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LoL Champion Build Guides: Karthus

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Karthus The Deathsinger

Find the best Karthus build guides for League of Legends Patch 11.9. 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 7 Builds
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

karthus top/mid

Build by Guest updated July 31, 2017
  • 7.15
Rating Pending
Views: 2,143
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Karthus Mid - (The build I use to climb)

Build by Guest updated July 13, 2017
  • 7.14
Rating Pending
Views: 1,981
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

THE DEATHSINGER !! 40% COOLDOWN+1800 EXTRA MANA +500 ABILITY

Build by A4Man updated June 18, 2017
  • 7.12
Rating Pending
Views: 2,892
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

PRESS R TO WIN

Build by MACKWAVE ALPHA updated June 15, 2017
  • 7.12
Rating Pending
Views: 5,454
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Karthus NEEDS NERFING OP

Build by DBWinner updated May 27, 2017
  • 7.10
Rating Pending
Views: 2,322
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Karthus lv OP

Build by ArabicMaple updated March 29, 2017
  • 7.6
Rating Pending
Views: 1,957
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

STOPM ESTILO BRASIL

Build by Di15 updated February 28, 2017
  • 7.4
Rating Pending
Views: 1,877
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Karthus BR

Build by Di15 updated February 28, 2017
  • 7.4
Rating Pending
Views: 1,397
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

KARTHUS BUILD SEASON 7

Build by seetherk updated February 9, 2017
  • 7.3
Rating Pending
Views: 5,420
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

1000+ ult

Build by Guest updated January 28, 2017
  • 7.2
Rating Pending
Views: 1,064
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

A real karthus guide

Build by illegalbagel updated January 15, 2017
  • 7.1
Rating Pending
Views: 1,454
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

karhus jungle Homeless

Build by still clean updated January 12, 2017
  • 7.1
Rating Pending
Views: 630
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Optimal Karthus Build

Build by BCD29 updated January 11, 2017
  • 7.1
Rating Pending
Views: 1,364
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

True dmg Karthus

Build by Nazemi updated December 18, 2016
  • 6.24
Rating Pending
Views: 2,293
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Ultimate Karthus Support

Build by Guest updated December 16, 2016
  • 6.24
Rating Pending
Views: 6,892
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Season 7 - The souls are crying for Peace.

Build by Urquharts updated December 16, 2016
  • 6.24
Rating Pending
Views: 2,255
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Karthus Reintroduced in Season 7

Build by H1ghV0ltag3 updated December 10, 2016
  • 6.24
Rating Pending
Views: 1,722
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Karthus Glass Cannon Build (Patch 6.18)

Build by countryheartmetalsoul updated December 9, 2016
  • 6.24
Rating Pending
Views: 3,806
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Karthus mid s6 build for ranked

Build by plo0plo updated November 23, 2016
  • 6.23
Rating Pending
Views: 2,641
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Karthus Guide

Build by Guest updated December 3, 2016
  • 6.23
Rating Pending
Views: 876

Karthus Build Stats

Patch 11.9: 712046 matches scanned * Each section of the build is rated independently of the others

Karthus's Runes

Karthus's Best Runes 50%

Win Rate 4321 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 52%

Win Rate 2255 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 62%

Win Rate 116 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

Inspiration
LoL Path: Inspiration
LoL Rune: Magical Footwear
Magical Footwear
LoL Rune: Cosmic Insight
Cosmic Insight

Karthus's Summoner Spells

Karthus's Best Summoner Spells 48%

Win Rate 9364 Games

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  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Summoner Spells 51%

Win Rate 5018 Games

Exhaust Smite

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Summoner Spells 48%

Win Rate 122 Games

Smite Ignite

Karthus's Starters

Karthus's Best Starter Items 49%

Win Rate 8485 Games

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  • 2
  • 3

Trinket

Karthus's Best Trinket 50%

Win Rate 10167 Games

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  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Trinket 47%

Win Rate 3490 Games

Stealth Ward

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Trinket 44%

Win Rate 885 Games

Farsight Alteration
Don’t forget
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Karthus's Ability Order

Karthus's Best Ability Order 65%

Win Rate 2298 Games

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Patch 11.9: 712049 matches scanned * Each section of the build is rated independently of the others

Karthus's Runes

Karthus's Best Runes 61%

Win Rate 84 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 53%

Win Rate 235 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 89 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 51%

Win Rate 989 Games

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  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Summoner Spells 54%

Win Rate 160 Games

Flash Barrier

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Summoner Spells 51%

Win Rate 240 Games

Flash Ignite

Karthus's Starters

Karthus's Best Starter Items 51%

Win Rate 1576 Games

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  • 2

Trinket

Karthus's Best Trinket 48%

Win Rate 1273 Games

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  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Trinket 51%

Win Rate 640 Games

Farsight Alteration

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Trinket 53%

Win Rate 166 Games

Oracle Lens
Don’t forget
to Buy Wards

Karthus's Ability Order

Karthus's Best Ability Order 70%

Win Rate 154 Games

  • 1
  • 2
Patch 11.9: 712051 matches scanned * Each section of the build is rated independently of the others

Karthus's Runes

Karthus's Best Runes 60%

Win Rate 57 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: Last Stand
Last Stand

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Runes 59%

Win Rate 135 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 115 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

Karthus's Summoner Spells

Karthus's Best Summoner Spells 55%

Win Rate 709 Games

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Summoner Spells 54%

Win Rate 103 Games

Flash Teleport

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Summoner Spells 42%

Win Rate 91 Games

Flash Heal

Karthus's Starters

Karthus's Best Starter Items 55%

Win Rate 713 Games

  • 1
  • 2

Trinket

Karthus's Best Trinket 55%

Win Rate 535 Games

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Trinket 57%

Win Rate 65 Games

Oracle Lens

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Trinket 51%

Win Rate 373 Games

Stealth Ward
Don’t forget
to Buy Wards

Karthus's Ability Order

Karthus's Best Ability Order 59%

Win Rate 59 Games

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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 / 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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