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Volibear Statistics for Swynn

Author's performance with Volibear compared to the ranked average.

Value
Average
Games Played
5
Win %
44
Kills
5.7
Assists
8.2
Deaths
6.1
KA:D Ratio
2.3
Gold Earned
11.3K
Creep Score
84.0
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Summoner Spells Back to Top

4.png is just a must have for volibear top.    
You absolutely need this to engage the fed carry mid/late game.

I prefer taking14.png 80% of the time but 12.png is a very viable option if you're fucked by the enemy pick.
I would strongly recommend to NEVER take 6.png for Volibear, it might sound as good idea BUT you will get kited for ever and you will be useless in teamfight. You're here to engage and ghost is a really bad engaging tool.   

New Runes Back to Top

Masteries Back to Top

Abilities Back to Top

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

Some tips about Volibears's ability order: 


You will always start in the same way: Your first 3 skill points will go to Q W E. Each of your abilities brings more than enough to the table to justify taking at least one point in it before moving on to other skills. 

Maxing your W bite.png  is just the best way to deal damage in lane, no matter what happens you always max w. 

The E roar.pngis really strong magic damage dealer and a powerful freezing tool, always max it second.

The Q fling.png is very good but one early point is enough until level 14, always max it last.

That's the easy thing with Volibear you don't really have to adjust the spell order.
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Detailed ability explanations

Volibear ÉludelaTempêteVolibear's passive Chosen of the Storm is one of the greatest passive of the game. It might sound biased, and maybe it is but from the level 1 to the end of the game it will be a huge concern for any enemy. If it's not, and they forgot how powerful it is you will probably win your lane really hard. First of all it is a massive bait tool. It doesn't matter if you play in bronze, gold or diamond, they will always underestimate it. They will underestimate the cd, for some reason people always think the cd of your passive is about the same as ignite's cd. IT IS NOT! Your passive is 120 seconds, ignite is 210 seconds. They will probably also underestimate the healing power, most of the time you can win fight when you are 50% health and the enemy is 90% because of your passive. Try to use this, to get a good bait for a gank or just to get a kill. 
Warning: A well timed ignite will reduce the power of your passive, it's fine but if you can fight when the enemy ignite is down, do it.


Volibear OrageFulgurantVolibear's Q Rolling Thunder is a really good auto attack empower. It provides you a lot of movement speed, especially if you're chasing someone, and bonus damage for your next auto attack. You can use this spell several ways. The easiest is pressing your q to initiate a fight by running to your target. You can also use it as an auto attack reset: when you just did an auto attack if you press Q you will instantly flip the target. This is useful to maximize your damage when you're trading with the opponent top laner, or if you want another W stack faster, or if you want to push a tower as fast as possible or even if you want to last hit. You see two cs are going to die within the next second, you auto attack the first one then instantly Q and target the other one. You will get both creep for only 40 mana, and yes it is worth it. 


FrenzyVolibear's W Frenzy doesn't just have a cool name, it has a really nice stackable attack speed boost and some really strong damage. The attack speed boost synergize really well with your ultimate. It also allow you to last hit easily and to push tower way faster than most people will expect. The huge damages of your W is the main reason why you will probably chose to max it first. This is literally a carry crusher: this will deal percent hp damage base on YOUR HP POOL, how broken is that? You build full tank and you have an ability that deal up to 900 damages late game. Don't forget the lower hp your target is the more damage it will deal, this is a finisher. Try to use it when you can deal the most damage without wasting half of them. This is kinda tricky and require some practice to know how much damages you're going to deal. Most of the time you want to auto attack until your enemy try to leave before you W him.
  

Majestic RoarVolibear's E Majestic Roar is a really interesting spell, very powerful for 3 things. First you will use it to slow your opponent and deal some nice damages to him, that's the easy part. Second you should use it to push, when either your opponent is back and you want your creeps to die under his tower (what a monster) or, if you just want to back. Third, on a complete opposite way you can use it to freeze, due to the long and zoning fear. when enemy creeps are going to die under your tower you can tank them a bit then fear them until your cs are here. This way you can keep his wave just out of range of your tower. This is one of the most powerful thing to do as volibear top. This is really powerful because your kit is perfectly designed, if the enemy wants to come for cs you just have to flip him and slow him under tower, he will take massive damage from you AND from the tower without any way to deal any damages back. You can win the lane just because of this.
  

