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Detailed Caitlyn Guide

@Lukke08

Yo!

Welcome to my in-depth guide on onlyguides.com for

Caitlyn
ADC.

My name is Lukke and I'm professional ADC Coach. I'm mostly playing on EUW where I peaked around 350 LP. So far I've been coaching for more than one year with hundreds of satisfied students. In the past. I've played other MOBA games like Dota 2 and Smite which helped me view the game from different angle.

I've been playing League of Legends and also ADC since season 6 and I'm basically playing every single ADC and also a lot of mages or off meta picks on bot lane. I'm trying to outsmart my opponents and get ahead with the best possible runes and best possible build.

Caitlyn
is one of my favorite ADCs since she was one of the first ADCs I've mastered.
Caitlyn
is easy to play on a decent level but there is a massive difference between average
Caitlyn
and insane
Caitlyn
. I play
Caitlyn
only if I have support like
Lux
,
Karma
, or
Renata Glasc
because my goal is to smash early. I like that with
Caitlyn
you must play aggressively during the laning phase and you must get ahead. Keep reading and you will know everything you need to know about
Caitlyn
.


Patch 12.4

So what changed that I'm making

Caitlyn
guide? Well first of all nobody makes
Caitlyn
guide here and also she is strong even after her nerf on
Piltover Peacemaker
but now since
Renata Glasc
is in a game they have decent synergy. You can combo your W:
Yordle Snap Trap
and
Renata Glasc
's Q:
Handshake
for chain CC. Not only that
Caitlyn
is known for lane dominance and if you face melee support together with
Renata Glasc
you will be able to procc
Renata Glasc
's passive a lot.

Ashe
got placebo buff so there is a chance that players will start playing her since she is strong against
Caitlyn
but overall every single laning phase should be easy for you.


Caitlyn Guide Overview

I will start this Guide with a general build overview, then we move to Spells and Skill Path. After this, we will take deeper look at Runes, Build, and Summoner Spells. In the end, I will tell you how to generally play the Laning Phase, Mid Game, and Team Fights. We will also take a look at few basic and frequently used combos/mechanics. The last part of this guide will be devoted to mathups.


Best Overall Runes


Spells

Skill Priority

Best Overall Build


This would be the most basic

Caitlyn
build that I would recommend but there is way more to know about her build - so we need to adjust our build for every single game. Keep reading and you will for sure understand what will be the best build for your game!


Abilities

I'm on the case.

Caitlyn
has the highest base auto-attack range so make sure you play as aggressively as possible. We need to get ahead early to snowball the game early. Her scaling is decent but it might be a bit harder for you if you don't get ahead early.


Passive

Headshot

Caitlyn
's basic attacks generate a stack, doubled when attacking from the brush. At 6 stacks
Caitlyn
's next basic attack consumes all stacks to become a
Headshot
.

Simple passive. Try to use most of your

Headshot
on enemy champions. Once you get 5 stacks move a bit forward and then auto-attack creep to get
Headshot
and after it use it on the enemy champion. If you move after you get
Headshot
they will be able to run away in time.

You can also

Headshot
enemy turrets - meaning you are an insane pushing monster.


Q

Piltover Peacemaker

Caitlyn
fires a piercing shot in the target direction that deals physical damage to the first enemy. After it expands in width but deals only 50% damage to enemies it passes thereafter.

If enemies step into your

Yordle Snap Trap
will recieve full damage from
Piltover Peacemaker
- which means you can fire it through creeps.

Use it as a poke tool and also for push since we want to have lane priority with

Caitlyn
. We don't want to push 24/7 but securing early level 2 must be always in your favor.


W

Yordle Snap Trap

Caitlyn
sets visible untargetable trap at the target location which grants sight of the area for 1 second (great for scouting so you don't face check) The next enemy champion that springs the trap is rooted for 1.5 seconds, revealed for 3 seconds, takes additional damage from
Headshot
, and becomes immune to further
Yordle Snap Trap
for 3 seconds.

