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Previous Lore

"Never question my loyalty. You will never know what I endure for it." - Katarina Katarina

Born to Noxian privilege, Katarina trained in the ways of the knife from the time she was a child. Now that fiery, willful child has grown into a beautiful and deadly woman. Katarina's intense passion for life is tempered by a sense of duty and loyalty to her family. That same passion proves a double-edged sword when her heart and her responsibilities are at odds.

As the free-spirited daughter of a prominent Noxian general, the young Katarina was given the best of everything. Naturally gifted in combat, she found herself drawn to blades. Much to her family's pride, she trained under the deadliest assassins in the Noxian military. It wasn't long before Katarina's instructors deemed her worthy of a trial by fire - to kill a prominent Demacian soldier.

Creeping through the darkened military camp, Katarina was overwhelmed by her passion to prove herself. When the army's General strayed across her path, unguarded, she quietly slit his throat. Katarina disappeared into the night, pleased with her impressive kill.

Her elation was soon crushed, as the next day her original target - the prominent soldier who was the true military genius - led his forces to ambush unprepared Noxian soldiers. Katarina Shunpo.png flung herself into the fray to correct her mistake, earning a scar over her left eye as a permanent reminder.

Even though she finally completed her task, her family's reputation was damaged. Since that day, Katarina vowed to never let passion prevent her from bringing glory to both Noxus and her family. Reconciling her desires with her duty proves to be a constant challenge.

To the world, Katarina is a symbol of Noxian patriotism, though there is more to the red-haired assassin than meets the eye.


"The Sinister Blade of Noxus is like a black widow - beautiful, but deadly." - Garen Garen, the Might of Demacia, following a skirmish in the field
Katarina Render old

As a militaristic state, it would perhaps come as no surprise that the primary responsibilities of Noxian women are raising strong children and providing succor for husbands who walk the path of soldiery. There are some, however, for whom nurture is not nature, and Katarina Katarina is just such a creature.

Born the daughter of the feared Noxian General Du Couteau, the girl was always more interested in her father's knives than in the dresses, jewelry, and other trifles that Cassiopeia her sister spent so much time fussing over. A childhood dispute soon unveiled Voracity.png her uncanny knack for bloodshed, and her father, ever the opportunist, happily fostered her Killer Instincts.png Killer Instincts.

After training under the tutelage of the finest assassins the mighty city-state had to offer, Katarina first cut her teeth performing assassinations in the Ionian War. There, her ruthless mastery of the knife and dagger combined with her sadistic temperament to earn her the title Sinister Blade, a moniker that would follow her for the remainder of her career.

She is most famous, however, for her exploits in the campaigns against Demacia, especially those surrounding her engagements with the nation's champion, Garen Garen; a rivalry which began when she recovered the remains of Sion Sion from a vanguard under his protection.

With the demand for warfare somewhat arrested by the tenuous peace settling over Valoran, Katarina sought the allure of violence in its last remaining haven: The League of Legends. Some might say it was an inevitability that Katarina's chosen path would draw her to become a champion of the League, continuing to enforce the will of Noxus and bring prestige of war to her noble family.

There, she continues to perform her bloody work - esteemed and reviled, feared and adored.


Previous Abilities

Killer Instincts
Killer Instincts

Passive: Katarina's abilities and basic attacks deal bonus damage, while she also gains stacking bonus attack speed on-hit each time she consecutively hits the same target.

Active: Katarina empowers her next basic attack, either to have Bouncing Blades.png Bouncing Blades deal full damage to every target hit and applying them Grievous Wounds icon Grievous Wounds for a short duration, or to increase her dodge chance for a few seconds after using Shunpo.png Shunpo.

Ability Details
  • Killer Instincts passive is an on-hit effect.
  • Killer Instincts active is a self-buff.


