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Summoner Spells Back to Top

4.png     Flash is a very useful tool for volibear as it provides a gap closer, escape tool, and overall extra mobility over walls. I highly recommend flash over ghost due to its utility and adds the ability to catch people off guard.

6.png     Ghost is a somewhat useful spell for volibear as it allows u to chase enemies better. But theres a downside to this skill it doesn't allow travel over walls and volibear is better with the instant dash in most situations in my opinion.

14.png     Ignite is almost a must have if you are going volibear top this helps with eliminating your opponent in combination with your other skills though when using this skill consider if u need it to finish off your opponent or use it to deal extra damage.

12.png     Since teleport is now a top lane meta almost you could get it if you are being countered or just take it if you think your opponent will have it or just get it to allow you to split push easier and make plays.


heal is now no longer as good so dont take it.

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Abilities Back to Top

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Skill Descriptions:

Summoner Spells- Ignite/Flash/Ghost/Heal These summoner spells are the only ones you would want in top lane. The best option on the idea of Flash vs Ghost would depend on the opponent and your personal preference. Ghost is better as it allows you to stick onto your opponent for chasing and escaping too. But flash is great for the instant dash and the option to get over walls. (IMO get ghost against no flash type champs in their skill kit not flash iteself and flash for champs with a escape) 

Passive Chosen of the Storm- this ridiculously powerful passive makes u an excellent tanky duelist. This passive basically gives u a chance to comeback in a fight and survive or tank even more damage in a teamfight simple as that. Just remember it does have a cool down so if you want to all in make sure that u atleast have it up in case something goes wrong.

Q Rolling Thunder- This skill gives you bonus damage on one auto attack(also reset the animation so AA>Q is a nice way to harass) and gives you movement speed bonus and allows you to fling a enemy in front of you behind you. Great way to set up a gank for your jungler and a great way to escape/chase and enemy.

W Frenzy- This skill gives you 2 things to make you a monster bear. first it gives you passive auto attack speed with every auto attack stacking up to 3 times. Second it gives you a finisher move that not only deals bonus physical damage the lower health your target is it also gains 15% of your bonus health as damage. (simple math here 15% of bonus health into damage basically means every 100 bonus health would give you 15 more damage on this skill.) Also Remember to use this skill when your enemy is low it is a finisher move as it deals 1% more damage for each 1% of the enemy hp missing.

E Majestic Roar- This skill allows you to stick up to enemies and deal a good amount of magic damage. Volibear deals almost completely physical damage so maxing this second would give you a very strong slow for 3 seconds and gives you a good amount of magic damage for dueling.

R Thunder Claws- This skill makes volibear amazing at dueling against tanky top laners. This skill gives you extra magic damage on each auto attack and it chains up to 4 other nearby enemies (so if the enemy only gets armor against you this skill will give major amounts of damage dealing magic damage). It lasts 12 seconds but if used too early then your opponents can escape and you will have wasted it and if used to late then you will not deal the most amount of damage you have wanted. remember if anyone engages a fight immediately use this skill. 

Items Back to Top

Starting Items

    cloth 5 a ok start this is when your opponent has way too much ad and you need extra boost in armor and sustain. If starting this way remember your W is weaker.
    Due to the new patch it is a semi ok start now that it costs only 400 gold to buy. But still has the same issues if you start this item. The lack of health regen, damage reduction, and only helps you build into visage earlier. Overall getting this item is entirely up to you if you think the enemy cant hurt you much and is ap.
    Dorans blade is now changed in 4.10 to 70hp 7ad and 3% lifesteal because of this dorans blade is now not my must have start but it is now equal to doran shield just keep in mind get a dorans blade when you want to dominate lane and shield if you want to go even/tank

Core Items

    on your first back i usually get or build up to one of these items. If doing well get boots + phage if not enough money just phage is good enough. If u are equal against your top laner then start building tanky with a sunfire cape against a ad champ and if against a ap champ build up into a spirit visage Or decide to get a warmogs if u dont think u need the armor or resistance. Remember to get some health pots to have some extra sustain.
    If you are destroying your top lane trinity is a must have first. If not and you only have a kill ahead and about the same farm then get tanky instead of dealing extra damage. So sunfire cape against ad champs and visage against ap champs. As for boot choices there are 2 to get i highly suggest getting mercury's treads as it gives you tenacity. If you are against a ad champ get ninja tabi but if you are winning your lane heavily then getting mercury treads might be a better choice for team fights.
    These are great choices for extra tankiness. Randuins give you a nice slow for chasing. Banshee's veil gives you a nice health regen bonus in fights and a spell shield. Locket not only gives stats to you it also gives it to your team as well as a shield for your team if used. While Warmogs is basically strong regen and boost in health and your regen on your passive. Get it after you feel you have enough resistances. These items are your 3rd-6th item choices Get randuins as 3rd/4th item (4th means getting trinity) then banshee veil as 5th spell shield is very nice and this is the second mr item that is worth getting. warmog is not reccomended atm due to more ap burst mid laners are played in the meta currently ex:syndra,fizz.
    There are now a few places for pink wards i highly suggest one place only the lone bush in the middle of the river near the mid lane that will cover your mid laner for your team AND yourself as you see if the jungler tried to gank mid and failed so he might go top. Green wards are normal places put them in the river bushes tribush and river bush if facing against eve and you get a green ward before you go back to lane or get a chance ward in their blue buff ward (you are Purple side) OR ward near the golems/red buff/wraiths (you are blue side)
    A tip for damage on volibear lacks base damage especially if you dont go ad quints. so to fix this problem of having some strong base ad either have 2 dorans blades or just get a phage or just dont get any if you are going full tank and your team can deal out the damage.

