Volibear vs Karthus Counter Build

How to Beat Karthus as Volibear


We at MOBA Champion summarize millions of ranked League matches each and every week. In our database, Volibear engaged Karthus 12,841 times. Using so many matchups for Volibear versus Karthus gives us confidence in our ability to provide informative stats and a supported build to smash your rival.

This champ matchup is relatively uncommon. Volibear encounters Karthus in only 8.3% of his rounds. Volibear does a good job of countering Karthus. On average, Volibear wins a whopping 52.0% of games the champions clash against one another in. In Volibear versus Karthus rounds, Volibear’s side is 4.0% more expected to obtain first blood, implying that he most likely will be able to get first blood against Karthus.

Matchups Analyzed


Team First Blood


Win Rate


Best Volibear Items to Counter Karthus

The top items to have in your Volibear versus Karthus build consist of Sterak's Gage, Dead Man's Plate, and Turbo Chemtank. When Volibear used at least these three pieces in his build, he did significantly better vs. Karthus than with most other commonly used item sets.

Sterak's Gage Item Dead Man's Plate Item Turbo Chemtank Item

Best Volibear Runes to Counter Karthus

To have the highest probability of vanquishing Karthus as Volibear, you should use the Press the Attack, Triumph, Legend: Tenacity, Last Stand, Magical Footwear, and Cosmic Insight runes. Out of all the runes that we analyzed for Volibear vs Karthus fights, this mixture of runes yielded the greatest win rate. We have also included the top Karthus runes to fend off Volibear in order to help you interpret how he will likely be played to try to beat your champ.

Best Volibear Runes

Press the Attack Rune Press the Attack
Triumph Rune Triumph
Legend: Tenacity Rune Legend: Tenacity
Last Stand Rune Last Stand
Magical Footwear Rune Magical Footwear
Cosmic Insight Rune Cosmic Insight

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


The following tables show several important Volibear versus Karthus counter stats that can help you explain the differences and similarities between these two champions. For instance, Volibear’s KDA ratio ([kills + assists] / deaths) of 2.3 is close to Karthus’s KDA ratio of 2.3, indicating that Volibear may be just as central to his team's team fighting effectiveness than Karthus.

Battle Stats


Volibear Stats
5.9 7.2
Karthus Stats


Volibear Stats
5.8 7.2
Karthus Stats


Volibear Stats
7.5 9.3
Karthus Stats

Largest Killing Spree

Volibear Stats
2.8 2.7
Karthus Stats

Damage Dealt

Volibear Stats
16057 26871
Karthus Stats

Damage Taken

Volibear Stats
31657 25071
Karthus Stats

Objective Stats

Towers Destroyed

Volibear Stats
5.5 5.1
Karthus Stats

Inhibitors Destroyed

Volibear Stats
1 0.8
Karthus Stats

Dragons Killed

Volibear Stats
2.2 1.9
Karthus Stats

Barons Killed

Volibear Stats
0.4 0.4
Karthus Stats

Gold Earned

Volibear Stats
10854 11598
Karthus Stats

Minions Killed

Volibear Stats
96 77
Karthus Stats

Volibear often has a similar longest killing spree as his opponent does. On average, Volibear takes more damage than Karthus. This is usually reflective of differing health capacities; however, it can also illustrate that the one champ has less mobility and thus is unable to flee from additional damage when engaged or poked.

In Volibear vs Karthus matchups, Volibear typically earns a bit more CS than Karthus. Champs that don't acquire very much CS normally do not need much CS to be useful. They are capable of scaling properly off of their skills and stats alone. Yet, champs with many minion kills, such as carries, usually have to have a lot of items to be useful. In either case, work to outperform the values displayed here to do well.

By default, Volibear vs Karthus tips, stats, and build suggestions are presented for all skill levels, merged. If you want to filter the statistics and builds to a particular skill level, you should use the selection menu located earlier in the guide.

How We Analyze Our Matchups

For this counter guide, we analyzed 12841 Volibear 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 Volibear 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.