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Zilean Build Guide by Wise Owl

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By Wise Owl | Updated on December 4, 2019
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Idestr | November 30, 2019 4:48pm
Hello :]

I just wanted to point out that you have Nimbus Cloak before they changed the speed buff to correlate to summoner spells not ultimate activation.

Love the Guide
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Wise Owl (1) | December 4, 2019 2:56am
Hey there!

Thanks for the tip, got it fixed up now.

Thanks,

- Wise Owl
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CrazyKnightBob (5) | May 9, 2019 10:33am
When you take Summon Aery, you can activate Athene's Unholy Grail and Ardent Censor with your E and your Ultimate. I've been having lots of success with these two items. Are they worth using or have I just been getting lucky?
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Wise Owl (1) | May 12, 2019 3:24am
Hi there,

I remember when Summon Aery first came out I had the same idea and incorporated both items into my build. After many patch notes and suggestions I gradually changed from the healing and protecting approach to a more damage-orientated item build. Overall I like to think my guide has a balanced approach to damage and supporting so that it accommodates most play styles. In brief, your idea is fantastic if it's working for you, I found great success with those items for a while. So it's definitely worth it, keep using Zilean how you like!

Thanks for asking,

- Wise Owl
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KajiKumihoAkukei (134) | April 27, 2019 4:29am
Hi @ Wise Owl;

Is just wanted to let you know that there's a minor update you need to make on your guide.
In the build with your items there's a note at the part of the 'early items' that says "Tear of the Goddess for that mana. Boots with the runes we take will be available after 10 minutes."
So I am assuming you had Magical Footwear in your runes at some point, but right now it isn't in there.
I know it is a very very small think but I just wanted to let you know to improve your guide even more! ^^

As always, big fan of your guide, keep up the amazing work!

~ Kaji ~
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Wise Owl (1) | April 28, 2019 2:24am
Hi Kaji,

Thanks for letting me know about that, I did indeed have Magical Footwear at one point. I never would have noticed the mistake so thank you for bringing that up!

Thanks again and I'm glad you're keeping an eye on my guide,

- Wise Owl
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BurningRubb3r | January 25, 2019 2:19pm
7 times W and 3 times E? Interessting tactic.
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Wise Owl (1) | January 25, 2019 3:49pm
Oops, thanks for pointing that out.
- Wise Owl
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BurningRubb3r | January 26, 2019 5:32am
Haha, no problem :3
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Titowam | January 25, 2019 1:59pm
I have to say, this is one of the best guides I've ever read on this site. I've followed this guide while playing 70+ games as Zilean and I think I have a 70% winrate. I've even gone on to play ranked while following this guide!

Thank you <3
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Wise Owl (1) | January 27, 2019 2:04pm
Hi there!

That's great to hear you had such success with this guide, even on ranked! You've definitely dedicated a lot of time following this guide, and with a winrate like that you must be great at playing Zilean too, my guide can only help so much.

Thanks and you're welcome,

- Wise Owl
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KajiKumihoAkukei (134) | December 15, 2018 2:53am
Hello @ Wise Owl,

First of all, congratulations on writing such an awesome guide.
I have always had an interest in Zilean because he has a lot of potential.
It's just that there never was a clear build that popped into my head when playing him.
That's when I ran in to your guide and it has helped me a tremendous amount, it has become my standard building method on good old Zilean now.

I like the way you wrote the guide and the lay-out you gave to it.
Thank you for writing such an amazing guide!

Greetings,

~ Kaji ~
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Wise Owl (1) | December 21, 2018 12:11am
Hey Kaji,

That's a fantastic comment you've written there, I'm happy you found my guide and that it helped you immensely with playing Zilean. It definitely is difficult to think of an immediate build for Zilean, being such a unique champion.

Thanks again for all your compliments!

- Wise Owl
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Penguin2121 | December 6, 2018 9:42pm
Very nice guide! :) I think it's really good you covered the weirdness of Riot's min movement speed. Too many people think that 99% slow is essentially a root.

I'm not sure I agree though with leveling 'E' before 'W'. With 'W' maxed, youc an spam out your stun combo, but if you wait till almost lvl 18, you'll be doing about half as many stuns. With 1-2 levels in 'E', you can usually speed up your ADC to kite or slow your fleeing foe down enough without the extra three levels. I also wrote a Zilean Guide if you're interested in checking it out :).
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Wise Owl (1) | December 9, 2018 2:38am
Thanks for the compliment, I'm glad you like my guide and that you're happy I covered the quirks of min movement speed, that one has always been interesting.

