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League of Legends Build Guide Author Phever

Pantheon: Getting Tanky

Phever Last updated on April 7, 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: 21

Strength of Spirit
Veteran's Scars

Defense: 0

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

Utility: 9

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The Legend of Pantheon

Far above the clouds on Mount Gargantuan resides a stalwart tribe of people known as the Stanpar, who still revere combat and war as penulimtate art forms. They remember the Runewars of Runeterra and know that the League of Legends can only repress the rising tides of violence for so long. Each member of the tribe is bred to be a disciplined and vicious warrior, preferring to battle soldiers of either the Noxian or Demacian armies only when outnumbered at least ten to one. Stanpar warriors are trained not only to be as lethal with their bare hands as the most capable martial artists, but also to fiercely wield the many relic-weapons of the tribe. Such treasures have been handed down from generation to generation, and have harnessed the mystical nature of Runeterra in their very cores. These relic-weapons are among the most dangerous in existence -- and it comes as no surprise that they have found their way to the League of Legends in the hands of Pantheon. This stone-faced warrior is a paragon of his people, his very existence an anthem of exultation to the art of combat. Pantheon found it insulting that the people of Valoran would install an organization to replace war, complete with so-called champions, without including the Stanpar. Gathering the blessings of his tribe and armed with the relics of his ancestors, he has decscended on the League to show the world a true warrior. He cares not who he fights, and cares nothing for the pageantry or prestige of a League champion, but lives only for the austere glory of battle. As long as Pantheon breathes, he thirsts for another foe to vanquish.

"I was hoping they had more reinforcements." - Pantheon, standing amidst the pieces of a brutalized Noxian battalion.

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Pantheon By Phever

This is my pantheon guide. He is one of my favorite champs and i have been playing him a lot recently and realized that if you want to be the best pantheon player which is getting kills and surviving you need to go a little tanky. So here is my guide on my build to playing him. also i will be putting alternative items down and stuff like that.

Pantheon is a Very Viable Champion Easy to learn and fun to play. Only 3150 and a really good champ. Used to be one of the most Overpowered champs in the game with his combo. Especially Heartseeker strike would drop your Health so fast it was insane. But all in all he is a wonderful champ a great buy and super fun to play :) good luck to your choices i have not tried to influence them at all. Also dont downvote this because you dont play this way please downvote if you think anything in the build is stupid or doesnt fit :).

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For marks i take armor penetration because a Pantheon with armor pen is an enemy nobody will want to go up against. One because your health will drop faster than anything you have ever seen and two because he can take a tanks health down pretty fast.
For seals i get health regen seals. You also could get Health per 5 per level which would be a better choice in the long run. But i get the health regen because pantheon is a squishy champ so after he has used his combo he needs to run back a little ways to not get rocked but if why he does his combo he gets a little damage then his health regens so he can lane longer.
For Glyphs I get Cooldown reduction so that you can harass early game with your spear toss and late game have the ability to spam your three spell combo. This will make enemys have to go back more often due to the health they lose.
For Quints I get more armor penetration just for funzies :D

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Well in my build and whenever i play as Pantheon i always rush a Manamune. I rush the manamune because it helps mana regen and gives good attack damage and if you have ever played him you know that Mana Regen IS NECISSARY. Next i go for boots which berserker greives are good for his little attack speed you will need. Next i get a Frozen mallet for slowing and the health and then a thornmail for return damage and great armor :). then i get a blood thirsters and a inf edge for the ending damage. Of course there are other ways you could build pantheon tankyish. I will have a whole other section on other items you can swap out for the items here. Many of the items that i will put as alternate are just optional if you have any other add ins that you think would be better feel free. The ones below are just some i've tried and have worked pretty well. Also you can pretty much pick everything for damage except for a couple things. Such as tiamat is a bad idea. and dont go near a Hextech pantheon doesnt need them. Except i dont honastly know because i haven't tried it at all. So feel free to try him hybrid and tell me because ive wanted to try it :). Although I dont think that this would be very viable because it would only be his W that does damage. but maybe if you stack them like get 2 or 3 you will have about 200ish AD and 160ish AP then you will do damage on everything :))))))))))))). So someone try it haha

