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Zed Build Guides, Runes and Items

Zed the Master of Shadows

Find the best Zed build guides for League of Legends S12 Patch 12.15. The MOBAFire community works hard to keep their LoL builds and guides updated, and will help you craft the best Zed build for the S12 meta. Learn more about Zed's abilities, skins, or even ask your own questions to the community!

Season 12 Guides // Patch 12.15 & Patch 12.14
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LoL Champion Zed Build Guide
LoL Champion Zed Build Guide

[12.15] Max-Depth Master Zed Guide

Guide by CashLOL updated August 10, 2022
  • In-depth
9.5
239
Votes
33
LoL Champion Zed Build Guide
LoL Champion Zed Build Guide

[12.14] Zethal's Zed Guide | Detailed Laning Phase + Late Game

Guide by Zethal_Na updated August 4, 2022
  • In-depth
9.2
408
Votes
19
LoL Champion Zed Build Guide
LoL Champion Zed Build Guide

[10.19] Zed + Matchups

Guide by Yuki H. updated July 29, 2022
  • In-depth
8.9
80
Votes
7
LoL Champion Zed Build Guide
LoL Champion Zed Build Guide

[12.14] In-Depth Zed Build + Matchups + Jungle

Guide by Zed Marked updated July 28, 2022
  • In-depth
8.1
6
Votes
0
LoL Champion Zed Build Guide
LoL Champion Zed Build Guide

[Season 12] Mid Zed | Builds and Runes

Guide by DabiDabi updated August 10, 2022
Season 12 Builds // Patch 12.15 & Patch 12.14
New Guide
LoL Champion Zed Build Guide
LoL Champion Zed Build Guide

Infamous Turkish Zed Build

Build by SilentSkull updated July 28, 2022
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Zed Build Guide
LoL Champion Zed Build Guide

zed

Build by chlebson updated August 8, 2022
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Zed Build Guide
LoL Champion Zed Build Guide

S12 First stirke MID ZED

Build by wtvrkyuu-_ updated July 27, 2022
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Zed Build Guide
LoL Champion Zed Build Guide

S12 Caster Duskblade MID ZED

Build by wtvrkyuu-_ updated July 27, 2022
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Zed Build Guide
LoL Champion Zed Build Guide

OTP ZED GUİDE

Build by JSS Brave updated August 11, 2022
New Guide
LoL Champion Zed Build Guide
LoL Champion Zed Build Guide

Zed

Build by The.Darc updated August 7, 2022
  • Off-Meta
New Guide
LoL Champion Zed Build Guide
LoL Champion Zed Build Guide

zed

Build by Guest updated August 6, 2022
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Zed Build Guide
LoL Champion Zed Build Guide

S12 Onzed's W 2nd max CONQ MID ZED Build (korean meta)

Build by wtvrkyuu-_ updated July 27, 2022
Rating Pending
LoL Champion Zed Build Guide
LoL Champion Zed Build Guide

S12 Post-durability CONQ MID ZED build (advanced)

Build by wtvrkyuu-_ updated July 27, 2022
Season 12 Guides // Other Patches
9.2
169
Votes
15
LoL Champion Zed Build Guide
LoL Champion Zed Build Guide

Zed Oneshot Guide DIA+ [S12.1 Updated! [In Depth Builds]

Guide by VyoS updated January 22, 2022
8.9
45
Votes
5
LoL Champion Zed Build Guide
LoL Champion Zed Build Guide

[12.2] Bundif's beginner friendly SEASON 12 Zed guide

Guide by Bundif updated January 21, 2022
  • In-depth
8.8
25
Votes
4
LoL Champion Zed Build Guide
LoL Champion Zed Build Guide

BZ S12 Zed Guide [S10 Rank 1 Zed EUW] [S11 900+LP PEAK CHAL

Guide by PROJECT BZ updated February 16, 2022
  • In-depth
7.7
52
Votes
11
LoL Champion Zed Build Guide
LoL Champion Zed Build Guide

[Patch 12.12b - updated] [Master] Free Elo Zed Mid Guide

Guide by FrostbiteMW updated July 2, 2022
7.7
34
Votes
9
LoL Champion Zed Build Guide
LoL Champion Zed Build Guide

Everything You Need To Know About Zed 70%WR!

