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Summoner Spells Back to Top

Basic ADC Summoners.

New Runes Back to Top

For The Runes, I personally enjoy Conqueror more than PTA, but In my opinion you can grab PTA if you've got a damaging support for example Brand and Zyra, since the exposed damage increases both of your damage on a single target. As for the Conqueror, if you are more experienced with Lucian you can deal a lot of true damage if you use your combos very quickly, so you've got 4 seconds to apply your Full Combo (LISTED BELOW) on a target. Both PTA and Conqueror are good so take one of them. As for The Legend rune you can choose Alacrity or Bloodline on preference.

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.
    If you are going against a lane which you are getting poked/you might lose the matchup buy Doran's Shield as it increases your HP regen since ADCs have received a nerf to their base stats and you can make use of Doran's Shield passive to regen your HP.

Core Items

    First Back should include Bilgewater's Cutlass as you build it into Blade of The Ruined King since its cheaper and a good item to have in the early game. Otherwise, if you can't afford to buy it instantly buy vamp and long sword
    After you've finished your Blade of the Ruined King now your powerspike starts. You can easily kill almost any squishy with your rotation and now that you've got some lifesteal it's going to be even better. Now you'll want to focus getting your Black Cleaver to crush bruisers and tanks, but if the enemy team has mostly squishies and you are far ahead of the enemy ADC you can consider buying TriForce instead.
    After your 2 items, Bork - Black Cleaver/TriForce here comes the best item for Lucian, The Reworked Essence Reaver. It works best as your 3rd item and it synergizes well with your kit since you use your abilities most of the time and you auto attack in between them with your Lightslinger passive.
    Here are the last items you should consider buying after your core items. I personally like going Rapid Firecannon into Infinity Edge because you can make use of the Crit into True Damage passive from IE, and RFC gives you more range on your next basic attack, and it also applies Lightslinger from that distance. If you need more armor pen grab a Lord Dominik's or Mortal Reminder, depending on the situation.
    As for the boots choose one of these based on the enemy team comp, berserker's greaves are good only if you are ahead.

Situational Items

    Grab one of these when you need more survivalbility and you won't die so quickly.

Matchups Back to Top

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

  • Caitlyn
  • Draven
  • Ezreal
  • Jinx
  • Kai'Sa
  • 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.




Skill matchup, be careful of her stacks on her Passive kaisapassive.png- Second Skin, you can either stomp her or be stomped, coinflip.




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 can be won as long as you play aggressive in the early game since you can burst him, and try to back down when he activates his W to poke you with AAs.



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. But be careful if you get hit by his Ultimate as it applies his Blight Stacks and gives him enough time to apply more basic attacks and use his E or Q on you.




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 PhreaKy and I've remade the guide for Season 8, following up the ADC changes with new reworked AD items. 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
- Point and Click champs can kill him very easily
- 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. Second Shot Damage Ratio: (+50 / 55 / 60% total) (at levels 1/7/13) , 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 Physical Damage: 80 / 115 / 150 / 185 / 220 (+ 60 / 70 / 80 / 90 / 100% bonus)) physical damage, with a cast time scaling with his level: Cast Time: 0.4 - 0.25 seconds (at levels 1-18)

- 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 85 / 125 / 165 / 205 / 245 (+90%) 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 (+25% total) (+10%) physical damage, with a total of 20 / 25 / 30. 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 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.

A pretty good synergy for Lucian as Soraka can keep him alive as he is getting poked because of his short range, avoiding one of the biggest weaknesses of The Purifier. Definetely a good pair for the bot lane.

Lulu is the support which synergisez well with an adc which spams his auto attack, but paired with Lucian is a strength to be feared on the bot lane. She has a lot of disengage with her W, a shield which gives him more damage on his basic attacks which applies with his Passive aswel and an Ultimate which gives him Flat HP and knockups everyone who's near him, making her good when he is fighting Bruisers.

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 Diamond and some Master 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. Also Braum can block Your Ultimate lucianr.png - The Culling

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).

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: @PhreaKsterGoD

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

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