Situational Items

    These items i do not recommend but are useful in certain situations. Zephyr is bought for extra damage and tenacity as well as mobility. Guardian angel is self explanatory but once you die you should have used up all of your strength so coming back to life does almost nothing
    These 2 items aren't bad but it isn't too useful as well. Frozen heart has a nice passive but the stats do not help volibear too well. Volibear needs health and armor and resistances this item really only benefits volibear with armor and a passive to counter their adc and cdr. While Frozen mallet is a somewhat nice item but not so great your basic attacks don't need slow and you already have damage from trinity or from just being tanky. The health is nice but there are better items to help you get even more tanky.
    this item is actually alot worse then it seems on volibear in my opinion. you get 2 stats that are rarely neccesary (att speed and crit chance) and one stat that is useful 6% move speed and essentially this item's passive is one hit of your ult every time this thing is charged up fully. all for 2300 gold a major waste of money. with 3700 for a tiny bit more for trinity but building a zeal and phage combined is around a static shiv cost and still has better stats while building up to a better item.
    This item is actually not bad considering you are auto attack reliant BUT i rather have trinity force due to the fact that it gives you spell blade(200%attack damage after spell usage) and the overall stats gained hp movespeed ad ap etc. blade only really gives you extra sustain active speed and healing most of which i find not too useful i rather get trinity force due to the hp it gives and constant move speed. But blade is a ok choice not the worst but i feel trinity is better
If there is anything you want me to clarify on please tell me and if you want me to explain a certain item i haven't put on this guide please tell me. Or if you have item choice please tell me and i will try it out and put it in the guide if it actually works well with volibear.

Matchups Back to Top

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

  • Aatrox
    Medium
  • Cho'Gath
    Medium
  • Darius
    Easy
  • Dr. Mundo
    Easy
  • Elise
    Medium
  • Fiora
    Easy
  • Gangplank
    Hard
  • Garen
    Easy
  • Gragas
    Medium
  • Irelia
    Easy
  • Jarvan IV
    Medium
  • Jax
    Easy
  • Jayce
    Medium
  • Kayle
    Hard
  • Lee Sin
    Medium
  • Malphite
    Easy
  • Maokai
    Medium
  • Nasus
    Medium
  • Nidalee
    Medium
  • Olaf
    Easy
  • Renekton
    Medium
  • Rengar
    Easy
  • Riven
    Medium
  • Rumble
    Easy
  • Ryze
    Medium
  • Shen
    Easy
  • Shyvana
    Medium
  • Singed
    Easy
  • Teemo
    Hard
  • Trundle
    Medium
  • Tryndamere
    Medium
  • Udyr
    Medium
  • Vayne
    Hard
  • Vladimir
    Medium
  • Volibear
    Hard
  • Warwick
    Medium
  • Wukong
    Easy
  • Yasuo
    Medium
  • Zac
    Medium
  • Zilean
    Easy

VS

Aatrox

Medium

This lane is somewhat difficult due to his passive. For the early game remember a aatrox could all in at level 2  so get either q or w level 1. while trying to kill him early on make sure to check a few things when waiting for him to revive through his passive. first does he still have ignite, do you still have ignite, do you still have your passive, how much health does he regen if over around 150 and no ignite and W then back off also try to remember if he still has his knockup skill or not as this decides if he can escape or try to kill you.

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Cho'Gath

Medium

Killing a Cho gath early on is somewhat tough because your damage only really becomes extremly powerful around lvs 4-5. By that time cho gath already has his knockup and silence. But try to kill him around those levels as cho is weakest before he gets to level 6. Remember to expect where he will put his knockups and juke them then as for his silence he should usually use it just for damage purposes so it shouldnt be too much of an issue. Lastly remember after 6 he can get super tanky through his ultimate stacks which gives him bonus hp also it does a major amount of true damage be careful after lv 6. But overall you shouldnt be able to kill him past 9 but he wont be able to kill you ever.

VS

Darius

Easy

Darius is actually quite easy to murder only if you play it right. For early trades notice what he gets first if he gets q then stay clear of his q range. Try to bait him out of using Q skill trying to harass you as long as you can avoid the damage then you will be fine. Wait until he wastes his mana and then at lvs 3-5 go in for the kill. Just do a E>Q>Auto attack> Ignite> W combo and he should be dead. Remember dont fight him after lv 6 since he gains a supreme amount of burst of true damage and bleed at that level. Kill him if he near 75% hp post level 6. Remember that his passive does not lower your health regen it only makes you lose health which is the reason why volibear can destroy darius keep that in mind as that allows you to duel with darius but it still means he can kill you with ignite which reduces your regen by 50%

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Dr. Mundo

Easy

This lane is very easy as long as you can kill this idiot within levels 3-8. Keep in mind his cleavers deal magic damage and for tankiness get spirit visage first and then phage. but phage first if you are dominating. Also remember post 6 fights he can regen and run or chase you in fights. Remember to dodge his cleavers by juking all you need to do is walk in zig zags and when he is about to throw his cleaver move to the other direction. juking will be hard to pull off but is a skill which allows you to beat most skill shot reliant champions. Now with the new heal mundo is a monster but late game he should not have any kill potential against you but be careful cleavers with %hp damage hurt hard.

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Elise

Medium

For this matchup it is quite tough for you but volibear is able to muder a elise. Remember that elise can stun you for 1.5 seconds it is a skill shot so dont run in a straight path try to side step. in the duel with elise at level 2 be careful on what she gets if she gets her stun then dueling her could be somewhat difficult but if she gets her W then killing her would be the best time as she wont have rappel. Remember she has essentially 6 skills once she reaches lv 3 if she gets all 3 skills leveled up. Also when laning early on do not try to get too much health poked down. try to stay away from her when trying to get cs.

