Karthus
tier-5
P
Q

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W

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E

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R

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Recommended Build

Summoner Spells

Starting Items

Emberknife
Refillable Potion

Core Build Path: 48.20% Win Rate (9083 Games)

Sorcerer's Shoes
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Liandry's Anguish
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Shadowflame
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Zhonya's Hourglass
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Mejai's Soulstealer
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Demonic Embrace

Core Final Build: 48.20% Win Rate (9083 Games)

Sorcerer's Shoes
Liandry's Anguish
Shadowflame
Zhonya's Hourglass
Mejai's Soulstealer
Demonic Embrace

Runes

Domination
Dark Harvest
Damaging a low health champion inflicts adaptive damage and harvests a soul from the victim.
Taste of Blood
Heal when you damage an enemy champion.
Eyeball Collection
Collect eyeballs for champion takedowns. Gain permanent AD or AP, adaptive for each eyeball plus bonus upon collection completion.
Treasure Hunter
Unique takedowns grant additional gold the first time they are collected.
Precision
Presence of Mind
Increase your mana or energy regeneration when damaging an enemy champion. Takedowns restore mana or energy.
Coup de Grace
Deal more damage to low health enemy champions.
Adaptive Force
+9 Adaptive Force
Adaptive Force
+9 Adaptive Force
Magic Resist
+8 MR
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Skill Order

Q

E

W

Damage Breakdown

Karthus's Statistics

Kills7.7

Deaths7.0

Assists9.5

Damage31,595.3

Damage Mitigated14,302.9

Gold Earned13,318.1

Gold Earned13,318.1

Playing against Karthus

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.
Power Spike
Even if Karthus is killed first, he continues fighting with
, 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.
Vulnerable
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.
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