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Katarina Preseason Spotlight

Katarina Preseason Spotlight

Recommended Items

Summoner's Rift
Starting Boots of Speed item Health Potion item4 Warding Totem item
Early Seeker's Armguard item Fiendish Codex item
Essential Sorcerer's Shoes item Zhonya's Hourglass item Hextech Gunblade item
Offensive Void Staff item Luden's Echo item Rabadon's Deathcap item
Defensive Rylai's Crystal Scepter item Guardian Angel item Banshee's Veil item
Consumables Health Potion item Control Ward item Elixir of Sorcery item
Twisted Treeline
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran's Shield item Health Potion item2
Essential Haunting Guise item Wooglet's Witchcap item Sorcerer's Shoes item
Offensive Void Staff item Luden's Echo item Hextech Gunblade item
Defensive Rylai's Crystal Scepter item Moonflair Spellblade item Abyssal Mask item
Consumables Health Potion item Refillable Potion item Elixir of Sorcery item
Howling Abyss
Starting Needlessly Large Rod item Health Potion item3
Essential Zhonya's Hourglass item Luden's Echo item Sorcerer's Shoes item
Offensive Rabadon's Deathcap item Void Staff item
Defensive Rylai's Crystal Scepter item Banshee's Veil item
Consumables Oracle's Extract item Health Potion item Elixir of Sorcery item


Playing As KatarinaSquare Katarina
  • Using Bouncing Blade Bouncing Blade is not the only way you can start your damage. If you can get close enough to proc Preparation Preparation, you can then follow ahead of the enemy with a toss of Bouncing Blade Bouncing Blade.
  • To safely pull off Death Lotus Death Lotus, you should stay aware of the enemy team's focus on your allies and whether they have disables unavailable to stop you.
  • Keep in mind of Shunpo Shunpo's max range so you can stay out of danger before you blink in.
Playing Against KatarinaSquare Katarina
  • Katarina's abilities only deal magic damage, so even if she's building Attack Damage items, build Magic resistance icon magic resistance to counter her.
  • If Katarina strikes you with Bouncing Blade Bouncing Blade, moving towards her will directly distance yourself from the landing dagger.
  • Try to save a disable for when Katarina uses her Death Lotus Death Lotus, this ability deals a lot of damage very fast.
  • If Shunpo Shunpo is not used on a dagger, punish Katarina while it's on cooldown. Beware of her picking up daggers after using Shunpo Shunpo though, as it still reduces the cooldown.
  • Katarina cannot directly engage unless she's jumping to a dagger. If your team avoids these areas, there's nowhere else she can move to deliver her damage, and her attack window will quickly disappear.
Playing With KatarinaSquare Katarina
  • Shunpo Shunpo can be used on an ally. If Katarina needs an escape, stick around for her to blink to your safe position.


KatarinaSquare Katarina is a mobile assassin that quickly moves around a fight to deal devastating damage within a fraction of a second. Through dictating this mobility, she can path her damage while remaining elusive to her enemies, and gets to keep fighting with every successful kill.

Ability Usage

Voracity Voracity [Innate]
  • Sinister Steel Sinister Steel's area of effect is about twice as large as the pickup radius, and emits only from KatarinaSquare Katarina herself.
Bouncing Blade Bouncing Blade [Q]
  • While laning, try to poke the enemy by landing Bouncing Blade Bouncing Blade through bouncing from minions, instead of targeting them directly. This way you can poke your enemy from a bigger and safer range.
Preparation Preparation [W]
  • The main point of this ability to keep in mind is that you can use an area you've been to as a blink spot.
  • This ability is a very fast way to reset Shunpo Shunpo.
  • If you can use this ability on top of an enemy, sticking around for the pickup might be worth the guaranteed hit.
  • You can cast this ability right before using Death Lotus Death Lotus for an extra burst of damage that won't interrupt.
Shunpo Shunpo [E]
  • Shunpo Shunpo can also be cast on any interactive unit, like Dark Passage Dark Passage.
    • Shunpo Shunpo can be cast on jungle plants. Using it on a Blast ConeSquare Blast Cone can be beneficial because she auto attacks after the blink.
Death Lotus Death Lotus [R]


Katarina is all about quick kills, and the Domination icon Domination tree has the best lineup to synergize with her playstyle.


Katarina benefits from items that grant Ability power icon Ability Power and Magic penetration icon Magic Penetration, along with some defensive provisions for the risk of an Slayer icon Slayer, like healing and resistances. Unlike traditional AP builds, she doesn't need to worry about Cooldown reduction icon Cooldown Reduction or Mana icon Mana, and can instead focus on raw power.

  • Hextech Gunblade item Hextech Gunblade is an excellent hybrid item that will provide some much-needed sustain, and fits well into Katarina's decent damage scalings.
  • Items like Luden's Echo item Luden's Echo and Rabadon's Deathcap item Rabadon's Deathcap are core items that contribute to Katarina's high damage.
  • Often Katarina will need an item like Zhonya's Hourglass item Zhonya's Hourglass for defense due to her risky play and extreme lack of durability.
  • Sorcerer's Shoes item Sorcerer's Shoes are generally the best boots for Katarina, as she has few chances to inflict her spells. If you are behind, Ionian Boots of Lucidity item Ionian Boots of Lucidity are cheaper and offer cooldown reduction for both regular and summoner spells, allowing you to output more damage when you can't get kills reliably for Voracity Voracity resets.
  • Rylai's Crystal Scepter item Rylai's Crystal Scepter is a decent all-around item for Katarina. The slow can be applied to multiple enemies with daggers and Death Lotus Death Lotus, and makes it much more difficult to escape her. The health is a welcome addition to her squishiness as well.
  • Due to her weak early game sustain, you will be using lots of Health Potion item potions. So investing into a Corrupting Potion item Corrupting Potion can save you some gold!


  • Champions that deliver high burst damage such as LuxSquare Lux and TalonSquare Talon can quickly snuff out Katarina.
  • Champions that can go toe-to-toe in a fight, such as YasuoSquare Yasuo and EkkoSquare Ekko will be able to out-maneuver Katarina's daggers.
  • Champions with great area control such as MalzaharSquare Malzahar and AzirSquare Azir can litter the area with dangers for Katarina to avoid setting herself into.