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All Guides Katarina Guides Glass Cannon Katarina: Going strong without DFG [Updated to 5.3]
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Katarina Statistics for popowizard

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

Value
Average
Games Played
2
6
Win %
50
45
Kills
14.0
8.4
Assists
4.5
7.4
Deaths
5.5
7.3
KA:D Ratio
3.4
2.2
Gold Earned
14.4K
11.8K
Creep Score
223.0
157.6
Average

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Summoner Spells Back to Top

4.png + 14.png is really the only way to go with Katarina.

Remember not to waste 4.png as it can and will either save you or get you kills.
14.png is for the finishing blow. If you are 100% sure you can get the kill don't be afraid to ignite early as it will give you the extra AP and AD. However this can be a setback if the use an escape such as flash and you wont have your ignite up later.
12.png & 21.png are also viable but used situationally. If you take these replace ignite, FLASH IS NOT CHANGEABLE (except for with ghost sometimes)!
Even 3.png can work, however I don't recommend 7.png or 1.png. If you really want, 6.png can work also in order to catch up to others for Shunpo's in team fights but I prefer flash.

Runes Back to Top

  • 9x
    +0.87 magic penetration Greater Mark of Magic Penetration
  • 9x
    +1.34 magic resist Greater Glyph of Magic Resist
  • 9x
    +0.17 ability power per level Greater Glyph of Scaling Ability Power
  • 9x
    +1.33 health per level Greater Seal of Scaling Health
  • 9x
    +1 armor Greater Seal of Armor
  • 9x
    +0.16 armor per level Greater Seal of Scaling Armor
  • 9x
    +0.1 ability power per level Greater Seal of Scaling Ability Power
  • 3x
    +4.95 ability power Greater Quintessence of Ability Power
  • 3x
    +1.5% movement speed Greater Quintessence of Movement Speed

Standard Kat rune page.


Health/level SEALS: Help deny some auto attack harass in lane. If you don't have these you can feel free to take any of the other recommended seals but these are the best in most matchups.

MR GLYPHS: ap/lvl are my favorites now however flat mr works just fine as well.

M PEN MARKS: Standard, every AP mid lane champion should take these or hybrid pen but since you are melee take these.

QUINTESSENCES:*Now i prefer running more ap and possibly if needed 1-2 move speed quints depending on matchup.

Movement speed quints are really my favorite unless you think that you can win your lane easily and know you can get kills. The extra move speed helps you make plays in other lanes and help out your team while getting you an advantage yourself. The extra ability power if you choose to take the flat AP helps you do a decent amount of damage in lane however, the change is still quite minimal and against better players it is very hard to get kills in lane from just harassing. To be honest it is your preference that matters here because they are both a good option.


Masteries Back to Top

1/1
0/4
2/4
1/1
0/1
0/3
3/3
1/1
0/1
0/1
1/1
3/3
0/1
0/3
3/3
1/1
0/1
3/3
1/1
1/1

Offense: 21

2/2
2/2
0/2
0/2
1/1
3/3
0/1
0/1
1/1
0/3
0/3
0/3
0/1
0/1
0/1
0/1
0/4
0/1
0/1

Defense: 9

0/1
0/3
0/3
0/1
0/3
0/1
0/1
0/3
0/1
0/3
0/1
0/1
0/1
0/3
0/2
0/1
0/3
0/1

Utility: 0

21 in offensive tree for damage (standard). Feel free to go into defensive and utility tree or just utility if you want but for now I feel like the defensive tree is stronger. You can go 21/5/4  21/6/3 or 21/0/9 if you prefer.

Abilities Back to Top

Passive
Q
1
4
5
7
9
W
3
8
10
12
13
E
2
14
15
17
18
R
6
11
16
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Q - Bouncing Blades: This is your strongest spell as Katarina. It lets you harass your opponent in lane, gives your combo burst, and lets you farm from a distance if you have to.

W - Sinister Steel: This is a very close ranged spell. Use it to proc bouncing blade's mark in lane for extra harass if you can. Don't overuse this spell as in don't proc the mark if you are going to take more harass than you are dealing unless you have much more sustain than the opponent (more health potions).

Get this at level 2 for extra harass if you know you are safe.

Why Max Q before W?

The reason to max Q before W is because it allows you to safely harass your opponent down in lane and get a few extra farm. Q gives a TOTAL DAMAGE: 75 / 115 / 155 / 195 / 235 (+ 60% AP) whereas W does 40 / 75 / 110 / 145 / 180 (+ 25% AP) 
(+ 60% bonus AD). On top of that Q's cool down is decreased every level whereas W's cool down stays the same. When you are in W range of an enemy champion you are always in danger. You don't want to walk up to the enemy if you don't have vision around your lane or you don't know where the enemy jungler is. In team fights your resets will be more effective with Q rather than W because cooldowns don't matter if the whole ability cool down is reset anyways meaning your team fight will be stronger, you will be safer, and will have higher burst damage by maxing Q.

Items Back to Top

Starting Items

    5x Hp pot 2x Ward.
    Good start, gives mobility and good sustain just make sure you don't overextend too much and save your e for sticky situations
    Against AD mid lane.
    Always start with this as it is a free ward jump.
    Another safe start which provides tankyness and great sustain.

