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League of Legends Build Guide Author Coockieman22

Xin Zhao - Man Mode Carry Guide (BE A MAN)

Coockieman22 Last updated on August 30, 2012
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Ability Sequence

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

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Offense: 9

Honor Guard

Defense: 21

Strength of Spirit

Utility: 0

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Hello my beatuifull people who came to learn the way of Man Zhao.

I'm a more casual player though sometimes I try my luck in ranked. I started making this guide beacuse I LOVED the Xin Zhao mini-rework. And due to my recent success with this buld. If you want to contact me, you can message me here or add me on LoL (username: coockieman22 EUW).

Before we begin this guide I wanna ask you guys something. If you have a pic or something you wanna show me of amazing xin manlyness I'll maybe use it in the guide and credit you in the extras. PM me here or add me on LoL(coockiman22 - EUW)

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30.8.2012 Guide created and published

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Xin Zhaos story

*Whenever Jarvan III, the king of Demacia, delivers one of his rallying speeches from the glinting marble balcony atop the Royal Palace, Xin Zhao is at his side. Coined the Seneschal of Demacia, Xin Zhao is the personal steward of the Lightshield Dynasty. His enigmatic, silent vigil has led to an abundance of conjecture concerning his ''secret life'' and origins. Whether it's ''Zaun double-agent'' tendered at the dinner table or ''indebted rune mage'' mused in the editorials of the ''Demacian Constant'', Xin Zhao betrays no hints to sate the curiosity of the masses... for good reason.

Prior to the formation of the League, Noxus was renowned for a spectacle called The Fleshing. It was a gladiatorial event with a cruel twist: as a fighter won matches, his number of opponents (generally prisoners of war) fought simultaneously would increase. This meant eventual death for every contender, but with unparalleled glory. Xin Zhao, known then as Viscero, was slated to face 300 soldiers, nearly six times the previous record. This was clearly meant to be his final match. Jarvan II, hearing of this unprescedented feat, infiltrated the arena to offer him an alternative: serve Demacia and punish those who ultimately sentence him to death in exchange for his freedom. Xin Zhao accepted, astonished that a king would risk his own life on his behalf. Under the cover of a prearranged Demacian assault on Noxus, Jarvan liberated Xin Zhao and his 300 opponents. During their retreat, Xin Zhao took a poisoned dart meant for Jarvan. This act of loyalty, from a man who vowed no allegiance, earned Xin Zhao a spot at his side until the day the king died. Now in the service of his son, Jarvan III, Xin Zhao is stepping into a new ring - the Fields of Justice - to fight for his adopted country and to honor the legacy of the man who gave purpose to his life.

''Death is inevitable, one can only avoid defeat.''
- Demacian Manual of Arms

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Xin Zhao - The basic

Release date: July 13, 2010
Attributes: Assassin, Fighter, Melee
Cost: 3150 IP or 975 RP

Health: Average
Attack: Strong
Spells: Weak
Difficulty: Easy

Health 445 (+87)
Attack damage 52 (+3.3)
Health regen. 7.0 (+0.7)
Attack speed 0.672 (+2.7%)
Mana 213 (+31)
Armor 16.2 (+3.7)
Mana regen. 6.6 (+0.45)
Magic res. 30 (+1.25)
Range 175
Mov. speed 320

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Pros / Cons

So lets start with the pros and cons.


+ Has a knockup and a slow

+ High burst and sustain dmg

+ Will get higher win ratio if you listen to Mulan - i'll make a man out of you

+Has a ult that knocks back people who you don't want to fight with, meaning you can burst down the target you want

+ Very strong early game


- Can be easily focused down

- Prone to harass

- Not much sustain

- Will usally get camped

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Greater Glyph of Armor

Greater Mark of Attack Damage

Greater Seal of Attack Speed

Greater Quintessence of Health

More dmg. whats else to say. You can go for armor pen for marks, but I go for dmg beacuse of the q and r scalling. If you realy like getting more armor pen, it is viable, but you will be building a lot of armor pen so it's not that important.

