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Xerath Statistics for Nvo1

Author's performance with Xerath compared to the ranked average.

Value
Average
Games Played
1,068
4
Win %
54
47
Kills
6.8
6.1
Assists
8.0
8.7
Deaths
3.2
5.8
KA:D Ratio
4.6
2.5
Gold Earned
12.3K
10.9K
Creep Score
180.5
145.9
Average
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Summoner Spells Back to Top

4.png Flash is a must have summoner spell for almost any champion, can also be used while casting [Q] + Flash is a nice way to finish low health enemy.
            
        
21.png Barrier is best counter vs any incoming damage abilities. Xeraths best defence is hes range, but if enemy gets to close, barrier + [E] Stun can help you survive long enough for your tower or team to finish and push back incoming enemy.

With Flash and Barrier combo you can survive almost any early game jungler ganks and it's the best counter vs Ignite.


New Runes Back to Top

Masteries Back to Top

As far as masteries go, you can't really go wrong, there are three choices: Attack damage, Magic damage or Defence. 


As Xerath you want maximum damage possible, i sometimes switch between Thunderlord's Decree and Deathfire Touch just to test them out and both do fine job. 

Thunderlord's will give you pretty strong extra damage that can make a difference between winning or losing early trades.

But Xerath has a weak early game and i don't really go all out very often, if you fail you have no escape. 

Instead i like to play safe and wait until my pokes will be overwhelming to the enemy, then i start picking them apart and that's where Deathfire Touch comes to play.

Thunderlord's Decree will not proc with one [Q] shot but Deathfire Touch is always on and i think over all it will do more damage.

If i do go with Deathfire Touch i will buy Liandry's Torment 3151.png  now you have two Dots.

I made a video back in pre-season 6 about Xerath masteries if you wan't to find out more:

 

Abilities Back to Top

Q
E
W
Q
Q
R
Q
W
Q
W
R
W
W
E
E
R
E
E
Passive
Q
1
4
5
7
9
W
3
8
10
12
13
E
2
14
15
17
18
R
6
11
16

Skill Pick Order: [R] > [Q] > [W] > [E]

All abilities are skills shots.

Some of my favorite Combos:

1. [E] Stun + [W]  + [Q] + Auto attack or move back (W and Q can be used at the same time)

2. [W] Slow + [R]  ( and Q if target is still alive and in range)


I start pretty much every game same skill order, unless we are invading enemy team before minions spawn, then i sometimes pick xerathmagechains.png [E] Shocking Orb first.

xerathpassive.png Mana Surge

Xerath's passive ability which gives back mana 30 - 195 (based on level)  
Against enemy champions mana amount is doubled 60 - 390 (based on level)

You always want to keep this on cooldown, especially early game. Priority is always hitting enemy champion if you can, but don't risk taking any damage because of this. Next best is minions go to jungle if there are no minions near by and set it on cooldown unless you are already full mana.

xeratharcanopulse.png Arcanopulse [Q]

Xerath fires a beam of energy in a line that deals magic damage to all enemies hit, channels for up to 3 seconds, increasing range over 1.5 seconds, can move while channeling, but he gradually slows himself, if cancels half of mana is refunded
Can cast and use flash at the same time for extra range to finish low health enemy.
Yasuo windshield will not block this attack.

xerathlocusofpower.pngEye of Destruction [W]

Xerath calls down a blast of arcane energy dealing magic damage to all enemies within and slowing them for 2.5 seconds. Enemies in the center of the blast take 50% increased damage and are slowed by a greater amount.

Best to use after stun for maximum damage or before using [R] slowed targets are easier to hit, also very good escaping ability for running away from enemy teams. 

xerathmagechains.pngShocking Orb [E] 

Xerath fires an orb target direction, dealing magic damage to the first enemy hit and stunning them for 0.75-1.75 seconds, based on the distance the orb traveled.

