Karthus vs Kennen Counter Build

How to Beat Kennen as Karthus


We at MOBA Champion analyze millions of recently ranked League of Legends games every week. Within our dataset, Karthus faced off against Kennen 1,205 times. Having so many matchups for Karthus vs Kennen gives us confidence in our capability to prepare actionable stats and a recommended build to wreck your opponent.

This particular counter matchup is fairly rare. Karthus is forced to battle against Kennen in only 1.0% of his rounds. Karthus has done a average job of countering Kennen. Typically, Karthus wins a acceptable 50.0% of the time the champions fight one another in. In Karthus versus Kennen games, Karthus’s side is 7.0% less likely to obtain first blood, indicating that he probably won't get first blood against Kennen.

Matchups Analyzed


Win Rate


Team First Blood


Best Karthus Items to Counter Kennen

The best items to prioritize in your Karthus versus Kennen build include Rabadon's Deathcap, Void Staff, and Liandry's Anguish. When Karthus bought at least these three items in his build, he did significantly better versus Kennen than with most other common item sets.

Rabadon's Deathcap Item Void Staff Item Liandry's Anguish Item

Best Karthus Runes to Counter Kennen

To have the best probability of annihilating Kennen as Karthus, Karthus players should take the Dark Harvest, Cheap Shot, Eyeball Collection, Ravenous Hunter, Presence of Mind, and Last Stand runes. Out of all the rune sets players picked for Karthus vs Kennen fights, this combination of runes resulted in the highest win rate. We have also included the best Kennen runes to fend off Karthus to help you interpret how he will probably be setup against your champ.

Best Karthus Runes

Dark Harvest Rune Dark Harvest
Cheap Shot Rune Cheap Shot
Eyeball Collection Rune Eyeball Collection
Ravenous Hunter Rune Ravenous Hunter
Presence of Mind Rune Presence of Mind
Last Stand Rune Last Stand

Best Kennen Runes

Unsealed Spellbook Rune Unsealed Spellbook
Magical Footwear Rune Magical Footwear
Minion Dematerializer Rune Minion Dematerializer
Cosmic Insight Rune Cosmic Insight
Taste of Blood Rune Taste of Blood
Ravenous Hunter Rune Ravenous Hunter


The subsequent tables show some influential Karthus against Kennen matchup stats that may help us distinguish the differences and similarities between the pair. Karthus’s KDA ratio ([kills + assists] / deaths) of 2.3 is nearly equal to Kennen’s ratio of 2.1, indicating that Karthus may be just as central to his team's team fighting potential than Kennen.

Battle Stats


Karthus Stats
7.5 5.8
Kennen Stats


Karthus Stats
7.2 5.9
Kennen Stats


Karthus Stats
8.9 6.7
Kennen Stats

Largest Killing Spree

Karthus Stats
2.8 2.6
Kennen Stats

Damage Dealt

Karthus Stats
26612 18585
Kennen Stats

Damage Taken

Karthus Stats
24176 21506
Kennen Stats

Objective Stats

Towers Destroyed

Karthus Stats
5.2 5.2
Kennen Stats

Inhibitors Destroyed

Karthus Stats
0.9 0.9
Kennen Stats

Dragons Killed

Karthus Stats
1.9 2
Kennen Stats

Barons Killed

Karthus Stats
0.4 0.4
Kennen Stats

Gold Earned

Karthus Stats
11673 10392
Kennen Stats

Minions Killed

Karthus Stats
88 134
Kennen Stats

Karthus often has a similar longest kill spree as his counter does. Typically, Karthus takes a similar amount of damage to Kennen. This is usually reflective of differing health capacities, but it can also show that the one champ has less agility and thus is unable to escape additional damage when poked or engaged.

Karthus commonly gets many fewer minion kills than Kennen. Champs that do not amass many minion kills typically don't need much CS to be effective. They are able to scale fully off their skills and stats alone. However, champs with tons of CS, such as ADCs, usually require a lot of items to be effective. In either situation, try to outperform the values displayed here to do well.

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How We Analyze Our Matchups

For this counter guide, we analyzed 1205 Karthus vs Kennen 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 Kennen as Karthus 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.