Kha'Zix Build Guide by Tinjus
Tinjus' Ultimate Kha'Zix Jungle Guide for Preseason 9By Tinjus | Updated on November 15, 2018
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Runes: Dark Harvest/Electrocute
+10 Adaptive (6 AD or 10 AP)
+10 Adaptive (6 AD or 10 AP)
+10 Adaptive (6 AD or 10 AP)
+10 Adaptive (6 AD or 10 AP)
+9% Attack Speed
+10 Adaptive (6 AD or 10 AP)
+10 Adaptive (6 AD or 10 AP)
+10 Adaptive (6 AD or 10 AP)
+1-10% CDR (lvls 1-18)
+10 Adaptive (6 AD or 10 AP)
Ability Order Standard
Threats & Synergies
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. This is usually a skill matchup
Avoid her stun, and the fight will be relatively easy, however she still has more than enough damage to take you out in mere seconds. Play the fight very cautiously, or try not to fight her at all. Her spiderlings negate your isolation damage.
An easy matchup for Kha'Zix, however getting hit by a long range spear will cause problems for you. Getting hit by a spear also reveals you while in stealth, so keep that in mind.
Jump on her first, and you should have no problem against her. Just make sure to make the first move.
Relatively hard to outplay. Use Void Assault and Leap to avoid as much Phoenix Stance burst as possible.
The ultimate rivalry. Kha'Zix can easily outplay this matchup. Just kite around with your Ultimate and Leap, using Q and W as necessary and you'll be fine.
The bane of Kha'Zix's existence. Don't even try to fight him when he has his gold card up unless you have a Quicksilver Sash, you'll get stunned and either die or he gets away. He can counter your Stealth with his ultimate
He is a bit hard to kill early game, but once you hit level 6 there is nothing he can do to stop you aside from sticking near his teammates.
Master Yi is a tricky 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. Its a skill matchup most of the time.
Quite easy to kill, but she can also put up a good fight. You should have no problem against her with evolved Q, but before that just make sure to fight in isolation.
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 her strong pressure at lvl 6 too.
He has the potential to faceroll you, but you should be able to fight him easily once you get evolved Q. Just make sure to avoid as much damage as possible with Void Assault.
A bit tricky, especially in the early game. He will out-sustain you in fights during the early game, and if you face-tank his ultimate you will die very fast. Try to play around with him as much as possible with Void Assault. That way you can avoid the majority of his ultimate.
He doesn't stand a chance unless he gets the jump on you with his ultimate. You might find that you won't be able to kill him when he has his Fear up.
Very annoying to deal with, but Kha'Zix can handle him quite easily. 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 without Void Assault.
Such a frustrating champion to play against. You should be able to 1v1 him unless he has a level or item advantage in the early game. You destroy him later on if you have a tank shredding item such as Black Cleaver or a Last Whisper item.
He can obliterate you if you aren't careful. He is able to spell shield your Q, which negates a lot of damage in the early game. However you should be able to 1v1 him later on even if he spell shields your Q simply because you should have a high amount of CDR. If he gets the jump on you, you will take a lot of damage and die quite quickly if you choose to fight.
Very difficult for Kha'Zix. You have trouble fighting him at all stages of the game unless you get very ahead of him. Try not to fight him alone, even if he is isolated. He will heal a lot of your damage up and can kill you quickly.
The only problem that you will have with him is at level 3, where the matchup is based on skill. Anything after that is easy.
You're going to have a hard time once she gets her jungle item and her ultimate. She is able to tank a few of your isolated Qs with the right build and will destroy you in a few hits, especially in the mid game. Try and kite her with Void Assault as much as possible.
She is one of the only champions that can 1v1 you in the early game. She poses a massive risk for you in fights and you will probably get perma-cced by her if you choose to jump in onto the carries. Fighting her when she has warrior is a big mistake unless you are able to get the jump on her.
Wait, what? You're in a mirror matchup? You must be in normals. To beat him, read my guide and show him who the better Kha'Zix is. Evolve Q and use your ultimate after he uses his. If you have stormraiders you may want to be a bit careful around him, but if you take thunderlords you are able to fight him a bit easier.
You can fight him easily at all stages of the game, and since he has no hard CC he poses no threat to you in any stage of the game. Just make sure not to face-tank his hard hitting auto attacks.
You should be able to fight him with no problem, although it can be a bit harder if he gets the jump on you with E. He poses quite a threat in teamfights due to his disruption so try and stay away from him while he is using his ultimate.
Similar to Zac in that she poses quite a threat in teamfights but cannot kill you, although you will have a hard time killing her yourself.
WARNING - THIS CHAMPION IS EXTREMELY ANNOYING. The amount of times a Shaco has stolen my buffs is too many to count. He can stop your isolation damage with his ult and can assassinate you if he gets the jump on you. Ward your jungle often and try to know his position at all times. Take your buffs as soon as they come up, because you are likely to lose one of them on your first clear depending on where he starts
Its a fairly easy matchup if you are able to use Void Assault and Leap 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.
He is extremely easy to kill and fight as long as you avoid his stun and avoid getting hit by daisy. He can be a pain and steal your camps instantly, so be sure to ward the entrance to your jungle.
AUS0DA0SF0ASF0ASHF0UHA0SHFASHF0AHSFU STAY AWAY FROM THIS CHAMPION. BAN EVERY SINGLE GAME.
