Caitlyn Build Guide

Pick that gun up! ADC first, ask questions later!

Updated 1 year ago
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Hello friends! It's been a while, but I'm slowly going to be updating this to the current patch. I haven't been playing alot of League due to work so that's why this guide is out of date-ish right now! My name is MajorAwesomeD and I main ADC on both the NA and EUW server. I'm a diamond level player who loves to play Caitlyn due to her lane dominance and late game amazingness. I've started playing her since the beginning of season 2 and never realy stopped. I hope you guys can learn something from this guide or just have fun reading it! [b]Base Stats[/b] Damage : 47 (+3 / per level) Health : 390 (+80 / per level) Mana : 255 (+35 / per level) Move Speed : 325 Attack Speed : 0.668 (+3%) Armor : 13 (+3.5 / per level) Magic Resist : 30 Health Regen : 4.75 (+0.55 / per level) Mana Regen : 6.5 (+0.55 / per level) Range : 650[/highlight] [highlight]Pro's: [.]She has a long range harass in lane [.]Great escaping potential [.]Usually pretty safe in a teamfight because of her range [.]She scale's pretty well into late game [.]Her traps give her some good map control, especcialy early game [.]Dat gun... Con's: [.]She's not as easy to play as some people think she is. [.]Early game loss is usually a late game loss [.]Not the strongest mid game, unless you play her right ;) [.]Her ult is very situational [imgext=][b][/b][b][/b][b][/b]

SEASON 4 UPDATE IS HERE! That took forever: - November 11th 2014: A moment of silence for the people that didnt get out of bronze this year.......... Now for the update: Changed runes, masteries and build order! - May 7th 2014: Season 4 update - June 24th: Updated build to remove BT and updated some runes - July 14th: Updated item build after expirimenting with the new 4.11 stuff - July 15th: Friends, they finally fixed Caitlyn's AA Bug! ----> PSYCHIC BULLETS:Fixed a bug where Caitlyn's basic attacks were registering as attacks before they visually hit the target So happy. Also, they buffed Bloodthirster a bit, consider it as a 3rd or 4th item most definatly now! (GET IE FIRST STILL!). Check Item Section for more info

