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Talon Preseason Spotlight

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Playing As Talon Talon
  • You can use Assassin's Path.png Assassin's Path to get behind the enemy and set up for Noxian Diplomacy.png Noxian Diplomacy's melee attack
  • Shadow Assault.png Shadow Assault is a powerful escape tool, but can also be offensively used to assault a group.
  • Remember to pick your target before the fight. Focusing all of Talon Talon's abilities on one target can be very rewarding, but splitting them up between many may leave you helpless.
Playing Against Talon Talon
  • Talon Talon's attacks are all physical damage. Build armor early to counter his burst damage.
  • Talon Talon is heavily reliant on Shadow Assault.png Shadow Assault to escape a fight. When it is down he's significantly more vulnerable.
  • Talon Talon has unrivaled roaming ability. Make sure to keep track of his position or force him to stay in lane by pushing aggressively


Ability Usage
  • Talon Talon is an AD caster assassin who specializes in early game burst and roaming. Against most opponents, his high damage can overwhelm them should he be able to combo his skills, while his Assassin's Path.png Assassin's Path gives him almost unlimited mobility in the jungle, allowing him to reposition himself with ease
    • Because of his high AD ratios, early game power and map pressure, Talon Talon can easily snowball out of control if left unchecked.
  • Blade's End.png Blade's End is Talon Talon's passive: upon hitting an enemy champion or epic monster 3 times with any of your abilities, your next basic attack causes a full-stacked enemy to bleed for 2 seconds
    • The skill's base damage and high ratio makes it a tremendous source of damage in your kit, allowing you to win most trades should you be able to proc it.
  • Blade's End.png Blade's End cannot be stacked on the same enemy as long as he's bleeding. Once the bleed is over, you can immediately restart to stack it again.
  • Hitting an enemy with your basic attacks while he has at least 1 or 2 stacks of Blade's End.png Blade's End will reset the stacks' duration to 6 seconds. By starting with Rake.png Rake, one can proc the passive as soon as level 1 by resetting the timer long enough for your Rake.png Rake to be available again.
  • Noxian Diplomacy.png Noxian Diplomacy is Talon Talon's most reliable skill. Depending on the distance between him and the target, it can either be a targeted dash or a high-damaging stab.
    • If Noxian Diplomacy.png Noxian Diplomacy kills an enemy it refunds half of its cooldown while also healing Talon Talon, making it good for farming and sustaining in lane.
  • Noxian Diplomacy.png Noxian Diplomacy resets Talon Talon's autoattack timer, so use this ability after autoattacking to gain 2 hits in succession.
  • Rake.png Rake is one of your best tools in the lane, allowing Talon Talon to last-hit and harass from a decent range.
    • Rake.png Rake deals more damage and applies its slow with its return. Using it at close range can ensure to get both hits on the enemy champion.
    • Be sure not to overuse this ability at earlier levels to avoid running out of mana.
  • Talon Talon's usual combo is to either lead with Noxian Diplomacy.png Noxian Diplomacy or Rake.png Rake, follow with the other skill and autoattacking to proc Blade's End.png Blade's End. Using Noxian Diplomacy.png Noxian Diplomacy's dash first allows to ensure Rake.png Rake's return to hit, while in the other way you can use Rake.png Rake's slow to get close to the opponent and follow with the Noxian Diplomacy.png Noxian Diplomacy's stab. However, do remember that the second combo is more difficult to perform because of Rake.png Rake's unreliability.
    • When you use your second combo, try not to use Noxian Diplomacy.png Noxian Diplomacy beforehand as it resets your autoattack timer. This means you can activate it right as a basic attack hits to get a second hit nearly instantly and substantially increase your burst.
    • Talon Talon's can easily score a kill as soon as level 2 thanks to his combo burst. It is highly advisable to look for early opportunities, as they may give you a strong lead
  • Assassin's Path.png Assassin's Path is Talon Talon's most important skill. When near any structure or wall, you can jump to its other side. Because of its very low cooldown, it gives Talon Talon almost unrivaled mobility while in the jungle
    • The ability puts the piece of terrain used on cooldown. Because of its high times in the early-mid game, it is important to use the ability sparingly
    • The jump is considered a dash, which means it can be interrupted by other champions' abilities like Thresh Thresh's Death Sentence.png Death Sentence
  • Assassin's Path.png Assassin's Path can be used to cross player-created terrain as well, such as those made by Taliyah Taliyah's Weaver's Wall.png Weaver's Wall or Anivia Anivia's Crystallize.png Crystallize
    • The terrain cooldown applies to these kind of structures as well. If you jumped over Anivia Anivia's wall and the cooldown hasn't expired yet, you won't be able to cross it again
    • Being a dash, Assassin's Path.png Assassin's Path cannot be used to cross structures that do not allow champions to dash over, such as Azir Azir's Emperor's Divide.png Emperor's Divide
  • Shadow Assault.png Shadow Assault's stealth and damage allow it to be used both defensively or offensively. It can be used as either a tool for chasing an escaping champion, escaping a gank, improving your burst or ensuring Blade's End.png Blade's End's stacks on your targets.
