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Nocturne Build Guide by PsiGuard

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League of Legends Build Guide Author PsiGuard

Haunt the Jungle

PsiGuard Last updated on March 21, 2017
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KAYLUM | March 28, 2017 4:07am
how about nocturn vs shyvana match up?
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Vapora Dark (476) | March 28, 2017 4:27am
how 'bout dah
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Zetsumeitoho (1) | March 3, 2017 12:17pm
This is such a well done guide, I'm amazed! I recently started playing again after about a 2 year hiatus and am so surprised on how much has changed, but what hasn't changed is my desire to jungle with Nocturne! Can you recommend a good starting point or some helpful hints to ease my way back into jungling?
Again, fantastic guide!
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PsiGuard (898) | March 3, 2017 3:18pm
Thanks for the kind words.

The practice tool was recently released on the beta client, so that would be a good place to start. You can find it under Play -> Training. Try out a few jungle routes with whatever your rune + mastery setup is going to be and get a feel for how your first clear will play out.

Also be sure to check out the Plants chapter of this guide. Plants are pretty new, so you should make sure you know what they look like and what they do.

There's no substitute for experience though, so you'll just have to get back into it and make some mistakes! :) Try and constantly evaluate what the best course of action is. If you're behind on XP and you have camps up, farm them. If you see overextended laners or easy dive opportunities, ward against counter ganks and capitalize. If you see the jungler somewhere on the map, gank a lane or invade his jungle to take his camps and get vision down. If you're strong, try and get a kill or two and take an objective like a tower or dragon afterwards.

That's all I can think of for quick advice. If you want more detail you'll just have to read the guide. XD
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PsiGuard (898) | February 23, 2017 1:46pm
Shifted some items around and brought Duskblade of Draktharr and Maw of Malmortius back to the cheatsheet. Deleted Poacher's Dirk from Niche Items since I literally never build it.

Also updated some item descriptions and fixed a few errors in the guide. Enjoy. :)
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Abyss85 | February 21, 2017 12:13pm
I have a question about lethality. Does the lethality from multiple items stack? It says unique passive so I would think not, however I see many guides and pro players using them.
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PsiGuard (898) | February 21, 2017 1:07pm
You can stick different items (like Edge of Night + Youmuu's Ghostblade), but you can't stack the same item and still get the lethality ( Edge of Night + Edge of Night).

Lethality and armor penetration are really strong when stacked so it's usually a good idea to get multiple (different) penetration items. :)
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BananaMuncher | February 18, 2017 2:14am
Just wanted to mention that on the jungle route section, on red start, there's a picture of the gromp where it says blue. Really enjoyed your guide, helped me a lot <3
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PsiGuard (898) | February 18, 2017 3:59pm
Thanks for pointing it out. I need to update that section anyway. Coming Soon™. :)

Edit: Fixed.
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nabsha | January 31, 2017 5:34am
Hello,i have just been trying nocturne lately i am very interested in this champ!I want to know which camp should i take first blue or red and should i buy Skirmisher's Sabre or stalkers blade?
btw Nice guide! helped me allot
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PsiGuard (898) | January 31, 2017 3:44pm
I recommend Skirmisher's Sabre. You can start at either camp. If you have vision of where the enemy jungler is starting, you can start on the same side as them to prevent them from stealing your buff. If your opponent is a slower jungler like Warwick, you can also choose to start opposite to them and steal their other buff after you clear yours.
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Oshinobu | January 24, 2017 9:41am
Hello, i love ur guide, has many details and it's easy to understand, but i have a question:
On both choices Blue/Red start, on which camps do u use the Smite?
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PsiGuard (898) | January 24, 2017 2:02pm
Depending on how good your leash is, the first or second camp. You don't need to be super specific about when you smite because Riot removed the bonuses you get from smiting different monsters. Just use Smite once you need the health, preferably on single-target camps like Blue, Gromp and Red buff.

Once you get your Skirmisher's Sabre, try and use Smite only when you need HP or need to secure something (like dragon or if your red buff is contested or something). The fewer smites you use on monsters, the more you'll have for combat. I generally don't Smite just for clear speed once I have skirmisher's.

Hope that helped! Thanks for the question (and compliment). :)
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PsiGuard (898) | January 19, 2017 5:00pm
Updated runes and masteries and tweaked items a bit. Also added a short paragraph to the ability sequence chapter about maxing W second.
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GodLord (20) | January 12, 2017 8:17pm
great guide
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Lasoor (6) | January 9, 2017 9:46am
I normally use Bloodrazor and focus on building life steal instead of going the burst assassin route. I've tried both and I feel with Bloodrazor I kill more people because I die far less and am able to stay in the fight longer. With Bloodrazor I end up getting scores like 20 kills, 1 death, and around 10 assists. I feel your build is probably more true to Nocturne's purpose though and a little different than the Warrior build I tried so I will be trying it out soon.

Last I checked I had an 85% win rate with Bloodrazor Nocturne and it is also my second favorite champion to choose when I want easy wins.

Great guide by the way, very detailed and organized.
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PsiGuard (898) | January 9, 2017 1:09pm
The bloodrazor build is still fairly popular in NA and it works okay. I haven't had much success with it since Devourer was removed, so I switched to a heavier burst build. If you find it works better for you, just do that as long as it's working.

Thanks for the compliment! I'm glad you like the guide.
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Lasoor (6) | January 9, 2017 1:19pm
I think the Bloodrazor build works best with me because I'm best at auto attack fighter champs and they normally go for attack speed and life steal.
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xKodan | January 2, 2017 4:14pm

Started playing Noct after reading this guide, very helpful. I have a lot of room for improvement, but I'm climbing and having fun! So thank you for this guide!
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PsiGuard (898) | January 3, 2017 1:04pm
That's great to hear, thank you for commenting! Dying a lot as you're learning isn't too bad. Every time you make a mistake, you'll get some more knowledge about which situations you can fight in and which ones you can't. ^_^
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AFKDYR Sibitrix (8) | January 2, 2017 8:33am
Hey PsiGuard and other Nocturne players here! I see youre missing Udyr in the matchup section! Would be grateful to hear your opinion about the Matchup, im collecting opinions about different Udyr matchups for my guide. In my opinion Nocturne is pretty strong against Udyr, but i rarely played against him this season.
Thanks in advance! :-)
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PsiGuard (898) | January 2, 2017 3:12pm
I try to focus on matchups that I have more experience with. I haven't seen more than a couple Udyrs in the last year, so any ideas I have about that matchup would be outdated by this point.

Like most jungle matchups, I think whoever gets ahead can win it. I know a lot of Udyr's build stuff like Dead Man's Plate and Zz'Rot Portal, so eventually he becomes unkillable. I usually just am careful about which fights I pick early and then try to outpace him by ganking with ult.

The Udyrs who'd beat me just got a ton of early ganks off and got their tanky items faster than I got my dmg. I don't think Udyr's too scary unless he's ahead.
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AFKDYR Sibitrix (8) | January 2, 2017 4:56pm
Thanks for your Opinion, for me as Udyr main Nocturne is probably one of the hardest matchups, since he will be able to 1v1 me lategame (I think it is possible for Nocturne to kill Udyr since he has some anti tank items like Blade of the Ruined King or even The Black Cleaver, he has strong level 6 ganks, is hard to chase and its risky to splitpush lategame against Nocturne because of the high pick potential.
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