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Kayn Champion Spotlight

Kayn Champion Spotlight

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Summoner's Rift
(Shadow Assassin)
Starting Doran's Shield item Health Potion item Warding Totem item
Early The Black Cleaver item Boots of Speed item Caulfield's Warhammer item
Standard Duskblade of Draktharr item Youmuu's Ghostblade item Boots of Mobility item
Aggressive Ravenous Hydra item Death's Dance item Mortal Reminder item
Defensive Edge of Night item Mercurial Scimitar item Guardian Angel item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Wrath item Control Ward item
Summoner's Rift (Rhaast)
Starting Doran's Shield item Health Potion item Warding Totem item
Early The Black Cleaver item Boots of Speed item Caulfield's Warhammer item
Standard Spirit Visage item Titanic Hydra item Mercury's Treads item
Aggressive Death's Dance item Mercurial Scimitar item Mortal Reminder item
Defensive Dead Man's Plate item Guardian Angel item Gargoyle Stoneplate item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Wrath item Control Ward item
Summoner's Rift (Jungler)
Starting Hunter's Talisman item Refillable Potion item Warding Totem item
Early Stalker's Blade item Boots of Speed item Hunter's Potion item
Essential Stalker's Blade (Warrior) item The Black Cleaver item Caulfield's Warhammer item
Standard Guardian Angel item Maw of Malmortius item Sterak's Gage item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Wrath item Control Ward item
Twisted Treeline
(Shadow Assassin)
Starting Doran's Shield item Health Potion item Boots of Speed item
Early The Black Cleaver item Caulfield's Warhammer item
Standard Duskblade of Draktharr item Youmuu's Ghostblade item Boots of Mobility item
Aggressive Ravenous Hydra item Death's Dance item Mortal Reminder item
Defensive Edge of Night item Mercurial Scimitar item Maw of Malmortius item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Wrath item
Twisted Treeline (Rhaast)
Starting Doran's Shield item Health Potion item Boots of Speed item
Early The Black Cleaver item Caulfield's Warhammer item
Standard Spirit Visage item Titanic Hydra item Mercury's Treads item
Aggressive Death's Dance item Mercurial Scimitar item Mortal Reminder item
Defensive Dead Man's Plate item Gargoyle Stoneplate item Thornmail item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Wrath item
Twisted Treeline (Jungler)
Starting Hunter's Talisman item Hunter's Machete item Refillable Potion item
Early Stalker's Blade item Boots of Speed item Hunter's Potion item
Essential Stalker's Blade (Warrior) item The Black Cleaver item Caulfield's Warhammer item
Standard Guardian Angel item Maw of Malmortius item Sterak's Gage item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Wrath item
Howling Abyss
Starting Health Potion item3 Guardian's Hammer item Boots of Speed item
Essential The Black Cleaver item Mercury's Treads item Duskblade of Draktharr item
Offensive The Bloodthirster item Ravenous Hydra item Infinity Edge item
Defensive Maw of Malmortius item Death's Dance item Mercurial Scimitar item
Consumables Corrupting Potion item Elixir of Wrath item

Tips

Playing As KaynSquare Kayn
  • Look at the line-up of both your team and the enemy's team when picking The Darkin Scythe your form.
  • Remember that nearby enemies can see which wall you're in.
Playing Against KaynSquare Kayn
  • Umbral Trespass Umbral Trespass requires KaynSquare Kayn to damage a target first. Try to dodge Blade's Reach Blade's Reach to deny him a long range cast of Umbral Trespass Umbral Trespass.
  • When KaynSquare Kayn is in terrain near you, you will get a visual warning on the edge of the terrain he's in.
  • Damage KaynSquare Kayn while he's in Shadow Step Shadow Step to shorten its duration, or apply hard crowd control (stun, charm, knockup, etc.) to end Shadow Step Shadow Step immediately.
  • KaynSquare Kayn is fairly weak before he has transformed into the Shadow AssassinSquare Shadow Assassin or RhaastSquare Rhaast. Coordinate with your team in the early game to apply pressure on him and delay his transformation.

Tricks

Ability Usage
  • Reaping Slash Reaping Slash's dash speed scales with Kayn's movement speed, allowing it work well in conjunction with Shadow Step Shadow Step. The delay duration of the slash is static however.
  • Only attacking will immediately end Shadow Step Shadow Step. Using abilities such as Reaping Slash Reaping Slash and Blade's Reach Blade's Reach will not end the effect, allowing for hastier entrances and poke while in terrain.
  • Umbral Trespass Umbral Trespass' damage does not ramp up based on the time spent in the target's body. Remaining will leave you untargetable longer, may make it more difficult for the enemy to use an ability to escape and gives your other abilities a chance to become available again. However, it may also allow the enemy to reposition themselves to your disadvantage. Consider the position of your target and both teams when deciding whether to reactivate early or not.
Rune Usage
Item Usage
  • Duskblade of Draktharr item Duskblade of Draktharr works well with Kayn's Shadow AssassinSquare Shadow Assassin form. With his ult, Kayn becomes unseen by the enemy, allowing him to potentially proc Nightstalker a second time.
  • Death's Dance item Death's Dance adds an additional form of sustain from all physical damage for both forms, in addition to some resilience to burst damage. The high amounts of AD also scales his healing when using Shadow Step Shadow Step.
  • Spirit Visage item Spirit Visage boosts RhaastSquare Rhaast's passive healing as well as his heal from Shadow Step Shadow Step, thus giving him more sustain in duels, teamfights, and roams/ganks.
  • Blade of the Ruined King item Blade of the Ruined King synergizes with RhaastSquare Rhaast's max health damage from Reaping Slash Reaping Slash, allowing him to burst through a tank's health bar more quickly. Keep in mind that it only works with Kayn's basic attacks so use Reaping Slash Reaping Slash first and then land autos.
  • Both of The Black Cleaver item The Black Cleaver's passives aid Kayn in skirmishes. Since Reaping Slash Reaping Slash deals two instances of physical damage, a well-aimed proc applies the Cleave passive twice, shredding 8% of an enemy champion's armor instead of 4%. Additionally, the passive movement speed buff is welcoming to Kayn's mobile assassin kit, in particular when used with Shadow Step Shadow Step.
Countering
  • Because RhaastSquare Rhaast is reliant on healing to last during teamfights and to duel enemies, it is recommended to buy Grievous Wounds icon Grievous Wounds items to have a better chance of fighting him. Keep in mind, however, that Bramble Vest item Bramble Vest and by extension, Thornmail item Thornmail, are less effective against RhaastSquare Rhaast than other healing reliant champions. This is because he heals with his abilities instead of his basic attacks.
  • Umbral Trespass Umbral Trespass works in a similar way to Death Mark Death Mark. Purchasing a Zhonya's Hourglass item Zhonya's Hourglass on AD champions will make you immune to the final damage effect.

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