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Author's performance with Xin Zhao compared to the ranked average.

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Summoner Spells Back to Top


Smite is required for any jungler, enables you to clear the jungle camps and buy jungle items.



Flash is standard for most champions, Xin Zhao is no exception. He can use it for instant escape or for chase. Also to get in or out of range of people while ULTed xinzhaor.png

New Runes Back to Top

Masteries Back to Top


6114.png - You already run a lot of attack speed in Runes and don't require the extra amount you can get from Fury, and the extra damage you get from all abilities from Sorcery is simply more burst.
6121.png - More burst, Xin's combo will always get you an auto attack on an enemy, and on a 6 second cooldown can be proc'd multiple times during a fight.
6134.png - More damage, and scales per level.
6142.png - Deal more damage take more damage, since Xin Zhao is very execution based and fights will happen very quickly its better to deal more damage instantly rather than taking battle trance, you can avoid a lot of damage with Xin's ULT, the extra damage you take isn't that impactful, but the extra damage you deal is.
6151.png - % Armor pen so you can still deal damage to tanks without Armor pen.
6162.png - You full stack Fervor with a 3 auto combo which is how most fights will start out, any auto attack after that will do considerably more damage, bonus AD will also enhance Xin's abilities damage.


6312.png - Clear camps much, much faster. 
6323.png - Deal more damage in 1v1s
6331.png - Deal more damage to targets below 40% health, great to finish off targets with consistency.
6341.png - Speeds up jungle camp clear time, and deals more damage when fighting around bushes in lanes or in the jungle.

Abilities Back to Top


Skill Order
xinzhaor.png dot-pattern.png xinzhaow.png dot-pattern.png xinzhaoe.png dot-pattern.png xinzhaoq.png

xinzhaopassive.png PASSIVE

Every 3 auto attacks deal bonus physical damage and heal you

xinzhaoq.png Three Talon Strike

For the next 5 seconds Xin's next 3 auto attacks deal bonus damage, and on the 3rd auto Xin Zhao knocks up the enemy hit, activating this ability reset Xin Zhao's auto attack.

xinzhaow.png Wind Becomes Lighting

Xin Zhao sweeps in front of him then in a thin line forward, damaging and slowing enemies hit.

xinzhaoe.png Audacious Charge 

Xin Zhao dashes towards a targeted champion dealing magic damage to all enemies around and slowing them, Xin then gains bonus attack speed.

xinzhaor.png Crescent Guard

PASSIVE: The last enemy champion targeted by Xin Zhao's basic attacks or Audacious Charge.png Audacious Charge is Challenge.png Challenged for 3 seconds.

Active: Xin Zhao Sweeps around himself, dealing damage to targets hit and knocking them back and stunning them, for the next 3 seconds Xin Zhao becomes immune to all damage received outside of a small circle area around him.

Items Back to Top

Starting Items

Core Items

Situational Items

Starting items:

1041.png is easily more valuable than 1039.png on Xin Zhao simply because you auto attack a TON vs casting abilities. 
2031.png Way better than starting 3 Health pots 2003.png with refillable potion 2031.png you get 2 stacks every time you recall, and later in the game can sell it for 60g, valuable in many many ways when used properly.
3340.png Vision can be used offensively and defensively. 

Example Full Build 


It would be rare for you to even get past building Steraks since this is a very expensive build path for Xin Zhao you have a lot of options with his build with items past his core of Warrior and options of boots (1412.png3111.png3047.png3009.png3117.png)  
The 2nd item you decide to build into will often take a while to ge and the build path into it needs to have some value if you want to fight during that time, or you can say adapt to a slower game and build into say a 3124.png and not attempt or all in plays as much until completing it then once completed capitalizing on the power spike of having it by catch enemies in side lanes.

Over all you want to build based on how much gold you think you are going to get past the early game, if your team is losing you should try building cheap tank items such as 3083.png3190.png (Cost: 5,050G) if you have to completely conceded your jungle to the enemies, rather than raging your way through a game trying to complete a 3078.png3053.png(Cost: 6933G)

Xin Zhao benefits from items that give him damage,tankiness, and utility such as (3078.png3053.png3742.png3748.png3074.png3143.png3071.png

Matchups Back to Top

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

  • Dr. Mundo
  • Evelynn
  • Gragas
  • Nidalee
  • Rek'Sai
  • Sejuani


Dr. Mundo


Mundo kicks Xin's ass early, don't run into him, avoid him and farm the jungle and try to take objectives and his camps when he ganks. 

Try building 3047.png 3124.png 3123.png then fighting him.




Evelynn needs a lot of setup, and if you catch her alone you destroy and she can't do much except ULT evelynnr.png away. When she ULTs don't chase her, make a play somewhere else her ULT is a long cooldown and getting it alone is a huge win.




Xin Zhao shred Gragas, and deals with his CC well especially since your ULT can dodge out a bunch of damage from Gragas and his team.

Early game you out pace him in jungle clear and can be in position to counter gank him after clearing 3 camps.

