Lúcio Abilities and Strategy
Welcome to our Abilities page for Lúcio. Here, we give you an overview of every ability in Lúcio's kit. For each of them, we explain what it does, how to best use it, and how it works in combination with Lúcio's other abilities. We also give you strategy tips to play Lúcio efficiently.
1. Lúcio's Tips and Tricks
- Frequently switch between Crossfade - Healing Boost and Crossfade - Speed Boost according to the situation you find yourself in.
- When an ally is chased by enemies, Crossfade - Speed Boost is the better choice to guarantee their survival.
- If the enemy team composition features multiple sources of Stuns and Silences, Back in the Mix at Level 16 becomes a very useful talent.
- While chasing or retreating, make sure to use Lucio's Wall Ride Trait to your advantage, as it provides a 20% Movement Speed bonus.
- While rotating from one lane to another, combine Amp It Up and Crossfade - Speed Boost.
2. Wall Ride (Trait)
When moving alongside impassable battleground terrain and Structures, Lúcio can walk through other units and his Movement Speed is increased by 20%.
This works together with other Movement Speed bonuses.
Wall Ride provides Lúcio with outstanding mobility, since it increases his Movement Speed by 20% whenever he skates near Structures and other impassable Terrain. Consequently, make sure to use this boon to the best of your ability. Keep in mind that Lúcio cannot be body blocked while Wall Ride is active.
- Mana: 30
- Cooldown: 7 seconds
Deal 105 (+4% per level) damage to enemies in an area and knock them back.
Soundwave is Lúcio's only source of waveclear and thus can be used to damage Minion Waves and Mercenary Camps. Enemy Siege Giants, in particular, can be pushed in range of your own Structures, which helps getting rid of them.
With its low cooldown, Soundwave proves to be quite a reliable disengage ability as well. Use it to keep enemy melee Assassins and Warriors at bay. However, refrain from using it too aggressively, as can easily Lúcio find himself exposed and killed when going for overly aggressive plays with Soundwave.
- Cooldown: 0 seconds
Currently playing Healing Boost, passively healing Lúcio and nearby allied Heroes for 16 (+4% per level) health per second.
Toggle to play Speed Boost instead.
- Cooldown: 0 seconds
Currently playing Speed Boost, increasing the Movement Speed of Lúcio and nearby allied Heroes by 20%.
Toggle to play Healing Boost instead.
Crossfade is Lúcio's most impactful Basic Ability. It can be used in two ways providing either Healing or Movement Speed boosts to nearby allied Heroes.
Using Crossfade efficiently requires a keen eye and good game sense, as it is often crucial to have the right beat active at the right time. While Healing Boost comes in very handy during longer skirmishes, Speed Boost is best used when rotating around the map in order to either retreat away from the enemy or to chase them down.
5. Amp It Up
- Mana: 90
- Cooldown: 13 seconds
Raise Lúcio's Crossfade track volume for 3 seconds, amping Healing Boost to 114 (+4% per level) health per second and Speed Boost to 45% increased Movement Speed.
Amp It Up can be activated to drastically increase the efficiency of Crossfade's Boosts. It is very important to notice that during Amp It Up is active, Lúcio can freely switch between Healing and Speed Boost, as the increased efficiency carries over from one to another.
While rotating from lane to lane, Amp It Up can be used to greatly enhance Lúcio's Movement Speed in order to compensate for the fact that he cannot use a mount. During team fights, however, we recommend using Amp It Up more carefully, as its 15-second cooldown makes using it too early or too late quite unforgiving.
5.1. Sound Barrier
- Mana: 100
- Cooldown: 80 seconds
After 1 second, Lúcio and nearby Allied Heroes gain a 1296 (+4% per level) point shield that rapidly decays over 6 seconds.
Sound Barrier offers an incredible amount of burst damage protection for short period of time, as its shield decays rapidly. It is also worth mentioning that Sound Barrier needs to be cast with caution. Before activating it, Lúcio has a 1-second activation timer in which he jumps up in the air before casting the ability. During that short time window, any Stun, Polymorph, or Silence effect will cancel Sound Barrier's casting animation, causing it to go on a 10-second cooldown.
5.2. Reverse Amp
- Mana: 55
- Cooldown: 45 seconds
Blast Lúcio's Crossfade track at enemy Heroes for 4 seconds, causing Healing Boost to inflict 104 (+4% per level) damage per second and Speed Boost to slow for 45%.
This ability is unaffected by Crossfade talents.
Passive: Increase Amp It Up's duration to 4 seconds.
Activating Reverse Amp adds a secondary passive effect to Crossfade's current Boost. While activating it with Speed Boost causes all nearby enemy Heroes to have their own Movement Speed reduced, using it with Healing Boost causes enemy Heroes to lose health over time.
There are two things to keep in mind when using Reverse Amp. Firstly, its effects cannot be enhanced by Amp It Up. Secondly, Reverse Amp does not benefit from any talents increasing Crossfade's efficiency, such as Party Mix at Level 7.
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