AP Riven Build

AP Riven build with runes and items. AP Riven guide offers in-depth how-to play, skill order and tips. Play AP Riven build in League of Legends Patch 14.11!

Updated: 2024-05-22 ()
ARAM Build Guide for champion Riven and build AP.
Unconventional and very fun AP Riven build that is focused around this very specific item and rune.
Riven ARAM modifiers
DMG done +5%
DMG taken -8%

TLDR

Starting items
Hextech Alternator should be final item in your build.
Quick Skill Order
Riven ability Valor should be leveled first.
E
Riven ability Ki Burst should be leveled second.
W
Riven ability Broken Wings should be leveled third.
Q
Final items
Ionian Boots of Lucidity should be final item in your build.
Hextech Rocketbelt should be final item in your build.
Warmog's Armor should be final item in your build.
Liandry's Torment should be final item in your build.
Thornmail should be final item in your build.
Kaenic Rookern should be final item in your build.
Quick Runes
Major rune First Strike from Inspiration tree.
Minor rune Domination.
Summoner spells
Pick Ignite as your Summoner Spell.
Pick Flash as your Summoner Spell.

AP Riven Runes

Inspiration
Inspiration major tree Glacial Augment rune.
Inspiration major tree Unsealed Spellbook rune.
Inspiration major tree First Strike rune.
Inspiration major tree Hextech Flashtraption rune.
Inspiration major tree Magical Footwear rune.
Inspiration major tree Cash Back rune.
Inspiration major tree Triple Tonic rune.
Inspiration major tree Time Warp Tonic rune.
Inspiration major tree Biscuit Delivery rune.
Inspiration major tree Cosmic Insight rune.
Inspiration major tree Approach Velocity rune.
Inspiration major tree Jack Of All Trades 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. You rush Hextech Rocketbelt #1, Liandry's Torment #2.
  2. You get Cosmic Insight rune to use Hextech Rocketbelt more often.
  3. You poke with Hextech Rocketbelt and First Strike to earn gold and burn enemies.
  4. After core items, you adapt. You can play as a tank or as a damage dealer.

How to play

  1. Use Hextech Rocketbelt active to poke your enemies all the time, earning gold with First Strike.
  2. Adapt to the enemy team. Build tanky or more damage. You can play as a utility tank, poke, or even you can go some AD items to still have plenty of damage. Depends on the team and how you want to play.
  3. For utility tank, remember that Liandry's Torment works good with Serpent's Fang (to counter shields) and Oblivion Orb (to counter healing).
  4. Cosmic Insight reduces cooldown of all active items, so Zhonya's Hourglass really works well with this build.
  5. Wait for the First Strike and proc it with your combo, to deal damage and earn gold.
  6. Be careful to not get poked, because you waste First Strike procs.
  7. Your main combo is First Strike + Hextech Rocketbelt + follow up with + Q + W + E to get out.
  8. Your alternate combo just for poke is First Strike + Hextech Rocketbelt.

Tips and Tricks

Riot
  1. Riven's Broken Wings locks onto the champion your cursor is over at the time of cast. If you want to move past your opponent, make sure that your cursor is past your opponent as well.
  2. Riven lacks a source of healing or strong defense and must compensate with burst combos. Lead into fights with Broken Wings and Ki Burst, while using Valor to escape and absorb counter-harass.

Skill Order

  • Riven [object Object] ability.
    Q
    Broken Wings
  • Riven [object Object] ability.
    W
    Ki Burst
  • Riven [object Object] ability.
    E
    Valor
  • Riven [object Object] ability.
    R
    Blade of the Exile

Items

Starting items
Hextech Alternator item.
Rush #1
Hextech Rocketbelt item.
Rush #2
Liandry's Torment item.
Boots
Plated Steelcaps item.
Ionian Boots of Lucidity item.
Mercury's Treads item.
Good tank items
Jak'Sho, The Protean item.
Warmog's Armor item.
Good MR items
Hollow Radiance item.
Spirit Visage item.
Abyssal Mask item.
Force of Nature item.
Kaenic Rookern item.
Good Armor items
Sunfire Aegis item.
Iceborn Gauntlet item.
Dead Man's Plate item.
Unending Despair item.
Thornmail item.
Randuin's Omen item.
Situational items
Trailblazer item.
Knight's Vow item.
Optional AD items
Additional considerations for these items is advised!
Axiom Arc item.
Chempunk Chainsword item.
The Collector item.
Serylda's Grudge item.
Ravenous Hydra item.
Situational items
Additional considerations for these items is advised!
Zhonya's Hourglass item.
Oblivion Orb item.
Serpent's Fang item.
Try if you super fed
Lich Bane item.
Cosmic Drive item.
Horizon Focus item.
For the last fight
Additional considerations for these items is advised!
Seeker's Armguard item.
Elixir of Iron item.
Elixir of Wrath item.
Example final build
Ionian Boots of Lucidity item.
Hextech Rocketbelt item.
Warmog's Armor item.
Liandry's Torment item.
Thornmail item.
Kaenic Rookern item.