Kayn Wild Rift Guide: Breakdown of Builds, Runes, Combos, and Strategies

Author: Son Acton

Kayn Wild Rift is a jungle champion. There are 2 fighting modes: Darkin (Red) and Shadow Assassin (Blue). With the Darkin mode, Kayn lacks mobility so he must build defensive items. On the other hand, the Shadow Assassin mode will build lethality items for high damage. Below are the item build for Kayn Wild Rift according to the latest Meta.

Kayn Wild Rift

Kayn Wild Rift

Patch 5.0a

Fighter Fighter - Average - Position: jungle

Damage: Mix

Power Spike







Tier A
Win Rate 49.97%
Pick Rate 9.2
Ban Rate 9.8%
Kayn Wild Rift Build
Kayn: Wild Rift Build Guide

Kayn's Item Build & Runes

Kayn Red runes Win 78.23% and Pick 72.31%

  • ConquerorConqueror
  • TriumphTriumph
  • Coup de GraceCoup de Grace
  • Legend: TenacityLegend: Tenacity
  • TRANSCENDENCETranscendence

Kayn Blue runes Mid with Win 53.92% and Pick 54.45%

  • First StrikeFirst Strike
  • Sudden ImpactSudden Impact
  • Mark of the WeakMark of the Weak
  • Eyeball CollectorEyeball Collector
  • TRANSCENDENCETranscendence

Build Kayn Wild Rift with the highest win rate

  • Item Youmuu's Ghostblade Youmuu's Ghostblade
  • Item The Collector The Collector
  • Item Maw of Malmortius Maw of Malmortius
  • Item Edge of Night Edge of Night
  • Item Guardian Angel Guardian Angel
  • Item Gluttonous Greaves Gluttonous Greaves

Kayn Wild Rift China build

  • Item  Boots of Dynamism Boots of Dynamism
  • Item  Youmuu's Ghostblade Youmuu's Ghostblade
  • Item  The Collector The Collector
  • Item  Edge of Night Edge of Night
  • Item  Duskblade of Draktharr Duskblade of Draktharr
  • Item  Guardian Angel Guardian Angel

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Kayn's Runes

In the Darkin form, Kayn is more suited for melee combat and takes a lot of damage. Therefore, I suggest you choose the runes for damage, lifesteal, and crowd control resistance.

Conqueror is the best rune for Kayn in the Darkin form, as it gives him both damage and 8% lifesteal. Having lifesteal means he can heal more and stay longer in the fight.

Triumph, Kayn has the ability to appear unexpectedly and deal damage quickly, so he has a good chance of killing his target. Every time he successfully kills an enemy champion, Kayn will heal 10% of his health from Triumph.

Coup de Grace, I choose this rune because my way of fighting is to appear suddenly and choose a low-health target to kill first. With 7% extra damage from this rune, Kayn will be much more dangerous.

Legend: Tenacity, Kayn is very afraid of being slowed or stunned because his durability is not very good. That’s why I choose this rune. “Power Up” REAPING SLASH is Kayn’s main damage skill and I want the cooldown to be very fast so I can use it continuously, so I choose this rune.

In the Shadow Assassin form, Kayn will be a very mobile assassin. We will need runes for damage and armor penetration.

First Strike, in addition to giving the ability to hack gold, also gives 9% true damage. The first step to becoming an assassin

Sudden Impact is very suitable for the playstyle of going through walls and attacking enemies unexpectedly. With 13 armor penetration and 13 magic penetration, it will reduce the enemy’s resistance.

Mark of the Weak increases damage by 4-7%

Eyeball Collection is a rune that helps Kayn increase damage every time he successfully kills an enemy.

Kayn Build Breakdown

Kayn’s main role is to hunt and kill ADC and ADP champions. Therefore, the main build direction will be items for damage and armor penetration.

However, Kayn is not very durable. He deals damage to an enemy champion and then goes near the terrain to escape when in danger.

So at the end of the game, he will need at least one defensive item whether in Darkin (Red) or Shadow Assassin (blue) form.

The items he must have are Youmuu’s Ghostblade and The Collector

The third item can be one of the following items: Mortal Reminder, Duskblade of Draktharr, SERPENT’S FANG

The fourth item I usually build is Edge of Night or Guardian Angel

Kayn position


Kayn's summoner spells

Smite + flash

Kayn ability

Kayn's skill order

Kayn's skill order

Kayn's abilities


Choose the “Shadow Assassin” (blue) form if the enemy team has many champions with long range and weak durability. Otherwise, choose the “Darkin Brute” (red) form to stand in the front line and create a lot of crowd control.

When in Shadow Assassin form, attack in a hit-and-run style. Attack and then go into the terrain to avoid taking damage immediately. The purpose is to activate the passive that increases 44% damage for the attack.

In Darkin form, you will heal 22% of your health based on the damage dealt. This means the more damage you deal, the more health you heal.


I note that this skill gives Kayn the ability to dash forward. This means that if you are low on health, you can choose to use REAPING SLASH to escape.


I think this skill is most useful in Darkin form for the knock-up effect.


This skill is much more mobile in Shadow Assassin form. Remember that this skill will heal Kayn.


I will use this skill right after the surprise ends. That is, when you attack unexpectedly from the terrain. The enemy will surely fight back. So right then, enter the enemy to avoid damage and to recover your skills. This leads to me being more proactive than the enemy.

How to play Kayn

Blue is fine, red is fine, as long as you transform as soon as possible. Kayn is very dependent on his passive. He is very weak before transforming. Therefore, try every way to transform as fast as possible.




Kayn pros and cons


You can attack from unexpected angles.

You can attack continuously without stopping.

You can transform to suit any team composition.

In Shadow Assassin form, a standard combo can kill the enemy ADC.


Dependent on the passive.

ComboCombo Kayn.
Game PlayKayn game play.

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