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Champion Spotlight
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Caitlyn Champion Spotlight

Recommended Items
Summoner's Rift
Starting Doran&#039;s Blade item Health Potion item Warding Totem item
Early B. F. Sword item Zeal item Boots of Speed item
Essential Infinity Edge item Berserker&#039;s Greaves item
Offensive Rapid Firecannon item Runaan&#039;s Hurricane item
Situational Lord Dominik&#039;s Regards item Mortal Reminder item The Bloodthirster item Mercurial Scimitar item Guardian Angel item Essence Reaver item
Consumables Health Potion item Refillable Potion item Vision Ward item Elixir of Wrath item Farsight Alteration item
Twisted Treeline
Starting Doran&#039;s Blade item Boots of Speed item Health Potion item
Early Zeal item Berserker&#039;s Greaves item
Offensive Rapid Firecannon item
Situational Lord Dominik&#039;s Regards item
Consumables Health Potion item Refillable Potion item Elixir of Wrath item
Howling Abyss
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran&#039;s Blade item2 Health Potion item2
Essential Berserker&#039;s Greaves item The Bloodthirster item Runaan&#039;s Hurricane item
Offensive Infinity Edge item Phantom Dancer item Last Whisper item
Defensive Banshee&#039;s Veil item Mercurial Scimitar item Frozen Mallet item
Consumables Oracle&#039;s Extract item Health Potion item

Tips

Playing as Caitlyn Caitlyn
  • Make use of her Yordle Snap Trap.png Yordle Snap Traps by placing them pre-emptively to ensure that you'll have one off of cooldown during combat.
  • Avoid using Ace in the Hole.png Ace in the Hole in large team melees as it might be blocked by the wrong target.
  • Fire 90 Caliber Net.png 90 Caliber Net away from the opponent to close the gap or hop over walls.
Playing Against Caitlyn Caitlyn
  • Keep behind allied minions if Caitlyn is harassing you with Piltover Peacemaker.png Piltover Peacemaker (it deals less damage with each subsequent target).
  • You can intercept Ace in the Hole.png Ace in the Hole's missile from hitting an ally if you stand in its path.

