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Skill usage

  • Autoattacking between your skills, proccing  Lightslinger, is an efficient way to boost your damage.
  •  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.
    • Try not to spam this ability, the short cooldown makes it tempting, but the high mana cost is severe. 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  Piercing Light- Lightslinger-  Ardent Blaze- Lightslinger can be used to deal massive damage to someone early in the game. Later on,  The Culling can be used if your target  slips out of range or to provide even more sustained damage.
    • Remember that   Relentless Pursuit will also proc  Lightslinger, so you can use it to contribute to combos.
    • However you are better off saving it for   The Culling allows you to re-position yourself if the intended target moves away, not to mention it will refresh if you kill/assist on an enemy's death.
  •  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 into your enemy, dash away with  Relentless Pursuit and use  The Culling, proccing the mark from  Ardent Blaze and accelerating yourself.
  •  Ardent Blaze's damage quickly slips off as the ablity 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 harrass 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.
    • 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 second shot is performed a very (very, 0.2)  short delay after the base-first one, but if you move away Lucian will still perform the attack ( with an special animation), it can be smart to blow a  Piercing Light,  Lightslinger and  Relentless Pursuit while getting away with the full damage.
  • You may need some practice to fully utilize  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 on a target affected by the  Ardent Blaze buff procs it, increasing your movement speed and making it easier to keep up with their possible dodging maneuvers.
  •  Relentless Pursuit will clean any slow, as well as most secondary effect, such as  Wither's attack speed slow.
    • Try to save it in when battle breaks out, as it is your only choice to escape besides Flash, if losing the combat, or to chase the fleeing enemies.
  • Try to aim  The Culling in a straight line rather than diagonally, this will make it easier to position to hit the target.
  •  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.
  •  The Culling can be used to get a reset on  Relentless Pursuit's cooldown, as seen in Lucian's Champion Spotlight.

Build usage

Recommended builds

Summoner's Rift
recommended items
Starting Doran's Blade item Health Potion item Warding Totem item
Essential Berserker's Greaves item Trinity Force item The Bloodthirster item
Offensive Infinity Edge item Last Whisper item The Black Cleaver item Blade of the Ruined King item
Defensive Guardian Angel item Zephyr item Banshee's Veil item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item Elixir of Fortitude item Vision Ward item
The Crystal Scar
recommended items
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
recommended items
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
recommended items
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

  • Early game,  Lucian's passive  Lightslinger grants him a lot trading potential. Try to avoid getting hit when he has the effect ready.
  • Dodging  Piercing Light during the 0.35 second delay, with fast reactions or an ability like Vayne's Tumble, is a good way to lower  Lucian's damage output.
    • Also, try to not stand in a line with allied minions and  Lucian, as it denies him every chance to line up a shot.
  • Be careful when you are hit by  Ardent Blaze: now affected by the spell's mark,  Lucian can easily engage with the bonus movement speed.
  •  Lucian's only real escaping ability (besides summoner spells like Flash) is  Relentless Pursuit. Try to gank  Lucian a short time after he uses the spell, since the cooldown gives a substantial timeframe in which he is vulnerable to ganks.
  • Remember that  Relentless Pursuit will clean any slow on  Lucian, keep that in mind before using powerful slows such as  Wither or Exhaust.
  • Altough  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 will block a few hits.

Champion Spotlight

Lucian Champion Spotlight(06:26)
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