Mobile Legends: Karina Item Build Guide

Updated on April 30, 2018
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Mobile Legends Karina Item Build Guide
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Do you like using Karina in Mobile Legends: Bang Bang? If your answer is yes, then this guide is for you!

As the Shadow Blade, Karina needs to be equipped with the right items in order for her to be able to swiftly assassinate her enemies. Fortunately, this guide provides item build ideas for you to use on Karina so you can lead her to victory.

Without further ado, here are the three item builds that synchronize well with Karina’s deadly, magical assassination techniques. You can follow them to a tee or even tweak them a little bit. Do whatever it takes to be a legend!

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Magic Burst Item Build

Karina is both an assassin and a mage. Thus, her defining dimension is the ability to effortlessly assassinate anyone with a sudden burst of magic. It is certain that she is already an extremely dangerous individual, but equipping her with the Magic Burst Item Build highlights her lethality even more!

This item build concentrates on strengthening Karina’s skills by raising both her magic power and magical penetration to the highest degrees. As implied by the name of this build, the goal is to wreak a powerful magic burst capable of dealing the highest damage in the shortest period of time possible. All the pieces of equipment listed here are meant to greatly increase the damaging power of Karina’s skills. That being said, the only work that's left for you is to find the best timing for the assassination!

Notice that there are no spell vamp items listed here in this build. This means that you'll have to evade damage from the enemies as much as you can. You’ll also be going back to the base a lot for recovery. Remember that with this build, you’re a full-fledged magical assassin. The strategy is to try to evade the enemies as much as possible and find the best opportunity to go in for the kill! Sooner or later, blood will be spilled, and you will be going to stand atop a mountain of enemy corpses.

1. Calamity Reaper

  • +70 Magic Power
  • +400 Mana
  • +10% Cooldown Reduction
  • Unique Passive (Calamity) – Deals extra true damage equal to 120% of magic power with the next basic attack after using a skill. This effect has a cooldown of 1.5 seconds.

Calamity Reaper works really well with Karina’s basic attack and skills. Since most of her skills are spammable, it is assured that the unique passive of this item will always trigger. The extra magic power, mana, and cooldown reduction also helps a lot!

2. Arcane Boots

  • +15 Magical Penetration
  • +40% Movement Speed (Unique)

Arcane Boots boost the damaging power of Karina’s skills by bypassing a portion of the magic resistance of enemies.

3. Glowing Wand

  • +75 Magic Power
  • +5% Movement Speed
  • +15 Magical Penetration
  • Unique Passive (Scorch) – Burns enemies for 3 seconds after a skill hits them. The burning effect deals 2%/2.5%/3% of the enemies’ current HP as magical damage for at least 10 points.

Glowing Wand has a unique passive that serves as a great compliment with Karina’s Combo Hit passive skill. With this item on hand, not only does Karina’s basic attack deals extra true damage equal to 10% of the enemies’ lost HP on every third attack, she also deals an extra bonus magical damage equal to 2%/2.5%/3% of the enemies’ current HP for 3 seconds after using a skill. The magic power, magic penetration, and movement speed boost also make Karina more deadly when she’s trying to carry out an assassination.

4. Holy Crystal

  • +90 Magic Power
  • +25% Magic Power (Unique)
  • Unique Passive (Exterminate) – Increases magical attack damage by 15% after a skill hits a target. The next skill damage cancels this effect. This effect has a duration of 3 seconds and a cooldown of 10 seconds.

Holy Crystal adds a lot of magic power. And the more magic power Karina has, the more damage her skills can deal!

5. Devil Tears

  • +65 Magic Power
  • +40% Magical PEN
  • Unique Passive (Spellbreaker) – Increases the magical penetration bonus of this item by 30% if the HP of the owner is higher than 70%.

Devil Tears bypasses a significant portion of the magic resistance of enemies. This means more damage to them! Also, if Karina’s HP is kept above 70%, then this item will strengthen the penetrative power of her skills even more!

