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Nocturne Build Guide by NZnicholas

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League of Legends Build Guide Author NZnicholas

The dark descent at Top

NZnicholas Last updated on April 1, 2013
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Ability Sequence

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Ability Key Q
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Ability Key W
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Ability Key E
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Ability Key R





Not Updated For Current Season

The masteries shown here are not yet updated for the current season, the guide author needs to set up the new masteries. As such, they will be different than the masteries you see in-game.



Masteries

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1/
Executioner
 
 

Offense: 21

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Honor Guard
 
 

Defense: 9

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pickpocket
Intelligence
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nimble
 
 

Utility: 0


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Welcome to arhnzaii's Nocturne's simple guide

嗨!
こんにちはKonnichiwa!
Hiii!
안녕!annyeong!,

W

elcome to my 's Guide for Top lane.


Have you meet Nocturne laning at top?I guess it's quite rare for Nocturne to take top because of it's lane control. But I found it myself that he can and even can go for ranked plays.
Nocturne is good at countering burst champions like Darius/ Kayle/ Jayce and many more common top laner.
Sorry for my bad grammar&weak explaination and have fun reading. Cx

LIFESTEAL FOR THE DARKNESSS!

Nocturne match history just made recently.


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Masteries - What to take and what to don't take?

Nocturne's masteries is very easy&common, 21:9:0

Masteries
4/5
4/1
3/1
1/1
2/5
2/5
1/1
3/
1/
1/5
4/1
3/1
1/1
Focusing on Attack Speed bonus, damages and armor penetration and some hp and armor of course. :3


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Runes - What you need? Why do you need it?

Runes

Greater Mark of Lethality
9

Greater Seal of Armor
9

Greater Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist
9

Greater Quintessence of Lethality
3
Greater Quintessence of Armor Penetration

You get armor penetration for greater damage output and if your top oppoment don't get armor runes, you dealt Pure+EXTRA damage if their armor is very low.(I prefer Armor Penetration runes because Nocturne have In-Built AD runes([nocturne]'s[Duskbringer])
Greater Mark of Armor Penetration

You will take armor penetration runes for all offense purpose.


Most top laner are stacking AD and mostly AD Champion, get flat armor for early protection, you can get "Seal of Scaling Armor" If you wanna play late game.


Take it for late game teamfights/AP Top; You can replace with armor runes but you are very vulnerable to AP skills.


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Skill Sequence - Take a good look of this one if you are not familiar with

Ability Sequence
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Duskbringer= Gives bonus AD. Also boost you alot of movements speed but only if you are inside the range and aoe of Duskbringer!
Paranoia= You dealt more damage from Duskbringer!
Shroud of Darkness= Block CCs skill. Like stun,slow,airbond,silence,etc! This is your main defensive skill also an offensive skill(Only if you blocked a skill so you get double bonus of your passive attack speed from Shroud of Darkness!)
Unspeakable Horror= Your only CC skill, Fearrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!
    Get
Unspeakable Horror at lvl 2 for an early gank.

Shroud of Darkness's passive is very useful as it gives bonus AS and DOUBLE passive when you block a skill with W.

Unspeakable Horror only add 0.25 bonus second per level, that is the reason you don't have to focus on Unspeakable Horror first.

Take good use of Shroud of Darkness, it may save your life(Karthus's Requiemwhen your hp low etc.) or even turn a fight for you.

The Shroud of Darkness only have 1.5seconds of duration. Don't use it too late or too early.

Sometimes you can use Paranoia to escape from a gank. e.g. You were ganked by 4 and there is 1 at other side.

Paranoia block enemies from viewing allies and reduce their sight to 400 range.(It's very useful for helping teammates, Steal Dragon, Baron or even buffs, invade and more!

***Nocturne's lvl 1 Paranoia range is very short for a smooth gank, so most likely you start roam around when you have lvl 2 Paranoia.


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Spells - What summoner spells should I take?

For Summoner Spells you will need these:
* Flash For escaping and chasing power
* Exhaust Depends on your play style, if enemy most likely depend on brawling. (Ignite is viable.)
For some other choices(Depends on your personal play style):

Can be countered with Ignite
Paranormal Activities.
For jungle.
Just that little bit of burning to finish them off(You can save your Paranoia for last hit so you don't need Ignite).

You don't need these:
You have Shroud of Darkness
No
No
No No No


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Items - What you require? What to buy?

    *Someone might ask if
The Black Cleaver/ Ravenous Hydra is good for him? Yes it is but still prefer lifestealling and higher damage for critical hit!
    *You can upgrade into
Phantom Dancer first instead of buying another The Bloodthirster
    *Depends on the situation, sometimes you will have to go
Frozen Mallet/ Warmog's Armor first for more HP capacity.
    *You can trade a
The Bloodthirster with Randuin's Omen if needed.(Enemy has too many AS/for your Team combo!)
    *Remember you can trade
Guardian Angel with a The Bloodthirster if needed. Even a Frozen Heartis good for him sometimes.
    *Upgrade to tier-3 boots when its time, e.g. after you bought core item or when you need more chasing power.
    *You gain a total of 36% lifesteal at 0 stacks, 54% lifesteal at 3
The Bloodthirster with full stacks!!!
    *
Also if your support buught a Zeke's Herald, you got 10% bonus lifesteal! In total YOU HAVE 64% Lifesteal!!!


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Farming - How to farm with this champion?

Oh no farm with Nocturne at top?! You can say that Nocturne is not a good top laner, but keep in mind that its not a Perfect top laner, it still means its viable for Nocturne to take top lane.
Nocturne's passive is bad for maintaining the lane as Umbra Blades deals damage in AOE but he is very easy to farm with. But no worries you can Push as much as you wanted cause you have early game power.
*But remember to ward the deadly river and bushesss.


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Pros / Cons

Pros

+ DuskbringerGives bonus damage output even late game.
+ Shroud of DarknessFree block spells even lower cd than Banshee's Veil and with bonus attack speed.
+High Attack Speed.
+Agility(Easy to catch mobile enemy that have Blink skills/ Flash.)
+1v1 = Profit



Cons
-Weak if item was builded in wrong way.
-Easy to get ganked.(Umbra blades pushes alot!)
-Lack of CCs.
-Can be countered with Armor but no problem.(That's why my guide purpose is lifesteal to win)
-Meele Champion


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Unique Skills - Some combo technique I learnt myself

Remember that Nocturne's passive deals 120% damage to enemy around him.
This is how I burst enemy down in lane.
Duskbringer> Paranoia> Shroud of Darkness> Unspeakable Horror

*You must stay inside the Duskbringer's range to get bonus AD