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"A warrior’s blade reflects the truth in their heart. Mine is black, and broken." - Riven OriginalSquare Riven

Once a leader in the warhosts of Noxus, Riven is an expatriate in a land she previously tried to conquer. She rose through the ranks on the strength of her conviction and her brutal efficiency, and was rewarded with a legendary runic blade—however, on the Ionian front, Riven's faith in her homeland was tested and ultimately broken. Having severed all ties to the empire, she now wanders with her shattered sword, seeking atonement for a past she cannot forgive.

Exile

Built on perpetual conflict, Noxus has never had a shortage of war orphans. Her father lost to an unnamed battle and her mother to the girl’s own stubborn birth, Riven was raised on a farm run by the empire on the rocky hillsides of Trevale.

Physical strength and ferocious will kept the children alive and working on the hard scrap of land, but Riven hungered for more than simply bread on the table. She watched conscriptors from regional warbands visiting the farms, year after year, and in them, she saw a chance at the life she dreamed of. When she finally pledged the empire her strength, she knew Noxus would embrace her as the daughter she longed to be.

Riven proved a natural soldier. Young as she was, her years of hard labor allowed her to quickly master the weight of a longsword taller than herself. Her new family was forged in the heat of battle, and Riven saw her bond to her brothers- and sisters-in-arms as unbreakable.

So exceptional was her dedication to the empire, that Boram Darkwill himself recognized her with a runic blade of dark stone, enchanted by a LeBlanc OriginalSquare pale sorceress within his court. The weapon was heavier than a kite shield and nearly as broad—perfectly suited to Riven’s tastes.

Not long after, the warhosts set sail for Ionia as part of the long-planned Noxian invasion.

As this new war dragged on, it became clear that Ionia would not kneel. Riven’s unit was assigned to escort another warband making its way through the embattled province of Navori. The warband’s leader, Emystan, had employed a Singed OriginalSquare Zaunite alchymist, eager to test a new kind of weapon. Across countless campaigns, Riven would gladly have given her life for Noxus, but now she saw something awry in these other soldiers—something that made her deeply uncomfortable. The fragile amphorae they carried on their wagons had no purpose on any battlefield she could imagine...

The two warbands met increasingly fierce resistance, as if even the land itself sought to defy them. During a heavy rain storm, with mud pouring down the hillsides, Riven and her warriors were stranded with their deadly cargo—and it was then that the Ionian fighters revealed themselves. Seeing the danger, Riven called to Emystan for support.

The only answer she received was a flaming arrow, fired out from the ridgeline, and Riven understood this was no longer a war to expand the borders of Noxus. It was to be a complete annihilation of the enemy, no matter the cost.

The wagon was hit straight on. Instinctively, Riven drew her sword, but it was too late to protect anyone but herself. Chemical fire burst from the ruptured containers, and screams filled the night—both Ionian and Noxian falling victim to an agonizing, gruesome death. Shielded from the scorching, poisonous mists by the magic of her blade, she bore unwilling witness to scenes of horror and betrayal that would haunt her forever.

For Riven, memories of the time that followed come only in fragments, and nightmares. She bound her wounds. She mourned the dead. But, most of all, she came to hate the sword that saved her life. The words carved into its surface mocked her, reminding her of all she had lost. She would find a way to break it, severing her last tie to Noxus, before the dawn.

But when the blade was finally shattered, still she found no peace.

Stripped of the faith and conviction that had bolstered her entire life, Riven now wanders Ionia’s battle scarred landscape in self-imposed exile, seeking atonement from those who cannot forgive: the land, the dead, and herself.

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"There is a place between war and murder in which our demons lurk." - Riven OriginalSquare Riven

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 Blade of the Exile 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 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 OriginalSquare 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 Runic Blade 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 Render old
"There is a place between war and murder / in which our demons lurk." - Excerpted from the poem 'Scarlet Shon-Xan'

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 OriginalSquare 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, poster child of the Noxian spirit. So exceptional was her passion that the High Command recognized her with a black stone Blade of the Exile 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 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 OriginalSquare 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 Runic Blade sword - severing ties with the past - and wandered in self-imposed exile. Now she seeks atonement and her own way to serve the pure Noxian vision in which she believed.

