Even if you’re a Draven main and know everything about the champion, you must admit that the Lethality build is the best way of carrying games in almost all elos of League of Legends.

Lethality Draven has an insane amount of damage but low survivability. It’s all about one-shotting enemy champions with spinning axes and having as much armor penetration as possible.

If you’ve never tried out the lethality build for Draven in LoL, I’d be happy to show you what you need to do.

In this post, I’ll tell you which runes and items you’ll need as well as how the whole build works. The whole playstyle is really fun and you should definitely give it a shot.

So, let’s see how lethality Draven works in LoL!

Lethality Draven – Runes

Lethality Draven rune page
  • Dark Harvest
  • Taste of Blood
  • Eyeball Collection
  • Ultimate Hunter
  • Presence of Mind
  • Legend: Alacrity

Dark Harvest

When it comes to one-shotting, Dark Harvest is the keystone to go for. It allows you to stack bonus damage against low HP targets throughout the game, making you a big threat to anyone below 50% health.

Besides his ultimate, Draven doesn’t have damaging abilities and it can be tough for him to collect all the available souls.

However, because Draven’s damage comes mainly from his auto-attacks, he can always proc Dark Harvest against a fleeing enemy and one-shot them!

So, Dark Harvest is your best choice here!

Taste of Blood

Taste of Blood is a really helpful rune, especially when you aren’t building any lifestyle. The way this rune works is by healing you when you hit an enemy champion with a spell, including Draven’s Q.

The cooldown is only 20 seconds and the amount of healing actually scales with your bonus AD. So, Taste of Blood improves your trades and makes your laning phase a bit easier. And that’s why I pick it up.

Eyeball Collection

Eyeball Collection is an interesting rune from the third row of the Domination page. What it does is that it passively increases your AD throughout the early and mid game.

Eyeball Collection works on eyeball stacks. You can get a maximum of 10 stacks which amounts to 12 bonus AD. And when you fully stack the rune, you also get 6 additional AD.

In the end, Eyeball Collection grants 18 bonus AD when it’s fully stacked.

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Ultimate Hunter

Ultimate Hunter isn’t always associated with Draven. However, with this one-shotting lethality build, even Draven can snipe enemies across the map with a low cooldown ultimate ability.

And if you like to do the same with lethality Jinx, you’re going to love it with Draven too.

So, Ultimate Hunter directly lowers the cooldown of Draven’s R – Whirling Death. It grants bonus ability haste based on how many unique Bounty Hunter stacks you have.

These come from slaying unique enemy champions and you can get a maximum of 5.

Presence of Mind

Presence of Mind can be a very helpful rune for Draven. This is because Draven is a mana-hungry champion that doesn’t build any mana items.

And that often leaves him without being able to even activate his Q – Spinning Axe.

But Presence of Mind fixes this problem by restoring mana upon each champion takedown. This also includes assists, so you’re going to have plenty of mana during team fights.

Presence of Mind also gives you bonus mana regeneration when you hit an enemy champion with an ability. And since Draven’s Q counts as one, you can always have enough mana during the laning phase too.

Legend: Alacrity

Legend: Alacrity is a natural choice for Draven, no matter his build. Putting your focus on the lethality items, you won’t be building a lot of attack speed. And that’s where this rune comes in handy.

With Legend: Alacrity, you get bonus attack speed as you’re going through the laning phase. The rune works on Legend stacks which you get by slaying enemy champions, neutral monsters, and even minions.

And at maximum stacks (10), you have an 18% bonus attack speed.

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Lethality Draven – Items

Lethality Draven item build
  • Berserker’s Greaves
  • Eclipse
  • Essence Reaver
  • The Collector
  • Lord Dominik’s Regard
  • Edge of Night

Berserker’s Greaves

Berserker’s Greaves are the go-to boots for nearly all ADCs in League of Legends, including the lethality playstyle for Draven.

The reason you want these boots is that they give enough attack speed for the early and mid game. The rest of the build doesn’t focus on this stat, so buying Berserker’s Greaves is essential here.


Eclipse is my recommended mythic item for playing lethality Draven for nearly all situations. And the reason is simple – Eclipse grants all necessary stats such as AD, lethality, and omnivamp, but also a shield.

The shield from Eclipse is activated when you attack an enemy champion two times in quick succession. And this can either be done with auto-attacks or abilities.

