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Katarina Statistics for Its me Nobody

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

Value
Average
Games Played
9
Win %
38
Kills
8.6
Assists
6.4
Deaths
8.9
KA:D Ratio
1.7
Gold Earned
11.5K
Creep Score
138.8
Average
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Summoner Spells Back to Top


4.png-An absolute must for almost any champion. It allows you to reposition , chase , run , and together with your e and it you can cower great distances. THE best summoner spell in game for Katarina.

14.png-You won't be running ignite very often , accually you will only ever be running ignite against match-ups that you are certain that you can snowball.

12.png-You will be running teleport for most of your match-ups  , for several reasons. Firstly as a Katarina player you will have to do your combo very fast in teamfights , and having one more key to press is gonna make it very hard to pull off .

Another reason is that sometimes you will be powerless in lane , you won't be able to push your minions to enemy so you have enough time to go bot , and having 12.png as gap closer can make your ganks very powerful , and even harder to deal with than if you would just roam bot.

Third reason is that 12.png allows Katarina to position in teamfights in a way that isn't possible without it .
And lastly the fourth reason why you take 12.png is because you will be lacking too much CS due to early to mid-game roams you are often forced to do. With 12.pngyou can easily splitpush against most champions because you have a lot of movment speed / Gap closers to escape , and squishy ones are just gonna get destroyed by you!

New Runes Back to Top

Masteries Back to Top

This seems as the best mastery's for season 6 , but if you are not worried about enduring the lane you could go 0-18-12 as it would make you even more active on map since it would give you extra hp and reduced cd on summoner spells.

Abilities Back to Top

Q
W
E
Q
Q
R
Q
W
Q
W
R
W
W
E
E
R
E
E
Passive
Q
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7
9
W
2
8
10
12
13
E
3
14
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katarinapassive.png ( PASSIVE ) -The only reason why Katarina works as a champion. Without it she would be completely useless in teamfights.

bouncingblades.png ( Q ) -  This skill you have to use wise because it is your highest reliable damage output. You ALWAYS max this skill first. It recently got buffed so the damage doesn't fall off after each bounce which is actually pretty significant buff to it.

killerinstinct.png ( W ) - Start this if you're against melee champion , not a must but recommended . It helps you win trades early and is your main CS-ing tool early game.

shadowstep.png ( E ) - Mostly used for escaping or all-ins . Don't use it randomly , and only use it for CS if there is no champions around.

deathlotus.png  ( R ) - You will rarely channel this to the end in teamfights , since doing all your other spells in a combo will do more damage and give you mobility . NEVER use it if you know it will instantly get canceled by something like 12.png Alistar's headbutt.png ( W ).

Items Back to Top

Starting Items

    If against ranged. Boots help you clear and attack the minions quickly , helps you dodge skillshots and and follow up on ganks.
    Always pick this vs ad . It will help you early very much.

Core Items

    Get this ASAP ! If you have 1700+ gold on back don't buy Large rod , buy this instead .
    VERY good item against AD champions , in a lot of cases ( not always but a lot of time) you will rush it if you start cloth armor. I wouldn't recommend upgrading to Zhonya until 3rd/4th item.
    If against hard ap mid laner who can burst you down and not even give you chance to retaliate ( ex. Annie or LeBlanc)
    CORE ! build every single match ! Always start Luden's as your first item.

Situational Items

    90% of time my last item. Buy it if you're constantly getting destroyed by enemy team , and they have a lot of AP threats, this can be built earlier instead of some other item if needed.
    Buy it as last item if you're not building Abyssal. Only build it if they have no noticeable ap threat.
Max Damage Build - 3285.png > 3089.png > 3135.png > 3157.png

Having trouble with some AD champs ( rengar jumping to you , zed ulting ezc. )- 3285.png > 3157.png > 3089.png / 3135.png

Some ap-using enemy has the power to get into the middle of your team and kill you? - 3285.png > 3001.png > 3089.png / 3135.png

