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Skill usage

  •  Skarner excels at chasing down difficult targets with his unique, utility-based kit, while providing sustainability in both damage and health. These skills are best used as a jungler for effective ganks.
  •  Energize is a powerful passive effect that allows  Skarner to reduce the cooldown of all his abilities simply by auto-attacking enemies.
    • This passive synergizes strongly with attack speed items such as Wit's End. The faster  Skarner can attack, the faster his abilities will become available again.
    • Don't be afraid to clear jungle camps at a slower pace by foregoing the use of  Crystal Slash for  Crystalline Exoskeleton in order to make use of  Energize to reduce the cooldown of  Skarner's  Impale, his ultimate ability.
  •  Skarner's  Crystal Slash provides a constant source of hybrid damage in an area around him as well as a stacking personal attack speed buff.
    • In order for  Crystal Slash to apply its bonus magic damage you must first be 'charged' by hitting an enemy with this ability at least once.
      • When ganking, charge  Crystal Slash off an enemy minion while on your way to enemy targets to maximize your damage output.
    •  Crystal Slash is  Skarner's bread and butter when jungling. Simply cast it whenever available to quickly clear minion camps between objectives and ganks.
    • The purchase of a Sheen is a powerful item thanks to the ability to repeatedly proc its passive effect with  Crystal Slash.
  •  Crystalline Exoskeleton provides  Skarner with a shield, allowing him to soak up more damage in all situations, and giving him increased mobility and melee DPS while it holds.
    • Activate  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, they may be easily able to escape.
    • Using  Crystalline Exoskeleton during fights in melee range will give  Skarner a noticeable advantage over his enemy should they be fighting back.
    •  Crystalline Exoskeleton has great synergy with  Energize. By auto-attacking faster,  Skarner can reduce his cooldowns even quicker than without.
    • Keep in mind that  Skarner's movement and attack speed bonuses will only persist for as long as the shield remains. If the shield is broken before the duration ends, the bonuses will still be lost.
      • For these reasons, use the additional mobility the shield provides to avoid skill shots or spells that may break the shield.
  •  Fracture is  Skarner's only true ranged ability that strikes in a line, dealing damage to all enemies it hits. It will also apply a debuff on the targets, slowing them by a percentage.
    • Casting  Fracture into a quick strike of  Crystal Slash is a popular and effective means to keep your target in range.
  •  Skarner's  Impale is his trademark ability, suppressing an enemy target while allowing  Skarner to freely move them around.
    •  Impale has unmatched utility when ganking, engaging, disengaging, or saving targets.
      • Using  Impale during a gank will allow you to pull your victim further away from their turret, giving your friendly laner more time to engage them, and yourself more space to slow and damage them over.
      • Casting Flash or using Talisman of Ascension into an  Impale is a powerful way to grab key enemy targets and pull them into your team for a quick kill during team fights.
      • When falling back, grabbing strong enemy initiators such as  Amumu or  Galio early and pulling them further away from your team will put them out of position and make their strong ultimates ineffective, saving them from a hard engagement.
      •  Skarner can easily pull away dangerous targets from a friendly carry using  Impale, then slowing them with  Fracture after the link is broken.
    • During  Impale, you will be unable to cast  Fracture or Flash.  Crystal Slash,  Crystalline Exoskeleton, and other Summoner Spells will still remain available.
      • Remember to cast  Crystal Slash before and after using  Impale to apply a slow effect immediately upon it ending, ensuring your victim cannot quickly or easily escape afterwards.
      • Using  Crystalline Exoskeleton will allow you to pull your victim further back than otherwise.
      •  Impale drags the opponent directly behind  Skarner. You can turn around just before its duration ends to flip the enemy to the other side of his character model, getting that little bit more distance before the enemy is released.
    •  Impale is uniquely powerful compared to other suppression spells such as  Warwick's  Infinite Duress and  Malzahar's  Nether Grasp, in that it cannot be canceled by outside sources such as stuns and silences, as it has no channel time.
      • It can still, however, be broken by the purchase and use of a Quicksilver Sash by the victim.
  • Be wary not to spam all of your spells as soon as available, or you will risk putting yourself out of mana quickly and before you need it most.
    • Save the casts of  Crystal Slash for when the attack speed buff ends to refresh it efficiently. When clearing minions, cast it once every five seconds to maintain its bonus magic damage.
    • Avoid using  Crystalline Exoskeleton when not receiving damage. Activating it when an enemy turns to fight you will give you an immediate advantage in damage and tankiness.

Build usage

Jungling

Recommended builds

Summoner's Rift
recommended items
Starting Hunter's Machete item Health Potion item5 Sweeping Lens item
Essential Ninja Tabi item Spirit of the Ancient Golem item Sheen item
Offensive Trinity Force item Talisman of Ascension item Wit's End item
Defensive Iceborn Gauntlet item Aegis of the Legion item Sunfire Cape item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item Sight Ward item
The Howling Abyss
recommended items
Starting Boots of Speed item Guardian's Horn item
Essential Mercury's Treads item Sheen item Glacial Shroud item
Offensive Trinity Force item Talisman of Ascension item Wit's End item
Defensive Iceborn Gauntlet item Frozen Heart item Warmog's Armor item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Crystal Scar
recommended items
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran's Shield item2 Health Potion item2
Essential Ninja Tabi item Sheen item Glacial Shroud item
Offensive Trinity Force item Wit's End item Iceborn Gauntlet item
Defensive Aegis of the Legion item Sunfire Cape item Frozen Heart item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item
The Twisted Treeline
recommended items
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran's Shield item
Essential Ninja Tabi item Sheen item Glacial Shroud item
Offensive Trinity Force item Wit's End item Iceborn Gauntlet item
Defensive Aegis of the Legion item Sunfire Cape item Frozen Heart item
Consumables Health Potion item Mana Potion item

Countering

  •  Skarner's ability cooldowns are very short because of his  Energize. Take care when engaging him when you think his spells are on cooldown.
    • This also makes immobilizing effects much more devastating as it ruins his CD reduction.
  •  Skarner's  Crystalline Exoskeleton movement speed boost will persist only if the shield is unbroken, destroying his shield will make the movement speed boost disappear.
  • Buy a Quicksilver Sash to end the suppression from  Skarner's  Impale. Champions such as  Alistar,  Olaf, and  Gangplank also counter his ultimate.
  • Be careful when turret diving a low health  Skarner. He can use his  Impale and drag you around the turret.
  • Some champions with a knockback ability (e.g.  Singed's  Fling or  Alistar's  Headbutt) can help an ally that is dragged by  Skarner's  Impale. Use this to make sure  Skarner doesn't drag them too far.

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