If you plan attacking enemy with an [E] be sure that [Q] and [W] are not in cooldown unless you are just defending and trying to stay alive. [E] + [Q] + [W] combo is the best burst you can make and it can even kill half tanky champions late game. From level 3 on always look for this combo to land and you will be on your way to victory. 

Be ready to get jumped by enemy if you miss the stun, stay near tower .

xeratharcanebarragewrapper.pngRite of the Arcane [R]
Xerath anchors himself to his current location for up to 10 seconds and gets three long range attacks, cannot cast other abilities at that time. 

Best time to use [R] is against ground controlled enemy, fleeing enemy or if enemy chases your team.

[R] is pretty hard to land, but using Rylai's Crystal Scepter3116.png will make it much easier to land once you have slowed the enemy with first shot.

[W] + [R] is another good combo i sometimes use, slow just makes so much easier to land your [R].

Enemy team can see your location when you use [R].


Items Back to Top

Starting Items

    First items
    needlessly large rod Rush
    Early Goals

Core Items

    Core Items
    End Build

Situational Items

    Items vs AD or if you have different runes

Starting Items


1056.png + 2003.png


---------- Early Game ----------

1058.png + 3113.png  or  1058.png + 3191.png


---------- Mid Game ----------


3285.png + 1311.png + 3151.png  or  3157.png + 3285.png  + 1311.png 



 ---------- Late Game ----------


3285.png + 1311.png +  3151.png +  3089.png + 3135.png + ( 3174.png or3165.png )


or


3157.png + 3285.png  + 1311.png  + 3089.png + 3135.png  + ( 3174.png or3165.png )



This is probably my most common build atm: 

3285.png + 1311.png +  3151.png +  3089.png + 3135.png +  ( 3174.png or3165.png )


vs AD mid:

3157.png + 3285.png  + 1311.png  + 3089.png + 3135.png +  ( 3174.png or3165.png )



238.png 91.png 105.png vs Start with 3157.png or 3116.png  as first item, focus on minions to get the maximum amount of gold.

16.png 36.png 50.png if any of these champions are in game, i take 3165.png  Morellonomicon as my first or second item.

Matchups Back to Top

Click on a champion below to see the author's notes on that particular matchup.

  • Akali
    Easy
  • Alistar
    Hard
  • Anivia
    Medium
  • Annie
    Easy
  • Brand
    Easy
  • Cassiopeia
    Medium
  • Cho'Gath
    Hard
  • Diana
    Easy
  • Ekko
    Medium
  • Ezreal
    Easy
  • Fizz
    Hard
  • Galio
    Medium
  • Gangplank
    Easy
  • Heimerdinger
    Medium
  • Karma
    Medium
  • Karthus
    Easy
  • Kassadin
    Hard
  • Katarina
    Medium
  • Kayle
    Medium
  • Kennen
    Easy
  • Kog'Maw
    Medium
  • LeBlanc
    Medium
  • Lissandra
    Easy
  • Lulu
    Easy
  • Lux
    Medium
  • Malphite
    Hard
  • Malzahar
    Easy
  • Morgana
    Easy
  • Nidalee
    Easy
  • Orianna
    Easy
  • Swain
    Hard
  • Syndra
    Medium
  • Talon
    Medium
  • Twisted Fate
    Easy
  • Varus
    Easy
  • Veigar
    Easy
  • Vel'Koz
    Medium
  • Viktor
    Medium
  • Yasuo
    Medium
  • Zed
    Medium
  • Ziggs
    Easy
  • Zyra
    Easy

VS

Akali

Easy

Akali is very easy before lvl 6, always look for stun E + W + Q combination on her and then move back if you don't get the stun, then just poke with Q .


Once she hits lvl 6 keep you distance only poke with your Q or if you get good stun use E + W + Q. Soon as you get 3285.png few pokes with Q and you can finish her with R.

VS

Alistar

Hard

AP Alistar is hard to kill alone and he can pullrush you untill you are dead, your pokes will not do enough damage early game and he will out heal you, it depends on player but for someone who is maining Alistar you will probably need jungler help.


