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Kha'Zix Champion Spotlight

Recommended Items

Summoner's Rift
Starting Corrupting Potion item Warding Totem item
Early Tiamat item Boots of Speed item Vampiric Scepter item
Essential Ravenous Hydra item Ninja Tabi item Serrated Dirk item
Offensive Youmuu's Ghostblade item The Black Cleaver item Duskblade of Draktharr item
Defensive Death's Dance item Maw of Malmortius item Guardian Angel item
Consumables Health Potion item Vision Ward item Elixir of Wrath item
Summoner's Rift (Jungler)
Starting Hunter's Talisman item Health Potion item3 Warding Totem item
Early Stalker's Blade item Boots of Speed item Caulfield's Warhammer item Hunter's Potion item
Essential Stalker's Blade (Warrior) item Boots of Mobility item Ravenous Hydra item
Offensive Youmuu's Ghostblade item The Black Cleaver item Duskblade of Draktharr item
Defensive Death's Dance item Maw of Malmortius item Guardian Angel item
Consumables Health Potion item Vision Ward item Elixir of Wrath item
Twisted Treeline
Starting Boots of Speed item Doran's Blade item Health Potion item2
Essential Ionian Boots of Lucidity item Sheen item Serrated Dirk item
Offensive Death's Dance item The Black Cleaver item Duskblade of Draktharr item
Defensive Maw of Malmortius item Dead Man's Plate item Randuin's Omen item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Wrath item
Twisted Treeline (Jungler)
Starting Hunter's Talisman item Hunter's Machete item Refillable Potion item
Essential Stalker's Blade (Warrior) item Ionian Boots of Lucidity item
Offensive Death's Dance item The Black Cleaver item Duskblade of Draktharr item
Defensive Maw of Malmortius item Dead Man's Plate item Randuin's Omen item
Consumables Health Potion item Elixir of Wrath item
Howling Abyss
Starting Boots of Speed item Guardian's Hammer item Health Potion item3
Essential Manamune item Ionian Boots of Lucidity item Death's Dance item
Offensive Ravenous Hydra item Last Whisper item The Bloodthirster item
Defensive Maw of Malmortius item Iceborn Gauntlet item Spirit Visage item
Consumables Oracle's Extract item Health Potion item Elixir of Wrath item

Tips

Playing As Kha'Zix Kha'Zix
  • Enemies are considered Taste Their Fear.png isolated if they have no allies within a short distance. The damage of Taste Their Fear.png Taste Their Fear is massively increased against these targets.
  • Unseen Threat.png Unseen Threat activates when Kha'Zix cannot be seen by the enemy team. Reactivate by using brush or Void Assault.png Void Assault. Don't forget to apply Unseen Threat.png Unseen Threat by autoattacking enemy champions.
  • Kha'Zix has a great deal of freedom to choose where and when to fight. Pick your battles carefully to succeed.
Playing Against Kha'Zix Kha'Zix
  • Taste Their Fear.png Taste Their Fear deals bonus damage to targets that are Taste Their Fear.png isolated. Gain an advantage by fighting near allied minions, champions, or turrets.
  • Leap.png Leap and Void Assault.png Void Assault have long cooldowns. Kha'Zix is very vulnerable when these are not available.

Tricks

Ability Usage
Mastery Usage
  • Thunderlord's Decree mastery 2016.png Thunderlord's Decree is by far the best keystone for Kha'Zix. He can activate it by using Taste Their Fear.png Taste Their Fear and auto-attacking if the attack is empowered by Unseen Threat.png Unseen Threat since both the auto-attack itself and Unseen Threat.png Unseen Threat count as stacks for activating Thunderlord's Decree. This allows him to do insane burst damage to a target in a short amount of time. It helps that both Unseen Threat and Thunderlord's Decree do magic damage, allowing Kha'Zix to better deal with enemies that purchase armor early (but falls off later once they purchase magic resistance, since Kha'Zix can't build magic penetration).
    • Other viable keystones for Kha'Zix are Stormraider's Surge mastery 2016.png Stormraider's Surge and Deathfire Touch mastery 2016.png Deathfire Touch, but they are far more situtional.
      • The former allows Kha'Zix to better stick to an enemy and is helpful if the enemy rely on slows to kite Kha'Zix, but generally speaking, Kha'Zix has enough mobility to make Stormraider's Surge unneded most of time, and the most dangerous CCs for him are hard CCs that are unnafected by Stormraider's Surge reduction. Thunderlord's Decre is generally better as Kha'Zix really needs the extra damage to kill targets, especially if the enemy is NOT isolated.
      • The latter has no cooldown. However, Kha'Zix generally wants to burst the target as fast as possible, making Thunderlord's Decree superior as it outdamages Deathfire Touch in short trades. The cooldown is also not an issue as many times, Kha'Zix will try to not engage in direct fights after he killed a key target. That said, Kha'Zix's Taste Their Fear.png Taste Their Fear is a single-target, non-DoT ability, meaning that it procs the most powerful version of Deathfire Touch. It can be viable in more bruiser-ish builds that focus less on bursting down targets and more on Kha'Zix's dueling potential.
Item Usage
Countering
  • Since Kha'Zix deals bonus damage (and its evolved Spikes slow more) against isolated targets, the most obvious solution is to avoid being isolated. Being near a minion or turret can be enough, since they deny Kha'Zix's isolation.
    • It also means that avoiding being spread later in the game is an effective strategy. Assassins are generally countered by this since being near an allied tank can protect you from being bursted down by an assassin since they are at the risk of taking CC and dying. Against Kha'Zix in particular, this strategy is even more effective since he is even more reliant on fighting isolated enemies, compared to other assassins.
    • Just be careful if Kha'Zix's team has champions like Malphite Malphite or Rumble Rumble, which can take advantage of teams that are clumped.
    • Some champions have pets or clones that can be used to deny Kha'Zix's isolation. Examples include Yorick Yorick with his Shepherd of Souls.png Mist Walkers and the Eulogy of the Isles.png Maiden of the Mist, or Shaco Shaco with his Jack in the Box.png Jack in the Box and his clone created by Hallucinate.png Hallucinate. Despite being untargetable, Azir Azir's Arise!.png soldiers can also negate Kha'Zix's isolation.
    • While Kha'Zix is pretty difficult to outduel if you are isolated, Kha'Zix is not a dedicated duelist. He will lose to actual duelists and some juggernauts, even when they are isolated. Examples include Jax Jax and Fiora Fiora which, with enough items, can fight Kha'Zix even when isolated.

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