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Kayn Statistics for PicklePants

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

Value
Average
Games Played
7
Win %
40
Kills
6.1
Assists
6.4
Deaths
6.8
KA:D Ratio
1.8
Gold Earned
11.2K
Creep Score
124.4
Average
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Summoner Spells Back to Top

Summoner Spells

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4.png Flash is the first Summoner Spell and I recommend always taking it when you're playing this champion. This is because Flash is the best Summoner Spell around. It is a really good and a reliable Summoner Spell. It can be used offensively, defensively and is honestly, a really good Spell to take.

11.png For your secondary Summoner Spell, I recommend that you take Smite. Smite is the Summoner Spell that you need to take if you're playing Jungle. It will give you global map pressure and will allow you to apply pressure to objectives such as Baron and Dragon. It will also allow you to stay healthy and allow you to sustain through early Jungle pathing.

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New Runes Back to Top

Runes

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After playing a bunch of games with 141.png Kayn and trying out a range of different Rune combinations, I recommend taking Domination as your main Rune Tree. This Rune page is for champions who can execute and kill enemies quickly and easily. 141.png Kayn really benefits from this page. 

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With that said, you can technically take any of the three Rune types on 141.png Kayn because they all work well on him. Electrocute.png?width=32 Electrocute works on 141.png Kayn because you can easily get the three damage proc for the bonus damage. Predator.png?width=32 Predator works on 141.png Kayn to allow him to gank and finally Dark%20Harvest.png?width=32 Dark Harvest also works thanks to him being a Jungler. However, my personal favourite Rune is Predator.png?width=32 Predator. This is because Predator.png?width=32 Predator allows me to get across the map quickly and also will allow me to counter gank allied champions. If you get 1001.png  boots on your first back (which ideally, you will) then you can get around the map quickly thanks to the active. The next Rune you want to take is Sudden%20Impact.png?width=32 Sudden Impact. Sudden%20Impact.png?width=32 Sudden Impact gives you bonus lethality once you've used a dash, Teleport, Blink or leaving stealth. 141.png Kayn's kaynq.png Q and kaynr.png Ultimate both will proc Sudden%20Impact.png?width=32 Sudden Impact. Your kayne.png E does not proc Sudden%20Impact.png?width=32 Sudden Impact because your kayne.png E will leave you in a 6.png Ghosted State. For your next Rune I recommend that you take Eyeball%20Collection.png?width=32 Eyeball collection. 141.png Kayn can technically take any one of these Runes, but, I believe that Eyeball%20Collection.png?width=32 Eyeball Collection is more beneficial- especially if you snowball. For your final Rune I recommend that you take Ravenous%20Hunter.png?width=32 Ravenous Hunter. This Rune will allow you to sustain and survive throughout the game thanks to the healing from your abilities. This will allow you to stay healthier when farming and fighting enemies.

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For your secondary Rune tree, I recommend that you take Precision. Precision will give you the sustain you need to survive team fights and allow you to continue fighting or farming. The two Runes that I've picked go hand in hand with each other. Coup%20De%20Grace.png?width=32 Coup De Grace will allow you to deal more damage and execute enemies that are on low health. This will allow you to be more of an assassin. The other Rune I recommend is Triumph.png?width=32 Triumph. This Rune will allow you to sustain and stay healthy whenever you get a kill or an assist. You will also gain some bonus gold thanks to this Rune.

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Abilities Back to Top

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Ability Rundown

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Kayn's Passive is The Darkin Scythe

Each time 141.png Kayn auto attacks or deals damage to an enemy champion, they will drop an orb that will be automatically collected upon leaving combat. Once his bar is full, he can choose to either be overwhelmed by RhaastSquare_new.png Rhaast or expel himself to become Shadow_AssassinSquare_new.png The Shadow Assassin. You will transfer into either depending on which one you attacked more- melee champions or ranged champions. If you decide that you want to change into the other, you'll have to wait 4 minutes.

To activate his transformation, you need to be on the Summoners Platform and click the portrait. 

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Shadow_AssassinSquare_new.png  The Shadow Assassin Shadow_AssassinSquare_new.png

  • Whenever 141.png Kayn deals damage against an enemy, he will also deal bonus magic damage lasting for 3seconds upon entering combat. This will refresh after 8 seconds out of combat, or after using your kaynr.png Ultimate.

RhaastSquare_new.png Rhaast RhaastSquare_new.png

  • He  7.png heals himself when he deals damage to enemies through his abilities.

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Kayn's Q is Reaping Slash

141.png Kayn dashes forward, dealing damage to all enemies that he passes through and flourishes his scythe dealing damage to all enemies in an AOE circle surrounding him. There is two instances of your kaynq.png Q. The first is the dash foward, and the second is the swing. Your kaynq.png Q will also mark enemies for your kaynr.png Ultimate. It will also proc Sudden%20Impact.png?width=32 Sudden Impact.

