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Riven, The Exile




Riven's Stats :



Recommended Runes :



Recommended items and items sequence :



Spells/Abilities Sequence :



Masteries :



Pros & Cons :



Summoners Spells :


Flash is a spell that can be used offensively or defensively. If you're being chased, you can simply  Flash away or over a wall and the enemy can't get to you anymore! If an enemy is getting away, and just needs one more autoattack, then you  Flash up and strike them down. It's a great spell for every case and that's why I take it. It helps you in every situation. Tower dive someone? Kill them and  Flash out. Big fight? Flash in and stun. Fight go badly?  Flash out when the enemy team comes to pick you off.


I usually choose  Ignite as well, even though it has no defensive benefit. It can be the difference between getting a kill or getting killed yourself. Generally, I throw this in the middle of the fight, when I know if I can get a kill. This is great because of the DOT it deals and it kills healing effects. If  Soraka wants to ult and help, it won't be as effective. If  Master Yi wants to  Meditate, it won't have as much of a benefit. However,  Riven has a great defense against  Ignite. Just  Valor and have your shield save you. I usually go with  Ignite because it's great DOT that kind of has the same effect as Grievous Wound.


Other Options :


Ghost can help you get to a lane faster, or keep up with someone after they  Flash. It has a shorter cooldown than  Flash does, so you might take this one over it. I used to prefer it. It's all on what you want to see in your game.


Exhaust is another wonderful spell. I love this one, because it can be used offensively or defensively. Slowing someone can secure you the kill to ensure that they don't get away, and exhausting them can lessen the damage they deal. It slows so YOU can get away if you need to. I've been considering taking this over Ignite in my games, but I have yet to do so unless I'm support.


Teleport is another good choice for top. It's popular, and it helps you return to your lane faster if you like roaming. It's great if you have a  Teemo on your team and he places mushrooms everywhere; you can Teleport to them and gank a lane. However, I feel like  Teleport loses its effectiveness after the laning phase. I don't pick it because it doesn't assist during fights.


Riven's easy and hard matchups :


Akali : Easy matchup for Riven. Akali is a relatively easy champion to deal with pre-level 6. As Riven, you are able to deal more damage to her early on, so harassing at the beginning of the game is key. Her  Twilight Shroud is essentially useless against you because you can stun her in it. As a tip,  Akali normally travels to the outer edges of her circle, so avoid attacking the center. Make sure to use  Valor to dash and negate the early harass from  Mark of the Assassin. Post-level 6, however, you should be careful.  Akali can effectively burst you down once she gets her ultimate. A way to counter this is to stun her with  Ki Burst as she uses  Shadow Dance and then  Valor away.


Cho’Gath : Hard matchup for Riven. Cho'Gath has becoming increasingly harder for  Riven to deal with. In this lane, you should be hyper-aggressive, but extremely mobile. You can deal a lot of damage to him level one with your Broken Wings and autoattack combo. All you have to do in this lane is dodge  Rupture and  Feral Scream with your  Valor and Broken Wings and you can easily take him down. Try to keep him from gaining too much sustain, so punish him. But dodge his abilities.


Darius : Another hard matchup for Riven. Darius is rather tough to deal with, but you will probably win your lane if you’re smart. He is a bit more tanky than you are, and his burst is about the same as yours.  Hemorrhage is quite the bother, as well.  Darius is stronger than you 1v1, so it's smart to only engage when your jungler comes around. The best thing to do is  Valor to dash around and avoid his  Decimate and Apprehend. It is best to keep him pushed up to your tower while you farm under the turret. If he steps within range, use  Ki Burst to stun him and then dash away with  Valor or  Broken Wings, with autoattacks if you feel comfortable. Playing passively and relying on your jungler are the keys to winning your lane. Play it safe and tower hug.


Fiora : Hard matcup for Riven. Beating  Fiora in-lane comes from valuable ganks and EARLY harass. As time goes on,  Fiora becomes harder and harder to deal with. She also has a far greater sustain than you. The best way to fight her is to avoid engaging while she has  Riposte up. After it's on cooldown, you can reengage to deal some damage. Whenever she activates  Burst of Speed, use  Ki Burst and then  Valor away to waste the time she has on her E. Be mindful of using your ult whenever she has  Blade Waltz up, too. Activating Wind Slash while she is invulnerable is a very costly mistake. Don't use  Ki Burst on her when she ults, either, for the same reasons. Ganks from your jungler are very precious because she has no secure escapes.


