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Kha'Zix Build Guide by GregBarsini

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League of Legends Build Guide Author GregBarsini

Isolate and Devour (Jungle Kha'Zix Guide) (WIP for Changes)

GregBarsini Last updated on November 11, 2016
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Introduction



Hi everyone, I'm GregBarsini and this is my jungle Kha'Zix Guide. I worked quite a lot on it, so I would really appreciate some feedback. I'm a mid main who enjoys jungling a lot, and I have been playing jungle Kha'Zix since he came out.

If Season 5 flipped the table, then Season 6 beat it with a hammer.
-Rift Herald
-New Items
-Bounty for global gold and lot more...

Abbreviations:
CC - Crowd Control (Slows, snares, stuns etc.)
MS - Movement Speed
AD - Attack Damage
APEN - Armour Penetration
CDR - Cooldown Reduction
MR - Magic Resist
AA - Auto Attack


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Pros / Cons

Pros


+ Good clear speed and sustain
+ Reliable slow with Unseen Threat
+ Huge burst potential on isolated targets (Top and mid are usually alone)
+ Resets with evolved Leap
+ Jukes for days with new evolved Void Assault

You clear fast with isolation and with good sustain due to Void Spike.
Ganks are fairly easy with the slow on your passive and W, and with your Leap.
Taking away Drake and Baron is a breeze with evolved Q (since they are always isolated).
You can pretty much just assassinate the enemy ADC and/or APC/Assassin and then GTFO.
Cons


- Lack of CC
- If you get caught with Leap and Ult down you are dead
- Pink wards will make your escape hard if you run with Ult
- You are almost as squishy as the targets you want to get to

You are an assassin (Ezio Auditore) act as such.
You can't go head first into fights, careful planning and flanking will win your battles.
You don't have much health and resistances, you can't allow yourself to get caught.
You should wait for your teammates to engage in teamfights, (because you can use your missing health damage on your evolved Taste Their Fear better then) <-- Not anymore, thx Rito (Damn you Nidalee too) .


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Masteries


You should take 18/12/0 for masteries, and here is why.

- Sorcery for increased damage on Taste Their Fear
- Double Edged Sword for obvious reasons.
- Vampirism because 10 AD and 15 AP is like nothing in late game.
- Bounty Hunter since you plan on killing more than 3 champions on the enemy team.
- Battering Blows Yeah.
- Deathfire Touch because it's not as useless as the other two for Kha'Zix

We go down the Cunning tree, because we are not puss... (you know how it ends)
- Wanderer obvious reasons again.
- Assassin You will be alone in your jungle, so yeah.
- Merciless Yeah again.
- Dangerous Game and AGAIN.


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Runes

Runes

Greater Quintessence of Attack Damage
3

Greater Mark of Attack Damage
9

Greater Seal of Armor
9

Greater Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist
9


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Spells


Flash: If you don't have your Ult nor your Leap it will save your life. Or might cost your enemy's double buff.

Smite: It is not impossible to jungle without Smite but I don't recommend it. Securing buffs, Drake and Baron is easier this way.

Teleport: You can change Flash for Teleport. It allows you to clean up fights on the other side of the map and you can gank from bushes that your mates warded.


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Ability Explanation


  • Unseen Threat: When Kha'Zix is not visible to the enemy team, he gains Unseen Threat. Unseen Threat causes his next basic attack against an enemy champion to deal bonus magic damage and slow by 25% for 2 seconds.
  • Taste Their Fear (Q): PASSIVE: Kha'Zix marks enemies that are isolated from their allies.

    ACTIVE: Kha'Zix slashes, dealing physical damage to a single enemy. If the target was isolated, the damage dealt is increased by 30%.

    Evolution: Increases range of Taste Their Fear and autoattacks by 50. Additionally, Taste Their Fear now deals an additional 10*Champion level damage (10/20/30...170/180)
  • Void Spike (W): Kha'Zix fires a cluster of spikes in a line that explode on contact with an enemy, dealing physical damage to all nearby enemies and slowing them by 20% for 2 seconds. Kha'Zix is healed if he is within the explosion radius. Also the damage is increased against monsters by 20%.