Core Items

    Rush boots then luden's for extra move speed for ganks and making plays. Ludens provides you with what katarina was lacking since the removal of DFG although not as much single target burst
    Example of a full build
    ALWAYS BUY THESE WHEN YOU GO TO BASE

Situational Items

    If you are getting focused by someone who can 100% shut you down and wont use it on anyone else. (ex Malz, WW, etc..) Still try and see if you can avoid getting this.

CORE

To be honest, I almost always build 3020_32.png because they give damage and you are focused on killing other lanes not really out trading yours. Only build 3111_32.png if you can not survive lane and really need the MR and Tenacity. Rush tier 2 boots for ganking other lanes and making plays around the map.

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Rush Luden's echo now after boots are complete unless you need zhonyas to win or survive in matchup. Build Rabadans or zhonyas after depending on how the game is going.

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I find myself building Zhonyas first in 75% of my games as katarina the active on that item is priceless and can win games by itself. The only time i dont is if i have a hard ap matchup or need to do insane amounts of damage for my team and decide to go for the pen build (haunting guise and abyssal for hp and mr). I usually build Rabadans directly after zhonyas and usually followed by a void staff.

Now that there is no longer a DFG i would get zhonyas then rabadans rush after boots in almost all games.

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Rylais has never been my favourite item on katarina, however now that there arent as many items for katarina in the game I usually pick this up after rabadans and zhonyas (after void if they are already stacking mr) because it gives a lot of ap and some hp. If you prefer you can pick up an abyssal instead.

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This is a great item which scales well into late game. I find very few games that I pass this up. Usually pick this up as 5th item but 4th can be good as well. Make sure you have Rabadans before this unless the enemy team has HUGE amounts of MR.

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This is an amazing item on Katarina. I wouldn't recommend it on many other AP mid laners however this works so well with Katarina and can win you team fights easily. You already have 4 other AP items which will be enough damage. Pick this up last or possibly earlier if you need it. If it is late game and you lose  your GA's passive and you have full build, elixers, and a lot of extra gold you can sell it for another item such as Warmogs as mentioned below. 

SITUATIONAL

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If their team has more AP and you can pass on the active of Zhonya's this is a great item. I would get this item after DFG if you choose to get it. You can also substitute Void Staff for this if the enemy team has low magic resist which is unlikely if you are doing well. It is as strong as void staff in terms of damage at around 63 MR and does more if they have less, also it provides some nice defensive stats.

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This can replace GA if you prefer. It is worse than GA unless the passive on GA is down, in that case it is better. Don't exchange it for a damage item otherwise you will not do enough in fights.

WHY NOT THE OTHER ITEMS?

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Magic Pen stacking is for champions with high base damage which Katarina lacks. However if you get/are going to get Abyssal Scepter this is an option. Late game sell for 3135_32.png and NEVER UPGRADE TO 3151_32.png. Why you may ask? because 3151_32.png is for sustained/DoT damage dealers not for Katarina who tries to burst people. The upgrade is useless for Katarina.

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Personally I never get this item on Katarina because you don't need it to hit your whole combo and the passive is which is mainly used for kiting is useless on Katarina. Don't pick up unless you are a huge fan of it and no, this item does not make liandry's torment viable on Katarina  However it makes it closer because if u have the 2 you do extra damage with the passive and you don't kill people fast (the passive on liandry's goes off their current health) so if you build these 2 together your the most useless Katarina ever. 

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Only reason to get this before changes was your ultimate was longer (3s instead of 2s). Now there is no use for it. If you really want this item i suggest maxing w and rushing it. More viable now that DFG is gone however does not scale well into late game due to not being a full ap item.

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Just no, Katarina scales so poorly with spell vamp due to her AOE abilities and if you are going to die in a teamfight you are going to get bursted (you are not at all tanky).

Matchups Back to Top

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

  • Ahri
    Medium
  • Akali
    Hard
  • Anivia
    Hard
  • Annie
    Medium
  • Azir
    Medium
  • Brand
    Medium
  • Cassiopeia
    Medium
  • Cho'Gath
    Hard
  • Diana
    Hard
  • Elise
    Hard
  • Evelynn
    Easy
  • Fiddlesticks
    Hard
  • Fizz
    Medium
  • Galio
    Medium
  • Gragas
    Medium
  • Heimerdinger
    Medium
  • Jayce
    Medium
  • Karthus
    Easy
  • Kassadin
    Hard
  • Katarina
    Medium
  • Kayle
    Hard
  • Kennen
    Hard
  • Kha'Zix
    Medium
  • Kog'Maw
    Easy
  • LeBlanc
    Hard
  • Lee Sin
    Medium
  • Lissandra
    Hard
  • Lulu
    Medium
  • Lux
    Easy
  • Malzahar
    Medium
  • Mordekaiser
    Hard
  • Morgana
    Easy
  • Nidalee
    Medium
  • Orianna
    Medium
  • Pantheon
    Hard
  • Riven
    Hard
  • Rumble
    Hard
  • Ryze
    Medium
  • Swain
    Medium
  • Syndra
    Medium
  • Talon
    Medium
  • Twisted Fate
    Easy
  • Veigar
    Medium
  • Vel'Koz
    Easy
  • Viktor
    Hard
  • Vladimir
    Medium
  • Xerath
    Medium
  • Yasuo
    Hard
  • Zed
    Medium
  • Ziggs
    Medium
  • Zilean
    Hard
  • Zyra
    Medium

VS

Ahri

Medium

Annoying lane, you can't kill her at 6 unless her ultimate is down so focus on zoning her, dodging her abilities and roaming. Early on she has no escapes. jungle help around levels 3-5 is very helpful.

