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Katarina Build Guides, Runes and Items

Katarina The Sinister Blade

Find the best Katarina build guides for League of Legends S12 Patch 12.19. The MOBAFire community works hard to keep their LoL builds and guides updated, and will help you craft the best Katarina build for the S12 meta. Learn more about Katarina's abilities, skins, or even ask your own questions to the community!

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Katarina Build & Runes

If you're looking for the best rune build for Katarina we've got you covered. Below you can find the best items and runes to build for Katarina, as determined by calculations of thousands of Plat+ League of Legends games. If you are already familiar with how to play Katarina this is a great resource to quickly get a good rune selection for Patch 12.19. However, if you are a new Katarina player we highly recommend reading through some of the guides above to learn why this build is strong on Katarina!

Patch 12.16: 469470 matches scanned * Each section of the build is rated independently of the others

Katarina's Runes

Katarina's Best Runes 48%

Win Rate 6463 Games

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Precision
LoL Path: Precision
LoL Rune: Conqueror
Conqueror
LoL Rune: Triumph
Triumph
LoL Rune: Legend: Tenacity
Legend: Tenacity
LoL Rune: Last Stand
Last Stand

Resolve
LoL Path: Resolve
LoL Rune: Conditioning
Conditioning
LoL Rune: Overgrowth
Overgrowth

Second Best

Katarina's 2nd Best Runes 50%

Win Rate 5198 Games

Domination
LoL Path: Domination
LoL Rune: Electrocute
Electrocute
LoL Rune: Sudden Impact
Sudden Impact
LoL Rune: Eyeball Collection
Eyeball Collection
LoL Rune: Relentless Hunter
Relentless Hunter

Precision
LoL Path: Precision
LoL Rune: Coup de Grace
Coup de Grace
LoL Rune: Triumph
Triumph

Third Best

Katarina's 3rd Best Runes 49%

Win Rate 5117 Games

Precision
LoL Path: Precision
LoL Rune: Conqueror
Conqueror
LoL Rune: Triumph
Triumph
LoL Rune: Legend: Tenacity
Legend: Tenacity
LoL Rune: Last Stand
Last Stand

Domination
LoL Path: Domination
LoL Rune: Relentless Hunter
Relentless Hunter
LoL Rune: Sudden Impact
Sudden Impact

Katarina's Summoner Spells

Katarina's Best Summoner Spells 49%

Win Rate 74643 Games

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Second Best

Katarina's 2nd Best Summoner Spells 50%

Win Rate 1781 Games

Exhaust Ignite

Third Best

Katarina's 3rd Best Summoner Spells 47%

Win Rate 1904 Games

Teleport Ignite

Katarina's Starters

Katarina's Best Starter Items 50%

Win Rate 12061 Games

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Second Best

Katarina's 2nd Best Starter Items 50%

Win Rate 25342 Games

Dark Seal Refillable Potion

Third Best

Katarina's 3rd Best Starter Items 49%

Win Rate 15847 Games

Long Sword Health Potion

Trinket

Katarina's Best Trinket 53%

Win Rate 22909 Games

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Second Best

Katarina's 2nd Best Trinket 49%

Win Rate 10336 Games

Farsight Alteration

Third Best

Katarina's 3rd Best Trinket 48%

Win Rate 47127 Games

Stealth Ward
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Katarina's Ability Order

Katarina's Best Ability Order 66%

Win Rate 6776 Games

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Patch 12.16: 469470 matches scanned * Each section of the build is rated independently of the others

Katarina's Runes

Katarina's Best Runes 64%

Win Rate 59 Games

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Precision
LoL Path: Precision
LoL Rune: Conqueror
Conqueror
LoL Rune: Triumph
Triumph
LoL Rune: Legend: Tenacity
Legend: Tenacity
LoL Rune: Coup de Grace
Coup de Grace

Domination
LoL Path: Domination
LoL Rune: Relentless Hunter
Relentless Hunter
LoL Rune: Sudden Impact
Sudden Impact

Second Best

Katarina's 2nd Best Runes 60%

Win Rate 251 Games

Domination
LoL Path: Domination
LoL Rune: Electrocute
Electrocute
LoL Rune: Sudden Impact
Sudden Impact
LoL Rune: Eyeball Collection
Eyeball Collection
LoL Rune: Relentless Hunter
Relentless Hunter

Precision
LoL Path: Precision
LoL Rune: Coup de Grace
Coup de Grace
LoL Rune: Triumph
Triumph

