Pantheon Build Guide by BaLoRi
My Full Lethality (Armor Pen) & On-Hit Pantheon BuildsBy BaLoRi | Updated on January 25, 2021
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Runes: Meteor Version (Armor Pen)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+15-90 HP (lvls 1-18)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+15-90 HP (lvls 1-18)
Champion Build Guide
My nickname is BaLoRi, I am an Educational Content-Build Creator that I got 1 goal every single time. To create the MOST POWERFUL builds for each champion, that will give you the FREE ELO that you really want and rank up with your own skills in any DIVISION you want.
Forget about everything else, cause this is going to be how you will play Pantheon from now on and reach insanely crazy win ratios!
With this build you will have around 80% Win ratio at Iron to Gold Elo, 70% Win Ratio At Platinum Elo and 60-61% At Diamond-Challenger Elo!
Feel free to join me in our youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/lolbalori for more BUILDS and GUIDES and join our Discord server for real time build creation: https://discord.gg/RazhNDW and reach any ELO you want!
Nothing will stop you, nothing will win against you, the only thing they will ever feel is FEAR from your insane damage!
Hope to enjoy your Elo Boost!
This Pantheon build is about combining everything this champion NEEDS and making you a total monster, from EARLY game till FULL LATE GAME! ( Eclipse and Edge of Night) + 7 from Sudden Impact = 35 | 44% ARMOR PENETRATION, 24% ARMOR REDUCTION 3000+ HP and insanely big sustain with the combination of your Eclipse, Ravenous Hunter and Elixir of Wrath damage to heal effects
But why to play with this build on Pantheon? The answer is simple, cause in this game what matters the most is not how much "AD" you got, but how much ARMOR PENETRATION, the reason behind it is cause the more armor pen you got (lethality) the bigger the damage will be on the targets. And if the champions got "less armor" than your ARMOR PEN, then you will do BONUS DAMAGE Instead of PURE! This season made Pantheon to be even stronger, with more damage, more utility effects from Eclipse such as max hp damage, shield and ms bonus that will help you chase your enemies and you will activate the effect with just Comet Spear making your pokes even deadlier than before!!
Range assassin type champions most of the times got low HP target, making them easy targets for our Full Lethality(Armor Pen) builds, imagine that one of your Comet Spear can do up to 1000 DAMAGE to 1 target easily!
Pantheon will now have the ability to do insanely big damage with a single empowered Comet Spear and cause of the "slow" that this skill doing, you will always securing hitting the Arcane Comet with 100% hit rate! Together with Scorch the damage you will be doing to the target is going to be CRAZY! And most importantly you will do that EVERY SINGLE TIME! Making his lane phase a totally nightmare!
Here is a game example of our Full Pen Pantheon Build guide:
On-Hit Pantheon Build
If you choose the ON-HIT Pantheon build then you will experience a lot of INSTANT DAMAGE, the only problem is that you will need to reach the target to apply that damage, of course cause of your empowered Shield Vault you will be able to activate instantly the following effects: Press the Attack 180 DMG plus 12% bonus damage to the targets, Kraken Slayer TRUE DAMAGE effect, Guinsoo's Rageblade an insane item that will turn your critical strikes into ON-HIT damage (With total critical strike in our build of 60% from Kraken Slayer, Guinsoo's Rageblade and Lord Dominik's Regards),%HP DMG from Blade of the Ruined King and last but not least, 5%missing HP as damage from Black Cleaver making your W have enough damage to instant DELETE ALL no matter which target is against you.
Here is a game example of our On-hit Pantheon Build guide:
Now lets talk about Runes and then items to be ready to DESTROY ALL EASILY!
Lets talk about the combinations and why is worth:
We will be playing with Sorcery + Domination
Arcane Comet By FAR the strongest rune in the game, with the combination of your Full Armor Pen plus your Comet Spear you will make your Arcane Comet doing PURE or even BONUS Damage to the target. Remember that Arcane Comet damage is Physical!
Manaflow Band To spam your skills, you need ALWAYS EXTRA mana, most of people playing with "pots", we will play with something even greater, Manaflow Band will let you have infinity amount of mana from early game till full late game. Super important especially with our gamestyle that will be to POKE THEM 24/7
Transcendence One of the most amazing runes for our build, bonus ability haste but also CD refund after each kill assist to use your Q-W-E faster, to understand how powerful this is, we will be going in, kill a target and then be ready to move to the next target INSTANTLY cause we will have our Q-W at the end of the combo after the kill and 1-2 seconds later even our E will be ready to use!!!
