Katarina Build Guide by elnino9

League of Legends Build Guide Author elnino9

►Katarina Guide | Why? Because I can!【Patch 7.1】

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Ability Sequence

Ability Key Q
Ability Key W
Ability Key E
Ability Key R


Natural Talent
Battering Blows
Piercing Thoughts

Offense: 12


Defense: 18

Runic Armor
Veteran's Scars
Legendary Guardian

Utility: 0

Threats to Katarina with this build

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Threat Champion Notes
Karthus Karthus has no way to cancel your ultimate and he has extremley low mobility while you have plenty. You can easily beat a Karthus, the only thing you need to be worried about is his ultimate when you're low health. Here is a cool tip - If you have a ward, put it down and shunpo to it. It will reduce 15% Of the damage recieved because that's what Shunpo does which is pretty awesome. In lane, side step his Q's and avoid them if possible.
Teemo He's weak, very weak. Teemo can easily be beaten. You outburst him completley and Teemo is not a viable mid laner at all. Katarina basically wipes the smile of Teemo's face, sorry Teemo lovers.
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I have been playing Katarina for well over 6 years and have played her throughout many games. Her rework redefines her in many ways and so a new era arises for her. I started streaming Katarina games in 2013 and grew a fan base ever since.

Here is everything you need to know about Katarina.

I have my own Twitch Stream! I play Katarina whenever she's not banned in ranked, tune in, ask me questions; I'm more than happy to explain things and help people out. Check me out on my Stream at

My name is Alninio, and this is my full Katarina Guide.

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Why Katarina?

Here are the 6 reasons why you should play Katarina, a video that helps you see what makes Katarina a blade-wielding beast and why you should play her.

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Voracity | Passive

Whenever an enemy champion dies within 3 seconds of Katarina damaging them, her cooldowns are reduced by 15 seconds.

DAGGERS: Whenever Katarina touches a Dagger on the ground, she uses it to slash through all nearby enemies, dealing 75 - 285 (Based on levels 1/6/11/16) (+ 100% bonus AD) (+ 55 / 70 / 85 / 100% AP) magic damage and consuming the Dagger.

Daggers last 4 seconds before disappearing.

Bouncing Blades (Q)

Katarina throws a Dagger to the target enemy that bounces to up to 2 nearby unaffected enemies, dealing magic damage to each target.

After bouncing to its targets, the Dagger then lands on the ground opposite from where it struck the first target. The Dagger always takes the same amount of time to land from the time it was cast.

COOLDOWN: 11 / 10 / 9 / 8 / 7 (Seconds)
RANGE: 675 Units
MAGIC DAMAGE: 75 / 105 / 135 / 165 / 195 (+ 30% AP)

Preperation (W)

Katarina tosses a Dagger into the air at her current location, which lands after 1.5 seconds, and gains bonus movement speed that decays over 1.25 seconds.

COOLDOWN: 15 / 14 / 13 / 12 / 11 (Seconds)
RANGE: On-cast ability where you're standing.
BONUS MOVEMENT SPEED: 50 / 60 / 70 / 80 / 90%

Shunpo (E)

Katarina blinks to the target location around the target unit or Dagger.
If the target is an enemy, Katarina deals them magic damage. Otherwise, she deals the same magic damage to the nearest enemy in range.

Picking up a Dagger reduces Shunpo cooldown by 78 / 84 / 90 / 96%.

COOLDOWN: 10 / 9.5 / 9 / 8.5 / 8 (Seconds)
RANGE: 700 Units
MAGIC DAMAGE: 25 / 40 / 55 / 70 / 85 (+ 25% AP) (+ 65% AD)

Death Lotus (R)

Katarina rapidly spins in place and channels for 2.5 seconds, throwing a dagger every 0.166 seconds to each nearby enemy champion, up to a maximum of 3 at a time, dealing them magic damage and applying Grievous Wounds icon Grievous Wounds for 3 seconds.

Moving or reactivating Death Lotus immediately ends its effects.

COOLDOWN: 90 / 60 / 45 (Seconds)
RANGE: 550 Units
MAGIC DAMAGE PER DAGGER: 25 / 37.5 / 45 (+ 19% AP) (+ 22% bonus AD)

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    - One of the strongest assassins in the game.
    - No MANA! :D
    - Can escape scary situations with shunpo, can be used on minions or allies
    - Has the most amazing skins<3
    - Snowballs hard
    - Lots of AoE damage
    - High mobility
    - Healing/Damage reduction ability
    - An aggresive laning phase.


