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League of Legends Build Guide Author Paradox99

Katarina Du Couteau: Death Lotus

Paradox99 Last updated on April 27, 2012
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Ability Sequence

2
8
10
12
13
Ability Key Q
4
14
15
17
18
Ability Key W
1
3
5
7
9
Ability Key E
6
11
16
Ability Key R





Not Updated For Current Season

The masteries shown here are not yet updated for the current season, the guide author needs to set up the new masteries. As such, they will be different than the masteries you see in-game.



Masteries

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sunder
Archmage
 
 
 
 
 
 
Executioner
 
 

Offense: 9

 
 
 
 
 
4/
Durability
Vigor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Honor Guard
Mercenary
 
 
 
 
 
 
1/
Juggernaut
 
 

Defense: 21

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Strength of Spirit
Intelligence
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mastermind
 

Utility: 0


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Katarina Du Couteau ~ Introduction


This is a AP Guide for Katarina. Why AP? Well, AP Katarina is a really good choice because Shunpo and Bouncing Blades have a nice AP Ratio, and Death Lotus is seriously powerfull, based on it.

Why Flash/ Exhaust? Personaly I consider Flash beter than Ghost, because it allows you to move through walls and obstacles. Exhaust is the perfect combo with your ultimate, if you Exhaust your enemy and use Death Lotus by him, it will be harder for him to escape it. Some people say Ignite is also a good pick, but your Preparation also has the same effect.


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Katarina Du Couteau ~ Pros vs. Cons



Pros
  • Really versatile
  • Multi-Target Ultimate
  • Low Cooldowns
  • No Mana



Cons
  • Can't farm really well early-game
  • Most obvious target on a teamfight


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Katarina Du Couteau ~ Explanations




Masteries

Masteries
1/5
3/1
4/5
1/1
3/5
3/1
4/1
1/1
3/1
3/5
3/1
1/

Personaly I prefer a 9/21/0 Mastery Page, because it gives you the Offensive aspect, but also the Sustainability for the early-game, that you really need, since your starting with an Amplifying Tome.





Runes


Runes

Greater Mark of Magic Penetration
9

Greater Seal of Ability Power
9

Greater Glyph of Magic Penetration
9

Greater Quintessence of Ability Power
3






Summoner Spells


Use it to escape through walls or obstacles. Also can be used to reach an enemy.
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Use it to "lock in" an enemy inside Death Lotus range.
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Alternative spell that can be used instead of Flash or Exhaust. Use it to reach someone, or run from an enemy.





Abilities


  • Voracity (Passive): Your passive is really good when it comes to teamfights. It allows you to refresh your cooldowns, and that allows you to spam your abilities.
  • Bouncing Blade (Q): Mostly used to farm, but can also be used to damage enemies. Has a really nice damage, and bounces between them. Definitly worth using on a teamfight.
  • Killer Instincts (W): A trigger ability that has pretty much the same effect as Ignite. The next attack reduces your target Health Regeneration per second. Also it's passive gives you extra damage.
  • Shunpo (E): It's very versatile, and gives you a lot of chances to do what you want. You can either use it to escape, or to catch someone, or something. There are a few tricks arround it, and that will be explained ahead.
  • Death Lotus (R): An AoE skill, that channels for 3 seconds, throwing 30 daggers over the duration to the 3 closest enemy champions in a nearby area around her. Each enemy champion can be hit by a maximum of 10 daggers. It has various uses, such as damaging everyone on a teamfight, or just to garantee a single kill. Teamfight mechanics will be explained further on.





Ability Sequence Order

Ability Sequence
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18

I prioritize Shunpo, because it has a really nice damage output. Bouncing Blades come next, because they are really usefull to farm, and Preparation are left to last, because it's just not that good to level it up. Death Lotus, of course, is maxed at 6, 11 and 16 as mostly ultimates.


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Katarina Du Couteau ~ Shunpo





Shunpo is truly a great skill. Here are a few situations you can use Shunpo:
  • Escape through a minnion or an ally.
  • Reach an enemie.
  • Farm.
  • Kill Steal. (don't abuse it)

Shunpo is frequently used to reach enemies, one trick I've learned over time is to Shunpo on to a minnion, in order to get in range to use Bouncing Blades on the enemie.

Remember, since cooldown is refreshed, because of your passive, Voracity, you can spam it in a teamfight. But let's leave that for later.


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Katarina Du Couteau ~ Teamfights



Teamfights


Ok, so, as I mentioned before, Katarina is focused a lot on a teamfights, and unfortunatly is easily countered by any kinda of champion with CC.

Biggest Counters:
  • Blitzcrank
  • Alistar
  • Soraka
  • Leona
  • Annie
  • Xin Zhao
  • Maokai
  • Jarvan
  • Nautilus
  • Ahri
  • Renekton
  • Riven
  • Sion
  • Rammus
  • Shen
  • Taric
  • Fiddlesticks
  • Kennen

And pretty much that has a lot of CC or interrupts, such as a silence.

My advice would be, only join teamfights when they have blown pretty much everything on your team.
When they have used everything, just join the teamfight, use Killer Insticts, then Boucing Blade and Shunpo in, then Death Lotus and possibly kill all of them.


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Katarina Du Couteau ~ Extras



Extras


Ok, so as it says, I'll add a few Katarina videos in here which are my favorites, hopefully it will make you more enthusiastic about her.






Ok, that just showed you, hopefully, some of the Shunpo uses, also how to engage into a teamfight, or in some cases, just engage and fight by yourself.


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Katarina Du Couteau ~ Changelog



  • [19/02/12] - Guide Released


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Katarina Du Couteau ~ Credits




Guide made by me, Paradox99.

Also with the help of:
  • Txitxa
  • mbrydex
Please give me some feedback if possible, and like it :)
Thanks!!