You need to abuse his weakness in the early game and snowball on him before he gets one of his forms. He can assassinate you with Shadow Assassin or just outright tank your damage as Rhaast, so you need to grab that lead and use it against him as soon as possible.
Xin Zhao is able to stick onto you and burst you down fairly quickly. Hes difficult to duel, so make sure to use Void Assault to avoid his auto attacks and create distance from him as you buy time for Q to come up. Phase rush helps a lot with this matchup.
Aatrox is a champion that can go in, deal loads of damage and still survive. This enables Kha'Zix to clean up whatevers left of the low health targets.
Good engage champ that can lock down targets for Kha'Zix and enable assassinations.
Locks down targets with her long range engage and ultimate, a perfect gank lane and skirmisher with kha'zix.
Can provide support for Kha'Zix through his W and R which can enable kha to pick off slowed targets.
Steamroll literally everything in teamfights through double resets and insane burst.
Can protect the Kha'Zix as he engages into a fight, while also giving him a decent AD nudge with her shield.
High burst and cc, Kha'Zix and LeBlanc can focus down targets easily.
Press one button and whoever it is dies.
Point and click CC engage for Kha'Zix which lets him pick off out of position targets more easily.
Enhances auto attack damage, and in conjunction with your passive makes for some really nice damage. CC and healing to help support kha.
Press one button and they won't be able to move.
Can support an engaging Kha'Zix with her shield and ultimate, as well as high burst damage.
Double assassin combo. Combines damage and cc
Excellent engage tool for kha.
Can support kha'zix with a huge global shield and strong CC.
Engage, CC, Mobility through lanterns, all that good stuff.
Can pick strong fights with his ultimate, allowing kha and tf to pick people off easily. Yellow card means they almost always die if Kha'Zix is around.
Nice engage tool with his ultimate for Kha'Zix. Acts as pretty good bait, too.
Jump and kill everything.
Champion Build Guide
Tinjus' Ultimate Kha'Zix Jungle Guide for Preseason 9By Tinjus
Much like Kha'Zix, this guide will constantly change and evolve over time in order to keep up to date with the game. The most recent update to the guide and Kha'Zix will be included in this section.
PATCH 9.1 - Preseason
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Hi there, welcome to my Kha'Zix guide! I go by the name of Tinjus in the Oceania server. I'm a Challenger Kha'Zix main who peaked at #1 Kha'Zix OCE as well as #1 Kha'Zix in the world. I am making this guide to educate you all on how to play Kha'Zix and adapt his kit to your playstyle!
I've been playing Kha'Zix ever since he came out in Season 2, he was my very first jungler, so its very coincidental that he would be my main. He is just so unique in so many ways compared to every other champion in League, and for that I instantly fell in love with him. I see a lot of mistakes with other Kha'Zix mains, they may know the champion's mechanics but they certainly do not know the fact that Kha'Zix is incredibly flexible. In this guide my aim will be to educate you - the reader, on the ins and outs of Kha'Zix, and hopefully by the end of this guide you will have learnt a thing or two about him! There is a fair amount of writing here, so I hope you're ready. Lets get started.
One of the most unique champions in the game, Kha'Zix excels at assassinating out of position targets. He possesses massive amounts of damage in his kit as well as a high amount of utility, which is a deadly combination for any assassin to have.
Kha'Zix is incredibly flexible in that he can adapt to any situation using his special Evolution concept. Most players think that Kha'Zix is all about killing that one target, but the thing that separates Kha'Zix from the crowd is his versatility. He is able to assume many roles in a team composition other than his main role as an assassin such as peeling, fighting, disruption and even tank. A good Kha'Zix player should be able to adapt to his/her environment in order to get the most out of Kha'Zix's kit.
Kill. Consume. Adapt.
Kha'Zix's massive but situational damage means that he has to play his fights carefully in order to be successful. Fighting an enemy when they are not Isolated can greatly reduce his damage and chance of winning that fight. A good Kha'Zix player needs to choose when and where to fight in order to find success in a game. He also has no Hard CC which can sometimes be a problem for ganking. However, his relatively strong and reliable slows combined with his high damage are more than enough to pull off a successful gank.
Lets start with the primary tree for Kha'Zix. Without a doubt, the strongest primary trees for Kha'Zix are going to be Domination for either Electrocute or Dark Harvest, or Sorcery for Phase Rush. Taking either of these trees in the primary spot will give you a nice amount of AD which is obviously the most beneficial stat for Kha'Zix.
Electrocute is going to act like a new Thunderlords, providing extra burst for assassination which is always strong and reliable for Kha'Zix. Phase Rush will allow for increased mobility in fights which helps with outmaneuvering your enemies, and Dark Harvest will allow for extremely strong scaling potential, constantly adding damage to your next auto attack with the stacking mechanic.
Lets begin with an Electrocute page. Click the tab underneath this text to reveal the rune page and explanation.
Electrocute is without a doubt the safest, most reliable keystone you can take on Kha'Zix. It is strong at all stages of the game and functions like the old Thunderlords. Extra burst on Kha'Zix is always strong, and this is going to be your standard keystone to take on him in most of your games, unless you want to run other keystones of course.
For the 3 lesser runes, you're going to want to run Sudden Impact, Eyeball Collection or Zombie Ward, and its your choice between Ravenous, Ingenious or Relentless Hunter. Personally I value Relentless Hunter the most since in my opinion, Kha'Zix makes the best use out of the out of combat move speed compared to the other stats (Spell vamp and Item CDR).
