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Champion Spotlight

By David 'Phreak' Turley [1]

Karthus Champion Spotlight07:29

Karthus Champion Spotlight

Learn to Death Defied.png defy death and obliterate your enemies Lay Waste.png near and Requiem.png far in the Karthus Karthus Champion Spotlight.

Karthus is a powerful and persistent solo lane mage. Whittle your enemies down with repeated casts of Lay Waste.png Lay Waste, using smart positioning and timing to deal extra damage to lone targets. When your jungler comes in to gank, throw down Wall of Pain.png Wall of Pain and activate Defile.png Defile to deal huge area of effect damage to your slowed enemies. Even if they get away, they’re still not safe from Requiem.png Requiem, a colossal global ultimate that devastates every enemy champion on the map.

Recommended Items

Summoner's Rift
Starting Doran&#039;s Ring item Health Potion item2 Warding Totem item
Early Boots of Speed item Catalyst of Aeons item Blasting Wand item
Essential Sorcerer&#039;s Shoes item Rod of Ages item Zhonya&#039;s Hourglass item
Standard Rabadon&#039;s Deathcap item Void Staff item Rylai&#039;s Crystal Scepter item
Situational Luden&#039;s Echo item Abyssal Scepter item Liandry&#039;s Torment item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Sorcery item Vision Ward item
Twisted Treeline
Starting Doran&#039;s Ring item Boots of Speed item Health Potion item3
Essential Rod of Ages item Sorcerer&#039;s Shoes item Tear of the Goddess item
Offensive Archangel&#039;s Staff item Void Staff item Wooglet&#039;s Witchcap item
Defensive Athene&#039;s Unholy Grail item Abyssal Scepter item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Sorcery item
Howling Abyss
Starting Boots of Speed item Tear of the Goddess item Health Potion item5
Essential Archangel&#039;s Staff item Rabadon&#039;s Deathcap item Sorcerer&#039;s Shoes item
Offensive Void Staff item Liandry&#039;s Torment item
Defensive Zhonya&#039;s Hourglass item Abyssal Scepter item Rylai&#039;s Crystal Scepter item
Consumables Oracle&#039;s Extract item Health Potion item Elixir of Sorcery item


Playing As Karthus Karthus
  • Ask your allies to help point out when you should use Requiem.png Requiem to get kills in different lanes.
  • Lay Waste.png Lay Waste is very strong at farming minions and harassing enemy champions.
Playing Against Karthus Karthus
  • Karthus Karthus can cast spells for a short duration Death Defied.png after he is killed. Move away from Karthus his corpse to be safe.
  • Make sure you always have enough health to survive Requiem.png Requiem, even if you have to go back to the base more frequently to heal.


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