Riven is one of the most iconic champions in League of Legends.

Not only does she have one of the largest numbers of OTP players, but she’s been massively popular among all pro players.

Riven can be considered both a top laner and a mid laner, depending on your playstyle. She’s mechanically difficult and can do great amounts of damage.

But is Riven AP or AD?

Is Riven AP or AD?

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The 3d cast of Riven’s Q – Broken Wings.

Does Riven do AP or AD? And is Riven physical or magic damage?

Riven is a full AD champion in League of Legends. She only deals physical damage, and all of her abilities scale with Attack Damage.

The recommended items for Riven all grant AD and thus increase her damage output. Even Riven’s shield (E ability) gets stronger the more AD she has.

Riven is a fighter/bruiser champion. And unlike assassins, she rarely buys Lethality items. Her build includes stats like Armor, Lifesteal, and Health.

Thanks to this, she can survive much longer than an assassin in a team fight. Riven can also heal herself while dealing damage, which is perfect for a melee AD champion.

Additionally, Riven has a good base AD scaling. She starts the game with 64 AD (level 1) and ends it with 115 AD (level 18).

This might not seem like much, but with the added Long Swords and other AD items, her Attack Damage can easily get to 300 or higher.

Now let’s take a look at how Riven’s abilities scale with AD.

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Riven Abilities Explained – AD Scaling

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Riven’s W deals physical damage while stunning the target

Passive – Runic Blade

When Riven casts an ability, she gets a temporary stack that increases her AD (3 stacks max).

And her next basic attack consumes the stack, dealing 30% − 60% of her AD(based on level) bonus physical damage.

Q – Broken Wings

Riven’s Q can be used 3 times to slash enemies around you (the 3rd cast also knocks up your enemies).

Each strike of Broken Wings deals 15 / 35 / 55 / 75 / 95 physical damage , plus 45 / 50 / 55 / 60 / 65% of Riven’s AD.

W – Ki Burst

When activated, Ki Burst stuns all enemies near Riven for 0.75 seconds and deals 55 / 85 / 115 / 145 / 175 physical damage, plus 100% of Riven’s AD.

E – Valor

Riven dashes forward and gains a shield that blocks 85 / 115 / 145 / 175 / 205 damage, but it scales with 100% of Riven’s AD.

R – Blade of the Exile

When Riven uses her ultimate, she immediately gains 20% bonus AD, plus a bit of Attack Range. 

The second cast of Blade of the Exile sends a wave of energy forward, dealing 100 / 150 / 200, plus 60% AD bonus physical damage.

This damage is increased up to 200% on low HP targets.

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What Should I Buy for Riven?

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Riven’s ultimate dealing extra AD on a low HP target

Here is the best item build for Riven:

Starting items:

  • Doran’s Blade – grants Attack Damage and Lifesteal, which is essential for the early levels.
  • Health Potion – restores a small percentage of your lost HP.

Core items:

  • Goredrinker – gives all necessary stats such as Attack Damage, Health, and bonus Health, but it also has an active that heals you significantly.
  • Black Cleaver – lowers the Armor of your enemies, allowing you to deal more damage overall.
  • Sterak’s Gage – is a great offensive/defensive item, and it grants a shield when you drop below 30% HP.
  • Death’s Dance – grants you bonus Armor and increases your self-healing in combat.

Situational items:

  • Yoummu’s Ghostblade – gives you a bit of Lethality and has an active that increases your Movement Speed.
  • Lord Dominik’s Regard – increase your Armor Penetration significantly, and it’s a great tool against tanks.
  • Edge of Night – shield from you the next damaging or crowd control ability.
  • Maw of Malmortius – grants you a shield that blocks magic damage, so it’s highly effective against AP teams.


  • Ionian Boots of Lucidity – are the most useful boots for Riven because they grant 20 Ability Haste for only 650 gold.

What rune should I use for Riven? Here are the best runes for Riven:

Rune page:

  • Conqueror – is the best keystone for fighters/bruisers, including Riven. It increases your damage and healing while in combat.
  • Triumph – restores a portion of your lost HP when you score a kill or an assist.
  • Legend: Tenacity – increases your Tenacity and allows you to quickly escape any stun, root, or slow effect.
  • Last Stand – allows you to deal more damage when you’re below 60% HP.
  • Bone Plating – gives you damage reduction every 45 seconds.
  • Unflinching – grants you another 10% Tenacity, increased to 20% when you’re below 30% HP.

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What’s the best role for Riven?

Riven is a fighter and a duelist, so she’s a top lane champion. She can go toe-to-toe with nearly all top lane picks, and that’s why she’s mostly played in that role.

However, Riven can also be played in the mid lane or the jungle, but she has much more difficult matchups there.

That said, I hope this post helped you out!

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Last Update: March 2, 2024