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Items You Buy and Their Uses

Manamune:- Manamune
Total Price: 2110
Recipe Price: 700

20 Attack Damage, 1350 Mana, 7 Mana Per 5 Sec. Passive: Whenever your champion attacks, they gain 1 max mana (2 second cooldown). Whenever your champion uses an ability, they gain 4 max mana (3 second cooldown). Bonus mana caps at 1000. UNIQUE Passive: 2% of your maximum mana is converted to attack damage.

The reason i get a manamune is because with pantheon you are spamming abilities for you and your team. So getting this helps a lot with early game damage and mana regen.

Frozen Mallet:- Frozen Mallet
Total Price: 3250
Recipe Price: 825

20 Attack Damage, 700 Health. UNIQUE Passive: Physical attacks reduce your target's Movement Speed for 2.5 seconds.
The reason i get this is because it is a very good health items. Also it gives you a little bit of damage and its passive does work because it slows movement speed so if you think pantheon is boss with slowment of movement.

Total Price: 2000
Recipe Price: 1000

100 Armor. UNIQUE Passive: On being hit by standard attacks, returns 30% of damage taken as magic damage.
You can get this for when you face dps champions that use there auto attacks. I have other items that you can get instead of this so dont worry. but this is good armor and damage return.

Bloodthirster:-The Bloodthirster
Total Price: 3200
Recipe Price: 900

60 Attack Damage, 25 Life Steal. Passive: Gain an additional 1 Physical Damage and 0.25% Lifesteal per kill. Maximum of +40 Damage and 10% Lifesteal. Bonuses are lost upon death.
I get this for the good damage it gives and also the lifesteal. Its passive is just legit so thats another reason i get it. Just overall a good reason.

Infinity Edge:-Infinity Edge
Total Price: 4080
Recipe Price: 375

75 Attack Damage, 20 Critical Strike Chance. UNIQUE Passive: Critical hits now deal 250% damage instead of 200%.
This is also another great item for damage. It is great for any champion because it gives great passive for critical hits when you do them.

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Alternative Items you can get.

Instead of getting the tanky items such as the Thornmail. There are other items you can get.

Such as:

Banshees Veil:-Banshee's Veil
Total Price: 2715
Recipe Price: 650

375 Health, 375 Mana, 50 Magic Resist. UNIQUE Passive: Blocks one negative spell every 45 seconds.
This is a good item if you are tanking a little bit. Its good because it gives great health and mana that will help your manamune and give great health. But it also gives great magic resist if you are fighting a lot of mages. Also it passive blocks one negative spell which can help you against Karthus and Ashe's arrow and mana more spells used against you.

Another item you can get:

Guardians Angel:-Guardian Angel
Total Price: 2600
Recipe Price: 1200

68 Armor, 38 Magic Resist. UNIQUE Passive: Revives your Champion upon death, restoring 750 Health and 350 Mana, this effect can only occur once every 5 minutes.
This is a good item because it gives great armor and also it gives great magic resist once again that will help you with mages. Then its passive revives you if you die so if you get focused and die then you can come back alive and either keep fighting or escape.

If you are having an easy games with consistent kills

Total Price: 1275
Recipe Price: 800

180 Health. UNIQUE Passive: Your champion gains 32 health per stack, receiving 2 stacks for a kill or 1 stack for an assist. This effect can stack 20 times; you lose a third of your stacks if you die. At 20 stacks, your champion takes 15% less damage.
This is a good item for consistent kills because by the time you have 20 stacks you will be unstoppable.