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Fiora

Easy

Fiora is a champion that needs to harass and build items to be useful. take advantage of this and snowball yourself early game. get dorans shield or blade if u think you can snowball yourself easily start. At level one try to auto attack then cancel it by doing this u can bait out if she uses her parry skill and you dont hit her so she cant counter you and u know her first skill then use ur AA>Q>AA to harass her if she wasted her parry. At lv 2 is where u wanna kill her try to do the same auto attack cancel or attack her to make her parry then Q>AA>AA>W>Ignite then she should be dead. If fiora can snowball herself and gets the first kill play extremely careful and get ninja tabis/sunfire cape first. If you can get the first kill get either phage/sunfire cape first. (i would stick safe with sunfire cape because she needs to be in melee range to do damage and u get tank stats AND free magic damage on her) In teamfights try to pressure the front line hard enough to the point it is hard for fiora to get in to your back line carries If she does get to them with her ult  then IMMEDIATLY use Q to get her away from them after her ult is finished casting and kill her she has no escapes.

VS

Gangplank

Hard

This champ is a nightmare if they play it right. But overall killing a gankplank is almost to impossible. He has a slow from his q his main damaging skill and it applies on hit effects. He has a skill that allows him to cancel any slows, stuns or knockups. this skill does not cancel your Q though so keep it in mind. and he even has a skill that increases his attack speed and his movement speed which allows him to run from you or chase you easier. Even his ult counters you hard because it slows you down in a large area and he deals damage to you as well. Best advice to deal with a gangplank ask for help from mid after 6 or ask for ganks from jungler. He does have a global ult which allows him to farm and still help out his team if hes top all the time so try to atleast go even with gankplank and farm.

VS

Garen

Easy

Garen is a very annoying champ to deal with due to his darn silence and passive and his dumb spin. This is one of the champions i recommend starting e is not a bad choice. Why e at lv 1? well first off garen's passive stops if he takes damage from big monsters or from champions. second off a garen's lv 1 usually starts q which gives him speed and cancels out speed reduction he has before he activates his q. if he tries to harass you then when he q and before he gets too close to hit you use e then run until he uses it or keeps chasing. Trying to kill a garen is a little too tough for the bear all because of the dumb silence all a garen can do to destroy you is his Q>E>follow you> auto attack then you take damage and u did none to him. so ask for a early gank. (best way to avoid that combo is to e him before he can Q onto you then you run. also fight him when his Q is on cool down try to time it. His Q is around 7 seconds with 1 skill point in. But After you get some health and armor at level 8 he shouldnt be able to hurt you if you are both equally farmed)

VS

Gragas

Medium

with the new gragas changes he has become a somewhat strong top lane pick. He now can build full on damage but still be somewhat tanky. If gragas can harass you down and then go in for the kill u are doomed try to go in for him when he has his Q down or a few seconds after W harass him back. in this lane build a sprit visage first followed by a phage or merc treds if you need more tank stats. If gragas doesnt bring ignite it will be harder for him to kill you but he still can make sure to not get harassed to badly by him i would suggest bringing ignite for kill pressure or tp to counter him taking tp.

VS

Irelia

Easy

irelia is pathetic against volibear all you have to do is get w to level 2 at level 3 and you should be able to just give her hell and use your combo and kill her down. after irelias get blade of the ruin king then you should lose against her so be careful unless u are fed like crazy. My honest opinion is to get sunfire cape first and go full tank because after level 6 irelias true damage is too strong for you to deal with. also shes scales somewhat strongly remember her e stuns you if you have more %hp than her so care on her E>W>AA>Q>AA trade combo. Overall you should become a monster tank for your carries and make sure irelia scales as slow as possible.

VS

Jarvan IV

Medium

jarvan is strong but Volibear is stronger just make sure to avoid his poke as much as possible his E>Q>AA really hurts because his Q lowers armor and AA passive deals %health damage on the first hit and even worse his E gives him armor and attack speed making counter harassment weaker with it out. But he does have given weaknesses such as his skills are on a somewhat high cooldown allowing you to harass back after he uses his combo. At lv 6 his ultimate makes a wall around the target he jumps onto RESIST USING YOUR FLASH UNTIL HE PUTS THE WALL DOWN always try to have flash up in the case he uses his wall note that u can flip people out of jarvans wall if you position yourself correctly. Overally go for sunfire cape first in all instances and dorans blade/shield start is up to you cloth 5 if you are scared of his early game damage.

VS

Jax

Easy

Your might think jax will end the bears life but you cant ever be so wrong. Jax will lose to volibear as long as you play this well. best time to kill him is a all in at level 2 by pushing the wave and get level 2 faster then him. But that is super risky so best times to fight jax is levels 3-5. Jax scales to late game super strongly. SO you want the early advantage on him. do your usual combo to catch him and deal damage and he shouldnt be able to survive. But things to note is that jax can use his Q(leap) to anything that can be targeted. So if you want to try to kill him make sure there are no minions coming yet by checking minions on your side(they come at the same time and place unless disturbed) and he could also jump onto wards AND enemy champions. Another thing to note is his E(counter strike) this allows him to block out auto attacks for a few seconds and then stun in a area and deal damage. LAST thing to note is his ultimate this skill makes jax so strong. the passive allows every 3 auto attacks deals bonus magic damage AND a active that gives him free armor and resistances for around 10 seconds. Lastly after level 8 dont try to fight a jax as he is super strong once he gets his ult dont fight unless you believe you can kill him or you get backup.

