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Talon
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The Blade's Shadow
Release Date: August 24, 2011
Cost: 4800
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880
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Primary Attribute: Assassin
Secondary Attribute: Fighter
Resource: Mana
Statistics
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Health:
582.8 (+ 90)
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Health Regen:
8.51 (+ 0.75)
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Mana:
377.2 (+ 37)
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Mana Regen:
7.59 (+ 0.5)
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Movespeed:
335
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Attack Damage:
60 (+ 3.1)
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Attack Speed:
0.625 (+ 2.9%)
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Range:
125
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Armor:
26.88 (+ 3.5)
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Magic Resist:
32.1 (+ 1.25)
Skins
Renegade Talon Released: 2011-08-24 / 520
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Crimson Elite TalonReleased: 2011-08-24 / 750
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Dragonblade TalonReleased: 2012-01-10 / 975
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SSW TalonReleased: 2015-05-14 / 750
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Lore

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Talon's earliest memories are the darkness of Noxus' underground passages and the reassuring steel of a blade. He remembers no family, warmth, or kindness. Instead, the clink of stolen gold and the security of a wall at his back are all the kinship he has ever craved. Kept alive only by his quick wits and deft thievery, Talon scraped out a living in the seedy underbelly of Noxus. His mastery of the blade quickly marked him as a threat, and Noxian guilds sent assassins to him with a demand: join their ranks or be killed. He left the bodies of his pursuers dumped in Noxus' moat as his response.

The assassination attempts grew increasingly frequent until one assailant met Talon blade-for-blade in a match of strength. To his surprise, Talon was disarmed and facing down his executioner's sword when the assassin revealed himself to be General Du Couteau. The General offered Talon the choice between death at his hand, or life as an agent of the Noxian High Command. Talon chose life, on the condition that his service was to Du Couteau alone, for the only type of orders he could respect were from one he could not defeat.

Talon remained in the shadows, carrying out secret missions on Du Couteau's orders that took him from the frigid lands of the Freljord to the inner sanctums of Demacia itself. When the general vanished, Talon considered claiming his freedom, but he had gained immense respect for Du Couteau after years in his service. He became obsessed with tracking down the general's whereabouts, and scours the land in search of those responsible for Du Couteau's disappearance.

"The three deadliest blademasters in all of Valoran are bound to the house of Du Couteau: my father, myself, and Talon. Challenge us, if you dare."

-  Katarina Du Couteau

Talon's earliest memories are the darkness of Noxus' underground passages and the reassuring steel of a blade. He remembers no family, warmth, or kindness. Instead, the clink of stolen gold and the security of a wall at his back are all the kinship he has ever craved. Kept alive only by his quick wits and deft thievery, Talon scraped out a living in the seedy underbelly of Noxus. His mastery of the blade quickly marked him as a threat, and Noxian guilds sent assassins to him with a demand: join their ranks or be killed. He left the bodies of his pursuers dumped in Noxus' moat as his response.

The assassination attempts grew increasingly dangerous until one assailant met Talon blade-for-blade in a match of strength. To his surprise, Talon was disarmed and facing down his executioner's sword when the assassin revealed himself to be General Du Couteau. The General offered Talon the choice between death at his hand, or life as an agent of the Noxian High Command. Talon chose life, on the condition that his service was to Du Couteau alone, for the only type of orders he could respect were from one he could not defeat. Talon remained in the shadows, carrying out secret missions on Du Couteau's orders that took him from the frigid lands of Freljord to the inner sanctums of Bandle City. When the general vanished, Talon considered reclaiming his freedom, but he had gained immense respect for Du Couteau after years in his service. He became obsessed with tracking down the general's whereabouts. Talon's suspicions led him to the doors of the Institute of War, where he joined the League of Legends in order to find those responsible for Du Couteau's disappearance.

"The three deadliest blademasters in all of Valoran are bound to the house of Du Couteau: my father, myself, and Talon. Challenge us, if you dare."

