by Lukipop

[2.3] Rakan Guide - Dance&Dash - Rakan support guide (AP version)

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Dance&Dash - Rakan support guide (AP version)

Learn how to dance and dash your way to victory using Rakan as a support, building him as an AP champion.

Pros

  • Can escape sticky situations easily with his skills.
  • Has good damage potential if build as AP
  • Huge shields and heals if build as AP
  • Safe for an an engaging support
  • A truly charming guy ;)

Cons

  • VERY squishy if build as AP.
  • Has to take rabadon to reach a good powerspike.
  • Has very long cooldowns in early game, especially for his knockup
  • Might poop a lot since he's half bird...

Rakan Build

Best Build Guide for Rakan

Starting Items
Amplifying Tome
Core Items
Rod of Ages
Mercury's Treads
Redeeming Enchant
Rabadon's Deathcap
For a truly deadly dance
Athene's Unholy Grail
Ardent Censer
Morellonomicon
Safer dance
Protector's Vow
Abyssal Mask

Item Build Description

Additional information on the items

Taking items that require any type of stacking over time are best bought out early. That is why it's important to buy Amplifying TomeAmplifying Tome early on to get Rod of AgesRod of Ages as fast as possible. If you manage to get a kill or two, you might even get it before the first drake.

As for boots, I like to get Mercury's TreadsMercury's Treads as it will help you escapes stuns easier. And you know - Redemption because of its many uses. God I love this item so muuuuchhhh :)
oh, and also make sure you get Rabadon's DeathcapRabadon's Deathcap , since this is where RakanRakan 's powerspike stems from.

If you are planning to go full AP, I would recommend items such as Athene's Unholy GrailAthene's Unholy Grail , Ardent CenserArdent Censer and MorellonomiconMorellonomicon , as they all have AP and offer good support for your team.

If your interested in a more safe dance, consider taking items such as Abyssal MaskAbyssal Mask and Protector's VowProtector's Vow . Abyssal MaskAbyssal Mask will give you more MR and will boost AP damage while Protector's VowProtector's Vow will offer another shield to you and an ally, since RakanRakan spends about 50% of every fight near his team anyway.

Rakan Runes

Best Runes for Rakan

Keystone
Font of Life
Font of Life
Domination
Weakness
Weakness
Resolve
Loyalty
Loyalty
Inspiration
Pack Hunter
Pack Hunter

Font of LifeFont of Life will trigger A LOT since RakanRakan is a melee champion, and if your building AP, this rune will have a lot of impact. WeaknessWeakness will allow your team to deal more damage after your engages, LoyaltyLoyalty is good for whoever RakanRakan will use [rakan:3] on, since he's standing right near them, and Pack HunterPack Hunter will help with snowballing the game for your favor.

Skill Order

How to distribute skill points

Fey Feathers
Fey Feathers - Passive
Gleaming Quill
Gleaming Quill
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Grand Entrance
Grand Entrance
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Battle Dance
Battle Dance
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
The Quickness
The Quickness
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15

Summoner Spells

When to take which summoners

Flash
SOOO MANYYYY DASHESSSSSS Ok I'm serious and we all know this spell is the best - take it.
Exhaust
All-in champions on the run? Take this spell and put an end to them!
Heal
Good against comps who lack burst damage.
Ignite
Good against other healers and to get kills early on in the game.

Combos

Learn how to maximize the champions potential

Grand Entrance
2nd
Auto Attack
AA
Gleaming Quill
1st
Battle Dance
3rd
Battle Dance
3rd

This will be an all-in combo during laning phase. Try to get both enemies if you are able to.

Battle Dance
3rd
Grand Entrance
2nd
Auto Attack
AA
Gleaming Quill
1st
Battle Dance
3rd

You can use an ally as a "stepping stone" to get close to the action, knock someone up and then use Battle DanceBattle Dance at the end of all of it one more time to jump back to safety.

Grand Entrance
2nd
The Quickness
Ult
Gleaming Quill
1st
Battle Dance
3rd

After knocking up enemies, use The QuicknessThe Quickness right after to CC them one more time, then dash back to your team for safety.

Flash
Flash
The Quickness
Ult
Grand Entrance
2nd
Gleaming Quill
1st
Battle Dance
3rd

Remember that charmed enemies will follow you. Use [flash] combined with [rakan:ult] to first gather all your enemies in one spot, then knock them up with Grand EntranceGrand Entrance . After that, get the hell out of there with Battle DanceBattle Dance .

Rakan Matchups & Counters

Detailed information on how to play matchups and counters

Braum
Easy
Braum
Yasuo
Easy
Yasuo
Jarvan Iv
Easy
Jarvan Iv
Blitzcrank
Easy
Blitzcrank
Alistar
Medium
Alistar
Leona
Medium
Leona
Olaf
Hard
Olaf
Kennen
Hard
Kennen

You can use Grand EntranceGrand Entrance to dash past his shield, as this skill is an AOE. BraumBraum also can't block your The QuicknessThe Quickness , making him useless against your engages.

Rakan

Learn the dance

1. You can use Grand EntranceGrand Entrance to dash over walls, but make sure they are not too wide other wise you won't move an inch.

2.Try to max out Battle DanceBattle Dance first when playing with XayahXayah , as the shield value on her is doubled.

3.If an ally XayahXayah is recalling, try to stick around for a few seconds to keep her safe before joining her.

4.Remember that The QuicknessThe Quickness will give you bonus movement speed. You can use it to get to teamfights quickly so long as your a short distance from there.

5.Use Grand EntranceGrand Entrance or Battle DanceBattle Dance before an enemy skill is about to hit you to bait and dodge it.

6.When fighting epic monsters, use Gleaming QuillGleaming Quill on them as much as you can, since it will allow you to heal your team while your taking such objectives.

7.Warm up before you dance. It's important to be nimble and quick.

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earth
2 years ago
I try to have Stoneplate instead as the 2nd item. It allows me to engage safer despite having low ar/mr items in the early-mid game (I got this from Safyon of Twitch). Anw, thanks for this guide
Lukipop
2 years ago
A lot of Rakan players take Stoneplate, even in pro play. There is nothing wrong with that. I personally like Redemption a lot because of how versatile the item is. I'm a Redemption fanboy XD