VS

Jayce

Medium

A good jayce will make this lane supremely painful for you. He will just use his range advantage and poke u down all the while even in his melee form he will be able to knock u back and not allow u to counter AND EVEN a speed boost to escape and kite you. Overall in this lane there is no chance at winning unless the enemy jayce isnt good at his kiting and positioning. Build armor items i suggest dorans shield start and sunfire cape as jayce wave clear is somewhat strong. As for skill order W first is normal and Q second IF jayce is good at kiting you if not and you can catch him with your E often then max it second. Overall this lane will be hard farm under turret or get ganks and snowball urself. But you best bet is to become a monster tank for your team.

VS

Kayle

Hard

This guy will make your life horrible. you can try to trade with him but all he needs to do is press Q and you will slow down badly and take alot of damage. Then at level 2 if he gets E and when you try to trade or cs he can just Q>E> auto attack all day long. Remember his e makes his auto attacks ranged and deal magic damage. Then at level 3 he can take his W which heals him and gives him movement speed. ALL skills counter the hell out of you. And worst of all at level 6 her ult will make your life difficult if you decide to all in her. it makes her invincible for 2 seconds but if you get baited by it and use your w when she ults then you are screwed and even if you dont use it by the time it ends you get murdered. Your only chance is to build visage first even though she does hybrid damage it is more magic damage and visage gives the bonus healing through so many sources.

VS

Lee Sin

Medium

This match up will be a very tough one for the bear as his prey will be very tough to get your best chance is probably to just farm and counter initiate if he fights you. Lee sin is almost impossible to kill because of his insane mobility being able to avoid taking damage and all he needs to do to poke you is to Q>Q(recast)>W away from you and he takes no damage and u take monsterous amounts of damage. His W skill gives him a shield to tank damage and his W recast allows him to sustain back some of his health if you are able to poke him. His E skill deals magic damage and E recast slows you down and lower attack speed and it scales with ad but does magic damage. His Ult can kick you away if you try to all in him post level 6. Best ways to play this match up is to have your jungler come gank and or all in after he uses his W try to count off his W cool down it only starts after he uses his W recast. Well if you are able to catch him to kill him then your skills are enough to kill him easy but due to his mobility he is able to escape you so as long as you are able to catch him and not let him go then dueling him will be easy as long as you dont take that Q>Q recast damage damage. Overall if in a 1v1 fight lee sin will lose he can just escape in almost no matter what situation (especially true at level 6). But if they are on cd and he wastes his w to get health back then he is a easy target.

VS

Malphite

Easy

This lane is easy BUT it is still hard as malphite can escape you most of the time and is better at teamfights than you unless you beat him hard. Just do the usual combos on volibear on malphite but try to avoid using your q first because malphite's q steals movement speed and adds it onto himself. And know that Malphite's E lowers attack speed so keep those in mind. Overall the only way you will lose this lane is going completely even in lane or get ganked by the jungler. Remember to peel for your carries when malphite ults into your team. overall just farm it up to late game and deny as much farm against malphite as possible because his teamfights are better than yours.

VS

Maokai

Medium

moakai is a super strong pick at the moment but i havent played against them because in ranked hes always being banned so if in the case im able to face more maokai tops with volibear then i can tell you what i think. But i dont think he can kill volibear ever unless he has ignite

VS

Nasus

Medium

This lane i highly recommend not to get volibear against a nasus. volibear is strong early but not against a nasus becuase he can get wither to stop you from dealing anything. But it is still possible to kill a nasus even if he has wither just keep poking him down consistently but not too much to drain your mana and he should be killable very easily. Keep in mind if nasus has farmed up to around 150 on his Q then be extremely careful in fighting. Best idea is to just ask jungler for camping him.

VS

Nidalee

Medium

the new nidalee actually is super strong if played right. now nidalees ususally go ad but the annoying part about that is her skills are ap with high base damage so shes mixed damage and she deals tons of both making it hard to itemize against her. But if she is going ap items then build spirit visage>banshee veil or sunfire cape first. if she goes ad then build spectres cowl and decide if you want to finish visage or go into sunfire cape with just a cowl. Other than that u do not want to get hit by nidalee q and harass if you get harassed down then thats not good it wont let you have a chance to fight back if you have 80% health through harass and poke you can fight back if nidalee decides to pounce into you and use her Q and E Just fight back nidalee is a strong assasin but a horrible duelist especially against the freaking bear against nidalee when she pounces into you USE E FIRST save your Q when she runs or you need to escape so just E>AA>AA>Q>AA>W>Ignite should be enough to kill her. always start with dorans shield against her IMPORTANT NOTE TRY UR BEST NOT TO GET POKED DOWN.

VS

Olaf

Easy

This match up is quite tough due to olafs monstrous true damage. if He has E at level 1 be extremely careful, if he plays super aggressive with his E then get Your Q in response and flip him into your minions and trade a few auto attacks. REMEMBER HIS AUTO ATTACKS LOWER HIS E COOL DOWN BY 1 SECOND WITH EACH AUTO ATTACK SO DO NOT TRADE OVER 3-5 AUTO ATTACKS UNLESS U DECIDE TO KILL. If he begins with his Q to poke you down then respond with your Q and auto as he loses alot of his early damage but only trade after he uses his q in a place which he cant pick is up easily. Afterwards You should try to build towards a warmogs first or sunfire cape or a phage if you kill him. After 6 remember to ult first olaf at level 6 shouldnt be able to take too much of ur ult damage and you should be fine. After level 10 you should not be able to win fights with olaf unless you get completely fed off him early on. (if you want to shut olaf down then kill him at lv 3-4 then keep the pressure on him and keep killing him if you see his jungler away. Remember his ult gives him damage and ignores slows and your flip but not the damage boost. Timing his cool down on his E is key to winning this lane) After level 10 you will probably not be able to 1v1 olaf so keep that in mind.

