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Katarina Build Guide by Nyrolol

Middle [13.23] Nyro's Challenger EUW Build & Guide

Middle [13.23] Nyro's Challenger EUW Build & Guide

Updated on November 30, 2023
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Champion Build Guide

[13.23] Nyro's Challenger EUW Build & Guide

By Nyrolol
Table of Contents
Guide Details
x Introduction
x Abilites
x Pros & Cons
x Gameplan
x Summoner Spells
x Runes
x Starting Items & Boots
x Fullbuilds
x Skill Order
x Matchups
x Skin Tierlist

yo, I am Nyro, a EUW Challenger Katarina OTP, peaking around 1200LP and Rank 16.
I've been maining her since the rework and over the years have become the best Katarina on EUW. Katarina has the most diverse buildpaths and a different build for almost any scenario and this Guide will help you choose the right one

I stream regularly on Twitch, so if you have any question, feel free to ask.

I have an IN DEPTH GUIDE, build guide & tierlist, rune guide, starting Item & components Guide, AD & AP Katarina Gameplay Guide and more on my Patreon:

Important: Most of the time I dont pick specific Build/Runes against my lane opponent, but rather take the whole enemy comp into consideration
Tricks & Tipps with Abilities
Voracity (Passive)

Dagger's grant sight of their radius and will disappear after being on the ground for 4 seconds.

You can Shunpo to any direction of the Dagger's, if its close to a wall, you can even go over them.

Dagger's apply on-hits and Sheen

Bouncing Blade (Q)

Bouncing Blades always lands opposite from the first target struck

Since Bouncing Blades always bounces 3 times, try to Q 2 Minions into a Champion, this does not draw Aggro and makes the Dagger land closer and faster next to the Enemy.

Most of the time when you engage, you start with Shunpo into Preparation, then you wait to see where enemy goes, and only then you cast your Bouncing Blades

Preparation (W)

You become ghosted when using Preparation

Use Preparation near a Wall to Shunpo over it.

Don't be afraid to just use it for the Movementspeed to dodge Key Spells or to just reset your Shunpo when chasing.

The oldest trick in the book, try to Setup Preparation and run away so people step on it.

Shunpo (E)

You can Shunpo to Jungle Plants (even to Honey Fruit, over the wall) and allied Nidalee W Bushwhack or Reksai E Tunnel or on Enemies like Gangplanks E Powder Keg or Jhin W Captive Audience

You can Shunpo to Dagger's before they land, making your Shunpo have a shorter Cooldown.

Shunpo resets Katarina's basic attack.

Always Shunpo to Enemy Champions on Daggers, since the Shunpo itself will not deal damage if its not in range

Shunpo apply's on-hits and Sheen

Death Lotus (R)

Death Lotus will light up once an enemy champions gets into range, this also counts for Invisible Champions like Akali's W Twilight Shroud.

Each dagger counts as a separate hit for Conqueror & Electrocute

You can use Ignite and Exhaust while channeling Death Lotus
Pros & Cons


Strong Teamfight
High Snowball potential
Strong early 2v2 & 3v3 Skirmishes
Great Roaming
Very fun playstyle
HIGH Skill cap


Very weak laning phase
Snowball reliant
Countered by CC & a lot of champs
Relies on enemy's mistakes
Very squishy
Only has Damage

Laning + Mid/Lategame taking into account.
Skin Tierlist
Starting Items
Scorchclaw Pup
Buy Scorchclaw Pup if the enemies are all squishy and you need damage.

Mosstomper Seedling
Buy Mosstomper Seedling if you need the tenacity or if the enemies have full damage / burst / 1 Shot Assassins.

Gustwalker Hatchling
Buy Gustwalker Hatchling if you want stick to targets / escape enemies & roam a lot

JUNGLE Gameplan

General: Decide your Jungle Item as described above, always buy 1 Potion aswell. Flash / Ghost + Smite. Same Itembuilds apply as midlane, short:.
FULL AP Electrocute + Hextech Rocketbelt vs Squishies.
AP TANKY Conqueror + Riftmaker vs Tanks.
FULL AD Conqueror + Blade of the Ruined King + Divine Sunderer if your team is full AP.

Early: Katarina's Jungle is very weak early, you will 100% be slower than the enemy jungler & if you get behind/invaded or have a lot of losing lanes, it will be very hard, but if you manage to survive your first 2 Fullclears, it becomes decent and you can snowball very hard, especially since now they cant realy stop you from reaching midgame. The Jungle Item is basically a better Ignite once you get the upgraded form & if the enemy Jungle doesn't invade, you can scale for free & not get bullied like in Midlane.

Always start at the Side where your botlane is and ask for a harder leach. Always go for the recommended Jungle route. Sometimes i look for a LVL 2 gank, IF the enemy botlane is pushing, you will be behind in tempo anyway, might aswell use it to get bot ahead. Full clear all 6 Camps (skip Scuttle most of the time, since you're too slow) & buy Blasting Wand and if you have gold Refillable Potion. Fullclear again & after look for ganks. I will try to go for Nashor's Tooth before even buying boots, since its a very big spike & your clear will be way faster. I also like buying Mejai's Soulstealer since you can't realy get "ganked".

Mid & Lategame: You basically play like AP Katarina, but u have a better Summoner spell & the passive of the jungle item on top :)
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