    - Countered by CC, Tanky Champions, and Champions with high mobility
    - Needs time to master.
    - Brings nothing to the team aside from damage
    - Melee attack range

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Gameplay | Shunpo & Daggers

In this video, I explain the usage of Shunpo and daggers, how to use each technique in certain situations. This is super fundamental to every Katarina player and it's something every Katarina player needs to know.

Knowing how to utilize Shunpo in specific situations makes all the difference in the world.

In this next video, I explain how to properly wave clear using Shunpo, Preparation and Bouncing Blades. Where you position with Shunpo matters a lot and it pretty much results where your Bouncing Blades will land depending where you Shunpo.

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Runes/Masteries/Items in one Video | (Short version of my guide)

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Preseason Patch 6.22 Rundown

Here are the biggest changes in the preseason patch that effect Katarina.

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NEW Katarina's Rework Scalings comparision

Here, I compare Katarina's Old Skill set scalings & New Skill set scalings, this will just give you an idea scaling wise how strong her abilities are after her rework and just helps you catch up and stay up to date on Katarina's kit.

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Greater Mark of Attack Damage

The first thing you might've been wondering is why Greater Mark of Attack Damage? Well, let me explain. Having Greater Mark of Attack Damage early on means you are not only able to last hit minions effectively, you also have a strong presense in lane when jumping on your enemy laner at level 2. Since I also go for the Hextech Gunblade rush, it overall just makes it that much more threatening.

Furthermore, your abilities Shunpo, Voracity & Death Lotus all have a % of AD scalings, so you're still super threatening not just with auto attacks, but even your abilities. Keep in mind when I say Voracity I mean the sinister steel spin part of the passive.

In lane when you hit level 2; given the chance, your engage combo In melee range would be Auto attack -> Shunpo -> Auto attack. This will reset your AA timer if you do it in quick succession. If you're a bit further away, you'd typically Shunpo -> Auto attack -> Bouncing Blades -> pick up dagger -> Auto attack keep in mind all of this is when you engage on the enemy champion at LEVEL 2. AD marks help out a ton early, flat stats mean more early. I start 2x Long Sword and then finish Hextech Revolver. DON'T rush Bilgewater Cutlass because it's a horrendous. Hextech Gunblade recipe isn't as good as having one Needlessly Large Rod but the final item Hextech Gunblade is absoloutley phenominal and really makes a difference.

Greater Seal of Scaling Health

This is your typical seal against AP champions, it gives you more health as the game goes on and it's pretty standard seals on all mid laners. You have no reason not to grab this. AP assassins/mages all need to have good amount of health late game. With Rylai's Crystal Scepter you'd also have a very good amount of health later on, however I don't prioritize this item as much but it's a good place to start if you're just learning to get into Katarina. Rylai's Crystal Scepter is still a good rush item if you're not a fan of the Hextech Gunblade rush.

Greater Glyph of Magic Penetration

Since you lose out on Greater Mark of Magic Penetration by going Greater Mark of Attack Damage, having magic penetration in your kit is neccesary, which is why I go for Greater Glyph of Magic Penetration.

Your masteries also give you a quick boost in magic penetration aswell. It's also extremley powerful to have magic pen on Katarina as it's very valuable when all her abilities do magic damage.

Greater Quintessence of Magic Penetration

It's pretty fundamental to make sure you don't lose out on the magic penetration that otherwise you would have on Greater Mark of Magic Penetration so put in some extra Magic penetration in your runes to give you a total of 7.7 magic penetration, so you're only losing out on 0.1 magic pen when going full magic pen reds; which is completley fine.

Greater Quintessence of Ability Power

Going for these give you extra AP along with your Greater Glyph of Ability Power and it fundamanetal to have in lane to make sure you don't lack the early damage since Katarina is a lot stronger in laning phase than ever before. Since you don't go AP glyphs, it's ideal to have two Quints for AP.

