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Jarvan IV Statistics for SoapBark

Author's performance with Jarvan IV compared to the ranked average.

Value
Average
Games Played
70
5
Win %
54
44
Kills
6.4
5.2
Assists
7.7
10.5
Deaths
5.2
6.1
KA:D Ratio
2.7
2.6
Gold Earned
11.3K
10.8K
Creep Score
108.4
138.3
Average
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Summoner Spells Back to Top

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  1. J4 does A LOT of burst damage.  Ignite + Flash makes the burst/range even stronger.
  2. Win lane, Make plays, Win game.
  3. Preferred.

New Runes Back to Top

Masteries Back to Top

Standard 12/18/0 for thunderlords.

Maximize damage.

Abilities Back to Top

Q
E
Q
E
Q
R
Q
W
Q
E
R
E
E
W
W
R
W
W
Passive
Q
1
3
5
7
9
W
8
14
15
17
18
E
2
4
10
12
13
R
6
11
16

Max jarvanivdragonstrike.png 1st for maximum damage output.

Max jarvanivdemacianstandard.png 2nd for maximum damage output.
Max jarvanivgoldenaegis.png last.  Sometimes, if you level up after a kill, you can quickly level up W to save yourself.
Max jarvanivcataclysm.png ASAP, of course.


Items Back to Top

Starting Items

    To match sustain or against ranged with heavy harass
    Great for early all in due to HP + damage

Core Items

    Rush first for damage + movement
    Leathality Core
    Tri-force Core
    Last 2 for Initiation ability

Situational Items

    against multiple AP burst
    If behind/team needs tank

The idea of the current build for J4 after the lethality buffs is to maximize lethality and kill the enemy carries.  This can give your team a great advantage if you manage to kill the key carries in a teamfight.  You should be looking to not be the first one in, unless it is a clean pick.


Be patient and when you can land your combo, go for it.

I find that many people underestimate the amount of burst that 3078.png gives you.  It is a great item on Jarvan for the CDR also. Because of this, I see that there are two good builds for Jarvan mid (as a non-tank):

1.) Lethality - Assassin
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-This build allows Jarvan to do 1 big combo to enemies that he lands his abilities on.  The GA and Steraks at the end allows him to engage if he wants to, which is a weakness when you are not a tank.

2.) Tri-Force - Off-Tank
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-This build is great when you are ahead.  You can solo sub in 3748.pngor3071.png(instead of Triforce) if you are behind or the team needs more of a tank.


I am really preferring the tri-force build if I get a lead.  The Tri-force can help you get towers faster, and the burst from tri-force is often underestimated.

Matchups Back to Top

Click on a champion below to see the author's notes on that particular matchup.

  • Ahri
    Medium
  • Akali
    Easy
  • Anivia
    Medium
  • Annie
    Easy
  • Brand
    Easy
  • Cho'Gath
    Easy
  • Diana
    Easy
  • Dr. Mundo
    Medium
  • Elise
    Easy
  • Fizz
    Hard
  • Gangplank
    Easy
  • Gragas
    Easy
  • Jarvan IV
    Hard
  • Karthus
    Easy
  • Kassadin
    Easy
  • Katarina
    Easy
  • Kayle
    Easy
  • Kennen
    Easy
  • Kha'Zix
    Easy
  • LeBlanc
    Medium
  • Lux
    Easy
  • Malphite
    Hard
  • Malzahar
    Medium
  • Orianna
    Easy
  • Pantheon
    Hard
  • Rumble
    Easy
  • Ryze
    Medium
  • Swain
    Medium
  • Teemo
    Easy
  • Vladimir
    Easy
  • Wukong
    Medium
  • Zed
    Medium

VS

Ahri

Medium

It is best to Q harass than to EQ her.  Let her push level 1 and have it freeze at your tower.  You will out-trade her early.  Your full combo > her full combo.


VS

Akali

Easy

Your EQ + auto > her Q auto early on.


Make sure you get a pink ward, it helps shut her down!

VS

Anivia

Medium

Let her push level 1, freeze at tower.  EQ her early at level 2 or 3 if possible.  Avoid stun, so using jarvanivdemacianstandard.pngjarvanivdragonstrike.png can be dangerous.

VS

Annie

Easy

Let her push level 1 and freeze at tower.  EQ her early and you should win trades.  Go for the kill early.  You may need to buy 3155.png early to deal with the burst if you are going even with her.  You may also consider 3053.png if you are having a real bad time against the burst.

VS

Brand

Easy

He is squishy.


You win every trade.

Don't get hit by his stun combo when you jarvanivdemacianstandard.pngjarvanivdragonstrike.png in. The knockup should be enough for you to dodge his spells.

A simple trick you can do is when using jarvanivdemacianstandard.pngjarvanivdragonstrike.png, you can hover over him and Brand won't know which direction to cast his brandblaze.png.

VS

Cho'Gath

Easy

If he has a sick armor rune page, it is a farm lane.


If not, you can abuse your passive at level 1, as most Cho's like to just last hit to get hp/mana.

Very easy lane!

VS

Diana

Easy

Diana is a tanky mid. Don't get baited into EQing her when a jungler is around. Ward properly.