-  Katarina Du Couteau

Candidate: Talon

Date: 23 August, 21 CLE

OBSERVATION

Talon enters the Great Hall with wary anticipation, his gaze forward. The unknowing might consider him careless, but to his perceptive observers it is apparent that Talon is infinitely aware of every detail in his surroundings.

While his focus is sharp, Talon's mind is elsewhere. He hastens towards the massive double doors at the end of the hall and regards them impassively. His purpose lies far beyond the Reflection Chamber. What lies within is a necessary distraction, but hardly an obstacle. Blade in hand, he enters without pause.

REFLECTION

Talon was on the ground, his face pressed to the dirt-ridden cracks between black cobblestones. The world came into focus around him one piece at a time--first the stench of sewage, then the muffled cries of "stop, thief," and finally the walls of the dead-end alleyway, its corners piled high with reeking decay.

He needed nothing else to identify his location. He knew this alleyway-and the slums of Noxus-all too well.

Talon rolled onto his hands and knees. His arms and legs, gangly and darkened with dirt, stung and bled from fresh scrapes. The cries grew closer, coming for him. "Find that boy!"

Talon glanced about, quelling his panic. His eyes fell on what appeared to be a rotten plank of wood, half-covered in garbage and waste, in the shadowed corner of the alley. With what quickness he could muster, Talon scurried towards it, grabbing the rotten plank and tugging it aside. Beneath it, a small opening led under the alley wall and deep into the darkness. In a swift and painful motion, Talon twisted to drop himself down into the opening and slid the plank back into place.

He pressed his back to a muddy dirt wall as the muted sounds of confusion came from outside his hiding place. He remained perfectly still until his pursuers dispersed, their footsteps retreating and grumbled voices fading.

Talon tried to catch his breath. The wet air he gasped into his lungs reeked of rats and sewage. As the rush of adrenaline left him, he found himself stricken instead by the dull pain of hunger and, more pointedly, anger.

"Where was Kavyn," he growled to himself and looked down into the dark.

The plan had been simple. Their target had been a fruit merchant whose cart stood at the edge of the marketplace. Kavyn was to give the signal and, as Talon took what he could, Kavyn would create a distraction so that he could escape. He'd seen the signal, but moments later, as he filled his satchel with Kumungu berries, he caught the attention of half the marketplace. And worse, he'd lost the bag in his frantic escape through the slums.

With nothing gained but a painfully hungry stomach, Talon seethed with bitterness.

Talon turned and began to crawl down the passage. Before long, his fingers and knees squelched as the ground beneath him became wet and cold-he'd reached the old and unused pipe that led into Noxus- underground chambers, most of them connected to the sewer network.

It isn't the first time that Kavyn has failed me like this, Talon thought as the passage sloped downward. With the pain in his stomach and the weakness in his limbs, he couldn't help but recall instead the times he'd succeeded alone, fending for himself without dependence on anyone else.

Finally, the pipe opened over a small chamber, its space filled with makeshift furniture and garbage scraps. Far below the western edge of the chamber, where a sheer drop took the place of a wall, a foul river carried Noxian sewage out of the city. Talon twisted within the pipe's cramped space and dropped down.

"You made it back!"

Talon whirled. Kavyn stood against the wall below the pipe's mouth, lighting a match. The flickering flame revealed a boy hardly older than Talon himself and just as rough and dirty, his brown hair a matted mess on his head.

"Where were you?" Talon snarled.

"Never mind that," Kavyn dropped the lit match onto a small pile of trash beneath him, which instantly caught and cast a wavering light about the chamber. "Did you get anything?"

"A bag of Kumungu berries," Talon's voice was cold. "I dropped it-while running."

He saw a twitch of unease in Kavyn's expression, and his eyes flicked to a small and nearly-empty crate in one corner of the chamber, where they usually kept their stores of stolen food. "Oh."

"Where were you?"

The other boy held up his hands. "Just hold on," he said. "I've got something." Kavyn tugged at his tattered leather belt, revealing two sheaths at his side that Talon had never seen before. From within them, Kavyn withdrew a pair of short daggers. Their blades shone like gold in the firelight, and Talon's eyes widened.