Always look for stun E + W + Q combination on him and then move back if you don't get the stun, then focus on minions don't poke him to the point were you are out of mana, he will out heal your damage early game.



VS

Anivia

Medium

As long as u can avoid Anivias Flash Frost Stun you should be alright. Always look for stun E + W + Q combination on her and then move back if you don't get the stun, then just poke with Q .


VS

Annie

Easy

Annie should be pretty easy to beat she has low range spells, keep your distance all the time, be aware of her stun and level.


Always look for stun E + W + Q combination on her and then move back if you don't get the stun, then just poke with Q .

Once she hits lvl 6, she might even dive you under tower. Late game she should be only able to kill you with flash R.

VS

Brand

Easy

Brand to me is probably one of the easiest mid champions to play against with. If you can dodge hes W and get him low enough with Q i don't see why you should not be able to kill him before level 6.


 Always look for stun E + W + Q combination on him and then move back if you don't get the stun, then just poke with Q . Soon as you get 3285.png few pokes with Q and you can finish him with R.

VS

Cassiopeia

Medium

Keep you distance at all times, once she hits you with poison you better run, she can easily kill you at lvl 2 and forward. 


Always look for stun E + W + Q combination on her and then move back if you don't get the stun, then just poke with Q . Soon as you get 3285.png few pokes with Q and you can finish him with R.

VS

Cho'Gath

Hard

Cho'Gath is another hard one to face, at lvl 6 he can Q + W + R one shot you easily. Avoid hes Rupture [Q] at all costs. 


Always look for stun E + W + Q combination on him and then move back if you don't get the stun, then just poke with Q .

VS

Diana

Easy

Diana is pretty easy if you can avoid her Q. Once she hits lvl 6 you better avoid that Q or die. Always look for stun E + W + Q combination on her and then move back if you don't get the stun, then just poke with Q . Soon as you get 3285.png few pokes with Q and you can finish him with R.

VS

Ekko

Medium

Ekko can be tricky one, try to get as much pokes on him while avoiding hes abilities. Lvl 6 he can dive you under tower be careful. 


Ekkos ommon playstyle is, hes trying to ambush you in bush, if you get to far away from tower your pretty much dead.

Always look for stun E + W + Q combination on him and then move back if you don't get the stun, then just poke with Q . Soon as you get 3285.png few pokes with Q and you can finish him with R.

VS

Ezreal

Easy

Ezreal is one of the easy ones if you ever see him mid. Try to poke him on every opportunity, dodge hes abilities and you should be fine. 


Always look for stun E + W + Q combination on him and then move back if you don't get the stun, then just poke with Q . Soon as you get 3285.png few pokes with Q and you can finish him with R.

VS

Fizz

Hard

Good Fizz player is pretty hard vs Xerath, there are couple of ways you can beat him. Start with 3157.png

good counter vs hes R. Keep you distance from lvl 1, once he uses Q (Urchin Strike) he will most likely jump over you stun, try to time it well.

Once you hit lvl 6, wait for him to jump over one of you Q pokes, then use W + R .

Point here is to use your ultimate first even if you don't kill him because once he jumps you with R (Chum the Water) you will most likely die. At least this way you can get him low enough to force him back or even kill with pokes if he decides to stay.


VS

Galio

Medium

Galio is hard to kill but it should not be hard to play against with,  if you can avoid hes abilities it's should be easy. Hes melee you can auto attack him if he gets to close. 


Always look for stun E + W + Q combination on him and then move back if you don't get the stun, then just focus on minions don't poke your self out of mana.

VS

Gangplank

Easy

Gangplank is pretty easy, you have way longer range thank him. Avoid hes barrels E(Powder Keg) and keep you distance. Always look for stun E + W + Q combination on him and then move back if you don't get the stun, then just poke with Q . Soon as you get 3285.png few pokes with Q and you can finish him with R.

VS

Heimerdinger

Medium

Heimerdinger is pretty rare in mid, but can be dangerous. Avoid hes cannons and long range pokes. He will most likely out push your minions. So save you mana on killing minions. 


