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

PH45 Last updated on August 16, 2018
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Cheat Sheet

Standard ADC build

Xayah Build

LoL Path: Precision
LoL Rune: Press the Attack
Press the Attack
LoL Rune: Triumph
LoL Rune: Legend: Alacrity
Legend: Alacrity
LoL Rune: Coup de Grace
Coup de Grace

LoL Path: Sorcery
LoL Rune: Celerity
LoL Rune: Gathering Storm
Gathering Storm

+9% attack speed and +10 ability power or +6 attack damage, adaptive

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ADC Role
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ADC Role
Win 49%
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Ability Sequence

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

Threats to Xayah with this build

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Threat Champion Notes
Twitch Doesn't have too much damage or range pre-6 so take advantage of that. After level 6 he gains big boost in range with his ult so be careful of that.
Sivir Try to bait out her spellshield or she will block your E. Should be otherwise quite an easy matchup just dodge her Q poke.
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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) and finished in Diamond 5 last season. I am currently sitting at Diamond 5. I'm a top lane main who mainly plays Jax. I have played Xayah quite a bit though and I currently have 108k mastery points on her.


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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 / Cons


+ 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.

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Firstly I'd choose the Precision tree, from which I'd take either Press the Attack for extra damage since it kind of replaces Fervor of Battle , or second choice is Fleet Footwork as the healing helps you lane better.

Next is Triumph which is good extremely good rune at the moment. Gives you extra survivability in lane if you get that clutch kill or something like that.

After that from the Legend runes we take either Legend: Alacrity for extra attack speed or, or the other choice is Legend: Bloodline as life steal is really beneficial for ADC's.

Lastly I'd take either Coup de Grace for the usual stuff, or Cut Down as most of the time you will have pretty low maximum health compared to your enemies so you should be proccing this most of the time vs your opponents but overall Coup de Grace is the more consistent rune.

Second tree I picked is Sorcery. First rune you take is Celerity for the extra bit of damage it grants as well as the movespeed. It got nerfed a bit but I still think it's fine in general.

Second rune is Gathering Storm. Xayah needs some time to ramp up and once with this her scaling becomes even better. As the game progresses this gives you a good amount of AD.

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Ability Explanation

  • 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.
  • 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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Skill Sequence

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Right now I feel lile maxing Bladecaller first out of your basic abilities is the best choice 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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Combo video + explanation

[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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Ranked Play

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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Essence Reaver, spammy spammy
This item works really well on Xayah. The item got reworked but it actually feels even better now. It gives you some mana and CDR as well as AD. When you cast your ultimate you are granted Essence Flare, which gives you 30% attack speed and your basic attacks refund the cooldown on your non-ultimate abilities by 20% which lets you spam them much more. Great item as it lets you dish out immense amounts of feathers and damage in teamfights.

Infinity Edge, get only after crit items
So this item got reworked as well, and now it doesn't grant crit chance, but it doubles your already existing crit chance. This means you should buy this only after already attaining some crit chance items. Anyways it's a nice item once you get some crit chance as it gives you 70 AD, doubles the crit chance and also 10% of your critical strike damage is true damage, so it will help you kill those pesky tanks.

Rapid firecannon, range is power
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, duelist's dream
Gives crit which is important, and attack speed boost from this item is really good.
The benefit of this items passive which reduced incoming damage from the champion you are fighting also helps when you duel people.

Blade of the ruined king, sustain and attack speed
This item is good for giving you some sustain while giving you the % hp damage to deal with more tanky champions. The attack speed boost is also nice, although it's not as big as it used to be.

Runaan's hurricane, autoattacks everywhere
I know what you are thinking, it doesn't give feathers on Runaan's procs. I know it doesn't work, but still I feel this item is really good on her, as it is relatively cheap, gives her lot's of attack speed and overall increases your DPS a good amount since you are throwing 3 autos instead of 1. Also it gives you more damage with your Deadly Plumage.

Statikk Shiv, bring the thunder
I haven't actually built this in a single game on Xayah, but thanks to a comment on this guide I included it here. I generally have always liked more of Rapidfire Cannon and Runaan's Hurricane, but needless to say Statikk Shiv has it's pros also. It gives nice burst damage with it's proc. I wouldn't pick it up first tho, rather late game if you want the 100% crit chance, though most of the time with my favorite build I replace my boots with Phantom Dancer for the 100% crit chance.

Lord Dominik's regards, the tank destroyer
Helps really a lot dealing with tanks especially late game where they have 4-4.5k HP.

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, answer to healers
Good item if you are facing a lot of healing in the opposing team. Especially if the enemy team has a Soraka or Swain. Helps you kill them faster and also gives you armor pen which is always nice.

The Bloodthirster, sustain god
Gives you lot's of sustain and damage, and the shield helps especially a lot in teamfight's once you stack it up.

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.

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Some gameplay clips

I will add more once I get decent clips.

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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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Update list

Any feedback is highly appriciated as I'm constantly working on improving this guide!

21.4.2017 - Added a couple of matchups that I've faced so far enough times to know it.

22.4.2017 - Reached level 6 mastery on Xayah! Added some more matchups.

24.4.2017 - Added combo video and explanation chapter. Also made the Pros/Cons a bit nicer looking than before.

25.4.2017 - Achieved level 7 mastery with Xayah!

1.5.2017 - Added couple more builds.

6.5.2017 - Updated some of the matchups.

13.5.2017 - I've been quite busy with work and stuff so haven't had the time to do much else lately. I however will be having more time next month as my work ends at least for a while so I might be able to play more and get back on the grind then. Also updated build section a bit.

24.5.2017 - Updated my current favourite build a bit.

7.6.2017 - I haven't been playing much Xayah since I've been grinding my main, I however noticed the incoming nerf on her W which I will note once the patch releases. I think Ill go back on my Xayah account once I reach Diamond on my main account etc, Ill however keep updating this guide nontheless.

18.6.2017 - Rip Xayah's Q+AA combo :/ The combo video that is in this guide is sort of outdated now that they nerfed that combo away, but it is still in other ways relevant.

25.7.2017 - Updated some outdated stuff a bit.

13.8.2017 - Updated items a bit

5.9.2017 - Updated items section

4.10.2017 - Updated masteries description, also added Relic Shield start.

6.11.2017 - Cleaned up a few things from the guide.

8.11.2017 - Removed Jungle and Mid builds and updated the guide for Runes Reforged.

9.11.2017 - Updated runes.

5.2.2018 - Updated skill max order.

13.6.2018 - Updated items

2.7.2018 - Updated some outdated things.

16.8.2018 - Updated runes.