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Xin Zhao Jungle Guide for Season 8

Malkavian999 Last updated on November 9, 2017
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Cheat Sheet

Xin Zhao Build

LoL Path: Precision
LoL Rune: Lethal Tempo
Lethal Tempo
LoL Rune: Triumph
LoL Rune: Legend: Alacrity
Legend: Alacrity
LoL Rune: Coup de Grace
Coup de Grace

LoL Path: Domination
LoL Rune: Cheap Shot
Cheap Shot
LoL Rune: Relentless Hunter
Relentless Hunter

+18% Attack Speed

Ability Sequence

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

Threats to Xin Zhao with this build

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Lee Sin
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Jungle Guide / Introduction

Hey Guys I am Malkavian and this is my Jungle Xin Zhao guide. You may find my build odd but it works. Before we begin please check out my Full Game vs alot of CC Composition in Plat Elo then we can talk about gameplay and stuff. Enjoy...

AP Xin Zhao is Back?

Alternative Xin Zhao Item Build/Gameplay

Terms you might see while reading my guide:

AS: Attack Speed
AD: Attack Damage
AP: Ability Power
MS: Movement Speed
MR: Magic Resist
AR: Armor (Easy one)
aa: Auto Attack
SS: Skillshot
TF: Teamfight
TP: Teleport
CJ: Counter Jungle

This guide is for jungling. First of all you have 2 choice to begin with. Blue side or Red Side. Each side has several benefits so I will try to explain as much as I can.

1- Blue Side Start: Route should be Blue Buff->Gromp->Wolves->Gank mid/top -> If you have enough HP go get red (if your enemy has a jungler who can steal your red)

Benefits: This route is the best route for no aoe or sustain champions. It keeps your hp in a good level so you can go to your red side jungle too.

Down Sides: Only down side is if enemy has a counter jungler they can steal your red buff. Also Red side gives more experience but nowadays it is hard to start from red side.

2- Red Side Start: I personally don't try to start from red side no matter what.
Route: Red Buff->Krugs->Birds->Crab->Gank mid or bot, If you have enough Hp go ahead and clear Blue side too since it is way easier than red side.

Benefits: With this route you get by far the best experience. You can even be lvl 3 in 3-4 mins. Great route for 3 lvl gankers like Shaco,Xin Zhao, Lee Sin etc.

Down Sides: This route have many mob spawns and if you dont have any aoe skills it is really hard to do it. It is time consuming but great on gaining exp.

How to be a Better Jungler:

As a jungler your most important job is being awere of map! Means you gotta keep track of enemy cooldowns (flash/ulti/TP) You gotta know when Dragon/Baron Spawns ( Easy with new patch you always see the cooldown but you gotta remind your teammates when Dragon or Baron will spawn cause they are busy with dealing farming/enemy harrass/ jungler ganks)

Always ping as soon as you decided to gank a lane. If you pinged a lane to gank dont try to abandon it unless you see a good opportunitiy.

Always buy pink ward and place it between top and mid. (yes that is your job!) So your top and mid laner might save themselves from 1-2 enemy jungler ganks which is good for you. Enemy jungler will lose time and buy sweeper (if you want to Counter Jungle) Always try to smite Birds for the vision buff and clear the wards around the map

Always choose a jungle path which gives you gank opportunities faster. For example: If you feel like enemy top laner will push ( Riven, Irelia, Vlad always pushes lanes :) ) then start with wolves go for gromp then take blue and you can good to gank top lane when it is pushed. But if you start gromp then go blue then you try to kill wolves you lose time to walk back to top lane.

Be efficient with you time. Do not waste time walking mid lane if your mid lane is pushed. Go farm mobs when all lanes are pushed. Also ganking top lane is always tricky after lvl 6 , DO not camp top unless you see neemy jungler close to their top lane, cause if you camp top enemy jungler can easily take drag.

Try to help lanes that has disadvantage in lane (Irelia vs Ryze/Vlad) ranged vs melee match ups are tough. So help your poor Irelia :) Dont forget that your team as strong as your weakest lane.

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depends on how fast you attack in most cases. So you have to put alot o attack speed runes to your rune page. In my runes I have scaling and normal magic resist runes. If enemy dont have any ap champions you should definately change those with scaling or normal ap runes. The more ap the more hp you gain on every 3rd attack and when you combine it with guinsoo you lifesteal alot. Less ap on xin zhao does alot of difference but full ap/as build is kinda weak vs cc and ignite.


