Katarina Build Guide by Achillesx3
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Skills of Katarina
Voracity : This passive is crazy good. If you get fed as Kat (as you will), this not only gives you more gold to buy your items sooner, but also reduces your cooldowns by 15 seconds per kill or assist. This CDR is great for teamfights and ganks. If you use your ulti, and get a few kills or assists, you will have it back instantly. Which means you can use it again. And again. And again. Until you get too dizzy :S
Bouncing Blade : I talk about this skill above in the "Farming" section. It is amazing for popping on a wave of minions to get last hits on. Late game it is terrific for teamfights, as it deals a ton of damage and bounces to multiple enemies. And of course, it has a pretty low cooldown. I max this out second, since it is the second most damaging ability with AP Kat. And Kat is all about damage :)
Killer Instincts : This ability is great, but I find it not necessary to max out early game. It adds a bonus effect to both your Shunpo and Bouncing Blade when activated, as well as adding damage to your abilities and melee attacks passively. For your Shunpo, you take less damage (increased % of reduced damage as you level the skill up) once you Shunpo for 3 seconds. For your Bouncing Blade, it deals the same amount of damage each hit, and applies 50% healing reduction for 10 seconds. Yes, this ability is nice and very helpful, but I tend to max it out last. Why? Because it adds an effect to your other abilities. But it isn't a direct damage output ability on its own. Your Bouncing Blade and Shunpo are the main cheese :) I do learn it once early game, however, since it is nice to have with your Bouncing Blade so it deals full damage each hit (more last hits when you pop it on a minion wave) and applies a healing reduction debuff to each enemy it hits. The slight reduction in damage taken when Shunpo-ing for a few seconds is nice too. Late game, when this gets maxed out, the reduction in damage taken after using Shunpo is much more, which I find more helpful late game since the damage being dealt by the enemies will increase.
Shunpo : I already discussed this ability in the section titled "Shunpo" (what are the odds of that?) as well as the section titled "Laning/Ganking", and if you have not read those sections I would recommend doing so. Shunpo is your awesomesauce flash/nuke ability on a ridiculous cooldown that is terrific for chasing/ganking and reducing damage with your W. For these reasons as well as the reasons discussed in the two aforementioned sections, I max this ability first as well as learn it first. This is your core damage dealer in addition to your ultimate when you can use it (almost always).
Death Lotus : This is the ultimate where you see Kat spin in circles while shooting out blades. How she does not get dizzy, I don't know. But, what I do know is that it deals crazy damage and has an extremely low cooldown. And, if you get kills or assists with it, it lowers by 15 seconds each kill/assist thanks to her passive (see above).
It throws up to 30 daggers, maximum that can hit a single champion who stays in range is 10. As such, it can deal damage to up to 3 champs at once. Wow. And if you kill all of them with it or get assists on each of the three champions who your ulti targets, you get it back. Instantly.
Bouncing Blade is the best Farmerskill ...
Shunpo is really clever ... when you jump to your team for leaving ...
I will Take Ignite , because the special Combo with the Ulti is does amazinq damage ...
I Take , too Flash
Why flash, you ask? Why would you use flash, wRAth, when you already have a crazy flash ability known as Shunpo that has MORE range than the flash? This is why.
There is a place known as the jungle. Now, what might happen is you are strolling around...and OH NO 5 people come to try to screw you up. No ally or enemy units nearby...but you have flash. Flash away, and if you happen to flash in range of a friendly or enemy unit, you can shunpo to them. Happiness!
There are a few people turret hugging that you wanna screw over so bad. They are JUST out of range of your Shunpo and there aren't any minions nearby. Flash in, shunpo to them to get closer if need be, and spin to win. =D
Flash can also be used to escape with your teammates, if you happen to be the laggard and your teammates don't have a soul to stop moving for one second so you can shunpo to them, flash near them and then shunpo.
You can also pull off a classic Fiddlesticks ulti kinda thing. Hide in a bush or somewhere in the enemy's fog of war, and if nothing is in range of your shunpo, flash in, shunpo if need be, and just like in the turret hugging example, spin to w
I Take for my Runes
9x Greater Mark of Insight
9x Greater Seal of Polency
9x Greater Glyph of Focus
3x Greater Quintessence of Insight
For nice Damage !!!
You can farming with Bouncing Blade ... The Best farm skill of Katarina ...
You must be do it at low health of Minions ...
You must wait on the Teamfight of enemy´s attack ...
Wait of all and Jump with Shunpo and Did You Ulti ...
When this fail go away with Flash !!!