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All Guides Skarner Guides [SEASON 8] You'll Never Escape! [8.12]
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Skarner Statistics for petRoXD

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

Value
Average
Games Played
5
Win %
45
Kills
4.1
Assists
9.0
Deaths
5.4
KA:D Ratio
2.4
Gold Earned
10.5K
Creep Score
141.1
Average

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Summoner Spells Back to Top

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4.png is just the best summoner in this game, many plays can be made out of it. Do not give up on this summoner spell! Using it with your skarnerimpale.png is your opponents worst fear.

11.png is essential for junglers, by not taking it, you would be giving your opponents advantage over objectives. 

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New Runes Back to Top

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Those are the runes/masteries I'm using, I found them to be pretty good so far. Since they were recently implemented, it still needs more testing, and there might be better ways to build it. 

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Why Inspiration as main path?

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  1. Predator.png?width=64 will allow you to catch your enemies at an insane speed, giving them no other choice than burning summoner spells. Really great addition to Skarner's kit. It also does extra damage on the first attack.


  2. cheap%20shot1.png?width=64 will make you do true damage to targets that movement is impaired. Since Skarner has really good crowd control, this rune will certainly be a great addition, especially since patch 8.10, where it now does more damage (15-40).


  3. Zombie%20Ward.png?width=64 is one of the best options, it gives you some extra vision whenever you clear an enemy ward and since the "green smite" was removed, this rune will give you the chance to keep some vision, lasting for 30 seconds from level 1-4, 36-120 seconds at levels 5-18.

  4. Ingenious%20Hunter.png?width=64 became even better on patch 8.10, as it gives more item CDR early (15%+5% per stack), helping us activating3800.png more times.  Relentless%20Hunter.png?width=32 is still a very good choice, giving you the extra movement speed to be more present on the map, I would recommend you to try both Relentless%20Hunter.png?width=32 and Ingenious%20Hunter.png?width=32Ravenous%20Hunter.png?width=32 won't give you much benefit, the heals it gives is only worth for champions that spam abilities, which is not your case, don't take it. 

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Why Sorcery as secondary path?
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  1. Celerity.png?width=64 is quite good on you, since you have increased movement speed in your crystal's area, and this rune will boost your AD based on your movement speed, and also increase your movement speed by 1.5%.


  2. Waterwalking.png?width=64 comes in as a pretty good rune for 72.png, in combination with Celerity.png?width=32 and with your crystals, your movement speed and damage while on the river will be just insane!

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Abilities Back to Top

Q
W
E
Q
Q
R
Q
W
Q
W
R
W
W
E
E
R
E
E
Passive
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W
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E
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R
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  • Fighting in a crystal area is very beneficial for you, you become much stronger.

  • Grant control of your crystals on the river, as they boost your movement speed by quite a lot, helping you moving around the map faster. 


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  • When he hits the first time, 72.png becomes charged with crystal energy, dealing more damage.

  • This ability CD gets reduced for 1s when you AA champions.

  • Your main source of damage, max it first.


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  • Gives you the extra movement speed to catch your enemies while ganking.

  • Tanks a great amount of damage.

  • Scales very well with your health.


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  • Hitting this ability first and then AA stuns them for 1.25 seconds, it's a must hit on ganks!

  • When you land it and AA, you get Crystal Charge, which grants you extra movement and attack speed.


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  • Deadly ability, the one you catch, will most likely die.

  • This is the reason people hate playing against 72.png.

  • Use and abuse this ability before they build 3140.png.

  • 4.png+skarnerimpale.png is a great way to tilt your enemies!


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Items Back to Top

Starting Items

    Starting items.

Core Items

    Boots vary, but this should be your core.
    Very good item if your AD carry is based on auto attacks. (e.g. Caitlyn)
    Usually very good option if against heavy AD team. Together with Righteous Glory, it makes a great combination.
    Your build should look similar to this.

Situational Items

    When against heavy AP.
    When against heavy AD.
    Really good item to follow up your build.
    Very good choice, your shield will become huge!
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Build Path
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  • Start with 1039.png+2031.png.

  • On your first back, try to complete 3706.png and get 1001.png.

  • Build up into 1401.png and finish your boots depending on your opponents, 3111.png vs heavy CC and AP, and 3047.png against heavy AD. 3009.png can also be a good choice.

  • Your goal will be to build 3800.png as soon as possible, this will give you an insane amount of rpesence in the map, together with Predator.png?width=32.

  • Have a look at your team first and then decide your next items, 3109.png and 3050.png are very good choices to follow up. If you want more cover for your ADC go for 3109.png, if more damage is what you're looking for, go for 3050.png. Pay attention to what your support is building, you can have synergy together.

