Karthus vs Xerath Counter Build

How to Win Karthus vs Xerath Counter Matchup vs How to Beat Xerath as Karthus in LoL

How to Beat Xerath as Karthus

3,689 Karthus vs Xerath Matchups Analyzed

Win Rate


First Blood


Best Karthus Items to Counter Xerath

The top items to prioritize in your Karthus versus Xerath build consist of Rabadon's Deathcap, Void Staff, and Liandry's Anguish. When Karthus used at least these three pieces in his build, he did much better versus Xerath than with most other common item sets.


7.6 | Karthus Xerath | 6.3


7.4 | Karthus Xerath | 5.5


8.6 | Karthus Xerath | 9.6

Best Karthus Runes to Counter Xerath

Dark Harvest Rune Dark Harvest
Cheap Shot Rune Cheap Shot
Eyeball Collection Rune Eyeball Collection
Ultimate Hunter Rune Ultimate Hunter
Presence of Mind Rune Presence of Mind
Last Stand Rune Last Stand
To have the best chance of defeating Xerath as Karthus, you should equip the Dark Harvest, Cheap Shot, Eyeball Collection, Ultimate Hunter, Presence of Mind, and Last Stand runes. Out of all the runes players picked for Karthus vs Xerath matchups, this blending of runes yielded the highest win rate. We have also shown the top Xerath runes to counterpick against Karthus in order to help you realize how he will probably be built to try to beat you.

Runes Xerath Will Likely Use to Counter Karthus

Arcane Comet Rune Arcane Comet
Manaflow Band Rune Manaflow Band
Transcendence Rune Transcendence
Gathering Storm Rune Gathering Storm
Presence of Mind Rune Presence of Mind
Coup de Grace Rune Coup de Grace

Karthus vs Xerath Counter Stats Summary

The stats shown on this page emphasize some critical Karthus against Xerath counter stats that may help us interpret the differences and similarities between these two champs. For instance, Karthus’s KDA ratio ([kills + assists] / deaths) of 2.2 is not as good as Xerath’s ratio of 2.9, demonstrating that Karthus may be less central to his team's team fighting effectiveness than Xerath.

Karthus usually has a slightly smaller longest killing spree than his opponent does. On average, Karthus takes more damage than Xerath. This commonly reflects differing health capacities; however, it can also show that the one champ has less agility and thus is unable to flee from further harm when poked or engaged.

In Karthus vs Xerath matchups, Karthus often gets fewer minion kills than Xerath. Champs who on average don't get very much CS typically do not have to have much CS to be useful. Instead, they are able to scale adequately off their skills and stats alone. Yet, champions with plenty of CS, such as hyper-carries, usually need a lot of gold to be useful. In either situation, work to beat the values displayed here to do well.

By default, Karthus vs Xerath tips, statistics, and build guide are displayed for all ranked divisions. If you would like to filter the stats and builds to a distinct division, you should use the selection menu earlier in the guide.

Killing Spree

2.8 | Karthus Xerath | 3.1

Damage Dealt

27,622 | Karthus Xerath | 23,841

Damage Taken

25,043 | Karthus Xerath | 15,013

Gold Earned

12,096 | Karthus Xerath | 10,521

Minions Killed

78 | Karthus Xerath | 94


5.1 | Karthus Xerath | 5.9

Dragons Killed

1.9 | Karthus Xerath | 2.2

Barons Killed

0.5 | Karthus Xerath | 0.5


0.9 | Karthus Xerath | 1.1

Karthus vs Xerath Matchup Summary

We get our matchup statistics from the millions of recently ranked League of Legends rounds that we evaluate each week. This Karthus against Xerath matchup review resulted from an analysis of 3,689 ranked games where both champs engaged each other.

This champion pairing is relatively common. Karthus encounters Xerath in 11.9% of his games. Unfortunitally, Karthus does a awful job of beating Xerath. Typically, he wins a lowly 46.0% of matches the champs face one another in. In Karthus against Xerath rounds, Karthus’s team is 2.0% less likely to get first blood, implying that he most likely won't get first blood against Xerath.

How We Analyze Our Champion Counters

For this counter guide, we analyzed 3,689 Karthus vs Xerath 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 Xerath 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.