For the secondary tree, Sorcery is currently your best bet as it provides the maximum amount of burst for Kha'Zix with Absolute Focus and Scorch, which helps you deal huge amounts of damage when high on health. You can also opt for Celerity and Waterwalking / Nimbus Cloak for more mobility. The Precision tree is also a good alternative as it allows Kha'Zix to fit into that 'reset cleanup assassin' playstyle that we all know and love. Triumph helps you heal after every kill, and when you get those resets off and start killing everyone you'll be healing a bunch back to continue fighting and jumping everywhere. We then take Coup de Grace since Kha'Zix excels at picking off low health targets, and this rune only makes that job easier.
Next we'll move onto a Phase Rush page. Click the tab underneath this text to reveal the rune page and explanation.
Phase Rush is like a worse version of the old Stormraider's mastery. You'll get extra move speed to move around in fights after hitting a target 3 times, and this can help a lot to outplay champions with skill shots etc, as you'll be able to outmaneuver them easily. Its a lot of fun and I've been taking it quite often in the new preseason.
Your 3 lesser runes will consist of either Nullifying Orb for AP threats or Nimbus Cloak, Celerity/ Absolute Focus, and Waterwalking/ Gathering Storm. The increased movespeed and bonus AD that Celerity provides synergises well with Phase Rush, and Water walking will allow for increased mobility when travelling through the river. You can also opt for Gathering Storm since later on in the game you won't have Electrocute or Dark Harvest to help assassinate targets.
For secondary runes you can either run Domination with Sudden Impact and Relentless Hunter or Precision with Coup de Grace and Triumph
Last but not least, we'll be looking at a Dark Harvest page. Click the tab underneath this text to reveal the rune page and explanation.
This keystone is completely BROKEN on Kha'Zix if you manage to get through the early game. Once you start getting around 100-200 stacks of this rune you'll be doing ridiculous amounts of damage with your first auto attack combined with Unseen Threat Passive Auto attack and Duskblade of Draktharr. The only downside is that it feels really bad and weak early game, but if you can get through it, the trade off is well worth it.
We'll basically be using the same runes as the Electrocute page. You're going to want to run Sudden Impact, Eyeball Collection or Zombie Ward, and its your choice between Ravenous, Ingenious or Relentless Hunter. Personally I value Relentless Hunter the most since in my opinion, Kha'Zix makes the best use out of the out of combat move speed compared to the other stats (Spell vamp and Item CDR).
Yet again, your secondary runes can be either Sorcery with Absolute Focus and Scorch or Celerity and Waterwalking / Nimbus Cloak or the Precision tree with Coup de Grace and Triumph
Here is a guide video I made that explains the 3 keystones. If you want a rundown of the information above I suggest watching it
These are the 3 main pages that I've been using for Kha'Zix in the preseason. I want to emphasise that there are plenty more rune choices that you can run in this patch, but these are just the 3 that I think are the best for Kha'Zix and enjoy the most. Feel free to experiment yourself to find some other setups.
These are the items that are Strong/Decent on Kha'Zix. Get ready to read, theres a lot of writing coming up.
You should be getting this enchantment every single game that you play alongside your jungle item of choice. It gives Kha'Zix a massive power spike once he reaches it, and will let you duel almost anyone.
Your choice of boots will depend on the enemy composition as well as your personal preference. Boots of Mobility are good for taking control of the map and getting to your destination fast, and they synergise well with evolved R. Boots of Swiftness are great all rounded boots that provide a good amount of flat movespeed. Mercury's Treads are great against CC heavy team comps as well as heavy AP. Ninja Tabi are a fantastic choice against auto attack heavy AD champions, and Ionian Boots of Lucidity are good for providing that extra CDR to cap out at 40%.
The Black Cleaver
A fantastic item that works wonders for Kha'Zix. It gives him everything he needs, CDR, health, AD, and Armor Pen. Getting this item after warrior will give you a HUGE power spike, especially with your Taste Their Fear evolved. You will be able to jump on and destroy anyone you see, as long as you play the encounter correctly. The armor shred makes killing tanks a breeze and the movespeed passive allows you to escape or chase targets easily, since every ability that hits a target will give you movespeed.
Buy this item if you need to deal with bruisers, or want to run a bruiser build yourself.
Edge of Night
The assassin update brought a nice new item to the table for Kha'Zix. Edge of night helps greatly against any AP mage such as LeBlanc or Orianna. Its a great item to buy if you want/need to take intiative in the game and be a little safer when jumping in.
Its a lot less powerful than it used to be, but its basically your core item in most assassin builds. It is, however, still pretty good in an assassin build, but the changes to itemisation took its toll on the item.
Buy this item if you plan on running a standard assassin build.
A very strong item on Kha'Zix if you're dealing with dangerous hard CC. With the endless amounts of meta champions who have huge amounts of CC, Mercurial Scimitar is an incredibly strong choice for not only for getting yourself out of sticky situations, but it also gives you quite a bit of AD.
Buy this item if you are struggling against hard CC
Fantastic defensive item on Kha'Zix that allows you to take a few more risks in fights. With this item you're able to take the initiative in games and engage fights, as well as go ham for an important target.
Build this if you want to achieve the things said above, or are very ahead and getting focused a lot.
Very strong defensive item on Kha'Zix that allows you to take a few more hits from ADCs, bruisers and assassins. Build this item if you find yourself taking too many hits from AD champions in fights, or find yourself dueling them a lot.
