Kayn Build Guide by RactickTTV
Ractick's 11.7 Detailed KAYN Guide for every situation!By RactickTTV | Updated on April 12, 2021
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Runes: Rhaast (Red Form)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
Ability Order Blue Form (Shadow Assassin)
Threats & Synergies
Graves biggest threat to Kayn is his E (Quickdraw) increases his armor making it hard to one shot him. He will also be able to kite Rhaast very easily. I would avoid fighting him at any point in the early game. Later on, you can one shot him with Shadow Assassin as long as his E (Quickdraw) isn't stacked
Master Yi is just an extremely annoying and great counter to Kayn. He outdamages you early on, outscales Shadow Assassin and destroys Rhaast everytime. His W (Meditate) allows his to counter your R or one shot. I would avoid fighting him early and look to play opposite side of the map and get lanes ahead. If you don't have CC on your time to lock him down, dodge!
The biggest threat here is her early game power, early gank potential and her invading you! If you're able to avoid her until you get form you should be okay.
His stun, E (Cocoon) is the biggest threat, dodging might give you a chance against her early, be very careful. Later on though, with form as long as she didn't get fed, you'll be fine with either form, dodge E with Q or R. She might buy a Zhonya's which will make it harder to kill her, but you'll still be able to chunk her. Sidenote, her early game snowball potential is huge, she can destroy all your lanes if you don't actively work on possible counter ganks, counter jungling and opposite side ganks.
Yummi sitting on Kayn after he's gotten either form (Red or Blue), he will extremely strong and a massive threat all around the map! Super fast, a lot of healing and CC!!!
Malphite has again great gank potential for Kayn! And his R + Kayn's combo will kill anyone!
Amazing constant gank opportunity! Galio is always able to setup great ganks for Kayn and can help him out after 6 with his ult in JG/River fights!
Rhaast/Yasuo can make great W airborne + Yas R combos to win fights!
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2. Why play Kayn over other junglers?
I believe Kayn's flexibility is his greatest asset ever, that and a bunch of other reasons. Having 2 different options to go for, 2 completely different champions basically: an insanely fast and snowball assassin that will 1 tap The Darkin Scythe: Shadow Assassin and a bruiser, teamfighting healing beast The Darkin Scythe: Rhaast.
I will go over forms more in detail in the later section, but that is the best thing about Kayn in my opinion. He's also very fun to play with his Shadow Step.
3. Why am I making this guide?
I have been playing Kayn for a while and have started streaming my gameplay and grind to becoming one of the best Kayn players in the world. I want to share what I learn on the way and help others get better at him, I also find it fun creating guides.
For blue form or The Darkin Scythe: Shadow Assassin this is a very powerful heavy carry form! You are going to have huge burst for their squishy targets and massive mobility with Shadow Step: Shadow Assassin (E), like an assassin should be :)
The Blade's Reach: Shadow Assassin will be a powerful tool to poke, also keep in mind other abilities can be used at the same time as the W.
On this form you have huge one shot potential on their carries! The Umbral Trespass: Shadow Assassin has increased ranged and damage and will allow you to blow up some ennemies.
Go for this form whenever you can one shot 3+ ennemies on the opposing team!
Only disclaimer for this form is to keep in mind you are still a very squishy target and should be careful with giving big shutdowns to the enemy as you can lose a lot of games like that!
He also falls off like any other assassin in later stages of the game so keep that in mind.
Good luck on The Darkin Scythe: Shadow Assassin games you monster!
The Darkin Scythe: Rhaast is usually my go to whenever our team needs a tankier front liner, or better teamfighting. He excels at fighting tankier targets due to his Max health damage on his Q Reaping Slash: Rhaast, your W Blade's Reach: Rhaast will airborne ennemies now and your R Umbral Trespass: Rhaast will heal you for their max health! But usually the way I simplify the choice is by looking at the enemy team, a good rule of thumb is if you can't one shot atleast 3 of them with The Darkin Scythe: Shadow Assassin then you are looking at a game of The Darkin Scythe: Rhaast.
I think Rhaast is very powerful form to allows you to make mistakes and still manage to carry most games whenever you are fed! He is much more forgiving than The Darkin Scythe: Shadow Assassin.
