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Pantheon Build Guide by BaLoRi

My Full Lethality (Armor Pen) & On-Hit Pantheon Builds

My Full Lethality (Armor Pen) & On-Hit Pantheon Builds

Updated on June 23, 2022
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Runes: Meteor Version (Armor Pen)

1 2
Sorcery
Arcane Comet
Manaflow Band
Transcendence
Scorch

Domination
Sudden Impact
Ultimate Hunter
Bonus:

+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+15-140 HP (lvls 1-18)

Spells:

LoL Summoner Spell: Flash

Flash

LoL Summoner Spell: Ignite

Ignite

Champion Build Guide

My Full Lethality (Armor Pen) & On-Hit Pantheon Builds

By BaLoRi
About Me

Hello everyone,




My nickname is BaLoRi, I am an Educational Content-Build Creator that is part of Fnatic and Fnatic Network, 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 while of course having fun and enjoying the game!

Feel free to join me in our youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/lolbalori & https://twitch.tv/balori 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!
Pantheon with this build is easy, the only thing you need to do is to FOCUS on your farm, and care for Ganks.

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!
Best regards!
An introduction to Full Armor Penetration/On-Hit Build

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 | 57% ARMOR PENETRATION, 30% ARMOR REDUCTION from Black Cleaver, 3000+ HP and insanely big sustain with the combination of your Eclipse 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 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!
Secret Behind Runes
With these runes we focus on doing as much damage as possible, while having a combination of SUSTAIN as well(from items, look next chapter) at the same time and grow stronger as we go to full late game!

Lets talk about the combinations and why is worth:
We will be playing with Sorcery + Domination

For Sorcery

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 to any target. Remember that Arcane Comet damage is adaptive, tha means when you got more AD than AP, it will do Physical damage instead!

Note: A lot of people asking "why Arcane Comet over something else" the answer is simple, Pantheon is a champion DESINGED to use his skills muliple times per fight, Arcane Comet is the only rune that is fitting this, cause this rune will reduce its own CD (that is already only 8 seconds late game) the more you hit the enemy champions, that means in lvl 18, you will LITERALLY activate Arcane Comet every 2 seconds just by hitting W-Q! Also cause of the stun that you got with your W you will secure hitting it 100% of the times, totally different than for example Electrocute that got a huge amount of CD that you need to wait before using it again while you can activate Arcane Comet at least 4 times in the same duration and do 3x the Damage!


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!

For Domination:

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:

Ultimate Hunter R CDR will make you travel all across the map, help your teammates, reach targets that running, or come back to the lane EASILY!


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 Comet 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 % 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 40% HP either way!!!

For Domination

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


Ultimate Hunter R CDR will make you travel all across the map, help your teammates, reach targets that running, or come back to the lane EASILY!

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!!!
Secret Behind Items
Lets start with the Items and our Items Strategy (and detailed explanation about WHY we are getting them). I come up with this build after hundreds of different combinations, to create this final build that cant lose vs ANYTHING and ANYONE!

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 2.5% Omnivamp, 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.
Also, our next two core items will be only "damage" type, that means the Doran's Blade will serve as a sustain type of items till you start getting your 3rd Core item that is Black Cleaver and start adding more HP to Pantheon. And this is going to be the FIRST TIME that you will sell your first Doran's Blade, that means after 20+min of the game, making you using these 3 Doran's Blade for at least 16+mins and you will keep selling them after getting your next core items!


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 and also another 10% Armor Penetration from your Ultimate 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!

After finishing Eclipse you will have everything that Pantheon needs, AD, Lethality, Damage to heal effect, Max Hp Damage and a shield-movement speed effects, a super powerful item that will let you SURVIVE MORE and have more mobility at the same time!

