Kha'Zix Build Guide by KamiKZ
Season 11 RANK #1 Kha Zix Jungle Guide KamiKhaZix ChallengerBy KamiKZ | Updated on March 4, 2021
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Runes: Dark havest runes
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
Ability Order Skill order
Threats & Synergies
Can be difficult for Kha Zix in the early levels if you´re not playing around his fear. Try to only fight him if he´s isolated as you might not be able to burst him otherwise. He will heal a lot of your damage up and can kill you quickly if you´re not careful as well. Evolving Q is a must when fighting him and evovilng W will help in terms of kiting him.
Easy to play against. Inavde twitch jungle and one shot him over and over again. (I recommend evolving R vs Twitch)
Shaco is a strong assassin who counters Kha zix because of his Q stealth makes him hard to kill and his R removes your isolation damage
Avoid picking Kha into veigar (mid) because veigars e stuns you and stops you mid air and makes it difficult to one shot enemy squishy carries
Avoid picking kha into Janna because Janna can peel for enemy carries really well, which makes it´s almost impossible to one shot enemy carries. Because of her E R and Q and peel items (Locket, Ardent, Redemption etc.)
Playing against Lee Sin can go either way, if you manage to get ahead of him then you´ll have no problem dueling him. However, if you are evenly matched or behind him, be aware of his Sonic Wave/Resonating Strike, to dodge this use the same advice as dodging Elise´s cocoon by jump irregularly or juking with Void Assault. This is usually a skill match up.
This is a 50-50 match up, who ever gets fed or hits 6 first usually wins this match up, but there are loads of different ways to play this match up
Relatively hard to outplay but, generally, as long as you're not behind in kills you can duel him with duskblade and Void Assault. You'll need Q evolve first to have a chance when it comes to dueling him otherwise try to not take many 1v1s. You also need to care for PTA, which means you need to ult before he gets that third auto off on you, otherwise you're going to take a lot more bleed damage.Watch out if he runs Phase Rush, since he will be able to keep up with you through Void Assault which will make it much more difficult to kite him. Don't be afraid to get both ult procs off when fighting him. The other way he can counter you outside of dueling is through splitpushing and being able to build tanky earlier while still dealing damage. If he tries to invade, spam ping where he is and collapse on him with laners so long as you have CC and can close off his escape paths. If he doesn't invade, try to track his movements. If you can't do this, invade and take two or so camps while warding the entrance. Odds are he's going to either gank after seeing his camps are gone or take rift/drake, depending on where he is. Make sure you're there to counter gank since aside from Bear Stance and some slight tankiness from Turtle Stance, he doesn't have much to offer in terms of ganking power."
Nocturnes kit is very annoying when you are playing Kha Zix, I would recommend to try invade him solo early and wait for him to use fear and q on the jungle camp and then jump on him. When you are in a 1v1 vs Nocturne, wait out his spellshield by ulting become invisible and then when the spellshield is gone you can use your full burst combo on him AA > Q > W etc. Both Q and R evolve are ok vs Nocturne
Since shyvana doesn´t get low on first clear you are not able to cheese her. I recommend either evolving r and only ganking your laners or evolve Q and try to fight shyvana 1v1
This is a Xin favored match up, since xin is really good at fighting lvl 2 and can easy take scuttle (I suggest giving up contest early scuttles and go onto the other side of the map. Both Q and R evolve is viable vs Xin Zhao)
Fiddle is very annoying he doesn´t get low on hp when clearing his jungle because of his w - healing and you are not able to kill him because of his q - fear, I recommend ignoring fiddle and focus on your laners instead unless fiddle uses Q on the jungle camps (I recommend evoling R in this match up)
This match up is Kha favored. You can 1v1 reksai pretty much all the time. Just invade reksai in her own jungle. (I recommend evolving R first in this match up)
As long as you don´t die to nida in your first clear, you should be able to fight her and kill 1v1 in the jungle. This match up is kha favored. (I recommend evolving R first in this match up)
You can easy kill heca on his 2nd buff when you are lvl 2 or 3 since he gets low on his first clear and most Hecarim players run ghost > flash on him. This is basicly a free kill for you as Kha. (I recommend evolving R first in this match up)
You can kill amummu pretty much all the time before you reach the late game where he has a lot of tank items
She is relatively easy to deal with in the early game, but at level 6 you will lose fights if you get hit by her charm. Watch for het strong pressure on your laners at level 6 as well - you might be able to find a good 2v2 countegank. Abuse her weakness pre 6 with invades and secure vision over her camps to know what side of the map she will be on. Make sure to buy control wards post 6 and place them around your laners and near flanks to catch her out lategame.
