Caitlyn Build Guide

Counter-Strike : GO CAIT !

Updated 4 years ago
  • 9
    Greater Mark of Attack Damage (+0.95 attack damage)
  • 9
    Greater Seal of Armor (+1 armor)
  • 9
    Greater Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist (+0.16 magic resist per level (+3 at champion level 18))
  • 3
    Greater Quintessence of Attack Damage (+2.25 attack damage)
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Caitlyn is one of the AD carries that was overpicked for a while, then nerfed until nobody bothered playing her. With the current meta, where there is only 3 AD carries, in the game ([imgsmall=champ/ezreal.png], [imgsmall=champ/graves.png], [imgsmall=champ/corki.png]), Cait can shine because she can beat all of them if played correctly. She's underrated, and this guide will explain you the true power of one of the best AD carries in the game. [title]Base Stats[/title] Damage : 47 ([number]+3[/number] / per level) Health : 390 ([number]+80[/number] / per level) Mana : 255 ([number]+35[/number] / per level) Move Speed : 300 Armor : 13 ([number]+3.5 [/number]/ per level) Spell Block : 30 Health Regen : 4.75 ([number]+0.55[/number] / per level) Mana Regen : 6.5 ([number]+0.55[/number] / per level) [highlight]Pros[/highlight] [.] Safe in teamfight [.] Long range [.] Great poke ability [.] Good map control, can prevent gank [.] Scale well the whole game [.] Escape [.] She likes big rifles... [highlight]Cons[/highlight] [.] In trouble if raped early game [.] Right click only Late Game [.] Falls off a little bit mid game without Nunu [.] Very situational ultimate [.] She's very slow Special thanks to Flandre5carlet [title]Log[/title] 12/05/2012 : Updated for S3 10/27/2012 : Edited Ez matchup 10/06/2012 : Replay added 09/23/2012 : Fixed textual problems (gonna upload new soloQ replay soon!) 09/22/2012 : Guide Released

This guide is the result of a collaboration between two EUW Diamond AD players (PhoenixKami, 2k2 elo and Vegetalik, 2k4 elo) We have debated about the best ways to play Caitlyn in the current meta, and wanted to share our thoughts with you. [imgext=] [imgext=] [imgext=] [imgext=] [title]PhoenixKami's guides :[/title] [highlight]Vayne :[/highlight] [highlight]Akali :[/highlight]

[imgext=] [title]Mark[/title] [.][number]AD :[/number] AD runes let you last hit caster minions under tower (after 1 tower hit) and scale very well with your Q and R, you may deal less damage on your opponent but the damage output from spells is better. [.]Armor Pen : In the current meta almost everyone get yellow armor runes, red armor pen helps you a lot to deal more damage early game (against champ). Better if you aim mid/late game because of the scaling with Last Whisper. [title]Seal[/title] [.][number]Armor :[/number] Great early game, but less and less efficient throughout the game (especially when the enemy AD carry gets Last Whisper). At the beginning of the game, you won't take true damage (most of people gets armor pen marks), letting you a great lane sustain. Plus armor runes are very cheap (one of the best cost/efficiency in the game), it's a must have. [title]Glyph[/title] [.]Flat MR : With your range, you don't need MR early game because you will be very safe if you position well yourself. [.][number]MR/lvl :[/number] These runes are better on Cait, even against Sona she won't be able to reach you if you play well. Your only problem early game is against the enemy AD carry which deals physical damage. [.]AS : Viable against a bot lane which doesnt have magic damage. (not often) [title]Quint[/title] [.][number]Flat AD :[/number] Last hit, harass, piltover damages increased. Best Quint on Cait. [.]Armor Pen : If you aim late game.