"Listen," said Kavyn, tearing Talon's covetous gaze away. "We can sell them. It doesn't matter that you lost the food."

Talon bristled, but the comment fazed him far less than it should have. He looked back to the daggers, which Kavyn held flat in his palm as though they'd slice him open if he wiggled a finger.

"I stole them from a drunk near the market tavern," Kavyn explained. "That's where I went. I thought--well, we'll make enough to eat for a few days with these, right? And..."

He continued to explain himself, but Talon no longer heard him. He reached a hand forward for one of the blades. As he held it, Talon became immediately aware of its shoddy quality, its weight imbalance, the way the hilt splintered. It was hardly suited for cutting meat, let alone use in combat. The blade had three worn notches and Talon ran his finger gently against them, just enough to feel its sharpness--one, two, three. He was possessed by the feel of it in his hand. The blade empowered him.

Kavyn had stopped talking and turned to pull the remaining potatoes from their crate. I was nearly caught because of this foolish boy, Talon thought, the bitter, hateful fire lit again within him. He knew he'd have inevitably been killed, for such is the Noxian way.

Talon ran his fingers along the blade's notches again. The Noxian way... he'd heard that before, in whispers on the streets. The strongest find their way out of the gutter. Weapons were coveted things, weapons--even a simple pair of daggers--were the key to survival. Another whisper, one he'd heard again and again, echoed in his mind: The strong rely on no one but themselves.

Talon clenched the blade in his fist and dashed forward, reaching to put the dagger to Kavyn's throat...

...but the boy whirled around and caught Talon's wrist, blocking his attack. Talon stood shocked. This is wrong, he thought. He remembered the blood on his hands, he remembered dropping the body into the sewer--the first of many.

Kavyn spoke, but the voice was not his own: "Why do you want to join the League, Talon?"

"For General Du Couteau," Talon said. The sewer chamber began to fade to darkness around them. Talon felt the weight of his bladed cloak returning to his shoulders, the illusion shattered. "My search has led me here."

"You fight for yourself," said the summoner imitating Kavyn's form. "You have no allies. You kill to survive, yet you follow at this vanished General's heels like a dog on a leash. Why?"

Talon tried to wrench his arm away, yet he found himself paralyzed not by the summoner's physical strength but by some magical intervention. "I am in his debt. The General spared my life."

"Is your debt not paid? After you spilled the blood of the boy called Kavyn, you swore allegiance to no one. You killed without remorse, and while you killed for Du Couteau until the day he vanished, you may now have freedom if you wish it. Why do you want to join the League, Talon?"

"You misunderstand," Talon hissed. "In the slums of Noxus I killed to survive. Under Du Couteau I killed in his name, but my life was my own. Now--I am nothing, yet I still have my blades. What other purpose can my blades serve?"

"How does it feel, exposing your mind?"

The summoner released him. Talon grasped his cloak and vanished into the dark, leaving the Reflecting Chamber in utter silence. The summoner glanced back and forth, scowling, and stiffened when Talon's blade appeared at his throat.

"Unpleasant," Talon growled into his ear. "Necessary."

And he was gone.

Abilities

PassiveBlade's End
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(Innate) Talon's abilities will wound champions and also epic monsters for a small duration allowing a stack of up to three times. A target will bleed for a large amount of physical damage over time if talon basic attacks a full wounded target.

