Katarina Build Guide

A Little Kat in the Jungle

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[center] [img=http://i.imgur.com/trBknN2.jpg] [/center] [b][center] Hello everyone! My summoner name is [big]Iration Creation[/big], and [img=champ/katarina.png] is one of my favorite champions to play. [/center][/b] [center]--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------[/center] This is the first guide I've ever written for LoL and I would definitely appreciate any feedback. Katarina is my most played champion in ranked in the mid lane and I have always had a very favorable win/lose ratio with her. I have also been successfully playing Katarina [b]in the jungle[/b] in normals and it can definitely be implemented well. Keep in mind however, your team composition with her can make or break it's effectiveness - just like most champions. I enjoy Jungling because you get to have so much influence on every lane. While I often play the normal \"Meta Junglers\", I also get a kick out of taking champions who are not normally in the Jungle and seeing how they work when put in there. One of the funniest moments is going into a game with an abnormal jungler, making enemies think you're not going to be good, and then crushing them. [center]--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------[/center] Here are just 3 matches in a row I played as Katarina Jungle that we won. [b]1.[/b] This is in Join a Team, as in I didn't play with friends. [b]2.[/b] Their also not the greatest K/D/As, but the idea is that you assist your teammates and make smart decisions for the good of the team. [b]3.[/b] In 2 of these games, the enemy team said something along the lines of \"Katarina Jungle is stupid\" as the game started. Then I made [i]them[/i] look stupid. [center] [img=http://i.imgur.com/LOe87xl.jpg] [/center] [center]--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------[/center] [center][big]I'm proud to say that Jungle Katarina still works in the new season 5! (At least in the preseason)[/big][/center] [center]I was hesitant to give it a try due to the big changes in the jungle and for it being...more brutal than season 4's.[/center] [center]However, here is a picture of my first match with her in the new jungle in a random team I joined;[/center] [center][img=http://i.imgur.com/jffJG0V.png?1][/center] [center]Highest amount of kills on my team, least deaths (besides our support Karma), and still a good amount of assists. Even with Lissandra on their team, who is arguably Katarina's biggest counter, I still came out on top.[/center] [center] [big]So let the Katarina Jungle live on in the new season![/big][/center] [b]Disclaimer:[/b] This is meant for playing in Normals. Playing Katarina as a jungler is by no means something you should feel confident playing in a ranked game with unless you think you've really got the hang of her. [center]--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------[/center] [b][center]Despite being seen as a wild card, Katarina actually makes a great jungler when you break her down.[/center][/b] [big] Pros:[/big] • Insanely fast jungle clear with [img=skills/katarina/q.png] and [img=skills/katarina/w.png] • High movement speed. • Scary ganking potential. • Can [img=skills/katarina/e.png] to teleport to enemies, allies, wards, and other targets. • Her level 6 ultimate can be a team fight finisher. • 2 AOE attacks and 1 ranged attack. • She doesn't use mana = more time out of base clearing and ganking. • After first back to base, you should be able to stay in jungle for a long time. • Her passive Voracity is amazing for multi-kills or saving your life. • If you get fed early, you can really snowball hard. • Playing Katarina is a blast. • She spins in a circle and throws blades around...which is awesome. [big] Cons: [/big] • Even with some extra protection items shes still generally squishy. • Very item dependent. Must be clearing or ganking to keep up. • Has no form of CC and most forms of CC can destroy her. • Should not be a fight engager (not counting ganks). • Have to run from most counter-junglers unless their at half/low HP. • Requires a lot of attention to play her and you must be able to make VERY quick decisions and plays.

