Alistar vs Karthus Counter Build

How to Beat Karthus as Alistar


We generate our counter stats from the millions of ranked LoL rounds that we analyze each week. This Alistar versus Karthus counter guide resulted from an examination of 2,592 ranked matches where both champions battled one another.

This particular champ matchup is fairly rare. Alistar is forced to battle against Karthus in only 0.8% of his rounds. Alistar does a great job of countering Karthus. Normally, Alistar wins a terrific 54.0% of games the champions oppose each other in. In Alistar against Karthus rounds, Alistar’s team is 3.0% more expected to obtain first blood, implying that he probably will be able to get first blood versus Karthus.

Matchups Analyzed


Win Rate


Team First Blood


Best Alistar Items to Counter Karthus

The best items to focus on in your Alistar versus Karthus build include Zeke's Convergence, Thornmail, and Locket of the Iron Solari. When Alistar used at least these three pieces in his build, he did significantly better versus Karthus than with most other commonly used builds.

Zeke's Convergence Item Thornmail Item Locket of the Iron Solari Item

Best Alistar Runes to Counter Karthus

To have the highest probability of defeating Karthus as Alistar, you should take the Phase Rush, Nimbus Cloak, Celerity, Waterwalking, Hextech Flashtraption, and Biscuit Delivery runes. Out of all the runes players picked for Alistar vs Karthus fights, this mixture of runes resulted in the greatest win rate. We have also displayed the best Karthus runes to fend off Alistar in order to help you understand how he will likely be built to try to beat your champ.

Best Alistar Runes

Phase Rush Rune Phase Rush
Nimbus Cloak Rune Nimbus Cloak
Celerity Rune Celerity
Waterwalking Rune Waterwalking
Hextech Flashtraption Rune Hextech Flashtraption
Biscuit Delivery Rune Biscuit Delivery

Best Karthus Runes

Dark Harvest Rune Dark Harvest
Taste of Blood Rune Taste of Blood
Eyeball Collection Rune Eyeball Collection
Ravenous Hunter Rune Ravenous Hunter
Presence of Mind Rune Presence of Mind
Last Stand Rune Last Stand


The subsequent tables underscore several strategic Alistar against Karthus matchup stats that can help you distinguish the distinctions between this set of champions. As an example, Alistar’s KDA ratio ([kills + assists] / deaths) of 2.6 is nearly equal to Karthus’s ratio of 2.3, demonstrating that Alistar may be just as central to his team's team fighting potential than Karthus. This observation is in large part fueled by the differences in kills assists.

Battle Stats


Alistar Stats
2.4 7.1
Karthus Stats


Alistar Stats
6.4 7.2
Karthus Stats


Alistar Stats
14.3 9.8
Karthus Stats

Largest Killing Spree

Alistar Stats
0.9 2.7
Karthus Stats

Damage Dealt

Alistar Stats
8391 27609
Karthus Stats

Damage Taken

Alistar Stats
24579 24002
Karthus Stats

Objective Stats

Towers Destroyed

Alistar Stats
5.5 4.9
Karthus Stats

Inhibitors Destroyed

Alistar Stats
1 0.8
Karthus Stats

Dragons Killed

Alistar Stats
2.1 1.8
Karthus Stats

Barons Killed

Alistar Stats
0.5 0.4
Karthus Stats

Gold Earned

Alistar Stats
7964 11572
Karthus Stats

Minions Killed

Alistar Stats
35 86
Karthus Stats

Alistar typically has a significant smaller longest killing spree than his counter does. Commonly, Alistar takes a similar amount of damage to Karthus. This often reflects different amounts of tankyness; however, it can also imply that the champion with higher health has less agility and thus is unable to escape further harm when engaged or poked.

Alistar usually earns much less CS than Karthus. Champs that do not amass a lot of minion kills usually don't need much CS to be useful. Instead, they are capable of scaling properly off of their abilities alone. However, champs with plenty of CS, such as hyper-carries, usually have to have a lot of gold to be useful. In either situation, work to best the averages presented here to do well.

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How We Analyze Our Matchups

For this counter guide, we analyzed 2592 Alistar vs Karthus matchups from recent LoL games. We use rigorous data cleaning and processing methods to ensure that our counter stats are of the highest quality. You can rest assured that the recommended build to counter Karthus as Alistar comes from real data and is not the fabrication of some random LoL player, as some other sites provide. You can use the filters at the top of the page to view the most relevant stats and items to your rank.