Greater Mark of Attack Damage

Same explanation as before, it synchs well with Hextech Gunblade and against AD champions you have no reason not to take this aswell and go the Hextech Gunblade route. After Hextech Gunblade you can go for Zhonya's Hourglass or Luden's Echo. I personally would go Zhonya's Hourglass after Hextech Gunblade simply because you can't delay Zhonya's Hourglass against AD champions, it's also really good for Katarina.

Greater Seal of Armor

Getting shredded against AD champions when you have no armour is no fun. Having Greater Seal of Armor allows you to stay relevant early game and not get shredded completley by a lv 2 power spike Zed. Absoloutley take armour seals to keep yourself relevant and not get demolished. Make sure to grab Zhonya's Hourglass as either your first or second item, don't delay Zhonya's Hourglass too much.

Greater Glyph of Magic Penetration

As explained in the rune page above, they are super useful even against AD champions because people tend to build Hexdrinker and it's generally good to have the magic penetration. I get it against AD champions for the exact same reason as I explained in the rune page above.

Greater Quintessence of Magic Penetration

same explanation as above, the magic pen quint will help you get a total of 7.7 magic penetration since you're losing it out on marks by going Greater Mark of Attack Damage.

Greater Quintessence of Ability Power

Go for these quints aswell, for the same reason as vs AP, not having AP anywhere in your runes isn't exactly ideal but it's do-able if you wish to go full magic penetration instead.

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Build Path

Typically, you want to start with Long Sword and the main reason for this is because Voracity spin sinister steel damage is A LOT stronger early game in terms of AD over the AP part of it, AP becomes better as the game goes on and you hit the levels 1/6/11/16 to which the scalings of AP on Voracity start to go up. Starting Long Sword allows you to be A lot more aggresive early pre level 6 and first blooding with this item is a lot stronger than The Dark Seal but by no means is The Dark Seal a bad item, it's still great as it gives 25% increased healing from potions, but Long Sword is monstrous and it's also a recipe for your Hextech Gunblade making it a very good starting item.

This is your next item, which I consider CORE on current Katarina when running this rune page. the Greater Mark of Attack Damage along with 2x Long Sword start helps out a ton when dealing damage. your Shunpo, Voracity & Death Lotus all have % AD scalings which makes Hextech Gunblade a much better item than before. Luden's Echo used to be pretty much your go-to rush item, but Luden's Echo rush feels a lot weaker now compared to Hextech Gunblade for the simple reason that your Bouncing Blades poke damage in lane is not what Katarina does anymore and you can't drop their health hard enough. You have to be more 'up close in your face' now by catching daggers and dealing damage, making Hextech Gunblade an ideal choice.

The situational items, here buy accordingly to the flow of the game.

You want to build this item when against an AD champion like Zed, Yasuo or Talon. The active helps and you really don't lose out on much damage because Zhonya's Hourglass is both a good aggresive/defensive item, allowing you to jump in fights and zhonya afterwards when you're in trouble.

Buy this item if you're snowballing/carrying or when against an AP champion. I'd always go for this after Hextech Gunblade because I love the mobility it gives, if the mobility part wasn't in this item there would be no reason for me to get it. Along with Greater Quintessence of Movement Speed it enhances your mobility. You are able to catch up to daggers, chase, escape, escape ganks and much more.

Buy this item if you're worried about a burst mage such as LeBlanc, Annie etc etc. I personally don't get Abyssal Scepter simply because the defensive stat of MR isn't how I'd like to play Katarina and Zhonya's Hourglass overall does a lot of the job for you when it comes to a defensive stat, although if you really want this go for it. It also has %10 increased magic damage so it still deals a good amount of damage at this stage of the game. Keep in the mind the 10% increased magic damage is based on how much AP you have - the more AP you have the better it is to buy this item.

Grab this item if you feel you need the HP/slow. This is an ideal choice to go for on reworked Katarina because it honestly compliments her playstyle really well with the constant daggers on the ground. I wouldn't consider it a rush item anymore because of the AP nerf on the item, but it comes in handy with the HP it gives and I'd buy this way in the late game as a last item, however in some cases I find Zhonya's Hourglass being more reliable as a late game item so it really depends on game flow and what you think is needed more in the situation at hand.

You most certainly need this item in every game because it penetrates Base MR/MR from runes/masteries etc etc. Don't delay Void Staff too much, this would be your 3rd or 4th item at most because it's %35 magic penetration is too much to pass on.

