Katarina Build Guide by Katawina52
S11 Katawina's challenger EUW Katarina guideBy Katawina52 | Updated on March 1, 2021
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Runes: Conqueror (vs tankier enemies/Skirmish player)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+15-90 HP (lvls 1-18)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+15-90 HP (lvls 1-18)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+15-90 HP (lvls 1-18)
+10% Attack Speed
Ability Order Conqueror
Threats & Synergies
Look for trades pre 6, after that the lane gets way harder. You can go Verdant Barrier here if you struggle a lot vs an Akali so it's way easier to survive. If you're struggling, resolve tree is a good option (go Second Wind, not Bone Plating) to be more forgiving when she pokes you with Q. Remember that you can ult while Akali is in her shroud it's really useful to know that. When you're low hp try your best to play conservative and reset, she can easly dive with her mobility + shroud.
Go for trades the moment she Q's a minion or just go for Q poke. You can go for an all in as long as you're healthy enough to do so else she just Q-W ignite and you die. Be careful level 6 and onward, she has an advantage with R. Also make sure to not engage in a teamfight when you see that annie didnt use her stunned R yet because it can easly oneshot you + it cc's you which fks you hard. Verdant Barrier here is really good first item if you struggle a lot vs her because it removes her oneshot potential. Mercs is really good vs annie, if they have more cc's.
Really hard early due to his poke. Go d shield with second wind in secondary runes and try to engage after he uses Q, but mostly u wanna do nothing in this lane and wait for jungler/skirmishes. D uring an all in be mindful of his ability to R you into danger (tower, enemys etc) so always E infront of him and walk back. Try and make sure you have your E up by W'ing instantly when you go in and if he ults you there will be a dagger waiting to disengage. Do not all in until you have a health advantage.
Skill dependant early game since it depends too much how you dodge her Qs. Never go for an all in if she hits one. You can utilize your dash to prevent her poke. If she is focused on poking you early her mana pool can be severly effected if you can dodge properly. Her W fks you really hard aswell so it depends how you can play around that (never Eing into a vulnerable position to get grounded). Once you have bork/Verdant Barrier its a really easy all in because of the ult trick ill tell next. Important trick vs Cass: When you jump in and used your W-Q etc slightly look back really quick the opposite way cass is standing at and then u press R, this way you will never get hit by her R, really easy trick and useful one vs Cass if u go for an all-in.
In the long run Cho will always win cuz of his sustained passive. This is why u should always look for hard all in's once you're level 2/3+. This matchup is gonna depend enterily how u play the all in. For example at level 3 with ConQ you can kill him depending if he's pushing or not (U always want Cho to push so u can always look for the all in) If u go for the all in make sure he doesn't hit all his spells on you, u can make it easier by waiting for him to use Q/W or E on minions or waste to poke on you then u can also look for an all in and it should be easier. Mercs vs cho is really good if more ccs elsewhere.
(Always go conq vs diana) You can easly kill her before her first back so lvls 3-6 mostly, but this is the only window you have and if you didn't kill her before that she will just win every trade thanks to her tankiness. You can go Wits Endvs Diana to survive WAY easier, however I would only recommend taking it if the enemy jungler is AP as well. If you look to kill her before her back make sure to E in when she uses her Q to dodge and prevent her double E. This should almost always win the trade and you can of course use this trick after her first back, but she will likely win with R and her raw tankiness. Else just wait for 2v2/3v3/4v4 fights or your bork and you can be stronger than her (better go 0-0 than risk 1v1 if u think u cant)
Yep this matchup is just too hard after the first back even worse than Diana. Try to kill him before that by going for short trades (harass combo on important kata stuff no. 2) this is the most effective way to trade with a Fizz. Rush Verdant Barrier, Look for roams and don't even try to 1v1 him anymore if you didn't kill him pre first back.
(always go Conqueror vs Galio) If he E's in and you're healthy at (mostly) all levels you can all him after he procs aftershock (you should have conq in this matchup). Being healthy when fighting is key! If you are both at equal health you will most likely lose the trade. If you can dodge his E with yours, go in after and you shouldn't lose (mostly killable pre first back). Lane gets EXTREME hard to kill once he has some component item and some levels, but you should still be able to kill it depending on his spell usage. Galio can set up ganks very well so keep an eye on the enemy jungler and how he is pathing. Follow his ult roam and try to move already when he is going to move so you're there way earlier. Mercs good vs Galio if they have more CCs
His Q poke is the most annoying part of this matchup but you can counter this easly by going D shield and Second wind 2nd. However, I prefer to just go sword and domination 2nd cuz he is easly killable if you find optimal all ins (health adv and whatnot), but this is personal preference, I STILL GO DEFENSIVE RUNES VS THIS MATCHUP MOST OF TIMES CUZ ITS JUST TOO OBNOXIOUS. Also small tip on his barrels you can do is E'ing him or the barrel and then AAing the 1 hp barrel to remove it so you have a higher chance of winning.
You lose a lot of kill presure after lvl 6, his R can not only deny a kill but also your resets in fights. Play agressive pre 6, but make sure you wait until he used his Q on a wave which he will likely always do. Tell your jungler to play agressive aswell to abuse the pre 6 2v2. After level 6 you should avoid focussing him a majority of the time so he doesn't deny your reset while you waste spells on him. For example, in a 2v2 at 6 you would always want to focus the jungler no matter who it is. Mercs good into ekko if more cc.
If I'm being honest, just dont trade him and tell your jungler to stay away. That's all heimer wants, and doing so dooms this matchup. Only way to kill him is if he goes ignite/tp and you've poked him down in lane with harass combo (n. 2 on basic kata tips), but I wouldn't even risk doing this because it's not worth the outplay potential you need to do. Better to avoid doing what he wants and push>roam/2v2 fight. You're way stronger there than in lane. Mercs good vs heimer if they have more cc's.
