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Tahm Kench Build Guide by BaLoRi

My IMMORTAL Tahm Kench Build (All Lanes: Top/Mid/Jungle/Bot)

My IMMORTAL Tahm Kench Build (All Lanes: Top/Mid/Jungle/Bot)

Updated on January 26, 2023
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Runes: Immortal Max Tenacity Version

1 2
Resolve
Grasp of the Undying
Shield Bash
Second Wind
Revitalize

Precision
Triumph
Legend: Tenacity
Bonus:

+10% Attack Speed
+6 Armor
+6 Armor

Spells:

LoL Summoner Spell: Flash

Flash

LoL Summoner Spell: Ignite

Ignite

Champion Build Guide

My IMMORTAL Tahm Kench Build (All Lanes: Top/Mid/Jungle/Bot)

By BaLoRi
About Me

Hello everyone,




My nickname is BaLoRi, I am an Educational Content Creator/Streamer part of Fnatic and FNC Network.
This Mobafire profile and the guides I am creating meant to explain my unique playstyle and build theory to my Community and make my Balorians even stronger 🔥
All the guides that I am creating are ONLY for champions that will give you 70%+ win ratio and these are the very same builds that I am using to rank up without trying.

You can find me anywhere:
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Lets now start with our OP Tahm Kench Build guide and how to win games easier than ever!
An introduction to Immortal Tahm KenchBuild
Lets start about why we call Tahm Kench with this build IMMORTAL and why we choosing this build instead of anything else, the answer is pretty simple cause its going to be close to IMPOSSIBLE to die, no matter what enemies you will have against you!
You will have tools such as Tongue Lash to slow-dmg and heal yourself, Engage or disengage tools that can be used from early to full late game with Abyssal Dive the true form of IMMORTALITY cause of the shield/heal with Thick Skin and the nightmare of all enemies, your R that will EAT your enemies alive Devour


Check out what our Full LATE GAME Immortal Tahm Kench Riftmaker build can do here:



And the Jak'Sho, The Protean Immortal Build version here:



And another Build version with the combination of Heartsteel Ingenious Hunter and Cosmic Insight that will make Heartsteel to have literally 18-19 sec CD together with your other items like Gargoyle Stoneplate and Randuin's Omen


Tahm Kench is a champion that will give you everything that you need to dominate any match up, with our Immortal build Tahm Kench will be a total MONSTER in ANY LANE, be it Top, Mid, Jungle, support or even BOT cause we maximizing his potential greatly by using the BEST item-runes-skills combinations that will make you unstoppable while of course having tons of fun while playing him! And now with the new Mythic item changes we got LOTS MORE HEALING Effects from Riftmaker or Jak'Sho, The Protean

Note: If you want the detailed explanations about the Support versions read the Notes that you can see right next to the item order, I shared all the information that you need to understand what we are doing there!

Let’s get started by explaining Tahm Kench is the STRONGEST IMMORTAL of all!
Secret Behind Runes
Lets start with the runes and why to play with this set of runes is one of the most important things!

For Resolve:
Grasp of the Undying One of the most powerful runes in the game for champions like Tahm Kench and especially for him cause of his skills, this rune will give you 3 stats, bonus damage with % of your HP that will work greatly with your An Acquired Taste with the combination of these two you will do a HUGE magic damage to the target and also heal for % of your MAX HP,
making Grasp of the Undying the most important rune for this champion, its 3rd effect and one of the most important stat that most people forgetting is the 5 permanent HP that you will also get each time you are using it!
So just from Grasp you will have 3 effects that together with your passive will make you a total monster, but this is just the beginning. Lets continue!!

Shield Bash A super important rune, a MUST TO HAVE for Tahm Kench and one of the reasons that to go for Grasp is the only way, it will give you bonus Armor-Mr each time you got a shield PLUS bonus damage that scales with the % of the shield for your next basic attack cause of your Thick Skin you will use Shield Bash almost every single time cause of the low CD of the skill and the NO COST at the same time. Even if you are not going to activate the shield from Thick Skin you will heal from a % of the gray health while being out of combat, this heal will be multiplied by 45% cause of Revitalize and Spirit Visage

Second Wind Another monstrous rune, HP REGAIN each time you receiving damage from the enemy that scales with your MISSING HP, people keep underestimate it, but cause of this rune and Doran's Shield you will be totally UNSTOPPABLE early, cause of this double regeneration from level 1 you will have ability to trade with the enemy for AS LONG AS YOU WANT and kill them easily while being Full HP!

Revitalize One of the most BROKEN runes that on certain champions works incredible, Tahm Kench is one of them, 5%-15% BONUS HEALS that together with Spirit Visage you will increase this to 35%-40% and will make you an IMMORTAL MONSTER! Also you will increase your SHIELDS by another 35-40% that means your Thick Skin plus the shields that you will have from allies such as Janna Yuumi Sona etc.


