Tier

Win Rate

43.8%

Pick Rate

3.4%

Matches

95,740

Bard AP Runes

Build Patch 14.14

Core Bard Item Build Order

44.0% Win Rate (5167 Games)
Lost Chapter

Starting

Luden's Companion

1st

Sorcerer's Shoes

2nd

Lich Bane

3rd

Lich Bane

4th

Luden's Companion

5th

Rapid Firecannon

6th

Lost Chapter
Luden's Companion
Sorcerer's Shoes
Lich Bane
Lich Bane
Luden's Companion
Rapid Firecannon

Core Bard Item Build Path

Situational

Nashor's Tooth
Rabadon's Deathcap
Stormsurge
Shadowflame
Void Staff
Morellonomicon
Liandry's Torment

Summoner Spells

8058 Games45%
2526 Games46%

Bard Skill Order

0
Traveler's Call

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

Cosmic Binding
Caretaker's Shrine
Magical Journey
Tempered Fate

Bard Guide

Learn Bard with our Bard guide. Learn about Bard's strengths and Bard's weaknesses, and harness key insights to optimize your playstyle. Whether you're a seasoned player or new to Bard, our guide provides the tools you need to dominate the battlefield.
Key Insights
  • Bard can roam and come back to lane without losing much XP because of
    Bard
    P
    's bonus movespeed and XP upon collecting Chimes.
  • Champions are still targetable inside
    Bard
    E
    's tunnel -- displacements will push them out.
  • Bard
    R
    affects every unit in the game, except Inhibitors and the Nexus.
  • Using
    Bard
    R
    on a turret as Rift Herald is charging into it will prevent the turret from taking damage.
Strengths
  • Excels at roaming and trading, especially with more
    Bard
    P
    's.
  • Can guarantee
    Bard
    Q
    's stun as
    Bard
    R
    's effect ends.
  • Can set up ganks by walking out of vision and using
    Bard
    E
    on a wall to gapclose with his ganking teammate.
  • His gank assist and teamfighting become even stronger after unlocking
    Bard
    R
    .
  • Thrives with items that enhance mobility, healing, and team utility.
Weaknesses
  • Bard
    E
    has a longer cooldown of 22 seconds at rank 1. Once used, he can be punished.
  • A poorly timed
    Bard
    R
    can spell disaster for his team.
  • Forcing Bard to use
    Bard
    R
    defensively lowers his teamfighting potential since he'll have less playmaking capabilities.

Bard's Trends for ARAM

Stay ahead of the curve with the latest win rates, pick rates, and ban rates for Bard. Our Trends section offers a deep dive into how Bard is performing in the current meta, with data from the last five patches.
Win Rate

43.8%

(-0.3%)
vs last patch
Pick Rate

4.1%

(+0.4%)
vs last patch