VS

Akali

Hard

You can not let her kill you. Harass her before 6 and build suriviability so that you do not die instantly. Focus on shoving your lane and roaming.

VS

Anivia

Hard

This lane is hell against a good Anivia player. Luckily for you there aren't too many around however when you face one you will see what I mean. Only go in to trade her if her q is down. don't dive her unless her egg is down and you are sure of it. you will not get resets from her if she goes into egg form which can be game changing in team fights. Also roaming isn't the best option because she will push your tower so easily that it isn't worth it 90% of the time

VS

Annie

Medium

Get jungle help early on because she has no escape. she has huge burst and a stun so be careful at 6. try to make her pay for wasting a stun if you can but be careful as she can have it back up in no time. Don't go in against her by yourself and try to farm and roam.

VS

Azir

Medium

He can stop your ult with his ult or e, if his ult is on cd you can try and outplay him by ulting at a place not between him and his clones. He is usually semi squishy and imo isnt that great of a champion overall. I would rush DFG and ask for some ganks to get a little fed before trying to roam as he can push pretty hard if left alone. His late game damage is really strong but you can usually kill him very fast. Try to stay away from his clones and know when he has used his ult.

VS

Brand

Medium

Not too hard a lane. save your e for dodging his abilities and harass with q. If you see an opening you can go in for the kill. be careful for he has a stun and insane burst.

VS

Cassiopeia

Medium

Dodge her abilities with your high movement and harass her with q make sure you face the other way before ulting or she can cancel it and get a free kill on you. She has no escapes jungle ganks help a lot due to her lack of escapes. try to pressure her and roam.

VS

Cho'Gath

Hard

He is a hard counter to katarina. He has everything needed to stop you. you cant push lane so it is hard to roam, he has a long silence, a knock up which is hard to dodge when silenced, and a high burst ult coupled with free sustain and tankyness. try to farm and if you die early on or at all it is not going to be a fun lane at all. 

VS

Diana

Hard

Very hard matchup after 6, very easy before. dodge her q and harass with yours. try  to farm up while denying her farm before level 6 after level 6 try and farm, if you get hit by her q run away and wait it out. ask for ganks because she has no mobility early and if she is using abilities to last hit she will be pushing. try to farm and roam if you can don't fall behind in exp because of this.

VS

Elise

Hard

Although elise mid is uncommon It is a very hard lane for katarina due to her lack of stustain. Luckily Elise cant push very hard so you are going to want to push your lane a lot and either roam or go back to base and heal up.

VS

Evelynn

Easy

This can be an easy-medium matchup. If evenlyn gets ahead from roaming it isnt fun. However if you are tied or your ahead it is easy and you can push lane to stop her from roaming while sending her back to her fountain with 1 combo. She has high burst as well BE CAREFUL. If she goes to roam make sure you follow. Pink wards are very useful in this matchup.

VS

Fiddlesticks

Hard

Another rare mid lane champion. well this one really sucks for you. Fiddle is a hard counter pick. stay back in lane, if he wastes both cc abilities and you are level 6 go in on him and kill him. other than that he cant push at all so shove lane roam and ask for help from jungler.

VS

Fizz

Medium

A good fizz will bully you out of lane easily. If he maxed "W" first make sure you push lane and force him to farm under tower. If he is maxing e try and trade with him early and make sure he uses e (early on it costs a lot of mana and this will hurt fizz). if he initiates with e make sure to kill him. However he has huge burst and be very careful. Mainly just push, HARASS WITH Q, and roam.

VS

Galio

Medium

Not a bad lane. He will build a lot of MR and you wont be able to touch him once he gets it. Early on he has very poor mana regen and he is not very tanky. If you can delay his items and hit level 6 before him go all in. He pushes quite fast so try and clear waves quickly if you want to roam.

VS

Gragas

Medium

You can win this lane however he is very annoying. By level 7-9 he will instantly kill creep waves and has tons of burst damage early on you want to harass with q, try to deny him farm, and farm yourself. After he hits 6 hit burst is very strong. with quick reactions you can dodge everything but don't count on it. try to roam when possible. *Don't go in melee range vs Gragas. at level 3 or 4 when he has all abilities he is very strong and could kill you if you waste shunpo or don't level it until level 4.

VS

Heimerdinger

Medium

This lane can be easy or hard. You can easily harass with Q just make sure you are at least the 4th farthest away away and if he wastes his e go in on him. Try to engage away from his turrets as they hurt a lot. If you catch him off-guard  you should be able to kill him even if he has grenade up but you usually don't want to go in unless he has his grenade on cooldown.

VS

Jayce

Medium

Harass with your q while dodging his. if he just changed to ranged form go in with everything because he wont be able to knock you back for a few seconds which is all that you need. rush 3191_32.png and then build 3157_32.png and try to roam. If you play this correctly you wont die and if he makes a mistake you can kill him but most of the time that wont happen. 

