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Champion Spotlight

Talon Preseason Spotlight02:40

Talon Preseason Spotlight

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Playing As Talon Talon
  • Noxian Diplomacy.png Noxian Diplomacy naturally works well with Cutthroat.png Cutthroat. Try activating Noxian Diplomacy.png Noxian Diplomacy before leaping on your opponent with Cutthroat.png Cutthroat.
  • 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 physcial 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 no healing or sustain abilities. Weakening him in lane could force him to return to base.


Ability Usage
  • As an AD caster assassin, Talon Talon serves as an anti-mage or anti-carry. Against mages or carries, his high burst damage can easily overwhelm them in one combo.
    • Rake.png Rake is your best tool in the lane, allowing Talon Talon to last-hit and harass from a decent range.
      • Be sure not to overuse this ability at earlier levels to avoid running out of mana.
    • Talon Talon's high burst and Mercy.png Mercy go hand in hand with most jungler's CC effects.
  • Talon Talon's harassment combo in-lane is Cutthroat.png Cutthroat followed by a basic attack, Noxian Diplomacy.png Noxian Diplomacy and Rake.png Rake. This does good damage; however, if used poorly, it can leave Talon Talon vulnerable to retaliation since his only real escape is Shadow Assault.png Shadow Assault. Try to execute it while your opponent's abiltiies are on cooldown.
    • Try to perform this at least once prior to reaching level 6, so as to force opponents out of the lane due to the threat of dying to Shadow Assault.png Shadow Assault.
  • Talon Talon is a hard champion to catch. Use Rake.png Rake to slow pursuers, and Shadow Assault.png Shadow Assault for the stealth and high movement speed. Change your path direction during stealth to juke and confuse your enemies. But 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.
  • Cutthroat.png Cutthroat can be used to ambush enemies behind thin walls, if they are close enough and you have line of sight. Alternatively, you can use Cutthroat.png Cutthroat on a minion near an enemy champion for a quick entry into battle.
  • Noxian Diplomacy.png Noxian Diplomacy resets Talon Talon's autoattack timer, so use this ability after autoattacking to gain 2 hits in succession.
  • The bonus damage from Noxian Diplomacy.png Noxian Diplomacy can be used on turrets, allowing Talon to be an effective pusher.
  • Use Noxian Diplomacy.png Noxian Diplomacy in conjunction with Cutthroat.png Cutthroat and Mercy.png Mercy to maximize Talon Talon's damage potential.
  • Auto-attacking between abilities that apply slows (Rake.png Rake or Cutthroat.png Cutthroat) is absolutely vital, as you are using Mercy.png Mercy to its full potential.
  • Shadow Assault.png Shadow Assault can be used both defensively or offensively. It can be used as either a tool for chasing an escaping champion or escaping a gank.
    • 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 Cutthroat.png Cutthroat on than simply running around should you wish to hit an enemy with Shadow Assault.png Shadow Assault twice.
  • One way to ensure Shadow Assault.png Shadow Assault's return hits your target is to use Cutthroat.png Cutthroat, immediately ending the stealth and positioning yourself such that the blades are guaranteed to hit.
  • An example combo for Talon Talon's requires him to activate Shadow Assault.png Shadow Assault then close the gap with Cutthroat.png Cutthroat. Then right click your target to cancel the backswing of Cutthroat.png Cutthroat's animation and attack, right as the attack lands use Noxian Diplomacy.png Noxian Diplomacy to get a second quick hit and follow up with Rake.png Rake and Tiamat item.png Tiamat. If the target is still alive, use Ignite.png Ignite and basic attacks amplified by your passive due to the slow from Rake.png Rake to finish them off. This combo should be used in situations where you need the stealth from Shadow Assault.png Shadow Assault to close the gap, saving it for extra damage or an escape/chase is better otherwise.
  • Noxian Diplomacy.png Noxian Diplomacy does not reveal stealthed champs.The target will leave a blood trail, but it will not be left while they are stealthed, if facing champs with short stealth abilities (Vayne Vayne, Shaco Shaco) the trail will end when they enter stealth and continue after they exit stealth. Also you can use it on champion to prevent him or her from hiding in bush.
  • When you are ganking/chasing enemy that has Flash.png Flash or a similar escape tool (Ezreal Ezreal, Gragas Gragas etc.) don't use your Cutthroat.png Cutthroat immediately, but simply run near him until he wastes his ability. However, be careful when he can jump over walls as you need vision of them to blink to them with Cutthroat.png Cutthroat.
