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Katarina Build Guide by shamas888

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League of Legends Build Guide Author shamas888

katarina: unstoppable assassin

shamas888 Last updated on December 21, 2012
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Ability Sequence

1
4
5
7
9
Ability Key Q
3
8
10
12
13
Ability Key W
2
14
15
17
18
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

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1/
Executioner
 
 

Offense: 21

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Honor Guard
 
 

Defense: 9

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pickpocket
Intelligence
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nimble
 
 

Utility: 0


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intro

Hello and welcome to my Katarina build. This build will go over the basic idea of how to play Katarina and what to build her with. I hope this build helps you become a great Katarina player. So let us begin.


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to play her or not to play her


I think a good place to start is weather or not your the Kat type.... first of all, if you like being a tank, charging in head first, Kat probably isn't your type. second, it can be done, but i think that an attack damage Kat is a waste, so if you want to play attack damage Kat then this isn't a good build for you. third, and most important, if your not willing to go for the ADC or the AP caster, your wasting your time. Kat has a HUGE burst, but after that she has a fairly long wait for her CD's to come back. so targeting a tank= dead Kat. With that burst though you will rip through the squishys.


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Pros / Cons

Ok, the pros and cons.

    pros-
    destroys squishys
    one of the best ultimates
    AMAZING passive
    kicks butt all around


    Squishy
    takes good timing (ult, teamfight joining, etc)
    no form of CC
    E must jump to character, therefore harder to escape with.


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Runes

Ok, runes.
Basically, take magic penetration marks and ability power glyph, seals, and quintessences. The magic pen is for when they have so magic resist you will cut through it. The rest are ability power for increased damage. More AP, more damage, more fed kat. Simple enough.


Runes

Greater Mark of Magic Penetration
9

Greater Glyph of Ability Power
9

Greater Seal of Ability Power
9

Greater Quintessence of Ability Power
3


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Masteries

For the masteries i like 21/9/0. I know that the utility tree is upgraded, but I feel it still doesn't help Katarina enough to use it. I think the best way to go is offense. So here it is.

Taking all the cooldown reduction in the offense tree means you will have your Bouncing Blades and sinister steel even faster which means more harrase and more damage in team fights. Then you climb the tree all the way to Executioner , taking all the ability power and magic penetration on the way up. On the defense tree, take the health regeneration for lane sustain, armor, and all the magic resist to defend from your lane enemy.


Masteries
4/1
4/5
3/1
1/1
3/1
1/1
4/
1/
1/5
3/5
2/1
3/5


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Items

Well here we are. This is where we get powerful, isn't it? So here it is.



this is how my build normaly ends roughly. i think its a great build for a strong AP kat. here's the main idea behind it: after starting with my boots and health pods, i get a Negatron Cloak for magic resist. this means in the mid lane my lane enemy cant do as much dmg as i can. then the Hextech Revolver gives me AP and spell vamp. after that i get my Abyssal Scepter for more AP and MR. then i finish my Sorcerer's Shoes. a Rabadon's Deathcap gives me good AP for real damage. then a Zhonya's Hourglass gives me MORE AP as well as the armor and the passive, which allows me to not die when the fighting comes at me. useine my Hextech Revolver, i finish my Will of the Ancients for increased spell vamp. now that i have the damage, i need to be able to use it. so a Banshee's Veil or a Guardian Angel allows me to live longer therefore allowing me more damage.




if there is any items that your dont like or your not good at using item ability's, other good choices are Void Staff, rylia's chrystal scepter, Liandry's Torment and the Hextech Gunblade. the only way i think the gunblade is good though is if your not good at casting yet and you want a little AD for team fights, but i dont like i cause most of your abilities are shortish cooldowns.


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Skill Sequence

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




voracity
an amazing passive. i personally think the best in the game. after a kill or assist your CDs are reduced by 15 seconds, meaning you got your Q,W, and E back instantly. it also reduces the CD on your ult, and since your ult only has about a 45 second CD, 3 kills/assist and your ults back. thats powerful.

bouncing blades
your bread and butter ability. does nice damage and applys a mark that can be detonated by a basic attack or sinister steel.

sinister steel sinister steel
your only ability that really does damage off of AD, though it also deals AP damage.making it very useful when conbined with Shunpo for detonating Bouncing Blades.

shunpo
a good spell for attack or retreat. you can use it to engage, join a fight, or get out of bad situations. the only setback is that you MUST jump to an ally or enemy, unlike Ezreal's archane shift. but a good trick for this is to carry WARDS. wards are Katarina's friend. if your in trouble and no way out, simply place a ward and jump to it. its kind of hard and takes practice, but you should be able to get it. this is where smart casting items and abilities helps.

death lotus
Great ult. high damage, simple to use. The most simple way to use it, Shunpo in and activate. Be careful though, almost any form of cc with stop you in your tracks. This is one of the things that makes Kat a hard champ. Not the ability itself, but when to use it. If you use it to early, you get CCed to death. If you use it to late, well, your shot at kills is all but gone. So timing is key with this ability.


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Spells

good-
Flash means of escape
Exhaust good to slow your enemys for a Death Lotus
Ignite burn and die
ok-
Teleport quick map movement
Ghost in and out fast
Heal saves your life
Barrier again ^^
bad-
Clarity no mana, duh
Smite not a jungle
Revive never used it, never will
Clairvoyance really only for supports

not sure-
Cleanse this one is a hard one. it can be ultra useful for escaping, but i'm not sure where to put it because if your being focused with CC your going down fast. I'll have to experiment some.


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teammates

heres the part were we talk about who kat works well with.
she is ussualy decent with anyone with cc, so most tanks.
Amumu amumu's ult sets you up for a perfect death lotus.
Malphite same with his ult.
Sona the combo of ult and heal, so strong.
Kennen dat stun.
Leona never ending stuns.

im sure there are more but this is just to give you an idea.


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kindness

This is a section I would like to put in to try and make the league of legends a better game to play.
Please remember its a game and there is no reason to fight with your team. This is why we say gl hf. We want everyone to have a good game win or lose and we want everyone to have fun. Please remember this the next time your playing and you have a teammate struggling. Instead of knocking him down, help him up and teach him.


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closing

thank you for reading this build and i hope it helps you to become a better kat and LOL player. please enjoy the game and play nice. good bye and remember:

GL and HF