Very annoying to deal with, but you can change your playstyle to get the upper hand. Get the jump on him first and use Void Assault to stop him from auto attacking you. Just be wary when jumping on him, he can easily dash away which leaves you vulnerable if you do not have Void Assault. Also be mindful of how tanky he can become while still dealing damage with the tankiness from True Grit (passive), Challenging smite, Ninja Tabis, Phantom Dancer, Deaths Dance, Maw or more which negate your burst. Challenging smite and Q evolve will make a big difference in dueling him.
Elise is the strongest counter to kha zix I recommend building tiamat (yes only tiamat in this match up) to remove her spiderlings to get isolation damage on Elise other items you can buy are merc treads and hex drinker and maybe take nullifying orb in sorcery tree too)
It´s a fairly easy matchup if you are able to use Void Assault (your ulti) and Leap (your E) correctly to get out of the way of his stun. If you can do that, you´ll have no problem with him as long as you don´t face tank the guy and take all of his hits. With Titanic Hydra and Sterak´s Gage lategame he can be difficult to kill. It´s recommended to go Q evolve if you want to stand a chance in terms of 1v1ing him. Also, R evolve can provide a lot of dueling power as well.
The only problem that you will have with him is at level 3, where the match up is based on skill. Make sure you´re mindful of how you use your Leap as he can simply E+Q onto you to knock up up for free if you don´t have Leap up. Try to use your Leap to dodge his knock up to win most duels against him. After that is easy so long as he doesn´t get a lead over you. Be mindful of his build, as him going full AD could be a larger threat when ahead.
Tryndamere is really hard to kill later into the game when he has r and crit items since he can kill you with a few autos and he can tank your damage with r. I recommend sneaking up on him by walking into a bush with R evolved and burst him, when he presses R you R or E away from him and try to kill him when his R is expired
Kha vs Vi is a Kha favored match up, you can fight her as long as you are not on low hp its easier to fight her her Q is down so wait for her to use Q on jungle camps
Can be one of the more difficult matchups due to his early kill potential and shield passive. His passive will block both your auto attack and your passive (unseen threat) and since he can reset his passive in the middle of a fight it may be difficult to duel him. Be careful of his gank presence after he reaches 6 (and let your team know when he´s lvl 6 too) as he can appear anywhere on the map and snowball from there. One of the better ways to deal with him is to purchase Challenging Smite and Evolve Q so you won´t have to rely on auto attacks to DPS him.
Similar to Zac in that she poses quite a threat in teamfights but cannot kill you, altough you will have a hard time killing her yourself. Difficult to burst down due to aftershock and hard to stay on her. You´ll need a lot of anti-tank items such as Lord Dominiks Regard, Black Cleaver, stacking armor penetration, or a combination in order to kill her.
Skarner can be real trouble for you as he has one of the most efficient clear times for junglers and his early gank pressure can be insane. Add that to having a game-changing ultimate that can easily punish you or an ally who´s mispositioned and you´ll be regretting not shutting him down early. Skarner can be abused early game 1v1 scenarios if he misses his stun on you but be mindful when fighting in his spire zones. We suggest that you build a QSS if you´re being focused, or pick up an Edge of Night as a situational item instead.
Master Yi is a tricke one. He can downright outplay you if he has his meditate up and it is very hard to 1v1 him late game unless it is a 1v1 with isolation. Even then, he will still shred you. It´s a skill matchup most of the time. Extremely hard to duel without Q evolution and challenging smite.
Due to her fast early game clear she will be on the map a bit sooner than you and often looking to make an early play so look to punish her and secure vision to inform your team so they can react accordingly. This is a matchup where you can jump on her early and win in most cases as long as you combo properly. You should gain a larger advantage as the game progresses as Kha Zix will usually outscale.
