Pantheon is a fighter. This guide is for the top lane, however he can be played in the mid lane, jungle, or support. He is very strong in the early game being able to trade and fight vs most top lane champions. As you get into the late game, Pantheon falls off in terms of damage and becomes more of a crowd control champion that helps the team survive. One thing to note is to always keep an eye on your Mortal Will (Passive) to see how many stacks you have. After 5 stacks, your next basic ability will be enhanced which means they get bonuses.
Pantheon uses a mixture of both damage and tank items that work well with his kit. Youmuu's Ghostblade is a great item for Pantheon which allows him to move around the map a lot quicker. He is at his strongest during the early game so it's really important to get a cheap early power spike to get an advantage. After Ghostblade, Black Cleaveer is a strong option. You can combo Empowered Shield Vault (2nd Ability), auto-attack, and your Comet Spear (1st Ability) to get the full 5 stacks of armor reduction on the enemy.
For runes, we have the following:
Pantheon is a fighter so he wants to get in the enemies face and attack constantly. This and his combos allow him to get stacks pretty fast, which enables him to get more damage on the enemies.
This helps Pantheon get more damage in the early game and to try and get an early advantage.
With Pantheon, you will be in a lot of fights and get plenty of takedowns, especially if you use your ultimate around your teammates. This allows Pantheon to get a bit more health with each takedown to make him that little bit extra tanky.
A great rune for if you get low in the laning phase and need that extra bit of healing and free money.
As Pantheon, you want to be really aggressive early game. You have one of the best 1 vs 1 potential against any other top lane champion. Auto-attack minions to stack your Mortal Will (Passive) and once you have full stacks, you can use your Shield Vault (2nd Ability) to jump in and get 3 free auto attacks off and combo that with your Comet Spear (1st Ability). Make sure when fighting against the enemy you use your Aegis Assault (3rd Ability) shield to block all incoming damage. It can be a lifesaver!
Pantheon really struggles when it gets too late game because he doesn't do the most damage and can be really easy to play against. The best thing you can do at this point is group up with your team using Grand Skyfall (Ultimate) at distance to surprise the enemy. When in a team fight your main goal is to get on top of the enemy backline! Use your Shield Vault (2nd Ability) to lock down one of the enemy's carries so your team can follow up and help kill them.
Overall Pantheon is a super fun champion to play that can join a team fight from miles away. If you want to play a champion that has insane early game damage that you can get an advantage from and then use your semi-global ultimate to help the team then Pantheon is the go-to champion for you.
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