The Korean Psychopath Gigachad Nocturne Guide
Best Overall Runes
Best Overall Build
Do you want to hard carry your games from the jungle? Are you sick of having teammates who apparently have a bleach smoothie sitting next to them while they play? Do you want to get so deep inside your opponent's head that they see you as their sleep paralysis demon?
Of course you do, you're a jungler. Today I'm going to show you the psychopath guide to hard carrying with Nocturne, the gigachad on elm street.
A little about me: my name is Oceansong, or just Ocean. I'm a jungler who learned to play in Korea and recently returned to the United States to play in NA. This is a very Korean playstyle and build, which might mean you'll get flamed by your teammates but when you're 26/2/15 and knocking down the nexus they'll thank you.
Nocturne is the best of both worlds: he's an assassin who has a huge ult, but his abilities make him one of the best duelists in the game. He has extremely high single target damage at all stages of the game, and these runes accentuate this. I take cut down in 90% of my games because this build means you have less health than bruisers and even mages, so you get a lot of value out of it while killing targets you'll normally have trouble with: tanks. If you want, you can take last stand or coup de grace as well, this is just personal preference. This also helps you duel tank junglers that will have more health than you in the early and midgame.
- Rune Page
Everyone takes flash smite as Nocturne, and so should you. If you want to crank the psychopathy up, you can go ignite smite against high damage duelist junglers. I do this sometimes against high healing bruisers like Warwick or Xin Zhao, but this is rare.
- Summs (Role 1)
Nocturne's Q, Duskbringer, gives him an immense amount of AD in the early game, as well as movement speed, great damage, and chase potential. We always max this first. Nocturne's W gives a ton of attack speed per level (300 gold worth) and doubles the attack speed if you block an ability, which is why we max this second. It helps with taking objectives, clearing camps, ganking, and dueling. E is a great ability, but it's much more situational, so we max this last. Level your R whenever you can.
- Skill Path
Nocturne is a duelist-assassin. Building him as a bruiser means that you deal low damage in exchange for survivability, but in 99% of games it's better to go for a hybrid assassin build that lets you blow up a high priority target.
- Item Set 1
These items will be fine most games, but there are always exceptions. You can't expect to go a single build every single game and be successful, so be sure to itemize according to the team. Serpent's Fang, Chempunk Chainsword, and Black Cleaver are all great items I buy on occasion.
Many players like to say that Nocturne is an ult reliant jungler. This is a symptom of his ult being SO GOOD for most situations that people forget he has a great kit.
As Nocturne, you are one of the best duelists in the game. There aren't many champions that can go toe-to-toe with you and survive, especially in the early game. As Nocturne, you should be looking to invade early, as soon as you hit level 3.
At level 6, you are looking for ults. Botlaners apparently load into the game without a minimap, so feel free to spam ult them. The first ult will blow their flash, but then 120 seconds later you get another ult and a guaranteed kill. Any time someone is trading a lot in lane, you should be pathing toward that side of the jungle, hard clearing, and waiting for a chance to ult them.
Nocturne's ult is also a fantastic counterganking tool. Once the enemy jungler has used his rotation and the enemy laner has used their rotation, everything is on cooldown. Then you blast in with your R-W-Q-E and lay them out.
Speaking of W, there's two ways to use it. The first is preemptively. If you're ganking someone who has some CC, you'll want to use your W as you ult since their first instinct will be to throw that CC at you. Against champs with more selective CC, you want to hold your W until they use it. For example, Fiora can use her W to Riposte your E. But if you spellshield her W, you aren't stunned and will get a huge amount of attack speed.
But if you're ganking a Vayne or Ahri, for example, you'll probably want to use your W as you're flying in with your R. This means that Vayne can't Condemn you away or Ahri can't charm you once you arrive. This is based a lot on experience, so the more you play Nocturne the better your spell shields will get.
The best way to win as nocturne is to make sure that the enemy jungler doesn't exist before you get your ult. If you are invading and placing constant pressure on them, they won't have the gold, items, or tempo to be impactful on the map.
When you invade, it's very easy to use lethal tempo and your kit to demolish most enemy junglers, especially farming junglers. I'll go over some of Nocturne's best matchups below.
Nocturne gains movespeed toward all feared targets. That means that any champion that has a fear has fantastic synergy with you.
Sometimes I watch videos where people talk about how it's impossible to gank on Nocturne pre-six. They're wrong.
Nocturne has great ganks, especially on blue side, since he's able to easily gank top and mid, and bot lane is easy enough if they're pushing. Post six, ganks on blue side are very simple as well. Here's a few easy blue side ganking routes.
On red side, ganks are a bit trickier since A) it's easier to get blown up by bot side pre-six, and if top wards the river ganks are a bit tougher. But here are some routes you can try.
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