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League of Legends Build Guide Author Visio 360

"In my sights" a [Season 3] Caitlyn Guide

Visio 360 Last updated on December 10, 2012
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Ability Sequence

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Ability Key Q
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Ability Key W
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Ability Key E
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The masteries shown here are not yet updated for the current season, the guide author needs to set up the new masteries. As such, they will be different than the masteries you see in-game.



Masteries

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Executioner
 
 

Offense: 21

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Honor Guard
 
 

Defense: 9

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pickpocket
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Nimble
 
 

Utility: 0


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Introduction

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Hey, this is Visio. This is my first guide on MobaFire. I enjoy playing Caitlyn, and I hope you will enjoy playing her using my guide. I have put a lot of work into this guide so please up-vote if you like it, and please comment on what you don't like before you down-vote.

Here is some music to listen to while you're reading my guide. It's pretty awesome:

Here is Caitlyn's Champion Spotlight:

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I would like to give thanks to these people for inspiring me with their guides:
LaCorpse
That Trev Person
Bryun
and PSIGuard

I would also like to give a special thanks to:
JhoiJhoi for her guide and these snazzy borders.

Without further ado, My guide:


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Pros / Cons


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All champions have their ups and their downs. Caitlyn is no different. She has her fair share of good and bad traits and they make her a very balanced champion. Here are a few of her pros and cons:



Powerful Pros


+ Great Damage Output
+ Good Harass
+ Nice Ultimate
+ Lovely Passive
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Corrosive Cons


- Squishy
- Low mana
- Traps are visible
- Little CC


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Masteries


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Since Caitlyn is an AD Carry I spec her into offensive masteries, and then deffensive to give her a little extra survivability.
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Masteries
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Summoner's Wrath : I choose this mastery because it gives a bonus on ignite. It also gives a bonus on exhaust if you choose to use it.
Brute Force : Sure, this doesn't give much attack damage, but Caitlyn needs all she can get.
Alacrity : Attack speed is also very useful on Caitlyn.
Deadliness : This gives Caitlyn more attack damage as she levels up.
Weapon Expertise : This is one of the better masteries. Caitlyn will need all the armor penetration she can get so she can take down armor stacking tanks easily.
Lethality : Caitlyn can hit 900 critical strikes so this is useful.
Vampirism : I use this because it helps Caitlyn stay in her lane longer which means more farming.
Sunder : It's not the best mastery, but it is armor penetration which is useful on Caitlyn.
Executioner : The extra damage is delicious!

Resistance : You could give this mastery 3 points and Hardiness 1. It really doesn't matter, and you can pick which one you want.
Hardiness : At this point Caitlyn does a lot of damage but is very squishy. This mastery gives her a little more survivability.
Durability : With this and Veteran's Scars Caitlyn gains 138 health. This mastery is useful for survivability.
Veteran's Scars : This is a pretty nice mastery. It gives 30 health which can be used. Trust me!


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Summoner Spells


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Great Summoner Spells


Flash

Some people would debate that Ghost is a better escape mechanic than Flash, and on some champions it is. But for Caitlynflash is an excellent choice for a summoner spell. If you are being chased use it to go through a wall. If you are chasing someone flash to them and kill them with Piltover Peacemaker.
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Ignite

Ignite is useful against champions like Dr. Mundo that have healing spells because it reduces the amount of healing the enemy does. It also does quite a bit of true damage so it can be used to secure kills when you don't have Ace in the Hole, or just to turn the tide on a 1v1 battle.
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Ghost

Ghost is another good summoner spell. It can be used to escape from or chase enemies down. I would use this if I was a newer Caitlyn player. If I am experienced I would use flash. Ghost is better for champions like Singed because of his Poison Trail
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Exhaust

Exhaust is another viable summoner spell, but I don't use it very much. I can never find a time when someone is running from me and I am close enough to use exhaust on them. I would recommend this for newer Caitlyn players.
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Okay Summoner Spells


Heal

Heal is an okay summoner spell. This spell is used to heal and stay in your lane or heal during a battle. I think the cooldown on the spell is too long for it to be a good lane-sustain spell so I wouldn't use it. If you find yourself running out of health a lot you should use this, though.
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Surge

Surge is another okay summoner spell. This spell can be used to increase your attack speed, which can be useful in 1v1ing an enemy champion or taking down a turret. I do not recommend this spell though.
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Cleanse

This spell should not be used often. It should only be used if you know that the enemy team has several CCing champions or champions with poison.
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Runes


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Marks


Desolation
Greater Mark of Armor Penetration
I buy Greater marks of Desolation because armor penetration is important on Caitlyn. I have seen lots of tanks that stack armor recently, and Caitlyn can easily counter these tanks with enough armor penetration.
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Strength

