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Karthus The Deathsinger

Find the best Karthus build guides for League of Legends Patch 10.19. 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 1 Builds
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Karthus owner

Build by duriel updated July 14, 2011
  • Bugs and Balance
Rating Pending
Views: 1,127
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

karthus 1k AP

Build by homertheman updated July 14, 2011
  • Bugs and Balance
Rating Pending
Views: 4,360
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Karthus Surviveability and AP Carry

Build by Travster1 updated July 13, 2011
  • Bugs and Balance
Rating Pending
Views: 1,935
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Karthus Pro Build

Build by soxer updated July 12, 2011
  • Bugs and Balance
Rating Pending
Views: 12,047
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Badass KARTHUS!

Build by BlackDIamond011 updated July 6, 2011
  • Yorick, The Gravedigger
Rating Pending
Views: 2,596
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Karthus!

Build by KFreak updated July 2, 2011
  • Yorick, The Gravedigger
Rating Pending
Views: 1,320
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Test Build for Max AP

Build by Guest updated June 29, 2011
  • Yorick, The Gravedigger
Rating Pending
Views: 1,893
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Unstopable Karthus

Build by Guest updated June 28, 2011
  • Yorick, The Gravedigger
Rating Pending
Views: 987
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Karthus

Build by Guest updated June 26, 2011
  • Yorick, The Gravedigger
Rating Pending
Views: 1,200
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Karthus likes cookies..

Build by Guest updated June 22, 2011
  • Yorick, The Gravedigger
Rating Pending
Views: 1,441
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

MyOwnKarthus

Build by Aeon89 updated June 20, 2011
  • Orianna, The Lady of Clockwork
Rating Pending
Views: 1,422
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

karthus is not R key

Build by Guest updated June 20, 2011
  • Orianna, The Lady of Clockwork
Rating Pending
Views: 1,839
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Karthus: Who needs defence?

Build by Shring updated June 19, 2011
  • Orianna, The Lady of Clockwork
Rating Pending
Views: 1,299
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Karthus, how to make everyone hate you

Build by ultimatejack updated June 19, 2011
  • Orianna, The Lady of Clockwork
Rating Pending
Views: 1,857
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Legendary karthus

Build by TheGuyBehindYou updated June 19, 2011
  • Orianna, The Lady of Clockwork
Rating Pending
Views: 1,602
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

i cant believe this works

Build by z3r013 updated June 19, 2011
  • Orianna, The Lady of Clockwork
Rating Pending
Views: 1,669
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Karthus, Death Itself.

Build by Carborane updated June 13, 2011
  • Orianna, The Lady of Clockwork
Rating Pending
Views: 1,264
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Cookiesh stuff

Build by Guest updated June 12, 2011
  • Orianna, The Lady of Clockwork
Rating Pending
Views: 1,291
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Karthus - Skeletonzzz Killing spree

Build by intzi updated June 10, 2011
  • Orianna, The Lady of Clockwork
Rating Pending
Views: 1,465
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Karthus requim spammer

Build by Jack107 updated June 10, 2011
  • Orianna, The Lady of Clockwork
Rating Pending
Views: 1,541

Karthus Build Stats

Patch 10.19: 394571 matches scanned * Each section of the build is rated independently of the others

Karthus's Runes

Karthus's Best Runes 52%

Win Rate 8836 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 1927 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 55%

Win Rate 789 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 50%

Win Rate 21350 Games

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  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Summoner Spells 61%

Win Rate 70 Games

Smite Ignite

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Summoner Spells 53%

Win Rate 429 Games

Exhaust Smite

Karthus's Starters

Karthus's Best Starter Items 50%

Win Rate 21710 Games

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  • 2

Trinket

Karthus's Best Trinket 51%

Win Rate 14301 Games

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Trinket 47%

Win Rate 6236 Games

Warding Totem

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Trinket 46%

Win Rate 1347 Games

Farsight Alteration
Don’t forget
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Karthus's Ability Order

Karthus's Best Ability Order 68%

Win Rate 3327 Games

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Ability Order 67%

Win Rate 1243 Games

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Ability Order 59%

Win Rate 98 Games

Patch 10.19: 394574 matches scanned * Each section of the build is rated independently of the others

Karthus's Runes

Karthus's Best Runes 56%

Win Rate 1103 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 63%

Win Rate 158 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 59%

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

Karthus's Summoner Spells

Karthus's Best Summoner Spells 56%

Win Rate 1926 Games

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Summoner Spells 61%

Win Rate 51 Games

Flash Ignite

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Summoner Spells 53%

Win Rate 318 Games

Flash Teleport

Karthus's Starters

Karthus's Best Starter Items 54%

Win Rate 2727 Games

  • 1

Trinket

Karthus's Best Trinket 57%

Win Rate 1284 Games

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Trinket 52%

Win Rate 1192 Games

Warding Totem

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Trinket 58%

Win Rate 142 Games

Oracle Lens
Don’t forget
to Buy Wards

Karthus's Ability Order

Karthus's Best Ability Order 74%

Win Rate 99 Games

  • 1
  • 2
Patch 10.19: 394588 matches scanned * Each section of the build is rated independently of the others

Karthus's Runes

Karthus's Best Runes 59%

Win Rate 152 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 58%

Win Rate 69 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 54%

Win Rate 293 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 53%

Win Rate 1229 Games

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Summoner Spells 49%

Win Rate 889 Games

Flash Teleport

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Summoner Spells 50%

Win Rate 329 Games

Flash Ignite

Karthus's Starters

Karthus's Best Starter Items 52%

Win Rate 3341 Games

  • 1

Trinket

Karthus's Best Trinket 50%

Win Rate 1789 Games

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Trinket 54%

Win Rate 808 Games

Farsight Alteration

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Trinket 52%

Win Rate 189 Games

Oracle Lens
Don’t forget
to Buy Wards

Karthus's Ability Order

Karthus's Best Ability Order 70%

Win Rate 233 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 / 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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