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LoL Champion Build Guides: Karthus

Karthus The Deathsinger

Find the best Karthus build guides for League of Legends S11 Patch 11.12. The MOBAFire community works hard to keep their LoL builds and guides updated, and will help you craft the best Karthus build for the S11 meta. Learn more about Karthus' abilities, skins, or even ask your own questions to the community!

Season 11 Guides // Patch 11.12 & Patch 11.11
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LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

[11.11 Challenger EUW] Rank 1 Karthus world | In-depth guide

Guide by Insightful updated June 17, 2021
  • In-depth
9.2
31
Votes
3
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

2.3 Million Mastery-Lane Karthus Guide-Season 11

Guide by Hullos updated June 8, 2021
  • In-depth
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LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

[11.12] How to Climb With Karthus

Guide by ELOSANTA updated June 17, 2021
  • In-depth
8.9
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LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Diamond Tank Karthus - Swift Death

Guide by Aqua Dragon updated June 15, 2021
  • In-depth
  • Off-Meta
8.6
28
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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 June 14, 2021
  • Stream
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

[11.12] Three Ways to Karthus by JuvX

Guide by JuvX updated June 16, 2021
Season 11 Builds // Patch 11.12 & Patch 11.11
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Karthus Jungle, MID and adc

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

swag karthus guide

Build by shoupi updated June 14, 2021
New Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Karthus Jungle

Build by Revelmonger updated June 6, 2021
Season 11 Guides // Other Patches
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LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

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

Guide by nZk01 updated May 1, 2021
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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 March 27, 2021
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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
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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
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

[11.9] The Deathsinger, A Quick Karthus Guide

Guide by riftyxo updated May 3, 2021
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Karthus jungle :)

Guide by Skarbnik updated March 4, 2021
Season 11 Builds // Other Patches
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Shukori's Karthus Guide [S11 Master] 70% Winrate (Still in P

Build by Shukori updated February 8, 2021
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

The ULTIMATE Karthus Guide

Build by Guest updated February 13, 2021
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

KARTHUS JUNGLE | THE ONE TAP MONSTER

Build by Karthus man updated January 17, 2021
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

A standard build for Karthus ADC/MID/TOP Lane

Build by BureizuFeizu updated February 15, 2021
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

JG Karthus

Build by D00GE updated December 23, 2020
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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 11.12. 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 11.12: 514494 matches scanned * Each section of the build is rated independently of the others

Karthus's Top Items

Karthus's Runes

Karthus's Best Runes 49%

Win Rate 3504 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 1954 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 65%

Win Rate 54 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: Coup de Grace
Coup de Grace
More Karthus Runes

Karthus's Summoner Spells

Karthus's Best Summoner Spells 48%

Win Rate 7385 Games

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  • 3

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Summoner Spells 50%

Win Rate 4809 Games

Exhaust Smite

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Summoner Spells 53%

Win Rate 91 Games

Smite Ignite

Karthus's Starters

Karthus's Best Starter Items 49%

Win Rate 6279 Games

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Trinket

Karthus's Best Trinket 50%

Win Rate 8679 Games

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  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Trinket 46%

Win Rate 2896 Games

Stealth Ward

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Trinket 49%

Win Rate 767 Games

Farsight Alteration
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Karthus's Ability Order

Karthus's Best Ability Order 67%

Win Rate 1855 Games

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Top Karthus Players

Get match statisctics & builds Top Jinx Player are using on LeagueSpy!

Patch 11.12: 514508 matches scanned * Each section of the build is rated independently of the others

Karthus's Top Items

Karthus's Runes

Karthus's Best Runes 56%

Win Rate 62 Games

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  • 2
  • 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 55%

Win Rate 200 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: Coup de Grace
Coup de Grace

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Runes 55%

Win Rate 169 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: Coup de Grace
Coup de Grace
More Karthus Runes

Karthus's Summoner Spells

Karthus's Best Summoner Spells 54%

Win Rate 1113 Games

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  • 3

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Summoner Spells 54%

Win Rate 212 Games

Flash Ignite

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Summoner Spells 50%

Win Rate 495 Games

Flash Teleport

Karthus's Starters

Karthus's Best Starter Items 55%

Win Rate 1564 Games

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Trinket

Karthus's Best Trinket 56%

Win Rate 699 Games

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  • 3

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Trinket 50%

Win Rate 1224 Games

Stealth Ward

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Trinket 49%

Win Rate 144 Games

Oracle Lens
Don’t forget
to Buy Wards

Karthus's Ability Order

Karthus's Best Ability Order 66%

Win Rate 158 Games

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Top Karthus Players

Get match statisctics & builds Top Jinx Player are using on LeagueSpy!

Patch 11.12: 514527 matches scanned * Each section of the build is rated independently of the others

Karthus's Top Items

Karthus's Runes

Karthus's Best Runes 59%

Win Rate 143 Games

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  • 2
  • 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 57%

Win Rate 183 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: Coup de Grace
Coup de Grace

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Runes 55%

Win Rate 132 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: Coup de Grace
Coup de Grace
More Karthus Runes

Karthus's Summoner Spells

Karthus's Best Summoner Spells 55%

Win Rate 720 Games

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  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Summoner Spells 59%

Win Rate 76 Games

Flash Teleport

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Summoner Spells 51%

Win Rate 77 Games

Flash Heal

Karthus's Starters

Karthus's Best Starter Items 54%

Win Rate 677 Games

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Trinket

Karthus's Best Trinket 58%

Win Rate 487 Games

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  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Trinket 56%

Win Rate 70 Games

Oracle Lens

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Trinket 49%

Win Rate 385 Games

Stealth Ward
Don’t forget
to Buy Wards

Karthus's Ability Order

Karthus's Best Ability Order 74%

Win Rate 43 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.

Top Karthus Players

Get match statisctics & builds Top Jinx Player are using on LeagueSpy!

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 20 / 27 / 34 / 41 / 48 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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