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Skill usage

  • TristanaSquare.png Tristana's strength as a late game AD carry comes from her exceptional attack speed steroid from Rapid Fire.png Rapid Fire and increasing range from her passive, Draw a Bead.png Draw a Bead. This combined with her significant magic damage and clear from Explosive Shot.png Explosive Shot and safety from Rocket Jump.png Rocket Jump and Buster Shot.png Buster Shot makes her a formidable marksman. She is however very auto-attack reliant and lacks powerful bursts beyond her ultimate.
  • Draw a Bead.png Draw a Bead becomes extremely powerful later in the game, allowing TristanaSquare.png Tristana to hit enemies from a greater distance than most.
    • Because of this, TristanaSquare.png Tristana is best placed in the back of a group or flanking enemies from the side.
  • TristanaSquare.png Tristana can outrange any other ranged carry at level 13, making her a very strong pick if your team lacks hard CC and already has a wide array of slows.
  • All of TristanaSquare.png Tristana's skills have high cooldowns early on. Be wary of trading while they're on cooldown.
  • Leveling Rapid Fire.png Rapid Fire early on is unadvised, since her low base Attack Damage early on the game can't make much use of the AS steroid. Wait until you buy some AD items such as a B. F. Sword item.png B. F. Sword.
  • Rapid Fire.png Rapid Fire is applied to the next autoattack's wait period - cast it right before an autoattack to squeeze as much as you can from the duration.
  • Since Rocket Jump.png Rocket Jump resets on kills or assists, you may use it to secure a kill and to either jump out of a deadly situation or jump again to set up another.
    • The cost of Rocket Jump.png Rocket Jump is a bit high compared to her mana pool. Make sure you have enough mana to use it at all times.
    • As many players tend to level up Explosive Shot.png Explosive Shot over Rocket Jump.png Rocket Jump, be mindful of its long cooldown at rank 1 as jumping into a bad situation without getting the reset may end up just getting you killed.
  • TristanaSquare.png Tristana can use abilities while in the air during Rocket Jump.png Rocket Jump. This allows a very strong and fast combo if you play her as an AP caster.
  • Using Rocket Jump.png Rocket Jump to leap over an enemy and then using Buster Shot.png Buster Shot to send them flying back to your allies or an allied turret can be very effective, but be careful about using the strategy in large team fights.
    • Rocket Jump.png Rocket Jump can also be used defensively, especially for jumping out of AoE abilities such as Event Horizon.png Event Horizon or Absolute Zero.png Absolute Zero, as well as in and out of the base walls around the Nexus on Summoner's Rift and Twisted Treeline.
    • Be careful when using Rocket Jump.png Rocket Jump as it is considered a "dash", even though it is visually a "jump". This means that if you jump over a trap (like Yordle Snap Trap.png Yordle Snap Trap) you will activate the trap and its effects.
    • Likewise, this also means that many enemy abilities such as ThreshSquare.png Thresh's Flay.png Flay can interrupt your jump mid-flight if you're not careful.
  • The passive of Explosive Shot.png Explosive Shot is particularly useful in farming - if there are a lot of minions in a relatively confined area, killing one could burst the remaining minions and gain a lot of gold in a relatively short time, without the use of abilities.
    • Combine this with Rapid Fire.png Rapid Fire and she can easily farm up and clear minion waves with an ease. Be aware that this may push your lane more than necessary and leave you open during the laning phase.
  • In the early game, Explosive Shot.png Explosive Shot is your best method of harassing enemies, as your autoattacks are weak early on and Rocket Jump.png Rocket Jump leaves you vulnerable at melee range.
    • Explosive Shot.png Explosive Shot resets your auto attack animation, allowing you to sneak in another auto-attack to push trades in your favor.
    • Don't forget that Explosive Shot.png Explosive Shot applies Grievous Wounds, allowing you to significantly reduce the effect of Heal.png Heal and sustain provided by some supports, particularly NamiSquare.png Nami, SorakaSquare.png Soraka, and SonaSquare.png Sona (Note that SorakaSquare.png Soraka's Wish.png Wish can remove the debuff).
  • Using a Buster Shot.png Buster Shot to move a disruptive caster such as RyzeSquare.png Ryze, VeigarSquare.png Veigar or FiddlesticksSquare.png Fiddlesticks away can give you a strong advantage in teamfights or ganks.
  • Buster Shot.png Buster Shot will also interrupt channeled abilities such as KarthusSquare.png Karthus's Requiem.png Requiem, KatarinaSquare.png Katarina's Death Lotus.png Death Lotus, or NunuSquare.png Nunu's Absolute Zero.png Absolute Zero.
  • Buster Shot.png Buster Shot can be used to push various groups of close enemies tightly packed together. Use this to help distance enemies from yourself when fleeing and can even knock them through small walls.
  • Using Rocket Jump.png Rocket Jump to escape and using Buster Shot.png Buster Shot while in mid-air can make sure that you escape.

