Talon Build Guide by CRBrownBeast
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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
Pros / Cons
*Great damage output
*Awesome farmer and pusher
*Ultimate is good for easy escapes
*Can lane against most champs with ease.
*Typically constant focus in team fights
*Mana resources drain quick depending on how you use them
*Easy to have a bad start
Armor Pen - Talon is a strictly AD hero, so having the upper advantage on heavy heroes with Armor Penetration is key to having a great start.
Magic Resist and Armor Runes - Talon is a VERY squishy hero, having the bonus armor and magic resist is very important especially while laning against ranged AD or AP heroes. I can not stress enough how important these runes are. Being focused early game without them can end horribly.
Flash, in my opinion is very good on Talon, sense you are usually focused in team fights and you wont have the health escape without Flash. I also find flash VERY useful with your ultimate. After popping the first toggle, most people run out of the blades, flashing to their front and toggling again is awesome for max damage.
Exhaust is also great on Talon, since you won't have any other speed buffs on your own, exhaust can come in handy quite often while running away from an enemy or chasing them down. (Reason for Mastery point)
Late game, Talon has easy farm capabilities. Having rank 3 ultimate, which is also a very low cooldown, is amazing for farming minions. I've had game with 300+ creep kills. Rake is also an amazing spell for creep farmage. At level 9 - 10, if you have had a good start, getting a Vampiric Scepter is nice if you need Blue or Red buff, as well as easy kills on Dragon early game, giving your team a gold advantage.
Daran's Blade - Since Talon is a very squishy hero, having the bonus +100 health is nice. Its a great starting item but once you have Black Cleaver, you can sell it.
Berserker's Greaves - The recommended boots for Talon are Merc Treads, since the Tenacity is a nice touch, but the bonus Attack Speed from Greaves, is great early game.
Phage - early game, rushing Frozen Mallet is never a great idea, the slow from Phage is just enough to keep your enemy close and not blow 2k gold that you can keep for other items.
Black Cleaver - Getting the BF Sword first off the Black Cleaver is your best bet, since you'll need that extra damage instead of the Attack Speed boost. Black cleaver is a very nice item on Talon, especially going against very heavy armored teams.
Frozen Mallet - Mid game, the enemy team will start focusing you, because of your damage output, the bonus health on Frozen Mallet is a nice touch for any assassin.
Ghostblade - Having Ghostblade is an awesome choice, i typically use it for 1 v 1 fights and tower pushes. + The bonus armor pen is very useful.
Infinity Edge - having bonus critical damage is great, it goes perfect with your Black Cleaver. If your target has made it past 3 normal swings with Black Cleaver, he better run. Crits with Infinity Edge + Cleaver combo, can and will be VERY deadly, even on those pesky tanks.
Last but not least, BloodThirster, Late game you'll still be low health, going against heavy armored heroes may be a pain. With the Life Steal bonus and damage, you'll be healing for more than they can be put out.
Item Switch Ups
Not always following the item build will save you. Many times once you've bought your first BF, you may still not be able to kill enemies as well as you'd like. Switching up Black Cleaver and Bloodthirsters is something that may be needed. Also, having the bonus life steal makes it easy for you to free farm Dragon at low levels.
If you're going against a extremely CC heavy team, dropping Infinity Edge never hurts. Picking up some tank items like Quicksilver Sash, is a great idea.