    Evolution: Enhances Void Spike to fire three spikes in a cone and increases the slow to 50%. Multiple explosions upon the same enemy do not deal extra damage. Enemies hit by it are also revealed for 2 seconds.
  • Leap (E): Kha'Zix leaps to an area, dealing physical damage to nearby enemies upon landing.

    Evolution: Increases Leap's range by 300, and causes kills and assists scored by Kha'Zix to refresh Leap's cooldown.
  • Void Assault (R): PASSIVE: Each rank of Void Assault allows Kha'Zix to evolve one of his abilities, granting it an additional effect.

    ACTIVE: Kha'Zix enters stealth for 1 second, gaining 40% bonus movement speed and ignores unit collision while stealthed. Unseen Threat is also granted (even if Kha'Zix is revealed through stealth). Void Assault can be cast a second time within 10 seconds at no cost.

    Evolution: Allows Void Assault to be cast up to three times and stealth duration increased by 1 second.


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Skill Sequence

Ability Sequence
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18

> > >
You obviously need to max Taste Their Fear first, bread and butter skill. After that we max Void Spike for the heal and damage increase. You can max Leap second for a reduced CD however, it won't be as close in damage as Void Spike. Of course, get your evolutions whenever you can. First evolution should be spent on Taste Their Fear, in the jungle you don't need your resets and you can easily do Drake with your mid laner or support. Second evolution should be Leap. Bigger jump, resets --> More fun.
Now... Should we evolve Void Assault or Void Spike?
Not even funny. >:(
With the recent changes to Void Assault, you can ignore unit collision, and with evolved Void Assault you can be invisible for a total of 6 seconds. 2 seconds per stack. Rest in peace old evolved Void Spike.


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Items

Item Sequence

The Black Cleaver
3100

Ravenous Hydra
3500

Death's Dance
3500

Lord Dominik's Regards
2700

Mortal Reminder
2700

Guardian Angel
2400

With mobility boots you can run around the map faster, and you can chase your prey easier. You can swap them out later, if you want some CDR from Ionian Boots of Lucidity
or some tenacity from Mercury's Treads

CDR, AD and a bit of sustain and upgrades your Smite into Chilling Smite that deals a small amount of true damage to Champions and steals 20% MS from the enemy for 2 seconds.

Gives you a bit of health, that is never bad. More CDR, never bad too. Stacking Armor Shred up to 30%. Hitting and enemy with basic attacks gives you a small MS boost, but if you kill a unit or recive an assist from an enemy who has decreased Armor by your The Black Cleaver you get a larger speedboost. Good for chasing foes.

Gives 75 flat AD. Health regen and AOE life steal is great too. However the selling point is the Active of this item. It deals 60-100% of your full AD in AoE. Combined with your Leap it can deal tons of damage and you didn't even used your Q or AutoAttack. You can use it during fights too to hurt almost the entire enemy team.

Last Whisper evolved like Kha'Zix, we have:
- Lord Dominik's Regards: Same, same, but different, now you have 45% Bonus APen
and you deal increased damage to enemies who have a higher total health than you (1,5% for every 50 point of health difference -max 500 health/15%)
- Mortal Reminder: Same APen, different passive. Dealing physical damage inflicts Grievous Wounds, reducing incoming healing.

You will die. There is no question. And everybody needs a Guardian. It gives you a bit of MR and Armor so you can be in teamfights for a bit longer. The passive is just amazing. It gives you a second chance if you mess up, and you will need that chance.

Now a recommended item for sure. 65 AD and one of the two complete items in the game that gives flat APen. 10% CDR is neat.

Pure brutality. If you realy want to delete your enemies from the Fields of Justice you can buy this. You can swap Guardian Angel out for this.

Trinity is better now on Kha'Zix because your evolved Void Assault now makes you invisible for 2 seconds so you can wait out the passive cooldown of Trinity without risking your life. You can swap Guardian Angel out for this.

