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Playstyle: Karthus Builds

  1. Execute & Burn

    22,869 Games

    Dark Harvest
    Precision
    Liandry's Anguish

    52%

  2. Adaptive & Burn

    8,076 Games

    First Strike
    Domination
    Liandry's Anguish

    51%

Pro Karthus Builds

  1. Elyoya
    MAD Lions

    Elyoya

    Dark Harvest
    Precision
    Liandry's Anguish

    vs

    Nocturne
  2. Elyoya
    MAD Lions

    Elyoya

    Dark Harvest
    Precision
    Liandry's Anguish

    vs

    Rengar
  3. Elyoya
    MAD Lions

    Elyoya

    Dark Harvest
    Precision
    Liandry's Anguish

    vs

    Jarvan IV
  4. 113
    Astralis

    113

    First Strike
    Domination
    Liandry's Anguish

    vs

    Briar
  5. Markoon
    SK Gaming

    Markoon

    First Strike
    Domination
    Luden's Tempest

    vs

    Nunu & Willump
  6. Kituruken
    NASR eSports Turkey

    Kituruken

    First Strike
    Domination
    Luden's Tempest

    vs

    Zed

Core Karthus Item Build Order

Scorchclaw Pup

Starting

Liandry's Anguish
Lost Chapter
Fiendish Codex

1st

Sorcerer's Shoes
Boots

2nd

Shadowflame
Hextech Alternator
Needlessly Large Rod

3rd

Rabadon's Deathcap
Needlessly Large Rod
Needlessly Large Rod

4th

Zhonya's Hourglass
Seeker's Armguard
Fiendish Codex
Stopwatch

5th

Void Staff
Blighting Jewel
Blasting Wand

6th

Scorchclaw Pup

Starting

Liandry's Anguish
Lost Chapter
Fiendish Codex

1st

Sorcerer's Shoes
Boots

2nd

Shadowflame
Hextech Alternator
Needlessly Large Rod

3rd

Rabadon's Deathcap
Needlessly Large Rod
Needlessly Large Rod

4th

Zhonya's Hourglass
Seeker's Armguard
Fiendish Codex
Stopwatch

5th

Void Staff
Blighting Jewel
Blasting Wand

6th

Core Karthus Item Build Path

Scorchclaw Pup
Lost Chapter
Fiendish Codex
Liandry's Anguish
Boots
Sorcerer's Shoes
Hextech Alternator
Needlessly Large Rod
Shadowflame

Situational

Morellonomicon
Mejai's Soulstealer
Demonic Embrace
Rylai's Crystal Scepter
Horizon Focus
Banshee's Veil
Cosmic Drive

Summoner Spells

ExhaustSmite

Damage Breakdown

91% AP

Karthus Runes

PrecisionDominationSorceryInspirationResolve
ElectrocutePredatorDark HarvestHail of Blades
Cheap ShotTaste of BloodSudden Impact
Zombie WardGhost PoroEyeball Collection
Treasure HunterIngenious HunterRelentless HunterUltimate Hunter
PrecisionSorceryInspirationResolve
OverhealTriumphPresence of Mind
Legend: AlacrityLegend: TenacityLegend: Bloodline
Coup de GraceCut DownLast Stand
lol:shardInfo.adaptive_force,Adaptive Forcelol:shardInfo.attack_speed,Attack Speedlol:shardInfo.ability_haste,Ability Haste
lol:shardInfo.adaptive_force,Adaptive Forcelol:shardInfo.armor,Armorlol:shardInfo.magic_resist,Magic Resist
lol:shardInfo.scaling_health,Scaling Healthlol:shardInfo.armor,Armorlol:shardInfo.magic_resist,Magic Resist
Death Defied

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18

Lay Waste

Q

Q

Q

Q

Q

Wall of Pain

W

W

W

W

W

Defile

E

E

E

E

E

Requiem

R

R

R

Karthus Skill Order

Q

E

W

Karthus's Matchups

Karthuswinslane against...

