Galio vs Karthus Counter Build

How to Beat Karthus as Galio


We generate our counter statistics from the millions of recently rated League rounds that we review every week. This Galio versus Karthus matchup review came out of an examination of 3,052 ranked games where both champs clashed against each other.

This counter matchup is relatively rare. Galio has to counter Karthus in only 0.8% of his games. Galio has done a great job of beating Karthus. On average, Galio wins a fantastic 56.0% of the time the champions fight one another in. In Galio against Karthus games, Galio’s team is 3.0% more probable to earn first blood. This implies that he probably will be able to get first blood against Karthus.

Matchups Analyzed


Win Rate


Team First Blood


Best Galio Items to Counter Karthus

The most important items to have in your Galio versus Karthus build include Zhonya's Hourglass, Morellonomicon, and Demonic Embrace. When Galio bought at least these three items in his build, he performed significantly better when fighting Karthus than with most other typical item sets.

Zhonya's Hourglass Item Morellonomicon Item Demonic Embrace Item

Best Galio Runes to Counter Karthus

To have the best chance of annihilating Karthus as Galio, Galio players should take the Aftershock, Shield Bash, Bone Plating, Overgrowth, Nimbus Cloak, and Transcendence runes. Of all the runes players picked for Galio vs Karthus face-offs, this mix of runes yielded the best win rate. We have also displayed the top Karthus runes to fend off Galio in order to help you realize how he will probably be played against your champion.

Best Galio Runes

Aftershock Rune Aftershock
Shield Bash Rune Shield Bash
Bone Plating Rune Bone Plating
Overgrowth Rune Overgrowth
Nimbus Cloak Rune Nimbus Cloak
Transcendence Rune Transcendence

Best Karthus Runes

Dark Harvest Rune Dark Harvest
Taste of Blood Rune Taste of Blood
Eyeball Collection Rune Eyeball Collection
Ultimate Hunter Rune Ultimate Hunter
Presence of Mind Rune Presence of Mind
Coup de Grace Rune Coup de Grace


The subsequent tables highlight several influential Galio against Karthus counter statistics that may help us distinguish the distinctions between the two. Galio’s KDA ratio ([kills + assists] / deaths) of 2.7 is more than Karthus’s KDA ratio of 2.2, showing that Galio may be more central to his team's team fighting capacity than Karthus.

Battle Stats


Galio Stats
5.3 6.8
Karthus Stats


Galio Stats
6 7.4
Karthus Stats


Galio Stats
10.8 9.3
Karthus Stats

Largest Killing Spree

Galio Stats
2.4 2.5
Karthus Stats

Damage Dealt

Galio Stats
16384 24794
Karthus Stats

Damage Taken

Galio Stats
22671 24356
Karthus Stats

Objective Stats

Towers Destroyed

Galio Stats
5.6 4.8
Karthus Stats

Inhibitors Destroyed

Galio Stats
1 0.8
Karthus Stats

Dragons Killed

Galio Stats
2.2 1.8
Karthus Stats

Barons Killed

Galio Stats
0.5 0.4
Karthus Stats

Gold Earned

Galio Stats
9860 11404
Karthus Stats

Minions Killed

Galio Stats
108 83
Karthus Stats

Galio often has a similar longest killing spree as his foe does. On average, Galio takes a similar amount of damage to Karthus. This commonly reflects different amounts of tankyness; however, it can also show that the one champ has less mobility and thus is not able to flee from further harm when poked or engaged.

Galio usually earns a few more minion kills than Karthus. Champions who on average do not amass a lot of minion kills typically do not have to have much CS to be effective. Instead, they are able to scale properly off of their skills and stats alone. However, champions with large amounts of CS, such as carries, usually require a lot of items to be useful. In either situation, work to do better than the averages displayed here to do well.

By default, Galio vs Karthus tips, statistics, and build guide are presented for all ranked divisions combined. To scope the statistics and builds to a specific player tier, you may use the selection menu menu earlier on the page.

How We Analyze Our Matchups

For this counter guide, we analyzed 3052 Galio 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 Galio 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.