Early Game Items/First Back
: Helps with single target clear. Useful in the early stages of the game but diminishes as the game goes on.
: Helps with clearing jungle. Boosts your AOE clear.
: Boots are good to get at your first back to help you keep up in chasing and make ganking easier. Get them if you cannot get a straight up brutalizer or if you're having a hard time getting successful ganks off.
If You Can Afford:
: 1-3 will do. Just to help you sustain in jungle and heal up from ganks.
: Ward somewhere for your top lane or mid lane.
: Strategic warding to deny vision for a lane you want to gank.
: If you successfully got a few ganks off and want to deal some damage. Very cost efficient.
: You're going to need to be able to move around, so boots will help you accomplish that. Though you do not need tier 2 boots until you get some sort of damage item. Afterwards feel free to upgrade to
: Great for clearing jungle. A must for riven. Can turn this into
: Gives you damage and lifesteal. Turn this into
depending on your situation.
Note:There is no perfect item build that will be perfect for every situation. It is up to you to determine what you need to build in the current situation that you are in.
Vampiric Scepter Upgrades
: Your main go to damage item. Offers a lot of damage and lifesteal. Very good if you need a large increase in damage.
: Good splash damage, can use mid Q. Good for pushing and clearing waves.
More Damage Items
: Early damage item. Helps you with clear time. CDR and true damage as well.
: Strong item. Built from
. Gives you health, Armor Pen, CDR, and an Armor shredding passive. Increases your survivability and damage output. Every single one your damage skills including proc it's passive.
: Get this to deal a lot more damage with more Armor Pen. Scales very well with Riven.
: Spirit Stone upgrade. Gives tenacity, health and CDR. Very useful.
: Get this if you need MR. It gives good MR, some AD, and a nice shield.
: If you need Armor. You can easily stick and kill the enemy AD carry with this item.
: If the enemy team has extremely high burst potential, but not that much DPS.
: Locket useful for supporting your team. The shield helps with tower diving, etc. Also gives CDR which is always great.
: Good MR item that can clear any debuff on you. Good against an magic damage heavy team or against a team with hard cc.
: Get these and place them on high priority objectives such as Dragon and Baron.
: Try to always get 1 when you can.
: Get this before major objectives such as Dragon or Baron if you can spare the gold for it because it's always good to have a nice stat boost before fighting. Also get this during late game when you can't afford anything else when you go home.
Items NOT To Get
: You do not need this. You do not need the armor. You do not need the sustain. You do not need the active. You need to work on your main damage item asap and this will only slow you down. There are just much better alternatives you can buy with 900g.
: You should never get this item. Riven is extremely mobile and does not need another slow to catch her enemies. Your job is to kill the enemy squishies as fast as possible. This item will lower your damage output and there are much better choices if you need to become tankier.