[title][img=skills/caitlyn/p.png] Passive: Headshot[/title] [number]Every 8 / 7 / 6 attacks (at level 1 / 7 / 13) (attacks while in brush count as 2), Caitlyn will fire a headshot, dealing either 150% damage to a champion or 250% damage to a minion. [/number] [title]Explanation:[/title] Very strong passive from early to late game. This is what makes from Caitlyn a good AD carry, because this is her only ability that gives her additional damage on basic attacks. You can use it for harassing your opponnent on lane, then for insane damage in fights. [title][img=skills/caitlyn/q.png] Q: Piltover Peacemaker[/title] [number]Caitlyn revs up her rifle for 1 second to unleash a penetrating shot which deals 20 / 65 / 110 / 155 / 200 (+130% Attack Damage) physical damage (deals 10% less damage to subsequent targets, with a maximum loss of 50%).[/number] [title]Explanation:[/title] Good skill for harassing and pushing on lane. It hurts early on, but falls off hard past mid game. Use it for facechecking if you can't/don't want to use trap, it makes a noise when you hit. [title][img=skills/caitlyn/w.png] W: Yordle Snap Trap[/title] [number]Caitlyn sets up to three traps to find sneaky yordles, which trigger on champions. When sprung, the trap immobilizes the target, reveals them for a short duration, and deals 80/130/180/230/280 (+80% of ability power) magic damage over 1.5 seconds. Traps last for 4 minutes. Cooldown 20/17/14/11/8 Cost 50 mana Range 500[/number] [title]Explanation:[/title] Very useful ability. Prevents you from facechecking (it gives you vision for 1sec when you place it in a bush), and from lane or tribush ganks. You can also place it when someone chases you, he will go in your trap or lose time by trying to avoid it. [title][img=skills/caitlyn/e.png] E: 90 Caliber Net[/title] [number]Caitlyn fires a net to slow her target by 50% for 1/1.25/1.5/1.75/2 seconds. This deals 80/130/180/230/280 (+80% of ability power) magic damage and knocks Caitlyn back. Cooldown 18/16/14/12/10 seconds Cost 75 mana Range 500[/number] [title]Explanation:[/title] Good escape ability that will save your life pretty often. You can go through walls with it (only the small ones). [title][img=skills/caitlyn/r.png] R: Ace in the Hole[/title] [number]Caitlyn takes time to line up the perfect shot, dealing 250 / 475 / 700 (+2 per attack damage) physical damage to a single target at a huge range. Enemy champions can intercept the bullet for their ally. Cooldown 90/75/60 seconds Cost 100 mana Range 1900/2050/2200[/number] [title]Explanation:[/title] Makes pretty nice damage but can be easily blocked. Use it for poking or finishing running targets. Please don't use it in the middle of a fight, you 'll lose a lot of dps and an enemy might be blocking it.

[center][img=skills/caitlyn/r.png] > [img=skills/caitlyn/q.png] > [img=skills/caitlyn/w.png] > [img=skills/caitlyn/e.png][/center] [highlight]R > Q > W > E[/highlight] R for obvious reasons. Q for harassing early game and push the waves. W for cooldown, better drake/nash control and push ability tower. E last because it is not useful to max it early, just an escape tool take it at level 4 on ~~ [title]Why W at level 1 ?[/title] To prevent an enemy invade, secure your buffs, secure your golems on blue side.

[imgsmall=items/infinity-edge.png] is the item for RAW damage, this item + [imgsmall=skills/caitlyn/p.png] will deal tons of damage. Moreover it's a good item because of Cait's range which let you safe and thus you take less damage as a result. [imgsmall=items/the-bloodthirster.png] is good too. It provides you a lot of sustain and good damage from spells ([imgsmall=skills/caitlyn/q.png] and [imgsmall=skills/caitlyn/r.png]), and it's 800 cheaper than IE. Stack it fast. These items got their pros and cons, just adapt according to the situation.

