Champion Spotlight

By David 'Phreak' Turley [1]

Lucian Champion Spotlight06:26

Lucian Champion Spotlight

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

A highly-mobile ranged damage dealer, Lucian shines when blasting enemies with Piercing Light.png Piercing Light and quickly repositioning himself with Relentless Pursuit.png Relentless Pursuit to unleash more pain or retreat from counterattacks and jungle ganks. By tagging enemies with Ardent Blaze.png Ardent Blaze and activating The Culling.png The Culling, Lucian gains the speed boost needed to chase down opponents, unload massive damage and secure kills. And since Lightslinger.png Lightslinger enables double on-hit procs of life steal, Crest of Cinders.png 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 Lucian Lucian
  • For optimal burst, try to combine Relentless Pursuit.png Relentless Pursuit into Piercing Light.png Piercing Light.
  • Ardent Blaze.png 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.png The Culling, you cannot change it. Pick your moment well!
  • Because of Lightslinger.png Lightslinger, Lucian benefits more from Attack Damage than he does from Attack Speed.
Playing Against Lucian Lucian
  • Lucian has strong Lightslinger.png burst, but little sustained damage.
  • Lucian cannot change the aim of The Culling.png The Culling. Take advantage of this by avoiding the angle of the bullets.
  • Piercing Light.png 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.png Piercing Light by anticipating the angle Lucian will choose.


Ability Usage
  • Autoattacking between your skills to proc 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 Lucian is a high-burst based marksman; an Relentless Pursuit.png E > Lightslinger.png AA > Piercing Light.png Q > Lightslinger.png AA > Ardent Blaze.png W > Lightslinger.png AA > Relentless Pursuit.png E combo can be used to deal massive damage to someone and dash away safely early in the game. 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, as it allows you to reposition 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 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.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 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.png 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 Lucian 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.png 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.
Mastery Usage
Item Usage
  • With great mobility, Lucian Lucian however has one of the lowest attack ranges as a marksman, at 500 units.
  • Early game, Lightslinger.png Lightslinger grants Lucian Lucian 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 like Tumble.png Tumble, is a good way to lower Lucian Lucian's damage output.
    • Also, try to not stand in a line with allied minions and Lucian Lucian, as it denies him every chance to line up a shot.
  • Be careful when you are hit by Ardent Blaze.png Ardent Blaze. While affected by the ability's mark, Lucian Lucian can easily engage with its bonus 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.