Rakan is a support champion. He excels at engaging with his heavy crowd control abilities and getting out with his high mobility. Rakan has a great level 3 power spike, being able to jump in with Grand Entrance (2nd Ability) and then dash out after shielding his teammate with Battle Dance (3rd Ability). In the late game, Rakan uses that mobility to get a huge team fight The Quickness (Ultimate) to charm the whole enemy team. When paired with Xayah in the bot lane, Rakan's passive and Battle Dance get enhanced. You can recall with Xayah at any point and if you shield Xayah, she gets a stronger shield compared to everyone else on your team. This makes Xayah and Rakan a perfect bot lane combo.
Rakan does amazing with tank/support items that can help him stay alive whilst going into the enemies with his crowd control. Zeke's Convergence is a perfect support item for tanks like Rakan that go in. It gives you armor and magic resistance and a huge area of effect when you use your ultimate near an ally champion which slows enemies around you. Protector's Vow is another great item for supports. If you or your closest ally take damage, you both gain a shield and movement speed so you can both stay alive longer or have an advantage when chasing down the enemies.
With runes, we have the following:
Rakan's 2nd and Ultimate abilities have the potential to immobilize the enemies, which means it's really easy to get the extra resistances from Aftershock to stay alive for longer.
Same as Aftershock, it's really easy to immobilize the enemies. With Weakness, this will make the enemy champion you immobilize take more damage.
As a melee champion, it is very helpful to have more health regeneration especially for the laning phase as most of the time, you will be poked out by ranged champions.
This rune allows you to get even more movement speed when near allies, which can help when you're running away or looking to engage.
Rakan can struggle against ranged champions early on especially at level 1. The best thing to do is stay safe at level 1, then when you hit level 2/3 you can use Grand Entrance (2nd Ability) on the enemies to try and get a good trade or maybe even potentially get an early kill. Once you hit level 5 and get The Quickness (Ultimate), you can engage at any point (just make sure your team is ready to go in with you). Rakan also has great roaming potential because of his amazing crowd control. You can go to mid lane and help your team out by trying to get an advantage or maybe even a kill on the enemy mid laner.
It's really important as a support to stay with your team! Your job is to try and get your team grouped up for a big 5 vs 5 team fight, this where you thrive. If you can get a huge combo off on the enemy team or an important target, your team can follow up and kill everyone. If this is not possible, the best option you have is to stick by your AD Carry (Dragon Lane Champion). The AD Carry in your team is one of the main damage sources and keeping he/her alive is really important! Use your Battle Dance and healing from Gleaming Quill (1st Ability) to keep your AD alive.
Overall Rakan is a super fun champion to play! If you like being at the forefront of engages and having lots of crowd control whilst also being super mobile to stay alive then Rakan is the champion for you!
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