For the secondary runes tree we got two different options!

Domination:

Cheap Shot Bonus True dmg after your CC, that means you will activate this rune non stop with Q-W-R making you use also true damage on your engages!

Taste of Blood If you want better sustain, then this is your option, bonus HP each 20seconds while damaging your enemies, this amount will multiplied by 40% cause of Revitalize and Spirit Visage

Ultimate Hunter Bonus Ability haste for your Ultimate, our Devour is one of our biggest weapons for our Immortal Kench, now we will use it FASTER and destroy them more EASIER!

And also Precision:

Triumph Missing HP Heal plus bonus gold for every kill/assist, you think the heal value is low for this rune, but in reality you will be gaining more than 500-600 HP per kill/assist, cause you will multiply this heal by Revitalize and Spirit Visage

Legend: Tenacity Bonus 30% Tenacity, making you have a total tenacity of 60%+ that will let you avoid ANY CC while fighting 1v5! One of the most important stats in the game that will also let you the option of going for Plated Steelcaps instead of Mercury's Treads to counter both CC and Basic attackers with lots of ON-hit effects!

Legend: Alacrity If you got close to none CC against you, then to go for this rune is a must, bonus attack speed that will let you activate your passive much faster, apply more damage and also heal more from Riftmaker


If you want to understand how Heals, Shields and Regeneration works and why we are choosing these runes over anything else, we got our league masterclass that will help you:



By having this combination of runes you will realize that Tahm Kench is many times stronger than you think, making him impossible to die while having the damage to kill them all, even if you are 1v5!

Let’s continue with the item choices now.
Secret Behind Items
As we talked above Tahm Kench start item will ALWAYS BE no matter what the Doran's Shield plus a Health Potion this will give you an insanely big amount of regeneration that from the early stages of the game will make you unstoppable and unable to die!

Our first back item will always be Bami's Cinder that will give you HP and tons of AOE Damage that will help you dominate against any target plus Refillable Potion and Cloth Armor if we got enough gold, your main focus is to go back to base with 1250 gold, in order to buy Bami's Cinder and Refillable Potion something that people ignoring is that by buying Refillable Potion as soon as possible in the game, you will have free pots all lane phage long and you will also sell it and gain back some of the gold that you invested to this item, making it TOTALLY FREE!

Then our main focus in to first buy Bramble Vest cause of the armor and its effects will make us even stronger, you will repel back damage while applying the Grievous Wounds effect that will reduce their healing at the same time!
The moment you will finish buying these two part items, you will be ready to fight against any kind of enemy, be it an AP TYPE or an AD TYPE champion, you will have damage and enough sustain to overpower them completely, even if you are playing 1v2!

Then we will finish first legendary item Sunfire Aegis one of the most important items for our Tahm Kench, this item will give you HP, Armor and a burn effect that you will always apply AROUND YOU and stack it even further the more you fight! From that burn effect we will ALSO HEAL and multiply its value by 9% as true damage with Riftmaker that will be our Mythic core item!

After finishing our Sunfire Aegis, then we also need to buy an item part that we need to stack in order to finish the item later on, this item is going to be Tear of the Goddess with this you will have enough mana to spam your skills more and not have overall mana problems later on and especially in full late game at all, another option here is to buy it on one of your backs after getting your Bami's Cinder and Refillable Potion


Then we will finish the Thornmail with these 2 items you are ready to battle any kind of enemy and win easily, repel damage, apply heal reduction and increase your HP and ARMOR to a huge value that will make you an IMMORTAL Already!

Then we will finish our Boots into MOST OF THE TIMES Mercury's Treads cause we need the extra TENACITY effect, plus to balance out the ARMOR and MAGIC RESIST, we will only have Spirit Visage for magic resist and together with the boots it will be MORE THAN ENOUGH!
If you playing against FULL AD teams with ZERO CC, then go for Plated Steelcaps especially against champion that using basic attacks as main source of damage, like for example Tryndamere Yasuo or Master Yi etc. this item will COUNTER THEM completely, cause it will reduce their pre-armor reduction damage by 12% (its pretty big, cause after that you will recude it even further cause of your resistances)


As THIRD item and we finally reached the Mythic item, we got 3 options, Riftmaker, Jak'Sho, The Protean and Iceborn Gauntlet with the very best option to be Riftmaker, the reason is simple.
Riftmaker will give you, AP, HP, Ability haste, Omnivamp, 9% BONUS TRUE DMG and more omnivamp-AP with each Legendary item! This means more damage to your skills and also more healing with everything that we got, be it hits, skills, runes, items everything will HEAL and also do BONUS %TRUE Damage!!

