AP Katarina Build

AP Katarina build with runes and items. AP Katarina guide offers in-depth how-to play, skill order and tips. Play AP Katarina build in League of Legends Patch 14.13!

Updated: 2024-05-22 ()
ARAM Build Guide for champion Katarina and build AP.
AP Katarina build for ARAM.
Katarina ARAM modifiers
DMG done NORMAL
DMG taken NORMAL

TLDR

Starting items
Hextech Alternator should be final item in your build.
Quick Skill Order
Katarina ability Bouncing Blade should be leveled first.
Q
Katarina ability Shunpo should be leveled second.
E
Katarina ability Preparation should be leveled third.
W
Final items
Sorcerer's Shoes should be final item in your build.
Stormsurge should be final item in your build.
Hextech Rocketbelt should be final item in your build.
Void Staff should be final item in your build.
Shadowflame should be final item in your build.
Rabadon's Deathcap should be final item in your build.
Quick Runes
Major rune Conqueror from Precision tree.
Minor rune Domination.
Summoner spells
Pick Mark as your Summoner Spell.
Pick Flash as your Summoner Spell.

AP Katarina Runes

Precision
Precision major tree Press the Attack rune.
Precision major tree Fleet Footwork rune.
Precision major tree Conqueror rune.
Precision major tree Absorb Life rune.
Precision major tree Triumph rune.
Precision major tree Presence of Mind rune.
Precision major tree Legend: Alacrity rune.
Precision major tree Legend: Haste rune.
Precision major tree Legend: Bloodline rune.
Precision major tree Coup de Grace rune.
Precision major tree Cut Down rune.
Precision major tree Last Stand rune.
Domination
Domination minor tree Cheap Shot rune.
Domination minor tree Taste of Blood rune.
Domination minor tree Sudden Impact rune.
Domination minor tree Zombie Ward rune.
Domination minor tree Ghost Poro rune.
Domination minor tree Eyeball Collection rune.
Domination minor tree Treasure Hunter rune.
Domination minor tree Relentless Hunter rune.
Domination minor tree Ultimate Hunter rune.
Passive
Passive tree Adaptive Force rune (+9 Adaptive Force).
Passive tree Attack Speed rune (+10% Attack Speed).
Passive tree Ability Haste rune (+8 Ability Haste).
Passive tree Adaptive Force rune (+9 Adaptive Force).
Passive tree Move Speed rune (+2 Movement Speed).
Passive tree Health Scaling rune (+10-180 Health (based on level)).
Passive tree Health rune (+65 Health).
Passive tree Tenacity And Slow Resist rune (+10 Tenacity and Slow Resist).
Passive tree Health Scaling rune (+10-180 Health (based on level)).

How it works

  1. You play as burst oriented Mage.
  2. You build AP items.
  3. You rush Stormsurge (dmg) or Hextech Rocketbelt (reach)

How to play

  1. Playing AP Katarina build, your default rush is Stormsurge.
  2. You can optionally rush Hextech Rocketbelt for reach.
  3. Adapt to an enemy team. Are they full of tanks, and they rush tons of Magic Resist? You rush Void Staff as #2 or #3 item to counter MR stacking. Their team has champs with lots of healing? Rush Oblivion Orb as #2 item (upgrade to Morellonomicon as 4th or 5th item).
  4. Somebody is going after you each fight? Always getting ulted by enemy assassins? Rush Zhonya's Hourglass.

Tips and Tricks

Riot
  1. Picking up Daggers will significantly reduce Shunpo's cooldown.
  2. Try waiting until the other team is distracted with fighting your team, and use Shunpo to teleport into the fray and unleash a devastating Death Lotus.
  3. Using Shunpo on an allied Champion, Dagger, or minion can be a great escape tactic.

Skill Order

  • Katarina [object Object] ability.
    Q
    Bouncing Blade
  • Katarina [object Object] ability.
    W
    Preparation
  • Katarina [object Object] ability.
    E
    Shunpo
  • Katarina [object Object] ability.
    R
    Death Lotus

Items

Starting items
Hextech Alternator item.
Rush this
Stormsurge item.
Optional rush for mobility
Hextech Rocketbelt item.
Boots
Sorcerer's Shoes item.
Ionian Boots of Lucidity item.
Good items
Nashor's Tooth item.
Shadowflame item.
Blackfire Torch item.
Rabadon's Deathcap item.
Zhonya's Hourglass item.
Stormsurge item.
Horizon Focus item.
Situational items
Morellonomicon item.
Banshee's Veil item.
Against high MR
Additional considerations for these items is advised!
Void Staff item.
Cryptbloom item.
Counter high HP
Liandry's Torment item.
Counter healing
Oblivion Orb item.
Morellonomicon item.
For the last fight
Additional considerations for these items is advised!
Elixir of Sorcery item.
Elixir of Iron item.
Seeker's Armguard item.
Example final build
Sorcerer's Shoes item.
Stormsurge item.
Hextech Rocketbelt item.
Void Staff item.
Shadowflame item.
Rabadon's Deathcap item.