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Death Defied
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Innate: Upon taking Death.png fatal damage, Karthus Omen of Death.png remains active for 7 seconds, rendering himself unable to move, basic attack, use summoner spells, or activate items, but becoming Playful.png untargetable and Cc-immune icon.png immune to crowd control and preventing all incoming damage for the duration as well as being able to cast abilities at no cost.

If Defile Defile has been learned, it will remain toggled on for Death Defied's entire duration.

"I am become death!"

  • Upon Death.png Death, Karthus loses all Malefic Visions.png status effects (inherently including Stun icon.png crowd control effects) that do not inherently persist through death.
    • An example for a debuff that does persist through death is Brand's Brand's Blaze Blaze.
  • Death Defied's Playful.png untargetability does not Bullet strikethrough.png destroy in-flight Projectile.png projectiles.
  • Death Defied will always trigger after Revival icon.png resurrection effects.
    • Death Defied will still trigger if Karthus is killed by the Nexus Obelisk.png Nexus Obelisk.
  • Karthus cannot be Death from Below.png executed by the Aspect of the Dragon Aspect of the Dragon during Death Defied.
  • At the start of Death Defied, Karthus is set to Health icon.png 1 health.
    • Karthus can still regenerate his health over the duration, but he will always die at the end of it.
  • After Death Defied ends, the corpse of Karthus will retain unit collision despite being dead on the ground.
  • Karthus' mana bar drains over the duration of Death Defied as an indicator of his time remaining in this state.

Lay Waste
EFFECT RADIUS: Range center.png 160
COST: 20 / 25 / 30 / 35 / 40 Mana
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Active: Karthus creates a blast at the target location, briefly Sight icon.png revealing the area and detonating after a 0.528 seconds to 0.759 seconds delay, dealing magic damage to all enemies within, Critical strike magic icon.png doubled when hitting only one target.

Magic Damage:
45 / 65 / 85 / 105 / 125 (+ 35% AP)
Enhanced Damage:
90 / 130 / 170 / 210 / 250 (+ 70% AP)

Lay Waste's damage is reduced by 15% against Monster icon.png monsters.

Monster Damage:
38.25 / 55.25 / 72.25 / 89.25 / 106.25 (+ 29.75% AP)
Enhanced Monster Damage:
76.5 / 110.5 / 144.5 / 178.5 / 212.5 (+ 59.5% AP)

During Death Defied Death Defied, Lay Waste will cast at maximum range if cast beyond that.

  • The delay between the cast and the detonation is inconsistent, but always matches up with the VFX.*
  • Applies Disintegrate.png spell damage if it hits a single target and Death Lotus.png area damage if it hits multiple targets.
    • Lay Waste also plays a different sound effect when it only hits one target.

Wall of Pain
COST: 70 Mana
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Active: Karthus summons a passable wall of energy at the target location perpendicular to his facing for 5 seconds, granting Sight icon.png sight around its pillars and center.

Wall Length:
800 / 900 / 1000 / 1100 / 1200

For the duration, any enemy unit whose Gameplay radius.png gameplay radius touches it is both Slow icon.png slowed for 4 seconds, decaying over its duration, and Magic penetration icon.png loses 15% magic resistance for the same duration.

40 / 50 / 60 / 70 / 80%
Reduced Slow:
20 / 25 / 30 / 35 / 40%

Each unit can only be affected once per cast.

  • No additional details.

EFFECT RADIUS: Range center.png 550
COST: 30 / 42 / 54 / 66 / 78 Mana per second

Passive: Karthus restores Mana icon.png mana whenever he kills an enemy.

Mana Restored:
20 / 27 / 34 / 41 / 48

Toggle: Karthus deals magic damage every 0.25 seconds to all nearby enemies. Toggling Defile off deals 1 tick's worth of damage.

Magic Damage Per Tick:
7.5 / 12.5 / 17.5 / 22.5 / 27.5 (+ 5% AP)
Damage Per Second:
30 / 50 / 70 / 90 / 110 (+ 20% AP)

Defile cannot be toggled off during Death Defied Death Defied, but it can be while channeling Requiem Requiem.

  • Toggle abilities do not count as ability activations for the purposes of on-cast effects such as Spellblade and stacking Force Pulse Force Pulse.
  • Defile also restores Mana resource.png mana if Karthus destroys an enemy structure.
  • Defile will automatically toggle on during Death Defied Death Defied.
  • Defile re-evaluates its damage with each tick, thus gaining/losing Ability power icon.png AP or putting skill points into the ability will affect it immediately without the need to toggle it off and back on again.
  • Defile persists through Stasis icon.png stasis effects.
    • However, it will toggle off automatically if Karthus enters Revival icon.png resurrection.

COST: 100 Mana
COOLDOWN: 200 / 180 / 160

Active: Karthus Channeling icon.png channels for 3 seconds then deals magic damage to all targetable enemy Champion icon.png champions upon its completion.

Magic Damage:
200 / 350 / 500 (+ 75% AP)

  • Requiem's channel is telegraphed to all enemy champions by a beam of light that descends on all targets, including if they are Playful.png untargetable or even Death.png dead.
    • There is no visible beam if the enemy champion respawns during Requiem's channel, yet damage is applied normally.
  • Requiem will affect Command Hallucinate.png clones.
  • Karthus cannot cast Requiem once Death Defied's Death Defied's remaining duration is less than 4 seconds.
  • The damage will apply spell effects to targets in an order based on proximity to Karthus. Single target spell effects (such as Luden's Tempest Luden's Tempest) are thus triggered on the closest enemy champion.
  • The following table refers for interactions while Karthus is Channeling icon.png channeling:
Type Channel
Attacking Disabled
Abilities Disabled
Movement Disabled
Items Usable Shurelya's Reverie Shurelya's Reverie Righteous Glory Righteous Glory Youmuu's Ghostblade Youmuu's Ghostblade Spellbinder Spellbinder Gargoyle Stoneplate Gargoyle Stoneplate Randuin's Omen Randuin's Omen Seraph's Embrace Seraph's Embrace
Disabled All the other item-actives are disabled
Interrupted by N/A
Consumables Usable
Spells Usable Barrier Barrier Clarity Clarity Cleanse Cleanse Exhaust Exhaust Ghost Ghost Heal Heal Ignite Ignite Smite Smite
Disabled Teleport Teleport Recall Recall Hexflash Hexflash
Interrupted by Flash Flash
Interrupted by
  • Death
  • Silence icon.png Silencing effects
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