Good luck on your The Darkin Scythe: Rhaast games you beast!
|Dark Harvest||★ The Darkin Scythe: Shadow Assassin utilizes Dark Harvest the best out of any other rune, so usually almost every game The Darkin Scythe: Shadow Assassin games are Dark Harvest, unless the plan is to plan a bruiser build on Blue Kayn then Conqueror can be good in that situation.|
|Sudden Impact||★ The Darkin Scythe: Shadow Assassin makes great use of the increased lethality as well as the free magic penetration which can be useful with Blue Kayn's passive giving him bonus AP damage for the first 3s of combat.|
|Eyeball Collection||★ This is just the best option right now for The Darkin Scythe: Shadow Assassin in my opinion and most people that play Kayn go for Eyeball Collection|
|Ultimate Hunter||★ With the cooldown on Kayn's ultimate Umbral Trespass: Shadow Assassin being a little to long, having Ultimate Hunter is always clutch and very useful to snowball harder by ulting more often!|
|Nimbus Cloak||★ The extra speed you get from Nimbus Cloak is always great to have especially on an assassin like The Darkin Scythe: Shadow Assassin !|
|Conqueror||★ The Darkin Scythe: Rhaast utilizes Conqueror crazy freaking well, increased healing and some damage, AWESOME! Every game on The Darkin Scythe: Rhaast games are Conqueror,nothing beats Conqueror Rhaast, no other rune is as good!|
|Triumph||★ The Darkin Scythe: Rhaast gets even more healing when killing some with Triumph, why not, the more healing the better on my big boy Rhaast! Presence of Mind is another option to make sure you don't run out of mana but usually we purchase an early Tear of the Goddess so no worries there.|
|Legend: Tenacity||★ The Darkin Scythe: Rhaast does great with Legend: Tenacity|
|Last Stand||★ The Darkin Scythe: Rhaast does great with Last Stand as it gives him more damage when he is low, usually on Rhaast you ult at low HP, which combines well with Last Stand and it can also be clutch for a Q on low HP doing more damage, which in turn heals you more!|
|Sudden Impact||★ Some free increased damage whenever you use your Q, so why not :)|
|Ravenous Hunter||★ Ravenous Hunter is a great rune for just for one reason, MORE HEALING!! Although, Consider Ultimate Hunter is another great option as Ravenous Hunter got nerfed a little, so Umbral Trespass: Rhaast also gives a lot of healing and more ults!|
Once the bar is full, he can choose to either be overwhelmed by Rhaast or expel him to become the Shadow Assassin, based on whether he has damaged more melee or ranged champions, respectively. Once primed, the other option becomes available after 4 minutes. Kayn can continue collecting orbs for his other form to reduce the wait time.
The transformation can only be performed by interacting with Kayn's portrait while on the summoning platform, permanently changing his abilities.
Reaping slash Small Dash that procs damage x2 Kayn dashes forward, dealing 75 / 95 / 115 / 135 / 155 (+0.65 per bonus attack damage) physical damage to all enemies he passes through before flourishing his scythe, dealing the same damage again to surrounding enemies.
Both instances of Reaping Slash deal 40 bonus damage against minions and monsters.
Blade's reach AOE damage, After a short delay in which he can't perform any other actions, Kayn performs an upwards sweep with his scythe, dealing 90 / 135 / 180 / 225 / 270 (+ 1.3 per bonus attack damage) physical damage to all enemies in a line and slowing them by 90%, decaying over 1.5 seconds.
Shadow Step Allows you to go through walls Kayn gains 40% bonus movement speed, is ghosted and can ignore terrain collision for 1.5 seconds. Immobilizing effects will interrupt Shadow Step.
Kayn heals himself by 100 / 115 / 130 / 145 / 160 (+ 0.4 per bonus attack damage) upon moving through terrain for the first time and, if he's not in combat with enemy champions, Shadow Step's duration is increased to 7 / 7.5 / 8 / 8.5 / 9 seconds.
Entering combat with a champion after the effect is enhanced reduces the remaining duration to 1.5 seconds.
Umbral Trespass Go untargetable inside an enemy & deal damage on exit Passive: Kayn's basic attacks and abilities mark enemy champions for a few seconds.
Active: Kayn can activate Umbral Trespass to infest a marked enemy champion for up to 2.5 seconds, revealing them and becoming untargetable for the duration. Reactivating Umbral Trespass ends the effect early.
Upon reactivation or at the end of the duration, Kayn wrenches free from their body in the cursor's direction, dealing 150 / 250 / 350 (+ 1.75 per bonus attack damage) physical damage to the target.
