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Katarina Champion Spotlight

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Playing As Katarina Katarina
  • Try waiting until the other team is distracted with fighting your team, and use Shunpo.png Shunpo to teleport into the fray and unleash a devastating Death Lotus.png Death Lotus.
  • Using Shunpo.png Shunpo on an allied Champion, minion or ward can be a great escape tactic.
Playing Against Katarina Katarina
  • Katarina's abilities deal magic damage, so even if she's building Attack Damage items, get magic resistance to counter her.
  • Try to save a disable for when Katarina uses her Death Lotus.png Death Lotus.


Ability Usage
  • Katarina Katarina is one of the few resourceless champions, being entirely based on cooldowns. Use this to your advantage by using spells whenever possible.
  • Katarina Katarina's main harass combo is Bouncing Blades.png Q > Shunpo.png E > Sinister Steel.png W. Sinister Steel.png Sinister Steel's movement speed boost is also effective in escaping retaliation.
    • If you are close enough, a safer alternative would be Bouncing Blades.png Q > Sinister Steel.png W to proc Bouncing Blades.png Q's mark > Shunpo.png E to escape to a minion/champion/Vision Ward item.png Vision Ward/Warding Totem item.jpg Warding Totem.
  • Voracity.png Voracity is deceptively strong. A full combo of Katarina Katarina's abilities does nearly as much damage as a fully channeled Death Lotus.png Death Lotus to the target, allowing Katarina to snowball quickly after her first kill/assist and clean up very effectively at the end of a teamfight. Alternatively, getting a reset on Shunpo.png Shunpo can allow her to escape a bad situation.
    • Voracity.png Voracity allows Katarina Katarina to roam effectively between lanes and shave off 15 seconds off the cooldown of Death Lotus.png Death Lotus for each assist or kill she gets in the roaming phase. This allows her to contribute to lanes outside of her own and come back to her default lane with no decrease in pressure.
  • Leveling Bouncing Blades.png Bouncing Blades at level 1 is typically desirable to safely farm to level 2, as Katarina Katarina has few safer options.
    • Maxing it first gives more safe, guaranteed harass against ranged opponents in lane, as well as giving it a marginally shorter cooldown.
    • Bouncing Blades.png Bouncing Blades makes for an excellent last-hitting spell as it keeps you at a safe distance while allowing for easy farming and doubles as a harassment tool. Try to time the skill to kill as many minions as possible with a single use in order to avoid having the skill on cooldown when other last hits become available. For easy harass, use it on the minions as they're lined up walking into lane so the last bounce jumps to the enemy champion in the back.
    • Bouncing Blades.png Bouncing Blades becomes an even more effective farming tool when farming under a turret. From early to mid-game, it does just enough damage to allow easy auto-attack last hits on caster minions once they have taken a single turret shot. However, the same is not true for melee minions. Cast Bouncing Blades.png Bouncing Blades on the caster minions once the melee minions have been killed to utilize this strategy to the full effect.
  • Sinister Steel.png Sinister Steel is rarely leveled first in lane but may be leveled second or third. In rare circumstances where Katarina Katarina seeks to clear a jungle buff, it can be leveled first for more overall damage against it.
    • Maxing it first increases the movement speed buff for early laning and will help Katarina Katarina kite damage from early aggression laners like Riven Riven or Yasuo Yasuo.
    • Sinister Steel.png Sinister Steel can be used to 'extend' her autoattack range and can be used to trade 1 or 2 auto-attacks and kite away safely against melee champions like Kassadin Kassadin or Fizz Fizz in early levels.
  • Shunpo.png Shunpo is rarely leveled or maxed first and is only taken to escape surprise jungle invades in the first few minutes of the game.
  • When facing a team with healers, use Death Lotus.png Death Lotus in order to hit as many enemy champions as possible, hindering their healing capabilities.
    • A surprise Death Lotus.png Death Lotus can turn the tide quickly. It is best used in coordination with hard AoE crowd control, as not having any form of crowd control can leave Katarina vulnerable to hard CC during Death Lotus.png Death Lotus. If your team can keep enemies from escaping, Katarina can put out tons of damage.