Reminder: Do not build defensive items until you have at least 2 damage items.
Dead Man's Plate
A great item for Kha'Zix, provides good tanky stats against AD champions and the movespeed passive is incredibly strong, allowing Kha'Zix to chase down enemies with ease.
Buy this item if you need extra tankiness against AD champions that are not building crit.
Quite a strong item on Kha'Zix. The active helps tremendously with clearing the jungle, as well as adding some extra burst to your combo. It also allows you to make multiple jumps with evolved E. If you're going to buy this, don't upgrade it to Ravenous Hydra until the last item. Instead, keep the Tiamat so you can make use of the active. This item is entirely personal preference. Its up to you whether or not you want to buy it
Only get this item if everything in your current game goes right. If you are not on top of your game (farming,taking objectives, pushing lanes) then do not buy this item. It will take too long to build, and you will feel weak during that time. If you do decide to build this, build it as your 3rd/4th item, never 1st or 2nd. Its an extremely potent item that synergises well with Kha'Zix's kit, allowing smooth combos and increased mobility, as well as the ability to take towers quickly.
This item should only be bought when very ahead.
Duskblade of Draktharr
The assassin update changed this item to a much stronger variant. It is hands down the most powerful item for Kha'Zix in this update, providing a massive amount of raw damage with an incredible passive that synergises well with Kha'Zix's ultimate. It is currently a ridiculous item that works wonders for assassinating targets.
You can't go wrong with this item, you can integrate it into any build, but it works best for assassination.
A great all round item for Kha'Zix. Provides some nice AD and lets you stay out in the Rift for longer. If you find yourself constantly recalling to heal, buy this item and you will never have to heal at fountain again. Its a very good item if you find yourself dueling the enemy a lot or taking damage in fights. Buy this item at any time after you finish Enchantment: Warrior. It is viable and strong at all stages of the game. However it lacks the ability to destroy tanks.
Build this item if you want to duel the enemy with ease.
Not that great on Kha'Zix. I recommend staying away from this item unless you plan on building a Trinity Force. Other than that, it gives good AD but Kha'Zix cannot make good use of the crit-chance unless he has other items that provide crit, which is not ideal for a champion such as Kha'Zix.
Don't build it unless you want to go a fun crit build.
Maw of Malmortius
Its not as powerful as it used to be due to the removal of armor penetration, but the passive still helps a lot against heavy AP threats. If you find yourself against high unavoidable AP burst champions such as Syndra or Veigar, this will protect you against the majority of their burst, and can easily turn the tide of a fight.
Buy this item if you are struggling against AP threats
Lord Dominik's Regards
Good item for shredding tanks as an assassin build of Kha'Zix. Lord Dominik's Regards is a great item to kill any enemy that has higher health than you, that means tanks and most bruisers. However, I now put less emphasis on this item due to the changes to evolved Q, which synergise extremely well with Black Cleaver, shredding their armor very quickly and cutting them down in a few hits. Build this item's counterpart Mortal Reminder if you are struggling against enemies who heal for large amounts ( Soraka, Aatrox).
This should be bought if you are an assassin build of Kha'Zix and are struggling against tanks or bruisers
These last three items are great niche pickups for certain situations. Righteous Glory is great if you are playing more of a frontline role and need to engage, Sterak's Gage is a decent pick up if you find that you are taking quite a bit of damage in fights (frontline), and Zhonya's Hourglass is a great pick to annoy the living daylight out of the enemies, OR if you find YOURSELF getting assassinated and focused.
Did you get all that? You probably won't remember it all, but this reminds you to not build the same thing OVER and OVER again. Build your items according to the state of the game.
If you haven't already done so, please take a look at the items section to get a better idea of when certain items should be built.
Alright, first things first, you need to decide what kind of build you want to run. You have two choices: Do you want to run a Bruiser build or an Assassin build? This is a crucial factor in shaping your build because it determines what kind of items you are going to buy, as well as your playstyle when heading into the game.
If you like beefing it up with other fighter-based champions and having a decent health pool and tankiness, then I suggest the bruiser build. If you prefer the calculated approach to combat and like to sneakily duck in and out of fights while playing around the utility of Kha'Zix's kit, then I suggest the assassin build for you. Pick one of them according to how you like to play and read the section I've put up for them underneath.
If you've chosen to run the assassin build, I'm going to assume that you like the stealthy playstyle of Kha'Zix, and like to have a calculated approach to combat. You pick your fights carefully and have a get-in get-out playstyle. This is the approach of an assassin Kha'Zix.
First off, your core item is Duskblade of Draktharr. Why? Its cheap, cost efficient and gives you a fantastic physical damage passive that Kha can abuse, lethality, CDR and AD. Its a very well rounded item for an assassin and in terms of Kha'Zix, that's exactly what you want as your first item, something that gives you everything at a cheap cost. You will almost always buy this after warrior. You can also buy Tiamat after warrior if you like it, its entirely up to you.
Alternatively, you can run Youmuu's Ghostblade after your warrior instead of duskblade. Its an incredibly useful item on Kha that lets you move around the map faster, while also giving you some extra mobility while in combat with the move speed active. Overall its a fantastic item on Kha'Zix so if you prefer having more mobility early into the game you can take this item after warrior.
If you've chosen the bruiser build, I'm going to assume that you like to be tanky and faceroll your enemies with consistent damage. You like dueling and trading blows with other bruiser-like champions in prolonged fights. This is the approach of a bruiser build.
