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Champion Spotlight


Recommended Items

Summoner's Rift
Starting Doran's Blade item.png Health Potion item.png Warding Totem item.png
Early Caulfield's Warhammer item.png Serrated Dirk item.png Boots of Speed item.png
Essential Blade of the Ruined King item.png Youmuu's Ghostblade item.png Ninja Tabi item.png
Offensive Ravenous Hydra item.png Black Cleaver item.png Maw of Malmortius item.png
Defensive Dead Man's Plate item.png Frozen Mallet item.png
Consumables Control Ward item.png Health Potion item.png Elixir of Wrath item.png
Summoner's Rift (Jungler)
Starting Hunter's Machete item.png Refillable Potion item.png Warding Totem item.png
Early Stalker's Blade item.png Boots of Speed item.png Recurve Bow item.png
Essential Bloodrazor item.png Mercury's Treads item.png Blade of the Ruined King item.png
Defensive Dead Man's Plate item.png Frozen Mallet item.png Guardian Angel item.png
Consumables Control Ward item.png Health Potion item.png Elixir of Wrath item.png
Twisted Treeline
Starting Doran's Blade item.png Long Sword item.png Health Potion item.png
Early Caulfield's Warhammer item.png Phage item.png Boots of Speed item.png
Essential Ninja Tabi item.png Black Cleaver item.png Youmuu's Ghostblade item.png
Offensive Trinity Force item.png Ravenous Hydra item.png Blade of the Ruined King item.png
Defensive Warmog's Armor item.png Banshee's Veil item.png Randuin's Omen item.png
Consumables Health Potion item.png Elixir of Wrath item.png
Twisted Treeline (Jungler)
Starting Hunter's Talisman item.png Hunter's Machete item.png Refillable Potion item.png
Early Stalker's Blade item.png
Essential Warrior item.png Mercury's Treads item.png Duskblade of Draktharr item.png
Offensive Trinity Force item.png Stormrazor item.png Youmuu's Ghostblade item.png
Defensive Maw of Malmortius item.png Black Cleaver item.png Sterak's Gage item.png
Consumables Health Potion item.png Elixir of Wrath item.png
Howling Abyss
Starting Serrated Dirk item.png Boots of Speed item.png
Essential Duskblade of Draktharr item.png Mercury's Treads item.png Youmuu's Ghostblade item.png
Offensive Trinity Force item.png Black Cleaver item.png Stormrazor item.png
Defensive Sterak's Gage item.png Frozen Mallet item.png Randuin's Omen item.png
Consumables Looted Oracle's Extract item.png Corrupting Potion item.png Elixir of Wrath item.png

Tips

Playing As Nocturne Nocturne
  • Using Paranoia Paranoia at a critical moment is well worth it even if you cannot use the dash.
  • Duskbringer Duskbringer isn't only an offensive ability. It can be used to close distance out of combat or escape from certain death.
  • Use Shroud of Darkness Shroud of Darkness in tandem with Paranoia's Paranoia's dash. Your opponents may panic and waste a critical disable on your spell shield.
  • Shroud of Darkness Shroud of Darkness can be triggered by the Dragon's Dragon's basic attack. Use this to gain the bonus attack speed from Shroud of Darkness' Shroud of Darkness' passive to attack faster.
Playing Against Nocturne Nocturne
  • Stay close to your allies when Paranoia Paranoia is cast - there is strength in numbers!
  • Nocturne's Nocturne's Unspeakable Horror Unspeakable Horror is broken with range, so try to save your movement abilities for when he casts it.

