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League of Legends Build Guide Author LoLing4Life

Talon Deaths Shadow* AD Burst

LoLing4Life Last updated on September 7, 2011
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The inescapable


Hit Hard and Hit Fast

Ability Sequence

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

Not Updated For Current Season

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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This is Talon one of the most fun champions to play. (probably the most fun, especially in pvp hehe)

my best score with Talon is


usually go 25ish/10/10

both builds are great only real difference is if u want ghost blade, or phantom dancer. (champions not being able to excape, or greater movement and attack speed)

Now Talon is an Assassin , and you have to think like one, enemy champions are your pray, and ripe for the pickin

.'The three deadliest blademasters in all of Valoran are bound to the house of Du Couteau: my father, myself, and Talon. Challenge us, if you dare.'' - Katarina Du Couteau

."It takes a truly resourceful gentleman to seamlessly combine function and style, particularly on the battlefield. It should come as no surprise, then, that the upcoming champion of the League is a man of both utility and flair."

It took me a while to make this build after playing about 25+ games with Talon ive found these two builds are the best, and most fun/ enjoyable. please comment im always open to making my guide better :)

What i hope this guide will do for you is help you understand Talon and the Mind of the Assassin, and to teach you how to turn Talon into The deadliest Assassin to ever hit LoL.

Happy LoLing

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Pros / Cons

AMAZING burst damage
with build 1, its almost impossible for enemy champions to flee you
amazing farmer
great at ganking
great it team fights
good kser
gets alot of champion kills (my average is about 25 kills per game)
Probably the best 1v1 in LoL,
Can Slow with Range (great for assassin)
Amazing escape possibilities

Cons: Slightly squishy but this doesnt really matter if you can suscsessfully pull off talon
cant really think of any thing else, talon is a beast to put it simply.
If your smart and good at strategic play. THIS is the champion for you. if you can think like a ninja, youll kill like the god of death.

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Passive: Mercy:
Talon's auto-attacks deal additional damage to a target that is under the influence of any crowd control effect.

Noxian Diplomacy
Talon viciously stabs his enemy, dealing heavy physical damage and causing them to leave a blood trail that Talon can use to track them.

Talon fans out three blades in front of him that quickly return to him, dealing damage and slowing any target hit in either direction.

Talon leaps behind his target and silences them for a short duration, amplifying the damage of any of his follow up attacks and abilities.

Shadow Assault
Talon enters stealth for a short duration, gaining a movement speed boost and sending blades that deal damage to all enemies in their path flying in every direction. Once the blades reach a certain distance, they pause and form a circle. When Talon reappears from stealth, the blades return to him, once again dealing damage to any opponent they pass through.

now this skill sequence is the MOSTZz important it can kill almost any champion in the game

shadow assault before they see you (dont let them see the blades) then use cutttrhoat to jump behind them, then AA, then noxian diplomacy right after, then rake as they try to run away, (if you have inferno or they are a tuough opponent ) through in inferno for good measure. THIS WILL KILL 95% OF THE TIME.

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Talon's earliest memories are the darkness of Noxus' underground passages and the reassuring steel of a blade. He has no memory of family, warmth, or kindness. Instead, the clink of stolen gold and the security of a wall at his back are all the kinship he has ever craved. Kept alive only by his quick wits and deft thievery, Talon scraped out a living in the seedy underbelly of Noxus. His incredible skills with the blade earned him great notoriety. Various guilds sent assassins against him with a demand: join their ranks or be killed. His response was to leave the bodies of his pursuers stuffed in a dark corner or dumped in Noxus' moat. Having lived on the streets, Talon knew better than to waste - he claimed a blade from every failed attempt on his life, gathering a seemingly endless collection of weaponry.
The assassination attempts grew increasingly dangerous until one assailant met Talon blade-for-blade in a match of strength. To his astonishment, Talon was disarmed. He was facing down his executioner's sword when the assassin revealed himself to be General Du Couteau. The General offered Talon the standard of life that befitted an agent of the Noxian High Command in exchange for his allegiance. Talon accepted on the condition that his service was to Du Couteau alone, for the only type of orders he could respect were from one he could not defeat. Talon remained in the shadows, carrying out assassinations on Du Couteau's orders until the day that the general disappeared. Talon's suspicions led him to the doors of the Institute of War, where he joined the League of Legends in order to find the parties responsible for Du Couteau's disappearance.

Talon enters the Great Hall with wary anticipation, his gaze forward. The unknowing might consider him careless, but to his perceptive observers it is apparent that Talon is infinitely aware of every detail in his surroundings.
While his focus is sharp, Talon's mind is elsewhere. He hastens towards the massive double doors at the end of the hall and regards them impassively. His purpose lies far beyond the Reflection Chamber. What lies within is a necessary distraction, but hardly an obstacle. Blade in hand, he enters without pause.