Thunder ClawsVolibear's R Thunder Claws is kind of tricky to use. You will be extremely frustrated by time casting time. Volibear stop raise his fist for about 0.5 and then run again. This is really hard to use when you're chasing someone. That's in my opinion where Volibear's Kit has a flaw. But wait ! Things aren't that bad. You can manage to make this problem not a real problem. You should, if you're sure you want to go hard, ult when you flip your opponent. As soon as the enemy is i n the air hop you press R then instantly roar to him. This way you lose next to nothing because you casted your ultimate between 2 auto attacks. Your ultimate is of course great when you want to fight people but it's also really nice if you want to push. Don't hesitate to ult if you need to back.


 

Items Back to Top

Starting Items

    Start Item against most match ups
    If you have an easy, non-poking match up
    For insane w

Core Items

    Core items, go for tabi if either the enemy team is full ad or if you really struggle with the auto attacks
    Randuin is broken, use and abuse.
    Usual final build
    Fine item if you snowball and need more damage

Situational Items

    Thronmail is really good if they have an hyper carry adc, banshee if they are heavy ap
    This is pretty good if they auto attack a lot
    Sometimes you'll need thoses
    DO NOT BUY THIS, i see this too many time, please don't, there is no way it could be worth it
Your level doesn't matter whether you're bronze or challenger  , flexibility is one of the most important aspects. Being able to adjust to the enemies composition,build or any particular situation is necessary.

The point is, the build you see here is my recommendation based off what has worked for me, avoid getting so tied into this build that you become blind to the situation you're in. Try to always keep an open mind. Being able to adapt your build is a skill that will make you a better League of Legends player so by all means, use this as a guide but don't feel the need to follow every line of this build in this order every time. 
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Starting Items


1054_32.png even after the nerf this is really great against ranged, or hard poke champs.
1055_32.png more damage and more ad, be care not falling behind or you'll have trouble with sustain.
1028_32.png for maximum early W damages, i didn't tried this many times yet but it felt fine.


First Back

If you're facing an ad top 

You will aim for an early 3068_32.png then,
1011_64.pngTHIS, YOU NEED THIS. if you can back and get this DO IT. You will crush people with your bite bite.png 

If you're facing an ap top

You will aim for an early 3065_32.png then;
3211_32.png rush this, it's such a powerful laning item. If you can't buy this get the 1057_32.png and/or 1028_32.png

Mid Game

You should have 3068_32.png3065_32.png3111_32.png This is your core build. You will build this 90% of the games. You might change the boots if you feel more comfortable with 3047_32.png

At this point you will most of the time be looking for a powerful teamfight item : 3143_64.png this one is going to bring you so much power in team fight. Try to use it when you're in the middle of the fight. Always try to hit the ADC with the active.


Late Game

You will need to itemize smart at this point
If you feel like their adc is destroying you go for 3075_32.png and/or 3110_32.png
If they have heavy ap comp go for 3102_32.png
If you want more hp and they don't have too much % hp damages 3083_32.png
If somehow they destroy you too fast or if you just want to make them cry  3026_32.png
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Items Explanations


3068_32.pngBest early item against ad top.
3065_32.pngGreat item you'll build almost every game.
3075_32.pngIf they are all ad or if their ap carry is really behind go for this.
3102_32.pngAgainst double ap or really fed ap mid and ap jungler.
3083_32.png it's really good for your passive chosen.png and bite bite.png , you can build this if they have a lot of true damages, still situational.
3026_32.png I like this, nobody wants to see a 4k hp tank with 300 armor and a GA coming to see like a fury. You'll like that
Disregard any damage item. You're a tank.

