Tank Kayn Build

Tank Kayn build with runes and items. Tank Kayn guide offers in-depth how-to play, skill order and tips. Play Tank Kayn build in League of Legends Patch 14.11!

Updated: 2024-05-16 ()
ARAM Build Guide for champion Kayn and build Tank.
Tank Kayn ARAM build with Jak'Sho. Get tanky and adapt to enemy team!
Kayn ARAM modifiers
DMG done NORMAL
DMG taken NORMAL
Healing -20%

TLDR

Starting items
Guardian's Horn should be final item in your build.
Ruby Crystal should be final item in your build.
Quick Skill Order
Kayn ability Blade's Reach should be leveled first.
W
Kayn ability Reaping Slash should be leveled second.
Q
Kayn ability Shadow Step should be leveled third.
E
Final items
Mercury's Treads should be final item in your build.
Jak'Sho, The Protean should be final item in your build.
Force of Nature should be final item in your build.
Thornmail should be final item in your build.
Hollow Radiance should be final item in your build.
Unending Despair should be final item in your build.
Quick Runes
Major rune Aftershock from Resolve tree.
Minor rune Precision.
Summoner spells
Pick Mark as your Summoner Spell.
Pick Flash as your Summoner Spell.

Tank Kayn Runes

Resolve
Resolve major tree Grasp of the Undying rune.
Resolve major tree Aftershock rune.
Resolve major tree Guardian rune.
Resolve major tree Demolish rune.
Resolve major tree Font of Life rune.
Resolve major tree Shield Bash rune.
Resolve major tree Conditioning rune.
Resolve major tree Second Wind rune.
Resolve major tree Bone Plating rune.
Resolve major tree Overgrowth rune.
Resolve major tree Revitalize rune.
Resolve major tree Unflinching rune.
Precision
Precision minor tree Absorb Life rune.
Precision minor tree Triumph rune.
Precision minor tree Presence of Mind rune.
Precision minor tree Legend: Alacrity rune.
Precision minor tree Legend: Haste rune.
Precision minor tree Legend: Bloodline rune.
Precision minor tree Coup de Grace rune.
Precision minor tree Cut Down rune.
Precision minor tree Last Stand 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 to play

  1. You start with Guardian's Horn. Your #1 rush should be item that counters enemy team most (MR or Armor item). Get Jak'Sho as #2 item. Then adapt.
  2. Triumph is better overall (heal + gold), but if you want to have easier time with your mana, go Presence of the Mind.
  3. Guardian's Horn is a surprisingly good item for its price. You can keep it for very long time (or even have it as 6th item).
  4. You need to adapt your items to the game. Enemy team heavy on AP? Buy MR. They heavy on AD? Buy Armor. You need some damage? Well buy that.
  5. Be careful to not waste Aftershock. Try timing it and keeping it for going in.
  6. Contrary to meta and popular opinion: you can play as Blue or Red Tank!
  7. Red has CC and some healing. Blue is more mobile.
  8. Kayn has good kit to disengage - i.e. go in, soak damage, then R in, R out after max time and run away.
  9. People won't be expecting you going tank, so use that for your advantage - like getting focused, soaking damage and running away.

Tips and Tricks

Riot
  1. Look at the line-up of both your team and the enemy's team when picking your form.
  2. Remember that nearby enemies can see which wall you're in.

Skill Order

  • Kayn [object Object] ability.
    Q
    Reaping Slash
  • Kayn [object Object] ability.
    W
    Blade's Reach
  • Kayn [object Object] ability.
    E
    Shadow Step
  • Kayn [object Object] ability.
    R
    Umbral Trespass

Items

Starting items
Guardian's Horn item.
Ruby Crystal item.
Boots
Ionian Boots of Lucidity item.
Plated Steelcaps item.
Mercury's Treads item.
Good tank items
Jak'Sho, The Protean item.
Warmog's Armor item.
Good MR items
Force of Nature item.
Spirit Visage item.
Kaenic Rookern item.
Abyssal Mask item.
Hollow Radiance item.
Good Armor items
Frozen Heart item.
Sunfire Aegis item.
Dead Man's Plate item.
Randuin's Omen item.
Unending Despair item.
Iceborn Gauntlet item.
Thornmail item.
Situational items
Zeke's Convergence item.
Knight's Vow item.
Trailblazer item.
Situational DMG items
Additional considerations for these items is advised!
Wit's End item.
Overlord's Bloodmail item.
Blade of The Ruined King item.
Titanic Hydra item.
Sterak's Gage item.
For the last fight
Additional considerations for these items is advised!
Elixir of Iron item.
Elixir of Wrath item.
Example final build
Mercury's Treads item.
Jak'Sho, The Protean item.
Force of Nature item.
Thornmail item.
Hollow Radiance item.
Unending Despair item.