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Xayah Build Guide by PH45

ADC [12.1] PH45's detailed guide to Xayah, the Rebel!

ADC [12.1] PH45's detailed guide to Xayah, the Rebel!

Updated on January 5, 2022
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Percylove | October 1, 2021 7:00am
I have discover Xayah since I start playing ADC and I like her so much. She felt for me like Ashe. (I love ashe too xD). This guide is very complete and easy to understand! I was wondering what will be the best item and I see that ! I will try the navori Quickblade with the infinity edge seems strong. And its true, is hard to survive in early game with aggressive lanes >< Thank you for the guide !
Vighar (1) | March 11, 2021 12:16pm
That was a really nice build/guide!
Hellst0rmm | February 20, 2021 6:37pm
This is very complete! Thx
PH45 (37) | February 24, 2021 4:59am
Glad you enjoyed it!
RusRamen | October 28, 2020 12:39pm
So whyLethal Tempo on Xayah better thanPTA?(sorry I'm new on this site)
PH45 (37) | October 28, 2020 2:04pm
Lethal Tempo allows you to toss out more feathers in a short period of time, and overall increases your DPS once you get some AD as you'll just have overall more attack speed during fights. Press the Attack sure gives some instant extra damage on proc and your teammates also do a bit more damage to the target but Lethal Tempo is by far the superior option.
RusRamen | October 28, 2020 3:19pm
I see, Thank you for being so informative guy!
ecl1p3e (8) | October 22, 2020 8:52am
This is a really great guide you have a very detailed section about items and explained them well. With Xayah, do you think she can only reach her full potential with Rakan? I've seen some people say it the other way around but I wasn't sure. (Help me which skin do I buy for her they all look so cool)
PH45 (37) | October 28, 2020 3:47am
Hello! Sorry for taking a while to answer!

Xayah and Rakan were designed to work extremely well with each other, but I think in some cases a different support than Rakan can work better. Something like a Leona can be extremely dominant with her lockdown potential, but also a enchanter support like Janna or Lulu can be better if you decide to go for more of a scaling game.

I personally like the original release skin of hers (Cosmic Dusk), but the Star Guardian skin is also very nice.
TheLadyMyra (4) | September 18, 2020 7:06pm
Hi, thank you so much for making this guide! Xayah is currently on the free rotation, and as I'm trying to branch out into ADCs, I wanted to try her out since I like her boyfriend a lot, haha. Having such an in-depth guide is super helpful and much appreciated!
Spam ice cream (1) | June 22, 2020 6:37pm
I'm sorry if it sounds dumb, but how do you feel about Hail of Blades Xayah? It currently seems to be the main rune for a lot of adc's but I'm not so sure about Xayah.
PH45 (37) | June 23, 2020 1:10pm
I personally prefer Lethal Tempo due to it's duration extending longer than Hail of Blades. The highpoint of Hail of Blades is that you can overcap on attack speed, but I don't think you usually get to that point on Xayah. More so she doesn't have an auto reset so you aren't getting the full value out of the keystone.

Basically, Hail of Blades is stronger early but falls off hard and Lethal Tempo shines brighter in late game, WAY brighter.
Celys (1) | March 9, 2020 4:07am
Hi mate, hell of a guide I must say :)
Have you ever tried Resolve runes as secondary when playing with Rakan? Shield bash + Unflinching or Second wind must make some strong play, getting shield + MR + Armor + some more dmg for poke, could secure some win trade early as still be functional mid-late game :)
What do you say :) could it work instead of boots + cookies? :) Currently I cannot test it, so I could use another opinion :) Thanks
PH45 (37) | March 14, 2020 1:48pm
Hello, and thank you!

Haven't ever tried that, and I haven't played much Xayah lately so can't really comment on it anyways.

While that combo sounds like it can work, it would be probably mostly for premade play. You can't control your ability to get Shield Bash procs consistently unless you are constantly with your Rakan and he is actively looking to shield you. Also the Shield Bash scaling is partially wasted since Xayah doesn't build any bonus health so you'd be relying on the shield size scaling and base damage.

