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Champion Spotlight

By David 'Phreak' Turley [1]

Lucian Champion Spotlight

Lucian Champion Spotlight

Learn to unleash The Culling a barrage of bullets and send opponents to the grave in the LucianSquare Lucian Champion Spotlight.

A highly-mobile ranged damage dealer, Lucian shines when blasting enemies with Piercing Light Piercing Light and quickly repositioning himself with Relentless Pursuit Relentless Pursuit to unleash more pain or retreat from counterattacks and jungle ganks. By tagging enemies with Ardent Blaze Ardent Blaze and activating The Culling The Culling, Lucian gains the speed boost needed to chase down opponents, unload massive damage and secure kills. And since Lightslinger Lightslinger enables double on-hit procs of life steal, Crest of Cinders buff red buff and more, Lucian can overcome opponents in duels and in-lane trades with strategic use of his abilities.

Put evil in its place - 6 feet under - as Lucian with sample masteries, tactics and more in this Champion Spotlight.

Recommended Items

Summoner's Rift
Starting Doran's Blade item Health Potion item Warding Totem item
Early B. F. Sword item Caulfield's Warhammer item Boots of Speed item
Essential Essence Reaver item Rapid Firecannon item Infinity Edge item
Offensive The Bloodthirster item Lord Dominik's Regards item Berserker's Greaves item
Situational Mercurial Scimitar item Edge of Night item Guardian Angel item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Wrath item Control Ward item
Twisted Treeline
Starting Doran's Blade item Boots of Speed item Health Potion item2
Early B. F. Sword item Zeal item
Essential Berserker's Greaves item Infinity Edge item Rapid Firecannon item
Offensive Phantom Dancer item Death's Dance item Blade of the Ruined King item
Situational Lord Dominik's Regards item Mortal Reminder item Banshee's Veil item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Wrath item
Howling Abyss
Starting Guardian's Hammer item Boots of Speed item Health Potion item3
Essential The Bloodthirster item Statikk Shiv item Berserker's Greaves item
Offensive Infinity Edge item Lord Dominik's Regards item Rapid Firecannon item
Defensive Mercurial Scimitar item Edge of Night item
Consumables Corrupting Potion item Elixir of Wrath item


Playing As LucianSquare Lucian
  • For optimal burst, try to combine Relentless Pursuit Relentless Pursuit into Piercing Light Piercing Light.
  • Ardent Blaze Ardent Blaze actually explodes in a star pattern. Try to line it up so the spokes hit enemy champions.
  • Once you have chosen an angle for The Culling The Culling, you cannot change it. Pick your moment well!
  • Because of Lightslinger Lightslinger, Lucian benefits more from Attack Damage than he does from Attack Speed.
Playing Against LucianSquare Lucian
  • Lucian has strong Lightslinger burst, but little sustained damage.
  • Lucian cannot change the aim of The Culling The Culling. Take advantage of this by avoiding the angle of the bullets.
  • Piercing Light Piercing Light does not give Lucian extra Attack Range. He still needs to find a target in range to line up his shot. Avoid Piercing Light Piercing Light by anticipating the angle Lucian will choose.


