League of Legends: Wild Rift Varus Guide: Best Build, Runes and Gameplay Tips

The Arrow of Retribution

Varus is a marksman generally played as ADC in League of Legends: Wild Rift. He is popularly known as the dark and deadly killer who does some serious damage from long ranges. Varus has very high physical damage and can specialize in both DPS and Burst damage attributes. The gameplay of Varus can be rated as moderately difficult to play. In this guide, we will take a look at the best runes, spell, build, including tips and tricks to pave your way to victory with Varus in League of Legends Wild Rift

We have previously discussed how to master playing with other LoL Wild Rift heroes like Amumu, Master Yi, Jinx, Braum, Dr.Mundo, Akali, Yasuo, Singed, Jax, Darius, and Ashe. So make sure to check these hero guides as well. For now, let’s focus on Varus.

Skill analysis

Varus is a hero with the common five skill sets of one passive and four actives. In this Varus guide, let’s see what are his abilities in LoL Wild Rift, and when you can use which skill to get the best out of him.

Passive – Living Vengeance


Varus gains 40% (+ 30% bonus attack speed) bonus attack speed for 5 seconds upon an enemy champion takedown and 20% (+ 15% bonus attack speed) bonus attack speed on non-champion kills.

The important thing to remember is that the attack speed resets if you take down minions after enemy champion takedown. The skill is useful especially during the late game, when Varus has high damage and the add on attack speed would make him lethal.

Skill 1 – Piercing Arrow (AoE)

skill 1

Active: Varus charges for up to 4 seconds to gradually increase Piercing Arrow’s range and damage while being slowed by 20%. Piercing Arrow can be recast at any time within its duration. If the charge completes without reactivation, Piercing Arrow is canceled, refunding 50% of its mana cost.

Recast: Varus fires a piercing arrow in the target direction, dealing physical damage to all enemies struck. The arrow’s damage and any Blight stacks detonated are increased by 0% − 50% (based on channel time), arrow damage is reduced by 0% − 67% (based on enemies hit).

The skill is very useful in clearing minion waves and also attacking enemy champions who are at a distance. The skill is also quite helpful during team fights doing instantaneous true damage. It can also be used against escaping enemies.

Skill 2 – Blighted Quiver

Passive: Varus’basic attacks deal bonus magic damage and apply a stack of Blight for 6 seconds, stacking up to 3 times, refreshing on subsequent attacks. Varus’ other abilities consume stacks of Blight on enemies upon damaging them to deal bonus magic damage and, if they are a champion or epic monster, reduce his basic abilities’ cooldowns by 12% of the maximum cooldown for each stack on the target, up to 36% per target. The bonus damage is capped at 360 against monsters.

Active: Varus’ next Piercing Arrow deals 6% − 14% (based on level) of the target’s missing health bonus magic damage, increased by 0% − 50% (based on Piercing Arrow’s channel time), for a maximum of 9% − 21% (based on level) of the target’s missing health. This damage is capped at 360 against monsters. If Varus is not charging Piercing Arrow, Blighted Quiver may be recast after 1 second and will go on a 1-second cooldown if it isn’t used within 5.5 seconds of its activation or immediately if Varus dies.

Blighted Quiver can be cast during the first 0.25 seconds of Piercing Arrow’s charge. Blighted Quiver is placed on full cooldown even if the charge completes without reactivation or is interrupted.

Recast: Varus cancels Blighted Quiver and puts it on a 1-second cooldown. The skill is generally used in the latter stage of the game, boosting the attack damage of Varus. The skill also boosts other skill’s effect and therefore is providing pretty good support.

Skill 3 – Hail of Arrows

Varus fires a hail of arrows at the target location, dealing physical damage to all enemies hit on impact. The area is desecrated for 4 seconds, slowing all enemies within and inflicting them with 40% Grievous Wounds. Hail of Arrows will cast at max range if cast beyond that.

The most damaging dealing skill of Varus which is useful during the entire gameplay. The skill does massive damage to enemy champions on the effect area. The skill also slows the movement of enemy champions giving an edge during the combat.

Skill 4 – Chain of Corruption

skill 4

Varus flings out a tendril of corruption in the target direction that infects the first enemy champion hit, dealing magic damage and revealing and rooting them for 2 seconds while inflicting them with full stacks of Blight over 1.5 seconds.

