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Skarner Champion Spotlight

Skarner Champion Spotlight

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Summoner's Rift
Starting Doran's Shield item Health Potion item Warding Totem item
Early Boots of Speed item Caulfield's Warhammer item Phage item
Essential Mercury's Treads item The Black Cleaver item Dead Man's Plate item
Offensive Sterak's Gage item Trinity Force item Iceborn Gauntlet item
Defensive Warmog's Armor item Randuin's Omen item Abyssal Mask item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Iron item
Summoner's Rift (Jungler)
Starting Hunter's Talisman item Refillable Potion item Warding Totem item
Early Hunter's Potion item Stalker's Blade item Boots of Speed item
Essential Stalker's Blade (Warrior) item Mercury's Treads item Dead Man's Plate item
Offensive Sterak's Gage item Trinity Force item Iceborn Gauntlet item
Defensive Warmog's Armor item Randuin's Omen item Abyssal Mask item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Iron item
Twisted Treeline
Starting Long Sword item Ruby Crystal item Health Potion item2
Early Boots of Speed item Caulfield's Warhammer item Giant's Belt item
Essential The Black Cleaver item Dead Man's Plate item Mercury's Treads item
Offensive Trinity Force item Titanic Hydra item Righteous Glory item
Defensive Locket of the Iron Solari item Banshee's Veil item Frozen Heart item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Iron item
Twisted Treeline (Jungler)
Starting Hunter's Machete item Refillable Potion item Hunter's Talisman item
Early Stalker's Blade item Hunter's Potion item Boots of Speed item
Essential Stalker's Blade (Warrior) item Dead Man's Plate item Mercury's Treads item
Offensive Trinity Force item Titanic Hydra item Righteous Glory item
Defensive Locket of the Iron Solari item Banshee's Veil item Frozen Heart item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Iron item
Howling Abyss
Starting Guardian's Horn item Boots of Speed item Health Potion item3
Essential Mercury's Treads item Iceborn Gauntlet item Dead Man's Plate item
Offensive Sterak's Gage item Trinity Force item Wit's End item
Defensive Locket of the Iron Solari item Warmog's Armor item Randuin's Omen item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Iron item

Tips

Playing as SkarnerSquare Skarner
Playing against SkarnerSquare Skarner
  • Skarner can't harm you very much outside of short range, so keep your distance from him!
  • Crystalline Exoskeleton Crystalline Exoskeleton's movement speed boost will persist only if the shield is unbroken, destroying his shield will cripple his mobility.
  • Skarner is stronger when around Crystal Spires Crystal Spire zones his team controls. Try to capture them ahead of time if a fight may break out around them.
  • Buy a Quicksilver Sash item Quicksilver Sash to end the suppression from Impale Impale. Champions such as AlistarSquare Alistar, OlafSquare Olaf, and GangplankSquare Gangplank also counter it.
Playing with SkarnerSquare Skarner
  • Capturing nearby Crystal Spires Crystal Spires before attempting neutral objectives or team fights around them improves SkarnerSquare Skarner's performance in said fights dramatically.

Playstyle

SkarnerSquare Skarner is a speedy and durable bruiser with unparalleled utility at chasing and locking down targets to deal consistent hybrid damage. His kit best serves him in the jungle, offering fast clear times and effective ganks.

Ability Usage

Crystal Slash Crystal Slash [Q]
  • This ability deals bonus damage when used subsequently. When engaging in a fight, be sure to slash before your first auto attack to get the full effect of the Cooldown reduction icon cooldown reduction.
  • When ganking, charge Crystal Slash Crystal Slash off an enemy minion while on your way to enemy targets to maximize your damage output.
Crystalline Exoskeleton Crystalline Exoskeleton [W]
  • Consider the shield absorption as a last resort defense mechanic, since the extra mobility allows SkarnerSquare Skarner to avoid damage entirely.
  • Activate Crystalline Exoskeleton Crystalline Exoskeleton when ganking to quickly close the gap towards your targets.
    • Be cautious not to cast it too early - if the effect runs out before you reach your target, Skarner won't have any more mobility to pursue.
Fracture Fracture [E]
  • This ability works best if you can follow up to proc Crystallizing Sting Crystal Venom.
Impale Impale [R]
  • SkarnerSquare Skarner can easily peel away dangerous targets from a carry using Impale Impale, then slowing them with Fracture Fracture after the link is broken.
    • Try to disable strong initiators like AmumuSquare Amumu and GalioSquare Galio to negate their disruptions in a teamfight
  • Impale Impale is not blocked by terrain, and this makes SkarnerSquare Skarner capable of dragging enemy champions directly through any terrain after it connects. For example, if an enemy champion is standing above the dragon pit and close enough to the ledge (such as if they are attempting a steal), SkarnerSquare Skarner can cast Impale Impale on the enemy champion above, then drag them into the pit with him. This tactic can also be done in certain areas of the jungle where the walls are thinnest to accommodate the skill's short range.
  • Charging in with Flash Flash, Ghost Ghost, Righteous Glory item Righteous Glory, or Crystalline Exoskeleton Crystalline Exoskeleton into a Impale Impale is a quick way to grab key enemy targets and pull them into your team.
  • Impale Impale drags the opponent directly behind SkarnerSquare Skarner. You can turn around just before its duration ends to flip the enemy to the other side of his character model, further increasing the distance you displace them.
  • Impale Impale is uniquely powerful compared to other suppression spells such as WarwickSquare Warwick's Infinite Duress Infinite Duress and MalzaharSquare Malzahar's Nether Grasp Nether Grasp because it is not channeled, so it cannot be canceled by outside sources such as Stun icon stuns and Silence icon silences.
    • Quicksilver Sash item Quicksilver Sash can remove Impale Impale, remember to check your target's build for it.