Both instances of Reaping Slash deal 55 bonus damage against monsters such as Dragon, Jungle camps, and Baron.

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Shadow_AssassinSquare_new.png  The Shadow Assassin Shadow_AssassinSquare_new.png

  • No change to Shadow_AssassinSquare_new.png The Shadow Assassin.

RhaastSquare_new.png Rhaast RhaastSquare_new.png

  • RhaastSquare_new.png Rhaast does % max health damage to enemies.

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Tips and Tricks

Whenever you use your kaynq.png Q on the Jungle camps, make sure to go into the monsters with your kaynq.png Q. This will deal extra damage to the monsters and will allow you to kill them quickly. You can also use your kaynq.png Q to get over certain small walls such as the one around the Dragon pit. It is important to not waste your kaynq.png Q because that is your main source of trading and poke. Try your best to hit the enemy with both parts of your ability (the dash and the swing) as this will do both instances of kaynq.png Reaping Slash.

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Kayn's W is Blade's Reach

141.png Kayn sweeps his scythe down in front of him dealing damage in a straight line and deals damage to all enemies that are hit. It also slows the enemies by 60% for 1.5seconds and will mark them with your kaynr.png Ultimate.

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Shadow_AssassinSquare_new.png  The Shadow Assassin Shadow_AssassinSquare_new.png

  • Shadow_AssassinSquare_new.png The Shadow Assassin can perform other actions whilst using his kaynw.png W. He also increases the range of kaynw.png Blade's Reach by 200.

RhaastSquare_new.png Rhaast RhaastSquare_new.png

  • RhaastSquare_new.png Rhaast will knock up any enemies hit. He cannot use any other abilities whilst he uses his kaynw.png W.

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Tips and Tricks

Your kaynw.png W is one of the greatest parts of your kit. You can use your kaynw.png W when you are in the terrain, much like your kaynq.png Q. Your kaynw.png W is very good but is not very strong until you get your items. Both RhaastSquare_new.png Rhaast and normal 141.png Kayn cannot perform other actions while using your kaynw.png W. But Shadow_AssassinSquare_new.png The Shadow Assassin can use his kaynw.png W whilst on the move. Shadow_AssassinSquare_new.png The Shadow Assassin can assinate enemies because of the ability to use his kaynw.png W on the move. An example combo would be kaynq.png Q + kaynw.png W + kaynr.png R.
For RhaastSquare_new.png Rhaast, your kaynw.png W will knock up enemies that are hit by it. This means that you can peel for your team during team fights. Of course, because you're RhaastSquare_new.png Rhaast, you will not be able to assassinate the enemy. This will also make it harder to kill players who are caught out of position or who are split pushing.
Your kaynw.png W is rather versatile and can be used in a variety of situations and circumstances. Try your best to hit the enemy with it, as this is your main skill shot. Missing this skill shot can make trades incredibly risky and the enemy may be able to kite you. Missing this will result in; less enemy damage and you will not be able to slow the enemy and follow up with the rest of your combo.

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Kayn's E is Shadow Step

141.png Kayn gains 40% bonus movement speed and is briefly 6.png ghosted. He can ignore terrain collision but can be caught out from it. Becoming immobile will interrupt his kayne.png E. 141.png Kayn 7.png heals himself when he enters the terrain for the first time. kayne.png Shadow Step's duration is increased if he has not been, or is not in combat. While inside the terrain, 141.png Kayn will get vision of the surrounding areas (except he cannot see inside bushes.)

If 141.png Kayn is hit with enemy abilities or auto attacks. The duration and effect of kayne.png Shadow Step will cease and will be pushed out of the terrain. In some cases, you may come out on the other side- the side you do not want.

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  • Shadow_AssassinSquare_new.png The Shadow Assassin will remove any slows that are on him and make him immune to them. Entering terrain will also increase the bonus movement speed to 70% instead of the 40%.

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  • No change to RhaastSquare_new.png Rhaast.
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Tips and Tricks

Your kayne.png E will be your lifesaver in many situations. The main ones being getting around the map and to 7.png heal. Whenever using your kayne.png E, make sure to not be in combat with any champions, monsters or minions as this will reduce the time you can be in terrain. When taking damage you may not be able to escape and instead, you will be pushed out of walls and terrain. You may end up on the wrong side if you're unlucky.

Your kayne.png E is very versatile and will allow you to gank lanes in a range of different ways. If you notice that a lane is warded, you can re-gank it quickly over terrain thanks to your kayne.png E. I would suggest not being too obvious with your ganking Pattern. 141.png Kayn is a one of a kind champion and can gank in a multitude of ways.
If you take Predator.png?width=32 Predator in your Rune page, then using your kayne.png E- especially as Shadow_AssassinSquare_new.png The Shadow Assassin, will make you a speed demon (literally.) You should pop Predator.png?width=32 Predator passive on your 1001.png boots, and then go through the terrain to gank and catch enemies. This makes you really hard to kite, and hard to kill. Suprise is the key element to assassination!

