Champion of Bel’Veth Building Guide | EarlyGame

Bel’Veth is the new League of Legends champion, and we’ll show you how to play her, as well as what items you should build!

All the information you’ll need to successfully play Bel’Veth. | © EarlyGame

The 160th League of Legends Champion is the jungler Bel’Veth. A creature that wants to suck everything into itself and can devour entire worlds. Well, the first part sounds a little sus. Bel’Veth is definitely a unique champion, and it’s definitely going to be a little weird playing her – at least at first. We want to help you and show you the best runes, items and jungle path. Hopefully this Bel’Veth guide will help you dominate the jungle.

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Bel’Veth – Runes and Item Builds

What runes should you use for Bel’Veth?

Bel’Veth is simply Master Yi on crack. Auto-attacks are by far your main source of damage, and this is also reflected in the runes. We recommend going to the precision tree and picking up Lethal Tempo. After that, grab Triumph, Legend: Alacrity, and Last Stand. These runes just help Bel’Veth scale better in the late game, so you’ll get maximum damage.

For the secondary runic path you need to focus on Inspiration. Here we take magic shoes and Cosmic Insight. Magical Footwear helps Bel’Veth save gold, as most of his items are quite expensive. Cosmic Insight makes it easier for us to track enemies or move away faster when needed.

What items should you buy with Bel’Veth?

Bel’Veth loves attack speed. His whole kit revolves around attack speed, and the elements should make that pretty obvious. Bel’Veth scales to both attack speed and AP, but in this guide we’re focusing more on the attack speed side. Your first item must be Kraken Slayer or Immortal Shieldbow. Kraken Slayer in case you want to deal more damage, although Bel’Veth’s true damage later is already pretty gross. With this item combo, tanks will no longer be a problem for you. Immortal Shieldbow is superior if you want to have more survivability – especially because Bel’Veth’s early game is extremely weak.

There is a lot of flexibility when choosing your boots. Berserkers Greaves for a more offensive style of play, or Mercury Treads and Plated Steelcaps for a more defensive option. Here’s another attack speed item: Guinsoo’s Raging Blade. This converts your critical hit chance into more damage on impact, which works extremely well with your Ult later on.

This should be followed by an on-hit item like Wis End or BORK. Wits End if you’re looking for a more defensive option against strong AP opponents, otherwise it’s still recommended to build BORK. After that, dance of the dead should be your primary focus, so you can’t get shot and have extremely high survivability. The last thing you will need is GA and death recall. GA if you play against a lot of Assassins and Mortal Reminder if the enemies have a lot of healing. And that’s the full version of Bel’Veth.

Updated version for Bel’Veth

Now that we’ve been able to play Bel’Veth for a few days, we’ve decided to adjust our build a bit. It looks like Bel’Veth is struggling to stay above a 40% win rate at higher elos, so we want to make sure you have the best build possible. We also want to give you more flexibility, so this time we will provide an AD version, as well as an AP version.

Updated AD version for Bel’Veth

Runes:

The runes haven’t really changed much for the AD version. We will always want to stay with Death Tempo, as this seems to be the best option for her. Instead of going to the Inspiration Tree, we’ll be taking Domination Runes. After Lethal Tempo, we want Triumph, Legend: Tenacity and Coup de Grace. In the secondary tree, we will opt for Sudden Impact and Zombie Ward. Shards will be the same as before: attack speed, adaptive strength, and armor.

Runes of Bel Veth AD
These are the best AD runes. | © Riot Games

Items

The elements of the AD version of Bel’Veth are also a bit different this time around. While the situation items are mostly the same, we’ve changed the base items for Bel’Veth. Boots are going to be situational, depending on what you’re up against. Opt for plated Steelcaps or Mercury Treads. The 2 base items for Bel’Veth will be Blade of the Ruined King and Eclipse. These items rely heavily on auto-attacks and guess what, it’s the bread and butter of Bel’Veth. These will also slow down your enemies and help you weave in more auto attacks.

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These are the essential elements to build for AD Bel’Veth. | © EarlyGame

Situational elements:

  • Witt’s End
  • dance of the dead
  • black cleaver
  • Guardian angel
  • Titanic Hydra
  • Kraken Slayer
  • Guinsoos Raging Blade
  • Divine Ripper
  • Serylda’s Grudge
  • Tooth of Nashors

These are the elements that vary from game to game depending on what you are up against. If you want MR, build Witt’s End, if you need Sustain, go for Death’s Dance. You get the essentials.

