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Summoner Spells Back to Top

Basic ADC Summoners.

New Runes Back to Top

Masteries Back to Top

Yep, you have to go for Warlord's Bloodlust to survive in the early game. Unlike Fervor which is nerfed to death for adcs, it takes too long to stack, but it's better in longer fights, so I would recommend picking Warlord's, because you want to go for sustain, since bot's trades are short (Imagine like a Caitlyn for exemple). Now let's brake down some masteries which you can pick up if you feel comfortable to play with:

1) Fresh Blood/Feast

I personally like to go for Fresh Blood, since it helps you A LOT with your Basic Attack -Q: lucianQ.png Piercing Light - lucianpassive.png Lightslinger lvl 1 cheese.

Also, Feast isn't bad at all, but you would trade damage into survivability and it's... Meh. It's your choice, so think twice before selecting it ! :D

2) Bounty Hunter/Double Edged Sword/Battle Trance

Well things get a little bit complicated. Bounty Hunter is awesome if you get a good start in the early game, Double Edged Sword increases your overall damage, but you also take 2.5% more, which is a bit riskier if you are a beginner with Lucian. As of Battle Trance, I think it can be better at 1v1 

3) Fury/Sorcery

Ahh I've been asked numerous times why I changed from Sorcery to Fury and the answer it's simple: Fury is one of the best masteries for adcs in the early game (and the rest of the game ofc). Lucian is an AD-Caster, indeed, but with IE + Statikk Shiv (and one more crit item) you will hit like a machine gun (heh get it? xd) . Sorcery is good IF you go for the traditional ER + RFC build which is based on spamming your spells as much as you'd spam your Mastery level.

Abilities Back to Top


So, people are asking me 'Why do you get lvl 3 Q and not go W?' , Because W is shit and it's more worth going for more points in Q than W because at lvl 3 he has a good Power Spike. After maxing Q, in MOST cases you go E.

Items Back to Top

Starting Items

    Basic ADC Start.

Core Items

    The 'Critcian v2' is based on rushing IE and Statikk Shiv as your first 2 items, gives you a great burst damage
    Of course, after you've picked up the core items it's time to build Essence Reaver, and I find going for IE + Statikk Shiv gives you much more burst damage than ER + RFC.
    If the enemy team comp has assassins (e.g. Kha,Rengar,Zed,Talon etc) rush PD without further ado. RFC is good too, depends on your taste, but I don't use it in this build. Death Dance can be good also to fill up the remaining 10% CDR if you want (Essence Reaver gives you 20% CDR from IE and Statikk, and the item itself gives 10%). And Mercurial's if they have a team packed with CC, so you gotta counter those fools, eyy? ^^
    As defensive items you can pick Banshee's or GA, as you like. Also, the unforgetable LDR and MR should be included all the time. Also, a little 'trollish' defensive item could also be Frozen Mallet because it gives you a lot of HP and slow on basic attacks. Sterak's can sometimes be a good choice, in order to survive the teamfights, If the enemy team has assassins which have stealth (Twitch,Talon,Kha,Shaco) this can save your life.

Situational Items

'Critcian v2' is more about Critting the hell out of their HP bar with some CDR added to help you spam your abilities (Thanks to 10% CDR from ER itself and 20% from IE and Statikk Shiv). In my opinion, it's much better than the standard ER + RFC rush items coz after that you WOULD obviosuly buy Infinity Edge to increase your RFC Crit damage. Now items are swapped: Rush IE and instead of RFC get Statikk since it gives you much more burst damage and awesome wave clear, and THEN buy Essence Reaver. After that you can continue with the build mentioned in the guide :D

Matchups Back to Top

Click on a champion below to see the author's notes on that particular matchup.

  • Caitlyn
  • Draven
  • Ezreal
  • Jinx
  • Kalista
  • Kog'Maw
  • Sivir
  • Tristana
  • Twitch
  • Varus
  • Vayne




It's hard to fight against Caitlyn because of her long range auto attacks. But never underestimate her Range ! If you have the opportunity to go aggressive DO IT! After you reach lvl 6, try to burst her down (I will list some combos below for you to see).




Draven is the ADC with the most damage and is feared to shut down his enemies. If you see him missing his Q dravenspinning.png - Spinning Axe , its the time to go a little bit aggressive and I mean going E-Double Shot-Q.




