League of Legends Champion Bard Bard is in the s tier of champions


Support Mage
Bard is a support Role support
Difficulty Hard
Power Spike Late-Game
Traveler's Call ability p
Cosmic Binding ability q
Caretaker's Shrine ability w
Magical Journey ability e
Tempered Fate ability r

Bard Build

based on 28,680 matches
Win Rate
50 %
Pick Rate
3.3 %
Ban Rate
0.4 %

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 champion in League of Legends. His best rune sets are Resolve Domination. Including the selected runes shown below into your Bard build will help provide you with the bonus stats to help him play well through the laning phase of the game and into the late game. You should focus on leveling up his q ability first.

Best Build for Bard


Starter Items

Time Target
Health PotionControl Ward

Early Items

~5 Mins
Cloth ArmorPlated Steelcaps

Core Bard Items

~22 Mins
Locket of the Iron SolariFrozen HeartForce of NatureBoots of Swiftness

Optional Items

Randuin's OmenKnight's VowMikael's BlessingZhonya's Hourglass

Summoner Spells

summonerflash summoner spell D
summonerdot summoner spell F

Skill Order

First skill for Bard to level up q
Second ability for Bard to level up w
Last skill for Bard to max out e


Resolve Guardian Font of LifeConditioningOvergrowth
Domination Zombie WardRelentless Hunter
AttackSpeed MagicRes Armor
Bard's passive ability p
Bard q ability q
Bard w ability w
Bard 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 may find him to be a dynamic champ to build out properly. You'll see that his build changes when he is playing against either generic or highly focused team comps, indicating you shouldn't select the same Bard build every game of League of Legends

The best items to incorporate into your champ's build are: Locket of the Iron Solari, Frozen Heart, and Force of Nature. Those who added these items in their setups had a better win rate than players who tried for other Bard builds. Similarly, if you are battling a mixed enemy team comp, you should strongly consider getting Bard the Resolve, and Domination runes. In recent matches, he won the largest fraction of his rounds when built with these runes.

We came up with our Bard build guidance by analyzing 28,680 recently ranked LoL matches with him selected. We only recommend the top winrate Bard builds that were built by ranked players enough times for us to suggest them. With so many matches in our dataset, we are very confident in our suggested builds.