Nocturne Build Guide

LoL Nocturne Build Guide

The Best Nocturne Runes, Items, and Advice to Dominate Your Competition

112,253 Nocturne Builds Analyzed

Best Items for Your Nocturne Build

The most important items to include in your Nocturne build include: Dreamshatter, Guardian Angel, Sterak's Gage, and The Collector. Yet, like our rune builds, you can also find great, focused, Nocturne item builds further down for the particular enemy team composition you are battling in your ongoing match. Those who added these items in their builds had a much higher win rate than those who went for other Nocturne builds.

Nocturne Items to Defeat Focused Team Comps

Best Nocturne Runes for Your Next Build

Conqueror Build Rune for Nocturne Conqueror
Triumph Build Rune for Nocturne Triumph
Legend: Alacrity Build Rune for Nocturne Legend: Alacrity
Coup de Grace Build Rune for Nocturne Coup de Grace
Eyeball Collection Build Rune for Nocturne Eyeball Collection
Taste of Blood Build Rune for Nocturne Taste of Blood
If you are battling a well-mixed enemy team composition, you should really consider grabbing Nocturne the Conqueror, Triumph, Legend: Alacrity, Coup de Grace, Eyeball Collection, and Taste of Blood runes. In recent games, he won the largest fraction of his games when built with these runes. Yet, if you are fighting a more single focused enemy team composition, such as an AP heavy or a CC focused team, you should instead scrollbrowse a little below to find the best Nocturne runes to defeat your particular combination of foes.

Nocturne Runes to Beat Dedicated Enemy Teams

Lethal Tempo Rune to Fight a Specific Team Comp with a Good Nocturne Build Lethal Tempo
Presence of Mind Rune to Fight a Specific Team Comp with a Good Nocturne Build Presence of Mind
Legend: Alacrity Rune to Fight a Specific Team Comp with a Good Nocturne Build Legend: Alacrity
Coup de Grace Rune to Fight a Specific Team Comp with a Good Nocturne Build Coup de Grace
Ultimate Hunter Rune to Fight a Specific Team Comp with a Good Nocturne Build Ultimate Hunter
Eyeball Collection Rune to Fight a Specific Team Comp with a Good Nocturne Build Eyeball Collection

Guide to Playing with Nocturne

  • 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.


We set our Nocturne build suggestions by analyzing 112,253 recently ranked League games with him in them. We only advise the best winrate Nocturne builds that have been built by ranked LoL players enough times for us to propose them. With so many rounds in our data, we are confident in our provided builds.

Additionally, to view the top Nocturne build designed for a different skill rank, you can pick a different one from the dropdown above. The recommended Nocturne builds will change to capture that skill level’s meta.

FAQs About Nocturne

Can Nocturne be played in lane?

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.

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

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.

What is Nocturne's best combo?

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.

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

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.