Matchups Back to Top

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

  • Ahri
    Easy
  • Anivia
    Medium
  • Annie
    Hard
  • Azir
    Medium
  • Cassiopeia
    Medium
  • Cho'Gath
    Hard
  • Diana
    Medium
  • Ekko
    Easy
  • Ezreal
    Easy
  • Fizz
    Medium
  • Galio
    Easy
  • Heimerdinger
    Hard
  • Karthus
    Easy
  • Kassadin
    Medium
  • Lulu
    Hard
  • Lux
    Easy
  • Orianna
    Medium
  • Swain
    Hard
  • Talon
    Easy
  • Twisted Fate
    Easy
  • Veigar
    Easy
  • Viktor
    Hard
  • Xerath
    Easy
  • Yasuo
    Easy
  • Zed
    Easy
  • Ziggs
    Easy

VS

Ahri

Easy
She's not easy to kill , but she can't really kill you either . Unless you have some jungler with high cc who can lock her in place for long time like 32.png you won't really be able to kill her. At level 6 she will try to roam same as you , but if teamfight / skirmish happens you are better than her.

VS

Anivia

Medium
Actually winnable pre-6 , but after 6 you can't really kill her. She is decently tanky and you can't really take her in one combo. Remeber to not get hit by her q and she won't be able to deal you a lot of damage. Her w can cancel your ult.
LATE GAME WARNING: Late game Anivia is a total beast and even if she doesn't hit her q her ult + e will be pretty much enough to kill you. STAY AWAY FROM HER LATE GAME.

VS

Annie

Hard

She will straight up destroy you at any stage of the game . Don't even try to 1v1 her , atleast not without your jungler . Try to poke her with bouncingblades.png( Q ) once in a while , and just roam !

VS

Azir

Medium

Most of his power early game is in his poke , which can be very annoying. His ultimate azirR.png can cancel yours. Just roam out of lane because he can escape your all-in pretty easily actually.

VS

Cassiopeia

Medium

She is weak early game , but her kit has pretty long range allowing her to effectively avoid trading with you. Be carefull from her late game because if she can stun you with her cassiopeiapetrifyinggaze.png ( R ) she CAN easily kill you.

VS

Cho'Gath

Hard

Very annoying to deal with. He can out-trade you hard and can pretty much kill you in one combo at level 6 + . His sustain is HUGE ! Just farm as best as you can and roam .

VS

Diana

Medium

Starting with your killerinstinct.png ( W ) will help you win early trades easily . You can beat her until level 11 if played smartly , but after that she can oneshot you . You outroam her heavily tho.

VS

Ekko

Easy

Very easy lane, the ekkoQ.png ( Q ) and ekkoW.png (W) are very predictable by him and your W allows you to outrun him once he engages. Generally just back off for few seconds when he uses his w and it's easy lane .

VS

Ezreal

Easy

Stay behind minions and throw Qs, eventually he runs out of mana and he’ll end up losing CS under tower. Squishy and easy to get resets off from.

VS

Fizz

Medium
Start killerinstinct.png ( W ) . You might be able to kill him at level 2-3. From my experience this can go either way , but don't give him free kill under any circumstance because he WILL destroy everyone if he gets lead. Save your shadowstep.png ( E ) to dodge his fizzmarinerdoom.png ( R ) and fizzjump.png ( E ) and you'll be fine. If you get a few kills you can start going aggresive on him , but not too much because if he can combo you with all his skills you're dead.

VS

Galio

Easy

I never laned against this guy , NEVER . Nobody really plays him so no need to really worry....

VS

Heimerdinger

Hard

Annoying lane , even with a gank its hard to get anything out of him. Tho in teamfights he is next to useless.

VS

Karthus

Easy

Let him push and he will die to ganks over and over. If he has been succesful at playing safe then simply roam.

VS

Kassadin

Medium

Very hard to win and lose lane. Has no good execution / gank set up tools early and shield blocks your Q damage. You outroam and outscale him.

VS

Lulu

Hard
Pre-nerfs she was super counter to Katarina. Now she is still very hard but now you have a chance of winning lane against her. She isn't that easy of a reset since her luluw.png ( W ) and lulur.png ( R ) are instant casts.

VS

Lux

Easy

Without her luxlightbinding.png ( Q ) it is very hard for her to land rest of her ability's , and you can easily dodge her Q with your shadowstep.png ( E ) . Easy reset in teamfights! 

VS

Orianna

Medium
Skill match-up, slightly in Orianna's favor since her orianaredactcommand.png ( E ) shield's your bouncingblades.png ( Q ) .
Keep track of her orianadetonatecommand.png ( R ) ultimate since it is the only thing which can stop your deathlotus.png ( R ) ultimate .