6. Blood Wings

  • +150 Magic Power
  • +150 HP
  • Unique Passive (Nirvana) – Increases HP by 2 points for every 1 point of Magic Power.

Blood Wings is the ultimate magic item. It adds the highest amount of magic power in the game. And not only that, it also increases HP a lot. This item offers a lot of damage and survivability, which is great especially during the late game.

Magus Sin Item Build

This set of items accentuates Karina’s superb agility and precision as an assassin. Rather than damage, this build puts all the cards on speed. And as you know, one of Karina’s skills benefits a lot from attack speed. That skill is none other than—Combo Hit!

Combo Hit (Karina’s passive skill) enables her to deal damage equal to 10% of the enemies' lost HP on every third basic attack that she makes. This means that the faster she attacks, the more extra damage she can deal. And take note: the damage this passive skill deals only gets higher the more basic attacks Karina dishes out.

Since this build has its focus on speed, it amplifies the power of Karina’s passive skill to an unimaginable height. Despite the focus on attack speed, this build is surprisingly not too shabby at all when it comes to magic power. I’d say this build has the right amount of magic power provision to pair up with Karina’s attack speed for her to deal insane amounts of damage with her Combo Hit.

1. Calamity Reaper

  • +70 Magic Power
  • +400 Mana
  • +10% Cooldown Reduction
  • Unique Passive (Calamity) – Deals extra true damage equal to 120% of magic power with the next basic attack after using a skill. This effect has a cooldown of 1.5 seconds.

Calamity Reaper works really well with Karina’s basic attack and skills. Since most of her skills are spammable, it is assured that the unique passive of this item will always trigger. The extra magic power, mana, and cooldown reduction also helps a lot!

2. Swift Boots

  • +15% Attack Speed
  • +40 Movement Speed (Unique)

Swift Boots increase the attack speed of Karina. Thus, it allows her to make faster attacks that can trigger her Combo Hit passive skill many times more.

3. Concentrated Energy

  • +70 Magic Power
  • +700 HP
  • +30% Spell Vampirism
  • Unique Passive (Recharge) – Regenerates 10% of total HP after killing a hero.

Concentrated Energy allows Karina to recover some HP with each skill assault and hero kill. This, in turn, increases her survivability and lessens her need to go back to the base for HP recovery.

4. Feather of Heaven

  • +65 Magic Power
  • +30% Attack Speed
  • Unique Passive (Affliction) – Deals 40% of the hero’s AP as bonus damage with each basic attack.
  • Unique Passive (Derive) – Increases the spell vampirism effect by 8%.

Feather of Heaven is a must-have item for mages that do not only rely on their skills, but also make full use of their basic attack. This item increases both magic power and attack speed. Additionally, it also significantly increases damage with each basic attack and provides a small spell vampirism effect bonus.

5. Holy Crystal

  • +90 Magic Power
  • +25% Magic Power (Unique)
  • Unique Passive (Exterminate) – Increases magical attack damage by 15% after a skill hits a target. The next skill damage cancels this effect. This effect has a duration of 3 seconds and a cooldown of 10 seconds.

Holy Crystal adds a lot of magic power. And the more magic power Karina has, the more damage her skills can deal!

6. Devil Tears

  • +65 Magic Power
  • +40% Magical PEN
  • Unique Passive (Spellbreaker) – Increases the magical penetration bonus of this item by 30% if the HP of the owner is higher than 70%.

Devil Tears bypasses a significant portion of the magic resistance of enemies. This means more damage to them! Also, if Karina’s HP is kept above 70%, then this item will strengthen the penetrative power of her skills even more!

Hybrid Mage Item Build

The Hybrid Mage Item Build, as the name suggests, is a hybrid item build between the Magic Burst Item Build and the Magus Sin Item Build. While it enjoys the best of both worlds, it is also quite gimmicky and experimental.

