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League of Legends S12: Tahm Kench Support Build Guide

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League of Legends S12: Tahm Kench Support Build Guide

Find out all you need to know to build Tahm Kench Support in League of Legends Season 12, including runes, items, and skill order.

League of Legends S12: Tahm Kench Support Build Guide

From runes to items, gameplay tips amd more, we've put together a guide to help you master playing Tahm Kench as support in League of Legends.

Be mindful that there are several ways to build and play a champion, and you'll need to be adaptable as the game and the enemy team progress.

That said, this guide is a good starting point to helping you get to grips with the champion and making an impact in your games.


Tahm Kench Rune Choices - League of Legends
Tahm Kench Rune Choices

Core Items

Frostfire Gauntlet

2800 Gold

Dead Man's Plate

2900 Gold


Frostfire Gauntlet is a great item for tanks, offering sustain, ability haste, damage, and a slow. 

Dead Man's Plate will help with mobility and tankiness, especially later in the game.

Other good items include Anathema's ChainsThornmailRanduin's Omen, and Spirit Visage - in short, load up with tank items.

Starting Item & Boots

Health Potion

50 Gold

Relic Shield

400 Gold

Defensive Boots

Plated Steelcaps vs AD

Mercury's Treads vs AP

1100 Gold

Skill Order

While your choices may differ according to how the game progresses, the typical Tahm Kench skill priority is:

R > Q > W > E

Summoner Spells

These are the summoner spells most typically taken by Tahm Kench in this role. Naturally, this may change depending on match-ups.

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Tahm Kench is really slow to get going, so you'll want to play relatively passively in the early game. However, he's a bit of a monstrous tank later on, especially after hitting a couple of items and a powerspike. Roaming will be a key part of your role. 

  • Level 1 - Take Q - Tongue Lash, for poke and zoning. 
  • Level 2 - Take W - Abyssal Dive, for lane trade potential and protecting your ADC post-6.  
  • First Back - Defensive boots are a good option, for more sustain in lane.

Tips & Tricks

  • Items or champions that can increase your size will mean Tongue Lash has increased range and speed. Lulu comes to mind here.
  • Remember that you can Devour when Tongue Lash applies a third stack of An Acquired Taste. 
  • Abyssal Dive gives you a lot of map presence, and can be used to defend lanes, challenge enemy champions, and set up surprise ganks. Use it wisely. 
  • Learning to use Devour well can be key to winning teamfights, whether immobilizing and enemy or protecting your carries. 
  • As you increase your health pool, your passive will deal more and more damage on auto-attacks. Play aggressively! 
  • When you spit out a champion, you can send them over the thinner walls of the map. 
  • Use Abyssal Dive after Devour to transport a champion across the map.
  • When you Devour an allied champion, you don't necessarily interrupt an ultimate in progress. This applies to Lucian's Culling, for example.


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