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League of Legends Build Guide Author khaldo0n69

Katarina - AP nuke

khaldo0n69 Last updated on December 25, 2010
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Ability Sequence

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

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Brute Force
Improved Rally

Offense: 9

Strength of Spirit
Veteran's Scars

Defense: 21

Expanded Mind
Blink of an Eye
Mystical Vision
Presence of the Master

Utility: 0

Hello, I hope you will benefit from this build as I usually do. Katarina can be the best nuker along side veigar in the game, if played right and just a little bit fed (even if ur not fed you can still do huge amounts of damage, but you cannot destroy their whole team). I have been critcised by many LoL players online because i build Katarina AP, and i bet that most of you will get crticised about that also, however, do not listen to them. you will be destrying tanks and squishys alike, especially if you get the full build and postion ur ultimate correctly (I have 3 pentakills from katarina). Ive been called a noob when I bought the amplifying tome by a tryndamere early game, only to finish that game with score of 24/3/19, and him 7/13/2.

Some of you might say that AD Kat pwns AP Kat, but that is not true, because your shunpo will be dealing 700+ damage by end game and your ulti around 2k damage if al the daggers hit your enemy, while the AD will rely on autoattacks and bouncing blade, and of course your ulti which scales off of both AP and AD. But AP Kat will destroy your enemy before they even think, and every dagger will hit your enemy because of the slow on Rylai's, which you must rush as soon as possible after boots. But, this build takes a LOT of practice, that's why theres a thing called custom games to pratice :D

This is my first build on mobafire and i apologize for any language mistake, English is not my first language.


I take the 9/21/0 path in the masteries because early game Katarina is unfortunately squishy, going down the defense tree will help a lot early game getting you fed (hopefully) and a lot of gold. Of course, the 15% magic pen on the offense tree is very important, as you will rush Void Staff after Rylais, giving you a total of 55% Magic pen, which is why I do not choose any Magic Pen runes.

I have experimented with alomst every possible rune set with Katarina, and i must say this is the best. The cooldown reduction is very important, as you rely heavely on your skills (More like you rely only on your skills :p) and so is the the ability power Quints and Glyphs, which with Amplifying Tome early game, gives you a starting AP of 48ish.

Summoner Spells:
I take Ghost and Ignite because Katarina is kinda slow untill you get Lich Bane(if the game lasts that long), and Ignite for that last tiny bit of health that your enemy has and you just cannot finish off.

Other possible summoner spells:
Flash: Possible, but your already have a blink(Shunpo)
Cleanse: Good, but i dont use it that much because the enemy is usually dead before they can think.

What NOT to choose:
Heal: you already have around 500 staring health, plus an early nuke, you wont need that. EVER.
Revive: LOL
Clarity: Same as revive (For newbies, Katarina has no mana)

Early Game:
Before I made this build, I used to use HeAt's "Shunpo That" build, and one thing i agree on is ALWAYS TRY YOUR BEST TO TAKE MID. This will give you a huge advantage experience and gold-wise. Aos, another important peice of advice is BUY WARDS. Set them up in bushes. You are a Carry, youre not supposed to die. This little investment could mean a victory or a defeat. I know most of you like me get HORRIBLE teammates that absolutley NEVER call mia and you are gang-raped in the process, so wards is a really good idea. With your Shunpo you should easily get your first kill, if not FB around level 3. My skill order is Killer Instincts->Shunpo->auto attack-> Shunpo-> Ignite + Bouncing Blade if they are not dead. If you are laning against a tank like Vladimir which I personally DESPISE, stay back near turret, last hit with BB and Shunpo until you have around 1.5k gold. By the time you head back to base, try to have enough gold for Sorcerer's Boots and a Blasting Wand. Once you reach level 6, try to get your first kill if you havent gotten it already. KI->Shunpo->Death Lotus-> BB + Ignite. However, if its a tank, avoid intiating him directly. Harass Harass Harass, Katarina excels at this like Kennen. Harass until the tank is around quarter health. Two things might happen, 1) They are smart and port back to base, 2) They are stupid and stay. if 1) occurs, gank any lane, especially ones that are having trouble. if 2) occurs, Kill him xD.(If its a Vladimir that keeps healing his life back, read the tip at the end of the guide)

Mid Game:
If you get 2 kills in lane, go out and start ganking other lanes, preferably if that lane has a stun or snare (Lux, Annie, Ryze, Veigar(my favourite)). Same combo as used in the mid lane KI->Shunpo->Death Lotus->BB + Ignite. By now you should have a Rylais which will guarantee you that every hit on your ulti will reach your enemy(unless if they flash away).
If you havent gotten your 2 kills, get your second one now, and buy rylai's crystal scepter, and do what i have wrote above.

Late Game:
You should be able to kill anyone by now and should have a Void Staff and possibly a Zhonyas or a Needlessly Large Rod. DO NOT INTIATE. NEVER DO. IT WILL GET YOU KILLED. Wait for your tank, KI-> Shunpo-> BB on a single target, THEN Death Lotus when the rest of the team is distracted. Enjoy :D

Tip for fighting against healers ( Warwick, Vladimir..) :
Instead, KI->BB->Ignite->Shunpo->Death Lotus because the Killer Instincts -> Boucing BLade will decrease your opponents healing by 50% and so does ignite, making them heal for 25% only.

Thank you for reading this guide and I hope you benefit from it as I do :D

Leave your comments and tell me how i may improve this build and my language xD