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League of Legends Build Guide Author gemankapo

Katarina - The Sinister Hybrid

gemankapo Last updated on January 2, 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.


Brute Force
Improved Rally

Offense: 21

Strength of Spirit
Veteran's Scars

Defense: 9

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

Utility: 0

"The Sinister Blade of Noxus is like a black widow - beautiful, but deadly." - Garen, the Might of Demacia.

Champion overview:

Health: 460 (+75 on leveling up)
Manaless *
Damage: 53 (+3.2 on leveling up)
Attack Speed: 0.656 (+2.44% on leveling up)
Armor: 14.75 (+4 on leveling up)
Magic resist: 30 (+1.25 on leveling up)
Movment Speed: 325

* Manaless champions in League of Legends are the ones that do not possess Mana. Largest number of Champions use Mana, some use their health or energy as ability cost. A minor number of Champions, like Katarina, have no Cost at all. They are only restricted by cooldown, so don't hesitate to spam your abilitys.


Bouncing Blade: Katarina throws a dagger that bounces 2/3/4/5/6 times from enemy to enemy, dealing magic damage (60/95/130/165/200 +80% bonus Attack Damage AND +35% Ability Power). Each subsequent hit deals 10% less damage.
Cooldown: 9/8.5/8/7.5/7 seconds
Killer Instincts:
Passive: Katarina's melee attacks and abilities deal 8/12/16/20/24 increased damage.
Active: Katarina's next ability has a bonus effect:
Bouncing Blade deals full damage to every target it hits and applies 50% healing reduction for 10 seconds.
Shunpo reduces incoming damage by 15/20/25/30/35% for 3 seconds.
Cooldown: 20/18/16/14/12 seconds
Shunpo: Katarina instantly moves to her target's location. If the target is an enemy, she deals 90/120/150/180/210 +75% Ability Power magic damage.
Cooldown: 10/9/8/7/6 seconds
Death Lotus: Katarina goes into a state of extreme focus, throwing daggers with unrivaled speed at 3 closest enemy champions (Max 10 daggers per champion and total of max 30 daggers) for 2.7 seconds and dealing 40/50/60 +55% bonus attack damage AND +30% ability power per dagger.
Cooldown: 60/55/50 seconds


1st: Boots of speed - I get boots first alone with 2 health potions to have speed advantage, help a bit to escape or catch someone on low health. You can get Amplifying Tome for that extra punch early game but I like to stick with boots.

2nd: Sorcerer's Shoes - For second item I prefer Sorcerer's Shoes becouse it give you speed ofc and a bit of Magic Penetration since were focusing on making enemy team suffer, you can also get Mercury's Treads if the enemy team is fully magical and CC.

3rd: Hextech Revolver -> Hextech Gunblade - This is the core item in this build, it gives 60 Attack Damage and 75 Ability Power making your BouncingBlade and your DeathLotus deadly mid game. Additionaly it gives you 20% Life steal and 20% spell vamp, shunpu into team fight and watch your enemys health fall while your wildly rises. Also it has an active effect, dealing 300 magic damage to targeted enemy and slowing ther movment speed by 50% for 3s making sure they stay in your ultimate.

4th: Rylai's Crystal Scepter - Provides you with 500 heath to help you survive team fight along with 80 Ability power and a nice passive slow effect.

5th: Guinsoo's Rageblade - It may seem like your shunpo is doing a rather small amount of damage due to another AP/AD item but this is the way I play her as hybrid: focus on Bouncing Blades and Death Lotus and useing shunpo as a catching/escape spell, quickly reusable smaller version of flash.

6th: Void Staff - Aditional AP with magic penetration for thos tanky enemys.

If you feel the need to boost up shunpos damage or just have a magic resistant enemy team i suggest changing 5/6th item order.

7th: Zhonya's Ring - WTF 7th ITEM?! No, Sorcerer's Shoes is an upgrade to boots of speed so thats actualy 1st item and this is 6th. I doubt the game will take so long but if it does, i suggest Zhonya's Ring for additional ability power plus a nice active effect to get you out of sticky situations and sometimes even save your life or get you a kill.

If you have similar playing style and like this one, im sure you will do good.