Mobile Legends Karina Guide: Best Build, Emblem and Gameplay Tips

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Karina is one of the Magic damage-dealing Assasins in Mobile Legends: Bang Bang. Due to her low pick rate in Ranked matches in MLBB, she has recently been revamped in the game. This has brought new changes to her looks, skills and abilities, making Revamped Karina much deadlier than before. In this guide, we will cover how to build and play Karina in Mobile Legends, starting from her skills, to emblems and spell recommendations, and finally to items and gameplay tips.  Now without further ado let’s just jump into the MLBB battlefield with Karina, looking at her unique deadly abilities.

We have previously discussed how to master playing with other Mobile Legends heroes like MiyaLing, WanwanPharsaCarmillaSilvanna, HayabusaAtlasLuo YiYu Zhong, Aurora, Khaleed, Freya, Khufra, X.Borg, Lesley, Tigreal, Hylos, Valir, Cecilion, Lylia, Uranus, Barats, Odette, Angela, Vale, Rafaela, Hanzo, Esmeralda, Brody, Lapu-Lapu, Nana, Benedetta, Hilda, Mathilda, Selena, Miya, Jawhead, Chou, Paquito, Thamuz, Lunox, Yi Sun-Shin, Yve, Gatotkaca, Karrie, Ruby, Beatrix, Gloo, Argus, Baxia, Granger, Phoveus, Hanabi, Alpha, and Harley. So make sure to check these hero guides as well. For now, let’s focus on Karina.

Skill Analysis

Karina is a hero with the common four skill sets of one passive and three actives. In this Karina guide, let’s see her abilities in Mobile Legends, and when you can use which skill to get the best out of her.

Passive – Shadow Combo

After attacking the same target twice, Karina’s third attack will deal extra damage to the enemy. This is equal to 13% of their lost HP plus (+5 * Hero Level) True Damage. If the target is an enemy hero, her non-Ultimate, which is Skill 1 and Skill 2 Cooldown will be reduced by a second.

Skill 1 – Dance of Blades (Buff Skill)

Karina keeps flourishing her twin blades as she enters the ‘Dance of Blades‘ state for up to 3.5 s. In this state, she increases her movement speed by 34/38/41/44/47/50% and blocks all Basic Attacks dealing 100/120/140/160/180/200 (+30% of Total Magic Power), which is the amount of Magic damage to the attacker. This is throwing a Shadowblade if hit by a ranged attack or launching a spinning slash at melee attackers. This effect has a built-in cooldown of 0.4s. Karina’s Basic Attacks and Shadow Assault end Dance of Blades, but making her next Basic Attack deal 160/180/200/240/260 (+55% Total Magic Power) Critical Magic damage, inflicting 40% slow effects for 1s.

This skill is very useful as a defensive skill and offensive skill. The increase in movement speed makes it easier to catch up with fleeing enemies or run away from them. The reflected basic attack is very useful while dealing with basic attack-dependent heroes like Lesley, Claude, Hanabi, Zilong, Sun, Irithel, and Beatrix, etc.

Skill 2 – Dance of Death (AOE Damage)

Karina brandishes her twin blades dealing 305/330/355/380/405/430 (+115% Total Magic Power) amount of Magic Damage to surrounding enemies. This skill is very important in dealing with a large amount of magic damage to multiple enemies at once. It is also Karina’s main damage skill because of its low cooldown.

Skill 3 – Shadow Assault

Karina charges at the enemy hero, dealing 450/600/750 (+60% Total Magic Power) Amount of Magic Damage. Additionally, she inflicts a Shadow Mark upon it and leaving a Shadowform behind it. This would last around for 5s. The cooldown is reset when a target with Shadow Mark dies. This does increase the chance of killing multiple enemies after a successful assassination.

Use Again: Karina rapidly travels over to the Shadowform’s location, dealing 150/200/250 (+50% Total Magic Power) amount of Magic Damage to all enemies in her path. This Ultimate is very useful since one can easily blink and deal very high magic damage to enemies. If well placed, this skill can help wipe out Enemy heroes within seconds.

Skill-Up Method for Karina

One must prioritize Skill 2 since it is her primary damage skill, followed by upgrade Skill 1 accordingly. Skill 3 can be upgraded whenever available.