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Previous Splash Art

  • 1st Classic Riven
  • 1st Crimson Elite Riven

  • Classic Riven
  • Crimson Elite Riven

  • 1st Classic Riven
  • 2nd Classic Riven
  • 3rd Classic Riven
  • Redeemed Riven

Patch History

V10.12
  • Broken Wings Broken Wings
    • Bug Fix: Tooltip has been corrected to remove the attack speed gain.
V10.9
  • Broken Wings Broken Wings
    • Bug Fix: Now properly activates Conqueror rune Conqueror and give her four stacks of the rune when quickly used twice on the same target.
V10.7
  • Stats
    • Base health increased to 560 from 558.48.
    • Base health regeneration increased to 8.5 from 7.
V10.6
  • General
    • Recommended items updated.
V9.19
  • Broken Wings Broken Wings
    • Cooldown increased to 13 seconds from 12.
  • Valor Valor
    • Cooldown reduced to 12 / 11 / 10 / 9 / 8 seconds from 14 / 13 / 12 / 11 / 10.
V9.16
  • Broken Wings Broken Wings
    • Cooldown increased to 12 seconds at all ranks from 12 / 11.5 / 11 / 10.5 / 10.
V9.10
  • Broken Wings Broken Wings
    • Cooldown reduced to 12 / 11.5 / 11 / 10.5 / 10 seconds from 13 at all ranks.
  • Valor Valor
    • Cooldown increased to 14 / 13 / 12 / 11 / 10 seconds from 10 / 9 / 8 / 7 / 6.
V9.4
  • General
    • Updated visual effects.
    • Basic attack visual noise reduced.
  • Runic Blade Runic Blade
    • Sword and hand now glow instead of creating a green energy ball with rune trails on top of her hand.
  • Broken Wings Broken Wings
    • VFX updated to be less noise and unique per cast.
    • Ground damage VFX added to indicate area of effect.
  • Ki Burst Ki Burst
    • VFX updated to reduce visual noise on the ground symbol and better indicate area of effect.
  • Valor Valor
    • Dash and shield VFX updated.
    • Shield runes changed to be the pieces of her sword.
  • Blade of the Exile Blade of the Exile
    • Buff VFX surrounding her cleaned up
    • Stronger buff VFX added to her sword.
    • Other ability VFX properly indicates increased area of effect while R is active.
  • Wind Slash Wind Slash
    • VFX is clearer and now appears as a single strike.
  • Riven BattleBunnyCircle Battle Bunny Riven
    • VFX recolored orange.
    • E shield runes are carrots.
  • Riven DragonbladeCircle Dragonblade Riven
    • Has skin-specific smokey/firey VFX.
    • Passive VFX is a flame ring around her hand.
    • E shield runes are dragon crests.
V9.1
  • Wind Slash Wind Slash
    • New Effect: Ability icon border now shows the remaining time to recast the ability.
V8.13
  • Stats
    • Base health regeneration increased to 7 from 5.5.
  • Blade of the Exile Blade of the Exile
    • Cooldown reduced to 120 / 90 / 60 seconds from 130 / 95 / 60.
V8.9
V8.3
  • Stats
    • Base health regeneration increased to 5.5 from 5.34.
V7.24
  • Broken Wings Broken Wings
    • Base damage increased to 15 / 35 / 55 / 75 / 95 from 10 / 30 / 50 / 70 / 90.
    • AD ratio increased to 45 / 50 / 55 / 60 / 65% AD from 40 / 45 / 50 / 55 / 60% AD.
V7.22
  • Stats
    • Base attack damage increased to 64 from 56.04.
    • Base armor increased to 33 from 24.376.
  • Runic Blade Runic Blade
    • Rune charge duration increased to 6 seconds from 5.
  • Ki Burst Ki Burst
    • Base damage increased to 55 / 85 / 115 / 145 / 175 from 50 / 80 / 110 / 140 / 170.
  • Valor Valor
