Builds And Runes: Karthus Champion's Guide

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Karthus is a mage champion. Despite being a fragile champion, Karthus has great damage potential. Due to his passive ability, Karthus can continue to deal damage even after being killed. Also, he can quickly clear jungle fields and routes. Typically, this champion is used in the wild. It can also be used in the middle lane.

Champion Description

“Being the harbinger of the end, Karthus is an immortal spirit whose haunting songs are a prelude to the terror of his ghastly appearance. The living fear the undead's eternity, but Karthus sees only beauty and purity in their embrace, a perfect union of life and death. When Karthus emerges from the Shadow Isles, he brings the joy of death to mortals as an apostle of the undead.”

Karthus' abilities

(Passive) Death's Challenge: Upon death, Karthus enters a spirit form that allows him to continue casting abilities for 7 seconds.

(Q) Devastate: Karthus blasts a location after a delay, dealing damage to nearby enemies. Deals more damage to isolated enemies.

(W) Barrier of Pain: Karthus creates a surmountable barrier of parasitic energy. Any enemy units that pass through it have their Movement Speed ​​and Magic Resist reduced for a period of time.

(E) Pervert: Karthus passively steals energy from his victims, gaining Mana with each kill. It can also surround itself with the souls of its prey, dealing damage to nearby enemies but quickly draining its own Mana.

(R) Requiem: After channeling for 3 seconds, Karthus damages all enemy champions.

Builds e Runas de Karthus

These are currently the most used runes for this champion. (Patch 10.14)

It is worth remembering that the secondary runes can be changed depending on your opponents.

Evolution of in-game skills

Below is how most players evolve their champion's skills in-game.

most used spells

The most used spells for this champion are:

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  • Flash
  • To strike

most used items

The items shown below are the ones most used by Karthus players. It is worth remembering that some items can be changed according to opposing champions.

Starting Items

  • Hunter's Talisman
  • Potion with Refill

End Items

  • Enchantment: Runic Echoes
  • Sorcerer's Shoes
  • morellonomicon
  • Rabadon's Death Hood
  • Zhonya's hourglass
  • Staff of the Void

Karthus Tips and Tricks

  • The (Q) Devastate skill deals double damage when the spell only hits one target, it's up to you to use this to optimize your jungle and deal damage to enemy champions.
  • The (Q) Devastate and (W) Wall of Pain skill give vision when used. Use them to check bushes where you don't have a ward.
  • The (W) Wall of Pain skill reduces the magic resistance of enemies that pass through it.
  • The (R) Requiem skill takes 3 seconds to cast, be careful your opponents don't cancel the skill while channeling.

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