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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 VayneSquare.png Vayne's Night Hunter.png Night Hunter, it is fairly easy to chase down champions for the third hit.
    • 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.
    • Be mindful that harassment doesn't require the full combo. 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 VayneSquare.png Vayne's low health pool and 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. Same can 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 VayneSquare.png 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 Horizonor 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 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, which only stealths for 1 second, 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 VayneSquare.png 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 loops to the back of the target and knock 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

  • 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.
  • Berserker'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.
  • Purchasing Mercury's Treads item.png Mercury's Treads may be a good idea when facing teams with a wide range of crowd control abilities.
  • 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 not true, 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's Omen item.png Randuin's Omen and Frozen Heart item.png Frozen Heart as thogether, 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.
    • Some players opt to buy Youmuu's Ghostblade item.png Youmuu's Ghostblade instead. This item provides an active that boosts Vayne's attack speed even more, allowing her to proc Silver Bolts a lot more times, not to mention the extra critical chance. However, the flat armor penetration may not be sufficient to deal with tankier opponents, so this item is ill advised if there is more than one champion stacking armor on the enemy's team.
  • Infinity Edge item.png Infinity Edge provides a substantial boost to Vayne's damage output from auto attacks. 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.
  • Alternatively, getting an early Blade of the Ruined King item.png Blade of the Ruined King can benefit Vayne due to the increased attack speed and incredible item active for damage and chasing/escaping. The passive effect also synergizes with Silver Bolts.png Silver Bolts.
  • 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.
  • 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's chasing ability.

Recommended builds

Summoner's Rift
Starting Boots of Speed item Health Potion item4
Essential Berserker's Greaves item Blade of the Ruined King item Phantom Dancer item
Offensive Infinity Edge item Last Whisper item The Bloodthirster item
Defensive Guardian Angel item Mercurial Scimitar item Banshee's Veil item
Consumables Health Potion item Sight Ward item
The Howling Abyss
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran's Blade item2 Health Potion item2
Essential Berserker's Greaves item Phantom Dancer item Sanguine Blade item
Offensive Infinity Edge item Last Whisper item Sword of the Divine item
Defensive Mercurial Scimitar item Banshee's Veil item Frozen Mallet item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Crystal Scar
Starting Boots of Speed item Prospector's Blade item Health Potion item2
Essential Berserker's Greaves item Phantom Dancer item Sanguine Blade item
Offensive Infinity Edge item Last Whisper item Sword of the Divine item
Defensive Mercurial Scimitar item Guardian Angel item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Twisted Treeline
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran's Blade item
Essential Berserker's Greaves item Phantom Dancer item Sanguine Blade item
Offensive Infinity Edge item Last Whisper item Sword of the Divine item
Defensive Mercurial Scimitar item Banshee's Veil item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item

Countering

  • Choosing someone such as MissFortuneSquare.png Miss Fortune or CaitlynSquare.png Caitlyn who have strong early games can easily deny VayneSquare.png Vayne from farming as VayneSquare.png Vayne has a relatively weak early game. Avoid pushing the lane as VayneSquare.png Vayne's Tumble.png Tumble makes her an exceptional farmer under turret, and has strong chasing potential.
  • VayneSquare.png 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 teamfights become dominant, where the fights become more stationary and targets become harder to focus.
    • Once VayneSquare.png 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.
  • VayneSquare.png Vayne is one of the most powerful duelists in game and is well known and feared as one of the most powerful marksman if fully build. It is critical to keep her early and mid-game crippled.
    • Marksmen are usually easy prey to one-burst-wonder assassins, especially ZedSquare.png Zed and LeBlancSquare.png LeBlanc . VayneSquare.png 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 MalphiteSquare.png Malphite, and NunuSquare.png Nunu can mitigate VayneSquare.png Vayne's auto attack and Silver Bolts.png Silver Bolts damage significantly along with having kits that counteract VayneSquare.png Vayne extremely well.
    • Frozen Heart item.png Frozen Heart is extremely detrimental to VayneSquare.png 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 teamfights. This item is arguably a better option in dealing with Vayne, as it does not provide HP, thus making Silver Bolts.png Silver Bolts less effective.
      • Randuin's Omen item.png Randuin's Omen is still especially useful against VayneSquare.png Vayne as one proc of slow will cripple her true damage and mobility. Because VayneSquare.png Vayne relies on her mobility in order to survive in teamfights due to her short range, the movement speed slow will make her an easy target to focus. As such, even building an early Warden's Mail item.png Warden's Mail will have noticeable effects against her.
    • VayneSquare.png 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'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 LeBlancSquare.png LeBlanc or RyzeSquare.png 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 WarwickSquare.png Warwick's Infinite Duress.png Infinite Duress and MalzaharSquare.png 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 VayneSquare.png 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'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.

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