Gangplank : Not hard but not easy as well matchup for Riven. Gangplank is alright to deal with because  Riven easily negates the damage done from  Parrrley with  Valor. After  Valor goes on cooldown, it's smart to stay safe and out of range for Gangplank to hit you. Once you hit level 3, you can start using your  Valor,  Ki Burst,  Broken Wings combo on him. But if he uses  Remove Scurvy and  Raise Morale as soon as you stun him, back off. He will be forced to waste mana without doing much damage. After your skills are off cooldown, you can reengage. It's also smart to go in on  Gangplank if he's out of mana. Also use common sense: don't fight in his ult.


Garen : Hard Matchup for Riven. Unfortunately,  Garen is kind of hard to deal with when you're playing  Riven. 1v1s will almost never go in your favor if he knows how to play, so you need to rely on your jungler for ganks and help. The way to win the lane is to try to outfarm him and dodge his skills with  Valor while stunning him at opportune points with  Ki Burst. It's a great idea to get out of  Judgment at all times. Use Broken Wings and  Valor to do so. The way to win is to get ahead in CS and with assistance from your jungler.


Irelia : Another hard matcup for Riven. The only problem  Riven faces with  Irelia is her true damage. It's best to not engage on  Irelia when she has  Hiten Style active. The good part about this lane is that  Riven outshines her in every way. The lane will be easier early on, but around level 9, it becomes increasingly more difficult. Just make sure you don't get stupid when she has  Hiten Style up and honestly, you should be alright.


Jax : Kinda easy if you are smart. Fighting  Jax can be a little tricky, but the key to winning is to make sure he doesn't land  Counter Strike. If you engage on him at all when his stun misses, he won't be able to compete. Try to make him waste mana if he spams  Leap Strike and  Empower. Be careful, though, because  Jax can deal a lot of damage. It's smart to  Valor away from  Counter Strike, so keep that in mind. Get him down below half-health before you decide to really engage for a kill.


Jarvan IV : Kinda easy as well, Jarvan IV is a relatively normal lane. Don't be TOO aggressive; be patient, unlike most lanes. Go ahead and poke to get his health down, but don't go all-out in engages each time to you want to deal damage. Luckily,  Cataclysm is useless against you. You can use  Valor and  Broken Wings to escape it.


Jayce : Easy matchup for Riven. Jayce is just annoying. His mix of abilities is bothersome, and his  Thundering Blow / Acceleration Gate in hammer form is what can kill you. The knockback is hard for you to deal with, and you will have problems if he maxes this first. It's just best to play it safe and rarely engage unless you have some sort of CLEAR advantage or jungler around. His ranged attacks are annoying. You should make sure to dodge  To the Skies! / Shock Blast when he is in cannon form. Use  Valor or  Broken Wings to avoid it.


Kennen : Hard matcup for Riven. The best way to win against  Kennen is to be safe and patient. Farming and turret hugging are your two biggest concerns in this matchup. Post level 3, you can start harassing him, but only if he messes up by getting under tower range or something like that. Make sure you use his energy and cooldowns to your advantage. You should engage on him if his energy is at half or lower so that he's unable to use  Lightning Rush to get away from you. Do the same if that skill is on cooldown. Ganks should help under the same circumstances when he can't get away.


Lee Sin : Kinda hard matchup for Riven. The thing about  Lee Sin is that winning your lane is incredibly dependent upon the player's skill. One thing to keep in mind is that you need to dodge his  Sonic Wave / Resonating Strike. His dash and  Dragon's Rage are pretty annoying in-lane. Just be sure not to engage when he has the debuff from  Tempest / Cripple active, and you can probably win the lane. If you're asking for a jungle gank, ask them to come after a minion wave so that  Lee Sin can't use  Safeguard / Iron Will to shield away.


