Garen vs Karthus Counter Build

How to Beat Karthus as Garen


We at MOBA Champion evaluate millions of recently ranked League rounds each and every week. In our dataset, Garen engaged Karthus 6,302 times. Including so many games with Garen versus Karthus provides us a lot of faith in our capability to provide useful stats and a supported build to crush your opponent.

This champ pairing is somewhat rare. Garen has to counter Karthus in only 0.7% of his rounds. Garen does a good job of beating Karthus. Typically, Garen wins a fantastic 53.0% of matches the champions fight one another in. In Garen against Karthus matches, Garen’s side is 4.0% more expected to obtain first blood, implying that he most likely will be able to get first blood versus Karthus.

Matchups Analyzed


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Team First Blood


Best Garen Items to Counter Karthus

The ideal items to prioritize in your Garen versus Karthus build include Mortal Reminder, Dead Man's Plate, and Stridebreaker. When Garen bought at least these three pieces in his build, he performed significantly better vs. Karthus than with most other typical item sets.

Mortal Reminder Item Dead Man's Plate Item Stridebreaker Item

Best Garen Runes to Counter Karthus

To have the highest probability of crushing Karthus as Garen, you should equip the Conqueror, Triumph, Legend: Tenacity, Last Stand, Bone Plating, and Overgrowth runes. Of all the runes players used for Garen vs Karthus counterpicks, this blending of runes yielded the greatest win rate. We have also included the best Karthus runes to fend off Garen in order to help you grasp how he will probably be setup against you.

Best Garen Runes

Conqueror Rune Conqueror
Triumph Rune Triumph
Legend: Tenacity Rune Legend: Tenacity
Last Stand Rune Last Stand
Bone Plating Rune Bone Plating
Overgrowth Rune Overgrowth

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 following tables highlight some important Garen versus Karthus counter statistics that can help you appreciate the distinctions between the pair. Garen’s KDA ratio ([kills + assists] / deaths) of 2.1 is close to Karthus’s KDA ratio of 2.2, showing that Garen may be just as central to his team's team fighting capacity than Karthus.

Battle Stats


Garen Stats
6.8 6.8
Karthus Stats


Garen Stats
5.4 7.1
Karthus Stats


Garen Stats
4.7 8.7
Karthus Stats

Largest Killing Spree

Garen Stats
3.3 2.6
Karthus Stats

Damage Dealt

Garen Stats
16972 25022
Karthus Stats

Damage Taken

Garen Stats
28856 23453
Karthus Stats

Objective Stats

Towers Destroyed

Garen Stats
5.7 4.9
Karthus Stats

Inhibitors Destroyed

Garen Stats
1.1 0.8
Karthus Stats

Dragons Killed

Garen Stats
2 1.8
Karthus Stats

Barons Killed

Garen Stats
0.4 0.4
Karthus Stats

Gold Earned

Garen Stats
11307 11144
Karthus Stats

Minions Killed

Garen Stats
141 83
Karthus Stats

Garen typically has a slightly larger longest killing spree than his opponent does. Typically, Garen receives more damage than Karthus. This often reflects differing health capacities, but it can also imply that the one champ has less mobility and thus is unable to escape further harm when poked or engaged.

In Garen vs Karthus matchups, Garen usually tallies many more minion kills than Karthus. Champs who on average don't earn a lot of minion kills normally do not need much CS to be useful. They are capable of scaling well off their abilities alone. Yet, champions with many minion kills, such as hyper-carries, usually need a lot of items to be useful. In either situation, work to top the values displayed here to do well.

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How We Analyze Our Matchups

For this counter guide, we analyzed 6302 Garen 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 Garen 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.