1.First thing you MUST KNOW when playing Kayn is how his The Darkin Scythe passive stacks up orbs and how you get your form:
Put simply if you hit a melee champion you will get red orbs building towards The Darkin Scythe: Rhaast.
If you hit a ranged champion you will get blue orbs towards The Darkin Scythe: Shadow Assassin.
Whichever type of orb you have more than 50% of will determine which form you will get!
2.Another high risk strategy here is: starting on the enemy raptors while that enemy is doing his red brambleback and quickly unlocking Shadow Step to smite the red buff before the enemy is done taking it!
BOOM you just got 2 of their camps and they're super far behind!
Now for the Kayn early game, you have 2 options:
1.You go for a full-clear and scuttle and then look to affect the map through ganks or invading the enemy on respawning camps. When going for the full clear you will have that LVL 4 advantage over most junglers and could look to fight in the river for scuttle .
After scuttle, if you can't find any gank or invade opportunities you can look for an early back and grab yourself a Tear of the Goddess or what I prefer Long Sword and Ruby Crystal or x2 Long Sword.
2.As for option 2, this is a hyper aggressive playstyle where you look to clear 3 camps and start ganking around the map if you laners have that kill pressure, CC or better match-up.
Now another thing you can do is go for invades on weaker early game junglers, clearing 3 camps and looking to invade and kill them on their second buff, or steal some of their camps (careful here, watch your lane states - if you have pressure - before invading).
Honorable Mention:Starting on the enemy's 2nd buff and stealing that side of their jungler before quickly going to your own and clearing that as well (most effective in lower elos, where jungle is defended very well at the start).
Another high risk strategy mentioned in Tips & Tricks is: starting on the enemy raptors while that enemy is doing his red brambleback and quickly unlocking Shadow Step to smite the red buff before the enemy is done taking it!
BOOM you just got 2 of their camps and they're super far behind!
After your first back look to start clearing those respawning camps and actively watch your lanes for gank opportunities to get your form The Darkin Scythe as fast as possible! Don't force anything though remembering that Kayn isn't the strongest of early game champs and can get countered ganked or lose skirmishes against strong early lanes.
If you can't find any good ganks, powerfarming on Kayn is also a good option just remember that will have a delayed form, but at least you're not going for bad plays. Just don't make it a habits,leads are built in the early game and snowballed through the mid game!
Quick tip: Remember to leave stealth wards before you first back and switch to an Oracle Lens afterwards! If you watch my gameplay I sometimes keep my stealth wards to setup invades on the enemy jungler.
Now that you have your form, you will be so much stronger and able to fight all over the map assuming you are not very much behind! Now, like I said before: leads are built in the early game and snowballed through the mid game!
So right now you want to keep ganking any lane that you find opportunity on and look to secure every objective on the map.
Your playstyle will differ a lot depending on which form you are playing but always keeping an eye on your laners and looking for objectives is a good start.
Now let's go into each forms detailed game plan in the Mid to late game!
For The Darkin Scythe: Shadow Assassin, it's your time to shine you want to gank as much as possible, any time you see opportunity, go one shot someone! You can look for dives pretty easily with Kayn too, don't be scared but don't take unnecessary risk especially if you're ahead!
Keep pushing your lead, through ganks, objectives and clearing your jungle. Always prioritize ganking over farming! Look to end the game as soon as possible, hopefully by taking baron, as Shadow Assassin falls off in the late game.
If you do make it into the late game with Blue Kayn, you can still win, you will need to use your Shadow Step: Shadow Assassin and Blade's Reach: Shadow Assassin to poke before teammfights, you can also use Shadow Step: Shadow Assassin for temporary vision.
Whenever a fight breaks out your goal is always to kill the back line, the carrys!
For The Darkin Scythe: Rhaast if you got some early kills you will be huge, you can take big fights 3v3, 4v4 and destroy everyone! Rhaast is a teamfighting monster with his AOE airborne on Blade's Reach: Rhaast and huge healing from Reaping Slash, make sure to use your Goredrinker too, you can put it inside your Q.
Use your R on Rhaast, Umbral Trespass: Rhaast to either avoid important skill shot or better heal yourself after you become low hp.
You can also push leads very hard with Rhaast picks everywhere, anytime an enemy is out of position you can reach them with E and airborne quickly!
Thank you for reading our guide and making it all the way down here!
Kayn is an absolutely lovely champion, extremely fun to play and hard to get bored of...I hope you guys get awesome at him and enjoy playing him!
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