Matchups Back to Top

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

  • Aatrox
    Medium
  • Akali
    Easy
  • Cho'Gath
    Medium
  • Darius
    Medium
  • Dr. Mundo
    Easy
  • Elise
    Medium
  • Fiora
    Easy
  • Garen
    Hard
  • Irelia
    Easy
  • Jarvan IV
    Medium
  • Jax
    Medium
  • Jayce
    Medium
  • Kayle
    Hard
  • Kennen
    Hard
  • Kha'Zix
    Easy
  • Lee Sin
    Medium
  • Lulu
    Hard
  • Malphite
    Medium
  • Nasus
    Easy
  • Nidalee
    Medium
  • Olaf
    Medium
  • Pantheon
    Medium
  • Quinn
    Hard
  • Renekton
    Hard
  • Rengar
    Easy
  • Riven
    Medium
  • Rumble
    Medium
  • Ryze
    Hard
  • Shyvana
    Medium
  • Singed
    Medium
  • Soraka
    Medium
  • Teemo
    Hard
  • Trundle
    Medium
  • Tryndamere
    Medium
  • Udyr
    Medium
  • Vladimir
    Medium
  • Warwick
    Hard
  • Wukong
    Easy
  • Yasuo
    Easy
  • Yorick
    Medium
  • Zed
    Easy

VS

Aatrox

Medium

Skill match up, he will heal most of your harass, so try to make long trade post 6, you'll win them if you can ignite him below 50% your bite will absolutely crush him.

VS

Akali

Easy

Buy a pink ward a destroy her in her fog. If you don't wanna buy a pink slow her in the fog and wait her to get out to q her and kill her, there is no way to lose this match up if you ward and don't do stupid dives

VS

Cho'Gath

Medium

Skill match up, his ult will probably ignore your passive unfortunately, you need to dogdge skill shots. If he misses the q charge him, slow, flip, few autos, bite and back off. Repeat and win.

VS

Darius

Medium

DON'T GET HIT BY MAX RANGE Q, please just don't. Wait him to waste his q by baiting it THEN HARD ENGAGE THIS FUCKER. If you can get a gank it's auto kill : this guy has no escape.

VS

Dr. Mundo

Easy

Just flip him lvl 3/4 and kill him, no ther way to put this, it's just easy : BE AGRESSIVE PRE 6, you won't kill him after 6 if you're not ahead tho

VS

Elise

Medium

Not a really popular pick atm but you might see her sometimes. Be aggressive early or when she's oom, you can win a trade if you have 75% of your hp pretty easily. But if you get poked down you'll lose this lane really hard.

VS

Fiora

Easy

Shouldn't be a problem if she doesn't get too many ganks early.

VS

Garen

Hard

Just farm and only trade if he wasted his spin, he can cleanse your slow you can't really fight

VS

Irelia

Easy

should not be hard to win this, start with doran shield , run hp as soon as you can and it's over for her. Havong huge hp pool is the best counter to irelia's true damages and it makes your damages insanely op.

VS

Jarvan IV

Medium

only faced him a few times, he can poke you hard, engage or disengage quite easily. You should not underestimate him. Go hard or go home is your motto against him.

VS

Jax

Medium

This one is between easy and medium, i'll put medium cause if you don't play this the right way you're fucked. You need to take trades, but when he uses his dodge run away, let it fade then re-engage and bit him last second. You can bite when he dodge, in fact it's the best time to bite because you can't do anything else during this time.

VS

Jayce

Medium

Jayce is medium/hard, try play aggressive and to get a gank because if you let him poke you he kills you and/or don't let you get any cs. When he kicks you away if your q is up you'll always flip him too during the animation time, that means if you slow him he can't really escape : that's your opportunity to take a good trade and bite before he's out of range

VS

Kayle

Hard

Beg for ganks, do what ever it takes to have your jungler ganking your lane, otherwise you're fucked.

VS

Kennen

Hard

Not really popular pick for some reason, but you'll cry every tear of your body if you ever face him, avoid this match up at all cost, there is no way to win 1v1. Beg for ganks, well no beg for camping if you want to stand chance.

