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League of Legends S12: Riven Top Build Guide

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League of Legends S12: Riven Top Build Guide

Find out all you need to know to build Riven Top in League of Legends Season 12, including runes, items, and skill order.

League of Legends S12: Riven Top Build Guide

From runes to items, gameplay tips amd more, we've put together a guide to help you master playing Riven in the toplane in League of Legends.

Be mindful that there are several ways to build and play a champion, and you'll need to be adaptable as the game and the enemy team progress.

That said, this guide is a good starting point to helping you get to grips with the champion and making an impact in your games.


Riven Rune Choices - League of Legends
Riven Rune Choices

Core Items


3300 Gold

Black Cleaver

3100 Gold


Goredrinker is a great choice that offers sustain, thanks to the sizeable heal.

Black Cleaver is great for shredding armor-heavy champions, like those often found in the toplane. 

Other good items include Death's DanceSterak's Gage, and Youmoo's Ghostblade.

Starting Item & Boots

Health Potion

50 Gold

Doran's Shield

450 Gold

Ionian Boots of Lucidity

950 Gold

Skill Order

While your choices may differ according to how the game progresses, the typical Riven skill priority is:

R > Q > E > W 

Summoner Spells

These are the summoner spells most typically taken by Riven in this role. Naturally, this may change depending on match-ups.

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Riven is a great champion for trading in lane, and can shred through opponents while not taking too much damage herself. She has a gap closer which can help her escape over walls, and you'll want to take advantage of this as much as possible.

  • Level 1 - Take Q - Broken Wings, for damage and gap closing or escape potential.
  • Level 2 - Take E - Valor, for the shield and sustain in lane.
  • First Back - If you're struggling in lane, swap your plan to pick up Lucidity boots for defensive boots. 

Tips & Tricks

  • Riven's passive requires you auto-attack often, so intersperse abilities with autos.
  • The third jump of Broken Wings allows you to pass through walls. Use this to escape if needs be, or to surprise an enemy. 
  • You can cancel the animations of many abilities by using another.
  • Broken Wings sends you in the direction of where Riven facing, not the mouse cursor.
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