Is Sword of the Divine an item good enough on Riven that I should be considering running on her and replacing another one for example: The Bloodthirster, Hydra or Last Whisper?

I saw a video of BoxBox ( A Diamond streamer that plays ONLY Riven, in case you don't know him ) and he tried to run Sword of the Divine on Riven. He wasn't that much ahead when he builded that item on her and he made a solo quadra kill, like, completely alone, outplaying everyone while activating this item to take out the the ADC and Yasuo almost instantly. So I'm thinking. If I'm able to execute the active of that item perfectly after some practice ( With perfectly I mean, when it's needed ), should I consider running this item instead of another one? And if yes with what should I replace it considering that my current build on Riven most of the time is:

  • Ionian Boots of Lucidity
  • Ravenous Hydra
  • The Black Cleaver
  • Last Whisper
  • The Bloodthirster
  • Guardian Angel
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    The reason BoxBox made that quadrakill is (probably) not because he bought that item. But because he is good with Riven.
    – Damek
    Commented May 23, 2014 at 8:29
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    @Damek Buy SotD on Riven = get Quads
    – user37332
    Commented May 23, 2014 at 15:33
  • @user1337 Let me repeat the phrase that you probably missed or didn't understood: "activating this item to take out the the ADC and Yasuo almost instantly.". This is what the item did. It didn't gave him the quadra but it helped him take out the 2 most important and squishy targets I believe.
    – zETO
    Commented May 23, 2014 at 16:04
  • @Damek I believe that his skill gave him the quadra as well but what I'm asking is why he decided to run this item and if it's viable. I don't remember asking "Will insta quadras come at me once I build this item on Riven?"
    – zETO
    Commented May 23, 2014 at 16:10
  • @zETO that's why I did put it as a comment.
    – Damek
    Commented May 23, 2014 at 16:27

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Don't buy it. You don't rely on auto attacks but on spells. The most useful Items are In this order:

  • Your bulid (unchanged is, viable)
  • Yomuus ghostblade (trade in Black cleaver/LW, can be viable)
  • Trinity Force (Trade in LW, only viable if you're ahead)
  • SotD (Trade in LW, may only be viable if you're way ahead)

In Depth

I see some pros and cons with SotD on Riven:


  • Stronger in 1v1
  • Could be useful if you manage to kill some people fast in teamfights. (Kills/Assist reduce active CD by 50%)
  • 100% Crit/AS which scale well with your ultimate


  • The Item itself isn't really cost efficient. It's base stats are only worth around 70% of the gold and if you use the active and don't kill anyone you will even lose the passive AS
  • Crit and Attackspeed are more or less wasted stats on Riven
  • There are Items which are a lot better.

Now I feel like the points speaking against the Items are more important than the ones that suggest buying it.

Why shouldn't I buy it?

Let me clearly explain why you shouldn't buy it. Riven riven has different roles throughout the game. If you're playing top (what most Rivens do currently) you basically start the game as a Lanebully and duelist. You excel at denying farm and 1v1ing the enemy toplaner. However In mid-lategame you usually transform into an assassin and clean up champ. There your main job is to Focus squishy targets that are out of position or you join the teamfight rather late and you just clean up the remaining health of the enemy team. (If you're mid you will basically start as an assassin but the mid-late playstyle is pretty much the same).

Your main damage source is just plain attack damage. All of your skills have a rather good AD scaling. The scaling of your Q goes up as you max it and your ultimate has an execute that scales off with ad and it gives you 20% bonus AD for its full duration. Additionally your autoattacks have a 50% bonus AD scaling but they cannot crit. This is the main reason why crit is rather wasted on riven. Of course the attack that triggers the passive can but the bonus damage stays the same. So to do your job well pure AD is better since it also gives you more shield (which means more survivability).

What would be an alternative to SotD

Now I basically see two Items which are rather similar to SotD but I think only one would really be viable.

  • Trinity Force
  • Yomuus Ghostblade

Trinity Force

Trinity force Is the Item I don't really consider viable but it's still a better choice than SotD. It provides you with a lot of burst (Sheen), Movementspeed (Phage, zeal) and AD + Health (Phage). However the downsides are that you will have 4 wasted stats and 2 of them are really compeltely useless on Riven. Crit and AS are rather wasted as I already mentioned while mana and AP are really 0-Benefit for her. The biggest plus really is the bonus mobility. I would only buy this Item if you're way ahead or you just wanna try something new.

Yomuus Ghostblade

Now this is a more viable choice. You can sometimes even see it in high elo on Riven. While it is still a situational Item I'd say this would be the best alternative to SotD. It has a very similar active with the most important pros of SotD but it also has cost efficent stats with AD, CDR and ArmorPen which are your most important ones. Its active will boost your mobilty aswell and not only your 1v1 and pushing potential.

What Item should I replace

The best Item to replace will usually be the Last whisper no matter which of the 3 Items you chose to buy. Your goal is to kill Squishies and they usually don't have 200 armor. If you go for a Ghostblade you can also trade in Black Cleaver for it but I'd still recommend removing LW. In the end the build you already mentioned is pretty decent and I think it would be the best to stick to it.

  • Really good advice, except for the idea to drop LW. A late game squishy is still likely going to have 60-100 armor (100 if they go GA). Since the % penetration happens first it's too good to not keep. You can end up only dealing with about 20-30 armor in the end with the Ghostblade with your flat penetration. Maybe a pro would disagree since I'm not a main Riven, but I'd prob either drop the Hydra, BT, Cleaver, or maybe even GA if you aren't getting bursted and need to carry.
    – dphil
    Commented May 23, 2014 at 14:05
  • @Jutschge Thanks for the great advice. I'll keep that in mind and not buy SotD in any case. I'll lean more towards Yommus. Should I replace Black Cleaver with Yommus or Black Cleaver is a better choice to go since it gives more AD?
    – zETO
    Commented May 23, 2014 at 16:14

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