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Kayn's Ultimate is Umbral Trespass

Whenever 141.png Kayn attacks an enemy and deals damage to them, he applies kaynr.png Umbral Trespass for 3.5 seconds. Any ability he uses, like his kaynq.png Q or kaynw.png W will mark them.

Active: 141.png Kayn infests the enemy champion for up to 2.5 seconds. He will then become untargetable and will reveal them where ever they go. Reactiviating this ability will pass you out from their body in the cursor's direction.

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  • Shadow_AssassinSquare_new.png The Shadow Assassin gains bonus range and using his kaynr.png Ultimate will reset The Darkin Scythe's cooldown.

RhaastSquare_new.png Rhaast RhaastSquare_new.png

  •  RhaastSquare_new.png Rhaast will do maximum health damage and 7.png heal himself for a percentage of the targets maximum health.
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Tips and Tricks

The kaynr.png Ultimate is one of the best parts of your kit. It can be used in a variaty of ways and in many different situations. Because I usually go for Shadow_AssassinSquare_new.png The Shadow Assassin as my transformation, it will allow me to deal lots of damage to the enemeies when using it. You should try to use your kaynr.png Ultimate on whoever will die or who ever you can kill. It is important to remember that only you can get marks for this ability.
You will become untargetable when using this ability, which means you can use it to dodge skill shots and CC.

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Items Back to Top

Starting Items

    I would always recommend starting Hunter's Machete followed by Refillable Potion.
    I would not recommend going Hunter's Talisman. You should not run OOM while Jungling early.
    Do not get health pots. Always go for Refillable. You will have to spend more in the long run on pots!

Core Items

    You should always try to get this as your main item- Unless you're snowballing. This item gives you CDR and will allow you to deal more damage to the enemies. This item is the only Jungle item I would recommend purchasing on Kayn.
    If you were snowballing, then I would recommend getting Mobility Boots as your first item followed by Blue Smite after. With Predator in your Rune page, it will allow you to quickly impact the map. Buy this in conjunction with Warhammer.
    Your third item is going to be Duskblade of Draktharr. This item is very strong and will give you extra damage and cooldown reduction. It is a very good item and will allow you to assinate enemies. Buy this everytime!
    This is where the builds get tricky. Up to this part everything has been brought the same for both transformations. But now we will focus on THE SHADOW ASSASSIN. Your 4th item is going to be ghostblade. Remember to pop the passive when chasing after enemies! The 5th item is going to be Guardian's Angel followed closely by Edge of Night
    This build focuses on RHAAST. For your fourth item you should get The Black Cleaver. It will give you some defensive stats and offensive stats that will allow you to survive and also be a threat in team fights. The fifth and 6th items are going to be defensive ones. I usually go Dead Man's Plate and Randuin's Omen. You can get MR items instead if you're against a heavy AP team.

Situational Items

    I like to pick this up for more sustain.
    Example The Shadow Assassin build.
    Example Rhaast Build. You have freedom with your final 3 items.

Items

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141.png Kayn is one of the first champions that could change completely through transformations. Unfortunately, picking which transformation for 141.png Kayn can be tricky and requires lots of knowledge and experience. I hope that this guide has shown you when to take each and what the benefits are for each of them. Anyway, on to the item build. I would always start 1041.png Hunter's Machete and 2031.png Refillable Potion. I recommend taking these two items because they give you a quick and healthy Jungle clear in the early game. Thanks to your kayne.png E at level 3, and both the honey fruit and Rift Scuttler you will sustain very well and should have no trouble farming until level 5. If you do fall behind early, you can pick up 2032.png Hunter's Potion. Remember to always use it just before you kill a Jungle camp to get it refreshed! Your first major item is going to be 1400.png Blue Smite: Enchantment Warrior. This is by far the best Smite for 141.png Kayn because it will allow him to deal damage to enemy champions as well as Jungle camps. The item also gives you bonus cooldown reduction. This will allow you to use your abilities more often and allow you to assassinate enemies more frequently!

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However, there is an exception to this rule. Particularly if I am ahead and snowballing, instead of going 1400.png Blue Smite as my first item. I will go for 3117.png Mobility Boots and 3133.png Caulfield's Warhammer. These items will allow me to snowball and get around the map quickly and give me CDR. If you didn't snowball, you should just get 3117.png Mobility Boots second. I would not really recommend any other 1001.png boots unless you're against a full ad team or kite team, in which case- you want 3047.png Ninja Tabi. Your third item is going to be 3147.png Duskblade of Draktharr. This item will give you a ton of different resources that will allow you to deal damage and assinate enemy champions.