  • When you use your combo, take care 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. Likewise, when you are in a position to get to your target without the movement speed and stealth from Shadow Assault.png Shadow Assault, saving it until you are in range to get both hits gives superior damage. One trick is to activate Shadow Assault.png Shadow Assault then immediately Rake.png Rake or Tiamat item.png Tiamat to cause the blades to collapse instantly and deal extremely fast burst damage.
Mastery Usage
Item Usage
  • Talon Talon deals strictly physical damage so he benefits from building attack damage items.
  • Tiamat item.png Tiamat is one of the most important sources of early AD for Talon Talon. Together with Boots of Mobility item.png Boots of Mobility, they are Talon Talon's early game core items. This item has a convenient active to deal extra burst damage or finishing off a low HP target with its extra range. Later it can be upgraded to Ravenous Hydra item.png Ravenous Hydra for a lot of AD and life steal.
  • Caulfield&#039;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&#039;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, and the extra attack speed provides strong dueling and tower-destroying capabilities.
  • Another essential early/mid game purchase for Talon Talon is Last Whisper item.png Last Whisper. 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&#039;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.
  • Once you have completed your core offensive items, Infinity Edge item.png Infinity Edge is a solid purchase on Talon Talon. It gives very large amounts of attack damage together with Youmuu&#039;s Ghostblade item.png Youmuu's Ghostblade, and the crit scaling helps you keep your damage high in late game, where the AA > Noxian Diplomacy.png Q combo can outright kill some targets should you score a critical hit. This said, Infinity Edge item.png Infinity Edge is not an essential item and will occasionally give way to items such as Maw of Malmortius item.png Maw of Malmortius depending on the enemy team comp.
  • 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 okay AD and okay 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.
  • If you have sustain problems in lane and think that potions are not enough for you, an early Doran&#039;s Shield item.png Doran's Shield is recommended. Other than that, a Vampiric Scepter item.png Vampiric Scepter can be purchased early and later upgrade into other life steal items that can greatly benefit Talon Talon.
  • Ravenous Hydra item.png Ravenous Hydra is the standard life lteal item for Talon Talon. It builds from Tiamat item.png Tiamat and provides strong sustain as well as pushing power. Cleave applies The Black Cleaver item.png The Black Cleaver's armor shred passive and Crescent adds even more burst to Talon Talon. A solid option for wave clearing and more team fight presence.
  • 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 if ahead, as it makes Talon Talon harder to kill and may deter the enemy team from focusing him.
  • Frozen Mallet item.png Frozen Mallet triggers Mercy.png Mercy with every successful hit. It provides utility, health, and some damage.
    • Note: the first hit will apply Icy, but won’t trigger Mercy.png Mercy.
  • Other unconventional items, like Randuin&#039;s Omen item.png Randuin's Omen or Banshee&#039;s Veil item.png Banshee's Veil, are extremely situational and decrease Talon Talon's damage output drastically, but can also provide a great increase to his survivability.
  • 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.
  • Buying Ninja Tabi item.png Ninja Tabi will make Mercy.png Mercy less useful, and also reduce the damage of Noxian Diplomacy.png Noxian Diplomacy.
  • Talon Talon is fairly squishy and vulnerable to harassment during the laning phase. Use this to your advantage but be aware that his Cutthroat.png E > Rake.png W can easily turn the engagement in his favor.
  • When playing as a Mage, Seeker&#039;s Armguard item.png Seeker's Armguard can provide a great amount of defense early game, decreasing Talon Talon's damage substantially. 
  • 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 - fighters with innate sustainability abilities in particular 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 escape mechanism.
  • Watch out for his Cutthroat.png E > Noxian Diplomacy.png Q combo. It can deal significant damage and combined with Rake.png W and his passive Mercy.png Mercy will deal significant amounts of damage within a few hits. Zone him when you can and press the advantage.


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