Focusing on the most common AD Carry's: [img=champ/vayne.png] Vayne should not be a realy big problem. Try to deny creep by standing in between your own Minions and the enemy Minions. If she decides to dive you on level 6, deny her chase by placing down a [imgsmall=skills/caitlyn/w.png] in your escape route and [imgsmall=skills/caitlyn/e.png] away to slow her. When her ult is off, try to destroy her ASAP. Most of the time her Mana will be depleted. Be carefull that you dont miss your [imgsmall=skills/caitlyn/e.png] if Vayne is chasing you, [imgsmall=items/blade-of-the-ruined-king.png] can help you with this situation aswell [img=champ/ashe.png] Ah yes... Ashe... Nobody like's her. Try to dodge her Volley's by standing behind one of your Minions. Also, your [imgsmall=skills/caitlyn/q.png] has a lower CD then her Volley, try to make good use of this. [img=champ/ezreal.png] Dodge Q win lane. GG With the new [imgsmall=items/blade-of-the-ruined-king.png] change, Ezreal can be very dangerous. Engage into combat with his E, then nuke you down, so becarefull. Since you're Caitlyn, try to predict his movements [img=champ/kogmaw.png] Early game you should be able to win against him. Remember tho, after mid game, he will most likely out damage you 1v1 in a balanced game. Be carefull [img=champ/corki.png] Corki's range is the thing that makes him realy weak, that's why Caitlyn should just be fine against him in lane. Dodge his Q and R. If you succeed in doing this, you're golden [img=champ/sivir.png] Apparantly, Sivir is the number one counter against Caitlyn. However, I don't feel that's entirely true. Her range is not very high, which makes it easy for you to land auto-attacks on her when she tries to farm Minions. The only thing that might be annoying is when she shields your [imgsmall=skills/caitlyn/r.png]. But hey, Caitlyn's ult should not even be used to finish somebody off late game anyways [img=champ/graves.png] Ah yes, the cowboy that could. Small tip: don't let him get close to you and try to deny him as much as you can. WARNING: Extremly dangerous when faced in close combat [img=champ/varus.png] This lane might be realy annoying. Varus his E (the shower of arrows) is very annoying and to be fair, pretty hard to predict if you play vs a good player. Try to let him push a bit early game, then ping your jungler over to gank. Varus has no escape vs Ganks unless he's lvl 6. [img=champ/teemo.png] Oh yes.. teemo is actually a realy nice AD hybrid Carry if played well. Ofcourse, you wont encounter him on high level ELO games, but when this guy gets a [imgsmall=items/frozen-mallet.png] + [imgsmall=items/nashors-tooth.png] you'd better watch yourself. The key to victory against teemo is to be agressive early on with your support. Lead in with a [imgsmall=skills/caitlyn/q.png], then have Taric use his stun, Auto attack, and back off. You dont want to be hit by the blind while you are still Auto attacking. Don't chase into the shrooms, they are most likely in the bushes and on the sides of the lane. [img=champ/missfortune.png] Always remember this when facing Miss Fortune in lane: she will be agressive. Since MF is almost a snowbally kind of ADC, she will be agressive, especcialy if she has a support like [imgsmall=champ/alistar.png] or [imgsmall=champ/leona.png] with her. Miss Fortune is kinda like Caitlyn, her early game is realy strong, mid game is meh, and late she's decent, just like Caitlyn. For the lane phase itself, try to bait MF into diving/going all out agressive and try to take your advantage over this! [img=champ/twitch.png] How to win vs twitch: support buys [imgsmall=items/vision-ward.png], place it down in lane, gg. Twitch his strenght is realy only his ability to Ambush other players. When he get's to do this to you, its usually gg. However, you can avoid this by getting the ward for laning. It helps out alot and you will always know where he is. Twitch his weakness is his range. So exploit this with your own abilities and attacks! [img=champ/tristana.png] There's a reason why I haven't added Tristana yet to this matchup list. The reason being: she isn't played.. at all... The only time when you see her being played now days is AP. The spellsword procs are just to high to be ignored in season 3. However, if you do see her in botlane as an ADC, you should not be having problems with this. You outrange her untill level 6 hard, so harassing shouldnt be a problem. My advice is to go agressive on a Tristana with Caitlyn early game, try to get Golems if you start bot. lane so you have an early level advantage. When you get that advantage, engage! With the new change to [imgsmall=items/blade-of-the-ruined-king.png], Tristana is extremly powerfull. The reason for this is that she can easy engage into combat with her Rocket Jump, use the blade, nuke you down and then just jump back out. I've been playing Tristana this way on Ranked and it's a snowbally tactic, but it works realy well with a good support on your side~! [img=champ/kennen.png] Kennen is an incredibly strong AD Carry if played right. The reason why I'm putting him in here is because people on the NA and EU scene are recently coppying the Korean builds for Kennen. Kennen is all about burst, but needs a good sustain support. My advice to batteling this little yordle is this: poke him whenever he comes for a minion kill, make sure your support is aware of you doing this, and kill him when he's on about 50% health. Don't let him regenerate it and bully him out of lane. I know it's hard because Kennen has alot of damage with his Electrical Surge etc. But if you communicate with your support, it shouldnt be a problem!