Tricks

Ability Usage
  • Take advantage of Headshot.png Headshot for harassing enemy champions.
  • Caitlyn is superior in side lanes as the brush makes Headshot.png Headshot charge faster.
  • It is not recommended to harass enemies with Piltover Peacemaker.png Piltover Peacemaker since it drains mana too quickly and has a distinct channeling animation, allowing it to be dodged. Additionally, the skillshot is very narrow until it hits something, making it harder to aim it.
    • Setting down a Yordle Snap Trap.png Yordle Snap Trap will allow you to fire it through a minion wave, since enemies affected by it will take the full damage even if the skillshot passes through a full minion wave.
  • It is easier to hit with Piltover Peacemaker.png Piltover Peacemaker when inside brush because enemies cannot see the one-second warning before the shot.
  • Piltover Peacemaker.png Piltover Peacemaker will push the lane and leveling it early increases the pressure on your lane.
  • During the laning phase, placing down Yordle Snap Trap.png Yordle Snap Traps in side routes and bushes denies the enemy team the use of those bushes.
    • Use Yordle Snap Trap.png Yordle Snap Trap to zone out the enemy team. Placing down multiple traps in different areas will allow you to control the lane.
    • Stepping on a Yordle Snap Trap.png Yordle Snap Trap allows an easy setup with Piltover Peacemaker.png Piltover Peacemaker or Headshot.png Headshot.
    • If you place a Yordle Snap Trap.png Yordle Snap Trap on top of an enemy ward, then the ward will become visible once again for a short period when the enemy champion steps on that trap.
  • Yordle Snap Trap.png Yordle Snap Trap is better than Piltover Peacemaker.png Piltover Peacemaker as a first skill due to its utility, and allows for Caitlyn to dominate her lane. Piltover Peacemaker.png Piltover Peacemaker is easy to juke, but if an enemy steps on a trap, you can get off some free damage on them.
  • By starting off with Yordle Snap Trap.png Yordle Snap Trap you can assist your jungler by placing Yordle Snap Trap.png Yordle Snap Traps at common jungle locations; this can be used to help your jungler counter-jungle.
  • When in team fights, placing a Yordle Snap Trap.png Yordle Snap Trap in front of enemies or behind them can help your team escape if losing or capture fleeing enemies.
  • When fighting against Sivir Sivir, Yordle Snap Trap.png Yordle Snap Trap will be less effective due to her Spell Shield.png Spell Shield. She will often run into the trap with her Spell Shield.png Spell Shield activated to give her mana, but that will make her vulnerable to other abilities since Spell Shield.png Spell Shield will be on cooldown.
  • To counter an enemy Pantheon Pantheon or Twisted Fate Twisted Fate using their ultimate, place a Yordle Snap Trap.png Yordle Snap Trap in the center of the circle where he will land, snaring and effectively crippling him.
    • This is also effective against targets that are re-spawning with the Guardian Angel item.png Guardian Angel buff - placing Yordle Snap Trap.png Yordle Snap Trap under them helps to secure the kill.
  • You can fire 90 Caliber Net.png 90 Caliber Net away from opponents to close the gap when chasing.
    • Inversely, it can be used as an escaping tool as well, slowing the opponent and propelling you away.
    • 90 Caliber Net.png 90 Caliber Net's recoil will immediately stop you when you hit terrain that is too thick to move through.
    • Caitlyn Caitlyn can use 90 Caliber Net.png 90 Caliber Net to hop over thin walls in the jungle, creating a quick escape route out of dangerous situations. She also can use this functionality to pursue enemies effectively. As it uses a bit of mana and has a long cooldown, it should be used with caution.
    • Firing and successfully landing a 90 Caliber Net.png 90 Caliber Net will allow you to land a long range Headshot.png Headshot on your opponent.
  • Avoid using Ace in the Hole.png Ace in the Hole in large team clashes as it might be blocked by another enemy champion. The cast also cancels if the target dies prematurely.
  • Using Ace in the Hole.png Ace in the Hole at an angle that the enemy team would not expect makes it more difficult for it to be blocked.
  • When an enemy flees at low health, you can finish them off with Ace in the Hole.png Ace in the Hole. However, remember that it can be intercepted, so try to find a clear shot first.
  • Ace in the Hole.png Ace in the Hole requires vision of the enemy to cast, so try to cast it quickly before the enemy runs into the fog of war.
  • Because Yordle Snap Trap.png Yordle Snap Trap grants vision of an enemy who steps on it, be sure to place them strategically and keep an eye on them. You may be able to get a surprise Ace in the Hole.png Ace in the Hole off someone who triggers it in the bush or jungle, allowing you to either hurt them to prevent a gank or finish them off if they fled to the jungle.
Mastery Usage
Item Usage
  • Caitlyn Caitlyn is a marksman with extremely long range in both her abilities and her basic attack. Owing to the truest purpose of a marksman, Caitlyn provides long-range interdiction from behind the safety of her team's vanguard but she can also set up ambushes on her own as well as safely and quickly escape them. Her strongest build attributes are attack damage, critical strike chance, and attack speed.
  • A Doran&#039;s Blade item.png Doran's Blade is a standard starting item for Caitlyn Caitlyn, as for most marksmen, and will allow her to establish lane dominance early on. There is little reason to start with any other item as she has the range to make full use of its attack damage and life steal early on.
    • Cull item.png Cull is a good alternative if the extra gold income is needed, but it forfeits the early health bonus and some damage.
    • Kircheis Shard item.png Kircheis Shard is a good early item if building attack speed, and it builds into Statikk Shiv item.png Statikk Shiv or Rapid Firecannon item.png Rapid Firecannon later on in the game.
    • Caulfield&#039;s Warhammer item.png Caulfield's Warhammer is a good early option for spamming abilities in lane due to the cooldown reduction. Builds into Death&#039;s Dance item.png Death's Dance and Essence Reaver item.png Essence Reaver
    • B. F. Sword item.png B. F. Sword should be highly sought as one of her first items in lane if going for a more attack damage focused build.
  • Berserker&#039;s Greaves item.png Berserker's Greaves is the core boots of choice for Caitlyn Caitlyn, as she has low base attack speed, and will help cushion her weak midgame until she has built a major attack speed item.
    • The Furor item.png Furor enchantment is a standard choice for most marksmen and will help Caitlyn Caitlyn kite and chase more effectively.
  • Building one or two items that focus on attack speed will charge Headshot.png Headshot faster, improving her damage in the later part of the game.
    • Phantom Dancer item.png Phantom Dancer is especially useful as Caitlyn Caitlyn, as with most physical DPS champions. The damage reduction passive also helps her survivability and dueling power.
    • Statikk Shiv item.png Statikk Shiv gives her inferior stats, but greater waveclear and at a lower price.
    • Runaan&#039;s Hurricane item.png Runaan's Hurricane lets Caitlyn Caitlyn get Headshot.png Headshot procs three times faster. It is worth noting that auto-attacking in brush with the item will allow Caitlyn Caitlyn to proc Headshot.png Headshots every other auto-attack.
  • It is a good idea to build armor penetration items like Lord Dominik&#039;s Regards item.png Lord Dominik's Regards or Mortal Reminder item.png Mortal Reminder once the enemy starts building armor items.
  • The Bloodthirster item.png The Bloodthirster gives a high amount of life steal in addition to a passive shield, which may help in mid-lategame skirmishes, when stray abilities can poke her down, or extended team fights.
  • Blade of the Ruined King item.png Blade of the Ruined King gives Caitlyn Caitlyn increased dueling and chasing capability, as well as higher damage to health tanks such as Dr. Mundo Dr. Mundo.
  • Mercurial Scimitar item.png Mercurial Scimitar may be a worthwhile buy starting in the midgame for the lifesteal and the ability to cleanse certain debuffs such as Warwick Warwick's Infinite Duress.png Infinite Duress or Zed Zed's Death Mark.png Death Mark.
  • Essence Reaver item.png Essence Reaver is a good pickup if you find yourself spamming abilities later on in the game. The extra-CDR-per-crit-chance passive is also good for someone with long ability cooldowns.
  • In many situations, an ADC should be able to build one defensive item after their core items are built:
    • Guardian Angel item.png Guardian Angel will help Caitlyn Caitlyn against reset-reliant assassins, such as Katarina Katarina and Akali Akali, and/or give her a second life after a teamfight.
    • A Banshee&#039;s Veil item.png Banshee's Veil can be built if the enemy has strong grab potential, for example Blitzcrank Blitzcrank or Thresh Thresh.
    • If the enemy team is prone to being kited, a Frozen Mallet item.png Frozen Mallet can help accentuate Caitlyn Caitlyn's long range by keeping enemy assassins, fighters, and tanks at arm's length.
    • Randuin&#039;s Omen item.png Randuin's Omen, although an off-beat pick, is a good choice against lineups that stack critical strike and damage.
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