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Karthus · Guide




Power Spike (Early, Mid, Late)


Damage Type

100% AP

0% AD

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Karthus Strengths & Weaknesses

He has a really fast jungle clear. This allows him to hit major power spikes faster than the enemy Jungler.

Karthus has tons of map pressure when his Ultimate RequiemR is up. As long as he keeps an eye on the minimap at all times, he can use it to pick up kills easily.

Even when Karthus dies, he is still a threat to the enemy team thanks to his Passive as he can continue to use his Lay WasteQ and RequiemR briefly while he is dead.


Extremely farm oriented champ who can not recover from a set back with ease. If the enemy Jungler keeps invading him, he won’t be able to do much without his team’s help.

His playstyle revolves around power farming till he gets his Ultimate RequiemR. This means he won’t be able to gank or counter gank early on unless it is a guaranteed kill for him.

His Ultimate RequiemR deals meagre amounts of damage during the early game which forces him to use it only when the enemy is too low. This can be a detriment if he doesn’t have his items or if he is set back early on.

Game plan
Early game
0 - 15 min
Karthus is Average

Focus on power farming. You will need to hit level 6 as quickly as possible to unlock your Ultimate RequiemR.

Once you’re level 6, keep an eye on the minimap and the enemies health bars. Whenever your Ultimate RequiemR is up, you’ll have global map pressure.

Play safe in the early game. You need time to come online and if you fall behind, you will struggle to farm and you will delay your first major power spike.

Mid game
15 - 25 min
Karthus is Strong

Powerfarm in the mid-game. You need to earn as much gold and XP as possible so you can level up quickly.

Try to secure objectives like the Baron and Dragon. Karthus can take objectives fast thanks to his Lay WasteQ and DefileE.

Look for picks with your Wall of PainW and your Ultimate RequiemR. Catching someone out with your Wall of PainW is a great way of getting the numbers advantage while you can use your Ultimate RequiemR to pick off low health enemies.

Late game
25+ min
Karthus is Strong

Play around your Ultimate RequiemR in the late game. It deals tons of damage and you need for it to be up before committing to a fight.

Stick with your team in the late game. Getting caught out will result in your team having to play 4v5. As you’re the Jungler after all, if you die when the Baron’s up, the enemy will take it for free.

Rush objectives as soon as they spawn. You should be able to take them fast thanks to your Lay WasteQ.

Jungle pathing

Blue side

Red side

Early Game
Early Game
Power Spikes
Early game0 - 15 min

He is powerful whenever he has managed to pick his Blue Buff so that he can spam spells. He has a really quick Jungle clear speed so it should be really easy for him to reach level six quickly.

This one is situational, but Kathus gets a power spike every time he manages to pick someone off or kill someone before he hits level six. His main goal is to get his first item and his Ultimate RequiemR.

The biggest early game power spike is when he manages to get his Ultimate RequiemR. This ability can now allow him to get kills easily. All he needs to do is keep an eye out on the map.

Mid game15 - 25 min

He hits a major power spike on every AP item which he purchases. This will empower his Ultimate RequiemR and will now allow him to get out of his Jungle and hunt people down with his other abilities.

Fighting the enemy in the Jungle will be very optimal for Karthus due to how his basic abilities work. The enemy will be slowed by his Wall of PainW, while his team and he just kill the enemy team.

His Passive is really helpful during this stage as it completely zones out enemies and prevents them from continuing a fight further. If they do continue, they will just get killed due to how much damage Karthus can dish out when he is dead.

Late game25+ min

Karthus becomes really powerful during this stage of the game. He can simply just walk up to the enemy team with his DefileE active and end up melting most of the enemy team with ease.

His Ultimate RequiemR becomes a huge threat during the late game as he is almost full build and will kill anyone who is below 30% HP. The enemy will have to think twice before picking up a fight with Karthus still alive.

Getting a Zhonya's Hourglass will skyrocket Karthus' power in the game. This is because he can just dive into the enemy team, use the Hourglass, and keep melting the enemy team while his team backs him up.

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