Easy pre 6, once 6, she can win trades.

VS

Dr. Mundo

Medium

fuck, who does mundo mid? 

VS

Elise

Easy

Elise isn't played mid anymore.  In season 3, she was a very good pick against J4.

VS

Fizz

Hard

Fizz is good against Jarvan because his E can make Jarvan's EQ combo useless.  


Let Fizz push level 1 and freeze at your turret.  This is the plan against fizz as any champion by the way.  This means fizz is more easily gankable and you are free to farm.  You can even harass him with auto Q as long as it doesn't push the lane too much.


When his E is down, punish the **** out of him.  He cannot out-trade you then.  

VS

Gangplank

Easy

With the new GP update, GP is a better midlaner than before.  He can still be beat early.  J4's combo will outtrade GP unless GP hits a E and applies passive.


Your full combo should out-trade him.  Since he is immobile, let him push level 1 and freeze at tower, this will be an easy gank for your jungler. 

VS

Gragas

Easy

EQ every chance you get.


Don't get poked down.

VS

Jarvan IV

Hard

His burst is too strong. You won't win.

VS

Karthus

Easy

Jarvan outtrades Karthus unless Jarvan takes too many Qs.

VS

Kassadin

Easy

His passive doesn't help him here. You out trade him!

VS

Katarina

Easy

You should win all trades.  Kat will naturally push the lane, making it easy to freeze under tower.  Get a nice EQ combo on her and you win the lane!

VS

Kayle

Easy

Jarvan owns kayle! If you don't **** up.


Don't get harassed early, you will start winning trades if you hit your EQ's (keep minion aggro in mind).

If you miss an EQ, you will be punished to the full extent of the law.

VS

Kennen

Easy

You outtrade Kennen.


If you land your EQ every time early, there is no possible way kennen can outtrade you.

IF HE IS AD, he might be annoying.

VS

Kha'Zix

Easy

Kha is pretty weak early.


It isn't until he is 11 that he becomes more of a problem.

Auto attack when he comes in to last hit (You can auto+Q which does a lot of damage as well).

Punish him for every creep he farms!

VS

LeBlanc

Medium

She is SQUISHY!


Be careful of the burst though!  I recommend that you play as leblanc a couple of times to understand her burst.

Get that MR rune page!

Do not get in range of her and be in a situation where she does damage to you and you are unable to answer back.  She is a lane bully, but if you manage to land your combo and she doesn't, you will win this lane.  Rushing a hexdrinker may be best.

VS

Lux

Easy

She is very squishy.


When you go ham for the kill, calculate the shield as well.

VS

Malphite

Hard

Malphite counters J4 very hard. Especially if he rushes3110_32.pngand HP.

You can get a kill early, but once malphite rushes armor, it is hard to kill.  You can push out and gank other lanes better than he can though.

VS

Malzahar

Medium

You should win this lane if you EQ effectively.


I find that Malz does have kill potential on you when he is 6. Actively try to avoid his harass so you don't get low enough for him to kill you with ult.

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VS

Orianna

Easy

Let her push level 1 if she chooses to.  She isn't mobile and will have to run a great distance if she gets jarvanivdemacianstandard.pngjarvanivdragonstrike.png.

Sometimes Orianna's will autoattack or use a spell too close to Jarvan's EQ range. This is where you punish them.

Make sure you calculate the shield! Wasting a combo with ult and ignight is not cool when you forget to calculate the shield.

VS

Pantheon

Hard

Pantheon is a very hard lane for Jarvan.


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I never liked playing against panth top, so panth mid should be similar.

His passive cancels yours...

VS

Rumble

Easy

Go in after he uses his Q (fire) spell.

You should win all trades early.

VS

Ryze

Medium

You will out trade him early if you do not get poked down.


Ryze scales well into lategame though.

Try to avoid being harassed by his Q early, and just EQ him.  Don't be afraid early on, you can do so much damage to him.

VS

Swain

Medium

FACK THIS CHAMP.  Swain is generally good against bruisers.

Call for a gank and/or kill him early.

VS

Teemo

Easy

DON'T MISS AN EQ OR LIFE WILL BE HELL.


If you manage to hit all of your EQ's you will be successful. When he is 6, make sure you don't EQ onto a mushroom unless you are going for the kill!

This lane is easier in Top lane imo, because you can EQ then go into the bush.

VS

Vladimir

Easy

If vlad wants to stay in lane and farm he will lose EVERY trade with Jarvan.


A good vlad will not ever get near a Jarvan's EQ range.

You basically win every trade when you EQ poke. Some people say vlad is a counter to Jarvan, but I never see it even at higher elos UNLESS vlad farms nonstop and gets to mid/late game fast enough.

VS

Wukong

Medium

Skill Matchup.


Make sure you do not jarvanivcataclysm.png wukong's monkeykingdecoy.png.

Poke with  jarvanivdragonstrike.pngjarvanivdragonstrike.pngjarvanivdragonstrike.pngjarvanivdragonstrike.pngjarvanivdragonstrike.png

Go in for jarvanivdemacianstandard.pngjarvanivdragonstrike.pngjarvanivcataclysm.png14.png when he is low.

