LoL Pantheon Guide – Builds, Strategy and Roles
Xan Hisam – Pantheon is a fast-moving, heavy damage dealing champion with low defense and no escape abilities in his repertoire for survivability. Equipped with a spear and a shield, Pantheon is great at melee combat and can also attack from a few paces away by throwing his spear using his 1st ability.
He can also close down the gap between him and his target quickly using his high base movement speed or by jumping up to his target and stunning them using his second ability. Pantheon is considered to be a melee champion and an assassin.
Aegis Protection (Innate Passive)
After attacking or casting spells 4 times, Pantheon gains a shield that blocks the next incoming basic attack or turret attack if it deals damage greater than 40.
Spear Shot (Q)
Pantheon hurls his spear at an opponent, dealing damage.
Aegis of Zeonia (W)
Pantheon leaps at an enemy and bashes them with his shield, stunning them. Casting Aegis of Zeonia refreshes Aegis Protection.
Heartseeker Strike (E)
(Active) Pantheon focuses and unleashes 3 swift strikes to the area in front of him, dealing double damage to champions. (Passive) Pantheon becomes more aware of his enemy’s vital spots, allowing him to always land critical strikes to enemies below 15% of their max health.
Grand Skyfall (R)
Pantheon composes himself for a few seconds and then leaps into the air crashing down onto a target location after a short delay, striking all enemy units in the area, dealing damage and slowing them. Enemies closer to the point of impact take more damage.
Your Guide To Pantheon Abilities
Spear Shot deals 150% damage to targets below 15% of their max health after acquiring a level of Heartseeker Strike.
Pantheon can be knocked back during Aegis of Zeonia by abilities such as Tristana’s ‘Buster Shot’ and Lee Sin’s ‘Dragon’s Rage’. Target is not stunned if Pantheon is knocked back during Aegis of Zeonia. Aegis of Zeonia will stun the target even if they use ‘Flash’ during it.
However, they will stand stunned at the target location of their ‘Flash’ and you will have to move up to them. Aegis Protection blocks abilities such as Gangplank’s ‘Parrrley’, Ezreal’s ‘Mystic Shot’ and Miss Fortune’s ‘Double Up’.
Moving during Heartseeker Strike cancels it. Cancelling Grand Skyfall during the initial channeling period puts it on a 10 second cooldown. You cannot cancel it once Pantheon has leaped out of vision.
The damage for Spear Shot and Heartseeker Strike scales with Pantheon’s attack damage and both abilities deal physical damage. However, Aegis of Zeonia and Grand Skyfall both deal magic damage and have their damage outputs modified by ability power.
How To Play With Pantheon In League of Legends
With no real skill shots, Pantheon is an easy champion that requires more tactical awareness and judgment for playing well than he requires skill with targeting and anticipation of enemy movement.
Knowing your enemy is half the battle when playing as Pantheon, and the other half is simply jumping up to them with Aegis of Zeonia, stunning them and casting Heartseeker Strike.
This should normally leave your enemies low enough to be finished with a basic attack followed by a Spear Shot. Spear Shot is great for taking out enemies that are trying to escape a fight at low health.
You can also Spear Shot an enemy in turret range when harassing, provided you start moving out of its range immediately and have Aegis Protection since it can block a hit from the turret.
Pantheon Starter Build
We’ll be focusing on improving Pantheon’s weakness, and through the help of certain items and masteries, use it to further increase his damage output in our starter build. Select the following masteries, runes and summoner spells for your loadout:
Fill all 9 of your slots for Marks with armor penetration. Equip percentage increase in health runes in Seals and magic resistance per level runes in Glyphs. For Quintessences, take percentage increase in health runes for all 3 slots. You can go with a simple armor, magic resistance and armor penetration rune-set as well.
The reason for using percentage increase in health runes is to complement your item build. Taking a more defensive approach than most starter builds, use 9/21/0 for your masteries. Follow the attack damage path in offensive masteries up to the ‘Weapon Expertise’ mastery that grants you 10% armor penetration.
Now, take the +6 bonuses for armor and magic resist, and take all health related masteries in the defensive tree including the final mastery ‘Juggernaut’. Other important masteries in the defense tree that you should pick are ‘Initiator’, ‘Honor Guard’ and ‘Evasion’.
Choose between ‘Flash’ and ‘Ignite’ or ‘Flash’ and ‘Ghost’ as your summoner spells. Choosing ‘Ghost’ and ‘Ignite’ is a viable option, but doing so would leave you without any escape abilities drastically reducing your survivability.
Pantheon Items, Abilities and Tips
Purchase a Doran’s Blade with your starting gold. At your next visit to the shop, buy shoes and components for Warmog’s Armor. If you’re not a fan of the item, you can make a Frozen Mallet instead.
Complete Warmog’s Armor or Frozen Mallet, whichever you’re making and upgrade your shoes to Mercury Treads. Start working on Atma’s Impaler as your next item.
When finished, focus on making Banshee’s Veil, purchasing the Negatron Cloak first. Start working on Last Whisper as your 5th item followed by a Bloodthirster if you made Warmog’s Armor earlier, or an Infinity Edge if you made a Frozen Mallet, as your final item.
Level Spear Shot at the start and unlock Aegis of Zeonia at the following level. At level 3, get Heartseeker Strike. Now work on getting Spear Shot to level 5, upgrading Heartseeker Strike when Spear Shot is unavailable.
Unlock Grand Skyfall at level 6 and upgrade it at levels 11 and 16. Max out Aegis of Zeonia when you’re done with all the other abilities.