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League of Legends Build Guide Author Rainism

Climb the ladder, with Skarner

Rainism Last updated on December 28, 2011
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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.



Offense: 10

Honor Guard

Defense: 10

Strength of Spirit

Utility: 10

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Welcome to the in-depth Skarner guide by Yurikka

Hello everyone, I'm Yurikka and this is my in-depth and in-detail Skarner guide. ( my first one, also )
I've been playing Skarner since the day he was out, and I really like this champion. I can't say that I am the best Skarner player out there, neither can I say that this build is the best one on Mobafire. However, I would like to share my vision of Skarner with you, so I hope you'll enjoy it.
This guide is very long, but please don't immediately downvote me just because you don't like the items or masteries. Take your time to read at least a couple of chapters!

I would also greatly appreciate any constructive criticism.

Grammar and style warning
English is not my native language, so my guide will have some mistakes, or sentences that may be hard to understand. Please, don't be too striсt, I will try to get rid of those, and will appreciate any help with this. If you find some section too complicated, or filled with mistakes, please don't hesitate to pm me! I will fix it ASAP.

Oh yes, and one final note. Sometimes in the guide I'll use some moba terms , like cs / cc whatever the rest is lul ~ if you don't know them you just can hit them up @ google !

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Pros / Cons

+ Insane jungling and ganking potential
+ Tanky
+ Very low CDs
+ Beast CCs
+ Badass laugh
- Blue buff dependant
- No gap closers
- Team dependant for ganks
- Some early weaknesses
- Has to get close to damage the enemy

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Summoner Spells

Recommended summoner spells

These summoner spells should be your common picks because I think that they fit Skarner best. This is just my opinion and you're not forced to take them, there is other summoner spells that are/can be viable on him .

Viable summoner spells

Ghost : Ghost is to escape , chase , whatever you make the use of it, not as viable as Flash because of Flashs effect of surprise, its gap closing potential .

Teleport : This spell, is awesome on Skarner . There is alot of use of it as : Ninja ganks ( teleporting in wards that are in bushes or Teemo mushrooms, defend the towers that are about to die, well alot more uses of it but too long to tell them. Very viable spell to use on skarner .

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I use these, these masteries gives ultimate sustain in jungle for Skarner, it brings bonus def, mres, longer buff durations, arpen for less problems with monsters, etc .


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Skill Sequence / Explanations

Passive : Energize
Basic attacks lower the cooldowns of Skarner abilities by 1 second against champions and 0.5 seconds against non-champions.

Q : Crystal Slash

This skill is the first i'm maxing, it does aoe damage, has a slow, and very low CD .
  • When ganking, you can hit minions with it before getting to the opponent champions to trigger the cc on them.

W : Crystalline Exoskeleton

This skill gives Skarner a shield, bonus movement speed, bonus attack speed, and some badass armor on him. It is a great skill on skarner, i max it by level 13 .
  • Before ganking, always use it as a gap closer as it gives bonus movement speed.
  • In the jungle, use it as soon it is available, saving alot of HPs .

E : Fracture
This is bonus sustain in the jungle for Skarner it is a skillshot, but has low range .
  • Every attacks of Skarner can trigger the champion / minions marked with Fracture
  • It also gives health upon killing minions or champions .
  • Always spam it if you have the blue buff .

R : Impale
That is what makes Skarner the monster he is, he uses this to gap close(rarely happens but does gap close), engage the teamfights, chase ! It deals high damage and cannot be canceled by Cleanse
  • Never use this on Morgana, Gangplank, Alistar these champions have skills that removes the supress .
  • You cannot use flash when using Impale , but ghost works .
  • When ganking, never use it if you know your opponent still has a flash up, force him to use it with Crystal Slash and then you can flash then Impale him .
  • You can turn around at the end of Impale so the enemy champion has to walk around .

Skill Sequence

Ability Sequence
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18

In this skill sequence i max Crystal Slash first, it is the skill you need to max for a fast and clean jungle .

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Items - Early game

Items you're getting :
I get a Wriggle's Lantern first, because of it's special effect, it amplifies greatly your jungling speed, counting as well the lifesteal and bonus armor ( and a ward ) . After having it we're getting Boots of Speed because ganking with Skarners low base movement speed sucks . After having some nice ganks and stealing some creeps in lane, you have enough money for Boots of Mobility it grants great mobility, very good for ganking with Crystalline Exoskeleton . You're now gonna try to get a Sunfire Cape i don't even know why i always take it, but it's awesome on skarner . Now you have the core items, let's get into the thing .

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Items - Mid game

At this part, all depends on what champions your opponents has, if they have too much ap burst/cc, you can go this way : and a

If you did well though, you can make the and an

After these items, you can get a shurelya's reverie for the HP that synergises well with Atma's Impaler and the movement speed burst (?) for engages with Impale

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The Jungle

We're finally there, the jungle.

Here's the route, more details under the image !

This is my Skarner jungle route,

1. I start by the blue buff, ask your team for a pull/leash and ask for the top or the bot to put a few hit on it (not forced but it make your jungle kinda faster !) use Smite when he's about 425 HP . After the last mob, you should hit level 2, use a potion and get Crystalline Exoskeleton, always use it when it's available to save most hps.

2. Kill the wolves

3. Move to the wraiths, kill them and use a pot.

4. Moving to the lizard, kill him, use pot .

5. Your jungle is done, i usually finish it at 3 minutes 10~20 seconds of the game.

6. My first gank is the mid.

7. Then i move to the nearest lane, if it's pushed tell them to stop pushing and wait a bit.

8. Back to jungle .

9. Now your next gank is the top lane, gank it and thats it for my route !

Remember : Always listen to your team needs !

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Why "Climbing the ladder" ? Because i started ranked with skarner at about 1024 elo, and after a few games i managed to carry myself to 1237 elo, and i'm not stopping !

Thanks for reading my first guide, i hope it'll be useful for future Skarner users ! And please give me some constructive criticism so I can improve my guide and my future guides !

You can ask me more informations on this in game, i play EU West and my ign is Yurikka

And Thanks to jhoijhoi for the line dividers !