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Counter Tips to Beat Tahm Kench

Tahm Kench

The River King

Tahm Kench is played support or top

Azir Head Image


Passive – Shurima’s Legacy
Q – Conquering Sands
W – Arise
E – Shifting Sands
R – Emperor’s Divide

Counter Champions

Janna Alistair Counter Champion
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Gnar Illaoi Counter Champion

Counter Items

Quicksilver Sash


Tahm Kench is a tank support with extreme sustain and a fair amount of CC as a result of his passive, An Aquired Taste. Thanks to his ability to generate grey health, he can also survive for longer periods of time than other champions while under fire. Most unique about him is his ability to eat other champions either save them or doom them as well as his ability to travel across the map, and bring another champion with him, making for absurd gank opportunities with this champion. He's basically what 5+ years of power creep does to a character, but in spite of this, he is still beatable.


Passive – Shurima’s Legacy

Passive – An Aquired Taste

Tahm Kench puts the heft of his immense body behind his attacks and abilities, gaining extra damage based on his total health. Damaging enemy champions builds stacks of An Acquired Taste. At three stacks, he can use Devour on an enemy champion.

Q – Conquering Sands

Q – Tongue Lash

Tahm Kench lashes out with his tongue, damaging and slowing the first unit hit. This ability gains a stun after three stacks of An Acquired Taste.

W – Arise

W – Devour

Tahm Kench devours a target, dealing a percentage of their maximum health as magic damage. He can spit devoured minions and monsters out as a skillshot that deals magic damage in an area upon impact.

E – Shifting Sands

E – Thick Skin

Tahm Kench turns incoming damage into gray health. As gray health decays, Tahm Kench is healed for a percentage of the gray health amount. When activated, this ability turns all gray health into a shield.

R – Emperor’s Divide

R – Abyssal Voyage

Begin to channel for up to 6 seconds. During this time, one ally champion can right click Tahm Kench to join in. Alternatively, reactivate this ability to travel alone. On reactivation or once an ally has opted in, Tahm travels to the target location. Incoming champion damage breaks the channel.

Our Top Counter Tips For Tahm Kench

If Tahm Kench uses his devour on a minion or anything else, you can trade with him. He probably won't outdamage you with that down, especially if you dodge his Tongue Lash

If Tahm uses his grey health, he misses out on a large amount of healing, so consider every grey health usage a small victory for you.

Be careful when Tahm leaves lane. He may ult back with a jungler.

Disengage from Tahm if you get a stack of An Aquired Taste on you. If he's adamant about fighting you, and you're something that typically outdamages him, that means he has help coming.

Champions That Counter Tahm Kench

Fizz Veigar Counter Champion


Janna can easily get Tahm Kench off of a target, or slow him down when he's running away with an enemy champion, or just completely ruin his ultimate by knocking him back, or up, when he appears.

Xerath Azir Counter Champion


Percent Health True Damage. Tahm Kench builds almost exclusively health, so if there was ever a time to show off your sick Vayne mechanics, it's against this guy.

Gnar Illaoi Counter Champion


You can just punish him for being melee and get your hyper proc every time he wants to farm. You can easily run or chase him, and when you turn into Mega Gnar you're just way stronger than him.


Quicksilver Sash

Quicksilver Sash

If he's REALLY oppressing you, you could get a QSS, otherwise just buy wards to ensure that you see him coming.