Yordle Snap Trap
is your defining spell. Don't be afraid to spam it next to creeps so enemy ADC has a hard time laning against you. You can also try using it at the same time when they are going for an auto-attack since they can't move - they might step into it a few times.

Another thing that you can do with

Yordle Snap Trap
is hiding it - behind turret (make sure you bind attack champion only) or inside of dead bodies - also a bit harder to spot.

Each extra point into

Yordle Snap Trap
lowers recharge time and extends trap duration by 5 seconds. On rank 3 you get a maximum of 4 traps and on rank 5 you get a maximum of 5 traps. (with 5 traps you can block a lot of chokes). Here is a short video about it:

How to use Caitlyn Traps

E

90 Caliber Net

Caitlyn
fires a net in the target direction and recoils 390 units in the opposite direction. The net deals magic damage to the first enemy hit and slows them by 50% for 1 second.

You can use

90 Caliber Net
into
Piltover Peacemaker
quickly for long-range poke. Even though you dash out your
Piltover Peacemaker
will fire from the original position.


R

Ace in the Hole

Caitlyn
locks onto the target enemy champion and channels for 1 second, revealing them and revealing herself.
Ace in the Hole
is placed on a 5-second cooldown if canceled.

Don't use

Ace in the Hole
only for execution. You can use it during the laning phase for poke as well when enemy support is far away from enemy ADC or you can use it against stealth champions to make sure your team sees them.


Skill Path

Your main spell and spell you max first is usually

Piltover Peacemaker
. But in some cases, you can put only 3 points into
Piltover Peacemaker
and then max your
Yordle Snap Trap
if you want to siege earlier. With a fully maxed
Yordle Snap Trap
we can place 5 traps and block the entire lane and a lot of chokes.

This is overall best possible Skill Path:

  • Skill Path
  • Alternative
  • Ultra Aggro Early

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You can do a few things differently. If you don't need your

90 Caliber Net
early and you play with
Lux
you can even go Q → W → Q → E. Or just simply Q → W → E if you have some trap set up.

Another thing like I said that you can do differently is putting only 3 points into

Piltover Peacemaker
and then fully maxing your
Yordle Snap Trap
.


Runes

Not let's talk about runes for a bit because there are a lot of options that you can go and how you can adjust them to your specific game. Overall this will be the best and most standard rune page:

But there are more things to talk about so keep reading if you want to have the best possible rune page for your game.

  • Default
  • Lethal Tempo
  • Resolve
  • Domination


So what exactly can we change? I will start with Keystone and Primary tree and then move to secondary tree rune options.


Best Keystone for Caitlyn

We have two options to choose from. First one is

Lethal Tempo
and the second one is
Fleet Footwork
. So when do we want to take
Lethal Tempo
and when
Fleet Footwork
you might ask?

It is actually simple. We want to take

Fleet Footwork
in cases where we are not able to auto-attack that often. Usually long-range lanes.

On the other hand, we want to take

Lethal Tempo
when we know that we can auto-attack a lot e.g. heavy frontline.

In the majority of my games, I'm running

Fleet Footwork
due to the current meta. But for sure you will run into some games where
Lethal Tempo
will be better. I often decide based on the lane that I'm facing. If I'm against some poke support I would rather take
Fleet Footwork
but against a champion like
Alistar
I take
Lethal Tempo
since I can hit him more frequently.


In the first rune slot, we have once again two options.

Presence of Mind
and
Overheal
. If you can manage your mana pool
Overheal
will be always better, but if you struggle with mana a bit or you want to spam more spells take
Presence of Mind
. I never take
Triumph
since it is a weak rune overall and you must get a lot of kills to be useful. That's why I always take more consistent runes.


Here we have only one real option and that's

Legend: Bloodline
. Obviously, you can take sometimes
Legend: Alacrity
if you play purely for the laning phase and you want to get more value early on, but since we are not building any lifesteal item
Legend: Bloodline
will have high value.


