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Skarner Build Guide by DerCrazyEde

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League of Legends Build Guide Author DerCrazyEde

Can't catch Skarner (Patch 6.20)

DerCrazyEde Last updated on October 10, 2016
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Ability Sequence

Ability Key Q
Ability Key W
Ability Key E
Ability Key R

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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: 12

Dangerous Game

Cunning: 0

Tough Skin
Runic Armor
Veteran's Scars
Legendary Guardian

Resolve: 18

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Hey guys! My name is DerCrazyEde and im currently Diamond 5 on EUW. Last Season i hit Diamond 4 with mostly only playing Skarner. Skarner has been my most played and favorite Champion. I felt like posting a Guide for Skarner to share my knowledge i've got by playing over 400 Games with him. Last Season I carried myself out of Platinum to Diamond IV, and I was sitting on a ~ 70% Winrate over 150 games!

Lolking Profile:
My overall KDA with Skarner : 6,6/3,0/11,0 (5.9 KDA)
Skarner #3 EUW #12 World (7.08.2015)

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Before you head up to learn a lot about skarner, these videos i made can clear some things already. Be sure to check them out! I will keep this section up to date with new videos whenever people ask me to upload something or when i've got something i can show.

Also read the descripton of my Youtube videos since i didn't explain something on my Videos,
and sorry for no Sound on that ganking one D:

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New video series called:

Hey guys, since you enjoyed my last Skarner Gameplay, i started a new series called
"Carrying as Skarner in ... ELO".
I will try to upload every week new games to show people, how to carry in lower Elo
with Skarner, even when your team isn't doing well!
Let me know in the comments if you enjoy the series or not!
OP.GG Main Account:
OP.GG Smurf Account:

Carrying as Skarner in DIAMOND Elo
Carrying as Skarner in GOLD Elo

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Pros / Cons

The Crystal Vanguard

+ Very high damage output and best champ to use Sheen
+ Strong lategame gamechanging Ultimate
+ Fast jungle clears
+ Good CC
+ Good ganks and good clear times
+ Does magic and physical damage.
+ Strong pushing
+ Great Chaser

- Can get "a bit" kited if you miss ur E
- Hes also squishy untill he get some defensive stats

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Greater Mark of Attack Damage

Greater Mark of Critical Chance

Greater Seal of Scaling Health

Greater Seal of Armor

Greater Glyph of Scaling Cooldown Reduction

Greater Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist

Greater Quintessence of Attack Speed

You get Scaling CDR Runes because in addition to your usually Item Build ( Trinity Force) + Spirit Visage) + you will have 40% CDR.
Attack Speed is neccessary because it makes jungle easier + you can use Q more often.
Armor is needed for jungle camps and health gives you a better shield later in the game

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I'd suggest using 12/0/18 for Skarner right now

Take Fury for incrested Attack Speed, you will attack pretty often!
Double Edged Sword increases your damage overall, that will make you an even bigger threat!
You benefit from AD and AP from Natural Talent, so it's an easy choice!
Oppressor gives you so much increased damage for targets being cc'd and since you offer much cc, take it!

Take Unyielding for increased tankyness, Explorer gives you even more movementspeed while beeing in the river or even in brushes.
Runic Armor includes life steal and heals and an even better shield, and in comparision on having 45 flat health more, its just the way to go.
Take Insight to have your ghost on a very low cooldown, with CDR boots and masteries it's just above 2 minutes!!!
Take Swiftness because you get 15% Tenacity and Slow Resist, making it harder for the enemy to get rid of you!
As a keystone mastery i prefer Strength of the Ages, after fully stacked you gain 300 health "for free" and you restore 6% of your maximum health after killing siege or large monsters, which is huge.
Of course this is only my own suggestion, if you got some suggestions on improving lemme know on the comments!

