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LoL Champion Build Guides: Karthus

Karthus The Deathsinger

Find the best Karthus build guides for League of Legends S11 Patch 11.20. 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 11.20 & Patch 11.19
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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 October 16, 2021
  • In-depth
9.7
181
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76
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
9.5
559
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LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

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

Guide by Insightful updated October 8, 2021
  • In-depth
8
88
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16
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

[11.20] Rank 1 Karthus World Guide To Climbing

Guide by ELOSANTA updated October 17, 2021
  • In-depth
8
32
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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 October 14, 2021
Season 11 Builds // Patch 11.20 & Patch 11.19
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

#Rank 1 Karthus Jungle and adc Grandmaster 74%wr

Build by Kyster Draven updated October 1, 2021
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Karthus

Build by HiramBattle updated October 12, 2021
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Muahahaha

Build by Glaceon_Hit updated October 2, 2021
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Karthus - Gondolier of Hell

Build by Kranidi1989 updated September 28, 2021
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

#1 Karthus player jg guide

Build by wixa1 updated September 26, 2021
Season 11 Guides // Other Patches
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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
9.7
22
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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
9.2
36
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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

Diamond Tank Karthus - Swift Death

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

Karthus jungle :)

Guide by Skarbnik updated March 4, 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
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
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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 11.20. 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 11.20: 388687 matches scanned * Each section of the build is rated independently of the others

Karthus's Top Items

Karthus's Runes

Karthus's Best Runes 63%

Win Rate 237 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: 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 50%

Win Rate 1421 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 51%

Win Rate 842 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
More Karthus Runes

Karthus's Summoner Spells

Karthus's Best Summoner Spells 51%

Win Rate 2798 Games

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Summoner Spells 48%

Win Rate 2733 Games

Flash Smite

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Summoner Spells 59%

Win Rate 59 Games

Exhaust Flash

Karthus's Starters

Karthus's Best Starter Items 49%

Win Rate 1371 Games

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Trinket

Karthus's Best Trinket 50%

Win Rate 4078 Games

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Trinket 46%

Win Rate 1186 Games

Stealth Ward

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Trinket 51%

Win Rate 458 Games

Farsight Alteration
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Karthus's Ability Order

Karthus's Best Ability Order 68%

Win Rate 501 Games

  • 1
  • 2
Patch 11.20: 388691 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 322 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 56%

Win Rate 261 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 57%

Win Rate 104 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
More Karthus Runes

Karthus's Summoner Spells

Karthus's Best Summoner Spells 54%

Win Rate 1282 Games

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Summoner Spells 60%

Win Rate 128 Games

Flash Teleport

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Summoner Spells 52%

Win Rate 83 Games

Flash Heal

Karthus's Starters

Karthus's Best Starter Items 71%

Win Rate 28 Games

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  • 2
! 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 56%

Win Rate 918 Games

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  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Trinket 51%

Win Rate 546 Games

Stealth Ward

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Trinket 55%

Win Rate 108 Games

Oracle Lens
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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 11.20: 388702 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 74 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: 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 60%

Win Rate 104 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 53%

Win Rate 72 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: Last Stand
Last Stand
More Karthus Runes

Karthus's Summoner Spells

Karthus's Best Summoner Spells 52%

Win Rate 812 Games

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Summoner Spells 52%

Win Rate 71 Games

Flash Barrier

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Summoner Spells 48%

Win Rate 318 Games

Flash Teleport

Karthus's Starters

Karthus's Best Starter Items 52%

Win Rate 527 Games

  • 1
  • 2

Trinket

Karthus's Best Trinket 54%

Win Rate 552 Games

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Trinket 49%

Win Rate 710 Games

Stealth Ward

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Trinket 54%

Win Rate 100 Games

Oracle Lens
Don’t forget
to Buy Wards

Karthus's Ability Order

Karthus's Best Ability Order 68%

Win Rate 65 Games

  • 1
  • 2

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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