I would consider an Ezreal matchup Medium, since he can bully you early game if you don't position yourself behind minions. If you've got an aggressive support like Alistar or Braum, tell them to play aggressive against him, since he is squishy and has big cooldowns if he doesn't hit his Q.



Jinx's Q grants her a lot of attack speed if she uses her minigun, but she can harass you with her Rockets aswel. Play aggressive when she uses her Rockets, because it takes like 0.5 seconds to switch her weapons.




This is an easy opponent for Lucian, because he can trade very easily against her. Go for Basic-Q-Double Shot and it should be alright. Don't forget to not extend so much since she can apply her Rend Stacks and kill you.




The Kog'Maw matchup is a bit more difficult than Ezreal's, because Kog'Maw is the type of 'AFK Damage' adc. Play aggressively when his W is on cooldown and you might beat him.



Even if Sivir can spell shield your Q, only one shot from your Ult can be spell shielded so don't fear to go aggressive on her. 




This matchup is one of the hardest for Lucian, since Tristana is the Snowball ADC and can go for First Blood at lvl 2 with her detonatingshot.png - Explosive Charge and rocketjump.png - Rocket Jump . If you see her using E on you, fall back since she cannot apply the stacks on you. After her E is on cooldown play aggressively.




Twitch is 0 if he falls behind, and Lucian is in charge to do that. In lane, try to bully him as hard as possible since he can't repost back due to your Combos (Basic-Q-Double shot or E-Double Shot-Q).




Varus struggles against mobile champions, making him to miss his skillshots. Try to not get poked by his Long Range Q and go for trades whenever he has his abilities on Cooldown. If he tries to use an ability, use your E aside, apply your double shot and use Q right after.




Vayne sucks in early game and she is vulnerable to any harass to be shut down. Lucian can bully her a lot, in late game she will be a pain in the ass with her Ultimate vayneinquisition.png - Final Hour and the 1 second stealth from vaynetumble.png - Tumble .

Introduction Back to Top

Hello every one ! My name is Dïamond Lucìan and I've remade the guide for the Preseason and Yes, I'll seriously continue to change it EVERY PATCH to keep you updated about Lucian, since I got a feeling that he will be a God Tier Champion. Every thing is included here so don't forget to Thumbs up if you've learned something new, Thumbs down if you dislike this guide, so don't worry every feedback is welcome ! ^_^ . Also if you have a question about The Purifier leave it in the comment section below and I will answer it :D

Without further ado, hereby I present you my guide to hold the Relic Guns as Lucian, The Purifier.

What Does Lucian Offer To His Team? Back to Top

Beside being a wonderful 2v2 partner, Lucian offers a lot of Damage to his team by the use of his ultimate lucianR.png - The Culling , Dealing damage from a safe distance.

As Pros:
+Very Mobile Champion (with the use of lucianE.png - Relentless Pursuit)
+Great Burst and an awesome Duelist with the help of his Passive: lucianpassive.png - Lightslinger.
+Has a good synergy with some supports (ex: Braum's Passive: braumpassive.png - Concussive Blows)
+Low Cooldowns and good Scaling.

As Cons:
- Heavy CC can kill him easily
- It's difficult to master him
- This recent nerf hit his early game poke a lot
- If left behind it's very hard to get back on your feet again.

Abilities Back to Top

Now, let us Discuss about his Abilities.

Passive: lucianpassive.png Lightslinger

After using one of Lucian's abilities, his next auto attack within 3 seconds will strike twice. The second shot deals 0.3 / 0.4 / 0.5 / 0.6 attack damage at levels 1 / 6 / 11 / 16, but fully applies on-hit effects. Minions and monsters take full damage from the second shot. The second shot can critically strike.

-After Lucian uses any of his abilities, his next basic attack becomes a Double Shot.

-Within 3 seconds, Lucian can strike twice with his Guns.

-The 2nd shot deals less damage than the first scaling at the levels 1/6/11 and 16 and it counts as a basic attack applying on-hit effects and can also critically strike.

How to use it:

Mainly, lucianpassive.png - Lightslinger is used to trigger the cooldown of your E, which we'll discuss later. Also, it's good on lane when trading against enemies.

Q: lucianQ.png - Piercing Light

Cost: 50/55/60/65/70 Mana
Range: 500
Beam Range: 900 

Lucian shoots a bolt of piercing light through a target.

