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Jinx Build Guide by MallisTheGreat

ADC Jinx - A Simple Guide [Patch 9.12]

ADC Jinx - A Simple Guide [Patch 9.12]

Updated on June 21, 2019
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Runes: Standard Rune Page

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Fleet Footwork
Legend: Alacrity
Coup de Grace

Absolute Focus
Gathering Storm

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


1 2
Standard ADC Runes
LoL Summoner Spell: Flash


LoL Summoner Spell: Heal


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Champion Build Guide

Jinx - A Simple Guide [Patch 9.12]

By MallisTheGreat

Welcome to "The Ultimate Guide" for Jinx!

I'm HQT Ang3lShot, formerly known as MallisTheGreat and I'm mainly a Jinx main. Currently I have seen many people play the Lethal Tempo Jinx build, with questionable success, so I want to have my take on the subject!
On this guide we will learn how to:
  • Dominate botlane with Jinx.
  • Learn how to farm properly.
  • Prepare for the upcoming tank meta.

I will try and explain my thought process through this guide!

If you liked this guide, please leave a like! If you want to add something, or if you think something could be corrected, please leave a comment!
Rune Explanation

ADC Jinx: The Normal Runes

So, the main difference with some of the guides and players is that they pick Lethal Tempo instead of my suggested Fleet Footwork. This is mostly because of the potential it has on teamfights, but I think my option has the same usability. For starters, Fleet Footwork is great for regaining HP from poking and for engaging due to the speed buff after the Auto Attack.

Triumph is mostly used because you are going to kill much and dive much (as well as get dived much). Remember, Jinx is a hypercarry, so she is going to be targeted very much. Overheal can also be used, but I tend to avoid it if I pick Legend: Alacrity.

I prefer Legend: Alacrity because Jinx is heavily reliable on her Attack Speed. Legend: Bloodline can also be used, but Jinx may lack some Attack Speed that she has to replenish from items (or picking Lethal Tempo).

Lastly, Coup De Grace can help you pick off kills with your W or ultimate. Cut Down can also help if you play against heavy tanks or HP building champions, like Garen or Cho'Gath.

For secondary runes, I mostly pick Absolute Focus and Gathering Storm.

Absolute Focus is used, because late game you are mostly gonna be full HP, so you are gonna have more AD.

Gathering Storm is used, because Jinx generally is a late scaler (she needs items to function at her best), so it is gonna help with the late game AD spike.

Lethality Jinx: The Alternative Runes

For this build we will start with the all-time favourite for Lethality builds, Dark Harvest. This is gonna help you with the damage output from your W and your Ultimate.

Next I pick Taste of Blood. Out of your 3 choices, this is the one that is gonna help because of the HP it gives back through poking.

After this, you can either go for the Ghost Poro or Eyeball Collection. I mostly use Eyeball Collection because of the takedowns you are going to have, but if you want motivation to help with warding, pick Ghost Poro.

Lastly, pick Ultimate Hunter for the cooldown it gives on your ultimate ability, so that you can use it as often as you can. You can also pick Ravenous Hunter for the health you are going to take back.

For secondary Runes, I mostly go for Triumph and Legend: Alacrity.

Triumph for obvious reasons - whenever you kill someone to get back some of the health you lost.

Legend: Alacrity because Jinx still needs Attack Speed, and even in the Lethality build, you are going to use your Auto Attacks as a means of harassing.
Skill sequence explanation

ADC Jinx: The Usual Sequence

First, Switcheroo!. Through basic attacks, Jinx can have an insane growth of attack speed on early levels. Also, the damage from the rockets increases with each point, so it makes zoning and poking much easier.

Then, Zap!. Many think that Jinx's main damage output is the Auto Attacks, and they are not wrong. Her W though deals an insane amount of damage as well (1.0 ad ratio), and the slow scales with each point.

Last, Flame Chompers! is a great ability for zoning and blocking the escape of the enemies, or for stopping the enemies for following you. It has a mediocre cooldown, so you don't need to upgrade it anything else than last.

This Sequence should be used against ADC's that can be dealt with high Attack Speed (namely: Draven / Ezreal / Kog'Maw…).

