Caitlyn Build Guide by SimbaADC
[9.14] The Ultimate Caitlyn ADC Guide! [Master] [In Depth]By SimbaADC | Updated on July 22, 2019
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+10% Attack Speed
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
Ability Order Standard
Threats & Synergies
Although Ezreal can farm quite safely, he has far less wave clear than Caitlyn, so you can constantly shove him in and get tower damage (of course you must be careful of enemy jungle).
Ashe is a classic 'counter' to Caitlyn. Although she doesn't win lane easily vs Cait, if she goes even she generally scales better into the mid and late game. Try to always position yourself behind your minions to dodge her W spam, get as much tower damage as possible while safe, and respect her R once she gets it.
Laning against Draven uses the same principles as when against Lucian - avoid his all in (and his supports CC), while using your waveclear and superior range to chip him down.
Jhin wins short trades with you unless you land an E-Q-Auto combo. You have slightly better waveclear than him so focus on shoving the wave and landing poke at the same time with your Q. Back off when he has his fourth shot in early laning and remember that he can W you from long range mid and late game.
Caitlyn has quite a good matchup into Jinx, but you have to play it well for it to work. use your Q to out shove and poke the Jinx, and try to punish her when she last hits. This matchup is all about securing a lead in the early game and transitioning it into mid game objectives. Make sure not to play overly aggressive in laning phase as if you mess up, Jinx can get an easy double kill with her passive.
The only way Kaisa can win lane vs. Cait is by winning an all in. Try and prevent this from happening my sticking to poking and shoving the wave, and be extra careful of enemy support CC.
Kalista has been a very weak soloQ pick for a while now. Abuse her low range and worse wave clear to get poke and tower plates. Respect the strength of her level 2/3/6 all in with supports like Thresh, Rakan or Alistar.
As long as you are careful of his all in damage and avoid his supports CC abilities you can shove him in, landing poke and getting tower plates.
Focus on landing poke and shoving the wave with your Q and do not stand behind your own low health minions (make sure you do not get hit by MF Q).
This matchup is quite support dependent, but if you manage to get the push advantage and keep shoving the wave in and poking Sivir you will pull far ahead.
Trist is technically a good matchup for Caitlyn, but in my experience it often results in a win for Tristana. This is because she can punish slight oversteps so easily with her rocket jump. You MUST respect her all in potential when her jungler can be around otherwise you will probably get a CS lead for 5mins, then just get killed by a gank and be vulnerable for the rest of the game. If you play very well around the enemy jungle however, this can be an excellent lane for Caitlyn.
Abuse twitch's low auto attack range and lack of instant waveclear to push and poke him down. Be wary of him cheesing by coming into lane while invisible. If you just see the enemy support, expect twitch to be close by and ready to attack you.
Varus can be a rough lane for Cait as he has decent range combined with strong abilities for trading and all in. Do not engage in long trades with him, the only trades you can win are when you can land an E-Q-Auto on him. Respect his level 6 all in ability, and remember that when you reach your 3 item spike your siege and poke potential is far greater than his. Consider a QSS after your IE/ 2 item spike.
You have a massive shove and poke advantage, use it to force Vayne to have bad recall timings and to get tower plates.
Xayah's threat level to Caitlyn is completely dependent on her support. Since she doesnt have any way to engage on Cait, she will lose every trade since Cait can just E-Q-Auto her. When Xayah is coupled up with Rakan, however, she becomes a major threat where you MUST dodge Rakan W with your E, otherwise you will die. You must try to get a lead before Xayah gets her Essence Reaver otherwise she can clear every minion wave without worrying about mana.
When Lux hits her Q - immediately place a trap under the enemy followed by a Q and then empowered auto attack from the trap while chasing the enemy down to finish them off.
When Morg hits Q place a trap under the CC's enemy followed by a Q and empowered auto from trap.
Shove the lane and poke enemies down. You must be very careful of ganks in this lane. If you maintain vision control and dont play overly aggro , it is one of the strongest poke and seige lanes in the game.
Don't try to trap when Alistar uses W-Q combo, wait until is stuns with E to give max chances of landing trap. Use your Q when he combos them.
This combo is actually very strong in the hands of extremely good players (because of trap combos with flay and hook), but it is generally quite weak in normal elos.
Champion Build Guide
In this guide i will go over basic and complex concepts and tips that will hopefully help improve your caitlyn gameplay. Hope you enjoy! <3
If you manage to help your team get all of these objectives the gold and map lead will be massive, allowing you to close out the game with your item lead and siege potential.
Good use of Caitlyn's Q is essential for a successful laning phase. Use this ability to both push the wave and poke the enemies down. Since this ability gets wider after hitting its first enemy, aim it through the minion wave and towards the enemy laners to maximise the chance of landing the Q. After a few points have been put into Q (and especially when ahead in lane), it does very significant damage to minion waves allowing you to always shove the lane faster than your opponents, which in turn allows you to poke them and get tower plates while they are forced to back off and deal with your minion advantage (if they try to attack you while you have significantly more minions alive, they will lose the trade hard because your minions will attack them).
There are two main ways you must get used to using Caitlyn's W - to control enemy movement and to combine it with ally CC to lock down and kill enemies. Get comfortable with using your traps quickly on CC'd enemies and enemies who used Zhonya/Stopwatch, or are being revived by Guardian Angel/Zilean R. Below is a video showing the best trap placements while seiging, defending, and setting up for objectives.
The below video I made shows the best standard trap spots for different points in the game!
Use Caitlyn's E to kite back when enemies are attempting to engage on you/your allies. Check out the combos in the next chapter as almost every time you use 90 Caliber Net it should be in combination with your Q or W.
Caitlyn's ultimate ability is a fantastic long range exeuting tool with a variety of uses. One of the most common uses is to finish off fleeing enemies after a skirmish or teamfight. This use has excellent synergy with the Farsight Alteration orb (which you should be upgrading to at level 9 every game) where you use the orb to gain vision of a fleeing enemy, then use R to finish them off.
Caitlyn's R can also be used as a poke tool in laning phase. Use it when the enemy laners do not have sustain to zone them off of last hits and XP or force them to base. It can also be used to make the enemies even lower HP when preparing for a tower dive with your jungler.
Finally, since Caitlyn's R provides vision of the enemy you ulted, you can use it to maintain vision of a fleeing enemy so your team can keep chasing them. It can also track champs with invisibility if you ult them before they become invisible (e.g Akali in her shroud, twitch, shaco and eve). If your team are about to get a kill on someone you are not in range of and you will likely not need your R in the next minute or two, I highly recommend using it to secure an assist/kill and increase your gold and XP.
I made the video above for this guide to show you guys all the important combos from the simple to complex for you guys to practice and improve at Caitlyn. Hope you enjoy <3
I really hope this guide was helpful and useful to you all. If you have any questions feel free to comment on this guide or one of my youtube videos. I intend on making more guides in the future along with youtube and twitch content. Good luck in your ranked climb!