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Summoner Spells Back to Top

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Flash is a staple summoner for nearly all champions. I suggest to take it unless you want to have an instant disadvantage.

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A useful spell for tanks and toplaners, and paired with TK's Abyssal Voyage tahmkenchnewr.png, you can have insane map coverage.


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This spell is useful for TK's early game and to help secure first blood. I only recommend taking it if you feel like you have a safe match up or ez lane.

New Runes Back to Top

Masteries Back to Top

Resolve

Why GoTU? Colossus is rather too hard to trigger, seeing is that you essentially have to have 3 stacks on your enemy and either tahmkenchw.png/tahmkenchq.png to put hard CC on them. Just too tedious

Also: 
  1. Unyielding - You already have insane health sustain from your shield already.
  2. Tough skin - 2 less damage from neutral monster and champion basic AA
  3. Runic Armor - 8% Better shielding AND healing from said shielding
  4. Perservance -  More Sustain
  5. Tenacity - Gargoyle stoneplate already does a much better job of LG, so go with tenacity
  6. GoU - Even MORE SUSTAIN

Ferocity

I put my last remaining 12 in this tree since he benefits more than Cunning.

Also:
  1. Fury - More attack speed = More stacking
  2. Feast - Sustain ( Albeit not that great sustain, wish they lower the cooldown or raise the value of health being restored. )
  3. Vampirism - Since spell vamp from items has been removed you can slightly benefit from this by using  Q tahmkenchQ.png or AA
  4. Battle Trance - Because I don't trust DES and Bounty Hunter is just the wimpy abomination of Sword of Occult and Mejai's

Abilities Back to Top

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Passive - An Acquired Taste tahmkenchpassive.png

Another 3 hit passive that Riot masterly conjured up. Woo. 
Now this passive I love since it gives Tahm Kench that hybrid damage feel, since it deals magic damage based from 1% of your maximum health, albeit I wish they buff it a little. I remember when this passive used to do magic damage when you hit level 6 and I would forget about taking dorans shield and took ruby crystal instead for that added damage and start cheesing the hell out of the enemy.

Q - Tongue Lash tahmkenchQ.png

More commonly know as the Lick Shot, it's a basic skill shot that deals magic damage and slows the enemy and adds a stack of your passive. Simple right? Well you do many other things with this. If you were to stack three times of your passive on the enemy, it would stun them for a considerable amount of time for you to catch up and eat them. You can also do a trick where you q at a minion and w at the same time to conserve mana when eating a minion. Also can be used to engage or disengage.

W - Devour tahmkenchW.png

Literally Nunu's Q consume.png but with the added bonus of eating champions. You can eat minions as well as small jungle monsters, but not Red or Blue Buff or Dragon and Baron ( and Vilemaw but who honestly plays that 3 v 3 mode )
You must stack your passive three time on a champion in order to consume them. 

When eating a minion or small monster, you can spit it right back out with a decent range, causing it to explode and deal AoE magic damage, that can also add a stack of your passive on an enemy champion.

When eating a enemy champion, you deal magic damage based on their MAXIMUM HEALTH. Oh you also get slowed 95%.

When eating a friendly champion, you can shield them from any types of incoming damage, even 14.png Ignite.
you also are able to run at the speed of Usain Bolt when running towards enemy champions, which is helpful for catching up to a running enemy.

E - Thick Skin tahmkenchE.png 

So T H I C- Yeah I'm not doing that anymore. So Thick skin is a basic shielding ability that helps you escape a dangerous situation and win trading. The reason being is that when you take damage, it converts to gray Health, which in turn can be used for a shield or by staying back a bit and letting it heal you. The amount of times this saved my fat ass running away from their mastery 7 ulted Master Yi or any champion, I cannot even count.

R - Abyssal Voyage tahmkenchR.png

Think of it as a Twisted Fate R destiny.png teleport, except you can take 1 person with you. This ultamite has crazy huge range. starting from the first level you can ult from tower to another nearby tower in your lane. As you level it up it becomes longer range and short cooldown. It helps you escape from dangerous situations or put pressure on the map. Such as destroying a tower and ulting to botlane to gank the enemy ADC. Very useful.

Items Back to Top

Starting Items

    Great item for any kind of hard tank.
    When you get first blood, clear wave and back to get this.
    On your first back, get this.
    If AP match up, get this.

Core Items

    Into Sunfire if AD match up, or Spirit Visage if AP match up, respectively
    Tabi if vs AD, Mercs if Heavy AP/CC
    Balanced Regular Build.
    Heavy AD
    Heavy AP

Situational Items

    Explanation Below

Tahm has a very large selection of items that he can choose from, but I will be only selecting some only used in Tank, I will be making different build path later that's more memey.


Wits End - 3091.png

This is a pretty good item if used against the right team comp. It helps you attack faster and gives you magic damage on-hit, while boosting your MR, which can be helpful against a team mostly comprised of mages, and dueling said mages.

Randuins Omen - 3143.png 

Good item in terms of stats. Gives you a decent amount of armor and health, but it also helps against Critical damage and AA champions, such as Master Yi 11.png Jax 24.png or Draven 119.png. It also slows champions down for you to catch up with them and eat them.

Dead Man's Plates - 3742.png

Good item when mostly comprised of high mobility champions or against team of ad. Also gives an oomph to your charged AA.