If you want some more health and a sweet passive :D:

Randuin's Omen:-Randuin's Omen
Total Price: 2925
Recipe Price: 600

80 Armor, 300 Health, 25 Health Per 5 Sec. UNIQUE Passive: 5% Cooldown Reduction and 20% chance on being hit to slow the attacker's movement and attack speed by 35% for 3 seconds. UNIQUE Active: Slows movement speeds and attack speeds of surrounding units by 35% for 2 seconds + 0.5 seconds for each 100 Armor and Magic Resist. 60 second cooldown.
This gives good health armor and health regen :D and has a slow active that does work :D

IF they are stacking ability power and you need out of it:

Force of Nature:-Force of Nature
Total Price: 2610
Recipe Price: 1000

40 Health Per 5 Sec, 76 Magic Resist, 8 Movement Speed. UNIQUE Passive: Restores 0.35% of your champion's health every second.
Gives great health regen great magic resist and a passive that is mighty helpful :D.

If you want to add to your manamune and have great armor :D:

Frozen Heart <3:-Frozen Heart
Total Price: 2775
Recipe Price: 650

99 Armor, 500 Mana. UNIQUE Passive: Reduces ability cooldowns by 20% and reduces the attack speed of nearby enemies by 20%.
Gives good mana Good armor buffs up your manamune and gives you cooldown for more spamability this one is optional i dont get it a lot but for fun sometimes :D

If you want different damage.

Last Whisper:-Last Whisper
Total Price: 2290
Recipe Price: 900

40 Attack Damage. UNIQUE Passive: Attacks penetrate 40% of the defender's armor.
This is a great item because it gives great damage and also helps armor penetration against tanks and people that grab armor.

Another item is:

Youmuu's Ghostblade:-Youmuu's Ghostblade
Total Price: 2272
Recipe Price: 600

30 Attack Damage, 15 Critical Strike Chance. UNIQUE Passive: +20 Armor Penetration 15% Cooldown Reduction. UNIQUE Active: You gain +20% movespeed and +50% attack speed for 4 seconds. Attacking enemy units with melee attacks increases the duration by 2 to a maximum of 8 seconds. 60 second cooldown.
Great item for damage, it also gives good armor pen and its passive is insanely good :) so use this if you don't want to go too tanky.

If you have a lot of ability power champs and you need a little damage:

Total Price: 1800
Recipe Price: 570

35 Attack Damage, 30 Magic Resist. UNIQUE Passive: If you would take Magic Damage which would leave you at less than 30% of your Maximum Health, you first gain a shield which absorbs 300 Magic Damage for 4 seconds. 45 second cooldown.
This is good for magic resist damage and it gives you 300 damage sheild when your close to death for helpful escapes against an overpowering Ap. Such as Annie, Leblanc, Anivia,Malzahar and many more.

If you already have leviathan and you are dominating:

Sword of the Occult:-Sword of the Occult
Total Price: 1369
Recipe Price: 954

10 Attack Damage. UNIQUE Passive: Your champion gains 5 damage per stack, receiving 2 stacks for a kill or 1 stack for an assist. This effect can stack 20 times; you lose a third of your stacks if you die. At 20 stacks, your champion's movement speed is increased 15%.
Easy damage snoball effect. Gets you great damage and when at 20 stacks your movement speed is incredibly tough to get away from pantheon because of his stun :D

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Skill Sequence

1st: You should make out your stun first. One because your stun is what takes down the enemy so you can do your 3 skill combo. Two because its easy to stun lock with it.
2nd: You should next max out your spear throw. This because it is what does the most damage at the end of your combo. It also is a good harass and a good killer when enemies healths are low.
Then max out your Heartseeker Strike. this will do more damage late game when you have a lot of damage.

Also the skill sequence you should use when you fight is:

W: For the stun to keep them in place for the kill

E: This for doing a lot of damage and even better with armor penetration :)

Q: to finish of their health :)

So do it quick in battle W/E/Q will take down a lot of health. It will be even better if you ulti across map and fall on someone and then do this. Plus the help of your team will dominate anyone or even a couple of people.

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His passive:-Aegis Protection
After attacking or casting spells 4 times, Pantheon will block the next normal attack that deals more than 40 damage to him.
Great ability helps block spells and lets you turret dive a little.