Damage- 60-160 (+2.0 bonus ad) over 2 seconds (at levels 1-11)


QNoxian DiplomacyBanshee's Veil.pngQuicksilver Sash.png
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(Active) Talon will leap to a target, dealing physical damage, If this ability is cast within melee range Talon will not leap but will instead critically strike the target for 150%. Whenever Noxian Diplomacy kills a unit talon will restore health and will refund 50% of the ability's cooldown.
Bleed Duration: 6 seconds
Cost: 30 Mana
Cooldown: 8 / 7.5 / 7 / 6.5 / 5 seconds
Physical Damage: 80 / 100 / 120 / 140 / 160 +1.0 bonus AD (120/150/180/210/240 + 1.5 bonus AD from melee range)
Range: 550 (170 if used in melee form)
Heal on Kill 17-51 from levels 1-18


WRakeBanshee's Veil Partly.pngCleanseQss.png
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(Active) Talon sends out a volley of daggers that then return back to him, dealing physical damage every time it passes through an enemy. Additionally the enemy is slowed for a short duration.
Range: 900
Cooldown: 9 seconds
Slow Duration: 1 second
Cost: 55 / 60 / 65 / 70 / 75 Mana
Initial Damage 50 / 60 / 70 / 80 / 90 (+0.4 Bonus AD)
Return Damage 60 / 90 / 120 / 150 / 180 (+ 0.7 Bonus AD)
Total Damage 110 / 150 / 190 / 230 / 270 (+1.1 Bonus AD)
Slow Amount: 40 / 45 / 50 / 55 / 60%
ARC 22 Degrees

Additional Information about the Skill:

  • Rake hits twice, so spell shields will break on either hit. Rake's slow will now only apply when the blades return. Rake's have a 0.7 second delay before retuning to Talon.


EAssassin's Path
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(Active) Talon will vault over the nearest strucutre or terrain in a target direction. The vaults speed will be affected by Talons's movement speed. Talon will not be able to vault over the same section of terrain for a certian period of time.
Cooldown on Terrain 160 / 135 / 110 / 85 / 60 Seconds
Cooldown: 2 Seconds

Additional Information about the Skill:

  • Terrain that is on cooldown will appear outlined in red for the duration of the cooldown. Talon can also vault over player made terrain.


RShadow AssaultBanshee's Veil.png
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(Active) Talon disperses a ring of blades and becomes invisible while gaining 40% Movement Speed. When Talon emerges from invisibility, the blades converge on his location. Each time the blades move, Shadow Assault deals physical damage to enemies hit by at least one blade.
Cost: 100 Mana
Cooldown: 100 / 80 / 60 seconds
Physical Damage Per Hit: 80 / 120 / 160 (+ 0.8 Bonus AD)
Total Physical Damage: 240 / 380 / 440
(+180% of bonus Attack Damage)

Additional Information about the Skill:

  • Blades have a minimum lifetime of 0.8 seconds before retuning to Talon. Blades can also now be redirected to the target of Talons first basic attack. This ability also has more blades.


Competitive Usage

In Premier Tournaments
Event Bans Picks Wins Losses Win % Picked/Banned in % of Games
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2014 EU LCS Spring Round Robin 0 2 0 2 0 1.8
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2014 EU Challenger Series Spring Playoffs 0 2 0 2 0 11.8
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2014 EU Challenger Series #2 0 1 1 0 100 5.6
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EU LCS - Summer Playoffs 0 1 0 1 0 5.3
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EU LCS - Summer Season 0 1 1 0 100 0.8

Patch History

v6.5

R costs more and has a higher cooldown.

Talon’s one of the most unstoppable champions when running with a lead. While some assassins might effortlessly pick off single targets in the backline, snowballing Talons kill that single target… and just about everyone else in the fight. We’re not taking away Talon’s blades (he’s very attached to them), but increasing the windows between his ‘outbursts’ so his victims can catch their breath between respawns

Shadow Assault.png R - Shadow Assault

COOLDOWN : 75/66/55 seconds 100/80/60 seconds
COST : 80/90/100 mana 100 mana at all ranks


v5.22

In a world without mana potions (and generally less early mana regeneration), we've identified a few champions for some emergency rations, giving early mana boosts until they can get their footing and purchase items to make up the deficit. This also means we can really understand which champions relied on mana potions as a crutch to limp through the early to mid game, and we can give additional love if necessary.

