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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!

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LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

[S4] Kill the Poor; A Karthus Guide

Guide by StaticFX updated December 6, 2014
  • In-depth
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Tower Push Mana Karthus (Lane or Jungle)

Guide by Dawnlicker updated July 1, 2015
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

KaRtHuS- Global Nuke

Guide by NuclearBurrito updated May 20, 2015
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Karthus - The Ultimate Troll

Guide by Zujewski updated March 13, 2015
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Godlike Karthus=Magic Pen Karthus

Guide by KyleGuintama updated December 25, 2014
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

How to play Kathus

Guide by Guest updated November 25, 2014
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LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Karthus-dead singer but a death bringer WIP

Guide by Deathadder updated August 8, 2015
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Support Karthus

Guide by Sambu1 updated June 18, 2015
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Tank Karthus: A Guide to Master Baiting

Guide by AkiraVersago updated January 27, 2015
Season 5 Builds
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LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Mom's Spaghetti

Build by HitlertothePowerOfAids updated June 13, 2015
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Guide TO ADC KARTHUS

Build by ImTehNinjeh updated June 13, 2015
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

[ For Fun ] Karthus The Kill Thief : A Simple Guide

Build by Guest updated December 25, 2014
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

AD KARTHUS

Build by ImTehNinjeh updated March 12, 2015
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Karthus By KiNG 0f Revenger

Build by arnold018 updated November 5, 2015
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Karthus the Jungle King

Build by Aw3someDud3 updated November 1, 2015
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

<S5> Karthus: The Champ of the Leauge

Build by Guest updated September 27, 2015
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

karth op ap

Build by Guest updated September 7, 2015
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Agony, Ecstasy, Peace (Karthus Jungle 5.16 Updated)

Build by ASTATINEMAN updated August 31, 2015
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Karthus, Singing for Ever (WIP)

Build by DistantNerd updated July 23, 2015
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Karthus Jungle w/ Vamp and Quick Karthus

Build by Dawnlicker updated July 21, 2015
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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: 305121 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 3008 Games

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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 53%

Win Rate 1641 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 59%

Win Rate 142 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 48%

Win Rate 6354 Games

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Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Summoner Spells 51%

Win Rate 4143 Games

Exhaust Smite

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Summoner Spells 53%

Win Rate 81 Games

Smite Ignite

Karthus's Starters

Karthus's Best Starter Items 50%

Win Rate 5437 Games

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Trinket

Karthus's Best Trinket 50%

Win Rate 7451 Games

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  • 3

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Trinket 47%

Win Rate 2505 Games

Stealth Ward

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Trinket 49%

Win Rate 661 Games

Farsight Alteration
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Karthus's Ability Order

Karthus's Best Ability Order 68%

Win Rate 1607 Games

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Top Karthus Players

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

Patch 11.12: 305125 matches scanned * Each section of the build is rated independently of the others

Karthus's Top Items

Karthus's Runes

Karthus's Best Runes 57%

Win Rate 54 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 172 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 56%

Win Rate 57 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 54%

Win Rate 928 Games

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Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Summoner Spells 54%

Win Rate 180 Games

Flash Ignite

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Summoner Spells 51%

Win Rate 138 Games

Flash Barrier

Karthus's Starters

Karthus's Best Starter Items 54%

Win Rate 1311 Games

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Trinket

Karthus's Best Trinket 55%

Win Rate 584 Games

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  • 3

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Trinket 50%

Win Rate 1029 Games

Stealth Ward

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Trinket 50%

Win Rate 121 Games

Oracle Lens
Don’t forget
to Buy Wards

Karthus's Ability Order

Karthus's Best Ability Order 65%

Win Rate 135 Games

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Top Karthus Players

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

Patch 11.12: 305139 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 131 Games

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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 144 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 118 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 54%

Win Rate 614 Games

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  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Summoner Spells 59%

Win Rate 69 Games

Flash Teleport

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Summoner Spells 47%

Win Rate 64 Games

Flash Heal

Karthus's Starters

Karthus's Best Starter Items 53%

Win Rate 582 Games

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  • 2

Trinket

Karthus's Best Trinket 58%

Win Rate 418 Games

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  • 3

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Trinket 57%

Win Rate 60 Games

Oracle Lens

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Trinket 48%

Win Rate 332 Games

Stealth Ward
Don’t forget
to Buy Wards

Karthus's Ability Order

Karthus's Best Ability Order 74%

Win Rate 42 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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