Driven by an intense killer instinct, Katarina uses her talents as an assassin for the glory of Noxus, and the continued elevation of her family. While her fervor drives her to ever-greater feats, it can sometimes lead her astray.
From childhood, Katarina displayed a natural gift for combat. As the daughter of a prominent Noxian general many paths were open to her, but she rejected them all for the path of the blade. Rigorously trained by the finest assassins in Noxus, her father the best among them, it was not long before Katarina demanded her first assignment. The task they gave her was aggravatingly simple: assassinate a low-ranking Demacian officer. As she set to her work infiltrating the enemy camp, Katarina discovered an opportunity too tantalizing to pass by - the arrival of a Demacian General. Stalking him to his tent, she quietly dispatched his guards and slit his throat. Pleased with her impressive kill, she disappeared into the night. Katarina's elation faded the next day when her original objective, the Demacian officer, led his forces to ambush unprepared Noxian soldiers. Though the Noxians fought valiantly, they suffered heavy casualties. Furious at her mistake, Katarina set off to complete her original task. Returning to the camp, she spied her now heavily guarded target and realized a stealthy kill was no longer possible. Drawing her blades, Katarina swore the officer would die, no matter the cost. She leapt into battle, unleashing a whirlwind of steel. One by one blades flashed and guards fell, each strike bringing her one step closer to the officer. A final thrown dagger restored her honor. Bloody and bruised, Katarina barely escaped the Demacian forces, and returned to Noxus a changed woman. The scar she earned that night now serves as a constant reminder that she must never let passion interfere with duty.
"Never question my loyalty. You will never know what I endure for it."
Born to Noxian privilege, Katarina trained in the ways of the knife from the time she was a child. Now that fiery, willful child has grown into a beautiful and deadly woman. Katarina's intense passion for life is tempered by a sense of duty and loyalty to her family. That same passion proves a double-edged sword when her heart and her responsibilities are at odds.
As the free-spirited daughter of a prominent Noxian general, the young Katarina was given the best of everything. Naturally gifted in combat, she found herself drawn to blades. Much to her family's pride, she trained under the deadliest assassins in the Noxian military. It wasn't long before Katarina's instructors deemed her worthy of a trial by fire – to kill a prominent Demacian soldier. Creeping through the darkened military camp, Katarina was overwhelmed by her passion to prove herself. When the army's General strayed across her path, unguarded, she quietly slit his throat. Katarina disappeared into the night, pleased with her impressive kill. Her elation was soon crushed, as the next day her original target – the prominent soldier who was the true military genius – led his forces to ambush unprepared Noxian soldiers. Katarina flung herself into the fray to correct her mistake, earning a scar over her left eye as a permanent reminder. Even though she finally completed her task, her family's reputation was damaged. Since that day, Katarina vowed to never let passion prevent her from bringing glory to both Noxus and her family. Reconciling her desires with her duty proves to be a constant challenge. To the world, Katarina is a symbol of Noxian patriotism, though there is more to the red-haired assassin than meets the eye.
"Never question my loyalty. You will never know what I endure for it."
As a militaristic state, it would perhaps come as no surprise that the primary responsibilities of Noxian women are raising strong children and providing succor for husbands who walk the path of soldiery. There are some, however, for whom nurture is not nature, and Katarina is just such a creature. Born the daughter of the feared Noxian General Du Couteau, the girl was always more interested in her father's knives than in the dresses, jewelry, and other trifles that her sister spent so much time fussing over. A childhood dispute soon unveiled her uncanny knack for bloodshed, and her father, ever the opportunist, happily fostered her killer instincts. After training under the tutelage of the finest assassins the mighty city-state had to offer, Katarina first cut her teeth performing assassinations in the Ionian War. There, her ruthless mastery of the knife and dagger combined with her sadistic temperament to earn her the title Sinister Blade, a moniker that would follow her for the remainder of her career. She is most famous, however, for her exploits in the campaigns against Demacia, especially those surrounding her engagements with the nation's champion, Garen; a rivalry which began when she recovered the remains of Sion from a vanguard under his protection.
