Apr 262012
 
Riven, the Exile
Riven, the Exile

Riven, the Exile has a wardrobe selection that covers her past, her future and some unconventional possibilities. From her Crimson Elite days to her future redemption there’s room for quite a few change of clothes; including bunny suits, Season 2 homages and dragon blades. Hop right into Riven skins’ review for more insight into her outfits.

Redeemed Riven
Redeemed Riven Splash Art Redeemed Riven Model
Category: Regular
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Riven dresses in bright armour and hood having atoned for her past.
Model: New model for Riven and her sword: broken and re-forged.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: This piece uses the background, albeit simple, to great effect as a frame to Riven; were Riven before a simple background it would be just a pose. In this case, it serves to suggest a story: Riven has arrived to a place and is inspecting her surroundings or staring at someone she meets ready for battle. This composition makes the piece much more than a simple clothes display. Moreover, Riven is beautifully drawn with great use of colours, reflections and lighting. All in all, a great piece and one of League of Legends’ best.
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Conclusion: Redeemed Riven is an interesting and practical look for Riven, after all no warrior should face a battle without some sort of protection. The armour is designed more about looks than effectiveness; regardless, it does reach a reasonable compromise between both. The hood adds an air of mystery to Riven that goes in tune with armour and sword; neither being bright nor aggressive. Overall, a very appropriate look for Riven and a very nice skin.

Crimson Elite Riven
Crimson Elite Riven Splash Art Crimson Elite Riven Model
Category: Regular
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Riven wearing the Noxian Crimson Elite uniform.
Model: New model for Riven and her sword: broken and re-forged.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: This splash art goes straight to the point: Riven stands defiant over vanquished enemies challenging a new opponent. The dark slightly battered background opposes Riven clean look; even her opponents don’t seem as well prepared for battle as her. Riven is very nicely drawn with nice reflections on her helmet, right arm and suit. Overall, the splash art not only nicely depicts Riven’s look but it also tells a story of her time in the Crimson Elite. In conclusion, a wonderful splash art and another of League of Legends’ best.
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Conclusion: Crimson Elite Riven is a skin based on the eponymous Noxian corps. The uniform seems tailored for freedom of movement which also helps to portray Riven’s lean silhouette. In spite of that, the uniform isn’t revealing and provides an aggressive look heavily reflected in the design of both helmet and sword; though the rest of the suit successfully follows the trend. Ultimately, Crimson Elite Riven displays a dark assertive look for Riven that suits her very well. Considering that the skin references her past, has a good deal of appeal and a rather low price it’s a fantastic choice for Riven fans; certainly recommended.

Battle Bunny Riven
Battle Bunny Riven Splash Art Battle Bunny Riven Model
Category: Regular
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Riven costumed similar to a Playboy Bunny.
Model: New model for Riven and her sword: broken and re-forged.
Particles: New orange particles for Broken Wings, Ki Burst, Valor, Blade of the Exile and Wind Slash.
Animations: New bunny tail wiggle animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: There is no doubt that Riven is a versatile woman. Wreaking havok in a bar full of bunnies is further proof of that; though the Noxians present at the party may not be very happy. The background is full of details and complexities, not only adding additional situations but also cameos. Riven is wonderfully drawn with nice colouring, reflections and lighting due to the multiple lights in the bar. The piece also hints at Riven going undercover to a Noxian bunny bar and facing how things get out of hand for her. In summary, while it may seem repetitive it’s another excellent splash art and yet another of League of Legends’ best.
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Conclusion: Battle Bunny Riven is a skin that will surely have strong adopters and detractors. The skin has a very specific goal: turn Riven into a hopping, carrot-sword wielding, Playboy Bunny. It definitely succeeds at that endeavour; with the help of suitable orange particles for her abilities; except Runic Blade. However, not everybody will find the concept suitable for a fantasy game or even the execution to their liking. The skin is well modelled but for some reason it fails to rise above the sum of its parts. Besides, while it’s undoubtedly true that there are many skins that are more revealing than a Playboy Bunny suit, even Classic skins, the Playboy connotation won’t appeal to all players alike. Therefore, it’s a good skin if you like Riven to hop around the battlefield dressed as a bunny girl. Nevertheless, it won’t win you over if you aren’t captivated by a Playboy Bunny because there’s nothing else on offer.