Tricks

Ability Usage
  • Umbra Blades Umbra Blades allows Nocturne Nocturne to jungle well. Attack speed runes and his Shroud of Darkness Shroud of Darkness synergize well withUmbra Blades Umbra Blades since its cooldown is decreased with every autoattack landed.
  • Using Duskbringer Duskbringer is an effective way to chase or escape an enemy.
  • Be sure to hit your target with Duskbringer Duskbringer when you are ganking, as it will allow you to close distance and stay on your target more easily.
  • Stealthed champions hit by Duskbringer Duskbringer will leave a trail, allowing you to momentarily observe their movements despite their invisibility.
  • Duskbringer Duskbringer can be a good tool when attacking turrets. A well-aimed Duskbringer Duskbringer may not only damage oncoming minions, but also gives you the benefits of a Dusk Trail Dusk Trail, allowing you to do more damage to the turret. However, this tactic should be used with caution if an enemy champion is nearby, as hitting an enemy champion with Duskbringer Duskbringer will cause the turret's priority to change to you.  Also, aiming this skill away from the tower while trying to split push could give you a fast escape route while still giving you the bonus attack damage.
  • Unspeakable Horror Unspeakable Horror has great synergy with Duskbringer Duskbringer. You can either use the fear to ensure landing Duskbringer Duskbringer or vice versa.
  • Enemy champions closing on you might not see Unspeakable Horror Unspeakable Horror in time. Use this to your advantage.
  • Unspeakable Horror Unspeakable Horror allows you to win fights that you otherwise wouldn't because of its hard CC.
  • Save your Shroud of Darkness Shroud of Darkness if you don't require it. It can be essential for surviving ganks or ganking others.
    • A well timed Shroud of Darkness Shroud of Darkness can turn fights in your favor. Time it to avoid high damage abilities such as Requiem Requiem or hard CC.
  • Early and mid-game, Paranoia Paranoia is a great way to pounce on an overextended opponent for an easy kill. Late game it becomes a useful dash during teamfights ensuring that nobody escapes with low health.
    • Even if you aren't near the fight, don't be afraid to use Paranoia Paranoia to confuse and separate the other team.
    • Using it during a teamfight in the jungle is extra powerful because the enemies outside of brush completely lose sight inside of it due to a lack of shared sight. It can cause them to unknowingly split up in the confusion.
  • Nocturne Nocturne becomes more powerful with more map vision. His Paranoia Paranoia does not reveal the enemy champions, so you must have vision of them in order to dash to them. Because of this getting Wards and placing them around the map is highly recommended.
  • Nocturne's Nocturne's Paranoia Paranoia can only target enemies in the radius of Paranoia Paranoia and with sight. For this reason, Destiny Destiny synergizes well as it gives sight to all enemies, even invisible champions and ones in brush, allowing Nocturne Nocturne to be able to hit a target in the fog of war.
  • Nocturne Nocturne can use other skills such as Unspeakable Horror Unspeakable Horror while mid-dash with Paranoia Paranoia. Using Unspeakable Horror Unspeakable Horror while mid-dash will result in Nocturne starting the channel the instant he hits his opponent, resulting in a lesser risk of error and a smaller timing where the opponent can dash away.
Rune Usage
Item Usage
  • Nocturne Nocturne functions well as a mobile fighter or, more traditionally, a high survivability assassin. His prime statistics are armor penetration, attack damage, and health.
  • As with most physical damage-based champions, Youmuu's Ghostblade Youmuu's Ghostblade has great synergy with Nocturne Nocturne because of the armor penetration, cooldown reduction, and most notably the movement speed active.
  • Randuin's Omen Randuin's Omen will greatly assist Nocturne in surviving due to the Health, Armor, and critical strike damage reduction. Additionally, the Active will allow Nocturne Nocturne to stick onto anyone he targets.
  • Dead Man's Plate Dead Man's Plate is also useful due to the health, armor, as well as the movement speed while roaming and slow on the first AA. This synergizes strongly with Paranoia Paranoia to grant a slow upon reaching the target.
  • Nocturne Nocturne can certainly use on-hit effects, but does not necessarily require them. They can be very useful on him, though.
