Best Nocturne Build Guide | Runes | Spells | Items in League of Legends

Nocturne hides in the shadows to take down his enemies one by one before he shows them their most dreaded nightmares. Learn what's his best build here!
Best Nocturne Build Guide | Runes | Spells | Items in League of Legends




Nocturne is the type of champion in League of Legends whose playstyle consists of isolating an enemy champion and killing them swiftly whether with the help of his teammates or not, although this might depend on the type of enemy since he struggles against tanks, Nocturne jungle is a fun pick that has an interesting kit of abilities for those summoners who love playing in the jungle of League of Legends.

Best build Nocturne

When you play Nocturne jungle, or in any other role in general (if you dare to), you need to know that your primary source of damage is your auto attacks, therefore, for his item path, we're going to list some that increase your Attack Speed, Defense, so you have a bit of everything in this Nocturne Build.

Best Nocturne Build

Best Nocturne runes

To start off this Nocturne build, the runes you want to use for him are in the "Precision" and "Domination" trees. For starters, you want to use "Lethal Tempo" as your keystone to maximize your Attack Speed in this Patch 12.18, then follow up with "Triumph", "Legend: Alacrity", and "Coup de Grace". If you happen to feel confident, you can replace the latter with "Last Stand".

Best Rune Path

Precision

Precision

Domination

Domination

Best Keystone

Lethal Tempo

Lethal Tempo

Best Slot 1 (Rune)

Triumph

Triumph

Best Slot 2 (Rune)

Legend: Alacrity

Legend Alacrity

Eyeball Collection

Eyeball

Best Slot 3 (Rune)

Coup de Grace

Coup de Grace

Ultimate Hunter

Ultimate Hunter

For the rest of the rune set, you want "Eyeball Collection" and "Ultimate Hunter" from the "Domination" rune tree in League of Legends.

Best Nocturne Rune Shards

The rune shards you want for Nocturne are +10% Attack Speed in the "Offense" socket, which further increases the rate you can use your auto attacks with this Nocturne build in League of Legends.

Best Rune Shards

Effect

Flex

Attack Speed

+10 Attack Speed

Offense

Adaptive Force

+9 Adaptive Force

Defense

Armor

+6 Armor

For the "Flex" and "Defense" sockets you want +9 Adaptive Force and +6 Armor respectively so you have more resistance and damage in general.

Best Nocturne Spells

Nocturne's best Summoner Spells are "Flash" and, yes you guessed it, "Smite". Flash is the most common choice among the Summoner Spells available in the game due to its high utility.

Best Spells

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Flash

Flash

Smite

Smite

On the other hand, we don't need to say much about "Smite" since we're talking about a champion that's going to be played in the jungle.

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Best Nocturne Abilities Order

Nocturne's best skill order focuses on maximizing first his source of damage and then the rest of his abilities. You want to first increase "Duskbringer", which is his Q ability. Continue then with "Unspeakable Horror" to deal more damage to your enemies and have the chance to frighten them, which is a form of crowd control in League of Legends.

Nocturne Ability Ordfer

At last, you want to invest points in "Shroud of Darkness", the way this ability works is by passively increasing his Attack Speed while granting him a shield that blocks only one incoming ability towards him. Despite "Shroud of Darkness" being so useful, leave it at last, and in the meanwhile, upgrade your ultimate whenever you can.

Best Items

Now for his best items, we'll mention here excellent choices to increase his physical damage and which complement his skill order quite well in this patch 12.18. With a single combo of his "Q", "Unspeakable Horror", and Auto Attacks you shouldn't have any issue shredding an enemy's HP bar.

Best Starter Nocturne Items

Nocturne's best starter items are the "Emberknife", "Refillable Potion", and "Stealth Ward". These are what he needs to clear the first camps of the jungle he needs.


First Item

Second Item

Third Item

Emberknife

Emberknife

Refillable Potion

Refillable Potion

Stealth Ward

Stealth Ward

Best Mid Game Nocturne Items

When you reach the middle of the match, you want to have the "Stridebreaker", "Plated Stealcaps", and "Death's Dance" under your belt.


First Item

Second Item

Third Item

Stridebreaker

Stridebreaker

Plated Stealcaps

Plated stealcaps

Death’s Dance

Death's Dance

Note that the "Stridebreaker" will be the pick among the Mythic Items available in the game so your enemies don't escape, while the "Death's Dance" is excellent to heal yourself after a battle.

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Best Final Late Game Nocturne Items

These final items grant Nocturne the Magic Resistance and Armor he needs because truth be told, he's rather squishy. That's why "Maw of Malmortius" is excellent for protecting yourself from mages.

First Item

Second Item

Third Item

Fourth Item

Fifth Item

Sixth Item

Stridebreaker

Stridebreaker

Plated Stealcaps

Plated stealcaps

Death’s Dance

Death's Dance

Maw of Malmortius

Maw of Malmortius

Guardian Angel

Guardian Angel

Black Cleaver

Black Cleaver

Then you have "Guardian Angel" which gives you a second chance to live if you get killed. At the same time, "Black Cleaver" will shred your enemies' Armor.

Best Champions to Pair Nocturne With

Heimerdinger, Poppy, and Cassiopeia are excellent choices to pair with Nocturne because they have unique abilities that help Nocturne take down his targets.

Champion

Win Rate %

Icon

Heimerdinger

57.4%

Heimerdinger

Poppy

57.2%

Poppy

Cassiopeia

56.4%

Cassiopeia

Heimerdinger, and Cassiopeia both offer great damage, while Poppy has ways to protect herself and her allies, as well as CC enemies.

Strongest Champions Against Nocturne

These champions represent a menace to Nocturne because their abilities easily counter those of the Eternal Nightmare, that's why you have to be careful when against them in a match.

Champion

Win Rate %

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Warwick

45.8%

Warwick

Nunu & Willump

46.0%

Nunu & Willump

Fiddlesticks

47.1%

Fiddlesticks

Weakest Champions Against Nocturne

On the other hand, Nocturne is these champions' most horrendous nightmare, since he can easily counter them to the point of making them fall behind in the match.

Champion

Win Rate %

Icon

Lee Sin

55.9%

Lee sin

Hecarim

53.7%

Hecarim

Pantheon

53.4%


Pantheon


Nocturne is a jungler who can be fun to play, and even more, when you cast your ultimate on an enemy, he works well to shut down someone on the adversary team who's just too fed and seems almost impossible to kill, that's the right moment to plan a gank with your teammates, and seek for a chance to turn tables around if you happen to be losing the game. Don't doubt trying out Nocturne, with this build you won't regret it!




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