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Nocturne Build Guide by PsiGuard

Jungle The Nocturnomicon

By PsiGuard | Updated on February 18, 2020
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OprahFTWInfree | February 16, 2020 1:49am
So Nocturne was my first love when I started league, I have an alt dedicated to him and have played him a fair bit, but I always want to get better. He's my go to jungler and recently my build has usually consisted of getting the jungle blade (Stalker or skirmisher depending on the enemy jungler) then straight into tiamat. Sometime after that I'll work towards my berserker's greaves then duskblade. After that I either finish hydra or get ghostblade or finish warrior enchant, the order usually varies. Then I finish off with deadman's. I know some of these items may not be optimal but that's why I want your input. Should I swap out ghostblade for PD? Deadman's for GA? I like the HP and little bit of initial extra damage from deadman's, the movement doesn't hurt either, but I do understand the merits of GA. The ghostblade is mostly just a habit from back when it had attack speed and there are likely better options, I just appreciate the lethality. As for the hydra, I know he has good clear with his passive but I really like the clear speed with the tiamat/hydra along with the lifesteal, AOE and a bit of extra burst into his initial rotation. The AOE is incredible when diving an adc with their support and it makes him SLIGHTLY more viable in teamfights. I know "if it works then do it" but I'd definitely like your own input.
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PsiGuard (1461) | February 16, 2020 2:09pm
That's a lot of items to go over so I'll try to keep it brief.

  • Stalker's Blade / Skirmisher's Sabre: Pick this based on the enemy team and not just the enemy jungler. Stalker's is good against teams with lots of ranged/squishy enemies that will try to kite you, but I usually get Skirmisher's in most games to make sure I can 1v1 as many people as possible.

  • Berserker's Greaves: These aren't bad, they just make you really squishy in team fights. If you can avoid team fights, you can get away with them.

  • Duskblade of Draktharr: IS REAL GOOD

  • Tiamat / Ravenous Hydra: These items aren't bad, I just find that they aren't worth delaying bigger power spikes like Duskblade. Your entire build gets delayed by 1325g when you buy Tiamat, so I generally don't recommend it on jg (it's good for lane though). Ravenous is a really expensive item but it's not bad once you finish it. I tend to get more value out of PD/Wits because they're cheap and make you really hard to kill, but if you're rich then Ravenous is a pretty decent item for the reasons you mentioned.

  • Youmuu's Ghostblade: I think this item is worse than other options on Nocturne currently. If I want another quick lethality item before building for team fights, I get Umbral Glaive instead since it's cheaper and I feel like the passive is more valuable than Ghostblade's active. I only build Ghostblade on champions that actually need the movement speed to reach their targets.

  • Dead Man's Plate: This item is fine, just know that you're losing a lot of damage by building it. I usually favor Phantom Dancer instead since the shield grants you up to 600 extra health and it's a damage item. Dead Man's is a decent option if you can get a lot of value out of the armor, and if your team has enough damage that you can fulfill a more frontliner-type role in fights. Randuin's Omen isn't bad either, since you can easily get in range to use the active and it cuts a lot of damage from crits.

Thanks for your comment. If you have any other questions, feel free to ask!
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OprahFTWInfree | February 17, 2020 12:49am
I'll try to break the habit for a few games and see how they go for me. I'm just so used to throwing the hydra active into my burst rotation that it will be weird to see it do nothing lol. But you never know until you try it.
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ItalianTheHun | January 25, 2020 12:13am
This may be a low elo player speaking out of his ***, but wouldn't Jax be considered one of your Major/Extreme threats? He has insanely high mobility with his Q, his E can stun you while you're trying to cast your E, and he can out-auto you unless you fear him.
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PsiGuard (1461) | January 25, 2020 3:22pm
I will be updating the Threats in the future, but I'd say Jax is moderately scary. You generally can't 1v1 him post-6, but he also doesn't stop you from doing your job as a backline diver. I feel more comfortable picking into Jax than picking into something like Lulu or Zilean who disrupts my main play pattern.

