This League of Legends Season 10 Ultimate Lucian guide is the only guide that you will need in order to play Lucian Jungle. This guide will include builds, combos, counters, synergies, keystones, and runes.
Lucian, son of Urias, was never allowed to follow the footsteps of his father as a Sentinel of the Light. He lived in Demacia, where he saw people in need. As he returned home of one his journeys, he got to know Senna, the apprentice of his now dead father. Together, they grew and formed a bond. They journeyed and fought against creatures, while Senna taught Lucian the ways of the Light. Eventually, Senna entrusted Lucian with his father’s weapon, and they became a team against the Black Mist, until the monstrous Thresh killed Senna and took her soul away. Lucian then hunted Thresh in hopes of destroying the lantern and releasing his lover’s soul. Instead, she reemerged alive and well. Now, they are back together fighting darkness.
This guide was written by our team of writers along with the help of Challenger player, Ostrich, who is an expert in everything Lucian. He is considered by many to be the best in the world at this champion and you can find him Streaming on Twitch.
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Who is Ostrich
Ostrich, 21 years of age. Currently playing with the summoner name OSTRICH. He has over 2 million mastery points on Lucian and he peaked at 445 LP in North American Challenger. He has a KDA ratio of 2.27:1 with a 60% win rate. He started playing League in Season 3 and got the rank of Bronze 5. He first fell in love with the champion after seeing his longtime friend play a few games with Lucian. Soon, he decided to pick up the champion himself, and after playing Lucian for so many years, just the sheer feeling he had when correctly weaving in auto-attacks in-between abilities, using Lucian’s E successfully with his passive, canceling animations and totally outplaying the enemy players, transformed him. Getting that pentakill when you played well, and R (The Culling) someone from full HP to 0, makes everything great for the purifier.
Table of Contents
Why Play Lucian?
Before we start on the Ultimate Guide to Lucian, we first want to tell you why you should play him. His overall strengths and weaknesses are as follows:
- Strong early game.
- Press the Attack increases your laners’ damage to enemies.
- Wins most matchups because of his mobility and red Smite in 1v1s.
- Lots of mobility.
- Very slow clear.
- No sustain in the jungle.
- Gets outscaled when not ahead.
- Very squishy.
- Hard to come back when behind.
Pantheon is considered a counter because his entire kit just stops you from doing anything. His Q (Comet Spear) is for poke. His W (Shield Vault) is the same range as your auto-attack range, so you can't get close. Finally, his E (Aegis Assault) stops all damage, so it's impossible to trade with him. Wait for him to have W on cooldown before ganking him.
Yasuo is considered a counter because of his W (Wind Wall) and his high mobility, so it's hard for you to land a Q (Piercing Light) or R (The Culling). When he has a good support in teamfights, he will be able to dash around minions and beat you hard. Some ways to play around this is to get rid of his shield with your W (Ardent Blaze), or auto-attacking him. Let you ally taunt him first so he uses his abilities. Then you can approach him with your red buff on and kill him.
Cassiopeia is considered a counter because her W (Miasma) has a root effect, making Lucian's E (Relentless Pursuit) and Flash unusable. Her Q (Noxious Blast) range is longer than Lucian's auto-attack range, making this a difficult matchup inside and outside of the lane. It is recommended to have a healing support or someone who can all-in on her without a dash, like Thresh, Blitzcrank, Brand, etc. Try to bait her Q by communicating with your allies before approaching her lane, and if you get hit by it dash away immediately until the poison wears out.
These champions work well with Lucian and should be considered being picked alongside him if possible. Here are some of the biggest synergies and how you can abuse them.
Karthus works well with Lucian because he has the ability to slow the enemies with W (Wall of Pain) while you hit the target with as many auto-attack as you can. His Q (Lay Waste) will deal tremendous damage and he can ultimately kill the targets with R (Requiem). Having Lucian in the jungle requires another role to take an AP damage dealer to balance the team, and Karthus is a great one to choose.
