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Katarina Build Guide by Dayoo

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League of Legends Build Guide Author Dayoo

Shunpo'ing your way to victory

Dayoo Last updated on May 19, 2015
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Ability Sequence

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

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Offense: 21

Legendary Guardian

Defense: 8


Utility: 1

Threats to Katarina with this build

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Threat Champion Notes
Karthus If you avoid his poke he won't be able to touch you late game
Twisted Fate Dodge his poke and you will be fine, you have more all in potential
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Hello, my name is Death Lotús (Euw), formerly known as NoN StoPGaMin, currently I am a gold 2 Katarina main, this is my 2nd mobafire guide; I have reccently started maining katarina; right now i have played 57 games, my kda is 12.8/4.8/7.7 with a 70.2% win rating. I have also made many youtube video's on Katarina this is one of them:

Thank you for read & I hope i've made you 1 step closer to being the best Katarina you can be :D

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Statistics Level 1-18

HEALTH510 – 1921 ATTACK DAMAGE 58 – 113
HEALTH REGEN4.5 – 13.9 0.658 (+0% – 46.6%)
ARMOR26.9 – 86.4 MAGIC RES.32.1 – 53.4

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Abilities and Combos

Whenever an enemy champion dies within 3 seconds of Katarina dealing damage to them, her cooldowns will be reduced by 15 seconds.

RANGE: 675 COOLDOWN: 10 / 9.5 / 9 / 8.5 / 8
Katarina throws a dagger that bounces from enemy to enemy, dealing magic damage and marking each enemy hit for 4 seconds.
DAGGER MAGIC DAMAGE: 60 / 85 / 110 / 135 / 160 (+ 45% AP)

Bouncing Blades hits a total of 5 unique targets (4 bounces), each striking the closest next target. Each subsequent hit deals 10% less damage.

Striking a marked target with an ability or basic attack will consume the mark on the target and deal additional magic damage.
MARK MAGIC DAMAGE: 15 / 30 / 45 / 60 / 75 (+ 15% AP)
TOTAL DAMAGE: 75 / 115 / 155 / 195 / 235 (+ 60% AP)

Sinister SteelRANGE: 375 COOLDOWN: 4 Katarina whirls her daggers, instantly dealing magic damage to all nearby enemies. If she damages an enemy champion, she gains movement speed for 1 second.
MAGIC DAMAGE: 40 / 75 / 110 / 145 / 180 (+ 25% AP) (+ 60% bonus AD)
MOVEMENT SPEED: 15 / 20 / 25 / 30 / 35%

RANGE: 700 COOLDOWN: 12 / 10.5 / 9 / 7.5 / 6 Katarina teleports to target unit and gains 15% damage reduction for 1.5 seconds. If the target is an enemy, the target takes magic damage.
MAGIC DAMAGE: 60 / 85 / 110 / 135 / 160 (+ 40% AP)

RANGE: 550 COOLDOWN: 90 / 60 / 45
Katarina rapidly spins in place and channels for 2.5 seconds, throwing a dagger every 0.25 seconds at every enemy champion within range, up to a maximum of 3 at a time. Each dagger deals magic damage and applies Grievous Wounds icon grievous wounds for 3 seconds.
MAGIC DAMAGE PER DAGGER: 35 / 55 / 75 (+ 25% AP) (+ 37.5% bonus AD)
MAXIMUM DAMAGE TO EACH ENEMY: 350 / 550 / 750 (+ 250% AP) (+ 375% bonus AD)

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Summoner Spells

Flash: Is a great Get Out of Jail Free card. it's like Shunpo but better in a way

Ignite: Just a bit of damage to finish them off.

Teleport: Great for getting around. For more experianced players

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Masteries & Abilities

Ability Sequence
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18

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Why play Katarina?

Why play Katarina? Katarina is a mobile anti-carry multiple target burst assassin
let's look at her pros:

+ Mobile - one of Katarina's main advantages over other champions she may face, in laning phase, is that her mobility is vastly superior to her opponent 90% of the time, with very few exceptions, Kassadin being one of them and Leblanc being another.

+ Anti-carry - Katarina main role in the team is to dispose of the enemy carries. In other words, she is a champion whose sole purpose is to literally delete the enemy carry, e.g. that super-farmed Syndra or that annoying Vayne.