The best rune here is

Cut Down
.
Caitlyn
has low base HP so we will be proccing
Cut Down
even faster. Especially if we start with
Long Sword
and 3
Health Potion
. We will not build any HP so taking
Coup de Grace
is useless and you don't want to drop low as
Caitlyn
so taking
Last Stand
is also useless.


Best secondary page for
Caitlyn

This will be relatively easy and short. Sorcery is the best overall secondary page, Domination is playable and sometimes I would take Resolve. Inspiration is garbage.

Sorcery - Here I take only

Absolute Focus
and
Gathering Storm
. Broken and underused combo. It gives us a lot of AD when the game is not even decided.

Domination - Here you take it because of

Ingenious Hunter
(to lower
Galeforce
cooldown) and another rune can be
Taste of Blood
or
Zombie Ward
/
Eyeball Collection
/
Ghost Poro
. If you need a bit of extra healing take
Taste of Blood
but if you have a free lane take stacking rune. In lower elo, you stack
Eyeball Collection
fastest but higher it will be
Zombie Ward
or
Ghost Poro
.

Resolve - We take this against a lot of assassins when we need extra armor or magic resistance. Key rune is here

Conditioning
and the second one is
Overgrowth
or
Revitalize
. If you play with enchanter take
Revitalize
if not take
Overgrowth
.


What is the best build for Caitlyn?

There are a few items that we can change in our build but overall it stays the same. But still, there are a few important decisions that we must make in our build.

I will start with boots since this is pretty easy and you will be buying the same boots almost every game.

Berserker's Greaves
are best boots for you. Sometimes I rush them but overall rushing Mythic is more important for
Caitlyn
than rushing
Berserker's Greaves
. When I have a full build I sometimes change them for
Plated Steelcaps
in case I need extra armor and also lower auto-attack damage.

Here is a quick item tl;dr. If you want to know more about items then keep reading.

  • Breakdown

Starting Items

We have two options. More popular nowadays is to start with

Long Sword
and 3
Health Potion
. This way we can rush our Mythic sooner and also we can procc
Cut Down
since early levels. I start with
Doran's Blade
only in cases where I know that I need an extra 80 HP and won't trade a lot. If you take one bad trade with
Doran's Blade
your laning phase will be doomed.

Which Items are good for

Caitlyn
?

We can start with Mythic. If you want mobility and also you want to burst enemy champion make sure to buy

Galeforce
. You can use it defensively but also aggressively as an execution tool. I go
Kraken Slayer
only when I know that I will auto-attack a lot.

Here are the biggest build errors that

Caitlyn
players do:




Lord Dominik's Regards
vs.
The Collector

Simply - if you want to play aggressively and end the game on two items then

The Collector
is better. But if the game will last longer
Lord Dominik's Regards
will outscale. Here is a quick video about it:

https://www.desmos.com/calculator/yddjhnhrp7



Infinity Edge
vs.
Lord Dominik's Regards
3rd item

In the majority of cases

Infinity Edge
is a better 3rd item. That's why I always say - Build
Infinity Edge
as your 3rd item!

Once again here is a quick video of why:

https://www.desmos.com/calculator/k23ijzoyw3

But what if you don't watch to buy

The Collector
or
Lord Dominik's Regards
as your second item? You can buy
Phantom Dancer
if you can auto-attack a lot and when they are not building armor. Usually, I go
Kraken Slayer
with
Lethal Tempo
into
Phantom Dancer
and
Infinity Edge
because it is relatively cheap.
Phantom Dancer
has a high value for 2600 golds.

Usually, I finish my build with

Bloodthirster
or if I don't build
Zeal
item early I buy
Rapid Firecannon
as my 4th item. Sometimes you can go
Quicksilver Sash
against heavy CC. I do not recommend building
Guardian Angel
on
Caitlyn
. If they kill you once you will die again.