Build usage

  • TristanaSquare.png Tristana's skills become more relevant for their utility than their damage in the late-game, and she becomes incredibly auto-attack reliant, making attack damage, critical strike chance, life steal, On-hit effect items, and attack speed more necessary for her than some marksmen.
  • TristanaSquare.png Tristana's low base movement makes it difficult for her to chase enemies or to escape. This is especially prominent at low levels. Getting Boots of Speed item.png Boots of Speed quickly is highly beneficial. Be sure to watch the enemy builds and pick the proper boot upgrade.
  • While Phage item.png Phage may seem like a good buy due to the on-hit effect, the only item that it builds into, Trinity Force item.png Trinity Force, is not cost effective since nearly all of TristanaSquare.png Tristana's damage comes from basic attacks and she lacks any low cooldown abilities to constantly proc the Sheen item.png Sheen's passive. In addition, the stats that Trinity Force item.png Trinity Force grants to her are mediocre at best.
  • Be careful when picking TristanaSquare.png Tristana, as an enemy's blind can render you fairly useless. A Quicksilver Sash item.png Quicksilver Sash can be used to counter blinding champions such as TeemoSquare.png Teemo and to escape other hard CC.
  • Consider building Blade of the Ruined King item.png Blade of the Ruined King if you are dealing with tanks building a lot of high health items or benefits from building high health items like ShenSquare.png Shen and DrMundoSquare.png Dr. Mundo.
  • TristanaSquare.png Tristana's high attack speed steroid and powerful attack range make Infinity Edge item.png Infinity Edge especially cost efficient on her.
  • Wit's End item.png Wit's End, while unconventional and lacks flat AD components, can be quite useful due to TristanaSquare.png Tristana's emphasis on basic attacks, with the extra MR providing her with defense against casters and the MR shred allowing her abilities to deal more damage. However, it should not be built until later since TristanaSquare.png Tristana's early game is weaker than most marksmen.
  • While Runaan's Hurricane item.png Runaan's Hurricane may seem like an appealing option due to the decent waveclear it can provide and synergy with Explosive Shot.png Explosive Shot, it is often considered a niche item for only a few champions and most prefer Statikk Shiv item.png Statikk Shiv for its greater offensive properties.

AP Tristana

  • Due to her high AP ratios on her abilities, TristanaSquare.png Tristana can also be built AP if your team requires an AP nuker  as well as an AP support due to being ranged with decent crowd control capabilities.
    • Similar to the original AP MasterYiSquare.png Master Yi, Tristana loses her DPS potential with a full-AP build, but gains newfound burst damage to whittle down targets and in teamfights, she can potentially one-shot them. However, this type of build offers very risky gameplay, as Tristana must make sure to play safe due to lack of strong-auto attacks, as well as her general squishiness.
    • Deathfire Grasp item.png Deathfire Grasp greatly improves TristanaSquare.png Tristana's single-target burst.
    • Lich Bane item.png Lich Bane is also great item for her AP build, as you can get in extra proc from your Rapid Fire.png Rapid Fire.
    • Morellonomicon item.png Morellonomicon is another great early game item for TristanaSquare.png Tristana as it offers Grievous Wounds to all of her AP ratio abilities and not just for her Explosive Shot.png Explosive Shot, and the cooldown reduction and mana regeneration also helps.
    • Rushing Rabadon's Deathcap item.png Rabadon's Deathcap and/or Wooglet's Witchcap item.png Wooglet's Witchcap can cause Tristana to dominate early game if possible, due to her high AP ratios.
    • Like with Lich Bane item.png Lich Bane, Nashor's Tooth item.png Nashor's Tooth in combo with it can not only provide cooldown reduction and attack speed for Tristana to retain DPS, but due to the procs scaling off her AP, it can make up for her lost ADC style.

