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Caitlyn Build Guides, Runes and Items

Caitlyn The Sheriff of Piltover

Find the best Caitlyn build guides for League of Legends S12 Patch 12.9. The MOBAFire community works hard to keep their LoL builds and guides updated, and will help you craft the best Caitlyn build for the S12 meta. Learn more about Caitlyn's abilities, skins, or even ask your own questions to the community!

Season 12 Guides // Patch 12.9 & Patch 12.8
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LoL Champion Caitlyn Build Guide
LoL Champion Caitlyn Build Guide

[12.9] Challenger Caitlyn Build & Guide by CookieLoL

Guide by CookieLoL updated May 10, 2022
  • In-depth
9.5
31
Votes
2
LoL Champion Caitlyn Build Guide
LoL Champion Caitlyn Build Guide

Lethality Caitlyn (Mid) Guide (Adaptive)

Guide by Zero macro updated May 10, 2022
8.9
252
Votes
37
LoL Champion Caitlyn Build Guide
LoL Champion Caitlyn Build Guide

Caitlyn s12 guide

Guide by Kyster Draven updated May 11, 2022
8.9
167
Votes
16
LoL Champion Caitlyn Build Guide
LoL Champion Caitlyn Build Guide

HOW TO MAKE YOUR ENEMIES ALT F4 ( how to play Caitlyn agro )

Guide by Banana Pirate updated May 1, 2022
8
13
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3
LoL Champion Caitlyn Build Guide
LoL Champion Caitlyn Build Guide

Caitlin Top | "Catch me if you can!"

Guide by Xarmat updated May 4, 2022
  • Off-Meta
Season 12 Builds // Patch 12.9 & Patch 12.8
9.8
402
Votes
39
LoL Champion Caitlyn Build Guide
LoL Champion Caitlyn Build Guide

LETHALITY CAITLYN MID

Build by Wholesomefrog updated May 15, 2022
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Caitlyn Build Guide
LoL Champion Caitlyn Build Guide

♥ CAITLYN ADC 1v9 | BEST BUILD FOR CARRY ♥ (ENJOY THE CHAMP)

Build by Divae updated May 7, 2022
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Caitlyn Build Guide
LoL Champion Caitlyn Build Guide

Season 12.8 Guide How To Play Like A Caitlyn Main

Build by JT Andrew updated May 2, 2022
New Guide
LoL Champion Caitlyn Build Guide
LoL Champion Caitlyn Build Guide

Smoke your opponent with auto-attacks!

Build by Napi3rr updated May 2, 2022
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Caitlyn Build Guide
LoL Champion Caitlyn Build Guide

OTP CATY ALL Match UP

Build by SylvesterSS updated May 1, 2022
Season 12 Guides // Other Patches
9.8
46
Votes
3
LoL Champion Caitlyn Build Guide
LoL Champion Caitlyn Build Guide

FULL LETHALITY CAITLYN (cuz idk why not)

Guide by TrendyShiro updated November 28, 2021
9.2
40
Votes
3
LoL Champion Caitlyn Build Guide
LoL Champion Caitlyn Build Guide

[12.1] Cait is Great

Guide by mashamouse updated January 12, 2022
8.2
9
Votes
1
LoL Champion Caitlyn Build Guide
LoL Champion Caitlyn Build Guide

[12.2] Masters Caitlyn ADC Guide (Indepth) - COME LEARN!

Guide by JuvX updated January 20, 2022
8.1
14
Votes
3
LoL Champion Caitlyn Build Guide
LoL Champion Caitlyn Build Guide

[12.7] ♥ WIP D'you Feel Lucky, Punk? | DatKawaiiBunny's Caitlyn Guide

Guide by DatKawaiiBunny updated April 14, 2022
  • In-depth
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Caitlyn Build Guide
LoL Champion Caitlyn Build Guide

Caitlyn Support

Guide by CucarachoFeo updated February 7, 2022
  • In-depth
  • Off-Meta
7.3
9
Votes
3
LoL Champion Caitlyn Build Guide
LoL Champion Caitlyn Build Guide

Everything about Caitlyn that you should know!

