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Skill usage

  • For best burst damage try combining the third hit from Silver Bolts.png Silver Bolts and the bonus damage from Tumble.png Tumble in the same attack.
    • Because of Vayne Vayne's Night Hunter.png Night Hunter, it is fairly easy to chase down champions for the third hit, especially in the early game if your lane opponent(s) have not yet purchased boots.
    • Try an auto attack > Tumble.png Tumble > Condemn.png Condemn combo for a fast and relatively safe proc of Silver Bolts.png Silver Bolts. This combo is very mana heavy so be selective when using this combo.
    • Remember that the full combo is not necessarily required to harass effectively. Zoning with a tick of Silver Bolts.png Silver Bolts may be more effective than getting all three ticks.
    • This may be a useful tactic to use in lane due to Vayne Vayne's low health pool and poor defenses.
  • Tumble.png Tumble can be used to dodge skillshot abilities. Tumble.png Tumble is also effective at dodging delayed damage abilities like Rupture.png Rupture or Pillar of Flame.png Pillar of Flame.
  • If you're fighting near an allied turret, try to Tumble.png Tumble behind the opponent and then Condemn.png Condemn them into your turret's range. This can also be done to push an enemy towards your team.
  • Don't forget that Night Hunter.png Night Hunter only works facing the enemy and with that combined with your ultimate makes it very hard for the enemy to escape you.
  • Do not overestimate Vayne Vayne's mobility. Night Hunter.png Night Hunter's bonus movement speed grants no bonus while running away from enemies, and Tumble.png Tumble doesn't go on cooldown until you actually attack an enemy which essentially adds 6 seconds of cooldown that you can't reduce with cooldown reduction when you are using it to run away.
  • Tumble.png Tumble cannot cross most wall terrain (though it can cross Cataclysm.png Cataclysm, Crystallize.png Crystallize,  Event Horizon.png Event Horizon or Pillar of Ice.png Pillar of Ice).
  • Tumble.png Tumble can cross impassable terrain such as the small ledge near dragon pit if you position correctly.
  • Note that Tumble.png Tumble's extra damage only activates upon attacking enemy units, not structures.
  • You can escape in the midst of a battle by using Final Hour.png Final Hour and Tumble.png Tumble to stealth and confuse the enemy. It is recommended to change direction than the one you were running in or to choose an alternate route.
  • Because she is squishy, it is highly recommended to opt for more defensive summoner spells, such as Heal.png Heal, Ghost.png Ghost, Cleanse.png Cleanse, or Barrier.png Barrier. Flash.png Flash is very desirable. Final Hour.png Final Hour in conjunction with Tumble.png Tumble only gives stealth for 1 second, which doesn't make for a very good escape. These summoner spells can also assist in chases.
  • Condemn.png Condemn will stun the target if it hits a terrain, a turret, an inhibitor or a nexus - it will also work (as of Patch 4.16) with Cataclysm.png Cataclysm, Crystallize.png Crystallize, and other player-created terrain. It will not stun when hitting the turrets in Dominion.
  • Using Condemn.png Condemn on a retreating enemy may help them escape. Be sure to position Vayne Vayne where the knock back effect will let your team or yourself engage on the enemy.
    • Tumble.png Tumble or Flash.png Flash can help with positioning yourself for a successful Condemn.png Condemn.
    • Condemn.png Condemn could also be used when Vayne Vayne loops to the back of the target and knocks them towards allies.
  • Using Condemn.png Condemn in jungle fights can be much more effective than in lane fights due to the tight spaces making it easy to land the second effect and stunning an opponent.