    • Remember that many forms of crowd control will interrupt Death Lotus.png Death Lotus, specifically any stun, polymorph, suppression silence, knockup, knockback or forced actions (taunt, charm, flee or fear) Enemy tanks will save their crowd control abilities such as Shadow Dash.png Shadow Dash or Puncturing Taunt.png Puncturing Taunt specifically to stop you.
    • Moving during the cast time of Death Lotus.png Death Lotus will also interrupt casting, so once committed to the casting, remain stationary for the full duration.
    • Try waiting until the other team is already engaged with your team before using Shunpo.png Shunpo followed by Death Lotus.png Death Lotus.
    • Death Lotus.png Death Lotus also hits enemy champions which are stealthed. Furthermore, it becomes usable when a stealthed champion approaches Katarina Katarina, so keeping an eye on its icon may notify the player of incoming ganks.
    • Death Lotus.png Death Lotus' channel is not interrupted by using summoner spells, with the exception of Flash.png Flash and Teleport.png Teleport.
    • Death Lotus.png Death Lotus' channel will be interrupted if you activate items such as a Health Potion item.png Health Potion, or Hextech Gunblade item.png Hextech Gunblade, so use these items first. Zhonya&#039;s Hourglass item.png Zhonya's Hourglass will also cancel the channel, but can be used to prevent significant damage.
    • Katarina Katarina's Death Lotus.png Death Lotus should never be used haphazardly in team fights, as it is incredibly easy to interrupt. It is important to carefully time your ultimate so as to exact its full potential; thus try to delay using Death Lotus.png Death Lotus until after your opponents' crowd control abilities have been exhausted in order to channel it fully.
Mastery Usage
Item Usage
  • Katarina Katarina is a mage/assassin who, unlike many other assassins, is capable of bursting down multiple targets at a time thanks to her great mobility and multi-target kit. As a mage, Katarina Katarina can eliminate towers quickly with aggressive pushing and constant presence as a high-damage threat, and as an assassin, she can impede enemy healers with her ultimate and excels at surprise attacks against clustered targets. Her strongest build attributes are ability power, magic penetration, and movement speed.
  • Boots of Speed item.png Boots of Speed + 4 Health Potion item.png Health Potions are the standard starting items for Katarina Katarina. The increased movement speed allows her to avoid skillshots more easily in early laning.
    • Cloth Armor item.png Cloth Armor + 5 Health Potion item.png Health Potions is an alternative start that is also seen often. The armor will mitigate some auto-attack harass and physical damage abilities together, which may help against champions like Zed Zed.
    • Doran&#039;s Shield item.png Doran's Shield is generally the only other common starting item and may be taken against champions like Teemo Teemo, whose early harass rely mostly on auto-attacks.
    • Don't start with Doran&#039;s Ring item.png Doran's Ring. Despite having ability power, the mana regeneration component of this item is completely useless, so this item is a waste of gold.
  • Because of Katarina Katarina's weak early laning, it may be advisable to just build an early Null-Magic Mantle item.png Null-Magic Mantle into a Negatron Cloak item.png Negatron Cloak or Seeker&#039;s Armguard item.png Seeker's Armguard into a Zhonya&#039;s Hourglass item.png Zhonya's Hourglass to survive against heavy burst dealers like LeBlanc LeBlanc or Zed Zed, respectively.
  • The combination of offensive and defensive stats on Zhonya&#039;s Hourglass item.png Zhonya's Hourglass and Abyssal Scepter item.png Abyssal Scepter make them excellent choices for Katarina Katarina. In particular, the active on Zhonya&#039;s Hourglass item.png Zhonya's Hourglass can be used to try and bait out hard CC that might otherwise interrupt Death Lotus.png Death Lotus and/or kill her.
  • Building some survivability is a good idea, as Katarina Katarina is naturally fairly squishy and has no crowd control to keep enemies at a distance. Rylai&#039;s Crystal Scepter item.png Rylai's Crystal Scepter and Haunting Guise item.png Haunting Guise are nice choices for increasing durability. If you can time the active well, Zhonya&#039;s Hourglass item.png Zhonya's Hourglass can prevent a lot of damage, otherwise Banshee&#039;s Veil item.png Banshee's Veil is a good alternative.