One of The Greatest items Riot has released. Gives 75 AD and 10% CDR, premium damage item, for Kha'Zix. The passives are even greater. Dealing physical damage heals for 15% of the damage dealt (1/3 for AoE damage) and 15% damage taken is converted into a bleed that lasts for 5 seconds. Since you deal massive damage with Taste Their Fear you will heal a lot, and with you surviving burst damage you can stick around, so maybe you can Lifesteal yourself up before you bleed out. Overall great item.
Another great item got to the Rift. Not a lot to discuss. Gives the same amount of AD as Death's Dance, it gives movespeed and 10 flat APen. I suggest you build this before/during/after you finish your Hydra. In the whole build it should replace Death's Dance if the enemy doesn't have burst. The passive is obviously very neat, because during a full burst combo you only AA at the end (kinda), so "Nightfall" will finish your job.
Deffensive item chioces

Armor
Against AA oriented teamcomps the passive is very good, Armor never hurt anybody.
Already featured up above.

A lot of health combined with a lot of Armor. The combination of the two is better than either one alone. Also, since you will be in the midst of things with the active you can controll a teamfight better.

If you absolutely, positively need to jump into a raging teamfight to assassinate a high priority target, buy Zhonya's. The 2,5 sec stasis keeps you alive lets you think and Taste Their Fear will be off of cooldown when you come out. Armor is good, and the AP is not as wasted as you think. Kha'Zix's passive damage and the heal on Void Spike scales by 50% of his AP. Gives 10% CDR as well which is nice.
This is an excellent defensive item. It gives Armor and Health, a solid combination of stats and a good amount too. The speedboost/damage build-up is neat and the slow on it is stronger than Unseen Threat although it decays faster.

Magic Resist
Thresh, Ashe, Amumu, Morgana, Ekko against your team?
I wish you could surrender at 2:00, sadly it's impossible. However buying a Mercury's Treads is your chioce. Magic resist rulez.
Damage combined with APen and MR, the passive shield can save your pretty butt in many instances.
CDR, Health, Health regen and MR. Very good stats and the passive increases the heal on Void Spike
Health, MR and the passive shield. Only buy this instead of Spirit Visage if you need to absorb a specific spell of the enemy.

Health
I said that Health only is not enough. But 800 HP without resistances might be enough to keep you un-bursted. 10% CDR is a nice thing to have but you usually hit 40% before you get to the tanky items.
The new tanky/support/engage item. Health,Mana both good for Kha, however the active can help you engage, with your whole team. Also, if you choose to hop in, to slow the enemy team, and then use (preferably evolved) Void Assault you can help your mates to catch enemies out of position, also you can sneak to the enemy carries and Taste Their Fear.
Gives plenty of health, damageboost is nice, but the selling point is the shield you get when you get bursted. It's likely your mispositioned a** will be saved by this item. But remember it has a 45 sec cooldown.

Keep it in mind, if you go too tanky, you can't Taste Their Fear because there will be none to taste.

Deffensive choices were requested by ImBatmanKun, to keep inexperienced players alive. Thanks to him. My pleasure to help.


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Jungling

Basic Jungling

Due to Pre-Season (6) changes jungling paths can change. If you get a good leash at your first buff, you can still do a double buff clear, however you will have to go back for Stalker's Blade and to heal, so the majority of the buffs will be wasted. Other options are available but I haven't tried them yet.
Always pay attention on what is going on in the lanes. If your laners are in good shape, and they don't need your help just go and farm until you see an opportunity to set up a countergank if the lane pushes, or to towerdive if your teammates are dominating their foes.
And let me tell you something. You are the GOD of YOUR jungle. Who has Smite? Yeah just a fast check. The jungler. YOU. Blue is not for the AP Zed in the middle lane. It's yours. Red is not the AD Sona's. It's yours.
You decide wheter you want to share your buffs with your laners or not. Ask laners if they want buffs. Some mids (--> GregBarsini) will let you take all of the blues if you can get something out of it. Or if you help them, and they get blue from that pesky Nidalee, then they will be even more thankful because they got a kill too.
But there is a big drawback jungling with Kha'Zix. You NEED kills. You need them to be strong. And if you are strong, then you can let your mates get some too. I am not telling you to KS (Kill Secure) every kill in a game. But you should try a bit. :D

Stealing

Easy to execute hard to get out. Your evolved Taste Their Fear combined with Smite and Ravenous Hydra can steal Drake and Baron from approximately 1600 hp at lvl 18. (It's not tested but I'm sure it can be pulled off.) You should use your Leap or Void Assault to surprise your enemy. But if you do something wrong, then you won't have your escapes, because you used them to initiate.

