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Katarina Statistics for Pink Lotus

Author's performance with Katarina compared to the ranked average.

Value
Average
Games Played
88
5
Win %
68
42
Kills
11.0
8.1
Assists
7.3
6.0
Deaths
6.5
7.9
KA:D Ratio
2.8
1.8
Gold Earned
12.4K
10.7K
Creep Score
154.4
136.1
Average
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Summoner Spells Back to Top

Katarinas greatest weakness is her laning phase by far, and depending on the matchup, you alter your playstyle. 



Ignite is my most favorite choice as it helps securing a lot of kills, especially early on which is critical for Katarina to snowball the game. 


However, when you're up against Zed or Yasuo, it is most wise to take exhaust. Exhaust helps you live when those kinds of champions all in you. As Katarina you won't be having a lot of defensive stats early on which is why you should take exhaust versus tricky matchups that can all in you, such as Zed, Yasuo, Riven etc.


I suggest running ignite on most matchups and only pick exhaust when you feel like you really need it.

New Runes Back to Top

Masteries Back to Top

There is a lot of controversy around the masteries and which keystone is the best.


I am pretty confident however that this one is probably the best. Thunderlords is quite strong, one would say too strong to not have. 


What many do not know is that the proc on the bouncing blade, actually counts as a spell. So you could Q>W someone and thunderlords would proc. 


And as for the people that argue about deathfire touch helping out in the early game, please consider the fact that you're an assassin and not a dps champion that can poke. The only option that Katarina has is to burst someone in a mili-second and thunderlords helps you with that immensely.

Abilities Back to Top

Q
W
E
Q
W
R
Q
W
Q
Q
R
W
W
E
E
R
E
E
Passive
Q
1
4
7
9
10
W
2
5
8
12
13
E
3
14
15
17
18
R
6
11
16

Pretty self explanatory, however there are matchups where you need to level up the W up to 3 points instead of the Q, but this is the basic order in which you should level up your spells. 



For those wondering why not max E second instead of W, you don't gain anything from maxing E expect for the cooldown, the W gives you a good amount of movement speed, plus W synergies better with Q.  



Ability order/maxing changes depeding on the matchup.

Look at the matchup tab for more advanced information.

Items Back to Top

Starting Items

    Versus champions with skillshots.
    This should be taken with a grain of caution, it's awesome for experienced kat players but not really for starters.
    Good first buy for when you're against Auto Attackers and mages that you can fuck with. Decent sustain and tankiness.
    Good first buy if you are feeling confident and think that you can snowball.

Core Items

    First item! If you are even in lane v.s an AP champion, get abyssal. If you are even in lane v.s an AD assassin, get zhonya's. If you are winning get Luden's.
    Second Item! If you took Luden's as your first item, get zhonya's. If you took Zhonya's as your first item get ludens. (DON'T FORGET THE BOOTS!)
    If they are stacking mr, get void. If not get rabadons.

Situational Items

    Glass cannon kat. Only do this if you are 100% sure you're not gonna get blown up.
    Solid build, protects you from both AD and AP.
    For when you already have another really strong carry.
    Don't build this item.
    Nor this one.
    Solid item when you're getting blown up, decent sustain as well.
    Good 5th offensive item but too risky most of the times. Take this if you want to deal the most damage possible as your last item.

Matchups Back to Top

Click on a champion below to see the author's notes on that particular matchup.

  • Ahri
    Easy
  • Akali
    Hard
  • Anivia
    Hard
  • Annie
    Hard
  • Azir
    Hard
  • Brand
    Medium
  • Cassiopeia
    Hard
  • Cho'Gath
    Medium
  • Corki
    Easy
  • Diana
    Hard
  • Ekko
    Easy
  • Fiddlesticks
    Hard
  • Fizz
    Hard
  • Galio
    Hard
  • Gangplank
    Medium
  • Heimerdinger
    Medium
  • Illaoi
    Easy
  • Irelia
    Hard
  • Jayce
    Hard
  • Karma
    Easy
  • Karthus
    Easy
  • Kassadin
    Hard
  • Katarina
    Medium
  • Kayle
    Medium
  • Kennen
    Hard
  • LeBlanc
    Hard
  • Lissandra
    Medium
  • Lux
    Medium
  • Malzahar
    Hard
  • Morgana
    Medium
  • Orianna
    Medium
  • Pantheon
    Hard
  • Riven
    Hard
  • Ryze
    Medium
  • Swain
    Hard
  • Syndra
    Easy
  • Twisted Fate
    Medium
  • Veigar
    Easy
  • Viktor
    Hard

