Talon Build Guide by FU CKEN MONSTAH
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Introduction to Talon
Talon is a melee, burst-damage assassin. He specialises in picking off the enemy one-by-one. Talon is one of the funnest champions to play, and when played correctly, is one of the deadliest champions in the game.
Talon-The Blade's Shadow
Talon's earliest memories are the darkness of Noxus' underground passages and the reassuring steel of a blade. He remembers no family, warmth, or kindness. Instead, the clink of stolen gold and the security of a wall at his back are all the kinship he has ever craved. Kept alive only by his quick wits and deft thievery, Talon scraped out a living in the seedy underbelly of Noxus. His mastery of the blade quickly marked him as a threat, and Noxian guilds sent assassins to him with a demand: join their ranks or be killed. He left the bodies of his pursuers dumped in Noxus' moat as his response.
The assassination attempts grew increasingly dangerous until one assailant met Talon blade-for-blade in a match of strength. To his surprise, Talon was disarmed and facing down his executioner's sword when the assassin revealed himself to be General Du Couteau. The General offered Talon the choice between death at his hand, or life as an agent of the Noxian High Command. Talon chose life, on the condition that his service was to Du Couteau alone, for the only type of orders he could respect were from one he could not defeat. Talon remained in the shadows, carrying out secret missions on Du Couteau's orders that took him from the frigid lands of Freljord to the inner sanctums of Bandle City. When the general vanished, Talon considered reclaiming his freedom, but he had gained immense respect for Du Couteau after years in his service. He became obsessed with tracking down the general's whereabouts. Talon's suspicions led him to the doors of the Institute of War, where he joined the League of Legends in order to find those responsible for Du Couteau's disappearance.
''The three deadliest blademasters in all of Valoran are bound to the house of Du Couteau: my father, myself, and Talon. Challenge us, if you dare.'' - Katarina Du Couteau
Flash - A must take on any assassin.
Exhaust - An all-round good spell to take, helps your team out in fights and can often save yourself and allies.
Only other viable spells:
Ignite - A useful spell, but loses it's effectiveness late game, take this instead of Exhaust if you want a higher damage output early-game.
Ghost - Gives you INSANE movement speed late-game, but I don't really see the point in taking this spell.
Cleanse - When CC'ed, Talon becomes a very easy and quick target to kill, take this if your opponents team has heavy CC, such as Alistar
Any other spells are a waste on Talon in my eyes.
I use these runes for the following reasons:
Greater Mark of Desolation-A must have for all Attack Damage champions in my opinion.
-Talon is a very squishy champion, using these seals can give you a great advantage over other assassins in that you will be able to take a lot more damage in team fights before having to retreat.
-The extra Cooldown Reduction on your abilities will let you unleash your insane burst damage a lot more.
Greater Quintessence of Desolation-To give your attacks the extra 'oomph' they deserve, great for taking down armour stacking tanks such as Shen
This item set-up turns Talon GOD-MODE late game, he is unstoppable.
Boots of Swiftness-In my opinion these boots give Talon the greatest advantage. Who needs Berserker's Greaves when you can chase almost any enemy down and proceed to slow them with your Frozen Mallet.
Youmuu's Ghostblade-A good item to get in mid-game, but loses it's significance when a game drags on, should be swapped for Trinity Force to complete build.
Frozen Mallet-Your most important item. Allows Talon a 100% chance of proc'ing his own passive, this item will increase your damage output greatly. Also with your end-game movement speed close to 500, this baby will not allow anyone to escape your blade.
The Bloodthirster-A good item for Talon. When farmed up, ahs a great Attack Damage boost, and also gives you the lifesteal you need to ruin teams constantly in fights.
Phantom Dancer-Awesome item on any Attack Damage champion. These combined with your Boots of Swiftness will put you at an incredible movement speed, and get you crit'ing like never before.
Infinity Edge-Add insult to injury with this item. Just when the enemy team thought you couldn't get any stronger, you pull out this bad-boy. Combined with Phantom Dancer you will crit like no other.
Trinity Force-When the game as dragged on long enough, sell your Youmuu's Ghostblade and grab one of these. This item will allow you to burst down the sturdiest of opponents, a really under-rated item on Talon.
Knowing when or when not to Cutthroat in for a kill is what separates the good Talon's from the bad.
In team fights, stand behind your tanks or to the side of the fight.
First, pop your Shadow Assault and then Cutthroat onto the enemy carry.
Use Noxian Diplomacy and follow up with a Rake if you need to. Bye-bye carry.
By this time you should have Shadow Assault back. Repeat what you have just done, taking down enemies in order of which ones die faster, but remember-IF YOUR TEAM IS FOCUSING AN OPPONENT, HELP THEM-DO NOT TRY BEING A HERO.
Pros / Cons
-Very powerful burst damage
-Hard to target when using Cutthroat correctly.
-Decimates opponents if they get caught off-gaurd.
-Cannot carry a team.
Talon is hands-down the funnest champion I have played. His ability to work well with a good team and win team fights is unbelievable.
If you want to have fun, while destroying enemy teams then play Talon.
Your Opponents won't know what is happening when they are killed faster than they can blink.