Scorch The perfect combination of rune for playing together with Arcane Comet you think that Scorch doing "small amount" of damage, but if you combine it with the continue poke with your Comet Spear and Arcane Comet you will realize that this rune is JUST AS IMPORTANT and will give insanely big amount of damage!
Sudden Impact This rune fits perfectly with our Full ARMOR Pen build, cause each time you using your W you will get 7 extra armor pen (lvl 18) to do EVEN MORE DAMAGE! And can be used from super early till full late game!
For the second domination rune, you got two options:
Ravenous Hunter after the changes now you got 11% DAMAGE from any source to HEAL and this will help you not only do damage but also do TONS OF IT, also cause of Eclipse and Elixir of Wrath effect you will have another 25% Damage to heal effects that will stack with Ravenous Hunter and go up to 36%, making you be literally unkillable, cause together with your E Pantheon will literally dodge any damage from any source as long as you use it right and of course you will heal from the damage that you will be doing with this skill!
Ultimate Hunter 25% R CDR will make you travel all across the map, help your teammates, reach targets that running, or come back to the lane EASILY!
Imagine that from 150 sec CD that your R got, you will now have only 67.5 SECONDS CD!
Now we go for the Second rune set that will work for both ARMOR Pen build or the ON-hit One, and it will just as powerful as the Arcane Meteor Full Armor Pen one, but for different reasons and while playing with melee match ups!
Precision + Domination
Press the Attack This rune might be a little TOO GOOD for Pantheon after hitting the target 3 times you will apply instant 180 of AD burst damage but also you and your team will do to this target 12% Bonus damage, this effect will be instantly got activated by empowered Shield Vault and you will have this
amazing effect that not only will apply burst damage (180) instantly but also let you do more damage while fighting, that means your Q-hits-E, everything will do 12% damage that together with Coup de Grace will go up to 20% to a target that cause of your On-Hit or FULL LETHALITY-ARMOR PEN build will get one-shotted instantly no matter if he is a tank or squishy target!
Presence of Mind Bonus Mana regain while damaging enemy champions plus mana refund after each kill/assist, with this rune Pantheon will never have mana problems, from early to super late game! A great choice instead of Manaflow Band for mana sustain and it can be used right away without stacking!
Legend: Bloodline bonus 12% lifesteal, in a game where sustain is everything and while your hit will also do TRUE DAMAGE or even BONUS DAMAGE that we saw in the example above, this means that you will heal with each hit and with this rune alone 12% of the damage that you are doing with your Hits or W!
Coup de Grace 8% bonus damage to below 40% HP targets, the perfect rune while playing with our style, cause all target will be below 10% HP either way!!!
Sudden Impact as we said above, the lethality that this item giving you is just too important to not have!
And for this style, go always with
Ravenous Hunter this 11% bonus Heal from your damage effect will be combined way too good with the bonus 20% damage plus of course the insane damage that you already got, so the more damage you doing, the more HEAL you will have back! Insane sustain that will let you sustain longer and destroy all easier!
These runes will give you amazing results and making you a TOTAL MONSTER that will dominate EARLY lane phase and terrorize Full Late game teamfights and also cause of the insanely big number of ability haste that we will have, you will also spam your skills more than ever!!
Now that you understood the power of our runes, it’s time to move to the item explanation and be ready to destroy all after that!!!
So lets get go down to details and numbers about HOW and WHY we will play Pantheon with the strongest build that ever created!
Start items, you will always buy Doran's Blade together with Health Potion
The reason is simple, Doran's Blade will give you what you need to start dominating your enemy top laner. AD, HP, Damage to Heal, and cause of the Manaflow Band or Presence of Mind you wont have MANA PROBLEMS at all!
at your next back you will get 2 more Doran's Blade and refillable position (1050 Gold first back) this will give you everything you need to OVERPOWER any kind of champion against you in lane phase and you won’t sell your Doran's Blade till your 3rd core item that is Edge of Night.
But lets talk about WHY we playing with 3 Doran's Blade and why its important to do the SAME no matter what.