Irelia should have a hard favour in this matchup, but it's killable if you can dodge/avoid her E. If you use your dash to avoid her spells you can deny her Q resets (if you got hit by her E/R). If her E/R hits you will hard lose the trade and most likely die, that's why I put this matchup towards the Hard catagory. The better her mechanics, the harder the matchup gets and u won't ever win 1v1's if the irelia is not bad at her champion even if you'r 3-0.
Go Dshield and second wind here, Seekers rush is really good aswell. You can go for trades, but make sure you're healthy enough and that you're not fighting in a wave. Make sure to always E out after a trade to prevent his melee trades. You should be able to trigger your abilities before him, so minimizing the time he has to use his after yours is the best approach to the lane, dont bother trading if he has hexdrinker.
[My ban with Zoe] At first I thought Kassadin was an easy matchup after s11 changes, because of how squishy he became and Katarina can rush AD early, but if Kassadin rushes seekers u will do absolutely no damage and he will oneshot you. The only way to win this matchup is by going for trades with sword either all in with conQ or short trades into all in electro before he has his seekers, after he has it this lane is doomed 1v1 and he will likely hardcore outscale u.
Play very agressive. There's no way you can lose trades anytime if you combo correctly by dodging his w (unless u maybe fight in a huge wave?) U can even wait for him to use spells on wave cuz he wants to perma shove then u can strike aswell. His combo should do little to no damage if all he can hit is his Q. Don't let him take your jglers camps so try to stop him by hovering the camp he wants to take or getting your jungler to move with you for easy 2v1. Him extending into your jungle should cause him to be in a vulnerable map possition for an easy kill, especially early game.
Try dodging her W with your E when she Qs, she becomes pretty predictable with her combo rotation. At lvl 6 you can look for more all-ins but make sure to keep your R for the end or you're gonna end up wasting it thanks to her W - R mobility. At 1/2 items you should have the one-shot advantage on her. If they have an ap jgler go Wits End. Mercs fine if they have more cc's.
Careful for her Q expansion when she Qs a minion, try to play around that by dodging left/right. You can go easly for all ins, because her damage isn't that high especially if her aftershock is down. Her strong suit is a lot of cc so careful for gank setup. Mercs vs Lissandra is extremely good even if they dont have a lot of cc cuz it makes her W + R significantly weaker (adds even more with legend tenacity in runes) Sometimes I even like to go Resolve 2nd with Bone Plating and Unflinching if they have more CC besides Lissandra so you have like 61% tenacity.
This is the hardest matchup together with Tristana I would say, Go electro with resolve second: Second Wind, Overgrowth and double armor runes. Start Dshield or Cloth if you want a chance to survive. If enemy has heavy AD damage (jungle/mid especially) a seekers rush 100%. Dont go for trades unless you have teammates near. (I would dodge if they have elise/taliyah/karthus jgl cuz then you can't stack armor) Remember that surviving early is key with matchups like Trist/Panth/Lucian that's why not stacking armor can be really annoying.
Just dodge her skillshots 4Head. Might be stupid but that's a big part of the matchup since all her damage = skillshots. You can easly dodge with your E mobility and W movement speed if she throws a Q or you could E her the moment she Qs. If she holds her Q for so long (which is the correct play for her), you're gonna have way more prio in lane so you can easly roam. Mercs vs lux is really good (you can go out of her Q with mercs before her R activates), but I still pref sorcs vs squishies unless they have more cc's. Vs higher elo's/good lux mains just go D Shield and play safe and outscale hard in teamfights/skirmishes.
The Poke on his Q is really annoying, you can go Dshield and second wind to make his poke 1000x less annoying. If you go Wits End into rift , his kill presure drops pretty significantly, Cuz MR fucks AP Malphite hard.
Pre 6 it's really easy to kill and have prio/pressure in lane. All in him when he uses E on minion or you could just all in when you're healthy enough. Once he has Lost Chapter it's more annoying because he can perma push the wave. Pre 6 you should just look for trades all the time becasue you can't lose them, but once he gets 6 and lost chapter you can never walk up and you have to accept his push and just push after. Careful for his silence even after he uses it it's still active for a second so you can still get hit by it. I dont like to buy qss because it hinders your dmg too much unless you're snowballing then you should go for a qss else just position really well and dont go in too early and have patience(which you should always do once he has 6)
Impossible at lvl 6 to go in or you will just die. Killable pre 6 unless he hits Q+E, Try to go in when he looks to Q so you dodge and damage him at the same time. Only buy qss if your snowballing, else just position better and have patience.
Dodge her Q :). You can poke her out easly with the harass combo (2nd tip). You make it easier for yourself if you do the combo inside a minion wave or between so she cant hit her Q as easly. Also mercs is extremely good vs morg if they have other cc champs.
Really really really annoying poke early and it's hard to go in if she holds on her root. Go dshield here and maybe even second wind to deal with her obnoxious poke. Once you have bork/harvest or more you should be 100000x more useful in fights unless she gets an insane ult with follow up, so try to survive the annoying poking early then scale in fights. Another great champ to buy Mercs into if more cc is in the game.
This matchup is quite interesting, because I didn't play often vs it. Make sure when you go in that you always have the ability to escape when he uses his fear on you, if you do get feared you just automatically get fked in the trade. So ALWAYS go for the harass trades (tip 2 on general kata tips) Resolve 2ndary is good vs nocturne with boneplating for his all in when he has ult or when you go for the short trade. Just make sure you match his roams and follow it so you can be there asap, beacause nocturne likes to perma roam after 6.