Always look for stun E + W + Q combination on him and then move back if you don't get the stun, then just poke with Q . Soon as you get 3285.png few pokes with Q and you can finish him with R.

VS

Karma

Medium

Karma is also pretty rare in mid, but she can burst you down very easily. Don't be foold of her low health she has strong self heal and can finish you off with half 


Always look for stun E + W + Q combination on her and then move back if you don't get the stun, then just poke with Q . Soon as you get 3285.png few pokes with Q and you can finish him with R.

VS

Karthus

Easy

Avoid hes constant [Q] Lay Waste it costs low mana and has 1 sec cooldown, other than that you should be fine. Keep your distance and play safe.


Always look for stun E + W + Q combination on him and then move back if you don't get the stun, then just poke with Q . Soon as you get 3285.png few pokes with Q and you can finish him with R.

VS

Kassadin

Hard

Kassadin is one of the hardest counters, your best shot against him is early game. When he uses [Q] Null Sphere always wait for the self shield to run out before you do damage. 


He has melee range, so you should attack him with you auto attack pretty often. When he gets lvl 6 better stay near tower and play safe. 

Always look for stun E + W + Q combination on him and then move back if you don't get the stun, then just poke with Q . 


VS

Katarina

Medium

Katarina is weak in early game, they commonly start with boots and 4 x botions. It take a while to burn through all that healing but it is worth it, you must pressure her.


When you play safe and keep distance, they usually start roaming and ganking other lanes soones lvl 6 hits. 

She is pretty easy to kill, but can kill your whole team just as ease late game. Save you stun for katarina [R] Death Lotus.

 Always look for stun E + W + Q combination on Her and then move back if you don't get the stun, then just poke with Q . Soon as you get 3285.png few pokes with Q and you can finish him with R.

VS

Kayle

Medium

VS Kayle stay near your tower, if she slows you with [Q] Reckoning and you are to far away from tower, your pretty much dead.


 She has some self heal and movment speed, nothing crazy. With her ultimate she can dive you under tower and finish you off, if you are at to low health.

Always look for stun E + W + Q combination on Her and then move back if you don't get the stun, then just poke with Q . Soon as you get 3285.png few pokes with Q and you can finish him with R or atleast force her to use [R] Intervention

VS

Kennen

Easy

Keep you distance vs Kennen, poke when ever possible, be aware of hes [E] Lighting Rush and he can close distance very quickly and finish you off.


Always look for stun E + W + Q combination on him and then move back if you don't get the stun, then just poke with Q . Soon as you get 3285.png few pokes with Q and you can finish him with R.

VS

Kog'Maw

Medium

Kog'Maw can be a headache, hes [E]Void Ooze is long range and very fast, hard to dodge. He can poke with that until you are low enough and even finish you off.


Always look for stun E + W + Q combination on him and then move back if you don't get the stun, then just poke with Q . Soon as you get 3285.png few pokes with Q and you can finish him with R.

VS

LeBlanc

Medium

LeBlanc use to be hard for me, but i just started playing safe and keeping constant pokes on her. She is pretty easy to kill, try to move all the time look for that stun on her.


Always look for stun E + W + Q combination on her and then move back if you don't get the stun, then just poke with Q . Soon as you get 3285.png few pokes with Q and you can finish him with R.

VS

Lissandra

Easy

Lissandra should be easy, play safe dodge her [Q] Ice Shard and poke her with your Q.


Always look for stun E + W + Q combination on her and then move back if you don't get the stun, then just poke with Q . Soon as you get 3285.png few pokes with Q and you can finish him with R.

VS

Lulu

Easy

If you can dodge her [Q] GLitterlance it should be walk in the park. Shes hard to kill because of her shields later on but nothing overwhelming.


Always look for stun E + W + Q combination on her and then move back if you don't get the stun, then just poke with Q . Soon as you get 3285.png few pokes with Q and you can finish him with R.

