Xin Zhao Build Guide by
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The jungler's spirit is never
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.
Okay. This part is really up to you. If you don't feel comfortable hanging round the dragon because it's the focal point of the jungle, that's cool with me. Personally, I go:
Red -> Wolves -> Blue -> Recall
Toad -> Golems -> Wolves -> Recall
Toad -> Raptor-birds -> [Heal & Gank]
[Dominate any and all jungle monsters]
Unfortunately, you're not going to have a whole lot of luck ganking unless you communicate well with your team. Early game, the only enemy junglers I would be worried about when going to gank would be Warwick, Jax, Lee Sin or another Xin Zhao.
When I initiate a gank with my [E], my "gap closer", I use my W as he jumps toward them to boost my attack speed, therefor supplementing my Q, which I hit as soon as I make contact with them. If you can get that early game knockup with your Q, it doesn't matter who gets the kill; it will have been a successful gank. If the Gank goes badly and your teammate isn't paying attention and initiates too late, [***if you've got your flash up, knock up whoever seems to be the greatest threat to yourself and your teammates and get out of there]
Once you get your complete jungle item and proceed to get your Berserker's Greaves, your W and Q will only increase in usefulness and deadliness.
When you gank, use your [SMITE] if you need it. I usually hit the bot lane with a gank first and I target their ADC/APC with my smite. After that, if the enemy jungler is there and you dont think you can take them on, thats where you refer to the "***" section.
Enchanting your boots.
This is also really based on personal preference and how the tide of battle is situated. If your team keeps getting ganked like crazy by an experienced jungler, it would be a good idea to get your Homeguard Enchantment right after you get your boots. However, if you see that you've got control of the tide of battle, I'd recommend going for Randuin's Omen immediately; not only for the health it gives you, but when it comes time to go for dragon [WHICH IS SOON], you want to be able to best the enemy jungler. If you get your Omen and the enemy jungler is Master Yi or Warwick, your chances of winning a 1v1 increase by at least 30%.
Okay. Dragon Time.
If you're confident and the enemy team hasnt already somehow gotten dragon, here's your chance. You'll definitely want your smite and maybe even a health potion. [Depends how confident you are] I usually go for dragon around level 5 because it's just as important as Baron Nashor's buff now, if not even more important. If your bottom laners are doing well and you've got control of river vision by means of the little parasite that roams the dragon side of river, see if your ADC/APC will come lend you a hand while keeping your mid laner notified that you're attempting dragon, just in case things should go awry.
HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW EVEN IF YOURE NOT A JUNGLER.
BUT IF YOU ARE, IT'S EVEN MORE CRUCIAL
1) If your enemy team has a Pantheon, you need to have a ward placed at the dragon as close to 3:00 in as possible. Because of his passive, Pantheon can easily solo the dragon, and this could be your chance to steal it.
2) You need to time your smite well. You'll notice that right next to your [SMITE] ability is a damage counter. As you level up, your smite will do more damage to monsters. As you attack a monster, be it large jungle monster or epic monster, you need to be precise with your timing, lest you get your dragon taken from you by a Le Blanc that just happened to last hit him.
3) If while fighting dragon you are ambushed by the enemy team, you need to assess the situation. If youve got greater chances of securing the dragon by flashin over the wall and coming back to steal it with your smite, please do so. If your enemy team is simply trying to stop you from getting dragon [Or trying to steal it] and you notice that their ADC or their Jungler is missing, that's your call on whether or not a teamfight is a good idea. Personally, if the enemy team doesnt have their ADC or their Jungler, I would hang in there and try my hardest to secure dragon. Securing the first dragon is definitely worth the risk of getting killed, because when you respawn, you will return with a vengeance.
Dealing with champions as they get stronger/tankier.
As the game progresses, you'll see the enemy top laner either get a lot stronger and put a higher Damage Per Second [DPS] or you will see them become immensely more tanky. This is also the time in the game where laning becomes a lot less relevant and teamfights WILL break out. The easiest way to overcome a team is to rely on your teammates. Orchestrate a bush ambush, get your skill-sequence ready and when the enemy mid-laner or ADC gets a litle too close, pop your abilities on them and cripple the enemy team's ability to hit with full power. At this time, your team will have the advantage and you should focus whichever one you didn't kill previously. Tanks are the last thing I worry about in a teamfight because of my sustainability. I want to get the ones on the enemy team who have sustain out of the way first, because it'll be that Warwick/Yi/Jax/Xin/etc. who will tear through your team while their tank keeps you held up, either slowed or focused on the wrong person.
Priorities: 5th Dragon or Proceed to base invade?
The 5th dragon is so important to get that, in my opinion, if you have the 5th Dragon's buff and your enemy team happens to meet your whole team mid lane after taking Baron, you will win as long as your team knows how to engage the enemy team when the fight is initiated. Score an ace and with your 5th Dragon power, it could easily turn out to be a "GGWP" situation if you feel the need to push. If you want to play the game more safely, you can always take out any of their remaining towers and possibly an inhibitor, letting the "Winions" do a lot of the work for you.
Most important part of the game as a jungler.
Ganking/Assisting in Team Fights/Tower Seige WILL BENEFIT YOU HEAVILY.
I've seen too many junglers that like to stay in their jungle while the enemy jungler is ganking like there's no tomorrow. Ganking and helping with taking towers is the easiest way to snowball into your full build and hit the enemy jungler in his jungle like a freight train with a spear on the front. [ XDD ] But seriously, don't leave your team hanging. I know there are some toxic players out there, but the best way to get back at them is to either save them in a teamfight or to gank their lane and help them with a tower. You only hurt yourself by neglecting your teammates.
This is my first attempt at creating a build, and I think that my timing couldn't be any better. I'm happy to start fresh with the new jungle mechanics. I'm IchiganKetsurui in LoL, and I'm mainly a jungler. My last match was using this build against a Warwick who happened to get 1st Dragon because I was ganked @ dragon. Hopefully you go against a Nocturne, because the new jungle leaves him craving sustainability. Remeber: Without sustain, you're a useless jungler now. Happy hunting, summoner!