Build by Guest updated September 4, 2011
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LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

The Master Tactician

Build by Fantomlicious updated September 3, 2011
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LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

Swain - Bird man/mage

Build by Reduxo updated September 2, 2011
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LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

best swain build

Build by Guest updated September 1, 2011
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LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

swain тест_2

Build by shungit updated August 31, 2011
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LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

Swain

Build by Guest updated August 29, 2011
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LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

northern Swain

Build by chillingsword updated August 28, 2011
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LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

Swain, Actually Kind of Hard to Kill

Build by deathrei updated August 28, 2011
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LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

SouFoda

Build by Guest updated August 27, 2011
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LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

"My pleasure."

Build by Guest updated August 26, 2011
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LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

fgfdgdfg

Build by Ewrawr updated August 26, 2011
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LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

Swain - " Another enemy , another disappointment "

Build by Draintrain updated August 25, 2011
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LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

OffTank//AP

Build by Guest updated August 23, 2011
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LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

gagf

Build by Guest updated August 19, 2011
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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 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 13.11. 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 13.11: 3148488 matches scanned * Each section of the build is rated independently of the others

Swain's Runes

Swain's Best Runes 48%

Win Rate 10529 Games

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
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

Resolve
LoL Path: Resolve
LoL Rune: Conditioning
Conditioning
LoL Rune: Overgrowth
Overgrowth

Second Best

Swain's 2nd Best Runes 48%

Win Rate 10133 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 48%

Win Rate 4374 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

Swain's Summoner Spells

Swain's Best Summoner Spells 49%

Win Rate 38296 Games

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Swain's 2nd Best Summoner Spells 48%

Win Rate 7221 Games

Exhaust Flash

Third Best

Swain's 3rd Best Summoner Spells 51%

Win Rate 1155 Games

Flash Ghost

Swain's Starters

Swain's Best Starter Items 50%

Win Rate 162551 Games

Trinket

Swain's Best Trinket 50%

Win Rate 44900 Games

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Swain's 2nd Best Trinket 39%

Win Rate 3051 Games

Stealth Ward

Third Best

Swain's 3rd Best Trinket 46%

Win Rate 287 Games

Farsight Alteration
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Patch 13.11: 3148327 matches scanned * Each section of the build is rated independently of the others

Swain's Runes

Swain's Best Runes 51%

Win Rate 6342 Games

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
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

Resolve
LoL Path: Resolve
LoL Rune: Conditioning
Conditioning
LoL Rune: Overgrowth
Overgrowth

Second Best

Swain's 2nd Best Runes 53%

Win Rate 1908 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

Resolve
LoL Path: Resolve
LoL Rune: Conditioning
Conditioning
LoL Rune: Overgrowth
Overgrowth

Third Best

Swain's 3rd Best Runes 65%

Win Rate 52 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

Resolve
LoL Path: Resolve
LoL Rune: Conditioning
Conditioning
LoL Rune: Overgrowth
Overgrowth

Swain's Summoner Spells

Swain's Best Summoner Spells 53%

Win Rate 11521 Games

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  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Swain's 2nd Best Summoner Spells 50%

Win Rate 3894 Games

Flash Teleport

Third Best

Swain's 3rd Best Summoner Spells 51%

Win Rate 2852 Games

Flash Ignite

Swain's Starters

Swain's Best Starter Items 53%

Win Rate 41933 Games

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Swain's 2nd Best Starter Items 50%

Win Rate 4689 Games

Health Potion Tear of the Goddess

Third Best

Swain's 3rd Best Starter Items 52%

Win Rate 2819 Games

Corrupting Potion

Trinket

Swain's Best Trinket 50%

Win Rate 11391 Games

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  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Swain's 2nd Best Trinket 54%

Win Rate 4703 Games

Farsight Alteration

Third Best

Swain's 3rd Best Trinket 56%

Win Rate 3099 Games

Oracle Lens
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Patch 13.11: 3148211 matches scanned * Each section of the build is rated independently of the others

Swain's Runes

Swain's Best Runes 50%

Win Rate 2193 Games

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
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

Resolve
LoL Path: Resolve
LoL Rune: Conditioning
Conditioning
LoL Rune: Overgrowth
Overgrowth

Second Best

Swain's 2nd Best Runes 57%

Win Rate 67 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

Resolve
LoL Path: Resolve
LoL Rune: Conditioning
Conditioning
LoL Rune: Revitalize
Revitalize

