Xayah Build Guide by CantParry
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Runes: Kraken Slayer
+10% Attack Speed
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+10% Attack Speed
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+10% Attack Speed
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
Ability Order Ideal
Threats & Synergies
High burst damage at all points in the game. He can use his dash to dodge your E.
Immobile. Watch for potent weapon combos.
You out-damage her at all points in the game, but her slows and ult can get you in trouble.
She out-ranges you. It's good to have a support with high lane pressure to match hers to make sure she can't harass you.
Your burst can catch a Draven off guard and it's harder for him to catch his Qs while trying to stay out of your E path, but watch out for his extreme DPS.
Easy to kite around him. Bait out E to root him. You out-damage him early, so take him out of the game before he can scale.
High burst and kiting capabilities. Play around his 4th shot and you should win all-ins.
Don't let her chain CC you with her traps and support. She can snowball quite easily. Immobile.
High damage, mobility, and outplay potential. Catch her out pre-6.
You out-scale her hard. Catch her out early once and you out-trade her for the rest of the game. Be careful of her ult if she has an engage support.
Her slow can set up engage for her support. You hard win long trades and out-scale her. Watch for Q poke.
As an ADC, she has bad wave clear and can't focus on poking you out, but as a support, make sure your support pressures her off of harassing you. She out-ranges you.
Play around her spell shield and watch for early poke. You out-scale her fast.
High burst damage and snowballing capabilities. You out-scale her and are more useful in team fights.
It's quite easy to remove the rodent from the game early, but if he gets early kills, he can snowball hard.
She can kite around and dodge your E. She out-scales you and can snowball off of early picks. Coordinate with your support to take her out early when you're on equal ground.
Yasuo's wind wall will block your feathers. Try to get an early lead and play around his Q trading pattern.
Make sure to bait out her dash and pseudo-wind wall before pulling back your feathers.
His shield blocks your feathers. They will still be on the ground in front of where they hit the shield, which can catch the enemy off guard.
Her black shield will prevent you from rooting whoever it's on, but it won't hinder your DPS whatsoever. As always, movement is your friend; Morgana's Q is not.
It's quite easy to remove the caterpillar from the game early, but if he gets early kills, he can snowball hard.
Be careful of his ult at level 6. You out-scale him and his early poke isn't substantial.
Rakan isn't in the best spot right now, but I don't need to explain why they're a good pair. A good Rakan can still set up kills for you reliably.
Reliable easy engage and high lane pressure along with in-lane sustain from his passive.
A good bard can pull it off, but Xayah doesn't like roaming supports. Unreliable CC.
His hook is almost always a guaranteed kill, but taking him into a game is a coin flip since he can't do anything if he gets behind.
Likely to steal your kills and leave you behind. Unreliable engage.
Unreliable engage, but her black shield can allow you to run your opponents down without worry of CC.
Reliable engage and perma-CC. Tanky with lots of peel.
High burst if he takes Hail of Blades. Reliable engage and high snowball potential.
Unreliable engage, but nice sustain and poke. She can peel quite well in the late game, but her focus will be damage rather than peel and engage.
No engage or peel.
Swain is a menace in-lane. High pressure and easy CC, but can't do much when behind. No peel.
Reliable engage and peel.
Almost no lane pressure and no CC before level 6, but high healing and okay engage at level 6.
High lane pressure, little peel, some CC, and can give you movement speed. A free Guardian Angel is always nice.
Likely to steal your kills and leave you behind. High burst damage, but unreliable CC.
Good CC but no reliable engage.
No engage and little peel.
Unreliable engage and peel. She can give you movement speed which can be nice.
Reliable engage and perma-CC. Tanky with lots of peel.
One of the few enchanters I can recommend pairing Xayah with. Though she lacks amazing peel, her W, E, and R turn you into an unstoppable monster.
Useless until level 6
Reliable engage and perma-CC. Tanky with lots of peel. The enemy support can't use bushes
Unreliable engage and peel but a good Nami can surprise the enemy and set up kills while providing sustain.
High lane pressure and burst with point and click CC for engage and peel.
Unreliable CC but high poke potential if done correctly.
Reliable engage and high lane pressure.
Bad early game and no CC until level 6.
Good ult for tower dives and generally any fight. High lane pressure with a little bit of sustain.
