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Kennen Champion Spotlight

Recommended Items

Summoner's Rift
Starting Doran's Blade item Health Potion item Warding Totem item
Early Seeker's Armguard item Needlessly Large Rod item Boots of Speed item
Essential Zhonya's Hourglass item Rylai's Crystal Scepter item Sorcerer's Shoes item
Standard Void Staff item Rabadon's Deathcap item Luden's Echo item
Situational Hextech Protobelt-01 item Banshee's Veil item Guardian Angel item
Consumables Health Potion item Control Ward item Elixir of Sorcery item
Twisted Treeline
Starting Doran's Shield item Doran's Ring item
Early Needlessly Large Rod item Seeker's Armguard item Boots of Speed item
Essential Wooglet's Witchcap item Sorcerer's Shoes item
Standard Luden's Echo item Morellonomicon item Void Staff item
Situational Rylai's Crystal Scepter item Banshee's Veil item Liandry's Torment item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Sorcery item
Howling Abyss
Starting Needlessly Large Rod item Health Potion item3
Essential Rylai's Crystal Scepter item Zhonya's Hourglass item Sorcerer's Shoes item
Offensive Rabadon's Deathcap item Void Staff item Liandry's Torment item
Defensive Hextech Protobelt-01 item Banshee's Veil item
Consumables Oracle's Extract item Health Potion item Elixir of Sorcery item


Playing As Kennen Kennen
Playing Against Kennen Kennen
  • Consider playing a bit more cautiously around Kennen when you have a Mark of the Storm.png Mark of the Storm debuff. If he hits you with 3 Mark of the Storm.png Marks of the Storm, you will get stunned.
  • Kennen is flimsy by nature - turn and attack him if he gets careless with Lightning Rush.png Lightning Rush.


Ability Usage
  • Kennen's kit focus is around Mark of the Storm.png Mark of the Storm, as all other skills damages and applies a mark with each successful hit.
    • The three mark Stun icon stun can be achieved by a variety of skill combinations, varying the situation of the gameplay, while it also restores a number of energy back.
  • Use Thundering Shuriken.png Thundering Shuriken to finish off minions early game or as a main harassing tool against champions.
  • Basic attack charged with Electrical Surge.png Electrical Surge is a good way of starting harassment as well, as it doesn't siphons energy on use.
    • Think tactically when attempting to use a charged basic attack, like covering behind minions or using it from brushes.
    • Attacking a turret or structure does not consume the charge, nor does it give magic damage.
  • It's best to activate Electrical Surge.png Electrical Surge when the enemy is on the second mark, therefore finalising a Stun icon stun, or killing them.
  • Lightning Rush.png Lightning Rush can be used to engage or escape enemies. Kennen can only use skills while under the effect.
    • Best use is for wave clearing, as Kennen can pass through enemy minions, followed up by Electrical Surge.png Electrical Surge to finish them.
  • Slicing Maelstrom.png Slicing Maelstrom applies three Mark of the Storm.png Mark of the Storm debuffs on enemy champions, regardless of any extra applied marks from previous skills.
Mastery Usage
  • Kennen thrives as an ability mage, however he still uses basic attack as his backbone. Therefore, a conjunction of Ferocity and Cunning masteries are recommended.
  • As an ability user, Sorcery mastery 2016.png Sorcery helps with his skills.
  • Using Feast mastery 2016.png Feast improves survival while farming.
  • To increase more health income, Vampirism mastery 2016.png Vampirism is suited.
  • Battle Trance mastery 2017.png Battle Trance is a good option for battles that last more than 5 seconds.
  • Piercing Thoughts mastery 2016.png Piercing Thoughts can be used for fighting resilient enemies.
  • Deathfire Touch mastery 2016.png Deathfire Touch works for harassment purposes.
  • Kennen could get some extra speed with Wanderer mastery 2016.png Wanderer
  • Being a ninja, means killing them alone, hence Assassin mastery 2016.png Assassin works when fighting solo.
  • Merciless mastery 2016.png Merciless is good as well for clean kills.
  • Dangerous Game mastery 2016.png Dangerous Game can add up more health.
  • Intelligence mastery 2016.png Intelligence is good for cooldowns, yet Precision mastery 2016.png Precision works for aggressive purposes.
  • Add more zapping with Thunderlord's Decree mastery 2016.png Thunderlord's Decree towards champions using skills and basic attack, consequently.

Item Usage
  • Kennen's main core is his aggressive skills that provides hard crowd control and agility at the same time plus gain quick kills. The drawback is that he can be squishy and less durable when fighting against a large crowd. He does not require mana as well, so the idea is ability enhancers with utility effects and a hint of durability.
  • As a starter, it is not recommended to buy Doran's Ring item.png Doran's Ring or The Dark Seal item.png The Dark Seal as Kennen does not require mana. Instead focus on damage like Doran's Blade item.png Doran's Blade or Cull item.png Cull.
  • Rabadon's Deathcap item.png Rabadon's Deathcap is the ability's bread and butter to increase magic damage.
  • Additionally Void Staff item.png Void Staff can be a cheaper alternative.
  • It is essential to have Zhonya's Hourglass item.png Zhonya's Hourglass, especially when using Slicing Maelstrom.png Slicing Maelstrom so that you don't die in teamfights for example, because you do want to get into the middle of the enemy team to hit as many enemy champions as you can with your Slicing Maelstrom.png Slicing Maelstrom.
  • Another essential is Liandry's Torment item.png Liandry's Torment which synergies with Kennen's passive Mark of the Storm.png Mark of the Storm.
  • For extra health, buy Rylai's Crystal Scepter item.png Rylai's Crystal Scepter, which gives quite alot of ap and a good slow when using abilities on top of the health.
  • Cooldowns can be helped with Hextech Protobelt-01 item.png Hextech Protobelt-01 plus dashing through combat or Banshee's Veil item.png Banshee's Veil.
  • Trinity Force item.png Trinity Force is unpopular choice but enhances both damage and ability, since Kennen relies on both.
  • Kennen can be easily defeated if hard crowd control is applied or working with teammates.
  • Always stay on hot foot and behind minions to avoid his basic attack and Thundering Shuriken.png Thundering Shuriken.
  • Do not push far to the enemy tower as Kennen can Lightning Rush.png Lightning Rush through waves and towards you, therefore creating a trap.
    • Furthermore, don't stand near the closest allied turret from a strong Kennen, as he can use many swift means to kill and leave unscathed.
  • Always wait from safety if you are marked by Mark of the Storm.png Mark of the Storm.
  • Consider hard magic resist build and tenacity to diminish his effects.
  • Kennen functions swell in tight areas or with unchecked cover so get some backup.
  • He has mediocre (550) basic attack range, so use it to close the gaps easier.
  • When in teamfights, remain swift and scattered to avoid his Slicing Maelstrom.png Slicing Maelstrom.