Xin Zhao Build Guide by PHELYP
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Xin Zhao Build
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I'm Phelyp and I've come to show u the ultimate way(s) to dominate with Xin Zhao.Wether
its a massive tank, an OP mage or one BADASS dps'er, Xin has proven himself to be THE champ
u need to lay waste to your enemies and of course, their base.Including myself 100's of
players have proven that, when played correctly and adapting to the enemy team appropriatly,
Xin Zhao is truly a god among men, and now SO CAN U.So please sit back, take your time to
read, try it and go own them *****es!Please leave comments on how u did, and what u think of
Most of our points are obviously going into the OFFENSIVE tree and some in the UTILITY tree.
Why the utility tree and not the DEFENSIVE tree? Because in order to be succesfull, lvling up
fast is key. Therefore I put 4 points in AWARENESS for the EXP boost it gives.
In order to unlock it u need to spend 4 points in utility first, I put one in ghost and
3 in PERSEVERANCE for good HP/Mana regen for longer Laning/Jungeling.
For the OFFENSIVE TREE, i put 3 points in DEADLINESS and 1 point in FATIGUE, so that when u use
FATIGUE,you also reduce the targets armor and magic resistance.
Following put 4 points in ALACRITY because attackspeed is the most important stat for Xin,
then you put 3 points in SORCERY and u max out following Masteries :
Start Off with TALON STRIKE
It helps with a lot of extra damage in FB
it can (when used at the right moment) prevent weak enemies from escaping
when doing your third hit, u will have an opening to escape yourself,cos u hit them up
use to enter a battle unless :
- the enemy u aim at is as good as dead
- if u are vastly superior AND u have the red buff
- several enemies cluster together, in that case u charge in, use your ultimate and
either use ghost to run away again (harasstactic) or attack if u know u can kill them
autoattacks no longer reach, the split second that happens u pop the charge.
Third you get BATTLE CRY for :
its cooldown on your abilities with every hit
attackspeed you have, the more u will be able to use your moves.
This may seem odd, but trust me it works, and it works well.
put all your runes into ATTACKSPEED.Why not divide you runes under things such as armor pen,
atdamage? Because attackspeed is the most important stat on Xin Zhao, it will help u lasthit
minions early game, heck ALL GAME. in turn it helps your natural lifesteal just like
BATTLE CRY does, meaning u can stay in lane easier, level faster because like i said earlier,
lvling faster is the way to be succesfull with xin, like with most if not all champs.
Items - Basic Build & Exceptions VS certain Champs
For your basic build (this applies to most games, the only reason u might reason u need to
change it is to beat certain champs) just look at the image above. Now for the champs I'm
He can be very annoying thx to his high dodge, If jax is in the enemy team u change these items:
INFINITY EDGE, u are going to need to get past his dodge, so replace it with SWORD OF THE DIVINE
it has a move u can activate by clicking it which negates dodge completely and gives you
armor penetration to boot for several seconds.
STARKS FERVOR,you lose much AD by the loss of INFINTY EDGE, so get BLOODTHIRSTER to compensate
He has natural Damage Return to your basic attacks, to counter this :
PHANTOM DANCER, get it later on, first get a vampiric sceptre THEN cloak,dagger and DANCER
Starks Fervor, since rammus has high armor and hp u should get BlOODTHIRSTER and try to farm
as much minions as u can, to raise your lifesteal as high as possible so u can last against
his high hp and to counter most of his Damage return shield,(he will mostly get THORNMAIL
so high lifesteal is key in beating Rammus.Yes STARKS FERVOR also provides you lifesteal,but
the 20 armor reduction just doesnt cut it against a Mobile Fortress such as rammus.
ANY CHAMP WIHT HIGH HP such as SION, VLADIMIR,...
PHANTOM DANCER, again keep it for later, first get zeal then get MADREDS BLOODRAZORS.
its 40% attackspeed will benefit xin, and its damage % based on enemy hp will help u shred
them as if they were regular DPS'ers. I wouldnt change anything on this build for the rest.
