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Karthus Counter Stats

Karthus Counters
Discover all Jungle champions who counter Karthus. Use our statistics and learn how to counter Karthus in League of Legends and win in Champion Select! Karthus Data for all roles taken from 29,921 matches.
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In the Jungle (67%) Karthus In the Jungle Counters: 20,071 matches, 40 counter champions

Counter Rating Counter rating is an expression of how strong or weak a counter is based on win rate, kills, and deaths, as well as early laning advantages or disadvantages. A higher number means an easier laning phase against that champion.
Counter Rating Counter rating is an expression of how strong or weak a counter is based on win rate, kills, and deaths, as well as early laning advantages or disadvantages. A higher number means an easier laning phase against that champion.

Tips Against Karthus in the Jungle Tips Provided by MOBAFire Guide Authors

Janooobi says “Make sure you hit your Q on Karthus because if you miss he will start killing you back, your passive usually allows you to get out of his slow safely”
OTP MASTERS SEJUANI [Janooobi] by Janooobi | Sejuani Player
BreadedBreadCrum says “Karthus can be a pain if he gets fed through CS or kills. Otherwise, your shield just counters his ultimate unless it's more than one executable teammate. Go Aery Domination with Eyeball. Guardian is also okay. For AP, go Night Harvester or CotSQ. If he is fed go Zhonya's. For Support, go Moonstone.”
Ivern Jungle - Learn to OTP [s12.1][Sorta WIP] by BreadedBreadCrum | Ivern Player
Consolo says “Have to invade him, track him as much as you can, and take your toplaner to kick his nuts in whenever he's topside. He outscales and you can't peel r.”
FacetLOL says “One of the hardest matchups in the game, you basically auto lose the game if you dont end pre 20-25 min. ”
Facet's Ultimate In-Depth AD Shaco Jungle Guide by FacetLOL | Shaco Player
Scythe Prince says “as a shadow assassin , rush edge of night if you want to play rhaast rush goredrinker and hexdrinker ”
KAYN GUIDE SEASON 12 BY SCYTHE PRINCE by Scythe Prince | Kayn Player
Zehmox says “if played correctly he can full clear at 3mins and you are still struggling on your wolves. you can prevent this by killing him on his last camp. but its hard to pull off. if they run Exhaust you are not going to kill him. what you can do is snowball your lanes and dragons”
[11.24b] Rek'sai guide from a EUW Grandmaster jungler by Zehmox | Rek'Sai Player
TheDarkinReaper says “He is always dead by ur hand, but i also can say the same to u if u stuck in his W E and spamming Q at u after death or even R. So he can be pain in the ass most of the time, but not a reason for ur loss.”
blulemon says “Karthus is mainly a counter gank dependent champ, try to make sure he won't show up at your gank. He can kill your passive easily and damage you heavily early.”
Zac Jungle 11.24 by blulemon | Zac Player
TonicHasPizza says “Karthus doesn't seem like a threat but when it's mid or late game, he will be a problem.”
TonicHasPizza's Basic Poppy Gaming by TonicHasPizza | Poppy Player
Elekktro says “Karthus can easily outfarm Viego and be a carry threat, but a good Viego should be able to punish Karthus for anything he tries to do early. Viego can also easily itemize MR against Karthus and make his life very difficult. ”
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Bottom Lane (18%) Karthus Bottom Lane Counters: 5,428 matches, 22 counter champions

Counter Rating Counter rating is an expression of how strong or weak a counter is based on win rate, kills, and deaths, as well as early laning advantages or disadvantages. A higher number means an easier laning phase against that champion.
Counter Rating Counter rating is an expression of how strong or weak a counter is based on win rate, kills, and deaths, as well as early laning advantages or disadvantages. A higher number means an easier laning phase against that champion.

