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Gameplay

Bot lane

A highly-mobile ranged damage dealer, Lucian punishes enemies for straying too close. Piercing Light offers Lucian significant harass potential, even through minions, forcing enemy carries to decide between missing last hits as they dodge his shots or taking damage as they farm up. Dashing with Relentless Pursuit or landing Ardent Blaze and a follow-up auto attack on escaping targets gives Lucian the speed boost needed to close gaps, score kills or escape a deadly gank. Lightslinger enables Lucian to fire two auto attacks in quick succession after using his abilities. This offers ample opportunities for the Purifier to bully his lane enemies and take the upper hand in simple duels. On-hit effects such as life steal, slows and red buff proc twice, making Lucian all that more likely to survive tough exchanges and maintain presence in lane.

The Culling, Lucian’s ultimate, is a channeled ability that fires a barrage of bullets in a straight line, damaging the first enemy champion hit. Unlike many channeled abilities, Lucian has the option to dash with Relentless Pursuit as he unleashes The Culling. While on the move, The Culling will continue firing in the same direction as when activated. Simultaneous use of Relentless Pursuit allows Lucian to quickly dash away from his approaching enemies or move in towards fleeing foes.

Teamfights

Once teamfights break out, Relentless Pursuit enables Lucian to quickly escape unfavorable situations and kite pursuing opponents, or skirt around the enemy team to single out priority targets. When facing off against a group of foes, tagging multiple enemies with Ardent Blaze gives Lucian plenty of targets to peg for a speed boost while Piercing Light rips through the group.

Skill usage

  • Autoattacking between your skills, proccing Lightslinger.png Lightslinger, is an efficient way to boost your damage and also reduce the cooldown of  Relentless Pursuit.png Relentless Pursuit.
  • Piercing Light.png 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.
  • Lucian is a high-burst based marksman; a quick combo of Relentless Pursuit.png Relentless Pursuit- Lightslinger.png Lightslinger- Piercing Light.png Piercing Light-Lightslinger.png Lightslinger- Ardent Blaze.png Ardent Blaze- Lightslinger.png Lightslinger- Relentless Pursuit.png Relentless Pursuit can be used to deal massive damage to someone and dash away safely early in the game(only on patch 4.12). Later on, The Culling.png The Culling can be used if your target  slips out of range or to provide even more sustained damage.
    • Remember that  Relentless Pursuit.png Relentless Pursuit will also proc Lightslinger.png Lightslinger, so you can use it to contribute to combos.
    • However you are better off saving it for  The Culling.png The Culling allows you to re-position yourself if the intended target moves away.
    • The Culling.png The Culling will also proc Lightslinger.png Lightslinger, so deactivating it can give you a bit more burst damage if you need it.
  • Ardent Blaze.png Ardent Blaze  produces a flash of light where it detonates, which reveals nearby area. Use it to check bushes.  Additionally, enemies hit will be left sparkling with energy for a few moments, revealing their position a little longer.
  • A smart tactic to escape is to use Ardent Blaze.png Ardent Blaze into your enemy, dash away with Relentless Pursuit.png Relentless Pursuit and use The Culling.png The Culling, proccing the mark from Ardent Blaze.png Ardent Blaze and accelerating yourself.
  • Ardent Blaze.png 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.png Lightslinger.
    • The damage improves by levels 10-18 as you are putting points into and your AD makes it scale decently. It will tickle a tank or a fighter but hits decently against a mage or other marks(wo)man.
  • Lightslinger.png Lightslinger second shot is performed a very (very, 0.2 sec)  short delay after the base-first one, but if you move away Lucian will still perform the attack (with a special animation), it can be smart to blow a Piercing Light.png Piercing Light, Lightslinger.png Lightslinger and Relentless Pursuit.png Relentless Pursuit while getting away with the full damage.
  • You may need some practice to fully utilize Ardent Blaze.png 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.png The Culling on a target affected by the Ardent Blaze.png 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.png The Culling in a straight line rather than diagonally, this will make it easier to position to hit the target.
  • The Culling.png The Culling can be a very good way to scare off enemies attempting to turret dive you.
    • You can also use 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.

Build usage

Summoner's Rift
Starting Doran's Blade item Health Potion item Warding Totem item
Essential Ionian Boots of Lucidity item Vampiric Scepter item Trinity Force item
Offensive Blade of the Ruined King item Infinity Edge item Last Whisper item Youmuu's Ghostblade item
Defensive Guardian Angel item Banshee's Veil item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item Elixir of Fortitude item Vision Ward item Sight Ward item
The Crystal Scar
Starting Boots of Speed item Health Potion item2 Prospector's Blade item
Essential Berserker's Greaves item Infinity Edge item Phantom Dancer item
Offensive The Black Cleaver item Sanguine Blade item Last Whisper item
Defensive Mercurial Scimitar item Guardian Angel item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Howling Abyss
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran's Blade item2 Health Potion item2
Essential Berserker's Greaves item Sanguine Blade item Phantom Dancer item
Offensive The Black Cleaver item Lord Van Damm's Pillager item Entropy item Last Whisper item
Defensive Banshee's Veil item Dervish Blade item
Consumables Health Potion item
The Twisted Treeline
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran's Blade item
Essential Berserker's Greaves item Lord Van Damm's Pillager item Phantom Dancer item
Offensive The Black Cleaver item Sanguine Blade item Last Whisper item
Defensive Banshee's Veil item Dervish Blade item
Consumables Health Potion item

Countering

  • With the great mobility, LucianSquare.png Lucian has a one of the lowest attack ranges as a marksman, at 500 units.
  • Early game, LucianSquare.png Lucian's passive Lightslinger.png Lightslinger grants him a lot of trading potential. Try to avoid getting hit when he has the effect ready.
  • Dodging Piercing Light.png Piercing Light during the 0.35 second delay, with fast reactions or an ability likeVayneSquare.png Vayne'sTumble.png Tumble, is a good way to lower LucianSquare.png Lucian's damage output.
    • Also, try to not stand in a line with allied minions and LucianSquare.png Lucian, as it denies him every chance to line up a shot.
  • Be careful when you are hit by Ardent Blaze.png Ardent Blaze, affected by the spell's mark, LucianSquare.png Lucian can easily engage with the bonus 40 movement speed.
  • Although The Culling.png 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.

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