    • Purchasing an early Hextech Revolver item.png Hextech Revolver and later a Will of the Ancients item.png Will of the Ancients can allow for good sustainability within lane and after a fight. Use your Bouncing Blades.png Bouncing Blades along with your Shunpo.png Shunpo and Sinister Steel.png Sinister Steel freely on a minion wave to gain health back and reduce unnecessary recalls.
      • This is typically a last-resort option and should only be bought if a lot of damage is being sustained in lane. Buying this item will allow you to clear your minion wave and immediately farm nearby jungle camps without losing too much health to the jungle creeps.
  • Hextech Gunblade item.png Hextech Gunblade used to be one of best items available for Katarina Katarina, but reduced AD ratios and a shorter channel time have made it less optimal. It's still a very fun item on her, especially later in the game when its huge cost is less significant.
  • Keep a Warding Totem item.jpg Warding Totem in your inventory to Shunpo.png Shunpo to. This can help you to make a quick escape, or to catch up to a fleeing enemy.
  • Although two of her skills scale with her attack damage (Sinister Steel.png Sinister Steel and Death Lotus.png Death Lotus), all four of her abilities deal magic damage, so magic penetration is very useful.
    • Sorcerer&#039;s Shoes item.png Sorcerer's Shoes is therefore the preferred choice of boots, regardless of whether you're doing an attack damage or ability power build.
    • Although both Sinister Steel.png Sinister Steel and Death Lotus.png Death Lotus scale from both ability power and attack damage, the ratios across her entire kit heavily favor ability power. In particular, Bouncing Blades.png Bouncing Blades is her safest and most reliable ability for farming and harassing and scales only on ability power.
    • Furthermore, since Sinister Steel.png Sinister Steel and Death Lotus.png Death Lotus are both point-blank-AoE abilities, Katarina Katarina must take more risks to take advantage of attack damage.
  • Because Katarina Katarina is resourceless, building items with mana and/or mana regeneration is inefficient on her.
  • Cho&#039;Gath Cho'Gath is the ultimate hard counter to Katarina Katarina. First, during the early game, Cho&#039;Gath Cho'Gath can constantly harass her. Any attempts from Katarina Katarina to harass back will be a waste of time due to his ability to heal himself with Carnivore.png Carnivore. Despite him being mana based and having high mana costs, Carnivore.png Carnivore also allows him to cover those costs fairly well. All of those make him a very difficult opponent for her during laning phase, but that is not what makes Cho&#039;Gath Cho'Gath the hardest counter to her. It is his massive amounts of crowd control, massive tankiness, and burst: Cho&#039;Gath Cho'Gath has 2 CCs capable of countering Kat's ult (although only Feral Scream.png Feral Scream is reliable enough to interrupt her, as Rupture.png Rupture is delayed). With Cho&#039;Gath Cho'Gath's massive HP pool and ability to build semi-tanky, he is more than capable of surviving Katarina Katarina's burst, and retaliating. Due to Feast.png Feast dealing true damage, Katarina Katarina can't even defend herself by purchasing a Negatron Cloak item.png Negatron Cloak. Cho&#039;Gath Cho'Gath's presence during teamfights can completely nullify Katarina Katarina's presence late game.
  • Katarina Katarina lacks any ability to heal herself. It is a good idea to harass her in lane at early game to make her under-farmed and under-leveled.
  • Be careful not to be hit by an auto attack or Sinister Steel.png Sinister Steel after being hit by Bouncing Blades.png Bouncing Blades as it will activate the secondary damage.
  • Picking champions that have targeted abilities, such as Ryze Ryze and Malphite Malphite, are strong counter picks to Katarina Katarina because she relies a lot on dodging skillshots with Shunpo.png Shunpo and she is less effective against tanky opponents. Ryze Ryze, Annie Annie, and Diana Diana are particularly good counter picks because they can out-trade her before level 6 and can still become very tanky.
  • Because she is a reset-reliant assassin in teamfights, it might be a good idea to grab a Guardian Angel item.png Guardian Angel later on.