Tips Against Karthus in Bottom Lane Tips Provided by MOBAFire Guide Authors

koggywoggy says “Run ghost and he's not a champion anymore. Don't ever fight him at level 1/2!”
IKeepItTaco says “◉ Karthus is the 2nd most popular botlane mage in the current meta and he does a ton of damage while also having one of the best scalings in the game for a mage. He is very strong in the botlane due to ADCs being weak early game and unable to bully him much. ◉ His primary method of farming, trading, and all-ing will be through the use of his Q ability [[Lay Waste]] which creates a blast where he clicks and after a short delay it will deal damage and it will double that damage if the target is isolated. It is important to be consistently dodging these if you want to stay healthy in lane and beat him. ◉ When he is farming with [[Lay Waste]] or after you’ve successfully dodged a few of them, that is your opportunity to bring out [[Fishbones, the rocket launcher]] to start poking him since he has no sustain whatever poke you dish out on him will stick. ◉ Be careful not to get too close to him because if he ever gets into melee engage range he will use [[Defile]], [[Wall of Pain]], and [[Lay Waste]] to absolutely shred your HP apart and if you end up living all of that with a tiny bit of HP he will then finish you with his ultimate [[Requiem]]. ◉ WIN CONDITION: Play the lane from a distance. Focus on poking with Fishbones, the rocket launcher and constantly abuse the range difference you have on him. Stay healthy and don’t underestimate his all-in. ”
[11.22] IKeepItTaco's GrandMaster Jinx guide - Season 11 by IKeepItTaco | Jinx Player
Coldsong says “Karthus is good botlane against other ADC's that like to scale up early. Samira, however, can bully him out of lane very easily. You cannot W any of his abilities, so make sure to dodge his Q's and if he uses R try to use your built in lifesteal on the wave to heal.”
[Season 11] - Coldsong's Samira Guide! by Coldsong | Samira Player
NikkiTT says “Similar to Swain, runs exhaust but a lot more oneshottable.”
[11.19] S11 NikkiTT's Masters Mordekaiser ADC by NikkiTT | Mordekaiser Player
yers says “Immobile and almost like you, you just need to stun him to start exploding him. Remember his Q deals double damage if it hits only one target, so if you think you're getting hit, just keep running or be near a minion to negate the extra damage.”
yer's Recommended botlane [s11 update] by yers | Syndra Player
HyroPyro says “Karthus APC has been coming to the scene. His threat in lane is low due to the reduced damage on his Lay Waste (Q) when multiple targets are struck and his need for items to do damage. Kai'Sa can easily kill if the correct engage is made. Be careful at level 6 because after a close fight, you may still die to the Death Defied (Passive) or the Requiem (R).”
The Ultimate Kai'Sa Guide by HyroPyro | Kai'Sa Player
im_zeno says “Not a hard lane, Yasuo is generally good against non-mobility champions, you can dodge all his Q with your E so fight with a minion wave. You have NOTHING to wind wall unless his support is ranged, you can start fighting lvl 2 if his support is melee, lvl 3 if it's a ranged support. I put him at major coz of his late game, he COMPLETELY outscales you, fact that he can just press one button and kill your entire team is just dumb. Even if you kill him first, he can still just pop his ult and chunk your entire team. Build mr if needed.”
Yasuo ADC by im_zeno | Yasuo Player
majororange77 says “Full info in Guide. Even if you kill him, he can trade. If he is ahead, your best bet is GA or Zhonya's so that he can't fully kill you.”
Season 11 Full Vayne Guide | All Roles, All Builds by majororange77 | Vayne Player
Fromagene says “been played bot he have a simillar range so be careful and dodge skillshots rush boots”
op sona bot by Fromagene | Sona Player
1tephra1 says “Its fun to completely negate his ult with your spell shield. ”
Wonder Woman - Top of the meta [9.10 Sivir guide] by 1tephra1 | Sivir Player
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Middle Lane (8%) Karthus Middle Lane Counters: 2,429 matches, 32 counter champions

Counter Rating Counter rating is an expression of how strong or weak a counter is based on win rate, kills, and deaths, as well as early laning advantages or disadvantages. A higher number means an easier laning phase against that champion.
Counter Rating Counter rating is an expression of how strong or weak a counter is based on win rate, kills, and deaths, as well as early laning advantages or disadvantages. A higher number means an easier laning phase against that champion.

