League of Legends Champion Profile: Tristana, the Yordle Gunner

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Rocket Girl Tristana
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Ability Description

"Passive – Draw a Bead Innate: The range of Tristana’s basic attacks, Explosive Charge and Buster Shot is increased every level."

The ability that separates Tristana from other AD Carries is her Passive – Draw a Bead. With it, Tristana can reach an attack range that surmounts any other marksman in the game without an active ability (excluding Kindred with 13+ marks). Due to the scaling nature of Draw a Bead, Tristana’s power level slowly ramps up over the course of the game as her attack range grows.

"Q – Rapid Fire Active: Tristana gains bonus attack speed for 7 seconds."

Tristana’s Q – Rapid Fire is a handy tool for small trades and teamfighting. It may have a long cooldown but utilising it for a small burst of attack speed to start off a fight or trade puts Tristana in an excellent position to deal huge DPS.

"W – Rocket Jump Active: Tristana dashes to the target location, dealing magic damage to all nearby enemies on impact and slowing them by 60%. On enemy champion takedowns or upon detonating Explosive Charge at maximum stacks on an enemy champion, Rocket Jump’s cooldown is reset."

An escape tool is vital for late game AD Carries to deal consistent damage in teamfights without being instantly caught out or blown up by enemy assassins or crowd control. Not only does Tristana’s W – Rocket Jump act as an escape tool but can also be used aggressively to close gaps between herself and opponents, applying stacks of her Explosive Charge if she lands on top of them. On top of that, the ability resets on champion takedowns or max stack Explosive Charge detonations, making it one of the most versatile abilities in the game.

"E – Explosive Charge Passive: Enemies explode when slain by Tristana’s basic attacks, dealing magic damage to all nearby enemies. Active: Tristana places an explosive charge on the target enemy or enemy turret. After 4 seconds the charge explodes, dealing physical damage to nearby enemies. The explosion radius is increased when used on a turret. Tristana’s basic attacks and abilities against the target increase Explosive Charge’s damage by 30%, stacking up to 4 times for a maximum 120% increase, upon which he charge also detonates instantly."

Tristana’s primary damage tool is her E – Explosive Charge. When combined with Rapid Fire, the ADC can pump out a huge amount of damage in a small trade by detonating her E with maximum stacks.

"R – Buster Shot Active: Tristana fires a massive cannonball at the target enemy, dealing magic damage and knocking back the target and all enemies around them."

If her Rocket Jump isn’t enough to escape, Trist can knock back charging enemies with her R – Buster Shot. The likes of Akali, Irelia, and Sylas all stopped in their tracks by the yordle’s key disengage tool. Her ult can also be used to add extra damage to her rotation or add stacks to her Explosive Charge.

Types of Scaling

Passive – None.

Q – None.

W – Ability Power.

E – Attack Damage and Ability Power.

R – Ability Power.

Crowd Control

Slow on W – Rocket Jump.

Knock Back on R – Buster Shot.