Mana

The following champs have +50 base mana and -3 mana scaling (net -1 mana at level 18):


v5.1

"We're making readability improvements to a bunch of the champion portrait icons which were added or updated over the past few months."
  • PORTRAITS : The following champion portrait icons have been updated:
    • Azir, Cho'Gath, Ezreal, Gragas, Graves, Janna, Jarvan IV, Kayle, Kog'Maw, Lee Sin, Malphite, Maokai, Orianna, Renekton, Rengar, Rumble, Shyvana, Sion, Talon, Tristana, Udyr, Vayne, Veigar, Viktor, Zilean

v4.19
Splash Updates

"As we've mentioned previously, the splash art team is engaged in a long-term effort to update our oldest base splashes. A few more are ready to go this patch!"
  • SPLASH : The following champions have received updated base splashes (click the portraits for the full image!)

v4.18

"Still not renaming it. Maybe in a future patch. Foot stab? "
  • Cutthroat.png E - Cutthroat
    • WHOOPS Cutthroat now properly grants assists


v4.17
Talon's E no longer silences, it just applies a high-intensity mini-slow.

"Now that other high-burst low-counterplay assassins have been modified in some way (hello LeBlanc), Talon's one of the next dudes to step forward. Our focus with this change is not to entirely nerf Talon (although we realize this is a hit to his laning phase against certain champion matchups), rather, it's to reduce frustration when playing against him. Specifically, Talon's ability to obliterate a target of his choosing in the mid to late game without them having any say in the matter (literally) is a tough ability to balance around - especially as we've targeted other low-counterplay abilities like LeBlanc's Sigil of Silence. As an aside, this does mean that the ability name Cutthroat makes no sense from a thematic perspective, but naming it cut-ankles was less inspiring. We'll look into it. "
  • Noxian Diplomacy.png Q - Noxian Diplomacy
    • A METAPHOR FOR POLITICS Noxian Diplomacy's animation now plays slightly faster (so it can feel more impactful). Actual gameplay remains unchanged.
  • Cutthroat.png E - Cutthroat
    • REMOVED THAT'S SOME BAD AIM, TALON Cutthroat no longer silences its target
    • NEW CUT-ANKLES Cutthroat now slows targets for 99% for 0.25 seconds (this is enough to sneak in one Mercy-buffed basic attack)
  • Shadow Assault.png R - Shadow Assault
    • NEW A SHINY ESCAPE Shadow Assault now has a particle to indicate that Talon is hasted


v4.5

  • Shadow Assault.png R - Shadow Assault
    • "NEW" UTILITY: Flash no longer breaks Shadow Assault stealth
    • BUGFIX: Activating Noxian Diplomacy no longer breaks Shadow Assault stealth (attacking still breaks stealth as normal)

v4.1

  • Cutthroat.png E – Cutthroat
    • Now teleports Talon slightly further behind his target

v1.0.0.154

  • Noxian Diplomacy
    • Bleed damage reduced to 10 / 20 / 30 / 40 / 50 from 18 / 36 / 54 / 72 / 90
    • Bleed bonus attack damage ratio reduced to 1 from 1.2
  • Cutthroat
    • Fixed a bug where the damage amplification did not actually apply
    • Fixed an bug that sometimes caused  Talon's Rake to fire backwards after using Cutthroat.
  • Shadow Assault
    • Damage reduced at later ranks to 120 / 170 / 220 from 120 / 190 / 260
    • Bonus attack damage ratio reduced to 0.75 from 0.9

v1.0.0.152

  • Base Movement Speed increased by 25.

v1.0.0.139

  • Base armor increased to 20.5 from 18.5

v1.0.0.134

  • Shadow Assault's allied ultimate HUD indicator will now go grey immediately after casting

v1.0.0.128

  • Rake mana cost increased to 60 / 65 / 70 / 75 / 80 from 45 / 50 / 55 / 60 / 65
  • Shadow Assault cooldown increased to 75 / 65 / 55 seconds from 60 / 50 / 40

v1.0.0.127

  • Base health regeneration reduced to 7.25 per 5 seconds from 9.5
  • Base mana regeneration reduced to 6.75 per 5 seconds from 10

v1.0.0.124
 Talon released



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