[title]Starting items[/title] [img=items/dorans-blade.png] Since MS up, you don't boots first anymore especially with Cait because of your range. You will heal back on minions aswell so take Doran first to dominate your lane. [title]First Back[/title] [img=items/berserkers-greaves.png] [img=items/dorans-blade.png]or[img=items/boots-of-speed.png][img=items/dorans-blade.png] [img=items/dorans-blade.png]or[img=items/boots-of-speed.png] [img=items/dorans-blade.png] [img=items/vampiric-scepter.png] I personally like buying [imgsmall=items/berserkers-greaves.png] and one [imgsmall=items/dorans-blade.png] early on, it brings some more mobility, because as i said, Cait is slow as hell. Your harass will be much more effective, and if you're against a low range ADC like [imgsmall=champ/graves.png] or [imgsmall=champ/corki.png], he will just can't get close to you. You can either go for double [imgsmall=items/dorans-blade.png] if you feel like you need HP. An early [imgsmall=items/vampiric-scepter.png] will provide you more sustain, if you take too much damage. [title]Mid Game[/title] [title]([img=items/dorans-blade.png]) [img=items/dorans-blade.png] [img=items/the-bloodthirster.png] [img=items/berserkers-greaves.png][/title] [title]OR[/title] [title][img=items/dorans-blade.png] [img=items/dorans-blade.png] [img=items/infinity-edge.png] [img=items/berserkers-greaves.png] ([img=items/vampiric-scepter.png])[/title] You can take BT or IE first depending of your game. If you die often don't buy BT since you will lose half of your stack everytime you will die. Both of these items will give you a good damage output from your AAs and spells. Then start building your : [img=items/statikk-shiv.png] It will gives you attack speed and crit chance, all stats are useful on Cait : [.] Mobility [.] Attack speed to proc the passive more often [.] Crit chance to crit more often with IE You can't skip this item. Then buy a defensive item your build should look like (with IE for example) : [img=items/berserkers-greaves.png][img=items/dorans-blade.png][img=items/dorans-blade.png][img=items/infinity-edge.png][img=items/statikk-shiv.png] [highlight]+ DEFENSIVE ITEM[/highlight] [title]End Game[/title] (Keeping IE first as example) [img=items/berserkers-greaves.png][img=items/infinity-edge.png][img=items/statikk-shiv.png][img=items/last-whisper.png][img=items/the-bloodthirster.png] [highlight]+ DEFENSIVE ITEM[/highlight] Last Whisper is a must have on an AD carry in order to deal damage to the offtanks who will rush you. You have to deal damage even against high armored target or they will zone you hard in teamfights. Start building this item when the enemy get [imgsmall=items/chain-vest.png] if not get your second B.F. item. Finish your last B.F. item for a higher damage output. [title]Defensive Items :[/title] [img=items/guardian-angel.png] [.] OP item, resists + revive, the enemy team will avoid to focus you and you will be free dps. Buy this item if your team is reliant on you or you are far in the late game. [img=items/banshees-veil.png] [.] Expensive but this is the only way to counter some champs such [img=champ/malphite.png][img=champ/leblanc.png][img=champ/akali.png][img=champ/anivia.png][img=champ/karthus.png] [img=items/quicksilver-sash.png] [.] Good against heavy CC team or suppression such [img=champ/malzahar.png][img=champ/mordekaiser.png][img=champ/morgana.png][img=champ/skarner.png][img=champ/warwick.png][img=champ/xerath.png][img=champ/urgot.png][img=champ/galio.png][img=champ/cassiopeia.png] [title]Other items[/title] [img=items/executioners-calling.png] Good item, if you started by building an IE first. Indeed, after your GA and LW you will build your last item which is a BT. However if you back with less than 2550 (BT price) and the game is about to finish or a major teamfight will occur, then this item will help you : lot of sustain and critical chance scaling with IE and Cait's passive. [img=items/the-black-cleaver.png] Situational item, take it with full armpen rune page, if you have Nunu as support you will deal true damage with your AAs early game. Therefore IE or BT first are better in term of damage output and farming abitlity, BC remains behind. This item replaces LW. [img=items/wriggles-lantern.png] Still good, but too expensive imo, delay your stuff which isn't affordable on Cait, she need to rush items to be really effective. Not recommanded.