ADC Jinx: The Alternative Sequence

First, Zap!. As said before, her W has high damage output and a huge range. Maxing it first and focusing on Attack Speed items for early game can replace the damage output of the first sequence.

Then, Switcheroo!. You upgrade this skill alternating with your Zap!. The higher you level up, the faster you will have both at max level, so be sure to use this sequence if you know how to farm well!

Last, Flame Chompers! for the same reason as the last sequence.

This Sequence should be used if the enemy ADC's should be dealt with high-damage skillshots (namely: Xayah / Kai'Sa / Varus…)

The Lethality Jinx Sequence

First, Zap!. Lethality Jinx prides herself on dishing out HUGE damage through her skillshots. So obviously, her W should be maxed first.

Then, Switcheroo!. Even though the skillshots should be the ones dealing damage, you are still a heavily Auto-Attack reliant champion, so be sure to upgrade your Q as well.

Lastly, Flame Chompers! for the same reason as the first Sequence.
Laning Phase - Early game

Laning Phase as Normal Jinx:

Most Junglers are going to start botside, because botlane is giving a greater leash than toplane. If so, help your jungler until the buff monster reaches around 1k (1000) HP, then leave to your lane and use your rockets to take the first three minions in one strike. After that, either push your lane to the turret and deny your enemy ADC some minions (care for the enemy jungler if he is close), or freeze your lane and poke your enemy (either support or ADC) with your rockets. On level 2, get besides your caster minions and poke the enemies with your Zap!. Either on level 2 or level 3, you will be able to engage and take the first kills.
Remember, Jinx needs a lot of gold, as her success is defined the more items she has, so remember to farm as much as you can and engage only if you are able to get a kill.
Lastly, Jinx is deceptively reliant on her mana. A big proportion of her damage should be dished out from her Zap!, so take care with your mana expenditure. If you happen to spend all your mana, harass them with your Switcheroo! on minigun state, until you get some of it back.

Laning Phase as Alternative (Lethality) Jinx:

As lethality Jinx, your aim is to dish out as much damage with your W Zap! as possible. This is pretty easy because of the high AD ratio of your Spell. Give a slightly less leash to your jungler as your ADC counterpart, and then get to your lane. Harass the enemies with your W and on level 2 or 3 engage if you can take a kill. Keep this up and try to farm as many Souls from your Dark Harvest as possible.

So you are approaching mid-game.

That is when Jinx is building her third item, in my case, Runaan's Hurricane. In that case you can either be fed, or you may have fed (in the second case, you may still be struggling with Infinity Edge or the boots, don't worry). For every case, there will be information in each spoiler.

ADC Jinx / If you are fed...

ADC Jinx / If you fed...

Lethality Jinx / If you are fed...

Lethality Jinx / If you fed...

Note for playing against Mordekaiser:

Morderkaiser's ultimate counts as CC. So, if you have a Morgana as a support, a well timed spellshield should stop his ultimate from grabbing you away. If the shield comes too early, he will pop it off with his Q. If too late, you will get on the death realm. Either dance around your Flame Chompers! until the effect comes off OR use your Quicksilver Sash or Mercurial Scimitar so you instantly return to your team.

Late Game

Late game Jinx, Lethality or Normal ADC should always be the main target of the your enemies, just like in mid-game. As a hypercarry, you can damage your opponents from afar, without taking much damage yourself. REMEMBER: Do NOT stay close with your team, or else AOE spells will shred you down, and do NOT stay in front of your team, for obvious reasons. Always check your surroundings in case someone tries to poke you off, so buying Farsight Alteration can be a great solution.

Remember that in late game, Every Teamfight is Costly, so always move as a team and always have in mind the advantageous positioning of your team (unwarded brushes in jungle, fighting under turrets).


So, in retrospect:

  • Jinx is heavily realiant on kills. The more kills she gets, the more money she generates.
  • She has a great waveclear with her rockets. Make sure to use them often. Don't be scared of the mana per rocket and remember to use the minigun as much as possible, as well.
  • She is a hypercarry. Fed or not, she can help with every teamfight, dealing lots of damage. Engage in teamfights whenever it is possible, or splitpush if you have your doubts.

Thanks for seeing my guide, hope I helped as much as possible! I know it isn't flashy yet, but I'm just starting :D
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