Nocturne Build Guide by NZnicholas
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Top Lane Built
Optional Defense Item
Core Offense Item
Core Defensive Item
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Welcome to arhnzaii's Nocturne's simple guide
Welcome 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.
Masteries - What to take and what to don't take?
Nocturne's masteries is very easy&common, 21:9:0
Runes - What you need? Why do you need it?
Greater Mark of Lethality
Greater Seal of Armor
Greater Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist
Greater Quintessence of Lethality
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.
Skill Sequence - Take a good look of this one if you are not familiar withDuskbringer= 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!!!
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.
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):
Items - What you require? What to buy?
*Someone might ask if
*You can upgrade into
*Depends on the situation, sometimes you will have to go
*You can trade a
*Remember you can trade
*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
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.
Pros / Cons
+ 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
-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)
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