Ganking

Ganking is easy with Kha'Zix. You have a reliable slow with Unseen Threat, great gap closer with Leap and you deal a lot of damage, to add to it. However you don't have any hard CC. If the enemy laner got a dash, jump or teleport like ability for example LeBlanc's Distortion or Zed's Living Shadow you have no means to stop them. However if they use their escapes you can usually pull out a Flash from them just by pouncing them. Then you just have to go another round with their abilities on cooldown to kill them with your laner.
After you get Void Assault ganking is a piece of cake. They won't see it coming. Just be sure not to stand on wards. With the addition of enhanced Smite you have another tool to gank. Stalker's Blade's Chilling Smite steals MS and deals a small amount of true damage. No need to use a long range Void Spike anymore to gank.


Warding

Yes. You have to. Your argument is invalid. With your first back you should buy a pink ward, and you should pink either one of the little brushes in the river next to the mid lane bushes. I have seen countless people just walk by them, even if they step into the bush, they are usually not paying attention. So check the brushes. They might be watching.

Dealing with Teammates

"Noob jungler, no gank. I lost lane because jungler never came. I'm just gona AFK and report all of you. Peace nerds."
How many times have I read that and be like: "Not again" T.T
Laners listen up, I have to tell you something, laner/jungler to you. YOU-DO-NOTHING.
Junglers do almost as much work as laners combined.
What Jungler does:
- Secure and time buffs, Drake and Baron.
- No passive gold/EXP gain. Yeah, jungler needs to farm too.
- Counterjungling, tracking enemy jungler movement.
- Warding places, that laners don't ward, denying enemy vision.
- Ganking, counterganking.
What Laner does:
- Farm.
- Try to kill the enemy laner.
- Roam.
- Ward.
So please respect junglers. They need you, you need them.
And something else, if a jungler says no to a gank, because he won't give double buffs
and kills to that fed Riven who just killed you for the fifth time, you should not blame them. He will try and help other lanes, snowball them, so they can carry you. This is how help will come.
But to roast the junglers too: If you don't do anything whatsoever just farm,
then you are not a jungler. You are just a laner in the jungle with less gold/EXP than anyone else. <--- Not the truth anymore, however, your teammates will still hate you if you don't help them, if there is trouble.


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Teamfights

Teamfighting when you are ahead

If your team is ahead then you can pick your fights. One little mistake from the enemy can result in an Ace and a victory. So you should try and force them to make a mistake. Flanking, getting behind the enemy and having a positional advantage on your side is key. Two simple reasons: First, flanking means that you are not together with your team, just near them. So you are closer to the enemy. When a teamfight breaks out you will be close to the enemy ADC or APC/Assassin, that means that the bruisers and tanks fighting in the front line won't be able to stop you. Second, if a teamfight breaks out, you can be sure, that the enemy will use almost all of the hard CC they got at the very beginning of the fight. You don't want to be in the fray when your team gets Amumu ulted combined with Orianna's Command: Shockwave.

Teamfights when behind

It's almost the same as previously, however you have to be careful with getting near the enemy, because your team won't be able to follow up, if you get caught.

You don't have combos that you can pull off often, but when you go in you should go in as hard as you can. Use everything you got.
Full assassination combo with Leaping onto the enemy: Smite!! Leap --> While in the air use Ravenous Hydra --> You can use Taste Their Fear right before you land --> AutoAttack --> Void Spike --> Void Assault. Now, a little pause. You have 2 second to decide what to do with your life next. You got Unseen Threat from using Void Assault and Taste Their Fear will be up soon. If you decide you can go for the kill with that AA and Q and still get away, you will have 2 stack of your ult to wreak havoc on the enemy. However if it didn't deal as much damage, you still did your job well. The enemy carry should be screaming and running away from you, the moment you appeared. That means that the carry is running away from the teamfight. Win. On the other hand... If the enemy collapses on you and the carry is not shivering from fear and your Leap is down because you engaged with it, then you just set up a 4v5 for your team. Lose.


