How to Win Riven vs Katarina Counter Matchup Riven is in the s tier of champions

Riven vs Katarina

How to Beat Katarina as Riven in LoL Katarina is in the s tier of champions
Fighter Assassin
Assassin Mage

How to Beat Katarina as Riven

based on 2,067 Riven vs Katarina matchups
Win Rate
49.7 %
K/D/A
1.93
Pick Rate
4.2 %

How We Analyze LoL Champion Counters

At MOBA Champion, we summarize millions of ranked LoL matches each week. In our data, Riven engaged Katarina 2067 times. With so many games with Riven vs Katarina provides us confidence in our ability to provide informative statistics and a solid build to suppress your foe. This champ matchup is somewhat uncommon. Riven encounters Katarina in only 4.2% of her games.

Riven vs Katarina Matchup Summary

Riven does a ok job of beating Katarina. Typically, she wins a acceptable 49.7% of the time the champions fight one another in. In Riven versus Katarina games, Riven’s team is 0.0% more probable to gain first blood. This indicates that she probably will be able to get first blood against Katarina.

Best Riven vs Katarina Counter Build

Items

Starter Items

Time Target
Doran's BladeHealth Potion

Early Items

~5 Mins
Caulfield's WarhammerIronspike Whip

Core Riven Items

~22 Mins
GoredrinkerGuardian AngelDeath's Dance

Optional Items

Maw of MalmortiusSerylda's GrudgeBlack Cleaver

Summoner Spells

summonerflash summoner spell D
summonerdot summoner spell F

Skill Order

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

Runes

Precision Conqueror TriumphLegend: AlacrityLast Stand
Sorcery TranscendenceGathering Storm
Adaptive Adaptive MagicRes
Riven's passive ability p
Riven q ability q
Riven w ability w
Riven e ability e
Riven's ultimate ability r
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Q
2
W
3
E
4
Q
5
Q
6
R
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Q
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E
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Q
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E
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R
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W
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R

Guide to Countering Katarina as Riven

Tips for Playing as Riven against Katarina

Riven's Broken Wings locks onto the champion your cursor is over at the time of cast. If you want to move past your opponent, make sure that your cursor is past your opponent as well.

Riven lacks a source of healing or strong defense and must compensate with burst combos. Lead into fights with Broken Wings and Ki Burst, while using Valor to escape and absorb counter-harass.

Advice to Win Against Katarina

Katarina's abilities deal magic damage, so even if she's building Attack Damage items, get magic resistance to counter her.

Try to save a disable for when Katarina uses her Death Lotus.

Riven vs Katarina Counter Stats

Riven Image
Win Rate
49.7 %
VS
Win Rate
50.3 %
Katarina Image
6.5
< Kills >
9.1
6
< Deaths >
6.7
5.1
< Assists >
5.7
1.46
< Killing Sprees >
2.04
160
< Minions Killed >
141
0.09
< Dragons Killed >
0.07
0.42
< Inhibitors >
0.38
15,229
< Physical Damage >
3,765
53
< Magic Damage >
14,502
964
< True Damage >
1,151
16,246
< Damage Dealt >
19,419
23,152
< Damage Taken >
22,988
11,457
< Gold Earned >
11,581
2.06
< Towers >
1.5
0.03
< Baron Takedowns >
0.02
3,515
< Total Healing >
3,399
13,880
< Experience >
12,990
16
< Vision Score >
16
8
< Wards Placed >
7
120
< Time Dealing CC >
22

How to Counter Katarina with Riven in LoL

The stat comparisons provided here clarify some strategic Riven vs. Katarina counter stats that may help us appreciate the differences between this set of champs. Riven’s KDA ratio ([kills + assists] / deaths) of NaN is more than Katarina’s KDA ratio of NaN, indicating that Riven may be more central to her team's team fighting capacity than Katarina..

Riven often has a slightly smaller longest kill spree than her counter does. Typically, she receives a similar amount of damage to Katarina. This commonly reflects different amounts of tankyness, yet it can also imply that the one champ has less agility and thus is unable to flee from additional damage when engaged or poked.

Differences between Riven and Katarina

Damage Types Compared

Riven
Katarina
Physical Damage
Magic Damage
True Damage

Champion Playstyles Compared

Riven
Katarina

Who is Better, Riven or Katarina?

Both LoL champions are great champions. Both have their pros and cons. In League's current meta, Riven usually fairs equally well when trying to fight Katarina, with a 49.7% win rate. Thus, Riven makes an ok counter to Katarina.

While Riven does have a lower win rate compared to Katarina, when facing one another, Riven also has a greater level of difficulty that makes her a more complex character to develop with. You still need to be cautious when picking Riven into Katarinaas her relative depth means you may not be able to reach her full potential without a lot of practice beforehand.

Additionally, Riven has some amount of CC and other utility, a similar amount to Katarina. This makes her just as valuable during teamfights, especially when fighting champions with a lot of burst damage.

While there is not one best champion for every situation in League of Legends, in Riven vs Katarina matchups, Katarina is the better champion with a similar win rate, similar champion depth, and a similar amount of utility to help out your allies during late stage team fights.

Riven is a somewhat poor counter for Katarina. Focus your tactics on maximizing your CS and destroying objectives. If you do that, you should do very well as Riven against Katarina.

Additional Information for Riven Players

How We Calculated Our Riven vs Katarina Build and Stats

For this guide on countering Katarina as Riven, we analyzed 2,067 matchups from recent LoL games. We use rigorous data cleaning and processing methods to ensure that our counter stats are of the highest quality. You can rest assured that the recommended build to counter Katarina as Riven comes from real data and is not the fabrication of some random LoL player, as some other sites provide. You can use the filters at the top of the page to view the most relevant stats and items to your rank.

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Further Insights to Win this Matchup

To truly master Riven to counter Katarina during both the lane and mid / late game phases of League of Legends, you should continue reading to pick up a few extra lessons on this matchup. If you pay attention to the build and tips presented above, you will increase your win rate by a lot and be that much closer to League of Legends pro players.

Riven often racks up a similar amount of CS as Katarina. Champs who typically don't earn much CS typically don't have to have much CS to be valuable teammates, such as sup champs. They are able to scale well off of their abilities and first items alone. Yet, champions with large amounts of CS, such as hyper-carries, often need many items to be effective. In either situation, try to exceed the numbers reported on this page to do well.

The ideal items to have in your Riven versus Katarina build include Goredrinker, Guardian Angel, and Death's Dance. When Riven included at least these three items in her build, she did much better when facing Katarina than with most other common counter builds. In fact, Riven boasted an average winrate of 49.7% when countering Katarina with this build.

To have the highest likelihood of defeating Katarina as Riven, Riven players should equip the Conqueror, Triumph, Legend: Alacrity, Last Stand, Transcendence, and Gathering Storm runes from the Precision and Sorcery rune sets. Out of all the runes that we analyzed for Riven vs Katarina counters, this composite of runes yielded the best win rate. Notably, these runes averaged a 49.7% winrate overall.

If you would like to view Riven versus Katarina tips and builds for a an individual skill level, feel free to select one from the selection menu provided above. At first, the stats and strategies shown are calculated using all rounds run with both champs.