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By this time of the game, you should have the ability to transform. If you are going for my favourite- Shadow_AssassinSquare_new.png The Shadow Assassin then your next three items are going to be 3142.png Youmuu's Ghostblade, 3026.png Guardian Angel and 3814.png Edge of Night. If you are going for RhaastSquare_new.png Rhaast then your next three items are going to be 3071.png The Black Cleaver, 3742.png Dead Man's Plate and 3143.png Randuin's Omen.

I like to take those three items on Shadow_AssassinSquare_new.png The Shadow Assassin because they allow me to quickly get in, and get out of team fights. This set of items will also allow me to assassinate enemies who are caught out of position or who are split pushing. I usually do not go for any other items because I will lack assassination and snowball power. You must remember your role with this build- to assassinate. Try your hardest to snowball and kill the enemy carries. This build is not very good against 57.png  tanks and doesn't give you many defensive stats, however, it is really good for assassinating and killing 96.png squishy champions.

As we can see, there are some extreme differences between he two builds. RhaastSquare_new.png Rhaast being much tankier than Shadow_AssassinSquare_new.png The Shadow Assassin. As a result of this, you will not be able to assassinate enemies as easy as Shadow_AssassinSquare_new.png The Shadow Assassin. The best of players adapt to each circumstance and each situation. Try your hardest to adapt too. RhaastSquare_new.png Rhaast has some freedom with his final 2 items, so build accordingly to what you need.

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Matchups Back to Top

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

  • Amumu
    Easy
  • Dr. Mundo
    Easy
  • Evelynn
    Hard
  • Ezreal
    Hard
  • Gragas
    Medium
  • Graves
    Medium
  • Hecarim
    Medium
  • Ivern
    Easy
  • Jax
    Hard
  • Kayn
    Medium
  • Lee Sin
    Medium
  • Maokai
    Easy
  • Nunu
    Easy
  • Olaf
    Hard
  • Rammus
    Medium
  • Rek'Sai
    Medium
  • Sejuani
    Hard
  • Shyvana
    Hard
  • Skarner
    Hard
  • Trundle
    Medium
  • Tryndamere
    Easy
  • Warwick
    Medium
  • Xin Zhao
    Hard
  • Zac
    Hard

VS

Amumu

Easy

This is a pretty easy matchup for you because Amumu is not very strong. He is a tank and doesn't do too well against Kayn because he is not very good and loses in the 1v1 situation. With that said, you should try to invade them and try your best to put them behind- especially early. You counter his ulitmate if you use yours at the right time.

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Dr. Mundo

Easy

This is a pretty easy matchup for you because Dr Mundo is not very strong. He is a tank and doesn't do too well against Kayn because he is not very good and loses in the 1v1 situation. With that said, you should try to invade them and try your best to put them behind- especially early. Beware of his sustain in the early game, try to dodge his Q cleavers as they do really hurt and can stack quite quickly. Use your E to escape.

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Evelynn

Hard

This is a hard matchup because once the enemy is on you, you cant get them off. You have to be aware of the enemies location and try to take away their camps if they show on the map. You cannot strictly fight them 1v1 but you can win if they are low. Try your best to power farm and counter gank.

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Ezreal

Hard

This is a hard matchup because once the enemy is on you, you cant get them off. You have to be aware of the enemies location and try to take away their camps if they show on the map. You cannot strictly fight them 1v1 but you can win if they are low. Try your best to power farm and counter gank.

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Gragas

Medium

This is a pretty Medium matchup for you because he is not very good and loses in the 1v1 situation in most cases. With that said, you should try to invade them and try your best to put them behind- especially early. Gragas will be ganking early so try to steal some of their camps.

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Graves

Medium

This is a medium matchup because it can go either way. You both are really good at 1v1 matchups and good at skirmishing. Try your best to dodge the enemies skill shots and come out ahead. You should try to invade them and steal their buffs. This is a skill-based matchup and will be hard. Do your best to win the Jungle matchup!

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Hecarim

Medium

This is a medium matchup because it can go either way. You both are really good at 1v1 matchups and good at skirmishing. Try your best to dodge the enemies skill shots and come out ahead. You should try to invade them and steal their buffs. This is a skill-based matchup and will be hard. Do your best to win the Jungle matchup!

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Ivern

Easy

Champions useless, dodge his Q and its free kill.

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Jax

Hard

This is a hard matchup because once the enemy is on you, you cant get them off. You have to be aware of the enemies location and try to take away their camps if they show on the map. You cannot strictly fight them 1v1 but you can win if they are low. Try your best to power farm and counter gank.