Almost impossible to kill her if she's good. You will just get hard poked early and she will have perma prio while you cant go for the cs, especially if she has barrier/exhaust too its hard to all in her. Ori's biggest weakest is probably ganks and if your jungler can force a 2v2 or gank mid and you can grab kills and snowball hard. If you get a lead she will be useless and can be oneshot for the rest of the game. Never go for an extended trade with an Orianna! Go in and out because of her passive aa's so keep it short always in lane or just dont go for trades at all which is the more safe option.
Go resolve second here with Bone Plating (for his all in). Start Dshield or Cloth and rush Seekers. I would avoid fighting him early unless you're in 2v2 scenario with a health advantage since its so easy to get dove by Pantheon and there's no way you win any trades early game especially if he has full stacks. Once you have one or two items this game should be way easier since you're way stronger in teamfights, but there's a reason hes on the hardest, not inting a pantheon is the hard part since it's easy gank setup + his E makes it easy to dive you so be careful. (I would dodge if they have elise/taliyah/karthus jgl cuz then you can't stack armor) Remember that surviving early is key with matchups like Trist/Panth/Lucian that's why not stacking armor can be really annoying.
Care for his level 1 cheese when he has hail of blades. He will most likely start E and remove 50+% hp from you lvl 1. This lane probably has the least action thanks to pyke wanting to perma roam 24/7, but you for sure have the upperhand in lane and should take advantage of it by going for trades. Never E into a pyke so you can't be vurneble to his E/Q CC. Just E in on Q dagger and W then E out again.
Go Bone Plating/Overgrowth or Unflinching (depends how much cc they have) always vs Qiyana for her all in trades. When she goes in just W-Q her and trade back. If your boneplating is up, you should win this most of the times. Remember to never all in her near a wall to prevent her chain cc from R/blue Q. If they have an AD jgler its a really easy matchup if you just rush seekers. Make sure to use the short trades harass (tip 2 on general kata tips) with qiyana aswell in lane if you want to be the one that trades first.
Annoying as fk matchup because of his burst damage. Go Bone Plating with Overgrowth or Unflinching (depending how much cc they have). You always want to rush seekers or he will just oneshot you instantly, so even if they have an ap jungler you would want to buy that. When he E's in try to E out and prevent his stun combo. You can go for trades with renekton but I highly recommend only going in if u have Bone Plating up or you almost always auto lose the trade.
Second Wind with Overgrowth and Dshield are needed. He will poke you out really obnoxiously and those items are the only counter strategy. Try to not lose too much hp early so dont look for trades really at all. Just play safe and regenerate up with dshield and your 2ndary runes. Look for jungler to fight with so you have a way more chance of winning. Only way to 1v1 a rumble is if you hard all in him, but I wouldn't suggest doing this unless his meter is low and if you have bork/ Verdant Barrier.
Easly killable and gankable especially if he goes conqueror instead of phase rush. Kinda annoying lane pre 6 while he has root up, so try avoiding it until you are level 6 or until you make a play with your jungler (your 2v2 is 1000x better than ryze early so keep that in mind). Once you have Bork/Wits end it shouldn't be hard so look for all in oneshots when you have it.
Can treat her like other poke champs. She can be oppressive to new players that struggle with dodging and CD management. If you struggle with this, take DShield and second wind. Mind her stun and Q, which she can easily hit through minionwaves, much like neeko. Much like other poke champs, as the two of you get items and levels you will begin to outdamage her and build a lead if you haven't already. Also all ins should be easily winnable so look for those only if you're healthy enough (didn't get poked out hard)
Really annoying poker when solo lane Soraka is in meta. Get Dshield with Second Wind if you struggle too much vs it. Her silence counters Katarina really hard so make sure to look for all ins after she uses it.
Really easy. You can't have troubles vs a Swain unless you eat every E and Q he uses (If hes good at hitting it its gonna be hard to cs tbh). He should always be vulnerable to an all in and your mobility fks him hard too if you go in and out while he uses spells and your R cuts 60% of his R healing. Just make sure he used his E before you ult.
Almost unbeatable when he has points in his W. Try to kill him early levels while he has no items with d blade/long sword. Unfortunately thanks to his W trades are pretty unwinnable (3+ points in W) so look to play safe until jgler makes a play. He is really bad in 2v2/3v3 scenarios where as Katarina is really strong there. Once you have bork/wits end you can look for all ins, but only if he used his E else it's pointless to go for it. Make sure to always ult instantly as soon as possible when you go for an all in, because you will make his W only heal 40% which is really crucial.
Hard early if she pokes you out with Q without autoattacking (minions wont aggro her then). You can look for basic combo trade when she goes for a Q. Once she does you should look to E>W her. This is the best opportunity to trade as her combo rotation will be on CD. Verdant Barrier extremely good if they have an ap jgler else I'd suggest rushing Bork for easy oneshot potential on her. Make sure to not use ult if she didnt use her E yet. Mercs are really good aswell vs Syndra.
Probably easiest matchup in existance just go in and win, but serious :). Your mobility is really insane even if she tries to knock you. You should never be able to get hit by it unless she is cheesing in a bush and you walk up. 2v2s are an easy win unless they have a chain cc jgler which is really good with taliyah, but even then you shouldnt ever lose it if you focus same target with your jungler. Once you have Bork/Wits end just perma oneshot her.
Kinda skill matchup hard-favoured for Talon if he plays correctly. Never go for a trade if he has his W-Q up or you just auto lose it thanks to his passive and you will be 10% hp. Out of experience from playing 100000x vs Talon I can guarantee you he will use his W or Q on wave or to poke you with W. Once he uses his Q/W on a wave then you can look for an all in or trade. Bone Plating 2nd into Talon is really good. Also rush seekers if they got an ad jungler. Make sure to never fight a talon if he has his spells up, especially he has ult.
