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League of Legends: Best Briar builds, runes and abilities explained

Published: 17:15, 14 September 2023
Riot Games
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League of Legends Briar - Best builds and runes

In this article, we delve into the most effective builds, optimal runes, and essential items that currently shine in the world of League of Legends when playing Briar.

Briar,  the latest addition to League of Legends'  ever-growing roster of champions, serves as a versatile jungler. Her lore traces her origin back to Noxus, where she was forged through hemomancy or blood magic by the Black Rose, with the intent of creating a living weapon.

As a skirmish-heavy champion, Briar excels in both teamfights and 1v1 encounters.

She made her debut with League of Legends Patch 13.18  on September 13th, and players have swiftly embraced her, participating in both casual and ranked matches.

Understanding Briar's Abilities

Before we delve into her builds, let's dissect Briar's abilities to gain a comprehensive understanding of this ferocious jungler:

Passive: Crimson Curse

  • Briar experiences increased healing based on her missing health.
  • Her attacks and abilities inflict a bleed effect that accumulates in stacks. This bleed deals physical damage based on the number of stacks and restores a portion of the pre-mitigation damage as her health.
  • It's noteworthy that Briar possesses no inherent health regeneration, and her abilities consume health when cast.

Q: Head Rush

  • Briar pounces on a target, stunning them and reducing their armor.

W: Blood Frenzy/Snack Attack

  • Briar dashes toward the nearest enemy, prioritizing champions. During this dash, she gains increased attack speed and movement speed while dealing physical damage.
  • Triggering this ability a second time results in her healing, followed by delivering additional damage, specifically missing health physical damage, to the target

E: Chilling Scream

  • Charging: Briar forfeits Blood Frenzy and accumulates energy, granting damage reduction and health restoration.
  • Release: Briar unleashes a scream that inflicts damage based on the charge duration and induces a brief slow effect. When fully charged, the scream not only knocks back foes but also deals extra damage to those colliding with obstacles, stunning them.

R: Certain Death

  • Briar launches a hemolith and propels herself to the initial champion struck. This marks them as her prey.
  • Upon landing, she inflicts substantial physical damage in the vicinity and prompts nearby enemies to flee.
  • She enters an enhanced Blood Frenzy state, relentlessly pursuing her prey until either she or her target meets their demise.
  • During this time, she gains augmented armor, magic resistance, and increased movement speed.

Choosing the Best Briar Items

Before discussing the recommended items for Briar, let's examine the popular rune choices players are currently favoring:

Primary Rune Tree: Precision

  • Conqueror
  • Triumph
  • Legend: Alacrity
  • Coup de Grace

Secondary Rune Tree: Resolve

  • Conditioning
  • Overgrowth

Stat Bonuses:

  • +10% Attack Speed
  • +9 Adaptive Force
  • +6 Armor

Optimal Ability Maxing Order:

  • W - Q - E - W - W - R - W - Q - W - Q - R - Q - Q - E - E

Summoner Spells:

  • Smite
  • Flash

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Briar's Itemization

Given that Briar has just debuted on the Rift, item builds may evolve with upcoming patches. Currently, players are favoring the following items in LoL Patch 13.18:

Starter Items:

  • Mosstomper Seedling
  • Health Potion
  • Stealth Ward

Early Items:

  • Vampiric Scepter
  • Boots

Core Items:

  • Blade of The Ruined King
  • Plated Steelcaps
  • Stridebreaker

Full Build:

  • Blade of The Ruined King
  • Plated Steelcaps
  • Stridebreaker
  • Black Cleaver
  • Death's Dance
  • Guardian Angel

Note: As an alternative to Black Cleaver, Sterak's Gage can also be considered as the fourth item choice. This is particularly effective against champions with burst damage (e.g., Zed, LeBlanc, Talon) or those with strong crowd control (e.g. Sejuani).

Situational Items for Briar:

  • Wit's End
  • Ravenous Hydra
  • Maw of Malmortius
  • Titanic Hydra
  • Spirit Visage

If you enjoy champions like Vi, Diana, and Camille that thrive on aggressive engagements, Briar might become your new favorite pick.

Additionally, if you relish playing healing-focused champions such as Warwick, Aatrox, or Vladimir, don't miss the chance to explore Briar's unique playstyle in your next match.


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