This guide has not yet been updated for the current season. Please keep this in mind while reading. You can see the most recently updated guides on the browse guides page
(10.14) Tahm Kench Top Guide
Your votes and comments encourage our guide authors to continue
creating helpful guides for the League of Legends community.
Runes: HoB: Main Set
+10% Attack Speed
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
Threats & Synergies
He is able to beat you in all early trades with his passive, mid and late game he can ult you to take your stats, killing you easily and using your tankiness to kill your team.
He can negate your autos with his W, stopping your passive and winning any trade because of your poor damage outside of Ignite and Empowered Q/W. He's also able to match your ult with his so it's hard to make plays in the late game.
Will outdamage you and is tanky enough to not care about your trades, Maiden and cage with kill you faster than full Zed combo. All it takes is one mistake and your tower is gone.
He's able to heal through your poke with his Q. He beats you in extended trades. He'll easily dive you with his R unless you're able to get and Empowered W on him under tower and hope to outlast his ult.
He can poke you down easily and even when you get close he presses E and is able to escape even easier.
He'll be able to poke and outdamage you in almost every trade. Farm under tower and straif to avoid his ult.
True damage doesn't care how tanky you are.
You lose most extended trades due to being silenced and his shield. You lose most short trades due to his passive unless you poke him with your Q constantly. Your E is able to save you from his ult sometimes though.
It's difficult to escape her ult range and if she hit E you're being chunked.
Try your best to avoid his stun.
Don't trade autos with him, get your passive off with HoB, Empowered Q and walk away until his bleed is gone.
Go Grasp and stay away from barrel range.
Thornmail will save you. He heals too much otherwise, try to poke him with Q, then close range before he can line up his Qs.
Adaptive Helm will help with his poison. Don't chase him ever and poke with Q.
He bullies you early but armor beats lethality.
You win easy pre-6. Once she hits lvl6 just stick to bushes and poke her down with Qs before walking up and finishing her. Don't dive her while she has ult up.
He'll heal through everything you throw at him, just try to avoid fights and pull him under tower with an Empowered W.
The never ending fight.
Stick to bushes, build Thornmail and win.
Stick to bushes and win.
Stick to bushes and win.
He can't really touch you if you're smart. Q when he runs at you, keep back until his Q runs out then finish the trade by stacking your passive and Empowered W into second Q then walk away again.
She'll get away from you too often to chase for kills. Just farm and you win. She can't damage you enough if you get SV.
You're a bigger tank and you out damage him, he's better in team fights later on though.
He can't do anything to you, snuff his engage with autos and Q, heal through his poke with your E passive.
You heal through his Mini Gnar poke and you out trade his Mega Gnar form.
Champion Build Guide
I'm currently a Tahm Kench main in the top lane and honestly I've been having a blast.
He's tanky to the point of immortality and deals decent damage throughout the entire game through Sunfire and Thornmail. You're not going to be hard carrying many games with kills alone, your job is to make the enemy top laner useless by getting first blood on them with Hob, denying farm, and never giving them money for kills. Later in the game you're the biggest front line wall that exists, do your best to keep your other laners ahead because they're the main source of damage.