Early Game against low armored target,t=TargetDummy,d=Dps We can see that Black Cleaver deals more damage than the others build early game. End Game against heavy armored target,t=TargetDummy,d=Dps However this build totally falls off against heavy armored champ late game. [imgsmall=items/randuins-omen.png] and [imgsmall=items/frozen-heart.png] destroy it totally aswell. That's why BC first is only good early against early champ such [imgsmall=champ/urgot.png]


[center][img=champ/malphite.png][img=champ/rengar.png][/center] [.] Malphite counters you really really hard, his AS debuff will shit on you and you won't deal any damage until you get your Last Whisper. His [imgsmall=skills/malphite/r.png] is almost impossible to dodge. The only way to counter him is to build [imgsmall=items/banshees-veil.png] but this item can be pop by [imgsmall=skills/malphite/q.png] [.] Rengar OP, stealth jump on you GG. You need [imgsmall=items/guardian-angel.png]

[title]GOD KAISER LORD 神 SUPPORT WITH CAIT[/title] [img=champ/nunu.png][img=champ/nunu.png][img=champ/nunu.png][img=champ/nunu.png][img=champ/nunu.png][img=champ/nunu.png][img=champ/nunu.png][img=champ/nunu.png] Nunu is fuckin op with Cait because his W gives Cait what she needs most : an AS steroid. With this Cait becomes one of the best carries in the game of Riot Games© : League of Legends. You can proc your passive more often and deal stupid damage. Taking down towers very fast etc... Nunu = God and as Caitlyn you must pray for him, if he's in a good mood he will buy you a [imgsmall=items/zekes-herald.png] [title]Other Good Supports[/title] In fact all the supports are good with Cait except Leona. [img=champ/alistar.png] [.] Has a lot of CC that can protect you and a spammable heal. With his Q + W combo you can put a trap under someone and then Q his face. He will protect you in teamfights but he doesn't really give you a big advantage in lane. [img=champ/blitzcrank.png] [.] Like Alistar, however he must grab someone over a trap to be useful otherwise you will only be able to Q them and auto attack a bit. His grab wins games so he is still a good support. [img=champ/lulu.png] [.] Good harass lane, gives you additionnal damage on your autoattacks and movement speed. She can win a bad trade with her polymorph, totally deny a gank with it and her slow. You have a free heal at level 6 thanks to [imgsmall=skills/lulu/r.png] [img=champ/sona.png] [.] Like Lulu but with sustain, she can burst, poke poke poke and win the lane. You have a heal and stun which will help you for trades and ganks. At level 6, Sona can (ult icon) then you can place a trap under their AD and burst him with your [imgsmall=skills/caitlyn/q.png] [img=champ/soraka.png] [.] Spam spam spam, farm farm farm, deny when you can, trade when your heal is up. [img=champ/taric.png] [.] Cait + Taric is one of the most well known bottom lanes in the game. Taric's stun + trap = long stun + Cait's Q and the opponent will be low hp. Do this combo every time you can and you will win the lane. You can burst hard at level 6. [img=champ/janna.png] [.] Janna's shield makes Piltover deal a lot of damage, but you don't have any sustain so play carefully and don't go for trades you don't think you can win.

