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[3.1a] Sheriff of Piltover - Caitlyn Guide

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Sheriff of Piltover - Caitlyn Guide

Caitlyn is a lane-bully marksman in Dragon Lane. This guide is to teach players how to play Caitlyn and what items to buy.

Pros

  • Longest range in the game
  • Lane-bully with headshot passive
  • Can build full crit, lethality or both
  • Very mobile
  • Safe pick
  • Great peel and zone control

Cons

  • 1st skill damage is only good in early game
  • High burst, low DPS
  • Mid game is terrible
  • Squishy
  • Harsh mana pool
  • Ultimate can be blocked easily

Caitlyn Build

Best Build Guide for Caitlyn

Starting Items
Long Sword
Core Items
Infinity Edge
Rapid Firecannon
FULL CRIT
Stormrazor
Solari Chargeblade
Bloodthirster
Statikk Shiv
Phantom Dancer
LETHALITY
Duskblade of Draktharr
Youmuu's Ghostblade
Serylda's Grudge
Mortal Reminder
FULL BUILD EXAMPLE
Infinity Edge
Rapid Firecannon
Duskblade of Draktharr
Youmuu's Ghostblade
Mortal Reminder
Stasis Enchant
ENCHANTS AND BOOTS
Stasis Enchant
Quicksilver Enchant
Ionian Boots of Lucidity
Gluttonous Greaves

Item Build Description

Additional information on the items

Caitlyn Runes

Best Runes for Caitlyn

Keystone
Fleet Footwork
Fleet Footwork
Domination
Hunter Vampirism
Hunter Vampirism
Resolve
Hunter Titan
Hunter Titan
Inspiration
Sweet Tooth
Sweet Tooth

This is the standard rune set for CaitlynCaitlyn . Fleet FootworkFleet Footwork grants CaitlynCaitlyn more sustain in-lane. It also gives her extra movement speed since she is very immobile without 90 Caliber Net. Hunter VampirismHunter Vampirism is the optimal rune for CaitlynCaitlyn as it will give her extra AD and physical vamp for every champion takedown, but you can replace this with TriumphTriumph so you can restore a bit of health after every takedown and for extra damage against low health enemies. Hunter TitanHunter Titan ensures she has extra HP in early game and has extra tenacity against CC. Lastly, Sweet ToothSweet Tooth is good for extra sustain and gold in lane.

Keystone
Electrocute
Electrocute
Domination
Brutal
Brutal
Resolve
Bone Plating
Bone Plating
Inspiration
Sweet Tooth
Sweet Tooth

This rune set is optimal for CaitlynCaitlyn in midlane. ElectrocuteElectrocute is easy to proc which is good for CaitlynCaitlyn for quick trades. BrutalBrutal gives CaitlynCaitlyn extra damage in early game. Bone PlatingBone Plating is good against assassins and burst heavy team-comps, but you can replace this with Second WindSecond Wind . Lastly, Sweet ToothSweet Tooth is good for CaitlynCaitlyn for extra sustain and gold in lane but you can replace this with either Manaflow BandManaflow Band or Hunter GeniusHunter Genius .

Skill Order

How to distribute skill points

Headshot
Headshot - Passive
Piltover Peacemaker
Piltover Peacemaker
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Yordle Snap Trap
Yordle Snap Trap
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
90 Caliber Net
90 Caliber Net
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Ace In The Hole
Ace In The Hole
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15

Summoner Spells

When to take which summoners

Flash
Always mandatory
Ignite
If you play her in midlane
Barrier
For extra protection.

Combos

Learn how to maximize the champions potential

Auto Attack
AA
Headshot
Passive

Utilize CaitlynCaitlyn 's HeadshotHeadshot while hiding in bushes since it charges twice.

Auto Attack
AA
Piltover Peacemaker
1st

Basic trading pattern in lane as CaitlynCaitlyn . Perform a basic attack and use Piltover PeacemakerPiltover Peacemaker for poke.

90 Caliber Net
3rd
Piltover Peacemaker
1st
Auto Attack
AA

Another basic CaitlynCaitlyn combo. This is good against enemies that are trying to chase you. Use 90 Caliber Net90 Caliber Net as this will allow you to proc HeadshotHeadshot and to distance yourself from the enemy then use Piltover PeacemakerPiltover Peacemaker for extra damage and perform a basic attack.