Shoots a bolt of piercing light through an enemy unit, damaging enemies in a line for 80/110/140/170/200 (+60/75/90/105/120% Attack Damage) (0.6/0.7/0.8/0.9/1.0 bonus attack damage Ratio) physical damage.

- This ability can strike through its initial target, meaning that you can use it on a minion and harassing your enemy if he stays behind it.

- The ability is set on movement, which means that a quick reaction like Vayne's  vaynetumble.png - Tumble can dodge it.

How to use it:

This ability is your main damage spell. Abuse it when fighting against enemies but don't spam it until you are out of Mana.

W: lucianW.png - Ardent Blaze

Cost: 50 Mana
Range:  900                                                                

Lucian shoots a missile that explodes in a star shape, marking enemies. Lucian gains Movement Speed for attacking marked enemies.

Fires a shot that explodes upon enemy contact or reaching the end of its path. The explosion deals 60/100/140/180/220 (+90% Ability Power) magic damage and marks enemies for 6 seconds.When Lucian or his allies damage a marked target, Lucian gains 60/65/70/75/80 Movement Speed for 1 second.

- Lucian shoots a Star shape missile dealing AP Damage.

- Whenver Lucian or an ally attacks the marked target(s) he gains movement speed for 1 second. The Movement Speed DOES NOT STACK , but attacking the marked targets REFRESHES the Movement Speed !

-also, shittiest ability in his kit.

How to use it:

Use lucianW.png - Ardent Blaze to trigger lucianpassive.png - Lightslinger but also kiting tanks, its movement speed gives you a lot of time to damage them.

E:lucianE.png - Relentless Pursuit

Cost: 40/30/20/10/0 Mana
Range: 445

Lucian quickly dashes a short distance. Lightslinger attacks reduce Relentless Pursuit's cooldown.

Quickly dashes a short distance.Whenever Lightslinger hits an enemy, Relentless Pursuit's cooldown is reduced by 1 second (doubles to 2 seconds against champions).

- Lucian Dashes a short distance, triggering lucianpassive.png - Lightslinger

- Whenever lucianpassive.png - Lightslinger hits an enemy champion it's cooldown is reduced to 2 seconds PER SHOT, in total 4 seconds less on it. Also, if you use it on a minion, structure etc. the cooldown is reduced by 1 second.

How to use it:

Try to use lucianE.png - Relentless Pursuit to get in the position to aim a good lucianQ.png - Piercing Light.

It can also be used to (re)position yourself in fights and it's a great ability if you are going for 40% cdr.

R: lucianR.png 

The Culling

Cost: 100 Mana
Range: 1200

Lucian unleashes a torrent of shots from his weapons.

Lucian moves freely while firing rapidly in a single direction for 3 seconds. His shots collide with the first enemy they hit and each do 20/35/50 (+10% Ability Power) (+20% Attack Damage) physical damage. The Culling does 400% damage to minions.Lucian may use Relentless Pursuit during The Culling.Reactivate The Culling to cancel early.

- Lucian fires shots in a single direction

- You can use Summoners such as 4.png - Flash and your E lucianE.png - Relentless Pursuit.


How to use it:

You may want to use it for a good finish move to purify your foes.

Silences DO NOT INTERRUPT his ultimate ( Blitzcrank's R : staticfield.png - Static Field ), only Polymorphs ( Lulu's W : luluw.png - Whimsy ) ,Knockbacks ( Vayne's E :vaynecondemn.png - Condemn) and stuns (Taric's E : dazzle.png - Dazzle) .

Combos Back to Top

A good step for mastering Lucian is to learn his Combos. So, if you want to start learning ADC, give Lucian a try and also try these combos. Remember, it takes a lot of practice to get them on. Without further ado, let's go:

For lvl 1 harass you want to Execute:

Basic Attack - lucianQ.png - lucianpassive.png

- This makes a good 'Cheese' at level 1, dropping your enemy HP to Half with the help of Fervor of Battle.

If you want to go harass Execute:

lucianE.png - lucianpassive.png - lucianQ.png - lucianpassive.png

This deals a lot of damage if executed in quick succession and the opponent cannot even predict that. Use it if you want to go aggressive and apply some pressure on your enemy.

My Burst Combo:

lucianE.png- lucianpassive.png - lucianQ.png - lucianpassive.png - lucianW.png -lucianpassive.png - lucianR.png

You can also start with:

lucianW.png - lucianpassive.png - lucianE.png - lucianpassive.png - lucianQ.png - lucianpassive.png - lucianR.png

Both of these Combos are great for 100-0 bursting.