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Kayn

Medium

This is a medium matchup because it can go either way. You both are really good at 1v1 matchups and good at skirmishing. Try your best to dodge the enemies skill shots and come out ahead. You should try to invade them and steal their buffs. This is a skill-based matchup and will be hard. Do your best to win the Jungle matchup!

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Lee Sin

Medium

This is a medium matchup because it can go either way. You both are really good at 1v1 matchups and good at skirmishing. Try your best to dodge the enemies skill shots and come out ahead. You should try to invade them and steal their buffs. This is a skill-based matchup and will be hard. Do your best to win the Jungle matchup!

VS

Maokai

Easy

This is a tank matchup. You should be careful and play safe when around this enemy champion. They can not technically kill you 1v1, but it's what they bring to the table and the team that makes them dangerous. Beware of fighting them because their team may follow up. Watch the map before going in. This enemy has high CC and is frustrating to play against!

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Nunu

Easy

Champions useless, good matchup for you

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Olaf

Hard

This is a hard matchup because once the enemy is on you, you cant get them off. You have to be aware of the enemies location and try to take away their camps if they show on the map. You cannot strictly fight them 1v1 but you can win if they are low. Try your best to power farm and counter gank.

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Rammus

Medium

This is a tank matchup. You should be careful and play safe when around this enemy champion. They can not technically kill you 1v1, but it's what they bring to the table and the team that makes them dangerous. Beware of fighting them because their team may follow up. Watch the map before going in. This enemy has high CC and is frustrating to play against!

VS

Rek'Sai

Medium

This is a medium matchup because it can go either way. You both are really good at 1v1 matchups and good at skirmishing. Try your best to dodge the enemies skill shots and come out ahead. You should try to invade them and steal their buffs. This is a skill-based matchup and will be hard. Do your best to win the Jungle matchup!

VS

Sejuani

Hard

This is a tank matchup. You should be careful and play safe when around this enemy champion. They can not technically kill you 1v1, but it's what they bring to the table and the team that makes them dangerous. Beware of fighting them because their team may follow up. Watch the map before going in. This enemy has high CC and is frustrating to play against!

VS

Shyvana

Hard

This is a hard matchup because once the enemy is on you, you cant get them off. You have to be aware of the enemies location and try to take away their camps if they show on the map. You cannot strictly fight them 1v1 but you can win if they are low. Try your best to power farm and counter gank.

VS

Skarner

Hard

This is a tank matchup. You should be careful and play safe when around this enemy champion. They can not technically kill you 1v1, but it's what they bring to the table and the team that makes them dangerous. Beware of fighting them because their team may follow up. Watch the map before going in. This enemy has high CC and is frustrating to play against!

VS

Trundle

Medium

This is a medium matchup because it can go either way. You both are really good at 1v1 matchups and good at skirmishing. Try your best to dodge the enemies skill shots and come out ahead. You should try to invade them and steal their buffs. This is a skill-based matchup and will be hard. Do your best to win the Jungle matchup!

VS

Tryndamere

Easy

This is a good matchup, try to invade him and fight him 1v1.

VS

Warwick

Medium

This is a medium matchup because it can go either way. You both are really good at 1v1 matchups and good at skirmishing. Try your best to dodge the enemies skill shots and come out ahead. You should try to invade them and steal their buffs. This is a skill-based matchup and will be hard. Do your best to win the Jungle matchup!

VS

Xin Zhao

Hard

This is a hard matchup because once the enemy is on you, you cant get them off. You have to be aware of the enemies location and try to take away their camps if they show on the map. You cannot strictly fight them 1v1 but you can win if they are low. Try your best to power farm and counter gank.

VS

Zac

Hard

This is a tank matchup. You should be careful and play safe when around this enemy champion. They can not technically kill you 1v1, but it's what they bring to the table and the team that makes them dangerous. Beware of fighting them because their team may follow up. Watch the map before going in. This enemy has high CC and is frustrating to play against!

Early Game Back to Top

Early Game

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Early game 141.png Kayn is pretty simple. Your main job is to skirmish and help your lanes out by ganking and providing vision. Kayn's early game is very strong thanks to his ability to be able to 1v1 practically any champion. If you're in a good matchup, for example against a 57.png Maokai, 32.png Amumu, 60.png Elise or 133.png Quinn Jungle then you should find yourself comfortable at invading and taking away their camps. You need to go for early skirmishes to get your passive. You should be taking your buffs and Jungle camps whenever they are up and provide vision with the Rift Scuttlers. If you're against a champion who can easily fight you and likes to fight early such as a 203.png Kindred, 64.png Lee Sin or 59.png Jarvin then you have to play slightly different. However, you should try to steal the enemy camps if they are shown on the map.

Your job like any other Jungler is to help your laners, farm and gank.

