Crit Bard Build

Crit Bard build with runes and items. Crit Bard guide offers in-depth how-to play, skill order and tips. Play Crit Bard build in League of Legends Patch 14.13!

Updated: 2024-05-21 ()
ARAM Build Guide for champion Bard and build Crit.
Crit Bard build with Press the Attack for ARAM. Infinity Edge included.
Bard ARAM modifiers
DMG done +15%
DMG taken -15%
Healing +20%

TLDR

Starting items for Kraken
Hearthbound Axe should be final item in your build.
Quick Skill Order
Bard ability Cosmic Binding should be leveled first.
Q
Bard ability Caretaker's Shrine should be leveled second.
W
Bard ability Magical Journey should be leveled third.
E
Final items
Zephyr should be final item in your build.
Infinity Edge should be final item in your build.
Rapid Firecannon should be final item in your build.
Kraken Slayer should be final item in your build.
Yun Tal Wildarrows should be final item in your build.
The Collector should be final item in your build.
Quick Runes
Major rune Press the Attack from Precision tree.
Minor rune Domination.
Summoner spells
Pick Ghost as your Summoner Spell.
Pick Flash as your Summoner Spell.

Crit Bard Runes

Precision
Precision major tree Press the Attack rune.
Precision major tree Fleet Footwork rune.
Precision major tree Conqueror rune.
Precision major tree Absorb Life rune.
Precision major tree Triumph rune.
Precision major tree Presence of Mind rune.
Precision major tree Legend: Alacrity rune.
Precision major tree Legend: Haste rune.
Precision major tree Legend: Bloodline rune.
Precision major tree Coup de Grace rune.
Precision major tree Cut Down rune.
Precision major tree Last Stand rune.
Domination
Domination minor tree Cheap Shot rune.
Domination minor tree Taste of Blood rune.
Domination minor tree Sudden Impact rune.
Domination minor tree Zombie Ward rune.
Domination minor tree Ghost Poro rune.
Domination minor tree Eyeball Collection rune.
Domination minor tree Treasure Hunter rune.
Domination minor tree Relentless Hunter rune.
Domination minor tree Ultimate Hunter rune.
Passive
Passive tree Adaptive Force rune (+9 Adaptive Force).
Passive tree Attack Speed rune (+10% Attack Speed).
Passive tree Ability Haste rune (+8 Ability Haste).
Passive tree Adaptive Force rune (+9 Adaptive Force).
Passive tree Move Speed rune (+2 Movement Speed).
Passive tree Health Scaling rune (+10-180 Health (based on level)).
Passive tree Health rune (+65 Health).
Passive tree Tenacity And Slow Resist rune (+10 Tenacity and Slow Resist).
Passive tree Health Scaling rune (+10-180 Health (based on level)).

How it works

  1. This is a pretty meta build that you have might seen on Summoner's Rift.
  2. You are going to be building damage items, going AD and Crit.
  3. You are going to play carry for your team.

How to play

  1. Bard Crit build. Pretty meta. You go AD, Attack Speed and of course... Crit!
  2. Don't rush Infinity Edge. Usually go for it as #2 or #3 item.

Tips and Tricks

General
  1. Collecting chimes is essential. It improves your damage and Passive effects, gives mana and movement speed. Do it!
  2. Low on mana? Collect some chimes.
  3. Use your W. Put it somewhere behind your team, so they can use it when needed and enemy can't destroy it. Let it charge for increased Healing.
  4. You can have 3 Ws at the same time. You can leave 2 Ws behind your team for healing.
  5. You have great engaging tool with your R. Play with your team and do not wait for 'special moment'. You can land great Rs, catching people off and making engagements possible.
  6. Identify the best targets for your Ultimate. Is there an enemy who lacks mobility? That's a good target. Sometimes you can use it for disrupting fights. Or for protecting your allies. Be mindful!
  7. E is an interesting tool that you can use in ARAM. You can aggressively E into an enemy team or play mind games with them.
Riot
  1. It's important to collect chimes to improve your meep's attacks, but don't neglect your lane partner! Try to make a big entrance by bringing an ally into the lane with you with Magical Journey.
  2. Let your Caretaker's Shrines charge up - they heal for a lot more when at full power.
  3. Don't forget that enemies can also use your Magical Journey doorways, and that your ultimate can also hit your allies!

Skill Order

  • Bard [object Object] ability.
    Q
    Cosmic Binding
  • Bard [object Object] ability.
    W
    Caretaker's Shrine
  • Bard [object Object] ability.
    E
    Magical Journey
  • Bard [object Object] ability.
    R
    Tempered Fate

Items

Starting items for Kraken
Hearthbound Axe item.
Starting items for Collector/IE
B. F. Sword item.
Optional starting items
Guardian's Hammer item.
Good AD items
Kraken Slayer item.
Bloodthirster item.
Yun Tal Wildarrows item.
The Collector item.
Get this as #2 or #3 item
Infinity Edge item.
Boots
Berserker's Greaves item.
Get it post 15 lvl
Zephyr item.
For mana problems
Essence Reaver item.
Good AS items
Guinsoo's Rageblade item.
Phantom Dancer item.
Runaan's Hurricane item.
Statikk Shiv item.
Rapid Firecannon item.
Defensive items
Mercurial Scimitar item.
Immortal Shieldbow item.
Wit's End item.
Maw of Malmortius item.
Counter tanks
Blade of The Ruined King item.
Lord Dominik's Regards item.
Counter healing
Executioner's Calling item.
Mortal Reminder item.
Counter shielding
Serpent's Fang item.
For the last fight
Additional considerations for these items is advised!
Elixir of Iron item.
Elixir of Wrath item.
Example final build
Zephyr item.
Infinity Edge item.
Rapid Firecannon item.
Kraken Slayer item.
Yun Tal Wildarrows item.
The Collector item.