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

Volibear the relentless storm stomps all of his opponents with a barrage of low cooldown abilities and an ultimate that disables turret great for tower dives!

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

Volibear jungle is destroying the jungle Meta this patch 12.17 in League of Legends. He initiates ganks with Thundering Smash partnered with Turbo Chemtank making him a super fast tank. Volibear jungle is also great at tower diving thanks to his ultimate that disables tower. Learn how to play him with the best Volibear build guide in patch 12.17

Best Volibear Build

Volibear jungle is a really tanky bruiser in league of legends. His build revolves around increasing his mobility and being as tanky as he can get. When Riot games reworked him, he became even more unstoppable thanks to his ultimate. Let's start this Volibear guide with the best Volibear runes.


Best Volibear Runes

Press the attack is a really interesting rune for a Volibear in the jungle. It feels like you won't get the most value out of it but when you use it to invade the jungle, you can easily win a fight with an enemy champion.

Best Rune Path



Best Keystone

Press The attack

Best Slot 1 (Rune)



Best Slot 2 (Rune)

Legend: Tenacity

Water Walking

Best Slot 3 (Rune)

Last Stand

Triumph and Legend tenacity is great when you camp lanes during the early to mid-game. Both of these runes will increase your survival rate when tower diving.

Celerity and Water walking will give you tons of extra movement speed for frequent ganking. Note that Celerity also increases the movement speed from your Thundering Smash and Turbo Chemtank.

Best Volibear Rune Shards

Volibear relies on basic attacks during the early jungle clears. So one point for Attack speed from the Offense and Adaptive damage on Flex. This is currently the most optimal rune build for Volibear as a jungler.

Best Rune Shards



+10% Attack Speed


+9 Adaptive Force


+6 Armor

The +6 Armor from the Defense shard will reduce incoming damage from jungle monsters so Volibear can stay Healthy before he ganks a lane.

Best Volibear Spells

For Volibear's summoner spells, he will take a flash and a smite. The summoner spells of junglers really don't differ that much as Smite should never be forgotten and Flash is great for a lot of things whatever role you are playing.

Best Spells




After the Volibear rework by Riot games, he gained lots of animation cancel abilities. Having flash every time you 1v1 or chase someone can be great, especially if you engage with your Q.


Best Volibear Abilities Order

The skill order of Volibear is quite simple, you just need to max the one you use for ganking and that is Thundering smash. This skill order will focus on increasing your melee damage instead of using your Sky Splitter E as pokes.


Sky splitter is the last one to be maxed because as a jungler, you need to empower the abilities that you will need when ganking. Skill order depends on what role you are playing and what will make your trading power stronger.

Best Volibear Items

This Volibear item build currently has a whopping win rate of 57.3%. It focuses on increasing his mobility and Durability. Unlike other Volibear guides, this one focuses on being a tank for your team. Don't worry Volibear can still deal tons of magic and physical damage even without offensive items.

Best Starter Volibear Items

Playing the jungle role means you will be buying two of the common items for junglers. One smite item and a refillable Potion, for Volibear, A hail blade is great as this can be used for chasing enemies when ganking.

First Item

Second Item

Hail Blade

Refillable Potion

Best Mid Game Volibear items

Deadman's plate and Turbo Chemtank is a combo item for Volibear during the mid-game as this gives him a really good ganking potential. These items will allow Volibear to deal more damage with the initial hit from his Q.

First Item

Second Item

Third Item

Turbo Chemtank

Ionian Boots of Lucidity

Dead man’s Plate

While there are other great mythic items with increased damage for Volibear's abilities, Turbo Chemtank is what he really needs as this makes him tanky and move fast.


Best Final Late Game Volibear Items

The final items of Volibear consist of Force of Nature, Thornmail, and Frozen Heart. These items greatly increase Volibear's survivability during team fights. Thornmail's reflect damage can also be good especially if you are having problems with the enemy ADC.

First Item

Second Item

Third Item

Fourth Item

Fifth Item

Sixth Item

Turbo Chemtank

Ionian Boots of Lucidity

Dead man’s Plate

Force of Nature


Frozen Heart

Spirit Visage is also a great alternative item for Volibear if enemies build grievous wound items. This item build works on Solo queue games and even for Ranked games. 

Best Champions to pair Volibear with

Before the rework, Volibear used to flip champions when he uses his Q and it works really well with Singed. But even after the rework, the CC chain of Singed and Volibear still proves to be pretty OP. 


Win Rate %








Strongest Champions Against Volibear

There is one easy way to counter Volibear, you can just outdamage him and win at every trade or be a faster jungler than him. In case of Master Yi, he can be both. Zac also counters Volibear in the jungle because he can clear and gank much faster than him same as Lillia.


Win Rate %


Master Yi






Weakest Champions against Volibear

The weakest champions against Volibear are the ones that lose to his durabilty. Volibear has a really high win rate against Elise simply because he can easily kill her once he gets close to her. 


Win Rate %




Lee Sin




Volibear is a really strong jungle in league of legends right now. His easy-to-use kit makes him really popular and he can be both tanky and deal tons of damage. 

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