Unreliable engage and peel, but high poke. Doesn't match Xayah's playstyle.
High damage with little engage and okay peel. Very defensive.
High lane pressure and burst with a strong level 6. Okay peel.
Very tanky with lots of CC and peel.
Champion Build Guide
Pros and Cons
Clean Cuts (Passive)
Double Daggers (Q)
Your Q should be used as a way to put out feathers. It will almost always be the ability you use first in a fight (especially defensive ones). Its most common use would be for a quick root using her Q Double Daggers + AA + E Bladecaller combo for the quickest output of three feathers. Otherwise, it can be used in three ways: You can use it preemptively before a fight to maximize your feathers and save time in a defensive situation, you can use it to surprise a low health enemy with a Q Double Daggers + E Bladecaller snipe to finish them off, or if an enemy walks in front of one of your feathers, you can Q Double Daggers + E Bladecaller for a quick, unexpected root.
Remember that your Q should never be used as a poke ability. The damage isn't substantial and your Q is better used for other purposes. Your trades are also much less potent when your Q is down. Your Q Double Daggers + E Bladecaller combo should NEVER be used to poke as it leaves two of your important abilities down and an open window for the enemy to engage on you.
Deadly Plumage (W)
|Xayah's W, Deadly Plumage, increases both her damage and attack speed, making it a huge contributor to her DPS, and is the reason that she out-damages most ADCs. Be sure to take advantage of the movement speed it grants when attacking enemy champions to chase or kite. If you have a Rakan on your team, your W will also apply to him.|
Xayah's E, Bladecaller pulls all of her feathers back to her, rooting anyone who stands in the way of at least three of them. You should use your E in four situations:
1. Chain CC
Coordinate with your teammates by timing your E in order to keep someone in place as long as possible.
Root somebody to get away from them.
Once you have a large number of feathers out, pull them back through a group of enemies to get a huge burst of damage that can turn a fight around as well as root them.
As I described before, you can use her Q Double Daggers + E Bladecaller to catch a low health enemy off guard by sniping them for the kill.
Xayah's R, Featherstorm, is often misunderstood by new players as well. It is assumed that it should be used offensively when in most cases, it should not. You should be taking advantage of the fact that her R makes you untargetable. Here are the ways you should be using Featherstorm:
1. Dodging important skill shots
You can dodge important skill shots to outplay your opponent or it is sometimes okay just to burn your ultimate to dodge something that would kill you such as a Blitzcrank hook.
2. Avoiding burst
If you can predict a large amount of burst, you can avoid that by using your ultimate to make the enemy waste their abilities.
If you need to get out of a situation quickly, you can use your ultimate (with Flash if necessary) and move toward safety, making it so that your enemies will be unable to follow you due to the threat of a root.
If you are unable to use your Q + E to snipe someone, you can use your R to do the same thing, and since you're able to move around in the animation, you can follow your target making it hard to miss.
Lucian - Extreme
Lucian is a lane bully, so you may have a hard time scoring early kills. Be careful and make sure he doesn't get an early lead as he can snowball it really hard. With his high burst all game, you can't out-scale him by much as the current items let him be more than a lane bully.
I recommend taking Exhaust into this matchup, and Immortal Shieldbow if there are any other bursty threats on the enemy team.
Jhin - Extreme
|If you let Jhin scale, his speed allows him to outplay you. He has a lot of burst, so try to avoid short trades. Wait for him to use his 4th shot and go in on him with your support to score those crucial early kills. Jhin's Q Dancing Grenade increases in damage after every unit it kills. Watch your minion's health bars. Jhin's W Deadly Flourish can make for dangerous perma-CC; however, it is easy to dodge, and with the speed from your W Deadly Plumage, you can make it extremely hard for Jhin to hit his W.|
Kai'Sa - Extreme
Kai'Sa's high mobility with her E Supercharge and R Killer Instinct which allow her to dodge your feathers. Try to bait these out before using E Bladecaller. She has high damage output at all points of the game, especially after she evolves her Q Icathian Rain. While battling her, stay near minions if you can as they will drastically lower the damage you take from her Q and make it harder for her to land her W Void Seeker. She out-scales you but is highly vulnerable to CC due to her assassin-like playstyle forcing her to step away from her team to isolate her target.