VS

Zed

Medium

Early on, you want to avoid his zedQ.png, and eventually zedW.pngzedQ.png combo.  


You can poke him with Q.  If he misses his zedW.pngzedQ.png combo, you can punish him with a jarvanivdemacianstandard.pngjarvanivdragonstrike.png combo and win the trade.  You can outburst him with jarvanivcataclysm.png + 14.png since your jarvanivcataclysm.png does immediate damage and zedR.png does not.

Be careful because Zed can cancel your ult with his.  You out burst him and should be looking to kill him whenever you have ult + he has 70% hp.

Video - S6 J4 vs Ori Plat V-IV Elo on 1/11/2016 Back to Top

(9:18)
I meant to say that my plan was to let ori push to me (not me pushing ori out).

JARVAN MID? Back to Top

This build is going to focus on playing Jarvan as an assassin.  This will be like 238_64.png103_64.png105_64.png, but the 59_64.png version.


J4 is known to be a S+ ganker in the jungle.  This benefits Jarvan in the mid lane when he roams bot or top 1306.png:D. Unlike J4 jungle, J4 mid will have a lot of burst damage earlier in the game and his mid roam ganks to bot/top will be more devastating, as you can see in my latest video.

Also, Jarvan is not a popular pick in the mid lane.  Many mid lane opponents will not be used to laning against Jarvan, and will not know how much damage he can do at certain points in the game.  If you play Jarvan mid 10-20 times, you will have this knowledge over your opponent. 

Jarvan is best against immobile AP champions that spike in the mid-late game.  Abuse Jarvan's early damage to get ahead and snowball.

LANE PHASE Back to Top

LANE PHASE:

AGAINST RANGED:

There are 2 ways to approached ranged enemies:

1.) Push to get level 2 ASAP and then go for an all in with ignite and flash.

2.) Let the enemy mid laner push into your tower and attempt to freeze it.  You may want corrupting potion to sustain through the harass.  Only do this if you are not confident in getting a kill at level 2, 3, or 4.  This works best against mages who have low mobility such as Orianna and TF.

Experiment with both.  Usually, after a good jarvanivdemacianstandard.pngjarvanivdragonstrike.png, the enemy will be very low and would lose lane pressure.

AGAINST MELEE:

  • Focus on applying your passive (auto attacking) when the enemy laner goes for a CS.  You can combine this with a Q for harassing.  Technically, autoing first will apply more damage because the passive  jarvanivpassive.png applies damaged based on CURRENT HP, not MAX HP.  An Auto( jarvanivpassive.png) + jarvanivdragonstrike.png will most likely result in a won trade for Jarvan.  Throw in a jarvanivgoldenaegis.png, and you ensure that you won the trade even more.
  • Depending on the matchup, you can win the trade by jarvanivdemacianstandard.pngjarvanivdragonstrike.png Auto + walking back.  Keep in mind that your E has a long cooldown and is a pretty significant commit and leaves you vulnerable to the enemy jungler.  You may want to consider just jarvanivdragonstrike.png.

Updates and Content to come. Back to Top

  • 2/18/13 - I'll finish the mechanics section and the matchups section soon.  I will also update the BC vs Triforce section.
  • 2/22/13 - Various updates to the item section.  Added the Tank Initiator Armor Shred Build. 
Please let me know if there is a part of the guide that confuses you.  I am new at writing guides and am open to suggestions.
  • 2/24/13 - Watching Dragonborns vs Copenhagen Wolves and DB Shushei is running J4 mid.  He started with 3111_32.png1055_32.png1055_32.png3134_32.png3078_32.png1038_32.png.  I'm glad that this build is being used in high levels of competitive play.  ^_^  I will post the link to that match later when it is available.
  • 4/28/13 - Ok, it had been a while.  I changed the starting build to include 2037_32.png because it is just so strong right now.  It greatly increases J4's kill potential at the early levels.
  • 3/22/14 - Damn, much has changed.  I will continue to update the guide.  
  • 8/19/2014 - A lot has changed since I last updated.  I will update the build section soon.  I am now diamond playing J4 top/jungle mostly. 
  • 3/22/2014 - Updated guide to reflect S5, changed core and runes.
  • 1/11/2016 - Updated to S6, added new youtube video showing Jarvan's early power.
  • 5/12/2016 - Updated up to 6.9 patch.  Added duskblade and youmouus to my build for better assassinations.
  • 6/2/2016 - Updated the item section to include hydra + death's dance item start.

About me Back to Top

I am a diamond player since S4 who plays top, jungle, and mid mostly.  The highest division I have been was D3.  I actually play all roles very well.  Add me on NA if you want to learn more about Jarvan or other champions that I might happen to play.  I also Jungle Jarvan quite frequently, if you want to know more on how to jungle him effectively in S6.

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Head over to www.reddit.com/r/JarvanIVmains/ for more Jarvan questions.  It is still a new subreddit and does not have many people on it yet.  I check it every now and then.

Also, feel free to add my smurf - J4 IS HELPING, if you want to join the J4 IV Mains club on NA!

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