Same thing as Lucian (see above for runes and item preferences). The only difference is that I prefer taking Exhaust into her beacause she can hard all-in with her W. Being able to reduce her kill pressure is a higher priority than increasing your own with ignite. (I would dodge if they have elise/taliyah/karthus jgl cuz then you can't stack armor.) Remember that surviving early is key with matchups like Trist/Panth/Lucian that's why not stacking armor can be really annoying.
1v1 this lane is not a problem at all. You can look for him to load up his W and he will probably blue card for mana on minion or red for shove. If u walk up a bit forward and backward while he loads up his card you can make him waste it on a minion and then you just go in and auto win the trade (I use this a lot, because most tf's dont want to waste mana and they only want the gold card if you walk up too far). The reason I give this a medium is, because his gank set up is really annoying 1 stun while enemy jungle is near and you're dead so be careful for that before you go in. Mercs vs TF is really good and I even go Unflinching 2nd if they have even more CC. TF is also the only laner where you could go cleanse, but never go mercs if you go cleanse.
You can literally E out or in while he cages so if you lose 1v1 you're doing something extremely wrong. You can always look for basic combo on veigar when you're in E range and you cant lose. Just make sure to not get hit by his stun or you're fked, but with your mobility you really have to fk up hard. This lane should be perma kill pressure for you, only way to lose is if enemy jungler camps u.
Only a bit hard, because he can keep distance and poke you out hard early game. Try to always dodge his spells and always walk in front or backwards when he Qs. Really vurnable to ganks and in 2v2/3v3 you should be way stronger so use that to your strength. Careful for his passive true damage if he hits his spells it can hurt a lot.
His early poke is unbearable. Go Dshield with Second Wind if you struggle a lot. If you're healthy enough and survived at lvl 3 and he doesnt have barrier/exhaust look for all ins. You will win them for sure if he doesn't have barrier/exhaust, but make sure once again that you're healthy enough and that you don't let his W stun you. You could go for regular conqueror runes and sword start instead of resolve 2nd too, but then you coinflip the fact that you're gonna kill him early on without being poked to oblivion so it's up to you and your playstyle. Also remember that his R cancels your R so dont use your R when he didn't use it yet.
If you don't kill this champ before his first back you can forget ever killing him again in a 1v1. Pre first back you have the upperhand and pressure for sure so make use of that. You can just combo him and let him waste his W which makes him easly gankable and killable, also going ELECTROCUTE can make this lane way easier early stages. Use mostly E>W>Q vs vlad pre first back. If he has no pool look for all in trades again. FF the game if you didn't kill him before his first back and you can't pull off roams after that cuz he will 1v9 the game most of the times (pull off roams after first back and dont bother trading him anymore beacause of his sustain/dmg/tankiness in health :D). Wits End/Verdant rush if AP jgl always.
Resolve with Bone Playing and Overgrowth and Sekeers rush if you don't want his E-Q to take 70% of your health. If he E's you just W-Q and hit both daggers to trade back. Never E>W onto him or he will just insta clone and then you waste your abilities. Remember that his R doesn't do that much damage to you so don't be afraid to fight back when he goes in.
Same as Velkoz, but tiny bit easier. His poke is just as annoying, but way easier to all in. When you E>W>Q in always make sure you continue to move around to avoid his E. This matchup depends a lot on how good you are at dodging and how good Xerath is at hitting. Dont be afraid to go for all ins after level 6 and in 2v2s you should hard win unless you take too much poke. Mercs vs xerath is good if they have more cc's.
Keep track on the minion wave while you're laning, the more minions the easier it is for Yasuo to perma E around like a headless chicken making it hard to trade properly. Yasuo is really vulnerable to ganks because he enjoys perma E'ing in so ping your jungler. Try to always let him come to you when you go for trades so he takes minion aggro aswell, so just let him E in and then you use your W > E onto W (remember that your E resets your autoattack, you're gonna use this a lot in the Yasuo matchup) Try to hold onto your Q as long as possible so he can't windwall it and render it useless (also useful tip in 2v2 fight or if your jungler ganks you). Also remember that fights in the jungle/river are way worse yasuo, because he can't perma E like he can on a minion wave so try to force fights there with your team.
This matchup is Hard once he gets some attack speed and is medium in the early phase, But even if hes 0-3 he will win trades which makes it a hard champ anyway. Go sword 1st always and try to look for trades when his Q empower isn't up or close to up (hit q 1x) OR u E in behind when he Q's in with his wind. E>W him and AA AA and E out is what u mostly wanna do to trade a yone. Always go Bork vs Yone for the strong autoattacks and all ins. Can go Seekers if u still struggle in the matchup early game. Careful for his R hitbox since its really bs, just E out if he ults or u will get hit by it and auto lose unless u 100% know u can dodge it by walking. In this matchup I love going Boneplating , because u can look for those E>W> AA trades whenever ur boneplating is up and u would win it most of the times in the early lane phase. Going Electrocute can really help too for short early trades to dominate him, so try to play around and see what fits u more (electro or conq boneplating)
Zed will almost always try Q you and minions at the same time so always keep your guard up to dodge his Q. When Zed W's in just E him so he cant E-Q as easly also fighting him while his energy is low is really good to know. Pre 6 you should be able to beat him hard. After level 6 the lane gets way harder, because if he all ins you and hits his Qs you're almost dead already so play pre 6 agressive and post 6 safe. Resolve 2nd vs Zed is pretty good for Boneplating for his all in and so is Seekers rush.
