Item Preview – The Storm

Posted on at 6:25 PM by Moobeat
We peaked at a melee only AoE item yesterday and today Xypherous is treating us to a preview the ranged equivalent.
Continue reading for an item preview of a new, ranged only item called Runaan's Hurricane and a slew of additional red posts!

Here is the original announcement:
"Hey guys. If you haven’t already, check out my initial post about the itemization changes you’ll be seeing during the preseason. Today I thought I’d reveal a new item we can’t wait for you to get your hands on.

Ranged Carries traditionally have had the role of completely and utterly dominating a single target through high-capacity damage. However, many of our AD carries also have a substantial amount of Area of Effect damage that they currently are unable to specialize into. This leads them to an interesting paradox – I am a carry with strong Area of Effect damage, but I must itemize single target damage to stay relevant.

What if we could give you an alternative?
Runaan’s Hurricane
  • (Ranged Only)
  • +60% Attack Speed
  • UNIQUE Passive: Your basic attacks fire minor bolts at 2 nearby targets, each dealing (50% of Total Attack Damage) physical damage. These apply on-hit effects.
First of all, let’s examine what this item actually does:

Hurricane allows your ranged basic attacks to fire secondary bolts at nearby targets. These bolts cannot critically strike but can trigger your other on-hit effects, such as Varus’ Blighted Quiver in the above example. This allows characters like Varus or Miss Fortune, already strong Area of Effect damage dealers, to specialize into Area of Effect damage if they’d like to do so.

Let’s delve further into specifics:

1. Hurricane triggers each time you attack.
2. Hurricane is not an on-hit proc, nor does it trigger off of spells or abilities like Mystic Shot or Double Up that apply on-hit effects.
3. Hurricane deals 50% of your total attack damage.
4. Hurricane applies the full effect of on-hit effects with each bolt.

Taking this further, let’s explore how Hurricane interacts with various champion abilities:

Varus – Applies Blighted Quiver on everyone hit, which can then get triggered by his other spells.
Caitlyn – Gains one stack of Headshot for each target hit. Fires Headshot only at the primary target.
Graves – Reduces the cooldown of Quickdraw for 1 second for each target hit. (Edit: Whoops, got the wrong number here, thanks guys.)
Miss Fortune – Applies and stacks Impure Shots on every target hit. Activating Impure Shots will apply Grievous wounds to every target hit.

Champions that synergize poorly with Hurricane would be:

Ezreal – Doesn’t really have any effects that synergize with Hurricane.
Vayne – Silver bolts only applies on the primary target and requires consecutive hits to proc, thus Hurricane is mostly wasted.

We hope that Hurricane opens up some interesting build paths for AD carries looking to specialize in area of effect damage. While Hurricane certainly isn’t for every ranged character, we do hope that Hurricane allows carries to diverge from the standard path of single target damage in favor of a more AoE centric build they can use to gun down multiple opponents at the same time.

General Stuff
[ Will this work with Malady? ]: "Yes"

[ Does lifesteal work with Hurricane?]: "Yeah, but off the reduced % value."

[ Will this work with the new Manamune ( toggle, mana drain per shot for extra damage )]: "Hurricane + Manamune = Very very very expensive for your mana pool."

[ Will this proc Frozen Mallet and Phage? ]:

"It'll apply Frozen Mallet.

Phage will do a roll for each target hit and slow each target based on their individual rolls."

[ Is this item going to be insane with Blade of the Ruined King? ]: "Yes, BoRK + Hurricane has traditionally proven very very strong. As for Kog'maw - we'll have to see, as I think we might be able to put Hurricane in a spot where it's good on him - but in a lot of cases, a ranged carry wants to obliterate a single target as fast as possible."

[ How far away can Hurricane strike enemies? ]: "They have to be within (roughly) 300 units of your primary target.

Imagine Hurricane being a splash effect - that can only affect the two closest targets"

[ Will Hurricane's shots prioritize champions? ]: "Nope"

[ Why would we buy this over IE/BT/BC?]: "I see nothing wrong with IE/PD/BT trinity being core on a lot of carries. It's a simple, powerful and very effective play style that solidly states that you are focused on dealing as much single target damage. Just because it's popular, doesn't mean it's bad (outside of the fact that PD makes you super fast, negating the need for defensive options a lot of the times.)

Hurricane simply offers you the option of becoming more Multi-Target focused, rather than Single-target focused, if you decide that's worth doing for your character."

Champion Specific Inquiries
[ Will this work with Twisted Fate's pick a card, preforming a triple stun? ]: "Pick a Card and Stacked Decked are not on-hit effects. They are next-attack modifiers and do not work with Hurricane.

A good rule of thumb is: 'If I have more attack speed, do I get to apply this effect more often?' If the answer is no, it doesn't work with Hurricane.

