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Karthus The Deathsinger

Find the best Karthus build guides for League of Legends Patch 10.16. The MOBAFire community works hard to keep their LoL builds and guides updated, and will help you craft the best Karthus build for the S10 meta. Learn more about Karthus' abilities, skins, or even ask your own questions to the community!


Season 10 Guides
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Embody death itself! (1k AP) (Mid and Top)

Guide by CaptianMike updated August 6, 2020
  • 10.16
Votes: 549
Views: 1,795,278
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

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

Guide by DingDongGaming updated August 7, 2020
  • 10.16
Votes: 286
Views: 1,168,864
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

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

Guide by nZk01 updated July 31, 2020
  • 10.15
Votes: 107
Views: 326,505
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

DO FEAR THE REAPER! - KARTHUS SUPPORT

Guide by snukumz updated July 26, 2020
  • 10.15
  • In-depth
Votes: 50
Views: 129,020
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

The Karthus Community Guide

Guide by The PaIe King updated July 26, 2020
  • 10.15
  • In-depth
Votes: 140
Views: 362,748
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Diamond Tank Karthus - Swift Death

Guide by Aqua Dragon updated August 1, 2020
  • 10.15
  • In-depth
Votes: 93
Views: 1,213,913
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Karthus - Ghost Wind Demon

Guide by Shrewdo updated July 30, 2020
  • 10.15
  • In-depth
Votes: 9
Views: 34,413
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

[10.15] Quick Challenger Karthus Guide

Guide by Kasugunai updated July 27, 2020
  • 10.15
New Guide
Views: 2,511
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

NEW [10.15] Karthus JG Complete Guide - KingStix - Challenge

Guide by KingStix updated July 21, 2020
  • 10.14
Votes: 15
Views: 15,288
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

10.10 Karthus ADC guide

Guide by ELOSANTA updated May 23, 2020
  • 10.10
Votes: 34
Views: 83,298
Season 10 Builds
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Old School Mid Karthus

Build by PROvatino updated July 26, 2020
  • 10.15
Rating Pending
Views: 1,538
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Karthus Support

Build by Boeing AH64 updated August 2, 2020
  • 10.15
Rating Pending
Views: 594
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Karthus "Deathsinger" Guide

Build by TheMoshi updated August 3, 2020
  • 10.15
Rating Pending
Views: 256
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

LILLIA TOKEN BUILD (BOTS)

Build by KoparPL updated July 13, 2020
  • 10.14
Rating Pending
Views: 9,151
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Road to Iron IV. Karthus

Build by Denixia updated July 9, 2020
  • 10.14
Rating Pending
Views: 1,427
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Karthus mid good

Build by Szubaty updated July 19, 2020
  • 10.14
Rating Pending
Views: 183
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Middle Karthus Guide

Build by Guest updated July 9, 2020
  • 10.14
Rating Pending
Views: 325
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Karthus "Deathsinger" Guide

Build by Rheapz updated June 29, 2020
  • 10.13
Rating Pending
Views: 319
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

#769 Karthus eune mid build

Build by APW8 updated June 20, 2020
  • 10.12
Rating Pending
Views: 389
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

penta karthus jg

Build by Guest updated May 21, 2020
  • 10.10
Rating Pending
Views: 790
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Karthus Build Stats

Patch 10.16: 18360 matches scanned * Each section of the build is rated independently of the others

Karthus's Runes

Karthus's Best Runes 51%

Win Rate 4806 Games

  • 1
  • 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: 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 62%

Win Rate 69 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

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Runes 61%

Win Rate 139 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

Inspiration
LoL Path: Inspiration
LoL Rune: Magical Footwear
Magical Footwear
LoL Rune: Cosmic Insight
Cosmic Insight

Karthus's Summoner Spells

Karthus's Best Summoner Spells 50%

Win Rate 10952 Games

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  • 2

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Summoner Spells 50%

Win Rate 105 Games

Exhaust Smite

Karthus's Starters

Karthus's Best Starter Items 50%

Win Rate 11022 Games

  • 1
  • 2

Trinket

Karthus's Best Trinket 52%

Win Rate 7067 Games

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Trinket 47%

Win Rate 3382 Games

Warding Totem

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Trinket 47%

Win Rate 638 Games

Farsight Alteration
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Karthus's Ability Order

Karthus's Best Ability Order 68%

Win Rate 1521 Games

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  • 2
Patch 9.4: 1522240 matches scanned * Each section of the build is rated independently of the others

Karthus's Runes

Karthus's Best Runes 53%

Win Rate 64 Games

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  • 2
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

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Runes 49%

Win Rate 51 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 0%

Win Rate Games

LoL Path:

LoL Path:

Karthus's Summoner Spells

Karthus's Best Summoner Spells 44%

Win Rate 1533 Games

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  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Summoner Spells 47%

Win Rate 1281 Games

Exhaust Flash

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Summoner Spells 50%

Win Rate 164 Games

Flash Teleport

Karthus's Starters

Karthus's Best Starter Items 45%

Win Rate 3139 Games

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  • 2

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Starter Items 50%

Win Rate 430 Games

Doran's Ring Health Potion

Trinket

Karthus's Best Trinket 47%

Win Rate 2270 Games

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  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Trinket 40%

Win Rate 761 Games

Warding Totem

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Trinket 41%

Win Rate 179 Games

Farsight Alteration
Don’t forget
to Buy Wards

Karthus's Ability Order

Karthus's Best Ability Order 74%

Win Rate 53 Games

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  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Ability Order 65%

Win Rate 68 Games

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Ability Order 52%

Win Rate 82 Games

Patch 10.16: 18360 matches scanned * Each section of the build is rated independently of the others

Karthus's Runes

Karthus's Best Runes 66%

Win Rate 59 Games

  • 1
  • 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: 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 60%

Win Rate 68 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

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Runes 58%

Win Rate 190 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

Karthus's Summoner Spells

Karthus's Best Summoner Spells 54%

Win Rate 1129 Games

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Summoner Spells 60%

Win Rate 197 Games

Flash Ignite

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Summoner Spells 51%

Win Rate 845 Games

Flash Teleport

Karthus's Starters

Karthus's Best Starter Items 52%

Win Rate 3049 Games

  • 1

Trinket

Karthus's Best Trinket 52%

Win Rate 1595 Games

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Trinket 57%

Win Rate 687 Games

Farsight Alteration

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Trinket 45%

Win Rate 130 Games

Oracle Lens
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Karthus's Ability Order

Karthus's Best Ability Order 68%

Win Rate 171 Games

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  • 2

Karthus Skins

Karthus' Abilities

Ability Range Cost Cooldown
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 / 26 / 32 / 38 / 44
1
Karthus briefly reveals the target area which he detonates after a 0.5-second delay, dealing 50 / 70 / 90 / 110 / 130 (+30% 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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