    • It is difficult to utilize the movement speed of Shadow Assault.png Shadow Assault to its fullest due to the small range of the radius, however. It is more likely the movement speed will be helpful to quickly get in range of a target to use Noxian Diplomacy.png Noxian Diplomacy on than simply running around should you wish to hit an enemy with Shadow Assault.png Shadow Assault twice.
  • Shadow Assault.png Shadow Assault's volley's return can converge on the first enemy you hit with your basic attack or Noxian Diplomacy.png Noxian Diplomacy.
  • Beware: if you cast Noxian Diplomacy.png Noxian Diplomacy's dash and while in mid-lunge Shadow Assault.png Shadow Assault's, the basic attack that immediately follows the dash will make both your stealth expire and your blades collapse
    • While this allows you to deal damage with both volleys as fast as you can, the lack of stealth may leave you in dangerous situations.
    • Similarly, remember that using Assassin's Path.png Assassin's Path during Shadow Assault.png Shadow Assault will automatically reactivate the skill, making you lose the stealth
  • Talon Talon is a hard champion to catch. Use Rake.png Rake to slow pursuers, Assassin's Path.png Assassin's Path to freely dash over the walls and Shadow Assault.png Shadow Assault for the stealth and high movement speed. Try to change your path directions and use your stealth to juke and confuse your enemies.
    • Be careful at the paths you take though, as you may find yourself in front of a wall on cooldown
    • Keep in mind that the enemies can see where your blades travel when your stealth ends, so using the ability just to run can sometimes be better than running into the enemy jungle while trying to juke the enemies.
  • The fastest combo that dishes out the most damage possible is the following: cast Rake.png Rake, immediately follow with Noxian Diplomacy.png Noxian Diplomacy's dash and use Shadow Assault.png Shadow Assault in mid-lounge. In this way, you'll quickly stack Blade's End.png Blade's End on your target and proc it with the basic attack following from your dash. Although you won't be stealthed, you can still use Shadow Assault.png Shadow Assault's movement speed to get away (or to the closest wall).
Mastery Usage
Item Usage
  • Caulfield's Warhammer item.png Caulfield's Warhammer or Serrated Dirk item.png Serrated Dirk are excellent early purchases for Talon Talon, the former for its cooldown reduction and the latter for its armor penetration. Both combine into one of his core items, Youmuu's Ghostblade item.png Youmuu's Ghostblade, which provides flat armor penetration that is very useful for bursting squishy targets, and the active combined with Shadow Assault.png Shadow Assault gives Talon Talon amazing gank potential in the mid game. It makes catching up to targets and sticking to them far easier.
  • Edge of Night item.png Edge of Night and Duskblade of Draktharr item.png Duskblade of Draktharr are another core items that are built almost always. Not only do they give armor penetration (lethality), but they also give useful passives and actives which help in successfully assassinating an enemy.
    • Edge of Night item.png Edge of Night is an excellent choice against most AP laners and AD carries such as Caitlyn Caitlyn or Vayne Vayne because of their 90 Caliber Net.png 90 Caliber Net and Condemn.png Condemn. You can use the active ability before engaging and put your opponent in a tricky situation where they have to sacrifice one of their abilities against your shield, which can be crucial to their survival.
    • Duskblade of Draktharr item.png Duskblade of Draktharr's passive deals bonus physical damage to an enemy champion with an basic attack after 1 second of being hidden from the enemy team (bushes etc.), while also briefly slowing it. Its passive also provides a subpar Sweeping Lens item.png Sweeping Lens' effect, revealing enemy wards. It won't however outline invisible enemies as the Sweeping Lens item.png Sweeping Lens do
  • Against compositions that tend to build a lot of armor, Last Whisper item.png Last Whisper can be a good purchase. Not only does it provide a nice amount of attack damage, it also adds bonus armor penetration. It can later be upgraded to Lord Dominik's Regards item.png Lord Dominik's Regards or Mortal Reminder item.png Mortal Reminder, both of which not only provide additional bonus armor penetration as well as more damage, but the former also deals increased damage to high-health enemies (such as bruisers, juggernauts, and tanks), and the latter applies Grievous Wounds icon Grievous Wounds to enemies, especially strong against healing-based enemies or those who stack life steal.
  • The Black Cleaver item.png The Black Cleaver is a good late-game purchase, giving strong armor shred as well as considerable amounts of CDR. All of Talon Talon's abilities deal more than one instance of physical damage and several are AoE, making passive stacks very easy to apply to amplify your team's DPS. Do not rush this item till mid game however, as the low AD and its build path can weaken your damage in the early and mid game. This is a team-oriented purchase, as this item does a very poor job of helping you burst squishy targets.