Any time you catch him out in the river as well you can chunk him, but don't spend all day chasing him into the jungle when you are on cooldown.




Nidalee can clear her jungle extremely quickly, and look to invade you, if you expect this and wit for her you will have the advantage, but if she catches you on a camp and hits you with a spear you can only really xinzhaoe.png to slow her and run away, or try to fight which won't go your way likely.




Reksai does a ton of damage, and can run away and chase champions with his E Tunnel. You can beat reksai if he goes on another ally champion you can damage him during that time. 

Definitely build 3047.png 




Sejuani also farms the first clear and most of the early game, the nerfs in patch 7.21 helps a lot in your effort to beat her, if it is your job to kill her based on your team's team comp than build a 3124.png & 3111.png She can often put herself out there alone during team fights, and if you ULT the enemies can damage you while you focus her down.

Early Game Back to Top

Early Game Xin Zhao's first clear you have the option to 

  • Red Buff > Level 2 gank mid 
  • 3 Camp (Buff > Wolves / Raptors > Buff >) Gank / Counter Gank top or bot lane.
  • Full Clear > Recall > Gank
  • Clear 3 Camps on one side of your jungle > Recall > Buy 1039.png > Clear 2 camps on the enemies side of the jungle > then clear 3 camps on the opposite side of the jungle which you started > first 2 camps that have respawned in your side of the jungle.
Jungle path can and will change every game depending on how the game is being played by you, the enemy jungler, and the enemy laners. Adapanding and reacting to situations that arise during the early game is key to making an impact as a jungler and gaining leads than can push the game further and further in your favor. 

Your F keys ( F1, F2, F3, etc) all hover over your allied champions, using them while you are clearing jungle camps let you get a quick glance at what your teammates are doing in their lanes and how the lane is going, when you take a glance at the lane consider these things 
  • Ally Health & Mana
  • Enemy Health & Mana
  • Minion wave position
  • Future Minion wave position
  • What level the enemy is
  • What level your ally is
Als reading the movement and getting a feel for how the enemy and your ally are acting in the lane is a nuancy that takes time,practice and a lot of studying to get a feel for but gives you huge reads on their potential and likely actions.

Mid Game Back to Top

Mid Game you should have a completed Warrior 1412.png and tier 2 boots ( 3117.png3047.png3009.png3111.png

Listed in "Items" you can see when and what to choose for your 2nd item and into a full build path.

Depending on your build path your playstyle may have to change, and also depending on how the game is going you will have to adjust your play. Sometimes you have big leads that you can push and kill enemies and win fights with, sometimes you have a lead but your team doesn't and you have to play somewhere in the middle.  

Biggest mistake a low elo Xin Zhao will make is trying to fight in incorrect positions of the game, it's not your job to throw yourself into 5 champions every time that present themselves to you or your team. Having a mind for taking good fights and avoiding bad ones will drastically improve how well you do on Xin Zhao.

A basic example of avoiding bad fights is being in a side lane a minute or 2 in advance to a basic enemy ARAM run down mid lane for a 5 man siege, pinging your team back multiple, multiple, like a ton of times. and farming 2-3 waves and taking / damaging a tower and recalling, this will give you some gold and is a lot more productive than AFK under tower with your team and watching a tower go down.

With good positioning in fights you can single out a key enemy carry, while their team will spend many abilities on you trying to save their carry, and you can block a lot of it with Xin Zhao's ULT xinzhaor.png blocking damage.

Take good fights and continue farming.

Late Game Back to Top

Late Game effectiveness will vary wildly on your items so be mindful and try to generate as much income as possible beforehand. 

Late game Xin Zhao can win fights, and excel and get great value from split pushing, in the jungle role it's always your job to be apply your presence on the map one way or another, so make this happen with a fight,  a split push, catching enemies out, setting up in the fog of war. Play the game of League of Legends not just your champion.

When approaching fights Xin Zhao still benefits from singling out targets on the enemy team, but if they have a huge front line of 1 - 2 you can use your ULT to negate damage from their backline while dealing with their front line, when your ULT wears off, you have to reconsider your position to avoid damage from the enemy carries, or to dive onto them.

Working with your team regardless if you are fighting with them, or splitting pinging and playing around how not only the enemy team is playing / moving around the map, but reacting to your team as well will give you better coordination and higher percentage of successful play.

Pros and Cons Back to Top


  • High single target damage, burst, and demands attention of the enemies supports
  • Quickly clears Jungle Camps, and Objectives.
  • Can split push and kill enemies 1v1 and kill towers quickly.


  • No way to get out of fights after xinzhaoe.png E'ing in
  • Becomes useless is properly peeled or doesn't do enough damage to targets his on top of
  • Simple champion, if you don't keep your mind active you can easily run into enemy champions and press your buttons without any thought behind it.

Sawyer Back to Top


Hi, my name is Sawyer I am 22, I have peaked Challenger 549LP [1] I've been playing League of Legends since the end of Season 3.

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