Mordekaiser : Easy matchup for Riven.  Mordekaiser gets increasingly harder to fight against as time goes on, so the best chance you have is to abuse him early game and try to get first blood. Do not take too much damage, though. At levels 2 and 3, commit to fighting him. If he starts with  Cloth Armor, wait until level 3 to begin engaging on him. Ganks are crucial, because post-level 3,  Mordekaiser becomes insanely hard to deal with and pumps out incredible amounts of AoE. Be smart and safe against him if you're getting into the middle of the game.


Malphite : Kinda hard matchup for Riven. All you need to worry about with  Malphite is shielding his harass. If you do, he can't do much to you at all. Don't engage when his attack speed debuff is on you. Post-level 6, you should begin to be careful. He can burst for a LOT, surprisingly enough, with his ultimate. Keep these things in mind, wear down his shield, and you will be good to go.


Nidalee : Hard matchup for Riven. Dodge  Nidalee's spears. That's all you really need to succeed here. Use  Valor to dash out of the way if you need to. Let her push up to your tower, then begin pushing back once you reach level 3. You have an advantage on her 1v1 once you reach level 6. The best way to get a lead on her is to reach level 6 first, then engage on her as soon as you reach 6. She won't be able to deal nearly as much damage as you and she won't be able to take the punishment. Also, keep in mind that the best way to dodge the spears is running to the left or right of them, NOT AWAY.


Nasus : Easy matchup for Riven. Main concern: deny CS. This lane is one where you should put a lot of pressure on your enemy constantly so he can't farm up his Siphoning Strike. I wouldn't roam around too much in this lane, even though  Riven is great with this. You cannot let him catch up to you or get any CS. The only other thing you really have to worry about is  Fury of the Sands, so be careful when diving since his ult gives him some HP.  Soul Eater gives him passive lifesteal, so buy potions if you need to to keep up in sustain.  Wither shouldn't be a problem for you; you have 4 gap closers.


Olaf : Kinda hard matchup for Riven. Olaf can be a very strong enemy. You mainly have to dodge his axes with  Valor and  Broken Wings and you'll be good to go. He has mana and you don't, so this is a great advantage. Don't get too close to him or he'll cast  Reckless Swing (you can normally guess when he's about to do this because he runs towards you), but if he does, shield his true damage with  Valor. You should also be careful about fighting him while  Vicious Strikes is active; in other words, DON'T DO IT. Using all of these strategies,  Olaf will ideally blow all of his mana, and then you have the clear advantage.


Pantheon : Hard matchup for Riven. Valor is a pretty key skill here since you have a lot of spears to dodge. Open your combo at him after you've shielded his and you'll do very well. Always ward against the jungler when laning against  Pantheon. His stun makes him strong for ganking. You also have greater scaling than he does, and you will do more and more damage against him as time goes on.


Renekton : Very Hard matchup for Riven. Renekton is really annoying because he has almost the same kit as you do, but with more sustain. Watch his rage and NEVER engage on him when it's in the red. But you should ALWAYS engage when he has low rage or after he's blown his combo, which is a combination of his  Slice and Dice and  Cull the Meek/ Ruthless Predator and  Slice and Dice back to safety. Play more defensively than offensively and zone him out of cs. Try to freeze the lane under your tower. Be careful of his ult: it's more powerful than yours, but all of your other skills outscale his. Try to bait out his skills by shielding Cull the Meek, and lure him into activating  Ruthless Predator before jumping away with  Broken Wings. Ganks are really precious here, but ask for them when his ult is down. Otherwise, you probably won't get the kill.


Rumble : Easy matchup for Riven. Rumble can be really annoying, but you can use your mobility to your advantage and win the lane. You are very powerful against him in early levels, so like  Akali, you really need to abuse his advantage. You should constantly dash around him with  Valor and  Broken Wings to avoid damage from  Flamespitter, since he won't be able to really hit you with it. Also: when he uses his ult, immediately dash (with  Valor or  Broken Wings) or flash behind him and keep on trucking. His DPS will not be as much as he needs and you will most likely win your duels. Ask for ganks to shut him down in the earlier levels.


Shen : Easy but can be hard as well matchup for Riven. Shen is more annoying/beefy than anything else. He probably won't leave his lane, but he probably won't kill you, either. Therefore, you should mainly focus on farming: denying and out-csing him. He can stack armor against you, which really sucks, but that's all he has against you. Basically you should just ask for early ganks for an advantage, then stick to small harass and killing minions.