I get this as my very last item because Katarina still struggles in the late game in certain situations so buying this helps out a TON. You can buy a Rylai's Crystal Scepter here as your last item if you want but I HIGHLY recommend Guardian Angel because it's passive helps you to come back to life and staying more in teamfights which is super important late game as dying is very crucial with death timers being longer as the game goes on.

Overall, this is how your build would typically look like if you were snowballing:

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Keep in mind this is never a set order, perhaps in this build I decided to buy a Void Staff because I noticed they were stacking MR for me. You can even go for a Rylai's Crystal Scepter in place of it if you wish and then buy Void Staff - just becareful not to delay Void Staff for too long as it also penetrates BASE magic resistance aswell as enemies' MR runes.

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Katarina's rework is here, which means new guide videos! Here is where I explain what the best/worst items are on Katarina & Why.

Item Choices

Luden's Echo is easily one of the greatest items on Katarina. You should always have this item in your inventory, It gives everything Katarina needs. Mobility? check. Burst? check. 100 charges initial burst? check. It has it all, it's also been buffed way back where it's movement speed went from 7% to 10%, more of a reason to pick this up. If you can't buy this item, go for Rylai's Crystal Scepter as there will be some situations where you have to buy Hextech Gunblade into Zhonya's Hourglass when you're against a Zed or Talon.

Hextech Gunblade is the new best thing on Katarina. Since her abilities now having AD scalings on her Shunpo, Death Lotus and Voracity it's more of a reason to buy this item. With the correct rune page, this item is a monster. This is why I go for the Greater Mark of Attack Damage as buying 2x Long Sword early can really help with the overall damage. I wouldn't rush into Bilgewater Cutlass because that's a horrendous item rush to go for, go 2x Long Sword then buy Hextech Revolver.

Hextech Revolver empowers your basic attack, so make sure you do give out an auto attack during laning phase or when skirmishing. This is my go to item at the moment because I love the burst damage it gives out and the other reason being is that Luden's Echo as a rush item is NOT as good as it used to be with old Katarina with that being said, a combination of both Hextech Gunblade AND Luden's Echo is extremley powerful since you have the active damage + Luden's passive damage for initial burst. You already do so much damage before you even lay out your full burst damage!

Abyssal Scepter gives additional 10% more magic damage, making it a solid item when you have enough AP. I wouldn't recommend buying this item early because you'd be wasting it's unique passive potential. Make sure to get AP before buying this item, typically you get Abyssal Scepter in the mid game. The MR given is also a definite plus. This is a powerful aggresive/defensive item that works in many situation, you'd typically want to buy this when the enemy has a low amount of MR or no MR at all. Abyssal is at it's strongest point when the enemy has under 65MR.

I usually would never go for this, it's WAY too risky of an item to go for and it's usually not worth it. It's mostly an unnecesary risk to take because in LoL, mistakes tend to happen. just stick to your main crucial items and you'll be fine. This item is good however if you play in the lower elos and you're confident with Katarina.

This item is super effective with the reworked Katarina. The new Death Lotus unleashes daggers every 0.166 seconds where as the older Death Lotus threw daggers every 0.25 seconds. More DPS means faster slows, so overall it's a solid choice. Katarina's new kit overall allows her to constantly stick to enemies and slow them due to her nature with Shunpo's reset, making it so that each time she picks up a dagger she sinister steels. Overall, a fantastic item and definatley worth picking up, it's also cheaper, wouldn't consider this a rush item because it doesn't help with bursting like Hextech Gunblade does but it doesn't mean it's a bad item on Katarina and it can work in any stage of the game after buying Hextech Gunblade

Haunting Guise is a decent early game item and it's main strength comes from it's 15 flat magic penetration. Flat stats mean a lot early, so if you'd like to go for this it's really not that bad of a choice, Overall a solid item choice. Upgrade to Liandry's Torment ONLY when they are all stacking a ton of HP and it's hard to burst anyone, don't upgrade it to Liandry early game and don't prioritize this item in your games. Liandry's Torment is a horrendous item on Katarina, you are NOT a tank killer. If you're ever forced to get this item in a game, things are simply just not going well in your game.

Deathfire Grasp is the key to everything! it has 10% cooldown and.. and.. ah, I miss this item already, doesn't feel the same anymore ;_;

An important item for all AP carries, definatley grab this for maximum damage, this is a self explanatory item and is a must on Katarina.