If you insist on having as much attack power as possible then I would get this, but I would recommend you try Marks of Desolation first.
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Malice

I would use Greater Marks of Malice if you enjoy critical hitting enemy champions. This will raise Caitlyn's critical strike chance noticeably.
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Seals


Resilience

These runes give armor which is a valuable thing to have on Caitlyn. We all know she can be kind of squishy and this will help her stay alive early game. Buy these for the armor.
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Replenishment

I buy Seals of Replenishment because of their mana regen. boost.Without these, during early game I always seem to run out of mana,but once I bought these my mana is always there for me. Now, these runes are a must to me.
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Glyphs


Warding

Caitlyn is a generally squishy champion and could use some defense from casters. These glyphs are the perfect thing.
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Clarity

These are good runes for their mana regen. After buying the Seals of Replenishment, if you are still having mana problems you should buy these.
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Quintessence


Strength

These runes will raise Caitlyn's attack damage noticeably and this scales Caitlyn's Piltover Peacemaker up quite well.
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Desolation
Greater Quintessence of Armor Penetration
Again, Caitlyn gets armor penetration so she can shred through armor-wearing tanks, and believe me this gives her HUGE boost.


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Abilities


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Headshot(Passive)



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This is one of the best passives in the game and it synergises with Caitlyn so well that it is my favorite passive. This passive should make farming and champion killing easier.

Tips:
  • Remember Headshot stacks twice as fast if you are shooting from within brush
  • Try to hit enemy champions when Headshot is ative. It is a good harass.
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Piltover Peacemaker



This ability is you only harass through the entire game. I find it one of the better harasses because it has good range, does good damage, and goes through enemies. This is a skill shot though so aim well. You will want to get this at level 2 and max it out first.

Tips:
  • Do not use this too often. It will drain your mana.
  • Do not shoot through minions to hit a champion. The more enemies this ability goes through the less damage it does.
  • Do not use this to farm minions early game.
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    Yordle Snap Trap



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    These traps are good for stunning and revealing champions. These traps can do anything from preventing ganks to stopping enemy turret divers. These traps do a little magic damage and I have gotten kills with them. You will want to get this ability at level 1 and max it out last.

    Tips:
    • When you enter the lane Place you traps across the lane like this:
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    • You can also place your traps:
      In the Jungle bush near the lane
      and in your and the enemy's middle bushes
    • These traps make people visible for nine seconds so you will be able to see them in bushes.
    • If you are in fear of being turret dove, Follow this chart:
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    Chart Explanation-
    If you lure them behind the turret they will have to risk stepping on a trap or going upward, which will get them hit by the turret 2-3 more times.
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    90 Caliber Net



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    This is your best escape mechanic. This ability shoots you backward and slows the first enemy it hits. This does small magic damage and I have stolen kills with this ability. You want to get this ability at level 4 and max it out second.

    Tips:
    • You can jump through some walls with this ability.
    • Chasing Someone? Shoot the net backward. You will gain ground.
    • If you need to harass, but the enemy team does too much damage to get close, run in and use Piltover Peacemaker then immediately use 90 Caliber Net to shoot yourself out of there. If the Piltover Peacemaker and 90 Caliber Net hit the enemy the will lose alot of health.
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      Ace in the Hole



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      This ultimate is pretty awesome. Once you lock on this ultimate is global, but the enemy has to be in range to lock on. At level 18 with my full build the ability should do around 1000 health to a champion with no armor. Upgrade this ability whenever possible.

      Tips:
      • Your range extends outside your fog of war so if an enemy steps right out side your fog of war when you need to use Ace in the Hole on them have your support cast Clairvoyance so you can lock on.
      • Enemies other than the target can intercept this ability so it's not so great in a team fight.
      • Do not wait for the perfect chance to use this. This ability can be used to damage in a 1v1 fight as well, and it's cooldown is kind of short.


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Core Items


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Beginning Items




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Boots


Berserker's Greaves



These are the normal boots you would get, because attack speed works along with Caitlyn.
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Other Boots



You can switch The Berserker's Greaves for any of these if the situation is just right.
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Basic Items


B.F. Sword



This will be your main damage exporter early game. Buy this right after you get the your boots. This should make farming a bit easier.
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Zeal



This item will add a little attack speed to the mix, making last-shoting minions so much easier. Buy this right after the B.F. Sword.
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Vampiric Scepter



Now this will add a little survivability. As you kill minions and champions you will slowly heal back up
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Advenced Items


Infinity Edge



This item gives a large amount of damage. You should notice yourself majorly out-DPSing other champions.
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Phantom Dancer



This item should make your attack speed raise along with your movement speed and you critical strike chance.
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Bloodthirster



Caitlyn should regain health quickly now while she is attacking minions and champions.