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Mid Game Back to Top

Mid Game

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The mid game for 141.png Kayn is incredibly fun and horrible to play against. By this time you should have chosen your passive already and should be either RhaastSquare_new.png Rhaast or Shadow_AssassinSquare_new.png The Shadow Assassin. Both of the gameplay for each transformation is practically the same except for a few differences which we will discuss momentarily. During the mid-game, it is important to get all the Dragons that are available, continue to gank lanes and farm yours and the enemies Jungle camps. During the Mid game, you want to keep going for skirmishes and trying to kill the enemy.

Whichever transformation you decide on taking, you still want to help your team and try to be the frontline-assassin that goes in with his team. However RhaastSquare_new.png Rhaasts gameplay is slightly different to Shadow_AssassinSquare_new.png The Shadow Assassins. RhaastSquare_new.png Rhaast will be grouping with his team most of the time and not be going for solo kills. This is because your build path will be different and you will not be able to assassinate an enemy champion, unlike Shadow_AssassinSquare_new.png The Shadow Assassin. With that said, Shadow_AssassinSquare_new.png The Shadow Assassin should still group with his team and also try to assassinate enemies that are caught out farming side waves. You can easily catch up to them thanks to your Predator.png?width=32Predator Rune and 3117.png Mobility boots. You should try to kill them over and over- this is both fun and frustrating for the enemy!

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Late Game Back to Top

Late Game

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The late game for 141.png Kayn is very simple but your mistakes can cost the game. Your main job during this time is to one shot the enemy ADC or carry. You should try to get in and get out- which should be relativly easy thanks to your kayne.png E and kaynr.png Ultimate.

If you're playing RhaastSquare_new.png  Rhaast then you will not be able to one shot the enemy carry. Instead you want to peel for your team by protecting them against the enemy frontline.

Your late game is rather similar to the Mid game for 141.png Kayn.

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Team Fighting Back to Top

Team Fighting

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Team fighting for 141.png Kayn can be quiet difficult depending on which build path and which transformation you have gone. If you've gone for Shadow_AssassinSquare_new.png The Shadow Assassin then team fighting is difficult (within reason) because you not be tanky and instead you will have to assassinate the enemy.

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For Shadow_AssassinSquare_new.png The Shadow Assassin:

You want to hold to the side of each team fight and wait for an enemy to missposition. For example, if the enemy 51.png ADC or 134.png Mid walks out of position- you can go in. Alternativly, if the enemy moves to far foward and leaves the backline vunerable then you should go in and try to assassinate them.

Before you team fight, you want to try to kill any enemies that are caught out of position around the map farming. You can quickly get to them and assinate them. You should get in-and-out thanks to Predator.png?width=32 Predator, 3117.png Mobility Boots and 3142.png Ghostblade. Be annoying as possible and try to kill anybody who is out of position farming.

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For RhaastSquare_new.png Rhaast:

Your RhaastSquare_new.png Rhaast gameplay is relativily the same as Shadow_AssassinSquare_new.png The Shadow Assassin except for one major difference. Unlike Shadow_AssassinSquare_new.png The Shadow Assassin, you will not be able to assinate the enemies and one shot them. It is much harder for RhaastSquare_new.png Rhaast to do this because of your item choices and ability change. Instead, you are looking for oppertunites- like  Shadow_AssassinSquare_new.pngThe Shadow Assassin, to kill enemies who are left out of the team fight or are behind the carries. RhaastSquare_new.png Rhaast will be the frontline fighter- played much like a brusier.

Alternativly, you can be a secondary Support and try to peel for your carries whilst also dealing damage. Using your kaynw.png W knock up, you should try to protect your ADC and Mid from being killed.

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Remember to...

  • 141.png Be proactive in team fights.
  • Shadow_AssassinSquare_new.png Focus who you can kill.
  • RhaastSquare_new.png Not go in if your team is not behind you and does not have your back.
  • Shadow_AssassinSquare_new.png Not go for a kill if you see the enemies missing.
  • Shadow_AssassinSquare_new.png Not go in if you will die 1 for 1.
  • RhaastSquare_new.png Switch targets and help your team.
  • 141.png Not tunnel vision.
  • Use your kayne.png E to escape.
  • Use your kaynr.png Ultimate to dodge skill shots.
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Tips and Tricks Back to Top