The other options will be Jak'Sho, The Protean that will give you ARMOR, MR, HP, Ability haste, armor and magic resist the more you fight plus HP DRAIN after getting the full stacks, also even more armor and mr after each legendary item, this will be the second option after Riftmaker and we will choose it if we got lots of AP DAMAGE against us. Cause of the changes of Sunfire Aegis now it is only giving you armor, making you a little bit weaker vs AP Damage, with Jak'Sho, The Protean you can counter that, without losing much and while being the "IMMORTAL" Your team needs to sustain the enemy's team damage easily!

As third Mythic item, we got Iceborn Gauntlet, this item will give you HP, ARMOR, Ability haste and an INSANE Slow AOE effect after using your skills and hitting the target, also will activate the spellblade effect that will do bonus damage with your basic attacks AND REDUCE The damage that the enemy champion is doing towards you by 10%, this slow-damage reduction effect, will make this also an option, against champions with high damage towards you while being ultra mobile, Iceborn Gauntlet will manage to stop them and also give you bonus TENACITY and SLOW RESITANCES Effect with each legendary item to make yourself even more unstoppable than before!


As Fourth item we will start building one of the MOST OP items that exist for our Immortal builds, this will be Winter's Approach a super cheap item that will give you HP, Tons of MANA to spam your skills, %Mana to HP effect and NON-STOP SHIELDS every time you are slowing (Q) or CC (Q-W-R) your enemies, that means in the entire teamfight, cause you will always have something to CC your enemies with with how low the CD of Tahm Kench skills are!

Note: In case you dont want to build Winter's Approach and stack tear, cause it will take a while, then you can ignore it and go for the following items, while choosing 2 options from the final item choices with the FIRST CHOICE to always be Spirit Visage no matter what!


Now for the last item you got the following options:


1. Our next item will ALWAYS BE and now more than ever Spirit Visage this item might be one of the most broken items for Tahm Kench, the reason is cause of the combination of Revitalize that we talked about you will have an insanely amount of bonus healing, that will help you sustain and easily right now destroy any kind of enemy, be it FULL AD or FULL AP and even have the power to 1v5 easily!
The stats that Spirit Visage gives are the most gold efficiency stats that you can buy in the game, not only you will have HP-MR-Ability Haste-REGAIN but you will also have 30% - 40% BONUS HEALS and SHIELDS together with Revitalize from any kind of source that you got, that means you will multiply by 40% the heal from your Q Tongue Lash, heal from E Thick Skin plus the SHIELDS from Thick Skin and Winter's Approach!!!! What? are you surprised about how broken this is? TRUST ME, OUR ENEMIES WILL ALWAYS FEEL THE SAME!!!!
Remember, no matter if you go for Riftmaker or Jak'Sho, The Protean mythic items, both will give you HEAL EFFECTS, Riftmaker more, but still you will be able to multiply these effects by the Spirit Visage and Revitalize and make yourself trully immortal, thats why as last item to go for Spirit Visage is the NO1 CHOICE to have the perfect balance between Armor, Mr, HP, Damage/True dmg and HEALING!

Plus you will increase the heals and shields from your teammates as well, so just imagine playing with a Soraka or Janna with you or even deadlier to have Yuumi!!
Especially a good Yuumi that will use Summon Aery and Revitalize will make you TOTALLY UNSTOPPABLE if you got a duo and you want to try this combo, I will tell from now, it’s going to be something beyond imagination!!!



2. Warmog's Armor the MOST gold efficiency item in the game, its passive alone is 1000% gold efficiency of its cost as a stat and this item of course is Warmog's Armor not only you will have HP, Ability, HP Regain but you will also have an insanely out of combat HP REGAIN, imagine that you will have the power to go in, fight literally for AS LONG AS YOU WANT and then, if you are TOO LOW, to flash or just simply walk away, wait for 10seconds and then go in again with FULL HP, something else that right now is a good time to realize, we also playing with the rune Second Wind this rune is giving you health regeneration equal to 6 (+ 4% of your missing health)

cause its scales with the missing HP and cause we will have 4000+ TOTAL HP or even more with our BUILD, the moment you are with only 1000 HP left you will have regeneration 12.6HP per second (126 in 10 seconds) this amount, will be multiplied by your Spirit Visage as well by 25% (its a same that Revitalize is not scales with HP regan a well) that means, from the Second Wind alone and without calculating anything else you will have HP regain of ~16 ‬HP per second (Imagine that you also have, the base hp regain, Spirit Visage hp regain, Warmog's Armor hp regain to sum them up to even greater number)

3. Demonic Embrace an item that finally is worthy for our MONSTER, AP, Hp, %HP to AP (that means more damage from every skill that you got) plus a %MAX HP Burn dmg effect, Demonic Embrace can be used as last item, or if you cant wait till then as second item after finishing Sunfire and while having vest as it is, check our YouTube games to realize how to fully use this item!