    • Shield strength increased to 95 / 125 / 155 / 185 / 215 from 90 / 120 / 150 / 180 / 210.
V7.20
  • Broken Wings Broken Wings
    • Bug Fix: Can no longer both pop a spell shield and deal damage in specific circumstances.
V7.19
  • General
    • Bug Fix: During her joke animation, her fingers no longer clip through her sword.
V7.16
  • Runic Blade Runic Blade
    • Removed: On-hit effect procing against wards.
V7.15
V7.13
  • Riven DawnbringerCircle Dawnbringer Riven
    • Bug Fix: Fixed special borders being cut off at the bottom during loading screen.
V7.11
  • Broken Wings Broken Wings
    • Bug Fix: Casting it too quickly after one another no longer prevents unit targeting from working properly on casts beyond the first.
V7.10
  • General
  • Runic Blade Runic Blade
    • New Effect: Stacks are now tracked below her health bar and are only visible to Riven.
  • Broken Wings Broken Wings
    • The timing around when Riven becomes able to animation cancel Q casts, as well as how long she has to animation cancel, have both been made more consistent.
    • New Effect: Can no longer joke, taunt, or laugh during Broken Wings's animations.
    • New Effect: Can more reliably target units on high-latency environments.
    • Bug Fix: Fixed a bug where the knockback on Broken Wings's third cast ended sooner than intended if it interrupted a different displacement effect or if the target collided with terrain.
  • Valor Valor
    • Bug Fix: Fixed a bug where spell queueing sometimes didn't properly work when casting Valor during Broken Wings Broken Wings' animation.
V7.2
  • Valor Valor
    • Bug Fix: Riven being able to cancel crowd control applied by displacements.
V6.21
  • Broken Wings Broken Wings
    • Bug Fix: Third cast not allowing Riven to go through walls if Valor Valor is active.
V6.20
V6.18
  • Riven ChampionshipCircle Championship Riven
    • Broken Wings Broken Wings
      • Bug Fix: Third cast's custom blue on-hit particles being replaced with Classic's green ones.
    • Wind Slash Wind Slash
      • Bug Fix: Custom blue on-hit particles being replaced with Classic's green ones.
V6.17
  • Wind Slash Wind Slash
    • Minimum base damage increased to 100 / 150 / 200 from 80 / 120 / 160.
    • Maximum base damage increased to 300 / 450 / 600 from 240 / 360 / 480.
V6.8
V6.1
  • Runic Blade Runic Blade
    • Bonus damage increased to 25 − 50 (based on level)% AD from 20 − 50 (based on level)% AD.
V5.24
  • Stats
    • Base health regeneration increased to 5.34 from 3.34.
V5.22
  • Broken Wings Broken Wings
    • Bug Fix: Third cast sometimes failing to get Riven through terrain she is supposed to be able to cross.
V5.21
V5.18
  • Broken Wings Broken Wings
    • Bug Fix: Cooldown being incorrectly reset at the end if Riven performed certain actions between casts.
V5.9
  • General
    • Base movement speed reduced to 340 from 345.
  • Wind Slash Wind Slash
    • Projectile speed reduced to 1600 from 2200.
V4.5
  • Stats
    • Base armor increased to 19 from 15.
V4.2
  • Stats
    • Base health regeneration reduced to 2.5 from 5.
  • Valor Valor
    • Shield strength increased to 90 / 120 / 150 / 180 / 210 from 70 / 100 / 130 / 160 / 190.
V4.1
  • Stats
    • Base attack damage reduced to 51 from 54.
    • Attack damage per level increased to 3 from 2.75.
  • Broken Wings Broken Wings