This build has speed, magic power, attack power, lifesteal, and spell vampirism affixed to it. It is basically a generalist build that can adapt into any situation in the hands of a very skilled player.

It is noteworthy to know that with this build, jungling becomes even more of a priority. That is why Star Shard is the first item listed here. After gaining a lot of experience and gold, then can you begin amassing all the other core items for your benefit. This is still a deadly item build, nonetheless, but it certainly is not as straightforward as the others. The goal of this one is to out-farm all the enemies until you can buy all your items, replace your Star Shard with a Holy Crystal, Devil Tears, or Bloody Wings as you final item, and slaughter them all in a bloody magic rampage!

1. Star Shard

  • +35 Magic Power
  • +25 Mana Regeneration
  • +30% Damage to Monsters
  • Unique Passive (Greed) – Gains 30% extra experience when jungling. Also, regains 4% of total HP and 10% of total Mana after killing a jungle monster.
  • Unique Passive (Gorge) – Increases damage by 0.5% every time a jungle monster is killed. This effect stacks up to 2 times. Also, the “Retribution” battle spell becomes applicable to enemy heroes by having the effect of reducing movement speed by 70%, which gradually decays within 3 seconds.

Star Shard helps Karina farm with extreme ease in the early game. Since Karina has an extreme reliance towards farming, having this item ensures that she can easily jungle and gain experience and gold fast. This item is not needed in the late game, however, so feel free to exchange it for a Holy Crystal, Devil Tears, or Bloody Wings as soon as you complete your item set.

2. Magic Shoes

  • +10% Cooldown Reduction
  • +40 Movement Speed (Unique)

Magic Shoes help in reducing the cooldown of Karina’s skills for better spammability.

3. Endless Battle

  • +65 Physical Attack
  • +25 Mana Regeneration
  • +250 HP
  • +10% Cooldown Reduction
  • +5% Movement Speed
  • +15% Lifesteal
  • Unique Passive (Divine Justice) – Deals extra true damage equal to 85% of physical attack with the next basic attack after using a skill. This effect has a cooldown of 1.5 seconds.
  • Unique Passive (Chase) – Increases the hero’s movement speed by 15% whenever Divine Justice is triggered.

Endless Battle may be an overlooked item for Karina, but looking at its statistics—it sure has a lot of benefits! With all its bonuses, it works pretty well with Karina, not only with her basic attack, but also with her skills. While this item greatly enhances Karina’s basic attack, it also gives enough mana regeneration, cooldown reduction, movement speed bonus to make her skills even more effective.

4. Calamity Reaper

  • +70 Magic Power
  • +400 Mana
  • +10% Cooldown Reduction
  • Unique Passive (Calamity) – Deals extra true damage equal to 120% of magic power with the next basic attack after using a skill. This effect has a cooldown of 1.5 seconds.

Calamity Reaper works really well with Karina’s basic attack and skills. Since most of her skills are spammable, it is assured that the unique passive of this item will always trigger. The extra magic power, mana, and cooldown reduction also helps a lot!

5. Concentrated Energy

  • +70 Magic Power
  • +700 HP
  • +30% Spell Vampirism
  • Unique Passive (Recharge) – Regenerates 10% of total HP after killing a hero.

Concentrated Energy allows Karina to recover some HP with each skill assault and hero kill. This, in turn, increases her survivability and lessens her need to go back to the base for HP recovery.

6. Feather of Heaven

  • +65 Magic Power
  • +30% Attack Speed
  • Unique Passive (Affliction) – Deals 40% of the hero’s AP as bonus damage with each basic attack.
  • Unique Passive (Derive) – Increases the spell vampirism effect by 8%.

Feather of Heaven is a must-have item for mages that do not only rely on their skills, but also make full use of their basic attack. This item increases both magic power and attack speed. Additionally, it also significantly increases damage with each basic attack and provides a small spell vampirism effect bonus.

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