Doran's Blade As all start items, got 137+% to 400+% Gold efficiency for their stats. That means that the actual gold of the stats that it gives are not worth of 450 Gold, but 600+ Gold gold instead! (Its 200% for Doran's Ring and up to 424% for the fully stacked Dark Seal)
To win a game you need to win lane phase EASILY, then be insanely powerful MID-Game and the STRONGEST LATE GAME. Thats how important this is, lets go into more details
With only 900 Gold (Plus 1 from lvl 1) you will have the following stats:
24 AD, 240 HP and Damage to Heal, remember, that these items are "temp" items and you will sell your FIRST ONE at 20mins+ of the game, no sooner. Then moment you will sell it, you will get 180 gold, that means the ACTUAL cost of each item is 270 Gold, while its STATS worth over 600 Gold! This will simply make you POWERFUL sooner than the ENEMY. This game is about "item stats" and how "fast" you can get them, our style is to always overpower our enemies by this simple strategy.
You will see people waste their gold at items like Tiamat that cost MORE than our items, but our items will be MUCH MUCH MUCH MUCH more powerful, with a simple test you will realize what I mean by that. Go to custom game with a friend (or practice tool alone), tell your friend to buy 3 Doran's Blade and you go and buy
Tiamat then with the SAME champion and SAME RUNES, battle each other. The reason you are going to lose with Tiamat is what we talked about above, this game is about STATS and how FAST you will get it, no matter how much you try, there is absolute NO WAY for this start items to lose and here is the main reason you will be winning 100% of the lane phases from now on!
After your 3 dorans you will start building your Eclipse so your next item will always be Serrated Dirk you got now your first Lethality item, you got AD-SUSTAIN-Damage to Heal with Doran's Blade and DAMAGE and Lethality with Serrated Dirk even like this, the damage you will be doing to the enemy cause of the 10 lethality from Serrated Dirk and another 7 lethality from Sudden Impact is BEYOND understanding! If your enemy do the mistakes (most of them wont) get cloth of armor you will tear them apart with Comet Spear and Aegis Assault EASILY!
REMEMBER and this is IMPORTANT, we are not selling the Doran's Blade before we start building our 3RD ITEM that is going to be Edge of Night, the only thing that you will sell is your refillable position
After finishing Eclipse you will have literally everything that Pantheon needs, AD, Lethality, Damage to heal effect, Max Hp Damage and a shield-movement speed effect, a super powerful item that will let you SURVIVE MORE and have more mobility at the same time!
Our next item will always be Black Cleaver the reason we need this is to add some more HP to our build, but NOT ONLY CAUSE OF that Black Cleaver is one of the most important items cause it will give you what you need, AD, HP, Ability haste but most importantly two more INSANE passive effects:
24% ARMOR REDUCTION and thats the stats we need the MOST and 5% of their missing hp as PHYSICAL Damage with each hit-skill!!
That means together with your 18 lethality from Eclipse plus 7 from Sudden Impact you will be ready to destroy your enemies! Black Cleaver will reduce the armor of the target by 24%, that means less damage for your "lethality" to penetrate and do TRUE or even BONUS DAMAGE!
After Black Cleaver you will start building your Edge of Night, that means you will sell your first Doran's Blade and get your Serrated Dirk, another 10 Lethality for you, making you have right now 18+10+7 = 35 Total Lethality!
We building Edge of Night cause of the following reasons:
Lethality-Damage, HP(Sustain) and its item effect, this shield will save you multiply times from hard CC or SKILLS that can kill you, if you use it right in your engage, you will make your enemy unable to do anything to stop you!
Our build is not about doing damage, but also sustain even more, cause of your combo of items you will have enough HP and shield effects with Eclipse to survive much longer than anyone else, also cause of Transcendence after killing something you will have back your E, that means more Immortality for you, cause your Aegis Assault will dodge literally any damage from the direction you will use it, while at the same time heal from the damage that its doing cause of the damage to heal effects you already got with the combination of items!!
After finishing Edge of Night its time to get our ARMOR PEN as item, so that means we will start building our Serylda's Grudge that will give you total 30% ARMOR PEN, of course its time to sell your 2nd Doran's Blade and buy your Last Whisper that will give you for now 20% Armor pen (more than enough for just 1450 gold) at this point, you will have 18 + 10 + 7 = 35 Lethality and 20% Armor pen plus 24% armor reduction from Black Cleaver to understand what all this penetration and armor reduction effects means, lets have an example:
Example target of 100 armor
First you will apply the armor reduction from Black Cleaver that means the target will be left with 76 armor. Then you will apply the 20% armor pen that means the target will be left with 60.8 Armor, then you will apply the 35 Armor pen, that means the target will finally remain with 25.8 ARMOR, you want to know the difference between your damage from a target with 100 ARMOR and 25.8?
