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[2.4b] The Exile - Riven Guide

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The Exile - Riven Guide

This guide is to teach Wild Rift players how to play Riven in Baron Lane and Jungle from a perspective of a League PC veteran.

Pros

  • High burst damge and mobility
  • Mana-less
  • Low cooldowns with CDR
  • Scales very well in late game
  • Great kill potential
  • 2 CC on skills

Cons

  • Very squishy
  • No sustain
  • Requires a lot of skill to play
  • Weak when behind
  • Prone to CC
  • Vulnerable to CC

Riven Build

Best Build Guide for Riven

Starting Items
Long Sword
Core Items
Black Cleaver
Death's Dance
Sterak's Gage
AGAINST AD CHAMPS
Guardian Angel
Dead Man's Plate
Randuin's Omen
Thornmail
Frozen Heart
AGAINST AP CHAMPS
Spirit Visage
Force of Nature
Maw of Malmortius
BOOTS
Ionian Boots of Lucidity
Mercury's Treads
Plated Steelcaps
Gluttonous Greaves
Full Build Example
Black Cleaver
Ionian Boots of Lucidity
Death's Dance
Sterak's Gage
Guardian Angel
Mortal Reminder

Item Build Description

Additional information on the items

STARTING ITEMS:

  • Long SwordLong Sword . Gives you additional AD at the start of the game. This item is going to help you build your core items and help you last hit minions on your first waves and deal damage to your enemies.

POWERSPIKE:

CORE ITEMS:

  • Black CleaverBlack Cleaver . Gives HP, AD and ability haste. It's passive allows you to lower the enemy's armor by 5%. This can be stacked for 5 times, which totals in 25% armor reduction. This is great for RivenRiven as it allows her to deal decent damage in teamfights especially against tanks and bruisers.
  • Death's DanceDeath's Dance . Gives AD, HP, ability haste and physical vamp. This item is very important for RivenRiven as it helps her mitigate some of the burst damage she receives thanks to the items passive. It's passive turns 30% of damage taken into a bleed effect for 3 seconds. 
  • Sterak's GageSterak's Gage . Gives HP and +50% base AD. This is useful as it makes tanky and increases her overall damage. The lifeline passive will also help her sustain against burst damage. 

OTHER ITEMS:

  • Guardian AngelGuardian Angel . Gives armor and AD. This allows RivenRiven to be confident in teamfights and survive much longer. The AD is also good too.
  • Randuin's OmenRanduin's Omen and Frozen HeartFrozen Heart . These items are good against ADCs especially when they're ahead. These items will reduce their movement speed and their attack speed.
  • ThornmailThornmail . Gives HP and armor. Use this when the enemy team has a lot of AD. Reflects any damage you take back to enemies and inflicts them with grievous wounds.
  • Maw of MalmortiusMaw of Malmortius . Gives AD, MR and ability haste. This is basically the AP version of Sterak's GageSterak's Gage . The lifeline passive only works against AP damage. Only use this if you want MR and damage at the same time.
  • Spirit VisageSpirit Visage . Gives HP, MR, health regen and ability haste. I recommend to buy this item if you have healers on your team such as SorakaSoraka or SonaSona . Otherwise, only buy this for the HP, MR and ability haste. It also increases the shield as well, but that's not going to do much in late game.
  • Force of NatureForce of Nature . Gives HP, MR and bonus movement speed. Every time you take magic damage, you gain more MR. Buy this item if you're up against heavy AP team comps.

FLEXIBLE ITEMS:

  • Youmuu's GhostbladeYoumuu's Ghostblade . Gives AD, flat armor penetration and ability haste. Upon reaching 100 stacks, you gain extra movement speed. This is great if you are playing Jungle RivenRiven or if you want more mobility in the Jungle. 
  • Dead Man's PlateDead Man's Plate . Gives HP and armor. This is the armor version of Youmuu's GhostbladeYoumuu's Ghostblade and has the same passive. You're going to use this if you want movement speed and armor.
  • Duskblade of DraktharrDuskblade of Draktharr . Gives AD, ability haste and flat armor penetration. This item is good if you are going for an assassin build as RivenRiven .
  • Mortal ReminderMortal Reminder . Gives AD and 30% armor penetration. Applies grievous wounds to enemies you hit. This is perfect if the enemy has a lot of tanks with great healing.