Abyssal Mask - (RIP SKELETOR WAND) 3001.png

A good MR item, as it allows to let you deal more magic damage with everything in your kit, plus cooldown and health too!

Adaptive Helm - 3194.png
Another good MR item, similar to Abyssal mask in terms of stats, but take this whenver you are on a heavy AP team and/or they have annoying spamming/tick mages. ( Casseopeia, Singed, Teemo, Syndra, Ryze, etc. )

Thornmail - 3075.png
Good armor item. AA champions fear its name

Matchups Back to Top

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

  • Aatrox
    Easy
  • Camille
    Medium
  • Cho'Gath
    Medium
  • Darius
    Hard
  • Dr. Mundo
    Medium
  • Galio
    Easy
  • Garen
    Medium
  • Illaoi
    Hard
  • Irelia
    Medium
  • Jayce
    Hard
  • Malphite
    Easy
  • Riven
    Hard
  • Tahm Kench
    Easy
  • Teemo
    Medium

VS

Aatrox

Easy

Aatrox is an auto attacker and will sometimes come close to you to actually do damage. AA him until full stcks then do your tahmkenchq.png tahmkenchw.png combo.

VS

Camille

Medium

Camille is a bit of a stretch to call hard. She's one of the few top laners which require "skill" to preform ( Darius, Riven, Illaoi. ) When she comes close to you, punish her with a tahmkenchq.png and stand your ground. Don't over extend though.

VS

Cho'Gath

Medium

It's more of a medium-easy range. I chose medium because he is a tank that can also do lots of magic damage and can punish you quickly if you aren't careful.

But he's slow moving and you can devour his health in a jiffy

VS

Darius

Hard

Just screw this guy. His bleed and armor penetration makes your lane a bit of a toughie. Just harass him with your tahmkenchQ.png Q and dodge his dariusaxegrabcone.png dariusnoxiantacticsonh.png dariuscleave.png combo if you can until it's to the point he is at low health and you can attempt to all-in him.

VS

Dr. Mundo

Medium

Kind of an iffy. His infectedcleavermissilecast.png Q is annoying slow and damage dealer but none the less you can 1 v 1 him solidly, just stack him up and devour.

VS

Galio

Easy

Since galio's rework, it's been a bit harder for him against TK. Before rework, he could just spam his ranged abilities. Now he has to get closer in order to hurt you. His galioq.png % health damage does hurt, but you could still walk over to him and just lick him.

VS

Garen

Medium

A good Garen can make the lane challenging, but thankfully for you your Q tahmkenchQ.png outranges all of his attacks, so you can keep on harassing and don't let him charge at you.

VS

Illaoi

Hard

Gah, this champion. Her soul grab is very annoying because you mostly can not 1 v 1 her in that situation, and she's really good with harassment. Just keep eating minions with your tahmkenchW.png W and spit them at her, and and hang by tower and farm if you are getting wrecked by her.

VS

Irelia

Medium

Irelia is a clunky champion who believe should get a rework. Even though she has solid harass, she will need to get close to you in order to hurt you, which you can punish her by giving her some licks and a Q stun her, then eat her.

VS

Jayce

Hard

Ow. Everything about him just ow. Just farm near tower. and dodge his abilities.

VS

Malphite

Easy

A very slow moving tank that builds armor, while you build magic damage. Just keep harassing him with Q tahmkenchQ.png W tahmkenchW.png combo then eat him or slap him with your tongue when he is low.

VS

Riven

Hard

The difficulty may be biased but I just honestly do not like her mobility. She jumps around too much and can harass you easily. Stay near your tower and farm and try to get your stacks quickly if she tower dives you, then eat her and spit her further into tower range so she can take a few hits.


VS

Tahm Kench

Easy

What are you doing playing blind pick?


O- Oh sorry. This lane really just depends on skill. The best advice though is to not get close to him. Spam your tahmkenchW.png W at him.

VS

Teemo

Medium

Teemo is a bit of an annoyance, with that poison and mobility he can make quick qork of you. Eat the minions with tahmkenchW.png W and spit it at him and try to whittle him down.

Introduction Back to Top

So hello!

Welcome to my guide to Tahm Kench, The River King. This is my first guide writing, so please give criticism in case I missed something while making this! Anyways, I have over 150+ matches with Tahm Kench in Normals, and I'm currently in Bronze. ( If you do not trust a low elo players advice that's fine, totally understand .) But I never really see a Tahm Kench guide that was recently updated, so here you go!

Wait, why Tahm Kench Top? Back to Top

I will cover Support later. I spend mostly top but do play frequently in the bottom lane too.
But the reason is because he's an anti assassin Tank, and with the assassin update rolling out, he is the perfect tank for top lane. He can do % health damage to tanks, which is why he was nicknamed the "Tank-Eater". If any assasin comes or tank for that matter comes up to this fat catfish, He can punish them instantly if they are not too careful, as they will get gobbled up in a heartbeat. Tahm Kench is also excellent at peeling and having high defenses while still able to provide decent amounts of damage. Sure he isn't as tanky like shen or amumu, but he can take quite a hit and and take a hit again due to his tahmkenchE.png gray health shield.

And he can bm very much : ^ )

More coming soon! Back to Top

Hey guys, thanks for reading this guide. This is my first guide, so I would love some criticism and see what I can add that I'm missing, like combos or gameplay.


Have a great day!

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