Kennen Build Guide

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Kennen - My Master Build (AP)

written by zimit

Kennen Build

Table of Contents

  • Introduction

    The way that i choosed to play kennen and have done it for like a half year. When i started i didn't have like a main champion to play and just like switched around but when i came about lvl 20-25 i got introduced to Kennen and looked at he's skills and actualy didn't see any videos about him or anything just he's skills and the tips about him and got straight in love with him haha :D. well i begun to play him and in the start i was really nooby and my friend really got angry on me so i stopped him, but later i begun again and then i got really good and have played him for over a half year now straight so i know basicly really really much about him and can tell you exactly how to play him to get for example a 31 / 5 / 7 score ^^.
    But well i choosed him for being energy and because he was a ninja and was a half mage and half assasin and scout, and the way he burst and farm and the way to play him was the things i like about him now and can't get enough.

    - BUT i will say that Kennen is a allstar champion there have alot of different ways to play him, only AP, Survival AP, AD and so on. I will also point out that this is just the way I build him and want to show the people who try to play him but can't find out how to play him or something like that. I will really encourage you to just use my guide here as a template for your own "kennen build / design" because there isn't any specific way to build him.

    The red color is combos and the other colors is just to make it a little more colorfull

  • Abilities

    Mark of the Storm
    "Kennen's abilities add Marks of the Storm to opponents. Upon receiving 3 Marks of Storm, an opponent is stunned for 1 second and Kennen receives 25 energy. Mark of the Storm has a diminished stun effect if applied more than once within seven seconds." - League of

    This passive is the reason to be kennen, without hes stun he wouldn't be able to do anything or well not that much. its like Annies Pyromania. It just don't apply for each spell used but instead of each spell hitted enemy. Theres one thing you need to look after and that is the 3 balls flying around a hitted enemy, When it is hitted by the mark of storm buff there will come 3 balls around the target and 1 of em will light for each hit.

    Thundering Shuriken
    "Kennen throws a fast moving shuriken towards a location, causing damage and adding a Mark of the Storm to any opponent that it hits.
    Throws a shuriken that damages the first enemy it hits for 75/115/155/195/235 (+0.66) magic damage and adds a Mark of the Storm." - League of

    This is the second weakest skill of kennen and it is really hard spell to use and master, you need to throw alot of Thundering Shuriken to know how to really use it.
    You also use it to engage a battle 2v2 or 1v1 with that because you need it to slow when you got [item=Rylai's Scepter] and then rush in with Lightning Rush and use Electrical Surge To finish with a stun and so on, that is one of the combos that you can use there is really many of em and you need to find out which one you can find out the best and then master them 100 %.

    Electrical Surge
    "Kennen passively deals extra damage and adds a Mark of the Storm to his target every few attacks, and he can activate this ability to damage and add another Mark of the Storm to targets who are already marked.

    Passive: Every 5 attacks, Kennen deals magic damage equal to 40/50/60/70/80% of his attack damage and adds a Mark of the Storm to his target.

    Active: Surges electricity through all nearby targets afflicted by Mark of the Storm, dealing 65/95/125/155/185 (+0.55) magic damage and adding another mark." - League of

    This is the most usefull spell kennen got, it can show stealthed heroes if they have a Mark of the Storm on em already.
    It can hit on really long range and stun a whole team on 1 second if they have 2 Mark of the Storm on them. This also have a passive ability that is also really usefull it lets you stun in lvl 2 by having the auto-attack MOS and hit with your Thundering Shuriken and then finish off with this Electrical Surge
    So you need to master the passive of this spell too, and in that way hold it and use it when you can stun.

    Lightning Rush
    "Kennen morphs into a lightning form, enabling him to pass through units. Any enemy unit he runs through takes damage and gets a Mark of the Storm.
    Kennen moves very fast and gains the ability to pass through units, dealing 85/125/165/205/245 (+0.55) magic damage and adding a Mark of the Storm to any hostile unit he passes through.

    Kennen is refunded 40 energy if he passes through an enemy while using this spell, but can only gain this effect once. Lightning Rush deals half damage to minions.

