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League of Legends Build Guide Author MrBombas

Godzilla from the Jungle - Ranked Katarina Jungle Gameplay

MrBombas Last updated on February 5, 2013
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Cheat Sheet

Katarina Build

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.



Offense: 21

Honor Guard

Defense: 9


Utility: 0

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This is my first guide. So any suggestions are gladly appreciated.

This is a relatively (yet!) unconventional style to play Katarina. However, I have used this build in many games, including Ranked games and have more often then not carried the team as an additional AP Burster.

In order to gain more acceptance of this playstyle and enable some of you to enjoy it, too, I have created this guide. So let's start explaining!

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Pros / Cons


    Bursty ganks = Even if you do not get a kill in ganks, you will most likely cause them to return to base for healing
    No Mana = no temptation to take your blue buff
    Gap closer for ganking
    Very mobile
    Multi target
    Relatively fast jungling speed
    Extremely useful in Teamfights
    Can counterjungle easily

    Weak Early Game ganks
    Ganks rely on good coordination until you get Rylai's or have red
    Can be counterjungled
    Team needs to rely on 1 tank
    Occasional accusations of trolling

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When to play

Katarina is very unique and therefore sometimes a very situational champion.

In the following setups, Katarina's potential can be maximized and you are encouraged to pick her:

    Your team has an AD Mid
    Your team has heavy AOE CC
    Your team has a full tank Top
    Your team needs you to be the Jungler
    Enemy team has a relatively low amount of single target CC
    You need to compensate Lategame Teamfight power
    You are confident your team will have good teamplay

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Jungling Route

I usually start at the blue side, because it helps you with your early long cooldowns and red is doing slightly more damage, since you are squishy.

So the consequent route is:

Wolves --> Blue --> Wraiths --> Golems


Red --> Gank/Counterjungle

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Counterjungle is very easy with Kata since she burst heavily.

What I usually do is I ward their Red or Blue and tell my mid to ward where the wraiths are. Once you see their jungler with less than half health, invade, wait in bush and attack once they got the aggro from the minions (some extra damage). I usually do this around the 2nd red (he is most likely alone and perhaps you already have your ult).

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Items and Explanations

Common Jungling start

I get this first, because the armor helps your sustain in the jungle and reduces your need for health pots.
Plus the other upgrades of the Machete are not really useful since the manareg would be wasted money.

Pretty self-explanatory. Helps your ganking and jungling speed.

Essential Item for Katarina jungling, since it gives her the needed AP damage and the Spell Vamp for sustain. I get this as soo as possible.

Now your ganks will turn very dangerous since with every skill you use, you will apply slow to the enemy champions.

Core Caster Item

From here on, I choose the damage path when the laning phase went well and our team is prepared for teamfights.

I choose the defensive path when an enemy is relatively fed or I get too much focus.

I get CC when our team really has no CC (but then you should not have picked Katarina) or the enemies all have some kind of speed boost.

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I have not required any specific Runes since I myself am using standard Melee Caster runes and it works well.

Constituting of:
Quintessences: Ability Power
Marks: Magic Pen
Seals: Armor (or Ability Power)
Glyphs: Magic Res

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Closing words

Jungle Katarina is a VERY team dependent pick. From your lack of natural CC, it will not be easy for you to save a failing lane. If your team fails during laning phase, there is most likely nothing you can really do about it. However, if the game is going relatively balanced... then... GODZILLA POWER!!

Oh, and you will get the occasional ragekid when you play this, since it is still not very established. But hey, innovation has to come from somewhere, and you have taken the path less walked.

May you excell the gameplay of Katarina.

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This spot will soon be filled with maginificient statistics: (When somebody tells me how to :))

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05/02/2013 Created Guide