On impact, the tendril seeks out nearby enemy champions for 2 seconds, after which they are also infected. Tendrils will continue to spread until there are no champions in a range that have not already been affected. Chain of Corruption will attempt to spread even if the first target dies or becomes free of the root. The tendril seeks targets regardless of having sight of them or not.

Skill Up Methods for Varus

Skill up the Ultimate whenever it is available. Regarding other skills, upgrade the 3rd skill, then 1st skill, and lastly the 2nd skill.

Best Runes Setup and Spells for Varus in League of Legends: Wild Rift

Runes Setup

Wild Rift Varus Guide


Fleet greatly improves Varus mobility and sustainability since Varus will feel physically challenged considering mobility.


Triumph comes in very handy considering the regen and damage ability. The rune restores 10 percent missing health on takedowns. The rune also increases damage on enemies with 35% less health.

Spirit Walker

The rune improves the maximum health and increases resistance.

Sweet Tooth

The rune greatly improves your collection of gold and HP regen.

Battle Spells


Flash will be very useful in escaping and chasing enemies for quick kills.


Heal will restore the missing which would be very helpful in critical situations.

Best Builds for Varus in League of Legends: Wild Rift

Core Build

Wild Rift Varus Guide
  • Blade of the Ruined King
  • Runaan’s Hurricane
  • Quick Silver Enchant
  • Rapid Firecanon
  • Infinity Edge
  • Guardian Angel

Build vs Tank Champions

Wild Rift Varus Guide
  • Manamune
  • Youmuu’s Ghostblade
  • Gluttonous Greaves
  • Duskblade of Draktharr
  • Mortal Reminder
  • Guardian Angel

League of Legends: Wild Rift Varus Gameplay Tips

Varus will play in the duo lane as ADC with the support during the initial stage of the game. According to his gameplay, we can break it down into three phases. Our League of Legends: Wild Rift Varus guide includes the perfect game plan for the early, mid, and late game in the game.

Early Game

Varus will play safe and will help the support to do the most during the early game. This is due to the less movement speed during the initial stage of the game but the recent patch update have improved the base mobility of Varus so he would be doing some damage in the initial game.

Wild Rift Varus Guide

The use of the skill is very important in the initial stage of the game as the skill use lot of mana. There will be times when due to mana Varus will be unable to do anything. So it is important to use skills only on enemy champions. Kill minions with basic attacks. Best support would be Sera, Lux, or Blitz. Alistar provides a good synergy with lots of crowd control.

Mid Game

During, the mid-game Varus would be able to move from lane to lane. With improved damage, Varus now can cover small jungle monsters and can clear minions wave faster. The most important part of Varus is to help the Jungler get the dragons.

Wild Rift Varus Guide

Without dragons, winning a game in Wild Rift is something impossible to achieve. At the same time, if the rotation is done with the support, then the combination is super deadly.

Late Game

Varus is deadly in late like most ADC and does massive damage. The most interesting is the enemies generally try ganking for team fight and Varus can do some heavy damage by staying behind your teammates. During this, Varus can get some serious killing streak with activated passive and perfect skill combos.

Wild Rift Varus Guide

One important thing to remember is that the enemy assassin or jungler will try to get behind and take Varus out. Therefore, an escape route has to be planned for this or have to keep an eye on the map.

Ultimate+Basic+Basic + Skill 3+ Basic + Skill 1

Varus can be countered by heroes like Vayne & Malphite.

Final Thoughts

Varus is picked very rarely in Wild Rift due to the immobile nature but the character is an S Tier pick. When the skills and attributes are used perfectly, Varus does some serious damage. With the recent patch updates, Varus has got a boost in the movement speed, so the major drawback has been addressed. Varus can provide us with few combos, but maximum damage is from physical attacks.

If the skill cooldown period can be balanced a bit, then Varus would be an OP champion (that’s the love Wild Rift, providing us with a balanced game). If Varus survives for the most part of the early game and buys build items pretty quickly, then you are in for a great game. With the above guide, you can easily practice Varus in LoL Wild Rift, and before heading to play ranked matches practice a little bit in the PVP mode.

That’s all for today’s League of Legends: Wild Rift Varus Guide. Do you prefer to use Varus in any other way? Let us know in the comment section below!

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