  • Much like Mordekaiser Mordekaiser, Katarina Katarina is a devastating AoE and single target threat, but she entirely lacks crowd control, making her an easy target for ganks if she doesn't have Shunpo.png Shunpo up. While Shunpo.png Shunpo is on cooldown, she becomes vulnerable to a gank as long as you or your jungler have both an immediate gap-closer and CC. She can escape from junglers like Udyr Udyr rather easily because of the movement speed buff from Sinister Steel.png Sinister Steel, but has a harder time against junglers like Xin Zhao Xin Zhao and Lee Sin Lee Sin.
  • Similar to Malzahar MalzaharKatarina Katarina is extremely devastating, but is instantly shut down by CC. However, Malzahar Malzahar is at least protected from his target's retaliation, while Katarina Katarina is still easy prey for champions with strong or delayed crowd control like Viktor Viktor, Cassiopeia Cassiopeia, LeBlanc LeBlanc or Malzahar Malzahar himself.
  • Putting yourself into untargetable status allows you to entirely ignore Katarina Katarina as she completely lacks DoT damage, likely ruining Death Lotus.png Death Lotus. Champions who can reliably do this are Elise Elise, Vladimir Vladimir and Fizz Fizz.
  • Saving your crowd control in order to interrupt Death Lotus.png Death Lotus can negate a large part of her damage.
  • Prepare for a next round of Katarina Katarina abilities right after she gets a kill or assist as all of her abilities' cooldowns are reduced by 15 seconds from Voracity.png Voracity. After two kills, Death Lotus.png Death Lotus will be on a 10 second cooldown and after three kills it will be off cooldown.
    • The full round of Katarina Katarina's abilities deal almost as much damage as a fully channeled Death Lotus.png Death Lotus on a single target so don't expect Katarina Katarina to be extremely reliant on her ultimate for damage.
    • Death Lotus.png Death Lotus has a short to medium cooldown at all ranks, and with one or two kills or assists she will have it back very quickly. With enough cooldown reduction, Katarina Katarina can even channel it twice in a teamfight. As such, killing her is likely a higher priority than killing any other team member, perhaps even the enemy AD Carry.
  • Even though some of them scale with attack damage, all of Katarina Katarina's abilities do magic damage. They can always be countered with magic resistance, regardless of whether she's doing an attack damage or ability power build.
    • If she has built a Void Staff item.png Void Staff, building health items will become more effective than magic resistance once you have more than about 50 MR.
  • Moving away from a minion wave when she throws Bouncing Blades.png Bouncing Blades can help you dodge it.
  • Katarina Katarina is one of the few assassins to have a weak laning phase, she cannot sustain well, has only 1 ranged spell to harass with and is extremely squishy. Her late game is extremely powerful due to Death Lotus.png Death Lotus, which will decimate up to three of your team members if not stopped. Prevent her from snowballing, even in the late game. All it takes is one or two kills at any point in the game for her to become a threat.
  • When facing her in team fights, save your hard crowd control for when she begins to channel her Death Lotus.png Death Lotus. This will leave her in an extremely vulnerable position and strip her of her main damage source.
    • Catching her off-guard or out of position can leave her without enough health to engage in the teamfight, giving your team a huge edge.
  • Always keep an eye out for Katarina Katarina during team fights as she will do her best to sneak around your team's front line and Shunpo.png Shunpo to a squishy carry sitting in the back line.
    • Because of this threat, picking ADCs with hard CC such as Draven Draven, Ashe Ashe, Quinn Quinn, Tristana Tristana, or Vayne Vayne and saving their CC for when Katarina Katarina uses Death Lotus.png Death Lotus can be quite effective.
    • ADCs with escape mechanisms such as Ezreal Ezreal, Tristana Tristana, Graves Graves, Corki Corki, and Caitlyn Caitlyn can also be effective against Katarina Katarina if the player has quick reactions to escape Death Lotus.png Death Lotus while it channels before taking any significant damage. Not only does this deny Katarina a kill and, thus, a reset of her abilities, but it leaves her extremely vulnerable to damage from all members of your team.

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