Ziggs' base dmg is really fking high so if he hits 2 Qs early you're already 60% hp, so obviously not getting hit by his poke is key in this matchup. Dont stand near minions because his Q aoe explodes on minions so it's way easier for him to hit you. All ins aren't that easy too cuz of his knockup when you go in, but you can still do a fairly decent amount of damage by just standard trade comboing him and once you have Bork/Wits end you can probably look to perma kill him aswell. So just make sure you survive his early high dmg poke. Also dont roam too much vs a ziggs or he will take ur inhibitor tower in 15 mins.
You can almost always go in in this matchup and be stronger in 2v2/3v3 situations. Only thing you should be careful of are his double bombs so make sure you have your E up when he tries to hit them or if you go for a trade to just move around to avoid it and not be hit as easly. Once you're both 6 his ult is really fking annoying because it cucks your resets so hard. Thats why in 2v2/3v3/4v4 situations you should never look to all in 1 single person, but rather be patient and look for the aoe dmg or the frontline kill with your team, if u do look for that backline kill and he ults it you're left with no spells and you sit there awkardly.
(My ban cuz aids champ) Her W is really annoying so you have to make sure you're not fighting her while she has a summoner spell (she probably uses nimbus cloak) so she gets 1000 movement speed from it and just avoids your dagger damage or ult. Look for short harass trades 24/7 with zoe until shes a bit lower so you can look for the final all in (tip 2 on general kata tips) and dodge out her sleep by side stepping when beggining a trade like other cc champs. Never use your ult if she didnt miss her sleep yet. After that you have a free all in (if she doesnt have a W spell ofcourse with nimbus cloak). I like going electrocute into Zoe and rush Vardent.
Always go for short trades, Aatrox will beat you otherwise. For example: Q minion > E on Q dagger > W out Go for short trades and E out always (look tip 2 on important kata stuff) until hes lower HP by your poke and then you can go for an all in. Walk left/right if he w's so you can get out easly. You can go Resolve second with Bone Plating and Overgrowth it's really good vs Aatrox.
Depends a lot on Ahri's E if you're good at dodging it better than Ahri is at hitting it you should win this. When you're looking to trade an Ahri always move around left right etc(for her charm), never go in without trying to dodge. You could use the minions to your advantage when you go in so she can't hit her E as easly. Mercs is really good vs Ahri if they have other cc's aswell.
Shouldn't be a hard lane and if u struggle with it try to avoid her in lane (she got a bit strong after buffs so try to wait for skirmishes and ur way stronger), because there's almost no way you can die unless you get hit a lot with Q. The only way she can kill you is by hitting the Q's. That's why dodging her Q's are key, if you go for a trade always look to move right/left/up/down just like Ahri's E. If she uses her Q for wave or to poke you and misses, look to play really aggro. Be mindfull of her egg when going for an all in while being low hp. She can use her passive to bait her jungler so don't go for an all in unless you know where the jungler is (if she has egg up).
Always look to play agressive since you can almost never lose an all in once you're lvl 3+ (always E behind him), but careful with his stun if you're fighting in a minion wave, the best way for him to beat you is with a well placed stun. Try your best to match his roams. He will always be there first thanks to his E, but if you move instantly you should be able to influence a skirmish harder than he can.
Pretty easy matchup thanks to your mobility so always move sporadically when he tries to hit his spells. Mercs vs brand is really good if they have more sources of CC. All in if he doesn't have his Q up.
Fairly easy matchup because you can almost always look for an all in trade and if he w's away he is way more vulnerable to ganks. His kill pressure mostly comes from his abilities (Q and W early, R later) so try your best to play around his cooldowns. Anticipate his use of Qs on the wave and when you walk up to last hit, if you manage to do so properly you can confidently poke him out. Always follow his package roams since you are way more useful in skirmishes than he is even if you're a bit behind.
Just play agressive at all times, only time you can lose is if she has consistent accuracy with her Qs. Dodge those and you should be fine. Once you have bork/wits end, you should be able to all in over and over. Mercs is good vs Karma if they have more cc's, but pref sorcs due to her vulnerability to getting solo'd.
Impossible to ever kill 1v1 he has everything in his kit that counters Kat: (Sustain/CC/Burst/Mobility) Just avoid him 1v1 always or u will lose no matter how good u play it.
Seekers rush and boneplating and just farm up u wont ever win trades vs a sett, so no point trading.
Should give u no trouble unless she perma hits her roots and burst, if u struggle in this just go D shield and play laning safe and wait for jungler/skirmishes (she is extreme easily gankable), look for E's when she uses root in or out.
Insane presence on the map with his R shield and CC (insane for skirmishes with a strong skirmish champ like kata)
Best jungler with kata (snowbally just like kat + hes strong as hell early game so u can almost win every skirmish with reksai)
Just good frontline cc champs (not just ornn)
Really good with kata cuz of his CC engae and his ult which locksdown people.
Like Jarvan , insane frontline cc engager.
Strong early game and he likes to fight people , so does Kata.
Same as graves, Rengar likes to fight people and so does Kata.
Frontline CCer like j4/zac
Frontline CCer like j4/zac
Insane engager for Kata + u can go in and he can follow you by E'ing you into R-W for a great setup.
0 synergy cuz taliyah needs cc setup to play her champ easier which kata doesn't have and u both are AP damage.
0 synergy cuz Nidalee needs cc setup to play her champ easier which kata doesn't have and u both are AP damage
Even though you're both ap , Elise is a monster in the early game and she has CC + mobility so u can easly snowball (not ideal cuz both heavy ap dmg)
Like all the other tanks , frontline cc.
AP dmg + Ekko needs time to be strong which Kata doesn't like since u wanna fight people early game, but atleast he has good cc and his ult.
