Xin Zhao Build Guide by kneegro
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Xin Zhao Build
Not Updated For Current Season
The masteries shown here are not yet updated for the current season, the guide author needs to set up the new masteries. As such, they will be different than the masteries you see in-game.
Introduction to Xin
To simplify things, Xin Zhao is a really annoying character that kills you instantly. He also requires no skill to play that's what makes him so fun. But on the other hand you cant just be an idiot and run in like an arab because you'll probably get caught and die. Then you'll get called a noob, a Mexican, a Brazilian and so on. Xin Zhao is a pretty squishy character so you need to be careful where, when and how you enter a fight. Xin Zhao is also one of the best duel champions because of his knock ups and insane attack speed.
Runes and Masteries
The Runes I have shown above are the best working for me and they will really help your jungling. You may choose to take more attack speed or more armor but that's up to you. Pick your Runes based on your play style. If you are a dumbass that likes to go suicidal then take some defense and armor Runes. If you are a ***** get all movement speed runes.
For masteries, these are the best jungling masteries that you probably can have and still do tons of damage. If you think that you suck too much and keep on dying while jungling in the enemy's fountain spawn then you should get defensive masteries and go 9 and 21. But other than that situation, I highly don't recommend that.
Wriggles and berzerkergreves are pretty self explanatory. If the enemy team has tons of CC (Crowd Control) like stuns, blinds and all that stuff, buy mercury treads it will save your life because Xin Zhao is very susceptible to CC. I recommend Black Cleaver because you really need to go for damage and attack speed early and this item will allow you to destroy people's armor instantly which is great. Phantom dancer and Infinity edge go hand in hand together and can allow you to insta-kill people. If you are dying alot or keep on getting CCed you should either buy banshee's veil, guardian or quicksilver sash. If your opponents are getting away from you and you cant catch them, buy frozen mallet. It will also give you alot of hp which is great.
Skill Sequence % Summoner Spells
Definitely max 3 talon first and audacious last because of their usability. I take the attackspeed skill first because you dont have enough attackspeed at the start to sustain yourself with you passive. Your passive with vampiric scepter will give you infinite sustain while jungling. This makes you a great ganker and possibly a counter jungler since you'll never be low on hp.
Xin can jungle without smite but it will be really slow. So just dont be a jew and get it. For the other summoner spell, I take flash because its the most useful spell in the game. You can use it offensively and defensively and its instant so you can dodge skill shots. You may also choose to get exhaust or ghost.
Creeping / Jungling
golems (smite) -- wraiths -- wolves -- blue golems (smite) -- wraiths -- lizard (smite)
gank anytime possible for you team. That is your job as a jungler. Always ward dragon or the enemies buffs. Get your support to do some warding as well.