Greater Mark of Attack Speed

Greater Mark of Critical Chance

Greater Seal of Armor

Greater Glyph of Magic Resist

Greater Glyph of Scaling Magic Resist

Greater Quintessence of Attack Speed

Greater Quintessence of Attack Damage

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Masteries designed to increase the dps. As a Xin Zhao player you have to seek for 1v1 skirmishes. Invade enemy jungle if enemy dont have your counter and always seek for a split pusher adc/apc (Every team has one). After you buy Guinsoo and some lifesteal you can solo dragon and duo baron. Use this power wise. In the video below you can see the examples of it.

You can use 3 mastery tree aswell. Depending on your play style

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Xin Zhao is one of the most played champions. So every single player has an opinion about how to build him. My items may seem odd to you guys but try it along with the masteries and runes. You will notice the difference during the game. It is kinda hybrid build contains as/ad/ap(from guinsoo) so you cover all the bases. Always build to counter your opponents you cant buy same items in every game.
If enemy team has 2-3 Tanks buy Lord Dominik's Regards
If enemy team has heavy ap buy Maw of Malmortius
If enemy team builds heavy armor buy The Black Cleaver
If enemy team has many melee champions buy Ravenous Hydra
IF enemy dont have any ignite summoner spells buy Spirit Visage
If you feel like enemy focusing you alot buy Guardian Angel

Be wise and win the game easily. :)

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Skill Sequence

As a jungler we have the advantage of smite. Since Xin Zhao is nat that mobile after an engage I always prefer Blue Jungle Smite. So my skill sequence is :

(e) > > q-w > aa > aa > aa > (aa as much as you can to cced enemy) > smite > e > q > aa...

Keep doing this until your enemy dies. In most cases you dont even need the second e after smite. In late gmae you may need it in 1v1 fights.

In teamfights you need to change your skill sequence a bit. Isolating a key enemy is important so your job is :

In hard teamfights away from your turret: use (e) on (ap/adc) q-w and hard engage on him and if enemy starts to focus you just move 1-2 steps to them and use your (r) to isolate the guy you are attacking. Remember that you shouldnt dps anybody but the one you focus so you can throw their entire team back except the one you are focusing.

In Teamfights near your turret: Pick an enemy support tank or jungler or whoever is behind their adc apc or offtank use your (e) or sometimes flash (e) to that person and do not waste your time and press your (r). By doin that you seperate their team into half and with some luck weak half of their team will be in your turret range. Easy to focus em with your full team while they are trying to reach back to range.

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Play Xin Zhao as an assasin in early levels. You can almost outduel anybody in first 3 levels. So do not hesitate to gank mid and top lane alot. Since you have great sustain dont mind the hp loss. You can simply hit crab and get to full hp easily even in first 3 levels.

Play Xin Zhao as a hard engager in mid game and always seek for split pushers. With right itemization you can even down tankiest enemy split pushers in 1v1.

In late game always seek for the week enemy and use your ultimate to seperate enemy team. Create chaos and let your team do the job. Always keep focusing adc/apc unless your adc is under heavy fire :)

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Ranked Play

I can talk hours about it but seeing with your own eyes would be better :)

This is a Euw Plat Elo Game vs Heavy CC on enemy team. So you can see the worst case scenario.

You can also watch my full normal game video for a better case scenario :

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Pros / Cons


- Moderate Jungle Clear Speed but has alot of sustain
- Early ganks are strong since you dont run out of mana or hp cause of your sustain
- Guinsoo build fools enemies alot
- Good on early and mid game 1v1 match ups
- Can solo drag and duo Baron easily during game

- Weak vs CC
- Weak vs ap champs with ignite and cc (Syndra, Vlad etc)
- In late game depends on teammates alot.
- Gets focused alot after mid game (due to harch ganks on early mid game )

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If you want to learn efficient ways to jungle with Xin Zhao Then please watch this video. In this video you can find both jungle side starts with extra information.

Red Side Start: I personally try to start from red side no matter what.
Route Golems(smite)->Birds (kill small ones first)->Crab (for sustain/cooldowns)->Red Buff (smite)->gank mid/bot lane

Benefits: With golem start you get stun buff for every 5 attacks which is great for AS junglers. After you get red buff ganks will be easier and easier to force your enemies to flash. Red Side Start allows you to punish early agressive enemy bot laners (almost none of them wards river in first 4 mins)

Down Sides: If you are mana based champion like Fiddlesticks you have to return base, If you have no aoe damage it takes slightly more time than clearing Blue side jungle.

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The End / Update Notes

Hope you like my guide for Xin Zhao. Please feel free to share your experiences with Xin Zhao also please inform me on comment section. If you have any idea to improve this guide leave a comment.

Have Fun on your games!

You can also contact me via my youtube: My Youtube Page

Update Notes:

- 07.02.2016 - Added Jungle Routes Video for Blue Side and Red Side Starts.
- 08.02.2016 - Added Update Section
- 21.07.2016 - Updated some sections.