VS

Swain

Hard
Since his rework he has become a beast , and is literally impossible to outrade him. You can't really do a lot against him , thankfully his swainmetamorphism.png (R ) Ult got increased cooldown so now your jungler can gank him when it is on cooldown. If you try to gank him when he has ultimate you won't be able to kill him.

NOTE : He is much more played in top lane than mid lane right now so you will rarely face him in the mid lane.

VS

Talon

Easy
Theoretically he can easily kill you , but starting 1029.png and 5x 2003.png and later upgrading 1029.png to 3191.png shuts him down pretty hard. Also , you can channel your deathlotus.png ( R ) ultimate even when he is invincible.

VS

Twisted Fate

Easy

Just keep track of his pickacard.png ( W ) , without it he can't outrade you. And when he uses his destiny.png ( R ) to roam you should use your 12.png after him because your skirmishing power is a lot stronger than his .

VS

Veigar

Easy

His veigareventhorizon.png ( E ) is very easy to get predict and move out of , and without it he loses lane hard. Late-game Zhonya or Abysall is a must becuase he can oneshot you with veigarbalefulstrike.png ( Q )-veigarprimordialburst.png  ( R ) combo.

VS

Viktor

Hard

Early game you have no chance against him , his viktorpowertransfer.png ( Q ) deals too much damage and shields for ton as well. Both his viktorgravitonfield.png ( W ) AND his viktorchaosstorm.png ( R ) cancel your deathlotus.png ( R ) ultimate. If you e him and he cancels your deathlotus.png with his viktorchaosstorm.png and places down viktorgravitonfield.png you're as good as dead.

VS

Xerath

Easy

You can't really do a lot in lane , because he just pushes and farms and if you try to engage hisxerathmagechains.png ( E ) counters your deathlotus.png  ( R ) ultimate.  Farm lane, easy reset later.

VS

Yasuo

Easy

Start with W and cloth+5. Keep proccing his shield with your killerinstinct.png (W), once it’s down you can outtrade with bouncingblades.png ( Q )  + killerinstinct.png ( W ) and shadowstep.png ( E ) away .

VS

Zed

Easy

Another AD matchup with killerinstinct.png ( W ) and cloth + 5 start. Skill matchup that is Katarina favored. 
Don’t get hit by direct zedQ.png ( Q ) as they do 50% less damage when they pass minions.
When Zed zedR.png ( R ) ults you, use your shadowstep.png ( E ) somewhere 0.5s later – this will completely negate Zed’s damage ( probably dodge his zedQ.png ( Q ) and zedE.png ( E ) as people tend to throw them instantly) and it will be very hard for him to follow you to do high damage for ult proc.

VS

Ziggs

Easy

Farm lane, actually relatively easy kill later on because his ziggsw.png ( W ) takes decent amount of time to be casted + triggered.

Playstyle Back to Top

Katarina has the most unique and interesting gamestyle this game has to offer. You are an executing assasin that can 100-0 opponents but can also kill 5x 40% HP opponents within 1-3 seconds if played right. No other champion has the kit that you do and it’s extremely efficient if played correctly. 

While other champions are mostly playing vs their opposing laners, Katarina is the one of the few who plays vs the whole enemy team the whole game. This means that you have the capability of winning all lanes all by yourself when your teammates have enough decency to react to your movements.

Laning Back to Top

When playing League you should always have the most aggressive plan in use in every situation BUT not when it comes to laning with Katarina.

Why you can’t play extremely aggressive in lane with Katarina:

– If you a have a fight in enemy minions as a melee champion you will take a lot of damage.
– You often can’t win 100% 1v1s since your spells are early high CD and and low on damage – you are very item dependant.
– In order to have an effective and strong 1v1 trade you should dodge a spell with your E and engage on enemy with it but that’s not suggested because what you’re doing is simply putting yourself further away from your tower and the jungler will have a really easy time catching and killing you.

Powerspikes Back to Top

Katarina’s biggest powerspikes are around the same levels as other champions generally do:

6, biggest – Ultimate
9 – First skill maxxed at 5
11 – Ultimate
13, smallest – Second skill maxxed at 5
16 – Ultimate


Katarina theoretically falls off after level 13+ when compared to other champions because one of your spells has little to no impact depending on its level. Eventhough in maths it doesn’t look very good – you’re still Katarina and you can win almost every situation with those 2-3 impactful spells!

