Builds and Runes: Bard Champion's Guide

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Bard is a champion focused on utility and mobility. His kit allows him to easily move around the map, being able to always be helping his team in all routes of the game. In addition, his ultimate allows him to perform riskier moves, such as taking down allies that are close to enemy turrets at the beginning of the game. Typically, this champion is used in the bot lane, in the support role.



Champion Description

“Traveler from distant galaxies, Bardo is an agent of chance who struggles to maintain a balance in which life can withstand the indifference of chaos. Many of Runeterra's inhabitants sing songs that praise his extraordinary nature, but all agree that the cosmic wanderer is drawn to artifacts of great magical power. Surrounded by a jubilant chorus of helpful spirit meeps, it's impossible to see his actions as malevolent, for Bard always serves the greater good... in his own strange way.”

Bard Abilities

(Passive) Traveler's Call: The Bard's presence causes magical bells to spawn, granting him additional experience, Mana, and speed. In addition, lesser spirits follow him and aid in his attacks – collecting bells causes these meeps to accumulate power over the course of a match.

(Q) Cosmic Prison: Bard fires a projectile that Slows the first enemy hit, then maintains its path. If it hits a wall, it will stun the initial target; if it hits another enemy, both are stunned.



(W) Sanctuary of the Protector: Reveals a healing shrine that gains strength over a short period of time, disappearing shortly after healing the first unit that touches it.

(E) Magic Journey: Bard opens a portal in nearby terrain. Both allies and enemies can make a one-way trip through this terrain when entering the portal.

(R) Temper of Fate: Bard unleashes an arc of spirit energy at a target location, putting all champions, minions, monsters, and turrets hit into stasis for a short time.

Bard Build and Runes

These are currently the most used runes for this champion. (Patch 10.12)

It is worth remembering that the secondary runes can be changed depending on your opponents.

Evolution of in-game skills

Below is how most players evolve their champion's skills in-game.

most used spells

The most used summoner spells for this champion are:

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  • Fire

most used items

The items shown below are the ones most used by Bard players. It is worth remembering that some items can be changed according to opposing champions.

Starting Items

  • Reliquary Shield
  • potion of life

End Items

  • Dead man's breastplate
  • Mobility Boots
  • smoking cannon
  • Redemption
  • Locket of the Iron Solari

Note: It's worth remembering that there are few matches in which support champions like Bard manage to finish all their items. It is also important to point out that the support item is extremely important for the champion, and its evolution should not be sold in the store.



Bard Tips and Tricks

  • The (E) Magic Journey skill can allow you to carve a path through walls that are too large or long enough to reconsider travel options and possibly navigate between vision marks to catch the opposing team by surprise.
  • Make sure the (Q) Cosmic Prison skill hits a second enemy or a wall to stun the opponent instead of just slowing their movement speed.
  • The ability (W) Sanctuary of the Protector can be destroyed by an opponent. When using it, don't forget to leave it in a safe place, so that no enemy can destroy it by walking on it. In addition, it is a spell that gives your allies a small bonus to movement speed, which can be useful in escapes or charges.
  • Magic bells linger for 10 minutes before disappearing and give you a significant early-game experience advantage. In addition, they restore a portion of your mana proportional to the amount you are missing and provide a movement speed bonus out of combat for 7 seconds. Can be accumulated 5 times.
  • Each time you collect 5 magic bells, a Mipe supports you, significantly increasing the damage of your next attack.
  • Be careful when using your Temper of Fate (R) skill, as it can end up hurting your team if it's misused.

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