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Talon Preseason Spotlight

Talon Preseason Spotlight

Recommended Items

Summoner's Rift
Starting Long Sword item Refillable Potion item Warding Totem item
Essential Ionian Boots of Lucidity item Youmuu's Ghostblade item The Black Cleaver item
Offensive Duskblade of Draktharr item Ravenous Hydra item Death's Dance item
Defensive Maw of Malmortius item Edge of Night item Guardian Angel item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Wrath item
Twisted Treeline
Starting Long Sword item2 Refillable Potion item
Essential Ionian Boots of Lucidity item The Black Cleaver item Youmuu's Ghostblade item
Offensive Last Whisper item Duskblade of Draktharr item Lord Van Damm's Pillager item
Defensive Maw of Malmortius item Mercurial Scimitar item Edge of Night item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Wrath item
Howling Abyss
Starting Serrated Dirk item Refillable Potion item5
Essential Youmuu's Ghostblade item Ionian Boots of Lucidity item The Black Cleaver item
Offensive Duskblade of Draktharr item Ravenous Hydra item Death's Dance item
Defensive Maw of Malmortius item Mercurial Scimitar item Edge of Night item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Wrath item


Playing As TalonSquare Talon
  • TalonSquare Talon is a hard target to catch. Try to change your path directions and use your stealth to juke and confuse the enemy.
  • Pick your target before the fight. Focusing all of TalonSquare Talon's abilities on one target can be very rewarding, but splitting them up between many may leave you helpless.
  • TalonSquare Talon's usual combo is to lead with either Noxian Diplomacy Noxian Diplomacy or Rake Rake followed by the other then autoattacking to proc Blade's End Blade's End.
  • You can use Assassin's Path Assassin's Path or Flash Flash to get close to targets and set up for Noxian Diplomacy Noxian Diplomacy's  critically empowered Critical strike icon melee attack.
Playing Against TalonSquare Talon
  • Talon's attacks are all Attack damage icon physical damage. Build Armor icon Armor early to counter his burst damage.
  • Talon is heavily reliant on Shadow Assault Shadow Assault to escape a fight. When it is down he's significantly more vulnerable.
  • Talon needs to hit both Rake Rake's instances for him to proc Blade's End Blade's End. Avoiding Rake Rake's return will cut a lot of his damage.
  • It is recommended to play safe at early levels, especially at lvl 2. Talon's early damage should not be underestimated, as it can easily net him a first blood given the conditions.
  • Talon has unrivaled roaming ability. Make sure to keep track of his position or force him to stay in lane by pushing aggressively. Vision items such as Warding Totem item Warding Totem can destroy TalonSquare Talon's element of surprise and give key information for potential counter-engages.
  • Talon tends to lose his influence in the late game, as he can easily risk getting killed while diving in teamfights. Prolonged games can be a bane for him.


TalonSquare Talon is a caster assassin who specializes in early game burst damage and roaming. His high damage kit make him a danger to squishy opponents throughout the game, and can take down even the strongest of opponents if they're not careful. Noxian Diplomacy Noxian Diplomacy and Rake Rake give him decent control over the lane, while Assassin's Path Assassin's Path allows him to quickly move through the jungle to help his team. Due to his high early game damage and map pressure, TalonSquare Talon can easily snowball out of control if left unchecked. 

