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Nocturne Champion Spotlight

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Playing As Nocturne Nocturne
  • Using Paranoia.png Paranoia at a critical moment is well worth it even if you cannot use the dash.
  • Duskbringer.png Duskbringer isn't only an offensive ability. It can be used to close distance out of combat or escape from certain death.
  • Use Shroud of Darkness.png Shroud of Darkness in tandem with Paranoia.png Paranoia's dash. Your opponents may panic and waste a critical disable on your spell shield.
Playing Against Nocturne Nocturne
  • Stay close to your allies when Paranoia.png Paranoia is cast - there is strength in numbers!
  • Nocturne Nocturne's Unspeakable Horror.png Unspeakable Horror is broken with range, so try to save your movement abilities for when he casts it.


Ability Usage
  • Umbra Blades.png Umbra Blades allows Nocturne Nocturne to jungle well. Attack speed runes and his Shroud of Darkness.png Shroud of Darkness synergize well withUmbra Blades.png Umbra Blades since its cooldown is decreased with every autoattack landed.
  • Using Duskbringer.png Duskbringer is an effective way to chase or escape an enemy.
  • Be sure to hit your target with Duskbringer.png Duskbringer when you are ganking, as it will allow you to close distance and stay on your target more easily.
  • Stealthed champions hit by Duskbringer.png Duskbringer will leave a trail, allowing you to momentarily observe their movements despite their invisibility.
  • Duskbringer.png Duskbringer can be a good tool when attacking turrets. A well-aimed Duskbringer.png Duskbringer may not only damage oncoming minions, but also gives you the benefits of a Duskbringer.png Dusk Trail, allowing you to do more damage to the turret. However, this tactic should be used with caution if an enemy champion is nearby, as hitting an enemy champion with Duskbringer.png Duskbringer will cause the turret's priority to change to you.  Also, aiming this skill away from the tower while trying to split push could give you a fast escape route while still giving you the bonus attack damage.
  • Unspeakable Horror.png Unspeakable Horror has great synergy with Duskbringer.png Duskbringer. You can either use the fear to ensure landing Duskbringer.png Duskbringer or vice versa.
  • Enemy champions closing on you might not see Unspeakable Horror.png Unspeakable Horror in time. Use this to your advantage.
  • Unspeakable Horror.png Unspeakable Horror allows you to win fights that you otherwise wouldn't because of its hard CC.
  • Save your Shroud of Darkness.png Shroud of Darkness if you don't require it. It can be essential for surviving ganks or ganking others.
    • A well timed Shroud of Darkness.png Shroud of Darkness can turn fights in your favor. Time it to avoid high damage abilities such as Requiem.png Requiem or hard CC.
  • Early and mid-game, Paranoia.png Paranoia is a great way to pounce on an overextended opponent for an easy kill. Late game it becomes a useful dash during teamfights ensuring that nobody escapes with low health.
    • Even if you aren't near the fight, don't be afraid to use Paranoia.png Paranoia to confuse and separate the other team.
    • Using it during a teamfight in the jungle is extra powerful because the enemies outside of brush completely lose sight inside of it due to a lack of shared sight. It can cause them to unknowingly split up in the confusion.
  • Nocturne Nocturne becomes more powerful with more map vision. His Paranoia.png Paranoia does not reveal the enemy champions, so you must have vision of them in order to dash to them. Because of this getting Wards and placing them around the map is highly recommended.
  • Nocturne Nocturne's Paranoia.png Paranoia can only target enemies in the radius of Paranoia.png Paranoia and with sight. For this reason, Destiny.png Destiny synergizes well as it gives sight to all enemies, even invisible champions and ones in brush, allowing Nocturne Nocturne to be able to hit a target in the fog of war.
  • Nocturne Nocturne can use other skills such as Unspeakable Horror.png Unspeakable Horror while mid-dash with Paranoia.png Paranoia. Using Unspeakable Horror.png Unspeakable Horror while mid-dash will result in Nocturne starting the channel the instant he hits his opponent, resulting in a lesser risk of error and a smaller timing where the opponent can dash away.
Mastery Usage
Item Usage
  • Nocturne Nocturne functions well as a mobile fighter or, more traditionally, a high survivability assassin. His prime statistics are armor penetration, attack damage, and health.
  • As with most DPS champions, Youmuu's Ghostblade item.png Youmuu's Ghostblade has great synergy with Nocturne Nocturne because of the armor penetration, cooldown reduction, and most notably the movement speed active.
  • Combining a Banshee's Veil item.png Banshee's Veil with his Shroud of Darkness.png Shroud of Darkness will allow Nocturne Nocturne to ignore two enemy abilities, greatly increasing his survivability.