With the demand for warfare somewhat arrested by the tenuous peace settling over Valoran, Katarina sought the allure of violence in its last remaining haven: The League of Legends. Some might say it was an inevitability that Katarina's chosen path would draw her to become a champion of the League, continuing to enforce the will of Noxus and bring prestige of war to her noble family. There, she continues to perform her bloody work - esteemed and reviled, feared and adored.
"The Sinister Blade of Noxus is like a black widow - beautiful, but deadly."
(Active) Katarina throws a dagger, dealing damage to her target and nearby enemies. Then, the dagger ricochets onto the ground behind her initial target . If Katarina picks up a dagger, she uses it to slash through all nearby enemies.
Mark Magic Damage: 15 / 30 / 45 / 60 / 75 (+20% of Ability Power)
(Active) Katarina tosses a dagger into the air and gains movement speed for a short duration
Cooldown: 15 / 14 / 13 / 12 / 11 seconds
Movement Speed: 50 / 60 / 70 / 80 / 90 %, decaying over 1.25 seconds
Delay Until Dagger Lands: 1.25 seconds
(Active) Katarina moves to her target's location, appearing behind it. If the target is an enemy, she deals magic damage to the target. After using Shunpo, Katarina gains 15% damage reduction for 1.5 seconds.
Cooldown: 10 / 9.5 / 9 / 8.5 / 8 seconds
Magic Damage: 30 / 45 / 60 / 75 / 90 (+25% of Ability Power) (+65% of Attack Damage)
(Active) Katarina becomes a flurry of blades, throwing up to 30 daggers at the closest 3 enemy Champions, dealing magic damage over 2.5 seconds and applying Grievous Wounds to enemies hit, reducing their healing by 50% for 3 seconds. Each enemy Champion can be hit by no more than 15 daggers.
Radius of AoE: 550
Cooldown: 90 / 60 / 45 seconds
Magic Damage per Dagger: 25 / 37.5 / 50 (+22% of bonus Attack Damage) (+19% of Ability Power)
Maximum Magic Damage: 375 / 562.5 / 750 (+330% of bonus Attack Damage) (+285% of Ability Power)
Katarina Q damage no longer falls off. Detonation ratio up.
We know Katarina buffs make everyone worried, but the Sinister Blade's felt pretty dull compared to her assassin peers for the better part of a season. Kat's success cases are defined by her ability to roam, but the arms-race of waveclear she's up against in midlane makes it hard to find the right moments. We're upping Kat's agency when it comes to creating favorable situations - whether through shoving to set up a sneaky side-lane gank, or just killing her opponent outright
Q - Bouncing Blades
DETONATION RATIO : 0.15 ability power⇒ 0.2 ability power
REMOVED DEADLY STEEL : Damage is no longer reduced on targets beyond the first
"We'll keep this one short: Katarina's Shunpo is essential to help her get around and chain multi-kills once she's Death Lotus'd up a storm, but the base and ratio were contributing far more to her midgame burst than what's intended from a flexible mobility spell. Lowering it makes her work harder and be more cautious with when to enter a fight if she wants to make it out alive."
E - Shunpo
BASE DAMAGE : 60/85/110/135/160⇒ 40/70/100/130/160
RATIO : 0.4 ability power⇒ 0.25 ability power
v5.6 Base Health and regen down. Health per level up.
For one of the heaviest snowball champions in league, Katarina's lane-bully potential is enabled by having the base-stats to win wars of attrition with enemy mids, whittling them down for the kill. We're pulling back on that to give her opponents a better window of vulnerability to exploit. "
HEALTH PER LEVEL : 80⇒ 83
BASE HEALTH : 560⇒ 510
BASE HEALTH REGEN : 7.7⇒ 4.5
v5.4 Katarina now needs to deal damage to an opposing champion within 3 seconds of them dying in order to Get The Reset.
The deadliest Pentakill on two legs (and not even in the band!), Katarina's a volatile and competitive option for those looking to shut out their solo queue competition. Voracity's long duration means that nobody's ever allowed to reenter the fight with low health, as they're always at risk of setting off an avalanche of daggers and shunpos - even if Kat's across the battlefield. This change is to focus Katarina's rewards on the fights she's intimately involved in, similar to Jinx.