BOOTS AND ENCHANTMENTS:
Ionian Boots of LucidityIonian Boots of Lucidity is one of the best boot items for RivenRiven . The ability haste it gives is great as it allows you to spam your skills more often.
Plated SteelcapsPlated Steelcaps and Mercury's TreadsMercury's Treads are very situational. If there's a lot of AD on the enemy team, pick Plated SteelcapsPlated Steelcaps . If there's a lot of CC, go for Mercury's TreadsMercury's Treads .
Gluttonous GreavesGluttonous Greaves gives you omnivamp which is good if you want more sustain in lane.
Quicksilver EnchantQuicksilver Enchant is the best enchant you can use for RivenRiven since she is prone to CC.
Stasis EnchantStasis Enchant is also a great option if there's a lot of burst damage on the enemy team.
Teleport EnchantTeleport Enchant is self-explanatory since you're a Baron laner. Use this enchant to splitpush or get into the frontlines quickly. 

Riven Runes

Best Runes for Riven

Keystone
Conqueror
Conqueror
Domination
Hunter Vampirism
Hunter Vampirism
Resolve
Bone Plating
Bone Plating
Inspiration
Sweet Tooth
Sweet Tooth

This rune set is basically the default runes for RivenRiven , but I think this is actually decent enough considering we don't have a lot of runes in the game. Conqueror is best rune for RivenRiven as it allows him to deal more damage continuously. Hunter-Vampirism gives him adaptive AD + physical vamp after each champion takedowns. Sweet Tooth will allow her to gain gold and sustain more when she's behind. 

Keystone
Conqueror
Conqueror
Domination
Triumph
Triumph
Resolve
Bone Plating
Bone Plating
Inspiration
Hunter Genius
Hunter Genius

This rune set is built with team fighting in mind. Triumph will allow you to restore health after champion takedowns and Hunter-Genuis will give you extra ability haste per kill. Only choose this rune set if you are very confident with your skills as RivenRiven

Keystone
Conqueror
Conqueror
Domination
Gathering Storm
Gathering Storm
Resolve
Conditioning
Conditioning
Inspiration
Sweet Tooth
Sweet Tooth

This rune set is good if you want to scale in late game. However, you lose the physical vamp you gain from Hunter-Vampirism. Gathering Storm and Conditioning have been recently buffed in Patch 2.3 so these runes are now good if you are into scaling and afraid to be behind.

Skill Order

How to distribute skill points

Runic Blade
Runic Blade - Passive
Broken Wings
Broken Wings
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Ki Burst
Ki Burst
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Valor
Valor
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Blade Of The Exile
Blade Of The Exile
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15

Summoner Spells

When to take which summoners

Flash
Always mandatory.
Ignite
To secure kills.
smite
Always mandatory if you are playing Jungle.

Combos

Learn how to maximize the champions potential

Broken Wings
1st
Broken Wings
1st
Flash
Flash
Broken Wings
1st
Auto Attack
AA

This is the standard combo for RivenRiven if you are going for a surprise attack. 

Valor
3rd
Auto Attack
AA
Ki Burst
2nd

This is your combo with RivenRiven when you're going to trade some damage and minions in Baron lane.

Valor
3rd
Auto Attack
AA
Ki Burst
2nd
Broken Wings
1st
Auto Attack
AA
Broken Wings
1st
Auto Attack
AA
Broken Wings
1st
Auto Attack
AA

This is the one of the full combos for RivenRiven . Using your ult here (assuming it's available) is optional.

