Karthus Build
D
Jungle

Karthus Build

Death Defied
Lay Waste
Q
Wall of Pain
W
Defile
E
Requiem
R
Mage
Mage
16/17
Win/Loss
<1%
Pick Rate
10%
Ban Rate

Matchups

Karthus is strong against
53%
53%
52%
52%
51%
Warwick
51%
Taliyah
51%
Fiddlesticks
51%
Graves
51%
Lillia
51%
Wukong
50%
Poppy
49%
Kindred
49%
Rek'Sai
49%
Amumu
49%
Rammus
49%
Nidalee
48%
Diana
48%
Hecarim
48%
Elise
48%
Karthus is weak against
Evelynn
42%
Shyvana
43%
Sejuani
43%
Volibear
44%
Xin Zhao
45%
Zed
45%
Zac
45%
Bel'Veth
46%
Kha'Zix
46%
Kayn
46%
Rengar
47%
Ekko
47%
Master Yi
47%
Nocturne
47%
Trundle
48%
Nunu & Willump
48%
Vi
48%
Pantheon
48%
Elise
48%
Hecarim
48%

Early Karthus Build

Summoner Spells
FlashSmite
83%
194
Smite
17%
40
Starter Items
Hailblade
Refillable Potion
83%
194
Refillable Potion
17%
40
Starter Trinket
Stealth Ward
79%
185
Oracle Lens
21%
49
Item
First
Second
Liandry's Anguish
82%
191
Luden's Tempest
15%
35
Mejai's Soulstealer
2%
6

Karthus Item Build

Mythic Item
Liandry's Anguish
82%
192
Luden's Tempest
17%
40
<1%
1
Item Buy Order
Two
Three
Liandry's Anguish
Shadowflame
33%
70
Liandry's Anguish
Zhonya's Hourglass
18%
38
Liandry's Anguish
Mejai's Soulstealer
11%
24
Core Items
Liandry's Anguish
82%
192
Shadowflame
49%
116
Void Staff
45%
106
Zhonya's Hourglass
34%
79
Rabadon's Deathcap
31%
74
Mejai's Soulstealer
25%
60
Luden's Tempest
17%
40
Rylai's Crystal Scepter
6%
14
Morellonomicon
4%
11
Final Boots
Sorcerer's Shoes
>99%
231
<1%
1
<1%
1
Final Trinket
Oracle Lens
70%
156
25%
55
Stealth Ward
6%
13

Abilities

Spell Skill Priority
Lay Waste
Q
Defile
E
Wall of Pain
W
>99%
232
Lay Waste
Q
Wall of Pain
W
Defile
E
<1%
2
Lay Waste
Q
Wall of Pain
W
Defile
E
Requiem
R

Runes

Domination + Precision
1
2
3
Domination
Domination
Electrocute
Predator
Dark Harvest
Hail of Blades
Cheap Shot
Taste of Blood
Sudden Impact
Zombie Ward
Ghost Poro
Eyeball Collection
Treasure Hunter
Ingenious Hunter
Relentless Hunter
Ultimate Hunter
Precision
Precision
Overheal
Triumph
Presence of Mind
Legend: Alacrity
Legend: Tenacity
Legend: Bloodline
Coup de Grace
Cut Down
Last Stand
Offense
Offense
Offense
Offense
Flex
Flex
Defense
Flex
Flex

How to play Karthus

Karthus
Karthus – the Deathsinger – is based on our LoL Tier List on patch
12.15
a -Tier Jungle Jungle champion. Based on ranked matches from summoners with a PLATINUM+ tier,
Karthus
Karthus has a win rate of
47.9%
, a pick rate of
2.4%
, a ban rate of
2.4%
and an average KDA Ratio of
0.0
, which shows that the
Mage
Mage is in a risky spot in the current meta of season 12. If you want to learn how to play Karthus on your matches, keep in mind that this champion is mechanically advanced to play in LoL. This Karthus guide will give you also an understanding on how to beat Karthus. The upcoming LoL Karthus Jungle Build is the most popular build picked by many Pros.

Pregame Build

In champion select you need to choose your

Karthus
Karthus runes and summoner spells. The best Karthus Jungle Runes
12.15
are
Inspiration as the primary path and
Domination
Domination as the secondary path. The most supportive
Karthus
Karthus keystone rune is
First Strike.
Flash
Flash and
Smite
Smite are the summoner spells, which fits this LoL Karthus Build the most.

Item Build on Karthus

The starter items for the best Karthus Build on patch

12.15
are
Hailblade
Hailblade,
Refillable Potion
Refillable Potion, and a
Stealth Ward
Stealth Ward as the trinket. 75% of all Karthus Probuilds include
Liandry's Anguish
Liandry's Anguish as the favoured mythic item. As the game progresses, the most popular
Karthus
Karthus items are
Liandry's Anguish
Liandry's Anguish and
Void Staff
Void Staff.
Sorcerer's Shoes
Sorcerer's Shoes are the most bought
Karthus
Karthus boots by Pros. This Karthus Build will vastly increase your chances to gain LP and to climb the leaderboard in LoL.

Karthus Abilities

At the beginning of a match start to skill the ability

Lay Waste
Lay Waste on
Karthus
Karthus. As the match progresses, it is best to maximise
Lay Waste
Lay Waste into
Defile
Defile and at last
Wall of Pain
Wall of Pain.
Lay Waste
Lay Waste is a very strong ability of
Karthus
Karthus in order to build up a lead and dominate your opponents. The passive is called
Death Defied
Death Defied and there is no need to set it manually on a Karthus Build.

Select one of the abilities below in order to start a clip of the ability:
Death Defied
Lay Waste
Q
Wall of Pain
W
Defile
E
Requiem
R
Death Defied

Upon dying, Karthus enters a spirit form that allows him to continue casting spells.

Biography

The harbinger of oblivion, Karthus is an undying spirit whose haunting songs are a prelude to the horror of his nightmarish appearance. The living fear the eternity of undeath, but Karthus sees only beauty and purity in its embrace, a perfect union of life and death. When Karthus emerges from the Shadow Isles, it is to bring the joy of death to mortals, an apostle of the unliving.

Read Karthus's bio

Available Karthus Skins

Besides the Karthus build you can select a skin for Karthus. The best Karthus skins you can find below.

Explore

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