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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
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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 Banshee's Veil item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Wrath item
Howling Abyss
Starting Boots of Speed item Health Potion item4 Doran's Blade item2
Essential Berserker's Greaves item Infinity Edge item Rapid Firecannon item
Offensive The Bloodthirster item Essence Reaver item Lord Dominik's Regards item
Defensive Mercurial Scimitar item Maw of Malmortius item Banshee's Veil item
Consumables Oracle's Extract item Health Potion item Elixir of Wrath item


Playing As Tristana Tristana
Playing Against Tristana Tristana
  • If you see Tristana Tristana activate Rapid Fire.png Rapid Fire in a fight, Stun icon stun her and try to back off until the spell dissipates.
  • Stand away from your creeps in a lane to take less collateral damage from Explosive Charge.png Explosive Charge.


Ability Usage
  • Draw a Bead.png Draw a Bead becomes extremely powerful later in the game, allowing Tristana Tristana to hit enemies from a greater distance than most.
    • Because of this, Tristana Tristana is best placed in the back of a group or flanking enemies from the side.
  • Tristana Tristana can outrange most other ranged carries 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 Tristana 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 Charge.png Explosive Charge 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.
  • Tristana 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 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 Thresh Thresh's Flay.png Flay can interrupt your jump mid-flight if you're not careful.
  • The passive of Explosive Charge.png Explosive Charge 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 Charge.png Explosive Charge's passive 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 Charge.png Explosive Charge can be used on turrets. Use this to your advantage when given the chance to push the lane.
    • Explosive Charge.png Explosive Charge 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 Charge.png Explosive Charge charge by jumping into the enemy using Rocket Jump.png Rocket Jump after you have landed three autoattacks on them. This is useful if you are paired with a support that can lock down your target like Morgana Morgana, Alistar Alistar, Taric Taric, Thresh Thresh, and Leona Leona. However, keep in note that this is a high-risk/high-reward move and can put Tristana Tristana in a more vulnerable position.
    • Due to the delay effect of Explosive Charge.png Explosive Charge, Tristana Tristana has the best synergy with Zilean Zilean's Time Bomb.png Time Bomb. In addition, Zilean Zilean can effectively use his Chronoshift.png ultimate on Tristana 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 Ryze Ryze, Veigar Veigar or Fiddlesticks Fiddlesticks away can give you a strong advantage in teamfights or ganks.
  • Buster Shot.png Buster Shot will also interrupt channeled abilities such as Karthus Karthus' Requiem.png Requiem, Katarina Katarina's Death Lotus.png Death Lotus, or Nunu 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.
  • Tristana Tristana's strength comes from her ability to destroy turrets quickly within mere seconds thanks to her Explosive Charge.png Explosive Charge and Rapid Fire.png Rapid Fire. In addition, she's also good at securing objectives such as Dragon Dragon and Baron Nashor Baron Nashor for similar reasons as well.
Mastery Usage
Item Usage
  • Tristana 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, attack speed, armor penetration, and cooldown reduction more necessary for her than some marksmen.
  • Tristana Tristana's low base movement speed 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.
  • Trinity Force item.png Trinity Force is an extremely situational item to build on her. Its substantial cooldown reduction is beneficial for her Explosive Charge.png Explosive Charge, 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. However,Tristana Tristana has a low base Attack Damage, so Sheen item.png Sheen's passive is not as effective. There are a variety of attack speed items which also give critical strike chance, an important stat on Tristana Tristana, such as Runaan's Hurricane item.png Runaan's Hurricane or Rapid Firecannon item.png Rapid Firecannon which give movespeed for kiting.
  • Essence Reaver item.png Essence Reaver is not an escpecially great item for Tristana Tristana. While it gives mana sustain through critical hits, and also some cooldown reduction in conjunction with any attack speed and critical chance item, allowing her to use Explosive Charge.png Explosive Charge more often, Tristana Tristana relies mostly on her autoattacks and so Infinity Edge item.png Infinity Edge is a better alternative.
  • Be careful when picking Tristana 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 Teemo 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 stacking or benefiting from a lot of health items, like Shen Shen or Dr. Mundo Dr. Mundo.
  • Tristana 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 Tristana 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 Tristana Tristana's early game is weaker than most marksmen.
  • Runaan's Hurricane item.png Runaan's Hurricane is a great item on her due to the decent waveclear it can provide and synergy with Explosive Charge.png Explosive Charge's passive and Rapid Fire.png Rapid Fire. It also increases Tristana Tristana's damage output in teamfights as it allows her to hit multiple champions at once.
  • Due to the high ratios on her abilities, AP Tristana 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.
    • 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 Tristana Tristana as it offers Grievous Wounds icon 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/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.
  • Tristana 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 Tristana 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 Tristana Tristana player will be working to compensate for this.
  • Tristana 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.
  • Tristana 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.
  • Tristana 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 Lucian Lucian, Graves Graves, and Ezreal 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 Charge.png Explosive Charge 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.
  • Tristana 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.
  • Tristana 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 Charge.png Explosive Charge's passive.
  • Tristana 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 Tristana 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.
  • Kog'Maw Kog'Maw and Jinx Jinx can effectively counter Tristana Tristana late game as their basic attacks not only outrange Tristana Tristana, they also have better lategame damage scaling than her.
    • However, Tristana Tristana is considered to be the best turret destroyer thanks to Explosive Charge.png Explosive Charge as well as incredibly good at securing objectives such Dragon Dragon and Baron Nashor Baron Nashor. Combined with Rapid Fire.png Rapid Fire and reasonable attack damage and attack speed items such as Youmuu'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 Tristana Tristana anywhere near a turret. If Tristana Tristana 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.
  • When laning against Tristana Tristana, try to push the wave because the passive of Explosive Charge.png Explosive Charge will damage minions and make it harder to farm under turret. She cannot freeze the wave easily because of this as well.