Even though Lilia is AP damage her cc and mobility really makes up for it, just like Elise she is still a strong paring with Katarina even though you're both heavy AP dmg (not ideal, because of it tho)
Strong 2v2s with a good Lee Sin on your team.
Just op dueling and he can facetank ccs
Nunu & Willump
Frontline cc engage
Insane engage champ combined with his ult he can stall + cc enemies really nicely for Katarina
AP dmg + Eve needs time to be strong which Kata doesn't like since u wanna fight people early game, but atleast he has good cc and his ult (same as Ekko)
Really insane cc + engage (not ideal cuz both ap damage)
Perma shielding so of course its ideal, 1 small lead and u are 30-0 rlly unskilled combo.
Kha likes to fight and pick enemies and so does Kata so its a nice combo.
Both ap dmg, but karthus does insane aoe dmg so u synergy good, but only if karthus is fed farm/kills wise.
This one is really tricky, Kindred's ult can both win u games and lose u games if used good or bad so I'll put it on strong, cuz if used correctly u get free resets.
Wants to afk farm and do nothing early game and take objectives, just bad combo with Kata + she is AP aswell (not none like taliyah/nida cuz she atleast frontline scales in fights)
Extreme good with kata, insane Engage/Tankyness/CC
Extreme good after kata's on hit changes (your E/daggers/ult apply his passive)
Champion Build Guide
Hello everyone, my name is Katawina and welcome to the long-awaited Katarina guide. I’ve been playing Katarina since Season 4, and have reached EUW Challenger for several seasons with her in a row now. I peaked at rank 40 in S9 as a Kata OTP.
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When playing Katarina, you should choose either Flash and Ignite or Ignite and Teleport. You can take either of these setups in every matchup, however, I’d recommend you go Exhaust against Tristana to stop her all-in, and take Cleanse against champions like Twisted Fate if u struggle.
|Flash allows you to make flashy plays, escape ganks and dodge damage.|
|Ignite gives you extra kill pressure in lane.|
|Teleport can be used to counter ganks, help your allies and get back to lane faster.|
|Exhaust will stop burst damage. Only take in certain matchups such as against Tristana.|
|Cleanse will help you escape sticky situations. Only take vs champions with point and click CC like Twisted Fate.|
I prefer to take Conqueror as the main rune page, but you do have some flexibility depending on the matchup you’re in. You can take alternative secondary runes depending on the matchup too.
General pointers for Conq setup:
+ Swap armor/magic resistance depending on the matchup.
+ Take health if you’re unsure what enemy you’re against (a flex pick).
+ Always take Ravenous Hunter with Conqueror.
+ Alternative second picks are Bone Plating + Second Wind or Overgrowth + Unflinching.
+ Go double armor/magic resistance if the enemy has AD/AP mid + jungle.
Electrocute is a viable option when the enemy laner and the enemies team as a whole are squishy. Electrocute is good for laning and is stronger in the early game than Conqueror. The Conqueror rune is better versus tankier enemies and skirmishes which is why I love it over electro/dark harvest.
However, you can technically get away with taking either rune setups, it all comes down to personal preference and your playstyle, because you could go conqueror with the electro build path aswell.
General pointers for Electrocute:
+ Swap Coup de Grace or Triumph for Legend: Tenacity if the enemy has a lot of CC.
+ Swap armor/magic resistance depending on the matchup
+ Take health if you’re unsure what enemy you’re against (a flex pick).
+ Alternative second picks are Absolute Focus + Gathering Storm or Bone Plating + Second Wind or finally Overgrowth + Unflinching.
+ Ravenous hunter for the sustain if u prefer that, I like taking both.
> Long Sword start will be your main starting item if you’re intending to rush Blade of the Ruined King or Wit's End as your 1st item.
> If you’re in a tough matchup or a poke matchup, go for a Doran's Shield start. This will offer you some extra protection during the very early game.
> If you don’t want to go Blade of the Ruined King / Wit's End as your 1st item, take Doran's Blade or if you go Electrocute and want an offensive item.
> Dark Seal is another option if you’ve gone for Electrocute. If the game is full of squishy champions and it looks like you’ll be able to snowball, start Dark Seal. make sure to never go this with Conqueror.
Core Build Path:
Your general item build will depend on a variety of factors including the matchup, your team composition and the enemy team composition. I’ve gone ahead and put some more info in the matchups section and broke down what I would build against each champion.
Versus tankier enemy team compositions:
Situational items: Void Staff, Lich Bane, Zhonya's Hourglass, Rabadon's Deathcap.
This build is good against tanky team compositions who have multiple tanks such as a tank Jungler, Top, Support or a tanky Mid laner like Galio. If the enemy has more tanks, go with this build. Always use Conqueror
If your team has 1/2/3 other AP carries:
Situational items: Sterak's Gage, Death's Dance, Guardian Angel.
When your team has multiple AP champions such as an AP bot laner, damage-dealing Support, AP Jungler or whatnot, build AD items so the enemy doesn’t stack MR and block all your damage. Take this build with Conqueror.
Versus squishy lanes and squishy teams:
Situational items: Void Staff, Zhonya's Hourglass, Rabadon's Deathcap, Lich Bane, Banshee's Veil.
If the enemy has a lot of squishy champions, this is a good build as it offers you a lot of burst. You can go with this build if you have Electrocute, Dark Harvest and I’ve even started taking Conqueror with this build which I love A LOT.
For lower elo's or versus squishies while having a hard lane:
Situational items: Void Staff, Zhonya's Hourglass, Rabadon's Deathcap, Lich Bane, Banshee's Veil.
Go Dark Harvest if you're in lower elo (Below diamond) or if the enemies are all squishy and you're in an unkillable matchup, but remember that if u take this rune u MUST ignore laning phase and wait for skirmishes/roams, also always take ignite/tp so u can snowball easier while having a snowbally rune.