Eclipse is a great anti-tank item in League of Legends. It allows you to deal bonus physical damage to your target based on their maximum HP. And it only lets you stack bonus armor penetration for each legendary item you build next.

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Essence Reaver

Essence Reaver is not always built on Draven and it doesn’t actually give you bonus lethality. However, it fits extremely well in this playstyle for many different reasons.

First, Essence Reaver offers great stats such as AD, critical strike, and ability haste. Second, Essence Reaver allows you to deal bonus damage after using an ability, including Draven’s Q.

And third, the empowered attack also restores mana which is very important for Draven.

The Collector

The Collector is one of the best lethality items in League of Legends. It’s a must for lethality Draven too because it helps you secure champion takedowns much easier.

What The Collector does is that it allows you to execute your target if they’re below 5% HP. It also grants bonus gold when you do so which synergizes with Draven’s passive.

All in all, The Collector is fantastic and you should always have it in Draven’s inventory.

Lord Dominik’s Regard

Speaking of must-have items, Lord Dominik’s Regard is next on the list. This is a fantastic item for all stages of the game because it grants armor penetration and critical strike.

With Lord Dominik’s Regard, you also get bonus damage against enemies that have more max health than you.

So, even if there’s only one tank in the enemy team, Lord Dominik’s Regard becomes a high-value item for you.

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Infinity Edge

And lastly, we have Infinity Edge. This is the best item you can get in the late game even though it doesn’t grant any lethality.

Instead, the extra critical strike from Infinity Edge will allow you to melt your targets, even if they’re tanks.

Once you purchase this item, your critical strike will become 100%. So, each auto-attack will be a crit attack. Combined with all the lethality you have, your enemies will be looking at one deadly Draven!

Situational Items

There aren’t too many situational items that can make a huge difference in your gameplay as lethality Draven.

Duskblade of Draktharr is my personal favorite lethality mythic item and can give you an edge in certain games. Its invisibility is great and very helpful.

However, Eclipse is a bit more defensive, so it’s a better fit for more games overall.

Similarly, you can always switch Infinity Edge for Edge of Night if you need more survivability. The magic shield will let you play in a more relaxed way and it will annoy your enemies.

Other than that, you can experiment with other items and see how they work for you.

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Skill Order and Summoner’s Spells

The skill order for Draven is really simple. You want your Q maxed out first because it’s your main spell. This is usually followed by W for the extra movement speed and then E.

This is what your skill order on Draven should look like.


As for Summoner’s Spells, Draven goes best with Flash + Exhaust. The Flash is for making plays and the Exhaust for surviving assassins as an ADC.

However, you can also go for Flash + Heal and even Flash + Ghost, depending on your personal playstyle.

How to Play Lethality Draven – Tips


When you compare the lethality Draven playstyle to his regular one of ADC, you don’t see too many differences. Mainly, the lethality build offers less attack speed and less healing, but it does more damage with fewer hits.

So, here’s what you need to look out for when you’re first trying out lethality Draven.

Be aggressive early on.

This tip works for any Draven build but it’s especially important for lethality Draven. When you first buy Serrated Dirk (1100) gold, your damage is actually insane. 

So, don’t be afraid to go all-in and start auto-attacking your lane opponents. And if you’re supported by someone like Lulu or Nami, you’re going to be unstoppable!

Have perfect positioning.

Even though this is also important for all ADCs and all builds, lethality Draven really depends on perfect positioning. 

As I mentioned above, you won’t get the same survivability as with the regular Draven build, so it’s important to stay out of trouble as much as you can.

Always be on the lookout for sniping enemies with your R.

Everybody can agree that Draven players don’t do this enough. Unlike Ezreal, Draven’s ultimate travels much slower and they’re tempted to not use it for long-range takedowns.

However, the bonus lethality in this build makes Draven’s ulti really deadly. You can execute someone from 30 or 40% HP, so it’s worth trying.

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That’s all on how to build and play lethality Draven. This is a great playstyle for carrying your team in solo queue, especially in the lower elos.

The damage makes it easy for you to one-shot your opponents and get a couple of free wins in League of Legends.

I hope my post helped you learn lethality Draven and informed you what you need to do in-game. If you’re interested, you can also check my lethality Volibear or lethality Sion guides if you’re an off-role top laner.

That said, good luck and have fun!

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Last Update: March 2, 2024