League of Legends: Nocturne champion profile

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Strength at each game stage

Strength in early game/laning – low/medium

In the early game, Nocturne is a pretty linear champion in terms of what he can do: hit you with his Q, fear you, and run you down with autos. That’s not to say that you can’t do anything as Nocturne early but you definitely have difficulties finding ganks and fights. When you do, you can certainly outplay with your spell shield and Duskbringer, but fights are very tricky.

Strength in mid game/skirmishes – high

In the mid game, Nocturne’s kit is still pretty linear just with an added extension to that line. He can ult in from anywhere, denying vision to enemies around the map, and turn a fight from disadvantaged to advantaged in the blink of an eye.

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This cross-map influence combined with his massive spike on one or two items makes Nocturne incredibly potent in the mid game. That said, he still has the same basic problem as a lot of divers. His kit has a “go in” button, but not really a “get out” one so if he can’t instantly kill one or two members after ulting, he’s pretty useless.

Strength in late game/teamfights – low/medium

Once the late game comes around, you kind of need to have made your impact felt on Nocturne or else you’re going to struggle. If you used those first few ults to get yourself some kills, you can easily transition this to a splitpush/cross-map playstyle to keep your snowball going.

Notice, though, that you do not want to be team fighting with Nocturne, especially in the late game. This is the point of the game where enemy carries will get that GA/Zhonyas to completely bait you into their team with your ult, where you can be CC’ed and killed. And if you aren’t strong enough to 1v1 or pick the enemy in that side-lane push, you will struggle as Nocturne.