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The 6. Season

Season 6 is heavy on the number side, but not a lot of big changes.

-Rift Herald: Mini baron, with mini baron buff for one person. Give the buff to top or mid.
-Jungle item changes: Nothing major, start with Hunter's Talisman


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The Hunt is On!

The Hunt is On! is a special event between Kha'Zix and Rengar.

It occurs, when:

Kha'Zix


- Reached lvl 16 and used all of his Evolution points
- Both team must be alive at the same time
Rengar


- Bought the Bonetooth Necklace
- Has at least 10 trophies
- Both team must be alive at the same time

The event will trigger after the conditions are met.

The event is won, when Kha'Zix or Rengar dies and the other one got the kill, or assisted in the kill. But what if they trade? Good question. The win is acknowledged very quickly. So whoever dies first loses.

Achievements for winning the event:
Kha'Zix


- Granted a 4th Evolution point
Rengar


- Granted a fully stacked Bonetooth Necklace (Called "Head of Kha'Zix")

It sounds awesome to have another Evolution point, or to have a fully stacked Bonetooth Necklace isn't it? Well if you think it through it's not as good as you think. Of course you get some benefits, at least Kha'Zix does.

With Kha'Zix you can evolve Void Spike. 3 projectiles fired in a cone, also the 20% slow is increased to 30%. However, it doesn't trigger your passive, like on the old Kha'Zix (R.I.P old OP Kha) so it's kinda useless. No more damage, no increased heal.

As for Rengar it can be quite beneficial to win the event early on. But with the way the new Bonetooth Necklace works, it's not as effective as in the previous patches. If you do everything right you can double you trophies. However you can't lost them when you die and you only need 20 of them. So a combined total of 20 kills and/or assists will give you a fully stacked Bonetooth Necklace. Since patch 4.14 rolled out, Rengar gets increased vision range while sitting in a bush. So that's a plus.

Currently the event is rather an exciting part of the game than a serious bloodbath to make your ally an invincible killing machine. It doesn't give enough benefits to be an important event and it happens rarely. (Happened to me two weeks earlier :D)

Shoutout to user kraeutersammler, who suggested to write down The Hunt is On! in detail.
Thank you again.


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Tips and Tricks

A few tricks that might help you during your evolution in the jungle.
- If you have Mecha Kha'Zix you can hear a beeping noise when an enemy becomes isolated, it's useful because you know instantly when an enemy is near you when you are not paying attention (Sound plays from enemies so if they are not on your screen, the sound won't be as loud, or you won't even hear it.)
- With evolved Void Assault you can brainmelt the enemy, 2 seconds of invisibility and some bush tactics are just awesome to pull of and watch.
- You are very mobile with your resets. Get those Pentakills. "Hop, skip, jump" - Annie ^^


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Patch (6.9-6.10)

Patch 6.9-6.10

The Elemental Drakes and Elder Drake took over the bottom side of the river.

Always pay attention to witch Drake will spawn next so you can plan accordingly.

The Infernal and Ocean Drakes are the ones you should fight for, the Mountain and Cloud Drakes are more of a minor benefit, and should not be contested if the situation is risky.

Also, always try to take the Rift Herald with and for your Top-laner. It gives them a nice boost for a really long time, so you can pressure the other lanes.

Good luck getting your Mastery Levels to 6 and 7.

-GregBarsini


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Summary

To sum it up.

Kha'Zix is a high mobility, high damage Assassin, who is best at picking of enemies one by one. The missing health damage on evolved Taste Their Fear got scrapped, still deals a lot of damage, but Riot made it up by the awesome buffs to evolved Void Assault. He is very fun to play due to his predatory play style and resets with evolved Leap.

This is all that I could share with you guys. I hope you like my (first) guide and I would realy appreciate if you could send me some feedback. For example if you downvote please tell me what made you downvote, because if you don't, then I can't improve my guide. So really, tell me what you didn't like. If you downvote and than tell me nothing I cannot change anything.

-GregBarsini


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I am an allrounder player, so I usually play a variety of champions and roles, so I can give advice for most of them.

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