Jax top is much scarier than Jax jungle as well. Jax jungle scales quite slowly so he doesn't become super scary until later in the game. You can spell shield Jax's E to deal with him decently well before he gets his ultimate. Otherwise, making sure it's a 2v1 situation is usually enough.
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Dilenozza66 | January 20, 2020 9:16am
I've got Legendary nocturne skin from masterwork chest.
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PsiGuard (1461) | January 20, 2020 10:54am
It's definitely worth crafting. Would highly recommend. :)
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Dilenozza66 | January 22, 2020 4:36am
Sure, I will try
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SELORONIOS | December 29, 2019 2:03am
Hi. Since You're using Lethal Tempo + Phantom Dancer/Wit's End/Sanguine Blade, don't you think taking BloodLine over Alacrity be a better choice? with that much Attack Speed I guess another 18% Bonus Attack Speed Shines less Than 12% Life Steal since it can help you stay Healthier (It will Also works better Against Tanks)... Lots of people take Alacrity over BloodLine Although their Build contains lots of Attack Speed, Since I consider you as the pro (The first time I bought Nocturne I came here :) I checked your Nocturne Build maaany times. There wasn't much Attack Speed in your build before so It was kinda normal to take Alacrity. but now There is, and I'm confused about why you still recommend Alacrity over it. Life Steal always was a Life Savor to me since Nocturne is Squishy. Knowing that you can fill your health with Minions/Jungle Camps/Enemy Champs is Always nice.)
Thank You if you read this. Still Thank you if you didn't :|
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PsiGuard (1461) | December 30, 2019 3:23pm
Bloodline stacks much more slowly and doesn't offer any benefit early game, while Alacrity immediately starts giving benefits. Also, if you're building Sanguine Blade you'll have lifesteal already, and if you're not building it, you can still benefit from more attack speed.

Bloodline is a common rune on AD carries that build a lot of attack speed, attack damage and crit chance, but no lifesteal in their early items. It's a way to access lifesteal without delaying your main damage items. For ADCs who buy an early lifesteal item like Blade of the Ruined King, you'll see them go for Alacrity, even though they'll be building a lot of attack speed already.

Think of Legend: Alacrity as the most generically valuable rune in that row (at least for basic attackers) while Legend: Bloodline gains more value if the champion wants to build lifesteal but can't easily get it from items.
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SELORONIOS | January 1, 2020 5:34am
Thank you.
btw I don't usually go for Lethality. The problem I have with Lethality is that as the game takes longer I feel weaker and weaker as enemies build Armor and defensive items. Unlike champions like Zed nocturne doesn't have much escape options if he fails to kill someone fast enough. I was trying to get in higher ranks in SoloQ but no matter how good I played I lost most of my games because the enemy was better at teamfights and I was a fed squishy late game player who couldn't do much. So I tried to build for late game and went for Critical Strike. It's not common on noc, but at somepoints I was really tired of feeling like I'm doing my best and losing because of my teammates. like when you gank your top twice, give him 2 kills, and he still can't beat his opponent... That's why I usually try to be the Carry, I could go adc role for that but I really like noc. in my last account I had a total of 17 mastery score while I had more than 300K pts on nocturne so I guess you can imagine how much I like him.
I didn't go on like that on my new account and tried others as well and now I know how to kill them easier with noc... anyway, I dunno why I suddenly told all that. thank you for your time and Advice. It was helpful :)
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CarlWantsACar | December 17, 2019 2:27am
how to beat master yi please?
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CarlWantsACar | December 17, 2019 2:28am
master yi is focin late game champ I can't burst him with LT.
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PsiGuard (1461) | December 17, 2019 6:39pm
Yi (especially with Ignite) is strong 1v1 and weak against multiple enemies with crowd control. Counter-ganking him and focusing him with your laners, or shutting him down in team fights are the most reliable ways to beat him.

You may also be able to fight him around levels 4 and 5 if he isn't running Ignite. Yi's ult contains a lot of his dueling power and his abilities don't scale with rank as strongly as Nocturne's do. Once he gets ult, you'll have to avoid fighting him when it's up.

Try not to let the game drag on to late game. Nocturne falls off a bit late and Yi is a hypercarry, so you'll need to get picks and start snowballing before Yi can finish more than a few items.
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The Flying Nightmare | November 24, 2019 9:42am
hi psiguard have u tried hail of blades and q in the air 1sec before u land with r? u will find it better than lethal tempo.Also the build i do now is the same as ur expiremental build except instead of sanguine i build sterak
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PsiGuard (1461) | November 24, 2019 6:02pm
Q during R is pretty standard unless your target uses a movement ability early. There are times where it's better to hold Q until after they burn an ability so it's guaranteed.

Hail of Blades: I've tried it and I don't see a great reason to use it over Electrocute or Lethal Tempo at the moment. LT gives better 1v1 and DPS while Electrocute is higher burst damage. HoB is better than Electrocute early game but that's about it. Might be more useful in lane.

Sterak's Gage: It's a decent item once you finish it but it's very expensive. I generally prefer PD at the moment since it's much cheaper. Sterak's is more slot-efficient if you're looking for a late game item though.
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Shinriyoku (2) | November 11, 2019 6:04am
I LOVE ITTTT!!! :)
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soulunter4 | October 27, 2019 6:18am
Thanks for this awesome guide, following you and your guide now for quite some years <3
https://www.leaguespy.gg/league-of-legends/match/4248895855?player=31054902
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PsiGuard (1461) | October 28, 2019 11:00am
Nice game man. Thanks for following & supporting the guide. <3
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