Exhaust is a good option into this matchup to make sure that you out-damage her in early fights.
Vayne - Extreme
Vayne is currently extremely strong. She out-scales you so you must get early kills to gain a lead and bully her out of the game. She has both strong long trades and short trades if she's able to proc the true damage from her W Silver Bolts and get an empowered auto-attack off from her Q Tumble. Her early game is not weak, so you have to be careful of her and her support at all points of the game. Try to get early kills by shutting her down with CC and staying away from walls so that she can't stun you with her E Condemn. Her Q, especially in her ultimate Final Hour makes it easy for her to kite around your feathers, so try to get her locked down before you use E Bladecaller.
Exhaust is a good option into this matchup to make sure that you out-damage her in early fights.
Yasuo - Extreme
Yasuo is a pain for any ADC to deal with. His W Wind Wall blocks all projectiles, and all of Xayah's damage comes from projectiles. His extreme mobility from his E Sweeping Blade makes it easy for him to stick onto you, and with the extra crit chance from his passive Way of the Wanderer, he starts out-damaging you pretty fast. Be careful around your minions as he can dash through them, pay attention to his Q trading pattern, and try to poke him out as much as possible during levels one and two.
Note: Yasuo's W Wind Wall does not absorb your feathers. They are left on the ground where they hit it, similarly to with Braum's E Unbreakable.
He'll most likely be building lifesteal early so you can get Executioner's Calling early to counter. You can also choose to take Exhaust to put him at a disadvantage when he goes in on you.
Draven - Major
Draven's early damage can be devastating. It's easy for Draven to run you down if you overstep even once, so be extremely careful early. Wait for your support to set up kills for you as he is easily taken down with CC since he's, well, an ADC, and he can't catch his axes Spinning Axe You out-scale him hard, so after one or two early kills, you should usually be able to 1v1 him. Just be careful of his speed as it can allow him to dodge your E.
Exhaust is a good option against Draven to lower his damage output in trades and reduce his speed. This is to make sure that he can't be the lane bully that he is. You can also get an Executioner's Calling, especially if he's paired with a healing enchanter, as he tends to build lifesteal early.
Tristana - Major
I was debating putting Tristana in the extreme category. Tristana is extremely snowbally and can burst you down in an early trade if she or her support manages to catch you out. After she gets a few kills, there's almost nothing you can do besides burn your ultimate and summs every time she presses W Rocket Jump. Though Tristana does scale hard, she doesn't have as much use later in the game due to there being more grouping, and you have more impact in team fights than she does. Tristana is shut down by CC, and usually has to separate herself from her peel in order to fight, but if she already pressed W Rocket Jump, she doesn't care what CC you put on her; the animation can't be canceled. Shut her down in the first two levels if possible, otherwise, be extremely careful in trading with her.
I highly recommend taking Exhaust and Immortal Shieldbow into Tristana. When she jumps in on you Exhaust will put her in an uncomfortable situation, and will prevent her from being able to score the early kills she needs to snowball.
Samira - Major
|Samira is a major threat mainly because of her W Blade Whirl, and her mobility from her E Wild Rush. Try to bait out her W Blade Whirl before you pull back your feathers. A single well-timed W can make all of your feathers useless. Her E Wild Rush can also allow her to outplay you by dashing behind you when you E. In a scenario where it will win you the fight, you can use Flash to counter her E; otherwise, if you can, try to kite behind her using your W Deadly Plumage. Samira is almost a purely all-in champion, meaning that when she gets behind, there's not much she can do against you, at least in a 1v1. If you can catch her out early, you should have the lane in the bag as long as you continue to look out for her support and jungle.|
Braum - Major
|Braum is a big threat to Xayah simply because of his E Unbreakable. Your feathers won't go through his shield, which prevents you from being able to get roots off as easily. The key to playing against Braum is long trades and keeping your distance. His E Unbreakable doesn't last for long, so Braum is weak in long trades when it comes to defense. However, in long trades, he's likely to stun you if you can't keep your distance and dodge his Q Winter's Bite. Keeping your distance should be fairly easy because Braum has very unreliable engage.|
Morgana - Major
The threat of Morgana's Q Dark Binding is obvious. Nobody likes being perma-CCed. Besides her Q, she doesn't have much to fight you with, so if you dodge her Q and it's safe to do so, you should pursue a longer trade. The only other thing to worry about is her E Black Shield, which can make her and her ADC very difficult to catch out. Since Morgana performs poorly in longer trades, you should be confident in all-ining whoever doesn't have the Black Shield. Remember it has a 26-second cooldown for most of the game, so if you or your support can manage to bait it out, use that window to trade.
