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LoL Champion Build Guides: Karthus

Karthus The Deathsinger

Find the best Karthus build guides for League of Legends S12 Patch 12.2. The MOBAFire community works hard to keep their LoL builds and guides updated, and will help you craft the best Karthus build for the S12 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

Karthus ARAM run it down mid build 70%+ winrate easy games e

Build by woohoobb updated November 23, 2018
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LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

AS AD KARTHUS [OTP] [#1 IN KR SERVER[

Build by Guest updated December 15, 2018
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LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

karthus mid

Build by Guest updated July 4, 2019
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LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

[90% Winrate] NA KARTHUS GUIDE

Build by BeHumbleFriends updated June 6, 2019
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LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Karthush

Build by Nacilion updated April 24, 2019
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LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

KARTHUS JG

Build by T0RTU updated March 17, 2019
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LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Karthus BRONZE/SILVER/GOLD

Build by Guest updated March 8, 2019
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LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

best khartus build for pentakill

Build by XxtriggeredxX updated March 8, 2019
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LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

RANKED FIRST 10 RANKED MATCH CARRY KARTHUS BUILD :)

Build by Peoy updated February 6, 2019
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LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

kartus

Build by Guest updated February 1, 2019
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LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

How To Spam R

Build by Zetrok Bot updated January 25, 2019
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LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Karthus Bot *Dark Karvest* (Tons of Damage) S9

Build by YoungMaistro updated January 19, 2019
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LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Mid karthus

Build by rx7jdm updated January 18, 2019
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LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Karthus 8.24 / 9.1

Build by PastorKarthus updated January 3, 2019
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LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Karthus ADC

Build by Guest updated December 19, 2018
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LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Karthus ADC Dark Harvest / God of Death

Build by OtaBerserker updated December 15, 2018
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LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Karthus FAST ULTI CD Patch 8.24 Dark Hervest

Build by animeexxx updated December 11, 2018
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LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Karthus Pre-season Build

Build by Kertze4 updated December 2, 2018
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LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

KARTHUS JUNGLE DARK HARVEST

Build by Guest updated November 30, 2018
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LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Agony, Ecstasy, Peace. Karthus Support Guide.

Build by Ditsunai updated November 26, 2018
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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 12.2. 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 12.2: 249505 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 1644 Games

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  • 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 49%

Win Rate 1324 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 50%

Win Rate 1026 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
More Karthus Runes

Karthus's Summoner Spells

Karthus's Best Summoner Spells 47%

Win Rate 5235 Games

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  • 3

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Summoner Spells 49%

Win Rate 4978 Games

Exhaust Smite

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Summoner Spells 51%

Win Rate 103 Games

Exhaust Flash

Karthus's Starters

Karthus's Best Starter Items 47%

Win Rate 4749 Games

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Trinket

Karthus's Best Trinket 48%

Win Rate 7318 Games

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  • 3

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Trinket 46%

Win Rate 2390 Games

Stealth Ward

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Trinket 46%

Win Rate 870 Games

Farsight Alteration
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Karthus's Ability Order

Karthus's Best Ability Order 65%

Win Rate 1910 Games

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Patch 11.20: 494917 matches scanned * Each section of the build is rated independently of the others

Karthus's Top Items

Karthus's Runes

Karthus's Best Runes 55%

Win Rate 418 Games

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  • 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 57%

Win Rate 134 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 54%

Win Rate 330 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
More Karthus Runes

Karthus's Summoner Spells

Karthus's Best Summoner Spells 53%

Win Rate 1592 Games

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  • 3

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Summoner Spells 53%

Win Rate 168 Games

Flash Teleport

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Summoner Spells 52%

Win Rate 109 Games

Flash Heal

Karthus's Starters

Karthus's Best Starter Items 71%

Win Rate 28 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.

Trinket

Karthus's Best Trinket 55%

Win Rate 1137 Games

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Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Trinket 51%

Win Rate 697 Games

Stealth Ward

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Trinket 54%

Win Rate 137 Games

Oracle Lens
Don’t forget
to Buy Wards

Karthus's Ability Order

Karthus's Best Ability Order 100%

Win Rate 1 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.
Patch 12.2: 249509 matches scanned * Each section of the build is rated independently of the others

Karthus's Top Items

Karthus's Runes

Karthus's Best Runes 61%

Win Rate 102 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: 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 59%

Win Rate 78 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 57%

Win Rate 61 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 52%

Win Rate 1169 Games

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  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Summoner Spells 55%

Win Rate 188 Games

Flash Barrier

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Summoner Spells 54%

Win Rate 252 Games

Flash Ignite

Karthus's Starters

Karthus's Best Starter Items 53%

Win Rate 1605 Games

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  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Starter Items 48%

Win Rate 444 Games

Health Potion Tear of the Goddess

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Starter Items 46%

Win Rate 79 Games

Corrupting Potion

Trinket

Karthus's Best Trinket 50%

Win Rate 1290 Games

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  • 3

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Trinket 52%

Win Rate 894 Games

Farsight Alteration

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Trinket 57%

Win Rate 215 Games

Oracle Lens
Don’t forget
to Buy Wards

Karthus's Ability Order

Karthus's Best Ability Order 68%

Win Rate 218 Games

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Patch 12.2: 249517 matches scanned * Each section of the build is rated independently of the others

Karthus's Top Items

Karthus's Runes

Karthus's Best Runes 52%

Win Rate 63 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: 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 47%

Win Rate 58 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

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Runes 0%

Win Rate Games

LoL Path:

LoL Path:
More Karthus Runes

Karthus's Summoner Spells

Karthus's Best Summoner Spells 53%

Win Rate 255 Games

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  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Summoner Spells 49%

Win Rate 429 Games

Flash Teleport

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Summoner Spells 39%

Win Rate 102 Games

Flash Ignite

Karthus's Starters

Karthus's Best Starter Items 48%

Win Rate 575 Games

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  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Starter Items 53%

Win Rate 59 Games

Corrupting Potion

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Starter Items 50%

Win Rate 171 Games

Health Potion Tear of the Goddess

Trinket

Karthus's Best Trinket 54%

Win Rate 285 Games

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  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Trinket 47%

Win Rate 563 Games

Stealth Ward

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Trinket 49%

Win Rate 86 Games

Oracle Lens
Don’t forget
to Buy Wards

Karthus's Ability Order

Karthus's Best Ability Order 67%

Win Rate 75 Games

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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 15 / 25 / 35 / 45 / 55 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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