Runes

  • The Domination icon Domination tree has tools that can support Skarner as an engage bruiser.
    • SkarnerSquare Skarner is one of the few champions that can utilize the Predator rune Predator keystone effectively, giving a large boost of movement speed and extra basic attack damage that bolsters his intial engage.
    • Consider taking Cheap Shot rune Cheap Shot for bonus true damage with his CC spells.
  • As a fighter with Cooldown reduction icon cooldowns to manage, the Sorcery icon Sorcery tree has plenty of options.
    • The burst of movement speed from Phase Rush rune Phase Rush allows Skarner to run very fast in a sustained fight, especially when following up with Impale Impale.
    • Celerity rune Celerity and Waterwalking rune Waterwalking gives huge free movement speed for his roaming, along with bonus offensive power that benefits off his abundant movement speed.

Items

  • The purchase of Sheen item Sheen is a powerful item thanks to the ability to repeatedly proc Spellblade with Crystal Slash Crystal Slash.
  • Crystal Slash Crystal Slash's cooldown is reduced with auto attacks. Thus, this skill synergizes strongly with attack speed items such as Blade of the Ruined King item Blade of the Ruined King or Wit's End item Wit's End. The faster SkarnerSquare Skarner can attack, the faster this ability will become available again and the more DPS he can push out.
  • Building attack speed indirectly reduces Crystal Slash Crystal Slash's cooldown.
  • A Sheen item Sheen-based item synergizes perfectly with SkarnerSquare Skarner. Due to the low cooldown of his Crystal Slash Crystal Slash, SkarnerSquare Skarner can continuously proc Spellblade, coupled with the fact that SkarnerSquare Skarner has some of the highest base attack damage in the game.
    • A Trinity Force item Trinity Force is an exceptionally strong item for SkarnerSquare Skarner. Sheen item Sheen adds some damage to his abilities and he makes exceptional use of the Spellblade passive. Zeal item Zeal gives SkarnerSquare Skarner some attack speed and movement speed, which is valuable to him for reducing his Crystal Slash Crystal Slash cooldown and allowing him to keep up with an enemy champion.Phage item Phage grants even more sticking power through its passive and SkarnerSquare Skarner greatly enjoys the attack damage and health it grants.
    • Iceborn Gauntlet item Iceborn Gauntlet, alternatively, provides SkarnerSquare Skarner with a tankier option. Compared to the Trinity Force item Trinity Force, it provides less overall damage and movement speed but instead offers armor, Spellblade with an AoE slow, cooldown reduction, and more mana. It is also a cheaper option, which could be helpful if you are not ahead.
  • As a hybrid champion, SkarnerSquare Skarner has strong attack damage and ability power scalings on his abilities. Depending on what you build, you could deal heavy physical damage or a nearly 50/50 mix of physical and magic damage.
  • Items such as The Black Cleaver item The Black Cleaver, Sterak's Gage item Sterak's Gage, and Titanic Hydra item Titanic Hydra are all great choices for attack damage on Skarner.
    • The Black Cleaver item The Black Cleaver is present in nearly any SkarnerSquare Skarner build, due to the multitude of valuable stats it provides. Additionally, he is able to make great use of both passives on this item through repetitive usage of Crystal Slash Crystal Slash.
    • Sterak's Gage item Sterak's Gage is especially strong when combined with an item such as Trinity Force item Trinity Force or Iceborn Gauntlet item Iceborn Gauntlet, as it directly increases the damage of the Spellblade passive. The passive grants a surprising amount of attack damage and survivability should you be bursted down.
  • Strong ability power items on Skarner generally include some type of defensive stats as well as AP, as you would otherwise be lacking tankiness to fight. A few powerful AP items on him would be Rylai's Crystal Scepter item Rylai's Crystal Scepter, Liandry's Torment item Liandry's Torment, and Zhonya's Hourglass item Zhonya's Hourglass.
    • Rylai's Crystal Scepter item Rylai's Crystal Scepter is powerful thanks to granting a large chunk of health and ability power. However, the real strength in this item lies in its passive. Although Rylai's Crystal Scepter item Rylai's Crystal Scepter's slow usually only effects his Crystal Slash Crystal Slash, this effect alone makes it potent as it essentially grants SkarnerSquare Skarner a permanent slow as long as he continues to cast Crystal Slash Crystal Slash.
    • Liandry's Torment item Liandry's Torment is strong thanks to the magic penetration and the damage-over-time passive it has. This passive also benefits from the large roster of crowd control that SkarnerSquare Skarner has. In combination with Rylai's Crystal Scepter item Rylai's Crystal Scepter, an ability power focused build on SkarnerSquare Skarner can deal hefty damage over time and keep an enemy in place to put it to effect.