VS

Renekton

Medium

Renekton is called the god of top lane due to the fact of how strong he is against all top laners. even volibear cant beat renek that easy the only reason being that you deal consistent damage while renekton does strong burst poke damage(what this means is that renekton can just E>Wfurybonus>Qfurybonus>AA>E out) you have no time to react because of the 1.5 second stun the best damage you will get off is probably about E and one auto attack but even then he prob deals 40% of your health in 2 seconds with no retaliation damage avoid this especially levels 1-5. get dorans blade first and health quints dont get poked too hard by his Q and get skills W>Q>W>E levels 1-4 this gives you kill potential by utilizing the tower when he pushes to your tower make it hard for him to farm up under your tower if he uses q to get last hit and poke you and you are right next to him Q>E>AA>AA>W>ignite that should kill him especially if he was dumb enough to get close to your tower. after that kill push hard and base get sunfire cape first no matter what do not get phage first SUNFIRE MUST HAVE FIRST. then you can get whatever you want. remember renekton will still win levels 8-10 since he can poke and escape easily(only apllies if he buys sunfire cape) after level 11 you should win no matter what now especially since renekton loses to consistent damage dealers who sticks onto him 1v1 mid game. Also a simple not to take if renekton builds a tiamat first then gg no matter what you should win if you get sunfire cape and go even against him dont be scared. BEAR>TOP LANE GOD RENEKTON

VS

Rengar

Easy

this match up is somewhat leaning towards the easy side but it is still somewhat difficult. This all depends on how they play rengar and what they start off first. If they start off with their E slow then  all you can do is tank it and he will consistently poke you. and if he starts Q then trade back with auto attacks and a Q from yourself but remember he gains attack speed after his q hits. Remember not to get near him when he is at 4 ferocity bars because he can instantly use 2 spells and it hurts hard. Also remember to keep telling your team if rengar is missing he can roam due to his ult to become invisible. Also remember if running from a rengar NEVER RUN THROUGH THE BUSHES unless your in jungle where you got no choice. Remember to always tell your team if rengar is not at top even if he recalls to base or he dies because rengar can just lane gank after level 6 because he can become invisible and jump onto someone in lane and instaburst them. Also fighting a rengar alone early on is easy 1v1 with volibear but remember that he has a strong burst if he is at 4 ferocity.(ferocity is the bar under his health it has 5 columns and glows if its at max.) I suggest post 6 have a pink ward in your inventory in case you want to kill him as he can just ult away if things get bad for him. But overall rengar should not have enough damage if you go even in lane just build sunfire and phage then the rest is up to you.

VS

Riven

Medium

People say riven vs volibear is even but i disagree it is somewhat even but riven has a little bit more damage but it is true it mostly comes down to skill. For this lane match up be extremely careful at lv 1 u cannot trade against a lv 1 riven unless she doesn't get her Q skill. (which is almost never LOL) Best times to kill a riven is around lvs 4-6. kill her at 5 if she will level faster than you to 6 or kill her at lv 6 if she is going to level slower than you. Remember riven ult is basically your W skill but it also gives her attack damage to beef up all her skills so be careful. Also trading with her is going to be hard as she can turn the trade off into your death. If you take too much poke early then it will make the lane very tough. Just play it safe unless you know her Q is on cd then you can harass her for a little bit. But if you can get a sunfire cape and you are even with her then you shouldnt have problems.

VS

Rumble

Easy

This is a VERY easy lane a rumble usually thinks volibear is weak against them but use their overconfidence against them. dont get your skill at lv 1 until you see what skill he has. If he has his harpoon then take q at lv 1 dont trade until he wants to trade with you lure him in and let him hit you once then auto attack him and flip his dumb robot. ( do this near minions of course) this allows you to deal around the similar damage to each other but for dueling that means you have the advantage. then keep farming until lv 3 Now is the time to murder him. If he pushes and harasses you with his fire then wait until you are lv 4 and after minions reach your tower. This is the perfect time to murder his dumb ass. Use E>Q>Auto attacks>ignite>W gg. Remember at lv 6 fights then instead do the same thing but ult first and flash out of his ult because it does constant damage.

VS

Ryze

Medium

Ryze is a champion that really scales well but super weak early. But against volibear who is melee he can still beat you in lane. his poke is no joke do not play aggressive unless you have back up or he gets overconfident and gets too close. Basically its all on how your opponent plays ryze if he misplays and gets himself in your e range and you have same health pre 6 then no matter what you shouldnt lose. just E>Q>AA>IGNITE/HEAL>W and done no way he should live especially if he starts with mana crystal 2 pots. But after 6 is an issue he has potential to get rid of you BUT only if he has ignite if he has tp then you shouldnt be too scared unless he can kite you well back off if he can out speed you with his ult up. After ryze gets rod of ages and gets his tear stacked up past 500~ then be careful his damage is high dont try to fight him alone unless you are fed off him never underestimate a scaling champion  especially with volibear who is only about average throughout the whole game.

VS

Shen

Easy

This lane is obviously  super easy but the support shen provides make him annoying to deal with when you are top lane. best options are just to not kill shen he is too tanky just farm up. Bring teleport if you want to counter shen ult or just split push harder when he ults or to make plays with your tp. other than that just build spirit visage first then sunfire go full tank or trinity force if you get fed off shen. try your best to freeze the lane so he cant cs easily or pressure lane to force their jungler to gank top (the second strategy is very dangerous it can allow shen back into the game.) A tip if you want to make sure shen almost never uses his ult is to save Q after level 6 and never use it unless you know team mates arent teamfighting soon or enemies are near low health. reason is that your Q is the only CC that can cancel out his ult from channeling fully so use it wisingly since its on a somewhat high cd.