VS

Karthus

Easy

Free kill lane

You can kill him before 6, after 6, well at any point in the game. His only escape will be flash and if he doesn't take that well your lucky. harass before 6 go for a kill if you can. after 6 go all in. By the time you guys meet for the next time you should be able to use your whole combo once again. Farm, Roam, Kill. Buy a Red Elixer for health at last second if he chooses to ult. also a zhonya's is never a bad idea.

VS

Kassadin

Hard

Early on Kassadin isn't much of a threat so you have the advantage before level 6. Start 5 potions 2 wards or boots 4 pots and harass him. Don't run away just because he uses q after that he has nothing so just harass him and wait for your cooldowns before letting him hit you with another q. His w will hurt so don't let him constantly hit you with his auto attacks. after level 6 play extremely careful and if you can get a gank before then. if you get ahead you want to roam but you won't be able to kill him 1v1 so don't try. Also don't get caught out he can chase better than you can run away. If he wastes his q feel free to ult him but he will most likely just ult away so wait for both to be down if possible.

VS

Katarina

Medium

Easy lane if the Kat maxes w. she will have to go close to you while you can just use q to outtrade from afar.  if she maxed q as well it will be hard! don't fall behind and counter build her. consider rushing 3001_32.png.

VS

Kayle

Hard

Very hard lane, Kayle outtrades you with q and aa's you if you go in. Don't go all in at 6 because all that will happen is that the Kayle will ult herself and hurt you a lot or kill you. 

VS

Kennen

Hard

Not an easy matchup, if he is good he will save his e for escaping so you wont be able to hurt him. In laning pre 6 make sure to stand behind creep to stay away from his q and dont get hit by his 5th auto attack which does extra damage and applies a mark which he can use his 2nd w to trigger again.  after 6 you can't do a whole lot to Kennen and he can do quite a bit. Outscale him later on in the game and roam.

VS

Kha'Zix

Medium

To win this lane you could consider maxing W to try and deny him early on and rushing the zhonya's just like versus Jayce (I still prefer maxing q). Be careful for his harass and burst after 6 and try to warn your teammates if he ganks. He has strong ganks just like you so try to follow him to the lane without being seen to countergank. DONT LET HIM ISOLATE U, even if he maxes w first which is smart his q hurts a lot.

VS

Kog'Maw

Easy

While a rare champ for AP mid lane i've played vs kog before and it is exactly like karthus in lane however a bit more annoying when he gets his ult especially later in the game when he truly shines.

VS

LeBlanc

Hard

7_64.png Is yet another champion that can bully Katarina. Le blanc can no longer a super hard counter to katarina due to no longer having a silence. However she can still bully you with a lot of damage. Now this lane is manageable but I still recommend building magic resist or health or both.

VS

Lee Sin

Medium

Like most bruiser mid lanes you want to rush zhonya's versus lee. Don't spend all your time trying to dodge his q, he will keep running towards you and hit you with an e then his q is an easy land. During laning harass him and try your best to deny him and farm. if he lands a q on you and is going in wait for the q to hit you before shunpoing/flashing away.

VS

Lissandra

Hard

I have not played this matchup before but i would assume that it is hard. Lissandra has a lot of burst at 6 and can instantly stop your ultimate. However, before 6 it seems like you should be able to harass her easily and win the lane. I suggest pushing then roaming so that you do not miss to much experience. Be careful in team fights as she might just focus you every time.

VS

Lulu

Medium

Hard lane if she saves her transform ability for when you jump in/ult. She also has her ult that is a knock up and huge health increase. try and focus on not getting harassed and roaming.

VS

Lux

Easy

You will destroy her, she has no way of stopping your ult and is 100% skillshot dependent. keep harassing, you are resourceless and lux is not. Dont get hit by her q and go if she wastes an ability as it should be an easy kill. 

VS

Malzahar

Medium

This is one of the lanes that you may want to get an early 3140_32.png. After 6 if malz gets a combo on you, you are going to die. With QSS you can escape his ult and fight him with yours or just run heal up and fight him when its still down and yours is up. If you can get a jungler with some cc should be an easy kill even without QSS.

VS

Mordekaiser

Hard

The key to beating Mordekaiser is to win early game with ganks. Most 82_64.png's will start potions and not take move speed quints. If you and your jungler shut him down early shouldn't be a problem. He is really sqishy under his shield and with 2 people it should be an easy kill. If you are ahead enough you can kill him at 6 by yourself. If he has magic resist focus on ganking other lanes instead but be careful for his pushing capabilities.

VS

Morgana

Easy

This is an easy lane. 25_64.png has no killing potential in lane on you and you can trade damage with her if she uses any of her spells to farm or misses you. be careful for her ult! If you can save shupo so that you don't take second damage and stun. To harass usually either just throw a q or walk up q - w and shunpo away (make sure her q is down when walking up to her as otherwise you will take free harass).

VS

Nidalee

Medium

This is a very even lane. These two champs are my mains and this lane can go in anyone's favor. However you should be able to outfarm her if you apply pressure. be careful of her spear cougar combo which can insta-kill you at levels 6-9 and maybe even 11 if you aren't careful. If she just changed into human form jump onto her and burn everything as she has no escape for a few seconds and cant out trade you unless you are severely behind. You both have good roaming but not much more to say about this lane other than don't die and you will be fine.