AP built for Bel’Veth

Runes:

Bel’Veth abilities don’t just scale attack speed, but also AP, which is why building AP is also an option. If your team is low on AP damage and needs an AP carry, AP building is the way to go. For the AP version, you need to run different runes. We are essentially swapping the Domination tree with the Precision one. Here you want to opt for dark harvest and go to Sudden Impact, Eyeball Collection and Treasure Hunter. In the secondary tree, we will opt for Triumph and Coup de Grace. The fragments remain the same.

Bel Veth AP Runes
Dark Harvest is the best option for AP Bel’Veth. | © Riot Games

Items:

Obviously, we’re going to focus on the AP elements in the AP version. Like the AD version, you should opt for one of the 2 aforementioned boots. Here too we have 2 basic elements, which you will always want to build. These 2 main items are Riftmaker and Nashor’s Tooth. With Bel’Veth able to attack so quickly, you should get to the true damage part of Riftmaker pretty easily.

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Essential items for AP Bel’Veth. | © EarlyGame

Situational elements:

  • Void Staff
  • Zhonyas Hourglass
  • Witt’s End
  • dance of the dead
  • hat of death
  • Lich’s Bane
  • Cosmic training
  • Shadowflame

As you can see there is a bit of item crossover between the AD and AP builds, these seem to be the best items for Bel’Veth. The The AP construct basically has 2 lanes. A defensive plus with Zhonyas, Witt’s End and so on, or a full glass cannon damage build with Void Staff, Death Cap and Lich Bane. Only go for the damage build if you’re really fed up and want to snowball.

How to play Bel’Veth

Bel’Veth isn’t the best ganker and is incredibly weak at the start of the game too, so you just want to farm with it. You should only dare to gank lanes if you have a strong laner that wins their match. Bel’Veth is handy for killing, as she has a lot of mobility in her kit. The first ability you need to level is your Q, which you will also maximize first. Then level the W and finally the E.

In the jungle, you should start with the Blue Buff. Once you have it, Gromps and Wolves should be your next targets. It is important to auto attack 2 times after the Q, so you can make the most of your passives and do the most damage. After you’ve farmed all of your blue side jungle, start heading towards the Raptors, then head towards the Red-Buff and Krugs. You should only take the Scuttle if the enemy jungler is about as weak as you were in the early game, or when you’ve seen them on the other side of the map.

When you’re done with your jungle, you can gank either from the top or the mid lane, but again, don’t force anything. It’s safer and easier to just go back to base and buy a few new items. When you reach level 6, it is essential to obtain a kill, the Dragon or the Rift Herald. If you manage to do so, they’ll drop an empty coral, which you need to use your Ulti’s active ability. It is therefore important that you have a strong topside or bot in order to get at least one of the epic Rift monsters.

Bel’Veth’s midgame is unfortunately something of a siesta party. You just want to farm, stack your attack speed, and get your items as quickly as possible. Bel’Veth is very item dependent, and it’s very important that you don’t get too far behind in the early game or you’ll never reach your peak.

When you reach the end of the game, Bel’Veth plays as Master Yi. You use your Ult, and then you will need to auto-attack as much as possible. With your Q, you can dash into the enemy team, where you then try to hit as many opponents as possible with your W. If you hit an opponent with your W, you can immediately dash again with your Q. Between abilities, you always try to auto-attack 2 times to maximize your damage. When surrounded by enemies, you can use your E to keep yourself alive and deal a huge amount of damage. Bel’Veth is a kind of Master Yi with more range, but not as much as an ADC.

Battle Boss Bel Veth Skin Splatter
Will she be the new meta jungler? | © Riot Games

Good and bad matches with Bel’Veth

Bel’Veth doesn’t have good jungle encounters per se, because she just wants to farm and is not a counter-ganker. For this reason, all tank junglers are good opponents because they usually leave you alone and want to gank as much as possible. And then there are champions like Karthus who, just like you, just want to farm. With Bel’Veth, you really have to avoid all fights and only intervene when the opponents have extremely low health. It’s important that you pair Bel’Veth with strong lane champions so that your team can survive the early game.

Unlike good matches, of which Bel’Veth doesn’t have a lot, she has a lot of bad ones. Any early game junglers or good 1v1 fighters are a nightmare for Bel’Veth. Wukong, Kha’zix and Rengar are champions who currently have a very high win rate, and these are the champions that Bel’Veth wants to avoid because they can counter the jungle or kill you at any time. If you have a horrible start to the game with Bel’Veth, it’s extremely difficult for you to get back into the game because you’re so damn dependent on your items.

Bel’Veth definitely looks like a unique champion who can be quite powerful, but is held back by her early game. Because of this, we probably won’t see her very often in the upper LoL ranks or in professional tournaments. However, Bel’Veth should be a decent option for lower elos, as opposing junglers are unlikely to take advantage of your weak early game. But who knows what the meta will be in 12.11? Well, we’ll just have to wait and see.

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