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Tristana Build Guide by XxDarkDestroirxX

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League of Legends Build Guide Author XxDarkDestroirxX

How to huehuehue as Tristana.

XxDarkDestroirxX Last updated on April 11, 2013
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Ability Sequence

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

Not Updated For Current Season

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.



Offense: 21

Honor Guard

Defense: 9


Utility: 0

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Chapter 1

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Hello, I am XxDarkDestroirxX, and I hope you enjoy my first MobaFire guide on Tristana:).

Tristana was one of my very first champions. I was very deterred from playing her because everyone said she was ''underpowered''. Well one night I decided to try her out after getting her free from Facebook. I have never been a big fan of AD carries, but Tristana is different from any other AD carry due to her survivability. I got to playing her and I realized Tristana was the champ for me!

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Pros / Cons


-High survivability due to her Rocket Jump compared to other AD carries.

-Very high damage late game

-Easy to get fed early due to her high burst damage.

-Great farming ability due to her Explosive Shot.


-Squishy ( What AD carry isn't? ).

-Mana dependent early.

-Needs farm for a good late game.

-Higher skillcap champion.

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21/9/0... These masteries will give you those stats that will give you a good early game as well as a good late game.

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Greater Mark of Strength

Very good rune for any AD carry. This allows you to last hit early game, and add early game damage to dominate your lane.
Greater Mark of Resillience

Tristana is squishy like most AD carries. She needs this rune to be able to take damage from the other AD carry, and win exchanges in the laning phase.
Greater Glyph of Warding

This glyph allows also to win trades and survive in lane. This glyph is more for the enemy support or possibly if an AP jungler ganks (Fizz, Fiddle, Nunu etc... Rare, but possible).
Greater Quintessence of Strength

This quint really helps the early game. It helps your harass/poke also. Combine this with Brute Force from your masteries, Dorans Blade, and Deadliness from masteries will give you 20 AD at the start of the game :).

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Other viable Runes


-Greater Mark of Desolation: This glyph gives you armor penetration so that you will do a bit more damage to champions. Use this mark if you feel you can last hit creeps effectively without the extra AD from Greater Mark of Strength .


- Greater Glyph of Shielding: This is also a good choice because you may not be taking that much magic damage early game... So possibly a better choice.

-Greater Glyph of Alacrity: This is also a good choice for Tristana. Nothing much to explain here... Attack speed can't do you wrong:).


-Greater Quintessence of Desolation: This is also a good choice for Tristana. This quint does scale better into late game with the armor penetration, but the early game advantage is very useful with AD quints.

- Greater Quintessence of Fortitude: This quint is also a very viable quint to use. This quint gives you a bit more survivability so you can stay in lane longer.

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Summoner Spells

Ignite:Ignites target enemy unit, dealing 70-410 true damage (depending on champion level) over 5 seconds and reduces healing effects on the target for the duration. 180 second cooldown.

-Explanation: This is an amazing summoner spell for Tristana. It is very powerful early game laning power, and great for securing kills. Ignite combined with your combo is ridiculous damage. This along with Grievous Wound is a great source of dps. Lastly, ignite is great for finishing off low enemies.

-Flash:Teleports your champion toward your cursor's location. 265 second cooldown.

-Explanation: Flash is a MUST on Tristana, or any AD carry. You can use flash defensively or offensively making it very versatile. You can use it to get out of those sticky situations when your Rocket Jump isn't up, or use it to chase down that fleeing enemy. Your choice, but use it wisely. It does have a long cooldown.

-Heal:Restores 100-570 Health (depending on champion level) to your champion and 50% of that to nearby allies. 270 second cooldown.

-Explanation: This is also another great summoner spell for Tristana. This allows her to be either very aggressive or defensive. I would not replace Flash with heal, but replacing ignite is viable. Make sure your support grabs exhaust or ignite! (Seems to be the new meta)

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Draw a Bead: This passive is what gives Tristana the longest auto attack range in game without using an ability to buff it. ( Kog'Maws range is 710 while activating his ''w'' ability while Tristana's is 703 naturally). Tristana's range goes up by 9 per level.

Tristana's Range

Level 1: 550 Range - About the same as other ranged champions.
Level 4: 577 Range - Out-ranges Kennen.
Level 7: 604 Range - Out-ranges Ashe, Anivia and Zilean.
Level 10: 631 Range - Out-ranges Annie.
Level 13: 658 Range - Out-ranges Caitlyn. You can shoot Dragon or Baron from behind the walls.
Level 18: 703 Range - Maximum range.Rapid Fire: This is one of the most powerful steroids in the game. At rank 5 you gain 90% attack speedfor 7 seconds. Due to how much attack speed you get from this ability, Tristana focusing more on AD rather than AS. Make sure to abuse this ability and do not waste that 7 seconds of dunking!

Tips & Tricks
-Utilize that 7 seconds of dunking for things such as turrets, champions(team fighting), buffs (Baron, Dragon, Blue/Red Buff).

-Make sure not to waste this amazing ability. It does have a somewhat long cool down.Rocket Jump: This ability is what makes Tristana. This is what makes her better than other AD carries. This is her big **** ability. On land impact this slows everyone that you land on by 60%, and the best part... It refreshes on kills AND assists! Mastering on how to use this ability is one of the most important things on this little bundle of dunkage.

Tips & Tricks
- This is part of your big **** burst combo... It slows enemies by 60% so make sure you land this.

- This ability allows you to jump over walls you can't even flash over. Utilize this!

- This does look like a jump, but Riot decided to program it as a dash, therefore if you try to jump over Caitlyn's Yordle trap... You're gonna be a caught Yordle. This applies to things such as Teemo Shrooms, Veigars AoE stun etc.
- In teamfights and you happen to get a kill or assist, and you're low use Rocket Jump to get out of it. It has saved my life countless number of times.