VS

Orianna

Medium

Kind of like 55_64.png vs 76_64.png matchup. Can go either way. Don't take too much auto attack and spell harass and put some pressure back on her with your q. if her e and q are both down go in as she can't get the ball back quick enough to stop your combo. be careful for her ult and dodge her abilities. 

VS

Pantheon

Hard

Build armor and have a lot of health potions along with you at all times. everytime he uses Q on you try and trade back with your q. If he wastes his W (stun) after level 6 go all in on him unless he is ahead. If you play this smart you can win because your Q has 75 range on his however you have to wait until he runs back to his creep to turn around and q otherwise he will be able to hit you as well. WARD BOTH SIDES OF YOUR LANE because if he gets some kills in other lanes this will not be fun at all. Call all "MIA's" or "SS's" and make sure your team mates know don't expect them to be perfect.

VS

Riven

Hard

She counters Katarina hard rush zhonyas and stay as far away from her as possible. Both her q and w can cancel kat ult and she does high damage as well as having a sheild. Tr and avoid this matchup if possible and if you must just try to stay alive and get your gold from other lanes.

VS

Rumble

Hard

Rumble mid isn't too common but it is a hard lane for Katarina. He can deny you from farming and block your harass with his shield. Always keep Shunpo up and have a ward handy because his ult hurts a lot and getting out of it is vital. You can't really kill him but you can outroam him if you push. Be careful because his ult in a gank is scary 

VS

Ryze

Medium

This lane can go either way. With your potions you can usually out sustain his mana and health. Katarina should be stronger than him at 6 but be careful for his burst. He has no escapes so get jungle help. Also ward because he has an instant ranged snare which you cannot shunpo away from and a jungle gank along with this is something to fear.

VS

Swain

Medium

You can trade with him before 6 and can kill him after 6 however this is not recommended. It isn't easy to 100 to 0 Swain and he has health regen a slow and snare combined with great sustained damage. Focus on roaming.

VS

Syndra

Medium

Dont get hit by her stun and harass her lvl 1-5 while dodging her harass. At level 6 keep putting pressure but care for her damage. If her "e" is on cd you can usually kill her. Again no escapes so a gank would be nice.

VS

Talon

Medium

You have to rush zhonya's vs him. You can harass him early and if he is using silence aggressively pre level 6 call for a gank as it puts him in a terrible spot. Be careful as his silence out ranges your Q. If he uses e to engage you can go in and do a full combo if you have the health. Make his early game hell and try to outfarm him.

VS

Twisted Fate

Easy

Avoid harass pre level 6 and harass with q. after level 6 make sure your lane is warded because he can get fed off other lanes and it can become a hard lane. if he wastes his w or doesnt get a gold card go in on him and kill him. He is very squishy and 1 kill will make the lane living hell for him.

VS

Veigar

Medium

Veigar isn't too hard. Dodge his stun and you win, get hit by his stun and you lose. Rush Zhonya's to dodge his combo sort of like with facing Tristana. Don't dive him unless you are sure that you can instantly go in and out without getting stunned. 

VS

Vel'Koz

Easy

You can easily dodge his spells, start boots and 4 potions and harass him with q. He can interrupt your ult with his e. make sure to juke around him when you are close as his ult does a lot of damage.

VS

Viktor

Hard

This lane is hard for you. You should not engage on victor after he is level 6. just harass him with q when possible because you out-range his q and try not to take any harass back in return. shunpo his e and w. If you jump on him he will just w (aoe stun) and ult (dot silence) and you will die. His q allows him to take a bit more damage and trade effectively so don't try to proc your q unless you are going in for the kill. try and roam and get ahead in lane.

VS

Vladimir

Medium

He will harass you early on.

you out damage him at level 6.
try and wait for his pool to be down before ulting.
skill based matchup whoever gets the lead will snowball so farm well and don't die.

VS

Xerath

Medium

Can go either way. A good xerath is hard to kill and when you go in against him he will kill you. Harass him a lot and dodge his q with your shunpo. dont go in until right after his e mark has worn off. Whoever gets a kill will snowball. Don't give away a free kill and roam to get ahead if you can.

VS

Yasuo

Hard

(NOT 100% SURE ABOUT THIS MATCHUP)
Yasuo's early game isnt too strong but you are a melee mid and it will be hard to harass him through early game. You have to be careful your ult isnt blocked by his wall and most of the time rush zhonyas. Once he gets is static shiv he will probably quiclky push the minion waves so focus on farming and ward to make sure he can't roam. If he does it may or may not be a good idea to follow him, read the ganing section of my guide to figure that out.

VS

Zed

Medium

Rush 3157_64.png!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

NO MATTER WHAT GET THIS ITEM AND WIN!
it counters a big part of zed's burst (his ult)and negates a bunch of his damage with the armor alone.
You can easily harass him with Q early game.
when his w is on cooldown you can punish him if you have enough items and he isn't ahead. ward a lot and deny his roaming.

VS

Ziggs

Medium

Play careful vs him and dodge his Q while harassing with your own Q. Be careful as his aa's hurt a lot. When his w is on cd go in and kill him with your ult. It isnt an easy lane whatsoever you need a lot of sustain for lane.

VS

Zilean

Hard

Build some MR and tons of sustain.

You can't kill him in lane so don't even try.
When he bombs you stand by your minions so that he pushes and ask for a gank from your jungler. other than that try and roam and farm only when you can and make sure it doesn't put you in a worse spot.