VS

Ahri

Easy

  • Free farm, if she tries to go aggressive and misses her spells E behind her and Q>W away.
  • Generally good to rush abyssal just because she call suckerpunch you to death if she hits you. 
  • Don't ever go aggro on her, if she wants to farm you farm as well, if she goes aggro dodge and trade.
  • Don't use your ult when hers is up, she will just go away, instead try to poke her and then go for the final hit.

VS

Akali

Hard
  • 3 points in W, and then max Q.
  • Go close W and run until she is really low. Never E in!
  • Try to hit level6 sooner so you can all in.
  • Don't even try to 1v1 her when 2 or 3 of her stacks are up, you'll be deadeded.
  • Shove the waves in and roam out, tell your team to not push and gank.

VS

Anivia

Hard
  • Shove the wave into her tower, buy a pink ward and ward your brushes. 
  • Before level 6 you can win by dodging the Q, however her egg makes it really hard to solo kill.
  • Ask for a gank.
  • Shove the wave and gank side lanes.

VS

Annie

Hard
  • Outpoke her with Q and try to not get killed. 
  • Pre-6 you can Q>E>W the moment she wastes her Q, don't do that when she has her stun up and always ward!
  • Never Shumpo in unless you know the enemy jungler isn't close to you.
  • Ask for ganks pre-6, if you burn her flash you can play aggressively.

VS

Azir

Hard
  • Let him shove. I repeat, let him shove.
  • Farm under the tower and try to freeze the wave if possible. 
  • Don't even think about trading with him.
  • Ask your jungler for help.
  • In the teamfights the moment he burns his emperor's divide you can kill him.

VS

Brand

Medium
  • Start Q but instead of maxing it put 3 points in W first.
  • Stay away from your minions, if you do that he will either go for you or the minions, if he goes for you shunpo onto the minions and juke his spells.
  • You can't really kill him especially once he finishes Rylais. 
  • If you can't gank side lanes get abyssal and pray to god. If you can gank the side lanes get Ludens. 

VS

Cassiopeia

Hard
  • You can't trade with her, her extremely low CDs are too much for you.
  • Ask for ganks, she is a pretty immobile champion. 
  • Seek for the outplay and try to understand the way she Q/W's. 
Side note: She doesn't even need to ult you in order to kill you.

VS

Cho'Gath

Medium
  • If he is going tank go ludens, max W and Steel him to death.
  • If he is going AP go for abyssal and ask for ganks.
  • He has pretty high CDs so try to abuse that when he throws an ability. 
  • Remeber his Q is dodgable and if you can predict the W you win the trade.

VS

Corki

Easy
  • I've seen some AP corki in my days and he is not in any way a hard champion to bop.
  • E behind him when he Q's if he is AP to dodge his Q.

VS

Diana

Hard
  • Hard matchup but definitely winnable.
  • Start Q and scale W to 3 points, then max Q.
  • Check for what ability she maxes, it's mostly Q but some Diana players put 2 or 3 points in the W first.
  • If they straight out max Q stay away from the minions and dodge it, it's really easy if you go forwards and procceed to trade with her. *Don't AA her, just Q->W*
  • Always save your shunpo, she can setup ganks really easily.
  • Don't all in her unless her E is down and she is ready to die.
  • Rush abyssal and go ludens second.
  • Stay far in the back in teamfights and the moment she wastes her E you can go in.

VS

Ekko

Easy
  • Dodge his Q and you're gucci.
  • Stand far away from the minions, do the same thing you would do with brand.
  • All in him when his chronobreak is poorly positioned.

VS

Fiddlesticks

Hard
  • All of his spells are made to destroy you, his CDs are pretty long so take advantage of that.
  • Never all on him or try to trade with him when his spells are up.
  • Go merctreds into abyssal and farm with your Q.
  • Ask for ganks or try to gank side lanes.