VS

Shyvana

Medium

Now that dorans shield is nerfed start with dorans blade and own her. Shyvana gets super strong in team fights so you better try to shut her down early. At level 1 play accordingly to her skills. If she starts Q then Q her back, If W then get Q or W but play as passive as you can avoid her W damage also only Q back if theres a minion wave to back you up, If E then nothing to be afraid of Q her into the minion wave. Overall the best time to beat her is levels 2-5 (only if she starts W first then dont be super aggressive at level 1 to avoid careless damage.) But you should be able to destroy her no problem but you need to note if she builds blade of ruin king then dont fight her 1v1 unless you got fed off her by that point. Overall you should win with my quint build and dorans blade.

VS

Singed

Easy

singed is easy due to your passive and no matter what you should deal more damage than him. i suggest ghost for this lane or flash works as well. if singed brings tp he should never be able to kill you unless he pokes you down with your passive down. all you have to do is wait for singed to get close to you and E>AA>he prob flip you by then>Q>AA>AA>W>IGNITE after that he should be done pre 6. After lv 6 you prob shouldnt be able to kill him due to his major amount of move speed and health gain from his passive. so farm up and ask your jungler to just help snowball other lanes.

VS

Teemo

Hard

Rage quit.

VS

Trundle

Medium

This lane is annoying because of trundles annoying skills that make him stronger by stealing your stats So its better off to take more damage than resistances. Trundles should start off with a Blade of the ruin king which allows each auto attack deal 5% of your health so building up health alone is not the best as well. So the best option is to get trinity force first and fight trundles before he gets a blade of the ruin king and past level 8. Overall early on its going to be a farm fest or beat down but in order to beat a trundle you need to shut him down early on. But with voli it is hard as trundle is just too fast and he has a so strong aoe slow so you will need ganks. Remember though trundles scale pretty hard late game so try to keep even with him if you cant kill him. Overall you will lose the lane unless you can get fed off him then its no problem just keep up your advantage and it will be fine. though be careful of his scaling it can give you issues even with an advantage.

VS

Tryndamere

Medium

Tryndamere is annoying BUT you can 1v1 him early but you still need to be cautious as he does get crit chance quite alot from his passive fury (about 35% at max) Best time to beat him down is levels 2-5. before tryndamere gets his ult he is somewhat weak so try to bully him early on. After 6 you will probably not win the fights if you go even with him But at level 6-8 winning the fight is mainly dependant on what items you built first so go with sunfire or randuins omen first these should help you win against a 1v1. Overall do the usual combos and you will win him 1v1 pre 6 unless he gets those annoying lucky crits. after lvs 6 you shouldnt be able to win at all.

VS

Udyr

Medium

there are 2 types of udyr top phoenix udyr and tiger udyr top. First for phoenix it is simple he should never be able to kill you he just focuses on farming and poking you down so you can kill him but he cant kill you due to your passive overall you will win against phoenix no matter what just be careful his damage can spike when he gets items he scales into late game well. As for tiger udyr his early game is strong he can do double tiger stance onto you so careful wait for him to waste his tiger proc onto minions and you should just pressure him into using spells. keep pressure onto udyr into using his spells and he should eventually run out of mana then you can kill easy. After udyr gets his items then you shouldnt be able to 1v1 him if he doesnt have ignite then maybe you have a chance but overall he should be too fast and strong late game so he can escape or beat you in a 1v1.

VS

Vayne

Hard

Just surrender if vanye goes top. he has mobility %hp damage and a way to push u back. All you can do is farm unless the vayne makes a dumb mistake and gets too close to your tower so you can flash+q him. 

VS

Vladimir

Medium

This is a somewhat difficult lane due to 2 things. first is the poke and range he has against you he can just poke and stay away from you just to farm and become super strong. Volibear's passive isn't for laning it is mostly used for a duel and vlad is not a champion that wants duels at low levels. But Vlad shouldnt be able to run away from you if you all in him at level 3-5 so it should be easy kill here if you use Q>E>AA>ignite>W. Vlad has a way to dodge your W which is a very dangerous thing as your W contains most of your early game damage but i think W shouldnt time out as it is a 5 second timer it but it could make the time run out on your W especially with the slow vlad pool gives. Remember to try to win the lane early or else he starts to get unstoppable try to ask for ganks to allow yourself to snowball. (FIGHT PRE 6 AND CARE FOR HIS POKE) His teamfights are better than yours so thats why i put this difficulty at medium. with patch 4.11 vlad can now use summoner spells and activatable items when hes in his pool form so be wary of that.

VS

Volibear

Hard

This would probably be the most fun and hardest match up you will face in your entire life. You will only win based on runes and masteries and timing on your W and ignite so i cant help too much in this match up but give you tips.

1. Ignite on his passive and use W when he is low on health.
2. Watch what he will build and build accordingly.
3. Care for junglers.
4. Check his stats and fight if you think you deal more damage or tank more. Also if he has heal or ignite same with yourself. (heal>ignite in this match past 6 pre 6 ignite is better due to the cd so if brought ignitevsheal then pressure him down then ignite on his passive and then fight when you get it up again around 60 second cd on heal after ignite will be up. ignite cd 180 heal cd 240)
5. Remember to ult if you want to fight him or he uses his ult to fight you.
6. Normals are ridiculous lol.
7. If in a pre 6 fight and both of you have passive and ignite then consider how much poke you have taken and him as well remember 1 hit makes a huge difference as well as minion damage.