Your core item for this build is The Black Cleaver. Why? Armor Shred, 20% CDR, a movespeed passive and 400 health gives you everything you need to slug it out with other bruisers. You almost always buy this after warrior.
As a bruiser, sometimes you will want to buy a defensive item in place of a damage item in order to be tankier. If you're playing more of an upfront role in the game then this will help quite a bit, although I do not really recommend it since you can get more value out of building damage instead.
Next, lets talk situational items. You've got your Enchantment: Warrior, your Duskblade of Draktharr or Youmuu's Ghostblade and the enemy has a variety of threats. You must first identify the most prominent threat to yourself (which enemy is most likely to kill you?) Is it the AP mid laner? The tanky bruiser? The ADC? It is crucial to identify the biggest threat on the enemy team so you can start building situationally.
If the AP mid laner is fed, you typically want to get a Maw of Malmortius after your Duskblade of Draktharr. Maw of malmortius will block a lot of burst and make AP mages much less of a threat.
If the ADC is fed, you're going to want to try and assassinate them, so a Youmuu's Ghostblade or Duskblade of Draktharr is the most ideal for this situation. they provide you with AD and lethality, and should let you kill the enemy ADC and support with ease. Take whichever item you haven't gotten already.
If the fed enemy is a tanky bruiser, A The Black Cleaver or Lord Dominik's Regards works wonders against them. If you're an assassin built Kha'Zix you're going to want to buy the Lord Dominik's Regards instead of black cleaver, since black cleaver revolves around a DPS playstyle. You should already have a black cleaver if you're a bruiser build, so theres nothing to worry about there.
What about if you're fed? Just continue to buy situational items to avoid throwing your lead. You may also like to try Trinity Force which can enhance pretty much everything about Kha'Zix's kit, although don't buy it with black cleaver since the synergy is bad.
Example Assassin build
Example Bruiser build
RIP Hybrid Kha'Zix 2016-2016
Empowered auto attack that slows target hit and deals extra magic damage. Reactivate by walking into brush, using Void Assault or going into the fog of war. In order for you to be successful in assassinating and killing, you NEED to use your passive whenever you can. It provides underestimated damage that can really cripple your foes, and provides a reliable soft CC. You can't put points into this, moving on.
Taste Their Fear
Taste Their Fear is the primary source of Kha'Zix's damage and should be used as much as possible. Taste Their Fear deals physical damage to a single target. Evolved Taste Their Fear reduces the cooldown of the ability by 60% when used on an isolated target (when no allies are around an enemy, they are marked as isolated enemies).
The assassin rework brought quite a unique change to his Q which allows him to demolish anyone that is isolated through the constant spamming of Qs. This means that you can take out isolated enemies, neutral objectives and the jungle extremely quickly. Evolve this ability if you want to duel the enemy and have strong objective control.
Kha'Zix's poking tool. Provides him with decent medium range damage and poke as well as sustain in the jungle. Void Spike fires a cluster of spikes in a line that explode on impact with an enemy. Evolved Void Spike fires 3 clusters of spikes in a cone and slows by 40%. Hitting an isolated enemy with evolved Void Spike slows them by 80% instead.
Max this second, and evolve it second or third if you want to play more of a supportive role on your team or have extra sticking power. This evolved ability will allow you to peel with ease and catch out enemies with that 80% slow.
Kha'Zix's main gap closer. Gives him much needed mobility in order to chase down and assassinate targets as well as an escape tool. Leap jumps to a location and deals a small amount of Area of Effect damage. Evolved Leap increases the jump length by a substantial amount, and allows Leap to be reset off cooldown upon kill or assist.
USE THIS ABILITY VERY CAREFULLY, DO NOT JUMP JUST BECAUSE IT LOOKS COOL. TAKE YOUR TIME AND JUMP IN WHEN THE TIME IS RIGHT OR WHEN YOU KNOW YOU CAN GET A RESET. Max this last, and evolve it whenever you want. I usually evolve it second, since that is the best time to make use of the resets you get from it.
Kha'Zix's main utility tool. This should be used sparingly for the right moments. Make sure to use your passive Unseen Threat between the 2 casts of Void Assault in order to get the most damage possible. Use this tool to juke, outplay, dodge skillshots and in some situations, gap close. Void Assault Stealths Kha'Zix for 1.25 seconds, giving him a burst of movespeed and refreshing his passive. Can be cast twice. Evolved Void Assault increases the stealth duration to 2 seconds and increases the number of casts to 3.
Put a point into this WHENEVER YOU CAN - That means levels 6-11-16. Evolve this first if you want to snowball your lanes and have strong early game map pressure. I do not recommend evolving this second or third, because laning phase will be over by then, and the early game is when you want to be using this the most in order to snowball the game.
- This doesn't need explaining. ALWAYS take flash. It helps with everything, from escaping to killing targets to outplaying enemies. F is for Flash.
- You simply cannot jungle without this, this enables you to buy the jungle item needed to clear the jungle and allows you to obtain buffs from jungle camps, as well as secure objectives (Dragon and Baron/Herald).
Evolution is one of the most unique aspects of Kha'Zix. Throughout the game, he is able to evolve his abilities in order to adapt to any situation. In this section we will be going over each evolution individually and will also be going over evolution orders and builds.
The introduction of the assassin update means that there is no longer a set in stone evolution order that you should use. You are now able to evolve based on the SITUATION, adapting to the game and picking the right tool for the job. For example, if you want dueling potential, evolve Q. If you want to snowball the early game and have strong map pressure, evolve R. If you want strong pick potential and sticking power, evolve W. It is extremely important that you now adapt to the game rather than just going the same evolution order over and over again.