Alistar works well with Lucian because he can hold the enemies with his W + Q combo and provide peeling for you. He can also bond Knight’s Vow to you in some cases, which will help you survive longer in teamfights. CC type champions are amazing with Lucian jungle, as they give him enough time to spam his auto-attacks.
Renekton works well with Lucian, as he has multiple abilities to shred the enemy in the lane. He can stun the target with W (Ruthless Predator) and give Lucian the opportunity to go in, activate his PTA, and make the target vulnerable. The combination of these two champions can bombard the enemy with a burst of damage.
Lucian Summoner Spells
Lucian Runes and Keystones
Lucian recommended runes are Press the Attack, Overheal, Bloodline, and Coup de Grace on Precision as primary, and Nimbus Cloak with Gathering Storm on Sorcery as secondary. This combination provides the necessary damage, as well as the survivability to deal damage in the lane. Press the Attack will make your target vulnerable and shred them to pieces, while the other runes will give you the lifesteal, movement speed, and damage to be a great ADC for your team.
If the enemy has lots of ways to waveclear, you can consider using Conqueror, Presence of Mind, Bloodline, and Cut Down on Precision as primary, and Nimbus Cloak with Gathering Storm as secondary. This combination of runes can help you survive their durability. Having Conqueror, Presence of Mind, and Bloodline together will help you have sustainable HP and mana while you kite the enemies. Cut Down can increase your damage, and it is amazing combined with Nimbus Cloak and Gathering Storm. If the enemy laner is a tank this page is great, since you can get max stacks of Conqueror quickly and will scale better into the late game.
You can also use Press the Attack, Overheal, Bloodline, and Coup de Grace on Precision as primary, and Nullifying Orb with Gathering Storm on Sorcery as secondary. Nullifying orb will give you more defenses against teams with 2 or more AP in their composition.
Press the Attack = short trades and early game pressure.
Conqueror = long fights.
All rune pages will be using +10% attack speed, +9 adaptive force, and armor.
Lucian’s recommended items change depending on the situation, however, the following items will give you a good idea of what to build in different situations.
Skirmisher’s Sabre - Warrior is core on Lucian because it increases AD and provides cooldown reduction. This item helps you clear jungle camps faster and with red smite you can deal tremendous damage to your target. It also helps you maximize your rotations when ganking.
Blade of the Ruined King is core on Lucian because this item has AD, lifesteal, attack speed, and a passive that does 8% of your enemy’s current health as bonus damage. BotRK is great as the first item on Lucian, as it gives everything you want except cooldown reduction. AD + AS for his auto-attacks and abilities, lifesteal for laning phase and fights. On top of that, BotRK's passive procs on both of Lucian’s auto-attacks, which means that you are doing 15.36% of someone’s current HP as damage each time you do a double auto-attack. With PTA this is a lot of frontloaded and sustained damage against one target. B. F. Sword gives the same amount of AD, but it doesn’t give you extra stats. The active of Blade of the Ruined King is also very helpful to kite and chase. Blade of the Ruined King is also a nice item because there is always some component that you can buy on each back that costs less than 500g. All in all, a great item.
Use Berserker’s Greaves as this is the cheapest attack speed item in the game. Take Berserker's Greaves if you are ahead or are not against CC or an AD damage threat.
Mercury's Treads should be built only if the enemy team has a strong source of magic damage or has a lot of CC, as you will need the tenacity and magic resistance they provide.
Use Ninja Tabi if you are against a strong auto-attack-based team or just need some armor to keep you alive against a bruiser, such as Riven or Darius, or against Zed.
Offensive Situational Items
If you are having trouble with high regeneration champions, you can build Mortal Reminder. This item does not only increase attack damage for Lucian, but it also provides armor penetration and inflicts Grievous Wounds to reduce the sustain of champions like Sett, Mundo, etc.
If you pop enemies instantly with your auto-attacks you can build Infinity Edge. This item not only increases your attack damage, critical chance, and attack speed, but it also boosts your critical damage. This gives you the ability to burst enemies quickly.