Broken Wings
1st
Ki Burst
2nd
Auto Attack
AA
Valor
3rd

This combo is helpful if you are against a hard matchup. Cast Broken WingsBroken Wings , Ki BurstKi Burst and auto-attack and then dash out with ValorValor

Broken Wings
1st
Auto Attack
AA
Ki Burst
2nd
Valor
3rd

This is another combo you can do safely during the laning phase. This is can be done by casting the 3rd phase of your Broken WingsBroken Wings , auto-attacking, then immediately cast Ki BurstKi Burst and dashing out with ValorValor . This combo has very little outplay potential so abuse this every time.

Valor
3rd
Flash
Flash
Auto Attack
AA
Ki Burst
2nd
Auto Attack
AA
Broken Wings
1st
Ignite
Ignite

This combo for RivenRiven is mainly used to finish a retreating target off. Make sure Conqueror is on full stacks btw. Using your ult is optional. 

Valor
3rd
Flash
Flash
Blade Of The Exile
Ult
Broken Wings
1st
Auto Attack
AA
Blade Of The Exile
Ult
Auto Attack
AA

This combo is the same as the other combos, but his one requires you to use your ult 2 times.

Riven Matchups & Counters

Detailed information on how to play matchups and counters

Dr. Mundo
Easy
Dr. Mundo
Malphite
Easy
Malphite
Nasus
Easy
Nasus
Rengar
Easy
Rengar
Singed
Easy
Singed
Wukong
Easy
Wukong
Akali
Medium
Akali
Garen
Medium
Garen
Jax
Medium
Jax
Pantheon
Medium
Pantheon
Tryndamere
Medium
Tryndamere
Camille
Hard
Camille
Darius
Hard
Darius
Gragas
Hard
Gragas
Kennen
Hard
Kennen
Olaf
Hard
Olaf
Renekton
Hard
Renekton
Teemo
Hard
Teemo
Vayne
Hard
Vayne
Fiora
Skill
Fiora
Irelia
Skill
Irelia
Riven
Skill
Riven
Yasuo
Skill
Yasuo

Pretty easy matchup, but don't underestimate him just because he's a tank. Don't fight him without your minion wave.

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Favorite Matchups

LuluLulu . This yordle is one of the best supports you can have as she turns you into a raid boss during teamfights.
OriannaOrianna . Perfect team fight combo. You knock enemies up with your Broken WingsBroken Wings as she follows it up with Command: ShockwaveCommand: Shockwave and then you proceed to stun them with your Ki BurstKi Burst .
RammusRammus . This armordillo is strong by himself at ganking as he can do it at level 3. If he gets you a lead, you can carry the game.
DianaDiana . This is another great synergy for her. Her ult + your knockup and stun from Broken WingsBroken Wings and Ki BurstKi Burst will guarantee to win all team fights/skirmishes.

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Early Game

Avoiding Ganks:

Pre-level 5:

You see that bush nearby the enemy tower? Yes, that's right. If you are up against a squishy opponent, you can hide there at level 1. This gives you a great opportunity to harass your opponent or even get a first blood if you are lucky. Make sure that you level up your Broken WingsBroken Wings first of course.  Against stronger opponents on the other hand, you might as well go hide in the bush near your tower.

To visualize (Yes, I'm using the old map of League PC here as a reference):

If they respond immediately, use Broken WingsBroken Wings to get to them and do the full combo, then use Ignite. This may or may not kill them, but it can guarantee that they'll flash away while you get a huge health advantage. Doing this against stronger matchup may not work, or even get you killed.  

At level 2, take Ki BurstKi Burst after the level 1 trade. With Broken WingsBroken Wings and Ki BurstKi Burst combined, you should be able to get them at 50% with a combo. When you're up against a ranged matchup, you should take ValorValor instead because it allows you to farm without taking damage from their auto-attacks. It also keeps you HP high and allows you to do more damage since you're not using Broken WingsBroken Wings as a gap-closer.