Taste Their Fear - Dueling tool
Ever had a person on the enemy team complain about how OP Kha'Zix is? Thats probably because of evolved Taste Their Fear. Evolving Taste their Fear allows the ability's cooldown to be reduced by 60% when used on an isolated enemy. It also increases the range of Taste Their Fear and auto attacks.
The introduction of the assassin update has made this ability an incredible dueling tool. Absolutely no one is going to be able to 1v1 you unless you die to burst, and the reduced cooldown means that you can take neutral objectives and the jungle extremely quickly. It also spells impending doom for tanks, especially if you have The Black Cleaver or Last Whisper. You can evolve this if you want to achieve what is said above, that is, dueling potential and objective control. You would most likely evolve this first or third.
Void Spike - Supportive Tool
Void Spike is an incredibly useful addition to Kha'Zix's kit. Evolved Void Spike fires 3 void spikes in a cone instead of 1, and adds a 40% slow to the ability.
Void Spike is a remarkable tool. It provides Kha'Zix with sustain in the jungle as well as a bit of poke and cc. The downside is that it's evolved version is rather mediocre and situational, but it can also be very underrated at times. The ability is usually evolved second or third if you want to have extra sticking power or play more of a supportive role in the team. Evolved Void Spike is very useful at peeling for carries with its large AOE and strong slow. Using it with The Black Cleaver can potentially cripple an entire enemy team's armor, which makes it quite underrated against armor-stacked compositions. In my opinion it works best when evolved second or third and paired with Leap.
Leap - Gap Closer
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Nah its just Kha'Zix jumping all over your team. Evolved Leap largely increases the jump range on the ability, while also refreshing the cooldown everytime Kha'Zix gets a kill or assist.
The ability that Kha'Zix is known for, evolved Leap is quite possibly one of the most interesting abilities in the game. It may seem simple, but it actually has a few hidden interactions. Active items and summoner spells are able to be used mid-jump, and it is a crucial part of the famous 'Double Jump' mechanic. Evolving Leap opens up more opportunities for ganking, and it massively improves Kha'Zix's overall mobility. In most cases, it is evolved second. However some situations call for it to be evolved first. The huge jump range and mobility is just too good to pass up sometimes, but you can evolve it whenever you want. If you are insanely fed in the early game, evolving Leap is going to allow you to destroy absolutely anyone that lays their eyes on you, regardless of if they are isolated or not, and will open up a few gank paths that wouldn't be possible without the increased jump range.
Void Assault - Main Utility and Outplay Tool
Where did he go? That slippery bug was just there! HOW DID HE GET INTO THAT BUSH?! Two words, Void Assault. Evolving Void Assault increases the stealth duration to 2 seconds and increases the number of casts to 3 seconds.
I can't tell you how useful this ability is. It depends on how you use it. Void Assault is an essential part of Kha'Zix's kit. Not only does it let you evolve, but the outplay potential that it provides is ridiculous. Void Assault is the ability that separates the good Kha'Zix players from the bad. This current version of R evolve can be evolved at any time, but it works best at level 6 or 16 in order to boost your outplay and pick/ganking potential immensely. If you use this evolution correctly, absolutely no one is going to be able to fight you. To learn more about Void Assault, check out the Advanced Mechanics section.
There is no longer a standard evolution order in which you MUST follow. The introduction of the assassin update means that you evolve based on the situation, and with this comes new and viable evolution orders. This section will list some of the viable orders and their uses.
The three main evolution orders in this update include:
E > W > Q - Supportive teamfight based evolution order that mostly involves sticking on targets and peeling for carries. Evolved Void Spike in the mid game can work wonders in teamfights, effectively allowing your team to follow up by hitting enemies with the fairly strong slow. The high mobility of E paired with evolved W allows for some great pick potential, and helps you create opportunities for your team.
R > E > Q/W - Well rounded duelist evolution order that provides dueling and outplay potential in the early game with evolved R, transitioning into E evolve to thrive in skirmishes and team fights, followed up with Q for extra dueling power or W for team support at level 16.
Please note that these evolution orders are not always ideal for certain situations. They all have their uses, and choosing between them based on the situation will result in greater success in your games.
Basic Mechanic 1 - Taste Their Fear mid-air
Basic Mechanic 2 - Standard Assassinate Combos
The combo explained above dishes out the most damage as fast as possible, but there are a lot of situations where you will need to jump first before you use your Void Spike. The most common combo for Kha'Zix, which is used much more than the one above is as follows: Leap, Taste Their Fear mid air, Unseen Threat passive auto attack, Void Spike. This is a much cleaner combo for assassinating a target who can already see you. Since they are aware that you are there, they are more likely to dodge skillshots, so using Void Spike last allows you to take your time with the skillshot, and results in a higher chance of you hitting it due to the slow that was applied with Unseen Threat.
Basic Mechanic 3 - Refreshing Unseen Threat
Once you've mastered the basic mechanics of Kha'Zix, you can try out these more advanced mechanics that require quick reaction times and fast mouse movements. You can try these for fun, but I recommend you get the basics down first before you advance.
Advanced Mechanic 1 - The Double Jump
Ah yes, the notorious double jump, probably one of the coolest mechanics in the game. This enables Kha'Zix to double the distance of his jump in certain situations by casting Leap twice without touching the ground.