Morgana's playstyle completely revolves around her hitting her Q Dark Binding. Get an early Quick Silver Sash. This removes the threat of her Dark Binding and/or her R Soul Shackles, and will allow you to freely run her down.
Caitlyn - Even
|Caitlyn's range can be a serious problem for Xayah if left unchecked. She can easily harass you if your support doesn't apply sufficient lane pressure. Locking her down may be difficult, as she has a good amount of disengage in her kit from her E 90 Caliber Net and to an extent from her W Yordle Snap Trap. Try to bait out her E 90 Caliber Net before you pull back your feathers. If their support has CC, beware of Caitlyn's potential to chain-CC you with her support using her W Yordle Snap Trap.|
Ezreal - Even
|You won't have to worry much about Ezreal in the early game. You have the better early game. Play around minions when trading in lane and always use your W Deadly Plumage to kite around him so that he can't hit his abilities, especially in the late game when his Q Mystic Shot chunks you. Try to close distance when fighting Ezreal. He out-ranges you, and letting him hit free Qs on you is never a good idea.|
Jinx - Even
|The main threat Jinx brings into lane is her E Flame Chompers!. If you aren't looking out for it, it can be easy for her to catch you out using her traps. They can also be extremely useful for zoning and chain CC, which can allow her to force long trades that won't be in your favor. Letting a Jinx get ahead is extremely dangerous as her snowball potential is extremely high. If she's able to get ahead, she'll be able to make good use of her passive Get Excited! every single time. On the other hand, if you are able to catch her out early when she's much weaker than you, it's very hard for her to come back.|
Aphelios - Minor
Aphelios is quite complex, so I highly encourage you to try playing him yourself or just looking up a guide to learn him.
There are two weapon combinations that you absolutely need to look out for, and those are his Severum, the Scythe Pistol + Crescendum, the Chakram and Infernum, the Flamethrower + Crescendum, the Chakram. These combos allow him to easily stack up chakrams and he'll far out-damage you. Other than that, keep in mind that his Calibrum, the Sniper Rifle can give him some decent early poke potential, and his Gravitum, the Gravity Cannon is quite bad for fighting besides the chain-CC potential that it offers. Other than that, Gravitum has low damage output comparatively.
You out-damage him early and his lack of mobility makes it easy to kite around and chase him. Take advantage of this to score kills on him early. Keep in mind that he does scale a bit harder than you but it takes a while for him to get to that point. Also, always look for his weapons, as many times that will decide whether or not you win that fight.
Ashe - Minor
|Due to Ashe's passive Frost Shot, you will out-scale her in terms of damage, but she will out-scale you in terms of utility. As long as you're on even ground, after level 3, you should be winning every 1v1 against her. Just be careful of her support, as once they get you locked down, you most likely aren't getting out without burning any important cooldowns, but on the other hand, if your support manages to catch her out, her damage won't be a threat and it should be an easy kill that you should be able to snowball off of. Obviously, watch out for her ultimate Enchanted Crystal Arrow at level 6 and beyond.|
Kalista - Minor
Long trades aren't in your favor against Kalista because of her E Rend. You'll win early fights by catching her out with CC and getting burst on her with your E Bladecaller while she's CCed. Keep in mind that it may be hard to catch her due to her passive Martial Poise, but once you have that early lead, you out-scale her so you won't have to worry much about her out-damaging you outside of extremely long trades. Her threat later in the game is going to come from her dashes from Martial Poise which will allow her to kite around you and dodge your E Bladecaller, and also from her lifesteal.
You should be getting an early Executioner's Calling against Kalista since she usually builds ungodly amounts of lifesteal.
