League of Legends Champion Nocturne Nocturne is in the a tier of champions


Assassin Fighter
Nocturne is a assassin Role assassin
Difficulty Average
Power Spike Early-Game
Umbra Blades ability p
Duskbringer ability q
Shroud of Darkness ability w
Unspeakable Horror ability e
Paranoia ability r

Nocturne Build

based on 62,786 matches
Win Rate
50.8 %
Pick Rate
5.7 %
Ban Rate
3.2 %

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 an average jungle champion in League of Legends. His best rune sets are Precision Domination. Incorporating the highlighted runes shown below in your Nocturne build will help provide you with the additional stats to help him play well through the laning phase of the round and into the late game. You should focus on building up his q ability first.

Best Build for Nocturne


Starter Items

Time Target

Early Items

~5 Mins
Vampiric ScepterSerrated Dirk

Core Nocturne Items

~22 Mins
StridebreakerGuardian AngelEdge of NightMercury's Treads

Optional Items

Titanic HydraRavenous HydraSerylda's GrudgeBlack Cleaver

Summoner Spells

summonerflash summoner spell D
summonersmite summoner spell F

Skill Order

First skill for Nocturne to level up q
Second ability for Nocturne to level up e
Last skill for Nocturne to max out w


Precision Lethal Tempo TriumphLegend: AlacrityCut Down
Domination Eyeball CollectionUltimate Hunter
AttackSpeed Adaptive Armor
Nocturne's passive ability p
Nocturne q ability q
Nocturne w ability w
Nocturne 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 challenging champion to build out properly. You will notice that his build varies when he is fighting either diversified or highly focused team compositions, demonstrating you should not choose the same Nocturne build every single game of League of Legends

The most important items to use in your champion's build include: Stridebreaker, Guardian Angel, and Edge of Night. Those who included these items in their kits had a better winrate than those who went for other Nocturne builds. Similarly, if you are fighting a mixed enemy team arrangement, you should strongly consider getting him the Precision, and Domination runes. In recent games, he won the greatest percentage of his games when equipped with these runes.

We set our Nocturne build guidance by examining 62,786 recently ranked League games with him in them. We only advise the highest winrate Nocturne builds that were used by ranked League players enough times for us to propose them. With so many rounds in our data, we are quite confident in our suggested builds.