Championship Riven
Championship Riven Splash Art Championship Riven Model
Category: Limited
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Riven wearing dark blue armour and wielding a massive blunt-pointed sword.
Model: New model for Riven and her sword: broken and re-forged.
Particles: New blue particles for her abilities and recall.
Animations: New recall animation.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: Behind Riven a volcano seems to have erupted in blue flames and lava, though it could also be an unusually rocky iceberg melting. The thing is, while the blue theme is firmly laid the setting is surprisingly ethereal. Riven stands over a nearby rock resting her sword on its blade. This helps mask its whimsical design just as her posture hides the numbers on the armour. Regardless, she looks quite good: the plates shine bathed by the blue energy, her hair flows reasonably well, and the blade drips blue energy around. On the whole, it’s a very nice splash art, even if it seems ashamed of the seasonal nature of the skin.
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Conclusion: Championship Riven is a seasonal skin despite the splash art trying to ignore it. Let’s start with the look and then delve into the details. The armour isn’t a full suit but Riven isn’t exactly known for wearing good protection. Still, for an armoured Riven the skin works despite its peculiar aspect; practically the same can be said about her hairstyle. The subdued and limited palette makes the skin a bit too homogeneous which is a pattern that the sword, strangely, doesn’t follow. The broken blade has a very interesting design but when complete the general reference to Season 2 is just overwhelming. Coupled with the numbers on Riven’s back and chest they become a strong reminder of how the skin doesn’t actually belong to the fictional Valoran; therefore, they break the illusion and immersion into the game world. Fortunately, the new blue particles add a lot of visual flare to compensate for the rather plain and seasonal look. All things considered, it’s a nice skin that feels too attached to its seasonal nature. Nonetheless, considering its limited availability and reasonable price it’s a good product for Riven and nostalgic fans.

Dragonblade Riven
Dragonblade Riven Splash Art Dragonblade Riven Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 1350 RP
Concept: Riven as an armoured, eastern warrior.
Model: New model for Riven and her sword: broken and re-forged.
Particles: New fire particles for her abilities.
Animations: New animations for her hair and sword tassel plus new recall animation.
Sounds: New sounds for her abilities and recall.
Splash Art: The setting is a battlefield flooded with flames and soldiers. At a glance, it’s an eye-catching panorama but a closer look is marred by diffuse scenes that don’t clearly show what’s going on. The result is that much is suggested but little can be perceived. That’s not the case with Riven, quite the opposite actually, as she’s clearly depicted leaping in a furious attack. The clothes are well done yet the fabric looks simple. However, the fantastic lighting adds a lot of depth to her portrayal. Her sword also grabs attention despite being behind her. The expression on her face is also very explicit but a tad unfitting for her usually calm demeanour. Maybe if it harkened to her violent Noxian past it would make more sense, there’s still some of that in her, yet it seems like an exaggeration. On the whole, it’s a vivid piece that gives a great first impression. It works quite well as a portrayal but suffers from some minor but significant ailments on the whole.
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Conclusion: The idea behind Dragonblade Riven is clearly that of a warrior with an eastern style. The armour is believable enough as it seems well adapted to an agile fighter without sacrificing protection. Also, the blade has an attractive design that balances ornamentation with practicality. Add to that her animated hair and sword tassel and Riven’s appearance has a lot to offer. However, most of these additions are difficult to notice at a distance: most are rather subtle and the homogeneous colour palette makes her aspect seem simpler than it really is. Fortunately, the red particles provide an eye-catching display; especially for Wind Slash. This makes the skin quite good all around but not enough for its actual price. In particular due to the extremely subtle new sounds and brief new recall animation. It’s, technically, an attractive skin but it also feels overpriced as the changes don’t add up and many elements are almost imperceptible. Therefore, Dragonblade Riven is an appealing skin better caught while on sale as it provides a lot but not at the level expected for its regular price.

