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Skarner Build Guide by Cayteer

Top Lane Skarner - Scorpion of the Sidelane

Top Lane Skarner - Scorpion of the Sidelane

Updated on May 14, 2021
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Runes: Phase Rush + Resolve

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Phase Rush
Manaflow Band

Shield Bash

+8 Ability Haste
+6 Armor
+6 Armor


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LoL Summoner Spell: Flash


LoL Summoner Spell: Teleport


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Champion Build Guide

Top Lane Skarner - Scorpion of the Sidelane

By Cayteer
I'm just a Plat-Dia player who loves to play Skarner top. There's just a lof of potential to Skarner Top. Riot tried to kill him with the new items at Season 11 , but its still here. But, you need to know how to handle a lane and how to handle your champion.
Flash is an essential spell for you. So always keep it. Teleport is the nicest one you can take aswell. Like i said at the top , you only go Ghost when you have Spellbook. You can make the Ghost very useful with Spellbook if you know what are you doing. But i dont recommend you going Spellbook if you are not that confident.
Maxing E after W is essential for you. Since you are a tank , going Q max first is not worth it for you. E's cooldown reducing and W shield increasing is much better for you.
Laning Phase
Playing as Skarner Top , you need to realize that Skarner Top's laning phase is bad. So most of the time , you just need to wait under your tower to farm easily. If you need to take that short trade no matter what , you need to hit your E first. Hit E and run at them to auto your enemy. As you auto them , you use Q to add up to your damage. You can auto one more if you need to but , you will give your enemy time to use their tools. So just damage them when they are stunned with your E.
LvL6 Powerspike
When you hit 6 , it is time for you to shine. Bait your enemy to come close to your tower , E them then Ult them drag under your tower. Once they are out your ult you auto so you proc your E. At the time you applied your E stun , they are already dead. This is the only way of getting ahead in lane since you don't have kill potential without your ult.
Mid and Late Game
Once you're out of laning phase , you need to work with your team to gain picks and objectives. Try to get a pick with your pull combo before any fight breaks out so enemy team is forced to 4v5. In teamfights , you should focus the enemy carry. Try to pull them to danger like your team fed mage. Or if you think your team cant kill them , try to pull the enemy fed carry away from the fight so they have to deal with you. Your damage output doesn't matter so while you occupy the fed carry , your team can win the fight.
Pros and Cons of Skarner Top

-Your CC chain can make any enemy obsolete in fights.
-Try to fight around your Crystal Spires , you will become much stronger than ever before.
-LvL6 powerspike is unexpected and can tilt enemy team is you can do it more than one time.
-Your kit is kinda fun , and easy to learn.


-You have a such weak early game and laning phase because you don't have access to your Crystal Spires.
-You can get kited very easily since other than your W and Passive you can't reach to people easily.
-Your pick can frustrate your team since its not a common pick.
Extra Notes
You will realize that i didn't talk about Crystal Spires that much. Since its Skarner Top , most of the time you don't even have an access to your Passive. Passive gives you so much power but you don't have access to it in lane , unfortunately.
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