[12.8] PH45's detailed guide to Xayah, the Rebel!
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Runes: Inspiration secondary
+10% Attack Speed
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+10% Attack Speed
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
Ability Order Maxing order
Threats & Synergies
Has cc which cripples you pretty badly after 6. Try to dodge her ult with yours and avoid getting hit by her w as it can lead you to a bad spot since you are pretty immobile.
Annoying with her poke but you should win her if you can CC her as otherwise she will just jump away.
Focus on poking her since she will just heal her ADC, try rooting her as she has no escapes besides summoner spells.
Try to bait out her spellshield or she will block your E. Should be otherwise quite an easy matchup just dodge her Q poke.
Annoying poke and you can't really outdamage him early. Just farm up and see if your supp or jungler can get a good engage on the enemy.
Possibly quite threatening as he has a lot of CC and you are immobile. Try to stay out of his range and only go in if you are confident you can kill their ADC before they can finish you off.
Has a long range and can poke you quite a lot for free since she outranges you. Farm up and demolish her in teamfights as your teamfight capability is much better than hers.
Get's harder as the game goes on. Try to CC him so he can't catch his axes. Don't take long trades with him as he will outtrade you with his axes. Highly adviced to ask for ganks.
Can block your feathers and make your life miserable with his high-CC kit. Just try to farm up as best as you can and wait for jungler.
Pretty safe pick, you have to bait his E before you try to kill him as he will otherwise just jump out of your feathers.
Just do your best to dodge his hook and you should be fine. If you however get hooked it might be the end of you if your summoners and ult is down.
Can be annoying after 6 with her stealth. However you can beat her if you can root her when she comes out of stealth and burst her there.
Avoid her Q bouncing from a minion to you. You should be able to win her but if she hit's her ult on you for couple of seconds you probably will die.
Stay away of her E range as if she catches you with her stun you are pretty much dead without your summoners and ult.
Champion Build Guide
Hello, I'm PH45, and this is my Xayah Guide.
I go by Patrik nowdays, 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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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.
+ 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.
- 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.
|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 high, and with the updated version of it you can keep your DPS up for very long periods since Lethal Tempos duration extends as long as you keep attacking enemy champions. In addition, at max stacks you also gain a bit of extra range for your basic attacks.|
|Next one on the list is Presence of Mind. It's really good since hitting enemies will grant you mana regeneration, and on takedowns it restores|
|Next are the Legend tier runes, from which we either take Legend: Alacrity or Legend: Bloodline. Legend: Alacrity gives you attack speed, which is nice but I overall feel you already have it a decent bit. I personally like Legend: Bloodline on most champions more, as I feel Legend: Alacrity quite overrated. Legend: Bloodline grants you lifesteal. This will help you a bit in early game, but a lot more during later stages when you need to regen quickly after a fight or even during a fight. Both are fine choices, however Legend: Bloodline scales into the late game better.|
|Lastly from the Precision tree we have Cut Down. With Cut Down you will deal more damage to champions that have higher max HP than you which is quite often. If however enemy team is looking very squishy, you can opt for Coup De Grace instead since it will be more reliable rune choice for [[Xayah in those games.|
|You grab this to have extra sustain in lane with cookies and also save 300g on boots.|
|This rune allows you to have some extra sustain in lane (both HP and mana), especially if you get knocked down low these can be really valuable. They also increase your maximum mana by a bit which is always a nice addition.|
|Magical Footwear is nice if you don't require to get boots early in the lane. You can of course speedup the delivery process by getting kill participation, and once you get the boots they also have +10 movement speed on them which is nice since mobility is important with marksmen.|
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.
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.
Every crit users best friend. Nowadays it functions a bit different, if you have 60% crit chance, Infinity Edge will grant you 35% critical strike damage. For this reason, you leave this item as 3rd item usually, although it can also be delayed if you go Lord Dominik's Regards in case the enemy team has a lot of high HP targets.
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, which can help you setup a quick root combo for example.
Some attack speed, crit, AD and movespeed. It also has the old passive again which grants ghosting after attacking and 7% movement speed for 2 seconds. If you attack 4 times you also get 30% attack speed for the duration. Great item to pick up to get some more mobility while getting crit.
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
An excellent choice into tanks since it grants you armor penetration, and the passive also makes you deal bonus physical damage to the opponent with greater max health than you. This can be built in place of Infinity Edge if the opposing team has tanky champions that need to be dealt with.
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.
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.
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 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.
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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