VS

Kha'Zix

Easy

Just flip him into your creeps. and just kill him anytime of the game you destroy him.

VS

Lee Sin

Medium

Skill match up wiry to fight in the middle of your creeps by flipping him, if you can do that you'll dodge hos q and win the trades, he sucks late

VS

Lulu

Hard

Damn you s0az ! This is a nightmare, slows, boost speed and poke. This is the 3 worst thing for voli and she does every single one really well. Ask for ganks and farm under tower if you can.

VS

Malphite

Medium

Very lame, he has huge mana cost but he will slow your attack speed A LOT. try to engage him early game  when he's low mana.

VS

Nasus

Easy

BE OVER AGRESSIVE PRE 6 and it's easy

VS

Nidalee

Medium

She will probably play passive pre-6 if she doesn't punish her, thats the only time you can get her. She has no damage early, early is your time to shine!

VS

Olaf

Medium

This is easy-medium, build hp because this guy will deal massive true damages. if you can flip him into your creeps and take a trade there you win easy

VS

Pantheon

Medium

hard poke, be care until you get your lvl 6 and then destroy him

VS

Quinn

Hard

Poke and disengage this one will be hard to win, ask for ganks.

VS

Renekton

Hard

This is about 1/3 of my games as voli. It's a tough one but it's winnable.

You need to take advantage of ANY mistake he will do. you insta win if you get a good towerflip. Try to ask for an early gank

VS

Rengar

Easy

shouldn't be a problem if you get lvl 2 and 3 before him go hard on him 

VS

Riven

Medium

If you are not against a pro riven this is easy/medium, don't try to fight before lvl 3/4. at level 3/4 engage hard and destroy her and proceed to destroyed her.

VS

Rumble

Medium

Skill match up, be very aggressive. if you let him poke you down you're dead you won't touch a cs. If you can manage to flip him into your cs and fear his cs you win the trade.

VS

Ryze

Hard

Damn hard. ask for early gank he has no escape and he usually push early

VS

Shyvana

Medium

Skill match up, fling her to cs and fear her cs. don't do extended fight and only fight if she missed her e

VS

Singed

Medium

Kill him before level 3 or never. If you don't kill him, just farm, this is kinda boring.

VS

Soraka

Medium

go hard on her and ask for early gank, she will most likely push so you can have an easy kill if your jungler gank

VS

Teemo

Hard

ask for gank. if you can kill him pre 6 you DESTROY HIS LITTLE FACE. If not, you're fucked, try to not die and gank mid.

VS

Trundle

Medium

This is tricky, if you fall behind he will eat you alive. If you manage to kill him early he's completly fucked. Skill match up

VS

Tryndamere

Medium

You should push early, if he get his level 2 first and has 50+ fury you're in trouble, big trouble. Try to casually bite him if he's low hp. I killed trynds before they ulted with bite a lot of times.

VS

Udyr

Medium

Be care pre 6 he will deal massive damage with tiger, at level 6 you should crush him.

VS

Vladimir

Medium

he just has poke and sustain, but his sustain if very weak early. Go hard on him and you'll win.

VS

Warwick

Hard

Damn you Darien ! This one is really hard unless he plays really bad and waste his mana very early. You should ask for gank and be really careful

VS

Wukong

Easy

if you don't fall behind before lvl 3 you're fine and you destroy him

VS

Yasuo

Easy

If he doesn't kill you before level 3 you win. Just play passive and don't get hit by his q before level 3. Then proceed to kill him over and over or freeze to your tower and don't let him get any creep.

VS

Yorick

Medium

Thats a skill match-up if he use a ghoul you walk into the bush and she will leave you, go hard on him use fear wisely and you should win

VS

Zed

Easy

no way you'd lose against this guy, just be over aggressive.

Very early game level 1-3 Back to Top

During this time, usually you can't do much, try to get level 2 BEFORE your opponent, otherwise he might snowball you. If you couldn't get level 2 first step back until you get that level 2. Same goes for level 3 try to get this fast because things get serious at level 3, at this moment you can rush into him fear roar.png the enemy creeps and flip fling.png him into your creeps. At this point if he attacks you back he takes huge damage from your creeps and you don't because his are feared, you auto attack a few time, you bite bite.png  and you retreat. If everything went good you lost about 1/5 hp and he lost about half.