Best Emblem Set and Spells for Karina in Mobile Legends

Emblem Set

Mobile Legends Karina Guide
Recommended Emblem Set in Mobile Legends

Since she deals with High Magic Damage, one can opt for the Custom Mage emblem. In the first tier, players are advised to choose Flow because of the extra magic power it grants. While in the second tier, one must choose Observation which grants extra Magic Penetration. While in the third tier, players are advised to choose Magic Worship since it burns targets when they receive damage. This is more than 7% of their maximum HP. This stat is good for a high-burst Magic Damage Dealer like Karina.

Battle Spells

Retribution is the recommended spell to consider when using Karina. This will enable you to kill creeps easier and farm easily.

Best Builds for Karina in Mobile Legends

Mobile Legends Karina Guide
Best Builds for Karina in Mobile Legends
  • The First item, Jungling Boot, Ice Hunter’s Arcane Boots grants movement speed and additional magic penetration.
  • The next item, Calamity Reaper greatly enhances one’s basic attack, while granting extra Magic Power, Mana and CD reduction making it easier to decimate enemies.
  • Next item should be Shadow Twinblades, because it also enhances one’s basic attacks, while providing magic lifesteal, magic power and extra movement speed.
  • The next item is Concentrated Energy which increases Karina’s Magic Lifesteal making her more viable in the game.
  • Since Karina’s Damage scales with Magic Power, it is advisable to go for Holy Crystal which grants much Magic Power. One can also opt for Blood Wings or Lightening Truncheon, though they’re much more expensive than Holy Crystal.
  • Choose Divine Glaives because of the high magic penetration it grants. It is to be noted that the Core items for Karina are Ice Hunter’s Arcane Boots, Calamity Reaper, Shadow Twinblades and Concentrated Energy. Based on the situation, one can actually opt for Winter Truncheon as a Defensive tool in case of an ambush.

Mobile Legends Karina Gameplay Tips

It is to be noted that the best type of retribution that has to be used for Karina is ‘Rush Against‘ which steals enemies’ movement speed, increasing her own. According to her gameplay, we can break it down into three phases. Our Mobile Legends Karina guide includes the perfect game plan for the early, mid and late game.

Early Game

In the early game, one must go for the Red buff. This must be followed by the Purple buff. It is to be noted that to upgrade your retribution, one must kill 5 creeps or monsters. Therefore, after taking the Red and Purple buff, it can go for the Lithowander, thereby keeping an extra eye on the turtle.  By then, one should have reached Level 4 and unlocked your ultimate skill.

Mobile Legends Karina Guide
Karina in Mobile Legends

One should continue to assisting your teammate in the mid lane and easily assassinate the Enemy Mage or midlaner. One could go to Gold lane to assassinate enemy Marksmen or Carry heroes. It is to be noted that this should be done only if the Turtle hasn’t risen. In case the Turtle has risen, one must opt for the turtle before Assassinating enemy carry heroes.

Mid Game

In the Mid Game, the strategy should to keep rotating lanes and killing creeps. This could help to get more Exp. In this phase, one must try to be much more aggressive and invade enemy buffs while targeting enemy damage dealers. Her Skill 1 increases her movement speed. This makes her immune to basic attacks.

Mobile Legends Karina Guide
Karina on the battlefield

Thus, Karina can easily invade and eliminate enemy heroes without being caught red-handed. She might be the main target in the mid-phase, where Dance of Blades can be used as an escape tool. One must note that the gain of extra Magic Power after killing 15 creeps, which owes up to the latest improvements made to Retribution. Therefore, one must not forget to the jungle after eliminating enemy heroes.

Late Game

In this phase, one must be very careful because Karina is an Assassin. Therefore, he is not built for taking much damage. Therefore, one must wait for the tanks or teammates to initiate a fight before one can dash in and take the kills. Karina shines mostly in the Early and the Mid Game.

Mobile Legends Karina Guide
Karina finishing in style

Therefore one must try to get the most number of kills and prevent enemies from gaining much Exp by disrupting their farming and lanes. This Skill Combo would help to easily eliminate enemy heroes.

Skill 1 + Skill 3 + Skill 2 + Skill 1

Heroes that can counter KarinaHeroes that Karina can counter

Final Thoughts

Revamped Karina is without a doubt much better than her old self due to her improved abilities. With a little more practice on it, you could find yourself in place for numerous killing sprees, a maniac, and even SAVAGE. There’s no doubt that this Assassin would find a good place in the top tiers of her Class.

That’s all for today’s Mobile Legends Karina Guide. Let us know in the comment section below!

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