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Skill usage

  • 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 16, 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. In addition, landing four autoattacks will automatically detonate the charge and deal large amounts of damage
    • You can also detonate the Explosive Shot.png Explosive Shot charge early by jumping into the enemy using Rocket Jump.png Rocket Jump. This is useful if you are paired with a support that can lock down your target like MorganaSquare.png Morgana, AlistarSquare.png Alistar, TaricSquare.png Taric, ThreshSquare.png Thresh, and LeonaSquare.png Leona. However, keep in note that this is a high-risk/high-reward move and can put TristanaSquare.png Tristana in a more vulnerable position.
    • Due to the "delay" effect of Explosive Shot.png Explosive Shot, TristanaSquare.png Tristana has the best synergy with ZileanSquare.png Zilean's Time Bomb.png Time Bomb. In addition, ZileanSquare.png Zilean can effectively use his ultimate on TristanaSquare.png Tristana to keep her alive if she jumps in with Rocket Jump.png Rocket Jump.
  • 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.
  • TristanaSquare.png Tristana's strength comes from her ability to destroy turrets quickly within mere seconds thanks to her Explosive Shot.png Explosive Shot and Rapid Fire.png Rapid Fire. In addition, she's also good at securing objectives such as DragonSquare.png Dragon and Baron NashorSquare.png Baron Nashor for similar reasons as well.

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. However, her reworked Explosive Shot.png Explosive Shot means that building Armor penetration and Cooldown reduction makes it more viable.
  • 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.
  • Getting an early Avarice Blade item.png Avarice Blade can significantly improve her gold input thanks for her Explosive Shot.png Explosive Shot's passive wave clear. This can easily upgrade to Statikk Shiv item.png Statikk Shiv for more wave clearing potential.
  • At higher ranks of Explosive Shot.png Explosive Shot, the cooldown for this skill is around 12 seconds. As such, it's a good idea to build some cooldown reduction in her build.
    • A The Black Cleaver item.png The Black Cleaver is a good item to build on TristanaSquare.png Tristana, as it not only gives her some cooldown reduction, but synergizes well with his Explosive Shot.png Explosive Shot. 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 reduced armor from the passive. It's best to land one or two basic attacks before landing the Explosive Shot.png Explosive Shot charge on your target.
    • Youmuu&#039;s Ghostblade item.png Youmuu's Ghostblade is another good item to build into from Avarice Blade item.png Avarice Blade, it not only gives TristanaSquare.png Tristana some cooldown reduction, the item's active greatly synergizes well with Rapid Fire.png Rapid Fire and allow you to trigger Explosive Shot.png Explosive Shot charge as soon as possible.
    • With that in mind, because TristanaSquare.png Tristana has lower than normal natural attack speed growth when compared to other ADCs, it's best to grab a Zephyr item.png Zephyr in your build. As the item not only grants attack speed, but some cooldown as well.
    • Combining The Black Cleaver item.png The Black Cleaver, Youmuu&#039;s Ghostblade item.png Youmuu's Ghostblade, Zephyr item.png Zephyr, and proper runes and masteries, she can easily obtain 40% cooldown reduction for her Explosive Shot.png Explosive Shot.
  • An item that used to be nonviable on TristanaSquare.png Tristana, Trinity Force item.png Trinity Force has become an effective situational item to build on her, as it possesses useful stats all around. It has substantial cooldown reduction, beneficial for her Explosive Shot.png Explosive Shot. Also, she can continuously proc Sheen item.png Sheen's passive for roughly every 7 seconds at higher ranks, and the Phage item.png Phage passive can be useful when kiting enemies.
  • 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&#039;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&#039;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.
    • 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&#039;s Deathcap item.png Rabadon's Deathcap and/or Wooglet&#039;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&#039;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&#039;s Blade item Health Potion item Warding Totem item
Essential Berserker&#039;s Greaves item Statikk Shiv item Infinity Edge item
Offensive Last Whisper item The Bloodthirster item Blade of the Ruined King item
Defensive Banshee&#039;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&#039;s Blade item2 Health Potion item2
Essential Infinity Edge item Phantom Dancer item Last Whisper item
Offensive Statikk Shiv item Blade of the Ruined King item Youmuu&#039;s Ghostblade item
Defensive Banshee&#039;s Veil item The Bloodthirster item Quicksilver Sash item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Crystal Scar
Starting Boots of Speed item Prospector&#039;s Blade item Health Potion item2
Essential Lord Van Damm&#039;s Pillager item Phantom Dancer item Berserker&#039;s Greaves item
Offensive Last Whisper item Sanguine Blade item Runaan&#039;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&#039;s Blade item
Essential Lord Van Damm&#039;s Pillager item Phantom Dancer item Berserker&#039;s Greaves item
Offensive Last Whisper item Sanguine Blade item Runaan&#039;s Hurricane item
Defensive Dervish Blade item Banshee&#039;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, GravesSquare.png Graves, 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&#039;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&#039;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.
  • TristanaSquare.png Tristana's reworked kit sacrifice some of her late game power (her Draw a Bead.png Draw a Bead passive's late game range is reduced to 669 and her attack speed growth is much lower) for a stronger midgame (Explosive Shot.png Explosive Shot's shot damage). KogMawSquare.png Kog'Maw and JinxSquare.png Jinx can effectively counter TristanaSquare.png Tristana late game as their basic attacks not only outrange TristanaSquare.png Tristana, they also have better lategame damage scaling than TristanaSquare.png Tristana.
    • However, TristanaSquare.png Tristana is considered to be the best turret destroyer thanks to Explosive Shot.png Explosive Shot as well as incredibly good at securing objectives such DragonSquare.png Dragon and Baron NashorSquare.png Baron Nashor. Combined with Rapid Fire.png Rapid Fire and reasonable attack damage and attack speed items such as Youmuu&#039;s Ghostblade item.png Youmuu's Ghostblade, Infinity Edge item.png Infinity Edge, and The Bloodthirster item.png The Bloodthirster, she wither down a single turret's health to more than half it's health. Do not let TristanaSquare.png Tristana anywhere near a turret. If TristanaSquare.png Tristana is missing in action, chances are that she may be hiding somewhere and buying her team it to effectively splitpush and destroy a turret.

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