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Skill usage

  •  Umbra Blades allows  Nocturne to jungle well. Attack speed runes and his  Shroud of Darkness synergize well with Umbra Blades since its cooldown is decreased with every autoattack landed.
  • Using  Duskbringer is an effective way to chase or escape an enemy.
  • Be sure to hit your target with  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 will leave a trail, allowing you to momentarily observe their movements despite their invisibility.
  •  Duskbringer can be a good tool when attacking turrets. A well-aimed  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 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 has great synergy with  Duskbringer. You can either use the fear to ensure landing  Duskbringer or vice versa.
  • Enemy champions closing on you might not see  Unspeakable Horror in time. Use this to your advantage.
  •  Unspeakable Horror allows you to win fights that you otherwise wouldn't because of its hard CC.
  • Save your  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 can turn fights in your favor. Time it to avoid high damage abilities such as  Requiem or hard CC.
  • Early and mid-game,  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 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 becomes more powerful with more map vision. His  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 Wards and placing them around the map is highly recommended.
  •  Nocturne's  Paranoia can only target enemies in the radius of  Paranoia and with sight. For this reason,  Twisted Fate's  Destiny synergizes well as it gives sight to all enemies, even invisible champions and ones in brush, allowing  Nocturne to be able to hit a target in the fog of war.

Build usage

Gameplay

  • While powerful in utility,  Nocturne is lacking in stats. Early survivability items can boost his gameplay noticeably.
  • It is likely that prepared enemies are quickly getting Vision Ward to counter wards or Sight Wards to scout for  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 is available.
  • Enemies immediately prepare for being attacked as soon as  Paranoia clouds the screen. Use this to your advantage before reacting too hectic.
  • Having at least one Clairvoyance on your team is a great way for you to aim champion enemies with  Paranoia.
  •  Nocturne features Carry and Assassin skill sets. Therefore, grabbing some Attack Damage is recommended.
  • Hunter's Machete and five Health Potions are near mandatory on  Nocturne in the jungle due to the sustain and damage output increase.
  •  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. At level 5, you should be able to clear wolves, wraiths and golems without using  Duskbringer or  Unspeakable Horror, for example.

Recommended builds

Summoner's Rift
Starting Hunter's Machete item Health Potion item5 Scrying Orb item
Essential Berserker's Greaves item Wriggle's Lantern item Avarice Blade item
Offensive Youmuu's Ghostblade item Ravenous Hydra item Statikk Shiv item
Defensive Randuin's Omen item Frozen Mallet item Locket of the Iron Solari item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item Sight Ward item
The Howling Abyss
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran's Shield item Doran's Blade item Health Potion item
Essential Mercury's Treads item Manamune item The Brutalizer item
Offensive Youmuu's Ghostblade item Ravenous Hydra item Sword of the Divine item
Defensive Frozen Mallet item Randuin's Omen item Maw of Malmortius item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Crystal Scar
Starting Boots of Speed item Prospector's Blade item Health Potion item
Essential Berserker's Greaves item The Brutalizer item Phage item
Offensive Ravenous Hydra item The Black Cleaver item Sanguine Blade item
Defensive Randuin's Omen item Aegis of the Legion item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Twisted Treeline
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran's Blade item
Essential Berserker's Greaves item Grez's Spectral Lantern item The Brutalizer item
Offensive Ravenous Hydra item The Black Cleaver item Sanguine Blade item
Defensive Randuin's Omen item Aegis of the Legion item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item

Countering

  • Although  Nocturne lane dominance is great because of his  Umbra Blades and  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.
  • Try to juke to avoid  Duskbringer because this will increase  Nocturne's movement speed if it hits you.
  • Breaking  Unspeakable Horror's leash can be critical to your survival. It is his only form of crowd control.
  • If  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's  Rupture) will be counterproductive as he will use his Shroud of Darkness to block the attack and greatly boost his attack speed.
  • Always remember,  Nocturne cannot target you with his ult if he can't see you. If you lose your vision, due to the effects of  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, you and your teammates can still see each other's map pings.
  • Try to stay close with your allies when  Nocturne uses his  Paranoia so you and your allies are prepared to fight him.
  • Never overextend when chasing  Nocturne. If you are also low on health and is attacked by turret, he will activate his  Paranoia and dash to you. This can result in your death.
  • If you are playing as  Nocturne and the enemy team also has a  Nocturne, using  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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