Also, to be sure you hit as many shots of your lucianR.png try:

lucianW.png - lucianR.png

The shots from your Ulti are giving you enough movement speed to chase down your enemy and make sure they die.

Bot Lane Synergies Back to Top

Lucian holds the crown for one of the best partner to go for 2v2 on bot lane, because his supports can peel for him hard and feed him in order to carry the game.

I've been experimenting with some other bot lane synergies (eg: Lucian and Zyra). The following criterias we will take for the Bot lane synergies are :
- Hard CC 
- Good Sustain/Peel
- Good Protection against Assassins (eg: Zed)

Note: Some combos may fit only one criteria from that list.

So, let us go for the Bot Compositions.

1) 236.png  - 201.png : Lucian and Braum

Braum is excellent combined with Lucian, because Lucian's Passive : lucianpassive.png - Lightslinger applies 2 stacks of Braum's Passive : braumpassive.png - Concussive Blows . Also, Braum's E : braumE.png - Unbreakable can protect Lucian from a global Ezreal ult or any other skillshot.

Looking at the criterias, Braum has a lot of potential to support Lucian, so I'd definetly recommend trying this.

2) 236.png - 44.png : Lucian and Taric

I must say that this is my favourite Bot Lane Synergy for Lucian, because Taric has every thing Lucian needed, an unpredictable Taric E : dazzle.png - Dazzle into Lucian's E : lucianE.png- Relentless Pursuit can turn a 2v2 in their favor. Also, Taric's Ult : tarichammersmash.png - Cosmic Radiance is like a Kayle ultimate, but it can buff both front and back line.

So, Taric is a good pair with Lucian, providing him with a lot of utility from his W : shatter.png - Bastion to go for the unpredictable plays and also for a good survivalbility with the Ultimate.

3) 236.png - 12.png : Lucian and Alistar

Alistar is one of the most feared support to face against, combined with Lucian, the combo can wreck even the most bs champions to lane against (Heya Ezreal!) providing one of the most Hard CC with his W : headbutt.png - Headbutt and Q : pulverize.png - Pulverize combo, allowing The Purifier to play aggressively and maybe securing himself a kill. Also, Alistar posseses with a good disengage with his W : headbutt.png - Headbutt to push his enemies away from Lucian.

4) 236.png - 412.png : Lucian and Thresh

I'm going to say from different POV (Points of View), so you may know what am I talking about

Thresh POV:

-Always look for windows of opportunity to land a good Hook, so that Lucian can follow up with his burst.
-As hard CC you got his Q : threshQ.png - Death Sentence, E : threshE.png - Flay (although it isn't such a hard CC, but it can interrupt channels like Katarina's Ultimate : deathlotus.png - Death Lotus) and his R : threshR.png - The Box .
-His kit is packed with aggressiveness and with a good ADC you can beat anyone on bot lane.

Lucian POV:

-A thing that I like to do when I have Thresh is to punish them whenever they are trying to harass Him when he goes collecting souls.
-Always look whenever Thresh uses his W : threshW.png - Dark Passage into Q : threshQ.png - Death Sentence combo, one of the most sick things you can do with Thresh. :)

5) 236.png - 40.png : Lucian and Janna

Since Lucian got nerfed this patch at his Q and W's range being lowered, Janna compensates his weaknesses into Strength forcing The Purifier to play aggressively whenever Janna's E : eyeofthestorm.png - Eye of the Storm is on him, giving a long lasting Shield and a good AD Steroid to work while he is trading with his opponents.

In terms of CC, Janna is packed with a lot of disengage and a good protection from Assassins with her ult : reapthewhirlwind.png - Monsoon, knocking back enemies and healing the allies which are near her. 

Support Counters Back to Top

Some Supports are able to destroy Lucian on lane, because of their early game being good and also very frustrating against an ADC like him. I have listed some Supports which can cause problems for The Purifier in order to shut him down.

1) 12.png - Alistar

Alistar is dangerous when he hits lvl 2 because he will probably do his W : headbutt.png - Headbutt into Q : pulverize.png - Pulverize combo. Also, this combo can interrupt Lucian's E : lucianE.png - Relentless Pursuit and his Ultimate : lucianR.png - The Culling, minimizing Lucian's Damage.