Let me tell you in numbers, with 100 armor the target will avoid 50% OF YOUR DAMAGE, that means if you skill doing 1000 damage, you will do only 500!!
With 25.8 armor now, the target will be avoid only the ~20% OF THE DAMAGE, that means instead of 500 damage now you will be doing 800!!
And that’s by calculating the Last Whisper instead of fully finishing the full item that is Serylda’s Grudge cause the moment you will finish this item and penetration goes up to 40%+ cause Eclipse will give you 4% Armor penetration per complete item, right now we got Black Cleaver Edge of Night and Serylda’s Grudge that means 16% Armor Pen bonus just from your items, the total Armor pen that you will have with these 3 items will be 35 | 38% if we go back to our example, now the armor of the target will go from 100 to 76 from Black Cleaver and 47.1 cause of your 38% Armor Pen, now you will penetrate another 35 and leave the target to have only 12.1 Armor, that means that the target will dodge only close to 10% of your damage, that means you will be doing 900 DMG instead of 500 that it was in the NO-PENETRATION example!!
So now that you understand how everything works, let’s go to our final choice for items!
1. Sterak's Gage a very powerful item that will give you AD, HP and two powerful effects, HEAL and a SHIELD while fighting against your enemies that will help you sustain more but cause of our build to also do more damage!
2. Death's Dance A similar item as Sterak's Gage but it will give you Ability haste, Armor, AD and two passive effects, one will let you transform the 30% burst damage to over the time effect that will let you survive longer and the second is that with each kill/assist you will clear any damage effect and heal instead % of your MAX HP, cause of the Ability haste I am really not against playing with it, cause what we really need is MORE ABILITY HASTE to spam-Do more damage with our skills
3. Chempunk Chainsword an item that you will choose to reduce the healing effects of the enemy team AND NOT ONLY THAT, cause of it will give you Ability haste, AD and HP, making you have all the stats that we need at this point to overpower all and also the Grievous Wounds that will reduce the healing effects of your enemies from 40% to 60%!!
No matter what you will choose as last item, you will also have the Eclipse mythic item bonus effect, making you insanely powerful cause you will have just from completing the Legendary items 20% armor penetration, that together with Serylda's Grudge you will reach 40%+ Armor pen to be sure to DELETE any target easily!!
So your FULL Lethality Armor Pantheon BUILD will look like this:
Eclipse Black Cleaver Edge of Night Ionian Boots of Lucidity Serylda's Grudge Sterak's Gage plus Elixir of Wrath
As for the PTA On-Hit Pantheon Build
things are pretty simple, we will play with the same start items and first back items, but instead of Eclipse we will play with Kraken Slayer this item will give you literally everything that you need to OVERPOWER ALL, every 3rd attack you will have bonus TRUE DAMAGE that will also going to be applied if you use your empowered W and making the target take an insane amount of damage instantly!
The second item will be Black Cleaver the reason we are going for this item (as we explained above) is to have more SUSTAIN and of course more damage from the two amazing passive effects, the armor reduction and %missing hp dmg one!!
Remember you WONT SELL your Doran's Blade but only while starting building your third core item that will be Blade of the Ruined King and only then you will sell your FIRST ONE and keep the other two, Doran's Blade are there to help you have more sustain and more damage as you go to full late game and selling them one by one!!
Third item will be the Blade of the Ruined King, this item will give you insane effects, AD, Attack speed, LIFESTEAL that together with Legend: Bloodline will help you reach 24% and sustain much more than ever before, our builds is not only about DAMAGE but also about SUSTAIN and how to survive more than all the rest, this item will give you just that and also On-hit 10% of their current HP effect, with your empowered W you will apply this effect 3 times, making it do 30% of their CURRENT HP DAMAGE instantly plus the true damage, missing hp damage from Kraken Slayer and Black Cleaver
And now you are ready for your next item that will break this game completely,
Guinsoo's Rageblade this item is about the passive effects, it will turn the CRITICAL STRIKES that you got into On-Hit INSANE damage effects, and with our full build we will have 60% critical strike, making it doing an INSANE damage with each hit and of course instant activating this effect with the Empowered W!!
