Tier

Win Rate

48.5%

Pick Rate

7.4%

Matches

30,097

Karthus AP Runes

Build Patch 14.14

Core Karthus Item Build Order

49.3% Win Rate (947 Games)
Lost Chapter

Starting

Malignance

1st

Sorcerer's Shoes

2nd

Liandry's Torment

3rd

Malignance

4th

Liandry's Torment

5th

Blackfire Torch

6th

Lost Chapter
Malignance
Sorcerer's Shoes
Liandry's Torment
Malignance
Liandry's Torment
Blackfire Torch

Core Karthus Item Build Path

Situational

Shadowflame
Rabadon's Deathcap
Void Staff
Archangel's Staff
Morellonomicon
Stormsurge
Rylai's Crystal Scepter

Summoner Spells

Flash
4,236 Games50%

Karthus Skill Order

0
Death Defied

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

Lay Waste
Wall of Pain
Defile
Requiem

Karthus Guide

Learn Karthus with our Karthus guide. Learn about Karthus's strengths and Karthus's weaknesses, and harness key insights to optimize your playstyle. Whether you're a seasoned player or new to Karthus, our guide provides the tools you need to dominate the battlefield.
Key Insights
  • If
    Karthus
    Q
    only hits one enemy, it deals double damage.
  • Karthus
    Q
    and
    Karthus
    W
    reveal their affected areas.
  • Karthus
    E
    deals an extra tick of damage when Karthus recasts it.
  • Karthus
    R
    damages all targetable enemy champions.
Strengths
  • Even if Karthus is killed first, he continues fighting with
    Karthus
    P
    , giving his team an advantage in fights since enemy resources were used on him.
  • Forces enemies to play with a "lower HP bar" since he can cast
    Karthus
    R
    at any point to finish them off.
  • Best with items enhancing magic damage, penetration, and burst potential.
Weaknesses
  • Completely immobile, leaving him vulnerable to ganks.
  • When fighting, if Karthus misses a single
    Karthus
    Q
    , it becomes much harder to land one.
  • Vulnerable to items that mitigate magic damage or negate spell effects, aiding in reducing the impact of his
    Karthus
    R
    .

Karthus's Trends for ARAM

Stay ahead of the curve with the latest win rates, pick rates, and ban rates for Karthus. Our Trends section offers a deep dive into how Karthus is performing in the current meta, with data from the last five patches.
Win Rate

49.0%

(-0.6%)
vs last patch
Pick Rate

7.4%

(-0.2%)
vs last patch