If you will face multiple poke champions you can go

Bloodthirster
as your second item. It will help you a lot. If that is a case go
Galeforce
into
Bloodthirster
.


Summoner Spells

This one will be relatively simple. The most used Summoner Spell will be

Heal
. In games where someone wants to dive in I take
Exhaust
.

  • Summs

If you need a

Cleanse
against something like
Leona
don't be afraid to take it.


Analyzing Loading Screen

Now I will show you how you can analyze loading screen in this video:

So we want to focus on 3 points:

- Runes & Build

- Matchup

- Other Lanes


Laning Phase

So how do we want to play the lane? We want to play as aggressive as possible especially against melee supports. If we play against melee support try to not leash and also try to hit them as much as possible level 1. Usually you don't want to leash with

Caitlyn
since lane priority is really important.

There is one thing that is common for every single Laning Phase. Track enemy champion's cooldowns! It is really important to play around. If enemy botlane has no cooldown - play aggressive. If you don't have cooldowns - play passive.

If you have support that you can chain your

Yordle Snap Trap
with then keep some of them always ready. If not spam them close to the creeps like I showed you in the video.

Once we hit level 6 we can use our

Ace in the Hole
for poke. Getting few plates and staying ahead is the most important thing for
Caitlyn
in early game.

Remember that you don't need to push 24/7, but you can also freeze. If you are ahead it is easier since they can't get close to the wave. If you will end up in this spot where you are freezing make sure to also zone them away from XP.


Mid Game

This will be pretty easy to explain since Mid Game as an ADC is really simple. All we are trying to do is securing Mid Lane priority so we can move towards side lanes or enemy jungle. Obviously, sometimes you won't be able to get Mid Lane priority. In that case, wait until the enemy team shoves it but this time they will be the one with the first move.

In this game period, we must maintain 10 cs per minute without any issues. Don't be afraid to do what is called Cycling - getting timers of enemy camps and few seconds before it spawns get lane priority and move towards that camp (you can really get ahead just from cycling camps). Same thing we do before drake spawns - we secure mid priority so they must go through chokes.

If you are ahead keep pushing your lead by taking turrets, objectives and contesting enemy camps. Honestly, just from contesting every single camp without any fighting, we can slowly secure a free win.

Remember to use your

Yordle Snap Trap
a lot while you are sieging or fighting for drakes. It will be hard for them to contest it when you cover some entrances with your
Yordle Snap Trap
.


Team Fights

So how do we play Team Fights with Caitlyn? You have few styles that you can choose from. Playing around your

Yordle Snap Trap
is the easiest. Not only that you can block chokes with it but you can also dance around them when you are hitting melee champion without any dash.

If anyone steps into your

Yordle Snap Trap
be ready to burst them and when you have 3 items you can even one shot them.

If you will play

Lethal Tempo
with
Kraken Slayer
it is sometimes better to not use your
Piltover Peacemaker
while they are in your auto-attack range because of your attack speed - you will do more damage with your auto-attacks.

Biggest mistake that I see most of the

Caitlyn
players do is not using their auto attack range. You have 650 range so use it. Going too close will be crutial since you are squishy.


Basic Caitlyn's combos

Here I will breakout couple of examples what you can mechanically do in every single game. I will show you mainly easy and frequently used combos for

Caitlyn
.


Headshot Cancel Animation


Headshot Count


E + Q combos


Q while they are trapped


General Galeforce tip


Low Ground vs. High Ground


How to Trap vs TP/Zhonya/GA


Matchups and Synergies

Last but not least we will go over

Caitlyn
's matchups and also which support should be picked with him. Generally, you want to play
Caitlyn
only with poke support- we want to have lane priority and bully enemy botlane.

  • Matchups
  • Synergies

This will be it from my Detailed Caitlyn Guide!

If you have any questions or feedback let me know on my Discord - Lukke#7602

Have a great one and good luck with climbing and have fun with ADC Caitlyn, it is easy and fun to play.



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