Right, in this chapter, I'll be going through most of the strenghts and weaknesses that caitlyn has. Let's start off with her strenghts: [highlight][.] Level 1[/highlight] Why level 1? Well, Caitlyn's trap is one of the best things against enemy jungle invade. Even if they don't step into it, just seeing the trap might cause the enemy team to back off because well, it might be A TRAP! Also, if you want to scout safely for your team, you can do it by placing down one of the traps in a brush. It will reveal the area around the placed trap for a second. [highlight][.]Laning Phase[/highlight] By placing down traps (max. 2 in lane, keep one for the tri bush to watch for enemy ganks) you will be able to predict the enemy movement alot more. Combine this with your high ranged auto attack and your Piltover peacemaker and laning should be easy. Keep in mind tho, that you must always stay ahead in minion farm against the other AD carry. Caitlyn realy needs her farm ;) [highlight][.]Kiting[/highlight] Yes... Kiting. Infact, Caitlyn is one of the best kiters in the game, especcialy with red buff. When you want to kite with Caitlyn, try to attack, run, attack, run, attack, run. Train this well and you should have a fun time kiting some random bruiser around. Remember to use your 90 Caliber Net and your Trap to induce even more rage ;) Now for the bad stuff: [highlight][.]No comeback[/highlight] Ok here's the thing. If you are having a bad game with Caitlyn and you find yourself dieing early game and getting pushed out of your lane alot, its game over for you. Caitlyn has a realy hard time to pick herself up after she falls down. No farm nor kills for Caitlyn means game over. [highlight][.]Late game damage[/highlight] Ill be mentioning this in the upcomming chapters, but her Late game Damage is not up to par with the other AD Carry's. However, with this item build that I've provided, you should be able to match the damage.. also positioning... but this will be discussed soon ;) [highlight][.]Without tier 3 boots, realy slow[/highlight] She's a freakin turtle. Just for fun, pick [imgsmall=champ/pantheon.png] for top lane and Caitlyn for bot lane. Have Caitlyn buy boots and Pantheon Long Sword and 2 pots. Dat movement speed

Try to harass as much as you can with your passive. Whenever you see the other carry go in for a minion kill, use it to shoot that passive right on his head...shot... ha... No other carry has a higher range then Caitlyn, so it should always be a hit if you time it right. Master this with your Piltover Peacemaker and Trap and you should always be able to win alot of lanes. Remember, you (should) have Taric next to you as support. This means more armor, a little heal and ofcourse his stun. Trust me, whenever you see a Taric in lane next to a Caitlyn, be scared and prepared. I don't know if I even have to mention this, but you realy need to farm with Caitlyn if you want to have a decent late game. She doesn't scale as well as some other AD Carry's in the game, so realy farm well with her, try to get every last hit possible. This way you can get your core fast (10-12 min in the game) After watching the Season 2 matches (qualifications and finals) on, I noticed that bottom lanes that are winning in farm and can poke people out of lane would push alot of their own creeps under the enemy's turret to deny farm. I've been trying this out with Caitlyn and it works realy well. Just make sure you and your support ward and trap everything right so you can escape whenever the jungler comes in to gank. Because trust me, he will come down.

Try to rush your main build items first! This depends on how the game is prolonging, but it's usually either [imgsmall=items/the-bloodthirster.png] OR [imgsmall=items/statikk-shiv.png]. Mid game is starting, laning phase is over, you have your first 2 main items. Teamfights are starting. Try to do teamfights in the jungle or near brushes. This way you can make the best use of your traps. Take objectives with your team (Dragon, enemy red buff, enemy blue buff and Baron) whenever possible. Group up and take everything you can. Let your Jungler and Support get Pink wards and maybe even an oracle to clear wards around these areas! Remember to keep farming whenever possible. You still need gold to get all the items you need to be effective late game! Ask your jungler if you can have red buff! You can get it realy fast by standing in the bush near the buff to trigger your passive more. Did you get [imgsmall=items/statikk-shiv.png] yet? Excellent. Keep moving. Gotta go fast. To make the best use of this item, you need to learn to kite. If you can kite already, bravo, this item should be awesome on you. If you have red buff, the kiting becomes alot easier because of the slow on red. Just make sure you get it when entering mid game. If you find out that your team is winning almost every fight and you have all taken most of the objectives, you can roam to kill towers and farm some more. [highlight]NOTE[/highlight] You have to let your team push one of the other lanes if you are starting to roam. This means that the enemy has to make a dicision whether to follow you around the map with 2 people or to prevent the rest of your team to take more objectives. Here's a small example of a teamfight in jungle: [twitch][/twitch] However, if the enemy team decides to go for your team instead of you, don't hesitate a second and make your way over to where they are! They need you for the damage oresle they won't survive! Communication is usually what wins a game. Try to make some agreements about how you want to enter mid game. Will it be a passive longer laning phase? Or will you go roaming alot whenever you can (after you pushed a lane so that you wont appear on the enemy map anymore, this will cause a pinging mayhem on the enemy minimap). Keep communicating with your team for maximum succes and maximum bitch-slappery! ;)