Your [b]Early Game [/b] consists of: [b]Levels 1-3[/b] You can start at Gromp or Krugs as long as you get a good leash (getting your teammates from the respective side to help you kill the buff creep), otherwise you may have a hard time staying in the jungle for long on your first run. Getting your two buffs. Get whichever buff that is on the opposite side of where you want to gank with help from a strong leash if your not starting Gromp or Krugs. Remember: Smiting Red Buff gives you HP so it is highly recommended to save a smite for it. I normally always pick red buff first because she doesn't have any mana so red buff helps her clear the jungle faster. In between getting the buffs, go for wolves. Don't even bother trying to kill the Razor Beaks early on as they do tons of damage, I actually normally save them for later with most junglers I play because of this. [center]--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------[/center] [b]Levels 3-6[/b] This is where you start ganking. Try to gank each lane at least once while prioritizing the lane that's getting pushed against the hardest. You'll be ganking by using [img=skills/katarina/q.png] on the champion(s) then using [img=skills/katarina/e.png] to close the gap and then [img=skills/katarina/w.png] immediately after. This gives tremendous burst damage and with your ganking lane partner, it's usually good enough to finish an enemy. Look for teammates that have good cc, as normally a good lock down on someone can guarantee a kill. Try not to use your [img=skills/katarina/e.png] too early if you don't have to if you know they have flash.

[b] Levels 6-9 [/b] Continue ganking. Your jungle clear time should be very fast at this point. Use that ultimate on the enemies! Your ultimate has a low cooldown, especially if you get a kill or an assist using it due to [img=skills/katarina/p.png] and it also costs no mana. Using it often and in most interactions with an enemy is key to getting kills. Try to snag a dragon kill if its warded by your team well enough and you have teammates with you. Grabbing a dragon kill should only be done if an enemy in the bot or middle lane has been killed and if you have more teammates than enemies around. Don't go in for a even fight unless you know you'll have a big advantage against them. Continue to buy wards and place them in the jungle. [b] Buy extra green stealth wards for shunpo escapes and jumps. [/b] and put a pink ward in good spots such as these... [img=http://i.imgur.com/mQC9CMd.jpg] [img=http://i.imgur.com/A5RaX2h.jpg] [center]--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------[/center] [b] Levels 9-13 [/b] Laning phase is just about over by this point and you should be keeping up with vision and traveling with at least one teammate. Team fights are going to start happening and objectives will be high priority. Read my teamfighting section for information on how to approach them.

[b]Levels 13-16[/b] Continue warding and dealing the finishing blows or getting your carrys fed in your team fights. Again, if you need help in teamfights look in my teamfighting chapter below. [center]--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------[/center] [b]Levels 16-18[/b] This is it, the very end of the game. This is all about being with your team and being behind them. Wait for the perfect time to strike...this is where you must be very careful with your strike. One false move, and you and your team could be dead, thus giving an ace to the other team, and losing. The Baron is a huge objective to get at this point and you're the one with smite. If the enemy team is going for the Baron now, you can keep a ward just inside the Baron pit. Then you can shunpo in, smite it from the enemy team, and then flash out. Knowing how much damage smite does to the Baron is very important so I suggest you learn by practicing to see how much health it has to have to be killed by it. This is a game measured in seconds...so make each second count!

In team fights Katarina can poke with her [img=skills/katarina/q.png] but only if you know where all their champions are and you know you'll be safe. Otherwise, you should stay in the back waiting for the perfect moment to strike. Knowing when to \"pounce\" (She's the Jungle Kat), is essential to being a good Katarina player. Until at LEAST one or two enemy champions are half to 1/3 HP you should be staying away. Sometimes you need to specifically tell your teammates \"Get them to half HP and I can do the rest.\" Let them engage and let them take and give the brunt of the damage, and go in for the Multi-kill. Katarina can be a savior in a teamfight by finishing off everyone whose left. When you don't quite finish off one of them, your passive [img=skills/katarina/p.png] let's you instantly [img=skills/katarina/e.png] to the next enemy and with using your other skills, you can deal massive amounts of burst damage in seconds.