Passive - Voracity
VORACIOUS REDUCTION : Scoring a kill or assist will reduce the cooldown of Katarina's abilities⇒ Whenever an enemy champion dies within 3 seconds of Katarina dealing damage to them, her cooldowns will be reduced by 15 seconds
"As we called out in the foreword, DFG's removal didn't really impact some its frequent buyers quite in the ways we expected. While we were experimenting with some compensation, one thing from our data became very clear - Katarina is still a very strong champion.
We went back to brainstorming small ways to add power to Kat, but quickly found that buffing an already strong champ might not be the right course of action. This isn't to say she's exempt from further tweaks in the future, but forcing the issue on anything other than quality-of-life changes could very likely cause more problems than it would fix. "
IT'S COMPLICATED : Attack frame sped up slightly. This doesn't mean Katarina attacks faster, just that she completes her attacks faster.
v4.20 Death Lotus has a higher cooldown and lower damage at ranks 1 and 2, but normalizes back its old values at rank 3.
"Katarina's been on a tear recently, rising to near-permanent-ban status across various regions. With shifts in the game landscape alongside various preseason changes (chief among them the lowered regeneration across the board), Katarina may very well be one of the strongest beneficiaries post 4.20. We're keeping an eye on her but, in the meantime, taking some of the Death out of Death Lotus to make sure Kat doesn't Shunpo her way to a top spot. "
R - Death Lotus
COOLDOWN : 60/52.5/45 seconds⇒ 90/60/45 seconds
MAGIC DAMAGE : 400/575/750⇒ 350/550/750
v3.12Summary: Death Lotus now deals more damage at later levels, and has been kicked up a notch overall with higher AP and AD ratios. We've increased the channel time of Death Lotus and removed its cast time delay, meaning Katarina's overall damage should remain roughly the same (if not higher) even if interrupted. The slightly reduced cooldown on Death Lotus means that at rank three it will take exactly three kills or assists to reset her ultimate.
Context: We wanted to re-focus more power and gameplay into Katarina's Death Lotus by increasing its high-threat damage. Ultimately, we think Katarina is more fun and unique when both she and her opponents are focused on executing or stopping Death Lotus. While the increased channel duration might seem like a nerf if interrupted early (since the ability deals damage over time), we removed the cast time delay to accommodate.
No longer has a cast time delay before channeling (previously had a 0.25 second delay)
Total damage increased to 400/575/750 (+2.5 ability power)(+3.75 bonus attack damage) (from 400/500/600 (+2.0 ability power)(+3.0 bonus attack damage))
Channel time increased to 2.5 seconds (from 2)
Cooldown reduced to 60/52.5/45 seconds (from 60/55/50)
Champion kills or assists reduce Death Lotus's cooldown by 10 seconds and refresh basic abilities
10 / 9.5 / 9 / 8.5 / 8 second cooldown
Katarina throws a dagger which deals 50 / 85 / 120 / 155 / 190 (+0.5 Ability Power) magic damage. The dagger bounces to the 4 closest enemies dealing 10% less damage with each bounce
Enemies hit are marked for 4 seconds. Katarina's basic attacks or spells will consume the mark dealing 15 / 30 / 45 / 60 / 75 (+0.2 Ability Power) magic damage
4 second cooldown
Whirls daggers in a circle dealing 40 / 80 / 120 / 160 / 200 (+0.5 bonus Attack Damage) (+0.35 Ability Power) magic damage. If she hits an enemy Champion, Katarina gains 12 / 20 / 28 / 36 / 44% Movement Speed for 1 second
14 / 12 / 10 / 8 / 6 second cooldown
Moves to a target's location. Deals 40 / 70 / 100 / 130 / 160 (+0.5 Ability Power) magic damage if the target is an enemy
After using Shunpo, Katarina gains 20% damage reduction for 3 seconds
60 / 55 / 50 second cooldown
Becomes a flurry of blades, throwing daggers at the closest 3 enemy Champions dealing 400 / 500 / 600 (+3 bonus Attack Damage) (+1.75 Ability Power) magic damage over 2 seconds
Daggers apply Grievous Wounds, reducing incoming healing by 50% for 3 seconds