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Karthus Build Guides, Runes and Items

Karthus The Deathsinger

Find the best Karthus build guides for League of Legends S13 Patch 13.1. The MOBAFire community works hard to keep their LoL builds and guides updated, and will help you craft the best Karthus build for the S13 meta. Learn more about Karthus' abilities, skins, or even ask your own questions to the community!

Season 13 Guides // Patch 13.1 & Patch 12.23
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LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

[12.23] Rank 1 Karthus World Guide To Climbing

Guide by ELOSANTA updated December 14, 2022
  • In-depth
  • Stream
9.4
161
Votes
10
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

2.4 Million Mastery-Lane Karthus Guide-Season 12

Guide by Hullos updated January 9, 2023
  • In-depth
9.2
60
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11
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

SEASON 12 Challenger karthus jgl guide

Guide by KamiKZ updated January 20, 2023
7.7
16
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5
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Karthus Jungle adc, support

Guide by Kyster Draven updated December 28, 2022
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

[12.23] RIFTYXO'S ZYZZILIONARE KARTHUS GUIDE [500 LP EUW]

Guide by riftyxo updated December 22, 2022
New Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

[Season 13] EUW Challenger In-Depth Karthus Bot Guide

Guide by ChadKarthus updated January 28, 2023
  • In-depth
Season 13 Builds // Patch 13.1 & Patch 12.23
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Karthus BattleMage Build

Build by Azarom updated December 18, 2022
  • Off-Meta
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Commander Karrthus

Build by Guest updated January 8, 2023
  • Off-Meta
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Karthus OWN MID

Build by xwasu123 updated December 24, 2022
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Karthus first strike

Build by mriolyo updated January 10, 2023
Season 13 Guides // Other Patches
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LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

[12.22] Rank 1 NA s11/s12 Karthus JG guide

Guide by shuralol updated November 24, 2022
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7
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LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

[12.22] 500LP Master Tier Karthus ADC Guide

Guide by xJappa updated November 21, 2022
  • In-depth
Season 13 Builds // Other Patches
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Karthus Full Guide

Build by Guest updated November 24, 2022
Season 12 Guides
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LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

[70% Winrate] Rank #84 Karthus In The World Guide (MID)

Guide by DingDongGaming updated August 10, 2022
9.5
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LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Diamond Tank Karthus - Swift Death

Guide by Aqua Dragon updated January 15, 2022
  • In-depth
  • Off-Meta
9.4
195
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79
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

[12.14] Karthus Jungle Guide | Monster Jungler

Guide by nZk01 updated July 29, 2022
8.6
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LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

[12.21 Challenger NA & EUW Rank 1 Karthus world | In-depth guide on how play Karthus jungle

Guide by Insightful updated November 9, 2022
  • In-depth
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

[12.17] Karthus Jungle | The Harbinger of Oblivion

Guide by PiscesPomf updated October 3, 2022
  • In-depth
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LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

INTING KARTHUS TOP (ALWAYS HAVE IMPACT)

Guide by Sc1 x updated August 7, 2022
  • Off-Meta
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LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

[12.6] BIGGEST damage Karthus ult MONEY MACHINE

Guide by Lexolus updated April 25, 2022
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Karthus Build & Runes

If you're looking for the best rune build for Karthus we've got you covered. Below you can find the best items and runes to build for Karthus, as determined by calculations of thousands of Plat+ League of Legends games. If you are already familiar with how to play Karthus this is a great resource to quickly get a good rune selection for Patch 13.1. However, if you are a new Karthus player we highly recommend reading through some of the guides above to learn why this build is strong on Karthus!

Patch 13.1: 609440 matches scanned * Each section of the build is rated independently of the others

Karthus's Runes

Karthus's Best Runes 50%

Win Rate 3066 Games

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Domination
LoL Path: Domination
LoL Rune: Dark Harvest
Dark Harvest
LoL Rune: Cheap Shot
Cheap Shot
LoL Rune: Eyeball Collection
Eyeball Collection
LoL Rune: Treasure Hunter
Treasure Hunter

Precision
LoL Path: Precision
LoL Rune: Presence of Mind
Presence of Mind
LoL Rune: Last Stand
Last Stand

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Runes 47%

Win Rate 3005 Games

Domination
LoL Path: Domination
LoL Rune: Dark Harvest
Dark Harvest
LoL Rune: Cheap Shot
Cheap Shot
LoL Rune: Eyeball Collection
Eyeball Collection
LoL Rune: Treasure Hunter
Treasure Hunter

Precision
LoL Path: Precision
LoL Rune: Presence of Mind
Presence of Mind
LoL Rune: Coup de Grace
Coup de Grace

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Runes 49%

Win Rate 2258 Games

Inspiration
LoL Path: Inspiration
LoL Rune: First Strike
First Strike
LoL Rune: Magical Footwear
Magical Footwear
LoL Rune: Future's Market
Future's Market
LoL Rune: Cosmic Insight
Cosmic Insight

Domination
LoL Path: Domination
LoL Rune: Ultimate Hunter
Ultimate Hunter
LoL Rune: Eyeball Collection
Eyeball Collection

Karthus's Summoner Spells

Karthus's Best Summoner Spells 47%

Win Rate 10125 Games

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  • 3

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Summoner Spells 50%

Win Rate 7741 Games

Exhaust Smite

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Summoner Spells 58%

Win Rate 74 Games

Flash Teleport

Karthus's Starters

Karthus's Best Starter Items 49%

Win Rate 9054 Games

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  • 2
  • 3

Trinket

Karthus's Best Trinket 49%

Win Rate 12280 Games

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Trinket 46%

Win Rate 5096 Games

Stealth Ward

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Trinket 47%

Win Rate 1424 Games

Farsight Alteration
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Karthus's Ability Order

