Xayah Build Guide by Panuelos
Pro Xayah guide - Make the feathers count!By Panuelos | Updated on August 5, 2020
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+10% Attack Speed
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+15-90 HP (lvls 1-18)
Ability Order Standard
Threats & Synergies
Blocks all feathers with his wall
Hard to hit with feathers
Kaisa can juke bladecaller
Super tanky and can cleanse your root with his ultimate
High dmg and hard to hit with Bladecaller
A good Kalista can juke your bladecaller
Thresh can walk you down and use flay and hook onto you
Long range poke but weak at all-in scrimishes
She can only spellshield 1 feather
Smoke screen and dash makes it harder to kill Graves
Your husband has to be the greatest
Nautilus can setup engages
Slow effect works great with feathers
Sets up engages for bladecaller
Movement speed and attack speed
Decent support with nice engage
Sona is Sona
Setup for feathers
Champion Build Guide
Berserker's Greaves: Well rounded boots with attack speed. Allways a good choice for almost every marksmen
Essence Reaver: Essence Reaver is great on Xayah cause of her ability to clear waves so quick with her AOE oriented spellkit. Essence Reaver makes sure you have dmg, crit, CDR and mana to keep spamming your abilities, allowing you to stay on the battlefield for much longer = getting to lategame quicker
Infinity Edge: Great crit item that provides alot of AD and increased critical strike damage. Giving you a large amount of critical strike chance and causing you to deal more critical damage on said critical strikes is very powerful.
Statikk Shiv: Great Zeal item choice / crit item when you really want some more waveclear on your team. You would like to get either Statikk Shiv or Phantom Dancer. I personally go for Phantom Dancer in most situations, since it provides great surviveability and Sivir has the greatest waveclear in the game anyways.
Mortal Reminder: You'll almost always want to build armor pen at this point in your build as enemies will have likely built a decent amount of armor. Whether to build Lord Dominik's Regards or Mortal Reminder depends on whether the enemies are generally tankier than you or not, and whether they have sustain or not. Mortal Reminder is generally the best of the two upgrades right now since there's so much healing in the game overall. Note that this item is useless if your enemy dont have tanks or a ton of healing ex. Vlad, Soraka, Mundo etc.
Bloodthirster: If you don't need the second life from a Guardian Angel then you'll almost always want lifesteal from either Mercurial Scimitar or The Bloodthirster in your build, and The Bloodthirster is IMO generally the best option for Twitch, since Spray and Pray tends to keep him well out of CC range. However, it's also situational and Mercurial Scimitar is something you'll very commonly have to buy instead anyway. An important thing to note is that there's a way to cancel knockups/knockbacks with Mercurial Scimitar, which involves using the cleanse during the CC. That alone won't get rid of it, but once you've cleansed, it'll allow you to cancel the knockback/knockup by using Flash, or any kind of dash. Demonstration by faker. So if you ever get caught by Dragon's Rage or Unstoppable Force while you have Flash up, with good enough reactions you can stay alive.
Guardian Angel: This is a very good item when you know you're going to have a hard time surviving team-fights. Only build it as a 5th or 6th item, though you can build Cloth Armor sooner if the armor is really that important. It replaces either The Bloodthirster or Lord Dominik's Regards, depending on which item is more important for you.
Maw of Malmortius: A very strong defensive item when you're taking heavy AP damage in fights. You start off with Hexdrinker and can build it earlier on then just sit on it until you reach 6 items before upgrading it to Maw of Malmortius if it's more important for you to finish the rest of your build. Generally this replaces Mercurial Scimitar/ The Bloodthirster, but it can replace your Last Whisper upgrade instead if you don't need armor penetration.
Phantom Dancer: is now a late game Zeal item that allows you to combine 25% critical strike chance and a defencive passive. It has the lifeline passive meaning when you reach a certain health threshold you'll gain a defencive shield. This also means it cannot stack with Maw of Malmortius or Hexdrinker. I suggest getting this item if you absolutely need the 100% crit chance or if you don't need the extra damage from shiv and would prefer an extra layer of defence.
Remember that you have to think about item choices each game. Your items will have to depend on each game. If you play against alot of CC, you will have to buy mercury treads and / or mercurial scimitar for example. Against heavy AD, you would have to consider Ninja Tabi and/or Guardian angel
The Bloodthirster: If you don't need the second life from a Guardian Angel then you'll almost always want lifesteal from either Mercurial Scimitar or The Bloodthirster in your build, and The Bloodthirster is IMO generally the best option for Xayah. However, it's also situational and Mercurial Scimitar is something you'll very commonly have to buy instead anyway. An important thing to note is that there's a way to cancel knockups/knockbacks with Mercurial Scimitar, which involves using the cleanse during the CC. That alone won't get rid of it, but once you've cleansed, it'll allow you to cancel the knockback/knockup by using Flash, or any kind of dash. Demonstration by faker. So if you ever get caught by Dragon's Rage or Unstoppable Force while you have Flash up, with good enough reactions you can stay alive.
+ 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.
- 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.