    • Damage per cast changed to 10 / 30 / 50 / 70 / 90 (+ 40 / 45 / 50 / 55 / 60% AD) from 30 / 55 / 80 / 105 / 130 (+ 70% bonus AD)
  • Valor Valor
    • Shield duration reduced to 1.5 seconds from 2.5.
V3.15
  • General
    • New running animation.
V3.9
V3.8
  • Broken Wings Broken Wings
    • New Effect: Third cast allows Riven to go through some terrain when positioned accordingly.
    • Third cast's displacement changed to knockup from knockback.
V3.5
V3.02
  • Runic Blade Runic Blade
    • Bonus damage changed to 15 − 45 (based on level)% AD from 5 − 15 (based on level) (+ 50% bonus AD).
    • (Undocumented) bonus damage increased to 20 − 50 (based on level)% AD from 15 − 45 (based on level)% AD.
  • Broken Wings Broken Wings
    • Bug Fix: Splash damage being incorrectly applied if Valor Valor was cast too recently.
V1.0.0.154
  • Stats
    • Base health regeneration reduced to 6 from 10.4.
    • Health regeneration per level reduced to 0.5 from 0.9.
  • Valor Valor
    • Shield strength increased to 70 / 100 / 130 / 160 / 190 from 60 / 90 / 120 / 150 / 180.
  • Blade of the Exile Blade of the Exile
    • New Effect: Targeting cone is attached to Riven.
    • Cooldown increased to 110 / 80 / 50 seconds from 75 / 60 / 45.
V1.0.0.152
  • Stats
    • Movement speed increased to 345 from 320.
V1.0.0.141
  • Broken Wings Broken Wings
    • New Effect: Movement commands issued within dash range are canceled to prevent Riven from automatically walking backwards.
V1.0.0.136
  • Broken Wings Broken Wings
    • Bug Fix: Riven being unable to move during the third cast.
V1.0.0.134
V1.0.0.132
  • Stats
    • Movement speed reduced to 320 from 325.
    • Base health regeneration reduced to 10.4 from 12.
    • Health regeneration per level reduced to 0.9 from 1.
  • Broken Wings Broken Wings
    • Base damage increased to 30 / 55 / 80 / 105 / 130 from 30 / 50 / 70 / 90 / 110.
  • Ki Burst Ki Burst
    • Base damage reduced to 50 / 80 / 110 / 140 / 170 from 50 / 90 / 130 / 170 / 210.
V1.0.0.130
  • Blade of the Exile Blade of the Exile
    • New Effect: Tooltip displays the exact 20% AD value gained as bonus attack damage while active.
V1.0.0.128
  • General
    • Bug Fix: Riven stopping her movement after being issued certain commands.
    • Bug Fix: Riven's hitbox radius being incorrectly calculated.
  • Broken Wings Broken Wings
    • Bug Fix: Temporarily leaving unpathable killed minions behind.
  • Ki Burst Ki Burst
    • Bug Fix: Temporarily leaving unpathable killed minions behind.
V1.0.0.127
  • Broken Wings Broken Wings
    • New Effect: Counts as an attack command when used to lock onto a target.
    • Duration of minion collision ignoring after third cast slightly increased.
September 20th Hotfix
  • Stats
    • Attack speed per level increased to 3.5% from 2.9%.
    • Base armor increased to 15 from 12.
  • Broken Wings Broken Wings
    • AD ratio increased to 70% bonus AD from 60% bonus AD.
  • Ki Burst Ki Burst
    • Cast time reduced to 0.25 seconds from 0.5.
  • Valor Valor
    • Base shield strength increased to 60 / 90 / 120 / 150 / 180 from 40 / 70 / 100 / 130 / 160.
    • Cooldown reduced to 10 / 9 / 8 / 7 / 6 seconds from 11 / 10 / 9 / 8 / 7.
  • Wind Slash Wind Slash
    • Cast time reduced to 0.25 seconds from 0.5.
    • Projectile speed increased to 2200 from 2000.
V1.0.0.125
  • Added

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