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League of Legends Champion NocturneNocturne is in the s tier of champions


Nocturne is a assassinRoleassassin
Power SpikeEarly-Game
Umbra Blades abilityp
Duskbringer abilityq
Shroud of Darkness abilityw
Unspeakable Horror abilitye
Paranoia abilityr

Nocturne Build

based on 175,278 matches
Win Rate
52.6 %
Pick Rate
10.4 %
Ban Rate
12.7 %

How We Come Up with Our Nocturne Builds

We process over 1 Million League of Legends games every day to bring you the most accurate Nocturne build so you can destroy your enemies and improve you win rate. We've broken down our Nocturne builds by rank, position, and enemy team type, so you can find the most accurate set of Nocturne core items and runes for any situation.

Nocturne Build Summary

Nocturne is a a solid jungle champion in League of Legends. His best rune sets are Precision Inspiration. Including the highlighted runes shown below in your Nocturne build will help provide you with the additional stats to guarantee he plays well through the laning phase of the game and into the late game. Nocturne players should focus on building up his q ability first.

Best vsAll Build for Nocturne


Starter Items

Time Target
Long SwordHealth Potion

Early Items

~5 Mins
Hearthbound AxeIronspike Whip

Core Nocturne Items

~22 Mins
StridebreakerGuardian AngelBlade of The Ruined KingMercury's Treads

Optional Items

Sterak's GageTitanic HydraThe CollectorSerylda's Grudge

Summoner Spells

summonerflash summoner spell D
summonersmite summoner spell F

Skill Order

First skill for Nocturne to level upq
Second ability for Nocturne to level upe
Last skill for Nocturne to max outw


PrecisionConquerorTriumphLegend: AlacrityCoup de Grace
InspirationMagical FootwearCosmic Insight
Attack SpeedArmorArmor
Nocturne's passive ability p
Nocturne's q ability q
Nocturne's w ability w
Nocturne's e ability e
Nocturne's ultimate ability r

Nocturne Matchups Overview

More Gameplay Tips for Nocturne Players

Tips and Tricks

Nocturne is great at eliminating carries. Your Nocturne build should include plenty of lethality items to maximize your damage against carries.

Combo Shroud of Darkness with Paranoia's dash to kite the enemy into hitting your shield.

If you are playing Nocturne in the jungle, after level 6, alternate between farming your jungle and ganking lanes depending on the availability of your ultimate. It's Nocturne's Ult that makes him so formiddible and scary. Even when you aren't near lane, the knowledge that you may use your Ult at any moment to engage adds great pressure on your enemies.

Nocturne can also be played in lane. If you love Nocturne, don't just play him in the jungle.

Nocturne's shield gives him an AA speed boost when he blocks a spell. The dragon's attacks count as spells. Unless you need to save it block enemy CC, use it early when trying to burst down the dragon.

Nocturne FAQs

Q: Can Nocturne be played in lane?

A: Yes, Nocturne can be played in lane. He is most commonly played in the jungle, but against bruiser champions, he really excels in lane. Be careful about long-range champions and champs with lots of CC. In lane, his passive sustain will really help your staying power.

Q: What else is Noc's ult good for besides ganking lanes or catching champions out alone?

A: Noc's Ult is great at denying your enemies the opportunity to fight. Unless the entire enemy team is collaborating out of the same room or is on Discord, they will be in disarray every time you deny them friendly vision. Most of the time, this will spook them from engaging. The best times to you this include when finishing off the dragon or a tower.

Q: What is Nocturne's best combo?

A: In general, you'll want to 1) engage with R, 2) use your spell shield, 3/4) hit your enemy with Q and E while constantly auto-attacking and staying on top of them.

Q: Should I use my spell shield early in combat or wait to use it to combat a specific enemy ability?

A: Most of the time, it's good to use his spell shield early in combat. This will give you a large attack speed boost for most of your fight. However, if you are facing a champ with a single overwhelming ability (i.e. Malzahar or Malphite), you may want to save it to block.

Additional Nocturne Build Insights

League of Legends Nocturne players will likely find him to be a confusing character to build out properly. You will find that his build changes when he is fighting either diversified or specialized team comps, demonstrating you shouldn't follow the same Nocturne build every round of League of Legends

The most critical items to incorporate into your champion's build are: Stridebreaker, Guardian Angel, and Blade of The Ruined King. Players who added these pieces in their builds had a significantly better winrate than those who went for other item builds for Nocturne. Similarly, if you are battling a mixed enemy team arrangement, you should strongly consider getting him the Precision, and Inspiration runes. In recent games, he won the greatest fraction of his matches when built with these runes.

We established our Nocturne build suggestions by examining 175,278 recently ranked LoL rounds with him in them. We only recommend the best winrate Nocturne builds that were built by ranked players enough times for us to suggest them. With so many rounds in our dataset, we are very confident in our provided builds.