Miss Fortune - Minor
|Miss Fortune's main threat comes from her synergy with CC supports. The slow from her E Make it Rain can give her support time to engage on and/or CC you, at which point she can use her ultimate Bullet Time to quickly melt your health bar. In a 1v1, as long as you are on even ground, you should win. Her ultimate will be useless and you out-damage her. One more quick note: Don't group too much in team fights; you're asking to die.|
Senna - Minor
Senna as an ADC doesn't scale as hard with her passive Absolution since the chance for Mist to spawn is greatly decreased when she's the one killing the minions. On top of this, Senna is meant to harass her enemies with her poke, which she can't do when she has the job of farming the minions, meaning she gets even fewer stacks on her passive. She has really bad wave-clear and can't focus on landing roots on you either. All of that being said, her roots, range, and late-game still are a threat.
You should be much more scared of Senna in the support role. She scales much harder with her passive, even if it is a bit slower, she can become more of a threat than her ADC faster than you'd expect. Beating her in lane won't matter much to her once she's reached 120+ stacks on her passive. In-lane, she will try to harass you with her long range. In order to prevent this, take with you a support that has high lane pressure and can catch her out when she's trying to go for poke. Take advantage of her squishiness early, but never auto trade her, she will out damage you in short trades.
Sivir - Minor
|Sivir's only threat to you is her use of her E Spell Shield to block your E Bladecaller, but her Spell shield can be taken out by your Q Double Daggers or any spell from your support. Her DPS isn't anything special as long as your dodge her Q Boomerang Blade. The after a won lane, the only thing you should worry about is her ultimate On The Hunt, as any other threat on her team can use that massive speed boost to get on top of you. The damage from her W Ricochet is almost nothing in-lane, so as long as you don't stay in the minion wave 100% of the time and avoid her Qs, you should be absolutely fine. You out-scale her, but don't forget about her in the late game.|
Twitch - Minor
|Twitch poses almost no threat by himself in the laning phase. The only things you'll have to look out for early are his W Venom Cask, and of course his support and jungler. If he manages to get an early lead, he can become a massive problem. That's when he can start using his Q Ambush to catch you out and kill you with ease. He's also one of the hardest scaling ADCs in the game. It's crucial that you shut him down with CC as once he's held in place, he can't get out easily. If left alone, his ultimate Spray and Pray + Runaan's Hurricane can melt an entire team in seconds. Abuse his weak early game so he can't use his snowbally kit and always watch out for him in teamfights. Keep an eye on his items and DPS throughout the game and remember that Runaan's Hurricane is a huge item spike for him.|
Kog'Maw - Minor
|Kog'Maw is similar to Twitch in that he's useless when behind, but a hypercarry when ahead. His W Bio-Arcane Barrage is what gives him his ability to melt health bars, and it also gives him more range on his auto-attacks, so you can forget about spacing when he's using his W. He's immobile and catching him out once is devastating. Remember not to stick around at lane while you're at low health at level 6+.|
Varus - Minor
|Varus is in an extremely weak spot right now, the poke from his Q Piercing Arrow isn't anything to be worried about as long as you try to dodge it. His only real threat is his ultimate, which can be quite devastating if he has some help. It should be pretty easy to gain an early lead if you take advantage of his immobility and weak pre-6.|
Synergies (Work in Progress)
Xayah is meant to snowball with her aggressive kit, and therefore, you should be looking to score early kills to scale faster. You should pair with a tanky engage support that can peel for you ideally.
Rakan - Ideal
To start, Rakan and Xayah have a built-in synergy. Rakan's E Battle Dance has its range extended by quite a bit when dashing to Xayah, and Xayah's W Deadly Plumage applies to Rakan while he is nearby. Other than this, Rakan's style matches Xayah well, being able to move around a fight as he pleases, and his W Grand Entrance makes for quick and reliable engage that Xayah can easily follow up on. Grand Entrance makes for engage more reliable than that of a hook support, and paired with his E can allow for unexpected engages and an ensured safe return.
Rakan does come with his weaknesses of course. You should never blind-pick Rakan; He is extremely vulnerable into any bot lane with high CC and/or disengage. If he finds himself in a bad matchup, the best option is to play it safe and wait for the enemy to make a mistake that you can take advantage of; otherwise, he can act as good disengage.
