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Skill usage

  • PantheonSquare.png Pantheon holds the highest movement speed in the game at 355, tied with MasterYiSquare.png Master Yi. Use his quick movement speed and strong ranged harass from Spear Shot.png Spear Shot to whittle your opponents down in lane optimally to take full advantage of his strong early game.
  • PantheonSquare.png Pantheon is a potent tower diver because of his passive, Aegis Protection.png Aegis Protection.
    • Since using Aegis of Zeonia.png Aegis of Zeonia to stun an enemy also refreshes Aegis Protection.png Aegis Protection, he can easily and reliably avoid the first turret hits when diving, then activate Aegis of Zeonia to stop the enemy champion's movement as well as refresh his passive. In situations where Pantheon stays under turret fire for more than a few seconds, he may be able to activate the passive again, resulting in a significant amount of damage ignored. Use this fact to set up powerful early-game tower-dives together with your jungler. This also works well against physical abilities that apply on-hit effects such as Parrrley.png Parrrley, Mystic Shot.png Mystic Shot, and Bladesurge.png Bladesurge, or turret attacks. This will not block physical abilities like Volley.png Volley or Ace in the Hole.png Ace in the Hole.
  • Note that Aegis Protection.png Aegis Protection will block physical attacks but not on-hit effects associated with them such as Blessing of the Lizard Elder.png Blessing of the Lizard Elder.
  • Learning Spear Shot.png Spear Shot first allows PantheonSquare.png Pantheon to get minion kills easily even against ranged opponents.
  • When facing ranged opponents (especially before level 3), be sure to go near them only when your spear is off cooldown so you will be able to trade one ranged autoattack from them with a spear.
  • Stacking attack damage items will allow PantheonSquare.png Pantheon to use his Spear Shot.png Spear Shot as a nuke with a short cooldown.
  • Using Spear Shot.png Spear Shot frequently in a battle along with attack speed items can help defensively by charging Aegis Protection.png Aegis Protection.
  • Certain Death.png Certain Death can be very useful when in team fights since PantheonSquare.png Pantheon can gain a lot of critical strikes.
  • Using Aegis of Zeonia.png Aegis of Zeonia quickly followed by Heartseeker Strike.png Heartseeker Strike can devastate your enemies.
  • Using Grand Skyfall.png Grand Skyfall to assist your allies across the map can quickly turn the tides of battle, putting your allies at an advantage.
  • While in midair from PantheonSquare.png Pantheon's Grand Skyfall.png Grand Skyfall you can select a target for Aegis of Zeonia.png Aegis of Zeonia and when you land, you will jump at the target stunning from a larger distance (est. 1300) than the standard range (this may be a glitch).
  • Grand Skyfall.png Grand Skyfall makes him one of the best gankers in the game since he can ignore ward coverage.
  • Grand Skyfall.png Grand Skyfall can be combined with other AoE ultimates such as Cannon Barrage.png Cannon Barrage and Absolute Zero.png Absolute Zero to keep the enemy in the AoE radius and deliver devastating damage.
  • Due to PantheonSquare.png Pantheon's dependency of mana the entire game, putting a mid laner that does not use mana as a resource system (VladimirSquare.png Vladimir, MordekaiserSquare.png Mordekaiser) will give you more chances to receive Crest of the Ancient Golem.png Crest of the Ancient Golem.
  • Even though Heartseeker Strike.png Heartseeker Strike is an AoE ability, it is better to level Spear Shot.png Spear Shot first as it does more damage with a shorter cooldown.
  • PantheonSquare.png Pantheon's standard combo is Aegis of Zeonia.png Aegis of Zeonia, followed bySpear Shot.png Spear Shot, and finishing off withHeartseeker Strike.png Heartseeker Strike. (Or possibly starting with the Spear Shot.png Spear Shot, and then following the rest of the combo, when the combo ends Spear Shot.png Spear Shot should be off cooldown again, allowing another shot.)
  • Having Exhaust.png Exhaust and Flash.png Flash as summoner spells, along with Heartseeker Strike.png Heartseeker Strike as your first skill, make for an effective first blood combination when in a side lane with a partner. Those summoner spells also provide two effective escape mechanisms.
  • Although this is no longer relevant in Patch 4.21, this is an explanation of what you could do in Patch 4.20. The DragonSquare.png Dragon's attack speed was lowered, and at level 3 with some AS Marks you could fight the dragon solo by using your auto attacks. When you have full stacks on PantheonSquare.png Pantheon's passive, Aegis Protection.png Aegis Protection, start the dragon; the passive will block the first hit. Use Aegis of Zeonia.png Aegis of Zeonia to proc it again right away. When Aegis Protection.png Aegis Protection is down and Aegis of Zeonia.png Aegis of Zeonia is on cooldown, AA once then immediately use Spear Shot.png Spear Shot and then two more AAs; the passive will be up again.

