• 9
    Greater Mark of Magic Penetration (+0.87 magic penetration)
  • 9
    Greater Seal of Armor (+1 armor)
  • 9
    Greater Glyph of Scaling Ability Power (+0.17 ability power per level (+3.06 at champion level 18))
  • 3
    Greater Quintessence of Spell Vamp (+2% Spellvamp.)
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Why herro there~ my name is Odel, I play Jungle as main role and I'm currently in Diamond. [imgext=] Karthus is usually played in midlane, but contrary to popular belief, he's quite a decent jungler aswell. While being vulnerable in early levels, his clearing speed is good and his ganks are pretty ok, considering the range on his wall and the slow you get from it. If you get the lead as Karthus, your chance of winning is pretty high actually. Your Ultimate will be able to finish off low HP enemies much easier, thus resulting in a even bigger lead. Your Dragon and Baron dps is one of the highest ingame, making it possible for your team to get objectives much faster.

[highlight]PROS:[/highlight] -strong ganks -global ultimate -strong slow -good armor & magic resist shred -hyper carry in late game [highlight]CONS:[/highlight] -vulnerable to counterjungling in early game -mana dependant until [imgsmall=items/rod-of-ages.png] -needs a tanky top or mid to balance the team out

Generally, dont jungle Karthus when the enemy team has a strong early game counterjungler like [center][imgsmall=champ/drmundo.png][imgsmall=champ/jarvaniv.png][imgsmall=champ/leesin.png][imgsmall=champ/maokai.png][imgsmall=champ/nocturne.png][imgsmall=champ/olaf.png][imgsmall=champ/pantheon.png][imgsmall=champ/shaco.png][imgsmall=champ/shyvana.png][imgsmall=champ/trundle.png][imgsmall=champ/udyr.png][/center] Those champions will be able to ruin your day with ease. While those [center][imgsmall=champ/amumu.png][imgsmall=champ/chogath.png][imgsmall=champ/diana.png][imgsmall=champ/fiddlesticks.png][imgsmall=champ/gangplank.png][imgsmall=champ/kayle.png][imgsmall=champ/malphite.png][imgsmall=champ/nasus.png][imgsmall=champ/nautilus.png][imgsmall=champ/rammus.png][imgsmall=champ/shen.png][imgsmall=champ/tryndamere.png] are not.[/center] You can pick Karthus [.]when running a bruiser or ad caster mid comp [center][imgsmall=champ/jarvaniv.png][imgsmall=champ/leesin.png][imgsmall=champ/pantheon.png][imgsmall=champ/nocturne.png][imgsmall=champ/talon.png][imgsmall=champ/khazix.png][imgsmall=champ/zed.png] [/center] [.]when having a midlaner to combine your ult with [center][imgsmall=champ/akali.png][imgsmall=champ/annie.png][imgsmall=champ/brand.png][imgsmall=champ/cassiopeia.png][imgsmall=champ/chogath.png][imgsmall=champ/fizz.png][imgsmall=champ/galio.png][imgsmall=champ/gragas.png][imgsmall=champ/katarina.png][imgsmall=champ/kennen.png][imgsmall=champ/leblanc.png][imgsmall=champ/lux.png][imgsmall=champ/malzahar.png][imgsmall=champ/orianna.png][imgsmall=champ/syndra.png][imgsmall=champ/veigar.png][imgsmall=champ/viktor.png][imgsmall=champ/vladimir.png][imgsmall=champ/xerath.png][imgsmall=champ/ziggs.png][/center] [.]when having tanky top and midlaners, resulting in a lack of dmg [center][imgsmall=champ/alistar.png][imgsmall=champ/chogath.png][imgsmall=champ/galio.png][imgsmall=champ/malphite.png][imgsmall=champ/maokai.png][imgsmall=champ/nautilus.png][imgsmall=champ/swain.png][/center]

[imgext=] [highlight]Marks/Reds:[/highlight] Scarra once argued that taking AP/lv on reds aswell results in a higher dmg output, but that has been proven wrong, so Magic penetration on reds is still best in slot. [highlight]Seals/Yellows:[/highlight] Armor mitigates a lot of Dmg from jungle creeps. This really comes in handy when starting with [imgsmall=items/faerie-charm.png]. [highlight]Glyphs/Blues:[/highlight] [.]AP/lv [.]Flat MR [.]MR/lv [.]Flat AP In this order, from best to worst. Cdr runes got buffed recently, so you could try that out aswell. [highlight]Quints:[/highlight] Spellvamp is best suited in my opinion, but flat AP Quints are ok if you dont have Spellvamp Quints.