Build usage

  • Blade of the Ruined King item.png Blade of the Ruined King is considered to be the core item to every Vayne build due to its fantastic synergy with Silver Bolts.png Silver Bolts. Not only due to the attack speed, but also because of the passive which has synergy with the health shred from Silver Bolts, not to mention the lifesteal. Once Vayne has this item, she can 1x1 almost every champion, no matter how tanky that champion is.
    • In addition, Vayne can easily compensate the lack of raw AD of this item, due to her ultimate Final Hour.png Final Hour which gives an AD boost for a short time.
  • Berserker&#039;s Greaves item.png Berserker's Greaves are an especially good choice as the attack speed is beneficial for proc-ing Silver Bolts.png Silver Bolts.
  • A commonly held misconception is that due to Silver Bolts.png Silver Bolts dealing true damage, Vayne does not need to purchase Last Whisper item.png Last Whisper to deal with tanks, instead only needing more attack speed. This is somewhat inaccurate, as most calculations with endgame builds (based on low ELO games) have True Damage only composing around 7-10% of her total damage. Moreover, an attack speed reliant build without a Last Whisper item.png Last Whisper is somewhat easy to counter with items like Randuin&#039;s Omen item.png Randuin's Omen and Frozen Heart item.png Frozen Heart as together, these items slow Vayne's attack speed by 23%, as well as providing a large amount of armor that Vayne does not have penetration for.
    • What is true, however, is that Vayne does not need to buy Last Whisper until late-game, unlike most ADCs, as enemies don't have significant amounts of armor early game, and sometimes even mid game. Silver Bolts will be enough to deal with them until late-game, where it's necessary to buy Last Whisper because most of Vayne's damage is still physical.
  • Youmuu&#039;s Ghostblade item.png Youmuu's Ghostblade is a viable option for even more mobility and to give a boost to Vayne's early/mid game damage potential. It is less of a DPS item, and more of a burst item that can be used against teams which do not have a lot of tankyness but have a lot of mobility.
  • Infinity Edge item.png Infinity Edge provides a substantial boost to Vayne Vayne's damage output from auto attacks. Unlike other ADCs, however, it is recommended to not rush this item, as Blade of the Ruined King is a better rush.Remember that critical hits don't proc from Condemn.png Condemn and don't scale from Tumble.png Tumble's bonus damage.
  • The Bloodthirster item.png The Bloodthirster provides much needed lifesteal to aid her survivability and scales with her Tumble.png Tumble and Condemn.png Condemn. It can be used either to replace or to complement Blade of the Ruined King as a lifesteal item, giving Vayne insane amounts of dueling potential. However, it is not recommended to do either. It is not recommended to replace Blade of the Ruined King as the synergy that this item has with Vayne is just too good to pass up. While as a complement, Vayne has to sacrifice one of the items on her core build, which may hurt her overall damage.
  • Phantom Dancer item.png Phantom Dancer's attack speed and critical strike chance synergize well with Silver Bolts.png Silver Bolts and increase the effectiveness of Final Hour.png Final Hour, as well as boosting her DPS quite a bit. Additionally the movement speed boost from Phantom Dancer item.png Phantom Dancer scales with the additional movement speed from Night Hunter.png Night Hunter, including the boost to it from using Final Hour.png Final Hour. With a Blade of the Ruined King, a Phantom Dancer, and a Zephyr Vayne's attack speed will approach the cap, making these three items core on her, allowing her to proc her Silver Bolts every other second.
  • Building Sheen item.png Sheen or Trinity Force item.png Trinity Force can add some significant burst to Tumble.png Tumble. Starting with Phage item.png Phage provides much needed survivability and can assist in running from or toward a target if Vayne procs it on an enemy minion. Building Zeal item.png Zeal first grants her added mobility and attack speed to more easily farm and proc Silver Bolts.png Silver Bolts.
    • Vayne has zero abilities which scale with ability power, so consider this fact when deciding what order to buy items in.
  • Enchanting your boots with the Furor enchantment allows Vayne to kite or escape very well. Tumble away and whenever the enemy comes within range of an autoattack hit them once to start the tumble cooldown and rush away with your furor bonus, tumbling once it's off cooldown. Furor also strongly boosts Vayne Vayne's chasing ability. However it may be a tad excessive due to her ridiculous kiting and chasing, however there aren't many other good boot enchantments for Vayne Vayne.
  • Due to Silver Bolts, one can build Vayne fairly tanky with just a Blade of the Ruined King as her damage item. By using items like Frozen Mallet item.png Frozen Mallet, Randuin&#039;s Omen item.png Randuin's Omen, and Banshee&#039;s Veil item.png Banshee's Veil, Vayne becomes surprisingly tanky while still dealing a lot of damage. This build is not recommended most of time because Vayne already has so much self peel and mobility that building tanky is not necessary for her. Also, Vayne does significantly less damage with a tanky build - this may sound obvious, but for those who know hot to kite and reposition themselves well enough to avoid most of the damage, a glass cannon build will be infinitely more profitable.

Recommended builds

Summoner's Rift
Starting Doran&#039;s Blade item Health Potion item Warding Totem item
Essential Berserker&#039;s Greaves item Blade of the Ruined King item Statikk Shiv item
Offensive Infinity Edge item Last Whisper item Phantom Dancer item
Defensive Guardian Angel item Banshee&#039;s Veil item The Bloodthirster item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item Sight Ward item Vision Ward item Elixir of Wrath item
Howling Abyss
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran&#039;s Blade item2 Health Potion item2
Essential Berserker&#039;s Greaves item Phantom Dancer item The Bloodthirster item
Offensive Infinity Edge item Last Whisper item
Defensive Mercurial Scimitar item Banshee&#039;s Veil item Frozen Mallet item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
Crystal Scar
Starting Boots of Speed item Prospector&#039;s Blade item Health Potion item2
Essential Berserker&#039;s Greaves item Phantom Dancer item Sanguine Blade item
Offensive Infinity Edge item Last Whisper item
Defensive Dervish Blade item Guardian Angel item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
Twisted Treeline
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran&#039;s Blade item
Essential Berserker&#039;s Greaves item Phantom Dancer item Sanguine Blade item
Offensive Lord Van Damm&#039;s Pillager item Last Whisper item Wicked Hatchet item
Defensive Dervish Blade item Banshee&#039;s Veil item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item