1. [b] Try to save your [img=items/warding-totem.png] so you can [img=skills/katarina/e.png] to them in a bad situation. [/b] 2. [b] Katarina is all about knowing when to jump in. Wait until an enemy is low health before going all out. You have to [i]know[/i] that you will kill them. [/b] 3. [b] A standard intiation on an enemy champ would start by throwing a [img=skills/katarina/q.png] to set the mark up, then you will [img=skills/katarina/e.png] to consume the mark and get to them. Lastly, use your [img=skills/katarina/w.png] when you're teleported next to them which is then followed by a [img=skills/katarina/r.png] to finish them off if you're at least level 6. [/b] 4. [b] If you're not smart casting with Katarina's skills you are going to be at a huge disadvantage. Using her skills as quick as possible is imperative to success for her. [/b] You can set your skills to smartcast by going into the menu during a game and selecting the lightning bolt under the corresponding skill. 5. [b] [img=skills/katarina/r.png] can only be used if there are champions within its range so you won't be wasting it lest you misclick or you weren't sure you were close enough. It can also be used when an enemy/enemies are in a bush and you can't see them and it will still hit each one. [/b] 6. [b]You want to also give your gank kills to your teammates to get them fed as well. Having an overall fed team makes a winning team...so don't take EVERY kill.[/b] [center][img=http://i.imgur.com/PV0abDv.gif][/center] 6. [b] Play Katarina! Keep trying to get better with her, as she is difficult to master. Have fun with her as I do every time I play as her. [/b]

[center]When I first started playing Katarina, she fit my style perfectly. I play her at mid lane in ranked, but the idea of playing Kat in the jungle was just too enticing not to try. Learning how to jungle with her was a lot of fun and hopefully it is for you too! Let me know what you think about this guide by commenting below or by messaging me. I always welcome any input you have to say about it and I am willing to take constructive criticism. This is still an ongoing project that will be worked on as I learn more and more about the Little Kat in the Jungle's potential. [img=http://i.imgur.com/y6mG1wa.gif][/center]

2/1/2016 Patch 6.2 -------------------------------------------- New season, new items, new Katarina. Runic Echoes works great on Katarina now as the extra movespeed is amazing and luden's echo is something you'd want to get anyway. Edited for Runic Echoes, new masteries, and new matchups. 7/29/2015 Patch 5.14 -------------------------------------------- It's been a while since I've updated this! (about 5 months) For a while this site wouldn't let me update the guide and I kind of just backed away from it for a while. I've got some games to play with her before I can make the changes that are needed. Holy crap 83k views! Thanks guys! 2/3/2015 Patch 5.2 -------------------------------------------- Edited for 5.2 changes RIP DFG 1/21/2015 -------------------------------------------- Updated and added some Kat quotes Reached 33,756 views Tweaked and edited a few chapters 1/15/2015 -------------------------------------------- Updated some champion matchups Reached 31,128 views 12/2/2014 -------------------------------------------- Made some small changes to the guide Added section separators 12/1/2014 -------------------------------------------- [b]Success! Katarina Jungle still works in the new Season 5 Jungle[/b] At the time of me typing this, [b]this guide has made it to the first result on google when you search \"katarina jungle.\"[/b] Thanks again for all the support! Edited Introduction Edited the rune page Edited small typos throughout the guide Edited Summoner Spells section Edited Matchups: Warwick, Xin Zhao, Twitch, Rengar, Maokai, Evelynn Edited Tips section Added Matchup: Aatrox, Amumu Added a lot to the masteries section Added Hextech Gunblade to the optional items section 11/29/2014 -------------------------------------------- It's been a while since I've updated, mainly due to college and the huge amount of changes that were happening anyway. Started to add the new features of the jungle...Seeing how this goes lol Almost 20,000 views! Thanks guys! 10/4/2014 -------------------------------------------- Edited the items section Reached 8,500 views! 9/22/2014 -------------------------------------------- Over 7100 views now, thanks for all the support, viewers! Swapped in Will of the Ancients for Sunfire Cape...(Yup I finally got rid of it) 9/14/2014 -------------------------------------------- It's been a while since I updated, college will do that to you. It seems I've gotten over 6000 views now! hooray! I've actually met people in games who have recognized my name :D Updated the item section with the \"First Off\" paragraph added 7/25/2014 -------------------------------------------- Added matchup: Fiddlesticks, Xin Zhao Edited other matchups Added a couple cat gifs :3 7/24/2014 -------------------------------------------- Reached 2,500 views! Thanks for reading guys! Added matchup: Rengar 7/22/2014 -------------------------------------------- Added Updates section Traded out Abyssal Scepter for Void Staff Edited many of my optional item choices Edited Matchupz: Kha'zix, Evelynn 7/12/2014 (Sometime around this date) -------------------------------------------- Finished enough to publish the guide

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