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- Playing As Talon
- Noxian Diplomacy naturally works well with Cutthroat. Try activating Noxian Diplomacy before leaping on your opponent with Cutthroat.
- 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's abilities on one target can be very rewarding, but splitting them up between many may leave you helpless.
- Playing Against Talon
- Talon's attacks are all physcial damage. Build armor early to counter his burst damage.
- Talon is heavily reliant on Shadow Assault to escape a fight. When it is down he's significantly more vulnerable.
- 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 serves as an anti-mage or anti-carry. Against mages or carries, his high burst damage can easily overwhelm them in one combo.
- Talon's harassment combo in-lane is Cutthroat followed by a basic attack, Noxian Diplomacy and Rake. This does good damage; however, if used poorly, it can leave Talon vulnerable to retaliation since his only real escape is 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.
- Talon is a hard champion to catch. Use Rake to slow pursuers, and 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 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 on a minion near an enemy champion for a quick entry into battle.
- Noxian Diplomacy resets Talon's autoattack timer, so use this ability after autoattacking to gain 2 hits in succession.
- The bonus damage from Noxian Diplomacy can be used on turrets, allowing Talon to be an effective pusher.
- Use Noxian Diplomacy in conjunction with Cutthroat and Mercy to maximize Talon's damage potential.
- Auto-attacking between abilities that apply slows ( Rake or Cutthroat) is absolutely vital, as you are using Mercy to its full potential.
- 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 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 on than simply running around should you wish to hit an enemy with Shadow Assault twice.
- One way to ensure Shadow Assault's return hits your target is to use Cutthroat, immediately ending the stealth and positioning yourself such that the blades are guaranteed to hit.
- An example combo for Talon's requires him to activate Shadow Assault then close the gap with Cutthroat. Then right click your target to cancel the backswing of Cutthroat's animation and attack, right as the attack lands use Noxian Diplomacy to get a second quick hit and follow up with Rake and . If the target is still alive, use and basic attacks amplified by your passive due to the slow from Rake to finish them off. This combo should be used in situations where you need the stealth from Shadow Assault to close the gap, saving it for extra damage or an escape/chase is better otherwise.
- 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, 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 Ezreal, Gragas etc.) don't use your 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. or a similar escape tool (
- When you use your combo, take care not to use 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, saving it until you are in range to get both hits gives superior damage. One trick is to activate Shadow Assault then immediately Rake or to cause the blades to collapse instantly and deal extremely fast burst damage.
- Mastery Usage
- Item Usage
- Talon deals strictly physical damage so he benefits from building attack damage items.
- Talon. Together with , they are 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 for a lot of AD and life steal. is one of the most important sources of early AD for
- Talon, the former for its cooldown reduction and the latter for its armor penetration. Both combine into one of his core items, , which provides flat armor penetration that is very useful for bursting squishy targets, and the active combined with Shadow Assault gives 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. or are excellent early purchases for
- Another essential early/mid game purchase for Talon is . Not only does it provide a nice amount of attack damage, it also adds bonus armor penetration. It can later be upgraded to or , 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 to enemies, especially strong against healing-based enemies or those who stack life steal.
- Once you have completed your core offensive items, Talon. It gives very large amounts of attack damage together with , and the crit scaling helps you keep your damage high in late game, where the AA > Q combo can outright kill some targets should you score a critical hit. This said, is not an essential item and will occasionally give way to items such as depending on the enemy team comp. is a solid purchase on
- 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. is a good late-game purchase, giving strong armor shred as well as considerable amounts of CDR. All of
- If you have sustain problems in lane and think that potions are not enough for you, an early Talon. is recommended. Other than that, a can be purchased early and later upgrade into other life steal items that can greatly benefit
- Talon. It builds from and provides strong sustain as well as pushing power. Cleave applies 's armor shred passive and Crescent adds even more burst to Talon. A solid option for wave clearing and more team fight presence. is the standard life lteal item for
- An early Elise's Venomous Bite and Karthus' Requiem. Alternatively, a can be purchased if Quicksilver's cleansing is needed. can be the bane of burst Mages, and later on can be upgraded to . It's essential when facing opponents with 'finishing' moves that deal magic damage like
- Talon harder to kill and may deter the enemy team from focusing him. is a great purchase if ahead, as it makes
- Mercy with every successful hit. It provides utility, health, and some damage. triggers
- Other unconventional items, like Talon's damage output drastically, but can also provide a great increase to his survivability. or , are extremely situational and decrease
- It is advisable to start with a Akali (or indeed another Talon) in which case is preferred. However, on ambush champions such as Talon, a into an eventual 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. in order to ward your lane against ganks, unless you are fighting a stealth champion such as
- All of Talon's damage output is physical damage, investing in a or early (and higher-value armor items later) can significantly reduce his damage.
- Buying Mercy less useful, and also reduce the damage of Noxian Diplomacy. will make
- Talon is fairly squishy and vulnerable to harassment during the laning phase. Use this to your advantage but be aware that his E > W can easily turn the engagement in his favor.
- When playing as a Mage, Talon's damage substantially. can provide a great amount of defense early game, decreasing
- Talon's reliance on burst damage is a heavy weakness against targets he can't quickly kill. Fighter champions tend to beat Talon, being durable enough to survive his combo and do enough damage to kill Talon afterwards - fighters with innate sustainability abilities in particular will survive Talon's combo and then just heal themselves back up.
- It is recommended to engage Talon when you think his Shadow Assault is on cooldown as it is his only escape mechanism.
- Watch out for his E > Q combo. It can deal significant damage and combined with W and his passive Mercy will deal significant amounts of damage within a few hits. Zone him when you can and press the advantage.