If you need extra movement speed, you can build Youmuu’s Ghostblade. His active will enable you to position yourself where you can kite as much as you want without giving your opponent the chance to reach you.
If you want to deal through the enemy’s defenses, you can build Lord Dominik's Regards. This item will make you destroy enemies that build armor. The extra penetration of this item will shred targets when combined with Black Cleaver. This is a great item if you think Youmuu’s Ghostblade won’t be needed anymore.
Defensive Situational Items
If they have a lot of magic damage and you want to survive the burst, you can build Maw of Malmortius. Buy this against a fed AP carry. With Nullifying Orb it gives you a huge shield when it activates, plus 20+ AD, 10% spell vamp, and 10% life steal, making you extremely dangerous when you have low HP. This item does not stack with the Phantom Dancer's lifeline shield, so choose wisely which one is better in your situation.
If you want to switch Maw of Malmortius for more damage, you can build Phantom Dancer. This item provides a passive lifeline that gives you a fat shield that works against all types of damage, not just magical like Hexdrinker and Maw of Malmortius. It also increases your attack speed, which enables you to hit more auto-attacks in teamfights.
If you want a revival item, you can build Guardian Angel. This item basically gives you additional damage and the chance to survive assassination attempts from champions like Zed, Kha’zix, Rek’Sai, and many more. Buy this item last.
Full Build Example
An example full build for Lucian Jungle can consist of
- Skirmisher’s Sabre – Warrior
- Berserker’s Greaves
- Blade of the Ruined King
- Youmuu’s Ghostblade
- Black Cleaver
- Death’s Dance
This is the most recommended build path for Lucian jungle, as it allows Lucian to be very fast and mobile while still being able to deal lots of damage to squishy and tanky champions. Death’s Dance as a last item will usually help you stay alive since you will already be doing lots of damage. The BotRK is crucial in this build because that is the ONLY form of crowd control you will get. Always take red Smite to deal true damage, take less damage from enemies and deal much more damage combined with PTA.
Ability Skill Order
The skill order for Lucian is R > Q > E > W. The reason is that you want to maximize the damage of your Q (Piercing Light) and damage the enemies through this ability. Your E (Relentless Pursuit) is second, as it gives you the ability to dash in and out of fights while avoiding skillshots from enemies. W (Ardent Blaze) is often used to chase targets or kill a cannon minion. Level up your ultimate (The Culling) at levels 6, 11, and 16 to use it on teamfights or initiate small skirmishes.
A power spike is when a champion reaches a level or builds an item that makes him a lot stronger than other champions in the game. Lucian’s power spike is when he reaches level 9, because at that point he has already maxed his Q (Piercing Light) and will deal tremendous damage to his targets. This gives him the best chance to win in teamfights. Acquiring his 3 core items before the enemy jungler can give him the upper hand in the game. Focus on earning as much gold as possible to get that item boost.
Jungle Path of Lucian
Lucian will go Blue Sentinel – Gromp – Red Brambleback – Gank/Scuttle Crab if you are planning to gank on the bot lane and take advantage of 2 ADCs shredding through their duo so they will have a big gap early on.
How to Play Lucian
When you choose Lucian as a jungler you have to play aggressively. Be sure to take or at least contest early Scuttle Crabs, unless your laners are not in position to help you. You have to take advantage of your auto-attacks early on, as typical junglers can farm all day and have better leads later on. Usually, you should win 1v1 fights in the river in this phase, so make the most of it. Your clear can be slow until you get your jungle items, so you will be ganking at a later time than normal junglers. Communicate with your allies and tell them your strengths so you can come up with a plan to snowball leads in the game. This will give you a better standing in the mid to late game phase.
In the mid game phase you have to take as much gold as possible around the map. Focus more on getting a kill before you try to get objectives, since it’s hard for you to solo Dragon. Rift Herald can easily be done, so you can solo it. Make sure to proc PTA in your ganks and finish the enemies off with your R (The Culling), so it does the maximum amount of damage after getting PTA off.