I'm going to be honest here, Caitlyn's late game is strong, extremly strong....BUT! It's not the strongest 1v1'er in the game (ADC vs ADC that is). Vayne is by far the strongest. However she can't keep up with Caitlyn's range and damage output in a teamfight. With decent positioning and making the best use of her passive, traps 90 Caliber Netyou can still pump out [highlight]insane[/highlight] amounts of damage! Remember to keep objectives like Baron and Dragon warded at all times! Heck, place 2 or 3 down to see if they place any wards down in the area. If you've build a [imgsmall=items/last-whisper.png] before [imgsmall=items/infinity-edge.png], get it now. It's the best AD Carry item by far. Building Last Whisper first isn't bad tho. The new Meta for season 3 allows junglers and top laners to stack alot of armor. Even supports have insane amounts right now. Bruiser's like Jax and Vi will most likely crush you when they get to close, so getting that extra bit of Armor penetration while you kite them is realy not a bad thing, plus the procs on [imgsmall=items/statikk-shiv.png] will help alot aswell. Last Whisper will probably do more damage then Infinity Edge early mid game anyways. Unless you're fed ofcourse, then you go for [imgsmall=items/infinity-edge.png] right away. Remember to buy [imgsmall=items/elixir-of-fortitude.png] if possible and only use it when you know a teamfight is going to happen. You can sell your [imgsmall=items/dorans-blade.png] etc. for your end game items. If you died, try to stack up [imgsmall=items/the-bloodthirster.png] again before another teamfight. You can do this by asking your jungler to get some neutral monsters in the jungle or to just farm a bit in lane. Be very cautious of your minimap tho. The enemy team might just pop in to say hello if not everything is warded properly. Stick to your support and jungler/top lane at all times, if you go out alone you will die.

I probably can't say this enough time's so I'm just gonna make it look big and in the middle of this chapter: [title][center][highlight]POSITIONING IS KEY FOR CAITLYN!!![/highlight][/center][/title] There... that should do it :) Try to go for the main damage dealer if possible. If this is not possible, try to go for the target that's closest to you, this way you stay away from the epicenter of the battle but still deal tons of damage!! (thanks Phreak). Remember when I said that Caitlyn's [imgsmall=skills/caitlyn/q.png] is a realy good ability for laning? Exactly, [highlight]LANING[/highlight]. You could cast this spell a few times to poke on the enemy team when a fight is about to happen, but never use it when you are actually dealing damage in the main teamfight. It will just make you lose DPS and you will most likely be focused down right away when you do this. Remember, Piltover Peacemaker is an ability that will make you stand still for half a second. That's enough for the enemy bruiser to come close enough and smack you down like WWE. Don't get greedy on kills. If you see a low HP enemy running away from the fight, DON'T CHASE! It's a good thing that he's running away, less targets to focus and more damage on your own side. Running enemy's is usually a guaranteed team fight win. If it's late enough in the game, it's probably even a win. Remember to use [imgsmall=summoners/cleanse.png] when possible and if you bought [imgsmall=items/quicksilver-sash.png] or even [imgsmall=items/mercurial-scimitar.png]use it aswell. Other then that, positioning and teamcommunication is the most important thing!

I stream alot of LoL games with friends and viewers! Feel like joining in? Go ahead! I won't bite;) Unless I have a bad day... Oh man.. Here's a small example of Caitlyn in small teamfight taking place in the jungle. Note: I kept track of the headshot count and the place where Elise would be landing;) [title][center][highlight][/highlight][/center][/title] See you there summoners;)

I hope everyone enjoyed reading my first guide, I certainly enjoyed making it:) Please, do mention any spelling error's since English is not my native language. [b]Leave a comment down below how I can improve this guide and how I can improve on new guides, because I'm definatly making another one ;)[/b] Thanks for reading summoner! -Major

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