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I grab HP yellows because they help Xin Zhao survive. His ultimate already gives him a good amount of Resistances, so giving him some more HP to back it up helps tremendously. I've survived countless times after charging headfirst into a full team and living simply because I had that extra 175 hp. Other people seem to like getting MP5 runes, but I do not think it is worth it, Xin Zhao should either kill his enemies before he runs out, and even then, his skill are not that demanding on having a large pool of mana.
Magic Resist per lvl. Blues scale very well with Xin Zhao. He generally should be targeting squishy carries, starting with casters. Obviously, they will focus him when he's up in their face, so the extra magic resist is invaluable.
Then go for Berserker Greaves and a Sword of the Divine. TTS gives you the damage you need to nuke people down in early game, so it's best to get some attack speed items. As Xin Zhao, you should request if you can get your Red Buff or steal it from your enemy. With this extra attack speed, it will not matter if they flash away or slow you down for a bit, with Lizard and all that attack speed, Xin Zhao can easily and permanently keep someone slowed.
The last item in your core is the Ghostblade. After this item, Xin Zhao achieves 2.0 attack speed with an upwards of 81 ARpen with his ghostblade and SotD actives. The earlier you get your Ghostblade and SotD the better, the combo works good in Late game and is just straight OP in early game. With 81 Arpen at midgame, you can easily Ult 25% of anyone's hp away with one skill and then nuke down the rest with your godly attack speed.
After the two Core dps items, it's best to start building some defense, hence the Banshee's Veil. By the time you get your Ghostblade, your enemies will start realizing it's a good idea to focus you down first. BV makes away with the first attempt to CC you and the extra HP and MAgicRes help you survive the rest of the beating.
Most games end before getting a BV is possible, but in those long games, after you get a BV, it is best to try and scale your damage into a better late game. The Black Cleaver helps you achieve that. Ripping away a good 120ish armor neutralizes a Zhonya's Hourglass and the extra 55 damage and attack speed is just icing on the cake. By this time, Xin Zhao can kill just about anybody short of a full Armor Tank in a few seconds or less.