The key distinction is whether it affects only one autoattack or not - these secondary bolts are not considered part of that "spell." They only enhance what would enhance all of your basic attacks."

[ How about with Ashe's Frost Shot? ]: "This works fine."

[ What about Sivir's Ricochet? ]: "Richochet is a next-attack modifier - and thus won't work with Hurricane.

Again, the attack speed test holds true - 'If I get more attack speed, will I get more procs?' If the answer is no, then Hurricane won't work with it."

[ Draven's Spinning Axes? ]: "Nope. Spinning Axe is a next-hit modifier."

[ What about Kayle's Righteous Fury? ]: "Now that I think about it - this doesn't, mostly because Kayle is this instant autoattack thing that gets really desync'ed with actual Hurricane shots."

[ Sona's Power Chord? ]: "Nope. Sona's Power Chord affects your next attack - but isn't an enchantment over all attacks."

[ Since it specfically doesn't work with Vayne, how will players now of this special case exclusion ]: "Vayne is a very special case - as if Hurricane worked with Silver Bolts - Vayne would never get a Silver Bolts proc ever gain.

If it becomes a major problem we'll just have to be more careful on tooltips and labelling with Hurricane. It's a problem that's been solved before. Hurricane is essentially an 'On Attack, fires 3 bolts that apply all your On Striking' modifiers, in Diablo 2 parlance, so I know it's solveable."

[ Will Cait and Kennen charge their stacks faster? ]: "Caitlyn and Kennen will both charge their passives up faster, but when their passives are charged, they get an auto-attack enhancer for one attack.

So essentially, headshot and Kennen' special marking shuriken will charge much more quickly - but they'll still only fire one special shot to their primary target."

[ What about Lulu's passive? ]: "Lulu's passive doesn't interact with this item at all, but it follows the same rules. "

[How about champion X?? ]: "Twitch's passive applies to every autoattack he makes and thus Hurricane's passive will apply Twitch's Poison.

Similarly with Teemo.

Actually, let me just run down the list of ranged champions, that might be faster:

Ashe: Frost arrow works, as it applies to every autoattack.

Caitlyn: Headshot charges faster because it applies to every autoattack but she still only fires one empowered headshot per attack when she has it ready.

Corki: Passive works, as it applies to every autoattack.

Draven: Q and Passive both don't work, as they don't apply to every autoattack. The passive requires the attack to critically strike which Hurricane bolts can't.

Ezreal: Has no on-hit effects.

Graves: E is an on-hit effect and thus E's cooldown will shorten each time he hits something with a Hurricane bolt.

Jayce: Jayce's passives will only apply to his primary target, as it is a attack modifier that only applies once.

Kayle: Doesn't work - but that's mostly due to the fact that her autoattack is an instant attack and thus the AoE field doesn't really make a whole lot of sense coming from the secondary bolts. I'll probably have to work on this one.

Kennen: 'W' charges faster as that applies to every autoattack - but the actual empowered shuriken only affects one additional target as that applies only once.

Kog'Maw: 'W' applies to each target hit, currently.

Lulu: Zero interactions

Miss Fortune: 'W' will stack up and apply grievous wounds to everyone hit by Hurricane Shots, as they apply to all her autoattack in a short duration.

Orianna: Orianna's passive applies to everyone hit - although she will never be able to make 'consecutive' attacks against the same target due to hitting multiple people at a time.

Sivir: Sivir's 'W' does not work with Hurricane, as it is an attack enhancer that only triggers once.

Sona; Power chord does not work with Hurricane, as it is an attack enhancer that only triggers once.

Teemo: Toxic shot will work on Hurricane bolts, as it toxic shot applies to every autoattack.

Tristanna: Explosive shot will work on Hurricane bolts, as it is a passive that applies to every autoattack.

Twitch: Twitch's posion will work on Hurricane bolts, as it is a passive applies to every autoattack.

Twisted Fate: Neither Pick a Card or Stacked Deck will work with Hurricane, as they are passives that apply to one autoattack. Stacked Deck will however, charge much more quickly as the charging happens every autoattack.

Urgot: Urgot's passive will work on Hurricane bolts, as it is a passive that applies to every autoattack.

Varus: Blighted Quiver will work on Hurricne bolts, as it is a passive that applies to every autoattack.

Vayne: Vayne's Silver Bolts are specially coded to not work with Hurricane, as if silver bolts did work with Hurricane, she would never get a Silver Bolts proc ever again. (Because Silver Bolts has a consecutive target restriction.)

Ziggs: ZIgg's Passive will not work on Hurricane bolts, as it is an attack enhancer that only affects one autoattack."

Miss out on some of Xypherous' earlier posts about the S3 updates to itemization? Check 'em out:


  1. Great item. I hope this creates a larger pool of great AD carries for competitive play, as well as just being a fun headroll item.