How to do it:
1. Get the target low enough to be killed by your Taste Their Fear
2. Once the target is low enough, stand next to the target and cast your Leap.(It can be very hard to do this when jumping AWAY from the target, try to jump OVER them)
3. Once you have cast your Leap, IMMEDIATELY use Taste Their Fear on your target, this should kill them. If not, restart.
4. The target should have died, and your Leap should have refreshed. Quickly cast Leap again in the direction you want to go. You have successfully executed the double jump.
Here's a quick example of a double jump performed to perfection. Notice how I walk up to the first target before jumping over them in order to get the most distance possible.
Advanced Mechanic 2 - Outplaying with Void Assault
Void Assault is a great ability, it enables Kha'Zix to make swift, unpredictable movements in order to skillfully outplay his opponents. A good Kha'Zix player will be able to use Void Assault to dodge skillshots, escape enemies, juke them, and win fights for his team.
Here's a nice example on unpredictable movements using Void Assault. Notice how I time my ultimate just right to avoid the CC and most of the damage.
1.Run towards the enemy, this will make them think they can land an easy skillshot on you.
2. Wait for the enemy to throw their skillshot at you. This requires fast reaction times.
3. Once the skillshot is out, Void Assault in a different direction, dodging the skillshot.
4. Proceed to all-in your opponent, using Void Assault as necessary to avoid damage.
Here is another nice example of using Void Assault to dodge skillshots. The burst of speed from my ultimate allowed me to dodge Elise's cocoon which let me flash on her for the kill.
1. Run from whatever is chasing you!
2. Void Assault in an entirely different direction from where you were running. Smart players may not fall for this, but it is quite successful. If you can, try and make it into a bush to stay hidden for longer.
How to outplay an opponent with Void Assault
1. Start a fight, using your abilities as necessary.
2. While using your abilities, use Void Assault to buy some time for your abilities to come up again, or gain some distance, or both.
3. If the enemy still wants to fight, save your Leap until it is needed. If the enemy retreats, jump onto them and continue your attacks until he dies, using Void Assault to avoid as much damage as possible, waiting for your abilities to come up.
These cover the advanced mechanics of Kha'Zix, though they seem relatively easy, it can be hard to maintain a consistent pattern of movement where you avoid damage and cast abilities in between.
Here is a quick video showcasing the mechanics explained above. If you cannot follow the video, consider slowing down or rewinding to see the ability sequences in better detail.
On red side: Blue > Gromp > Bottom Scuttle Crab > Wolves > Red > Gank/Clear the rest of your camps.
On blue side: Red > Their red/top side scuttle > top side scuttle/their Red > Blue > Gromp > Wolves > Raptors > Krugs > Look for ganks in between your camps.
Evolved Q's early game playstyle requires you to prioritize Dragons and Rift Herald, as well as counter-jungling and dueling. Try and find the enemy jungler and duel them, it is very unlikely that they will be able to stand up to Evolved Taste Their Fear. You are also able to farm much faster due to the evolved CDR. You can accomplish a lot with this evolution in the early game, so it ends up becoming very useful for many situations compared to the other evolutions.
- Evolved W Level 6 Playstyle -
Your early game playstyle with evolved W is all about making picks with your strong slow and coordinating with your team. Evolved Void Spike acts in a similar way to Elise's Cocoon, allowing your team to follow up and preventing enemies from moving. Its a great evolution that encourages teamwork among your laners. However, due to it not giving any combat stats, this does mean that you need to be careful when picking 1v1 fights, as you will not be as strong compared to having evolved Q. Note that you almost never take evo W at level 6 as it is much more useful at levels 11 and 16 compared to the early game level 6.
- Evolved E Level 6 Playstyle -
Evolving E at level 6 means that you want to be looking for early skirmishes and fights to make the most of those early game resets. Notice the enemy grouping a lot? Perfect time to evolve this ability. Evolved E level 6 is a very flexible option since it leads into one of the 3 other evolutions. You can pretty much accomplish anything when you have this evolution, you just need to take into account that your 1v1 potential will not be as strong.
- Evolved R Level 6 Playstyle -
So in patch 8.11, Kha'Zix's R evolve got changed. With the reverted 3 casts of 2 second stealth, R evolve is very flexible in how you can use it. R evolve at level 6 is extremely useful when ganking since you can sneak into lanes from the river easily. It also provides a lot of outplay potential and lets you duel enemies with ease. Overall, R evolve at level 6 is an extremely well rounded evolution that can provide ganking and pick potential as well as dueling power early game. This evolution has a LOT of potential and is my go-to evolution for hard carrying games. If however, you want to farm neutral camps and objectives faster, I recommend taking evolved Q instead since R evo doesn't help you with that.
Kha'Zix is quite a potent split pusher due to his high mobility. If an enemy squishy comes to clear the wave alone he can easily kill them and apply massive pressure to the side lanes. If you are against a comp that is hard to teamfight against, keep this strategy in mind.
There is no need to rush anything while ahead, just continue to farm and prioritize objectives, while avoiding risky plays such as turret dives and solo invades. Controlling the enemy jungler will ultimately result in the removal of jungle pressure from the map, allowing you and your team to control the lanes. In order to transition the lead into a win, objectives must be prioritized and teamfights will generally occur throughout the game. If you have a big enough lead, you should be able to win those teamfights for your team and snowball the game by taking Baron and inner towers.
I can't win because my teams are bad!
