Katarina Build Guide by slapstickjoker
Not Updated For Current Season
Not Updated For Current Season
Welcome to my guide lets get started :]
Few things to know: I main this demon named katarina, she is hard to play properly, people WILL flame you ever game that you play well, most importantly. Have fun out there =]
-soo much damage output in short time-
-her passive is the best for cleaning up kills-
-she is one of the hardest champs to kill once she has a few kills early game-
-people hate her ( its funny to watch people flame )-
-her shunpo is so fun to troll skill shotters with-
-If you get cc'ed you are usless unless your passive goes off-
-people will focus you-
-aoe cc like malphite ulti will ruin your day-
Always check what summoner spells your lane opponent has!
Always go mid, i don't find her good in lane.
One key thing with katarina ENGAGE a fight after the aoe cc has been layed down!
What to do at the start
At level 1 take shunpo and at the start HARRAS like mad with it ( make sure you get 1 auto hit in after every shunpo ). Even if you get damage back pop your hp potion, then at level 2 ( you should have shunpo at least 3 times by now ) your lane opponent will be about 35-45% hp. Now is your time to get a free kill ( if all goes to plan ) shunpo > auto hit > bouncing blades > ignite. If this doesn't finish them ( they will be on about 5-10% ) Do this neat trick. push your minions fast or if you cant in time - Tower dive ( yes thats right ) Flash > shunpo > bouncing blades > kill - passive > shunpo to a minion ( ANY MINION! ) and there you have a kill. That is pretty much how i start every game as kata.
Always take flash + ignite.
exhaust is pointless, you can kite with septer slow. And you can run from AD carrys with flash + shunpo
Teleport ? I dont think its worth swapping out flash or ignite
Anything of the others ? Nope
But why flash / ignite?
2 x flash ( shunpo + flash ) makes you sooo hard to catch and kill + it makes tower diving a low champ soo easy without minions.
Ignite is soo good after you use everything just pop it on them. Every 1st blood i get i get with ignite.
Masterys / Runes / Items - Why?
10/11/9 - The 15% magic pen is a no brainer, but i find having 11 in defence really gives you the edge you need in the laning phase and for the rest of the game. As for 9 points in utility? why wouldn't you want you ulti faster!
standard ap carry runes but with the added armor. I seem to always end a fight with not alot of HP ( mev2 mostly ) and its these few armor runes that save my bacon ALOT! I know it seems an odd choice for an ap carry but trust me it will save you.
People often laugh at me for buying WOTA ( Will of the ancients ) but i promise you its probably the best item for her. Great laning presence, when you ulti you get sooo much health, same for your bouncing blades. And at the end of a fight and you have 100hp and you have a full ignite on you. Passive > shunpo to a minion = 140-260 hp ( depending on AP ) and hey presto you not dead.
The rest is self explanatory i hope. Please never buy CDR boots your passive does all the work for you. Rhyles will make you a great chaser and abysall scepter will make your ulti hurt that much more!
Tips and tricks
Shunpo is one of the most versatile spells in LoL.
-Getting ganked? run into a brush > shunpo to them when they get close > run behind them-
-shunpo is awesome for avoiding any skill shot, if you lane vs a skill shotter walk to the right or left of the creeps wait for them to fire off their skill shot then shunpo to a low hp creep ( more farm and they lose mana ) easy-
-bouncing blade poke > if you learn how to poke properly with it you can zone someone without having to be near them ( fire it at caster minions whatever one is closer ) -
- If you find yourself in a 1v2 and there is a tank + squishy carry > run into a bush wait for the tank to get VERY close to you ( the carry will usually be a bit behind ) shunpo to the squishy and UNLOAD LIVING HELL, they should die and you should be fine -
- ALWAYS remember to use your W soo many katarina players forget it. 15% less damage taken or 100% damage on all your blade bounces with an added healing reduction? YES PLEASE -
- you can "pre cast " your W. The cooldown starts when you push W not when you use it! -
-When casting your ulti WAIT until they are on the VERY edge of your bouncing blade range before you caste it to MAX your damage output-
-try not to ulti a CC'er ( unless you can juke their cc before you ulti e.g sion stun )-
Pics of the tricks.
1st blood with shunpo haras lvl 2 > shunpo - BB + ignite
tower diving with flash + shunpo on a low opponent
Double kill at lvl 5 when leesin tryed to gank with kasa - i died but what do u expect at lvl 5 :D
Rest of the game
In every team fight... THERE IS ONE RULE...
Don't engage with everyone or their aoe cc + silences will make you useless. Dive in once you see the cc's go.
One thing that separates a good katarina player from a GOD katarina player is watching your passive. Every time you get an assist your fingers have to go w-q-e Every time. Don't waste a single second. Alot of katarina players forget their passive. I have on many occasions got double kills or triple kills in a 3v1 environment..
Winning fights 1v2 - 1v3
Go into brush > avoid skill shots ( if any ) > wait for 1 -2 of them to enter bush > wait 0.1-1 second for any cc usage > shunpo ( + W )the weakest target > Q-R > kill one > passive resets cds > Q-E > another dies > Q-E > GG
This works 75% of the time depending on 2 things.
1 your HP + if you have been fed abit or not.
2 If they have too much cc
if not then its easy. I had a teemo, MF + leesin try and gank me in mid and i did exactly this. Avoided leesin Q blind shot, waited for his ulti. THEN KILLED THEM ALL =]
I hope you like this.
I have never done a guide or thought i would =] but hey why not?
I will update it alot once i figure out how to add pictures and vid links ( iv got a few ranked penta kills i wanna show off :D )