- Split-pushing – As a jungler, you have the opportunity to move through lanes and drop down Rift Herald and help pushing lanes. Plates will increase your gold and give you a better standing as the game progresses. Work with this advantage and gain pressure around the map.
- Objective control – You won’t be able to solo dragon in the mid game as your stats would not be enough to deal with it. Gank your allies’ lanes and secure kills for them, and ask assistance for the objective afterward. This ensures that the buff will not be stolen.
You will be a second ADC for the team during the late game phase. Just focus on staying alive at this point. As long as you are alive, then you will still be able to do damage. Red Smite is key for late game advantage, since it will be the best way to stay alive and deal a lot of bonus damage to your targets. Avoid using Smite on camps during this phase, as your auto-attacks can kill them. You should save this summoner spell for when it is really necessary. Position yourself in teamfights where you get to kite whoever is in front of you safely, while still being able to shred the enemy team. When you take Barons and Elder Dragons, try to move around, as you have the ability to either win a game or lose the game. Losing a team’s Smite bearer is an almost certain objective loss. Once you’ve taken the objective, it will be easier to siege turrets and take down enemies with your stats drastically increased. Do not be in the front, so you won’t be hit by any heavy CC. Always wait for backup and deal damage to win the game.
Lucian Tips and Tricks
- You can dash over MANY walls to make your jungle rotations clean. Doing this, your gank potential is incredible.
- If you start to snowball you can go for Youmuu’s, since it gives you lethality and a movement speed active so you can kite people much easier.
- Try to kite the jungle monsters so you don’t take a lot of damage early.
- Fighting in the jungle will give you increased mana regeneration, so you don’t have to worry too much about mana.
- Avoid being on the bot side of the map when Baron is up.
These below videos are great game play examples for how to play Lucian. Coming Soon!
Frequent Mistakes/Noob Traps
These are things most Lucian players do that shouldn’t be done at a high level ELO.
Mistake #1 – Using a lot of mana taking camps. Try to use your auto-attacks and kite the camps so you don’t take damage early. Maximize your Lightslinger and avoid losing too much mana just by taking monsters down.
Mistake #2 – Ganking lanes with no CC. Avoid ganking ally lanes that have no CC (unless they are just pushed up really far), because you will have no way to stick to them. You should be the damage dealer when ganking a lane, so focus on allies that have CC to hold enemies for you to kite around.
Mistake #3 – Not taking red buff before ganking. Red buff is essential when fighting because of the extra damage you get and the slow to stick to enemies, so use it wisely early game. You do not have CC to engage in lanes, so the red buff can help catch enemies while you constantly damage them.
Similar Champions To Lucian
Listed below are some champions you can use to replace Lucian. Similar to him, these junglers also deal a lot of damage. When Lucian isn’t available because he is either banned or picked by the enemy team, knowing how to play these champions will give you a variety to choose from, safeguarding your LP from going down and keeping your games awesome.
Fast clear, good outplay potential, and is tanky damage dealer. Graves loves to shoot people with his shotgun while smoking cigars. He has the ability to cast a smokescreen and blind his enemies. And when they pop out of the area, he’ll be right in front shooting them in the face! Due to his mechanics, he can easily be played as a jungler dashing in and out of the fight. Let’s break some collateral damage!
Very mobile, is a tank shredder, and has outplay capabilities. Kindred is a well-built jungler champion that can be used both offensively and defensively in the game. Her ability to sustain herself while dealing tremendous amounts of damage is unlike any other. With Wolf by her side, she can cast arrows and dodge skill shots. As soon as she gets cornered, she can activate Lamb’s Respite and possibly turn the fight in her favor.
Has strong early game ganks, is very slippery, and a versatile champion. Lee Sin has the ability to go in and out of fights with ease. If you are looking for a jungler that loves to make amazing plays with his skills, then this is the champion for you. He can easily kick ADCs into allies and swiftly escape death.
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