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Karthus The Deathsinger

Find the best Karthus build guides for League of Legends Patch 11.1. The MOBAFire community works hard to keep their LoL builds and guides updated, and will help you craft the best Karthus build for the S11 meta. Learn more about Karthus' abilities, skins, or even ask your own questions to the community!


Season 11 Guides
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

[S11] 70% WR Challenger EUW | 80% WR Rank 1 Karthus World

Guide by Insightful updated January 20, 2021
  • 11.1
  • In-depth
Votes: 104
Views: 121,123
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

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

Guide by nZk01 updated January 12, 2021
  • 11.1
Votes: 155
Views: 521,938
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

BEST JUNGLER IN THE META Challenger karthus jgl guide

Guide by KamiKZ updated January 19, 2021
  • 11.1
Votes: 23
Views: 96,552
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

2.3 Million Mastery-New Items-Lane Karthus Guide

Guide by Hullos updated January 15, 2021
  • 11.1
  • In-depth
Votes: 22
Views: 73,418
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

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

Guide by Harambe Homie updated January 20, 2021
  • 11.1
Votes: 33
Views: 26,892
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

ADC Karthus - Reinventing The Botlane | Patch 11.1 Karthus A

Guide by ELOSANTA updated January 20, 2021
  • 11.1
Votes: 49
Views: 192,527
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Diamond Tank Karthus - Swift Death

Guide by Aqua Dragon updated January 8, 2021
  • 11.1
  • In-depth
  • Off-Meta
Votes: 103
Views: 1,250,311
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

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

Guide by CaptianMike updated December 21, 2020
  • 10.25
Votes: 596
Views: 2,008,865
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Karthus - Ghost Wind Demon

Guide by Shrewdo updated December 24, 2020
  • 10.25
  • In-depth
Votes: 10
Views: 40,119
Season 11 Builds
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

KARTHUS JUNGLE | THE ONE TAP MONSTER

Build by Karthus man updated January 17, 2021
  • 11.1
Rating Pending
Views: 1,987
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Karthus Jungle, MID and adc

Build by Kyster Draven updated January 10, 2021
  • 11.1
Rating Pending
Views: 3,417
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Karthus Jesuscirraptor TOP Tank

Build by Jesuscirraptor updated January 9, 2021
  • 11.1
  • Off-Meta
Rating Pending
Views: 3,422
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Karthus Jesuscirraptor SUP

Build by Jesuscirraptor updated January 20, 2021
  • 11.1
  • Off-Meta
Rating Pending
Views: 1,584
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

JG Karthus

Build by D00GE updated December 23, 2020
  • 10.25
  • Off-Meta
Rating Pending
Views: 197
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Death is coming , low elo carry 1v9

Build by Guest updated November 29, 2020
  • 10.24
Rating Pending
Views: 736
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

[S11] The Grim Reaper (Jungle)

Build by ObserverOfTime updated November 16, 2020
  • 10.23
Rating Pending
Views: 1,929
Season 10 Guides
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

[10.22] Karthus JG Complete Guide - KingStix - Challenger

Guide by KingStix updated October 29, 2020
  • 10.22
Votes: 22
Views: 36,180
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

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

Guide by DingDongGaming updated October 30, 2020
  • 10.22
Votes: 291
Views: 1,205,234
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

[S10] TwistedDemon's Karthus Guide

Guide by TwistedDemon updated September 25, 2020
  • 10.19
  • In-depth
Votes: 11
Views: 3,506
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

[10.18] CHALLENGER GUIDE TO KARTHUS MIDLANE

Guide by Veigarv2 updated September 3, 2020
  • 10.18
Rating Pending
Views: 5,201
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Karthus Build Stats

Patch 11.1: 857101 matches scanned * Each section of the build is rated independently of the others

Karthus's Runes

Karthus's Best Runes 50%

Win Rate 6973 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 55%

Win Rate 2285 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 63%

Win Rate 54 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

Karthus's Summoner Spells

Karthus's Best Summoner Spells 49%

Win Rate 19224 Games

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  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Summoner Spells 54%

Win Rate 1992 Games

Exhaust Smite

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Summoner Spells 54%

Win Rate 298 Games

Smite Teleport

Karthus's Starters

Karthus's Best Starter Items 51%

Win Rate 14930 Games

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Trinket

Karthus's Best Trinket 52%

Win Rate 12788 Games

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Trinket 47%

Win Rate 7363 Games

Stealth Ward

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Trinket 48%

Win Rate 1511 Games

Farsight Alteration
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Karthus's Ability Order

Karthus's Best Ability Order 68%

Win Rate 3664 Games

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Ability Order 64%

Win Rate 1396 Games

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Ability Order 67%

Win Rate 97 Games

Patch 11.1: 857101 matches scanned * Each section of the build is rated independently of the others

Karthus's Runes

Karthus's Best Runes 58%

Win Rate 97 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 55%

Win Rate 398 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 280 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

Karthus's Summoner Spells

Karthus's Best Summoner Spells 52%

Win Rate 1844 Games

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Summoner Spells 50%

Win Rate 1682 Games

Flash Teleport

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Summoner Spells 52%

Win Rate 642 Games

Flash Ignite

Karthus's Starters

Karthus's Best Starter Items 53%

Win Rate 3245 Games

  • 1
  • 2

Trinket

Karthus's Best Trinket 50%

Win Rate 3273 Games

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Trinket 52%

Win Rate 1183 Games

Farsight Alteration

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Trinket 57%

Win Rate 282 Games

Oracle Lens
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Karthus's Ability Order

Karthus's Best Ability Order 65%

Win Rate 431 Games

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Ability Order 61%

Win Rate 514 Games

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Ability Order 62%

Win Rate 81 Games

Patch 11.1: 857101 matches scanned * Each section of the build is rated independently of the others

Karthus's Runes

Karthus's Best Runes 55%

Win Rate 930 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 57%

Win Rate 261 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 56%

Win Rate 125 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

Karthus's Summoner Spells

Karthus's Best Summoner Spells 53%

Win Rate 1935 Games

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Summoner Spells 53%

Win Rate 324 Games

Flash Teleport

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Summoner Spells 50%

Win Rate 266 Games

Flash Heal

Karthus's Starters

Karthus's Best Starter Items 54%

Win Rate 2087 Games

  • 1
  • 2

Trinket

Karthus's Best Trinket 56%

Win Rate 1226 Games

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Trinket 49%

Win Rate 1275 Games

Stealth Ward

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Trinket 54%

Win Rate 190 Games

Oracle Lens
Don’t forget
to Buy Wards

Karthus's Ability Order

Karthus's Best Ability Order 66%

Win Rate 151 Games

  • 1
  • 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 / 25 / 30 / 35 / 40
1
Karthus briefly reveals the target area which he detonates after a 0.5-second delay, dealing 45 / 65 / 85 / 105 / 125 (+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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