Bard Build Guide

LoL Bard Build Guide

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

43,935 Bard Builds Analyzed

Best Items for Your Bard Build

The best items to include in your Bard build include: Shurelya's Battlesong, Redemption, Dead Man's Plate, and Cosmic Drive. Furthermore, like our rune builds, you can also find quality, focused, Bard item builds further down for the specific enemy team comp you are facing in your ongoing game. Players who included these pieces in their builds had a higher winrate than those who used other Bard builds.

Bard Items to Defeat Focused Team Comps

Best Bard Runes for Your Next Build

Guardian Build Rune for Bard Guardian
Font of Life Build Rune for Bard Font of Life
Second Wind Build Rune for Bard Second Wind
Revitalize Build Rune for Bard Revitalize
Relentless Hunter Build Rune for Bard Relentless Hunter
Cheap Shot Build Rune for Bard Cheap Shot
If you are trying to beat a varied enemy team comp, you should really consider grabbing him the Guardian, Font of Life, Second Wind, Revitalize, Relentless Hunter, and Cheap Shot runes. In recent games, he won the greatest fraction of his rounds when equiped with these runes. However, if you are playing a different enemy team comp, such as an AD centric or a tank heavy team, you should instead scrollbrowse a little down to find the best Bard runes to win your particular round.

Bard Runes to Beat Dedicated Enemy Teams

Guardian Rune to Fight a Specific Team Comp with a Good Bard Build Guardian
Font of Life Rune to Fight a Specific Team Comp with a Good Bard Build Font of Life
Bone Plating Rune to Fight a Specific Team Comp with a Good Bard Build Bone Plating
Unflinching Rune to Fight a Specific Team Comp with a Good Bard Build Unflinching
Transcendence Rune to Fight a Specific Team Comp with a Good Bard Build Transcendence
Waterwalking Rune to Fight a Specific Team Comp with a Good Bard Build Waterwalking

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.


We came up with our Bard build recommendations by analyzing 43,935 recently ranked LoL matches with him in them. We only recommend the best winrate Bard builds that have been used by ranked League players enough times for us to propose them. With so many rounds in our dataset, we are very confident in our provided builds.

Additionally, Bard builds dedicated to a unique skill division can be viewed by choosing a different rank from the dropdown menu located above. The recommended Bard build shown will be focused on that division’s meta.

FAQs About Bard

Can Bard's Ultimate put towers into stasis?

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

How can I build Bard to make him more effective?

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.

What are Bard's greatest strengths?

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.

What is Bard's single greatest weakness?

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.

Is Bard a good healer?

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.