Build usage

  • Getting a  Manamune item.png Manamune is a good alternative to a Chalice of Harmony item.png Chalice of Harmony for Pantheon since it solves his mana problems and gives him a decent amount of attack damage.
    • Grabbing a Tear of the Goddess item.png Tear of the Goddess as early as possible will ensure you can stack the mana earlier.
  • Stacking attack damage items like B. F. Sword item.png B. F. Swords (and what they build into) means Spear Shot.png Spear Shot and Heartseeker Strike.png Heartseeker Strike do considerable amounts of damage.
  • Building an early The Brutalizer item.png Brutalizer can solidify his early lane dominance and help you take your lane opponent out of the game.
  • If you find your opponents are escaping you too often, or you're being focused down, a Frozen Mallet item.png Frozen Mallet will give you some additional durability in fights, and ensure that fleeing opponents are slowed after using Aegis of Zeonia.png Aegis of Zeonia to engage them.
  • PantheonSquare.png Pantheon is an AD caster, where most of his damage comes from his abilities and spamming Spear Shot.png Spear Shot. As such, he scales better with armor penetration, flat attack damage, and cooldown reduction rather than flat attack speed.
    • The Black Cleaver item.png The Black Cleaver is a strong offensive item and can apply the armor shred debuff quickly thanks to his Heartseeker Strike.png Heartseeker Strike. It also gives cooldown reduction and health, something that PantheonSquare.png Pantheon needs.
    • A Last Whisper item.png Last Whisper is a good item to build on Pantheon and adds a lot of additional burst in his damage providing if he has enough attack damage items such as The Bloodthirster item.png The Bloodthirster.
    • Ravenous Hydra item.png Ravenous Hydra passive and active synergizes well with his strong wave clear with Heartseeker Strike.png Heartseeker Strike.
    • Youmuu's Ghostblade item.png Youmuu's Ghostblade is a powerful item on PantheonSquare.png Pantheon that gives him the armor penetration and cooldown reduction he needs. In addition, it's active synergizes well with his high natural movement speed.
    • Trinity Force item.png Trinity Force is a good item to build for the Spellblade passive thanks to his low cooldown of Spear Shot.png Spear Shot. He can also jump into an enemy with Aegis of Zeonia.png Aegis of Zeonia and follow up with an autoattack. This is especially useful in dualing.
    • Blade of the Ruined King item.png Blade of the Ruined King is often built for the active movement speed trade, the bonus percent health burst and for and the attack speed.
  • Because Heartseeker Strike.png Heartseeker Strike's passive makes both autoattacks and Spear Shot.png Spear Shot crit 100% of the time when an enemy is under 15% health, consider Infinity Edge item.png Infinity Edge for its ability to increase crit damage from 200% to 250%. Of course its high Attack Damage scales well on PantheonSquare.png Pantheon's abilities, too.

Recommended builds

Summoner's Rift
Starting Long Sword item Health Potion item2 Mana Potion item1
Essential Ninja Tabi item The Brutalizer item Ravenous Hydra item
Offensive The Black Cleaver item Maw of Malmortius item Last Whisper item
Defensive Banshee's Veil item Frozen Heart item Frozen Mallet item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item Sight Ward item Vision Ward item Elixir of Wrath item
Summoner's Rift (Jungle)
Starting Hunter's Machete item Health Potion item2 Warding Totem item
Essential Boots of Mobility item Stalker's Blade (Warrior) item The Brutalizer item
Offensive The Black Cleaver item Maw of Malmortius item Last Whisper item
Defensive Banshee's Veil item Frozen Heart item Frozen Mallet item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item Sight Ward item Vision Ward item Elixir of Wrath item
The Howling Abyss
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran's Shield item Doran's Blade item Health Potion item2
Essential Ionian Boots of Lucidity item The Brutalizer item Hexdrinker item
Offensive The Black Cleaver item Infinity Edge item Sanguine Blade item Last Whisper item
Defensive Frozen Mallet item Atma's Impaler item Maw of Malmortius item Aegis of the Legion item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Crystal Scar
Starting Boots of Speed item Prospector's Blade item Health Potion item2
Essential The Brutalizer item Ionian Boots of Lucidity item Wicked Hatchet item
Offensive The Black Cleaver item Lord Van Damm's Pillager item Sanguine Blade item Frozen Mallet item
Defensive Atma's Impaler item Maw of Malmortius item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Twisted Treeline
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran's Blade item
Essential The Brutalizer item Ionian Boots of Lucidity item Wicked Hatchet item
Offensive The Black Cleaver item Lord Van Damm's Pillager item Sanguine Blade item Frozen Mallet item
Defensive Atma's Impaler item Maw of Malmortius item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item

