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League of Legends Build Guide Author meerkatz13

The flexible Arachnida! [ 4 Core Builds ]

meerkatz13 Last updated on August 13, 2011
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Hybrid - DPS - Jungle - Tank

Ability Sequence

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

 
 
 
 
 
4/
Sorcery
Alacrity
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Brute Force
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lethality
Improved Rally
 
 
 
 
 
 
Havoc
 
 

Offense: 9

 
 
 
 
 
Strength of Spirit
4/
Evasion
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
4/
Veteran's Scars
Willpower
 
 
 
 
 
 
3/
Ardor
Reinforce
 
 
 
 
 
 
1/
Tenacity
 
 

Defense: 21

 
 
 
 
 
Awareness
Expanded Mind
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Quickness
Blink of an Eye
 
 
 
 
 
Intelligence
Mystical Vision
 
 
 
 
 
 
Presence of the Master
 
 

Utility: 0


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Introduction


Skarner is a very flexible and fun champ to play.
That is what this guide is about: four main possibilities of playing him:
HYBRID + AD-DPS + JUNGLE + TANK

My guide is orientated on the following priorities:

  • Survivability
  • Teamplay
  • offensive effectiveness
  • successful and quick jungling
  • FUN, FUN, FUN

Have fun reading, and please give me your honest opinion before downvoting.
Thank you!


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Pros / Cons

With this guide the list looks like this:

Pros:

  • not squishy
  • good chasing
  • good initiating
  • very flexible with ingame item-build
  • good Teamplay with ganks, wards, Teamfights
  • Flexibility in role: Jungle, Solo, Double-Lane, Tank



Cons:
  • no massive damage early game
  • no burst damage
  • not the best jungler compared to Udyr or Warwick
  • maybe a little bit too mana dependent (especially early game)


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Runes and Masteries

Please don't blame me for my rune and mastery choice. In my opinion runes and masteries are specific for every person's style of playing. For me, this combination is the best, because of the defensive boni. But feel free to use your own combination, which fits to your style of playing.

RUNES:

For Seals I always use Greater Seal of Armor

For Glyphs I always use Greater Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist

Their defensive boni are really significant!


For Marks I usually use Greater Mark of Desolation
But if you are building Hybrid you could use Greater Mark of Magic Penetration of aswell.
If you jungle Greater Mark of Attack Damage is a also a very good choice.

For Quints I normally use Greater Quint of Alacrity.
But if you love the extra life I recommend using Greater Quint of Fortitude.
( I don't know why the Quints have no image, it does't work )

Runes

Greater Mark of Lethality
9

Greater Seal of Armor
9

Greater Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist
9

Greater Quintessence of Attack Speed
3


MASTERIES:

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

OR
Masteries
1/5
3/1
4/1
1/1
3/5
3/1
4/5
1/5
1/1
1/1
4/1
3/5
1/1


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Items

Finally we come to the item choice.
This is the part where the difference between Hybrid, AD-DPS, Jungler and Tank is made.

As you can see almost every build startw with Doran's Ring.
I'm a fan of this item, and without it I get mana problems with Skarner. If you don't - use another ... maybe a Sapphire Crystal for an early Sheen.
But I think ...

  • 100 HP
  • 5 manaregeneration
  • 15 AP damage
... is just perfect for Skarner!


Items for Hybrid:
Item Sequence











Boots of Speed
300

Bilgewater Cutlass
1500

Mercury's Treads
1100

Malady
2035

Hextech Revolver
1050

Hextech Gunblade
3400

Phage
1250

Guinsoo's Rageblade
3600

Frozen Mallet
3100

Lich Bane
3200

Items for AD-DPS:
Item Sequence











Boots of Speed
300

Pickaxe
875

Mercury's Treads
1100

Bilgewater Cutlass
1500

Phage
1250

The Brutalizer
1337

Zeal
1300

Frozen Mallet
3100

Hextech Gunblade
3400

Trinity Force
3733

Youmuu's Ghostblade
2900

Guardian Angel
2400

I like the combination of four cheap but effective items:

Bilgewater Cutlass + Phage + The Brutalizer + Zeal

After that I build them to the items listed and transform into a tanky chaser!
Items for Jungle:
Item Sequence











Health Potion
50

Boots of Speed
300

Madred's Razors
750

Wriggle's Lantern
1800

Mercury's Treads
1100

Sheen
1050

Phage
1250

Trinity Force
3733

As you can see the Jungle items are not complete.
That's because the differ from game to game:

I use Mercury's Treads + Wriggle's Lantern + Trinity Force as core.

After that I build, what my Team needs. A quick look at the scoreboard tells me what my Team is missing, or what is best against the enemy team. Usually i stay with my favourites like Hextech Gunblade or Frozen Mallet.
But if I need to be Tanky Aegis of the Legion or Guardian Angel might be better!



Items for Tank:
Item Sequence











Boots of Speed
300

Ruby Crystal
400

Mercury's Treads
1100

Frozen Mallet
3100

Aegis of the Legion
1100

Guardian Angel
2400

Trinity Force
3733

Atma's Impaler
2300


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Skill Sequence

This one is easy.
I always max Crystal Slash first, because i want to be a terrifying chaser! :P
One early point in Fracture gives me decent heal,
and one in Crystalline Exoskeleton gives me the necesseary speed and AS to chase

And oh, of course put a point in your ultimate whenever possible!


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Summoner Spells



This again i very specific according to your style of playing.
I love Flash and Exhaust because both can be used offensively aswell as defensively.

With Exhaust and your Impale you can diminish the damage output of two of their DD's in Teamfights which is extremely helpful for your team!

And if you jungle - Take Smite, of course.


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Teamfight Strategies

Your role in a 5v5 teamfight is not an easy one.
I usually try to put my Exhaust on the strongest AD Carry and hit the next best DD with my Impale.
After that I chase one of them as long as I can.

Outside of a teamfight I try to chase anyone I can. :P

I'll update this section, when I have more experience... :D


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Summary

Well, this was my guide.
It is not perfect yet, so don't hesitate to give me tips and critque.
I'll try to update as soon as possible.

Thank you for reading!

Have fun Playing,

Yours Meerkatz13