VS

Zyra

Medium

This matchup can be tricky. Zyra's plants are very annoying and dont fight her if they are around. You can all in her however you will most likely both die so make sure that she will miss more creep than you will if this happens. If Zyra takes barrier then you shouldn't go in vs her. You can out roam her so make sure you do.

Early Game LvL 1-8 Back to Top

As Katarina throughout your early game you want to focusing on harassing your lane opponent and out farming them. Throughout the first few levels you may want to let a few last hits slide so you don't fall behind in health and have to miss more CS in return. Once you hit level 6 you should be looking around the Map for lanes to gank. Try not to focus on killing your lane unless you know you can mainly just farm and push then roam or go buy items. If you dont die in lane and stop your opponent from making plays while outfarming your lane you are winning. Remember you don't have to roam all the time just because you are good at it however if you are in Lower ELOs this can be a very useful thing to do.

Mid Game LvL 9-15 Back to Top

This is the stage where Katarina shines and this is your turn to carry the game and make your team ahead. Assuming you farmed well and didn't fall behind in money or levels by a lot you are doing fine and should be able to make plays. Ask your team where the enemy placed wards and gank whenever an opportunity appears. Don't waste all your time making nothing happen (look at ganking section). Usually you are going to want to roam bot lane as Dragon is down there and they are squishier rather than the top lane bruiser meta. If you force bot lane to go back or kill them ping and tell your jungler to come and get dragon. Keep buying WARDS they save lives, both yours and your team mates. Try to force team fights because this is where you shine! (look at team fighting section how to fight as Kat)

*remember full items are always better than parts so save for the big items rather than buying a lot of smaller ones.

Late Game LvL 16-18 Back to Top

At this stage in the game you should have high damage and at least 1 survivability item. In team fights ADC's will be your main priority unless they have a different FED CARRY and the ADC is VERY FAR behind. With DFG and a combo you should kill them in no time and be able to move onto your next target. You don't have to move onto the next highest threat target you should focus the next person you can get a reset on and follow this until the teamfight is over. Remember RESETS ARE YOUR PRIORITY.  Just because it is a tank doesn't mean you should stay away If you know you can get the kill and reset, go in.

Tips working with SHUNPO Back to Top

SHUNPO

God I love this ability. It makes kat who she is. It allows kat to make plays and survive. There are so many useful things to do with this ability SO DON'T WASTE IT.
  • it is your escape ability in lane don't go in with it or your unintentionally asking the enemy jungler to come and kill you. Save it to escape unless you have vision of their jungler and know where he is.
  • Wards are Shunpo's best friend. an enemy is running away? You barely cant catch him with Shunpo and he is one hit away from death by your q well ward and instantly shunpo to that ward and throw your q to get the kill. To play Katarina effectively you must use smartcast and if you don't already start now get used to it or pick a new champion. It is almost impossible to ward shupo and go farther than you would have by walking if you aren't using smart cast. With enough practice you will be able to ward and Shunpo to it at the exact same moment allowing for epic plays and escapes. I can't explain how important wards are on Katarina compared to most other champions.
  • Minions and Other Champions can end up being your best friend as well even if they are on the enemy team. You are getting ganked from the side? shunpo to creep or a ward behind you and run away wasting the enemy jungler's time. Getting ganked from behind? Oh no! your'e screwed. NOPE! Simply shunpo to the enemy jungler and walk to safety. Remember going towards your tower isn't always the best option, you can run around the other way with your high move speed and make it away just as easily (even better if you waste 2 or more champions time by them chasing you).
               A cool trick that is sometimes helpful with shunpo.

Shunpo does not proc on-hit effects.
Shunpo procs spell vamp and 20px-Rylai%27s_Crystal_Scepter_item.png Rylai's slow similarly with all single target spells and abilities with full effect.
Shunpo pops spell shield.
Shunpo will damage 20px-Black_Shield.jpg Black Shield.
Shunpo has no cast time.
Katarina is automatically ordered to attack the target of Shunpo after the blink (if it is an enemy).
Shunpo can target wards. After the blink, the ward loses stealth for 2 seconds.
Similarly, Shunpo can also target units placed by abilities such as 20px-JarvanIVSquare.png Jarvan IV's 20px-Demacian_Standard.jpg Demacian Standard and 20px-TeemoSquare.png Teemo's 20px-Noxious_Trap.jpg Noxious Trap.
Shunpo can be used to clear temporarily visible enemy wards (including 20px-TeemoSquare.png Teemo's 20px-Noxious_Trap.jpg Noxious Trap) with the destealthing aspect of the ability (due to the stealth timer being reset) as seen here.

Sinister Steel Back to Top

  • This ability works just as well for escaping as it does for getting kills. The enemy jungler comes for a gank. No wards and no minions or champions to save you? Simply run and whenever he gets in close enough to W use it and get a boost of movement speed to save you even when things look grim. If you are trying to escape it usually helps to w before you shunpo to create even more distance as the movement speed buff stays.

    • Sinister Steel does not proc on-hit effects.
    • Sinister Steel procs spell vamp and  Rylai's slow similarly with all area of effect spells and abilities with diminished effect.
    • Sinister Steel pops spell shield.
    • Sinister Steel will damage  Black Shield.
    • Sinister Steel has no cast time and does not interrupt Katarina's movement.

