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League of Legends Build Guide Author Frealz

Xin Zhao is back! Season 5 - Complete Jungle and Top Guide

Frealz Last updated on February 20, 2015
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Team 1

Ability Sequence

Ability Key Q
Ability Key W
Ability Key E
Ability Key R

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The masteries shown here are not yet updated for the current season, the guide author needs to set up the new masteries. As such, they will be different than the masteries you see in-game.



Offense: 21

Legendary Guardian

Defense: 9


Utility: 0

Threats to Xin Zhao with this build

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Threat Champion Notes
Fiddlesticks You can deny his W rapidly using you E and Q
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Xin Zhao is back! And still being op

Hello everyone! Im known as FrealZ in LAS server, this is my secundary acc. I main jungle and i made this guide not because im the best at using this champ, im not even close but i think its one of the best warriors and i love playing him.

Xin Zhao is not one of the most used champions, it was forgotten and overshadowed by champions like Lee Sin, Jarvan IV or Kha Zix. But in my opinion, with Xin you can easily counter those champs and be more useful than them in both early and late game.

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Greater Quintessence of Attack Damage

Greater Glyph of Attack Damage

Greater Glyph of Magic Resist

Greater Mark of Lethality

Greater Seal of Armor

Why those Runes?

    Early Power
    Early power means ease in the jungle
    Early power means efective ganks
    Efective Ganks means Kills or assist
    Kills and Assists means to have more chances to win
    Having Kills and assists prepare you for the late game, wich is important for Xin Zhao

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I think these Masteries talk by themselves, most sumoners know them but for the ones who not, i recomend to read the masteries effects because they play a very important role im game and learning to make a masterie tree, its very important. I think any LoL player should know how to build one. It isnt hard, but it is necesary.

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Item Sequence

Stalker's Blade - Warrior

Boots of Mobility

Youmuu's Ghostblade

Sunfire Cape

Spirit Visage

Trinity Force

Why Stalker?

After studing the new jungle items, i found Stalker the most useful item for Xhin Zhao. Improves your ganks and gives a good early dmg. Bulding this and the moviliy boots, you can go easily for the enemy adc even you can go for solo Dragon if you want. Xin has a good sustain so you dont need a jungle item that restores your HP, i think it is a better option to focus in your ganks and in your dmg

Movility Boots

Yes, Xin doesnt have many scapes, so you need to be damn fast, also you will be good deleting enemies, so you dont want them to escape.


Youmuu's Ghostblade
In early game, this item will be your best friend, maxing your movement speed and your dmg as hell! Approves it

Sunfire Cape

Sunfire Cape
You have the dmg, you have the speed, its time to get tanky. This will help you to bear more damage and be capable of taking objetives and get out alive, also you will be capable of starting team fights

Spirit Visage

Spirit Visage
Your W and this item will give you a beatiful healing ability and the Magic resist its also very important


Trinity Force
Yup, this final item will make you become the worst adc and apc nightmare, you will be capable of deleting them and geting out alive easy


If you need to be more tanky than you are, replace Trinity for Iceborn Gauntlet or
Guardian Angel

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Skill Sequence

Ability Sequence
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18

Max your Q, then your W. That will help you to delete objetives and to improve your sustain
Also, its for demacia

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Ranked Play


I seriously recommend to practice before going to rankeds, with this and with any other champ. Also to get into rankeds, you have to be capable of playing any roll

-SmumonerA: Ok, you go supp
-SummonerB: i dont know supp, i want JG
-SumA: We already hav one, you have to go supp
SumB:*Locks Xin Zhao*- ok, then Xin Zhao Supp THAT is WRONG

You have to know, you can be good at using one champ, but you will not have always the chance to use it, sometimes you have to go other rol, and you have to be capable of playing it
And, Xin Zhao doesnt have complicated mechanics but, you have to practice before going into rankeds with him because you have to know how to take objetives in teamfights. Also practice makes you understanding and knowing the champ limits, wich is very important for ranked games.

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Pros / Cons


[*]Early power
[*]Early damage
[*]Good sustain
[*]Easy machanics
[*]Its Chinese
[*]Late Damage and tank capacity
Its Funny

[*]It is not soooo tanky in early games
[*]Doesnt have many scapes
[*]It has long hair

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Creeping / Jungling


Your Q and W will provide you everything you need to clean up the jungle
I recomend to start by Slashing Red, because Xin doesnt need much Mana, and starting by red will make you clean the jungle faster and will give you the chance to make an effective early gank. Slash red, Ghosts, Blue and Wolves to geth lvl 3 and start ganking.
Try to recall when you reach 800 - 1k gold to buy the stalker and two long swords and, if you can buy the boots, buy them.
If you want to make an early gank, unlcok the E ability before the W. That will impact in your early sustain, but not so much because Xin Zhao is love, Xin Zhao is life xD

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Farming and Lane Fase (for Top)

Last Hit

Your W provides you sustain and atack speed, and your Q gives you the damage you need for a succesful and easy last hit
Xin doesnt need a lot of mana but i recomend to be careful
Cast W,Q and E for a succesful combo for poke or going for the kill

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Team Work

Remember, you are not GOD

Your team needs you, but you also need your team. Yes you will have a high dmg and you will be capable of eliminate adcs and apcs BUT 1kill x 1kill it is not always useful, be sure to be with your team and think before doing something. After having the full build, you will be very dangerous for the fragile champs, but remember always to have an strategy.
You dont have an escape but you have your R, dont use it just for KSing (but is funny :D) use it to protect your team and to disable the enemy s defense

Tips for Teamfights

When starting a teamfight, the combo will be W, E, Q, R
Why R at the end?
This combo will allow you to knock up your target and disable the enemy team s defense

Early Teamfighs

In case of using the build N°1 (Stalker and Yomuu as starting items) I Recomend to be careful because although yor Dmg will be very high, your are a vulnerable target and 1kill x 1kill it is not always useful. You have to be very fast and use your W,E,Q,R (with the Youmuu activated) to eliminate your objetive and get out alive

In case of using the alternative build (wich makes you more tanky) you can start teamfights and be be able to withstand more damage allowing your team take care of your target and the other enemies while you take all the damage that can

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Unique Skills

The Q Three Talon Strike: Very useful for deleting and the 3rd strike throws up your target, very useful when threse is a yasuo on your team

The R barrido creciente Use it for disabling the enemy team s formation or protecting your adc or apc. Also gives you Armor and Magic resist wich is useful for 1 vs 1 too

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Thank you for reading :)

Hope you Like the guide,im not the best jungler neither the best Xin Zhao player this is just the way i play him. If you have suggestion please comment :) Se you in the fields of justice and DEMACIAAAAAAAAA

If you kill sombody or you get killed you have to shout DEMACIAA and hit your keyboard with your head. That will provide you ancient demacian powers

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10/12 Added tips vs Ammumu and Fiora. Fixed Masteries tree