  • Choosing someone such as Miss Fortune Miss Fortune or Caitlyn Caitlyn who have strong early games can easily deny Vayne Vayne from farming as Vayne Vayne has a relatively weak early game. Avoid pushing the lane as Vayne Vayne's Tumble.png Tumble makes her an exceptional farmer under turret, and has strong chasing potential.
  • Vayne Vayne's entire kit is focused on dueling (or 1v1ing) and chasing, so deny her the potential to duel with you and her kit will naturally round out late-game when team fights become dominant, where the fights become more stationary and targets become harder to focus.
    • Once Vayne Vayne obtains Final Hour.png Final Hour at level 6, her dueling potential increases exponentially and she essentially "jumps" to her mid-game potentially immediately before most other Attack Damage Carries. The Attack Damage and movement speed boosts are huge given how early in the game it is and stealth detection is much harder to afford earlier on. Respect her presence at level 6 if you haven't pulled a significant advantage over her and avoid dueling her if possible.
  • Vayne Vayne is one of the most powerful duelists in the game and is well known and feared as one of the most powerful marksman if/when she reaches full build. It is critical to keep her early and mid-game crippled.
    • Marksmen are usually easy prey to one-burst-wonder assassins, especially Zed Zed and LeBlanc LeBlanc . Vayne Vayne is by far not in this category, her ability to carefully move around the battlefield, drain-tank while evading attacks with stealth from Final Hour.png Final Hour and bursting/peeling with Condemn.png Condemn makes her complicated to kill by surgical, tactical and careful assassins as she can often prevent their abilities to properly flow for a combo.
  • Silver Bolts.png Silver Bolts is not that hard to counteract contrary to popular belief.
    • Her Silver Bolts.png Silver Bolts procs rely on her attack speed. Champions with attack speed slows such as Malphite Malphite and Nunu Nunu can mitigate Vayne Vayne's auto attack and Silver Bolts.png Silver Bolts damage significantly along with having kits that counteract Vayne Vayne extremely well.
    • Frozen Heart item.png Frozen Heart is extremely detrimental to Vayne Vayne because the armor portion of the item counters her lack of magic damage and the long-ranged -15% attack speed aura is practically unavoidable in team fights. This item is arguably a better option in dealing with Vayne Vayne, as it does not provide HP, thus making Silver Bolts.png Silver Bolts less effective.
      • Randuin&#039;s Omen item.png Randuin's Omen is still especially useful against Vayne Vayne as one proc of slow will cripple her true damage and mobility. Because Vayne Vayne relies on her mobility in order to survive in team fights due to her short range, the movement speed slow will make her an easy target to focus. As such, even building an early Warden&#039;s Mail item.png Warden's Mail will have noticeable effects against her.
    • Vayne Vayne's Silver Bolts.png Silver Bolts do not account for shields when calculating the percent of maximum HP so abilities such as Granite Shield.png Granite Shield and Titan&#039;s Wrath.png Titan's Wrath are extremely strong against her.
    • The same case goes for lifesteal and high health regeneration; if the target's lifebar isn't noticeably large but is constantly renewed from either high lifesteal or abilities such as Sadism.png Sadism, the damage from Silver Bolts.png Silver Bolts becomes significantly less noticeable.
    • Battling her only in teamfights forces her to switch targets, resulting in fewer Silver Bolts.png Silver Bolts procs.
  • Mages with targeted burst damage/crowd controls such as LeBlanc LeBlanc or Ryze Ryze can easily dispatch Vayne as her mobility and Tumble.png Tumble are primarily anti-skillshot oriented. Targeted abilities that apply targeted hard crowd control's such as Warwick Warwick's Infinite Duress.png Infinite Duress and Malzahar Malzahar's Nether Grasp.png Nether Grasp prevents Vayne from retaliating with her mobility and lifesteal resulting in an easy kill.
  • It's recommended not to fight Vayne Vayne in the jungle as there are more walls for her to stun with her Condemn.png Condemn .
  • Taking a Vision Ward item.png Vision Ward with you or activating an Oracle&#039;s Lens item.jpg Oracle's Lens is useful against Final Hour.png Final Hour as her stealth will be useless, shutting down her primary method of reaching squishier targets of interest.
  • Vayne can be a very powerful top laner against tanks, so when you see your enemy pick Vayne, especially if the enemy team has already selected another marksman, ask your jungler to be a tank just in case she decided to go top so you can be a damage top laner.

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