Tips and Tricks

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  1. If you are ganking a lane, you can go into the wall with your kayne.png E to get a speed boost and regenerate some health.
  2. You can use your kaynw.png W inside the wall, thanks to your kayne.png E.
  3. Kayn can also use his kaynq.png Q whilst he is in the wall.
  4. Kayn can dodge abilities and skill shots thanks to his kaynr.png Ultimate. Whilst you're in your kaynr.png Ultimate, you become untargetable.
  5. You should try to skirmish as often as possible- especially early. This will give you your passive quickly into the game. However, you need to find a healthy balance between farming and ganking.
  6. If you receive RhaastSquare_new.png Rhaast transformation and don't want it, wait 4 minutes and get the alternative Shadow_AssassinSquare_new.pngShadow Assassin.
  7. You can use 141.png Kayn's kaynq.png Q- Reaping Slash to get over certain walls.
  8. When using your kayne.png E, make sure to be close to the wall. This is important because you will miss out on some of the benefits of it if you're far away from the wall.
  9. Your kayne.png E is incredibly strong. Make sure to not use it if you're being targetted or are in combat. If you're trying to get across a big wall, you may fall back- you can do this over small walls instead.
  10. You can choose if and when to jump out of your kaynr.png Ultimate. In some cases, you want to hold on and stay tucked into your enemy in case they 4.png Flash away.
  11. 141.png Kayn's kaynq.png Q provides a slight dash that can be used to escape from enemies.
  12. When in RhaastSquare_new.png Rhaast form, use your kaynw.png W on Jungle camps and Rift Scuttler. It will reduce the defences of the Monsters. 

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Pros and Cons Back to Top

Pros and Cons

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Pros

  • Very fun champion. I really enjoy playing 141.png Kayn and writing this guide.
  • Can snowball quiet easily and can solo carry games.
  • Not exactly a tough champion to play or learn.
  • Very mobile thanks to his kaynq.png Q and kayne.png E.
  • Has an AOE ability as your kaynq.png Q. This will allow you to kill camps quickly.
  • Can sustain early thanks to his kayne.png E healing.
  • RhaastSquare_new.png Rhaast has hard crowd control thanks to your kaynw.png W.
  • Can choose to take either RhaastSquare_new.png Rhaast or Shadow_AssassinSquare_new.png The Shadow Assassin.
  • Can push side lanes thanks to his kaynq.png Q and kaynw.png W.
  • Can escape sticky situations thanks to his kayne.png E.
Cons
  • Can be kited by ranged champions.
  • When taking Shadow_AssassinSquare_new.png The Shadow Assassin, you will not be very tanky and prone to dieing.
  • When taking RhaastSquare_new.png  Rhaast, you will not be dealing lots of damage or allow you to assassinate an enemy champion.
  • Shadow_AssassinSquare_new.png The Shadow Assassin lacks hard CC.
  • Can take long if you're not proactive early to get your kaynpassive.png passive. Also, you may have to wait an additional 4 minutes for the different transformation if you didn't want the first one.  

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Jungle Routes Back to Top

Jungle Routes

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141.png Kayn has a range of different Jungle routes that he can take. From experience, I usually back at around level 5 and there is a lot of different ways you can stay healthy and keep farming. For example, you can go to take Rift Scuttler, or take the Honey Fruit on the map. I try my hardest to ward and invade when possible. Try your best to take the Rift Scuttlers- especially if you're against 203.png Kindred with her kindredpassive.png Passive. The Rift Scuttlers give a huge ammount of vision and information. 

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Example 1:

Red Side Start: Blue Buff (With leash) > Gromp > Wolves > Red > Scuttler

Example 2:

Red Side Start: Blue Buff (With leash) > Wolves > Witches > Red > Scuttler

Example 3:

Red Side Start: Blue Buff (With leash) > Wolves > Witches > Red > Scuttler

Example 4:

Blue Side Start: Red Buff (With leash) > Witches > Blue > Scuttler

Example 5:

Blue Side Start: Red Buff (With leash) > Witches > Wolves > Blue > Scuttler

Example 6:

Blue Side Start: Red Buff (With leash) > Wolves > Blue > Scuttler

Example 7:

Blue Side Start: Red Buff (With leash) > Blue Buff > Wolves

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Combos Back to Top

Kayn Combos

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141.png Kayn does not have many unique combos, and a lot of the time, you will find yourself mashing buttons! With that said there are some basic combos that you can use for 141.png Kayn.

Remember that you can use both your kaynq.png Q and kaynw.png W from inside the wall if you're near it.

  • kaynq.png Q + kaynw.png W | Standard combo, You go in with your kaynq.png Q and follow it up with your W.
  • kaynw.png W + kaynq.png Q | Standard combo, You first knock/slow the enemy with your kaynw.png W, and then use your kaynq.png Q.
  • kayne.png E + kaynq.png Q + kaynw.png W | Come through terrain and use your kaynq.png Q followed by your kaynw.png W.
  • kayne.png E + kaynw.png W + kaynq.png Q | Come through terrain and use your W followed by your kaynq.png Q.
  • kayne.png E + kaynq.png Q + R + kaynw.png W + kaynq.png Q | Long combo, First you kayne.png E through the terrain and then use your kaynq.png Q and get the proc for your kaynr.png Ultimate. You then use your kaynr.png Ultimate and wait... You then use your kaynw.png W and your kaynq.png Q again and try to kill the enemy.
  • kayne.png E + kaynw.png W + kaynq.png Q + kaynr.png R + kaynq.png Q | Long Combo, Same as before except you use your kaynw.png W before you kaynr.png Ult the enemy. You will use this combo more predominantly as Shadow_AssassinSquare_new.png The Shadow Assassin.

