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[4.3] Caitlyn Guide - Caitlyn - Enemies arrested for leaving grey screen

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Caitlyn - Enemies arrested for leaving grey screen

I wanna give you guys here a short guide for Caitlyn the sheriff of Piltover to carry your games. Cait has a lot of combos and is a really mechanical ADC with a high skillcap.

Pros

  • longest range of all ADC (650) => great lanebully
  • Highest AD scaling of ADC's
  • strong early and quite good late-game, after mediocore mid-game
  • Medium skill floor, high skill ceiling

Cons

  • very fragile and vunerable to dive
  • falls off mid-game
  • Combo heavy champion for optimal dmg output
  • has a hard time to comeback when behind

Caitlyn Build

Best Build Guide for Caitlyn

Starting Items
Long Sword
Core Items
Stormrazor
Gluttonous Greaves
Infinity Edge
Crit example
Stormrazor
Gluttonous Greaves
Infinity Edge
Rapid Firecannon
Mortal Reminder
Bloodthirster

Item Build Description

Additional information on the items

Items + explanation:

Always your first item. The slow helps you to get of another AA or to add a combo element. Statewise it's really good and cheap.

Another good item synergizing with Stormrazor. You can apply the slow and extra damage from even greater range if you have both. Usually RFC makes a good 3rd item if you don't grab armor pen at this time. If you feel like you really need RFC 2nd then at least build a B.F. SwordB.F. Sword for the AD

Personally... i hartly find a place for Statikk these days. The AOE is great to farm and poke from range, but RFC just feels better, and BT is a great option to get sustain and some extra AD (which is really important, since Cait has the best AD scalings of all ADC)

If you get dived a lot you wanna grab PD for the lifeline, else it's not that great on her.

The 2nd item you should build. Extra crit dmg and high AD (makes head shots at this point already really dangerous). After IE definitly finish a ZealZeal to increase your DPS

Great option as last item. Let's you sustain in fights, gives you a shield when full hp and has crit and 50 AD.

If you play against lot's of tanks consider picking this up instead of BT. Else BT is the better item.

Uhm.. ok so the extra bolts are nice for faster clear, but else this item isn't that great on Caitlyn.

If you don't get 100% crit with your other 4 items (+boots) grab LDR, else i personally prefer Mortal Reminder

Go to armor pen item. It has higher AD and anti heal (prevents enemy ADC from leaching full in teamfights)

[if you intend on building a bith flat armor pen EoN is great to block an ability, but careful, enemies will always try to proc the item.

[serpent's fang]
Pick this up when you play vs KarmaKarma or ShenShen

Agains AP heavy comps which aim to burst you down quickly.

Caitlyn Runes

Best Runes for Caitlyn

Keystone
Fleet Footwork
Fleet Footwork
Domination
Hunter Vampirism
Hunter Vampirism
Resolve
Conditioning
Conditioning
Inspiration
Nimbus Cloak
Nimbus Cloak

Keystones:

Your best choices here are either Fleet FootworkFleet Footwork which is always a good choice, but must pick vs lots of enemy poke, or Lethal TempoLethal Tempo which is great if the enemy has a lot of short range/melee champs. You quickly stack up LT for a high dps.



Domination:

Hunter VampirismHunter Vampirism is a great choice here, for free extra lifesteal. If your team is rather scaling orriented you might pick Gathering StormGathering Storm since you won't finish early game. Giant SlayerGiant Slayer is also a viable choice if you face tanky teams.



Resolve:

ConditioningConditioning is my go to, but [boneplating] is great if you play against double all-in (f.e. SamiraSamira / TristanaTristana + NautilusNautilus ) ór Hunter TitanHunter Titan if you need extra tenacity.



Inspiration:

Nimbus CloakNimbus Cloak is the best choice here, but else you might pick Sweet ToothSweet Tooth for extra sustain in lane.

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
Exhaust
If they tend to dive you
Ghost
Against lots of melee champs for better kiting.
Heal
Eh.. its better on support but guess you can still pick it if you want a MS burst and a small heal.
Barrier
Pretty egoistic, but can protect you a bit from a Zed or Fizz ult.
Ignite
Eh.. Mostly not, it is rather bad on ADC's

Combos

Learn how to maximize the champions potential

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

[flash] + [caitlyn:3] + AA ( HeadshotHeadshot ) + Ace In The HoleAce In The Hole  = finisher combo #1

Flash
Flash
Piltover Peacemaker
1st
90 Caliber Net
3rd
Auto Attack
AA
Ace In The Hole
Ult

[flash] + [caitlyn:1] (buffered) + 90 Caliber Net90 Caliber Net + AA ( HeadshotHeadshot ) + Ace In The HoleAce In The Hole  = finisher combo #2

Caitlyn Matchups & Counters

Detailed information on how to play matchups and counters

Xayah
Easy
Xayah
Kai'sa
Easy
Kai'sa
Vayne
Medium
Vayne
Ashe
Medium
Ashe
Samira
Medium
Samira
Miss Fortune
Medium
Miss Fortune
Lucian
Medium
Lucian
Jhin
Medium
Jhin
Varus
Hard
Varus
Tristana
Hard
Tristana
Draven
Skill
Draven
Jinx
Skill
Jinx
Ezreal
Skill
Ezreal

Short Range gets bullied out of lane by you.

Caitlyn

Support (WIP)

Engage:



Enchanter:



Poke



Please no...: MalphiteMalphite , SennaSenna , BrandBrand are really meh..

Caitlyn

Gamestage Guide

WIP

Early

You wanna play early as agressive as possible. Keep enemies shoved in to grab as much platings from the enemy tower as possible. Try to snowball the laning phase and help the jungler to contest drake with the laneprio you have. Poke enemies with your long range out of lane and prevent them from farming up. Prevent the enemy jungler from approaching you and your support with the traps. Also use them to "ward" bush entrances, this way you will guaranteed hit the enemy support or ADC with an HeadshotHeadshot . If your support has a CC, combine your traps with their CC for maximum damage.



Mid

Here you fall off a bit and struggle especially vs tanky champs. Try to farm a lot and contest objectives with your team (IMPORTANT here: As ADC you don't have to be directly present as the fight starts, cause if you do you likely get targeted by some spell like [vi:ultimate] and die, but join in and help your team out, let them soak key abilities). Snipe low HP targets with [caitlyn:ult] to gain the gold you need for the strong lategame asap. Block important passages to your location with Yordle Snap TrapYordle Snap Trap or even escape routes for the enemy team.



Late

Preasure objectives with your team. Abuse your high range (probably increased by RFC) to chip off the enemy HP bars, so they can't defend their towers. Use traps to block flanks for the enemy. Squishies stepping into your traps, at this point in the game, will lose ~50% of their HP.

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