[title][img=skills/karthus/p.png] Passive: Death Defied[/title] [number]Upon dying, Karthus enters a spirit form allowing him to continue casting spells while dead for 7 seconds. [/number] [title]Explanation:[/title] After losing all your HP, you're able continue casting your spells without any mana costs. This form lasts for 7s. Best Passive. [title][img=skills/karthus/q.png] Q: Lay Waste[/title] [number]Creates a delayed blast at Karthus' cursor position. After 0.5 seconds, deals 40 / 60 / 80 / 100 / 120 (+30% of ability power) magic damage to each nearby enemy, this deals double damage if it hits only a single unit. Cooldown 1 second Cost 20 / 26 / 32 / 38 / 44mana Range 875[/number] [title]Explanation:[/title] Bread & Butter. You should practice hitting this skill as it is your main damage source. You should consider smartcasting it. Hitting 1 target with it doubles the damage done. ->When jungling, try to only hit the big creep as it does most damage to you. [title][img=skills/karthus/w.png] W: Wall of Pain[/title] [number]Creates a 800 / 900 / 1000 / 1100 / 1200 distance wide wall through target point. Reduces enemy magic resistance by 15% and reduces movement speed by up to 40 / 50 / 60 / 70 / 80%; debuff lasts 5 seconds. The wall lasts 5 seconds. Cooldown 22 seconds Cost 100 Mana Range 1000[/number] [title]Explanation:[/title] Good slow and shred that works on everything but Dragon and Baron. Can stop enemies from escaping when you're in the passive form. Good in teamfights. [title][img=skills/karthus/e.png] E: Defile[/title] [number]Passive: When Karthus kills a unit, he restores 20 / 27 / 34 / 41 / 48 mana. Toggle On: Drains 30 / 42 / 54 / 66 / 78 Mana to deal 30 / 50 / 70 / 90 / 110 (+25% of ability power) damage to nearby enemies each second. Cooldown 0.5seconds Range 550[/number] [title]Explanation:[/title] Grants you mana when killing something. Costs a lot of mana. Does lots of dmg in late game. Good for farming creeps. [title][img=skills/karthus/r.png] R: Requiem[/title] [number]After channeling for 3 seconds, Karthus deals 250 / 400 / 550 (+60% of ability power) magic damage to all enemy champions (regardless of distance). Cooldown 200 / 180 / 160 seconds Cost 150 / 175 / 200 Mana Range: Global[/number] [title]Explanation:[/title] Global Nuke. Great for finishing off enemies that managed it to survive with barely any HP. [highlight]In lategame:[/highlight] Use it before teamfights to make most dmg with it and weaken enemies before the fight. You can use the 7s of your passive form to spam Qs then instead of casting your ult.

[.]When ganking, you try to cut off the possible escape path of your enemy to make sure that he gets slowed. [.]Try to avoid minions when Qing an enemy champion in order to do double damage on him. [.]Your E does damage aswell, but dont overuse it; that could lead to you being out of mana and not able to lay down any Qs. [.]You either use your ult to get a few assists when lets say your botlane is engaging or to finish off enemies that are out of your teammates range to make sure that the kill is secured. You really need to make sure that you land those Qs, but that kind of needs a bit of time for some. Just practice it, it will get a lot better.