VS

Fizz

Hard
  • Pretty hard to win against fizz but not impossible. 
  • Don't Q him when his E is u. 
  • Stay away from the creeps so you can Shunpo on them when he tries to E on you.
  • Try to deny him CS.
  • If you get far ahead in lane go for Luden's otherwise go for abyssal.

VS

Galio

Hard
  • Go for abyssal and merc threads. 
  • Gank side lanes and try to shove him into the tower. 
  • He packs a lot of damage so be careful! 
  • In the teamfights always go in after he uses his W and his ult otherwise you're done.

VS

Gangplank

Medium
  • Zhonyas first item. 
  • Jump on the barrel with your Shunpo, the AA is way too fast and you'll kill it. Be wary of the jungler and a potential all in if you do that!
  • You can all in him safely if there is no jungler close by.

VS

Heimerdinger

Medium
  • Max Q and let him shove you in.
  • Try to clear the turrets as soon as they are placed with your Q>W combo.
  • Don't try to 1v1 him, even if he has no stun. 
  • Call for the jungler when his ult is down otherwise don't try to 2v1 him, he'll get a double kill most of the times.
  • Try to shove in the wave and look for a potential gank.

VS

Illaoi

Easy
  • Max W and just spam it on her.
  • Pretty easy to lane against illaoi, her skills are too slow and are easily dodgable. 
  • Dodge her E at all costs.
  • Her W is on a really short CD, but not as short as yours, try to trade with her.
  • If you don't feel comfortable playing against her you can pick exhaust instead of ignite.

VS

Irelia

Hard
  • Bring your exhaust 
  • Max W and try to endure the lane

VS

Jayce

Hard
  • Max Q and farm it out.
  • Ignite is preferable but you can pick exhaust against him if you don't feel comfortable enough to bring ignite. 
  • Dodge his ranged Q-E combo and try to poke him down with Q.
  • Don't go in on him, remember he has 6 spells. 
  • Ask your jungler for help or roam. 

VS

Karma

Easy
  • Really easy to dodge her Q once you get used to the animation. 
  • Once again stand away from the creeps, make her choose between you and the minions. If she chooses you, E out. 
  • Once her Q is down you can go in on her IF there are no minions nearby, remember she has a snare and minions do a lot of damage. 
  • In this matchup sometimes i like putting 3 points into W and then maxing Q for better trading and shoving in the waves.

VS

Karthus

Easy
  • Max Q and spam it non-stop on him.
  • His Qs are relatively easy to dodge, try to stand away from the creeps as always.
  • Don't E on him as he can W>E you and then spam his Qs for free, you won't win the trade if you E on him.
  • He is super bad at setting up ganks, use that to your advantage. >He is also super easy to gank ask your jungler for an early gank. 
  • Once you hit level 6 you should be able to go in on him, don't do that if he is full HP/Mana!

VS

Kassadin

Hard
  • Two options, either get exhaust or ignite, if you think you're better than him, take exhaust. Seriously take it.
  • You can't trade with him don't even try, start dorans shield and try to farm it out, if you get low all the time then base get some more health pots and farm it out again.
  • Look for plays in the teamfights.
  • If you see him roaming follow him, if he stays in lane roam.

VS

Katarina

Medium

May the best beyblade win!


No seriously just spam spells on her, pick exhaust and max W to surprise her.

VS

Kayle

Medium
  • Max Q try to farm it out and don't get hit by her Q.
  • If her E goes down Q>W her to proc thunderlords then Shunpo out.
  • You will eventually outscale her if you farm correctly and look for side ganks.

VS

Kennen

Hard
  • Dodge his Shuriken and try to Q>W and E out, don't let him Auto Attack you for free!
  • Don't Q>W him if his passive is up!
  • Try to bait out his energy and ask your jungler for some help.
  • If he is better he is gonna win he scales pretty damn well and his whole kit destroys yours.

VS

LeBlanc

Hard
  • You can pick exhaust if you like in this matchup, also start with dorans shield and a pot.
  • Most of the times i put 3 points into W and then max Q but there is no need for you to do the same, you can easily max Q and spam it on her.
  • Her distortion got nerfed it's a lot easier to dodge it now with your E, try to dodge, if you do you win the trade.
  • Go abyssal and try to punish her long CDs.