I'd personally still probably run free boots and cookies, but that playstyle can work in some cases sure.
phoxphire | February 29, 2020 7:28am
Hey Pat! Can I call you Pat? >.<
First to give props on the guide! It was concise and informative, so I was able to absorb it fully (I think -_-) and run with it. This is huge for me, personally, as a lot of other guides tend to be so long that they end up confusing me rather then helping. Really seemed like you put energy into proofing and checking back on this, thanks!! Much appreciated!
I started playing Xayah about a month ago when I pulled her Star Guardian skin from a crate (woot!!!) and haven't been able to drop her since. She's a TON of fun to play, but I'm struggling a lot with getting poked by long range supps.. Seems like every single game has a Vel, Ori, Swain, Morg, Lux etc. that just decimates me... So this is probably just a general question rather then Xayah specific, what can I do to survive these matchups? Vs other ADCs I feel she has better poke nearly all the time because it's so natural to have minions between us all the time in lane, so her passive is a constant win for me-- but there's always always ALWAYS a long range supp in the bush tagging me whenever I autoattack... I'm assuming I am being too aggressive, but early game trying to farm under tower with her is an absolute nightmare. There, I'm still unable to get farm and am still getting poked by the supp.
In games where I do get early farms she feels like a monster snowball.. but this is massive rarity because of how bad I am lol.. Still love her to death, passive and E feel really natural for me.
Thank you sir for your time and consideration <3
PH45 (37) | March 4, 2020 2:30am
Hey, and sure you can call met Pat :D
Glad you enjoyed the guide!

If you are struggling against poke, an early Cull can help out, or potentially you could go for a Vampiric Scepter although that would delay your core items a bit so might not be the most optimal thing. Also optionally you could go Fleet Footwork for a safer lane phase, though that will reduce your DPS since you'll be lacking the burst of attack speed from Lethal Tempo. The obvious answer is "oh just dodge the abilities", and while that isn't always possible, the more you play against those champs, the more you can learn the poke patterns and potentially learn to dodge their abilities more consistently. Also having the proper support helps a lot in specific matchups, after all it's a duo lane. If you have something like Blitzcrank who just misses every hook while you get poked, what's he good for in the lane? In poke lanes something like Nami, Soraka or even Braum could be good choices, although that's up to your support to pick.

Hope this helps a bit, haven't played Xayah myself for a while so not sure how it feels down in bot lane right now due to other ADC's like Lucian, Senna and Caitlyn being on the rise but Xayah for sure is a ton of fun non-the-less!
AsuriOtaku | November 7, 2019 10:09am
Hai! This is my favorite guide so far :3
I wanted to ask what you think of using Legend: Alacrity runes on Xayah instead of the Bloodline one? I know you mentioned in this guide that both are an option but I just wanna know if Alacrity would be considered a better option now with the her nerf to her w in 9.22.

Also do you think this nerf affects her too much or it's fine? Can I hear your thoughts on how she's doing in the meta rn? c:

Sorry if this question was asked before or if it's obvious or something, I'm still kinda new ^-^
Also thanks for making this guide!
PH45 (37) | November 10, 2019 3:21am
Hello, and sorry for the late answer!

Legend: Alacrity is fine if you really want the attack speed, however I feel the rune is itself quite overrated and I much more value the lifesteal from Legend: Bloodline. Sure the nerf cut down her attack speed when using W but imo I still rather run Legend: Bloodline in most cases since the sustain from it is just so good especially when heading to mid/late game.

The nerf affected her a bit but overall she is still really good (She is sitting at 49%-50% winrate so she is still more than fine to play.

And all good, I appreciate all comments/questions so I'm more than happy to answer :D

Glad you enjoyed the guide!
Shackley | October 23, 2019 11:05am
Heya! Great guide here dude!
I hope you don't mind two smol advices? c:
One is like... can you put all the 'update with the patch' stuff in some kind of a spoiler?
And it also would be very nice if you added choices with other secondary runes, sorcery or domination - doesn't really matter.

Upvote for sure! :D
PH45 (37) | October 24, 2019 4:02am
Hello and thank you! Glad you liked the guide!

I definitely don't mind advises and feedback is always appreciated!

I've actually never thought of that option for some reason, but putting it behind a spoiler is a great idea. I removed the update log from few of my guides due to it looking cluttered but your idea is a great solution to it. I'll try to do it in the following days for sure :D

I'll do the secondary runes thing too when I update the update log.

Thanks for the ideas/advises and for the upvote!:D
Kreeted | October 15, 2019 1:35pm
Hey~ nice guide! I wondered if it would not be better to use the secondary runes of cheap shot and ultimate hunter to achieve greater damage when enemies are rooted. I know that biscuit delivery helps to stay longer in the lane and magical footwear offers a small discount when buying boots but I don't know if it is very useful in the late game.
PH45 (37) | October 16, 2019 1:23pm

Inspiration tree isn't often meant to offer anything for late game, but to offer you the ability to have a better lane phase. You can go for scaling runes etc, but in the end if you have an awful lane phase you may never even get to that point.

Cheap Shot and stuff like Ultimate Hunter are viable sure, but I personally prefer running Inspiration since it will just help you during lane phase and allow you to invest gold into other stuff than boots early.
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