Bouncing Blades Back to Top

Primarily used in early game for safe farming and harassing your lane opponent. Later on it provides burst when combined with Shunpo and Sinister steel (and possibly DFG).


  • Bouncing Blades does not proc on-hit effects.
  • Bouncing Blades procs spell vamp and  Rylai's slow similarly with all area of effect spells and abilities with diminished effect.
  • Bouncing Blades pops spell shield.
  • Bouncing Blades will damage  Black Shield.
  • A specific enemy unit can only be targeted by Bouncing Blades once, and are excluded from future bounce target selections.
  • Bouncing Blades can target and hit enemies even if they are not visible to Katarina, for example being in fog of war or stealth.
  • The bonus magic damage from Bouncing Blades' mark can be triggered by other Bouncing Blades but will not reapply it.
  • The mark debuff will last 4 seconds at all ranks.

Some Patch history Back to Top

V3.12:
  • 20px-Death_Lotus.jpg Death Lotus
    • Cast time delay before channeling removed (reduced to 0 seconds from a 0.25 second delay).
    • Total damage increased to 400/575/750 (+2.5 ability power)(+3.75 bonus attack damage) from 400/500/600 (+2.0 ability power)(+3.0 bonus attack damage).
    • Channel time increased to 2.5 seconds from 2.
    • Cooldown reduced to 60/52.5/45 seconds from 60/55/50.

V3.01:

  • 20px-Bouncing_Blades.jpg Bouncing Blades
    • Initial damage reduced to 60/85/110/135/160 from 60/90/120/150/180.
  • 20px-Shunpo.jpg Shunpo
    • Damage reduction duration reduced to 1.5 seconds from 3.
  • 20px-Death_Lotus.jpg Death Lotus
    • Total ability power ratio increased to 2.0 from 1.75.

V1.0.0.154:

  • Stats
    • Base movement speed reduced to 345 from 350.
  • 20px-Sinister_Steel.jpg Sinister Steel
    • Movement speed adjusted to 15/20/25/30/35% from 12/20/28/36/44%.

V1.0.0.151:

  • 20px-BouncingBlade.jpg Bouncing Blade
    • Initial damage reduced at later ranks to 60/90/120/150/180 from 60/95/130/165/200.
  • 20px-Sinister_Steel.jpg Sinister Steel
    • Damage reduced at later ranks to 40/75/110/145/180 from 40/80/120/160/200.

V1.0.0.149:

  • Updated Katarina's lore.

V1.0.0.146:

  • 20px-Voracity.jpg Voracity
    • Cooldown reduction on kill or assist increased to 15 seconds from 10.
  • 20px-BouncingBlade.jpg Bouncing Blade
    • Base damage increased to 60/95/130/165/200 from 50/85/120/155/190.
    • Ability power ratio decreased to 0.45 from 0.5.
    • Mark detonation ability power ratio reduced to 0.15 from 0.2.
  • 20px-Sinister_Steel.jpg Sinister Steel
    • Ability power ratio decreased to 0.25 from 0.3.
  • 20px-Shunpo.jpg Shunpo
    • Damage increased to 60/85/110/135/160 from 40/70/100/130/160.
    • Cooldown reduced to 12/10.5/9/7.5/6 seconds from 14/12/10/8/6.
    • Fixed: Tooltip now states the correct damage reduction amount (15%, not 20%).

V1.0.0.145: rework

  • 20px-Voracity.jpg Voracity (Innate)
    • Champion kills or assists reduce Death Lotus's cooldown by 10 seconds and refresh basic abilities.
  • 20px-Bouncing_Blades.jpg Bouncing Blades (Q)
    • 10/9.5/9/8.5/8 second cooldown.
    • Katarina throws a dagger which deals 50/85/120/155/190 (+0.5 ability power) magic damage. The dagger bounces to the 4 closest enemies dealing 10% less damage with each bounce.
    • Enemies hit are marked for 4 seconds. Katarina's basic attacks or spells will consume the mark dealing 15/30/45/60/75 (+0.2 ability power) magic damage.
  • 20px-Sinister_Steel.jpg Sinister Steel (W)
    • 4 second cooldown.
    • Whirls daggers in a circle dealing 40/80/120/160/200 (+0.5 bonus attack damage) (+0.35 ability power) magic damage. If she hits an enemy champion, Katarina gains 12/20/28/36/44% movement speed for 1 second.
  • 20px-Shunpo.jpg Shunpo (E)
    • 14/12/10/8/6 second cooldown.
    • Moves to a target's location. Deals 40/70/100/130/160 (+0.5 ability power) magic damage if the target is an enemy
    • After using Shunpo, Katarina gains 20% damage reduction for 3 seconds.
  • 20px-Death_Lotus.jpg Death Lotus (Ultimate)
    • 60/55/50 second cooldown.
    • Becomes a flurry of blades, throwing daggers at the closest 3 enemy champions dealing 400/500/600 (+3 bonus attack damage) (+1.75 ability power) magic damage over 2 seconds.
    • Daggers apply Grievous Wounds, reducing incoming healing by 50% for 3 seconds.

V1.0.0.130:

Ganking Back to Top

This is one hard section to write on because it varies so much on what ELO you are in and your opponents playstyle.