VS

Lux

Medium

Lux can be pretty even mach, her [E] Lucent Singularity is hard to dodge if you are to close to her. Once she gets lvl 6 be very careful, she can burst you down if you get caught in [Q] light Binding.


Save you barrier for her ultimate just in case you can't dodge it.

Always look for stun E + W + Q combination on her and then move back if you don't get the stun, then just poke with Q . Soon as you get 3285.png few pokes with Q and you can finish him with R.

VS

Malphite

Hard

Against good AP Malphite is not fair fight vs Xerath imo. Hes passive absorbs so much damage, it's hard to get him low enough early game. Once he gets lvl 6 he can burst you down easily, and from there on its only going to go easier if hes stacking more damage.


Its pretty rare when you see good Malphite mid but every now and then there is someone running around. I recommend trying first item as 3157.png and counter that [R] Unstoppable Force, i know you can flash away from it, it's possible to use Zhonya's Hourglass before, but you have to be extremely fast. 

Other way is to change runes to defence (magic resist / Health) and stay near your tower, keep distance from him if hes lvl 6.

Always look for stun E + W + Q combination on him and then move back if you don't get the stun, then just poke with Q . 


VS

Malzahar

Easy

Only thing you have to worry about is hes ultimate [R] Nether Grasp, never go into jungle if you are not sure, pretty common are ambushes. If you need to go to other lanes take safe and longer roads. 


Always look for stun E + W + Q combination on him and then move back if you don't get the stun, then just poke with Q . Soon as you get 3285.png few pokes with Q and you can finish him with R. 

VS

Morgana

Easy

If you can avoid her [Q] Dark Binding (roots) you should be fine. Stay behind minions and stay distance.


Always look for stun E + W + Q combination on her and then move back if you don't get the stun, then just poke with Q . Soon as you get 3285.png few pokes with Q and you can finish him with R.

VS

Nidalee

Easy

Don't get hit with her [Q] Javlin Toss, stay behind minions all the time. She can close distance very fast and finish you off every time if you get hit with her [Q].


Always look for stun E + W + Q combination on her and then move back if you don't get the stun, then just poke with Q . Soon as you get 3285.png few pokes with Q and you can finish him with R.

VS

Orianna

Easy

Don't start auto attack war vs Orianna you, she has passively more damage and shield to finish you off. Stay distance, she is not always fast enough to shield her self from you pokes.  


Always look for stun E + W + Q combination on her and then move back if you don't get the stun, then just poke with Q . Soon as you get 3285.png few pokes with Q and you can finish him with R.

VS

Swain

Hard

If you can keep distance and avoid hes [W]Nevermove (root) you should be fine. Keep constant pressure on him, especially early game before lvl 6. 


But play safe most importantly, as you second item get 3165.png to shot hes self heal down.

Always look for stun E + W + Q combination on him and then move back if you don't get the stun, then just poke with Q . 

VS

Syndra

Medium

Avoid Syndras stun, she can easily finish you with stun and [R] Unleashed Power.


Try to stun her at the same time if you get caught, distance is you best firend.

Always look for stun E + W + Q combination on herd then move back if you don't get the stun, then just poke with Q . Soon as you get 3285.png few pokes with Q and you can finish
her with R.

VS

Talon

Medium

Start with 3157.png you might even want to change some runes to armor. Before lvl 6 you should be fine, try to make most of it by poking and getting him as low as possible while avoid hes attacks.


If you are lvl 6 and you get good [W] on him try fallowing with [R], point is once he [R]Shadow Assaults you, its to late and your ultimate is just sitting there doing nothing.

By doing that you force him to flee/ use cooldowns or even kill him.

Always look for stun E + W + Q combination on him and then move back if you don't get the stun, then just poke with Q . Soon as you get 3285.png few pokes with Q and you can finish him with R.

VS

Twisted Fate

Easy

If your use to moving allot vs other champions then vs Twisted Fate it is good idea to stand still sometimes and let hes [Q] Wild Cards just fly by. 