Ability Usage

Blade's End Blade's End [Innate]
  • Blade's End Blade's End's high damage allows you to win trades or take down enemies. Be sure to proc it with a basic attack to achieve maximum damage.
  • Hitting an enemy with your basic attacks while he has at least 1 or 2 stacks of Blade's End Blade's End will reset the stacks' duration to 6 seconds. By starting with Rake Rake, one can proc the passive as soon as level 1 by resetting the timer long enough for your Rake Rake to be available again.
Noxian Diplomacy Noxian Diplomacy [Q]
  • TalonSquare Talon has low windup frames for his basic attacks, allowing him to quickly autoattack right after activating Noxian Diplomacy Noxian Diplomacy's dash. THIS IS NOT A RESET. You still have to wait for his timer to reset if you attack before using Noxian Diplomacy Noxian Diplomacy's dash.
    • Use this as the last ability to proc Blade's End Blade's End or to finish off a low health enemy with a quick autoattack.
  • Remember that Noxian Diplomacy Noxian Diplomacy's cooldown is halved upon killing the targeted enemy. Using this to farm minions helps secure Gold icon gold while also giving TalonSquare Talon some sustain in lane.
Rake Rake [W]
  • Rake Rake is TalonSquare Talon's best tool in lane, be sure not to overuse this ability at early levels to avoid running out of Mana icon Mana.
  • Rake Rake is more effective on the return pass. Using it at close range can ensure you get both hits on the enemy champion.
  • You can use Assassin's Path Assassin's Path to get in good positions to use your Rake Rake during a team-fight, whether it's for assassinating targets or for peeling.
  • FAST COMBO: If you use Noxian Diplomacy Noxian Diplomacy just before Rake Rake returns (the blades will 'flare'), you can quickly proc Blade's End Blade's End with an autoattack when you land. Be sure not to autoattack beforehand, as then you'd have to wait for his timer to reset.
Assassin's Path Assassin's Path [E]
  • The terrain Cooldown reduction icon cooldown is very high at early levels; consider using Assassin's Path Assassin's Path in ways greater than simply walking around.
  • Be mindful of enemy positioning and vision. They could make or break your power with Assassin's Path Assassin's Path.
    • Warding the enemy jungle can help with pinpointing where the enemy jungler is or where you can ambush unsuspecting targets.
  • Keep in mind that TalonSquare Talon's jump is considered a dash, and can be interrupted by abilities like ThreshSquare Thresh's Death Sentence Death Sentence.
  • Assassin's Path Assassin's Path can be used to cross player-created terrain like TaliyahSquare Taliyah's Weaver's Wall Weaver's Wall or AniviaSquare Anivia's Crystallize Crystallize.
    • The terrain Cooldown reduction icon cooldown still applies to player-made terrain. You won't be able to cross player terrain like Crystallize Crystallize again if you had crossed it once before.
    • Being a dash, Assassin's Path Assassin's Path cannot be used to cross areas that block enemy dashes, such as AzirSquare Azir's Emperor's Divide Emperor's Divide's initial charge.
Shadow Assault Shadow Assault [R]
  • Shadow Assault Shadow Assault gives Talon the plenty of options in a fight. He can use it to chase fleeing enemies, burst down targets, or escape from bad positioning.
    • It is difficult to utilize the Movement speed icon movement speed of Shadow Assault Shadow Assault to its fullest due to the small radius of the blades. However it's more likely that the speed will be helpful to quickly get in range to use Noxian Diplomacy Noxian Diplomacy rather than simply running behind enemies to get the second hit of Shadow Assault Shadow Assault.
  • Shadow Assault Shadow Assault's volley converges on the first enemy you hit with your basic attack or Noxian Diplomacy Noxian Diplomacy. Use this to finish low health targets, damage multiple enemies at once, or stack Blade's End Blade's End for additional damage.
  • Beware: Casting Shadow Assault Shadow Assault during Noxian Diplomacy Noxian Diplomacy's lunge will break invisibility and cause the ability to end early. Although this ensures damage from both abilities, the lack of stealth may leave you open to the enemy team.
  • Without a target, Shadow Assault Shadow Assault's volley converges upon TalonSquare Talon's position when it lands, giving enemies a clue as to where he went. Be mindful of this when escaping from multiple enemies.


  • The Domination icon Domination tree is popular for increasing TalonSquare Talon's burst damage and out-of-combat movement speed.
    • Electrocute rune Electrocute's early-game damage helps win most trades, and can easily be activated by TalonSquare Talon's kit.
    • Predator rune Predator's out-of-combat movement speed allows TalonSquare Talon to effectively gank other lanes and start his snowball.
    • Dark Harvest rune Dark Harvest also helps TalonSquare Talon quickly burst down targets should he be played as a jungler.
  • Alternatively, the Sorcery icon Sorcery tree can supplement TalonSquare Talon's damage and cooldowns.
    • Phase Rush rune Phase Rush can help TalonSquare Talon stick to targets or escape from fights.


As an assassin Slayer icon dealing only physical damage, TalonSquare Talon benefits from items that grant Attack damage icon Attack damageArmor penetration icon Armor penetration, and Cooldown reduction icon Cooldown reduction.