Usually at higher ELO it is a bad idea to roam and gank unless you can assure yourself a kill or some sort of benefit that makes up for the exp and gold lost from the minions at mid lane. However at the lower ELO's it can be beneficial to roam all the time. People generally react slower and don't ward as much in this ELO and any gank can help you and your team greatly. Generally you want to scout the map for an opportunity and react quickly. The less time your opponent has to react the better and the higher chance for you making a play. Also, don't forget to keep an eye on your lane at all times. There could be a huge minion wave worth a level in exp and worth as much as a kill that you give up just because you ganked and if you get nothing out of it well it hurts a lot! Also make sure you know if the enemy champion is following you to the lane and decide who is stronger at ganking if they are. They could come down and make their bot lane ADC get a tripple while you got nothing out of it. Setting your team behind on a gank is never good don't just dive because you have 3 and they have 2. Prepare yourself for the worst and decide if it is worth it. Remember mid tower is an important tower to have and if the enemy is roaming at bad times/too much you can punish him by taking the tower.

Teamfights Back to Top

Probably the most important thing on Katarina is knowing how to teamfight with her. Chances are that if you don't have enough experience with Katarina you are going to go in too early or even too late but most likely too early. I can't be there to tell you when to go in and when to stay out it is something you are going to have to learn by trial and error. However, I can give you guidelines to help you go in the right direction. Katarina is SQUISHY! DON'T INITIATE TEAMFIGHTS unless you have Zhonya's, it is midgame, and you are really fed. However you probably don't have enough practice to do this properly and your team might go in on a bad initiate from you or not go in at all and you could end up just dying and causing the game to be a DEFEAT. When you go in make sure that they aren't focused on only you for cc and if no one on their team is using hard CC just because they are waiting for you it is a win also. When someone on the enemy team is low, a carry is in a bad spot, or you are 100% safe go in and do your combo. Your goal as Katarina is to get at least 1 second (1.5s preferably) out of your ultimate. It is very rare that you will get a full ult off even if no one uses CC on you. Usually you will get a reset and be able to jump to another Champion and burst them down and continue until you get your PENTA.

About ME! Back to Top

Hey guys, I play on the NA servers maining both top and middle lanes. I started playing League competitively (not pro scene competitive I mean trying to gain ELO) at the start of season 3 and have been a quick learner. I climbed up to high platinum very very fast and am currently Diamond V after 9 series to Diamond. A week later and now I'm in Diamond I. Currently my best and favorite champion is Nidalee (AD or AP) because of her mobility and high skill cap, but every once in a while I still play Katarina. I was born and currently live in British Columbia, Canada. I would love for people to ask questions and leave feedback. I know I am not the best player or anything and no guide is perfect so please leave comments!


update: now s5 in master around 100LP

If you see anything you think is missing please tell me ASAP.

THANK YOU FOR SPENDING YOUR TIME READING MY GUIDE
-GIMME PENTA

TiensiNoAkuma Back to Top

I wanted to create a guide saying a huge thanks to Tiensi for getting me involved in Katarina at a higher level of play. 

PLEASE check out his stream/facebook/youtube and show him some love he deserves it!
His guide if you want to check it out Here!


THIS IS ONLY A GUIDE Back to Top

Hi guys I just wanted to clarify one thing. This isn't the only way to play Katarina, It is my way to play Katarina. You can max w and work, you can build spell pen, you can build Gunblade. All of these things are done in high level play with Katarina as well. Both ways work very well and Pro's understand this. I don't want you to call other people noobs if they don't build the same way as me. In my opinion this is a better play style but some pro's prefer getting Gunblade and maxing W and who am I to tell them that that is bad. Guides are ment to be looked at as guidelines to help you find your playstyle with Katarina. You will most likely perform best your way. Just like how you should pick your favorite most well known champions in ranked rather than the ones your teammates say are OP. You will perform best this way. 


One last thing, If you dislike please leave a comment saying why and if you enjoyed my guide please leave a like as I put a lot of work into it.

Death Lotus Back to Top

Mainly used to finish off players  in order to get more resets. In late game It is crucial your ultimate is used well as it is a huge amount of damage and can easily get interrupted. Can be used from Fog of War to your advantage before an enemy has a chance to react (it doesn't reveal you).

Death Lotus is a channeled point blank area of effect ability that initiates a channel for 2.5 seconds. While channeling, every 0.2 seconds Katarina deals magic damage to the 3 closest enemy champions with the potential to hit any single target up to 10 times. Death Lotus will also inflictGrievous Wounds on the targets that are hit for 3 seconds, reducing the power of heal effects.
  • Each dagger of Death Lotus does not proc on-hit effects.
  • Each dagger of Death Lotus procs spell vamp and 20px-Rylai%27s_Crystal_Scepter_item.png Rylai's slow similarly with all area of effect spells and abilities with diminished effect.
  • Each dagger of Death Lotus pops spell shield.
  • Each dagger of Death Lotus will damage 20px-Black_Shield.jpg Black Shield but Grievous Wounds will still be applied.
  • Death Lotus cannot be activated unless at least one enemy champion is within range, including stealthed champions.
  • Death Lotus can target and hit enemy champions in range that are not visible to Katarina, (through Fog of War, brush or stealth).
  • Spell shield can only block 1 dagger, so a champion with a spell shield may still be damaged by 9 daggers.
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