Ability Usage
  • Autoattacking between your skills to proc Lightslinger Lightslinger is an efficient way to boost your damage and also reduce the cooldown of Relentless Pursuit Relentless Pursuit.
  • Piercing Light Piercing Light can hit target out of its cast range, cast it on minions to damage enemies behind.
    • However, beware that it has a ~0.35 sec delay, during which the target may dodge it.
    • Missing one once a minute or two is acceptable, but can get unmanageable if you have a bad aim/your opponent can avoid it.
  • LucianSquare Lucian is a high-burst based marksman; an Relentless Pursuit E > Lightslinger AA > Piercing Light Q > Lightslinger AA > Ardent Blaze W > Lightslinger AA > Relentless Pursuit E combo can be used to deal massive damage to someone and dash away safely early in the game. Later on, The Culling The Culling can be used if your target slips out of range or to provide even more sustained damage.
    • Remember that Relentless Pursuit Relentless Pursuit will also proc Lightslinger Lightslinger, so you can use it to contribute to combos.
    • However you are better off saving it for The Culling The Culling, as it allows you to reposition yourself if the intended target moves away.
    • The Culling The Culling will also proc Lightslinger Lightslinger, so deactivating it can give you a bit more burst damage if you need it.
  • Ardent Blaze Ardent Blaze produces a flash of light where it detonates, which reveals a nearby area, so use it to check bushes. Additionally, enemies hit will be left sparkling with energy for a few seconds, revealing their position a little longer.
  • A smart tactic to escape is to use Ardent Blaze Ardent Blaze into your enemy, dash away with Relentless Pursuit Relentless Pursuit and use The Culling The Culling, proccing the mark from Ardent Blaze Ardent Blaze and accelerating yourself.
  • Ardent Blaze Ardent Blaze's damage quickly slips off as the ability is usually not maxed out, the range is long and the mana cost is fairly low, but the damage is simply underwhelming.
    • By levels 1-4 the damage is actually good and you can use it to harass from a long range
      • By levels 4-10 it completely slips off and offers mediocre damage. Use it mainly to chase/last-hit someone or to proc Lightslinger Lightslinger.
        • The damage improves by levels 10-18 as you are putting points into it and your AD makes it scale decently. It will tickle a tank or a fighter but hits decently against a mage or other markspeople.
  • Lightslinger Lightslinger's second shot is fired after a very, very, short delay (0.2 sec) after the base-first one, but if you move away LucianSquare Lucian will still perform the attack (with a special animation), it can be smart to blow a Piercing Light Piercing Light, Lightslinger Lightslinger and Relentless Pursuit Relentless Pursuit while getting away with the full damage.
  • You may need some practice to fully utilize Ardent Blaze Ardent Blaze's cross shaped explosion.
    • It will hit enemies directly behind the main target in the same angle as the projectile, this may be the easiest way to utilize it.
  • Aiming The Culling The Culling on a target affected by the Ardent Blaze Ardent Blaze buff procs it, increasing your movement speed and making it easier to keep up with their possible dodging maneuvers.
  • Try to aim The Culling The Culling in a straight line rather than diagonally, this will make it easier to position to hit the target.
  • The Culling The Culling can be a very good way to scare off enemies attempting to turret dive you.
    • You can also use The Culling The Culling to quickly clear minion waves when your turret is being pushed, allow it to target enemy champions if they attempt to take it down.
Rune Usage
  • Press the Attack rune Press the Attack is the best rune on LucianSquare Lucian, if you decide to play him mid or bottom. LucianSquare Lucian can easily proc Press the Attack rune Press the Attack with an auto attack into an ability and landing both shots of Lightslinger Lightslinger.
  • Summon Aery rune Summon Aery is another viable keystone in mid or bot, but it is the go to keystone if you decide to take him top. You will most likely lane against a melee champion, so you have easy opportunities to use the extra damage Aery provides.
    • Scorch rune Scorch gives you extra burn damage.
Item Usage
  • Trinity Force item Trinity Force is an overall effective way to boost LucianSquare Lucian's kit.
    • The attack speed and attack damage stats are good on any autoattack reliant champion.
    • The Phage item Phage component gives him some attack damage and health, providing damage and tankiness. Rage also gives him huge kiting and chasing potential.