Guide by Simon Uchinora updated December 19, 2021
  • In-depth
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Caitlyn Build Guide
LoL Champion Caitlyn Build Guide

Tactical Sniper Caitlyn Mid

Guide by Kagechi updated January 11, 2022
  • Off-Meta
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Caitlyn Build Guide
LoL Champion Caitlyn Build Guide

[11.5] S12 Caitlyn Guide, All Match-Ups, Updated

Guide by TvojeMomJeGoiCam updated March 28, 2022
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Caitlyn Build Guide
LoL Champion Caitlyn Build Guide

TO THE TOP

Guide by Kicaj updated April 25, 2022
Season 12 Builds // Other Patches
8.7
13
Votes
1
LoL Champion Caitlyn Build Guide
LoL Champion Caitlyn Build Guide

Runas caitlyn full letalidad

Build by kindalisa00 updated January 31, 2022
  • Off-Meta
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Caitlyn Build & Runes

If you're looking for the best rune build for Caitlyn we've got you covered. Below you can find the best items and runes to build for Caitlyn, as determined by calculations of thousands of Plat+ League of Legends games. If you are already familiar with how to play Caitlyn this is a great resource to quickly get a good rune selection for Patch 12.9. However, if you are a new Caitlyn player we highly recommend reading through some of the guides above to learn why this build is strong on Caitlyn!

Patch 11.20: 494917 matches scanned * Each section of the build is rated independently of the others

Caitlyn's Runes

Caitlyn's Best Runes 49%

Win Rate 11024 Games

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
Precision
LoL Path: Precision
LoL Rune: Fleet Footwork
Fleet Footwork
LoL Rune: Presence of Mind
Presence of Mind
LoL Rune: Legend: Bloodline
Legend: Bloodline
LoL Rune: Coup de Grace
Coup de Grace

Domination
LoL Path: Domination
LoL Rune: Ravenous Hunter
Ravenous Hunter
LoL Rune: Taste of Blood
Taste of Blood

Second Best

Caitlyn's 2nd Best Runes 52%

Win Rate 2637 Games

Precision
LoL Path: Precision
LoL Rune: Fleet Footwork
Fleet Footwork
LoL Rune: Presence of Mind
Presence of Mind
LoL Rune: Legend: Bloodline
Legend: Bloodline
LoL Rune: Coup de Grace
Coup de Grace

Sorcery
LoL Path: Sorcery
LoL Rune: Absolute Focus
Absolute Focus
LoL Rune: Gathering Storm
Gathering Storm

Third Best

Caitlyn's 3rd Best Runes 68%

Win Rate 53 Games

Precision
LoL Path: Precision
LoL Rune: Fleet Footwork
Fleet Footwork
LoL Rune: Presence of Mind
Presence of Mind
LoL Rune: Legend: Bloodline
Legend: Bloodline
LoL Rune: Coup de Grace
Coup de Grace

Sorcery
LoL Path: Sorcery
LoL Rune: Absolute Focus
Absolute Focus
LoL Rune: Gathering Storm
Gathering Storm

Caitlyn's Summoner Spells

Caitlyn's Best Summoner Spells 49%

Win Rate 54234 Games

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Caitlyn's 2nd Best Summoner Spells 49%

Win Rate 4109 Games

Exhaust Flash

Third Best

Caitlyn's 3rd Best Summoner Spells 49%

Win Rate 1453 Games

Cleanse Flash

Caitlyn's Starters

Caitlyn's Best Starter Items 61%

Win Rate 62 Games

  • 1
  • 2

Trinket

Caitlyn's Best Trinket 51%

Win Rate 35129 Games

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Caitlyn's 2nd Best Trinket 46%

Win Rate 24428 Games

Stealth Ward

Third Best

Caitlyn's 3rd Best Trinket 43%

Win Rate 1142 Games

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Caitlyn's Ability Order

Caitlyn's Best Ability Order 68%

Win Rate 40 Games

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
! Small Sample Size Warning * There is either not a lot of games played on this champion or the builds vary greatly, we have provided the top build but it does not have a high confidence rating so use your own discretion.
Patch 12.8: 513624 matches scanned * Each section of the build is rated independently of the others

Caitlyn's Runes

Caitlyn's Best Runes 50%

Win Rate 1157 Games

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
Precision
LoL Path: Precision
LoL Rune: Fleet Footwork
Fleet Footwork
LoL Rune: Presence of Mind
Presence of Mind
LoL Rune: Legend: Bloodline
Legend: Bloodline
LoL Rune: Coup de Grace
Coup de Grace

Sorcery
LoL Path: Sorcery
LoL Rune: Absolute Focus
Absolute Focus
LoL Rune: Gathering Storm
Gathering Storm

Second Best

Caitlyn's 2nd Best Runes 55%

Win Rate 414 Games

Precision
LoL Path: Precision
LoL Rune: Fleet Footwork
Fleet Footwork
LoL Rune: Presence of Mind
Presence of Mind
LoL Rune: Legend: Bloodline
Legend: Bloodline
LoL Rune: Cut Down
Cut Down

