Karina: Shadow Blade
Mobile Legends’ Shadow Blade, Karina is a mobile assassin capable of charging in and bursting down priority targets. Karina is best played in the Jungle role.
Check out recommended items, emblems, spells as well as tips and tricks below and see how strong Karina is in the Season 15 tier list.
Recommended Karina Builds
+10% Cooldown Reduction
+40 Movement Speed
+70 Magic Power
+3 Mana Regen
+10% Cooldown Reduction
Unique Passive – ‘Calamity’: After using a skill, the next basic attack deals extra True Damage equal to 120% Magic Attack. 1.5s Cooldown. Briefly raises movement speed by 10%.
+70 Magic Power
+25% Magic Lifesteal
Unique Passive – ‘Recharge’: Killing an enemy hero recovers 10% HP.
+100 Magic Power
Unique Passive – ‘Mystery’: Increases Magic Attack by 21%-35% scaling with level.
+65 Magic Power
+40% Magic Penetration
Unique Passive – ‘Spellbreaker’: When above 70% health, Magic Penetration granted by this item increased 30%.
+40 Physical Defense
Unique Passive – ‘Ressurect’: Upon taking fatal damage, resurrect 2 seconds later with 15% health and a 300-1000 HP shield that lasts 3 seconds (scaling with level.) 180 second cooldown.
Jungle Emblem: Brutal, Swift, Veteran Hunter
After attacking a target twice continuously, Karina’s third attack will deal extra True Damage to the target equal to 10% of their lost HP.
Karina enters an elusive state for 3 seconds, becoming immune to basic attacks and speeding up by 35%. Her next basic attack will let her cast off her elusive state and deal extra magic damage with crit damage. Target will be slowed by 40% for 2 seconds.
Kills or assists reduce this skill’s cooldown by 60%.
Dance of Death
Karina brandishes her double swords, dealing magic damage to surrounding enemies.
Kills or assists will reduce this skill’s cooldown by 60%.
Karina rapidly rushes toward a target, dealing heavy magic damage. Kills immediately reset Shadow Transition’s cooldown. Assists reduce its cooldown by 80%.
|Movement Speed: 260||Physical Attack: 121|
|Magic Power: 0||Physical Defense: 20|
|Magic Defense: 10||HP: 2633|
|Mana: 431||Attack Speed: 0.9|
|HP Regen: 39||Mana Regen: 16|
|Basic Crit Chance: 0||Skill Crit Chance: 0|
Tips & Tricks
Karina is a highly offensive oriented magic assassin designed to infiltrate enemy lines, eliminate key targets and get out without a scratch. As a result, she’s very squishy and needs to use her mobility and elusiveness to avoid death.
As a mage assassin, Karina can focus on building heavy damage items to mow down the opposition. This means it’s very important for her to farm in the jungle for the early part of the game so that she can maintain a gold advantage and obtain the items she needs to ramp up.
Start with the basic jungle item and Retribution spell to make early clears easier. Feel free to sell the base jungle item rather than upgrade it once farming becomes less important — Karina doesn’t benefit too highly from anything the Star Shard offers; she has high mobility to not need the upgraded Retribution, and enemies should be killed before she takes too much damage to need the heal on death. If you do decide to upgrade the jungle item, upgrade it to Star Shard.
Karina’s abilities give her nice damage, mobility and even defensive measures to get her out of a stick situation.
Karina can initiate a fight with her ultimate ability Shadow Transition, bursting the enemy down and then using Dance of Death if more damage is needed. Casting Elusiveness can work to avoid a marksman’s basic attacks when needing to get out.
Using Karina’s ability resets on kills will take practice, but will separate a good Karina from a great one. To better do this, be sure to assess team fights carefully, knowing when to dodge and avoid enemy spells and who to engage on properly in order to snowball your burst damage into reset after reset!
Karina can use the Jungle Emblem page for help with her early clears. The extra damage to monsters from Brutal can help her clear camps faster and avoid having to waste gold on upgrading the jungle item. Swift will increase her attack speed, helpful in the jungle and out.
None of the final talents are particularly amazing — either Veteran Hunter or Mage Killer would be the better choice considering Karina is unlikely to upgrade the jungle item to make use of Wild Power.
Veteran Hunter will get you more gold in the jungle, and Mage Killer will help you secure important jungle objectives more easily.