Always start with [imgsmall=skills/karthus/q.png], it's your main damage source. When enemies are invading you, dont even bother leveling [imgsmall=skills/karthus/w.png], you wont be able to blue buff without your [imgsmall=skills/karthus/q.png] You should take your [imgsmall=skills/karthus/e.png] at level 2 as it refunds you mana when killing a creep and it does AoE(Area of Effect) damage. Activate it when having sufficient mana, but dont leave it on too long. At level 3 you can decide wether to gank or stay in jungle for lv 4: [.][imgsmall=skills/karthus/w.png] if ganking [.][imgsmall=skills/karthus/q.png] when jungling until 4 At level 4 you level the skill that you didnt level up previously. Basically: [img=skills/karthus/r.png]>[img=skills/karthus/q.png]>[img=skills/karthus/e.png]>[img=skills/karthus/w.png] Level your ultimate whenever you can, Q next, E after that and W last.

Always start with [img=items/faerie-charm.png] + 7x [img=items/health-potion.png] + 1x [img=items/mana-potion.png] Stay in jungle until you managed it to farm up atleast 870 gold for [img=items/tear-of-the-goddess.png] + [img=items/boots-of-speed.png] or 945 if you want to buy a [img=items/sight-ward.png] (highly recommended) Next thing on your shopping list is either [.][img=items/catalyst-the-protector.png] standard. [.][img=items/seekers-armguard.png] enemy jungler is AD and counterjungling you heavily. [img=items/rod-of-ages.png] is next. [.]If you have 750/750 stacks on your tear, get [img=items/seraphs-embrace.png]. [center]You get a lot of AP combined with your [imgsmall=items/rod-of-ages.png].[/center] [.]If the enemy AD champions are still causing you trouble, get [img=items/zhonyas-hourglass.png] [center]You can make some plays when using the active in the right time[/center] [.]If the enemies already began to stack Magic Resist, get [img=items/void-staff.png] [center]It will ramp up your damage the most vs high magic resist targets.[/center] [.]If you want more slow and a global slow with [imgsmall=skills/karthus/r.png], get [img=items/rylais-crystal-scepter.png]. [center]You basically get lots of utility and slow[/center] [.]If you fed and the enemy AP bursts you down every fight, get [img=items/abyssal-scepter.png] [center]Your AP carry benefits from the magic penetration and you get a bit beefier[/center] [.]If you fed and your team is doing well [img=items/abyssal-scepter.png][img=items/zhonyas-hourglass.png] [center]Probably stops feeding and makes it easier for your teammate/s to carry you[/center] [.]If you have the lead and dont really care and if you just want to do big damages[img=items/rabadons-deathcap.png] [center]Greatly increases your damage output, however it doesnt give anything else[/center] Standard Build: [img=items/sorcerers-shoes.png][img=items/seraphs-embrace.png][img=items/rod-of-ages.png][img=items/void-staff.png][img=items/zhonyas-hourglass.png][img=items/rabadons-deathcap.png] You balance tankiness, damage and mana out quite well. This is a really good build versus a balanced team in my opinion as you get a lot of ap, a mana shield, lots of mana, some hp and the passive from zhonya's.

[imgext=] [highlight]Regular Path:[/highlight] Wolves > [number]Blue Buff[/number] > Wraiths > [number]Redbuff[/number] > Golems > Wraiths > Gank Mid/Top [.]You could ask for a smiteless [number]Blue Buff[/number] [.]Smite either the big Wraith or [number]Red Buff[/number] if you got a smiteless [number]Blue Buff[/number] [.]Use your [imgsmall=items/mana-potion.png] at [number]Red Buff[/number] [.]Manage your Mana, you need to have enough Mana to spam [number]Q[/number]s and you can use [number]E[/number] if you have more than enough Mana. [.]Autohit 1 time between each Q [.]Dont gank lanes that will burst you down instantly [.]Watch out for counterganks

You basically just try to keep the enemy in range and kite him with your [imgsmall=skills/karthus/w.png] while laying down your [imgsmall=skills/karthus/q.png] in order to damage him. If he's in range of your [imgsmall=skills/karthus/e.png], activate it, implied that you have sufficient mana. You really need to watch your mana when fighting as karthus in early game, because you're left with simple autoattacks when running out of mana([number]oom[/number]). You just kite and poke until he's really low on hp and running away from you and when he does so, you either use your [imgsmall=skills/karthus/q.png] to finish him off or you slow him with your [imgsmall=skills/karthus/w.png] and proceed to finish him off with [imgsmall=skills/karthus/q.png]. Another option would be [imgsmall=skills/karthus/r.png] if he's really low on hp and out of anybodies range.

