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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 S12 Patch 12.18. 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 11 Guides
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LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

[11.13] Kewllkiddo's Diamond Season 11 Swain Bot Guide

Guide by Harambe Homie updated July 2, 2021
  • In-depth
9.2
112
Votes
15
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

Season 11 Swain Support Full Guide (MoonStaff Update)

Guide by karolis123 updated September 21, 2021
  • In-depth
9.2
589
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LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

Season 11 UPDATED 🐦Swain Guide🐦[S10 Master EUW]

Guide by LuxVikAsol updated January 23, 2021
8.7
13
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LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

Swain Support (Basic but effective)

Guide by Frappessb updated October 13, 2021
8.7
23
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4
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

(On-going) How to Swain (all lanes)

Guide by dgsl updated April 14, 2021
  • In-depth
8.6
41
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11
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

[11.19] UNSEALED SWAIN

Guide by Heansuh updated September 28, 2021
  • In-depth
  • Off-Meta
8.1
6
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LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

Swain,The grand general guide Season 11

Guide by Swaim updated December 1, 2020
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LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

[11.11] Swain Support Guide

Guide by Multiboxer updated May 26, 2021
  • In-depth
7.9
10
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2
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

Algebraically Correct Swain

Guide by The War Life updated August 5, 2021
7.8
7
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LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

How to Swain (all lanes) (Português-BR)

Guide by dgsl updated March 8, 2021
  • In-depth
7.5
6
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LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

[SWAIN] Swain's Escapade (Build for SWAIN) - for swain mains

Guide by Denied20 updated November 18, 2020
  • In-depth
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

(LOW/HIGH ELO) THE NOXIAN GRAND GENERAL'S STRATEGIES

Guide by Akraziel updated January 14, 2021
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

Imperial Mandate Swain

Guide by Kch42 updated November 30, 2020
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

Swain, The Ultimate Teamfight Carry in 9.19

Guide by Nerkas updated April 15, 2021
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

Stacking Team (APC) V.11:12

Guide by Kjellele updated June 23, 2021
Season 11 Builds
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LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

SWAIN ON LOW ELO

Build by Yessirsky updated January 10, 2021
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LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

Support Swain

Build by Safakyalcn updated February 21, 2021
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11
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LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

OP Swain carry mid/adc/support build

Build by AWonderK updated August 20, 2021
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

swain

Build by Guest updated February 28, 2021
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide
LoL Champion Swain Build Guide

Bruiser Swain

Build by lekkek updated October 3, 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 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 12.18. 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 12.16: 469470 matches scanned * Each section of the build is rated independently of the others

Swain's Runes

Swain's Best Runes 53%

Win Rate 6160 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: Last Stand
Last Stand

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

Second Best

Swain's 2nd Best Runes 56%

Win Rate 2002 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 72 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 52%

Win Rate 11650 Games

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  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Swain's 2nd Best Summoner Spells 54%

Win Rate 9540 Games

Flash Ghost

Third Best

Swain's 3rd Best Summoner Spells 52%

Win Rate 4290 Games

Flash Teleport

Swain's Starters

Swain's Best Starter Items 54%

Win Rate 20203 Games

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  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Swain's 2nd Best Starter Items 54%

Win Rate 2236 Games

Health Potion Spellthief's Edge

Third Best

Swain's 3rd Best Starter Items 51%

Win Rate 2357 Games

Corrupting Potion

Trinket

Swain's Best Trinket 53%

Win Rate 15867 Games

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  • 3

Second Best

Swain's 2nd Best Trinket 54%

Win Rate 6682 Games

Farsight Alteration

Third Best

Swain's 3rd Best Trinket 54%

Win Rate 4855 Games

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Patch 12.16: 469470 matches scanned * Each section of the build is rated independently of the others

Swain's Runes

Swain's Best Runes 50%

Win Rate 7133 Games

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  • 2
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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 48%

Win Rate 2877 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 64%

Win Rate 74 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: Revitalize
Revitalize
LoL Rune: Bone Plating
Bone Plating

Swain's Summoner Spells

Swain's Best Summoner Spells 50%

Win Rate 29795 Games

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  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Swain's 2nd Best Summoner Spells 50%

Win Rate 6082 Games

Exhaust Flash

Third Best

Swain's 3rd Best Summoner Spells 58%

Win Rate 85 Games

Flash Teleport

Swain's Starters

Swain's Best Starter Items 50%

Win Rate 36986 Games

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  • 2

Trinket

Swain's Best Trinket 51%

Win Rate 33156 Games

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  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Swain's 2nd Best Trinket 44%

Win Rate 3702 Games

Stealth Ward

Third Best

Swain's 3rd Best Trinket 46%

Win Rate 412 Games

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

Swain's Runes

Swain's Best Runes 57%

Win Rate 228 Games

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  • 2
  • 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: 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

Swain's Summoner Spells

Swain's Best Summoner Spells 57%

Win Rate 915 Games

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

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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  • 2
  • 3

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.
Patch 12.16: 469470 matches scanned * Each section of the build is rated independently of the others

Swain's Runes

Swain's Best Runes 59%

Win Rate 140 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: 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 411 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 57%

Win Rate 56 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 50%

Win Rate 2190 Games

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Swain's 2nd Best Summoner Spells 57%

Win Rate 1249 Games

Flash Ghost

Third Best

Swain's 3rd Best Summoner Spells 50%

Win Rate 1653 Games

Flash Ignite

Swain's Starters

Swain's Best Starter Items 52%

Win Rate 3689 Games

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  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Swain's 2nd Best Starter Items 50%

Win Rate 631 Games

Corrupting Potion

Third Best

Swain's 3rd Best Starter Items 52%

Win Rate 359 Games

Health Potion Spellthief's Edge

Trinket

Swain's Best Trinket 51%

Win Rate 3614 Games

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Swain's 2nd Best Trinket 52%

Win Rate 1135 Games

Farsight Alteration

Third Best

Swain's 3rd Best Trinket 52%

Win Rate 843 Games

Oracle Lens
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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 Mid 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 55 / 75 / 95 / 115 / 135 (+40% of ability power) magic damage plus 15 / 20 / 25 / 30 / 35% 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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