+ Burst - Katarina's combo is inherently very fast due to how her abilities link together. This is what makes her so deadly, she can Q>W>E>R someone and they drop dead at her feet. Very few champions can survive a fully built

+ Assassin - simply put, an assassin is a champion who specialises in killing weaker champions, particularly ones who don't have a lot of HP.
(Remember - people HATE YOUHATE YOU, like Teemo. In their eyes, you are satan ( Teemo) and they will do anything it takes to kill you. Use this to your advantage)
As Katarina your main goal is to assassinate a squishy target as fast as possible, or getting him low for your team to get you the reset, many people say that Katarina is such an easy champion to play, well to play Katarina effectively, you will need to have a bit of skill and know how to use your reset effectively. If you think you can do this, then you should play Katarina.

...... She also throws knifes and her hair changes on most skins, how cool is that :D...

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Lower Leagues

If you're in bronze/silver you should know the struggle of finding a good team, as Katarina you should try and lead your team to victory, make sure you time your roams and keep up with your laner at the same time, in late game; just find the perfect opportunities to kill that fed adc and tell your team that you need some help to finish him off. You still need a tank. ( you should pick Katarina with at least one sponge on your team )

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Higher leagues

In high elo consider that your team knows all the champions skills and all you need is wait for the bruiser to go in or wait for the enemies to engage, stay back or on the sides (only if you know it's not warded).
That fight preparation part is crucial as if you get stunned once you may be bursted down and useless, which you don't want to be as AP carry and main damage source.
After the engage pops don't wait too long and go in, get a kill or not, then jump to a ward / Zhonya's Hourglass then jump to a ward ; if you are winning the fight just jump on the next squishy target and the more important one.

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Synergies and Counters


If she gets 3 or more champions in her Glacial Prison you should Death Lotus

you and Maokai are good for catching out enemy champions, if he uses his Twisted Advance you can Q>E>W>R and they should be dead

It's the same as Maokai but with his Death Sentence

Same as Thresh and Maokai but with his Apprehend

Same as Maokai, Thresh and Darius slightly, but with her Zap!

she beats you most levels so try your best to farm and hope you win late game

don't get poked that much and call for help from your jungler (hopefully with an interruption)

You have her level 1-5 to take advantage of it, and if you hit level 6 first, bait her Moonfall with your Q>E>W

He's annoying laning phase for some people but if you know he will W>E>Q bait it by going near your creeps, and Shunpo to a different location, preferably using a minion

He can just Curse of the Sad Mummy and the rest of the team picks you off

Late game he can focus on just Unstoppable Force you can the other carry, then the rest of your team picks you off

If you ever see a leona come near you, ever, run.

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My Playstyle ( Normals )

What I tend to do every game:
Poke them without taking that much poke back
Get 950 gold or 1600 for Aether wisp or Needlessly large rod
Roam bot at 6
THINK carefully when to go into a teamfight
When ever I go back I buy a ward and ward drake ( 5th drake OP! )
my finished build is normally ( and in this order ) : Luden's Echo >> Mejai's Soulstealer >> Zhonya's Hourglass >> Void Staff >> Sorcerer's Shoes >> Rabadon's Deathcap
Win the game :D

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My Playstyle ( Ranked )

What I tend to do every game:
Poke them without taking that much poke back
Get 950 gold or 1600 for Aether wisp or Needlessly large rod
Roam bot at 6
THINK carefully when to go into a teamfight
When ever I go back I buy a ward and ward drake ( 5th drake OP! )
my finished build is normally ( and in this order ) : Luden's Echo >> Zhonya's Hourglass >> Void Staff >> Sorcerer's Shoes >> Rabadon's Deathcap >> Guardian Angel
Win the game 70.2% of the time :D

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Late Game

Katarina late game is actually incredibly strong,BUT you have to know what you're doing. The late game does not forgive any mistakes; get caught, get rekt, lose. One mistake here is more than enough to throw the game away. Even the smallest misjudgement of your damage, or something as silly as W>E and not doing anything more can get you killed. In late game, you need to constantly be on your tip-toes.
All of the things I could describe and explain here will come naturally as you play more and more games. Part of the skill to play Katarina (in fact the majority of it), comes from simply knowing the ins and outs of the game. Katarina is not so much about mechanical skill, as Orianna or Syndra, but more about decisions and micro-management. Don't get me wrong, Katarina too is a mechanically-demanding champion, but that's only half of the success. The other half is, as I said, your decision-making, mostly about the use of your combos.

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Wards are the key to victory, but you know that. Everyone knows that. Sadly, not everyone remembers to use wards, and sometimes people just forget to ward, but that's okay. However, playing without sight or vision is very dangerous. Anyway, maybe your enemies are too dumb to place a Stealth Ward somewhere, but that doesn't mean you don't have to use them either. The more wards your team has, the more control over the map you have, especially on objectives like Dragon or Baron nashor .

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Thank you

If you get this far I thank your for reading my guide, I hope you liked it and hope you get higher in ranks with Katarina :D