For maxing E and W, you make a good point. The stun combo for Zilean is key to his kit, and sacrificing a bit of slow/speed could be useful for some stuns. I've had a look at your guide,(Which if I say so myself is quite impressive.) I think I have found myself a good combination of ideas to suit your suggestion. We both have the same levelling to level 8. From there I was thinking I could do W then E at levels 9 and 10, for some shared benefits. After levelling the ult at 11, levels 12 and 13 could be dedicated to W. Followed by E and then W finishing at level 15. E would of course be fully levelled afterwards.

I will try out this combination, as I feel it blends the two ideas of effective crowd control and constant stun combos very well. Let me know if you have any more ideas, queries or questions!

Thanks again,
Wise Owl
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semisomniac (12) | October 19, 2018 10:52am
Hey, thanks! Was looking for a support Zilean guide. And you've got Glacial Augment too! For the utility build, how about Legend: Tenacity? I wonder if that might be good just to lower CC durations and allow him to get his ult off amidst some chained crowd control? Not sure. What do you think?

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Wise Owl (1) | October 19, 2018 9:23pm
Hi semisomniac,

Thanks for the comment, and I'm glad you were happy to find Glacial Augment in my build. Concerning Legend: Tenacity it seems to be a great rune on its own. Starting automatically at 5% Tenacity, it increases - every 20 points earned through takedowns - by 1 stack up to 10 in total. At max stacks you will get 30% Tenacity which is great for escaping crowd control. I'd likely replace Coup de Grace with this rune, so as to not impact the build to much. The extra damage on low health enemies from Coup de Grace is useful, but escaping crowd control quicker is also fantastic so I'll likely go with your suggestion. Thanks for the advice and idea, I'll incorporate it right away into my build.

Regards,
Wise Owl
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CaptianMike (4) | October 3, 2018 9:40pm
Hello there :) I've read some of your comments and you seem like a genuinely good person. We need more people like you in the League community!

I have a few questions for you. Is Tear of the Goddess really necessary when you have Presence of Mind? I used to build tear all the time, until I realized that I could put that 850g to use and accelerate my build as a whole. The item, without any stacks, is merely 45.75% gold efficient (courtesy http://leagueoflegends.wikia.com/wiki/Tear_of_the_Goddess) which makes the early game even harder since Tear is generally a scaling item. As long as you can manage mana through the laning phase, you'll be fine since in team fights presence of mind restores a ridiculous amount of mana. Also if you are interested in highly in depth/ statistical analysis I would definitely check out http://leagueoflegends.wikia.com/wiki/Zilean

Next, why do you complete Remnant of the Watchers so early? All it gives you is +15 ap, +200 health and an extra ward slot for 950 gold. That's a little expensive in my opinion and, again, that gold could be used better elsewhere. I personally rarely finish that item, unless the game runs long or I need the extra ward slot.

Anyways, fantastic guide! I agree with you too that F is for Flash ;)
Have a great day,
-Mike
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Wise Owl (1) | October 9, 2018 4:03am
Hi CaptianMike,

Thanks for the comment and I'm very flattered by your compliment :) League certainly needs more people that can be genuine, or at least less toxic, but that's a discussion for another time. :P

To answer your questions, I'll begin with the easier one first. Remnant of the Watchers you asked about, and this has prompted me to inquire about what I've missed this last season of patch notes! I honestly was used to the old system where Frostfang did not give you wards, until it changed way back in 8.2. Somehow I missed this, as it was the only thing that made upgrading to (what used to be) Eye/Remnant of the Watchers worth it. Clearly you've pointed out the minuscule benefits you now get for upgrading from Frostfang to Remnant of the Watchers. So I certainly will take your advice on this question and delay Remnant of the Watchers to a later stage of the build. Thanks for pointing that out!

Onto your second query. This one is quite more difficult to answer for me as Tear of the Goddess and Archangel's Staff have been the absolute core of my build since the start. With the in-depth analysis you certainly have compelling points. When I started off as Zilean (over two and half years ago) I struggled with mana often in the laning phase, though that could have been just lack of practice or poor itemisation.

