Varus S12 Build Guide: Runes, Items, Spells [AD LOL]

Hey, I’m Gametimeprime and this guide is about my Varus! – THE ARROW OF RETRIBUTION

Find the best Varus build guides for League of Legends Season 12: Runes, Items, Spells and More. Varus is a strong laner and very good team fighter.


Role: Marksman | Difficulty: Low

One of the ancient darkin, Varus was a deadly killer who loved to torment his foes, driving them almost to insanity before delivering the killing arrow. He was imprisoned at the end of the Great Darkin War, but escaped centuries later in the remade flesh of two Ionian hunters—they had unwittingly released him, cursed to bear the bow containing his bound essence. Varus now seeks out those who trapped him, in order to enact his brutal vengeance, but the mortal souls within still resist him every step of the way.

Varus’s Pros and Cons

+ High CC
+ Lots of damage
+ Can kill tanks pretty quickly due to his Blighted Quiver
+ Long-ranged poke
– Weak early game.
– No escape

Varus’s Summoner Spells s12

Varus’s Runes S12



Varus’s Items S12


Core items

Full items

Varus’s Ability

  • PASSIVE – LIVING VENGEANCE: On kill or assist, Varus temporarily gains Attack Speed. This bonus is larger if the enemy is a champion.
  • Q – PIERCING ARROW: Varus readies and then fires a powerful shot that gains extra range and damage the longer he spends preparing to fire.
  • W – BLIGHTED QUIVER: Passive: Varus’ basic attacks deal bonus magic damage and apply Blight. Varus’ other abilities detonate Blight, dealing magic damage based on the target’s maximum Health. Active: Varus empowers his next Piercing Arrow.
  • E – HAIL OF ARROWS: Varus fires a hail of arrows that deal physical damage and desecrate the ground. Desecrated ground slows enemies’ Movement Speed and reduces their self healing and regeneration.
  • R – CHAIN OF CORRUPTION: Varus flings out a damaging tendril of corruption that immobilizes the first enemy champion hit and then spreads towards nearby uninfected champions, immobilizing them too on contact.

Ability Order

Skill Order: Q -> E-> W


Combo Varus

Comba Hard: R> AA -> E -> Q -> AA

Varus’s Skin

Threats & Synergies




You basically want to last hit and hit people with Piercing Arrow as much as possible. Force them into a bad spot and get the free Piercing Arrow off.

You basically want to last hit and hit people with Piercing Arrow as much as possible. Force them into a bad spot and get the free Piercing Arrow off.

A trick I used for a while was getting a ward up on the enemy buffs and then sitting in the dragon/baron pits to snipe out their buff as they’re doing it.

Push waves with Piercing Arrow and target squishies with it.

You should have Infinity Edge and Statikk Shiv at this point while building up to Bloodthirster or Last Whisper.

Once you have reached 3+ items you’ll do insane damage to everybody.

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