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League of Legends Build Guide Author Skorpiion

Tristana - The Not So Small AP Nuker.

Skorpiion Last updated on January 22, 2012
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Ability Sequence

Ability Key Q
Ability Key W
Ability Key E
Ability Key R

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Offense: 9

Honor Guard

Defense: 0

Strength of Spirit

Utility: 21

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Tristana - Why AP Trist Works.

Let me start by saying first, that AD tristana is still very good and strong, so dont say im saying AP is the better way to go with it. Even though I am. Here's why. Well first if you notice all of Tristana's Abilities Scale AP not AD and they scale very well. Tristana's AP basically gives her the early game damage to beat ad Trist's early game. Shee/'s a very strong counter in mid-lane to some other AP carries one obvious one being swain. (Explosive Shot counter's healing.)

In my opinion AP Tristana has a better well rounded game while AD Trist melt's faces in the Late Game (unless you feed her early where she'll basically one shot everything..) AP tristana is also very good at getting to those long range AD carries (Caitlyn.. Graves.. Tristana herself) and showing them what its like to be crowded. Her nuking potential is very very VERY high and she helps a team easily single out targets. Oh and don't forget. Teemo's trust Tristana's :) So without further adue, AP Tristana!

The Megling Commandos are something of a legend in Bandle City. They have a history that spans centuries, and they remain the oldest yordle military unit still in service. They are renowned for their courage, deadliness, and ruthlessness, making them the most respected and feared of all warriors in Bandle City. Legends of Megling, the valiant founder of the commandos, are still heard throughout Valoran's taverns. It was these legends that most fascinated a young Tristana. Since she was a wee child, Tristana wanted nothing more than to become the crack shot that her idol had been all those years ago. She trained her entire life, until finally she was old enough to join the military and able to earn her place among the Megling Commandos. The senior officers were impressed by her abilities, claiming that Tristana was a natural, and her dream was realized the day she donned her Megling fatigues.

Though her heart lies with her unit, the call to the League of Legends was irresistible and now Tristana protects Bandle City as a champion. While intense and focused as a Megling Gunner, Tristana is remarkably different in her personal life. Outside the Fields of Justice, she is friendly and cheerful - the sort of yordle who always has a kind word for everyone. Tristana recently struck up a close friendship with Teemo, the Swift Scout. They are both members of Bandle City's Special Forces, so not only do they bond as yordles, but also as fellow warriors and champions... though she outright ignores any questions pertaining to a blossoming romance.

''If there's one person I'd trust to take on a difficult mission, it's Tristana - all day long!'' - Teemo

Guide Produced By: RoG Skorpiion. ADD me in LoL for a few games!


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Pro's and Con's to AP Tristana.

Huge Burst.
Strong early game compared to most AP carries
Damage output is often underestimated. Granting easy kills.
amazing at pushing away or trapping in high-damage/value targets by use of Buster Shot
Great escape mechanism Rocket Jump

Very Squishy (as expected)
No lane sustain.
not the STRONGEST pusher out there.
Late game hits her hard unless you had a good early-mid game.

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Overview of Tristana's Abilities.


Not a very useful ability for AP Trist except for proccing your Lich Bane. The extra attack speed however can be nice for killing monsters, Baron/Dragon.

Tristana's Bread and butter, High damaging nuke that has a brutal slow. Great gap closer and escape mechanism. Best of all after releasing your burst on someone and they die, you can do it again! this CD resets!

Tristana's main harass. Cuts of healing so useful against opponents like soraka, swain, and mundo. deals nice DOT damage. Will piss of your opponents if you hit them while they have an HP pot running. Guaranteed.

This has to be one of the most rediculous ults on an AP carry. 44 sec. CD deals MASSIVE burst damage and can knock a threat away along with anyone close or send a high priority target right into the middle of your team. This ability seperates a good Tristana from a bad one. AP or not.

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This is just going to be an overview on why i take the items that i do, some items that MAY work as well.

This item is simple. I take this for the extra nuke in your pocket or as tristana would say "Is that a rocket in your pocket?" but also for the CD reduction, even though it's not much it helps.

Do i even need to explain this? Gives you so much AP and its the item EVERY AP champ wants. End of story.

This item gives you a proc to your next auto attack to deal damage based off your AP (Alot) also gives you some decent extra ap and movement speed which is nice.

Magic Penetration.


often underlooked item, gives very nice attack speed AP and CD recution. Overall this item would be good against tankyish teams. Increases your DPS.

This item gives a nice boost in CD reduction and AP both are very nice stats. if you think you need more spam this is definetely takeable.

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Targeting & Comboing Abilities.

This is going to be a short-ish section.

Say your team is targeting the AP carry. First you need to access who that is. Is it Kassadin? Brand? Swain?

Well if it was someone like brand who has enormous AoE Damage this is what your combo should look like:

Rocket Jump, (pause and wait 1.5 seconds for AoE nuke to go down) Buster Shot from behind. Explosive Shot.

Now say the target is Swain. You wouldnt want to ult her into your team so she can heal it off right? so here's your combo:

Rocket Jump, Explosive Shot, Buster Shot from behind, Ignite.

When focusing the Ad carry your combo should always be:

Rocket Jump, Buster Shot. Explosive Shot.

When focusing the support be sure to always hit with explosive shot first then just watch him/her die as she cant heal.


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That About Sums Everything Up.

Alright guys! thanks for reading i hope you enjoyed reading it I'm going to leave you here with an example of AP tristana dominance so you can see just how strong she is.

and an Image of the badass Tristana.

Thanks for reading again guys!