Void Staff is an excellent item to get mainly because it ignores 35% of the enemy's magic resist dealing significant damage. this is a must get, it synchronizes really well with sorcerer shoes's magic penetration, this is your bread and butter late game when the enemy starts building MR.

Guardian Angel is a really good item and I prefer getting it late game, mainly because if I make a mistake I can still get back in there and deal some more damage. Since my kit and playstyle is super aggressive, you should still add some survivability to your kit so you don't get completely stomped. Guardian Angel would help me accomplish exactly just that, it gives me a second chance that I need after dying, this item is great for late game specially. In my opinion, this is a must get. Another alternative would be Rylai's Crystal Scepter if you don't want the Guardian Angel passive. This is a good item if you get caught and you see someone low health, you can kill him and if your team is with you, you can even finish off their entire team. the magic resist and armour is incredible, increasing your survivability chance significantly, the enemy team will find you VERY annoying to deal with because simply the presence of GA makes you very threatning.

A great item to have for those AD assassins like Zed or Yasuo but that's not always the reason we get this item. Zhonya's Hourglass active is what makes it what it is. Annie flashed in your range to throw her tibbers? pop Zhonya. Zed uses Death Mark on you? Pop Zhonya. Syndra uses her ult? Pop Zhonya. Zhonya's Hourglass just adds so much more flexibility to your kit allowing you to make risky plays worth it and saving yourself from that last tick of ignite. you'll have a decent amount of armour and a great amount of AP, definatley grab this item, it compliments Katarina's play-style in every way.

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Basic Warding Guide | What EVERY LoL player needs to know.

If you are a ranked Solo queue player, this is by far the most important thing to keep in mind. EVERY League Of Legends player needs to know this, period. If you want to have better vision control overall, you need to understand how every lane manages their wards. Learning Katarina is not just understanding her mechanically, but understanding the entire game as a whole is truly mastering the game and allows you to perform at an extreme rate with Katarina as you begin to understand ward patterns and many other things such as the enemy player's behaviour, etc etc.

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Mid Lane Warding | Indepth Precision

So you want to be precise with warding? Here are my preferred and best warding spots when you are playing as a mid laner for both green and pink wards.

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Champion Match-ups

I'm making an episodic series on how to deal with every champion in League Of Legends as Katarina in the mid lane, I'm featuring 6 champions per episode and how to deal with those champions accordingly in every situation and scenario - Laning/Teamfighting/when to ult etc etc. - All champions listed per episode are in the video's thumbnails on the left side where I showcase them from number 1 to 6.

Episode 1:

Episode 2:

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My Katarina Montages!

16/12/2014 - I made my first Katarina Montage!

29/3/2015 - Katarina Montage #2

25/4/2015 - Katarina Montage #3

11/6/2015 - Katarina Montage #4

25/8/2015 - Katarina Montage #5

28/9/2015 - Katarina Montage #6

15/11/2015 - Katarina Montage #7

28/12/2015 - Katarina Montage #8

20/3/2016 - Katarina Montage #9

3/6/2016 - Katarina Montage #10

20/6/2016 - Katarina Montage #11

21/7/2016 - Katarina Montage #12 - EPIC Edition

23/9/2016 - Katarina Montage #13 - EPIC EDITION

20/10/2016 - Katarina Montage #14 - 'And so it ends..'

14/11/2016 - Katarina Montage #15 - 'Beginning of an era..'

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Katarina Coaching

Here is one example of my coaching session with a viewer on my stream who requested a coach session on Katarina. My coach sessions can take up to 3 hours as I really like to go in detail and explain all the mistakes that are done in the game, I only coach Katarina players.

And yes, the coaching is free. Here is an example of a coach session:

To submit your own Katarina coach session, I have a video here that explains how to do so.

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Katarina Full Ranked Games | My Episodic Series

If you guys would like to learn just how exactly I play Katarina, I have a full playlist dedicated to that on my youtube channel. I have ALOT of parts and ALOT of matchups, so maybe you'll learn a few things here and there.

Here is one of my episodes just to give you an idea.

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You can see me live, you can ask me questions on twitch chat directly and I will answer them on the spot. I pretty much play Katarina whenever she's not banned.

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