Previous Splash Art



Patch History

V6.17
  • General
    • Bug Fix: Sandstorm Katarina's taunt animation is no longer twice as fast as her other skins.
V6.16
  • General
    • Bug Fix: Smoothed out a crack in PROJECT: Katarina's textures.
V6.4
  • Bouncing Blades.png Bouncing Blades
    • Mark AP ratio increased to 20% AP from 15% AP.
    • Removed: Per-bounce damage reduction.
V6.1
  • Death Lotus.png Death Lotus
    • Grievous Wounds changed to 40% self-healing reduction from 50% incoming (duration unchanged).
V5.11
  • Shunpo.png Shunpo
    • Damage reduced to 40 / 70 / 100 / 130 / 160 (+ 25% AP) from 60 / 85 / 110 / 135 / 160 (+ 40% AP).
V5.6
  • General
    • Health reduced to 510 from 560.
    • Health growth increased to 83 from 80.
    • Health regen reduced to 4.5 from 7.7.
V5.4
  • General
    • New Classic artwork.
  • Voracity.png Voracity
    • Cooldown reduction changed to on champion death within 3 seconds of being damaged by Katarina from on kill/assist.
V4.20
  • Death Lotus.png Death Lotus
    • Damage reduced to 350 / 550 / 750 from 400 / 575 / 750.
    • Cooldown increased to 90 / 60 / 45 seconds from 60 / 52.5 / 45.
V4.15
  • Shunpo.png Shunpo
    • Removed: Applying Spell Vamp on wards.
V4.5
  • Stats
    • Armor increased to 21 from 17.
V3.12
  • Death Lotus.png Death Lotus
    • Removed: 0.25 seconds cast time before channeling.
    • Channel increased to 2.5 seconds from 2.
    • Damage increased to 400 / 575 / 750 (+ 250% AP) (+ 375% Bonus AD) from 400 / 500 / 600 (+ 200% AP) (+ 300% Bonus AD).
    • Cooldown reduced to 60 / 52.5 / 45 seconds from 60 / 55 / 50.
V3.01
  • Bouncing Blades.png Bouncing Blades
    • Damage changed to 60 / 85 / 110 / 135 / 160 from 60 / 90 / 120 / 150 / 180
  • Shunpo.png Shunpo
    • Damage reduction duration reduced to 1.5 seconds from 3
  • Death Lotus.png Death Lotus
    • AP ratio increased to (+ 200% AP) from (+ 175% AP)
V1.0.0.154
  • Stats
    • Movement speed reduced to 345 from 350
  • Sinister Steel.png Sinister Steel
    • Bonus movement speed changed to 15 / 20 / 25 / 30 / 35% from 12 / 20 / 28 / 36 / 44
V1.0.0.152
  • Stats
    • Movement speed increased to 350 from 325
V1.0.0.151
  • Bouncing Blades.png Bouncing Blades
    • Damage changed to 60 / 90 / 120 / 150 / 180 from 60 / 95 / 130 / 165 / 200
  • Sinister Steel.png Sinister Steel
    • Damage changed to 40 / 75 / 110 / 145 / 180 from 40 / 80 / 120 / 160 / 200
V1.0.0.149
  • General
    • Lore updated
V1.0.0.146
  • Voracity.png Voracity
    • Death Lotus.png Death Lotus cooldown reduction increased to 15 seconds from 10
  • Bouncing Blades.png Bouncing Blades
    • Damage increased to 60 / 95 / 130 / 165 / 200 from 50 / 85 / 120 / 155 / 190
    • AP ratio reduced to (+ 45% AP) from (+ 50% AP)
    • Mark AP ratio reduced to (+ 15% AP) from (+ 20% AP)
  • Sinister Steel.png Sinister Steel
    • AP ratio reduced to (+ 25% AP) from (+ 30% AP)
  • Shunpo.png 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
    • Bug Fix: Tooltip displaying incorrect damage reduction value (20% instead of the intended 15)
V1.0.0.145
  • Gameplay Update
    • General
      • New lore
      • New artwork for Bilgewater, Mercenary, Red Card, and Kitty Cat
    • Voracity.png Voracity
      • Removed: 25 bonus gold on kill/assist
      • Cooldown reduction changed to full for basic abilities and 10 seconds for Death Lotus.png Death Lotus from 20 seconds for all
    • Bouncing Blades.png Bouncing Blades
      • Removed: Bonus damage to primary target, Bonus AD ratio, Grievous Wounds
      • Damage reduced to 50 / 85 / 120 / 155 / 190 from 60 / 95 / 130 / 165 / 200
      • AP ratio increased to (+ 50% AP) from (+ 35% AP)
      • Per-bounce damage reduction reduced to 10% from 15
      • Targets changed to 4 closest enemies from random
      • Cooldown increased to 10 / 9.5 / 9 / 8.5 / 8 from 9 / 8.5 / 8 / 7.5 / 7
