Lucian General Guide by IPodPulse
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Hello! My name is IPodPulse or XlThunderzlX, I go by both names. And welcome to my Lucian guide! Lucian is an amazing ADC, bully and overall a great champ. His abilities allow you to dominate lane, escape from most hard CC and more! In this guide I will explain what makes Lucian so good, the best items for him, his synergies and counters and more! I hope you enjoy the guide and feedback is more than welcome.
Pros and Cons
Lucian is a great adc, this is because of his amazing poke which turns you into a lane bully giving you the upper hand. His kit gives him plenty of movement speed, allows him so counters slows and dodge other CC while being able to deal full amounts of damage at the same time. His passive is great for farming creeps and when finishing of enemy champions, this passive is what makes Lucian a great farmer, damage dealer and bully.
- Great lane bully
- Great farmer
- Ultimate that helps with running enemies
- Extreme poking
- Very fun champions
- Cool Matrix skin
But like every champion he has his flaws. He is very mana hungry and he has long cooldowns early game. His ultimate only faces one direction so you need to use it at the right time and right place. His only real escaping ability (aside from Flash) is his Relentless Pursuit so CC heavy bot lanes will be extremely difficult. And without a proper support or jungle his killing potential significantly lowers.
- Mana hungry
- Ultimate is hard to land
- only gets to avoid hard CC once, slows count
- Need good set ups and plays
|This is the first summoner spell you should always take. Even though Lucian already has 1 escape it is always good to have a backup plan. This spell is great for escaping ganks from the enemy jungle, catching that enemy that is right at your fingertips, and more.|
|This is one of the second summoner spells you can choose for Lucian. It is the most common summoner spell for ADC's and overall a great spell. It is a great spell for trading attacks with the other enemy ADC's, escaping from a fight underneath the enemy tower where Barrier can save you from the tower's killing blow, and more.|
|This is the other second summoner spell for Lucian. This is a great summoner spell for lanes you know you can win, This summoner spell is great for enemies that are have little health left, when you make plays and want to ensure a kill, and it can really make your laning phase much easier.|
Runes and Masteries
This is my Lucian offensive mastery tree. We put 21 points in the mastery tree so we can maximize our damage output. The Executioner and Warlord points are extremely helpful. The bonus AD is perfect for your Piercing Light and the executioner buff is great with dealing with low health champions. Also the butcher and feast points are great for last hitting and gaining health.
This is my defense mastery tree. We put 9 points into this so we can maximize our survivability. The extra health is very good for Lucian since he is a squishy champion. The health regen and the basic attack damage reduction is also great for Lucian. Even though the reduction is only 2 points of damage you won't believe how helpful this is. Especially for an ADC.
These are the runes we use for Lucian. We start with 9 marks of attack damage to improve his early game damage output. This is very important, especially with farming and poking other ADC's. We then add 9 seals of armor to help with damage from the enemy ADC and the enemy jungler. Then we go with magic resist glyphs. Most supports now a days have magic damage so protection early game is going to be helpful. Then to top off our rune page, we add 2 quints of lifesteal and 1 quint of attack damage. This will increase our sustain by a lot. If you start Doran's Blade or Long Sword the health you gain back in increased significantly and will help you a lot when you are taking damage.
|After using an ability, Lucian's next auto attack within 6 seconds will strike twice. The second shot deals 50% of Lucian's AD, but fully applies on-hit effects. Minions and monsters take full damage from the second shot. The second shot can critically strike. If the target is killed before the second shot can go off, the second shot will automatically shoot at something else.
|After a 0.35 second delay, Lucian fires a laser in the direction of the target enemy, dealing physical damage to all enemies in a 1100-unit line. Minions take 75% damage
|Lucian fires a shot that explodes in a cross pattern upon hitting an enemy or reaching the end of its path, dealing magic damage and marking enemies hit for 6 seconds.
If Lucian damages a marked target with his basic attacks or abilities, he gains 40 movement speed for 2 seconds. This does not consume the mark.
|Lucian dashes a short distance and removes all slowing effects. Relentless Pursuit's cooldown resets if Lucian scores a kill during The Culling.
|Lucian starts firing shots in the target direction for 3 seconds, each shot dealing physical damage to the first enemy it hits. The number of shots fired scales with his attack speed. The Culling deals quadruple damage to minions but not monsters.
While using The Culling, Lucian's basic attacks are disabled and he cannot activate Piercing Light or Ardent Blaze. He can, however, move freely and activate Relentless Pursuit.
The Culling can be reactivated to end the effect early and it is interrupted by crowd control effects that inhibit basic attacks.
Your second item for Lucian. This item is amazing on Lucian, the attack speed helps him out with his damage and abilities, the critical chance is great with wave clearing and fighting enemies and the movement speed is great for Lucian as we have learned before. The best thing about this item is the passive it gives. 100 magic damage to 4 enemies is great and the fact it can critically strike is even better, wave clearing has never been so easy! Turrets hate this item but champions love it!
Alright looks like you need some tank killing power! This item will do the trick, with 35% armor penetration and 40 attack damage you will forget that tanked were even tanks. This item is a great item for Lucian, it works well with all his abilities and is great for enemies with armor.
Alright so they don't have much armor but stacking health? Well this is the item for you with 25 attack damage, 40 attack speed, 15% lifesteal and a passive that makes you go through enemies like warm butter. Like i said earlier this item is great against enemies with large amounts of health but low armor because of the 5% current health it deals as bonus physical damage.