Arcade Riven
 Splash Art Arcade Riven Model
Category: Regular
Price: 1350 RP
Concept: Riven as an 8-bit swordswoman.
Model: New model for Riven and her sword: broken and re-forged.
Particles: New particles for her abilities, auto-attack, recall and death.
Animations: New recall animation.
Sounds: New sounds for her abilities, recall and death.
Splash Art: The setting is a digital dome surrounded by emptiness. The plates reflect light in different hues of blue but that’s all there is. It’s a serviceable background but also weak in context. In the foreground, Riven and Blitzcrank stand between fighting and posing as they don’t really face or even look at each other.
Riven’s portrayal is, in general terms, rather good. It’s moderately easy to get a good idea of her look; even if her left arm doesn’t help and her right one is hidden behind her. The rest is well depicted: colourful and with nice lighting yet the saturated colours give the depiction a solid, heavy feel that doesn’t match the digital angle. Regardless, it’s possible to appreciate many details of her new look and the stance is eye-catching.
Conversely, Blitzcrank isn’t very clearly portrayed. Perhaps due to his bulky frame and the close perspective it’s difficult to appreciate the differences with his classic style besides the new face, pincer and pixellated chest screen. The colours are also quite muddy and only the electricity adds some life to the portrayal. His lower body is also missing which, in this particular case, is rather relevant. There are details to notice, marks, dents and such, the design of the pincer is finely shown yet detail appears only in specific areas.
All in all, this is a piece where there isn’t enough room for both champions. Skins at this high price imply that the champion’s depiction has to be the centre of attention as well as being representative of their personality. In this case, it seems like both champions are posing one in front of the other. The problem may be in the very conception of the piece as not only there’s practically no interaction between them but their portrayals are simplistic. This result in a splash art that works at showing Riven and Blitzcrank’s new looks but that, overall, disappoints.
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Conclusion: The first impression that Arcade Riven gives is that of a modern, toy squire. The clothes seem contemporary as well as her equipment but the latter also appears to be made of plastic. It can even be said that the actual theme is cosplaying with a few references to classic arcade games. From the helmet and sword there is a weak allusion to a knight; perhaps with Ghosts ‘n Goblins in mind. In general, the look feels plain: it lacks harmony and a unified design as it consists mostly of casual clothes; toy gear apart. Nevertheless, there’s a fitting sense of child play in it that isn’t as vibrant as it should be but that is welcome.
The skin gets interesting once the pixellated effects and chiptunes appear and firmly state the 8-bit nostalgia. While there’s nothing revolutionary the particles are well done and the ‘HIT!’ messages added to Broken Wings help define the personality of the skin; just as the ‘K.O.’ message does for her death. The sounds all share a retro style which effectively support the particles but that never stand out.
All things considered, for fans of 8-bit skins Arcade Riven has a lot to offer. It doesn’t do much beyond the expected but remains appealing and has some moments of brilliance; like the recall. Fans of the Exile will find it an interesting, even if expensive, detour from her usual swordswoman trend.

Conclusion

Riven skins are all quite good but they are designed with very different concepts in mind. Crimson Elite and also Redeemed Riven are the recommended skins as they execute the most universal concepts of dark athletic elite soldier and high-fantasy armoured warrior. Crimson Elite has a more attractive price but both skins are worth recommending as they reflect Riven’s past and desired future; respectively.

Beyond the release skins we find two before the prices started to rise. A less serious yet relevant choice is Battle Bunny Riven. It’s a nice skin but it’s not for everybody due to its particular theme. Championship Riven is a skin too centred on paying homage to Season 2. The overall quality makes it a good choice but you’ll have to excuse the obvious seasonal design.