Summoner Spells and some Strategies
Exhaust : armor,magic resist reduction thx to your masterypoint and easy to chase/run
Ghost : Helps to rush to your turret when enemies are bashing it, good to chase/escape ganks
NOTE : Ok, so thanks to these spells here are some handy strategies :
AGAINST A SINGLE ENEMY :
Start the attack with rightclicking (autoattack) follow up with TALON STRIKE,once
the cooldown starts running turn on BATTLECRY and use EXHAUST, keep hitting him
untill exhaust wears off, at this point he will probably allready be running away.
try to autoattack untill he allmost leaves your autoattackrange, then use TALON STRIKE
again, if he should surive, u use AUDICAUS CHARGE just when he leaves your
AGAINST MULTIPLE OPPONENTS :
Wait for them to get close to eachother, then out of nowhere swoop in with
AUDICAUS CHARGE followed Immediatly by your ultimate, this will raise your
armor and magicresistance, plus it will damage them all quite a bit.
follow up with TALON STRIKE on the weakest target. Then use BATTLECRY immediatly
to refresh your cooldowns quicker. Should the weak enemy not die by your first
assault try to chase him down with your GHOST while using EXHAUST on the one that
can slow, stun,or the one that does the most damage. Try to gain on the weak one
kill him and go into brush to try and escape while GHOST is still active. OR if
the other two are too weak to beat u , go back after u killed the weak one and kill
the second weakest one, and finally the third if possible.
If the weakest one DOES die by your first attack, go for the second weakest one
immediatly, trying to use TALON STRIKE on the highest DPS one to cut his damage output
When in doubt, use GHOST to get away.activate BATTLECRY whenever to reduce cooldowns
and burst kill the second weakest one (hopefully) with some luck u can do several
TALON STRIKES, AUDICAUS CHARGES. Most of the time u will be able to kill 2 if not
all 3 of your opponents. Remember to keep AUDICAUS CHARGE for the right moment.
GOING SOLO TOP LANE :
Push the enemy minions all the way to their turret, then start to jungle bot, untill
the enemy is about to reach your turret, go back to toplane, push them back.
then when u reach their turret, again go jungle, top this time. Keep this up untill
u outgrow them, then let the hunt begin. getting ganks, keep your lane safe, and
jungle when possible. Keep an eye on botlane while u do all this as well, if u push
the enemy back to their turret have a quick look to see if the bot lane is still
in your favor. If it isn't, try to go around the bot enemies back, for a gank.
never lose sight of your lane, in case the enemy goes SS.
CHAMPS YOU LANE WELL WITH, AND WHY :
Warwick : His HUNTERS CALL helps greatly for your damage and cooldown reduction he is perfect.
Nunu : Raises your attackspeed AND can slow enemies which is rlly handy for those
Rammus : His TAUNT can help u land those extra hits and give u time to recharge your moves.
Shen : Same as Rammus. TAUNT
ANY CHAMP THAT CAN SLOW,TAUNT,STUN,FEAR and SNARE, time your TALON STRIKE to 3d hit when its
about to wear off.
CHAMPS YOU DON'T WANT TO LANE WITH, AND WHY :
Teemo : The king of all killsteals, rlly annoying Xin needs to be fed a little and grow
fast, get lots of gold, so u want to avoid this little bastard.
Karthus : His ultimate is at least as, if not more annoying then Teemo.
Tryndamere : He usually boasts big damage, taking your kill before u could even blink,
this is not allways the case, but if tryndamere is in the game its safer to
have him solo, so u can jungle and help bot whenever needed.
THINGS YOU CAN DO TO HELP YOUR TEAM :
Keep an eye on the minimap, see that weak enemy about to get away? Cut him off
and slow him with your AUDICAUS CHARGE, but let the teammate have the kill
offcourse. (this can be tricky since he hits rlly fast and u do good damage)
Get the red and silver buff as much as u can, this will make u an untouchable
predator.u can help your teammates catch their prey as well as feed yourself
easily which, when push comes to shove is good for the team as well.
Ok this is about all i can think of right now to help u guys in owning with the asian God
known as Xin Zhao. If I think of any more tips, strategies I will update this page, so stay
P.S.: Any Constructive Feedback is allways appreciated, feel free to tell me the good
and bad things u found after trying this build. Please let me know what u think
I could've done better. (Don't start about spelling/grammar errors as I'm a
Belgian and English is not my native tongue.)Ok, thx for reading, and GOOD LUCK!