Talon was on the ground, his face pressed to the dirt-ridden cracks between black cobblestones. The world came into focus around him one piece at a time--first the stench of sewage, then the muffled cries of "stop, thief," and finally the walls of the dead-end alleyway, its corners piled high with reeking decay.
He needed nothing else to identify his location. He knew this alleyway-and the slums of Noxus-all too well.

Talon rolled onto his hands and knees. His arms and legs, gangly and darkened with dirt, stung and bled from fresh scrapes. The cries grew closer, coming for him. "Find that boy!"

Talon glanced about, quelling his panic. His eyes fell on what appeared to be a rotten plank of wood, half-covered in garbage and waste, in the shadowed corner of the alley. With what quickness he could muster, Talon scurried towards it, grabbing the rotten plank and tugging it aside. Beneath it, a small opening led under the alley wall and deep into the darkness. In a swift and painful motion, Talon twisted to drop himself down into the opening and slid the plank back into place.

He pressed his back to a muddy dirt wall as the muted sounds of confusion came from outside his hiding place. He remained perfectly still until his pursuers dispersed, their footsteps retreating and grumbled voices fading.

Talon tried to catch his breath. The wet air he gasped into his lungs reeked of rats and sewage. As the rush of adrenaline left him, he found himself stricken instead by the dull pain of hunger and, more pointedly, anger.

"Where was Kavyn," he growled to himself and looked down into the dark.

The plan had been simple. Their target had been a fruit merchant whose cart stood at the edge of the marketplace. Kavyn was to give the signal and, as Talon took what he could, Kavyn would create a distraction so that he could escape. He'd seen the signal, but moments later, as he filled his satchel with ***ungu berries, he caught the attention of half the marketplace. And worse, he'd lost the bag in his frantic escape through the slums.

With nothing gained but a painfully hungry stomach, Talon seethed with bitterness.

Talon turned and began to crawl down the passage. Before long, his fingers and knees squelched as the ground beneath him became wet and cold-he'd reached the old and unused pipe that led into Noxus- underground chambers, most of them connected to the sewer network.

It isn't the first time that Kavyn has failed me like this, Talon thought as the passage sloped downward. With the pain in his stomach and the weakness in his limbs, he couldn't help but recall instead the times he'd succeeded alone, fending for himself without dependence on anyone else.

Finally, the pipe opened over a small chamber, its space filled with makeshift furniture and garbage scraps. Far below the western edge of the chamber, where a sheer drop took the place of a wall, a foul river carried Noxian sewage out of the city. Talon twisted within the pipe's cramped space and dropped down.

"You made it back!"

Talon whirled. Kavyn stood against the wall below the pipe's mouth, lighting a match. The flickering flame revealed a boy hardly older than Talon himself and just as rough and dirty, his brown hair a matted mess on his head.

"Where were you?" Talon snarled.

"Never mind that," Kavyn dropped the lit match onto a small pile of trash beneath him, which instantly caught and cast a wavering light about the chamber. "Did you get anything?"

"A bag of ***ungu berries," Talon's voice was cold. "I dropped it-while running."

He saw a twitch of unease in Kavyn's expression, and his eyes flicked to a small and nearly-empty crate in one corner of the chamber, where they usually kept their stores of stolen food. "Oh."

"Where were you?"

The other boy held up his hands. "Just hold on," he said. "I've got something." Kavyn tugged at his tattered leather belt, revealing two sheaths at his side that Talon had never seen before. From within them, Kavyn withdrew a pair of short daggers. Their blades shone like gold in the firelight, and Talon's eyes widened.

"Listen," said Kavyn, tearing Talon's covetous gaze away. "We can sell them. It doesn't matter that you lost the food."

Talon bristled, but the comment fazed him far less than it should have. He looked back to the daggers, which Kavyn held flat in his palm as though they'd slice him open if he wiggled a finger.

"I stole them from a drunk near the market tavern," Kavyn explained. "That's where I went. I thought--well, we'll make enough to eat for a few days with these, right? And..."

He continued to explain himself, but Talon no longer heard him. He reached a hand forward for one of the blades. As he held it, Talon became immediately aware of its shoddy quality, its weight imbalance, the way the hilt splintered. It was hardly suited for cutting meat, let alone use in combat. The blade had three worn notches and Talon ran his finger gently against them, just enough to feel its sharpness--one, two, three. He was possessed by the feel of it in his hand. The blade empowered him.

Kavyn had stopped talking and turned to pull the remaining potatoes from their crate. I was nearly caught because of this foolish boy, Talon thought, the bitter, hateful fire lit again within him. He knew he'd have inevitably been killed, for such is the Noxian way.

Talon ran his fingers along the blade's notches again. The Noxian way... he'd heard that before, in whispers on the streets. The strongest find their way out of the gutter. Weapons were coveted things, weapons--even a simple pair of daggers--were the key to survival. Another whisper, one he'd heard again and again, echoed in his mind: The strong rely on no one but themselves.

