Best Kennen Build Guide | Runes | Spells | Items in League of Legends

Do you love to zap your enemies with thunderbolts? Then this Kennen build will turn you into the ultimate ninja master

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Best Kennen Build Guide | Runes | Spells | Items in League of Legends

Kennen is a mage played usually in the top lane, mid lane, or even as a support. No matter the role, his auto attacks, and ability power are a constant threat to enemy champions, whether it is in the laning phase or during team fights, thanks to his massive crowd control. In this section, you'll find a solution to your "best kennen build runes spells items league of legends" Google searches.

Best Kennen Build

When Kennen throws shurikens with his auto attacks, champions from the enemy team gain a stack of "Mark of the Storm" when the enemy champions reach three stacks, the target is stunned. His passive can also be stacked with abilities, therefore, with a single combo, you can stun the entire enemy team during team fights, or an enemy champion alone while dealing tons of magic damage thanks to his ability power.


Best Kennen Runes

Kennen's best runes seek to take advantage of his high magic damage from abilities such as "Lighting Rush", "Electrical Surge", or even "Thundering Shuriken" during a team fight. From the sorcery tree "Summon Aery", and "Scorch" grant some extra magic damage ideal to avoid engaging with melee champions. Finally, "Transcendence" gives some nice ability haste.

Best Rune PathSorcery

Best Keystone
Summon Aery

Best Slot 1 (Rune)
Nimbus Cloak

Taste of Blood

Best Slot 2 (Rune)

Best Slot 3 (Rune)

Treasure Hunter

"Taste of Blood" will heal as you use your basic attack, while "Treasure Hunter" will fill your pockets with gold quickly.

Best Rune Shards

In the "Offense" socket go with Attack Speed to constantly stun when you get an enemy hit with your autos.

+10% Attack Speed
+9 Adaptive Force
+6 Armor

For "Flex" use Adaptive Force, to improve your ability power, and by consequence, your magic damage of abilities such as "Thundering shuriken", "Electrical Surge", or even "Slicing Maelstrom". Use Armor in the third socket to resist attack damage in the early game.

Best Kennen Spells

“Flash” is an almost universal choice from the summoner spells for most top laners and League of Legends champions in general.



“Teleport” will help you return quickly to your tower if you happen to be losing in a match.


Best Kennen Abilities Order

His best skill order starts with "Thundering Shuriken", to then focus on "Electrical Surge", and finally "Lighting Rush". As always, you want to invest points in your "Slicing Maelstrom". When you play Kennen, you overall ability power in the early game will come from your "Thundering Shuriken", and as he deals magic damage, you get to stun an enemy multiple times if you use his skill order correctly.


During team fights, it might be hard to use his auto attacks on multiple enemies to stack "Mark of the Storm", therefore, you want to use "Lighting Rush" previous engaging to gain bonus attack speed and bonus movement speed in a team fight, hence the importance of his skill order in League of Legends.

Best Items

Kennen's best items start with a physical one despite his predominant ability power, so he can hit a bit harder an enemy champion with his autos.

Best Starter Kennen Items

"Doran's Blade" will make any enemy melee champion or nearby enemies respect your range as you safely last hit minions with a basic attack.

Doran’s Blade
Health Potion
Stealth Ward

Best Mid Game Kennen Items 

With these items, you gain enough ability haste to use frequently "Electrical Surge" and "Lightning Rush" as well as to deal huge damage thanks to the stun duration from "Mark of the Storm" in League of Legends.

Hextech Rocketbelt
Sorcerer’s Shoes

Thanks to the third item you also get bonus health and bonus damage, hence Kennen's high burst damage and devastating electrical energy from "Slicing Maelstrom".

Best Final Late Game Kennen Items 

In the late game, "Lightning Rush" becomes really important for him, since Kennen transforms into an electric ball that increases Kennen's mobility ability, and after exiting "Lightning Rush" he gains attack speed, necessary to stun enemies quicker with "Mark of the Storm" when auto attacking and using "Slicing Maelstorm" high burst damage.

Hextech Rocketbelt
Sorcerer’s Shoes
Zhonya’s Hourglass
Void Staff
Rabadon’s Deathcap

These items make "Mark of the Storm" a true pain in League of Legends, because allows Kennen to stun, penetrate any magic resist or even apply grievous wounds if you use "Morellonomicon" instead.

Best Champions to pair Kennen with 

Kennen's best mates are those who can stun as well to create a chain of CC during a team fight, being Rammus the best due to his high resistance and stuns as well.

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Xin Zhao and Kindred are excellent partners as well because they can protect him with their ultimates while he's dealing damage with his own.

Strongest Champions against Kennen

Melee champions such as Mordekaiser, Sejuani, and Shen are Kennen's doom, and not even "Electrical Surge" or his other abilities can save him from them.


Weakest Champions against Kennen

Champions such as Akali, Yone, and Volibear can't stand a chance against Kannen, even more in the laning phase and his on hit effect from "Mark of the Storm"


Kennen is hands-down a fun champion to play in League of Legends, and an impossible matchup in the right hands. If you’re looking forward to learning how to play with him, then make sure to follow this, his best build.

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