Alert your teammates when TF gets lvl 6, and try fallow him where ever he teleports.

Always look for stun E + W + Q combination on him and then move back if you don't get the stun, then just poke with Q . Soon as you get 3285.png few pokes with Q and you can finish him with R.


VS

Varus

Easy

vs Varus can be pretty interesting poke war, but Xerath has more advantage. Stay behind minions so if you do get hit the damage will be lower.


Always look for stun E + W + Q combination on him and then move back if you don't get the stun, then just poke with Q . Soon as you get 3285.png few pokes with Q and you can finish him with R.

VS

Veigar

Easy

Veigar has low range, should be easy to poke, if do get hit with aoe stun he might oneshot you later on.


Always look for stun E + W + Q combination on him and then move back if you don't get the stun, then just poke with Q . Soon as you get 3285.png few pokes with Q and you can finish him with R.

VS

Vel'Koz

Medium

Vel'koz has more damage than but lower range than Xerath.

if you can avoid [E]Tectonic Disruption you should be fine. Save barrier for his [R] just in case. 

In team fight if he uses [R] Life Form Disintegration Ray counter him with you [R] it's easy 3 shots.

Always look for stun E + W + Q combination on him and then move back if you don't get the stun, then just poke with Q . Soon as you get 3285.png few pokes with Q and you can finish him with R.

VS

Viktor

Medium

Viktor is more stronger close range but Xerath is stronger long range. If you can avoid [E] Death Ray you can win easily.


Always look for stun E + W + Q combination on him and then move back if you don't get the stun, then just poke with Q . Soon as you get 3285.png few pokes with Q and you can finish him with R.

VS

Yasuo

Medium

Keep distance vs Yasuo, don't be near your own minions hes otherwise he will catch you.

If he gets near you time your stun well, he might prevent it with [W] Wind Wall

Always look for stun E + W + Q combination on him and then move back if you don't get the stun, then just poke with Q . Soon as you get 3285.png few pokes with Q and you can finish him with R.

VS

Zed

Medium
3157.png Zhonya's Hourglass is a must have first item vs Zed, try focusing on minions to get maximum gold as fast as possible.

3.png i never tried Exhaust but it should be better than barrier vs Zed. Mostly because once you get Zhonya's its already gg for zed.

Be avare of Zed shadow, he can ultimate you from there and make extra damage.

 Always look for stun E + W + Q combination on him and then move back if you don't get the stun, then just poke with Q . Soon as you get 3285.png few pokes with Q and you can finish him with R.




VS

Ziggs

Easy
Always look for stun E + W + Q combination on him and then move back if you don't get the stun, then just poke with Q . Soon as you get 3285.png few pokes with Q and you can finish him with R.

VS

Zyra

Easy

Always look for stun E + W + Q combination on him and then move back if you don't get the stun, then just poke with Q . Soon as you get 3285.png few pokes with Q and you can finish him with R.

Introduction Back to Top

Hello everyone, i main mid Xerath and currently am in Diamond 3. I had over 1000+ games in season 5 and can say that i got from Bronze to Diamond playing only Xerath solo queue without any duo. I hope to make this guide helpful for everyone who like and want to improve their Xerath game, no matter where they are stuck currently.

I also have Youtube channel where i upload some of my best gameplays / guides / montages and more if you are interested.










Xerath Pros and Cons Back to Top

Pros:


+ Long range caster
+ Good crowd control (stun and aoe slow)
+ Very strong late game
+ Heavy burst
+ Almost all spells are aoe damage


Cons:


- Relies heavily on mana
- All abilities are skill shots
- Easy to kill close range
- Easy to gank by junglers
- Weak early game




My Youtube Channel Back to Top

My main champion is Xerath and i upload almost every other day some of my best gameplay / guide / montage videos to Youtube.  https://www.youtube.com/user/Nvolition



Xerath Montage Back to Top


Xerath All Skins Back to Top

Xerath Support Back to Top

I play Xerath support pretty much every time i have to play support, and it's better than people think.

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