You should be able to 1v1 him unless he has a level or item advantage in the early game. His early clear can be quite slow so if you full clear you´ll have a decent advantage over him. You destroy him later on if you have a tank shredding item such as Black Cleaver or a Last Whisper item
Kha zix works insanely well with a yuumi support who can peel for you, ward for you and setup plays for you
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Hello Guys I am KamiKZ better known as KamiKhaZix previous Rank #1 Kha Zix on EUW
I am Rank #1 Kha Zix EUW in season 8 & 9 & 10
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My ranks through different seasons:
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- season 5: Riven/Irelia two trick, peak platinum 1
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- season 7: Kha OTP yet another season. Became #128 Kha Zix in the world according to lolskill.net Peak Diamond 2
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Insane burst damag
Can easy one-shot enemy carries
Good one champion to one trick
Strong late game
A very fun champion
Never banned in SoloQ
Low pick rate in SoloQ so you are almost always guaranteed to get Kha Zix every game
Can 1v9 if played well
Weak vs cc
Weak vs peel comp (Janna, Lulu etc.
Weak if behind
Kha Zix Q evolve gives Kha Zix 50 bonus range on his Q and 60% cool down refund if the enemy target is isolated when you use Q on them (only versus champions)|
I recommend evolving Q first on Kha Zix for the strong dueling power spike at level 6
Kha Zix W Evolve makes Kha Zix W split into 3 spikes that fires in a cone, if enemy is hit by 1 of these spikes they will be slowed for 60% if the target is isolated when hit by one of these spikes they are slowed for 90%|
This insane AOE slow gives insane amount of utility for you and your team and can help you chase enemies down, kite enemies etc.
I recommend evolving W second on kha zix at level 11
Kha Zix E evolved will give you longer range on your leap and will reset on kill/assist this ability is really good to evolve when really fed where you can jump in oneshot someone and reset jump out again super fast|
I recommend evolving this ability at level 16 or at level 11 if you are really ded in the early game (10+ kills)
Evolving your ulti will give you 3 charges of invis instead of 2 and each invis will last for 2 seconds instead of 1.5 seconds so total time of invis with normal R is 3 seconds and with evolved R is 6 seconds|
Evolving ulti is only good in high elo where people understand how kha zix isolation works I therefore don´t recommend evolving R unless you are high elo (Diamond 1+) if you are high elo you should evolve your ulti at level 6
In season 11 riot changed duskblade´s passive to now only reset on kills instead of on invis which is a direct nerf to R evolve
Domination + Precision
Dark harvest works really well with Kha Zix since Kha Zix is the type of assassin that can kill multiple people in a fight therefor proc Dark Harvest multiple times
Kha Zix has multiple ways of proccing Sudden impact with E and R Therefor Sudden impact is really good on Kha Zix
Since you are an assassin you wanna get a lot of kills and while you get a lot of kills you might as well get bonus AD for takedowns
Ravenous hunter now gives you healing on abilities and auto attacks, Kha Zix can get an insane amount of healing since he does a ton of damage and with this sustain you can go in kill someone heal up on some minions or jungle camps and be ready to fight again
Triumph can be great on Kha Zix since there is a lot of after damage in the current meta such as ignite, liandries etc. by getting triumph you have a bigger chance of surviving after you kill someone since you get healing back
Coup de grace will help you finish kills in combination with Dark Harvest since you will get a dark harvest proc and deal more damage to targets with less than 40% hp
Note: You can replace triumph with if the enemy team has a lot of cc
|Since red smite reduces 20% of damage taken from the target you are smiting and you deal burn damage to them you wanna take red smite vs damage dealing junglers and assassin junglers|
|Blue smite gives you instant true damage and a slow so you wanna take blue smite vs tanks or matchups that you will win (I will mention which match up to take which smite into later in this guide)|
Blue smite is good for oneshotting/burst dmg
Red smite is good for dueling
Here is an overview over which smite to go for versus each champion
If there is an X in Red smite take red smite in that match up
If there is an X in Blue smite take blue smite in that match up
If there is an X in both red and blue smite it means both are viable options
For more detailed version check out my yt video:
Red Vs Blue smite on Kha Zix Jungle Video
If you want an overview of when to go red and blue smite check out my google sheets document (there are also some bonus tips to every jungle match up)
Kha Zix Jungle Red VS Blue Smite Overview
Kha tips part 1:
1. Passive unssen threat reset when ever going into unwarded bush
2. You can Tiamat + Q mid air if E is evolved
3. Your Q gets 50+ bonus range when evolved
