Nocturne Build Guide by Houtje
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WARNING: These masteries are still using the old tree and have not been updated to the new tree by the guide author. As such, they will be different than the masteries you see in-game.
This still isn't a full guide, but I will continue to change it in the future. Constructive Criticism won't hurt, so post a comment about what I need to improve!
As you probably already have noticed, it's about Nocturne, and how I play him on my account, being a Laner instead of a Jungler, and to show he can prove to be really useful in a lane. This being said, it will NOT cover any jungling tactics, apart from going into the jungle to get a buff, dragon or baron once in a while if you have no jungler.
Nocturne is a really balanced, but really strong champion in my opinion, plus he's my main, so I decided to write a guide about him.
Oh btw, you might want to read the whole guide before commenting, since I have some things to say about my runes, masteries, items etc.
Yes, that's right. Nocturne isn't a champion who can only be played in the jungle, he is really strong in a lane too.
First of all, due to his Umbra Blades, he can farm creeps very easily. Together with your Duskbringer, you can kill entire waves in 1 combo, making it easy to farm already at a really low level.
Furthermore, since Nocturne has a fear, Unspeakable Horror, he can prove to be really useful to his lane partner, if he has one, because your lanemate will very likely catch up with the fight if you fear your enemy, and the enemy will be dead in no time, wandering around while being scared.
Finally, if you tend to lose your kill due to the enemy running to the turret, you can simply jump in with Paranoia, get the kill and get out of there ASAP. While this is also true when you play as a jungler, in a lane fights will occur much more often and as a jungler you won't always be there in time.
My Runes are as follows:
Greater Quintessence of Attack Damage: I choose this over Armor Penetration, because in early game you will do more damage against creeps etc, who already have their armor so low that you are better off with pure damage.
Greater Seal of Replenishment: I find the mana regen very handy in begin game, and think it's really useful on any champion who has mana. Greater Seal of Armor could be proven useful too, though.
Greater Glyph of Cooldown Reduction: This allows you to just be in time to hit that extra Duskbringer, to be able to use your Ultimate a little faster since it's cooldown is so high, etcetera. The other viable option are Greater Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist, if you find yourself taking a lot of damage.
I take 21/0/9 as masteries for Nocturne. The only thing you might question is why i take Mana masteries in Utility, but you will see that it's very handy since you tend to run out of mana soon begin game. Furthermore,
is to pick up the early kills begin game with Ignite where Nocturne is at his weakest, and
is a must have for Flash.
will also help you a LOT if you are Summoner level 21+.
I recommend maxing the Offense tree first, with the exception of Summoner's Insight , which should be taken at Summoner level 12, due to the use of Flash. Then you can do as written in the guide.
I take Flash because Nocturne doesn't have a decent natural escape mechanism. However Duskbringer gives a MS bonus, Shroud of Darkness allows you to completely ignore a stun or something like that and Unspeakable Horror gives your the opportunity to lose a chaser, if the whole team is hunting you and you know that they will be able to eventually reach you, just flash over the wall and you're ok. Also, you can flash in to be able to barely land another Duskbringer for the kill.
Ignite is a really useful spell to have, because it helps you to get the early kills and because of it's true damage, it will prove as a useful damage skill the entire game.
Other Viable Options
Duskbringer while zoning an enemy champion at a tower. Also, since Nocturne is one of the best 1v1'ers anyway, he won't need Exhaust as much as he needs Ignite in other situations. If you pick this, make sure you target the most damaging champion in a team fight, since it will really help your team out a lot!
Flash at the right time, I surely would recommend that though.
Umbra Blades: This is a really good passive. Combined with Duskbringer, you can take down entire minion waves in a few seconds, because of its AOE damage.
Duskbringer: Basically your bread and butter skill. It gives you the extra damage amd movement speed to quickly take your enemies down. I max this first. Make sure you hit the enemy to let them leave a trail, because if not, you won't be able to chase that easy or deal as much damage as possible.
Shroud of Darkness: The passive, an attack speed boost, synchronizes extremely well with Duskbringer, while the active, a completely negating 1-time spell shield, helps you to continue the killing by just negating things like Morgana's Dark Binding or Lux' Light Binding.
Unspeakable Horror: Causes you to fear enemies after a few seconds, and smash 'em to death. Always use this when you're going in for the kill.
Paranoia: A really great initiator. Use this when a teamfight is about to happen to distract everyone and lock their sight, use it to gank, to chase someone who flashes out of your range, the possibilities are unlimited!
After that I get my boots, Berserker's Greaves, because they are about the only viable option for boots on Nocturne and are awesome for the passive, and helps you get early kills in because you are now able to chase decently.
B. F. Sword is the next thing you should want to get. I found it very helpful in begin game, and although it is very expensive for that time of the game, if you have the patience to get it, you should really go for it, because the damage adds about 40% of your attack damage at that time.
Core Build + Mid/Lategame
Once you have collected a little money, go back and get your Zeal. If the game has been going well, you should have it around level 11. This is also the time that you're able to solo Dragon , so if there is no jungler around, you should try to kill it before the enemy team kills it. Of course, finish the Phantom Dancer ASAP.
Congratulations! You have now become a mid-game killing machine! (I hope... :3) I find that after builing my PD, almost nobody is able to stop Nocturne due to the R-Q-E combo, because it deals tons of damage to everyone who wasn't smart enough to build Armor.
You should now rush your Infinity Edge, because it helps you to a whopping 55% total critical strike chance, increases your damage by a lot, and makes your crits way more painful! When you have finished this, your core build is done, and even in a situation where the game is not going too well, you can tear almost every champion apart, at least in a 1v1. In a teamfight, you should just focus the squishies to regain as much health as possible to stay alive and deal tons of damage.
Item 5 and 6
The Black Cleaver is a more viable option, but the % armor reduction makes you want it against multiple enemies with 100-150+ armor.
The Black Cleaver give you a lot of effects, you can also get a second Dancer if you don't need the Armor Penetration due to a very squishy enemy team, and in that case it also surpasses Youmuu's Ghostblade, because it also has AS and the MS buff, plus it gives more crit chance which synergizes very well with your Infinity Edge.
Nocturne with this build and Combatjack1's comment, I decided to put this here. If you do not know about this combination, the Atma's gives AD equivalent to a percentage of your health, and Warmog's is an item solely focused on getting Health. This combination can be used to make Nocturne more tanky, but without losing too much of his awesome killing potential. The reason why I don't include this into my main build is because I believe Nocturne is more effective with more DPS, to melt down your enemies even quicker. If you do not choose this, you will deal unbelievable damage, steal 20% of it to add it to your health, and you will survive anyhow. But, if you have trouble regarding Nocturne's squishyness, I would really recommend these 2 items as a combination regarding item 5 and 6, or even earlier, but you need to know what you're doing, because you are differing from the core build used in this guide. Frozen Mallet is a more offensive replacement for Warmog's, and it has a nice slow, so you could use it if the game is more in your favour.
Oracle's Elixir earlier in the game with enemies like Twitch and Evelynn.
Thanks for reading my guide! I'm still working on it, but I would appreciate a vote, whether it's a upvote or downvote, and a comment to be able to improve my guide! Games using this build are also posted here, if you can send me the link via PM. Hope it helped!
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