Again you want these for more dmg output. you can swich them for flat ad, but again it's personal preference.

A little bit of defence is always good, and will help you greatly in lane.

I GO FOR THESE BEACUSE OF PERSONAL PERFERENCE, I WOULD NOT RECOMEND THEM.. I would recomend you go for some armor pen or ad. I just realy love having this extra hp, and sometimes it will save you.

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Sice you'll be focusing on dmg in your build i reccomend defensive runes, but always take thearmor pen.

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Summoner Spells

Flash - You NEED this you will get ganged a LOT if you play well, even if you have it warded you will need flash sometimes to escape. It's an awesome overall summoner.

Ignite - Good for more Dmg output.

Heal - Good summoner, it's viable but won't help you with bursting down AD carrys.

Exhaust - Will help you with 1v1s, I reccomend taking it only for REALY hard lanes like jax.

Teleport - It gives you great map control. Turret getting killed? teleport there in an instant. away from team fight? Teleport to a nearby unit.

Ghost - Ghost is only good if you get a head start from your opponent otherwise you just get cc'd and eaten. It covers more distance than flash, but its over time, so it's not as effective while tower diving. But it doesn't allow you to go over terrain so be careful when you are in a corner like the dragon lair, and baron lair.

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Skill Sequence


Xin Zhao challenges his target with his basic attacks and Audacious Charge, reducing its armor by 15% for 3 seconds.

This passive is a beast when it comes to Melee DPS champions. This is a REALY great passive and will help you early and late game. Is also great for stacking armor pen.


Three Talon Strike

Xin Zhao's next 3 standard attacks deal increased damage that reduce his other ability cooldowns, with the third attack knocking an opponent into the air.

This will help a lot with dmg output, it stacks with sheen and resets AA. Great skill overall and ads some cc. Only the third hit procs spell shields like Banshee's Veil, or Spell Shield.


Battle Cry
Xin Zhao passively heals every 3 attacks and can activate this ability to attack faster.

Adds a little bit of sustain and a great amount of AS. Will help a lot sometime and sometimes you won't even notice it. Passive works in blinds and on structures.


Audacious Charge

Xin Zhao charges an enemy, dealing damage and slowing all enemies in the area.

Very nice gap closer. Adds a nice slow. This is whats makes xin exelent vs some mages. Has also a nice coldown. Don't use it when initiating, use it when the enemy is running away. But somtimes you're gonna have to use it to get to your target


Crescent Sweep

Xin Zhao fiercely sweeps his spear around him, dealing damage to nearby enemies based on their current health and knocking them back.

Adds tankyness to xin. Scales with AD. The knockback will somerimes save you from gangs. Usally you should use this to knock everyone away exept the AD/AP carry.

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Skill combos

Regular fight

Audacious Charge-->Crescent Sweep--> Battle Cry-->Three Talon Strike--> auto attack--> repeat

You can use this combo w/o Crescent Sweep if its on cooldown. I like to save Crescent Sweep for when enemies start piling up on me just so I don't die, but you can use it right after you jump in if the enemies are clumped up. ALWAYS use Battle Cry before Three Talon Strike.

Harass- Just use to zone enemy or get them low

Audacious Charge--> Battle Cry--> Three Talon Strike

The enemy will usually run away after you finish due to the fact that they have almost no health. Don't harass if you're at a disadvantage

1v1 enemy initiates and starts to run

Battle Cry--> Three Talon Strike
--> Crescent Sweep-->Audacious Charge--> auto attack--> repeat

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If you want you can swich for if you need more sustain. But IE will do more dmg overall.

Most of the time your build will resemble this. Two defensive items are about all Xin needs. This particular build is used against a balanced team where they have 1 mage, 1 ranged AD, 1 offtank, a jungler (either a AD offtank, or Fid), and a support.


When I say super tanky I actually mean **** load of HP. It does decent amount of damage. This is a meta golem build. Since the nerf to Atmogs, this build became a bit weaker, but still viable.


