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Xin Zhao Build Guide by kkiskk

Top Top lane Xin Zhao (What? It's still viable?)

Top Top lane Xin Zhao (What? It's still viable?)

Updated on March 4, 2019
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Runes: Fervor of battle is back?

Legend: Alacrity
Last Stand

Sudden Impact
Ravenous Hunter

+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+9 Adaptive (5.4 AD or 9 AP)
+6 Armor


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LoL Summoner Spell: Flash


LoL Summoner Spell: Ignite


Threats & Synergies

Threats Synergies
Extreme Major Even Minor Tiny
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None Low Ok Strong Ideal
Extreme Threats
Ideal Synergies
Ideal Strong Ok Low None


This guide will not be updated constantly.

ATTENTION : The champion threat part describes ONLY laning phrase.(it's kinda outdated)

This build is suitable in ranked games but it will be punishing if you lose in laning phrase.

I'm back after 3 months. It makes me sad that I'm losing hard every time I use this youmuu's build so I've been crying for about 90 days. I'm now as toxic as shaclone. I may someday make a full tank Xin Zhao build.
I'm back again after the rework and I'm still trying new build path with the new Xin. He don't need to build tank now because his R gives him damage reduction(reduced to 0) and build AD damage on Xin now is even more rewarding than before his rework because his damage spells(passive and W) scales heavily on AD.
I'll update new runes ASAP, it's pretty fun one-shoting enemies with new runes, especially AD carries.
2019/03/05 I can't believe I am back to update this guide, thanks for riot bringing back a new version of Fervor of battle, Conqueror. I will update the whole guide later, including the laning phrase. Most of my update is in the upper part notes section and I will move them down below in future for better visibility.
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Two different builds

Check out the 2nd build I made in this guide if you are not comfortable with my 1st build.

The first build is an assassin build focusing on bursting down enemies in a short period of time(1-5 seconds).

The second build is an AD carry build focusing on auto attacks.
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What attitude you should have when using Xin Zhou

Remember where Xin Zhou came from before he join Demacia. Xin Zhou was once a gladiator. What's special about being a gladiator? A good gladiator always survive and win the fight.
You don't give up even you have a bad early game, you always stay calm and focus. Being 0/5/0 is no big deal but how do you come back from the feeder's abyss is more important. Xin is a flexible champion that can build anything on him, if you've had a hard time that losing early game and feeds the enemy, don't be tilted and remember that you are not 1 vs 5. Be responsible to your teammates and yourself, don't give up.
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Laning combo

1. Use your AA(vs melee champs only)

2. Just use your W

3. Stack the first 2 hit of your Q on minions or whatever things you can hit(eg. wards/jungler) -> use E to engage your opponent -> use W while he/she's airbone

4. Use your E to engage (-> youmuu's) -> AA + Q reset + AA -> use W -> Fatality
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Team Fights

What should you do in team fights with these builds?

You should :
+ CC important enemy with your third Q
+ Shove back incoming assassins / tanks with your R
+ Burst down alone carries

You should NOT :
- Dash into 5 enemies alone (unless it's a coordinated attack)
- Shove enemy assassins / tanks to your carries
- Focus enemy tanks
- Tank multiple heroes CC
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