Nope. Sorry, that excuse isn't acceptable. You can't win because you can't carry. It's that simple. It sounds harsh, but 8 times out of 10 you are going to get teams that don't know what to do. You can't just sit around and watch, you need to take ACTION to win the game. This doesn't just apply to Kha'Zix, this applies to every single champion in the game. If you can't win because your "Teams are Bad", then it's likely that you are doing something wrong. Relying on your team for everything isn't going to get you anywhere. If you want to win, you need to carry. Be proactive about your decisions and lead your team to that victory screen. I recommend going over your replays and analyzing them to find out what you are doing wrong and improve on it. Don't get me wrong, not all games are winnable, but the majority are and just require a bit of thinking and productivity.
Having a game plan
I can't stress how important this is. Being proactive before the game even starts is a fantastic way to go about. Planning out your actions before the game starts means that you can go into the game with a specific attitude and goal. You are able to get a good idea of what you are going to do and how you are going to do it. This mainly involves looking at you and your enemy's champions, then making a judgement based on the champions in the game.
Do not worry about searching the players up. Searching for players' ranks simply clouds your judgement and decision-making skills. You will feel more inclined to kill the guy who is challenger even though it isn't going to impact the game.
Lets use this as an example:
You are the Kha'Zix. Looking at your team composition, both your mid lane and bot lane are safe laners. They do not possess much kill pressure in the lane, therefore it would be a waste of time to try and gank them. Looking at top lane, you have a Nautilus vsing a Riven. Due to Riven's aggressive snowball playstyle, it is likely that she will try and kill the Nautilus, who is quite poor in 1v1s. However, Nautilus has more than enough CC to disrupt Riven, which means her aggressive playstyle combined with Nautilus' CC makes for a perfect ganking lane. Although, we cannot forget about mid and bot lane. The enemy has a Lee Sin, a high mobility jungler with strong ganks. They also have a good amount of CC in the lanes with Viktor and Alistar. In an attempt to counter Lee Sin's actions, we ward the bottom side of the river. This protects both bot and mid lane, keeping vision of the choke point, which is most likely the path Lee Sin will use to gank. Seeing as we have protected Bot and Mid, we now clear the jungle and path in a direction that allows us to finish top side (Krugs to Gromp). From there we can either gank top lane or attempt to find and fight Lee Sin.
Do you see the importance of having a game plan? It allows you to stay one step ahead of everyone and greatly helps the chances of getting a lead and snowballing into victory.
The Implications of Dying and Throwing
You may think that your 1 death means nothing, but it has a much bigger impact than you think. If you are wanting to solo carry your game, you need to avoid dying for nothing at ALL COSTS. If you die, there is a good chance that your team will die alongside you and that leads to massive throws. Dying puts you out of the game for at least 30 seconds in the mid-game, which is a big deal if you die for nothing.
Dying can be tolerated if you are dying for a good cause, such as for winning a teamfight or stealing baron. Killing two or more enemies in turn for your death can be considered as a worthy trade-off, although if possible, staying alive is the best option. Try to get 1 for 0 picks on the enemy team, this will result in you having a number advantage and will boost your chances of winning a teamfight or taking an objective. Avoid making risky plays simply because your team is likely to follow you into them and die. Make sure to think before you act, this can be hard you are in the middle of a fight or need to react quickly, but thinking before you act will stop you from making silly mistakes that could otherwise be catastrophic.
The Importance of Farming
I can't stress enough how crucial it is to maintain good farm throughout the game. If you don't farm, you put yourself behind by lacking the gold needed to purchase your items. No farming = No gold. No gold = No items. No items = Behind = Harder to carry. In between looking for ganks, start from one side of the jungle, then work your way up to the other camps in order to spend less time walking and more time farming.
As a jungler, try to aim for 50 CS every 10 minutes, or 100 CS at 20 minutes. It is important to set CS goals like this, as it encourages you to reach that 50 CS mark and you'll know when you're behind on farm. Don't worry about 'outfarming' the enemy jungler, focus on your own game and get as much gold as you can so you can work towards your item powerspikes.
Kha'Zix is a clean up artist, which means you cannot simply just jump in and expect to kill everything at the start of the fight. Let your teammates deal their damage, and once the enemies get low, proceed to finish them off, getting the resets and winning the fight.
Make sure to keep an eye out for CC, as CC can completely shut you out of a fight. Even if you survive the CC, jumping in at low health is not ideal.
Remember that Kha'Zix is incredibly versatile in that he can choose when and where to fight. If you think a fight is unwinnable, don't be afraid to ditch your team and do something else, such as push a lane, or take a tower. Towers are the most important objective in a game.
So, did you learn anything?
To sum it up, Kha'Zix, The Voidreaver is an incredibly versatile and flexible champion in that he can adapt to any situation. He has very high damage, great mobility and utility, and can easily snowball a game into victory. You just have to play your cards right, that means position well in fights, clear the jungle efficiently, execute combos correctly, and most importantly adapt your playstyle according to the situation. Need poke? Evolve Void Spike. Need more damage? Evolve Taste Their Fear. Whatever the situation is, Kha'Zix can adapt to it, just don't get squished on like the fragile bug you are and you'll be set.
Change is Good. - Kha'Zix
Thanks for reading my guide! If you learnt something about The VoidReaver, this guide's purpose has been fulfilled. All feedback is appreciated, so drop a comment if you have any questions or recommendations and i'll do my best to answer back!
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