  • Duskblade of Draktharr item Duskblade of Draktharr synergizes very well with Talon's kit. Its Blackout gives Talon the security he needs to move through enemy vision, while Nightstalker boosts Talon's burst damage when ganking or coming out of Shadow Assault Shadow Assault's invisibility.
  • Youmuu's Ghostblade item Youmuu's Ghostblade's out-of-combat movement speed helps Talon get around the map faster. Its active also helps Talon stick to targets and move through team-fights.
  • Edge of Night item Edge of Night provides protection against abilities that would otherwise stop Talon from engaging, allowing him to get into the fight without fearing harmful crowd control.
  • Last Whisper item Last Whisper grants percent armor penetration handy for killing tankier targets or decimating squishy ones. It's upgraded later into Lord Dominik's Regards item Lord Dominik's Regards to address tanks or into Mortal Reminder item Mortal Reminder to utilize its Grievous Wounds icon Grievous Wounds against enemies building life steal.
  • The Black Cleaver item The Black Cleaver is a good late-game purchase. All of TalonSquare Talon's abilities deal more than one instance of physical damage and most are AoE, making cleave stacks very easy to apply to amplify your team's DPS. Do not rush this item until mid game however, its build path doesn't grant as much damage as you can get from buying other core items. This is a team-oriented purchase, as this item does a very poor job of helping you burst squishy targets.
  • An early Hexdrinker item Hexdrinker can be the bane of burst Mages, and later on can be upgraded to Maw of Malmortius item Maw of Malmortius. It's essential when facing opponents with 'finishing' moves that deal magic damage like EliseSquare Elise's Venomous Bite Venomous Bite and KarthusSquare Karthus' Requiem Requiem. Alternatively, a Mercurial Scimitar item Mercurial Scimitar can be purchased if Quicksilver's cleansing is needed.
  • Guardian Angel item Guardian Angel is a great purchase for late game, as it makes TalonSquare Talon harder to kill and may deter the enemy team from focusing him.
  • Dead Man's Plate item Dead Man's Plate is another great choice for late game and split-pushing, it gives durability, out-of-combat mobility, and a proc that slows and damages the enemy with an basic attack whenever TalonSquare Talon fully charges Dead Man's Plate item Dead Man's Plate.
  • Because Noxian Diplomacy Noxian Diplomacy's damage scales with both AD and bonus critical strike damage, building an Infinity Edge item 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 Sterak's Gage, Tiamat item Tiamat and its upgrades (Ravenous Hydra item Ravenous Hydra and Titanic Hydra item 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 Death's Dance may be a good last item.
  • It is advisable to start with a Warding Totem item Warding Totem in order to ward your lane against ganks, unless you are fighting a stealth champion such as AkaliSquare Akali (or indeed another TalonSquare Talon) in which case Sweeping Lens item Sweeping Lens is preferred. However, on ambush champions such as TalonSquare Talon, a Sweeping Lens item Sweeping Lens into an eventual Oracle Alteration item 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.


  • Some of the most difficult match-ups for TalonSquare Talon are champions with point-and-click burst, sustain and pushing capabilities.
    • PantheonSquare Pantheon can easily shut down TalonSquare Talon in lane by zoning him from farm with Spear Shot Spear Shot. Most importantly, Aegis Protection Aegis Protection, Aegis of Zeonia Aegis of Zeonia and Heartseeker Strike Heartseeker Strike allow him to not only outrade TalonSquare Talon, but also to engage on him at whim as he does not have any disengage ability outside of his Assassin's Path Assassin's Path and Shadow Assault Shadow Assault. Lastly, Grand Skyfall Grand Skyfall can easily turn around any gank made by Talon.
    • AkaliSquare Akali can easily outdamage and outsustain TalonSquare Talon at most points of the game. While it's true that pre-6 she can be shut down, her Twilight Shroud Twilight Shroud allows her to stop TalonSquare Talon to proc Blade's End Blade's End on her. Once Shadow Dance Shadow Dance is available, she has no problem in going toe-to-toe against him.
    • AniviaSquare Anivia and OriannaSquare Orianna can punish TalonSquare Talon's lack of in-combat mobility and roaming with ease.
      • While AniviaSquare Anivia's Crystallize Crystallize can't really stop TalonSquare Talon, once she reaches level 6 she'll constantly threaten the tower with Glacial Storm Glacial Storm. Furthermore, TalonSquare Talon is really limited into assassinating her, as not only he's hindered by Rebirth Rebirth and Flash Frost Flash Frost, but he can easily be poked thanks to her attack range and Frostbite Frostbite.
      • OriannaSquare Orianna can make TalonSquare Talon's life a living inferno because of her Clockwork Windup Clockwork Windup, as not only she can zone him with her basic attacks, but he can also easily risk getting hit by her full combo without even considering Command Protect Command Protect's strengths. Lastly, once she obtains some mana regeneration she can push the wave effortlessly.
  • TalonSquare Talon's reliance on burst damage is a heavy weakness against targets he can't quickly kill. Fighter champions like UrgotSquare Urgot and IllaoiSquare Illaoi are durable enough to survive the burst and do enough damage to kill Talon afterwards, while champions with innate sustain abilities like GarenSquare Garen and WarwickSquare Warwick will survive the burst and then just heal themselves back up.