Sion : Hard matchup for Riven. Keep him in-lane and away from creeps. That's your only concern here. He really can't do much while his shield is down, so use this to your advantage, and abuse him early on before his shield gets very strong. If you keep him punished in the smaller levels, he'll be crippled later on.


Singed : Easy matchup for Riven. This lane is relatively easy for  Riven to compete with, although many would beg to differ. As always against a  Singed, your main focus is to shut him down pre-level 6 and to deny cs. With  Riven's abilities, you're able to compete with him throughout all stages of the game, unlike most people. You have high mobility and great scaling, so he shouldn't be able to punish you all that much unless he stacks armor. Be sure to bait his  Fling, countering it by using  Ki Burst and an autoattack before using  Valor or  Broken Wings to escape.  Valor is really important here: it's incredibly powerful against his poison. Always ask for a gank to shut him down.


Talon : Hard matchup for Riven. Talon excels in bursting down squishies, which is something you aren't. You can outdamage him 1v1 since your damage is more sustained and his is burst, plus you have  Valor to negate some of the damage he does. All you really have to worry about is dodging his  Rake with your  Valor and you should be good to go. Early ganks (pre-level 6) will be very productive as he'll only have  Rake as an escape.  Cutthroat is a huge struggle for you, though. Silences suck.


Tryndamere : Hard matchup for Riven. Punish him as hard as you can before he hits level 6. (This is a recurring theme for most champions, isn't it?) Keep in mind that you should fight him when his Fury bar is next to empty, and never engage when it's full. Early ganks are also your best friend. Once he hits level 6, just remember his ult's cooldown, which is 130 seconds. Your main focus, post-level 6, is to pop his ult and then use those 2 minutes of its cooldown to your advantage. Your ult comes off cooldown almost a whole minute before his does, so go all out, waste his ult, and then come back before it comes back up to beat him down. Be sure to mind his crits, though. They can get out of hand.


Teemo : Kinda hard matchup for Riven. Alright so this lane is the most annoying thing EVER. I feel bad because whenever I get the chance, I personally counterpick Riven by playing  Teemo. He's very hard to deal with. He's mobile, he has incredible, DPS, and it's just unfun all around. His blind hinders your DPS since it disables your passive, which is a big part of  Riven. His poison can completely wreck you. Just try to keep up by purchasing  Oracle's Elixir when you can, and after you hit level 6, you can easily win all duels.


Vladimir : Easy matchup for Riven. Alright so  Vladimir really isn't all that bad. I prefer this matchup to most others, honestly. Wait until level 3, shielding his harass the whole time, and then engage on him. You'll probably be surprised by your vastly superior DPS. Don't let him bait you with his pool, and NEVER use your ult on him while he's pooled, and you should be okay.


Wukong : Hard matcup for Riven. He can do a surprising amount of damage, so you need to watch out for that. His ult is similar to yours in that he has a very, very short cooldown. The best way to win the lane is to bait his  Crushing Blow and then running away from it, using your mobility to your advantage. After his Q is wasted, engage on him. You should win most duels this way. If you want a gank, make sure it is EARLY before he takes  Decoy. He will have a higher damage output and will shred your armor.



Yorick : Easy matchup for Riven. Yorick is one of the most annoying poke champions that you can fight. He has very strong sustain, so harass isn't really much of an option here. You need to go all out on him during each engagement, but make sure you don't take too much damage from his poke beforehand. Wait until level 3 to do much of anything to him. Once you hit 6, he really can't compete with you. Just keep up your combo and be sure to abuse him 1v1 in duels.


Credits to Aquilegia and me for the fixes and paperwork.

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Weird how this guide doesnt recommend last whisper on any part of the game and...


talon = hard matchup for riven is laughable I really wonder who wrote this (assasins good against bruisers? D: )

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Weird how this guide doesnt recommend last whisper on any part of the game and...


talon = hard matchup for riven is laughable I really wonder who wrote this (assasins good against bruisers? D: )


Talon is really hard vs riven i have try it :/ , and this is a top rated guide dont worry.

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