The most expensive options are interesting and manage to offer quite a bit. Dragonblade Riven is an appealing but overpriced eastern style for Riven. If you can catch it on sale it can be a satisfying option as it has some nice additions; like fiery particles and minor animations.

Whereas, Arcade Riven is an 8-bit styled skin that feels lacklustre in certain areas but manages to present its theme well enough to be appealing. As a different approach to the usual sword fighting it’s an interesting though expensive alternative.

  65 Responses to “League of Legends: Riven Skins’ Review”

  1. Really nice review! I like the Battle Bunny skin. Can you make a review of Tristana skins? Thank you.

  2. Sure, consider her added to the list.

  3. Tranks, for make the skins preview of riven!.

  4. You’re welcome.

  5. How about Championship Riven skin review? worth or not to buy it? :)
    Cheers!

    • We’ll review Championship Riven soon, preferably once we have more official information about it.

      The skin doesn’t look bad in terms of model and particles but it all comes down to the price as to whether it’s a good purchase or not. Although, that probably won’t stop collectors or Riven fanatics.

      We’ll keep you posted.

  6. I didn’t even notice riven has new splash art… i think it’s better than the last one

  7. Are you serious? Championship riven for me is 5 star skin and i believe championship riven review wasn’t so good… -fotis-

    • Why do you think that the review wasn’t good? Is there something we didn’t consider? Should we have analysed the skin from a different angle?

      We agree that Championship Riven is a very nice skin yet wielding a gigantic Roman numeral two may not be for everybody. On top of that, the multiple numerals on Riven’s armour insist a bit too much on reminding that the skin belongs to Season 2.

      It’s a great skin without doubt but, ultimately, too tightly tied to its seasonal nature. That doesn’t mean that it should’ve ignored it but it could’ve been more measured about it.

  8. if u believe something else pls answer

  9. Redeemed Riven is currently on sale (487). Is it better to grab Redeemed Riven, or Crimson Elite.

    • First and foremost you should get the skin that you like the most. That taken into account both are nice skins: Redeemed is a glimpse into her bright future and Crimson Elite a look at her dark past. In terms of looks both are nice but without doubt the sale is a good opportunity to get Redeemed at half its price.

      Additionally, Crimson Elite was on sale on January of 2013 so the chances of it going on sale are increasing; though there are no certainties.

  10. can i still buy championship riven skin????

  11. What are your first impressions on dragonblade riven?

    • Looks like a nice skin with an acceptable though unassuming model and fine particles. Hopefully the skins can still be improved as there’s some time until the Lunar Revel.

  12. Im hesitating between redeemed riven and battle bunny sooo hard. could you elp me.

    • Sure, first of all Battle Bunny Riven is a funny skin content with adding an humurous touch to her good looks. Redeemed Riven also sports good looks but it’s also sensible armour fitting of a warrior and tied to her lore: it displays the ideal she wants to reach, to atone for her war crimes.

      If you just want something light for Riven then Battle Bunny can be fun. However, if you prefer something closer to the champion and that also displays her in practical gear then Redeemed is the one. As always, try to choose based on which idea you like the most. In this particular case, both are quite good and equally priced.

  13. And I was wondering, since you come out with so much good quality stuff and answer so quickly, is this website your main source of income?

    • Smartly thought but we’d rather be discrete about certain information. Nonetheless, you can be sure that the site is a main interest as we try to help people make better, informed purchases.

  14. is championship riven coming again??

    • Truth be told we don’t know. If we recall correctly it wasn’t made available when Championship Thresh was released. From the looks of things, Championship skins are limited and, so far, haven’t returned once retired from the store.

