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LoL Champion Build Guides: Karthus

Karthus The Deathsinger

Find the best Karthus build guides for League of Legends S12 Patch 11.23. The MOBAFire community works hard to keep their LoL builds and guides updated, and will help you craft the best Karthus build for the S12 meta. Learn more about Karthus' abilities, skins, or even ask your own questions to the community!

Season 12 Guides // Patch 11.23 & Patch 11.22
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LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

2.4 Million Mastery-Lane Karthus Guide-Season 11

Guide by Hullos updated December 4, 2021
  • In-depth
9.5
576
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LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

[11.21] Challenger NA & EUW Rank 1 Karthus world | In-de

Guide by Insightful updated November 20, 2021
  • In-depth
8.3
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LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

#Rank 1 Karthus Jungle and adc Grandmaster 74%wr

Guide by Kyster Draven updated December 2, 2021
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LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

BEST JUNGLER IN THE META Challenger karthus jgl guide

Guide by KamiKZ updated December 3, 2021
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89
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LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

[11.23] Rank 1 Karthus World Guide To Climbing

Guide by ELOSANTA updated December 4, 2021
  • In-depth
New Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Cashout Karthus

Guide by Destruuu updated November 27, 2021
Season 12 Builds // Patch 11.23 & Patch 11.22
New Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Karthus Money Printer

Build by Guest updated December 4, 2021
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Karthus

Build by HiramBattle updated November 27, 2021
New Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

S12 Karthus Jungle Guide

Build by Guest updated November 26, 2021
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Money Print Karthus

Build by BistDuBoosted updated November 19, 2021
  • Off-Meta
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

11.23 Karthus First Strike (Gold For Days) Jungle

Build by Guest updated November 18, 2021
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Muahahaha

Build by Glaceon_Hit updated November 17, 2021
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Gate Karthus :O

Build by acier2 updated November 9, 2021
  • Off-Meta
Season 11 Guides
9.8
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LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

[S11] How to Solo Carry as Karthus

Guide by TwistedDemon updated April 2, 2021
  • In-depth
9.5
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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 October 21, 2021
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LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

[11.20] Karthus Jungle Guide | Not just an R Machine

Guide by nZk01 updated October 13, 2021
9.2
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LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Diamond Tank Karthus - Swift Death

Guide by Aqua Dragon updated August 26, 2021
  • In-depth
  • Off-Meta
9.2
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LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

[10.25] Harambe Homie - Karthus the top dog of the jungle!

Guide by Harambe Homie updated April 16, 2021
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LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

(11.17) KARTHUS BOT FULL GUIDE

Guide by Hate_8D updated August 25, 2021
  • In-depth
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

[11.13] Three Ways to Karthus by JuvX

Guide by JuvX updated June 24, 2021
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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 LeagueSpy's 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 11.23. 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 11.23: 635540 matches scanned * Each section of the build is rated independently of the others

Karthus's Top Items

Karthus's Runes

Karthus's Best Runes 47%

Win Rate 3434 Games

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  • 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: Ravenous Hunter
Ravenous Hunter

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

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Runes 52%

Win Rate 2114 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: Ravenous Hunter
Ravenous 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 51%

Win Rate 1183 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: Coup de Grace
Coup de Grace
More Karthus Runes

Karthus's Summoner Spells

Karthus's Best Summoner Spells 47%

Win Rate 8752 Games

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Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Summoner Spells 49%

Win Rate 7402 Games

Exhaust Smite

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Summoner Spells 60%

Win Rate 130 Games

Exhaust Flash

Karthus's Starters

Karthus's Best Starter Items 48%

Win Rate 7561 Games

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  • 3

Trinket

Karthus's Best Trinket 49%

Win Rate 11579 Games

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  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Trinket 46%

Win Rate 3803 Games

Stealth Ward

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Trinket 48%

Win Rate 1337 Games

Farsight Alteration
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Karthus's Ability Order

Karthus's Best Ability Order 65%

Win Rate 2802 Games

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  • 3
Patch 11.20: 494917 matches scanned * Each section of the build is rated independently of the others

Karthus's Top Items

Karthus's Runes

Karthus's Best Runes 55%

Win Rate 418 Games

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  • 3
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 57%