    Your build should look very similar to this

    1401.png3111.png3800.png3050.png3109.png3001.png

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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
  • Ekko
    Easy
  • Elise
    Medium
  • Ezreal
    Hard
  • Fiddlesticks
    Easy
  • Gragas
    Medium
  • Hecarim
    Easy
  • Ivern
    Easy
  • Jarvan IV
    Medium
  • Kayn
    Medium
  • Kha'Zix
    Medium
  • Kindred
    Medium
  • Lee Sin
    Medium
  • Master Yi
    Easy
  • Morgana
    Medium
  • Nidalee
    Medium
  • Nocturne
    Easy
  • Rammus
    Medium
  • Rek'Sai
    Medium
  • Rengar
    Easy
  • Sejuani
    Medium
  • Shaco
    Medium
  • Shyvana
    Medium
  • Twitch
    Medium
  • Udyr
    Medium
  • Warwick
    Easy
  • Xin Zhao
    Medium

VS

Amumu

Easy
  • You outdamage him.

  • Just make sure you contergank him at level 6.

VS

Ekko

Easy
  • You deal more damage than him in extended fights.

  • Play your own game, he won't counterjungle you.

VS

Elise

Medium
  • Be careful with her elisehumane.png.

  • You win on extended fights.

  • Don't be afraid if around your crystals.

  • She won't invade.

VS

Ezreal

Hard
  • Very hard to catch, but once he wastes his ezrealarcaneshift.png, he's dead.

  • His early presence is really strong, try to keep track on where he starts and countergank him at level 2. 

  • Once he gets behind, he's literally out of the game and you'll dominate.

VS

Fiddlesticks

Easy
  • Use your stun when he uses drain.png.

  • Keep a good map awareness, vision is key against him.

VS

Gragas

Medium
  • He can keep you away from his team.

  • Don't be afraid of him early on, you'll deal more damage.

VS

Hecarim

Easy
  • He has less damage, CC and tankyness than you, shouldn't be hard matchup for you.

VS

Ivern

Easy
  • He might try to steal your buff early, ask a teammate to ward.

  • He has really low damage output but great support ability, be careful.

VS

Jarvan IV

Medium
  • Huge damage if he hits his combo.

  • Dodging his combo is key, you win after that.

  • Extended fights are all yours.

  • Usually he builds damage, make sure you skarnerimpale.png him before he does his combo.

VS

Kayn

Medium
  • He has insane damage.

  • Extended fights are all yours.

  • Usually he builds damage, make sure you skarnerimpale.png him before he does his combo.

VS

Kha'Zix

Medium
  • Avoid fighting alone with him.

  • Try to skarnerimpale.png on fights if he's fed.

VS

Kindred

Medium
  • He's not very strong early, but his extreme mobility is a pain for you.

  • Use your skarnerimpale.png to take him or your target away from his kindredr.png.

VS

Lee Sin

Medium
  • If blue side, start on blue buff. As he will start on his red and try to counter you.

  • If he gets behind, he'll never get back to you.

  • Key is not dying early vs him.

VS

Master Yi

Easy
  • Just skarnerimpale.png him if he's kinda fed and your team will be fine.

  • Use your skarnerfracture.png+AA on him when he uses meditate.png.

VS

Morgana

Medium

People playing her jungle since 7.24.

  • She denies you with blackshield.png.

  • Her darkbindingmissile.png will be one of your worst enemies, and you run most likely in straight lines to catch your enemies. Make sure to dodge it. 

VS

Nidalee

Medium
  • Hard to catch.

  • She can poke your team down and force you to do a bad skarnerimpale.png.

  • If she gets behind, she's useless.

VS

Nocturne

Easy
  • Keep your skarnerimpale.png to defend your carry from him instead of attacking them. IIt'll make the fight for sure!

  • Use skarnervirulentslash.png if he uses nocturneshroudofdarkness.png.

VS

Rammus

Medium
  • He has a very strong presence, try to deny him on his ganks early on.

VS

Rek'Sai

Medium
  • He has huge escape ability.

  • Should be even between you two.

  • If you fight him, do it in your crystal area.

VS

Rengar

Easy
  • He struggles against you, you have too much CC and damage for him.

  • Keep close to your ADC when he uses rengarr.png, so you can skarnerimpale.png him.

VS

Sejuani

Medium
  • She has a lot of CC that can deny you on reaching your enemy.

  • You have more damage when ganking than her.

VS

Shaco

Medium
  • He's hard to catch and can counterjungle you, start on blue if you're blue side.

  • He can't fight you.

VS

Shyvana

Medium
  • Don't fight her, she does a lot of damage.

  • Keep vision on dragon early on as she'll try to do it, especially if it's an Infernal Drake.

VS

Twitch

Medium
  • He'll start red and gank level 2.

  • You should get your red and also gank level 2, predicting on where he goes.

VS

Udyr

Medium
  • He has extreme mobility, very hard to catch.

  • Insane damage and jungle clear.

  • Keep dragon warded, as he'll try to do it early on.

VS

Warwick

Easy
  • If he uses warwickr.png, just use skarnerimpale.png on him and get him away from your carries.

  • He can't really fight you.

  • Keep control on the river.

VS

Xin Zhao

Medium
  • Avoid fighting with him alone.

  • Use skarnerimpale.png on him, as he'll most likely rush on your carry and he'll be kinda squishy.

Playstyle Back to Top

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Early Game
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  • Start Blue if on top side, with the help of your botlane it becomes much easier to jungle. If you play against a jungler that will certainly invade e.g. (64.png35.png), start on red. Same logic applies if you start on bottom side

  • Make sure you save 11.png if you have your botlane's help.