Guide by MikeVix updated April 8, 2022
7.3
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2
LoL Champion Zed Build Guide
LoL Champion Zed Build Guide

Lapdog's Guide To Pleb - Master of Kage Bunshin no Jutsu

Guide by TismoTheTilted updated April 20, 2022
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Zed Build & Runes

If you're looking for the best rune build for Zed we've got you covered. Below you can find the best items and runes to build for Zed, as determined by calculations of thousands of Plat+ League of Legends games. If you are already familiar with how to play Zed this is a great resource to quickly get a good rune selection for Patch 12.15. However, if you are a new Zed player we highly recommend reading through some of the guides above to learn why this build is strong on Zed!

Patch 12.14: 438954 matches scanned * Each section of the build is rated independently of the others

Zed's Runes

Zed's Best Runes 48%

Win Rate 14094 Games

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Domination
LoL Path: Domination
LoL Rune: Electrocute
Electrocute
LoL Rune: Taste of Blood
Taste of Blood
LoL Rune: Eyeball Collection
Eyeball Collection
LoL Rune: Ultimate Hunter
Ultimate Hunter

Sorcery
LoL Path: Sorcery
LoL Rune: Transcendence
Transcendence
LoL Rune: Scorch
Scorch

Second Best

Zed's 2nd Best Runes 50%

Win Rate 4574 Games

Domination
LoL Path: Domination
LoL Rune: Electrocute
Electrocute
LoL Rune: Taste of Blood
Taste of Blood
LoL Rune: Eyeball Collection
Eyeball Collection
LoL Rune: Ultimate Hunter
Ultimate Hunter

Sorcery
LoL Path: Sorcery
LoL Rune: Transcendence
Transcendence
LoL Rune: Scorch
Scorch

Third Best

Zed's 3rd Best Runes 49%

Win Rate 1557 Games

Domination
LoL Path: Domination
LoL Rune: Electrocute
Electrocute
LoL Rune: Sudden Impact
Sudden Impact
LoL Rune: Eyeball Collection
Eyeball Collection
LoL Rune: Ultimate Hunter
Ultimate Hunter

Sorcery
LoL Path: Sorcery
LoL Rune: Transcendence
Transcendence
LoL Rune: Scorch
Scorch

Zed's Summoner Spells

Zed's Best Summoner Spells 49%

Win Rate 69087 Games

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  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Zed's 2nd Best Summoner Spells 53%

Win Rate 88 Games

Cleanse Flash

Third Best

Zed's 3rd Best Summoner Spells 48%

Win Rate 54 Games

Flash Heal

Zed's Starters

Zed's Best Starter Items 49%

Win Rate 27366 Games

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  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Zed's 2nd Best Starter Items 49%

Win Rate 34076 Games

Long Sword Refillable Potion

Third Best

Zed's 3rd Best Starter Items 48%

Win Rate 2497 Games

Doran's Blade Health Potion

Trinket

Zed's Best Trinket 52%

Win Rate 29678 Games

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  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Zed's 2nd Best Trinket 47%

Win Rate 33359 Games

Stealth Ward

Third Best

Zed's 3rd Best Trinket 48%

Win Rate 6664 Games

Farsight Alteration
Don’t forget
to Buy Wards
Patch 12.14: 438954 matches scanned * Each section of the build is rated independently of the others

Zed's Runes

Zed's Best Runes 46%

Win Rate 2399 Games

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Inspiration
LoL Path: Inspiration
LoL Rune: First Strike
First Strike
LoL Rune: Magical Footwear
Magical Footwear
LoL Rune: Future's Market
Future's Market
LoL Rune: Cosmic Insight
Cosmic Insight

Domination
LoL Path: Domination
LoL Rune: Treasure Hunter
Treasure Hunter
LoL Rune: Eyeball Collection
Eyeball Collection

Second Best

Zed's 2nd Best Runes 48%

Win Rate 878 Games

Inspiration
LoL Path: Inspiration
LoL Rune: First Strike
First Strike
LoL Rune: Magical Footwear
Magical Footwear
LoL Rune: Future's Market
Future's Market
LoL Rune: Cosmic Insight
Cosmic Insight

Domination
LoL Path: Domination
LoL Rune: Ultimate Hunter
Ultimate Hunter
LoL Rune: Eyeball Collection
Eyeball Collection

Third Best

Zed's 3rd Best Runes 53%

Win Rate 55 Games

Inspiration
LoL Path: Inspiration
LoL Rune: First Strike
First Strike
LoL Rune: Magical Footwear
Magical Footwear
LoL Rune: Future's Market
Future's Market
LoL Rune: Cosmic Insight
Cosmic Insight