You're really vulnerable in Early Game, so you'll need all the pots you bought at Lv 1. You are able to gank at Lv 4 if there is an opportunity to do so, because of your wall being really good. The enemy should be around Lv 3 when you're ganking him, means you do lots of damage to enemies while being really squishy. Having a laner with hard CC or good burst at lv 3 should result in a successful gank. Your goal is to farm up 945gold for [imgsmall=items/tear-of-the-goddess.png]+[imgsmall=items/boots-of-speed.png]+[imgsmall=items/sight-ward.png] and to reach Lv 6 as soon as possible.

By now, you have sufficient mana to spam Qs and farm up your [imgsmall=items/tear-of-the-goddess.png]. Your Dragon dps is really high and you should be able to tank it when having for a bit, switch off-tanking with your support would be ideal. You basically just farm in Mid Game and gank vulnerable lanes occasionally, i.e having low hp or no wards. Your ult is really good to finish off those enemies that survive with barely any HP and it can net you a few assists when your allies are engaging in lane. You're basically just roaming around the map looking for farm or kills, because you really want to finish your items as fast as possible to become the Late Game

You do a whole lot of damage because of you being a [number]Hyper Carry[/number]. Your [number]Q[/number]s can chunk enemies for roughly 20-35% of their HP if they're squishy and your [number]ultimate[/number] should deal around 1000 damage. This is the stage of the game where Karthus really shines, your [number]wall[/number] is insane in late game, your [number]Q[/number]s chunk enemy HP bars for a good amount, your [number]E[/number] does unreal damage in a decent [number]AoE[/number] and your [number]ultimate[/number] is really good aswell.

When your team is poking, you just throw in some [number]Q[/number]s and [number]walls[/number] to help you in your quest to land [number]Q[/number]s. When one team is engaging, you can either continue throwing in [number]Q[/number]s or when let's say a [imgsmall=champ/jarvaniv.png] ults straight into the enemy carries, you follow up, throw in a [number]wall[/number], activate your [number]E[/number] and start chunking enemies with your [number]Q[/number]s. You'll most likely die, but that doesn't really matter because of your [number]passive[/number], so you just continue chunking enemies with your [number]Q[/number]s. [highlight]When to use Requiem?[/highlight] There are 2 options for when using your [/number]ultimate[/number]. Either you use it before the fight to weaken enemies and assure that your team is winning the teamfight or you're selfish and use it after the fight to make sure that you get the kills. Using [number]Requiem[/number] before a teamfight starts allows you to spam [number]Q[/number]s for the whole 7s duration of your [number]passive[/number] instead of channeling your [number]ultimate[/number].