VS

Warwick

Medium

Warwick is a mixed case as he is super weak early on but at the same time super strong. But against volibear WW is somewhat even BUT volibear 1v1 should win against WW under all cases until he buys a blade of the ruin king then you shall not win. Note if WW gets ignite but not teleport then no matter what even with blade of the ruin king WW will never kill you But he should be able to escape you no matter what after he gets blade of the ruin king. Also never dive WW with his ultimate up or down his Q health drain is alot stronger than people expect as well as the speed boost from nearby champions being under half health unless he has really low health and you are sure u can reach him and escape without dieing.

VS

Wukong

Easy

Wukong is strong BUT he has his flaws because after his E>AA>Q>AA combo he has nothing else but W to juke/not get harassed back take advantage of this weakness and when he charges in with his E use ur E to counter then trade AAs if wukong doesnt run from the fight then he will die because he has nothing left unless he has ignite. Then after he uses W just follow his path to his tower Q>AA>AA>W>Ignite done hes finished. But that is in lane with doran items. If you go even with wukong get sunfire cape first then phage or merc treds/ninja tabis. Even after wukong gets his items such as ravenous hydra /black cleaver/tank item he should almost never be able to 1v1 you because he is not tanky and u are and deal major amounts of damage to his low bruiser health. Overall he will be useless unless he pulls off good ults onto your team if he ults just use your ult and kill him he cant use his clone unless he cancels his ultimate.

VS

Yasuo

Medium

Yasuo is a strong assasin damage dealer BUT even against the bear you can counter him very easy with just one summoner spell exhaust if you are really scared against a yasuo. there are only a few things needed to be noted he has a high crit chance after he gets a static shiv he will hurt be careful, in order to trade better with yasuo all you have to do is keep moving in between auto attacks his q IS VERY THIN you can dodge it if you keep moving around side stepping in between auto attacks are best. Remember at lv 6 he gets a even stronger burst and 50% armor pen so care. All in all lvs 1-5 he shouldnt be able to kill you unless you get poked down badly or ganked. after lv 6-9 he should have shiv by then so he can kill you but u can kill him. after that lv 11-18 1v1 should be impossible just peel for your carrys if they get ulted by yasuo in teamfights.

best option is to build full tank against him sunfire first>randuins.

VS

Zac

Medium

zac is a strong champion against any top laner volibear is no exception theres only one difference. volibear can handle zac early game before he gets a sunfire cape. just farm up and if zac dares to even W poke you use your E>AA>AA>Q>W>Ignite done even zac should be able to escape that combo at lv 4. Also deny his blobs that drop out of him when he spams spells if you deny enough he should be quite low health and a good amount for you to kill him. remember to get spirit visage first and ignite if you really want to kill him or bring tp if you want to make plays elsewhere. i could recommend ghost for the lane because other than zacs E Knockup and Q slow he has almost no way to hit them if you can juke them constantly with a crap ton of speed. But after level 9 you should start losing in 1v1 situations so care.

VS

Zilean

Easy

THE BEAR WINS AGAINST TIME

Skill Combos and bonus skill info Back to Top

Combos:                                                                                    Skill Key:
To initiate a fight go with this combo                                       Q= Rolling thunder          R= Thunder Claws
Q>E or E>Q or Flash>Q>E or Flash>E>Q                                       W= Frenzy                      AA= Auto attacks           To murder someone top lane(pre 6):                                          E= Majestic Roar                                           Q>E>AA>Ignite>W  Or Flash>Q>E>AA>Ignite>W                     Remember initiation can also be E>Q which imo 
To fight someone(post 6)                                                        is better
Q>E>R>AA>Ignite>W Or Flash>Q>E>R>AA>Ignite>W            Remember Q resets the auto attack AA>Q = harass
Q Rolling Thunder:
- This skill allows you to reset your auto attack so auto attack>then use q immediately to do some good trade damage at level 1.
- If you want to escape a 1v1 duel against a opponent use q to run away or use q to run behind your opponent to flip him away and run away to safety.
- When activated it gives a certain amount of movement speed but it actually increases if you are running to a enemy champion. 
- you can use this skill to get to lane faster.
- each level increases the movement speed bonus. (each level in this skill only increases speed towards a champion only not the base speed bonus not towards a champion)
- Each level increases the bonus damage dealt to the enemy flipped.
- Now when flipping a enemy behind you into a wall it will actually flip them into it instead of just holding them in place for half a second.
W Frenzy:
- This skill gives you passive attack speed stacking up to 3 times.
- This skill can attack minions and monsters.
- It gains 15% of your bonus hp into damage (math time- 15% bonus hp>damage = 100 bonus hp=15 more damage on this skill) Remember bonus hp is the health gained from items runes or masteries.
- It deals more damage the lower health your opponent is.
- You can only use the bite when you have the 3 passive stacks it runs out so watch out for that each stack lasts 5 seconds.
-the attack speed stacks still stack up even if the active skill is on cool down.
E Majestic Roar:
- This skill is a area of effect spell meaning it hits more than one target in a certain range.
- It deals magic damage and slows for 3 seconds.
- Each level increases the slow power.
- If this skill hits jungle monsters or minions it fears them. (fear not applied onto dragon and baron as well as champions.)
R Thunder Claws:
- This skill gives you bonus magic damage on your auto attacks so it gives u a mix of magic and physical damage if opponents are only building armor to mitigate your damage then they will lose out hard on your magic damage..
- Use this skill in the beginning of the fight to deal the most amount of damage as the skill has a 12 second duration.
- Do not use it too late as you wont be able to deal the most amount of damage that u could have done. But if used too early in a unsure initiation you will have wasted it so realize who on your team and their team who will initiate to and get ready to fight with your ultimate.