Our Last item will be Lord Dominik's Regards and it will give you what you need to overpower then EVEN MORE, %Armor Pen, AD, Critical strike that will be turned into On-hit damage and another effect that you will do up to 15% increased damage to HIGH HP TARGETS, making it super useful against tanks that will literally MELT AS WELL with just one of your W, cause imagine that you will be doing 20% Increased Damage from Press the Attack and Coup de Grace as well!!!
You also got the option for last item to go for a sustain type cause we already got damage to kill everything either way, so for more sustain to SURVIVE Longer, you got are the following options:
1. Death's Dance as we talked above a powerful item that will let you heal and survive after each kill/assist!
2. Sterak's Gage another item for sustain but also bonus damage, that will give you heal and a shield effect that will save you most of the times!
3. Guardian Angel an item that will let you revive and try again for one more time, while giving you armor and AD, I am not really a fan of this item cause of the really LONG CD (300 seconds) but it will also be an option for you!
Our Full On-Hit Pantheon build will look like this:
Kraken Slayer Black Cleaver Blade of the Ruined King Mercury's Treads Guinsoo's Rageblade Lord Dominik's Regards and Elixir of Wrath
To totally dominate your lane phase you will FULLY USE the power of Comet Spear the strategy is simple, farm NORMALLY and each time you got your passive full stacks poke your enemy with Comet Spear either by hitting him from close range and reduce the CD of the skill by 50% making you having it sooner so you will SPAM IT MORE, or just throw it to him and make use to hit him! Overall to hit the target is not going to be hard as long as you practice a little bit!
The moment you will hit your target, you will activate the following runes:
Arcane Comet, Manaflow Band and Scorch, Arcane Comet and Scorch will apply PHYSICAL damage to the target, that means that its going to use the Lethality and Armor penetration you got and also you will stack your Manaflow Band remember to spam your Q each time you got this rune activated it stack it first and then start spam ALL DAY LONG your skills!
So you will hit the creeps, then hit the target every single time, its simple to use and EASY TO KILL any kind of enemy. You dont even need to "go close to the target" to apply a huge amount of damage!
When the target is at the right amount of HP (around 30%) go in with your full combo. Use your Shield Vault then HIT to activate the Sudden Impact and instantly release your Comet Spear then hit once again and the moment he is about to "react" activate your E to avoid any kind of damage, then simply use your Ignite and kill the target!
Overall, no matter what champion you playing against you, there is no possible way to sustain the insanely big damage from Pantheon and cause of your runes you will be able to deal this amount of damage EVERY SINGLE TIME without mana problems!
Full late game the things are simple as well, you can easily just poke your enemies with Comet Spear from RANGE or go in with your W-HIT-Q-HIT-E combo and kill the target and also avoid ALL THE DAMAGE from the enemy team that will focus you! Pantheon now can sustain the damage from ANY KIND OF Skills that is infront of you cause of your Aegis Assault if you use it right and at the right moment you will for sure TILT your enemies that will focus you for sure the moment you will engage!
And cause of our FULL ARMOR PEN build you will also deal a huge amount of damage to all the target in front of you!!
and the answer is simple and i will give it to all of you as well.
Im playing always with Flash and Ignite Top, for the following reason, Teleport is a skill for any of players don't have enough confident in theirselves that they can DESTROY the enemy TOP laner.
Its as simple as that, Teleport can be used to Come back after a fast back or go to other lane and "Help" your team.
The reason all playing with Teleport is cause they want to find the "easy" answer behind the top lane "go help others and exp there", i cant judge them really, but if you really want to say yourself that you actually won the TOP Lane then you need to do it SOLO.
Pantheon with Ignite is something insanely dangerous, cause not only you will POKE THEM TO DEATH but you will also be able to finish them off with the insanely big TRUE DAMAGE from Ignite making their chances to escape CLOSE TO NONE!
Also I Pantheon can easily REACH any part of the map with his Grand Starfall making your ROAMS to be even more DEADLIER!!
TIP: Lots of you will think "but when my team need me i can teleport there", NO. You dont need to teleport there. You can be there by foot, or if you cant be there continue with the OBJECTIVES, push your lane destroy towers take Dragons with your jungler etc.
Almost every rush TP to help BOT or MID Lane end up by being all DEAD together with you.
Cause when you TP, you suddenly change the entire MAP Phase, you going somewhere where you will be 100% seen and try to either Dodge your skills or Kill you first.
So go by foot, and go from behind them by using the FOG OF WAR.
This is the entire strategy behind what i am always doing.
If you see my videos you will see that im right at what im saying above.