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Skill usage

  • Umbra Blades.png Umbra Blades allows NocturneSquare.png 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 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.
  • NocturneSquare.png 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 Sight Ward item.png Sight Wards and placing them around the map is highly recommended.
  • NocturneSquare.png Nocturne's Paranoia.png Paranoia can only target enemies in the radius of Paranoia.png Paranoia and with sight. For this reason, TwistedFateSquare.png Twisted Fate's Destiny.png Destiny synergizes well as it gives sight to all enemies, even invisible champions and ones in brush, allowing NocturneSquare.png Nocturne to be able to hit a target in the fog of war.
  • NocturneSquare.png 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.

Build usage

  • NocturneSquare.png 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&#039;s Ghostblade item.png Youmuu's Ghostblade has great synergy with NocturneSquare.png Nocturne because of the armor penetration, cooldown reduction, and most notably the attack speed and movement speed active.
  • Combining a Banshee&#039;s Veil item.png Banshee's Veil with his Shroud of Darkness.png Shroud of Darkness will allow NocturneSquare.png Nocturne to ignore two enemy abilities, greatly increasing his survivability.
  • Randuin&#039;s Omen item.png Randuin's Omen will greatly assist Nocturne in surviving due to the 500 Health and the 70 Armor. Additionally, the Active will allow NocturneSquare.png Nocturne to stick onto anyone he targets.
  • NocturneSquare.png Nocturne can certainly use on-hit effects, but does not necessarily require them. They can be very useful on him, though.
  • NocturneSquare.png Nocturne players should limit their choice of boots to a small range: Mercury&#039;s Treads item.png Mercury's Treads, Ninja Tabi item.png Ninja Tabi or Berserker&#039;s Greaves item.png Berserker's Greaves with emphasis on Mercury's Treads and 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 NocturneSquare.png Nocturne enormous attack speed advantage over other champions since he naturally gains 40% attack speed due to the passive from Shroud of Darkness.png Shroud of Darkness when fully upgraded.
    • 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&#039;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 NocturneSquare.png Nocturne (with ability power being the least useful, though not entirely useless as Unspeakable Horror.png Unspeakable Horror has a 1.0 ability power ratio), Nocturne lacks both a low cooldown spamming ability and an ability that procs on-hit effects, which are something that most Trinity Force users should have. Most of time, it is better to buy Youmuu&#039;s Ghostblade item.png Youmuu's Ghostblade. Not only it is cheaper, but it also provides the mobility, DPS, and damage that 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 NocturneSquare.png Nocturne can be very squishy.

Gameplay

  • It is likely that prepared enemies are quickly getting Vision Ward item.png Vision Ward to counter wards or Sight Ward item.png Sight Wards to scout for NocturneSquare.png Nocturne. Prepare to counter them fast and properly as soon as possible. Using an Sweeping/Oracle's Lens to counter their wards is an effective way to keep opponents unaware of your location and create optimal ganking opportunities.
  • It's also advised to maintain good map control and counter enemy map control so you can more effectively surprise enemies with low Health when Paranoia.png Paranoia is available.
  • Enemies immediately prepare for being attacked as soon as Paranoia.png Paranoia clouds the screen. Use this to your advantage before reacting too hectic.
  • Hunter&#039;s Machete item.png Hunter's Machete and two Health Potion item.png Health Potions are near mandatory on NocturneSquare.png Nocturne in the jungle due to the reduction in sustain items and jungle monster damage output increase.
  • NocturneSquare.png 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.

Recommended builds

Summoner's Rift
Starting Doran&#039;s Blade item Health Potion item2 Warding Totem item
Essential Ninja Tabi item The Brutalizer item Blade of the Ruined King item
Offensive Youmuu&#039;s Ghostblade item Maw of Malmortius item Last Whisper item
Defensive Randuin&#039;s Omen item Banshee&#039;s Veil item Guardian Angel item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item Sight Ward item Vision Ward item Elixir of Iron item
Summoner's Rift (Jungler)
Starting Hunter&#039;s Machete item Health Potion item2 Warding Totem item
Essential Boots of Mobility item Poacher&#039;s Knife (Devourer) item Blade of the Ruined King item
Offensive Youmuu&#039;s Ghostblade item Maw of Malmortius item Last Whisper item
Defensive Randuin&#039;s Omen item Banshee&#039;s Veil item Guardian Angel item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item Sight Ward item Vision Ward item Elixir of Iron item
The Howling Abyss
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran&#039;s Shield item Doran&#039;s Blade item Health Potion item
Essential Mercury&#039;s Treads item Manamune item The Brutalizer item
Offensive Youmuu&#039;s Ghostblade item Ravenous Hydra item
Defensive Frozen Mallet item Randuin&#039;s Omen item Maw of Malmortius item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Crystal Scar
Starting Boots of Speed item Prospector&#039;s Blade item Health Potion item
Essential Berserker&#039;s Greaves item The Brutalizer item Phage item
Offensive Ravenous Hydra item The Black Cleaver item Sanguine Blade item
Defensive Randuin&#039;s Omen item Aegis of the Legion item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Twisted Treeline
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran&#039;s Blade item
Essential Berserker&#039;s Greaves item Grez&#039;s Spectral Lantern item The Brutalizer item
Offensive Ravenous Hydra item The Black Cleaver item Sanguine Blade item
Defensive Randuin&#039;s Omen item Aegis of the Legion item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item


Countering

  • Although NocturneSquare.png 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 NocturneSquare.png 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. 20px Cho'Gath) 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, NocturneSquare.png 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 NocturneSquare.png Nocturne uses his Paranoia.png Paranoia so you and your allies are prepared to fight him.
  • Never overextend when chasing NocturneSquare.png 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 NocturneSquare.png Nocturne and the enemy team also has a NocturneSquare.png 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.

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