His Q:- Spear Shot
Pantheon hurls his spear at an opponent, dealing 16 / 28 / 40 / 52 / 64 + 100 / 115 / 130 / 145 / 160% of his attack in physical damage.
really good harass and does a lot of damage at the end game.

His W:-egis of Zeonia
Pantheon leaps at the target enemy champion and deals 50 / 75 / 100 / 125 / 150 (+100% of ability power) magic damage and stuns them for 0.7 / 0.9 / 1.1 / 1.3 / 1.5 second(s). Pantheon also instantly refreshes his Aegis Protection.
Great stun and Stun lock :D

His E:-Heartseeker Strike
Passive: Pantheon gains 100% critical strike chance against targets below 15% of their max health.

Active: Pantheon focuses and deals 5 swift strikes in front of him for 4 / 6 / 8 / 10 / 12 + 20 / 25 / 30 / 35 / 40% of his total attack damage as physical damage per strike. Deals double damage to champions.
The best part of his combo does most of the damage and rocks the healths of your enemies.

His Ult/R:-Grand Skyfall
Pantheon gathers his strength and then leaps high into the air, crashing down at the target area a few seconds later. Deals up to 400 / 700 / 1000 (+100% of ability power) magic damage to units at the center (down to 33% at the edge) and slows them by 35% for 1 second.
Can get across maps really easy and good ganking tool.

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Pros / Cons

Great Assassin
Great damage output
Great Stun Lock Ability
Good team player.
Very good damage but Squishy
No escape ability
Cant tank unless played mostly tank
Gets played wrong a lot
One of those champions that gets boring.

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I go with either two different tree set ups.

#1: 21/0/9: grab the basic offense and then in the 9 i grab for pantheons lack of mana regen and low mana.
#2: 21/9/0: In this you could grab 3 in hardiness 1 in resistence the 4 in Evansion then that last one in nimbleness for that easy evasion and easy armor. Just to help out a little.

Easy to tree builds:

#1 is a more offensive build that takes damage into play. also has mana regen a little bit to help you

#2 is also a more damage effective build but has the evasion and armor.

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Summoner Spells

Flash-Teleports your Champion to your mouse cursor. 475 range.
Good For Pantheon because he doesnt have any escape abilities so this helps him a lot. Plus you can flash stun FTW :D.
Cleanse-Removes all stuns, slows, taunts, fears, snares, sleeps, silences, blinds and immobilizers and reduces the duration of subsequent crowd control effects applied by 65% for 3 seconds.
Good on a tanky pantheon because Crowd Control is what murders pantheon he can't do much when hes stunned snared or whatever he is pretty much helpless.

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Ranked Play

I would recommend play pantheon if your team needs a melee dps :D. He's good and he has a great damage output for your team. Also if you play pantheon like this when you play ranked. If played like this you can be a ninja high flying assassin from anywhere tank a couple of them kill a squishy and then run away.

He is a great champ for ranked very viable to play if your team needs a tanky dps :) or even if you want to go a damage build. :) Your team will be greatly Appreciative of your damage output against squishys and even tanks if you get armor penetration :)
They might even be excited if we go Tanky Dps because you wont be squishy and you will be able to help in team fights and even with ganks and laning.

Great champion to play in Ranked. So go For it if you feel like being froggy :)

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Playing Vs Pantheon.

If you are against someone using a build thats a little tankish build. There is two things you can do to help take his health down faster.
Number 1: If you are playing a Melee champion and want to do damage to him faster and a lot easier. What you can do is stack armor pen. Get items like last whisper and youmuu's and also just get fed fast and try to keep him away from getting fed so he can't get tankier quick. Its better to do that to get to rape his armor so he cant tank your hits because you penetrate it. Or if you dont want armor penetration. You can grab a Black Cleaver. The black cleaver is great for aArmor tanks because it stacks 5 times and lowers their armor down.
Number 2: If you are playing a Caster champion or a Mage. You can get Magic Penetration items. Such as Haunting Guise, Void Staff or Sorc Boots. This might not do much but it will help your spells do more. These are just two easy things i can tell you what to do if you are playing a person with a build like this.

