Xerath vs Karthus Counter Build

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

How to Beat Karthus as Xerath

5,764 Xerath vs Karthus Matchups Analyzed

Win Rate


First Blood


Best Xerath Items to Counter Karthus

The ideal items to have in your Xerath versus Karthus build include Rabadon's Deathcap, Horizon Focus, and Luden's Tempest. When Xerath used at least these three pieces in his build, he did much better when fighting Karthus than with most other common item sets.


6.4 | Xerath Karthus | 7.5


5.5 | Xerath Karthus | 7.6


9.7 | Xerath Karthus | 8.7

Best Xerath Runes 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
To have the best probability of defeating Karthus as Xerath, Xerath players should equip the Arcane Comet, Manaflow Band, Transcendence, Gathering Storm, Presence of Mind, and Coup de Grace runes. Out of all the rune sets players chose for Xerath vs Karthus battles, this sequence of runes resulted in the highest win rate. We have also shown the best Karthus runes to counterpick against Xerath to help you grasp how he will probably be built against you.

Runes Karthus Will Likely Use to Counter Xerath

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

Xerath vs Karthus Counter Stats Summary

The stats shown on this page clarify several important Xerath against Karthus matchup stats that may help you understand the differences and similarities between this pair of champions. Xerath’s KDA ratio ([kills + assists] / deaths) of 2.9 is better than Karthus’s ratio of 2.1, demonstrating that Xerath may be more central to his team's team fighting capability than Karthus. This observation is in large part a result of the differences in deaths .

Xerath usually has a slightly larger longest kill spree than his counter does. Commonly, Xerath receives less damage than Karthus. This often reflects differing health capacities; however, it can also indicate that the one champion has less agility and thus is not able to flee from additional harm when engaged or poked.

Xerath often gets a similar number of minion kills than Karthus. Champions that do not finish with much CS typically do not have to have much CS to be effective. They are able to scale adequately off of their skills and stats alone. Yet, champs with large amounts of CS, such as ADCs, usually require a lot of gold to be useful. In either case, try to top the averages presented here to do well.

By default, Xerath vs Karthus tips, stats, and build guide are presented for all skill levels, merged. If you would like to narrow the stats and builds to an individual division, you may use the selection menu earlier on the page.

Killing Spree

3.1 | Xerath Karthus | 2.7

Damage Dealt

23,946 | Xerath Karthus | 27,612

Damage Taken

15,048 | Xerath Karthus | 25,080

Gold Earned

10,563 | Xerath Karthus | 12,071

Minions Killed

93 | Xerath Karthus | 79


5.9 | Xerath Karthus | 5

Dragons Killed

2.2 | Xerath Karthus | 1.9

Barons Killed

0.5 | Xerath Karthus | 0.4


1.1 | Xerath Karthus | 0.9

Xerath vs Karthus Matchup Summary

At MOBA Champion, we summarize millions of recently ranked League of Legends games each week. Within our data, Xerath engaged Karthus 5,764 times. Using so many games with Xerath vs Karthus provides us faith in our capability to prepare enlightening statistics and a recommended build to counter your foe.

This champion pairing is somewhat uncommon. Xerath fights Karthus in only 4.7% of his matches. Xerath has done a great job of countering Karthus. Typically, Xerath wins a fantastic 55.0% of games the champs clash against one another in. In Xerath versus Karthus matches, Xerath’s team is 2.0% more likely to earn first blood, indicating that he most likely will get first blood against Karthus.

How We Analyze Our Champion Counters

For this counter guide, we analyzed 5,764 Xerath 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 Xerath 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.