For fun build/Kata top
Situational items: Death's Dance, Titanic Hydra, Sterak's Gage, Ravenous Hydra, Gargoyle Stoneplate, Thornmail, Guardian Angel.
Go these items/rune if you're top Katarina vs a melee or for fun vs a melee , remember to never go this if u lane vs a ranged opponent.
General Build Advice:
+ Find your own build path and adapt your build according to the matchup and game you’re in. Use my builds as an example and build from there. You may favour different build paths for Katarina and that’s okay! She is super versatile and can build a ton of different items. For example you can go Night Harvester instead of Hextech Rocketbelt or u can even build no mythic item or Blade of the Ruined King > Nashor's Tooth > Wit's End > situational etc etc so many different paths so see for yourself what u enjoy the most and like the most. For me personally I go every single path (vs tankier enemies Riftmaker, Squishier stuff Electrocute, Top kata vs melee Grasp of the Undying, Full on-hit path Blade of the Ruined King > Nashor's Tooth > Wit's End > Situational. And with each of these I swap the build path aswell, for example if I feel like going Conqueror for skirmishes but enemies are still squishy I go Conqueror with the Electro path ( Hextech Rocketbelt).
> Go Mercury's Treads if the enemy has a lot of CC or AP champions.
> Go Ninja Tabi if the enemy has lots of AD champions Conqueror only
> Versus Assassins like Fizz, Kha'Zix or Zed, always invest in a Zhonya's Hourglass.
> Always rush Seeker's Armguard if the enemy has an AD Mid laner.
> Always rush Verdant Barrier vs ap mid + jungle or vs only ap mid if u struggle.
> If the enemy has AP Mid Laner and Jungler or if you’re in a really hard matchup or if enemies are heavy ap, you can get Wit's End or/and Verdant Barrier as your first core item.
> Build Sorcerer's Shoes as your main pair of sneakers.
Takedowns on enemy champions within 3 seconds of being damaged by Katarina reduce her abilities' current cooldowns by 15 seconds.
Whenever Katarina picks up a Dagger, she slashes around herself dealing damage to nearby targets. Retrieving a Dagger also reduced her Shunpo cooldown.
Daggers take 1 second to land and disappear after 4 seconds.
|Katarina throws a Dagger at the target enemy that bounces to up to 2 nearby enemies, dealing damage to each target. The Dagger then lands 350 units opposite from where it struck the target.|
|Katarina tosses a Dagger into the air and games bonus movement speed for a small period of time.|
|Katarina blinks to a target location dealing damage to the nearest enemy. Shunpo is an auto attack reset.|
|Katarina channels for up to 2.5 seconds, spinning rapidly and hitting the closest 3 enemy champions. Her Death Lotus applies on-hit effects and inflicts grievous wounds to targets.|
Against harder matchups where the enemy has the range or poke advantage, your goal is to survive the very early game and first few levels. Pick up as much farm as you can, but avoid losing a lot of HP in return. If you lose a lot of health early, you will not be able to go for an early all-in, but keep in mind that the only time you want to go for an all in is if u got Long Sword/ Doran's Blade/ Dark Seal ( Dark Seal for short trades). U can play the lane like this or u can go Doran's Shield and not trade at all although I would only suggest this in higher Elo's.
A way to play the laning phase as I mentioned before is either the safe route with Doran's Shield which I only suggest in higher Elo's OR the rest which is going for trades and play aggressive although its important to know that Katarina is in no way a strong laner so don't give up if u cant win laning phases, because over-time it will get way easier. So if u go for the aggressive route u will always want to start off by short trading, so for example: Q a minion > E to the Q dagger when it lands > W out or W and stay in the W to hit the dagger > E out. After u short traded u can look for an all in as long as u know where the enemy jungler is roughly. Remember that u need to be healthy before u decide to all in, dont ever all in if you're not healthy , because if u go for an all in u will probably also get minion aggrod. Reminder that Electrocute is way stronger for the short trades and Conqueror for the all in/skirmishes.
The early game depends heavily on the matchup and the enemy you’re playing against. It also depends on the Jungle matchup as the enemy Jungler likes to gank a Katarina. Check out the matchup section for tips and tricks to lane against the enemy Mid laner.
Once the laning phase is over, the enemy will start to roam around the map and they might come to the mid lane. If this is the case, make sure your allies come to the mid lane too. Make sure to always try to catch up waves in the sideline so u don't fall behind and stay ahead, IF in some way u struggle with this because your team always dies consider always taking Teleport so u have it while catching up sidewaves or you can look to move mid first then into mid bot/top if there's nothing happening.
As Katarina is a strong team fighting champion, you should be looking for team fights and trying to get kills. Whenever you’re split pushing or away from your team, look at what they’re doing and be prepared to follow and group with them if you’re sure you can win the fight. When roaming to help your team- be quick about it overwise the fight may be over before you get there and the enemy may win a 4v4 or 4v5.
If you fell behind in the early game, try to get as much gold and XP as possible so you can help your team kill the enemy in mid and late game team fights.
In the late game, your goal is similar to the mid-game, but you need to be closer to your team. If your allies get caught out in the late game, the game’s basically over, so you need to make sure that you’re always near them if possible, so no sidelaning ever unless you have Teleport.
Play around your cooldowns and active items like Zhonya's Hourglass if you purchased it as you’ll need it to survive team fights. As death timers are very long in the later parts of the game, it’s important that you do not get caught out or die as the enemy will be able to take objectives like the Baron, Elder Dragon or even your Nexus. 1 small mistake and your entire game is lost that's why its important to try to wait etc for your coldowns like Zhonya's Hourglass before deciding to take the fight (ping your team for it and tell them to wait).