Win Rate 134 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: Ravenous Hunter
Ravenous 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 330 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
More Karthus Runes

Karthus's Summoner Spells

Karthus's Best Summoner Spells 53%

Win Rate 1592 Games

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  • 3

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Summoner Spells 53%

Win Rate 168 Games

Flash Teleport

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Summoner Spells 52%

Win Rate 109 Games

Flash Heal

Karthus's Starters

Karthus's Best Starter Items 71%

Win Rate 28 Games

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! 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 55%

Win Rate 1137 Games

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  • 3

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Trinket 51%

Win Rate 697 Games

Stealth Ward

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Trinket 54%

Win Rate 137 Games

Oracle Lens
Don’t forget
to Buy Wards

Karthus's Ability Order

Karthus's Best Ability Order 100%

Win Rate 1 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 11.23: 635560 matches scanned * Each section of the build is rated independently of the others

Karthus's Top Items

Karthus's Runes

Karthus's Best Runes 64%

Win Rate 55 Games

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  • 3
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: Ravenous Hunter
Ravenous 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 115 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: Coup de Grace
Coup de Grace

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Runes 57%

Win Rate 153 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
More Karthus Runes

Karthus's Summoner Spells

Karthus's Best Summoner Spells 53%

Win Rate 1614 Games

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  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Summoner Spells 50%

Win Rate 1393 Games

Flash Teleport

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Summoner Spells 56%

Win Rate 386 Games

Flash Ignite

Karthus's Starters

Karthus's Best Starter Items 53%

Win Rate 2393 Games

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  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Starter Items 51%

Win Rate 764 Games

Health Potion Tear of the Goddess

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Starter Items 55%

Win Rate 168 Games

Corrupting Potion

Trinket

Karthus's Best Trinket 51%

Win Rate 2242 Games

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  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Trinket 52%

Win Rate 1227 Games

Farsight Alteration

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Trinket 56%

Win Rate 384 Games

Oracle Lens
Don’t forget
to Buy Wards

Karthus's Ability Order

Karthus's Best Ability Order 67%

Win Rate 359 Games

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Karthus Counters

Learn 's 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.

Karthus Skins

Karthus' Abilities

Karthus's Death Defied
Death Defied Karthus's Passive Karthus's Passive
Self
Karthus's Passive
Karthus's Passive
Upon dying, Karthus enters a spirit form allowing him to continue casting spells for 7 seconds. During this time his abilities cost no mana.
Q
Karthus's Lay Waste
Lay Waste Karthus's Q Ability
875
20 / 25 / 30 / 35 / 40
1
Karthus briefly reveals the target area which he detonates after a 0.5-second delay, dealing 45 / 62.5 / 80 / 97.5 / 115 (+35% of ability power) magic damage to all enemies within, doubled when hitting only one target.

Lay Waste's damage is reduced by 15% against monsters.

During Death Defied, Lay Waste will cast at maximum range if cast beyond that.
W
Karthus's Wall of Pain
Wall of Pain Karthus's W Ability
1000
70
15
Karthus creates a 800 / 900 / 1000 / 1100 / 1200 distance wide wall at the target location for 5 seconds. The wall reduces the magic resistance of enemies who pass through it by 15% for 5 seconds and applies a 40 / 50 / 60 / 70 / 80% slow which drops to half effectiveness after 1 second and then decays over the remaining debuff duration.
E
Karthus's Defile
Defile Karthus's E Ability
425
30 / 42 / 54 / 66 / 78
0.5
Passive: Karthus restores 15 / 25 / 35 / 45 / 55 mana whenever he kills an enemy.

Toggle: Drains 30 / 42 / 54 / 66 / 78 Mana every second. Deals 7.5 / 12.5 / 17.5 / 22.5 / 27.5 (+5% of ability power) magic damage every 0.25 seconds to all nearby enemies. Deactivating Defile deals 1 tick's worth of damage.

Defile cannot be toggled off during Death Defied, but it can be while channeling Requiem.
R
Karthus's Requiem
Requiem Karthus's Ultimate (R) Ability
Self
100
200 / 180 / 160 / 160 / 160
After channeling for 3 seconds, Karthus deals 200 / 350 / 500 (+75% of ability power) magic damage to all enemy champions (regardless of distance).

Questions About Karthus

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