Talon Build Guide by ZephonEU
Talon Jungle | Oneshot from the shadows. Conquerer. [10.21]By ZephonEU | Updated on October 14, 2020
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Champion Build Guide
I am zephhhh, a talon enthusiast
Currently while writing this guide, I am a Master tier Talon player, and was the 23rd best talon on EUW. Here is a link to my stream.
This guide offers an introduction to Talon jungle. The different combos to one-shot with, will not be introduced in this guide.
I highly recommend watching this video
uploaded by Challenger Talon Yamikaze for an in-depth run-through of Talon's combos.
This is my first guide and I hope you all will take it well.
The current strategy in the jungle is to walk over to the pixel brush, channel your recall at 0:45 and place the yellow trinket while recalling. This allows you to gain an early sweeper and control over the vision in river.
Although you might not need the control in river, a sweeper is extremely strong on Talon.
The enemy jungler will spam ping their laners, and they will cower in fear.
Particularly, if you feel that you can make ganks happen right away, you can choose to go from your Hunter's Talisman to getting some Long Swords. I do not recommend this if you feel like you can't make something happen right at that moment. Talon gets good sustain with the upgraded smite.
It is often very crucial having a control ward on you. Talon is built around having vision control. If the enemy does not know where you are, they panic everywhere. Make sure you are not seen before ganking a lane, as counterganking Talon is extremely easy.
These three are the primary boot options for Talon, here depending on what build route you want to go, the state of the game and the compositions of the two teams.
You should run Boots of Mobility if your playstyle is:
- more of a splitpushing Talon
- willing to sacrifice early damage for mobility
- dislikes teamfighting
You should run Ninja Tabis if:
- You like dueling and the enemy jungler is an autoattacking based champion
- The enemy team consists of a couple of AD assassins like Zed or Qiyana, so you need the survivability
- The enemy team is pure AD and you are scared of splitpushing
You should run Mercury Treads if:
- The enemy team has a lot of hard CC (e.g. Leona, Nautilus, Sejuani, Lissandra, Fiddlesticks, ... )
It is better to get a Hexdrinker, if you feel like the enemy LeBlanc or Nidalee oneshots you. Mercury Treads are not worth it, if you only are intending to get it for the MR.
I, myself, love running Boots of Mobility on both jungle and mid lane Talon.
Going into the early-mid game
Make sure to have your jungler item upgraded. By getting Serrated Dirk, you can start to one shot fiesta anyone that try to walk up to you!
Here you need to make sure that you can get away with buying two lethality items. If the enemy team is super tanky or bought a lot Ninja Tabi's, you can always buy Last Whisper.
In general for your first lethality item:
Duskblade of Draktharr:
This item is designed to be used by Talon. The item's passive offers an auto attack damage boost, which lies in the same boat as Talon's passive! This item offers A LOT of damage. Another nifty thing about Duskblade is, that you can see if the enemy has a ward around you!
If you built Mercury Treads or Ninja Tabi, Youmuu's Ghostblade will help you obtain the out of combat movement speed like Boots of Mobility offers. This item has an active that allows Talon to run up to the enemy ADC and remove her from the game at once.
Edge of Night:
This item is extremely useful if you need to jump in rather first or second, so you don't get insta-CC'd by a Malzahar R, get hit by a random Thresh hook. Or if you need to dodge damage like negating a LeBlanc ability, Diana Q, etc.
Typical good uses of this is into Cassiopeia, Malzahar, Annie, etc. Champions that have difficulty hitting you with one ability before their crucial ability!
This item is the essence of vision control. If you feel like you can't really one-shot anyone or if you are behind, build this item. This allows you to be extremely useful removing wards, as the game progresses. You are in the jungle already, and with the sweeper at level 1, you can force objectives that your opponents are scared to contest because of lack of vision/preparation up to the objective.
What to buy going into the late game
Last Whisper is a very good item on Talon. By buying a Last Whisper and already having a lethality item or two, you almost triple Talon's damage to squishy targets. It is like cutting through butter with a warm knife.
Consider if you need the anti-healing. Primarily good against champions such as Vladimir, Soraka, ...
The Black Cleaver offers talon great surivability regarding the HP, CDR, AD and most of all, the passive shred.
The Black Cleaver is good against more tanky team compositions, or if you need to shred armor for your team. Typically, this is a must buy, if you are ahead, as it allows you to kill tanks too.
Typically one buys the other after buying the first one.
Here is how I do the insane cheese strategy on the enemy jungler, to get their flash/a kill.
How to do it:
The trick behind this, is to KNOW where the enemy jungler starts.
If he starts red, you start red. If he starts blue, you start blue. Make sure you are NOT seen.
In the video, I did the early game ward as described earlier in Strategies and items. I then had my sweeper, to be sure he did not have the pixel brush warded.
I leaped to his blue, overestimating his clear time and proceeded to smite wolves from him and get a kill.
The current most abused strategy is to full clear. Start at your red, krugs then raptors. You can either choose to back or transition gank into the scuttle crab at the opposite side of your red. Take blue and your wolves and back. After wolves you are Level 4.
Remember to play around your walls!
An example of playing around vision control and wall management on Talon: