Riven

The Exile

Riven INFO

  • Riven was released on 14 September 2011 and can be purchased from the Riot Store for 4800 IP or 880 RP.
  • Riven was released concurrently with the end of Season One.
  • Riven's dance is slightly similar to the "Water Dance of Braavos" from the HBO series Game of Thrones.
  • Before Riven's release her passive, Runic Blade, was known as the "Art of War". This can be seen in her "Champion Spotlight".
  • In Riven's "Mechanics Preview", her Ki Burst was called "Ki Shout".
  • (Mike Laygo (Ohmikegoodness)) animated Riven. He also animated "The Kid" from the game Bastion.
  • Riven is one of the 11 champions who do not have a single skill that scales off ability power; along with Darius, Draven, Garen, Kalista, Kindred, Illaoi, Olaf, Talon, Vayne, and Zed.
  • Riven's name and title is likely reference to the Myst series of games, the second and third games being named "Riven" and "Exile", respectively.

Riven Skins

Riven Pros

  • Very easy to snowball in lane.
  • High mobility.
  • Every skill scales with AD.
  • Deals Insanely high amounts of damage during all points of the game.
  • Cool Down Reduction is broken on this champion.

Riven Cons

  • Needs a lot of farm.
  • Any slip ups can result in you dying for free.
  • Late game the enemy will most likely focus you first.
  • Needs flash to get on carries in team fights.
  • Has to play team fights carefully.

Riven Counter Tips

  • Avoid fighting against a Riven in skirmishes, as her raw damage and CC will usually outpower most champions.
  • Riven only deals Attack Damage - so try building a lot of armor to counter this if she becomes fed.
  • Although Riven's skills give her a lot of mobility, using a snare/stun during her Broken Wings or Valor will prevent her from getting away/chasing.
  • Use champions with long ranged harass to zone her out. Be careful not to trade while harassing her, as she will tear you apart if she has ult or you're a level behind.

Riven DEV INFO

  • Riven was designed by Xypherous.
  • Riven was codenamed "Marth" during her design phase. While most of her "Marth move sets" ended up not being used, her Broken Wings mirrors Marth's Dancing Blade. Riven's skill set is inspired by Marth's move set from the game Super Smash Bros. Melee. Marth's character is originally from Intelligent Systems' Fire Emblem series.
  • While most of her "Marth move sets" ended up not being used, her Broken Wings mirrors Marth's Dancing Blade.
  • Riven's skill set is inspired by Marth's move set from the game Super Smash Bros. Melee. Marth's character is originally from Intelligent Systems' Fire Emblem series.
  • After the release of Riven's "Champion Sneak Peek", there was a preview of her appearance in PC Gamer Magazine. When her "Champion Sneak Peek" was originally posted, Riven's title was "The Exile", but was later changed into "The Shattered Exile". Her title has since been changed back to being "The Exile" in her "A New Champion Approaches".
  • When her "Champion Sneak Peek" was originally posted, Riven's title was "The Exile", but was later changed into "The Shattered Exile". Her title has since been changed back to being "The Exile" in her "A New Champion Approaches".
  • Riven's "A New Champion Approaches" page was leaked accidentally in the announcements forum, but was then quickly replaced by the Golden Joystick Awards 2011 post.
  • Riven is voiced by Cristina Valenzuela.
  • Xypherous has stated that the original pitch for Riven was "gooder than good".
  • "Riven" literally means torn apart, or broken asunder.

Riven IS STRONG AGAINST

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Riven IS WEAK AGAINST

GarenOlafRenektonJaxDariusPantheonKennen

Riven IS GOOD WITH

IreliaYasuoAhriLee SinAmumuOriannaAatrox

Riven IS EVEN WITH

FioraIreliaLee SinSingedTeemoRengarTryndamere

RIVEN STORY

“There is a place between war and murder in which our demons lurk.”

In Noxus, any citizen may rise to power regardless of race, gender, or social standing – strength is all that matters. It was with committed faith in this ideal that Riven strove to greatness. She showed early potential as a soldier, forcing herself to master the weight of a long sword when she was barely its height. She was ruthless and efficient as a warrior, but her true strength lay in her conviction. She entered battles without any trace of doubt in her mind: no ethical pause, no fear of death.

Riven became a leader amongst her peers; a poster child of the Noxian spirit. So exceptional was her passion that the High Command recognized her with a black stone rune sword forged and enchanted with Noxian sorcery. The weapon was heavier than a kite shield and nearly as broad – perfectly suited to her tastes. Soon after, she was deployed to Ionia as part of the Noxian invasion.

What began as war quickly became extermination. Noxian soldiers followed the terrifying Zaunite war machines across fields of death. It wasn’t the glorious combat for which Riven trained. She carried out the orders of her superiors, terminating the remnants of a beaten and fractured enemy with extreme prejudice.

As the invasion continued, it became clear that the Ionian society would not be reformed, merely eliminated. During one bitter engagement, Riven’s unit became surrounded by Ionian forces. They called for support as the enemy closed in around them. What they received instead was a barrage of biochemical terror launched by Singed. Riven watched as around her Ionian and Noxian alike fell victim to an unspeakably gruesome fate. She managed to escape the bombardment, though she could not erase the memory.

Counted dead by Noxus, she saw an opportunity to start anew. She shattered her sword, severing ties with the past, and wandered in self-imposed exile – on a quest to seek atonement and a way to save the pure Noxian vision in which she believed.

Riven Abilities

Runic Blade

Riven's abilities charge her blade, causing her basic attacks to deal bonus physical damage. Riven's blade may be charged up to three times and expends one charge per attack.

Broken Wings

Riven lashes out in a series of strikes. This ability can be reactivated three times in a short time frame with the third hit knocking back nearby enemies.

Ki Burst

Riven emits a Ki Burst, damaging and stunning nearby enemies.

Valor

Riven steps forward a short distance and blocks incoming damage.

Blade of the Exile

Riven empowers her keepsake weapon with energy, and gains Attack Damage and Range. During this time, she also gains the ability to use Wind Slash, a powerful ranged attack, once.