Do not pick Rakan into:
Alistar - Ideal
Alistar is extremely useful for his tankiness, peel, CC, and disengage. He's really a very safe pick into every lane; it's really just his playstyle that changes based on the support you're up against. Alistar is strong against anyone who can't easily counter engage. He also has an unnecessary amount of lane pressure due to his ability to point and click CC your opponents anytime he wants to with his W Headbutt + Q Pulverize combo. If he hides in a bush, the enemy can be forced to stay off of farm. In a vacuum, he out-tanks all other supports once he has his ultimate Unbreakable Will and his in-lane sustain from his passive Triumphant Roar is extremely useful despite the low heal because of its frequency.
Against supports with hard engage and peel, it's best to wait for them to engage on you. At that point, it's very easy for Alistar to either counter engage or simply push them away with his W Headbutt.
There are no direct counters to Alistar due to his versatility; however, he does have to be more careful when going against other engage supports.
Xayah's kit gives her outstanding wave clear, just make sure that you don't autopilot in laning phase and repeatedly push them into their tower. Try to let the wave push to you especially if you're ahead and force fights to further stretch your lead. Your goal is to leave your opponent so far behind that they can't come back. You basically function similarly to a lane bully in that aspect but you scale harder than one at the same time.
Shove and Deny Farm Approach
Though I recommend not to constantly push your enemy into their tower, it does apply a lot of pressure on your opponents as they have little room to move and play around your feathers. You can deny a lot of farm from your enemies this way, but you run the risk of being ganked, so if you choose this approach, keep track of where the enemy jungler is and keep vision in the river and in the tri-brush.
You shouldn't stay pushed up against these junglers:
• Kayn (especially when he's going Shadow Assassin)
• Nunu & Willump
Your vision often won't save you against these junglers, and keeping pushed up will make you look like a snack. Against any jungler, however, always be careful, stay map-aware, keep vision in the river, and buy a Control Ward
Who to Focus in Early Fights (2v2)
In almost all fights, it's the best idea to focus the ADC. They'll be the ones dealing the most damage, and you don't want them getting kills.
You should focus the support when:
• They're low
• They've been caught out and you can kill them fast
• Their healing/shielding is what is winning them fights.
• Any time it's free.
Don't worry. Remember that Xayah has superior wave clear when compared to other ADCs, allowing her to push out lanes fast and move around the map as necessary. You can easily out-farm your opponent and scale hard. Xayah isn't a full-on lane bully as I've said before because she doesn't need to get fed early to have power late.
Xayah is one of the best team fighting champions in the game due to her area damage from her passive Clean Cuts and E Bladecaller. Her ultimate Featherstorm can also catch an entire team if done correctly. Try to be there for team fights if you believe you can win them; otherwise, as with all other ADCs, encourage your team not to fight if you think it's a bad idea and farm up.
Split pushing is a great idea on Xayah as long as you keep track of dangerous enemies' locations on the map. You push waves fast and take towers fast as well because of your W Deadly Plumage, making it a good idea to try to trade objectives. For example, if your team is unable to contest Baron, you can take two towers by split pushing bot in the time it takes for them to take Baron. Also, try to take enemy jungle camps when it's safe, as you have great jungle clear as well.
Xayah naturally gets into extended fights because her kit allows for and encourages it. Lethal tempo will make it so that you can put out the most damage possible.
Many guides will suggest you take Hail of Blades; this not needed. You can get your three feather root out quickly without Hail with a simple Q Double Daggers + AA + E Bladecaller combo. Hail is usually taken on bursty ADCs who prefer short trades. While Xayah is bursty, you can do this without Hail and still have strong long trades.
Triumph can provide healing in clutch situations that can save your life, and the extra 20 gold for every takedown adds up.
If managed well, Xayah does not have mana problems, so Presence of Mind is unnecessary, though she does make good use of it due to her passive Clean Cuts and Q Double Daggers hitting the enemy frequently during the laning phase.
Second Option: Overheal
When building Immortal Shieldbow, you can opt to take Overheal over Triumph, which can be quite nice if dealing with poke. If you choose to do this, try to get an early Vampiric Scepter.
You'll be taking Legend: Bloodline if you build Kraken Slayer. This is to make up for the lack of lifesteal until you can build Bloodthirster.
Second Option: Legend: Alacrity
You'll be taking Legend: Alacrity if you build Immortal Shieldbow. This is to partially make up for the attack speed you lose from not building Kraken Slayer.