Third Best

Katarina's 3rd Best Runes 58%

Win Rate 55 Games

Precision
LoL Path: Precision
LoL Rune: Conqueror
Conqueror
LoL Rune: Triumph
Triumph
LoL Rune: Legend: Tenacity
Legend: Tenacity
LoL Rune: Last Stand
Last Stand

Domination
LoL Path: Domination
LoL Rune: Treasure Hunter
Treasure Hunter
LoL Rune: Sudden Impact
Sudden Impact

Katarina's Summoner Spells

Katarina's Best Summoner Spells 52%

Win Rate 5722 Games

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Second Best

Katarina's 2nd Best Summoner Spells 56%

Win Rate 80 Games

Ghost Ignite

Third Best

Katarina's 3rd Best Summoner Spells 47%

Win Rate 708 Games

Teleport Ignite

Katarina's Starters

Katarina's Best Starter Items 53%

Win Rate 1776 Games

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Second Best

Katarina's 2nd Best Starter Items 50%

Win Rate 1328 Games

Long Sword Health Potion

Third Best

Katarina's 3rd Best Starter Items 53%

Win Rate 979 Games

Dark Seal Health Potion

Trinket

Katarina's Best Trinket 49%

Win Rate 4075 Games

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  • 3

Second Best

Katarina's 2nd Best Trinket 55%

Win Rate 1825 Games

Oracle Lens

Third Best

Katarina's 3rd Best Trinket 50%

Win Rate 979 Games

Farsight Alteration
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Katarina's Ability Order

Katarina's Best Ability Order 65%

Win Rate 584 Games

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Katarina 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 Katarina guides to see how to build and play against other champions you may find yourself up against!


This counter data is for Katarina Mid in Plat+ games. The percent shown is the enemy champion's counter rating against Katarina. 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.

CR is Counter Rating, which is a combination of multiple counter factors. Counters shown are for Katarina Katarina Mid

Best Against Katarina

Detailed counter statistics are still being gathered for this Champion

Worst Against Katarina

Detailed counter statistics are still being gathered for this Champion

Katarina Skins

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Katarina's Abilities

Katarina's Voracity
Voracity Katarina's Passive Katarina's Passive
340
Katarina's Passive
Katarina's Passive
Whenever an enemy champion dies that Katarina has damaged in the last 3 seconds, her ability cooldowns are reduced by 15 seconds.

If Katarina picks up a Dagger, she uses it to slash through all nearby enemies, dealing 68−240 (+55 / 66 / 77 / 88% of ability power) (+0.65 per bonus attack damage) magic damage.
Q
Katarina's Bouncing Blades
Bouncing Blades Katarina's Q Ability
625
0
11 / 10 / 9 / 8 / 7
Katarina throws a dagger, dealing 75 / 105 / 135 / 165 / 195 (+30% of ability power) magic damage to the target and 2 nearby enemies. The dagger then ricochets onto the ground behind the primary target.
W
Katarina's Preparation
Preparation Katarina's W Ability
Self
0
15 / 14 / 13 / 12 / 11
Katarina tosses a Dagger into the air and gains 50 / 60 / 70 / 80 / 90% movement speed decaying over 1.25 seconds.
E
Katarina's Shunpo
Shunpo Katarina's E Ability
725
0
14 / 12.5 / 11 / 9.5 / 8
Katarina dashes in the blink of an eye to the target ally, enemy, or Dagger. If it is an enemy, Katarina strikes for 20 / 35 / 50 / 65 / 80 (+25% of ability power) (+0.4 per attack damage) magic damage - otherwise she strikes the nearest enemy in range.

Picking up a Dagger will reduce this ability's cooldown by 78 / 84 / 90 / 96%. Katarina can blink to any location near the target.
R
Katarina's Death Lotus
Death Lotus Katarina's Ultimate (R) Ability
550
0
90 / 60 / 45 / 45 / 45
Katarina becomes a flurry of blades, rapidly attacking the three nearest enemy champions with a flurry of knives. Each knife deals 25 / 37.5 / 50 (+19% of ability power) magic damage and 16% (+12.8% per 1.0 total attack speed) attack damage as physical damage, and applies 40% grievous wounds for 3 seconds.

Total over 2.5 seconds to each enemy: 375 / 562.5 / 750 (+285% of ability power) magic damage and 240% (+192% per 1.0 total attack speed) attack damage as physical damage.

Questions About Katarina

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Give me some tips.

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Mercurial Scimitar on AP Katarina

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Who To Buy?

Hello My Fellow Summoners, I have a dilemma. I've 3150 IP, however I'm unsure who to buy. The most appealing two are Katarina and LeBlanc. I've tried both in Free Weeks, but I'm unsure who to buy. I really prefer to have lots of damage, poke,...

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