Xin Zhao Build Guide by matt8404

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League of Legends Build Guide Author matt8404

Xin Zhao- Let me poke your jungle (s3)

matt8404 Last updated on February 18, 2013
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Ability Sequence

Ability Key Q
Ability Key W
Ability Key E
Ability Key R

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Offense: 21

Honor Guard

Defense: 9


Utility: 0

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Hey guys. Corpsman8404 here and I thought I would give you my guide on an awesome jungler, Xin Zhao. A little bit about me... Not yet 30 but pretty dang close. I love playing as jungler. I also play solo top if someone else wants to but jungling is my favorite role to play in league of legends. Hope you guys like my guide and if you have any suggestions on how to better the guide let me know.

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Hall of Fame

If anyone has any good games using this build or videos. Feel free to send them to me and i'll put them in the guide.

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Greater Mark of Attack Damage

Greater Seal of Armor

Greater Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist

Greater Quintessence of Attack Damage

My runes that I use

Now to elaborate on why I chose these runes.

Other Rune Choices

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Here is a brief description of each mastery and why I chose it.

Offensive Tree

  • Fury
    This is an amazing mastery for Xin Zhao. The faster you attack the faster you knock an enemy in the air. Plus auto attacks will be faster.
  • Sorcery
    This is another awesome mastery for Xin Zhao. Decrease in cooldown means more knock ups in the air and more charges.
  • Butcher
    Reduction in damage from monsters is pretty sweet. It allows for longer times in jungle and just helps overall for any jungler.
  • Deadliness
    Ah that sweet attack damage. Just allows for more damage to creeps and enemy champions.
  • Weapon Expertise
    Amazing armor penetration. Helps with those pesky tank champions.
  • Brute Force
    More of that amazing attack damage.
  • Sunder
    More amazing armor penetration. Helps with tanks.
  • Executioner
    Increases damage by 5% to targets below 50%. This is an amazing ability just helps with those finishing kills as well as ganks.

Defensive Tree

  • Summoner's Resolve
    An amazing mastery when you think about it. 10 extra gold every time you use Smite. Make sure you use smite on Lizard Elder and Ancient Golem . If both of them are down and you have Smite make sure to use it as often as possible. It will allow you to get items even faster.
  • Durability
    Increased health per level. Just makes it easier for jungling.
  • Tough Skin
    Reduction of damage from monsters. Again, makes it easier to be an efficient jungler.
  • Bladed Armor
    Deals 6 damage to monsters that attack you which allows for faster jungle clears.
  • Veteran's Scars
    An additional 30 HP doesn't really seem that much. But there have been multiple times where I have survived with less than 30 HP.

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Xin Zhao challenges his target with basics attacks and Audacious Charge, reducing its armor by 15% for 3 seconds. Only one target can be challenged at a given time.

  • Pretty sweet passive just for the armor penetration.

Active: Xin Zhaos 3 next attacks deal bonus damage and reduce his other abilities cooldowns by 1 second each. The final strike also knocks the target into the air.
Cost: 30 Mana
Cooldown: 9/8/7/6/5 seconds
Physical Damage: 15/30/45/60/75 (+1.2 per attack damage)
  • This is what makes Xin Zhao so deadly. His knock up is just amazing. I max this last.

Passive: Xin Zhao heals himself on every third basic attack.
Active: Xin Zhao unleashes a battle cry, increasing his attack speed for 5 seconds.
Cost: 40 mana
Health Restored: 26/32/38/44/50 (+0.7 per ability power)
Cooldown: 16/15/14/13/12 seconds
Bonus Attack Speed: 40/50/60/70/80%
  • Helps get your knock up off of Three Talon Strike faster. Also helps heal you when clearing the jungle. I max this second.

Active: Xin Zhao charges and challenges an enemy. The charge deals magic damage to all nearby enemies and slows them for 2 seconds.
Cost: 60 Mana
Range: 600
Radius: 225
Cooldown: 13/12/11/10/9 seconds
Magic Damage: 70/115/160/205/250 (+0.6 per ability power)
Slow: 25/30/35/40/45%
  • This is amazing. It is a great initiator and you will be able to stick to your target for a while as well as the slowing ability. I max this first just for the CD reduction and the slowing effect.

Active: Xin Zhao unleashes a sweep around him that deals physical damage to all nearby enemies equal to base amount plus 15% their current health and knocks them back. Xin Zhao gains bonus armor and magic resistance for 6 seconds for each champion hit. If a challenged target is hit by the sweep, it is unaffected by the knockback.
Cost: 100 Mana
Radius: 375
Cooldown: 100/90/80 seconds
Base Damage: 125/225/325 (+1.0 per attack damage)
Bonus Armor and Magic Resist: 15/20/25 per champion hit
  • I love this ult. It allows you to protect your squishy team mates in team fights. This is best used after using Audacious Charge because it is off of their CURRENT HEALTH.

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Now why I chose Flash is simply for the survival. Other people prefer to use Exhaust just to help with ganks as well as survival. It's all personal preference. Also for jungling Smite is an absolute necessity.

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  • The basic item for any jungler.
  • This is such an amazing item for Xin Zhao it gives health, armor, and cooldown reduction.
  • This will make you unbelievably tanky. You can even tank turrets if you wanted to.
  • Armor penetration and cooldown reduction? It's like this item was made for Xin Zhao
  • Increased attack speed and basic attacks deal additional magic damage sounds almost too good to be true.

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Creeping / Jungling

This is the jungle route that I go through. I start off with a leash at Ancient Golem and Wolves . Then I head over to Wraiths . Then I head to Mini golem . Then head over to Lizard elder .

If you have blue buff, you should be constantly spamming your Battle Cry and your Three Talon Strike. I start off with each section of monsters with an Audacious Charge.

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Well that's my guide. I hope you liked it. If you have any positive feedback let me know.