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Kha'Zix Build Guide by Aqua Dragon

Top [14.9] Diamond Top Kha'zix - Artillery Assassin

Top [14.9] Diamond Top Kha'zix - Artillery Assassin

Updated on May 4, 2024
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[14.9] Diamond Top Kha'zix - Artillery Assassin

By Aqua Dragon
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Hi! Iā€™m Aqua Dragon. I've been in Diamond for multiple seasons and I play Top Kha'zix.

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Pros and Cons

Pros


  • Sustain during laning phase is insane
  • Powerful, constant poke allows teamfight impact
  • Empowered Void Spike has an excruciating slow
  • Great early dueling with passive
  • Excellent ability to escape ganks

Cons


  • Lack of map impact from top without teleport
  • Very mana hungry early with constant spikes
  • Not as much raw burst as a traditional Kha build
  • Poke takes time to whittle targets down
  • Requires hefty risk for optimal poke positioning.

What is Top Kha'zix?

Power Spikes



Kha'zix is most traditionally used as a jungler with hefty burst power, roaming around the map and picking off unsuspecting fools. However, Kha'zix' kit also supports becoming a monster duelist at top-lane with great poke impact with Void Spike.

The cornerstone of the build is Void Spike, which offers incredible sustain and powerful poke. Being the first ability maxed, at rank 5, it offers 135 healing per use. With the ability haste rush in the build, this translates to easily healing 16 hp per second. The range from the spikes offers a way to farm safely and harass opponents. The waveclear from empowered spikes can be easily coupled with a low-CD Leap to quickly clear waves without the need of Tiamat.

And of course the namesake of the guide: with a 5 second cooldown and crippling 2-second slow, Kha'zix is able to deal massive sustained AOE damage before teamfights even begin. Kha still retains sizable burst to pick off targets once they're within execution range, but there is substantially more focus on stalking prey, marinating their health bar, until it's time for an isolated burst!
Runes

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These rune choices are mostly predicated around gathering more ability haste, attack damage, and effective gold (to turn into more ability haste). Those are really the only two stats that Top Kha'zix needs.

If you find some of these choices giving up too much lane presence, you can consider tuning a few choices to more aggressive options.


Arcane Comet

Arcane Comet is the most important rune in the build, adding 1000+ extra poke damage.



Manaflow Band

Manaflow adds extra damage when Muramana is complete, though Nullifying Orb is a reasonable survivability choice also.


Transcendence

Transcendence aligns with Top Kha's goal of stacking lots of ability haste.



Scorch

Scorch hits quite hard early in the laning phase when trading with Void Spike. Gathering Storm is also good, but concedes a bit too much lane power.


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Biscuit Delivery

Biscuits offer exceedingly high lane sustain, especially since Void Spikes converts mana into more health, and Muramana converts max mana into AD.


Magical Footwear

Magical Footwear is a crisp 300g, which can be used toward building even more ability haste.





Flat AD, Flat AD, and Scaling Health

Aggressive flat AD to help fight early on. Scaling health is more useful overall than flat, but flat HP is a good choice too.
Evolve Order

You Say You Want an Evolution



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Void Spike is maxed first because that's literally the point of the build. More lane harass, more waveclear, more teamfight poke, more setup for bursts, more slow utility...

What's more interesting is the lack of a Taste Their Fear evolution. The problem is that the poke-centric nature of the build makes the cooldown refund on Q Evolve much less useful. Top Kha'zix doesn't spend all that much time in the jungle, where the cooldown would ordinarily speed up camp-clearing time. Nor is the build particularly bruiser-esque, which would allow for a lot of Taste Their Fear hits during teamfights.

The Void Spike evolution is mandatory, leaving both Leap and Void Assault as the final evolutions. Choose Leap if you are behind or your team has strong pick power, like stuns. Choose Void Assault if you are significantly ahead, or the enemy composition is full of several auto-attacking champions.
Build Order

Choose Sooner or Isolater



Create Item Set



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Umbral Glaive is cheap stats + utility that best complements the poke-style.

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Core




Final Items




Sundered Sky works as a final pickup if you have everything desired from the Core items.
Stage of the Game

Adaptable Kharnage




Early

In the early game, your goals are to
  • Duel repeatedly with the passive
  • Sustain with Void Spike
  • Rush for Level 6
Duel with the Passive: Part of what makes Kha'zix Top so scary is their sheer damage from the passive. Proc'ing it on an enemy, combined with Void Spike, is difficult for even the most aggressive melees to trade with.

Leap Away After Trading: Going for hit-and-run is the way to go. After dumping the passive damage onto the enemy, just leap away! There's no need to try and fight beyond that.

Use Void Spike for Sustain: The sustain on Void Spike is what allows Top Kha'zix to function so well. Don't get so focused on hitting the opponent that you neglect to heal up!

Use Biscuits when Low on Mana: Biscuits regenerate mana based on missing mana. The closer to 0 you can get before using the biscuit, the better.

Be Patient When Needed: Some lane matchups are brutal until you can finally evolve Void Spikes. Don't get so greedy for farm that you take too much unnecessary damage, which would prevent you from using evolved spikes most aggressively.

Rush to Evolve Void Spike: When Void Spike are evolved, suddenly the amount of poke becomes much more oppressive and more readily gets opponents into kill range.






Mid

As the laning phase ends, you will start taking on a more roaming role.
  • Whittle targets with Void Spike
  • Siege down turrets and objectives
  • Position aggressively for poke
Poke Poke Poke: Around this time, the 45% CDR dream is real. Use this chance to land as many Void Spike on opponents as you can, and leap in for a kill when the chance is ripe!

Abuse the Massive Spike Slow: Void Spike applies a massive 2-second slow onto enemies. Use this to chain multiple Void Spike into each other or even to just kite enemies while laughing in their faces.

Respect your Burst: Top Kha'zix won't have as much burst as a traditional Kha build, so you won't be able to go around and just delete squishies instantly. But the burst is still very respectable, readily able to bring squishy targets from 60-0.

Watch Your Mana: Once you're out of mana, you're spent. You have no real mana regeneration. Be cautious of your mana bar to make sure you won't overexert yourself before battles are truly done.

Use Leap to Clear Waves: With maximum CDR, Leap isn't on an oppressively long cooldown. Don't be afraid to use it to help clear the caster minions, though be careful not to strand yourself!

Watch for Split Pushers: Although Kha isn't amazing at being a split pusher, they're reasonably good at holding off people trying to split push. When a wave is crashing toward a side lane, watch to see if you need to go on Tryndamere Duty and prevent catastrophic losses.






Late

It's kind of just regular Kha'zix now
  • Poke
  • Kill
Do Kha'zix Things: In the late stage of the game, poke is still a priority, but the build now functions very similarly to a standard Kha'zix build.

Patience Before Teamfights: The best thing you can do in many teamfights is simply hitting them with Void Spike over and over to whittle them down. Bide your time, even if the enemies engage. There is no honor in leaping into four people just to die.

Aim for Resets: You should have your evolved wings at this point. When deciding whether to leap in for a kill, consider that if you succeed, you will be able to leap out quickly. Marinate enemies with your spikes so you can make a guaranteed cleap escape.
Thanks!
This guide was a lot of fun to write, and I hope you all have learned everything you would have liked.

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