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Xayah Build Guide by PH45

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[10.24] PH45's detailed guide to Xayah, the Rebel!

By PH45 | Updated on December 2, 2020
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Runes: Sorcery secondary

1 2
Precision
Lethal Tempo
Presence of Mind
Legend: Bloodline
Coup de Grace

Sorcery
Nimbus Cloak
Gathering Storm
Bonus:

+10% Attack Speed
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+6 Armor

Spells:

Summoner Spells
LoL Summoner Spell: Flash

Flash

LoL Summoner Spell: Heal

Heal

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Win 47%
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[10.24] PH45's detailed guide to Xayah, the Rebel!

By PH45

Hello, I'm PH45, and this is my Xayah Guide.

My real name is Patrik, but you can call me either way. I am a long time League of Legends player (started back in Season 1). I'm a top lane main who mainly plays Jax. I have played Xayah quite a bit though on and off since her release.


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Xayah was introduced in the patch 7.8. She is a high-DPS ADC with a good sync with crit chance as her Bladecaller damage scales with crit chance. She can dish out immensive amount of damage in teamfights if she is able to setup feathers in her way and draw them with Bladecaller. This guide is going to go through her abilitys, playstyle, matchups etc.
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Pros


+ Excellent waveclear especially in late game
+ Has a ult that makes her invulnerable, countering ults like Zed ult
+ Good ranged poke with Q and feathers
+ Has great burst in mid to late game
+ Has very good damage once you get a couple crit items
+ Has CC (root) which can CC multiple targets
+ Pushes towers fast with W, especially after getting some attack speed items
+ Extremely rewarding and fun champion when ahead and doing well

Xayah is a very fun ADC, with very good mid and late game. She has lot's of burst with her feathers and a ult that makes her invulnerable which can help against assasins.
Cons


- Struggles against very aggressive lanes
- Requires time to setup feathers in order to maximize damage and utility
- Weak to CC and focus when ult is down
- Can be tricky to learn
- You have to pay attention with feathers if you want to use them to your fullest with Bladecaller
- Struggles against long range lanes
- Somewhat immobile (Hard to catch up with enemies]

Xayah can struggle against aggressive and long range poke lanes. She needs time to scale up as she isn't really that strong in the early game. She is also quite tricky to learn as you have to constantly think about aiming your feathers and keeping an eye on when you can use her ult to its fullest.
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Precision is pretty standard choice for most ADC's, and Xayah is no exception here.

Out of the keystone choices, I like Lethal Tempo the most. It allows you to throw a lot of feathers in a quick succession to the battlefield, creating threats to the enemy team so they have to care where they step. If they don't you can root them with Bladecaller and potentially kill them. The amount of attack speed you get from this is really good and the downtime is only 6 seconds so you will have it up for most fights.
Next one on the list is Presence of Mind. It's really good since getting kill participation gives you back some mana and also increases your maximum mana, so you won't run out of it so quickly.
Next are the Legend tier runes, from which we either take Legend: Alacrity or Legend: Bloodline. I personally like Legend: Bloodline on most champions more, as I feel Legend: Alacrity quite overrated. Both are fine choices, however Legend: Bloodline scales into the late game better.
Lastly from the Precision tree we have Coup de Grace. With Coup de Grace squishy targets will melt faster overall I feel it's the most reliable rune choice for Xayah since you aren't really often going to be surviving on low HP for very long, meaning Last Stand probably isn't too worthwhile to consider.

You grab this to have a better lane phase, with some extra sustain and free boots to allow you to allocate gold into other things.

This rune is nice since whenever you cast a summoner spell, you are granted movement speed for a few seconds, which can come in real handy in most situations (either for escaping or chasing for a kill).


