Arena of Valor (AoV) - Rourke Item Builds

Several items and builds that can be used when playing Arena of Valor's Rourke, the Captain. We have provided a number of options for varying playstyles, allowing players to make builds that fit their personal play styles.


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Rourke Item Builds

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Core Items

These items are necessary in order to play Rourke optimally. Only diverge from a core item if you are a very experienced player or you have a very good reason for doing so.

Arena of Valor Spear of Longinus
Spear of Longinus
While Rourke already has a built in armor shred, Spear of Longinus can stack with it to completely rip away enemy defenses. In addition to its fine passive, the item offers large amounts of cooldown reduction, attack damage, and armor, all of which very useful stats for the Captain.
Arena of Valor Omni Arms
Omni Arms
or
Arena of Valor Frost Cape
Frost Cape
Both items work very well on The Captain, giving him some juicy CDR on top of other very useful stats. Both passives work wonderfully with Charged Shot (here’s where we remind you not to take both, as you’ll lose Frost Cape’s passive), Omni adding another 1.0 AD to its already considerable damage and Frost slowing the opponent so you can catch up and finish the kill.
Arena of Valor Medallion of Troy
Medallion of Troy
While almost purely defensive, Medallion of Troy offers its wielder a number of valuable stats while giving them some coverage against magic users. Rourke’s kit has durability against physical damage built into the abilities, but he needs a bit of support in order to survive magical damage.

Optional Items

Offensive Item Choices

Arena of Valor Scorching Wind
Scorching Wind
or
Arena of Valor Soulreaver
Soulreaver
or
Arena of Valor Leviathan
Leviathan
Rourke can excel in the jungle and so will often be picking up a jungling item. His kit is well suited to practically all of them, the only real bad choice being Loki’s Curse. The most common choice is Scorching Wind, Rourke already sporting a significant amount of damage on his own. That said, Soulreaver can be taken when trying to give him the biggest, baddest burst in town or Leviathan can be used to give the sailor much more staying power in fights.
Arena of Valor Muramasa
Muramasa
The armor pierce from Scattershot and Spear of Longinus not enough? Cut through the rest with Muramasa. While not offering much late game against squishier foes, Muramasa will allow Rourke to bust up tanks unfortunate enough to get caught by him. The additional cooldown speed that it provides is a nice boost as well, allowing the Captain use his abilities more frequently.
Arena of Valor Rankbreaker
Rankbreaker
Similar to Muramasa, Rankbreaker is for when wanting to further the armor pierce of scatter shot and Spear of Longinus. While less effective at tearing down tanks, adding Rankbreaker to his build will allow Rourke to deal close to true damage to squishier foes. This item is especially useful when he’s jungling, the movement speed it offers a help in moving between lanes.
Arena of Valor Fenrir's Tooth
Fenrir’s Tooth
Fenrir’s Tooth finishes off builds by greatly amplifying the wielder’s finishing potential. It offers large amounts of attack damage along with a passive that further boosts damage to low health targets. Rourke’s burst damage kit can make good use of this item, helping him knock down enemies before they have a chance to escape.
Arena of Valor Odin's Will
Odin’s Will
While not an item that many pick, Odin’s Will fits very well with Rourke’s play style. A combination offense and defense item, Odin’s Will is well suited to longer engagements. It buffs up the user’s damage and movement speed as they take damage, offering attack damage and health as well. This can help Rourke get into position in fights and blast away squishy targets with his crossbow.

Boots Upgrade

Arena of Valor War Boots
War Boots
War Boots is a good offensive choice, allowing Rourke to dish out his bursts of damage more frequently. His kit is naturally durable, making defensive options less necessary.
Arena of Valor Gilded Greaves
Gilded Greaves
Rourke will have a very bad time when not able to properly position himself. Gilded Greaves helps him out here, helping him shrug off any control effects the enemy might be using to slow him down.

Sample Item Builds

This build puts Rourke in the jungle and gives him both attack speed and power in order to maximize his damaging potential. As he already is fairly tanky with his ultimate, we simply rely on the defensive stats provided by Spear of Longinus and Medallion of Troy to keep him healthy in fights. He will have a cool 40% cooldown speed, allowing him to cast abilities as fast as possible in fights. Between Scorching Wind, Omni Arms, and Muramasa, those abilities will be landing for fantastic amounts of damage as well, making the Captain extremely lethal.

This build takes a much more defensive approach to Rourke. It relies on his natural damage to burst down enemies, he instead taking the role of a bruiser for his team. Each item provides some sort of defensive bonus, giving the sailor a lot when it comes to absorbing enemy fire. He won’t be a complete slouch when it comes to damage either, Spear of Longinus, Frost Cape, and Odin’s Will amplifying his damage along with their defensive boosts.

Here we put Rourke in the dark slayer lane. While marksmen are generally more suited to the Abyssal Dragon lane, Rourke’s durability and dueling potential make him excellent for the position. We focus more on damage here, building him rather aggressively. Rather than a jungle item, however, we take Fafnir’s Talon for the attack speed, damage, and lifesteal it provides. The passive is a nice bonus as well.
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