How to Win Nocturne vs Bard Counter Matchup Nocturne is in the b tier of champions

Nocturne vs Bard

How to Beat Bard as Nocturne in LoL Bard is in the s tier of champions
Assassin Fighter
Support Mage

How to Beat Bard as Nocturne

based on 560 Nocturne vs Bard matchups
Win Rate
50.9 %
K/D/A
2.38
Pick Rate
1.5 %

How We Analyze LoL Champion Counters

We at MOBA Champion analyze millions of ranked LoL games each week. Within our dataset, Nocturne engaged Bard in 560 matches. Using so many matchups for Nocturne versus Bard provides us faith in our capacity to provide informative data and a supported build to destroy your enemy. This champ matchup is somewhat rare. Nocturne encounters Bard in only 1.5% of his matches.

Nocturne vs Bard Matchup Summary

Nocturne has done a ok job of beating Bard. Normally, he wins a acceptable 50.9% of the time the champions face each other in. In Nocturne against Bard matches, Nocturne’s side is 0.0% more expected to gain first blood, implying that he most likely will get first blood versus Bard.

Best Nocturne vs Bard Counter Build

Items

Starter Items

Time Target
EmberknifeRefillable Potion

Early Items

~5 Mins
BootsIronspike Whip

Core Nocturne Items

~22 Mins
StridebreakerMaw of MalmortiusDeath's Dance

Optional Items

Black CleaverAxiom ArcEdge of NightBlade of The Ruined King

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
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Last skill for Nocturne to max out w

Runes

Precision Lethal Tempo TriumphLegend: AlacrityCoup de Grace
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
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W
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Q
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R
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Guide to Countering Bard as Nocturne

Tips for Playing as Nocturne against Bard

Duskbringer isn't only an offensive ability. It can be used to close distance out of combat or escape from certain death.

Using Paranoia at a critical moment is well worth it even if you cannot use the dash.

Use Shroud of Darkness in tandem with Paranoia's dash. Your opponents may panic and waste a critical disable on your spell shield.

Advice to Win Against Bard

You can crush Bard's healing shrines just by walking over them. Don't let his allies take them without a fight.

Bard's opponents can also travel through his Magical Journey doorways. You can follow him, if you think it's safe.

Bard's ultimate, Tempered Fate, affects allies, enemies, monsters, and turrets alike. Sometimes it can be to your advantage to jump into it!

Nocturne vs Bard Counter Stats

Nocturne Image
Win Rate
50.9 %
VS
Win Rate
49.1 %
Bard Image
7.5
< Kills >
2.8
6.4
< Deaths >
5.8
7.7
< Assists >
13.9
1.67
< Killing Sprees >
0.58
45
< Minions Killed >
28
1.38
< Dragons Killed >
0.07
0.46
< Inhibitors >
0.48
15,300
< Physical Damage >
2,468
1,528
< Magic Damage >
8,345
1,252
< True Damage >
969
18,080
< Damage Dealt >
11,783
31,284
< Damage Taken >
20,167
12,204
< Gold Earned >
8,656
1.74
< Towers >
1.74
0.27
< Baron Takedowns >
0.02
10,853
< Total Healing >
5,778
13,672
< Experience >
11,683
21
< Vision Score >
57
6
< Wards Placed >
27
561
< Time Dealing CC >
278

How to Counter Bard with Nocturne in LoL

The stat comparisons shown on this page highlight several important Nocturne vs. Bard matchup statistics that may help you grasp the differences and similarities between the pair. For instance, Nocturne’s KDA ratio ([kills + assists] / deaths) of NaN is greater than Bard’s ratio of NaN, highlighting that Nocturne may be more central to his team's team fighting capacity than Bard. This observation is largely fueled by the difference in kills.

Nocturne usually has a much larger longest kill spree than his enemy does. Typically, he takes more damage than Bard. This commonly reflects different amounts of tankyness, but it can also show that the one champ has less mobility and thus is not able to flee from additional harm when engaged or poked.

Differences between Nocturne and Bard

Damage Types Compared

Nocturne
Bard
Physical Damage
Magic Damage
True Damage

Champion Playstyles Compared

Nocturne
Bard

Who is Better, Nocturne or Bard?

Both LoL champs are great champions. Both have their strengths, weaknesses, and counters. In the game's current meta, Nocturne usually fairs equally well when trying to fight Bard, with a 50.9% win rate. Thus, Nocturne makes an ok counter to Bard.

While Nocturne does have a higher winrate compared to Bard, when on opposite teams, Nocturne also has a much lower learning curve that makes him a less time consuming character to develop with. You should be careful when picking Nocturne into Bard.

Moreover, Nocturne also has only a small amount of CC and other utility, a similar amount to Bard. This makes her just as valuable during teamfights, especially when fighting champions with a lot of burst damage.

While there is not one best champion overall in League of Legends, in Nocturne vs Bard matchups, Nocturne is the better champion with a similar win rate, less champion complexity, and a similar amount of utility to help out your teammates during late stage team fights.

Nocturne is a decent counter for Bard. Make sure you focus your gameplay on increasing your gold and cs and destroying objectives. If you do that, you should be able to stand on your own as Nocturne against Bard.

Additional Information for Nocturne Players

How We Calculated Our Nocturne vs Bard Build and Stats

For this guide on countering Bard as Nocturne, we analyzed 560 matchups from recent LoL games. We use rigorous data cleaning and processing methods to ensure that our counter stats are of the highest quality. You can rest assured that the recommended build to counter Bard as Nocturne comes from real data and is not the fabrication of some random LoL player, as some other sites provide. You can use the filters at the top of the page to view the most relevant stats and items to your rank.

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Further Insights to Win this Matchup

If you would like to learn all of the intricacies of Nocturne in order to counter Bard during both the lane and mid / late game phases of League of Legends, you should continue reading to gather a few extra tips and tricks for this matchup. If you mind the build and stats displayed above, you will grow your win rate significantly and be that much closer to League of Legends pro players.

Nocturne typically gets more CS relative to Bard. Champs who typically don't acquire much CS usualy don't need much CS to be valuable teammates, such as support champions. These kinds of champions are able to scale properly off of their skills, stats, and first items alone. Yet, champs with large amounts of CS, such as hyper-carries, usually need many items to be effective. In either situation, try to surpass the values shown on this page to do well.

The best items to focus on in your Nocturne versus Bard build include Stridebreaker, Maw of Malmortius, and Death's Dance. When Nocturne combined at least these three items in his build, he did much better when fighting Bard than with most other typical counter builds. In fact, Nocturne boasted an average winrate of 50.9% battling Bard with this build.

To have the best likelihood of beating Bard as Nocturne, you should take the Lethal Tempo, Triumph, Legend: Alacrity, Coup de Grace, Eyeball Collection, and Ultimate Hunter runes from the Precision and Domination rune sets. Of all the rune builds that we analyzed for Nocturne vs Bard clashes, this composite of runes resulted in the greatest win rate. Moreover, these runes gave a 50.9% winrate overall.

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