Karthus's Best Ability Order 63%

Win Rate 4148 Games

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  • 2
  • 3
Patch 12.22: 171012 matches scanned * Each section of the build is rated independently of the others

Karthus's Runes

Karthus's Best Runes 53%

Win Rate 830 Games

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Domination
LoL Path: Domination
LoL Rune: Dark Harvest
Dark Harvest
LoL Rune: Taste of Blood
Taste of Blood
LoL Rune: Eyeball Collection
Eyeball Collection
LoL Rune: Ultimate Hunter
Ultimate Hunter

Precision
LoL Path: Precision
LoL Rune: Presence of Mind
Presence of Mind
LoL Rune: Last Stand
Last Stand

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Runes 54%

Win Rate 264 Games

Domination
LoL Path: Domination
LoL Rune: Dark Harvest
Dark Harvest
LoL Rune: Cheap Shot
Cheap Shot
LoL Rune: Eyeball Collection
Eyeball Collection
LoL Rune: Ultimate Hunter
Ultimate Hunter

Precision
LoL Path: Precision
LoL Rune: Presence of Mind
Presence of Mind
LoL Rune: Last Stand
Last Stand

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Runes 54%

Win Rate 142 Games

Domination
LoL Path: Domination
LoL Rune: Dark Harvest
Dark Harvest
LoL Rune: Taste of Blood
Taste of Blood
LoL Rune: Eyeball Collection
Eyeball Collection
LoL Rune: Ultimate Hunter
Ultimate Hunter

Precision
LoL Path: Precision
LoL Rune: Presence of Mind
Presence of Mind
LoL Rune: Coup de Grace
Coup de Grace

Karthus's Summoner Spells

Karthus's Best Summoner Spells 52%

Win Rate 1721 Games

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  • 3

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Summoner Spells 56%

Win Rate 80 Games

Flash Ignite

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Summoner Spells 49%

Win Rate 124 Games

Flash Teleport

Karthus's Starters

Karthus's Best Starter Items 0%

Win Rate Games

! Small Sample Size Warning * There is either not a lot of games played on this champion or the builds vary greatly, we have provided the top build but it does not have a high confidence rating so use your own discretion.

Trinket

Karthus's Best Trinket 54%

Win Rate 1153 Games

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  • 3

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Trinket 49%

Win Rate 788 Games

Stealth Ward

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Trinket 49%

Win Rate 96 Games

Oracle Lens
Don’t forget
to Buy Wards

Karthus's Ability Order

Karthus's Best Ability Order 0%

Win Rate Games

  • 1
! Small Sample Size Warning * There is either not a lot of games played on this champion or the builds vary greatly, we have provided the top build but it does not have a high confidence rating so use your own discretion.
Patch 13.1: 609442 matches scanned * Each section of the build is rated independently of the others

Karthus's Runes

Karthus's Best Runes 66%

Win Rate 80 Games

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  • 2
  • 3
Domination
LoL Path: Domination
LoL Rune: Dark Harvest
Dark Harvest
LoL Rune: Cheap Shot
Cheap Shot
LoL Rune: Eyeball Collection
Eyeball Collection
LoL Rune: Ultimate Hunter
Ultimate Hunter

Precision
LoL Path: Precision
LoL Rune: Presence of Mind
Presence of Mind
LoL Rune: Last Stand
Last Stand

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Runes 62%

Win Rate 194 Games

Domination
LoL Path: Domination
LoL Rune: Dark Harvest
Dark Harvest
LoL Rune: Cheap Shot
Cheap Shot
LoL Rune: Eyeball Collection
Eyeball Collection
LoL Rune: Treasure Hunter
Treasure Hunter

Precision
LoL Path: Precision
LoL Rune: Presence of Mind
Presence of Mind
LoL Rune: Coup de Grace
Coup de Grace

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Runes 59%

Win Rate 140 Games

Domination
LoL Path: Domination
LoL Rune: Dark Harvest
Dark Harvest
LoL Rune: Cheap Shot
Cheap Shot
LoL Rune: Eyeball Collection
Eyeball Collection
LoL Rune: Ultimate Hunter
Ultimate Hunter

Precision
LoL Path: Precision
LoL Rune: Presence of Mind
Presence of Mind
LoL Rune: Last Stand
Last Stand

Karthus's Summoner Spells

Karthus's Best Summoner Spells 54%

Win Rate 2124 Games

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Summoner Spells 51%

Win Rate 1436 Games

Flash Teleport

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Summoner Spells 61%

Win Rate 67 Games

Exhaust Teleport

Karthus's Starters

Karthus's Best Starter Items 54%

Win Rate 3125 Games

  • 1
  • 2

Trinket

Karthus's Best Trinket 50%

Win Rate 2522 Games

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Trinket 55%

Win Rate 1696 Games

Farsight Alteration

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Trinket 59%

Win Rate 422 Games

Oracle Lens
Don’t forget
to Buy Wards

Karthus's Ability Order

Karthus's Best Ability Order 69%

Win Rate 373 Games

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  • 2
  • 3

Karthus Counters

Learn Karthus' counters and discover matchups where they have an advantage! When you're starting a game of League of Legends you should always keep in mind if you'll be at an advantage or disadvantage against your opponent, so you can know whether to bully them or play safe. You can find detailed breakdowns of each matchup on CounterStats, and you can also check out some Karthus guides to see how to build and play against other champions you may find yourself up against!


This counter data is for Karthus Jungle in Plat+ games. The percent shown is the enemy champion's counter rating against Karthus. Counter rating is our own statistic that factors in counter kills, overall kills, early lead ratio, comeback ratio, and win percent to give the whole picture of that champion's effectiveness as a counter pick.

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