Countering

  • Investing in a Chain Vest item.png Chain Vest or Cloth Armor item.png Cloth Armor early can help you mitigate his damage output.
  • Starting the game with a Cloth Armor + Health Potion item.png Health Potions allow you to potentially outsustain Pantheon's early game damage. The armor will mitigate his damage and with the potions, Pantheon will waste mana trying to harass you. This may reduce your early game damage, but it is well worth if that means preventing Pantheon from dominating you and snowballing early.
    • This start is better if your champion already has natural sustain, such as in case of NasusSquare.png Nasus.
    • In addition, Cloth Armor builds into a lot of useful items, so you don't necessarily have to sell this item later. For AP champions for example, this item builds into Seeker's Armguard item.png Seeker's Armguard which in turn builds into Zhonya's Hourglass item.png Zhonya's Hourglass, which is in fact a good item against Pantheon to survive his burst and boost your own damage output.
  • Buying health items can help you to survive through one or two combos. However, you will then need health regeneration and/or life steal to sustain yourself in lane against him. After two or three combos early game, he can be without mana so he shouldn't be a threat; take advantage of this to shut him down.
  • If you want to take down PantheonSquare.png Pantheon's Aegis Protection.png Aegis Protection, bait out his Aegis of Zeonia.png Aegis of Zeonia so he can't recharge it as quickly.
  • When laning against PantheonSquare.png Pantheon, play defensively instead of aggressively. PantheonSquare.png Pantheon may be squishy but his damage output is very high early game.
  • PantheonSquare.png Pantheon has no escapes. Baiting him to attack you and having an ally appear to help is likely to spell his doom without the use of summoner spells to escape you.
  • Avoiding PantheonSquare.png Pantheon's Heartseeker Strike.png Heartseeker Strike will help you defeat him. If someone has been stunned by Aegis of Zeonia.png Aegis of Zeonia, it is unlikely they will be able to avoid Heartseeker Strike.png Heartseeker Strike - but that does not mean you should simply let it hit you.
  • Be very careful of PantheonSquare.png Pantheon's ganking capability. PantheonSquare.png Pantheon's Grand Skyfall.png Grand Skyfall allows for a quick and deadly gank.
    • PantheonSquare.png Pantheon can also use Grand Skyfall.png Grand Skyfall to backdoor your turrets.
    • Additionally, Grand Skyfall.png Grand Skyfall can be used to escape when being ganked (or counter ganks) if you realize it beforehand. In such a case, use a Knockup to stop him from escaping as it will put his Grand Skyfall.png Grand Skyfall on a 10 second cooldown. Use this time to burst PantheonSquare.png Pantheon down.
  • As PantheonSquare.png Pantheon can cast Aegis of Zeonia.png Aegis of Zeonia on you while dropping down in Grand Skyfall.png Grand Skyfall and then have it land from outside its normal range, using dashes and escapes to avoid Grand Skyfall.png Grand Skyfall may have you stunned nonetheless. If you expect to survive his initial burst damage after being stunned, save your escapes for after that instead of getting away from Grand Skyfall.png Grand Skyfall. Of course, avoiding the damage from Grand Skyfall.png Grand Skyfall all together may be a larger concern - but consider the possibility.
  • Try to avoid the center of PantheonSquare.png Pantheon's Grand Skyfall.png Grand Skyfall so you don't suffer the full damage of his ultimate.
  • Avoid laning against him if your champion relies on being on low health to reap the full potential of the champion (such as AatroxSquare.png Aatrox , OlafSquare.png Olaf and TryndamereSquare.png Tryndamere) as his Certain Death.png Certain Death will cause him to do a lot more damage to you at low heath.

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