    Lightning Rush provides 10/20/30/40/50 magic resistance and armor for 4 seconds" - League of

    This skill is the weakest skill but still a big key spell of your combos.
    It is used to make the triple combo stun Thundering Shuriken -> Electrical Surge -> Lightning Rush.
    There is a second combo with this, and that will be like this: you start off by using Slicing Maelstrom and then run into your enemies and hit as many with Lightning Rush that you can and when you have hitted all you use Electrical Surge and boom all the enemies is stunned and disable unless Slicing Maelstrom have hitted the same enemy twice then that one would not get hit by Electrical Surge so try to use it as fast as possible to deal as much damage as possible.

    Slicing Maelstrom
    "Kennen summons a storm that strikes at random nearby enemy champions for magical damage.
    Summons a magical storm that deals 80/145/210 (+0.4) magic damage to a random enemy champion near Kennen every 0.5 seconds. This storm attacks up to 5/10/15 times and cannot hit the same target more than 3 times." - League of

    This is your ultimate and is very powerfull and got buffed for some patches ago, it got really good and can now stun the whole team 1 time before it run out of time. It have a great damage output that can give about 400 damage * 15 if you got a okay good late game build and if you rush in with Lightning Rush and use this spell and then activating your [item=Zhonya's Ring] and then just watching your enemy die or loss hp, and then just pin em out with Thundering Shuriken and Electrical Surge

  • Quick Summary

    I just want to make a quick Summary so you can like see a simple overview of my build

    Skilling Order:

    10/20/0 or 10/1/19

    Summoner skills:


    Start Items:
    Amplifying Tome + Health Potion

    Core Items:
    Mejai's Soulstealer + Boots of Mobility or Sorcerer's Shoes + [item=Rylai's Scepter]

    Further Items are up to you but here is what i would suggest:

    If you Want more damage.
    [item=Zhonya's Ring] or a Lich Bane that's the next 2 items i buy after core

    If you're against a hard mr team.
    Abyssal Scepter or Void Staff

    and if you want survival:
    Guardian Angel or Banshee's Veil

    If you want to know more about really playing him or get a better sight on the guide then read on ;)

  • Masteries + Runes

    Well i encourage you all to make your own mastery and rune build and so on, because a guide is made for 1 single reason, to help you start your champion learning and design your own build and so on with the guide as template.

    Masteries. I use the combo 10/20/0 and the reason to that is this, Well i will start off to say that i think alot of the start and the ignite if you shoot that off in the start with the runes and so on you will have 46 ap, and that is a good start after my mind. i know i don't get the 4 % decreased damage taken but in the start i use that alot more. I also think of using the 10/1/19 mastery build but don't know yet. it is still in testing fase for me.

    Runes. I use the following runes because it is really good with alot of ap to start off with, and the magic penetration is a must and the quintessence is really good energy regen and will give you alot of usefull kills later on the game because you won't have the lack of energy in a fight that much as without em. You can also build with full energy runes but don't know if thats wasted ip or what, haven't got enough ip to it yet because it cost like 800 for 1 rune and 2000 for 1 quintessence.

  • Items

    This is the one of the most debated part of all guides, but at kennen you can use alot of different item path ways like, ap, ad, attack speed + ad and others.

    i will start off by saying that this is my build and not the build you need to use and i will encourage you to make your own build, my build is only based on ap and burst damage not any kind of attack speed or anything. This means i only use ap items and survival things if needed.

    SPAWN: I always take a Amplifying Tome (435 gold) and a Health Potion (35 gold)
    and now you ask me why Amplifying Tome? Because Amplifying Tome gives you the edge of ap and is the item you need to get Mejai's Soulstealer
    FIRST TRIP BACK: On your first trip back to the base, you shall go get Mejai's Soulstealer(800 gold) and if you got enough gold then also buy Boots of Speed(350 gold), Mejai's Soulstealer? why why why! because it is extremly good to kennen because he always get a assist or alot of kills and frags, when i am playing i always have 15+ stacks.
    SECOND TRIP BACK On your second trip back you shall go after Boots of Speed or if you have got that one go get Boots of Mobility. And if you got the money for it then take a Giant's Belt with you too, it gives alot of hp and makes you more durable. You are aiming to get a [item=Rylai's Scepter].
    THIRD TRIP BACK On your third trip back to base, you will go buy a Blasting Wand and a Amplifying Tome if you got the money, or if you really have got spared some money up.
    FOURTH TRIP BACK On your Fourth Trip you go get [item=Rylai's Scepter]. From here on you can go on your own way, Here is some items you can think of taking:

    [item=Zhonya's Ring]: You can take this for more damage output and so on, i always take this because of the extreme amount of ap you get, and the activate there suit with Slicing Maelstrom. You can think of buying not only one but more of these if you want to.