4. Gargoyle Stoneplate might be one of the items that can compare to Warmog's Armor, Armor, Magic Resist, % Bonus ARMOR+MR While fighting and a huge shield that can be used to dodge an INSANE BIG AMOUNT OF DAMAGE if you use it right!! Especially if you go for Jak'Sho, The Protean Mythic item, these two will work incredibly good together and multiply your armor and magic resist to INSANE VALUES that you wont believe, making pretty much every champion to be like Ornn or Rammus that got ARMOR/MR Multipliers!

5. Force of Nature A great choice against heavy AP and can be combined with Spirit Visage while ignoring Winter's Approach for MORE BROKEN RESULTS, with this item you will have MR, HP, Ability haste, ms bonus and an INSANE magic damage reduction effect that will be applied before your magic resistances and decrease the magic damage that you are receiving close to zero!!

And also never forget to always get your Elixir of Iron for BONUS HP, TENACITY and also bonus movement speed for your allies that following you into battle

The Full Tahm Kench Item build will look like this:

Sunfire Aegis Thornmail Riftmaker Winter's Approach Spirit Visage Mercury's Treads and always Elixir of Iron


Sunfire Aegis Thornmail Jak'Sho, The Protean Winter's Approach Spirit Visage Mercury's Treads Spirit Visage and always Elixir of Iron


Sunfire Aegis Thornmail Iceborn Gauntlet Winter's Approach Spirit Visage Mercury's Treads and always Elixir of Iron

Note, you can remove Winter's Approach from these builds and ADD ANOTHER item of your choice from above, the most important items will be the first 3, the last 2 legendary items will only make things to BREAK EVEN MORE in a full late game destruction!!!

And now you can fully understand why this combination of items together with RUNES is BY FAR the most powerful one that you can even play with on Tahm Kench!
It’s time Balorians for you to become the TRUE MONSTER of summoner's rift and make everyone to be your FOOD!!!!
My Strategy to Follow
Lets talk about the strategy here. To play with Tahm Kench inst only use his PURE Strength as your weapon, like any other WARS, at league you need to use your HEAD as well to win the game.
So lets talk about what you need to focus.

Creeps(FOCUS on FARM): The most important thing is to focus on your farm, you need to farm fast and if you can kill all the creeps without missing even one. This way you will take the lead from your enemy champion, dont be afraid to use your skills for last hits even at the 1 level.

Learn how To improve your Farming and Wave Management by watching our League Masterclass:

Stay Alive: To not to die at lane and not have any kills is more worth than to be 3-3 or 4-4 with your enemy Lane champion.
Your build focusing to be the strongest at the MID-Late game, doesn't matter if you cant kill now, focus on farm and you will be able to show your true Strength at the right time of the game.

Always engage with your Tongue Lash to slow the target and start hitting it after having the 3 stacks from your passive you can continue hitting it till you almost got back your Tongue Lash then use instantly Devour and throw the enemy champion at the opposite direction that he wants to go and instantly use your Tongue Lash if he is still alive (something pretty hard cause of your damage) and continue fighting, use your Thick Skin after taking 200-300 damage, this will shield you up, dodge the next skills or hits that he is about to hit you but ALSO GIVE YOU more damage and sustain cause of the Shield Bash your E got no cost and low CD so you can freely use it 2-3 times in each teamfight or trade and dodge tons of damage while of course applying even more cause of this rune!

Another way to engage will be Q Tongue Lash to slow the target into right away your W Abyssal Dive that will 99% be able to hit the target cause of how big the slow effect from Q is, the only way for them to "dodge" that is going to be either a dash (sometimes not even that) or Flash either way, you dont care, you will you have your Tongue Lash to use once again and slow down the target while chasing him!!

So remember the most important thing in this game is FARMING and to STAY ALIVE to overpower and kill them all will come as long as you focusing on these two things! Our Immortal Tahm Kench build will always be the strongest in full early to full late game, no matter how bad you play early, clear all the waves that is EASY with your passive and items, get your gold that you need, use your Devour to reach in the backline together with your jungler (if you want with your R) or just go alone of the teamfights and kill the enemy bot laners first, the moment they will see you, they will try to stop you but they will quickly understand that their tries is not even going to matter in front of the IMMORTAL MONSTER that you are, play with focus and you will always end up VICTORIOUS! Our different Tahm Kench match ups below will show you how to play this champion and show you the TRUE POWER of this champion and how to fully adapt to our gamestyle while using our builds!
Different Match ups vs My Tahm Kench Build
Season 13 Tahm Kench vs Tryndamere
Season 13 Tahm Kench vs Irelia (Riftmaker)
Season 13 Tahm Kench vs Malphite (Jak'Sho)
Older Tahm Kench Match ups
Tahm kench vs Rengar
Tahm Kench vs Cassiopeia
Tahm Kench vs Teemo
Tahm kench vs Darius

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