Third Best

Swain's 3rd Best Runes 53%

Win Rate 374 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

Resolve
LoL Path: Resolve
LoL Rune: Conditioning
Conditioning
LoL Rune: Overgrowth
Overgrowth

Swain's Summoner Spells

Swain's Best Summoner Spells 52%

Win Rate 4228 Games

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Swain's 2nd Best Summoner Spells 52%

Win Rate 1609 Games

Ghost Teleport

Third Best

Swain's 3rd Best Summoner Spells 53%

Win Rate 1438 Games

Flash Ghost

Swain's Starters

Swain's Best Starter Items 53%

Win Rate 14225 Games

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Swain's 2nd Best Starter Items 50%

Win Rate 3995 Games

Health Potion Tear of the Goddess

Third Best

Swain's 3rd Best Starter Items 49%

Win Rate 1430 Games

Corrupting Potion

Trinket

Swain's Best Trinket 49%

Win Rate 5038 Games

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Swain's 2nd Best Trinket 58%

Win Rate 1484 Games

Oracle Lens

Third Best

Swain's 3rd Best Trinket 54%

Win Rate 1659 Games

Farsight Alteration
Don’t forget
to Buy Wards
Patch 13.11: 3148422 matches scanned * Each section of the build is rated independently of the others

Swain's Runes

Swain's Best Runes 53%

Win Rate 1129 Games

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
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

Resolve
LoL Path: Resolve
LoL Rune: Conditioning
Conditioning
LoL Rune: Overgrowth
Overgrowth

Second Best

Swain's 2nd Best Runes 54%

Win Rate 938 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

Resolve
LoL Path: Resolve
LoL Rune: Conditioning
Conditioning
LoL Rune: Overgrowth
Overgrowth

Third Best

Swain's 3rd Best Runes 58%

Win Rate 62 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

Resolve
LoL Path: Resolve
LoL Rune: Conditioning
Conditioning
LoL Rune: Overgrowth
Overgrowth

Swain's Summoner Spells

Swain's Best Summoner Spells 53%

Win Rate 2984 Games

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Swain's 2nd Best Summoner Spells 56%

Win Rate 741 Games

Exhaust Flash

Third Best

Swain's 3rd Best Summoner Spells 53%

Win Rate 689 Games

Flash Ignite

Swain's Starters

Swain's Best Starter Items 55%

Win Rate 10575 Games

  • 1
  • 2

Trinket

Swain's Best Trinket 51%

Win Rate 2857 Games

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Swain's 2nd Best Trinket 57%

Win Rate 1913 Games

Farsight Alteration

Third Best

Swain's 3rd Best Trinket 55%

Win Rate 512 Games

Oracle Lens
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Swain Counters

Learn Swain'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
Swain collects soul fragments from Vision of Empire, Nevermore, and enemy champion deaths. Soul fragments restore 4 / 5.5 / 7 / 9% max health (based on level) and permanently grant Swain 12 max health.
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 eldritch bolts, dealing 65 / 85 / 105 / 125 / 145 (+40% of ability power) magic damage plus 15 / 25 / 35 / 45 / 55 (+10% of ability power) magic damage per bolt past the first 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 opens a demon eye, revealing a location for 1.5 seconds, then deals 80 / 120 / 160 / 200 / 240 (+70% of ability power) magic damage and slows by 25 / 35 / 45 / 55 / 65% for 2.5 seconds. Champions hit grant Swain a Soul Fragment and are revealed for 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 seconds.
E
Swain's Nevermove
Nevermove Swain's E Ability
850
50
10
Swain launches a wave of demonic power, dealing 35 / 70 / 105 / 140 / 175 (+25% of ability power) magic damage. The wave then returns, detonating on the first enemy hit dealing 35 / 45 / 55 / 65 / 75 (+25% of ability power) damage and rooting enemies in an area 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 for each Soul Fragment) max health and doubling the health collected with Soul Fragments. Swain deals 35 / 50 / 65 (+14.167% of ability power) magic damage each second and restores 20 / 35 / 50 (+16% of ability power) health per target damaged, reduced by 90% against non-champions. Swain then prepares a Recast.

Recast: Swain unleashes a demonflare, ending the transformation and dealing 100 / 150 / 200 (+50% of ability power) plus 75% of healing from this Ability as magic damage (max 200 / 300 / 400 (+100% of ability power) damage).
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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