Because of these powerspikes you should try to look at your level before bigger engages. If you see that dragon is coming up in a minute and you’re level 10.5, try to find that 0.5 levels worth of XP – it can change your game drastically.

Roaming Back to Top

This is what you have to do every game as much as possible. After reaching your main goal of level 6 on your lane you should start moving around as much as possible and pick up kills wherever you can.

You are not forced to stay on lane until level 6, you can EASILY roam before that if you have pushed your lane hard, have a good connection with the jungler and feel like you can assist your team impactfully not just stroll along.

Things to observe before roaming 

– Where and when did your enemy midlaner/jungler ward last. If bottom side is warded, take a chance in top.
– How pushed are the lanes
– Does the lane play generally aggresive or safe / ward a lot and which spots
– When are the buffs up, you can calculate the junglers through that and make your ganks more safe or simply kill him/her
– Does the gank lane have any reliable CC or damage. Obviously it’s smarter to gank a pushed 54.png vs 69.png lane than 67.png + 16.png vs 412.png + 81.png
 
If you want to take jungle, I suggest having atleast 3285_32.png or 3191_32.png before taking camps otherwise you will end up taking too much damage. Always try to take wraiths and in rare cases wolves if you’re not planning to recall!

Tricks Back to Top

When coming off from stun/zhonya you should keep tapping W so once you 4.png or E on your target you will have speed to ensure you an escape.

You can extend enemy wards visibility time by Eing on them so you will get an extra autoattack off.


Your ult works through invisibility meaning that if there is an invisible champion close to you, you will see it from your ulti being available for casting. You can detect 28.png over the wall with it. You can detect once 107.png is about to jump on you or is ready to jump. You can zone out 29.png escape path by ulting there or simply chase him and see when the ult disappears.

You can 12.png on props created by your team:
59.png Flag
421.png Tunnels
60.png Spiders
154.png Blobs- this has turned the skirmishes around WAY too often for me
412.png Lantern
1.png Tibbers
83.png Ghouls ( Just kidding nobody plays Yorick )
143.png Plants & seeds
17.png Mushroom
35.png Boxes
90.png Voidlings
74.png Turrets

What to do in late game? Back to Top

In lategame you have to be extra careful with your engages and followups! You are still very squishy and it’s very likely that even enemy ADC has got defensive items to counter your damage – 100 to 0ing becomes a lot harder!
People will stay more grouped in this stage but someone has to get the farm from lanes so whenever you see a lane pushed under a tower and you’re sure that your possible ambush route is not warded, go for it!
Getting a kill in this stage on anyone means that you’re almost guaranteed to get any kind of objective hence you can’t die yourself too! Don’t chase anyone too long and don’t go across champions who can outrun or lock you down very easily!

Make sure you watch what items opponents have and choose your targets accordingly to that. If enemy 81.png has 3102_32.png + 7.png up it’s very likely that you will not kill him so don’t get yourself in a position where you expect to get out with a reset! If enemy tank has ONLY armor magically, don’t be afraid to focus him down as soon as he jumps on your team!


If you fail a teamfight and you’re 90% sure you will die + they wont be capable of finishing, don’t use your 4.png ! Having it up for the next teamfight can win you the game completely!

Who Am I ? Final words Back to Top

Hello Summoner ,

First of all thank you for reading this guide, I always wanted to make a guide for Katarina but i never really had enough time for it .

I come from Bosnia and Herzegovina , and I play League of Legends since season 3 , and I don't think I'll stop any time soon. I'm 17 years old and I play on EUNE server on acc called Its me Nobody which I got for free from a friend. My main account which was Gold II has been banned for scripting , and yes I am ashamed of that :(  That was the moment when I wanted to quit League but I got this acc and I started playing again this season.I stopped scripting forever and started really playing the game . I think I'm pretty solid as Katarina player , and the reason why I play her is because of her play-making potential. I love making cool plays , It's my favorite part of League and Katarina offers me just that . Also its the fact that she can quite literally 1v5 the entire enemy team if played correctly and the feeling when that happens is REALLY good. That is why I love using her in ranked and with her it is very easy to climb ! 

With this I finish my Katarina - The Ultimate Carry guide . I will try to keep the guide as updated as possible.
What are you waiting now? Go out there and start carrying games !!!

If you have any feedback I would love to hear it since this is my first guide.


Best of Luck in the Fields of Justice!

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