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PLEASE NOTE: All of these combos work for both forms of 141.png Kayn. However, the timing may be slightly off because RhaastSquare_new.png Rhaast has a cast time on his kaynw.png W where Shadow_AssassinSquare_new.png The Shadow Assassin doesn't.

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Which Form should you take? Back to Top

Which form to take? Shadow Assassin or Rhaast?

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Each form of 141.png Kayn's kaynpassive.png Passive is strong. Each has their benefits and their drawbacks. Personally, I really enjoy going for Shadow_AssassinSquare_new.png The Shadow Assassin path because I like to carry games and get fed. Most of the time, I tend to go Shadow_AssassinSquare_new.png Shadow Assassin. With that said, there is some context to my choices for each and I will try my best to describe when you should take Shadow_AssassinSquare_new.png The Shadow Assassin transformation or RhaastSquare_new.png Rhaast transformation.

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The Shadow Assassin

Benefits of taking Shadow_AssassinSquare_new.png The Shadow Assassin as your transformation.

  • You can assassinate the enemy carries who are out of position. This is a really good feeling to play and is incredibly fun to one shot enemies. Especially when you take Predator.png?width=32 Predator, you can sneak up on them with your 1001.png boots active, your kayne.png E and then kill the enemies quite easily. This is both satisfying and frustrating for the enemy!
  • You can use your kaynw.png W on the go and has no cast time. This will allow you to fight enemies on the move and allow you to get closer to them quickly. Compared to RhaastSquare_new.png Rhaast and normal 141.png Kayn, You will be more mobile and your kaynw.png W will be easier to hit and reposition.

Rhaast

Benefits of taking RhaastSquare_new.png Rhaast as your transformation.

  • You will be slightly tankier when going for RhaastSquare_new.png Rhaast. The item differences will make RhaastSquare_new.png Rhaast tankier and healthier compared to Shadow_AssassinSquare_new.png The Shadow Assassin. However, you will be dealing less damage and will not be as potent as Shadow_AssassinSquare_new.png The Shadow Assassin.
  • You will have some form of CC thanks to your kaynw.png W. When taking RhaastSquare_new.png Rhaast, your kaynw.png W will knock enemies up, however, it does make you stand still unlike Shadow_AssassinSquare_new.png The Shadow Assassin's kaynw.png W.

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The Shadow Assassin

Drawbacks of taking Shadow_AssassinSquare_new.png The Shadow Assassin as your transformation.

  • When taking Shadow_AssassinSquare_new.png The Shadow Assassin, you will not be very tanky and will get killed easily by a good ADC who can kite such as 67.png Vayne or 222.png Jinx. In general, you should try to Assassinate anybody who is caught out of position.  Beware of being kited by a ranged champion. It is much easier to kill a melee one.
  • You will not have any form of hard CC. Unlike RhaastSquare_new.png Rhaast, your kaynw.png W will not knock up the enemies hit by it. This means in some occasions, it will be harder to team fight and protect your carries in team fights because of your lack of CC.

Rhaast

Drawbacks of taking RhaastSquare_new.png Rhaast as your transformation.

  • If you take Shadow_AssassinSquare_new.png The Shadow Assassin, you can usually assassinate an enemy champion if they're caught out of position. However, with RhaastSquare_new.png Rhaast it will be slightly harder, this is because you will lack damage thanks to your item choices.
  • RhaastSquare_new.png Rhaast is more team fight orientated and you will have to stick with your team. This could be seen as a draw back because you will not be able to solo carry (at least- it would be harder.)

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So when should you take each?

You want to take Shadow_AssassinSquare_new.png The Shadow Assassin when:
  • You're fed.
  • The enemy has many squishy champions.
  • The enemy has no tank.
  • You are ahead and can easily snowball.
  • The enemy cannot fight 5v5.
You want to take RhaastSquare_new.png Rhaast when:
  • The enemy are mostly tanks.
  • You did not snowball.
  • You are struggling to win trades.
  • Your team has no frontline.
  • You do not have damage or items.

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About Me Back to Top

Hello and welcome to this champion guide!

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Thank you for taking the time to read through this guide and I do hope that you learnt something. This guide was aimed for beginners and players who are wanting to learn the basics of this champion. If you play this champion often, then this guide may not be for you. Sorry about that.

Let me introduce myself. My names PicklePants and I am a Mid-Tier Diamond player and I’m a content writer for Lolking and a few other sites. I have been writing guides for League of Legends since late 2014.

If you have any feedback- feel free to leave a comment!

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