      • New Effect: Enemies hit are marked for 4 seconds. Katarina's basic attacks or spells will consume the mark dealing 15 / 30 / 45 / 60 / 75 (+ 20% AP) magic damage
    • Sinister Steel.png Sinister Steel - New W
      • Katarina whirls her daggers in a circle, dealing 40 / 80 / 120 / 160 / 200 (+ 50% Bonus AD) (+ 35% AP) magic damage. If she hits an enemy champion, Katarina gains 12 / 20 / 28 / 36 / 44% bonus movement speed for 1 second.
      • Cooldown: 4
    • Shunpo.png Shunpo
      • Damage reduced to 40 / 70 / 100 / 130 / 160 from 80 / 120 / 160 / 200 / 240
      • AP ratio increased to (+ 75% AP) from (+ 50% AP)
      • Damage reduction changed to 20% at all ranks from 15 / 20 / 25 / 30 / 35 (duration unchanged)
      • Cooldown increased to 14 / 12 / 10 / 8 / 6 from 10 / 9 / 8 / 7 / 6
    • Death Lotus.png Death Lotus
      • Damaged reduced to 400 / 500 / 600 from 500 / 650 / 800
      • AD ratio reduced to (+ 300% Bonus AD) from (+ 500% Bonus AD)
      • AP ratio reduced to (+ 175% AP) from (+ 250% AP)
      • Channel reduced to 2 seconds from 2.6
      • New Effect: Each dagger applies Grievous Wounds (50% incoming-healing reduction for 3 seconds)
      • Cooldown unchanged
V1.0.0.130
  • Shunpo.png Shunpo
    • Removed: Katarina landing in front of her target
    • Removed: Katarina landing behind her target when Killer Instincts.png Killer Instincts is active
    • New Effect: Katarina always lands behind her target
V1.0.0.129
  • Shunpo.png Shunpo
    • Removed: Landing to other side of target (relative to Katarina) after blinking
    • New Effect: Katarina lands in front of her target
    • New Effect: Katarina will land behind her target when Killer Instincts.png Killer Instincts is active
V1.0.0.123
  • Shunpo.png Shunpo
    • New Effect: Katarina will attempt to attack her target after blinking
V1.0.0.121
  • Shunpo.png Shunpo
    • New Effect: Can target wards but they will be revealed for 2 seconds if so
V1.0.0.115
V1.0.0.114
  • Shunpo.png Shunpo
    • New Effect: Prioritizes enemies over allies when cursor overlaps them
V1.0.0.112
  • General
    • Classic artwork updated
V1.0.0.110
  • Death Lotus.png Death Lotus
    • Per-dagger damage increased to 50 / 65 / 80 from 40 / 50 / 60
    • Per-dagger AD ratio reduced to (+ 50% Bonus AD) from (+ 55% Bonus AD)
    • Per-dagger AP ratio reduced to (+ 25% AP) from (+ 30% AP)
V1.0.0.109
  • Shunpo.png Shunpo
    • Damage changed to 80 / 120 / 160 / 200 / 240 from 90 / 120 / 150 / 180 / 210
V1.0.0.108
  • Shunpo.png Shunpo
    • Blink landing changed to other side of target (relative to Katarina) from behind them
V1.0.0.107
  • Bouncing Blades.png Bouncing Blades
    • Damage increased to 60 / 95 / 130 / 165 / 200 from 20 / 40 / 60 / 80 / 100
    • AD ratio reduced to (+ 80% Bonus AD) from (+ 100% Bonus AD)
    • New Effect: Has a (+ 35% AP) ratio
  • Death Lotus.png Death Lotus
    • Damage reduced to 40 / 50 / 60 from 50 / 65 / 80
    • Scaling changed to Bonus AD and AP ratios combined from the highest one
    • Tagets hit changed to closest from random
    • Cooldown reduced to 60 / 55 / 50 seconds from 60 at all ranks
V1.0.0.105
V1.0.0.104
  • Bouncing Blades.png Bouncing Blades
    • Cooldown reduced to 9 / 8.5 / 8 / 7.5 / 7 seconds from 10 / 9.5 / 9 / 8.5 / 8
  • Killer Instincts.png Killer Instincts
    • Cooldown reduced to 20 / 18 / 16 / 14 / 12 seconds from 22 / 20 / 18 / 16 / 14
V1.0.0.103
  • Death Lotus.png Death Lotus
    • Targets hit increased to 3 at all ranks to 1 / 2 / 3 (rank)
V1.0.0.101
V1.0.0.100
  • Shunpo.png Shunpo
    • Removed: Casting while rooted
V1.0.0.97
  • Voracity.png Voracity
    • Kill/assist bonus gold reduced to 25 from 50
  • Bouncing Blades.png Bouncing Blades
    • Cooldown increased to 10 / 9.5 / 9 / 8.5 / 8 seconds from 8 at all ranks
V1.0.0.87
V1.0.0.83
  • Stats
    • Health increased to 478 from 460