Dueling tips Back to Top

Dueling tips at top:
  • Remember there are minions they can help deal damage as well. A simple trick u can do to kill someone easier in a duel Q flip your opponent near your minions then duel him there that way it allows u to deal extra damage.
  • Also remember enemy minions will be be feared with your E skill so if you are trading using e on your opponents will cause nearby minions to be feared as well so they will not deal damage to you while they are feared.
  • Your passive is a major game changer in a duel. In a low level duel (levels 1-6) every attack matters and how u can take that damage as well. remember if the opponent has ignite be careful that skill reduces healing effects in half.
  • Volibear is a strong champion due to his passive BUT remember you are never invincible (if enemy has no tp or healing reduction maybe but still be careful) always never overestimate your own damage and tankiness.
  • Remember W is a execute so lower health the enemy is the more damage you deal and also never use you ultimate too late or too early as if too late you deal less damage than possible and if you use it too early your enemy can just escape you and you would have wasted it.
  • Remember to consider the damage you deal and the damage they have traded to you. (consider this especially at early levels and also look at your health and think of their skills damage and can they kill you or if you escape) Every hp counts in a duel i had times where it came down to 1 hit in a duel.
  • With every auto attack try to keep ahead of them so AA>walk a little in front of them so you can keep up with them and ensure a kill if you are chasing.
  • If you want to fight against another champion top then make sure to atleast fight at level 2-6 if going all in as thats the best time to deal major damage.
  • map awareness lets say you want to fight/kill your opponent but afraid to do so due to their jungler but if you see their jungler bot or mid or at drag then you know he shouldnt have back up same with mid laner map awareness allows you to fight safely.
  • Q is your only CC that cancels out channeling skills such as shen ultimate and teleporting champions. If you are afraid of enemy split pushing always have vision on them and keep close while saving Q as its the only skill that cancels channeling skills. Only use Q when they are channeling teleport or anything similar type of skill.

Team fighting Tricks Back to Top

Now its time to explain the Team fighting.

Tips for Team fighting:
  • Always put protecting your team as priority 1 especially in super late team fights this apply the most due to volibear doesn't make a very strong champion in the late game.(unless fed like crazy) 
  • If your team has a way to protect your carries then be free to kill their carries if you have the damage for it and they have bad peel. But always check the situation first make sure that your team members are able to protect your carries if not then protect them.
  • if you need to catch someone a good way is to flash and E>Q/Q>E them back into your team if you could catch a carry out of position then that is a major game changer.
  • In team fights remember you are no longer a bear that will utterly destroy your enemies remember your main role in late game is a bear who can kill someone that is trying to hurt your carry this only applies if you are not utterly fed if your utterly fed then go ham onto their carries unless your carries are fed and need peeling. (by utterly fed i mean 300+cs and 15+kills)
  • Like in dueling, timing is key for your ultimate of course not as key in a teamfight but still somewhat important as if you used it too late you lose your area of effect damage as you completely rely on your ultimate for the damage onto multiple enemies. best way to use it is when your team engages from your Q or teammates initiations OR enemies used their engage tool then you used the ult if they are coming in hard. (If you do not know when someone will engage then figure out on your team who engages based off their champ and play style same with enemies so be sharp. few ex of engaging champs are Wukong, Malphite, thresh.)
  • If you are in a tight jam and your team will lose the team fight tell your team to back off and sacrifice yourself this is a sad thing as sometimes your team will think you are charging in for no reason but sacrificing yourself in a chase/escape could mean surviving or losing the game of course if you can tell your team that you will sacrifice yourself then that is nice. (only do this if you are not fed if fed then don't do it unless you absolutely have to in order to win)

Future Updates Back to Top

I will be consistently updating the champion match ups so please bare with me for a little bit. If there is anything that you wish for me to add feel free to tell me. Also if you want me to explain anything on my matchups or in general then feel free to tell me and i will attempt to clarify on matchups and help explain anything that doesnt make sense. Also my grammar is not the best so if there are any typos, mistakes, or sentences that just dont make sense feel free to point them out and i will change them as soon as possible. other than that Thank you for reading my guide

About Me Back to Top

Hi my ign is FlashURface and my name is Nick calling me either works for me. I am currently a platinum player in league and still steadily growing as a player. i only played around 300 games with volibear But i do have a good grasp on the champion. that doesnt mean im am the best but i consider myself decent enough to say he is amazingly fun and awesome as a top laner. My favorite champions are volibear and malphite i intend to make a malphite top guide as soon as i can but it will take time. I also main top But i can do jungle and support well only positions like adc and mid are my weakest lanes. I made this guide a little in depth because i want to show all my knowledge on items and match ups especially as seeing from other guides no one really goes in depth in match ups for volibear. I try my best to allow the early advantage to be given to you and after that the rest is up to you to make plays.

Special Thanks Back to Top

 I made this guide not to tell you how to play volibear but how i play volibear and so you can learn from it. I only wish for others to learn my way of playing volibear so they can learn from it and make their own way of playing so it can let them learn and get better as well. I want to thank 2 people who have taught me many tricks and tips for the game and playing volibear. First up is Trick2g http://www.twitch.tv/trick2g http://www.youtube.com/user/Trick0850  
through his videos i have gotten better at learning the game and playing jungle and top please support him he is a very funny streamer and a great player. Secondly I wish to thank I AM P00P MAN http://www.lolking.net/guides/135249 He has given us a very nice volibear guide for top that i have learned a lot from.

Thank you for reading my guide.

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