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Champion Spotlight

Katarina Preseason Spotlight02:09

Katarina Preseason Spotlight

Recommended Items

Summoner's Rift
Starting Boots of Speed item Health Potion item4 Warding Totem item
Early Needlessly Large Rod item Aether Wisp item Seeker&#039;s Armguard item
Essential Sorcerer&#039;s Shoes item Luden&#039;s Echo item Zhonya&#039;s Hourglass item
Offensive Rabadon&#039;s Deathcap item Void Staff item Abyssal Scepter item
Defensive Rylai&#039;s Crystal Scepter item Banshee&#039;s Veil item Guardian Angel item
Consumables Health Potion item Vision Ward item Elixir of Sorcery item
Twisted Treeline
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran&#039;s Shield item Health Potion item2
Essential Haunting Guise item Wooglet&#039;s Witchcap item Sorcerer&#039;s Shoes item
Offensive Void Staff item Luden&#039;s Echo item Hextech Gunblade item
Defensive Rylai&#039;s Crystal Scepter item Moonflair Spellblade item Abyssal Scepter item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Sorcery item
Howling Abyss
Starting Needlessly Large Rod item Health Potion item3
Essential Zhonya&#039;s Hourglass item Luden&#039;s Echo item Sorcerer&#039;s Shoes item
Offensive Rabadon&#039;s Deathcap item Void Staff item
Defensive Rylai&#039;s Crystal Scepter item Abyssal Scepter item
Consumables Oracle&#039;s Extract item Health Potion item Elixir of Sorcery item

Tips

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.

Tricks

Ability Usage
  • Voracity.png Voracity only refreshes your abilities, when you damaged the target within 3 seconds before their death. You can extend/refresh this time window by using a damage-over-time, like Ignite.png Ignite .
  • While laning, try to poke the enemy by landing Bouncing Blades.png Bouncing Blades through bouncing from minions, instead of targeting them directly. This way you can poke your enemy from a bigger and safer range.
  • Shunpo.png Shunpo will reveal units for a short period after landing the ability. This way you can clear an enemy ward by attacking it, right after you blinked to it.
  • Shunpo.png Shunpo can also be cast on any interactable unit, like Dark Passage.png Dark Passage!
    • Shunpo.png Shunpo can be cast on jungle plants. Katarina will autoattack it after teleporting. Use it on a Blast Cone to escape over a wall, but be careful - issuing commands right after teleporting will cancel the basic attack, potentially ruining an escape.
  • Death Lotus.png Death Lotus will become castable when you are in range of an enemy, even in bushes. This way, you can also damage invisible champions. Keep that in mind!
  • Katarina's daggers are the key to her damage output. Picking them up allows her to both deal lots of extra damage and stay mobile.
  • Preparation.png Preparation is exactly what it sounds like. While it seems plain, the ability is useful for...
    • Escaping. The movement speed bonus allows you to outrace most other champions, or juke them using the dagger.
    • Harassing. Using Preparation.png Preparation, then Shunpo.png Shunpo on a Bouncing Blade.png Bouncing Blade dagger, then immediately using Shunpo.png Shunpo on the Preparation dagger allows for easy harass.
    • Turning. Your enemies may expect you to use Preparation.png Preparation's movement speed to escape, but if allies are coming in or cooldowns coming up, you can quickly Shunpo.png Shunpo back to the dagger and finish them off with Death Lotus.png Death Lotus.
    • Bursting. Casting Preparation.png Preparation right before casting Death Lotus.png Death Lotus will add an extra burst of damage once the dagger lands, and does not interrupt Death Lotus.png Death Lotus.
  • Death Lotus.png Death Lotus is a devastating ability, but easily interrupted. If Katarina is held down for even a second, she is liable to die. Gauge your ability to reset your abilities and get kills against your enemies' health and crowd control before entering the fight.


Mastery Usage
Item Usage
  • Bouncing Blade.png Bouncing Blade is Katarina's only source of damage that does not scale off of her attack damage. As a cooldown-based champion with good scalings for both AP and AD, Hextech Gunblade item.png Hextech Gunblade is an excellent item that will give you much-needed sustain.
  • Katarina is generally built as a mage with high AP, and is extremely bursty, with massive damage and snowball potential. Items like Luden&#039;s Echo item.png Luden's Echo and Rabadon&#039;s Deathcap item.png Rabadon's Deathcap will do for damage, while often she will need an item like Zhonya&#039;s Hourglass item.png Zhonya's Hourglass for defense.
  • Sorcerer&#039;s Shoes item.png Sorcerer's Shoes are generally the best boots for Katarina, as she deals all magic damage. If you are behind, Ionian Boots of Lucidity item.png 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.png Voracity resets.
  • Rylai&#039;s Crystal Scepter item.png 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.png Death Lotus, and makes it much more difficult to escape her. The health is a welcome addition to her squishiness as well.
  • Due to your weak early game sustain, you will be using lots of Health Potion item.png potions. So investing into a Corrupting Potion item.png Corrupting Potion can save you some gold!
Countering
  • If Shunpo.png Shunpo is not used on a dagger, punish Katarina while it's on cooldown. Beware of her picking up daggers after using Shunpo.png Shunpo though, as it still reduces the cooldown.

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