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LoL Champion Build Guides: Karthus

Karthus The Deathsinger

Find the best Karthus build guides for League of Legends S11 Patch 11.13. 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
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LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Agony, ecstasy, peace

Build by TheWhiteCube updated November 28, 2016
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LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Karthus Season 7 with BOL

Build by pepsip12 updated November 11, 2016
Season 6 Guides
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20
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LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

I'll put you... in my book!

Guide by DarkKurisu updated March 12, 2016
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LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Karthus Support (NEW) Season 6......Extremely OP

Guide by Pheonixfirebird3 updated December 13, 2015
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LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Karthus Bonbec master

Guide by Gaufre99 updated May 19, 2016
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LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Karthus- " I AM BECOME DEATH" AP Carry

Guide by UserBry updated October 9, 2016
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LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

A Noobs Guide to the Rift: Karthus the Deathsinger

Guide by Pale King updated July 5, 2016
Season 6 Builds
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LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Broken ---3,2k HP---1k+AP---20 Flat+42%MagicPen---

Build by BB 7UP updated January 10, 2016
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LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

[6.12] REVOLUTIONIZING KARTHUS GAMEPLAY, "THE SINKARTH

Build by Axelk updated June 28, 2016
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LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Penta cooking guide 101 feat. Karthus

Build by xXLethal_BaconXx updated February 19, 2016
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LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Essence Reaper

Build by popop9897 updated January 23, 2016
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LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Kurthus Jungle

Build by Austin8249 updated December 28, 2015
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LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

1V9 GOD TIER KARTHUS

Build by Guest updated October 23, 2016
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LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Exoticdani

Build by Exotic1 updated October 19, 2016
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LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Karthus Carry

Build by Konzentrierter updated October 15, 2016
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LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

aurelion sol things

Build by MEMEMEMEME updated October 12, 2016
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LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Op karthus support ggez challenger in a week definitely viab

Build by Sean4442 updated October 10, 2016
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LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

[GERMAN/DEUTSCH] Karthus Jungle 6.19 - Break the Meta

Build by gLitchFN updated September 28, 2016
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LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

Mana and AP ocean

Build by tizentop updated September 18, 2016
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LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide
LoL Champion Karthus Build Guide

I will shred your body....AND BURN YOUR SOUL !!!! - Karthus

Build by Aenimatora updated August 29, 2016
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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 11.13. 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 11.13: 43981 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 2376 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 52%

Win Rate 1335 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 54%

Win Rate 281 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 48%

Win Rate 4784 Games

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  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Summoner Spells 49%

Win Rate 3171 Games

Exhaust Smite

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Summoner Spells 51%

Win Rate 68 Games

Smite Teleport

Karthus's Starters

Karthus's Best Starter Items 48%

Win Rate 3972 Games

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  • 2
  • 3

Trinket

Karthus's Best Trinket 49%

Win Rate 5721 Games

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  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Trinket 46%

Win Rate 1821 Games

Stealth Ward

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Trinket 49%

Win Rate 535 Games

Farsight Alteration
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Karthus's Ability Order

Karthus's Best Ability Order 66%

Win Rate 1194 Games

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Top Karthus Players

Get match statisctics & builds Top Karthus Players are using on LeagueSpy!

Patch 11.13: 43990 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 106 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 56%

Win Rate 129 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 61 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 53%

Win Rate 777 Games

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  • 3

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Summoner Spells 52%

Win Rate 94 Games

Flash Barrier

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Summoner Spells 52%

Win Rate 122 Games

Flash Ignite

Karthus's Starters

Karthus's Best Starter Items 55%

Win Rate 1084 Games

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  • 2

Trinket

Karthus's Best Trinket 55%

Win Rate 499 Games

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  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Trinket 50%

Win Rate 794 Games

Stealth Ward

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Trinket 51%

Win Rate 99 Games

Oracle Lens
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Karthus's Ability Order

Karthus's Best Ability Order 65%

Win Rate 115 Games

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Top Karthus Players

Get match statisctics & builds Top Karthus Players are using on LeagueSpy!

Patch 11.13: 44000 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 51 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: 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 103 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

Third Best

Karthus's 3rd Best Runes 56%

Win Rate 168 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
More Karthus Runes

Karthus's Summoner Spells

Karthus's Best Summoner Spells 61%

Win Rate 57 Games

  • 1
  • 2

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Summoner Spells 54%

Win Rate 534 Games

Exhaust Flash

Karthus's Starters

Karthus's Best Starter Items 55%

Win Rate 464 Games

Trinket

Karthus's Best Trinket 56%

Win Rate 375 Games

  • 1
  • 2

Second Best

Karthus's 2nd Best Trinket 52%

Win Rate 256 Games

Stealth Ward
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Karthus's Ability Order

Karthus's Best Ability Order 52%

Win Rate 25 Games

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  • 3
! 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 Karthus Players 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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