  • You're not that strong early and it isn't so easy to gank, but keep your eyes open and try to predict your enemy jungler moves and counter them, you still deal a great amount of damage as a fighter.

  • Keep control on your jungle crystals.


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Mid Game
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  • This is where you shine the most, try to set up ganks where your enemies have no summoners, and abuse them with your skarnerimpale.png

  • Keep dragon control, set up ganks around botlane in order to get dragon after, especially if it's Infernal Dragon! You shouldn't care that much about Wind Dragon, but if you have the chance still take it.

  • If your botlane has taken the first turret and they swapped with top, make sure you follow them and make a 3 man play. This will allow you to not only get their turret, but also Herald.

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    Late Game
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  • The longer the game gets, the more you'll shine, you get really tanky and your damage can't be underestimated.

  • Try to protect your carry from assassins using your skarnerimpale.png or try to catch their carries off guard with your ultimate.

  • Try to always keep vision on Baron.

  • Make sure you stick with your team in order to make some plays, as alone you won't make the full use of your skarnerimpale.png.

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    Source: http://lolmasters.net/diamond/champion/Skarner

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Tips & Tricks Back to Top

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Tips & Tricks
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  • Using 4.png+skarnerimpale.png to catch the squishy targets off guard can win the fights. Use and abuse it before they build 3140.png.

  • When ganking, make sure you hit skarnerfracture.png and AA in order to stun your enemy.

  • Using 3800.png while coming from the side/behind your enemies can grant you a bunch of good skarnerimpale.png.

  • Focus on the one focusing your carry. (e.g. If they have a 107.png, save your ultimate for him)

  • Most people don't know what your crystals do, try to fight inside that area, they won't know what hit them. 

  • Before taking Dragon/Herald/Baron, take control of the crystal in front of it.

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Player's Mentality Back to Top

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Pro Mindset

The most successful players all have one thing in common, either they win or lose, they always think "what could have I done better?". This is the key for you to become closer to the greatest players, it's not about how many games you play in a day, it's about what you learn from each of them. 

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Tiltproof

The easiest thing to do when you are losing a game is to blame your team, even if you're right, that won't give any help on winning the game. If you really want to get into the next level, try to keep cool and boost our teammates morale. 

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Winning Attitude

Everyone is fed in the other team, your team is far behind and the easiest thing to do here is surrender. You might argue that it'll save you a lot of time and playing would be a waste. Yes, you're right, but some of those games you'll actually win, and you'll learn much more from hard games than from easy games that finish at 15min. Just keep focus and don't stop believing. Everyone throws, even the pros.

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Think about this:

If you're one of those players stuck in Silver, you feel like you deserve much more, but you are just unlucky and can't climb, it feels like a curse that Riot put on you. I will tell you straight away there's no such thing, and yes, sometimes we can be very unlucky, but it doesn't last. If you're stuck there, you might've been doing something wrong, the proof is that people boost accounts and they know exactly what to do in order to carry a game and climb quickly. If you find yourself in that situation, I suggest watching some of your own replays, maybe your mechanics are good but it only takes a few mistakes for you to not be able to carry your team. Start thinking, what could have you done better? The other team is silver too, if you're much better you should be able to outplay them in every way possible. 

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Special: How to get in The Zone Back to Top

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What is being "In The Zone"?

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  • It's a state of mind where you become extremely focused and hyper productive!

  • Being in the zone is being completely immersed in what you're doing. Losing the sense of time is very common while in this state of mind.

  • You'll be able to predict your opponents movements and see them almost like in slow motion!


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    How to enter "The Zone".
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  • Think about what you're doing and your role.

  • Get rid of distractions. (Close the door if open. Being on a conversation will most likely stop you from entering this state as you'll get distracted easily).

  • You need a deep understanding on what you're doing. (Once again, know your role and your opponent as well).
  • Create a balance between challenge and skill. Big challenges require huge skill. Taking a step bigger than your leg will only get you demotivated. (Yes, this one is for boosted accounts.)

  • Be patient, it might take some time to achieve and master this state of mind.

  • Now that you know about it, you just made it easier.


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    Source: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, "The Flow" (1990).

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    Source: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, "The Flow" (1990), p. 74.


  • As you may notice, balance is key. Even if your skill level is low, a small challenge for some people can be a true one for you!



    (I do not own this video.)

  • Use headphones.

  • Those sounds will help you achieve a focused state of mind.

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About me Back to Top

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Changelog Back to Top

  • 11th of December: Guide published.

  • 15th of January: "E" ability updated. (Patch 8.1)

  • 11th of February: Updated runes (Patch 8.3)

  • 27th of March: "E" ability updated. (Patch 8.5)

           ---          : Runes updated. Changed from Inspiration to Domination as main path.

  • 9th of April: Updated runes "Zombie Ward" (Patch 8.7)

  • 24th of April: Updated runes and item build to more competitive playstyle. (8.10)

  • 25th of June: Updated Celerity. (Patch 8.12)

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