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The Item Build i'm using offers everything, tanky stats, insane damage because of Sheen passive, Enchantment: Cinderhulk passive and of course you're Q.
It's hard to counter Skarner's damage because he's dealing mixed damage.

Against full AD:
Instead of going for Spirit Visage you buy Randuin's Omen for more health and armor, this makes you an unkillable beast.

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Why Trinity Force and not Iceborn Gauntlet anymore?

Trinity Force is again the best item on Skarner because you get 20 % Cooldown Reduction AND 40 % more attack speed. Iceborn Gauntlet gave you 60 AR, 20 % Cooldown Reduction and bunch of mana.
However, Trinity Force is now way better on Skarner since it gives 20 % CDR and the additional 40 % Attackspeed helps you to spam your Q more often and with the 200% AD Sheen proc (instead of 100% from Iceborn Gauntlet), you deal significant ammount of damage.
The Trinity Force changes encouraged me to play Skarner more often with my old item build and playstyle and it worked out so far again!

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Ghost vs Flash

After Ghost got changed and buffed, i tried using Ghost on Skarner and it worked out way better than Flash. Since it's already on a lower Cooldown than flash (2 minutes lower) and Ghost scales with levels, providing you a 45 % Speed boost for 10 Seconds late game!
As you can see in my last gameplay video (where i used ghost), ghost synergizes just well with your engage from your W. You can use your W, pop Ghost and drag an enemy even more further from his team because of Ghost. I highly recommend Ghost over Flash now, but you should try it out yourself!!!

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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

Max order is R>Q>W>E
Max Q first, your main damage dealing spell and its great for dueling.
I max W second because of the shield and the movement speed, it helps you with clearing the camps while staying healthy, also it offers great ganking pressure because movementspeed is the only way skarner can catch up. With 40 % CDR late game you will have a shield of around 800 HP which lasts for 6 seconds, and your W will be on a 6.6 sec Cooldown, which means it will be up all the time!
Max your E last now, it's only there to apply your stun and the slow, it doesnt do much damage now and it can be dodged easily.

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Creeping / Jungling

As Skarner it's most common to take a full clear early game before going back.
However if you see an opportunity to gank PRE 6, go ahead! I suggest ganking after your 3rd camp!
You start bottom side, so you get a good leash on either Gromp or Krugs.
Then you continue to do your buff and your side camp. Use your first Refillable Potion when you start Wolves or Raptors. After that you go to your Second buff and do it. If it's the Red Buff Smite it, if you are on Blue use a potion. If you are on the Red side, do your Gromp next and Smite it for the Poison, use a Refillable Potion afterwards. If you are on the Blue side you do Krugs after Red Buff and go to Raptors. Go back and buy Stalker's Blade and maybe a Pink Ward.

Stalker's Blade helps you with ganks, since you steal movementspeed from the enemy and you gain it, so you are even faster to get in position for your ultimate!

Always check the lanes and if you see an opportunity for a gank go for it. If not keep farming till 6 and when you reach 6 YOU create opportunities. A small hint when using the ult: When you ult someone immediately press W and grab him into tower range or away from his tower, dont just stand there and do nothing! Also use your Q when you ult!

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Team Work

Skarner is a great Teamworker. He can either be the main engage and focus the carries down, but also he can peel for his ADC pretty heavily because of his low Cooldown stun on e and ultimate!

Also read the descripton of my Youtube videos since i didn't explain something on my Videos,
and sorry for no Sound on that ganking one D:

PS: I will soon upload more videos here about ganking, jungle clearing, full gameplay and late game, just how he interacts in a team, So watch out!

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Thanks for reading my Guide! It's my first guide and i know there's a lot of things to improve, so don't hesitate to tell me what I can improve!
Huge Credits goes to MrGrom222, for helping me out with awesome designed pictures and everything, thanks dude!
Here are some screenshots i'd like to share with you guys!

Some games in March 2016 with the new item build and masteries!

Some games in March 2015

Season IV

Season V