    Lich Bane: You can go buy this one too, it is great because it got a 2 second cooldown and all of your cooldowns are above 2 seconds and with the ap you already got you will give you a extreme damage output. I always buy this after [item=Zhonya's Ring] if i got the money and it turns out to be a late game or i get feeded.

    After that i just go after more [item=Zhonya's Ring] until bag is full
    That was my build. hope you like it, i will really encourage you to make your own, experiment with the items and so on, here comes some things that i recommend to use:


    Boots of Mobility: I use this like 100 % of the time and can't get enough of the lovely speed, sometimes i switch it out with Sorcerer's Shoes in late game to get more damage output.

    Sorcerer's Shoes: Its always good to have more magic penetration it lets you damage more and ye thats the only reason. If i don't want Boots of Mobility then i take these because of the damage output.

    Mercury's Treads: It is recommended because if you get focused or they got alot of disable then it is good, it lets you survive many things and gives you the chance to run away so yes alot of reason to take em.

    Well That is the Boots i recommend.

    Other Items that i Recommend
    (these recommended items also include the above items Lich Bane and [item=Zhonya's Ring])

    Void Staff: If the enemy team got alot of Magic Resistance and you want alot of magic penetration.

    Guinsoo's Rageblade: if you want some cheap attack speed, attack damage and ability power.

    Abyssal Scepter: If you want to take some of the enemy magic resistance and want some ability power too.

  • How to Fight

    1 vs 1: When you play 1 versus 1 you need to start off with a Thundering Shuriken or Lightning Rush and use the other spell like, Thundering Shuriken -> Lightning Rush -> Electrical Surge.
    You can always use different combos of that combo there but remember to use the Electrical Surge last because you can't use it without any marks, and always REMEMBER to use the Electrical Surge.
    If you got Slicing Maelstrom then pop that one when the enemy is in range, if you want to scare him off then use it when he's just in range, and when you want to kill him then rush in with Slicing Maelstrom and Lightning Rush and then use a Thundering Shuriken or Electrical Surge to stun.

    2 vs 2: When you fight with a allied and versus 2 enemies or just one, then you need to engage with Flash -> Lightning Rush -> Electrical Surge -> Thundering Shuriken (and if you got it -> Slicing Maelstrom and just let the fight go on. (this doesn't need to do only in 2v2, always use Flash because if you pop [spell_text=Lightning Rush and then that the enemy wouldn't be prepared and can't get away before you stun him.

    Teamfight: In a Teamfight you need to wait until someone engage, then you will rush in with Lightning Rush + Flash -> Slicing Maelstrom ( -> [item=Zhonya's Ring] if you have it) -> Electrical Surge -> Thundering Shuriken. You can fit around with the different Tactics and so on and the different combos but these are the most basic combos after me and i use em really much because they are so damn good ^^.

  • Creep Jungling

    How to creep jungle you ask me? Well kennen isn't a jungler but if you needed to jungle like really needed to do it then its actualy easy you start with the golem and go over by the normal route to lizard and so on, you need to start with Lightning Rush and hit all the 3 enemy minions, the little ones and the golem or lizard, and then you need to hit the golem alot with both Thundering Shuriken and Electrical Surge, and rememeber that you need to hit with all the spells and only use your Lightning Rush once or you will waste your Mark of the Storm.


  • Farming

    It is easy, and logical just use your Lightning Rush and then use Electrical Surge and Thundering Shuriken
    Here's a example on how to farm :)

  • Final Summary

    I will start off to give alot of credit to CrazyShuda's guide: Kennen: Let's do it it really helped me alot and i used it a little as a template but tried alot to make it original and i hope i did :).
    i hope you can use my guide and if you need a subject then comment in the guide or something and i will try make the subject or if you got any questions then just go ahead and ask, or if you even got some feedback then come with it!
    if you like then Thumbs it up :D

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