I used Tear of the Goddess to absolutely guarantee that I would not run out of mana the rest of the game. Zilean's high level 18 mana pool also helped add more AP to him with the Archangel's Staff passive "Awe". But your case of accelerating the entire build without wasting gold on Tear is really compelling honestly. I will have to do more research, but what I will do over the next week is create a second build without Tear of the Goddess, see how that goes and then even maybe integrate it into the main build as time goes on. Check up on my guide in a while and I will be happy to take any more questions or queries on my main and (coming soon) new Tear-less build.

I want to say thanks again for the questions, they certainly have given me something to think about and I am always willing to receive critical thinking, especially if it can improve the guide and the Zilean community as a whole.

F is truly for flash, my fellow Chronokeeper.
Have a great day as well!

- Wise Owl
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Djoric | September 20, 2018 7:44am
Great guide! I main Zilean and I'm happy he is strong right now. What do you think about buying Athene's unholy grail? Aery shield procs it when you e someone? Thanks for guide an keep it up! ^^
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Wise Owl (1) | September 23, 2018 12:38am
Thanks for the comment, I'm glad you like my guide and I am happy too that Zilean is doing well at the moment. Athene's Unholy Grail is an interesting item for sure, and I never really considered it until your comment prompted me to research using it for Zilean. The stats themselves are very solid for a support, and the item is quite cheap at 2100 gold.

  • + 30 Ability Power
  • + 10% Cool down Reduction
  • + 30 Magic Resistance
  • + 100% Mana Regeneration

Those stats are solid on their own, though the item's passives are what makes it special. Summon Aery will trigger from using Time Warp on your ally, healing them for an amount. Add Athene's Unholy Grail into the mix, and a full charge from the passive could heal your ally from anywhere between 35-330 Health (depending on your level), and that is without adding the 25% AP bonus. With my full build that would give an ally around +400 Health on a full Unholy Grail charge.

If you were to implement the item, I would recommend replacing Shurelya's Reverie with Athene's Unholy Grail, so not to sacrifice to many other stats. So I would definitely recommend it if you like healing your team-mate in lane, giving them that occasional boost could be incredibly useful.

Thanks again!
- Wise Owl
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Irish Coffee (1) | August 30, 2018 3:44am
Hello and congrats for the amazing guide!
As a person who loves and has played Zilean a lot, this guide has the perfect depth, not overanalyze nor leave out anything,along with a very nice presentation, so job really well done there :)
Maybe a quick tip if you don't mind, would be to add a ''Why should you play Zilean'' subcategory in your guide, trying to give the general feel of the old mage to anyone new to experiencing him, also making them eager to try out Zilean as a support!
Props for the great work again, keep it up! :)
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Wise Owl (1) | August 31, 2018 3:17am
Hey there!

Thank you for the compliments on my guide, that's probably one of the nicest comments I've ever received! Sounds like you analysed my guide well and know what you're talking about. Adding a "Why should you play Zilean" category is a genuinely great idea, and I'll get working on it right away. :)

Thank you for the kind words again,
- Wise Owl
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Rako007 (14) | August 24, 2018 3:51am
Hello Wise Owl, i just have few questions i think you are Zilean main so i thout you can anwser to me did you ever tried using arcane comet istead of summon aery and instead of scorch taking gathering storm think about it its not bad and just go litle more ap items and you are going to be op, nice guide keep going dude.
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Wise Owl (1) | August 27, 2018 4:15am
Hey Rako007,

Thanks for asking, I am a Zilean main as you guessed. Arcane Comet is a great alternative to Summon Aery, as it can deal a lot of damage. The only thing is it has a delay to hit and won't always hit the target unlike Summon Aery, which is guaranteed. So I would take it if you want a bit more damage, but less reliability.

Onto Gathering Storm. This is honestly a great rune, and over time can be very effective. By 30 mins of a game gone by, it will give you 48 AP for example. If the game keeps going the amount of AP escalates hugely and can grant a heap of AP and of course damage. I personally take Scorch as it will do a good amount of damage while laning in the early phase of the game, but I'll have to try it out more for sure.

For items I've always tried to have a balance between supporting and AP. In my build you can always choose more AP, for example by grabbing Spellbinder instead of Shurelya's Reverie. I personally try to support my team more through item abilities, and being a support champion gold is harder to come by. Items with lots of AP are often expensive but you can certainly attempt to buy them in-game. Just remember you are a support and you're not necessarily meant to do lots of damage, taking care of you team comes first.
But anyway thanks a heap for the questions, I hope I answered them well, and if you have any more don't be afraid to reply!

- Wise Owl
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