Best Varus Build Guide | Runes | Spells | Items in League of Legends

Varus kit lets him deal tons of on-hit damage making all defensive items against him useless. Demolish all enemies with this ultimate Varus build guide!

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Best Varus Build Guide | Runes | Spells | Items in League of Legends

Varus the arrow of retribution is a marksman Darkin champion in league of legends. Riot games made him a part of the Darkin race which is composed of also two known champions namely Aatrox and Rhaast. Varus is an ADC that can deal physical damage and magic damage during the early game until the late game.

Best Varus Build

Varus’ on-hit damage is really high and for this Varus build, we will be building him as an auto attack reliant ADC. This Varus build deals tons of bonus magic damage that is great during team fights. Attack speed also fits varus really well because of his blighted quiver pbuttive.


Best Varus Runes

Varus runes focuses on empowering his basic attacks. Lethal Tempo scales with his pbuttive really well. The bonus attack speed increases for each enemy champion hit, it will also allow him to apply more of his blighted quiver pbuttive. Abilities detonate blight so faster application of his pbuttive allows him to burst enemies faster.

Best Rune Path



Best Keystone

Lethal Tempo

Best Slot 1 (Rune)


Biscuit delivery

Best Slot 2 (Rune)

Legend: Alacrity

Cosmic Insight

Best Slot 3 (Rune)

Coup de Grace

Legend: Alacrity will also synergize with this on-hit Varus build and with the skill order of this build maxing Q and W first, you can almost have a very strong early game.

Biscuit delivery gives Varus adc free sustainability and increase his manapool so he can continuously poke enemy champions and gain hp advantage. Cosmic insight however is very useful when you execute enemies with your Piercing arrow. Every kill will greatly reduce the cooldown of Piercing arrow thus making this the best runes for Varus.

Best Varus Rune Shards

Taking the bonus attack rate on Offense will hugely improve Varus’ attack speed bonus pbuttive. The adaptive force bonus will also empower Varus’ poke potential with his Piercing Arrow.

Best Rune Shards



+10 Attack Speed


+9 Adaptive Force


+6 Armor

Best Varus Spells

Varus’ Summoner spells are that of the common ADC summoner spells. Flash and Heal help ADC champions have repositioning ability and sustain during crucial fights.

Best Spells





Best Varus Abilities Order

For Varus’ skill order, you’re gonna want to max piercing arrow first. This is his main damaging ability and is also good for poking. The first enemy champion hit by this ability will receive the highest damage. It can be instantly cast or you can hold the cast button for it to gain more range and more damage.


Next to be maxed out is Varus’ W as this will empower all of your abilities. The more stacks you have on an enemy the higher the bonus magic damage you can deal to them. Hail of arrows however will be maxed last because it already has great value from the slow and grievous wounds it inflicts on enemies.

Best Varus Items

When you are not killing enemies with piercing arrow, Varus’ next source of damage is his basic attacks. Blighted quiver makes every attack of Varus deal more damage, so improve on his on-hit damage and you can demolish even tanks who stack up on defense stats.

Best Starter Varus Items

It is best to start every game with sustainability and for that a doran’s blade and a health potion is much more useful than a long sword start.

First Item

Second Item

Doran’s Blade

Health Potion

Best Mid Game Varus Items

During mid game, an immortal shieldbow will definitely get you out of sticky situations thanks to its bonus offensive stats and incredible lifesteal. Guinsoo’s rageblade will also make Varus lose critical hit but convert it to more on-hit damage. This way nobody can build enough defensive stats against Varus.

First Item

Second Item

Third Item

Immortal shieldbow

Berserker’s greaves

Guinsoo’s Rageblade

Being in the dragon lane means you will have to clear waves fast when the dragon timer is near, and you also need to have sustainability so you can stay in lane and respond to your jungler’s call to dragon fights.


Best Final Late Game Varus Items

Blade of the ruined king is also a great addition to your arsenal especially if you have a Guinsoo’s Rageblade. This item deals hp percentage as bonus damage to enemies. Runaan’s hurricane will allow you to hit 2 other champions and also apply blight to them.

First Item

Second Item

Third Item

Fourth Item

Fifth Item

Sixth Item

Immortal Shieldbow

Berserker’s Greaves

Guinsoos’ Rageblade

Blade of the ruined King

Runaan’s Hurricane

Guardian Angel

Guardian Angel synergizes with immortal shieldbow as it both gives you defensive stats and will save you when you get low enough.

Best Champions to pair Varus with

Zillean is the best champion to pair Varus with, with a whopping 56.8% win rate when paired with Varus, this duo can demolish the bot lane. They can chain crowd control abilities like Varus’ chain of corruption as initiation followed by Zilean’s Q double cast.


Win Rate %








Janna however can shield Varus every time he uses his piercing arrow to increase the damage output. When paired with Janna, despite being an immobile ADC, nobody will be able to get close to Varus.

Strongest Champions against Varus

Miss Fortune, Twitch, and Jhin all have the same trait that counters Varus; they all outrange him. Jhin naturally has long range with his abilities and scales harder than Varus.


Win Rate %


Miss Fortune






Weakest Champions against Varus

No matter what, do not pick these champions against Varus, they will outright get demolished in lane especially when Varus’ chain of corruption is off cooldown. Once they get rooted by Varus’ Chain of Corruption, he can simply follow it up with Hail of arrows and apply desecrated ground to prevent these champions from disengaging or healing.


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