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Talon Build Guide by Eoba



By Eoba | Updated on November 13, 2019
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Runes: Best Talon Runes

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Sudden Impact
Eyeball Collection
Relentless Hunter


+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+15-90 HP (lvls 1-18)


LoL Summoner Spell: Flash


LoL Summoner Spell: Ignite


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Hello! My name is Eric, aka Eoba. This is my first guide on Talon which will have improvements for each patch update. My goal with this guide is to help you climb and become a better Talon player. If you've any questions, feel free to ask in discussions. I played talon since Season 5, reaching masters/challenger on multiple accounts. In season 8, I made Top 100 Challenger with a 66% winrate on Talon and an overall winrate of 63%.

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Is really good because it gives the most damage from early to late game. A simple Q W Auto can easily proc electrocute which makes it optimal for setting up kills. was good initially, however in order to become better than electrocute, you'd need a stack every minute at least for its damage to equal to electrocute.

Despite the lethality nerfs, still the best path for talon because it gives lethality every time he uses Q.

This gives talon the most AD and synergizes very well with dusk blade because killing wards allows him to get more stacks.

Take relentless hunter rather than ultimate hunter because I find that the movement speed for roaming benefits me more than a short ultimate cooldown. Use your ultimate wisely, it's not meant to be spammed.

This is an absolute must on Talon because of the new scuttle meta which helps you gain mms and AD when contesting for scuttles with your jgler. In addition, this benefits Talon mid roams because of the top and bottom river that gives movement speed.

This rune can also be swapped with nullying orb against heavy AP teams. Talon stays above 70% hp which makes absolute focus perfect for him because he's always initiating on the squishies.

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Flash is an essential summoner spell for talon. It helps him intiate, escape, or re position in fights.
Ignite helps talon get early kills with its true damage. For certain matchups like akali, ignite also applies grievous wounds which reduce healing.
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Starting Items

Item Sequence

Long Sword 350
Refillable Potion 150
Doran's Shield 450
Corrupting Potion 500
Long Sword Refillable Potion against squishies like or with no armor early game.
Doran's Shield against heavy poke like and to help sustain.
Corrupting Potion ONLY buy this if they are TANKY or running BONEPLATING as their rune page.

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Item Sequence

Tiamat 1325
Control Ward 75
Boots of Speed 300
Tiamat best item to rush as you can clear waves with W and the active of tiamat
Control Ward always buy a control ward to prevent ganks, to see movement of the mid laner, and to see jgler's position.
Boots of Speed will help avoiding poke champs like as you are csing.

Core Items

Item Sequence

Tiamat 1325
Duskblade of Draktharr 2900
Boots of Mobility 900
Youmuu's Ghostblade 2900
Tiamat helps wave clear minion waves & jgler camps
Duskblade of Draktharr helps clear wards, helps provide lethality and cdr, and has true damage.
Boots of Mobility gives the most movement speed for talon to roam, but slows Talon's movement speed when hit by abilities.
Youmuu's Ghostblade used to gap close to enemies and used to escape ganks.

Standard Full Build

Item Sequence

Boots of Mobility 900
Youmuu's Ghostblade 2900
Duskblade of Draktharr 2900
Mortal Reminder 2800
Guardian Angel 2800
Edge of Night 3000
Boots of Mobility Youmuu's Ghostblade Duskblade of Draktharr Mortal Reminder Guardian Angel Edge of Night

Sell the mobis for either tabis or mercs by late game since you are done split pushing, as well as the tiamat to complete your build with either a GA or Edge of Night.

This build basically is the essential kit for Talon. The boots of mobility to get as much movement speed for talon to position himself in teamfights. The youmuu's for initiating pursuit. The duskblade for lethality & vision control. The mortal reminder to reduce healing, as well as ignoring armor. The Guardian Angel to revive in teamfights for you to cleanup afterwards. Finally, the Edge of Night, which could also be replaced by Mercurial Scimitar, an item that ignores the first heavy cc used on you like .
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dashes to the enemy, last hits minions, but most importantly CRITS when using it melee. You always want to stand still and use Q to make sure that it crits. You can also use this to last hit a minion and to get closer to the enemy as it refunds 50% of its CDR and follow up with Rake. Knockbacks like and can put Q on cooldown. During laning phase, I engage with Noxian Diplomacy to a low health minion(refunds 50% cdr when it kills), followed by a Rake to apply two stacks, autoattack, then Noxian Diplomacy, followed by another auto attack to proc Blade's End.

always use this skill to wave clear minions. Constantly push lane to the mid laner so that they lose cs, so that you can roam as it's shoved. As the Rake comes out and returns, it applies two stacks, followed up by a Noxian Diplomacy and an auto attack procs Blade's End(Talon's main combo for harassing in lane).
Engage or Disengage. Remember that the walls have cooldowns so that you can't constantly Assassin's Path over the same wall. A good talon will use Assassin's Path to position themselves in teamfights. Your base movement speed affects the speed of jumping over walls, so slows can stop you from jumping over the wall. Another tip is that Assassin's Path can leap over Crystallize, Pillar of Ice, Weaver's Wall and recently updated Emperor's Divide.
I use this skill to gap close to enemies or disengage from ganks. If there is a who's about use Dragon's Rage, use Shadow Assault before he uses Dragon's Rage so that Shadow Assault invisibility cancels Dragon's Rage. When engaging, use Shadow Assault as it gives movement speed and then collapse Talon's blades with Rake Noxian Diplomacy to follow up. My favourite combo on Talon is Shadow Assault, Rake, Noxian Diplomacy, autoattack.
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How To First Blood