  • Randuin's Omen item.png Randuin's Omen will greatly assist Nocturne in surviving due to the Health, Armor, and critical strike damage reduction. Additionally, the Active will allow Nocturne Nocturne to stick onto anyone he targets.
  • Dead Man's Plate item.png Dead Man's Plate is also useful due to the health, armor, as well as the movement speed while roaming and slow on the first AA. This synergizes strongly with Paranoia.png Paranoia to grant a slow upon reaching the target.
  • Nocturne Nocturne can certainly use on-hit effects, but does not necessarily require them. They can be very useful on him, though.
  • Nocturne Nocturne players should limit their choice of boots to a small range: Mercury's Treads item.png Mercury's Treads, Ninja Tabi item.png Ninja Tabi or Berserker's Greaves item.png Berserker's Greaves with emphasis on Mercury's Treads item.png Mercury's Treads and Ninja Tabi item.png Ninja Tabi due to his squishy nature.
    • When going for a more assassin-based playstyle, another viable choice is Ionian Boots of Lucidity item.png Ionian Boots of Lucidity. Despite being auto-attack based, Nocturne is still quite reliant on his abilities, both to survive and to cause damage.
  • Getting attack speed items can give Nocturne Nocturne enormous attack speed advantage over other champions since he naturally gains attack speed due to Shroud of Darkness.png Shroud of Darkness's passive.
    • However, one could argue that due to this fact that he gains attack speed, he doesn't actually need to build attack speed items, and can instead focus on pure attack damage items to increase the damage from his abilities. Indeed, it is viable to build Nocturne such way, but it is recommended to build at least one item that provides both attack speed and attack damage, such as Blade of the Ruined King item.png Blade of the Ruined King or Youmuu's Ghostblade item.png Youmuu's Ghostblade.
  • Although Trinity Force item.png Trinity Force provides a wide variety of stats, nearly all of which are quite useful to Nocturne Nocturne. Nocturne lacks both a low cooldown spamming ability and an ability that procs on-hit effects, which are something that most Trinity Force item.png Trinity Force users should have. Most of the time, it is better to buy Youmuu's Ghostblade item.png Youmuu's Ghostblade. Not only it is cheaper, but it also provides the mobility, and damage that Trinity Force item.png Trinity Force would provide, but on a way that benefits Nocturne more.
  • In 5v5, if you think you are being targeted more often, it is best to build tanky items for survivability as Nocturne Nocturne can be very squishy.
  • Nocturne Nocturne is very mana hungry, however building mana or mana regeneration on him is not recommended, as it make him fall off late game. Be conservative with your spells, especially in the jungle.
  • Although Nocturne Nocturne lane dominance is great because of his Umbra Blades.png Umbra Blades and Duskbringer.png Duskbringer, He is very squishy early game. Putting aggressive pressure on him will make him under-leveled or under-farmed.
    • Keep in mind however that he is resilient to zoning because of the spell shield from his Shroud of Darkness.png Shroud of Darkness.
  • Try to juke to avoid Duskbringer.png Duskbringer because this will increase Nocturne Nocturne's movement speed if it hits you.
  • Breaking Unspeakable Horror.png Unspeakable Horror's leash can be critical to your survival. It is his only form of crowd control.
  • If Shroud of Darkness.png Shroud of Darkness is being used, save your crowd control abilities for after it expires - or if you want to crowd control him faster, pop it with another ability. If he is chasing you, using a crowd control ability with a long cast time (e.g. Cho'Gath Cho'Gath's Rupture.png Rupture) will be counterproductive as he will use his Shroud of Darkness to block the attack and greatly boost his attack speed. However, spamming low-cooldown spells will deal enough damage to Nocturne to render his shield useless.
  • Always remember, Nocturne Nocturne cannot target you with his ult if he can't see you. If you lose your vision, due to the effects of Paranoia.png Paranoia, try quickly hiding in the brush or stealthing to prevent his dash to you. Another alternative is to use Quicksilver Sash or Cleanse, which will remove the sight debuff while his ultimate is active.
    • Also, while under the effects of Paranoia.png Paranoia, you and your teammates can still see each other's map pings.
  • Try to stay close with your allies when Nocturne Nocturne uses his Paranoia.png Paranoia so you and your allies are prepared to fight him.
  • Never overextend when chasing Nocturne Nocturne. If you are also low on health and is attacked by turret, he will activate his Paranoia.png Paranoia and dash to you. This can result in your death.
  • If you are playing as Nocturne Nocturne and the enemy team also has a Nocturne Nocturne, using Paranoia.png Paranoia immediately as the opposing Nocturne does effectively makes his dash impossible, unless he is right on top of his target. Keep in mind that this tactic clearly costs you a chance to use your ult, but timing this technique can save a player near death.