  • As a low mobility melee champion, most SkarnerSquare Skarner builds include multiple defensive items so he can survive and close the gap between himself and the enemy team.
  • Randuin's Omen item Randuin's Omen and Righteous Glory item Righteous Glory are two great items for SkarnerSquare Skarner, as they both provide defensive stats and additional crowd control to add to his plethora of slows and immobilizes:
    • Randuin's Omen item Randuin's Omen provides Health, Armor, and damage reduction from critical strikes. It also gives an attack speed reduction to an enemy that auto-attacks you and a powerful AoE slow. If an AD Carry is the biggest threat on the enemy team, Randuin's Omen item Randuin's Omen will aid greatly in keeping you alive as it can greatly reduce the amount of damage received from their auto-attacks.
    • Righteous Glory item Righteous Glory grants Health as well as Mana to resolve some mana problems. It can grant a massive movement speed increase for yourself and your team. If your team lacks initiation, it would be recommended to build this item as it allows you to easily pick off an enemy champion through usage of Impale Impale.
  • Warmog's Armor item Warmog's Armor is another great item on SkarnerSquare Skarner, as it provides a huge amount of health which synergises extremely well with Crystalline Exoskeleton Crystalline Exoskeleton shield.
  • Dead Man's Plate item Dead Man's Plate is an excellent item on SkarnerSquare Skarner. It grants heavy defensive stats at a fairly reasonable price, but the movement speed passive on this item is invaluable to SkarnerSquare Skarner no matter the situation though. This item allows SkarnerSquare Skarner to chase better, flee better, and arrive to fights right on time. If you are to purchase at the minimum one defensive item, Dead Man's Plate item Dead Man's Plate should often be a go-to choice.
  • Frozen Heart item Frozen Heart is another strong armor item on SkarnerSquare Skarner. He greatly values the cooldown reduction and armor on this item. Additionally, the mana is useful to allow Skarner to cast spells carefree of his mana.
  • Locket of the Iron Solari item Locket of the Iron Solari and Banshee's Veil item Banshee's Veil are both very potent magic resist items on SkarnerSquare Skarner. When facing heavy AoE magic damage or a Double-AP comp, Locket of the Iron Solari item Locket of the Iron Solari can greatly mitigate the magic damage you and your team receive. When worried about single-target burst though, Banshee's Veil item Banshee's Veil should be purchased.
  • Due to SkarnerSquare Skarner's lack of dashes or blinks, he greatly benefits from an early pair of Boots of Speed item Boots of Speed.
  • Boots of Swiftness item Boots of Swiftness are an excellent option when being kited by a champion who is simply faster than you. When facing several slows on the enemy team but low amount of hard crowd control, Boots of Swiftness item Boots of Swiftness also allow you to crawl through and reach your target.
  • Mercury's Treads item Mercury's Treads are a great purchase when faced with several instances of hard CC on the enemy team. When faced with an early magic damage threat, these are also suggested.
  • Ninja Tabi item Ninja Tabi should be purchased early against teams who are purely physical damage, as often you will need as much armor as possible to survive. The damage reduction against auto-attacks also improves your jungle sustain and brings an AD Carry's damage down noticeable.
  • In the modern jungle, SkarnerSquare Skarner is very versatile, able to perform many different roles based upon his item selection and playstyle.
    • Warrior item Warrior dramatically increases his Crystal Slash Crystal Slash damage. SkarnerSquare Skarner also benefits heavily from Warrior item Warrior's cooldown reduction, allowing him to gank more often with Impale Impale. After purchasing Warrior item Warrior, Skarner can easily transition into purchasing tank items for the mid-game. Note and keep in mind that SkarnerSquare Skarner is a strong physical damage dealer anyway, and that this item gives good benefits when ahead.
    • Bloodrazor item Bloodrazor is a situational item on SkarnerSquare Skarner if he wants/has to fight other fighters or tanks. However, because Crystal Slash Crystal Slash's damage is based entirely on his own attack damage it is generally more optimal to purchase cooldown reduction and attack damage when building offensively.
    • Juggernaut item Cinderhulk is another choice for SkarnerSquare Skarner. The Immolate passive speeds up your clear and the bonus HP scales your tankiness throughout a game. In an average game, Juggernaut item Cinderhulk is the enchantment you should most likely purchase.
    • Magus item Runic Echoes can be good for SkarnerSquare Skarner. The stats together with Echo provide an earlier powerspike as well as strong mana sustain and a speedy jungle clear.

Counterpicks

  • Marksmen such as KalistaSquare Kalista and DravenSquare Draven can destroy Skarner while kiting away from his grasp.


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