Personally not my favourite item but still pretty good on Lucian. The stats it gives are pretty nice, especially the health and mana since Lucian is quite squishy. The passive is great with Lightslinger which procs it 2 times. This is great with dueling enemy ADC's, they never expect you to deal that much damage with both your abilities and auto attacks.
Your final damage item, it gives 70 attack damage, 25 critical strike chance and a passive that makes you hit even harder. We start to end off our build with this item, the damage it gives is not required so much early game and is quite expensive to get early so we get this near the end of our build. But it is well worth it, the stats it gives are perfect and is honestly the best way to start ending your build.
Your final item and probably the best defensive item for Lucian it provides a good amount of armor and magic resist, and a passive the negates death. The only downside of this item is that the cooldown is 5 minutes long, so use it well!
Tips and Tricks
These a some tips and tricks that can make your Lucian gameplay much easier.
1. Turn on smartcast range indicators. This will make landing you Q so much easier. You can predict player movements with it making you land your abilities much more.
2. A great combo is Piercing Light-> Lightslinger-> Ardent Blaze-> Lightslinger. This combo usually kills people or puts them at low health. If they attempt to run away, a smart The Culling is a great way to secure the kill.
3. Ardent Blaze produces a flash of light when it explodes. This is great for bush checking.
4. A great escape strategy is using Ardent Blaze-> Relentless Pursuit-> The Culling. This combo will proc Ardent Blaze giving you a speed boost and allowing you to deal damage as well.
5. Relentless Pursuit also removes secondary slow effects. For example if Lucian has Wither and he Relentless Pursuits the movement speed slow is removed along with the attack speed slow.
6. You can use Relentless Pursuit to dash through thin walls or borders
Synergies and Counters
Now Lucian is a double edged sword. He benefits from teammates with hard CC but at the same time he is ruined by teams with hard cc.
His synergies are anyone with CC. So champions like Taric, Leona, Thresh, Nami, etc are really helpful for him. The reason he benefits from champions like this is because of the plays he can make. When the enemy is stunned for example, Lucian can deal a ton of damage and not even get injured himself. Do this a couple times and you got yourself an easy kill.
His counters are the same. Champions like Varus, Leona, Blitzcrank, etc can ruin him as well. Lucian is very vulnerable to CC, his only escape is his Relentless Pursuit and that has a high cooldown and can only be used once( aside from The Culling effect). To try and not get your self countered, try to position yourself in an area where you can deal a good amount of damage while being able to not take too much cc.
Early game Lucian can go one of two ways. You either have a support that cannot make plays or cannot poke. Or you have a support that can make plays and harass the enemy.
If you have a support that cannot do much your best choice is to try and farm and harass when you have a good opportunity. Now when you harass don't spam your Piercing Light or you will drain your mana, instead only use it when you can guarantee you are able to hit the enemy otherwise save is until you are able too. When you have enough money for your items and your support is able to actually attempt to make plays then that's is when you can start engaging the enemy.
If you have a support that can do something, then you are able to have fun with Lucian. Like always you should start by farming, just because you are able to make plays doesn't give you a reason to not farm. In fact 14-18 CS is equivalent to one kill. Now start to poke when you are sure you can land the hit. Your support should be helping you out by making small plays and allowing you to hurt there ADC. When you are sure you can get a kill, tell your support and wait for the right opportunity.
Some great way to damage your opponent is with your passive Lightslinger. Use the following combo to deal good damage to your lane opponent. AA->Ability-> Lightslinger->AA. Your abilty will deal a good amount of damage to them and with Lightslinger your damage will be much higher than theirs.
Also with the introduction of S4 you are given a trinket. USE IT. even if it is for little things like checking if an enemy is in a bush.
Mid and Late Game
Mid game is where Lucian shines! Usually at this point in game you should have you The Bloodthirster, boots and either have or building Statikk Shiv. Laning phase should be over and if it isn't then you need to get that tower and get some more kills.
At this point in game you should start to live out your name AD Carry. Your team should start getting objectives like towers and dragon. Start engaging in team fights, skirmishes, ETC.
Now when you do have team fights and skirmishes don't ever be in front. That is basically asking to be killed. When you do get in team fights attack the enemy closest to you. I don't care if you their extremely squishy ADC is in the back protected by his allies. If you even attempt to get him you will die.
Also remember to still farm minions. They are still your best source of income. Even if you have all your teams kills you still need to farm.
Late game Lucian is when he can kill everything in his sight. By now you should have the full build or nearly done it. With Last Whisper you should be able to kill tanks easily, your Trinity Force should allow you do take on squishy's and the rest of your items will allow you to deal tons of damage.
Things you should know late game:
1. Stay with your team. You never know what can happen, the enemies can pop out of no where and attack your team while you are at bot farming a couple minions.
2. Position yourself. Team fights are going to be huge at this point in game, so play smart. Position yourself in an area where the enemy will have to go through your team to get to you.
3. Use The Culling. Whenever there is a team fight this should be your first ability you should use. With Last Whisper you will deal massive damage to the enemies, tank or not.
Thanks for Reading!
Thanks for reading my guide, I hope you enjoyed it and an +1 would be great! Big thanks to jhoijhoi for her guide on how to make guides. Also A big thank you for everyone who has read the guide and enjoyed it.