      • You probably already figured out by now, but Champion Thresh and Riven are classed differently in terms of rarity (not sure what exactly to call it lol). Redeemed Riven is considered “limited edition” meaning it was a one time deal not takesysbacksys much like super early skins as king rammus, and zombie ryze. But Thresh on the other hand was labeled as one of the “legacy skins” meaning he has a chance to come back under a set of certain conditions I.E. possibly when the next one is released. I personally believe is because after the selling if Champ Riven was done people were outraged when Riot made it clear that she was limited edition not legacy, while the community on the other hand felt they were not clear enough and missed an opportunity when they thought they would probably have another next season. So to avoid another muckup they probably did not want any complication and decided to start labeling them “Legacy”. IMO I feel they should all be limited edition but am not spiteful, I just like the fact of these once a year skins giving a final sendoff to that season and as that season goes your opportunity to get it. If they had portrayed Championship skins as a sort of team I would feel more obliged to make it Legacy so you can assemble them all. P.S. sorry for wall of text lol

        • You’re right, Championship Riven is a limited skin and Championship Thresh is a legacy skin; we got confused.

          It’s quite probable that something like that happened though we wouldn’t discard an eventual return of Championship Riven like other limited skins did: giving a new frame for the loading skin. The truth is that all these categories of skins sometimes make things more complicated than they need to be.

          Both sides of the limited argument are understandable: one rewards exclusivity and the other increases availability. If done well both can be good options but when you have a mix of the two that’s when neither really work well.

  15. Also just wanted to say not sure if your a group of people or a singular blogger but keep up the great work you will forever hold a place in my bookmarks if you keep updating and adding new content. I have redeemed and championship as I find them suiting her theme of rising above her past and transforming herself who she thought broken into this badass warrior who is stronger then she ever was before being broken and reassembled into something beautiful. Especially redeemer she just has that look of “Swain I;m on your ass”

    • Glad that you find the site useful and we definitely intend to keep updating and adding content. This site is made to help people enjoy skins by making purchases they are satisfied with. So, as long as we can help we will.

      We completely agree that Riven’s theme is quite attractive. Hopefully more will be done with it as it’s stagnating right now. Still, Noxians would do well not to underestimate their exiled comrade…

  16. Hey, will Dragonblade Riven be ever available again?

  17. In the Particles sections of Battle Bunny Riven, I think it should be mentioned “New orange particles” like in most other skins. Also, in the same section for Dragonblade Riven, it would be more appropriate to say “fire particles” instead of just red, which could imply that they are recolors like in the previous two skins, which they clearly aren’t (most likely one of the reasons for the higher price).

  18. Emm..sorry for adding another comment. Something went wrong from my side. Delete both comments please, and sorry. Thanks for ur responses, Zero!

  19. Uhh Dragonblade Riven’s recall has new sounds just so you know. You really should spend more time reviewing skins rather than skimming over them and making mistakes on your reviews. I think Dragonblade Riven is a great skin and your review is just there so you can look down on quality skins and promote skins like Crimson Elite Riven

    • Thanks for the notice, we’ve missed some recall sounds and are still to update the reviews.

      We do spend time to get the feel of the skins but sometimes we miss a thing or two; we are fallible. We completely agree that Dragonblade Riven is a great skin but there’s a single aspect where it’s not great: it’s an expensive legacy skin. This means that it can’t go on sale and at 1350 RP, a price close to a legendary we expect something close to that level.

      Crimson Elite Riven is much cheaper, can go on sale, provides a glimpse into her past and also looks quite good. It’s certainly not as elaborate as Dragonblade but the lower price compensates for the simplicity. Had Dragonblade also included a few animations, aside from the recall, or some other significant extras then the high price would fit the skin much better.

      Take into consideration that there are many skins at 975 RP with new particles, sounds and a new recall so the question is: what does Dragonblade offer over those skins that explains its higher price? Even if we only consider Riven skins, both Championship and Battle Bunny do have new particles. Dragonblade has new sounds but, being between legendary and 975 RP, it should be somewhat closer to legendary to get a great rating at such a price.

