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Talon Build Guide by Mpegial

Middle The: How to be a Talon main

By Mpegial | Updated on February 14, 2021
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Runes: Highest Burst Damage

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Sudden Impact
Eyeball Collection
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+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
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The: How to be a Talon main

By Mpegial
So to main Talon it is mandatory to learn his lore (Not really but here we go anyways :D).

Talon lives in Noxus as a hood rat, killing for profits, with time he became so well known General Du Couteau took an interest and sent assassins to recruit Talon, after which their dead bodies were left to be found as his answer, which made the General himself go and fight him, their fight ended with Talons defeat, than the General offered him two choices Live and serve or Die. Talon chose to serve but under the condition that he would serve only the General because he lost to him and he will only respect him. At some point General Du Couteau vanished and none knew where he was, upon learning this Talon thought about escaping, but through his years of service his respect only grew and he became loyal to the General thus since than he has been searching for him.

As for gameplay Talon isn't difficult to play nor master, however that doesn't mean he is easy to win with, main reason being the Late game if you get to that point the game will suddenly be much! harder, generally speaking he is a Solid champion with amazing early game and an extremely strong Roam.
Abilities In Detail Back to Top

1. Blade's End is applying a mark whenever an enemy is hit by an ability that deals damage. After getting 3 marks on an enemy once you auto attack that enemy they will bleed for a few seconds taking bleeding damage.

2. Noxian Diplomacy can act as a gap closer since it makes Talon leap to the target dealing damage and applying a mark, if in melee range Talon will perform a critical strike with his Noxian Diplomacy

3. Rake throws 3 blades applying 1 marks once when they come out and hit and 1 on the way back, it also slows the enemy hit on the way back for 40% at level 1 and 60% at max rank.

4. Shadow Assault throws 12 blades outwards from Talon's location dealing damage making him invisible for a short time and reactivating the ability will pull the blades towards Talon dealing damage and applying a mark , if the enemy is auto attacked or hit by Noxian Diplomacy during the Shadow Assault the blades will converge upon the target hit applying a mark. (Note: if Rake is used during this ultimate the ultimate will not converge on the target and will cancel the invisibility).

5.At last Assassin's Path allows Talon to jump over any wall setting that one wall in a cooldown during that cooldown Talon can not jump over the same wall , it also allows Talon to jump over champion made walls.
Runes Back to Top
These are your two Main Runes that you should be using with Talon, and can use Sorcery, Domination or Precision as secondary ones.

Electrocute is for the sole reason that you want to do more Burst damage and kill your enemy faster, it works really well with Rake and Noxian Diplomacy to get the proc instantly hence the "Burst Damage". Dark Harvest could be good however we want to kill them instantly and not get them to 50% to get the benefit of the extra damage. As for Hail of Blades and Predator they are out of the question as the benefits are near nonexistent for Talon as one heavily relies on attack speed and the other on consistent movement speed.
Taste of Blood is really helpful as it works with both abilities and normal attacks, however depending on the matchup it might be better to take Sudden Impact for champions like Vayne, and Cheap Shot for more stationary enemies like Caitlyn. Nonetheless Taste of Blood is also really useful for survivability when combined with Triumph.
Eyeball Collection is great as it gives extra AD, but personally I believe Ghost Poro is better as it does the same effect as well as greatly boost your vision on the map and keep you a lot more safe, something similar could be said about Zombie Ward however it is under the assumption that you will be destroying enemy wards which requires Oracle Lens and you won't be taking that every time thusly making the rune unstable for Talon .
Talon doesn't need attack speed or cooldown reduction, in other words all you need is AD and Armor or Magic Resist depending on your enemy.

Conqueror is the absolute best choice for Talon as it gives you extra AD as well as heal you at maximum stacks of (12) for 15% of your physical damage, as well as making a really good combo with Taste of Blood and Ravenous Hunter to give you amazing survivability especially in a fight of attrition against enemies that have a lot of healing like Nasus Vladimir or Marksmen that have built life steal. Press the Attack is a decent second choice however if you were to pick that it would honestly be better to pick Domination as a main rune as it is lacking in comparison, Fleet Footwork and Lethal Tempo are out of the question as they give zero value to Talons abilities or playstyle.
Triumph is the top tier out of the 3 choices you have for one simple reason, the moment you "kill" an enemy it heals you for 12% of your "missing" health as well as give you an extra 20 Gold, which is extremely useful for Talon as you plan to kill a lot and not stand in the backline as a support. Overheal isn't bad and it works with Conqueror, Taste of Blood and Ravenous Hunter well but at the end of the day you aren't a tank like Nasus that has a massive health pool and innate life steal to abuse this rune, as for Presence of Mind it's not terrible but the benefits are too small compared to the other two.
Legend: Bloodline is very solid at max stacks (20) as it gives 12% life steal and it pairs really well with Conqueror, Legend: Tenacity is also really good, but note that it should be taken against enemies that have really heavy CC, and as for Legend: Alacrity it isn't completely useless as attack speed is useful to everyone but it's extremely low priority for Talon
Lastly same deal as before raw AD for both status runes and the other armor or magic resist depending on your enemy.
Talon Combos Back to Top
Talons combos are mostly to maximize damage but can be used to zone enemies too.

1. Early Game: Rake> Noxian Diplomacy> AA

2. Early Gmae: Noxian Diplomacy> AA> Rake> AA

3. Standar Combo: Rake> Noxian Diplomacy> AA> Shadow Assault> AA

4.Secure Kill: Shadow Assault> Noxian Diplomacy> Rake> AA

5. Big Boi Damage: Rake> Shadow Assault> AA> Noxian Diplomacy> AA

6. Quick Kill: Shadow Assault> Noxian Diplomacy> AA

7. One Shot: Rake> Shadow Assault> Noxian Diplomacy> AA
Farming Back to Top
Farming is extremely important and if you can manage to get a really! good early lead you can buy Tiamat to push the wave easily and roam as much as you like, however if not you can just farm with Rake and Noxian Diplomacy, now keep in mind that while farming for Talon may seem less important, especially when you are ahead in kills don't make that mistake because, the more you kill the less Gold you get so farming is as a total more profitable.
Team Work Back to Top
Team work, this is an interesting matter with Talon, as you may know Talon doesn't have any abilities other than Rake that could be helpful in assisting his team. However Talon has very high mobility and due to that he has a few options to help his allies, the most crucial one is Ganking, it is very important have map awareness. Having map awareness helps you know when to gank or not.

Another way to help your team is a simply assassination, Talon is an assassin and thus getting to the backline of the enemy and killing their weakest (Or members with the lowest health) targets helps your team charge in more easily without worrying about Damage and Crowd Control.
Is Talon Good For Ranked? Back to Top
So, yes and no. Any champion can be played for ranked, Talon is really good at the early to mid game, however past that he starts becoming less and less useful, in other words you need to finish the game relatively faster. His potential fully depends on how good You are with him as with all champions, regardless yes he can be very good as long as you get kills fairly early and help your team overall with vision, ganking, or simply getting rid of the most troublesome enemy.
A little outro Back to Top
Thank you very much for reading the Guide to the end, I hope it helped you understand the champion better, and give you interest in playing him.

Now please go on and get First Blood on all those mages, and most of all have Fun
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