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Katarina Build Guide by OmNomNommm

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League of Legends Build Guide Author OmNomNommm

Ruthless Katarina, a key to wining the game.

OmNomNommm Last updated on September 8, 2012
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AP Defensive Katarina

[VS]

Heavy AP Katarina

Ability Sequence

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

Offense: 21

 
 
 
 
 
4/
Durability
Vigor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Honor Guard
Mercenary
 
 
 
 
 
 
Juggernaut
 
 

Defense: 9

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Strength of Spirit
Intelligence
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mastermind
 

Utility: 0


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Welcome Summoners!

This is my guide to Katarina it will show you:

  • How to max your skills properly;
  • When to enter and exit team fights;
  • What kind of items should you choose;
  • Rune choice;
  • Is Katarina a champion that you would like to play.


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Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Easy to play
  • Incredible Damage mid and late game
  • A lot of skins to choose from
SPACE SPACE

Cons

  • Very squishy
  • Weak early game
  • CD dependent


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Masteries

Masteries
4/1
4/5
1/1
3/5
4/1
4/
1/
3/5
1/1
4/1
1/1
Probably the best masteries for Katarina are 21-9-0. Ability power, health, armor and Magic resistance. Remember that the key to playing Katarina is building and getting every single point at Health and AP. Maybe those masteries are the most used.


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Runes

Runes

Greater Quintessence of Ability Power
3

Greater Seal of Magic Resist
9

Greater Mark of Armor
9

Greater Glyph of Scaling Ability Power
9



Marks:

For marks pick armor or magic resistance, simply because you are squishy and ad carry-s and asassins will focus you.



Seals:

Seals are for magic resistance or Armor, just in case that you have to face a fed mage or ad carry.



Glyphs:

Ability power per level glyphs. Simply because Katarina is stronger late game and the more ability power, the better.



Quintessences

Flat AP quintessences, they give you all you need early game (enough to farm).


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Summoner Spells

SPACE Flash provides extra mobility in case that there isnt a ward, champ or minion to shunpo to. If your Shunpo cannot reach the target use Flash to get closer for an easy kill. SPACE
SPACE Ignite is a great finishing off tool. Ignite can be used to boost your Death Lotus damage, or last hit in team fights. SPACE







Optional Summoner Spells

SPACE Exhaust works great with your Death Lotus, so if you know how to use it, you will have no problems with your enemy. SPACE
SPACE Ghost is not one of my favorite spells though, but it is an option if you don`t like Flash. SPACE


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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

I suggest maxing your Bouncing Blades first. It is your main damage output. The mark that it leaves on the target it hits can be consumed by any spell or basic attack from Katarina, including her Death Lotus.





sinister steel

sinister steel is your spell for farming and running from enemy champions. It does good damage early and late game. And another + is that its cooldown is only 4 seconds. I suggest maxing it together with Shunpo.






Shunpo provides extra mobility and great damage with AP. Used best for getting closer so you can cast your Death Lotus . And it is also very useful to chase low health targets, it`s other use is for farming early game.







Death Lotus makes you the perfect killing machine. After turning it on your team must forget about getting the kills from the low hp champions affected by your Death Lotus. In team fights you have to hit the right moment - 2 low hp enemy champions while all of your team is still alive - jump off with a Death Lotus and finish them off.


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Tips and tricks


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Items

Rylai's Crystal Scepter gives you two very important things:
  • Health, without it you will simply be focused more regularly and die faster then you think you can.
  • Slow, the most useful passive for Katarina! When you Shunpo into the team fight and start your Death Lotus only Flash can save them, cause your passive slows them and they are forced to flee, or die like most ad carry-s.






Zhonya's Hourglass is another useful item on Katarina. If you have to slay high priority targets (fed champions), and they start their ultimate - parry it with your active, then there is no place to run from the slow of Rylai's Crystal Scepter and you are done!





Rabadon's Deathcap is the pure ability power you need. 140 pure AP + 30% from your already existing ability power.





Sorcerer's Shoes, probably the best shoes for Katarina. Of course if you want to get Ionian Boots of Lucidity, if you want to get lower cooldowns on your spells.




The Hextech Gunblade is my preferred item for Katarina. An optional replacement is the Will of the Ancients, but the Hextech Gunblade gives you a lot of damage for your Death Lotus.


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The End!

I hope my guide helped you with playing Katarina. And be sure you modify the build specially for your needs and gameplay. Oh, and a special thanks to jhoijhoi for the the A guide to Making a Guide by jhoijhoi! And dont forget to comment I'm open for suggestions and I'm ready to hear your opinion.


09/09/2012 - Added the Tips and Tricks chapter.