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League of Legends Champion BardBard is in the a tier of champions


Bard is a supportRolesupport
Power SpikeMid-Game
Traveler's Call abilityp
Cosmic Binding abilityq
Caretaker's Shrine abilityw
Magical Journey abilitye
Tempered Fate abilityr

Bard Build

based on 26,469 matches
Win Rate
49.5 %
Pick Rate
2.2 %
Ban Rate
0.3 %

How We Come Up with Our Bard Builds

We process over 1 Million League of Legends games every day to bring you the most accurate Bard build so you can destroy your enemies and improve you win rate. We've broken down our Bard builds by rank, position, and enemy team type, so you can find the most accurate set of Bard core items and runes for any situation.

Bard Build Summary

Bard is a an average utility lane champ in League of Legends. His best rune sets are Resolve Domination. Incorporating the specific runes shown below in your Bard build will help provide you with the additional stats to guarantee he plays well through the laning phase of the game and into the late game. You should start by building up his q ability first.

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Starter Items

Time Target
Health PotionSpellthief's Edge

Early Items

~5 Mins
Cloth ArmorPlated Steelcaps

Core Bard Items

~22 Mins
Locket of the Iron SolariKnight's VowDead Man's PlateBoots of Swiftness

Optional Items

Mikael's BlessingFrozen HeartAbyssal MaskStatikk Shiv

Summoner Spells

summonerflash summoner spell D
summonerdot summoner spell F

Skill Order

First skill for Bard to level upq
Second ability for Bard to level upw
Last skill for Bard to max oute


ResolveGuardianFont of LifeConditioningOvergrowth
DominationZombie WardRelentless Hunter
Attack SpeedArmorArmor
Bard's passive ability p
Bard's q ability q
Bard's w ability w
Bard's e ability e
Bard's ultimate ability r

Bard Matchups Overview

More Gameplay Tips for Bard Players

Tips and Tricks

Surprise your enemies by bringing teammates along for a gank with Magical Journey.

Let Caretaker's Shrine charge up as they provide more healing when fully charged up.

Bard FAQs

Q: Can Bard's Ultimate put towers into stasis?

A: Yes. Bard's ultimate will put all champions, minions, monsters, and turrets into stasis for a brief time.

Q: How can I build Bard to make him more effective?

A: Your Bard build needs to give him more mobility so he can roam to gather Chimes while still keeping up pressure in lanes and teamfights.

Q: What are Bard's greatest strengths?

A: Bard's greatest strengths are centered around his ability to roam and act almost as a second jungler. Roaming will apply pressure to other lanes in addition to his own; the enemy won't know when he will return. If his roaming goes poorly and he doesn't produce a lot of results, he won't fall too far behind because Chimes grant experience in addition to other stat bonuses.

Q: What is Bard's single greatest weakness?

A: Bard's greatest weakness is also that he roams. Without a support in lane, his carry will lack lane presence and may not snowball as much as they would if they had a support alongside them during the entire early game phase. To minimize this, add some mobility into your Bard build early in the match.

Q: Is Bard a good healer?

A: Bard's heal is more of a secondary ability that helps keep his carry in lane, but it isn't very useful in battle. It takes far too long for them to charge up to max health. While they don't provide much HP in combat, they may be useful to provide a small speed boost or to proc other items in Bard's build that depend on team heals.

Additional Bard Build Insights

LoL Bard players will likely find him to be a challenging champ to build out properly. You'll see that his build changes when he is playing against either well-rounded or highly focused team comps, demonstrating you should not choose the same Bard build every round of League of Legends

The most critical items to use in your champ's build include: Locket of the Iron Solari, Knight's Vow, and Dead Man's Plate. Players who included these items in their setups had a significantly better win rate than those who went for other Bard builds. Likewise, if you are fighting a mixed enemy team comp, you should strongly consider getting Bard the Resolve, and Domination runes. In recent matches, he won the greatest number of his rounds when equipped with these runes.

We came up with our Bard build recommendations by examining 26,469 recently ranked League of Legends rounds with him selected. We only recommend the highest winrate Bard builds that have been built by ranked gamers enough times for us to propose them. With so many rounds in our dataset, we are confident in our provided builds.