Bard Tank Runes

Build Patch 14.13

Core Bard Item Build Order

61.7% Win Rate (4004 Games)
World Atlas

Starting

Boots of Swiftness

1st

Warmog's Armor

2nd

Locket of the Iron Solari

3rd

Warmog's Armor

4th

Locket of the Iron Solari

5th

Frozen Heart

6th

World Atlas
Boots of Swiftness
Warmog's Armor
Locket of the Iron Solari
Warmog's Armor
Locket of the Iron Solari
Frozen Heart

Core Bard Item Build Path

Situational

Imperial Mandate
Wit's End
Redemption
Randuin's Omen
Trailblazer
Echoes of Helia
Kaenic Rookern

Summoner Spells

25736 Games59%
3673 Games59%

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.