At level 3-4, you should have all of your skills available and your Broken WingsBroken Wings now deals more damage. This is where you start punishing mistakes, like that VayneVayne who wasted her CondemnCondemn on you even though you're not against a wall or that DariusDarius who missed his ApprehendApprehend . However, you should still be wary of the jungler. Make sure to ward and don't overextend. In these situations, you should chip away their health bar with Ki BurstKi Burst and ValorValor . You should save your Broken WingsBroken Wings at this point. You should also focus on farming and freezing the wave so your jungler can gank your lane.

POST LEVEL 5:
This is where you pop off and most matchups can be killed at this point, especially DariusDarius . If you walk close to him and he pulls you in, pop your Blade Of The ExileBlade Of The Exile and turn the fight around. If he doesn't pull you in, ValorValor then Blade Of The ExileBlade Of The Exile ===> Auto ==> Ki BurstKi Burst ===> Broken WingsBroken Wings (through him to avoid his pull) ===> Auto ==> Broken WingsBroken Wings ===> Auto ===> Broken WingsBroken Wings ===> Blade Of The ExileBlade Of The Exile again and Auto. This should be more than enough to kill him. This is very similar to most matchups. Against ranged champions on the other hand, you must engage with ValorValor then Blade Of The ExileBlade Of The Exile ===> Broken WingsBroken Wings ===> Auto then Broken WingsBroken Wings ===> Auto then ValorValor ===> Blade Of The ExileBlade Of The Exile then Auto.

OBJECTIVE TIMERS:

  • 4:00 ==> First dragon. You should roam at this point since everyone is going to be fighting for it.
  • 6:00 ==> Rift Herald. You should ward this after the first dragon was killed. If you manage to kill this, use this as an opportunity to push tower.
  • 10:00 ==> Baron Nashor. You should also ward this just in-case the enemy team tries to sneak a Baron. This will also give you an opportunity to find where the enemy jungler is.
  • 11:00~ ==> Elder Dragon. If possible, prioritize this over Baron Nashor since its buffs are permanent. Don't forget to ward this too.
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Teamfighting

Make sure your flash is up, if not, be careful. Then you can happily go splitpush. Make sure you're flashing into a fight that means something. If they're on your side of the map, that may just have to be that way. If you can get an engage near their towers though, that can open up progress. If you ace them at your inhibitors, it's just empty gold, if you ace them at their inhibitors, it's game over.

Teamfighting is rather difficult on RivenRiven . But you really just have to wait for an opportunity to engage with ValorValor , Blade Of The ExileBlade Of The Exile , Flash, Third Broken WingsBroken Wings -> Auto -> Ki BurstKi Burst . This gives you 1.5 seconds of cc and whatever other damage you can get off in that time.

Always target champions with cc that you can one shot. SonaSona ? NamiNami ? Sure! AlistarAlistar ? BraumBraum ? Probably not. If you can hit them and the ADC/Mid laner with the combo and live to tell the story or re-engage, that's the ideal timeline. Of course you could always hit the miracle combo of all 5 with everything but that's incredibly rare.

If you must, a shorter range combo offers less time for your enemy to react. It's much more complicated though. ValorValor , Blade Of The ExileBlade Of The Exile , Flash -> Ki BurstKi Burst , Broken WingsBroken Wings (third) -> 2nd Blade Of The ExileBlade Of The Exile -> Broken WingsBroken Wings . The aforementioned combo is incredibly difficult and unnecessary in low elo where people don't react to the normal teamfighting combo. I had to develop this because I kept eating CC'ed before my third Q landed in high elo. Even a simple BlitzcrankBlitzcrank hook would just ruin my day.

This usually can kill one or two champions assuming you don't get interrupted (make sure that doesn't happen). Sometimes you just have to wait for someone to "draw aggro" (run in like an idiot) and then engage because all the CC will be used on them.

If you're using other items, you don't have to think about that, congrats. The lethality build is very built around one shotting it's targets while also being durable. The crit build is based around long fights so it can get out many autos. Meaning it's best for split pushing.

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References Used

https://leagueoflegends.fandom.com/wiki/Monster_(Wild_Rift)
https://leagueoflegends.fandom.com/wiki/Map_(League_of_Legends)
https://www.wildriftfire.com/guide/riven

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