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Tristana Champion Spotlight

Tristana Champion Spotlight

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Summoner's Rift
Starting Doran's Blade item Health Potion item Warding Totem item
Early B. F. Sword item Zeal item Boots of Speed item
Essential Infinity Edge item Berserker's Greaves item
Offensive Rapid Firecannon item Blade of the Ruined King item The Bloodthirster item
Situational Mercurial Scimitar item Lord Dominik's Regards item Guardian Angel item
Consumables Health Potion item Control Ward item Elixir of Wrath item
Twisted Treeline
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran's Blade item Health Potion item2
Early B. F. Sword item Zeal item Vampiric Scepter item
Essential Infinity Edge item Berserker's Greaves item Rapid Firecannon item
Offensive Blade of the Ruined King item The Bloodthirster item Statikk Shiv item
Situational Lord Dominik's Regards item Maw of Malmortius item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Wrath item
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Starting Guardian's Hammer item Boots of Speed item Health Potion item3
Essential Statikk Shiv item Berserker's Greaves item Infinity Edge item
Offensive The Bloodthirster item Lord Dominik's Regards item Phantom Dancer item
Defensive Mercurial Scimitar item Maw of Malmortius item
Consumables Health Potion item Corrupting Potion item Elixir of Wrath item


Playing as TristanaSquare Tristana
  • Tristana's Draw a Bead massive gun allows her to dish out damage at a safe distance within the backline. This advantage should be exploited as much as possible.
  • Tristana has great power when pushing her lane. If your enemy isn't nearby, she can exploit this by shoving towards the tower to take it out.
  • Tristana's Cooldown reduction icon cooldowns are very long, especially in the early game where she doesn't have a lot of power. Therefore, you should play the lane safe and focus on farming towards items and poking the enemy down to prevent their engages.
Playing against TristanaSquare Tristana
  • Explosive Charge Explosive Charge helps Tristana farm out of her weak early game. Pushing the lane towards her tower will make farming incredibly difficult for her.
  • Tristana can inflict massive damage in a team-fight. Forcing her to escape will prevent her from decimating your team.
  • If you're hit with Explosive Charge Explosive Charge, stand away from your allies and minions to prevent collateral damage.
  • Try to not engage Tristana when she can easily escape with her Rocket Jump Rocket Jump and Buster Shot Buster Shot off cooldown. The exception is when you can hold her in place with crowd control long enough to kill her.
    • Tristana is vulnerable to being hit by crowd control during the animation of Rocket Jump Rocket Jump (being essentially a very slow dash), so a well-timed lockdown can prevent her escape.
  • Tristana mainly deals damage from her auto-attacks. Randuin's Omen item Randuin's Omen and Frozen Heart item Frozen Heart are good options to counter build against her, since it will greatly reduce her DPS.
  • If Tristana is building Ability power icon 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 retreat if your team is weakened, because the cooldown of Rocket Jump Rocket Jump resets whenever she gets a Takedown.
    • Purchasing a Banshee's Veil item Banshee's Veil counters Ability power icon AP Tristana easily. 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.
  • When built Attack damage icon AD, Tristana 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 Tristana late game is one of the closest to unstoppable.
  • Do not let TristanaSquare Tristana anywhere near a turret. If she is missing in action, chances are that she may be hiding somewhere and her team might be buying her time to effectively split-push and destroy a turret.


TristanaSquare Tristana is a long-ranged marksman that specializes in pushing lane and causing collateral damage. She excels in snowballing along successful fights and can quickly eliminate her targets from the safety of the backline. Her strength comes from her ability to destroy turrets quickly within mere seconds thanks to her Explosive Charge Explosive Charge and Rapid Fire Rapid Fire, which can also secure objectives such as DragonSquare Dragon and Baron NashorSquare Baron Nashor.

Ability Usage

Draw a Bead Draw a Bead [Innate]
  • Since Tristana can keep her distance, she performs well in the back line of her team, whom can cover her from danger.
  • Tristana can outrange most other ranged carries at level 16, making her a very strong pick if your team lacks hard crowd control but have a wide array of slows.
Rapid Fire Rapid Fire [Q]
  • Leveling Rapid Fire Rapid Fire early on is ill advised, since her low damage early in the game can't make much use of the attack speed steroid. Wait until you buy some AD items such as a B. F. Sword item B. F. Sword.
  • Rapid Fire Rapid Fire is applied to the next auto attack's wait period - cast it right before an auto attack to squeeze as much as you can from the duration.
Rocket Jump Rocket Jump [W]
  • Rocket Jump Rocket Jump is often used defensively, especially for jumping out of AoE abilities such as Absolute Zero Absolute Zero, as well as in and out of the base walls.
    • The cost of Rocket Jump Rocket Jump is a bit high compared to her mana pool. Make sure you have enough mana to use it at all times.
  • Tristana can use abilities while in the air during Rocket Jump Rocket Jump. This allows a very strong and fast combo.
    • Rocket Jump Jumping over an enemy and then using Buster Shot Buster Shot to send them flying back to your allies or an allied turret can be very effective, but don't put yourself in positional jeopardy if the enemy can follow up on your lack of escape.
  • Since Rocket Jump 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.
  • As many players tend level up Rocket Jump Rocket Jump last, be mindful of its long cooldown at rank 1 because jumping bad situation without getting the reset may end up just getting you killed.
  • Rocket Jump Rocket Jump is considered a "dash", even though it is visually a "jump". This means that if you jump over a trap (like Yordle Snap Trap Yordle Snap Trap) you will activate it.
    • Likewise, this also means that many enemy abilities such as BlitzcrankSquare Blitzcrank's Power Fist Power Fist can interrupt your jump mid-flight if you're not careful.
Explosive Charge Explosive Charge [E]
  • The passive of Explosive Charge Explosive Charge is particularly useful in farming - if there are a lot of minions in a relatively confined area, killing the weakest one would splash a bit more damage to the healthier ones nearby, allowing you to last hit faster.
    • Combine this with Rapid Fire 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 Charge Explosive Charge's passive is your best method of harassing enemies because Tristana's basic attack damage output is weak early on.
  • Explosive Charge Explosive Charge won't pay off unless you are sure you can charge it up, using it early in the fight will maximize its usage.
  • Explosive Charge Explosive Charge resets your auto attack animation, allowing you to sneak in another auto attack to push trades in your favor.
    • It can also interrupt your auto attack, so don't try to apply both at the same time.
    • You can finish Explosive Charge Explosive Charge by Rocket Jump jumping into the enemy after you have ramped it thrice, this is useful if you've engaged a target locked down by crowd control. However, keep in note that this is a high risk move because you've launched yourself into the fray.
Buster Shot Buster Shot [R]
  • This ability works great in forcing out disruptive casters such as RyzeSquare Ryze, VeigarSquare Veigar and FiddlesticksSquare Fiddlesticks, giving your team a sudden numbers advantage.
  • Note that Buster Shot Buster Shot can also make for a great disengage, since it can push enemies tightly packed together and can even knock them through walls.
  • Using Rocket Jump Rocket Jump and using Buster Shot Buster Shot while in mid-air can ensure your escape.