[number]Most of AD carry you will see bottom lane[/number] [img=champ/ashe.png] [.] This is not really an easy lane but she can't beat you early game if you don't make any mistakes. Her volley has a higher cooldown than your [imgsmall=skills/caitlyn/q.png] and you can avoid her [imgsmall=skills/ashe/w.png] by staying behind creeps. You can poke her everytime she will go for a last hit. She only has one offensive spell besides her ultimate. Don't forget to take [imgsmall=summoners/cleanse.png] [img=champ/corki.png] [.] If you play well, he won't be able to land a single [imgsmall=skills/corki/q.png] on you, he has short range and you can deny him easily. His only way to reach you is to Valkyrie in, if he does just [imgsmall=skills/caitlyn/e.png] away + [imgsmall=skills/caitlyn/q.png] + some autoattacks. Just try to be out of his range. [img=champ/draven.png] [.] Draaaaven is probably one of the most underrated AD carries in the game, his damage output is stupid and he can zone you hard. Put your traps where his axes fall, then Q him if he got immobilized. DON'T trade when his Q is active, you can't outdamage him. [img=champ/ezreal.png] [.] Nerfed, he's really easy to beat in lane now, you just have to dodge his Q and you win your lane. Harass him whenever he comes to lasthit and Q him when his E is on CD, he won't be able to do anything to you. [img=champ/graves.png] [.] Annoying, you have to poke him hard and don't let him get close to you, play the same way that you would against Corki. [img=champ/kogmaw.png] [.] One of the ADCs that outdamages you late game.. Deny him hard, [imgsmall=skills/caitlyn/q.png],[imgsmall=skills/caitlyn/w.png] etc... Spam everything on him. Just don't trade when his W is on. Remember that your E can save you from his passive. [img=champ/missfortune.png] [.] Probably one of the best Cait counters : high base stats and high damage output early game. Your range lets you disable her passive so she loses a lot of mobility but don't try to fight her if she has all her CDs, you can't win a straight 1v1 early game. Farm and poke. [img=champ/sivir.png] [.] Unlike what a lot of people think, Sivir isn't that good against Cait, her range is too short and she can get poked really hard, just autoattack her when she last hits. You can bait with your traps to Q her right after her shield is down. Just don't spam your Q. [img=champ/tristana.png] [.] Be careful with this girl, she has a very high burst early game. She can jump on you and do massive damage at level 2 and 6. If she has [imgsmall=champ/alistar.png] or [imgsmall=champ/taric.png] with her, consider taking an early point in [imgsmall=skills/caitlyn/e.png]. Her mid game suxx very hard though, this often wins the game. [img=champ/varus.png] [.] Don't think it's an easy lane, he has a lot of offensive spells and beats you hard if you make a mistake. Use his lack of mobility to set traps and Q his face. Ganks destroy Varus. [img=champ/vayne.png] [.] You have to deny her, stand between creeps and her then AA her every time, she won't be able to trade with you early game. Don't use the bushes for your passive, you will be condemn and die. Don't 1v1 her after the laning phase. [img=champ/urgot.png] [.] Dodge his E (easier said than done). This champ will rush armor against you that's why you can consider going [imgsmall=items/the-black-cleaver.png] first.

[center][imgext=][/center] From aAa website.

Caitlyn is one of the strongest AD early game, she can zone her opponent hard thanks to her range. Start Boots or Doran depending of your support. Take Golems if you are on blue side otherwise [highlight]DENY[/highlight] enemy golems, they will take damage from them and with your damage output early game it's really easy to make them back. Start harassing at level 2 because traps arent useful at level 1 without your Q. Your lane strategy is simple : [highlight]outfarm your opponent while denying him[/highlight] With your range you can farm safety, check your allied HP minions. When the enemy AD will go for a minion, he won't be able to attack you = free harass. Don't forget to put your traps to zone or prevent a gank. At your first back try to back with at least 1200g and buy : [imgsmall=items/berserkers-greaves.png][imgsmall=items/dorans-blade.png] or [imgsmall=items/dorans-blade.png][imgsmall=items/dorans-blade.png] against bursty lane. Even if Cait is very good early on, don't try to trade with someone like Ezreal when he puts his W debuff on you... Remember, you are squishy so your only avantage is your range. If you see that a trade is going wrong, just E away. Primary Goal : Don't bet everything on early game, Cait is a good late game champ although she's behind Vayne, Kog, Trist. Don't be greedy you will die for nothing and lose farm. Beware of an early drake. Finish your first B.F. item and be ready for mid game.