THIS BUILD IS NOT VIABLE IN RANKED OR SERIOUS NORMALS. This build is just for fun or if you're lvling a smurf or trolling or something.

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My fav boots, gives you a lot more desired tankyness. I reccomend these over berserk boots. Will help you focus down champs even if you get stunned.

Good item, great sustain and more dmg. Go for it if you want the Lifesteal but if you want dmg just go for . Even though gives you more flat AD, will give you crit chance and crit dmg. Thats why IE is the ultimate AD carry item.

THIS IS A MUST HAVE. You WILL get focused and you will need more time to kill your targets. This will help you do just that. Also gives a lot of armor and mr. You can replace it with , if you do then get before the 15 min mark.

Buy it if you're going the D focused build. You should start getting it by the 30 min mark. Beacuse when every one is like LvL14 they will have so many armor just form lvling up, and some aura items and boom you have 50% reduced dmg. If you don't have it at 30 mins start gitting it. and get it after your first defensive item.

A nice item but don't get if you have already. It adds a very nice amount of hp. And it has a unique passive that slows the target, wich is just perfect. I reccomend getting with it.

This is your early game replacement for . It doesn't cost much and gives you crit chance. You can seel it after you get for another defensive or offensive item.

This is the ultimate AD DPS item. It has dmg, crit. dmg, and flat AD. Since you're and assasin you have toget more dmg. And this is the ultimate tool for it. It can only be replaced with if you REALY NEED the lifesteal. Otherwise it's Ireplaceble.

Even if it got nerfed it still a good item gives you crit. chance and armor plus some dmg. Get it with or with .

I personally perfer mallet. But it's stil a great defensive item.

Quicksilver Sash is your MR and Anti-CC resource. You get 50 MR which is nice again magic damage dealers and you get a low cooldown active, that is similar to Cleanse. If you haven't used it before dont' start using it on xin. If you want this item to be usefull you need to know how to use it correctly.

If you see yourself getting bursted down be the AP carry it might help. Also adds a lot of dmg wich will help you with bursting. But it's not and item i would reccomend if they don't have at least 2 APs.

You should get this only if you're doing bad in lane. Beacuse it has sustain AD, armor and a ward. If you do get it don't go for yommu's.

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Difficulty - Easy to Medium

- Avoid his Q.
- Try to kill him very early on.
- Kill him before he get's tanky
- He can kite with his Q.

Difficulty - Easy to Hard

- Start with cloth armor and 5 pots
- Don't let him farm, zone him if you can.
- He will hor*** you, I reccomend buying pots before you leave shop.

Difficulty -Medium to Hard

- Don't harass him unless you have the advantage.
- Try not to let him hit you with e then just run away.
- He will beat you in late game so don't even try 1v1 in late(if he's doing decent)

Difficulty - Medium to Very Hard

-I don't know how to help you here man. In this lane only skill will help you.

Difficulty - Easy to Hard

- You whould be stringer than him try to force fight
- Wait for him to use his e to farm or dmg you, he will have no escape tool
- Consider buying faster than you normaly would

Difficulty - Easy

- Zone him
- Wait for him to panicly use his pool
- Don't use your e to initate, w8 for him to get out of his pool

Difficulty - Easy

- Kill him early and kill him fast
- Zone him
- He has no escape tool use that to your advantage

Difficulty - Easy to Hard

- If he goes for a last hit just e and q him
- If he get's ahead, try helping your team as much as you can and don't focus on farming as much

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Laning Phase/Team Fights

Laning Phase

In the Laning Phase your job is to get as fed as you can, via farming and killing. once you killed your top about 2 times, iff that should happen you should consider destroying the tower and start roaming, as it will help your team and you.

Team Fights

Your job in team figts is to kill thir AD and AP carry. Do as much dmg as you can while you still live as you will get focused down, thats why you will be building a GA.

You can take on the role of protecting your ad carry. You will be good at that beacuse of your ult and slow.

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I hope this guide has help you improve your Xin game play. This guuide is not nearly complete and wil be updated every weeek untill it's complete. Special tanks to submit95/cyberskull for helpng me.