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League of Legends Build Guide Author Necropolis

Talon - Live and die by the blade

Necropolis Last updated on August 28, 2011
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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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Introduction to Talon


Talon's earliest memories are the darkness of Noxus' underground passages and the reassuring steel of a blade. He remembers no 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 mastery of the blade quickly marked him as a threat, and Noxian guilds sent assassins to him with a demand: join their ranks or be killed. He left the bodies of his pursuers dumped in Noxus' moat as his response.

The assassination attempts grew increasingly dangerous until one assailant met Talon blade-for-blade in a match of strength. To his surprise, Talon was disarmed and facing down his executioner's sword when the assassin revealed himself to be General Du Couteau. The General offered Talon the choice between death at his hand, or life as an agent of the Noxian High Command. Talon chose life, 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 secret missions on Du Couteau's orders that took him from the frigid lands of Freljord to the inner sanctums of Bandle City. When the general vanished, Talon considered reclaiming his freedom, but he had gained immense respect for Du Couteau after years in his service. He became obsessed with tracking down the general's whereabouts. Talon's suspicions led him to the doors of the Institute of War, where he joined the League of Legends in order to find those responsible for Du Couteau's disappearance.

''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

What I will show you and hopefully teach you about Talon will stick with you.

In this guide I will try my best to explain how everything is done and how to play Talon with perfect reasons as to why I do what I do with Talon and how to do it.

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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.

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Pros / Cons


- Mega damage
- Super fun to play
- Assassin
- Easy to kill with (If you're not ******ed like most people on LoL. huehuehue)
- Ranged slow
- Jump to/silence/amps up damage
- Bleed damage and blood trail to follow
- Ult with super burst, speed and invis
- Q works on towers


He's not a hurp durp champ like Garen where you can go in kill everything and durp hurp out.

- Squishy as all hell.
- Can feed if you dont pay attention

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Greater Mark of Desolation It's quite obvious as to why we shall need to take Desolation marks. The armour penetration is always needed with assassin characters to out put the maximum damage possible, to achieve victory on the battlefield.
Greater Seal of Focus Talon has the potential to put out a very large and amazing amount of damage with a load of burst behind it. In team fight you will dominate with lower cooldowns and the more you output the better.

Greater Glyph of Focus Read what I said about the seal runes and you get the same thing here :P

Greater Quintessence of Desolation Read what I said up top about the marks, same thing here :)

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Personally I choose 21/0/9 for a good reason.

When playing an assassin you are ment to be one of the last 2 into the fight to pick off kills that try to get away as well as helping out the main target that needs to die. Not only that but 1v1, Talon will almost always win. (I lost against Nocturne and olaf :()

So with this 21/0/9 you max out your damage output as high as it can get, and you get the EXP boost with a bit of regen in the mix with a better ghost.

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Summoner Spells


Well Talon needs more then just his ult and his Cutthroat to get around, Ghost supplies you with a quick entry to kill with ignite + Mega damage that you put out in the course of the fight or to simply get away and get out of harms way.

Ignite reasoning: I take ignite to finish hard battles. I'm tired of seeing people flash away from death but what happens when they're ignited? THEY WONT LIVE! So I personally take it to finish the job if I cannot reach them. You could take exhaust if you want, though use it only at wise times.

Other Possibilities:
Some people just feel more comfortable with Flash instead of Ghost and it's understandable.
Exhaust is nice to secure a kill in a 1v1 or a team fight in your advantage to mop kills up.


I've seen quite a few Talons take exhaust and ignite and fail. It's mandatory for Talon to have a good escape or you'll just die and feed.

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In my view this is really the only way to build a crazy DPS Talon. It's insane damage out put is amazing!
Helps with early damage and armour pen.

Talon has a decent attack speed and its good to have a little more and his movement speed is fairly high and Berserks help out nicely

More attack damage which is very very nice with 40% armour pen. Which helps out so much for the damage to put out and grab those kills.

Large amounts of HP, good attack damage and a slow effect to make sure your passive is used. This item is an absolute MUST!

A great amount of attack damage, attack speed increase, which is very nice and it shreds the targets armour making them even squishier.

Quite obvious here, Loads of attack damage and LOADS of life steal which from what I have seen, procs off Rake as well.

Last but not least you can buy either anotherORIt's up to you though, I personally would say the IE but if you feel that you don't have enough life steal take another bloodthirster.

You can also turn brutalizer into a Ghostblade OR you can sell it and get a Phantom dancer for mobility, another Bloodthirster, or anything that you see fit to kill the enemy faster and get out if things go wrong.

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Auto Attacking

People claim he has no use for auto-attacking. I beg to differ.

Talon has an amazing damage output and when you combo is will really hurt some one and to put in a few auto attacks will shred them up.

In example you Q then E then Auto-attack then ult, get in position, W and watch the burst melt.

People are usually scared to fight as Talon but this being a personal opinion..

"If you're going to be an assassin do not be scared of death as you are the bringer of".

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Skill Sequence


Even though this is Talon's first day out I see people only putting one or two points into rake then leveling up Noxian Diplomacy first. NO! THAT IS NOT HOW YOU DO IT! D:!

Why max out Rake first?

Answer: 1. It lets you get minions from a range AND you can slow the enemies from a HUGE distance.

2. It's an amazing harassment skill to keep the enemies back and in check.

3. It's awesome damage output is always needed.

4. Don't be a fool, use your tools!

With this Skill sequence I found out that I can get the kills off faster and blast people in the face! so if it works for you GOOD! If not, pFfFfT!

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Creeping / Jungling/Farming

You are an assassin/carry/tower destroyer with the build I am giving you so you need to mainly lane with support with CC like Janna or tanks like Alistar.


Well for one you are an assassin with an expensive build and you need to farm, also the tank will ensure you get the kill and the support can heal you or ensure that you get the kill... If they're not douchebags.

If you're getting behind in levels and farm don't be scared to enter the jungle for a little bit UNLESS you have a jungler on your team.

It's important to farm as fast as you can to gain the gold and level advantage on the other team. It will make things so much easier on yourself and your lane partner.

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Killing Towers

Your Q Works on towers and hits like a truck.

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Team Work


You are to be one of the LAST into the team fights that happen through out the game. Do NOT initiate fights unless you are absolutely moronic like I was in my first game with talon going 1/7/7.

Wait for your team to start the fights but be close by. Go in leading with cutthroat then blasting your ult as quick as you can and remain on the main targets that need to die first.

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All in all. Talon is an amazing champion. Some people claimed he's op but in reality he is not, he is really well balanced. In example, he is a high risk, high reward champ, he's super easy to kill but if he gets fed you must be careful.

Some people claim he is hard to kill. In reality he is not. You shut down his farm it's over. He will need to ride backs until he can get what he needs and that's how it goes.

The runes, masteries and items are all amazing and work well together. The cooldown reduction is a must with Talon since his CD normally sucks. The masteries are 21/0/9 to max the damage and secure what kills you can to assist and carry your team to victory

Personally he is the ultimate assassin since Pantheons Ult got nerfed and to me Pantheon was the leading example on how to play assassins even though my guide is now out of date :P

Team work is a must with Talon. You are the assassin / sweeper that just keeps on killing.

I hope this guide helps, I've seen so many people fail with him today and I hope this guide brings the knowledgeable light to your eyes.

Some music to listen to while playing Talon:

1. Aeon - Forgiveness Denied
2. Bathory - Man of Iron
3. Ross The Boss - Dead Mans Curve

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