Rammus

Rammus

342 games

90.1% in Lane

52.0% in Game

Maokai

Maokai

393 games

88.3% in Lane

49.4% in Game

Sejuani

Sejuani

401 games

80.8% in Lane

47.1% in Game

Amumu

Amumu

412 games

80.1% in Lane

51.0% in Game

Zac

Zac

558 games

79.7% in Lane

46.8% in Game

78.9% in Lane

53.0% in Game

Poppy

Poppy

390 games

76.4% in Lane

53.3% in Game

Gragas

Gragas

467 games

75.6% in Lane

52.0% in Game

Wukong

Wukong

193 games

74.1% in Lane

46.6% in Game

Sylas

Sylas

742 games

73.6% in Lane

52.7% in Game

Warwick

Warwick

458 games

73.6% in Lane

50.9% in Game

Elise

Elise

496 games

73.4% in Lane

49.4% in Game

Briar

Briar

1891 games

73.2% in Lane

59.5% in Game

Shaco

Shaco

1295 games

72.4% in Lane

54.2% in Game

Ivern

Ivern

258 games

72.1% in Lane

49.2% in Game

Jarvan IV

Jarvan IV

2550 games

72.0% in Lane

51.8% in Game

Rek'Sai

Rek'Sai

643 games

71.2% in Lane

51.8% in Game

Fiddlesticks

Fiddlesticks

730 games

70.5% in Lane

52.1% in Game

Vi

Vi

624 games

69.6% in Lane

51.3% in Game

Lee Sin

Lee Sin

2189 games

67.2% in Lane

53.4% in Game

Viego

Viego

1295 games

65.6% in Lane

52.6% in Game

Kayn

Kayn

1429 games

65.4% in Lane

50.5% in Game

Xin Zhao

Xin Zhao

401 games

64.6% in Lane

49.9% in Game

Taliyah

Taliyah

606 games

64.2% in Lane

47.2% in Game

Kindred

Kindred

452 games

63.5% in Lane

53.3% in Game

Lillia

Lillia

880 games

63.3% in Lane

48.0% in Game

Rengar

Rengar

544 games

62.9% in Lane

50.0% in Game

Evelynn

Evelynn

912 games

62.7% in Lane

45.1% in Game

Ekko

Ekko

1160 games

62.6% in Lane

48.4% in Game

Gwen

Gwen

415 games

61.4% in Lane

49.6% in Game

Kha'Zix

Kha'Zix

1802 games

61.2% in Lane

50.9% in Game

Graves

Graves

1381 games

59.6% in Lane

52.4% in Game

Nocturne

Nocturne

1372 games

58.7% in Lane

46.4% in Game

Master Yi

Master Yi

854 games

58.1% in Lane

50.1% in Game

Nidalee

Nidalee

964 games

57.4% in Lane

49.4% in Game

Udyr

Udyr

421 games

57.2% in Lane

46.6% in Game

Hecarim

Hecarim

1004 games

55.5% in Lane

51.3% in Game

Shyvana

Shyvana

328 games

54.6% in Lane

45.7% in Game

Diana

Diana

908 games

54.1% in Lane

50.9% in Game

Talon

Talon

309 games

52.8% in Lane

47.2% in Game

Bel'Veth

Bel'Veth

766 games

52.7% in Lane

47.5% in Game

Karthusloseslane against...

Karthus vs Poppy

Karthus
vs
Poppy

2.5

KDA

2.8

51.2%

Win Rate

51.8%

0%

Pick Rate

0%

31,805

Damage Dealt

16,169

3.28%

Ban Rate

3.61%

Karthus's Trends

Win Rate

51.2%

(-0.5%)

vs last patch
Pick Rate

2.6%

(+0.3%)

vs last patch
Ban Rate

3.3%

(+0.1%)

vs last patch

Karthus Guide

Key Insights
If
Q
only hits one enemy, it deals double damage.
Q
and
W
reveal their affected areas.
E
deals an extra tick of damage when Karthus recasts it.
R
damages all targetable enemy champions.
Strengths
Even if Karthus is killed first, he continues fighting with
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
R
at any point to finish them off.
Synergizes well with
Liandry's Anguish
,
Shadowflame
,
Horizon Focus
,
Rabadon's Deathcap
,
Zhonya's Hourglass
, and
Rylai's Crystal Scepter
. Can opt for
Night Harvester
or
Luden's Tempest
for more burst.
Weaknesses
Completely immobile, leaving him vulnerable to ganks.
When fighting, if Karthus misses a single
Q
, it becomes much harder to land one.
Buying
Edge of Night
/
Hexdrinker
as an AD champion,
Banshee's Veil
as a mage, or
Locket of the Iron Solari
as a support/tank will aid in negating
R
's damage.