VS

Lissandra

Medium
  • Stand far away from the minions like always guys, if she Q's for you Shunpo out on the minions or behind her.
  • Don't ult when hers is up, instead try to poke her down with Qs and go only for the final strike.
  • You can either get abyssal or rush luden's, the choice is up to you. I tend to decide on what to buy based on how the game is going. 
  • Don't rush in on teamfights, play it cool and let her use her spells.

VS

Lux

Medium
  • All of her spells are super easy to dodge.
  • If you can't dodge her spells easily take boots & 4 pots, if you can and don't need boots get corrupting poison. 
  • 3 points into W and then max Q, as soon as she wastes her stuff spam W.
  • Care for the minion aggro.
  • Don't overextend, if she wants to push let her, she is an easy gank. 

VS

Malzahar

Hard
  • Max W and let him shove in the wave.
  • If he uses his spells on the minions Q>E>W and go out.
  • Post level 6 ask your team for help or to focus him in the teamfights.
  • Know that he is always gonna save the ult for you so be careful! 

VS

Morgana

Medium
  • Black shield is annoying. 
  • She can't kill you if your Shunpo is up.
  • Try and farm it out, you're going to be a lot more useful in the teamfights than her. 
  • Also max Q like you normally would.

VS

Orianna

Medium
  • Max Q and spam it on her.
  • Try to dodge her Q>W with your shunpo but don't overextend when your shunpo is down!
  • You can't really all in her unless she is low on mana.
  • Try to roam, she can't respond to roams as well as you do.

VS

Pantheon

Hard
  • Max Q and farm it out slow and peacefully.
  • Don't try to fight him, he will outdamage you any day everyday. 
  • Don't take exhaust, he is going to be useless in the late game.
  • Ask for a gank and try to roam even before you hit level6. 
  • Post 6 try to keep both rivers warded and also try to follow his roams.

VS

Riven

Hard
  • Super hard matchup, you should 100% get exhaust.
  • Whenever you see her Q she is probably preparing to dunk you, back away and farm.
  • Don't try anything in this matchup you can't kill her unless she is bad.
  • Farm it out and always wardjump away whenever she tries to go in on you.
  • Survive the lane and you're done.
  • Get dorans shield + a pot and max W.

VS

Ryze

Medium
  • From levels 1 to 11 you have the advantage, after that he scales pretty hard.
  • Try to poke him with your Q.
  • Don't all in him unless it's a 100% kill or assist.
  • Get ignite and start with corrupting poison.

VS

Swain

Hard
  • Weak starting levels but not as weak as kat's.
  • Can set up ganks amazingly well.
  • Don't try to poke him it's useless, instead go for the farm.
  • Max Q and start with either dorans shield or corrupting poison.

VS

Syndra

Easy
  • Pretty easy matchup, every skill she has dodgable.
  • Don't get hit, spam Q and everytime she uses her Q, Q>E>W and walk away.
  • Be careful for her sort CDs.
  • In a teamfight wait for her to ult someone else, tell your team to focus her.

VS

Twisted Fate

Medium
  • Pretty much a farm lane, twisted fate will always play passive, but if he doesn't you have the upper hand.
  • Every time he uses his W, Q>E>W and walk away fast because the CD is pretty short.
  • Try to not get shoved in, when he hits 6 he's gonna want to shove and look for a gank somewhere in the side lanes. Don't let him shove the wave!
  • Max Q and start with Corrupting poison or boots and 4 pots.

VS

Veigar

Easy
  • Start with corrupting poison and spam Q on him nonstop.
  • Don't let him farm no matter what.
  • Save your shunpo for when he uses his cage, never shunpo in unless it's sure that you'll get something out of it.
  • Get abyssal first item.
  • Shove the waves and roam.

VS

Viktor

Hard
  • Max Q and try to farm the wave.
  • He will outrade you up until you get abyssal, then you're in a good spot.
  • Care for his E, stay away from the minion wave as always.
  • Level 6 he can all in you so be careful.
  • If he misses his E you can all in him.
  • He will 99% of the times shove in the wave, call for jungler ganks.

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