Kennen Build Guide for Wild Rift

Build Kennen with confidence with the help of WildRiftFire's build guides. Whether you are completely new to Kennen or looking to refine your playstyle, we will help you take your Wild Rift game to the next level. Learn Kennen's abilities in detail, the best items to build, which skills to level first, and more. Kennen is ranked Tier A (Solo Lane) in our Champion Tier List
Kennen
Kennen Baron Lane The Heart of the Tempest
Patch 3.2c
Recommended Role Solo Lane

Kennen's Item Build

Starting Item
Amplifying Tome
Amplifying Tome
Core Items
Rabadon's Deathcap
Rabadon's Deathcap
Infinity Orb
Infinity Orb
Void Staff
Void Staff
Boots
Ionian Boots of Lucidity
Ionian Boots of Lucidity
Stasis
Stasis
Final Build
Rabadon's Deathcap
Rabadon's Deathcap
Infinity Orb
Infinity Orb
Void Staff
Void Staff
Liandry's Torment
Liandry's Torment
Morellonomicon
Morellonomicon
Ionian Boots of Lucidity
Ionian Boots of Lucidity
Stasis
Stasis

Kennen's Spells & Runes

Summoner Spells
Flash
Flash
Barrier
Barrier
Runes
Conqueror
Conqueror
Brutal
Brutal
Nullifying Orb
Nullifying Orb
Hunter - Genius
Hunter - Genius

Kennen's Skill Order

Mark of the Storm Mark of the Storm (Passive)
Thundering Shuriken
  • Thundering Shuriken
Electrical Surge
  • Electrical Surge
Lightning Rush
  • Lightning Rush
Slicing Maelstrom
  • Slicing Maelstrom
Quick Skill Order
Thundering Shuriken
Electrical Surge
Lightning Rush

How to play Kennen



Kennen is an ability power champion with mobility, huge crowd control, and damage. This build is for the top lane, however, Kennen can be also played in the mid lane. He can do quite well in the early game against  melee champion as he is ranged. He can poke down enemies a lot with his effective auto attacks and abilities. Kennen does not use mana when using abilities he has energy instead, so just make sure you keep an eye on this so you don't run out when using a lot of abilities. Once Kennen roams and groups with his teammates, this is where he can make a difference with his ultimate, Slicing Maelstrom, being a huge team fight ability that can win the game.

Kennen's Abilities


Mark of the Storm (Passive)

Hitting enemies with abilities places a Mark of the Storm on them for a few seconds. At 3 stacks, the enemy is stunned for just over a second and Kennen gains energy. Knowing when to engage is all dependent on how many stacks you have on the enemy champions. If you have 2 stacks and you can get a 3rd stack easily, you can engage and deal a lot of damage.

Stunning an enemy multiple times within 6 seconds reduces the stun duration to just under a second. This shouldn't affect how you play because you can still deal a significant amount of damage.

Thundering Shuriken (1)

Kennen throws a shuriken dealing magic damage to the first enemy hit. This is a long-range poke ability that you can use for great effect during the lane phase, and it has a short cooldown.

You can also use Thundering Shuriken to safely last hit minions from a distance if you don't feel comfortable enough walking up and auto-attacking them.

Electrical Surge (2)

This ability has a passive and an active. The passive makes every 5th attack deal bonus magic damage and apply a Mark of the Storm. You can tell how many auto attacks you are on and how many you have left until your 5th one just underneath Kennen's Energy Bar.

Make sure to use your empowered auto-attack on the enemy champion so you can follow it up with your other abilities to apply your passive or harass with the Electrical Surge active. The active shocks nearby enemies afflicted by Mark of the Storm dealing magic damage.

Lightning Rush (3)

Kennen transforms into an electric ball for a few seconds, becoming unable to attack but gaining bonus movement speed and dealing magic damage to enemies he passes through. This is Kennen's mobility ability that allows him to engage or disengage easily.

The bonus movement speed is doubled during the first half of a second. Kennen gains bonus attack speed for a few seconds upon exiting Lighting Rush. You can tap on the ability again to deactivate it so you can attack again if needed.

Slicing Maelstrom (Ultimate)

Kennen summons a storm that grants him Armor and Magic Resist and deals magic damage for half a second for up to 3 seconds. This is Kennen's main teamfight ability that allows him to carry any teamfight that comes his way. Each subsequent bolt against the same target deals increased damage.

Kennen Build Breakdown


Rabadon's Deathcap
Infinity Orb
Void Staff
Liandry's Torment
Morello-nomicon
Ionian Boots of Lucidity - Stasis

Kennen builds ability power to help with the damage from his abilities. Rabadon's Deathcap is a great first item for Kennen because of how much damage it gives him. Slicing Maelstrom is such an important ultimate and the more damage you can do the more impact you can make in team fights. After Rabadon's Deathcap, you want to build more ability power so his abilities can do more damage and your ultimate can get stronger. This gives you the opportunity to turn a team fight and win the game.


For runes we have:

Conqueror

With Kennen, you will be auto-attacking from range a lot and you have some abilities to poke down the enemies which can get you stacks really quick. This allows you to deal even more damage during the game.

Brutal

A good way to get some extra ability power that can help at all stages of the game.

Nullifying Orb

Nullifying Orb is a great rune that gives Kennen a shield that absorbs incoming damage when he drops low on health. This will help you survive that little bit longer so you can escape to safety or go in for the killing blow.

Hunter - Genius

Kennen will always be involved in team fights and he will get a lot of takedowns. After every unique takedown, Kennen gets Ability Haste so she can use her abilities more often.

Flash
Barrier

For summoner spells, Flash is a must on most champions. It's a great spell to get out of a situation or if you are trying to go in for that killing blow. For the 2nd spell, it's best to go for Barrier. This helps Kennen survive if you get engaged on especially early on as Kennen does not have a lot of health.

Early Game


With Kennen, you can use his range to your advantage early on. Make sure you poke with your auto attacks and abilities when you can vs melee champions however keep track of the enemy minions attacking you as sometimes they can do a lot of damage. One thing you need to be careful of is if the enemy jumps onto you and you get into melee range. Kennen does not have the most health early on and you can die pretty quickly. Make sure you use Lightning Rush to get away from enemies and keep your distance.

Late Game


As soon as you hit level 5 with Kennen and get access to Slicing Maelstrom, you should look to group with your team and team fight straight away. The first opportunity you will have will be at 4 minutes when the first dragon spawns. Make sure you go back to base buy items and then rotate to the dragon with your team so you're able to group up and use your ultimate to your advantage. Kennen does not do well in 1 vs 1 situations so make sure you don't get caught by yourself and stay with your team at all times so when you use your ultimate they can follow up and kill the enemy team.

Conclusion


Kennen is one of the best team fight champions in the game! If you like to group up with your team and focus on team fighting and winning with your team then Kennen is the go-to champion for you. He is also a safe champion in the laning phase as long as you keep your distance 


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