#1 - Cast W to hit all the minion waves

#2 - Kill the 7th minion and level up your Q

#3 - Q Auto the enemy champion once you've landed 2 stacks of rake on them

BIGGEST TIP FOR LANDING Rake & Passive during laning phase

STEP 1= Noxian Diplomacy into a low health minion
STEP 2= Cast Rake
STEP 3 IF BOTH W's Land= Flash Q auto to proc Blade's End
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Goals Mid Game

#1 - Split Push to attract enemies to come to you

#2 - Make Picks On Enemy Team, especially before objectives like dragons

#3 - Get Turrets for global gold
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Assasssepain's Path Roams To Avoid Scuttle Vision

x= scuttle , y= enemy extended y2= enemy under turret

Top Lane Roaming Path from blue side(swap y with y2 for red side)
Bot Lane Roaming Path from blue side(swap y with y2 for red side)
The Escape I Do When I Try To Escape risky dives or picks which is also a mirror reflection if it were the red side.
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In Teamfights

#1 - Use youmuus

#2 - E overwall to position beside squishy targets

#3 - W, R(land as many stacks of blade's end on champions)

#4 - Auto & crit q auto another champion to proc passive

One shotting adc or squishies from with R engage

#1 - Use R, youmuus, and edge of night

#2 - Position behind adc and W crit Q auto

Flower Combo

#1 - Use W & R

#2 - Cast long rage q and then auto to proc passive
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Laning Phase

- if you're against ranged champs like , just try your best to farm without taking harass. Work on avoiding skill shots while still csing. Your choice is to either TO KILL or TO BE PASSIVE.
What happens when you kill the midlaner? One thing is that they stack armor, this helps champions like or because the enemy team will be like "Eoba is fed" let's stack armor. Then mid game comes, the armor isn't going to help them in fights because of the hybrids of mixed ad & ap damage on your team. As I've mentioned earlier, being aggressive in lane makes the jgler come to your lane, therefore reducing gank pressure on the side lanes. So its a WIN WIN situation if you can succesfully win your lane!

What happens when you play passive? playing passive keeps pressure on the mid laner because you are constantly shoving the lane. For example, will have to decide whether or not to use Destiny(costing him cs) or to stay in lane.

Mid Game

- Outroam the mid laner. Help your fellow teammates by ganking their lane. If they take the kill, IGNORE THEIR FLAME and take their cs. You left lane to help someone else's lane, the least they could do is return the favor; think of it as equality: "I give you give."

Late Game

- Most crucial part of the game. End it. Don't bring the game any further. Any Talon main will understand that the late game has a higher chance of losing: longer death timers, baron throws, and the occasional "a summoner has disconnected". Your goal as talon is to make picks. An adc is splitting bot lane...KILL EM. A top lane is splitting top with his team at bot side...ANNIHILATE EM. Basically, make it easier for your team, a 4 vs 5, or perhaps if you can 1 vs 2, a 3 vs 5 will make it easier to team fight.
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Step 1: Beat your lane

Talon is responsible for 50% of first bloods. Refer to my Laning phase and how to get first blood. Set up your wave so that as your 2nd wave kills the 7th minion you can then level up your q to follow up with a Q auto.

Didn't kill your lane? Thats ok! Farm till your back is as efficient as possible! If you started with a longsword(big advantage if you do so in hard matchups). At 850 gold you can easily back and get an early tiamat. With tiamat, you can easily clear waves and contest scuttle with your water walking(bonus ad/mms in river). You then look to buy that early mobis & control wards to roam either top or bot side.

Roaming with talon is easy. When should you roam? Roam when theres a cannon minion wave, when enemy recalls, or when enemy is dead. A Tiamat, W, and melee crit q(standing still) clears wave fast.

Eoba I can't kill my lane. You're playing talon. Despite playing thousands of talon games, I still do make this easy mistake of NOT roaming vs hard matchups. If it's a losing matchup, push the waves and hover top/bot river so that you can immediately rotate top/bot if theres a skirmish. Remember that as you kill the last few minions to back off as it gives vision on which direction you are roaming. Smart mid laners as the elo gets higher tend to put trinkets near your mid turret. Mid turret wards can be fixed with rushing duskblade.

Step 2: Pressure

Talon should ALWAYS split push. He is one of the best mid laners for clearing waves and you should exploit it -riot pls don't nerf his rake anymore <3. Judgement is the biggest difference between Diamond and Masters. Press Tab. How well can you judge if your team can win the 4v4 thats about to happen. Is your map awareness good enough to see that the jax(who you cant match) just recalled? Should you back since jax didn't back and that your team is about to fight a 4v5? YOUR judgement decides the game. That judgement will only get better as you play more talon games & watching better players!

Step 3: Give your team the "That was easy button"

To my beloved Eoba talon followers, I present to you the one of the best winning scenarios you should replicate in your games :)!

Two top turrets are dead. Ping your team to hover near baron. MAKE SURE that all lanes are pushing before you enter the bot lane. You need to be able to 1v1 ANYONE who matches you on the split push bot lane. You generate a 4v4 or 4v5 scenario in the baron pit.

4v4 Baron Pit. You are left to match the solo laner. By this time you should have split enough to be match and kill anyone that goes against you. If you kill the laner, IMMEDIATELY rotate to baron and help your team. When baron dies you can push mid and try to end game.

4v3 Baron Pit. Two are headed your way. Burst your combo on one person, lower the other's hp, and then E over the wall to rotate to your team. If you're a Talon god you can kill both :).

4v2 Baron Pit. Three are headed your way. Bless your soul. Enemy team steals baron while there's three people on you at bot side. Press ESC. Surrender.

The general summary of these scenarios. Kill solo laner. If you can't kill those that match you bot lane, lower their hp and rotate to baron!
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