Sorcery
LoL Path: Sorcery
LoL Rune: Absolute Focus
Absolute Focus
LoL Rune: Gathering Storm
Gathering Storm

Third Best

Caitlyn's 3rd Best Runes 57%

Win Rate 54 Games

Precision
LoL Path: Precision
LoL Rune: Lethal Tempo
Lethal Tempo
LoL Rune: Presence of Mind
Presence of Mind
LoL Rune: Legend: Bloodline
Legend: Bloodline
LoL Rune: Coup de Grace
Coup de Grace

Inspiration
LoL Path: Inspiration
LoL Rune: Magical Footwear
Magical Footwear
LoL Rune: Biscuit Delivery
Biscuit Delivery

Caitlyn's Summoner Spells

Caitlyn's Best Summoner Spells 50%

Win Rate 4921 Games

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Caitlyn's 2nd Best Summoner Spells 49%

Win Rate 1169 Games

Exhaust Flash

Third Best

Caitlyn's 3rd Best Summoner Spells 48%

Win Rate 142 Games

Flash Teleport

Caitlyn's Starters

Caitlyn's Best Starter Items 49%

Win Rate 4863 Games

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Caitlyn's 2nd Best Starter Items 48%

Win Rate 1020 Games

Long Sword Health Potion

Third Best

Caitlyn's 3rd Best Starter Items 49%

Win Rate 730 Games

Long Sword Refillable Potion

Trinket

Caitlyn's Best Trinket 51%

Win Rate 4137 Games

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Caitlyn's 2nd Best Trinket 46%

Win Rate 2874 Games

Stealth Ward

Third Best

Caitlyn's 3rd Best Trinket 39%

Win Rate 210 Games

Oracle Lens
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to Buy Wards

Caitlyn Counters

Learn 's counters and discover matchups where they have an advantage! When you're starting a game of League of Legends you should always keep in mind if you'll be at an advantage or disadvantage against your opponent, so you can know whether to bully them or play safe. You can find detailed breakdowns of each matchup on CounterStats, and you can also check out some Caitlyn guides to see how to build and play against other champions you may find yourself up against!


This counter data is for Caitlyn ADC in Plat+ games. The percent shown is the enemy champion's counter rating against Caitlyn. Counter rating is our own statistic that factors in counter kills, overall kills, early lead ratio, comeback ratio, and win percent to give the whole picture of that champion's effectiveness as a counter pick.

Caitlyn Skins

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Caitlyn's Abilities

Caitlyn's Headshot
Headshot Caitlyn's Passive Caitlyn's Passive
Self
Caitlyn's Passive
Caitlyn's Passive
Every 6 Attacks, Caitlyn fires a Headshot. Attacks while in brush count as 2 for building towards a Headshot.

Headshots deal an additional 50 / 75 / 100% physical damage. They have double range and deal a further 100% physical damage against enemies hit with Yordle Snap Trap. They have double range against enemies hit with 90 Caliber Net.
Q
Caitlyn's Piltover Peacemaker
Piltover Peacemaker Caitlyn's Q Ability
1300
50 / 60 / 70 / 80 / 90
10 / 9 / 8 / 7 / 6
Caitlyn revs her rifle to fire a piercing shot dealing 50 / 90 / 130 / 170 / 210 (+1.3/1.45/1.6/1.75/1.9 per attack damage) physical damage. After the bolt strikes the first target, it opens into a wider shot that deals 50% of the damage.

Enemies revealed by Yordle Snap Trap always take full damage.
W
Caitlyn's Yordle Snap Trap
Yordle Snap Trap Caitlyn's W Ability
800
20
0.5
Caitlyn sets a trap that roots the first champion that steps on it for 1.5 seconds and granting true sight of them for 3 seconds. Traps last for 30 / 35 / 40 / 45 / 50 seconds and 3 / 3 / 4 / 4 / 5 traps may be active at once (depending on level).
E
Caitlyn's 90 Caliber Net
90 Caliber Net Caitlyn's E Ability
800
75
16 / 14.5 / 13 / 11.5 / 10
Caitlyn fires a net, pushing her backwards. The net slows the first target hit by 50% for 1 second and deals 70 / 110 / 150 / 190 / 230 (+80% of ability power) magic damage.
R
Caitlyn's Ace in the Hole
Ace in the Hole Caitlyn's Ultimate (R) Ability
3500
100
90 / 75 / 60 / 60 / 60
Caitlyn takes a moment to channel and line up the perfect shot, then she fires, dealing 300 / 525 / 750 (+2.0 per bonus attack damage) physical damage, but other enemy champions can intercept it. This ability grants true sight of the target during the channel.

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