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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!

Season 9 Builds
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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
Rating Pending
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
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Karthus ONE SHOT (Top/Mid)

Build by Warrion99 updated November 20, 2018
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Rafamantis Karthus Jungle -

Build by Rafamantis updated November 1, 2019
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Best Low Elo Stomper Karthus!!!

Build by hord_on_pc updated October 7, 2019
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Press R | Karthus Jg Guide (9.17)

Build by pooploI updated September 1, 2019
Season 8 Guides
9.8
47
Votes
1
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

[8.14][EU MASTER] Karthus Mid and Top Guide by Wengster

Guide by TheWengster updated July 19, 2018
  • In-depth
8.9
24
Votes
1
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

[7.24] 85% W/R Diamond Karthus: Death Defied

Guide by EvilLurker updated December 9, 2017
8.1
31
Votes
8
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Sir Farmalot - A guide to becoming rich as hell

Guide by Fellish updated July 6, 2018
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

7.15; Sing with your final breath!

Guide by XerxikLinaak updated December 16, 2017
Season 8 Builds
8.6
26
Votes
4
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Oneshot Karthus

Build by Warrion99 updated August 19, 2018
8.6
25
Votes
5
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Support Win Rate 68% Karthus Support/Late Game Carry / How t

Build by SlowInHurry updated October 24, 2018
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Humble in defeat, C9 Nunu Karthus All Lanes (S8)

Build by larvido updated January 9, 2018
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Standard Karthus Mid Guide [8.18]

Build by Guest updated September 20, 2018
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

ARURF BEAST ? S8

Build by Guest updated July 10, 2018
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LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Personal Karthus Build - Potokeł

Build by Potokel updated April 19, 2018
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

freight train722's guide to klepto karthus top

Build by freight train722 updated March 26, 2018
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Karthus TOP and MID (OneShot)

Build by Warrion99 updated October 28, 2018
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Karthus jungle build

Build by Guest updated June 18, 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 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: 235967 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 2813 Games

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  • 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 53%

Win Rate 1525 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 60%

Win Rate 136 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 49%

Win Rate 5984 Games

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  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Summoner Spells 51%

Win Rate 3901 Games

Exhaust Smite

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Summoner Spells 53%

Win Rate 77 Games

Smite Ignite

Karthus's Starters

Karthus's Best Starter Items 50%

Win Rate 5119 Games

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  • 2

Trinket

Karthus's Best Trinket 50%

Win Rate 7013 Games

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  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Trinket 47%

Win Rate 2359 Games

Stealth Ward

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Trinket 49%

Win Rate 626 Games

Farsight Alteration
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Karthus's Ability Order

Karthus's Best Ability Order 68%

Win Rate 1512 Games

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Top Karthus Players

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

Patch 11.12: 235967 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 51 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 163 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 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: 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 874 Games

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  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Summoner Spells 54%

Win Rate 174 Games

Flash Ignite

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Summoner Spells 49%

Win Rate 406 Games

Flash Teleport

Karthus's Starters

Karthus's Best Starter Items 54%

Win Rate 1244 Games

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Trinket

Karthus's Best Trinket 55%

Win Rate 555 Games

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  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Trinket 51%

Win Rate 978 Games

Stealth Ward

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Trinket 49%

Win Rate 116 Games

Oracle Lens
Don’t forget
to Buy Wards

Karthus's Ability Order

Karthus's Best Ability Order 66%

Win Rate 180 Games

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  • 2

Top Karthus Players

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

Patch 11.12: 235969 matches scanned * Each section of the build is rated independently of the others

Karthus's Top Items

Karthus's Runes

Karthus's Best Runes 60%

Win Rate 126 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 132 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 112 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 580 Games

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Summoner Spells 59%

Win Rate 63 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 549 Games

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  • 2

Trinket

Karthus's Best Trinket 57%

Win Rate 394 Games

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  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Trinket 57%

Win Rate 56 Games

Oracle Lens

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Trinket 49%

Win Rate 319 Games

Stealth Ward
Don’t forget
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Karthus's Ability Order

Karthus's Best Ability Order 73%

Win Rate 41 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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