Rush your Statikk Shiv, it will give you higher mobility to switch lanes and rush objectives. If you bought BT dont forget to stack it. Take care if you stay bottom lane, enemy middle, jungler will begin to gank a LOT more often and roaming a LOT more often too. If you have no wards don't go too far in your lane. You have to play safe. Keep to have the drake warded. And if your team goes in teamfight GO WITH YOUR TEAM. You are the AD carry they need you in teamfight even if the bottom lane is pushing a lot. Laning phase is over, you must group with your team to take objectives like Dragon, Nashor, Buffs, and Tower. Your goal is to destroy the enemy Nexus, not to be full stuff (wait...). You need control on objectives. Try to fight with a finished item! Tell your team to delay a fight if they can until you get your item. When you finish your Statik Shiv, you have to think about which defensive item you have to take. [imgsmall=items/guardian-angel.png] is the most versatile item, giving you armor and MR. Refer to Item Builds Chapter for more details on which defensive item take. Keep farming and stay with your team. Force a fight in the jungle with traps, except if they have someone like [imgsmall=champ/anivia.png] or [imgsmall=champ/trundle.png] [highlight]Usually they will start to stack armor so build your [imgsmall=items/last-whisper.png] if they don't build your second B.F. item. [/highlight] If your team is winning you can roam the map to find creeps and push towers, but keep an eye on the location of your team and the enemy team. Caitlyn is a pusher champ you can take down turrets very fast and safely.

I will be fairly clear : Cait has a good late game. Her damage is not the same as Kog, Vayne, Trist but she deals a lot of damage with her passive, and a good positioning. You are the main damage-dealer of your team. You must have one-two of your B.F. items and/or [imgsmall=items/last-whisper.png] Start building your last B.F. item / Last Whisper. Baron must be warded EVERYTIME. If they go drake GO BARON. This is way more important than drake late game. This is very basic, but the stress in game can make you make dumb mistakes. If you died before, stack your [imgsmall=items/the-bloodthirster.png] as fast as possible. Stick with your team, push the towers even with your short range. Be with your team if they go nash or drake anyway you have to stay with your team everytime late game. Push lanes and tower. When pushing a tower poke and set traps to annoy the enemy team. Dont forget to AA the tower whenever you can. Your positionning in those late game teamfights will be crucial to win the game. Dont forget : [imgsmall=items/elixir-of-fortitude.png][imgsmall=items/elixir-of-agility.png]

[highlight]POSITIONING POSITIONING POSITIONING.[/highlight] It's the huge difference between a good AD carry and a bad AD carry. If you can position yourself to deal as much damage as you can,you did your job. Your focus in teamfight is the nearest target. Don't go straight to an enemy carry in a fight, or you will survive like 2 seconds, it's not your job. When you feel like you can focus their main damage-dealers without being too much focused, go ahead. If they have an assassin, take care and stay near your team during the fight until he used all his CD. Try to avoid opponents with [imgsmall=items/thornmail.png] or [imgsmall=items/randuins-omen.png] In the fight, stay away from the offtanks and dps with your range, unless they have gap closer it's very hard to focus you. Use your traps to prevent a rush on your face. Don't waste time casting your [imgsmall=skills/caitlyn/q.png] in late game fights, it will just make you lose dps, nothing more. Don't use ult in fights too, and try to stay in brushes the longer you can for your passive. Don't be greedy if someone if someone is low and runs away; if your team is fighting, forget the runner and help your team. When a GA died, set a trap to immobilize him right after he came back to life, it will be a kill for sure if you aren't zoned by enemies. If you see your team dying before you come in the fight and the enemy team is full life just run away. Dont die for nothing, if your team got caught or did a bad engage don't be aced for nothing. Don't forget to use [imgsmall=summoners/cleanse.png] if you are CCed, ignited, exhausted. Use your [imgsmall=items/quicksilver-sash.png] if you bought one one.

[title]Against 2k premade [/title]

[own3d][/own3d] All my replays were broken so I did a fast vid to show you how to play cait :d Didn't play that well but it's ok

Break the meta and stop playing only 3 ADs ! Play Cait and Vayne :)))

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