    • The Sheen item Sheen component gives more burst potential with Spellblade while also giving him increased mana, which gives more spammability to his spells.
    • Fitting extremely well with his 'bursty' nature, Trinity Force item Trinity Force can be 'rushed' on LucianSquare Lucian
  • Iceborn Gauntlet item Iceborn Gauntlet is a slightly cheaper alternative when still seeking Spellblade, and also provides a large amount of both mana and armor and some cooldown reduction to help with spamming abilities.
  • Runaan's Hurricane item Runaan's Hurricane is an efficient item on LucianSquare Lucian, because of the large attack speed bonus it gives, along with Wind's Fury.
    • When Lightslinger Lightslinger procs, LucianSquare Lucian will fire a total of 6 shots, which is useful for wave-clearing, meaning that there won't be a large threat of your lane being pushed.
  • The Bloodthirster item The Bloodthirster is an excellent item for LucianSquare Lucian, because it grants him a hefty amount of attack damage, while the life steal it offers grants LucianSquare Lucian much needed sustain, especially with Lightslinger Lightslinger.
    • As one of the core items on any Marksman build, The Bloodthirster item The Bloodthirster can also be 'rushed' on LucianSquare Lucian, Trinity Force item Trinity Force however might be a better pick if LucianSquare Lucian is not taking heavy poke early on, but if he does, the life steal path of The Bloodthirster item The Bloodthirster could be a better option
  • Statikk Shiv item Statikk Shiv is a good item for LucianSquare Lucian, because it offers attack speed, critical strike and movement speed.
    • It should be also noted that the Statikk Shiv item Statikk Shiv passive will stack much faster by procing Lightslinger Lightslinger, as each shot will provide another stack, building it twice as fast.
  • Blade of the Ruined King item Blade of the Ruined King is effective on LucianSquare Lucian, granting him attack damage, attack speed, life steal.
  • The Black Cleaver item The Black Cleaver will grant a boost of health and attack damage, and its shred can quickly be stacked with either Lightslinger Lightslinger procs or The Culling The Culling, and combined with a fully channeled ultimate it can practically kill a squishy target.
    • Youmuu's Ghostblade item Youmuu's Ghostblade, while it doesn't give as much attack damage as a The Black Cleaver item The Black Cleaver and may not grant the % armor shred, gives a useful active to boost, giving about 2 extra shots as well as movement speed, making it easier to follow the target, while the increased flat armor penetration makes it easier to kill squishier targets.
  • Last Whisper item Last Whisper and its upgrades will grant a good boost of attack damage as well as high % armor penetration, making it useful against targets with lot of armor.
  • Because Lightslinger Lightslinger's second shot can critically strike, an Infinity Edge item Infinity Edge is a cost efficient item for him.
  • AP scalings on Ardent Blaze Ardent Blaze and The Culling The Culling hint at the possibility of an AP LucianSquare Lucian build, one which grants him more range and a decent amount of poke while allowing him to trade from safety. Items such as Lich Bane item Lich Bane (for Spellblade, ability power, movement speed, and cooldown reduction) Nashor's Tooth item Nashor's Tooth (for the ability power, attack speed, and cooldown reduction) Wit's End item Wit's End (for the attack speed, magic resistance, and the magic-resistance-leeching passive on autoattacks) and Rabadon's Deathcap item Rabadon's Deathcap (for incremental ability power) are recommended for this type of build.
  • With great mobility, LucianSquare Lucian however has one of the lowest attack ranges as a marksman, at 500 units.
  • Early game, Lightslinger Lightslinger grants LucianSquare Lucian a lot of trading potential. Try to avoid getting hit when he has the effect ready.
  • Dodging Piercing Light Piercing Light during the 0.35 second delay, with fast reactions or an ability like Tumble Tumble, is a good way to lower LucianSquare Lucian's damage output.
    • Also, try to not stand in a line with allied minions and LucianSquare Lucian, as it denies him every chance to line up a shot.
  • Be careful when you are hit by Ardent Blaze Ardent Blaze. While affected by the ability's mark, LucianSquare Lucian can easily engage with its bonus movement speed.
  • Although The Culling The Culling's damage may seem to be terrifying, moving sideways can help dodging at least a few shots, because the angle of fire cannot be altered once chosen.
    • Alternatively, using any form of hard CC, such as a stun will cancel it.
      • However, a silence will not cancel it.
    • The extra damage on minions makes running behind them not a good strategy, although it will block a few hits.