Precision
LoL Path: Precision
LoL Rune: Presence of Mind
Presence of Mind
LoL Rune: Coup de Grace
Coup de Grace

Zed's Summoner Spells

Zed's Best Summoner Spells 47%

Win Rate 14483 Games

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  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Zed's 2nd Best Summoner Spells 53%

Win Rate 618 Games

Flash Ignite

Third Best

Zed's 3rd Best Summoner Spells 46%

Win Rate 643 Games

Smite Ignite

Zed's Starters

Zed's Best Starter Items 46%

Win Rate 6098 Games

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Trinket

Zed's Best Trinket 48%

Win Rate 11925 Games

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Second Best

Zed's 2nd Best Trinket 45%

Win Rate 3388 Games

Stealth Ward

Third Best

Zed's 3rd Best Trinket 41%

Win Rate 436 Games

Farsight Alteration
Don’t forget
to Buy Wards
Patch 12.14: 438954 matches scanned * Each section of the build is rated independently of the others

Zed's Runes

Zed's Best Runes 54%

Win Rate 711 Games

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Domination
LoL Path: Domination
LoL Rune: Electrocute
Electrocute
LoL Rune: Taste of Blood
Taste of Blood
LoL Rune: Eyeball Collection
Eyeball Collection
LoL Rune: Ultimate Hunter
Ultimate Hunter

Sorcery
LoL Path: Sorcery
LoL Rune: Transcendence
Transcendence
LoL Rune: Scorch
Scorch

Second Best

Zed's 2nd Best Runes 56%

Win Rate 54 Games

Domination
LoL Path: Domination
LoL Rune: Electrocute
Electrocute
LoL Rune: Taste of Blood
Taste of Blood
LoL Rune: Eyeball Collection
Eyeball Collection
LoL Rune: Ultimate Hunter
Ultimate Hunter

Sorcery
LoL Path: Sorcery
LoL Rune: Transcendence
Transcendence
LoL Rune: Gathering Storm
Gathering Storm

Third Best

Zed's 3rd Best Runes 55%

Win Rate 73 Games

Domination
LoL Path: Domination
LoL Rune: Electrocute
Electrocute
LoL Rune: Sudden Impact
Sudden Impact
LoL Rune: Eyeball Collection
Eyeball Collection
LoL Rune: Ultimate Hunter
Ultimate Hunter

Sorcery
LoL Path: Sorcery
LoL Rune: Transcendence
Transcendence
LoL Rune: Scorch
Scorch

Zed's Summoner Spells

Zed's Best Summoner Spells 53%

Win Rate 5077 Games

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  • 2

Second Best

Zed's 2nd Best Summoner Spells 44%

Win Rate 160 Games

Flash Teleport

Zed's Starters

Zed's Best Starter Items 54%

Win Rate 2324 Games

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  • 2

Trinket

Zed's Best Trinket 56%

Win Rate 2247 Games

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  • 2
  • 3

Second Best

Zed's 2nd Best Trinket 50%

Win Rate 2584 Games

Stealth Ward

Third Best

Zed's 3rd Best Trinket 52%

Win Rate 511 Games

Farsight Alteration
Don’t forget
to Buy Wards

Zed Counters

Learn 's counters and discover matchups where they have an advantage! When you're starting a game of League of Legends you should always keep in mind if you'll be at an advantage or disadvantage against your opponent, so you can know whether to bully them or play safe. You can find detailed breakdowns of each matchup on CounterStats, and you can also check out some Zed guides to see how to build and play against other champions you may find yourself up against!


This counter data is for Zed Mid in Plat+ games. The percent shown is the enemy champion's counter rating against Zed. Counter rating is our own statistic that factors in counter kills, overall kills, early lead ratio, comeback ratio, and win percent to give the whole picture of that champion's effectiveness as a counter pick.

