Karthus vs Skarner Counter Build

How to Beat Skarner as Karthus


We at MOBA Champion evaluate millions of ranked LoL games every week. In our data, Karthus faced Skarner in 4,518 rounds. Including so many games with Karthus versus Skarner gives us a lot of confidence in our capability to provide useful data and a recommended build to suppress your opposition.

This particular champion matchup is fairly common. Karthus fights Skarner in 12.6% of his games. Unfortunitally, Karthus has done a below average job of countering Skarner. Normally, Karthus wins a lowly 47.0% of the time the champions face off with one another in. In Karthus versus Skarner matches, Karthus’s team is 2.0% less likely to obtain first blood, implying that he probably won't be able to get first blood against Skarner.

Matchups Analyzed


Team First Blood


Win Rate


Best Karthus Items to Counter Skarner

The ideal items to use in your Karthus versus Skarner build consist of Rabadon's Deathcap, Void Staff, and Zhonya's Hourglass. When Karthus included at least these three items in his build, he did much better vs Skarner than with most other common builds.

Rabadon's Deathcap Item Void Staff Item Zhonya's Hourglass Item

Best Karthus Runes to Counter Skarner

To have the best probability of crushing Skarner as Karthus, Karthus players should use the Dark Harvest, Taste of Blood, Eyeball Collection, Ravenous Hunter, Presence of Mind, and Coup de Grace runes. Of all the rune sets players used for Karthus vs Skarner fights, this sequence of runes yielded the greatest win rate. We have also shown the top Skarner runes to counterpick against Karthus to help you grasp how he will probably be played against your champion.

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
Coup de Grace Rune Coup de Grace

Best Skarner Runes

Phase Rush Rune Phase Rush
Nimbus Cloak Rune Nimbus Cloak
Celerity Rune Celerity
Waterwalking Rune Waterwalking
Cosmic Insight Rune Cosmic Insight
Magical Footwear Rune Magical Footwear


The subsequent tables highlight several valuable Karthus versus Skarner counter stats that can help you grasp the differences and similarities between this pair of champions. For instance, Karthus’s KDA ratio ([kills + assists] / deaths) of 2.3 is not as good as Skarner’s ratio of 3.2, highlighting that Karthus may be less central to his team's team fighting capability than Skarner. This observation is in large part fueled by the differences in deaths .

Battle Stats


Karthus Stats
7 4.3
Skarner Stats


Karthus Stats
7 4.8
Skarner Stats


Karthus Stats
9.3 10.9
Skarner Stats

Largest Killing Spree

Karthus Stats
2.7 2.2
Skarner Stats

Damage Dealt

Karthus Stats
26672 10303
Skarner Stats

Damage Taken

Karthus Stats
26110 28055
Skarner Stats

Objective Stats

Towers Destroyed

Karthus Stats
5.1 5.5
Skarner Stats

Inhibitors Destroyed

Karthus Stats
0.8 1
Skarner Stats

Dragons Killed

Karthus Stats
1.9 2.2
Skarner Stats

Barons Killed

Karthus Stats
0.5 0.5
Skarner Stats

Gold Earned

Karthus Stats
11852 10433
Skarner Stats

Minions Killed

Karthus Stats
74 31
Skarner Stats

Karthus normally has a slightly larger longest kill spree than his opponent does. Typically, Karthus takes a similar amount of damage to Skarner. This commonly reflects different amounts of tankyness, but it can also show that the one champion has less mobility and thus is not able to escape additional damage when poked or engaged.

Karthus usually gets many more minion kills than Skarner. Champs who on average do not get many minion kills typically don't have to have much CS to be useful. Instead, they are able to scale adequately off their skills and stats alone. Yet, champions with large numbers of minion kills, such as hyper-carries, typically need a lot of items to be effective. In either case, work to outperform the averages shown here to do well.

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How We Analyze Our Matchups

For this counter guide, we analyzed 4518 Karthus vs Skarner 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 Skarner 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.