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Champion Background Strategy Skins & Trivia


  • Classic Karthus Skingallerybutton
  • Phantom Karthus Skingallerybutton
    (Legacy Skin, No Longer Available) 460 RP / 13-Jan-2010
  • Statue of Karthus Skingallerybutton
    520 RP / 04-Jul-2010
  • Grim Reaper Karthus Skingallerybutton
    975 RP / 27-Sep-2010
  • Pentakill Karthus Skingallerybutton
    750 RP / 29-Aug-2011
  • Fnatic Karthus Skingallerybutton
    (Legacy Skin, No Longer Available) 750 RP / 25-Sep-2014

  • Classic Skin
  • Phantom Karthus
  • Statue of Karthus
  • Statue of Karthus 2
  • Grim Reaper Karthus
  • Pentakill Karthus


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Adam Harrington in League of Legends

Adam Harrington as Karthus

  • Karthus' ultimate, Requiem.png Requiem, has the same name as the Catholic gathering called the "Requiem Mass", which is dedicated to praying for the souls of the deceased.
  • The old icon for Karthus' passive, Death Defied.png Death Defied was a sheep.
  • Karthus is one of the five champions to have abilities which allow them to continue to attack after death. Karthus's ability being Death Defied.png Death Defied and the others being KogMawSquare.png Kog'Maw's Icathian Surprise.png Icathian Surprise, SionSquare.png Sion's Glory in Death.png Glory in Death, YorickSquare.png Yorick's Omen of Death.png Omen of Death and ZyraSquare.png Zyra's Rise of the Thorns.png Rise of the Thorns.
  • There is a glass case which has "Press R to Win" in all caps in the video of the Mac Version Launch which possibly references people playing as Karthus stating Press R to Win.

KarthusSquare.png Classic and other Karthus skins

  • His joke "What's the incantation again... yes, erm... oh, right, R!" is a community meme joke where Karthus' ultimate is stated as "Press R to win"
  • His joke "I'm putting your name in my little black necronomicon." is a possible, but unlikely, reference to the Death Note series, while it also relates to the works of H.P. Lovecraft.
  • His joke "Do you have a moment to talk about death?" is a reference to the meme Excuse Me Sir, Do You Have a Moment to Talk About Jesus Christ? (which is a common stereotyped expression of Christian missionaries, particularly Jehovah's Witnesses)

KarthusSquare.png Pentakill Karthus

  • His quote "You can't kill the metal!" is a reference to the song "The Metal" by Tenacious D.
  • His quotes "Silence, groundwalker.", "What have I done? Created beauty by simply rocking! That's all.", and "What is that sound? It's the pounding of creation's hammer on the anvil of time!" are references to the video game "Brütal Legend".
  • His quote "Towerdiver, gotta get away, get away" is a reference to the song "Holy Diver" by Dio.
  • His quote "Die for metal" is a reference to the song "Die for Metal" by Manowar.
  • His quote "Light's out forever" is a reference to the song "School's Out" by Alice Cooper.
  • His quote "Death is blacker than the blackest black... times infinity." is a reference to the popular Adult Swim show, Metalocalypse.
  • His quote "This is eleven!" is a reference to the band Spinal Tap.
  • His quote "I am the lightbringer!" is a reference to Pentakill's song "Lightbringer". It is part of the band's album, "Smite and Ignite".
  • Both the quotes "Everyone will falter when you die!" and "My song, smite them all!" (modification of "Son, smite them all!") are from Pentakill's song "Thornmail" of the album "Smite and Ignite."
    • In the Italian version, the second quote has no modifications, and it's identical to the original.
  • On the Brazilian server, one of Karthus' jokes is replaced with a reference to the song "Toca Raul" from Zeca Baleiro. This song is a homage to the Brazilian singer Raul Seixas.
KarthusSquare.png Classic Karthus [S|L]
  • In Karthus's Chinese splash artworks, he does not have a skull face (except for Grim Reaper and Pentakill). This is likely because the use of exposed bones in video-games is explicitly forbidden in China (a famous example is the race Undead in World of Warcraft, where in the American server their bones are exposed, while in the Chinese server they're covered).[1]
    • Riot has since addressed the issue with Karthus's VU, taking away his skeletal features.
KarthusSquare.png Phantom Karthus [S|L]
  • The reworked version of this skin resembles the previous Chinese splash art for Phantom Karthus.
  • Old Phantom Karthus was most likely a reference to the Phantom of the Opera, due to the mask on the left side of his face.
  • Phantom Karthus is most likely a reference to Sauron from the Lord of the Rings. His armor looks similar to what Sauron wore during the War of the Last Alliance, while the top of his staff resembles the Eye of Sauron.
KarthusSquare.png The Statue of Karthus [S|L]
  • The Statue of Karthus is a reference to the Statue of Liberty in New York City.
  • When he dances, you can hear an eagle's scream. This currently seems to be a global sound effect (starting with patch 5.11), heard by all allies, and the enemy team if you are not in the fog of war. It is unknown whether this is a bug or by intent, as his eagle scream originally had the same sound rolloff distance as his laugh and other effects.
KarthusSquare.png Grim Reaper Karthus [S|L]
  • He has the scythe that Death is usually depicted to be wielding rather than his usual staff.
  • The book he is holding in Grim Reaper skin it is known as the "Necronomicon" a fictional book of the dead, attributed to the works of H.P. Lovecraft.
  • He shares this theme with SorakaSquare.png Soraka and HecarimSquare.png Hecarim.
KarthusSquare.png Pentakill Karthus [S|L]
KarthusSquare.png Fnatic Karthus [S|L]
  • This skin is related to "Fnatic", who have won the League of Legends Season One Championship finals.
  • This skin represents xPeke of Fnatic.
  • He shares this theme with CorkiSquare.png Corki, GragasSquare.png Gragas, JannaSquare.png Janna and JarvanIVSquare.png Jarvan IV.



Related Themes
LoL Login theme - Chinese - 2014 - Fnatic02:46

LoL Login theme - Chinese - 2014 - Fnatic

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