While Requiem is one of the best abilities in League of Legends, however, there are some champions are able to escape it and even certain items that allow you to do so: [highlight]CHAMPIONS[/highlight] [img=champ/anivia.png] Her [number]passive[/number] is similar to yours; After losing all her HP, she transforms into an motionless egg and you need to kill her in that form aswell. [img=champ/blitzcrank.png] His [number]passive[/number] gives him a shield that scales off mana and absorbs damage. [img=champ/diana.png] Her [number]W[/number] is a shield that may lets her survive your ultimate. [img=champ/drmundo.png] His [number]ultimate[/number] restores a high percentage of his health. [img=champ/elise.png] Her [number]E[/number] in Spider Mode makes her untargetable. [img=champ/fiora.png] Her [number]ultimate[/number] makes her untargetable. [img=champ/fizz.png] His [number]E[/number] makes him jump on his pole and untargetable aswell. [img=champ/janna.png] Her [number]E[/number] is a shield that she can cast on herself or allies. [img=champ/jarvaniv.png] His [number]W[/number] is a shield. [img=champ/jax.png] His [number]ultimate[/number] gives him Magic Resist based on his AP. [img=champ/karma.png] She has a heal and a shield. [img=champ/kayle.png] Her [number]ultimate[/number] makes her or an ally invulnerable. [img=champ/leesin.png] His [number]W[/number] is a shield. [img=champ/lulu.png] She has a shield and her [number]ultimate[/number] heals her or an ally for a good amount. [img=champ/lux.png] Her [number]E[/number] is a shield that she can cast on allies aswell. [img=champ/maokai.png] His [number]W[/number] makes him untargetable [img=champ/masteryi.png] His [number]W[/number] grants him 300 armor and magic resist and heals him and his [number]Q[/number] makes him untargetable. [img=champ/morgana.png] Her [number]E[/number] is a spellshield she can on herself or allies that mitigates magic damage. [img=champ/nasus.png] His [number]ultimate[/number] increases his max. health and heals him. [img=champ/nautilus.png] His [number]W[/number] is a shield. [img=champ/nidalee.png] Her [number]E[/number] in human form heals her for a good amount of health. [img=champ/nocturne.png] His [number]W[/number] is a spellshield. [img=champ/nunu.png] His [number]Q[/number] consumes a minion and heals him. [img=champ/orianna.png] Her [number]E[/number] is a shield. [img=champ/poppy.png] Her [number]passive[/number] reduces any damage that exceeds 10% of her health by 50% and her [number]ultimate[/number] makes her invulnerable from 4 enemies. [img=champ/rammus.png] His [number]W[/number] gives him a good amount of armor and magic resist. [img=champ/renekton.png] His [number]ultimate[/number] increases his max. health and heals him. [img=champ/rengar.png] His [number]W[/number] heals him for a little amount of health. [img=champ/riven.png] Her [number]E[/number] is a shield that scales off AD. [img=champ/rumble.png] His [number]W[/number] is a shield that scales off AP. [img=champ/shaco.png] His [number]ultimate[/number] makes him untargetable. [img=champ/shen.png] His [number]W[/number] shields himself and his [number]ultimate[/number] shields an ally for a good amount. [img=champ/sivir.png] Her [number]E[/number] is a spellshield. [img=champ/skarner.png] His [number]W[/number] is a shield. [img=champ/soraka.png] Her [number]passive[/number] gives 16 Magic Resist to her and nearby allies, her [number]W[/number] heals herself or an ally and her [number]ultimate[/number] is a global heal. [img=champ/taric.png] His [number]Q[/number] heals himself and/or an ally. [img=champ/thresh.png] His [number]W[/number] is his lantern that shields himself and allies that pass by. [img=champ/tryndamere.png] His [number]ultimate[/number] makes him invulnerable. [img=champ/udyr.png] His [number]W[/number] is his Turtle Stance and shields himself. [img=champ/urgot.png] His [number]W[/number] shields himself. [img=champ/viktor.png] His [number]Q[/number] gives him a shield after it damaged something. [img=champ/vladimir.png] His [number]W[/number] makes him untargetable. [img=champ/volibear.png] His [number]passive[/number] heals himself for 30% of his max. health when he drops below 30% health. [img=champ/zilean.png] His [number]ultimate[/number] revives him or an ally. [highlight]ITEMS[/highlight] [img=items/banshees-veil.png] Basically, this Item grants a spellshield-bubble. [img=items/hexdrinker.png] & [img=items/maw-of-malmortius.png] Grants a shield that absorbs any Magic Damage [img=items/zhonyas-hourglass.png] Makes the user untargetable.

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Thanks for reading my guide, I know jungling Karthus seems odd to you at first, but he's actually quite viable considering the fact that every jungler gets smiteless buffs at level 1 and people being able to buy wards at level 1. Season 3 made jungling much more fun, you basically have a lot more possible picks than you used to have in season 1 & 2. Jungle Karthus makes some really fun plays possible and is quite funny to play in general. I hope this guide could bring Jungle Karthus closer to you and if you have any feedback or anything I should explain in more detail, feel free to comment!

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