These are the boots you will probably buy the most often. These are the boots of choice if the enemy team has multiple forms of hard cc and/or a lot of magic damage.
Example team comp to build merc treads against:
These boots are an okay choice if the enemy team does not have a lot of hard cc but has a lot of auto-attack reliant champions that you need defence from.
Example team comp to get ninja tabi against:
These boots are actually pretty underrated. CDR is a really good stat on riven but there isnt a lot of options to build it. They will increase your clear time , raw damage, and utility. It gives you a little extra hp to cause it reduces the CD on your shield. You can still sell these boots for merc treads/tabis if you think you are getting focused really hard. This item works really well with
Example team comp to get CD boots against:
I honestly feel these aren't really strong for riven , none of them really benifit riven Specifically. That being said if you losing and constantly defending
is a pretty good buy. If you have all the items you need and have the extra gold to buy an Enhancement , get
If you are having trouble sticking to somebody or
when you are having trouble getting to somebody
In the new s3 jungle this is definately the best way to start. It will keep you sustained and make you clear a lot faster. The only problem with machete is it doesn't build into anything usefull for riven but it's a sacrifice you kinda have to make.
This item is really strong for riven. It stacks really well with flat armor pen marks.I get this almost every game now since it now has something awesome to build in to,
. Only time i don't build this is when im really behind
You really need this to sustain yourself. You wont be getting any other sort of sustain items early so this is really important
Always try to keep buying these
Finally , and ad caster item, yay!^^. This item is super strong , even after seeing some nerfs, it gives the perfect stats for any ad caster and riven is no exception. It also builds out of brutalizer , making it even more awesome!
This item is 100% part of rivens core. Rivens scales the best with flat ad so this is not replaceable. Build this first after your early game if you are not behind and you can afford the BF sword when you go back.
This is the best defensive item for Assasins. It fits Riven's playstyle perfectly. This doesnt let the enemy team focus you down easily when you go to burst your carries. This item is a must have after 2 offensive items.
I get this item a little bit less since black cleaver came out , you could still go
but youd be lacking in sustain which i don't really like. This is still a decent item though, definately get it vs double ap.
This item got nerfed hard with the s3 patch. It was a pretty nessecary nerf tho IMO. I don't buy this very often anymore since it now only lasts 5 minutes and still has the full 400 gold investment. It is however still a pretty decent buy when you are really fed so you can snowball the game.
Get this item as soon as the enemy team gets a lot of armor, riven gets countered by a lot of armor so you can't do without this
Really good item after your core if you are getting killed by their auto attackers , it also helps you kill the enemy AD carry.
This items is allright to upgrade your hexdrinker to later on , but it doesn't take priority over last whysper unless the enemy team has no armor (which is very rare). This is why if you build it you generally find yourself building it as your 5th or 6th item.
This item is situational but can be really really good , if you are getting cced so much by that
on the enemy team that you cant get to the carries , you can't do your job. Get this to get rid of those ults and get to the enemy back line.
Now i haven't used this item a lot yet, but it could be a decent replacement for maw if the enemy team has a lot of cc and you needed a QSS. I dont really like how expensive it is for the stats it gives though so i would only buy it if you are allready going for QSS anyway and want something you can build it into late game.
I sometimes find myself building this together with hexdrinker if i fall far behind. When you are super behind you need to build small , gold efficient items like phage and hexdrinker. You will be a bit tanky and have some okay utility and damage.
This is a very situational item. The problem with mallet is it isn't very gold-efficient and it doesnt give the stats you need all that much. This is a decent buy though when you have a really strong ad carry that you need to peel for, and you allready had a
from early game.
Is usually a better choice than this though.
This is another option you have when you're behind. If you lost in your jungle really hard its usually a bit better to build tankyish with utility and be usefull in that way. Let your team do the carrying in this case.
I feel like this item is a bit worse for damage than BT, since you can't use the onhit effect all that well. The slow on it is really nice to have though. You trade some damage for some utility. It also works a bit better than BT vs tanky comps. Basicly this item is situationally good .
Dont forget these babies when you are full build:
What you shouldn't get
This item is only worth considering cause it is so freaking strong right now , however , building straight hp on riven really makes no sense because you have a shield that scales with AD. My preferance still goes to GA even though it got nerfed
This item got nerfed way to much , it allready wasnt really all that good for riven though.
This item isn't good for riven , don't get this. You clear REALLY fast with your spells so there is no reason to get wriggles , its like getting wriggles on