Shen vs Karthus Counter Build

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

How to Beat Karthus as Shen

2,563 Shen vs Karthus Matchups Analyzed

Win Rate


First Blood


Best Shen Items to Counter Karthus

The ideal items to have in your Shen versus Karthus build include Thornmail, Titanic Hydra, and Frostfire Gauntlet. When Shen bought at least these three pieces in his build, he performed significantly better when fighting Karthus than with most other common builds.


4.4 | Shen Karthus | 7.2


5.4 | Shen Karthus | 7.4


10.6 | Shen Karthus | 9.3

Best Shen Runes to Counter Karthus

Grasp of the Undying Rune Grasp of the Undying
Shield Bash Rune Shield Bash
Second Wind Rune Second Wind
Overgrowth Rune Overgrowth
Cheap Shot Rune Cheap Shot
Ultimate Hunter Rune Ultimate Hunter
To have the highest chance of crushing Karthus as Shen, Shen players should equip the Grasp of the Undying, Shield Bash, Second Wind, Overgrowth, Cheap Shot, and Ultimate Hunter runes. Out of all the rune sets players used for Shen vs Karthus battles, this order of runes resulted in the greatest win rate. We have also included the top Karthus runes to fend off Shen to help you interpret how he will probably be setup against your champion.

Runes Karthus Will Likely Use to Counter Shen

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

Shen vs Karthus Counter Stats Summary

The stats provided here clarify some vital Shen versus Karthus counter statistics that can help you appreciate the distinctions between the pair. Shen’s KDA ratio ([kills + assists] / deaths) of 2.8 is better than Karthus’s KDA ratio of 2.2, demonstrating that Shen may be more central to his team's team fighting potential than Karthus. This observation is largely a result of the differences in deaths .

Shen often has a slightly smaller longest kill spree than his enemy does. Typically, Shen receives a similar amount of damage to Karthus. This is usually reflective of differing health capacities; however, it can also hint that the champ with increased HP has less agility and thus is unable to flee from further damage when poked or engaged.

Shen often tallies a few more minion kills than Karthus. Champs who on average do not earn much CS typically do not have to have much CS to be useful. They are able to scale well off their skills and stats alone. Yet, champs with scores of minion kills, such as carries, usually need a lot of items to be effective. In either situation, try to outperform the averages shown here to do well.

If you need to get Shen vs Karthus tips and builds for a an individual player tier, please choose one from the selection menu shown above. If viewing for the first time, the stats and strategies displayed are calculated using all matches run with both champions.

Killing Spree

2.1 | Shen Karthus | 2.6

Damage Dealt

12,706 | Shen Karthus | 27,694

Damage Taken

25,586 | Shen Karthus | 23,794

Gold Earned

9,780 | Shen Karthus | 11,956

Minions Killed

114 | Shen Karthus | 75


5.2 | Shen Karthus | 5.5

Dragons Killed

2.2 | Shen Karthus | 1.9

Barons Killed

0.5 | Shen Karthus | 0.4


0.9 | Shen Karthus | 0.9

Shen vs Karthus Matchup Summary

We at MOBA Champion summarize millions of ranked LoL rounds each and every week. Within our dataset, Shen faced off against Karthus 2,563 times. Using so many games with Shen vs Karthus gives us a lot of faith in our ability to prepare useful statistics and a solid build to destroy your opposition.

This matchup is relatively rare. Shen has to counter Karthus in only 2.9% of his matches. Shen has done a ok job of countering Karthus. On average, he wins a acceptable 50.0% of matches the champs oppose each other in. In Shen against Karthus matches, Shen’s team is 8.0% more probable to earn first blood, indicating that he probably will get first blood versus Karthus.

How We Analyze Our Champion Counters

For this counter guide, we analyzed 2,563 Shen 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 Shen 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.