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Skill usage

  • Thundering Shuriken.png Thundering Shuriken can be used to detect enemies hiding in the brush, as a sound effect will play if it impacts a target.
  • Thundering Shuriken.png Thundering Shuriken is very effective for harassment. Taking more than one point in it early game allows you to harass the enemy really hard while not being in range to take damage.
  • Using Electrical Surge.png Electrical Surge after players have 2 stacks of Mark of the Storm.png Mark of the Storm is an easy way to stun.
  • Don't forget that Electrical Surge.png Electrical Surge has a passive component, try to save the passive mark applying attack for combos or harass.
  • Kennen is a great farmer if you use Lightning Rush.png Lightning Rush combined with Electrical Surge.png Electrical Surge.
  • Using Lightning Rush.png Lightning Rush to dodge skillshots and run away is a good idea.
  • Lightning Rush.png Lightning Rush can be used to initiate fights with its energy return component, allowing him to use other abilities afterward.
  • While in Lightning Rush.png Lightning Rush form, KennenSquare.png Kennen cannot perform normal attacks, but can use all of his abilities.
  • Lightning Rush.png Lightning Rush can be coupled with the summoner spell Ghost.png Ghost to move at very high speeds, with Kennen's stun this is excellent for chasing.
  • After a team fight has initiated, use Lightning Rush.png Lightning Rush to apply marks to as many enemies as possible, followed by Electrical Surge.png Electrical Surge and Slicing Maelstrom.png Slicing Maelstrom. This combo adds two marks initially, followed by one mark for the stun, and then adds an additional two marks, leaving any runners ready to be stunned with Thundering Shuriken.png Thundering Shuriken . Alternatively, saving energy and waiting for a second Electrical Surge.png Electrical Surge will result in a second AoE stun.
  • A good skill sequence to harass an enemy or to scare them off is Lightning Rush.png Lightning Rush, Electrical Surge.png Electrical Surge, and Thundering Shuriken.png Thundering Shuriken(if possible). The reason why this combo can scare enemy's is because it can stun or get ready to stun.
  • Kennen is a champion who relies heavily on combos. Some simple combos are: Lightning Rush.png Lightning Rush + Electrical Surge.png Electrical Surge + Electrical Surge.png Electrical Surge(passive) + Thundering Shuriken.png Thundering Shuriken - this combo works extremely well from levels 3-5 (i.e. before Slicing Maelstrom.png Slicing Maelstrom is learned). At level 2, Kennen can do a Electrical Surge.png Electrical Surge + Electrical Surge.png Electrical Surge(passive) + Thundering Shuriken.png Thundering Shuriken combo to result in a highly damaging stun and a few auto attacks during the stun.
  • Once reaching level 6, Kennen gains the ability to stun an opponent twice using a Lightning Rush.png Lightning Rush + Electrical Surge.png Electrical Surge + Electrical Surge.png Electrical Surge(passive) + Slicing Maelstrom.png Slicing Maelstrom + Thundering Shuriken.png Thundering Shuriken combo.
    • For this combo, wait the longest time possible between the Electrical Surge.png Electrical Surge (passive) (which completes the 1st stun) and your Slicing Maelstrom.png Slicing Maelstrom (which completes the second stun) to regenerate Energy, land free auto attacks, and position yourself behind the enemy.
  • The key to playing well is learning how to chain his combos together to be able to land free damage on the enemy while keeping them in a disadvantageous position.
  • A good way to build Kennen is a balanced build, which focus on building tankiness as well as damage. With all three skills at rank 2, Kennen becomes a powerful enemy.
  • KennenSquare.png Kennen's Slicing Maelstrom.png Slicing Maelstrom is amazing for turning team fights around. It is key that his R is used as much as possible against multiple opponents, but only at the right time.
  • Kennen tends to be an initiator or to follow immediately behind an initiator thanks to Slicing Maelstrom.png Slicing Maelstrom. Using Slicing Maelstrom.png Slicing Maelstrom wisely in a team fight, in conjunction with Lightning Rush.png Lightning Rush and Electrical Surge.png Electrical Surge, nearly guarantees a viable amount of energy gained from Mark of the Storm.png Mark of the Storm because Kennen's cooldowns tend to end more quickly than Kennen's energy regenerates.
  • Remember that Lightning Rush.png Lightning Rush also provides you with a great boost of your armor and magic resistance meaning it can save you from fatal situations like Karthus' Requiem.png Requiem or skills that do damage over time, notice however that it won't reduce true damage.
  • One of KennenSquare.png Kennen's biggest strengths is his flexibility of item builds in any given situation. Kennen can easily be built either as an attack damage carry or an ability power based carry. He's also a very powerful top laner in both attack damage and ability power based builds due to his decent attack damage scaling and Electrical Surge.png Electrical Surge passive and split pushing ability because his Lightning Rush.png Lightning Rush can serve as a good escape mechanism in sticky situations as well as serving a good pushing skill in conjunction to his Electrical Surge.png Electrical Surge active.
    • Ability Power build strongly utilizes his Thundering Shuriken.png Thundering Shuriken, Electrical Surge.png Electrical Surge's active, and Slicing Maelstrom.png Slicing Maelstrom. The ability power build brings more teamfight presence and large crowd control stuns on the enemy teams who tend to be grouped together. Because Kennen needs to be in the frontlines to utilize his ultimate, he needs to build a bit tanky in addition to ability power since he will most likely be focused on. The ability power build synergizes well with champions who have heavy area of effect damage (i.e. EzrealSquare.png Ezreal, ZiggsSquare.png Ziggs, AmumuSquare.png Amumu, and NunuSquare.png Nunu) or dive heavy team compositions.
    • Attack damage builds are almost similar to an attack damage carry where he puts more emphasis on autoattacking because of his Electrical Surge.png Electrical Surge passive scales in attack damage and his strong self-crowd control and utility ability with his Mark of the Storm.png Mark of the Storm, something that most attack damage carries lack with a few exceptions like AsheSquare.png Ashe and VarusSquare.png Varus. Because KennenSquare.png Kennen uses Energy rather than mana, he has better sustain than many other attack damage carries except SivirSquare.png Sivir. Building KennenSquare.png Kennen as an attack damage carry is recommended for those who have difficulty landing his Thundering Shuriken.png Thundering Shuriken, laning with supports who lack any forms of healing or sustaining the attack damage carry like LuluSquare.png Lulu, BlitzcrankSquare.png Blitzcrank, LeonaSquare.png Leona, and ThreshSquare.png Thresh, or team compositions who tend to focus on a single target. Keep in note that attack damage carry KennenSquare.png Kennen tends to fall flat late game against other late game oriented attack damage carries like (TristanaSquare.png Tristana and KogMawSquare.png Kog'Maw) because he is really reliant on autoattacking where his range is equivalent to VayneSquare.png Vayne and lacks good attack speed/damage steroid unless he is fed early.