Coup de Grace
This is the standard for ADC. Unless the enemy team is tank-heavy, take Coup de Grace.
Second Option: Cut Down
You should take Cut Down when the enemy team has at least 3 champions who normally have higher max health than you.
|This is the standard for ADC and allows you to get out of rough situations more easily, but you can take either Nullifying Orb or Transcendence based on what you need/prefer.|
|Gathering Storm is mandatory. This rune is taken on most ADCs for good reason. It lets you scale harder, simply.|
The shards are self-explanatory, just remember to change your defense shard depending on the matchup.
Doran's Blade is the ideal starting item for the reason that it provides early power that is crucial to scoring early kills.
Only take Doran's Shield if you feel that you absolutely need to.
Never take Cull; you shouldn't plan to be passive in-lane.
When Building Kraken Slayer
With your first few backs, you should aim to get a Noonquiver and Berserker's Greaves. This will give you the damage to cs under tower comfortably and have superior attack speed along with an early movement speed advantage.
When Building Immortal Shieldbow
In your first few backs, you should aim to get a Noonquiver and Vampiric Scepter and then Berserker's Greaves.
My Recommended Signature Hyperscaling Build
You should be taking Immortal Shieldbow into teams with high burst or high lane poke. Shieldbow isn't a bad mythic on Xayah; however, I prefer to take Kraken Slayer for its hyper-scaling potential.
Berserker's Greaves are a must-have in every game. You will feel weak without them.
When building Kraken Slayer, you'll be getting Bloodthirster as your third item. This is a great item for the survivability that it provides. Every ADC loves some lifesteal.
When building Immortal Shieldbow, we'll be getting Navori Quickblades as our third item. We can afford to sacrifice Bloodthirster for Navori because we would already have lifesteal from Immortal Shieldbow, and we can focus on increasing our damage and survivability in other aspects.
When building Kraken Slayer, Navori Quickblades should be our fourth item. Xayah's cooldowns are crucial to her DPS and survivability. Navori Quickblades, when paired with her high attack speed from her items and W Deadly Plumage, allows for Xayah to use her W two to three times in a single fight along with her E Bladecaller being on a much shorter cooldown in-battle for better self-peel. It will also make you feel like you're tripling your damage to Baron and dragon.
When building Immortal Shieldbow, Bloodthirster should be our fourth item. Bloodthirster on top of Immortal Shieldbow will set your lifesteal so high that you'll be nearly unkillable, and you'll have the power to come out victorious in fights that may seem completely out of your favor.
Our final item will ideally be Infinity Edge. This item is meant to top off our build by giving us a boost in our DPS to go along with our core build. Often times we will have to sacrifice this for another item, however.
Guardian Angel should be taken when the enemy team has a lot of AD or simply when you have a big bounty that you don't want to give away.
Maw of Malmortius
Maw of Malmortius should be taken when the enemy team has a lot of AP burst damage. AP assassins will have a hard time killing you if you have this on top of Immortal Shieldbow.
Mercurial Scimitar should be taken when the enemy team has a lot of CC or an ability that could get you killed simply if they click on you such as a Malzahar ultimate Nether Grasp or Mordekaiser ultimate Realm of Death.
Mortal Reminder should be taken when the enemy team has a large amount of healing or lifesteal.
Lord Dominik's Regards
Lord Dominik's Regards should be taken against teams with 2 or more tanks. Tanks will really struggle against you if this item is built along with Kraken Slayer
Remember to get important components for these items such as Quicksilver Sash, Hexdrinker, or Executioner's Calling early on.
Kraken Slayer Build w/o Elixir of Wraith - DPS Showcase
This video shows me 50 minutes into a practice tool game to show the full power of Gathering Storm.
Attack Damage: 447
Highest Attack Speed Reached: 3.26
Highest Critical Strike: 1014
Highest Kraken Slayer Proc: 207
Max Lifesteal: 29%
Immortal Shieldbow Build w/o Elixir of Wraith - Lifesteal Showcase (Alacrity & Overheal)
This video shows me 50 minutes into a practice tool game to show the full power of Gathering Storm.
Attack Damage: 452
Highest Attack Speed Reached: 3.06
Highest Critical Strike: 1025
Highest Healing From One Auto: 448
Max Lifesteal: 47%