Riven is a top lane fighter. She does ok in the early game and can do well in the laning phase thanks to all her mobility from Broken Wings (1st Ability) and Valor (3rd Ability). Once you get to level 5 and have access to Blade of the Exile (Ultimate), you can get a lot more burst damage off and try to kill the enemies. Riven also has insane 1 vs 1 potential and is great if you can split push in a side lane.
Riven can also be played in the jungle and mid lane, make sure to check the alternative build at the top of the page!
With Riven jungle, the build and playstyle are the same. The only difference is that you will need to make sure you change to the Smite summoner spell and the runes are slightly different.
With Riven midlane, the build and playstyle are the same.
When Riven uses an ability, it charges her blade up to 3 times. Attacks expend charges to deal additional physical damage.
The blade can only be stacked up to 3 times so it's important to auto-attack in between using all of your abilities to get the most potential from the extra damage granted by the passive.
Riven slashes in a direction up to 3 times. Each slash deals physical damage to nearby enemies.
The third slash crosses terrain so you can jump over pretty much every wall to either escape or get closer to the enemies. Also, it knocks up nearby enemies for just under a second.
Most of the time you want to charge up your Broken Wings twice so you can get a quick knock up into a stun from Ki Burst.
Riven stuns nearby enemies for just under a second, dealing physical damage. Ki Burst has a really small radius so it's important to make sure that you are on top of enemies to guarantee the stun hits.
Make sure to use Broken Wings (1st Ability) and Valor (2nd Ability) to help you with that. Ki Burst also has a really fast cast time so you can stun as soon as you press the ability.
Riven dashes in a direction and gains a shield absorbing damage for just over a second. It's important to note that with Valor you cannot cross terrain like the 3rd attack of Broken Wings.
It's important to use this spell when you are about to take damage as the shield does not stay on Riven for long. You can also use Valor to get that extra distance to land the knock up from Broken Wings or stun from Ki Burst.
Riven expands her blade for 15 seconds, granting bonus attack damage, increasing the range of her attacks and damaging abilities, and granting a single cast of Wind Slash.
Make sure you use Blade of the Exile at the start of every fight even if it turns into a short trade as the cooldown is relatively low and its important to get that extra damage.
Wind Slash launches a shockwave dealing physical damage based on the enemies' missing health. This means that you need to make sure you use it at the end of the fight when enemies are low on health as you will deal more damage.
Riven uses a mixture of both damage and tank items that work well to help with her damage and keep her alive for longer. Black Cleaver is a core item for Riven. It gives her much needed health, attack damage and most importantly ability haste so she can use her abilities more often. Sterak's Gage is a great example of a tank item that works well with Riven. It gives her some health and when she gets low on health, she gets a shield to keep her alive longer.
For runes, we have the following:
Riven is a fighter so she wants to get in the enemies face and attack constantly. This means she can get the 5 stacks pretty fast with her abilities, which means she can deal more damage.
With Riven you will always find yourself getting takedowns which will allow you to get more AD and vamp that can help with dealung more damage and staying in fights longer.
With Riven you will be in a lot of fights and trading constantly in the laning phase. Bone Plating helps you take reduced damage and win out trades against your opponents.
A great rune for Riven if you get low in the laning phase and need that extra bit of healing and free money.
Riven does fairly well in the early game with all of her mobility. Make sure to auto-attack in between using abilities to make the most out of her passive, Runic Blade. It's best to play passive in the early game unless you have a great opportunity to go in if the enemy makes a mistake. Once you get level 5, you can try and look for an engage onto the enemy top lane when you have an opportunity to kill.
Once you get to the late game and Riven has her core items, this is where you can become unstoppable. At this stage of the game, the best thing you can do is to group with the team and try and get a pick on the enemy carries. When a team fight happens, you want to make sure you are at the front protecting your team. Make sure you always go towards the biggest threat on the enemy team and try to take them down.
Overall Riven is such a fun champion to play and you can make so many cool outplays with all her mobility and high damage output. She is really strong right now and you should definitely give her a try!
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