Our next item will always be Serylda's Grudge, this will give you the ability to one-shot even the strongest tanks in the game, just by having your second item completed. The stats that you will get will be: AD, TONS of Ability Haste, SLOW EFFECT and 30% Armor Penetration!
Now cause of Eclipse mythic item passive, we will also increase our Armor Penetration by 4% for every Legendary item that we are finishing, we also got our Ultimate Grand Starfall that will be (most of the times) lvl 2, that means ANOTHER 20% Armor Penetration, plus the lethality that you got from Eclipse and Sudden Impact you got, remember, with only 2 ITEMS, the following pen effects:
24 Lethality plus ~42+% Armor Penetration, with these stats alone, you will be able to easily overpower and one-shot the WORLD ITSELF, we will have a full detailed exampled below for you to understand and if you want to learn more about how the "Armor Penetration" effects works, then be sure to check our League masterclass that you can find below




The next item will be Black Cleaver, and this is going to be the first time to sell your Doran's Blade in order for you to have the slot to build it. The reason we need this is to add some more HP to our build, but NOT ONLY CAUSE OF that Black Cleaver is another important items cause it will give you the following stats, AD, HP, Ability haste but most importantly two more INSANE passive effects:
30% ARMOR REDUCTION and bonus movement speed after fully stacking it!!
That means together with your 18 lethality from Eclipse plus 7 from Sudden Impact and the AT LEAST 45% Armor Penetration (If you got the lvl 3 ultimate you will reach 55%+ Armor Pen at your 3rd item) you will be ready to destroy your enemies! Black Cleaver will reduce the armor of the target by 30%, that means less damage for your "lethality" to penetrate and do TRUE DAMAGE TO EVERY TARGET!

After Black Cleaver you will start building your Edge of Night, that means you will sell your Second 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 only 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 last item, as our final choice we got some more options:

1. Sterak's Gage a very powerful item that will give you AD, HP and a SHIELD while fighting against your enemies that will help you sustain and survive their burst 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%!!

Now that we are at full build, its time for you to fully understand the TRUE POWER of the MAX PEN KING Pantheon

Example target of 100 armor
First you will apply the 30% armor reduction from Black Cleaver that means the target will be left with 70 armor. Then you will apply the 57% armor penetration that means the target will be left with 30 Armor, then you will apply the 35 Armor pen, that means the target will finally remain with ZERO ARMOR, you want to know the difference between your damage from a target with 100 ARMOR and 0 ARMOR?
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 ZERO ARMOR now, the target will receive the FULL DAMAGE from your SKILLS-BASIC ATTACKS and overall any physical damage type that you are doing, this INCLUDES the damage from Arcane Comet that we already said above that will have CD of only 2 seconds in full late game, imagine to do PURE DAMAGE with the Arcane Comet AS WELL!!!!!!
So the 100 Armor Target is not somthing to be surprised from??? How about a 400 ARMOR TARGET?
Example target of 500 armor
The target without any PENETRATION effects will receive only 16.5% of your damage, that means, from the 1000 TOTAL DAMAGE that you are doing, you will actually do only 165 DMG!! So even if you got 1000 AD and your skills doing 2000+Dmg, your actually damage to a 500 armor target, will be only 330 DMG~!
Let's now see how much damage our build will do.
As we said above, first 30% armor reduction from Black Cleaver, the target will be left with 350 Armor, then we will calculate the 57% of the armor penertation and the target will be left with 150 ARMOR, then we are calculating the armor pen flat numbers, and the armor that is left to target for you is going to be 115 Armor.
From the 83~% Damage reduction that the target had with 500 Armor, now the target is left with only 115 Armor and 53% Damage reduction, that means your 1000 DMG will be doing 470 DMG and the 2000 DMG will be 940 DMG!
So even with this EXTREME example of 500 armor target, you will still be able to tear him apart easily without even a problem, this is the true power of ARMOR PENETRATION effects and you can learn about all these in our league masterclass episodes!!

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 Serylda's Grudge Edge of Night Ionian Boots of Lucidity 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 bonus movement speed!!

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 12% 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 Blade of the Ruined King Black Cleaver Mercury's Treads Guinsoo's Rageblade Lord Dominik's Regards and Elixir of Wrath
Strategy To Follow
The strategy to follow with Pantheon IS EASY, let me tell you step by step how to totally destroy your enemies!

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!!
Reason Behind My Spells
Lots of my Subs and followers from YouTube and social asking me "Why are you not playing with teleport TOP?"
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.
Different Match ups vs My Darius Build
Pantheon vs Camille
Pantheon vs Jax (First Strike Max Pen)
Pantheon vs Graves
Pantheon vs Olaf (On Hit Build)
Pantheon vs Yone (Max Pen)
Pantheon vs Jax (First Strike max pen)
Pantheon vs Riven (On-Hit First Strike)

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