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Katarina General Guide by velist

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League of Legends Build Guide Author velist

Heavy AP

velist Last updated on January 29, 2013
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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.



Offense: 21

Honor Guard

Defense: 9


Utility: 0

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Hello and welcome to my Katarina build. This build will go over the basic idea of how to play Katarina and what to build her with. I hope this build helps you become a great Katarina player. So let us begin.

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Some will fail some will pass show the true power of the mighty Assassin Ka

I think a good place to start is weather or not your the Kat type.... first of all, if you like being a tank, charging in head first, Kat probably isn't your type. second, it can be done, but i think that an attack damage Kat is a waste, so if you want to play attack damage Kat then this isn't a good build for you. third, and most important, if your not willing to go for the ADC or the AP caster, your wasting your time. Kat has a HUGE burst, but after that she has a fairly long wait for her CD's to come back. so targeting a tank= dead Kat. With that burst though you will rip through the squishys.[*]

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Pros / Cons

Ok, the pros and cons.

Level: 1
destroys squishys
one of the best ultimates
AMAZING passive
kicks butt all around

Level: 12

Teleports your champion toward your cursor's location. 300 second cooldown.

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Ok, runes.
Basically, take magic penetration marks and ability power glyph, seals, and quintessences. The magic pen is for when they have so magic resist you will cut through it. The rest are ability power for increased damage. More AP, more damage, more fed kat. Simple enough.


Greater Mark of Magic Penetration

Greater Seal of Ability Power

Greater Glyph of Ability Power

Greater Quintessence of Ability Power

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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

an amazing passive. i personally think the best in the game. after a kill or assist your CDs are reduced by 15 seconds, meaning you got your Q,W, and E back instantly. it also reduces the CD on your ult, and since your ult only has about a 45 second CD, 3 kills/assist and your ults back. thats powerful.

your bread and butter ability. does nice damage and applys a mark that can be detonated by a basic attack or Sinister Steel.

sinister steelyour only ability that really does damage off of AD, though it also deals AP damage.making it very useful when conbined with Shunpo for detonating Bouncing Blades.

a good spell for attack or retreat. you can use it to engage, join a fight, or get out of bad situations. the only setback is that you MUST jump to an ally or enemy, unlike Ezreal's archane shift.but a good trick for this is to carry WARDS. wards are Katarina's friend. if your in trouble and no way out, simply place a ward and jump to it. its kind of hard and takes practice, but you should be able to get it. this is where smart casting items and abilities helps.

death lotus
Great ult. high damage, simple to use. The most simple way to use it, Shunpoin and activate. Be careful though, almost any form of cc with stop you in your tracks. This is one of the things that makes Kat a hard champ. Not the ability itself, but when to use it. If you use it to early, you get CCed to death. If you use it to late, well, your shot at kills is all but gone. So timing is key with this ability.

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Flashmeans of escape
Exhaustgood to slow your enemys for a Death Lotus
Igniteburn and die
Teleportquick map movement
Ghostin and out fast
Healsaves your life
Barrieragain ^^
Clarityo mana, duh
Smitenot a jungle
Revivenever used it, never will
Clairvoyancereally only for supports
not sure-
Cleansethis one is a hard one. it can be ultra useful for escaping, but i'm not sure where to put it because if your being focused with CC your going down fast. I'll have to experiment some.

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For the masteries i like 21/9/0. I know that the utility tree is upgraded, but I feel it still doesn't help Katarina enough to use it. I think the best way to go is offense. So here it is.

Taking all the cooldown reduction in the offense tree means you will have your Bouncing Blades and Sinister Steel even faster which means more harrase and more damage in team fights. Then you climb the tree all the way to Executioner ,taking all the ability power and magic penetration on the way up. On the defense tree, take the health regeneration for lane sustain, armor, and all the magic resist to defend from your lane enemy.

Bouncing Blades

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heres the part were we talk about who kat works well with.
she is ussualy decent with anyone with cc, so most tanks.
Amumu amumu's ult sets you up for a perfect death lotus.
Malphite same with his ult.
Sona the combo of ult and heal, so strong
Kennen dat stun.
Leona never ending stuns.

im sure there are more but this is just to give you an idea.

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This is a section I would like to put in to try and make the league of legends a better game to play.
Please remember its a game and there is no reason to fight with your team. This is why we say gl hf. We want everyone to have a good game win or lose and we want everyone to have fun. Please remember this the next time your playing and you have a teammate struggling. Instead of knocking him down, help him up and teach him.

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So thats all for trying my gear i hope you like it

thank you for reading this build and i hope it helps you to become a better kat and LOL player. please enjoy the game and play nice. good bye and remember:

GL and HF


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