    • Health growth increased to 83 from 75
    • Damage growth increased to 3.2 from 2
  • Voracity.png Voracity
    • Cooldown reduction changed to on kill/assist from by damaging in a short time frame
  • Bouncing Blades.png Bouncing Blades
    • Bonus damage to primary target increased to 20 / 40 / 60 / 80 / 100 from 15 / 30 / 45 / 60 / 75
  • Killer Instincts.png Killer Instincts
    • Removed: Passively granting stacking on-hit bonus AD
    • New Effect: Passively grants 8 / 12 / 16 / 20 / 24 bonus damage every time Katarina hits an enemy with a basic attack or an ability
    • Removed: Shunpo.png Shunpo granting increased dodge chance for 3 seconds
    • New Effect: Shunpo.png Shunpo grants 15 / 20 / 25 / 30 / 35% damage reduction for 3 seconds
  • Shunpo.png Shunpo
    • Bug Fix: Tooltip displaying lower damage value than intended
  • Death Lotus.png Death Lotus
    • AD ratio increased to (+ 55% Bonus AD) from (+ 50% Bonus AD)
V1.0.0.82
  • General
    • New alternate basic attack animation
    • Voice-over updated
V1.0.0.79
  • Death Lotus.png Death Lotus
    • Tooltip updated
  • Killer Instincts.png Killer Instincts
    • Removed: Losing bonus damage when switching targets
    • Removed: Bonus damage being triggered by missed and/or dodged attacks
    • New Effect: Bonus damage applies when hitting enemies with abilities
V1.0.0.75
  • Death Lotus.png Death Lotus
    • Channel reduced to 2.6 seconds from 3
    • Daggers increased to 10 from 9
    • Particle updated
    • Bug Fix: Delayed damage application
V1.0.0.74
  • Bouncing Blades.png Bouncing Blades
    • Range reduced to 600 from 650
  • Killer Instincts.png Killer Instincts
    • Cooldown reduced to 22 / 20 / 18 / 16 / 14 seconds from 23 / 21 / 19 / 17 / 15
V1.0.0.72
  • Death Lotus.png Death Lotus
    • Damage changed to 50 / 65 / 80 from 30 / 45 / 60
    • AD ratio changed to (+ 50% Bonus AD) from (+ 55% AD)
    • AP ratio reduced to (+ 30% AP) from (+ 40% AP)
V1.0.0.70
  • Death Lotus.png Death Lotus
    • AD ratio reduced to (+ 55% AD) from (+ 65% AD)
V1.0.0.61
V1.0.0.52
  • Shunpo.png Shunpo
    • AP ratio reduced to (+ 75% AP) from (+ 80% AP)
    • Cooldown increased to 10 / 9 / 8 / 7 / 6 seconds from 9 / 8 / 7 / 6 / 5
  • Death Lotus.png Death Lotus
    • AP ratio reduced to (+ 35% AP) from (+ 40% AP)
V1.0.0.32
  • Death Lotus.png Death Lotus
    • Cooldown increased to 60 seconds from 45
    • AP ratio reduced to (+ 40% AP) from (+ 50% AP)
V0.9.25.34
  • General
    • Texture update to Classic
  • Death Lotus.png Death Lotus
    • Damage reduced to 30 from 60 / 90 / 120
    • AD ratio increased to (+ 65% AD) from (+ 15% AD)
    • AP ratio increased to (+ 50% AP) from (+ 20% AP)
V0.9.25.24
  • General
    • Recommended items updated
  • Stats
    • Magic resistance growth increased to 1.25 from 0
  • Bouncing Blades.png Bouncing Blades
    • Grievous Wounds duration increased to 7 seconds from 3
  • Killer Instincts.png Killer Instincts
    • Removed: Stacking on-hit bonus attack speed
    • New Effect: Katarina's basic attacks grant her stacking 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 bonus AD on-hit
    • Cooldown changed to 23 / 21 / 19 / 17 / 15 seconds from 20 at all ranks
  • Shunpo.png Shunpo
    • AP ratio reduced to (+ 80% AP) from (+ 100% AP)
    • New Effect: Target is damaged only after Katarina blinks
    • Removed: Self-casting
    • Bug Fix: Katarina having a mana bar
    • New Effect: Applies Rylai&#039;s Crystal Scepter item.png Rylai's Crystal Scepter's Icy as multi-hit
  • Death Lotus.png Death Lotus
    • New Effect: Deals bonus damage equal to the highest ratio between (+ 15% AD) and (+ 20% AP)
    • New Effect: Applies Rylai&#039;s Crystal Scepter item.png Rylai's Crystal Scepter's Icy as damage-over-time
V0.9.25.21
  • Added

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