Talon clenched the blade in his fist and dashed forward, reaching to put the dagger to Kavyn's throat...

...but the boy whirled around and caught Talon's wrist, blocking his attack. Talon stood shocked. This is wrong, he thought. He remembered the blood on his hands, he remembered dropping the body into the sewer--the first of many.

Kavyn spoke, but the voice was not his own: "Why do you want to join the League, Talon?"

"For General Du Couteau," Talon said. The sewer chamber began to fade to darkness around them. Talon felt the weight of his bladed cloak returning to his shoulders, the illusion shattered. "My search has led me here."

"You fight for yourself," said the summoner imitating Kavyn's form. "You have no allies. You kill to survive, yet you follow at this vanished General's heels like a dog on a leash. Why?"

Talon tried to wrench his arm away, yet he found himself paralyzed not by the summoner's physical strength but by some magical intervention. "I am in his debt. The General spared my life."

"Is your debt not paid? After you spilled the blood of the boy called Kavyn, you swore allegiance to no one. You killed without remorse, and while you killed for Du Couteau until the day he vanished, you may now have freedom if you wish it. Why do you want to join the League, Talon?"

"You misunderstand," Talon hissed. "In the slums of Noxus I killed to survive. Under Du Couteau I killed in his name, but my life was my own. Now--I am nothing, yet I still have my blades. What other purpose can my blades serve?"

"How does it feel, exposing your mind?"

The summoner released him. Talon grasped his cloak and vanished into the dark, leaving the Reflecting Chamber in utter silence. The summoner glanced back and forth, scowling, and stiffened when Talon's blade appeared at his throat.

"Unpleasant," Talon growled into his ear. "Necessary."

And he was gone.

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Build 1: This rune setup is for Maximum Damage output, giving much armor penetration, and the cool down reduction Talon needs for Faster consecutive Burst Damage. This is also great for your burst Damage and CC abilities as 24% cooldown reduction is godly for Talon

Build 2: This Rune set up is basically the compensate for Talons defense weaknesses, and will in almost any situation make Talon the King of his Lane.

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OK so ya i picked the Generic 21/0/9 setup but i really think it fits shadow and plays to his strengths, as the rune setup already took care of his weaknesses. Trust me this is the way to play Talon. With these Masteries you MAXIMIZE Talons Damage output and show the opposing team whos the baddest mother F'er out there.


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Okay so basically the item setup for build 1 is for the cool down reduction, and for the ghost-blade, frozen Mallet combo . slowing your enemy down while doing your burst damage combo on him with the ghost blades active buff. makes the enemy champions flee success rate almost none.


and the second build cuts out the ghost blade for the Phantom Dancer resulting in much higher, and faster burst damage and giving Talon the ability to Catch up to almost any enemy champion, not to mention the 70% critical chance.


mercury threads, if its a heavy cc, team or your getting slowed stuned ect.

also in terms of boots, its all up to you and your prefference

Boots of switness for complete speed.
Mercurytreads if u want to take the defensive
or berserkers greaves if u want good attack speed

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Skill Sequence

Okay so Rake should be maxed first.
because of its CC and Farming potential, as it is also great for harassing your lane partner. then you should follow by maxing NOxian diplomacy then cutthroat.

There are many combo availabilities with Talon, Find what works for you :)

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Summoner Spells

Well for build 1, i have ghost for increased running speed, and ignite , (using ignite before your combo in your combo will give you ridiculous burst damage, like its not even funny what your damage output will be.

build 2: i use exhaust for slowing champions down for the kill, and flash for a heady escape, or to claim my pray :)

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Ok Talon is also a tank shredder :)

go to the tank, hit him with Rake, then noxian diplomacy, and cuttthroat, followed by exhaust or another rake. then use your ultimate and wait for your cooldowns to reset then do this again resulting in a quick abolition of even top tier Tanks.

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Talon has amazing farming abilities, a real great kit, don't forget to fully utilize his farm to get the most money early on to get a jump on your opponent.

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Team Work

Talon might be a boss 1v1, but he also shines during team fights. use rake to start. folowed by your sumoner spells (depending upon wich build you chose) then shoot out noxian diploacy and cuttthroat, another rake then use your ultimate while you wait for your cooldowns to resett. ive done this resulting in a quadrakill!!!!

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Creeping / Jungling


helping you get your powerfull items early game, You HAVE to think like an assassin, stay 1 step ahead of your enemy! and you shall crush them

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Method to Quickly Destroy towers

Basicly Spam Q, after an auto attack, this combo will quickly cause towers to crumble at your feet.

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Now All in all Talon is probaly the sickest champion out there, great damage. some of you say hes OP? Nah not even, hes very balanced what he has in offence is compensated otherwise. you have to be smart to play this character THIS IS A STRATEGY game after all and Talon can fully utilize this aspect.

Once you turn lvl 18 and finish this build .... oh man you become GOD