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Team Work

If you play tankish pantheon it is a great team advantage. One because he does a lot of damage and he can tank a little bit for his team incase of a team fight and they attack the squishy's. He can help stun the champions so that his team can either get away or damage the **** out of the team. Tanky pantheon is just a great way to play him because 1 v 1 battles are insane. He can output so much damage and the enemy might do some damage but he has a lot of health and you have health regen per 5 per level runes to be able to stay in lane.
In my opinion this is my favorite build to play with pantheon. I used to main pantheon for a while and always did Ad and a Little AS. Which is also a really good build he does a lot of damage and stuff of that nature. But then i started to realize that he died way to fast in 2 v 1's and also just in general because he dies way to fast to crowd control. Hes just an overally squishy champ so this build in my opinion does a lot to help him survive and stay alive a lot longer than he normally does when you just play him Ad/ As a little bit.

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When to play this.

He can be played just like olaf or renekton. he can be played an off tank like this build is right here. Dont go all tank with him because then he wont have any damage output and he wont do very well. If you have a tank like singed or like taric who cant really tank the best but are still tanky. Go an off tank build like this to help the team in teamfights and help yourself survive. I would not recommend using this build everytime unless you like to or need it. Because Ad pantheon is actually really good just is really squishy. So just play this build when your team needs an off tank to be more effective. Just have fun with this build he is harder to kill and he outputs damage so he's annoying and hard to avoid. Also he might not be super tanky so dont feel like you are playing Mundo or Alistar and just run in there and try to wreck. because you will probably be wrecked and feed. Then your team will yell at you and the outcome will be terrible :))))). So don't feel like a tanky you are more of a dps with a lot of health and armor.

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Feel Free.

Feel free to add me

IGN: IVIoBerzerk
US server.

I love playing im on a lot so send me an invite and im sure to play.

and even if you want ill demonstrate this build in game.

Im not very good so dont expect greatness im just average.

But i love playing so anyone wanna play just invite or whatever :) i dont care if you are new and just started playing. If you wanna play ranked whatever. i love the game either playing mode so id love to play with anyone that wants to invite me :). you also might be playing with Mobrebel from here because i know him in real life. So you will get to play with two of mobafires members at once. And we are both rather good :) so feel free :)))))


You can Personal Message me on here asking any questions you need. Ill try to help my best. I hope you guys like this build and use it a lot. Its fun and fun to watch someone play.

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Upcoming Builds to look for :D

In process of writing an In depth look to sion 4 ways to play him. Ad/ap/tank/crit so look for that within the next couple weeks.
Also im going to write a Teemo build soon.

So just have patience and if you like either of them ill be writing a guide to them. :D
Then you guys can Up vote em and they will be miraculous :) jk jk jk but the builds are real get ready for them.

I am building a sion build because i started playing him awhile ago when i started. When i started the champion spotlight that was out was the new champion Garen. So thats awhile back now :) But ive just learned that sion is an incredible champ no matter how you play him :)

So look forward to it, it will take me pretty much forever because ill have to explain everything for each build i do :). So hopefully i have it done soon and you all can comment and rate on it :) maybe if its liked enough it can go into the Top spots which would make me super excited :) but nonetheless i love League of Legends and Cant wait for this build to be done for you all :)

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Ending :D

I love to share the builds i use with champions. So if you have any criticism against my builds please feel free to tell me in the comments. But all i ask is that you dont troll my builds if there is a dumb reason you down-voted i will be severely angry. Also under no circumstances will i allow the copying of my build so if i find out you have i will talk to the Creator and have him remove you from the site. Because people that copy other peoples builds are ruining Mobafire. Also if you try my build and like it feel free to message me and tell me or post your records on my comments below it will help me know that im doing a good job making these :D.
Phever :D