  • The Precision icon Precison tree has some of the best options for Tristana, even providing early attack speed that helps her farm lane.
    • Press the Attack rune Press the Attack is excellent for high damage team compositions. Tristana can easily apply the stacks to enable extra damage for her entire team.
    • Lethal Tempo rune Lethal Tempo can boost her trades in the early game by allowing more attacks per second to ramp Explosive Charge Explosive Charge and inflict Critical strike icon critical strikes.
    • Fleet Footwork rune Fleet Footwork gives her great lane sustain, which often times is very important in helping her survive early game.


TristanaSquare Tristana's skills become more relevant for their utility than their damage in the late-game, so she'll become heavily reliant on basic attacks. She benefits from items that grant Attack damage icon Attack Damage, Critical strike chance icon Critical Strike Chance, and on-hit effects, along with a high affinity for Attack speed icon Attack Speed. Cooldown reduction icon Cooldown Reduction items might help her to a considerable extent.

  • TristanaSquare Tristana's high attack speed steroid and long attack range make Infinity Edge item Infinity Edge especially cost efficient on her.
    • Essence Reaver item Essence Reaver is not an especially great item for TristanaSquare Tristana. While it helps her spend abilities more often, she relies mostly on her basic attacks; making Infinity Edge item Infinity Edge a better alternative.
  • TristanaSquare Tristana's low base movement speed makes it difficult for her to chase enemies or to escape. This is especially prominent at low levels, so getting Boots of Speed item Boots of Speed quickly is highly beneficial.
  • The Black Cleaver item The Black Cleaver is a good item to build on TristanaSquare Tristana, as it not only gives her some cooldown reduction, but synergizes well with her Explosive Charge Explosive Charge. After four basic attacks, the target would already have taken about 4 stacks of the item's passive and have taken even larger burst of damage thanks to the armor shred. It's best to land one or two basic attacks before landing the Explosive Charge Explosive Charge charge on your target.
  • Trinity Force item Trinity Force is an extremely situational item to build on her. Its substantial cooldown reduction is beneficial for her Explosive Charge Explosive Charge, she can continuously proc Sheen item Sheen's passive for roughly every 7 seconds at higher ranks, and the Phage item Phage passive can be useful when kiting enemies. However,TristanaSquare Tristana has a low base Attack Damage, so Sheen item Sheen's passive is not as effective.
  • Building Blade of the Ruined King item Blade of the Ruined King mitigates some of Tristana's weak mid-game by granting effectiveness against durable opponents, especially because she can destroy a single target.
  • Wit's End item Wit's End, while unconventional and lacks flat AD components, can be quite useful due to TristanaSquare 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 Tristana's early game is weaker than most marksmen.
  • Runaan's Hurricane item Runaan's Hurricane is a good item on her due to the decent wave clear it can provide and synergy with Explosive Charge Explosive Charge's passive and Rapid Fire Rapid Fire. It also increases TristanaSquare Tristana's damage output in teamfights by hitting multiple champions at once.
  • Due to the high ratios on her abilities, AP TristanaSquare Tristana can be built if your team requires an AP nuker, as well as an AP support due to being ranged with decent crowd control capabilities.
    • 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.
    • Morellonomicon item Morellonomicon is another great early game item for TristanaSquare Tristana as it offers Grievous Wounds icon Grievous Wounds to all of her AP ratio abilities and not just for her Explosive Charge Explosive Charge; the cooldown reduction and mana regeneration also helps.
    • Rushing Rabadon's Deathcap item Rabadon's Deathcap/Wooglet's Witchcap item Wooglet's Witchcap can cause Tristana to dominate early game if possible, due to her high AP ratios.
    • Like Lich Bane item Lich Bane, Nashor's Tooth item 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.


  • Champions with large burst combos such as LucianSquare Lucian, GravesSquare Graves, and EzrealSquare Ezreal can win trades easier if the aggression is timed correctly.
  • Champions like Kog'MawSquare Kog'Maw and JinxSquare Jinx have better late game damage scaling than Tristana.
  • Champions with poking power such as VarusSquare Varus or SorakaSquare Soraka can make farming dangerous for Tristana, while also being able to heal from her damage.