  20. One of the birthday gifts today was Battle Bunny Riven, and I noticed an annoying flaw with it – her passive particle is still green despite the other abilities being orange. Also, been thinking of mentioning for a while that that skin’s tail wiggles every ~3 seconds. That should be mentioned in animations I think.

    • Happy birthday and enjoy your party and gifts with family and friends. Best wishes.

      We didn’t realize about Runic Blade’s colour but it does seem not to have changes; we’ll clarify that. As far as tail wiggling is concerned we certainly didn’t notice that: it’s rather subtle. It does seem to wiggle in most of not all of her animations; probably an animation dependant on movement.

      We, well, researched that. You have a good eye for, well, let’s say detail. Yes, detail, good, thanks for the notice.

      • Thank you so much, I am really happy to see your humorous side once in a while :3
        Had a great birthday, this was my 18th so it was pretty big, though I didn’t party much, I am just not into parties so much. Also yes, it was simply a small detail I noticed, I swear.
        Looking through Championship to check if there is blue particles for her passive, I saw that there thankfully is, and I also noticed there is a blue spark during her recall animation, which you should mention in the particles section.

        • We dust it off and let it see the light of day sometimes but for the most part it’s incarcerated behind all the professional mumbo jumbo.

          We are glad you had a great time in you birthday. There’s quite a bit ahead in life so best of whishes in your future. Whatever you choose try to be happy.

          Back to Riven, let’s leave small details as such; for the good of all involved. Her newer skins, Championship and Dragonblade, do seem to have new particles for Runic Blade; fortunately. It looks unfinished when a skin is left with some remnants of the classic base; especially when most areas are changed.

          Subtleties, there is, indeed, a new spark for her recall. Thanks for the notice; back to fixing then.

  21. Hey Zero,
    Just saw that there will be an Arcade Riven skin soon.
    What are your first impressions?

    • Seems like a good skin but perhaps the clothing should be more warrior and less casual. We’ll have to check the skin in full but Arcade Riven seems like it could be a nice skin.

  22. It seems kinda fun that you’d want worse particles with the Arcade Riven one xD. Why not have one that has better looking particles?

    • If the particles are well done they can have a retro look and still be eye-catching and complex. It all depends on how they are done. When something is done well it can make its style shine but when it’s not no amount of technology may save it.

  23. After seeing the pre release for Arcade Riven, I thought it would be a skin worth getting. Judging from the pre release teaser video, roughly how many stars would you give it?

    • We aren’t sure yet, it’ll be somewhere between three and four stars but we aren’t as impressed as we’d like to be. At 1350 RP a skin has to add some significant extras on top of the usual assets used at 975 RP to justify its price. Arcade Riven has a few but they aren’t very impactful overall.

      Truth be told, it seems like 1350 RP skins seldom do more than a 975 RP skin. In other words, we don’t know what one is paying extra for.

  24. Hey, i really like your skin reviews. Thanks for the work. But I have also a question: How long do you usually need to update the skin reviews, because i would really like to know your opinion of Arcade Riven and Battle Boss Blitzcrank for that matter

    • Not at all, glad that you like them.

      We try to have the reviews ready shortly after the skins are released. In some cases it can be on the same day or if they are complex skins or we have too much work it can be the following day. We make an effort not to delay them more than that but circumstances aren’t always under our control.

      Both Arcade Riven and Battle Boss Blitzcrank are reviewed now so, in this case, we managed to make a timely update.

  25. Hi ! How to get dragon blade riven skin? Is that skin still in thr game?

    • It’s only available during specific time periods as it’s a legacy skin. There was a recent bundle that included the skin but most of the time it’s unavailable at the store. It will surely be available again during the next Lunar Revel event by the beginning of next year; when the Lunar New Year comes. That aside, there could be some other times when it reappears but, like the bundle, they will be exceptions to the Lunar Revel event.

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