Zed Skins

Zed's Abilities

Zed's Contempt for the Weak
Contempt for the Weak Zed's Passive Zed's Passive
Self
Zed's Passive
Zed's Passive
Whenever Zed attacks an enemy below 50% health, he deals an additional 6 / 8 / 10% of the target's max health as magic damage. Enemy champions can only be hit once every 10 seconds.
Q
Zed's Razor Shuriken
Razor Shuriken Zed's Q Ability
925
75 / 70 / 65 / 60 / 55
6
Zed and his Shadows throw their shurikens, each dealing 80 / 115 / 150 / 185 / 220 (+1.1 per bonus attack damage) physical damage to the first enemy they pass through, and 48 / 69 / 90 / 111 / 132 (+0.66 per bonus attack damage) physical damage to each additional enemy.
W
Zed's Living Shadow
Living Shadow Zed's W Ability
650
40 / 35 / 30 / 25 / 20
20 / 18.5 / 17 / 15.5 / 14
Passive: Zed gains 30 / 35 / 40 / 45 / 50 energy whenever he and his shadows strike an enemy with the same ability. Energy can only be gained once per cast ability.

Active: Zed's shadow dashes forward, remaining in place for a few seconds. Reactivating Living Shadow will cause Zed to switch positions with this shadow.
E
Zed's Shadow Slash
Shadow Slash Zed's E Ability
315
50
5 / 4.5 / 4 / 3.5 / 3
Zed and his Shadows slash, dealing 70 / 90 / 110 / 130 / 150 (+0.65 per bonus attack damage) physical damage to nearby enemies.

Each enemy champion hit by Zed's slash reduces Living Shadow's cooldown by 2 seconds.

Enemies hit by a Shadow's slash are slowed by 20 / 25 / 30 / 35 / 40% for 1.5 seconds. Enemies hit by multiple slashes take no additional damage but the slow is increased by 50% instead.
R
Zed's Death Mark
Death Mark Zed's Ultimate (R) Ability
625
0
120 / 100 / 80 / 80 / 80
Zed becomes untargetable and dashes to an enemy champion, marking them. After 3 seconds, the mark triggers, dealing 65% attack damage as physical damage and repeating 25 / 40 / 55% of all damage dealt to the target by Zed while the mark was active.

The dash leaves a Shadow behind for 9 seconds. Zed can recast this ability to switch positions with this Shadow.

Questions About Zed

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Is Zed a hard champion?

Zed is a hard champion? or not?

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Halloween skins coming back?

Hi guys! I'm a Katarina main and the only skin that I dont have is Kitty Cat, so yeah i want to buy it. The thing is that this skin is a Legacy one so i can't buy it from the shop right now. I've searched in the internet and found that is part of...

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Zed runes vs different mid laners?

hello, I would want to know how to change my runes according to the enemy mid laner.

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Zed's ult

How to stack Zed's ult

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How to MAster ZED ???

WEll iam lvl 6 Zed 90k MP i want to main zed how do i get s or s+ with zed??and combos mechanics??

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Who is better in general, Aurelion Sol or Zed?

Generally

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How can I improve my Zed Mechanics?

I love Zed's Kit and want to main him pretty hard, except whenever it comes to ranked im too afraid to pick zed (because I feel like my skills won't be enough) What can I do to improve?

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how to make zed.yasuo dance and laugh etc....

:D

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zed vs adc mid ... what can be done to make zed win ?!

i can't take it .... it's just unfair ! every time they got zed on mid ( my team ) we face an adc who just wins easily ... what can we do as a solution for this move ... and sometimes we just don't get the enough time to make zed stands on his...

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What is the best Zed Skin ?

Is it Shockblade Zed,Project Zed, or Championship Zed?

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[Help!] Blacklisted Text That Wasn't There Previously

Hello, I'm the creator of Evanave's In-Depth Guide on Zed, and recently I've run into this error message "Error: Your guide contains blacklisted text." Which is sort of weird since I was obviously able to change and publish previously....

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Where's my guide ?

Yesterday I made a guide for Zed. I published it and saved it and when I go to Builds and Guides-Newest Guides-Zed my guide isn't there ?? What I need to do for other people to see it. Guide name is Better Nerf Zed [S6]

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I made a guide and I cannot see it

I made a zed build called, "RedMercy's zed build NOT MY BUILD" (I got it from a youtuber) I can't find it. I also Favorited it

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Cunning or Resolve for AD assasins?

On all these ad assassins would cunning or resolve be a better choice for your 12 points after putting 18 in ferocity (I don't think you ever take anything but 18 in that tree with these champions although tell me if you would) but I'm not sure if...

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How do you win against Zed?

Hello, I've been playing against a few Zed's midlane, but I can't win against them, starting in early game. What do you recommend me to do against Zed? What champion is a good, a bit save, option against him? And how do you play against him in...

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