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Skarner Build Guide by EllTheBosch

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League of Legends Build Guide Author EllTheBosch

Attack Speed Skarner The Deleter

EllTheBosch Last updated on April 24, 2016
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Cheat Sheet

AS Skarner

Skarner Build

Ability Sequence

Ability Key Q
Ability Key W
Ability Key E
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.


Natural Talent
Bounty Hunter
Battering Blows
Piercing Thoughts

Ferocity: 18

Dangerous Game

Cunning: 12

Tough Skin
Runic Armor
Veteran's Scars
Legendary Guardian

Resolve: 0

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This is my first guide, first unique build which I have created and I'm going to share it with you lads B).

I'm only in Bronze trying to find champions to carry me out using more skill than being broken (Fizz). So if you want to help me or help yourselves out of Bronze add my League account - EllTheBosch - I'm on a lot so hmu for a game :D.

Attack Speed Skarner is an amazing build as your Q becomes part of your basic attacks due to the 1 second cooldown on it for basic attacks against champions and his many ways of subduing the enemy, When within Skarner's pads OR you have stunned someone with your E or supressed with your ult, Skarner gains 43%-160% BONUS attack speed!

Throughout this guide, I will be referring to the 'Crystal Spires' as 'Skarner Pads' as that's just what I know them as.

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-Runes are not loading for me when trying to choose them on MF, will add later-

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Masteries are pretty simple to understand, going full Attack Speed on the Ferocity tree with Oppressor for Skarner's CC and Double edge for more damage and less back as you level as tank.
Wanderer for the movement speed for ganking and moving around the jungle.
Either Secret Stash for more health OR Assassin to kill the enemy jungler (only useful if you're within a Skarner Pad).

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Attack Speed Attack Speed Attack Speed Attack Speed Attack Speed Attack Speed.

Hunter's Machete gives you life steal and extra damage, it is a lot more efficient than using the Talisman.
Go straight for the Curve bow instead of Stalker's blade for the attack speed bonus (usually means you can 1v1 within a Skarner pad)
Once you have the devourer, you can solo dragon whilst inside your mid - bot Skarner pad, this will give your team an edge, laners don't have to leave lane and also gives you 5 stacks on your devourer as soon as you have got it.
Basic knowledge and my item notes explain the rest of the items on the list.

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Skill Sequence

When ganking (With no ult) - Use your W first for the movement speed, shield and the less time for the enemy laner to react to your advance. Hit them with your E to slow them and get an AA stun. Then full out AA and Q spam. If you miss your E and you don't have an ult, it is rare you can secure the kill, so try and bait their flash.
When ganking (with ult) - Use your W for the same reasons as before, your E (This time it is not the end of the gank if you miss) (If you hit your E) DO NOT STUN THEM, Ult them back further away from their escape and let your laner do all the damage, then when your ult is finished, hit them for the stun. This is an easy way to stop a lot of flashes or enemy skills to escape the gank.
(If you miss your E)You have to make the decision if you sould use your ult or not as they have the opportunity to flash away or dash away. If they are immobile and/or don't have flash go for it. If they are very mobile (Ahri)/or they have flash, might not be the best decision.
REMEMBER - A successful gank doesn't always mean a kill, it is to give your laner an advantage over theirs, this can mean health, farm, spells, skills, so don't feel bad if your gank doesn't secure a kill.

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Jungling/Skarner Pads

How I start.
I start with Blue side for the mana regen from the Blue buff.

Start gromp, if you can, try and smite it and lead it so you can have your Skarner pad buff for an easier kill. This is hard to do as laners are impatient and want to farm.
With your W, kill the wolves to wait for your smite to return, this makes it easy to kill Blue.
Next is blue buff, spam your Q and your W when you can and smite for the kill.
>Usually after blue, your health is low but you don't have 1000G, kill scuttle for the life steal which you receive from the Machete. Be sure to E the scuttle in your pad<

It is possible to gank a lane now that you have your E and W however, I don't like to ult until I get the Curve bow so down to red buff, then Chickens and Scuttle (Not so worried about krugs as they're outside your Pad buff so I get them once I get the Curve bow for the AS)

That's your start, the rest is up to you. Keep Jungling to get to your devourer, or gank a lane using the method we discussed to get to it.

Watch your buffs and try to stop any counter jungles or counter gank.

Your Pads are a great tool for no ward visions and you can see where the enemy jungler can be from them taking the pads, watch carefully and ping when they're taken to warn laners.

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Guide Summary

I will be updating this guide if there is enough feedback (negative or positive) with new item choices, different ideas from comments and more description if needed. :)

But this is my guide to OP AS SKARNER, hope you enjoyed it and decide to try out the build, let me know how you got on and see you on the Rift.