Yordle Snap Trap
2nd
Yordle Snap Trap
2nd
Piltover Peacemaker
1st
Auto Attack
AA
90 Caliber Net
3rd
Auto Attack
AA
Auto Attack
AA

This is CaitlynCaitlyn 's triple headshot combo. Set initial Yordle Snap TrapYordle Snap Trap . If enemy walks into it, use Yordle Snap TrapYordle Snap Trap then Piltover PeacemakerPiltover Peacemaker to shorten cast time. Auto-attack to HeadshotHeadshot after Piltover PeacemakerPiltover Peacemaker , then use 90 Caliber Net90 Caliber Net and auto-attack to HeadshotHeadshot . 90 Caliber Net90 Caliber Net ’s slow alongside CC will keep enemy in place for second trap, letting you auto-attack to HeadshotHeadshot again. You can also use Yordle Snap TrapYordle Snap Trap during 90 Caliber Net90 Caliber Net to set a trap near yourself to discourage enemy counter-engage.

Yordle Snap Trap
2nd
Auto Attack
AA

Auto-attack while moving when Yordle Snap TrapYordle Snap Trap traps an enemy. This will allow you to reposition or escape.

Yordle Snap Trap
2nd
Piltover Peacemaker
1st
Auto Attack
AA
90 Caliber Net
3rd
Auto Attack
AA
Ace In The Hole
Ult

This is CaitlynCaitlyn 's level 5 all-in. Start by placing Yordle Snap TrapYordle Snap Trap and wait for an enemy to step on it. If it traps someone, cast Piltover PeacemakerPiltover Peacemaker then auto-attack move. Quickly cast 90 Caliber Net90 Caliber Net to reposition then perform another auto-attack. If the enemy is low enough, execute him with Ace In The HoleAce In The Hole .

Caitlyn Matchups & Counters

Detailed information on how to play matchups and counters

Ashe
Easy
Ashe
Jhin
Easy
Jhin
Jinx
Easy
Jinx
Kai'sa
Easy
Kai'sa
Vayne
Easy
Vayne
Akshan
Medium
Akshan
Corki
Medium
Corki
Lucian
Medium
Lucian
Senna
Medium
Senna
Draven
Hard
Draven
Miss Fortune
Hard
Miss Fortune
Varus
Hard
Varus
Caitlyn
Skill
Caitlyn
Ezreal
Skill
Ezreal
Tristana
Skill
Tristana
Xayah
Skill
Xayah

CaitlynCaitlyn is a very safe ADC and AsheAshe is not much of a problem to her up until level 7. Keep poking her with your HeadshotHeadshot and utilize bushes and Yordle Snap TrapYordle Snap Trap as much as possible. Watch out for Enchanted Crystal ArrowEnchanted Crystal Arrow because you'll instantly lose the fight. 

Caitlyn

Synergies

BlitzcrankBlitzcrank . A good BlitzcrankBlitzcrank is one of the best sups you can have. Whenever he use hook or knock-up make sure to put traps behind the enemy.
MalphiteMalphite . [malphite] is best when he has ult. Play a little passive until you and MalphiteMalphite are both level six. When both level six play super agro.
GalioGalio , LeonaLeona , ThreshThresh and AlistarAlistar . Any engage support is a good synergy for CaitlynCaitlyn .
LuluLulu , RakanRakan , SeraphineSeraphine , SorakaSoraka , NamiNami , SonaSona and JannaJanna . Any enchanter support with good peel, CC and heal is also good. 

Caitlyn

Early Game

CaitlynCaitlyn is an absolute lane bully due to her range in combination with HeadshotHeadshot . No matter what build you're playing; the goal is always to push the opponent under his tower and punish for every minion. Once you are slightly ahead, it is also important to let your opponent push back and freeze the wave. Out of the bush you stack your passives faster and you can ensure that your opponent continues to miss gold and, in the best cases, XP.

Caitlyn

Mid Game

Use your early game advantage
In the best case, you have now gained a small or even greater advantage. With the lethality build in particular, you have a lot more damage potential than other ADCs. "Less rumbling more fights with added value" is the motto here.

Prepare for Drakes/Rift Scuttle
Unlike most other picks (except for JhinJhin ), CaitlynCaitlyn and objectives has more to do than just shooting. If you get there early enough, your traps on the edges of bushes are worth gold to make it difficult for enemies to get to the objective. Same game with the entrances to the river. Don't forget to clear vision yourself in order to set hidden traps.

Caitlyn

Late Game

In the late game, you will be outscaled by many ADCs again. It is therefore important to use your long-range burst differently here. Your most important task is to chunk opposing carries with Rapid FirecannonRapid Firecannon before the fight . Otherwise, use your abilities smartly in combos. That's the only advantage you still have against the absolute hypercarries ( JinxJinx , Kai'saKai'sa etc.) at the time of the game.

Caitlyn

Combo Demonstration

First Combo:

Second Combo:

Third Combo:

Fourth Combo:

Fifth Combo:

Sixth Combo:

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