4. Your Q is extended when mid air if E is evolved
5. Whenever kha is in ulti he is ignoring unit collision which means he can´t be minion blocked
6. Kha Zix W evolved gives sight of enemies
7. Your passive also slows which means your combo will look like this: aa + passive with slow + Q
8. Your ulti can cancel targeted abilities such as Darius ulti if timed correctly
9. Flash will cancel your E jump so use Flash then E not the opposite way around
10. Your Q is not an auto attack so you can still use Q on things such Jax E
Animation cancel on W after you have landed with e
Kha tips part 2:
11. Use R for most of your engages instead of E, only use E if it´s a guaranteed kill and you have E evolved
12. Control wards doesn´t reveal you in your ulti
13. Use the following combo in team fights with kha zix R > Walk up > AA > W > Q and then E away if they hard engage on you
14. Duskblade no longer reveals vision so it´s important to use sweeper when looking for a flank
15. Be aware of enemy items and summs and track them before going for kills as kha zix since if you are fed you will have huge shutdown gold on you and enemy team can bait you into jumping into them and just use a summoner spell to end up killing you
You wanna start with jungle item and refillable potion
Starting on blue buff clear:
6. Scuttle crab
7. Full clear Krugs
Starting on red buff clear:
4. Gank or reverse clear Wolves
6. Scuttle crab
7. Gank or Krugs
Best jungle clear for kha zix jungle video:
Remember you can already solo drake at lvl 4 or 5 after first back aslong as you have jungle item refillable and preferably a long sword , also grab either red trinket or control ward for the drake pit to make sure enemy team doesn´t have vision of you doing the drake.
Same goes for rift herald as soon as it spawns 8:00 minutes into the game you can solo it. So get the objectives whenever they are free for you to take.
You wanna go for ganks whenever they are possible and you can pick up a free kill
You can also replace doing krugs with invading or look for a gank since kha zix is slow at clearing krugs
If enemy laner has flash up:
Try to come up behind the enemy laner
Go in auto attack with passive for slow
Use Q on the enemy to burst
USe R to become invisible and reset your passive and then auto attack to proc your passive extra damage and slow again (do this twice, combined with your R and Q)
Use W while in close range of the enemy to gain heal back
Use E after enemy flashed to keep on being in range with Q and auto attack
If enemy laner doesn´t have flash up:
Use E to instantly be in range of the enemy
Use Q and Auto attacks for damage
USe R to become invisible and reset your passive and then auto attack to proc your passive extra damage and slow again (do this twice, combined with your R and Q)
Use W while in close range to gain heal back
How do you play Kha Zix Jungle?
So first you wanna copy the runes from this guide
Then you go into a game and while in champion select and loading screen, you starting thinking off, what laners are gankable?
you do that by watch the match ups and see if your laners has cc and if enemy laners has any type of dashes.
When you made a plan for what laners you should gank you just follow the plan and if anything changes try to think ahead of time, what objective should I get next, can i predict where the enemy jungler is etc.
Then you wanna be doing my clear and just looks for free kill ganks pre 6 if they are avaiable, if you can´t gank just keep on clearing for lvl 6 and get drake and rift aswell if possible
Then recall and start looking for 1v1 on the enemy jungler or enemy laner
Once you have a few kills and you are lvl 11 and have duskblade you are now ready to oneshot squshies
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If you are fed you wanna try to look for a oneshot on enemy backline (mostly enemy mid laner or ADC) in order to oneshot enemy backline you wanna either wait for your frontline engagers to engage on enemy backline and you follow up with your E Q AA combo, but if you have weak engage you wanna look for a flank where you go either from the side or from behind where you go in with your ulti, become invis (use ghostblade if you have it) get in range with your evolved W to slow enemy backline and then either walk up to them with AA Q or use your E Q AA combo on them if they are isolated
If you are even you can either try to look for a flank and oneshot enemy back line or you can stay together with your team and use your evolved W to slow enemy frontline and kill the enemy frontline together with your team and once you have killed enemy frontline you can jump into enemy backline and kill them for free
If you are behind you just wanna stay together with your team and use your W to slow enemy frontline so your team has an easier time kiting the enemy frontline.
I split up all jungle match ups into 5 different categories
The categories being:
Pre lvl 6 win:
Post lvl 6 win:
The video is long but very detailed and explains every match up and how you can with it so I highly recommend watching the video:
Kha match ups video
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