Recommended builds

Summoner's Rift
Starting Doran's Blade item Health Potion item Warding Totem item
Essential Berserker's Greaves item Statikk Shiv item Infinity Edge item
Offensive Last Whisper item The Bloodthirster item Blade of the Ruined King item
Defensive Banshee's Veil item Guardian Angel item Mercurial Scimitar item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item Sight Ward item Vision Ward item Elixir of Wrath item
The Howling Abyss
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran's Ring item2 Health Potion item2
Essential Sorcerer's Shoes item Rabadon's Deathcap item Rod of Ages item
Offensive Lich Bane item Void Staff item Deathfire Grasp item
Defensive Zhonya's Hourglass item Banshee's Veil item Abyssal Scepter item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Crystal Scar
Starting Boots of Speed item Prospector's Blade item Health Potion item2
Essential Lord Van Damm's Pillager item Phantom Dancer item Berserker's Greaves item
Offensive Last Whisper item Sanguine Blade item Runaan's Hurricane item
Defensive Dervish Blade item Guardian Angel item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Twisted Treeline!
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran's Blade item
Essential Lord Van Damm's Pillager item Phantom Dancer item Berserker's Greaves item
Offensive Last Whisper item Sanguine Blade item Runaan's Hurricane item
Defensive Dervish Blade item Banshee's Veil item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item

Countering

  • TristanaSquare.png Tristana is an AD-carry with massive base damage on 3 of her spells giving her a very powerful early game. However when built AD, she does not have scaling for her burst abilities due to the lack of ability power, meaning her mid-game is a little weak. Abuse this, since TristanaSquare.png Tristana late game is one of the closest to unstoppable in the entire league due to her massive range, AS-boost and peeling power of Rocket Jump.png Rocket Jump and her ultimate. DO NOT underestimate her though, as even with a "weak" mid-game, she can and does have decent burst when done right, and any decent TristanaSquare.png Tristana player will be working to compensate for this.
  • TristanaSquare.png Tristana is notorious for her ability to reposition to safety with a well-placed Rocket Jump.png Rocket Jump. As this resets on kills and assists, having allies fall to her can make pinning her down difficult. It has a long cooldown otherwise, making it best to cripple her mobility or damage so she can't make use of it.
  • TristanaSquare.png Tristana has a huge auto attack range when she reaches level 18 because of her Draw a Bead.png Draw a Bead; avoid getting kited.
    • Early game, her range is fairly short; use it to your advantage to harass her and deny her farm.
  • TristanaSquare.png Tristana has a lot of burst damage from her abilities early on - buying early defenses along with having a way to escape her/peel her from you can hinder her from zoning or killing you at the early game. A target surviving her abilities being cast on them leaves her vulnerable to counter-attacks if they have the health or sustain to stick around.
    • That being said, champions with larger burst combos such as LucianSquare.png Lucian and EzrealSquare.png Ezreal can win trades easier if the aggression is timed correctly.
    • Standing near the brush can allow you to duck into it after she uses Rocket Jump.png Rocket Jump on you, avoiding a good follow-up from the rest of her abilities. As Rocket Jump.png Rocket Jump is the lynch-pin to her combo, she can then be attacked from range after escaping her without fear of reprisal while it is on cooldown.
  • During the laning phase, try to bait out Rapid Fire.png Rapid Fire as she can only damage you with her auto-attacks and Explosive Shot.png Explosive Shot active if she plans on saving Rocket Jump.png Rocket Jump to escape. It is optimal to force aggression on her after the duration since she does not have many options to retaliate aside from her support.
  • TristanaSquare.png Tristana has no long-range poke abilities - having a champion that can do this can damage her freely.
    • As the range of Rocket Jump.png Rocket Jump is very long, however, being a champion that can escape or having a partner that can peel that is likely also a requirement.
  • TristanaSquare.png Tristana is vulnerable to being hit by skillshots during the animation of Rocket Jump.png Rocket Jump (being essentially a very slow dash) and hard crowd control can stop the ability entirely while it is casting, returning her to where she started.
  • Move away from a low health minion at early game to avoid the damage from her Explosive Shot.png Explosive Shot.
  • TristanaSquare.png Tristana mainly deals damage from her auto-attacks. Randuin's Omen item.png Randuin's Omen and Frozen Heart item.png Frozen Heart are good options to counter build against her, since it will greatly reduce her damage per second output. A Thornmail item.png Thornmail will counter her damage, but generally is a less better option since it helps to defend only yourself.
  • Try to not engage her when she can easily escape with her Rocket Jump.png Rocket Jump and Buster Shot.png Buster Shot off cooldown. The exception is when you can hold her in place with Crowd Control long enough to kill her.
  • If TristanaSquare.png Tristana is building AP, be very cautious and ward well as she may jump out of nowhere and one-shot you easily. Also, missing calls can prevent a lot of her potential ganks.
    • In team fights, do not leave any squishy teammates in the front and prepare some CC for her all-in. Be sure to back away if your team have multiple low health allies. She may get multiple kills because the cooldown of Rocket Jump.png Rocket Jump resets whenever she gets a kill or assist
    • Purchasing a Banshee's Veil item.png Banshee's Veil counter AP Tristana easily, as it negates one of her spells. Because AP Tristana is combo reliant and she has long cooldowns, if she can't kill you, she becomes useless for a time; if you negate one of her spells, a huge portion of her damage is gone.

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