Bard Build

The Best Runes, Items, and Advice to Dominate Your Competition

LoL Champion

Bard

295,807 LoL Matches Analyzed

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Summary

Our Bard builds come out of our evaluation of 295,807 recently ranked Bard rounds. Only the top winrate Bard builds that are also commonly used are recommended. Because we have so many rounds in our data, we are sure that we can give you high quality builds to help ensure you win your next match!

If you would like more champion specific build tips and tactics, please read our guide to playing with Bard at the bottom of the page. Additionally, to view the top Bard build from a different skill division, you can choose a different one from the dropdown above. The calculated Bard builds will change to reflect that division’s meta.

Best Bard Runes

If you are fighting a well-mixed enemy team comp, you should strongly consider getting yourself the Electrocute, Cheap Shot, Zombie Ward, Ingenious Hunter, Waterwalking, and Nimbus Cloak runes. In recent matches, he won the largest percentage of his games when equiped with these runes. Yet, if you are battling a more homogenous enemy team composition, such as an AD focused or a crowd control centric team, you should instead look down and to the right to view the best Bard runes to defeat your particular set of opponents.

Overall

Electrocute Rune Electrocute
Cheap Shot Rune Cheap Shot
Zombie Ward Rune Zombie Ward
Ingenious Hunter Rune Ingenious Hunter
Waterwalking Rune Waterwalking
Nimbus Cloak Rune Nimbus Cloak
Versus Selected Team Comp
Electrocute Rune Electrocute
Cheap Shot Rune Cheap Shot
Eyeball Collection Rune Eyeball Collection
Relentless Hunter Rune Relentless Hunter
Transcendence Rune Transcendence
Manaflow Band Rune Manaflow Band

Best Items for Your Bard Build

The best items to include in your Bard build include: Imperial Mandate, Mikael's Blessing, Ardent Censer, and Dead Man's Plate. Yet, like our rune setups, you can also get great, focused, Bard item builds below for the particular enemy team comp you are playing in your current game. Players who added these pieces in their kits had a much higher win rate than players who went for other builds for Bard.

LoL Item Imperial MandateLoL Item Mikael's BlessingLoL Item Ardent CenserLoL Item Dead Man's Plate

vs AD Heavy Teams

LoL Item Imperial MandateLoL Item RedemptionLoL Item Mikael's BlessingLoL Item Dead Man's Plate

vs AP Heavy Teams

LoL Item Imperial MandateLoL Item Zeke's ConvergenceLoL Item RedemptionLoL Item Mikael's Blessing

vs CC Heavy Teams

LoL Item Imperial MandateLoL Item Mikael's BlessingLoL Item Ardent CenserLoL Item Dead Man's Plate

vs Tanky Teams

LoL Item Imperial MandateLoL Item RedemptionLoL Item Zhonya's HourglassLoL Item Dead Man's Plate

Guide to Playing with Bard

  • 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.