Tips Against Karthus in Middle Lane Tips Provided by MOBAFire Guide Authors

V1kt0r555 says “[Start: Doran's Ring] [Spell: Teleport][Free Farm lane][Dodge his Q]”
V1kt0r555 says “[Start: Doran's Ring] [Spell: Teleport] [Dodge his skillshots] [Use zhonya's Hourglass whenever he ults]”
Winter Nicole says “Karthus: As long as you don't let him Q you a lot and go near him with his E ability on, your'll be fine just worry about his ult since its global. (Recommend pushing in a lot and make him lose mana but try playing it safe at times in case the jungler comes by to help him)”
Neeko Guide to Victory <3 by Winter Nicole | Neeko Player
ThePieBeam says “Karthus' Q range is deceptively far but other than that he doesn't really have anything going for him in this matchup. If he wants to do a considerable amount of damage to you he has to spam his Q and as of this patch, he can't do that for very long in lane. If he want's to try to run you down and get some kill pressure going, he has to hit you with his wall of pain. To which you just respond with your wall and completely negate his immobile champs ability to hurt you. Don't forget to try and be next to some friendly minions if you know you're going to get egged since he does a lot more damage to isolated targets with his Q.”
And Her Casual Day Off by ThePieBeam | Anivia Player
TcKatfish says “[Press The Attack Runes / Long Sword and Refillable Pots start.] This is one of the easiest "common" matchups you will play against. Go in at all times every time your grapple is up (hitting passive before using it). Karthus struggles to hit Q when you are on top of him so keep on him and move every time you auto. You will out damage unless you get hit by too many Q's but this should be a super easy lane.”
lonestar1870 says “Karthus is extremely easy to beat in lane, you outrange him and basically oneshot him 100-0 with a 5 ball ult (at level 6). Just make sure you get early boots so you can dodge some of his Q's. Karthus scales really well and does a lot of damage so make sure not to give him a lead. You have perma prio in this lane and kill threat on him at all times. Be careful if he goes Exhaust since it will reduce your kill potential on him a lot and make it difficult to dodge his Qs. If he ever uses R while alive in lane, you should be able to stop it with your stun and/or kill him while he is in the animation. Electrocute is nice to dominate lane even harder, but PR is nice to escape ganks, help you dodge his Q's, and let you scale better. TP and Ignite are both fine in this lane, just know that you may not be able to impact the map as much as him if you go ignite. Zhonyas is nice if he has lots of AD on his team so you can stopwatch his R. Get Banshee's if there are more AP threats on their team.”
[S12] Detailed Syndra Guide | Matchups, Runes, & Builds by lonestar1870 | Syndra Player
livikattt says “You're a lot more mobile than him and can oneshot him easily, so just be careful about watching his passive and ult. it might be worth investing in a stopwatch.”
WayOfTheTempesst says “Don't see many karthus solo lanes anymore but when I do it feels very very easy. Champion has no cc and you have so much ms to dodge all of his Qs. You cant take Fleet or Conq in this lane, doesnt really matter just depends on what the rest of the enemy comp is.”
[Season 11.14] In-depth Challenger Yone Midlane Guide by WayOfTheTempesst | Yone Player
WayOfTheTempesst says “He has no hard CC or escape so it's pretty easy lane. Start E in this lane so you can dodge his Qs lvl 1. Not much else to say other then dodge his Qs and don't sit in his E for too long. Make sure you at least get some MR since you can not dodge his ult and it will do half your hp with 0 MR.”
[Season 11.14 Yasuo Guide] Tempest Challenger Yasuo Guide by WayOfTheTempesst | Yasuo Player
Drewmatth Taliyah says “Start Doran + 2 Pots if 1) You think you can outplay her and hit your W's to generate a kill at levels 3-5 or 2) You think she will burst you down post 6 (get an extra ring). Start Corrupting if you think you will not hit your W's (or you will get poked down) and you rely more on wave clear/spammy poke (you will be way more squisher but more durable -- this is recommended if you are sure you will not get hit by CC spells and instantly die). Be careful of isolated Q (just like Kha'Zix). Play around minions and try to get a full combo on him. Remember if you kill him to back away as soon as possible because of his passive. Always keep in mind that he can ult when you are low hp or your team, so use pings to communicate. Ping when he makes level 6 so your team knows that an ult might come. Roam but keep in mind that if he has ult he will use it. Try to go for the kill as often as possbile. Play with Ignite and get a stopwatch if you want to deny at least an ult.”
TALIYAH PRIMER: Ultimate Guide to Taliyah MID by Drewmatth Taliyah | Taliyah Player
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