- This ability makes tower diving easy. Tower dive like their is 0 ****s given.

- Make note that Rocket Jump DOES have a small cast time... So just remember that.

- You can use Rocket Jump's cast time to your advantage. Get familiar with the cast time and when, for example, a Blitzcrank tries to pull you in troll him by jumping out of it mid-grab. This also applies to some other CC effects such as Dark Binding, Shadow Dash and even Pulverize.
Explosive Shot: This is one of Tristana's lesser abilties, but still very useful. This inflicts your enemy with a 50% healing debuff. This really hurts champions such as Swain, Nidalee, Mundo, or even Big **** Wick. This ability is also part of your burst combo. Use this ability to harass directly or even use it on the creep next to your enemy so it explodes onto that enemy. This ability also makes farming fun and easy!=D
Buster Shot: This ability is VERY good if you can use it. If you use it incorrectly you'll get yelled at like a Jarvan than ****ed over a team mate with his ulti. This ability deals 300 damage right off bat. This is part of your burst combo also. I use it to insure the kill or to finish off an opponent. Overall, a very strong ultimate ability. You can use this defensively to knock back that predator that wants some of that blue Yordle a$$. Use this ability as an interrupt. Ex: Nunu's ulti, Katarina's, etc.
Have you ever seen an Alistar knock someone through a wall saving their life? You were kinda upset right? Well guess what... Tristana's ulti can do the same thing if used incorrectly. Be careful! Don't be like the infamous cow!

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Skill Sequence


This is your famous burst combo that will even send the cow crying. This combo is extremely over powered in my opinion. This is for maximum damage. Another combo I like to do in lane is the get behind the enemy and rape them anally combo. You initiate with your Rocket Jump followed by your Buster Shot, Rapid Fire, and Explosive shot. This will position the enemy in a way where they can't get away. You can use this to get them into turrets, to help the jungler gank, or just to kill them straight up. This particular combo is something you'll wanna do very much in the laning phase if you're confident you will win the fight. (P.S. for part of the burst combo, make sure to use ignite when necessary!)

Fun Fact: Something very interesting is that if you do your burst combo you have nearly the same burst as LeBlanc at level 6 if you use ignite... OP. (Burst Combo, credit goes to the maker of the video).

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Core Items

These are the items that makes AD carries. It gives AD carries the big **** damage. These items are also what makes carrying a game possible as an AD carry.

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Defensive Items

-Quick Silver Sash: This item is very strong against a team with something like a Malzahar due to his hard cc and damaging ulti. It gives 48 MR and a debuff removal. Kinda like Banshees Veil, but better in certain cases because you choose what you want to dispell. I would personally rather get rid of Malzahars ulti rather than a T.F's ulti.

-Banshees Veil: This item is one of the best if not the best defensive item in the game for Tristana. This item gives HP, mana, and blocks one negative spell effect every 45 seconds! This item is best against hard cc teams.

-Frozen Mallet: This is an amazing item for Tristana because it gives survivability ( the hp ), and damage with a SLOW! Sure you could build another bloodthirster or something, but I believe building this item is great because it gives Tristana everything she needs.
Guardians Angel: This item is good overall. Not only does it give armor, and MR, but it revives you once every 5 mins! It can be crucial for those important team fights that could decide the outcome of the game. For example you could be the fed person on the team with the highest damage output, but somehow they kill you. With Guardians Angel you get revived and Rocket Jump away, and start firing away from a safe distance while yelling ''HUEHUEHUEHUEHUE''. Win.

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An item to think about...

Madred's Bloodrazor: This item is superb against tanky teams. It shreds away their health due to the percentage based damage. Get this item if the enemy team is tanky as the Cow.

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Your top pick supports

THE COW X LORD X DIRTY SWAGX. This is my top pick to play with Tristana to dunk bot lane. Cow provides great sustain, cc, and kill power. Either ban the cow or play with him. If you don't do these 2 things the cow will have his way with you. Be warned.

The Big Titty Betch. Sona. She will provide buffage, sustain, pokage, and cc ulti. She is my second pick for supports. Her or the Cow are great picks for this little Yordle!

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Other viable supports

Soraka. She provides something that other supports cannot. She offers the gift of unlimited mana which is very useful on Tristana due to her mana issues. She also has the strongest heals in game. On the downside though, not much offense or kill power. Still a very viable support:).

The Fabulous ***. Taric provides a little bit of everything. Sustainability, cc, buffage, and even a bit of damage. He is a very nice support to get kills with because of his fabulous stun. His aura is very nice to win trades with the other AD carry because of the armor buff. If you would like to hear top of the line quality impersonation of Taric, please send a friend request to Therodimus and I am sure he will gladly show you.

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#1 Juke usa

My video of master jukage. (Was recorded by Jonnyw with LoLrecorder).

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Tristana may be under rated, under used, and misused. BUT if you use this guide you will succeed with the best AD carry in game, Tristana. Show people how stronc she is. She deserves it! I am very experienced with Tristana, so if you need any help or need any information then shoot me a friend request XxDarkDestroirxX. I will do my best to answer all your unanswered questions. I hope I helped you, and please +1 my first guide. I will be updating and adding onto it. Thanks:).


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A player I would like to thank:)

Noobypower actually introduced me to Tristana... He taught me how to play her for the most part, and a lot of things he taught me ended up on this guide. Therefore our guides are similar, but especially for the range statistics that goes to Noobypower. Thank you man for inspiring me to play Tristana, and continue playing her to her full potential!:)