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Optional Items


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Damage


Last Whisper



The Last Whisper gives damage as well as armor penetration so it is an ideal optional item for Caitlyn.
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Black Cleaver



This item gives attack damage armor penetration and attack speed, so get this if Caitlyn feels slow to you.
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Maw of Malmortius



This gives Magic resistance along with damage so If the team has a lot of AP characters buy this item.
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Wriggle's Lantern



Along with attack damage this item gives armor. Buy this item if the enemy team has many AD carries.
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Frozen Mallet



Frozen mallet gives Attack Damage and health. If the enemy team is killing you often and they do mixed damage I would buy this item.
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Tanky


Banshee's Veil



Banshee's Veil is a nice Magic Resistance Item and should be bought if the enemy team is made up of most AP champions.
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Guardian Angel



The guardian angel gives health, magic resistance, and armor. This item's passive is also nice. This should be bought if you are being killed by the nemy team and the are doing mixed damage
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Randuin's Omen



Randuin's Omen gives armor and health and I by this item when the enemy team does a lot of heavy attack damage.
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Ionic Spark



This tanky item gives attack speed. It is perfect for summoners who think Caitlyn is way too slow.
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Quicksilver Sash



This items is useful for its passive. Not only will it remove CCs, but also various damaging abilities. This should be bought when you are being stunned and slowed all over the place.


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Gameplay


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Supports


When the game begins buy your starting items and head to bottom lane with your support. Caitlyn is good with a large range of supports, but some of her best are:
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Soraka:
Soraka is your average support; she has two heals, and one small harass, but what makes her stand out from all the rest is her ablility, Infuse. Since Caitlyn's abilities have a high mana cost and can be used often, this is the perfect ability for Caitlyn.
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Blitzcrank:
Blitzcrank's Rocket Grab is pretty amazing and I might goes as far as saying op. Blitzcrank can grab the enemy pull them toward Caitlyn and she can take them down. Power Fist is also another good ability to keep them in place while Caitlyn uses Piltover Peacemaker.
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Taric:
Any Chamipion with a stun or a snare is good with Caitlyn. Dazzle is a stun that works well with Caitlyn. Once an enemy champion is stunned Caitlyn can hit them with Piltover Peacemaker, Headshot, and basic attacks.
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Morgana:
Morgana is another champion with a snare. Her snare, Dark Binding may be a skill shot, but it can snare the enemy for up to 3 seconds allowing Caitlyn to use Piltover Peacemaker and basic attack on them.
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Lux:
Lux, like Taric and Morgana has a great CC ability. Her snare, Light Binding is almost exactly the same as Morgana's Dark Binding, except Light Binding hit two targets and slows for 2 seconds.
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Laning


Now that you are in you lane with your support, aware of your counters, and ready to go it is time to learn a little bit about zoning and farming.
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Here is a video that explains zoning quite well. Give it a watch.
Zoning is basically controlling land. It is your job as well as your support's to harass so that you control more land. Harassing is hitting enemy champions from a distance so you take no damage. Caitlyn's only harass is Piltover Peacemaker. Along with help from you support you should be able to dominate the lane with this ability. Keeping enemies back from the point where they are gaining experience is what you are trying to do. You will always want to control as much space as possible.

Once you have mastered zoning the next thing you need to look at is farming. Farming is all about last-hitting. If you last hit a minion you will gain extra gold allowing you to buy items faster. Once the enemy is away you should be able to last hit easily. It is not your support's job to last hit minions. Your passive, Headshot, works great with farming. The more damage you deal the more likely you are to last-hit.
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Team Fights


First of all what is a team-fight. The name team-fight should be self-explanatory. A team fight is a battle between many members of both teams. These most often occur around late game.
You might be asking "As Caitlyn what is my role in a team-fight?" Late game Caitlyn should have high Attack Damage making her basic attacks very important to team-fights. Also since her Piltover Peacemaker passes through enemies it is a usefull ability. Using Ace in the Hole in a team to secure a kill is not always going to work. The bullet can be intercepted by other enemies. It would use Ace in the Hole to lower someone's healthe nearby.
Another thing, as I have stated before Caitlyn is not tanky so let your team's tanks handle all the damage taking. You should be the major damage output for your team and they need you to live long.


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Summary


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Thank You for reading my Caitlyn guide. I hope you have learned some thing useful from it. Please up-vote this guide if you learned from or enjoyed any part of it, and please comment before you down-vote. Feel free to leave questions in the comments I will try to answer them as soon as I can.