2) 53.png - Blitzcrank

So maybe people will say 'Why'd you put Blitzcrank here, if you dodge his Q you should be alright.' NOPE. Not only that, but he can rush at you with his W : overdrive.png - Overdrive and use his E : powerfist.png - Power Fist to knock you in the air, buying some time for the opposite ADC to jump on you. I've been playing against Plat/Ex-Diamond players and they all have this strategy to not go for the Grab first, because you got your E : lucianE.png - Relentless Pursuit to dodge it easy peasy.

3) 201.png - Braum

If Braum is paired with Ezreal you'll mostly lose most trades against them. Braum's Passive : braumpassive.png - Concussive Blows combined with an Ezreal Q : ezrealmysticshot.png - Mystic Shot coz we gave his as an exemple can force Lucian to not go for aggressive plays and not trading at all.

4) 143.png - Zyra

Since her rework, Zyra's role in the game has been changed from Mid Lane to Support as seen in Korea. Zyra is an excellent counter as a support against Lucian, because she has a lot of CC and also a good burst for a Support like her. If she caught him in a bad position, Zyra can 'delete' him with a single combo.

5) 25.png - Morgana

As an ADC, it's frustrating to lane against Morgana because she has a lot of CC in her kit with her Q : darkbindingmissile.png - Dark Binding and her Ultimate : soulshackles.png - Soul Shackles. If you get caught in a bad position and she binds you, her ADC can follow up to kill you. A good Morgana will prioritize on your Cooldowns, if you've got your E or Ultimate on CD, kinda like that.

6) 111.png - Nautilus

If you may probably face Nautilus Support on lane, be ready to experience Hell. He got a lot of CC and his Q : nautilusanchordrag.png - Dredge Line can cancel your E : lucianE.png - Relentless Pursuit and your Ultimate : lucianR.png - The Culling (Same applies with Nautilus' Ultimate : nautilusgrandline.png - Depth Charge).

Gameplay Back to Top

Lucian excels at bursting down his enemies, but to wield the Relic Guns requires some little knowledge to play him. I'll try to cover his Gameplay in this section. Without further ado, let's go to the game phases.

Early Game

You have to start with 1055.png2003.pngx2 and 3340.png , just like any other ADC. If you are getting harassed hard, you should consider buying 1083.png - Cull in order to get back on your feet , and also to get your items much faster. Depending on your support and the enemy bot lane comp, you should take decisions if you have to go aggressive or not. At lvl 1 go for the Cheese Basic Attack - lucianQ.png - lucianpassive.png , in order to put some pressure on them and having to be worried against you. 

Late Game

After you get your core items, you have to choose your pair of boots. Most people are going for 3006.png - Berserker's Greaves because it increases your Attack Speed by 35% from 30%. If the enemy team comp has a lot of CC you have to choose between 3009.png - Boots of Swiftness and 3111.png- Mercury's Treads, they are both good and are my go-to boots to get into aggressive team comps.

So, we've covered the boots for now, let's get to the mid game

Mid Game

In the Mid Game this is where you shine the most, now I'm gonna explain the build at its finest:

'Critcian v2' build


First of all, pro players (eg. Gosu, Doublelift, Imaqtpie) seem to be buying the items in this order. ER + RFC items rush changed to IE + Statikk shiv, since you get your crit damage increased thanks to IE's passive, and after you bought them you can get an Essence Reaver aswel to get some AD and CDR (coz without CDR you are done). I would recommend you'd buy the first 3 items at least (IE - Statikk - ER) and you can try and experiment other builds.
 Also 2 items which can be added to the build : 3046.png and 3812.png , I'll explain them one by one.

3046.png - Phantom Dancer

Since its rework in the pre-season, this item had a lot of success in the ADC builds, because it gives a good % crit chance, great Attack Speed and a an OP as hell passive which reduces the damage from champions by 22% damage, which is a go-to item to pick against Assassins (eg. 238.png - Zed) or Mages (eg. 268.png - Azir)

3812.png - Death's Dance

I hope this item will never get touched because it is the best item to go against champions which can one shot you , or champions which can deal a lot of damage from a safe distance etc. Whenever you are hit, 12% of the damage is converted to a Bleed Effect, dealing true damage per second. In my opinion it's awesome and you should take it on any ADC if needed.

Social Media Back to Top

Well, I've got a few Social Media links if you want to follow me on my 'journey' and also to entertain you how I can.


Twitter: @SboraBogdan

Twitch: (In case that you'll need it in the future) ^_^
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