Voli is best at doing short trades before level 6. Once you used all your spells back off, most champions will out damage you after.

Early game level 3-6 Back to Top

If you are ahead try to snowball as hard as possible by being extra aggressive, don't forget to ward. If you're far ahead you can probably 2v1 preferable if you already have your 1011_32.png


If you are behind be really careful and try to ask for a gank, you still have decent bite bite.png  damage even when behind. If you can't get a gank try just to not die, stay in range of xp and farm under tower.

No matter if you are behind or ahead, try to freeze the lane by tanking cs a bit fearing them with your roar roar.png until your creeps are just out of range of your turret. Most of the time the enemy won't be able to get cs unless they come really close to you. If they do you flip fling.png them into tower. I've won so many hard match up that way. 

Mid game level 6-13 Back to Top

If you're far ahead or just ahead, try to take his tower and gank mid, the power of 4.png + flip fling.png + roar roar.png + bite bite.png  is really strong. You can also force a drake when your lane is pushed. If your mid doesn't need any help and drake is down push top really hard, with 3068_32.png and and roar you can push fast and your attack speed bonus kill the tower pretty fast.


If you are behind try to force the enemy top laner to stay top that way at least your team won't get destroyed by this überfed renekton or what ever. try to not die it shouldn't be hard. Let him push roar roar.png and a few 3068_32.png tick destroy a wave really fast.

Try to keep your lane pushed all the time, that way you can be actually useful to your team and force some 4v5 in your favor.

Late game level 13-18 Back to Top

Now you have four solutions : 

If you are fed:  and one of their carry is fed : flash flip fling.png him and DESTROY HIM.
                        your carry is fed and none of them is fed: what ever you can dance it's already won, why are you even                                                                                            reading this ? go queue up again 
If you are not fed : and one of your carry is fed : peel the shit our of him ! just flip fling.png enemies away use 3143_32.png                                                                                  to protect him, you're his bitch and you better let him alive !
                               and your carry aren't fed : that's the tricky part, if you have good wave clear like ziggs/cait/gragas                                                                         you can splitpush but that's very risky. If you don't feel like splipush                                                                                 then you should peel for your most fed carry  but be cautious you con't                                                                           be able to tank that much





General advices Back to Top

Don't forget the flash flip fling.png is reaaaaaallllyyyyyy strong when you just flashed and you are in the middle of their team activate that damn randuin ! ultimate ulti.png and auto attack, obviously when you can bite bite.png  a low hp carry.


Try to always bite bite.png  a carry, no matter the hp pool of the enemy, the only thing that matter is their percentage of hp, when a carry is low you're just going to crush half of his life with your bite bite.png .

Volibear is really powerful in mid game team fights and in post 6 lane, try to be aggressive during the mid game. His late is not so great if you're not really fed so be careful who you fight in late game.

Don't hesitate to use ultimate ulti.png if you need to push really fast and back, your ultimate ulti.png will be back fast enough and you might take a little advantage over him. That doesn't mean you should ultimate ulti.png any time you 
need to back but if you have no 3068_32.png it can be really long to push the creep to his tower.

About me Back to Top

Hey this is my first guide, English is not my native language ^_^, I just thought it would be nice to share how i got diamond this season !

I was plat 1 last season and i played about 110 games of Volibear top, this season i decided to really main him and i already have about 200 games with him in top lane. I'm diamond 4 at the moment and it's exclusively due to volibear. I don't believe he's op but people underestimate him so badly you can take huge advantage from this. People usually don't know the match up against Volibear because barely anyone plays him top.

This guide is not flawless i cannot guarantee it will work for you but i'm sure if you put a little time into Volibear you could have fun and climb the ladder.

Good luck with the bear ! 

Video :
Here's a little play i did like and share if you liked it !
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