Your job in late game team fights is to wait for your allies to go in first and then clean up the team fight with your damage. Waiting for the enemy to use CC tools first is incredibly important especially in the late game team fights, because 1 small cc and u can instantly die.
At the end of the day, Katarina relies on her team a lot in team fights- especially in the late game, because if you don't have any setup/frontline/peeling you won't be able to win the fights. Staying alive is very important for Katarina just be patient and strike at the right moment.
PROS+ Katarina is a strong team fighter. This is because she can get in and out of team fights with ease thanks to her Shunpo. Her ultimate and daggers is also incredibly strong in team fights thanks to the AOE damage it deals.
+ Katarina is strong in 2v2, 3v3 and 4v4 team fights. This is because she can get resets from her Passive and be able to clean up team fights, this is why I love the Conqueror Rune.
+ Katarina is a snowball heavy champion. Once the enemy blows Flash or dies once, she can get kill after kill.
+ She is a very strong roaming champion, because she snowballs heavily so 1 good roam and you're rolling.
+ She's a mechanically challenging and fun champion.
CONS- If Katarina is unable to snowball her lane or get kills in the early game, she will find it hard to carry and get kills in the later parts of the game. Your kit relies on getting kills and dealing damage. With less gold income, you will be unable to deal a lot of damage.
- If the enemy takes Exhaust (or multiple Exhausts), you’ll find it hard to get kills in lane and in team fights as it will severely reduce your damage output.
- Katarina is a melee champion. This means she will need to get into melee range to deal damage. You’ll be in a vulnerable position in team fights and an easy target for CC and damage.
- Similarly to our previous point, it’s easy for the enemy to bully you in lane and get you low. You may have to sacrifice some CS for XP until you find a good opportunity to all-in them.
Patience is very important in team fights. If you go in at the wrong time, you’re going to get CC’d and blown up by the enemy team. Your goal is to go in at the right time with your allies and avoid going in alone, this is especially important in the late game teamfights, because you get oneshotted even harder and it matters even more then.
+ In team fights, wait for the enemy to use their CC tools first so they’ll be unable to interrupt your combo. Always keep track of their cc usages so u know when/who to go in on.
+ Wait for your allies to go in before you, so the enemy wastes their tools on them instead or wait for your allies to have a good engage/get baited before you want to strike.
+ Getting kills in team fights will allow you to get resets which will help you dish out more damage to the remaining enemies, so sometimes the better option is to just front to back with your team to get rolling with your resets.
+ Always look for missing enemies before going in for a fight as they may pop up and surprise you with cc/burst.
+ Remember that you don't always have to look for squishy enemies/backline to focus on, a lot of times if u do this u just get oneshotted. Try to play slow and be patient and play with your team front to back until u strike at the backline (never go in the backline instantly unless you're fed of course)
Learning how to team fight properly as Katarina is key, but it does take some time to master. Don’t worry if you start off badly in team fights, with more practice, you’ll learn when and when you can’t go in and teamfight. Once you master teamfighting you will climb really hard.
Roaming is key for Katarina. Not only will it allow you to get more kills, but it can also get your allies ahead too. Although, we want you to get ahead over them…
Look to push the minion wave and try to roam. You could push the wave, run towards the river and look to either gank or counter gank an ally. Even if you don’t think you can get something out of it, you will not miss out on a lot of XP as the wave has been pushed and if something happens on for example bot side and you're already hovering bot a bit you're earlier and ready to pick up kills.
Good times to roam and help your allies are when:
+ You’ve dominated the enemy laner and got some kills from them.
+ When the enemy laner is playing really safe and you’re unable to kill them.
+ You’ve pushed the minion wave.
+ You have lane priority and can influence a nearby skirmish.
+ You’re in a hard matchup and cannot kill the enemy alone.
+ When you can snowball off killing the enemy squishies in the bottom lane.
When roaming, keep an eye on the minion wave in the mid lane. Do not fall behind by trying to help your allies. You’re the carry after all, so you need as much XP and gold as possible. Be prepared to call off a roam if it doesn’t look favourable and don’t waste time trying to force something if it might backfire. The only time it's worth is if you're sure you get kills by the roam only then can u give up cs/the push mid (your bot is getting dove or drake fight is happening etc).
+ When you’re new to Katarina, focus on roaming and teamfighting before focusing on the matchups and farming. Once you’ve mastered or at least understood roaming/teamfighting, mechanics/lane phase etc come automatic over time just dont ever give up, because the only way to master Katarina is by playing her over and over again.
+ Look to push the minion wave and then look for a roam on a side lane. Even if you can’t get anything out of it, moving to a nearby lane could allow you to counter gank the enemy or turn around an exchange. Predicting team fights and ganks is key to getting ahead on Katarina.
+ Patience is key in team fights. Wait for cooldowns or for your allies to go in first before joining the fight. Going in too early will mean the enemy just focuses you down and kills you.
+ In the lane, hug the side of the lane where you have a ward or where your Jungler can easily gank you. Standing near the ward will offer extra protection.
+ Some tips for your Shunpo: you can ward hop with your Preparation > Shunpo to get over small walls. Your Shunpo range can be extended if you use your Shunpo at the edge of the dagger instead of the beginning circle. For example, if you use Bouncing Blades on an enemy and they Flash away, pressuring the edge of your dagger can allow you to travel further and cheat the system.
+ Go for short trades in the early game. Avoid over-committing or going for long trades until the enemy is a bit lower and you're not low yourself too. Example short trade: Q a minion > E to the Q dagger when it lands > W out or W and stay in the W to hit the dagger > E out
+ Remember that your Shunpo is an auto-attack reset, so you could do AA>E>AA.