Gathering Storm simply gives you more scaling, which never hurts on a marksman champion.
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  • Clean Cuts (Passive): After Xayah casts an ability, her next 3 basic attacks strike all enemies in their path dealing 100% damage to main target and 30/40/50% to other enemies passed. Feathers stay active for 6 seconds. Feathers can be stored up to 5 basic attacks.
  • Lover's Leap (Passive): Xayah has a second passive. If either Xayah or Rakan is recalling, the other may move up nearby and join the other in recall.
  • Double Daggers (Q): After a short wind-up, Xayah throws two feather-blades rapidly in the target direction, and leaving 2 Feathers on the ground at maximum range. The feather-blades deal physical damage to all enemies they pass through, reduced to 50% against units beyond the first.
  • Deadly Plumage (W): Xayah surrounds herself with a storm of feathers-blades for 4 seconds, granting her bonus attack speed, 20% increased damage on her attacks, and 30% bonus movement speed for 1.5 seconds whenever she attacks a champion. If Rakan is near Xayah when casted, he will gain Deadly Plumage, increasing the bonus damage on each of them to 40%.
  • Bladecaller (E): Xayah recalls all her Feathers, dealing physical damage to enemies they strike on their way toward her, increasing by 0.5% for every 1% of Xayah's Critical Strike Chance. Minions take 50% damage. Enemies hit by at least 3 feathers are rooted for 1.25 seconds.
  • Featherstorm (R): Xayah leaps into the air, becoming untargetable for a short amount of time but still able to move. After a short delay, she unleashes a volley of feather-blades forward in a cone, dealing physical damage to all enemies struck and leaving a line of 5 Feathers at the end of Featherstorm's maximum range.
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In my opinion Bladecaller is the best choice to max first as it deals a ton of damage. Second max Deadly Plumage for more attack speed so you can increase your DPS and maximize your rooting potential. Lastly max your Double Daggers and of course take points on your Featherstorm whenever possible.
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[RIP] Basic instant root combo was nerfed and can't be done anymore but I'll leave the explanation here still as you can do the combo but a bit slower than before: Start by casting your Double Daggers, after the cast immediatly auto attack once and then cast your Bladecaller. This will result your target being rooted. Extremely effective in 1v1 situations and even in laning phase if you want to initiate a fight.

Q + R + E combo: Start by casting your Double Daggers, after you have initiated the cast follow up immediatly with Featherstorm. This will overlap your Double Daggers animation, resulting in both Double Daggers and Featherstorm being cast at the same time. After your Featherstorm has ended cast E for your root/burst. This combo is extremely convinient in teamfights as it get's you more feathers than just with your Featherstorm alone. Of course you can auto attack etc if you have time after your Featherstorm has cast but this is a semi-secure way of CCing multiple targets in a teamfight.
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Xayah is a pretty good champ to pick up on ranked if you know what you are doing with her. She can peel for herself with her ult and she has very good damage late game especially if you manage to get good Featherstorm and multiple feathers on the ground + Bladecaller. She can struggle against agro laners such as Draven but with a good support it's a winnable lane.
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Immortal Shieldbow
Really great mythic item choice since you get more safety with it thanks to the shield and the lifesteal the item gives you when you drop below 30% HP. Other than that grants you the usual stats you want like attack damage, attack speed and crit as well as lifesteal.

Infinity Edge
Every crit users best friend. Nowadays it requires you to have some crit before you get proper use out of it, since you gain more critical strike damage for every 20% crit chance you have.

Rapid firecannon
Great item for Xayah. Often times I go this item as it helps you poke your opponents. It gives you extra range on the empowered auto attack once this item stacks up.

Phantom Dancer
Some attack speed, crit and movespeed. It also has the old passive again which grants ghosting after attacking and 7% movement speed for 2 seconds. If you attack 5 times you also get 40% attack speed for the duration. Great item to pick up to get some more mobility while getting crit.

Navori quickblades
Sort of a Spear of Shojin for crit users. When you critically strike your basic abilities cooldown is lowered by 20% of their remaining cooldown. Quite nice since you get more W and E with this after you've built some crit.

Lord Dominik's regards
A good choice into tanks who have built a lot of armor. The 25% armor penetration will help with that, and it also now grants crit chance. The passive also makes you deal 0-15% bonus physical damage to the opponent based on the health difference, which is really nice into high HP tanks.

Berserker's greaves
Pretty standard boots for ADC's. Gives you attack speed and movespeed. In some cases you can substitute for Ninja Tabi but in my opinion this is important for your DPS especially early.

Guardian angel, savior from assasins
Although Xayah has her ultimate to avoid ultis from Zed etc, but it isn't always up when needed so Guardian Angel helps really a lot especially if you are getting focused down in fights which in most cases happens.

Mortal Reminder
Good item if you are facing a lot of healing in the opposing team. Especially if the enemy team has a Soraka. Helps you kill them faster and also gives you crit chance, ad, attack speed and slight amount of movement speed. Also the healing reduction is increased to 60% if you attack a champion 3 times in 2 seconds.

Bloodthirster
Grants you 20% lifesteal, crit chance and AD. In addition your attacks can overheal you. Excess health is stored as a shield that will decay slowly if you don't deal or take damage for a while.

Maw of Malmortius, negater of magic damage
Good item to get if enemy AP carries/carry is fed and you can't avoid their damage.
Gives nice amount of damage and also gives you some sustain after the shield procs.

Stormrazor
Stormrazor is actually an okey item to build. You get some crit chance, attack speed and AD on the side, + get the 0.5 second 75% slow when you proc and Energized effect.
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Xayah is an adc who can dish out a lot of damage in a quick burst and sort of peel for herself with Featherstorm. She is a solid choice for soloq, although the new crit item changes take a bit getting used to.

Have a great time feathering your way to victory as Xayah!

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- PH45
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Any feedback is highly appreciated as I'm constantly working on improving this guide!

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