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Pantheon Build Guide by Don Trago

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League of Legends Build Guide Author Don Trago

Barefoot Pantheon

Don Trago Last updated on November 13, 2011
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Ability Sequence

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

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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.


Brute Force
Improved Rally

Offense: 0

Strength of Spirit
Veteran's Scars

Defense: 21

Expanded Mind
Blink of an Eye
Mystical Vision
Presence of the Master

Utility: 9

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Introduction/ why this Build?

This guide has its based basically on using the gold in a different way in order to always be one step ahead from the enemy. The sacrifice: Your boots.

Its common for people to use his gold in some good boots, well, I came to the big conclusion that boots just slows you in the way to become unstoppable and a phantom dancer is just simply perfect to have an acceptable 410movement speed.
Pantheon is one of the fastests champions in early game, having 330 movement, so not using boots allows you to have phantom dancer in early game an have a real advantage over your enemies. (nice critical damage, normal movement speed and a boost to attack speed).

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Greater Mark of Desolation: Armor penetration is simply perfect to have advantage mainly in late game when enemies are well armored.

Greater Seal of Evasion: More survivability, combined with masteries gets you to almost 10% dodge chance.

Greater Glyph of Furor: Give strengh to your passive

Greater Quintessence of Desolation: Just like the marks of desolation: advantage when fighting enemies with heavy armors.

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Start building a phantom dancer. I use this item because it allows you to have 30% critical strike just with your first weapon and and incredible boost of attack speed of 55%. Movement will be increased 15% what will make jet not always you as fast as your opponents but you will be an enemy to be fear of. So as soon as you can, get zeal to reach the 400+ movement speed.

Once you got both, start getting the Last Whisper in order to have more attack and some armor penetration or the black cleaver, both items run good.

Intermediately go straight ahead for an infinity edge to have a more powerful critical strike and increase considerably your base damage.

Then, the only weapon you will need to survive in a team fight is The Bloodthirstier. It would increase your damage even more and you will heal very fast while hitting. Have into consideration that in some games The bloodthirstier should be bought before getting the infinity edge in order to have a little more survivability (or just get vampiric scepter)

The 5th weapon (complete zeal at the end of game) would depend from game, so there are some options:

Frozen Mallet: To slow dps enemies.

Last Whisper: More armor penetration deffinately makes enemies armor unusefull.

Guardian angel or Warmogs:Use it when you cant kill them all without dying. Any of this two armor will allow you to stan more time alive into battle and take down more enemies.

:Phantom Dancer: Speed is not enough? A third phantom will take you to the 100% crfitical strikes and an insane speed. I do not always use this phantom because theres a waste of benefits (like the 119% of criticals thats the same than 100% and its not too far away from the 90% you have without it. Anyways, if you still wanna run and hit faster, get the phantom as your 6th weapon.

The bloodthirstier: Increase even more your life steal and your damage (and so your critical strike damage).This weapon will allow you to Regen very fast while killing.

Other option:
Quicksilver Sash: Stop exhaust, fears or any kind of negative spells that could make you loose the advantage of speed.

End your zeal into trinity force or a second phantom dancer.

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Aegis Protection - After attacking or casting spells 4 times, Pantheon will block the next normal attack that deals more than 40 damage to him. How to abuse of this passive? Speed. Faster you hit, faster you block and don forget your 10% dodge chance. Remember also that aegis of zeonia instantly refreshes pantheon passive so you can block, for example 2 tower shots and maybe 3 with dodge. (wanna dive?)

When leveling up there are just 2 rules that must be followed:

1.Always give privilege to the Ultimate when leveling up.

2.Have aegis of zeonia at least at level 1 to stun your enemies. Every extra point you use on this spells does not make huge difference, that why I upgrade it at last.

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Summoner spells

Ignite will be used mainly for early kills when your top speed is not reached. It is also useful for team battles when any enemy tries to run and you are occupied killing another.
Your ulti combined with teleport allows you to be "VIP in the shop". OMG..just 50 more gold...who cares go ahead and come back in 1 min!

Other spells:
Ghost is the spell you will need when trying a multi kill. After a team fight, use ghost and you surely will have a double or triple kill catching the runner enemies.

You probably are not going to need it but may be useful to avoid a gank or for near-tower kills.
If you really need such a thing buy as a 6th weapon a quicksilver sash.!
You are not gonna die continuously so dont take this
Jungling? This spell will be useful just the first levels, so its a waste because you can easily kill any minion when you get your first phantom.
Could make the difference when fighting many enemies but if theres a 5 team focus on you, theres nothing that can be done.
This is not your work, let the tank take it
Once again, not your business
I personally dont like it, but if you are a good "flasher" have no doubts.
I know pantheon has poor mana pool,thats why the masteries build.

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Some recomendations

-Well, having some kills is not difficult with any champion build because of his natural attack speed and easy handling. The difference between one pantheon and another is its speed to grow and become stronger than the others. This is what this guide offers, a guide that can give you some multi-kills and a long killing spree.
Reach the top faster, get some kills to get feeded and you will be unstoppable when you get your 5th item.

-I strongly recommend to play share line with a ranged champion to harras and use your stunn to kill them when are in low health.

Will be updating soon...