Build usage

Recommended builds

Summoner's Rift
Starting Doran's Blade item Health Potion item Warding Totem item
Essential Sorcerer's Shoes item Haunting Guise item Zhonya's Hourglass item
Offensive Rabadon's Deathcap item Abyssal Scepter item Void Staff item Greater Vision Totem item
Defensive Will of the Ancients item Rylai's Crystal Scepter item Guardian Angel item
Consumables Health Potion item Sight Ward item
The Howling Abyss
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran's Shield item Amplifying Tome item Health Potion item3
Essential Sorcerer's Shoes item Hextech Revolver item Zhonya's Hourglass item
Offensive Rabadon's Deathcap item Abyssal Scepter item Void Staff item Liandry's Torment item
Defensive Will of the Ancients item Rylai's Crystal Scepter item Twin Shadows item
Consumables Health Potion item
The Crystal Scar
Starting Boots of Speed item Health Potion item3 Amplifying Tome item
Essential Sorcerer's Shoes item Hextech Revolver item Rylai's Crystal Scepter item
Offensive Void Staff item Wooglet's Witchcap item Hextech Sweeper item
Defensive Will of the Ancients item Abyssal Scepter item Moonflair Spellblade item
Consumables Health Potion item
The Twisted Treeline
Starting Doran's Shield item Boots of Speed item
Essential Sorcerer's Shoes item Hextech Revolver item Rylai's Crystal Scepter item
Offensive Void Staff item Wooglet's Witchcap item Hextech Sweeper item
Defensive Will of the Ancients item Abyssal Scepter item Moonflair Spellblade item
Consumables Health Potion item

Countering

  • When you have two stacks of Mark of the Storm.png Mark of the Storm, move away from Kennen until the debuff wears off to avoid his stun.
  • Moving erratically or taking cover behind minions can hinder you from getting hit by his Thundering Shuriken.png Thundering Shuriken.
  • Do not overextend when chasing him as Lightning Rush.png Lightning Rush also boosts his armor and magic resistance.
    • If Kennen chases you and fails to hit with his Lightning Rush.png Lightning Rush, he won't gain energy. Use this as your advantage since Lightning Rush.png Lightning Rush consumes a lot of energy.
  • Quickly using a knockback on Kennen while Slicing Maelstrom.png Slicing Maelstrom is active can cause him to waste the ability. Be aware Zhonya's Hourglass item.png Zhonya's Hourglass is a common item on KennenSquare.png Kennen to avoid such a possibility.
  • Kennen primarily deals magic damage. Investing in magic resistance items will reduce his damage output.
    • That said, Kennen can also be built as attack damage carry. Pay attention to his build to counter him properly. For example, reducing his attack speed will lower his damage and stun output.

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