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Her passive does damage. What type of damage is it. Wondering if the rod does anything. Does it count as spell damage or just regular damage?

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Zomas' answer is only partially correct. There's currently three "types" of damage in TFT: physical, magical, and true damage. There's also two "sources": spell/ability damage, and basic attack damage (...and I guess item damage such as Static Shiv, but that doesn't scale with anything so we'll leave that out of the discussion for now).

Vayne's special ability is that every third basic attack on an enemy, she deals ability damage in the form of true damage based on the enemy's max health. This ability does, in fact, get stronger with additional ability power. Giving her AP will increase the scaling of max health damage she deals.

In fact, there's a "joke" build for her that works surprisingly well: Put a 3* Vayne in a team of 6 sorcerers (for the +120 AP) and give her three Rabadon's Deathcaps (increases AP by 75% each). This will make her max health true damage so high that it will literally deal over 100% of the target's total HP on the third attack.

This is considered a joke build because although it sounds great on paper, Vayne's attack speed is too slow to be able to reliably kill more than maybe two or three units before she dies herself. Still quite funny vs a full health Chogath, though. You can see this build in action in this video.

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    Two deathcaps and a rageblade might actually make some practical sense.
    – JMac
    Mar 5, 2020 at 19:08
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It does true damage

Based on the teamfight tactics wiki and additionnaly on this site, Vayne's passive deal true damage, based on enemy maximum health.

Needlessly Large Rod increase ability power, but as said above, Vayn's passive damage is based on target's maximum health, so the rod isn't going to change anything.

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  • Then why does tftactics.gg/champions/vayne recommend double rageblades? It loses the ability power value right? Shouldn't some other bow configuration be better such as bow of the divine or RFC.
    – Harry
    Jul 3, 2019 at 13:18
  • @Harry it's because with 2 Rageblade, She got 6% attack speed bonus, stacking indefinitely, pretty strong on a Vayne. Even the last item, Firecannon, doesn't bring damage, but attack speed. So for me it's clear that the key here is not have high damage through direct attacks, but using her passive.
    – Zoma
    Jul 4, 2019 at 5:47
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    FYI, as mentioned in the other answer, the % health done as true damage by Vayne actually is determined by AP, so Vayne's passive does scale with AP, even though it deals true damage.
    – JMac
    Mar 5, 2020 at 19:09

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