  • Nocturne Nocturne players should limit their choice of boots to a small range: Mercury's Treads Mercury's Treads, Ninja Tabi Ninja Tabi or Berserker's Greaves Berserker's Greaves with emphasis on Mercury's Treads Mercury's Treads and Ninja Tabi Ninja Tabi due to his squishy nature.
    • When going for a more assassin-based playstyle, another viable choice is Ionian Boots of Lucidity Ionian Boots of Lucidity. Despite being auto-attack based, Nocturne is still quite reliant on his abilities, both to survive and to cause damage.
  • Getting attack speed items can give Nocturne Nocturne enormous attack speed advantage over other champions since he naturally gains attack speed due to Shroud of Darkness Shroud of Darkness's passive.
  • Frozen Mallet Frozen Mallet grants a lot of health and a small amount of attack damage, increasing Nocturne's Nocturne's durability and damage output.
  • It is even better to choose The Black Cleaver The Black Cleaver, which grants less health in exchange of attack damage, armor reduction and cooldown reduction.
  • Maw of Malmortius Maw of Malmortius is a good choice if Nocturne Nocturne is facing enemies that use magic damage more often while Guardian Angel Guardian Angel is good when facing physical damage enemies.
  • Death's Dance Death's Dance function excellently with Nocturne's Nocturne's kits as it provides attack damage, cooldown reduction, healing on physical damage and burst resist.
  • Essence Reaver Essence Reaver seems to be the only item that is able to satisfy Nocturne's Nocturne's thirst for mana while also giving him a decent amount of attack damage.
    • Essence Flare has a great use when diving as it allows Nocturne Nocturne to regenerate mana on-hit.
    • However, this item is not recommended for an assassin Nocturne Nocturne since it is only good for on-hit builds.
  • Duskblade of Draktharr Duskblade of Draktharr and Edge of Night Edge of Night are good offensive items for an assassin playstyle.
    • Activating Paranoia Paranoia will trigger the effect of Nightstalker and therefore increases Nocturne's Nocturne's burst damage.
Countering
  • Although Nocturne Nocturne lane dominance is great because of his Umbra Blades Umbra Blades and Duskbringer Duskbringer, He is very squishy early game. Putting aggressive pressure on him will make him under-leveled or under-farmed.
    • Keep in mind however that he is resilient to zoning because of the spell shield from his Shroud of Darkness Shroud of Darkness.
  • Try to juke to avoid Duskbringer Duskbringer because this will increase Nocturne's Nocturne's movement speed if it hits you.
  • Breaking Unspeakable Horror's Unspeakable Horror's leash can be critical to your survival. It is his only form of crowd control.
  • If Shroud of Darkness Shroud of Darkness is being used, save your crowd control abilities for after it expires - or if you want to crowd control him faster, pop it with another ability. If he is chasing you, using a crowd control ability with a long cast time (e.g. Cho'Gath's Cho'Gath's Rupture Rupture) will be counterproductive as he will use his Shroud of Darkness to block the attack and greatly boost his attack speed. However, spamming low-cooldown spells will deal enough damage to Nocturne to render his shield useless.
  • Always remember, Nocturne Nocturne cannot target you with his ult if he can't see you. If you lose your vision, due to the effects of Paranoia Paranoia, try quickly hiding in the brush or stealthing to prevent his dash to you. Another alternative is to use Quicksilver Sash or Cleanse, which will remove the sight debuff while his ultimate is active.
    • Also, while under the effects of Paranoia Paranoia, you and your teammates can still see each other's map pings.
  • Try to stay close with your allies when Nocturne Nocturne uses his Paranoia Paranoia so you and your allies are prepared to fight him.
  • Never overextend when chasing Nocturne Nocturne. If you are also low on health and is attacked by turret, he will activate his Paranoia Paranoia and dash to you. This can result in your death.
  • If you are playing as Nocturne Nocturne and the enemy team also has a Nocturne Nocturne, using Paranoia Paranoia immediately as the opposing Nocturne does effectively makes his dash impossible, unless he is right on top of his target. Keep in mind that this tactic clearly costs you a chance to use your ult, but timing this technique can save a player near death.

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