  • An early Hexdrinker item.png Hexdrinker can be the bane of burst Mages, and later on can be upgraded to Maw of Malmortius item.png Maw of Malmortius. It's essential when facing opponents with 'finishing' moves that deal magic damage like Elise Elise's Venomous Bite.png Venomous Bite and Karthus Karthus' Requiem.png Requiem. Alternatively, a Mercurial Scimitar item.png Mercurial Scimitar can be purchased if Quicksilver's cleansing is needed.
  • Guardian Angel item.png Guardian Angel is a great purchase for late game, as it makes Talon Talon harder to kill and may deter the enemy team from focusing him.
  • Dead Man's Plate item.png Dead Man's Plate is another great choice for late game and splitpushing, as it makes Talon Talon harder to kill and gives him out of combat mobility and a proc that slows and damages the enemy with an basic attack whenever he fully charges Dead Man's Plate item.png Dead Man's Plate.
  • Because Noxian Diplomacy.png Noxian Diplomacy's damage scales with both AD and bonus critical strike damage, building an Infinity Edge item.png Infinity Edge can be a good late game item to kill squishy targets in ganks, roams, or flanks onto the enemy squishies.
  • A few unconventional items such as Sterak's Gage item.png Sterak's Gage, Tiamat item.png Tiamat and its upgrades (Ravenous Hydra item.png Ravenous Hydra and Titanic Hydra item.png Titanic Hydra) do work as well, yet are not optimal for his assassin playstyle.
    • If one wishes for an item that allows for more frontal confrontations, a Death's Dance item.png Death's Dance may be a good last item
  • It is advisable to start with a Warding Totem item.png Warding Totem in order to ward your lane against ganks, unless you are fighting a stealth champion such as Akali Akali (or indeed another Talon Talon) in which case Sweeping Lens item.png Sweeping Lens is preferred. However, on ambush champions such as Talon Talon, a Sweeping Lens item.png Sweeping Lens into an eventual Oracle Alteration item.png Oracle Alteration is often preferable past laning phase, so that you can ensure that the bush you're waiting in to ambush the enemy team from is not warded.
  • All of Talon Talon's damage output is physical damage: investing in a Chain Vest item.png Chain Vest or Cloth Armor item.png Cloth Armor early (and higher-value armor items later) can significantly reduce his damage.
  • It is recommended to play safe at early levels, especially at lvl 2: Talon Talon's early damage should not be underestimated, as it can easily net him a first blood given the conditions
  • Talon Talon is a great roamer that relies on getting early kills to get going. Forcing him to stay in lane by pushing to his tower can deter his ganks and his possible lead
  • Talon Talon needs to hit both Rake.png Rake's instances for him to proc his Blade's End.png Blade's End. Avoiding Rake.png Rake's return will cut a lot of his damage
    • Remember that the skill can be easily sidestepped, since only the second part slows.
    • Champions with mobility skills like Yasuo Yasuo's Sweeping Blade.png Sweeping Blade can easily avoid the return
  • Abilities that stop projectiles like Braum Braum's Unbreakable.png Unbreakable can give Talon Talon a hard time, as they can also stop him from stacking Blade's End.png Blade's End on his targets
  • Talon Talon's reliance on burst damage is a heavy weakness against targets he can't quickly kill. Fighter champions tend to beat Talon Talon, being durable enough to survive his combo and do enough damage to kill Talon Talon afterwards, while fighters with innate sustainability abilities will survive Talon Talon's combo and then just heal themselves back up.
  • It is recommended to engage Talon Talon when you think his Shadow Assault.png Shadow Assault is on cooldown as it is his only reliable escape mechanism.
  • Talon Talon relies heavily on walls because of his Assassin's Path.png Assassin's Path. If you know where he might be, stay away from the terrain in question, as he can otherwise ambush you
  • Champions with Stealth Detection Abilities like Lee Sin Lee Sin, Twisted Fate Twisted Fate or Rengar Rengar can be a nightmare for Talon Talon as he couldn't escape even with his Shadow Assault.png Shadow Assault.
  • Talon Talon tends to lose his influence in the late game, as he can easily risk getting killed in teamfights because of his melee range. Prolonged games can be a bane for him
  • Talon Talon's mobility and burst can make him an assassin even more dangerous than Kha'Zix Kha'Zix or Rengar Rengar against lone targets, as he doesn't rely on isolation or giving notice of his presence before-hand and his Assassin's Path.png Assassin's Path allows him to gank from unexpected places. Staying together with your team can however not only easily cripple his engages, but also make his already-poor disengages even worse
  • Some of the most difficult match-ups for Talon Talon involve being against champions with point-and-click burst, sustain and pushing capabilities