  2. Ah man, was truly hoping that would work with Kayle. That would be seriously over powered, but oh soooo much fun.

    1. plz plz plz, make tem all proc the AOE but dont let the AOE stack. (you hit 3 targets all within splash range of each other, but only get hit with splash damage once so there is no overlap like with Shyvana's Q)

      It would look like this:
      * = target 1 = inner damage 2 = outer damage . = none


      Riot PLZ

  3. wait manamune change?
    where, why, how did this happened??

  4. Replies
    1. AD carries are UP compared to bruisers right now, even more in S3.

  5. Urgot: Urgot's passive will work on Hurricane bolts, as it is a passive that applies to every autoattack.
    Urgot has a friend now, although is it a worthy Item on Urgot, I have no Idea about Him, can someone explain it a little bit??

    1. Urgot's innate ability allows his auto-attack and acid hunter to reduce damage dealt by enemies affected by 15% for 2.5 secs. Runaan only applies this effect due to his auto-attack though, not his q (acid hunter).

  6. Ap teemo + Runaan's Hurricane = GG

    1. maybe a hybrid teemo atack speed+huricane

    2. sure, for teemo's team
      ap teemo getting attack speed item scaling of total damage, a wise choice

    3. Applies On-Hit effects, and guess who's E is an On-Hit? Teemo, wich scales off AP.

    4. Why do I think AS/On-Hit Teemo will like this Item even more? He maxes his Wit's end in two shots, he lowers the MR of up to 3 enemies at once, slowing them with his Frozen Mallet and draining their health with the NEW BOTRK, while at the same time restoring his own health; not to mention that the Madred's Bloodrazor had AS, BOTRK doesn't, but Hurricane will make up for this lack and... GG, yes.

    5. Teemo stops working after around 1400 elo anyway...

    6. Tell this to Rain Man... And as I stated, On-Hit Teemo will become up to 3 times more viable in S3 than he is now.

  7. urgot trist kog and teemo like this item a lot

  8. Indirect teemo buff, gg no re. rage quit

  9. Does twitches ult work with this?
    Obliviously the range and the piercing?

    1. IMO it will work, but just the normal hurricane bolts would be fired and homed at the nearest enemies. It DEFINITELY WON'T turn twitch's ult into a TRIPLE SPRAY AND PREY.

  10. So would Corki's passive which hits with hurricane, scale off of his real AD or his 50% hurricane ad on the targets hit by his hurricane?

    1. The On-Hit effects do full damage to the three enemies.

  11. Moo and company, thank you for making such a wonderful website. It would be hell trying to find this information on my own, and I think I speak for everyone here. We all appreciate the work you and everyone do to keep this website up and running. Keep up the good work!

  12. Why Lulu's passive doesn't work? It's on hit effect, isn't it?

    1. No. This item is actually a pix. The difference is that Runaan fires two bolts at nearby enemies and pix fires 3(?) bolts that attack targets u attack.

    2. Still considering game mechanic isn't it just on hit/passive effect that works on single target and as stated in the OP "A good rule of thumb is: 'If I have more attack speed, do I get to apply this effect more often?' If the answer is no, it doesn't work with Hurricane." more AS more pix procs.

  13. Oh gosh *^*

    teemo with this !!! IM SO EXITED !!

  14. Wow this means Caitlyn is going to be shooting headshots all the time (every 3 hits in a teamfight) and Graves will be dashing around in the laning phase... and TEEMO! <3

  15. ashe slowing three targets at once....thats so broken

  16. Excpect to see the AD/On-Hit/AS build become more popular amoung AD carries than the old AD/Crit/AS.
    In other words, imagine a Miss Fortune with the NEW Black Cleaver, Blade of the Ruined King, Frozen Mallet, Runaan's Hurricane, Berserker's Greaves and possibly the NEW Manamune. Pretty effective, right?

  17. Heh. Riot : making AP carries more irrelevant, one item at a time.

    Seriously, I like the item idea, it's going to be way fun... but what will be the point of playing AP carry anymore when more or less every AD carry is going to have AoE auto-attacks ?

    1. Higher range, more CC, not shut down by massive amounts of armor, more effective poking than a single autoattack and running away. Just offhand.

  18. Here's one I'm not sure has been answered: If lux has her passive on multiple targets, will hurricane detonate the ones on secondary targets?

    1. Yes. Xypherous : Quote:
      You missed Lux in that list, (i know this item would NEVER be viable for her anyway) but would it detonate her passive on multiple enemies that have it on them?
      Oh yes, Lux should detonate her passive on multiple enemies that have it - but Hurricane would be awful on her. XD

  19. Replies
    1. I think I remember reading that it will deal the bonus damage but won't stack since she's not focusing one target.

  20. Nice one, make Teemo even stronger.

  21. Two typos Moobeat, you wrote Tristanna and Zigg's instead of Ziggs'